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Titans overcome mistakes, hold off Central

first_imgPort Arthur Memorial won a Dickens of a game against Central to open the 2012 season.It was the best of games and the worst of games for the Titans. It was an offensive explosion and a point- scoring drought. It was a season for defensive standouts and a winter of big plays allowed. It was flurry of penalties and turnovers and a game-saving interception.To be more concise, the Titans coaching staff will appreciate this win even as they start working immediately on all the problems exposed in a 23-20 victory over the Jaguars. “We have to do a better job executing,” Harrison said. “We have to do a better job in the red zone. Our red zone offense wasn’t where it needed to be.”Penalties and turnovers were the story of the game for the Titans. In the first 14 minutes of the game, Memorial had seven penalties for 75 yards. That kept the Jaguars alive on their first TD drive, with quarterback Robert Mitchell scoring on an 8-yard run. For the game, Memorial finished with 10 penalties for 105 yards.The Titans also had basically a 20-point swing because of two turnovers. The first came when Fisk fumbled on an option read to the right, letting Centrals’ Wesley Johns scoop the ball up for a 20-yard fumble recovery TD and leaving it 7-6 after a missed PAT.That’s six points of the swing. The next 14 came on a sequence in the fourth quarter, with Memorial just missing out on a TD and then giving up multiple big plays to let Central score. “We’ve just got to play better,” Memorial head coach Kenny Harrison said. “It’s early in the season and our kids are working hard. As a coaching staff, we have to do a better job. We’re going to get back to work, eliminate those mental mistakes and just get better. You’re not going to win many ball with penalties like this.”The Titans had 402 yards of total offense, including 235 through the air. Roderic Rucker scored on a 45-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and quarterback Ricky Fisk completed nine straight passes at one point.However, the Titans scored just three points in the entire second half and just nine after the first quarter. Time after time, Memorial came up short in crucial situations.center_img Fisk came back into the game for the first series of the fourth quarter and led the Titans on an 11-play drive down to the 1-yard line. The Titans got close the play before when running back Shaq Angelle appeared to cross the goal line. The public address announcer called it a touchdown, but the referees ruled him down at the 1.On the next play, Fisk was sacked. On the play after that, he threw an interception to Garrison Mitchell.“We have to eliminate turnovers and mental mistakes,” Harrison said. “You can’t do that stuff.”Central capitalized on the mometum swing, with Mitchell showing off an impressive skill set. The run-pass threat tormented the good Memorial pass rush by stepping up in the pocket and then escaping downfield for big gains. That’s exactly what happened when he found Nicalus Rhone on a 50-yard pass following Fisk’s interception.Three plays later, he found Chris Allen with a 9-yard pass to move Central within striking distance of the Titans at 23-20.At that point, Memorial again drove down the field into scoring range, but couldn’t capitalize and gave the ball back to Central on it own 27 with just over two minutes to play. After a couple Mitchell scrambles, James Jenkins put an end to the game, intercepting a ball Mitchell threw to the sideline and then running out the clock.Fisk opened the game 3 for 6, with the big play to Rucker coming on a post route in the middle of the field. From that point, he completed those nine passes for 135 yards, finding all four of his receivers, including Brandon Leday on a 12-yard TD just before the end of the first quarter.Some of the plays were bubble screens, with Albert Jacobs and John Leday making big yards by finding blocks and using their speed to turn up the field. Some were just nice plays in the middle of the field, with Rucker and Brandon Leday grabbing first downs in front of the coverage.That streak fell apart in the second half, though, when Fisk had to leave the game with a leg cramp. Backup Tayylor Labrie came in and was able to run for 25 yards on four carries, but couldn’t keep the offensive momentum going for the Titans.Fisk finished 15 for 27 for 235 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and a lost fumble. Angelle had 19 carries for 65 yards while Fisk had 16 for 56 yards. Rucker led the team in receiving yards with four catches for 93 yards. Albert Jacobs had six catches for 61 yards while John Leday ahd five for 70.Memorial will travel to Beaumont Ozen at 7 p.m. next Saturday while Central will play Beaumont West Brook at 7 p.m. Friday.last_img read more

Out in the yard: Not too late to plant; May gardening tips

first_imgMarch and April were busy months for gardeners.  However, roller coaster temperatures, torrential rains and hail have left many gardeners frustrated and wondering what they will be able to harvest this year.  Have no fear; there is still time to plant vegetables and flowers while accomplishing other gardening chores.Many stores are discounting spring vegetables, so you can pick some up at a reasonable price. It is probably too late to plant small tomato plants, but if you find one that is large enough to have blooms, you still have time to plant it.  If you hurry, you may still have time to plant a few peppers, eggplant  and summer squash.  Don’t forget to add a little nitrogen fertilizer to your tomatoes and peppers when they begin to bloom.  Apply the fertilizer about 12 inches from the base of the plant to maximize production.If you have cool season vegetables that are bolting (going to seed), you can pull those up and plant summer vegetables in their place.  The best summer vegetables/fruit to plant now are okra, southern peas, watermelon  and sweet potatoes.May is also a good time to do flower bed maintenance.  If you haven’t pruned your azaleas and other spring blooming shrubs, do it now.  This will promote new growth and keep them shaped up for next year.  Remove dead blossoms from your roses and other spring and summer flowering perennials.  This will increase their flower production throughout the year.  You can also prune old blossoms off of spring annuals, such as pansies and snapdragons, to lengthen their growing season.  If you have spring blooming bulbs, leave the foliage on them until it yellows.  This will help feed the bulb and give it time to mature.The summer heat is near, so many summer annuals can be seeded or transplanted.  Plant zinnias, sunflowers and cosmos in May, but wait until late May or early June to plant your vincas.It is not too late to transplant shrubs and other perennials.  If transplanting now, make sure you water them regularly through the summer.  Do not water them too much, however,  because their roots will not grow well in soggy soil.  Before you water, check the ground next to the plant and the native soil surrounding the plant.  If they are both dry, you will need to water.  Perennials for the sun include, but are not limited to, Shasta daisy, coreopsis, mallow, salvia (many varieties), daylily and summer phlox. Shade loving perennials include phlox (can be planted in partial sun), ferns, hosta and liriope.In addition, don’t forget to fertilize your citrus trees this month.  Go to for more information.Reach Jefferson County Master Gardener Melissa Starr at [email protected] or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension  Service at (409)835-8461. Next Uplast_img read more

Services today and death notices for March 8

first_imgDeath notices Owens William Harvard, 36, of Kountze died Friday, March 4, 2016. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland.Rosemary “Rosie” Martindale, 90, of Port Arthur died Saturday, March 5, 2016. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves. Services todayRenell Maria Perron, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 2 p.m.Jennie Fertitta Miller, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, 10 a.m. Linda Sue Pickren, 67, of Beaumont, died Monday, March 7, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont.Jerry “J.D.” Touchstone, 91, of Nederland died Monday, March 7, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland. Frances Urla Hicks Dismukes, Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont,10 a.m.last_img read more

Troy Lee Phillips

first_imgFuneral services for Troy Lee Phillips, 83, of Silsbee will be 10:00 am Friday, April 1, 2016 at Farmer Funeral Home with interment following in Baker-Bell Cemetery in Fred. Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home.Mr. Phillips died March 29, 2016 at his residence.A native of Fred, Troy was a lifelong resident of Silsbee. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. After 40 years, Mr. Phillips retired from Texaco in Port Arthur where he worked as a heavy equipment operator. Next UpMr. Phillips is preceded in death by his parents, ‘Son R’ and Amy Reid Phillips, first wife Lola Phillips, second wife Jewette Phillips, daughter-in-law Rose Phillips, and grandsons Troy Lynn Robinson and Scott Tynes.Survivors include sons Jim Phillips of Jasper and Tommy Robinson and wife Debbie of Hardin; daughter Rhonda Tynes and husband Carl of Fred; step-daughter Sandra Foster and husband Eddie of Silsbee; special friends and caregivers Lamesa Smith and Debbie and Megan Lacey, all of Silsbee; grandchildren Mandy Cook and husband Marcus, Michael Robinson and wife Ashley, Thomas Robinson and wife Heather, Keith Phillips, Teri Phillips, Bridgett Hicks, Jason Biggs and wife Alicia, Kimberly McNeely and husband Brian and nineteen great grandchildren.Troy will be tremendously missed by his loving family and many friends. Farmer Funeral HomeCondolences will be accepted at read more

Brenda Nicholas

first_imgBrenda Nicholas of Fredericksburg passed away Saturday, June 18th, at the age of 63.Brenda is survived by her husband, Johnny Nicholas; 2 sons, William & Alexander Nicholas & her mother, Harriet Schlaudt. Funeral services for Brenda Nicholas will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 22nd, in Christ Lutheran Church at Cherry Spring, with Rev. Mike Ensrude officiating. Burial will follow in the C-4 Ranch Cemetery.The family will greet friends 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at church. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left at www.fredericksburg-funerals.comlast_img read more

Leroy Antoine Barker

first_img He was raised in Mermentau, Louisiana, but returned to Port Arthur, Texas when he was 19. He went to work for St. Mary Hospital where he met and married Mary Nell (Langlanais) Barker. They had 5 children, Anna Maria Howard (Aaron Howard), Joseph Karl Barker, Lilly Louise Turner, Leroy Anthony Barker Brown, and Jane Fenwick Barker. They were married 57 years, Lilly has preceded him in death. He had 4 sisters and 4 brothers. Gloria Broussard, Ethel Berry, Nora Villary, and Thelma Hilliard. Brothers, Lawrance Barker, Leo Barker, Wilford Barker, and Abner Barker. His 7 grandchildren are Carman Melancon, Jeremih Nichols, Christine Nichlos, Jeremy Nichols, Joshua Howard, and Ashely McCreary. His grandson Bernard Turner has preceded him in death. His large family included 15 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grand children, many nieces and nephews. To add his many many friends, will miss him.Services will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Moody-Harris Funeral Home Chapel.Visitation at 10 and Service at 12 noon under the direction of Moody-Harris Funeral Home. Leroy Antoine Barker, was born on August 28, 1926, he passed on September 6, 2016. He was born to the union of Crawford Barker and Esther Pierre Barker in Port Arthur, Texas.last_img read more

Richard L. Banks

first_img Richard is preceded in death by his maternal mother Orelia Banks and Joyce Banks; father Wilbert Banks, Sr.; 1 brother, 2 sisters and 3 nephews.He leaves to cherish his memories six sisters, Lucille Comeaux, Emilie Dourrseau, Mattie Banks, Mary Banks, Vanessa Thomas and Wilma Banks; four brothers, Albert Banks, Carson Banks, Wilbert Banks, Jr. and Wilbert Green; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 12 noon until service time. Burial will be Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Houston National Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home. Richard L. Banks, 54, of Port Arthur passed away Friday, September 9, 2016. A native and lifelong resident of Port Arthur, he attended Lincoln High school and was a United States Army veteran.last_img read more

Margaret L. Cormier

first_imgMargaret L. Cormier, 90, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on September 19, 2016, at her home. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.  Officiating will be Father Steven Leger, of St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City.Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on September 29, 1925, she was the daughter of John and Nina Miguez. Margaret took excellent care of her son Roger throughout his entire life, she was a great cook and a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed sewing and made uniforms for the Bridge City High School Band and Cheerleaders.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Irvin Cormier; son, Roger Wayne Cormier; and her brother, Henry Miguez.Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Linda Nicks and husband Jerry, of Bridge City; grandchildren, Mikel Nicks and wife Suzanne, of Cypress, Michele George and husband Michael, of Mont Belvieu, and Lori Hamel and husband Tyler, of Porter; and her great-grandchildren, Julianna Nicks, Blake Nicks, Meredith Nicks, Kathryn George, Kara George, and Connor Etheridge.last_img read more

Margie Ferguson

first_img Margie was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Ferguson and many siblings.She is survived by her daughter, Stacy Timmons and husband James of Fannett, TX, two sons Larry Ferguson and wife Mary Ann of Sterling, MA and Gary Ferguson of Conway, AR, sister Ruby Parr of Labelle, TX, five grandchildren, Curtis Ferguson, Mali Ferguson, Garon Ferguson, Cody Timmons and James Timmons, ten great grandchildren and one great- great grandchild. Next UpMargie had lived in Port Acres for over 60 years and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Reverend Jeff Bell officiating. Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. in New Hope Cemetery in Milam, Texas. A visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.center_img Margie Ferguson, 88, of Port Acres, Texas passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont.She was born on March 3, 1928 in Milam, Texas to George and Pearl Chambers Greer.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for Dec. 9

first_imgServices todayEddie Mae Mearlon, Rock Island Baptist Church, Port Arthur, 11 a.m.Helen Bielecki, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 2 p.m. Melba Philyaw Mosby, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 10 a.m.Kristie Diann Graves, Broussard’s, Nederland, 7 p.m. Death noticesAnne Lee Delahoussaye, 91, of Port Neches died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland.James Jackson, 68, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Johnny French, 72, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.center_img Winfred Steele, 58, of Port Arthur died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Esmer O. Couzzi, 90, of Nederland died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland.Dorothy Cady Richardson, 89, of Nederland died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Levingston Funeral Home, Port Neches.Wayne John Resweber, 60, of Port Arthur, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2016.  Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.last_img read more

Late call ends Mustangs’ hopes

first_imgBy Van WadeThe Orange LeaderKIRBYVILLE — A late fourth-quarter rally by the West Orange-Stark Mustangs came up short as the Diboll Lumberjacks claimed a 61-56 Class 4A Region III bi-district playoff victory Tuesday night at Wildcat Gym. Next UpThe Lumberjacks held a 49-39 edge with 6:54 remaining, but the Mustangs crawled all the way back to within two points at 58-56 with 0:11 remaining.After the Lumberjacks turned the ball over, the Mustangs had a chance to tie it or win it with 5.82 seconds remaining, but WOS was called for an illegal screen and the Lumberjacks sealed it at the line.Diboll guard Dominique Guy was a thorn in the side for the Mustangs throughout the night as he tallied a game-high 21 points with nice drives in the paint and he also nailed a pair of three-pointers. The Mustangs battled back to tie it up at 31-31 at intermission.White picked up six points in the period and Mathews hit another big trey. Berry scored seven for Diboll in the period.The Lumberjacks went on a 17-8 tear in the third quarter as Guy penetrated for two big baskets and buried a trey while the Mustangs went cold.It was the Lumberjacks, however, that went cold in the fourth.center_img Diboll also received 17 points and six rebounds from forward Chris Berry. Jarmarcus White had seven points and 11 boards for Diboll while freshman center Herb Gums contributed six points and 11 rebounds. Guard Nathan Garcia added eight points.Guard Bretlin White led the Mustang arsenal with 17 points. Jay’len Mathews chimed in with 11 points and connected on three 3-point bombs. Post Terron Brown tallied nine points and snared a game-high 14 rebounds.The Lumberjacks built a 20-14 edge by the end of the first quarter as Guy poured in seven points while Berry and Garcia had five apiece.Mathews had two treys for the Mustangs in the quarter.last_img read more

MOUs signal expansion at Motiva

first_img The signing ceremony coincided with the visit to the U.S. by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.“These agreements signal our plans for expansion into petrochemicals,” Brian Coffman, president and CEO of Motiva, said. “We are excited to work more closely with these leaders in the industry to further assess our opportunities for investment.”One of the MOUs paves the way to evaluate the use of TechnipFMC’s world scale mixed-feed ethylene production technologies in the U.S. The second MOU enables Motiva to examine the use of Honeywell UOP’s world-scale aromatics extraction and production technologies for benzene and paraxylene for development of a potential Gulf Coast complex. From combined reportsHOUSTON — Motiva Enterprises LLC signed memorandums of understanding with TechnipFMC and Honeywell UOP to study potential petrochemical projects utilizing each companies’ technology.If executed, the projects represent multi-billion-dollar investments in the U.S., the company said in an issued statement Saturday. The MOUs are a first step in Motiva’s expansion into petrochemicals. Final investment decisions on these projects are not expected until 2019.In his first appearance in Port Arthur on Jan. 24, Coffman signaled that Motiva might be expanding into petrochemicals. Speaking to the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, he said demand for refined gasoline was not growing as rapidly as the demand for petrochemicals, and because of untapped feedstock advantages in Texas, the preference would be to locate a petrochemical business at the Port Arthur refinery.center_img Aramco has no chemical portfolio in North America and Port Arthur “could address a market need,” he said.last_img read more

FOOTBALL: Cardinals add Blinn defensive end

first_img An honorable mention all-conference selection at the junior college level, Williams signed with Blinn after a standout career at Klein Forest High School. During his time with Klein Forest, Williams garnered second-team all-district honors.Big Red’s signing class currently stands at six on defense and five offensive players. The position breakdown includes four offensive linemen, three defensive backs, two defensive ends, a quarterback and a linebacker. “I’ll repeat what I said yesterday, our coaching staff did such a great job identifying talent, and we are excited to add Kirsten’s name added to that list,” said Schultz. “After losing a three-year starter at defensive end we had a need there that had to be filled. We accomplished that with two standouts. We’re excited to get these guys on campus.” Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Less than 24 hours after hosting a press conference announcing its early signing class, Lamar head coach Mike Schultz continues to add to the haul.center_img The Cardinals inked junior college transfer Kirsten Williams to the signing class Thursday morning. The addition of Williams brings the Cardinals class to 11, including six players on the defensive side of the ball.Williams (6-3, 225) becomes the second defensive end to sign with the Cardinals (Davion May). Williams comes to LU from Blinn College, where he had two standout seasons. During those two seasons, he racked up 54 tackles, including seven sacks, on the Buccaneers defensive front.last_img read more

JUCO BASKETBALL: Madison named HoopDirt coach of week

first_imgLamar State sports informationLamar State College Port Arthur men’s basketball coach Lance Madison has been named the national junior college Coach of the Week for Week 14 of the 2018-19 season.Madison, in his seventh season as head coach of the Seahawks, was named the JUCO Coach of the Week after two weeks of adversity, followed by two huge NJCAA Region 14 wins. is the largest website in the country dedicated specifically to college basketball coaching news, jobs and rumors at all levels. The national website was founded by college coaches to help the college basketball community stay informed of what is going on in the coaching profession. This is the fourth season for the Coach of the Week recognition.Madison joins Week 14 Coach of the Week honorees Mike Krzyzewski of Duke in NCAA Division I, Bryan Rooney of Cal State East Bay in NCAA Division II, Shawn Cassidy of Concordia University Wisconsin in NCAA Division III, and Danny Neville of the University of Jamestown (North Dakota) in NAIA. Madison missed a conference game scheduled Feb. 2 against Coastal Bend College as he flew home to attend his mother’s funeral. The team traveled to the game in his absence but one of the school’s vans was rear-ended in an accident on Interstate 59, ultimately forcing a postponement of the Seahawks’ game against the CBC Cougars.After Madison returned to the sideline, he and the Seahawks were able to orchestrate back-to-back league victories with an 87-81 win over Lee College and a 78-73 comeback win over Blinn College.Now at 17-9 overall and standing in sole possession of second place at 7-6 in the Region 14 South Zone, the Seahawks are schedule to travel to Beeville to face Coastal Bend College in that make-up game this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.center_img Madison is now qualified to be named the junior college national coach of the year, selected at the end of the 2018-19 college basketball season.last_img read more

PAPD: Orange man arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old

first_imgPort Arthur police announced Tuesday evening that a 25-year-old Orange resident has been arrested for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old.In a release to media, Sgt. Shannon Meaux did not immediately provide the suspect’s name. Police officers were first dispatched to 4023 Brinkman Drive in reference to a disturbance at 4:48 p.m. Tuesday.“Upon arrival and through further investigation, it was determined that a 7-year-old child made an outcry to her mother of a sexual assault that had just occurred,” police said in a release. “The suspect, a 25-year-old Orange resident, fled the scene before officers arrived but later turned himself in at the Port Arthur Police Department.” The Port Arthur Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the case, Meaux said.center_img Police said evidence and witness accounts led to the suspect’s arrest and a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.last_img read more

LSCPA prepares to distribute $500K CARES funds to students

first_imgStudents at Lamar State College Port Arthur can apply for a share of more than $500,000 in federal COVID-19 emergency aid starting this Friday (May 1).The funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress in April. The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund which, in turn, supports students who have suffered a financial hardship due to the coronavirus.Valid qualifying expenses include food, housing, technology or course materials, health care and childcare, among other possible financial impacts caused by the transition to remote learning at LSCPA or other factors related to the COVID-19 situation. LSCPA CARES funds will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. The eventual award amount is based on the number of students who apply.To be eligible to receive funds from this distribution, a student must:Have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus activities due to COVID-19;Be enrolled in LSCPA during the Spring 2020 semester in a face-to-face class, a face-to-face lab, a combination of face-to-face and online, or clinical courses, and;Have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).A student who has not filed a FAFSA is eligible if they:Are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (i.e., eligible to receive federal Title IV aid);Are (or have been) enrolled in a degree-seeking associate or certificate program for Spring 2020;Are not enrolled exclusively in online courses for the spring semester on or prior to March 13, 2020;Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements;Are not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on any federal grant;Have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting;Have a valid Social Security number;Are registered with Selective Service (if required);Do not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale andComplete a FAFSA so college can determine eligibility.Federal law precludes international students, high school dual credit students, and incarcerated students from being eligible for LSCPA CARES funding. “This funding is a much-needed boost for our students,” LSCPA President Dr. Betty Reynard said. “We understand that many of our students are struggling financially, so we are dedicated to getting this money out to them as quickly as possible.”An application for LSCPA CARES funds will be available at through May 15.A link to the application will be located on the site’s home page for easy access. Funds will be distributed no later than May 31 through direct deposit and checks.last_img read more