Death notices Webb Saulsberry, 84, of Port Arthur died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, Port Arthur. Meredith Anderson, 84, of Groves died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves. Phillip James, 83, of Port Arthur died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009. Hannah Funeral Home, Port Arthur. Dane Kugler, 58, of Port Arthur died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves. Services today Maudra McLane, Eastern Star Baptist Church, Port Arthur. 11:00 a.m. Leo Prevost, Gabriel Funeral Home, Port Arthur. 2:00 p.m. Wilbert Wallace White, Gabriel Funeral Home, Port Arthur. 11:00 a.m. Bertha B. Bull, Memory Gardens Cemetery, Nederland. 2:00 p.m. Clarence Logue, Oak Bluff Cemetery, Port Neches. 1:30 p.m. Johanna Kent, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves. 10:00 a.m. Walter Oliver, New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Port Arthur. 11:00 a.m. Denise Williams, Magnolia Assembly of God Church, Port Neches. 2:00 p.m.
DeathsBetty Ann McBride Barclay, 80, of Port Neches, died Thursday, April 21, 2011. Broussard’s, Nederland.Thomas Barton, 83, of Ft. Worth, died Thursday, April 21, 2011. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland. Michael Vanky, 58, of Port Arthur, died Thursday, April 21, 2011. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, Port Arthur.Beverly Verdrine, 79, of Port Neches, died Thursday, April 21, 2011. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland.Services todayRutland Dodd. Procter Street Baptist Church. 1 p.m. Frank Lane, 83, of Beaumont, died Thursday, April 21, 2011. Nonette Funeral Home, Beaumont.Billie Lehman, 62, of Port Neches, died Thursday, April 21, 2011. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland.Yvonne Louise Matthews, 76, of Groves, died Friday, April 22, 2011. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, Port Arthur. Richard W. Fuselier. Claybar Funeral Home, Orange, 2 p.m.Karen Kay Dorsey Hair. Levingston Funeral Home, Port Neches. 1 p.m.Robert Prevost. New Hope Baptist Church, Port Arthur. 11 a.m.Kathy Dianne Tully Turner. Claybar Funeral Home, Orange. 10 a.m.
Sophomore guard Moe Kinard leads LU in scoring at 16.3 points per game. Kinard has scored in double digits in 12 of the last 13 games. Bowers is second on the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game, while averaging a team-best 10.6 rebounds per outing.Houston Baptist (5-17, 3-9) is in a fight to stay alive for a berth in the conference tournament. The Huskies enter tonight’s game 1½ games behind Nicholls State for the final spot. The Huskies have lost two straight games entering tonight’s meeting with the Cardinals.Lisa Zderadicka leads the Huskies in scoring, averaging 11.0 points per game. Zderadicka is averaging 13.5 points per game in conference contests. Taylor Kollmorgen averages a team-leading 6.5 rebounds per game.ALL-TIME SERIES Next UpThe Cardinals, who saw their five-game winning streak end with a loss at Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, continue to sit at the top of the national rankings in several categories. LU leads the nation in turnover margin (plus 9.35), turnovers forced per game (24.57) and steals per game (14.2). The Cards are second in the nation in offensive rebounding, averaging 19.13 per game.Individually, LU sophomore guard Chastadie Barrs, who has at least one steal in all 54 games in her career, leads the nation in steals with an average of 4.52 per game. Senior post player Kiandra Bowers leads the nation with an average of 5.96 offensive rebounds per game.Bowers, who missed most of the 2015-16 campaign after suffering a season-ending injury in the second game of the year, has 14 double-doubles this season, and has had five straight double-doubles. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – The Lamar Cardinals can take a big step toward securing a first-round bye in next month’s Southland Conference Tournament when they travel down I-10 to meet the Houston Baptist Huskies in an SLC women’s basketball game at 7 tonight.The Cardinals (17-6 overall, 10-3 Southland) enter the week holding down the third seed in the tournament. LU has already locked up a berth in the eight-team tournament. The top two seeds receive byes into the semifinals, while the third and fourth seeds receive first-round byes. The Cardinals, who have five games remaining, hold a three-game lead over New Orleans and a 3½-game lead over McNeese State. The Cardinals still have a solid chance of clinching one of the top two seeds, as they sit just one game behind SLC leader Central Arkansas and a half-game behind Stephen F. Austin. LU holds an 8-2 lead in the series that started on Dec. 19, 2010, when the Cardinals claimed an 88-52 win over the Huskies in a non-conference game at the Montagne Center. HBU didn’t join the Southland Conference until the 2013-14 season. LU is 3-1 all-time at HBU’s Sharp Gym. Last season, the teams met twice in the regular season, with the home team winning each time. The teams met again in the first round of the SLC Tournament, with LU claiming an epic 98-95 win in double overtime. Barrs registered her first career double-double in that game, scoring 19 points and grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds.UP NEXTThe Cardinals conclude their three-game road swing when they travel to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a meeting with the Islanders at 2 p.m. Saturday. LU’s next home game is 2 p.m. Feb. 25 when HBU visits the Montagne Center.TICKETSFor tickets for all LU home games, call 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com. The Montagne Center ticket office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The ticket office opens one hour prior to tipoff for weekend and evening games.
Mr. Brownlee graduated Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 1953 and joined the U.S. Marine Corp. He spent Christmas of 1953 aboard a troop ship headed to Korea as a member of F/2/1 and was deployed north of the Imjim River. Upon completion of his service Sgt. Brownlee returned home to attend the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He married Betty Trahan of New Iberia, La. and after graduation took a job with E.I. DuPont de Nemours in Kinston, North Carolina. Later he transferred to DuPont’s Seaford plant and then finally to Sabine River Works in Orange, Texas. He worked, initially, in maintenance but soon moved into project work specializing in high pressure extruders. He supported both the design, installation and commissioning of this equipment in joint ventures for DuPont in Japan, Germany, and The Netherlands. He retired after 30 years with the company in 1995.Dad and Mom quickly transitioned into the retired life by purchasing a dual axle trailer as they began travelling the back roads of the United States. In support of Texas A&M football, Mom’s passion for genealogy, visiting relatives in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, or to see the great western plains – they visited 48 of the states in the Union. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, for Robert Collins Brownlee, a long-time resident of Port Arthur and patron of St. Catherine of Sienna Church and School. Mr. Brownlee passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017, after a brief illness. The 10:00 a.m. funeral mass at St. Catherine’s Church will be led by Rev. Kevin Badeaux, friend of the family and assisted by Father Rodell Faller, Pastor of St. Catherine’s. Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery in the Mausoleum will immediately follow. The family will receive visitors at the church at 9:30am.Survivors include the love of his life, wife Betty of 56 years, His children: Marianna Brownlee Parks, husband Vince, children Matthew, Collin and Kathleen (Buckeye AZ); Donna Brownlee Hunter, husband Tommy, children Travis and Allison (The Woodlands TX); Robert C. Brownlee, Jr., wife Tammy, children Laney and Chastity, husband Matthew (St. Amant LA); Susan Kathryn Brownlee (Houston TX). Survivors also include siblings Claire Brownlee Barras and Laurel Augusta Brownlee, both of Port Arthur. He was preceded in death by parents Laurel A. Brownlee and Corine C. Conrad Brownlee. Dad was an Eagle Scout, and continued his love of Scouting by serving as Assistant Scout Master at Troop 67 sponsored by St. Catherine’s. He spent many a long weekend at Camp Bill Stark, Camp Urland and Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Ever the devout Catholic, he served the church as a member of St. Catherine Parish Council and the Beaumont Diocesan Council. He was a member of the Evening Sertoma Club and Knights of Columbus. He loved celebrating Mardi Gras as a member of the Mardi Gras Krewes of Aurora and Bon Temps. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dad had a passion for politics, history, reading, and for life. He had a ready smile and cheerful attitude even in the worst of times. Nothing gave him more pleasure than to have his growing family around him. He never stopped leading by example as he enjoyed what he considered to be the perfect life. He’d frequently tell us, “Every day’s a holiday and every meal’s a banquet.”Memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine Catholic School, 3840 Woodrow Dr., Port Arthur, TX 77642 in the name of Robert C. Brownlee.
Molly Beenen passed away peacefully on March 23, 2017 at her home in Port Acres surrounded by her family. Molly was born on February 2, 1926 in Bandung, Indonesia to Helmina and Christiaan Lapré. She enjoyed singing in different languages, playing her guitar and harmonica, and painting wooden shoes and eggs. She worked 30 years at the Nederland Windmill Museum where she would greet visitors and school children and explain the Dutch customs. She also loved performing at the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio, TX.Molly was preceded in death by her parents Helmina and Christiaan, husband Barteld Beenen, and son Peter Beenen. Those left to cherish her memories are her sons, Paul and Henk of Port Acres, Bart and Trish of Vidor, TX and her daughters Kitty and Mark Rackley of McDonald, PA, Sjonneke and Billy Baker of Clear Lake, TX, Caroline and Scott Armbrust of Apple Valley, MN, Judy and Gary Harper of Houston, TX, and Patsy and Jay Schenkewitz of Carrollton, TX along with 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.A special thanks to our brother, Henk, for the loving care and devotion he gave to our mom.A funeral mass will be held at St. Therese the Little Flower on Thursday, March 30 at 10AM. A celebration of her life will immediately follow in the parish hall. Donations can be made in her memory to the United Board of Missions.
“I didn’t even really think about it, to be honest with you,” Landry said. “There’s a lot of perks for a tour win and you’ve just got to continue to stay focused and not think about those kind of things.”Landry took a two-stroke lead to the par-5 18th after Mullinax chunked a flop shot and bogeyed the short par-4 17th. Landry hit a 55-foot putt over a ridge to 3 feet for par on 17 and made an 8-footer on 18 after running a 50-foot downhill birdie try past.Mullinax closed with a 69 a day after breaking the AT&T Oaks Course record with a 62.“Just a lot of confidence. I know my game’s there, I’m playing really well,” Mullinax said. “Give all credit to Andrew. He played really well today, rock steady. He was putting great, hitting great shots.” SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Andrew Landry won the Valero Texas Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory, pulling away with early birdies and holding on with par saves.The 30-year-old Texan, busy at home in Austin with the recent birth of the family’s first child, parred the final seven holes for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Trey Mullinax and Sean O’Hair.“It was obviously a tough week this week,” Landry said. “Going into the last few weeks with the childbirth and just really getting back out.” Landry played at Arkansas after starring at Port Neches-Groves High School. Many family members were at TPC San Antonio on Sunday.“Everybody was out,” Landry said. “It was pretty special to be able to snag a victory with everybody being here to share it.”Landry finished at 17-under 271. He earned $1,116,000 and a spot in the Masters next year. O’Hair shot 66.“When I’m good, I’m really good, and when I’m not good, I’m not so good,” O’Hair said. “I’ve got to kind of get that a little bit better, but it’s always nice to compete and be in the hunt.”Tied for the third-round lead with Zach Johnson, Landry birdied the first three holes and added two more on Nos. 6 and 10. He bogeyed the par-4 11th before the closing par run.“Made a couple putts and, unfortunately, Zach and Trey kind of had some hiccups there on the front nine and they didn’t play it as well as I did,” Landry said. “I think that that was really, really key to getting to where I am right now.”Landry won in his 32nd PGA Tour start. He earned his tour card last year on the Web.com Tour, and lost a playoff to Jon Rahm in January in the CareerBuilder Challenge.“It helps because you get yourself in that situation and you continue to learn,” Landry said. “Losing in that playoff when I was continuing to hit good shot after good shot, just not making any putts. Normally that’s a strength of my game. Now here we are, a winner.”Jimmy Walker was fourth at 14 under after his second 67.“From where I’ve been, it’s nice to see a lot of red numbers, nice to see putts going in, nice to be in contention,” said Walker, the 2015 winner. “It felt good and I felt like I could get it done today and that’s been a while.”Johnson had a 72 to finish fourth at 13 under. He won the event in 2008 and 2009, the last two times it was played at LaCantera. The 42-year-old Iowan is winless since the 2015 British Open.“It’s fun to compete against the so-called younger generation,” Johnson said. “I still really do feel my best golf is in front of me. I know what I’ve got to clean up.”Joaquin Niemann shot 67-67 on the weekend to finish sixth at 12 under in his pro debut. The 19-year-old from Chile was the top-ranked amateur in the world.“I never thought I was going to finish how I played this week, but I can’t be more happy than this,” Niemann said. “Just try to keep it up and hope to play well for the next weeks.”
By Matt LargeyKUT News “I’ve been working on Texas transportation policy for 15 years,” said Jay Blazek Crossley, executive director of Farm & City, a nonprofit spearheading a road safety campaign called Vision Zero Texas. “I am stunned and confused about the progress we are making.”He said he’s hopeful the commission will adopt a zero-death goal at its meeting next month. One proposal that has moved along in the process at the Legislature would reduce the default speed limit on neighborhood roads in urban areas.“If you look at just kids who are walking and biking, more kids are hurt or killed on 30-mile-an-hour streets than any other type of street,” said Blazek Crossley.House Bill 1287, filed by state Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, would lower the speed limit on roads that otherwise don’t have marked speed limits from 30 miles per hour to 25.“This is about saving lives, but it’s also about saving money,” she said. Right now, if a neighborhood wants to lower the speed limit on a street to less than 30 miles per hour, the city needs to do a traffic study. Under this measure, the speed limit in neighborhoods where there are no speed limit signs would automatically be 25 miles per hour without a traffic study.The bill, which has bipartisan support, has made it out of committee. It’s still waiting to get on the agenda for debate and a vote in the full House of Representatives.Meanwhile, a law that would ban all use of handheld electronic devices while driving has gotten less support in the Legislature.TxDOT says more than 100,000 crashes involved distracted driving in 2017 — which killed 444 people and seriously injured 2,889 others.Senate Bill 43, filed by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, would crack down on distracted driving by making state law look more like Austin’s hands-free driving ordinance. Right now, state law outlaws only texting while driving. You can still talk on the phone, fiddle with your GPS, browse the web or do whatever else you want to do — as long as you’re not using your phone to “read, write or send an electronic message.”Under SB 43, all uses of an electronic device while driving would be illegal (unless you’re using a hands-free device). Your vehicle would have to be stopped outside a travel lane for you to legally use your phone with your hands.But the proposal hasn’t even had a committee hearing in the Senate — the first step to getting passed. A statewide texting ban was passed only in 2017, so the Legislature’s appetite for beefing up the law may not be there quite yet.Another proposal would make a tweak in the state law that requires drivers to give pedestrians the right-of-way. Right now, the law simply says a driver must “yield” to a pedestrian in a crosswalk when there’s a walk sign or when there is no traffic light.House Bill 1289 would require drivers to “stop and yield” for pedestrians legally present in a crosswalk.“You have too many people who are just not respecting pedestrians — the right of a pedestrian to be in the crosswalk,” said Israel, who also proposed this bill. “Because you’re in a car doesn’t give you the right to close in on a pedestrian or hurry up a pedestrian with your car bumper. You have to stop and you have to yield.”There doesn’t appear to be open opposition to the proposal, but it remains stalled without a committee hearing.“Some things in the Legislature are a mystery,” Israel said.There’s been movement afoot in road safety circles for years now to get officials to stop using the word “accident” to refer to traffic crashes. The idea is that accidents are somehow inevitable — and that the word doesn’t hold anyone accountable for a crash.A New York-based safety group called Transportation Alternatives has a campaign for people to pledge not to use the “A-word.”The group describes it like this:“Before the labor movement, factory owners would say “it was an accident” when American workers were injured in unsafe conditions. Before the movement to combat drunk driving, intoxicated drivers would say “it was an accident” when they crashed their cars. Planes don’t have accidents. They crash. Cranes don’t have accidents. They collapse. And as a society, we expect answers and solutions. Traffic crashes are fixable problems, caused by dangerous streets and unsafe drivers. They are not accidents. Let’s stop using the word ‘accident’ today.”House Bill 4243 would change every instance of “accident” in the Texas Transportation Code to “crash.”So far, it hasn’t had a hearing.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. texastribune.orgAt least one person has died on Texas roads every day since Nov. 7, 2000. Despite efforts to End the Streak, as the Texas Department of Transportation puts it, the state still leads the nation in traffic deaths.Fatalities did fall about 2% between 2016 and 2017, but more than 3,700 people died in 2017. Bills aimed at making a dent in traffic deaths have gotten mixed results at the Texas Legislature this year.There does seem to be some action on expanded road safety efforts at the Texas Transportation Commission.Last month, the commission heard a presentation from TxDOT’s director of engineering and safety operations that indicated the agency may be moving toward a goal of having no traffic fatalities in Texas by the year 2050. Austin adopted a so-called Vision Zero plan in 2016, with the goal of ending deaths and serious injuries on Austin’s roads by 2025. Other major cities have adopted similar plans, which aim to address the problem through better road design, better enforcement of existing laws and education programs.Washington state was the first to adopt a statewide goal of zero traffic deaths in 2000. Since then, more than half of states have set zero-death goals. But Texas has not.
I.C. Murrell has been named editor of The Port Arthur News.Murrell is not new to the community or readers, having served the previous four years as sports editor for The News.Murrell took over that position in August 2015 following the retirement of longtime sports editor Bob West. He starts officially as editor on Monday. His extensive experience includes a four-year stretch as sports editor at the Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial, as well as service in Monticello, Ark.; Searcy, Ark.; Batesville, Ark.; Greenville, Miss.; Pendleton, Ore.; Nampa, Idaho; Ardmore, Okla.; and Stillwater, Okla.“Port Arthur continually amazed me to the point I’m no longer surprised by the achievements of its people — past and present,” Murrell said. “The leaders of today recognize the position this very town has on the world as a port for America’s energy and the economical and educational opportunities that position brings. I really look forward to examining the developments of commerce and civic affairs in this and our nearby cities and how they play a critical role in everyday life here.”Murrell is part of a coverage team at The News that has made tremendous strides in print and online.While maintaining strong circulation numbers, The Port Arthur News has seen a significant jump since this summer at panews.com, which is averaging 137,000 sessions and 278,000 page views a month. Publisher Stephen Hemelt said Murrell is the perfect choice to lead the newsroom following the Sept. 3 resignation of former editor Ken Stickney, who left for a job closer to his wife and home in Lafayette, La.“One of the best parts of working in community newspapers is the opportunity to see quality journalists ascend to leadership roles, where they can have a positive impact on the community,” Hemelt said. “I.C. Murrell lives in this community, goes to church in this community and has spent years reporting on our most precious resources — our young people. I am excited to see him take his passion for reporting and use it to guide our coverage across all platforms.”Murrell’s personal focus will be Port Arthur-based coverage on the people and agencies that make up the city. Brad Robichaux is taking over as sports editor on Monday to fill the position left absent by Murrell’s promotion.Robichaux has served for two years as a staff writer and layout specialist for The News, most recently shadowing Murrell in the sports department in anticipation of his move.“We are quite fortunate to fill these positions in house, which is a testament to the talented news team we are lucky to have in Port Arthur,” Hemelt said.Veteran news reporter Mary Meaux is in the newly created public response beat, focusing on police and courts across Mid- and South County, along with County Commissioners.Cassandra Jenkins is leading The News’ coverage of Mid County schools, businesses and leaders.As the digital age evolves, Murrell said it’s more incumbent on community newspapers and their websites to be vehicles of local information, something larger news operations won’t always do.“As my career developed, I’ve understood more and more the importance of practicing servant leadership, and this position gives me the chance to continue to connect others with their own communities, using all the skills I’ve gained in an extensive career,” Murrell said. “Just as people are drawn to their hometown teams, so are they to the big news of the day. All the years I’ve allowed myself to adapt to an ever-changing field has put me in a position to grow, and I just want to help those I work and communicate with every day do the same.”
View Comments Star Files Heads up, Broadway fans! A slew of hunky stage vets may soon be headed to a television near you. The Book of Mormon star Matt Doyle, Priscilla vet Nick Adams and original Mormon cast member Michael James Scott are among the stars who will pop up in the pilot for a new series dubbed For Real, which tells the story of a reality star (series writer/director Jeremy Merrifield) who struggles to maintain his celebrity lifestyle after his show is cancelled, leading him to take the only job he can get: a lead in a Broadway musical. The series is headed by an all-star Broadway cast with folks like Nikki M. James, Julia Murney, Rory O’Malley, Will Chase, Paris Remillard, Lewis Cleale, Jessica Rush and more—even Broadway.com photographer Bruce Glikas! In our exclusive Hot Shot, Merrifield poses with Doyle, Adams and Scott at the real Foxwoods Theatre, where the very not-real Broadway show Bug Boy is performing. Cross your fingers that this pilot makes its way to your TV! Nick Adams Matt Doyle
Sistas Sistas includes familiar songs like “Strange Fruit,” “R.E.S.P.E.C.T,” “Single Ladies,” “Stormy Weather” and “Society’s Child.” View Comments A celebration of African American women’s history, Sistas centers around a group of sisters who come together to pick a song for their grandmother’s memorial service. Gathered in her attic, going through her keepsakes, they become aware of her profound contributions to their family’s history and to the community. In the process, the sisters share their individual stories of heartache and triumph, using a playlist of more than 30 popular songs made famous over a 100-year period. Television audiences are going to get the chance to enjoy the off-Broadway musical that has New York audiences on their feet and singing out loud: Sistas. As previously reported, a live performance of the long-running show was adapted to film, and now, the Sistas film will be broadcast on BET (Black Entertainment Television) on October 27. Check your local listings for airtimes, and if you’re in NYC, stop by the St. Luke’s Theatre to see this heartwarming musical live. Check out the trailer for the Sistas film below. Related Shows from $44.50