Month: January 2021

first_imgAlex LeBlanc of Port Neches joined the hole-in-one fraternity when he sank his tee shot on the 115-yard, second at Babe Zaharias. LeBlanc used a 9-wood for his ace, with James LeBlanc and Tommy Hatchet looking on . . . A week after one of his best putting performances in a PGA Tour event, Chris Stroud once again struggled with the flat stick in the McGladrey Classic.  Stroud averaged 32 putts, most of anybody who made the cut, and wound up up tying for 66th place. He collected a check for $8,120 but dropped from No. 111 to No. 113 on the money list. He’s in the field for this week’s Classic in San Martin, Calif . . . First Tee of the Golden Triangle Executive Director Jerry Honza was all smiles Monday, after the organization’s annual Charity Tournament was another resounding success at Beaumont Country Club. Honza won’t have final figures until later in the week but he estimates tournament revenues will net about 50 percent of The First Tee’s operating budget for the next year. Winning morning team was the 1st APAC of Texas foursome of Chris Harmon, Terry Downs, Brian Lewis and Kelly Ensinger. They posted a 57. In the afternoon, the 1st TNT Crane & Rigging team of Johnny Robinson, Danny Hasha, Price Youngs and Tai Moran won with a 55.  Closest to the pin winners in morning group were Phillip Cole (No. 2), Corbin Smith (No. 4), Drake Romero (No. 10) and Bob West (No. 17). Lee Comeaux won the long drive. In the afternoon group, closest to the pin winners were Bobby Tupper (No. 2), Johnny Robinson (No. 4), Ward Lowe (No. 10) and Johnny Barners (No. 17). Ryan Keszeg was the long drive winner . . . The Seniors at The Babe was played in a 2 ball format. On the front nine, there was a tie at minus 3 between the team of Rick Pritchett, George Hawkins, Joe Benoit and Bob French and the team of Hilario Padia, Pete Reobroi, Larry Rogers and Dwain Morrison. The Padia team won the back nine in minus 3 and the 18 at minus 6. Closest to the pin winners were Roger Baumer (No. 2), Jim Burden (No. 7) and Adam Noel (No. 12, No. 15) . . . The team of Paul Flores, Joe Joliet, Justin Mercer and Glenn Alteau shot a 67, then won a scorecard playoff to finish first in the I.B.E.W. tournament at Belle Oaks. Also shooting 67 was the team of Jimmy Clark, Greg Miller, Ralph Barrintos and Homer Bean. Closest to the pin winners were Chris Herman (No. 8) and Rob Corrigan (No. 15). Long drive winners were Colt Resch (No. 7) and Ryan Smith (No. 14) . . . The team of Mitch Macon, Kevin Smith, Joe Goebel and Mark Duran combined for a 54 to win the Nederland Chamber of Commerce Scramble played at Belle Oaks. Second at 57 was the foursome of Chad White, Ronnie Richard, Bert Rogers and Michael Landry. Closest to the pin winners were George Nevarez (No. 3) and Jason Landry (No. 15). John Goebel claimed the long drive prize on No. 14 . . . Rufus Mier at plus 6 won the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Barry Jackson was second at plus 3, with Mike Hebert third at plus 1 . . . The Babe Zaharias DogFight was won at 21&10 by the team of Darrell Dugas, Adam Noel, Roger Koch and Harry Green. They finished 21&10. Second at 18&8 was the team of Tony Trevino, Hervis Green, Joe Harriman and Ron Overstreet. Third at 17&2 was the foursome of Joe Gongora, Kyle Mehl, Jim Cooper and Paul Brown. Closest to the pin winners were Bill Hanley (No. 2), Dennis Shaw (No. 7), Bobby Hebert (No. 12) and Tim Turner (No. 15) . . . The First Tee of the Golden Triangle’s 2010 Fall Finish tournament, open to all junior golfers,  is set for Saturday at Babe Zaharias, with tee times set to begin at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $15. Planned age groups for the event are 9 and under, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18. Call Zaharias professional Ed Campbell at 722-8286 for more information.    Golf news should be e-mailed to [email protected] or faxed to 724-6854.last_img read more

first_imgNow is not the time to play political poker in Jefferson County.Phone lines are burning, gentlemen’s agreements are being considered and a flood of seats will be open for Republicans and Democrats. But one thing is a sure bet.Change. With the filing period less than a month away, Jefferson County will see a change in district attorney for the first time since the Reagan Administration, a change in state senator since 2002 and a change in state representative since 1998.Southeast Texas is still facing the shock over the loss of powerhouse incumbents State Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, and Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland.The two, who have a combined more than 30 plus years of serving in the Texas Legislature, made back-to-back announcements last week of not running again. While District Attorney Tom Maness has not announced his plans, it is widely anticipated that he will not seek another term. That announcement will most likely precede any announcement by Wortham.Nov. 9 is the first day for candidates to file for the March Republican and Democratic primaries.E. Perry Thomas, an assistant district attorney with nearly 24 years’ experience, said he plans to run as a Republican, which would result in there being a contested race and thus forcing Wortham to step aside.Thomas also knows that in doing so he will not have made a political friend with Wortham.Of course someone running in the Democratic Primary would still make it a contested race but Democrats are expected to spend their time and money in other local judicial and county commissioner races.Wortham has long-standing Republican credentials dating back to literally the day after Ronald Reagan defeated President Jimmy Carter when U.S. Sen. John Tower called him to gauge his interest in serving as U.S. District Attorney, a position he would later accept.Already making a move for the 58th Judicial District spot is Tom Rugg who currently is the first assistant Jefferson County criminal district attorney and who has already named former Tax Assessor-Collector Miriam K. Johnson as his treasurer.Nederland attorney Rick Williams is also looking at the 58th District Judicial spot but, like Rugg, is weighing whether a gubernatorial appointment is in the offering if Wortham is forced to step down.Such a move would give the interim incumbent a marked advantage to run for the full term.Rugg once served as the interim County Court-at-Law No. 1 judge, having been appointed by the Commissioners’ Court to serve out a one-year unexpired term. Williams was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to fill a vacancy for the 279th District Court but lost a bid for a full term.Jefferson County is not alone in the political shake-up world as Montgomery County is also looking at the void left by Williams.According to Walter “Wally” Wilkerson, Jr., a retired doctor and 40-year Republican Party chairman for Montgomery County, at least one state representative and current State Board of Education Chairwoman Barbara Cargill are in the discussion mix.Another state representative might have also been considering a run but had already chosen to run for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, a decision announced but not filed for prior to Williams’ decision not to run again.It is speculated that Williams might pursue a position with the Texas A&M University System.Senate District 4 encompasses all of Jefferson and Orange counties but it is the western end of the district, including parts of Harris and Montgomery counties from which Williams’ successor will most likely come from.A Jefferson County candidate not facing a local opponent in the Republican Primary could, and that is a big could, possibly win given that a May election would be a low turnout affair. However, the possibility of retaining the seat in 2016 would be nearly impossible.Ritter’s seat also includes all of Orange County. The races to replace Ritter and Williams will likely affect and be affected by the race for Congressional District 36, currently held by U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman.If it sounds like you need a scorecard to keep track, you do and it would be best to use a pencil.Just remember that between now and the filing period, all bets are off as to who will do what and when.Dan Bledsoe has more than 23 years experience in media and politics and resides in Groves.center_img Williams, the current Senate Finance Committee chairman, is expected to resign mid-term to allow for a special called election most likely in May. Ritter, who serves as chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, will serve out his term with a successor to most likely come from the Republican Primary.On the county level, the race for Jefferson County district attorney will headline the local slate of offices and this one is the lead bowling pin waiting to be knocked over.Incumbent 58th Judicial District Judge Bob Wortham is eyeing being able to serve out the remainder of his term while running for district attorney; however, he might not remain an incumbent for long.Although state law does not require it, a sitting judicial district judge cannot remain in office if he or she opts to run for another office that is contested, according to the Judicial Code of Conduct.last_img read more

first_imgSeldom, if ever, is an athlete mentioned as one his league’s top defensive players in two different sports. Well, folks, meet Nederland’s Colton Kimler, a rugged and muscular 6-2, 210-pound senior, who just may be that very person. And tonight at 7:30 p.m., Kimler and the Bulldogs take a short hop down I-10 to Barbers Hill High School for a battle with District 18-4A champ Montgomery in the area round of Class 4A state playoffs. The Nederland-Montgomery victor advances to face the Ozen-Manor winner next Tuesday in the 4A regional quarterfinals.  “My whole life, I’ve been very intense in every sport I’ve participated in,” said the highly intelligent stopper, who turned down a football scholarship to Lamar University so he can concentrate on academics at LU. Next fall, he’ll major in biology, then wants pursue law school when he graduates. Few athletes prefer being a great defensive player, instead concentrating on offense. But even fewer high school athletes have the mentality it takes to bang with the big guys, go head-up with the opposition’s leading scorer, muscle for rebounds, and scrape their knees nightly diving on the floor for loose balls. It’s something Nederland’s No. 14 is born to do. “I love playing physical basketball — it’s when I feel I contribute the most. I like being an intimidator,” Kimler said with a big smile.  After going head-to-head with Beaumont Central and Ozen’s much taller front line players in District 20-4A play, Kimler, despite being somewhat limited in basketball height, has rapidly emerged as one of the true defensive standouts in Southeast Texas. Kimler displayed his unique stand-his-ground, in-your-face intensity Tuesday night in limiting Summer Creek’s highly recruited 6-8 junior Paul Thomas to only 15 points in the Bulldogs’ 50-45 bidistrict win. Tonight, Kimler’s defensive task looms even larger as he will often be matched up against Montgomery’s 6-7, 220-pound senior big man Currie Byrd. In the fall, Kimler earned 20-4A Defensive MVP honors in football as a defensive back. One can also argue his efforts on the hardwood this season against bigger players night in and night out may also place him at or near the top when roundball top defensive honors are handed out at season’s end.center_img  When Nederland coach Brian English was asked to describe his standout defender in a couple of words, he countered with five simple words. “Tenacity, it’s just his nature.” The Bulldogs, now 23-8 and winners of 19 of their final 23 games, will face an 18-13 Montgomery team that’s resurrected itself from a dismal 5-12 injury-plagued start in mid-December to win 13 out of its final 14 games. On Tuesday, the Bears defeated Bastrop 62-53 in bidistrict play. Don Johnson, head coach at Montgomery for the past 19 seasons, brings a team into the area round that has captured back-to-back district titles (his first district championships while at Montgomery after numerous playoff appearances). Much like Nederland, the Bears relief on defense to win games. In 18-4A play, Johnson’s team went 13-3 and allowed opponents only 45.8 points a game, while scoring at a 52.7 clip. Besides leading scorer, top defender, and three-year starter Byrd (who averages double figures in points and rebounds), the Bears also rely on 6-2, 200-pound sophomore post Dean Bowers (18 points in bidistrict), and the outside shooting of seniors Cooper Bell (6-0, 170) and Matt Garrett (6-3, 180). “We try to rely on our defense and force turnovers,” said the Bears’ mentor. “We’re not much of a running team, but we do play really good defense.” Johnson didn’t have a lot to say about Nederland, but he did say that “the key to the ball game is whether our big guy (Byrd) or Nederland’s outstanding post Weisbrod (Colton) stays out of in foul trouble.” “I’ve known about Weisbrod for several years and he’s very difficult to handle inside.” Weisbrod leads the way for English’s club, scoring just over 26 points a game and pulling down 14 rebounds a night. Although Weisbrod is one of the best inside players at 6-5 to come out of our area in several years, the Bears should find out in a hurry that in Kimler they’ll also be facing one of the top defenders they’ve seen this season.last_img read more

Lisa Catherine Roach

first_img Lisa was born on May 4, 1962 to parents, Mary (Reeves) and Travis Landry. She was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur and was of the Baptist Faith. Lisa work with Yellow Pages for many years in the sells department. Lisa was a loving person who will be missed dearly.Lisa is survived by her children, Randall Dakota Roach of Port Arthur, Myranda Catherine Roach of Orange; children father, Randall Roach of Port Arthur; parents, Travis and Mary Landry of Covington, LA; brothers, Michael Landry of Covington, LA, Troy Landry of Virginia; sisters, Kristi Landry of Lufkin, Julie Mazzuca of Dallas, Nikki Ross of Houston; grandchildren, Dane Sanders and numerous nieces and nephews.A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 9 AM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, with gathering of family and friends from 8:30 until service time. Burial will follow services at Old Cypress Cemetery in Deridder, LA at 12 PM, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Lisa Catherine Roach, 53, of Port Arthur passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at her residence.last_img read more

Milton Ray Haney

first_img Next Up Milton Ray Haney, 72, of Port Arthur, died, Tuesday May 3, 2016 at Cypress Glen Nursing and Rehab. In Port Arthur. Graveside services will be 1:00 pm Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves with Rev. Troy Cates officiating. A gathering of the family and friends will be 11:00 am until service time at 1:00 pm at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland.Milton was born April 14, 1944 to the late Carl Melton Haney and Helen Christine Deaver Haney in Ft. Worth and lived in the Port Arthur area for 64 years. He retired from Local 195 Pipefitters and served in Law Enforcement in the Port Arthur area. He also served in the U.S. Marine Reserves.Milton is survived by his daughters, LeAnn Chisholm and husband Chris of Little Cypress, and Mari Hunt and husband Johnny of Groves; son, Jeff Haney of Magnolia; sisters, Norma Cates and husband Ray of Nederland, and Pat Bagwell of Jasper; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.last_img read more

first_img 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.Service will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, with a viewing beginning at 12noon. Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, under the direction of Hannah Funeral Home, Inc. Next UpPsalm 1King James Version (KJV)1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. The Honor of a Life Legacy In ChristYvonne Early Donahue ArmstrongJune 28, 1934 ~ January 4, 2017last_img read more

first_imgValero’s Monday night league produced this weeks top female bowler. Sami Jo Williams leads all the lady bowlers for the third week in a row. Sami Jo lit up the lanes to the tune of 256, 246 and 222 for a nice 724 series.Thursday night’s Energy Country Ford/Allstate League some excitement the week of Oct. 8-14. Jeff Witzleben had a near perfect 299 game in the middle of his three game set. Alice Barnes led all the senior ladies with games of 194, 168 and 239 for a 601 series. James Mikel led the senior men with games of 237, 213 and 268 for a nice 718. This week’s top bowler is Branden Powell. Branden hammered the lanes with games of 246, 268 and 236 for a 750 series. Next UpCain Shaw led the youth bowlers this week with games of 256, 245 and 176 for a nice 677 set.I do know we had a group of bowlers in San Antonio this weekend at the Texas Mixed State Championships. If there were any honor scores we would like to spread the news.Until next week good bowling! • 700s: Sami Jo Williams 256-246-222-724, Tyler Combs 214-224-269-707, George Gund 188-279-244-711, Daryl Hughes 256-245-237-738, Branden Powell 246-268-236-750, James Mikel 237-213-268-718, Matt Mannino 247-255-239-741, James Moity 234-245-235-714, Trey Todora 249-255-235-739.• VALERO: Mack McPhatter 226-555, Ryan Smith 278-674, Bob Cullums 182-518, Kurt Cullums 239-634, David Allen 203-558, Demetra 140-378, Chris Heath 158-455, Eloy Santanna 166-466, Will Bailey 192-518, Zach Wiley 210-517, Derrick Rivers 211-620, Jamaal Lowe 229-615, Christie Marcantel 143-395, TroyGirolamo 233-609, Matthew Maxwell 244-630, Justin Cates 183-526, Alan Kay 206-577, Kaci Leatherwood 141-363, Dee Dennis 204-565, Georgeann Richardson 213-576, Austin Arsenault 183-486, Alice Barnes 208-594, John Robison 190-494, James Pitre 221-617, Kirwin Melo 231-592, Alanda Boldt 221-576, BryanBoldt 220-589, Tara Candee 177-457, Ryan Worthy 235-647, Erick Brown 243-602, Chuck Mitchell 233-682, Christ Theal 208-548, Darrel Chance 213-557, Dave Pulver 185-519, Robert Seymour 195-526, Gail Seymour 223-531, Wendy Medina 129-343, RaeAnna Todora 267-673, CJ Moity 236-586, Carlos Medina 198-527, Farrell Menard 168-478, Josh Schoonfield 151-362, Derrick Joyce 168-449, Jeremy Premeaux 206-496, Bruce VanBoskirk 190-474, Murphy Burch 242-656, Steve Schuster 236-664, James Motiv 251-690, Chad Carlson 193-482, Renee Moity 199-529. • QUEEN TUMBLERS: Bel Garcia 135-387, Jenni Beaumont 167-479, June Badon 196-537, Shelia Vaughan 154-440, Lynne Richter 180-458, Emily Davis 112-323, Frances Boudreaux 136-369, Alice Barnes 207-562, Donna Kelly 155-380, Betty Shannon 163-442, Donna Loupe 136-371, Janice Todora 153-438, Dot Font 158-431, Martha Thomasson 144-369, Connie Mathison 191-509, Flo Benoit 188-527, Donna Thomas 140-368, Jackie Schell 161-387, Rene Pulver 200-499.• GOLDEN OLDIES: Blanch Comeaux 160-409, Tommy Girolamo 204-559, Cliff Mosley 187-514, Cynthia Williams 117-311, Gloria Divello 176-496, Betty Sheffield 144-363, Bill Lawless 151-382, Cindy Hebert 123-353, John Anderson 178-478, Randy Zampini 159-402, Charlotte Banks 125-347, Beverly Wallace 172-403, OliverBalagot 177-471, James Pitre 204-562, Mary Kay Rios 146-375, Bruce Powell 169-432, Frank Rios 153-429, Donna Clifton 124-356, Fred Clifton 153-413, V.J. Willis 194-516, Venix Morris 178-470, Mary Gravett 135-358, Rick Hermsen 235-618, Bonnie Timaeus 135-367, Frankie Hall 168-459, Bill Allen 207-523, Robert Seymour 176-476, Paul Vaughan 213-600, CJ Moity 213-524, William Gore 191-464, Hedy Zampini 154-401, John Greig 160-390, Art Leon 138-388.center_img • MID-COUNTY MIXED: Vladie Quirante 181-494, Bruce VanBoskirk 166-411, Rey Diestro 173-478, Resty Baluyot 171-482, Tessie Balagot 160-424.• FUN BOWLERS: Joyce Cialona 191-532, Julie Crane 182-467, Bruce Powell 194-501, Bruce Crane 219-561, Carol Berryman 140-338, Robert Miller 170-434, Erin White 166-452, Steve Killion 174-439, Ron Carlin 179-519, Arnold Jones 190-474, Ed Zuschlag 153-408, Iron Owens 180-498, Charles Venable 220-542, Chris White 202-519, Matthew Linnens 220-541, Craig Castille 150-354, Dee Dennis 233-622, Aubrey McKee 232-605, Wilson Burton 237-586, Dean Salles 225-595, Dolores Rodrigues 158-431, James Pitre 263-666.• ENERGY COUNTRY/ALLSTATE: Belinda Humphrey 234-635, Dennis Humphrey 219-537, Langdon Gund 214-552, Walt Homick 220-589, Michael Peterson 173-436, Chuck Clark 178-404, Kody Rountree 236-537, Griffin Williams 248-651, Sami Jo Williams 249-644, Joann Williams 195-524, Maryana Kimball 175-477, Charlene Wersig 192-501, Avery Henry 254-611, Dean Wersig 237-600, Jamaal Lowe 234-642, Darrel Robinson 221-589, Mike Jacquet 254-631, Chris Edwards 224-572, Mary Jane Parsley 168-474, Janice Todora 170-477, Alice Barnes 239-601, Jeremy Tremonte 212-524, Sandra Windham 236-610, Belinda Powell 223-629, RaeAnna Todora 237-682, John Allen 250-671, James Robinson 204-540, Dennis Thompson 247-677, Leroy Young 196-573, Georgeann Richardson 200-532, Austin Arsenault 206-526, Carlos Medina 193-527, Skipper Arsenault 268-620, Jacob McConnell 221-595, Jeff Witzleben 299-655, David Bruno 255-694, Larry Witzleben 189-503, Erik Postula 211-557, Gary Martin 238-652, Ryan Worthy 204-559, George Parsley 247-684, Charles Mitchell 268-665, Andrew Pridemore 254-653, Tyler Rikoff 208-586, Jake Glenn 197-540, Ray Todora 195-518, Kim Bourque 225-628, Eric Manthei 259-675, Hardy Charles 233-550, Randy Young 175-426, John May 171-435, John Ramsey 223-633, Clay Mayhew 197-476, Ryan Cooper 221-594, Garret Holmes 190-493, Jakeevan Sonnier 212-489, Isaac Rollins 206-505, Marcus Joseph 225-584, Giles Broussard 186-498, Dillon Rankin 192-525, Joe Duke 187-482, Georgia McElroy 130-337, Bob Bellow 246-678, CJ Moity 258-635, Tammy Nick 190-499, Shelly Moity 232-538, Braden Grusecki 183-476, Bob Grusecki 191-525, Casey Smith 213-594, Rusti Girolamo 140-402, Jason Beavens 268-675, Theresa Beavens 155-400, Chris Kaufmann 209-578, Darin Murray 225-598, Alan Kay 234-542, Ben Cortez 207-561, Travis Johnson 211-544, David Gilley 234-568, Michael Morvant 207-576, Shane Harlow 232-654, Gerard Fresnido 159-414, David Pulver 168-459, Rene Pulver 181-427, John Ferguson 189-479.• STARS of TOMORROW Cain Shaw 256-245-176-677, Blaine Seymour 212-571, Rylee 78-173, Brandon Bertrand 224-580, Ryan Thomas 178-460, Anthony Hernandez 129-336, James Andrews 94-200.last_img read more

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first_img The Port Arthur Office of Emergency Management said the Department of Public Safety has closed the Veterans, Rainbow, and MLK Bridges in Port Arthur due to icy conditions.There are also reports of ice on the Taylor’s Bayou Bridge.State officials say if you must travel on the roads use extreme caution as temperatures will continue to fall during the nighttime hours. Road closings around Greater Port Arthur may delay newspaper delivery on Wednesday for The Port Arthur News.last_img read more

first_img City officials revealed little Monday except that they plan to dispose of the locomotive.The train represents the remnants of Engine 503, reportedly the last of the 500 series of locomotives built by the KCS between 1913 and 1920. The 116-ton locomotive was given to the city of Port Arthur in 1957 and placed at Bryan Park in the 1000 block of Gulfway Drive.The Port Arthur Lions Club led the movement to move and display the oil-burner steam locomotive at Bryan Park. The locomotive had been used for decades by the Louisiana & Southern Arkansas Railroad in Port Arthur, a subsidiary of the KCS until 1939, said Tom Neal, director of the Museum of the Gulf Coast.The engine and car behind it at the park and a plaque, donated by Kainer Memorials, said the engine was “born 1913 — died 1957.” A plastic “cocoon” had been placed over the locomotive Monday, with plans to mitigate the presence of asbestos and eventually dispose of the train.The timeframe is apparently short on the disposal project — the asbestos disposal was to be handled this week and the “tear down” next week.There was a wrecking ball at the site Monday. By Ken [email protected] city of Port Arthur appears to be pressing ahead to dispose of an historic Kansas City Southern locomotive that’s been displayed at Bryan Park for more than six decades.center_img The engine was described as 61 feet, 8 inches in length with a gross weight of 337,000 pounds. Its water capacity was 7,000 gallons, its oil capacity was 3,616 gallons. The KCS donated the engine on Dec. 13, 1957.Concerns about the train arose most recently during Tropical Storm Harvey flooding, especially because of the asbestos reported to be in the engine and because of oil that escaped the train.But concerns date back to at least the mid-1980s, when George “Scooter” Auld, then Port Arthur’s director of parks and recreation, pressed to get rid of the train. He said the city could not afford to repair and maintain the locomotive, even then.“I know three things about this train,” he said in a Feb. 13, 1985 article in the Port Arthur News. “It’s hard to get rid of, I want to get rid of it and I hope to get rid of it.”But Auld’s hopes ran headlong into efforts by Martha Ferguson Buest-Eton, a history columnist for the Port Arthur News, who led fund-raising efforts for perhaps a decade to repair and preserve the locomotive.She chaired the Save Old No. 503 Committee, which worked under the Texas Sesquicentennial Commission of Port Arthur. For most of a decade, ideas about preserving the locomotive, “ravaged by humidity and vandals,” according to a News article, abounded.Buest-Eton, who sought to raise some $50,000 to save the locomotive, wanted to move it to a site on Lakeshore DriveFormer City Councilman Charles Rhodes suggested moving it to the old KCS terminal site at Procter and Houston, creating a park there.Other suggestions included storing it in the First National Bank, now the Museum of the Gulf Coast, or donating it to the Port Arthur Historical Society.According to news articles from the 1980s and 1990s, the city itself appeared to be of two minds, with some hoping to keep and preserve the locomotive and others favoring donating it or otherwise getting rid of it.last_img read more

first_img The deer hunter rattles horns together and a trophy buck or two will saunter into range and he will be killed. Duck straps will be quickly filled with green heads and pintails, most of the bass will be over 5 pounds and the elk will be the size that appear in my dreams. Pictures will be taken and they might even say a little prayer giving thanks for their harvest. Due to time restrictions on the air, they immediately appear at the camp all cleaned up, sitting in a rocking chair drinking a sweet tea. As they rock the rest of the day away, they go over the highlights of the hunt and tell you about all of the great products that they used to help them get the job done. This picture of outdoor adventures is not much like my reality. In fact I find that my trips are way different. Mine go like this:My alarm goes off in the wee hours of the morning and it is all I can do to make myself get out of bed. There is no hunting lodge because most of my hunting takes place to home. I find it harder and harder to take the time to go on far away trips so I mostly hunt local. Once I get up, I hear my hunting buddies slamming their truck doors and we meet in the man cave to load into one vehicle. On our fishing trip, we hook up to the boat, throw in our gear and head to the lake. Once at the boat ramp we notice that we had a wheel bearing go out but we are thankful that the trailer is a tandem so we launch the boat and go fishing. It’s been months since we last fished but we have a “hot report” so we know exactly where to go and what to do. We tell stories, share a few laughs, and enjoy each other’s company. Instead of a fancy meal, we split a bag of peanuts. We get a few bites but don’t catch a single fish. By 10:30 a.m. we give up and load the boat on the three-wheeled trailer and limp it back home. When we deer hunt, we are hoping to simply see a deer if we are hunting in east Texas. If we do see one and he passes all of the antler restrictions, we shoot him. Everyone rejoices together as we drag our trophy out of the woods. He is usually far smaller than the ones shot on television, but we are happy none the less. When duck hunting we don’t often shoot greenheads. We often settle for ringnecks and spoonbills in order to not go home empty handed. Our number one most appreciated product is a can of off because without it the mosquitoes would have carried us off. We get stuck in the mud and even have boat motor problems from time to time. All in all our trips don’t look like the ones on television. Even when we kill the big or catch a great string, it seems like there was a lot more effort involved. The truth is that these shows don’t depict reality. If you think that every trip will turn out like it does on TV, you will be disappointed. Through the years, I have learned that it is more about the journey. Enjoy the trip and don’t focus on the harvest. The real trophies in my hunting pictures aren’t the ones I’m holding, but the ones I’m standing with. I have been blessed to spend time in the outdoors making great friendship with some great people. For this, I am so thankful.•Brian Johnson, originally of Port Neches, is pastor of First Baptist Church of Winnie, owner of and outdoors writer for The News. When the show begins, you will usually see the sportsmen traveling to their destination until they arrive at a beautiful lodge. Many of these hunting lodges cost more than my house and are absolutely amazing. Once the gear has been unloaded, they have a chef preparing the meals or maybe they sit down and eat a meal that has been prepared in advance. They will eat a meal fit for a king. Shrimp, steak, steamed vegetables, maybe some fried comfort food … whatever it is that they are eating, be sure it will make your mouth water. The next morning they are driven to their blinds or head out on the water and almost instantly begin to catch fish or see deer. The elk seem to bugle right away and the ducks always fly in big groups and come right in range. Sometimes they will act as if the action is a little slow and they move to an area that is even better. center_img If you are like most outdoorsmen then you probably like to watch hunting and fishing shows. There are several things that happen during the 30 minutes of the television show. Right off the bat there will be around 10 minutes of commercials. So this leaves 20 minutes to cram in what would be the equivalent of a hunting or fishing trip of a lifetime for most of us. Here is a typical storyline for most of the shows that I have seen:last_img read more

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