As I sit here on the 11th anniversary of 9-11, my mind goes back to the moment. I was sitting in the office, my feet propped on the desk, the paper for that week was running late and we were just waiting on the truck. We were watching Uncle Jim McKay’s old black and white television when Katie Couric, on the Today Show, made the announcement and showed a picture of a plane hitting the first of the Twin Towers. Shortly after, we sat stunned as we watched a second plane slam into the other Tower. That’s when the realization hit that this was something really bad. Then came the plane crashing into the Pentagon and another plane, headed for the White House, was forced down by some brave passengers into a vacant field. All passengers on all four planes were killed and both Towers came crashing down. We learned that thousands were killed. Dwayne put his head in his hands and sobbed openly. My feelings were hate and mad, very mad. Bin Laden took credit for engineering the successful attack on the World Trade Center. I knew right then he would have to die. As a youngster of Pearl Harbor, I knew he couldn’t get away with this. We had to get him at all cost. For this country’s closure and to send the message that we will track any foe that attacks us down, no matter how long it takes. Today, Bin Laden lays at the bottom of the ocean and every day, those in the al Qaeda leadership are being killed. For some reason it seems like more than 11 years ago. I guess it’s because so many other things happened since then.*****Four years ago, on this day, we were watching a big storm that covered most of the Gulf. A large high hung over the area. I was convinced, as most observers were, that the storm was headed to the Corpus, South Texas area. Without notice, on the morning of Sept. 12, the high pressure protecting us backed up to the Dallas area and like a vacuum, on Sept. 13, Hurricane Ike turned and took dead aim at us. People scrambled to evacuate at the last minute. By 8 p.m., the winds were picking up but there was still time to leave. We chose to stay. The winds howled all  night, the house shook and around 2:15 a.m. Lake Sabine was pouring into the house. By flashlight what I could see was that Bridge City was now part of the Lake. We were trapped and at daylight we found others who were in the same boat. A lady two houses down sat on her roof. Snakes, alligators, dead animals and some live dogs, that had been swimming for hours, came by. For days we depended on outside help. For months we rebuilt our homes and our lives. That was just four years ago. I’m glad to report that as a people and a community, Orange County is doing just fine and Bridge City continues to grow.****I gotta get going. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


The political conventions are over and the candidates, President Obama and VP Biden and Romney and Ryan are headed to the swing states. President Obama seems to have gotten more of a bounce from the DNC convention than Romney did from the GOP convention. Nationwide, Obama leads by five points, but races in the swing states are what will matter, those are up for grabs. Money goes a long way in driving elections and Romney will outspend Obama three to one in the last 50 days. Super PACS will also storm the airways and mailboxes against Obama. Look for him to also be “Swift Boated,” and millions spent on a tall tale. We won’t feel the effect of that daily combat, no money will be spent here, we’re not in the mix.  It doesn’t matter if we vote or not in this presidential election. Right now, Obama is solid with 237 electoral votes, Romney has 191. It takes 270 electoral college votes to win. Obama has an easier path. If he wins Ohio, and one other small state, he is re-elected. If Romney loses Ohio and Florida, he’s done. He can lose one or the other and run the board on the other seven states to win, not likely, but it can be done. For several months now Romney and congressional candidates throughout the country have been running against “Obamacare.” Romney saying he would repeal it on day one of his presidency. Now since the convention, Romney said on Meet the Press that he would retain popular parts of the healthcare law. Naming the features he would keep makes up two-thirds of the healthcare plan. That ain’t going to happen. Eric Canter and the Tea Party members of congress will insist that Romney adopt Paul Ryan’s budget, which eliminates Medicaid and puts Medicare to a voucher system and privatizes Social Security. They will hold Romney hostage just like they have their Speaker of the House. The most important thing may not be Obama’s re-election, it might be stopping the cancer gripping the country. A total take over by the Tea Party would be a giant leap towards moving the country to third world status. The rich and the poor and very little in between. That won’t be our decision, we play no role in this election. All we can do is sit and wait, might as well go fishing if the presidential race is all we care about.


We were sorry to learn of the death of Betty Drake, age 88, who passed away Sept. 4. We had known Betty, husband Earl and daughter Vickie since the 1960’s. Betty was a native of Pineville, Ky. and enjoyed telling the story of being raised with the descendents of the feuding Hatfield’s and McCoy’s. Betty lived an interesting and full life. She loved people and loved talking. A memorial service will be held for her at a later date. Read her story in Obituaries in this newspaper.


10 Years Ago-2002

Cowardly events of Sept. 11, 2001, remain bitter here. The county is joining 9-11 alert on the first anniversary. In the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attack, Orange County received it’s own awakening to security issues. A hostage situation at the court house was quickly resolved by constable Parker Thompson on Oct. 24, 2001.*****While Orange County citizens were still recovering from the shock of 9-11, Orange County commissioners tentatively agree to a proposed $30 million balanced budget.*****Fifty billion is spent in Afghanistan to capture Osoma bin Laden or Omar. Lawlessness still prevails. President Geo. W. Bush has pledged that Bin Laden is the USA’s first priority. (Editor’s note: It took 10 more years to get him. President Obama ordered his capture or killing. He was finally killed by Navy Seals in Pakistan.)*****Thursday night in the first game of the NFL season, Matt Bryant, of Bridge City, scored the first three points of the season for the New York Giants. He kicked  two field goals and one extra point in his first pro game.  Prior to joining the Giants, Matt worked at K.C. Pawn Shop, in Orange.*****John W. Myers, 50, of Bridge City, died Sept. 4.*****George Cruse Sr., 71 passed away Friday, Sept. 6. He was a good man. He leaves behind Mary Ann and George Jr. and their families.****Faye Gillet, 77, passed away Sept. 6.*****The Bridge City baseball alumni president Ronnie Shugart presents Cardinal pitcher Luther Sanders a $1,000 scholarship. Sanders is a freshman pitcher at Blinn Junior college.*****The Navarro brothers, sons of Mr. and Mrs. George Navarro, are in service to their country. Jonathan, a senior airman, is stationed in Sato Cana Air Force base, Honduras. His brother, Justin, is stationed at Otis Air Force station, Cape Cod.*****Roy Dunn faced bad weather to attend the open heart surgery of his nephew, Troy Sorbert, in New Orleans. The surgery took nearly five hours. (Editor’s note: Troy recovered. Roy detoured to visit his mom at a nursing home in Covington and later wrote a Down Life‘s Highway column about his visit with his mom.)*****The West Orange-Stark Mustangs beat the number four state ranked Bay City Black Cats 53-35. Kerry Franks ran back a kick off for an 80-yard touchdown. The Mustangs defense scored twice before the WO-S offence even touched the ball.*****LC-M Bears defeated Kelly 18-10.

35 Years Ago-1977

The cutest, sexiest little gal in Orange County is the new body in the 163d District Court. Mickey Litton, of Bridge City, was hired to fill for Bobbie Burgess, who has taken time out to have a little one. Mickey formerly worked for State Rep. Wayne Peveto in his Austin office. Mickey will work through December, then she plans to attend court reporting school when Bobbie returns to work.*****Our Justice of the Peace at work J.P. Pat Brown, Pct. 4, handled 195 cases last month and collected $3,642 in fines; Pct. 3 JP, Martin Ardoin, 86 cases, $1,950 in fines; Pct. 1 JP, Claude Wimberley, 95 cases, $1,393 in fines.*****Sheriff Ed Parker is selected to attend FBI Academy, in Quantico, Va. This makes first time anyone from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has been invited to attend. Eleven weeks, Sept. 21-Dec. 9.***** Chief Deputy Jim Adams is due to attend in January.*****Ronnie Herman is killed by three shotgun blasts and dumped in a canal in Newton County. This murder is far reaching. Newton investigators say it likely will not be solved anytime soon, if ever. (Editor’s note; Twenty-five years later, Thomas Teal confessed that he and his brother, Donald, shot and killed Ronnie.)*****Employees of the Beaumont Enterprise merge to vote on unionizing on Sept. 22. International Typographical Union Local 87 has called for the vote. If successful, the Enterprise will be the first news-editorial department in the area to be represented by a union.*****Marshall Gray turned 55 last weekend.*****Sharon Gregory, chosen Miss Teenager USA takes a stand against the pageant and rejects the title of Miss Teenager USA.*****Barbara Gillis is in Waco hospital after back surgery.*****Mrs. Eddie (Marie) Morris suffers heart attack and is in Orange hospital.*****David Bruce had nose surgery at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont last week and is up and about.*****Inez Hearn is honored for 26 years of employment with Montgomery Ward. (Editor’s note: Monkey Wards should have been congratulated for putting up with her all those year.)*****James Linscomb, an Orange Countian who has been in business in Huntsville for several years, has returned and bought thousands of acres in the Mauriceville area and has made it available to the public in up to 10-acre tracts in Woodridge Country.*****Grand opening held at Frenchie’s Mobile Homes and Travel Trailers, 2206 MacArthur Drive. It is a Star l. Enterprise, owned by Frenchie Longron.


Greg Ball, Jennifer Burns, Jona Gilchrist, Karen Warner, Kathleen Williams, Lloyd George, Molly Anthony, Shannon Eickenhorst, Tiffany Higgs, Bryan Riedel, Buffy Bean, Collin Findlay, Betty Nezat, Cynthia Claybar, David Haddock, Kade Hanks, Tommy Chapman, Margaret Jeffcote, Nina Dilbert, C.M. Marshall, Connie Swope, Darlene Brown, Gregory Barclay, Gene Elkins, James E. Braus, Justin Granger, Kim Norris, Morgan Milligan, Nikki Wingate, Pamela Vaught, Pat Tilley, Randy Jones, Betty Fuss, Bo Dilbert, Gene Donahey, Greg Choate, Janis Leyendecker, Jon Berry, Colton Coleman, Huey Schrieber, Madison Lewis, Valgene Donahey, Ginger Ellis, Harold Tally, Nick Heil, Shonna Hunt, Talmadge Hutchison, James McQueen, David Cupp, 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, Kevin Chambless, Mark Anderson, Chase Burch, Ben Ludwig, Debra Gauthier, Kaleb Swarers, Melodi Nugent, Helen Peddy, Joey Tutt and Joy Evans.


Ray and Tina Cotton are putting on a rare and unique show at the Longhorn on Sept. 14. It’s called the Bayou Boys Reunion but it’s much more than that. It’s three of the most talented Cajun artists, starring Louisiana Man Doug Kershaw and his cousin Eddy Raven. I believe Eddy’s mom and Doug’s dad were brother and sister. What Doug does with a fiddle, Jo-El Sonnier does with an accordion. The three up beat Cajuns together will be a show you never have seen before and will probably never see again. (See Longhorn advertisement in this paper.)*****Speaking of things to do, Bruce and Donna Self, after many months, have moved into their new Burger Town, on Hwy. 1442. The restaurant is really nice, the menu is great. For many years they have been serving their famous  hamburgers and fishburgers. Every Bridge City school grad remembers when Burger Town was their first, favorite eating spot. Today, they offer a large menu of fine foods. I’ll be there this week. Hope you will join me. You will never have friendlier service. I’ll also walk next door and pick up some fresh pork cracklins at Paw Paws. They make good products.****Saturday morning I called Donna Scales. It was unusual for me to wake her up at 10 a.m. I didn’t realize she and Jimmy were in Hawaii and it was just 5 a.m. there. They made it home Sunday night.*****A few folks we know celebrating their special day this week. Bryan Reidal and Cynthia Claybar celebrate Sept. 12.***One of the sweetest young ladies we know, Jenna Dunn Ballou turns 28 on Sept. 13. She’s Mark’s youngest daughter, the mother of two children, Nate and Delilah and Amber’s little sister.***Fadra Thibeaux, once the “Mother of the Year” in Mid-County, who had nine kids in six years, with three sets of twins. She had seven in diapers at the same time. Now there’s a lady that deserves to have a great birthday and she will. She doesn’t let any grass grow under her feet. Fay celebrates on Sept. 14.***I recall the day, many yeas ago, when Bob ad Cathy Garretson arrived from Dallas to operate the Ramada Restaurant. Bob then went in the car selling business, Cathy, who is multi-talented,  was also a great restaurant hostess, and knows a lot about plants. She is now retired from the Home and Garden Dept. of Home Depot, where she still works part time. At one time Cathy was the best ad salesperson in town for the OVN newspaper. On Sept. 15, our friend Cathy is a year older and we wish this loyal friend the best.***Sept. 16 is  special day for the Dunn family. Ms. Phyl, the lady who holds it all together. They are sometimes a difficult bunch but a group that holds her in highest esteem. She deserves to have a great day.***Darlene Montage, who also sometimes has a difficult job but everyone knows she’s the “Sergeant.” Happy birthday on Sept. 17 to a good and kind lady.***Mark Anderson gets a year older on Sept. 17. We remember when he was just one of Ms. Rita’s puppies.*****Rosh Hasana (Jewish New Year) begins Sept. 17.*****Orange County boys in the NFL had a good day. On the 10th anniversary of Matt Bryant’s first field goal with the New York Giants on opening day 2002, Sunday he kicked four field goals and four extra points in the Atlanta Falcons 40-24 win over the Chiefs.***Orange native Coach Wade Phillips’ Texan defense hasn’t given up a touchdown and beat Miami 30-10. Miami’s TD came on a pass interception.*****Encouraging news, 83 stocks in S&P 500 are at their all-time highs. Another 48 stocks are within 5 percent of their all-time highs.*****Hopefully gas prices will drop around Oct. 1 as refineries switch to winter grade gasoline, which is cheaper than summer gas to produce.*****Ms. Pearl’s poem this week is about “Bug Battle.” That got me to thinking about those millions of love bugs I’ve killed. My guess is that the female is doing all the pulling and the guy is going along for the ride.*****Al Qaeda’s number two Yemen leader, Saeed al Shihri, was killed by a U.S. missile on Monday. His death is another major blow to Al Qaeda and another great accomplishment for our national security.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch met at Robert’s last week. Christy Koury invited three beautiful ladies. Dining with the group were Dayle Forman, Naomi “Aunt Sue” Stevens and Frances Collins, who has written a book on her flight to Honduras with her grandchild, Nocona and the events that followed. We will bring you her story next week. This week, the Lunch Bunch dines with Uncle Jim at Novrozsky’s, then back to Robert’s next week. Everyone is invited and welcome.*****We understand that Tony Fuselier, of Cajun Corner, is in the hospital after test found blockage. We wish him a speedy recovery.


Carl Bigneaux walked into Tee-Boy’s Bar and Gill at 9:45 p.m. and sits at da bar next to Norris Comeaux. Norris is not the brightest guy in the joint no. Da 10 p.m. news came on da TV and da news crew was covering a story of a man on da ledge of a large building preparing to jump him. Bigneaux turn to Comeaux and he say, “You know, I bet he’ll jump him.”

Comeaux answer, “Well, I bet he won’t.”

Bigeaux put a $20 bill on da bar and he say, “You on.”

Jus as Comeaux was put his money on da bar, da guy on da TV did a swan dive off of da building, falling to his death.

Comeaux him got very upset and handed da $20 to Bigneaux and said, “All is fair, here is you money.”

Bigneaux say, “I can’t take you money me, I saw dis earlier on da 6 o’clock news and knew dat he would jump.”

Comeaux say, “Me too, but I don’t tink da fool would do it again, him.”


Well, the U.S. Congress returned to Washington Monday after five weeks of vacation. Some would say since they haven’t done anything in two years that they are not returning to work. In their short pre-election session, it’s most likely they will do the bare minimal, making sure the government doesn’t shut down. Most everything else will get put off until a post election session or maybe into next year. The 2012 budget year ends on Sept. 30, but not a single one of the 12 annual agency appropriations bills have become law, requiring congress to step up with stop-gap funding to avoid partial government shut down. It will happen. but Tea Party conservatives will be upset that Paul Ryan’s GOP budget plan, passed by the house in the spring, is not being followed. The Senate has passed a five year farm bill to overhaul crop safety net programs. The Tea Party Congress have been holding up the bill because they want drastic cuts to food stamps. This Friday, the Congress will vote on a bill dubbed “No More Solyndras Act,” which would phase out the energy department loan guarantees for solar and wind energy companies. It is seen as protecting big oil. It probably won’t get one vote in the Senate. Left on the table, the expiration of the Bush era tax cuts. Thirty percent cut in physicians Medicare fees and legislation to reform the postal services.*****Now back to the concerns of us who make our home on the Gulf Coast. If we can make it to Oct. 1, chances of getting hit by a hurricane decreases. In the past 100 years, only four hurricanes have hit here after Oct. 1. Jerry was the last one in 1989. So just maybe we will have one more year of grace, but some year another will head our way. For now, we’re thankful for the break.*****Again I want to thank you for your time. Please patronize our family of advertisers, read us cover to cover and check us out regularly on our website, TheRecordLive.com. My time is up. Until next time, take care and God bless.