I.C. Murrell, Author at Port Arthur News

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.


Rap superstar Bun B talks about his class at RICE on hip hop & religion

To Dr. Anthony Pinn, the idea of hip-hop music as a religion makes perfect sense. “It started for me when I was in ministry,” the ... Read more

by I.C. Murrell, Saturday, January 9, 2021 12:20 am


Councilmembers Moses & Kinlaw talk pandemic, Port Arthur robbery uptick

The stress stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could be a key reason some people commit armed robberies, at least two Port Arthur councilmembers believe. ... Read more

by I.C. Murrell, Thursday, December 31, 2020 12:18 am


Mayor Thurman Bartie “doing pretty good, resting,” son says

The mayor of Port Arthur is “taking his time [and] resting” in a Friendswood hospital as he recovers from a battle with COVID-19, his son ... Read more

by I.C. Murrell, Tuesday, December 29, 2020 12:20 am


BRIGHT FUTURES — Sabine Pass students using technology to restore cemeteries’ history

SABINE PASS — COVID-19 be darned, some Sabine Pass School students and their instructor are determined to restore headstones of those buried in nearby cemeteries ... Read more

by I.C. Murrell, Tuesday, December 29, 2020 12:19 am


Council rejects 3 Port Arthur zoning proposals for housing. See why.

Three days after coming up short in a runoff election, Raymond Scott Jr. said in parting words Tuesday he enjoyed the nine years he served ... Read more

by I.C. Murrell, Saturday, December 26, 2020 12:18 am

High School Sports

Doug Ethridge, 1975 state championship coach at PNG, dies at 89

Doug Ethridge, whose Port Neches-Groves football teams mounted a four-year state semifinal run resulting in a state championship and runner-up finish in the 1970s, has ... Read more

by I.C. Murrell, Friday, December 25, 2020 10:00 pm


Oscar Enriquez succeeds retiring William George as Port Arthur health authority

Having just turned 85, Dr. William D. George simply felt the time has come to retire as the city of Port Arthur’s health authority. “I’ve ... Read more

by I.C. Murrell, Thursday, December 24, 2020 12:19 am


I.C. MURRELL — This is not the end. It’s your time.

Stop. Look around you. Drive a little closer if you must. Do you notice anything a little different about Port Arthur, or your own city? ... Read more

by I.C. Murrell, Thursday, December 24, 2020 12:08 am


COVID hospitalizations in Jefferson, surrounding counties lead to scale back

A release from the Southeast Texas Regional Emergency Operations Center only confirmed the breaking news of the day before — that nine counties in a ... Read more

by I.C. Murrell, Wednesday, December 23, 2020 12:17 am


PNGISD superintendent recaps fall semester of no virtual learning

PORT NECHES — The lack of a virtual option for learning this school year might have come as a shock to students and parents in ... Read more

by I.C. Murrell, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 12:21 am

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