Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux’s Nest



It’s coming on Father’s Day and over the many years I’ve been doing this I’ve had plenty to say about ‘Dear Old Dad.’ Well, to be truthful, I’m proud that I’ve had and still have the good fortune to be a father. That job is a blessing but it’s not always easy. Being a dad can bring many thrills as your youngsters make their way to adulthood. The teenage years can possibly be tough and worrisome. No matter how old they get, if you are their father you are still protective and concerned about their well being. One of the great things about children is that they bring you grandchildren and those can be a joy because they are Mon and Dad’s responsibility. They bring special times for an old granddad. This Sunday remember Father but don’t forget Granddad, he’s a special guy too. By the way, Peggy’s on the Bayou has a special weekend and Father’s Day planned. Take Dad and Mom out for a great family time and you don’t even have to wash the dishes. *****I’ve got to move on. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


It will be a big time in Old Town this weekend, June 15 through 17. The big stars will be the Pro Bass Fishermen, with daily weigh-ins. In the neighborhood of 30,000 visitors are expected for the three day Orange County Sabine River Festival, hosted by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce.  It’s a weekend to be enjoyed by the entire family. With live entertainment Friday and Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. Friday with “Curse and the Cure” kicking off the show, followed by “LN and the Crush” and with “The Ruxpins” closing out the evening. Britt Godwin and Company kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by “Colt Ford” at 7:30 p.m. There will be plenty of food vendors, a carnival,  Gater Country shows, a fish tank for the kids and daily weigh-ins for the Pro’s at 3 p.m. The fishermen are working towards qualifying in the Bassmaster Elite Series. The top five pros, at the end of the season, in each division, qualify for the Elite Series. after competing in all three opens in the winner’s division. The Pros are the best fishermen in the country They know how to find and catch the big bass. Last year, Todd Faircloth, a hometown favorite, being from Jasper, in East Texas, was the champion fisherman, battling the best in the country.  Fishermen will lunch at 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday from the City of Orange boat ramp. At 3 p.m. the anglers show off their day’s catch. You will enjoy the weigh-in but if you can rise early enough it is impressive to hear and watch all the beautiful bass boats blast off to near and far-away places in search of the winning catch. All live entertainment is free, sponsored by International Paper, Friday and Invista, Saturday. Orange County has gained a reputation as being the most friendly, kind and fun-loving people around the country since the Bassmasters Series started here. Let’s be at our best behavior, all business should caution their employees to do their best to make our visitors welcome. Let’s show Bass Pro Shops and the Bassmaster Open that we appreciate their picking Orange County for this important series.


10 Years Ago-2007

Orange mayor Brown Claybar remains in the Intensive Care Unit of Memorial Herman Baptist Hospital in Beaumont after suffering a heart attack. He was scheduled to undergo bypass surgery. Orange mayor pro-tem Theresa Beauchamp said Claybar was at his lake home doing yard work when he started having chest pains. He was transferred by helicopter from Jasper to Beaumont. Claybar, 56, is in his third term as mayor. (Editor’s note: Today Brown seems to be enjoying good health. Heart problems is not new to the Claybar family. His father Lannie, founder of Claybar Funeral Home, died Sept. 6, 1969 at age 57 while undergoing heart surgery in Houston.)*****Monica Bingham, daughter of Kristi and Jason Bingham, wins Beaumont Soap Box Derby, qualifying her for the national “All American Soap Box Derby” championship, to be held in Akron, Ohio, July 21. The races will be televised on ESPN. In her Beaumont win, Monica received a $2,000 scholarship and $1,000 to help with the trip. Over 500 contestants from the USA and seven other countries will compete. She is sponsored by Bridge City Wal-Mart.*****B.B. King and Lucille, his famous guitar, play at the Lutcher Theater.*****Orangefield welcomes new girl’s basketball coach Chris Jost, 34. He left the head coaching job at Comanche, the home of the famous outlaw John Wesley Hardin and also home of former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes.*****Spotted at the Bridge City Farmer’s Market, David Rutledge’s favorite project, was Barbara Winfree, who was having the most fun at her stand. The venders were selling fresh picked corn, squash, shelled peas and other items. Mayo LeBlanc was featuring some unique cantaloupes. Two filled an over-sized bra bigger than Dolly’s.*****Our buddy Joe Raburn is scheduled to have heart surgery this week. (Editor’s note: We lost Joe a few years ago. His widow Lou is still in Bridge City.)*****Margaret Toal publishes a story on Judge Roy Derry Dunn’s son, Dr. Mark Dunn. What are the odds that the county would have two Roy Dunn’s and both their first born sons being named Mark. Roy and Phyl’s Mark has a daughter Amber who will soon be a doctor. (Editor’s note: Dr. Mark practices in the Portland, Organ area, Dr. Amber is in Garden City, Kansas.*****GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Janice Shay, 49, of Orange passed away Saturday, June 16. Janice was a life long resident Of Orange. She is survived by parents, Harold and Shirley (Turner) Haymond, two sons, David Shay, Jr. and Chad Shay and daughter Bridget Marcellian, Funeral service were held Wednesday, June 20.***** Crystal M. Vrooman, 20, died Sunday, June 10. Funeral Services were Saturday, June 16. Crystal was a lifelong resident of Orange, graduated from West Orange High School and a student at Lamar. She is survived by her father, Ross M. Vrooman, mother, Donna Weeks, paternal grandmother, Joyce E. Vrooman, maternal grandmother, Doris Pitts, brothers, Allan and Justin M. Vrooman and nephew, Peyton Vrooman.*****William Elwood Harvey, 85, of Orange, passed away Sunday, June 10. He worked as a self-employed carpenter in the area and as an entertainer, playing music on the radio, as well as for anyone who might enjoy listening. He is survived by his sisters, Margarette Wilkinson Warren, Marjorie Ford, Maxine King, Margaret Harvey and numerous nieces and nephews.***** Juanita V. “Nita” Thibodeaux, 82, died, Tuesday, June 12. A graveside service was held Friday, June 15. She worked as a financial manager for ITT Financial Services. Mrs. Thibodeaux was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Stanley Cotton and her second husband, Ray J. Thibodeaux. She is survived by her sons, Mike Cotton, Jerry D. Cotton, daughter Kay Faulk, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.***** Gladys (Grandma) Bodenhamer Tuter, 90, of Orange, died on Saturday, June 16. Funeral services were held June 20. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandma. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Bob V. Tuter. She is survived by her children, Bobby and Edith Tuter, Ronald and Cynthia Tuter, Linda and Fred Jenkins, James and Jan Tuter, Pam and Harvill Strohm, and Debra and Ron Williams, 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

40-Years Ago-1977

Hank Eckhardt named Police Chief at Bridge City, replacing Chief Wilson Roberts. Word going around is that Roberts will become an investigator for District Attorney Sharon Bearden. *****Betty Em and Bernard Giarratano celebrate their anniversary Friday June 24. *****The Bridge City Rotary Club installs officers H.D. Pate, president, Rev. Don Richey, Bill Weisman and Rev. Ed Robinson, vice-presidents and Bill Nacol, sergeant-at-arms. Directors are Robert (Bobby) Cormier, Jim Moss, Lynn Emerson, C.W. (Bubba) Hubbard. Lew Malcolm, from Orange Rotary, installed the new officers. Outgoing president Roy Dunn will serve on the board. *****Sharon and Bill Peveto are owners of Bridge City Rental. *****Larry Ward and Bill Godwin are new owners of Bridge City Building Supply, formerly Fields Lumber. *****Happy birthday June 26, to lovely and sexy Judy Wyatt, who keeps her body firm and solid by teaching aerobics. *****When Ed and Joan Lovelace returned from California, they received the news that Joan’s mother had suffered a heart attack. *****Paul Wise is the new manager of Kresge’s. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas. *****Benny Mazzola is named temporary chairman of the new Orange Optimist Club. *****Three water district employees resign. Dist. Mgr. Clarence Buford, asst. mgr. Walter Dupuis and sec. Helen Burrow all quit. Other employees are expected to follow. It’s not clear what the dispute was that led to the resignation of those longtime employees. *****Doris Land has joined Mary Callahan as dispatcher for the Bridge City Fire Department. *****Mary Patillo is named by Judge Grover Halliburton to replace her husband, Buck as president of the Orange County Senior Citizen Chapter. *****Sweet Patsy Fisette is in Orange Memorial for treatment of arthritis.


We were sorry to learn that our longtime friend Don Stanton, 72, died June 7. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. at Cowboy Church. Visitation starts at 9 a.m. We had known Don for many years. He retired early at Exxon Mobile because of continued heart problems. Don was a good man who never met a stranger. He and Mary were married 50 years and had two children, Donnie and Denise. Our condolences to the family and Don’s many friends. We’re proud to have known him. May he rest in peace. Please see obituary.*****Frank and Lorayne Welch will be married 60 years this month. That’s not a record but it’s a darn good average. That’s our buddy Phillip Welch’s parents. They were scheduled to have a celebration at St. Paul’s but Frank, who is 89 and reaching 90 in December, had to have an emergency operation at Baptist in Beaumont. Last we heard he was in ICU but doing well. Lord willing they are going to celebrate their wedding anniversary in the fall. We’ll let you know when. For now we’ve got to get Frank well.*****A couple of weeks ago our friend Donna Scales had hip surgery. We hear through the grapevine that she’s doing so good that she’s about ready to kick ass. Judge Jimmy is staying out of her way.*****A few folks we know celebrating birthdays in the next few days. June 14: Zoe Ann Hinds, Brandy Aldridge, Betty Jean Lonadier, Sylvia Galbreath and Brenda Duhon all celebrate. Also celebrating are U. S. President Donald Trump, 70, singer Boy George, 55 and comedian Paul O’Grady, 61.*****June 15: Our own “Girl Friday” Janelle Sehon celebrates today. We wish her a special Happy Birthday. Kee Kee and Nancy’s special child, Adam Dupuis celebrates also. Joining them is rapper Ice Cube, 47, actors Neil Patrick Harris, 43, Courteney Cox, 52, Leah Remini, 46, Helen Hunt, 53 and Jim Belushi, 62.*****June 16: Cancer survivor Beverly Perry, sees another year roll around. Also celebrating are nurse Charlotte Potter, Denise Vickers and Alex Brent. This would have been the birthday of our late friend King Dunn. Also celebrating on this day are golfer Phil Mickelson, 46, actress Abby Elliott, 29 and comedian Adam Ray, 34.*****June 17: Our buddy Alice Hartsfield celebrates today on Father’s Day. Sadly she just lost her father Don Cole. Also having birthdays are Delmi Roy and Belinda Welch. They are joined by tennis player Venus Williams, 36, actor Arthur Darvill, 34 and politician Newt Gingrich, 73.*****June 18: Our friend Brandy Slaughter, who is now selling cars at Energy Ford in Port Arthur, celebrates today. She and the family are in their new home in Bridge City. Also celebrating are Krystal Leonard, Amber King and Kyna White. Also celebrating are rock singer Sir Paul McCartney, 74, country singer Blake Shelton, 40 and actor Alex Roe, 26.*****June 19: Chelsie and Cortnie Moerbe celebrate today. So does Christle Kasko, Shelby Permenter, Marianne Choate and Betty Norwood. Celebrities celebreating today are singer/dancer Paula Abdul, 54, basketball player Dirk Nowitzki, and rapper Macklemore, 33.*****June 20: Karen Manning Stevens, Trish Williams, Cindy Overman, Lynda Phillips, Debbie Johansson all celebrate birthdays next Tuesday. Joining them are actors Nicole Kidman, 49, John Goodman, 64, singers Lionel Richie, 67, Brian Wilson, 74, and Anne Murray, 71.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch had a great time at Van Choate’s Tuffy’s Restaurant last week. An overflow crowd attended. The food and service was great and so was the fellowship. This week the Bunch will dine at Robert’s  and next week at Novrozsky’s.*****In 1947-June 14-the government announced they were ending sugar rationing as of midnight June 12. I recall those ration days, most started coming to an end a couple years after WWII ended.*****In 1919, Sir Barton became the first horse to win racing’s Triple Crown after winning the Belmont. Saturday Tapwrit won the 2017 Belmont beating favored Irish War Cry by two lengths. That was the only Triple Crown race Tapwrit won.*****The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship with a win over the Cleveland Cavilers 129-120 in game five. Kevin Durant was named MVP.


Gostoe Thibodeaux walked into Tee-Boy’s Bar & Grill and took himself a seat at da bar next to a very attractive woman. He gave her a quick glance den he causally looked at his watch for a moment.

Agnes, da pretty woman, axe, “Is your date running late?”

“No,” Gostoe replied, “Me, I jus got dis state-of-da-art watch and I was jus testing it.”

Agnes, her was intrigued and she say, “A state-of-da-art watch?” “Wat’s so special about it, hanh?”

Gostoe Thibodeaux explained, “Well, it’s like dis, it uses Alpha waves to talk to me telepatically.”

Agnes axe, “Well, wats it telling you now?”

“Well, Babe, it says you’re not wearing any panties.”

Agnes, she giggled and wearing a big smile, replied, “Well, it must be broken because me, I’m wearing panties.”

Thibodeaux smiled, taped his watch four or tree times and said, “Dis damn ting’s an hour fast.”


A new public poll reflects that Trump’s approval rating has gone down another two percent since last week and is at 34 percent. That means only one third of the country approves of the job he is doing. They are his base, they have their heads in the sand and don’t realize that the Trump plan to cut Medicaid will affect those on disability the most. They have blinders on and refuse to see the real picture. Trump’s plan is to do a Robinhood in reverse, take from the poor and give to the rich. With huge tax breaks, they plan to rob the Affordable Health Care Act of one-trillion dollars and pass it on to the wealthy. All statists prove those who will be hurt the most are Trump’s core supporters, not those who simply voted for him, but those who would stand in front of an oncoming train because Donald Trump told them to. Speaker Paul Ryan says, about Trump talking to FBI Director James Comey behind closed door about putting the fix on to drop the Russia investigation, “Trump is new to this, he didn’t know not to do that.” That’s not true. I said before Trump took over that he didn’t have a clue about running the government. By his own admission he said, “I alone can fix it, because I’ve been on the other side, I always was able to get done what I wanted to do.” He knew what he was doing with Comey. Plenty is yet to come out, like Trump asking the Director if he likes his job, then adding, I hope we can work together. Are we now expected to believe an honorable man like Comey is lying and a guy who lies every single day is telling the truth. Trump’s demagoguery and defamations of good men and women is a darn good reason why Comey wrote about his encounters with Trump right afterwards. He knew Trump had a way of discarding the truth. His cabinet, all adults, go out of their way to praise him like he’s a ruler, not a president. His sick ego demands that he must be praised. Vice-president Pense is required to praise the master every day. He comes off as a patsy. Why would all those successful adults let themselves be dragged down to such a low ebb. They know Trump will do anything, except two things, release his tax returns or go against Russia’s president Putin. Everything else is no hold barred. This chaos is a long way from being over. What Trump doesn’t get done by September won’t get done this year and mid-term elections start in January. My bet is that Trump doesn’t have any tapes. If he does they will never see the light of day.*****Thanks for your time, mine is up. Please read us cover to cover and patronize our family of advertisers. Take care and God Bless.