LABELLE — Sheila Mueller is one tough customer. She, her roommate, and her son have been living in a tent in her yard in Hillebrandt Acres for two months since Hurricane Ike destroyed her home. Yet, she continues to have a remarkably good attitude and seldom complains. Mueller said all she really wants for Christmas is a FEMA trailer. “We had a chance to get a motel at first, but they won’t take us because they’re all full. All the apartments (available) are in Houston,” Mueller said. “They may bring us a mobile home. If we can rebuild, we have to send in the estimate. I don’t know if they’ll tear down the house or not. I don’t know how long it will be before we get a trailer.” Mueller’s house was “beat up” by Hurricane Rita, yet still liveable. It flooded this time from Ike. “I have my ups and downs. I don’t care for rainy days. My mattress is soaking wet this morning. But, it’s better to be at home,” she said. “I was depressed at first. I try to keep up a good attitude. There’s nothing you can do about it. “I thought about fixing up my garage or my breezeway. I like it out here. I see a lot of people with for sale signs and they’re moving, but I’m staying here,” Mueller said. With chilly weather forecasted this weekend, she’ll pile up with blankets and fire up the chiminea. Mueller also said Entergy blew out her utility line while connecting to her house before Ike, and she doesn’t have any appliances to use. Since then, she’s been using a cooler and eating Meals Ready to Eat. “The church (LaBelle Baptist Church) was giving out meals and stuff. We just had the church to depend on at first. Rita, too. It’s just wait and see. I had my crying moments.”
Her life will be celebrated at 11:00 am Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church 2600 Holman St. @Live Oak, Rev. Robert E. McGee officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning a 9:30 a.m. Interment- Houston National Cemetery.There will be a viewing at Hannah Funeral Home, Inc. Monday August 8, 2016 from 4pm to 6pm. 3727 Lewis Dr. Port Arthur, TX. Services entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc. Gwendolyn Ross- Pettaway a retired educator entered peacefully into eternal rest on August 3, 2016.
Next Up The City Council’s decision to tear up the contract with our lobbying, Carl Parker, is short sighted and wrong.First, the legislative session is not entirely over. The Legislature will meet again later this month and it could consider laws that have a significant impact on Port Arthur.While Harold Doucet is correct when he said the city depends on the Texas Municipal League, Rep. Joe Deshotel and the city attorney, he does not seem to grasp that Parker’s position was still unique and important.First, as a former legislator, he knows the halls of power and the people inside those halls. In short, he knows how to get things done.Deshotel and the municipal league know these things too, but they cannot and do not focus exclusively to the benefit of Port Arthur. In addition, we presume Deshotel does not have the time or the staff to review piles of legislation written by other representatives and senators that could harm Port Arthur. But our lobbyist did have that time—that’s what he had been paid for.City Attorney Val Tizano is likewise valuable to the city, but she cannot spend her days in Austin reviewing potential legislation during session.Doucet and others are correct that the city should review outside contracts and eliminate them when they are not serving the interests of the city.But it’s not clear he understands what Parker was doing for the city.He said, “I haven’t heard one resolution yet from the attorney (Carl Parker) to lobby for us.”Lobbyists do not file resolutions. In fact, they normally keep their work quiet. Later in the city council meeting, Tizano pointed out that he has been working on three arbitrations—deals that cannot be discussed in public even after they’ve been resolved.Those arbitrations have yet to be settled; firing Parker means the city will have to find a new attorney and pay more money to re-arbitrate those cases.But beyond not understanding what Parker did for the city, the idea that the city council would eliminate a contract before the work’s even complete is akin to firing a contractor before a building is finished.The city council could have waited the extra 30 days the emergency legislative session is supposed to take and made a decision then.In fact, the council should have done this if it wanted him gone quickly.Or, the city could have waited until his contract is up in April.But, instead, five members of the city council voted for the worst option for the worst reasons.
Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – The Lamar Cardinals welcome the Houston Cougars to the LU Softball Complex for a doubleheader at 4 p.m. today in LU’s last non-conference home date this season. Both games will be streamed on Facebook Live, with Harold Mann providing the play-by-play.The Cardinals (22-18) took two of three at Sam Houston State over the weekend in Southland Conference action, while Houston (24-14) dropped two of three at South Florida in American Athletic Conference play. Senior right-hander Laura Napoli (10-9, 3.11) and freshman righty Taylor Gruell (7-6, 3.91) are LU’s probable starters. Gruell is looking for her first win since March 23.“We need Taylor to get on track,” Bruder said. “We definitely need her down the stretch for conference.”Napoli picked up her 49th career win in Friday’s opener at Sam Houston State. She looks to become the first pitcher in program history to collect 50 career wins.PROMOTIONS “Houston has traditionally been a strong opponent, and this might be one of the best Houston teams we have faced,” LU coach Holly Bruder said. “I love that they are willing to come here. We love to be challenged by good teams. These are the games that make us better.”The Cougars are batting .291 as a team. Arielle James leads Houston with a .403 batting average, while Sarah Queen is batting .364 to go along with team-leading figures of six home runs and 25 RBIs. The Houston pitching staff, which is 16th in the nation with a 1.78 ERA, is led by junior right-hander Savannah Heebner (16-5, 0.98).LU shortstop Savana Guidry is batting .346 for the Cardinals, who have a .274 team batting average. Guidry had her 13-game hitting streak, the third longest in program history, snapped at Sam Houston State on Saturday. Kelly Meeuwsen is batting. 341, while leading the team with seven home runs. Meeuwsen’s 26 RBIs are second on the team, one behind Shelby Henderson’s 27. Meeuwsen enters the week with 98 career RBIs, second all-time at LU, behind only Ashley McDowell’s 107. Today is LU’s annual Mean Girls Game, with various contests based upon the movie throughout the game. In addition, fans will receive free pizza and a free pink cowbell while supplies last.FORECASTThe doubleheader is expected to start under a sunny sky, with a temperature of 79 degrees and the wind out of the southeast at 9 mph. By the time the twin bill ends, the temperature will be in the 60s.ON DECKLU travels to Central Arkansas for a three-game Southland Conference series. The teams will play a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Friday and a single game at 1 p.m. Saturday. It’s a crucial series for the Cardinals, who are in seventh place in the conference with an 8-7 record. Central Arkansas is one of three teams tied for fourth place in the conference with 9-6 records. LU returns home to host McNeese in a three-game SLC series set for April 20-21.
Next UpShe currently resides in Port Arthur with her two children.Romano formerly held the positions of member solutions manager for two years, member solutions assistant manager for a year, as well as the collector position for more than two years. Shaw announced recently announced Reginald Richmond Jr. has been named Lumberton branch manager.Reginald Richmond Jr. Toni Romano has been named assistant vice president of lending, according to FivePoint Credit Union President/CEO Erik M. Shaw.Toni RomanoRomano graduated from Nederland High School and has approximately 10 years of experience working in the financial industry. Richmond has more than 14 years of finance and banking experience, with 12 years’ experience at FivePoint.Richmond currently resides in Beaumont with his wife and son.
NEDERLAND — A local man is facing 10 years in jail and thousands in fines after authorities linked him to numerous cases of child pornography.Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators executed an evidentiary search warrant Thursday morning at a residence in Nederland. His bonds total $2.5 million. If found guilty, Simon faces a maximum 10-year sentence and $10,000 fine for each offense. This search warrant was the result of a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline Report involving the upload of child pornography to an online storage account.Evidence was seized, police said, and 26 year-old Zachary Allen Simon of Nederland was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on ten counts of possession of child pornography, all third degree felony offenses.
Shhh… do you hear that? It’s the sound of your calendar clearing when you finish reading this week’s Datebook. How else are you going to make time for all of the theater-related events happening over the next seven days? You can’t possibly miss opening night of A Night with Janis Joplin, or Chita Rivera’s big birthday party, or the much-anticipated premiere of American Horror Story: Coven…right? Take a peek below at our list of stage-centric goings-on around New York City! MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 STARS CHEER ON CHITA RIVERA Rosie O’Donnell, John Kander, Ben Vereen, Bebe Neuwirth and many more are headed to the August Wilson Theatre to honor one of Broadway’s greatest stars. Chita: A Legendary Celebration will toast two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera with a gala concert recognizing her 80th birthday as well as the roles she created throughout her career. Proceeds benefit BC/EFA, an extra reason to join the stars in honoring the one and only Chita! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 TALK ABOUT SEX WITH DR. RUTH America’s most famous sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer comes to life on stage in the off-Broadway premiere of Becoming Dr. Ruth, a new one-woman show starring That ‘70s Show hoot Debra Jo Rupp as the renowned therapist. Mark St. Germain’s play charmed regional audiences, and now New York will get to discover the incredible story of Westheimer’s life. And don’t worry, ye lewd ones—there will be plenty of sex to discuss. View Comments SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 WOMEN OR NOTHING ENDS THE DRAMA Oscar winner Ethan Coen’s new off-Broadway play Women or Nothing ends its acclaimed run at the Atlantic Theater Company, after creating tons of buzz with its meaty plot about two lesbians desperate to conceive a child. If you need something to spice up your Sunday, check out the final performance of this dark pregnancy comedy (is that a thing?) before it’s due! ALSO: 700 Sundays’ Billy Crystal and After Midnight pair Babyface and Toni Braxton chat up Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 JANIS JOPLIN TAKES THE STAGE Mary Bridget Davies has taken up the role of a lifetime as iconic rocker Janis Joplin in Broadway’s newest musical event, A Night with Janis Joplin. The show will feature Joplin hits (including “Me and Bobby McGee,” obvi) and a tribute to the musical influences who came before the tragic musician. Make sure to get your tickets for this can’t-miss musical Night, opening at the Lyceum Theatre. ALSO: Ryan Scott Oliver’s fan-favorite theater album 35MM gets a big concert at 54 Below with Zachary Levi, Derek Klena, Krysta Rodriguez, Lesli Margherita and more, featuring photos by Gotta Dance shutterbug Matthew Murphy. ALSO: Elizabeth Olsen chats Romeo and Juliet on Live with Kelly and Michael; The Skivvies go nude (well, almost) at 54 Below. ALSO: Domesticated, starring Jeff Goldblum and Laurie Metcalf, starts at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater; Lois Robbins and Nine star Shelly Burch take on 54 Below. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 JOE ICONIS GETS THE CABARET BUMPIN’ One of theater’s hottest rising contemporary composers, Joe Iconis, will premiere his musical The Black Suits in Los Angeles later this year. First, however, Iconis stops by 54 Below to present a cabaret of his unique showtunes. Iconis has enlisted Krysta Rodriguez and Nick Blaemire to help, so if you’re interested in theater songs with a contemporary twist (and who wouldn’t be?), go Below with Joe! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 MUCH A-BLU ABOUT NOTHING Joss Whedon’s critically acclaimed directorial take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing made quite a splash in theaters this summer—and you’ll be able to replicate that experience on your home entertainment system! Pick up the Blu-Ray for Whedon’s brilliant version of the Bard’s biting comedy, filmed in and around the director’s L.A. home. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 GET WITCH-SLAPPED ON FX Horror fans (and, let’s be real, fans of quality television programming) are dying for the premiere of the third season of Ryan Murphy’s spooky anthology series American Horror Story, which follows a Coven of witchy figures played by the likes of theater vets Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone. Everyone will be talking about the show this fall, so don’t miss out on the big premiere on FX at 10 PM. ALSO: The Trip to Bountiful closes its run on Broadway; Sting plays his last The Last Ship concert at the Public; Joanna Gleason and the duo of Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller play 54 Below; Tony-nominated The Millers star Margo Martindale stops by The Arsenio Hall Show.
Back to the new frame design, the AL frames include multiple accessory options including 3 water bottle mounts, top tube bento box mounts, front and rear rack mounts, fender mounts, and a BLendr compatible stem plus Duotrap speed/cadence sensor compatible chainstay.Frames also have clearance for up to 700c x 35mm tires, though they will be sold with 700c x 32mm tires and TLR tubeless compatible wheels for comfortable riding on many surfaces.The new Domane AL frame will be sold in four complete builds in the form of the 2, 3, 4, and 5 disc. Pricing starts at $1,049.99 for the Domane AL 2 Disc with Shimano Claris, mechanical disc brakes, and Bontrager Affinity TLR wheels. The Domane AL 3 Disc steps up to $1,249.99 with Shimano Sora, mechanical brakes, and Bontrager Affinity TLR wheels, followed by the Domane AL 4 Disc with Shimano Tiagra, hydraulic disc brakes, and again Affinity TLR wheels. The top end Domane AL 5 Disc moves to a 2×11 Shimano 105 R7000 group with hydraulic disc brakes, and Affinity TLR wheels at $1,799.99. It should be noted that while these bikes include TLR wheels, they do not include TLR tires, so you’ll have to upgrade the tires and provide sealant and rim strips in order to take advantage of tubeless in the future.The Domane AL Disc will be available in seven different frame sizes, all with 700c wheels. Available now.trekbikes.com It also makes the move to flat mount disc brakes and 12mm thru axles at both ends.Don’t want to move to disc brakes? While all of the new Domane AL models use discs, there will be just one version of the Domane AL 2 sold with rim brakes and the previous generation frame as a 2021 model year bike. If you’ve been thinking of buying a new bike to give cycling a try recently, you’re not alone. Loads of new riders have taken to two wheels to get outside while maintaining their social distance. And while new bikes can be very expensive, the new Trek Domane AL Disc is proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune to find a very well equipped bike.Using an Alpha 200 aluminum frame with smooth-ish welds, a gently curved top tube, thin stays, and internal cable routing, the Domane AL has a better looking silhouette than the outgoing 202 model.
Hawk Racing’s news is focused on their wheels, which are all now hand built in Florida using Sapim spokes and Italian Alpina self-locking nipples. They were being built in Taiwan by a friend of his, but they closed their facility to do other things. We’re glad to see it come home.The wind tunnel tested Veyron rims gain a 42mm carbon clincher. Founder Sven Folmer says the profile is similar to Zipp’s Firecrest shape but are his own design, not from a catalog (yes, we asked directly). Weight is 1,590g for the set, retail is $2,999. His new hubs get a carbon shell with straight pull 20/24 spokes and will be used mostly on the Veyron wheels.
Photos used with permission of Chris McGovernAs a lifelong enthusiast with experience racing, wrenching, and coaching at the highest levels of our sport, framebuilding represents a next level of relationship between Chris McGovern and bicycles. Though he started building in titanium about two years ago, Chris switched material emphasis and made his NAHBS debut last year with a clean carbon ‘cross bike.A year on, the work coming out of McGovern Cycles is leaner and cleaner due to constant process and product improvements. As he continues to “chase proficiency” with his work, Chris takes his product to another level through collaboration with materials engineers and a blend of field and destructive lab testing. Between his approach to development and his continued involvement in all facets of cycling otherwise, it’s safe to say Chris McGovern is a new talent to watch in the North American framebuilding community. BIKERUMOR: Last year at your new builder table, you displayed a clean, blue carbon frame. How has your style and emphasis evolved from that bike to what you will be bringing to NAHBS this year? CHRIS: I think the biggest change in my finished product would be the shaping at the joints. I am not solely using epoxy to shape the joints anymore. Now there is less material at the joints and the material that I do use has more purpose. I think it looks cleaner and the revised method builds a stronger joint.BIKERUMOR: How have you evolved technically? CHRIS: I am still chasing proficiency through repeated process or refinement of said process, so I guess I am always evolving technically. Learning more about my materials, tools and processes every time I enter the shop.BIKERUMOR: You are hella involved with big deal bike racing… as a kind of a big deal character. What is your current relationship with the sport? CHRIS: Yup, still involved in the sport, not racing so much now a days, but coaching private athletes and I had a gig as the US National Team coach this cross season. I was also wrenching for Tobin Ortenblad all season.BIKERUMOR: How does being involved with racing at this level affect how you conceive, design, and build bikes? CHRIS: I am a dork, so I take a lot away from what I see in races, how people use their bikes, how mechanics work on bikes and how the industry does weird things for the sake of marketing… I mean I built myself a bike after retiring from professional racing because I was never happy with what I had to ride. Am I picky? Weird dimensions? I don’t know, I do know that the 1988 Della Santa LeMond road bike I had rode better than any bike I was every “sponsored” by.BIKERUMOR: You were making integrated handlebars last year. What other work have you done outside of building frames? CHRIS: Carbon is a great material to build parts with. Bar/stem combo, dropouts, cable stops… but the biggest thing I did this past year with some help from my man Cody Leuck, was building a molded BB/chainstay specific to disc brake cross bikes. I will have one at the show to display. I am also building some light weight back country skis, does that count?BIKERUMOR: If you could only listen to a playlist of five songs while you build, what would those five songs be?CHRIS: High on Fire, “Death Is This Communion”Hot Water Music, State of Grace”Bad Religion, “I Want to Conquer the World”Lord Ellis, “Ghosts of the Klammoth”Alkaline Trio, “I, Pessimist”BIKERUMOR: What framebuilder (that you do not know personally) do you admire and why do you admire them?CHRIS: Luis Blanc of Duende bikes in Spain. He is always posting some of the cleanest looking bikes with some very clean lay up solutions. Always “borrowing” from him. Plus the guy built a bike for Pedro Delgado! Come on!BIKERUMOR: Which builder would you most like to collaborate with on a project? What would that project be?CHRIS: Whit Johnson of Meriwether Cycles. I think a fat bike of Titanium, maybe some carbon too, that could carry skis, get me back further into the mountains to gain access to more skiing or high traverses.BIKERUMOR: What unpopular opinion do you have about the cycling community?CHRIS: I think the “community” is too quick to consume the latest and greatest marketed “innovation” the simplicity of the bike is what gives it such beauty. I don’t think it needs to be reinvented or “1 up’ed” every 3 monthsBIKERUMOR: What is your main bike at the moment? CHRIS: Carbon cross bike with Paul Mini Motos.BIKERUMOR: Why is that your main ride? CHRIS: Cross bikes…I live on a dirt road. I can get to town on dirt, gravel and single track. There is sooooo much terrain here I just swap tires and gearing.BIKERUMOR: How do you test or validate your work so that you know you are building the best product for your customer? CHRIS: So I don’t sell anything I haven’t ridden myself. If someone wants something I haven’t pounded the crap out of I would send it off to Dave Bohm, he has this machine he built that is crazy. I also use two materials engineers for all of my design. I don’t mess around with this stuff. It’s built to be ridden hard.BIKERUMOR: What do you put on your hotdog?CHRIS: Boring Hot Dog guy: Veganaise and Catsup. Don’t judge me.McGovernCycles.comLooking for more information about NAHBS? Get the deets at HandmadeBicycleShow.com