Monthly archives for January, 2021

Police following leads in stabbing of 91-year-old

first_imgNeighbors of a 91-year-old woman who was stabbed during a robbery gathered signatures for a get-well card for the Crystal Creek Apartment resident on Wednesday. Apartment dwellers were seen going about their every day business one day after the aggravated robbery while giving motorists inside the complex a second glance. One senior citizen who asked to be called “Loretta,” said she didn’t know the woman who was stabbed but lives across from her. “I wish her well,” Loretta said as she walked to a community building in the complex. “There’s a card being passed around today for her.” Loretta said all apartment complexes need more security, especially with the number of people who drive through. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Police are hoping to locate witnesses who saw a panhandler near the 8100 block of Honeywood Trail. The man, police believe, may lead officers to the identity of the person who stabbed and robbed a 91-year-old woman Tuesday afternoon. Port Arthur Police Sgt. Scott Gaspard said about 20 minutes before the woman was attacked they received a call, about 3:37 p.m. Feb. 10, of a suspicious person in the area of Crystal Creek Apartments. Before officers arrived, a second call was received about the stabbing. The suspect entered the woman’s apartment through an unlocked door and told the woman he was with the apartment management. He then asked the woman for $5 and when she told the man she didn’t have the money, he attacked her, Gaspard said. The suspect fled the scene on foot with property stolen from the woman’s apartment. Police recovered the woman’s purse, the contents of which were scattered for about three blocks, in an area the suspect was last seen traveling. Bloodhounds were brought to the scene to assist in the search but the suspect was not located. The victim was transported to the Intensive Care Unit at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth where she is listed in stable condition. She is expected to recover, Gaspard said. “But any time you have someone who is 91 receive these type of injuries, there’s the potential for danger, that’s why she was sent to the ICU,” he said. Gaspard said investigators are following up on leads in the hope of delivering some justice for the victim. The stabbing suspect is described as a thin black male with a dark complexion. At the time of the incident he was wearing all black clothing including a windbreaker with a quilted-like top. Anyone with information about this crime or who saw the man who was panhandling in the area of Crystal Creek Apartments Tuesday afternoon are urged to call EasTex Crime Stoppers at 724-TIPS. You will not be asked your name and could earn a cash reward. [email protected]last_img read more

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Seahawks remain atop Region XIV

first_imgLSC-PA sports informationThe distance between Lamar State College Port Arthur and the rest of the pack widened just a little bit more Wednesday night as the Seahawks dominated Jacksonville College for an 82-65 NJCAA Region 14 win at the Carl Parker Center.That victory, coupled with a loss to Angelina College by San Jacinto College, puts the Seahawks in control of their own conference fate as they head into the final three games of the regular season. The Hawks, 20-8 overall and 11-5 in league play, face San Jacinto this Saturday at 4 p.m. in Pasadena. Having already beaten the Ravens in Port Arthur, and with Wednesday night’s loss by San Jac to Angelina, the Seahawks can take a huge step toward claiming a South Zone title in the next week and a half.That road, though, will go through Blinn College, which beat the Hawks 80-75 in Brenham on Jan. 30. The final game of the regular season won’t be much easier for the Hawks as the surging Angelina Roadrunners host LSCPA on Saturday, February 27.On Wednesday night, there was no doubt which team was in first place in the South Zone as the Seahawks dominated from tip to final buzzer against the Jaguars. It was LSCPA’s stifling defense early that set the pace and gave the Blue and White an advantage that the Jaguars just couldn’t overcome.The Seahawks took a 12-11 lead on a Mambi Diawara 3-pointer with 13:49 left in the first half and Angelina would never regain an advantage. Diawara and Freddie Williams Jr. led the Seahawks offense in the first half, pushing LSCPA out to a 37-24 advantage at the break. On defense, Williams and Christian Albright controlled the tempo.Through the second half, the tenacious Seahawks D forced poor shots from the field by Jacksonville, which finished the game with a 32.3 percent shooting mark.Williams had his third consecutive all-star game, scoring 25 points with 10 rebounds, while Diawara added 18 points, seven boards and six assists. Albright picked up his first double-double performance of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.Nederland sophomore Colton Weisbrod added 15 points.Jacksonville had no players in double-figures though 12 of the team’s 15 players scored at least two points.last_img read more

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2 shot, 1 charged in Beaumont; investigation continues

first_imgStaff reportA Beaumont man was arrested for deadly conduct, discharging a firearm in connection with a late night Tuesday shooting in Beaumont.Beaumont police said in an issued statement that Jarvis Blue, 24, was charged in connection with a shooting incident at 501 Washington Blvd. that occurred around 10:30 p.m. They said anyone with information should contact the Beaumont Police Detective Division, 409-880-3830 or the Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS. Officers responded to that address after a report of shots fired. There, they learned that numerous vehicles and suspects were involved in a disturbance in which two Beaumont men were shot.Both victims went to Baptist Hospital by private auto, with wounds that were not life threatening, police said.Detectives later arrested Blue and were continuing to investigate the incident Wednesday, although they said suspects, victims and witnesses were providing little cooperation.last_img read more

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Nelda Rose Bennett

first_img She enjoyed being on her computer, iPad and working puzzles.Nelda was a loving person who will be dearly missed by all.She was preceded in death by her father, J. C. Savell, her step father, Eloi Hebert. Nelda Rose Bennett, 70, of Groves passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Medical Center of Southeast Texas.Nelda was born on October 6, 1949 in Leesville, Louisiana to parents, Laura Cecelia Clanan and J. C. Savell.She has lived many years in the Groves area and she had worked at many businesses in the area; a secretary, printing shop and for the government. Nelda is survived by her husband, Elvin Rod Bennett of Groves, TX, her mother, Laura Hebert of Ragley, LA, her sons, Christopher Antilly of and his wife, Heather, of Marion, AK, her daughter, Kimberley Ann Antilly of Marion, AK, her brother, John Savell, Michael Savell, Anthony Hebert, Kenneth Hebert, Joseph Hebert all of Ragley, LA, Carl Hebert of Lakeland, FL, Ray Hebert of Tomball, TX, her sisters, Velda Rigmaiden of Longville, LA, Belinda Keith of Sulphur, LA.She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great and great-great included.center_img A 2:00 PM memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, with a gathering of family and friends from 1:00 PM until service time.Arrangements for cremation were entrusted to Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.last_img read more

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GUEST COLUMN — Remember the value of water

first_img To give you a sense of how prevalent an issue this is in the state, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) rated Texas’ drinking water infrastructure a D+ and wastewater infrastructure a D. According to the ASCE 2017 Texas Infrastructure Report Card, “Texas’ infrastructure lacks funding, proper maintenance, and is poorly equipped to deal with environmental change as Texas continues to grow.”That is where we come in to invest in the future of your water sustainability.Over the past four years alone, SouthWest Water Company has invested approximately $50 million on water and wastewater system upgrades across the state to serve our customers.That is in addition to the cost of employing hundreds of Texans, maintaining specialty equipment, renewing certifications, regulatory monitoring and testing, and conducting administrative work to stay safe and maintain compliance as a utility. And Texas is a big state with a lot of ground to cover and dirt to move. But it is important for us all to remember, although we do not own the water, and neither do you, we are all responsible for it. As a full service utility, our job is to deliver safe and reliable water you can feel confident drinking and using, and providing environmentally friendly wastewater treatment.As Texans, we can each conserve water and pay special attention to what we are putting into our rivers and lakes. Together we can keep our community safe and hydrated.When you think of what you pay each month to get a clean supply of water for drinking, appliances, bathing and cleaning, the cost of that service is certainly a consideration, but it is important to also think of the value.Water and wastewater utilities are essentially delivering water on demand and safely taking away the used water so you do not have to deal with it. Think of the packages and groceries that are delivered to your home, for example. You pay for that service each time you use it—and you have to wait.I have spent my career working across North America in the water utility industry, and I can tell you this is essential work that is complex and difficult, and I could not be more proud of our employees.From engineers and operators in the field to our office teams, I cannot think of one person who is looking for recognition for this work.I can confidently say that each and every one of my colleagues acts with humility to provide this basic resource to our communities and does so with a commitment not only to safety but also to continually increasing value to our customers.The next time you turn on your sink, fill up the tub, flush a toilet, or sit back and watch the sprinklers water your yard, remember the journey that water has made to your home and back to the environment. It is our privilege to play a part in that journey, providing Texans with safe, reliable water that you can trust. How hard can it be to treat, store and pipe water into our homes and businesses? What you may not know is that water and wastewater are the most expensive utilities to build and maintain. There are dozens of processes all water must undergo to be safe for your consumption.The hundreds of water lines in your neighborhood alone require intensive maintenance and — eventually — replacement to function as you expect.When a company like ours assumes control of a service area, the underlying infrastructure (the basic physical structures and facilities needed for operation) is often in disrepair due to poor upkeep or simply being decades old. The process of turning groundwater and surface water into safe water for your home is complex and goes largely unseen.Jeffrey L. McIntyreUnlike electricity, which you can see coming to your home through power lines, and natural gas, which can have a distinctive smell, water is processed and delivered out of sight and typically underground.It is only natural to think of water like the air we breathe. After all, water rains down from the sky and fills the waterways and lakes near our homes. Jeffrey L. McIntyre is president of Texas Utilities at SouthWest Water Company. For more information, log onto swwc.com.last_img read more

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Hobby Lobby raising minimum full-time hourly wages

first_imgHobby Lobby Stores announced this week that it is raising its minimum full-time hourly wage to $17 effective Oct. 1.Hobby Lobby has a strong reputation in Port Arthur and Mid-County, where it serves customers from its 2770 FM 365 A location.Hobby Lobby was one of the first retailers in 2009 to establish a nationwide minimum hourly wage well above the federal minimum wage and has since raised its minimum wages 10 times over the last 11 years. In addition to providing industry-leading pay, Hobby Lobby also provides benefits to eligible employees, including an outstanding medical, prescription, and dental plan, 401(k) with generous company match, flexible spending plan, long-term disability benefits, life insurance, vacation pay, personal paid time off benefits with annual buyback, holiday pay, chaplain services, and an employee discount. In 2014, Hobby Lobby raised its full-time minimum hourly wage to $15 well before it became fashionable with other retailers.“We have always worked hard to be a retail leader when it comes to taking care of our people,” founder and CEO David Green said. “From closing our stores on Sundays and at 8 p.m. the rest of the week to providing some of the best pay and benefits in the retail industry, we are thankful that we are able to share our success with our valued employees and provide time for rest, family and worship. These investments allow Hobby Lobby to attract and retain a great group of associates who in turn help provide the wonderfully unique shopping experience enjoyed by our many loyal customers.“Because this year has presented so many challenges to our employees, we are very happy that we are able to provide pay increases to thousands of our associates before the Christmas season,” said Green.last_img read more

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Kenneth Wayne Sperling

first_imgMr. Kenneth Wayne Sperling passed away on October 10, 2020.Born March 13, 1950, In Port Arthur Texas.He Graduated from Lincoln High School in 1968. He is survived by sisters Cheryl Hilbring (William), Cindy Christopher, Brother Micheal Sperling Port Arthur. Nedra Sperling, Gilbert Sperling Jr.  Margo and Kevin Sperling California.Grandchildren Cameren, and Carris. A very special friend and care giver Debra Banks and many nieces and nephews.Funeral Service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home, 3800 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur, TX with visitation from 12 p.m. until service time.center_img Next UpHe traveled for several years and lived in Boston Mass. for several years.He came back home and worked, became disabled until his passing.He is preceeded in death by his mother, Gloria Hughes, father Gilbert Sperling, brother Calvin Sperling, sister Aleta Sperling and son Keithan Sperling.last_img read more

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Debbie Allen Makes a Dazzling Backstage Appearance at Kinky Boots

first_imgThe latest star to join the fun backstage at the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots is dance legend Debbie Allen, who headed behind the scenes after the October 2 matinee of the crowd-pleasing tuner. Allen delivered her hearty congratulations to Kinky’s Tony-winning star Billy Porter, who welcomed the Broadway icon with the help of two of the show’s fabulous drag Angels, Kevin Smith Kirkwood and Kyle Taylor Parker. Porter & Co. posed for this fantastic Hot Shot with Allen, who has starred on the Great White Way in shows like Sweet Charity, West Side Story and Raisin, as well as directing the starry 2008 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. When are we going to see you next, Debs!? Dozens of Broadway dancers are waiting for you to choreograph for them! View Comments Related Shows Star Files Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Billy Porterlast_img read more

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Tim Roth & More to Attend the Bash From Hell in L.A. Revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party

first_imgTim Roth is having a Party, and you’re invited! The Oscar nominee will play pianist (and birthday boy) Stanley Webber in the new revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA. Directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist), performances begin February 4, 2014, with an official opening night set for February 12. The Birthday Party is slated to play a limited engagement through March 16. In addition to Roth, The Birthday Party will feature Olivier nominee Frances Barber (Camille, Julius Caesar) as Meg, as well as Steven Berkoff (Rambo) as Goldberg and Nick Ullett (As the World Turns) as Petey. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Roth’s many film and TV credits include Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Planet of the Apes, Lie to Me, The Liability, The Incredible Hulk, The Last Sign, Battle of the Brave, Dark Water and Rob Roy, for which he garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. View Comments Pinter’s 1957 play tells the story of Stanley (Roth), a piano player in his thirties who lives in a small seaside town in England in a rundown boarding house, operated by Meg (Barber) and Petey (Ullett) Boles. On Stanley’s birthday, Meg plans a party at the boarding house, but when two mysterious strangers arrive, the get-together turns into a nightmare.last_img read more

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Madison and Morgan Counties

first_imgMadison and Morgan Counties link easily to other parts of Alabama and to neighboring Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia via major highways. Music City USA, Nashville, Tennessee, is only 100 miles to the north, on Interstate 65, and Atlanta is 185 miles to the southeast, on U.S. Highway 72 and I-75.For those flying, there are four major airports within 200 or so miles — two in Alabama and two in Tennessee — with numerous air carriers.Both counties have public transportation, and the area is also served by a Greyhound Bus Station.last_img

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