Tyler Toon’s silky smooth shooting stroke was beautiful string music to Nederland coach Brian English’s ear here Friday night. Toon, on a good day like Friday, is one of the better shooters in Southeast Texas and on this night he was brilliant. With six 3-pointers and three other baskets, the 6-1 Nederland senior guard tossed in 24 points in leading the Bulldogs to their 20th win in 21 games with a 82-44 romp over Port Neches-Groves. The win sets the stage for its final three district contests against Beaumont Ozen (next Tuesday), Lumberton on Friday, then a return on the following Tuesday by Central. “We needed this one tonight because next Tuesday Ozen comes to town,” English said. Ozen’s 40-39 win over the ‘Dogs in the first round of district play is Nederland’s only defeat in district. Prior to the Bulldogs’ loss to then No. 2-ranked Ozen on the Jan. 10, its setback was a loss to Beaumont West Brook in the semifinals of Nederland’s own tournament on Dec. 13. Besides Toon’s spectacular shooting night (including five 3’s and 21 points in the first half) and leading scorer Colton Weisbrod’s 12 first half points, the Nederland duo outscored the Indians by themselves (33-19) in the opening two periods. Weisbrod finished with 21 points, while sophomore Jaylan Ballou added 11. Nederland held the Indians scoreless for 7:58 from the middle of the second quarter to 3:44 of the third period when PN-G guard Kade Geoffroy drilled a long trey to break a 22-0 Bulldog scoring run. The Bulldogs continued its excellent shooting from the field hitting on 59.1 percent from the floor on the night (including six 3’s in the opening half). PN-G shot a respectible 46.9 percent from the floor, but managed 12 less shots than the ‘Dogs. Nederland hit nine 3’s on the night, while the Indians connected on five, including two from PN-G scoring leader Adam Morse (9 points on the night). One aspect of Nederland’s game that just gets better and better each week is its half-court press and its overall defense. The Bulldogs are consistently holding teams under 50 points and that’s one factor that sometimes goes unnoticed in this outstanding two-month run of great basketball. “It was great to see Tyler (Toon) hit those 3’s because this should really get him on tract,” added English. “And we really need him. Shooting as smooth as he did tonight was great to see and it should give him lots of confidence.” Asked about his team’s overall defensive improvement, English noted, “we have really stressed that part of the game and our kids have bought into it totally.” Nederland hosts Ozen in the Dog Dome starting at 7:30 on Tuesday and its gives the Bulldogs a chance at getting back at a team that gave them their only loss in district.NEDERLAND (21-6, 10-1) 20 20 24 18 — 82PN-G (6-21, 3-8) 7 12 9 16 — 44NEDERLAND: Tyler Toon 24, Colton Weisbrod 21, Jaylan Ballou. PN-G: Adam Morse 9, Christian Langston 8. Nederland, the No.1 team in District 20-4A at 10-1, improves its season mark to 21-6. The Indians fall to 3-8 in league action and to 6-21 on the season. With the Indians hanging in there with the heavily-favored Bulldogs trailing by only 10 (26-16) with just over four minutes before halftime, Toon felt it was time to turn up the music. Starting at 4:10 of the second, the Bulldog sharpshooter hit long, long 3’s on four of his team’s next five trips down the court. Then he added a duece at the 1:07 mark of the second period and instead of the Indian’s staying in the game, Toon’s shooting helped baloon Nederland’s lead to a comfortable 40-19 margin at halftime. So in a span of 3:03 of the second quarter, Toon dropped bomb after bomb after bomb on the Indians to put this one out of reach.
In Game 2 of the day, the Seahawks bats came alive for 16 hits, led by Perez’s 4-for-5 performance with three RBI, including a solo home run to straightaway centerfield.LSC-PA went up 5-0 after three, then scored two each in the final four innings for the 13-point outburst. Sanchez was 3 for 5 with and triple and four RBI and Rebecca Hernandez was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI.Hernandez was the starter on the hill, going four innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs, striking out two. Maddison Ohler worked in relief, allowing four earned runs on five hits.Perez punctuated the Hawks’ third-game hit parade with a grand slam home run in the second inning as part of an eight-run sprint. But Central Alabama came back for seven runs in the third and three more in the fourth to take a 10-8 run. LSC-PA scored another run in the fifth but couldn’t get any closer.Sheridan doubled in the game and finished with two RBI, while Breyn Pulcher was 2 for 3 and Sanchez finished 2 for 4.Hernandez took the loss on the hill after working the first four innings, allowing 10 earned runs on 12 hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Rogers pitched the final three innings, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts and a walk. Again, Faulkner moved out front, this time with two runs in the fifth for a 5-3 lead. The Seahawks came back to tie the game in the sixth with Sheridan led off with a double then scored on a Sierra Miller double. Taryn Huff, pinch running for Perez after she walked, also came home on the Miller two-base shot.The score remained tied heading into the bottom of the seventh. Faulkner led off with a single. A walk and a sacrifice fly moved the runner to third for Allison Pickett, who picked up the walk-off, run-scoring single for a 6-5 final.Sheridan led the Seahawks’ hitters, going 2 for 5 with two doubles and an RBI, while Sanchez was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Miller was 1 for 2 with a double and two RBI.Angelica Rogers pitched the complete game, allowing nine hits and five earned runs with three walks and a home run allowed. LSC-PA sports informationGULF SHORES, Ala. — It was a day of “close but no cigar” for Lamar State College-Port Arthur on Friday at the Sun Chief Classic as the Seahawks’ softball team lost two of their three games by a total of two runs.The Hawks lost to host Faulkner State 6-5 in the first game of the day before exploding for a 13-5 win over Enterprise Community College in Game 2. The big bats continued into the second inning of Game 3 against Central Alabama CC with the Hawks going up 8-0 before eventually falling 10-9. Next UpThe Seahawks continue their tournament play today with games against Snead State Community College at 3:45 p.m. and Jefferson Davis CC at 6.In the first game Friday, the Hawks fell behind Faulkner State 2-0 in the first inning but rebounded for two runs of their own in the second when McKenzie Andrus came home on a Brooke Wilhelm double and Wilhelm crossed the plate on a Kayla Sheridan double.Faulkner went back up 3-2 in the bottom of the second, but LSC-PA responded in the fifth to tie the game on an Anessa Sanchez solo home run.
The Cardinals (21-7) have scored in the first inning eight times this season, and they made it nine Tuesday when they struck for two runs on a couple of RBI base knocks from Bryndan Arredondo and Cutter McDowell. With the lead, LU starter Fernando Martinez held the Colonels (12-18) down through three innings before they used an error to get on the board in the fourth.Martinez retired the side in order in the fifth before the Colonels tied it up with a leadoff single, double and sacrifice fly in the sixth. The Cardinal offense took to it and put a five-spot on the board in the bottom of the frame, which started with a throwing error from Nicholls third base man Dylan Manichia.The sixth inning for the Cardinal offense has been a big one, and with Tuesday’s run it increased its scoring output to 37 runs in the frame alone. The next closest is 29 in the fourth, and LU is now 17-2 when leading after six innings.Russell reached on the infield error and swiped second base when he saw the throw rolled into foul territory. After a wild pitch, Cutter McDowell had a man on third with no outs. He drew a walk and Robin Adames was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Jacoby Middleton, who blooped a 1-0 count pitch in to right field. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – As has been true for a good part of the current win streak, Lamar jumps out to an early lead and then has to rally late to put its opponent away. The same could be said Tuesday night when the Lamar baseball team rallied for five runs in the sixth to lock up a 7-2 win over Nicholls State for its 11th straight victory and seventh straight at Vincent-Beck Stadium, this one in non-conference action. The 11 wins is tied with Southeast Missouri State, who downed Arkansas State on Tuesday, for the nation’s longest active win streak. The Cardinals will look to tie the longest win streak it’s had since early 2013 at 3 p.m. today against Nicholls.“I love streaks,” said Lamar head coach Jim Gilligan. “I just told the guys to cherish this thing. You never know how big it’ll get or if it will end tomorrow. You find your way to play a little bit harder when you have a steak going because you want to keep it alive. “I’m happy with where we are right now, but there is always something to learn,” he said. “We just have to keep on getting better. As long as we don’t sit with where we’re at and try to get a little bit better every day, we’ll continue to grow.” Still with the bases loaded and no outs, Trey Silvers pinch hit for Chaneng Varela and laced a double that bounced over the third base bag and rolled into left field foul territory. That allowed McDowell and Adames to score. Two batters later, Stijn van der Meer singled home Middleton and upped his hit streak to 18 games, tying Russell for sixth all-time in LU school history.The final run of the frame, and game, was scored by Gavin Tristan, pinch runner for Silvers, on Nash’s fielder’s choice to Manichia.The first inning runs for LU were notched when Arredondo doubled home Nash, who reached on a one-out walk. Arredondo made it 2-0 when scored from third on McDowell’s single that hit the pitcher and rolled to the shortstop. Russell advanced Arredondo to third base on a deep fly ball to right, which turned out to be a huge play.Martinez worked 5 2/3 frames in the contest and allowed only one earned run on five hits and no walks; he also struck out three Colonels. Travis Moore (2-1) relieved him in the sixth and claimed the win on 2 1/3 scoreless innings pitched with a walk and four strikeouts.“Fernando had a good, quality start, and then Moore went in and did a good job,” said Gilligan. “We did a good job on the mound tonight and I was pleased. Aside from a couple of situational at-bats, I thought we did a good job today.”Joe Farley took the bump and the ninth and ran into trouble with eight straight balls (two walks), but recorded a strikeout and groundout to end it unscathed.Van der Meer kept up his hot pace at the plate with a 2-of-4 day with a run batted in and walk. Arredondo and Middleton, both 2-of-4, joined him with a multi-hit game. Trey Silvers had a big blow in his lone at bat that scored two, and his bag runner scored a run in the contest.LU walked away with nine hits, two more than Nicholls, and the Colonels left eight runners on base, one more than Lamar.After the series against Nicholls is complete, the Cardinals will return to Southland Conference action with a road trip to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a trip that opens a four-game road stint.
The second game of the series is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon while the finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday. All three games will be carried on the Big Red Sports Network.While the Cardinals (25-8, 10-2 Southland Conference) had their 15-game win streak snapped at Baylor on Wednesday on a late comeback from the Bears, the Cowboys (20-11, 10-5) have strung together six straight wins, including a 7-0 shutout at nationally-ranked LSU. The two programs are the only two league schools to down the Tigers.Lamar does enter the series with a nine-game conference win streak, and has won its last 14 over schools in the Southland Conference. It played Nicholls and Abilene Christian in non-conference action. The Pokes enter after sweeping New Orleans on the road. Starters for Saturday have also been chosen while Sunday starters are still to be determined. Righty Billy Love (3-1, 2.70) will take on left-hander Bryan King (3-1, 2.57) in the second contest. King has pitched 42 frames with 12 earned runs allowed on 43 hits with 40 strikeouts. Love has 40 innings of work with 12 earned runs allowed.Both teams sit one place apart from each other in hitting and ERA in the league rankings. Lamar sits fourth in the conference in hitting at .296 while the Cowboys trail on a .284 average, but the Pokes sit third in the league in ERA (3.62) and the Cardinals are fourth at .373.As a team, McNeese scores at a 5.6 runs per game clip and gives up only 4.4 a contest. It is led in hitting by Connor Crane, who leads in all of the Triple Crown categories. The senior has a .373 average with 26 runs batted in and seven homers. He also leads the way with 34 runs scored.Lewis Guilbeau follows with a .355 average and 26 runs batted in. Joe Provenzano (20) and Matt Gallier (21) each have RBI totals over 20.Big Red continues to be led in hitting by Stijn van der Meer, who carries a 23-game hit streak into the series, at .369 and is second in runs with 28 behind Jake Nash’s 29. Nash sits in a tie with Reid Russell for the team lead in RBI at 35, and Russell tops the team with 11 home runs this year.Catcher Bryndan Arredondo is third on the team in hitting at .347, behind Russell at .349, and freshman Robin Adames is hitting .317. Nash is in striking distance of .300 at .295 on the year.The Cardinals step back into nonconference action at 4 p.m. on Wednesday when they face Texas Southern at Vincent-Beck Stadium. The weekend’s series is sponsored by Neches Federal Credit Union. Saturday, it will have a T-shirt give away, while supplies last. Also on Saturday, fans who show up with a football Spring Game ticket will get in a discounted price. Both Friday and Saturday, student-athletes are volunteering to collect samples for the Delete Blood Cancer drive.The donation area for the event will be set up between the baseball and softball fields. The Cardinal football team will be on hand during the Friday night contest and Saturday will be covered by the LU basketball teams.Two of the league’s top pitchers, in terms of earned run average, will face off Friday night in right-handers Kaleb Fontenot (4-2, 1.38) and reigning Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week Will Hibbs (6-1, 2.05). Fontenot, whose ERA is second in the league, has pitched eight contests on the year and has 58 2/3 innings of work — second in the league — with just nine earned runs allowed and league-leading 63 strikeouts.Hibbs has worked in 57 innings this year in 10 appearances and has given up 13 earned runs on 40 hits along with 54 strikeouts. He ranks fifth in the league in ERA and tops it in wins. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – After suffering its first loss in 29 days Wednesday afternoon, the Lamar baseball team looks to rebound in a huge Southland Conference set in the Cardinals’ return to Vincent-Beck Stadium when McNeese State pays a visit for a three-game tilt that opens at 6 p.m. Friday night.It’ll be the first weekend back at The Beck since LU faced New Orleans.
Next Up Girls divisionPole vault: 1. Goldsmith, Orangefield, 10-0; 2. Davis, Orangefield, 9-0; 3. Ellerbee, Bridge City, 7-6. Boys team standingsWOS 134;2. LCM 119; 3. PNG 93.5; 4. Lumberton 79; 5. Orangefield 62; 6. Bridge City 53; 7. Vidor 37.5; 8. Silsbee 34; 9.Kelly 28 Shot put: 1. Cotton, WOS, 34-8; Oceguera, Bridge City, 30-2;3. Bransford, Kelly, 27-5.Discus: 1. Murty, Bridge City, 89-9;2. Rasco, Bridge City, 86-5; 3.Hutchison, Orangefield, 76-7.High jump: 1. Garcia, PNG, 4-10; 2. Kile, Lumberton, 4-10; 3. Sanders, Vidor, 4-10.Triple jump: 1. Talley, Lumberton, 31-11 ¾; 2. Fukuda, Bridge City, 31-11; 3. Trapp, Bridge City, 31-6 1/4. Girls team standingsBridge City 122 1/3; 2. Port Neches-Groves 110; 3. Silsbee 80; 4. Vidor 78; 5. Orangefield 74 1/3; 6. Lumberton 46 1/3; 7. West Orange-Stark 36; 8. Little Cypress-Mauriceville 30; 9. Kelly 24 Boys divisionPole vault: 1. Jenkins, Orangefield, 11-6; 2. Jones, PNG, 11-6; 3. Champaigne, Bridge City 10-0.Shot put: 1. Poteet, Vidor, 45-4;2. Joseph, WOS, 43-4; 3. Hummonds, PNG, 42-113/4.Discus: 1. Theriot, Kelly, 111-3;2. Abernathy, LCM, 103-2; 3. Poteet, Vidor, 103-2.High jump: 1. Dupree, WOS, 6-2; 2. Weatherly, LCM, 60; 3. Barnard, Lumberton, 6-0.Triple jump: 1. Guillory, LCM, 43-3; 2. Weatherly, LCM, 43-0 ½; 3. Watson, WOS, 41-0.Long jump: Shaw, WO-S, 19-11 ½; 2. Denton, Bridge City, 19-10; 3. Baker, Bridge City, 18-5 1/2.3,200 meters: 1. Coker, Kelly, 10:49.3; 2. Piper, LCM, 10:55.7; 3. Kresser, LCM, 11:08.9.400-meter relay: 1. PNG 43.44; 2. WOS 43.90; 3. LCM 44.44.800-meters: 1. Stoute, Lumberton, 2:08.70; 2. Worthy, Orangefield, 2:10.75; 3. Baeza, LCM, 2:15.03.110-meter hurdles: 1. Joseph, WOS, 15.70; 2. Rach, Orangefield, 17.06; 3. Hauver, Vidor,17.79.100 meters: 1. Lower, Silsbee, 11.17; 2. McZeal, PNG, 11.30;3. Sibley, WOS, 11.79.800-meter relay: 1. WOS 1:32.34; 2. LCM 1:34.77; 3. Silsbee 1:35.74.400 meters: 1. Deutsch, Orangefield, 52.45; 2. Denton, Bridge City, 53.02; 3. Patronis, Orangefield, 55.56.300-meter hurdles: 1. Watson, WOS, 43.25; 2. Joseph, WOS, 43.50; 3. Taylor, PNG, 44.31.200 meters: 1. Howard, Silsbee, 24.20;2. Flanigan, Orangefield, 24.27; 3. Cooper, WOS, 24.40.1,600 meters: 1: Stoute, Lumberton, 4:53.15; 2. Piper, LC-M, 5:00.00; 3. Coker, Kelly, 5:03.34.1,600-meter relay: 1. PNG 3:37.34; 2. WOS 3:40.85; 3. Lumberton 3:41.82. Long jump: 1. Droddy, PNG, 16-5 ½; 2. Matthews, Silsbee, 14-10;3. Gardenhire, Vidor, 14-3.3,200 meters: 1. Helms, Orangefield, 12:48.7; 2. Gann, Vidor, 13:38.9; 3. Johnson, Vidor, 14:04.01.400-meter relay: 1. PNG 50.81; 2. Silsbee 51.19; 3. Bridge City 53.30.800 meters: 1. Chilton, Vidor, 2:23.68; 2. Lication, PNG, 2:36.71;3. Welch, Orangefield, 2:43.12.110-meter hurdles: 1. Trahan, Vidor, 18.13; 2. Reza, Bridge City, 18.14;3. Glorioso, PNG, 18.53.100 meters: 1. Carmenar, Silsbee, 12.65; 2. Thomas, WOS, 13.40; 3. Oceguera, Bridge City, 13.45.800-meter relay: 1. PNG 1:49.97; 2. Silsbee 1:53.88; 3. Bridge City 1:55.48.400 meters: 1. Chilton, Vidor, 1:04.31:2. Murdock, Bridge City, 1:06.82; 3. Lummus, Orangefield, 1:08.20.300-meter hurdles: Trahan, Vidor, 49.51; 2. Reza, Bridge City, 53.40; 3. Davis, Orangefield, 54.25.200 meters: 1. Droddy, PNG, 25.90; 2. Carmenar, Silsbee, 26.38; 3. Mouton, PNG, 26.96.1,600 meters: 1. Helms, Orangefield, 5:55.60; 2. Wilkinson, Lumberton, 6:00.75; 3. Waldrop, Lumberton, 6:09.69.1,600-meter relay: 1. PNG 4:30.88; 2. Vidor 4:34.26: 3. Bridge City 4:39.12.
The Jefferson County grand jury released the following indictments from July 24 on Wednesday:Travon Warren Gipson, 22, accident involving injury or deathJake Lee Ducote, 40, continuous sexual abuse of a child, indecency with a childKhang Nguyen Dang, 25, arson of a habitation, building or vehicle, 2 countsJayliyn Daquayn Adams, 24, aggravated assaultMarion Frank Danna, 32, burglary of a habitationSean Girratana Flythe, 32, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm by felonChristopher Anderson, 17, aggravated robberyUsherka Shunta Stoker, 39, aggravated robberySevero Saavedra-Galvan, 31, burglary of a habitationMichael Glen Gilbert, 33, attempted burglary of a habitationConstance Renee Johnson, 57, aggravated assaultJerric A. Tigner, 37, assault by chokingEddie Dwight Davis, 33, evading detention with a vehicleRobby Lee Guillory, 38, sex offender, failure to registerAshlei McGown, 26, DWI with a child passengerVeronica Marie Trimble, 45, DWIJoseph G. Rodriguez, 49, sex offender, failure to registerJonah Michael Turner, 22, theft between $30,000 and $150,000Ebony Kay Broussard, 35, felony escapeRogers Andrus Jr., 45, credit/debit card abuseMonte Gallo, 40, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felonDustin Narcisse, 20, Evading detention with a vehicleRichard Perkins Jr., 73, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felonDevyn Snyder, 23, theft less than $2,500 with prior theft convictionsDaniel Jacob Dominguez, 19, evading detention with a vehicleHarold Skeeter Edgington, 25, evading detention with a vehicleZaques D. Grogan, 18, evading detention with a vehicleMarcus Renard Hubbard, 28, evading detention with prior convictionsMitchell Lee Rawlins, 25, evading detention with a vehicleAnthony Jerome Hickmon, 38, tampering with evidence Next Up
The funeral was broadcasted live on Port Arthur International Seafarers Facebook page.Visitation was from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on November 29, 1929, he was the son of Henry Oubre and Nellie (Girouard) Oubre. Gerald retired as a lab tech from Texaco/Star Enterprise and was a member of OCAW.He also worked as a union carpenter for many years and built beautiful homes in Groves and Port Neches.Gerald was a member of St. James Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.He was an honorary Rotarian, former Jaycee, and was also a former South East Texas Mardi Gras boardmember. Gerald loved to dance and could always be found on the dance floor.He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.Gerald left an imprint on everyone’s heart and will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him.He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Nellie Oubre; and brother, Ora Oubre.He is survived by his loving wife of 65½ years, Pat Oubre of Groves; children, Max Stephanie Oubre Duplant of Irving, Father Sinclair Kevin Oubre of Orange, Shawn Kelly Oubre and wife Roxanne of Woodway, and Stephan Kent Oubre and wife Carly of Port Neches; grandchildren, Jason Duplant and wife Brandi, Stephanie Duplant Lawson and husband Shane, Julien Duplant and wife Mallary, Katie Oubre Hardisty and husband Mike, Megan Oubre Boyd and husband Mark, Kiersten Oubre, and Patrick Oubre; great grandchildren, Grace Lawson, Joel Lawson, Cameron Duplant, Christian Duplant, Ada Duplant, Loudon Duplant, Willa Hardisty, Archer Hardisty, and Hattie Boyd; and brother, Cecil Oubreof Port Arthur.Serving as pallbearers were Patrick Oubre, Shane Lawson, Jason Duplant, Damaso Sosa, Richard Melancon, and John Underhill.Honorary pallbearers were Julien Duplant, Mike Hardesty, Mark Boyd, and Mark Zafereo.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Port Arthur International Seafarers Center at 401 Houston Ave. Port Arthur, Texas 77640 or Austin Smiles at P.O. Box 26694 Austin, TX 78775. Gerald Joseph Oubre, 90, of Groves, passed away on May 1, 2020, at his home.A funeral service was held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 4, 2020, at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.Officiating was Reverend Sinclair Oubre.
He retired from Air Liquide after 35 years of service.He enjoyed fishing hunting and camping and loved being out on his sailboat.He will be remembered for his very heart, but also not holding back when he had something to say. Kenneth Luke Borel, 74, of Sulphur passed away peacefully Saturday, October 24, 2020.A Port Arthur native, he has resided is Sulphur for 22 years and was member of Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church.Kenneth was a proud Untied States Air Force Veteran. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 53 years, Lois Borel; son, Raymond James Borel and friend, Samantha Elaine of Carlyss; daughter,Isabelle Marie Borel Wallace and husband, Billy of Ragley; and grandchildren Sarah Denise Wallace and Jacob Wallace.Honoring Kenneth’s wishes, no services will be held. Cremation has been entrusted to Johnson & Robison Funeral Home.Words of comfort and memories may be shared at www.robisonfuneralhome.com.
Texas GOP Chair Allen West said Monday that the state party “will not support, nor accept” state Rep. Dade Phelan as the next speaker of the Texas House, after the Beaumont Republican said last week he has the votes to win the gavel.In an email to supporters, West took issue with the fact that Democrats had backed Phelan even though Republicans retained a majority in the 150-member lower chamber after Election Day.Phelan said last week he had support from a “supermajority of the Republican caucus” and a “broad coalition of support” from Democrats. That support, should it hold until January when the Legislature convenes, would mean Phelan has more than enough votes needed to become the next speaker when House members elect a leader as one of the chamber’s first orders of business. “Texas will not allow the undermining of our ‘Texas Republic.’ This is why the Republican Party of Texas is perplexed, and will not support, a potential Texas Speaker of the House who would seek affirmation from progressive socialist Democrats to attain that position,” West wrote, calling it “utterly absurd and demonstrably idiotic” that a Republican would join with Democrats to lead the GOP-controlled House.West does not get to vote on the next speaker since he is not a House member. And past speaker candidates, including current Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, who will retire at the end of his term, have claimed support from Democrats in their bids to help get to a majority of votes needed to preside over the House.Phelan, who has served in the lower chamber since 2015 and chairs the powerful House State Affairs Committee, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. West and other Republicans have been critical of how Phelan’s speaker bid played out, arguing that it was not done as transparently.Phelan filed paperwork to run for speaker after a group of GOP members gathered and picked the lawmaker as their preferred candidate. Phelan announced he had the support needed to win the race days later at a news conference at the Texas Capitol and hours after Republicans easily fended off a well-funded challenge from Democrats to flip control of the House.A group of Republicans did not immediately sign onto Phelan’s list of supporters, though that seemed to change by the next day when state Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, said she was dropping out of the race and backing Phelan.The House GOP Caucus is still slated to meet in December, per its bylaws, to select a speaker candidate within the group and then vote as a bloc on the floor, though there is no enforcement mechanism. Phelan is expected to be the group’s preferred candidate. West also argued that Phelan would appoint Democrats to chair House committees “who will undermine [and] kill our legislative priorities, as happened in the 87th Texas legislative session.”Bonnen, who is retiring after a political scandal last summer, received criticism from other Republicans for tapping Democrats to chair high-profile committees, such as the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.“Texas will be led by Constitutional Conservatives, not middle of the road ‘road kill’ individuals seeking alliance with Marxist, socialist, leftists,” West wrote. “We fought hard in the 2020 election cycle — against massive odds and leftist resources — to retain a strong legislative majority.”— By Cassandra Pollock of The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
Zachary Kole Ross, 24, of Fannett, Texas died November 14, 2020. Services pending with Levingston Funeral Home – Groves.Margaret Reaux, 74, of Port Arthur, Texas died Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Services pending with Levingston Funeral Home – Groves.Mrs. Verna Chevalier, 68 of Port Arthur, Texas died 11/07/2020. Services pending with Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.Ms. Kim Yulanda Dorrell, 59 of Port Arthur, Texas died 11/13/2020. Services pending with Hannah Funeral Home, Inc. Crystal Lynn Sanches-Tompkins, 39, of Lumberton passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at M. D. Anderson in Houston, ClaytonThompson Funeral Home in Groves.Jewell LeBleu Davis, 75, of Groves passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Clayton Thompson FuneralHome in Groves.Walter “Buddy” Davis, 89, of Groves, Texas died Monday, November 16, 2020. Services pending with Levingston Funeral Home – Groves. Timothy “Tim” McCroskey, 59, of Port Arthur, Texas died October 13, 2020. Services pending with Levingston Funeral Home – Groves.John “Jack” Martin Elton, Sr., 81, of Port Neches, Texas died Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Services pending with Levingston Funeral Home –Port Neches.Eva Mae Gilson, 86, of Corpus Christi, Texas died November 14, 2020. Services pending with Levingston Funeral Home – Port Neches. Mr. Carl Wesley Kyles, 76 of Port Arthur, Texas died 11/18/2020. Services pending with Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.Ben Aaron “PaPa” Thornton, 82, of Nederland, died Thursday, November 19, 2020. Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland.