North of the Creaux’s Nest
BROTHER RAINWATER’S MUSIC NEVER GETS OLD
After listening to Rev. Leo’s sermon on the radio, James Rainwater came on. He featured his dad, Rev. Dewitt Rainwater’s, picking and singing. Brother Rainwater was the Jimmie Rodgers of gospel singing. Every week, James alternates one of his late dad’s great sermons and his music.*****That was just the mood I was in. I had just heard of the untimely death of 17-year-old Destin Lairsey, killed in an auto accident. The young Deweyville athlete was just starting in life, a junior in high school. I feel so sad for the young man’s family and friends. I can only imagine also the shock Gary Stelly felt when his very dependable radio personality, Rex “Russell” Boehme, didn’t show up for his 9 a.m. shift only to find out Rex had died of a heart attack while watching a movie in his apartment. He never gave any indication he ever felt bad. I always enjoyed listening to him. He was so knowledgeable about movies and old television shows. The two above-mentioned deaths bring to the surface that life is uncertain and the call can come at any moment. Neither of the two above expected death was at the door. There really is something to being ready to go at anytime. It doesn’t have to be after a long illness with death expected.*****On the bright side, our friend Cal Broussard, after 14 surgeries and six months in the hospital without being able to swallow, called to say he could eat and drink. He said he was coming back to Orange hopefully Tuesday of this week. The guy died three times and the doctors had given up on him when one doctor stepped up and took the challenge at Cal’s lowest point. A God send. In a couple of week’s Broussard swears he will be at the Wednesday Lunch Bunch meeting.*****Well, I have a long way to go. Thanks for tuning in. Come along, it won’t do you no harm.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
30 Years Ago-1979
Beatrice Barret, referred to simply as Bea, died this week. For five months she had been at M.D. Anderson. She was a rare lady with pioneer ways and the mental toughness of our early settlers, yet she was kind and helpful to many. *****Uncle Jim McKay is looking forward to his 94th birthday March 10. *****Pretty Vicki Curtis celebrates a birthday this week, March 6, as does Trubie Shelton. Trubie’s hubby, Judge Marlin, will celebrate on March 13. *****The Bob Hope telethon was held in Houston last weekend. One million, two hundred thousand was raised to build the Bob Hope Vocational High School at Hughen School for Crippled Children in Port Arthur. W.T. Oliver promoted the affair. Many Orange Countians attended the two-day. Some of the stars appearing: Kenny Rogers, Jimmy Dean, Andy Williams, Vic Damone, Johnny Desmond, Dennis James, Buddy Rogers, Nancy Ames, Lyn Anderson, Pia, Allison Arngrim, Doug Kershaw, Kathy Crosby and 23 other entertainers. Orange County folks having a ball were Joe and Patsy Norman, the Bill Hughes’, Earl Bishop’s, Curtis Lee’s, Weldon Leger’s, Charles Johnson’s, W.T. and Ann Oliver, Roy and Phyllis Dunn. Joe Norman, of Norstock Steel, and Hughes present a photo of the proposed Bob Hope High School to Dennis James for Hope. Joe Norman is general contractor for the project.
35 Years Ago-1974
Jim Crossland, athletic director and head football coach at Little Cypress-Mauriceville, as of March 1, became defensive co coordinator for the Chicago Fire, in the New World football league. Crossland had a 43-28 record and a district championship while at LC-M. (Editor’s note: I don’t believe the Bears have had that good a record in many years but things should start looking up for LC-M football.)*****The Scarbroughs, Randy and Robert and Ricky, along with Matt Carlin, Guy Gann, and Scott Gann played a benefit for Lauri Fish, a leukemia patient March 2 at LC-M auditorium. (Editor’s note: I wonder if any of those guys still play music. Best I recall, for a young group they were very good. I believe Randy, a son-in-law of Lee and Dorothy Brown, is running the Brown Hearing Aid Center along with another son-in-law Eddie Toohey. Somewhere, before Ike came, I had an original tape made by The Scarbroughs at the time Robert was a senior in high school, Ricky, the drummer, was a 9th grader and little Randy, who sang and played rhythm guitar was in the seventh grade.)*****Officers of the Bridge City Youth Basketball Association are Milton Briggs, president, Bill Godwin, vice president, Patsy Munlin, secretary, Horace Foremon, player agent, Jack King, PR, Ray Ener, player welfare Don Cole, chief officer. Coaches were James Spector, Sam Street, T.R. Woods, Casey Bryant, Fred Kressman, Horace Foreman; and Milton Briggs, assistant coach.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
Judge Pat has informed us that the St. Joseph’s Altar will be March 22 at St. Mary Catholic Church Hall in Orange. It was believed the hall would not be ready because of damage done by Hurricane Ike, but hard, fast work by a dedicated crew has it ready for the big annual celebration. The Altar will be held Sunday, March 22 instead of St. Joseph’s Day, March 19. The wonderful Catholic women are in full speed preparing all the wonderful food. Plenty of it with great specialties. Andy Guidry, longtime St. Mary’s chef, will be missed. He passed away last month. *****The Texas governor’s race is still two years away but already it’s getting nasty between republicans Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison. State polls show Kay leading by 20 points – so you can expect Rick to take the low road, Karl Rove style. Already he is trying to find dirt on Kay’s husband Ray, a Dallas lawyer. You can expect anything from that bunch. Rick still wants to be a vice president so he’s hanging in for 2010. Speaking of politics, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was thrown to the wolves by the GOP when he was put in the position to give the response to President Obama’s address to Congress last week. Bobby looked scared and he did a poor job. The battle for the GOP candidate in 2010 is expected to be between him and Sarah Palin, a real bimbo. Some other candidate will have to emerge for republicans to have any kind of chance. I believe their leader, king of the pill heads Rush will select their next candidate. Wait and see.*****We ran into Tony Bramblet earlier. He and Debbie are staying put in Bridge City. His dad Bill is also due to return after eye surgery. He had a heart attack and has been living in Fred but his house will be repaired.*****Many longtime residents to the area are not coming back. Mayor Kirk Roccaforte says that now young couples are buying homes in the Bridge City at great prices and that’s a good thing. They will put roots down and raise their children helping the school district and giving new, young blood to the community. My best guess is that between 400 to 500 people are bailing out. The Ike storm has taken it’s toll on the elderly, some are dying, others have experienced failing health. For the most part, the community is strong, with determined citizens who love their community and want to see it great again.*****Speaking of senior citizens, nothing makes me madder than some scum abusing them. I just read where Ester Mae Pleasant, 54, a caregiver for an 86-year-old lady bedridden after a stroke and suffering from Alzheimer’s who she beat regularly. The slut was finally caught on tape and arrested. No kind of punishment, as far as I’m concerned, is going to be enough. A criminal needs to be put away for a long, long time anytime he or she abuses an elderly person, who can’t defend themselves, or a helpless child.*****We were sorry to hear about the death of Sister Una Pearl Jackson, 92. This fine Christian lady, a longtime member of Brother Gamblin’s First Pentecostal Church, was laid to rest in Hillister. Her grandson and former Bridge City resident, the Rev. David Lee Clark officiated. (Please see obit Page 8A.)*****We heard from our friend James Pruter and he is right, President Roosevelt proposed Social Security to be for payments only. Recipients would not be taxed on SS payments. President Johnson had the funds put in the general fund to help pay for the Vietnam War, then President Carter’s administration started taxing SS payments as income. Bad move by the Democrats. However, I disagree with James, I believe Social Security payments will always be available even if we have to borrow the money from China.*****The big Mauriceville Crawfish Festival will be held April 17-18 in conjunction with the 17th annual Orange County 4-H and FFA Livestock show. A big auction will also be April 18 at 7 p.m. Youngsters will be selling their projects. Consider this an opportunity to invest in the future of our youth. If you are interested in helping or sponsoring a 4-H or FFA member, please call Frank Abernathy, show president at 409-553-4498.*****Thanks to everyone for your good response to last week’s paper. I also thought it was a good one. I’m convinced everyone who can read or has any intelligence reads The Record. Everywhere I go people are talking about it. We’re proud to be your locally owned, community paper. A community having its own publication makes for a better community.*****“Stand by for news,” Paul Harvey Auranot, 90, who made the “rest of the story” line famous on radio, died last week. He was born in Tulsa, where his policeman father was killed when he was a baby. Harvey had 24 million radio listeners and 300 newspapers carried his syndicated column. He was up by 3:30 a.m. and always ended his show with “Good day.”*****The Bridge City baseball team is rated number six in the state 3-A polls. *****Basketball giant Shaquille O’Neal reached age 37 on Feb. 6. *****Bachelor no longer to be, Coach Josh Smalley, will have a wedding shower in the Teacher’s Lounge at the high school all day Wednesday. I’m holding my tongue Josh, so I’m being kind, don’t forget that. I think it’s great that you’ve found someone that would agree to be you’re bride. Best wishes for many happy years.*****We were glad to hear that Mark and Sharon Dunn’s son, Jason Menard, is out of Iraq after having made three trips there. We look forward to him coming home for a short visit soon. ****We would like to wish a very happy 53rd wedding anniversary to Cliff and Helen McCardle of Little Cypress – parents of our very own production gal Debbie Fusilier. They celebrated with a trip to Biloxi, MS. *****Steve Worster, inducted into the Texas Football Hall of Fame Wednesday. Steve rushed for 5,422 yards at Bridge City in three seasons. Bridge City went to the state championship in 1965 and again in 1966 to become the champions. At Texas in 1968 to 1970, No. 30 Worster and the Longhorns won 30 straight games. Steve rushed for 2,353 yards and made 36 touchdowns. The Horns were the National Champions and Worster was named All-American. The Wishbone offense was designed to fit his running style. Worster is a legend for his accomplishments. Bridge City owes a lot to him for putting the city on the map and kick starting the great community.*****Speaking of the great days, we had a nice visit Monday with Coach Chief Wilson. He spoke about how hard it was with just one team advancing to the playoffs. “You had to be loaded with talent,” he said. Chief’s 1973 Bridge City team lost only one game and didn’t advance to the playoffs. That was his last coaching season. He lives in College Station and he and son Rusty, and nephew, Harry Lee Chester, sometime back, visited Bum at his Goliad Ranch. Chief was trying to make arrangements to attend Worster’s honor in Waco Wednesday. He’s 81 years old and in excellent health. *****Last weekend our girl Penny LeLeux attended “Le Festival d’ Esprits,” Louisiana’s first paranormal convention, held in Shreveport on Elvis Presley Boulevard. Presley didn’t make an appearance. *****This week marks the return of the jazzy lady in charge of whipping realtors into their place at Re/Max Bridge City. Beverly Perry and her chihuahua Margarita will start back at the Texas Ave. office on the 4th and Margarita will resume her place as the greeter and mascot not to mention loyal companion of Bev. Welcome them back by stopping in to say hi. *****Guests stopping by this week, Judge James Stringer, beautiful Donna Peterson, Buddy and Jeanne Moore’s two lovely daughters Charley and Cherrye Ray, who was getting ready to fly back to Italy. They came for a visit with their uncle Jack Moore. Danny Brack also stopped by, as did our buddy Doug Harrington, who brought us roasted peanuts from Crockett. The Harmon boys tell us they sold four cars last week off of their ad. Great pre-owned cars are coming in every day. Check their ad on Page 12B or just stop by and check out the great buys and visit us next door.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Marzena Fusilier, Darrell Evans, Frances Brood, Travis Reeves, Barron Nimitz, Carolyn Sheppard, Cathy Kimbrow, Lenzi Childress, Carolyn Hillsten, Don Bayliss, John Philps, Kristen Rucker, Genevieve Simon, Glyndon Childress, Jennifer Barclay, Mike White, Misty Thurman, Rick Trahan, Charles Day, Leisa Miller, Pat Pate, Ryan Buker, Liz Weaver, Angela Burris, Brittney Zenos, Don Grooms, Elaine Padgett, Claudia Gilson, Jordon Doiron, Ken Hillsten, Mary White, Wade Gillett, B.W. Parks.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
Wen Oris Fontenot’s boy Tee-Not returned to Lafayette he needed a job him. His PaPa told him he head da post office was hiring dem. Tee-Not him goes to da post office and applys for a job. Alex Boudreaux da interviewer axe him, “Are you allergic to anyting?”
Tee-Not replied, ‘I’m allergic to caffeine me.”
“Have you ever been in da military?” Mr. Broudreaux axe.
“I was in Iraq for two years me,” Tee-Not answer.
“Dat’s good,” said interviewer Boudreaux. “Dat will give you five extra points towards employment.” Den he asked, “Are you disabled in any way?”
Tee-Not answer, “I sho am, an IED exploded by me and I lost boat my testicles.”
Boudreaux grimaced and den he say, “OK, you got enough of dem points for me to hire you rat now, our normal hours dem are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can start tomorrow at 10 am. and plan on starting at 10 a.m. everyday.”
Tee-Not him, is puzzled and says, “Mais, if da hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. why don’t you want me here until 10 a.m., hanh?”
“Well dis is a government job,” the interviewer said, “For da first two hours we jus stand around drinking coffee and scratching our balls. Dir’es no point in you coming in for dat.”
Be sure and check our web site therecordlive.com daily for the latest happenings. Check out the Steve Worster honors Wednesday evening live from Waco.*****Gas prices are ready to rise despite $40 a barrel oil. The oil industry is sowing seeds for a sharp run up at the pump. At $40 a barrel, a gallon should be between $0.98 cents and $1.08 today at the pump. It’s still over priced. Residential insurance in Texas is the most expensive in the country.*****Filing for the May elections ends March 9 so you need to move or get off the pot if you’re going to make the race.*****Special happy birthday this week to longtime friends Vivian Dorman and Vickie Brown, lovely ladies. Also to our buddy Pat Pate, Rick Trahan, Carolyn Sheppard, Kristen Rucker and Mike White all celebrate this week. Best wishes.*****Thanks for all your good response to last weeks paper. Read us cover to cover. We’re proud to be your only locally-owned hometown community papers. Please shop our family of advertisers. We would appreciate you suggesting us to anyone you do business with. We reach over 45,000 readers. Have a great week. Take care and God bless.