Lamar women’s golf wins 4th straight SLC title

first_imgLamar sports informationMcKINNEY — Led by medalist Wenny Chang, the Lamar University women’s golf team won an unprecedented fourth straight Southland Conference championship on Wednesday.The Cardinals led from wire-to-wire as they finished eight strokes ahead of runner-up Central Arkansas. LU posted a final round of 307 on a damp and chilly day to finish at 898. Chang fired an even-par 72 in the final round on the 6,251-yard layout on the Hills Course of the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club to finish at 2-under-par 214, seven strokes ahead of Central Arkansas’ Fernanda Lira.It was the first conference medalist honor for Chang, a junior, who lost in a playoff last year. Chang is the fourth LU women’s golfer to earn medalist honors, and the first since Stine Pedersen in 2011.“It was a bit of revenge,” said Chang, who is seeking to become the Southland Conference Golfer of the Year for the second straight season after earning Freshman of the Year honors in 2014.“Wenny is just so steady,” First-year coach Jessica Steward said. “Her emotional balance helps. She never loses her composure.” LU senior Taylor Stockton became the first women’s golfer in SLC history to be a member of four championship squads. Stockton finished third overall at 7-over 223 after a final round of 80. “It feels great to be a member of four championship teams, it’s truly a memorable experience,” Stockton said. “We weren’t expected to win it all this year, but we wanted to prove that we are still a team to reckon with.”The Cardinals held a three-shot lead after the first day and increased that advantage to nine strokes after Tuesday’s second round. Central Arkansas came out strong on Wednesday, cutting the LU lead to five strokes in the early going before play was halted for more than two hours because of heavy rain. The Bears managed to cut LU’s lead down to two strokes at one point before the Cardinals roared back on the closing holes.“Sometimes it is tougher to play with the lead in the final round,” Steward said. “You tend to be too cautious. You still need to be offensive. We did that over the final holes.”LU’s Olivia Le Roux finished tied for 16th at 233, Kura Poko was tied for 18th at 234, while Felicia Sauceda was tied for 21st at 237.“Every one of our players contributed,” Steward said. “This is a special group, one that I will always cherish. I’m proud of each and every one of them.”The Cardinals clinched an automatic berth into the NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals that are scheduled for May 5-7 in four different locations. LU will learn where it is headed later this month.last_img read more

John Williams, Jr.

first_img John leaves to cherish his memory, sons, Jason Williams and Justin Williams; step-daughters, Amanda Sanders and Theresa Sanders; grandchildren, John Williams V, Jonique Williams, Juornee’ Williams, Joseph Williams, Jontae Williams, Latrell Williams; great-grandchildren, Jourey Williams, Josiah Williams, Sidney Williams, Miranda Williams, Traylene Williams; his sisters, Delores Brooks (Michael), Alzeana (James), Emily Onwumere, all of St. Louis, MO, Flora Ann Smith (Clannie) Fredricksburg, VA; brother Samuel Williams, St, Louis, MO, brother-in-law, sister-in-law Christine; aunts, uncles, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends and acquaintances far and near and his true friend and brother Scottie Randolph and the Eastern Star Baptist Church Family.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 27, 2016 at Eastern Star Baptist Church with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home. Mr. John Williams, Jr., Assistant Principal and School Teacher. Retiree of the Texas School System. Mr. Williams served on the Orange County Credit Union Board. Member of Eastern Star Baptist Church where he served on the Trustee Board, Superintendent of the Sunday School, Head of Vacation Bible School, Head of the Sunday School Teachers Ministry and dedicated Tax Preparer in Port Arthur, TX.last_img read more

Ross Anderson Gant

first_img Ross retired from Neches Butane in 1987 as a Lab Technician with 39 years of service. He also served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.Ross is survived by his wife, Lois Opal Gant of Nederland; daughters, Deborah DeRoche and her husband, David of Nederland and Judy Gayle LaSalle and her husband, Ronnie of Nederland; grandchildren, David Anderson DeRoche, Michael DeRoche, Sarah-Anne Sheffield, and Jennifer LaSalle; six great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and a host of loving nieces and nephews. He preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Henry, James and Jeff Gant; sisters, Katie V. Jordan, Louise Eddy and granddaughter, Sherylen DeRoche.A gathering of the family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until the service time at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Melancon’s Funeral Home, 1605 Avenue H, Nederland, 77627. The interment will follow at Jack’s Cemetery in Pineland. Ross Anderson Gant, 90, of Nederland died on Monday, March 13, 2017 at his residence in Nederland. Ross was born January 6, 1927 in Doucette, Texas to the late Harrison Gant and L.E. Smith Gant and lived in the area since 1936.last_img read more

HARRY ABRAMS COLUMN: God calls Abram: What would you do?

first_img This promise to Abraham was formalized in a covenant found in Genesis 15:18-21 and repeated four additional times to Abraham (Genesis 17:6-8; 22:16-18) to Isaac (Genesis 26:3,4) and to Jacob (Genesis 28:13, 14). This covenant is significant for both the Jews as well as the Gentiles.In Acts 3:25 Peter addresses the people and reminds them of the covenant. He reminds them that they are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant that God made with their fathers, saying unto Abraham, and in your seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. The Greek word for bless in this text means to confer a benefit upon.Though we are as Port Arthur citizens far off and strangers to the covenant of Abraham, we have been brought to it by the Blood of Christ. Galatians 3:8 says, “The scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, in thee all nations be blessed. Paul argues the point to the Ephesians, saying there was a time when you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.There was a time when you were without Jesus Christ in your life. You were unfamiliar with the covenant of Abraham. You had no hope. You were living without God, in a world, created by God. Now the LORD had said unto Abram, get out of your country and from your kindred and from your father’s house, unto a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing. I will bless them that bless you and curse them that curse you. In you shall all families of the earth be blessed.This promise is one of the most significant passages in the entire Bible. It points ultimately to the redemption of the whole world. Abraham’s family became a divinely appointed channel to which blessings would come to all men. You are not excluded from this blessing. You are included and need to realize that you are blessed.The word blessed in this passage has nothing to do with money as people often associate blessing with. The word blessed in this text means to bend the knee, to kneel; to bless, to praise, to be blessed, to pray to, to invoke, ask a blessing of. According to the lexical aids to the Old Testament there is a close association felt between kneeling and receiving a blessing. But now, you who were far off are made near by the blood of Jesus Christ. There is absolutely nothing I can do to earn salvation and earn the blessings that God promised to Abraham. Only the blood which flowed from the body of Jesus Christ can connect my mind back to the Abrahamic covenant when Abraham’s family became the divinely channel through blessings would come to us on June today and every day in the future. God bless you.•The Rev. Harry Abrams writes about faith for The Port Arthur News.center_img Being blessed is a mindset, a state of mind, which leads to a feeling of being aware of where one is and where God has brought one from. Where are you today compared to where you were five years ago? What would you do today if God spoke to you in an audible voice and said leave Port Arthur, your family and your home?Not only was Abram blessed but he was commanded to bless others in Genesis 12:2 and the very last word in the verse. This Hebrew word is a feminine noun comes from the Hebrew word when God told Abram I will “Bless” you. To be a blessing to others means in a sense of a gift or present. It means to do something for someone that will benefit them. Have you done something for someone today to benefit them, to help ease the financial or emotional pain they may be experiencing? If not, why not?Yesterday is gone forever, tomorrow may never come. Today is all we have. Give someone something today that will benefit them, and they can appreciate throughout life.last_img read more

HEALTHY LIVING — Don’t get caught by the flu

first_imgOn a recent wellness check at the doctor, the very first words out of the nurse’s mouth were, “Have you had your flu shot?” Remember when there was a flu season? Times have certainly changed. Flu season is now year round. I was surprised to see that in the second week of school, one local school district had 21 diagnosed cases of flu, 19 in the same school!I cannot stress enough the importance of getting that flu shot. Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses [the B/Victoria component was changed and the influenza A(H3N2) component was updated]. For the 2018-2019 season, the nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or “LAIV”) is again a recommended option for influenza vaccination of persons for whom it is otherwise appropriate. The nasal spray is approved for use in non-pregnant individuals 2–49 years old. There is a precaution against the use of LAIV for people with certain underlying medical conditions. Ask your doctor what will work best for you.There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on vaccine) that research suggests will be most common. For 2018-2019, trivalent (three-component) vaccines are recommended to contain:A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virusA/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 A(H3N2)-like virus (updated)B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus (updated) Options this season include:Standard dose flu shots. These are given into the muscle. They are usually given with a needle, but two (Afluria and Afluria Quadrivalent) can be given to some people (those 18 to 64 years old) with a jet injector.High-dose shots for older people.The new flu vaccine will be available, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by the middle of September. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early, before the current flu season begins. The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later. Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others. In addition, there are prescription medications called antiviral drugs that can be used to treat influenza illness.Get your flu shot early, protect yourself and your loved ones.center_img Jody Holton writes about health and wellness for The Port Arthur Newslast_img read more

Come on Down! Buyer & Cellar’s Michael Urie Welcomes Michael Arden & Nick Adams to Barbra’s Basement

first_imgMichael Urie spends an awful lot of time alone in Barbra Streisand’s basement in Buyer & Cellar, so he was thrilled to welcome two of his pals, Broadway alums Michael Arden (TV’s Anger Management) and Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), backstage at the Barrow Street Theatre. The duo came to catch Urie’s one-man hijinks on August 18, then went backstage to congratulate the Ugly Betty and How to Succeed alum. (Arden, who toured with the real Barbra, might have offered some behind-the-scenes scoop on the superstar.) Written by Jonathan Tolins, Buyer & Cellar tells the story of Alex More, an aspiring actor who takes a job working in Barbra Streisand’s basement mall in Malibu. Check out this Hot Shot of Urie and his talented friends, then catch him in Buyer & Cellar off-Broadway! Michael Urie Buyer & Cellar Nick Adams Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

Jeff Goldblum Fights a Scandal, Billy Crystal Comes Home & Il Divo Harmonizes in This Week’s Datebook

first_img ALSO: Hilarious parody musical Disaster! opens at St. Luke’s Theatre; Sir Ian McKellen hosts Only Make Believe’s Gala at the Jacobs Theatre; Nathan Lane previews new plays for Naked Angels at the New School; The Most of Nora Ephron, featuring the script of Lucky Guy, is published; Ryan Scott Oliver’s Darling gets a concert performance at 54 Below. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 A POLITICAL SCANDAL TAKES CENTER STAGE These days, it takes a lot to get people riled up over a politician’s peccadillos, but if anybody can make a Good Wife-style scandal fresh, it’s Bruce Norris. In Domesticated, which opens at Lincoln Center Theater, the Clybourne Park author dissects the marriage of a sharp-edged political couple played by Jeff Goldblum and Laurie Metcalf. Expect fireworks! ALSO: Lee Roy Reams re-celebrates his 40th birthday and Jarrod Spector returns to 54 Below; Christian Borle, Hunter Parrish, Renee Elise Goldsberry & Nathan Lane guest-star on The Good Wife. ALSO: Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian opens on Theatre Row, produced by the New Group; sexy vaudeville show La Soiree opens at the Union Square Theatre; Patti LuPone heads to Far Away Places in a Carnegie Hall solo concert; Adam Lambert guest-stars on Glee’s “A Katy or a Gaga” episode. ALSO: Mamma Mia! celebrates its 5,000th Broadway performance at its new home, the Broadhurst Theatre. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 THE RETURN OF A KILLER MUSICAL The zany musical mystery Murder For Two makes its official off-Broadway bow at New World Stages. An acclaimed hit in its summer debut at Second Stage Uptown, the show stars Jeff Blumenkrantz as all of the suspects in a murder being investigated by Brett Ryback—and somehow both actors play the piano! Get ready for a night of laughs, directed by Scott Schwartz. ALSO: Magic extravaganza Nothing to Hide opens at the Signature Center; two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole begins a three-night engagement at 54 Below; Sam Wasson’s Fosse biography and Glen Berger’s Song of Spider-Man memoir are published; Tony winner Billy Porter is accused of a heinous crime on Law & Order: SVU. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 IL DIVO LAUNCHES A MUSICAL AFFAIR Those dashing dudes of Il Divo have turned their talents to the greatest songs of the Great White Way. To celebrate the release of their new recording A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live, the group will play a limited engagement through November 13 at the Marquis Theatre. The best news for Broadway fans: Tony winner Heather Headley is the featured guest star! TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 WE’LL HAVE WHAT BILLY CRYSTAL’S HAVING Just in time for the holidays, Billy Crystal’s Tony-winning solo show 700 Sundays returns to Broadway for a nine-week limited engagement. This autobiographical evening (named for the number of Sundays Crystal spent with his father before the elder Crystal’s sudden death 50 years ago) is both hilarious and heartbreaking. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 DOOR CHIMES, IN COMES COMPANY After a long week at the office, what could be better than a martini with Bobby baby, Bobby bubbi and friends…make that Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of the New York Philharmonic’s 2011 Company, which will be broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances. See Patti LuPone salute “The Ladies Who Lunch” and Katie Finneran explain why she’s “Not Getting Married,” all before Sondheim okayed a gay version of the show! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 ROMEO & JULIET (DOWNTOWN VERSION) SIGNS OFF Parting is such sweet sorrow on the final weekend of one of two Romeo & Juliet productions currently playing in NYC. It’s your last chance to see rising movie star Elizabeth Olsen and newcomer Julian Cihi make the ultimate sacrifice for love in a playful production at Classic Stage Company. You won’t want to miss Daphne Rubin Vega’s sassy performance as the Nurse! ALSO: First previews for August Wilson bio How I Learned What I Learned at Signature Theatre and Dennis Kelly’s drama Taking Care of Baby at MTC’s City Center Staget II; Paulo Szot and Joanna Gleason return (separately!) to 54 Below. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 A DOUBLE DOSE OF MARK RYLANCE Audiences and fellow performers revere Mark Rylance for his fully committed, vanity-free stage performances. Well, the two-time Best Actor winner may be on his way back to the Tonys with dual roles in Twelfth Night (as Olivia) and Richard III (as the evil title monarch). The plays, which are being performed in rep, celebrate their opening night at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre. It’s November, which means we’ll be celebrating six opening nights of eight hot Broadway shows before Thanksgiving. Whew! Let’s get straight to this week’s list of new shows, don’t-miss concerts, plus benefits, stage-worthy TV episodes and even three book releases! Savor all there is to see and do in this week’s Datebook. View Commentslast_img read more

Liberty

first_imgMWR’s Liberty Program offers single service members and geographic bachelors an opportunity to meet new friends and become immersed in the island life. Lounge areas complete with overstuffed couches, free internet access, plasma televisions, video games, movies and pool tables create a home away from home.Special activities that are scheduled regularly include Waikiki shows, cruises, luaus, surfing and hiking. Most are free or at a very nominal cost. Transportation from the centers is provided at no cost.Beeman Center is on Pierce Street in Building 711 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, telephone 808-473-2583.Makai Liberty is home to your newest Liberty center on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, 1859 McChord St., Building 1859, telephone 808-448-0418.Liberty Express is on Anzio Drive, Building 90, Wahiawa Annex. Call 808-653-0220 for more information.last_img read more

Starting Public School

first_imgUpon enrolling your child in any school site, parents must present the following documentation:Proof of residency. This can be a utility bill, rental agreement, mortgage document or Lincoln Military Housing Agreement.Proof of immunizations against polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus, or a permanent medical exemption.Students new to California must also provide:Proof of immunization against chickenpox or proof of having had chickenpox.Kindergarten and first-grade students new to the district or attendance area:Must provide a copy of a birth certificate, baptismal certificate or passport.Must present proof of vaccination against hepatitis B and chickenpox.Children must be 5 years of age or older, on or before Sept. 1, to be eligible to attend kindergarten.A transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. Pursuant to law (EC 48000[c]), a child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if a child will have his or her fifth birthday between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. For more information on transitional kindergarten in California, go to www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/kinderfaq.asp#E3.All first-grade students:Must provide proof of recent physical examination.Must be at least 6 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year.All seventh-grade students:Must provide proof of vaccination against chickenpox, hepatitis B and a second MMR vaccination. (This can be turned in at registration for new students or on the first day of school for continuing students.)last_img read more

Roll Massif launches collection of Colorado based sportive rides for road, gravel, & MTB

first_imgCalling themselves “The New American Sportive,” Roll Massif is ready to roll some of the best rides in Colorado. Formed by an all star event planning and execution team with more than 30 years experience that includes co-founders and co-owners Chandler Smith and Scotty Olmsted, not to mention veteran cycling journalist Ben Delaney among others, Roll Massif plans to focus on the best rides Colorado has to offer. The eight rides build on the legacy of five existing rides including the Copper Triangle which have raised over $2 million for charity over the years. New to the collection is the Wild Horse Gravel in De Beque, Crooked Gravel, and Sunrise to Sunset MTB in Winter Park.That means the eight rides include options for road, gravel, and even mountain biking. If you’re up for it, there are big rides with road centuries or 80-90 mile gravel rides. Or, most of the events have shorter options as well so you can get most of the experience even if your fitness isn’t 100%. For mountain biking there are two 12 hour MTB events to either race or just ride until the sun goes down with some friends. Pricing for each even depends on the ride, and some offer discounted pricing for early registration. Better yet, cyclists 18 years and younger ride for free in all six road and gravel sportives.Below is a list of starting prices, note that some events have prices that go up as you get closer to the event. Roll Massif states that all events include full nutritional support out on the course.PricingWild Horse Gravel – starts at $110 and includes breakfast before + cookout after (18 & under free)Sunrise to Sunset Elephant Rock – starts at $65Elephant Rock – starts at $50 (18 & under free)Copper Triangle – starts at $135 and includes jersey or hoodie, lunch (18 & under free)Crooked Gravel – starts at $70 (18 & under free)Sunrise to Sunset Winter Park – starts at $65Tour de Vineyards – starts at $70 (18 & under free)Tour of the Moon – starts at $125 and includes jersey, lunch, beer (18 & under free)Calling them neither a ride or a race, the sportives will have timed segments that you can ride competitively, or just chill. Roll Massif states that depending on the ride, the number of participants will vary from 500-7,000 people, and that they have distances and challenges to suit most abilities. Many of the sportives will also include on course aid stations, food and beverage, and a festive atmosphere with live music at the finish.For more, check out the link below and start planning your rides for 2019!rollmassif.comlast_img read more