A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Friday, April 13, 2012 at Broussard’s Mortuary, 505 12th Street in Nederland with a rosary to be recited at 6:00 P.M. at Broussard’s. Honoring Mike as pallbearers are 6 of his golfing buddies, Bert Miller, Terry Duhon, Kenneth Duhon, John Guidry, Boogie Edgerly and J. K. Petteway. Sally, Chad, Michelle and all of the Courville family wish to extend their sincerest of thanks to Cathy, Fatima and all of the staff of Harbor Hospice for the loving care extended to Mike during his final days. Michael David Courville, 68, of Nederland,passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012 at his home with his family by his side after an illness. Mike was born on January 26, 1944 in Port Arthur, Texas to his parents, John Preston Courville, Sr. and Margaret Helen (Schexnayder) Courville. Mike worked as a postal carrier for the United States Postal Service, he was a member of St. Theresa the Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church in Port Acres, and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St Christopher Council #3195 in Port Acres. Mike will be remembered as a kind, easy going kind of man who enjoyed playing golf, going fishing, gambling “out of state,” and spending time with his family. Mike is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Preston Courville, Jr. Those who will most cherish his memory are his beloved and devoted wife, Sally Courville of Nederland; his son, Chad Courville and his wife, Joanna of Port Neches; his daughter, Michelle Marley and her husband, Shawn of Nederland; his sister, Helen Christy of LaPlace, Louisiana; his six grandchildren, David Courville, Kenneth Courville, Steven Courville, Meagan Marley, Kaitlyn Marley and Brendan Marley. Mike is also survived by numerous members of his extended family. Services to honor his life will be in a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 P.M. Noon on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at St. Theresa the Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church, 6412 Garnet Avenue, in Port Acres. Father Rejimon E. George, CMI will be the celebrant. Cremation and service arrangements are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Mike to St. Theresa the Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church and/or the Knights of Columbus, St. Christopher Council #3195, 6455 Garnet Avenue, Port Arthur, Texas 77640-1307. Mike has now gone on to meet his Savior and will now enjoy the golf courses of heaven. Keep them long and straight Mike, may the beauty of the greens go on forever. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com
Mercedes Barbosa, 93, of Beaumont, formerly of Port Arthur, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland.Michael “Mikey” Richards, 58, of Vidor died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Services todayCelina Hecker, St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, Port Arthur, noon. Christy Robbins, 48, of Beaumont, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont.Rita Carol Howell, 80, of Port Neches died Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Levingston Funeral Home, Port Neches. Death noticesSusan Gale Goebel, 53, of Highlands died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.Vicki Lynn Knobloch Kirbow, 59, of Nederland died Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Broussard’s, Nederland.
Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Lamar’s Brynn Baca, a first-team selection on the All-Southland Conference Softball team, was named to the 2016 USA Baseball Women’s National Team Trials roster on Wednesday, following the second annual Women’s National Open held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex from June 10-12 in Cary, N.C.Baca is one of 40 players headed to the national trials set for Aug. 22-25 in Fullerton, Calif. Twenty players will be selected to represent the United States at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s Baseball World Cup that will be held from Sept. 3-11 in Gijang City, South Korea.Baca, who just completed her junior year at LU, earned first-team accolades at catcher in 2016, as she powered the Cardinals to a record-setting season. The native of Round Rock, Texas, played in all 57 games, batting .321 with one home run and 24 RBIs. She led the Cardinals with a school-record .465 on-base percentage and drew a school-record 32 walks. She holds the LU career mark with a .446 on-base percentage, while her .316 career batting average is second all-time at LU.
The workshop was video recorded. Major points were also documented. Both will be available and posted on the Center’s website in the coming weeks (lamar.edu/portmanagement). In a related development, the Southeast Texas Waterways Advisory Committee on Thursday amended its charter and stood up a new subcommittee with the lengthy title of “Education, Research, Port Welfare and Workforce Development.”I am pleased to accept the chair, and Father Sinclair Oubre will serve as vice chair. Much in the area of port welfare and workforce development needs to continue to be accomplished. But, a primary focus of the new subcommittee has to be improved resilience of the ports, terminals and other stakeholders and users of the Sabine-Neches Waterway.We will be planning a workshop in the next several months that will focus on resilience strategies for the ports and waterway interests in SE Texas. Please watch for the dates on SETWAC’s and CAPM’s websites. Erik Stromberg is executive director, Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University in Beaumont.This story appeared in Volume 4 of The Port Arthur News Profile, April 29, 2018 Next UpBryan Markland, emergency response and security manager at Lucite International in Nederland, led the effort to develop the workshop, which he also facilitated. The workshop agenda featured a presentation by Roger Erickson, senior forecaster for the National Weather Service in Lake Charles. Key to forecasting storms in the Gulf is understanding the surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The 2018 hurricane season may be more active than average year due to the “La Nina to neutral” condition in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Of note, Coast Guard Captain, Port Arthur MSU, Jacqueline Twomey, and Mike White, Jefferson County Emergency Management Office, assistant coordinator, participated in the entire workshop. The workshop was designed to be interactive, recognizing that the cumulative knowledge and experience in the room exceeded any one speaker. The agenda ran through the items and issues arising in planning for a hurricane, or major storm event, largely in chronological order. Highlighted topics included the pre-storm preparation timeline, personnel (eg, who stays? who goes? when?), and perhaps the most critical components: coordination and communication—both within the organization and with external stakeholders. By Erik StrombergSpecial to The NewsBEAUMONT — Lamar University’s Center for Port Management held a special industry workshop on emergency response planning that was mainly focused on reviewing the region’s 2018 hurricane planning initiatives. The event was held Tuesday at Lamar’s Center for Commercialization, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in which the Center for Port Management is housed. Nearly 50 industry and government participants were joined by half dozen Lamar University faculty in this informative, interactive workshop. This workshop was the fifth in the Center’s series of industry relevant continuing education workshops and symposia. Each participant was encouraged to bring or review his or her organization’s hurricane/major storm plans in order to “exercise” those plans in a table-top type format. Markland presented a prospective forecast hurricane he named “Mirabeau,” that ultimately made landfall in Southeast Texas as a Category 3 storm. The storm’s track from the Greater Antilles Islands in the Caribbean (Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, etc.) to the western Gulf was charted in real time with the information that would have been available.Participants were asked for their response and activities, especially after the storm entered the 120-hour planning window. (Some organization’s hurricane plans are triggered at 96 hours.) At the workshop’s conclusion, Markland revealed to the surprise of a few but by no means all, that the mock storm was Hurricane Rita. Key takeaways included the need for communication systems to be active, current, accurate and resilient. In addition, a storm event precipitates the transition of the normal chain of command needing to take a step back so that response and recovery can be conducted by subject matter experts and proceed expeditiously. Most important in any plan is taking care of your personnel. The environment and corporate assets follow at a distance. As with most major disruptions to operations, a follow-up review (hot wash) is important so as not to lose lessons learned and best practices.
By Elizabeth ByrneThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.org “This is a major deal of cynical Republicans trying to once again put their thumb on the scale when they can’t win an election fair and square,” Maxey said. “They want to stack it with third-party candidates, so that unsuspecting voters that may think, ‘Neither major party speaks for me, so I’m just going to go do a protest vote by voting for this Green Party candidate.’”An earlier version of the bill only had the filing fee provision. When the bill reached the House floor earlier this month, Springer proposed an amendment that added the new ballot threshold language. The amendment passed after less than a minute of discussion, catching some House Democrats off guard amid an intense evening session of the House in which dozens of bills were heard.Springer told The Texas Tribune that he added the floor amendment because the current threshold for parties to gain ballot access “protects the two-party system too much.” It isn’t specifically targeting the Green Party, he said.“Republicans are not afraid to give Texans more choice,” he added.Pat Dixon, former state chair of the Texas Libertarian Party, testified against the bill last week at a Senate State Affairs Committee hearing. Dixon said the bill wouldunfairly force Libertarians to pay filing fees in addition to the cost of their nominating convention.When Democratic and Republican candidates pay filing fees to run for an office, the money helps pay for the election. Under HB 2504, third-party candidates would pay the same filing fees, but the money would go toward state or local funds, but not funds specifically devoted to running elections.Kellis Ruiz, co-chair of the Tarrant County Green Party, testified in favor of HB 2504 last week, saying the filing fee is “less than 1% of the cost” compared to hiring petitioners to get the minimum number of signatures to put a candidate on the ballot. No Green Party candidates were listed on Texas ballots in 2018 because none of the party’s statewide candidates drew 5% of the vote two years earlier. The party attempted to secure a spot on the general election ballot by meeting another threshold — collecting nearly 50,000 signatures. They failed miserably, collecting only 500 signatures.On Sunday, when HB 2504 reached the Senate floor, Democrats raised concerns about how it would affect future elections. State Sen. José Menéndez D-San Antonio, said he was worried that making it easier for third parties to gain access to the ballot would be used to manipulate voters.“My concern is that by lowering the threshold, we’re opening up the possibilities of people starting to play games with adding candidates to ballots with no intention of having them win, but actually disrupt what’s going to happen at the top of the ballot,” Menéndez said.The bill’s senate sponsor, Bryan Hughes, said the bill would impact both major political parties by putting the threshold for ballot access at a “more inclusive level.” The Mineola Republican did not say which party he thought would be more affected by the legislation but instead suggested there was “a lot of overlap.”If the bill reaches Abbott’s desk, he can choose to sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Currently in Texas, Democrats and Republicans have to either pay a filing fee or secure a certain number of signatures to get on their party’s primary ballot. Texas filing fees for a candidate range from $75 for county surveyor to $5,000 for U.S. senator.The Libertarian Party, meanwhile, has avoided those requirements while routinely gaining a spot on the general election ballot by meeting a different threshold: at least one of its candidates has managed to win more than 5% of the vote in a statewide race during the previous election cycle.Springer’s bill would lower that ballot-access threshold for third parties to 2% of the vote in one of the last five general elections — a bar that the Green Party could also clear. In 2010, the Green Party candidate for comptroller drew 6% of the vote.Glen Maxey, legislative affairs director for the Texas Democratic Party, suggested that the bill is an attempt to topple the efforts of Democrats to turn Texas purplenext year. He highlighted in particular Democrats’ efforts to flip the Texas House, which is currently made up of 83 Republicans and 67 Democrats. Libertarian candidates are widely viewed as pulling votes from Republicans, while Green Party candidates are more likely to pull votes from Democratic candidates, Maxey said. He predicted Green Party candidates would receive money from Republican donors to cover the filing fees. A bill on track to reach Gov. Greg Abbott‘s desk appears designed to make it easier for Green Party candidates and harder for Libertarian candidates to get on the Texas ballot in 2020. Democrats say House Bill 2504 is a ploy by Republicans to boost their reelection bids while siphoning off votes from Democrats.The bill from state Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, would make two major changes to how candidates with non-major parties run for office in Texas. The bill would require those candidates to either pay filing fees or secure a certain number of signatures to get on a November ballot. It also changes the threshold for guaranteeing a party a place on the ballot. The former provision could lead to fewer Libertarians running in 2020. The latter would mean the Green Party would likely earn a spot on the November ballot that year.The bill tentatively passed the Senate on Sunday on a party-line 19-12 vote. If the chamber gives it final approval, it will head to the governor’s desk. See also: Texas fights ‘drastic’ push to require voting map approval
There’s no doubt that “The Irishman” is a great film—certainly one of the best of the year, but it’s also a film that would have benefitted if it were a full hour shorter. I understand why a director of Scorsese’s stature would be so precious with this material. I just disagree with his conclusion that every detail of the man’s life needed to be in this story.Diehard Scorsese fans will probably take me to task for daring to criticize a master filmmaker. I still think he’s great. I simply wish that a good editor or producer would have been there to focus all that greatness into an even better film. Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are each week in “The Port Arthur News” and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at [email protected] The same holds true for fans of great acting. In addition to De Niro and Pacino in the leading roles, the film is peppered with solid supporting turns from such notable actors as Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale and Anna Paquin. It’s no surprise that a filmmaker of Scorsese’s stature can assemble a collection of the world’s best actors, and that he can get superb work out of them.The same holds true for his production crews, which are uniformly top notch. From Rodrigo Prieto’s fluid cinematography to the costume and sets that transport you back to the 1950s and ’60s, this is a film that deserves to be recognized on multiple fronts come Oscar time.Despite all of this, “The Irishman” is not without its problems. Clocking in at a bladder-busting three and a half hours, the film ends up being a mob hit man’s meandering trip down memory lane. He has some intriguing stories to tell, but there’s also a lot of filler. The bottom line for me is that while I loved much of this story, I also spent a lot of time anxiously waiting for the film to get on to the good stuff. For the second year in a row, Netflix has forced its way into the Oscar conversation with some very good films. With apologies to The Two Popes and Marriage Story, their film garnering the most praise this year is Martin Scorsese’s epic crime drama, The Irishman.By epic, I mean that this is a sprawling film that tells how a lowly truck driver (Robert De Niro) worked his way into the world of organized crime and eventually became an associate of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). The film is told as a series of his recollections about various illegal enterprises, and how they ultimately touched on Hoffa’s fate.In short, this is a film that’s filled with the sort of salacious, violent and bloody details that have always fascinated Scorsese. Indeed, The Irishmen can be seen as a companion piece of sorts to some of his greatest films. If you liked The Godfather or Casino, this is certainly a film that will pique your interest as well.
Mary Elizabeth Fontenot, Diane Morrow, Linda Andrus (Richard), Mary Jeanette Williams (Allen), and Shelia Brooks (sisters), Melvin Brooks Jr. (Monika), Gerold Brooks, Jack Brooks, Darrell Brooks (Brenda), Donald Brooks, Kenneth Brooks (Delenia), and Billy Alex (brothers); And a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. A visitation is scheduled from 1:00PM until 2:00PM, Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home/ The funeral immediately following at 2:00PM with Pastor Samuel Joseph officiating.She is preceded in death by, Melvin Brooks Sr.(father) Mary (Irene) Alex (mother), Cecelia Brooks (grandmother), Lucious Brooks (grandfather), Ronald Brooks, Larry Brooks (brothers), Johnny Johnson (son in law), and Dewey Lyons. Mary Lee Moore leaves to cherish her memory, Raymond Brooks (Dee), Charlotte Johnson, Shawn Brooks, Marcus Brooks, Reginald Brooks (children). Ms. Mary Lee Moore of Port Arthur died Tuesday, June 9th, 2020.She was a resident of Port Arthur for over 50 years and was employed by Gulf Coast Healthcare Nursing Home for 18 years.
An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case. April 14.Todd Lynn Fawvor, 48 of Freeport, was indicted for felony driving for an incident that occurred May 27, 2019.Corey Reshard Flemings, also known as Lil Corey7 and Corey Flemings, 29, of Port Arthur was arrested for evading arrest/detention with previous convictions for an incident that occurred March 5.Frederick Jerome Green, also known as Frederick Green, 34, of Port Arthur was indicted for assault family violence/choking for an incident that occurred April 19.Terry Jermaine Jackson, Jr., 20, transient, was indicted for felony heft of a firearm for an incident that occurred May 10.Jerry Wayne Langlinais Jr., also known as Jerry Wayne Langlanais and Jerry Wayne Langlinais, 43, of Nederland was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Jan. 10.Kendall Ross Mayfield, also known as Kendall R. Mayfield, 40, of Beaumont was indicted for burglary of a building for an incident that occurred Feb. 15.Robert Wayne Millard, 54, of Port Arthur was indicted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements for an incident that occurred Oct. 6.Kari Michelle Newton, 26, of Kountze was indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle for an incident that occurred April 26.Kiron Dewayne Peacock, 43, of Port Arthur was indicted for retaliation for an incident that occurred April 10.Michael Ravine Connor-Peterson, 39, of Beaumont was indicted for injury t an elderly individual for an incident that occurred May 4.Randy Lee Romero, 37, of Port Arthur was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine for an incident that occurred Oct. 27.Carl Sampson Solomon, 19, of Port Arthur was indicted for evading arrest/detention use of a vehicle for an incident that occurred May 1.Letitia Denay Tanker, 26, transient, was indicted for unauthorized use of e vehicle for an incident that occurred Dec. 19.Tadarell Lee Woods, 34, of Port Arthur was indicted for aggravated robbery for an incident that occurred April 9.Taquasha Johnson, 24, of Port Arthur was indicted for aggravated robbery for an incident that occurred April 9.Tadarell Lee Woods, 34, of Port Arthur was indicted for aggravated robbery for an incident that occurred April 9.Taquasha Johnson, 24, of Port Arthur was indicted for aggravated robbery for an incident that occurred April 9.Leslie Paige Bertrand, 44, of Beaumont was indicted for retaliation for an incident that occurred Feb. 12.Marcus Jamall Brown, 28, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Dec. 17.Robert Jerome Charles, 49, of Beaumont was indicted for felony theft with prior theft convictions for an incident that occurred Nov. 26.Chris Whitney Cormier, 48, of Port Neches was indicted for burglary of a habitation for an incident that occurred March 15.Ronald Demetrius Guillory Jr., 20, of Beaumont was indicted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for an incident that occurred April 19. BEAUMONT — A Jefferson County grand jury indicted the following individuals this week:Rakeem Jamal Roache, 25, of Baytown was indicted for murder for an incident that occurred July 19.Luis Roberto Alonzo, 22, of Port Arthur was indicted for felony theft of a firearm for an incident that occurred Sept. 14.William Rickey Aycock, also known as William Ricky Aycock, 49, of Nederland was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Feb. 20.Jeremie Deshaun Barabin, also known as Jeremie Barabin, Jeremie Deshaun Barrabin and Jeremine Deshaun Barabin, 35, of Port Arthur was indicted for evading arrest/detention with previous convictions for an incident that occurred May 15.Hector Collazo, 33, of Port Arthur was indicted for assault-choking for a incident that occurred
Before or on Wednesday (Nov. 11), which is Veterans Day, the company will donate an additional $1 per haircut service to support “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarships.”The program works in partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) and has raised nearly $8 million for military scholarships, helping more than 1,750 veterans with education expenses needed for civilian careers.Some locations are also offering free haircuts to service members and veterans with valid military identification.Sport Clips is open locally at 8555 Memorial Blvd., Suite 400, in Port Arthur, in front of Super Walmart. Call 409-722-1722 for more information. Next Up More than 1,800 locally-owned Sport Clips Haircuts, including the Port Arthur location, are offering special Veterans Day promotions and pricing.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis we are currently in, all visitors to the funeral home are required to wear facemask or coverings and practice social distancing as mandated by State and County officials.In lieu of Flowers, family request donations to be made to the American Kidney Foundation in memory of Jimmie. He was preceded in death by his parents.Jimmie is survived by his brother, Wayne Richardson and his wife, Libby of Clear Lake, Texas; his care-giver and personal assistant, AmySmith of Nederland, Texas.Visitation will be on Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. James “Jimmie” Alan Richardson, 65, of Bridge City passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020 at his home.Jimmie was born on January 6, 1955 in Kinder, Louisiana to his parents, Leonard Richardson and Bonnie Robinson Richardson.He has been a lifelong resident of Bridge City. Jimmie retired from Chevron Phillips as a process operator with over 35 years of service. Arrangements for cremation are entrusted to Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors in Groves.Burial of his ashes will be at a later date in Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.