We’ve ventured on another issue with an important player out. Mark had hip replacement Tuesday morning and is expected to be in hospital a few days. Hopefully he will be able to work from home in a couple of weeks. He is due to have the other hip surgery at a later date. He had put the surgery off as long as he could and would soon have become immobile. Hopefully the recovery will go well and he’ll be back to work soon. *****The Iowa caucus is next Monday, Feb. 1. The results really don’t mean much more than bragging rights but it’s a big boost to the Iowa economy every four years when a billion dollars will be spent in the state. It’s one of the country’s greatest Chamber of Commerce promotions. The Texas primary will be March 1, with early voting starting Feb. 16 to Feb. 26. That’s right around the corner. First however, Orange and the Golden Triangle will be celebrating Mardi Gras. The Orange parade is Saturday with entertainment after featuring Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys. The weather is expected to be good. ***** I’m running late and must get going. Hop on board and come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.



It will be Manning and Denver against Newton and Carolina in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California to be played Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. on CBS. At age 39, Manning will be the oldest quarterback to play in a Super Bowl. The Broncos beatTom Brady and the New England Patriots 20-18. A missed extra point earlier forced the Patriots to go for two to tie the game and throw it into overtime. The attempt failed. Even though Manning threw for two TD’s it was Wade Phillips’ defense that stole the day. Phillips, an Orange native, had just the right defensive game plan and his defense was flawless. They did what no other team had been able to do, shut Brady and his rushing game down. The Denver defense couldn’t get into rhythm. He was 27 for 56 and 310 yards. The Broncos hit Brady 20 times and four sacks. “It was just tough for us to even get into a rhythm,” Brady said. New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who missed the extra point, missed for the first time in nine years, ending his NFL record streak at 523 conversions. The error might have made the final difference in a comeback the Patriots couldn’t complete. “I lost the game,” Gostkowski said, but it was the Denver defense that won it. Wade and his defense have their work cut out for them against Cam and the Carolina Panthers. They clobbered Arizona, 49-15 and are a 4.5 point favorite to win the Super Bowl. It’s not Newton’s arm that may be the biggest factor, it’s his wheels. He’s hard to contain, big and strong and will be running a lot, especially on third downs. The Broncos will have to shut down Newton’s running to win. It has been 26 years since Wade has been to a Super Bowl, it was 1990, Denver and Elway against Joe Montana and the 49ers. Wade was defensive coordinator. Denver lost 55-10, in the most lopsided game in Super Bowl history. This could be the biggest game ever for Orange native Wade Phillips. A win would seal his career as one of the best defensive minds in NFL history… Wade, his dad Bum and grandparents are all natives of Orange County. I’ll be pulling for Wade, Manning and Elway to be Super Bowl champions but I’m not betting on it.



10 Years Ago-1976

Twin grandmother gets twin grandbabies. Rosalie Clark and her twin Mary Ann, celebrated their birthdays Jan. 30 and on that very same day, Rosalie and Judge Pat’s son Patrick and his wife Rachel, became the proud parents of twins, exactly on the same day 59 years later. *****County Auditor Debbie Rawls told Commissioners Court Monday that the county came in $664,000 under budget for the 2004-2005 fiscal year. Rawls said the biggest savings came from the county’s new self-funded health insurance plan. She said the $2 million extra in the insurance fund was passed along to employees in reduced premium cost. Judge Thibodeaux said the county is still owed $450,000 from FEMA reimbursements. Rawls told commissioners that the financial state of the county is strong and our reserves are above adequate.*****Pam Guidry made a believer out of her husband Coach David Guidry, when she finished 29th in her gender and age range in a Houston marathon on Jan. 16. She beat her last years’ time by 15 minutes. She missed being in the top 25 by 14 seconds. The Guidry’s have been married 28 years (38 today) and have two sons. They have been sweethearts since high school. David was a track star at Bridge City and has been track coach at Little Cypress-Mauriceville. (Editor’s note: I’ve known David since he started the first grade. I knew his late mom Ann and father Andy. I’ve known Pam since she went into banking at Bridge City Bank What a great couple.)*****Super Bowl day beats most national holidays with Super Bowl parties, parades etc. This year pits Pittsburg against Seattle, not the most desired match for Southeast Texans. *****Shorty Taylor has returned from touring his old stomping grounds around Shreveport. While there he visited with his old friend Tillman Franks. He is 85 years old and managed many big star entertainers. He was in the car wreck that killed Johnny Harton. Tillman had a lot of friends in the Orange area including the Joe and Pete Runnels families. (*Editor’s note: I sure do miss Shorty. He did to ride the range with.)*****GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Linda Carol Barrett, 59, of Orange, died Jan. 22. She worked as a legal secretary for the late attorney Don Kelly and for Jim Dunaway for many years. She is survived by her mother Selma Manuel, daughter Raegan Richard. *****Rev. Vern W. Kirkland, 80, of West Orange, died Jan. 22. He had lived in Orange for 40 years, was a WWII veteran. He was a Pentecostal minister. *****Richard David Coit, Jr., 43, of Orange, died Jan. 22. Those left to cherish his memory are his parents Richard Coit and mother Margaret Flint and his brothers and sisters*****Ruth Kley Cockran, 47, passed away Jan. 23. This writer had known her since she was a young girl. She always had a smile and a caring heart. She was preceded in death by her parents William and Dixie Stuckey. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Dale Cockran, daughter Rachel Kley, sons Calvin and Cody Cockran, sister Donna Stuckey Broussard and brothers Jeff and Michael Stuckey.*****Hazel ‘Frenchie’ Foreman, 87, of Orange, died Jan. 23, at Pinehurst Nursing Home. She was a native of Pecan Island. Those left to cherish her memory are sons Louis, Davis, T-Ray, Kit Foreman, daughters Peggy Hoffpauir and Sue Welch, and their families. *****Anthony Woolever, 57, of Bridge City, died Sunday, Jan. 25. He was an Orange native and was retired from Optimist Village. Survivors are sons Anthony Lee and Troy Woolever. *****Delton M. Clark, 84, of Bridge City, died Jan. 27. He was a carpenter Local 610 and a member of Bridge City Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by wife Beatrice. He is survived by daughters Clarice Miller, Janice Babin and son D-Ray Clark. . *****C.R. Nash, 71, lost his life on January 28, 2006. He was serving as city manager of Pinehurst. During his long career as a public servant, he served as city manager at Bridge City, Jacinta City and Wildwood. C.R. was a heavy smoker and in the end it got him, he died of cancer. He is survived by his wife Pat, son Rodney, daughter Karia Caillouet and their families. *****Freeman Addison, 84, of Deweyville, died Jan. 28. He was a native of Starks, LA. He was a WWII Navy veteran and had survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Gene and Joyce Addison of Deweyville.     

40 Years Ago-1976

Dallas Cowboys making the ‘All-NFL’ team are Rayfield Wright, Lee Roy Jordan and safety, Cliff Harris.*****The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to be in their maiden season next year. It’s speculated that George Mira will be their first quarterback. *****Congressman Charles Wilson has announced his candidacy for a third term. Charlie’s wife, Jerry, writes a local, weekly column for the Opportunity Valley News, owned by the Dunn family. *****Mr. and Mrs. Butch Herman will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in a few days. *****Bridge City Optimists honor B.C. High students Richard Slayton and Kathleen Clark in a special award ceremony. *****George Reese is chosen Citizen of the Year by Bridge City Chamber of Commerce. *****A lot of folks are running for sheriff against Sheriff Buck Patillo. They are Daniel A. Stevens, Charles Morvent, Jr., Durwood ‘Cowboy’ Dorman, O.A. ‘Slim’ Folsom, John E. Wade, Jr., J.W. ‘Kid’ Henry, Max Boatman and Ed Parker.*****Running for Commissioner of Pct. 1 are Dudley Baker, Arthur Simpson and Travis Hudson. In Pct. 3 are Asa Mansfield and Bill Kleinschmidt. Candidates for constable of Precinct 3 are John Ford and Don Hartsfield. Tax Assessor-Collector candidates are Louvenia Hryhorchuk and Jane Carmack. Constable for Pct. 1 candidates are Forrest Hudson and Charles Griffith. State representative candidates are Wayne Peveto and Sanford ‘Sandy’ Engelberg. *****County Auditor Luther Sebren resigns. Things just came tumbling down on him. His wife of 36 years flew the coop. Luther was reported to be involved with a married woman who had recently filed for divorce. Judges Graham Bruce and Fred Trimble accepted his resignation and immediately appointed Julia Bacom, Sebren’s first assistant to the post. *****Harry Stephens purchases Verrett’s Appliance on 10th Street. The Stephens will move from Harry’s Appliance on Front Street to the new location around March 1. The city will purchase the Front Street property and it will become part of the downtown civic complex.*****Little Cypress-Mauriceville coach Randall Dorsett resigns to go into private business with his father-in-law.*****Charles Russell is no longer with KYKR radio. Bill Clark of KOGT fame is on a week’s vacation. Could it be he’s looking for greener pastures? ****Beverly Williamson, Joe’s beautiful wife, is a full-time college student in Dallas. She drives a pickup truck, wears tight fitting jeans, cowboy boots, and a fur coat in downtown Dallas. Not only is she sexy, but she is a four-point average student. She also is teaching school full-time. Beverly won’t soon be forgotten. She’s one of Orange’s all time beauties.


We were sorry to learn of the death of Veronica Sue Istre, 59, who passed away last week, Jan. 18. Service was held Friday, Jan. 27. Sue had worked at Robert’s Meat Market for 30 years, a job she loved and everyone there loved her. She had battled cancer and fought hard to the end. She was a special lady. May she rest in peace. *****James Carville and wife Mary Matalin, the political couple, will be coming to the Lutcher Theater on Feb. 15. It’s a Lamar Orange Distinguished Lecture Series. All’s fair in love, war and politics. Mary Matalin is an outspoken conservative. She worked with Reagan, served George H. Bush as campaign director, was an assistant to George W. Bush but was best known as counselor to Dick Cheney. James led campaigns for several successful candidates but is best known for electing the boy from Hope, Bill Clinton, president. The ‘Ragin’ Cajun’ has now turned to global politics. He and Matalin agree on very few things when it comes to politics, yet they are close enough to have children together. Both appear often on television. If you like politics you will love this unusual couple.*****We ran into Dorothy Brown, a friend of over 50 years, and the widow of the late Lee Brown, Brown Hearing Aid founder. I had wondered about a train picture Gordon Baxter had painted that was acquired by the Browns. Dot said they had hung it in a rental apartment and someone took it. It sure was nice to see her. She’s such a lovely person. *****Speaking of nice people, we got a note from Karen Jo. She said God nudged her into retiring when she did. She said she didn’t want to retire and fought it for months. She finally took the huge leap and has never regretted it for a second. She absolutely likes being retired. Karen Jo wouldn’t like being there now. It’s not the same. *****Let me let you in on a secret that other Orange County folks have discovered. It’s called LaBelle Femme, a unique place in Jennings, Louisiana, just a short drive away, plus there are great places to lunch nearby. LaBelle specializes in gowns of all kind, Mardi Gras, prom, wedding, etc. People come from throughout the area to shop. They are located on Main Street but if you want to call them first, their number is 337-824-7272. *****March 19 is a long way off but mark your calendar, it’s the Saturday before Palm Sunday and that’s when St. Mary Catholic Church, in Orange, is holding their St. Joseph Altar. If you have never been, you will be impressed with all the work done and the goodies these Catholic ladies prepare. Be sure and pick up some homemade bread. *****I watched Sarah Palin when she endorsed Trump. They got her on board to appeal to the Evangelicals. That must be right because I didn’t make out what she was screeching, must have been speaking in tongues. Trump had a sick look on his face, he didn’t understand her either. ***** Nick who? It seems Mariah Carey has forgotten her ex hubby, comedian Nick Canon. The singer recently was engaged to real estate mogul James Packer who presented her with a 35-carat diamond engagement ring. The couple will live in a $3 million a year mansion in Calabasas, California. Who needs Nick. *****I ran into a beautiful young lady who introduced herself as Christy, Harry Stephens’ daughter. I knew her but just didn’t recognize her. I must be getting old. She introduced me to her husband, who I also didn’t recognize and I’ve known Capt. Smith’s boy Phillip, assistant DA, a long time. My apologies, sometimes it takes us old folks’ computer a while to compute. *****Belated happy birthday to ‘Buddy’ Stelter, who hit number 78 on Jan. 26. He and wife Ann, celebrated on a cruise to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and other Caribbean destinations. Lucky guy, my last trip was to Buna six months ago. ****A few folks we know celebrating birthdays this week: On Jan. 27, ‘Scoot’ to his great-grandpa, Leland Clay Gros celebrates his 7th birthday. He is the son of Garrett and Brittney, the only grandchild of Karen Dunn and George Gros and the great-grandson of Phyllis and Roy Dunn. He’s a sharp kid. Also celebrating is Tammy Wolfford, Kimberly Barclay, Jonathan Arnold and Tori Lummus. They are joined by celebrity actresses Bridget Fonda, 52 and Mimi Rogers, 60 and dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, 68. *****On Jan. 28: The Tadora twins, Rosalie Clark and Mary Ann Scofield celebrate. It’s extra special for the girls this year. Mary Ann has been battling cancer, chemo, radiation etc. She’s had some sick times, however Wednesday, in Houston, she received a very favorable report. That makes for a great birthday. Thank God.***** My buddy, Mary Stanton, celebrates another birthday today. I think of her often but haven’t heard from her for awhile. Bill Dixon, Jr. celebrates today. Sorry to hear his dad is under the weather. Also celebrating is William Carpenter, Justin Gearhart, Colin Briggs and Cheryl Gonzales. They join singer Sarah McLachian, 48, and actors Elijah Wood, 35 and Alan Alda, 80. *****On Jan. 29, Bobby’s better half, pretty Devra Cormier, celebrates. Also Wyman Ogden is a year older. Also the Amadeo twins, Lynn Greenwell and Leslie Smith, celebrate another birthday. They are joined by celebrities TV star Oprah Winfrey, 62, singer Adam Lambert, 34, actor Tom Selleck, 71 and politician Paul Ryan, 48.*****On Jan. 30, Celebrating today is former West Orange-Stark and major league pitcher John Patterson. Others celebrating are Brenda Dubose, Shirley Jordan and Amy Campbell. They join actor Gene Hackman, 86, politician Dick Cheney, 75 and singer Phil Collins, 65.*****On Jan. 31, Scott Free, Skipper’s youngest celebrates. Also Lily Fields, C. B. Burns, Marty Delano and Amanda’s twin boys, Lucas and Mason Adams celebrate. Celebrities having birthdays on this day are pop singer Justin Timberlake 34, actress Kerry Washington, 38 and country singer Tyler Hubbard, 29. *****On Feb. 1, Wayne Sullivan, Jake Williams, Lisa Monceaux and Virginia Williams all celebrate. They are joined by Elvis’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley, 48 and comedian Garrett Morris, 79. ***** Feb. 2, finds Aggie Don Kachtik, the boy who survived Bear Bryant’s Junction trip celebrates. So does Kelly McBride and Vance Thomas. Also on this day reality star Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman, 63, model Christie Brinkley, 62 and actor Brent Spiner, 67.*****Here’s something I discovered at Robert’s Meat Market. It’s a new item, chicken patties, I prefer the spicy. Try ‘um, you will love ‘um. Robert’s has many great specialty items that you won’t find in the big stores. Example, you can’t go wrong with the homemade tamales, homemade with only the best meat. They are unbeatable. If you haven’t visited Robert’s lately, you should. The meat market offers many quality items not found anywhere else. *****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch dined at JB’s Barbeque this week and will be at Robert’s next week. Everyone always welcome. *****Last week, Richard Albair buried his sister Elsie, and then he got word a brother had died. He and Peggy rushed to Mississippi for the funeral. Richard lost three siblings in the past month, four in the last year. That’s a big load for anyone. Our deepest sympathies. *****The quote of the week: Donald Trump said, “He could shoot somebody on 5th Avenue and not lose a vote.” He is probably right, which shows the mentality of someone who would vote for him. A reasonable person sees that blowhard for what he is.



Sostan’s old mama, Agnes, wat is 87, was taking da bus from Mamou to Abbeville. She wasn’t sure where she was suppose to get off her.

Luckily Pee-Wee Fontenot got on da bus in Lafayette and come sit next to Ms. Agnes.

She axed him can you please help me to find my stop, where I get off me.

Pee-Wee said, “Mais for sure, you jus watch me where I’m going and den get off two stops before me.”

(Editor’s note: Agnes ended up in New Iberia.)



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