The biggest event of the week has to be the West Orange-Stark Mustangs meeting Navasota for a chance to advance towards the state championship. The Mustangs are coming off a great win but you don’t meet the number one team every week. I have no doubt if the players keep their focus, know exactly what their jobs are, and without fail get it done on every play, eliminate turnovers and crazy penalties and if the coaches do their job, the Mustangs have the talent to compete with anyone. At this level however, they must be hitting on all cylinders. The game will be played Friday at Humble. The Mustangs deserve Orange County support. The winners of this game could very well be the next state champions. Go get ‘um Stangs.*****CHRISTMAS IS IN THE AIR. Next Friday, Dec. 7, the Orange Jaycees will sponsor their 64th annual Christmas parade starting at 6:30 p.m. The parade theme is “A Cajun Christmas.” I bet there will be a lot of real Cajuns in it.***On Dec. 8, at 10 a.m., the Orangefield Christmas parade will take place. I don’t believe they have a theme but I could probably come up with one. Those folks have a lot of fun. Don’t miss Uncle Jesse’s Farm at the Cormier Museum. It’s part of the festival and parade. The kids love it and so do us old folks.***On Saturday night, Dec. 8, the fourth annual Bridge City nighttime, light Christmas parade will start at 7 p.m.***Also Saturday evening, 6 p.m., will be the Christmas Stroll at Shangri La.*****The annual Mauriceville Senior Citizen Supper will be held Saturday, 5 p.m. at the Mauriceville Elementary School.*****Well, 80 degrees in December. Great for outdoor activities but not good for killing off the bugs that will multiply in the spring. I’m looking for a late winter, January or even early February.***** I’ve got to move on. Please come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt said that “Dec. 7, 1941, a day that will live in infamy,” on that terrible day when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, 71 years ago this week. I recall where I was when word came of the attack. I’m sure any of you who were old enough, also recalls that day. Three Orange County men who experienced the attack, Cedric Stout, 92 years old, was on the Utah when it was hit. He and wife Cherry make their home in Bridge City. Seaman McKinnley Bland, served on the USS Salt Lake City and Joseph Rougeau, Navy Seaman 1st. Class, served on the USS Medusa. The United States lost 2,390 lives that day, 1,999 Navy, 109 Marines and 233 from the Army Air Force and 49 civilians. We are fortunate to still have Cedric, who is active and in good health, with us today. Very few Pearl Harbor survivors, an estimated 10 percent, remain throughout the country. We honor them all on this Dec. 7, 2012. Raugeau passed away in the last year and we have lost track of Bland. We hope he is still with us.


The area boys who made the Gulf Coast Sound famous and became the artist who popularized Swamp Pop, have put together a totally different Christmas album with that special beat. Some of those youngsters, still popular today when they appear on a gig, wrote the songs they perform on the album. Performing on the album are Jivin’ Gene, Don Rice, Lynn August, Johnnie Allen, Warren Storm, Tommy McLain, Willie Tee, Ken Marvel, V.J. Boulet and Charles Mann. The album is available at Larry’s in the Groves or by calling 409-548-1837 or email It’s a good Christmas gift for yourself or to give. It’s a collectors treasure. These guys will probably never get together again.


34 Years Ago-1978

Last week for the first time in over 100 years, the voters of Texas elected a Republican governor. Bill Clements upset John Hill, who had successfully defeated incumbent Governor Dolph Briscoe in the primaries. The Republicans spent over $12 million, a large amount for the times. Also, it’s speculated that Briscoe supporters crossed over and voted for Clements. *****Dr. Mark Messer was recognized by the Bridge City Rotary Club. *****Vivian Morrow passed away Nov. 25. Vivian and Leland first came to Orange in 1940. She met her death after being involved in an auto accident near Longview. She had been to Oklahoma to visit her mother and to spend Thanksgiving with her family. Leland was suppose to meet her in Oklahoma but the weather prevented him flying in.*****David Fusilier celebrated a birthday Nov. 28.*****Celebrating birthdays are Kim Daniels, who is 19 and John Lapeyrolerie, who is 4 years old.*****Brad and Brenda Lapeyrolerie celebrate 11 wedded years on Nov. 25.


Francis Breaux, Belinda Force, Susie Collins, Mary Bridges, Rory Piccone, Shea Bolton, Steve Hightower, Debbie Bishop, Woody Carter, Cheryl Jones, Barbara Cartwright, Lois Cornwell, Mayme Bock, Richard Briggs, Emily Mangham, Michelle Potter, Vianna Miller, Jim Keith, Tracey Gilliam, Buddy Sheppard, Lois Boehme, Randy Philpott, Channing Larkin, C.R. Dick Davis, Samantha Peveto, Barry McKenzie, Bobby Couthran, Eryk Gibbs, Hazel Hooper, Elissa Kern, Jay Fuss, Mark Braus, Sharon Johnson, Doris Peveto, Michelle Watson, Shelly Motts, Bonnie Hopperton, Sean Ureta, David Claybar, Monica Placette, Cindy Briggs, Karri Piccone, Jo Lynn Mott, Kent Sarver, Kristine Cortez, Jim Sands, Cody Caples, Terry Fall, Leslie Lyons, Cody Caples, Tara Fountain, Nathan Vogt and Rob Clark.


I received a letter from friend, Jeanne Wood Kern, a longtime Bridge City teacher who I’m sure many students will remember. A dozen years ago Jeanne moved to Lincoln Nebraska and since then she has been involved in several publishing projects. Her latest is with a group of writers who put together a Christmas romance anthology. Six writers, six stories published via Amazon. Jeanne’s story “Christmas a La Carte” is part of this great collection. I agree it’s a fun gift idea. Six mini-escapes from the Holiday madness. “Love and Merry Christmas” features writers B.J. Akin, I.K. Lien, Karyn Cole, Susan Craig, Christine Wingate and Jeanne. We suggest you check it out. It’s always nice to hear from friends who have moved off and still keep up with the folks back home through our website Jeanne is one of those folks who tune in every week. We would appreciate it if you checked out this longtime Orange countian’s latest works. You might also want to drop her line. *****Speaking of writing, the Houston Chronicle did distribute a Sunday paper that had Leon Hale’s column in it this last Sunday. Leon wrote about a problem that does or will face many of us elderly folks when your controllers want to restrict your driving. Now his controller wants Leon, at age 92, just to drive the country roads. For years he made his annual 610-Loop drive. He’s not allowed to do that anymore. No freeways. Suddenly he’s too old to drive where he wants to according to those who control his life. Leon says you can’t win because those people care about you, worry about you and love you. A subject coming down the pike for all of us. *****Big changes are coming to CNN. Under a new CEO, the Zucker era will bring CNN back to the days when Ted Turner had CNN the most respected world wide news source. Over the last few years, CNN has lost domestic viewers to FOX News and MSNBC. Both are partisan, highly political media sources. FOX is for the most part to the extreme political right, MSNBC leans to the left, with the exception of the Andréa Mitchell, 12 noon report and Chuck Todd, at 8 a.m. They both play it straight, no spin. They are both well respected for accuracy. Morning Joe, 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. is a fair, open discussion. Joe Scarborough is a Republican. CNN is the best source right now for 24-hour news and facts. I look for their rating numbers to improve over next year.*****A few folks we know celebrating birthdays in the coming week. Our buddy, Rene’ Hanks, the mayor of Starks, celebrates on Dec. 5. His longtime bride, and a few years younger, Lucy, marks her birthday a week later on Dec. 12, so they split the difference and have one big party.***Best wishes to, Richard Briggs, Bridge City High principle, who came up from the coaching ranks to the top job, celebrates Dec. 6.***Jim Keith, who moved away from Bridge City after Ike, celebrates Dec. 7.***Also celebrating on Dec. 7 is former B.C. resident Buddy Sheppard and Randy Philpott, also a Dec. 7 baby.*** Dec. 9 is a special day for Nicole and Dusty Gibbs, their son Eryk Gibbs turns 3 years old on this day.***David Claybar celebrates Dec. 10 as does Cindy Briggs, Sharon Johnson and Doris Peveto.***Celebrating Dec. 11 are Kent Sarver, Jim Sands, Leslie Lyons and Rob Clark. Best wishes and Happy Birthday to all. Please see complete list in this paper.*****This week in her poem, Ms. Pearl takes down grandma’s collection of favorite recipes and writes about what to cook for the Holidays. She also lets us in on her final choice.*****Our apologies for mistakenly rerunning Robert’s Market and Steak House advertisement last week. This week we are running the correct ad. Look it over, you can’t beat Robert’s for fresh cut meat of your choice. Also Robert’s Restaurant is always a great spot for lunch and dinner, plus they have great, friendly waitresses.*****SWING BRIDGE GETS HISTORICAL MARKER.  A bunch of great, community heritage minded folks turned out for the unveiling and ceremony for the Cow Bayou, Hwy. 87 Bridge that is now on the national register as one of our historical treasures. Dr. Howard Williams, who has spent over 40 years promoting Orange County history and is past president of the Orange County Historical committee attended the unveiling. Attorney Jerry Pennington, new president presided. Commissioner John Dubose took part as well as both Orange and Bridge City chambers. Mark Dunn, the driving force to establish the bridge as a national treasure was present. A few spotted at the ceremony were Betty Harmon, Geslia Houseman, Christy Kourey and Corey, Shirley Zimmerman, Brandy Slaughter, Margaret Toal, Butch Thurman and a host of others.*****Bridge City’s Matt Bryant booted three field goals, including a 55 yarder, in a 23-13 win over the New Orleans Saints. Bryant’s two other kicks were for 45 yards and  29 yards. His two extra points gave him 11 points in the Falcons win. They are now 11-1 for the season.*****Orange native Wade Phillips and his Houston Texan defense stepped up to beat Tennessee 24-10. The Texans are also 11-1. The two teams with the best NFL records both have Orange County connections. Pretty good don’t you think? Also Orange’s Earl Thomas and the Seahawks won giving them a chance at the playoffs and probably eliminating Dallas and the Saints chance.*****The Aggies and Sooners, both 10-2, will meet in the Cotton Bowl, Jan. 4, at Cowboy Stadium.***Top ranked Notre Dame will meet #2 Alabama for the National title Jan. 7 in Miami. The Texas Longhorns, after a loss to Kansas State missed the chance to play in the Cotton Bowl. They will meet Oregon in the Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29.*****Orange native, Carrie Joiner Woliver, will have a reception and book signing Sat. Dec. 8, at the Old Orange Café from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. “The Train Stopped in Orange” is written from the diaries of her grandparents, Will and Pearl Joiner, in 1917 and 1918. Carrie covers life in Orange during the buggy days through the 1950’s. Carrie, a 1959 Stark High grad hopes to see many of her classmates at the reception. If you are a history buff, don’t miss it. What a great Christmas gift. Dr. Howard Williams strongly recommends it.*****Three finalist are in the running for the Heisman trophy, Johnny Manziel, a freshman quarterback with Texas A&M; Manti Te’o, linebacker with Notre Dame and Collin Klein, quarterback with Kansas State. My guess is that Manziel will get it. He will become the first freshman to win the Heisman. I believe he will remain with A&M one more year and then go in the draft and possible end up with the Dallas Cowboys. That might take a Romo trade and a draft choice. The trend is to go with young quarterbacks, like RGIII, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, etc. Those are my guesses.*****Our friend Wayne Peveto, the AT&T telephone man, is retiring from the telephone company on Dec. 21 after 40 years. Best wishes Wayne.*****Our thoughts are with our friend Mayor Roy McDonald, who is under the weather. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Our prayers go out to all of our citizens who are battling illness.


GoSleaux Comeaux’s turd grade son, Elray, come home from school in da middle of da day him. His papa axe him why? 

Elray say, “Well Papa, it’s like dis, our new young teacher Ms. Alice, yesterday, axe wat my favorite animal was and I said, fried chicken.”

Ms. Alice said dat wasn’t funny but she couldn’t have been right because everyone laughed dem.

GoSleaux said, “Elray, you teacher is probably a member of PETA, dey love animals very much.”

“I do too Papa, especially chicken. Anyway she send me to the principal’s office. I told Mr. Premeaux wat happen. He laughed too but told me not to do it again.”

Da next day, today, Ms. Alice axe wat my favorite live animal was. I told her it was chicken. She axe me why? I told her because you can make dem into fried chicken and she sent me back to do principle.

He laughed and told me if I did it again dey would suspend me. Papa, I don’t understand. You taught me to be honest. Today Ms. Alice axe me to tell her wat famous person I admire da most. I told her Colonel Sanders and Papa, dats why I’m home me.”


The battle of the budget goes on. The world won’t come to an end if the congress let’s the country go over the fiscal cliff. Republicans are posturing on the deficit; they’re playing a con game. The truth is that speaker Boehner can’t deliver because the Tea Party members and those sticking to Grover Norquist’s pledge are holding him hostage. The only way he can deliver on raising taxes on the top two percent of the wealthiest is a coalition of about 70 regular Republicans and a majority of Democrats. He would do it for the good of the GOP and the country but it would likely cost him his speakership in January. President Obama is not budging on the wealthy paying their fair share, 68 percent of citizens agree with him so he holds the trump card. Republicans will pay a dear price in two years if we go over the cliff.*****Majority leader Eric Canter has announced the congressional calendar for next year. They will work 129 days.*****Something that puzzles me is that Con. Kevin Brady, a vice chairman, was due to be named chairman with the retirement of the chairman of the committee. He was passed over by Canter and the leadership. Wonder why?*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will gather at Robert’s this week. Next week, Dec. 12, the Bunch will dine with Uncle Jim at Novrozsky’s for the last time. After all the years in Bridge City and Orange, Jim is leaving. He will be missed. He’s been a good host and great friend to the Lunch Bunch. Everyone is urged to come out next week and say goodbye and thanks to Uncle Jim and wish him the best as he moves on.*****David Self and Ross Smith are making some great moves at the David Self Ford dealership. They are offering top notch service and better Ford deals than are available out of town. Big changes and improvements to an all new used car operation also. With a large inventory they offer volume sales on certified, pre-owned autos. Before you buy give them a try. More changes to be announced. Tell them we sent you, you might get a Lagniappe. They are ready to deal.*****Speaking of deals, our friend Misty Songe, at the Verizon stores in Bridge City and Orange, is having many holiday bargains. Misty is usually at the Bridge City store.*****Well, my time is up. I would have made deadline but Attorney Jack Smith came by with a mess of stories to tell and a new joke he heard. Never a dull moment when John Cash Smith is around.*****Gotta go. Thanks for your time. Please shop our family of advertisers. Take care and God bless.