It’s early Sunday morning in Orange; just an occasional vehicle travels down MacArthur Drive. Things are different than they were at the old Creaux’s Nest in Mr. Cox’s Neighborhood in Bridge City. The only birds I see here are crackles, a black, lanky bird. I believe when you see one of them with their tail feathers gone it means it’s a female who has been getting bred. Right now they all have tails so they must be waiting to breed a little later and will lay their eggs in spring. For the second time I’ve spotted a lone, white pigeon. It looks odd hanging with those solid black birds. The grackles sit on the high wire in front of Granger Chevrolet or run about in the parking lot of the Acapulco Restaurant. I walk around out on Corky and Don’s used car lot. They sure keep a nice line of previously owned, clean, one-owner cars. I check the prices. I believe car prices must have come down because there sure seems to be some great deals. The Harmon brothers started many years ago with OK Corral Used Cars. Their dad was in the car business but way before that, back in the 1800s the family sold transportation. Their grandfather sold buggies in Orange. Their family also invented the famous Harmon Saddle known worldwide by serious riders. One of the original saddles is on display here at Harmon’s Used Car lot on Henrietta and MacArthur Drive if you would like to see how it is constructed. Our operation today is in the same building thanks to their generosity after the Creaux’s Nest was ravaged by Ike. If you need to drop off a want ad, news item or if you don’t receive our paper you can always find us here. Well, Rev. Leo has come and gone on the radio. James Rainwater comes on the air with his dad’s theme song “Carry Me Back To Calvary Mountain.” Dewitt, the singing evangelist has been dead for several years but son James keeps his dad’s music and sermons alive with his weekly Sunday show. Brother Dewitt was the gospel picking and singing Jimmie Rodgers. He was a friend and one of the great guys we’ve known. I’ve best get going. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.

President-elect Barack Obama promised Monday “a new dawn of American leadership in the world” with appointments of his cabinet. With his appointments of the brightest, most qualified professionals, Obama is treating our troubled country with the seriousness Americans deserve. Obama is building a solid foundation. He is setting the agenda of change the country so desperately needs and they are expected to administer his forward thinking wishes. The team, led by Hillary Clinton, possibly the nation’s most qualified person, will serve as secretary of state with Robert Gates as defense secretary. Both charged with reinvigorating diplomacy. What Clinton called “America’s standing in the world as a force for positive change.” Also nominated were Eric Holder, attorney general, Janet Napolitano, homeland security secretary, Gen. James Jones, national security adviser, Susan Rice, no kin to Condi, as United Nations ambassador. Obama said, “I’m going to be welcoming a vigorous debate inside the White House.” Obama’s hands could be tied by the many problems he will inherit, plus a Bush foreign policy legacy from hell. No president since FDR will have more on his plate. An economy in recession, financial crisis, two wars, a hostile Iran, unstable Pakistan and re-emerging Russia, tensions with Cuba, stalled Middle East peace talks, just to mention a few. Obama needs the best team he can assemble regardless of what their previous affiliations were. Only a novice in politics or a no-brainer can criticize that. Remember he will govern after the most failed administration in our lifetime. We need to put our differences aside and pray for this country and the new administration that will lead it.

30 Years Ago-1978
Rusty Nicks has opened her real estate office behind Bridge City State Bank next to H.D. Pate’s law office in Professional Park, developed by Doug Harrington. (Editor’s note: That building later became the Creaux’s Nest, now temporarily shut down by Ike. Mr. Cox’s Neighborhood has changed since the early days. Don Pate will soon open an apartment complex in the park.)*****Paul Eason and Lawrence Gamble killed a six-foot, two-inch diamondback rattler Dec. 2 in Sabinal, Texas. They were looking for a downed deer on their hands and knees when the deadly rattler sent them to fine toilet paper. *****Jimmy E. Williams, son of Lucille Williams, has joined the Job Corps. Every enrollee receives room and board, medical and death care plus a GED certificate. Job Corps is open to young people 16 to 21 years of age. *****Harvey Baldwin was the winner of the top deer-hunting prize in a recent hunt. He bagged an eight-pointer. *****Barry Wiesman opens Midway Gulf on I-10 and 23rd St. in Orange across from Fisherman’s Reef. *****The “Plant Shoppee” opens at Harrington’s Pharmacy. *****Gene Edgerly and Oscar Thompson celebrated birthdays Dec. 1. They celebrate birthdays together whether Gene wants to or not. Sometimes Oscar decides to party at 3:00 a.m.****Ty Gipson turned age 9 on Dec. 2. *****Todd Guyote and Louis Mann celebrate Dec. 4. Todd, 13, Louis 18. *****LC-M drama and music department presents “Music Man.” Major characters are Harold Hill, Dick Stelter, Linda Francis and Janet Steffler. *****Stark Museum of Art curators Sarah Beth Boehme and Julie Schimmel have arranged to show a volume of rare prints by John James Anderson. The museum started five years ago and was completed two years ago. *****Weldon Leger receives title of “King Cajun” at the Houston Astro Hall. The rice farmer collects caps and is proud of his Cajun ancestry. (Editor’s note: Weldon, along with his buddy W.T. “Boss Cajun” Oliver, died a few years ago.)*****Rosemary and B.D. Slaton are the proud parents of a girl born on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7. *****Mike and Pate Barry are the parents of a baby girl, Lea born Dec. 6. *****David Fusilier just found out wife Debbie is expecting sometime this summer. *****Lucy Sciarillo and Joe Kazmar celebrate birthdays.

Despite Coach Connell Thompson again doing his half-time magic, the Mustangs had spotted a good Gilmer team too many points in the first half. West Orange-Stark came back in the second half to within five points only to turn loose of the rope and another great year for coach Dan Ray Hooks and his crew. On this day, Gilmer was the better team. Coach “T” couldn’t change that but I bet he would saddle up and play them again tomorrow and guarantee different results. Our thanks to all the Mustangs for their great effort week in and week out. *****Oklahoma edges Texas for the Big 12 title game. The BCS rating is a flawed system that sucks. Texas beat Oklahoma 45-35 and that should be the trump card. Oklahoma will play Missouri for the Big 12 championship. Guess what? Texas beat them both. *****Bridge City’s Matt Bryant, our boy in the NFL, never gets the credit he deserves. Sunday, with two minutes left in the game, tied 20-20; Matt kicked his third field goal to win the game. Several reports I’ve seen, including USA and the Chronicle only said a 37-yard field goal put the Bucs 23-20 over the New Orleans Saints. They didn’t mention who kicked it. Matt has outright won three games for Tampa Bay and could get credit for two others. He’s the team’s leading scorer. Well known around the league yet he can’t get copy unless he kicks a 62-yarder, which he has. He proves his worth every Sunday. *****Gov. Rick Perry is slamming all the friends he helped make in Washington. The reason he’s putting Bush and company down is because he’s running for the fourth term and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson is set to challenge him. Perry, whistle britches, has been one constant photo-op since Geo. Bush and Karl Rove made him. “Pretty boy” is in for the race of his life against Kay. *****The “Elvis Lives” story last week by Leroy Perego brought a lot of response. In fact, I’ve heard mention that an Elvis fan club might be started. He also might be an attraction in the Bridge City parade Saturday at First Baptist, down Roundbunch to Hatton School. *****The Orange Jaycee parade will be Friday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. down MacArthur Drive. Everybody loves a parade. Attend one. *****You might be a redneck if your pawnshop sends you a Christmas card. *****Dec. 7 is Pearl Harbor Day. Now that Mr. Brody has moved to Dallas, Cedric Stout, our buddy who was on the Utah at Pearl Harbor, and Bill Stephenson of Vidor may be the only survivor still left in the Orange, Bridge City area. The only one we know of anyway. *****Penny has written about him and the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese in 1946. Cedric and his wife are now living in a FEMA trailer like so many residents of Bridge City thanks to Ike. *****A great outing this Thursday is the Toy Coffee at Gisela Houseman’s lovely home at the corner of 1442 and I-10. She and Tony built the home on the old Bland homestead. It’s worth a toy to visit this great place plus Gisela is a great hostess. *****Happy birthday this week, Dec. 5, to our buddy and mayor of Starks, Rene Hanks. His lovely wife Lucy celebrates on Dec. 12. It’s been a while since we’ve seen them but think of them often. *****Happy birthday to Catherine Allen and also Bill Force who celebrate birthdays Dec. 5. *****Belinda Force celebrates on Dec. 6. *****Tracy Gilliam has her big day on Dec. 8. *****Belated birthday to Jerry Childress, veterans service officer, who celebrated on Thanksgiving Day*****Happy anniversary to Lynn and Donna Bates on Dec. 4. *****Happy anniversary also to Janelle and George Sehan on their 30 years of marriage. She’s Bridge City Chamber’s executive vice president. *****Many folks left the area for the Thanksgiving holidays. Tammy and Shaun Davis motored to Chicago to visit daughter Abby. *****Patsy and David Peck were eating lunch at Lambert’s in Springfield, Missouri Monday. Lambert’s is the famous restaurant that you’ve seen on television where they throw rolls. I don’t know if the Captain caught any or not. *****Orange Carpet on MacArthur Circle are great folks to do business with. Great prices on quality carpet with truck loads arriving almost daily. That’s who we do business with.*****Last January we said, in this column, that regardless of what you are told we are in a recession. A government report this week proved us right. They say we have been in recession since last December. On the other hand if we would have bought Ford stock 10 days ago, today we would have nearly $50,000. The auto industry will get bailed out but it won’t be Bush doing it. Roy and Corky just talked about buying that $1.29 Ford stock. They just talked too long. *****Britney Spears is back. Her new release, “Circus” is out this week. *****The Longhorn is the place I want to be on Friday nights. The club will feature lovely, gorgeous women doing bikini oil wrestling, plus bull riding each first and third Friday. *****MSNBC’S “Hard Ball” host, Chris Matthews, is considering running for the Democratic nomination in the 2010 Pennsylvania election. Matthews will run for the state senate seat now held by Republican Arlen Specter, seeking his sixth term. *****Orange County employees will have their annual holiday feed on Dec. 12. The courthouse will be closed for a couple of hours. *****A heavy frost hit us Tuesday morning. Expect another one Thursday or Friday. *****Good news, our buddy Cal Broussard is out of ICU at St. Luke’s in Houston and is much improved. What a tough guy. *****Don Harmon didn’t make it in until after 7:30 a.m. He had to go to Bonweir to check on his turkeys. He doesn’t know how many he has because they’re wild.

Amanda George, Beverly Blalack, Edd Brown, Eddie Robertson,l Marie Moran, Susan MacCammond, Todd Wilson, Trisha Anderson, Amber Franklin, Carolyn Andrus, Chris DeCuir, Slyvia Bland, Bill Force, Catherine Allen, Dick Jackson, Gwen Tallant, Stephanie Kreger, Belinda Force, Mary Bridges, Rory Piccone, Shea Bolton, Steve Hightower, Woody Carter, Lois Cornwell, Mayme Bock, Jim Keith, Richard Briggs, Emily Mangham, Tracey Gilliam, Buddy Sheppard, Lois Boehme, Randy Philpott, Samantha Peveto and Vernon Davis.

Alcid Comeaux and Sostan Breaux, two big game hunters from Mamou, hired dem a pilot to fly dem to Canada to hunt some moose. Dey bag six, dem. Wen Comeaux and Breaux start loading da plane for the return trip da Pilot him say, “Hey guy, da plane can only take four of dem.”
Da two Cajuns object strongly, “Las year,” Breaux say, “We shot six of dem moose and da pilot let us put all of dem on board and he had a plane jus like dis one.”
After arguing for several minutes da pilot gave in him. He crank dat plane up and taxie down da runway fas-fas and took off. However, even wit full power da little plane can’t handle da load and down it went crashing in da middle of nowhere.
A few moments later, climbing out of da wreckage, Comeaux axe Breaux, “Say coon, got any idea where we at hanh?”
Breaux answer, “Best I can tell me, we pretty close to where we crashed las year.”

Back in 1975 there was a plan to build a hurricane levee around Bridge City and Orange. In fact there were four plans. Read about it in an exclusive story written by Robert Hankins. Read us cover to cover. Take your time, you have all week. Thanks for making The Record Orange County’s most popular newspaper. Check us out daily on the Web, therecordlive.com. Gotta go. Till next time, take care and God bless.