Well, we made it through another year and 2013 blew in dropping over two inches of rain. In the past year we lost a lot of friends, that’s the sad part, and the New Year will probably bring more of the same. I had a good year on my predictions. I got an email where someone complimented me on my guesses. Too much goes into what I do to call it guessing. An email from Mike says, “You’re not always right but I’m impressed with how seldom you’re wrong.” Then one from J.B. asked, “How do you do that?” It’s a range of things. Most people who are successful predict with their head not their heart. It takes a lot of reading and research from many sources. You can’t just tune into MSNBC, FOX or talk radio and get a fair assessment. Mostly they spin only one side. I had intended to make a few predictions, both state and national, but I’ve been down in the bottom of a barrel and can’t seem to get out of it. ***** Now about the fiscal cliff which consumed all the news. A deal has been struck by the senate, 89-8.. It’s not a great deal for either side and it’s prolonging more infighting in a couple of months dealing with the debt ceiling. I had predicted President Obama would move to extend tax cuts for individuals from $250,000 to $500,000. The deal closed at $450,000 for couples. Jobless benefits were extended for one year. Doctors won’t get the 27 percent cut in Medicare payments, Medicare and Social Security were protected for now, however, that will have to be hammered out to reach a balance between income and cuts. The Democratic side of congress agreed and called for an up and down vote but again Eric Canter held Speaker Boehner and the congress hostage, sending the bill back to the senate, to add some amendments. That put off the vote, hanging the fiscal cliff up. Tea Partier Canter again is the obstructionist. The end result will not be passed by my deadline. A new congress comes in Thursday so everything would start all over.**** A big loss to Texas is Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson who is being replaced by Tea Party darling Ted Cruz, who is far to the right of Lt. Gov. Dewhurst. That means he’s not going to Washington to accomplish anything. He will be one of the obstructionist that blocks progress. Sen. Hutchinson was a reasonable conservative, Cruz already has admitted that he won’t be. He and Sen. Rand Paul will be two peas in one pod.***** Well, it’s official, a complete report shows that this congress is the worst in our history. They accomplished nothing. Beating President Obama was their main goal and they failed miserably at that. Congressmen earn $174,000 a year with perks up to $250,000. They were in session 129 days. Not bad pay for accomplishing nothing.*****Gotta move on. Come along, it won’t do you no harm.


On Sunday, Dec. 30, Corporal Andrew Hollier, with the Orange County Sheriff’s office, surprised his wife of 25 years, Shelly, with a celebration. Andrew was able to keep it all a secret by telling her they were just going to take pictures after church that morning so they all had to dress up. The family left for Commonground Community Church, in Bridge City, on Sunday morning and after the church service the pastor who had married them 25 years ago officiated as they renewed their vows. Andrew did not stop there. He had a limousine pick them up and drive them back to their house for a celebration with family, friends, gumbo, cake and all the trimmings. After the reception, the happy couple left for a second honeymoon trip to Galveston. Andrew and Shelly should be good for another 25 years now.*****We are glad to report that West Orange mayor Roy McDonald had surgery, is home and doing well. His fight is not over but so far he’s winning.*****Dist. Clerk Deputy Janet Reed Greene will retire Friday, Jan. 4, from the Courthouse. She first worked in the DA’s office back in the 70’s. She will be greatly missed around the Courthouse.*****District Attorney John Kimbrough replaced Judge Rogers with Michelle Brister as new Assistant District Attorney.*****Attorney Lynwood Sanders was in a bad wreck last week when he rolled his duel cab Ford pickup truck. The other driver ran a red light at Hwy. 62 and IH-10. Although Lynwood’s truck rolled a few times he came out just fine. He said air bags went off everywhere. The wreck was on Sunday and on Monday he went back to the Ford place to ordered another truck just like it. He gives all the praise to God for saving his life on this one.*****Retired County Treasurer Vergie Moreland and her husband Larry just returned from enjoying the Christmas lights in Marshall, Texas. Vergie stays busy since her retirement.*****County Clerk Deputy Stacy Wells received an engagement ring for Christmas. There could be an Easter wedding in the works for she and fiancé’ Jude Hebert who is employed by David Self Ford.*****Larry Jacobs, who returned to Bridge City many years ago from Oregon, married Jan Prince Bock and began Wealth Management  has been joined in his  business by his son, who has recently moved to Bridge City from Oregon


Some of the high profile people that we got to know who left us in 2012. The latest is Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, 78. He died Dec. 27. “Stormin Norman” is compared to other great generals like Ike, and Douglas MacArthur. A decorated soldier in Vietnam, he commanded operation “Desert Storm,” a coalition of about 30 countries.

A few of the others dying in 2012, Ernest Borguine, 95; Phyllis Diller, 95; Gore Vidal, 86; Vidal Sasson, 84; Larry Hagman, 81; George Lindsey, 83; Robin Gibb, 62; Andy Griffith, 86; Sherman (George Jefferson) Hemsley, 74; Etta James, 73; Whitney Houston, 48; Donna Summers, 63; Dick Clark, 82; Andy Williams, 84; Kitty Wells, 91; Doc Watson, 89; Earl Scruggs, 88; Johnny Otis, 90; Davy Jones, 66; Rodney King, 47; Sen. Warren Rudman, 82; Sen. Arlen Specter, 82; Helen Gurley Brown, 90; Neil Armstrong, 82; Sally Ride, 61; Coach Joe Paterno, 85; Newsman Mike Wallace, 92; Sen. George McGovern, 90; Boxer Hectar Comacho, 50; Trainer Angelo Dundee, 90; Coach Darrell Royal, 88; Sen. Daniel Inouye, 88 and Judge Robert Bork, 85.


10 Years Ago-2003

Newly elected county officials sworn into office Jan. 1 were Janice Menard, Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace; Roy Derry Dunn, Pct. 2, Justice of the Peace; Beamon Minton, County Commissioner, Pct. 4, sworn in by Judge Carl Thibodeaux. He was accompanied by his wife Mary Ann.; Owen Burton, Commissioner, Pct. 2, sworn into office by Judge Dennis Powell, 163rd Dist. Judge. Burton was accompanied by wife Nelda, daughter Anna, grandson Rylan Breaux and granddaughter Nocona Smith. *****Raymond Smith will be installed chairman at the annual Chamber banquet, Jan. 9. Smith replaces Carl Himel.*****Lou Raburn is still sporting a couple of black eyes after something in her attic fell on her causing a concussion. She was digging in the attic for Christmas decorations.*****Dr. Williams told Grover that giving Halliburton a prescription for Viagra would be like putting a new flagpole on a condemned building.*****Pretty Lynda Peck hit a heavy barbell weight and broke her heel. The cast runs up to her calf. *****Judge Pat didn’t like the Aggie colors painted in his courtroom so Judge Thibodeaux changed the color but wouldn’t agree to burnt orange. *****Bridge City soldier Chris Menard came home from Fort Hood on New year’s Day but rushed back to have lunch with President George W. Bush, who was visiting the base.*****Elvis Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935, and died Aug. 16, 1977. (Editor’s note: Hard to believe that will be 36 years ago.)*****Mr. and Mrs. Grady Johnson celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss. *****Louis Dugas says, “The Visitors Bureau of Orange has a history of welcoming visitors, it was once the city jail.”*****Bessie Hance Permentor, 76, died Jan. 2. ***Jack Wood, 73, died Jan. 3. ***W.R. Bill Potter, 94, died Jan. 5. *****Crawfish cornbread is made in Bridge City by Lynard and Cheryl Stout. *****The Record Newspapers outdoor columnists, Capt. Dickie Colburn and Capt. Chuck Uzzle are featured at the Beaumont Winter Boat Show. Both will present sessions.


35 Years Ago-1978

Don Burgess is sworn in Sunday as 260th district judge by partner H.D. Pate. Wife Bobbie held the Bible.*****W.T. Oliver started the day before preparing a feast for the New year’s Eve party and 23rd wedding anniversary celebration of Roy and Phyllis Dunn. The gathering was held at the Dunn home. Oliver featured 20-gallons of gumbo, 20 gallons of jambalaya, five gallons of sausage and black-eyed peas. Mexican corn bread and other trimmings. Paul Wise furnished the back up music for a variety of singers. A highlight was the picking and singing of Father Walter Montedon. Between walking their baby Jenny, Gordon and Diane Baxter did a couple of numbers. H.D. Pate sang along and prompted Sen. Carl Parker into singing ten songs by announcing the Senator didn’t know but two. Vicki Curtis and Dennis Hall teamed up on the guitar while the crew harmonized. Furnishing foot-tapping and leg-clapping were State Legislator Wayne Peveto, Judge Grover Halliburton, Betty and Bernard Gaiarratano, Danny Brack, Judge Burgess, Barbara Gillis, Sue Pate and Betty Harmon. Big eaters were Bobby Cormier, Dewey “Teddy Bear” Cox, Bill Forte, Jack Parcel, Tim Lieby, James Fontenot and Ace Amedo. Don Jacobs sang his novelty songs, including “The Legend of Roy Dunn.” Harold Beeson, judge of Rose City, author and newspaper reporter, came without Shelia. The only time he ever behaved. Around 100 folks attended the annual party. *****Bridge City resident John Dubose was named business manager and controller of the Port Arthur News.


Amber Cortez, Angela Abshire, Cody Johnson, Courtney Anderson, David Villanoueva, Jason Sieck, June Gunstream, Kathy Mercer, O’Neal Waldrop, Betty Johnson, Ann Burns, Alvin Wright, Barbara Dardeau, Betty Johnston, Devin Force, Lillian Wray, Mary Williams, Nancy Lapeyrolerie, Marilou Pachar Gunn, Catherine Young, Deborah Schlicher, Malinda Vail, Patsy Dowder, Jeff Peveto, Clint Reves, Louise Dubose, Sherry Morgan, Marvin Ziller, Skipper Free, Max Geldard, Micah McFarlane, Betty Jagen, Carl Floyd, Jo Green, Libby Campbell, Michael Collins, Ted Arnold, Teresa Collins, Mike Comeaux, Joey Halliburton, Nadine Whitsett, Philipp Hunt, Sandra Cole and Sean Brinson.


All three Orange County boys in the NFL make playoffs. Coach Wade Phillips and the Texans have lost the last two games but ended up 12-4. Houston will take on the Bengals Saturday, 3:30 p.m. at Reliant. The game will be televised on NBC. ***Earl Thomas and his Seahawks will take on the Redskins in Washington, Sunday, 3:30 p.m. on FOX. ***Matt Bryant and the Atlanta Falcons got a first round bye. Not too many, if any, county in the country with a population of 80,000 can claim three native sons participating in NFL playoffs. Earl Thomas has also been selected for the Pro Bowl. .*****Ms. Pearl Burgess has another of her poems in this issue. I saw her go by in her big car and I thought how amazing that at 92 she doesn’t let anything hold her back. What a sweetheart, “Pearly just keep on a rolling, have a great year in 2013.”*****President Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are USA’s most admired persons. Clinton has been named 16 times. First Lady Michelle Obama came in second behind her. Oprah Winfrey was number three and Condoleezza Rice number four. President Obama received the largest bump in the survey. His tally nearly doubled from 2011 to this year. *****ATV‘s Etc now open on Western Ave., in West Orange. The new business is owned by Gary and Teina Usery. Because of low overhead they offer the best prices in Texas and also first class service. Great, friendly folks you will like doing business with. Stop by, look ‘um over.*****Coming in 2013, I would guess late June or early July a royal baby will arrive to Prince William and Duchess Catherine (Kate).*****Two old country boys,, Hall of Famers, the two Georges, Jones and Strait, will be on the road again for the last time before the legends hang up their touring boots. They will pack their bus in 2013, looking back at what a great run they‘ve had. Before they hang up their guitars wouldn‘t it be great for them to make one final album together. *****Taylor Swift, who‘s ‘Red’ outsold every other album, is doing a 45-city tour and it‘s already a hot ticket. Taylor and country music will dominate this year. Shows by Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and others like Blake Shelton will keep country on the top burner.******Yankee Derek Jeter, who broke his ankle in game one of the AL championship, will be back. Again Jeter will be baseballs most popular player. *****A good guess would be Payton Manning and Bronco‘s against Tom Brady of the New England patriots in the Super Bowl. *****My guess is that the Kansas City Chiefs will select quarterback Geno Smith as first pick. *****Chip Kelly won‘t replace Andy Reid with the Eagles but the Oregon coach could end up coach at San Diego. Ray Lewis will return for his 18th season with Baltimore.******A few folks celebrating their special day: Jan. 2, finds Cody Johnson, June Gunstream and Kathy Mercer celebrating birthdays.***On Jan. 3, our good friend, Commissioner Owen Burton hit’s a milestone but thankfully he has Ms. Nelda, a good nurse, to look after him.*** Roy Simar, on this day, climbs another step up the ladder.***Barbara Dardeau, Ann Burns and Betty Johnson are a year older also.*****On Jan. 4, Pretty Vergie Moreland celebrates another year. Vergie just doesn’t age. ***Our friend Beth Rach for her birthday lost her job in the State Representative‘s office. Jan. 1, marked the end of Mike Hamilton and thanks to Rick Perry, also the end of a State Representation in Orange County. ***Our old friend, longtime mouth of KOGT radio, Richard Corder celebrates another. We send best wishes, “Let’s Go Fishing.”***Also celebrating on this day is Nancy Lapeyrolerie.*****On Jan. 5, Marilou Pachar Gunn, who seems to be the aunt to a lot of old local boys, Yank, Al and Dean, plus she’s Tommy Gunn’s mom, celebrates 85 years. ***Another very nice lady, Vivian Holbrooks celebrates this day. We have lost track of her. Ms Vivian, please give me a call. *****On Jan. 6, Skipper Free, who was born in Shangri La, turns 70-something. *****On Jan. 7, Sue’s little boy Mike Collins has fast passed middle-age. Those boys grew up too fast. ***Also Teresa Collins, Libby Campbell and Betty Jagen celebrate. ***** Jan. 8, a kid we knew as a puppy, Lanston Fall, is closer today to 60 than he is 50. ***Sean Brinson, Mike Comeaux, Phillip Hunt and Sandra Cole all celebrate. Happy birthday to all. (Please see complete list.)*****After watching LSU get beat 25-24 by Clemson on a last minute field goal, I was disillusioned about watching any New Year’s Day bowl games. The big game for me is Friday’s Cotton Bowl between the Aggies and Oklahoma, 7 p.m. on FOX. Next Monday, Jan. 7, is the BCS National Championship game at Miami between Notre Dame and Alabama, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Those are the only two games that interest me.*****Seven head coaches and five general managers are fired in the NFL. I hated to see East Texas boy, Lovie Smith, with the Bears, run off. Lovie is the pride of Big Sandy. For now it looks like Jerry Jones will keep his blinders on and ride the same horses.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch is dining at Robert’s this week and back at Novrozsky’s next Wednesday noon. Everyone is always welcome. You don’t need an invitation.*****One of the best investments you can make is to buy a tractor. Really, have you ever tried buying a used tractor? Right now George, at David Self Tractor in Buna, has great inventory reduction prices on new Mahindra tractors. Price increases are expected on everything this year. There’s no better time to buy and get low note financing. Tell George we sent you.*****Hugh Hefner’s implant must still be working. New Year’s Eve the old Playboy took a bride 60 years his junior. Besides being a doll, he reports she has a lot of patience.*****Our friend Sheriff Newton Johnson, over in Shelby County, got caught in the straight party vote against President Obama and lost his seat by 80 votes. Newton was well liked and had done a good job. That straight party gimmick got a lot of good officials throughout the state.


Otis Desomeaux, las week, attended some holiday parties him. First he went to a gathering at Comeaux’s house where he drank a couple glasses of wine. Den he left dere, made a couple more stops and ended up at “Tee-Boy’s” place. By den, he was pretty sauced up him and knew full well dat he had drunk slightly over da limit but he drunk a couple more high balls. Den he did something he had never done before, he took a cab home. He passed a police roadblock but since it was a cab da police waved it past. Desomeaux him, arrive home safe witout incident and boy dat was a surprise because Desomeaux him, had never driven a cab before. He’s not sure wat to do wit it now dat it’s in his garage.


When the day started I thought the congress would act like adults and just vote up or down. Win or lose. You have to feel for Speaker Boehner. Canter and Paul Ryan are telling him they will remove him as speaker if he called for an up or down vote. Going over the cliff is a killer for the poor and middle class and will hurt Wall Street. A new congress coming in Thursday now would cancel everything that has been done. The congressional vote could still happen even in a day or so and made retroactive. Boehner has lost respect with his friends in the senate and with the President because he promised if the senate passed a bill he would call for a vote. He now has backed down. I predict this action will haunt the Republicans and will cost them the congress in two years. Even Grover Norquist was for calling a vote. Now Rush Limbaugh, Hannity and others will fan the fire. Our country deserves better than being held hostage by extremist. For now, I’ll just have to wait. I still believe a deal will be made or people will suffer. *****Secretary Hillary Clinton has developed a blood clot between the skull and brain. I’m told that is fairly common and can be dissolved with medication. Hillary ain’t finished yet.*****Gotta go. Here’s wishing you and the country a great year. Take care and God bless.