Well, another week rolls around. It looks like the ink is not dry on the last issue of The Record and I’m already starting another column. I arrived at my desk long before daylight wondering what I would write about. Rev. Leo Anderson comes on with his weekly radio show. “Rev” has been broadcasting a weekly program longer than I’ve been writing a column. I remember many years ago, you could catch him on the 50,000-watt station, coming from a station on the Mexican border. This morning he’s preaching a positive message so I’ll try to let that be my guide as I visit you one more time.
I was just thinking about how fortunate we are that there was a Lutcher and Nelda Stark. One just needs to look around to see all the wonderful things they left us. I fear without the Stark Foundation that Orange might be like Port Arthur and many others with dilapidated down town areas. Just think about it, no Shangri La, theater, museum, etc. What a deserted place this would be. Long before that the Starks laid a foundation that now makes Orange one of the unique towns in the south. Daily the Foundation is adding improvement for the future.
We are saddened this week that we are losing employee Amanda Adams, a very talented lady. Over the years she has become like family and her twin 5-year-old boys like grandkids, nephews and kids of interest. We’ll miss hearing about Lucas and Mason’s exploits. Even though Amanda will be missed we are happy for her. She will be employed by the Stark Foundation. It is a good promotion for her and offers better security for she and her boys. She is very bright and will make them a good employee. This is her last week. We thank her for her loyalty and quality work. We’ll be in touch.
I’d best start moving on. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


On Oct. 29, 1920, Pearl Myers, a blue-eyed baby girl was born, a twin to brother Earl, who died a few years ago. Pearl grew up to become a beautiful blue-eyed woman. Right out of high school she married Billy Burgess. They raised three beautiful daughters. Pearl’s background is filled with Orange County history. Her great-grandfather, George Patillo, was first Orange County judge and went on to be a state senator. As far as I know, he is the only Orange countian to be a state senator. There has been a lot of speculation about how Orange County got its name. Ole records show that the county might have been named for Patillo’s large orange grove at his farm on a high bluff on the Neches River. Pearl’s grandfather, on her mother’s side, George Poole, served as county judge. Her father’s dad, Robert Myers, was also a county judge. All three of those grandfather’s pictures hang at the county court house with all the other county judges. From laws to outlaws, her people’s background is scattered throughout Orange County’s history. Pearl has a proud heritage but with her it’s all about living. She can run with the big girls and can do what most 60-year-old gals can do. Her optimistic outlook makes her thankful for each day and she makes the most of it. It’s said that Pearl doesn’t let grass grow under her feet; she’s always on the move. She’s active in several organizations and MacDonald Baptist Church, where she has been a member since birth. Over her lifetime Pearl has been a talented craftsman. Her artistic work can be seen all over the county in thousands of creations. She most often prepares a big meal for her family. She is proud of all the children. She likes doing her yard work and can be seen driving around town in her big auto or maybe on a motorcycle. Her beautiful blue eyes and constant smile is an inspiration to everyone who knows her. She looks forward to every day and if
Dr. Jones doesn’t run out of vitamin B-12 shots, she might still be waltzing around when she hits the century mark. Pearl, keep on keeping on and spreading the sunshine where ever you go. You’re a unique lady. The world would be a better place if we all had your outlook. Happy birthday, best wishes and continued good health. I will try to live by your motto, “Live simple, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and leave the rest to God.” I’ll also try to remember that you also said, “every path has a few puddles.”


After Hurricane Ike, when we were swamped, the federal government, FEMA and Homeland Security said there would be no homes for those left homeless anywhere on the Gulf Coast. Our county and city officials became frustrated by the run-a-around. In fact, Bridge City mayor Kirk Roccafort became so frustrated that his public statement against Homeland Security made national media coverage. Houston mayor Bill White came to Orange County to see if he could help. He promised that he would do all he could to get us housing. He worked with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and other officials and in a few days he called to say FEMA trailers were heading our way. Orange County was the first place on the Gulf to receive housing. Mayor White had his own problems at home, plus he had over 200,000 Katrina victims still to be cared for but if it wouldn’t have been for mayor White’s caring and effort, we could not have had such a good recovery. Ask any public official about how important and urgent mayor White’s help was. We owe him our gratitude. He helped when no one else could or would.

12 Years Ago-1998

Victory is red. The Bridge City Cardinals defeated the Thomas Jefferson Yellow Jackets for the first time ever. Heroes for Big Red were many in the 40-7 victory. The Cards junkyard dog defense held tailback Larnelle Sinegal to just 24 yards rushing. Cardinal running back Steven Curl lit up the scoreboard with a passel of touchdowns and ran off tackle for 121 yards on 22 totes. He caught three passes for 62 yards and made 183 yards offensively. Versatile quarterback Brad Miller connected on nine with 13 attempts for 165 yards. Full back David Kibodeaux had three passes for 64 yards. Josh Sanders toted the pigskin, caught passes and helped on defense. Wade Stone scored two TD’s. Defensive back Shane Peveto returned a fumble for six points. Kicker Raun Bryant averaged 50 yards on four punts and made four points after. Keith Norwood graded 95 for his night’s work. The Cards rolled up 403 yards, 16 passes for 237 yards. Tackle Jeremy Stoffa recorded six pancake blocks and a five-yard bury. Sophomore Adam Cagle, replacing injured Eric Bramblett, had nine pancakes and one five-yard bury. Others grading high were, guards Bryan Wiggins, Dathan Juneaux, Curt Lucia. Charlie Higginbotham, who had 11 tackles and one interception, led the Cardinal defense. Linebacker Jared Williams and cohort linebacker Johnny Montagne, punished T.J. runners combining for 26 tackles, both caused fumbles and both had two quarterback sacks. Other defensive stars were Travis Miller, Lance Polk, Chad Brown, Brandon Greer, Justin Tegge and Jeff Gibbs. Bridge City plays Lincoln next and could be the first Bridge City team to be 7-0 in 17 years. *****The New York Yanks whipped the Padres in a four game series to win the World Series. *****Hal Sanders is stable after suffering a massive heart attack. *****Baseball player Bruce Aven, Judge Pat’s son-in-law, is picked up from Cleveland by the Marlins. *****Senate candidate David Bernsen held an event at the VFW with Wayne Toups performing. The place was packed. *****Johnny Montagne had a tailgate party before the B.C.-T.J. game. He served highly seasoned chili and Rolaids. *****Having birthdays this week are Mama Donna Peterson, Stacy Doiron, Don Harmon, Amy Bria, Pam Webb, Robert Bucklin, Betty Harmon, David Dupuis and Mark Dunn. *****Charles Provost, who lost his wife Edna a few months ago, passed away on Oct. 23 after a long battle with cancer.


President George W. Bush has gone under ground for the past 22 month. In the next few weeks he will again start making headlines. His memoir “Decision Points” is due out Tuesday, Nov. 9. That will begin his public defense of his presidency. Gov. Rick Perry, in the next few months, will publish his book “Fed Up,” a manifesto against federal government. It will come out about the time Perry will start touring the country building support to get the Republican nomination for president. This will come after the Texas House and Senate’s session. If Perry can get re-elected governor he, like Bush, will use Texas, the large vote and the electoral college vote as a spring board in hopes, if not president, he will at least be on the national ticket. Perry knows the GOP has a weak field of candidates. Like Bush and Gov. John Connally,” he will be more of an absentee governor than he has been. He’s not running for governor he’s running for a shot to be president of the United States. My bet is that the country is not nearly ready for another Texas president, especially Bush’s protégée. Jeb Bush is a far better bet. Perry has a big ego; he can see himself as president. Of interest is the new memoir by longtime Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby. “How Things Work” should be a good lesson on dealing behind closed doors and candid recollections about his office under several governors. The book is distributed by Texas A&M University Press. *****The New York Yankees former owner George Steinbrenner turned over in his grave with the last strike out by former Ranger A-Rod. Together, he and Jeter make about what the entire Ranger payroll is. The Texas Rangers beat the Yanks in six games. What a big prize for new owner, pitching great Nolan Ryan. The San Francisco Giants held off the Phillies to head to the World Series that starts Wednesday. I like the Ranger’s chance but the Giants are loaded with pitchers. *****Iowa State beat the Longhorns 28-21. Please tell me I dreamed that. *****The West Orange-Stark Mustangs had the perfect game plan. They kept the ball on the ground like Kirbyville did. Coach “T’s” defense gave little ground and the Bridge City Cardinals just couldn’t get in sync. That means the Orangefield Bobcats are still in the hunt. That should make for a great Bayou Bowl game. The Cards will regroup so don’t count them out. *****If it’s not a record, it’s a darn good average. Julia Morris’ uncle Wilbert and aunt Wilberta Boulet, will be married 74 years on Nov. 8. Wilbert was raised on a farm in Abbeville. He’s 98 and she’s 95. Morning breakfast almost always consist of her homemade biscuits. Both live in Jefferson County where they were active in the community throughout their married life. He also was deputy county clerk. Both are retired. Julia and Gerald Morris live in Bridge City. *****Our buddy Linda “Granny” Newton is back on her feet after a few week stay at M.D. Anderson. The doctors removed 10 percent of a lung and she is taking treatments for cancer. We’re glad to announce that she is doing quite well. She says husband Dayle never left her side. I always knew he was a good boy. *****Texas is facing a massive budget shortfall despite what you are seeing on television commercials about how good the state is doing. We’re in a hole, $18 to $21 billion short. It’s time to quit digging. *****This week we are starting a medical column. Over time we will feature different specialist, in different fields of medicine. For now Dr. Pradip Morbia will answer your questions. Just send them to or mail questions in to 320 Henrietta, Orange, Texas 77630. Pass your questions on to the cardiologist. You can also catch Dr. Morbia and Dr. Levine answering questions on Saturday morning on radio station KLVI at 8 a.m. *****We were sorry to hear about the death of Erwine Brewer McGuire, 76, who died Oct. 19. We had known her and husband Melvin for over 50 years. To daughter Melissa and the family we send our sincere sympathy. *****It must be nice to have their kind of money. Houston homebuilder Bob Perry has given $7 million to the Republican Party this year. *****Big news in the Gulf. Chevron Corp. will develop a $7.5 billion project on two deep-water fields 280 miles out of New Orleans. The area is hailed as the biggest frontier region since Alaska Prudheo Bay discovery. The massive floating city is expected to start production in 2014. *****We have received many compliments on the sample ballot we ran last week compliments of County Clerk Karen Jo Vance and County Treasurer-elect Christy Khorey. Early voting ends Friday. Your vote is important and it’s easy to vote early. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 2. A list of who voted is furnished. I hope you are on it. *****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will eat with Uncle Jim at Novrozsky’s this week. Constable Mark Philpott says he will bring the gang with him. Everyone is welcome to come dine with a great bunch of folks. Next week the gang gathers at Tuffy’s.


On Oct. 28 Joaquin Phoenix will be 36; Julia Roberts, 43; Bill Gates, 55; Charlie Daniels, 74 and Bruce Jenner, 61. ***Oct. 29, Armit Paul, 27; Winona Ryder, 39; Kate Jackson, 62 and Richard Dreyfuss, 63. ***Oct. 30, Gavin Rossdale, 43; Harry Hamlin, 59; Henry Winkler, 65, Grace Slick, 71 and Jane Pauley, 60. ***Nov. 1, Jenny McCarthy, 38; Lyle Lovett, 53; Dan Peek, 59 and Larry Flynt, 68. ***Nov. 2, K.D. Lang, 49; Stefanie Powers, 68; Burt Lancaster, 97 and Pat Buchanan, 72. ***Nov. 3, Elizabeth Smart, 22; Ken Berry, 77 and Michael Dukakis, 77.


David Dupuis, John Lumpkin, Nathan Coffey, Pierce Butler, Pearl Stanfield, Betty Trantham, Becky Cooper, Ronna Dickman, Ronnie Moerbe, Barbara McLellan, Cori Woodard, Heather Dubose, Beverly Brown, Brandon Allensworth, Emma Scott, Vicki Cormier, Zach Corbello, Brock Whittle, Jessica Bradberry, Kevin Sorrels, Laura Moreau, Mark Dunn, Stacy Doiron, Taylor Thurman, Alana Ball, Chester Abshire, Janel Menard, Don Harmon, Joey Campbell, Alice McCray, Chris Moore, Kyle Prosperie, Lauren Bland, Lib Davenport, Lorna Wade, Marla Carter, Nancy Blacksher, Rebecca Phelps, Carissa Saenz, Caroline Young, David Moreau, Ed Miller, Isaac Melvin, Kimberly Hall, Olin Mahfouz, Ruby Elizabeth Steppe, Dale Dardeau, Joyce Grant, Julia Letcher, Keith McCurry, Marge Everitt.


The priest, Fatter Bertrand, was sitting on a bench feeding da pigeons in Mary Magdalene Park in Abbeville, when da drunk, Gomez Comeaux, come sit on da bench too. Gomez him, with a half empty bottle of gin sticking out his pocket, red lipstick plastered on his face and his shirt and tie was stained. Gomez opened his newspaper and start reading. After awhile he axe Fatter Bertrand, “Do you know wat causes arthritis, hanh?”
Da priest replied, “Well my son, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, and not taking a bath.”
Da drunk Gomez said, “Well I’ll be damned, tank you Fatter,” and went back to reading his newspaper.
Da priest nudged Gomez and said, “Look, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”
Gomez slurring his words answer, “Well Fatter, I don’t have arthritis me, I was just reading right here dat da Pope him has it.


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