One of history’s worst oil spills pours tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Communities brace for crushing environmental and economic damage along the southeast Louisiana coast. An apparent blowout April 20, caused the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig to burn. Eleven workers are missing. If this Gulf rupture is not capped it could release many more millions of gallons. President Obama toured the area Sunday and promised the federal government will do everything possible, not only during this disaster but also after, every life affected will be cared for. I don’t know how much more that great part of the world can take. So many lives depend on the Gulf and the basins. The oil giant BP, which leased the rig and is responsible for it’s clean up, will be charged for every federal dollar spent. I’m glad I don’t have any BP stock. The flow is from three leaks. The immediate attention and quick response by our government, no holds barred, even bringing in the military, may in the end avert the disaster it might have been. Media hype and an aversion to offshore drilling shouldn’t skew reality. Rush Limbaugh sarcastically speaks of foul play and raises the “blame Obama spin.” We need oil coming from the Gulf of Mexico. The states need the large income. Once again, people are eager to turn catastrophe into something more apocalyptic, not only to tear down a president but also to discredit offshore drilling. Forget politics, now’s the time to deal with the disaster.*****Gotta move on. Come along, it won’t do you no harm.

30 Years Ago-1980
W.T. Oliver announces that he has finalized plans for the big “Bum Phillips Golf Tournament and Roast.” Bob Hope, Roger Staubach will join 60 other stars. Oliver, president of the Hughen School, says all monies will benefit the school.*****Lawrence F. Powell is a candidate for Constable, Pct. 1. Charles L. Griffith, Paul Risinger, Jack Jones and Jack Thompson are also candidates for the office.***Bill Dickerson and Joe Don Hubbard are running in Pct. 2***John Ford is asking for re-election in Pct. 3. Hubert Marshall is opposing him.*****Three former Bridge City students, now at Lamar, are initiated into the National Honor Society. They are Mark Ayo, George Durling and Martha Kibbe. *****Congrats to BCHS students who were UIL winners in the Regional Literary contest in Huntsville. They are Sharon Gregory, Teresa Hearn, Emily Bourgeois, Lori Ledoux and Lisa Flowers. (Editor’s note: They were not only smart, but very good looking also.)*****Tee Bruce is back on the air with his “Cajun Jamboree” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday on KPAC. Since leaving KOGT, Tee Bruce has been off the air for four years.*****Heritage Center apartments hold ground-breaking. Glenn Oliver and Maurice Biggs shovel the first dirt. Others in attendance were Beverly Matsoukas, Esse McDonald, Rev. Clarence Breaux and Rev. Preston Barnett. Speakers are State Rep. Wayne Peveto, Mayor Major Inman, Jim Graves and Rev. David Berkheimer. Also in attendance:  95-year-old Uncle Jim McKay. (Editor’s note: Uncle Jim was one of the first residents of the apartments. He lived to be 101.)*****Kerrie Lewis, from the Boston area, visited Texas for the first time, visiting her friend Kristine Errico, formerly from Boston. The girls dined at the home of the Roy Dunns. Kerrie said her favorite food was Ms. Phyl’s crab and shrimp gumbo. (Editor’s note: Kerrie ended up marrying the Dunn’s son Mark, and they became parents of two girls, Amber and Jenna Dunn.)*****Tommy Gunn, attorney, was named Boss of the Year and Pam Boehme, Secretary of the Year by legal secretaries.

Alabama was the first place to have 911 in 1969. Who said they are backwards?***Arizona is the only state in the continental U.S. that doesn’t follow daylight savings time.***Colorado, in 1976, became the only state to turn down the Olympics.***The Frisbee was invented at Yale University in Connecticut.***Delaware has more scientists and engineers than any other state.***In Hawaii people live, on average, five years longer than in other states.***Maine is so large it covers as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.***New Hampshire is the birthplace of Tupperware, invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.***New York is home to the nation’s oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747, in Montauk. Oregon has the most ghost towns in the country. “Don’t tell Penny, she will want to move there.”***Virginia is home to the world’s largest building, the Pentagon. ***Washington, D.C., was the first planned capitol in the world.***Vermont has the only state capital without a MacDonald’s in town.*** Seattle, Wash., has twice as many college graduates as any other state. “Why is that you recon?”***President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear in Mississippi. That’s how the Teddy Bear got its name.

Brett Favre’s grandmother passed away Monday. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in Our Lady of the Gulf in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Lou Garriga of Bridge City will participate in his aunt’s service.

It’s a rough start for gardeners. No rain during the month of April and 14 days of high winds have taken its toll on the vegetables, flowers and plant life. Lawns to maintain any greenery must be watered. It’s almost impossible to keep enough water on the gardens. If we don’t get a good amount of rain soon, it will be another bad year for figs. Fruit can’t form without water. To really be a successful gardener, you need God’s help by sending some of his water. I’m anxious to talk to growers at the Farmers’ Market and see what kind of crop they have been able to grow. It opens Saturday, 7 a.m., on MacArthur Drive in Orange.*****Our buddy Sprad had a successful hip replacement last week. However, during testing for the procedure it was discovered that Spradling has prostate cancer and that will be the next undertaking. We wish our friend Hubert the very best.*****DPS Sgt. Brad Frey, soon to be major with the Bridge City Police Department, was a hero Friday night at the Bridge City/Orangefield game. A foul ball was coming down right on top of educator Gina Mannino’s head. At the last second Frey caught the ball and saved one heck of a lump. Don Shockley says it was a lucky catch, that Frey isn’t that coordinated. Gina is just thankful.*****Congrats to Rebecca Patterson, attorney Chris Smith and Andrew Culpepper, who won the Greater Orange Area Literacy Service annual spelling bee Friday at Lamar Orange.*****The master at Churchhill Downs, the Cajun boy Calvin Borel, rode Super Saver on the rail to win the 136th. Kentucky Derby. That’s his third time in four years to win the Run for the Roses. Another Cajun jockey, Kent Desormeaux came in third on Paddy O’Prado. He was nosed out of second at the wire or Cajun boys would have ended up one and two. Baltimore is next stop for the South Louisiana boys. The 135th running of the Preakness. For Calvin, it’s the second leg of the Triple Crown. He predicted Super Saver could break a long drought for the Triple Crown. Glen Fullerton of Houston first won the “Call the Close” Dream Bet sweepstakes and bet the $100,000 on Borel and Super Saver. He won $900,000.*****Election day is Saturday. It’s important to vote. It’s a privilege in a democracy. Make your voice heard otherwise other people make the decisions that affect you and your family. City and school and port board elections are very important. Also, don’t ignore special amendments on the ballots. You can’t complain if you don’t vote.*****Speaking of politics, Gov. Rick Perry rejects federal health insurance pool for Texans who can’t buy insurance because of pre-existing conditions. Speaking of Perry, surely you’re not buying into that BS story about him killing that coyote four months ago. No one saw the body. It’s the same plow they used against Ann Richards. The macho man is starting to look like a clown as he goes for gimmicks for national attention.*****United Airlines to merge with Houston-based Continental, which would be phased out and the world’s largest airline company will be called United and be based in Chicago. Houston will remain a hub but lose jobs. The merger will lead to high prices and do away with non-stop flights out of Houston to the East Coast locations. Continental non-stop was their best deal.*****Floyd Mayweather survived a shaky second round to shut out Sean Mosley, over the last 10 rounds, to win a unanimous decision. Mayweather is now 41-0. Next could be Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino superstar.*****We got a new recipe for Corn Maquechoux (pronounced “mack shoe”) from our friend Karen Fuselier at Cajun Corner. Not only did she tell me the recipe but made us a mess of it. She also told us about the turtle stew Tony’s uncle fixed, plus she got us a stuffed cow tongue from Ville Platte, La.*****We ran into Moe Litton the other day. We hadn’t seen him in a while. He brought us up to date on all we had been missing. He confirmed Johnny Montagne is still in circulation, just staying low key.*****Soon to be judge, David Peck and Ms. Patsy, were combining a business trip and vacation in California over a five-day period. They traveled the Golden Coast and even visited the base where David did his basic training 40 years ago. David reports that California is totally a different world from what we live in. They were due home Tuesday.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Van Choate’s’ Tuffy’s this week and Robert’s next week. Everybody is always welcome.*****Happy birthday to some of our special folks. Joe Chenella, “Mr. Bridge City School” and a great friend celebrates this week.***Longtime friend Mayor Essie Bellfield, Debbie Gregg, Connie Angelle and Sharon Wooley all celebrate this week. Best wishes to all.***By the way, this is School Teacher Appreciation Week. Tuesday was National Appreciation Day so hug a teacher and tell them thanks.*****I’m looking forward to the big Cajun Festival May 15th. Great entertainment and a fishing tournament too.*****Congrats to Matt Hicks, of Bridge City and Jacob Felts, Orangefield, named to the Texas Coaches All-Star Team. They will play in the All-Star game after the state championships.*****The Bobcats, in my opinion, are the best hitting team in Southeast Texas. Their pitching, at least two deep, is solid. If they could hit Hicks the way they did I believe they will be able to hit anyone. Congrats to the Bobcats and coach Bennett on an undefeated season. Good luck in the playoffs. Good luck also to the Bridge City Cardinals who play the best two out of three against Coldspring at Humble. Game one, Thursday, 7 p.m.; game two, Friday, 7 p.m.; game three, 2 p.m. Saturday.*****The West Orange-Stark Mustangs vs. Cleveland play one game Friday, 7:30 p.m. at West Brook.***Little Cypress Mauriceville vs. Kingwood Park, best of three, Thursday, 6:30 at Lamar; game two, Friday at Kingwood. If necessary game three will be played at LC-M Bear stadium.*****Sunday’s New York Times carried a great two-page story on Mayor Bill White. They call White a fiscal conservative who will pull Republican voters. Some moderate conservatives find Rick Perry has become too much like George Wallace. The Tea Party won’t sell across the board in Texas in a general election. It worked against Sen. Hutchison in the primary. Seven months out from the general election White trails Perry by only eight points and he’s just starting to tour Texas.*****Feds arrested a U.S. citizen, Pakistan native, who rigged a 1993 Pathfinder to explode in Times Square. The man was at the airport attempting to leave the country. Five-hundred FBI agents, Homeland Security and 2,000 state and New York police wasted no time in solving the crime. It was an observant vendor however who notified police. We should all remain alert. The idiot was smart enough to bring the cow to the barn but he didn’t have sense enough to get milk out of the tits. He intended to terrorize. For that anyone should get the firing squad.

Debra Truncale, Lee Legate, Jenna Dismukes, Bridge Toohey, Lindsey Dardeau, Susan Spencer, Travis Coffey, Amanda Dumesnil, Ashley Eby, Beverly Millsap, Deborah Gregg, Doris Raynor, Essie Bellfield, Brandon Bond, Carolyn Bourque, Charles Slusher, Clint Vidrine, Glory Burke, Jessica Hughes, Joseph Chenella, Michael Psencik, Norma Cummings, Sherri Thompson, Caitlin Allen, Connie Angelle, Ginger Hogden, Julie Allensworth, Alan Bates, Arlon Fields, Doug Havens, Justin Dupuis, Kelly Brown, Ken Reeves, Mary Callahan, Trudy Blair, Anna Hughes, Dalton Gilliam, Gerald Taylor, Gordon Brown, Jacqueline McGee, James Rogers, Johnnie Mae McKuster, Katie Hubbard, Patricia Williamson, Preslea Thibodeaux, Sharon Woolley, Stacie Dryden, Stacie Teaff, Candace Miller, Chuck Williams, Pat Collins, Sarah Moreland, Scott Andes, Tami Vanderheiden, Sherry Walles and David Pitts. Also: MacAlan Trammell, Brad Broussard, Butch Myers, Matt Williams, Clint Blackwell, Murdock Havard, Josh Sanders, Lynn Scales and Janice Wilkinson.

On May 6, George Clooney will be 49; Tom Bergeron, 55, Bob Seger, 65 and Willie Mays, 79.***May 7, had they lived, Tim Russert would be 60 and Johnny Unitas 77.***May 8, Enrique Iglesias will be 35; Darren Hayes, 38; Melissa Gilbert, 46 and Don Rickles, 84.***May 9, Billy Joel, 61; Rosario Dawson, 31; Candice Bergen, 54 and Albert Finney, 74.***Mary 10, Amanda Borden, 33; Donovan, 64; Judith Jamison, 67 and Gary Owens, 74.***May 11, Louis Farrakhan, 77; Mort Sahl, 83.***May 12, Stephen Baldwin, 44; Emilio Estevez, 48; Steve Winwood, 62; Burt Bacharach, 81 and Yogi Berra, 85.

In Sou’h Lewsiana, Alcid Badeaux, wat live near Henry, in da country, a few miles from Erath, got his house messed up from da water dat stand dair for four or tree days after Hurricane Rita. After da water it recede, some young mens from Abbeville showed up to help dem old people wit dair houses.
Wen dey finish clean up da place, one dem young mens axe, “Mr. Badeaux, would you like for us to put some paint inside da house hanh?”
Badeaux him say, “Mais hell yeah, dat be good.”
Another one of dem young mens say, “Mr. Badeaux, we could paint it white, dat make da little house look bigger, wat you tink?”
Badeaux answer real quick him, “You know dats a good idea yeah, me I could use more room.”

Alzheimer’s Disease claims 5.3 million Americans. You don’t see it coming and when it comes you can’t do anything to stop it. This life-altering disease, to me, is very scary. I’ve seen brilliant minds go down the tube and family members devastated.*****Many Bridge City youngsters were born in Port Arthur at St. Mary’s, now called Christus Hospital. This week, they celebrate their 80th birthday. Most Jefferson County people who moved to Bridge City were born there. That’s where the Dunn boys, Mark and Allen, entered the world.*****Our prayers go out to friends Judy Hidalgo, undergoing cancer treatment, and Gene who is by her side and helping her cope.*****Mother’s Day is Sunday. Roy has written a Down Life’s Highway column about his childhood with his Mom.*****Eighty-nine year old Pearl Burgess reflects, in the words of a poem, on her mother who brought up six children in the Depression.*****By the way, someone spotted Neighbor Cox in his backyard, near his garden, doing a rain dance he learned as a boy from the Indians in Joaquin, Texas. Still no rain in sight.*****My time is up. I sincerely thank you for yours. Please read us cover to cover and patronize those in our advertising family that bring you this paper. You will find some good buys. Cecil’s, at both dealerships, is offering outstanding prices on cars and trucks. Give them a try before you buy. Take care and God bless.