In every generation young men and women step up to serve our country during war and peacetime. Throughout our history our military personnel have proven time and again that they are this country’s true heroes. Everyday over 1,000 soldiers, from the Greatest Generation, World War II, are passing away. Their numbers are getting fewer with each passing day however there are some who still reside among us. I’m proud to say that many of them are our friends and we love them. God bless them all. Others proudly served in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and have kept us free during peacetime. Veteran’s Day is Thursday, Nov. 11. Honor a Vet in some way and fly your flag. We have no greater heroes.*****To all our Marine friends who celebrate the Marine’s 235 birthday, Wednesday, Nov. 10, we salute you.*****I have a lot of ground to cover. Hop on board and come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


A look back at the political history of our country finds that in most cases the party in the White House loses the congress in midterm elections. Also the party winning midterm elections loses the White House in the next general election. It happened to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, ending the New Deal with the combination of Republicans and conservative Democrats. In 1946, a year after Roosevelt died and at the end of WWII, weary voters, in a bad economy turned against Democrats and took over both houses of congress with 55 seats and 13 senate seats. Despite the Republican control Democrat Harry S. Truman upset Republican Thomas Dewey in the next election. In 1964, Lyndon Johnson won a landslide that swept in huge Democratic majorities, which provided the Great Society, the Voting Rights Act and Medicare. Two years later, in 1966, in the shadows of Vietnam and invasion, Republicans won 47 house seats. Not enough to control congress with the Democrats still in power, however two years later the country elected Republican Richard Nixon. After the Watergate wave, after Nixon resigned, Democrats, including Sen. Patrick Leahy, Rep. Jim Oberstar and Henry Waxman took over. Two years into Carter’s presidency Republicans gained 15 seats but Democrats controlled congress. In 1980, the Reagan landslide gave full control to Republicans. Two years later, Democrats made “Reaganomics” a battle cry in a bad economy and took over the congress. Just two years after that, in 1984, Reagan won a 49 state landslide and the trend continued, the premise being the control of Congress and lose it at mid-term. As in the terms of George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barrack Obama, the midterm change usually are some kind of response and backlash to a president who has put forth a big agenda. The election of the opposite party controlling congress is usually a sure thing that a president from the other party will be elected. Clinton was nearly impeached by a Republican congress but won two terms. Democrats controlled congress at mid term but George W. Bush was elected to a second term. Obama won and brought control of both houses with him. Last week, he lost the congress but the odds are still good that he will be re-elected and can take over congress with just 30 votes nationwide. Even in his re-election he could lose the senate. Two years is a long time in politics.


I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a stranger ending to a football contest as what occurred in the Bayou Bowl Annual Classic last Friday. Orangefield and Bridge City played one heck of a game. The fans got their money’s worth. The Bobcats featured the Wing T offense and Coach Huckabey did as good a job as I’ve seen since the Les Johnson years at Bridge City in 1990’s. It was refreshing to see a running team. We are bombarded with the spread offense from pro’s, college to high school. Bridge City Coach Stump has done a great job bringing the spread, wide open offense to B.C. and getting them on this wining track. After the final score, both team were disappointed in the results. That’s the strange part. It reminded me of the story, “The operation was a success but the patient died.” Orangefield won the game 28-26 to Bridge City’s disappointment. Giving both teams identical records of 7-3. However, the Bobcats had to win by five points to advance to playoffs. Every coach’s goal is the 11th game, the playoffs, so despite winning Orangefield’s season is over. The Cardinals move on to the 11th game against Coldspring Friday. The Bobcats had a good season and won the Bayou Bowl but with just three more points, it would have been a great season. They have reason to be proud of their accomplishments. They just got caught by the rules, which everyone knew going in. It’s a bad rule but it sure made for an unforgettable Bayou Bowl.


Coach Cody Knight and his cross country boys and girl’s teams. Both are headed to state meet. We wish those dedicated youngsters the very best. Team members are, Boys—Aaron LeJeune, Kirby Shepherd, Luke Hebert, Armando Chavez, Eric Chesson, Sawyer Hogan and Brock Jones. Girls—Mary Nguyen, Jessica Franklin, Bree Fontenot, Meagan Shockley, Alex Holland, Aaron Valencia and Adrianne Cude. Go gettum’ bring home the bacon.


Coach Dan Hooks’ West Orange-Stark Mustangs are coming off a great season and again headed to the playoffs. They will meet Liberty Friday at Ford Park.*****The Bridge City Cardinals will take on Coldspring Friday at Huffman. Good luck to both teams.


Orange Police chief Sam Kittrell will resign at the end of the month. Sam has been a good one. A smart old man told me years ago that “Timing is everything.” Chief Kittrell served the city at just the right time. He was always available in good and bad times. We will miss him and wish him the very best in retirement. Good health and a long life. We hope to see him around. The city fathers have made a good choice in his replacement. Forty-three year old Major Lane Martin, a native of Orange, was chosen to become the new Orange Police Chief. The city could have gotten applications from around the country and not have matched the qualifications Chief Martin will have. The FBI graduate is not only law enforcement educated but is very street wise and personable. A good guy who will make a great chief.


Our deepest sympathies go out to Margaret and Hubert “Sprad” Spradling on the death of their son Steve. His body was discovered by his father at Steve’s residence in Victory Garden on Friday, Nov. 5. Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Claybar in Orange. Steve is also survived by his two sisters “Cyndi” Spradling Barrilleaux and Shari Spradling. “Sprad” has had his troubles lately, with a fall causing hip replacement and other health problems. Margaret has also had health issues but nothing in this world is worse than losing a child. Our hearts go out to these good people. (Please see obit.)*****We were sorry to hear of the death of Lennie Faye Rutledge, 90, who passed away Thursday, Nov. 4. What a great lady and educator she was. She was from the greatest generation, serving as secretary for the Defense Department in Washington. She and late husband Gene, former Bridge City Post Master, were proud citizens of Bridge City after coming here in 1952. To her children Carol Sanders, Calvin Rutledge and his wife, Dee, Winnie Rutledge, and David Rutledge and his wife, Rebecca we send our sympathies. (Please see obit.)*****Also we were sorry to learn about the death of Travis Stewart, 86, who passed away Nov. 5. A WWII veteran, we had known Travis since 1950. He and his family owned Stewart’s Bar-B-Que on 2nd St., in Orange and later LuAnn’s Club in Louisiana, on IH-10. The club was named after brother Alton’s wife. I was surprised to learn that Alton and sister Faye are still living. Travis, a great guy, was one of the toughest men we’ve known. To Travis Jr. and the family, our condolences. (Please see obit.)

12 Years Ago-1998

Even though 12 years ago seems like just a few months back to me, a dozen years can bring many changes to a youngster’s life. In fact, students entering the first grade in 1998 will graduate from high school this year. Here is a short list of what was happening 12 years ago this week.*** Orangefield’s dynamic pole-vaulting duo, Eric Eshbach and Johnathan Henley, are Nebraska bound. Coach Joe Hester said, “The pair was a toss up all year; only one however could win a meet. The duo seemed to take turns winning, one then the other, even though Eric was named to the Track and Field All-American team, the call was close. One college is getting both as they head to Nebraska. No school has ever had two 17-foot pole-vaulters in one year. Their competitive nature made them both better.” Coach Hester took both to Nebraska to visit and see the campus. The young men knew it offered everything they wanted. Eric said, “My folks don’t like me going so far away but they know this is best for me.” (Editor’s note: Eric went on to be an All American, vaulting over 18 feet. He married in Nebraska, came back to Texas for a brief time and now he and his wife have moved back to Nebraska. I guess it’s home from now on. I have heard that Jonathan stayed in college but I don’t know what became of him and his college career.)*****Elections are over. Orange County elected its first Republican to the Justice of the Peace post.***** Orange City Prosecutor Cimron Campbell defeated Marlin Shelton, longtime judge in Pct. 2.*****Rick Perry is elected to a full term as governor.*****Democrats win and take back congress.*****Newt Gingrich, speaker, quits congress rather than stay on as just a congressman.*****Bridge City former star Bryan Bock is doing great running at Howard Payne. He has scored seven touchdowns in the last two games. *****Bridge City ex Matt Bryant kicked two field goals for Baylor’s only points in the Bears loss to Kansas State. *****Craig Stark is named publisher of the Orange Leader. He came by way of Houston. *****On Nov. 10, Kirk Roccaforte marks 20 years since he took Shirley to be his bride. What a ride that has been. (Editor’s note: Just think, 12 years added to that makes 32 and Kirk is still rolling with the punches, serving as a councilman and is now mayor. Happy anniversary to both. Kirk, you might as well quit trying to train her.)*****Some folks celebrating birthdays in the next few days of 1998 were Bree Jackson, Sue Bailey, Susie Riedel, Pat Stanton, Floyd Hebert, Jeanne Blacksher, Larry Gunter, Clara Edwards, Zora Hanks and Patsy Kibbie. (Editor’s note: A few of the above named are now deceased.)*****Banker Fred Gregory is in grave condition. He has been battling cancer, a fight he is losing. Our prayers are for he, June and their children. *****Spotted eating in the new Tos Cana Risorante Italiana were judges Grover Halliburton, Claude Wimberly, Pete Runnels, mayor of Pinehurst, Roy Dunn and judge Pat and Rosalie Clark, who is one of the area’s best Italian cooks.*****Attorney Louis Dugas, a Marine, says there are no ex-Marines. Once a Marine, always a Marine. He wishes his comrades happy 223rd birthday on Nov. 10. (Editor’s note: Dugas, one of the youngest to serve in the Texas House, died a few years ago. He had served as Orange County Attorney and District Attorney. I miss him every day.)


Matt Bryant made two field goals and three extra points in the Atlanta 27-21 win over Tampa Bay. Matt is perfect on extra points this season with 20 out of 20. The Falcons are 6-2 and are on top of the NFL South Division. Three Southeast Texans play for the Falcons, Jonathan Babineaux, Port Arthur, Sean Weatherspoon, Jasper and Matt Bryant, Bridge City. In all, Southeast Texas has seven players in the NFL including Earl Thomas of West Orange-Stark.*****Texas A&M whipped up on Oklahoma with a 33-19 win and are bowl bound. The Aggies have a shot at winning the rest of their games that includes Texas on Turkey Day. Meanwhile, the crying towel goes to the Longhorns who continue to be snake bitten without a tourniquet in sight. *****A happy Orange County camper is TCU ex Carlos Vasek, a former player. TCU continues to be undefeated and Carlos, a former Frog Horn player, believes TCU is the best *****Ms. Pearl visited her only surviving brother, Marvin
Myers, 91, over the weekend. Mervin, a native of Bruner Addition and now a resident of the Houston area, is in failing health. His health is fading so fast she fears that she might have seen him for the last time. She’s glad she got to visit and tell him how much he met to her. He is now under Hospice care. *****Wednesday night will be the Country Music Award show. It’s always my favorite award show because it’s more entertainment than talk. Country music is on the upswing. The 44th CMA awards will be shown on ABC with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood as co-host. Even though it’s not country like I like country, it beats rap and other screaming. ***** Judge-elect David Peck, unknowingly to wife Patsy, played doctor last week. While she was lightly sedated, he put on one of Dr. Riedel’s outfits, changed his voice and told Mrs. Peck he wanted to check her molars. David was supposed to be at work that morning. Everyone at Horizon Dental enjoyed the joke and what happened next. Patsy wanted to kill him. Can you imagine two practical jokers like Judge Pat and Judge Peck in the same building? No one will be safe.*****Tommy Simar escaped from Echo last week and came into town. Ms. Sue must have been out of town.*****A few friends and notables having birthdays. Our young buddy Sean Cade Gros turns 20 years old on Friday, Nov. 12. A good guy.***Also celebrating are Joann Alford and Patricia Kemp on Nov. 10. Karen Schrieber on Saturday, Nov. 13. Others celebrating are Steve Carlton, Pat and Don Stanton, Sr., Thad Angelle, banker with MIT, Charmaine Faircloth and Michael Fisette all marking another year. Happy birthday to all.***** Pat and Don Stanton, Jr. celebrate their 21st anniversary on Friday, Nov. 12.***Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pruter celebrate their 58th anniversary.***Congratulations to long ago Orange City Manager Jack Huffman and wife Betty on their 60th anniversary. Both are natives and may be returning to the Orange area.
Great folks.*****Dallas Cowboy coach Wade Phillips, over his coaching career, has been one of the best all time defensive coaches. When his defense fell totally apart the last two games it became obvious that Wade would have to go. However, we heard a few weeks ago that Wade was not totally happy with the situation and this might be his last year anyway. The owner, Jerry Jones, is also general manager. The offensive coordaniator Jason Garrett is also assistant head coach who is paid $3.5 million a year and calling all the offensive shots. I never have been a fan of his offense. He was head coach in waiting, a difficult situation for Wade. For him to leave on his own would have left too much on the table. Wade is second only to coach Barry Switcher in Cowboy winning percentages, ahead of coach Landry. If the truth were known, I bet he’s glad to be out of there and he got a sack full of marbles.*****Be sure and check out Dr. Morbia’s health column and send in you questions to news@therecordlive.com.


On Nov. 10, Ellen Pompeo will be 41; Donna Fargo, 65; MacKenzie Phillips, 51 and Tim Rice, 66.***Nov. 11, Lonardo DiCaprio, 36; Peta Wilson, 40; Calista Flockhart, 46; Demi Moore, 48 and Marc Summers, 59.***Nov. 12, Tonya Harding, 40; Sammy Sosa, 42; Michael moore, 57 and Neil Young, 64.***Nov. 13, Monique Coleman, 30; Jimmy Kimmel, 43; Whoopi Goldberg, 55 and Chris North, 56.***Nov. 14, Travis Barket, 35; Condoleezza Rice, 56; Prince Charles, 62 and Yanni, 56.***Nov. 15, Kevin Eubanks, 53; Sam Waterston, 70 and Petula Clark, 78.***Nov. 16, Oksana Baiul, 33; Lisa Bonet, 43 and Dwight Gooden, 46.


Rana Miller, Steve Carlton, Troy Crochet, Della Buxton, Jean Levingston, Jeff Bland, Judy Hunt, Karen Clopp, Trey Todora, George Roberts, Lora Hanks, Michael Fisette, Cynthia Dupuis, Michelle Brown, Ryan Pickering, Allison Ball, Bree Hanks, Edee Risher, Gerald DeLeon, Jeanelle Cochran, Jeanne Blacksher, Kathy Reeves, Larry Gunter, Liz Briggs, Matthew Ethredge, Norma Rampmaier, Phillip Kimbrow, Sharon Sims, Shelby Newton, Carol Ware, Charmaine Faircloth, Clara Edwards, Crystal Jones, Pat Stanton, Don Stanton, Danielle Graffagnino, Karla Holden, Kimberly Ray, Mary Cassidy. Michele Fontenot. Sidney LeBlanc. Cecilia Broussard. Daniel Chesson. Darla Murphy. Donald Miller. Cody Edgerton. Paul Smith. Katie Hoffpauir. Kristina Schisler. Lauren Fruge, Lauren Peet, Mary Dixon, Pat Gifford, Susie Riedel, Vicci Milligan, Anna Cappandona, Casey Smith, Dana Perkins, Fred Fuselier, Hattie Arnold, Judie Wilson, Julian Oceguera, Cynthia Graham, Julie Smith, Lindsey Franklin, Nikki Courtney, Shane Preston, Travis Sheppard, Wade Barron, Wally Sieck, Carol Izer, Chris Ford, Cora Betzen, Elton Myers, Madison Miller, Marie Richard, Mary Loyd, Pete Gresham, Rebecca Collins, Thad Angelle, Bryson McFarland, Chris Byers, RaeAnna Todora, Dwayne Duncan and Dyanna Sandlin.


Joe “Crip” Arceneaux and his wife Telma moved back to Loosiana from California where he had been working for several years him. “Crip” had a wooden leg dat he got after being shot in Vietnam. To get insurance on his leg in Los Angeles it cost $1,200 a year. Wen dey got moved back to Kaplan, “Crip” and Telma drove to Abbeville to da Landry Insurance Agency to see wat it would cost to insure his wooden leg.
Da agent, Jimmie Dale Landry, look it up on da computer and he said, “Mr. Arceneaux, dat will be $39 a year.
“Crip” was shocked him, and axe, “Why is it so cheap to insure my leg in Loosiana, it cost me $1,200 in California hanh?”
Agent Landry turned his computer screen toward da couple and said, “Well, here it is rat here on da screen, it says any wooden structure wit a sprinkler system above it is $39. You jus got to know how to describe it.”


Public offices that will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veteran’s Day are Orange County, West Orange and Pinehurst. Vidor city will close Friday. Other closing on Thursday are all the banks, the U.S. Post Office. Orange and Bridge City city offices will be open. *****President George W. Bush is on the talk show circuit promoting his book “Decision Points.” He is upstaging Rick Perry who is selling his book to get national attention, for a national run. He started the day after the general election, no surprise to us. He’d better be worrying about that $20 billion plus shortfall. Now he’s talking about getting Texas out of the U.S. health plan. One thing we don’t need is to put the big insurance companies back in the driver’s seat. That’s a big step backwards.*****Well, I’m all out of snuff. Boy, I could use a can about now. Read us cover to cover and make a habit to check us out for breaking news on our web site, therecordlive.com. Go through our pages and check out our advertisers, good folks who bring you this paper free every week. Thanks for your mail and loyalty. The Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s this Wednesday. Always a good meal. Next week, the Bunch will break bread with Uncle Jim at Novrozsky’s. Everyone welcome. Take care and God bless.