Unlike Houston, murders are not very common in places like Orangefield. The shooting of school teacher, Staci Hebert Lisenby, Sunday evening shocked the small community. Staci was homegrown, an Orangefield grad, who was a sixth grade math teacher. Last year she had been named “Teacher of the Year” in the district. She passed away Monday afternoon, Feb. 21, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. To me there is something awfully strange about that shooting. It seems very much like a senseless killing. It’s a sure bet that the shooter didn’t come off of the interstate. If she was at her computer, she apparently didn’t hear anything unusual that would have alarmed her. There is more to this case than meets the eye. When it’s solved, and it will be, I believe we will be surprised at not only who did it but also how it came about. This is strictly speculating on my part but I’ve read a lot of crime stories and this one doesn’t fit a normal pattern of an unknown intruder. *****We said, after Egypt fell, that other dictatorships would be on the chopping block. One of the bloodiest will be Libya because Col. Muammar Gaddafi will kill as many of his own people as necessary to hold on to his 42 year reign. I believe the people will win in the end. What’s happened in all of those dictatorships is that young people are no longer held in the dark. Cell phones, FaceBook, Twitter, etc. has wised them up to what freedom is like in America and the West. The downside for us is if unrest spreads to other oil rich countries and chaos disrupts crude oil production, our gasoline prices will rise. Already regular gasoline is up 21 percent from last year. Political upheaval in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates could cause shortages that will jump our summer gas prices higher. That’s not all, commodities, such as cotton, corn, coffee and other products move with oil prices. Cost of farming and shipping shoots up also. Not good news in the economy that is already strained. I fear that we will see upheaval in dictatorships for sometime to come; that Genie is out of the bottle. The young will no longer stand for oppression. *****Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


In the last midterm election one party captured one branch of the government. It’s playing games to think they can demand and get close to anything that will get through the senate or past the president’s veto pen. It’s just all spin, wasting time and getting nothing accomplished. Shutting down he government or defaulting on the federal debt will have massive impact, raising interest rates, delaying benefit checks to those who need it the most. The fury coming out of the House should be redirected into a bipartisan effort to get things accomplished. All we’re hearing is saber rattling instead of serious negotiating. I’m sure the House knows the pitfalls of shutting down the government. They would be wise not to let the Tea Party pressure them into it. A shutdown is sure to backfire on the Republican Party as it did in 1995-96. Our government needs to start functioning and moving forward and quit playing political games. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid make up 57 percent of the budget. That leaves less than 43 percent in everything else. It’s not an easy problem but we must cut the deficit. That means working together in earnest, not, “my way or no way,” like the congress is demanding. They are on another recess vacation this week. When they return Monday, they will have only five days to stop a government shutdown. They don’t seem to work very much, six months maybe with plenty of benefits. Meanwhile the middle class and poor struggle.

12 Years Ago-1999

Bridge City High athlete, Trey Latiolais, was named to the Texas High School Coaches All-State Academic 4-A Football Team. He was nominated by coach Les Johnson who said, “There is no finer young man for this recognition.”*****Bridge City Chamber picks Maranda Gilbert of Orangefield High and Elizabeth Dupuis, Bridge City High, as “Students of the Month.”*****Coach Les Johnson, athletic director and head football coach at Bridge City resigned. Johnson and wife, Wanda, will be a big loss to the community. Three times more students participate in sports now at Bridge City than when he arrived. He has built a winning tradition in tough Class 4-A. More athletes have received scholarships than at any time in the school’s history. It was a concerted effort by a small group of men to get rid of Johnson because he did not play favoritism. He beat them to it by resigning. (Editor’s note: Les retired this year but because of his love of teaching football would still take a coaching job. Many of his former Bridge City players stay in touch with him. He and Wanda live in Bastrop and visit Bridge City several times a year.)*****Pretty Betty Bivens Williams is a brand new grandmother. We knew her as a young lady and checker at her dad, Dick’s Texas Ave. Grocery.*****Capt. Chuck Uzzle drops off some flounders and Roy promised to cook them for the newspaper crew.*****Our longtime friend Ruby Wimberly retires this week from Orange Savings Bank. This very smart lady went to work for the Stark interest, climbed the ladder to become the county’s first lady bank president. (Editor’s note: She and husband Jerry still make their home in Orange. Ms. Ruby still serves on many boards at the bank. Jerry spends time at their lake house but refuses to fish. He enjoys hanging around with the old guys at the store. When in town he attends the Wednesday Lunch Bunch gathering.)

37 Year Ago-1974

Orange native, coach Bum Phillips, will be leaving Oklahoma State to join the Houston Oilers. Sid Gillian is head coach.*****Moe Litton will sponsor Bridge City High School’s Bass Club.*****Buddy Moore, formerly of West Orange, has purchased the Kountz News. (Editor’s note: Buddy died a couple of years ago.)*****Pitcher Doug Patterson will be leaving training camp in Florida next week.*****Gary Savoy has another birthday coming up next week. (Editor’s note: what has become of Gary anyway?)

32 Years Ago-1979

Several Orange countains journey to Houston to help with the Bob Hope Telethon at Channel 2. Local folks helping with the statewide telethon are W.T. and Ann Oliver, Roy and Phyllis Dunn, Bill and Martha Hughes, Earl and June Bishop, Weldon and Jane Leger and Charlie and Pat Johnson. Some of the stars appearing on the show are Andy Williams, Mac Davis, Kenny Rogers, Jimmy Dean, Johnny Desmond, George “Goober” Lindsey, Bobby Ames, Vic Damone, Bobby Vinton, Gordon MacRae, Fred Travalena, Kathy Crosby, Lynn Anderson and Doug Kershaw. *****Beatrice “Bea” Barrett dies after battling cancer for five months at M.D. Anderson. She is survived by her children Billy, Lester, Thomas, Vera and Kenny. (Editor’s note: Do you remember this colorful family? I’m not sure that any are still alive. Lester died in the last few months.)


John Hughes, Jody Andes, Betty Davis, Crystal Jones, Misti Bishop, Juanita Sullivan, Kelle Betz, Matthew Bland, Rachel Doucet, Joe Hebert, Dalton Bonds, Brently Sholmire, Regina Harrington, Scarlett Fontenot, Taylor Brownlie, Bill Bennett, Brad Frye, Zelda Jones, Doris Byrd, Angela Brinson, Betty Sherman, Braelyn Baugh, Claudia Williams, Eleanor Shult, Marilyn Powell, Zachary Gilliam, Amanda Beeson, Jeffrey Fregia, Bailey Noah, Beth Mathews, Butch Choate, David Claybar, Gretta Brinson, James Wilkinson, Lindsey Moreau, Sarah Havens, Allisha Bonneaux, LaVerne McDonald, Anna Marshall, Amy Ball, Kathy McKenzie, Kurt Reeves, Royce Pendergast, Ginger Romero, Logan Dubose, Will Brinson, Kevin Jones, George Cassidy, Jennifer Thomas, John Gooch, Louise Hamilton, Monica Wilson, Robert Foster, Aiyana Bland, Kay Butler, Tommy Andrus and Brittany Waguespack.


Operation Desert Storm started 20 years ago this week, Feb. 24, 1991 and ended four days later, on Feb. 28. Hard to believe that was so long ago and so short a war.*****Texas gateway to the West; Texas has 38 public universities with 500,000 students and the state is preparing to give students and professors the right to strap on a gun and carry it on campus. University of Texas president, William Powers, opposes the measure, “The mix of students, guns and campus parties is too volatile. I worry about some kid being too quick to draw his gun when an argument breaks out.” Oh well, they have total control and will rubber-stamp it. It will be good for gun sales, gun shows etc.*****We were sorry to hear about the death of J.L. Mathews, age 88. He passed away Feb. 18. Services were held Feb. 21 at Claybar Funeral Home. He was a good man from the Greatest Generation. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Della, two sons, Jay and Stan and their families. Our sincere condolences. Please see obits.*****We were also sorry to hear about the death of Bill Orr, 83, who died Feb. 16. We had known him many years through his work of 29 years in advertisement for Market Basket.*****GOP battles unions in state capitals in many states. The governments are accused of attempting union busting. Collective Bargaining is at the forefront to weaken union power. Teachers, prison guards, office workers etc. are some affected. Among union workers a sense of crisis is growing. Many recall when President Reagan dealt unions a blow, starting with the traffic controllers. Republican led states fighting unions are Wisconsin, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Missouri, New Hampshire, Maine and Pennsylvania. It won’t be pretty; chaos in the state houses. This is an absolute assault on the working class while cutting taxes for big business. *****Special folks having birthdays this week. Our buddy, Chris Menard, son of Sharon and Mark Dunn, celebrated on Feb. 21. By the way, Chris’ brother Jason has recently returned to the states for a short leave and will return to Iraq. Jason is serving a third tour in Iraq. His mother Sharon visited him in Georgia last week.***Carol Allen, account executive for The Record, celebrates Feb. 23.***Longtime friend Moe Litton celebrates on Feb. 26.***Pretty Regina Harrington celebrated another one Feb. 24.***David Claybar, who we haven’t visited with in a lot of moons and miss him, celebrates this week. Best wishes.***Gretta Brinson, Ginger Romeno and our little buddy Logan Dubose all celebrate this week.***Lovely Tara Townes, Ted’s little girl now full grown, is a year older this week.***Even Brad Frye and Tyler Stagg have birthdays this week.***Some FaceBook friends with birthdays are Doris Steele, Feb. 23, Larry Callahan and Randy Ragsdale, Feb. 25, Lee Ann Nicholson Fuselier, Feb. 26, and Dee Aven, Feb. 28, Where have you been girl?*** Donald Rhodes, Jr., and Jennifer O’Neal DeRouen, celebrate March 1,*** April Peveto Carter, March 2. Happy birthday to all.***** Preston Fuller is equipped to do all of your lawn service. Spring is coming and Preston’s ready to spring into action. Call him at 988-5563 for a complete yard makeover.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch dined at Robert’s last week. Every week brings out a few different people. Last week Marlene and Sheriff Keith Merritt, Roy Dunn, King Dunn, Judge Claude Wimberly, the Rev. Leo Anderson, park’s director Donna Scales, Constable Mark and Babbitt Philpott, County Treasurer Christy Khoury, Brandy Slaughter, Shirley Zimmerman, Judge Janice Menard, Don “Cochise” Shockley, Judge David Peck, Corky Harmon, Sprad Spradlin, Robert Ewart, Joel Steirman, Jerry Wimberly and Constable Chris Humble attended. This week, the Bunch will dine at Novrozsky’s with Uncle Jim. Several different people will be attending and you are invited. Everyone is welcome. No agenda, good fellowship and keeping up with what’s going on around the county.


On Feb. 23, Peter Fonda will be 72; James Blunt, 34 and Dakota Fanning, 17.***Feb. 24, Joe Lieberman, 69; Paula Zahn, 55 and Billy Zane, 45.***Feb. 25, Tea Leoni, 45; Sean Astin, 40; James Phelps, 25 and twin brother Oliver “Harry Potter” Phelps, 25.***Feb. 26, Michael Bolton, 58; Kevin Dunn, 55 and Corinne Bailey Rae, 32.***Feb. 27, Elizabeth Taylor, 79; Adam Baldwin, 49; Chelsea Clinton, 31 and Josh Groban, 30.***Feb. 28, Mario Andretti, 71; John Turturro, 56; Robert Sean Leonard, 42 and Ali Larter, 35.***Feb. 29, Ja Rule will be 35.***March 1, Harry Belafonte, 84; Ron Howard, 57; Tim Daly, 55 and Javier Bardem, 42.***March 2, Jon Bon Jovi, 49; Daniel Craig, 43; Chris Martin, 34 and Reggie Bush, 26.


Old man Rufus Thibeaux was dying him. He axe dat someone bring his grandson, Tee Claude, to his bedside so he can talk to him before he pass.
“Tee-Claude, I want you to listen to me. I want you to have my chrome plated .38 revolver so dat you will always remember me.”
“But Paw-paw, I really don’t like guns me. How bout you leave me you Rolex watch instead? Tee-Claude said.
Rufus got a little upset him and he say, “Tee Claude, now you listen to me boy. Someday you gonna be running da business, you gonna have a beautiful wife, lots of money, a big house and maybe a couple of little chilluns. Den someday you gonna come home you, and maybe find you wife in da bed wit anutter man. Wat you gonna do den, hanh? Point dat damn watch and say, “Times up?”


David Self, your hometown Ford dealer, has gotten real aggressive with low pricing. He wants the homefolks to trade at home. Everyone wins when we shop at home. Local people are employed, the tax dollars stay at home but also very important is hometown service. Drop your car off in the morning, chances are you can pick it up that afternoon. Try doing that at an out-of-town dealership. Good luck with that. David Self sincerely want to do business with hometown folks and he’ll do anything to make you happy. Good folks, give them a try, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.*****Don’t miss the big Mardi Gras parade Saturday at 5 p.m. (See ad in this paper.)*****This week in Down Life’s Highway, Roy writes about Annalee Knight and her five boys, who are remarkable young men today. She passed away exactly 15 years ago, Feb. 23. Her legacy lives on. (See Page 9.)*****The Bridge City Chamber awards banquet was a great outing. Dr. Jamey Harrison, “Citizen of the Year,” thanked the community and the school system. The Record Newspapers, Penny, County and were honored with “Business of the Year.” Judge Carl Thibodeaux did the honors and Roy Dunn gave the response for the publication. Two people who were missing in the audience were Tom Perry, who has been battling cancer and winning but was advised not to get in crowds for fear of catching something. He hadn’t missed in 40 years. Also Jerry McInnis, who learned Thursday that his sister-in-law had passed away in Alabama. The funeral was Friday. He and Shelia made a fast trip to the service.*****Well, thank God baseball season has come around for real. Nothing relaxes me like a good high school game. I’ve gotta get out of here. Another tough week down, my time is up, thanks for yours. Read us cover to cover and please patronize our family of advertisers. They bring you this publication. Also check us out regularly on our web site, Take care and God bless.