How much does a ream of paper weigh?We won’t tell. You have to ask Ray Thompson of ArmorShred. You can’t miss him. He’s often sporting a name tag that lights up in red letters. And, he’s got the paper quizzes. Run into him at a chamber mixer, and his opening line is often fun facts of the paper world.This Port Arthur-based businessman knows about paper, and destroying paper. His truck will pull into your business and shred all those documents you don’t need, and don’t want anyone else to see.And for those of us who really want to make sure the job is done, they are invited to watch the truck’s monitor showing what’s going on in that vehicle. If you’re don’t have a business, but a household with outdated paperwork taking up space, just give ArmorShred a call and arrange to meet the truck.“We recycle 100 percent of the paper we shred,” Thompson said.ArmorShred has earned the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors’ business of the month honor for April.Calvin Hicks, ArmorShred employee, said he supports this honor for his company, based on Thompson’s character.“He’s the best boss I’ve ever had,” Hicks said.ArmorShred does tears it up, literally, from Anahuac to Jasper to Lake Charles, La.Tax returns and investment documents commonly go into the bin that goes to shedder. Thompson said it’s important to shred confidential information. The test for confidential is if the paper contains more information that the phone book shows, he said.Thompson has been shredding since 2006 and goes through about 60 to 70 tons of paper a month and each ton saves 17 trees.For information on becoming a chamber ambassador, call Paige Snyder at 409-963-1107.
NEDERLAND — Republican State Rep. and local businessman Dade Phelan has filed for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 21. The district includes part of Jefferson County and all of Orange County. “It is an honor to represent Southeast Texas in the House of Representatives and I am ready to build on my first session’s conservative results, the ones my neighbors expect and deserve,” Phelan said.“I will continue to protect our local water rights and fight for lower taxes, accountable government, increased border security and the elimination of sanctuary cities.”Phelan is a broker and senior partner at Phelan Investments, a family owned real estate development company. In his first session representing House District 21, Phelan was appointed to the powerful Appropriations Committee as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the Elections Committee.Capitol Inside Magazine honored him as one of the 84th Session’s Freshman of the Year, Texas Conservative Coalition named him a 2015 “Courageous Conservative”, The Texas Association of Business selected him as a “Fighter for Free Enterprise” while Texas Right to Life’s included him as one of only fourteen members on their Honorable Mention List.His wife, Kim, is a solo practitioner attorney and together they have four boys, Ford, Mack, Hank and Luke. Next Up
By Tim SchreckSoil is a mixture of minerals, water, air, organic matter, microscopic organisms, and decaying remains of living things. Soil also provides a medium to support growth of plants. Soil is a part of the cycle of life for all land species on earth, from feeding them to breaking down their remains.Mineral particles make up the highest percentage in soil. These mineral particles include sand, silt or clay. Living and non-living organic matter make up the next largest percentage by weight. If you look at soil, it appears to be dead but that is the farthest from the truth. Within one teaspoon of soil, there are billions of bacteria, fungi and microorganisms.All these live, doing their part, breaking down matter into smaller and smaller matter until the molecules are small enough for plants to absorb back into the plant. The cycle then starts again, growth, death, decompose, and, breakdown. With this definition, I am convinced that Southeast Texas does not have soil. We live in the Gulf Cost Prairie and within that, we live in the area called Beaumont-League-LaBelle. Soil from Baytown to Lake Charles is mostly clay deposited here over 66 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period and the end of the dinosaurs.It is hard to believe that the whole state of Texas was under water before that and that the Western Interior Seaway reached from the Gulf Coast through Colorado and on up into Canada. As the water slowly receded, silicates and oxides washed down from the north developing the clay in our area. These minerals are very small, usually smaller than four microns. They also carry positive and negative charges.Our clay is a mixture that is heavy, very dense, and since opposites attract, it wants to stick together. Clay soils also have a large swell factor. The clay structure promotes absorption of water and swells. As the clay dries, it contracts causing cracks in the ground. This causes havoc with buildings and with plant roots.Even if a plant can grow in clay, few can withstand the contraction and expansion that happens each year, constantly ripping and tearing the root system to pieces. There is no way to reverse what nature has created over millions of years but we can work with it. The easiest method to work with clay soils is to ignore it and build raised beds on top of it. If you really want to grow in clay, continuously applying and working in organic matter will do wonders. Many people say mixing sand into the clay works, but it will not do much to help. Sand will help with compaction, but will not turn the clay around to become ideal soil.Organic matter helps the clay by allowing roots to penetrate the clay leaving behind more and more organic matter. It also helps with water absorption and dampening the effects of swelling. As more organisms move around, the electronic charges that hold the particles together slowly are dispersed and discharged. All these actions move the clay toward a more palatable environment for plants to grow in.You can reach Master Gardener Tim Schreck at [email protected] or call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 409-835-8461.
Josefina V. Rivera, 95, of Port Arthur, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Christa Santa Rosa Westover Hills, in San Antonio, Tx. She was born on July 14, 1921 in Pihuamo, Jalisco, Mexico and has been a resident of Port Arthur, Texas since 1971 and previously a resident of San Antonio, Texas since 1945.Josefina is a retired employee of the Port Arthur Independent School District and has been a longtime member of Getsemene Methodist Church in Port Arthur, TexasJosefina is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Tita Vasquez, Teodoro, Villalobos, Victoria Villalobos, her son, Jose Rivera, Jr. (Maria “Lala”) and her granddaughter, Nicholle Cain. She is survived by her siblings Ambrosio, David, Felix (Rita), Cecilio, and Amparo Villalobos, her children Rita, Alejandro (Belinda), Oscar “Danny”, Ricardo Rivera and Maria Guerra (Robert), her grandchildren Arnold Romo (Olga), Michael Romo (Veronica), Jose Rivera III (Imelda), Andrea Rivera, Teresa Escobedo (Robert), Jimmie Rivera and Marissa Wentling (Matthew), several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.A prayer service will be at 7:00 PM, Thursday, December 1, 2016 at MeadowLawn Funeral Home 5611 E. Houston, San Antonio, Texas. The family will be receiving friends from 5:00 PM to service time on Thursday. There will be a viewing at 10am and church service at 11am on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Saint Benedict Catholic Church 4535 Lord Road and a graveside service at 2pm at Chapel Hill Memorial Park 7735 Gibbs Sprawl Road all in San Antonio, Texas.
MAURICEVILLE — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of a runaway/missing Mauriceville teen.Heaven Ray Cox, 15, was reported as a runaway by her mother, Tammy Cox, around 3 p.m. Sunday. The mother told officers that it was not unusual for her daughter to sleep late but when she went in to check on her, her daughter was not in the room. She had left a note saying she was headed to California but did not give any information about how she was going to get there or whom she was going to be with, according to a press release from the OCSO. As in any case, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is taking this very serious and is checking all leads that may give our office knowledge of Heaven’s whereabouts. Deputies are aware of various social media posts claiming Heaven may be in the company of someone she met online. Investigators are working diligently to verify and confirm this information and will actively pursue leads as they come available.Orange County Sheriff’s Office has also reached out to other agencies and organizations to assist in locating Heaven. Heaven is a 15 years old white female with brown eyes and blonde hair cut past her shoulders. She stands 5 foot 3 inches tall and weighs about 113 pounds. Heaven attends Little Cypress Mauriceville High School. Heaven has a nose piercing and often wears a diamond stud on the right side of her nose. She also occasionally wears a pair of large round rimmed, dark colored glasses. If you have any information that could assist the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in locating Heaven Cox, call our office at 409-883-2612 or callers that wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477) or 833TIPS.com.
By Daucy CrizerSpecial to The NewsNEDERLAND – Senior Blaysin Fernandez scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:42 left in the game to give Nederland a come-from-behind 22-16 win over Fort Bend Willowridge in the Class 5A Division II Bi-District round of the playoffs Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.With the win, Nederland will face Marshall (northeast Texas) Friday at 4 p.m. at NRG Stadium in Houston. Frederick hit Lidarian Carter for 5 yards to give the Eagles a first down at the 18. Nederland forced four straight incomplete passes to preserve the win. The last incompletion came on the game’s final play as Frederick’s pass was caught by Latrell Neville, but he was clearly out of the back of the end zone when he made the catch.“It was good to have our defense on the field to end the game,” said Barrow. “You have to have a bend don’t break mentality at the start and the closer they get you have to start tightening up. They have some big guys and when their quarterback lets go of it and you see one of those jump balls, you just hold your breath. Our guys were getting after the quarterback and made him throw the ball away twice, which limited their chances at scoring.”The Eagles scored the only points of the third quarter on a 30-yard field goal from Gustavo Medrano with 38 seconds left. That scoring drive was aided by three Nederland personal foul penalties and a defensive pass interference.Nederland (10-1) responded with a scoring drive of its own to start the fourth quarter. This time, it was the Bulldogs who were the beneficiary of a pass interference penalty on third-and-17 to give Nederland a first down.McMorris hit Grusecki for 11 yards on third-and-eight. McMorris hit Arline for 24 yards to the Eagles 4. Douglas scored on a 4-yard TD run to make the score 16-14.“He’s a senior that does the dirty work, so I’m really happy for him,” said Barrow of Douglas’ performance. “We kind of include him in with our lineman since he’s a fullback that leads the way for our running backs. We thought he could be a big factor tonight because they’re (Willowridge) not the type of defense you want to run sideways against and he’s not that kind of runner. He’s straight ahead and I’m really proud of the way he ran the ball tonight.”Nederland won the coin toss but deferred until the second half. Willowridge proceeded to march right down the field on the game’s opening drive. Frederick went 4-of-4 on the drive for 34 yards. He also rushed five times for 33 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run to cap the 12-play, 70-yard drive that gave the Eagles a quick 7-0 lead.The Bulldogs looked to be driving in for a score of their own on the ensuing possession. McMorris hit Kyndon Fuselier on an 18-yard screen pass on the drive’s first play. A 10-yard completion to Adam Roccaforte put the ball at the Willowridge 28. Brycen Grusecki dropped a pass in the end zone on third-and-eight, and the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs as McMorris was sacked for a 10-yard loss on the next play.The Eagles put together another scoring drive on its next possession. The Bulldog defense stopped Lidarian Carter for a 5-yard loss on first down and sacked Frederick for a 6-yard loss on second down.Frederick completed a 46-yard pass to Latrell Neville on third-and-21 to put the ball at the Nederland 27. The drive stalled at the 20 and Gustavo Medrano booted a 37-yard field goal to make the score 10-0 with :35 seconds left in the first quarter.Nederland responded with another good drive. After McMorris hit Armani Douglas for a 5-yard gain on third-and-six, McMorris raced to the line of scrimmage and rushed for 32 yards on fourth-and-one to the Willowridge 28. The drive stalled at the Eagles 17 and Payne Barrow missed on a 34-yard field goal attempt, losing his footing on the attempt.The Bulldogs forced a three-and-out Willowridge’s ensuing possession. Following a 17-yard punt, Nederland took over at the Eagles 37. Consecutive runs of 9 and 12 yards by Douglas put the ball at the 16. Douglas carried about for six more yards, but fumbled on the play, which was recovered by the Eagles.Willowridge (7-4) put together another long scoring drive. Carter had receptions of 3, 11 and 16 yards on the drive. A 16-yard completion to Rufus Scott put ball at the Nederland 22. The Eagles had to settle for a Medrano 35-yard field goal to make the score 13-0 with 2:45 left in the game.Nederland finally answered with a scoring drive of its own. McMorris hit Douglas for 22-yards on the drive’s first play. Douglas rushed for 30 yards two plays later to put the ball at the Eagles 13. McMorris hit Burnett for a 13-yard scoring strike to make the score 13-7 with 1:24 left in the first half.Frederick completed 16 of 29 passes for 169 yards. He also led the team in rushing with 75 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. Neville rushed for 17 yards and caught two passes for 43 yards. Carter caught 11 passes for 89 yards. “Bryce [McMorris] did a good job of spreading the ball around the field on those last two drives. I’m real proud of our offensive line, doing what they have done all year in taking over in the fourth quarter.”Needing at least a field goal to take its first lead of the game, Nederland started the game-winning drive with 3:31 left on the clock from its own 21-yard line. That drive resulted after both the Bulldogs and Eagles turned the ball over on downs. The Bulldogs had an incomplete pass on fourth-and-1 from the Willowridge 19 and the Eagles on fourth-and-16 from the Bulldogs 25 when quarterback Vaughnte Frederick was stopped after a 4-yard gain.McMorris hit Roccaforte for 28 yards on the drive’s first play. Douglas followed with a 34-yard run to the Willowridge 17. McMorris hit Grusecki for 13 yards to the 4. Fernandez scored two plays later on a 3-yard TD run. McMorris hit Roccaforte for the two-point conversion to make the score 22-16.The Bulldogs defense game up big in the final minute of the game to keep the Eagles from scoring. Frederick scrambled for 25 yards on third-and-3 and broke an 11-yard run. Bryce McMorris completed 19 of 31 passes for 226 yards for the Bulldogs. Fernandez was supposed to start the game for the Bulldogs, but the cool weather activated a previous hip condition and limited his mobility, so McMorris had to step in at quarterback.Armani Douglas rushed for 108 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. Blayne Burnett caught five passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. Brycen Grusecki added four catches for 35 yards and Adam Roccaforte added 46 yards on three catches.“I’m going to have to watch the video because it was a blur to me,” said Nederland coach Monte Barrow of the Bulldogs two fourth-quarter drives to win the game. “We had different kids stepping up and making big plays. That’s what it’s all about. Bulldogs 22, Eagles 16Willowridge 10 3 3 0 – 16Nederland 0 7 0 15 – 22First quarterWillowridge – Vaughnte Frederick 3 run (Gustavo Medrano kick), 8:14Willowridge – Gustavo Medrano 37 FG, 0:35Second quarterWillowridge – Medrano 35 FG, 2:45Nederland – Blayne Burnett 13 pass from Bryce McMorris (Payne Barrow kick), 1:24Third quarterWillowridge – Medrano 30 FG, 0:38Fourth quarterNederland – Armani Douglas 4 run (Barrow kick), 8:33Nederland – Blaysin Fernandez 3 run (McMorris pass to Adam Roccaforte), 1:42NED WILFirst downs 19 15Rushes-yards 30-147 29-105Passing yards 217 169Total yards 364 274Comp-Att-Int 20-32-0 16-29-0Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0Penalties-yards 8-90 6-45Punts-Avg. 1-29.0 3-31.0Individual statisticsRUSHING — Nederland: Armani Douglas 10-108, Kyndon Fuselier 5-19; Willowridge: Vaughnte Frederick 19-75, Ja’Vion Chatman 6-13, Latrell Neville 4-17.PASSING — Nederland: Bryce McMorris 19-31-0—226, Blaysin Fernandez 1-1-0—(-9); Willowridge: Vaughnte Frederick 16-29-0—169.RECEIVING — Nederland: Blayne Burnett 5-51, Brycen Grusecki 2-38, Adam Roccaforte 3-46, Armani Douglas 2-27, Carsen Arline 2-37; Willowridge: Lidarian Carter 11-89, Latrell Neville 2-43, Mar’quise Garrett 2-15.
The Memorial High School Titans are in the football playoffs. Due to the excitement of the Memorial High vs, Shadow Creek playoff game on Friday, the Port Arthur Independent School District said Friday (Nov. 15) classes would be dismissed early.The dismissal times are listed below:De Queen Elem. 1:55 P.M.Port Acres Elem. 1:55 P.M.Lakeview Elem. 1:55 P.M.Wilson 1:45 P.M.Sam Houston Elem. 1:55 P.M.Sam Houston Elem. Special Ed. 1:05 P.M.Travis Elem. 1:55 P.M.Travis Elem. Special Ed. 1:25 P.M.Tyrrell Elem. 1:55 P.M.Tyrrell Elem. Special Ed. 1:15 P.M.Port Acres Elem Alt. 1:55 P.M.Washington Elem. Special Ed. 1:20 P.M.Wheatley PPCD 1:00 P.M.Wheatley Pre – K Head start 1:00 P.M.MHS 9th Grade 1:30 P.M.Jefferson Ms. 2:35 P.MLincoln Ms. 2:35 P.MMemorial High 1:45 P.M.PAAC 1:45 P.M.Washington Elem. 1:55 P.M.Tems 12:45 P.M.Adams Elem. 1:55 P.M.
Services will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11:00 am at The First Sixth Street Baptist Church, located at 548 Abraham Lincoln Avenue, Port Arthur, Texas.Final Viewing will be from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Bernadine Jermel Newman, known as “BJ 79” a native of Port Arthur, TX.Born on January 21, 1940 to Earnest “Rock” and Bernice Rodney- Newman.On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, BJ was peacefully called into the presence of the Lord. She was the eldest of five children.Bernadine was a member of the First Sixth Street Baptist Church.She attended Lincoln High School and she was a member of the class of 1959. Bernadine was employed at The Port Arthur Country Club as a salad chef.In the late 1980’s she resigned to take care of her ailing mother. She also was a member of the Emerald Ladies Social and Civil Club.She was preceded in death by her parents and a niece, Jasmine Newman.Bernadine is survived by four brothers, Earnest Newman, Jr (Alma), Gary B. Newman (Zene), Ronnie Newman and Ronald Newman (Catherine), a niece and nephew that she reared, Rolanda J. Newman-Brew and Christopher Newman, a host of other nieces and nephews, and numerous relatives and friends.
She was a lifelong Port Arthur area resident and former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.She was preceded in death by her husband Andrus Adams; daughters, Kathleen Fawvor and Theresia Soliz; and her sisters and brothers. Survivors include her daughter Laura Soto and husband Tony of Pasadena; grandchildren, Lisa Hunter (Johnnie), Brian Guerra (Heather), Corey Fawvor (Shannon), Delissa Fawvor, Eric Soliz (Kristen) and Amy Lange; great-grandchildren, Manuel Rodriguez (Selene), Blake Guerra, Cash Fawvor, Easton Soliz, Kolten Soliz, and Kayla Lange; great-great grandchildren, Melanie, Maritsa, and Makayla Rodriguez; four step-grandchildren and a host of step-great grandchildren. Una Marie Adams, 95, of Port Arthur passed away Sunday, September 27, 2020 in Pasadena, Texas.Una was born November 23, 1924 in Kaplan, Louisiana to Clovis Vincent and Theresa Broussard Vincent. Graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves with Monsignor Kenneth Greig officiating under the direction ofLevingston Funeral Home in Groves.
Answer: The state of Texas has not restricted the licensed open carrying of weapons since the onset of the pandemic. Nor is there a law in Texas that restricts the open carrying of a weapon with a face covering/mask. I will suggest you or anyone licensed to carry who chooses to carry openly while wearing a mask to prepare yourselves because you will be getting several strange looks. So, Jason, at this point in time you’re allowed to openly carry your weapon in the state of Texas if you’re licensed. Join Officer Rickey Antoine for Ask A Cop Live on KSAP 96.9 FM every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. as he discusses the Ask A Cop article. You can tune in at ksapthebreeze.org. Call in and ask a question live at 409-982-0247. Answer: There are no minimum speed limit signs posted on Highway 69. In the recent past, there was a minimum speed limit sign on highways in Texas, and it was 45 mph. I still today hold to that standard. The Texas Transportation Code 545.363 states an operator may not drive so slowly as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law. The posted speed limit on Highway 69 is 75 mph. If in optimum conditions you are not traveling at least 45 mph in the RIGHT lane, you will be impeding the traffic flow. Texas Transportation Code 545.404(a)(4) states upon leaving a vehicle unattended, a driver must effectively set the parking brake. Whether in a standard or automatic transmission, vehicle drivers must set the parking brake once exiting a vehicle that’s unattended. Yeah Margarette from Bridge City asks: I find some information that is not touched upon is the AARP driving classes for seniors. I have two questions from some of your recent answers, (1st) you mentioned a minimum speed limit on Highway 69, I haven’t seen a sign giving that information. My 2nd question is about setting the parking brake. I was of the understanding that putting the car in park mode was the same as putting the parking brake in standard shift cars. Is the park position on the automatic transmission cars the same as the parking brake? Jason from Port Neches asks: I’m a licensed carrier of a weapon in the state of Texas and we are within worldwide pandemic COVID-19, where just about everywhere you go a face covering or mask is required. Since the masks have been made mandatory I have not worn my weapon openly; it’s always concealed. Can I wear my weapon open carry if I choose to while I wear a mask or is it illegal to have a face covering while openly carrying a weapon in the state of Texas? Answer: I’m sorry but this is hilarious to me, because I’ve had transmission problems before and that very same thought popped into my head, but I didn’t do it. I’m sure almost everyone reading this has had vehicle maintenance problems, so they can relate to having car problems. Bren, I’m sorry to inform you that driving on the roadway in reverse is not permitted in the state of Texas. Your vehicle is not fit to be on the roads of Texas until you have your transmission properly repaired. Driving in reverse is not allowed, and if you find yourself in an area on the roadway where your vehicle won’t shift into drive, call a tow truck. Bren from Port Arthur asks: Officer Antoine, I have a vehicle that has a transmission problem and sometimes when I get in it, the gear won’t go into drive but reverse works just fine. Let me say this first, I’m very skilled at reverse driving. I I get in my car and the transmission is acting up and won’t go into drive, can I take it home in reverse if it’s not too far away?