Officers come and officers go…..

first_img And he begins to thank you for your work in your current appointment but tells you that you will be leaving in June for a new appointment and then gives you the name of the city and state that you are being transferred to.  Now, throughout the 26 years of officership for me, I have received that very phone call ten times.I started in Georgia, transferred to Florida, transferred back to Georgia and now I am in Texas.  The thing about the phone call is that you can go anywhere within the 15 states that make up the Southern Territory from Texas to Maryland.While growing up, my parents were also Salvation Army Officers and we not only moved from state to state, but usually in the city they were stationed, my dad always purchased a new parsonage so we would move from one side of town to the other. By Maj. Nancy FullerThere is a saying in The Salvation Army, “officers comes, and officers go….praise God from whom all blessings flow!”That is said because twice a year, January and June, is Farewell time for Salvation Army Officers.  This is how it works.  You pick up the phone on the day that the “calls” are being made and on the other end is the big boss, which ours is in Dallas. So, it’s not what you are doing mostly in that community that you are at but what you are qualified to do in another community that might need your time and talents.  So, the “calls” have been made for June and no, we did not receive one.  I have to admit that I am happy that we are staying yet another year but at the same time, this is our first appointment west of the Mississippi and all of our family is east of the Mississippi, so it makes it a little difficult for this grandma to see her grandchildren very often.But, we have enjoyed the two years that the Army and the Lord has given us here in South Jefferson County and we will continue to enjoy, work hard, build, learn, experience, and enjoy the years ahead that we may have.  Who know what the next “call” will bring or when it will come.  You never know in the Army.  You just salute and go when it does come.Major Nancy Fuller and Maj. John Fuller are the Corps officers in charge of the Port Arthur Branch of the Salvation Army.center_img This brought in five elementary schools I attended, two Junior Highs and one High School, which I was grateful that my parents were stationed in Atlanta and I could get all four years of High School under my belt.After you receive  the “call”, you then have approximately six weeks to pack, tie up loose ends, and say your good-byes and move on to the next assignment.  In The Salvation Army, the parsonage is provided along with the furnishings and everything else, so when we do move, we just take our personal belongings and our clothes.Now, after being married for 25 years and in the Army for 26, our personal belongings fill up a 24 foot moving truck.  It was even more when we were moving with children.  It’s always sad yet exciting when a move takes place.  You have put sometimes years of hard work into your present appointment and hate to say good-bye to those who have worked with you during your tenure.But then you have a whole new area to go to and to establish and to become a part of other people’s lives and communities.  Not all the appointments have been “good” ones for us.  We have spent five years in one appointment to three months in another to a year and a half in another.last_img read more

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Huntsman Scholarship seeks applications

first_imgThe Beaumont Foundation of America is seeking applicants for the Jon Huntsman Sr. Scholarship.The scholarship is for first-year students seeking an associate of applied science degree in process operating technology. The scholarship application process is open until July 1, 2015. Those interested can apply on the LIT Web site. Go to “Student Services,” then click on the “Scholarship Application” link. Next UpA good candidate for the scholarship will have financial need to attend college and be a first-generation college student. The committee may also consider class ranking, GPA, test scores, academic success, extracurricular activities and participation in leadership activities.To remain eligible for the scholarship, students must be a full-time student, comply with all reporting requirements and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5. The duration of the scholarship is four consecutive long semesters or until graduation.center_img For more information, call (409) 839-2956.last_img read more

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Services today and death notices for Dec. 26

first_img Keith Eric Davis, 51, of Beaumont died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont. Dena Philpott, 85, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. Levingston Funeral Home, Port Neches.Lonnie Weir, 82, of Beaumont died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont. Services todayNone.center_img Death noticesBobby Dean Grafton, 83, of Port Neches died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.last_img read more

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Maritime Day observance to recall sinking of Texaco Oklahoma

first_imgBy Janet ClineSpecial to the NewsWhen the SS Texaco Oklahoma broke apart and sank in heavy seas 45 years ago this past March, some 13 Port Arthur seamen were among the 31 crewmen who lost their lives. A memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20, at the Seamen’s Memorial Sundial on Procter Street and a luncheon to follow will commemorate those Port Arthur residents and the other seamen of the Oklahoma. The tankship SS Texaco Oklahoma departed Port Arthur with a cargo of black oil and was about 120 miles northeast of  Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in a heavy storm on March 27, 1971,when it broke in two and subsequently sank. Only 17 of the ship’s crew of 48 survived; 15 in a life raft rescued by the Liberian tankship Sasstown, and two rescued directly from the sea by the SS Texaco Nebraska. The event, which will include a procession to the seawall to lay a wreath upon the water, is sponsored by the Port Arthur International Seafarers Center, Port of Port Arthur, Apostleship of the Sea-Beaumont Diocese, the Propeller Club and the U.S. Coast Guard-Port Arthur steering committee.Doreen Badeaux, Apostleship of the Sea representative, said the Seafarers’ Center is issuing a special invitation to all relatives, friends, and colleagues of SS Tx. Oklahoma crewmen to participate in the commemoration. Those planning to attend or wanting more information may call Badeaux at409-718-2627.The memorial service will be followed by a free luncheon at the Seafarers Center, 401 Houston Avenue, sponsored by the Port of Port Arthur.last_img read more

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OUT IN THE YARD: Texas Master Gardeners Conference stresses need for ‘earth-kind’ gardening

first_img Contact  Jefferson County Master Gardener Eileen Slater at [email protected]  or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at (409) 835-8461. By Eileen SlaterAt  the 2016 Texas Master Gardeners Conference  in McKinney, Texas, we visited  Myers Park  to learn about the new types of gardens springing up  in Texas. They are Earth-Kind gardens. Earth-Kind garden techniques include techniques that everyone can use in their garden or lawn for conserving resources and maintaining a healthy environment.These principles include water conservation, reduction of fertilizer and pesticide use, landscaping for energy conversation and reduction of landscape wastes entering landfills. Typical Earth-Kind landscaping plants for our region include, but are not limited to Shumard and most Oak trees, Blue Plumbagos, Split Leaf Philodendron, Perennial Fountain Grass, Monkey Grass, Bougainvillea, Chinese Holly, Carolina Jessamine, Dwarf Pampas Grass, Salvias or Sages, Common Pear,  Southern and other Magnolias, Turk’s Cap, Yellow Bells and English Ivy.   Earth-Kind roses include, but are not limited to  Marie Daly, Caldwell Pink, Belinda’s Dream and Knock Out.  Google Earth-Kind Plant Selector to find more interesting Earth-Kind plants.The  Earth-Kind technique on making and using a rain barrel is tentatively scheduled this fall by the JCMG. A great opportunity to showcase your produce is Saturday, June 11, at the Jefferson County Fruit and Vegetable Show in Central Mall. Bring your entries from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call  (409) 835-8461.center_img During  a walk through the gardens,  an Earth-Kind specialist explained that  the following procedures are used to maintain the gardens in McKinney: once a year watering, no pesticides (except for fire ants), no fertilizers, no deadheading and limited pruning. This is partly achieved by adding three inches of compost to the soil and mulching with three inches of compost.Earth-Kind plants are incorporated in the perennial garden, herb garden, vineyard, vegetable garden, kitchen potager garden, crape myrtle garden and shade garden in McKinney. Many plants in these gardens are common and easily recognized.How we can we incorporate an earth-kind garden and landscape in our area? Add three inches of native hardwood mulch to help decrease water needed in the landscape. Place a drip irrigation system underneath the mulch. Use a low volume irrigation system and apply water only where it is needed. Compost non-diseased leaves, grass clippings and pruning waste. Use pest and disease tolerant plants. Preserve pest’s natural enemies. Collect and store rainwater to reduce your water bill. Evaluate your irrigation system for leaks and damaged sprinkler heads. Program your irrigation system to split run time into several shorter cycles to save substantial amounts of water. Incorporate three  inches of finished plant-derived compost into the soil. Keep your grass mowed to a reasonable height. Leave grass clippings and leaves on  your lawn as they add nitrogen for fertilizer. If you fertilize, choose one based on soil tests.last_img read more

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Doris Sheffield Dickerson

first_img Next Up Doris was born February 2, 1922 in Honey Island, Texas to James Sheffield and Hazel James Sheffield. She was a lifelong area resident, homemaker and member of the Baptist faith.She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. H. O. Dickerson; and her brothers and sisters.Survivors include her daughter, Melanie D. Ghanim of Houston; son, Harold Dickerson of Anahuac; grandchildren, Michelle Larriet, Deanna Hooker, Mohammed Ghanim, Haley Rothwell and Chelsea Dickerson; and several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.A visitation for family and friends will begin at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by the funeral service at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Doris Sheffield Dickerson, 94, of Groves, Texas passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Oak Groves Nursing Home.last_img read more

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Former deputy constable charged with official oppression

first_img Yowman made a statement to law enforcement regarding the incident.He was placed on administrative leave after the alleged incident and resigned on Aug. 1. A former Jefferson County chief deputy constable accused of using a stun gun on a man then driving away has been charged with official oppression, a misdemeanor charge.Ken Yowman, 54, turned himself into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility last week where he posted a $10,000 bond and was released.According to the affidavit for arrest, Port Arthur Police Department received a call on May 8 from Deven Taylor, a who said a stun gun had been used on him. The victim, who was interviewed while at a local hospital, told police that at around 10:45 p.m. May 7 he was walking near the Prince Hall Apartment Complex near the 800 block of West 14th Street when he was approached by a law enforcement officer who later identified himself as Ken Yowman , deputy constable for the precinct No. 8 office.“Yowman proceeded to Tase Taylor and drive away. Yowman failed to arrest Taylor, see to his medical needs, or note the use of force in an offense report in a timely manner,” according to the document.Evidence was found to corroborate Taylor’s account, which included video surveillance from the apartment complex.last_img read more

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Buna man struck by passing truck in Orange County

first_imgStaff reportA Buna man was taken by helicopter to St. Elizabeth Medical Center with serious injuries after he was struck by a passing vehicle on State Highway 62 in Orange County.The Texas Department of Public Safety said the auto-pedestrian crash occurred near the Mauriceville Volunteer Fire Department around 4:15 p.m. Thursday. Bush was issued a traffic citation for failure to drive in a single lane.DPS said no other information would be released. Next UpThe DPS said in an issued statement that a 2003 Ford pickup truck was disabled on the northbound shoulder of SH 62. The driver realized he needed gasoline, got out of his vehicle and was struck by a 2017 Dodge pickup truck.The injured pedestrian was Todd Williams, 44. His passenger, Leslie Marcantel of Deweyville, was not injured.The driver of the Dodge, Edwin Bush, 53, of Kirbyville was not injured.last_img read more

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Bush says city to benefit from federal relief

first_img He said federal funding here would include regional dollars for homeowner assistance, buyouts and eventually for local infrastructure needs, which will include such things as roads, bridges and pipelines.He said Bush was impressed that of the dozens of Southeast Texas counties he’s visited, Port Arthur was most prepared in its longterm vision for post-Harvey relief. He said Texas is seeing the “light at the end of the tunnel,” at least in that regard.But Bush, charged with disbursing much of federal funding for Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey, is still reviewing local plans and said “the bill remains to be determined” for repair costs and how Harvey relief money will be divvied up.Part of the reason he was in Port Arthur, he said, was to review this area’s post Harvey housing plans and to communicate with Mayor Derrick Freeman, who he said has emerged as “a statewide leader in Harvey recovery.” By Ken [email protected] Commissioner George P. Bush said Wednesday many flood-affected Texans are repairing their homes and returning to them and that only about 2,000 Texans remain in Federal Emergency Management Agency transitional housing arrangements, perhaps 300 outside of Houston.center_img Bush met at Port Arthur City Hall with Freeman, city and regional officials to talk about this city’s plans and promised “Port Arthur will benefit” from the $5 billion approved by Congress for Harvey relief. He also while the focus in on housing relief now, the focus will turn later to infrastructure needs. He said he was impressed with how Port Arthur has performed since Harvey destroyed or damaged some 80 percent of local housing last August.The meeting lasted some 75 minutes. Bush said after the meeting that Port Arthur’s importance as an energy center and its strategic importance for national security are well known on state and national levels.He noted that Harvey was the “most impactful storm” in history, which has complicated government response.Freeman said later that Port Arthur is still trying to get people housed through new construction or through a variety of repair or buyout programs.“We have the state’s attention,” Freeman said. “We have their ear. We look forward to a successful relationship with them.”last_img read more

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Jefferson County Indictments 5-9-19

first_img Jules Abdul Mitchell, 44, of Beaumont was indicted for aggravated assault.Earl Wayne Domeaux, 62, of Beaumont, was indicted for aggravated assault.Lewis S. Cornish, 19, of Humble , was indicted for robbery.Brayveon Edward Murray, 17, of Houston, was indicted for robbery. A Jefferson County grand jury indicted 64 cases Wednesday. The cases are as follows: Jamirious Jantrel Gardner, 17, of Beaumont, was indicted for murder.Tristan Ka’Von Jackson, 32, of Beaumont was indicted for murder.Dion Lenoire, 36, of Beaumont, was indicted for aggravated assault. John James Cook, 18, of Beaumont, was indicted for murder. Damuntrey D. Nunn, 18, of Spring, was indicted for robbery.Karina C. Silva, 20, of Humble, was indicted for robbery.Jonah Gerrald Martin, 41, of Port Arthur, was indicted for assault-FV/choking.Jeffrey Wayne Davis, 56, of Port Arthur, was indicted for burglary (habitation).David Keith Manuel Jr., 20, of Beaumont, was indicted for felony theft.Jaylin Jevonte Womack, 21, of Beaumont, was indicted for felony theft.Tavis William Smith, 20, of Nederland, was indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle.Catherine Ann Shipley, 36, of Nederland, was indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle.Jarvis W. Hurst, 36, of Missouri City, was indicted for credit/debit card abuse.Ricky Murphy, 43, of Evadale, was indicted for credit/debit card abuse.James Berry Grantham, 56, of Beaumont, was indicted for aggravated assault.Tyler Millian Shevchedk, 30, of Bradenton, Florida, was indicted for arson.Freddy Ray Arline, 52, of Beaumont, was indicted for assault-FV/choking.Mark Bradon Gaspard, 43, of Port Arthur, was indicted for burglary (building).Adonis Evans, 26, of Beaumont, was indicted for evading arrest/ detention use of a vehicle.Jabbar Alexander Bell, 26, transient, was indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle.Jason Corey Schmidt, 43, transient, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).Jarron Mitchell Marcel, 24, of Houston, was indicted for prohibited substances in correctional facility.Ashley Rae Turner, 35, transient, was indicted for two counts of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP)).Randy Shane White, 28, of Vidor, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).Tommy Lynn Woodcock, 59, of Del Valle, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).Tammy Shirlene Brown, 44, of Nederland, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).David Villanueva Gallegos, 26, of Beaumont, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).last_img read more

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