Lady Indians wrap up 20-4A softball crown

first_img Leading hitters: PN-G — Romero 3-3; Kaylee Powell 2-3; Hayley Kiker 2-3; Dykes 2-3; Kate Fawcett 2-2. “We set a goal to be district champions,” PN-G head coach Brooke Fontenot said. “This was a big accomplishment for our team. It’s my first time as a head coach to be district champs alone. Last season, we shared the title with Nederland and [Little Cypress-Mauriceville]. As a coach and a team, it was a nice accomplishment. It was well deserved by this team. They are good competitors, good athletes that have put in hard work this season.”PN-G starting pitcher Megan Romero (5-3) earned the victory, allowing just one hit in four innings of work. Romero also struck out four while walking none and went 3 for 3 at the plate. Batterymate Caitlynn Dykes was 2 for 3 and came up with a big hit to get the Lady Indians on the board early.In the top of the first, Kate Fawcett walked and moved to second when Kristin Braye reached on an error. Dykes followed with a three-run home run to give PN-G the early 3-0 lead. BEAUMONT — Mission accomplished.The Port Neches-Groves softball team reached the first of many goals this season as they clinched the District 20-4A title with a 15-0 victory over Beaumont Central in four innings Tuesday at Jaguar Field.PN-G finished district play with a 12-2 record, finishing a game ahead of second-place Nederland, and are 22-9 overall. The Lady Indians will face the fourth-place finisher from District 19-4A, either Crosby or Goose Creek Memorial.center_img Port Neches-Groves 15, Beaumont Central 0, 4 inningsPN-G 352    5    —    15    15    0Central    000    0    —    0    1    2Megan Romero and Caitlynn Dykes; Wilson and Basha. W — Megan (5-3). L — Wilson.last_img read more

Vapefest: Where e-cigarette camaraderie is in the air — along with haze

first_imgThe scent on the breeze is — what? Guava, with a hint of lion’s mane? Or maybe a cocktail of vanilla and cherry menthol and jungle juice. Past the hotel lobby, the haze thickens. Smells sharpen, then muddle, then sharpen again. It’s smoky, except it’s not, because it is vapor that’s being expelled in great white plumes in the ballroom, which is clogged with vapers, because this is Vapefest. An announcement is being made.“Meet Beefcake the Mighty,” says a young vaper in a teal polo shirt into a microphone, referencing the large man dressed as some kind of mythic warlord from hell. “He will autograph your juice for you.”Where to begin. Most of the mods look like sheathed light sabers. They’re not the dainty penlike items you’d buy at a gas station. These are hand-held lithium-powered objects of sorcery that mimic the Pavlovian choreography of smoking: the hand-to-mouth movement, the “throat hit” and the, uh, suckle.Under a tent near speakers that are playing AC/DC, Matt Wellman is vaping a Gandalf pipe made of spalted tamarind. It’s handsome, shankless and claw-like. He fashioned it at Steam Cigs, his shop, vapers lounge and manufacturing base in Lawrenceville, Ga.“It’s a battery holder,” he says of the pipe. “It’s just a very pretty battery holder.”A former home remodeler, Wellman made his first e-pipe in December 2010 using his grandfather’s pipe-smoker tools. His company, ePipeMods, has made 10,000 since, employs a dozen people and is estimated to do $1 million in business this year.Vapers line up to admire the craftsmanship. They buy discounted vials and fly through plastic mouthpieces while trying flavors. They fondle a range of mods and accessories such as colored screw-on bands that say “Vapestrong.” They gab and exhale majestic billows of vapor at round tables piled high with merchandise, cans of Miller Lite and glass pints of Blue Moon from the bar in the lobby.This bit of revelry and commerce is part of building the e-cigarette industry from the ground up, drag by drag, small business by small business. Vapers are fighting legislative battles as states try to figure out how to restrict, tax or otherwise regulate vaping, which is often coupled by lawmakers with regular tobacco cigarettes. Vapers credit vaping for getting them off traditional cigarettes, often overnight and cold turkey, but vendors are cautioned from touting the health benefits, which are in dispute.“You’re not saving anyone’s life,” says Cynthia Cabrera of the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association during a “legal and political education” breakout session for festgoers. “You’re selling a lifestyle product.”The lifestyle, though, exists because of its divorce from traditional cigarettes, which are proven killers. The secretary of the National Vapers Club, who goes by the name Malicedoll, is standing on the periphery of Vapefest as dinnertime approaches. She’s wearing a bodice and a cascading hairfall made of black and white yarn. Malicedoll is a licensed embalmer from Phoenix, and she also has fangs (via minor cosmetic dental surgery).She’s vaping lemonade ice from a mod with a case featuring cast members of the CW show “Supernatural.” Beefcake the Mighty has taken his place on the opposite end of the ballroom and is signing mods and posters.What does she see when she looks around Vapefest, besides the haze, of course, and a delightfully odd and diverse occasion?“People who want to live,” Malicedoll says, shrugging. “People who don’t want to die.” With the haze, yes, and the smell. But then?Start simple. Vapefest is a convention and fundraiser for users and vendors of electronic cigarettes. Users of electronic cigarettes are called vapers. Vapers vape vapor. Beefcake the Mighty is a member of the thrash metal band Gwar, whose albums include “This Toilet Earth.” You may remember the song called “The Obliteration of Flab Quarv 7.”OK.center_img So Beefcake the Mighty is a vaper, and he is what passes for a celebrity at Vapefest, which is pretty darn fun, as far as hotel conventions around Dulles International Airport in Virginia go. (You’d probably rather meet Beefcake the Mighty than other e-cigarette pitchmen, such as Jenny McCarthy and Stephen Dorff, right?) Even after working the room for five hours and inhaling clouds of secondhand atomized propylene glycol, there are still interesting people to talk to — and not a hint of dry eye or scratchy throat, or that icky feeling you might get from sucking tarry poison into your infuriated bronchi.“They found this, and they were able to get off cigarettes, and they’ve become very passionate about it,” says Cheryl Richter, the financial secretary of the National Vapers Club and owner of an e-cigarette shop in Port Chester, N.Y. “Now vapers like to hang out with other vapers, and we don’t like to hang out with smokers at all, because we hate that smell now.”The smell here at the Dulles Hyatt on Friday afternoon, where roughly 1,000 people were expected to gather over two days, is sweet and pungent.Now the look here is another story. The vapers at Vapefest look as if they’re taking a smoke break — sorry, vape break — from a sci-fi convention or a Harley-Davidson ride. Some of them are clearly sporting scabs from skateboard accidents. Some of them are clearly wearing one of their half-dozen Men’s Wearhouse suits. Some of them look like they belong at a Leesburg PTA meeting, or in Middle Earth, or the 1910s. One vendor here sells both “shire malt” and “Grandpa’s cough medicine” e-liquids (or “juice”), the vials of flavored nicotine that are electronically vaporized when you suck on the mouthpiece of an e-cigarette, or “mod,” as the vapers refer to the device.last_img read more

Clowney’s father denied bond on attempted murder charges

first_imgROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — The father of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been denied bond after being charged with attempted murder in a shooting at a Rock Hill bar.A lawyer asked for bond because David Morgan was hurt in the shooting Tuesday. Local media reported that police opposed the request because of the seriousness of the charges.Morgan also was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.A police report said Morgan was removed from the bar for sitting on a stage. Police said he was seen later at the back of the property before firing several rounds at Braxton Homesley. Police say Homesley returned fire.Officers picked up Morgan at Piedmont Medical Center. He was being treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder.last_img

PA Port honored by Propeller Club

first_imgBy Janet ClineSpecial to the News “Our port works hard to make a difference in the area,” Comeaux said.  “It is really good to see how our area ports and navigation district work together for economic development and job creation for the region.” He noted, “It is a distinct honor to be recognized by the Propeller Club.” Next UpJohn Lovejoy, executive officer of the Port Arthur Marine Safety Unit, U.S.  Coast Guard, was master of ceremonies as the Port of Port Arthur, along with other area ports, was honored by the Propeller Club of Southeast Texas. The occasion was the Oct. 29 “Salute to the Ports of Southeast Texas” at the Pompano Club.“Our ports, marine terminals, and waterway are a life-blood to our area,” said John Comeaux, Port of Port Arthur board president. “In tonnage alone our waterway ranks third in the nation. There is a significant amount of growth potential for our community on the horizon.”center_img Also recognized at the Propeller Club event were the Port of Orange, Sabine Pass Port Authority, Port of Beaumont, and the Sabine-Neches Navigation District.Propeller Club Board members are Jackie Smith, OMI Environmental solutions, president; and officers Janet Champagne and Susan Inagaki, Gulf Copper & Mfg. Corporation; Buddy Hicks, Seabulk Towing; Ernest Bezdek, Port of Beaumont; Rod Cohen, Shore Marine Services, and Ronnie Hicks, Port of Port Arthur.last_img read more

Lee Cortry Medford, Jr.

first_imgLee Cortry Medford, Jr., 67 of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Friday, September 30, 2016. A native of Port Arthur, he attended school in the Port Arthur school system and later attended Lamar University. Lee moved to Union, MS and retired from Taylor Machine Works with 25 years of service. Next Up He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Elma Grace Medford; two sons, Jason C. Medford, Sr. (CoCo) and Benjiman Overton of Union, MS; one daughter, LaShonda Overton of Union, MS; two grandsons; one granddaughter, one niece, one nephew; and a host of aunts uncles, other relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.last_img read more

Karen Lynn Hammer

first_img Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Hammer’s memory to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards A gathering of Mrs. Hammer’s family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Faith Tabernacle Church, 10169 Highway 69 (Memorial Boulevard), Port Arthur, Texas. Her interment will follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County in Nederland. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary, Nederland. Next UpShe was preceded in death by her father, Milton Foster; and brother, Daryl Foster. Survivors include her spouse, Reverend D.R. Hammer; children, Morgan (Nate) Hyde of East Sparta, Ohio, Macy (Daniel) Moreaux of Beaumont, Texas, Miles Hammer, and Micah Hammer; grandchildren, Maleah, Ella, and Layla Hyde and Noah and Bella Moreaux; mother, Wanda Foster; siblings, Ronnie (Lenora) Foster, Rusty (Donna) Foster, Mark (Tammy) Foster, and Rebekah Foster; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends and members of Faith Tabernacle. center_img Karen Lynn Hammer of Nederland, Texas passed away November 7, 2016 at the age of 50. She was born January 26, 1966 in Port Arthur, Texas to Milton and Wanda Foster. Karen married Douglas R. Hammer on June 15, 1984. She lived several years in Kerrville, Texas and later in Alpine, Texas, finally settling down in Nederland in 1999. Karen enjoyed shopping, decorating, exploring new recipes and trying new restaurants. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. Karen had a funny, mischievous side and loved to have fun. last_img read more

HEALTHY LIVING: Christmas plants: Amaryllis bulbs well suited here

first_img If you want to make it flower again, cut the old flowers from the stem. Then cut the stem down to the bulb when it starts to wither. Continue to water and feed as usual for at least five to six months. When the leaves begin to yellow in early fall, cut the plant back to two inches from the top of the bulb.  Remove the bulb from the soil, clean it and place it in a dark cool place. Your refrigerator will work just fine unless you have apples next to the bulb, in which case, the amaryllis bulb will become sterile. Keep stored for at least six weeks.  After the chill time, decide when you want them to bloom again, and plant eight weeks beforehand.If all of this seems like too much trouble, you can always plant them outside in your garden. I am a low maintenance gardener. I have many bright red ones that have naturalized inmy flowerbeds. I do nothing special to them and they come back stronger year after year. That’s my favorite kind of plant! For more information, contact Micah Leigh, Jefferson County Master Gardenerat [email protected] or call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 409-835-8461. By Micah LeighYou may have received an amaryllis bulb this holiday season, and may be wondering what to do with it. Well, you are in luck. The amaryllis is one of the easiest plants to grow, indoors or out. Native to South America, the amaryllis is well suited to our tropical climate. It comes in several shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange. There are also multi-colored and striped varieties. The prices can range from $4 to $40 for a single bulb depending on the variety. If your bulb came prepackaged, all you have to do is follow the directions to get it to bloom.If you have a bare bulb that you intend to grow in a container, place it in lukewarm water for a few hours before you plant.  Use a good potting soil and plant the bulb up to its top being careful not to damage the roots. Press the soil firmly around the bulb to hold it in place. Water lightly.  Place the container in a warm place with direct natural light if possible.  Amaryllis will grow under fluorescent light but only if it is left on around the clock. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch.  Once a month, fertilize with a water- soluble plant food. Blooms will appear in 7 to 10 weeks. And they will be spectacular!last_img read more

Landmarks at stake as Seahawks open region tourney play

first_imgLSCPA sports informationWhen Lamar State College Port Arthur hits the softball field at Angelina College in Lufkin on Saturday afternoon for the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament, history hangs in the balance.The Seahawks, who face Bossier Parish Community College at 12:30 p.m. in the first round of the double-elimination tourney, could win their first-ever postseason game. Head coach Vance Edwards is one game away from his 200th career victory, and the program could see its first 32-win season. In the program’s 13th year of existence, LSCPA has established that it can reach the postseason regional tournament, having made the final eight teams for the third consecutive year. What these Seahawks are missing is their first regional tournament win. They’ve come close but are perhaps more capable of overcoming that hurdle this season than ever before.The current program has set school records for hits (550), runs (315), runs batted in (268), and is second all-time in stolen bases (122). At the helm of the offensive push is Guidry, a nationally-honored shortstop who has broken nearly every school record in the Seahawks books.“I just came here to play ball. My goal at the start of the season was to hit at least .450,” she said.Guidry is the first Seahawks softball player to hit over .500 in a season, settling in at .510 after going 101 of 198 with 27 doubles, nine triples, 33 runs scored and 59 RBI. The Nederland sophomore came to LSCPA after a season with Houston Baptist University a year ago. Now, she’s headed back to the Southland Conference where she will play for Lamar University next season. And while making history is something this Seahawks program can hold on to for years to come, the “Team 13” as they have named themselves, is far more interested in living in the moment for as long as possible.“It’s a relief that we’ve made the tournament and that we’re here but that’s not enough,” said sophomore Savana Guidry. “We have the capability to win at this tournament and do something no other Lamar State team has done. The coaches say this is our year and each and every player believes that’s true.”The Region XIV Tournament continues through Tuesday with the Seahawks playing at 12:30 p.m. Sunday should they win Saturday, or 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the event of a first-round loss. All Seahawks games are broadcast with live video at “Hitting over .500 is something I’m really proud of. I’ve been in the leadoff spot and it’s my job to get things started every game,” she said. “Hitting is contagious and I have to do whatever I can to get on base for my team.”Guidry credits the unconditional support of her coaches as the motivation behind her success this year.“Last year, my confidence wasn’t there,” she said. “The coaches at Lamar State are behind me no matter what. They trust me to make decisions when I’m at the plate and that’s a huge psychological boost. This game is mostly mental and the confidence the coaches have in me has given me the opportunity be a success this season.”In fact, Guidry leads one of the most successful sophomore classes in LSCPA softball history. Kayla Sheridan, who has signed to play for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, was named all-conference and averages .402 at the plate. Alexis Perez, also all-conference, hits .367 with five home runs and 15 doubles.“The team has had its ups and downs this year. We have a great sophomore group and we came together each time we’ve struggled and helped push this team past the rough spots,” Guidry said.While the Seahawks make history with each pitch this season, they are looking at a future that holds a guarantee of even more success. A class of 15 freshmen grace the 2017 roster and include all-conference players in outfielder Morgan Chavarria and pitcher Ashley May.May is the first pitcher in school history to win 21 games in a season and is among the top four in the conference with an earned run average of 2.634 with 177 strikeouts. May is no slouch at the plate, hitting .295 with a team-best seven home runs, 15 doubles and 47 RBI.Chavarria is hitting .352 with nine doubles, a triple, a home run and 19 RBI, crossing the plate 30 times for the Seahawks this season.“The sophomores did our best to show leadership through action and we have a freshman class that responded like they were experienced college softball players,” Guidry said. “It’s amazing how great this freshman class has stepped up and played.“We’re all ready for the opportunity to be successful and make more history for this program. It’s our time and we’re going to do everything possible to make this chance count,” she said.last_img read more

James Calliham Jr.

first_imgJames Calliham Jr., 86, of Port Arthur, TX passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2020 surrounded by family. He is preceded in death by his parents James, Sr. and Lelia Calliham.He leaves to cherish his memories, his sister, Margie Fields; nephew, Dwain Fields; nieces, Gail Mitchell (Herbert) and Agnes Joseph (Kenneth); his devoted caretakers and a host of other relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time.Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.last_img

KATHIE’S KORNER — Faith toward God should lead to maturity

first_imgThere are many scriptures about Faith, but let’s concentrate on the Foundation Stone of Faith.Hebrews 6:12 lists six Foundation Stones for Christians. We should be taught these early in our Christian lives or in our lives, period! Faith is believing.“Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken toward maturity not laying again the foundation …” It says, beyond to maturity, not going backwards. Are you mature? What a funny, provocative, question! What a relief to not take glory for performing, but giving glory to God for every note (only the good ones).My husband and I could see God begin and change lives for good all over the world through the songs and musicians as we traveled for over 30 years using Music as our Tool of Evangelism, praise Him.So, “we do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” — Hebrews 6:12Choose a faith girl or guy to emulate, someone who believes in a Godly, peaceful, prosperous life, not the way they dress or talk, but their FAITH TOWARDS GOD!Kathie Deasy writes about religion for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at [email protected] He prayed and the boy was free and hopefully His followers from doubt!I know from experience that we all have imitated people we respected or looked up to or wanted to emulate, If you want to be a great basketball player, you don’t imitate Michael Jackson, you imitate Michael Jordan.As a singer, I watched and listened to great, alto vocalists that I thought would help me eventually have my own style (my song).As I knew I couldn’t sing exactly how they did or sound, then, I took vocal lessons for eight years with a coach in California as a youngster, singing in recitals, a trio, choirs and studios, finally, giving back my gifts of music to God, Who gave them to me in the first place.center_img Everyone thinks they’re mature if they’re older, but I have my doubts. It will show in a person’s character.In Matthew 17:18-20, Jesus had sent His disciples to drive out a demon to heal a young man. They came back telling Him it didn’t work and asking why didn’t the boy get free?Jesus rebuked them and said it was because of their lack of faith and that if they have faith as small as a mustard seed, they can say to this mountain “move,” and it will move, and nothing will be impossible.last_img read more