Small Touches Can Make a Big Impact on Your Home’s Interior Design

first_img • Layered Look: Combining a range of finishes can give you a layered effect, which is visually interesting. Avoid fittings that are identical or match everything in the room, says Cohler.• Cabinets: When it comes to decorative hardware for cabinets, a coordinated look is still the most popular among homeowners. For the more adventurous, try a modified mixing of hardware. For instance, you can have all your wall cupboards fitted with brass and all the base cabinets and drawers with copper hardware.• Don’t get bored: Fashion conscious homeowners should consider keeping two sets of cabinet hardware on hand and change them every other year to keep the look fresh. Swapping them out is simple, and just requires a screwdriver.• Make it Easy: For many people, choosing cabinet hardware can be confusing and arbitrary. However, narrowing your search to a curated collection can make the process easier. For example, AmerockNOW curated by Cohler, captures regional style trends across the country, with refreshed styles and new finishes that blend with both traditionally styled interiors and more contemporary decors.  (StatePoint) For homeowners looking to make a big interior design splash while staying on-trend, it’s all about focusing on little touches, say experts.“You may not think much about the knobs and handles on your kitchen and bathroom cabinets, credenzas and other furnishings, but these small touches can be the jewelry of your home and are an inexpensive yet important design remodel,” says acclaimed designer, Eric Cohler, who has been listed as a top international designer by House Beautiful and Elle Décor magazines.Want to update or coordinate the entire look and feel of your home? Cohler is offering some tips: • Think Metal: Metals are a hot trend — from artisanal coppers to sassy bronzes and from cool nickel to sharp stainless steel. While metallic finishes may already be peppered throughout your home on appliances, plumbing fixtures and even textiles, don’t forget that you can subtly follow the metal trend by including the look on cabinetry door pulls, furniture hardware and even hinges. It adds just the right amount of polish and elegance to a room without being too opulent.• Warmth: Copper, along with its chromatic cousins — brass, bronze and gold — brings a sense of warmth to the home. Pair it with natural wood, leather or glass to create a calm, elegant impression in any environment. Avoid mixing copper too much with primary colors.For example, if you’re looking for a warm and rustic surface with dark undertones, Cohler recommends considering knobs, handles and hinges with a Brushed Copper finish, available from such cabinet hardware brands as Amerock Hardware. A copper finish has the versatility to blend with both modern and traditional décor.center_img More information about new products, as well as design tips and regional trends can be found at www.Amerock.com.From functional hinges and screws to decorative knobs and backplates, updating small details throughout your home is a great avenue for personal expression and trend-setting.last_img read more

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SOFTBALL: Napoli becomes Lamar’s all-time strikeout leader

first_imgLamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Laura Napoli became Lamar’s all-time strikeout leader Friday night, but the Cardinals dropped both ends of a Southland Conference doubleheader to the visiting McNeese State Cowgirls by scores of 6-4 and 5-2.Napoli struck out three in the opener to boost her career total to 271, surpassing the previous record of 269 held by Ciara Luna.With the losses, LU (24-23 overall, 9-11 SLC) fell one game behind Sam Houston State for eighth place, and the final spot in next month’s Southland Conference Tournament. The Bearkats split a doubleheader at Abilene Christian on Friday. McNeese improved to 32-16 overall and 14-6 in the conference to maintain a share of the conference lead.Game 1Kelly Meeuwsen became just the second Cardinal in program history to drive in 100 runs, but the Cardinals squandered a 3-0 led, allowing six runs over the final two innings.Game 2 Meeuwsen and Kendall Talley had two hits for the Cardinals, but the Cardinals couldn’t dig themselves out of an early 4-0 hole.PROMOTIONSToday is Hometown Heroes Day, with all first responders and active or former military personnel receiving free admission when they wear their uniform or present a valid ID at the ticket window.last_img read more

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GOLF: Chapelet, Le Roux placed on Southland All-Academic team

first_img “Olivia holds a 4.0 in biology, which is difficult to do on its own without the time required to compete in athletics,” Steward said. “We wish her well as she embarks on her next adventure in life, and I know she will be extremely successful in whatever endeavor she chooses.” BEAUMONT — The Lamar women’s golf team placed a pair of student-athletes on the Southland Conference All-Academic team that was announced by the conference office on Monday.Sophomore Elodie Chapelet (Souraide, France) was named to the first team, while senior Olivia Le Roux (Brackenfell, South Africa) was a second-team selection. Next Up“Elodie and Olivia are two examples of dedicated student-athletes,” LU women’s golf coach Jessica Steward said. “They work hard to keep their golf games in good shape without sacrificing academic performance. They prioritize, manage their time well and set great examples for their teammates to follow.”Chapelet, a business major with a 3.38 GPA, posted eight-top 10 finishes in nine events, including six-top-five finishes and one victory this season along with winning both of her matches at the Cardinal Challenge, LU’s only match-play event of the season. Chapelet, a two-time All-Southland Conference selection and the 2017 Southland Women’s Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year, averaged a team-leading 73.96 strokes per round this season, with a low round of 68.center_img Le Roux, who just graduated from Lamar, with a 4.00 GPA in biology, was a second-team selection this season. A three-time selection to the all-academic team, Le Roux averaged 77.43 strokes per round this season over 26 rounds, with a low round of 70. Le Roux posted three top-10 finishes this season.last_img read more

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Pounding out a plan: House, Senate at odds on teacher pay raises

first_img Patrick ‘kowtowing?’The politics surrounding the Senate’s teacher pay raise bill this session are unusual, with conservative Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has previously clashed with educators, advocating for a proposal many teachers like. Meanwhile, conservative group Empower Texans, a key contributor to Patrick’s campaign, has come out against the bill, with one employee criticizing conservatives like Patrick for “kowtowing” to liberals.That bill has divided the education community, with superintendents and school boards arguing they need more flexibility with additional funds and many teachers supporting the directed raises.Huberty said Tuesday that the House would “certainly have a hearing on that [Senate] bill,” but said the school finance panel that worked to develop recommendations for lawmakers did not include across-the-board raises.He said HB 3 provides more opportunity for local school boards and superintendents to decide how to use increased funding. More than 85 House members have signed on as co-authors of HB 3 and, in a public show of support, many of them were present at Tuesday’s press conference.At least one educator group is calling for an across-the-board raise. HB 3 “will provide more classroom resources and may give some teachers a pay raise. But we need an across-the-board, permanent pay raise for every teacher guaranteed in the law and an increase in funding to also assure pay raises for all school employees,” said Noel Candelaria, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, in a statement Tuesday.Dueling proposalsThe dueling proposals highlight how a lot of negotiating still needs to be done in order to get both chambers on the same page. Although Senate and House lawmakers previously said they wanted to have a joint press conference releasing identical school finance bills, the Senate’s education chair Larry Taylor , R-Friendswood, was not present at Tuesday’s press conference and has not filed a companion bill. He is expected to file Senate Bill 4 later this week, which will likely not be identical to HB 3.Overall, HB 3 covers three priorities — teacher pay, property tax reform and school finance reform — that Abbott named “emergency items” in his State of the State address last month, meaning state lawmakers can move faster to pass them. Of the $9 billion proposed in the bill, $6 billion would go to school finance reform and $3 billion would go to property tax relief.At 186 pages, HB 3’s wide-ranging set of policy proposals would also:• Increase the base funding per Texas student by $890, bringing it from $5,140 to $6,030. That base number has not been changed in four years and is not adjusted for inflation.• Compress all school districts’ tax rates by 4 cents per 100 of taxable property value, which could save the owner of a home appraised at $250,000 about $100 annually in school district taxes.• Help reduce recapture payments by about $3 billion. Recapture, also known as Robin Hood, is a state program that takes excess funding from wealthier school districts with higher property values and redistributes it to poorer school districts and charter schools.• Help fund full-day pre-K for eligible students.• Provide $140 million for a program to help school districts recruit and retain teachers.• Give an incentive to school districts that want to offer an extra 30 days of half-day instruction for elementary school studies during the summer.Cassi Pollock contributed reporting.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty, R-Houston, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, laid out their reform proposal at a news conference Tuesday, calling for raising minimum salaries for a broad group of educators, increasing health and pension benefits, and offering opportunities for merit pay programs. That approach differs substantially from the $4 billion proposal that sailed through the Senate on Monday that would provide mandatory across-the-board $5,000 raises for classroom teachers and librarians.When asked about the Senate’s proposal, Bonnen said: “I don’t know how you call a $5,000 across-the-board teacher pay raise … with no discussion of reducing recapture, no discussion of reducing property taxes, no discussion of early childhood education, no discussion of incentivizing the teachers going to a tougher school to teach” a school finance plan.“What we have is a plan,” he added. “I think teachers are some of the smartest people in Texas, and they are going to figure out that the Texas House has a winning plan for the teachers and students in Texas.” Students fundedThe House proposal, House Bill 3, would increase the base funding per student while requiring school districts to meet a higher minimum base pay for classroom teachers, full-time counselors, full-time librarians and full-time registered nurses. Many districts already exceed the current minimum salaries for educators at different experience levels.It would work hand-in-hand with House Bill 9, filed Monday by the speaker’s brother, Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-Friendswood, which would increase the state’s contribution to Teacher Retirement System pensions over time, while keeping active member and district contributions the same.HB 3 would also provide funding for districts that choose to offer a merit pay program, rating their teachers and providing the top-rated ones with more money — modeled on a Dallas ISD program touted among lawmakers. The Senate is expected to include a similar proposal in its own school finance bill later this week.center_img By Aliyya SwabyThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.orgWith Texas House lawmakers unveiling their long-awaited school finance proposal Tuesday and the Senate’s version likely close behind, teacher pay appears to be emerging as one of the biggest sticking points between the two chambers.last_img read more

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FERC OKs Sempra’s Port Arthur LNG project

first_imgSpecial to The NewsSempra Energy on Thursday announced its subsidiary, Port Arthur LNG, received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorization to site, construct and operate its natural gas liquefaction-export facility under development in Jefferson County.“With today’s FERC order and the commercial momentum of the Port Arthur LNG project, we are one step closer to reaching a final investment decision and delivering low-cost, reliable and clean U.S. natural gas to world markets,” said Carlos Ruiz Sacristán, chairman and CEO of Sempra North American Infrastructure, in a statement issued by the company. “Port Arthur LNG should help us achieve our goal to become one of the largest exporters of North American liquefied natural gas. We are grateful to all of our stakeholders for supporting this important infrastructure project that is expected to create thousands of jobs and provide economic benefits for years to come.”The Port Arthur LNG project is expected to include two liquefaction trains, up to three LNG storage tanks and associated facilities that will enable the export of about 11 million tonnes per annum, or Mtpa, of LNG. The FERC order also approved the construction of the Texas and Louisiana connector pipeline projects that will provide natural gas transportation for the new liquefaction facilities.The company holds some 3,000 acres in the county along Highway 87, en route to Sabine Pass. The company suggests the cost of the project will be “multi billion,” although it has previously been estimated at $8-9 billion. It would involve some 3,500 engineering and construction workers at its peak and may generate as many as 200 permanent jobs. Port Arthur LNG and the Polish Oil & Gas Co. signed a definitive 20-year sale-and-purchase agreement for 2 Mtpa of LNG from the Port Arthur LNG project, subject to certain conditions. Last year, Sempra LNG selected Bechtel as the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contractor for the project, subject to reaching a definitive agreement.Port Arthur LNG received Department of Energy authorization in August 2015 to export domestically produced natural gas to countries with which the U.S. has free trade agreements and has a pending application to export natural gas to non-free trade agreement countries, the company said.center_img Development of the Port Arthur LNG project is contingent upon obtaining additional customer commitments, completing the required commercial agreements, securing all necessary permits, obtaining financing, incentives and other factors and reaching a final investment decision.Sempra LNG develops, builds and invests in natural gas liquefaction facilities and is pursuing the development of five strategically located LNG projects in North America with a goal of delivering 45 Mtpa of clean natural gas to the largest world markets, making Sempra Energy one of North America’s largest developers of LNG export facilities.last_img read more

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EDITORIAL — Progress: Our look within local treasures

first_img The energy industry and those who support it locally are composed of proud local people who hold a valuable place in our local, state and global economy. They are important; their missions matter not only to our community, state, nation and world but also to their families for whom they toil daily.We salute people who make Southeast Texas economically robust. We encourage young people to explore the opportunities that abound here. And the importance of our ports will continue to expand with the deepening of our ship channel.That prowess does not come without challenges. That includes the challenge to develop a workforce not only of engineers but also of welders and process operators and instrument technicians — and environmentalists. We need people who can build scaffolding, load cargo, navigate waters and guide massive tankers, manage ports and sail the oceans. And we need people who can lend service to those workers to help them accomplish their invaluable missions, including the Coast Guard and others who inspect and protect our waterways and shores and all their related businesses. Next UpHow core is oil and gas to our existence? The question might be considered by the existence of 3,500 miles of pipelines under Jefferson County. We are all near a pipeline.It might be considered by the 600,000 barrels of oil produced at Motiva, the largest refinery in North America, or by hefty production at Valero Refinery or ExxonMobil or others. When it comes to refined products, we are vital to the industry.Consider our importance, too, to the nation. The Port of Port Arthur handled 4 million tons of cargo in 2018, much of that related to energy exports. In fact, exports that leave our shores by way of the Sabine Neches Waterway help our efforts to balance our trade with the world.center_img Four weeks of our special Progress reports, released on consecutive Weekend editions — the theme has been Plants, Ports and Pipelines — have confirmed the challenges and opportunities of living in an oil and gas environment. That’s Southeast Texas for you.In four, 12-page special sections, we’ve offered a local history of energy production, the challenges of training and retaining an adept workforce, the opportunities and components along a robust ship channel and a peek into the future. We hope you have journeyed with us.It’s futile to howl against an energy economy, especially in this region. Oil and gas is the lifeline in Southeast Texas; it has provided us, within a global economy, a reason to be. That started with the gusher at Spindletop and establishment of ancient refineries in 1901 and 1903. It continued with the creation of products related to oil, including the development of petrochemicals and the more come-lately production of liquefied natural gas.last_img read more

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Armed break-in at woman’s Port Arthur apartment; 1 arrested & another sought

first_img The victim also told police one suspect fled the scene.“When officers arrived on scene, one of the suspects was being detained by another occupant of the apartment,” the release said, noting Babineaux was the arrested suspect. Port Arthur Police’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the break-in. A release from Det. Sadie Guedry also said a second suspect, identified only as a black male, is being sought by the PAPD.Police officers first responded at 1:14 a.m. Monday to 901 Main Ave. No. 171 in the Villa Main Apartments following a burglary report.The caller advised men forced entry into her apartment and one was armed with a gun.center_img One man was in custody, another at large after a violent and threatening home invasion, authorities said.Port Arthur Police said Clarence Babineaux, 36, was taken into custody Monday and transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.The Port Arthur man is charged with burglary of a habitation. His bond was set at $50,000.last_img read more

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Jeremy Keith Scott

first_img Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, November 1, 2019 at New Hope Baptist Church, 549 W. Gulfway Drive, Port Arthur, TX with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time. Jeremy Keith Scott, 36, of Port Arthur, TX passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, TX.He was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur and did construction work. Jeremy grew up in New Hope Baptist Church, where he was very active in the youth department and the music ministry.He is survived by his wife, Ruth Perez Scott; parents, Bruce and Ruby Scott; two children, Sakyra Perez and Jeremiah Scott; sister, Mavis Scott and brother, Joseph Scott all of Port Arthur, TX; and a host of other relatives and friends.center_img Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.last_img read more

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THE MOVIE GUY — ‘Terminator’ told you that he’d be back

first_img “Terminator: Dark Fate” isn’t a great movie, but it’s a far cry better than the past three films.Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are each week in “The Port Arthur News” and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at [email protected] This is all well and good, but the filmmakers feel the need to top themselves with each successive action spectacle. Things can get a bit silly, such as a fight scene set at the bottom of a lake. There’s a fine line between cutting-edge and over-the-top. “Terminator: Dark Fate” has trouble holding that line.Still, the girl power ethic of this film is a lot of fun. It’s great to see Hamilton back on screen, with her iconic character. Davis makes a very good action hero and even Reyes grows into a capable heroine. Throw in an impressive performance by Luna in the villain role, and yes, the cheesy guilty pleasure thrill of letting Arnold reprise his greatest role ever, and you have a fun B-Movie, that should please most of the fans of the franchise. If that’s not enough, Linda Hamilton is back playing the gun-toting Sarah Connor. Her entire life revolves around killing terminators whenever they pop into our world. Arnold Schwarzenegger also returns, once again playing the evil robot turned heroic good guy. He’s the biggest star in the franchise, but in this latest film, he frequently takes a backseat to the other characters.The other figure returning to the franchise is writer/producer James Cameron. He hasn’t been part of this world since “T2” back in 1991. I suppose that his involvement gives this latest movie some credibility, but it doesn’t exactly elevate the movie above its genre limitations.This is still a B-movie action flick, notable for relentless action and special effects. We do get a lot of chase sequences, many of which are quite thrilling. The special effects are also quite good. The twist this time out is that the terminator can separate himself from his metallic skeleton, forcing our heroes to battle two deadly monsters, when one is lethal enough.center_img Remember those last three “Terminator” movies? Paramount Pictures is asking you to forget that they ever existed, as they attempt to re-launch the “Terminator” franchise with a sixth film. This new movie should now be viewed as number three in the franchise’s official chronology.Yes, it’s a bit confusing, but no more so than those last few films that strained to meld a credible story with thrilling action sequences and cutting-edge special effects. This latest installment, “Terminator: Dark Fate” goes back to the basics in the story department, but it still suffers from the mindless bombast issues that made the past few films so disposable.The story once again involves a killer robot from the future (Gabriel Luna) traveling back in time to kill the woman (Natalie Reyes) who is fated to be a big part to the upcoming war between humanity and the terminators. Mackenzie Davis plays an augmented human who is also sent back in time to protect the woman, and it’s a lot of fun watching her go mano-a-mano with the unrelenting killing machine.last_img read more

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Brooksie L. East

first_imgBrooksie L. East, 82, of Nederland, Texas passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Gulf Health Care in Port Arthur.Brooksie was born February 19, 1937 in Temple, Texas to Vernon Collier and Jessie Brooks Collier. She was a resident of Nederland for 30 years, and a member of First Baptist Church of Port Arthur.Brooksie worked at Park Place Hospital for many years first as a nurse and then as Purchasing Agent. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Dennis Charles East; sisters, Margaret Rucker and Nelta Kacir.Survivors include her husband of 62 years Clyde C. East, Jr. of Nederland; daughters, Denise Hinton and husband Steve, and Durise Leger and husband Keith all of Port Neches; brother-in-law, Ray Rucker of Temple; grandchildren, Jordan Leger, Shelby Leger, and Brooksie East; and one great-grandchild, Greenleigh Leger.center_img A visitation for family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Larry Haynes officiating and Reverend Mark Humble as music director.Burial will be at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.last_img read more

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