Blues abound on Riverfront Park at Beaumont BluesFest

first_imgBEAUMONT—The enduring sound of the blues will echo through the trees of Riverfront Park in downtown Beaumont, Friday October 27, and Saturday Octiber 28. The seconed annual Kinsel Mazda BluesFest rises from the river despite last year’s Hurricane Rita setback. Headlining this year’s event are the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bobby Blue Bland and the Boogie kings featuring G.G. Shin and Jerry LeCroix. These legendary artists will perform on the historic banks of the Neches River. “Our Riverfront Park makes for a perfect setting for outdoor events. It can hold thousands of people, and still provide an intimate setting with grassy areas, trees and walkways,” saud Larry Crumpton, Integrated Marketing Manager of Clear Channel Broadcasting Inc. in Beauont. Friday night the Fabulous Thunderbirds, led by co-founder Kim Wilson, 2006 Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year, brings their distinctive, powerful sound to the banks of the Neches. With beginnings as a straight blues band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have incorperated a mixture of different styles to brand their high-energy performance. Warming the stage for The Birds is local blues/rock artist Larry Tillery and his band followed by the unique trio of Richard Earl, Jack Edery, and Barbara Lynn with the House Rockers Band. Saturday features all day entertainment with the Larry Tillary Band, Alan Haynes, Guitar Shorty, and Gregg Martinez. The Boogie Kings with G.G. Shin and Jerry LeCoix will heat up the crowd just in time for the legendary Bobby Blue Bland. At this year’s BluesFest the smell of simmering pork, stuffed shrimp, sizzling sausage and scrumptious gyros with goat cheese will wafer through the air. nanny’s homemade lemonade, herb teas, speciality fruit drinks are some of the drink choices for ferstival lovers of all ages. Specialty vendors will surround the grassy walkways displaying handcrafted items, fine art, jewelry, apparel and accessories. Individual day passes or weekend passes are available from Ticketmaster. A Friday adult pass is $10, Saturday adult pass is $15 and a weekend adult pass is $20 with children 12 and under free. Outside food, drinks or ice chests are not allowed. Patrons are encourached to bring blankets and chairs.last_img read more

Jack Alton Austin

first_img    Complete and updated information may be found at Jack A. Austin, 77, of Nederland, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at Christus Hospital, St. Mary, Port Arthur. He was born February 19, 1935, to Annie and Howard Austin, Sr. in Port Arthur, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. Jack was a United States Army veteran. He worked as a Master Craftsman with Star Enterprise, and retired after forty-two years of employment. Jack enjoyed fishing, hunting and loved nature.  He was known as somewhat of an inventor, and liked to build things for his family and friends.   Survivors include his wife, Genell Austin of Nederland; daughter, Christy Babino of Nederland; son, Kevin Austin and his wife, Diane, of Roswell, Georgia; grandchildren, Matthew Babino, Christopher Babino, Kevin Austin II, and Alyssa Austin; and brother, Howard Earl “Skip” Austin, Jr. of Hemphill.    Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent De Paul, c/o St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 211 Hardy Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627.center_img    Jack is preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Thelma Pat Yoast, and Loretta Smith.   A gathering of Mr. Austin’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with Rosary to be recited 6:00 p.m., Friday, January, 4, 2013, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2013, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 211 Hardy Avenue, Nederland, with interment to follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland.last_img read more

Johnson sets career high in PNG’s victory

first_imgBy Daucy CrizerThe News correspondentBAYTOWN — Sophomore Roschon Johnson passed for over 300 yards and four touchdowns to lead Port Neches-Groves to a worry-free 48-16 win over Baytown Lee in District 22-5A action Friday night at Stallworth Stadium. “I thought our offensive line did a good job tonight, protecting Roschon and with the running game. I was really proud of them.”PNG (5-0, 3-0) amassed 463 yards of total offense, 304 passing and 159 rushing. Preston Hughes led the ground attack with 127 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. The Indians defense limited the Ganders to 250 yards of total offense, 33 passing and 217 rushing.“They [Lee] were playing zero coverage so they kind of forced us to,” said Faircloth on the number of passing plays to start the game. “The plan is to do whatever they let us to do. They were forcing us to throw the football because of coverages. We just took what they gave us.”Already leading 27-0, PNG received the kickoff to start the third quarter and wasted little time in adding to its lead. On the first snap of the second half, Johnson hit Riggs on a swing pass that went for 46 yards and a touchdown to extend the lead to 34-0 with 11:39 left in the third quarter. The Indians padded the lead further on their next possession. Preston Hughes started the drive with runs of three and nine yards. Johnson then hit Riley Andrews for a 51-yard scoring strike to push the lead to 41-0 midway through the third quarter.Lee (1-5, 0-4) finally got on the scoreboard late in the third quarter. The Ganders rushed the ball 13 straight plays, but the drive stalled at the PNG 14. That set up an Omar Hernandez 30-yard field goal to make the score 41-3 with 0:22 left in the quarter.The Indians scored for the final time early in the fourth quarter. Johnson hit Riggs on the same swing pass as earlier, this time the scoring strike covered 54 yards to make the score 48-3 with 11:43 left in the game.The Ganders responded with a scoring drive of their own. D.J. Riley started the drive with a 17-yard run. Quarterback Skyler Stewart hit Montrel Motton for a 30-yard completion to the PNG 28. Riley capped the quick three-play drive with a 28-yard touchdown scamper to make the score 48-10.Lee closed out the scoring late in the fourth quarter. Jonathan Ernest capped a 10-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown run with 1:28 remaining. The extra point was no good to make the final score 48-16.“We’ll need another good week of practice because Vidor is a great team and coach [Jeff] Mathews does a good job. They will be ready to play,” said Faircloth of next week’s matchup. “Those guys are tough on us. It should be a great game.”Lee won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. After a 12-yard run Jaylen Johnson on the game’s first offensive play, the Indians defense stiffened up and forced a punt three plays later.PNG wasted little time in getting on the board on its first possession. Johnson hit Riggs for a 12-yard completion on the first play. Hughes went virtually untouched for a 55-yard touchdown run on the Indians second play from scrimmage for a quick 7-0 lead.After forcing the Ganders in to a three-and-out on their next possession, the Indians picked up right where they left off. Taking over at the 50, PNG used a six-play drive, culminated by a Johnson 2-yard run to push the lead to 14-0 with 4:47 left in the first quarter. Hughes had runs of 8 and 12 yards, the second of which gave the Indians first-and-goal at the 2.PNG threatened to score on its third possession, which was set up by a Jacob Vaughan interception. They drove all the way down to the Gander 16. Johnson had an 11-yard run and then connected with Dylan McGough for an 11-yard completion on third-and-10 to the Lee 24 to keep the drive alive. On second-and-two from the 16, McZeal fumbled the pitch from Johnson, which was recovered by the Ganders.The Indians defense was again up to the challenge, forcing another Lee three-and-out. After both teams exchanged punts. PNG went back to work on offense with a quick strike on the drive’s first play. Johnson hit McZeal for a 36-yard scoring strike to give the Indians a 21-0 lead with 5:26 left in the second quarter.PNG closed out the first half scoring on its next possession. Johnson hit Riggs for a 15-yard completion to put the ball at the Lee 36. Johnson connected with Andrew Hebert for a 15-yard completion to the 18. Johnson completed a third straight pass, this one to McZeal for 15 yards to the 3. Hughes scored on the next play for a 3-yard TD run to cap the seven-play, 57-yard drive. The extra point was blocked to make the halftime score 27-0.Riley led the Ganders’ ground attack with 124 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown. Ernest added 45 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. Stewart completed 2-of-3 passes for 33 yards.center_img Johnson completed 14 of 18 passes for 304 yards, a career high in yards, and had scoring strikes of 36, 46, 51 and 54 yards. Preston Riggs was his favorite target as Riggs hauled in five passes for a game-high 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Johnson also added a 2-yard touchdown run among his four carries for 18 yards.“I was really proud of our defense,” said PNG head coach Brandon Faircloth. “Going against the Slot-T offense can be really difficult. I thought our defense did a good job of getting some stops on third and fourth downs and getting the ball back for our offense.last_img read more

BRIAN JOHNSON ON OUTDOORS: Time to prepare for teal season

first_imgIt’s hard to imagine that even though the temps are soaring outside, teal season will be here in a month.For those of you who aren’t aware, a teal is a small duck that gets its own season here in Texas. The reason for this special two-week season is because the teal begins the southerly migration much sooner than other ducks.  During September the flooded fields and marshes of Texas will have thousands upon thousands of teal take up residence as they head south.  Although the temps are hot and the mosquitoes are usually thick, teal hunting can be some of the best wing shooting that planet Earth has to offer.Here are a few tips to get you ready for the season.1.  Get a teal call and learn to blow it There are two distinct sounds that a teal makes. One is a peep-peep type of whistle, and the other is a high pitched rapid quack.  There are calls on the market that mimic each sound.  The whistle is easier to blow, but the quack is sometimes more effective when blown properly.  Time is running out, so if you don’t have one of each, go shopping now! 4. Separate your teal decoys and use them onlyTeal decoys are much lighter and easier to haul.  Since you will be hunting only teal, it makes perfect sense to use teal decoys exclusively.  If you need new ones, the good news is teal are cheaper than the full size dekes and Academy Sports has them in stock at most locations across the state.5. Shoot No. 6 steel Most of the teal that are shot are within 30 yards.  These birds decoy well and are not as tough as larger ducks such as mallards, pintails, or gadwall.  A No. 6 shot will give you a nice pattern with plenty of BBs to increase your odds of a hit.  I also suggest shooting an improved or skeet cylinder choke.  Teal are fast, erratic flyers and you will need all of the help you can get in hitting one.6. Pick one bird when shootingThe most common mistake that I see teal hunters make is not picking out an individual bird. These ducks usually fly in large groups, so the temptation is to just throw up your gun and flock shoot.  Remember if you aim at nothing … that’s probably what you will hit.  Be patient and pick a single bird out of the flock before pulling the trigger.7. Make sure your retriever is readyIf your duck dog has been laying in the air conditioner since last duck season, then he needs a tune-up immediately.  Feel free to give me a call at or do it yourself.  Either way, it is not a good idea to expect him to perform flawlessly in these conditions without a little bit of a preseason tune-up.  As a side note, pay attention to make sure your dog doesn’t overheat and be on the look out for gators.•Time is limited, so I encourage you to make a move now in the right direction.  The Bible tells us to “make the most of every opportunity.” I’m not sure if God was talking about teal hunting when he spoke these words, but if you are going to hunt, you might as well make it the best hunt it can be. By following these tips you should be well on the road to duck hunter happiness!  If you have a great hunt, send me some pics to post!  Happy hunting and may God richly bless you this season.•Brian Johnson, originally of Port Neches, is pastor of the Outdoorsman’s Church in Winnie, owner of and outdoors writer for The News.center_img 2. Pack your mosquito spray and ThermaCell Both of these devices are imperative to have in the bag on a teal hunt.  Without them you will feel like you have been the victim of a vampire. The skeeters will suck every ounce of blood from your hot sweating body!3. Check your wadersIf you plan to pull out your waders from last season, go ahead and do it now!Sometimes mice decide to chew waders when they are stored in garages or storage buildings.  They may even make a nest in your boot.  Other times, waders simply dry rot or tear. Either way, no one wants wet underwear after a hunt so be sure to do an inspection.last_img read more

Groves Pecan Queen’s Scholarship Pageant Winners

first_img 2nd Runner-up – Elizabeth Lee ShirleyMiss Congeniality – Rayden GuerreroMost PHOTOGENIC – Preslee Clark2019 Groves Pecan Pageant Queen Grace Richard Queen Category2019-2020 Groves Pecan Queen – Grace Elisabeth Richard1st Runner-up – Isabelle Marie Colin Princess Category2019-2020 Groves Pecan Princess – Hannah Mae Walker1st Runner-up – Vivien Ree Thames2nd Runner-up – Brookelynn Richardcenter_img Most PHOTOGENIC – Jessika WalterJunior Miss Category2019-2020 Groves Pecan Junior Miss – Alesandria Marie Cardenas1st Runner-up – Isabella Delarosa2nd Runner-up – Ava Leigh BorneMost PHOTOGENIC – Bryanna LeiAnn ViceCountess Category2019-2020 Groves Pecan Countess – Bella Darborne1st Runner-up – Olivia Alyse Richard2nd Runner-up – Kari Alexsys KlinkhammerMost PHOTOGENIC – Alexandra ShoresDuchess Category2019-2020 Groves Pecan Duchess – Lilyian Hallmark1st Runner-up – Elizabeth Jane Walker2nd Runner-up – Maesyn SavellMost PHOTOGENIC – Elizabeth Jane WalkerLittle Miss Category2019-2020 Groves Pecan Little Miss – Rylee Faye Wyble1st Runner-up – Ella Grace Stutz2nd Runner-up – Ayva GarciaMost PHOTOGENIC – Savannah Leigh SchraderPetite Miss Category2019-2020 Groves Pecan Petite Miss – Aspen Alyse Guy1st Runner-up –Calleigh Vara2nd Runner-up – Loren Hope GaryMost PHOTOGENIC – Loren Hope Garylast_img read more

Cindy Ann Thibodeaux Broussard

first_img We will be celebrating the life of Cindy Ann at the Knights of Columbus Hall (700 Central Drive, Port Neches) on October 12, 2019 from 1 to 4. She will be greeted in heaven by her parents, Amos and Elvira Thibodeaux, her sister, Jackie Simon, and her husband, Donnie Broussard, and other loved ones.Cindy was a proud mother and grandmother. Cindy Ann Thibodeaux Broussard passed away Sept. 26, 2019.She was born July 23, 1958 in Port Arthur, TX.center_img She leaves behind two daughters, Shawn Benny and Melissa Quinn; her grandson, Michael Benny; sisters, Dee Kethley, Terry Williams, Juanita Martin, and Anita Miller; brothers, Marvin and Melvin Reeves, Ricky and Larry LaCombe; and a host of other relatives and friends.last_img read more

Ethel Marie Pete Patrick

first_img Under the direction of Moody-Harris Funeral Home.Interment Calvary Cemetery. She is survived by her daughters, Vicky Taylor, Gladys Prior, Ethel Eulian, Della Prior,  22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.Her sisters Orelia (Pete) Dennis, Katie (Pete) Lacey, Grady (Pete) Scott, Wanda (Pete) Thomas, Easter (Pete) Credit, Pastor Maybelline (Pete) Washington and brother, Leon Pete.Services will be Saturday, November 21st, 2020, 12 noon at Christ Temple New Life Ministries. Apostle Ronald Washington Sr, officiating. Mrs. Ethel Marie Pete Patrick, 74 passed on November 11, 2020.She was a native of Galveston Island, Texas.Ethel was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys (Reado) Foreman, daughter, Lajuana Prior, sister, Elzina (Pete) Louis and brother, Charles Pete.last_img read more

Local heath officials asking for orderly response to vaccine requests

first_img The crowd response follows news this week that the Port Arthur and Beaumont Health Departments are expected to receive nearly 2,000 combined doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.County Judge Jeff Branick told Port Arthur Newsmedia that 1,950 doses total are arriving this week with the bulk directed to Beaumont and Port Arthur health departments.Those interested in receiving the vaccine are asked to contact the health departments. “We hope to get more doses in coming weeks with alternative sign up sites,” Branick said.According to Branick, there were 371 new cases and 3 deaths reported through the long weekend in Jefferson County related to COVID-19. Total number of cases have surpassed 14,000 in Jefferson County, with more than 8,000 in Beaumont and 6,000-plus in Mid-County.Hospitalizations, ICU and ventilator utilization remain at high levels, Branick said.The City of Port Arthur Health Department said its plan is to continue to immunize health care workers and first responders first, then proceed to immunize some of the people who are in Phase 1B, which are those 65 and older with underlying health conditions. The crowd seeking the COVID-19 vaccine is causing some concern in Port Arthur.On Wednesday afternoon, the Port Arthur Health Department announced staff members are only taking those persons called by appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.“Please do not show up to the Port Arthur Health Department for a vaccine without an appointment,” a statement read.center_img “The list is very long, and we know that everyone will not be able to receive vaccines this round, but we are expecting to be able to immunize all citizens who desire to be immunized as more vaccines are made available,” health department officials said Monday morning.“We ask for your patience. If you have not already placed your name on the health department’s wait list and want to be included for vaccine administration, due to the overwhelming number of calls, we are now providing a link for you to register online.”Those who have already given a name to the health department do not need to register again online.Those who have not registered and want to can log onto said the COVID vaccine is a federal program, and the Port Arthur Health Department services residents in Port Arthur and Mid-County, so the registration extends beyond Port Arthur.last_img read more

Glee’s Cory Monteith Tribute Episode Will ‘Deal Directly’ with Drug Abuse

first_img According to E! Online, FOX president Kevin Reilly told reporters that the third episode (centering on a farewell to the character Finn Hudson) will “deal directly with the incidents involved with Cory’s passing and the drug abuse in particular.” Reilly did not specifically state that Finn will die from an overdose or from a deadly interaction of drugs and alcohol. View Comments New details have emerged about how the FOX series Glee will handle the untimely death of original star Cory Monteith. As for the future of the popular musical series, the FOX president does not see the show continuing past the sixth season. “I would not anticipate it going beyond two more seasons,” Reilly said. “Never say never, but there’s two very clear arcs to get to the end and conclude. If we dicover a new crop of kids and there’s some breakout in life, who knows? But right now we’re just thinking about two more seasons.” Reilly explained that the special tribute episode will feature anti-drug PSAs in which the Glee cast “will speak directly with the audience.” All proceeds from the sale of music on the third episode will go toward starting a fund in Monteith’s name. Glee returns on September 26. Gleelast_img read more

Emmy Winner Holland Taylor to Host Broadway Salutes at the Times Square Visitor Center

first_imgEmmy Award winner Holland Taylor, who last appeared on Broadway in her Tony-nominated  solo show Ann, will host the fifth annual Broadway Salutes on September 24 at the Times Square Visitor Center. Presented by the Broadway League and the Coalition of Broadway Unions & Guilds, Broadway Salutes is a unique celebration that honors artists and professionals who have made Broadway great for decades. Star Files At the fifth annual Broadway Salutes, theater professionals will be honored for having worked 25, 35 and 50 years in their respective theatrical craft. Directed by Marc Bruni, the free public event will begin at 4PM. Special guests and additional participants to be announced soon. Holland Taylor Broadway Salutes honors a wide-range of theater professions—including stagehands, actors, producers, managers, theater owners, press agents, ushers, agents, make-up artists, dressers, designers, directors, choreographers, musicians, casting agents and more—who have dedicated their careers to the Broadway industry. In addition to writing and starring in Ann, Taylor has appeared on Broadway in Butley, Murder Among Friends and Moose Murders. Her off-Broadway credits include The Cocktail Hour, The Poker Session and Love Letters. Taylor won an Emmy Award for her role as Judge Roberta Kittleson in the TV drama The Practice. She currently stars on TV’s Two and a Half Men. Her other film credits include Legally Blonde, Baby Mama, Romancing the Stone and The Truman Show.  View Commentslast_img read more