I sit here this morning like I’ve done for many years but the scenery has drastically changed. The landmark, unusually built, St. Paul United Methodist Church is no more. In one day the most prominent structure in Bridge City was leveled, leaving only its great history to remember. I sit here at the spool table, under the Hackberry tree and look at some of the ruins that remain on the ground with sadness. Hurricane Rita left the church in bad condition. It would have taken so much to restore it that the membership chose to move on. The location will become a Walgreen’s store and a nice new St. Paul’s will be built west of town. It probably was the membership’s best move but we will long remember the church that stood out as a community symbol. Like I have the last few years, I’ll miss the great sound of the church bells. Bridge City is changing and many more changes are coming. One thing that is assured now is that our only historical marker, the swing bridge over Cow Bayou, that spawned the school district and the city, will remain as a national historical structure. *****On the national scene, everyone knows by now that Barack Obama, who was put in the presidential race by the South Chicago Dailey political machine and Oprah Winfrey, won big in South Carolina. Don’t be misled by the ‘TALKING HEADS.’ Only Pat Buchanan, in my opinion, has it right. South Carolina is 55 percent black. Obama got 81 percent of the black vote. John Edwards, who is a native son and carried the state four years ago, got only one percent of the black vote. The Clintons are being accused of playing the race card but it’s the overwhelming black vote that’s proving it, fanned by the media. Blacks are voting color, it trumps everything else. They claim Obama carried the female vote which is true, 55 percent of South Carolina blacks are women. The white vote he got were 24 percent under age 29, 20 percent under 24 years old, male or college kids voting against the establishment. Our country is in a mess at home and abroad. We certainly need a qualified person to run it from day one. The endorsements Obama is getting, John Kerry, etc., are all people jockeying for a spot in the administration because they can’t get in the Clinton administration. Even John Edwards might throw his support to Obama if he can make a deal to be attorney general and that’s scary. For the most part, endorsements against Hillary, Ted Kennedy, etc., are a gender thing. I’ve said it before; a black male has a better chance to get the nomination than a female. If Hillary can get the nomination she can win in November because women will step up. In my opinion, Obama can’t win. Right now everyone is piling on like dominoes falling and using the excuse that it’s Bill Clinton causing her problem. That’s hog-wash. Look at the vote, 30 percent of white males are not voting for a woman. Here’s something else to remember, the Florida Democratic vote Tuesday will end up in the Supreme Court because everyone is on the ballot and the people’s vote should count. Not the same in Michigan because only Hillary was on the ballot. Super Tuesday can’t come quick enough for Sen. Clinton. If she doesn’t win, it could be 100 years before a woman can become president. I never dreamed in my lifetime that I would ever see a black man and a white woman vying for the most powerful job on earth. That’s the way I see it. *****Come along, it won’t do you no harm.

Notes made by Tammy Davis.
A capacity crowd turned out and dined on great food from area restaurants in the annual ‘Taste of Bridge City.’ With no keynote speaker, the Chamber managed with Roy, the ‘Citizen of the Year,’ to speak for 25 minutes. He gave a history of Bridge City and the role the Dunn family played in it, facts the crowd wasn’t aware of. The Dunns, Roy and Phyl, moved to Bridge City in 1956. His father opened his first business here in 1928. Judge Carl Thibodeaux introduced him and went lighter on Roy than expected. He concluded that what set Roy apart is his loyalty. Roy introduced his friend Joe Burke who, in just a few months, will be 90-years-old. Mike Hatton and wife Nancy came from Beaumont. Mike’s roots run deepest in the Bridge City area. His folks were pioneers and Mike is named after his grandfather Roy M. Hatton. Longtime friends Jane and Ray Goins and Ethel Foux also traveled from the Beaumont area. Kirk and Shirley Roccaforte, owners of Bridge City Radiator, were named ‘Business of the Year.’ Beverly Perry introduced Marialeice Saucier, who was named ‘Ambassador of the Year’ by Chamber Ambassadors. Anneita Peidiscalzi, from ReMax, is the new Chamber president. Judge Buddie Hahn expressed what many others felt, “Roy, I’m here tonight because of you.” Roy was very touched by the many friends who came to share the evening.

Mary Ann Clark, daughter of Assistant County Attorney Pat Clark and wife Rosalie, celebrated her seventh birthday, Tuesday, Jan. 24. Mary Ann’s cousin, Francella Reynee Scofield celebrated her first birthday Jan. 25. ***** Mel ‘Carrot’ Kemp celebrated her 19th last week. *****The championship golf-off between J.W. ‘Kid’ Henry and Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Claude Wimberley is slated to take place as soon as the weather improves. Each one has a win apiece; the next game will determine the best golfer. *****Violet Dolly and Darrell Charier to say “I do, till death do us part,” on Feb. 5. *****Dennis Hall crafts a Harold Beeson family ‘Coat of Arms’ from a one-inch thick Cypress and frames it in a gold-leaf frame. It brought tears to tough old Harold’s eyes. (Editor’s note: I wonder what became of it since Harold moved on to give the angels a hard time.)*****Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Hatton were honored at First Baptist Church on their 65th wedding anniversary. (Editor’s note: The Hatton’s are natives. Hatton School, in Bridge City, was named after Mr. Hatton. They have one grandson also named for Mr. Hatton, Roy Michael ‘Mike’ Hatton. *****Marjory Skaggs was installed as Worth Advisor of Bridge City Rainbow Girls. *****Mark Dunn covers the Jackson Browne concert at the Houston Summit for his family-owned OVN newspaper. *****The Rainbow Bridge was covered with frozen rain. The highway department spread gravel on road of the bridge. *****Twin sisters Rosalie Clark and Mary Ann Scofield celebrate their birthday Monday, Jan. 30. *****Don Kachtik, Extension Agent, celebrates another birthday Feb. 3. *****Drew Miller, with county maintenance, celebrates his birthday on Jan. 31. *****Judge Sid Caillavet and Ms. Denise celebrated their 61st. anniversary on Jan. 21. He’s a native of Mississippi and she is from the Bland family, Orange County pioneers. Her grandmother was a Harmon whose family was the first white folks to set up housekeeping in Orange County in 1824. *****W.T. Oliver’s daughter Sue celebrated a birthday over the weekend. W.T. prepared a nine-course meal at his and wife Ann’s home. It took four hours to complete.

Sure I can remember what was going on in 1958.
State Rep. Louis Dugas was seeking his third term. He was elected in 1954. *****Marlin Thompson is serving as Orange City Manager. *****Crip Trahan is Chief of West Orange Volunteer Fire Department. *****Four rookie Orange firemen live at the West End Station, they are Julian Brumley, Robert Gravette, Robert Cole and Louie Roberts. *****Commissioners Court passes a resolution to call the Neches River Bridge the ‘Port Arthur Rainbow Bridge.’(Editor’s note: I wonder why Orange County Commissioners Court went for that.)*****The Jack Tar Hotel celebrates its first anniversary. *****Donald Gunn named deputy constable to serve under Bonner Calhoun. (Editor’s note: Two great guys.)*****Patsy Ann Lyons and Harold Fisette became man and wife. (Editor’s note: Patsy, an angel on earth, is now an angel in heaven.)*****Dow Gene Anderson wins in 147-pound class in Golden Gloves Tournament. (Editor’s note: Even today, I still wouldn’t want the knockout artist to hit me.)*****Candidates for County Judge are Joe Runnels, Jr., Sid Caillavet and Charlie Grooms. *****Wilson ‘King’ Dunn is Post Master at Mauriceville. (Time flies, I remember it like it was only 20 years ago.)

A drug war is in full bloom on the Mexican Border, from the Rio Grande Valley to San Diego. A call from Amber Dunn, doing duty at the Thomason Hospital in El Paso, explained that Mexican Police Comdr. Fernando Lozano Sandoval is in Thomason, a level one trauma center, suffering from five gunshot wounds after his auto was shot at 51 times. He is the third high-level police official shot in two days. The hospital went on lockdown Wednesday for an undetermined time. FBI, state and local police are all over the place with riot guns because of the war in Juarez. The Mexican Federal Police is cracking down and many will die. Amber sounded concerned about the situation. *****I received several e-mails, phone calls etc. to comment on some of the trash on the web. It’s really not worth the space for a long comment. The guy is a squirrel and everybody just needs to leave him up the tree. I hear Mike has shed himself of the guy. That was definitely a cancer on his reelection bid. That kind of guy lives on attention, so just ignore him. He’s harmless. *****What a tribute it was. Four doctors and several nurses from Texas Children’s Hospital took time from their very busy schedules to attend the funeral of our little angel, 15-year-old Victoria Enmon. She fought her battle for many years at Children’s and everyone involved with her care had great admiration for her. May she rest in peace.*****I believe I mentioned it before but in case I missed it, back on Jan. 17, Regina and Doug Harrington celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary. It just doesn’t seem that long.*****Our buddy at the Exxpress Mart, manager Denise McGarvey, is celebrating her 38th birthday. What I wouldn’t give to go back to that time and make the trip one more time. Best wishes.*****Happy Birthday also this week, Jan. 30, to the twins Roslie Clark and Mary Ann Scofield.*****Happy anniversary on Jan. 29th. To Libby and Vern Campbell.*****What a great gesture. Motiva gave returning Iraqi soldier, Travis Nelson, $500 in Shell gasoline cards. He was invited to the Motiva office and thanked for his service.*****The citizen’s concerned about the city’s animal shelter at Bridge City have formed an action group. For more info contact Tracy Miguez at 988-8205. Their website address is http//www.FreeWebs.com/bcleadershipteam.*****The crawfish have arrived at Van Choate’s Tuffy’s. All you can eat. Look their ad up in this paper. They have made many changes. Also, Van and Josie have purchased ‘Hush Puppies’ in Vidor, and are expanding to Orange, across from Kroger and may be locating in Bridge City soon. Great food. I love the Shrimp Po-Boy.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Tuffy’s Wednesday, 12 noon. Van may have some great samples. Everyone welcome.*****Happy 16th anniversary to Pat and H.D. Pate who celebrated on Jan. 26. H.D. is going to Houston this week to have his ticker checked out. Second opinion, best wishes.*****Happy birthday on Jan. 28 to Judge David Dunn.*****We have started making improvements on our newspapers that I’m sure you will like. A new look, plus a lot of work, will go into improving our website also. Other changes are coming. Watch for them.*****Next Sunday is Super Bowl Day, New England vs New York. The Pats should beat the Giants. I’m betting on Tom Brady to out pass Eli Manning in a high scoring game, 34-24.*****The new proposed stimulus package money will mostly end up in China as Americans use the cash to buy China’s products. Then the United States will borrow it back from China to buy bullets. *****Christian Brando, 49-year-old son of Marlon Brando, died from complications of pneumonia. Christian served 10 years for killing his sister Cheyenne’s lover, Dag Droliet. In 1995 Cheyenne, age 25, hanged herself.

Leisha Myers,Kathryn Broussard, Jimmy PullenTraci Anderson, Amy Campbell, Brenda Dubose, Jason Myers, Jeanie Kreger, Shirley Jordan, Amy Campbell, Ted Blanchard, Chuck Rowley, Eric Mangham, Regina Gaspard, Ron Mason, Scott Free, Steven Kimbell, Telisha Kuykendall, Wayne Sullivan, Garrett Kerger, Jake Williams, Lisa Monceaux, Bobby Anderson, Daric Rogers, Fred Dohmann, Vance Thomas, Don Kachtik, Michael Hilliard, Rosalie Jones, Stephanie Carpenter, Alssa Allensworth, Brad Freeman, Eric Eshbach, John LeBlanc, Lindsey Hollingsworth, Mary Bull, Mel Moreau, Rheese Rhodes, Syliva Holloway, Jack Jones, Madi Johansson, Madison Johansson.

Sostan Premeaux had a bad car accident him, dat was caused by a truck. Da trucking company’s fancy lawyer Rom P. LeBlanc was questioning Sostan. LeBlanc axe, “Didn’t you say at da scene of da accident, “I’m fine me?”
Sostan responded, “Mais, now let me told you wat happened. Me, I had just loaded my favorite mule, Bessie, into da”
Lawyer LeBlanc interrupped, “I didn’t axe for any details, jus answer da question, did you not say, at da scene, “I’m fine me?”
Sostan answer, “I had jus got Bessie loaded in dat trailer and was driving down da road….”
Lawyer LeBlanc interrupted again and said, “Judge, I’m trying me, to establish the fact dat at da scene dis man told da highway potrolman dat he was fine him. Now several monts after da accident he is suing my client for injures. I believe it’s a fraud me. Please tell him to answer da question.”
By dis time Judge Alex Broussard was fairly interest in Mr. Premeaux’s answer and said to da lawyer, “I’d like to hear wat he has to say about his favorite mule Bessie.”
Sostan tank da judge and proceeded. “I jus put Bessie in da trailer and was driving her down da highway wen dis big rig tractor-truck done ran dem stop sign and hit my little truck right in it’s side. Me, I was trown in one ditch and poor Bessie was trown in da udder. I was hurting real bad me, and didn’t want to move at all but Judge, I could hear old Bessie moanin and groanin. Well me, I know she is in some kind of bad shape her by dem groans. Shortly after da accident da highway patrolman came on da scene. He heard poor Bessie moanin and gronin so him, he went over to her, took out his gun and shot my poor Bessie rat between da eyes. Den da policeman came across da road, his gun in his hand still smoking and he look at me and axe,” How you feel you?”
Now Judge, wat da hell you tink I’m gonna say, hanh?”

I’ve got to shut down but first a few comments. I received an email from Robert. I’ll have to think about it but he may have a point. Robert says Hillary is tied for second as the most conservative candidate running for president behind Mike Huckabee and tied with Mitt Romney, depending on what he’s saying today. He also asked if I had noticed all the endorsements for Obama are coming from the ‘Extreme Left Wing’ of the Democratic Party. Hillary is not Liberal enough for them. Obama would be the most Liberal president since Jimmy Carter. Robert, you may be on to something. I still think it’s gender. No one in this country can get elected being more Liberal than Hillary. The middle is where the country is at. ‘Far Right’ or ‘Far Left’ won’t get it in the general election. However, the middle is why Sen. John McCain is doing well and the polls show he’s the only Republican who is tied with Hillary and Obama in the national polls. Hillary beats all the others by a bunch. Thanks Robert, I’ll check the endorsements.*****Two questions appear on our website. We’re interested in your answers.*****Good reading cover to cover. Shop our good advertisers who bring this newspaper to you free of charge each week. Thanks for your time. Take care and God bless.