The first college national championship game is now in the record book. In the end it wasn’t even close. The Ohio State Buckeyes, the underdog, whipped up on the Oregon Ducks 42-20. Never bet against Coach Urban Meyer. He may not be the country’s best college coach but he’s one hell of a recruiter. Give him a couple of years and he’ll end up with the best high school talent in the country. One such player is running back Ezekiel Elliott who ran all over that big pasture, from one end to the other. His total effort was 246 yards and four touchdowns. The Buckeyes overcame four turnovers to give Urban Meyer his third national championship with two at Florida. Heisman trophy winner Marcus Mariota, a Hawaii native, started with a bang but couldn’t lead the Ducks to their very first championship. He had the fans on his side and most were pulling for the Ducks. I hate to see college football come to an end. It’s been nice during these cold, wet times. *****Speaking of the weather, it’s been a mixed bag. One very cold day blew in with enough cold to kill a mess of plants. If your lantana, hibiscus, etc were not covered they are probably gone. Some will come back from the roots. We should all be as smart as Carol Bearden who landscapes with evergreens and plants that only need water and feed in the summer. She doesn’t have to do like the rest of us, covering our stuff with sheets, blankets, cardboard. Her place always looks good, come ice or snow no damage to her plants will ever show. *****Well, it’s come time for me to go on down the line. I’d be honored if you hopped on board and came along; I promise it won’t do you no harm.


If any good comes out of the Paris attacks, it is that France, who has had a blind eye to terrorism, has finally realized that it is a real fact. The United States government had tried to persuade France to engage in the war against terror. Now Prime Minister Manuel Valls has declared that France is at war with radical Islam. Valls said, “It is a war against terrorism, against Jihadism, against Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom and solidarity.” Well at least it got his attention. About 500,000 Jews live in France, 5,000 police officers have been deployed to guard more than 700 synagogues and other Jewish institutions across the country. The attacks on the “Charlie Hebdo” satirical newspaper and a Kosher Super Market have convinced many to leave France for the Jewish homeland. The Jews have an extra threat, they are targeted. Over 3.7 million people, including 40 world leaders, participated in Sunday’s rally to express solidarity in the wake of last weeks attacks in France. The White House admits they should have sent someone with a higher profile to the rally but that in no way diminishes the support and help the U.S. has given France since the attacks. The march came together within 36 hours and it would have been impossible to provide proper security for President Obama.  In the end, the American people stand shoulder to shoulder with France.


A longtime special friend Inez Memphis Duplissey Hearn, 96, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11. We had known this wonderful lady for over 50 years. Over the last few years we visited about the times she and the late Fain Holbrook worked together at Orange Montgomery Ward, where she was the manager. Those two were a riot. 

Nez survived many hardships in life. She had that pioneer spirit; work hard, laugh a lot, love family and have faith in God. It is said that she would have you in the pea patch or picking mustard greens before sunup but not until she had fed you a pan of homemade biscuits, bacon and eggs. 

Nez often worked two jobs to make ends meet but always had enough to share with those in need. When she retired, she moved to her hometown of Lecompte, LA. to care for her mother. She started working with the Counsel for the Aging and was awarded by the governor for her excellent work. She would deliver meals throughout the country-side to senior citizens. Once she ran into a ditch, got a ride home, got another car and finished her route. I asked her what she was doing when she turned the car over? She was 81 at the time. She answered, “Delivering food to the old folks.” 

Nez had a strong belief in people looking after one another. If someone was sick or needed help, Nez was the first to offer a helping hand. People around Bridge City who came up in the 60’s and 70’s, remember her great cooking, her nieces, the Young girls and her beautiful granddaughter Theresa Hearn, who happened to be home from Nashville when her grandmother passed away Sunday.

Inez had a great family. Her children Janice, Ray and Harold and their families and sister Joy are a treat to know. I’m thankful that God chose to put me and Nez down in the same place. We’ve lost a wonderful lady who spread joy and love. May she rest in peace. Service will be Wednesday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Please see obituary.


We were also sorry to learn about the death of Jessie Lea Young Sartin, 96, who passed away on the same day, Jan. 11, at the same age as Inez Hearn. They were longtime Bridge City residents. Services for Mrs. Sartin will be Thursday, Jan. 15, at the United Pentecostal Church in Bridge City. Visitation will be Wednesday evening at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Please see obituary. Our condolences to her family.


Derek Allen Phillips, 27, of Mauriceville passed away Jan. 6. We had known his grandparents, who ran the grocery store on Hwy. 12, and his father Wyatt Paul for many years. Derek was much too young to leave us. May he rest in peace. Please see obituary. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family.


11 Years Ago-2003

New York Giant kicker Matt Bryant is back in Orange County. Bryant has returned to help out his former co-workers at K&C Pawn in Orange where he is displaying commemorative footballs he earned during the 2002 season. *****Home invasion turns deadly for Orange County couple. Joan Ortiz Leleaux, 65, was found dead in a shed. Her husband Emerson Leleaux was found in the house still alive and was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital. Sheriff’s Dept. Deputy Chief John Tarver said Mrs. Leleaux was apparently dragged from the garage to the shed. Walter Wade Rice, Jr., age 30, was arrested and was being held in Dequincy awaiting Orange County authorities.*****Steve Worster, former Bridge City and UT great, has been selected for induction into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame. Worster, number 30, led the Longhorns from 1968 through 1970. Worster was the star of the famous Texas win over Notre Dame in the 1970 Cotton Bowl. *****Orange County still has one player in the NFL playoffs. Jason Matthews and the Titans, beat the Steelers 31-31 in overtime to advance towards the Super Bowl.*****Coach Ronnie Anderson was inducted into the Texas High School coaches Baseball Hall of Fame.*****Former Bridge City coach Glenn Buffaloe, 80, passed away Jan. 9, in Palacios. He died from Alzheimer’s. Ironically his friend and fellow coach Joe Van Breeman died last month from the same thing.*****Two Orange boxers will be competing in the regional Silver Glove championship in Little Rock. Derrick Buford and Cody Richard are both Texas state champions. Silver Glove is for boys under the age of 15. *****Eric B. Ridley completes Marine boot camp. He is the son of Laura Ridley and grandson of Hal and Laverne Ridley. (Editor’s note: Hal has died since and Laverne is in a nursing home.)*****GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Danny “Dano” Gene Michael, 53, recently died. A memorial will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 4389 Caribou St. in Bridge City. ***Charlie Permenter, 87, died Jan. 16. ***Janey Grayson died Dec. 15. ***Services for Joan Leleux, 65, who was murdered Jan. 11, will be held at Dorman Funeral Home Jan. 16.

67 Years Ago-1948

On Jan. 2, Chester Holts, 38-year-old, was named sheriff of Orange County. He was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late sheriff Dick Stanfield. Holts had been a deputy for 18 months. He and his wife Iva have a 19-year-old son, Morgan, a 14-year-old daughter, Nova Dee and a 16-month-old baby girl, Wanda. Holts will be a candidate for the post. (Editor’s note: He was elected and went on to serve for 21 years, the longest tenure by an Orange County sheriff. He and his family made their home in the jail. Chester, his wife and son are all deceased. The two girls live in the Mauriceville area.)*****District clerk is Tom M. Dodd, district judge is F.W. “Dub” Hustmyre, county attorney is Graham “Bubba” Bruce. *****President Harry Truman, in his State of the Union message, asked for a $40 reduction for everyone. He asked that the $3.2 billion loss in federal income be made up by higher corporate taxes. *****Ward Stephenson forms law firm with his father K.W. The firm, Stephenson and Stephenson, is located in the Bancroft Building. Ward was recently admitted to the bar. He was a commander in the U.S. Navy.

57 Years Ago-1958

Louis Dugas Jr. seeks a third term as state representative. He was first elected in 1954. Dugas served as assistant to Sen. Jep Fuller while attending the University of Texas. *****A political fight is brewing in the county judge’s race. Judge Sid Caillavet, Charlie Grooms and former County Clerk and Orange Mayor Joe Runnels, Jr. *****Tommy Gunn, 10 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Gunn, outdid dad and granddad on deer hunt. He bagged a seven-pointer. Nothing for them.


Judge Carl Thibodaux will be honored Thursday evening, starting at 5:30p.m., at the Expo Center. Under Thibodeaux’s 20 year leadership the county made great strides. Several new buildings have been built. He was a good leader.*****Congratulations to Dr. Mark Messer, named “Citizen of the Year” by the Bridge City Chamber and also to Bill Nickum Insurance named “Business of the Year.” Those two men are great citizens who have, over the last 40 years, contributed much to the betterment of Bridge City.*****The Texas Legislature convened Tuesday. One bill that will be introduced Wednesday by State Rep. Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi is of interest to our area. The bill calls for windstorm insurance that covers homeowners and small businesses in the 14 coastal counties to be spread across the entire state. It’s a relief from policies that cost coastal property owners more than policies in other parts of the state.*****Over the years, since becoming the city of Bridge City’s first city attorney H.D. Pate  has gained a lot of knowledge about the law. Few lawyers have more knowledge than Pate. He still practices law in Bridge City. If you have the need for an attorney, H.D. can help you or guide you to someone who can.*****A few folks we know celebrating their birthday. On Jan. 14, Stephanie Sehon, Michelle Connor, Rob Fisher, Joan Lyons, Chris Williams and Brittany Trantham all celebrate. They share birthdays with Faye Dunaway, 73, Jason Bateman, 45, and rapper L.C. Cool J., 46.*****Jan. 15 finds Tyler Reves, Joy Hughes, Don Thompson, Dee Culpepper and Brennan Broussard all celebrating. They join Saint’s quarterback Drew Brees, 35, actors Mario Van Peebles, 57 and Chad Lowe, 46. This is also the day Charo turns 63. *****On Jan. 16, our friend, a great guy Glenn Oliver chalks up another year. Also celebrating are Brandy Brones, John Green III, Joel Meyers, Clayton Gearhart and Matthew Lee. They share birthdays with race car driver A.J. Foyt, 79, and singers Ronnie Millsap, 71 and Sade’, 55. *****On Jan. 17, former Pinehurst councilperson, a nice lady, Gail Meadows celebrates. It seems like only a couple of months ago I wished her a happy birthday. It was a fast year wasn’t it? Celebrating on this date are Pct. 2 constable David Cayle. (If you don’t like David you don’t like anyone.) and also Attorney John Cash “Jack” Smith. What a trip that guy is. They share birthdays with Muhammad Ali, 84, Betty White, 92, First Lady Michelle Obama, 50, actor Jim Carrey, 52, comedian Steve Harvey, 57 and rocker Kid Rock, 43.*****Jan. 18 finds pretty Ms. Brenda Oliver celebrating as does Terry Bush DeCuir, Laverne Walley, Dylan Huckebay, Tara Thompson and Virginia Sanford. They share birthdays with actor Kevin Costner, 59, and Green Bay Packer Julius Peppers, 34.*****On Jan. 19, Bridge City elementary teacher Beverly Delahoussaye, Steve Griffith, Zach Johnson, Melissa Berry and Gloria Bertrand all celebrate. They share this day with astronaut Buzz Aldrin, 84, TV host Bill Maher, 58, Melissa Rivers, 46 and country singer Brantley Gilbert, 20.***Jan. 19 is also Martin Luther King Day.*****On the national front, the GOP presidential field of hopefuls is headed to a full field. Some new, others previous also-rans. John Ellis Bush (Jeb) is running fast to get ahead of the pack. With former V.P. candidate Paul Ryan bowing out, it’s a sure sign his former running mate Willard M. Romney (Mitt) is marching towards a third try. This guy so much wants the Romney name in the history books he’ll expose himself to some more rejection, even after he and his wife said never again. Romney is going to run to the right of John Ellis. He will have plenty of company there. Cruz, Paul, Huckabee, Perry and a dozen more are already calling Jeb a liberal. When the clown show ends by Aug. 2016, everyone will view Hillary Clinton as a breath of fresh air.*****I just received a New Year’s card from Joe and Nancy Chenella but no note in it. They still live in College Station.*****I was disappointed again to not see kicker Matt Bryant make it to the Pro Bowl despite having one of the best kicking percentages in the NFL. Matt is a free agent now plus Atlanta has hired a new coach. Matt has faced that situation before. New coaches often have a kicker they want to bring with them. Hopefully Matt stays and they don’t try to cut his money.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch dines at Novrozsky’s this week and at Robert’s next week. Everyone is always welcome. Good fellowship, good food.


Chris Williams, Brittany Trantham, Joan Lyons, Mel Campbell, Rob Fisher, Tommy Thompson, Bill Pryor, Don Thompson, LaDonna Bell, Brennan Broussard, Carson Peet, Joy Hughes, Margaret Cavanaugh, Tyler Reves, Dee Culpepper, Don Bailey, Jon Mott, Gary Dearing, Clayton Gearhart, Joel Meyers, Glenn Oliver, Jerry Ashby, John Green III, Matthew Lee, Milly Arnold, Gail Meadows, Tanner Wilson, Bob Couser, Brenda Oliver, Laverne Walles, Bonny Sarver, Dylan Huckabay, Mary Louise McKee, Misti Jagoe, Tara Thompson, Virginia Sanford, James Crabtree, Candace Clark, Jimmy Whittle, John Michael Foote, Lisa Costilla, Michael Amsden, Brenna Manasco, Melissa Berry, Beth FIsher, Gloria Bertrand, Joy Gilliam, Steve Griffit and Beverly Delahoussaye.



Alcid Breaux is on his death bed him, and knows da end is near. His nurse Agness, wife Telma, daughter Joyce and two sons Boo Boo and Louis are wit him. 

Breaux axe for two witnesses and a camcorder so he can record his last wishes. Wen ready Breaux begins to speak. “Boo Boo, I want you to take the Vermillion houses, my daughter Joyce, you  take da apartments on Landry Street, Louis, me I want you to take the offices in da Gocheaux building, Telma, my dear wife, please take all da residential buildings on da banks of Bayou Tech,” 

Nurse Agness and da witnesses were shocked, dey didn’t realize his extensive holdings. As Breaux slips away, nurse Agness says, “Miss Telma, you husband must of been such a hard working man to have accumulated all dat property.”

Telma replied, her, “Property? Da ass him had a newspaper route.”


I’ve watched the Dez Bryant catch over and over. He went high up in the air, came down with a perfect 31-yard catch, took two steps, reached for the goal line with the ball. The ball came out when it hit the ground, however Bryant’s knee was down one yard short of the goal line. A referee standing five feet away called it a catch. First and goal from the one. The review booth said not to believe your lying eyes. Many sports writers throughout the country believed that Dallas would get a pay back call against Green Bay. The reason being that in the game against Detroit, played a week earlier, Detroit was robbed in the last minute when officials called pass interference against Dallas rookie linebacker Anthony Hitchens then picked the flag up. No call? It’s not for sure that the Cowboys would have scored from the one but they would have had four tries. During the week, the NFL, embarrassed by the no call the previous week, had called Detroit and apologized. The reason given for the incomplete pass call from the tooth is the “Calvin Johnson rule” in 2010. The same referee ruled the Texans’ go-ahead touchdown against Chicago was wiped out when it was determined Johnson didn’t maintained possession throughout the process. It was deemed ridiculous at the time. The review booth is hanging their hat on the rule book that says, “If a receiver falls to the turf he must keep the ball secure throughout the process,” which I think Bryant did. There’s an interpretation of what constitutes a “Football” act. Lunging towards the goal line apparently isn’t a football act. We have seen it thousands of times where a runner lunges to stick the ball over the goal line. Now the ruling against Bryant says it’s not a common football act. I’ve seen this call twice and I’ve watched a lot of NFL football. The Texan’s and Johnson got screwed and Bryant paid for the previous last week’s call. In closing, I believe the Cowboys would have been a better match up with Seattle than Green Bay will be. The best to Earl Thomas the Seahawks. I’ve known all my life that “payback is hell” and I’ve had it both ways. *****Gotta go. Thanks for your time. Please read us cover to cover, support our family of advertisers when you can. Also catch up-to-the-minute news on our website, Take care and God bless.