Month: January 2021

Oprah ‘sorry’ for Switzerland’s flap

first_img Swiss tourism officials and the boutique owner apologized for the incident last week, but Winfrey insists there’s no need.“It’s not an indictment against the country or even that store,” she continued. “It was just one person who didn’t want to offer me the opportunity to see the bag. So no apologies necessary from the country of Switzerland. If somebody makes a mistake in the United States do we apologize in front of the whole country? No!” “The Butler,” which opens Friday, documents the civil rights movement through the story of a butler who served in the White House for seven presidents. In recent interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse.“I’m in a store and the person doesn’t obviously know that I carry the black card and so they make an assessment based upon the way I look and who I am,” said Winfrey, who earned $77 million in the year ending in June, according to Forbes magazine.“I didn’t have anything that said ‘I have money.’ I wasn’t wearing a diamond stud. I didn’t have a pocketbook. I didn’t wear Louboutin shoes. I didn’t have anything,” said Winfrey on the red carpet. “You should be able to go in a store looking like whatever you look like and say, ‘I’d like to see this.’ That didn’t happen.”center_img Oprah Winfrey says she’s “sorry” that a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.“I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland,” Winfrey said Monday night at the Los Angeles premiere of “Lee Daniels: The Butler.”“I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don’t expect that you would be able to be there,” she continued.last_img read more

Leona Johnson

first_img She is preceded in death by her husband, Louis Johnson; her parents, and brother, Joseph H. Jean.Leona is survived by her sons Victor Johnson (Angela) and Christopher Johnson; 3 grandchildren, Kasi, Victor Jr. and Jade Johnson; 1 great-grandchild Layla Wiltz; sister-in-law, Annie Jean all of Port Arthur, TX; and a host of other relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 9 a.m. Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Sacred Heart-St. Mary Parish Church with visitation from 8 a.m. until service time. Entombment will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home. Leona Johnson, 86, of Port Arthur passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016. She was a native of Cankton, LA and longtime resident of Port Arthur, TX.last_img read more

Phyllis Ann Beckett

first_img Services will be Nov. 12, 2016 at Greater Good Hope Baptist Church. Visitation will begin at 10Am until funeral at 12 Noon. Interment will be in Live Oak Memorial Park.Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents Sidney Beckett and Jessie Mae Beckett; two brothers Harriman Lee Beckett and Rodney Charles Hill.Phyllis leaves to cherish her loving memories two daughters: Deathra Beckett, Tanya Yael Keys, one son: Tharin Keys, six grand-children: Sherrelle Keys, Thurnisha Keys, Brooke Keys, Deion Bell, Tharin Keys Jr,. and Madison Keys; two brothers: Sidney Beckett Jr., and Richard Hill, four sisters: Patricia White, Carolyn McClennon, Artie Lewis, and Sandra Rocio; one Aunt Lottie Mae Reado , one special cousin: Martha Shields, and a host of family and friends. Services are being handled by Proctor’s Mortuary, Beaumont, TX. 409-840-2022 Phyllis Ann Beckett 68, of Port Arthur, TX passed Nov. 01, 2016.last_img read more

Port Arthur to tighten restrictions on dumping tires

first_img Council members balked at an initial penalty of $50 per tire, with some members suggesting it was too low to discourage illegal dumping. The council later amended the penalty, doubling it to $100.The City Council had addressed tire disposal at an August 2012 meeting in which a presentation was made about abandoned tires as areas where mosquitoes were likely to breed.Council members were told that provisions were already in place for residents to discard up to four tires through pickup.Mayor Derrick Freeman suggested some out-of-town tire haulers might be dumping tires in Port Arthur and suggested vigilance in catching violators. The council discussed the use of cameras to catch violators. Thomas-Pierre said city crews would cover the entire city to recover dumped tires.“It is hard work,” City Manager Harvey Robinson told council members. “You have to get to the root of the problem.”That came later in the council meeting, when council members reviewed, amended and approved an ordinance that establishes regulations for tire disposal and registration of tire haulers within the city.The ordinance will be published, according to the council vote. The City Council this week voted unanimously to amend an ordinance regulating the disposal of tires within the city.The vote followed a presentation by Darlene Thomas-Pierre, director of inspections and code compliance, who said city crews over three weeks have picked up 1,496 tires illegally dumped.“Dumping is illegal. You cannot dump tires on roads, in alleys, on streets or on thoroughfares,” she said during a short presentation during the City Council’s meeting Tuesday.center_img By Ken [email protected] city of Port Arthur will impose a fine of $100 for dumping tires, with each tire illegally discarded representing a separate offense.last_img read more

Police ID victim of fatal hit and run

first_img The vehicle that struck Levine did not stay on the scene and Levine was left in the roadway, according to a news release from police.The department’s advanced accident investigation team and the criminal investigation division responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Port Arthur Police have identified a man killed in a May 26 hit-and-run wreck as Marvin Levine, 44.Levine was struck around 9 p.m. while walking in the 300 block of H.O. Mills Boulevard, which is a service road on Texas 73. “It’s going to be a lengthy investigation,” Blitch said.By Thursday evening, no arrests had been made in the case.center_img PAPD Lt. Martin Blitch said a person of interest has been identified and that person and his or her attorney came in to speak with officers. In addition, police are still speaking with witnesses.last_img read more

SOCCER: Ocampo pulls hat trick in Cards’ OT win

first_img Lamar (4-3) led 3-1 in halftime after giving up a goal in the 14th minute. Ocampo scored in the 24th and 33rd, the latter off a combined assist from Amelia Fullmer and Nederland graduate Madison Ledet. Port Neches-Groves alumna Hailey Loupe made it 3-1 in the 42nd minute taking another pass from Ledet.UTSA responded with goals in the 70th and 88th minutes. But a bad clearance by UTSA 3 minutes, 47 seconds into overtime allowed Ocampo to score the golden goal.The Roadrunners (3-3) outshot the Cardinals 18-9, including 11-7 on goal. Freshman Sandra Nygard saved eight shots for Lamar, which will host Colorado College at noon Sunday. Juliana Ocampo secured a hat trick in the 94th minute, and each of her goals were needed in Lamar’s 4-3 overtime victory over UTSA in Beaumont on Friday.last_img read more

BRIAN JOHNSON ON OUTDOORS: Where have all of the ducks gone?

first_img The pintail population was down 40 percent from the long-term average and the scaup was down 20 percent.  These are three of the most common ducks on the coast so it stands to reason that less ducks would be seen. The teal and spoonbill populations are up considerably over the long-term average so it is not uncommon for these ducks to save the day and help hunters fill their straps.The next possible reason for the decline in the number of ducks on the coast could be short stopping. This occurs when ducks simply stop short on their migration and don’t make it all of the way down to the Texas Coast during season.There are several variables that come in to play.  One has to do with the lack of freezing weather. If there is plenty of open water for the ducks up north, there is no reason for them to head south.This would also help explain why so many ducks are here in February. By February almost everything up north has frozen and forced the ducks south. Next UpLast year, the number was close to 300. It is true that I did not spend as much time hunting this season, but the main reason is at my spots, there simply were not many ducks to hunt.My big question is “where did all of the ducks go?”  As I have studied and researched, I have come across several possibilities:The first option is that there were simply less ducks period. With a dry spring in the breeding grounds, the overall duck numbers were down from last season.  One of the main ducks that we hunt on the coast, the gadwall, has numbers that were 31 percent lower than last year.  The total number of ducks counted in the survey was down about 13 percent from last year but was still up 17 percent from the long term average. As I drove around the area checking out some of my favorite duck hunting spots, I couldn’t help but notice that there were far more ducks in February than there were during hunting season. This comes as no big surprise because it has always seemed to me that more ducks show up this time of year than any other time.Even though I see more ducks in February than I do in November, there are usually plenty of ducks during the season. The Texas Gulf Coast has provided world-class duck hunting for decades and I have almost never had a “bad” season.Some seasons are better than other but none are horrible. This year, that wasn’t the case. In fact we only killed around 20 ducks the entire season.center_img Another factor in the short stop theory is feed.  With the popularity of duck hunting on the rise, many farmers up north have decided to capitalize on hunting.By leaving crops, especially corn, standing in the fields and then flooding, the ducks have an abundance of food available without ever heading south.  Not only is there more food up north, but there is less food on the coast.  In the past there were more rice farms in our area and this abundance of rice was a major draw for wintering ducks and geese.Finally, there was an excess of water this year. The entire state was covered in record breaking rainfall and from a duck’s view, there was water everywhere.The ducks that did come south were more dispersed. I heard stories of deer hunters killing ducks on their west and south Texas deer leases. They tell me that they had flooded fields full of ducks.Many of these fields had never held water before. With all of the flooding these fields had plenty of feed and the bottoms and sloughs of east Texas were all full of water as well. In other words, ducks had more options of where to feed and rest than ever before.As I form my own opinion about the absence of ducks this year, I think that the problem can not be attributed to any one of these things in particular, but rather a combination of all three. The good news is that ducks are migratory and they can change their patterns from year to year.This next season could be slim or it could be the best ever. I know this for sure … the more you hunt, the luckier you will get!  May God bless you and let’s pray the ducks come back!•Brian Johnson, originally of Winnie, is pastor of First Baptist Church of Winnie, owner of DuckDogTrainer.com and outdoors writer for The News.last_img read more

West Hardin CCISD closing schools for rest of week due to flu

first_imgThe West Hardin County Consolidated Independent School District has closed its schools for the remainder of this week due to rising incidents of flu among staff and students. Below is a message released by the CCISD:Hello Oiler Community,We continue to have a significant rise in the number of confirmed flu cases with our students and staff.  In the best interest of the health, safety and well being our students and staff, we are closing school for the remainder of the week. This time should allow the flu to run its course in those already affected (both late and early stages), remove the time in confined spaces at school, thus reducing the risk of exposure for those not currently infected and allow us to complete another deep cleaning this weekend.You can help us beat the flu!  Please see that your student is fever free, without fever reducing medication, for 24 hours before allowing them to return to school.School will resume as regularly scheduled on Monday, March 25th.  Thank you and be safe.last_img read more

Port Arthur FivePoint Credit Union names assistant branch manager

first_img Chandler has been employed with FivePoint for 11 years and formerly held the positions of loan officer, full service representative and teller.Chandler is a graduate of Nederland High School and is actively involved in coaching youth soccer teams.He resides in Port Arthur and is engaged to be married soon. Zach Chandler has been promoted to Port Arthur assistant branch manager at FivePoint Credit Union, according to President/CEO Erik M. Shaw.last_img

Legacy CDC awarded grant from Dallas bank

first_img Through this unique grant program, FHLB Dallas member institutions contribute from $500 to $6,000 to a CBO, which FHLB Dallas matches at a new, higher 5:1 ratio (compared to the previous 3:1 ratio) resulting in a match of up to $30,000.“Legacy Community Development Corporation’s holistic approach is making an impact in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange for low- to moderate-income families,” said Greg Hettrick, first vice president and director of Community Investment at FHLB Dallas. “They provide new homes along with education to help ensure that families become successful homeowners. We are proud to join Allegiance Bank in supporting this community-building work on the Texas Gulf Coast.” “We look forward to utilizing the awarded grant funds to expand our downtown Port Arthur redevelopment efforts. The funds will be used to acquire additional lots to build affordable housing units for qualified families. We are so appreciative for the opportunity to help families achieve the American dream.”“We are very thankful for the support that the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas has provided to the communities we serve during this difficult period,” said Marcus Vasquez, vice president and fair banking officer, Allegiance Bank.“The city of Port Arthur has been severely impacted over the past few years by the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Imelda. In addition, the city is now feeling the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Allegiance Bank is committed to supporting the recovery efforts in Port Arthur and we are thankful for organizations such as Legacy Community Development Corporation as they have worked diligently to create new, affordable housing in Jefferson County.”Funding of the PGP was increased by $2 million this year under FHLB Dallas’ COVID-19 Relief Program to support community-based organizations involved in affordable housing activities, stimulating small business development or providing small businesses with technical assistance. For 2020, program parameters also were expanded to include COVID-19 relief. Allegiance Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas have awarded a $21,000 Partnership Grant Program grant to the Legacy Community Development Corporation, which serves Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange.PGP grants help qualified nonprofit organizations fund a variety of administrative activities that are critical to serving their communities. Legacy Community Development Corporation will use the grant money to acquire vacant lots in its downtown Port Arthur revitalization target area.“Legacy Community Development Corporation is so excited to partner with Allegiance Bank and FHLB Dallas,” Executive Director Vivian Ballou said.last_img read more