January 26

Faircloth upbeat over PN-G’s practices

first_img The Indians will practice Wednesday and Thursday in shirts and shorts before strapping on pads for the first time on Friday. PN-G will then have a week to practice in pads to get ready for their first and only scrimmage of the fall at Texas City.“There’s urgency for teams who do spring practice,” Faircloth said. “We only get two weeks before the first scrimmage and three weeks before the first game. I think our urgency is good. We’ve got to keep that in the front of our minds, that Texas City is two weeks away. We’ve got a good energy and our seniors are leading well.”New turfMonday marked the first day the Indians got to play on their shiny, new turf that was installed this summer. The new turf looks good and plays well, according to Faircloth.“It’s unbelievable, It’s very comfortable, and a lot softer than our old stuff,” Faircloth said. “It’s prettier too. The kids were excited. The school and fan base takes care of our kids better than any that I’ve ever seen. Our kids will work hard and play hard for them, because of how well they take care of them.”The turf also features a couple new graphics, including the Indians’ logo at midfield and PN-G logos at the 20s.“It’s pretty good,” quarterback A.J. Smith said. “We finally have turf that doesn’t come up. And, we’ve got the Indian head out there, which is nice.”A.J. taking overSpeaking of Smith, he’s picked up right where he left off in the spring leading this offense.“No big changes coming in from the spring,” Smith said. “It’s no added pressure, The only change is I’ll be playing more on Friday nights. Second string always gets a lot of reps, so they can be ready to get in on Friday nights. You never know what might happen.”Despite not taking a snap yet in a varsity game, Smith has gotten plenty of recruiting interest, including an offer from Lamar. Smith’s primary backup will be sophomore Ky Walker, though he may play more on the JV team during the season to get more game experience.“We’re going to try to play him on the JV and get (Ky) as much playing time as we can,” Faircloth said. “He’s going to be our quarterback of the future. He’s built exactly for what we do. It’s going to be a good couple of years starting next year with him around.”The Versatile Mr. ClarkKaleb Clark may be the fastest player on PN-G’s team this season. That’s one reason why he’ll be used all over the field this fall, including working back in on offense after establishing himself as a defensive stalwart in his junior season. He’s liked what he’s seen from this year’s defensive unit.“They’re going better than I thought they were,” Clark said. “We’re working better than I expected, because we’ve got a lot of hotheads on this team. We’re coming together. We’re going to be pretty good on defense this year, better than I expected.”Last season, Clark moved over to cornerback and became a staple of the secondary. He also worked in on special teams as a returner and will see some time at receiver too.“You’ve got to work on getting in shape,” Clark said. “Playing five different positions isn’t going to be easy.  Last year was my first year ever playing cornerback, so I was always a receiver. This is nothing new. It’s fun to see the faces I grew up with playing over there.” PORT NECHES – Some new faces dotted the second practice for the Port Neches-Groves football team this fall. Over the summer, PN-G head coach Brandon Faircloth hired three new coaches for his staff.Mike Ballew was hired in time for spring practices and will coach the wide receivers. He previously worked with Faircloth at Odessa Permian and replaces former offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jared Wingfield, who took the head coaching job at Mabank last spring. Practice updatesFaircloth was pleased with how his team held up under its first two practices Tuesday. The team worked out twice Monday morning before sandwiching practices and walkthroughs around a media day, complete with team and individual pictures for the upcoming season.One thing the Indians haven’t done this spring is hold back on what they’ve thrown at this team.“We’ve looked fine,” Faircloth said. “Yesterday was really, really good. It felt like our 19th spring practice. There’s a lot of retention and practicing at a pretty good tempo. That was encouraging. We’ve got to continue to get better, but our tempo was good. We didn’t have to stop and explain a bunch of things.”center_img Co-defensive coordinator Ryan Cox left in the spring, too, to take a job as defensive coordinator at Lovejoy. In his place, Faircloth added Brett McPhatter to coach the defensive backs. McPhatter graduated from Orangefield and played fullback at McNeese State. He coached last season at East Chambers.The final spot opened up when last year’s offensive line coach Eddie Parker left to take a position on Wingfield’s staff at Mabank. Toby Latiolais takes over Parker’s duties after spending three seasons on staff at Orangefield under Brian Huckabay. Latiolais was also assistant head coach in his final season at Orangefield and graduated from Bridge City.The football staff also brought on Chad Luttrull, who will work with tight ends. Luttrull had a pro career after playing collegiately at Henderson State, spending time on the Dallas Cowboys roster before the 2001 season and playing for the Beaumont Drillers. He was an assistant coach at Lumberton last season as well as the head boy’s soccer coach. He will also coach boy’s soccer at PN-G.last_img read more

January 26

Nederland Police calls, June 8 through June 14

first_imgNederland Police responded to the following calls from June 8 through June 14Monday, June 8• A person was taken into custody on a mental commitment in the 1300 block of Avenue H.• A dog at large was reported in the 3300 block of Avenue N.• Criminal mischief was reported in the 900 block of Franklin.• Assistant Chief Porter located found property at 1400 Boston Avenue.• Identity theft was reported in the 1400 block of Avenue F.Tuesday, June 9• A dog at large was reported in the 3300 block of Avenue N.• Burglary of a habitation was reported in the 230 block of Hill Terrace.• Criminal mischief was reported in the 1900 block of Elgin.• Telephone harassment was reported in the 700 block of South 3 1/2 Street.• Found property was reported in the 2800 block of Avenue H. Saturday, June 13• A dog at large was reported in the 300 block of North 22nd Street.• An assault was reported in the 600 block of North 33rd Street.• Assault – family violence was reported in the 3300 block of Avenue N.• Assault – family violence was reported in the 700 block of South 14th Street.• Burglary of a building was reported in the 700 block of South Twin City Highway.• Criminal mischief was reported in the 1900 block of North 19th Street.• Theft was reported in the 700 block of North 10th.Sunday, June 14• A person was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated in the 2300 block of Avenue A.• Assault – family violence was reported in the 200 block of North 22nd Street.• Criminal mischief was reported in the 1200 block of South 14th Street.• A person was taken into custody on another agency’s warrant in the 3600 block of Nederland Avenue.• A person was arrested for failure to identify in the 1300 block of South Twin City Highway.• Assault – family violence was reported in the 1900 block of Avenue G.SOURCE: Nederland Police Department offense reports Wednesday, June 10• A dog bite was reported in the 3200 block of Avenue A.• Burglary of a habitation was reported in the 1200 block of South 37th Street.• Credit card or debit card abuse was reported in the 2700 block of Memphis.• Credit card or debit card abuse was reported in the 3200 block of FM 365.• An information report was made in the 2300 block of North U.S. 69.Thursday, June 11• Criminal mischief was reported in the 3300 block of Park.• An information report was made at 1400 Boston Avenue.• Theft was reported in the 800 block of Chicago.• Theft was reported in the 2800 block of Avenue N.Friday, June 12• An assault was reported in the 1400 block of South 15th Street.• Criminal mischief was reported in the 200 block of Hardy Avenue.• Missing persons was reported in the 700 block of South 3 1/2 Street.last_img read more

January 26

TEXAS STATE AT LAMAR SOFTBALL CALLED OFF

first_img BEAUMONT — Tuesday’s Texas State at Lamar nonconference softball game was canceled due to wet grounds. The game will not be rescheduled.The Cardinals (22-21 overall, 12-6 Southland Conference) return to action when they travel to Lake Charles this weekend for a three-game SLC series against conference-leading McNeese State. The teams are slated to play a single game at 6 p.m. Friday and a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Saturday. LU’s next home game is 4 p.m. April 25, as the Cardinals host the No. 13 Baylor Bears. Lamar sports informationlast_img

January 26

Cardinal women end 16-day break, go into ‘The Pit’

first_img Moe Kinard leads LU in scoring at 17.0 points per game, followed by Chastadie Barrs (13.8) and Jadyn Pimentel. (10.0). Kiandra Bowers averages 9.6 points per game to go along with a team-leading figure of 7.4 rebounds per game.Barrs, who has at least one steal in all 70 games in her career, is closing in on LU’s all-time steals record. The junior guard has 324 steals, nine shy of the school mark of 333 set by Ramona Jones. Barrs leads the nation in steals at 6.56 per game this season.New Mexico has four scorers averaging double figures, led by Cherise Beynon at 16.8 points per game.Tonight’s contest is just the second ever between the two programs. New Mexico was a 64-58 winner over LU on Dec. 3, 2010 at the Arizona State Classic in Tempe, Arizona. “New Mexico is a very good team,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “These games help us get ready for Southland Conference play.”The Cardinals will certainly have their hands full with a Lobos squad that is 9-0 at home this season. New Mexico has home wins over Marquette, Illinois and Texas Tech among others this year.Tonight’s contest features two of the nation’s highest-scoring teams. LU enters the game averaging 84.8 points per game, good for 14th in the nation, while the Lobos are 12th nationally at 86.0 points per game. Tonight’s contest is the first of three straight road games for the Cardinals, who open Southland Conference play with games at Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. Dec. 28 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 5 p.m. Dec. 30.Tonight’s game will be streamed live online by the Mountain West Network.LU’s next home game is 7 p.m. Jan. 3, when New Orleans comes to the Montagne Center, where the Cardinals have won 19 straight games.center_img Lamar sports informationALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Lamar Cardinals play their first game in 16 days as they wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule when they face the host New Mexico Lobos at 8 tonight.The Cardinals (5-4) have been idle since a 116-37 victory over Schreiner on Dec. 4. New Mexico (11-0) saw its 11-game winning streak end with a 105-63 loss at Oklahoma on Saturday.last_img read more

January 26

Geraldine Legay Rebert

first_img She was a supportive daughter and loved and cared for her mother, Juanita, with a strong determination to recover everything they had lost in the past. And the love she had for her grandchildren, Kolby, Kalen, and Camrynne, was never impacted by the distance between them; she was aggressively active and present in their lives and would have given her own life to protect them, and they loved her dearly.Geraldine lived life to the fullest, always smiling and loving on people with kind words, gifts, and food.She loved to laugh and always found ways to bring about laughter wherever she was. She never forgot a birthday or special day and continuously proved that family and close friends were the most important things to her.She always had the best advice, the biggest heart, the happiest smile, and the best food! The void that she leaves behind in the lives of a great many people is too big! Geraldine Legay Rebert, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed from this life into the next on July 30, 2019.She was born to Juanita Clark and Gerald Weaver on September 11, 1942 in Silsbee, TX.She married her first love, Clinton Rebert, and would have celebrated 57 years of marriage in October. Next UpThey had two children, Stacy and Clint.Geraldine was an amazing mother, always showering love (and discipline!) on her children, constantly teaching them how to be kind and honest and successful in their lives.She loved her husband Clinton with all her heart and was a faithful wife continuously giving love, support, and understanding.center_img We wish to honor and remember Geraldine for her love, commitment, and faithfulness to all of us.Please join us in doing so on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland.A gathering with food and fellowship will begin immediately after the service at the American Legion Hall also in Nederland.last_img read more

January 26

BRIAN JOHNSON ON OUTDOORS: Setting up a stand for hog, deer hunting

first_img My main target is hogs, but if the right deer walks out, I will gladly take him as well. I have learned a few things over the years that have increased my chances for success.  As a gun hunter, you can make a few mistakes and get away with it.  However, to get animals archery close, you have to pay attention to all of the details.  Here are a few tips that will help you when you set up an archery stand:Pay attention to the wind Determine what the predominant wind is at the time of year that you will be hunting and set your stand up accordingly.  If you are hunting over bait, make sure that the wind blows from the bait to you.Place the bait between you and the area that you expect the animals to come from.  A hog’s nose is far superior to that of a deer and a trophy boar will smell you every time that he gets downwind.  If he smells you, He is not coming in.  Scent control products, sprays, special scent blocker clothing, ozonics, and various other methods are especially effective on deer and will help with hogs.  However, as a general rule, if a big boat gets down wind he will smell you 100 percent of the time. This is especially true if you are sweating.  Do yourself a favor and pay attention to the wind.Hunt near waterWhen setting up a bow stand, always remember that every animal has to drink eventually.  Hogs not only need water to drink, they also use it to cool off. If you find a hog wallow, place your stand in the area.  Hogs and deer both use creeks and ditches as travel corridors. The closer your stand is to these, the higher your chances for success will be.Hunt in thick coverWhen bowhunting, you need the animals to be close.  By close I mean 20 yards or less.  While I have taken animals from as far as 80 yards with a bow, I highly recommend that you strive to get hogs as close as possible. Find a thick area and hunt there.  Trim only what is necessary to allow for a few shooting lanes.  The animals will feel safer in the cover and are more likely to come in during daylight hours.If you use these tips in setting up your stand, I feel that you will increase your odds for success exponentially.  Time is ticking.  Get out there and get ready … the cool weather is coming.Brian Johnson, originally of Port Neches, is pastor of First Baptist Church of Winnie, owner of DuckDogTrainer.com and outdoors writer for The News. This week is the week that I am going to set up a few bow stands for hog and deer hunting.last_img read more

January 26

Horace N. “Papa Jack” Maxwell Sr.

first_img Next UpHe was a member of the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Port Arthur.Jack is survived by his sons, Horace N. “Jacky” Maxwell, Jr. and his wife Melodie of Anchorage, Alaska, and Leslie Maxwell and his wife Kay of Nederland; his grandchildren, Cindy Redding, Penelope Denny,Stephanie Lindsey, Jeremy Maxwell, Kerri Vega, and Doug Maxwell; also 15 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Lucille Young Maxwell; also his son, Douglas Maxwell; and his sisters, Rachel Ladd and Edith Miles. Horace N. “Papa Jack” Maxwell Sr., 96, of Beauxart Garden, passed away, Monday, September 16, 2019 at his residence.Jack was born on April 20, 1923 in Rochelle, Louisiana to the late Horace Maxwell and Malissa Autry Maxwell.He retired as a Chief Engineer on the Texaco Marine Tankers with 40 years of service. A gathering of the family and friends will be on Monday, September 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with his funeral service to begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Port Arthur with Rev. Kaleb Rule officiant.His interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches under the direction of Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland.last_img read more

January 26

Pearl Ester Thomas Mitchell

first_img In addition, a host of nephews, nieces, relatives and friends will certainly remember Mrs. Pearl Mitchell (Grandma Sweet Pearl).Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a private graveside service at Greenlawn Memorial Park. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Roy Mitchell; her father, Albert; her mother, Bertha; her sisters, Helen Payne, and JoAnn Harris; and her brother, O. C. Thomas.Her daughter, Ramona Jenkins; and an infant son, Ghengis Carlos Mitchell I, also preceded her in death.Mrs. Mitchell leaves to cherish her memories her loving children: Pamela Y. Wise; Roy A. Mitchell (Annette); Glenda Y. Fisk; Rozlyn Y. Guillory; Cheryl R. Gibbs; Kimberly M. Smith (Trent); Raymond E. Todd Mitchell; Ghengis C. Mitchell, II; and Eryca R. Mitchell.She also leaves 12 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Cora Jean Carter; the (neighborhood) Landry, Duhon, and Hubbard families; and the members of the Thomas Boulevard Church of Christ. Pearl Ester Thomas Mitchell was born on July 30, 1934, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, to parents, Albert and Bertha Lee Thomas.She passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020, surrounded by her family.She was married to Roy Mitchell on December 31, 1952, and soon after, they raised a family of ten children – seven girls and three boys.center_img Next UpAfter Mr. Mitchell left the military, the young family moved to Nederland, Texas, finally settling in Port Arthur, in the El Vista subdivision.Although Mrs. Mitchell had the enormous task of raising ten children, she managed to work at the former Mid County Hospital in the maternity ward.Upon her retirement, she continued work as a homemaker, mother, faithful wife, and nurturer.last_img read more

January 26

Water parks, food court dining areas added to Texas’ latest wave of reopenings

first_img The governor began a phased reopening of the economy in late April, letting the state’s stay-at-home order expire and allowing retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls to operate at 25% capacity. He then allowed barbershops and salons to reopen May 8 under certain restrictions.Abbott’s proclamation Tuesday came a day after the total number of coronavirus cases in Texas increased to 55,971, including 1,527 deaths, according to the latest data from the Department of State Health Services. Out of Texas’ 254 counties, 228 are reporting cases.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation on Tuesday announcing additional services and activities that can resume under his second wave of reopenings, allowing food courts in shopping malls to reopen immediately and giving the green light for water parks to begin operations with limited capacity starting Friday.Recreational sports programs for adults can restart Sunday, though games and similar competitions may not recommence until June 15. Abbott also permitted driver education programs to resume operations immediately.For food court dining areas that choose to reopen, Abbott is encouraging malls to designate one or more people who are responsible for enforcing social distancing and ensuring tables are cleaned and disinfected between uses.His announcement comes nearly a week after he unveiled his second wave of reopenings designed to kickstart the state’s economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, child care facilities and bars at limited capacity were given the green light to reopen. While indoor and outdoor pools can operate at 25% occupancy, the governor’s previous directives have specifically said people should continue to avoid interactive amusement venues like water parks.Abbott was facing pressure, however, from a Houston-area water park that initially said last week that it would defy Abbott’s orders and reopen Saturday for Memorial Day weekend. Asked about that last week, Abbott told an Austin television station that his office was talking with operators to make sure they comply.“They subject themselves to potential litigation as well as potential licensing-based issues if they fail to comply, and so it’s a potentially business-dangerous process for them to proceed forward knowing that they are subjecting themselves to litigation if they open up and anybody contracts COVID-19,” he said to KXAN.The park ultimately decided not to open early, Community Impact Newspaper reported.last_img read more

January 26

Port Arthur woman shoots naked man after he enters home without permission, cops say

first_img “The occupant of the apartment discharged her weapon, striking the male subject,” Det. Mike Hebert said. “The male subject’s injuries were non-life threatening and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment.” Officers arrived and found a male at the scene who sustained a gunshot wound to his lower extremities.Investigation revealed this male approached an apartment while completely nude and knocked on the door. A female occupant opened the apartment door and the male walked in without permission. A naked man was shot in Port Arthur after he entered a woman’s home without permission, police said.On Monday at approximately 1:05 p.m., the Port Arthur Police Department received a 9-1-1 call in reference to a shooting at Avery Trace Apartments (4101 Highway 365).center_img Hebert said no arrests were made and the case is being turned over to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office for review.last_img read more