Rev. Clifton J. Mitchell Jr.

first_img    He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Larry Mitchell, Calvin Mitchell and Chris Jaco.   He is survived by his sisters, Edna Jones of Port Arthur, and Mary Anderson of Houston, TX; brother, Dennis Mitchell (Quintella) of Port Arthur, TX; his children, Jeremy, Mary and Clifton III; aunts, Lorena Sinegal (Robert) of Houston, TX, Mary Jaco Lavalais of Port Arthur; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 11 AM at Holy Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, 211 W. 17th Street, Port Arthur with Rev. Steve Benjamin officiating. Rev. Clifton J. Mitchell, Jr. was born April 21, 1950 in Port Arthur, Texas to Clifton J. Mitchell Sr. and Bernice Jaco Mitchell. He was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur, Texas.last_img read more

West golf notepad: Stroud delivers another strong finish

first_img     Mike Donald, another anonymous face in the crowd who managed one top 25 finish in his career, had the 1990 U.S. Open at Medinah in his grasp. Then along comes Hale Irwin to knock in a 45-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole and eventually beat Donald in a playoff that stretched 19 holes.    Golf, indeed, can be cruel and unforgiving.    All of the above is why the most appropriate title for a book ever written about the PGA Tour was Dan Jenkins’ “Dogged Victims of Inexorable Fate.” It was written in 1970 but it’s timeless.    As for Stroud, all he can do is keep plugging away, keep putting himself in positions where he has a  chance to win and, most of all, keep working to improve himself. Meanwhile, those of us who can’t wait to see him hoist a championship trophy just need to enjoy the ride in what is shaping up as his career season.    He’s No. 22 on both the money list and in Fed Ex points. His World Golf Ranking is up to 78. He’s 12th on the tour with three top 10 finishes. His season scoring average of 69.74 ranks 10th. In his go-to-stat the last couple of years — scrambling — he’s No. 6.    There’s every reason to believe the best is yet to come. Yet the onrushing traffic from the kiddie corps suggests the sense of urgency should be higher than it’s ever been. At this point in pro golf’s evolution, there’s an awfully fine line between advancing and falling back into the pack.    CHIP SHOTS: In yet another week of lousy weather curtailing golf events, PN-G’s Braden Bailey provided  the highlight. Bailey led PN-G to an 18-stroke victory at Bayou Din in the Southeast Texas High School Championship, co-hosted by West Brook and Kelly, with a 27-hole total of 99. To post his eight-under par score, Bailey shot even par 36 on the Bayou Front, smoked the back with a 6-under 30, then fired a 3-under 33 on the Links Nine. Bailey’s PN-G teammate Brandon Soileau was second 107 (34-35-38). Other PN-G scores included Tyler Rawson at 115 (39-38-38), Bradley Stone at 118 (38-41-39) and Cameron Keith at 125 (40-39-46). PN-G’s winning team total of 437 was based on the best four scores over each nine. Kelly was second at 455. Next up for the Indians is the District 20-4A championship at Chambers County Golf Club March 24-25 . . . The Senior 50 Plus Game at Babe Zaharias was played in a two-ball format. On the front  nine, there was a tie at minus 4 between the team of Randy Monk, Rick Pritchett, Ron Theriot and Paul Duplantis and the foursome of Gary Whitfill, Bill Draughon, Harrel Guidry and G. Anderson. The back was won in minus 6 by the team of Butch Cross, Butch Pittman, Dillard Darbonne and Billy Thillet . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was also played in a 2-ball format. On  the front, the foursome of Joe Gongora, Robert Bonin,  Dan Flood and Carl Certa tied with the team of Bill Hammond, Larry Johnson, Ed Holley and Charles Leard at minus four. The back was won at minus 1 by the team of Rick Brunner, Wes McDonald, Ryan Thompson and Robert Lynch . . . Bill Taylor and Norm Shannon tied for first in the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks with plus 2. Joe Vanderweg and Jim Brown tied for third at 0. Taylor won closest to the pin on No. 15 . . . Lamar ex Dawie van der Walt, who got into the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral by virtue of winning on the European Tour last year, didn’t play well but walked off with a nice check. Van der Walt, who finished next to last with a 310 total, made $46,000 . . . Entries are being accepted for the Nederland Heritage Festival Two-Man Scramble March 29 at Babe Zaharias. Entry cost is $50, which includes all fees. Call 722-8286 for more information.    Golf News should be e-mailed to [email protected] usa.net or faxed to 724-6854.     It’s sort of a good news, bad news scenario for Stroud. At age 32, he’s a better player than he’s ever been. With six top 25s in nine starts, he’s already won more money this year ($1,025,420) than in all but two of his seven previous seasons. His high water mark was $1,602,122 last year. He’ll likely go well beyond that in 2014.    The flip side, however, is that what Chris wants most — to score his first PGA Tour victory, to play in the Masters, to climb high enough in the world rankings for access to top tier WGC events — is being made more difficult by all the young guns. As was proven again by Reed at Doral and Hadley in Puerto Rico, not only are these  kids good, but they don’t wilt under pressure.    Stroud, of course,  came oh-so-close to winning last summer, only to lose in a playoff to a seemingly- destined Ken Duke. He was right there in a couple of fall events before finishing third. In his last two tournaments, one round over-par blocked his chance to win. Another sizzling Sunday propelled Chris Stroud to his third top 10 finish of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season and allowed him to continue inching up in World Golf Rankings, the money list and Fed Ex Cup points. A closing 65 in the Puerto Rico Open got Lamar ex a T9 and a check of $94,500.    Normally, a T9 would be worth considerably more. But, with all the game’s top players participating in the WGC Cadillac Championships at Doral, Puerto Rico wasn’t valued  as a top tier event. Stroud, in fact, was the highest ranking player participating in the tournament, based on Fed Ex Cup points.    As is becoming more  and more obvious, however, you can’t judge a book or a golf tournament by the names in the field. That’s because the amount of really, really good young talent flooding the PGA Tour is almost scary. Guys like Patrick Reed, Russell Henley and Jordan Spieth seem to be coming out of the woodwork. Who’d heard of Chesson Hadley until he won in Puerto Rico?center_img     We’d all like to think that first victory is just around the corner, and it may be. There is no longer any question Chris has the overall game to win. And, if he can just get that first one, you have to believe a second and third might be easier to come by. Bottom line, however, there are no guarantees, no sure things in this game.    Phil Mickelson, for all his accomplishments, still hasn’t won a U.S. Open. Sergio Garcia, who was supposed to become the next big thing over a decade ago, is ninth on the all-time money list but has never won a major. Tom Watson, one of the game’s all-time greats, was never able to win the PGA Championship. Hard to fathom examples go on and on.    Golf has always been a fickle, crazy sport in which fate can and often does influence  the outcome. One putt lips out, another seemingly catches less of the cup and falls. A shot hit too hard slams into the pin and nestles into the cup. It’s perhaps a two-stroke swing. The ball takes an unpredictable bounce for better or worse. An opponent pulls off an otherworldly shot at crunch time.    Duke got into the playoff with Stroud last summer because a tee shot headed toward big trouble struck a tree and kicked into the middle of the fairway. A sure bogey,  maybe a double, turned into a birdie. Tiger Woods won the 2000 PGA Championship when a pulled drive sure to go  OB hit a spectator and stayed in play. Bob May, a no-name foot solider, had what would have been his only victory snatched away.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for Oct. 28

first_imgDeath notices Sara Colleen Robertson Scofield, 52, of Beaumont died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.Audrey Marie  Keys, 88, formerly of Port Arthur, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Gabriel Funeral Home. Carl Jeff Holder, 83, of Beaumont died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont.center_img Services todayClara J. Nolan, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, noon.last_img

Staff Sgt. Emanuel Moten

first_imgFuneral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home. Staff Sgt. Emanuel Moten of Fayetteville, NC passed on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at his home. Emanuel “Mo” Moten was born November 24, 1953 in Austin, TX to Dorothy Mae (Berry) Moten and the late Richard Young Moten, Sr. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 1972. After graduation he joined the United States Armed Services. He retired after 25 years of honorable service at the rank of Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. He worked as a Correctional Office with N.C. Department of Corrections until his illness. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sarah Dianna (Francois) Moten; mother, Dorothy Mae Moten; children, Torrey Perry, Sr. (Farrina), Robert Perry, Jr. (Barbara), Joshua White (Ginger), Christina White and Victoria Francois; sisters Connie James (Ray) and Stacey Richardson (Benny); brothers Richard Jr., Harold Sr., Kenneth Moten, Jeffery Moten (Demetra) and Randy Moten (Joyce); 16 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ruby and Pauline Francois, Florence Francois-Swan; brothers-in-law, Edmond Francois (Barbara), Henry Francois, Jr. (Carolyn), Christopher Francois; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.center_img He is preceded in death by his father; sister, Brenda and brother, Michael Moten.last_img read more

Defense dictates but offense speedy in LU practice

first_imgLamar sports informationBEAUMONT — The Lamar football team ended the fourth week of spring camp Friday afternoon with a scrimmage at Provost Umphrey Stadium.The second of three scrimmages planned during the spring, Friday’s workout focused on the Cardinals’ ground attack and similar to the first scrimmage witnessed an improved defense that allowed only one touchdown.“I felt early on that our defense was dictating the scrimmage,” said LU head coach Ray Woodard. “But as the scrimmage wore on our young guys on the other side of the ball got better and better. I’m very encouraged by what I saw on the field today.“We have really good team speed on that side of the ball. Coach [Trey] Haverty put a lot in early, but we haven’t had to add a lot lately. I wouldn’t say that they were overwhelmed, but they had a lot on their plate and they’re now grasping what he wants them to do. With the repetitions we’ve gotten better, and we will continue to get better.”The defense ended the day with four tackles for losses, including one sack, forced a fumble and picked off a pass. Sophomore linebacker Bear Christianson led all Cardinals with five tackles, all unassisted, including two for losses. Redshirt freshman Marcus Abbott and sophomore-to-be Davon Jernigan each recorded four stops. Abbott also recorded a sack, while Jernigan ended the scrimmage with the interception – his second of the spring.Rising sophomore Brett Cox put forth another strong effort behind center completing 4 of 5 passes for 82 yards, while junior Blake McKenzie was a perfect 3 of 3 for 46 yards. As a group, the quarterbacks were 7 for 12 for 128 yards. Beaumont native Caleb Hobbs was the top target hauling in three passes for 74 yards (24.7 yards per catch).LU also finished the night with 122 yards on 27 carries, and one touchdown. The score came from rising senior Emmitt Raleigh on a three-yard run up the middle. Corrigan-Camden alumnus Keegan Mitchell led all Cardinals with nine carries for 74 yards, including a 40-yard scamper on his last carry of the night. Houston native Emmanuel Atoyebi added 30 yards on eight carries.The Cardinals will be back on the practice field Monday at 7 p.m. Big Red closes out spring camp April 16 with the Crawfish Bowl. The annual scrimmage, which signifies the end of spring camp, will begin at noon at Provost Umphrey Stadium and is free to the public. Next Uplast_img read more

Taming Lions: Titans, now 8-0, pitch shutout

first_img Next UpThe win improved the Titans to a perfect 8-0 overall and 6-0 in district play. Memorial had already clinched a playoff spot in last week’s win over Port Neches-Groves and now has its sights set on closing out a district championship.“We made a lot of mental mistakes that we need to improve upon, and we didn’t take advantage of all our opportunities in the red zone,” said Memorial head coach Kenny Harrison following the win. “Our defense did a tremendous job of holding them down offensively. We just have to continue to get better.”Elijah Hines led all rushers with 110 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns, all of which came in the first half as he just watched from the sidelines in the second half with the game in firm control. Kobi Martin added 60 yards on five carries and a touchdown. By Daucy CrizerThe News correspondentLIVINGSTON – Port Arthur Memorial used a stifling defense and a big play offense to rout Livingston 54-0 in District 22-5A action Friday night at Lions Stadium. Kadon Harrison completed 15 of 26 passes for 193 yards and two scores. He also rushed six times for 18 yards and a touchdown. His main target was De’Andre Angelle, who caught six passes for 53 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception.For the game, Memorial amassed 449 yards of total offense, 256 on the ground and 193 passing. The Titans defense held the Lions to 0 yards rushing and just 32 yards passing. They also forced two fumbles and intercepted two passes. Kary Vincent Jr. returned one of the interceptions 49 yards for a touchdown.“Our defense takes a lot of pride in being the number one defense in the district,” said Harrison. “They work extremely hard and we have a lot of team speed. They just take pride week in, week out in limiting what offenses can do.”center_img Already leading 33-0, Memorial kept up the pressure with another score midway through the second half. The Titans turned the ball over on downs in their possession to open the third quarter. The two teams exchanged interceptions before Memorial mounted its first scoring drive of the second half.Taking advantage of great field position at the Livingston 36, Martin rushed for 15 yards and Ben Gordon followed with a 17-yard run to the Lions 5. Martin scored a play later on a 5-yard run to push the lead to 40-0 with4:06 left in the third.On the Lions ensuing possession, Vincent intercepted a Hunter Bland pass and weaved his way through traffic en route to a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown.Vincent now has seven interceptions on the season, returning three for touchdowns. He limited Livingston receiver Christian Mitchell to 13 yards on one reception. Mitchell was ejected from the game in the second quarter after Vincent broke up a pass. He came into the game as the leading receiver in District 22-5A.The Titans closed out the scoring early in the fourth quarter. Harrison hit James Francis over the middle for a short completion and Francis broke numerous tackles before finally getting brought down at the 1 for a 45-yard gain. Gordon capped the quick two-play drive with a 1-yard plunge to make the score 54-0 with 10:31 remaining in the contest.Livingston recovered a fumbled handoff at the Memorial 43 with 6:29 remaining in the game, which marked the first time the Lions had been in Titans territory all night. Bland completed a pass to BJ Mottu for 11 yards on third down to keep the drive going and Bland called his own number for a 20-yard gain, which included him recovering his own fumble at the Titans 9. A bad snap and a quarterback sack pushed the Lions back to the 27 and the drive ended without Livingston mounting a serious scoring threat.“In order for us to get where we want to be, we can’t sputter on offense,” said Harrison. “We’re going to have to get back and work on some things offensively. We did some good things on offense tonight, but we still have some things to clean up.“It’s good to have things to work on and clean up following a win though. I feel good about getting the win and improving to 6-0 in district.”The Titans started the scoring less than four minutes into the game. After forcing the Lions into a quick three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, Memorial went to work from the Livingston 45. Hines rushed for 25 yards on the Titans first play from scrimmage.Four plays later, Martin carried for 15 yards to the Livingston 1. Harrison called his own number on a zone read play and out sprinted everyone to the right pylon for the game’s first score and give the Titans a quick 7-0 lead with 8:08 left in the first quarter.Memorial squandered great field position on its next possession. Taking over at the Lions 25, the Titans couldn’t get anything going and turned the ball over on downs following an incomplete pass on fourth-and-7 from the 22.It was back to normal for Memorial on its third possession. Harrison hit Rickey Thomas for eight yards on third-and-five to keep the drive going. Consecutive runs of nine and eight yards by Hines put the ball at the Lions 31. Harrison hit Angelle for 13 yards to the 10. Hines did the rest, rushing for seven yards and closing out the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-0 with 2:01 left in the quarter.The Titans defense forced a fumble on the first play of Livingston’s ensuing possession, taking over at the Lions 41. The drive looked to be stalled as Memorial lined up to punt the ball on fourth-and-10. However, the snap went to the up back, Keitha Jones, who ran the ball all the way down to the 1. Hines scored on a 1-yard plunge on the final play of the quarter. A low snap led to a missed extra point to make the score 20-0.Memorial added two more scores in the second quarter. Following a pair of incompletions and a chop block penalty, the Titans elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 22. Harrison found Angelle in the left corner of the end zone for a 22-yard scoring strike to give Memorial a 27-0 lead with 4:37 left in the second quarter.The Titans closed out the scoring on a 30-yard strike from Harrison to Adrian Williams to make the halftime score 33-0.last_img read more

Cardinals draw Owls for Thursday WBI opener

first_img The Cardinals last appeared in a national postseason tournament in 2014, dropping a 75-60 decision at Southern Miss in the first round of the WNIT.LU’s other postseason appearances were berths in the NCAA Tournament in 1991 and 2010, and a WNIT spot in 2011.Lamar holds a 22-8 edge in the all-time series with Rice, with the Owls winning the last three meetings, most recently in the 2014-15 season. LU’s last victory over Rice was a 61-54 decision at the Montagne Center on Jan. 2, 2012. Should the Cardinals win on Thursday, LU would host a second-round WBI game on the weekend. The date and time have yet to be announced.The WBI is a 16-team postseason tournament that started in 2010. The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have won the past two tournaments. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – The Lamar women’s basketball team is headed to a national postseason tournament for the fifth time in the last eight seasons, as the Cardinals (22-7) accepted a bid to compete in the WBI. LU will travel down I-10 to face the Rice Owls at the Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston at 7 p.m. Thursday.This marks LU’s second appearance in the WBI. The Cardinals competed in the 2013 WBI, advancing to the second round with a 70-48 win over Presbyterian before falling to South Dakota 71-48.last_img read more

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Another upset shot awaits Lamar

first_imgLamar sports informationBEAUMONT — Fresh off its thrilling overtime victory over one of the Southland Conference co-leaders (Sam Houston State), Lamar’s men’s basketball team will turn its attention to another co-leader in Nicholls State.Off to their best start since 1998, Nicholls heads to Beaumont with a 12-8 (.600) overall record and tied for first in the Southland standings with a 6-1 (.857) mark. Wednesday’s battle will pit the league’s top scoring offense against one of the Southland’s top defenses. The Colonels enter the week averaging better than 86 points per game, while LU is one of the just three schools surrendering fewer than 70 points per game (68.7) to opponents.The Cardinals will be looking for a 40-minute performance similar to how they closed the game against Sam Houston State. After scoring just 17 points in the opening half and falling behind by 18 points, the Cardinals rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to defeat the Bearkats in overtime. The victory – LU’s second-straight overtime win over Sam Houston in Beaumont – saw the Cardinals shoot nearly 59 percent from the field and score 51 points in the second half to tie the game. Big Red kept up the pressure in the overtime outscoring Sam Houston, 16-9, in the final five minutes.Junior Nick Garth was one of four Cardinals in double figures netting a career-high 29 points. He was named Southland Conference Player of the Week for his efforts in the Cards’ two previous games.Nicholls has three players averaging in double figures, led by one of the best one-two punches in the league. Roddy Peters leads the squad averaging 18.3 points per game, while Tevon Saddler is averaging 16.4 per game. The Colonels enter the week tied with Southeastern Louisiana, which has identical 12-8, 6-1 SLC records, and are just a half game up on Stephen F. Austin (16-3, 5-1 SLC). Nicholls has won four straight and six of its last seven with the only setback coming at SFA, 81-64, on Jan. 3.After falling from the top of the league standings to ninth over the course of three games, the Cardinals have rebounded and climbed two spots in the standings during its minor two-game win streak. LU has now won four of its last seven games and is in a two-way tie for seventh with rivals McNeese. The Red and White sit just a half game back of Abilene Christian and two back of the league leaders.History in on the Cardinals side in the series, having posted a 26-10 (.722) all-time record against the Colonels, including four consecutive. The Cards’ current four-game win streak comes on the heels of four straight victories by the Colonels – which was Nicholls’ longest win streak in series history. Beaumont has been especially tough on the Colonels as Big Red has won 17 of the 20 meetings (.850) in the Golden Triangle.center_img LU’s coaching staff will wear sneakers during the game as part of the annual Suits and Sneakers promotion in college basketball. Suits and Sneakers is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer promotion to help raise cancer awareness.The game is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. from Montagne Center. It can be heard live on Newstalk 560 KLVI, and seen live on ESPN3.last_img read more

Texas Education Agency requiring face masks, health screenings for upcoming school year

first_img The Texas Education Agency will provide all personal protective equipment supplies to school systems at no cost.The agency will also provide free online, TEKS-aligned learning tools to deliver remote instruction, teach training and will reimburse for extra COVID-19 related expenses incurred during the 2019-2020 school year.For more information, visit tea.texas.gov/coronavirus “That is why the guidance laid out today will provide flexibility to both parents and districts to make decisions based on the ever-changing conditions of this public health crisis.“The state is and remains committed to providing a high-quality education to all Texas students, while ensuring the health and safety of students, teachers, staff, and families.”Starting in August, certain health procedures are mandated for every school in the state including all students, staff and visitors coming to campus to be screened before being allowed on campus. Consistent with Abbott’s most recent executive order, and assuming that order is still in place, masks will be required while in school buildings, with certain exceptions previously noted.Schools will also be required to follow any forthcoming executive orders issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.Morath’s statement also includes addressing on-campus learning and remote instruction.Daily on-campus learning will be available to all parents who would like their students to learn in school each day. The Texas Education Agency released new comprehensive guidelines Tuesday outlining parameters to follow for a safe return to on-campus instruction this fall.Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath’s statement responds to many questions previously left unanswered about the upcoming school year.“Both as Commissioner and as a public school parent, my number one priority is the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff,” he said. In addition, all parents will have the option to choose remote learning for their children, initially, or at any point as the year progresses. Parents who choose remote instruction for their students may be asked to commit to remote instruction for a full grading period (e.g. 6 or 9 weeks), but will not have to make that commitment more than two weeks in advance, so they can make a decision based on the latest public health information.Districts have the option to establish a phased-in return to on-campus instruction for up to the first three weeks of the school year, to ensure all appropriate health and safety procedures are fully in place.last_img read more

DEATH NOTICES: Nov. 9, 2020

first_imgVerna Chevalier, 68, of Port Arthur, Texas died Saturday, November 7, 2020. Services are pending at Hannah Funeral Home, Inc. Susan Swann-Rollison, 60, of Port Neches, Texas died Sunday, November 8, 2020. Services pending with Levingston Funeral Home – Port Neches.Bria S. McZeal, 26, of Port Arthur, Texas died Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Services are pending at Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.Mayo James Romero, 80 of Orange, Texas died November 8, 2020. Services pending with Levingston Funeral Home – Port Neches.last_img read more