Port Arthur will have another new two City Council members taking their seats Tuesday, bringing the total of new members to four.Harold L. Doucet Sr., will be sworn into the District 4 City Council position and Derrick Freeman, the Position 7 seat. Both will take their oaths of office at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday during a swearing in ceremony immediately after election results are canvassed. The ceremony is at City Hall in Council Chambers.Both are newcomers to the Port Arthur political arena who won their seats in a June 25 runoff election. Doucet, 61, is retired from the U.S. Army with 30 years military experience. Freeman, 35, is self-employed in the marketing and networking field.In May, newcomer Raymond Scott and Kerry “Twin” Thomas, who had ran unsuccessfully for Council three years ago, won their races for the respective District 1 and Position 8 Council seats.Scott, 54, is self-employed, the owner of Scott and Scott Companies. Thomas is a day foreman at the Jefferson County Mosquito Control District, where he has 21 years service.Scott and Thomas were took their oaths in May.Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince said she looks forward to working with the new board members.“It is my hope we have a board that will work together to provide the citizens the necessities that they need,” Prince said. “I’ve got great hopes for the Council, and am excited and ready to work with them. I think we will be able to do great things together.” The four new members of Council join incumbents: Liz Segler, District 2; Morris Albright III, District, 3; John Beard , District 5 and Robert E. Williamson, District [email protected]
The native son of Port Arthur will bid farewell to Nederland on the last day of the month to become pastor of St. Joseph’s.St. Charles Borromeo parishoners and community friends will host receptions for Father Kevin following each weekend Mass June 20 and and June 21. The Eucharist is celebrated on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 5 p.m. Receptions will be in the parish center.Father Kevin graduated from Bishop Byrne High School and Rice University and was ordained into the priesthood in 1984. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Badeaux, still reside in Port Arthur.He has been an associate at St. Charles for two and a half years, and served in the same capacity at St. Peter the Apostle in Groves, St. James in Port Arthur and Holy Trinity in Mont Belvieu.In addition, Father Badeaux has been a pastor at St. Catherine of Siena in Port Arthur, St. Francis Assisi in Orange and Our Lady of Light in Anahuac.St. Joseph’s longtime shepherd, Father Steven McCrate, will assume leadership of St. Louis Church in Winnie.
Next Up The News staff reportsBRENHAM — The Port Neches-Groves Lady Indians went 2-0 Saturday at the Brenham Leadoff Classic.Britni Hunt got the Lady Indians off to a fast start Saturday with a three-inning, perfect game against Fort Bend Austin. PN-G won 15-0. Hunt struck out four batters and allowed no base runners.Kaitlyn Boudreaux hit both a homer and a double in a 10-run second inning for the Lady Indians. She was 3 for 3 at the plate with two doubles and a stolen base.Avery Hooks finished 3 for 3 with a RBI triple and a RBI single. Marlee Barnett scored two runs to go with two RBI doubles.The Lady Indians then defeated San Antonio Stevens 14-1 in another three-inning affair. Alexis LaBure gave up four hits in three innings and allowed one walk.Boudreaux went 1 for 2 at the plat with a homer and two RBI. LaBure was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI while Rachel Hammersmith was 3 for 3 with two RBI, a stolen base and a triple.Avery Hooks scored twice and had two RBI to go with a homer.The Lady Indians (5-2) hit the road Tuesday to face Liberty.
Gerald Cunningham, 85, of Groves died Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves. Death notices Services todayElizabeth Ann Fontenot, Cowboy Church of Orange County, Orange, 2 p.m. Horace Linwood “Pete” Blanchette Jr., 90, of Beaumont died Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.Jarrot “Tiny” Barthell, 31, of Port Neches died Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland. Next UpSue Dolan, Autumn Oaks Memorial Park, Orange, 2 p.m.
Keethan “KeeKee” Carter went to be with his heavenly Father on December 9, 2016. Born in Port Arthur September 7, 1984. Next Up Keethan was preceded in death by his grandparents Evan and Mary Jones and Willie and Beatrice Carter.Survivors include his wife Nicole Bales Carter; Parents Karen and Raymond Williams and Timothy Carter Sr. His children Dylan Shawn Carter (mother Kasie Ray), Malayah and Amiliana Carter (mother Karissa Blevins); Brother Timothy Wayne Carter Jr. and sisters Timeka Olsen (Mark), and Stephanie Carter.Funeral service will be Saturday, 11:00 A.M. New Covenant Church. Pastor Mike Halliburton officiating. Viewing beginning at 9:00 A.M. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Services entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.
A streamlined governing body should help the Port Arthur City Council conduct its public meetings — sometimes, they are interminable — in a tighter, more efficient manner.Port Arthur voters made the final decision to eliminate seats 5 and 6 from the nine-member voting panel — that leaves a magnificent seven — and in this case, smaller is better. Two members ended their terms Tuesday and their seats themselves will pass into dust. We know, too, how imperative it is to get not just a fair and accurate count of our people during the 2020 Census, but also a deeper understanding of who we are as a population and a roadmap to providing fair, representative government that welcomes well-intended contributions from everyone in Port Arthur.This community is rich in diversity and should provide an even playing field for every person to participate in government. The overriding question moving forward is how do we, as one people, accomplish that? None of that suggests that a black City Council member cannot fairly and effectively represent citizens of another race or ethnic background. Nor is it the fault of civic-minded black representatives that citizens of other racial and ethnic backgrounds may decline to run.Nor does it suggest that seven black council members don’t reflect some diversity of background among themselves — public employment or private business careers, religious beliefs, age or geographic or income differences or even political philosophy.But when council members suggest, for example, as they did at a recent City Council meeting, that open positions within the Fire Department ought to be filled in such a way that they reflect the city’s diversity, what does that mean? Does it mean a diversity that’s not reflected on the City Council itself? Or does it mean Port Arthur needs to hire more Hispanic firefighters?We’re unsure what the racial or ethnic composition of Port Arthur is today vs. what it was on Aug. 29, 2017, when Tropical Storm Harvey scattered our population to the winds. We hope all come back. No matter the composition of the council, the sheer number of representatives was unwieldy, especially when some members feel compelled to comment too many times to no helpful effect during discussions. Port Arthur, with barely 50,000 residents, had as many council members as Forth Worth, with more than 850,000 citizens.What council members ought not dismiss is the new racial composition of the governing body in this city — 100 percent African American. That’s in a city where the likelihood is that fewer than half of the residents are African American.There is some disparity about Port Arthur’s count of racial and ethnic composition, but Data USA suggests a city that is 38 percent black, 31 percent Hispanic and 22 percent white. About 6 percent of the population is Asian American.
Staff reportThe Texas Veterans Commission announced this week that Gov. Greg Abbott is offering a Texas limited edition of “A Time to Honor,” the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration book, to Vietnam-era veterans. “As a veteran of the Vietnam war, I thank Gov. Abbot for honoring our service and providing this book so that our duty and service to our country is not forgotten,” said Eliseo “Al” Cantu Jr., chairman of the Texas Veterans Commission. “I urge all Texas Vietnam veterans to seek out this special book and claim the benefits we have earned.” In an issued statement, the TVC said more than a half-million Texans served in the military during the Vietnam era — and are welcome to pick up a copy of the book.Spokesman Jim Halbrook said 32 copies of the book have been sent to the Texas Veterans Commission Claims office at the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic, 3420 Veterans Circle, Beaumont. The office number is 507. More books can be ordered.Halbrook said there are 15,441 veterans in Jefferson County, according to the VA 2016 census projections for 2019. The census did not break down time of service. He said there a roster shows 59 Vietnam war casualties suffered by Jefferson County military.The newly published book details action and sacrifices in Vietnam, chronicles events of the time and provides modern reflections by veterans. There are 1.7 million veterans in Texas.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Petty Officer 1st Class Veronica Foley, née Melendez, is serving as a Navy personnel specialist on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia.Foley was born in Port Arthur. Her father served in military, so they moved around a lot, but her family now resides in Beaumont.Today, she works for the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, which is responsible for organizing, manning, training, equipping and sustaining the Navy Expeditionary Combat Force to execute combat, combat support and combat service support missions across the full spectrum of naval, joint and combined operations, which enable access from the sea and freedom of action throughout the sea-to-shore and inland operating environments. The Navy Expeditionary Combat Force is comprised of sailors skilled in a diverse set of specialized capabilities.These expeditionary sailors support the U.S. Navy while serving as members of Coastal Riverine and Naval Construction Forces, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving and Salvage Units; and as part of expeditionary units that provide unique intelligence and logistics capabilities.“My favorite part of this job are the sailors,” Foley said. “I love teaching them skills to better themselves that they can then pass along to their future sailors.”According to Navy officials, maintaining maritime superiority is a vital part of a Navy that is present today and prepared for tomorrow. The impact affects Americans and their interests around the world, as more than 70 percent of the Earth is covered by water and 90 percent of all trade travels by sea.The foundation of the Navy the nation needs includes a focus on warfighting, warfighters and the future of the fighting force.“I am confident that we will maximize the Navy we have today while delivering the Navy that our nation will rely upon tomorrow,” said Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. “We will do so with urgency. Our fleet will be a potent, formidable force that competes around the world every day, deterring those who would challenge us while reassuring our allies and partners.”Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Foley, whose father served in the Navy.She is honored to carry on the family tradition.“I always knew I wanted to be like my Dad when I grew up,” Foley said. “He’s the reason I enlisted.”As a member of the U.S. Navy, Foley, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a service tradition providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs and humanitarian assistance.“The Navy is everything I thought it would be after watching my Dad over the years,” Foley said. “He set me up for success and didn’t even know it.” Foley provides human relations support to all the sailors at her command.“I prefer taking care of people,” she said. “I am in a position to help sailors personally and professionally.”Foley graduated from Manchester Township High School in Lakehurst, New Jersey, in 2005. She earned an Associate Degree in General Studies from Central Texas College in 2017 and is working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management with University of Maryland Global Campus.
A woman who reportedly used a cake knife in a threatening manner toward customers and police officers while inside an area store was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury.Beaumont Police contend Katrina Davis, 38, of Houston, obtained the cake knife from the bakery section of H-E-B, 3590 College St., and began acting in an “aggressive and erratic manner toward the customers.”A Beaumont Fire marshal, who is also a peace officer, entered the store and tried to intervene by attempting to calm Davis down, but she allegedly turned toward him and attempted to assault him by swinging the knife at his head, according to the warrant for her arrest. Bond was set at $100,000 and she remains in the county jail on the charge.An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case. The fire marshal drew the attention to himself as a way to keep the store customers safe while evading the knife.Beaumont officers arrived to assist, and Davis was subdued by Conducted Electrical Weapon “in order to get her to drop the knife and comply with orders,” the document stated.The woman was arrested and Beaumont EMS arrived to treat her for the CEW deployment. She was brought to Baptist Hospital for jail clearance after which she was taken to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant.
November 23, 2019: $2.24/g (U.S. Average: $2.59/g)November 23, 2018: $2.26/g (U.S. Average: $2.55/g)November 23, 2017: $2.27/g (U.S. Average: $2.51/g)November 23, 2016: $1.90/g (U.S. Average: $2.12/g)November 23, 2015: $1.85/g (U.S. Average: $2.06/g)November 23, 2014: $2.59/g (U.S. Average: $2.81/g)November 23, 2013: $3.08/g (U.S. Average: $3.25/g)November 23, 2012: $3.15/g (U.S. Average: $3.43/g)November 23, 2011: $3.14/g (U.S. Average: $3.32/g)November 23, 2010: $2.68/g (U.S. Average: $2.85/g)Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:• Midland Odessa – $1.93/g, down 7.6 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.00/g.• San Antonio – $1.65/g, down 4.8 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.70/g.• Austin – $1.68/g, down 2.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.70/g. Gas prices in Texas are 6.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 46.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.“Between now and the end of the year, we aren’t likely to see many fireworks at the pump as demand continues to remain well below prior years, but as a vaccine is set to be released in the months ahead, prices will likely aim for higher ground, so motorists take heed that today’s prices may not hold for much longer,” De Haan said.According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Texas is priced at $1.44/g today while the most expensive is $2.69/g, a difference of $1.25/g. The lowest price in the state today is $1.44/g while the highest is $2.69/g, a difference of $1.25/g.The national average price of gasoline has fallen 1.5 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.10/g today.The national average is down 5.0 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 49.6 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.Historical gasoline prices in Texas and the national average going back ten years: With Thanksgiving nearly upon us and fewer Americans hitting the road, gas prices have seen some downward movement over the last week, even as oil prices hold near recent highs.Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said we may end up seeing the lowest Thanksgiving prices in five years if prices continue to trend lower this week, a sign of how the coronavirus has sapped demand for the majority of the year.Texas gas prices have fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.78/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 stations.