The National Weather Services reports that rain is likely for Friday Today…Rain likely. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.Tonight…Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Breezy. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph in the evening increasing to 15 to 25 mph after midnight.Saturday…Clearing and breezy. Highs in the upper 50s. North winds 10 to 20 mph. Saturday Night…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.Sunday…Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.Sunday Night…Becoming mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of rain. Lows in the upper 40s.Monday…Rain likely. Breezy. Highs in the mid 50s. Chance of rain 60 percent. Monday Night…Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.Tuesday And Tuesday Night…Mostly clear. Highs in the mid 50s. Lows around 40.Wednesday And Wednesday Night…Mostly clear. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows in the upper 40s.Thursday…Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.
Patricia An Lavergne was called home April 12, 2016 at 7:47pm at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. She resided at a local home in Port Arthur, TX. Cherishing her memories are her mother, father and brother; 3 daughters Tiffany, Lashae and Lashawn; 6 grandkids and her spouse of 23 yrs, Kari Leday. Services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 visitation at 11am. Services 1pm. Mt. Calvary Baptist Church under the direction of Moody-Harris Funeral Home.
By Ken [email protected] driving accounted for more than 400 deaths on Texas roads last year, and more than 100,000 accidents. That’s why the Texas Department of Transportation has launched its “Heads Up, Texas” campaign to remind drivers during April, which is National Distracted Driving Month, that it pays to pay attention on the road.TxDOT said Friday that the new campaign continues the department’s efforts to deal with distracted driving, a scourge on our highways.Sarah Dupre, TxDOT spokesman for the eight-county Beaumont District, said last year there were 1,351 accidents attributed to distracted drivers in this district. They accounted for nine deaths and 47 serious injuries in the district, which includes Chambers, Jasper, Jefferson, Hardin, Liberty, Orange and Tyler counties. Osman said, “All those factors can cause accidents that can hurt or kill someone. It’s important for parents to talk about all those dangerous factors with their young drivers. “Plus parents need to be a good example for driving safely at all times. We don’t want to see anyone in the emergency room for something they could have prevented.”TxDOT offers these tips for safe driving:Give driving 100 percent of your attention, 100 percent of the time.It’s safer to pull into a parking lot before diverting your attention to your phone or other activity.Put your phone away — or turn it off — before getting behind the wheel.Tell friends, family, and coworkers you won’t respond to calls or texts when driving.Use a smartphone app that sends auto-reply texts when you’re behind the wheel.Join us and take the It Can Wait pledge — that’s the student program — as a commitment to keep your heads up. “We urge drivers to drive more safely,” she said.Nonetheless, TxDOT says, data does not indicate driving is getting safer. One in five wrecks were attributed to distracted driving in this state, an estimated 100,687 crashes last year.A new statewide law — it went into effect Sept. 1 — makes it illegal for drivers to read, write or send a text and drive in Texas. Law enforcement officers are looking for drivers with their heads down distracted by their phones, TxDOT said in an issued statement, leading TxDOT to launch its “Heads up, Texas” campaign.“There is more to distracted driving accidents than people texting and driving or that have been drinking or are under the influence of drugs,” said Dr. Ali Osman of Neighbors Emergency Center Golden Triangle. “Distracted driving also involves drivers that are talking, not paying attention, the radio is too loud, they are daydreaming instead of paying attention to the road.”
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Michael is preceded in death by his parents.Michael received his Mechanical Engineering degree from LeHigh University, and was a licensed Professional Engineer.He played goalie on the LeHigh University hockey team and was a ranked racquetball player in the New England states league. He was a devoted family man.Michael enjoyed coaching and supporting his children in their athletic endeavors, and attending his children’s band concerts and academic competitions.He enjoyed fishing, with a passion for off-shore fishing.He loved and supported his New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins. Michael was an avid car enthusiast. His pride and joy was his Shelby GT 500.One of his favorite experiences was attending racing school in Utah.He was a huge fan of the Rolling Stones, and had a large collection of their music.A Celebration of Life will be held for Michael on Sunday, September 1, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Port Arthur Yacht Club at the Pleasure Island Marina on Pleasure Island.Michael was a very charitable man.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity. Michael Edward Curewitz, 58, of Port Arthur, TX passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.Michael was born in Framingham, MA on April 28, 1961 to Kenneth Estey and Barbara Therese Curewitz.Michael is survived by his wife Laura, his children Justin of Dallas, Megan of Houston and Robert of Carrollton, and his brothers John McGuigan of Eastham, MA and Kenny Curewitz of Sacramento, CA.
This week’s column is dedicated to the senior crowd, those of us who have reached the summit of the mountain of life. Have you noticed that the older we get, the more paperwork there is to complete? Even if you are computer literate, there are a lot of forms to get us what we need, as far as insurance and medications.And numbers, all of a sudden, are very important to our doctors. They want blood work every few months to keep tabs on these numbers. And if you are having some issues with blood sugar, you get to test it at home to get those numbers anywhere from 2 to 7 times a week.Let’s take a look at some of these numbers and find out what they are and where they should be. First, ALWAYS check with your doctor. Not everyone has the same normal. Not all doctors adhere to standardized charts for those important numbers. Depending what medications you are on, your numbers could vary greatly. Blood Pressure (BP) — Your doctor may want you to monitor this at home a couple of times a week, his staff will certainly take your reading at each office visit. It’s expressed as a measurement with two numbers, with one number on top (systolic) and one on the bottom (diastolic), like a fraction. For example: 120/80 mm Hg. The top number refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries during the contraction of your heart muscle. This is called systolic pressure. The bottom number refers to your blood pressure when your heart muscle is between beats. This is called diastolic pressure. Both numbers are important in determining the state of your heart health. A normal reading would be any blood pressure below 120/80 mm Hg and above 90/60 mm Hg in an adult. No medications are necessary for slightly elevated blood pressure. But this is when you should adopt healthier lifestyle choices. A balanced diet and regular exercise can help lower your blood pressure to a healthy range and help prevent elevated blood pressure from developing into full-fledged hypertension. Any readings above or below should be brought to your doctor’s attention.A1C — Tests measure average blood glucose over the past two to three months. So even if you have a high fasting blood sugar, your overall blood sugar may be normal, or vice versa. A level of 5.7 to 6.4 percent indicates prediabetes. People with diabetes have an A1C level of 6.5 percent or above. If you’re in the early stages of diabetes, small changes in lifestyle can make a big difference and even put your diabetes in remission. Losing a few pounds or starting an exercise program can help. For those who have had prediabetes or diabetes for a long time, higher A1C results may be a sign that you need to start on medication or change what you’re already taking. You may also need to make other lifestyle changes and monitor your daily blood glucose more closely.Blood Sugar/Finger Pricks — People who are monitoring or managing their diabetes prick their finger using a glucometer for daily testing. The most common monitoring is done fasting, before breakfast and should range under 70-99mg/dl, with no diabetes. Diabetics should range between 80/130 mg/dl. Or, test 2 hours after eating and range should be under 140 mg/dl for non-diabetics and under 180 mg/dl for diagnosed diabetics. There are variables depending on age, personal history, complications, and overall health. LDL/HDL Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels — Cholesterol is a fatty substance made by your body and found in certain foods. Your body needs some cholesterol to function properly, but having too much (high cholesterol) puts you at risk for having a heart attack or stroke. The extra cholesterol that isn’t used by your body builds up in blood vessel walls, causing blockages. Good levels are less than 200: HDL at 40 or higher, LDL less than 100, and Triglycerides less than 149. Many times, unless genetics are involved, simple changes in diet and adding regular exercise can bring elevated levels down to normal levels.That is just a brief list and explanation of the most common numbers you may be monitored for. In coming weeks, we will explore each one a little more in depth. In the meantime, let’s all pay a little more attention to what we are fueling our bodies with and get out there and move a little bit more. Stay healthy, my friends.Jody Holton writes about healthy living for The Port Arthur News. She can be reached at [email protected]
Lillian dedicated her life to service and her greatest passion was helping others.She served on the board of the United Board of Missions of Greater Southeast Texas Health System Agency for twenty three years, Port Arthur Campfire Council, The Family Service Center and Louis Manor Trust.She volunteered for The American Cancer Society South Jefferson County Unit, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, March of Dimes, Share a Toy, Back to School, Motherly Ministry Crisis Hotline, and was a driver for the Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels Program.Lillian was a member of Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Court #32, Blessed Mary Katherine Drexel Society, Rosary Prayer Group, National Association of Port Arthurans, NAACP- Port Arthur Chapter for 47 years, Martin Luther King Support Group of Southeast Texas, Publicity Chairwoman of Interdenominational Council of Christian Women Fellowship, Treasurer of the Anchorettes Civic and Social Club, The Westside Flower Club, Woman of the Year for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Lady of the Year for the Golden Gate Civic and Social Club, and Business Professional Women’s Club, American Assoc. for Retired Persons, Precinct Judge-Precinct #59-Jefferson County and City of Port Arthur, Deputy Registrar for Jefferson County, Texas Senior Citizens Assoc. and Chairperson of the Community Action Committee. Lillian Marie LeBlanc was born on October 10, 1928 to Pete and Arita Moultrie of Youngsville, Louisiana.Lillian was called to rest on November 17, 2019.She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1948. Lillian also went on to attend Wiley College, Sanderson Business College, Southern University extension campus, and Lamar University where she earned a certificate of real estate. Lillian was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Charles O. and Amelia M. Guidry; sister, Vivian Moultrie; parents Pete and Arita Moultrie and her beloved husband of 35 years Joseph A. LeBlanc.Her precious memory will forever be cherished by her devoted daughters; JoAnn M. Strawder (Paul Sr.), Vivian M. Jones, Deborah A. Hamilton, and Ronalda J. Washington (Matthew Sr.). Lillian will be fondly remembered by her eight grandchildren: Tonia M. Jones, Akilah F. Strawder, Paul R. Strawder, Jr., Robneika A. Hamilton, Joseph A. L. Strawder, Robert L. Hamilton, III, Matthew Washington, Jr, Maronda N. Washington, and a host of other relatives.Prior to the funeral mass there will be a gathering of family and friends for remembrances at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, November 29, 2019 from 6pm-9pm.A celebration of Lillian’s life and spiritual promotion to Heaven, will be held Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 920 Washington Ave, Port Arthur TX 77640 with Father Etim Sampson.A catered reception will be provided afterwards at Sacred Heart Hall. Next UpLillian was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother for whom family came before anything else.Lillian was married to her eternal love Joseph A. LeBlanc for 35 years, who preceded her in death in 1984, from that union came their four daughters.
The National Football Foundation has 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide and is seeking to establish a Golden Triangle chapter. Texas NFF chapters are currently located in Houston, Dallas, Austin and Lubbock. The presentation, which will take place in the museum’s Sports Legends gallery, is open to the public. To commemorate his selection, Smith will be presented a unique ring with Bum Phillips features crafted by Lee Briggs of Balfour. Wade Phillips will present the ring in ceremonies at the Museum of the Gulf Coast on Thursday, March 5 at 2 p.m.Also expected to attend are Bum Phillips’ widow, Debbie Phillips, and his quarterback with the Oilers, Dan Pastorini. Silsbee’s Randy Smith has been chosen by a vote of area media as winner of the National Football Foundation’s inaugural Bum Phillips Golden Triangle Football Coach of the Year Award.Smith led Silsbee to a 9-4 record and a second consecutive berth in the 4A state semifinals. Prior to Smith’s hiring at Silsbee in 2016, the Tigers had advanced to the semifinals only one time in school history.
She was a resident of Port Arthur for 42 years and retired as a cook.She is preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy Stelly, and Joseph Stelly of Port Barre, LA; one sister, Mary Doomes of Washington, LA; two brothers, Charles Stelly, Wilton Stelly of LA. Funeral service will be 9 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020 at St. James Catholic Church with visitation from 8 a.m. until service time. Kathy Stelly Charles, 61, of Port Arthur, TX went to be with the Lord on February 12, 2020.A native of Lafayette LA, she accepted Christ at young age. Survivors include one daughter Pamela Moore (Stelly) of Baytown TX; two sons Brent Charles and Colby Chavis both of Port Arthur; four sisters, Celestine Marcel of Port Arthur, TX, Elizabeth Francis of Beaumont, TX, Emma Thomas of Port Barre, LA, Ellen Stelly of Opelousas, LA; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.
AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday that Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, along with other community development financial institutions (CDFIs), are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas that have been affected by COVID-19 as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.These loans, made through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), will primarily be used for payroll so that employees can continue to receive paychecks and small businesses can retain their employees and will be partially or wholly forgiven.“Small businesses and their employees are at the heart of the Texas economy, and they need support during these difficult times,” Abbott said. “These loans will help us revitalize our economy and restore Texans’ livelihoods as we respond to COVID-19. I thank Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund for providing this lifeline to Texas small businesses and their employees by providing them with the support they need to overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19. This partnership is an important first step in our journey to economic recovery in the state of Texas.” LiftFund is a non-profit organization, headquartered in San Antonio, that helps small business owners with limited access to capital. The company offers small business loans and minority business loans for entrepreneurs.LiftFund partners with SBA lenders and other lending institutions to provide startup loans, SBA 504 Loans, and microloans in Texas, and throughout the South Eastern U.S. In 2018, LiftFund had 591 donors, 118 investors, 500 partners, and 100 employees.The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals.Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world. Next UpJohn Waldron, president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, said he has seen first-hand the determination and resilience of small business owners in Texas, having worked alongside them for years through Goldman’s 10,000 Small Businesses program.“Goldman Sachs understands that our communities and economy rely on small business, and we are doing everything we can to support this vital engine of economic growth and employment,” he said.Goldman Sachs will provide the capital as part of its $550 million commitment to COVID-19 relief, and LiftFund, alongside other CDFIs, will administer the funding to qualified small businesses. If all stipulations are met, small business can have their loans forgiven in full by the SBA. Business owners can apply for a PPP loan and find more information about the program on the LiftFund website.The governor was joined for the announcement by President and CEO of LiftFund Janie Barrera.Also joining the Governor were Brent Reaves, owner of Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que in Dallas, Patricia and Clint Butler, owners of Coffeecionado Community Roasters in San Antonio, and Michele and Mitch Allen, owners of iRun Texas in San Antonio.The Butlers and Allens will be the first to benefit from this partnership to provide PPP loans in Texas.
Visit ymcasetx.org or the YMCA of Southeast Texas Facebook page for details on how to join.Katelynn Wilson cleans down equipment at the YMCA of Southeast Texas during the summer.The program begins Monday (Nov. 23). Follow the prompts to sign-up and you will receive three texts a week filled with motivation, challenges, workouts and more.Those participating will also be able to attend the Y for one day each week to enjoy swimming, working out and a variety of classes. “It’s the perfect time to take back our lives, reenergize, achieve goals, feel better and stronger,” Pearson said. “By setting small goals, getting active, and engaging family and friends in simple activities we can finish this difficult year in a positive way.” Everyone in the community is also invited to workout, taking free Y360 online classes like Zumba, yoga and HIIT.Weekly activities and mini-challenges will be posted on ymcasetx.org. Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired in these COVID-19 times?The YMCA of Southeast Texas, with program locations in Jefferson and Orange counties, invites all in the community to participate in a free six-week STRONG challenge designed to help transform spirit, mind and body.“Now, more than ever before, we need to recharge and refocus,” said YMCA of Southeast Texas CEO Kevin Pearson. “The COVID-19 pandemic has worn us down. It’s isolated us in so many ways and this will be amplified coming into the traditional holiday season. This challenge provides an opportunity to get active and healthier by yourself or as a Strong family.”