North of the Creaux’s Nest
IKE, BUM AND MOVING ON
I can’t help but think about what we were going through on this date two years ago. We were stranded for several days before help came. I saw sights I hope to never see again but am amazed at how resourceful people are when they have to be. I remember witnessing the rescue of two dogs that swam for hours without food and only salt water to drink. Today Ike seems like a bad dream. People on roofs, in attics, snakes everywhere. Sue and Rod Bailey’s daughter, Madeleine, was one of the toughest, but what would you expect from someone raised by those parents, on the Bailey point of Lake Sabine. She had real survivor skills. She treaded water shoulder high after spending the night with the snakes and rats in the attic. I’m not sure if I’d stay again if a storm comes especially if they say surge.*****This week we are running the conclusion of the first chapter of “Bum Phillips, Coach, Cowboy, Christian.” Don’t miss it. Wednesday Bum is autographing his new autobiography at the Holiday Inn, Jimmy Johnson Blvd., Mid-County. Local folks are working on bringing Bum home to Orange County for an autograph party. He and his son Wade are both Orange natives. His parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles are all buried here. Bum had said that Orange would be his final resting place. Book signing will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a 30-minute break at 6 p.m. By Thursday all local media will cover Bum’s appearance and book. We’ve done it for three weeks. It could have been displayed better but it sure got a lot of response anyway. I’d better move on, I’m running a day late and up against deadline. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.
We were sorry to hear about the death of Dr. Jack Couvillion, 82, who died Sept. 8. Services were held Saturday, Sept. 11, at St. Mary. Dr. Couvillion practiced dentistry in Orange for over 50 years. He is survived by his wife Jane and a large family. Everyone liked the “Doc.” He was a fun guy who contributed a lot to the community. He will be missed. Many people have their own Dr. Couvillion stories. *****Rosemary Murphy, 81, of Bridge City died Sept. 7. Services were held Sept. 10. She and late husband Rip raised their family in Victory Gardens. They were very active in community happenings when the kids were growing up. Rosemary, who we had known 50 years, was a wonderful lady. Our condolences to her children and their families. Daughters, Marilyn, Marianne, sons, Randall, Michael and Brian have all moved away but will have great memories of growing up in Bridge City with their mom and dad. *****We were also sorry to learn of the death of Joseph Piazza, 76, who died Sept. 4. Services were held Saturday, Sept. 11. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary. He came from a large family, born and raised in Port Arthur; he was a longtime resident of Bridge City. He is survived by daughters, Mary Jo, Connie, son, Daryl and their families. May he rest in peace.*****Dr. Robert Ingram, 88, died Sept. 11. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 15 at Claybar in Orange. To his wife Dorace and family we send our deepest sympathies. Dr. Ingram had a lot of friends here and served his patients well.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
35 Years Ago-1975
Coach Jim Crossland, former Little Cypress-Mauriceville head coach, is offensive co-coordinator for West Texas State. WTS played and defeated the Lamar Cardinals Saturday night in Beaumont. Bryan Carr and Mike Fishback, both former Little Cypress-Mauriceville stars, played for West Texas State. Larry Spears, also on the team and former star for the West Orange Chiefs, didn’t see action due to injury. Coach Crossland says, “He’s one of the great ones. It’s a shame Orange County fans didn’t get to watch him. He’s a thrill to watch.”*****Millie Harper was presented a “Pooch Swing” by local jokester, service station owner Ed Bacon. Millie’s husband built a nice porch at their home and Joe Burke suggested it needed a special swing. Ed obliged by painting a big tire white, lettered “Pooch Swing” on it hung with a big rope. Millie nicknamed “Tall Boy” by Ed, fits just right in the new tire swing.*****David Bergeron is marrying pretty Linda fuller on Saturday.*****Bobby Hoosied celebrated a birthday last week.*****Vera Dolley is released from hospital after stomach reduction surgery. (Editor’s note: I wonder what became of Vera and Gerald, known as Dagwood and Blondie?)*****Pretty Kathy Roberts, daughter of Beverly and Wilson Roberts of Bridge City, is featured in Gunn Studio advertisement.*****The Bridge City Cards defeated SFA 26-0. Bridge City’s defense allowed only three first downs. Richard Slaydon and Co., featuring Charlie Warner and Tony Mulhollan, added the points.*****Stark High defeated Mt. Carmel, 13-3. Craig Couvillion, #15, threw a touchdown pass to Mark Bonin that was nullified because Couvillion was a foot over the line of scrimmage.*****Little Cypress-Mauriceville ran all over Hardin Jefferson in a 36-14 victory. Rick Smith caught four touchdown passes.
60 Years Ago-1950
Odd Fellows win summer softball league. The trophy was presented by J.D. Peddy, Orange Recreation Director. Team members are Ezra Gorden, John Garzia, Glendon Seales, Dick Obanion, Joe Snider, Doug Smith, Pat Bean, Ralph “High Pockets” Gravett, Tony Lopez, Dewitt Gibson, Earl Gordon, Johnny Gordon, bat boy Don Gravett, Al Haygood, George Toal, N. Nash and Roy McDonald. (Editor’s note: I’m wondering if that is mayor McDonald’s dad.)*****Nine Orange reservists called are Pfc. Ben A. Anderson, Pvt. John W. Bertrand, Pfc. Clarence Hudson, Cpl. Albert Buck, Pvt. Virgil Bird, Sgt. Lewis Gay, Pfc. Therman McDonald, Pvt. George Pillsbury, Jr., Pfc Alvin Randolph, Jr.*****A restocking program of a pond east of 16th St., in Sunset Addition is underway by local officials and Southeast Texas Sportsmen’s Club. Officials are police chief Alvin Keown, asst. chief Henry Stansfield, city commissioner Charlie Taylor, Orange mayor Joe Runnels Jr., club president Jack Kennedy, DPS officer R.C. McDaniel, county judge Sid Caillavet, county judge-elect Charlie Grooms. (Editor’s note: Charlie defeated Sid in that election, Sid came back and beat him. They exchanged the judgeship several times.) “I must be getting old, I remember all the above but I can’t remember the pond they were stocking.”*****To be wed next week are Margie Hartsfield and Joseph James Wade Granger***Edwina Breaux and Joe R. Staudt.***Frances Box and Stanley Slater.
HOW ABOUT SOME FOOTBALL
West Orange-Stark was off last week but they get back on track when they host Jasper Friday at Dan Hooks Stadium.***Little Cypress-Mauriceville put on another offensive show, running up over 500 total yards for two straight week, in a 48-24 win over Caney Creek. They’re off this week and start district play against Lumberton at home Sept. 24.***Orangefield, coming off a 26-16 win over Woodville, celebrates homecoming this week against Cold Springs.*** The shootout of the week will be between Bridge City and Kirbyville. The two teams are fairly evenly matched. Kirbyville will be the favorite because of prior playoff experience and playing at home. I believe if the Cards are healthy and the defense steps up a notch and slows the Wildcats down, the B.C. offense will do the rest. Each defender must stay focused on his responsibility. If everyone does his job I look for the Cards to win this big game. What a confidence builder going into district.***What about the great turnout of support for the Lamar Cardinals. They responded with a win over Webber International, 21-14. The Card’s next game will be against a strong Southland Conference team, Southeastern, Saturday in Hammond, 6 p.m. The team hopes Lamar fans will follow with their support.***The Houston Texans looked impressive in a big win over Payton Manning and the Colts, 34 to 24. The Texans are picking up some Cowboy fans in this area. Three of Roy’s grandsons, Garrett and Collin Gros and Chris Menard attended the big win. Collin says he has Forster on his Fantasy Football roster but didn’t start him last week. You can bet he has him as a starter this week. Check our website for great football pictures. Go to therecordlive.com and click on Orange County Football Highlights.
FERRY DRIVE TO FINALLY OPEN
Beginning Friday, after 5 p.m., the new, widened Ferry Drive in Bridge City will open to traffic. The traffic light at Roundbunch and Ferry will again be operational. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the opening of Ferry Drive on Friday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. on Texas Ave., at the Ferry Drive intersection. Notice: Starting Monday Sept. 20, John Street will close for reconstruction, expected to take 12 to 18 months. The Ferry Drive opening should relieve some of the congestion and long lines at Roundbunch and Texas Ave. Sometimes traffic in Bridge City looks like Houston.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
Ike recovery money is still in the bank. I don’t know why they called it emergency money. It certainly hasn’t been treated with any emergency. Last year HUD sent the state $1.3 billion in federal money, $1.2 billion is still not spent. Over 2000 applied in our area. The families and small businesses that were promised help still haven’t gotten the first penny. This week, we mark the second anniversary of the worst disaster to hit our area. No one took a bigger blow than Bridge City and some of the Orange areas. None of Bridge City was spared. The help promised is tied up, they say, in red tape. That much money should have made enough interest at 1.5 percent to take care of the homes and businesses here. Why not just send us the interest. Do you know that folks are still waiting on Rita grants? I’m not joking, even though the government bureaucracy in Texas makes it appear to be a joke. *****Our buddy H.D. Pate got a new truck. The first thing he did was drive to Oklahoma alone to visit his older brother Judge Pat Pate. He didn’t stay long, he hates to be away from home. Boy, how time changes things, I recall when he had difficulty getting home. *****For many years, back in the 1960’s, Kountze News publisher Archie Fullingum was known as Southeast Texas’ best Mayhaw jelly maker. His talent was even talked about in the United States capital where congressmen made special request to visitors from Southeast Texas to send them a jar of Archie’s Mayhaw jelly. Today, even though I haven’t tasted it, I’m told there is a new “best maker” of Mayaw jelly. This may surprise you but longtime lawman John Tarver, who years ago got the recipe from his grandmother, is now the maker of unbeatable jelly. Lately I’ve picked up some pretty good jelly at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in front of Big Lots in Orange. If John Harrington has done one good thing in his life, it’s that way back years ago he planted Mayhaw trees on Roundbunch Rd., next to the Chamber office. Today Bridge City could be the Mayhaw capital of Southeast Texas. Even Ike’s salt water didn’t phase the trees. Why not a Mayhaw festival to celebrate the world’s best jelly?*****Our friend Daniel Jacobs has had a rocky three weeks in the hospital at M.D. Anderson. He was already battling leukemia when he came down with high fever. For some unexplained reason it took them six days to diagnose pneumonia. A comedy of errors followed. He’s home now fighting the good fight. He’s a tough guy but he has a lot to overcome but he’s a fighter.*****Lately I’ve been hearing some negatives about M.D. Anderson. Several area patients say it’s not the great place it used to be. In fact, several patients have left for Tyler and other cancer hospitals. It’s just hear say but I just pray I don’t ever have to find out.*****Bill White, running for governor of Texas, and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, both have called for governor term limits. Gov. Rick Perry took office when George Bush left in Dec. 2000. After serving Bush’s two years, he was elected to two four-year terms in 2002 and 2006. He is the longest serving governor and is asking for another four-year term. Some folks believe if elected he will use the post to try and elevate himself to national office. I believe the $18 billion shortfall the state of Texas is in will possibly come back to haunt him in a national attempt. Tuesday’s Houston Chronicle claims it’s $3 billion more. Running up a $10,000 a month bill for rent on a mansion for he and his wife to live in won’t sell too well to conservatives while his state is facing a bad shortfall and people are hurting.*****Speaking of politics, I’ve been following that game long enough to know that somebody has something on minority leader John Boehner. Even though most folks don’t know who he is, President Obama mentioned his name eight times in a speech. He’s being set up for the shoe to drop between now and November. They have something on him. In fact, John has already felt the heat and blinked. He now says he would support Obama’s tax break to the middle class and small businesses. *****This week the Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine with Uncle Jim at Novrozsky’s and next Wednesday on a special seafood lunch with David Claybar at Tuffy’s, including his great pies for desert. Y’all come. Everyone welcome. You don’t need an invite. Break bread with some of our finest folks.*****Special folks we know having birthdays this week. Phyllis Dunn, affectionally known as Ms. Phyl around here, will celebrate her special day Sept. 16. She certainly has earned a good one. Best wishes.***Celebrating also is John Clark, longtime newspaper man, retired but still very active in VFW. John has probably served the organization in every capacity.***Our longtime friend Bobby Cormier is having another birthday. We have known him since he was a pup. He’s quit counting and I bet he just wants it to be another day. Devra won’t let that happen.***A nice, kind lady Debra Gauthier celebrates this week. Have a great day.***Our longtime buddy, who we’ve known since he was in diapers, George Navarro, marks another year.***Even Mark Anderson is getting more gray in his hair as another birthday comes around. May all of you have a very happy birthday.
On Sept. 16, Nick Jonas will be 18; Marc Anthony, 42; B.B. King, 85; Madeline Zima, 25 and Jennifer Tilly, 49.***Sept. 17, Mark Brunell, 40; Kyle Chandler, 45 and Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson, 59.***Sept. 18, Lance Armstrong, 39; Jada Pinkett Smith, 39; Aisha Tyler, 40, Frankie Avalon, 71 and James Gandolfini will be 49.***Sept. 19, Jimmy Fallon, 36; Trisha Yearwood, 46; Joan Lunden, 60 and Leslie “Twiggy” Lawson, 61.***Sept. 20, Dr. Joyce Brothers, 82; Sophia Loren, 76 and Taro Aso, 70.***Sept. 21, Nicole Richie, 29; Rickie Lake, 42; Faith Hill, 43; Bill Murray, 60; Rob Morrow, 48 and Larry Hagman, 79.***Sept. 22, Bonnie Hunt, 46; Scott Baio, 49; Joan Jett, 50; Debby Boone, 54 and Tommy Lasorda, 83.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Jon Berry, Madison Lewis, Valgene Donahey, Ginger Ellism, Harold Tally, Nick Heil, Shonna Hunt, Ian Putman, Phyllis Dunn, Stephanie Morris, Todd Estes, Valerie Gilbeaux, Mark Conner, O’Shanique Foster, Tommy Purdy, Landin New, Linda Schulz, Delana Huebel, Lynda Stout, Mark Anderson, Chase Burch, Ben Ludwig, Debra Gauthier, Helen Peddy, Joey Tutt, Joy Evans, Kara Killman, Mark Milligan, Mike Zenos, Sue Plagens, Cecil Byers, Dreaux Minchew, George Navarro, Jimmy Prewitt, Leslie Sparks, David Yeats, Matthew Carter, Michael Wuske, Michelle Jaarah, Rita Morris, Susan Pennington, Caitlin Ziller, Gary McAllister, Jan Thurman, John Clark, Lucille Powell, Ruthie Hannegan, Bobby Cormier, Mary Rawls, Ronnie Teaff, Vernon Murray, Howdy Dawson, Janice Kelly, Jenny Sims, Jonah Thurman, and Lorayne Welch.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
L.C. Comeaux walked into Tee-Boy’s Bar & Grill, sat down at a table and told Bubba Breaux to bring him one of dem Miller Lite beers.
Bubba bring it to L.C. good and cold an he say, “Comeaux, dat will be a penny for da beer.”
Comeaux wasn’t believe it him. He look at da menu wat is laying on da table and he axe, “Say Bubba, how much for dis nice T-bone steak?”
Bubba, da bartender/waiter answer, “Dat will be a nickel.”
“Wat about a bottle of wine wit it?” L.C. axe.
“Dat will be anutter nickel,” Bubba answer.
Comeaux can’t believe it him, he axe, “Where’s Tee-Boy him?”
Bubba say, “He’s upstairs wit my wife him.”
“Oh yea,” Comeaux said, “Wat’s he doing upstairs wit you wife hanh?”
Bubba say, “I don’t rightly know me, but I suspect he’s doing up dere wat I’m doing to him and his business down here.”
I’ve got to get out of here early, plus my boat is full. Sorry I haven’t gotten around to my emails and haven’t checked out the natives like I should. I’ll try to do a better job next week. I thank you for your loyalty. You have stuck with me through thick and thin. Please don’t forget to thank our advertisers for bringing you this publication. Shop with them whenever you can. Extra copies of the paper are always available at our offices and drops at nearly 50 locations in the county. Have yourself a nice week. I hope to see you on the turn-a-round. (That’s an old farm expression meaning “Till next time.” Take care and God bless.