For Catholics, Feb. 18,  is Ash Wednesday. Several other denominations observe the Lenten season that last 40 days and ends with the celebration of Easter. Beside the Chinese New Year, which is Thursday, Feb. 19, there is not much going on here. In some places it’s a big celebration. What Southeast Texans are waiting on is the arrival of spring. Mid-morning Tuesday, while speaking on the phone with Wesley Dishon, he said very light snow flakes were falling at his place in Bridge City. The snow was barely detectable. There was no mistake about the snow that has fallen in the Northeast. Some spots over 7 feet in the last month. The states, counties and city governments must have been well prepared or as well as you can be when such a disastrous storm hits. I’m surprised there hasn’t been more deaths reported, which is a credit to the public officials. Our next worry is that in just four months we will be facing hurricane season. I’m not ready to give my prediction yet. I’ll comment on that one another day but it isn’t good.*****I have to get going. I’d appreciate it if you climb on board and come along. I promise it won’t do you no harm.


The Democratic Party has selected the “City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia, as the site of its 2016 convention. Philadelphia’s deep-rooted place in American history is a perfect setting for what could be the nomination of the country’s first woman president. William Penn founded the city in 1682. During the American Revolution the city played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the founding fathers of the United States who signed the Declaration of Independence, in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation’s capitals during the Revolutionary war and the city served as the United States capital while Washington, D.C. was under construction. In 1681, as partial repayment of a debt, Charles II, of England, granted William Penn a charter for what would become the Pennsylvania Colony. As a Quaker, Penn had experienced religious persecution and wanted his colony to be a place where anyone could worship freely. Fast forward 335 years, where in 2016, a woman, Hillary Clinton, is expected to be the first female nominee of a major political party. If she is successful and becomes the first woman president of the United States, this historical event would have started with her nomination in Philadelphia, the cradle of our democracy. The city that hosted the first and second Continental Congress, which signed the Declaration of Independence, could again serve another first, the city that hosted the nomination of our first woman president. If that day comes, I pray that I will still be here to share in the historical event. It now seems a likely possibility that Philadelphia, in 2016, could give our country another overdue historical happening. The convention will be held the week of July 25, a week after the Republican convention. Both conventions will be held considerably earlier than in previous cycles, usually held in August and September.


16 Years Ago-1999

On March 1, Ruby Wimberly exits Orange Savings Bank after 39 years. When Wimberly began her career on Feb. 1, 1960, Orange Savings and Loan was located behind the news stand on Front Street, across from the Strand theater. She worked every position in the bank before becoming president in 1984. She was the first female bank president in Orange County. The mother of three sons recalled having a very difficult time balancing career and motherhood. Her last child was born after she started working at the bank and there was no maternity leave at the time. She didn’t have to work, her husband Jerry had a good job with the fire Department but she enjoyed working and it supplemented their income. Ruby graduated from St. Mary High School in 1954. She said if she ever wrote a book it would be about the thrift industry crisis of the 1980’s because she lived it. (Editor’s note: Today Ms. Ruby is home recovering from a broken hip. We wish her the best).*****Les Johnson resigns as head coach and AD at Bridge City, 48 hours after the Bridge City board agreed, in an executive meeting, to extend Johnson’s contract. He promptly resigned. Johnson, the fifth active, winningest high school coach in Texas, has been coaching 39 years. Three times more B.C. students participate in sports now than when Johnson arrived. Prior to Johnson’s arrival, attendance and support of the local football program in the community had all but dried up. Johnson brought back excitement to football, filling the stands and developing some outstanding young football players. He helped many to obtain scholarships, 27 in his four year tenure. Johnson unfortunately was a victim of local politics. He and Wanda, as well as his assistants will be missed. They brought football back as a contender in Bridge City.*****Trey Latiolais, of Bridge City, is named to the prestigious Texas High School Coaches Association first team. He was nominated by Coach Les Johnson, who said, “There wasn’t a finer young man. He is well deserving of this award.”*****Audrey and Walter Gaston, founders of The Penny Record, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 20. (Editor’s note: Both have passed away since 1999.)*****Kortnie Lynn Frazier celebrates her second birthday Feb. 14. (Editor’s note: Today that baby is 18 years old.)

36 Years Ago-1979

Several Orange County residents journey to Houston to help with the Bob Hope Texas Telethon Saturday and Sunday at Channel 2 studios, shown in Fort Worth, Dallas, Amarillo, Midland, Odessa, Austin, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Port Arthur. Some of the stars appearing are Andy Williams, Mac Davis, Kenny Rogers, Jimmy Dean, Johnny Desmond, George “Goober” Lindsey, Bobby Ames, Vic Damone, Bobby Vinton, Gordon MacRae, Fred Travalena, Kathy Crosby, Lynn Anderson and Doug Kershaw. The show hoped to raise $2 million for Hughen School. Bill Hughes, general manager, and Norstok Steel owner Joe C. Norman, presented Dennis James a photo of the new proposed Bob Hope High School for Hope to have. Norstok is the general contractor. W.T. Oliver promoted Hope and friends for the telethon. Local folks helping with the event in Houston were the June and Earl Bishop, Jane and Weldon Leger, Pat and Charlie Johnson, Phyllis and Roy Dunn and Martha and Bill Hughes.*****Beatrice “Bea” Barrett passed away after battling cancer for five months at M.D. Anderson. She was a rare lady. Survivors are Billy, Lester, Thomas, Vera and Kenny.*****W.T. Oliver, while riding in a limo with Andy Williams, was mistaken for Charlie Rich. He responded, “I’m Charlie Richard from Breaux Bridge.*****Trubie Shelton has a birthday coming up next month, March 6, and a party is being planned. Judge Shelton’s special day is March 13, so their family and friends combine the parties.*****Dwight Thacker has been named head of the March of Dimes. Thacker has been employed by the Bridge City school district for 11 years.*****Let it be known throughout the county that Ruth “Bear” Corder caught the biggest bass–four pounds–on the weekly Corder expedition to Toledo Bend. Son, 11-year-old Bart Allen, learned  what it’s like to fish all day, get sun burnt and not catch anything. All four of the Corder boys know how to use a Garcia ambassador reel.*****A.J. Judice, the “Crazy Frenchman,” is trying to change his image. He has let his hair grow long and has a face full of grey beard. He’s billing himself as the “Silver Fox.”

41Years Ago-1974

Orange native Coach Bum Phillips will leave Oklahoma State to join the Houston Oilers. Sid Gillian is general manager and head coach of the Oilers.*****Jim Ehlert, formerly Quick Car Wash operator, is now a new car salesman at Harmon Chevrolet.*****The Mike Pasternaks and R.J. and Marty Conway have returned from a week’s stay in Acapulco.*****Charlie Dupre is new sales manager at Butler-Baker Pontiac.*****Maac Hughes has opened a new sign company on Texas Avenue in Bridge City.*****Carl Thibodeaux, of West Orange Pharmacy, is collecting old prescription bottles.*****Roy writes an article on streaking. Prior to its publication most folks thought streaking is what young ladies did to their hair.*****Dick Manuel is up and about after being injured in a auto accident. He’s still a long way from being recovered.*****Tommy Segura, Miss Ann and Jimmy’s boy, receives honors from the Air Force.*****Doug Patterson will be leaving training camp in Florida next week.*****Moe Litton will sponsor BC high School’s Bass Club.*****Gary Savoy has another birthday coming up next week.*****C.A. Buxton will be 48 in a few days.*****Buddy Moore, formerly of West Orange, has purchased The Kountze News.*****BCYRA elects officers. They are Art Miller, president; Jack King, VP; Laura Richard, secretary, and Fred Kressman, treasurer.*****LC-M track stars are Ricky Smith, Tom Day, Clint Plant, Cennis Neie, Steve Romels. The coach is Larry Warner.

56 Years Ago-1959

March 2 will be the 123rd anniversary of the founding of the Village of Madison, which later became the City of Orange. Also that is Texas’ Independence Day.*****State Rep. Louis Dugas introduced two school bills in legislative session this week.*****Lou Costello dies of a heart attack. He and Bud Abbott had a split in 1957.*****County Judge Sid Caillavet is in Austin protesting truck load limits from 58,000 to 72,000. His comments was , “The only time we will catch an overweight truck now is when they go through a bridge floor and we find them there the next morning, still stuck.”*****Orangefield’s girls basketball team, coached by Adolph Hryhorchuk, considered one of the state’s best coaches, is headed to the state championship. Team members are Adell Cox, Wilma “Rusty” Montagne, Ruth Winfree, Joy Heathman, Robbie Self and Ginger Trahan. The Bobcats play the number one team in the state.


Last week, a jury in Federal court awarded the family of Robert Montano, who died in the Orange County jail $2.4 million. Without going into the details, I believe that award will never withstand. At some point I believe it will be modified or reversed. If this award stands, look for the courts to be flooded with lawsuits. Regularly jail house prisoners scream about mistreatment that isn‘t happening. That‘s my take.*****We were sorry to hear that Warren Landry, Sr., has been battling health problems. Not feeling well is tough on a man like Warren who all of his life has been a go-getter. He never let grass grow under his feet and has been successful in his endeavors. I understand his health problems all started when he came down with a case of shingles about a year ago. We wish this good man good health.*****March 3 is Golden Triangle Day in Austin and a load of Orange Countians plan to attend. It‘s a lot of fun and you get to rub shoulders with the lawmakers. While you have their ear, let them know what you think about the open carry gun law that they will vote on. Don‘t be afraid to speak up, they want to hear from you.*****Conn’s has already left town, doors shut tight. My best guess unfortunately is that Baptist Hospital will also shut down soon with the exception of the emergency room and a few other services like x-ray, etc. That is just too large a building not to believe that another operator would locate there. I still believe if Texas participated in the Medicaid Expansion, where the state would get $88 million over the next 10 years from the Federal government, small hospitals like Baptist would be saved and the county would save over $1 million a year on indigent care.*****Judge Derry Dunn, J.P. in Pct. 3, has been doing double duty, taking care of his precinct and pinch-hitting for Judge Peck, JP in Pct. 1, while he is recovering in a Houston hospital. Judge Dunn got some discouraging news last week. A flare up had occurred on one of his legs that had the bacteria infection. Starting next week, he will have to travel to Houston twice a week for treatments. New J.P; Joy Simonton will be pressed into action to help with the Pct. 1 case load, arraignments, etc, along with Judge Rodney Price and Dunn. We pray that Judge Dunn’s new complications are soon resolved. Has he thought about suing BP Oil Co. for bacteria?*****I suspect by next Monday the WOCCISD school board will name a new superintendent. I believe it will be Travis Witherspoon but I’ve been wrong before. Also, it won’t be long before they name the football field and track for Coach Leroy Breedlove. The stadium will remain Dan R. Hooks Stadium. I knew Breedlove, he was quite a guy.*****A few folks we know celebrating their special day in the next few days. On Feb. 18, our buddy Norman Barry, who used to be the youngest in the crowd, is catching up with us old folks. He turns 75. Also celebrating on this day Justin Broussard, Charlotte North and Jeremy Crocker. They join John Travolta, 60, Yoko Ono, 81, Vanna White, 57, Cybill Shepherd, 64 and George Kennedy, 89.*****Feb. 19 finds Christy Faulk, Jason Clark, Martha Pittman and Ruby Sanders celebrating. They are joined by singers Smokey Robinson, 74, Seal, 51, and actor Jeff Daniels, 59. This also is the day Clay Dunn died at age 65 in 1959.*****On Feb. 20, Sydney Peet, Nathan Dickman, Ty Broussard and Ron Teaff all celebrate. They are joined by Charles Barkley, 51, actor Sidney Poitier, actress Sandy Duncan, 68 and Ivana Trump, 65. This was also the birthday of the late Chief Jerry Wimberly.*****Feb. 21 finds our buddies Misty Songe and Ray Cravins, as well as Chris Menard, Erin Boren and Amanda Newman all celebrating. They join actors Jennifer Love Hewitt, 35, William Baldwin, 51 and Kelsey Grammer, 59.*****On Feb. 22, County Judge Britt Carlton has a birthday, also Bridge City beauty Leslie Fussell Fabriguze, Leslie Braus, George Stevens and Chad Boatman. They join Drew Barrymore, 39 and basketball player Julius “Dr. J.” Erving, 64.*****Feb. 23, John Hughes is a year older, as is Misti Bishop, Crystal Jones and Juanita Sullivan. This also is the day that teacher Annie Lee Knight died in 1996. Celebrity birthdays on this day, Peter Fonda, 74, actress Dakota Fanning, 20 and author Francesca Simon, 59.*****On Feb. 24 our friend, Doug’s widow, Regina Harrington celebrates. Also student Taylor Brownlie, Dalton Bonds and Scarlett Fontenot. They join singer, Kaplan, LA. native, Sammy Kershaw, 56, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., 37, actors Billy Zane, 48, and Abe Vigoda, 93. Happy birthday to all.****Thousands of undocumented immigrants were scheduled to start applying for President Obama’s program to allow them to stay and work legally in the United States. Congressional Republicans however, will try to derail the program through legislation. The battle could lead to a partial government shutdown. They are trying to halt the plan through a funding bill for Homeland Security, which runs out of money Feb. 27. Meanwhile, a Texas federal judge has temporally delayed the immigration sign up. The executive branch will appeal the ruling to the New Orleans 5th Circuit Court.*****Bruce and Donna Self and the gang at Burger Town, on 1442 at 105, is featuring a great Lenten special, a regular $5.49 Fish or Crab Burger for only $2.99 every Friday, also if you get this paper in time, the special is good Ash Wednesday. They feature a menu of good food.*****Next week, The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at PK.’s Restaurant, on Strickland in Pinehurst. It will be the first time for the Bunch to visit PK’s so make a mental note. This week they dine at Robert’s. Everyone welcome, enjoy great fellowship.


Bernice Say, Justin Broussard, Jeremy Crocker, Betty Drachenberg, Betty Smith

Leah Gunstream, Charlotte North, Ruby Sanders, Christy Faulk, Darrin Havens

Jason Clark, Martha Pittman, Ty Broussard, Nathan Dickman, Ron Teaff, Sydney Peet, Allison Floyd, Erin Boren, Beverly Satir, Jim Izer, Amanda Newman, B.E. “Bob” Hankins, George W. Stevens, Chad Boatman, Harry Risher, Jasmine Lindner, John Curphy, Leslie Braus, Wesley Arnold, Brint Carlton, John Hughes, Jody Andes, Betty Davis, Crystal Jones, Misti Bishop, Juanita Sullivan, Kelle Betz, Matthew Bland, Rachel Doucet, Joe Hebert, Dalton Bonds, Brently Sholmire, Regina Harrington, Scarlett Fontenot, Taylor Brownlie and Bill Bennett. 


Irene Robicheaux was feeling bad ‘bout herself and felt like she couldn’t put it off no more, she had to do someting bout her body dat had gotten plum out of shape. She got Dr. Marceax to give her permission to join a fitness club and start exercising her. The doctor check her out and said it would be okay, so she join the aerobics for seniors.

Wen she got home her, Clovis, her husband, axe how it went. Irene said, “Honey, me I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down and boy, I perspired for an hour me. You know what Clovis, by da time I got dem darn leotards on me, da class it was over.”


So far the 2015 Texas Legislative session has produced very little. The past month has been mostly about guns. The senate state affairs committee approved bills allowing concealed guns on college campuses and virtually everywhere else. The way is clear for discussion in the full senate when they begin passing bills next month. The bill activists support the most, proposing open carry of guns without permits has yet to get a committee hearing. Gun activist Kory Watkins promised fierce primary challenges to any Republican who opposed it. Last week, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said “We are now one step closer to passing these historical bills out of the senate.” Watkins, the controversial leader of open carry, told lawmakers that his group would seek to oust them if they voted to require Texans to pass a background check in order to secure a license to open carry a handgun. “I will walk around until my feet bleed to make sure you’re never an elected official again,”Watkins said. Most of the higher education leaders and college students testified that they had concerns about the open carry citing the unique campus environment that already encourages heightened emotions and fears. Harris County sheriff Adrian Garcia argued against the bills. Most law enforcement agencies say it’s an unfunded mandate on local law enforcement. In January, a confrontation between Democratic State Rep. Poncho Nevarez and gun activists led to house rules making it easier to install panic buttons in representatives’ offices and a security detail to protect Nevarez. I fear that is just the beginning. My guess is that the legislatures will now back the radical position of the gun activist and pass open carry. Others have already expressed concerns for their lives if they fight the bill.Today Texas has the most gun friendly legislature in the state’s history. I see dark clouds ahead, mostly for law enforcement. They no longer will have to ask if a suspect in a crime is “packin,” they will know he is because that’s his right according to Texas law.*****Well, I’ve come to the end of the trail. Thanks for tagging along. Please read us cover to cover and shop our family of advertisers. Check us out on the web, therecordlive.com for 24-7 for updates. Take care and God bless.