Justin Sanchez The News staff writer NEDERLAND — There aren’t many veterans who return home from War and quickly fall back into the groove of everyday life. And, if that’s not enough to bust someone’s groove, being in Okinawa during World War II as the two atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, might. However, Nederland resident Skeeter Lee, 84, has somehow managed to do just that in his years since coming home to Southeast Texas. “I was young so it really didn’t make a difference to me,” he said. Born in Indiana Bayou, LA, Lee and his family moved to Nederland within the same year of his birth. He was raised in Southeast Texas and went on to graduate Nederland High School in 1940. Although not entirely sure what he wanted to pursue, Lee began working toward a degree in college for upper elementary education in Lafayette, LA in 1941. While still attending college in ‘42, he was drafted into the military with little option of where he was headed. “The draft was wide open when I got in,” Lee said, “so you couldn’t enlist or anything. I actually wanted to enlist in the air force, but when I got drafted they put me into the army.” Spending a large portion of his time in the South Pacific, Lee was with the 1st Radio Squadron where he and his men intercepted Japenese code. “We knew where every Japenese air base was, how many planes they had and when they left,” he said. After the war ended, Lee occupied Japan until January in 1946. During that time, he visited his brother who was also serving in the military. “My brother was in Seoul, Korea so I got my commanding officer to send me there on temporary duty,” Lee said. I spent about a month over there and it was pretty cool.” It didn’t take too long before he was tired and ready to make the long flight back to Texas. “Eventually I had enough of everything and was ready to come home,” Lee said. “I felt free when I finally came home, but still didn’t know what I wanted to do.” Lee, and his father Tom Lee, decided to start their own business, beginning with a lunch counter at Nederland Pharmacy. After closing the counter down in 1947, Lee and his father opened up their next business, which was a cafeteria called Tom and Skeeter’s Cafeteria on Nederland Ave. “We had the only cafeteria around here,” he said, “and on Sundays we had people lined up for two blocks.” Lee said Texas native Tex Ritter was a common visitor to the cafe, bringing his two bodyguards with him at times. The walls surrounding customers in the cafeteria were decorated with murals painted by his old friend Milton Turner. Lee’s cafeteria saw 22 years of success before finally shutting its doors. His final personal business venture came with a pie shop, similarly called Tom and Skeeter’s Pie Shop. Although it opened after his father passed away, Lee kept both their names in the title because it was so well recognized by locals at the time, he said. “I sold big, home-made pies for $1,” he said, “but then everything got expensive. I had to raise the price to $1.50 and people just wouldn’t buy them so I had to close it down.” Lee spent the rest of his working-life at Western Southern Insurance where he retired after 15 years in 1984. Those hoping for a new Tom and Skeeter shop shouldn’t hold their breath because it doesn’t look likely. “At 84 years-old I’m not opening anything,” he said. “I’m going to take it easy the last few years that I have left.”
Next UpSalvador retired from PPG in Beaumont as an operator with over 30 years of service.He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where he was also a member of the Senior Club. Salvador was a member of the American Legion Post #7 in Port Arthur. Salvador “Chava” Fernandez, 86, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur.He was born on December 18, 1929 to Angela Fernandez Ybarra and Salvador Ybarra in Mexico City, Mexico. Salvador was three years old when he came to this area, he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1950. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Salvador is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Carmen Barbosa Fernandez of Port Arthur, his two sons, Ricky Fernandez and his wife, Shirleen of Nederland, George Fernandez and his wife, Denise of Nederland, his two daughters, Belinda Gongora and her husband, Joe of Port Arthur, Debbie Theriot and her husband, Keith of Port Arthur, eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.Visitation for family and friends will be on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a rosary to be prayed at 6:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 PM Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Port Arthur with Rev. Urbano Sáenz Ramírez, serving as celebrant. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Veteran broadcaster Dave Hofferth, who has covered Lamar athletics for nearly 40 years, is the 2017 recipient of the Southland Conference’s Louis Bonnette Award.The award, named after longtime McNeese State sports information director Louis Bonnette, is presented annually to an individual that has made an outstanding contribution in the field of sports information, print journalism, broadcasting or other media focused on the Southland Conference and/or its member institutions. Hofferth, who received the Big Red Award from the LU Hall of Honor in 1997, is the second person connected with Lamar to receive the Louis Bonnette Award. Longtime sports information director and newspaper reporter Rush Wood won the award in 2013.“Dave is highly deserving of this honor. He has been a great ambassador for Lamar University for nearly four decades,” Lamar University Director of Athletics Jason Henderson said. “We have been fortunate to have tremendous professionals such as Rush and Dave, along with many others provide great coverage of the success of this program and its student-athletes.” Hofferth, currently the sports director at KBMT-TV in Beaumont, started his career in Southeast Texas in 1975 as a news and sports reporter for KLVI Radio in Beaumont before joining KBMT in 1998. He started broadcasting LU athletic contests in 1978. Since then he has called more than 1,000 LU games, including football, baseball and men’s and women’s basketball. Hofferth has been on hand to call some of the biggest moments in LU history, including the first NCAA Tournament win by the men’s basketball team in 1979 as the Cardinals defeated Detroit, women’s basketball’s magical run to the Elite Eight in 1991 and football’s last-second win over Baylor in 1981.Hofferth often did double-duty, calling basketball games on KLVI while shooting video highlights from his courtside seat without ever missing a beat.“I was blown away by the call from Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett,” Hofferth said. “It is a great honor to receive this award. When you think of the great individuals who have received it in the past, to be recognized with them is very special. Louis Bonnette handled his position with a great deal of integrity, and did an amazing job of providing the media with information over the years. I was just one of many in the media whom he helped to take care of.” Hofferth will receive the award during the conference’s annual football media day on Thursday in Houston.
The Coast Guard medevaced a mariner off the 336-foot tanker Kassos about 40 miles south of Galveston on Saturday afternoon. The Coast Guard issued a news release that said Coast Guard Station Galveston watchstanders received a call from the captain of the Kassos, who reported a crewmember had suffered a broken leg. Station Galveston notified Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders, who consulted the duty flight surgeon, and a medevac was recommended.A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Houston hoisted the 38-year-old man and transferred him to medical personnel at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he was listed in stable condition.Weather on scene was reported as 17-mph winds with 5-foot seas
Lamar sports informationFRISCO — Chastadie Barrs, Moe Kinard and Miya Crump of Lamar have been named to the 2019 All-Southland Conference teams, announced by the league office on Wednesday morning.Barrs was named Southland Player of the Year, Defender of the Year and First Team All-Southland. Crump was named SLC Freshman of the Year and Second Team All-Southland, while Kinard took home First Team All-Southland honors. Barrs earns her fourth straight Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year award and is the only player in league history to win it for four straight seasons. Besides being named Southland Defensive Player of the Year, Barrs was also named to the Southland All-Defensive team. She leads the NCAA in steals this season with 183 and is averaging 6.3 steals per game this season. On Feb. 27, Barrs set the NCAA career steals mark that was held by Natalie White for 23 years.“It’s unbelievable that Chastadie has won this award for four years in a row and is the only player to win this award three or more times,” Harmony said of Barrs being named defensive player of the year. “She pretty much can take the ball whenever she wants.”For the second straight season, Barrs was named to the All-Southland First Team. The DeSoto native, led the Cardinals in rebounding and assists this season. On Feb. 16, Barrs set the LU career assists mark, and has 701 assists in her career. She has collected 211 rebounds on the season, averaging 7.3 rebounds per game, leading the Cardinals. She became only the second player in NCAA history to score 1,000 points, collect 500 rebounds, dish out 500 assists and record 500 steals in her career.Barrs was not alone earning First Team All-SLC honors as Kinard earned her second straight. Kinard finished the regular season as the Southland scoring leader as she averaged 20.7 points per game. She set the NCAA single game three-point record when she hit 13 threes at Denver on Nov. 23. In that game, Kinard set the single game scoring record for LU with 58 points, also the most points scored in an NCAA game this season. The Cardinals are coming off a 24-5 season and 17-1 SLC mark. The 24 wins are the most wins for LU under head coach Robin Harmony. The Red and White won its second straight Southland regular season title. This is the first time in school history LU as won back-to-back regular season titles.For the first time since 2010, the Cardinals had a player earn Southland Conference Player of the Year, as Chastadie Barrs took home the honor in 2019. Barrs was named Southland Player of the Week seven times this season. She finished averaging 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 6.3 steals per game this season.“It is such an honor for Chastadie to be named Southland Player of the Year and be only the third Cardinal to earn this honor,” Harmony remarked. “She has been a key player for us over the last four seasons and helps the team in so many aspects.” “Moe has been consistent all season,” Harmony said. “She finds some way to contribute. Even if her shot isn’t falling, she will find another way to help us.”Kinard, a native of New Iberia, Louisiana, appeared in all 29 games for the Cardinals this season. She led the Cards in scoring averaging 20.7 points per game. She shot a career-best 45.2 percent from the floor and 33.1 percent on three pointers this season. She made a career-high 82 threes this season. Against Incarnate Word on Feb. 20, Kinard broke the LU school record for most three pointers made in a career with 218. Besides scoring, Kinard recorded 5.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.5 assists per game during the 2018-19 season.Crump becomes the fourth Cardinal to earn Southland Freshman of the Year honors and the second straight as Jadyn Pimentel earned the honor last year. Crump also earned Second Team All-Southland honors this season. She finished second on the Cards in scoring, averaging 15.0 points per game. She scored a career-high 31 points on Jan. 16 against Southeastern Louisiana.“We knew when we recruited Miya that she had the potential to be freshman of the year,” Harmony said. “She has great years ahead of her. She’s so quick, she’s hard to stop. She is in a good situation here.”In addition to scoring, the Houston native collected 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 1.3 assists per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the floor. Crump scored in double-figures in 20 of the 29 games this season.Lamar enters the Southland Conference Tournament as the top seed and play in the semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets for the Southland Championships are available through the LU Ticket Office (880-1715). Fans can also purchase tournament tickets in Katy by going to LU Ticket kiosk at the Merrell Center. The kiosk will open 90 minutes prior to start of the session.
As an avid waterfowl hunter for over 35 years, I have had more great duck hunts than any one person deserves. I have been fortunate enough to share the duck blind with some amazing people in some amazing places. My favorite however, took place a few years ago right down the street from my house. We had been dealing with an over abundance of water that begin with the immense flooding of Hurricane Harvey. After this disaster, the rain never really seemed to stop.The high waters had the ducks spread all over. The season had been less than spectacular to say the least. Since it was the last day of season, I decided to give it one more final effort. When we turned in the road to the duck pond, it was covered in water. This would usually be a good time to turn around but since it was the last day, we trudged ahead with caution. Once at the pond, we found deep water. In fact, we hunted in a clump of marsh grass with the water waist deep and the legs on the Avery dog blind fully extended.To make a long story short, I will say that it was worth the effort. Unlike most hunters, one of my favorite ducks to shoot are ring necked ducks. Most of the locals call them trash duck, but I am in love with the way they fly into the decoys like fighter pilots. I love the sound of the wind rustling through their wings, and I find them to be challenging targets.For thirty solid minutes they dive bombed our spread and we shot like professional marksmen. Ducks were floating everywhere and Penny, my chocolate lab, made every single retrieve flawlessly. Not only did I have a ball hunting, I got to spend some great blind time with my youngest son that morning as well. The Jan. 28, 2017, Diver Smackdown is a hunt that, at least in my mind, will live in infamy!Brian Johnson, originally of Winnie, is pastor of First Baptist Church of Winnie, owner of DuckDogTrainer.com and outdoors writer for The News.
Star Files View Comments Related Shows Big Fish Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 29, 2013 Kate Baldwin The weather in New York was frightful, but tons of theater fans braved the rain on August 1 to catch Big Fish stars Norbert Leo Butz and Kate Baldwin in Bryant Park! The stars previewed the songs “Fight the Dragons” and “Time Stops” from Andrew Lippa and John August’s new musical at the outdoor concert series Broadway in Bryant Park. Hosted by 106.7 Lite FM, the weekly summer event has become a Broadway tradition over the last 13 years. Check out this Hot Shot of Butz and Baldwin cuddling up in the rain, then see them in Big Fish on Broadway, beginning September 5 at the Neil Simon Theatre! Norbert Leo Butz
Star Files Rachel Potter View Comments It seems like just yesterday Rachel Potter was making us cry in her moving performance as the Mistress in Broadway’s Evita, and now she’s rocking out onstage every week on the TV competition series The X Factor (and did we mention she’s absolutely killing it?!). This week, Potter brings the ‘80s rock edge in a passionate rendition of Heart’s “Alone,” and the judges (well, everyone but Simon Cowell, but we think he’s just jealous) went absolutely wild for her performance. Click below to judge for yourself, then tune in on FOX to see if she makes the cut!
Legal ServicesOffutt AFB has a base legal office to serve active duty members, retirees and family members. The Legal Office offers legal assistance to the following categories of beneficiaries: 1) Active duty military members 2) Retired military members 3) Reserve and Guard members on active duty 4) Family members of any of the above, including unremarried former spouses, with valid ID cards.Types of ServicesThe legal office can provide assistance with:Power of AttorneyNotary ServiceBasic WillLiving WillReferrals for other legal mattersInformation on other legal matters (bankruptcy, Service Members’ Civil Relief Act, etc.) Hours of Operation/Type of ServiceLegal assistance attorneys are available to advise members on their personal, civil legal matters. Effective January 2015: Legal assistance and Wills for active duty and their dependents are by appointment only. Notary and Power of Attorney Services are offered daily as a walk-in service from 0900-1500 Monday-Friday. Legal assistance and Wills for retirees will be held monthly on a designated retiree day starting January 2015. Please call the Legal office to schedule appointments at 294-3732.Services Not ProvidedLegal assistance attorneys are available to advise members on their personal, civil legal matters. Legal assistance and Wills for active duty and their dependents are by appointment only. Notary and Power of Attorney Services are offered daily as a walk-in service from 0900-1500 Monday-Friday. Legal assistance and Wills for retirees will be held monthly on a designated retiree day. Please go to https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil to fill out Will worksheets prior to your appointment.Please call the Legal office to schedule appointments at 294-3733.Household Goods Claims ServicesEven though much of the claims process takes place on line now, it is still required that the member bring the Form 1840 (pink copy of their Bill of Lading given to them by the carrier) to the Claims Center at the Legal office within 70 days of the delivery date of your household goods to get the process started.
The Personal Property Branch manages inbound shipments of household property and temporary storage, should your goods arrive before you’ve been assigned quarters. To schedule delivery of property, request storage or check the status of your shipment, call the Inbound Section of the Personal Property Branch’s Transportation Office at 706-545-4900 or visit Room 105 in Building 6 on Main Post.If you are assigned post housing, please be aware that boats, RVs and trailers cannot be parked in driveways or on the street for more than two days. MWR’s Outdoor Recreation offers secure storage for all sorts of recreational and utility vehicles, including automobiles, trailers, boats, motorcycles and RVs. It also has storage units for surplus household goods, with prices starting at a reasonable $40 per month. Outdoor Rec is on Main Post in Building 1707 on Gillespie Street. For more information, call 706-545-7978.