CROCE PLAYS CROCE

A.J. Croce performs Croce Plays Croce, Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, for one performance only. In this special night of music, A.J. will feature a complete set of classics by his late father Jim Croce, some of his own tunes and songs that influenced both he and his father. Jim Croce was an American folk singer with a short-lived professional recording and touring career, and decades of posthumous fame as one of the greatest songwriters and artists ever. With sales surpassing 50 million records, including three #1 songs and 10 Top 10 hits, Jim Croce’s short career and long-lived legacy are well remembered through his era-defining standards like “Operator,” “Time in a Bottle,” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.” A.J. Croce’s 25-year touring and recording career has produced nine studio albums that have been released via both major and independent labels, and have charted 17 Top 20 singles and all nine albums on the radio, including Top 40, Americana, and Blues. A virtuoso piano player, he’s toured with such esteemed artists as Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and B.B. King. A.J.’s latest album project Just Like Medicine was released last summer and features Vince Gill and Steve Cropper. Last fall, he released a single of “I Got A Name” which was a song made famous by his father in 1973, He recorded the song for a Goodyear commercial with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. This should be a great evening in Orange, Texas. A ribbon cutting to kickoff the 40th Fabulous Season of Lutcher Theater will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m. Lutcher Theater Lobby.*****A reminder, The Penny and County Record newspapers are read weekly by over 45,000 consumers I’ve gotta get started. Hop on board, come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.

POLLS SHOW SUPPORT FOR INPEACHEMENT RISING

Public support for impeaching President Donald Trump is on the rise, with nearly half of Americans backing such a move, according to two new polls. A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday show that support for impeaching Trump and removing him from office has grown from 37 percent of registered voters at the start of last week to 47 percent in the latest survey, which was conducted Friday through Sunday. An identical 47 percent says Trump should not be impeached. A CNN poll, also released Monday, shows impeachment support at an identical 47 percent among American adults. That represents a rise from 41 percent in May when the cable network last asked the question. Both the CNN poll and the Quinnipiac survey found movement among political independents, a critical group that has consistently opposed impeachment. The CNN poll shows an 11 point rise in support for impeachment among independents, from 35 percent in May to 46 percent. In the Quinnipiac poll, independents’ support for impeaching Trump has grown from 34 percent a week ago to 42 percent through Sunday.

TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME

10 Years Ago-2009

We have lost a good man. Julius David, age 90, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 1. Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 6, at St. Mary Catholic Church. I don’t remember when I didn’t know him. Julius was bone in Orange in 1919, a native who exemplified everything good about his community. His contributions towards making it better are many, a very intelligent man who displayed his compassion daily. ***** I heard a few days ago that pretty Vergie Moreland, county treasurer, wouldn’t be running for re-election again. She and husband, Larry, just want to hook up the fifth wheeler, tour the country and visit friends and family. He retired three years ago and is ready to travel but he has to wait another year for Vergie. She will fill out the term she was elected to do that ends Dec. 31, 2010. *****Our dear friends Millard “Neighbor Cox” and Miss Ginny celebrated their 61st. wedding anniversary Oct. 2. Cox, a World War II veteran, married the prettiest girl in Jaquin back in 1948 and they have been love birds since. *****Sunday when Wilson King Dunn’s wife, Eloide, turned 89, he brought her home from the nursing home for a birthday party. They were married 72 years, since she was 16 and he was 19 and raised a great family. For all those years, they have been the pillar of the Mauriceville community. Salt of the earth folks. *****I understand our buddy Jason “Tornado” Montagne, celebrated his 24th on Saturday, Oct. 3. He’s Johnny and Darlene’s youngest. He’s a great youngster, friendly, with a good personality. A free spirit much like his dad. *****Happy birthday this week to one of the great guys, Coach Troy Woodall, a fisherman’s fisherman. Troy can catchum’ even when they ain’t hungry. *****We understand that Nova Dee Strickland has completed the book about her father, Sheriff Chester Holts, Orange County’s longest serving sheriff. She has been working on and gathering material and interviews for several years. She just about has it wrapped up. Holts was an interesting man; a sheriff who didn’t wear a pistol unless the occasion called for it. Those were colorful times. After 21 years, he left office without any unsolved major crimes. *****Tampa Bay, who let their leading scorer go, lost another game to Washington 16-13. Matt Bryant’s replacement, Mike Nugent, missed two field goals, 49 and 48 yards. One would have tied the game, the other won it. However, he made two chip shots, a 37-yarder and a 22-yarder. They haven’t won since treating Matt so unfairly.*****Off hunting in Saratoga, Wyoming a few days ago were David Rutledge, Bill Crull, Ray Perry and Johnny Montagne. They all got a Pronghorn. They call ‘um Antelopes but really they are not. They are very fast; the only animals faster are Cheatahs. ******Not bad for an old guy. Quarterback Brett Farve, who turns 40 on Saturday, engineered a 30-23 win over his team of 16 years, the Green Bay Packers. He held class and put on a demonstration in the Viking win. He threw for 271 yards, and three touchdown passes. He’s the only quarterback in NFL history to have beaten every team. The boy from Kiln, Mississippi, is making a fresh start. Life begins at 40.

40 Years Ago-1979

Junior football season opens at Bridge City. Some of the players in the Junior Midget and Pee Wee league are Bobby Lynd, Lance Doucette, Beaver Jordan, Robert Simon, Jarrod Rush, Kenneth Harris, Brian Terell, Mike Epperly, Terry Boren, Kevon Benton, Thane Hebert, Jeff Overman, Jeff Lee, Paul Pritchard and Chad Hebert.*****Five Bridge City junior high students competed in the 1979-80 “Brain Battle” held by Channel 6 television. They are Alex Brown, Leslie Jenkins, Joelle Medley, Brian Outhouse and Jim Penrod.*****Former B.C. football star Richard Slayton made a defensive play at the University of Texas that won the game for the Longhorns against Missouri. Richard is a senior at U.T.*****The B.C. Chamber sponsored a Punt, Pass and Kick competition as part of Bridge City Days celebration. Winners were nine-year-old Randall Harris, 10-year-old Lynn Honeycutt, 12-year-old Scott Gooch and 13-year-old Mike Johnson.*****Barber Joe Blanda is recognized for 50 years of service in the barber business. This prompted Judge Sid to call Blanda, “A chiseling Italian sculptor.”*****Kenny Rogers was named “Male Vocalist of the Year” and Willie Nelson “Entertainer of the Year.”*****Harmon Chevrolet holds a grand opening at it’s new location on MacArthur Drive. Good luck to Ovie, Jackie, Corky and Don.*****Celebrating birthdays are Darrin Boudoin on Oct. 8, Darlene Rene Abshire, Oct. 9 and Carl Thibodeaux will be 34 come Oct. 15.*****Former sheriff Buck Patillo is in the hospital in Beaumont following a heart attack.*****Open house was held at the new Dal Sasso Realty building. Tony and Ray even brought “Sleepy” to the new headquarters.*****Bryan Ward gained 250 yards for the Bridge City Cardinals in a 34-6 defeat of Cleveland. The homecoming court nominees are freshman Myra Rasberry and Gina Goodyear; sophomores Brenda Berry and Ronda Stevens; juniors Tina Sigler and Tammy Emmerson and senior nominees are Danette Davis and Christi Ballard.*****Rhonda Rhodes was named homecoming queen at Lamar University.

45 Years Ago-1974

Thomas A. Gunn, a law student at Baylor, placed third in the fall Moot Court competition. He was awarded an all expense paid trip to Mexico City. Gunn was named best oral advocate and awarded $50. Gunn also received this award in the spring. He is a former debate coach at West Orange.*****Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wingate agree to serve as co-chairpersons of the Sabine Area Bicentennial Commission. They promise big things for the 1976 celebration.*****For the first time in years the Stark Tigers defeated West Orange. Coach Dexter Bassinger was carried off the field after the 28-0 Tiger win.  Quarterback Craig Couvillion and running back Frank Tims did the heavy work for the Tigers.*****The Gene Goza’s will manage the new Camelot III Apartments.*****Harry Stephens has a birthday coming up on Oct. 14. (Editor’s note: Harry wasn’t even 25 yet.)*****The big old dog at Cecil’s Grocery is called Bruno. He’s a Saint Bernard.

60 Years Ago-1959

U.S. Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson will spend all day in Orange County Oct. 22. Commissioners Court has designated it as “Welcome Lyndon Day.” (Editor’s note: That was back when Orange County had political stroke.)

70 Years Ago-1949

The Orange Tigers defeated Burbank Bulldogs 31-0. Don Harmon was the fair-haired boy for the Tigers. Harmon sprinted for a 72-yard touchdown then ran back a punt for 60-yard for a TD. He also punted the water-logged football four times for a 37-yard average. He kicked one for 57 yards that was nullified by a penalty. Little Sam Carpenter was like a greased pig with his speed and fancy footwork as he sprinted 55 yards to pay dirt. Robert Goodson and Olney Beitz caught touchdown passes from quarterback Oniel Gauthier. The Associated Press in Dallas named Harmon “Star of the Week” in Texas.*****New York Yankees, managed by Casey Stengel, won the World Series over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Allie Raynolds and Joe Page stood out as stars of the series. Every Yankee received $5,834. A real jackpot.

85 Years Ago-1934

Dizzy Dean shut out the Tigers 11-0 to win the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals, in the seventh game. The day before Dizzy’s brother, Paul, beat Detroit to tie the series.***** “Pretty Boy” Floyd escapes a death trap set by law officers in Creslo, Iowa.. “Pretty Boy” may be wounded.

95 Years Ago-1904

Gulf cuts gas prices by 3 cents, bringing the price at the pump down to 15 cents per gallon.*****Washington won the World Series over the New York Giants.*****Houston Heights defeated Orange High 30-0. Team captain was “Ox” Emerson.

A FEW HAPPENINGS

Our friends Ginny and Millard “Neighbor” Cox mark 71 years of marriage on Oct. 3. They were married after the WWII veteran returned from the war in 1948. They have had a great life, raised two children and now have several grand and great-grand children. The last three years have been tough on Cox, who visits the love of his life daily at the nursing home. He misses her being home. Throughout the years they were so active together around their place. Cox is just thankful for the 71 years and for still being able to communicate with his bride of many years. At age 95, he hangs on for his Ginny, thankful for every day.***** Bridge City First Baptist Church ushered in fall with all the pumpkins that have arrived this week. The Pumpkin Patch will open at 10:30 a.m. daily through October 31st or until all the pumpkins are sold.  The money raised goes to mission projects.  Be sure to read the story in this week’s Record Newpaper.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s this week and next week with our old WWII buddy J.B. at his barbecue place, slow cooked, with special sauce. Last week, the Bunch dined at Southern Charm, in Pinehurst. If you haven’t visited them yet give yourself a treat, great food and service.*****Joel Steirman’s government issued military hearing aids were on the blink, Rex Peveto had to translate in Joel’s ear. It was also good to see Shirley Zimmerman, who had been away a few weeks visiting family in Dallas and Oklahoma.*****Another Texas Republican leaves the congress. Mac Thornberry, a 13 term congressman, becomes the sixth Texas Republican to see the light. They head out the door rather than having to defend Trump.*****President Jimmy Carter turned 95 years old Tuesday, Oct. 1. He was out working with a hammer on his humanitarian cause, building homes.*****Ms. Yvonne let us know that the American Legion Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will hold a Fried Fish Plate Lunch fund raiser from 11 am to 1 pm, on Thursday, October 3.  The meal will consist of: Fried Fish, potato salad, cole slaw, green beans, bread and a dessert for $9.00.  Walk-ins welcome and delivery is available.  Please call 409-886-1241 after noon on Wednesday, October 2 and before 9 am on Thursday, October 3 for Orders and Deliveries.*****This week in 1957, the motto “In God We Trust” appeared on U.S. paper money. Do you know who was president at the time? (See answer in C’est Tout.)*****Got word that St. Mary Church Altar Society will be holding its Annual Gift Shop on Thursday, November 14th, in the Parish Hall at 912 West Cherry, from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M.  Look at our Community Happenings on page 5 for more information.*****Bobby Tingle left town without saying good bye. The word is he resigned from the Leader three weeks ago but apparently he was the only one in the local crew who knew he was gone. A new publisher will not be named. The paper’s editor Dawn Burleigh has been named general manager. We congratulate her and wish her the best. We still find Bobby’s disappearing in the middle of the night a little strange.*****A special 10th birthday to Julie Lund. She’s a baby born after Ike but she has seen plenty of flood water in her short life. Anyway, here’s wishing her plenty of sunshine and a great life.

BREAUX BIRTHDAYS

Folks celebrating birthdays in the next few days. On Oct. 2, Collin Stanley, Jo Bramham celebrate along with rock singer Sting, 68, TV host Kelly Ripa turns 49 and actress Camilla Belle will be 33.*****Oct. 3: Jason Montagne, Logan Bonds, Eddie Free and Judy Craig are a year older, also singer Gwen Stefani, 50, actors Lean Headey, 46 and Neve Campbell, 46.*****Oct. 4: Having birthdays on this day are Ruth Scales, Ryan Dubose, Bobbie Burgess, Lori Ess, Tricia Prosperie, Dakota Rowley, Jami Anderson and John Cardner all celebrate. Celebrities joining them are actors Live Schreiber, 52, Susan Sarandon, 73 and Dakota Johnson, 30.*****Oct. 5: Darlene Stephens, Elicia Dillon, Jared Dillon celebrate, also entrepreneur Nicky Hilton, actress Kate Winslet, 44 and rock singer Brian Johnson, 72.*****Oct. 6: Celebrating are Jimmy Smith, coach Troy Woodall, Lori Harmon, Barbara Angelle and Charlie Dorman. Celebrating birthdays also are actors Elisabeth Shue, 56 and Amy Jo Johnson, 49.*****Oct. 7: Connie Elkins and Mary Moore celebrate, also entrepreneur Simon Cowell turns 60, singers Toni Braxton, 52 and John Mellencamp, 68.*****Oct. 8: Elizabeth VanMetre, Sandy Frye, Blaine Huff, Darrell Fisher, Larry Welch and Lisa Havens all celebrate. They are joined by comedian and actor Nick Cannon, 39, singer Bruno Mars, 34, actors Chevy Chase, 76 and Sigourney Weaver, 70.

CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK

Officer Joe Nunez was patrolling late at night in a well known spot known as Lover’s Lane. A couple was sitting in da car with da interior light brightly glowing. Officer Nunez carefully approached da car for a closer look him. He saw a young man behind da wheel reading a magazine. Den he notice a pretty young women in da back seat filing her fingernails. Dis really confused Nunez. He tap on da windown. He axe da young man, “Wat you doing hanh?”

Eugene “Stud” Comeaux answer, “I’m reading a magazine me.”

Officer Nunez axe, “And her, wat’s she doing?”

Eugene say, “Sir, I believe me, she’s filing her fingernails.”

Nunez, him is totally confused. A young couple, at night at Lover’s Lane and nuttin obscene is happening.

Officer Nunez axe, “Wat’s you age, hanh?”

Eugene said, “Me, I’m 22 sir.”

Den da cop axe, “And her, wat’s her age?”

Eugene him look at his watch and says, “She’ll be 18 in jus 11 more minutes, her.”

C’EST TOUT

The Gang That Won’t Shoot Straight

Republicans are having a difficult time defending their president because the White House summary of Trump’s call with Ukraine President Zelenskiy is so damming. There is no way to spin the sentence, “Do me a favor.” The train has pulled out of the station with all the president’s men aboard. There is no doubt the main players in this administration has gone rogue. This includes the Secretary of State Pompano, Attorney General Barr and possibly even former Texas Gov. and now Entergy Secretary Rick Perry will be involved by talking to the Ukraines on Trump’s behalf while Trump was holding back $391 million in military aid. The corruption cuts very deep, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Over the weekend, Trump sent out 75 Tweets, showing how desperate he is. Trump knows he has to keep his job until 2025 because he’s in legal jeopardy the minute he’s not president. Trump appears to believe he’s above the law, but once he leaves office he can be indicted for past crimes, including those as president. For most Federal crimes the statue of limitations is five years.  Paying money to Stormy Daniels, obstruction and all other criminal acts are all fair game if he loses in 2020. Trump will not go quietly, plus he will take others with him. His smartest move would be to cut a deal now. His sick ego won’t let him. The Republican Party would be much better off. Pence would become president and the G.O.P. would still be in control. Trump and his TV lawyer Rudy are destroying the Republican Party, endangering our democracy and ripping up our constitution. I never would have believed a U.S. president would invoke “Civil War” in a message to his followers. This is a “Desperate Man” who is cornered by his own actions. *****I’ve gotta go now, times up. Thanks for yours. Good bye, good luck and God bless. 

(Answer to Happenings quiz. President Dwight D. Eisenhower)