Sunday mornings sure seem to come around quicker now days. Weeks used to seem longer, months and years drug by but today, they run into one another. I don’t know if it’s because of my age, staying busier, or if its the times that make life fly by faster.***** This week, for the first time in many years, we are embarking on a publication without the great layout service of Mark Dunn. For the last 10 days Mark has been visiting his daughter Jenna and two grandkids, Nate and Dehlia, who live in the Boston area. He had only seen his granddaughter once, right after her birth. He will also get the chance to visit his friend and former father-in-law, Bob Lewis. Bob is a great guy but has been given a death sentence with multiple types of cancer. He’s an amazing person with an upbeat attitude, attends church everyday and has done so for many years. Layout of this paper is in the hands of Amanda, a very capable newspaper journeyman. Amanda is a jack-of-all-trades, mother of 3-year-old “hotshot” twins, Lucas and Mason.*****I’d better not josh too long, I’ve got a long way to go and have been told the crew won’t put up with breaking deadline. Come along, it won’t do you no harm.

The end of life begins the day we are born. We all know that, yet sometimes, in the untimely death of a young person, I find myself questioning why. I’ve witnessed the death of others in the prime of life, some with so many more years left to be productive, being called home. We know from day one that we’re not here forever. We’ve also been taught not to question the reason some go early, “before their time,” we say. I guess if we believe in God, it was their time. A new life is expected and time of death is uncertain but often so sad and seems so unjustified.
Beautiful Bliss Payne was only 18 years old when she lost her life in a car accident on Dec. 2. The accident also took the life of her friend, 19-year-old Jacquelyn Branch of Nederland. Bliss, a former Bridge City High School cheerleader, was the daughter of BC police officer Jon Skipper and Leah Payne. Bliss was everybody’s dream for a daughter, beautiful in and out, bright and a joy to be around. For many years we have been friends of her grandparents, Joe and Dee Payne. We hurt for her entire family and extend our deepest sympathy. *****We were also saddened to learn of the death of Kenna Tinsley Peveto, only 44. This beautiful person went to join the Lord on Dec. 5, a dark Friday for those who loved her so much. She was a beautiful person who we knew as a bank employee. To husband Sam, daughter Kayla, mother Joyce, sisters Ronda, Nancy, Joy and brother Bill and the entire family and many friends, we send our condolences. *****Carolyn and Melvin Hogan have been pillars of the community. They married as youngsters and marked their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 5, the day Carolyn, age 67, passed away. She was always a lady. A beautiful woman. Melvin, who has many friends, lost his best one, his lifetime partner. Carolyn was an ideal woman. She gave much of herself to improve life in her community. To her two daughters Taura and Holli, their families, siblings and large family, we pray you will find peace in the memories of this fine woman, who is certainly with the Angels.*****For more years than I like to recall Richard Gandy, age 74, and I have been friends. We weren’t out of high school very long when we met. Richard died Saturday, Dec. 6. He was one of the true characters I’ve been blessed to know. Richard served in the Air Force, worker for some car dealers and even sold cars for Leon Slaytor before going into a variety of businesses for himself. To wife Aileen and the rest of the family our sincere condolences. It was a trip to have known him. He was always good for a laugh or a great story. Whatever he fell into he gave it his best shot. (See obits for above listed deaths.)

30 Years Ago

It’s hard to believe attorney Louis Dugas will be 50 years old on Tuesday, Dec. 12. (Editor’s note: It’s even harder to believe that Lou, our longtime friend would be 80 this year.) We knew him when he was a young 26-year-old state representative. He and wife Beth, both so active in the community, have both died in recent years) *****Mike and Polly Gamblin celebrate their first anniversary this Friday, Dec. 8, which is also Mike’s birthday. (Editor’s note: Happy 30th. We remember Polly as a young teenager when her mother Violet Chapman Brown worked for the Opportunity Valley News years ago. We’ve often wondered what became of her.)*****Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Franco Harris became the fifth best all time rusher in NFL history Sunday in a game played against the Houston. He surpassed the 1,000 yard milestone for the sixth time, ranked only behind Jim Brown’s seven. *****Wright Brother’s Vinyl Siding is located at 111 W. Green. *****Price and Tarpley Auto Parts are at 201 7th St.*****Lawrence Helton is funeral director at Bridge City Funeral Home. *****Believe it or not, Glen Campbell and Ronald McDonald both live on Circle 6 in Roselawn. *****Ace and Jo Amodeo hosted the monthly dinner club. The group took in Chez Oca’s in Lake Charles. Lou and Beth Dugas introduced the group to $110 wine. *****Dewey “Teddy Bear” Cox, who attended the national convention said, “Conventions consist of a donkey and elephant and a lot of bull.”*****Stacy Savoy, 10-year-old daughter of Gary and Judy Savoy, was crowned 1978 Junior Miss Texas World after four days of competition in Houston. *****Murray Spector was the recipient of the Silver Spur award at the 1978 Orange County 4-H Club banquet. *****A new four-door 1979 Impala sedan, fully loaded will set you back $6,295 or $157 a month at Harmon Chevrolet, Third Street and Green in downtown Orange. Working on the Used Car lot are Don Harmon Jr., L.J. Schrieber and Preston Fuller. *****Nina Scales and Charlotte Bevil are seniors at Bridge City High, Brenda Braquet and Billy Bryant are juniors, Richard Briggs and Bryan Ward, sophomores, Jude Lemoine and Fred Zoch freshmen. All honor roll students.


I’m sitting here on the 67th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. I recall it quite well. My mind races through all the events I am thankful to have witnessed, the friends I made along the way and how swiftly those years have flown by since America was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941.*****Unemployment in November reached 533,000 jobs lost. Over the past year nearly two million people became unemployed, the most since the Great Depression. Texas is still in fair shape but falling.*****Before President George Bush’s first term was over we said First Lady Laura would never stay at the Crawford ranch. She wants more action than that so they have bought a home in Dallas. A Laura book will be published but publishers have told W. “thanks, but no thanks, come back in a few years.”*****On Thursday Orange Savings Bank will host a retirement celebration honoring Darby Byrd. The event will be from 9 a.m. throughout the day, ending with a chamber mixer from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Darby has spent 37 years in banking and has been successful at it. We wish this good guy “Happy Trails.”*****Happy birthday this week to David Claybar on Dec. 11.*****Reporter Robert Hankins, Dec. 15.*****Also to Janette Clark, John’s better half Juanita.*****Prohibition that started in 1919 ended on Dec. 5, 1933. Believe it or not, Utah was the state that made the 36 states needed to ratify the 21st Amendment.*****Harrington’s and King’s Pharmacy in Bridge City have merged to form Family Pharmacy. The former Harrington location is being remodeled after Ike but operating as a full drug store in a portable building. They still give the same great service, at the same reasonable prices. No one sells medication any lower.*****Caroline Kennedy, the only living child of President John F. Kennedy, wants to be appointed to Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat. The two-year-appointment is up to New York Gov. David Paterson, a Democrat. I wonder how the Clintons feel about that since Caroline and the Kennedy clan supported Obama.*****Carlos Vascek is a happy camper now days since TCU finished No. 11 in the national poll standings. They will play No. 9, Boise State, in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 23, ESPN, 8 p.m. I’ll bet even money Carlos doesn’t watch that game on television, he’ll be in the stands. *****On Jan. 5, No. 2 Texas will play No. 10 Ohio St., in the Fiesta Bowl to be shown on FOX at 7:30 p.m.*****The BCS National Championship game between No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 2 Florida will be played Jan. 8 in Miami and will be shown on FOX at 7 p.m.*****David Gregory, 38, will become the new moderator of “Meet the Press” next Sunday. Tom Brokaw has filled in since Tim Russert’s death.*****I was sorry to hear about the death of the old cowboy boilermaker Jerry Lanford Sr., age 69. He was a colorful, great guy.*****The stock market continues to climb as investors bet on President-elect Barack Obama’s economic plan.*****I look for former Democratic state comptroller Don Sharp to jump into the race for U.S. Senator if Kay Bailey runs for governor in 2010.*****Michelle Obama is statuesque and intelligent, she looks more like the lovely black women I know than Halle and Beyonce.*****The “Peacock” NBC is giving Jay Lano a five night, prime time show starting in the fall. Conan O’Brien takes over “The Tonight Show” in May. I’ll become a more regular Letterman watcher.*****“Opie” Ron Howard started in show business at age 4, in 1959. He joined Andy Griffith’s Mayberry show in 1960. Boy, I’m getting older. *****Pitcher Greg Maddux, 42, retires with 355 victories and four Cy Young awards. *****Johnny Allen is an old country boy from Alabama who owns Tri-City Pool and Construction. He, Bill and Cleve do great pool work, install liners, repair pools etc. I’ve seen several of their jobs and talked to satisfied customers. If you need pool work, decking etc., give Johnny a call at (251) 290-2489. They are bonded and insured.


Barry McKenzie, Elissa Kern, Jay Fuss, Mark Braus, Sharon Johnson, Bonnie Hopperton, David Claybar, Monica Placette, Cindy Briggs, Karri Piccone, Leslie Lyons, Nathan Vogt, Rob Clark, Shelby Hebert, Zackery Anderson, Arielle Foster, Joel Fruge, Scott Derouen, Bonnie Albright, Daniel Bates, Dennis Lee, Hailey Tally, Jenny Duncan, Kandy Sartin, Tim Fix, Danny Blacksher, Danny Prosperie, Dorothy Jenkins, Doug Harrington, Hannah Carpenter, Imogene Bland, Jeff Harrington, Ken Pittman, Kenneth Pittman, Maac Hughes, Melanie Richter, Shirley Roccaforte, Alex Harner, Belinda Broom, Brent Burris, Craig Reynolds, Dale Armand, Michelle Gephart, Shelby Hebert, Robert Hankins.


Joe Boudreaux him, call his son Alfred, wat lives in Phoenix a couple of days before Tanksgiving. He said, “Alfred, I hate to ruin your day me, but I got to tell you dat me and you mama are divorcing us, after 40 years of misery.”
“Papa, wat da hell you talking about?” screamed Alfred. “We can’t stand da sight of each utta anymore,” Boudreaux say, “We’re sick of each utta and me, I’m sick of talking about dis, so call you sister Agnes in Chicago and tell her.”
Frantic, Aflred calls his sister who explodes on da phone, “Like hell dey getting a divorce,” she shout “I’ll take care of dat me.”
She calls Abbeville immediately and screams at her fatter, “You are not getting divorced, don’t do nutten until I get dere.” “I’m calling Alfred back and we’ll both be dere tomorrow night.” “Until den don’t do a ting Papa, do you hear me?”
Joe hangs up da phone and says to his wife, “Honey, da kids, dey coming for Tanksgiving and paying their own way.”

Millard “Neighbor” Cox stopped in for a visit. He came to town to see the hearing doctor. It’s the first time the crew had seen him since we were run off from The Creaux’s Nest by Ike. He and Ms. Virginia are doing alright. Cox was wearing his expensive cowboy boots and looking sharp.*****Bobby Cormier is feeding Friday and I wouldn’t miss it for a Red Cross meal or an outing at Montagne’s.*****Good news, our buddy Cal Broussard was transferred from St. Luke’s in Houston to Saint Elizabeth’s in Beaumont and is doing good while camping out on the fourth floor for a long rehab. That old stud is not ready to go to pasture just yet. Give him a couple of months and he’ll be putting on his spurs and ready to see the gals at the Wednesday Lunch Bunch. Last week he missed Judge Janice, Marlene Merritt and Donna Scales. That’s quite a bunch for a guy who has had nine surgeries and over three months of not eating or drinking. He’s tough.*****No big surprise, the Illinois governor selling Obama’s senate seat. That’s old Chicago politics. They’ve been selling jobs to the highest bidder for many years.*****Thanks for tagging along. Read us cover to cover and please shop the good folks inside who sponsor this paper. Take care and God bless.