BROKEN PROMISES

President Donald Trump likes to say when he makes a promise, he keeps it. He also insist that his underlings, VP Pence, Kelly Ann, Rev. Huckabee’s little girl, press secretary Sanders and a host of others go to the airways and say, “When President Trump makes a promise he keeps it.” That’s hogwash. He’s broken most promises. Remember he promised to make Mexico pay for the wall and had his Bubba’s shouting, ‘Mexico will pay for the wall.” There are many other things he back-tracked on but none bigger than the big lie to the American people and mostly to the students of this country. Shortly after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Duglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., Trump took to the stump saying that other administrations hadn’t done anything to change gun laws and do away with assault weapons, but there’s no reason for citizens to have them. He said, “Just send me a bill, I’ll sign it.” A couple of days later, the NRA came calling. They must have put a horse head at the foot of his bed. The yellow stuff ran out of his neck and he never mentioned it again. Then here comes the Santa Fe High School shooting, killing 10 people and wounding 10 others. This marked the 22nd school shooting where someone was hurt or killed so far this year and we are just in May. Trump offers, “Prayers and condolences” and then comes discussions of sorrow, helplessness and outrage and another futile call for gun control with no meaning. There is a noticeable absence of action at the Federal level about gun violence. It’s Déjà-Vu all over again as we wait for the 23rd mass hooting. Meanwhile, Texas politicians are using the Santa Fe shooting for scoring political points. Lt. Gov. Patrick even compared it to abortion. Gov. Abbott said he will host a series of roundtable discussions to find solutions to improve school safety. Here’s what they are going to do, focus on mental health, arming school teachers etc. Texas has some of the most gun friendly laws in the U.S. Everyone knows what needs to happen but with the political climate in Texas it will be a lot of talking for awhile and then shelved until next time.*****Hope on board and come along. I promise it won’t do you no harm.

CONGRATULATIONS

Our longtime friend Becky Rutledge, is the 2018 recipient of the Athena Leadership award. Having known her all these many years I know of no one who is more deserving. She was blessed with a great dad, Miles Hall, mom Ann and stepfather W.T. Oliver, who was my best friend. He loved Becky but would have made a joke out of her winning this special award. He probably would have said something like, “Bear, I knew if you hung around with David long enough, you would amount to something special.” I bet she agrees. We love you Bear.

CONDOLENCES

Condolences to the family and friends of C.J. Benoit

Charles J. Benoit, 93, passed away May 21. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.; Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A good man is gone. May he rest in peace. Please see obituary.

LSU LEGEND BILLY CANNON DIES

Football legend Billy Cannon, the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner, died early Sunday at age 80. Cannon died at his home in St. Francisville, La. “There may be no other figure in LSU sports who was more beloved and revered. Cannon let the Tigers to a national championship in 1958 and won the Heisman the following year, highlighted by his famous tackle breaking 89-yard punt return that beat Mississippi 7-3. I was listening to that game on radio on the banks of the Brazos River. He was a hero to all of us Cajun guys.

Turning back the hands of time

10 Years Ago-2008

After Lamar being out of the football for 19 years, I see where the university hired Roy Woodward as football coach. The first competitive season will be in 2010. The program can only be successful attendance wise, if local athletes are recruited. *****Speaking of sports the Angelle twins, Lauren and Jenna, signed to play college softball at Lamar-Port Arthur. Their little sister, Allison, is also a star player for Bridge City. Big brother Kevin, a great high school and college pitcher, is a pro prospect in baseball. The youngster’s parents are Lee and Connie. Someone asked where all that talent comes from. Clint Landry said, “That’s those good Landry genes.” Connie is Clint’s sister. Clint was a good athlete; his son was a star college player and is head baseball coach at Hamshire-Fanette. I’m not sure about the athletic ability but I know those four outstanding youngsters have fine parents and that’s where it starts.*****Special birthday wishes May 30th to Amber Dunn, our girl in medical school in El Paso.*****This Thursday, May 29, our longtime friend and Bridge City businessman, Pharmacist Douglas Roy Harrington will hang it up after 40 odd years. Doug and Harrington’s Drug Store have been fixtures in the community. Doug has sold the pharmacy. The neighborhood won’t be the same after all these years without Doug around. He’s seen the community grow from a small village to a thriving city. *****Our prayers go out to Terri Estes and Missy Jones from L.C.-M., who were injured in a Mexico automobile accident. Two Beaumont educators, Dr. Dorothy Gray and Denise Wenzel lost their lives. Missy had extensive injuries and remains in Mexico City hospital in grave danger.*****In 1999, a barrel of oil in Odessa brought $10.  When the U.S. invaded Iraq, oil was $23.70 a barrel. Last week it went for $135 a barrel. When Bush took office he was worth $16 million, Cheney was worth $37 million. We will no doubt find out in a couple of years that their net worth went up ten-fold during the past eight years.***** Orangefield’s Erin Heimbach, valedictorian, daughter of Karl and Paula Heimbach; Erin Kelley, salutatorian, daughter of Gary and Denise Kelly. Valedictorian at LC-M is Monica Hambrick, daughter of Michael and Joanna Hambrick; Salutatorian is Sarah Irving, daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Irving. Community Christian’s valedictorian is Sarah Kain, daughter of Richard and Cynthia Kain; Cory Rogers is salutatorian, son of Vince and Mary Jane Rogers. Nicholas Robertson, son of Edward and Toni Robertson is Bridge City’s valedictorian and Sarah Ann Fontenot, daughter of Keith and Madge Fontenot is salutatorian. Amarianne Williams, daughter of Joseph Williams, is West Orange Stark’s valedictorian and Virginia Anthony, daughter of Robert Anthony and Susan Greenawald is salutatorian. Congrats to all.

OBITUARITES

10 Years Ago-2008

Samuel Poyntz Dunn, 94, of Orange, died Tuesday, May 20. A memorial service was held Monday, May 26. Dunn was a retired attorney and former president of the school board for Orange ISD. He is survived by sons Sam and David Dunn, daughter, Mary Lou Hude, grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.*****Gracie Arlene Burch, 69, of Orange passed away Wednesday, May 21. Funeral services were held Friday, May 23. She is survived by sons: Murphy Jr., Steven Craig and Michael Lynn, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.***** Loretta Sepulvado Lauzon, 58, of West Orange , passed away Wednesday, May 21. Service was held Friday, May 23. She is survived by her parents, George Marlon and Ann Sepulvado,  daughters, Lori Etlinger, Cindy Lauzon and Jeannie Lauzon and son, Jim Lauzon and granddaughter, Ella Ann Etlinger.*****Joyce Marie Manuel Davis, 79, of West Orange, died Friday, May 23. Funeral services were 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 26. She was a homemaker and co-owner of Davis Appliance. She is survived by daughters, Jeanette LeLeaux ans Phyllis Hennigan, sons, Marion Beard and Phillip Beard and grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.***** Harold W. Mays Jr., 65, of Bridge City, died Saturday, May 24. 2008, Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 28. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a member of Pipefitter’s Local 195 and retired from Westlake Petrochemical Company. Harold is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jackie Boullion Mays, mother, Dorothy Mays, daughter Kim Roberts, son Bruce Mays and grandchildren,

40 Years Ago, 1978

Among Lamar students receiving Master’s Degrees in spring commencement was Bridge City resident Milford Nichols.*****Mary Denise ‘Necey’ Gauthier is the recipient of the Bridge City chapter ABWA scholarship. *****Saturday, St. Henry’s parishioners honored Father Frank Schanzer with a reception in the new parish hall, to be known as ‘Schanzer Hall’ in his honor. He has been transferred to St. Joseph’s Parish in Beaumont. He said his last mass at St. Henry Sunday. *****Friday, May 26, graduation ceremonies were held in Cardinal Stadium for 217 young Bridge City students. *****Orange County District Attorney Jim Sharon Bearden announced that he would resign effective July 1. Bearden will take over the office of lawyer Cimron Campbell at 118 Border St. Bearden went to work under D.A. Roy Wingate in August 1967. He continued under D.A. Louis Dugas in 1970 and replaced Dugas in 1973. Bearden cited the judicial processes involved in the Danny Gray killing and the psychiatric cross-examination of Henry Thomas Lee and the numerous sentences on drug delivery as his biggest accomplishment. Bearden established one of the most aggressive prosecutions of cases in recent history. ***** Ann Segura was the recipient of the first ‘Lioness of the Year’ award of the Bridge City Lioness Club. In 1979 Ann became a charter member and acted as the club’s first president. She and husband A.A. ‘Jimmy’ Segura, own Bridge City Cleaners. They have three sons James, Darrell and Tommy. (Editor’s note: Jimmy and Ann passed away many years ago.)*****Traci Goza, 12, and Ikey Khoury, 15, will perform an adagio dance for the ‘Little Miss County’ pageant on June 10.

A FEW HAPPENINGS

Eighty-four years ago, May 23, 1934, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were killed in a hail of bullets near Sailes, La., by Texas and Louisiana lawmen, led by Capt. Frank Hamer. *****On May 26, 1865, 153 years ago, the Rebels from the South surrendered to the North bringing the Civil War to an end.*****Forty years ago, 1978, Orange County District Attorney Jim Sharon Bearden announced that he would resign effective July 1. Bearden, one of the best D.A.’s to serve Orange County, served during one of the most turbulent times in modern county history. Drugs and murder were prevalent.*****Last week, the Wednesday Lunch Bunch were honored by the presence of Ron Sigler, who had been away and former longtime lawman and BCISD Chief Security officer George Navarro, who came with Constable David Cagle. George is serving as a deputy constable for Cagle. The Bunch will dine at JB’s Barbeque this week and at Robert’s the next two weeks, with a special gathering the second week and taking of the annual summer picture. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend. Everyone always welcome.*****Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross, 137 years ago this week in 1881.*****On May 23, 2008, 10 years ago, oil prices, for the first time  climbed past $130 a barrel. Gas prices shot up above $3.80 a gallon. That was under the administration of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. When they assumed office from Bill Clinton, gasoline at the pump was 97 cents a gallon. (Editor’s note: Now that John Bolton talked Trump into getting out of the Iran deal, the same thing will happen. Gas is headed to $3.50 a gallon.)*****Last Saturday, May 20, in Baltimore, the Kentucky Derby winner Justify won the Preakness for a bid for the Triple Crown in the Belmont race, just three weeks away. Winning the three races has only been accomplished 12 times. Justify is not a sure thing but if he beaten at Belmont it will be a horse that he hasn’t run against before.*****Last Sunday, May 21, Cardinal relief pitcher Jordan Hicks, twice hit 105 miles per hour with his pitches. He tied the record for MLB pitches. He has never played above Class A before this season.***** On Monday night’s finale of American Idol, it was revealed that the Top 2, Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson, were an item. After Mattie was declared winner, Caleb said backstage, “January 21 is the first day I laid eyes on her and from that day on, we haven’t really been apart.” Even though he came in second place, he said, “I couldn’t be more happy with the way things went down tonight. Getting to stand by her was the best.” It seems the fans were not quite as happy as Caleb. Many believed that third place contestant Gabby Barrett should have been the winner.

BIRTHDAYS

May 23: Celebrating birthdays on this day are Justin Trahan, Bev. & Jody’s boy, Billy Raymer and Amanda Uzzle, who is special to everyone. They are joined by singers Jewel, 43, Maxwell, 44, and actress Joan Collins, 84.*****May 24: Today twins Joey and Rusty Williams, Chris Green celebrate and Howard Johnson, dad to P.T. Thompson and siblings, turns 91. Celebrities joining them are singers Bob Dylan, 76 and Pattie LaBelle, 73 and actors Priscilla Presley, 72 and Tommy Chong, 79.*****

May 25: Bridgepoint pastor, Lance Faulkner, Jo Lynn Harris, and Judy Duncan celebrate today. It is also the 25th anniversary of Babett and Constable Mark Philpott, who also celebrates a birthday. Joining them are three famous wrestlers Roman Reigns, 32, Alberto Del Rio, 40 and Bo Dallas, 27, who all share the same birthdays, also actors Anne Heche, 48 and Mike Myers, 54.*****May 26: Having birthdays on this day are Barbara Olson, a very special lady, Dylan Ball and still a real beauty at 75, Jean Moreau. They are joined by singers Stevie Nicks, 69, Hank Williams Jr., 68 and Lenny Kravitz, 53.*****May 27: Keshia Tomplait, Bruce Montague and Charlene Terro celebrate today. Also celebrating are chef Jamie Oliver, 42, wrestler Natalie Neidhart, 35 and actor Chris Colfer, 27.*****May 28: Happy birthday to Jacque Phelps. This beautiful lady, who doesn’t look a day over 70, turns 90 today. Also celebrating are Debbie Guidry, Lisa Mesch, Maureen McAllister, Michael Garcia, Rebecca Brumer. Celebs celebrating are wrestler Seth Rollins, 31, football player Michael Oher, 31 and singer Gladys Knight, 73.*****May 29: Celebrating today are Chief Sam Kittrell, Christina Cummingham, NFL player, kicker Matt Bryant, who turns 42, and Glen Earl, who is 94. Joining them are Michael’s sister LaToya Jackson, 61, wrestler Nia Jas, 33 and actress Maike Monroe, 24.

CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK

My Aunt Clotile her, is a hipoconriat. She runs to da doctor every little pain dat she imagines. Well, las week, she went to do doctor again. Dis time she claimed to have terrible pains all over. Da nurse took her to one of the lil rooms. In about 10 or 8 minutes, Dr. C.C. Hebert came in an axe, “Clotile, were you hurt hanh?”

“Doc, me I hurt all over,” as the doctor watched, Clotile touched her wrist wit her finger.” “Ayaille,” she cried out.

“Where else you hurt Clotile?” Doc axed.

She touched the top of her head, “Ayaille,” she cried out again.

“You hurt somewhere else?” Dr. Hebert axe.

“Mais yea, watch,” She touched her knee and screamed out, “Oh, yea, yaille.”

Doctor Hebert checked all those hurting spots den he looked at her finger.

Clotile axe “I’m sick bad huh doc, I’m gunna die hanh?”

“No, no Clotile, dats not true. Only ting dat’s wrong wit you is dat your finger it’s broke in two places.”

C’EST TOUT

Chase Shugart, Michael Arnaud, Sports Stars

With a three game sweep of TCU, Texas won the Big 12 Conference. The Longhorns will next head to the Big 12 Tournament, to be played at Brickyard Ball Park, in Oklahoma City. Chase Shugart, a former Bridge City baseball standout, has been the Longhorn’s number two starting pitcher. Shugart, a junior right hander, started and pitched five innings in game two against TCU leaving with a 3-3 tie. UT won on a two run homer by Kody Clemens, (Roger’s youngest son) in the bottom of the ninth. While in Bridge City, Chase was District MVP as a junior. That year he struck out 127 batters and posted a 10-1 record while also playing third base and hitting .350. He was coached by Chad Landry. Chase is expected to see a lot of action while in the Big 12 Tourney as the Longhorns chase the National Championship.*****Michael Arnaud, 37 year old West Orange-Stark graduate, in his 15th season as a professional golfer, shot 11 under 60 in Friday’s second round of a four-day tourney. He finished 27 under par to win the BMW Charity Pro-Am, in Greenville, S.C. His winners check was $126,000. This is Michael’s 15th season as a pro. He only got into this tournament as an alternate at the last minute when another player called in sick. He still plays a lot at Sunset Grove, in Orange, but says he is currently calling Covington, La. home.*****That about does it for me for another week. I still have my Armadillo problem and last weekend I was also invaded by horse flies. What is that about? Where did they come from? So, instead of being outdoors at 6 a.m. Saturday like I had planned, I went indoors and watched the Prince Harry and Megan, Duchess of Sussex, wedding. Millions throughout the world watched this beautiful ceremony. I admire the 1968 Jag they drove off in. I once bought a ’68 Jaguar, slept on it and called the New Orleans dealer the next morning and backed out of the deal. I have regretted doing that for years but it was a lot of money for me then.*****Please read us cover to cover. Shop our advertisers when you can. They make this publication possible. Take care and God bless.