The Ground Hog saw its shadow Monday. That’s suppose to mean six more weeks of winter. If that is so, it means we have until mid-March before putting away our coats. My guess is here in South East Texas, winter will be history before the end of February, maybe sooner. I’ll just be glad when it quits yo-yoing, mid 30’s one day, 70 degrees the next. I would never trade Orange County weather for that horrible snow and 14-degree weather in the North East or drought conditions in San Francisco.***** I’m hoping for good weather for the Mardi Gras parade in Orange Saturday evening. It should be a great show and a lot of entertainment afterwards so this is a good time to break away from the winter blahs and start working our way to spring.*****The Super Bowl is now behind us. We can’t deny it was a great game with lots of excitement. A record 114.4 million watched on TV. It wasn’t a blow out like some Super Bowls of the past; however, it was a game that will haunt Seattle Seahawks players and coaches for years to come. The New England Patriots came out the winner 28-24. The Seahawks, on the one yard line and three downs to score the winning touchdown, just simply blew it. Instead of trying to run the ball in they attempted a pass. If that pass would have been thrown to the receiver’s shoulder instead of a long reach in front of him, then game over, Seahawks win and everyone would have said what a great call. I believe it was Coach Bum Phillips who said, “Three things can happen when you pass and two are bad.” One of the bad happened. The pass was intercepted, leaving 114.4 million viewers in shock. Then the double guessing started, with a great runner like Marshawn Lynch why not run the ball in. There is no guarantee the Seahawks would have scored however. Five times in prior games Lynch tried to score from near the goal line and he succeeded only once. Like so many of you, if it would have been my call I wouldn’t have passed, but then back earlier I wouldn’t have gone for it on fourth with eight yards to go. I would have kicked a field goal. The Seahawks scored on that play which kept them in the game. The play at the goal line will be debated for years and Coach Pete Carroll will have nightmares for a long time. Disappointing for us is that hometown hero Earl Thomas III didn’t get another championship. It wasn’t the defense’ fault. I always hate to see football come to an end but boy, what an ending. *****I’ve got to move on. Please come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


For nearly four years we have said that nothing would help increase our work force more than a jobs bill. Three years ago, President Obama proposed a highway bill of $278 billion. It was estimated at the time that a million jobs would be created, plus the nation needed to start updating our infrastructure. It was a good idea then, however that’s when the Republican Congress was sitting on their hands and saying no to everything Obama proposed. It was a great opportunity to kick start an economy that had sunk to the greatest recession since the great depression. But at the time, the GOP had one clear goal and that was to defeat Obama with Romney. Mitch McConnell had vowed that Obama would be a one termer. Well, we all know how that turned out. It’s a new day and Obama is in his final two years. He has brought the country back a long way but so much more could and should have been done. The first problem is a very weak leader as speaker of the house, and a radical element in congress that he can’t control. Leading to absolutely no progress. They are hell bent on tearing down rather than building a stronger economic base. Once again, in the new budget, President Obama has proposed a $478 billion public works bill that would up-grade roads, bridges and other things in our transit system. Over 30,000 bridges alone are in bad need of repair or replacement. We are 20 years behind the curve in infrastructure repairs, even though we are the world’s wealthiest country.  Our transit system is crumbling and has been for several years. We now have the opportunity to again have a world class system but just as important would be the additions of well over a million jobs, plus all the work created by those supplying material and other satellite companies. We’re talking millions of jobs. I’m afraid Congress has no interest in improvements that might boost Obama’s popularity and result in benefiting the Democratic Party in the next election. It’s a shame that this great United States system of government has that fallacy. The Congress will now go into election mode and will accomplish very little or nothing and blame the President for not working with them.They will make a big deal over the Keystone Pipeline that will supply as few as 35 permanent jobs, while throwing away the opportunity to rebuild our country and putting millions of Americans to work on good paying jobs. I’m afraid that is wishful thinking on my part. Some day I’ll say, “What could have been.” Just like I say now if the highway bill would have passed three years ago.


We have in our possession some highlight videos of players who played for Coach Les Johnson at Bridge City in the late 1990’s. The videos can be claimed at our office in Orange, 320 Henrietta, across the street from Granger Chevrolet, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Monday only. Players featured in the videos are: Chad Hanks #56; Toby Latiolais #99; Tony Lute #52; Terry Magee #10; Nick Watson #62; Brad Miller #12; Colby Doucet #28; Kerry Strong #77; John Hoffpauir #24; Rhett Sanders #78; Bryan Bock #22; Nick Watson #67; Chris Collins #46; Jeremy Buckley #11; Dustin Denham #77; Jarred Williams #51; Dathan Juneau #50; Brian Finley #82; Eric Bramlett #70 and Raun Bryant #17. These highlight videos have been made available from the extensive library collection of Coach Johnson and we appreciate him allowing us to get them to his former players. 


12 Years Ago-2003

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the world watched in horror as the Columbia space shuttle literally disintegrated in the skies over the East Texas area. The bodies of seven astronauts on board were found on the ground, the majority between San Augustine and Jasper. Pieces of the shuttle were scattered for miles, as far as Louisiana. Orange County fire departments and most law enforcement agencies assisted in the recovery. Astronauts Rick Husband, William McCool, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Ilan Ramon, and two women Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark all lost their lives on that fateful day.*****Orangefield High School sophomore, 16-year-old Angela Ledford, represented Orange County in the Miss Texas Teen USA pageant. Texas Monthly magazine featured three pictures of her with the story of the pageant. *****Orange’s first annual Mardi Gras parade will be held Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. *****On Feb. 2, Miss Thelma Thurmond celebrated her 90th birthday. ***** On Feb. 3, Arthur Anderson celebrates his 90th and he and Ms. Anabel celebrate 65 years of marriage.*****On Feb. 5, Sue “MeMaw” Gunn will turn 90.*****President Ronald Reagan turns 92 on Feb. 6  but he’s not aware of it because of Alzheimer’s Disease. (Editor’s note: All of the good folks mentioned above are not longer with us but not forgotten.)*****Matt Bryant, of Bridge City and now New York Giants football star, delivers his testimony at Echo First Baptist Church, where his friend Rev. Jeff Anderson is the pastor.*****Darlene Zavada is the new director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. She replaced Charlene Sonnier. *****Laura Bergman, of Bridge City, made the President’s List at Texas Tech. She has a 4.0 grade point average.*****Bridge City Cardinal Matt Peebles signs to play football at new Mexico.***WOS quarterback Joey Byerly is expected to sign with North Texas.***West Orange-Stark defensive leader, Vontearr Edwards signed with McNeese.*****GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Gloria Stegall, 77, of Bridge City, died Jan. 25.***J.D. Dubose, 88, died Jan. 28.***Dolores Copeland, 69, of Orange, died Jan. 29.***Mary Earlene Sharp, 63, of Bridge City, died Feb. 2.***Hattie Bradshaw, 94, of Bridge City, died Feb. 1.

37 Years Ago-1978

Last weekend, Jan. 30, Rosalie Clark and her twin sister celebrated their birthdays. Drew Miller celebrated on Jan. 31. Don Kachtik celebrated on Feb. 3. *****Ronnie Theriot is now associated with Stephen’s Buick. *****A coffee honoring John Hill, candidate for governor, was hosted by Helen and Doug Harrington. A large crowd came to hear the attorney general. *****Bridge City school royalty is planned for Saturday night. Senior nominees for the honors are Cynthia Soileau, Denise Gauthier, Terri Medley, Jannine Stout, Bryan Huckabay, Windell Broussard, Dean Menard and Don Tibbits. Juniors are Melanie Ladoux, Tish Bratton, Milton Briggs and Tim Schexnider. Sophomore candidates are Tammy Poindexter, Holly Hollingsworth, Billy Bryant and Scott Willis. Freshmen are Tammy Emerson, Leslie Garrison, Richie Briggs and Brent Huckabay. *****James T. Cahanin is back as one of the leading jockeys at Delta Downs.*****Les Samms and Wayland Payne are the top salesman at Bill Payne Chevrolet, the “No Gimicks” dealer, located on Highway 90 in Vinton.*****Former Orange County Service Officer James L. Hennigan, 49, files for JP post in Precinct 4 in Newton County. He lives at Indian Lake.

42 Years Ago-1973

Orange County Employees Credit Union elects officers: Don Kachtik, elected president; A.J. McKenzie, vice president; members are Ethel Burton, Katherine Hutto and Sharon Bearden.*****When Harry Stephens, who had been out of town with his family, returned home and turned on his TV, he discovered a tornado had just hit in the 500 block of Front Avenue. Harry left his house like a shot and at lightning speed, drove to his store only to find out the announcement was a mock demonstration by the state guard. Harry is taking quite a kidding. *****The Orange Lions Club, which was chartered May 12, 1937, still has two charter members, Don Cable Jr. and A.E. Jack Fuller. The club chartered with 24 members. 


My thoughts this past weekend were about Vivian and the late Fain Holbrook. On Jan. 31, 1972, 43 years ago, they lost their 15-year-old son Clay. I remember that day. Over the years my thoughts always turn to Ms. Vivian, a wonderful lady. A mom’s love is everlasting. ****We received a nice, heartfelt card of thanks from the family of our departed friend Inez Hearn. Nez was special. She brought sunshine to everyone who knew her. She also left a family of great folks I’m proud to call friends. *****I received my latest issue of Las Sabinas published by Orange County Historical Society. It records the history of Orange County. It also publishes the names of those who left us in the past year. I especially enjoyed the story of Leo and Lula Mae Schexnider of Bridge City. The family history was written by their daughter Charlotte Chesson. Leo passed away 20 years ago but Ms. Lula Mae, at age 84, mother of 11, 31 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, is still the monarch of this large family. ***Also in Las Sabinas read the history of the Elms, 304 W. Park, built by Albert Neyland, Sr., compiled by Thomas and Peggy McKenna, present owners.*****Last week in this column we mistakenly printed the year 1979 in an Out of the Past segment. The year should have read 1974. Woodrow Bishop informed us that one of the First Baptist Church singers listed, James Decker, had died in a train/auto accident in 1975. That is what alerted us to the wrong year. Sorry for the confusion. *****Our old friend Howard Johnson called this week. He was Parker “P.T.” Thompson’s dad. Mr. Johnson, a longtime friend of David Peck, was interested in finding out how he is doing. Last we heard, Judge Peck was improving daily and was sitting up playing cards last week. We understand however, he still has a long way to go. If you would like to write him his address is as follows. Tirr Memorial Herman, 1333 Moursund St., 2nd Floor Room 209, Houston, TX 77030. He’ll enjoy hearing from you. Tell him Breaux and Creaux says hello.*****We were sorry to learn about the death of John Haure, 74, who passed away Jan. 31, in Colmesneil. He was a retired mechanic for the Bridge City School District. He also served for 10 years as a deputy constable of Pct. 3. His wife Cetha is also retired from BCISD. Services were held Tuesday. *****A few folks we know celebrating their special day in the coming week. On Feb. 4, Celebrating is former national champion pole-vaulted Eric Eshbach, also John LeBlanc, Mel Moreau, Sylvia Holloway and Lydia Wilson. They join singers Clint Black, 52, Alice Cooper, 66, and boxer Oscar De La Hoya, 41. *****Feb. 5, finds David Cooper and Madi Johansson celebrating. They join baseball player Hank Aaron, 80, football star Roger Staubach, 72, singer Sara Evans, 42 and actress Barbara Hershey, 66.*****On Feb. 6, Neighbor Cox and Ms. Ginny’s lovely daughter, Karen Duplichin, celebrates. She and Keith are waiting for a new grand baby in March. Also celebrating are Grant Jones, Cindy Lessard and Lindsey Day. They join Zsa Zsa Garbor, 97, Tom Brokaw, 74, singer Natalie Cole, 64 and actor Mike Farrell,75.*****On Feb. 7, celebrating is Jeanna Campbell, Luke Lyons, Darlene Brown and Charles Smith. They join Garth Brooks, 52, Chris Rock, 49, actors James Spader, 54 and Ashton Kutcher, 36.*****On Feb. 8, Todd Landry gets older as does Kaitlyn Ezell, Lois Powell, Barbara Fix and Dolores McQueen. They join actor Nick Nolte, 73, author John Grisham, 59, and actress Mary Steenburgen, 61.*****On Feb. 9, our old buddies Jivin’ Gene and Karen Fusilier share birthdays. Home boy Doyce Sherman celebrates as does Leonard Bock and Sandy Sanford. They join singer Travis Tritt, 51, singer Carol King, 72 and actor Joe Pesci, 71.*****On Feb. 10, our good friend, a great, hardworking lady, the top hand at “Peggy’s on the Bayou,” Peggy Albair celebrates. Also the twins Trevor and Tyler Gunn celebrate. We have been recording their birthdays for at lease 20 years. They join TV host George Stephanopoulas, 53, actor Robert Wagner, 84, Glenn Beck, 50 and Mark Spitz, 64.*****I thought the Katy Perry halftime show was quite a production, really amazing. I don’t know about her singing. I didn’t understand a word she sang. The commercials were pretty good. Of course Budweiser’s lost puppy and the Clydesdale spot won the contest. Two of my favorites were Fiats blue pill, I felt for that old guy, his one shot gone down the tube. I also liked the Dodge ad, “What you learn in 100 years.” Quarterback Tom Brady ties Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana with four Super Bowl wins. Brady, third time MVP, is the best quarterback of all time. He’s not my favorite but the figures don’t lie. Today he’s the best that ever played the game. One issue still remains for Patriot Coach Bill Belichick, Brady and the NFL and that is the deflategate investigation. I don’t put much stock in the results; someone may come up and take the fall. It’s a lot to do over little anyway.*****New car sales in January were up 14 percent over Jan. a year ago as the economy continues to improve.*****By the way, do you recall when I predicted that Coach Wade Phillips would end up being defensive coordinator at Denver. In case you haven’t heard, Wade now has been hired by Denver. Some of my friends disagreed since it was the same owners that let him and Dan Reeves go. They forgot Elway wasn’t running the show then. *****The first annual High School Gumbo Bowl was held Saturday. LCM’s Project Safe Grad won first place, Vidor and Bridge City tied for second with Vidor winning the tie breaker.


Lisa Ludwig, Don Mosier, Lydia Wilson, Brad Freeman, Eric Eshbach, John LeBlanc, Lindsey Hollingsworth, Mary Bull, Mel Moreau, Rheese Rhodes, Syliva Holloway, Jack Jones, Madi Johansson, Madison Johansson, David Cooper, Grant Jones, Haley Arnold, Harold M. Collins, Lindsey Day, David Gryder, Peggy Jones, Cindy Lessard, Darlene Brown, Charles Smith, Jamie Beaulieu, Jeanna Campbell, Luke Lyons, Jeremy Sleeman, Kaitlyn Ezell, Lois Powell, Dolores McQueen, Addison Geldard, Kezavien Roberts, Todd Landry, Barbara Fix, Doyce Sherman, Lisa Woods, Jivin’ Gene, Karen Fusiler, Leonard Bock, Sandy Sanford, Cynthia Fisher, Peggy Albair, Shane Brister, Trevor Gunn and Tyler Gunn.


Carl Bigneaux walked into Tee-Boy’s Bar and Grill at 9:58 p.m. and sits at da bar next to Norris Comeaux. Norris is not the brightest guy in the joint. Da 10 p.m. news came on da TV and da news crew was covering a story of a man on the ledge of a large building preparing to jump him.

Bigneaux turn to Comeaux and he say, “You know, I bet he’ll jump him.

Comeaux answer, “Well, I bet he won’t.”

Bigneaux put a $20 bill on da bar and he say, “You on.”

Jus as Comeaux was put his money on da bar, da guy on da TV did a swan dive off of da building, falling to his death.

Comeaux him got very upset and handed da $20 to Bigneaux and said, “All is fair, here is you money.”

Bigneaux say, “I can’s take you money me, I saw dis earlier on da 6 o’clock news and knew dat he would jump.”

Comeaux say, “Me too, but I don’t tink da fool would do it again him.


Our friend Judge Joe Parkhurst is giving up the managers job at Pinehurst. Already several applications have come in for the job. Joe took that job mostly for the challenge. He didn’t run for re-election as J.P. of Pct. 1. He could have stayed on as judge as long as he wanted to but there were some aspects of the job he wasn’t fond of. Mostly he didn’t find the J.P. job challenging enough. Too much down time for a guy who has always run wide open, going back to his baseball days. He was a Pete Rose kind of a guy. Joe plans to do things he never had the time to do. He’s a first class guy. He has earned and deserves the best life has to offer. Time moves on and Joe says the time is right for him to move on. We wish him the very best. *****Now it’s time for me to move on. The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s this week and Novrozsky’s next week. The Bunch would like to have you visit. Everyone is welcome. My time is up, thanks for your. Take care and God bless.