Port Arthur

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Cover Story: Private Companies Score Huge Property-Tax Breaks, Homeowners Don't

    The old AstroWorld site, the Dallas Country Club, Valero refineries in the San Antonio and Port Arthur areas, and Western Refinery out in El Paso are a handful of high-end properties that have ditched millions of dollars in property taxes to the detriment of school districts, firefighters and emerge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Port Arthur ISD Bans Hoodies, Cargo Pants...What's Next, Jorts?

    I have never liked dress codes. In fact, I hate them and, to be completely honest, I rarely understand them. For example, why do FBI agents, detectives and the like wear suits and loafers? Wouldn't it make more sense for them to be dressed like ninjas or, at the very least, combat soldiers? Whenever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Spurs' Stephen Jackson: His Three Best/Worst Quotes About Port Arthur in Grantland Piece

    Stephen Jackson is getting known as a quote machine as he and his fellow San Antonio Spurs struggle to survive in the NBA Western Conference finals. He's the subject of a piece in Grantland, the Web site devoted to long-form sports journalism. In it he talks a bit about growing up in Port Arthur, a ... More >>

  • News

    March 22, 2012
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    March 8, 2012

    Port Arthur School District: Sorry One of Our Principals Hit Your Fifth-Grade Children

    Port Arthur police are investigating an elementary school principal who reportedly hit fifth-grade students who performed poorly on practice tests last week. The Beaumont Enterprise reported that the Port Arthur Independent School District has apologized for the behavior of Travis Elementary School ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Port Arthur High School Denies It's Banning Same-Sex Couples from the Prom

    The Port Arthur school district says it's blindsided and not entirely sure where the rumors started that there is a ban on same-sex couples at its Memorial High prom, but officials say it's not true. An online petition had begun -- in this day of easy online petitions -- demanding the district reve ... More >>

  • News

    January 19, 2012
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    January 10, 2012

    Emma Jean Hardy: 57-Year-Old High School Employee Caught Sexing Student in Van

    Jean Hardy, leading the active life​Port Arthur police say they caught Emma Jean Hardy, a 57-year-old employee of the town's Memorial High School, having sex with a 17-year-old student in a van Sunday night. According to published reports, a Port Arthur cop investigated a suspicious vehicle p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    New UGK/Big K.R.I.T. Song Holds Fast To That Wood​It's not quite up to Tupac-level proportions yet, but UGK keeps pouring out that prime Southern rap unencumbered by Pimp C's untimely December 2007 demise. The latest track, leaked by the Smoking Section this morning, is the expertly sculpted ode to steering wheels " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Hilton Kelley: Port Arthur Oil Refinery Activist Wins Huge Green Prize

    Photos: Goldman Environmental PrizeHilton Kelley, winner of "the green Nobel"​Ten years ago, by anyone's standard, Hilton Kelley was living the dream. Then just turning 40, he was in sunny California, having escaped his malodorous hometown of Port Arthur via the United States Navy. After his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Port Arthur Police Experience Their Very Own "I'll Be Back" Moment

    Terminator - I'll Be Back | Movies & TV | SPIKE.comThe above clip is actual security-cam footage from the Port Arthur Police Department Sunday night. Or it could be, let's put it that way. The Port Arthur News reports that a 53-year-old man drove his vehicle right into the lobby of police headq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Museum Of The Gulf Coast's Musical Treasure Trove

    Photos by Craig HlavatyJanis Joplin's car​Rocks Off visited the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur this past Friday while on the the way to Louisiana for a quick vacation. The downstairs area is full of artifacts pertaining to the founding of the land around Port A, like military and anim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Day Of The Dead: Music In Memoriam 2009-10​Rocks Off doesn't mean to be morbid, but today is the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday and festival honoring those who have gone before. So instead of waiting until the end of the year, the more traditional time for such things, we wanted to compile a list of the notable name ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 22, 2010

    Mary Karr book signing

    Get lit with this author’s third memoir

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Edwin James Johnson: Legend Of The Port Arthur Pimp Game

    Don't go getting any ideas. That phone number is no longer in service​As the hometown of late Texas rap legend Pimp C., you'd expect the pimp game in Port Arthur to be pretty damn strong. Innovative, even. If the case of Edwin James Johnson is any indication, you would not be disappointed.Accordin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Beaumont Weatherman Busts Rhyme; Ryan Seacrest Approves

    ​ Somebody call Swishahouse. Rocks Off has spent a fair amount of time in the Golden Triangle over the years, and the live-music options in the greater Beaumont-Port Arthur area are usually somewhat limited. In the next couple of weeks, for example, if you're not a fan of Pat Green, hillbilly hard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Geoff Winningham: Traveling the Shore of the Spanish Sea

    ​Photographer/filmmaker/journalist Geoff Winningham recently released a new book called Geoff Winningham: Traveling the Shore of the Spanish Sea. Made up of photographs he took as he traveled up and down the Gulf Coast from the Texas/Louisiana border to southern Veracruz and a narrative of his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Houston Plant Gets Hit With $1.4 Million Fine

    ​The website for CES Environmental Services Inc., a waste treatment and disposal outfit located in Houston, states that the company "will, at all times, use a proactive approach towards health, safety and environmental issues towards our employees and clients work environment."Well, maybe not "at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Barbecued Crabs: The Secret Recipe

    Photos by Robb Walsh​When barbecued crabs were invented, there were only three ingredients required to make them: blue crabs, hot cooking oil and the now-discontinued Alamo Zestful Seasoning mix. These days, what exactly went in the seasoning mix is unknown. I have been working on my own barbe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    We Lost 500 Cows During Hurricane Rita!! Just Don't Look Too Closely

    ​Earlier today we had hurricane victims ripping off the feds and the sacred cow of Oprah Winfrey; now we have hurricane victims allegedly ripping off the feds with virtual cows.Six people were indicted today on charges that they told the federal government they had more than 500 cows that were swe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 24: Pimp C's Post-Prison Pimpalation

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to Pimp C Pimpalation Asylum, 2006​As fun as it is for us music writers t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Perhaps The Internet-Cafe Trend In Nederland Was Overstated

    ​Just as we were trying to figure out why there were internet cafes in Nederland and Port Arthur, we find out that the places were actually fronts for illegal gambling, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The department announced yesterday that six people were charged with running the gam ... More >>

  • Music

    June 25, 2009
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    June 3, 2009

    The Facts of LifeBag

    Photos by Blake WhitakerPreparation is keyImagine a catastrophic hurricane has severed communication with the outside world. You're thirsty, but the water coming out of the tap is contaminated. Society has devolved into lawlessness, and your neighbors have stolen your bottled water by torchlight. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    The Facts of LifePack

    Photos by Blake WhitakerPreparation is keyImagine a catastrophic hurricane has severed communication with the outside world. You're thirsty, but the water coming out of the tap is contaminated. Society has devolved into lawlessness, and your neighbors have stolen your bottled water by torchlight. Th ... More >>

  • Music

    April 16, 2009
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    February 26, 2009

    1968 with Tom Brokaw

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    The Nanny State Hates The Cars On Your Front Lawn

    As goes Port Arthur, so goes Houston.The noble Golden Triangle town recently passed an ordinance banning people from parking their cars on their front lawns.Always eager to take their lifestyle cues from Port Arthur, the Houston City Council has followed suit with an ordinance of its own.Homeowners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Bacliff Gets Ready For An Ike Invasion

    Shortly after Hurricane Ike, San Leon resident Tommy Dixon praised the spirit of his hometown and its will to rebuild by saying "All we need now are FEMA trailers and mosquito repellent."We don't know about the mosquito repellent, but they are getting the FEMA trailers. Two hundred of them are slate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Sprucing Up In Port Arthur: Get Those Cars Off The Lawn!

    Starting today, folks in Port Arthur who park on their front lawns need to think of other places to park.As part of a measure to spruce up the place, the city council approved an ordinance allowing the city to fine folks who think the best place to park the ol' pickup is right in front of the porch. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Port Arthur Environmental Group Says, "Bring On The Sarin Gas!!"

    It's tough enough being an environmental group in Port Arthur. It's kind of being anti-gay in Key West: You're not going to eradicate it all.But it's also not every day when you announced that you're fine with the feds bringing in chemical-warfare waste to your town.That's what Hilton Kelley, direct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Tonight: Pimp C Tribute on KPFT's "Damage Control"

    Has it really been a year already? Indeed it has: On December 4, 2007, Port Arthur-born MC and producer Pimp C was found dead in his Hollywood hotel room; the Los Angeles County Coroner listed the cause as a combination of sleep apnea and accidental overdose of codeine-containing cough syrup. To say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Documentary Takes A Look At Houston, Port Arthur

    Vanguard producer Lauren Cerre filmed The Great American Detour over a three-week period as she went from Los Angeles to New York, stopping at eight cities and towns along the way to talk to young people about their concerns regarding the upcoming election. Instead of asking, “What do you think of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    Port Arthur Shares The Polluting Load

    Complain if you like of the pollution emanating from industries that line the Houston Ship Channel, but this week a petrochemical manufacturing plant in Port Arthur stakes its claim as one of the state's top-dog environmental scofflaws. BASF FINA Petrochemical Limited Partnerships has gotten whacke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2008

    Gatemouth Brown Needs a Gravestone

    Verve Records One of my favorite blues songs of all time is Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean." Especially these lyrics: Did you ever hear that coffin sound Means another poor boy is under the ground Creepy! Jefferson's song has been covered by many, many people over the y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2008

    Slideshow: Listening Party for Bun B's II Trill

    Houston's hip-hop community was at its most fly at Bun B's II Trill listening party last night at the Galleria Louis Vuitton. Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, several members of the Prince family, TV Johnny Dang and Golden State Warrior swingman (and Port Arthur native) Stephen Jackson all dropped by for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2008

    SXSW: Black Diamond Heavies at Fado's Patio

    Last night at Fado's Patio, I caught Louisville's Black Diamond Heavies. Saying "caught" sounds like I sat at an intimate show and quietly took notes. This wasn't one of the shows. This was a trip into the heart of the Dirty South. And not the South of the medicated syrup and extremely ostentatious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    Weekend Music: Does Humpty Hump Still Like His Oatmeal Lumpy?

    We all knew the Proletariat would go out with a bang and it’s well on its way; the club reportedly stopped letting people in at 11:30 p.m. at last night’s Rock Box finale. Honestly, if things like the Pro’s light fixtures, bathroom mirrors and stage equipment are in decent shape at tomorrow ni ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 17, 2008

    Love, Janis

    The Alley Theatre remembers a Texas legend

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2007

    Undertaker Update for Pimp C and Rory Miggins

    As everyone knows by now, the Grim Reaper feasted on the local music scene last week, first claiming Grammy-nominated rapper Pimp C Tuesday, then beloved Local Charm owner Rory Miggins Friday. Funeral arrangements for both have now been set. The Beaumont Enterprise reported today that Pimp C’s fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2007

    The Apple of Her Eye: Pimp C’s Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher Remembers Chad Butler

    League City resident and Deer Park teacher Susana Valdes never knew Pimp C. She did, however, know Chad Butler. In fact, she taught the Dirty South hip-hop legend sixth grade social studies back at Woodrow Wilson Junior High in Port Arthur. Here’s the Chad Butler she remembered:

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    Port Arthur Residents Sue Premcor Refining

    Nearly 100 residents of Port Arthur have joined forces in court to sue the Premcor Refining Group, accusing the company of pumping toxic chemicals into the air and harming many of the area’s children. According to the lawsuit filed last Friday in Jefferson County District Court on behalf of 78 m ... More >>

  • News

    July 13, 2006

    Crab Man

    Meet Doug Sartin, onetime heir apparent to a Texas barbecued crab dynasty

  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Hellish Houston

    A summer selection of the Bayou City's most miserable music and depressing songs

  • News

    June 3, 2004

    He Won't Back Down

    The mayor was threatened -- or maybe he wasn't

  • Music

    January 23, 2003

    Big Trouble at Brittle Spy

    Another Saturday Asian Night, another dead body on NoDo's streets

  • Music

    December 13, 2001


    Saturday, December 15

  • Dining

    September 6, 2001

    Blue Crab Standard Time

    Take your time when eating Gulf blue crabs

  • News

    November 20, 1997
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