For about as long as I can remember there has been a Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo. It’s a yearly tradition that keeps us in touch with our western roots. Years ago many famous actors and singers appeared at the show, from Lefty Frizzell to Tex Ritter and etc. Today, the rodeo is still a lot of fun. It’s a great place to take the kids and let them witness the cowboy ways, bareback riding, roping, bull riding and the clowns and watch the kids chase the calves. Dress in western style and get in the spirit of the rodeo. Sheriff Keith Merritt and our friend Port Commissioner Keith Wallace, a strong supporter of the rodeo, invite everyone to come to a great Orange County outing event and tradition Friday and Saturday. I’m told the stock is good and some great, professional cowboys will compete. A cowboy is the only athlete who has no guarantee in the toughest of sports. A cowboy has only his talent. He may get nothing for putting his life at risk. Hope to see you at the Rodeo.*****I’ve got to get going. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


We send our sincere condolences to friends Jerald and Jimmy Smith, their dad John Henry and their families on the death of their mother, Shirley Smith, age 77, who died Saturday, July 13. Services will be Thursday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at Winfree Baptist Church. Visitation will be at the church Wednesday evening 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Shirley and John Henry were married 60 years and had four sons. She leaves behind many grandchildren and family who loved her. May she rest in peace.*****Our deepest sympathies also to Joyce Dubose and her family on the death of her sister, Reda Davis, 80, who passed away Saturday, July 14, in Port Arthur. Ms. Davis has been a 65 year resident of the area. Service will be held Thursday, July 18, at 10 a.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. She was a good person while with us on earth. May she rest in peace. Please see obituaries.


The worst kept secret was that Greg Abbott was running for governor of Texas. Don’t believe anything else but that Gov. Rick Perry was pressured out. His best shot would have been to run for president from the governor’s seat. I don’t think it would have made any difference. He’ll never be president or even get the Republican nomination. No one can beat Abbott, who already has a $30 million war chest. Meanwhile, 15,000 donors have raised $2 million for Sen. Wendy Davis. She can’t win for governor but I believe she would have a shot at an open attorney general’s seat. If Abbott doesn’t have strong Democratic opposition, the Republican turn out would be low. No excitement to run to the polls. On the other hand, Sen. Davis would help down ballot Democratic candidates, especially with women if she ran for attorney general. Running for governor would be a mistake and bring out the Republican base. I think she should bide her time until later when it will be a better time for Texas Democrats and women.


7 Years Ago-2006

Robert “Bob” Maron Blackshear, 83, died July 11. He was a World War II vet. He and his two sons, David and Danny, developed Waterwood, on the banks of Cow Bayou. It’s one of Orange County’s most exclusive additions. *****Kenny “Kee-Kee” Dupuis is recovering from hernia surgery. *****Jack and Lynda Stout celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 22. *****Halli and Hanna Malagarie turned 2-years-old on July 15. *****Howard and Juana Mathews, formerly of Bridge City, now residents of Bronson, Texas, were married Aug. 3, 1956. Their children will host their 50th anniversary July 29. *****OCARC celebrates 50 years of service this week. What started as a desire of a mother to have activities for her mentally challenged child, has grown into a means of giving that now includes adults. OCARC gives vocational training and skills which assist students in obtaining jobs in the private sector and leading productive lives in society.  OCARC was started by Cathryn Boyd in 1956 in her home. (Editor’s note: 58 years have gone by and the center has grown beyond belief.)*****Former U.T. quarterback Vince Young named “Big 12 Athlete of the Year.” Other Texas football players who have made the list in past few years are Derrick Johnson, 2005; Ricky Williams, 1999; Young also won the “Davey O’Brien” award given to the nation’s top quarterback. (Editor’s note: Young went pro after the Longhorns won the national championship but his star faded in the NFL.)*****Van Choate’s Tuffy’s is the place to eat great seafood in Orange County. Always serving large, tasty rolls and homemade pies, Tuffy’s is located in Mauriceville. *****Mosquito war continues in Orange County. Commissioners agree to use contingency fund money to keep the Mosquito Control Department operating. Natives say it’s the worst mosquito invasion in recent memory. Last year, after Hurricane Rita, large military planes flew over the county but this year Director Patrick Beebe says he has already surpassed the amount of spray used all of the previous year. (Editor’s note: I recall that bad skeeter year but so far this year we’ve been lucky, no rain, no skeeters.)

 37 Years Ago-1976

Robert Hanks is sales manager of Flair Real Estate, Edward Patton is in sales. *****The Bridge City/Orangefield Community Center pledges have reached $72,712. Helena Litton heads up the door-to-door collection campaign. *****BCYRA names queens and princesses chosen from Little League sweethearts at coronation. They are: Pee-Wee queen, Kellie Bradley; Minor League queen is Valli Lemoine, princess is Dawn Hanson; Major League queens, Rosalyn Dailey and Angie Welch, princess is Janet Brunell.*****The Bridge City Knights install new officers atSunday mass at St. Henry Catholic Church. Officers are, Manson Hebert Sr., grand knight; Father Frank Schanzer, chaplain; Lamar Roach, deputy grand knight; Mayo LeBlanc, chancellor; Hubert LaPoint, recorder; Lou Garriga, financial secretary; Don Calliquet, treasurer.*****On July 20, Gordon Baxter will celebrate 31-years in radio broadcasting. He’s put time in at radio stations KOLE, KPAC, KOGT, KTRM and KLVI. His audience ranges from little old ladies, housewives, rednecks, students, merchants and some hippie freaks. (Editor’s note: Before his 50-year time in radio was up Bax appeared on several other stations. In most cases he left after being fired.)*****Max Staudt, of Staudt’s Jewelry, holds pre-inventory markdown. *****Tim and Ann Lieby, of the Print Shoppe, return from print show in San Antonio. *****Doug Harrington took in a metal health seminar at Rusk. (Editor’s note: It doesn’t say if he attended the “Nut House” for his own good or to help others. Anyway he has escaped.)*****Roy Wingate buys Jim Kirby Conn a drink of plain water at the yacht Club. Jimmy didn’t appreciate it much. (Editor’s note: That was before folks bought water to drink.)*****Sandy Parkhurst was saluted at July 12 BP&W meeting as “Member of the Month.”*****Keble’s Kuttery, a new concept in barbering and hair styling, opens in Northway Center. Barbers and stylist are Johnny Barton, Jack Welch, Skipper Free and Keble.*****The top 10 country songs are: #1, “Teddy Bear” by Red Sovine; #2, “The Door Is Always OpenDave and Sugar; #3, “Golden RingGeorge Jones and Tammy Wynette; #4, “StrangeJohnny Duncan; #5 “All These ThingsJoe Stampley; #6, “When Something is Wrong With My BabySonny James; #7 “Vaya Con Dios” Freddy Fender; #8, “Among My SouvenirsMarty Robbins. The last two numbers, 9 and 10, were duets #9 “Is Forever Longer Than AlwaysPorter Wagoner and Dolly Parton; #10, “The LetterLoretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. The top album was “At the Speed of Sound” by Wings.


Edee Pratt, Pam Scales Crew Honeycutt, Linda Granger Crawford, Theresa Krout, Deborah Ashcraft, Don Hightower, Harold Lonadier, Cheryl Richard, Cynthia Chataignier, Don Fields, Harry Barclay, Kurt Moerbe, Marion Whittle, Matthew McKinney, Michael Hoke, Robin Thibodeaux, Dorothy Hagy, Melissa Martin, Paige Williams, Preston Wayne Sullivan, Amanda Stephson, Linda Fulton, Lee Cooper, Kenyettia Foster, Megan Stephson, Rebecca Toal, Summer Stephson, J.D. McReynolds, Zadie Chesson, Tina Lawrence, Amiel Leleux, Danika Dubose, Joel Bourdier, Von Broussard, Patricia Tamplim, Rocky DeCuir, Jeff Anderson, Keazie Cappel, Lois Dickey, Charlie Caples, Jeff Longlois, Paige Dohmann, Travis Estes, Albert Bates, Daniel Peet, Jim Reves and Linda Brinson.


Darrell Segura, of the Bridge City Historical Society, wants to thank all the sponsors, the City of Bridge City, the Police Department and Bridge City Fire Department and everyone who helped make the Fourth of July event on Cow Bayou a big success. *****Back In the late 1970’s, Roy Dunn, who published the Community Post newspaper in South Jefferson County, came up with the idea to put a marker on the unmarked grave of Cajun musician Harry Choates, who had died in an Austin jail. Roy pitched the idea to writer Tim Knight, who recruited the help of Gordon Baxter, who used his radio show to publicize it. A marker was installed. Tim, a longtime author and American History teacher at Lamar/Port Arthur, has written a new book titled, “Poor Hobo; the Tragic Life of Harry Choates–A Cajun legend.Harry is often referred to as the Jimmie Rogers of Cajun music. His most famous song, “Jole Blon” is the Cajun National Anthem. The life and times of Choates are well written and deeply researched in Tim’s book. Available at the Museum of the Gulf Coast Gift Shop, in Port Arthur. A great value in hardcover for only $19.95. Lamar president Sam Monroe strongly recommends the book and so do I.*****After many moons we heard from our friend Jim Keith who moved away after Ike. He visited Bridge City to move the rest of his stuff. He says things have changed and so many homes are gone. At Market Basket he saw no one he knew. All strangers, newcomers. He called them the younger crowd. Yes Jim, old Bridge City is no more.*****Our friend Darlene Zavada, of the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau, who comes up with all those great ideas to bring people to Orange, recently underwent open heart surgery, four bypasses and correction of a fifth. She’s back at work after 10 weeks off and doing remarkably well. She’s dreaming up ideas for new promotions while working on the old ones.*****Thanks to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bridge City and Pat Greene, who saw to it that we were fed last Friday. This hungry bunch really appreciated it.*****Thanks to Evelyn Brandon, who organized a trash pick up on Bailey’s Road this past Saturday. It was a huge success. Thanks also to Donna Scales and the Park Department for their help. The group will meet again in the coming weeks in hopes to keep Bailey’s Road clean.*****A belated happy birthday to Lamar “Co-Co” Hardin, a native of Abbeville and longtime Orange County fixture, who turns 90 on July 16 and also celebrating on this day was the late Charlie Wickersham’s fair-haired boy Preston Fuller, who turned 66.***Congrats to Curtis and Debby Herrington who have been married two years on July 16. Who said it wouldn’t last.***A few folks we know having birthdays this week. Ms. Edith “Edee” Pratt celebrates onJuly 17. Edee, a couple of months ago, lost her husband Charles. We understand she’s adjusting and doing well.***Also on July 17, Don Hightower and Deborah Ashcroft celebrate. On July 18, former Bridge City City Manager, Don Fields is a year older. This also would have been the late Butch Herman’s 87th. ***On July 19, former Shangri La director, the perpetual  teacher Michael Hoke, marks another one.***Also, one of the prettiest young women I’ve ever came across, daughter of Claudine Hogan, Paige Williams, celebrated this day.***It’s a special day also for Robin Thibodeaux, Melissa Martin and Pam Scales “Crewcut” Honeycutt.***On July 20, Linda Fulton, Lee Cooper and Rebecca Toal celebrate their special day.***Longtime recipe writer for The Record, Von Broussard, celebrates on July 21. We haven’t heard from her in a long time. Hope she’s doing good.***Our friend Cal Broussard died on this day. He would be 75 years old.***On July 22, our longtime friend Jeff Anderson celebrates. Last I hear, he was pastoring a church in south Jefferson County. We miss seeing him. His lovely mother is Rita, top monarch of the Anderson boys. ***Lois Dickey and Rocky DeCuir also celebrate on this day as does “Tick’s” little girl Linda Granger Crawford.***On July 23, Linda Brinson, Travis Estes and Daniel Peet celebrate. Happy birthday to all. Please check inside list.*****A speedy recovery to our friend Harry Stephens, who had knee replacement surgery Tuesday at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. He will be out of commission for awhile but he has a great nurse. Harry will not like the pain but he’ll enjoy Margie waiting on him. Knowing Margie, she will put up with that just so long.*****It’s hard to believe that 14 years have already gone by since John Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn and sister-in-law Lauren, were killed in that airplane crash. Also at that same time, one of our great friends, policeman Charles Frederick died. Eighteen patrol cars accompanied his body to Newton County for burial.*****I see where Norman Guilloit was down on “Deep Elm” East Green at 6 a.m. and got himself stabbed. For some reason that doesn’t surprise me. He’s in a Beaumont hospital. Norman is one of our few characters still left around town. We wish him a speedy recovery and stay away from “Deep Elm.”*****Corky Harmon, Harmon’s Used Cars, says right now is a good time to get a good back-to-school car, work truck or family vehicle. They are making great deals. With a reasonable down payment, they will finance the auto of your choice. Come by and check them out.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s this week. A nice crowd has been gathering every week. Everyone is welcome. Come and enjoy the fellowship.*****A great place in Orange County for great music and entertainment is Joe Benoit’s place called Benoit’s Louis Hall, located on Hwy. 12. Last week they hosted the George Jones Tribute. A big success. They always have something exciting going on. Also Joe has a great band himself, “Texas Thunder” takes no backseat. You’ll love the place, it’s like Fred’s in Mamou. The place for all your ‘O’ Cajuns weddings, receptions, class reunions, private parties, etc.*****Country music star Randy Travis is awake after suffering a stroke. The 54-year old singer remains on a ventilator but is gradually being reduced. He will stay at the Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano for two or three more weeks then transferred to another facility to undergo aggressive physical therapy. It will take many months to recover from the stroke.


Clovees Comeaux finally gave in and took his wife Clotiel to a dance at Fred’s in Mamou for Mother’s Day. Dere was a guy on da dance floor dancing like crazy him, break dancing, moon walkin, doing back flips, really cutting a rug, da whole works.

Clotiel turn to Clovees and she say, “Clovees, see dat guy? Dat’s “Cat” Robicheaux, 25 years ago, he propose to me him, and I turn his down.”

Comeaux him, he paused an den he say, “Mai sha, it look like to me dat Robicheaux him is still celebratin.”


Last week I predicted the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial would be not guilty based on the “Stand your Ground” law in Florida. Not guilty was all the jury could find. Twenty-one states have adopted that law. I refer to it as bringing a gun to a fist fight. All you have to fear from the fist is bodily harm and that entitles you to use any force. If someone attacks you outside of a night club and punches you because you hit on his girlfriend and he says, “I’m gonna whip you good,” go ahead and shoot him if you fear bodily harm. The law says it’s your right. Based on that alone, the police and district attorney felt they didn’t have a case that they could convict on. The D.A. wanted to take that case to the Grand Jury but the governor stopped that, took over the case with the state attorney supervising a team of prosecutors. They chose not to go to the Grand Jury but instead just charge Zimmerman with second degree murder. The police chief was fired when politics took over. The local DA was pushed aside even though the local law enforcement knew better than the state what kind of case they had. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, to suggest Zimmerman has one racial bone in his body He didn’t follow Trayvon Martin because he was black; he was just trying to catch one of the punks who had been victimizing the neighborhood. That resulted is a tragedy. That young man should never have died. Zimmerman was told to stay in his car because the 9-11 operator feared for Zimmerman’s safety. He didn’t know what he might step into. Now Rev. Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are holding rallies all over the country, stirring up the black people. They are calling on the federal government to try Zimmerman on racial hate crimes. That’s far from the truth. They want a public hanging of a white man is what the perception will be. That won’t help the racial problem; just make a worse climate for everyone. The FBI has already investigated the incident and found no wrong but they won’t leave it alone. They claim they want justice. Well, justice has been served by a jury that the prosecutors agreed on. Justice is not what they want. George Zimmerman was found, after five weeks, of being not guilty. He’s not a free man however, and probably never will be. His life will be miserable and fearful. He and his wife can’t even have children; his family will live in fear. He can’t go anywhere in this country that he won’t be recognized. Jesse says, “someone must pay a price for the life of Trayvon.” Well, someone is paying Reverend; George will pay for the rest of his life for mistakes made by two people on one dark night and a very bad law. Well, that’s my take. I’m afraid instead of honoring a fair trial by jury, some will stir up emotions and with it will come violence. If the verdict would have gone the other way, they would be happy so they didn’t want a fair trial, they wanted only one verdict. *****My time is up, thanks for yours. Please read us cover to cover and support our family of advertisers. Take care and God bless.