From the Creaux’s Nest
LOCAL YOUNGSTERS – SUPER TIME AT SUPER BOWL XLVII
Even though neither of their favorite teams, the Saints or Texans, were in the Super Bowl, Roy’s two grandsons, Sean and Collin Gros, couldn’t have picked a better Super Bowl to attend. It had all the elements of a great game then some. A record setting 108 yard kick off return, great goal line stands and a close game that the Baltimore Ravens eventually won 34 to 31 over the San Francisco 49ers. The lights in the Super Dome in New Orleans went out causing a 33 minute, 55 second game delay. A record setting 164 million viewers watched and waited for the lights to come back on. The brothers, who were seated behind the Raven bench, had a good view of the players interacting during the intermission. Of course watching 17-year veteran Ray Lewis, who won his second Super Bowl ring, was a trip in itself for the boys. Half time was a blast. Texan Beyonce dressed in leather performing with Destiny’s Child, was a great concert and class act. There is everyone else then there is Beyonce. The entire game pageantry was festive, like only New Orleans can put on, with several tons of confetti covering the Dome from all directions at games end. The two brothers were pulling for different teams but there were also two more important brothers on opposite sides of the field. Coach John Harbaugh and his 15 month older brother Jim. John and his Ravens won, Jim had a chance to win after climbing from a 21-6 deficit at halftime and then the lights went out and the 49ers surged to within three points. Collin and Jim, the youngest brothers both won. What would Jim tell his older brother at midfield after he beat him. Vegas was betting the meeting would last eight seconds plus, but it took less than five seconds. John told Jim, “I love you.” Jim responded saying, “Congratulations.” That was it. Later John said Jim is the best coach in the NFL, “Just look what he’s accomplished with the 49ers over the last two years.” John said facing Jim after the game was the hardest part. As for Sean and Collin, it was a once in a lifetime experience that will stick with them throughout the ages. Jan. 16, 1972 their grandfather attended Super Bowl VI, Dallas beat Miami 24-3 at Tulane Stadium and he still talks about it. Despite getting sick on stadium food, Collin says it was worth every bit of it. He still hasn’t gotten up the nerve to razz his older and bigger brother Sean about his Ravens winning. *****I’ve gotta move on. Come along, it won’t do you no harm.
KREE MAKES IDOL’S TOP 40
Even though Kree Harrison, whose roots run deep in Orange County, wasn’t featured on the live American Idol show last week, she is listed as number 15 of the top favorites. Like many others, Kree was held back for the Las Vegas showing. The judges will decide who advances to the top 20, 10 girls, 10 boys, and then the viewers will decide the top 10. wet paint.com American Idol had Kree on their top 40 spoiler list. Although they predicted that this season’s winner would be more of an Adele-Beyonce singer, Kree Harrison is forcing them to rethink their forecast. She could be the spoiler of season 12. Season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery, and Lauren Alaina, runner up, both country singers, have done extremely well. Kree, who has her late mother’s good looks, was signed at age 12 by Lyric Street Records, an imprint of Disney, but creative differences because she wanted to stick to her country roots ended the relationship with the label. The ending of that relationship allowed her to be eligible for Idol. Kree may just have what it takes to win it all. Orange County will be pulling for their native daughter.
Cecil Paul Bryant would have been 92 years of age on Feb. 13. A native of Hicks, Louisiana and a graduate of Slagle High School, Lamar College and the University of Houston, where he earned a BS and a masters degree. He spent his life in education as did Ann, his wife of 64 years. Cecil is credited with naming the Bridge City mascot, “Cardinal” after the Lamar Cardinals, where he attended college. He and brother Casey were the first coaches at Bridge City after it became a high school. Over the years, the Bryant brothers contributed a lot to the advancement of the Bridge City community. Casey died at Christmas a few years ago. They came from a poor family of 13 children. At one time, Cecil was the largest property owner in Bridge City and also owned several post offices around the country. He also was a charter director of the Bridge City Bank. He was never known to waste a nickel and never passed up a penny on the ground. He was highly intelligent and a guy I liked a lot. Our deepest sympathies to Ms. Ann, son Paul, daughter Lisa and their families. Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.
REMEMBERING THE “BIRDMAN”
Bert “Birdman” Hjerpe, age 80, will be laid to rest at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. Services will be held at Memorial Funeral Home in Vidor. Every youngster raised in Bridge City over the past 50 years knew of the “Birdman.” Bert, who was an Army veteran, served during the Korean War. He always carried seeds to feed the birds. I sat on a bench with him at Market Basket and found out he was just as knowledgeable as his high school classmate and friend Fred Gregory had told me he was. Bert did a lot of things out of the ordinary but what always amazed me the most was that he would walk from Bridge City to downtown Port Arthur, turn around and walk back the same day and would never accept a ride. For years, he walked the streets of Bridge City always helping the elderly and needy until a hurricane destroyed the apartment he live in and he was forced to move to Vidor where he died. He will long be remembered as the man who would stop and point at the sky. Now he’s gone to that place. May he rest in peace. Please see obit.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
10 Years Ago-2003
Between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, the Columbia space shuttle literally disintegrated in the skies over East Texas. The seven astronauts were found on the ground with the majority of the space craft landing between San Augustine and Jasper. Orange County rallied to help Fire departments from Mauriceville, McLewis, Orange, Little Cypress, Pinehurst, Bridge City and West Orange sent volunteers and also many citizens volunteered.*****Frances Harris, who fled to Honduras with her granddaughter pled guilty Monday, Feb. 3, to federal charges for international parental kidnapping. Harris fled to Honduras with her 3-year-old granddaughter, Nocona Lynn Smith, eight years ago. Authorities arrested her Sept. 24, 2002, at her home on the Honduras island of Roatan and brought her and Nocona, 11, back to Southeast Texas. Harris has contended that she fled with the child because she believed that she was being abused. Harris said she fled after she had exhausted all legal avenues to help protect her granddaughter. (Editor’s note: Frances served her prison time. She has since written a book “Seashell Prisoners” telling her story. The book is available at amazon.com*****Willie Ray Smith award finalist Matt Peebles, of Bridge City, signs to play football for the New Mexico Lobos. Peebles ranks as the number two Cardinal on the All-Time rushing list.*****West Orange quarterback Joey Byerly has committed to the Eagles of North Texas.*** “The Mean Green” Vontearr Edwards, a Willie Ray defensive finalist, has made a commitment to play at McNeese.***Little Cypress-Mauriceville had one signee, lineman Justin Trahan, who signed with Harding University in Arkansas.*****Texas Tech has announced that Laura Bergman, of Bridge City, has made the President’s List with a 4.0 grade point. She is the daughter of Liz and Drew Bergman.*****Mary Earlene Sharp, 63, of Bridge City, died Feb. 2.***Hattie Bradshaw, 94, a resident of Bridge City since 1938, died Feb. 1.***Dolores Copeland, 69, of Orange, died Wednesday, Jan. 29.***J.D. Dubose, 88, of Orange, died Jan. 28.***Gloria Stegall, 77, of Bridge City, died Jan. 25 in Austin after a brief illness.***Mary Granger, 81, died Jan. 31.*****Orangefield High sophomore Angela Ledford, 16, competes in Miss Texas Teen U.S. A.. She represents Orange County and is featured in Texas Monthly magazine. *****A special lady, Thelma Thurmond celebrates her 90th birthday Feb. 2. *****On Feb. 5th, sue “MeMaw” Gunn, turned 90. *****Arthur Anderson celebrates his 90th birthday and he and Anabell’s 65th wedding anniversary. (Editor’s note: all of the above birthday folks have since died.)*****President Ronald Reagan turns 92 on Feb. 6. He doesn’t know it; the President is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. *****Clint Black and Garth Brooks both turn 41 this week. Clint on Feb. 4 and Garth on Feb. 7.
40 Years Ago-1973
Orange County Employees Credit Union elects officers. Don Kachtik, president; A.J. McKeenzie, vice president; Helen Williams, secretary and Vivian Dorman, treasurer. Board members are Ethel Burton, Katherine Hutto and Sharon Bearden.*****When Harry Stephens, who has been out of town with his family, returned home and turned on his TV, he discovered a tornado had just hit in the 500 block of Front Avenue. Harry left his house like a shot and at lightning speed, drove to his store only to find out the announcement was a mock demonstration by the state guard. Harry is taking quite a kidding.*****The Orange Lions club, which was chartered May 12, 1937, still has two charter members, Dan Cable Jr. and A.E. Jack Fuller. The club chartered with 24 members. Today it has 132 members. *****One year ago, on Jan. 31, 1972, young Clay Holbrook died. He was the son of Vivian and Fain Holbrook. The family remembers him with a poem printed in the local paper. (Editor‘s note: Fain has since died but Ms. Vivian is still with us.)*****Jerry Wimberly’s partner at New Car Trade Ins, Richard Gandy, ended up with a sore neck after catching 90 catfish at Toledo Bend over the weekend.*****Four West Orange junior high students are named to the all Regent Band. They are Jeff Bates, Brent Alford, J. Crew and Lawrence Abrego.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Grant Jones, Haley Arnold, Harold M. Collins, Lindsey Day, David Gryder, Peggy Jones, Cindy Lessard, Nancy Ewing, Darlene Brown, Charles Smith, Jamie Beaulieu, Jeanna Campbell, Luke Lyons, Jeremy Sleeman, Kaitlyn Ezell, Lois Powell, Dolores McQueen, Addison Geldard, Kezavien Roberts, Todd Landry, Barbara Fix, Doyce Sherman, Lisa Woods, Jivin’ Gene, Karen Fusiler,, Leonard Bock, Sandy Sanford, Cynthia Fisher, Helen Dean, Peggy Albair, Shane Brister, Trevor Gunn, Tyler Gunn, Bobby Arnold, Kevin Bourque, Deric Prevost, Eric Prevost, Jody Connor, Stephen Allen, Tom Stephenson, Brittany Carpenter, Christy Reves, Delondra Cooper, Dola Rucker, Jordan Guererro, Marjorie Gandy, Michele Moore and Sara Childs.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
Our friend Phillip Welch is the new interim athletic director at Hardin-Jefferson School District. Phillip wears several hats. He’s a part-time P.R. man for Granger Chevrolet and now that he’s working five-eighth’s of the time. He probably has room for one more part-time job. He will now be off on Wednesday so he can still make the Lunch Bunch gathering which meets at Novrozsky’s this week and back at Robert’s next week. Everyone is always welcome to join the Bunch.*****Judge Janice and Judge Peck were both attending required school in Galveston and are due back today. Meanwhile, Judge Derry was in Utah so J.P. Rodney Price was holding down the fort countywide, 24 hours a day. It’s keeping him jumping. *****We ran into Don Stanton. He’s looking good for a guy who was near death three years ago. He looked sharp in his pressed blue jeans and western boots. It was good to see him but to be honest, I would have much rather have run into Mary.*****I haven’t seen Shockley, Brad and the boys at the Exxpress Mart on Texas Ave. since manager Courtney Myers has been transferred. Edgar and Bootie are still there but it’s not the same without Courtney and the old crew. *****February 10 is Chinese New Year, “Year of the Snake.” I know some of them, snakes that is. *****Norman Berry stopped by. He says a few of the guys are still gathering at the Kroger Koffee Klub. Several have passed away in the last few years. They invite anyone to come join in fellowship with the KKK. *****Betty and Corky Harmon attended the graduation of one of their grandsons in Dallas Saturday. They hated to miss the Mardi Gras parade that they participate in every year. By the way, the parade went well and everyone had a great time. *****A few folks we know celebrating their special day. On Feb. 6, Neighbor Cox and Miss Ginny’s pride and joy, their daughter Karen Duplechin, the school teacher, wife of Keith and mother of three boys, and now a resident of Oklahoma, celebrates her big day. She’s a year older but just as pretty. She keeps up with us on our website. *****Edee and Charlie Pratt mark their 54th wedding anniversary on Feb. 7. Sadly Charlie is very ill and unable to communicate. Our thoughts are with those people. *****Feb. 8, is a very special day for the Dunn family. Delilah Ballou, Mark’s granddaughter, turns 5-years-old. She’s Mark’s daughter Jenna’s youngest child, Nate, now 10, is Delilah’s big brother. Jenna, dad Robby and the family all live in Massachusetts. ***“Big Daddy” the crawfish man, Todd Landry, also celebrates his birthday on Feb. 8. He’s having a crawfish boil to celebrate. ***Doyce Sherman, the boy from Abbeville, celebrates on Feb. 8. ***That’s also a big day for Karen Fuselier and her buddy, Jivin’ Gene Bourgeois. Those two together are a handful. ***Our buddy Peggy Albair, the ship captain at Peggy’s on the Bayou, celebrates Feb. 10. ***Twins Trevor and Tyler Gunn turn 18 on Feb. 10. It looks like just a couple of years ago I was writing about their 4th birthday. ***Deric and Eric Prevost celebrate on Feb. 11. ***Brittany Carpenter also celebrates Feb. 11. ***On Feb. 12, Sara Childs, Dola Rucker, Michele Moore and Marjorie Gandy all celebrate. Happy birthday and best wishes to all. Please see complete list in this issue. *****Johnny Dishon who was drafted by Milwaukee in 2010 leaves for spring training in Arizona March 3. He’s not sure where he will be playing next season but he says, “Just as long as I’m playing.” Johnny was seen observing Bridge City baseball practice last Saturday. He was a three sports star at B.C. He was All State in baseball and batted .488 with 15 home runs and 23 stolen bases. In 2007, as a high school quarterback, he rushed for 1,400 yards and passed for 600. He was All District in track. Johnny says he credits former Bridge City star athlete Jamey Knight as having the greatest influence upon his athletic career. Jamey was an inspiration to many youngsters in his playing days at Bridge City. *****Our prayers go out to our friend Joe Luna Jr. He discovered that his cancer that had been in remission since 2005 has returned with two tumors on his liver. He has been taking Chemo but because of other problems scheduled surgery has been put off. I’m not sure what the latest is on Joe but we wish him God speed. *****Karen Jo’s husband of nearly 40 years, Robert Vance, retired this week and is headed for the easy chair. He put in 20 years at GSU Power Plant and then 18 years with Lanxess, (Bayer-Goodrich). Robert started working when he was 12 years old mowing lawns with an old mower he fixed up. He says, “Karen Jo still working is priceless.”
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
Joe Guilbeaux tole his friend Eugene Badeaux dat he was having trouble selling his truck him, because it’s got over 200,000 miles on it. He was jus axeing $1,500 for it. Guilbeaux advised him to set the odometer back to 50,000 miles to make it easier to sell.
A few weeks later da two mens ran into each other again. Guilbeaux axe Badeaux, “Have you sold you truck yet?”
Badeaux replied, “Mais no, I don’t want to sell my truck, it don’t got but 50,000 miles on it.
Our friends at aNe Insurance will be holding their grand opening and ribbon cutting next Tuesday, Feb. 12, 8 a.m., at 1025 Texas Ave. in Bridge City Ellen Nickum and the staff invites everyone to stop by for refreshments. The new insurance company offers a verity of plans and companies with lower rates and good service.*****Our buddy Patsy has opened her new business, Patsy Peck Travel. Her email address email@example.com. She’ll be having tours but also she can help you with any travel plans and she is really good at it.*****Hard to believe that President Ronald Reagan would be 102 years old today, Feb. 6.*****Lyndia Permenter is a special sweetheart and has already remembered me and Creaux for Valentine’s Day.*****Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the biggest loser on Capital Hill is 0-12 on bills that have passed the Senate. Even Senator Cornyn is 4-8. That’s why the Tea Party is trying to find an opponent against him. They say he’s not conservative enough.*****Next Tuesday is Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins. No school. In Louisiana that is.*****Read us cover to cover, check us on the web, TheRecordLive.com and please shop our family of advertisers. Don’t get fooled by this fake Spring. Take care and God bless.