Friday, January 9, 2009

New year brings new Tom Henderson
Port Arthur City Councilman Tom Henderson called The News to brag on his new great grandson, and namesake, Tom Henderson. He was a New Year’s Baby at St. Elizabeth Hospital and will live in Nederland.
“He is the fourth living Thomas Henderson. I’m the oldest, of course,” the councilman said.
Thomas Masen Henderson is the son of Thomas Jason and Kristin Henderson. That Thomas is son of Thomas Glen and Peggy.

Helping out in Sabine Pass
Pam Trosclair of the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce says a group of students from University of Idaho are working to restore Sabine Pass from Hurricane Ike destruction.

Cajuns doing good
Thank a local Cajun for generosity.
Vivian Thibodeaux reports the Golden Triangle Cajun Association has made its annual donations to The Fetter’s Activity Center, Hospice of Southeast Texas and Family Services of Southeast Texas.
“The group has worked through the years to be able to make donations to such centers,” Thibodeaux, of Groves, said.

Port Arthur Native sets his sights on the big screen
Former local Marcus Parker has produced a documentary on his hip-hop album, “The Antidote.”
“I think everyone, especially youth, will enjoy the documentary and I hope that it will motivate them to look past their hardships and follow their dreams,” Parker said.
Parker produced a 30-minute DVD documentary of his performances and interviews which he mailed to movie producers in Hollywood and New York as a demo for a full-length box office film. View it at
Parker is author of the 2004 autobiography “The Product,” which he says became a popular symbol of hope and inspiration to many readers across the country. Parker said he faced a plethora of personal issues and challenges recently, including the deaths of his biological father and his stepfather.

Book it to Beaumont
Better get a big book case. More than 2,000 books will be on sale in Beaumont on Saturday, Jan. 10. The Beaumont Public Library System is sponsoring a used book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Beaumont Civic Center meeting rooms on Main Street in downtown Beaumont.
Prices range from 10 cents to $1. Prints and sculptures will also be available.

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