The government shutdown is having far reaching effects and is inflicting pain on the American people. About 35 Tea Party members, led by Sen. Ted Cruz, is holding our country hostage by placing a gun to the head of Speaker John Boehner. They have threatened to take away his speaker ship if he allows a vote on the senate bill that reflects Republican Paul Ryan’s budget. All Boehnerhas to do is call for an up or down vote in the Congress and let the two party members decide, yes or no. It’s that simple, but instead Cruz and the extremist demigods want to play with the Affordable Care Act, which is already decided and the law of the land. When the American people didn’t buy that story, they switched to the deficit. They’re wrong again. The deficit is coming down faster than at any time since WWII and has been cut in half in the last five years. One of the most heartbreaking effects of this is having funds cut off to bury military personnel killed defending our country and not paying benifits to the suviors. However, there’s much more harm done by a handful of extremist. They are hurting good, reasonable Republicans just wanting to do the people’s work. Boehner, at some point, will have to take the sword and say enough. If he lets this small group of radicals drive our country into default on Oct 17, the effects worldwide would be devastating. We have never defaulted before. The debt ceiling is just paying bills that the Congress has already spent. This handful of Tea Party congressmen come from safe, gerrymandered districts so they don’t care about their fellow Republicans or worry about their re-elections. One of those extremist is our own congressman Steve Stockman, who can do absolutely nothing to help us. We pay him $180,000 a year plus perks and all we get from him is a government shutdown and a threat to take the country over the cliff. Contact him and let him know how you feel. He may ignore you because he doesn’t need Orange County to be reelected.*****Gotta go. Please come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


State Rep. Allen Ritter won ‘t run  for re-election in 2014. He has served in the House since 1998, many of those years as a Democrat. He switched to the Republican Party when the district was re-districted. Two years ago, it was redistricted again taking in all of Orange County, Mid County and portions of Beaumont. That move left Orange County without a local state representative for the first time in over 60 years. Rep. Ritter has a lot of seniority and clout in Austin. Several candidates will line up to replace him. It would be great if someone from Orange County could get elected but that might be a high step in a gerrymandered district. A couple of potential Orange County candidates have met with Ritter. Some folks have been urging County Judge Carl Thibodeaux to run since the Texas House meets only every other year and would be a work load cutback for Thibodeaux. At this time he says his main interest is to get the County back on even keel. Orange County will have a candidate and here is how a local candidate could win and Orange County again have a representative. If several candidates rum from Jefferson County that will split the vote, then the Orange County candidate could win the primary. It can be done but the candidate would need solid local support. Chances are the candidate would serve only one term. Next time Jefferson County would run one candidate and could out vote Orange County. The most important thing is not what party, as much as again getting Orange County representation in Austin.


We were very saddened to learn about the death of a beautiful young lady, Rachel Ford, only 20 years old, who died last Friday, Oct. 4. Services were held yesterday, Tuesday, Oct. 8. We have knownRachel’s parents, John Ford, Jr. and Gail Ford Maddox, since they were youngsters. Rachel was their only daughter. They have one son, Danny. Our relationship with Rachel’s grandfather, former constable John Ford, goes back over 50 years. It really pulls at your heart strings when you think that Rachel was born only a few years ago, in 1993. She was full of life, loved nature and animals. Our hearts go out to her family and friends. She has been called home. May she rest in peace. Please see obituary.


We were sorry to hear about the death of Dana Clark Silkwood, formally of Bridge City. She was the daughter of Bill and Doris Ann Clark. She passed away last week after a long illness. She and her husband lived in Spring. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Center, 31110 Imperial Oaks Blvd. in Spring. In lieu of flowers donations can be made through Chase Bank to help with medical bills and final expenses.


A lifetime educator, Leona Simmons, 81, of Bridge City, passed away Monday, Oct. 7. Services will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at Melancon Funeral Home in Nederland. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Ms. Leona was one of the nicest people we have known. Always a lady, she had a great attitude and was a joy to be around. She was survived by her only sibling, John Dubose. Our condolences to John and his entire family. Please see obituary.


12 Years Ago-2001

A Bridge City native, Clint Harrison, 39, and seven others were killed in a plane crash Oct 10, in the Mediterranean Sea, about 80 miles from its destination of Oran Algiers. Search crews from Spain combed 5,300 square miles finding only some floating debris with serial numbers and a few body parts. Penny Harrison, Clint’s sister, of Bridge City, said Kathy Roberts Harrison, Clint’s wife, had made funeral arrangements in Woodville. Their daughter Kree Harrison had become a local celebrity and went on to national fame appearing on national television. The family had moved to Nashville so Kree could advance her career. Services for Clint were held Oct. 20. Survivors were wifeKathy, daughter Kree, son Cory, stepson Michael Johnson, stepdaughter Laci Johnson, parentsBuddy and Myra Harrison, sister Penny, father-in-law Wilson Roberts and mother-in-law Beverly Schmidt. (Editor’s note: Since Clint’s death his wife Kathy was killed in an auto accident. Kree’scareer slowed down for several years until she became one of the top two finalist on American Idol this year. After touring with Idol Kree is launching a solo career.)*****County Judge Carl Thibodeaux says the third floor of the 65 year old courthouse is about four months into a total renovation. The original marble wainscoting, terrazzo, metal door and etc with be reused.*****Former Hibernia branch manager Mike Moreau, has joined Carlos Vasek, Joe Burkeand the folks who have purchased Newton Bank. A branch will open at the Round Bank between now and the first of the year. The banks will be renamed.***** Constable Parker “P.T” Thompson has surgery on his left elbow. He says don’t try to out draw him, he’s a quick draw with his right hand.*****The Bridge City Cardinals have a football flag bearer, Kevin Duplechien, who can really boogie with that 60-pound flag. He’s really something to watch as he covers the length of the field and back. Because of a hip pointer, Sam Adams, a math wizard, subbed for Kevin Friday and did a yeoman’s job. (Editor’s note: Kevin is “Neighbor” Cox’s grandson. That where he got that speed and strength.)*****Pretty Stacey Feverjean, daughter of Jeannie and Randy Feverjean, is named Orangefield homecoming queen. *****Sylvia Kirby not only celebrates a birthday but also marks her 10th anniversary with Dr. Fred Zoch and staff. (Editor’s note: I wonder if Sylvia is retired by now. I remember what a nice, sweet person she was and probably still is.)*****A few area deaths this week of Oct. 9, 2001. Nolan Gaspard, 76, of Bridge City died Oct. 10 at Doctor’s Hospital in Groves.***Dudley Joseph Pepper, 70 died Oct. 12, at his residence in Orange.***Sada Marie Atkins, 90, of West Orange died Oct. 9.*****Dale Thompson, of Orange, recalls the April 16, 1947 Texas City explosion. Thompson was an 18-year-old employee of Todd Shipyard, in Texas City, when the explosion happened at 9:14 a.m. The exclusive story by Thompson ran in The County Record Newspaper, on Oct. 17. (Editor’s note: Dale has since passed away but he left behind a record of Texas’ greatest industrial disaster.)

 37 Years Ago-1976

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville football sweetheart is pretty Melanie Cunningham, Robert Hughespresented her with flowers on behalf of the Bears.*****The Stark homecoming court is Kathy Rodgers, Nikole Thibodeux and queen Jana Stiniac.*****I thought you might like to know who the Little cypress Junior High cheerleaders are: Lauren Leifeste, Johnnie Kay Heard, Lacey Gunn, Lori Kolar and Tara High. Real cuties.*****The Bridge City Cards leading 17-14 in the third quarter, let the lead get away in the fourth. Livingston Lions win 27-17. Kim Bryant had a TD called back on a penalty. Cards lose two fumbles. The last was on the kickoff. Dean Menard lost the ball, which led to another Lion TD.*****The LC-M Bears play Cleveland Indians to a 0-0 tie. LC-M’sWade Kachtic was the games leading rusher with 125 yards.*****The wife of democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter will make a stop in this area at the end of the month.*****M.B. Flippen passed away. “Flip” was 88 years old. For years he had been working for Gus Harris at Farmer’s Mercantile.*****The best kept secret is who will become the head football coach of the combined West Orange-Stark High School.*****Dr. Benjamin Spock, 73, takes a 35-year-old bride.*****Beverly Matsowkas is now associated with Cooper Realty.*****Come Oct. 27, sweet little Loretta Lynn Simmons will be 2-years-old.*****Paul Eason takes a bride. He and Janet ran off and got married in Houston.*****Orange Savings and Loan is paying 5.¼ percent-90 days, $1000 minimum interest, four years 7 ½ percent, six years 7 ¾ percent.*****A new 1977, ½ ton, 6 cylinder, Chevy pickup will cost you $3,579. A loaded V-8 Malibu coupe, $5,400.*****C.R. Nash will be Bridge City’s new city manager. He is presently living in Jacinto City. He has 17 years in city management. He and wife Patsy, have two children, Rodney Allen, age 9 and Karla Ann, age 6.  (Editor’s note: C.R. later served as city administrator at Pinehurst and has since passed away.)  *****Top country songs: #1, “You And Me” by Tammy Wynette; #2, “A Whole Lotta Things to Sing About” by Charley Pride; #3, “Among My Souvenirs” by Marty Robbins; #4, “Cherokee Maiden” and “What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana” by Merle Haggard; #5, “The Games That Daddies Play” by Conway Twitty; #6, “Her Name Is” by George Jones.


For years we have known Frank and Joe Barrientos but had never met their brother Tom until he visited the office. He knows a lot of Orange County history. They were all raised at Rebeck Crossing, a Mexican settlement near IH-10 and 16th Street. Tom now lives in Call, not to be confused with Call Junction. Call is the birth place of the late Frank Manchec and Don Shockley.*****Also visiting was the very interesting and knowledgeable Raymond Gilbeaux, who makes a hobby of collecting Orange County history.*****I have an answer to the Washington Redskin name problem. Just name the team “The Natives” and keep all the same Indian paraphernalia. *****For several years Orange County didn’t get much attention from our state senator. That is no longer the case. Sen. Nichols and his staff are constantly in touch with our county. Sen. Nichols’ assistant, J.D. Hale, is a very accommodating and very dedicated young man. If you need assistance, you’ll get quick response. That’s a welcomed change. Our previous senator came from the Woodlands. At least Sen. Nichols is an East Texas boy from Jacksonville and Orange County is one of his largest counties which wasn’t the case before.*****A few good folks we know having birthdays in the next few days. Oct. 9 findsLinda Myers, Imogene Bailey, Betty Stimac and Susan Ayre celebrating.***On Oct. 10, Bob Bullard, Janell Matthews and Jessica Frankin share birthdays with former NFL QB Brett Favre, who turns 44  also celebrating is our friend Mac McCullough, who turns 92.***On Oct. 11 Anita Ryan, retired Orangefield counselor turns a year older as does Leslie Anderson, John Cochran, Barbara Nixon and Preston Pittman, now a student at Blinn.***Oct. 12 is the birthday of Timothy Tremont, Orangefield educator, who works with special needs. One of his buddies is Mark Walles.Also celebrating is Miltion Briggs III, Sharon and Logan Burns, and Dick Gregory, 81. This would also have been the birthday of the late Brad Lapeyrlerie.***Oct. 13 finds Anita Triggs, Edna Collins and Jason Sellers celebrating.. Our buddy Nova Dee Strickland turns 81 on this day also. She was born on Friday.***Oct. 14 is Columbus Day and our friend Harry Stephens, who also came over on the “Mayflower” with Chris, celebrates his special day. I’m sure Margie has something special planned. Marking birthdays also is Stacy Rhodes, Eloise Stewart, Martha Kile, Trey Miller and Olivia Hubbard.***On Oct. 15, C.J. Benoit turns 89. He is a longtime Orangefield resident who does woodwork and volunteer work at Thrift and Gift and the Paul Cormier Museum. C.J. seems to get younger with each day. Also celebrating is Becky LaFleur, Derek Borel, Sonny Childs and Nancy Newton. Lastly special birthday goes out to a special guy and public servant Judge Carl Thibodaux. Happy birthday to all. Please see complete birthday list.*****Halle Berry, at age 47, gave birth to a son Saturday. Five years ago, at age 42, she gave birth to her daughter. Both kids have different dads. She will be 66 when the boy graduates from high school.*****This might surprise you.Thomas Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, announced Saturdaythat the Mormon Church now totals 15 million worldwide members. More than half live outside the United States. The membership has tripled in the last 30 years. Headquarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah where Brigham Young brought his followers. I’ve always considered it mostly American.*****Excel Automotive, 2615 Texas Ave. in Bridge City, has reopened. Same great guys who do good work at reasonable prices.*****The Orange Lions Club has extended the carnival one more week. It will be held Thursday through Sunday next week also.*****Oil production in the United States surpasses Russia. Meanwhile, production in Texas continues to rise and will be the world’s highest producers of oil by the end of the decade. Drilling applications in Texas are up 18 percent from last year.*****I won’t even mention NFL football. Can you believe our two Texas teams.*****Saturday, in college football, U.T. vs. Oklahoma, at 11 a.m., is a must win for Mack Brown, but then every game for Mack is a must win.*****Stupid quote of the week is by Rush Limbaugh, radio voice of the radical right. “The Affordable Care Act is a Civil Rights Bill that amounts to reparations.” That’s just one example of how radical Republicans play politics of race.*****I was somewhat surprised to see a Houston Chronicle poll taken Sept. 8 to Sept. 20, two weeks before Sen. Wendy Davis announced for governor. The poll showed she was only eight points behind Abbott. More surprising is that she lead 51 to 49 percent with Republican women. That putAbbott and company on a fast track to destroy her early. They have started negative radio spots in both English and Spanish. No doubt about it, the good old boy network is scared. They know Texas voters yearn for a change. I believe they have Perry burnout and Abbott would be more of the same.*****We heard from Jason Menard, formerly of Bridge City, who has just re-enlisted in the Army. Jason has only seven more years of service to retire after serving 20 years in the military.*****We welcome Nissan of Silsbee to our advertising family. They are very nice people and I’m told so easy to deal with. If you’re in the market for a Nissan, we suggest you give them a try.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will meet at Robert’s this week and at Peggy’s Off the Bayou  Hwy. 62, next. Everyone is welcome.


Betty Stimac, Robert Love, Susan Ayre, Will Stout, Kirsten Perricone, Linda Myers, Logan Conner, Mark Prevost, Megan Benoit, Steve Kidwell, Imogene Bailey, Taylor Jagoe, Barbara Fournier, Bob Bullard, Janell Matthews, Jenny Betz, Jessica Franklin, Jenny Betz, Anita Ryan, Laura Allen, Preston Pittman, Sadie Sellers, Shannon Maloney, Alan Johansson, Barabara Nixon, John Cochran, Katherine Jackson, Leslie Anderson, Tara Edgerton, Wade Higgs, Miltion Briggs III, Sharon Bilbo, Suzanne Barlow, Wade Higgs, Timothy Tremont, Brad Lapeyrolerie, Janet Taliaferro, Logan Burns, Sheri Wright, Alexia Willingham, Anita Triggs, Ashley Theriot, Edna Collins, Jason Sellers, John Heyduck, Eloise Stewart, Martha Kile, Ronny Arnold, Stacy Rhodes, Trey Miller, Harry Stephens, Dillon Crabtree, Eunice Barrett, Jerry Evans, Olivia Hubbard, Shirley Hudson, Becky Lafleur, Sue Freeman, Kory Freeman, Jennifer Peveto, C.J. Benoit, Sonny Childs, Sue Freeman, Kory Freeman, Suzanne Miller, Allison LeBlanc, Derek Borel, Eleanor Dahl, Morgan Lamb and Nancy Newton.


Ray Dartez’s two young boys take it on demselves to go down to Desomeaux’s Drug Store in Mamou. Da older boy, 8-year-old Tee-Ray picked out a box of Tampons him.

Da owner, Dartez, him, axe, “Son, do you know wat dese are used for, hanh?”

Tee-Ray replied, “I’m not exactly for sure me, but dey not for me, dey for my 4-year-old little brudder. We saw on da TV dat if you use dese you would be able to swim and ride a bike, and Joe-Joehim, he can’t do eather.”


The United States continues to track and capture terrorists wherever they try to hide. Last SaturdayPresident Obama signed off on a plan to capture fugitive terrorist that led to the capture of Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, a suspected leader of Al Qaeda. Abu Anas was indicted in 2000 for his role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagelsaid “The United States would not hesitate to take similar action in the future. We will continue to maintain relentless pressure on terrorist groups that threaten our people or our interest and we will conduct direct action against them.”*****Point of interest: Did you know that East Texas has one congressman, from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Southeast Texas has one congressman from the Houston area. Rural counties are getting screwed because these congressmen don’t view our areas as their priority. They won’t help grow rural Texas. That all goes back to Tom Delay and Rick Perry’sredistricting and attorney general Greg Abbot is fighting to keep it that way. Remember when it wasn’t that way? We voted against out own interest that’s why.*****Patronize our advertisers and visit us at Take care and God bless America.