Month: January 2021


    first_imgPORT NECHES — From one end of Pure Atlantic Highway to the other, those 2007 Port Neches-Groves Indians are the new Champions of Mid-County. They earned it — fair and square — 28-16 at Bulldog Stadium. Even Larry Neumann said they earned it. By golly, Indian Ken knows they earned it…. but Lumberton could care less. Lumberton has no use for all that Mid-County Braggin’ Rights stuff. A former PN-G receivers coach, second-year Lumberton mentor Alvin Credeur has been through all that Mid-County Madness matter. Alvin believes his senior-laden Lumberton squad has its eyes on another meaningful prize — a District 22-4A football championship. Never in their modest 41-year history have the Raiders ever been to the UIL state football playoffs. Credeur may have something to do with rewriting that history this year. Never in seven tries have the Raiders defeated PN-G, either. Yet do not put it past Lumberton (6-0 and 3-0) to accomplish that novel achievement tonight at Indian Stadium. Such a victory certainly would spoil the 2007 Homecoming festivities on The Reservation for PN-G (4-2 and 3-0). But there’s already a lot which critics can’t take away from either of these 22-4A co-leaders. They can’t take that win over Nederland away from PN-G’s hard-working seniors, who yearned for that first taste of Mid-County Madness success. They can’t take away from Lumberton the fact that the Raiders are the only team on earth to defeat both Dayton and Beaumont Central this year. Lest we forget, the Broncos and the Jaguars were the league’s 2006 powerhouses and 2007 pre-season favorites. Understandably, the events have created unprecedented hoopla and community involvement for the Raiders. Yet when all the distractions subside, enormous similarities exist all over the place between PN-G and Lumberton. Both teams run the ball… and run the ball some more. They even huddle. They even shorten the game. They offer great appeal for fans who love 50s, 60s, and 70s football. Both teams have seniors, seniors and more seniors, with plenty of returning starters. Both teams have head coaches with sons playing integral roles as seniors on those teams. Indians’ defensive end Clint Burnett is playing as if he’s lobbying for a spot on the Port Arthur News Super Team. Raiders handy-man Aaron Credeur plays quarterback occasionally, starts at split end and probably cleans up the locker room when dad needs his help. As Indians’ chief Matt Burnett has expressed before, the Lumberton coach practically felt like a dad to all this group of Raiders seniors. After all, he came to Lumberton six seasons ago as a seventh-grade coach when these seniors were seventh-graders. The familiar characteristics in these coaches and their teams almost make Credeur pinch himself. “It’s funny, isn’t it?” Credeur said on Thursday. “It really is… Our two ballclubs are very similar, I think. “They’re (the Indians) a physical club. They play hard every down. Basically that’s it. You don’t have to run a 4.3 in the 40. You need a lot of big hearts, blood, sweat and tears. That’s what we’ve been able to do — work hard and do the things necessary to win games. We have a very unselfish team.” They waged quite a war at Raider Stadium last year with PN-G winning 36-23, especially because of its pass-and-catch tandem of Harrison Tatum and Matt Johnson. The two of them looked as if they might be beginning to click last week against Nederland, too. Each team also comes to war with powerful running backs. Ripping through Central for 254 yards and four TDs last week, Lumberton senior tailback Cody Hussey vaulted into the district individual rushing lead after carrying the ball 35 times. Hussey entered week 7 with the 22-4A scoring lead (60 points) and rushing plateau (95 carries for 710 yards). PN-G’s Jake Hemmings is right behind Hussey with 54 points. The Indians senior stands in third place among league rushers with 94 carries for 503 yards. If those individual numbers contain a parallel, their respective team statistics separate PN-G and Lumberton more obviously. Lumberton leads 22-4A by a wide gap in both total offense (354.2 yards a game) and total defense (175.3). No school is anywhere near Lumberton in rushing offense or rushing defense numbers. The Raiders are led in tackles by middle linebacker Anthony Beard (34 tackles) and strong safety Jeremy Carter (30). PN-G is better than its stats for two reasons. First, the Indians opened with state powerhouse La Marque. Second, the purples changed offensive styles after a couple of games and adopted their old power-running ways. The Indians are fifth in 22-4A total offense at 270.8 yards a game. Last week’s halftime return of corner Kenneth Tezeno did a lot to help contain Nederland’s superb receiver Asa Cardenas. Yet PN-G ranks seventh in 22-4A total defense, allowing 294 yards a game. LUMBERTON VS. PN-G When: Friday, 7 p.m. Where: Indian Stadium, Port Neches Records: Lumberton 6-0, 3-0; PN-G 4-2, 3-0 Series: PN-G leads 7-0 Last year: PN-G, 36-23 Radio: KCOL-FM (92.5) TV: The Port Arthur News Friday Night Experience, Cable 18, Wednesday night at 7 p.m. LUMBERTON OFFENSE QB — Bryce DeJohn (7) FB — Aaron Grillo (33) TB — Cody Hussey (5) SE — Aaron Credeur (17) FL — Travis Wilkerson (25) TE — Cody Evans (88) LT — Hunter Dowden (55) LG — PJ Hartt (52) C — Kyle Gillam (64) RG — Andy Golden (50) RT — John Schmidt (76) PN-G DEFENSE LE — Clint Burnett (80) LT — Stephen Savant (75) RT — Jody McDonald (64) RE — Zeke Schexnider (85) SAM — Kaleb Walker (88) WILL — Austin Miller (1) OLB — Hagan Crorey (5) LCB — Jacob Broussard (41) RCB — Kenneth Tezeno (29) SS — Benjamin Lancaster (4) FS — Brett Doty (6) PN-G OFFENSE SE — Matt Johnson (81) LT — Lloyd McLin (51) LG — Josh Cortez (60) C — Tanner Ross (55) RG — Dillon Harrison (67) RT — Jerin Spikes (72) TE — Zeke Schexnider (85) QB — Harrison Tatum (8) FB — Jake Hemmings (33) TB — Josh Wright (9) FL — Drew Barnett (2) LUMBERTON DEFENSE LE — Jonathan Ward (95) LT — Mark Murrill (61) RT — Jacob Hanna (24) RE — Kendall Duvall (14) LLB — Cody Gilfillian (58) MLB — Anthony Beard (49) RLB — Justin Hare (4) LCB — BJ Belt (2) RCB — Jonathon Bell (3) SS — Jeremy Carter (6) FS — Travis Wilkerson (25)last_img read more

  • Problems face new artificial reef

    first_img Next Up When the USTS Texas Clipper finally plunged beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in a plume of spray at 12:35 p.m., Nov. 17, it is fair to say the mood aboard many of the boats chartered to observe the sinking was euphoric.     More than $4 million and a decade of planning and preparation had gone into converting the storied ship into an artificial reef, and the sinking itself was twice delayed in that final week due to rough seas.     The reef is intended to provide benefits to the local community by attracting divers and recreational fishing to the site and the area. Nearly 200 people viewed the ship as she took her final resting place that will provide ecological benefits for years to come.     A sonar survey and follow-up dives have revealed that the ship is completely resting on her port side. The intention was for the ship to rest on its keel and in an upright position. In that orientation, it would be available to a broad range of divers from beginners to the experienced.     A yellow, lighted spar buoy is connected to the bow of the ship, at Lat: 26 11’ 24.31646″ and Lon: -96 51’ 41.16392″ (NAD 83). The stern of the ship rests at Lat: 26 11’ 28.8.828″ and Lon: -96 51’ 42.56449″.     “The ship, as she now sits on the bottom, will still have some of the biological benefits to corals, sponges, fish and other organisms as originally intended,” Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Artificial Reef Program Coordinator Dale Shively said.     “We certainly wished that she had landed upright because that would have maximized the benefits of the ship to the fishing and diving communities.”     TPWD is currently working with the contractor, Resolve Marine Services, Inc., to have the ship moved to an upright position.      The USTS Texas Clipper reefing project was funded from donations to the artificial reef fund from the Rigs-to-Reefs program and through matching funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the United States Maritime Administration that will allow the state to recoup about $2.5 million of the project cost.last_img read more

  • Services today and death notices for Nov. 15

    first_imgDeath notices Clint Sonnier, Claybar Funeral Home, Orange, 2 p.m. Effie Jeannine Silkwood, 81, of Pleasanton, formerly of Nederland, died Nov. 12, 2015. Broussard’s, Nederland.Walter R. Ebanks, 97, of Orange died Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Claybar Funeral Home, Orange. Services todayKathryn Leocadi, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves, 2 p.m.Mary Lou Buchholz, Melancon’s Funeral Home, 1 p.m. Gerald Ann Shrode, 76, of Orange died Saturday, Nov. 14. Dorman Funeral Home.David Degeyter, 66, of Port Arthur died Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.Kirby Ted Babineaux, 61, of Nederland died Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Broussard’s, Nederland.Donald Rowland, 84, of Nederland died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Melancon’s, Nederland.last_img read more

  • Cards win would put team in SLC Tournament

    first_img Next Up Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – The Lamar University Cardinals can secure a spot in next week’s Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament with a win at Sam Houston State on Wednesday night. A loss would mean they would have to watch the out-of-town scoreboard on Saturday to learn their fate.The Cardinals (11-17 overall, 7-10 Southland) enter Wednesday’s game with the Bearkats (10-16, 6-10) holding on to the seventh seed in the eight-team tournament. However, the Cards are only a half-game behind Nicholls and Houston Baptist, who are tied for the No. 5 spot at 7-9. In addition, LU is just a half-game ahead of Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who are tied for the eighth spot at 6-10.Those teams all have two games remaining. The Cardinals, who are seeking to qualify for the conference tournament for the 11th straight season, are the only Southland Conference team not in action on the final day of the regular season. The Cardinals are guaranteed a spot with a win at Sam Houston State or if Texas A&M-Corpus Christi loses its final two games. The numerous other scenarios would involve tiebreaker procedures, some which have LU making the tournament, others that would leave the Cardinals on the outside looking in.“We just have to go there and find a way to win. We want to be able to control our own destiny,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “We know it won’t be easy.”This is the second meeting of the season between the Cardinals and Bearkats. Sam Houston State was a 78-76 winner over LU at the Montagne Center. Baileigh O’Dell led LU with 20 points in that game, while Kiara Desamours had 19 points. Angela Beadle had 20 points and 18 rebounds for Sam Houston State.LU leads the overall series 31-26, and has won the last four meetings at Sam Houston State’s Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.Guard Addesha Collins, the only senior on the LU roster, leads the Cardinals in scoring, averaging 15.2 points per game. Forward Kiara Desamours averages 10.9 points and 7.1 rebounds, tops among all Southland Conference freshmen in both categories. Freshman guard Chastadie Barrs averages 9.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. The candidate for conference defensive player of the year is second in the nation in steals, averaging 4.07 per contest.Sam Houston State’s Shernise Robertson leads the conference in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game. Beadle averages 14.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest.The Cardinals come in off a 67-61 road win at Incarnate Word on Saturday, just the second win away from the Montagne Center this season. LU’s Laka Blache registered her second straight double-double and fifth of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win. “We need Laka to come out and play like that against Sam Houston State,” Harmony said. “We can’t let Beadle have a field day again. We also need to get better play from our guards than we did at Incarnate Word.”Wednesday’s game will be an internet-only broadcast on conference tournament is scheduled for March 10-13 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy.last_img read more


    first_img Senior Felicia Sauceda and sophomore Elodie Chapelet had the best rounds of the day for the Cardinals, as each fired a 2-over-par 74 on the 6,247-yard, par-72 layout of the Blackhorse Golf Club. Chapelet, was LU’s top finisher for the event, as she placed fifth in the 66-player field at 9-over 225 for 54 holes. Lamar sports informationCYPRESS – A rarely used tiebreaker resulted in the Lamar women’s golf team bringing home the top trophy from the HBU Husky Invitational that wrapped up Tuesday. The Cardinals finished tied with Houston Baptist, but won the tiebreaker based on the score of the fifth golfer. LU and HBU finished the tourney deadlocked at 48-over-par 912 for three rounds. At that point, tourney officials went to the scorecards, where LU’s Brooke Duzan had an 80, while HBU’s Shamiso Hatchard posted an 82.The two teams entered Tuesday’s final round tied for the lead, and both shot a 307 for the final round.center_img The Cardinals had three golfers finish in the top 10. Olivia Le Roux placed eighth at 228 after a 79, while Eva Martinez tied for ninth at 231. Sauceda finished tied for 21st at 236, while Duzan was 25th at 237.last_img read more

  • MEN’S BASKETBALL: Lamar outdistances Arlington Baptist

    first_img Senior Josh Nzeakor led an offense that shot better than 50 percent from the field (38-of-75, .507). The Mesquite native struck for 24 points on 10-of-12 (.833) shooting. He also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Nzeakor was one of four Cardinals in double-figures as junior Jordan Hunter came off the bench to score 12 and senior Nick Garth and Michael Kolawole each added 10.Big Red was a solid 9-of-25 (.360) from beyond arc but did the majority of their damage in the paint, 54-14. The Red and White also received a huge lift from their bench outscoring the Patriots’ reserves, 44-29.The Cards were just as strong defensively holding Arlington Baptist to a 15-of-52 (.288) performance from the field, and a 4-of-15 (.267) mark from three-point range. LU didn’t allow a single Patriot to reach double figures as ABU was held to just 17 points in the first 20 minutes of action. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Lamar exploded out of the gate for a 22-6 first half lead and never looked back defeating Arlington Baptist, 105-40, Monday evening at the Montagne Center. The victory pushed the Cardinals back over .500 (3-2) on the season.“When we scheduled this game back during the offseason, it was done with the intention of trying to grow our young team and get better,” said LU head coach Tic Price. “We got a chance to look at everyone tonight and that’s what we wanted. Our first unit was very committed to making their stops and we didn’t let up. We had carry over to our bench as well – our bench outscored Arlington’s, 44-29.” The Cardinals dominated the glass outrebounding ABU, 56-27, and forced 25 turnovers. Big Red finished the night with a 38-6 advantage on points off turnovers.LU will now turn its attention to a post-Thanksgiving matchup against UT Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg. The game is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. from Edinburg and will kick start a season-long five-game road swing for the Cardinals.last_img read more

  • Nederland Police arrests, responses: Sept. 7-13

    first_img Next UpSept. 7Theft was reported in the 3400 block of Nederland Avenue.A person was arrested for Nederland Warrants in the 200 block of South 1½ Street.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 200 block of South 15th Street.A person was taken into custody on a mental commitment in the 200 block of South 15th Street.Sept. 8A death was reported in the 700 block of North 31st Street.Criminal mischief was reported in the 2900 block of Helena.Theft and criminal mischief was reported in the 400 block of South 1½ Street. Sept. 9A person was arrested for driving while intoxicated BAC >=0.15 on South Twin City Highway.An information report was made in the 1500 block of S 27th Street.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 5700 block of Georgia, Groves, Texas.Assault offensive touch was reported in the 600 block of North 16th Street.Aggravated sexual assault of a child was reported in the 2700 block of Avenue N.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 200 block of South 15th Street.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 2700 block of Avenue H. The following individuals were arrested by Nederland Police from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13:Shannon Langham, 46, Nederland warrantsAlexander Griffin, 33, warrant other agencyGreg Kramer, 37, driving while intoxicated BAC >=0.15Cassandra Richmond, 38, warrant other agencyJason Weatherford, 42, warrant other agencyJohn Higgens, 34, warrant other agencyDestiny Nolan, 25, Nederland warrantsBrandi Casto, 33, driving while intoxicated-2ndNederland Police responded to the following calls from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13:center_img Sept. 10A city code violation was reported in the 2100 block of Helena.Burglary of a habitation was reported in the 300 block of South 5½ Street.A person was found to be in possession of marijuana and found property in the 1500 block of South 27th Street.Assault offensive touch-family violence was reported in the 3400 block of Omaha.last_img read more

  • Texas Film Commission announces statewide Texas film round-up

    first_img The materials must be sent during October, will be digitized in Austin, then returned by mail to the owners, along with a digital copy.More information about the program and its requirements is available at to The News AUSTIN – The Texas Archive of the Moving Image is offering a statewide Texas Film Round-Up mail-in during of October.Individuals, businesses and institutions are invited to submit Texas-related films and videotapes for free digitization in exchange for contributing a digital copy of the materials for possible inclusion in the Archive’s online archive.Texas Film Round-Up discovers, preserves and shares the stories of Texans by digitizing and providing access to their obsolete media.The program has resulted in the digitization of more than 50,000 films and videotapes dating as far back as 1910 and spanning through the decades of media technology. “We are so proud of our longstanding partnership with TAMI and the Texas Film Round-Up,” said director Stephanie Whallon. “We look forward to seeing the contributions from Texans and continuing the preservation of Texas’ rich history for both education and entertainment.”A curated collection of more than 5,000 videos is available at online video-sharing platform welcomes the public to watch, explore, and learn about Texas history and culture. It also includes free lesson plans to assist educators in using the videos as primary and secondary source materials for teaching Texas and U.S. history.To participate in this year’s month-long free digitization event, contributors are asked to register on the Archive’s website, then mail Texas-related films and videotapes, including home movies, industrial films, educational films, advertisements, local television and promotional films, directly to the Archive’s office.last_img read more

  • Robert “Gene” Dammon

    first_img Gene was a long-time member of Seventh Street Baptist Church in Nederland.He loved teaching God’s Word and loved his Sunday class of men that he taught for several years.He also enjoyed writing a column for the Port Arthur News and did so for several years, telling real life stories about growing up in Port Arthur.There was always a moral to his stories, and he had a real gift at writing.He also loved hunting and fishing with family and friends.He is survived by his wife Sue Dammon, brother Jim Dammon, son Johnny and wife Kathy Dammon, daughter Debby Addison and Nathan Addison, and daughter Becky Dammon.He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren whom he loved very much.He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.Gene is preceded in death by his parents, Emmett and Hazel Dammon, and his brother “Pete” Dammon.Friends and family will gather for visitation on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 1 PM followed by a memorial worship service at 2 PM at Seventh Street Baptist Church in Nederland, Texas.Gene’s son Johnny Dammon will officiate the memorial worship service.Covid-19 guidelines are in place and those attending are asked to wear facemasks.Friends and family wishing to honor Gene’s memory may feel free to send or bring a plant, lift a prayer for the family, or make a donation to the General Fund of Seventh Street Baptist Church, P.O. Box 745, Nederland, Texas 77627. He worked odd jobs as a young husband and father, finally getting a job at Texas U.S. Chemical.He went to night school for many years while working a full-time day job to support his family.Finally, he received a degree from Lamar University in accounting and worked as an accountant for several companies.His longest tenure was with Allied Fabricating and Welding, in Rose City, Texas. He was a cheerleader at Thomas Jefferson High School, graduated class of 1958.He married his high school sweetheart; Sue Carol Johnstone and they were married 62 years when Gene went home to heaven.Gene served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, where he made many life-long friends.center_img On Sunday morning the 25th of October, a kind and gentle man went to be with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in heaven.Robert “Gene” Dammon left behind his troubles and cares and exchanged them for the glory of God’s presence.Gene was born in 1940 and raised in Pear Ridge, Port Arthur, Texas.last_img read more

  • Ethan Coen’s Women or Nothing Extends Before Opening at Atlantic Theater Company

    first_imgEthan Coen’s first full-length play, Women or Nothing, has been extended before opening night. The dark comedy about a lesbian couple attempting to have a baby will now play at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company through October 13. The show, which officially opens on September 16, was initially set to close on October 6. Women or Nothing Directed by David Cromer, the world premiere production stars Susan Pourfar, Robert Beitzel, Deborah Rush and Halley Feiffer. Women or Nothing features scenic design by Michele Spadaro, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Bradley King and original music and sound design by Daniel Kluger. Related Showscenter_img Women or Nothing is a play about two women (Pourfar and Feiffer) so desperate to have a child that one of them will even sleep with a man (Beitzel). Who the man is, what he thinks is going on, what the women think about what he thinks, and what the mother (Rush) of one of the women reveals about her own colorful past—it all defies belief. Why then does it all make sense? View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 13, 2013last_img read more