At approximately 4:13 a.m. Thursday the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded to a call relayed by Port Arthur Police Department of an abandoned vehicle on top of the Rainbow Bridge. A white male and a white female were located near the vehicle. Upon interviewing these two it was determined that a second white female possibly from the Orangefield area was with them and that she had jumped off the bridge, according to a press release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Both witnesses were taken to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office where they are presently being interviewed by investigators. Investigators are also at the scene where that portion of the investigation continues. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office marine unit is on scene attempting to locate the body along with the Coast Guard, Port Arthur Fire Department and the Bridge City Fire Department.
She leaves behind a legacy of charm, wit and laughter that will forever be remembered and missed by all she encountered.Kathryn is preceded in death by her parents.She is survived by her daughter, Alexa Markle and her husband, Teri Gibson of Lucas, Texas, her son, Frank Markle and his wife, Melissa of League City, Texas, three grandsons, Spenser Gunaca and Clayton Gunaca both of Dallas, Texas, and Nathanael Markle of League City, Texas.She is also survived by her brother, Robert Gerald Barnes of Houston, nephew, Robert Barnes, Jr. of Beaumont and niece, Dana Turner of Beaumont. Visitation will be on Monday, November 25, 2019 from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.Service to honor Kathryn’s life will be at 1:00 PM Monday in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson.Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Kathryn Barnes Markle, 81, of Richardson, Texas and former resident of Port Arthur passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at her home in Richardson.She was born on September 23, 1938 in Houston, Texas.She was raised by her parents, Thomas Gerald Barnes and Margaret Crow Barnes in Port Arthur. Kathryn graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1956.Kathryn was a devoted mother to her children and loved her precious dogs.After her children were older, she worked as a coordinator at UTMB Galveston for over 10 years. Kathryn’s favorite place was the beach, she loved any place with a view of the water and enjoyed many years living on the beach in Galveston Island.
Phillip Ray, 65, of Port Neches was arrested for prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor with a $3,000 bond. He is still in Jefferson County Jail.Edward Jimenez, 31, of Port Arthur was arrested for prostitution – Class A Misdemeanor. He is still in Jefferson County Jail.Additional charges are expected once the investigations are complete. Two local men were among a group of 21 arrested recently in an anti-human trafficking operation spearheaded by the Beaumont Police Department and Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.The agencies teamed up and ran a two-day, joint, anti-human trafficking operation targeting sex buyers.The two-day operation led to the arrest of 21 males that solicited sexual relations from minors and adults. “We would like to give a special thank you to Collective Liberty and McLennan County Sheriff’s Office for their help and technical assistance on this operation,” a Beaumont Police statement read Saturday night.“Human trafficking is modern day slavery – the exploitation of men, women and children for forced labor or sex by a third party for profit or gain. A person doesn’t have to be transported across borders for trafficking to take place, it can occur anywhere.” Police said sex trafficking is fueled by the demand that these buyers provide. “Without men who are willing to purchase sex, traffickers and pimps would not exploit victims, many of who are children, and force them into a life of prostitution,” Beaumont Police said. “The purpose of this operation was to reduce demand and deter people from buying sex.”Anyone can join the fight against human trafficking. If you see something, say something. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers or download the P3 Tips app and use your smartphone or tablet submit your information or pictures. All tips are anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward.
Reggie is survived by; his son, Reginald Joseph Kennerson Jr. (New Orleans, LA), his sisters Lakisha Prevost (Beaumont, TX), Shar’dennay Babineaux (Lafayette, LA), Ona Semien (Port Arthur, TX), and Dorcenia Simon (Lake Charles, LA), his fiancée Patricia Wells (Texas City, TX), 1 bonus daughter Amesty Wells (Texas City, TX), 3 bonus granddaughters Bailey, and Ameri Wells (Texas City, TX), Aubrey Coleman (Port Arthur, TX), his “love mom” Brigette Babineaux (Lafayette, LA) and his “love dad” Eugene Kennerson (Port Arthur, TX). Next UpVisitation is scheduled from 6pm until 8pm Friday, November the 20th at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel.Private funeral services are scheduled at 11 am Saturday, November 21st at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Randy Vaughn officiating the services. Reginald “Reggie” Kennerson, of Lafayette, LA died on Tuesday, November 10th 2020 at Memorial Herman SW Hospital.He is a native of Lafayette LA, spent most of his life in Port Arthur TX, where he was employed as a cook for an offshore rigging company. He is proceeded in death by his parents Laura Bell Kennerson, and Alfred Johnny Babineaux, “love mom” Helen Kennerson, and 2 brothers, Johnny DeShane Babineaux and DeShawn Babineaux.
Dec. 11A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 2100 block of Nederland Avenue.An officer assisted another agency in the 3300 block of FM 365.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 800 block of South 37th Street.Dec. 12Criminal mischief was reported in the 1300 block of North Twin City Highway.Terroristic threat of family / household -family violence was reported in the 400 block of North 23rd Street.Assault offensive touch -family violence was reported in the 2200 block of FM 365.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 2800 block of FM 365.A person was arrested for driving while intoxicated 3rd or more and unlawfully carrying a weapon in the 3500 block of Nederland Avenue.A person was arrested for driving while intoxicated in the 800 block of South Twin City Highway. Dec. 8Duty on striking unattended vehicle was reported in the 1100 block of Nederland Avenue.Dec. 9Assault causes sever bodily injury was reported in the 200 block of North 17th Street.Assault offensive touch – family violence was reported in the 3400 block of Nashville.Assault -family violence was reported in the 500 block of South 17th Street.A death was reported in the 200 block of South 2 ½ Street.De. 10Theft was reported in the 1111 block of Helena.Theft was reported in the 2100 block of Gary.Assault offensive touch -family violence was reported in the 7600 Erie. The following individuals were arrested by the Nederland Police Department from Dec. 7 to Dec. 13:Henry Rodriguez Jr., 44, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon-family violenceEric Jones Smith Jr., 31, fail to identifyShaun White, 33, warrant other agencyIsmael Rodriguez, 37, warrant other agencyMark Newell, 25, warrant other agencyAlex Stelly, 31, driving while intoxicated/Waylon Lemaire, 37, driving while intoxicatedNederland Police responded to the following from Dec. 7 to Dec. 13:Dec. 7Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was reported in the 700 block of Carriage Lane.Theft was reported in the 3000 block of FM 365.Forgery was reported in the 100 block of North Memorial.Credit card or debit card abuse was reported in the 1900 block of Avenue F.A person was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 1800 block of Detroit. Dec. 13A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 800 block of South 10th Street.
Mark leaves to cherish his memory his brothers, Harold (Anita), Dwight (Mary) of Port Arthur, TX, Patrick (Mertis) of Pearland, TX; sisters, Eddie Marie (Tommie), Brenda (Lawrence), Barbara, Mary (Ronnie) all of Port Arthur, TX, Cynthia (Melvin), Pamela (Gregory) of Pearland, TX, Sheril (Alex) of Harbor City, CA; sisters-in-law, Earline of Hawthorne, CA, Helen of Alvin, TX, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. March 21, 1963, a special child was born to Charles and Mary Jo Baker in Port Arthur, Texas.Mark was the thirteenth child born to this union. Mark transitioned from this earthly life on January 4, 2021 at Magnolia Manor nursing home in Groves, TX.He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary Baker; brothers, James, Charles, John, and Gary; sisters, Patricia and Glenda. Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, a public viewing will be held Saturday, January 09, 2021 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Thomas Blvd. Church of Christ, 2948 Thomas Blvd., Port Arthur, TX.A private funeral service will follow. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery.
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Coastal Georgia’s growth prospects are among the best in the nation. Savannah’s unique ambiance, mild climate and transportation infrastructure make it an attractive place to live and do business. The Port of Savannah, manufacturing, military and the tourism industry are Savannah’s major economic drivers. In 2006, the Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau reported more than 6.85 million visitors to the city during the year. By 2011, the bureau reported that the number of visitors the city attracted increased by nearly double that figure. Lodging, dining, entertainment and visitor-related transportation account for more than $2 billion in visitors’ spending per year and employ over 17,000.In 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked Hinesville’s metro area fourth among all the metro areas in the country in job growth in the industrial sector. The accolades continued as the area was then recognized as one of the Top 10 “Shining Examples of Economic Development That’s Working” in Southern Business & Development magazine’s 2013 winter edition. The salute was for being one of only 11 markets in the South that had seen wage growth over the past 24 months.Fort Stewart and the Port of Savannah have long been lures for the retail industry and its accompanying growth, as well as the manufacturing sector. In 1986, it took only a quick glance at the Hinesville area for executives at SNF, a French chemical company, to decide it was the perfect site for its first U.S. manufacturing site. The company is a top employer in Hinesville, third only to Fort Stewart and the Liberty County Board of Education. It’s also interesting to note that the largest workforce pool for SNF employees is among the veterans leaving Fort Stewart in retirement or at the end of their service.Although the area has been listed as one of the Top 10 most affordable places to retire, about one-third of the population in Hinesville and Savannah is under 18. The median age in Hinesville is 26 years and 31 in Savannah, meaning the workforce skews younger. Median household income in Hinesville is $43,807 and $39,386 in Savannah, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.Ports, Planes and HighwaysThree major components of Georgia’s transportation system are vital to the state’s economy — the interstate highway system, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick. Much of Georgia’s transportation infrastructure is based in Atlanta. The state has more than 1,200 miles of interstate highways connecting Georgia to neighboring states and the rest of the nation, connecting Georgia’s major cities, and connecting commuters’ homes to employers in the major cities. Three interstate highways converge in Atlanta, making it (along with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) the transportation hub of the Southeast. Atlanta is one of only five cities in the nation to be served by three separate interstate highways.Interstate 95 goes along Georgia’s coast, passing near Savannah, while I-16 connects Macon and Savannah. Other interstate highways run through smaller portions of Georgia, while others provide bypasses around major cities or spurs to other areas of Georgia. Combined, all of these interstate highways make moving products and people relatively easy.The deepwater seaports of Savannah and Brunswick are another component of Georgia’s transportation system that are vital to the state’s economy. The Port of Savannah handles approximately 80 percent of the material entering Georgia via ship, and is one of the fastest-growing ports in the nation. The port has historically been important to the Savannah area. In the 19th century, the Port of Savannah became one of the most active in the United States, and the city’s residents had the opportunity to consume some of the world’s finest goods, imported by foreign merchants. The port continues to have a huge impact on the area. In 2014, it was North America’s fourth-largest port for shipping container traffic.Natural ResourcesAgriculture was essential to Georgia’s economy during its first two centuries, beginning with the settlement by English colonists, led by Gen. James E. Oglethorpe, in Savannah in 1733. Silk and indigo production, both in demand in England, were early export commodities. By 1767, almost a ton of silk per year was exported to England. Georgia’s mild climate offered perfect conditions for growing cotton, which became the dominant commodity after the American Revolution. Its production under the plantation system and shipment through the Port of Savannah helped the city’s European immigrants achieve wealth and prosperity. The invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney in 1793 while he was visiting a friend near Savannah revolutionized the cotton industry. Growing cotton almost exclusively proved to have ravaging effects on the soil. That, and the onset of a boll weevil infestation, led to the decline of cotton growth in the state. Cotton is no longer “king” in Georgia, but cotton sales still accounted for more than 18 percent of the total cash receipts for agricultural production in 2012.Today, agriculture still accounts for much of the state’s economy. Many U.S. residents wouldn’t have fruit, meat and nuts if it wasn’t for Georgia’s agriculture. The state is known as the No. 1 pecan producer in the world, and is among the leading producers of blueberries, peaches, peanuts and poultry products. Agribusiness accounts for $72 billion annually of the state’s economy, with 1 in 7 Georgians working in agriculture, forestry or a related field, according to the Georgia Farm Bureau.Fort Stewart and Hunter Army AirfieldFort Stewart is not only the largest military installation east of the Mississippi River, covering nearly 285,000 acres, but, combined with Hunter Army Airfield, is one of the largest employers in Coastal Georgia. The ratio of military to civilian employees is approximately 6 to 1, with 22,422 officers and enlisted military and 3,891 civilians employed at both installations. Fort Stewart accounts for nearly 75 percent of the military employment in the area. Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield are estimated to have an annual economic impact of $4.9 billion, according to the most recent Economic Impact Statement.
School-age program (SAP)DoD School-Age programs (SAP) are offered for children, kindergarten through 6th grade before and/or after school, during holidays, and summer vacations. Emphasis is placed on SAP programs which meet community needs, reinforce family values, and promote the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children. SAP may be provided in DoD Youth Centers, Child Development Centers or other suitable facilities. To expand school-age program spaces, DoD policy encourages use of youth centers; on-and off-base schools, and other suitable facilities such as community centers. Accreditation of DoD SAP programs is a requirement. Accreditation sets the professional standards for after school programs and helps families identify high-quality programs. Waiting listDue to a high demand for care, you may be placed on a wait list. Your position on the wait list depends on many factors that are at the discretion of the installation and may include your spouse’s military status, the date you apply, deployment and your employment. If these factors change while you are on the wait list, your position will be changed accordingly, so it is important that you keep your information up-to-date.Childcare is not an entitlement, and fees are income-based. Fees throughout the child development system of care fall into fee ranges set by DoD.To apply for child care, fill out DD Form 2606, the Department of Defense Child Development Program Request for Care Record and return them to the Child and Youth Services Coordinator at your installation.The Department of Defense has a long history of providing positive youth programs that focus on alternative activities for youth during out-of-school hours. Today, DoD continues to be committed to youth by providing consistent guidance and stable and dynamic programs in more than 350 youth programs worldwide. DoD promotes positive youth development by designing programs to recognize the achievements of youth and by developing partnerships with other youth-serving organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H that offer a variety of resources. Programs for teens and pre-teens vary from one base to another, but are governed by a consistent DoD instruction. Programs prepare young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences that help them become socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively competent. Programs usually include physical fitness and sports, arts and recreation, training in leadership, life skills and career/volunteer opportunities, mentoring, intervention and support services. Child development centers (CDC)These facilities generally offer child care for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. Care is typically available weekdays. CDCs vary in size; the average CDC cares for about 200 children. All programs must be certified by the DoD and accredited by a national accrediting body such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children. General informationThe Department of Defense (DoD) and the Military Services take great pride in the variety and quality of services provided to children and youth on installations worldwide. While the services provided depend on the size of the location, the standards and quality of services are consistent and meet established regulations. The network has hundreds of locations worldwide serving over 1.3 million children. In-home childcareWith in-home childcare, children receive their care in the private home of a certified provider living in government-owned or leased housing or in state-licensed homes in the community. Family child care provides accommodating child care arrangements, including night, weekend, and flexible hourly care for shift work.In-home childcare programs offer comparable care to a CDC. Providers must be certified by the DoD, and some seek additional accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). Regulations limit the number of children that may be cared for at one time: no more than six children under age eight, and no more than two children under two years old.