Police acting on a tip found seven bodies partially buried in the desert on the outskirts of the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, an official said Saturday. Investigators are searching the desert site south of the city to see whether there are any more bodies. An official with the state prosecutor’s office who declined to be named in line with department policy says a police officer’s badge was found at the site. Authorities were working to identify the bodies. Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, has been hit by a wave of drug-fueled violence that led federal authorities to dispatch thousands of soldiers to patrol the city. State security official Enrique Torres Valadez said that 1,500 more troops are expected to arrive Saturday, and 2,150 arrived Friday. Also Saturday, a suspect threw a hand grenade at police officers in the western city of Guadalajara. The officers were not seriously injured. State prosecutors said in a statement that police searched the man’s home and found 14 more grenades and 10 assault rifles. SOURCE: The Associated Press
“I think this is one of the most exciting projects we have done in a long time,” Huval said while quaffing a can of cherry-limeade Minute Maid. “We always do community service but this time is so new and fresh that it’s more exciting.”In an effort to provide on-going community services for Port Arthur, Marilyn Dartest, former president of the chapter, spearheaded the project so families could have a place to socialize and students, faculty and staff could contribute to Mayor Deloris Prince’s One Block at a Time project.“I wanted to do something in honor of Mayor Prince and Dr. (Sam) Monroe (LSC-PA president), so I called the Mayor and Dr. (Albert) Thigpen and they told me what to do to get this started,” Dartest said. Members of the Alpha Lambda Rho chapter at Lamar State College-Port Arthur brushed back their hair against gusty winds as they gathered around a new unpolished picnic table Monday afternoon. They were there to get a better look at their newly adopted park. The weather seemed perfect for the occasion. A glint of sunlight every so often put the perfect touch on Phi Theta Kappa’s ribbon cutting celebration at Montgomery Park in Port Arthur.Barbara Huval, faculty advisor at Lamar State, said she is already pleased with the adoption. As she sat at the desert sand colored table nibbling picnic appropriate refreshments, she paused and inspiration seemed to guide her thoughts. One could say she saw “the signs” that this project would happen.“I saw a lot of signs that said ‘adopt a park’ so I decided it would be good to do it so families can meet, people can have meetings here and people at the college can go,” Dartest said.Part of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter, an international honor society for students in two-year colleges, Alpha Lambda Rho decided to give the park a much-needed renovation. Trash was tossed out, the park bench has a new set of legs, and the large metallic swing set that sits directly in the center of the park is stable enough for children to feel safe. But there’s still much left to do.Shayla Trahan, Alpha Lambda Rho president said the next order of business is to give the picnic table a touch up. “The first thing we’re gonna do is paint the table blue,” Trahan said while scanning the rest of the park. “I can honestly say this is a work in progress.”Trahan and Huval were already taking in the fruits of their labor. Both kicked up their feet and tapped into their adolescent years by giving the swing set a try.A Lamar State College student walked onto the greenish-brown colored grass and shared a warm embrace with her faculty-friend, Dartest. Journey Green, stopped by the park to congratulate Dartest on the adoption.“I think it’s a good idea because it’s one thing to get people together at your house but now people can get together at the park,” Green said. “It’s nice to have something at the park where family and friends can go. It’s come a long way.”City leaders and members from Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce were also in attendance at the ribbon cutting.Mary Ann Reid, president of the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, said the organization’s services show dedication to improving the city’s well-being.“This is part of 20-20 vision,” Reid said. “It takes a vision to make things happen for this city, and you all are contributing to that vision. Thank you for what you have done.”Albert Thigpen, The Parks and Recreation director, said that while Mayor Prince was unable to attend the event, she is still proud of what the organization has accomplished.“The city is always interested in participating with other entities on making Port Arthur better and park adoption is certainly one mechanism in helping improve the quality of life in our city, and this organization is doing that,” Thigpen said.The community is welcome to enjoy the park, Dinh Vo, Alpha Lambda Rho’s vice president said.“I hope that everyone is willing to come by the park and enjoy it,” Vo [email protected]
There never has been a timber rattlesnake stocking program in Texas or anywhere else for that matter.According to TPWD endangered species specialist, Ricky Maxey, the rumors have been floating around since the 1990s.“I used to work in the Big Thicket area out of Beaumont and we used to get questions about rattlesnake stockings frequently. And it seems the rumors are still pretty rampant,” Maxey said.“Someone could have seen Forest Service officials capturing the snakes or releasing the ones fitted with transmitters and the rumor could have started there. Then again, it could be the case of a true story getting less and less truthful as it’s told,” he said.I remember back in the 1980s, there was a rumor TPWD stocked Canadian lynx in East Texas. The story I heard had them releasing these beautiful cats into the woods around Lake Livingston and in the Big Thicket National Preserve around Sour Lake.When I was a kid, it sounded believable.That was until I began studying the habits and rage of lynx and other wild cats and learned they have never in recent history at least ever been native to Texas or anywhere near our great state.And I am the first one to say wild animals do not know boundaries and most wildlife guides are inaccurate in terms of the geographical distribution they give animals but lynx are not a animal of Texas.TPWD or any other agency is not in the business of stocking predators where they are not indigenous. Lynx are doing pretty badly in their native range in the north, so stocking them here would make no sense.How did this rumor get started? There is really no telling and I could find no original source but it could simply be that some bobcats, which are common here have larger tufts on their ears than others do. This gives them a more lynx like appearance and perhaps someone added Texas-sized story telling to the mix and that spawned an alleged stocking.Finally, in recent years there have been persistent rumors TPWD has stocked black bears in East Texas.This is not true.Black bears are returning on their own and while sightings have increased they are not the result of released animals. Louisiana over the past few decades have released bears in various parts of the Bayou State and some of those animals have wandered across the border but TPWD has done no such thing.A few years ago they created a black bear work group to deal with bear management and looking into stocking as a viable option was on the table but it has not happened.There would have to be much red tape cleared before stocking of any of these kinds of animals could occur in Texas or anywhere else for that matter.(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at [email protected] You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com.) I say “story” but the truth is I have heard numerous tales of rattlesnake restoration efforts in the Pineywoods of East Texas. One gentleman even told me his uncle’s brother-in-law had some released next to his farm near Crockett. Hundreds of them.Where did these stories originate?Well, rattlesnakes have technically been “released” into certain areas in the Pineywoods. However, scientists did not breed them in captivity and they are not part of some secret restoration effort.These “released” rattlesnakes are simply ones that were captured as part of a radio-telemetry study conducted by officials with the U.S. Forest Service. Timber rattlesnake were captured in the wild, fitted with radio transmitters and released back into the wild so researchers could track their movements. The story goes something like this.In a secret effort to replenish diminishing timber rattlesnake stocks, government officials have been stocking captive-bred specimens of the venomous reptiles at various locations within Texas’ National Forest land.It is unclear as to which government agency is responsible but some reports indicate it could be the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) while another rumor has it linked to a clandestine Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) project. Over the next three Sundays we will be exploring myths and misnomers commonly reported in the outdoors world.One of the most persistent has been the stories of mysterious stockings of timber rattlesnake stockings in East Texas.In fact we were the very first news outlet to break the true story of this (not-so) urban legend back in 2006.
A gathering of Mrs. Anderson’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 29, 2016, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2711 Helena Avenue, Nederland, with interment to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches. Betty Sue Anderson, 84, of Nederland, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016. A native and lifelong resident of the area, she was born on December 27, 1931, in Nederland, to Gladys Irene Sweatman Anderson and Walter Dickinson.Betty enjoyed sewing, cross stitching, and working crossword puzzles. She loved watching the Houston Astros, baking, and spending time with her grandchildren. Betty kept season tickets for the Nederland Bulldogs. Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Anderson’s memory to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2711 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627.Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com. Survivors include her sons, Mark Edwin Anderson of Dallas and Craig Allen Anderson and his wife, Sandra, of Humble; grandchildren, Jonathan Anderson, Alyssa Burge, and Jordan, Morgan, and Nicholas Anderson; great-grand-child, Kelcey Burge; and sisters-in-law, Barbara Anderson and Theresa Dickinson.She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin Carl Anderson; son, David Scott Anderson; and brother, Joe Allen Dickinson, Sr.
Webster Lawrence Clapp passed away at his home in Groves, TX on December 4, 2016 at the age of 80.Web is predeceased by his parents, Webster Ballinger and Eva Bernice Cassity Clapp.Web is survived by his loving wife Alice Verlene Clapp of 60 years. Web is lovingly remembered by his five children; Daryl Clapp and wife Barbara of Bossier City, LA, Ron Clapp and wife Glory of McDonough, GA, Mary Hinton and husband Richard of Palestine, TX, Paul Clapp and wife Pam of Bossier City, LA, and Sarah Howlett and husband Lane of Groves, TX, 16 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Margaret Parker of Whitehouse, TX, and Sue Johnson of Cypress, TX.Web was born in Odessa, TX in 1936. He graduated from Whitesboro High School in Whitesboro, Oklahoma in 1955 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Theology from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He was ordained into the ministry at Pimento Bible Baptist Church in Indiana. He served as a Baptist minister as well as owning his own drywall contracting company.The funeral service will be held at Grammier Oberle Funeral Home, 4841 39th Street in Port Arthur, TX on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., Frank Hodges officiating, with visitation at 1 p.m. Interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves immediately following the service. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Roussel Clement, and to the caregivers from Gentiva HospiceIn lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at www.grammier-oberle.com
Graveside services will be held Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Memory Gardens Cemetery with Reverend Wayne Flowers officiating.Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches. Surviving relatives include his son, Jerry Harris and his wife Lisa of Longview, Texas; sister, Ann Tucker of Alvarado, Texas; and three grandchildren, Brennan, Ashlynn and Courtney Harris.He was a devoted Dad and Pepaw and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Pete S. Harris, 80, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Longview Regional Medical Center in Longview, Texas.Pete was born August 3, 1936 in Orange, Texas. He graduated from South Park High School in Beaumont in 1954 and was a lifelong resident of this area. He married Carolyn Jane Wallace in 1961 and they had one son. Pete worked in the grocery business as a sales representative. Pete was very personable and never met a stranger. He loved spending time at the deer lease and visiting his grandkids. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, A.J. Marziana and Mary Dickey Marziana, and his wife, Carolyn Harris.
Gordon Louis Alford III, 62, of Port Arthur, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Beaumont, Texas. Gordon was born January 29, 1955 in Orange, TX to Mary Mendoza Hartman and the late Gordon Louis Alford, Jr. Gordon lived most of his life in the Port Arthur area, and worked as a deckhand in the boating industry.Gordon is survived by his loving wife Pam Alford of Port Arthur; mother, Mary Mendoza Hartman; step-mother, Helen Alford; step-children, Amanda Mortera, and Casey Longoria; sisters, Denise Walker, Stephanie LeBlanc(Wayne), Angela Belaire (Van), Stacy Green, Christine McGaughan (Paul), and Erica Alford; 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father.A Memorial service will be Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at New Covenant Church in Port Acres, TX with Rev. Robert Moore, and Rev. John Morgan officiating.In lieu of flowers, the family asked that the memorial contributions be made to Pamela Alford in memory of Gordon Alford and sent to Stewart’s Automotive, 1502 Spurlock Road, Nederland, TX 77627.
By Julián AguilarThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.org Since October 2018, when the federal government’s current fiscal year began, more than 460,000 undocumented immigrants have been apprehended on the southern border, already surpassing 2018’s fiscal year total of 396,579. That total includes about 101,860 family units and 19,000 unaccompanied minors in the Rio Grande Valley, according to CBP statistics.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. “The longer illegal aliens remain in custody, the harder it can become to sustain our operations but housing the migrants in these tents is the default solution,” Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch said in a statement. “This is the reality of what happens when we simply cannot handle the influx of migrants arriving.”The announcement comes after CNN published photographs of migrants, including children, sleeping on the concrete grounds of Border Patrol facilities. Photographs of the new facilities provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection show military-style structures that can be built quickly and moved to locations as they are needed.That’s different from the facility opened Donna, which is a larger structure equipped with showers and separate dormitories. A similar structure opened in El Paso the same week.A spokesperson with the U.S. Border Patrol said Friday that he couldn’t say how many people the new tents will hold but that they are similar to a tent set up in March in El Paso that can hold hundreds of people. Related story: Government to house more immigrants in tents at the border Just two weeks after U.S. Border Patrol agents began housing asylum-seeking migrants in a new tent facility in Donna, the agency announced Friday it had reached capacity and the agency will construct four additional temporary facilities in two other Rio Grande Valley cities.The facility in Donna was completed the first week of May and can hold 500 undocumented immigrants after they are apprehended or turn themselves into Border Patrol officials.But in a new release Friday, the agency said agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector had 8,000 migrants in custody, a result of the continued “waves of migrants fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.” The additional structures are being built at Border Patrol stations in McAllen and Rio Grande City.
It’s also easy to love the cast of this movie. Jennifer Lopez stars in what might be her best performance ever. She’s is a magnetic force of nature who absolutely dominates the screen. That’s no small feat as she’s working with Constance Wu, who also turns in a solid performance, as well as powerhouses like Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer and none other than Cardi B and Lizzo. That’s an amazing cast, and while there’s not enough time to allow them all to shine equally, they are each given some memorable moments that should please their fan bases.The other woman who must be discussed is director Lorene Scafaria. I don’t think this movie would have worked if it had a male director at the helm. There’s a refreshing female gaze on these sex workers, one that is frequently judgment-free and one that revels in the camaraderie between these characters.That’s not typical for any movie about strippers, even when they are played by glamorous movie stars. Most of the time I would expect to leave the theater feeling a bit icky from the camera leering at all the half-naked women in the movie. This one doesn’t flinch from the scene, but neither does it turn the players into one-note caricatures. The new movie, “Hustlers” is a lot of fun.Despite its sex worker setting, this film turns out to be a female empowerment story where the ladies finally get to exploit the men who have been exploiting them for years. Granted, what they’re doing in the movie is illegal and immoral, but they’re sticking it to Wall Street jerks, so it’s easy to cheer on these scantily-clad anti-heroines.Based on an eye-opening New York Magazine article, “Hustlers” tells the Hollywood-true story of a group of Manhattan strippers who were drugging the wealthy men at their strip club and getting them to rack up huge credit card bills that they were too inebriated to notice. The women justified their actions by claiming that, in the wake of the 2008 recession, they were only stealing from men who stole from America. I’m not sure that I buy this premise, but there’s no denying that it’s easy to shunt moral qualms to the side and simply fall in love with the film’s sexy, Robin Hood-ish story. Between that girl-power vibe, the superb performances and the kicky, crime caper plot, it’s no wonder that “Hustlers” is generating so much buzz. I’ll stop just short of calling it one of my favorite movies of the year, but I absolutely had a blast watching the film. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lopez garner some award notices in a few months. Neither would I be surprised to find audiences rushing out to the theater to kick it with these crowd-pleasing “Hustlers.”Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are each week in “The Port Arthur News” and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at [email protected]
Nederland Independent School District is launching its all-digital program April 20. If needed, rescheduled dates are June 23 and July 21 at the same time of day and location.Plans for Project Graduation are pending. NEDERLAND — Graduation plans and contingency schedules for Nederland High School were announced Tuesday.The school is working to celebrate graduation at 7 p.m. May 28 at Ford Park in Beaumont. District administrators said the plan to return to campus on May 4 has not changed, but the decision to switch to an all-digital platform allows for more efficient two-way communication between students and teachers during this homebound learning period.