first_img Ophelia is preceded in death by her parents, Ellis Sr. and Rosa Lee Kemper; one son, Ernest “Ray” Mouton and one sister.She is survived by her children Hilery “June” Norman, Sabrina “Lynn” Mouton, Herbert “Big Herb” Mouton and U.S. Carnell Petetan; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; a devoted friend, Luis Ortiz; eight siblings; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time.  Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home. Next Up Ophelia “Put” Mouton, 69, of Port Arthur passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas.  A lifelong resident of Port Arthur, Ophelia was very active in the community and loved by many.  She was a member of the Church of Christ.last_img read more

first_imgAn Orange area man is no longer employed as a deputy after being charged with indecent exposure.The incident allegedly occurred in April and a complaint was filed in May on an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy regarding a violation of the law. Due to the seriousness of the complaint, the deputy, identified as Brian Kenneth Foley, 48, was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation, according to a press release from the OSCO. Foley was arrested and placed in the Orange County Jail on Aug. 10. He bonded out a short time later that day. Foley is no longer employed by the sheriff’s office.center_img The sheriff’s office conducted an investigation as well as a criminal investigation conducted by members of the sheriff’s office and the Texas Rangers.Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Judge Hershel Stagner issued a warrant for indecent exposure, a class B misdemeanor.last_img read more

first_img Blanchard reached down deep in the top of the seventh after a leadoff single. The senior southpaw struck out the side, fighting through a 2-2 count in the final at-bat for SLU. Singles by George, Girouard, and Adames put one more run up on the board for Lamar in the bottom half, and Big Red led 13-3 through seven innings.A one-out walk and a two-out double scored one for SLU in the eighth, and four hits in the ninth scored another five runs to make the score deceptively close, but Lamar held on to win 13-9 over the Lions.First pitch for the series finale is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Cardinals are expected to throw LHP Grason Wright. Jason Blanchard was lights-out again for the Cardinals, throwing a perfect game through four innings. The senior from Kingwood allowed three earned runs on five hits while walking just one and striking out six. He threw 103 pitches in seven innings of work. Marcus Olivarez threw and inning and two-thirds and A.J. Ozorio-Brace got the final out.The hit-fest got started in the bottom of the first with Avery George. He earned his sixth straight hit in six at-bats, then reached third on a double by Cole Girouard. A single from Cole Coker scored both speedy Cardinals, and JC Correa gave Coker plenty of time to come home in the next at-bat. The junior from Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, homered to tie with Anthony Quirion for the team lead with his eighth long bomb of the year. A double play ended the inning with LU leading 4-0.Reese Durand led off the second with a first pitch single and reached second on a four-pitch walk of Rhett McCall. A one-out double from Girouard scored Durand and put McCall on second, and an RBI grounder from Coker scored McCall. Big Red 6-0 through two. A lead-off homer from Robin Adames was the first of three runs in the third. Logan Berlof followed that up with a single through the left side and advanced to second on a single by Quirion. An error on an attempted sac bunt by Durand scored Berlof and a fielder’s choice from McCall scored Quirion. Another fielder’s choice and a 4-3 grounder staunched the bleeding but not before Lamar led 9-0 through three innings.The Cardinal scoring streak snapped in the fourth inning despite Correa’s best efforts. He singled through left side on an 0-1 pitch but was stranded at first. Through four Lamar led 9-0.The Lion bats started to awaken in the fifth. A leadoff single reached second on a walk and went another 90 feet on a 3-2 count single. The third single of the inning scored two and a sac fly to center field gave Southeastern a third run. A strikeout and a grounder to second ended the top frame of the fifth, and after a 1-2-3 inning for Lamar in the bottom half the score remained 9-3 in favor of Lamar through five innings.A nifty 5-4-3 double play in the sixth allowed Blanchard to face the minimum for the fifth time in the game, and Lamar’s offense answered the call in the bottom of the sixth. George got his second hit of the day in the leadoff position and came home on a first pitch homer by Girouard. A walk of Coker reached second on a one-out single by Adames, and two-out singles by Quirion and Durand scored one more for Lamar. Through six LU led 12-3.center_img Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT — Taking a big lead in the first and never looking back, Lamar (16-30, 8-18 Southland) dominated Southland-leading Southeastern Louisiana (26-21, 15-8) in a 13-9 victory. The Cardinals had 18 hits including three home runs, and Cole Girouard came a triple short of hitting the cycle.“Jason pitched great, we played stellar defense, and we swung the bats really well obviously,” said head coach Will Davis. “We just kept pouring it on because with offensive conditions like we had today no lead is safe. It was pretty crucial that when they got those three runs in the fifth to make it 9-3 we were able to answer in the sixth and make it 12-3. It was just a really good overall performance for us today, and after last night’s controversy it was great to see our guys pick themselves up after a real gut punch and respond in that fashion.”last_img read more

first_img Since the 1980s, taxing units have been constrained to 8% annual property tax growth, but voters have had to petition for an election to roll back the increase, a requirement some lawmakers deemed onerous.“What this does is achieve something that has never been done before with regard to property tax reforms of the past,” Abbott said.State leaders have said the new law will slow the pace at which property tax bills grow and will update a growth rate set during a period of high inflation. The site for Wednesday’s signing ceremony, Wally’s Burger Express, has seen its property taxes increase significantly in recent years, according to Abbott’s office.Community colleges, hospital districts and small taxing units — with rates of 25 cents per $100 of taxable value or less — will need voter approval to increase a property tax levy by more than 8% annually.Notably absent from the celebratory gathering was Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, the bill’s author and the upper chamber’s “tax man,” who shepherded the measure through the Senate.A source familiar with plans for the event said Bettencourt had not been invited.A longtime advocate for property tax reform, Bettencourt spent much of the session crafting and recruiting support for the top priority bill. But he also caused controversy by publicly questioning a proposal by Abbott, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, to buy down property taxes by raising the state sales tax by one cent.“We appreciate his contribution. I don’t know his schedule or keep it,” Patrick said Wednesday.In a statement, Bettencourt said only that “the clear winners here are the taxpayers of Texas.”“I am proud of the work I did on their behalf,” he added.Emma Platoff contributed reporting.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Against the backdrop of an Austin burger joint struggling with its property taxes, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Wednesday an expansive reform measure meant to slow the growth of Texans’ property tax bills, long a priority issue for GOP state leaders.The ceremonial bill signing was a victory lap for top Republicans, who spent the legislative session hammering the issues of school finance and property tax reform. Yesterday, they gathered at an Austin elementary school to witness the signing of a public education package that includes about $5.1 billion to lower Texans’ property tax bills.“That [bill] will be eroded by increases in property taxes in future years without Senate Bill 2,” Abbott said. See also: Gov. Greg Abbott, legislative leaders assert confidence as deadline to cut property taxes nears Senate Bill 2 makes an array of changes to the property appraisal and tax systems. New requirements, including that tax rates and other information be posted in an online database, are meant to make the process more transparent and easier for taxpayers to understand.But the measure includes one controversial provision that requires many cities, counties and other taxing units to hold an election if they wish to raise 3.5% more property tax revenue than the previous year. The growth rate excludes taxes levied on new construction and can be averaged over three years, allowing taxing units to exceed the 3.5% threshold in some of them.Municipal officials have repeatedly said the 3.5% election trigger will hamstring their budgets and hamper their ability to provide public safety and other local services. Moody’s Investors Service, a credit-rating agency, issued a May analysis that said the law would lead to “minimal” homeowner savings and “hurt local governments substantially.”In 2017, the Legislature twice failed to pass similar property tax reform measures that could have set the election trigger higher, between 4% and 6%. By Riane Roldanand Shannon NajmabadiThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.orglast_img read more

first_img Low-cost flu shots would be offered.To find the store nearest you, visit walmart.com/walmartwellness.In addition to heart health information, customers who attend the event can also expect:Free Health Screenings: Total Cholesterol, Glucose, Blood Pressure, BMI and Vision (locations with a vision center)Low-cost Flu Shots and ImmunizationsOpportunity to speak with a local pharmacistGiveawaysWellness demos Walmart is hosting Walmart Wellness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.Store officials, noting September is Self-Care Awareness Month, said the best way to care for yourself is to take charge of your health.The events take place throughout Texas Walmarts that have pharmacies, including the locations in Jefferson County. Walmart has provided more than 4 million free screenings to people across the country since its first wellness event in 2014.These screenings have helped customers discover underlying issues like high blood pressure and diabetes that they now can manage – and in some cases, these screenings have saved customers’ lives, according to company officials.center_img Special to The Newslast_img read more

first_img Next UpOct. 13Arrest of a subject on another agency’s warrant in the 300 block of N 4th Street.A complainant reported credit card or debit card abuse in the 1200 block of Orange.A complainant reported criminal mischief and assault causes bodily injury in the 3500 block of Highway 365.A complainant reported a death in the 100 block of Sterling Ridge Drive.Arrest of a subject on Nederland warrants in the 100 block of S 27th Street.Arrest of a subject for evading arrest with previous conviction, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and another agency’s warrant in the 8600 block of Memorial Boulevard.Arrest of a subject for driving while intoxicated in the 1000 block of S 27th Street.Arrested of a subject for driving while intoxicated -3rd or more, possession of a controlled substance and another agency’s warrant in the 2900 block of Nederland Avenue.Oct. 14A complainant reported credit card or debit card abuse in the 2900 block of Nederland Avenue.A complainant reported striking unattended vehicle in the 3700 block of Skyline Drive.A complainant reported reckless driving in the 3500 block of Nederland Avenue.A complainant reported assault family violence – impede breathing and assault offensive touch – family violence in the 300 block of N 24th Street.Oct. 15A complainant reported a theft in the 2200 block of Avenue C.A complainant reported failure to stop and give information in the 3700 block of Nederland Avenue.A complainant reported a death – natural causes in the 2800 block of W Boston.A complainant reported telephone harassment in the 1000 block of Avenue B.A complainant reported information in the 1500 block of Avenue K.Subject taken into custody on a mental commitment in the 2300 block of Montaigne.A complainant reported an assault offensive touch – family violence it the 2300 block of Montaigne.Arrest of a subject on another agency’s warrant in the 1400 block of Avenue N. Oct. 18A complainant reported assault offensive touch – family violence in the 200 block of N 34th Street.A complainant reported a dog at large in the 1300 block of N 17th Street. Nederland Police arrested the following individuals between Oct. 12 and Oct. 18:Jason Peveto, 41, warrant other agencyBrittny Christian, 34, Nederland warrantsJesus Ceja, 29, evading arrest with previous conviction, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a controlled substance and another agency’s warrantJoshua Guidry, 33, driving while intoxicatedDustin Harrington, 34, driving while intoxicated 3rd or more, possession of a controlled substance and another agency’s warrantJohn Brooks, 42, warrant other agencySamantha Mitchell, 36, public intoxicationNederland Police responded to the following calls between Oct. 12 and Oct. 18:Oct. 12A complainant reported assault causes bodily injury – family violence in the 1500 block of S 27th Street.A complainant reported a theft in the 2400 block of Avenue A.A complainant reported a death in the 200 block of S. 3rd Street.A complainant reported found property in the 400 block of N. 5th Street.A complainant reported a terroristic threat in the 1100 block of N 22nd Street.A complainant reported an assault causes bodily injury – family violence in the 200 block of S 1 ½ Street.center_img Oct. 16A complainant reported a dog bite in the 2100 block of Avenue G.A complainant reported a death in the 2600 block of Windmill.Arrested of a subject in the 1000 block of Avenue B.Oct. 17A complainant reported a theft in the 3500 block of Highway 365.Subject found to be in possession of marijuana and unlawfully carrying a weapon in the 1800 block of Nederland Avenue.last_img read more

first_img Next UpOct. 23Criminal mischief was reported in the 3300 block of Twin City Highway.Theft was reported in the 6300 block of Val.Theft was reported in the 5000 block of Twin City Highway.Theft was reported in 4700 block of Main.Oct. 24Chase Rosas, 35, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in the 4700 block of Reservoir.Antonio Montano, 54, was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 5500 block of Park.Elizabeth Brodeur, 39, was arrested for warrants in the 5200 block of East Parkway.Joseph Abshire, 37, was arrested for city code-possession or injection of certain prohibited substances in the 5200 block of 34th Street.Burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 3300 block of Kleespies Avenue.Criminal mischief was reported in the 6300 block of Dave.Burglary of a vehicle/theft of a firearm was reported in the 3100 block of Hickory.Burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 6200 block of Mire St.Oct. 25Clint Comeaux, 44, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon in the 3800 block of Charles.Burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 6400 block of Verde.An assault was reported in the 5100 block of 39th St.Burglary of a vehicle and credit/debit card abuse was reported in the 6600 block of 32nd Street.Burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 6500 block of Verde.Terroristic threats were reported in the 6300 block of Howe St.Criminal mischief was reported in the 6200 block of 25th Street. Oct. 26Jarvis Cutten, 43, was arrested for murder in the 5400 block of Gulfway Drive.Michael Fuller, 33, was arrested for driving while in the 3800 block of Texas 73.Credit/debit card abuse was reported in the 6200 block of Warren.Oct. 27Kenia Vanegas, 32, was arrested in the 3300 block of Taft Avenue for driving while intoxicated/ open container.Makara Kan, 37, was arrested for warrants in the 6100 block of Coolidge.Fraudulent use or possession of identifying information was reported in the 3200 block of Woodland.Credit/debit card abuse was reported in the 6700 block of Washington.Harassment was reported in the 2700 block of Azalea.Criminal trespass warning was issued in the 2700 block of First Avenue.Assault was reported in the 6900 block of 32nd Street. Groves Police Department officers made the following arrests and responded to the following calls from Oct. 21 to Oct. 27:Oct. 21Kyle Betrand, 28, was arrested for possession of controlled substance and unlawfully carrying a weapon in the 5200 block of East Parkway.Oct. 22Jennifer Hendricks, 33, was arrested for warrants in the 3600 block of Canal.Adolfo Gomez, 41, was arrested for warrants in the 2700 block of Azalea.Marisol Govea, 42, was arrested for warrants in the 2700 block of Azalea.Possession of a drug paraphernalia was reported in the 4200 block of Wilson.Burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 6100 block of Garner.Burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 6200 block of Dave.Credit/debit card abuse was reported in the 4500 block of Karen.Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was reported in the 6100 block of Van Buren Street.last_img read more

first_imgJosh Gad’s career is on fire! The Tony nominee—who is seems to be everywhere these days (we’ll get to that)—has landed another starring role, playing an on-the-rise comic alongside Billy Crystal in the cable pilot The Comedians. Billy Crystal What else is the red-hot Gad up to these days? He’ll appear as Steve Wozniak in the much buzzed-about Steve Jobs biopic Jobs (out in theaters on August 16); he’s also appearing in Frozen, Me and My Shadow, Thanks For Sharing, Wish I Was Here and Best Man, Inc.. Gad recently signed on to play the late comic Sam Kinison in a biopic directed by Larry Charles, who will direct The Comedians. Josh Gad Star Filescenter_img View Comments Deadline reports that Gad has signed on to star in and produce the FX/Fox TV Studios pilot, which follows a young rising comedian who is reluctantly paired with an aging former superstar (Crystal) on a late-night comedy show. Both stars share a Broadway pedigree, with Gad having earned a Tony nomination in 2011 for his breakout role in The Book of Mormon and Crystal heading back to Broadway this fall with his signature one-man show 700 Sundays.last_img read more

first_img According to TVMediaInsights, The Sound of Music Live! earned a 4.6 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic, and was NBC’s biggest Thursday non-sports show since the series finale of ER back in 2009. The show opened with a 10.9 at 8:00PM and peaked with an 11.5 metered market number in the 8:30PM slot. The broadcast drew an 11.3 at 9:00PM, an 11.2 at 9:30PM, a 10.5 at 10:00PM and a 10.0 at 10:30PM. To put all of that into perspective: Not even CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, which usually dominates Thursday night, outperformed NBC’s musical in the overnight numbers. The live holiday telecast was based on the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music featuring music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Adapted from Maria Von Trapp’s memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, the musical tells the tale of a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a naval officer widower. How do you solve a problem like being the third place network? Rodgers and Hammerstein, of course! NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer as Maria and Captain Von Trapp, respectively, attracted an impressive number of households on December 5. The three-hour telecast of the musical classic drew a whopping 10.9 overnight metered market rating and 18.5 million viewers overall. In addition to Underwood and Moyer, The Sound of Music Live! starred Tony winner Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess, Tony winner Laura Benanti as Elsa Schrader and Tony winner Christian Borle as Max Dettweiler. View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgIn the summer of 2007, the Army Medical Action Plan was created to help develop solutions to improve processes and procedures for providing care to ill and injured Soldiers at Army and VA medical treatment facilities. In today’s Army, wounded, ill and injured Soldiers are more commonly known as transitioning Soldiers.The mission of the Fort Carson WTB is to provide command and control, primary care and case management for these Soldiers in order to establish conditions for their healing and to promote a timely return to the force or transition as a veteran to civilian life.Every WTB Soldier receives a detailed comprehensive care plan detailing a plan of action to facilitate medical healing. This plan in turn is an integral part of a detailed comprehensive transition plan which addresses medical care, spiritual welfare, behavioral health counseling, family counseling, education and meaningful, productive employment.The goal is to transition a healed and trained Soldier back into the Army or to transition a healed, educated veteran to productive civilian life.last_img read more