IT’S TIME FOR A BREAK FROM MORBIA

I haven’t been to work in over a week. I’m not a happy camper when I can’t get out with the natives and go to work. Over the last few days I’ve been spending too much time at Gulf Coast Cardiology and with Dr. Morbia. I like the Doc and spending time with him, he’s very smart. I like picking his mind. He loves his work and prides himself with keeping patients heart healthy. I’ve been depending on him for over a dozen years. He knows everything about my heart and arteries because he’s constantly monitoring my cardio system. I’m not complaining but last week he did a procedure and now I have to go back for this and that. As much as I like him I need a break from him and get back to my rat-killing. Seriously Morbia is a very interesting guy. In fact, next time you see him, ask him why people are saying he should appear on “America’s Got Talent.” Come Wednesday I’ll get my final report from him, he will probably scold me about smoking and I’ll lie to him and he’ll know I’m trying to pull his leg. I won’t have to have his services until the next checkup in six months. I’ve already told him I had taken my last stress test. I hate that thing. I’ll thank him and say, “Doc, we’ve been spending too much time together so I’m out of here.” He’ll laugh and say, “Why do I like you so much.” “Because you can torcher me and make me do what I don’t want to do,” I’ll reply. *****I have to move on with what I’ve been able to put together on the run. Please come along, I promise I won’t do you no harm.

DOLLY HONORED AT OPRY

Last Saturday night in Nashville, 73-year-old Dolly Parton was honored as a 50-year member of the Grand Ole Opry. She actually first preformed there 60 years ago when she was only 13-years-old. In Saturday’s honors the actress, singer/ songwriter was entertained by friends Hank Williams, Jr., Lady Antebellum and Toby Keith, who played to a sellout crowd. The show capped off a week of Dolly themed performances and events at the Opry. Parton said, “I’m just honored that I’m still around and can actually perform and get out there and do what I love to do.” The Opry performance will be aired on an NBC special Nov. 26. Mark your calendar. I first saw Dolly perform in 1972 in Beaumont with the Porter Waggoner show. I was impressed then and I’ve followed her career over the last 47 years. She’s put out some great songs and good acting work, including “9 to 5” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” She is truly one of our national treasurers. Dolly came from humble beginnings and has been very generous with her good fortune. By the way, her boobs have grown since I first saw her.

TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME

10 Years Ago-2009

The Thibodeaux roast and Bridge City Chamber fundraiser was a big success. Chamber president Mark Dunn and his staff put on a good show. The bottom line was to raise needed money for the chamber. Thanks to Judge Carl Thibodeaux agreeing to get on the hot seat. He also had a great birthday party. The panel of Roccaforte, Hahn and Dunn did yeoman’s work but it was Thibodeaux’s children Erin, Tanya and Tyler who stole the show. They didn’t cut old dad any slack. “Thib” was good on his feet in rebuttal. Also a plus was an outstanding Cajun band, the Dallas Street Ramblers, which featured the two Kelly children, Liz, age 11, playing the accordion and 9-year-old Eric on the fiddle.***** Most of the legal process begins at the JP precinct level. This week, Judge Parkhurst announced he would not be a candidate for re-election. He will be 68 years old when his term ends. That’s 58 years in the work force, even through his college years. He has earned the right to slow down. My friend Joe’s background, from the Cove to the present, has prepared him well to be the excellent judge for the people that he is today. Best of wishes judge from all of us who know and respect you.***** We were extremely sorry to hear that a wonderful lady, Vivian Dorman, has had a set back in her cancer recovery and her situation is now in the hands of God. *****We have heard that our friend of 40-years, Fain Holbrook, has been diagnosed with liver cancer. He has never been an alcohol drinker, smoker or whatever so it makes one wonder what causes this kind of illness to appear. Fain has been blessed for a lifetime with the companionship of his wonderful wife Vivian.***** We also understand longtime friend David Bailey has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He will be admitted to a Houston hospital.*****Christy Khoury, 46, a nice lady who is chief deputy under Vergie Moreland, Orange County treasurer, has announced as a candidate to replace her boss. Vergie speaks highly of her. *****This week David Peck, who has spent a lifetime dealing with people through his vast experience in public service, announced he would seek the justice of the peace court seat being vacated by his friend Judge Joe Parkhurst.***** The Bridge City Branch Bank in Orange opened in their new building on MacArthur Drive this week. Ribbon-cutting was Tuesday.***** Congrats to Joy and Robert Simonton on their new baby girl. Adley Kathryn was born Oct. 14 and weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces. She stands 20 3⁄4 inches tall and is pretty as her mom.***** Anita Dunn, a White House official, referring to FOX News said, “We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent.” She dubbed FOX “The communications arm of the Republican Party.”*****Orange County native Brett Moses is co-director, producer, writer and star of  the movie “Noble Things,” which starts Oct. 30 at Hollywood theaters at Parkdale Mall. Brett stars with actors Michael Parks, Lee Ann Womack, Dominque Swain and Ron Canada. The original motion picture soundtrack features Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, Tracy Lawrence, Pam Tillis, Blaine Larsen, Nikki Williams, The Rachels, Clay Walker, Zona Jones, Bo Bice, Dobie Gray, Lane Turner, Drew Davis Band and Brock Goodwin. The Austin American-Statesman says the film is one of the top 10 films to watch.”

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Obituaries 10 Years Ago-2009

Malcolm Arthur “Butch” Miller, 64, passed away Oct. 18. Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Miller; children, Michelle Miller, Craig Miller; grandchildren, Alexis Miller, Abigail Ramirez, Aaron Ramirez, Rhiana Miller, Amelia Miller.***** Josiah Phillip ”Joe” Jones, 22, of Mauriceville, passed away Friday, Oct. 16. Joe attended Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School and worked as a flooring installer. He is survived by his father Darwin “D. J.” Jones and mother, Michelle Jones; paternal grandmother, Donna Jones; brothers, Todd Jones and Aaron Jones.***** Monroe Preston Sieber, 84, of Orange, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14. Funeral service was held Sunday, Oct. 18. He worked as a maintenance worker for the West Orange-Cove School District and he proudly served his country as a veteran of the U. S. Navy during World War II.  He is survived by daughters, Loretta Berry and Patricia Gail Sieber; Nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

40 Years Ago-1979

Charlie’s Barbecue, originally at 802 Second St., is open at 409 Fourth St. Charlie Sprott, a descendent of slaves, is famous for not only his barbecue but also his secret special sauce.*****Janice Hayes is West Orange-Stark homecoming queen. Scott Gooch, 11-year-old Bridge City fifth-grader, is winner of Pass-Punt-Kick competition in Ford’s annual zone competition. bhas been a winner for four consecutive years. *****George Eon is KOGT news director. Bill Fort is station manager.*****Felix Harrington, former Orange auto salesman, makes his home in Crowley, La. *****The pride of East Texas, Don Campbell, will play the “Rinky-Dink or “Honky Tonk” piano at Bridge City Rotary’s Thursday meeting. Don plays great gospel music and also has a beautiful wife. Lucky guy.*****Debbie Fusilier turns 22 Oct. 25. *****Joe Kazmar celebrated Oct. 28.*****Greater Orange Area Chamber incoming officers are Richard Slater, president-elect, vice presidents, Betty Morris, Bob Walker and Bob Williams. Directors are J.D. Stanfield, Betty Harmon, Jim Moore, Earl Wright, W.T. Oliver and Jim Stelly. Harmon Beauchamp is presently chamber president.

45 Years Ago-1974

The Bridge City Cardinals defeat Jasper 14-0 behind the running of Tony Mulhollan. *****Clint Plant and the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears defeat Liberty. Arthur Manning, Eddie Lovelace and Buncy Seago were standouts. Patrice Horn was homecoming queen. *****Coach Glenn Green and his West Orange Chiefs lose hard-fought game to Silsbee. Running back Lorrance Wills was standout for the Chiefs. *****Running back Frank Tims and quarterback Craig Couvillion kept the Stark High Tigers in the game against South Park but came up short. *****Jimmy Scales celebrated a birthday over the weekend.*****Jerry Pesson and Bobby Smitherman celebrate a second anniversary of  P.S. Tire and Supply. Donna Hinton is office manager, Jean Addison bookkeeper.*****Wade Granger is general chairman of St. Helen’s annual fall festival. Thomas Granger and Country Cousins band will provide the music for the event.

A FEW HAPPENINGS

I was surprised to learn, when I read our last weeks paper, that our longtime friend Ray Leleux, 75, had died on Oct. 7. He was a native of Kaplan, LA., in Vermillion Parish. For the last 40 years Ray had run his barber shop in Bridge City. He was always available to the early risers. Ray would cut the working man’s hair at 5:50 a.m. if need be.  Ray was fond of playing jokes. He and his friends, Vance Chauvin and Kenneth “Kee-Kee” Dupuis always had some sort of shenanigans going on. Ray never met a stranger and was proud of his Cajun heritage. The “Apple Fritter” man is gone and Texas Ave., in Bridge City will never be the same. May this good man rest in peace.*****Here is a little correction and a Happy Belated Birthday to Charles “Bosco” Hebert who turned 59 last  week, I guess we tried to rename him last week.*****A few friends celebrating their birthdays in the next few days. Wayne Mulhollan celebrates Oct. 16.***On Oct. 17, Sue Collins, Linda Heard, John’s other half, Johnny Dubose, Joyce and John’s little boy also has a birthday on this day. Their oldest, Judge Joy Simonton, celebrates on Oct. 20.*****Our friend of many years back to when she was a teenager, Vickie Drake Brown, celebrates a birthday on Oct. 21. What many of you may not know is that Vickie created all the Sherlock Breaux and Creaux’s caricatures and also is a college art professor. I’m proud to own some of her art.***Also celebrating on Oct. 21, is city councilman Brad Childs. *****Having a birthday in the next few days is John Clark, the old soldier from Dimebox, TX., longtime newspaper man and a 50 year member of VFW. I like John but I love his wife.***** Congratulations to 2019 Special Angels Rodeo Queen Jorisha Lewis. Royalty for the 2019 Special Angels Rodeo were crowned at the Special Angels Rodeo Thursday at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center. This year’s Rodeo Ambassador is Kameron Lane. Rodeo Princess is Madison Corbell-Broussard.***** Last week while I was looking in my Crystal Ball, I said Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani should be thinking about what happened to Michael Cohen, “The Donald’s” previous lawyer. He ended up being the bad guy, with three years in the joint. I said that history could repeat itself after Trump throws Rudy under the bus. Rudy should look at his hole-card. He knows enough on Trump to lock him up for a longtime and could throw him in front of the bus first. There’s a lot more coming on the pair, Rudy’s partners in crime, arrested last week,. Here is a case that might need the president’s pardon before it’s over.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch had a nice gathering at JB’s Barbeque last week. Keith Wallace, port commissioner and  owner of Reliable Cleaners in West Orange, Bridge City and Vidor, brought his two boys. Keith is a great guy and a good parent.***We got to visit with Sheriff Keith Merritt. It had been awhile but the Sheriff’s plate has been full lately.***Former Drainage Manager Ron Sigler was in from Baton Rouge, Commissioner Johnny Trahan, Rex Peveto, Judge Derry Dunn and John Roy Fredrick are always a pleasure to be around. Becoming regulars are V.J. and longtime peace officer Wilson Roberts. V.J. is now manager of Marble Store on I-10. They sell and install marble throughout the house from countertops to floors. Marlene and Pam Honeycutt were talking the Lions Club Carnival which is coming up. The group always enjoys being with Shirley Zimmerman when she is in town. This week, the group will dine at Southern Charm in Pinehurst. Good food and great service. Next week, the Bunch will be back at Robert’s and enjoy the great steam table there. Everyone always welcome.

BREAUX BIRTHDAYS

Celebrating birthdays in the next few days are Wayne Mulhollan, Rosie Hurst, Griselda Vargas and Brad Brown who all celebrate Oct. 16. They are joined by celebs singer John Mayer, 42 and actors Angela Lansbury, 94, Caterina Scorsone, 38.***** Oct. 17: Robert Gault, Jeff Braus, Wesley Palmer, and Bob Puntes all celebrate. Also rapper Eminem, 47, Country singer Alan Jackson, 61 and MMA fighter Holly Holm, 38.***** On Oct. 18, Curt Sanches, Cheryl Royal, Mary Kendrick, Bill Andes and Dina Defrates are a year older today. Joining them are actors Zac Efron, 32 and Jen-Claude Van Damme, 59.*****Oct. 19: Mary Jane Hughes, Julie Prosperie, Phillip Todora, Kristin Bertles, Kyle Johnston celebrate. Also former boxer Floyd Mayweather, Sr. 67, actors John Lithgow, 74 and Jon Favreau, 53.*****Oct. 20: Rodney Cartwright, Jason Yeaman, Jeanne Mullins and JP judge Joy Simonton celebrate. They are joined by actors Jennifer Freeman, 34 and John Krasinski, 40, also rapper Snoop Dogg, who is now 48.*****Oct. 21: Kim Ezell, Kameron Lane, Mary Tallant, Tammy Ballard, Vickie Brown and Brad Childs celebrate. Celebrities having birthdays are Judge Judy Sheindin, 77, Country singer Kane Brown, 26 and reality star Kim Kardashian, 39.*****Oct. 22: Celebrating today are Stacy Johnnie, Roy Farias, Bob Frank, Bill Butler and Bryan Chauvin. Also celebrating birthdays are Christian rapper TobyMac, 55 and actors Jeff Goldblum, 67 and Christopher Lloyd, 81.

CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK

Clovis Comeaux was feeling guilty him, so he figure that maybe going to Confession might help. Comeaux tell da priest in da confessional, “Fater, I kinda took a little lumber from dat new construction site me.”

Fater Broussard axe, “Wat did you do wit dat lumber, hanh?”

Comeaux answer, “Well Fater, my porch had a hole for a long time. I was afraid me, somebody might break a leg so I fix it.”

Fater Broussard said, “Well, dats not too bad.”

Comeaux say, “Well, me I had a little lumber left.”

Da priest axe, “Wat did you do wit it?”

Comeaux answer, “Well, my poor dog, Phideaux, he ain’t never had no place to get outta da weather so I make him his own dog house.”

Fater Broussard say, “Ok, is that it?”

Comeaux answer, “Well, I had a little lumber left so I made my truck a two car garage.”

Da priest say, “Now dis is getting out of hand.”

Comeaux say, “But Fater, I still got a little lumber left and my wife Clotile she always want a bigger house so I add a bedroom and a bashroom.”

Fater Broussard say, “Dat’s going too far. For your penance you are going to have to make a novena. You know how to make one don’t you?”

Comeaux answer, “Fater, if you got da plans me, I got da lumber.”

C’EST TOUT

Chaos and Falsehoods Trump MO

Sixty-three percent of the American people say the White House should cooperate with the congressional impeachment inquiry. Meanwhile FOX News poll says 51% of voters believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office. The United States President gave Russia’s Putin an early Christmas present in Syria by moving U.S. troops out and exposing the Kurds to be slaughtered by Turkey.*****Industry reports are that the United States is in a manufacturing recession. New manufacturing jobs are being added at lowest rate in years. Conservatives are not really happy Trump has created the highest deficit and national debt in history. The deficit, since the $1.6 trillion tax break to himself and other wealthy people, has created a one trillion dollar deficit every year for the next ten years.*****Over at FOX News, Shepard Smith did a Johnny Paycheck, “Take this job and shove it.” Shep is a real newsman I watched everyday at 2 p.m. Hannity and Company have changed FOX  News to a Trump network. Shep said after 23 years it’s too nauseating to be a part of it anymore. That leaves only Chris Wallace to play it straight. Most of the rest is garbage. Trump’s “Ace in the Hole” is that he will stonewall, hoping to run out the clock. Rudy will be squeezed badly. There are a lot of skeletons in his business closet and the bones are rattling.*****Trump is turning to use profanity in his rallies like he did in Lake Charles last week. This shows what he really thinks about his supporters when he feels he must use gutter language. By the way, FactCheck gave Trump 38 Pinocchios in that 90 minute, repetitive talk. Three different FactChecks show he has told over 13,000 lies since becoming president. The biggest lie he told in Lake Charles is that he is responsible for the Sempra Energy LNG plant in Hackberry. He’s taking credit for a project that was started nine years ago during the Obama Administration. Pitiful.*****On a lighter note: My favorite TV commercial in the Turkey is the Chantex commercial. “He’s Cool. Great agency work.*****Thanks for your time, mine is up. Take Care and God Bless.