If rain doesn’t come to the east end of Bridge City by Sunday, it will mark three months with just one-half inch of rain and 15 inches below average rainfall for the year. Rain is forecasted for this week, a good chance Wednesday and Thursday. Hopefully those folks will get some relief. Every year the average rainfall catches up. Let’s hope not all at once. Temps in the high 90s are causing air conditioners to run constantly along with ever running water hoses. Folks are going to be spending their vacation money to stay cool and keep their plants alive. *****Well, it’s come on a full moon this weekend. Maybe that will change our weather pattern. I have a long way to go and a little time to do it in. I squandered too much time on just hanging out. Boy did I enjoy it. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.
Since the Dick Cheney energy policy, put together in secret with Ken Lay and other big oilers, the oil companies have pretty much had it their way. Our energy policy needs changing. During the Cheney-run Bush Administration, oil companies made more money in eight years than they had made in previous 80 years. BP has continually ignored safety and got by with it. At Texas City, the Bush Administration picked up the tab for reimbursement to surrounding entities. BP paid only a fine. Attorney Brent Coon had to sue them for compensation for the victims. Over and over GOP lawmakers have been carrying big oil’s water; in turn they were rewarded with campaign funds. Rep. Joe Barton, one of Texas’ 23 Republican congressmen, has received $1.4 million from the oil industry since 1999. He received $27,000 from BP when he didn’t even have an opponent in the last campaign. The GOP has strong financial ties to big oil so when Congressman Barton apologized to BP  for the government, making them pay $20 billion, calling it a White House shakedown; I suspect that’s a general mind-set of the GOP. Barton was just saying what his party believes, however stupid it was to say out loud in a hearing. He apologized because his friends made him, not that he doesn’t believe it’s a shakedown. He doesn’t believe BP should take care of the damage causing one of our worst environmental disasters. If relief wells don’t work come September it could be the world’s worst disaster. A way of life destroyed, a land and sea that could take over 100 years to correct. BP’s worse nightmare is that this disaster took place during a Democratic Administration that wouldn’t look the other way and pick up the tab. President Obama is a student of history. Once the disaster in the Gulf was unleashed he pledged to hold the responsible party immediately accountable financially. His swift action forced swift justice. BP agreed to place $20 billion in escrow to compensate the citizens and governments on the Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida coasts. His level headed action, that the GOP calls a shakedown, gives hope and relief to those whose lives have been turned upside down. What makes this more remarkable is that it didn’t involve the courts and it was done within a mere two months. Today, there are 33,000 workers, 6,000 vessels and 25 vacuum ships arriving from Canada with equipment to help. Also help is coming from Europe. To say our government is not doing anything is wrong, a lie, every available outlet is being skimmed to protect the shores and gather and capture, burn or get rid of as much oil as possible. In the end, it won’t be the citizens or our government picking up the tab, it will be British Petroleum. Don’t blame our government; place the blame where it rightly belongs. When we squeeze their nuts and bolts, they will know that the Obama Administration is their worse nightmare. No more free rides.
30 Years Ago-1980
Congrats to Shirley and Joey Walker on the birth of their first child. The newcomer was named Keely Lynn, who came into their lives last week, June 14. She weighed in at 9 pounds, 9 ounces. (Editor’s note: It doesn’t seem possible to me that Shirley has a 30-year-old daughter. We have known this nice gal since she was just a child herself. Today Shirley still remains “Girl Friday” at the Houseman Co.)*****New York Yankee Yogi Berra walked into a pizza parlor last week and ordered a small pizza for one. When the waitress asked if he wanted it cut in four or eight pieces, Yogi replied, “Better make it four, I don’t think I can eat eight.”*****Roger Staubach will receive $10,000 per game to be a CBS analyst next football season. Only Merlin Olsen and Don Meredith will earn slightly more. (Editor’s note: That would be peanuts today, traveling money.), *****Orange native Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown returned for a homecoming concert at the Lutcher Theater June 19. (Editor’s note: Gatemouth died about four years ago and is buried in Orange. He was famous around the world.)*****On June 30, the lovely Barbara Mulhollan celebrates another birthday. (Editor’s note: Gee, Gosh, that was 30 years ago? We just thought we were getting old. That lovely lady and I go back to 1960. Hard to believe that was 30 years ago when Barbara, Jude Duhon Turley and Sherlock walked the halls of the courthouse with Jim Morris, Roy Wingate and a group of great folks. *****Gerald “Red” Bird in the hospital after a boating accident. *****Carl W. Rollins elected Worshipful Master of the Bridge City Lodge, 1345 AF and AM. *****Bridge City High School varsity cheerleaders return from camp in Nacogdoches. They include Gina Goodyear, Kellie Little, Lori Wagner, Adam Hollier, Angi Boudreaux, Theresa Benoit, Tina Sigler and Tammy Emerson. *****Two young ladies becoming teenagers are Vanessa McCurry, June 27 and Ann Lieby, June 29. (Editor’s note: Now that’s hard to believe little Ann is now going to be 43.)*****Some of the CB handles making the roads, 10-4. Rod Burner, Silver Wings, Tugboat Mama, Running Bee, Matt Dillon, Falling Angel, Blue Runner, Salt Shaker, Red Man and Tug Boat Daddy. (Editor’s note: Were you ever a CBer? E-mail your handle to us at news@therecordlive.com.
Best wishes to our friend Pat Pate who will undergo back surgery at Methodist in Houston. The three-part procedure will start Monday of next week, with the second and third procedures following on Thursday and Friday. H.D. will be with her much of the time but will be going back and forth from his law office. Pat should be in the hospital two or three weeks. *****We had a great visit from Brunner Addition native and former Orange City Manager Jack Huffman. When Jack was manager in Orange, he promoted the deal with Mrs. Nelda Stark to build 16th Street and connect Park Avenue with Interstate 10. Today 16th is the business mainstream of Orange. He went on to be the city manager at Irving for 20 years from 1973-93. He led the cause to get the Cowboys and during that period, Cowboy Stadium was built. Huffman has had and enjoyed a very fortunate life. Not bad for one of the kids from Brunner. He now lives in Fredericksburg and has a ranch in the beautiful hill country. He is looking to relocate, however, in order to spend the rest of his time between Orange and the ranch. He also is getting out of the cattle business after a bull left him with a limp. More on Jack later. *****Mike Louviere covered the rodeo finals at the Texas Longhorn last weekend. See his report in our sports section. His wife Jane has been in poor health and was hospitalized twice in the last six weeks. Jane has been in a nursing home for rehab. Her sugar count spiked at 821 and she ended up in ICU. We wish her continued progress and God speed. We’re glad to have Mike back on the beat, even if it’s only part time. *****Congrats to Orangefield High students who participated in the Texas State Band Solo and Ensemble contest. Sophomore Daryl Broussard received an “Excellent” rating in voice competition. Junior, Brian Kelly, performed on the piano and received a “Superior” rating. Alex Gibson, junior, received a “Superior”  rating on the piano and cello. “Way to go guys.”*****Harriet’s husband, Commissioner David Dubose, was surprised with a birthday welcome at Monday’s commissioners’ meeting marking his 60th. We wish the 60s to be as good for him as he thinks they will be. David, be ready for a few more aches and pains and in different places. Each year adds a few. *****Other special birthdays, Grady Johnson’s little boy, Ken Johnson, celebrates this week. ***Tobby The Clown’s little princess, Kathy Marsh, marks another year. A few years ago Dewayne kidnapped her and made her his bride. Happy birthday Miss Kathy. ***Sherby Dixon is getting older but still has a beautiful wife. That’s a lot to be thankful for. ***Speaking of beauty, Claudine Hogan celebrates this week, as does Barbara Mulhollan. ***Jody Raymer notches another year down the marker of life. Best wishes to all. *****Our friend Patsy Peck, owner of Traverse, is in New York on one of her group tours. The next trip will be to Boston. Karen Jo Vance and other folks tell us Patsy puts together great trips. Meanwhile judge-elect David Peck is batching again. I’m willing to bet while the sergeant is away; he’s not sticking to his diet. Also you can forget about the 5 a.m. workout at the gym and the mile walk. *****Congrats to Little Cypress-Mauriceville on making their first ever trip to the seven-on-seven state tournament in College Station, July 9. Also best of luck to West Orange-Stark at the state tournament. *****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch at Tuffy’s last week drew a full house to celebrate the birthday of Wilson “King” Dunn, age 92. Two of his sons, Derry and Danny, and their wives and King’s great grandson were in attendance. We couldn’t get King to say who was the best basketball player between Derry and Danny, he only said they both had their strong points. Both were stars at Mauriceville and starters in college. This
 week the group meets at Robert’s, next week Uncle Jim will be the host at Novrozsky’s. It’s a fun bunch, everyone welcome. *****Roy and Mark Dunn were honored Monday by the Bridge City School Board. They were presented a nice plaque for The Penny Record’s contribution to the school and community. In the past, the board presented a certificate but Jamey Harrison does everything first class. Gary Stelly and Tommy Mann were also honored. BCISD has a great bunch of folks on their board, Lon Hubbard, Kirk Ellender, Thad Hill, Mark Anderson, Jerry McInnis, Rebecca Rutledge and Tom Orozco. *****Our guy, soldier Jason Menard, is back in Iraq on his third tour of duty. Our prayers are with him. *****Attorney Lynwood Sanders is up and going strong after his little flare up. We understand he was working on his tractor over the weekend. *****Our friend Daniel Jacobs is taking chemo treatments that make him awfully sick at times but he remains optimistic. It’s all the roll of the dice. We wish this good man God’s speed. Our thoughts are with his lovely wife. *****The big question now is will Alex turn into a storm. If it does, moving 10 to 15 miles an hour, it should be in the Gulf by next Wednesday. The water is very hot and it could be bad news. The odds are only 50-50 so let’s hope the odds are on our side. *****Our friend Jessie Domingue came in from his job on a Gulf oil platform to drop off a loaf of Robbie’s French bread, homemade in Abbeville. He is headed back out to the Gulf. Jesse has some interesting stories about what’s going on out there.

Ronnie Broussard, Jana Fisette, Mary Foreman, Barbara Garza, Becky Hodgkinson, Laurie Louvier, Wesley Smith, Ken Johnson, Erin McFarlane, Jan Henry, Judy Cagle, Jimmy Marshall, Jody Raymer, Al Baas, Cobey Sonnier, Roberta Overstreet, Sissy Braus, Betty Merchant, Jeania Craus, Kim Turbeville, Jaden Trahan, Amanda Adams, Judy Gerrald, Kathy Marsh, Chris Humble, Linda Taylor, Marie Williamson, Phyllis Davis, Reggie Rogers, Rodney Davis, Sherby Dixon, Barbara Whitrock, Bridgett Teaff, Claudine Hogan, David Kimbell, Jessica Simon, Kristin Lollar, Shanna MacCammond, Shanna Scott, Trevor Kimbell, Dorris Norwood, Jeff Bourdier, Jeri Whitmire, Joan Cummings, Karen Tomlin, Kourtney Derouen, Leighia Barron, Tina Bernard, Brett Barclay, Connie Berry, Eric Broom, Kelly Kimbrough, Lester Morris, Nancy George, Barbara Mulhollan, David Sandlin, Katie Keneson.
June 24, Sherry Stringfield will be 43; Joe Penny, 54; Mick Fleetwood, 63 and Michele Lee, 68. ***June 25, George Michael, 47; Jimmie “Dy-No-Mite” Walker, 61; Phyllis George, 61 and Carly Simon, 65. ***June 26, Derek Jeter, 36; Chris O’Donnell, 40; Greg LeMond, 49; Chris Isaac, 54; Eleanor Parker, 88 and though she’s not a celebrity, Amanda Adams will be 31. ***June 27, Madelyn Sweeten, 19; Toby Maguire, 35; Julia Duffy, 59 and H. Ross Perot, 80. ***June 28, Kellie Pickler, 24; Steve Burton, 40; John Cusack, 44; John Elway, 50; Kathy Bates, 62 and Mel Brooks, 84. ***June 29, Fred Grandy (Gopher on “Loveboat”), 62; Richard Lewis, 63; Gary Busey, 66 and Robert Evans, 80. ***June 30, Michael Phelps, 25; Fantasia Barrino, 26; Mike Tyson, 44 and Leonard Whiting, 60
Sixty-two year old Clovis Badeaux went to doctor Gaspard for a check up. Doc him is amazed at the great physical condition Clovis is in. “How you stay in such good shape?” Doc axe.
“Well, I’m a Cajun fisherman, all my life I work hard. Before day light I’m out and down da bayou.”
Doc say, “I’m sure dat helps. Dere’s got to be more to it. How old was you papa when he died?”
“Who said my papa’s dead?”
Amazed, Doc Gaspard say, “Your dad’s still alive? How old is he?”
Badeaux answer, “Well, he’s 82 and he’s a Cajun fisherman too. He’s out fishing today.”
Doc him says, “Dats great but I’m sure dere is more to it den dat. How old was his dad wen he died him?”
Badeaux says, “Who said my grandpa’s dead?”
Stunned, Doc axe, “You mean your papa is 82 and your grandpa is still living?” “Incredible, how old is he?”
“He’s 99-years-old,” answer Badeaux.
Doc is frustrated him so he axe, “So I guess he’s a Cajun fisherman who’s out fishing today?”
“No,” answer Badeaux, “He couldn’t go today cause he’s getting married for da fort time.”
Doc Gaspard is close to losing it. He says, “Getting married. Why would a 99 years old guy want to get married?”
Badeaux look rite at da doc and said, “Who say he wanted to?”
My buddy Margie Stephens, who lately has been in the hospital for kidney stones, says the doctor told her that to prevent stones – drink lemonade. I eat a grapefruit before breakfast for the same reason. The acid helps prevent kidney stones. I also like lemonade so for a change I might switch. *****Pretty Donna Peterson, after all these months, is getting close to completing her pad. Maybe she’ll invite me and Creaux for a house warming. *****Ms. Pearl Burgess, herself a twin, has written a poem about twins. It may be in this week’s issue. Look for it. *****If you’re an advertiser and not using this paper to reach the most customers, you are missing the boat. Your message in The Record will reach readers in 90 percent of all homes in our distribution area. No other vehicle/combinations of media reach more consumers. Take your own survey by randomly calling phone numbers and asking folks if they read The County Record or The Penny Record. You’ll be amazed at the results. There is no good reason not to advertise in The Record. *****My time is up, thanks for yours. Take care and may God bless you.