Next Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. Government offices, banks, etc. will be closed. However many businesses are having sales so it’s a good time to shop. Veterans, past and present, are our true heroes. It pulls at the heartstrings to see those youngsters return from battle with limbs missing, maimed or disfigured.Too many of our young are lost in battle. I pray some day there will be no conflicts but I know that wishful thinking will not stop wars.

Speaking of wars, here’s something that surprised me. It’s often been debated about the time the USS Constitution known as “Old Ironsides” docked in Orange. Ms. Pearl Burgess said it was March 17, 1932,St. Patrick’s Day, and it stayed until March 19. Pearl was 11 years old. She said all the schools closed so the children could visit “Old Ironsides” They had a great time and got to walk all over it. She says that the USS Constitution was the American 44-gun frigate famous for it’s exploits in the War of 1812, 200 years ago. That’s what surprised me. “Old Ironsides” today is docked in Boston Harbor and I got to view it a few years ago. Now we know the rest of the story.

Many brave souls have died to keep us free. Our country could use more peace and understanding right here at home. There is just too much hatred, disrespect for our country, our leaders and our flag. Too many extremists destroying our fiber instead of shoring it up. That’s just a few of the many changes in my lifetime. Our veterans were true heroes back then and we were all proud to claim kinship to a veteran. We were truly one country. Today we are polarized and mean spirited. I even hate to admit that. *****Gotta go.Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm. 


The amendments election that ended Tuesday was the first test of how photo ID would suppress the vote. Even though it was a light vote, they have created a chart that gives them some idea of how it will effect future elections. Voter ID has one purpose and it’s not to prevent fraud, it’s designed to disenfranchise certain voters. Here’s just one example of how stupid it gets. Former Speaker of the U.S. House, 90 year old Jim Wright, was denied the right to vote because of an outdated driver’s license.  They wouldn’t accept anything but his original birth certificate. He had given up driving two years ago. A lot of elderly people won’t have a driver’s license. Real targets however are Hispanics and Blacks. Many Mexicans who have been citizens of the U.S. a long time would have to get original birth certificates from Mexico, copies are not accepted. Women, with maiden names on voter registration and married name on driver’s license are disqualified even though they are looking at the person’s picture. Mexicans use both mother’s and father’s last name. You can imagine those problems. What Greg Abbott and the Austin Gang are really after is to discourage those people from voting, thus suppressing the vote by at least five percent and that will win most elections for one party. Even Ted Cruz, if he had to show his birth certificate, would have to get it out of Canada where he’s a natural born Canadian. I bet his little footprints are on it. He can’t deny he’s a native of Canada any more than Carl Thibodeaux can say he don’t want to be born in Louisiana anymore. That’s what Cruz said, so you see how silly the whole thing is. No doubt the proponents of voter ID are serious about suppressing the vote. It might just backfire. They know the day of reckoning is coming. No matter how hard they try they can’t stop it, just slow it down. By 2020 Texas will be blue and pretty purple before that.


12 Years Ago-2001

The Bridge City Cardinals and Orangefield Bobcats will meet in the second Bayou Bowl. The Bobcats are the host team. The Cardinals were winners of the Bowl last year. They received the Buzzie Gunn Trophy. The trophy is a traveling trophy that yearly goes to the winner. The Buzzie Gunn Trophy is a symbol of good sportsmanship. The late Buzzie Gunn is recognized for his contribution and love for high school football. Gunn photographed many of America’s greatest athletes for scores of publications includingSports Illustration. Locally, he captured many of Orange County’s most memorable events and images such as the Bridge City and West Orange-Stark state championships, as well as the Stark High Tigers in their hay-day.

Nationally, he sat in the New York Yankee dugout where he was able to record Mickey Mantle and the Yankee greats. Buzz was a second generation photographer. His dad, T.L. started it all. Today the third and fourth generation, Chris and his son Tony, shoot high school football. *****The tenth game of the 2001 season finds the B.C. Cardinals heavy favorites and a cinch for the playoffs. Their only loss was an embarrassing lost to Newton at home last week. The Bobcats have struggled all season with only two wins against S.F.A. and Woodville. However, they have the districts leading passing game in quarterback John Modica and receiver Colby Walton. The Bobcats are young and rebuilding under Coach Kevin Flannigan. Bridge City coach James Conway’s team is solid, having rebuilt in previous years. (Editor’s note: This year the Bayou Bowl sounds like history repeating itself with the shoe on the other foot. The Bobcats, 12 years later, are again the host.)*****The West Orange-Stark Mustangs and Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears meet in the Orange Bowl in an annual cross town battle. Last week, Emily McKee was crowned W.O.-S homecoming queen. *****John Harrington will lead the Bridge City Chamber Christmas Paradeto be held Saturday, Nov. 17. *****Gene Rutledge is recovering from hip surgery at Baptist Hospital. *****The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees in seven games to win the World Series. Orange pitcher John Patterson is in the Arizona organization. Orange has had four players, Andrea Robertson, Bruce Aven, Jay Canizaro and Patterson, in the major leagues.*****One hell of a relish” is from the kitchen of Nancy Vincent.*****Ray Trahan is good at dragging the sack and that’s how we came about getting some of Nancy’s special relish. (Editor’s note: she must not make the stuff anymore; at least none of it has made its way to me. In fact, nothing from Nancy has.)*****Rev. Dale and Sally Vance will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 11. (Editor’s note: Since then Preacher Dale has gone to the big church over yonder. Ms. Sally is still beautiful and getting around. With a daughter-in-law likeKaren Jo you’re not allowed to slow down.)*****Sammy Carpenter and Mitzi Harris will be wed later this month.*****Former Bridge City place kicker Dominic Colletti, son of Marialiece Saucier, is having a fantastic year kicking for Mary Hardin-Baylor. He has missed only two field goals all season. (Editor’s note: I wonder what became of that boy anyway.)*****Attorney General John Cornyn got caught trying to sneak black inmates from three state prisons, who are not allowed to vote, into his congressional redistricting plan. If Cornyn’s plan withstands the courts Orange County would be gerrymandered and we would loseCongressman Jim Turner and we would be attached to the Houston area. (Editor’s note: That’s exactly what happened.)*****Leah Johansson is marrying off both her boys. Eric will wed Michelle Lindley onNov. 17 and Ryan will wed Stacy McCorkle on Dec. 22. *****Christopher Slade LeBlanc will celebrate his birthday Nov. 14. *****The sons of George and Sandra Navarro, Justin and Jonathan, are both in the United States Air Force. Both are Bridge City graduates. *****Nov. 2 is a special day for the Dunn family.Nathaniel Isaac Melvin was born. He’s Mark Dunn’s first grandchild by way of daughter Jenna. He’s alsoRoy and Phyllis’ first great grandchild. He was born in Framingham, MA. He arrived at exactly the same size and weight as his grandfather Mark. He will be a good size boy. (Editor’s note: Nate has turned 12-years-old and that’s about the amount of times his great grandparents have seen him. That‘s the downside of living so far apart.)*****On Thursday, Nov. 8, we lost one of the great ladies of our day. She was a special lady from a one-of-a-kind mold. Jewel Bearden, 83, a 60 year resident of Orange, former sheriff’s department employee, retired school counselor and bailiff for Judge Pat Clark was born in Caledonia on Jan. 2, 1928. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim Bob Bearden and son J.B. Bearden, Jr. She is survived by son Jim Sharon Bearden, two grandchildren Tyler and Jim Sharon and longtime companion“Buffy” Bearden. (Editor’s note: She will forever live in the memory of this writer. I’m sure by now“Buffy” has gone to dog heaven.)

37 Years Ago-1976

It all began with the resignation of Judge Fred Trimble from the 163rd District Court and the appointment of County Court-at-Law Judge David Dunn by Gov. Dolph Briscoe to fill Trimble’s unexpired term.County Judge Grover Halliburton, who was twice elected to the post, resigned and accepted the commissioners’ appointment to fill the court-at-law position. With a motion by Commissioner Raymond Gould and seconded by Morris Collier, J.L. “Pete” Runnels, was unanimously selected to fill the county judge seat. Judge Halliburton, a six-year veteran of the court, was saddened by his departure. He had worked to upgrade and modernize county government. Great strides were made under his leadership. Pete Runnels, 33, is a graduate of Stark High School and Sam Houston University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He also has served three and a half years as administrative assistant to the county judge. Runnels brings lots of experience to the judgeship. Sworn in Nov. 17 by County Clerk Sallie Frazier, Runnels said, “I am indeed honored to have been selected to serve as county judge.”*****F.L. “Butch” Butcher passed away and was buried on Monday, Nov. 15. He was a good man. ****Angela Yokum will be one year old on Nov. 20. *****Jerry Smith has resigned his post at First City National Bank. *****Phyllis Dunn returns from a trip to Missouri where she visited relatives and also longtime friend Doris Holt Fogal. Doris and husband Frank operate Honey Bear Cave. ***“Axe” won’t have Grover to kick around anymore. Watch him zero in on Pete. That’s the way the daily newspaper sells papers. *****Deer hunters go west!Bobby Smitherman, Jerry Pesson and Huey Simon and their brides are on a trip. *****Bob Montagnewill become democratic chairman replacing Pete Runnels, who resigned to become county judge.*****Congrats to pretty Katy James who was the spotlighted member of the month byB&PW.*****Big Red’s Pantry, owned by Howard Morse, breaks  ground for new supermarket which was destroyed by fire. Bill Townes will be manager and assisted by Kenneth Morse. *****Doug Harringtonout-lies Dr. Fissette with a fish story of fish being so plentiful that four jumped in his boat. All legal size of course. *****Harry and Rena Veillon owners of Irving Street Appliance at 2317 Irving. They are having their big once-a-year sale. *****Turkey Toms for Thanksgiving are 49 cents a pound at Weingarten’s. Borden’s Ice Cream, ½ gallon, $1.19. *****Jimmy Conn runs pictures of Richard Corder and Roy Dunnholding their “pet sticks” in local paper. *****Mark Dunn covers Neil Young’s concert for the family paper, Opportunity Valley News. *****Doug Childress and Uptown Country play for dance at VFW. *****David and Debbie Fusilier celebrate their first anniversary Nov. 13.


Port Arthur born Janis Joplin, who died in 1970, was honored Monday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her siblings, Michael and Laura attended the ceremony that featured a performance by Kris Kristofferson, who wrote some of Janis’ big hits, including “Me and Bobby McGee.”*****Courtney Arkeen, 128th District Judge, and husband Cody are expecting twins, a boy and girl. Boy, that’s a quick way to jump start a family. Congrats and happy sailing. *****Our condolences to Earlene Gipson on the death of her mother, Billie King Brown, 95, who passed away Oct. 29. Service was held Saturday, Nov. 2.*****Houston Texan coach Gary Kubiak is still being evaluated after collapsing during half time of Sunday’s game against the Colts in Reliant Stadium. Speculation Tuesday morning was a possible “mini stroke” that serves as a warning stroke. It occurs when a blood clot briefly blocks an artery and interrupts blood flow to part of the brain. The body dissolves the clot. Symptoms of such attacks are similar to stroke but doesn’t last as long. Being an NFL head coach is a tough, demanding job and all coaches, from high school to the pros, live with constant stress. In high school a coach’s job depends on 16-17 and 18 year oldsand in the long and short run, the job comes down to wins and losses. Some days you are the top dog, some days you’re the hydrant. I admire the folks who do it but “No thanks.” You never hear anyone say, “It’s just a game” when their team is winning.*****The Bayou Bowl banquet Monday night at the new Orange County Convention and Expo Center was a big success. The Bayou Bowl, between Bridge City and Orangefield, began 13 years ago in 2001. It was the brainchild of Roy and Mark Dunn, promoted by The Record Newspapers, who after a few years turned it over to the Rotary Club. The Gunn family donatedBuzzie’s personal trophy to be presented to the winning team after his death. *****On Nov. 22, 50 years ago,President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas. Many Kennedy title books have been written since his inauguration, over 872 from 2000 to 2010. *****I had predicted the World Series would go to seven games. It only went six. I thought the St. Louis Cardinals would win two out of three home games. When they lost game five, I knew then it could likely just go six games. The Boston Red Sox won it at home in Finway Park for the first time since 1918 when Babe Ruth played for Boston. It was a great series, all close games but game six. *****How long has it been since the Texas Longhorns were in the “Coaches top 25?” Three Texas schools are in the top now, Baylor, #5, Texas A&M, #13 and Texas Tech, #23.**********A few folks celebrating their special day in the following week. On Nov. 6, our friend the outdoorsman Johnny Montagne, Sr. celebrates. ***Also celebrating are Greg Broussard, Jackie Litton, Kay Wingate and Faye Harrington. ***Maria Shriver turns 58 on this date. ***On Nov. 7, former Pearl Harbor survivor Cedric Stout turns 91. Also celebrating is former Police Chief Wilson Robert’s, Kree’s grandfather, and the next day, Nov. 8, Wilson and V.J. will celebrate 25 years of wedded bliss.***Aaron Hommel, Debra Burch, Dixie Brent and Dee Moran will celebrate Nov. 8.***Bonnie Raitt will turn 64 on that date.***Nov. 9 findsL.C. Boudreaux, Susan Veillon, Linda Faulk and Madalyn Carpenter celebrating.***On Nov. 10, longtime friend Judy Hunt is a year older as is Della Buxton, Joann Alford, Pat Kemp, Trey Todora and Lois Davis.***The “Ice Man” Greg Leblanc celebrates on Nov. 11 as does Bree Hanks, one of Pattie’slovely daughters. and Cynthia Dupuis, Jeanelle Cochran and Michael Fisette. ***On Nov. 12, our buddy, and a great guy Sean Cade Gros celebrates. So does Charmaine Faircloth, Scott’s widow, and also Mary’sother half Don Stanton and daughter-in-law, teacher Pat Stanton. Also on Nov. 5, Don was married to prettyMary for all of 47 years. Celebrating also are Jeanne Blacksher, a beautiful lady, Liz Briggs, Shelby Newton, Sharon Sims, and Matthew Etheridge. Happy birthday to all. See complete list. ***Happy anniversary to Shirley and Kirk Roccaforte who celebrate 35 years on Nov. 10. What a trip that guy is on. **********My bet is that the West Orange-Stark Mustangs will win the Dist. 21-3A championship by defeating Silsbee in a see-saw battle at Dan Hooks Stadium Friday night. The eyes of Texas will be watching that outcome. *****We received an email from Pattie Hanks about the Down Life’s Highwaycolumn on Doug Harrington. Pattie, who is with the school system in Las Vegas, was with us in Mr. Cox’s Neighborhood and reminded us of all the pranks that went on. She remembered writing about Viagra before it became public from an announcement Doug got from the pharmaceutical company. Doug put one blue pill in a pill bottle when the first batch came in and labeled it “Year’s Supply” and sent it to Roy. Another thing she remembered was when Doug fixed a nice area near his drive in window, loaded it down with fertilizer and nice shrubs. He never admitted it but I believe it was Wilson Roberts who planted a load of pot seed in the new bed. A few months went by and Doug had a nice crop of Marijuana plants that he wasn’t aware of until someone said, “That’s a nice crop of Hemp you have there.” Doug dug up the whole thing and replaced the bed with rocks. *****


John Dubose, Kember Ess, Margaret Thibodeaux, Robert Rubel, Viola Thibodeaux, Carrie Larson, Derek Grooms, Faye Harrington, Kathy Johnson, Kay Wingate, Johnny Mantagne, Robin Schaffer, Jackie Litton, Greg Broussard, Claris Collins, James Bergeron, Barbara Lopez, Kayla Helm, Bob Johnston, Cheryl Swenson, Chuckie Ganze, Dee Moran, Bryana Hernandez, Debra Burch, Keith Longlois, Aaron Hommel, Dixie Brint, Jim Reid, Madalyn Carpenter, Sue Barnes, Eric Meadows, Linda Faulk, Pauline Chatelain, Keith Royal, Susan Veillon, Cecil Welborn, Charlotte Wooten, Donna Bradley, L.C. Boudreaux, Rana Miller, Troy Crochet, Della Buxton, Jean Levingston, Jeff Bland, Judy Hunt, Joann Alford, Patricia Kemp, Karen Clopp, Trey Todora, George Roberts, Lora Hanks, Lois Davis, Greg LeBlanc, Michael Fisette, Cynthia Dupuis, Michelle Brown, Ryan Pickering, Allison Ball, Bree Hanks, Edee Risher, Gerald DeLeon, Jeanelle Cochran, Jeanne Blacksher, Tina Duncan, Kathy Reeves, Larry Gunter, Liz Briggs, Matthew Ethredge, Norma Rampmaier, Phillip Kimbrow, Sharon Sims, Shelby Newton, Cyndi Longlois, Steve Fishe, Carol Ware, Charmaine Faircloth, Clara Edwards, Crystal Jones, Pat Stanton, Sean Gros, Don Stanton and Danielle Graffagnino.


Joe Babineaux came from his home in Sout Louisiana to visit his aunt in Beaumont. Babineaux went into a Beaumont store and he tell da clerk, “I’d like some boudain please.”

Da clerk look at him and he say, “Are you a Cajun?”

Babineaux him, he is really offended. He answer, “Well yea, I’m a Cajun me, but let me axe you something, if I had axe for Italian sausage, would you axe me if I was Italian, hanh?” “If I axe for German bratwurst, would you axe me if I was German?” “If I axe for a Kosher hot dog, would you axe me if I was Jewish?” “Wat if I axe for a taco, would you say, are you Mexican you?” “Would ya hanh?” “Would ya?”

Da clerk say, “Well no.”

Wit deep self righteous indignation, Babineaux say, “Well damit, all right den, why you axe are you a Cajun jus because I axe for boudain?”

Da clerk answer, “Well sir, it’s because you’re in Home Depot.”


Because of several interruptions in my schedule I got way behind this week and didn’t get to make my regular rounds. Like the U.S. Mail however, I got what I had in on time. Deadline is what makes this job stressful. If stress will kill you I best order a plot because I’ve been meeting deadlines for five decades.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s this week and at Peggy’s Off the Bayouat Hwy. 62 next week. Everyone is always welcome. Come enjoy the fellowship, find out the happenings around the county. *****I received a few suggestions on how to handle the clean up of county restrooms. One suggestion was, if Commissioners didn’t want to hire anyone, since they just meet for two hours each week, they should take turns cleaning the commodes and call it cost savings. Extreme times call for extreme measures. *****Well, I’ve probably done all the damage I can do for one week. Keep those cards and letters coming. If you don’t have a stamp send an email. Be sure to check us out daily on our web,therecordlive.com and please shop our family of advertisers. Take care and God bless.