Texas to get $188 million in Homeland Security funds

first_imgBy Ashley Sanders The News staff writer With Southeast Texas boasting thousands of miles of oil and gas pipelines, Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn agree that it is vital that the nation maintain Texas port security. Hutchison and Cornyn announced Wednesday that the State of Texas will receive $188.2 million in 2007 grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the third highest recipient in the country behind California and New York. Last year Texas received $89.8 million total. “Texas faces unique homeland, port, and border security challenges,” said Sen. Hutchison. “I will continue to work with state and local officials to ensure their homeland and border security funding needs are met.” The state will receive $65 million to bolster first responder communication through the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Program, and a combined $58.9 million through the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP). In addition, several Texas metropolitan areas, including Dallas and Houston, will directly receive a total of $58.5 million through the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). “This funding is critical to ensuring our first responders, or hometown security, have what they need to keep our communities safe,” Sen. Cornyn said. “We must continue working together on a local, state and federal level to best equip and support those on the front lines of our security.” Sen. Cornyn added, “Enhancing interoperable communications has consistently been one of the top priorities identified by first responders in the wake of September 11. Communication between first responder agencies and emergency management teams is essential to effective and rapid disaster response and preparedness for threats facing our state.”last_img read more

Port Arthur Olympians make stop at PA library

first_imgBarbara Jacket served as head coach to the Olympic U.S women’s track and field team at Barcelona. McPherson competed in women’s high jump during the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.Both women are Port Arthur natives.last_img

Lamar seeking 8th straight win

first_imgLamar sports informationBEAUMONT — The Lamar women’s basketball team looks to match the second-longest winning streak in program history when it hosts the New Orleans Privateers in a Southland Conference game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Montagne Center.Thursday’s contest is the opener of a three-game homestand for the Cardinals, who host Southeastern Louisiana at 2 p.m. Saturday and Incarnate Word at 7 p.m. Jan. 12.The Cardinals (8-3 overall, 1-0 Southland) enter the game having won seven straight contests. LU has won eight consecutive games on three occasions, most recently from Feb. 5-March 2, 2011. The program record is 14 straight wins, achieved in the 1990-91 season. The Cardinals went 5-0 in December for their first undefeated month since February 1991. New Orleans (6-6, 1-1) is led by junior guard Randi Brown, who tops the Southland Conference in scoring at 21.4 points per game, which puts her 10th in the nation. Shania Woods averages 8.2 points and a team-leading 7.2 rebounds per game for the Privateers, who saw their two-game winning streak come to an end with a 68-55 loss at defending regular-season champion Abilene Christian on Tuesday.Thursday’s game is the opening contest of a hoops doubleheader, with the LU men facing New Orleans in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. Following the women’s game, the LU freshmen players will sign autographs. Both of Thursday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN3.For tickets, call 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com. LU opened Southland Conference play with an impressive 70-56 win at defending tournament champion Central Arkansas on Saturday, behind 25 points from Moe Kinard and 16 points from Chastadie Barrs.“That was a great way to start our Southland schedule,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “But it’s just one game. Now we have to take care of business at home.”Harmony likes to stress defending the nest in referring to games at the Montagne Center, and the Cardinals have done a great job of that thus far. LU is 6-0 at home this season, outscoring its opponents by an average of 34.8 points per game.center_img “We take pride in playing at home,” said LU senior post player Kiandra Bowers, who leads the nation in offensive rebounding at 5.91 per game. “We get great support from our fans, and we feed off their energy.”Kinard leads the Cardinals in scoring at 15.6 points per game. Bowers is averaging 12.5 points per game and is second in the conference in rebounding at 9.5 boards per contest.As a team. LU leads the nation in turnover margin at plus 9.82 per game. The Cardinals are also first in steals per game at 14.2, while ranking second in turnovers forced at 24.91 per game.Barrs is a big reason for that. The sophomore guard ranks second in the nation in steals per game at 4.91. Barrs, who has at least one steal in all 42 games of her collegiate career, is tied for sixth on LU’s all-time steals chart with 177.last_img read more

Police seek coin purse owner following burglary

first_img During a search of the area, a second suspect was found and apprehended.From the investigation, officers were able to link these two suspects to four burglaries in the area. Both suspects were in possession of more properties that are not yet linked to any burglary at this time. Persons with information are asked to call PAPD Criminal Investigation Division Det. Barboza at 983-8624. Police are looking for persons living in the vicinity of Avalon Avenue that had a burglary at their residence and had a small “clutch type coin purse containing silver coins.”center_img Port Arthur police are seeking the owner of a coin purse following a burglary in the vicinity of Avalon Avenue.Officers responded to a burglary in progress around 2:15 p.m. in the 3600 block of Avalon Avenue on Sunday. When police arrived they reportedly found one suspect leaving the house and after a brief foot chase, was able to apprehend the suspect, according to information from the Port Arthur Police Department.last_img read more

Port Arthur still awaiting soil test results

first_imgBy Ken [email protected] Arthur city officials Monday continued to await results of soil tests on ground possibly contaminated in Bryan Park on Gulfway Drive. Results may be another week in coming. The city has been given three deadlines — March 6, April 20 and May 11 — to clean up contamination at the site. Most recently, the engine and tender have been moved on new track from the site of the possible contamination and soil has been removed and sent for testing.“We haven’t gotten definitive word on the soil test,” City Attorney Valecia Tizeno said.City attorneys said Monday afternoon that they have been in contact with TCEQ to advise them of progress made by the city at the park, as well as to let the state know they are still awaiting test results. Assistant City Attorney Gaylyn Cooper suggested TCEQ understands the city is making a good faith effort to address TCEQ’s concerns.Among other topics for the executive session was the value of the land at Bryan Park. Tizeno and Cooper said they could not comment on that portion of the meeting because of the attorney-client privilege extended to executive, or closed, sessions. The City Council held a Monday morning meeting in executive session ostensibly to discuss, among several items, legal advice about environmental issues.The city is under Texas Commission on Environmental Quality mandate to address possible contamination of ground beneath where the Kansas City Southern Locomotive No. 503 has been exhibited in the park for as long as 60 years.Concerns about contamination arose last summer in the wake of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey, when some neighbors to the park expressed concerns about asbestos on the locomotive and contamination from leaking oil, possibly under the tender attached to the locomotive.center_img They said the City Council did not take action on what was discussed in private.Mayor Derrick Freeman said the Bryan Park, one of 33 city parks, could not be sold without voter approval.last_img read more

Father’s Day: The pleasure is all mine

first_img I made one special effort to inspire my children when the eldest was midway through high school: I decided to pursue a master’s degree in history part time to show the kids how much I valued learning. That would show leadership, I decided.Here’s how that flopped: It took me seven years to finish my coursework and a thesis. By that time, one daughter had graduated college, my son was a senior and they gleefully lampooned me at every turn for my computer failings and for my outsized passion for my obscure thesis topic.The success my children enjoy may be more due to the influence of their mother, the oldest of seven children herself, who grew up as the drill sergeant in her family and who assumed that role as a mom.We have four children, each born two years apart. They graduated college in order and married in order. Boom, boom, boom, boom. There’s a certain regularity to our family existence. So here’s my headcount, approaching Father’s Day:I have one wife, one son, three daughters and nothing but good luck with my children.And if I’m wholly honest, I’m not sure how much I had to do with the children’s success. I might’ve been nothing more than a most fortunate spectator. You get one shot at being a dad and it went by in a blur: baptisms and first communions, softball games and chess tournaments, school plays and art shows. And then they’re gone. Father’s Day’s a great occasion for goofy cards — there’s no mush in this family — and long-distance phone calls. One of these is from me to my own Dad, now 86 and living 1,800 miles away. I can barely keep watch over him.The other calls are from the kids to me: They’ve scattered somewhat but all lead meaningful lives. When they need real guidance they ask their mom; I’m just here for comic relief.Oh, I was good for special trips and coaching and driving to cross-country meets. As my father-in-law used to say, “I just drive the car and pay the bills.” Except, in our house, my wife pays the bills.center_img All four graduated the same public high school in northeastern Louisiana and, when the last graduated, their principal told us, “I’ve never met four more different kids.”He may have been right.They majored in Latin, engineering, modern languages and studio art. All the liberal arts kids are gainfully employed, at which I still marvel. I thought they’d live in our basement. The engineer is working in Thailand, which keeps me from meddling in my grandchildren’s lives. So far.But 35 years of fatherhood has taught me a thing or two, including:The four children are different because we let them be different. They usually found their own way.Their successes are their own. I tried to do the right things for them, but, bottom line, they did the right things themselves. Good for them.Family is forever: When the kids and their spouses are together, I sometimes back out of the mix so they can form stronger bonds among themselves, four family units that will be here, devoted to each other, long after my wife and I are dust.Don’t look to be honored on Father’s Day. Revel in the joy of being a father; the pleasure is all yours.Father Theodore Hesburgh, former Notre Dame president, said, “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”I did that. Every day. Still do.Ken Stickney is editor of The Port Arthur News.last_img read more

Shooting victim dies, warrant issued

first_imgSpecial to The NewsDion LenoireBEAUMONT — A Beaumont woman who was shot Saturday has died from her injuries and a warrant has been issued for a suspect. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lenoire is asked to call Beaumont police at 409-832-1234 or Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477). Pamela Thibodeaux, 37, was found shot shortly after 9 p.m. at a home in the 1300 block of Church Street in Beaumont. She was brought to a local hospital in critical condition and later died, Beaumont police said.Beaumont police detectives obtained an aggravated assault arrest warrant for Dion Lenoire, 36, of Beaumont. The charge will be upgraded to murder.center_img You can also submit a tip to Crime Stoppers by downloading the P3 Tips App on your smartphone.last_img read more

GOLF: Lamar men lead by 4; 36 holes Tuesday

first_img Lee carded one birdie on the round, which came on the par-5 seventh hole. He was even par on the front nine and four over on the back nine.Rounding out the Cardinals was Eason Wang, who shot a round of five-over par 77 and sits tied for 19th place. Wang started out his round with a birdie on hole one before recorded five pars and three bogeys. His second birdie came on the par 3 12th. After 14 holes, Wang was one-over par; however, he carded four straight bogeys to finish the round. Sam Dumez shot a first-round score of two-over par 74 and is three shots off the lead. He sits tied for fourth place. Dumez had five birdies in the first round. He had two brides and three bogeys on the front nine. His final three birdies came on the back nine where he finished one-over.Finishing one shot behind Dumez was Hugo Hellman, who started the day with a birdie on one. He carded seven pars and one bogey on the front nine. He was three over on the back nine as he had four bogeys and one birdie. He is 3-over par 75 and tied for sixth after the first day of action.Cody Banach finished the first 18 holes with a score of four-over par 76. He had a bogey on hole one then rallied off seven straight pars before a bogey on nine. He carded two more bogeys on the back nine and had seven pars. Banach is currently tied for 12th and tied with teammate Kevin Lee. Lamar sports informationMcKINNEY — After the first day of the Southland Conference Championships, Lamar’s men’s golf team holds a four-shot lead. The Cardinals shot a first-round best score of 13-over 301 on the day.The Cardinals hold a four-shot lead over Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana after the first day. The Bearkats and Lions shot a first-round score of 17-over par 305 in the first round. With inclement in the area over the next couple of days, the Southland announced it will play 36 holes on Tuesday.last_img read more

John Lincoln Wright

first_img He was a retired supervisor with the United States Postal Service. Memories are left to his wife, Mary Wright; children,Thomas Jarrad Wright, Chasta T. Martin, Tannetta F. Monroe, April Wright Gallien and Ashley Nicole Wright; siblings, Thomas J. Wright, Jr. (Cindy), Julia W. Benford (Rev. D. N. Benford), Thomasene W. Thomas, Eloise W. McClelland and Ruby W. Jackson; three grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.There will be a wake from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 821 Freeman Ave., Port Arthur, TX.On Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the church there will be a visitation at 9 a.m. followed by the celebration of life service at 11 a.m. under the professional care and direction of the staff of Comeaux Community Funeral Chapel.John will be entombed at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of Comeaux Community Funeral Chapel in Beaumont. John Lincoln Wright, 66 of Beaumont TX passed away at Baptist Hospital on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.last_img read more

Former Indians pitcher Brandon Petix named to all-star game

first_img The players from each conference have selected the top players to face off in the All-Star Weekend. “I am honored to represent Alvin Community College in this All-Star game,” Petix said. “This is an excellent opportunity for me to play some really good baseball players from all around Texas. I look forward to meeting and competing with players from other teams that we will be playing in the upcoming season.”The All-Star Weekend gives players a chance to compete in front of four-year university coaches and major-league scouts from coast to coast. Four conferences from the NJCAA will be represented. Former Port Neches-Groves and current Alvin Community College pitcher Brandon Petix will join the top junior college players from Texas and New Mexico for the Texas-New Mexico Junior College Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Weekend.Activities will take place at Abilene Christian University on Friday and Saturday. The showcase game has been held since the 1980s.center_img — Special to the Newslast_img read more