NEDERLAND — It couldn’t get much better for Nederland’s swimmers on this 21-4A district championship night. That’s because each and every entry on Julie Johnson’s boys and girls team qualified for the 4A regional championships in their respective event. Each Nederland swimmer had to finish in the top six in order to advance to the 4A regionals Feb. 8-9 at Magnolia HS. That happened without any difficulty and that turned into the night’s greatest highlight for their coach. “That was the highlight in my mind, that every swimmer qualified in his or her event for regionals,” Johnson said. Nederland dominated the team standings, as expected, finishing a lopsided first ahead of second-place Little Cypress-Mauriceville and third-place Vidor in the girls division. Beaumont Central led by Duncan Brown placed second in the boys standings with LC-M and standout swimmer Alex Dorman in third. Nederland did not set any district or school records on this night, but Johnson’s girls won first-place honors in six individual events and two relays while the boys won exactly the same amount of top prizes. Nederland swimmers swept the two outstanding individual honors at the meet. Senior Kyle Mills was selected the outstanding male athlete and junior Samantha Wickizer was awarded the outstanding female athlete. “There weren’t really any big surprises, no, not really,” Johnson said. “I had most of my kids swim well. Some produced their season-best times.” Johnson pointed out three season-best times with two of those coming in events which swimmers did not win the races. Senior Destiny Reyes was second in the 50-yard freestyle with a season-low 51.38 and third in the 100-yard freestyle with a 1:08.75. Sophomore Bryce Darder was a winner in the 500-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 6:05.24 Wickizer paced her girls squad as expected by capturing first-place finishes in two individual races and participating on two winning relays. Samantha won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:05.49 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:39.71. She teamed with junior Kaitlin Borden, sophomores Theresa Nguyen and Emily Bourg for a winning time of 2:15.35 in the 200-yard medley relay. Wickizer and Nguyen combined with Reyes and freshman Cara Austin for the first-place time of 2:00.53 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Freshman Elizabeth Margolis won the 50-yard freestyle in 31.37 and Nguyen took the 100-yard freestyle in 1:05.74 with sophomore Olivia Harrington winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1:26.33. Bourg completed Nederland’s list of girls district champions with her clocking of 2:55.78 in the 200-yard individual medley. The domineering boys relay team of Mills, juniors Nick Hoelzer and Joshua Sonnier and sophomore Patrick Wilson swept to titles in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:39.95) and 200-yard medley relay (1:49.87). Mills also delivered the expected results, sweeping to individual titles in the 50-yard freestyle (22.98) and the 100-yard butterfly (56.98). Darder also was a double-winner, taking the 100-yard backstroke honors in 1:12.16 and the 500-yard freestyle with his season-low 6:05.24. Boys relay standouts — Hoelzer and Wilson — completed the list of individual winners. Hoelzer reached the finish line fastest in the 100-yard freestyle, swimming to a time of 53.39. Wilson covered the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:14.00. — Tom Halliburton
A top Republican leader said Tuesday that Texans are “waking up” to the cuts made by the Texas House, and he vows to add more revenue to the bare-bones proposal. Rep. Jim Pitts, who authored the budget bill in the House, said it could grow by as much as $5 billion before the legislative session ends in May. He said accounting tricks such as deferring payments and speeding up revenue collections were among the methods lawmakers would use to get more money.Pitts made the comments two days after the House passed a bill that makes deep cuts in education, elderly care, college grants and other programs.“I think the people are waking up,” Pitts said. “Yes we made cuts in their public schools, we made cuts in their nursing homes, we made cuts in hospitals.” Pitts said education spending would go down even after the restorations but told reporters that the House could “make the bill better.”
A disturbance between the parents of a baby led to a stabbing and an arrest on Thursday.Port Arthur Police responded to a 911 report of a stabbing about 12:50 p.m. Aug. 30 in the 3200 block of 24th Street. Preliminary but sketchy 911 calls indicated that a baby had been “hit” in the course of whatever was taking place, according to a press release from Port Arthur Police Department.Investigation revealed that the incident occurred nearby in the 2500 block of Fifth Avenue with a dispute between a man and a woman who were the parents of the baby. The woman, after gaining control of the baby, reportedly took the child to the 24th Street location and left the child there. Police believe she returned to the Fifth Avenue location with a brick and a knife.Subsequently, a man received a stab wound to the center portion of his upper back about level with his right shoulder blade, according to police reports.The man, identified as Josue Salamanca, 19, of Port Arthur, was transported to Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth. His condition is not known at this time however he was conscious and ambulatory at the time of the investigation. Port Arthur Police Criminal Investigations Division will continue to investigate the case. The 15-month-old baby was taken to Christus Hospital-St. Mary. The child’s injuries did not appear to be serious. Police believe at this point the toddler was hit by a relative who became involved in the fray. It is not yet determined whether the toddler was hit accidentally or intentionally.A female, Sabrina Melancon, 18, of Port Arthur, was arrested for aggravated assault/family violence.
Writer director performer Seth MacFarlane is a very funny man, although his humor certainly isn’t for everyone. Case in point, his latest film, “Ted 2” is filled with an onslaught of raunchy jokes, pot-laced humor and gross out sight gags. Much of it is undeniably funny.That being said, there’s really not much that’s new this time around. If you were a fan of the original movie, you’ll still enjoy the humor in “Ted 2.” If you weren’t a fan, then this is definitely not the movie for you.For those of you who don’t remember, Ted was a lonely little boy’s teddy bear who came to life one night. A few decades pass and the boy, John (Mark Wahlberg) and his magical childhood toy (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) are still best friends, but now they are also potty-mouthed, porn-loving, pot smoking slackers. The guys did get married, but Ted the talking teddy bear’s relationship is falling apart. In order to save his marriage, he and his wife (Jessica Barth) decide to have a baby. That’s difficult to do as most children’s toys aren’t given the anatomy needed to conceive a child. After an attempt at artificial insemination goes predictably awry, Ted decides to adopt a child, only to find that he can’t because legally, he is still just a toy.Ted and John find a chill supporter for their cause in the form of a pot-smoking young lawyer named Sam(antha) L. Jackson, played gamely by Amanda Seyfried. The rest of the film turns into an absurd courtroom drama where Ted takes on nothing less than the Dred Scott decision to prove that he deserves to have the same rights as any other citizen.Of course, this plot only serves as a framework for MacFarlane’s non-stop barrage of potty-mouthed jokes. I am happy to report that there is still a lot of fun to be had watching a beloved childhood toy being transformed into a crude mouthpiece for MacFarlane’s out-of-control Id. Not all of these moments work, but the idea is to throw hundreds of jokes against the wall to see which ones stick. Many of those jokes fall flat, but the ones that work are very, very funny. The crowd I was with laughed frequently and loudly. That is the litmus test for any comedy, so while I might prefer to see Ted and John try some new things in their movies, I won’t complain. More importantly, fans of the original movie won’t complain either because they’ll be too busy laughing.Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are published bi-weekly in “The Port Arthur News” and seen weekly on KFDM and KBTV. Sean welcomes your comments via email at [email protected]
Services todayNone. Syble E. Boumans, 87, of Beaumont died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont. Luan Van Pham, 84, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Hannah Funeral Home Inc.Kelly Smith, 37, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Hannah Funeral Home Inc. Death noticesBaudelia Lopez, 77, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Hannah Funeral Home Inc.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Gray; grandfather and grandmother, Willie and Mary Lastrapes; Earl and Lelia Gray; stepfather, Dallas Wilson aunt, Lelia “Marie” Mayfield; uncles, Walter, Louis, David, and Fredrick “Edward” Gray.She leaves to cherish her memory two children, daughter, Laila Marie Toson of Port Arthur, Texas; son, Joshua Collins of Port Arthur, Texas; mother, Ethel Wilson of Port Arthur, Texas; father, Charles Gray; sister, Latonya Gray of Port Arthur, Texas; brother, Ronald Gray of Port Arthur, Texas; a special aunt, Ella Martin of Houston, Texas; a special uncle, Floyd Lastrapes of Houston, Texas; godmother, Brenda Marks of Beaumont, Texas; special friends Tomasina Parker-Actlis of Shreveport, Louisiana; Terrylyn Taylor of Port Arthur, Texas; Vernell Windon of Port Arthur, Texas; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Eastern Star Baptist Church with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home. Laqunta Gray was born on October 13, 1976 to the union of Charles and Ethel Gray. She accepted Christ at an early age. Tweety was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur, Texas. Laqunta departed this life on Sunday, January 08, 2017.
LU, which entered the game as the national leader in steals, turnover margin and turnovers forced, padded those numbers against the Bearkats. LU had 22 steals and won the turnover battle by 16.LU led 27-10 after one quarter and 40-22 at intermission. The Cardinals quickly quashed any hopes the Bearkats had of a comeback by outscoring Sam Houston State 2-6 in the third quarter to make it 69-28 heading into the final period. The Cardinals scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to make it 74-28 before the Bearkats were able to cut into the final margin.In the end, nine Cardinals had at least two points and 10 grabbed at least two rebounds as LU ran its winning streak to five games.DeA’ngela Mathis had 10 points, while Baileigh O’Dell finished with eight points in the win. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – The Lamar Cardinals created a plethora of turnovers to make it a baker’s dozen of wins at home this season as they rolled to an 84-51 victory over the Sam Houston State Bearkats in a Southland Conference women’s basketball game at the Montagne Center on Thursday evening.The Cardinals turned 27 Sam Houston State turnovers into 47 points as LU (17-5 overall, 10-2 Southland) improved to 13-0 at home this season, but more importantly, moved into a first-place tie with Central Arkansas atop the SLC standings. Angela Delaney had 12 points to lead the Bearkats (1-20, 1-10), while Lydia Baxter came off the bench to pull down a game-high 12 rebounds.STANDINGSLU and Central Arkansas are 10-2 in conference play, while Stephen F. Austin and Abilene Christian are 9-2. The top two seeds receive byes into the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament. Abilene Christian, which is in its final season of transition from Division II to Division I, is not eligible for the tournament.UP NEXTThe Cardinals are at Stephen F. Austin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. That game will air live on KLVI-AM 560 and be streamed on ESPN3. The game at SFA opens a three-game road swing for the Cards, who are at Houston Baptist on Feb. 15 and Teas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 18. LU’s next home game is 2 p.m. Feb. 25against Houston Baptist.IT TAKES A THIEFBarrs now has at least one steal in all 53 games in her career. She has 102 steals this season, fifth on the LU single-season chart. Her 225 career steals are third all-time at LU.LENDING A HELPING HANDBarrs’ 147 assists this season are seventh on the LU single-season chart. The Cardinals were never really threatened in this one, scoring the game’s first four points and never looking back. LU led by as many as 46 points early in the fourth quarter before emptying the bench.LU senior Kiandra Bowers registered her 13th double-double of the season, and 20thof her career, finishing with a game-high 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Moe Kinard had 15 points, while Chastadie Barrs flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 11 points, nine assists and seven steals.“We wanted to limit their minutes because we have a big game on Saturday,” LU coach Robin Harmony said in referring to the weekend showdown at SFA, which is just a half-game behind the co-leaders. We took care of business tonight.”
Cynthia departed this life on Monday February 27, 2017 at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, TX.She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Joe, David and Richard Edwards and grandchildren Emmet Ray Mouton, Jr. and Arianna George.Cherishing fond memories are her sons, Robert Mouton Jr. and Emmet Mouton (Erika) of Port Arthur, TX, their father Robert Mouton Sr., her grandchildren Ironisha Mouton, Akeia Mouton, Emetrice Mouton, and Erik Mouton all of Port Arthur, TX, one great-grandchild La’riah Mouton-Garcia, brothers Alfred Edwards Jr (Elsie), Harry Edwards (Demetria), Paul Edwards (Gail) and Clarence Edwards all of Port Arthur, TX, sister Betty Rubin, five uncles, three aunts and a host of other relatives and friends.A visitation for family and friends will begin at 8:00 am on Saturday March 11, 2017 at Hannah Funeral Home followed by the funeral services at 10:00 am. Services entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc. Cynthia Ann Mouton, born November 5, 1956, was the daughter of the late Alfred Edwards, Sr. and the late Bertha Mae Chambers. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur, TX.
Lamar sports informationHAMMOND, La. – Carson Lance had his longest outing on the mound this season, but the Lamar baseball team was not able to back him Saturday when it fell to Southeastern Louisiana 4-1 and dropped the Southland Conference series at Pat Kenelly Stadium.Lance lasted 7 2/3 innings against the Lions (14-4, 5-0 Southland), his longest outing of the year by two innings. He gave up all four of Southeastern’s runs Saturday on four hits and three walks, but he helped save a Cardinals (10-10, 0-5) bullpen that had to run through four relievers Friday night.SLU’s starter Corey Gaconi hurled nine innings with just one run allowed in the game, which was Cutter McDowell’s leadoff home run to right field. Gaconi worked around six hits and walked none. Brett Brown took over for Lance on the hill with two outs in the seventh. He tossed seven pitches in a walk to Sanders and strikeout of Brennan Breaud.Russell and DeVore led the Cardinals with two hits apiece in LU’s six-hit outing. McDowell and Coker collected the other two. Russell was 2-of-4 and DeVore was 2-of-3. Robin Adames was held off the bags for the first time since the 2016 season. His 27-game reached base streak was snapped.The Cardinals will try to avoid the sweep today at 1 p.m. when the two teams square off again. Jace Campbell (1-1, 3.86 earned run average) will get the ball on the mound for Lamar. It will be his fourth start of the season in as many weekends. Next UpThree of LU’s base hits were in the sixth inning, in which the Cardinals left the bases loaded at that time down 3-1. Grant DeVore led off the inning with a bunt single and took second on Cole Coker’s one-out single to right field. Reid Russell followed Coker with an infield single, but Gaconi survived with a fly out and strikeout.McDowell’s home run was the 12th time that LU has scored in the first inning this season, but only the fourth time it’s lost in those games. He took two balls and a strike before he unloaded on the fourth pitch of the at-bat.Reigning Louisville Slugger National Hitter of the Week Taylor Schwarner gave the Lions the 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the first with a double to left that chased home Carson Crites and Drew Avans. Schwarner added another in the bottom of the third when he lifted a sacrifice fly for Ryan Byers.Byers chased home Scottie Sanders on a double to right field, two batters after Sanders himself doubled.
Nederland (13-14), despite an exceptional defensive performance, fell to the host Eagles (25-3), 4-0, before a standing room only crowd in Game 1 of a UIL Class 5A best-of-three bi-district series.“We couldn’t have asked for much more defensively — we played really well,” said second-year Bulldogs head coach Bryan Spell, a 1995 Nederland High graduate who made his NHS playoff coaching debut on Friday. “We have to keep swinging our bats and hitting the ball hard. If Barbers Hill makes mistakes, we really need to capitalize on those.”The series resumes at 3 p.m. today in Nederland. If the Bulldogs win, a deciding Game 3 will be held immediately afterward at NHS. By Michael SudhalterSpecial to The NewsMONT BELVIEU — The Nederland High baseball team managed to slow down the juggernaut that is 21-5A champion Barbers Hill, but they couldn’t stop the formidable Eagles on Friday night. The winner of this series will face Santa Fe or Houston Waltrip in the area round next week.The Bulldogs include two Cardinals signees (seniors Brendan Dunkleberger and first baseman Chase Kemp) and a verbal pledge (junior pitcher Braydon Credeur) on the roster.Dunkleberger is expected to start Game 2, and a potential starter for Barbers Hill is senior Bryce Bonnin, who signed with the University of Arkansas as a pitcher.Credeur pitched the first 5-plus innings on Friday, striking out three and allowing four runs. The Bulldogs twice got out of bases-loaded jams — when Credeur threw a strikeout to end the fifth inning, and on a ground ball double play to end the first. Credeur also delivered Nederland’s only hit of the game — a leadoff single in the top of the third inning.“Barbers Hill’s pitcher (Chris Stevens) did a good job of keeping us off balance, and they made some spectacular plays behind him,” Spell said.The Eagles broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning on RBI singles by seniors Brandon Holdren and Koby Emerson, respectively.Barbers Hill added its third run in the bottom of the fifth when junior Cully Mangus scored as the Bulldogs attempted to complete a double play at first base.The Eagles scored their final run in the top of the sixth inning on senior Jace Seymour’s RBI Double.Barbers Hill has won 18 straight games and its only losses have come against 6A power Deer Park (twice) and Bellaire Episcopal, one of the top parochial schools in the Houston area.Nederland finished fourth in 22-5A with a 9-5 district record. The Bulldogs — in the postseason for the second time in three seasons — have 12 seniors, including seven of nine in the starting lineup on Friday night.Nederland’s 13-14 record is the result of a tough non-district schedule that included 6A competition in the Pearland tournament and the Clear Creek tournament, and several formidable opponents in the Jasper tournament.