Ned theater takes on Grapes of Wrath

first_imgBy Amy Moore The News staff writer NEDERLAND — John Steinbeck’s Depression-era tale of the Joad family and their traveling companions in The Grapes of Wrath will soon take center stage in Nederland. A tale of homeless families willing to do whatever it took to be successful in a time of desperation has become more than a novel for the high school students portraying the characters. “I had never read it, but heard a lot about it. To me, it’s about pushing forward when there’s no hope left and being optimistic about tomorrow,” Dillon Wright, who plays Jim Casy, said. The play focuses on the Joads, an Oklahoma family who journeys to California in the 1930s hoping to find work. Along the way, the family encounters death and hardships that change the characters and their beliefs. Wright, a sophomore, said that although he has been in other plays before, he will leave this character behind having taken away life lessons. “It’s about hoping when you think your life can’t get any worse,” he said. Brook Doss, theater teacher at Nederland, said choosing the deep play for her high school students was important. “I like to pick one show with literary merit, that the kids will learn from,” she said. “This novel won a Pulitzer Prize and the historical aspect of it will help the kids in their history and English classes, too.” Doss confessed though that the play is a challenging one for her and her students. “They can’t fully comprehend everything that is going on in this story,” she said. “I think the emotions will hit really hard when we get more into it. We’ve had limited rehearsal time because of football season and I think the kids are overwhelmed but they have met my expectations. They are intelligent students.” Because of that, Dylan Eccles-Locke, who plays a character who loses her child, said she’s realized how the time period forced people to grow up quickly. “The story is sad and depressing, but it has a story that is important to all of us,” she said. Her fellow castmate, Zech Turk, agreed. Turk plays Tom Joad who was recently released from prison and has to come to grips with his anger issues. “It was a bad time in America and I can see why he was so angry, but he had to learn to take control of his emotions and that’s something that we all need to learn,” he said. The Grapes of Wrath opens at the Nederland Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Another show will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Ticket prices are $3 for students and $5 for adults.last_img read more

Mary Edith Allen

first_imgMary Edith Allen, 93 of Groves went to be with the Lord, January 22, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Mary was born September 15, 1917 in Valdasta, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Gem L Allen; her parents and 1 sister. Mary is survived by her brother, Claude Bill Sutton of Tyler, Texas; 3 nephews James L. Sutton, of Plano, Texas, John D. Sutton, of Conroe, Texas and Jeffrey S. Sutton, of Longview, Texas, 2 great nephews, 4 great nieces and 2 great-great nieces.    Graveside services will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Groves, Texas. Visitation will be one hour before the service at Clayton Thomas Funeral Home, Groves, Texas.   Mary worked for forty seven years as a nurses aid at Magnolia Manner nursing home in Groves, Texas. Mary was a loving and caring person who loved the Lord with all her heart, she will be missed.   Special thanks to Ken Blanda and Geneva Boyer for all the love and support they gave Mary for so many years.last_img read more

Mall to host young entrepreneurs at Kids, Inc. day

first_img To qualify for the event, each participant was required to submit their business idea on Central Mall’s Facebook page. The mall’s Facebook fans then voted on their favorite ideas and the top twenty businesses won the opportunity to set up shop for a day in Central Mall.  Each selected business received a free Kids, Inc. t-shirt and survival kit.For more information on Central Mall’s Kids, Inc. event, call (409) 727-5592, ext. 303 or visit They can also take a break from shopping and enjoy lemonade, tea and cupcakes!  Storeowners keep all of their profits and they truly get to experience the joys and demands – and yes, even the occasional frustrations – of owning and running a business,” Galloway added. “We encourage creativity and salesmanship from our young entrepreneurs,” said Jodie Galloway, Marketing and Specialty Leasing Manager at Central Mall, adding that Kids, Inc. participants can create something from scratch, offer a service, or sell a product bought from a wholesaler.“Businesses are expected to have minimal parental involvement and products vary from hand painted canvass art and personalized gifts to toys and animal puppets. This year, shoppers will encounter an assortment of businesses offering handmade items that range from cell phone holders made from LEGOs to short stories written by a twelve year old boy with Aspergers.center_img Central Mall will host young entrepreneurs during its fourth annual Kids, Inc. day on Saturday, July 25, from 1 to 6 p.m.Young people between the ages of 6 and 15 will set up their own “stores” in Central Mall’s Grand Court to learn about business, make money, and most of all:  have FUN.last_img read more

Vidor hangs 83 on Baytown Lee

first_imgBy Ronnie HughesThe Orange LeaderVIDOR — The Pirates ground game came to life Friday night as Vidor earned its first district win of the season with an 83-54 thrashing of Baytown Lee.Both teams went blow for blow exchanging touchdowns in the first half of the game, but it was Vidor which struck first within 32 seconds on a Trevor Duff 57-yard burst up the middle for a 7-0 lead.Ganders quarterback Javarius Irving, who finished the night with 13 carries for 189 yards, responded on the next play with a 75 -yard jaunt past the Pirates (2-3, 1-1), but Vidor retained the lead following a failed extra point, 7-6.A Vidor fumble on the kickoff lead to another touchdown by Irving a few moments later and a 13-7 Lee (0-5, 0-2) lead. Ten seconds later Vidor quarterback Kolbie Humble went 73 yards and gave the Pirates the lead at 14-13.Lee responded on the next drive as Irving threw a 34-yard scoring strike to Victor Clarke and a 19-14 Ganders lead.Vidor wasted little time in answering as Blake Rowe went 35 yards for another Pirates touchdown to regain the lead.Irving and the Ganders responded yet again as the agile quarterback launched a 77-yard scoring toss to Jacory James for another lead.The Pirates moved down the field quickly and Rowe powered through for a 1-yard score. Both teams combined 414 total yards in the first quarter and the Pirates leading 28-26 after the conclusion of the opening period.The Pirates defense stiffened in the second quarter and held the Ganders out of the end zone, while the offense continued its scoring frenzy as Haylon Leckelt scored on the next series with a 44-yard sprint.A couple of minutes later, Leckled added a 62-yard run and gave the Pirates the lead for good at 42-26 with 8:18 remaining in the second quarter.Vidor kept the momentum going its way as Coach Jeff Mathews called for an onside kick, which the Pirates recovered. Moments later Rowe added a 42-run up the middle and put Vidor up 49-26.Leckelt, who had three scores on the night, went 54 yards on the next Vidor series and then Humble tossed a 34 yard touchdown to Seth Smith to make the score 62-26 at the break.Baytown Lee’s Zavier Wright started the scoring off in the second half with a 2 -yard scamper to narrow the Pirates lead to 62-33.A couple scores later, which included Vidor’s Kolbie Humble adding a 5-yard TD run for the Pirates late in the third quarter, while Irving scored with a 19-yard blast to pull the Ganders closer at 76-40.Running back Justin Kaiser had a 14-yard TD run late to make it 83-40.Irving added a 15-yard touchdown run for the Ganders while Wright added the game’s final score with a 11-yard run with 1:49 remaining.Leckelt finished with 218 yards on 10 carries. Rowe had 117 yards on five totes. Humble finished with 115 yards on nine carries while Duff had 108 yards on six carries.Irving had 189 yards on 13 carries for the Ganders and also completed 6-of-21 passes for 157 yards. Wright finished with 106 yards on 16 carries. James had two catches for 82 yards.Vidor will host Beuamont Ozen next week.last_img read more

Cool front moves through as tropical storm approaches

first_img Next Up From the National Weather Service: This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of centralLouisiana, south central Louisiana, southwest Louisiana, westcentral Louisiana, and southeast Texas..DAY ONE…Today and TonightA cool front is moving through southern Louisiana this morning andlooks to move into the gulf. Scattered showers and thunderstormson tap for today and tonight. Storms today will produce cloud toground lightning and gusty winds..DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Friday through WednesdayTropical Storm Harvey is expected to move to the northwest andinto the middle Texas coast by Saturday morning. Harvey isexpected to strengthen into a hurricane on Friday prior tolandfall. Looking for showers and thunderstorms over the weekendand into next week as this will be a prolong event. An upper levelridge will block Harvey from moving deeper into Texas. By MondayHarvey will push the front to the northeast… this will allowarea coverage of storms to increase through the beginning of nextweek. Rainfall totals at this time are expected to range from fiveto eight inches.last_img read more

Back to football: Mustangs being Mustangs, blow out Cardinals

first_imgBy Van WadeThe Orange LeaderWEST ORANGE — It was great for a little Orange County football to be played Friday night as fans from both West Orange-Stark and Bridge City had a brief respite after dealing with what Hurricane Harvey left the area.In a game full of good sportsmanship, it was the two-time defending Class 4A Division II champion WOS Mustangs that zipped past the Cardinals 39-6 at Hooks Stadium in the season opener for both teams. The Mustangs (1-0), ranked No. 3 in the latest Class 4A poll, piled up 333 total yards while limiting the Cardinals (0-1), defending District 10-4A Division I champions to just 102.“It was a pretty good outing for our first game,” said Mustang coach Cornel Thompson. “It was nice to play against someone besides ourselves. The kids have had good practices this week. We made some mistakes due to inexperience. We missed some tackles here and there and a few silly penalties but that was expected. We’re proud of them, especially what they’ve went through the last several weeks. We have room to grow and that’s a good thing. They responded well tonight.”Bridge City coach Dwayne DuBois was hoping the Cardinals would’ve had a better outing. “It’s been a tough couple weeks for sure but West Orange was in the same boat we were and we just didn’t get it done tonight,” said DuBois. “Defensively, I thought we played well at times. Offensively, we just didn’t execute very well all night. That totally rests on my shoulders and I’ll take the blame for that.”The Mustangs used a stout running game and a smooth first-ever start from quarterback Chaka Watson to keep the Cardinals on their heels.The Mustangs zipped for 231 yards on 30 carries.Tailback Kavyn Cooper had 114 yards on just nine totes. Watson, meanwhile, completed 9 of 14 passes for 92 yards and a score and rushed for 63 yards on seven carries and two more scores.center_img “I thought we ran the ball well and controlled the clock, just wish we would’ve executed on first down more but we made some big plays on second and long and third and long,” said Thompson. “Our offensive line played well and they’ll continue to get better. I thought Chaka (Watson) had a solid outing. He did what we asked him to do and he was patient. We’re really proud of him.”The Mustang defense limited the Cardinals vaunted running attack to just 63 yards on 33 carries and forced two fumbles.The Mustangs raced out to a commanding 26-6 lead at the half as Watson had the hot hand early. He completed 7-of-11 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 58 yards on six carries and scored twice in the first 24 minutes.The Mustangs put together a season-opening eight-play, 56-yard scoring drive on the first series of the game.Cooper had four carries for 35 yards on the march, including a four-yard touchdown run off left tackle. Chad Dallas drilled the extra-point kick as the Mustangs snared a 7-0 edge with 8:08 in the first quarter.Watson completed 2-of-3 passes for 20 yards on the drive, including a 12-yarder to Sibley.The Mustangs put together a seven-play, 68-yard drive that ate up 3:27 off the clock to go up 14-0.Sibley broke loose on a 22-yard dart to the Cardinal 44 and Cooper ended up with a 19-yard blast to the BC 24.On third-and-10, Watson broke one BC tackle and took off along the right side for a 24-yard touchdown gallop to make it 14-0 with 11:15 remaining in the half.The Mustangs were then able to cash in on a Cardinal turnover after BC back Preston Peterson coughed up the ball at the Cardinal 34 with 8:54 in the half.The Mustangs had a pair of big plays as Watson teamed up with tight end Kaleb Ramsey over the middle for a 17-yard gain and Watson found Jarron Morris for a 13-yard strike to the Cardinal 3. Two plays later Watson took it around the left end for a one-yard touchdown keeper. The point-after kick failed as WO-S led 20-0 with 4:33 in the half.The Cardinals had an answer though behind quarterback Caleb Dubois as Bridge City responded with a four-play, 79-yard drive to trim it to 20-6 late in the half.DuBois cut loose down the left sideline for a 35-yard run down to the Mustang 49. Three plays later DuBois found tailback Max Baker wide open across the middle at about the Mustang 10 and the speedy back took it into the end zone for a 39-yard scored. The two-point conversion run failed as the Cardinals trailed 20-6 with 2:19 in the half.“We had a couple big plays on that one drive,” said DuBois. “But West Orange is still West Orange. Sure, they lost some kids off the state championship teams but they’re still the Mustangs. They’re fierce on defense again. We just need to settle down and regroup. We’ve got Newton and Jasper next before district so we need to show improvement. We did it last year and hopefully the kids will respond and we can do it again. We just simply didn’t get much done tonight.”WOS retaliated quickly though behind the legs and arm of Watson on the next series.Watson scampered for a big 29-yard run to the Cardinal 30. He then hit Cooper on a perfectly executed 18-yard pass to the 5 and Watson capped it with a five-yard touchdown strike to Sibley. The extra-point kick was no good but the Mustangs snared a 26-6madvantage with 1:01 in the half.The Mustangs piled up 239 yards in the first half while the Cardinals had 83.Cooper rushed for 71 yards on eight carries while Sibley totaled 45 yards on three rushes and a couple receptions.DuBois rushed for 23 yards and passed for 39 in the half for the Cardinals as they had 44 yards rushing on 15 carries.After holding the Cardinals to a quick three-and-out to start the third, the Mustangs zipped 57 yards in just four plays to hit paydirt again.Cooper had the big play on the jaunt as he broke loose up the middle for a 43-yard romp to the Cardinal 7.On the next play, Ja’Vonn Ross took it in from seven yards out. The point-after failed as the Mustangs snared a 32-6 lead with 8:35 in the third.The Mustangs went up 39-6 with 3:24 in the third when Ross had a scoop-and-score from seven yards out after Cardinal Baker fumbled at the BC 7.The Mustangs will be at home again next week when they host Houston KIPP while the Cardinals return home to welcome Newton.last_img read more

At the border, a chance to lead

first_img All Texans should value a secure border. All Americans should value our national sovereignty and seek to protect it.That said, the U.S. has a leadership role in this hemisphere and must view the misery of our North American neighbors as worthy of our interest and compassion. If Hondurans were happier and more secure in Honduras — the U.S. has great influence in that Central American country — they’d be less inclined to risk their safety crossing Mexico to knock on the door to Texas.The president has the chance to exercise regional diplomacy, as important as flexing muscles. Let’s hope he seizes this opportunity, for our good and the good of our whole North American neighborhood. Our president is to some degree working with the Mexican government to slow or halt the caravan before it reaches our border. Mexico, too, realizes the caravan challenges its own borders and they know some of the visitors want to stay in Mexico rather than advance to Texas. The president would do well to work with our Mexican neighbors to the degree that Mexico’s efforts are genuine.The Trump administration suggests it will send some 2,000 to 4,000 troops to the border, ostensibly to back up the border patrol and to protect U.S. sovereignty. His action is not unprecedented — Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both sent troops to the border during their respective administrations.The National Guard troops will be largely under the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott who is committed to protecting Texas’ southern border from any illegal breach. Abbott says he appreciates the federal support and so should we, to the extent it is needed.What the president’s long-term intentions are seem uncertain. Does the caravan worry him unnecessarily? Is this a political gambit to push for funds to build his promised border wall? On such matters, the president usually seems to keep his own counsel. The caravan includes about 1,200 miserable Central American people, many of them from Honduras, who fear life there and what they say is a repressive government that may have stolen the last election.President Trump has become alarmed at the prospects of a ragtag group arriving at our southern doorstep, but the truth is, they come every year in some form. Many of those in this year’s caravan carry Christian crosses and seek asylum.Some profess to want jobs to support their families. That doesn’t mean the U.S. should grant them entrance, but their looming presence should not raise undue alarm.center_img As threats to public safety go, Texans historically have seen much worse than the Pueblo Sin Fronteras-aided refugee caravan stumbling toward the U.S.-Mexican border.A century ago, we dealt with murderous raids in what was open border warfare with Mexico. This is not that.last_img read more

KATHIE’S KORNER — Place joy in the Lord and never lose it

first_img My husband and I decided not to put all our joy in each other, first, as it’s a lot of pressure and eventually we’d let each other down (we’re human!). A bad hair day, no car, flat tire on the car, favorite sports team loses, no money, burned breakfast, tripping over your dog and spilling your coffee in the morning? What is it that causes you to lose your joy?I learned from my friend and Bible teacher, Jerry Savelle, that when, or if, these things happen to you, what you think or even say out loud is, “Man, a person could ALMOST lose their joy over that.” It’s so wise — “almost,” but not — because we put all our joy in the Lord, then it overflows onto our family, friends, church family and co-workers, neighbors and on and on.Have you ever lost your car keys? I have. It’s because we put them in the wrong or different place. We have hooks on the wall by our back door where we hang our keys when we come home, then we know where they are when we need to leave again. Sometimes if we’re in a hurry coming in the house, we may throw them on the table or bed where they might get covered up. Then there’s that wasted, frustrating, time looking for them, when if we would have put them in a secure, regular place, we would know right where they are. Sometimes we experience things that make it seem like we should lose our joy, especially if they’re devastating, damaging or we are surprised upon impact.Philippians 4:4 says to “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.” Twice, the Scriptures remind us to put our joy in the Lord.When I was researching the word “joy,” I began to think about all the things I was putting my joy in, only to see them vanish and I lose my joy, realizing that they are not so important as my joy in the Lord, first. If we put our joy in the right place (the Lord), we would never lose it. That joy in the Lord is not elusive; it doesn’t just fly away. We let it go. So be encouraged, strong and joyful, letting the outward expressions of joy show on your face and actions and laugh- off some things by saying, “Wow, a person could ALMOST lose their joy over that, but not me!”Kathie Deasy invites readers to write to her with some fun story about this subject at [email protected]last_img read more

Governor appoints 3 to Jefferson, Orange County Board Of Pilot Commissioners

first_imgAUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Chris Guy and reappointed Shawn M. Sparrow and Milton “Brad” Taylor to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for terms to expire Aug. 22, 2021.The Board of Pilot Commissioners has exclusive jurisdiction over the pilot services provided in Jefferson or Orange County, including intermediate stops and landing places for vessels on navigable streams wholly or partially located in the board’s jurisdiction.Guy of Beaumont is the civil/structural department engineering manager of Lanier & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc. Beaumont office. He is the vice president of the Sabine Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Guy received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lamar University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.Sparrow of Beaumont is vice president of The Houseman Companies. He is currently on the board of directors of First State Bank of Texas, Beaumont Main Street and a member of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation.Additionally, he is the former chairman of the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, former vice chairman of Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development, former president of the Rotary Club of Orange, and served as a board member of and the West Orange Stark CISD Career and Technical Education Advisory Board. Sparrow received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lamar University. Taylor of Bridge City is chief operating officer of Sterling Shipyard L.P., president of Sterling Mechanical & Boiler Services, vice president of SHBS Development L.L.C., and vice president at Sterling Training and Services Group.Taylor studied Business Administration at McNeese State University.last_img read more

Robert Lee Todd

first_img A gathering of Mr. Todd’s family and friends was held  Thursday, February 27, 2020, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland.A family committal followed at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.Memorial contributions may be made to Golden Triangle Church on The Rock, 6355 U.S. 69 Access Road, Beaumont, Texas 77705. Robert Lee Todd, 94, of Nederland, died Monday, February 24, 2020, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur.He was born June 7, 1925, in Grandview, Texas to Mary “Mollie” Couch Todd and John Lee Todd.Robert was an active member of Golden Triangle Church on the Rock, Beaumont.He retired as a Machinist from B.F. Goodrich in 1988 after thirty-seven years of service. In his younger years he was car enthusiast and a DYI mechanic.In his older years he enjoyed traveling.Survivors include his wife, Audrey Todd, of Nederland; sons, Robert Todd, Jr. and wife, Sharon, of Lumberton; Donald Todd and wife, Ruth Ellen, of Travelers Rest, South Carolina; and Ronald Todd and wife, Sandra, of Katy; grandchildren, Carrie Russell; Caitlin Todd; Heidi DeHart; Patrick Todd; Andrew Todd; and Molly Crespo; and eight great-grandchildren.He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary “Mollie” and John Todd; and siblings, Una Mae Stegall; William Todd; Aline Meek; and James Todd.last_img read more