From the Creaux’s Nest
A LONGHORN VISIT WITH COTTON
Well, most of the time Creaux and I are held hostage in this Creaux’s Nest. About once a year we go to Buna for a breath of fresh air. This Monday we decided to change directions and chose to go spend a good part of the day with longtime friend, Ray Cotton, at the Longhorn. I had heard Ray and Dorothy had sold their Twin River Ranch and home in Natchitoches, over 2500 acres, livestock and equipment. The ranch was once used in a movie, a real showplace. Ray and Tina, his daughter, have a lot going on at the Longhorn location. I never realized how many racing horse stalls and training facilities they have, also long canals for horses to swim in for exercise. The restaurant food is great with an all new menu. It is well worth the drive, for me it sure was cause Ray paid. I met with a couple of nice folks. Gabrielle “Gabby” Saucier, who I believe is kinfolks to the Dayle, Chris and Cindy Gunn bunch. Jeff McCarson has been brought in to revive the Longhorn Club. Starting this week, Jeff has put a package together featuring Zydeco’s best, Chris Ardoin, Friday night. An end of semester carnival will be held Saturday, with over $1000 in cash and prizes and much more. For a couple of hours I heard some of Ray Cotton’s stories. He is living a colorful life and his 83-years don’t stop him from living every day to its fullest. One of 15 children, way back when a penny candy was hard to come by, has made Ray appreciative for everything he has but mostly thankful for his good health. Ray’s latest project will be the largest, nicest, state-of-the-art bingo hall, Cotton’s, due to open in June. It will seat 600 people at six foot tables. I was amazed at all the new technology. It will be cooled by 100 tons of air conditioning. It will also have large, modern rest rooms, with the latest sprinkler system and many door outlets. It’s something to see. A $2.5 million structure right here at home, ten miles away. We will feature more on this later but I’d best get t o work. Thanks to Ray for the nice day. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.
KREE REACHES FOR GOLD RING
This weeks performance on American Idol could make Kree Harrison America’s darling. It’s been a long haul that started out with 100,000 contestants from throughout the country and is down to the final two. She and Candice Glover compete on the final show Wednesday night. One will become American Idol and winner of a one million dollar recording contract. Angie Miller was eliminated last week, leaving Kree to take head on Glover for the big prize. Glover has appeared to be a favorite of the judges, consisting of Randy Jackson, who has been with Idol all of the shows twelve years. Jackson has announced this week’s show will be his last. “Dawg” is getting out of Dodge. Some speculate that all of the judges will be replaced next season, if there is a next season. The show has come down from a high of 30 million viewers, to a mere 14 million. Other judges are Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. The two ladies have been feuding, which Urban calls awful and poisonous. Week after week, public voters have kept Kree in the mix. MTV made her an early favorite to win it all. Last week, the Vegas odd makers made Candice and Kree the favorites to compete in the finale. We picked Kree when she made the top 10 to be in the top three and then win it all. A lot of factors are in play. Song choice is very important. Glover does a great job and will surely be a big star. She can hit all the notes but I find much of it sounds alike. On the other hand, Kree has a superior voice that has been unmatched throughout the competition. For either girl to win nothing can go wrong, such as a cold, tired voice or forgetting the words of a song. They are both very close in talent and a bobble by either will likely cost the grand prize. I predict Kree will be the next American Idol. If that happens no one will be any happier than her grandfather Wilson Roberts. Kree’s mom Kathy was his only child that he lost in an auto accident. Wilson says, “Kathy knew, before she died, that her daughter was blessed with great talent and someday she would be a star because of her voice.” Regardless of this week’s outcome, I agree that Kree is a star in the making.
CONGRATS TO PLAYOFF HIGH SCHOOLERS
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears are coming off a great last minute win. The Ladies will play Ridge Point in a three-game series on Friday at 7 p.m. The first game Saturday will be at Port Arthur Memorial starting at 1 p.m.***Orangefield, coming off a one game win over Furr, will meet Silsbee in a best of three at Vidor. Game one, Thursday, 7 p.m. Game two Friday at 7 p.m. and if necessary, game three, Saturday, 2 p.m.***Bridge City Cardinals whipped up on Sweeny thanks to the pitching of Hayden Guidry and Preston Pittman, who threw his first no hitter, winning 11-0 with 11 strike outs in five innings. Leadoff batter Hunter Uzzle scored all four times he got on base as lead off. Our boy Collin Gros, drove in the final run for the icing on the cake. The boys all brought their sticks. The Cardinals will meet Huffman Saturday at LaPorte in a one game take all, starting at noon. Coach Chad Landry’s team will need to have total focus on every pitch. If you can, try to attend one of these great high school games. Be Orange County proud.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
15 Years Ago-1998
Bridge City’s Jason Matthews has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 6-foot, 4-inch, 305 pound offensive lineman has played his entire NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts.*****The Orange VFW, Post 2775 Ladies Auxiliary, honored Jeanette Clark at their annual Loyalty Day program.*****Mrs. T.L. Gunn, “Mee-Maw,” was named “Mother of the Year” by Record Newspapers.*****Zane Rex and Kane Willy Peveto turned one year old. They are the twin sons of David and Kim Peveto. Grandparents are Jean Dugas, Gayle Peveto, Charles Peveto and Gerald Dugas. (Editor’s note: On April 23, the twins turned 16 years old.)*****The Classy Peacock, 2070 Texas Ave., Bridge City, has over 300 bikini suits in stock. Mix and match sizes, C.D. DD and E tops available. Thongs to full bottoms. (Editor’s note: Even though we haven’t heard much about them, the Peacock is still in Bridge City.)*****A few good places to eat in Orange, Luby’s Cafeteria, JB’s Barbecue, the Tamale Co. In Bridge City, J.J’s Fried Chicken, featuring all you can eat crawfish, $12.99, fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, BBQ crabs, stuffed crabs and plenty of chicken and gumbo. Snappy’s serves breakfast, lunch and deli sandwiches. (Editor’s note: Snappy’s is still in business today and still serves great food.)*****Drago’s hardware, in Bridge City, is the True Value dealer, located at 2007 Texas Avenue. (Editor’s note: A nice Drago couple ran it. They offered a good hardware outlet. Unfortunately Drago’s shut down a few years ago.)*****Firestone plant awards Paul Odom, Eagle Scout at the 40th Annual Boy Scout program. Paul is an Orangefield student.
40 Years Ago-1973
The Rev. Bob Simmons is having a grand opening at his new church on Hwy. 87 in Little Cypress.*****The lovely daughter of Milli and Len Harper is in St. Elizabeth Hospital following a car accident a couple of weeks back.*****Judge Halliburton had a slight heart attack after having had surgery a couple of months ago. He got a clear bill of health in Houston last Monday.*****Kenneth James Toups, a 1971 graduate of Bridge City High is home on leave from Uncle Sam’s Air Force. He heads for Korea when his leave is up.*****Calvin Stakes says he would never be guilty of bigamy because the penalty is too harsh–two mothers-in-law.*****Roberta’s Diamond House is located at 308 Fifth Street.*****Larry Bergeron is manager of McLaury’s Appliance, 1800 Strickland Drive.*****Weldon’s Bakery is at 1105 Green Avenue. French bread, butter bread, regular bread.*****Harry’s Appliance is at 508 Front.*****The Old Timers reunion is being planned for May 28. Mrs. Allen Peveto is publicity chairman. Newly elected officers are Allen Peveto, president, A.J. McKenzie, VP, Nadine Slaughter, secretary, “Rusty” Alexander, treasurer, Sid Caillavet Sr., managers, Mrs. Lawrence Winfree and Mae Harvey, Food committee, Sallie Frazier, Mrs. Willie Foreman and Mrs. Vernon Linscomb.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Daniel Broussard, Deborah Ellender, Emily Domas, Hailey McCoun, Heather Brinson, Jaime Broussard, Kenneth Prosperie, Nancy Chenella, Ronda Savoy, Jimmy Sibert, Norman Gaspard, Mark Simmons, Pat Clark, Samuel Lucia, Alan Richey, Sondra Taliaferro, Clay Sims, Ed Berry, Nickie Wall, Donna McClanahan, Greg Defrates, Jennifer Williams, Angelea Breaux, Barry Hunt, Denise Kincade, Frank Finchum, Jimmy Tupiln, Kim Hanks, Ron Hutchison, Richard Allensworth, Shelley Dugan, Sydney Taylor, Cheryl Stone, Chris Day, Harry Dodge, Hubert Spradling, Jean Duplantis, Justin Knight, Leon Carter, Mark Watts, Niki Bennett, Bret Shuford, Dalayna Sandlin, John Sims, David Jones, James Batson, Karen Gros, Lucie Rucker, Pat Bland, Alayna Womack, Bill Pope, Babette Philpott, Charlotte Foreman, Hannah Dupuis, James R. Braus, Sarah McClure, Gary Fontenot and June Gregory.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
We were sorry to hear about the death of Eric Wayne Luker, 26, who died May 8. Service was held Monday, May 13. Eric was the son of Dale and Carol Luker. Our condolences to his parents, sisters, Mandy and Casey, brothers Cameron and Mason and grandparents Coleen and Johnny James and their families. May he rest in peace.*****Bravely, strength and integrity certainly runs in the family of Pct. #3 Judge Janice Menard. It was her grandson, firefighter Chris Harvey, that rescued Dalton Ivy from the Hwy. 87 canal. Dalton suffered a cut on his arm and said had it not been for Chris, he would not be alive. We apologize for this story in the Penny Record not being jumped, however it did get a lot of play on our website.*****Our friend and one of the great guys, Robert Ewing, had surgery this week in Houston. Robert has been in poor health for sometime and has been reduced to a wheelchair. Robert is optimistic that the next surgery will relieve much of his problems. Our best wishes.*****Political advocate Jerry Wilson is taking great care of his wife, Judy, after her recent surgery on a pinched nerve. However, he still finds time to stay active in politics.*****The economy and stock market takes off. The United States is on the verge of a big boom. We need to pass the jobs bill that would be the icing on the cake. The Dow goes over 15,200. Before the last election, the fear mongers were shouting that a recession was on the way.*****The odd couple: We spotted Al Deroche and Dwight Thacker having Mother’s Day lunch together at Market Basket. Dutch treat.*****We ran into the lovely Mickey Litton. Age has treated her well. She says she sure likes her new step mother. Moe is on his best behavior.*****Some of the great folks we know celebrating their special day between May 15 to 21. May 15 finds longtime educator, now retired, Joe’s better half, Nancy Chenella, celebrating.***Also joining her is Deborah Ellender and Heather Brinson and John Rogers.***On May 16, Judge Pat Clark takes another step up the ladder of life. This is the first birthday in many years that he’s not working for pay. He’s a retired District and County Law Judge. He’s still available for court duty. He “has robe, will travel.”***The Judge shares his birthday with Sammy Frank Lucia, former B.C. superintendent, his childhood friend.***On May 17, pretty Angela “Angie” Breaux, the longtime bride of lucky dog, Don Breaux celebrates.***On May 18, longtime friend Frank Fincham, celebrates. Looking back at my old records, we’ve been recognizing his birthday for 42 years, over half his life.***Also celebrating is Jacque Craft, Judge Thibodeaux’s retired assistant, and Ron Hutchison. They share birthdays with George Strait, who turns 61.***May 19, is a special day for Hubert “Sprad” Spradling and also for Flo’s brother, Leon Carter.***May 20 is a special day in the Dunn family. It’s the birthday of their only daughter, Karen Dunn Gros.***Also celebrating on that day is longtime Record employee, Bill Pope and our buddy, Dr. David Jones. They all share birthdays with Cher, who turns 67.***May 21 is the special day of two lovely ladies, Babette Philpott, constable Mark’s caregiver. Judge Peck says she’s raising two boys. Also celebrating on this day is pretty June Gregory, who is Fred’s widow. Happy birthday to all. Please see complete list.*****Congrats to Tommy Reed who welcomed his newest granddaughter Sophia, born Sunday, May 12. Sophia weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 inches long.*****Keith Urban will preform his first single release in two years Thursday during the American Idol finale.*****George Strait may be retiring from the road but he’s releasing his 40th studio album, “Love is Everything.”*****One thing you can bet on after receiving 8 inches of rain, the mosquitoes are coming by the weekend. Mike Beebe is ready to go with his trucks and the plane is ready to fly. If you want to guarantee that your yard won’t have any Skeeters however, you can do like Karen Jo does and call Cindy at Pestco. They’ll come out and spray and guarantee you will be Skeeter free.*****There wasn’t many surprises in last weeks local election. Some folks were surprised that the citizens of Orange retired city councilman Cullen Smith. It didn’t surprise me and Creaux. Voters take a hard look at office holders who tend to be extreme or radical.*****It looks like any hope for Medicaid expansion in Texas is going down the drain. Gov. Rick Perry chose to spend $18 billion Texas tax dollars rather than take $100 billion from the federal matching funds. Besides the poor, those who will be affected the most are doctors, hospitals and nursing homes. Republican governors in other states have found it would be irresponsible not to expand Medicaid, knowing that Obamacare is coming, like it or not. Texan’s who could be covered under Medicaid will be uninsured because Perry wants to make another run for the presidency. His no new tax policy has raised every fee in the state double and triple in last four years, but Perry can claim “No New Taxes.” Fees don’t count. A drivers license alone is going up $15. Go figure.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Novrozsky’s this week. Last week, Shirley Zimmerman was absent. She flew home to be with her dad who was in the hospital after suffering heart problems. Mayor T.W. Permenter and Lyndia took brother-in-law on a trip to the Hill Country; Judge Thibodeaux was at a Galveston meeting and Don Shockley and Phillip Welch had their on thing going. Chief Jerry Wimberly was in good spirits and is taking his cancer treatments and plugging right along. Next week the Bunch will meet at Robert’s. Everyone is always welcome.*****Congrats to Kacey LeBlanc, senior at Orangefield High, who will be signing to play volleyball at San Jacinto Community College. The signing will take place Wednesday, May 15, at 2:45 p.m., at the Orangefield High gym. Everyone is invited to attend and help celebrate this moment for this great athlete.
May 15, Jamie-Lynn Sigler will be 32.***On May 16, Pierce Brosnan will be 60; Janet Jackson, 47; and Megan Fox, 27.***Bob Saget will be 57 on May 17; Craig Ferguson, 52 and Jordan Knight, 43.***George Strait will be 61 on May 18; Tina Fey, 43 and Jack Johnson, 38.***Cher will be 67 on May 20; John Billingsley, 53.***Mr. T. will be 61 on May 21 and Ricky Williams, 36.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
Otis Boudreaux died him, so his longtime wife Marie went to da Daily Advertiser Newspaper to put a notice in da obituaries.
Calvin Premeaux was working da counter and after offering his condolences he axe Marie wat she would like to say about Boudreaux.
Marie replied, “Jus put dat Boudreaux died.”
Premeaux was somewat perplexed. He said, “Dat’s it?” “Jus Boudreaux died, surely Miss Marie, dere must be something more you’d like to say about Boudreaux.” “If it’s money you’re worried about, da first five words are free. We must say something more.”
Marie her, tink aout dat for a while and finally she say, “Okay, you put, ‘Boudreaux died. Boat for sale.’”
Well, even Ned, in the First Grade Primer, is smart enough to see through the partisan Benghazi flack. It’s to put an albatross around Secretary Hillary Clinton’s neck in case she makes the run for president in 2016. Raising questions now takes the momentum off of weapons background checks and immigration, two issues Republicans would rather avoid. After 25 hearings, it gets to be a witch hunt. What I disagree with is putting ambassadors in hostile countries. Over the years, through every president, we have lost many embassy employees. The four in Benghazi are just the latest, 122 were lost under Ronald Reagan’s watch, many others under Clinton and the two Bushes.’ Everything in politics is calculated and right now the talking points are aimed at Hillary, who is the target since they can’t hurt Obama. The issue will fade soon but will return in 2016.*****I tried to have a little something for everyone in this column but there’s a lot of good copy in these pages. Read us cover to cover. Thanks for your time and loyalty. Take care and God bless.