The News

Ransom Howard

Ransom Howard, a former Port Arthur educator and preacher, was sentenced this week to serve weekends in jail and 10 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to multiple felony DWI offenses, according to court records.

Port of Beaumont Chief of Police Stephen P. Davis

Being the first black chief of police for the Port of Beaumont isn’t something Stephen P. Davis thinks too much about.

“After having my job for five years, I never thought I was the only minority in this position with the Port of Beaumont,” Davis said when he first heard the news – this week being interviewed for the subject of a Black History Month article. “It probably demonstrates that I don’t concentrate on those things.”

Davis never tried to be the first; he just was.


A film crew from Discovery Channel Canada visited campus recently to capture the progress made by researchers in the Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering on an innovative lionfish-hunting robot.

The segment will air on the channel through Daily Planet, an hour-long science and technology magazine that airs five nights per week nationally, with larger stories exported worldwide. Videos are also posted to social media sites.


On Feb. 15 at 3:04 p.m., Port Arthur Police Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call in reference to a shooting victim at Prince Hall Village Apartments, 914 W.14th Street, City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release.


IEA – Inspire, Encourage, Achieve recently honored Winston Brown for his 16 years of service, providing transportation, mentoring and support to hundreds of youth.

IEA hosted the community gathering at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church at which IEA participants and their families, as well as community leaders and program volunteers, were recognized.