Top headlines in The Port Lavaca Wave for April 27

Russell Cain celebrates 50 years as realtor


Port Lavaca, Texas – Here are some of the top headlines in The Port Lavaca Wave.

Half a century of dealin

The year is 1972. A “For Sale” sign adorns the perfectly manicured lawn. Inside, the smell of fresh white paint fills the air. New fixtures shine like diamonds. The sun beams across the sheetrock walls as Russell Cain makes his first-ever real estate sale at 2108 Larry Drive in Port Lavaca.Cain of Russell Cain Real Estate will celebrate five decades of serving Calhoun County’s real estate needs on Thursday, April 28. He has been a real estate broker/owner of Russell Cain Real Estate since 1974, with offices in Port Lavaca and Port O’Connor. Cain remembers his first real estate sale like it was yesterday. He described the home without hesitation.“It was a three-bedroom home, two-bath, two-car garage on a corner lot. It was built in 1960, a brick house with composition roof, central air and heat, tile and carpet floors, and had street appeal,” said Cain with a sparkle in his eyes.Cain said he sold more than 1,500 homes in Calhoun County and the surrounding areas in the last 50 years. He has even sold one home on Holloman Street in Port Lavaca five different times.“I sold it for a little more money each time,” he said.

Spring brings road work

As spring moves along, so does road construction work along the city, county, and state roads and highways. In 2021, traffic crashes in the state’s work zones claimed 244 lives, a 33 percent increase over the previous year, according to a Texas Department of Transportation press release for its “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” campaign. The release noted that 195 motorists or vehicle passengers were killed, along with 38 pedestrians, four bicyclists, and three roadside construction workers. Speeding and driver inattention were among the leading causes of crashes. City crews are currently working on roads, sidewalks, and other projects, while the county also is ramping up its road works program. And while everyone enjoys good roads to drive on, drivers need to pay more attention while in construction zones.

AnnaBelle of the ball

Fifteen-year-old Annabelle Thurman of Port Lavaca might not turn into a pumpkin at midnight, but she did learn that dreams do come true.Annabelle was chosen to play the lead role in Faith Academy’s production of Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.“Annabelle absolutely blew me away in the auditions. She was so polished and so professional to be so young,” said Faith Academy’s Fine Arts Director, Christy Sutherland, also from Port Lavaca. “Her voice is crystal clear, and she is incredibly talented in both acting and singing, not to mention her gorgeous red hair and ivory skin. It was like she became the character in front of me. Annabelle is incredibly well suited for the part.”Thurman is more than prepared for the part. She has put in hours of practice, memorizing lines, blocking, and dance numbers.

Sandies, Lady Jays face off in Bi-District

The Sandies softball team couldn’t keep up with Sinton and fell 8-1 in a district road contest on April 14.J Burch got the win for Sinton. The ace lasted seven innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out ten and walking none. Andrea Hataway took the loss for Calhoun. The hurler lasted six innings, allowing eight hits and eight runs while striking out four.Braylyn Galloway, Paige Bonuz, Morgan Gray, and Carly Martinez all had one hit to lead the Sandies.Up next for the Sandies will be the Bi-District round of the playoffs. They will face Needville in a best of three series. The first game will be at Needville at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The second game will be held in Port Lavaca at 7 p.m.If a third game is needed, the Sandies will host Saturday.

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