For weeks Nathan Powell’s parents have been switching out watch duty in his hospital room. The 6-year-old Nederland boy has a form of autism and just had a heart operation. His 3-year-old brother Tony, who has standard autism, is allowed visits in Nathan’s Texas Children’s Hospital room in Houston. “Nathan’s operation this past Friday was a success. There were no complications. They were able to implant the ICB,” a defibulator/pace maker, Michael Powell, Nathan’s father, said. “It’s a state-of-the-art device on the market for less than a year. We’ve been told the industry has seen miraculous results in a short amount of time. Doctors are confident it will help Nathan,” Powell said. He and his wife Margaret, Nathan’s mother, have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Houston as medical teams treat their son’s congestive heart failure and dilated cardiomyopothy. Nathan also has Asberger’s, described as a highly-functioning spectrum of autism. A benefit link sale, with prizes, for Nathan’s medical expenses will be at Bruce’s Market Basket, 6001 39th St., Groves on Saturday, July 12. Times have not been announced. An account for donations is set up at DuPont Goodrich Credit Union. The number is 700639700. For information, call 727-2351 for information. Powell is the produce manager at Mercado de Familia on College Street in Beaumont. It is the only Hispanic-themed store in the Market Basket family, Powell said, and added that his work family has been supportive. “Very much. They’ve bent over backwards to make sure I never missed a pay check. I’m very fortunate. It takes a lot off our minds to focus more of our mental energy on our children and not worry as much about money to pay the bills,” Powell said. He told another anecdote of support. “When we got to Houston, our vehicle overheated. We found und out we were facing $800 in repairs,” he said. People pitched in for the repairs. Nathan is currently hooked up to tubes in his hospital bed, but his father said he has several stuffed toys and Transformer figures. Given his autism, he has his own way of communicating, but has an aversion to talking to relatives on the phone, Powell said. Contact this reporter at [email protected]
The National Weather Service forecasts:Today: Sunny, with a high near 52. North wind around 5 mph.Tonight: Clear, with a low around 26. North wind around 5 mph.Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 57. Wind chill values between 20 and 30 early. North wind around 5 mph.Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 38. Southwest wind around 5 mph.Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70.Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 71.
She was born on April 18, 1924 to Arbelle Blankenship Epps and Clyde Epps in Clarksville, Texas. Jackie has been a resident of Port Arthur for 70 years.She was preceded in death by her parents, her three sisters and her husband, Eugene Free.Jackie is survived by her daughter, Judy K. Stone and husband, Bob of Cedar Park, Texas, her son, Mike Free and girlfriend, Carmen Savant of Port Arthur, Texas, her three grandchildren, Jason Stone, Kayla Free and Kelly Free, her two great grandchildren, Bryson and Gavin Stone, numerous nieces and nephews.Visitation for family and friends will begin on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Graveside services to honor Jackie’s life will be on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves with Rev. Klint Pruitt, Chaplain of Port Arthur Fire Department, officiating. Jackie Free, 92, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away on Monday, April 11, 2016 at Lake Arthur Place in Port Arthur.
“We kept shooting ourselves in the foot in the first half,” said Schultz. “I think we had nearly 300 yards of offense in the first half and weren’t able to score many points. We came out in the second half and stopped making those mistakes. We kept taking some shots down the field and they didn’t work out but we felt like if we kept attacking eventually we would hit one and we finally did.”Senior Blake McKenzie completed 12 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown. He also carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards.The Cards’ inspired defensive effort was led by senior Jaylon Bowden who recorded a team-high nine tackles, including one for a loss. Classmate Manasseh Miles added seven stops. Seven different Cardinals recorded a tackle for a loss on the day.Junior Davon Jernigan played one of the better games of his career finishing with four tackles, an interception and a key pass break up on third and long to prevent a first down late in the game. “It’s great to get a win,” said LU head coach Mike Schultz. “The kids kept playing hard. It’s just one win but it’s a great win for our kids at this time of year. This is something that we can build on moving forward. I’m just really excited for the kids. They’ve worked hard all year long and it was good for them to get a win. We have to stay the course, stick with the process and eventually we will get this turned around.”HBU (1-9, 0-8 Southland) ran into a stingy Cardinals defense that didn’t allow the home team much freedom on their Senior Day. Thirteen of the Huskies’ 16 points came in the first half and those two scores were both the results of LU turnovers.The Cardinals (2-8, 1-7) outgained their hosts, 460-187, and overcame 11 penalties for 85 yards, to record the win. Big Red finished the day with 267 yards on the ground led by a career effort from freshman running back Myles Wanza. The Houston native carried the ball 26 times for 143 yards and a touchdown. Lamar sports informationHOUSTON – Houston Baptist was held to just three points offensively as Lamar traveled to Houston Baptist and picked up a thrilling 23-16 victory Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium.The victory snaps a seven-game skid for the Cardinals, and serves as the first Southland Conference victory for first-year head coach Mike Schultz. The opening half was 30 minutes of missed opportunities for the Cardinals. LU dominated the half holding the ball more than 6 minutes longer than Houston Baptist and outgained the Huskies by more than 200 yards (306-88).Big Red’s opening drive was the perfect description of the first 30 minutes of play. Behind the direction of McKenzie, the Cardinals moved the ball deep into HBU territory before a McKenzie pass ricocheted off the hands of a receiver and was picked off by Raphael Lewis and returned 96 yards for the score.The Huskies’ second score also came off an LU turnover. After the Cardinals’ defense forced HBU to punt the ball away, senior Rodney Randle had the ball slip through his hands and it was recovered by the Huskies. HBU made Big Red pay for the mistake on the very next play with a halfback pass for the score.Randle made amends on the ensuing point after try. Following a block by Dedrick Gardner, Randle scooped up the loose ball and returned it the length of field to cut the HBU lead to 13-2.The Cardinals appeared to put their first touchdown on the board late in the quarter when junior Nate Jones fielded a punt on the 8-yard line and returned it 92 yards for the score, but the return was negated by a penalty.The defenses took over for the rest of the half as neither team was able to dent the scoreboard until 40 seconds remaining in the half, but the drive didn’t start well for the Cardinals. HBU punter Christian Guzman pinned the Cardinals down inside the one yard line following a 39-yard punt. McKenzie took the ball and guided the Cardinals on a 9-play, 99-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard run from freshman Wanza. The drive was kept alive on a third down completion from the LU four-yard line.The third quarter remained a defensive struggle as the only points came off the leg of kicker Alec Chadwick. The HBU kicker booted a 58-yard field goal – the longest at the FCS level this season – to extend the Huskies lead to seven, 16-9.The Cardinals finally pulled even in the game with another big play from special teams. The Huskies were forced to punt in their own territory but junior Brandon Dabney broke through the line to block the punt which was picked up by Beaumont’s Desmond Veals in the end zone. The special teams TD tied the game at 16.The score remained tied until 6:11 remaining when McKenzie hit Isaiah Howard over the middle with 35-yard touchdown pass. The drive started with a 32-yard run from Wanza to put the Cardinals in HBU territory. Two plays later the Cardinals found pay dirt.The ensuing HBU drive started positively for the Cardinals. Big Red dropped the HBU signal caller for a six-yard loss but he scrambled for 16 yards on the following play, and HBU moved into Cardinal territory following a pass interference call against the Cards. HBU moved the ball down to the LU 34 but the drive stalled out as the Huskies came up empty on two pass plays and turned the ball over on downs. The Cardinals were able to kill off the clock on the ensuing possession to preserve the victory.The Red and White close out the 2017 regular season next Saturday when they return home to host McNeese State in the annual Battle of the Border. The game against the Cowboys will kick off at 7 p.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium and serve as Senior Night.
A Port Arthur man was shot in the leg Monday morning but would not cooperate with police who responded to a call to help him. Next Up In an issued statement at 8:52 a.m. Monday, police said the victim, 41, was shot inside the Prince Hall Apartment complex. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont for treatment.Police said they were also unable to locate any witnesses who would cooperate. Investigators were viewing video surveillance to determine what happened.The victim was in stable condition and police were continuing their investigation.
The storm system threatened to cause major storm surge and damaging winds, forecasters said.Special to The News Texas Task Force 1 was also prepared to respond to a request for an additional six flood swift water rescue and evacuation boat squads to work directly with the state of Florida. The contingent of 50 highly trained water rescue professionals from multiple Texas cities will utilize 12 rescue boats and technical gear to assist in water rescue efforts.Additionally, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Texas game wardens were prepared to respond with Texas Task Force 1 as part of the six flood swift water rescue boat squad search and rescue teams.The National Weather Service in Lake Charles, Louisiana said Monday that Dorian was a category 4 hurricane which had hovered over the Bahamas, causing major damage to Grand Bahama Island. It was expected to move slowly north up Florida’s east coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, then continue toward the Carolina’s on Thursday and Friday. AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has deployed assistance to the state of Florida in response to Hurricane Dorian, which was forecasted to impact the Florida coast.The state of Texas sent Texas Task Force 1’s Type III task force under the request and support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Type III task force consists of 45 personnel and specialized equipment including flood and swift water rescue boats.“Texas offers its full support to the state of Florida, and we remain at the ready to offer additional assistance as needed,” Abbott said. “I am grateful to our first responders who have stepped up to assist Floridians in their time of need, and I ask that all Texans pray for all those in the path of this storm.”
Next UpShe was a dedicated elementary teacher for 25 years, as well as the owner of Formal Fashions in Port Arthur for 11 years.Cherishing her memories are daughter, Marigay Hodges of Groves; son Chris Sonnier and wife Susie Sonnier of Houston; daughter Rene’ Comalander and husband Mark Comalander of San Antonio, Grandchildren, Benjamin Hodges of Groves, Sean Sonnier and Lysbeth Sonnier of Houston, Allysa Comalander and Abby Comalander of San Antonio, as well as many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter, husband Bob Sonnier and sister Mariellen DuVal. We would like to acknowledge her special friends from Independence Hill Assisted Living in San Antonio, where she moved after Hurricane Harvey.Special thanks to all the wonderful people at Coronado Rehab and Brookdale Assisted Living who touched our precious mother, as well as our family, with their kindness and love these last two months.Extreme gratitude is extended to Maddy, Rocio, Martha, Kat and Carla.A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, September 13, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with rosary at 7:00 p.m., at Grammier Oberle Funeral Home on 39th Street.A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., at St. Catherine Catholic Church on Woodrow Dr. Rite of Committal will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution in honor of Joan Sonnier to St. Catherine School.We’ve said goodbye to our precious Mother so that heaven can say hello to an Angel.She will forever be in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. Joan Roche’ Sonnier, 92, formerly of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Tuesday September 10, 2019 at Brookdale Assisted Living in San Antonio, Texas.Joan was born December 1, 1926 in Troy, New York to Harry and Helene Roche’.On July 20, 1957 she married the love of her life, Bob Sonnier, and they joyfully celebrated 43 years of marriage until Bob’s death in 2001. Joan was a faithful member of St. Catherine Church since 1957.Her devotion to God and her Family was an inspiration to others.Her unconditional love and acceptance of others is a testament to the wonderful person she was and the Christian Life she led.Her kind, sweet, gentle spirit has touched many hearts through the years.
Next UpGary was an avid sports fan and especially loved the Houston Astros.He was a hard worker and taking care of his family was his main priority.Paula was the light of his life.He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Jean San Angelo; brother Sonny San Angelo; parents in law, Homer and Margaret Haworth.He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Paula San Angelo; children, Robin Baker and husband Scott of Spring, Texas, and Chris San Angelo and wife Candis of Orange; grandson, Aaron Smith of Orange; sisters, Sherrie Roden of Groves, Texas, and Gail Champion and husband David of New Mexico; and many other family and friends.The family would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Robert Hust and his staff at Houston Cardiology and Best Hospice for all of their care for Gary. Gary San Angelo, 73, of Orange, passed away on October 28, 2019.A celebration of Gary’s life will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 1, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.Born in Port Arthur, Texas on September 21, 1946, he was the son of Sam San Angelo and Jean (Rivers) San Angelo. Gary was in the United States Air Force and served in the Vietnam Conflict.He owned Groves Auto Supply during the 1980s, then he moved on to R&R Auto Parts inOrange, and he finished his career at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, where he worked for 15 years.
The concert sponsor is Rosine McFaddin Wilson.“Sponsors like this help the Symphony of Southeast Texas play a role in the education, entertainment and cultural enrichment of all residents of Southeast Texas,” according to organizers.The Symphony of Southeast Texas, embarking on its 67th season, is a regional, professional orchestra based in Beaumont that performs a number of subscriptionconcerts, educational programs and other concerts throughout Southeast Texas. This piece will include the SOST chorus and soloists Dalton Woody and Angela Pickering.Dalton Woody“We embrace all emotions and conclude this romantic concert with the Romantic Symphony of Howard Hanson,” a concert release says. “A picturesque symphony that depicts mountains and oceans which beautifully express Hanson’s love of nature.”Angela PickeringThe concerts starts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Julie Rogers Theatre for Classic Series III. The orchestra is composed of local musicians from Beaumont vicinity, as well as many musicians from the Houston and Lake Charles areas.Selections from the upcoming concerts include everything from Brahms and Hanson to Elgar and Copland.For information log onto sost.org or call 409-892-2257. BEAUMONT — The Symphony of Southeast Texas’ third Classic Series concert, which takes place Feb. 15, is all about romance.Toast to the spirit of Brahms’ Academic Festive Overture is an overture written for honors and includes a combination of four student songs and has a treatment that celebrates life.The concert also features the Fauré Requiem, originally programmed last season, yet unfortunately postponed due to the sudden death of SOST veteran violinist Yu Gu.
He served in the United States Army from 1966-1968 during the Vietnam War.Al also served in the Texas Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves and retired as a Sergeant Major.Al graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 50 years, Ernestine Navarro; daughter, Eva Navarro; son, Alberto “Albie” Navarro Jr and his wife, Melanie and their two children, Alejandro and Esabella; half-brother, Alfred “Eddie” Rushing Jr.; sisters-in-law, Helen Davis and her husband, Jim; Mary Lou Arciva; Josie McKinny; Veronica Elchehabi and her husband, Ziad; Pauline Subia and her wife, Barbara; brother-in-law, Felipe Subia Jr., and his partner, Patricia; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.Due to the Coronavirus-19 a Memorial Mass for Al will be scheduled at a later date. Al enjoyed baseball and was a huge fan of the Houston Astros.He served as president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, chapter 343 in Houston, Texas and was a member of 282nd Assault Helicopter Company “Black Cats”.Al had a great sense of humor and a big heart. Al was humble and kind to all and will be dearly missed by many.Al was preceded in death by his parents, Ruben Navarro and Eva Polanco; stepfather, Alfred “Fred” Rushing; mother-in-law, Ernestine Subia and father-in-law, Felipe Subia Sr. Alberto “Al” Navarro Sr., beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle entered into eternal peace, Thursday, April 23, 2020, at his residence in Pattison, Texas.Al was born in Colon, Panama on October 10, 1946 to the late Ruben Navarro and Eva Polanco.In 1956 Al moved to the United States where he became a life-long resident of Port Arthur, Texas.