Time Warner to carry Phillips roast live

first_img Next Up Those who were unable to get tickets to the June 3 Port Arthur News Homecoming Roast of Wade Phillips are going to have a viewing alternative.Roast chairman Bob West says an agreement has been reached for Time Warner Cable to carry the event live on its sports channel.In Southeast Texas, the TW sports channel is 323. The roast will also be aired on Time Warner systems in Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Waco, San Antonio, El Paso, the Rio Grande Valley and selected out-of-state markets. Total viewership for the systems involved is roughly 10 million people.“This is exciting,” said West. “Time Warner showed the Jamaal Charles roast on a delayed basis last year. Carrying Wade’s live is a pretty big deal. It’s going to be terrific exposure for him and for the area he calls home.”Jim Barton of Beaumont, who broke into television doing the Port Arthur News Friday Night Experience high school football games, will produce the roast for Time Warner.What will be the 13th Port Arthur News Homecoming Roast is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start Friday at Port Arthur’s Bob Bowers Civic Center. The event was moved from Lamar State College Port Arthur’s Carl Parker Center after it sold out the Parker Center’s seating capacity within three days.Upwards of 900 people are expected for a roast and toast of Port Neches-Groves ex Phillips for the major role he played in Denver’s Super Bowl 50 victory. The job his defense did against Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, New England’s Tom Brady and Carolina’s Cam Newton ranks with the very bestplayoff runs in NFL history.Roast headliners are defensive end J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, linebacker DeMarcus Ware of the Denver Broncos and Port Arthur’s two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Jimmy Johnson of Fox Sports. Johnson, of course, is also a two-time roast honoree.Also expressing their thoughts on Phillips will be his son Wesley, the tight ends coach for the Washington Redskins, Houston Chronicle NFL writer John McClain and former Houston Oilers center Carl Mauck.Veteran Houston radio personality Barry Warner, who was recently inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, is the master of ceremonies.Roast attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive early to avoid potential long lines in the foyer where table assignments will be given out. Because of live television, the program is going to start promptly at 7 p.m.Another reason to be settled in by 7 is that J.J. Watt is going to appear early in the program, before dinner is served. The heavy-in-demand Texans’ star is committed to an event in Houston later Friday night and requested that he be allowed to speak as soon as it was practical.“We had to change up a few things to accommodate him, but that’s what you do when you are dealing with someone of that stature,” said West. “Everybody wants J.J. for their program or for a personal appearance. We are fortunate that he thinks so highly of Wade that he’s coming to Port Arthur.“He just put on a charity softball game in Houston that drew 20,000 people at Minute Maid Park. Reebok is rolling out a massive ad campaign around him titled ‘Hunt for Greatness.’ He’s going to co-host the CMT Music Awards with Erin Andrews on June 8. With Peyton Manning retiring, he has to be the most high profile guy in the NFL.”For anyone who is uncertain, attire for the evening is business casual.last_img read more

Mustangs cruise past Kennedale

first_imgBy Ronnie HughesThe Orange LeaderNACOGDOCHES — Jack Dallas led a strong offensive attack to lead the West Orange-Stark Mustangs to a 45-21 win over the Kennedale Wildcats. After throwing three interceptions last week against Silsbee, Dallas roared back in Week 6 throwing for 264 yards and three total touchdowns (two pass, one rush).The WOS Chain Gang brought their usual stout defense as they held the Wildcats (2-3) to just 89 yards of offense through three quarters of play and only allowing five total first downs on the night. Despite the Wildcats being the first team to score an offensive point on the Mustangs (6-0), WOS has outscored their opponents a whopping 299-23 in 2016.The Mustangs took a good bit of the first quarter to find their groove offensively and were held scoreless in the opening quarter. After forcing the Wildcats to two straight three-and-outs the Mustangs drove 76 yards on 15 plays to tally the first score of the night. Jack Dallas faked a hand-off to the right, catching the defense leaning as he skipped around the left side for a 10-yard touchdown run. Following a botched extra-point the Mustangs led 6-0 with just over 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Kennedale, plagued by penalties in the first half, would struggle to find any answers against the Mighty Mustang defense. The Wildcats seemed to have found some life after picking up two first downs on their next possession, but again would be forced to punt after penalties and a big Mustang sack by Morris Joseph.Following a 2-for-7 start for Jack Dallas he would find his rhythm in the second quarter. Ronald Carter, who prior to this game has not caught a pass at wide receiver, grabbed three passes for 67 yards on the next Mustangs’ set of downs. He catapulted the Mustangs further out front after grabbing a fade route pass for a 40-yard touchdown. The Mustangs led 14-0 following a KJ Miller two-two-point conversion with 3:57 left in second quarter.The offensive woes continued for Kennedale. After their biggest play from scrimmage on a 24-yard run by Stafford the Wildcats would fumble the snap and Jalon Powdrill hopped on the loose ball to give the Mustangs the ball back with excellent field position.The Mustang offense quickly went to work. Jeremiah Shaw capped off a five- play 44-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown run off the left side to push the lead to 21-0 with 1:57 remaining. Shaw finished the night with 115 total yards and three touchdowns.center_img With three timeouts remaining and just under two minutes on the clock in the first half the Mustangs use all three timeouts to give their offense another shot. The clock read 1:11 as Jack Dallas managed to work his offense down to the red-zone. Chad Dallas would get the call with :03 on the clock and he knocked in a 30-yard field goal to give the Mustangs a 24-0 lead at the half. The Mustangs rolled up 264 yards of offense in the first half while holding the Wildcats to just 74 yards.The Wildcats received the second half kickoff. However, they were unable to swing any momentum their way as they again fumble the snap with Cory Skinner scooping up the ball for WOS. The Mustangs regained possession at midfield and again made quick work in just five plays with another Shaw touchdown as he would bounce outside for a 19-yard score giving Mustangs total control, 31-0.Another lackluster attempt by Kennedale would ensue the Mustang score as the Wildcats turned the ball over on downs. The speedy Miller helped make another quick possession for the Mustangs. Miller grabbed a screen pass from Dallas and took it 45 yards down inside the Wildcat 5. Shaw finished off the drive, slipping through the middle for a four-yard touchdown run. The Mustangs led 38-0 with under five to play in the third quarter. Miller finished a stellar night with 114 total yards from scrimmage.The Wildcats finally found some daylight with their wing-T running attack. Knowles split past the massive Mustang defensive lineman to break free for a 52- yard run which he’d cap off the drive with an eight yard touchdown run for the first touchdown scored on the Mustangs dating back to the State Championship game (25 quarters). The Cats’ narrowed the score to 38-7 entering the fourth quarter.Miller and Shaw combined for 48 yards on the next Stangs’ possession to set up a Jack Dallas nine-yard touchdown pass to BB Tezeno to essentially seal the deal, 45-7 with 8:57 remaining in the game.Kennedale however would not wave the white flag yet. They still had two scores left in them as they were able to expose a hole in the Mustang defense with Knowles rumbling for 90 yard touchdown and quarterback Jowers throwing a 45 yard touchdown pass to Stafford. The Wildcats trailed, 45-21 with under five minutes left in the game, but failed to get any closer as time expired. Knowles rushed for 197 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns.The Mustangs will their district schedule starting next Friday playing host to the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns (1-5). Last season the Mustangs gave up just three points in district play and with this season’s squad looking more stout, they just may not give up another point in the regular season in 2016.last_img read more

E.C. “Chuck” Anselmo Jr.

first_img In 1977, he moved his business to Lafayette and became a United Van Lines agent, which transitioned to Mayflower Transit.During those years he donated his trucks for various causes, some of which were Thanksgiving Dinner on the Mayflower, where a radio station would serve a lucky winner their Thanksgiving dinner inside the trailer which was decorated with new furniture donated to the winner.He was also a big supporter for the Food for Families Drive where his trucks were used to transfer the donated food to the food bank for storage.He sold his business after 38 years in the moving company industry. He is the husband of Cynthia Comeaux Anselmo, and son of the late Earnest Charles Anselmo, Sr. and his wife Mable, and the late Violet Young Anselmo Parks and her husband Perry.Chuck served in the United States Army before moving to Opelousas in 1967 where he became an agent at the Bekins Moving Company.This was the beginning of his long successful entrepreneurship. Private funeral services and Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020 for E.C. “Chuck” Anselmo, Jr., 79, who passed away peacefully on April 13, 2020 at St. Joseph Hospice of Acadiana.Interment will be at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Lafayette, LA.Mr. Anselmo was born September 18, 1940, in Port Arthur, Texas.center_img In 1979, he started All States Portable Buildings, eventually selling it to his son, Chuck, in 2002.In 1998, he started A & A Record Storage and Data Management, later selling it in 2008.In 2010, he became co-owner of the Louisiana Icegators with his son, Chuck.He held numerous officer positions and won many awards in his younger years, but his most impressive accomplishments were with the American-Italian Federation of the Southeast.He was instrumental in organizing this club which consists of several southeastern states.He served as president numerous times and till his death served as Chairman of the Board.He was active in helping establish the Italian American Renaissance Foundation which maintains a museum and Sports Hall of Fame in New Orleans dedicated to the accomplishments of Italians.In addition to acquiring and remodeling the museum itself, the foundation is also responsible in developing the Plaza d’Italia outside the museum.This Plaza has a large fountain with a model of Italy superimposed in the middle.It was later donated to the City of New Orleans.He served as an Opelousas Jaycee, where he held several positions and won a number of awards, such as: Spark Plug, Spoke, and Outstanding Man of the Year.The State of Louisiana honored him as being named Honorary Ambassador of the Italian Community.The Republic of Italy honored him in 1978 with the rank Cavalier dell’Ordine Della Stella Della solidarities Italiana.Another top honor received was the Antonio R. Rizzuto award from the Unico National, and this one says it all to describe Chuck.Their motto is “SERVICE ABOVE SELF” Survivors include his wife Cynthia Comeaux Anselmo of Carencro; three children, E. C. “Chuck” Anselmo, III, and wife Katherine of Lafayette; Angelique Eason and husband Clayton of Kilgore, Texas; and Alberto Anselmo and wife Shanna of Beaumont, Texas; one sister Cheryl Mulder and husband Avith from Wyoming, Michigan; seven grandchildren, Krystle Simmons, Anthony Simmons, Nicholas Anselmo, Ashlin Anselmo, Estelle Anselmo, Cecile Anselmo and Luke Anselmo; and fourgreat-grandchildren, Kolby Sellers, Jayke Young, Trulie Eason, and Honestie Eason.He was preceded in death by his mother, Violet Young Anselmo Parks and her husband Perry; his father, Earnest Charles Anselmo, Sr. and his wife Mable; and his first wife and mother of his three children, Betty Joan Mallet Anselmo.Pallbearers will be E.C. “Chuck” Anselmo III, Alberto Anselmo, Nicholas Anselmo, and Clayton Eason.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American-Italian Federation of the Southeast (P.O. Box 83332, Baton Rouge, LA, 70884-3332).View the obituary and sign the guestbook online at www.waltersfh.com.Walters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

Health officials say Port Arthur woman dies as a result of COVID-19

first_img This brings the total number of positive test results since testing began of Port Arthur residents to 763.Health officials said 70 local residents were released from quarantine between July 27-31.Please call the City of Port Arthur Health Department’s COVID line at 409-983-8880 for additional information and guidance on test sites.Port Arthur and Mid-County Fatality report:  (NOTE: Groves has not recorded any deaths due to COVID-19; date reflects the day local health officials reported the death.)April 6: Port Arthur white male, aged 45-50, had underlying conditions. Family identified victim as John Kirk Veillon, 47.April 18: Port Arthur African American female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.April 21: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.April 21: Nederland white female, aged 85-90, had underlying conditions.May 3: Port Arthur white male, aged 65-70, was previously reported as COVID-19 positive and had underlying conditions. Family identified victim as Chris Dwayne Stewts, 68.June 5: Port Arthur African American female, aged 80-85, underlying conditions not known.June 29: Port Arthur African American female, aged 60-65, underlying conditions not known.July 3: Port Arthur African American female, aged 85-90, underlying conditions not known.July 9: Nederland white female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.July 14: Port Arthur African American female, aged 50-55, had underlying conditions.July 15: Nederland white female, aged 60-65, had underlying conditions.July 17: Nederland white female, aged 80-85, had underlying conditions.July 20: Port Arthur African American male, aged 55-60, had underlying conditions.July 21: Port Arthur African American male, aged 60-65, had underlying conditions.July 27: Port Arthur African American female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.July 28: Port Neches White female, aged 70-75, had underlying conditions.July 29: Port Arthur African American male, aged 55-60, had underlying conditions.July 29: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.Aug. 5: Port Arthur White female, aged 80-84, had underlying conditions. A Port Arthur woman’s death was reported Wednesday by health officials, marking the city’s 15th coronavirus-related fatality of 2020.The City of Port Arthur Health Department identified the individual as a White female between 80 and 84 years old.It has been determined the individual had underlying health conditions, health officials said.Wednesday’s news follows a report from the Port Arthur Health Department, which indicated the city confirmed 16 additional Port Arthur residents tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.last_img read more

ASK A COP — How young is too young to ride on a motorcycle?

first_img Answer: The very reason why your wife turns on her hazard lamps is because she knows she’s doing something illegal. Keith, for some reason, people believe hazard lamps are the passageway to breaking the state of Texas laws, but hazard lamps don’t excuse willful transgressors of the law. If you make up your mind to park in a no parking zone, please understand you are violating state law, and your hazard lambs don’t magically give you clearance to break any of the state parking laws.Gail from Beaumont Asks: Either I’m confused about the texting while driving law or it seems hardly anyone on the road seems to be paying attention. I’m constantly observing drivers texting and driving, not obeying the texting and driving law. Everywhere I go, I see people still with their phones in their hands while on the roadways. I thought Texas was now a hands-free cell phone zone! Could you please tell me the fine for texting while driving? Could you explain the laws regarding texting while driving in Texas?Answer: It doesn’t really seem much has changed since the passing of the Texas Texting while Driving Law in 2017. Cellphones are still being used because the law says they can do everything else not relating to communicating via texting. This law has been presented in Texas four times before it finally passed in 2017. IN MY OPINION, this law is simply a band-aid on a serious gunshot wound. It doesn’t have much for law enforcement officers to work with. It only addresses reading, writing or sending electronic messages, but any other functions on cellphones are permitted. This is why we need this law stricter because. In 2014, 3,179 people in the U.S. were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers and an additional 431,000 were injured. In 2016, there were 109,658 traffic crashes in Texas alone that involved distracted driving, leading to over 3,000 serious injuries and at least 455 fatalities. The sobering truth is texting while driving makes a car accident 23-34 times more likely to occur. Here are the cellphone laws in Texas: (1) Drivers cannot send or receive electronic messages in Texas. (2) Drivers with learner’s permits are prohibited from using handheld cell phones in the first six months of driving. (3) Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using wireless communications devices. (4) School bus operators are prohibited from using cell phones while driving if children are present. (5) In school zones, all drivers are prohibited from texting and using handheld devices while driving. Also, many municipalities have enacted their ordinance to combat the dangerous act of texting while driving. The fine for texting while driving is $25 up to $99. Join Officer Rickey Antoine for Ask A Cop Live on KSAP 96.9 FM every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. as Antoine discusses the Ask A Cop article. Ask your question at 409-982-0247. Email your questions to [email protected], call 409-983-8673  or mail them to:Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop! Kate from Nederland Asks: I have a nephew that has a 4-year-old son whom he absolutely treasures. My nephew has a motorcycle and allows his son to ride on the roadway with him. He assures his son has a helmet on for his safety. I really don’t see this as being a safe mode to travel but I don’t know if there’s a law against such behavior. Is there a law in Texas that addresses the beginning age of a rider of a motorcycle?Answer: There is absolutely a law in the state of Texas that prohibits riders under the age of 5 from riding as a passenger of a motorcycle on the roadway. I applaud your nephew for at least putting a helmet on his son, but even with the helmet he’s in violation of the Texas Transportation Code. Texas is one of few states that mandated a minimum age while being a rider of a motorcycle. Now, if there’s a side car, there’s no age restriction, but if the child is being transported on the seat behind the driver, he/she must be 5 years of age or greater. Also no one under 21 can be a passenger or driver  of a motorcycle without a helmet in the state of Texas.Keith from Port Arthur Asks: Every time I go with my wife to pick up our daughter from daycare, she always parks in the no parking zone, but she leaves the flashers on because she plans to run in and out. She says she does it because she’ll be right back. I told her this is still illegal, but she doesn’t believe so.last_img read more

Weekend Poll Results: Fans Name The Lion King Favorite Animal Kingdom-Inspired Show

first_img 2. Cats — 16% Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-musical Cats took second place, thanks to the antics of the irresistible Bustopher Jones, Rum Tum Tugger, Grizabella, Jellylorum, Macavity, Mr. Mistoffelees and friends. Based on the poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, Cats transports audience members to the Heaviside Layer to get up close and personal with the Jellicle felines themselves. View Comments 1. The Lion King — 39% The African Prideland comes to life in Broadway’s hit musical The Lion King, featuring a menagerie of elephants, giraffes, birds, hyenas, zebras, and of course, Pride Rock’s own royal family. Featuring breathtaking costumes by Julie Taymor, The Lion King pays tribute to the entire animal kingdom—it’s no wonder fans voted it their favorite musical named after an animal. 3. War Horse — 11% Featuring innovative creations by the Handspring Puppet Company, War Horse stunned audiences when it opened on Broadway in 2011. Nick Stafford’s moving stage adaptation tells the story of a boy who embarks on a mission to bring his beloved horse home from the frontlines of World War I. This weekend’s Broadway Barks event was a huge success, and leading up to the 15th annual dog and cat adoption extravaganza, we’ve had animals on the brain! Just for fun, our weekend poll asked fans to choose their favorite show featuring a living creature in the title. From The Lion King to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, find out which shows that pay tribute to the animal kingdom made the top three.last_img read more

The Two-Character Play, Starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, to Close Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments The Two-Character Play Directed by Gene David Kirk, The Two-Character Play tells the story of Clare and Felice, a pair of actor siblings who find themselves abandoned by the rest of their troupe while on tour. Vowing to perform nevertheless for their expectant audience, the duo embarks on enacting a two-character play that Felice has written, but reality and fantasy become increasingly intertwined in this haunting, provocative and funny Williams classic. Below, watch Dourif offer up his own take on what makes this lesser-known Williams drama so memorable:center_img The critically acclaimed mounting of Tennessee Williams’ rarely performed drama The Two-Character Play will end its run at off-Broadway’s New World Stages on September 29. The two-hander, which stars Tony winner Amanda Plummer and Oscar nominee Brad Dourif, opened on June 19. The creative team includes scenic design by Alice Walkling, costume design by Lara DeBruijn, sound design by Phillip Hewitt, lighting design by Jake Fine and fight choreography by Rick Sordelet. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 29, 2013last_img read more

Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield

first_imgCentrally located on Oahu, on the eastern slope of the Waianae Mountain Range, Schofield Barracks is named in honor of Lt. Gen. John M. Schofield, who, in 1872, recognized the strategic importance of Oahu to the defense of the United States. Construction began on the barracks in 1909.Today, Schofield’s training areas and cantonment area occupies approximately 18,000 acres. Schofield Barracks supports almost 100,000 military personnel, civilians, retired military personnel and their family members. It is home to the 25th Infantry Division.Wheeler Army Airfield was established in 1922. The initial air units stationed at the airfield were photo reconnaissance and fighter squadrons. By 1940, the primary units stationed at Wheeler were fighter squadrons, making it a prime target for the Japanese when they attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Wheeler came under the control of the Air Force in 1947 and was returned to the Army in 1991. Wheeler Army Airfield comprises about 1,389 acres of land adjacent to Schofield Barracks, just 20 miles from the state capital of Honolulu. Today, Wheeler Army Airfield is home to the headquarters of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.last_img read more

Activities

first_imgROYAL OAKS GOLF COURSERoyal Oaks Golf Course is just half a mile south of the Spirit Gate on Highway 23. The beautiful facility opened in 2005 and also features banquet facilities. The golf course summer hours of operation are 7 a.m. to sunset, and the winter (November to March) hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Actual hours may vary based on weather and seasonal light. Duffer’s Grill, just inside the main building, is open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the winter months and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the summer months, Monday through Friday.For tournaments and league information, please visit the golf course on Facebook or at www.whitemanfss.com. Call 660-687-5572 for tee times. Calling ahead is recommended given the number of tournaments throughout the year.985 SE 130 RoadKnob Noster, MO 65336Commercial 660-687-5572DSN 975-5572LIBRARYThe base library has more than 25,000 items available. It also offers wireless internet and an interlibrary loan service, which allows materials to be requested from libraries across the country to be loaned to the base library for use by patrons. Special services include a computer lab with internet, scanners, a test-preparation collection, a wide variety of documentary and entertainment DVDs, audiobooks and music CDs, and many magazines and local newspapers. In addition, a library card allows access to all DOD and Air Force Library subscription online resources — thousands of full-text journals, a foreign language online resource, e-books, e-audiobooks and much more.Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays and holidays.511 Spirit Blvd., Bldg. 515Whiteman AFB, MO 65305Commercial 660-687-5614DSN 975-5614MISSION’S ENDAn all-ranks club.Hours of operation: Breakfast is 6 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner is 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.322 Spirit Ave.Whiteman AFB, MO 65305Commercial 660-687-4422DSN 975-4422last_img read more

History

first_imgBefore the establishment of the Spanish missions, Native American tribes had long been associated with the San Antonio area. Coahuiltecans were hunters and gathers ranging throughout south Texas and northeastern Mexico, following the seasonal availability of food. Conflicts between the Coahuiltecans and Spaniards are documented beginning in the 16th century. For the Spaniards, the acculturation of Native Americans was a major means for securing their claim to vast lands in North America. With few soldiers or settlers, Spain’s claim to these areas in the face of encroachment by France and England depended on the success of the missions. Presidios, a system of frontier military outposts, were established near the missions to protect Spain’s expanding territory.San Antonio de Bexar under Spain and MexicoSpanish expeditions in 1691 and 1709 explored the area and named the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek. Beginning in 1718, five Spanish missions were established near the head of the river to evangelize the Native Americans of the region. In 1718, San Antonio de Bexar Presidio was founded. Early the next year, the king of Spain approved the Marques de San Miguel de Aguayo’s proposal to transport families from the Canary Islands to populate the province of Texas. By March 1731, 15 families arrived and the villa of San Fernando de Bexar was founded between the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, east of the presidio. It was the first chartered civilian settlement in Texas and served as the provincial capital from 1773 to 1824.Native Americans were relatively willing recruits for the missionaries as their population had been decimated by European diseases and they faced an ongoing struggle against encroaching nomadic tribes from the north and south. The natives found food and refuge in the missions in exchange for a strictly regulated mission life that included their labor and their submission to religious conversion.Increasing hostility from the mission natives’ traditional enemies, the Apache, and later the Comanche, coupled with inadequate military support caused the communities to retreat behind walls. In 1792, all missions were closed by order of the Spanish government, and in 1793 the abandoned Mission San Antonio de Valero, later called the Alamo, became a barracks for Spanish soldiers from Alamo de Parras, Mexico.From 1811 through the mid-1830s, political and military upheavals hindered growth in San Fernando, and when hostilities between Texas and the Mexican government erupted in 1835, it became a base of operations and battlegrounds in the siege of Bexar in December and the battle of the Alamo in March 1836.Era of Texas Independence and Early StatehoodFrom 1836 to 1845 the city was a part of the Republic of Texas until Texas was annexed into the Union. In 1837, San Fernando was renamed San Antonio and became the seat of Bexar County. The Mexican War (1845 to 1848) led to Mexico ceding Texas, California, New Mexico and most of Arizona to the United States for $18.25 million. After Texas entered the union in 1845, San Antonio grew as a servicing and distribution center for the western movement of the United States.San Antonio During the Civil War and ReconstructionTexas had been a part of the United States for 15 years before Texas formally seceded March 2, 1861, and like the rest of the country, it was divided with conflict and controversy. Some Texans supported the Union — Gov. Sam Houston refused to declare loyalty to the Confederacy. He was removed from office by the Texas secession convention.In 1861, a local militia forced the surrender of the federal arsenal at San Antonio even before the state seceded. San Antonio then served as a Confederate depot, and several Confederate units were formed.San Antonio Becomes a Modern CityAfter the Civil War, San Antonio was the southern hub and supplier for the cattle trail drives. It was the starting point for the Chisholm Trail, a cattle route from Texas to Kansas. The cattlemen who drove the longhorns north to Kansas railheads launched the legend of the American cowboy. The city prospered, serving the border region and the Southwest as a center for distribution, merchants and the military. In 1873, John Dobbin was appointed marshal and transformed the police force from a frontier, cowboy-type group into an organized, uniformed police department.When barbed wire was introduced to San Antonio in 1876, its widespread use led to “fence cutting” and range wars. Fort Sam Houston was established in 1876. Railroad service reached the city in 1877, and street car operations began too. Two years later, Western Union brought telephone service to San Antonio, and in 1883, electricity was extended to the city center. Automobiles began to arrive in San Antonio by 1899. The Gunter Hotel in San Antonio served as headquarters in Texas for the construction of the southern transcontinental highway named Old Spanish Trail during the 1920s.The 20th century brought more military bases to greater San Antonio, with a strong Air Force presence. San Antonio celebrated its 250th birthday in 1968 when it held the World’s Fair, HemisFair ’68. The Tower of the Americas was the theme structure of the fair, and today it is among the tallest observation towers in the U.S. with a lounge and revolving restaurant at the top.DEL RIOLying 156 miles west of San Antonio along U.S. Highway 90 is Del Rio, Texas, home of Laughlin Air Force Base. Del Rio is the county seat of Val Verde County and just a heartbeat from the international Amistad Reservoir, shared with Mexico, and the Amistad National Recreation Area. Del Rio connects with its neighbor, Ciudad Acuna in Coahuila, Mexico, by two border crossings: the Del Rio-Ciudad Acuna International Bridge and the Lake Amistad Dam International Crossing. Del Rio lies in the Gulf Coastal Plains of Texas, a remote region near the Rio Grande.The Del Rio region is semiarid, with a mix of desert shrub and steppe vegetation, depending on soil type, with several acacias, cacti and grama grasses as the dominant flora. Summers are long, hot and frequently humid, when daytime temperatures typically reach into the upper 90s or higher.What began as Laughlin Army Air Field in March 1943 was renamed Laughlin Air Force Base in 1952. Today, it is an Air Education and Training Command installation and the U.S. Air Force’s biggest pilot training base. The base has 1,387 active-duty military, 1,032 civilians, 1,268 family members, 72 reservists, 32 foreign student pilots and 267 contractors who live and work on and around the base.last_img read more