I wonder if there are certain degrees of faith. I listened to Pastor Leo Anderson this morning and he cited miracles that take a strong faith not to doubt. Some are Bible stories, and others he has witnessed or had proof of. Rev. Leo is adamant that only God can heal or create miracles. That reminded me of Clayson’s miracle that his mother, Josette Choate wrote about recently in The Record. We visited with the little guy and he was thankful that God had healed his deaf ears. He hears a pin drop after lifelong deafness. Clayson is a very polite youngster who personally thanked us for running his story in the paper. It was sincere appreciation from his heart. Josette says through our Web site that she and Clayson have heard from people around the globe, even South Africa. I have to wonder why anyone in Africa would be interested in what was going on in Orange County, Texas in the first place. Go figure.  Sister Sharon, the nun we ran a story on in the County Record last week and Penny Record this week, heard through e-mail about the story on Clayson in our paper even before she actually saw a copy. Hits on our site increased by several thousand. By the way, I don’t know if Sister Sharon realizes it but she was one of Josette’s teachers at St. Mary School more than 20 years ago. Anyway, when I find it hard to conceive some of the miracles Rev. Leo talks about, I come across a story like Clayson’s that I’ve personally witnessed, a miracle by God’s hand. I didn’t intend to use this platform as a religious column but only to disprove my own thoughts about doubt. I guess, like many of you, I attempt to pick and choose what to believe. The Rev. reminds me, however, there is no in-between; you either believe or don’t. In other words, you have to buy the whole ball of wax and you can do that without being extreme or radical. Let me also pay a compliment to James Rainwater, who several years after his father’s death, has managed to keep his show on the radio. Rev. Dewitt Rainwater was an old-time gospel singer, the way Jimmy Rogers (“The Singing Brakeman”) sang and picked country songs. The radio show comes on KOGT-AM at 8 a.m. Sundays after Brother Leo signs off. James played 30 minutes of his late dad’s music and I really enjoy it. Well, I best get to work. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm. 

30 Years Ago-1978
John Smith and Benis Lee are the new owners of the Oldsmobile-Cadillac-Toyota dealership. John is a longtime employee, going back even before it was Jim Austin’s. (Editor’s note: The dealership has changed hands several times and Orange no longer has a Cadillac dealer. GM doesn’t make the Oldsmobile autos anymore. I remember when the Olds was the hottest car on the market. I don’t know what became of John Smith. He was in the Galveston area the last I heard. Benis is till around but we don’t see him much. I believe he is still in the racehorse business. Both of those guys were really OK.)*****Rocky Colvin, former Stark High and Dallas Cowboy football star, visits his old hometown. Rocky never has forgotten where he’s from. (Editor’s note: Every couple of years or so we hear from Rocky. All of his Orange people are gone but he was once married to a Lake Charles lady and comes through often to visit her relatives. He has since traded her in. We’ll have to check on him.) *****Our friends Buddy and Jeanne Moore have gone countywide with their Kountze News publication. All of Hardin County will now get all the political happenings, plus when it’s time to pick poke salad and how to make the best mayhaw jelly. (Editor’s note: Buddy, a former Orange Countian, is in poor health and has long ago retired. He and Jeanne still live in Kountze. His brother Jack and family still live in Orange. *****Richard Corder, after a stay in the hospital, is back on the air getting the husbands off to work and the mamas dancing around the kitchen fixing breakfast for the kiddos. Richard has been making radio fun for 23 years. (Editor’s note: A couple of years ago Richard suffered a stroke that ended his 51 years radio career. He and his beloved “Bear” live in McLewis and we understand he is doing fairly well.)*****Bobby Cormier is the recipient of the Bridge City Rotarian of the Year award. (Editor’s note: Robert remains the same great guy, just 60 pounds heavier. Devra says, “Just that much more to love.”*****Eighty local residents hired to work at the new K-Mart Discount Store. Pretty Linda is one of them. *****Butch Lusignan celebrated a birthday on July 4. He claims the entire country celebrates his birthday. (Editor’s note; Butch died several years ago. He and his former wife Edna had one child, Robyn.) 

The dramatic rescue of hostages, including three U.S. citizens from a rebel camp in the Colombian jungle last week, was on the same day Sen. John McCain chose to be in the area. McCain, briefed before the rescue by President Alvard Uribe, says the timing was a coincidence. Now I’m sure McCain doesn’t have connections at the Pentagon or White House. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge for sale. *****Capt. David Peck celebrated another birthday Monday. Roy says when he was David’s age the captain use to call him “Old Man.” Remember David; there is some 40-year old somewhere thinking the same thing about you. Happy birthday and don’t forget to fill out those AARP cards. *****Brent Sorbert celebrates July 9. *****Ron Moreau will celebrate his 71st on July 10. That cat has had nine lives. Always lucky and has gotten to sleep with pretty Jean over 30 years. By the way, their granddaughter Kori Brown turns 10 on Ron’s birthday. Best wishes to old and young.*****Neighbor Cox’s better half, Ms. Virginia, celebrates her special day July 13. This good lady has had a handful with Millard, a practical joker. Many more healthy years to Ms. Ginny. *****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s, 12 noon. The gathering is canceled next week (July 16). A 10-year anniversary of the Lunch Bunch will be celebrated at Robert’s  July 23. At the gathering this week, plans will be made for the anniversary. Everybody is always welcome. ***** Another Orange County star. Some of you might remember 14-year-old Orange boxer, Nique Foster, who in June, along with his father Clifton “Byrd” Foster, moved to Vegas. Since the move, Nique has been working out with trainer Roger Mayweather. We hear the kid is so good they have to find older, higher-weight sparing partners. His first fight is later this month in Mesquite. Folks who know say this youngster is headed for the big time. We’ll keep up with his progress through our Vegas connection. *****Congrats to Maddie Morphew, 10-year-old daughter of Kelly and Monty Morphew, who earned $42 from her lemonade stand to donate to the Orange Animal Shelter. What a kid. *****Welcome to Dr. LeeAnn McQuade who has joined Dr. Mark Messer at Advanced Dental in Bridge City. McQuade specializes in pediatric dentistry. She is one of few in the area. Most dentists don’t want to or are not equipped to work on a child. She is taking appointments now, 735-8146. *****Sen. Jessie Helms, 86, died July 4. He was an unyielding champion of the conservative movement. He was a polarizing figure who served three decades in congress. *****Celebrity birthdays. President George W. Bush turned 62 Sunday, July 6. He’s aged 20 years in the last seven and a half. *****Tom Hanks is 52 on July 9. *****Richard Simmons, the exercise guru, turns 60 on July 12 and still wears his white shorts. *****The Hunter Krewe will present “Bayou Bash 2008” featuring Wayne Toups on Aug. 9 at the VFW Hall. Individual tickets are $25 will soon be available at Gunn’s Studio, 1403 Green Ave., The Penny Record, 333 Roundbunch Road or at Larry Hunter campaign headquarters, 1001Main, Vidor. Other locations will be added. Toups is putting on a special show for this event. For more information call Lisa Maze, 651-6090 or Marc Carter, 882-1922. ***** Sunday I took time off, too much time, to watch sports. I watched maybe the best tennis match in history. Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer’s five-year reign at Wimbledon. I took a nap during a rain delay but the match itself took four hours, 48 minutes to play. It was an incredible match. Nadal held off a comeback by Federer from two sets down to prevail. Nadal is the first Spaniard to win since 1966. It was the longest men’s final in Wimbledon history.*****The Braves beat the Astros 7-6 in 17 innings. The longest game ever played in Atlanta’s Turner Field. Rain delayed the start by nearly two hours so between the Astros and Wimbledon, I blew an entire afternoon so that’s why I’m at the Creaux’s Nest at 4 a.m.*****What a trip. In today’s fast pace and speedy travel much can be done and seen in only three days. That’s exactly what Donna, Jimmy Scales, family and friends did. They flew to New York Thursday and saw the Red Sox beat New York 7-0 in Yankee Stadium. Jimmy had always wanted to visit the house Ruth built and it’s the last season for the 85-year-old facility, the most famous sporting venue in the country. Jimmy says the new stadium, which is almost complete, will be a lot like the old one but cost nearly $1.5 billion.*****The Scaleses also attended a Broadway show, toured New York and stayed on Times Square. They attended the world championship “Hot Dog Eating” contest in which Joey Chestnut won after eating 54 in 10 minutes tying last year’s champ, Takeru Kobayashi. Joey ate five more in overtime, 59 in all, winning by two hot dogs. The gang also attended the million-dollar Fourth of July fireworks display in New York, seen around the country on television. They were home before dark Sunday.*****Also spotted in New York was our buddy Vickie Bourque. She and Steve Huber attended a Yankee game. Steve is a big baseball fan and wanted to see Yankee Stadium.*****Our Ridgeback Raz was competing in a Dallas show. He took blue ribbons and was named reserve grand champion. He walked in this morning with a broad smile. Even our bird Creaux was very proud.*****Bridge City has a new softball coach, Teresa Thibodeaux. She’s coming by way of Dallas but is from Sulphur, a McNees grad and former softball star. That makes three Bridge City softball coaches in a row from the Sulphur or Lake Charles areas and McNeese grads. How did a Thibodeaux get all the way to Dallas anyway? Must have been lost. Really she has  a great track record in 5-A softball.*****Mike Louviere wrote a piece on Pestco Pest Control Co. and their herb mosquito control. Roy says he and Ms. Phyl bought the program, which was guaranteed for eight weeks. They are now in the 14th week and the herbs are still working. They have been able to sit outdoors until dark with no mosquitoes. The herbs are rosemary, mint and ginger. I believe well worth the price.*****Our buddy Sharon Bearden stopped by in his Mercedes Benz. It’s the size Sharon used to be but he fits in just fine now.

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When Tee-Boy and his wife Rosie got a divorce he got the custody of their 17-years old daughter Sue Ann. She was giving Tee-Boy problems so his mom Agnes volunteered to keep her saying she felt she could straighter her up.
On da second evening, her teenage granddaughter comes downstairs for her date wit dis see-through blouse on and no bra. Grandma Agnes pitched a fit her. She told Sue Ann not to dare come out like dat.
Sue Ann told her, “Loosen up Grams, dese are modern times, you gotta let your rose buds show” and out da door she went.
Agnes was furious her.
Da nex day, Sue Ann come downstairs and dere sits grandma wit no top on. Sue Ann wanted to die. She said, “Grandma, I got friends coming over me and it’s jus not appropriate no.”
“Loosen up sweetie,” Agnes said, “If you can show off your buds, den me, I can display my hanging baskets.”

The City of Pinehurst will  meet Tuesday night to name their new city judge. Congrats to the new judge and the city. The hiring was seven months in the making.***** I notice that nurse Lana Griffith, coach Grif’s pretty wife, celebrates a birthday, July 12. Happy birthday also to Coach Billy Bryant. His birthday is this week. Best wishes to both. *****Jo Ann Huard, Ms. Phyl’s only sibling, and husband Claude are visiting from Hot Springs. Their mom, Amy, would have been 97 on July 9. They plan to bring fresh flowers to her gravesite. Roy’s mom also would have had a July birthday and he is planning a trip to Abbeville to do the same. *****Speaking of cemeteries, around the country, with the price of copper being like gold, sorry folks have been stealing copper pots from graves. The law needs to make extra effort in patrolling and maybe catch someone in the act. One pass through a cemetery could net a $1,000 plus. *****Who do you believe will be the vice-presidential candidates in the GOP and Demo race? Email your guess to I have no idea who McCain will pick. However, if polls tighten up in Florida, I believe he will pick Florida Governor Christ. Sen. Webb has taken himself out of the Demo race for V.P My guess is still that Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh, Hillary’s choice, is still high on the list. A sleeper and strong candidate would be John Kerry. I believe Sen. Clinton is still the strongest. I’m told Barack Obama will make his acceptance speech at Denver’s Bronco Stadium, drawing 80,000 on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. *****A friend tells me that his wife has been blending watermelon rinds, adding a little vodka and serving it like a frozen Margarita to him every evening. The poor fool hasn’t figured out why.*****Don’t forget to get your tickets to the big Gulf Coast Jam August 9, Featuring Percy Sledge and the Fabulous Boogie Kings at the Port Arthur Civic Center. This show with these main attractions, will be one of the best shows ever. Tickets available now at The Penny Record, 333 Roundbunch, Bridge City and Harry’s Appliance, 10th Street and Main in Orange.*****I believe I’m all done. There are a lot of great stories and columns inside. Read us cover to cover and shop our advertisers. Thanks for your time and loyalty. My time is up so till next time, take care and God bless.