From the Creaux’s Nest
THE GULF COAST AIN’T SO BAD
It’s come on hurricane season and my bet would be that we will dodge a major storm here at home. Even if only one hurricane enters the Gulf, there’s 2,000 miles of coast line, it could go anywhere, from Florida to Brownsville. If it misses us 75 miles in any direction we will have no effect from the storm. Also, I believe high pressure will remain over Texas keeping storms away. I would rather think that the east coast, Atlantic coast, from Florida up, is more likely to get hit this year. As bad as our hurricanes are, I would rather sweat out a storm coming than be in tornado alley or where yearly major fires wipe out miles. Right now fires in Colorado, Arizona and the Southwest are burning everything in their path. On the other hand, Alabama, Florida and other parts are flooding with 22-inches of rain. Other parts of the country worry about earthquakes. Winters are brutal up north making life difficult. So you see, there is a certain amount of danger wherever you live in this country. When you boil it all down, sweating a hurricane that’s a direct hit here on the Gulf Coast is not as bad as it seems. How many direct hits have we gotten in the last 50 years? Less than a half dozen. The chances are really slim, but you never know. Rita and Ike left a bad taste in our mouths but the odds are that we won’t see their kind anytime soon. The day is coming when another major storm will come our way but the good thing about it is we have enough time to leave. I don’t believe it will be this year but who knows.*****I’ve got to move on. Please hop on and come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.
ELEPHANT GROWING TWO TAILS
Mitt Romney came to Texas for three days, no one from his Party welcomed him to Texas. Not King Perry, neither U.S senators, no congressmen and none of the Bushes. However, he grabbed up $15 million and left Dodge when the bell rang at the GOP Convention. Now we know why he avoided The Texas GOP Convention, despite getting 69 percent of the primary votes. Just the mention of his name at the convention bought boos. They would have screamed him off the stage. Gov. Perry got loud boos when he suggested Dewhurst be supported in the United States Senate runoff against Ted Cruz. The Tea party members say Lt. Gov. Dewhurst is not conservative enough. Of course they didn’t believe Sen. Richard Lugar was conservative enough either and beat him. Now they’re after Sen. Orrin Hatch, with 96 percent conservative voting record. A win by Cruz in the runoff might be a good thing for Paul Sadler, if he wins his Democratic runoff. Jeb Bush says that President Reagan or his dad couldn’t govern in today’s GOP polarized congress that is crippling government. The Tea Party members are just too extremely radical and hell bent on keeping the economy from moving forward. President Reagan raised taxes 11 times, not because he wanted to but because it was necessary. Tea Party members have signed a pledge not to raise one cent. Jeb Bush says, “It doesn’t make sense not to take a deal cutting $10 in spending for income of just a dollar. Bush says also, “Put me in coach, you can’t turn that kind of deal down and care about the country.” The Grand Ole Party is fractured and being run over by the extremist. They can no longer claim to be the party of Ronald Reagan.
We congratulate The Record staff on their Southeast Texas Press Club awards. Writer Gus LaFosse took a first place award on his feature story “Little Orange House with Big History.” Mark Dunn received a second place for “Sports Page Design.” Roy Dunn, Mark Dunn, Nicole Gibbs and Penny LeLeux won third place awards for “Overall Excellence of the Record Newspapers.” The Record entered only four categories this year.
We were saddened to learn of the death of Dixie Dupuy Trahan, age 71, who passed away June 7. Services were held Sunday. I recall when Dixie and husband Joe Dupuy came to Orange as young newly weds to manage the Jack Tar Travel Agency, owned by her brother. They later acquired the agency. Joe was a great guy, full of personality. They were married 29 years when Joe died with pancreatic cancer, only six weeks after being diagnosed. Dixie married Junior Trahan, a widower. They shared a great life together for 15 years until his death. Ironically, Dixie died with the same type of cancer that killed Joe. Her death also came quick. Dixie was a real jewel, a special person who will be dearly missed. Our condolences to her family and friends. Please see obituary.
It’s with sadness that we learned about the death of Stephanie Gail Cole, 57, who passed away June 9. Services were held at 10 a.m., June 13 at First Baptist Church in Bridge City. We had known Stephanie since she was a child. Her parents Jo Ann and Jimmy Singletary were longtime friends. For years she had worked for the county and Judge Mike Shuff. She had many friends around the courthouse. We send our condolences to husband Danny, mother Jo Ann and the family. She was a special person who will be missed. Please see obituary.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
10 Years Ago-2002
The Brad Roys and Sharon Beardens were excited and making final arrangements for the wedding this week, June 15, of pretty Ashley Roy and Tyler Bearden. (Editor’s note: I remember very well that wedding and the reception. Ten years have gone by. The young couple live in the Houston area. Roy attended and wrote a Down’s Life Highway column on the event.)*****Shirley Roccaforte is buying some leather goods as she prepared to join Andy Meshwert’s motorcycle gang.*****John Gotti, ‘Teflon Dapper Don’ the mob boss, died in prison at the age of 61. He was head of the Gambino family until Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano ratted on him and put him in prison in 1992.*****David and Donnie Harmon will both celebrate birthdays June 14 and June 15 respectively. (Editor’s note: You can add 10 years to that total. David is the son of Corky, Donnie is the son of Don Harmon. The two are cousins.)*****The ‘Fat Boy’s Pig Roast’ will be held next weekend. Host are Bobby Cormier, ‘Buckshot’ Winfree, Dr. Lance Craig, Dr. David Olson, Johnny Montagne and Kenneth Smith.******President George W. Bush gives orders to go get Saddam. (Editor’s note: This column commented on what a mistake the invasion of Iraq would be and the United States would be there at least ten years. This column also suggested rather than Saddam, the U.S. should get Bin Laden and Omar. Saddam had nothing to do with 9-11.)*****Orange County’s John Walter, age 8, of Bridge City, is the regional bubble blowing champion. He blew a nine-inch bubble in the national Double Bubble blowing championship. As John advances, he could earn $10,000 and land on the Today Show. (Editor’s note: I don’t recall how far John advanced but I don’t believe he won national.)*****Tyler Reves, a three year starter for Little Cypress-Mauriceville, signed to play first base for McLennan Community College in Waco. Brooks Richard, a teammate at LC-M, signed to play with Lon Morris Junior College in Jacksonville.
40 Years Ago-1972
Liz Wickersham is chosen Miss Orange County at Orange World Pageant. Laney Kibodeaux is chosen Junior Miss, while Robin Lusignan took the title of Little Miss Orange. Liz won over some beautiful young women. Runners up were Jackie Barnett, Claudia Conway, Vickie Goynes and Lisa Tyson. Barbara Runnels Waits, of KOGT, was mistress of ceremonies. James McGee was pageant chairman for the Optimist Club sponsored event. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Brown were special guests, chaperoned by Roy Dunn. Mayor Bob Whitehead and Corky Harmon hung around while Mr. Edgar told Roy several stories, mostly about President Nixon, John Connally and John Tower. Mr. Brown is big in national Republican politics. Corky didn’t pay much attention to the beauty pageant until the big girls came on. Then he woke up.*****The city of Bridge City appoints Wilson Roberts as acting police chief.*****Banker Fred Gregory hasn’t been able to lie down for three weeks because of a badly broken arm.*****Mr. and Mrs. Bill Godwin (Bill is the principal of BC High) took six Bridge City athletes on vacation. Mike Hill, Mike VanBreeman, Mark Dunn, Chuck Majors, Lanston Fall and Danny Blacksher were included on the trip. They attended the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Conference in Estes Park, Colo. Among the participants were Dallas Cowboy Coach Tom Landry; Don Corkroft and Phil Olsen of the LA Rams; Winston Hill, all pro tackle of the New York Jets; Paul Anderson, the World’s Strongest Man; Coach Vince Gibson, Kansas State; Carl Taibi, Washington Redskins; Ray Hildebrandt inspirational singer and 22 other celebrities spoke at the conference and spent time with the young athletes.*****Don Calvert is named basketball coach at Bridge City. He is to replace Troy Woodall, who has been put in charge of physical education at Hatton Elementary School. The announcement was made by Athletic Director-Coach Chief Wilson. Charles Miller, a member of the 1966 BC State Championship team, was named eighth grade coach in change of all sports.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Sidney White, Ryan Kelly, Shawna Gauthier, Steven Crabtree, Desia Davis, Duane Anthony, Susan Fischer, Tamny Droddy, Selita Ernst, Carley Swenson, Sylvia Galbreath, Ben Perry, Betty Jean Lonadier, Brandon Duhon, Brandy Aldridge, Adam Dupuis, David Cardner, Charlie Burnaman, Faye Sherwood, Ryan Richard, Sherri Fruge, Tina Romero, Alex Eby, Carol Hall, Denise Vickers, Sharon Fisher, Beverly Perry, Elton Holmes, Christian Louvier, Jennifer Harrison, Leigh Ann Wilson, Ruby Bell, Alex Brent, Justin Johnson, Nathan Dean, Andrew Riedel, Belinda Welch, Marilyn Reeves, Brandy Slaughter, Janice Rabin, Nancy Haworth, Krystal Leonard, Shelby Turbeville, Vern Campbell, Amber King, Kyna White, Mary Alice Hartfield, Mary Stewart, Betty Norwood, Wyetta Carter, Shelby Permenter, Chelsie Moerbe, Cortnie Moerbe, Marianne Choate and Myrtle Howell.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
Congratulations to Josh Smalley, new A.D. and head football coach. Josh is a perfect fit for the Orangefield athletic program right now. The entire program needs uplifting and more students participating. Coach Smalley has that special something that draws youngsters to him. He relates well with them. He‘s quick on his feet and has been around long enough to know when a kid is conning him. Most of all, Josh will produce a winning program. Parents and fans will be delighted with him. If you don‘t like Josh, you won‘t like anyone. He has his momma Brenda‘s great personality.*****The Lunch Bunch held a surprise party last Wednesday at Robert‘s for Roy. A full house of friends attended. Donna Scales made her famous Almond Joy cake and like always supplied the most unique birthday card. Sheriff Merritt brought his Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson, a nice guy who seemed to fit right in. Commissioner John Dubose was accompanied by wife Joyce. Roy said his two favorite Jews, Judge Thibodaux and Joel Steinman sat together exchanging ways to not spend money. Judge Janice, Judge Rodney and Judge Derry always exchange ideas. Besides Sprad, Corky brought his girl of over 50 years the lovely Betty. Roy was so touched that he treated everyone for lunch. By the way, Judge Derry Dunn had gall bladder surgery last Friday. He’s doing well and will now be able to eat greasy food without pain. This week the Lunch Bunch will dine at Novrozsky‘s. Everyone is always welcome.*****I guess by now you‘ve heard the news about Robin Roberts, on Good Morning America, has been diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome) known as preleukemia, a rare blood and bone-marrow disorder. Her sister will furnish the marrow in an attempt to reverse the cancer.*****Johnny and Darlene Montagne went off on an anniversary hideaway this past weekend. We also hear that Johnny has been very successful with Grand Isle fishing. We haven’t seen any of the fish however.*****Around five months ago the experts said gas, at the pump, would go up to $5 this summer. We said prices would be down to $3 by Sept. We’ll stick with that and also with unemployment going down to eight percent or below by November.*****Can you believe it’s been 40 years since Watergate and the downfall of Richard Nixon?*****Jaden Dillon is a young man we have always had a lot of respect for. He also comes from a great family. Jaden was a Bridge City High School pitcher who ended up playing for Texas A&M Kingsville. He posted an 8-3 record and a 2.55 ERA with 87 strike outs. He has a very strong work ethic and that‘s why I‘m betting on him to do good with the Atlanta Braves organization. He always works his way up.*****I‘ve just learned my longtime friend Mike Louviere is retiring. We have been through thick and thin and several hurricanes together. We could always depend on Ms. Margaret‘s boy. Maybe we can call on him from time to time. We wish him the best on whatever he chooses to do and thanks for everything.*****Penny LeLeux is due back this week from Utah and a detour to Vegas with her mom. We are making some changes and improvement here at The Record. We may also have some be news by September that the natives will like.*****CREAUX’S TIP OF THE WEEK: How to unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Wait a few minutes then run hot water down the drain. Works great for normal clogs.*****CAJUN DEFINITION: Cracklings: Years ago they were generally made at Boucheries, (hog killing) by deep frying the pork skin that has fat and meat attached. The cracklings then are flavored with a mixture of salt and pepper. Some folks call pork rind cracklings. Not so, cracklings are sold commercially at many locations in Cajun country. Locally, some stores sell them. Paw Paw’s, on Hwy. 1442, make them fresh daily. They go great with boudion or to make crackling corn bread or cane syrup poured on them then eaten with homemade biscuits.*****A few folks we know celebrating their special day: Adam Dupuis, Nancy and Ken’s special child, has another big birthday June 15.***Longtime friend, community minded Beverly Perry celebrates June 16.***A special friend of many years, our sweetheart, Mary Alice Cole Hartsfield, notches another year on June 17.***Brandy Slaughter, a gal always on the go, celebrates her day June 18.***President George H. Bush was born June 12, 1924.***Our late buddy, Wilson “King” Dunn, who passed away a few weeks ago, would have been 94 on June 16. We miss him.*****Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17.*****The first day of Summer is next Wednesday, June 20. It’s already plenty hot with overnight temperatures at 82 degrees.*****On Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, the Fraternal Order of Eagles will host a benefit for Debra “Lucille” Padgett, 10 a.m. till. Lots of fun, food, live music and raffles. All proceeds go towards medical expenses. For more information call the Eagles at 886-738; Karen at 313-1094 or Jerri at 779-6548.
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen will be 26 on June 13; Steve O, 38 and Tim Allen, 59.***Donald Trump will be 66 on June 14 and Boy George, 51.***James Belushi turns 58 on June 15; Helen Hunt, 49 and Courteney Cox, 48.***On June 15, Ice Cube will be 43 and Neil Patrick Harris, 39.*** Barry Manilow will be 66 on June 17 and Paulina Rubio, 41.***Paul McCartney will be 70 on June 18; Roger Ebert, 70 and Isabella Rossellini, 60.***Phylicia Rashad will be 64 on June 19; Paula Abdul, 50 and Kathleen Turner, 58.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
John Breaux, no kin to da Senator, is da prosecuting attorney in da small parish of Iberia. During a trial, he called his first witness, Ms. Gladys Duhon, a grandmotherly, elderly woman. Breaux, da prosecutor, approached da witness stand and he ax Ms. Duhon, “Do you know me?”
She answered, “Mais for sure I do, I know you Mr. Breaux, I’ve known you since you was a young boy and you have been a big disappointment to me, you lie, you cheat on your wife, you talk about peoples behind dere backs.” Breaux, you tink you a rising big shot wen you don’t have the brain to realize you will never amount to anyting you. Yea, I know you me.”
Prosecutor Breaux was stunned him. Not knowing wat else to do him, he pointed across da room were defense attorney Clovis Boudreaux was sitting and he ax, “Ms. Duhon, do you know da defense attorney?”
“I sure do, I’ve known Mr. Boudreaux since he was a little child-boy me,” she answered, “I used to baby sit him for his parents and him too has been a big disappointment to me. He’s lazy, he has a drinking problem, da man can’t build a normal relationship wit no body and his law practice is one of da worst in da parish. Not to mention he cheated on his wife wit tree different womens I know of me. Yea, I know him.”
Boudreaux squirmed, he was shocked him.
At dis point Judge leBlanc him brought da courtroom to a silence and called bot dem counselors to da bench rat now. In a very low voice he whisper to dem lawyers wit a mean look on his face, “If either of you bird-brains ax her if she knows me, you’ll be jailed a long time for contempt you.”
One thing about being puny and slowed down some, it gives one time to enjoy the surroundings and nature. The flowers are in full bloom. Butterflies by the dozens, every shape and color, land on the hibiscus and honey suckle. I’ve seen only one Monarch butterfly, however among the butterflies one large, solid white one visits. It’s as big as the palm of my hand and flaps it’s wings slowly, like a goose in flight. I call it my angel butterfly. I haven’t seen it in a couple of days. Maybe it’s off blessing someone else’s courtyard.*****I’m sorry I missed Commissioner Owen Burton, who came by while I was away. He and Ms. Nelda are two great folks and they didn’t forget me this tomato season. I admire folks who can be successful farmers. Speaking of that, Billy Peveto and a bunch of farmers have a farmer’s market sale every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning at the Big Lot parking lot. You name it, they have it. Fresh vegetables straight from the farm. Check them out.*****Here is another idea, if your dad or your man loves a good steak, I suggest you take him to Robert’s Steak House for Father’s Day or any time. A butcher is on duty and will custom cut a steak just the thickness dad wants it.**** I’ve got to go now but thanks for your time. Please read us cover to cover, patronize our family of advertisers when you can and check us out on our website, therecordlive.com. Till next time, take care, God bless and Happy Father’s Day to all you great Dads.