Port Neches-Groves ISD assessing damages

first_imgPower is out throughout almost all of the Entergy service area. Entergy offcials report that power could be out for up to four weeks and PN-G schools are in the process of assessing damage to the campuses. An update will be provided later in the week. A date for return to school can not be projected until power has been restored to all campuses.last_img

Armed thieves rob Gulfway Drive store

first_imgPort Arthur Police are searching for two men who robbed a Gulfway Drive store Monday night. Police responded to a 911 call of a robbery in progress at about 8:34 p.m. Jan. 7  at Scalco’s Food Store, 749 Gulfway Drive. Officers arrived and learned that two black males armed with handguns entered the store. One pointed a handgun at the clerk and the other suspect pointed a handgun at another employee, according to a press release from PAPD.One of the suspects then jumped the counter and took money from the cash register and both suspects fled on foot. No one was injured and the suspects fled with an undetermined amount of cash.Anyone with information about this crime can call PAPD at 983-8680.last_img

Joyce Conner Wiggins

first_imgJoyce Conner Wiggins, 85, of Port Arthur, died May 25, 2016 at The Medical Center of Southeast TX after a valiant six month battle with oral cavity cancer. She is now reunited with the love of her life Herman.Joyce, a native of Lake Charles, was born April 11, 1931 to Dorcile and Lisman Conner. She graduated from LaGrange High. She moved to Port Arthur after marrying.  She taught 5th grade Sunday School for 42 years at First Baptist Church, Groves. She was very proud to serve the Lord by teaching the Bible to young people. In her later years, she was active in the Sonshine Choir of FBC. She had many special friends from choir she missed socializing with during her illness. Joyce was an avid reader, usually reading 15 books a month. She enjoyed swimming at the YMCA four days a week, loved her friends there, especially teacher Tina May.Joyce is preceded in death by her husband Herman, newborn son Michael, parents, sister Connie, brother Jimmie, brother Floyd. She is survived by her son Butch (Debbie), son Chris, daughter Lori Wiggins Summers (Bill). She is also survived by many nieces and nephews from both sides of the family that were especially close to “Aunt Joyce”. She was especially close to Sandra LaRocca, her husband Donald LaRocca and Earlene Ray that gave her years of special attention and love. They were nieces, goddaughters and much loved. Visitation for friends and family will be at Levingston Funeral Home, Groves Texas Friday May 27, from 5-8 pm. The funeral will be at First Baptist Church of Groves, 4000 Grant, Groves Texas Saturday May 28 at 10am. Graveside service at Greenlawn.center_img In lieu of flowers or plants, please consider a donation to the FBC Building Fund in Joyce’s name 4000 Grant Avenue, Groves Texas 77619. Or the City of Groves Library book donation in her name or a donation to a charity close to you in Joyce Wiggins name. Thank you to all the friends and family that sent well wishes during her illness, they were much appreciated.  She is in the presence of God. Joyce was deeply loved and she will be sorely missed.last_img read more

Lent: A time to reflect, time to listen

first_img “Ashes are a powerful way to call us to penance and reconciliation,” he said.The Rev. Margaret Williams, pastor at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Port Neches, said her church will offer ashes and services scheduled at 7:30 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. The services will include the imposition of ashes and the Holy Eucharist.She said the church would also offer Bible study at 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Lent. All are welcome.That study will be sustained with a cup of soup for those who attend. “The emphasis for us is we confront our mortality and confess our sins before God,” the Rev. Marty Boddie, pastor of First United Methodist, 6501 Washington St., Groves, said Tuesday. He said his church will offer his flock of some 300 a 6 p.m. Wednesday service that will include Scripture readings, liturgy and some prayers in union.Then, Boddie said, those present will file down the aisle and hear his words, “Repent and believe the Gospel,” before ashes are imposed.Boddie, a pastor for more than 30 years, said there was a time when few Methodist churches participated in Ash Wednesday. That has changed. Nowadays, Methodist churches embrace the calls to prayer, fasting and self-denial that Lenten observance can demand. “When we have gone through this time of reflection, we will have grown closer to God,” she said. “We will go through the desert time of Lent and consider how we are living our lives.“God is calling on us to make changes. We will reflect on God’s great sacrifice he paid for us.”She said that would demand tough, introspective questions for worshipers to consider, such as, “How are we living our lives?”Lent begins Wednesday and continues through Holy Thursday, which falls on March 29 this year. Easter follows April 1.Many Western Christian churches embrace Lent as a solemn religious period used to prepare for Easter Sunday. Participating Christians pray, do penance, give alms and, in general, deny themselves, especially through fasting.Most Rev. Curtis J. Guillory, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, said through Lent we “discipline our desires.”Guillory will celebrate Mass at noon Wednesday at the St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica in Beaumont, and said he will recall a story about Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, who said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”“That’s what Lent’s about,” Guillory said. “Our souls get dusty like our house.”To cleanse the soul, he said, requires more intense prayer, which includes not only speaking but listening, reflecting on preparation for Easter.“The Lord speaks to us all the time,” he said, “sometimes in a whisper.”Lent, he said, is a time to listen.center_img By Ken [email protected] churches on Wednesday will trade the merriment of Carnival, replete with its Mardi Gras parades and balls, for the relative asceticism of six weeks of Lent.last_img read more

Beaumont police probe reporting kidnapping attempt

first_img Beaumont police encourage parents to speak with their children about “stranger danger,” and what to do if they are approached by strangers.Make sure your child knows:How to give a police officer her name, address, and home phone numberIf someone follows him or tries to force him into a car, run the opposite direction and screamUse the buddy system when walking home from school or playing outside Staff reportBeaumont police responded Monday to a residence near the 2200 block of West Virginia after a report of an attempted kidnapping.Officers were told that a vehicle with three occupants called out to three children who were walking home from Blanchette Elementary School. Details were limited Tuesday, as Beaumont police detectives gathered as much information as possible about this incident.Detectives were also working with Beaumont Independent School District and We are working with BISD and Lamar University police, as a similar incident reportedly happened on campus Friday. Anyone with any information about this incident or any similar incidents, should contact Beaumont police at 409-832-1234.last_img read more

Thomas C. Dunlop

first_img He is survived by a niece, Dianne Wyss, nephews Jon Dunlop and Dave Dunlop, and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 30, 2020, at Greenlawn Memorial Park located at 3900 Twin City Highway, Groves, TX 77619 under the direction of Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur.In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Salvation Army or charity of your choice.A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020, at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves, Texas under the direction of Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur. During his early years he worked at many jobs.After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School he entered military service in the Army Air Force in WWII.He then graduated from Lamar Junior College and graduated from the University of Texas with a BA degree. He was employed at Texaco Island for 31 years and retired in 1981.Tom was involved in many civic activities including Boy Scouts, Little League Baseball, 20-30 Club, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Lions Club, Friend of the Library, Museum of the Gulf Coast, and supported many other organizations.For 70 years he was a member of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant where he served on all official boards along with teaching Sunday school for many years.During retirement Tom enjoyed growing flowers and a vegetable garden.center_img Thomas C. Dunlop passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020, at Mid-Jeff extended care in Nederland, Texas.Thomas C. Dunlop was born on March 12, 1926 in Arco Georgia to John and Ida Mae Dunlop.The family moved to Port Arthur Texas in 1937 when Tom was 11 years old.last_img read more

Irma Castro

first_imgIrma Castro was born in Puerto Cortes, Honduras on April 4, 1929 to Orlando Lacayo and Lucila Gutierrez.There she met the love of her life Guillermo Castro and they married in June 1950.In 1956 she and their two young children moved to Port Arthur, Texas where she and her husband, raised six children all of which earned a college education. Above all she was a much loved mother who will be dearly missed.She is preceded in death by her husband, beloved mother and father, two brothers and three sisters (a fourth who died infant).She is survived by a brother, Domingo Lacayo (Juliana), Six children: Irma Castro, Orlando Castro (Libby), Leonardo Castro, Lucille Shaffer (Dennis), Rebecca O’Hara (Gary), and Regina Castro.Four grandchildren: April Fort (Henry), Christopher Castro, Denise Shaffer and Brianna Shaffer, Three Great-grandchildren: Xavier, Lucius and Archer Fort plus several nieces and nephews. Due to Co-vid concerns there will be a private visitation with rosary Wednesday night 5-8 pm Dec. 30th followed by a private intermentThursday morning 10 am Dec. 31st at Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Clayton Thompson.A Catholic Mass together with a reception to celebrate her life will take place at a time as yet to be determined.The safety and health of family and friends is of the utmost importance. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice.center_img The wife of a merchant seaman seldom gets recognized.She was a seamstress and a homemaker throughout her life.With a gentle sweet disposition she was a great role model to all.last_img read more

Annie Star Cameron Diaz Shows Off Her Mean and Drunk Side on Twitter

first_img View Comments OK, OK. Cameron Diaz is not really drunk and mean; she’s just playing the abusive and alcoholic Miss Hannigan in the new Annie movie reboot. The actress, who just joined Twitter last week, tweeted a first look at her character with the caption: “I want you to meet someone. Her name is Ms. Hannigan. She ain’t nice and she ain’t pretty.” In the updated movie, Miss Hannigan sports over-the-top gold necklaces and earrings, bleached hair and her signature sneer. Diaz stars in the movie remake opposite Quvenzhane Wallis (in the title role), Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale. Based on the Broadway musical, the movie is set to be released on December 19, 2014.last_img

Samantha Bond, John Marquez & More Complete the Cast of Jerry Mitchell’s U.K. Premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

first_img View Comments Bond is best known for her role as Lady Rosamund Painswick in Downton Abbey and she received a Tony nod for her performance as Amy Thomas in 1999’s Amy’s View. Her other stage credits include Passion Play, What the Butler Saw, An Ideal Husband, Arcadia, Rubenstein’s Kiss, A Woman of No Importance, The Ends of the Earth, The Winter’s Tale and As You Like It. Bond’s film credits include Goldeneye, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day. Featuring music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the 1988 film of the same name, and tells the story of two conmen competing to swindle money from an American heiress. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre on March 3, 2005. Directed by Jack O’Brien, the cast included John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, Sherie Rene Scott, Joanna Gleason and Gregory Jbara. The show received 11 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and Butz was awarded Best Actor in a Musical. Marquez’s stage credits include Neville’s Island, Privates On Parade, Ding Dong The Wicked, The Taming of the Shrew, House of Games, Chain Play II, The Hypochondriac, Dark Side of Buffoon, A Flea In Her Ear, The Anniversary, Baby Doll, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, The Emperor Jones, Market Boy, Boeing-Boeing, Mother Teresa Is Dead, Local and Identical Twins, Tales from Tennessee, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Annie Get Your Gun and Ragtime.center_img Tony nominee Samantha Bond and John Marquez have joined the cast for the West End premiere of Tony winner Jerry Mitchell’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as Muriel Eubanks and Andre Thibault, respectively. They join previously announced headliners Robert Lindsay as Lawrence Jameson, Rufus Hound as Freddy Benson and Katherine Kingsley as Christine Colgate. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will run at the Manchester Opera House from February 12, 2014 through February 22 and at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from February 26 to March 1, before arriving at the Savoy Theatre on March 10. Opening night is set for April 2. The West End cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels also includes Lizzy Connolly as Jolene, Gavin Alex, Darren Bennett, Niamh Bracken, Lisa Bridge, Darren Carnall, Andy Conaghan, Lizzy Connolly, Phoebe Coupe, Claire Doyle, Alice Fearn, Selina Hamilton, Ian Knauer, Lisa Mathieson, Zak Nemorin, Genevieve Nicole, Javier Santos, Todd Talbot, Dominic Tribuzio, Jon Tsouras and Zara Warren.last_img read more

Fire Department and Emergency Services

first_img1747 Kentucky Ave.Nonemergencies: 270-798-7172Emergencies: 911The Fort Campbell Fire Department and Emergency Services prevent and minimize loss of life and property and environmental danger. Support is provided 24/7 during peacetime, wartime and humanitarian operations. They stand strong in the face of all man-made incidents and natural disasters, and provide fire protection, rescue, hazardous material and emergency medical responses.last_img