Mideast war affects local residents

first_imgThe rumblings of rockets across the globe are beginning to be felt on Southeast Texas soil as members of the Jewish community are barraged by the media blitz concerning the turmoil in their homeland. The news tickers on the 24-hour news channels were filled with updated statistics as the Associated Press began reporting the three-day death toll of the assaults and counter-assaults between Israel and Hamas rose to 364 Monday. The rising smoke and blood being splashed across the headlines was enough to cause a well-intentioned stranger to call a local synagogue to express his concern for the safety of the congregation. “I answered the phone and this gentlemen said, “Hello,” and he gave me his name,” Temple Emanuel Office Manager Yvonne Callison said Monday morning. “He wanted me to know he was a non-Jewish individual, and concerned for our safety with all the turmoil going on.” Callison said the man explained that because of his job, he traveled all over the world. His extensive travels, he said, once led him to an area high in Middle Eastern violence. “He said that through his job, he once stayed in an area where a nearby building had been attacked and blown up,” Callison said. “He just seemed very concerned for our well-being and he wanted to discuss it with Rabbi Metzinger. I assured him that people here were very much aware of what was going on and that our building is just as secure as any other business.” One member of the temple, Michael Wolf, says there is always concern that arises when he hears news of new attacks, especially for family members in the region. “My wife, Cynthia, has two first cousins over there right now,” Wolf said. “One lives there, and another one just went over there during the holidays to take his son to Israel for his first trip.” “We’ve had friends and family over there off and on; They’re in Jerusalem and places like that, so hopefully they’re not going to be anywhere near the Gazan borders.” A member of the Union for Reform Judaism’s national board, Wolf himself is kept up with many details on weekly, or if needed, daily basis by the president of the union. He also says that though he keeps in contact with family members abroad via e-mail, many of their discussions don’t revolve around the bombing incidents as they occur. “We’ve discussed it on a local basis and on a national basis,” Wolf said. “But for them it’s an every day affair. They go to work like anybody else, but they’re always living in the fear when there’s a siren going off and they have to take shelter. It’s unfortunate that so much can happen and the human detonated bombs have to be the worst, the one where there’s suicide involved. Those are the ones that nobody can defend against.” “Somebody just walks up to you and blows themself up and you’re gone.” Israel, Wolf says, has a initial responsibility is to defend itself and its citizens. The Israeli campaign began, the Associated Press reported, Saturday in retaliation for rocket fire aimed at civilians in southern Israeli towns. The campaign, now three full days long, has been the deadliest against the Palestinians in decades. “It’s a shame and it’s horrible that Israel had to finally resort to retaliating, but they’ve been under rocket fire from Hamas in the Gaza for the last three years. There hasn’t been a day that hasn’t gone by without a rocket attack.” Associated Press reports cite Israeli officials voicing their reasoning behind the attacks — more than 300 since midday Saturday — saying they are not targeting Gaza, the people of Gaza or Palestinians themselves, but rather targeting Hamas, and members of the Hamas security forces. “It’s all Hamas,” Wolf said. “They’ve chosen to use the Palestinian people as their cover for their military operation.” “And Hamas has openly declared their commitment to destroy Israel. They’ve got to pay for what they’re doing. But, it’s only Hamas that can stop this nonsense. I don’t think it’s the Palestinian people by themselves anymore — it’s terrorist groups and Hamas is right there in the forefront.” According to census reports, the population of Jewish and Muslim individuals in the State of Texas total each less than 1 percent. While The News was able to make several contacts with members of the Jewish community in the area who were willing to offer their opinions of the current conflict, and give their names, we were unable to locate members of the Muslim community, or Palestinian natives living in Southeast Texas. Also, several high profile members of the Jewish comminity in Beaumont asked not to be quoted for fear of retaliation and their safety. We would like to encourage Southeast Texans with a connection to the Palestinian area of the Middle East to contact us at The Port Arthur News to enable us to accurately capture both sides of this deadly conflict. Send an e-mail with your contact information to: [email protected] [email protected]last_img read more

Possible disannexation could cost PA millions

first_imgA 32,000 acre tract of land near the Rainbow Bridge is the subject of a disannexation hearing that could result in a significant loss of property values for the city of Port Arthur.Port Arthur City Council members at their Tuesday meeting will decide whether to approve a resolution denying a disannexation petition brought by Rodney Sr. and Debbie Townsend.Orange County attorney Alan Sanders said he clients had moved  onto property after it was annexed by the city of Port Arthur in 1997, have paid city taxes, but do not have city services. Click here for the print editionFor help with subscriptions, e-mail us at [email protected] For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to the Port Arthur News e-edition or print edition. To subscribe to the Port Arthur News.Click here for the E-Edition [email protected]last_img read more

Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, Cheniere to hold business seminar Tuesday

first_img Contractors might be in the neighborhood for some nails or screws and need to find a hardware store, he said. That is business the hardware store might not have had otherwise.“People are looking for places to go,” McCoy said. “They are looking for the small person passing through Port Arthur.”But that is not all of what would be offered at the seminar, McCoy said.“When we get through, we hope to have everyone ready to do business in Port Arthur,” he said. The liquefaction project is a significant, $10 billion project after all, he said. Cheniere held a similar seminar in Johnson Bayou and had around 400 people show up.But the energy company wanted to reach out to the people of Port Arthur, French said, and the chamber provided the perfect opportunity to speak to local folks.The Cheniere seminar was not directed toward major contractors, said Bill McCoy, President of the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce. It is for all businesses, whether they sell ice or toothbrushes, he said. The Lamar State College Small Business Development Center plans to attend to demonstrate how small businesses can join the Historically Underutilized Business Program. To join, 51 percent of the business must be owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American and/or an American woman, according to the Texas HUB Program website.The owner must also reside in Texas and have an active interest and participation in the company’s affairs. The program was designed to help businesses that have not been used much in the past with the state procurement requirements by providing HUBs with information on the procurement process, according to the HUB site.Janis Hutchins, who operates the Port Arthur Business Enterprise Program, would be on hand at the seminar, as well, to discuss the benefits of the program and how businesses can join. The business must have its headquarters in Port Arthur or at least a “significant presence,” McCoy said.“We will try to make it easy for them,” he said.But McCoy emphasized the need for businesses to advertise their services. He said it was not enough to become a part of these programs and not knock on doors or advertise.“You still have to let people know you are there. You got to get out there and get with it,” he said. “If you don’t sell yourself, you won’t have an edge.”The chamber had 55 people signed up for the seminar as of Friday, he [email protected]center_img The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Cheniere Energy Inc. to bring business to Port Arthur.The chamber is sponsoring a business seminar Oct. 9 in conjunction with Cheniere at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center at Lamar State College-Port Arthur. The seminar would provide an opportunity for local businesses to see what requirements Cheniere has for contractors and vendors that want to do business with the energy company as it completes its liquefaction expansion project in Sabine Pass.While Bechtel Corp. has been selected as the major contractor for the liquefaction project, Cheniere would still need additional subcontractors to work with Bechtel, said Jason French, spokesman for Cheniere.last_img read more

TAM plans summer art program

first_imgThe Texas Artists Museum holds a summer art program each year in July for children ages 6 through 12. We call this program Art Smart and the students who attend not only learn to draw and paint, but also learn about different cultures and make their own creative artwork. Art Smart this year will be held from July 13th through the 17th, Monday through Friday, for the first week, from 9 am until 12 pm, and the theme is called “A Shore Thing”.  It will be focused on beaches and lighthouses in this area and other places.The second week will be July 20th through the 24th, Monday through Friday, 9 am until 12 pm, and the theme is “Carnival of Fun”. The emphasis will be on Mardi Gras and the carnival in Rio De Janerio, with projects of clay, stepping stones, crosses, paper mache’ masks, mariachis, and jewelry with plenty of beaded projects.This year we have added a fun project called “Kids in the Kitchen” where the students will be able to make their own snacks in supervised groups. A high emphasis will be on kitchen safety, preparation, and cleanup.For more information please contact the Texas Artists Museum, located at 3501 Cultural Center Drive, Port Arthur, near the Bob Bower’s Civic Center. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from Noon till 4 pm, and the telephone number is 409-983-4881. The museum website is www.texasartistmuseum.org.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for December 3

first_imgDeath noticesMajor Louise Davis, 62, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Hannah Funeral Home Inc. Peter Joseph Digiovanni , 85, of Groves died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Melancon’s, Nederland.Byron L. Frosch, 79, of Groves died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves. Services todayBobbie Jean Thompson, Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont, 11 a.m.Shelton G. Meaux, Broussard’s, Nederland, 2 p.m.last_img

Cowboys pull out series win

first_imgLamar sports informationBEAUMONT — The very first batter of the game came around to score, and McNeese State pitching made it hold Sunday when the Cowboys put together 1-0 win over the No. 25 Lamar baseball team in a brutally gusty afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.The loss gave the Cardinals their first series loss in five weeks, dating back to the first weekend of the league schedule.Ricky Ramirez started the game with a leadoff single into left field and scored with two outs on a crushed double to right field from cleanup hitter Joe Provenzano. Including the run that scored, only two Cowboys reached third base, the other being Connor Crane after he kick-started the eighth inning with double that Reid Russell brought back over the wall to keep it from being a home run.MSU (22-12, 12-6 Southland Conference) starter Ethan Stremmell (3-1) worked 8 1/3 shutout innings with six Cardinal hits allowed. None had more than one.He was pulled in the ninth after Jake Nash singled through the left side with one out, and Collin Kober took over to collect his seventh save of the year.Lamar (26-10, 11-4) had a few opportunities to get back into the ball game, but a couple of double plays in the second and sixth innings killed rallies.Russell led off the second with a double to left field and advanced to third base when Robin Adames punched one into right. Cutter McDowell flew out to center, holding Russell at third base. Jacoby Middleton drew a walk to load the bases, but Chaneng Varela chased a tough pitch and rolled into a 4-6-3 double play to end the frame.In the sixth, Stijn van der Meer led off the frame with a single into right, but Nash rolled over in the next at-bat and was caught in a 6-4-3 double play.Three Cardinals made it into scoring position, the final being Nash in the ninth when he took second base on a walk to Russell. Kober was able to end the game on a groundball.Jayson McKinley (2-1) started the game for LU and pitched four full innings with the lone run allowed on five hits and one walk. He struck out two.Travis Moore relived him in the fifth and worked 3 1/3 scoreless with three hits allowed and one walk. Jimmy Johnson closed out the contest with 1 2/3 innings pitched and was hitless with two walks. Both Moore and Johnson recorded three punchouts.The top four batters of the LU order (van der Meer, Nash, Bryndan Arredondo and Russell) recorded hits in the six team base knocks. Adames and Satran had the other two.Wind gusts in the game were recorded at 22 miles per hour and never let up the entire game. Both teams squared up pitches that were cut down into the wind.The Cardinals will return to action Wednesday at 4 p.m. when they face off against Texas Southern at Vincent-Beck Stadium in non-conference action. The next two Southland Conference series will be on the road, first Houston Baptist (Friday-Sunday) and Incarnate Word (April 29-31).last_img read more

JUCO BASKETBALL: Bailey hits another game-winner for Seahawks

first_img Bailey, a sophomore transfer from LSU-Alexandria, hit the game-winning 3-pointer against Trinity Valley Community College on Saturday night, then got the call again Monday as freshman Terrance Minor drove to the interior of the Kilgore defense before dishing out his biggest assist of the season to Bailey on the left side. His shot hit the left side of the rim then scooted into the net for the two-point advantage.The Hawks are now 11-5 overall for the season and 3-2 in NJCAA Region 14 play. Kilgore falls to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in league play.“I wasn’t necessarily the target,” Bailey said. “When Remy (Minor) drove, I just popped out and got open. You have to give him a lot of credit for seeing the floor and knowing I was out there open for the shot.” Kilgore tied the game on a free throw with 26 seconds left with sophomore Devin Ellis grabbing the critical rebound on the second missed free throw.After a couple of timeouts from both sides, the Seahawks worked the clock down, giving Bailey his chance for back-to-back dream buckets to take the victory.Minor finished the game as the Seahawks’ high scorer with 14 points, while sophomore Tevin Baker hit for 13 points. Bailey totaled 11 points as did freshman Jamyus Jones. Ellis scored seven points and came away with 12 rebounds.Jordyn Owens led Kilgore with 22 points.The Seahawks are back in action this Wednesday when they take on Paris Junior College with a 7 p.m. tip at the Carl Parker Center. The Hawks finish an extra-busy week with another home game Saturday against Navarro College. That game tips at 4 p.m. at the Carl Parker Center. LSCPA sports informationKILGORE — Could lightning strike twice for the Seahawks? Yes. And in the same spot.Sophomore Nathan Bailey pulled up for his second straight game-winning basket, hitting his latest against Kilgore College on Monday with 4.4 seconds left, lifting Lamar State College Port Arthur to another heart-stopping NJCAA Region 14 win in a 72-70 decision.center_img The Seahawks had trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half, suffering at the hands of the 3-point shooters from Kilgore. The Rangers hit seven from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes, four coming from Darrian Grays.The Seahawks managed to cut the Kilgore lead to single digits early in the second half but the Rangers reinvigorated its offensive push, getting back out to double figures with an 11-point lead at 57-46 with 10:58 left in the game.The Hawks went to work on defense, forcing multiple turnovers late, turning those into points down the stretch.Finally, with 1:14 left in the game, Minor picked up a steal, drew the foul and hit two free throws to give the Seahawks the lead at 70-69. It was the first time since the 12:36 mark of the first half that the Hawks had control on the scoreboard.last_img read more

BASEBALL: Free bases push Demons to series win over Cards

first_img Northwestern State got several breaks in the second inning that swung momentum heavily in NSU’s favor. The Demons earned back-to-back walks with two outs and brought both home on a first-pitch double down the left field line. A bobbled throw allowed the runner to reach third, and he was joined on the base paths after a walk. A wild pitch scored the runner on third and a hit-by-pitch put runners on first and second before another wild pitch and an error scored the final Demon run. After two innings the game was tied 5-5.NSU struck again in the third with on run on a walk, two hit-by-pitch, and a passed ball, putting NSU up 6-5 after three. Lamar attempted a response in the top of the fourth on a two-out single from Coker, but Correa was called out in the final at-bat of the inning on what was ruled a batter’s interference as Coker stole second. A lead-off hit-by-pitch, a stolen base, an error, and a one-out single scored another run in the bottom of the fourth and NSU led 7-5 after four innings.Robin Adames did his best to pull Lamar back into the game in the top of the fifth. The senior from The Bronx, New York, hit his fifth homer of the year and the 23rd of his career on the first pitch he saw, pulling Lamar within one run, 7-6. A two-out hit-by-pitch of Lambert was stranded on a flyout, a strikeout, and a 5-3 grounder. Two hits, an error, and a sac fly in the bottom of the inning erased the Adames run and added another for good measure, putting NSU up 9-6 after five.Girouard doubled in the top of the sixth and reached third on a grounder from Coker but was stranded on a foulout. Adames singled to lead off the seventh but was stranded, and Girouard again singled in the eighth to give Lamar a chance at a run before being stranded. LU’s final cahnce came in the ninth when Berlof was walked with two outs. He reached second on defensive indifference but was left there on a strikeout. NSU won 10-6 after a solo homer in the seventh inning. All nine Cardinals came to the plate in the first inning when Brennan Lambert was walked and a deep fly ball from Anthony Quirion didn’t have quite enough to travel the 400-plus feet for a center-field homer. Lamar led 4-0 heading into the bottom of the first.Northwestern State also got off to a quick start, scoring on the fourth pitch of the game. A long fly ball to Coker got away from the junior left fielder when collided with the outfield wall and was winded on the play. The Demon third base coach was waving all the way home and NSU’s base runner scored on an inside-the-park homer. Two flyouts and a strikeout ended the inning and stranded a runner on first. After one inning Lamar led 4-1.LU added one more run to its total in the top of the second. Girouard tripled to right center field with one out and came home on a one-out double from Coker. Correa singled in the next at-bat and stole second but was stranded there on back-to-back strikeouts. Lamar led 5-1 at the start of the bottom half of two. Lamar sports informationNATCHITOCHES, La. — Despite scoring six runs on 11 hits, Lamar (9-14, 2-7 Southland) didn’t have quite enough offense to cancel out free bases awarded to Northwestern State (12-9, 5-4 Southland). The Demons emerged on top of the Cards in a 10-6 decision Sunday despite being outhit 11-7 by Big Red’s bats. Seven walks, five hit batters, four wild pitches, three errors, and a passed ball allowed plagued LU in the game.The Cardinals got off to a great start in the top of the first. Avery George re-started his on-base streak in the first after reaching on a dropped strikeout, and Cole Girouard advanced him on a bunt single to second. Cole Coker was walked to load the bases with no outs and a single from JC Correa scored two Cardinals and put Coker on second. A flyout from Robin Adames put Coker on third before a one out double from Logan Berlof scored Coker and put Correa on third. The final run came on a foul-out sac fly from Rhett McCall, who scored Correa. center_img Girouard (4-for-5), Coker (2-for-4), Correa (2-for-5), Adames (2-for-5), and Berlof (1-for-4) had 11 hits for LU and two of the three walks the Cardinals drew. McCall had an RBI and George scored a run.Lamar returns to action on Tuesday with the finale of its four-game road trip. The Cards will play at Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. Nicholls will start a five-game home series for Lamar on March 29-31 and then Houston (April 2) and Houston Baptist (April 3) will come to town. A trip to Sam Houston State (April 5-7) will be followed by a non-conference game at UTSA (April 9) and a three-game homestand against A&M-Corpus Christi (April 12-14) before LU goes on its nine-game road trip to end April.last_img read more

TRACK: BC girls rolling at District 22-4A meet

first_img The Lady Cardinals captured six first-place finishes out of seven events during the field events and 3,200 meters portion of the meet.The running finals will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Lumberton High School. They were originally scheduled for 6 p.m. but the 22-4A coaches agreed to start early in case of possible bad weather later Thursday evening.The Lady Cardinals snagged six golds, three silvers and four bronze medals on Tuesday. The Lady Cardinals earned first-place finishes from Caryss Carpenter in the high jump (5-4), Macie Murty in the discus (108-9), Madyson Melton in the shot put (32-5 ¼), Peyton Trapp in the long jump (16-10), Marilyn Clark in the pole vault (7-6) and Erika Needham in the 3,200 meters (13:13.53).On the boys’ side, LC-M’s Kollyn Brown won both the discus (131-4) and the shot put (43-11 ¼). By Van WadeThe Orange LeaderLUMBERTON — What a dominating day it was for the Bridge City Lady Cardinal track team on the first day of the District 22-4A Track & Field Championships at Lumberton High School Tuesday.center_img The Bears’ Eli Peveto cruised to win the 3,200 meters (10:22.22) and West Orange-Stark’s Artavious Samuel took the long jump with a leap of 20-4.The top four finishers in each event advance to the Area Meet, which will be held in a couple weeks.last_img read more

Border Patrol says apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley have already surpassed all of 2018

first_img Last week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr ruled that some asylum seekers are generally ineligible for bonds and should remain in federal detention while their asylum cases are pending. That policy will go into effect in about three months, although it is likely to be challenged in court.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Less than seven months into the fiscal year, the number of undocumented immigrants who have been apprehended or turned themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley has already surpassed last year’s total, the agency said Monday.From October, when the federal government’s fiscal year began, through Sunday, more than 164,000 migrants have been apprehended in the sector, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. During the entire 2018 fiscal year, the sector reported 162,262 apprehensions.The increase is the result of an ongoing surge of migrants, most of them from Central America, who are crossing the border to seek asylum. The 2019 total for the Rio Grande Valley includes 15,310 unaccompanied minors apprehended from October through March — compared to 23,760 during the entire 2018 fiscal year — and 79,000 people who were traveling in families during the same time frame, which has already surpassed the 63,280 family members apprehended in 2018 (April figures were not immediately available). By Julián AguilarThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.orgcenter_img The Border Patrol has reported similar increases along the entire southwest border.President Donald Trump has made several attempts to curb the flow of migrants attempting to enter the country illegally, including last year’s controversial zero-tolerance policy that led to family separations — a policy that was rescinded after sparking public outrage. The president also recently enacted the Migration Protection Protocols, also known as “Remain in Mexico,” which requires some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their court hearings in the United States. That policy is still in effect pending a federal appeals court’s decision on whether to let the program continue.last_img read more