After the rains cease, and heat begins, gardens need attention

first_imgBy Jefferson County Master Gardener Micah Shanks I think it is safe to say that we are all weary of the rain. Seems like there is either too much or too little. We are due for some “drying out.” The pleasant thing about the rain is that it kept temperatures down. When it stopped, you can bet we are complaining about the heat in no time!If your garden has good drainage, most things should have survived. However, you may notice some yellowing as nitrogen and other nutrients have been washed out. Now is a good time to fertilize. One good source of pure nitrogen is blood meal. Follow directions on the bag and scratch it in around the base of the plants. They will green up seemingly overnight.Our Texas summer heat is brutal to our plants. There are several heat tolerant flowers that you can still add that will take you through the season. For color in a sunny area, look for zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers, gazania, cockscomb and vinca. In an area that gets partial sun, choices include nicotiana (flowering tobacco), coleus, pentas and wax begonia. If you have a shady spot, brighten it up with impatiens. Many of these will bloom to the point of becoming “leggy”. This is when you have to steel yourself, get the shears and give them a good haircut. It’s hard to cut off all those blooms, but the plant will benefit from it and reward you with several more weeks of blooms.When the weather heats up, the bugs come out. Watch closely for aphids, caterpillars and beetles. Sometimes, all you need to get rid of them is a strong blast of water. However, sometimes you need something stronger. Reach for natural controls like insecticidal soap and neem oil products.If you see tiny white flies on any of your plants, you most likely have poor air circulation. Lack of circulation can also be the reason for many types of  fungus, like powdery mildew. Make sure there is ample room between your plants so they can dry out in the humidity.As for ornamental trees, crape myrtles are in full bloom now.  Keep spent blooms pulled off as high as you can reach in order to keep the tree in bloom longer through the season. Just make sure you know the difference between a spent bloom and a new bloom! The new ones are very small; the spent ones are the size of a pea. The old ones will weigh down the branches.For more information, contact Jefferson County Master Gardener Micah Shanks  at [email protected] or call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 409-835-8461.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for Oct. 20

first_img Beverly Ann Nunez, 80, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors-GrovesBertha Washington, 83, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home. Ruby L. Schlett, 82, of Beaumont died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont.Horace Bullion, 92, of Port Arthur, died, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home. Death noticesElizabeth Ann “Libby” Taylor, 64, of Beaumont died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont.center_img Services todaySteven Lee Benoit, Memory Gardens, Nederland, 2 p.m.Ruby Jean McClain, Claybar Funeral Home, Orange, 2 p.m.last_img read more

Dorothy Eudora Tuttle

first_imgDorothy Eudora Tuttle, 86, of Groves, Texas passed away Monday, November 7, 2016 at Magnolia Manor.Dorothy was born April 20, 1930 in Port Arthur, Texas to Edward Booker and Leila Mae Davis Booker. She was a lifelong Port Arthur resident and member of the Catholic faith. She was also a member of Swinging Squares and Triangle Camping Squares.She was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Tuttle; sisters, Ruth Simon, Kathleen Schnelcer, Thelma Morgan; brother, Edward E. Booker.Survivors include her daughter, Eudora Marie Britain and her husband Charles of Nederland; two sons, George Burton Tuttle, Sr. and his wife Ginger of Groves, and D. Paul Tuttle of Livingston; grandchildren, Fran Lee, George B. Tuttle, Jr., and Melissa Moreno; great-grandchildren, Robin Tolar and Alex Moreno.Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park.A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.Friends wishing to make memorial contributions may send them to Alzheimer’s Association or Southeast Texas Humane Society.last_img read more

Barrs leads Cardinals to 43-point win with triple-double

first_img The Cardinals seemed to learn from it during intermission, as LU outscored the Lady Lions 54-19 in the second half, including 32-6 in the fourth quarter. SAGU had trouble dealing with LU’s press, as the Lady Lions committed 41 turnovers. LU outscored SAGU 42-3 in points off turnovers.“Getting turnovers is what kept us in the game,” Harmony said. “They may not be as quick as us, or as athletic, but they can shoot the ball. They definitely shot better than us tonight.”The Cardinals, who shot just 36.6 percent (15-of-41) I the first half, heated up after intermission, going 20-of-37 (54.1 percent) over the final two quarters.The Cardinals dominated inside, outscoring the Lady Lions 54-10 in points in the paint. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Chastadie Barrs registered her second straight triple-double, while Kyla Green scored a career-high 13 points as the Lamar Cardinals pulled away in the second half for a 92-49 win over the Southwestern Assemblies of God Lady Lions in a non-conference women’s basketball game Thursday night.Barrs had a career-high 24 points and matched her career high with 11 steals to go along with 10 rebounds as the Cardinals (2-1) won their 17th consecutive home game. “We’re glad to come out of here with the victory,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “We knew we played a really good team that could shoot the ball well. Until we made the adjustments to deny a couple of shooters some touches, we knew we were in for a dogfight.”LU led 26-13 after one quarter, but the Lady Lions (3-3) cut the LU lead to just 38-30 at intermission. SAGU shot 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from the field over the first two quarters, including 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from 3-point range.“Leading only 38-30 at halftime was something that we were really disappointed in,” Harmony said. “Hopefully our players will learn from this and change. Because if we don’t, we’re in for a very long season.”center_img “We kind of changed our strategy in the second half, and drove the ball to the rack,” Harmony said.SAGU cooled off in the second half, shooting just 29.4 percent (5-of-17) over the final 20 minutes.Baileigh O’Dell added 15 points off the bench for LU. McKenzie Martin led the Lady Lions with 18 points, as she went 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.The Cardinals won’t have much time to savor the win as they depart Beaumont early Friday morning as they travel to Purdue to meet the Boilermakers of the Big 10 at noon Saturday. That game will be shown on the Big 10 Network+.After that, the Cardinals return home to host Howard Payne at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Montagne Center.last_img read more

Jefferson County Indictments 5-30-19

first_imgStaff report Dan Shelton Jr., 55, of Port Arthur, was indicted for robbery.Jose Cabrera, 60, of Beaumont, was indicted for felony driving while intoxicated.Johnny Polar, 34, of Beaumont, was indicted for assault (on a peace officer).Leanna Lynn Strong, 53, of China, was indicted for forgery (counterfeit). A Jefferson County grand jury indicted 51 cases Wednesday. The charges are as follows: Hermionn Ralph Ratcliff III, 23, of Port Arthur, was indicted for aggravated assault.Jose Inez Caldera, 24, of Beaumont, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).Virginia Marie Calhoun, 27, of Beaumont, was indicted for evading arrest/ detention use of a vehicle.Darionte Kelvon Everfield, 17, of Port Arthur, was indicted for evading arrest/ detention use of a vehicle.Marcus Fontenot, 35, of Beaumont, was indicted for evading arrest/ detention use of a vehicle.Derrick Grant, 53, of Port Arthur, was indicted for felony theft (prior theft convictions).Joshua Ray Gothe, 31, of Beaumont, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).Lawrence Hernandez, 38, of Pasadena, was indicted for tampering with physical evidence.Devonthia Marquee Alfred, 22, of Silsbee, was indicted for possession of marijuana.Desmond Lavar Mitchell, 40, of Beaumont, was indicted for for tampering with physical evidence.Tina M Monson, 41, of Silsbee, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).Charles Nuton Jr., 37, of Port Arthur, was indicted for burglary (building).Mashieka R. Rideau, 42, of Beaumont, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).Bonnie Rodgers, 42, of Nederland, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).Jacob Scott Rougeau, 32, of Beaumont, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).Carey Thomas, 41, of Beaumont, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).Clarence James Senegal, 63, of Port Arthur, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).Jacob Dionelle Simon, 29, transient, was indicted for forgery (counterfeit).Jason Lee Smith, 22, of Nederland, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).Kenneth Jermaine Williams, 43, of Beaumont, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (phencyclidine (PCP)).Gilbert Suazo, 39, of Beaumont, was indicted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Christopher Snowden, 50, of Houston, was indicted for arson.Tiffany Shaunte Spikes, 34, of Beaumont, was indicted for arson.last_img read more

Lewis Scott Smith

first_img Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 5:00 PM till 8:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.Service to honor Lewis’s life will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson.Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Lewis Scott Smith, 75, of Houston, Texas passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston.He was born on May 27, 1944 to his parents, Buford Lewis Smith and Mildred Maurine Newton Smith in Port Arthur, Texas.Lewis was raised in Port Arthur and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in1962.He attended and graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont. Lewis served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War.He worked as a credit manager for Kerr-McGee Refining (Formerly Gulf Refining) formany years.Lewis is preceded in death by his parents.He is survived by his sisters, Marilyn Roecker of Magnolia, Claudine Patteson and her husband, Harland of Nederland, Maureen Dartez and her husband, Gene of Baton Rouge, LA., his brother, William Munson of Beaumont along with numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.last_img read more

MONDAY 4 p.m. UPDATE: Hurricane Laura landfall expected Wednesday overnight

first_imgJefferson County is under a Hurricane Watch for Laura. Rainfall: Depending on where the rain bands form, 5 to 10 inches with locally 15 inches will be possible starting Wednesday into Thursday. Laura is expected to make landfall between southeast Texas and south central Louisiana as a category two hurricane late Wednesday or early Thursday. The average error for hurricane forecasts is 70 to100 miles off for two to three days in advance of landfall, so do not focus on the individual forecast points, but use the error cone instead!Everyone should be preparing for a category three hurricane due to the average forecast errors when it comes to wind speeds (+/-15-20 mph for 2-3 days in advance). Winds: Hurricane force winds will be possible across the region starting late Wednesday and continuing Thursday.center_img Here is the forecast impacts for our region from Laura: Storm Surge: At the coast, water could be over 10 feet above ground level. Depending on where Laura makes landfall, storm surge can back up rivers and bayous and flood over 30 miles inland. Tornadoes: Tornadoes will be possible in the eyewall as the hurricane approaches the coast, as well as outer rain bands starting Wednesday into Thursday.last_img read more

The Old Friends, Starring Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote & Lois Smith, Extends a Second Time Off-Broadway

first_img Directed by Michael Wilson, The Old Friends stars Tony winner Betty Buckley, Tony nominees Veanne Cox, Hallie Foote and Lois Smith, Adam LeFevre, Sean Lyons, Novella Nelson, Melle Powers and Cotter Smith. The Old Friends The Old Friends tells the story of matriarch Mamie Borden (Smith) and the remaining members of two longtime Texas farming families, who are waiting for a visit from Mamie’s son Hugo and his wife Sybil (Foote). When Sybil finally arrives with terrible news, old friends on opposing sides confront the issues of legacy, loyalty and the meaning of happiness that have hounded them for decades. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 20, 2013 View Commentscenter_img Get to know The Old Friends for one more week! The off-Broadway world premiere of Horton Foote’s drama has been extended for one week at the Irene Diamond Stage. The acclaimed production will now play through October 13 at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Related Shows Click below to get the scoop on The Old Friends from Cotter Smith.last_img read more

Watch Matilda Standout Ryan Steele Jump on the Bed in Just His Underwear (That’s All You Need to Know)

first_imgLet’s just say what everyone is thinking: Matilda’s Ryan Steele has got buns of steel! Are we right or are we right? The Broadway hoofer, who made fans get up and dance as Specs in Newsies and is now frolicking around Crunchem Hall in Matilda, is featured in a fun new video series called #sharethemattress. Created by choreographer Larry Keigwan (off-Broadway’s Rent), the series highlights the 10th anniversary season of Keigwan + Company at The Joyce Theatre in NYC, running October 29 to November 3. Steele is also jumping (in bed!) for joy because his film, Five Dances, opens in theaters on October 4. But enough with all these words, go ahead and check out sexy dancer do his thing in the clip below! Matilda View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017last_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka to Bring Their Love to Broadway

first_img 2. Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker – 8% Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker already starred together in the 1995 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, but fans want to see this famous couple (who have been married for 16 years!) tread the boards together again! Broderick and Parker have already made sure that their darling children, James Wilke, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, are big fans of Broadway. In the meantime, fans can catch SJP in Manhattan Theatre Club’s The Commons of Pensacola. As real-life married couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz take on the roles of onstage spouses Robert and Emma in director Mike Nichols’ Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s adultery drama Betrayal, asked fans what other real-life celebrity couple they would most like to see co-starring in a Broadway show. Take a look below to find out which Hollywood A-listers our readers would love to tread the boards together the most! 1. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka – 57% Theater fans really, really, really want to see Neil Patrick Harris, star of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, perennial Tony Awards host and upcoming headliner of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and his gorgeous husband, David Burtka, perform together on the Great White Way. Harris and Burtka are both Broadway alums and they never miss an opportunity to put on a fun and festive show with their adorable children, fraternal twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace. Actually, the four of them could just walk up on stage, sit down and tell us about their lives for two hours and we wouldn’t budge. 3. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone – 6% Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest and most powerful celebrity couples. After meeting during filming of The Amazing Spider-Man, Garfield earned a Tony nomination for his performance as Biff in Death of a Salesman and Stone toyed with the idea of making her Broadway debut in the upcoming revival of Cabaret, but fans want to see these lavish lovebirds peform live together. We can see it now: Billy Bigelow and Julie in Carousel?! Curly and Laurey in Oklahoma!?! Seymour and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors?! View Commentslast_img read more