Lamar State College Port Arthur

The good times will be rolling on Saturday, April 7, at the 2018 Cajun Heritage Fest held at the Carl A. Parker Center on the campus of Lamar State College Port Arthur (1800 Lakeshore Drive) beginning at 11 a.m.

There will be plenty of good music and space to dance to the sounds of Donovan Bourque (noon); Wayne Toups & Royal BluGarou (1:30 p.m.); Travis Matte & The Kingpins (4:30 p.m.); and Jamie Bergeron & Kickin’ Cajuns, who will headline the show at 7:30 p.m.

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Rodney Brown dunking a basketball

The New Year’s Eve celebration got an early start for Lamar State College Port Arthur on Dec. 31 as the Seahawk basketball team went off like a Roman candle, scoring the first 15 points of its year-ending, tournament-closing game, winning 91-57 over North America University in the LSCPA New Year’s Day Classic.

The win improved LSCPA’s record to 6-7 for the season as the Seahawks get set to open the 2018 half of their schedule on Friday, Jan. 5, when they host NJCAA Region XIV rival Panola College at the Parker Center in Port Arthur at 6 p.m.

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Teachers, students and parents are awaiting some sort of normalcy in their lives, which includes the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Beaumont Independent School District has a tentative goal of beginning school Monday, Sept. 11, but will host an emergency meeting Friday, Sept. 8, at the Administration Building (3395 Harrison Ave) at noon to make a final decision.

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A highly anticipated event on the crowded festival calendar arrives in Mid-County on March 14. The 44th annual Nederland Heritage Festival welcomes 100,000 friends and neighbors through March 19 for an annual outpouring of fun, entertainment, music, crafts and carnival rides, as well as a delicious array of fair food.

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John Comeaux, a  freshman guard at Lamar State College Port Arthur

John Comeaux, a freshman guard at Lamar State College Port Arthur, was named the NJCAA Division I Player of the Week on Jan. 11.

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The City of Port Arthur will once again host the Annual Cultural Lighted Holiday Parade Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 starting at 6 p.m. The parade route is down Procter Street to Houston Avenue.

All vehicles will enter the Performing Arts parking lot at Lamar State College-Port Arthur from Lakeshore Drive.

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The Port Arthur Downtown Revitalization Plan won the Long Range Planning Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association on Nov. 4. The Texas Chapter of the APA named the city’s plan as the only recipient of the long range recognition at their annual conference.

Port Arthur’s revitalization plan is “the first in the nation” to integrate an analysis of the market, infrastructure, economic development, capital improvement plans and urban design in one document, according to a statement from the City of Port Arthur released Nov. 18.

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Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County has announced the dates for the 2016 Port Arthur Jingle Bell Run, presented by the Sea Rim Striders. The Jingle Bell Run will be held Dec. 3 at 8:30 a.m. at 1800 Lakeshore Drive. The Kids K starts at 8 a.m.

Registration is $25 for adults and $12 for kids. The special needs 1K is $10. However, prices will increase to $30 for adults and $15 for kids and special needs after midnight Nov. 13.

Discounts are available for members of the military and Sea Rim Striders.

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Lamar State College Port Arthur has been selected as one of just 68 institutions of higher education from across the nation to take part in the Second Chance Pell Grant program, announced the Department of Education on Friday, June 24.

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