The first day of summer will appear in 20 days but already the mama raccoons are showing up with their young. I had been watching a mama coon for a few weeks, her bag hung to the ground. She was uncomfortable I could tell by the way she sits on her backside, very unladylike. Well, this morning, right at daylight, she showed up with five cubs no bigger than a cotton tail rabbit. Two are slightly bigger than the others so I assume those are the boys. One is a runt, there always seems to be a runt in a large bunch. I can already tell one will be a trouble maker; he kept getting out of pocket. After feeding, mom hustled them off but had to come back looking for the trouble maker, who kept getting away from the others. Another mother showed up with just one kid. It was healthy looking and fluffy like a little bear. There are still eight more moms that are feeding but haven’t brought the kids out yet. They will show up in the next few days and my food bill will go up. I’m spending more on birds, cats and coons than I am feeding myself but it’s the price one pays for living with nature. The white wing doves and cardinals are plentiful, mixed with other birds. Lately I’ve missed the mocking birds singing, they’re an amazingly tough little bird, afraid of nothing. They can sing any other bird’s song. They can mock ‘um. Lately however, they have been scarce. I wonder why. *****I’m enjoying this but I’d better get going. I’ve got a long way to go. Hop on and come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


Despite reaching only No. 8 on the billboards single charts in 1977, Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” has been dubbed the most lucrative song ever written. According to Yahoo, the song is credited for Buffett’s billion dollar empire, including Margaritaville branded hotels, restaurants, casinos, shoes, blenders, sunglasses, T-shirts, concerts, pants, frozen shrimp and sometimes, but not often, a music album.*****Kree Harrison, born at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur and who once attended school in Bridge City where she sang with the Cardinals Singers is on a busy schedule. Tuesday night, June 4, she sang on the Grand Ole’ Opry with Keith Urban and Kellie Pickler. Wednesday, Kree will perform during the Country Music Awards. She will begin touring with American Idol on July 19. The group will perform in Houston July 28. Meanwhile, she will be working on her new album, searching to find just the right songs, many her own. She has released her single, “All Cried Out” and even though it hasn’t been revealed yet, it’s believed that Kree has a record deal waiting to be completed. Her life is changing drastically. My bet is that the whirlwind won’t leave her anytime for herself. She will have to ride that wave now that the opportunity is here. Don’t look for her to visit Southeast Texas anytime in the next two years unless it’s a gig that brings her to the area.*****Tea Party voice U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman is getting out of Dodge before the gunfight starts. She’s under investigation and polls show she had little chance at re-election. Like Sarah Palin, she will make a lot of bucks speaking on the Tea Party circuit. She’s radical enough to draw that particular crowd. *****Only the second time in U.S. history, twin giraffes were born in New Braunfels May 10. The female calf Wasswa came first, followed by brother Nakato.*****Warren Buffett and his Berksire Hathaway Company are on a search for more big companies to buy to add to the 80 he now owns. Buffett says there will never be a better time to invest. Lately he has bought up a bunch of newspapers and energy companies.***** “Outlaw” a book about Waylon, Willie, Kris and the Renegades of Nashville, written by Michael Streissguth, went on sale last week. It’s a look at how the outlaw music shook up Nashville in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. I’m looking forward to getting one.*****James Comey, a Justice Department official under President George W. Bush will be nominated by President Obama to replace Robert Muellier as head of the F.B.I.*****American Idol down two divas. Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey won’t be back next season. Minaj and Carey frequently bickered, creating a feud that was uncomfortable for everyone. Their leaving wasn’t unexpected. J. Lo and Tyler could be back next season. I hope Keith stays on, he’s one of the better judges.*****Oprah Winfrey, last week, declared Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, “King and Queen of Talk TV.” She said, Live with Kelly and Michael is the best show.” Oprah, longtime queen, says she doesn’t miss the daily talk show grind.


7 Years Ago-2006

To me seven years ago events seem like yesterday but this years graduates were only in the fifth grade. Seven years seemed a longtime off. Chief Deputy John Tarver turned in his letter of resignation to Sheriff Mike White, effective June 16.*****Terry and Ella Steubing, in a surprise move, one day before graduation turned in their resignations from BCISD. Terry was high school principle and Ella was intermediate principle. Terry had been with BCISD 32 years, Ella 30 years. *****Dr. Darrell Myers is the superintendent at BCISD. *****Valedictorian at Bridge City High is Angela Evans; Orangefield High School valedictorian is Zena Matlock. *****Friends lost but not forgotten. The 183 graduates at Bridge City planted two sycamore trees in remembrance of students who died, Caleb Day and James Reeh.*****Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and country singer Billy Walker both died last week.*****The Bridge City Cardinal baseball team faces Cameron Yoe in Regional title game. Only eight teams remain. A victory would propel the Cards to UIL 3A state championship in Round Rock. The Cards ace pitcher is Kevin Angelle. Other seniors are Aaron Brougette, Brent Day, Derrick Coleman, Broc Haymon, Cody Sparks, Rory Scales, A.J. Hecker and Randy Jennings. The Cards swept Cameron Yoe in two games, 9-5 and 6-3. The Cards take on Texarkana at Dell Diamond next. Billy Bryant is head coach, James Johnson assistant. *****The LCM Lady Bears captured the state title in an 11 inning game against Dripping Springs, 3-0. On the mound for the Bears was Cody Trahan. LCM won the first game 3-2 in 12 innings. *****Acadian Ambulance Service takes over Orange County Ambulance Service on June 12.

37 Years-1976

Ray Granger and Louis Reed tried to beat the fastest train in the south, the Amtrack Sunset Limited, and lost. They were lucky, not many folks walk away from a train wreck.*****The first International Gumbo Cookoff was a large success. Chamber members and Ann McCollum had their stuff together. Around 7,500 people attended. Ann and Lou Malcolm’s gumbo edged out Major Inman and Jim Graves. Some of the folks spotted were, “Teddy Bear” Cox, Liz Wickersham, Louis Dugas, H.D. Pate, Roy and Phyllis Dunn, Barbara Smith, Mrs. Cleo Hogan, Nita and Peter Henry, Lynn and Carol Emerson, Corky and Betty Harmon and Jerry Wimberly, who was being blood tested by M.J. Girlinghouse. M.J. said he found no pressure on Jerry at all. Gumbo Cookoff champions were Mildred Cobb, grand champion, Lennard Carlson, professional class, Mrs. Marshall Duhon of Bridge City, was named number one in amateur class.*****Bruce Tuppen, a fine young man, was killed in an auto accident last week. Bruce is the second son Jimmy Tuppen lost in auto accidents.*****Benis Lee and his children lost his wife and mother, Paula, a few days ago.*****Jim and Diane Crossland were in town to attend Mrs. Lee’s funeral. Diane will be moving from Canyon, Texas to Newkirk, Okla. where Jim, a longtime football coach has purchased a Ford dealership.*****Helen Harrington has a milk cow that gives two gallons a day and her lying husband says half of it is cream.*****Joseph Giarratano, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Giarratano, graduated from SMU with a degree in business. He posted a 3.9 overall grade point average. The former St. Mary High School student will also receive his master’s from Lamar.*****Twenty-five athletes respond to a new no age limit summer baseball team. Billy Permenter and Cecil Allen will get things going. Ray Pousson and Ronnie Rost, who both attend the University of Colorado on baseball scholarships, indicated a desire to play. Others are former Stark stars Mark Bonnin, Mark Lambert, Grant Gipson, Chris Allen Billy Bayless and Vincent Brooks. Also wanting to play are West Orange standout Jerry Caillier, now at TCU and Marlin Richard, now at Tyler Junior College. Paul Richardson, of West Orange, Charlie Hildebrandt, of Bridge City and Jimmy Mallory and Dewitt Gipson, of St. Mary’s and former pro Doug Patterson and former McNeese star and member of the Little League World Champion Team, Joe Kazmar, will instruct and play. The schedule will include 18 games to be held at West End Park on Sunday afternoon.


Haleigh Turley, senior 3rd baseman for the Orangefield Lady Bobcats, was selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association to represent 3A Orangefield in the State All-Star game. Her coach, Amy McLaughlin, was also selected to be the head coach of the All-Star team. Haleigh and Coach McLaughlin are the first state all-star player and coach in Orangefield softball history to represent at this event. The game will be played on Friday, July 12, at the University of Texas softball field.


Judge Derry Dunn is watching his diet and has taken up walking in preparation for the adventure with his two boys in the Oregon country. They will kayak four miles, in 300 foot deep water. His doctor sons have ordered an oversized kayak. Judge Dunn is a good friend to have; he grows great tomatoes and personally hates eating them. *****Corky and Betty Harmon returned Thursday from a week long stay in Denver, where daughter Debora entertained them. The weather was great but Corky missed the car lot. Since brother Don has been under the weather, Corky is uneasy when he or Don is not around. It’s an old Ovie Harmon thing.*****We ran into Fred Kressman who we hadn’t seen in a while. Fred, a GSU retiree, and wife Nelda are RV folks. They don’t stay home much before getting on the road again. Fred has managed to maintain his high school weight. *****Last Wednesday, our old friend Ernie Willy was headed out to go fishing with son Luther. No report on how they did but it was great seeing Ernie still active, even though he doesn’t kick very high these days.*****Last Thursday, Karen Jo took care of a bad mosquito problem. She called Cindy at Pestco and had them come out and spray their magic formula at her place and at her mother-in-laws home. She’s such a nice daughter-in-law. Now the “skeeters” are gone and Karen said, “That’s priceless.” *****Our friend, Patsy, at Patsy Peck Travel, tells us she has been busy booking trips. She has a couple coming up; one will be to New York. Patsy says the travelers really like New York.*****Todd “Big Daddy” Landry is scheduled to see a specialist this week in hopes of finding a solutions for a bad back problem that is escalating and now affects his legs. Previous care hasn’t helped. Meanwhile, he threw a big party Saturday for a worthy cause that drew 500 plus folks who had a great time.***** Little Cypress Intermediate 5th grader Dylan Gardener received “Special recognition” for “Best Manners” and “Most Positive Attitude.” I know his parents, Jr. and Stacey Gardener are still smiling


Hunter Puckett, Brenda Howard, Patricia Mires, Nancy Ramsey, Aaron Bland, Gena Guyote, Jessica Freeman, Kevin Doss, Mary Jennings, Tim Hughes, Trey Wild, Chris Andes, Joyce Dowdle, Roy Dunn, Karen McDuff, Laura Silva, Lindi Torson, Ryan Gunstream, Lorrie LeBlanc, Ed Worthy Jr., John Bertrand, Sherilyn Brister, Lynn Fields, Gail Griffith, Kelsey Miller, Linda Sims, Sarah Williams, Richard Granger, Ashley LaRose, Billy Frank Bradberry, Billy Killman, Logan Smith, Penny Robards, Shon Jones, Tana Hightower, Walter Riedel, Aubrey Reynolds, Billie Wood, Carolyn Sexton, Crystal Wells, Elizabeth Barfield, Debbie Vidrine, Gavin Birmingham, Deane Moran, Alston Reynolds, Dixie Armstrong, Charlie Blalack, Jessica Hilliard, Karli Choate, Paige Olive, Kevin Ernst, Chrisleigh Longlois, Rayford Jimerson, Tyler Derouen, Caroline Hennigan, Chris Riedel, Harold Adkins, Lacey Wallace, Dorothy Breaux, Jacqueline Bourdier and Jane Minor.


We are glad to hear our friend Darline Zavada is back at work at the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau after ten weeks medical leave. Darline does a great job.*****We were sory to hear about the death of Fred Cervelli, age 79, who died May 29. Services were held at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Fred was the sports editor at the Orange Leader for many years. He had moved to Austin in the early 70‘s. He worked for the AFL-CI0 as a spokesman.*****Jean Stapleson, 89, died over the weekend. Edith, or “Dingbat“ as she was called was the beloved wife of Archie Bunker on the hit TV show, “All in the Family” one of the best all time weekly shows. I often was referred to as Archie by family members. Affectingly, I‘m sure.*****Also dying in the last few days was Father Andrew Greeley who wrote more than 100 non-fiction works and over 50 novels. One of his last books was titled, “A Stupid, Unjust and Criminal War; Iraq 2001-2007.”*****A few folks celebrating birthdays in the next few days. ***June 5, said to be a special day, a true Gemini twin day, with as many days on one side as the other. Some folks celebrating the perfect twin day are Joyce Dowdle, Britt Godwin, Roy Dunn, Tim Hughes, Brenda Howard, Nancy Ramsey, Gena Guyote, Mary Jennings, Karen McDuff, Jessica Freeman, Aaron Bland, Patricia Mires and Hunter Puckett.***On June 6, Gail Griffith celebrates, also Lynn Fields, John Bertrand, Ryan Gunstream and also our long time friend, the former Helen Harrington***Lannie Claybar would be 101 on this day. He died at age 57 on Sept. 6, 1969. ***Shirley Zimmerman celebrates on June 7, as does her only grandchild, who turns 1-year-old. Shirley is in Oklahoma celebrating with the child, born on her birthday.***Celebrating on June 7 also are Billy Frank Bradberry, Logan Smith, Penny Robards and Richard Granger.***On June 8, our friend Walter Riedle, who does a great job administrating the Stark Foundation that makes Orange a special place, celebrates as does Billie Wood and Carolyn Sexton.***June 9, finds Paige Olive, Charlie Blalack and Karli Choate turning another page.***On June 10, everyone’s friend, Rayford “High Pockets” Jimerson celebrates, also on this day, Chris Riedel. ***On June 11, our buddy Donna Riley, who we’ve known since she was a puppy, chalks up another year as does Harold Adkins and Lacey Wallace. Happy birthday to all. Please see complete list.*****Let me let you in on something. If you’re feeling pain in your back, legs or joints, the best $25 you can spend is a visit to Dr. Thrash, the Chiropractor. I’m hearing so many good reports. Our friend Allen said he could barely walk, now he’s jogging a mile a day.*****Gov. Rick Perry said in Dallas last week that he would run for re-election. I don’t know about that. He might be saying that so he is not viewed as a lame duck. If Greg Abbott’s team can’t bluff Perry to stay out, I believe Abbott will take on Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Either way, Abbott is running for another job.*****Good luck to the Silsbee Tigers, representing Class 21-3A, in the semi finals on Wednesday at U.T. against Lagrange.*****Sen. Frank Lautenberg, 89, the oldest U.S. senator and only WWII veteran in the senate, died June 3. His service will be held Wednesday. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will appoint a successor for the Democrat with a Republican then call a Primary for August and General Election for October. Believe me, he‘s looking out for himself.*****Longtime storm chasers, Tim Samaras, son Paul and his partner, Carl Young were killed near El Reno, Okla. when the tornado they were chasing turned on them. It’s a dangerous way to make a living.*****Michael Douglas, 68, an Academy Award winning actor, says his throat cancer in 2010 was caused by oral sex. About 10 percent of men are orally infected with HPV, according to Douglas. He’s now cancer free. A move is on calling for the vaccination of boys, as well as girls, against the virus that causes the malignancy.


On June 5, Mark Wahlberg will be 42; Kenny G, 57 and Pete Wentz, 34.***Sandra Bernhard will be 58 on June 6; Jason Isaacs, 50.***Tom Jones will be 73 on June 7; Liam Neeson, 61; Prince, 55 and Anna Kournikova, 32.***Joan Rivers will be 80 on June 8; Nancy Sinatra, 73 and Julianna Margulies, 47.***Kanye West will be 36 on June 8.***On June 9, Johnny Depp will be 50; Michael J Fox, 52; and Natalie Portman, 32.***On June 10, Shane West will be 35; Elizabeth Hurley, 48; Tara Lipinski, 32.***On June 11, Gene Wilder will be 80; Joshua Jackson, 35 and Shia LaBeouf, 27.


Tee-Neg Comeaux, wat make his living catching crawfish and game from da swamp, decided he could make more money working in the canning factory in Green Bay. While da craw fishing was slow he caught a plane out of New Orleans to Wisconsin. A well dressed man, carrying a brief case and laptop computer, sit next to him. Tee-Neg introduce himself and say, “I catch crawfish for a living me but I’m on my way to work in da canning factory up nort.” The gentleman said he was a big time attorney from Chicago.

Tee-New say, “Boy, wit a job like dat, you must be smart you.”

Da man answer, “Yes, I am very intelligent. I have a doctorate in finance and a law degree from Yale.”

Tee-New say, “Keyaw!”

The gentleman say, “We can pass the time away wit a little game. You ask me a question and if I can’t answer it, I’ll give you a hundred dollars. Then I’ll ask you a question and if you don’t know the answer, you give me a dollar.”

Tee-Neg said, “Well, I just finished the second grade me, all I got is Cajun common sense but I’ll play.”

Tee-Neg goes first; he axe, “Wat has ten eyes, 14 legs, two tails and lives on da bottom of Bayou Tech?”

The lawyer say, “I don’t know the answer, here’s your hundred dollars. By the way, wat is it?”

Tee-Neg replaied, “Mais, I don’t know me, here’s your dollar.”


The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled Monday that police can collect DNA from people arrested for serious crimes. Privacy rights groups, including conservatives and liberals, warned the decision eventually may lead to DNA collection for minor crimes as law enforcement officials try to bolster a national DNA database. There is a good and bad side to this new law. Crime fighting is put before privacy. In my lifetime, we have been stripped of many of our civil liberties, few civil rights are left. DNA, in time, will probably reveal things that the donor would rather not have known. Maybe not in my lifetime but before too many years DNA will be treated like fingerprints. Everyone will be required to open their mouth for a DNA swab.*****On the other hand, our country has come to a standstill because of obstructionism, party politics, blind partisanships and dysfunctional divide. We need debate about the many issues, not party philosophy and name calling. What is critical to this country is a work bill. The bridge collapse in Washington should be a warning that the infrastructure in this country is in bad need of repair. Eighteen months ago a jobs bill was proposed and shot down in the congress. If we used only American made goods to rebuild roads, bridges and schools, millions of workers would get jobs. I sometimes get the impression that certain elements in the congress don’t want the country to do good, especially before the 2014 elections. The bickering and multiple hearings is just a start to accomplish nothing on immigration, background checks, confirming appointments, etc. I wish both sides would grow up and serve the people rather than their own interest. No doubt this congress will go down as the worst in our long history. *****Well, I’ve come to the end of the trail for another week. Thank you for your time. Please read us cover to cover. Don’t miss Capt. Dickie and Capt. Chuck’s fishing reports. No one does a better job of giving you the facts right from the fishing hole, not  6/4/13 behind a desk.*****Don’t forget the advertisers who bring you this paper. Take care and God bless.