This Thursday evening, the first Republican presidential debate will be held, broadcast by by FOX News. The co-moderators are Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Fox’s own Megyn Kelly, 44, who is married to novelist Douglas Brunt. The mother of three is no pushover. She can be as sarcastic as Donald Trump, the one who’s bringing so much interest to the debate. Without Trump it might be a dull affair. The lineup of GOP candidates is not a benchmark of personalities that begs watching and listening to but throw ‘The Donald’ in the mix and there is no way to anticipate what kind of response it will bring and by whom. Trump is a showman who is stealing all the air from some candidates who have a sincere desire to serve. Donald is not a serious candidate. The citizens in time will see that. He knows nothing about governing and will never be president of the United States. However, he’s just doing his gig, giving outrageous answers and costing a potential candidate a chance to serve. The question is who will his stealing the limelight hurt the most. I still believe in the end, the GOP will nominate Jeb Bush. It won’t be Trump but he might just kick Bush out of the tub and a Kasich and other least known may rise to the top. It’s early, 42 percent of the voters don’t know who Scott Walker is and some candidates even less. The debate won’t produce much in substance but it will be a clown show and everybody likes clowns.*****Right here in Southeast Texas what matters this time of year is high school football. Two-a-days kicked off Monday and even though it got to 97 degrees, fans watching the youngsters acted like fall had arrived. I’m sure the boys knew better. There will be a lot of sweating, hard work and learning before that first kickoff. Turn on the Friday night lights, it will soon be show time, another season of high school football.*****Well, I’d best get going. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


10 Years Ago-2005

This month, in 2005, marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of a young, black boy, Emmett Till, age 14, from Chicago. Roy Bryant, who lived in Orange from 1957 to 1972, was accused of killing the boy in Mississippi. He was acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury of lynching the boy. (Editor’s note: This month, in 2015, marks the 60th anniversary of the murder of Till and the acquittal of Roy Bryant and his half brother J.W. Milam. Historians now credit the events as the beginning of the modern Civil Rights movement. In 2005. The Record Newspapers published a long and detailed history of the events. Roy Bryant died of cancer in 1994 at age 63, in Jackson Mississippi. Four months after their acquittal Bryant and Milam told their story and confessed to the killing and throwing Till’s body in the Tallahatchie River after kidnapping him from his uncle’s house in the middle of the night. After telling ‘Look’ magazine the story, they could not be tried again because it would be double jeopardy. Roy worked as a welder at American Bridge, in Orange. He and Carolyn lived in Riverside. Bob Dylan wrote and recorded the‘Ballad of Emmitt Till.’*****Big John Patterson, our Orange County connection in the Major League, pitched the game of his life, nine innings, 13 strike outs, no walks, four hits, no one got past second base and the Nationals beat the Dodgers 7-0. Big John will throw against the Astros Tuesday in Houston. He carries a 2.42 ERA.*****Sharon Bearden is sporting around in a new Ford Diesel 4×4 pickup. Wonder what brought that on? *****Cheryl Donuard celebrated a birthday Aug. 4. She is one of our favorite Boobs.*****Twenty-two Marines were killed in Iraq. Body Bags arrive back in the U.S. from Bush and Cheney’s Iraq invasion.*****Lung cancer claims the life of Peter Jennings, 67, Sunday, Aug. 7. The Canadian born newsman never finished high school. Now all of the ‘Big Three’ Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Jennings are off the air.*****The city of Bridge City honored longtime City Attorney H.D. Pate with a plaque and watch for his many years of service. It’s a great watch but I’m getting tired of hearing what his watch does that mine doesn’t, even has a alarm, etc. He keeps his sleeve rolled up so his watch will show. (Editor’s note: I wonder if H.D. still has that watch. He might have hocked it during Ike.*****Betty Harmon, president of the Greater Orange Area Chamber, is calling it quits at the end of October after 17 years of service.*****Gas prices continue to climb. Vegas is booking bets on how high a gallon at the pump will go. Oil companies are really making hay while the Republican sun is shining.*****Colin Evans, son of Ronny and Melissa Evans, turns two-years-old Aug. 7. (Editor’s note: That makes him 12 today. Happy birthday.)*****Congrats to Private Andrew Michael Delano on the completion of U.S. Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego.. He is the son of Patty and Jay Chance, and Mike and Anna Delano.*****GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Sandra Gayle Vincent, 45, of Orange, died Aug. 1 at Methodist Hospital in Houston. Service was held Aug. 4, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church. She is survived by her husband Rickey and a large family.*****Julius H. Stinson, 75 of Bridge City, died Aug. 3. Survivors include wife Vestal and a large family.*****Mary Lois Girouard, 81, of Orange, died Aug. 4. She was a native of Loreauville, LA. She is survived by husband Donald, sonDonald K. and daughter Dianna.*****Lydia Markwardt Wickham Adkins, 98, died Aug. 4. She was the mother of Dorothy Brown, (Mrs. Lee Brown.)*****Barbara Caldwell Thomas, 62, died Aug. 4. She was born in Orange and was a longtime resident of Bridge City before moving to Missouri City.*****Vernon L. Davis, CPA, 79, died Aug. 5. Just a few days before his passing, he brought us many historical papers. (Editor’s note: Unfortunately they were lost during Ike. His dad was Judge R. Lee Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Mary. He is survived by sons Robert Lee, Bruce, Mark and their families.*****Wanda Carolyn Brown, 61, of Bridge City, died Aug. 6*****Carl Floyd, 91, of Orange, died Aug. 6. Service was held at Claybar Funeral Home on Tuesday, Aug. 9.*****Francis Elizabeth Wiggins Poutra, 89, of Orange, died Aug. 7. For many years she was a real estate broker. She became an expert in collectible glassware, especially Depression glass. She is survived by her husband George and their large family.

40 Years Ago-1975

Buddy Moore, formerly of Orange and now publisher of the Kountze News, and his lovely wife Jeannie, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the paper with a Silver Anniversary Edition. Special articles by founderArch Fullingim, former rebel publisher, who made the Kountze News famous, the history of the Big Thicket and customs of it’s people. Buddy has deep feelings about the Thicket country. *****Linda, the lovely wife of Earl Wright, had open heart surgery at Methodist Hospital in Houston.*****Traci Taylor is back home in Bridge City after spending a month in Tennessee.*****It was a hard luck week for Jack White, with two car wrecks and a bunch more that came apart at the seams.*****Football two-a-days start for Stark High Tigers. Quarterback Graig Couvillion looks forward to firing passes to Steven Couvillion, his younger brother.*****The ‘Witness,’ from the First Baptist Church in Orange, under the direction of Jerry Talmadge, entertain at different churches. This week six of the 17 youngsters are leaving the group to head to college. They are: Sheree Davis, Paul Dorman, Larry Frederick, Shara Hazelwood, Boyd Hopkins and Britton Walters. Six young people will take their places. The ‘Witnesses’ have been organized for six years.*****The doctor notified Fain Holbrooks that he had a thyroid that is normal and that Fain was suffering from an overactive fork.*****Ken Wyatt, owner of an advertising agency, now makes his home in Bridge City.*****Kate Mulhollan, secretary for attorney Ronnie Baxter, celebrates her birthday with a party at LaPlace on Short 6th Street.*****Attorney Sam Dunn, son of S.P. Dunn and brother of Judge David Dunn. Is now associated with the law firm of Dunn,. Windam, and Dunn.*****Don Hartsfield, former police officer, is now owner of C&H Ditching, Inc. According to his card, he’s a specialist in backhoe and trenching.*****Jim Griffin is the new sales manager at Morrow’s on Border St.*****Vera Dolley is having stomach reduction surgery/ She will only be able to eat a few tablespoons of food a day.*****District Rotary governor Neal Pickett, of Diboll, visits local clubs in Orange and Vidor.


We were sorry to learn that C. J. Callahan, 90, of Orange, passed away Aug. 1.  Services were held Tuesday, Aug. 4. A native of Orange, he graduated from Orange High School in 1943. He retired from Dupont and was also a WWII U.S. Navy veteran. C. J. ran Hudnall Grocery for over 20 years. He is survived by his devoted wife of 69 years, Avanell Cauthron Callahan. Please see obituary.*****Aaron Myers and Marissa Borg enjoyed a nice night out in Houston watching the Astros win another game. We’re sure baby Finley was well taken care of by the line of folks waiting to babysit.*****Buggar and Donna Minter had a fun day at Elise’s Fun House last week with grandkids. We heard Buggar was playing like he was one of the grandkids. Sounds like a lot of great memories made.*****Gene Edgerly stopped by for a short visit. We saw him coming from across the street and Gene has lost a step since we saw him last July. Flo stays the same. Gene commented that State Republicans are really quite about their boy, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s three felony fraud indictments. Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Paxton are all from the same movement. When Rick Perry was charged, the GOP came to his defense but they are letting Ken sink or swim.*****A few folks we know who are celebrating their special day in the next few days. On Aug. 5, Dr. Mike Shahan, Lamar Orange president, celebrates as does Nan Briggs, Paul Jagen and Royce Scales. They join basketball player Patrick Ewing, 52, country singer Terry Clark, 46 and actress Loni Anderson, 69.*****Aug. 6, finds our buddies Sleepy Smith and Robert Carpenter, a real pair of aces, celebrating. Also on this day Pam Boehme, Sarah Fisher, Melanie Braus and Sonya Villanoueva  celebrate. They are joined by Punky Brewster actress Soleil Moon Frye, 38 and San Antonio Spurs basketball player David Robinson, 49.*****On Aug. 7, Tessa Bailey, Rodney Hanks and Kimberly Sensat celebrate. Also celebrating on this day are actors David Duchovny, 54, Charlize Theron, 39 and Francesca Eastwood, 21, (Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher‘s daughter.)*****Aug. 8, our buddy, coach Dwight Thacker was hatched on this day as was Fred Brent, Katie Allen and Billie Carter. They are joined by actors Dustin Hoffman, 77 and Connie Stevens, 76,  and Ralph Malph of Happy Days, Donny Most, 61.*****Aug. 9, celebrating today are Paige White, Jada Montange, Ken Hartley and Edie Anthony. They join football player Deion ‘Prime Time’ Sanders, 47 and actors Sam Elliott, 70 and Gillian Anderson, 46.*****On Aug. 10, everyone’s buddy, Joe Parkhurst celebrates. His lovely wife Gayle has retired from teaching and now, because she doesn’t fly, they are all set to travel by car,  Also celebrating is our longtime friend Bill Smith, founder of Central Office Supply, an old train engineer and Eric’s granddad. So does Bree Anne Collins. Celebrities celebrating on this day are Kylie Jenner, 17, reality star and Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner’s daughter, Zorro actor Antonio Banderas, 54 and actress Angie Harmon, 42.*****On Aug. 11, Fran Lemaster, who now lives in California, turns 100. Happy birthday from your friends in Orange. Also celebrating are Susan Eby, Morgan Taylor and Deborah Bayliss. They are joined by wrestler Hulk Hogan, 61 and co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, 64.*****Happy 65th wedding anniversary to our longtime friends Ernie and Winnie Willey. She turned 83 on July 26 and Ernie will be 87 on Aug. 27. They were married on July 31, 1950. have four children, Mike, Sam, Byrd and Luther, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Ernie Willey is one of a kind. Ask anyone and they will say, “A good, honest man.“ We congratulate him and Ms. Winnie and wish them many more healthy years.*****Destiny Garza and Ryan Vilo  were spotted out over the weekend in Kemah with daughter Addyson enjoying some summer fun on the boardwalk. We hear Addyson even got to get her face painted while there.*****We were glad to hear our friend Anne Rutledge returned home safely from her month long adventure to the Czech Republic. Sounds like it was a trip of a lifetime.*****Andie Myers, daughter of Jane and Buster Myers has accepted the Volleyball coaching position at Sabine Pass High School. We are proud to see another BC standout putting their talents to good use. Good luck this season Andie.*****Last week our buddy Corky Harmon played hooky and skipped work but he’s back this week. Now Roy has been away. Donnie Harmon has been bringing in some nice pre-owned cars. Before you buy a second car, truck, van, etc. check with Corky, David and Donnie. Low overhead, hand-picked cars for less. Really, you can save a bunch. I did.*****Happy 15th anniversary to Kevin and Dana Bourque. We wish you many more healthy, happy years.*****Happy anniversary also to Stacy and Bubba Webb who are celebrating 10 years of wedded bliss.*****Michele and Kristen Young, along with friends Stacey and Maura Terrell, had a great time in Playa del Carmen celebrating Kristen and Maura’s graduation. We hear it was a memorable ’senior and senior citizen’ trip.*****Also on a fun trip were Joey and Janet Encalade who spent some quality time with kids Grant and Nicole in Vegas last week.*****Karen Fisher stopped in last week. We were glad to visit with her. She has been working in the Vidor tax office. Karen says Lyndia Gunstream is not running for re-election and she is a candidate to replace her.*****Happy 1st birthday to Sawyer Homme, son of Megan and Eric Homme and brother of Harper. We are told Sawyer is always smiling and happy.*****Jon Stewart is signing off the ‘Daily Show’ after 16 years and 2,600 telecast. He earned several Emmys and two Peabody awards. On Thursday, Aug. 6, Stewart, 52, will hang it up and turn the reins over to 30-year-old Trevor Noah, a standup comic from Africa. That should be different.*****Mark and Mary Goodwin sure are happy to have son Luke back home from camp. They said Luke had a great time but they were glad to have him home.*****We had not seen Kent Desormeaux, the jockey, ride in a long time. On Sunday, he came in second on Keen Ice, at the Haskell Invitational $1.75 million race. Of course we tuned in to watch Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh easily win the race.*****The Neches Wheelhouse was a happening lunch place over the weekend. Spotted there was Lisa Havens, Faye Parish, Linda Robinson and the Ken and Judy Pittman family. The Pittman’s were celebrating oldest daughter Marie’s birthday.*****St. Paul’s Methodist Church held a successful Mystery Dinner. Fun was had by all that attended. It was said by some that Bridge City isn’t lacking in having actors of star quality.*****Aryca Bussell is in full nesting mode awaiting the arrival of baby Ellie. She had help getting Ellie’s room ready from mom Donna Necci and grandmother Scharlette White.*****MSNBC is making program changes. The latest to go was Ed Shultz at 4 p.m. he had a good show but maybe just a little too liberal.*****We spotted Larry Dorman riding shotgun for Donna Scales last week. Larry says “you gotta watch her all the time.”*****Congratulation go out to Rachel and Garrett McNiel who are expecting their first child early next year.*****Jeremy and Ashley Sanders just returned from a great cruise through the Caribbean and Key West. We know they are sad to return to real life.*****Also returning to real life are Patrick and Christina Richey, along with kids Aiden and Eva, who had a great time in San Antonio last week.*****Our congratulations go out to Shandi Conner and Derek Hamilton on your recent nuptials. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness.*****Don’t look for VP Joe Biden to run against Hillary. Republicans may not admit it but it’s Hillary’s race to lose. Right now, if the election was held, she would win by a landslide.*****Our prayers go out to Bridgett Nugier who is going through a rough spell. Keep positive thoughts Bridgett, many folks are praying for you.*****Excitement is building in the air for Bridge City Cardinal football. Coach Dwayne Dubois is not only building excitement within the community but also among family members. Seniors and their Moms participated in a fun retreat before the season began. A lot of proud senior football moms are looking forward to a great final season.*****We were sorry to find out that our friend Dirk Flowers had a set back and his tumor has grown back and is larger. They have elected to go into Hospice care vs. chemo, radiation or surgery. Dirk has come home to spend quality time with family and friends. The following quote came from Missy and Dirk when leaving the hospital. “We have gone for the last time….. Healing or heaven, home sweet home here we come.” You may help these wonderful Christian people at their gofundme account and of course prayers are very important also.******Rick Perry didn’t make the Top 10 but he’ll keep raising money if he can for a rainy day.


According to regulations, a wheel chair is required for all patients being discharged. Nan Dartez was going around wheeling patients leaving to da front door She found old man Oris Arceneaux, already dressed and sitting on da bed wit a suitcase at his feets. Oris insisted dat he didn’t need help him, to leave da hospital.

Nan tole him bout da rules being rules.

Oris reluctantly let Nan wheel him to da elevator. On da way down Nan axe, “Mr. Arceneaux, is you wife meeting you?”

He answer, “I don’t know me, she’s still upstairs in da bashroom changing out of her hospital gown.


A look back in history with a few events in August. On Aug. 8, 1963, Marilyn Monroe, 36, was laid to rest. When Joe DiMaggio made the arrangements he didn’t invite any of the “Rat Pack” or her Hollywood friends. She died in her Las Angeles home from an overdose of pills.*****Eleven years later, on Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace over the Watergate scandal.*****On Aug. 17, 1975, 70 year old President FDR signed into law the Social Security Act.*****On Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis died at Graceland.*****The slump in oil prices has pulled down the price of U.S. crude to the lowest level in more than four months. Benchmark U.S. crude fell $1.77 Monday, to close at $45.35 a barrel. U.S. crude is down 15 percent this year. Meanwhile, automakers reap profits as consumers rush to buy bigger vehicles due to low gas prices. Low gas prices means decline in sales for many small model automobiles. Next will be incentives offered by automakers to encourage the sale of vehicles that don’t use much gasoline. Can you believe it? *****My guess is that the nuclear treaty with Iran will come to pass. My bet is that the Congress doesn’t have the votes to block it. A lot of work, over several years, went into blocking Iran from having nuclear weapons with diplomacy rather than declaring war and getting bogged down in another long war like the war hawks what us to do. *****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s this week and also next week. Everyone is always welcome. Come join the fun and enjoy good food and great friendship.*****Rick Perry didn’t make the Top 10 but he’ll keep raising money if he can for a rainy day.*****I guess my time is up. Thanks for shopping our Family of Advertisers who make it possible to bring you this newspaper, delivered to you free of charge each week. Check out our website also at therecordlive.com. Local news 24/7. Take care and God bless.