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MLK legacy remembered during annual brunch

first_imgBy Sherry Koonce The News staff writer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. legacy should be more than a choir singing, more than a candle lit and more than a once-a-year celebration. It should be a year-round continued effort by all to make the changes that the slain civil rights leader started 40 years ago with his non-violent message of racial equality, anti-poverty and anti-war. Guest speaker Ed Gordon encouraged Monday’s audience at the 2008 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Celebration to keep MLK’s dream alive. The problems facing today’s society are very much the same as those prevalent when Dr. King gave his famed “I Have a Dream” speech, he said. “The dream is yet to be fulfilled” Gordon said. The Emmy award winning broadcaster is host of “Our World” with Black Enterprise, has been a contributing correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine ‘60 Minutes II,” NBC’s “The Today Show” and “Dateline.” “Most of you complain about change and what isn’t, when you haven’t done a thing to make change happen,” he said. Gordon urged those attending Monday’s banquet to be unified and involved in making a change, not just for today, but for the long haul — especially during this historical presidential campaign. Gordon stopped short of endorsing a political candidate, but urged people to realize the high stakes, and to vote for the best qualified candidate. “Whether you vote for Obama, for Clinton, for Romney, Guiana, any of the other candidates or a write-in, you need to realize how important it is to vote,” he said. “If ever there was a time to vote, it is now.” Gordon warned against the silence of apathy — people thinking they could not make a difference. Hargie Faye Savoy, founder/president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Support Group of Southeast Texas, said she was pleased with the day’s attendance. “I think the crowd is back to where it was before Hurricane Rita,” she said. Savoy said she hoped those attending would take the guest speaker’s words and put them into action. “We need to really think — not so much about the candidates — but about the upcoming presidential election and how important this one is. The world is in so much turmoil now. If you ever want to be sure, you want to be sure about who you are electing. Be sure you have the right person for the job,” she said. Martin Luther King Jr., was the right person to embrace the need for change 40 years ago, and his legacy should not be forgotten,” she said. “For a man only 39-year-old, during his life he wrote so many remarkable things, he wanted people to think about the issues then, just as we should now,” she said. During Monday’s brunch, numerous Southeast Texans were honored for their contributions to society. Port Arthur native and renowned attorney James E. Payne was recognized as the 2008 Spirit Award recipient. Certified as a personal injury trial lawyer, Payne has been selected as one of Texas’ Super Layers, which represents the tip five percent in the Texas Bar. He is listed with “The Best Lawyers in America. He is a motivational speaker and developed an economic empowerment plan to stimulate the black community. Others honored were 58th District Court Judge Bob Wortham, Sabrina Vrooman, the first female administrator in the Lamar University System; and Tisha Armstead, organizer of Port Arthur Helping Our People Excel (HOPE.) Contact this reporter at [email protected]last_img read more

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Death notices for May 20

first_img Death noticesAndrea Trahan, 67, of Orange died Friday, May 18, 2012. Dorman Funeral Home. Services todayPaul Laake, Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, 2 p.m. Lloyd J. Barriere, 32, of Port Arthur died Friday, May 18, 2012. Proctor’s Mortuary, Beaumont.center_img Derrick Wilson, 36, of Beaumont died Friday, May 18, 2012. Proctor’s Mortuary.last_img

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Sharon Marie Tillman

first_img Sharon was born March 18, 1955 in Port Arthur, Texas to parents Joyce Marie Boudreaux and Allen Lee Price. She was lifelong resident of Port Arthur and was manager of Pizza Inn for 37 years. Sharon was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who will be missed dearly, especially by her grandchildren that she was so proud of.She was preceded in death by her father, Allen Price; mother Joyce Ingalls; brother, David Allen Price; grandchild Baby Loya.She is survived by her husband, Michael Tillman of Port Arthur; sons, Timothy Scott Tillman of Kentucky, Carl David Walton and wife, Pamela of Erath, LA, Michael Allan Tillman of Port Arthur; daughters, Tracy Ann Fontenot and husband, Joseph of Lake Charles, LA, Jeanetta Sue Loya and husband, Ismael of Port Arthur; sister, Brenda Vines and husband, Dewey of Port Arthur. She is also survived by her thirteen grandchildren and a host of friends.A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 5 pm until 8 pm at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, with a rosary to be recited a 6:30 pm. A 10 AM funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Sharon Marie Tillman, 61, of Port Arthur passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at her residence.last_img read more

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Seahawks’ softball season comes to close in regional

first_imgLSCPA sports informationPASADENA — A freshman provided the magic stroke Lamar State College Port Arthur needed to stay alive in the NJCAA Region XIV softball tournament Friday afternoon. In the end, though, it was the sophomore-laden Galveston College that would dominate for an 8-2 win, eliminating the Seahawks and ending their season at 28-28.Bailey Suza, a Baytown freshman, blooped a shot into shallow center field to score two for the Seahawks in the fourth inning that, at the time, would tie the game at 2-2 and give LSCPA new life against Galveston College, which finished first in the South Zone after the regular season.But Galveston responded with three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth as they advance through the consolation bracket of the regional tournament, which is being held at San Jacinto College.“We made some mistakes but we recovered,” Seahawks coach Vance Edwards said. “We battled back like we have all season. Galveston is a quality program and their bats got to us there at the end. I’m proud of what we accomplished this season. We have nothing to be ashamed about. We set out to do better than last year and that’s exactly what we did.“I can’t say enough about this group of sophomores,” Edwards said. “As freshmen, they brought this program into the regional tournament for the first time in school history and as sophomores, they put together a better record and went back to the tournament with a higher seeding.”Galveston College took an early lead Friday putting a run on the board in the first and second innings for a 2-0 lead. The Seahawks, heading into the fourth inning, had not yet gotten a hit. After Alexis Perez earned a two-out walk, the hit drought ended when sophomore Rebecca Hernandez singled. Anessa Sanchez reached on an error on the next at-bat to load the bases for Suza’s two-run single.“That was a clutch hit,” Edwards said. “It’s as big a hit as we’ve had all season. That inning shows what we are capable of doing.”But the Seahawks were unable to follow up, stranding a pair of runners to end the inning.Hernandez finished the game 2 for 3 with a run scored, while Suza, Breyn Pulcher and Nicole Thorn each picked up a hit. Pulcher and Thorn each had doubles.Angelica Rogers went the distance for the Seahawks on the mound, allowing six earned runs with three strikeouts, three walks and one home run allowed.last_img read more

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OUT IN THE YARD: Changing lives building one community garden at a time

first_img Lamar Community Garden provides students the opportunity to volunteer to grow food for themselves and to donate to a variety of locations.Lamar University hosts the South Park Community Garden. Its mission is to help local people learn and grow food for themselves. McCabe Roberts UMC location emphasizes the benefits of including whole foods in one’s daily eating plan.Mid-County Victory Garden is designed to educate the community with the power of the vegetable.Nutrition and Services for Seniors, commonly known as Meals on Wheels, delivers fresh garden produce to their clients in Jefferson and Hardin counties from their 18 organic beds. Port Arthur Beautification Commission is involved in a garden at Booker T. Washington Elementary to teach children gardening skills along with science and math. Seeds for Needs, Wesley UMC location, delivers fresh vegetables to Boys HavenYour volunteer challenge is to change our community and lives one garden at a time!To learn more about gardening, sign up to become a Master Gardener at the number below for a two-week course that will take place, January 17-20 and January 23-27, 2017. Reach Jefferson County Master Gardener Eileen Slater at [email protected] or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at (409)835-8461. By Eileen SlaterOpen your pantry or refrigerator and food is there or NOT! Texas is ranked as one of the states with the highest food insecurity rates in America. The USDA states that food insecurity is “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” Lack of nutrition changes the way a child’s brain develops. Along with lack of nutrition, diabetes and obesity rates rise in children.In Jefferson County one-third of adults are obese, which raises rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. The Beaumont City Health Department estimates more than 30 percent of children in Jefferson County are obese or overweight. What can you do? Combat this problem by volunteering in community gardens or consider donating extra produce from your own garden.What is a community garden?center_img A community garden is a piece of land cultivated by members of a community, especially in an urban area. It allows citizens to grow or donate food they have grown. The piece of land is gardened by a cooperative group of people living in the area.Where are these gardens?The following known community gardens are found and service residents in Jefferson County. You can volunteer at any of these gardens to help produce food needed for people in our community. The Giving Field’s mission is to feed the hungry. It has 52 beds and 32 trees to provide organic vegetables and fruit year around for the soup kitchens Some Other Place in Beaumont and the Hospitality Center in Port Arthur.last_img read more

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EDITORIAL — Symphony: Reach out to what is great here

first_imgLast week’s “demi concert” at the Museum of the Gulf Coast was a delightful reminder that we live not merely in the shadow of a wonderful symphony but within its warmth and light.The Symphony of Southeast Texas made its presence felt in downtown Port Arthur for the third time within a year when Jennifer Isadore and Hope Cowan of the symphony performed six works for an enthusiastic audience at the museum. Motiva Enterprises hosted the event, extending a gift to those who would receive it.The event follows a spring concert at Lamar State College Port Arthur last May and a Christmas concert at the Woodrow Wilson Early Childhood College last December. Both events drew large audiences. Motiva sponsored or helped sponsor all three. The demi concert fell during the same calendar week as Motiva’s celebration of its planned development of office space in downtown Port Arthur, a block off Procter Street, in two ramshackle yet historically significant buildings — unpolished jewels — at the intersection of Fifth Street and Austin Avenue. Motiva is committed to polishing those jewels, just as it is committed to support our regional symphony.Symphony leaders said the demi concert was planned well before the second, larger Motiva celebration two days later. It was just happenstance the events fell within a couple of days of one another. The symphony says it wants to keep its links to Port Arthur; although the SOST is based in Beaumont, it presents itself as a regional symphony, confirmed by its recent schedule.Maistro Chelsea Tipton took a moment to introduce next season’s 2019-20 schedule, featuring four classical and two pops performances. It’s an attractive lineup. Classical performances are:7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, “The Titans of the Classics: Beethoven and Shostakovich.”7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, “A Celebration of Mozart, Rossini and SOST!”7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, “The Romantic Spirit of Music,” (chorus included).7:30 p.m. April 14, “A Renewal of Spirit: Elgar and the Common Man.”Pops performances are:7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, “The Piano Man Meets the Rocket Man.”7:30 p.m. March 7, “We’re Off to See the Wizard.”Our demi concert and previous appearances remind us that our symphony provides Greater Port Arthur and Mid County people with the opportunity to enjoy first-rate entertainment close to home. So Motiva supports the symphony, the symphony supports Port Arthur. And Port Arthur people? Well, we should enjoy. We’ve had time and opportunity to learn about and appreciate our symphony.Those things that bring strength to our community — economic prosperity, among them — are especially worthwhile when they enable us to reach out to that which is beautiful — in this case, great music, played superbly. We should reach out to all things that are great here — the symphony, so close, among them. See also: Event links Motiva, museum, symphonylast_img read more

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OUT IN THE YARD — Carrots common companion plant for tomatoes

first_imgAbout 3 weeks ago we planted several tomato plants in some very large pots that we found on the side of the road. These 30-gallon pots had medium sized trees in them so they have lots of extra room with only one tomato plant in them. Carrots are a common companion plant for tomatoes so we planted seeds around the edge of the pot. They germinated right before the heavy rain we had so they did not get washed away. We will see how they progress in the next couple months.Carrots originated in Persia and were harvested for their leaves and seeds since wild carrots are very woody and bitter. They were eventually bred and domesticated in Europe and Asia to be less woody, taste better, and have larger or longer taproot. Parsley, cilantro, dill and anise are close relatives, and have a small white taproot. They are still grown for their leaves and seeds. True carrots range in color from white, yellow, shades of purple and the common orange. Their color varies more than their flavor and usually can only be noticed when eaten raw. Any questions can be directed to Micah Leigh, [email protected] Jefferson County Master Gardener, or Texas A &M Agrilife Extension, 409-835-8461. Another good story, I found, was a false link to good eyesight and carrots. The British government let out rumors that carrots improved night vision of their pilots during WWII and that was leaked the Germans to mislead them. The story was created to hide the fact they had made incredible advances in their radar systems leading to better success. Carrots do help your eyesight but only if you already deficient in vitamin A. Carrots are good for you and have vitamins such as B6, K and beta-carotene.center_img Carrot seeds were found dating back to 2000 BC. The first edible carrots are mentioned in Persian history around 900 BC and were purple and yellow. Persian carrots stayed with the purple, yellow and white varieties. European carrots were white and purple. Variants in the 1500s resulted in the first orange ones. Carrot seeds have been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. In medieval times carrots became associated with rabbits and were linked to fertility and given to a bride for good luck.There are two cultivars, eastern and western. Eastern ones originated in Persia and usually are longer, skinnier, and vary in colors. There are many middle eastern recipes mentioning spicy cooked carrots. Western ones originated in the Netherlands and are shorter ranging from 1- inch ball to 6 inches in length. They developed for the shorter growing cycle of northern Europe. There are two stories to the development of the orange carrot. One story states the it is a variant of the purple carrots since some purple carrots are orange on the inside. Genetic studies show that the Netherlands growers picked the darker yellow ones, and variations created the orange color. There is a myth that the western orange carrots were developed to commemorate the royal Dutch House of Orange and the struggle for independence. Good story, but little to really back it up.last_img read more

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UPDATE: Man in his 20s killed Wednesday night in Port Arthur, police say

first_img A witness told police several people wearing masks and armed with guns forced entry into the apartment, according to a press release.Jefferson County Pct. 8 Justice of the Peace Tom Gilliam III pronounced the man deceased and ordered an autopsy.No other occupants of the residence were injured, police said. A man is dead after a home invasion turned into a fatal shooting at Valley View Estates on Wednesday night.Police were called at approximately 10:22 p.m. to the apartment complex and found the victim with a gunshot wound to the upper portion of the body.Police Chief Tim Duriso said the victim is a male in his 20s; the victim’s name has not been released. There have been no arrests, Duriso said, adding no one was taken into custody Wednesday night.This marks the second homicide for Port Arthur in 2020.last_img read more

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UPDATE: 9-year-old ejected during I-10 rollover crash in Jefferson County

first_img For an unknown reason, the driver of the Ford failed to drive in a single lane and struck the 18-wheeler. The impact of the collision caused the Ford to flip several times before coming to rest.The 9-year-old male passenger in the Ford was ejected from the vehicle and taken by medical helicopter to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for treatment.As of 5:26 p.m. Monday, the extent of the boy’s injuries are unknown. The second passenger in the Ford, a 60-year-old Houston resident, was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital. Her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.The driver of the Ford, 22-year-old Judel Maldonado Salazar of Houston, and the driver of the 18-wheeler were not injured. All westbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10 have reopened following the crash.There is no additional information available at this time.center_img At approximately 3:30p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers received a report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 10, near mile marker 838, in Jefferson County.The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2010 Peterbuilt truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 in the outside traffic lane.A 2000 Ford Explorer was also traveling westbound on Interstate 10, in the inside traffic lane.last_img read more

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Roland J. Guidry Sr.

first_img Burial will follow in Johnson Memorial Cemetery.Roland is survived by his sister, Emma R. Guidry Bonton of Port Arthur, Texas; his niece, La’Trese R. Boyd Conway (Earl); his nephew, Bruce L. Boyd; his great-niece, La-Drickia M. Green all of Houston, Texas; his children, Roland J. Guidry, Jr. (Jerrie), Marilyn R. Marcel(Marcus) and Roman A. Guidry all of Port Arthur, Texas; five grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Rev. Earl J. Conway, Jr. will officiate. Next UpRoland retired from Chevron Refinery and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel, 3800 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur, Texas, with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time.center_img Mr. Roland J. Guidry, Sr. of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Memorial Hermann Hospital (Medical Center) in Houston, Texas.He was a native and lifelong resident of Port Arthur, Texas for 76 years.last_img read more

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