PA police respond to Thomas Blvd. aggravated robbery

first_imgOfficers of the Port Arthur Police Department responded at 12:42 a.m. to the 3300 block of Thomas Blvd. in Port Arthur in response to a call of robbery. Upon arrival, officers learned two male subjects were robbed at gunpoint by several black male suspects. The suspects brandished a handgun and demanded money. The suspects were able to get an undetermined amount of money from the victims before fleeing the scene. The incident is under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division. No injuries were reported.last_img

Dorman Ray Knighton

first_img Next UpRay worked at South Western Bell Telephone Company for 43 years from 1952 to 1995. He was a church member and elder of Park Central Church of Christ in Port Arthur, Texas.Ray Knighton is preceded in death by his father, Robert Reagan Knighton, and mother, Leona Lewis Knighton, as well as his brothers, Robert David Knighton and Earl Thomas Knighton. Ray Knighton is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley Miller Knighton of Port Arthur, TX; his son, Kim Knighton of Port Arthur, TX; his granddaughter, Heather Knighton of Port Arthur, TX; his brother, Lamar Knighton of Jasper, TX; his sisters Pauline Russell of Magnolia, TX and Brenda Faye Behannon of Jasper, TX. Dorman Ray Knighton, 84 years old, born March 18, 1932 in Jasper County, TX, passed away on May 13, 2016 in Groves, TX at Magnolia Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.Ray joined the U.S. Army at age 15, in 1948, and he was a paratrooper in the 86nd Airborne.  He trained new troops for jumping out of planes for the Korean War until he retired after four years of service in 1952.center_img In honor of Ray Knighton, donations may be made to Park Central Church of Christ, 3901 Jimmy Johnson Blvd, Port Arthur, TX 77642.A 2:30 PM funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, with a gathering of family and friends from 12:30 PM until service time. Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.last_img read more

Martin Richard

first_img Martin was a Life Member of the Groves Knights of Columbus, Council 3491, Les Acadiens Du Texas and the American Legion, Post 0007. He was a skilled handy man and gardener. He had a host of friends through the years and will be missed by all who knew him.He is survived by his wife, Betty; 2 daughters, Gayle Burrows and her husband, John and Ann Richard; and a son, Keith Richard; 3 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.A visitation will be held from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday, November 4, 2016 at Levingston Funeral Home, 5601 39th Street, Groves, Texas. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM following the visitation. Martin Richard, 88, of Austin passed away November 1, 2016 in Austin. He was born March 14, 1928 in Morse, Louisiana to Martin and Alice Hoffpauir Richard.Martin graduated high school in Morse, Louisiana in 1945 and moved to Port Arthur, Texas where he worked for Texaco Refining. He later enlisted and served 2 years in the US Navy. Upon returning home, he continued working for Texaco Chevron and retired after 40 years of service.He married Betty Landry and they were together for 66 years. Condolences may be sent at: .Services entrusted to Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, Texas.center_img A Graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves, Texas.In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial to your favorite charity.last_img read more

Man chased down, shot at auto shop

first_img The victim, described by police only as a male, had ran into the business, located in the 2100 block of Bluebonnet Avenue, asking for help when the shooting occurred around 2:30 p.m.The victim was transported to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont and his condition was not known as of 5 p.m.Police stretch crime scene tape across a section of Bluebonnet Avenue following a shooting on Monday.Mary Meaux/The NewsPolice cordoned off a portion of Bluebonnet Avenue and nearby streets with yellow caution tape as they spoke with people at the business and seemingly search for evidence. One officer was seen placing a small yellow placard near the middle of the street in front of the shop.The incident remains under investigation. Port Arthur Police are investigating a shooting that happened at Pete and Harold’s Auto on Monday.last_img read more

OUT IN THE YARD: Lady’s finger: Guess the other name

first_img Next UpThe planting site should have eight hours of sun and good drainage. Lady finger should not have been planted on this site the previous season. The pH of soil should be 6.0-7.0. Fertilize with 10-10-10 or 15-5-10. Mix well into the top 3-4 inches of soil. Plant on flat ground or raised beds with rows 3 feet apart. Plant seeds ½ to 1-inch deep and 2 inches apart. Plant 4-6 feet of Lady’s Finger per person in your family. Thin plants to 1 foot apart when plants are 6 inches tall.To cut down on weeds, lay up to eight newspaper sheets between plants and cover with mulch to keep them from blowing away. Pull weeds close to plant by hand to avoid damaging Lady’s Finger roots.Water every 7-10 days but be aware they don’t like wet feet. The usual indication to water is the soil is dry 1-2 inches beneath the surface. Wet to a depth of at least 6 inches. Side dress with fertilizer every 3-4 weeks on light soil or high rainfall area. Plants will mature in 60-80 days. After first harvest, scatter fertilizer between rows. Use 1 cup of fertilizer for every 10 feet of row and 12-15 inches from the plant. Water fertilizer in thoroughly.Harvest every other day as flowering and production will cease if pods grow too large. In July or when the plants become too tall to harvest, cut down to 2 feet. Side dress with nitrogen fertilizer and water well. Lady’s Finger will continue to produce through October or until the first frost injures or kills the plant.Have you guessed another name for Lady’s Finger in the South? It is “Okra”!Reach Jefferson County Master Gardener Eileen Slater at [email protected] or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 409-835-8461. Lady’s finger (abelmoschus esculentus) is a member of the mallow family (Malvaceae). The flowers are yellow with a crimson center.The tender, unripe fruit is eaten at 4-10 inches by boiling, sautéing, pickling or frying. The fruit can be used as a thickener in soups and stews. The washed, dried and ground seeds are a coffee bean substitute. In the East, the leaves and immature fruit have been used topically on the body to relieve pain.Lady’s finger is a warm season vegetable. Plant April 1-July 15 or 2-3 weeks after all danger of frost has passed. Texas AgriLife suggests planting at a minimum soil temperature of 73 degrees Fahrenheit.Prepare the hard seed coat for planting using one of these methods: Soak seeds in room temperature water for 24 hours, soak for 1½ hours in 110-112 degrees Fahrenheit water, wrap the seeds in moist paper towels or scratch the outer surface of the seeds with sandpaper or knife blade. Varieties of Lady’s finger for Texas include Annie Oakley, Cajun Delight, Clemson Spineless and Stewart’s Zee Best. A new container variety Lady’s Finger from a big box store to try this year is Baby Bubba Hybrid.last_img read more

Texas A&M won’t renew President Michael Young’s contract — but says there’s no plan for him to leave

first_imgBy Shannon NajmabadiThe Texas When Texas A&M University President Michael Young’s employment contract expires next April, he will not receive a renewal. Instead, he will join the system’s remaining campus heads in relying on annual appointment letters and system policy to govern the terms of his employment at the College Station-based campus.Young, who was appointed A&M president in 2015, currently has a five-year agreement with the system that guarantees him $1 million in annual pay. The terms were expected to be renewed for an additional five years unless Young or System officials indicated otherwise before April 30, 2019.In an April 16 letter, A&M System Chancellor John Sharp explained that Young’s contract would not be renewed, and stressed it was “in no way a reflection” of his performance as president. “While your employment agreement allows for a 5-year renewal term, the System desires to bring your employment status into line with our other university presidents, none of whom has an employment agreement,” Sharp wrote, in a letter addressed to Young and obtained by The Texas Tribune under open record laws.“We look forward to your continued service as our president,” Sharp added.Young previously served as president of the University of Utah and the University of Washington, and he was recruited by Sharp to head A&M. When he was named to the position, Sharp reportedly said Young’s salary “will not compare to the last president’s salary because this president does not compare to the last president.”A graduate of Harvard Law School, Young was the highest-compensated president in Texas in 2017 and among the top dozen nationwide, according to a ranking compiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Young said in a statement that he loves being part of the university and is excited “about its trajectory of success.”“As an administrator and employer, I understand and appreciate the need for consistency in the format of appointment letters among presidents throughout the A&M system. It is the right path,” he said. “The Chancellor’s strong words of support help motivate me further to lead A&M and build on the remarkable achievements of our faculty, staff, students and former students.”Young’s contract, signed in March 2015, guarantees he will receive his base salary if he is fired by the system without cause before the five-year term is complete. The amount paid by A&M would be offset by outside compensation Young receives during that period, and he must make a reasonable effort to find a new job, the contract states.Young can likely assume a tenured faculty position at the institution after serving as its president, as other campus leaders with tenure have. The classification guarantees certain job protections, including an assurance of continued work in the academic role unless “dismissed for good cause,” according to A&M System rules.One of Young’s predecessors, Elsa Murano, resigned as A&M president amid turmoil and returned to working as a faculty member a decade ago. Another, R. Bowen Loftin, left his position with a transition agreement worth $850,000, and later took a position at the University of Missouri.Other higher education institution systems in Texas have different employment practices. Presidents of Texas Tech University System schools all have fixed-term contracts, according to a system spokesman. The chancellor of the system simultaneously serves as a campus president.At the Texas State University System, presidents do not have employment contracts; the chancellor does.And presidents at the University of Texas System’s academic institutions serve without fixed terms, according to system rules. The chancellor, J.B. Milliken, similarly has an agreement that lists a start date but says he will work “at the pleasure of the board.”Milliken’s predecessor, Bill McRaven, was the first UT System chancellor to have a contract. A system spokeswoman said at the time it was offered to “to secure his appointment following his retirement from the U.S. Navy.”The agreement was not renewed at the end of 2017 and he worked without a written employment contract for the remainder of his term.Sharp, a former state lawmaker who has served as A&M chancellor since 2011, does have a contract with the system. He received a 3-year extension in 2017, three years before the agreement was set to expire.Disclosure: Texas A&M University, the Texas Tech University System, the University of Texas System and the Texas State University System have been financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. See also: Bill to reinstate Texas A&M and UT football game never gained groundlast_img read more

Big 12 still aiming for fall football, adjusts schedule

first_imgBaylor BearsSept. 12 — Nonconference gameSept. 26 — KANSASOct. 3 — at West Virginia The Big 12 Conference has announced Wednesday it is moving forward with fall sports, but with a revised schedule for football.The University of Texas will have two bye dates (Oct. 17 and Nov. 14) and has left a date open for a nonconference opponent to be announced. For now, the Longhorns will kick off their season Sept. 26 at Texas Tech, while Baylor, Texas Christian and Texas Tech — the other three Big 12 members — will kick off Sept. 12.Each Big 12 team will play nine conference games with one possible nonconference game to be played before Sept. 26. Oct. 17 — OKLAHOMA STATEOct. 24 — at TexasOct. 31 — TEXAS CHRISTIANNov. 7 — at Iowa StateNov. 14 — at Texas TechNov. 28 — KANSAS STATEDec. 5 — at Oklahoma Texas Tech Red RaidersSept. 12 — HOUSTON BAPTISTSept. 26 — TEXASOct. 3 — at Kansas StateOct. 10 — at Iowa StateOct. 24 — WEST VIRGINIAOct. 31 — OKLAHOMANov. 7 — at Texas ChristianNov. 14 — BAYLORNov. 28 — at Oklahoma StateDec. 5 — KANSAS Texas LonghornsTBD — Nonconference gameSept. 26 — at Texas TechOct. 3 — TEXAS CHRISTIANOct. 10 — vs. Oklahoma, at Cotton Bowl, DallasOct. 24 — BAYLOROct. 31 — at Oklahoma StateNov. 7 — WEST VIRGINIANov. 21 — at KansasNov. 28 — IOWA STATEDec. 5 — at Kansas State Texas Christian Horned FrogsSept. 12 — TENNESSEE TECHSept. 26 — IOWA STATEOct. 3 — at TexasOct. 10 — KANSAS STATEOct. 24 — OKLAHOMAOct. 31 — at BaylorNov. 7 — TEXAS TECHNov. 14 — at West VirginiaNov. 28 — at KansasDec. 5 — OKLAHOMA STATE The Big 12 championship game is scheduled for either Dec. 12 or 19.Here is an adjusted schedule for each Texas team in the Big 12 (Home opponents in ALL CAPS; times to be announced):last_img read more

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell’s New Musical Bright Star to be Workshopped in Early 2014

first_img View Comments Bright Star will also feature music direction by Rob Berman (White Christmas).  The new musical was most recently in developmental performances at Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater in July 2013. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical Bright Star will get the workshop treatment in early 2014 according to an Equity casting notice. The workshop will be produced by The Old Globe with private presentations taking place on March 6 and 7. Bright Star features music by Martin and Brickell, lyrics by Brickell and a book by Martin. Tony winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago) will direct. The show is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and travels between 1945 and 1922, as a young man returns from war and uncovers hidden yearnings and dark secrets about his past. The score includes songs from Martin and Brickwell’s new album “Love Has Come For You.”last_img read more

Housing & Real Estate in Churchill County

first_imgA low cost of living and abundant recreational opportunities in Churchill County contribute to a high quality of life not often found in larger metropolitan areas. In 2017, more than 24,000 people called Churchill County home, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Population density is low — only five people per square mile.Naval Air Station Fallon has approximately 5,000 active-duty personnel, civilian employees, Department of Defense contractors and family members. Many live off base in the surrounding community. Additionally, about 3,100 veterans live in the area, according to the census.Fallon, the county seat, give newcomers plenty of choices when selecting a home. Enlist the help of a reputable real estate agent to help you sort through the area’s home options. The Nevada Association of Realtors is a central source of local real estate information and assistance. Those interested in purchasing a new home can find the expertise and professional services they need at COUNTYChurchill County lies in a broad valley in the high desert of Nevada that was once covered by prehistoric Lake Lahontan. Churchill County was created by the Nevada State Legislature in 1864 after Nevada was admitted as a state. Population was sparse; to many people, the area’s 40-mile desert didn’t feel much like a place they wanted to be, though a mammoth irrigation project in later decades made the wastelands bloom, and many settlers came with the water. Comprising approximately 4,930 square miles, Churchill County lies in central northern Nevada, bounded on the east by Lander County, on the south by Mineral County, on the west by Lyon and Washoe counties and on the north by Pershing County.Fallon is the lone city in Churchill County in close proximity to NAS Fallon, although there are other unincorporated places nearby. For more information on Fallon, check out the Fallon Chamber of Commerce website at is the county seat of Churchill County. Originally a ranch store at a “dusty crossroads,” Fallon is experiencing growth and expanding to the north and west. Fallon’s 3.6 square miles is home to many NAS Fallon personnel.The town lies just 70 miles east of the 24-hour excitement of Reno and less than a two-hour drive to the sportsman’s paradise of the Sierra Nevada.A state-of-the-art county hospital serves the Fallon community, including the naval air station. The Churchill County parks and recreation department offers recreation programs, and numerous clubs and organizations provide opportunities for social, recreational and community service activities. Many youth sports and organizations are also available.Situated in the Lahontan Valley, Fallon’s high desert scenery and rugged mountains draw many people to the area. The Cantaloupe Festival & Country Fair, racing events and rodeos attract thousands of visitors annually.The median gross rent in the city was $832 per month, according to the census, and the median selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage was $1,115. Mean travel time to work for those living in Fallon is about 17 minutes.last_img read more

Child and Youth Programs

first_imgGeneral Information – The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Military Services take great pride in the variety and quality of services provided to children and youth on installations worldwide. While the services provided depend on the size of the location, the standards and quality of services are consistent and meet established regulations. The network has hundreds of locations worldwide serving over 1.3 million children.Child Development Centers (CDC)These facilities generally offer child care for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. Care is typically available weekdays. CDCs vary in size; the average CDC cares for about 200 children. All programs must be certified by the DoD and accredited by a national accrediting body such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children.In-Home ChildcareWith in-home childcare, children receive their care in the private home of a certified provider living in government-owned or leased housing or in state-licensed homes in the community. Family child care provides accommodating child care arrangements, including night, weekend, and flexible hourly care for shift work.In-home childcare programs offer comparable care to a CDC. Providers must be certified by the DoD, and some seek additional accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). Regulations limit the number of children that may be cared for at one time: no more than six children under age eight, and no more than two children under two years old.School-Age Program (SAP)DoD School-Age programs (SAP) are offered for children, kindergarten through 6th grade before and/or after school, during holidays, and summer vacations. Emphasis is placed on SAP programs which meet community needs, reinforce family values, and promote the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children. SAP may be provided in DoD Youth Centers, Child Development Centers or other suitable facilities. To expand school-age program spaces, DoD policy encourages use of youth centers; on-and off-base schools, and other suitable facilities such as community centers. Accreditation of DoD SAP programs is a requirement. Accreditation sets the professional standards for after school programs and helps families identify high-quality programs.Waiting ListDue to a high demand for care, you may be placed on a wait list. Your position on the wait list depends on many factors that are at the discretion of the installation and may include your spouse’s military status, the date you apply, deployment and your employment. If these factors change while you are on the wait list, your position will be changed accordingly, so it is important that you keep your information up-to-date.Childcare is not an entitlement, and fees are income-based. Fees throughout the child development system of care fall into fee ranges set by DoD.To apply for child care, fill out DD Form 2606, the Department of Defense Child Development Program Request for Care Record and return them to the Child and Youth Services Coordinator at your installation.The Department of Defense has a long history of providing positive youth programs that focus on alternative activities for youth during out-of-school hours. Today, DoD continues to be committed to youth by providing consistent guidance and stable and dynamic programs in more than 350 youth programs worldwide. DoD promotes positive youth development by designing programs to recognize the achievements of youth and by developing partnerships with other youth-serving organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H that offer a variety of resources. Programs for teens and pre-teens vary from one base to another, but are governed by a consistent DoD instruction. Programs prepare young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences that help them become socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively competent. Programs usually include physical fitness and sports, arts and recreation, training in leadership, life skills and career/volunteer opportunities, mentoring, intervention and support serviceslast_img read more