It’s Sunday morning and I don’t plan on being at this very long but I thought I would at least get started. Sunday morning here on Henrietta Street in Orange is a far different feeling than my Sunday work at the old Creaux’s Nest in Mr. Cox’s neighborhood. It’s very quiet: little traffic on MacArthur Drive. I hear a train in the distance, that’s new. I walk outdoors, look around but don’t find the inspiration I did under the old Hackberry tree. I also miss our bird Creaux. He’s so messy we can’t bring him in this office the Harmons kindly let us use. Creaux got lucky, it was on second thought that we went back and got him and his cage. He rode out Rita but he would have been a dead bird if he had stayed when Ike came. In a way, a bird is more trouble than a dog. Besides having to listen to the noise, the whistling, chatter and the spilling of food and water plus, this old Creaux has a mind of his own. *****I was so impressed with the great publications our small crew put out last week. The Penny and The County Record got rave reviews from many quarters. The staff is still facing major obstacles, but they plan to hit the streets Wednesday with another good issue. We are slowly getting back to our normal style. Remember, if we can help for the next three weeks we are offering free want ads. If there is something you need you can get your message out to more than 24,000 homes and businesses. Just call one of the numbers listed in this paper. After a one-day break its Monday morning and I’m ready to get started. Come along, it won’t do you no harm.

Now I know some of my Republican friends are not going to like what I’m about to say but damnit, it’s the truth. Nearly seven years ago we predicted, in this column, that anyone who voted for the invasion and occupation of Iraq would never be elected president and I still believe that. Hillary isn’t the Demo nominee today because of her Iraqi vote. Now today we are facing a growing crisis as fear and panic spreads while global markets dive. Stocks worldwide plunged Monday causing panic selling on Wall Street. The $700 billion bailout of a Bush / Cheney-led failed plan has busted the economy. California is now also asking for a bailout. A failed foreign and energy policy has put our country in jeopardy for years to come. “Big Oil” is doing all they can to get gas prices below $3 before the Nov. 4 election. They will take a big hit to get it done but the election of oil company supporter John McCain is that important to them. “Big Oil” will profit greatly if he is elected. Despite storms in the Gulf and refineries disrupted, they keep lowering the price with OPEC’s help. Oil has come down over $50 a barrel. I don’t see any way McCain can be elected, he certainly didn’t help his cause with the political gamble to put Sarah Palin on the ticket. The lady is not only silly, she has absolutely no qualifications to maybe end up as commander-in-chief. McCain’s Karl Rove team was just trying to pull a rabbit out of the hat by throwing a lady whose best experience is being mayor of a small town the size of Pinehurst and a state with the population of Southeast Texas. She’s really a winking joke. We cannot afford not to stop the wrong direction train. Finally, eight years ago, we predicted if George was elected and Dick running the show we would push down the middle class and cripple the poor. Meanwhile, how would you like to have just a small percentage of the Bush / Cheney blind trust.

30 Years Ago-1978
Stella Saxon, a graduate of the University of Houston Law School, is now practicing law with Louis Dugas. Stella is married to Mike Saxon and is Gene Saxon’s daughter-in-law. *****Bridge City Days to be held this weekend at the Community Center Park. The annual parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. Miss Bridge City, Sharon Gregory, will reign at the first royal festivities. *****Conley Windell will be 65-years-old on Oct. 7. (Editor’s note: Conley died at age 90. He was Roy’s traveling buddy.)*****First Savings Association, which opened Oct. 1963, celebrates its 15th anniversary. Employees are Jim Gilliam, Greg Vaughn, Maria Wiley, Teri Fleming, Flaudry Plant, Doris Bratton, Phyllis Ener, Mildred Sheffield, Doris Richard, Debbie Crew, Charlotte Richardson, Faye Stidham, Betty Dillard, Ann Levitt, Tim Granger and Doug Patterson. *****Bridge City High School holds homecoming activities. Nominees for Homecoming Court are seniors, Melanie LeDoux and Sherri Van Breemen. Juniors, Danette Davis and Denise Soileau. Sophomores, Tammy Emerson and Tina Sigler; Freshmen Gina Allen and Belinda Muckelrath. *****Mason Hebert of Bridge City and his children Gloria, Arval, Mason Junior and Betty wish to thank friends for their kindness after the lost of Mrs. Hebert. (Editor’s note: Since then Mason Senior and Mason Junior have both passed away.)*****Happy birthday this week to a great guy, Coach Troy Woodall, who celebrated on Oct. 6. Also to Gary Perry, who turned 18 and City Manager C.R. Nash, who celebrated Saturday. *****Bubba Busceme, 26, a 1972 Olympian and Golden Gloves Champion beats Robert Turner in Beaumont. *****The Bridge City Boxing Club won top honors at Broussard, Louisiana tourney. Some winners were Junior Leger, 7-year-old, 50-pound class, defeated his foe. Nathan Bendy’s 112-pounder was a unanimous winner. *****Darlene Adams named homecoming queen at Orangefield. *****Doug Harrington’s latest play toy is a welding machine. He’s welding everything in sight if it needs it or not. *****Jim Stelly elected president of the Greater Orange Area Chamber.

We can’t say thanks enough to the many good people who have stepped forward to help in so many ways. It would have been difficult to make it without them. From Bridge City, Cove and other parts of Orange and West Orange, volunteers poured out their time and energy. Some parts got hit hard while others were lucky but Bridge City is pure devastation. Only 14 homes got by scott free. A car wrecker service man says 2,000 vehicles in Bridge City alone have been totaled. *****The Mid-County Kindness Clean Up Saturday made a lot of headway. Here’s an important notice, Lamar University students, facility, staff and alumni will pour into Orange and Bridge City on Oct. 25 to help do anything needed. That’s what it will take to help get the communities going again. To join in the help, call Tony Saroa at 880-7270. *****Our deepest sympathies to Matt and Melissa Bryant on the loss of their young son Matthew Tryson Bryant on Sept. 24. Services were held in Groves last Saturday. Matt flew home and won the game for Tampa Bay Sunday. I don’t believe anything can be worse than losing a child; in some ways it puts a storm like Ike in perspective. To grandparents Mary and Casey and the rest of the Bryant family, our sincere condolences. *****Our attorney friend Ed Barton had some insurance coverage on some things, none on others. He took a good hit from Ike but his upbeat attitude made me think. Ed says, “Our loses are nothing but money, material things that we won’t take with us when we leave.” So true Ed, but I sure would have liked to have used my stuff a few more years.***** The Ed Barton Law Firm has scattered. Some lawyers with the firm have gone off on their own. Rodney Townsend Jr., I believe, will open his own office. Ed will return to his old Park Avenue office soon. *****I have been amazed at the amount of work the Bridge City School District has been able to accomplish in just three weeks. Great work by Supt. Jamey Harrison, Joe Chenela, John Scales and the entire crew. I would never have believed it but school will actually start Wednesday, Oct. 8. The Cardinals traveled to Huntington and brought a win home, 28-14. This week Coach Stump’s Cards start district when they travel to Hardin-Jefferson minus eight players. Even though some of the players are homeless, they make their way to practice. Coach Dan Ray Hooks at West Orange-Stark faces the same thing and his Mustangs just keep on winning. *****Two storms in 10 days really took its toll on the elderly and frail. More than 250 deaths in the area are attributed to displacement of senior citizens since Gustav. One of those victims was a great lady who we got to know over the years, Mary Lou Slocum, 88, Coach R.C. Slocum’s mom. She died in Bryan Nursing Home in Bryan Sept. 25, after being displaced through two storms. *****Early voting will begin Monday, Oct. 20 and end Oct. 31. Voting for Bridge City citizens will be at Winfree Baptist Church on Texas 62. *****Cody Sparks turned 21 Tuesday. *****Brett Favre celebrates his on Oct. 10. He will be 39. *****I can’t say enough about our elected officials. We saw Bridge City Mayor Kirk Rocaforte at 10:30 p.m. and again at 6 a.m. Commissioner John Dubose was hit a big lick. His precinct, Bridge City, Victory Gardens, West Orange, Cove, Orangefield, Duncan’s Woods and some of Orange, suffered 80 percent damage and devastation. He has worked tireless to help, along with County Judge Carl Thibodeaux, although these good men had damage of their own. Kirk and John saw their homes and businesses run over by Ike. We can’t thank the Mid-County folks enough for spreading their kindness throughout Bridge City Sunday, and also thanks to all the restaurants for providing food for them. We spotted our friend Robert from Robert’s Restaurant serving up some delicious food. Without “Mid-County Kindness”, Bridge City would be a month further behind. *****West Orange Mayor McDonald’s town faces a lot of damage and problems. These good, retired folks lost everything, yet the mayor is keeping a positive attitude and tirelessly trying to help every citizen. Mayor Brown Claybar of Orange has a lot of damage in his town and putting in a lot of overtime despite losing his own businesses, Claybar Funeral Home in both Orange and Bridge City. He has relocated to a church in Orange. It’s a bad blow for Brown yet when we talk to him it’s about his town and citizens and a healthy tax base that can keep his city strong. Like I said previously about our elected officials, it’s about their citizens, not about them. It’s about the love of their communities and the care of their constituents. That’s why they get so upset when they’re lied to or misled, it’s just not about themselves.*****Justice for the “Juice.” Frankly, I believe they stacked the charges on O.J. and the evidence was weak but Simpson was convicted on all 13 counts. Justice always seems to find its way: O.J., in a small way, will pay for his past crimes. God blessed him with great talent. Football fans around the world admired him yet he threw it all away. It happens far too often. *****A good break would be fresh vegetables from the Farmer’s Market this Saturday. I’ll try to see you there. *****Roy says Matt Hick’s mom, who lived next door to him before Ike came, has cleaned out and moved since Ike. Before moving, Matt’s mom said there was a possibility Matt wouldn’t be returning to the Bridge City baseball program. Now we know that he has enrolled at Barbe in Lake Charles. They have one of the best high school programs in the country. Matt has been a joy to watch since he was 6 in the BCYRA Little League program. His departure is a big loss to new baseball coach Chad Landry. Coach Stump says so far eight football players haven’t returned but school personnel believe that most of the athletes will hold. In some cases mom and dad have lost their jobs and homes and must move on. *****Special thanks to Beth Louviere who volunteered to help us get the papers started up last week. Without her help we couldn’t have done it.

Kacie Shehane, Will Stout, Kirsten Perricone, Linda Myers, Logan Conner, Mark Prevost, Megan Benoit, Taylor Jagoe, Barbara Fournier, Bob Bullard, Janell Matthews, Jenny Betz, Jessica Franklin, Preston Pittman, Sadie Sellers, Shannon Maloney, Alan Johansson, Barabara Nixon, John Cochran, Katherine Jackson, Leslie Anderson, Miltion Briggs III, Sharon Bilbo, Timothy Tremont, Brad Lapeyrolerie, Janet Taliaferro, Logan Burns, Sheri Wright, Alexia Willingham, Anita Triggs, Ashley Theriot, Edna Collins, Jason Sellers, Martha Kile, Ronny Arnold, Stacy Rhodes, Trey Miller, Dillon Crabtree, Eunice Barrett, Jerry Evans, Olivia Hubbard, Shirley Hudson, Sonny Childs, Suzanne Miller, Allison LeBlanc, Derek Borel, Eleanor Dahl, Morgan Lamb, Nancy Newton, Wayne Mulhollan, Charles “Bosco” Hebert.

Our kinfolk Sostan Breaux says dat our cussin, Tee-Neg Breaux, got a letter from his old World War II Army buddy, Clovis Dartez dat went like dis. “Tee-Neg, if my body was a car, dis is da time me, I would be tinking bout trading it in for a newer model. I’ve got bumps and dings and scratches in my finish, my paint job is more dan a little dull. Dat’s not da worst of it no, my headlights dem are out of focus, my traction is not as graceful as it once was, I slip and slide and skid and bump into tings. My white-walls are cracked and spotted, my fluids need changing, my fuel filter needs a flush and we won’t even discuss my upholstery. Ten-Neg, here’s da worst, almost every time I sneeze, cough or laugh me, eiter my radiator leaks or my exhaust it backfires. Utterwise, I’m doing OK me. Signed Clovis.

I guess I’ve come to the end of the line. I’m not rightly sure which columnists got in or didn’t. Again, just putting this paper together has taken great effort from a small group of talented people. Please patronize the people you see advertising throughout these pages. Bringing you a free paper would not be possible without them. Many of our friends in Orange County are hurting, just hang in there the best you can, a brighter day is coming. It won’t be perfect but it will be better.***** Finally, we have good news from our friend Cal Broussard. He spoke for the first time Monday and we were able to talk with him for a short visit. It’s still going to be a long haul, of course, but he says he feels for all of us. That’s the kind of guy he is. At death’s door he is still concerned about us. Take care and God bless all of you.