North of the Creaux’s Nest
HAITI NEEDS HELP BEYOND THE DISASTER
The disaster in Haiti caused by a magnitude seven earthquake leaves the estimated death toll to be 150,000 and up. The task now is providing medical care for the survivors. You have to feel for those poor people regardless what you think about their corrupt government and failed state. It’s really a hellhole for its people. It is the most corrupt and least efficient government in the world. Before the earthquake, it was an on-going humanitarian disaster. Those very poor people must not be forgotten after the dust settles. The world will have to give Haiti it’s attention, throw out the corruption clean out this failed state and free the people from the ball and chain by promoting an efficient government. All countries in the western hemisphere have a vested interest. If nothing is done, Haiti can become a potential stronghold for terrorists, drug smugglers and gangs. The Haitian people are good people who deserve the chance to do better. The earthquake might have served a positive purpose by bringing the world’s attention of this failed and corrupt state. It’s insensitive and sleazy to bash the relief effort the way Rush Limbaugh is doing. These are human lives that need help. The conditions are beyond their control. The poor masses, packed together in crowded slums, live a far cry from the rich world of Limbaugh.*****I have a long way to go so I’d better get started. Hop on board and come along, it won’t do you no harm.
WORSTER TO BE HONORED
Naming Steve Worster Citizen of the Year at Bridge City is long overdue. The community was basically unheard of before Steve. He put the city and Bridge City High School on the map with reorganization around the country as an All-American at the University of Texas. No person, not even Hurricane Ike, brought more national attention to the yet to be incorporated area than Worster’s exploits on the national championship team. He continues to get honors statewide. He is finally getting his dues at home.
BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT
Was the weather colder in early years in Southeast Texas? If you don’t believe in global warming check just a few of these winter days. In 1936, three days of 14-degree cold with 25,000 cattle frozen. *** In 1899, Sabine Pass had 11-degree temperature, four-degrees in Orange and ice-skating on Sabine Lake, which was mostly fresh water back then. *** In 1895, 31 inches of snow. ***In 1864, 21 days in a row of below freezing. There have been many snow days throughout the years, mostly in February. The locomotives in the Orange shipping yards could not plow through the snow that averaged 24-inches on top of the rails and snow drifts to the depth of six-feet, blocking every street and every mill along the river.
Alva Griffen, a native of Johnson Bayou, La., once told this writer that when he was a boy they walked across to Texas on a frozen Lake Sabine. When the old-timers tell us winters, almost daily, were colder in winter months years ago, you can believe the old codgers. Most winters in recent years have been mild. Some years not even a freeze. We will, from time to time, get an arctic front but the very cold winter days of the early to mid-1900s have gone by way of global warming which brings 105 to 110 summer degree weather. These temperatures were unheard of in the early years when 90 degrees was tops.
BOBBY CHARLES, MUSIC LEGEND RECALLED
Bobby Charles Guidry who made his mark in the music industry died last week. Bobby is best remembered for his first hit, “See You Later Alligator” that he wrote and recorded at age 14. His writing of songs however is what made him a legend. His songs were recorded by many music stars. The Abbeville, La., native grew up with Roy Dunn who has penned Bobby’s story in this week “Down Life’s Highway.”
Saturday’s Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame Show will be dedicated to Charles and Boogie King Ned Theall, who passed away a few days before Bobby. Inductees this year are Cajun/swamp pop producer Floyd Soileau (see story this issue) and Orange native and international blues artist Marcia Ball. The show at the civic center in Port Arthur will feature performances by Ball, the Ken Marvel Band, Susan Pierce and UltraSuede and Still Cruisin’. A Janis Joplin tribute is planned. Tickets are available until 11 a.m. Friday at The Penny Record in Bridge City, 333 W. Roundbunch Road, or The County Record in Orange, 320 Henrietta St. Admission at the door is $24 and free to children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Thomas “Tick” Granger, 85 passed away Monday. The former Orange County commissioner, was the son of another commissioner, “Tick” Granger. Thomas was a lifelong resident of Orangefield where he dedicated his life to public service. He served on the school board, the drainage district, Orange Memorial Hospital board and was active in the Knights of Columbus and St. Helen Catholic Church. “Tick” had a special love for music. He and his brother Wade and their band Country Cousins played music for many years. His children inherited his fondness for music and have that special talent. “Tick” leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Sarah, daughters Linda, Bonita and Lisa, sons Tommy, Stephen and Glen and their spouses, 38 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was a good, decent, honest man and a good friend. “Tick” was a salt-of-the-earth kind of guy, good to ride the range with. Our sincere condolences to the family.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
30 Years Ago-1980
Thomas R. (Tick) Granger, 55, announces for commissioner of Pct. 3. Granger is an operator at Dupont where he has been employed 32 years. He is a WW II Navy veteran. Granger has served on the drainage board. He and wife Sarah have six children. They are members of St. Helen Catholic Church. (Editor’s note: “Tick” passed away after this was written.)*****Part of Harold Fisette’s crew of Dupont workers are Billy Henderson, W.O. Morgan, Walter Brockin, Bob Lawson, Bill Murphy and three others whose names are unknown to us.*****James A. Buckley Jr., 32, announces for commissioner Pct. 3. He is married to the former Linda Morris of Bridge City and is the father of two children, Jeffrey, 9 and Elaine, 7. A 1966 Bridge City grad, Buckley attended Lamar and is a government major. He is presently a trustee on the West Orange-Cove CISD board. He is manager of Singer Post Building Supply.*****Preston M. Wood, age 57, Bridge City’s first mayor, files for commissioner of Pct. 3. The post is being vacated by Commissioner Asa Mansfield. He was employed 26 years with Firestone and has also worked for Texaco. *****County commissioner of Pct. 1, Arthur Simpson, is being challenged by Constable Forest Hudson.*****Constable of Pct. 3, John Ford, is being challenged by Hubert Marshall.*****Robyn Lusignan will celebrate her 12th birthday Jan. 21.*****Bo and Mary Bland celebrated their 27th anniversary Jan. 19.*****A great guy, Jerry Strickland, is scheduled to have open heart surgery in Houston this week.*****H.D. and Sue Pate hosted a coffee at their home for Jim Hightower, candidate for railroad commissioner.*****Johnny’s Hair Designs, formerly Rod’s, at 1622 Strickland features stylist Kay Peveto, Tammy Guidroi, Jerry Baker and Johnny Barton.*****Dr. David Olson, 33, has been elected president of the Bridge City Rotary Club. Other new officers are Bobby Cormier, first vice president, Robert Hanks, second vice-president, Bob Pruitt, secretary/treasurer, Bill Nickum sergeant-at-arms. Board directors are C.R. Nash, past president, Dr. Mark Messer, Don Ritchie and Larry Webb. (Editor’s note: Not a bad bunch. They would have made a pretty good jury. Don Ritchie and C.R. Nash are deceased.)*****Happy birthday Mary Ann Clark. On Jan. 24 she will be 9-years-old.*****A special happy birthday wish to Glenn Oliver, who celebrates this week.*****Francella Reynee Scofield will be three on Jan. 25.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
Mystery of the lost package is solved. Before Christmas Author Wanda Landry mailed us two books in care of Roy Dunn. The tracer never could determine where the package could have gone. It wasn’t sent to the return address. Friday, Roy and Johnnie Dean, who live on Smith Street in West Orange, called to say the package had been left at their home on Dec. 15. They had been away all this time at their farm in East Texas. Through information in the package, they traced it to us. How Roy Dunn became Roy Dean and how Henrietta Street became Smith Street is still a mystery. *****We understand that construction of a new, larger Market Basket store in Mauriceville will began this spring. The new store will be built behind the present one. (Editor’s note: Those folks at Market Basket are missing a sure bet by not advertising in The Record Newspapers, which totally covers their market in Bridge City, Orange and Mauriceville. Maybe someone needs to let them know about Orange County’s best-read papers. Maybe you readers might mention it to the store managers)*****Coach Sam Moore has opened “The Zone” Baseball School in Mid-County, at the Airport on First Street right behind J.K. Chevrolet. Attending classes last week were several pro-college, high school and little league players. Attending were Kevin Angelle, with the Philly’s organization, a couple of other pro players whose names we didn’t catch. Jaden Dillion, starting pitcher for McNeese, who vows by the help Coach Moore gave him and still is giving him. Jaden is constantly throwing more than 90 mph. Classes are available to area youth. See ad in this newspaper for information.*****Baseball reps from the Kansas City Royals were in Beaumont last week to visit with Johnny Deshon. Also other pro-teams are showing a great interest in Johnny because of his outstanding play in Fall Ball. He reported to LSU Monday where baseball practice starts in a few days. *****Local baseball players who have joined Coach Terry Puhl at the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars baseball team are Derrick Coleman, BC-2B, 3B and Daryl Stevens, BC SRHP, who are returnees. Newcomers are B.J. Myers, BC C, Rory Scales, BC RHP and Jerrod Dugas, LC-M SS. Now folks there’s the making of a championship team with those five guys*****Special birthday wishes this week to some special friends. Our sweetheart Nancy Vincent is a year older but she gets lovelier with age. ***Our buddy Glenn Oliver celebrates this week. He’s not getting any prettier but he’s a great guy.***Karen Fuselier, the gal that keeps Tony straight, celebrated today, Jan. 20.***Also celebrating on the 20th is Tayler Thompson. Best wishes to all.*****Belated birthday wishes to Don Bailey, one of our faithful readers. We wish him many more. *****We enjoyed a good visit this week with Orange native Jim Pruter. Jim has known most of the colorful people who helped make this the great place it is. He’s seen many born and as a flower shop owner, many who died. He knows local history. Ask him about what winters were like 56 and more years ago.*****The big Orange Mardi Gras Parade will be Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. Plenty of beads, lots of floats and a great evening if the weather cooperates. *****Time really gets away. This week on Jan. 21 it will be a year since Shane Dronett passed away. Last week his grandmother Peggy Anderson, 81, died Jan. 12. Our condolences to Candace, Shane’s mom, and her family on the loss of her mom.*****We were also sorry to learn about the passing of Orange native Maurice Gillet. Services were Monday.*****Our buddy Lloyd Sittig, a longtime member of the KKK (Kroger Koffee Klub) fell Saturday and broke his hip. He underwent surgery Monday. We sure wish him a speedy recovery.*****We have had good response to our story on artist Richard Spraggins from the County Record last week. The artist, for consignment and personal art, can be reached at 330-4213.*****Good ol’ Jessie Domingue went through Abbeville last week and stopped at Robie’s to picked up some of their hard crust, homemade French bread for us. Jessie, a great musician, is presently working way out in the Gulf on an oil rig. On his way home he stops in the historical Cajun town.*****Orange native Wade Phillips will remain as Dallas Cowboy coach. I never doubted that Jerry Jones would gamble and lose football’s best defensive coach. Defense is what kept them in most games. About the loss to Brett Favre and the Vikings, “If you can’t score, you can’t win.” Favre and the Vikings will have to play in New Orleans’ Superdome. Brett, raised just 50 miles away, has been the golden boy in those parts but not come Sunday. Saints fans are at a fever pitch to see ‘Dere Saints’ go to the Superbowl and meet Louisianian Payton Manning and the Colts. A Viking-Saints meet could be the best playoff game of the year. I’m pulling for the Saints but I’m not betting.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Mark Grace, the ex-Cubs and Diamondback baseball star, explains why he never considered taking steroids. “I like my sex life, that stuff will tear you up as far as your manhood is concerned.” He prefers sex to steroids.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Gloria Bertrand, Joy Gilliam, Steve Griffith, Beverly Delahoussaye, Charles Arceneaux, Millagro Foster, David Doucet, Don Collins, Gary Baker, Janice Westfall, Lyndon Robinson, Myra Sherwood, Nancy Sieck, Suzanne Pittard, Betty Stephenson, Caitlyn Lindner, Cindy Cain, Eryn Leroux, Harold Collins, Jennifer Grizzaffi, Logan Mitchell, Lyndell Hodgkinson, Stephanie Smith, Sue Harris, Karen Anthony, Randy Franklin, Toni Robertson, Eric Shuford, Garland Gresham, Judy Rogers, Malissie Bailey, Melanie Thevis, Tayler Thompson, Taylor Fraccastoro, Chelsea Anderson, Flip Flippen, Glenn Oliver, Hayden Anderson, Michael Faulk, Nancy Vincent, Ollie Butler and Ginny Pelpier.
On Jan. 21, Emma Lee Bunton will be 34; Hakeem Olajuwon, 47; Jack Nicklaus, 70 and Robby Benson, 54.***On Jan. 22, Linda Blair, 51; Robyn Richards, 23; Willa Ford, 29 and Diane Lane, 45.***On Jan. 23, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, 36; Princess Caroline of Monaco, 53; Jeanne Moreau, 82 and Rutger Hauer, 66.***Jan. 24, Mischa Barton, 24; Tatyana Ali, 31; Mary Lou Retton, 42; Neil Diamond, 69 and Aaron Neville, 69.***Jan. 25, Alicia Keys, 29; China Kantner, 39; Etta James, 72 and Dean Jones, 79.***Jan. 26, Anita Baker, 52; Ellen DeGeneres, 52; Eddie Van Halen, 55; Lucinda Williams, 57 and Angela Davis, 66.***Jan. 26, Patton Oswalt, 42; Bridget Fonda, 46; Cris Collinsworth, 51; and Nick Mason, 66.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
It was Clovis Comeaux and his wife Agnes 60th anniversary. Dey was lying in bed and Clovis him was falling asleep. Agnes her, was in a romantic mood and wanted to talk.
Agnes said, “Honey you used to hold my hand when we were courting.” Wearily Clovis reached across, held her hand for a second and tried to get back to sleep.
Agnes wouldn’t leave him alone her, she said, “Den you used to kiss me.”
Clovis him, a little irritated, he reached across and gave her a peck on da cheek and settled down to sleep.
Turdy seconds later Anges said, “But honey, you used to bite my neck yea.”
Angrily Clovis him, kick off dem covers and got out of bed.
“Clovis, where you going hanh?” Agnes axe.
Clovis replied, “Me, I’m going to get my teeths.”
Well I’ve come to the end of the line. Another week behind me and it’s been a tough one. It ain’t bad when you think about all those who have died or will die in Haiti. Think about it. Say we woke up one morning and everyone in Jefferson County had died. That’s how many lives will be lost.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at noon sharp this week at Van Choate’s Tuffy’s. Next week at Robert’s. Everyone is always welcome; you’ll break bread with some great folks. Be sure and read us cover-to-cover or else you might be like Corky and miss something. Also, don’t forget the good folks in our advertising family. Everyday check us out on our Web site www.therecordlive.com for up to the minute news. I’ve got to get out of here. My time is up, thanks for yours. Take care and God bless.