Helen was born on October 8, 1923 in Jones Creek, Texas to Frances and John Rolf, she was the last survivor of their ten children.Helen was a unique soul who lived with strength and was deeply loved.She is survived by her three daughters, Beverly Lauer of Nederland, Carol Brown and husband Bernard of Port Arthur, and Rebecca Vaughan and husband Randy of Redlands, CA; five granddaughters, Lauren, Bridget, Joanna, Jennifer, and Elizabeth; five great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law Frankie Pletzer and her husband Jack of Beaumont.There will be a graveside service on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Helen Rolf Rodgers Wilson, passed from this earth peacefully, surrounded by her family on July 13, 2016 a 2:40 p.m.
By Van WadeThe Orange LeaderBRIDGE CITY – 142-0.To say the West Orange-Stark Mustangs have opened their 2016 campaign with a stampede would be a major understatement at this point.The defending Class 4A Division II state champions rolled into Bridge City on Friday night and humbled the Cardinals 55-0 in front of a capacity crowd.It’s the third shutout in a row for the Mustangs (3-0) after they blitzed both Nederland (42-0) and Little Cypress-Mauriceville (45-0) in their first two tilts.The Cardinals (2-1), who entered the game averaging 497 yards a game, were stymied by the WOS “Chain Gang” defense all night as Bridge City netted just 135 total yards.The Mustangs are yielding just 93 yards a game through three tilts.Meanwhile, the WOS offense piled up 372 yards of total offense, including a season-high 272 on the ground on just 24 carries.WOS also got another huge boost in the return game as senior K.J. Miller shredded the Cardinal special teams for a kickoff return touchdown and a punt return for another.Mustang running back Jeremiah Shaw had 127 yards on eight carries and scored on two runs and caught a TD pass while Keion Hancock rushed for 54 yards on just three totes.WOS quarterback Jack Dallas completed 9 of 16 passes for 100 yards and a pair of scores.Bridge City fullback Cayce Draper had a superb outing as he paced Bridge City with 119 tough yards on 22 carries.“We’re so proud of the kids, they put together a strong 48 minutes of football,” said WOS coach Cornel Thompson. “We had some electric plays on special teams, that dang K.J. Miller has been something else. Offensively, we did some things we wanted to do. Proud of our guys up front, we were able to open up our running game a bit.”Thompson was proud of the way the Mustangs slowed down a vaunted Slot-T Cardinal running game that led to 112 points in Bridge City’s first two wins.“Coach [Dwayne] DuBois knows that offense inside and out,” said Thompson. “He did it well while he was at Vidor and did the same thing at H-J and now here in Bridge City. We’ve seen that offense so much from all the people we’ve played the last couple years and our kids have been great at slowing it down and they did it against a pretty good football team tonight. Bridge City will make some noise down the road, I hope they go 8-1.”DuBois came away impressed with the Mustangs.“We totally got outplayed in all three phases of the game,” said DuBois. “Make it four, we got outcoached tonight and ‘ll take the blame for that. WOS plays with so much intensity and we needed our kids to match that. We didn’t have a great week of practice leading up to this and it showed. We’ve got to bounce back next week because it doesn’t get any easier by going to Newton. I think the kids will grow and learn from this and we’ve got to bounce back. One more non-district game then district will be here and we want to be ready.”
Steven Gordon Campbell, 62, of Winnie, went to be with his Lord Saturday, November 12, 2016, in the arms of the love of his life, his wife of thirty years, Carolyn Ann Campbell. He was born on November 7, 1954, in Port Arthur, to Clare Dillon Campbell and Hershel Campbell.Steven was a United States Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War. He was a devoted employee of Hydrochem for over twenty years where he made many friends. Steven recently retired and spent the past few years with Carolyn where he enjoyed planting in his garden and woodworking. He devoted his life to his wife, children, and grandchildren. All who knew him will treasure the memories of spending time with a kind, loving man. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Campbell; children, Robert Ogden, Jr. and his fiancé, Sara Daigle and Tiffany Heath and her husband, Thomas; grandchildren, Kristin, Brittany, Audrey, and Jake Heath; brothers, Keith and Todd; longtime friend, Randy Wilber; and loyal companion, his dog, Muffin. He was preceded in death by his parents.A gathering of Mr. Campbell’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie. A private family committal will be held at a later date at Houston National Cemetery, Houston. In lieu of flowers or donations, Steven’s wish would be that you hug your loved ones, take a walk among the trees, give a friendly pet to a dog, show kindness to a stranger, and make time to spend with God each day.
Next Up The Houston Dynamo have launched a formal appeal of midfielder Tomas Martinez’s red card issued in the 59th minute of a 3-1 home loss to the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday. The Dynamo went down to 10 players after Martinez was ejected following video review. With the match tied at 1-1, the referee determined Martinez had committed a serious foul that endangered the safety of the opponent, but a goal kick following a shot on target Martinez attempted was originally ruled.The Major League Soccer Players Association supports the appeal, according to Dynamo public relations. A panel consisting of one member each from U.S. Soccer and the Canadian Soccer Association as well as an independent representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization will oversee the review.Should Martinez and Houston win the appeal, he will be eligible for Saturday night’s game at the Portland (Oregon) Timbers. If the appeal fails, Martinez will serve a one-match suspension.
By Julián AguilarThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.org EL PASO — It took Ciudad Juárez resident Norma Martinez about 90 minutes just to get halfway through the pedestrian line at the Paso Del Norte bridge Saturday afternoon on her way to shop for clothes, umbrellas and other goods she resells at her store across the Rio Grande. She said her young son’s feet began to hurt, so the people in front of her allowed her to skip ahead.Otherwise, she said, they probably would have waited more than two hours to get through U.S. Customs. Normally, Martinez said, the line is about 30 or 45 minutes.She’s just one of the thousands of border residents that have been forced to grapple with a drastic increase in bridge wait times after President Donald Trump’s latest effort address a growing influx of immigrants — many of them Central American families with children — who cross the border to seek asylum. And since federal officials pulled agents from bridge duty, Ramos-Davidson said, average wait times for passenger vehicles at El Paso’s international bridges have reached 160 minutes or more, about three times the normal wait.She said international travelers, mainly from Ciudad Juárez or Chihuahua City, will still likely brave the long lines, but they might decide that shopping is less of a priority than visiting family. The chamber of commerce, which has 1,300 members in the El Paso area, recently conducted research and found that more than 50 percent of Mexican tourists won’t cross only to shop if wait times are more than about 45 minutes, she added.After making it across the bridge Saturday with her son, Martinez said she’ll likely cut back on the number of trips they make to shop in Texas.“After what we saw today, we’d probably think more about making the trip,” she said. “Maybe we’ll come once a month” instead of two or three times.Commercial industries are also going to feel the effects of the slowdown, Barela said, because of the time tractor-trailers have to spend in line. One business member of the Borderplex Alliance that supplies metal to factories in Ciudad Juárez is operating at about 30 percent of his normal output because of the wait times, Barela said. The employer even had to send some employees home at the height of the slowdown when, according to Barela, wait times reached about 12 hours at some ports.Barela said he’s hoping Congress will come together and find the will to reform the nation’s immigration system when it realizes the situation affects not only the border, but industries nationwide.“Sometimes you need a crisis to encourage people to act, and that’s where we’re at right now,” he said.U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, said last week that 545 of the 750 reassigned CBP officers were from the Laredo field office, which has significantly challenged the remaining officers in his district. The Laredo customs district is the country’s No. 1 inland port and saw about $229 billion in two-way trade in 2018. That was followed by the El Paso customs district at about $77.4 billion.Cuellar said he met with incoming U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez last week and urged him to replace the reassigned officers with supplemental officers from other South Texas field offices.“We look forward to the arrival of sufficient CBP reinforcements within the week. Congress must work with the Administration to create a strong immigration framework, which can process migrants without sacrificing U.S. commerce,” Cuellar said in a statement.After threatening to close the border with Mexico over the influx of undocumented immigrants, Trump backed off last week and said instead he will impose tariffs on imported automobiles next year if the Mexican government does nothing to stop the flow of migrants.“[Closing the bridges] is off the table now, but what anxiety does it create in the market? Will people try to rush things into the market before the bridges close?” asked Ken Roberts, the president of WorldCity Inc., a Florida-based company that analyzes trade data and business trends. “That creates traffic on the border. The biggest factor is the uncertainty.” The Department of Homeland Security said last month it was redirecting 750 Customs and Border Protection officers from the ports of entry in El Paso, Laredo, Tucson and San Diego to assist U.S. Border Patrol agents in processing undocumented immigrants. The reassignments have caused massive delays at international bridges for pedestrian, vehicular and cargo traffic in the weeks leading up to Holy Week.That has merchants concerned about how the administration’s decision to pull hundreds of agents away from their duties at the international bridges will impact El Paso’s retail sector — especially now at the beginning of Holy Week, one of the busiest seasons for cross-border shopping.“We are really concerned. Historically, Mexican nationals shop a lot during the holidays, especially with the Easter holidays right around the corner,” said Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.Jon Barela — CEO of the Borderplex Alliance, a nonprofit focused on promoting business and economic development in Ciudad Juárez, El Paso and New Mexico — said Mexican shoppers are responsible for 15 percent to 30 percent of El Paso’s retail trade, depending on the time of year. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
PORT NECHES — A 16-year-old Port Neches-Groves High School student has been charged with the aggravated assault of another student that happened during RiverFest over the weekend.The male student has not been named because he is a minor. He was transported to the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Facility.The victim, a 17-year-old 11th grade PNG High School student, suffered significant injuries, which include a broken pelvis. Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine said his condition is improving.The incident, which began as a verbal altercation then became physical, occurred around 10:20 p.m. Saturday at the Port Neches Riverfront Park. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges/ suspects are possible. Staff report
Prior to attending Kansas, Wilson played at Rayville High School. The 6-foot-2 wing/forward was ranked No. 10 for her position by ProspectsNation.com and No. 24 overall by Blue Star Report. A four-star recruit, Wilson participated in the 2016 U18 USA National Team Trials.During her senior season at Rayville, Wilson averaged 26 points and eight rebounds per game. During her junior season, Wilson recorded 25 points, 12 rebounds and four steals per game as she helped the Lady Hornets to a 27-4 mark and a victory in the Louisiana state tournament.Over her four-year prep career, Wilson scored over 2,000 points and had more than 1,200 rebounds. During the 2016 season, Wilson was named conference player of the year and first-team all-conference. She collected all-state honorable mention accolades in 2014 and 2015. BEAUMONT — Lamar women’s basketball head coach Aqua Franklin has announced the signing of transfer Micaela Wilson for the 2019-20 season. Wilson comes to Lamar after spending the last two years at Kansas.“Micaela is someone that I have spent time with, and I have gotten to know her and her family over the last two years at the University of Kansas,” Franklin remarked. “It was really important to her to get closer to home and give her family the opportunity to watch her play. Micaela is a long, athletic and skilled forward who has the ability to stretch the defense. She will be able to create miss matches on the offensive end with the ability to score from inside and out. She is a steal for the Southland Conference.”In her two years at Kansas, Wilson (Rayville, Louisiana) appeared in 42 games making one start. During her freshman season, she appeared in 24 games for the Jayhawks. She scored a college career-best 14 points against Yale and posted a double-double (10 rebounds). In the next contest for KU, Wilson recorded her second straight double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) against Delaware State. •Lamar sports information
Next UpMary Nell moved with her family to Port Arthur at the age of 14, where she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in the class of 1943, and later graduated from Port Arthur Business College.Mary Nell was very active in the local community.She served in the Service League of Port Arthur and many other civic organizations over her lifetime. Mary Nell Dore passed away peacefully on September 30, 2019 in Fairfax, Virginia, soon after her 94th birthday.Mary Nell was a longtime resident of Port Arthur, Texas.She was born in Longview, Texas in 1925 to Edward Clyde Dalton and Nancy Kinney Dalton. Mary Nell is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Harry Roy Dore, and her two sisters, Dorothy Dalton Kuykendall and Laverne Dalton Jones.She is survived by her daughter Donna Browne and husband Robert, her son, Mark Dore and wife Rhonda, her grandchildren Amanda Owens, Abigail Petouvis and husband Dan, Jeff Dore and wife Emily, Michael Dore, Christopher Little and wife Yvette, great – grandchildren Robert Owens, Adam Owens, Benjamin Petouvis, Lucy Cate Petouvis, Avery Dore, Austin Dore and Carter Dore, together with many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.Mary Nell will be remembered by her family as an elegant, gracious, and very generous woman who was devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great – grandchildren.She loved to attend their games, plays, birthday parties, graduations, weddings, anniversaries,many other life events too numerous to mention.She will be dearly missed.There will be a short family graveside service at Greenlawn Cemetery on October 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas.In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary Nell’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Mary Nell was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School in the 1960’s.Mary Nell was always passionate about antiques and meeting new friends.This passion was the foundation of her long and happy career as a salesperson with Snooper’s Paradise Antiques, until her retirement at the age of 86.During her career, Mary Nell earned her certification as an appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers, and worked as an appraiser in the field.
We would like to thank the Groves H-E-B managers and store workers for the outstanding services they provide to us in the years we have lived in the neighborhood. We moved into the neighborhood in 2006, and the workers over the years have been so professional, polite and helpful to us.We have seen some graduate from high school and go on to college. Some have moved on to better their career or promotions within the company. This atmosphere makes us feel like a family, which we appreciate this environment created within the H-E-B store. Dear Editor: We would like the workers to know even through the many hurricanes and coronavirus, their professionalism, attitudes, politeness and helpfulness have remained the same.Thank you, Groves H-E-B, again for the wonderful and pleasant staff we have met over the past 14 years in this neighborhood. Looking forward to continuing to shop at our H-E-B store. We would appreciate if this letter is shared with the present and past workers.Thank you, neighbor patrons. Arthur and Marcia RobinsonPort Arthur
CARRIER STRIKE GROUP 11Current ship and aircraft configuration, combined with the updated training and readiness schedule, ensure ready response for quick surge to any area of operations around the globe. Nimitz Strike Group, led by Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11, is made up of an aircraft carrier with its embarked air wing, a cruiser, two destroyers and an attack submarine, and constitutes the single most powerful mobile force in the world.DESTROYER SQUADRON 9Destroyer Squadron 9 is responsible for the crew, training and material readiness of six guided-missile destroyers and the tactical execution of Sea Combat Commander duties within the Nimitz Strike Group. Its parent command is Carrier Strike Group 11.REGIONAL SUPPORT ORGANIZATION PACIFIC NORTHWESTThe mission of Regional Support Organization Pacific Northwest is to serve as the Naval Surface Forces Pacific regional executive agent for Naval Station Everett homeported surface combatants. The organization assists in managing the overall war-fighting capability of the surface combatant force and maintaining the highest level of engineering, combat systems, logistics, medical and personnel readiness.NAVY SHIPSUSS ShoupThe USS Shoup is the 36th ship in the Arleigh Burke-class of Aegis guided-missile destroyers and the eighth Flight IIA Aegis destroyer, the most advanced variant of the class. USS Shoup was designed to conduct simultaneous operations in multithreat environments including air, surface and subsurface warfare. The ship is equally adept at operating as part of an aircraft carrier strike group in high-threat environments as in providing vital support and escort capabilities for naval amphibious forces and auxiliary ships.USS Shoup was commissioned June 22, 2002, in Seattle and has been homeported in Everett since May 23, 2002. It was named in honor of Gen. David M. Shoup, the 22nd commandant of the Marine Corps and a recipient of the Medal of Honor and the British Distinguished Service Order for his actions during the Pacific Campaign in World War II while commanding the 2nd Marines at Betio, a bitterly contested island of Tarawa Atoll.Built at Litton Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, USS Shoup’s cutting-edge designs for propulsion, tactical flexibility and survivability ensure it will hold a prominent place in our defense arsenal to carry out the Navy’s mission well into the 21st century.USS MomsenThe second of the new Arleigh Burke-class of Aegis guided-missile destroyers to be homeported at Naval Station Everett, USS Momsen was commissioned into active duty in Panama City, Florida, on Aug. 28, 2004. The ship is named after Vice Adm. Charles B. Momsen of Flushing, Long Island, New York, who honorably served in the U.S. Navy from 1919 to 1955. Momsen made many contributions to the Navy, most notably his invention of the Momsen Lung, his critical role in the salvage and rescue of 33 personnel from the sunken submarine USS Squalus (SS 192), and his command of the battleship USS South Dakota (BB 57) in the Pacific theater during World War II.USS Momsen arrived in Everett on Oct. 15, 2004, after completing its maiden voyage around the United States, including a transit through the Panama Canal. The ship underwent its combat systems and final qualifications trials in early 2005 and had its maiden deployment to the 7th Fleet from April to September 2006, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines. USS Momsen departed on her first USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group deployment to the 5th Fleet from March to October 2008, which included its first transit through the Suez Canal, to support Operation Enduring Freedom and the global war on terror.USS KiddThe USS Kidd, formerly homeported at Naval Base San Diego, is the third destroyer that shifted its homeport to Naval Station Everett in 2016.USS Kidd was built in Pascagoula, Mississippi, by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. It is the 49th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to be built. It is the third Navy ship named after Rear Adm. Isaac C. Kidd, who was on board USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor and was the first American flag officer to die in World War II.In 2014, USS Kidd joined the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing over the South China Sea. It was the second Navy ship to be deployed in the search.USS GridleyThe fourth USS Gridley is the 51st Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the U.S. Navy. It is named after Capt. Charles Gridley, commander of Adm. George Dewey’s flagship, Olympia, (Flag Captain) and recipient of Adm. Dewey’s famous command, “You may fire when you are ready, Gridley” in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.In May 2004, the secretary of the Navy announced the names of five new Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, including the Gridley. Its keel was laid July 30, 2004, at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. It was christened Feb. 11, 2006. The Gridley was commissioned at the Port of Miami on Feb. 10, 2007, and arrived in July 2016 at its new homeport in Everett.USS SampsonThe USS Sampson is the U.S. Navy’s 52nd Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and is the fourth ship named in honor of Rear Adm. William Thomas Sampson, a naval hero in the Spanish-American War. It was authorized in 2002 and commissioned in 2007. The ship was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9 in 2016 and arrived at its new homeport, Naval Station Everett, in September 2016.In November 2016, the USS Sampson was the first U.S. warship to visit New Zealand in 33 years since the New Zealand nuclear-free zone came into effect. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key granted approval for the ship’s visit under the New Zealand’s anti-nuclear law, which requires that the prime minister has to be satisfied that any visiting ship is not nuclear armed or powered. That same month, the USS Sampson and other naval ships from Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore provided humanitarian assistance after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Kaikoura.USS Ralph JohnsonThe newly commissioned USS Ralph Johnson arrived at Naval Station Everett on April 27, 2018. USS Ralph Johnson is the 64th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and was built by Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It is the first warship named for Marine Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson. Johnson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. Johnson used his body to shield two fellow Marines from a grenade, absorbing the blast and dying instantly in March 1968.COAST GUARD SHIPSUSCGC Henry BlakeThe Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake is one of the newest cutters to the Pacific Northwest. The Henry Blake was commissioned Oct. 27, 2000, at Naval Station Everett. The 175-foot buoy tender replaced the 180-foot Coast Guard Cutter Mariposa (WLB 397), which was decommissioned March 31, 2000. The Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake was named for the New Dungeness Spit Lighthouse keeper, Henry Blake. The New Dungeness Spit Lighthouse, on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, was first lighted Dec. 14, 1857, and was the first active lighthouse in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.The cutter’s area of responsibility includes the Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the northern coastal portion of the 13th Coast Guard District. Its primary mission is servicing navigations aids, but it also provides marine environmental protection and search and rescue.USCGC Blue SharkThe USCGC Blue Shark is a newly designed 87-foot coastal patrol boat that arrived at Naval Station Everett on July 19, 2005, and was commissioned there Aug. 16, 2005. The boat has several enhancements over the older coastal patrol boats, including improved mission sea keeping abilities (up to sea state 5), significantly upgraded habitability, and compliance with all current and projected environmental protection laws. It also employs an innovative stern launch and recovery system using an aluminum-hulled inboard diesel-powered water jet small boat. The vastly larger pilothouse is equipped with an integrated bridge system, including an electronic chart display system that interfaces with the Coast Guard’s new surface search radar.