DON’T MISS SPECIAL ISSUE

Next week, in a special issue, “The Record, celebrates the 60th anniversary of publication. The anniversary issue is always very popular; along with current stories, we publish stories from out of the past and some historic events from yesteryear. The big deal for the annual celebration is recognizing and honoring the “Person of the Year.” The award will be presented on June 5, at the Lunch Bunch gathering at Robert’ Restaurant, 12 noon. The presenter this year will be Judge Buddie Hahn. The recipient of the award will be revealed in next week’s issue. By coincidence, June 5 will also mark publisher Roy Dunn’s 85th birthday. He says he doesn’t know where all the years went but he knows he’s lived them. Roy’s longevity will also be recognized at the Wednesday Lunch Bunch special gathering. Everyone is welcome. No one is a stranger at the Lunch Bunch, no dues, pay for your own meal and come only when you feel like it. Good fellowship, with some of the county’s finest folks, is always guaranteed. Make plans to attend and see some of your friends and pass a good time. It’s also a great time to say thanks to the Record staff for the great job they do, week after week, year after year. Hope to see you.*****Now I’ve got to move on. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.

TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS

When the gavel fell Monday ending the session it included school finance and tax reforms with $4.5 billion more invested in education. Teachers can expect higher compensation and more children will have access to pre-kindergarten. Local governments will be limited on how much they can raise future property taxes. Other changes that Texans will feel are the legal smoking age will climb to age 21, emergency rooms will be barred form surprise medical bills to patients and Red light cameras are out. The state also took small steps, far short of other states, in expanding the use of medical marijuana. Legislatures didn’t raise sales tax in order to reduce property taxes. They failed to reduce penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Texas had gone through so much since the last session, Harvey struck in the fall of 2017 and less than three months later 26 people died in a mass shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church, Then came the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School last May killing 10 people, yet gun laws were not considered except going against the NRA on home lock up of guns. Democrats, who gained seats in the last election, made their pressure felt. The issues democrats have long championed are teacher pay and expanded pre-K woke the GOP up to the fact that it can help them in 2020. Democrats chalked up other wins also defeating bills that would suppress the vote. In the senate, Democrats have held firm in opposing the confirmation of David Whitley as secretary of state. He had been purging voters at will claiming he suspected 95,000 registered voters as being non-citizens. His data was filled with errors. Whitley resigned Monday. He didn’t mention the botched voter purge. This session Democratic caucus has stuck together more. The pickups in the mid-term election and the possibilities in 2020 had something to do with a more united Democratic caucus.

TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME

10 Years Ago-2009

Mr. Cox’s Neighborhood has taken on some changes since Ike came forcing us to leave the Creaux’s Nest. Lawyer Pate’s office is vacant and being remodeled by Dr. Messer, who bought the property. By next week Family Pharmacy, formally Harrington’s, should be back in their newly-remodeled building. They have been in a portable building. The biggest change comes with a nice apartment complex, built by Don Pate, no kin to H.D. The apartments are located where our neighborhood park used to be. This week, Don starts renting them. It’s a nice neighborhood to be in. Lawyer Pate is now in Messer’s dentist building, near the Peacock. Bill Nickum has been in the neighborhood a long time. His State Farm Insurance office is a landmark.***** Here’s what a few of our buddies are up to. Cal Broussard is in his second week of chemotherapy and radiation. The pills are being given to him everyday for six weeks as a precaution. The medication makes him a little sick but not as bad as other chemo methods.*****Our longtime friend Vivian Dorman beat her first bout with cancer and was in remission. Last week however, according to daughter Donna Scales, a checkup in Houston showed a new problem.*****Judge Joe Parkhurst went into training a few days ago when he acquired a 150-pound Doberman. The dog requires a daily walk which causes the judge to have to jog to keep up. In 10 days Parkhurst has lost 10 pounds. A couple more weeks and Joe will be down to his fighting weight and ready to take on Eddie Sutton.*****Preston Fuller is now a qualified specialist according to A&M. He’s a lawn manicurist.***** I’m not sure if Constable Mark Philpott just doesn’t want to leave pretty Babette behind while he goes out of town, or if she doesn’t want him off by himself, but all trips are made together. They probably just like each other’s company.*****Did you know our buddy Marlene Merritt is a landscape artist? She does it all from start to finish, from planning to results. Also, I bet she’s the prettiest landscaper around.*****Every now and then our friend Ray Cotton comes to the city from his Longhorn operation in Vinton. Last Wednesday we spotted him having lunch at Robert’s Restaurant. Ray has a lot of projects in the works.*****Once the nation’s largest employer, General Motors, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the largest industrial filing in U.S. history. President Obama gambled it all by pumping $30 billion into what must be a successful recovery, or he’s cooked his goose come election time in the industrial states. It would also affect mid-term senate and house elections. Chrysler has a deal working to sell to Fiat but they will probably be next in Chapter 11.*****Encouraging news is that Wall Street is rallying. The smarts believe, and I’m betting, Obama turns the country around. The shut down of factories by auto dealers is bad for some locations plus leaves over 20,000 unemployed. I believe it will be a plus for car buying consumers. I also believe Obama will do all he can to keep gas prices down even if it means traveling the world or going directly to OPEC.*****GREAT NEWS: M.D. Anderson doctors are reporting progress against lymphoma and melanoma with therapeutic cancer vaccines. The injections simulate the immune system to attack tumors. This should open the door for more work with vaccines for both blood cancer and solid tumors.***** Congrats to Coach Landry and his baseball Cards on a great season and a good run in the playoffs. No doubt Spring Hill is for real at every position. For years, from little league to graduation, we have watched these youngsters develop. A few senior Cards are Dustin Breaux, Anthony Cessac, Grant Encalade, Blake Hubbard, who came from Nederland six years ago, Erick “Hoover” Matthews, whom we’ve watched glove a ball since age six. Jared Raggio, Blake Snyder, Daniel Wallace and Michael Schrieber Jr. I hope I got them all because they brought years of joy and entertainment, as well as all their teammates, in little league, pony league and through high school. *****Jockey Calvin Borel will ride Derby winner, “Mine That Bird” Saturday at Belmont. He won the Preakness on “Rachel Alexandra.” If he wins Saturday, he will be a personal Triple Crown winner on two horses. “Go Cajun.” There has not been a Triple Crown winner for 31 years in a row and won’t be one this year.***** We were sorry to hear about the death of David Stanley, 54, who passed away May 30. Graveside services will be Wednesday at Eves Cemetery in Gist.***** Condolences to Lamar-Orange’s Butch Campbell on the death of his father Jesse ‘Jack” Campbell Sr.

OBITUARIES-10 YEARS AGO

Dena Rene Harris, 42, of West Orange, passed away Saturday, May 23. Funeral services were held Tuesday. She lived in the Orange area for 35 years and graduated from Little Cypress High School. She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Wayne Harris, stepdaughter, Amanda Harris, son, Jasper Harris, siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.***** Maurice Talmadge Garrett, 91, of Orange, died Tuesday, May 26. Memorial services were held Friday. Maurice was a Veteran of World War II, and  the owner of Garrett’s Auto Supply. He is survived by his wife, Janie Colburn Garrett; daughter, Jo Earline “Tu Tu” Andrews Cron; granddaughter, Jane Dyer and grandsons, Mark Welch, Todd Trawhon, Troy Trawhon and eight great-grandchildren. ***** Joseph “Jo Jo” Hatton Hanks Jr., 62, of Orange, died Tuesday, May 26. Funeral services were Saturday. He was a Army veteran of Vietnam War and a member of Community Church. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Gloria Edge Hanks, brothers and sisters, Linda Terrell, Arthur Hanks, Keith Hanks, Bobby Hanks, Ricky J. Hanks, and Dianne Edge.

40 Years Ago-1979

Don’t make reservations yet but the Houston Astor’s sit on top of the heap in the number one spot. I wouldn’t book the bus to the World Series too soon though.*****Three new businesses in Orangehurst Shopping Center hold grand openings. They are Jay’s Jewelry, Griffin’s Menswear and the Carousel Cafeteria.*****Walter and Rose Billeaud celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on June 8. They have seven children and 17 grandchildren. They are 30 years residents of Bridge City and have been pioneer land and business owners.*****Evelyn and Howard Morse hosted a surprise barbecue birthday party for Roy Dunn. Chief Wilson Roberts was chef.***** “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” production is being performed in Houston. A greyhound bus is being arranged for locals to attend.*****On June 3, Tanya Thibodeaux turned 10 years old. She’s Carl and Micaela’s lovely daughter.*****Mike McCardle will be 18 on June 7.*****Jason Richards will be 5 years old on June 10.*****Larry Guyote turned 40 on May 31.*****Happy birthday to Harold Fisette, who celebrates on June 6.*****In Austin to greet Sen. Carl Parker when the Killer Bees came out of hiding were Dewey and Shirley Upderfroff, Sue Pate and Flo Edgerly.

45 Years Ago-1974

Orange County bids farewell to “Mr. Ted.” Ted L. Jefferis and his family are leaving Orange for Nacogdoches. The Stark High coach is in the Texas High School Hall of Fame. In 1941, while coaching Wichita Falls, he won the state championship with a 139 pound quarterback named Gene Hill. At SFA “Mr. Ted” coached Bum Phillips and H.W. “Chief” Wilson. Stark coach Dexter Bassinger, at a farewell party, told of what it was like to be an assistant under Jefferis and the help he had been given since being a Tiger coach. Also speaking at the gathering was West Orange coach Glenn Green, Dr. Max Pachar, Supt. Paul Willis, West Orange principle Lonnie Traylor and baseball coach Art Petit. Opportunity Valley News sportswriter Joe Kazmar covered the affair. *****Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 1109 Second St., celebrates its 54th anniversary June 9.*****Joe Falcon, the first Acadian to make a commercial recording of any kind, was the first inductee into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame. The award was given at the first Texas / Louisiana Cajun Festival on Pleasure Island. W.T. Oliver made the presentation. Other nominees were John Lloyd “Tee Bruce” Broussard, Ira LeJeune, Lionel Cormier, Mary Choates, Lawrence Walker, Clifton Chenier, Nathan Abshire, Blackie Forestier, Rufus Thibodeaux, Amedee Breaux and the Balfa Brothers.*****The Gunns take to the road. Buzzy, Dayle, the children, nephews and nieces, granddad and MeMa are all headed to Florida in a travel bus. Buzzy has lost 15 pounds for his G-String beach walking. Granddad T.L. ain’t crazy, he’s following in his own car.*****New helper starting this week at the OVN is the Dunn’s pretty daughter Karen.

50 Years Ago-1959

Local athletes signing scholarships are Jimmy Davis, who will attend Texas A&M for four years in both football and baseball. He lettered in four sports at West Orange. Wayne McCelland, Charles Alexander and Brooks Hill of Stark High have signed with Rice. Pete Winfrey and Rusty Mathews, Starks, signed with TCU. Carlin Franklin also of Stark High, signed with Kilgore as did P.I. Peveto of Orangefield. Dolan Frenzal, Lon Craft and Colbert Trahan, of Starks and Jimmy Starnes, of Orangefield are being sought by college coaches but haven’t signed yet.*****Roger Ward wins Indy 500.

A FEW HAPPENINGS

This Saturday, June 1 from 7am till 11am, the Bridge City Farmers Market will reopen for this season’s delicious crops.  They will be located at 101 Parkside Dr. in Bridge City. Come out and support the many vendors which will have their fresh produce, local raw honey, fresh yard eggs, jellies, wooden art and stained glass art. Check it out.*****John and Glynis Gothia were at the lake Sam Rayburn this weekend taking a ride in their new pleasure boat.  Rumor has it, it won’t replace the fishing vessel.*****Texas’ GOP leadership backs away from calling for a ban on abortions this year. They won’t join other states seeking to overturn the Roe vs Wade decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. They saw the light and heard the wake up call in the mid-term election from suburban women. They have applied the brakes. Abortion in Texas is no longer a front runner and may never by again.***** Don’t forget that this weekend Texas residents can fish without the use of a license on June 1 at any of the state’s public waters.  What a great time to be outdoors with the family and catch a few fish.*****At last week’s Lunch Bunch gathering I learned that John Roy Fredrick is thinking about selling out his tire business and hitting the road doing stand up comedy. He auditioned for the Bunch and told several really good stories. The ladies were impressed and urged him to turn pro. This week the Bunch will dine at Guadalajara.

BREAUX BIRTHDAYS

A few folks having birthdays in the next few days. May 29: Celebrating birthdays today are A.J. Lemoine, Sam Kitchel and hometown NFL kicker Matt Bryant who turns 43,  singers Mel B, 43, La Toya Jackson, 62 and actress Maike Monroe, 25.*****May 30: Cayla Court, Rex Peveto, Clint Worthy, Nikki Fisette, Dr. David Olson and Dr. Amber Dunn Greeson celebrate today. Also R&B singer Ceelo Green, 44 and actors Jennifer Ellison, 35, Mark Sheppard, 54.*****May 31: Haley Duhon, Larry Guyote, Macey Joubert, Wilda Hart, Rhonda Wilson and Brooke Edwards are a year older today. Celebrating also are actor/director Clint Eastwood, 88, Brooke Shields, 53 and “Mr. Football” Joe Namath, 75.*****June 1: Happy birthday today to Linda Wolford, Shirley Griffin, Gene Armand, Rollie Cardner and Sheila Deason. Also celebrating are model Heidi Klum, 45, comedian Amy Schumer, 37 and actor Morgan Freeman, 81.*****June 2: Celebrate today are Silo Carr Taylor, Debbie Crews, Nina Aven, Peter Modica Jr., John Gifford, Julie Lummus, and our longtime friend Kayla Hickey. Joining them are actors Wentworth Miller, 46, Zachary Quinto, 44 and Justin Long, 40.*****June 3: Herman Dupuis, Harold Trantham and Tonya Thibodeaux Molley all celebrate today. Also TV show host Anderson Cooper, 51, actress Anne Winters, 24 and tennis player Rafael Nadal, 32.*****June 4: Pete Sterling, B.J. Hanneman, Glenn Fisher, Paige Ousley, Jade Ousley, Sandra Hoke and Donna Rogers celebrate today.  They are joined by actors Angelia Jolie, 43, Russell Brand, 43, comedian Josh McDermitt, 40 and TV evangelist/novelist Joyce Meyer, 75.

CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK

Sostan tells us about his little granddaughter Cookie and her school exploits. The class was drawing wen teacher, Miss Comeaux, got to Cookie who was working diligently. Miss Comeaux axe, “Wat you drawing Cookie?”

“I’m drawing God me,” she replied.

Miss Comeaux praised her but said, “No one knows wat God looks like.”

Without missing a beat or looking up from her drawing Cookie replied, “Dey will in a minute.”

Cookie told Miss Comeaux dat Jonah was swallowed by a whale.

“Dat’s physically impossible, a whale can’t swallow a human,” da teacher replied.

Cookie said, “Wen I get to Heaven me, I will axe Jonah.”

Miss Comeaux said, “Cookie wat if Jonah went to hell him?”

Cookie coolly replied, “Well den, you can axe him.”

C’EST TOUT

STARR A FEARLESS PACKER

Bart Starr, the record setting Green Bay Packer quarterback, Coach Vince Lombardi’s star pupil, died Sunday, May 26, in Birmingham at age 85. Drafted in 1956 by the Packers with the 200th pick, Starr went on to make Green Bay the most successful football team of the 1960’s. Those years are described as the decade in which football became the No. 1 sport in America. Starr led the Packers to NFL glory in 1961-62-65-66 and 67. He remains the only quarterback to have won three consecutive league titles. His number 15 jersey was retired in 1973 and Starr was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in 1977. Although he was never as flashy as Johnny Unitas, of the Baltimore Colts, he was the most accurate passer and gutsiest player. A quarterback sneak in the final seconds of the 1967 NFL championship was one of his last second heroics. That game is remembered as the “Ice Bowl.” It is cited as the coldest game in NFL history. The Packers faced off against Coach Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys. On the New Year’s Eve kickoff the temperature at Lambeau Field was 13-below with a wind chill of 36 below. It was so cold the referees shouted instead of using metal whistles, which stuck to their lips. Several players were treated for frostbite, one fan died in the stands from exposure. Many of us still around today watched that game. Dallas led 17-14 with less than five minutes to play. Starr pieced together a drive that brought the Packers within inches of the end zone with 10 seconds remaining Starr called a time out to discuss the play with Lombardi to kick a field goal and tie the game or hand it to a running back on the frozen ground. Starr suggested that he run it himself. “Then run it, the coach said, and let’s get the hell out of here.” Bryan Bartlett Starr was born in Alabama on Jan. 9, 1934. He is the third of Lombardi’s dozen Hall of famers to die in the past eight months; fullback Jim Taylor, in Oct. and Forrest Gregg, died last month. .*****I’ve got to go, my time is up, thanks for yours. Take care and God bless.-