PN council to consider moratorium

first_imgPort Neches City Council will consider a moratorium on property development during the 4 p.m. meeting Thursday at city hall. While to some, the city’s water treatment plant capacity and property development issues do not seem to coincide, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality sees otherwise. City Manager Randy Kimler said under TCEQ ruling, the city must consider adding another plant if capacity increases to more than 85 percent capacity. Kimler said the city has never exceeded the 85 percent mark with an approximate capacity of 4.4 million gallons with about 1.4 million gallons pumped. “I think we’re more than adequate,” Kimler said via telephone Tuesday. The city and the Planning and Zoning Commission have both held public hearings regarding the issue of the moratorium and a notice has been published in The News. If approved by council, the moratorium will be for a 120 day time period. As property is developed in the city, apartments are high users of water in comparison to single family homes. In related action, Bob Shaw Consulting Engineers will present a report on the status of the water treatment plant capacity study. Council will also consider instructing the city attorney to draft an ordinance prohibiting use of motor homes as a residence. Kimler said the city has had some complaints of people using motor homes as living residences and some neighboring cities have already signed similar ordinances. Other agenda items includes: • Consider correcting the city’s amount of contribution of Medicare Supplement Insurance. • Consider appointing a city council member to the Advisory Committee for the Mid-County Small Animal Shelter. • Consider adopting a revised employee policy manual. • Consider approving an agreement between the city and Nutrition and Services for Seniors concerning services provided to the Senior Citizen Center.last_img read more

Get the area’s big picture with airport mural

first_img Cope, of Avis/Budget car rental at the airport, said two men came in and made quick work of putting up the artwork. Organizers announced they expected it would take several hours, or the better part of a work day, to fully install the 37- by 16-foot art work. The mural project began in May of this past year with the opening of the new and improved airport terminal which has undergone extensive renovation since Hurricane Rita.Larry Acker, assistant director of public relations at Lamar University, said the project is a collaborative effort from Lamar, the Beaumont and Port Arthur chambers of commerce, the Beaumont and Port Arthur convention and visitor’s bureaus as well and chambers of commerce from the Mid-County area. “The mural depicts all the wonderful things that most people identify with Southeast Texas and the Golden Triangle area as a whole.  It includes the petroleum industry, the ocean, mudbugs, Mardi Gras, festivals, alligators and much more,” Acker said. The jet set arriving in Southeast Texas can get a preview to the fun that awaits them. Just yards from the deplaning area at the Southeast Texas Regional Airport, a mural incorporates images of Mardi Gras, the oil industry, Lamar University and boating fun.“That’s a big ol’ gator,” Eddie Cope observed as he perused the mural just hours after installation on Tuesday.Dwarfed by the image of a pink roseate spoonbill, Cope also pointed out the logo of the South Texas State Fair and crawfish approaching the size of Mini Coopers. Bill Anderson, owner of Eugene Anderson Studios in Sour Lake, painted the original art for the mural. It’s printed on vinyl, like a [email protected]last_img read more

Ninth inning rally leads Astros past Dodgers

first_img Andre Ethier broke a 1-all tie with a two-out pinch hit single in the seventh inning. His hit to shallow center field scored Navarro and gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead. Bourn thought he’d grabbed the grounder, but instead ran past it for an error that allowed Russell Mitchell to score and Ethier to take second base.Ethier did not start on Monday after leaving Sunday’s game with various injuries after crashing into a fence chasing a fly ball. Navarro hit a ground-rule double to the corner of right field before Houston intentionally walked Mitchell with starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw on deck.After Mitchell took second, Ethier came out to pinch hit and sent Kershaw to the dugout.Matt Kemp’s hit his 11th home run of the season with a solo shot in the second inning for the Dodgers. Hunter Pence’s two-out RBI single in the ninth inning lifted the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.The Astros trailed 3-1 entering the ninth inning before Michael Bourn tied it with his two-out, full-count double down the right-field line that scored two against Kenley Jansen (1-1), the hard-throwing rookie who is the latest pitcher the Dodgers have given a shot to close games.Bill Hall started the rally with a one-out single and Angel Sanchez walked with two outs. They advanced on a double steal to put the tying runs in scoring position for Bourn. Jansen hit Clint Barmes with a pitch before Pence’s looping line drive to left field sent Bourn home. Catcher Dioner Navarro blocked the plate but Bourn slid in behind him to tag home.Hall, who was 0 for 11 entering the game, went 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles.Jeff Fulchino (1-2) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for Houston.center_img Kershaw gave up four hits and a run with seven strikeouts in six innings.Houston starter Bud Norris yielded six hits and three runs — two earned — with five strikeouts in seven innings.The Astros tied it at 1-all when Hall doubled on a ball that bounced off the glove of Jay Gibbons in left field before scoring on a single by Humberto Quintero in the third inning.Hall got his second double with no outs in the fifth inning, but Houston left the inning empty-handed when Kershaw retired the next three batters.Barmes singled in the sixth inning before Lee walked with one out. Kershaw struck out the next two Astros to escape that jam.Kemp’s homer to right field put Los Angeles up 1-0 in the second. Gibbons followed with a single before Norris walked Sands. He was able to limit the damage by retiring the next three batters.NOTES: Dodgers 1B James Loney extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games. … Jose Lima, Jr., the son of former Astros and Dodgers pitcher Jose Lima, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to mark the one-year anniversary of his father’s death. Lima, who won 21 games for the Astros in 1999 and spent 13 years in the majors, was 37. … Houston OF/INF Jason Bourgeois, on the disabled list with an oblique strain, took swings for the first time since his injury on Monday. He said he felt good after the swings and hoped to take batting practice in the next couple of days.last_img read more

Ridge Point blanks Nederland in soccer playoff

first_img “We were into the wind in the first half, and it was a really strong wind,” Nederland coach Keith Barrow said. “It was 2-0 at halftime. We were kind of on our heels the whole half, and hoping to get out [of the half] 0-0.”Unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, Ridge Point was on point all game.“We gave up two goals,” Barrow said. “One was a really good goal, the other on a corner kick. We just didn’t get the ball cleared, and they kicked it in.” The News staff reportHOUSTON — The strong wind did not help Nederland’s girls soccer team at all at the start of Friday’s 5A area round game. Neither did the No. 6-ranked team in the class.Fort Bend Ridge Point pitched a 6-0 shutout win at the Galena Park ISD Stadium to end Nederland’s season at 17-5-1. The Lady Panthers improved to 22-1. Barrow said the Lady Bulldogs tried to push the numbers forward and score one goal at a time. But the possession-oriented Lady Panthers succeeded at working the ball around and gave the Lady Dogs fits all night.In fact, Ridge Point had 30 shots on goal to Nederland’s eight. Emma Roccaforte finished with 15 saves for Nederland.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for July 13

first_imgDeath noticesDorslene J. Doyle, 83, of Lake Charles, formerly of Nederland, died Monday, July 11, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors, Groves.Dorslene J. Doyle, 83, of Lake Charles, formerly of Nederland, died Monday, July 11, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors, Groves. Grace Lorriane Clausen Reeves, 98, of Nederland, died Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland. Services todayCassandra Jerry-Lewis, Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel, Port Arthur, noon.center_img Everett L. Wiley, 85, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors, Groves.George A. Roccaforte Sr., 84, of Nederland died Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland.last_img

Maxwell D. Chelette

first_imgMaxwell D. Chelette, 88, of Groves passed away Saturday March 04, 2017 at Magnolia Manor in Groves.Maxwell was born on December 24, 1928 in DeRidder Louisiana to Daniel Thomas Chelette, Sr. and Elizabeth Bagwell Chelette. He was a resident of Groves for 63 years, a retired operator from Gulf Oil with 36 years of service and a veteran of the U.S. Army having served from 1951 to 1953. Maxwell was a member of Abundant Life Sanctuary in Groves.  The Family would like to send a special thanks to the staff of Magnolia Manor for their loving care. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday March 07, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jason Myer officiating at the Abundant Life Sanctuary in Groves under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Entombment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.A visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday March 06, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.center_img Maxwell is survived by his wife of 63 years Bessie Chelette of Groves, daughter Cathy Savoie and husband Kerry of Beaumont, son Charles Chelette and wife Becky of Groves, five grandchildren Jonathan, Catherine, Kelli, Danielle and Charleen and five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.last_img read more

Don’t Mess With Texas, or with Precinct 2

first_img The result: County mowing crews are hampered when they try to cut the grass and Jefferson County residents must bear the visual pollution their irresponsible neighbors leave in their wake.Curiously, young people who’ve grown up with the “Don’t Mess With Texas” slogan can be the worst offenders. Some research indicates the worst offenders include millennials who are simply “rushed for time.”No one should be too busy to keep Precinct 2 and other corners of this county clean. The industry-heavy Golden Triangle sometimes struggles to be beautiful, but this area has been given enough natural treasures that we should take care of those we have.Think twice before you mar our natural landscape. But don’t hesitate to pitch in for our local program, or to call Weaver’s office at409-727-2173 or to access Weaver’s county website to learn more. Commissioner Brent A. Weaver’s plan to launch a volunteer anti-litter program for Jefferson County’s Precinct 2 roads shows he’s willing to adapt proven, worthy ideas for new purposes.Weaver is modeling the Adopt A County Road program after its highly successful Texas Adopt-a-Highway forerunner. The volunteers haven’t gone it alone. Big companies like McDonald’s and Yeti and Forestar and Sweet Leaf Iced Teas have contributed. So have Coca-Cola and Blue Bell and Southwest Airlines. And more.Much like the statewide program, the Adopt A County Road effort will seek clubs and teams and companies and other organizations to roam Precinct 2’s 97 miles of roadsides, pledging to pick up trash three times a year. The county will provide safety vests, bags, traffic control signs and safety information.In return, volunteers will be recognized by county signage that notes their group’s earnest efforts to keep designated Precinct 2 rights of way clean.Of course, those Herculean volunteer efforts would be unneeded if Texans didn’t litter at all. Weaver cited Hildebrandt and Humble Camp and Labelle as troublesome spots for litter and illegal dumping, decidedly rural places where people with social responsibility shortcomings dump everything from trash to trash bags to sofas and stoves and tires where they shouldn’t. But there are other trouble spots, too.center_img Why not?The state program was launched in Tyler 32 years ago and now boasts 3,800 groups that comb two-mile stretches of roadways to pick up litter. Since its launch, volunteers have covered almost a half-million miles of Texas territory, saving the state some $3 million a year in litter pickup.Nowadays, 1 million volunteers in America follow the example of those Tyler pioneers, if not the exact roadways. Some 500,000 miles across America have gotten necessary roadside attention.last_img read more

PAISD closed Tuesday due to inclement weather

first_imgDue to the impending inclement weather, Port Arthur ISD will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16, according to a press release from the district.Please stay tuned to local media and the District’s website, social media pages and mobile app for more updates.last_img

Lloyd James Smith II

first_img He was a caring and loving person who loved spending time with his girls.James is survived by his wife, Becky Smith of Houston, daughters, Halie Davis Smith of Austin, Laynie “Bug” Michelle Smith of Houston, Abbie Lee “Little Foot” Smith of Houston, his mother, Sheila Jones of Port Arthur and his father, Randy Smith and his wife, Sandy of Cypress.He is also survived by his brothers, Jeremy Jones and his wife, Holly of Groves, Jason Smith of Nederland, his sister, Jennifer Norman of Mineral Wells, his niece,, Kayli Smith and his nephew,Jayden “My Boy Blue” Jones.A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, with a rosary to be prayed at 6:00 pm at the funeral home. A 2:00 pm Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church in Port Arthur.The celebrant will be Rev. Steven Leger.Cremation arrangements will follow the services under the direction of Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. Lloyd James Smith II, 49, of Houston passed away on Friday, October 18, 2019 at HCA Houston Healthcare North in Cypress, Texas.James was born on December 8, 1969 in Houston to father, Jerry Randall Smith and mother, Sheila Lee Thibodeaux.He had lived in the Houston area for many years. He attended Culinary School and was a chef atHoliday Inn and Hilton Hotel in Houston.James enjoyed going fishing and cooking for his family and friends.last_img read more

Louise Schenkewitz

first_img During her career, she was awarded an Honorary Life Membership to the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers as a parent and also as a teacher.She has been a member of the Alpha Omega chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma since 1976 and served as Alpha Omega Chapter president from 1990-1992.She was awarded the Chapter Achievement award in 1996.Other past professional memberships include Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Assn., Phi Delta Kappa and International Readers Assn.After retirement, Louise volunteered as a counselor at United Board of Missions and was a member of the Hibiscus Garden Club, and served as president from 1990-1992.She was a member of First Baptist Church of Port Arthur for many years, where she loved teaching the Adult Ladies Sunday School class.She was also a long-time member of the Texas Artists Museum.Louise loved painting with oils and watercolors, as well as collecting art.She loved traveling with a group of friends and also loved spending time at their lake house on Toledo Bend.Her greatest joy was spending time with her sons and their families.Louise was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Otto Schenkewitz, parents Tony and Lula Mae Fontenot; brothers Jay Maxey, Jim Fontenot, Bobby Fontenot and Donald Joe Fontenot; sisters Margaret Bell, Manon “Blue” McFarland and Gladys Walsh.She is survived by her sons Brad Schenkewitz (wife Freda) of Moss Point, MS and Jay Schenkewitz (wifePatsy) of Carrollton, TX; brother Kermit Fontenot (wife Ouida) of Red Oak, TX; six grandchildren: Dr. Kyle Schenkewitz (wife Jean) of Waverly, IA, Anna Mayfield of Hurley, MS, Laura Schenkewitz of Pascagoula, MS, Sarah Dubose (Tyler) of Edmond, OK, Ryan Schenkewitz of Houston, TX and Molly Louise Schenkewitz of Carrollton, TX; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Levingston Funeral Home, 5601 39th Street, Groves, TX.Visitation will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 prior to the funeral.Graveside service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park following the funeral.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideons International (, United Board of Missions ( or Alzheimer’s Association ( She worked for the Port Arthur ISD for 33 years, serving as secretary At Stephen F. Austin, Pease Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Jr. High and the PAISD Administration Building.She attended Lamar University at night and summers while working as school secretary.She graduated with honors with a degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Supervision and certification in School Administration. Louise Schenkewitz entered the gates of Heaven on November 20, 2019.She was born October 9, 1933 to parents Tony and Lula Mae Fontenot in Port Arthur, Texas.She was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School.center_img Louise taught intermediate levels at Dick Dowling Elementary.She was named American History Teacher of the Year in 1977 and 1978.She supervised instruction at several Port Arthur schools and was Principal at Sims and Tyrrell Elementary Schools. She retired from Tyrrell Elementary.Following her retirement, she taught at Lamar University as an adjunct instructor in the Education department.last_img read more