The battle against VX wastewater shipments to Port Arthur has reached the governor. After months of fighting to stop shipments of the former nerve gas agent from Newport, Ind., to Port Arthur for incineration, environmental health and justice groups held a press conference Thursday at the capital to ask Gov. Perry and state representatives for help in challenging the Army with their environmental outcry. Rep. Lon Burnam of District 90 in Tarrant County was one of the legislators at the press conference and said he cannot believe local Southeast Texas officials are not aggressively working to stop the shipments. “I’m absolutely opposed to the shipments. It’s dangerous and I can’t believe local officials are not raising cain about it,” Burman said in a telephone interview Thursday. The state representative said he has been fighting hazardous waste for years and the VX battle is the worst example he has seen of endangering the environment and citizens. “This situation is exactly the kind that caused President Clinton to sign the Executive Order on Environmental Justice,” Juan Parras, Houston environmental justice activist and community organizer for Citizens League for Environmental Action Now, said. “We need our federal legislators to stand up in support of disenfranchised communities, even when some of their colleagues won’t.” A federal judge in Indiana recently refused to halt the shipments after a lawsuit was filed by several community groups. Port Arthur’s Community In-power and Development Association, founded by activist Hilton Kelley, was one of the groups that participated in the lawsuit. Kelley is determined to make sure Port Arthur does not become a toxic dumping ground. Chemical Weapons Working Group Director Craig Williams noted that the Army is required to provide “maximum protection” to communities and workers throughout the chemical weapons disposal program, but he said this case is a clear example of the Army “shirking that responsibility.” “We are looking to Representative (Sheila) Jackson-Lee and other EJ (environmental justice) leaders to help bring about a safe, secure solution to this problem, because the Army is simply unwilling to consider safer treatment of the hydrolysate,” Williams said. Perry’s office did not immediately comment on the issue. The first shipment of hydrolysate arrived at Veolia on April 16 as part of a $49 million contract with the U.S. Army to destroy the VX wastewater at its Port Arthur facility — one of only three facilities in the nation with the necessary equipment to do so. Under the contract, Veolia incinerates VX hydrolysate, caustic waste water created when VX is destroyed by mixing it with sodium hydroxide and water. The waste water is shipped in 4,000-gallon containers across eight states and nearly 1,000 miles to Port Arthur. New Jersey and Ohio fought off plans to incinerate the waste there. The company has tried to calm fears by saying that it is only bringing in waste water, not a deadly nerve agent, and that is has the proper permits, training and facilities to handle it. So far, about 350,000 gallons of the 2 million gallons contracted to be destroyed have been transported. “We’re not posing any threat to the environment or the citizens around the plant,” said Daniel Duncan, Veolia’s environmental health and safety manager. “Everything is going fine.” The Associated Press contributed to this article.
Murry Parham, Jr., 82, of Port Arthur passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Harbor Hospice. A native of Oak Ridge, LA, he was a resident of Port Arthur for 55 years, a member of Rock Island Baptist Church and retired from Firestone Automotive. Survivors include his children, John Johnson, Sr., Johnnie Johnson, Carolyn Branch and Veronica P. Johnson; 15 grandchildren; a special friend Dorothy Soileau; and a host of other relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Rock Island Baptist Church with visitation from 12 noon until service time. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.
LU trailed 20-17 after one quarter and 39-30 at halftime. The Cardinals trailed 42-31 with 7:31 remaining in the third quarter before cutting the Islanders’ lead to 55-49 heading into the fourth quarter. The Cardinals built off that momentum to start the fourth quarter, opening the period on a 16-2 run to take 65-57 lead with 3:20 remaining.The Cardinals fashioned the comeback despite being without the services of starters Kiandra Bowers and Chastadie Barrs, who both fouled out. Bowers finished with seven points and six rebounds, as she saw her streak of double-doubles end at six games. Barrs had 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.Kiara Desamours had 14 points to lead LU. Moe Kinard added 11 points and a career-high four steals. With Barrs and Bowers out of the game, the LU bench stepped up big time, outscoring the Islanders’ bench 22-14. Baileigh O’Dell contributed nine points and helped seal the win by going 4-of-4 from the foul line. Kyla Green equaled her career high with eight points. The Islanders (9-16, 5-9) had trouble with LU’s pressure defense, committing 22 turnovers, seven in the decisive fourth quarter, when LU outscored the Islanders 25-8. For the game, LU had a 30-15 edge in points off turnovers.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi also had no answer for LU’s inside game, as the Cardinals dominated points in the paint, 38-18.Brittany Mbamalu led the Islanders with a game-high 17 points, but was held to just one point in the second half. Dalesia Booth had 16 points in the loss.STANDINGS LU remains one game behind conference-leading Central Arkansas (21-4, 13-2). Abilene Christian (18-6, 11-2), which pulled out a last-second win at Northwestern State, is in second place, but ineligible for the conference tournament. LU sits a half-game ahead of Stephen F. Austin (20-5, 11-3). The top two teams receive a double bye into the conference semifinals.UP NEXTLU is idle until 2 p.m. Saturday, when it hosts Houston Baptist. The Cardinals host Nicholls State at 7 p.m. March 1 before closing out the regular season at 1 p.m. March 4 at McNeese.IT TAKES A THIEFBarrs, who entered the game leading the nation in steals, now has at least one steal in all 56 games of her career.MILESTONE WATCHLU coach Robin Harmony has 199 career wins. Harmony’s coaching record, including her stints at Miami and St. Thomas, is 199-99. Lamar sports informationCORPUS CHRISTI – The Lamar Cardinals put forth a gutsy effort, overcoming a double-digit deficit to clinch a first-round bye in the Southland Conference Tournament with a 74-63 victory over the host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders on Saturday afternoon.The Cardinals (19-6 overall, 12-3 Southland) trailed by as many as 11 points in the third quarter and saw two starters foul out in the fourth quarter, but found a way to say in the battle for the top spot in the conference.
The News staff reportThe News Outdoors Editor Chester Moore has won the prestigious Mossy Oak Outdoor Legacy Award. Presented last Saturday at the annual conference of the Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association, the award recognizes Moore for his work with children and wildlife.“It’s such an honor to receive this award. Whether I am writing a column, broadcasting on the radio or out granting a child’s exotic animal encounter through our ‘Wild Wishes’ program, I am always looking at things through the filter of how we can inspire young people and take better care of our natural resources,” Moore said. “This award inspires me to push harder and go further down this path.” Moore has won more than 100 awards for writing, photography, radio and conservation. He was named a “Hero of Conservation” by Field & Stream magazine and his nonprofit project “Kingdom Zoo” won nonprofit of the year in 2016 from the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 5 PM until 8 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, with a rosary to be prayed at 7 PM at the funeral home.A 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Port Arthur.Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Elena was a devoted Catholic, also was a giving, caring and loving person who will be dearly missed by all.She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Juan Hernandez.Elena is survived by her sons, Jorge E. Hernandez and his wife, Juana of Mexico, Rafael Hernandez and his wife, Monica of Port Arthur, Juan Cardenas and his wife, Veronica of LaBelle, her daughters, Norma Becerra and her husband, Jose Luis of Groves, Maria Elena Barclay and her husband, Danny of Fannett, Leticia Wong and her husband, Reberto of Port Arthur.She is also survived by her brother, Gustavo Vega of Mexico, 21 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Elena Vega Reyes, 85, of Port Arthur passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019 at her home.Elena was born on June 1, 1934 in Mexico to parents Jesus Vega and Catalina Reyes.Elena was a member and very active at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Damas Guadalupanas.She enjoyed working in her yard and flower garden and cooking for family and friends.
Anne Castille, age 96, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away on Saturday October 26, 2019.Anne was a native of Oakland, CA and a resident of Port Arthur for more than 70 years.She and her husband were longtime parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Anne is survived by; daughter Susan late husband Richard Bane of Orange; daughters, Nicole Vicha and husband Steven, of Cypress and Stacey Olson and her late husband Dr. Michael Olson, of Beaumont, grandchildren, Kaylan Vicha, Kylie Vicha, Chloe Olson, and Layla Olson.Anne was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years John Harold Castille; her parents, Eva and Bartual Milat; her brothers Peter Milat and John Milat; nephews Michael Milat and Gary Milat.Serving as pallbearer for Mrs. Castille’s service will be Dr. Michael T. Jacob, Dr. David O. Olson, Len Castille, Billy Knox and Steven Vicha. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grammier-oberle.com for the Castille family. A Gathering of Family and Friends is scheduled for Friday November 1, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30pm at Grammier – Oberle Funeral Home with the recitation of the Rosary for Anne will begin at 6:30. Funeral Services are 2:30 pm Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Grammier – Oberle Funeral Home, The Committal Service will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves, Texas.The family request memorials to be made in Mrs. Castille’s honor to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 4602 Proctor Street, Port Arthur, TX 77642.
She lived her life to the fullest and was always the life of the party.Most people feel they are fortunate to have met her because she shared her joy wherever she went.She is preceded in death by her father and her brother Herbert Turner, Jr.She is survived by her two daughters Classonia (husband Damion Prier) and Carronia and her grandson Isaac Stelly.Her mother Classie Williams, Sisters Brenda Normand and Patricia Iles.Due to COVID-19, there will be an invitation only memorial service on August 22, 2020 at Holy Family of Nazareth.There will be no viewing. Next UpGrowing up in Port Arthur, Texas, Virgie was an active member of Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s Catholic church.She retired early from the United States Postal Service in 2004 due to her kidney condition.She moved to Irving, Texas in 2007 to be closer to her two daughters. Virgie Iles, 66, passed away in her sleep in the early hours of July 29,2020 at her home with her family.Born in Port Arthur, Texas, she was the daughter of James Iles and Classie Williams.She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School c/o 72 and later Lamar State College Port Arthur Accounting. She became a member of the Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church where she was a lector, alter guild member, eucharistic minister and a teacher for catholic studies.She was also part of the St. Luke Catholic Senior Group.Her greatest enjoyments were family, friends, food, and the casino.She will be remembered for her infectious smile and exuberant spirit.
Courtlandt was preceded in death by his grandparents Deborah and Douglas Thomas, Mary Wilson and Alonzo Murray; aunt Eartha Williams, uncle Dennis Wilson and cousin Torren Lockwood.He leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Tara & Darren Wilson Sr. of Baytown, TX; sisters Emani Thomas of Sugarland, TX, Alani Lofton and Saia Wilson of Baytown, TX, Mary Kyhana Wilson of Houston, TX, LeAndrea Changoo of Hot Spring, AR; brothers De’Angelo Wilson of Austin, TX, Darren Wilson Jr. of Baytown, TX; uncle Doug Williams (Monica) of Houston, TX; great-great aunt Gladiola Campbell of Port Arthur, TX, and a host of aunts, uncles, relatives and friends. Courtlandt McKay Wilson, 21 of Baytown, TX, entered into eternal rest on Friday, October 30, 2020.Courtlandt was born September 4, 1999 to Tara Wilson and Darren Wilson Sr.He was educated in the Goose Creek Consolidated School District, where he played football since the age of 8. Next UpHe later entered the Job Corps where he received his GED and Welder’s Certificate.He was gainfully employed at Dunavant Logistic Group.Courtlandt’s passion was writing music and performing. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel, 3800 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur, TX with visitation from 12 noon until service time.Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery.
Additionally, the family would like to extend its sincerest and heartfelt thanks to Ms. Victoria Obey for her special friendship and love to Carl.Services will be held Saturday November 28, 2020 at Hannah Funeral Home in Port Arthur, Texas with visitation beginning at 8:00 A.M. with service time beginning at 10:00 A.M. Interment to follow at Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Hannah Funeral Home.DUE TO COVID-19 FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR VIEWING/VISITATION AT THE FUNERAL HOME.SOCIAL DISTANCING IS ENFORCED. Next UpHe was a proud 1963 graduate of Wiergate High School and worked as a truck driver for many years.In 1966, he married the love of his life, Millicent Lee, and to this union two children were born – Eric and Michele.Carl established a career as a truck driver and worked diligently until 2018. Carl Wesley Kyles was born on March 19, 1944 to the late Lois Traylor and Emeal Kyles in Jamestown, Texas.On November 18, 2020, God saw fit to allow Carl to peacefully enter into eternal rest at home.Carl accepted Christ at an early age as his Lord and Savior. He enjoyed spending time with his family, eating at Golden Corral, traveling, and listening to old school music.During football season, you could catch him on Friday nights watching his beloved Memorial Titans.He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years; parents; 3 sisters; 2 brothers; and 1 granddaughter.Left to cherish his memory are his son, Eric; daughter, Michele; one sister; 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
View Comments Star Files Set in Ford County, Mississippi, A Time to Kill tells the story of a young, idealistic lawyer (Arcelus) who defends a black man, Carl Lee Hailey (John Douglas Thompson), for taking the law into his own hands following an unspeakable crime committed against his young daughter. The small town is thrown into upheavel as Jack finds himself arguing against the formidable district attorney, Rufus Buckley, and goes under attack from both sides of a racially divided city. Fred Dalton Thompson will play Judge Noose. A Time To Kill Related Shows A Time to Kill features set design by James Noone, costume design by David Woolard, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Lindsay Jones and projection design by Jeff Sugg. Fred Dalton Thompson Sebastian Arcelus Tickets are now on sale for the stage adaptation of John Grisham’s bestselling legal novel A Time to Kill, starring Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Dalton Thompson and John Douglas Thompson. Adapted for the stage by Rupert Holmes and directed by Ethan McSweeny, the new production begins performances September 28, with an official opening night set for October 20 at Broadway’s Golden Theatre. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 17, 2013 John Douglas Thompson