From the Creaux’s Nest
We have come on the first day of summer, I believe it’s going to really be a hot one. A good thing however, are the spring showers we have been getting they will probably prevent a drought like we had last summer. The shameful part about that drought is all the great trees and shrubs we lost last year. I lost five 40-years old crepe myrtles and some other great trees.****The “Fast and Furious” program, selling marked weapons to Mexico in order to track and find who was purchasing them. The program started under the Bush Administration and continued under Obama. A congressional sub-committee, with Darrell Issa as chairman, has used supoena power to put Attorney General Eric Holder on trial. Chairman Issa is using his authority as a power play to cause the downfall of someone in the Obama Administration. Never before has a A.G. been held in contempt, a move that would bring him down and force him to step down and embarrass the administration. Issa previously said he would zero in on the Obama cabinet. That is wrong. The Justice Department should not be used to play politics. It’s a misuse of our supoena power. A witch hunt designed to do political harm, nothing else. A contempt of congress vote by the GOP is wrong and the American people will see through it. The Justice dept. was targeted in order to bring it to the floor of the House of Representatives where they can crucify him. It’s a misguided sham. The A.G. furnished over 7600 pages of information but that’s not what they want. Politics is one thing but using the Justice Dept. rubs me the wrong way. Remember it’s never happened in our history before.*****I guess I’ve said enough. I’ve got my blood going so now I can get started. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.
TODAY’S EVENTS – TOMORROW’S HISTORY
After 10 weeks of trial, that goes back five years, 46 witnesses and $10.5 million dollars spent by the government, Roger Clemens beats all charges. The U.S. Congress had pushed the charges, even after one trial had ended in a mistrial. The Federal Government was over zealous in their pursuit of Clemens and John Edwards. They stuck out in both cases. There is no doubt that Roger, one of the greatest pitcher ever, should be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. A jury found him not guilty. You don’t punish people just because they’re accused. Not guilty is not guilty, regardless of what you and I believe. Now if Coach Jerry Sandusky beats those child molesting charges I’ll give up on juries convicting anyone. I don’t believe Sandusky will ever take the stand and him not doing so doesn’t prove him guilty. His defense team claiming the trial will be over Wednesday is a give-away.*****Meanwhile, Shelton Adelson, the Vegas billionaire, has pledged to donate $100 million to the Republican Super Pac. The Koch brothers, who have already committed $100 million, say they will raise another $365 million. That’s a half billion dollars in order to buy the government. Something is bad wrong with that picture. Until we have true campaign finance reform the citizens are at the mercy of the super rich, who can control government. So far their policies and radical ideology has brought this country to a terrible place. The eight years they abused their power and threw regulations out of the window, which in turn allowed corporate America and some scrupulous individuals to become crooks. Greed ran rapant and they went south with their pockets full of money. Adelson, the Koch brothers and the other billionaires want to return to the policies that got us in this mess. They are willing to spend what it takes because they know they will get it back many times over if they can control government.
TODD NEEDS OUR HELP
Todd Edgerly, 48, has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. On June 30, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. there will be a fundraiser held at the Community Center in Bridge City. The Bridge City High class of 1982 has banded together, along with many in the community to help Todd and his family offset some of the medical expenses. He is the son of Gene and Judge Flo Edgerly. The event will feature music by several bands, silent and live auctions, barbecue and a lot more. Your help to honor this outstanding young man will be deeply appreciated. Donations of money may be sent to Todd Edgerly Benefit, Bridge City Bank, Account no. 14676606, P.O. Box 887, Bridge City, TX 77611. You may also check out Todd’s Facebook event page for all updates. This is a worthy cause. I hope you can help. Your prayers will also be greatly appreciated.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
10 Years Ago-2002
The Orange Natatorium opens. After several months of budget cuts forcing the closure of the Natatorium. The city’s indoor swimming pool was recently reopened for the summer offering a place for swimming, swim meets and aerobics, taught by Tina Mankevich, a certified aerobics instructor.*****John Clark, of Orange, had been looking for his son, Larry Wayne Clark, for over 20 years. He had not seen the younger Clark in 35 years. Through many internet searches John was able to locate his ex-wife of almost 40 years ago and find his son, Larry Wayne. A year after Larry was born the couple divorced. Wife Linda Gayle married a Navy warrant officer and left for Germany. In order to go to Germany with the child she gave up child support from John. Email conversations between father and son led up to them meeting in Corpus Christi on May 30 to June 2. John also met his grandson Hayden. (Editor’s note: I wonder what the last 10 years have brought. I’ll have to ask John.)*****Cheryl Donnaud became a grandmother on Friday, June 23, to a big 10.5 pound baby boy.*****Sharon Dunn’s son, Chris, is home on leave from Korea. After visiting with him, Sharon flew to Hawaii to spend time with her other son, Jason, in the United States Army, before he leaves for overseas duty. Chris picked her up in Houston on her return. She got to see both Army sons in one short span.*****The former Helen Harrington marries Herb Metsger on June 24.*****Former Astro pitcher and presently with St. Louis, Darryl Kile, was found dead in his bed. He was only 33 years old. In the 1993 season, while with the Astros, he pitched a no-hitter against the New York Mets.
35 Years Ago-1977
While most people believe that Tommy Robinson would be named chief of police to replace Wilson Roberts, Hank Eckhardt was unexpectedly named the new BC police chief.*****The Rotary Club of Bridge City will install new officers this Thursday. H.D. Pate will replace outgoing club president Roy Dunn. Other new officers include the Rev. Don Richey, first vice president. Also, Bill Weisman and the Rev. Ed Robinson, J.R. Wilson will serve as secretary, while William Bill Nacol will fill the position of sergeant of arms. New directors will include Robert “Bobby” Cormier, Jim Moss, Lynn Emerson and C.W. “Bubba” Hubbard. Lew Malcom will install the new officers.*****Larry Ward and Bill Godwin are new owners of Bridge City Building, formerly Fields Lumber.*****One of the county’s sexiest women, Judy Wyatt, will celebrate a birthday on June 26. She’s in her early-to-mid 20s.*****Betty Em and Bernard Giarratano are celebrating their anniversary on Friday, June 24. A beautiful love story. Bernard is a shrink who was once a priest.*****Ron Decker is one of the most active people around. He stars in several activities at once and also manages to hold on to a job. He has lost a considerable amount of weight but it looks good off.*****Benny Mazzola is named temporary chairman of the Orange Optimist Club that is now being formed.*****Three employees quit the Bridge City water district. They are manager Clarence Bufford, asst. manager Walter Dupuis and secretary Helen Burrow. More resignations are expected.*****Grover Halliburton installed Mary Patillo as president of the Orange County Senior Citizens chapter. She succeeds her husband, Sheriff Buck Patillo.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Frankie Allen, Keith Kay, Marie Norton, Justin Roberts, Debbie Johansson, Gregory Darbonne, Loretta Beck, Lynda Phillips, Tyler Bailey, Dustin Hartsfield, Sarah Claybar, Sharon Wright, Wesley Darbonne, Dan Dumas, David Dubose, John Cooper, Melanie Broussard, Don Finley, Paul Richardson, Gean Hammett, Caitlin Wells, Charlene Braus, Nora Anne Minor, Phyllis Nimitz, Mary Foreman, Laurie Louvier, Ken Johnson, Roberta Overstreet, Sissy Braus, Betty Merchant, Jeania Craus, Kim Turbeville, Jaden Trahan, Ronnie Broussard, Barbara Garza, Wesley Smith, Amanda Adams, Judy Gerrald, Kathy Marsh, Erin McFarlane, Chris Humble, Linda Taylor, Becky Hodgkinson, Marie Williamson, Phyllis Davis, Reggie Rogers, Jan Henry, Judy Cagle, Rodney Davis, Sherby Dixon, Barbara Whitrock, Bridgett Teaff, Claudine Hogan and David Kimbell.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
Our friend Doug Harrington, who has been battling throat cancer stopped in to see us Friday. He’s a long way from being recovered but he’s much better. He’s lost 40 pounds that he didn’t need anyway but not a pleasant way to lose weight. He say’s “”I’ve had my ass kicked a couple of times in my life but nothing compared to the ass kicking I got from radiation treatment.”*****Neighbor Cox stopped in at the same time so it was a neighborhood reunion. Ms. Jenny has been out of town so he says K-Dan’s, in Orangefield, has been feeding him. Great food and always fresh vegetables according to Cox. His garden has been taken over by the stink bugs and is just a sorry crop.*****Our friends at JB’s Barbecue Restaurant is holding their 40th anniversary on June 20 and 21. A big celebration, free items, great food and still the best Bar -B-Que around. J.B. Arrington, the old man himself, will be around telling his great stories. Ya‘ll come. See you at JB‘s.*****A few folks we know celebrating their special day. County Commissioner David Dubose celebrates his birthday June 21. He shares that day with former banker John Cooper and Coach Wade Phillips, who turns 65. It seems only the other day his dad Bum was 65.****Gean Hammett, Charlene Braus and DonFiney all celebrate birthdays June 22.***Sissy Braus, Ken Johnson, Mary Forman and Jaden Trahan all celebrate on June 23.***Our buddy Amanda Adams, mother of the twins Luke and Mason, will mark another birthday on June 24. Also on that day Tobby’s bride, Kathy Marsh, will celebrate.***Our friend Chris Humble will come up on another birthday on June 25.***Pretty Claudine Hogan, a nice lady, celebrates on June 26 as does Sherby Dixon and Judy Cagle.*****I will remember June 25, 1950 because that was the start of the Korean War. Some call it a war, others refer to it as a conflict.*****Our friends Sue and Tommy Simar have fixed us up with some fresh, first-crop figs. It’s my favorite fruit or it might be a vegetable. I just learned watermelon is a vegetable, first cousin to the cucumber, and tomato is a fruit. Anyway, Sue will be making some figs available in the next couple of weeks. If you plan on putting up figs, you might want to give her a call at 883-3619.*****One of Pat Pate’s twin sons, Erik Essler, had surgery at Herman Hospital in Houston last week for cancer. So far everything has gone well. The young man attends school in the Islands and if everything goes well, he plans on transferring to Texas A&M next year. Pat and his brother were with him in Houston.*****Rodney King, whose beating by police 21 years ago in Los Angeles triggered riots, died Sunday, June 17 at age 47 in his swimming pool. The three day rioting led to 55 people killed, 2000 injured, and $1 billion in fire and destruction after the policemen were found “Not Guilty.“ Rodney will always be known for his passionate plea, “Can’t we all get along,” during the riot.*****President Obama’s decision not to seek deportation of a million young illegal immigrants is the right thing to do right now. Every recent president has selectively enforced immigration law. Otherwise it means trying to round up 11 million illegal immigrants and that’s not going to happen regardless of who is president. Obama’s decision is much like the Dream Act, if passed by the congress, would have granted young immigrants legal status and provide them a path to citizenship. Congress again sat on their hands. Since President Obama took office he has sent home over a million people, more than any president. He also put more boots on the border and illegal crossings are at an all time low. A better solution of course would be for congress to pass comprehensive reform.*****Our friend, Keith Wallace at Reliable Cleaners, has a great special at all locations right now. Golf shorts and shirts done for only $1.99. Now that’s a real bargain. Dig’um out and bring’um in.*****We’re hearing some great things about Dr. Trash, the chiropractor. He’s helping a lot of people. Allen Dunn, Nicole Gibbs and a host of other ailing people swear by him.*****Mitt Romney won’t be able to attend the opening of the Olympic games in London this summer like he had planned before he got put in an imigration box by President Obama. His wife Ann however will attend. Jan Ebeling, Mrs. Romney’s longtime riding tutor, will take their horse Rafalca, who earned a berth on the U.S. Olympic dressage team. Everyone agrees that high stepping horse event is a rich persons sport.
Lionel Richie will be 63 on June 20; Nicole Kidman, 45; John Goodman, 60.***Prince William will be 30 on June 21 and Juliette Lewis will be 39.***Meryl Streep will be 63 on June 22; Carson Daly, 39 and Cyndi Lauper, 59.***On June 23, Randy Jackson will be 56; Selma Blair 40 and Jason Mraz, 35.***Carly Simon will be 67 on June 25; and George Michael will be 49.***Chris Isaak will be 56 on June 26;Chris O’Donnell, 42; Derek Jeter, 38 and Michael Vick will be 32.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
Sostan’s sister-in-law, Leona, wat married to Sostan’s brother Felix has been in bad health her. Even dough da doctor told her she probably would live only eight or seven more monts, she still looks good and healthy. Anyhow, Leona wanted to go back and visit New Orleans and have a good time. She made every shop on Burbon Street her. She drank a Hurricane at Pat O’Briens and toured all da antique shops, den she went to Café de Monde for some of dem good bienets. While dere she watch de artist on Jackson Square wat is painting pictures of da tourists. Leona she diside her dat she want to get her portrait painted. She sat down in da chair and told da artist to paint her wearing diamond earrings, a diamond necklace, emerald bracelets, a ruby brooch and a gold Rolex.
Da artist him, is confused. “But you not wearing any of dose tings you,” he said.
“I know,” Leona said, “But wen I die me, I’m sure my husband Felix will remarry him, and I want his new wife to go crazy looking for da jewelry her.”
The Orangefield School board election will be held Nov. 6, the same day as the General Election. That should make for a much larger turnout than usual. Already we have heard that five candidates will challenge incumbents for four seats on the board. The first day to file is July 21. Smoke this early makes for a wildfire come election time.*****In other OISD business, Larry Haynes, asst. elementary school principal, resigned Monday. The District has several positions to fill.*****On the congressional front, what are we going to end up with in Dist. 36? A runoff between Republican Steve Stockman and Stephen Takach will take place July 31. No Democrat in that race so there’s our choice. A couple of old boys from the Houston area that will really care about Orange County. Perry’s gerrymandering has screwed us for years and there is no light in sight.*****The big shootout for United States senate between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz will be held July 31 also. A light turnout could be bad for Dewhurst. The national Tea Party is putting all their marbles in for Cruz. A Cruz win would be good for Paul Sadler, a Blue Dog conservative Democrat, who has been endorsed by every major newspaper in the state. I’ll tell you more about Paul later but first he has to win a runoff against Yarborough, an unknown 76 year old who has never held office. He just capitalized on the name and got in the July 31 runoff. Sadler visited the Wednesday Lunch Bunch a few weeks back. He has a great record.*****Speaking of the Lunch Bunch, they dine at Robert’s this week and Novrozsky’s next week.*****I’ve used up my time. Thanks for yours. Please read us cover to cover and shop our family of advertisers. Also be sure to keep up with daily news on our website TheRecordLive.com. Have a great week, take care and God bless.