The Bears face Jasper in a one game take all in the Regional Semi-Finals. The Bears won the flip and will play Jasper at Little Cypress-Mauriceville Thursday under the lights at 7 p.m.*****The Bridge City Cardinals will be away for a three game series against Waco Robinson. Game one will be played Thursday at 7 p.m. at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Game two and three, if necessary, will be played Saturday starting with game one at 5 p.m. The Third game would start at about 8:30 p.m. The Cardinals have been successful in three game series over the last couple of playoff games, coming from behind after losing the first game and winning the next two games. The Bears and Jasper are not deep in pitching so a one game winner take all gives both the best odds. I predict Bridge City is due to win the first two if the Cardinal bats are hot. Congrats to both Little Cypress-Mauriceville and Bridge City. You have made Orange County proud. If both win, then you can face each other  and have an Orange County champion moving on to state. *****In closing, we here at The Record congratulate all the seniors who will graduate from high school this weekend. May the rest of your life and the new journey be successful. Best wishes. Please read Down Life’s Highway, inside these pages.*****I’ve got to move on. I’m behind so I’m cheating. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


USA Today, in their Thursday, May 19 issue, dedicated the top half of their front page and a half page inside citing Donald Trump’s tax troubles. More than 100 disputes are tied to the candidate’s companies. He has been involved in at least 100 lawsuits and other disputes related to unpaid taxes and how much taxes his businesses owe.  Just since Trump announced as a candidate for president, at least five of his companies were issued warrants for late or unpaid taxes in New York state. Since June 2015, New York filed a tax warrant against the Trump owned company that owns his Boeing 757 private jet that he flies around and showcases himself in. The state collected that tax bill recently. Last week, Trump said he was willing to pay more taxes personally and that taxes from the rich will go up somewhat if he becomes president. The lawsuits and other tax related disputes show a different reality for his businesses. In most cases, not paying taxes until the government takes additional action. USA Today found not just court actions but dozens of additional tax problems in Nevada, Florida and New Jersey. In most cases, tax bills that were paid were only paid after the government took action. Tax warrants are filed only after the state has exhausted all other options to collect what’s owed. Trump boasting about his wealth undercuts his attempts to slash his taxes. Most financial experts estimate that Trumps net worth is about a third of what he claims, which is between $10 and $11 billion. Trump will not release his tax returns which would probably show not only his true net worth but also that he has paid little or no taxes. My bet is that he can’t release them because it will expose him to bigger problems that come from lying.


We were sorry to hear of the death of Kenneth Green, 73, of Orange, who passed away Sunday, May 22. Service will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. He was a longtime member of the Pipefitters Local where he was a senior pipe designer. Our deepest sympathy to his wifebRusty, daughter and son-in-law Kelly and John Kimbrough, sons Gary and Casey and their families. Another good man has gone. May he rest in peace. Please see obituary.


10 Years Ago-2006

During the past 10 years, things have changed for many of the people who were around then and in other cases things have changed very little. The Bridge City Cardinals advance to the Region III championship against Cameron-Yoe. It all started 31 victories ago for the Cards, now they are one of only eight Texas teams standing. Game one, in the best of three, against Yoe, is scheduled for Thursday, in the USA Complex, in Houston. The first game will pit Bridge City’s Kevin Angelle against Yoe’s Brandon Kimbrel. Backing up Angelle on the mound is left-handed Broc Hagmon, Jeff Stringer and Phillip Meeks. Angelle has over 400 career strikeouts, 148 this season. He has the state’s best ERA, 1.99. He gave up just one hit, striking out 16, against Columbus in the one game winner take all 6-0 win last week. The Cards have won six straight district championships, three under Coach Sam Moore, three under Coach Billy Bryant. Last year’s Big Red made it to Austin. Before Bryant, it had been 14 years since making the Regional finals. In 1992, the Cardinals made it to the state tourney under Coach Chuck Young.*****The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears, led by pitcher Cody Trahan, play for State Championship. They won Class 4, Region III, championship, 2-0 in extra innings, over Klein Oak. The Lady Bears have a 34-2 season record. The Bears will face Cleburne Friday. The championship game is set for Saturday, 5 p.m. Trahan has 445 strikeouts in 207 innings and an ERA of 0.05, holding opponents batting averate to .059. She only needs nine more strikeouts to have 1,000 K’s for her career at LC-M.*****Terry and Ella Steubing surprised everyone by resigning their positions the day before high school graduation. Terry was high school principle and Ella, a longtime principle, was at the Intermediate School. He has been in the district 32 years, Ella for 30.******In another surprise move Chief Deputy Sheriff John Tarver turned in his letter of resignation to Sheriff Mike White, effective June 16. He had planned to retire April of next year. Tarver wasn’t saying what led to the early retirement. He is a former Bridge City police chief, a graduate of FBI school and chief deputy under two sheriffs. (Editor’s note: After being away for nearly ten years, Tarver is back as chief deputy under Sheriff Keith Merritt. *****GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Steven Carl Powers, 54, of Orange, died May 27. He was a native of Tennessee and had resided in Orange for a year. He was a minister at the First Church of the Nazarene. He is survived by his wife Judy Powers, son Marcus and parents Carl and Ginger Powers.*****Helen Louise Folson, 70, of Mauriceville, died Tuesday, May 23. Services were held Friday, May 26. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Folsom, son Jacky Folsom, parents, Leon and Alice Solly and granddaughter Christina Folsom. She is survived by sons Danny, Alford, Jimmy, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.*****Denzil Gordon Ford, 78, of Orange, died Monday, May 22. Services were held May 25. He was a veteran of the United States Merchant Marines and was a self-employed home builder in the Orange area. He was president of the Construction Appeals Board for the City of Orange and enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an avid gardener. He is survived by his wife Martha, sons David, Mike and Lee, and their families.*****Irene Armstrong, 83, of Orange died Wednesday, May 24. Services were held May 27. Born in Orange to William Albert “Bill” and Viola Peveto McGuire, she was a lifelong homemaker. She is survived by daughters Sharon and Nell of Orange and sons William and Duane, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a brother, Melvin McGuire all of Orange.*****Everette Earl “Red” Wilson, 87, of Orange, died Friday, May 26. He was a retired bricklayer and a member of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and mother of his children, Mary Wilson and three brothers. He is survived by his wife Ella Brevell Wilson, son Jeffery, daughters Deborah Savoy and Donna Lee Goggin, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.*****Seabron “Sonny” Reese McKee, Jr., of Orange, passed away Wednesday, May 24. Services were held Friday, May 26.  He was a lifelong resident of the Orange area and retired as a Boilermaker and Welder with Boilermakers Local 587. He is survived by his wife Patricia Thibodeaux McKee, of Orange, daughter Laura Gordon, son Kevin McKee and their families.*****Flora Orene “Wilkie” Wilkinson, 89, of Bridge City, died Tuesday, May 23. Services were held Friday, May 26. A life long resident of the area Mrs. Wilkinson was a manager and bookkeeper for Allen’s Department Store in Bridge City. She was a homemaker and former member of Eastern Star. She is survived by son George, daughters Myrtis, Elizabeth, 12 grandchildren and brother Melvin McGuire.

40 Years Ago-1976

Ray Granger and Louis Reed tried to best the fastest train in the south, the Amtrack Sunset Limited and lost. They were lucky, not too many folks walk away from a train wreck.*****The first International Gumbo Cookoff was a large success. Chamber members and Ann McCollum had their stuff together. Around 7,500 people attended. Ann and Lou Malcolm’s gumbo edged out Major Inman and Jim Graves. Some of the folks spotted were “Teddy Bear” Cox, Liz Wickersham, Louis Dugas, H.D. Pate, Roy and Phyllis Dunn, Barbara Smith, Mrs. Cleo Hogan, Nita and Peter Henry, Lynn and Carol Emerson, Corky and Betty Harmon and Jerry Wimberley, who was being blood tested by M.J. Girlinghouse. M.J. said he found no pressure on Jerry at all. Gumbo Cookoff champions were Mildred Cobb, grand champion, Lennard Carlson, professional class, Mrs. Marshall Duhon, of Bridge City, was named number one in amateur class.*****Bruce Tuppen, a fine young man, was killed in an auto accident last week. Bruce is the second son Jimmy Tuppen lost in auto accidents.****Benis Lee and his children lost his wife and mother Paula a few days ago.*****Helen Harrington has a milk cow that gives two gallons a day and her lying husband says half of it is cream.*****Jim and Diane Crossland were in town to attend Mrs. Lee’s funeral. Diane will be moving from Canyon, Texas to Newkirk, Oklahoma, where Jim, a longtime football coach, has purchased a Ford dealership.*****Joseph Giarratano, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Giarratano, graduated from SMU with a degree in business. He posted a 3.9 overall grade point average. The former St. Mary high School student will also receive his master’s from Lamar.*****Twenty-five athletes respond to new no -age -limit summer baseball team. Billy Permenter and Cecil Allen will get things going. Ray Pousson and Ronnie Rost, who both attended the University of Colorado on baseball scholarships, indicated a desire to play. Others are former Stark stars Mark Bonnin, Mark Lambert, Grant Gipson, Chris Allen, Billy Bayless and Vincent Brooks. Also wanting to play are West Orange standout Jerry Callier, now at TCU and Marlin Richard, now at Tyler Junior College. Paul Richardson, of West Orange, Charlie Hildebrandt, of Bridge City and Jimmy Mallory and Dewitt Gipson, of St. Mary’s and former pro Doug Patterson and former McNeese star and member of the Little League World champion team. Joe Kazmar will instruct and play. The schedule will include 18 games to be held at West End Park on Sunday afternoon.


Coach Wade Phillips, an Orange native and where he started his coaching career, will be roasted at the Port Arthur News ‘Homecoming Roast’ will be held June 3. Wade is the defensive coordinator for the NFL Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. His dad, also an Orange native, was the late Coach Bum Phillips. Wade played quarterback and linebacker for his dad at Port Neches. Among the roasters will be J.J. Watt and Demarcus Ware. Wade says, “Two of the best that ever played the game.” The roast will be held at the Carl Parker Center. Tickets are still available.*****The Ed Peveto Memorial Crawfish Boil will be held this Saturday at Jewell Cormier Park, starting at 1 p.m. Proceeds are used for Orangefield scholarships. It’s a great time and place to gather and visit old friends.*****Norman Guillot produced a great Swamp Pop show at the VFW last Friday. We heard from some folks who said it was one of the best shows to come to this area. Others said it was as good as some Vegas acts. There were several stars but I’m more similar with Warren Strom, the soulful singer and Godfather of Swamp Pop. In 1958, he recorded “The Prisoner’s Song” that made number 30 on Billboard’s Top 100. I’m sorry I was under the weather and am very sorry I missed the show. The turnout was good but should have been better. Just too many things going on. It’s a gamble anytime you bring good entertainment to town. I think credit is due Norman for rolling the dice. Sometime you make a little, sometime you lose a little and other time you break even. Some day Swamp Pop will be gone. If you get a chance, catch those great artist when you can.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch dines at PK’s Grill this week and at JB’s Barbeque next week. Everybody always welcome.*****A few folks we know celebrating birthdays. First we want to wish a belated happy birthday to our friend Bob Armstrong, who turned 86 on Saturday, May 21. Bob is the older brother of former longtime English teacher Ken Armstrong, who is now retired and lives in Georgetown. *****On May 25, Dr. David Olson’s longtime bride, a special lady, Barbara Olson, celebrates, as does our friend, Constable Mark Philpott. Also on this day Mark married Babette, that way he never forgets their anniversary. Best wishes for both special days. Also a special happy birthday to Jo Lynn Harris and Judy Duncan. Celebrities having birthdays on this day are Saturday Night Live alum, Mike Myers, 53 and Lord of the Ring actor Ian McKellen, 77.*****May 26, is the birthday of Dr. Chuck Majors’ pretty mom, Mary, and Ron’s better half, Jean Moreau. They are joined by singer Lenny Kravitz, 52, actress Genie Francis, 54 and country singer Hank Williams, Jr., 52. On this day in 1865, the Confederate Army surrendered at Shreveport, LA. ending the Civil War.*****Celebrating on May 27, are McKenzie Louvier, Robert Herin, Bruce Montagne and Charlene Terro. They join actors Louis Gossett, Jr., 80 and Todd Bridges, 51, also country singer Don Williams, 77.*****On May 28, Maureen McAllister, Kellie Boehme, Shelly Smith, Judy Landry, Lee Ludwig and Michael Garcia all celebrate. Celebrities joining them on this day are country singer Nathan Carter, 26, politician Marco Rubio, 45 and soul singer Gladys Knight, 72.*****On May 29, Glenn Earl, longtime newsman, turns 92 today. We wish him a great birthday wherever he is. Also on this day, longtime friend, career lawman, Sam Kittrell notches another year. On this day the late President John Kennedy was born in 1917. Had he lived he would have been 99 years old. They join R&B singer (Michael’s sister), LaToya Jackson, 60 and actress Anette Bening, 58.*****On May 30, Dr. Amber Dunn celebrates her birthday in Garden City, Kansas. Here at home, Dr. David Olson puts in another year. Also Jerry Jackson, Clint Worthy and Nikki Fisette. They join R&B singer, CeeLo Green, 42, and country singer Wynona Judd, 52.*****On May 31, celebrating today on the last day of May are Wilda Hart, Brooke Edwards, Rhonda Wilson, Jeannette Foster and Florence Edwards. Celebrities joining them are actor/director Clint Eastwood, 86, former football player Joe Namath, 73 and actress Brooke Shields, 51.*****A very rare flower has bloomed last week at the Bearden, Peveto law offices. It was the talk of the town, at least around the Court House, because the flower is so rare and beautiful The “Lilly of the Nile” is one name for it. It’s an ideal plant for a law firm because it’s an “irritant and poison.”


Cuzzin Sostan says he knows da following story to be true. Alsid Boudreaux and Joe Babineaux had bout been best friends for years dem, and day bout live to dere early 90’s. Babineaux suddenly falls deathly sick him. Boudreaux, his good friend, comes to visit him on his death bed. Da two reminisce about dere long friendship.

Den Boudreaux axe his friend dat is dying, “Babineaux, do me a favor, wen you die, I want to know if dere is baseball in heaven.”

Poor Babineaux is taking his last breath him, wen he answer, “Boudreaux, you been my friend all our lives, I’ll do dat for you me.” Den Babineaux dies, him.

A couple of days later Boudreaux is asleep wen he hears his friend’s voice. Babineaux say, “Boudreaux, I got some good news and some bad news me.” “Da good news is dat dey got baseball in Heaven.”

“Good,” said Boudreaux, “Wat’s da bad news hanh?”

Babineaux say, “Well, it’s like dis, you pitching on Wednesday.”

Boudreaux him, woke up in a cold sweat.


INDY 500

The 100th running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway features the Indy 500, starting at 10 a.m. local time Sunday, shown on ABC. James Hinchcliffe will hold the post position. He went from brink of death to front of the field. A year ago he nearly died in a crash in the Indianapolis 500 preliminaries. Thanks to routine heroics of the Indy car safety crew and 22 pints of blood and fluids, the 29 year old Canadian has claimed the pole for the Indy 500. There’s a lot of firepower on the front row, from Hinchcliffe to Newgarden to Hunter. Really a trio of drivers who proved Saturday and Sunday they have more than enough speed to get it done on race day and have plenty of experience behind them. It’s a long race, wouldn’t you like to be there?


The Belmont Stakes, to be run in New York on June 11, will pit Derby winner, Nyquist against Preakness winner Exaggerator, trained by Keith and ridden by Kent, the Desormeaux brothers from Maurice, Louisiana, located between Abbeville and Lafayette. People in the area call it “Tee Maurice.” Highway 14, runs through the middle of town for about a half mile and that’s it. All of Cajun Country will be pulling for the Cajun boys. Kent has been a hero in those parts for several years. They have relatives in Orange and a lot of Cajuns in Southeast Texas will be pulling for Exaggerator, who has a good pedigree, by Curlin and Out of Seattle Slew mare, Vindication. Keith has been grinding away for 30 years, now he has reached horse racing’s highest level. We’ll be pulling for the Desormeaux boys in the June 11 showdown.*****Have a safe Memorial Day weekend. We honor all of our military, past and present. Take care and God bless.