Well, its Super Bowl week and many football fans are planning a party. Buffalo wings are selling out. Most fans I talk to would like the Baltimore Ravens to win but say the San Francisco 49ers will. They’re a three point favorite. *****Last Sunday night possibly the last Pro-Bowl game to be played in Hawaii. The NFC beat the AFC, 62-35. Orange native Earl Thomas intercepted a pass for the NFL but even better than that is that Earl is always an ambassador for his hometown. When players are recognized, most say the name of the college they attended, Earl always says Orange, Texas, giving us national recognition.*****This Friday will be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s last day on the job. She has traveled over a million miles, to 121 countries, as many as three in the same day. History will treat her well; as probably our best Secretary of State ever. Many are wondering if she will run for president in 2016, no one knows, probably not even her. If she runs she has a good chance of winning. Vice-president Joe Biden, the most qualified to ever serve as vice president, would be a good president but for the sake of history he would step aside and let the first woman ever have a chance at being elected. Most women I know say they would vote for her. *****The Republican Party is complaining that President Obama is trying to annihilate them. He doesn’t need to with the help of Talk Radio and FOX News, they are destroying themselves. Like Gov. Bobby Jindel says, they need to act like adults and quit being the “Stupid Party.”*****One of President Obama’s re-election priorities is immigration reform. Now it might be gaining traction. A bi-partisan senate committee, including Sen. John McCain, who in four years has never supported an Obama policy, is on board. The hang up for real reform will probably be the obstructionist Tea Party in the Congress. They don’t want anything bi-partisan. They are radical and only an election will change that. However, most are safe in their gerrymandered districts. We got one of those, a real extremist who lives in Houston and represents normal people in Orange County. *****I’ve got to move on. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


The first month of 2013 is behind us. It’s time to look at what the remainder of the year might hold. Despite all the predictions of doom and gloom by the Talking Heads, our economy continues to improve. The Do-Nothing congress sat on their hands for four years in hopes a bad economy would help to defeat President Obama. That didn’t work. Now that their main goal is down the drain, hopefully the three branches of government can somehow find a way to break the gridlock. Even though I have yet to hear one GOP Talking Head mention job creation. That doesn’t seem to be a priority. The stock market nears an all time high and there is still room for it to climb. The Standard and Poor’s 500 closed last Friday above 1500 for the first time since 2007. That’s four percent from its all time high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is just two percent shy of it’s record. The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level in five years. Companies have oceans of cash and should start buying other companies and start hiring again. Investors seem more confident now than in December. Rising stock prices boost consumer confidence, which is important for future economic growth. Car sales, new home sales, start ups and sales of existing homes are way up and the trend should continue at least until May when the fight over the debt ceiling starts all over again. Locally, the job market is expected to grow. Consumer spending, reflected by state sales tax payments to local entities from the state have steadily grown over the past year. Local business owners say they are seeing more traffic and feel confident that 2013 will be a turn around year, with a brighter local economic future. Maybe, just maybe, the worst of times are behind us and before long happy days will be here again.


Kree Harrison auditioned for American Idol at the Oklahoma auditions. I’m not sure when that show will air; it could be Jan. 30th or later. Kree has a lot of relatives in Orange County. Her mother, Kathy Roberts, who was killed in an auto accident when Kree was 16 years old, was Wilson Robert’s daughter. Kree’s father, a Bridge City native, was killed in a plane crash when she was 12 years old. She has been singing since she was 8 years old and appeared on the Rosie O’Donnell show and other talk shows. Most of Kree’s younger years were spent in Woodville as well as Bridge City and she entertained in the area. Kree has a good, strong voice and could make it through to Hollywood. She now makes her home in Nashville. Her grandfather has not seen her in some time. You can see some of her videos by searching her name on YouTube.


14 Years Ago-1999

The country prepares for Super Bowl XXXIII between Atlanta and Denver. This will be John Elway’s fifth Super Bowl appearance. He’s the oldest quarterback to ever start a Super Bowl. Falcon Coach Dan Reeves will be playing against his former team, the Broncos. However, on the Falcons is ex-Bronco Shane Dronett, from Bridge City. Shane was born Jan. 12, 1971, at Orange Memorial Hospital. His mother Candance Breeden said she had wanted a girl but the nurse brought in a big, baby boy. He weighed 9 pounds and 14 ounces and was 23.5 inches long, just short of two feet. Candance had never seen such a big baby. Shane played junior high football at West Orange-Stark but moved to Bridge City to live with his dad, Carl Dronett, so he could play football at Bridge City.  His parents had divorced when he was an infant. Since being in Atlanta, Shane and high school friend, Ty Gipson, opened a sports art gallery. Now they have three galleries in the country. The Super Bowl was played in Miami. (Editor’s note: Shane’s #75 jersey is retired at Bridge City High School. Shane, who was a fearless football player, both at Texas and in the pros, took a lot of blows to his head. Like so many other professional football players, Shane took his own life a few years ago.)*****Former Bridge City coach and trainer Moe Litton is inducted in the Southeast Texas Hall of Honor. Litton lined up with Joe Washington, Bum Phillips, Alex Durley, Pappy Drennan and Darrel Shaver as 1999 inductees.*****Insurance agent Bill Nickum was honored with the Sam Walton Business Leader award. Nickum was among 650 business people nationwide selected by Wal-Mart. *****More than 1,400 Washington White House staffers voted Tom DeLay the “Meanest Man in Congress.” Another Texan, Dick Armey, ran a close second.*****The James Byrd Jr. dragging trial, in Jasper, starting this week will dominate the news for the next month.*****Pinehurst Mayor Pete Runnels, attending Orange County Day in Austin, brought a batch of Robert’s famous boudain. Skipper Free said she found the Orange group at the Marriot Hotel by following the smell of the Boudain. That was a big hit. A few in attendance were Orange Mayor Essie Bellfield, West Orange Mayor Roy McDonald, Sheriff Mike White, Bridge City Mayor John Dubose, County Judge Carl Thibodaux, Commissioner Sue Bearden, Judge Don Burgess, Judge Buddie Hahn, Orange Chamber and Lamar President Michael Shahan, Bridge City Chamber President Marialeice Saucier and Beth Rach. A Cajun band played at the Fais-Do-Do and gumbo was served at the VIP party. C.J. and Bessie Huckaby burned up the dance floor. Cecil Marie (Moses) Broom was the cheer leader.

 35 Years Ago-1974

The county races are all set. Let the race begin. Incumbent County Judge Grover Halliburton is challenged by James D. Stringer and James A Broussard. Dr. John Greco is the only Republican.*****County Court-at-Law Judge, David Dunn; District Clerk, Edna Enmon; County Clerk Sallie Frazier; County Treasurer Earline Hilliard; County School Superintendent James A. Peddy; County Commissioners, Pct. 1, S.P. “Pete” Dickey, Claude J. Broussard, Glenn Seale, George W. Stevens, Morris Collier and Glen Peveto; Pct. 4, Raymond Gould; incumbent C.O. “Goober” Williamson; L.B. “Timer” Williamson; Ray Willie; R.H. Harold Carter and Sam Humberson. Democratic Chairman, J.L. “Pete” Runnels, incumbent, and Louis Dugas, Jr. Constable Pct. 2, S.D. “Bill” Dickerson, J.R. “James” Aaron, Leon Frederick, H.D. Tucker, Jr., R.J. “Ronnie” Burns, Robert E. Smith, Donald A. Gunn, JP Pct. 1, Joe D. Shibley, Claude Wimberly, S.E. Bellfield, C. Arnold Buxton and Allen D. Cary, Sr. JP Pct. 2, Larry Gunter, Charlene Trahan and incumbent Marlin Shelton. JP Pct. 3, Martin Ardoin. JP Pct. 4, V.L. “Coon” Constance and incumbent Joe Bunn. State Rep. Wayne Peveto, incumbent and Thomas W. Porter. *****A strange sight was seen this week. Tom Cockrell and Joe Blanda, two barbers, walking a picket line together in Orangefield. One was carrying a Bible, the other a deck of cards. *****Doug Harrington and Roy Dunn are supposed to play the big tennis match this Thursday. Five will get you 10 that Dunn backs out. *****Helen and Truman Hodge became great-grandparents. Daughter Beverly and son-in-law James Francis are the parents of Jamie Lynn. *****Cecil Scales says the only thing lit up in Orange after 10 p.m. is Ken Rainwater. *****Coach Andy Griffin, 37, head football coach and athletic director at White Oak, will assume those duties at Bridge City March 1. Griffin replaces H.W. “Chief” Wilson, who resigned to accept another position. *****The LCM Bearettes are zone basketball champs. They are Tanya Strickland, DeDe Crawford, Linda Bean, Becky Dunn, Karen Kachtik, Angela Kaney, Theresa Duncan, Debbie McClelland, Debbie Martinez, Molly Malone, Doris Flanagan, Sheryl Miller, Julia Knight, Dawana Wiggins, Donna Peveto and Brenda Burch. Coaches are Paul Baker and Linda Warner. 


Lindsey Garrett, Shirley Whitley, Carolyn Martin, Brenda Dubose, Jason Myers, Jeanie Kreger, Shirley Jordan, Amy Campbell, Ted Blanchard, Chuck Rowley, Lily Fields, C.B. Burns, Marty Delano, Eric Mangham, Regina Gaspard, Ron Mason, Scott Free, Steven Kimbell,Telisha Kuykendall, Cameron Powell, Lucas Adams, Mason Adams, Quade Clark, Wayne Sullivan, Virginia Williams, Brittany Leonard, Garrett Kerger, Jake Williams, Lisa Monceaux, Bobby Anderson, Peggy Costen, Daric Rogers, Fred Dohmann, Kelly McBride, Vance Thomas, Don Kachtik, Michael Hilliard, Stephanie Broussard, Rosalie Jones, Stephanie Carpenter, Alssa Allensworth, David Brandon, Shirley Brandon, Wanda Addison, Lisa Ludwig, Lydia Wilson, Brad Freeman, Eric Eshbach, John LeBlanc, Lindsey Hollingsworth, Mary Bull, Mel Moreau, Rheese Rhodes, Syliva Holloway, Jack Jones, Jane Chesson, Madison Johansson and David Cooper.


We are sad to report our friend Orange native Charles Pratt is in a coma as of this writing. His recovery doesn’t seem likely. Edith, Ms. Edee to us, who is not in good health herself, is making it as best she can. Her visits with Charlie are limited. Our prayers go out to both. *****Memorial services were held Jan. 26, for Stewart Olive, 89. He was a good man who contributed much to our community. *****On a happier note, everyone’s buddy, Moe Litton, is taking a bride. I don’t know yet who the lucky lady is however, she has no idea what she’s getting into. A hint should be picking Ground Hog’s Day, March 2, as the wedding day. Moe argues it’s also Texas Independence Day. Our best wishes for happiness, health and a long life. *****Record advertising director Liz Weaver is a brand new grandmother. I don’t know all the particulars yet. *****Congrats to coaches inducted into the South East Texas Coaches Ring of Honor. Inductees were Chuck Young, Ronnie Anderson, Mark Foreman, Joe Evans and the late Bill Tennison.****Congrats also to Bridge City baseball Coach Chad Landry, who was one of the “Coach of the Year” recipients.****Kris Kristofferson, 76, presented Willie Nelson, 79, with the first Kristofferson award. Nashville Songwriters Association International‘s new Lifetime Achievement Award. The gathering is known as the songwriter‘s showcase. ******A few folks celebrating their special day. Jan. 30, finds Brenda Dubose, Jason Myers, Amy Campbell and Ted Blanchard celebrating birthdays.***On Jan. 31,Skipper’s youngest, Scott Free, along with Marty Delano and Lily Fields celebrate.***It’s hard to believe that the Adam twins will turn 8 years old on Feb. 1. Lucas and Mason are the boys of former Record employee, Amanda Adams, now employed by the Stark Foundation. It seems just yesterday they were a handful running around this office.***Feb. 2, finds the old Aggie, the boy who survived Bear Bryant’s trip to Junction, Don Kachtik, is celebrating his big day.***On Feb. 3, Stephanie Carpenter and Rosalie Jones celebrate.***Feb. 4, would have been our friend Don Mosier’s birthday. He passed away a few weeks ago.***On Feb. 4, former world-class pole vaulter, Eric Eshbach, who got his start at Orangefield and set high school state records will celebrate. Eric was the pride and joy of his grandmother, the late Dot Eshbach. ***Others celebrating on Feb. 4, are Jack Jones, Mel Moreau and Shirley and David Brandon. ***Madison Johansson and Jane Chesson celebrate their big day Feb. 5. Happy birthday and best wishes to all. *****KFDM Meteorologist James Brown, who is also considered a great chef, is going into the business of feeding the masses. James will take on Jody Leigh’s Restaurant in March when he opens James Brown’s Gumbo House and Grill. They will be open Monday through Saturday. The restaurant business is tough. We wish him the best. *****Stanley Frank “Stan” Musial was born Nov. 21, 1920. “Stan the Man” died Jan. 19, 2013. He was 92 years of age. I had been familiar with him since I was a young boy. Radio regularly carried the St. Louis Cardinal games. I was a devoted fan and Stan didn’t disappoint. He played in three World Series championships. He had 3630 hits, 1951 RBI’s, 24 All Star games and was Most Valuable Major League Player three times. He was a World War II hero. The Hall of Famer was a hero to young boys in the 1940’s and 50’s and some f the 60’s. May he rest in peace. *****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch dined at Novrozsky’s last week. The Bunch learned a lot from Commissioner David Dubose, who is the new South East Texas Regional Planning president. He will also preside over several planning commissions. The Lunch Bunch dines at Robert’s this week and Novrozsky’s next. Everyone is always welcome.


Clotelle and Sostan Thibodeaux’s chillums got together and bought dere mama and papa a two weeks vacation trip to Australia for dere 50th wedding anniversary. Dey flew out from New Orleans. 

Bout ten hours in da flight, da public address system come on, “Dis is da captain speaking, I’m afraid me, I got some very bad news. Our engines dem, have ceased functioning. I will attempt an emergency landing. Luckily I see an uncharted island below wit a beach. However, we may never be rescued and will have to live on dat island all our lives.”

Thanks to the skill of Capt. Trahan, the plane land safely on dat island. A little later Sostan, him, axe Clotelle, “Babe, did you pay our Visa and Master Card bill yet?”

Clotelle answer, “Mai no Sha.”

Sostan still shook up from da crash axe, “Did you pay American Express?”

“I’m sorry, I forgot,” Clotelle answer. 

Sostan say, “One las ting, did you remember to send the installment payment to da IRS dis month?”

“Oh, forgive me Sostan,” begged Clotelle, “I didn’t sent dat either.”

Sostan grab Clotelle and give her a big kiss like on dere honeymoon. Clotelle pull away and axe, “Wat was that for, hanh?”

Sostan answer, “Dey gonna find us dem.”


Final thoughts, I won’t be here with you to see it but my prediction is that if immigration reform passes, it will be good for now, but 20 years from now we will be begging immigrates to come. The birth rate in the United States and Mexico is falling fast. By 2030, we will run short of workers if not before. The immigration argument will be just the opposite of today. *****Barbara Walters. 83, has Chicken Pox and has been in the hospital. Proof that childhood disease follow you always. A childhood blow to the head often shows up later in life too. The Shingles virus is something that is there just waiting, if you’re lucky it will never show up. *****At the hearing last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looked like the wise professor while the senators and congressmen, for five hours, appeared very amateurish with an axe to grind.*****I understand Capital One Bank, in downtown Orange, will be shutting down on April 19. I don’t know what will become of the glass building. Capital One will still have the bank on Highway 87. *****It looks like Sarah Palin has run her course. She made a lot of money and is now wealthy. She’s history however, as far as having a voice on the national scene. *****My time is up, thanks for yours. Please read us cover to cover and shop our family of advertisers. Also check us out on the web at Have a nice week, take care and God bless.