I believe there is too much hype going around about what is referred to as Swine Flu. When it’s a slow news day and something comes along all of the media jumps on the same subject and turns it into a world crisis. To start with no one can tell you how you catch Swine Flu. You can’t get it from eating pork. Can you catch it from having sex? If that’s the case, Cox and I are both safe. Did you know that 35,000 people die every year from the flu, so what’s new? I’d be willing to bet when the year is done, 35,000 would have died from the flu. It doesn’t matter if you get it from kissing a hog or sitting on a toilet seat. The one difference with this flu is it’s not Asian it’s Mexican. I’ve had Mexican revenge before; I wanted to die. I don’t believe this hog stuff will be as bad as that revenge stuff. The precautions you should take are the same ones you take everyday, wash your hands often or rub with alcohol once daily. That will kill any little microorganisms running around. Also get your flu shot. If someone tells you it won’t work because it’s a different strain that’s hogwash? America is not Mexico or some third-world country. We have the most advanced medical experts in the world. Folks cross from Mexico to El Paso by the thousands every day and the hog bug ain’t bit nobody there yet. Just chalk it up to slow news days. It will be gone in a few days and the news media will all jump on something else. Thirty-five thousand people will die from flu, who cares what they call it. There is a 300 million to one chance you won’t get Swine Flu so just relax. Don’t buy into the hype, the sky ain’t falling. *****I’d best get started. Why don’t you come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.

No big surprise. FOX will not carry President Obama’s prime time news conference Wednesday about his 100 days in office. This is the first time a major network has refused the President’s request. All other networks will carry the news conference. FOX doesn’t want to hear the good news. As President Obama forges ahead, many Republicans acknowledge they have endured a rocky transition to life without control of the White House. The GOP struggles with message and messengers. Their only talking point is a lie about Obama being a Socialist. They can’t use Liberal because their Bush/Cheney leaders were the most liberal since Jimmy Carter. They doubled the 200-year-old national debt in only eight years.

We were sorry to hear about the sudden death of Mary Nell Devillier, 75, who passed away Thursday, April 23. Services were held Monday, April 27. For many years she owned Nell’s Beauty Salon. A native of Mamou Louisiana, she was a devout Catholic and member of St. Henry Church. She and husband Nolan were longtime residents of Bridge City. To our friend Ginger and her siblings, Gwen, Kathy and Wayne, as well as husband Nolan and the entire family, we send our deepest sympathies. See obits.*****We had known Mable Wingate Lawrence, age 86, for many years. She died April 24, after a long fight with congestive heart failure. An Orange native, she was born March 2, 1923. One of eight children, she was the daughter of Claude and Lumea Wingate, Orange County pioneers. Starting with her great-grandfather, the first County Judge, the Wingates all played important parts in the development of our community. From cattle and farming, to the practice of law, the Wingates have left their mark. Mable was a big contributor to much of their successes, besides raising a large family and burying some of her own. We met her over 50 years ago and always were impressed with this good and talented lady who brought so much joy to everyone who knew her. We send our deepest condolences to her family.*****Our sympathies also go out to the family of Dorothy Louise Tinsley Garrison, born Aug. 17, 1933, she passed away April 25. Her services were held April 28. She and Melvin had been married 57 years. For 27 of those years, she served as secretary of the Orange Public Library. A Stark High grad, Dorothy was a member of the famous Bengal Guards from 1945 to 1951. The longtime Orangeites built their home in Mauriceville 15 years ago. Dorothy enjoyed the simple things in life. A talented artist, she loved the company of her family and friends. May she rest in peace.*****We also send our deepest sympathies to the family of Keith Edwin Broussard, 54, who died April 24. He is the son of Charles and Von Broussard of Orangefield. His mom, Von, has been writing recipes for our Record Newspapers for several years. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 1, 10 a.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Please see obit.

75 Year Ago-1934
John Dillinger and company disarmed officers. Desperadoes escape after a gun battle at Bellwood, a suburb of Chicago, with Dillinger was George ‘Baby Face’ Nelson. Meanwhile, in Springfield Missouri, Clyde Barrow escapes police, his female companion was caught. The woman was not Bonnie Parker. *****In Orange County, sheriff W.P. ‘Pat’ Brown announces for reelection. James Neff, county attorney runs for reelection.*****Allen Shiver, of Port Arthur, announces for state senate. (Editor’s note: he was elected and later ran for governor and was elected. As far as I know, he is the only southeast Texan to become Texas governor.

40 Years Ago-1969
Pretty Nell Armstrong was crowned queen of the Orange County Sheriff’s Posse. A large crowd attended the rodeo.

35 Years Ago-1974
Mr. and Mrs. Marian Loiacana were married in St. Mary Church, in a mass said by Fr. Secco. Mr. Loiacana is in his 80’s, his bride in her 60’s.*****Sis Keogh receives a palm tree from California, a Mother’s Day gift from one of her sons. She planted it in her front yard on Jones Street. (Editor’s note: That palm, along side another one stood until Hurricane Rita got it. After her husband Mike died and her health started to fail, Sis sold the place and is now in a Beaumont nursing home.)*****In town this week for a short visit was former deputy sheriff Bill Potter who now lives in Houston. (Editor’s note: The ‘singing deputy’ always carried a guitar in the trunk of his patrol car. Bill played bit parts in movies filmed in Hollywood and for a while lived in Orangefield. Roy once got George Jones out of jail for rear-ending a Vidor lady’s automobile with his red Cadillac convertible and brought him to a gathering of law enforcement officers held by sheriff Chester Holts. Bill Potter broke out the guitar from the trunk and had George entertain, no charge, just for Roy bailing him out of jail. *****Congrats to Raymond Bubba Ridley of Bridge City, state champion pole-vaulter. He reached his goal of 14 feet, 6 inches. (Editor’s note: Remember that was before fiberglass poles. A the time vaulters used bamboo poles and saw dust pits.*****Coach Jim Crossland is defensive coordinator with the Chicago Fire of the World Football League. (Editor’s note: We have lost track of our longtime friend. He sold both of his Oklahoma new car dealerships, moved and we can’t locate him. We’ve tried.)

30 Years Ago-1979
Four Bridge City High School boys win district and are going to regionals. They are Mark Kelly, 120 high hurdles, Pat Meeks, one mile run, James Rigby, 880 and Paul Guidry, in the 330 intermediate hurdles.*****The Bridge City baseball team is also going strong with a 16-5 season and 5-0 in district. Leading batter for the Cards is Lance Lee, Pat Meeks is the leading pitcher.***** Mark Dunn covers Rod Stewart concert at the Houston Summit. He took some great photographs for the Opportunity Valley News.*****Roy and Phyllis Dunn hosted the monthly Gourmet Supper Club. After a brief gathering at their place the group traveled to W.T. and Ann Oliver’s home. W.T. prepared a seven course meal for the group, pallet cleaners and all. Roy had fooled him into believing the group was a real gourmet bunch that was touring the South East Texas area to pick the best chef for Southern Living Magazine. W.T. wasn’t too pleased he had spent $150 to feed the bunch. Some members of the club were Louis and Beth Dugas, Corky and Betty Harmon, James and Janice Fontenot, Ace and Jo Amodeo, A.J. and Marty Conway and Bill and Martha Hughes. How would they know gourmet food from any others.

A few weeks ago when Quality Road won the Florida Derby, I said he would be the horse to watch in the May 2 Kentucky Derby. He won’t make the big race, he was scratched because of a quarter crack. Dunkirk ran a solid second in the Florida Derby. With Quality Road out, he might just be the horse to forge ahead. Pioneer of the Nile always finds a way to win plus, Garrett Gomez, America’s leading jockey, will be on board. A sleeper could be General Quarters with Julian Laparoux riding him. I didn’t help you much if you’re betting but I do believe one of the above will win. I’ll be watching. It’s the most exciting two minutes in sports. ESPN at 2 p.m. The race can be seen from Churchill Downs, 3 p.m. on KBMT NBC.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch dined at Van Choate’s Tuffy’s last Wednesday. Tammy served up a large array of great seafood and their famous pies for desert. A large crowd showed up despite it being Secretaries Day and Sheriff Merritt, Judge Thibodeaux and others were dining elsewhere with their lady employees. Judge Joe Parkhurst brought his three lovely ladies to dine with the Bunch. A special guy in attendance was Wilson ‘King’ Dunn, 91, Judge Derry Dunn’s dad. The Judge was in Houston and unable to attend but King was well cared for. Mr. Dunn and his wife Eloide have been married 71 years as of two weeks ago. A few days after their anniversary, he was forced to put Mrs. Dunn in an assisted living facility. That broke his heart but home help became impossible to find. King is sharp and in excellent health despite being hard of hearing. He served as Mauriceville Post Master 31 years and he and Ms. Eloide raised a great family and are proud of their many grandchildren.*****The Bunch will dine at Robert’s Restaurant this week and back at Tuffy’s next. Everyone is always welcome.*****Our apologies. Last week we ran Anabel Anderson’s age as 85. She didn’t actually mind but she is 88. Also a couple of weeks ago, in the Lunch Bunch picture, Pinehurst Administrator Robert Ewart’s name was run incorrectly. We still don’t know how that happened.*****Happy 87th birthday this week to our longtime buddy Dot Eshbach. What a jewel that lady is. Makes good fudge too. We have been fortunate to know her all these many years. If you don’t know Dot you have really missed a treat.*****Celebrity birthdays: On April 29, Jerry Seinfeld turns 55; Singer Tim McGraw, one of the world’s most fortunate guys, not only is he a super star, he’s married to Faith Hill, also a big star with great looks. It don’t get no better than that. Tim will be 42 on May 1.*****Congrats to the Bridge City Lady Cards softball team. When most everyone was counting them out, those girls, with true grit never gave up on themselves. They found a way to notch a spot in the playoffs and we wish them the best.*****Folks in Bridge City are moving into their homes. FEMA trailers are moving out every day.*****Times are changing for David Peck. Tuesday morning he flew to Corpus and flew back the same day. In a few days he goes to Los Angeles and also will return the same day. Parker Thompson would never believe it. A sure sign of ageing is loving to sleep in your own bed.*****Congradulations to Bridge City’s Matt Bryant, kicker for Tampa Bay Bucs, who was awarded the prestigious Halas award. It goes to an NFL player who overcame the most adversity. Four days after Matt’s three month old son died in his sleep, Matt kicked three field goals and in the final minutes of the game beat Green Bay with a long boot.*****Always a good day is running into Nancy Vincent. Her optimism makes any day a great day.*****The fundraiser at the VFW last Sunday for Liz Langston was a big success. A lot of fun was had by everyone.*****Sheriff Keith Merritt has just returned from attending school in Huntsville. I believe most elected officials are required to take so many hours a year. Even Judge Janice goes to school. When I can’t find her, that’s what they tell me, “She’s in school.”*****It seems the location for a new CVS Pharmacy in Bridge City has changed and present plans are to build across from Walgreen’s, on Texas Ave., at the old Shell station location.

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A letter from Cuzzin Sostan

Dear Cuz,
I was glad me to get your letter. You axed about some of the old timers you knew growing up. Well, many have passed on, a few are still around and about town, most are getting feeble and all are hard of hearing. Da utta day Joe LeBlanc, Clarence Dartez and Nolan Comeaux, all in dere late 80s, were walking downtown wen Joe says, “Windy, ain’t it?
Clarance said, “No it’s Tursday.”
Nolan him, answer, “So am I, let’s go to Tee-Boy’s and get a beer.”
Joe said, “I just bought a new state-of-da-art hearing aid, it’s perfect.”
“Really, said Nolan, wat kind is it?”
Joe answer, “Twelve Tirty.”
Dartez tells dem, “I’m 88 years old me, but I feel like a newborn baby.”
Comeaux say, “Really?” “Like a baby?” “How’s dat?”
“Well, Dartez answer, I get no hair me, no teets and I tink I just wet my pants.”
Wen da utta two mens left da bar, Joe LeBlanc him stayed and brought himself to da ice cream section and pulled himself up slowly and painfully on a stool. After catching his breath and still trying to get comfortable on dat stool, he told Una, da waitress, dat he wanted a banana split him.
Una axe, while making da banana split, “Crushed nuts?”
“No,” replied Joe, “Arthritis.”
Da utta dey Comeaux went to see Doctor Fontonot to get a physical. Yesterday Doctor Fontenot ran into Comeaux with a nice looking lady 30 years younger dan him on his arm. Da Doc say, “Comeaux, you really doing great hanh?”
Comeaux answer, “Jus doing wat you said Doc, get a hot mamma and be careful.”
Da doctor him say, “I didn’t say dat me, I said, “You got a heart murmur, be careful.”
Around here they call LeBlanc, Dartez and Comeaux da tree Cajun Muskateers.
Well, dats all from here about da old mens you axed about. Tell Cox, Kee-Kee and LuLu hello. How is Neighbor Cox doing wit his new hearing aid? I hope day are recovering from da storm. Come see me, you.
Your Cuzzin,

It’s quite evident that those old Cajun guys in the above letter from Sostan need to visit Nancy at Brown Hearing Center. She’s a top-notch hearing technician by day and a sexy, black leather jacket wearing motorcycle-riding mama on her off time. She has other toys like Jeeps and such. She often goes for long walks before daylight but her specialty is fitting you with just the right hearing aid. Forget about those old aids of the past. You will be amazed at the new technology that blanks all but what you want to hear. Nancy reminds me of Clark Kent, but she doesn’t dress in a phone booth. *****In closing, remember one thing, no one takes advantage of an 18 years old male. He’s not the victim of a child predator; he knows perfectly well what he’s doing. I was 18 once a long time ago. The media sensatiolizes and tries to make a story bigger than it is, claiming the people’s right to know. I assure you that teacher-student relationships have been going on through the ages. Just recently the law has been changed to include all students, regardless of age. Eighteen and older is an adult, but not in the eyes of the law. It shouldn’t happen but there again the sky isn’t falling. *****I’ve heard some folks putting the South down, but they can say what they want, I ain’t never heard anyone wanting to retire to the North. *****In closing congrats to our buddy Gary Stelly on his broadcasting of game 1,000 last week. Knowing Gary, he’s shooting for 2,000. *****I’ve gotta get out of here. Be sure and shop with our family of advertisers. Those good folks are just super. Read us cover to cover even if it takes all week. Thanks for your time, mine is up. Take care and God bless.