Patti Wilson, dressed as Pete the Cat, read to students the book by the same nam

Y Reads with You, a literacy program developed by the partnership of the YMCA of Southeast Texas and Port Arthur Independent School District, hosted its kickoff celebration at Sam Houston Elementary in Port Arthur on Thursday, Oct. 1. 

With storytelling, snacks and activities, the preliminary event was an educational and interactive success.


What was once an inner-city sanctuary for South Park residents of all walks of life now stands on the precipice of closure if the city does not act.

The L.L. Melton Family Life Center, formerly the L.L. Melton YMCA, is struggling to keep the doors open, prompting a letter to the city requesting help paying what amounts to $3,000 in monthly utilities to stay open.