Death notices and services for Wednesday, August 17, 2011

first_img Services today: Death notices:George Arthur Eden, 48, of Savannah, Grand Cayman Island died Saturday, August 13, 2011. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland. Chelsey Roberts, 12, of Port Arthur died Saturday, August 13, 2011. Gabriel Funeral Home, Port ArthurQuincy Kirk Wilridge, 29, of Baytown formerly of Anahuac died Saturday, August 12, 2011. Proctor’s Mortuary.center_img Wilhemnia Johnson, New Hope Baptist Church, Port Arthur. 11 a.m.Travis Carl Romero, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves. 2 p.m.last_img read more

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LU SOCCER FALLS IN SEASON OPENER

first_img Gries held Texas State at bay until Clarissa Leon scored from close range with 20:39 remaining in regulation. Kassi Hormuth scored an insurance goal a little more than seven minutes later as the Bobcats improved to 7-0-1 all-time against the Cardinals.Texas State outshot LU 25-6 for the evening, and held a 15-2 advantage in shots on goal. LU returns home to host Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Sunday on Student Appreciation Night. The first 150 LU students will receive a free Lamar University soccer tank top.Tickets for Sunday’s game are available online a Angelica Hernandez had two of LU’s six shots. Cassie Marciante and Jennifer Yacuta each had a shot on goal for the Cardinals.center_img Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT — Lamar freshman goalkeeper Rachel Gries made 13 saves in her first-ever collegiate game, but it wasn’t enough for the Cardinals as Texas State spoiled Steve Holeman’s debut as coach with a 2-0 victory over the host Cardinals at the LU Soccer Complex on Friday night.last_img read more

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BASEBALL: Baylor pulls through in sixth to deny Lamar

first_img Campbell was masterful through six innings, striking out four while allowing just five hits and one walk. The senior transfer from Alvin was close to keeping Baylor scoreless through six innings, but a dropped strikeout on what should have been his final batter and an error allowed the Bear to reach. Baylor capitalized by singling up the middle on the next pitch, drawing a walk that put runners on first and second, and doubling down the right field line to score two. Baylor led 2-1.Ingram and Girouard both went 2-for-4 on the night to try to get Lamar back in the game but the Cardinals couldn’t complete the comeback. They’ll return to Beaumont on Friday to face New Orleans in a three-game Southland Conference series at Vincent-Beck Stadium. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m. Lamar sports informationWACO — A pitchers’ duel through and through, small mistakes led to all three combined runs between Lamar and Baylor on Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark.The Cardinals (6-23) held a 1-0 lead through five innings before the Bears (14-12) scored two in the sixth to escape with a 2-1 win. “Our pitching was phenomenal tonight,” said head coach Will Davis. “We threw a great game, and Jace [Campbell] deserved to get a win. There were just a couple of things that we didn’t execute, and in such a close game that gets magnified. No one play wins or loses the game but there are a couple of things that we wish we could’ve come through on. We also did several things well. We faced two pitchers that have been their Friday night starters in Big 12 play, so it wasn’t like it was an easy challenge.”Scoreless through three innings, Big Red came up with some clutch hitting in the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. With two outs Logan LeJeune singled up the middle, then advanced to second on a single from Cole Secrest. A single from Cole Girouard on the first pitch he saw scored LeJeune and placed Secrest on third, and a flyout with runners on the corners ended the top of the inning with Lamar leading 1-0. Jace Campbell sat down the Bears in order in the bottom of the inning to keep Lamar ahead.“It was great to see some clutch hits from Chase Whetsel, Logan, and Girouard tonight, all young guys that contributed to our first run,” said Davis. “We just couldn’t add on and unfortunately we weren’t able to hold them. Girouard is one of the best base runners on the team and one of the best defenders in the outfield, and he’s starting to put it together at the plate. He’s got a long way to go, but he has a lot of talent. He’ll continue to grow the more he plays.”center_img “There’s no moral victories in this game,” said Davis. “We should’ve won this game, and we know we were capable of winning. We’re going to try to turn the page on Friday against one of the best starters in the conference.”last_img read more

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TCEQ: Valero project should move forward

first_img It takes a lot of courage for a naysayer to stand up before a crowd composed of people with views contrary to their own. We salute their courage.That said, it appears the principal objection was not that the project is unworthy or unsafe but rather that TCEQ erred in not advertising the last meeting. The project appears to meet TCEQ’s standards and it promises both a short-term benefit in the way of some 1,500 temporary construction jobs and a longterm benefit in the addition of 40 high-pay permanent jobs.Jefferson County and the wider Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area lag behind most of the state for unemployment and adding good jobs seems right a wise course for reducing joblessness. That’s a good reason to move ahead.The project would also bolster the local economy if Valero makes good on its promise to use local vendors during construction. Right now, this community could use a boost. In TCEQ’s case, the agency didn’t give adequate notice about a previous public meeting on Valero’s application. Former City Councilman John Beard brought that to the attention of the Port Arthur City Council, which rightly asked that TCEQ follow its own procedures. Thus, last Thursday’s meeting at the Carl A. Parker Center at Lamar State College Port Arthur.About 200 people attended the meeting, many sporting stickers in support of the project. That’s their perfect right.There were a handful of people present who either opposed the project or had legitimate questions about it. That’s why such meetings are held — to fully flesh out public sentiments on such projects and to discuss their upsides and downsides. Last week’s Texas Commission on Environmental Quality public hearing over a planned billion-dollar coker unit project at Valero — it would be the second at the company’s 4,000-acre site — was a win-win for the mandated process and for Greater Port Arthur people.TCEQ apparently erred in not crossing its own T’s and dotting its own I’s in its review procedures for the project, which should be completed and ready for production by 2021. There’s a lot of energy-related investment in Jefferson County; we should encourage safe development of worthy projects.center_img It’s of little wonder, then, that the project seemed to generate some enthusiasm among the crowd, many of whom work at the plant or were otherwise engaged in industrial development. Industry is one sector that continues to thrive in Port Arthur and we as a community would do well to support such a strong suit.The project promises to increase plant production by some 20 percent, which would strengthen Valero’s position in a competitive industry. That would strengthen jobs here for the 800 employed as well as newcomers.Absent a reason to say no, TCEQ ought to say yes.last_img read more

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Trump to make fundraising trip to Houston, San Antonio

first_imgPresident Donald Trump is planning to return to Texas next month to raise money for his re-election campaign, according to people familiar with his plans.Trump has scheduled fundraisers on April 10 in Houston and San Antonio, according to those sources. Asked about the trip, the White House said it did not have any scheduling announcements to make at this time. By Patrick SvitekThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.org The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.center_img Trump last visited Texas in mid-February, when he went to El Paso to rally support for a border wall. That event drew a counter-rally headlined by Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman and U.S. Senate nominee who has since entered the presidential contest.O’Rourke is not the only Texas Democrat running to take on Trump. Julián Castro, the former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor, is also in the race.last_img read more

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Ulysee Soileau Jr.

first_img Survivors include his daughter, Peggy LeBlanc and husband Rick of Groves; two sons, Doug Soileau of Lebanon, TN and Jimmy Soileau of Lake Charles, LA; six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.A visitation for family and friends will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Brother Hilton Ferguson, Jr. officiating. Ulysee Soileau Jr., 96 of Groves, Texas passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Holland Place Assisted Living in Nederland, Texas.Ulysee was born November 15, 1923 in Palmetto, Louisiana to Ulysee Soileau Sr. and Irene Carrier Soileau.He was an area resident for 75 years and a member of Groves First Baptist Church. Ulysee retired from Texaco as an operator after 40 years of service.He proudly served in the Air Force during World War II.He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Mills Soileau; daughter, Patti Lynn Soileau; daughter-in-laws, Lois Soileau and Rene’ Soileau; one sister and two brothers.last_img read more

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Katherine Loraine McCorkle Gaston Blanton

first_img Katherine was a graduate of Lamar University with a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling.Katherine taught at Sam Houston Elementary School for 26 years.She was a life-long member of The United Methodist Temple where she was a member of the Wesley Class and United Methodist Women. Grandchildren John (Sarah) and Kenny Riddile, Andrew and Leah Gaston and Robyn Riojas (Rigo). Great grandchildren Caroline, Andrew and Isaac Riddile and Roman and Risa Riojas, and many nieces and nephews.Services will be held Monday, June 1, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, 5200 39th Street, Groves, Texas, with a gathering of family and friends from 1:00 pm until service time.Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Upon retirement, she served as a counselor for the United Board of Missions.Katherine was active in the AT chapter of the P.E.O. She was a good friend and teacher to many and will be dearly missed.Preceding Katherine in death were her parents, first husband Bubba Gaston, her second husband Robert (Bob) Blanton, Jr., sister Christine M. Crochet and brother John A. McCorkle.She is survived by her daughter Kathy Riddile Hartzog (Jim) of Cypress, Texas, son Ken Gaston of Santa Barbara, California, son George Ellis Gaston (Merianne) of Cedar Park, Texas.center_img Katherine Loraine McCorkle Gaston Blanton, of Cypress, Texas, was born December 20, 1920 in Jennings, Louisiana to Henry W. McCorkle and Ethel Geyman McCorkle.She spent most of her life in Port Arthur, Texas.Katherine and her first husband, G. Ellis (Bubba) Gaston, Jr. were parents of daughter Kathy Gaston Riddile Hartzog and sons Kenneth Andrew Gaston and George Ellis Gaston.last_img read more

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Cody Walter Osborne

first_img He is survived by his mother, Pam Osborne; his children, Sierra, Cayden, Caysen and their mother, Jessica Osborne.Siblings, Chad, Shelly and Katie Osborne. Also many family and friends.He is preceded in death by his father Chip Osborne. Cody Walter Osborne, born on July 30, 1981, passed away on June 10, 2020 at age 38.last_img

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Lamar Institute of Technology offering $2.5k for COVID impacted students

first_img Effective immediately, a $300,000 grant allocated to Lamar Institute of Technology will help displaced LIT students who are Texas residents, so they can upskill and quickly return to the workforce.Those who would like to apply for the funds can complete an application to LIT at ApplyTexas.org, complete a FAFSA at FAFSA.Ed.gov (LIT School Code = 036273) and contact SAS by sending an email to Registration@lit.edu with the subject line “GEER Applicant” to indicate interest in the program.The grant, supported by a portion of an $18.1 million allocation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from Gov. Greg Abbott’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, also helps Texas students who previously left higher education institutions without completing postsecondary credentials.Through a competitive process, 40 applicants representing 49 institutions were selected for the awards, THECB said. BEAUMONT — Local residents who have had their education impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic could receive $2,500 to return to school at Lamar Institute of Technology.The funding, to be disbursed to students in amounts between $500 and $2,500 per semester, is earmarked for tuition and fees for those pursuing their degree or certificate at LIT.Students must be Texas residents enrolled full or part-time in an eligible undergraduate or short-term workforce credential program.They must complete a FASFA form, demonstrate financial need and should have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The pandemic has imposed its own set of unique hardships upon the residents Southeast Texas,” LIT President Dr. Lonnie L. Howard said.“We are pleased to offer this funding to LIT students so they can take the next step towards achieving ‘growth and excellence’ by ‘getting a degree that works.’”Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Harrison Keller said, “These strategic investments… will play an important role in supporting Texas students and driving the recovery of the Texas economy. Our Texas institutions are making significant commitments to create programs that keep more students on track to enter the workforce with the high-value credentials and education that tomorrow’s economy will demand.”last_img read more

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