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Week of Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Crooks leads challengers to OC primary wins Dave Rogers

For The Record

The winds of change blew through Orange County Tuesday, as former Beaumont policeman Dean Crooks led a sweep of challengers who won the Republican Primary for seats on Commissioners’ Court. Crooks defeated County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton with 57.3 percent of the vote to 36.6 percent. Vidor Mayor Robert Viator crushed two-term Commissioner Precinct 4 Jody Crump by a margin of 70.4 percent to 29.6 and former Orange council member Theresa Adams Beauchamp finished with 50.1 percent to 49.9 edge over incumbent Precinct 2 Commissioner Barry Burton. A total of 9,113 ballots were cast in Orange County,

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percent of them, 7,895, were cast in the Republican Primary. Crooks, a Mauriceville resident making his first try for elective office, garnered 4,315 votes compared to 2,755 for Carlton and 459 (6.1 percent) for Ken Luce of Vidor, who dropped out of the race after ballots were printed. “Four thousand, 315 peo-

down,” Crooks said. “And the 2,755 that voted for Judge Carlton, I want to represent them, too.” Budget cuts by commis-

sioners’ court begun after Carlton’s election in 2014 trimmed employees’ vacation, retirement and insurance benefits and caused

hard feelings that were evident among the challengers’ supporters. Carlton, Crump and Burton, who each put off a 2017

Springing forward keeps clock builder busy Dave Rogers

For The Record

It’s time to spring forward. Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. Make that 3 a.m. ‘Cause that’s what you’re s’posed to do. At 2 a.m. Sunday morning, wind those clocks ahead to 3 a.m. and you’ll be set for another seven and a half months of long afternoons. Unless you have hundreds of clocks in your house to reset. Roy McDaniel does. And he built most of them. “My son helps me,” with the time change, he says. “He does half and I do the rest.” McDaniel, 93, a World War II vet and DuPont retiree, has many lifetimes of memories stuffed inside the cozy Orange home he shares with son Shon. There are the 16 books he’s written about his family history. Add more than 100 model cars he displays to remind him of the 37 personal automobiles he has owned since he gained his discharge with 5,305 cast in early voting Feb. 19 through March 2. Of the 9,113 ballots, 86.7

from the Army. There’s even a book about those cars, including photos and drawings put together by Roy. There are family portraits dating back to the invention of the camera and it’s clear to see the love he has for his sons, Ronald and Shon. A natural born collector, McDaniel grew up around saw mills and paper mills in the area of Louisiana that’s now home to Fort Polk. He gathered up so much sawmill memorabilia that he built a sawmill museum in his backyard. Then he donated it all to the folks at Fort Polk and for several years he returned once a year to lead tours of the museum. “I had a museum out back and it was written up in the paper twice,” he recalled. “And one time, one woman came to see it. “At Fort Polk, thousands of people come to see it each year.” But clocks have been a semi-obsession since McCLOCK BUILDER Page 3A

ple believed in me so strongly they went and voted for me, and I can’t let them

Wilbur, Lady Cards out to re-prove it Dave Rogers

For The Record

Head games. Winning the head games when she is on the field for the Bridge City Cardinals has made Kassidy Wilbur a three-time District 22-4A MVP for her exploits both pitching and hitting. Last year, winning the head games made Bridge City the District 22-4A softball champions, a Region III semifinalist and owner of a 29-7-1 record. So now, the Cardinals are once again, playing head games. “I wish social media didn’t’ exist,” BC coach Kayla Gallardo said last week. “They [players] live and breathe on it.” This year, it’s a slow start for the Cardinals that has created a Twitter (and Facebook and Instagram) storm for the players. At 11-7-1, Bridge City already has suffered the same number of losses as last year’s team. The folks at district rivals Silsbee, Orangefield and Little CypressMauriceville are openly questioning the Cards. “Last year, it took a while for us to have chemistry and play to our full ability,” said Wilbur, a senior who has signed to play in college at Stephen F. Austin State. “This year, we’re still trying to get to know each other. But we’ll be fine.

Kassidy Wilbur and Bridge City’s softball team seeks to make another deep run into the playoffs this season. In 2017, Wilbur led BC in batting with a .416 average and 11 homers while striking out 284 batters in 159 innings.

“We’re just knocking the rust off.” Gallardo points out that a year ago the team opened the 2017 season without Wilbur; she was starring for a basketball team that reached the playoffs. This year, three BC softballers -- Wilbur, Caitlin Denison and Kyndall Harrison – missed the start of the softball season while part of a basketball team that went even deeper in the playoffs. But they’re back now. “That’s no excuse,” Gallardo said. “We need to live

up the challenge. We have a little bit tougher schedule, with a lot of road games. “But hopefully, it will help us come playoff time.” BC returns all but three players from last year. “The lineup is pretty much the same,” the coach said. “We added a freshman lefty hitter, which is something we haven’t had in years.” Gallardo said she’s spent the early part of the season trying to find the best spots to place her hitters, but is

pay raise commissioners passed by a 4-1 vote (Crump opposing) for all elected county officials, pointed to their thrift in building a $12 million fund balance in three years. But the voters spoke Tuesday. Crooks said plain-speaking was the key to his campaign. “I think talking to people instead of at people helped a whole lot,” he said. “I think taking the money we collect in taxes and discussing what we use it for and translating it into how it affects people, that’s what helps.” Crooks said he was too much of a political novice to know if he should have been surprised by his victory margin. “I didn’t have a goal. I ran the best race I knew how to run and it ended up the way it ended up and I’m very happy about it.” Asked his immediate plans, he said he first was going to pick up his yard signs. “Then I guess I’ll get ready for a run in November if that’s what’s necessary. I understand there’s still some discussion about that, so we’ll see how that goes. “In the meantime, I’m going to learn as much as I can about how we fix some of our basic problems in Orange County, getting water off of people, fixing roads, having a good relationship with the sheriff’s department, stronger law enforcement and a stronger county.” Viator didn’t draw a Democratic opponent in the Nov. 6  general election, while Beauchamp faces former Democratic Chair Deborah Mitchell. Don Brown registered to run for county judge as a Democrat, then was disqualified when his filing fee check bounced. But that decision is under appeal. Viator won 1,434 of the 2,037 votes cast in the Precinct 4 commissioner’s race over Crump, a former mayor of Pine Forest. Of the 2,072 votes in the Precinct 2 commissioner’s race, Beauchamp garnered 1,038 to 1,034 for Burton, who was elected to office with Carlton in 2014. Because the margin of victory – four votes – was so close between Beauchamp and Burton, the race was up

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Cruz, O’Rourke easily win primaries in Texas Larry Johnson For The Record

Roy McDaniel shows off one of his favorite clocks, one that is displayed between two cartoon football players he says represent his sons. The Orange man has more than a hundred clocks lining the wall of his cozy home. RECORD PHOTO: Dave Rogers

Voters in Texas fired the starting pistol of the 2018 midterm elections on Tuesday, going to the polls to choose nominees for governor, a Senate seat and 36 congressional districts — including a handful of races that could determine which

party controls the House next year. According to Politico, two statewide, Republican incumbents with national aspirations, Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz, won renomination easily. Cruz will face Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who dispatched two challengers in the Democratic primary, in November.

While Tuesday was Election Day, early voting began on Feb. 20 — and in the 15 most populated counties of the state alone, more than 885,000 voters had already submitted their ballots by the time early voting ended last Friday. According to Politico, more Democrats voted early than Republicans — the first

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Dean Crooks takes a phone call Tuesday night while awaiting final election returns outside the Orange County Elections Administration office. Crooks defeated County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton in the Republican primary. RECORD PHOTO: Dave Rogers

Orange County election results in the air Tuesday night. Any mail-in ballots postmarked by  Tuesday  will be opened and counted  Wednesday. “Then, potentially, a recount,” Burton said Tuesday night. In the only other two contested local races on the Orange County ballot  Tuesday, County Treasurer Christy Khoury earned a third full term with a 76.7 percent to 23.3 percent win over challenger David W. Smith and Louis Ackerman defeated Marcus Wilkerson for Coun-

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ty Democratic Party Chair 52.1 percent to 47.9 percent. Uncontested races in the Republican primary saw the advancement of: County Court at-Law Judge Mandy White-Rogers; District Clerk Vickie Edgerly; County Clerk Brandy Robertson; Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Hershel Stagner, Jr.; Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Chad Jenkins; Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Joy Dubose-Simonton; Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Rodney Price; and Re-

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publican County Chairman David Covey. Jenkins was the only newcomer in the bunch, replacing a retiring Judge Derry Dunn. Stagner and Covey have stepped into fill unexpired terms, so this was their first election. Stagner will be opposed in November by attorney Gail Barnett. The other unopposed Republicans Tuesday  will also be unopposed in November.

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sure she’s going to keep Wilbur in the leadoff spot. “She’s such a well-known hitter that people tend to walk her if she’s down in the lineup.” In 2017, Wilbur led BC in batting average (.416), hits (42), runs batted in (34) and homers (11). The lineup behind Wilbur includes junior catcher Abby Anderson; Harrison, a sophomore shortstop; Denison, a junior third sacker; sophomore first baseman Natilee

Reed; junior left fielder Aleah McClanahan; senior second baseman Jalynne Burch; sophomore designated player Chloe Halliburton; and freshman outfielder Ashley Gerrald. Others on the roster include junior Vivian Nguyen and freshmen Courtney Ball and Austyn Daniels. Denison (.296 and 13 RBIs), McClanahan (.289 and 11 RBIs) and Burch (.260 and 13 RBIs) are among the team’s other veteran hitters.

But Wilbur dominates on the plate and in the pitcher’s circle. She struck out 284 batters in 159 innings last year en route to a 23-5 record and a 0.66 earned run average. “Being a pitcher and a hitter benefits me,” Wilbur said. “I can put myself in their shoes: If I’m pitching ahead in the county, I’m throwing something high or off-speed. “If I’m hitting, I think ‘What would I throw?”

Clock builder springs forward Daniel built his first one in about 1980. “I think I must have built at least 200,” he said. “I gave a lot of them to my family and a lot to my church kids.” A member of Orange’s Calvary Baptist Church since 1951, McDaniel has called several generations of youngsters “my church kids.” McDaniel is not a builder of the clockworks; he builds the cabinets for the works, almost all of which now are battery-operated. “I don’t have anything that I have to wind up,” he said. “The grandfather clocks I had quit. The rest of them have batteries. “When they quit working, or their pendulums quit swinging, I have to change

the batteries. That’s a lot of work.” Between the army and 44 years of working in five different plants along Chemical Row, McDaniel learned woodworking and drafting. He employs both in building the housing for his clocks. And, like any good historian, there’s usually a story. He rescues wood from historic buildings and often includes a photo of the old building with the case he makes from the wood. One of his clocks includes a recreation of an old schoolhouse from his childhood. He owns a painting of it with a 1925 Model T truck parked in front. His clock housing is an exact replica, down to a

pling Cruz in the large, expensive and traditionally Republican state, O’Rourke has managed to outraise the first-term GOP incumbent in three consecutive reporting periods, boosted largely by small-dollar donations. Abbott’s opponent is still to be determined. Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez led Andrew White, the son of former Gov. Mark White, in early returns — but a runoff may be necessary to determine the nominee if Valdez falls short of winning a majority of the vote, as of Tuesday evening. In addition to the three seats seen as competitive in the general election, eight other congressional districts are open, without an incumbent on the ballot. Six Republican members are not seeking reelection this year — with each occupying seats seen as unlikely to switch parties in November: Reps. Ted Poe, Sam Johnson, Jeb Hensarling, Joe Barton, Lamar Smith and Blake Farenthold. Barton and Farenthold are leaving Congress amid sex scandals, with the latter accused of sexual harassment and inap-

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model of the Model T. And, for added meaning, McDaniel has hung a late20s photo of his grandmother holding young Roy in her arms. That’s on side of his bed. On the other side, among the dozen or so clocks built into his custom head board, is a table clock that belonged to his grandfather. Most of his clocks include an engraved plate explaining the work and the year of its creation. They run from the 80s until just a year or so ago. “I don’t build them [clocks] anymore, because I’ve got so many built I don’t have room to put any more up,” McDaniel said.

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Willie Harrison We were sorry to learn of the death of Willie Harrison, 92, who passed away March 4. Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Dorman Funeral Home. Willie served in the United States Army 603rd Tank Destroyer Battalion during WWII. He was a highly decorated soldier. I went back with Willie many years, back in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. A unique bunch of men made their living buying and selling used cars. They were a colorful group of guys. Once there was over a dozen whose life was the car business. They have all gone to that big car lot in the sky. Willie outlasted them all and was the last to go. He was a tall, lanky guy with a big heart. May he rest in peace.

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From The Creaux’s Nest ANOTHER ELECTION IN THE BOOKS Congratulations to the winners, It looks like possibly a clean sweep in Orange County. Dean Crooks unseated incumbent Brint Carlton in the Orange County Judge’s race, while Commissioners Court may have new faces as well. Theresa Beauchamp with a very close win over incumbent Barry Burton, Robert Viator wins over incumbent Jody Crump by a large margin. Incumbent Christy Khoury will reamin County Treasurer, as David W. Smith fell under 23 %. The Republican Primary got off to a slow start but started to pick up as early voting started. On the Wednesday before the March election it really caught fire when Brint Carlton saw his county judge seat slipping away. He again chose to go negative in his campaign. This wasn’t his first time to go the poison pen, he did it against Commissioner John Dubose four years ago and it worked. He didn’t point out any of Dean Crooks’ shortcomings, instead he went after everyone else that supported Crooks. He went back 35 years to criticize Pinehurst mayor and former judge Pete Runnels, who is a friend of Crooks. He also attacked the Orange County Sheriff’s employees, the Building Trade Unions and the 20-year administration of Judge Carl Thibodeaux. (Editor’s note: These were the most productive years in Orange County history.) Most often negative campaigning works but sometimes it backfires and this time it backfired against Carlton. We had predicted when he got elected he would be a one termer. I got to move on, come along, promise it won’t do you no harm.

BILLY GRAHAM BURIED IN PRISIONER’S CASKET Billy Graham referred to as ‘America’s Pastor’ had preached to an estimated 600 million people around the world. Graham was buried Friday, March 2, in a casket that was built by inmates at Louisiana’s Angola prison. The casket was built inside a small prison wood workshop at America’s largest maximum security penitentiary. The casket was hand made by three inmates, Richard Liggett, Clifford Bowman and Paul Krdowitz. Billy’s son, Franklin had insisted their names be burned into the wood of the box. Most of the more than 5,600 inmates at Angola will die behind bars through a life sentence or execution. For years they buried prisoners in crate-like boxes a little sturdier than cardboard. The prison was considered one of the toughest, bloodiest jails in the country. A new warden, Burl Cain, is credited with expanding education and work training programs. He called on inmates to work and to practice spirituality or religion. The new warden believed caskets at least should be more dignified. He started a casket building program and he turned to an inmate known as ‘Grasshopper’ to design a reliable casket. Liggett was serving life for murder and robbery. Building a casket took about three days. The Graham ministry had reached Angola years earlier but in 2005, when Franklin Graham came to the prison; ‘Grasshopper’ Liggett was building a casket. The Graham family had donated more than $200,000 to help build chapels and support prison ministry at Angola. Franklin asked the warden to have Angola carpenters make a casket for his mother Ruth Bell Graham and his father. He also requested the builders to burn their names in the wood. The cost $215 each. Franklin had declined the warden’s offer to use a higher grade of wood. Mrs. Graham died in June, 2007. ‘Grasshopper’ didn’t get to see the family receive her casket or see her funeral; he had died from lung and liver cancer three months earlier. They shipped his body to his family in Kansas. His brother said Billy Graham had changed him and he was saved by him. He was buried in the last casket he had built. At least four other inmates, whose names are not burned in the wood, had a hand in building both Graham’s caskets all those years ago. One is David Bacon, convicted of murder in 1983. On Wednesday, Bacon watched coverage of Billy Graham lying in honor in the United States Capital. He remembered the smell of the cabinet-grade plywood and stain. He said he was honored and ‘Grasshopper’ would be so proud. By the way, Liggett picked up the nickname ‘Grasshopper’ because he was so skinny he could hide in the grass.

CONDOLENCES Ruthie Hannegan We were sorry to hear about the death of Ruthie Hannegan, 67, who passed away Feb. 27. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 3, at Bridge point Fellowship Church. Ruthie was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. After losing her son, John Hannegan, she joined a group of mothers who had lost a child. For many years Ruthie was the office manager in the District Attorney’s office. After 35 years most everyone knew her and she was highly regarded by her employer and other county employees. Our deepest sympathies to her husband, longtime deputy sheriff Kent Hannegan and the entire family. May this good lady rest in peace.

We were saddened also to learn that Jim Wallace, 87, a veteran of the Korean War, passed away March 4. Service was held Tuesday, March 6, at Claybar Funeral Home, in Bridge City. I remember Jim and all he did to help get Little League Baseball going in Bridge City. Today it is one of the best programs in the state. We lost a good man. Condolences to his family.

10 YEARS AGO-2008 On March 4, Bill Berry, 85, passed away. Services were held March 8. Bill, one of the many colorful used car dealers who operated in Orange in the 1950’s and 60’s as were Cecil Scales, Bill Kizer, Bill Bell, Leo Brown, Leon Slayter, J.T. and Willie Harrison, Jackie Harmon, Lofton Thomas and others. Bill’s brother Vareece served as Orange police chief in the early 1950’s. Over the last few years Bill sold metal detectors and raised Mayhaw and grape trees off of Hwy. 105. He was a good friend of many years. Our condolences to his family.***** We were sorry to hear about the death of Hollis Parker, 78, March 7. Services were held Sunday. We had known him many years, he was a good man. Our condolences to wife Carolyn, daughter Renee, son Rickie and their families.*****Our sympathies also to the family of Clara Edwards, 80, who passed away on March 7. For many years she was one of the management team at Bridge City Bank. She was also active in many civic endeavors over the years. To Tom and his family we send our deepest sympathy.*****.***** Mark Carter, Democratic chairman, came down sick after the long, hard hours put in during the presidential, state and county primary races. As of Monday, he was in ICU at Baptist Orange. A diagnosis is unknown although extreme sore throat started the problem. Mark said it was a long day for his capable workers in all 34 boxes followed by the caucus tabulations. Imogene McKinney was one of those workers at box 25. She arrived at 7:30 a.m. and went home at 11 p.m. Now they must do it all over again April 8, in the countywide sheriff’s runoff between Keith Merritt, 7,860 votes and Mike White, 6,462 votes. Also in runoffs constable races in Pct. 1, Chris Humble, 1513 votes and Sarah Jefferson Simon, 1,255 votes. In Pct. 2, A.B. ‘Yank’ Peveto, 1, 489 votes and Robert ‘Rob’ Strause, 1,056. Congrats to winners Commissioner John Dubose and Pct. 1 new comer Commissioner David Dubose. Also to Mark Phillpot, elected constable Pct. 3 and Weldon Peveto, Pct. 4. There were 16,694 Democratic votes cast. The runoff election county wide I figure will draw between 6,000 to 7,000. Total Clinton-10,317, Obama-4,123. Hillary carried the Orange County caucus by 71 percent to 29 percent. (Editor’s note: There were no contested Republican races. Hard to believe that was only 10 years ago. Some day Orange County will be Blue again.) ***** I believe this is the first time since 1818 that St. Patrick’s Day and Good Friday fall in the same week. Easter only fell earlier than March 23 and that was in 1818 also. Easter was on March 22 that year. It will be over 200 years before it occurs again.***** We were sorry to see Gina Mannino go from Bridge City High. She was a very good high school principal and will be missed. We are proud of her promotion to Curriculum Director. Another Bridge City native and BC grad, Richard Briggs, has been selected to replace her. I believe he and Gina graduated while Joe Chenella was principal. He’s Bud and Barbara Briggs’ boy.***** Judge Stringer would be the first to tell you that an elected position belongs to the people and they choose who’s serving them. Stringer lost his commissioner’s post in the primary to David Dubose. Stringer is thankful for the many years of support.

40 YEARS Ago-1978 In elections around Bridge City the only candidates to file for Water District were Howard Matthews, W.W. Hutto and G.A. ‘Ham’ Laughlin. (Editor’s note: That was before the city took over the district.)*****Lydia Miller has filed for one of two spots coming up on the school board. Incumbents on the board are C.W. Lormand and R.A. ‘Bob’ Pruitt. *****In city elections Barbara Truncale has filed for Place 4, held by Billy Cagle.*****Bridge City chapter of DeMolay choose Kathy Grayson as sweetheart.***** According to Frances Reid, historical chairperson, a search is underway to locate the graves of all Confederate soldiers in order to place government markers on all unmarked graves.***** Hobson ‘Hobby’ Dunn, Roy’s uncle, died March 6 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. He was buried at the little cemetery in Sipes Springs, in the Dunn family plot next to his mother and father and siblings, including Roy’s dad Clay.*****OVN names Wayne Fredrick ‘Citizen of the Year.’ Plaque presentation ceremony will be held March 17, 10 a.m. in commissioners courtroom. Wayne was born May 10, 1942, the third of six children. He is the son of the late L.A, Frederick and mother Mrs. Roy Buxton.*****On March 10, Uncle Jim ‘The Fisherman’ celebrated his 93rd birthday. His birthday cake was decorated with an oil well. Jim was at the Spindletop oil boom.*****Preston Fuller and L.J. Schrieber are both salesmen at Harmon Chevrolet Used Cars at 1st. and Green in Orange. Both are sporting shoulder-length hair. County Judge Pete Runnels also wears his hair long and full, but well trimmed.*****Donald Wayne Cole reaches the ripe old age of 25 on March 13. *****Two

good-looking gals around town who can really shake their stuff are Judy Wyatt and Judy Shockley. Those two ladies will be handling the ‘Mock Beauty Pageant,’ to be held April 1.*****DalSasso Realty is now open at 2105 Texas Ave. in Bridge City. Realtors are Glenda Garison and Shirley Russell.

A FEW HAPPENINGS We learned at the Lunch Bunch last week that our friend Pete Fredrick had a couple of stints put in and now he’s not dizzy anymore.*****I was sorry to learn that my buddy and a longtime Record employee Liz Weaver has been under the weather lately. Our prayers are with her. Her birthday is this week, March 9. If you get a chance join me in wishing her a happy birthday.*****Last week we had the pleasure of being visited by William ‘Bill’ Conway, 90, born in 1928 in Oklahoma. He has many stores about farm life in those early years. At age 16, he left the farm to join the Marines in WWII. Bill can tell you many stories about the war also. He married a Cajun girl from Iola, LA and in 1957 they made Orange their home. He went to work for Spencer Chemical until retirement. He says Mr. Spencer was a good man and it was a good job. His wife passed away a few years ago. Bill has health problems but is faring well for a 90 year old. He takes pride in being a Yellow Dog Democrat. He knows he’s in the minority now but believes the day is coming when folks will see the light and return to their roots.*****Next Sunday, March 11, is time to ‘spring forward,’ You will have to move your clock up an hour because it’s Daylight Savings Time. I prefer to lose that hour at noon on Saturday, it gives you time to adjust before having to get up an hour earlier.*****Last Friday I got a Crab Burger and Onion Rings from Burger Town. The burger is a Friday Lent special. The food was great. I’ve never got a bad meal at Burger Town on Hwy. 1442. It’s not one of the fast food joints. They hand cook everything, even grill the buns. It’s a unique place to visit also, décor right out of the 50’s, from Marlon Brando to Fonzie and Elvis. A great place to have an evening meal. Try it you’ll agree.*****Finally got in contact with Chief Wilson Roberts, the first Bridge City Police Chief, has turned 80 since we had last talked to him. He says he will make the Lunch Bunch at Robert’s this week. The Bunch will dine at JB’s next week. Everyone is always welcome. This week, the day after election, should be interesting. you should join us.*****Congrats to Matt Bryant who will get to kick for the Falcons until he’s 45 years old. Matt signed a three-year contract worth $12 million.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK March 7: Dana Bourque, Mike White, Libby Mitchell, Misty Thurman and Rick Taylor. Celebrities joining them are comedian Wanda Sykes, 53, actors Bryan Cranston, 61 and T.J. Thyne, 42.*****March 8: BCISD coach Christi Wiegreffe and Angela Burris are celebrating on this day. Joining them are actors Freddie Prinze, Jr., 41, Camryn Manheim, 56 and news anchor Lester Holt, 58.*****March 9: Pat Pate, Liz Weaver. Brittney Zenos, Claudia Gilson, Jordon Doiron. Also having birthdays this day are TV show host Steve Wilkos, 53, actors Matthew Gray Gubler, 37 and Brittany Snow, 31.*****March 10: Josh Gros, Mary White. Also celebrating are Country singer Carrie Underwood, 34 and ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ Chuck Norris turns 77.*****March 11: Rick McCall, Cindy Reynolds, Kate Benoit, AJ Strahan, Colton ‘CJ’ Dugan. Celebrities enjoying birthdays today are actors Terrance Howard, 48, Alex Kingston, 54 and John Barrowman, 50. This is also the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Don’t forget to set your clocks.*****March 12: Bryleigh Moore, Carol Ann Kimbrow and celebrating also are politician Mitt Romney, 70, actress Liza Minnelli, 71 and folks singer James Taylor, 69.***** March 13: Happy birthday to Kyle Dubose, Jean Braus, John Collin Kimbrow and Lana Sepulvado. Joining them are Pop singer Charo, 76, actors Emile Hirsch, 32, William Macy, 67 and Rapper Common, 45.

CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK Joe Primeaux owned a small rice farm outside of Erath, near Henry. Premeaux heard from da Louisiana State Wage and Hour Department who claimed he was not paying proper wages to his help him and were sending an agent out to interview him. Da city slicker arrived from Baton Rouge, “I need a list of your employees and how much you pay dem,” he demanded. “Well,” Joe replied, “Dere’s my farm hand Comeaux who’s been wit me four or tree years. I pay him $200 a week plus free room and board. Da cook Mable has been here for about a year and I pay her $150 a week and free room and board. Den dere’s da half-wit who works bout 18 hours a day and does bout 90 percent of all da work. He makes about $10 or $12 per week, pays his own room and board and on Saturday night I buy him a bottle of bourbon. He also sleeps wit my wife sometime if he’s not too worn out.” Da government man say, “Well dat’s the guy I want to talk to me, da half-wit.” Primeaux replied, “Well mister, dat would be me.”

C’EST TOUT IT’S TIME TO SHAPE UP YARD The last freeze to hit us did some real damage to our yards. The very cold temperatures killed a lot of plants and damaged most of the shrubs that will have to be cut back. Some of the plants that look dead may still have some life left in them. If you have the need to put your place back to looking good, if it’s just trimming, replacing plants or landscaping, now is the time to call Pete at Coastal Landscaping. You will be surprised at how reasonable you can get your place looking good in time for Easter.*****I’ve gotta get out of here. Take care and God bless.

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BCHS Stark reading, declamation winners Staff Report For The Record

Bridge City High School students Carissa Slaughter and Madison Day earned first place in Declamation and Interpretive Reading, respectively, at the schoollevel finals of the 114th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation, a scholarship program sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation. On March 5, 2018, Bridge City High School students competed in the local-level contest, which was coordinated by Shannon King, Bridge City High School teacher and school director for the Stark Reading Contest. Slaughter won first place in Declamation with Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s speechSolitude of Self, while Day won first place in Interpretive Reading with her presentation of an excerpt from Dave Pelzer’s work A Child Called It. Second place in Declamation went to Maggie Garcia, with Brandon Curl receiving second-place honors in Interpretive Reading. Bree Cloud, the county

The 2018 winners of the school-level competition held March 5, 2018 at Bridge City High School (Left to Right): Maggie Garcia: 2nd place, Declamation; Carissa Slaughter: 1st place, Declamation; Madison Day: 1st place, Interpretive Reading; Brandon Curl: 2nd place, Interpretive Reading.

level winner in Interpretive Reading from last year’s contest, served as the emcee for the Bridge City competition. Terry Stuebing, Bridge City High School Principal, presented awards to the

2017-18 school-level contest winners. Each second-place winner was awarded $1,500 in scholarships from the Stark Foundation, while the two first-place winners were

awarded $2,000 in scholarships. The first-place winners from Bridge City High School will go on to compete against the first-place winners from other participating Orange County public high schools at the County Final of the Stark Reading Contest, which is scheduled forSunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lutcher Theater. The Stark Reading Contest is sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation as part of its continuing mission to enrich the quality of life in the Orange community and encourage education. The aim of the Contest is to enhance the literary and forensic quality and skills of Orange County public high school students. The Contest has continued annually since its inception in 1904, which makes the 2017-18 school year the 114th  annual year of the Contest.  In addition to offering educational opportunities and experiences for students at eligible Orange County public high schools, participating students may earn scholarship awards for continued education.

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Sophisticats earn top honors

The Orangefield Sophisticats participated this weekend in the American Dance and Drill Team Regional in Galveston. The Sophisticats had an unbelievable showing and earned numerous awards.  The team received the following awards; Sweepstakes/ Gussie Nell Davis Award, judges’ awards for jazz, prop, hip-hop, contemporary and production. The team was also awarded a platinum for technique/precision/ choreography/presentation and finished in first place in the extra small school division. The team also received the “Best of the Best” award placing fourth overall. The Sophisticat officers were awarded in the extra small school division the Sweepstakes/Gussie Nell Davis award, judges’ awards for jazz, novelty and contemporary. The officers also received a platinum award for technique/ precision/ choreography/presentation and finished in first place in the extra small school division. The officers were also awarded the “Best of the Best” award placing fifth overall. Three of the Sophisticats placed in the top five solos in the extra small school division. Carlee Grimes placed fifth. Jocelyn Myrick placed third and Meara Patterson placed first. The Sophisticats are directed by Jill Yeaman and Jerri Graffagnino. Thank you to all that came to support the Sophisticats this weekend.

LCM High School earns top standing in Stark reading, declamation contests Staff Report For The Record

Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School students Samuel Ridout and Dalton Teeler earned first place in Declamation and Interpretive Reading, respectively, at the school-level finals of the 114th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation, a scholarship program sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation. On March 4, 2018, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School students competed in the local-level contest, which was coordinated by Melanie Claybar, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School teacher and school director for the Stark Reading Contest. Ridout won first place in Declamation with Angelina Jolie’s 2009 World Refugee Day Speech, while Teeler won first place in Interpretive

the emcees for the Little Cypress-Mauriceville competition. Todd Loupe, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Principal, presented awards to the 2017-18 schoollevel contest winners. Each second-place winner was awarded $1,500 in scholarships from the Stark Foundation, while the two firstplace winners were awarded $2,000 in scholarships. The first-place winners from Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School will go on to compete against the first-

place winners from other participating Orange County public high schools at the County Final of the Stark Reading Contest, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2 p.m.  at the Lutcher Theater. The Stark Reading Contest is sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation as part of its continuing mission to enrich the quality of life in the Orange community and encourage education.  The aim of the Contest is to enhance the lit-

The 2018 winners of the school-level competition held Monday at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School (Left to Right): Jordan Alexander: 2nd place, Declamation; Samuel Ridout: 1st place, Declamation; Dalton Teeler: 1st place, Interpretive Reading; Spencer Johns: 2nd place, Interpretive Reading.

Reading with his presentation of Neil Hilborn’s poem OCD. Second place in Declamation went to Jordan Alexander, with Spencer Johns receiving second-place

honors in Interpretive Reading. Stark Reading Contest 2018 preliminary participants Reagan Hambrick and Kalan Bonnette served as

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erary and forensic quality and skills of Orange County public high school students. The Contest has continued annually since its inception in 1904, which makes the 2017-18 school year the 114th annual year of the Contest. In addition to offering educational opportunities and experiences for students at eligible Orange County public high schools, participating students may earn scholarship awards for continued education.


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• The Record • Week of Wednesday March 7, 2018

Orange County Area Happenings Orangefield Elementary parent meeting Beginning Monday, March 19, Kindergarten and First grade classes will be relocated back to the elementary campus. An informational meeting for kindergarten and first grade parents will be held on  Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria, to discuss general campus procedures, such as student drop off and pick up, daily schedules, and the campus layout. Parents will also have the opportunity to walk through the building and locate where their child’s room will be. At this time, plans have been made for students to visit and tour the elementary campus on Friday, March 9, 2018, with their homeroom. We look forward to seeing you and having a great rest of the year.

bread. The cost is $8.00, you can dine in or carry out. If you call we will have the dinners ready for you, and deliver with orders of 3 or more. We are open Tuesday thru Saturday, after 4 p.m., for more info you may call 409886-7381.

Fraternal Order of Eagles St. Patrick’s Day Dance The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523 members will be having a St. Patrick’s Day Dance on Saturday, March 17th at 803 N. 28th St. in Orange starting at 8 pm until midnight. The band will be Creole Cookin’, and the cost is $10.00 a couple or $5.00 per person. We are open Tuesday thru Saturday, after 4 p.m., for more info you may call 409886-7381.

FUMC Lenten Services and lunch

Orange County Retired Teachers to meet

Faith United Methodist Church and The Nazarene Church are celebrating together a Holy Lenten Season and invites you to join us at Faith UMC for a service at noon followed by lunch on the following Wednesday’s; Mar 7,  March 14 and Mar 21. Everyone is welcome!

The Orange County Retired Teachers Association will hold its next meeting on Monday, March 12, 2018, at 10:30 am at the Wesley United Methodist Church,  401 37th Street, Orange, Texas. The guest speaker will be Tai Ho of the Lone Star Legal Aid Association. He will speak on legal issues of interest to retirees. Guests are welcome.

GOALS Spelling Bee The newly elected officers of the board of GOALS (Greater Orange Area Literacy Services) are keeping busy organizing the annual GOALS Spelling Bee, set for Friday, March 9, 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m in the Student Center Gym of Lamar State College-Orange.  From left, are Rhonda Powell, executive director; Bennie Smith, board member; Andy Preslar, president; Judy Williams, secretary; Dorraine Babcock, board member; and Bonnie Hopperton, founder of GOALS and vice president. Not pictured is Anne Payne, new board member.  A spelling bee team consists of 3 members, 1 alternate, and 1 cheerleader, and a team receives 5 free tickets.  Others may buy a ticket for $15, including lunch.  For information, email  rhonda@goals-setx.com  or call 409.886.4311.  Spelling list packets are available.

Orange K of C Fish Fry St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Orange Council 1680 will sell delicious fried and baked fish dinners, dine in or take out, on all Fridays in Lent, except St. Joseph’s weekend and Good Friday, from 5 – 7 p.m., in the parish hall.  Meals consist of fish, french fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, ketchup, tea, water and dessert.  Cost is $8 for 3-pc. fried or baked filet; $7 for 2-pc. fried.  All are invited to experience Council 1680’s renowned fish taste.

Lenten Fish Fry at St Francis St. Francis of Assisi Knights of Columbus Council 13825 is selling fish dinners in the San Damiano Center (behind the Church) located at 4300 Meeks Drive from 5 to 7PM on the following Lenten Fridays: March 9, March 16 and March 23. Dinner includes two pieces of fish, French fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, drink and dessert for $8.00.

Eagles to sell BarBQ dinners The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523 members will be selling Barbecue dinners on Thursday, March 15th at 803 N. 28th St. in Orange starting at 11am until 2 pm. The dinner will consist of Leg Quarters, link, potato salad, coleslaw, onions, pickles and

MacArthur Baptist Church to hold Easter Egg Hunt Come join us at MacArthur Baptist Church for our gigantic Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 1st immediately following our 10:45 am worship service, which everyone is invited to attend. The church is located at 3600 Nightingale (across from Triple L Honda on Strickland) in Orange. All children elementary age or younger are invited to attend. For further information call 409-9204054.

Scholarship fund Garage Sale Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Garage Sale opens its doors every Saturday after that at 7:30 am and closes at 12:30 pm.  We are located at 985 W Roundbunch Rd Suite A (next to Happy Donuts).  There will be new items and the room is full of bargains:  clothes all ages, toys, furniture, home decor, kitchen items, and so much more.  All proceeds go to our Music Scholarship Fund.  We are also collecting items.  So, if you are cleaning out your closets and storage rooms, we will take all items.  Come and check us out. 

Master Gardener Upcoming Events Gardening Class - Saturday, March 17  “Texas Superstars” The Carefree Plants for SouthEast Texas will be held at Cormier Park from  9 - 11AM  in the Orange County Master Gardener greenhouse. Come and learn about those plants that grow well in our part of Texas and will withstand our heat, humidity and cold coming back year after year. This is open to the public at no charge. Our address is 8235 FM 1442 in Orangefield. For more information, please check our website https://txmg.org/orange. The Annual Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fair sponsored by the Orange County Master Gardeners Assn. will be held Saturday, March 24 from 8AM - 1PM  at Cormier Park,  8235 FM 1442, Orangefield. We will have a HUGE variety of plants available to choose from. We are still looking for Vendors who are interested in participating in selling their

crafts at our event. For more information about participating, please email sheribethard@gmail.com. For more information about the Plant Fair please check our website https://txmg.org/orange .

Students “Enter to Learn, Exit to Serve”.

St. Paul C.M.E Church Anniversary

Our Pre-K Kindergarten Round-up will be held on Monday, March 26th from 7:45 to 9:30 am for all Pre-k3, Pre-K4 and kindergarteners for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Excellence in education with a Christian family atmosphere, daily faith celebrations, Spanish, music, computer, library and art classes. We offer small class sizes and an after school care program. For more information please contact St. Mary Catholic School at 2600 Bob Hall Rd. or call 409-883-8913.

St. Paul C.M.E Church will celebrate 124 years ‪on Sunday March 18th at 3.03 p.m.‪  Our theme for this historical occasion will be Growing Stronger, Growing Deeper, Reaching Higher - Isaiah 40:31.  Our special guest will be Rev. David Robinson and the congregation of Douglas Memorial C.M.E. Church of Beaumont, Texas.  The community is invited to join us as we mark another year in our journey. Rev. Gary Chalk is the Pastor of St. Paul C.M.E. Church located at ‪1201 N. 4th Street, Orange, Texas.‪

First Baptist Pre-K registration begins First Baptist Church Pre-K has begun registration for the 2018-2019 school year. We are open from 8:00 until 2:00 Tuesday and Thursday. For more information please call 735-3583, Mrs. Neely @ 735-5153 or Mrs. Crull @ 988-5211. We take children from 3 yrs to 5 yrs old.

St. Mary Catholic School is currently enrolling St. Mary Catholic School is currently enrolling students at the Pre-K 3 through 8th grade levels for the 2018 – 2019 School Year.

St. Mary’s Pre-K Kindergarten Round-up

Tax assistance The Jackson Community Center will be offering tax assistance to eligible families and individuals earning up to $54,000 or less for fast refund and electronic filing. Starting this week and going through April 18, at our center located 520 W. Decatur in Orange. Open Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm and every other Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. To schedule an appointment please contact Elizabeth Campbell at 409-779-1981 or jccorange@gmail.com.

Texas A&M University Mothers’ Club scholarship application The 2017 Orange County Texas A&M University Mothers’ Club scholarship application is available. For a copy of the application, contact the local high school counselor ORANGE COUNTY HAPPENINGS Page 7A

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2017 Income Tax Assistance AARP Tax Filing Assistance has started at the Orange Public Library. IRScertified volunteers will be available from 12:15 pm to 4:00 pm every Wednesday and Friday through April 13th and Tuesday, April 17th. April 17th is the last day to file 2017 taxes. Anyone coming for assistance should bring the following: Proof of identification (photo ID); Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents; Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents; Wage and income statements (Form W-2, Social Security, 1099-R, 1099-Misc, W2G); Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099); Records of any Capital Gains and Losses; Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements and a copy of last year’s federal and state returns is very helpful in the preparation of the 2017 return.

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Deaths and Memorials Norma Faye Ketelers Williams, 80, formerly Bridge City Norma Faye Ketelers Williams, 80, of Austin and a former longtime resident of Bridge City, died Sunday, March 4, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at St. Henry Catholic Norma Fayw Williams Church in Bridge City, with Father Steven Leger officiating. A burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Port Arthur. Visitation will be from  6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on October 29, 1937, Norma was the daughter of Roy Louis Ketelers, Sr. and Florence Margaret Whitmeyer Ketelers. She was a former member of St. Henry Catholic Church. Norma enjoyed art, including drawing and painting, photography, sewing, and gardening. She liked to cook for her family and her gumbo was a favorite among her children. Above all else, Norma was a loving mother whose greatest passion in life was her children and grandchildren. She loved her family dearly and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Marilyn Lynd and Roy “Bubby” Ketelers, Jr.; and infant son, John Robert Williams. Norma is survived by her sons and their

spouses, Mark and Judi Williams of Sugar Land, Bradley and Connie Williams of College Station, Michael and Ting Williams of Austin, Matthew Williams of Call; and daughters and their spouses, Jennifer and Charles Kirkland of Rule, Angela and Amy Williams of Round Rock. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Tyler Williams and wife, Kathlyne, Justin Williams, Ryan Williams, Garrett Williams, Lauren Freemyer and husband, Bryan, Cassidy Williams, Tori Williams, Noelle Williams, and Jaden Williams; and great-grandchildren, Weston Freemyer and Ryley Kirkland. Serving as Pallbearers will be Charles Kirkland, Tyler Williams, Mark Williams, Bradley Williams, Michael Williams, and Matthew Williams. Honorary Pallbearers will be Justin Williams, Garrett Williams, and Jaden Williams. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Myra Wanda Coffman, 98, formerly of Orange Friends and family from all over the country will miss the lovely, handwritten notes and cards of celebration and gratitude as Myra Wanda Coffman has peacefully ended her journey here on earth. By her side on March 1, 2018, were daughter Nan Coffman Moore along with dear friend and caretaker, Juanita McKinney. In recent years, Myra could often be found playing bridge at Carriage Inn in Huntsville, Texas so it was not surprising when she chose to move there after losing her beloved

Orange County Happenings and/or scholarship coordinator. Applications are also available at  https://orangecountymoms.aggienetwork. com/scholarships/. For more information, contact Bridget Trawhon at (409) 882-4195 or btrawhon@ gmail.com.

BCHS CLASS OF 1974 Plans are currently being made for a class reunion to be held in the Spring of 2018. If you are interested please contact us at mimihernandez0@gmail.com or on Facebook at BCHS Class of 1974. Please contact your friends and share this information.

Bridge City Chamber to Award Scholarships

Attention all Bridge City and Orangefield High School seniors.      The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce they will be awarding two $500 scholarships to Bridge City High School seniors and two $500 scholarships to Orangefield High School seniors.  Applications are available at the student’s high school counselor’s office, Bridge City Chamber office at 150 W. Roundbunch Road, Bridge City, TX 77611, or can be downloaded from the chamber’s website: www.bridgecitychamber.com.  Completed applications should be turned in to the respective high school counselor no later than April 6, 2018.  For more information, contact your high school counselor or call the Bridge City Chamber at (409) 7355671.

Eagles Hall available to rent The Eagles currently has openings to rent our hall for the following events: Parties, weddings, fund raisers, get togethers for family or friends and other occasions. Full service Bar, pool tables, music and a friendly

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sociable atmosphere. The Eagles Hall is located at 803 N. 28th Street, behind Sparks Auto Sells. We are open Tuesday thru Saturday after 4:00 pm. Come by or call for more information at 409886-7381.

Orange County Beekeeping Group The Orange County Beekeepers Group is a group of local beekeepers interested in spreading information about honeybees and the pollination service they perform. We also strive to aid and assist fellow beekeepers, any new beekeepers and the general public. For information or assistance with Honeybee removals please contact Len VanMarion 409728-0344 or Brian Muldrow 713-377-0356.

VFW to host Dance The VFW located at 5303 Hwy. 87 in Orange will host the Cadillacs for a dance on Thursday, March 8th. For more information, please call 409-886-9738.

VFW Auxiliary Garage Sale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 Auxiliary will host a Spring Indoor Garage Sale on Saturday, April 21st, at the VFW Hall at 5303 N. 16th Street. Vendors can set upFriday, April 20th from 5 pm until 8pm.  Saturday doors will open from 7am until 2 pm. For reservations, send a check to VFW Aux. 2775 to Chairman Mary Snapp at 7927 Sandra Ln; Orange, TX 77632 for the number of tables at $10 each.  For further information you may call Mary at 409-697-0380 between 10am and 5pm.  Early Registration guarantees a spot.

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Fishing Orange County

Tweaking a technique pays off big COLBURN-FISHING Capt. Dickie Colburn For The Record

It isn’t unusual this time of the year for fishermen in this area to spend their work week trying to decide whether to chase big trout on Sabine or big bass on Rayburn or Toledo Bend Saturday morning.While we are blessed to be able to fish for either species year round, the next couple of months will produce the largest fish of the year. I was talking with Larry Picou, an angler equally passionate about fishing for both species, at Outcast Tackle earlier this week and he said Mother Nature had definitely helped him with that decision for now.“If I am up at the lakes I am always thinking that I ought to be wading on Sabine Lake,” said Picou, but not this week.All of this rain made my decision much easier!” Both the Neches and Sabine Rivers are running high and muddy due to the heavy rains above the lakes and local rains have only contributed to the glut of fresh water working its way through Sabine Lake.“We were still catching redfish through the weekend,” added Picou, “but our trout bite has just died.At the same time, however, the bass bite has only improved.” Picou’s only decision was whether to fish Rayburn or Toledo Bend. “I grew up fishing Rayburn, but I have caught my biggest bass three years in a row on Toledo Bend.We are already catching some very nice fish that were staging in six to ten feet of water on both lakes.My nephew caught a 10.9-lb. fish last Friday on T-Bend so we will probably start over there.” Picou had a package of worm weights in hand and was looking for a particular color in a Strike King Rage tail.I’d probably be more tight-lipped if I tournament fished, but I have had lots of folks share lots of information with me over the years and I share everything, but an exact spot.I am looking for Green pumpkin.” “Jason, my nephew, caught his big bass on a jig and craw worm, but I seldom fish a jig anymore since the grass got COLBURN Page 2B

LC-M finished second as a team and Jack Burke picked up his 4th individual win of the season on Friday March 2nd at the Larry Paine Memorial hosted by West Brook. Jack fired a 3 under 69 to claim the Individual Medalist title while also breaking his own freshman record.

Young golfing phenom in our own backyard Kaz’s Korner Joe Kazmar For The Record

I’ve been covering high school sports in the Orange area for more than 50 years and have watched many young star athletes go on to the next level and a few hit the professional circuit. In almost every case involving the professionals, they always were seen playing their specialty sport under adult supervision when they were just little shavers. This also was true with the few outstanding young golf-

ers who came out of Orange County—Brady Miller in the late 1960’s, Scott Sterling around 2000 and Michael Arnaud in the 2005 vicinity. Whenever Brady Miller ever had an outstanding round after graduating from Lutcher Stark High School, his momma, Pat, was ringing my chimes at the Orange Leader sports department making sure I dotted every “I” and crossed every “t”. It almost appeared like she was Brady’s agent and I was his publicist. Sterling could be seen with his dad, Pete, giving him

growing up, getting stronger each year. When Michael got to high school he was the main man on the West Orange-Stark team. He played some college golf, but also tried out and made one of the many satellite tours that were popping up. Today we have a new star on the horizon in Jack Burke, who has been playing with his dad, Aaron, for several years at Sunset Grove Country Club. I kind of followed his career as his name kept show-

some of the finer pointers of the game. As a teenager, Scott was talented enough to play collegiate golf at LSU and later tried out and joined one of the satellite tours and played there for several years. Michael Arnaud got started at the game of golf when his grandfather (Jim Arnaud) brought him and his scaleddown golf set to DERA just after sun-up. A bunch of us were making the turn and could see the Arnaud twosome almost finished with their 18-hole round. Michael continued to play with his granddad as he was

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Fishing also offers a great way for families to experience the diverse aquatic life and scenic places that Texas has to offer.

10 Family Fishing Ideas for Spring Break in Texas Larry Johnson For The Record

AUSTIN - Many Texans opt outside to help reconnect with nature after a long winter, but Spring Break adventures aren’t limited to swimming, camping and hiking. Fishing also offers a great way for families to experience the diverse aquatic life and scenic places that Texas has to offer. Here are 10 places where families can make memories fishing this Spring Break: 1. The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in East Texas offers several stocked fishing ponds, ample fishing loaner equipment, a full production hatchery and a vast array of aquatic exhibits to explore. After catching catfish and rainbow trout in the fishing ponds, spring breakers can watch a live fish-feeding dive show, take a narrated tram tour through the outdoor hatchery facility and explore the wheelchair accessible wetlands trail. For those interested in seeing freshwater species up-close, the TFFC has aquariums filled with a wide variety of freshwater fish along other species like alligators and alligator snapping turtles. 2. Though the coastal city of Rockport suffered significant damage during Hurricane Harvey, this charming coastal community is open for business, which means plenty of opportunity for anglers and visitors during Spring Break. Families can plan a fun fishing day at the Rockport Beach Park Piers or the Copano Bay State Fishing Pier. While the fishing piers at nearby Goose Island State Park are not currently open due to hurricane damage, the Redfish road area of the island will be open for fishing and kayaking in the bay. 3. Colorado Bend State Park in the Texas Hill Country provides daily access to one of the best white bass spawning runs 10 FAMILY FISHING IDEAS FOR SPRING Page 3B

harder to find.I had such good luck fishing trick worms and tubes on a drop shot that I decided to try drop shotting bigger baits on heavier tackle and it has worked for me.” Picou started out fishing only craw worm style plastics, but has since added lizards and baby brush hogs to his arsenal.“All I did was swap my spinning gear out for a seven foot medium heavy casting rod and rig everything the same way on 30-lb. braid.I add about three feet of fluorocarbon leader

because I think it is harder for the fish to see than braid.” A three eights ounce weight and a plastic tail threaded on a 4/0 Wide Gap worm hook complete the rig.“I fish it exactly the same way, but I have to use the heavier rod to drive the weedless rigged hook through the plastic.I have more confidence in the fact that I can hold the weight in one spot and shake the bait a foot or so off the bottom.” The irony is that I had customers fishing the exact same set up with a four inch

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paddle tail when the water in Sabine lake was so clear a month or so ago.We found the fish holding on isolated patches of shell and the more time their lures spent on those small spots the better their chances of inducing a strike.They also lost fewer lures to the shell! “I am carrying on about fishing this technique, “said Picou with a smile, “and all three of my three largest bass hit a different lure.One hit a ¾ ounce Trap, one ate a spinnerbait and the largest of the three fell for a free-floated

Kaz: Young golf phenom Jack Burke ing up at the top of the 9-hole results for six-year-old boys’ tournament at various locations in Southeast Texas. Aaron Burke made sure Jack got entered in his agegroup tournaments as he got older. And invariably, Jack’s name was always at or near the top of every event, even when he played in larger junior tournaments during the summers. It seemed to me that Jack was three-or four years ahead of his peers in the talent department. And that is still true today, playing for the Little Cypress-Mauriceville boys’ golf team as a freshman. He still is consistently playing better than most of the opposing high school’s senior stars. In tournaments going into this week, Jack has fired rounds between 69-71 and was the tournament’s medalist in all but one event. That was at the Beaumont Country Club where his school-record 70 was bettered by Beaumont Kelly senior Tyler Gonzalez, who shot 69 to capture medalist honors. Burke got his revenge over Gonzalez by sizzling the course with a 69-last week in the Larry Paine Memorial

Golf Tournament at Henry Homberg Golf Course in Beaumont and captured top honors. I hoped I could watch Jack Burke in action and on Sunday my wish came true. He actually wanted to play at Sunset Grove with our regular foursome of codgers-Craig Couvillion (60’s), Kenny Ruane and yours truly (70’s) and Bob Hoepner (80’s). We tried to figure out a game that would be fair to us codgers but failed. Jack was just too good, although he was two over par on the front nine, he came back with four birdies on the back. He ended up with 37-33—70, one under par! When Jack said he screwed up a shot, it would end up on the right side of the green instead of the left side. When I messed up a shot (and I had plenty of those) you could see the squirrels in the trees grabbing their crash helmets, hoping they wouldn’t get hit. Luckily, we weren’t playing for money, because our wallets would be empty and Jack would be driving a new car. KWICKIES…Good

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lizard.” That confession did little to diminish my eagerness to give the upgraded technique a shot on my next trip north. They have continued to cut back, but the SRA is still having to release a little more water than usual so it could be a while before the trout catching in Sabine Lake rebounds.In spite of the dirtier water, thus far the redfish bite has hung in there.A north wind for a couple of days should speed up the recovery.

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to the two area basketball teams that qualified for this week’s high school state tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Defending state champion Silsbee takes on Somerset 3 p.m. Friday in the Class 4A semifinals while Port Arthur Memorial meets Midlothian 7 p.m. Thursday in Class 5A. And while on the subject of basketball tournaments, the Lamar men’s basketball team meets Central Arkansas 7:30 p.m. today (Wed.) in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament at the Merrell Center in Katy. And the SLC champion Lamar Lady Cardinals get a first-round bye and don’t play until Saturday in the semifinal round against an opponent to be determined, also at the Merrell Center. One of the collegiate football players participating in the recent combine at Indianapolis has drawn plenty of attention and praise because he is working out at linebacker and has only one hand. Shaquen Griffin played his career at the University of Central Florida and is hoping to get drafted into the NFL. Veteran golfer Phil Mickelson wowed the huge crowd

watching last weekend’s PGA Tour Mexican Championship with a five-under par 66 in Sunday’s final round at Mexico City. Lefty was two strokes behind leader Justin Thomas with three holes to go and sunk birdie putts on Nos 16 and 17 which forced a playoff. Thomas bogeyed the first extra hole giving Mickelson his first tourney victory since the 2013 British Open, breaking a 101-tournament dry spell. Bridge City’s Brian Clark won Saturday’s 9th Annual Gusher Marathon. It was his third straight victory in the event and he won it with a personal record time of 2:47.49. He is the only runner to win the marathon multiple times. JUST BETWEEN US… Houston Texans owner Bob McNair’s comments last fall about “inmates running the prison” pertaining to players kneeling for the National Anthem could very well come back to bite him. His apology wasn’t taken as sincere by most NFL players, according to Sunday’s edition of the Houston Chronicle and it could be a factor if the Texans go the free age

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Take your Spring Break getting to know Sabine Lake Outdoors Capt. Chuck Uzzle For The Record

Next week marks the annual hiatus from school that kids of all ages look for once the Christmas holidays are over, spring break is here! During this week off from the rigorous demands of reading, writing, and arithmetic you can rest assured that a cry will rise up from the masses that there is nothing “fun” to do. Video games have long been mastered and challenges are getting more difficult to come by every day, give your student a first hand look at some real life they may have never seen before and take them out on Sabine Lake. It is astounding that so many kids have so little idea about things that pertain to the outdoors. On a guide trip last year a client had brought his college age son along, during the day we encountered some rosette spoonbills feeding in the shallows

near the mouth of a bayou. “Man would you look at those pink flamingos” the young man exclaimed, “I had no idea that there were really birds that looked like that?”. After a brief lesson on the actual name of the birds and the places that they inhabit I could tell that the young man was becoming more interested in the trip as well as the surroundings. After a day on the water this young man had a better perspective on a whole new world that he never knew existed until he witnessed it himself. When things like this happen and I am fortunate enough to see how people are affected by the outdoors it gives me a good feeling that little else can compare with. I know as I watched my son at a young age when we would venture out on the water that he was being affected in a positive way. By introducing him to things in nature he learned valuable les-

beaches, lakes, and rivers that offer outdoor opportunities. State parks are great places to start because they have helpful information as well as personnel to get you headed in the right direction. By placing a call to a particular park or outdoor venue you can get some idea of what each place has to offer as well as the best times to go there. By doing a little bit of homework you can plan your outdoor activity and maximize your fun, after all fun is what it is all about. There are lots of local outdoor attractions here at

Joshua Sehon of Bridge City displays a nice redfish caught on Baily’s Road at Sabine Lake.

sons and experienced things that hopefully will affect him in a way that will help him later on in life. By introducing a youngster to the outdoors you may be opening up a whole new area of interest that your child will

4. Mustang Island State Park on the coast near Corpus Christi reopened for day use March 1 and offers some of the best shallow-water fishing in Texas. Anglers can experience this high-quality fishing wading from the 5-mile shoreline or while paddling the 20-mile Mustang Island State Park paddling trail. 5. For a scenic spot of river away from all the tubers, the leased River Access and Conservation Area (RACA) site at Dick’s Canoes on the Brazos River is right for you. Dick’s Canoes is located at the FM 2114 crossing of the Brazos River downstream of Lake Whitney. Fishing opportunities in this segment of the Brazos River include largemouth, spotted and occasional white bass. Channel catfish, freshwater drum, and sunfish are also good species to target. Access is open from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset for bank angling and launching non-motorized boats, canoes, kayaks, or other floatable devices.

Fisheries staff will have loaner equipment, tackle and bait on hand to help families catch and clean up to five rainbow trout each at the free event. 9. Lake Conroe near Houston is making a name for itself this year as one of the top Toyota ShareLunker largemouth bass fishing lakes in the state with more than 12 entries so far. Anglers also have excellent opportunities to catch catfish, crappie, hybrid striped bass and bluegill in the 20 thousand acre lake. The Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area offers shore fishing as well as

8. In Texas, cold-water loving rainbow trout generally can’t survive past the winter. Spring Breakers can harvest the last of the year’s stocked rainbow trout in East Texas at the Tyler Nature Center for free 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 12-15. TPWD Inland

10. Near Lubbock, Lake Alan Henry has the only population of Alabama bass in Texas. This species grows much larger and faster than native spotted bass and can reach more than four pounds. Families can spend the day targeting this uncommon species or other popular sport fish like crappie and largemouth bass at the Sam Wahl Recreation Area. The facility offers an excellent dock and fishing pier facility.

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Game Warden Field Notes The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

Addition Not His Best Subject Game wardens with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Marine Theft Investigation Unit handle a wide range of issues related to boat theft and boat registration fraud. Recently, an individual attempting to register a bass boat and motor he claimed to have purchased for just $700 raised red flags. The customer claimed he purchased the boat for $300 and the motor for $400. A game warden contacted the seller, who informed the investigator he had sold the boat for $7,500. The warden then made contact with the boat’s new lien holder, who verified the new owner had borrowed $7,500 for the purchase. The warden then went to the buyer’s house and as he pulled up he observed a nice bass boat in the garage and the subject sitting in the driver’s seat. The warden greeted the man, admired the boat and asked out of curiosity how much he had paid for the vessel. Unaware as to the reason for the visit, the proud new boat owner told the warden he bought it for $7,500. He then changed his story to $700. The warden then asked him how much the Credit Union had given him for the boat and he replied $7,500. Faced with the prospect of being charged with falsifying a government document, the boat owner admitted he had presented false information on the registration and boat titling forms and agreed to pay the rest of his taxes and penalties.

Checked Your Fridge Lately? On Jan. 29, a Titus County game warden received information from a local landowner of a trespasser pictured on his game camera. The warden went to the suspect’s home and spoke with his roommate, who stated the suspect had not killed any animals this year. Consent was given to search the refrigerator, where two bags of white-tailed deer meat and a deer hide were discovered. The suspect arrived home and produced the deer horns. This deer was shot on a different landowner’s property while trespassing. Citations were issued for criminal trespassing and for taking an illegal buck under the county’s 13-inch minimum antler spread. Civil restitution was also issued. Warning citations were issued for hunting without landowner’s consent and untagged deer.

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True Confessions Last September, a Grimes County game warden received an unusual call from an individual wanting to come talk with him about some illegal activities he had been a part of with the intention of getting his life back in order. During the interview, the subject admitted to shooting a deer with a rifle even though he was a convicted felon. After a long investigation and many interviews later, it was determined that he did in fact use a friend’s rifle to shoot a deer on a property that he was working on at the time. Felon in possession of a firearm has been filed with the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office.

A Game Warden Never Forgets a Face An off duty Montgomery County game warden observed an individual who had provided him with false information in the spring of 2017 following a fishing license violation. The warden had been granted an arrest warrant for that individual. The subject was placed in custody without incident and booked on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

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On Feb. 14, game wardens were patrolling the Neches River near the Cherokee/Anderson County line when they observed a jon boat headed in their direction. The driver of the boat noticed the wardens and tossed a wire basket overboard. Upon further investigation, it was found the two guys had been fishing the Neches River for quite some time with an illegal wire hoop net fish basket and had trapped several catfish. The wardens were unsuccessful in locating the wire basket, but several days later returned to the site with a drag hook and were able to recover the device. The case is pending and citations were issued.

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In mid-February, a Texas game warden received a call from a local farmer who had witnessed individuals in a black pickup truck shoot several geese from the road. The caller stated the vehicle was headed north on Highway 59 in Wharton County. While searching for the vehicle, the warden passed by a local barbecue joint where he noticed a vehicle matching the description. He made contact with two suspects who had been goose hunting earlier that day and after a brief interview, he received a full confession. The suspects stated they drove down the county road while one suspect in the bed of the truck shot at the geese. Four snow geese were seized and citations for hunting from a pub-

lic road, discharging a firearm from a public road, and warnings for hunting waterfowl from a vehicle were issued. The cases and civil restitution are pending.

Oh, Deer, That’s Just Wrong In early February, well after the close of deer hunting season, Comal County game wardens responded to a report regarding illegal hunting. The caller stated he had heard several small caliber rounds being fired on the neighboring property and believed the individual to be hunting deer out of season. The wardens responded, discovered two deer carcasses and questioned the property owner. The man stated he had shot the deer with a .22 to keep them from eating his shrubbery and various ornamental plants inside of his high fence. When asked why he left the deer to rot on the back side of his property, he stated that he had heard if he shot the deer, but didn’t harvest the meat he wouldn’t be in violation. The wardens explained this was not the case, and informed him he had committed various violations by killing the deer out of season, hunting without a license, with illegal means, and failure to keep in edible condition. The cases are pending.

Know Your Limits On Feb. 17, a Williamson County game warden was checking anglers at the Taylor Park boat ramp on Lake Granger when he made contact with a fisherman who was about to leave. He pulled up next to him and asked how his fishing went. The elderly man stated he had a pretty good outing and was headed home with about 30 crappie. The warden decided to inspect the angler’s water safety equipment onboard his boat, and then checked his fishing license. The warden counted 26 crappie, one over the daily bag limit, and one was short of the minimum length limit of 10 inches. The man stated he had been doing this for 30 years and no one ever told him it was wrong. The warden educated the man about the reasons for daily bag limits and cited him for the violations.

Orangefield Elementary parent meeting Beginning Monday, March 19, Kindergarten and First grade classes will be relocated back to the elementary campus. An informational meeting for kindergarten and first grade parents will be held on  Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.  in the elementary cafeteria, to discuss general campus procedures, such as student drop off and pick up, daily sched-

ules, and the campus layout. Parents will also have the opportunity to walk through the building and locate where their child’s room will be. At this time, plans have been made for students to visit and tour the elementary campus on Friday, March 9, 2018, with their homeroom. We look forward to seeing you and having a great rest of the year.

Linsey Tackett(left) and Madison Taylor(right) both finished second at the regional powerlifting meet and will advance to the state meet in Waco. Both ladies are coached by John Davis.

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High School Baseball and Softball Cards go 3-1 in tourney, 7-3 overall The Bridge City baseball team racked up three wins in three days at the Cameron Yoe tournament, boosting their season record to 7-3. They hosted Buna Tuesday night. At last weekend’s tournament, the Cardinals lost 3-2 to Hudson Thursday as a finalinning rally fell short, then defeated Navasota 7-2 and Taylor 3-2on Friday before finishing with a 3-0 win over Madisonville. 3/1 lost to Hudson 2-3 Hudson scored two runs in the fourth and one in the sixth to put BC down 3-0. In the seventh, Logan Hamm doubled and scored on Peyton Havard single. Pinch-runner Slade Foreman scored on Jaxon Bernard single and an error. Against Navasota, BC scored three in the second and three in the fifth. Havard went 2 for 3 to lead the Cards at the plate. Caleb DuBois won on the mound, giving up five hits and two runs in five innings. Against Taylor, Cardinal pitchers allowed just three hits over five innings. Hamm pitched the first three, striking out five while giving up two hits. DuBois was 2 for 2 at the plate. Gavin Green got the pitching win against Madisonville. He allowed one hit in two innings. Sam Carpenter and Cameron Yadon helped close out the game in relief. Yadon was 2 for 3. Bridge City beat Hardin-Jefferson 4-0 on Feb. 27, with Hamm, DuBois, Havard and Justyn Romero combining for the pitching shutout. BC had nine hits in all with Romero and Hamm banging out multiple hits.

Orangefield girls push record to 13-3-1 The  Lady Bobcats finished 3-2 in the Southeast Texas Invitational last weekend. They rebounded from a 9-1 opening loss to tri-host Huffman to beat Sabine Pass 8-0, Silsbee 6-0 and tri-host Tarkington 13-2 before falling 3-2 in a tiebreaker against trihost Liberty. Tiffany Ciancaglione went 2 for 3 to lead Orangefield’s girls against Huffman. Against Sabine Pass, Codie Sorge got the win in the circle, throwing a complete game three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts. Ciancaglione went 2 for 3 with a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Kaylee Ancelot went 2 for 3 with a home run and 4 RBI’s.  Ancelot allowed only three hits while striking out for against Silsbee. Karlye Bramblett went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs while Ancelot homered again. Bramblett went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a stolen base and Autumn Frost went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs, and Sorge was the winning pitcher against Tarkington. Game 5: Liberty 4 Orangefield 3 (ITB) Ancelot struck out six hitters in the finale against Liberty, giving up seven hits. Ryden Stanfield went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 2 stolen bases. Bramblett went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Emma

Humplik went 1 for 2 with a double. The Lady Bobcats hosted Evadale Tuesday.

BC softball goes 4-2 in SETX Invitational The Lady Cardinals defeated Kelly 8-0, Huffman 3-0, Tarkington 4-0, and Sabine Pass 8-0, while falling 3-1 to Liberty and 3-2 to Diboll. Austyn Daniels received the loss against Diboll in a close score of 3-2 but bounced back on Saturday to earn the win over Sabine Pass. Kassidy Wilbur also fell short against Liberty on the mound Thursday due to some defensive miscues by a score of 3-1. Kassidy Wilbur was on the losing end of  Thursday’s  Liberty game but made quick work of Kelly, Huffman, and Tarkington, pitching a complete shutout in each game. In just three games, Wilbur struck out 44 hitters, gave up just 8 hits, and only walked 3 batters.  Wilbur, Kyndall Harrison, Caitlin Denison, and Chloe Halliburton led the offense during the tourney.  Wilbur was 8 for 18 with 1 homer, 1 triple, 3 doubles, and 7 runs scored. Harrison was 5 for 8 with 4 RBIs. Denison had great consistency at the plate with 3 RBIs.  Halliburton hit as the DP and also had 4 RBIs. The Lady Cardinals traveled to Houston Baptist to play Tuesday evening. 

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OF baseball wins four at Anderson-Shiro The Bobcats baseball team was a perfect 4-0 last week at the Anderson-Shiro tournament near Bryan. Its record was 6-1-1 heading into a  Tuesday game at Port Arthur Memorial. The Cats knocked off the hosts 7-1 on Friday  after defeating Centerville 13-1 and Rockdale 12-4. They went double digits again in the finale, defeating Leon Jewett 10-1. Orangefield opened with 10 hits against Rockdale, with Kadeon Evans and Johnny Armstrong picking up multiple bingles. The Bobcats scored seven first-inning runs, getting RBIs in that frame by Brett Fregia, Ryan Deutsch, Blake Bradley, Gunner Jones, Armstrong and Evans. Evans was the winning pitcher, giving up only three hits in 3.1 innings. An eight-run fourth inning was the knockout punch against Centerville but Bradley’s pitching also stood out – 4.2 innings with nine strikeouts and just three hits allowed. Mason Gonzales was 2 for 3 for the Bobcats and Armstrong homered. Orangefield saved its best for the fifth against Anderson-Shiro, scoring five times with Deutsch, Fregia and Armstrong providing RBIs. Gonzales was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits and striking out seven in four innings. In  Saturday’s  finale, the Bobcats scored five runs in the sixth, with Kent Michael and Jones each having multiple hits. Jones gave up only two hits in four innings on the mound.

Orange County Master Gardener upcoming events Gardening Class - Saturday, March 17 “Texas Superstars” The Carefree Plants for SouthEast Texas will be held at Cormier Park from 9 11AM in the Orange County Master Gardener greenhouse. Come and learn about those plants that grow well in our part of Texas and will withstand our heat, humidity and cold coming back year after year. This is open to the

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public at no charge. Our address is 8235 FM 1442 in Orangefield. For more information, please check our website https://txmg.org/orange. The Annual Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fair sponsored by the Orange County Master Gardeners Assn. will be held  Saturday, March 24 from 8AM - 1PM at Cormier Park, 8235 FM 1442, Orangefield. We will have a HUGE

variety of plants available to choose from. We are still looking for Vendors who are interested in participating in selling their crafts at our event. For more information about participating, please email sheribethard@gmail. com. For more information about the Plant Fair please check our website  https:// txmg.org/orange .

Bobcat tennis teams do well at Midcounty Staff Report For The Record

The Bobcats brought home first, second and third place medals this week from the Midcounty Invitational. Girls Doubles, Taylor Decker and Megan Ibeck went undefeated in the A division.       Winning the silver, Boys Doubles, Brayden Berry and Dylan Williams, defeated LCM, Silsbee and   Anahuac before falling to PNG in the finals. They defeated PNG, Hardin Jefferson and Nederland

in a round robin to capture the gold. After a loss in the opening match, Mixed Doubles, Christie Luoung and Luke Truncale came back to earn the bronze in the A division. In the JV division, Kayla Gordon and Tyronne Wagonner won second in Mixed Doubles. Orangefield will be back on the courts next week. JV and freshmen will compete in the Kelly Invitational on Thursday and the varsity will play in the Vidor Spring Break Invitational on Friday.

Two arrested after claiming Texas church shooting was fiction Staff Report For The Record

Two people have been arrested after appearing at the Texas church where more than two dozen worshippers were gunned down and claiming the attack was staged. The pastor of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, southeast of San Antonio, tells the San Antonio Express-News that the pair appeared Monday and claimed the shooting was fabricated by the U.S. government. Pastor Frank Pomeroy, whose 14-year-old daughter died in the Nov. 5 shooting, says they claimed his daughter never existed. Wilson County authorities identified the pair as

54-year-old Robert Ussery and 56-year-old Jodie Mann. Ussery is charged with making a terroristic threat and Mann with obstructing a deputy. Jail records did not indicate attorneys for them.

Authorities say the church attacker died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being shot and chased by two residents after he left the church.

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BCHS Stark reading, declamation winners Staff Report For The Record

Bridge City High School students Carissa Slaughter and Madison Day earned first place in Declamation and Interpretive Reading, respectively, at the schoollevel finals of the 114th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation, a scholarship program sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation. On March 5, 2018, Bridge City High School students competed in the local-level contest, which was coordinated by Shannon King, Bridge City High School teacher and school director for the Stark Reading Contest. Slaughter won first place in Declamation with Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s speechSolitude of Self, while Day won first place in Interpretive Reading with her presentation of an excerpt from Dave Pelzer’s work A Child Called It. Second place in Declamation went to Maggie Garcia, with Brandon Curl receiving second-place honors in Interpretive Reading. Bree Cloud, the county

The 2018 winners of the school-level competition held March 5, 2018 at Bridge City High School (Left to Right): Maggie Garcia: 2nd place, Declamation; Carissa Slaughter: 1st place, Declamation; Madison Day: 1st place, Interpretive Reading; Brandon Curl: 2nd place, Interpretive Reading.

level winner in Interpretive Reading from last year’s contest, served as the emcee for the Bridge City competition. Terry Stuebing, Bridge City High School Principal, presented awards to the

2017-18 school-level contest winners. Each second-place winner was awarded $1,500 in scholarships from the Stark Foundation, while the two first-place winners were

awarded $2,000 in scholarships. The first-place winners from Bridge City High School will go on to compete against the first-place winners from other participating Orange County public high schools at the County Final of the Stark Reading Contest, which is scheduled forSunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lutcher Theater. The Stark Reading Contest is sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation as part of its continuing mission to enrich the quality of life in the Orange community and encourage education. The aim of the Contest is to enhance the literary and forensic quality and skills of Orange County public high school students. The Contest has continued annually since its inception in 1904, which makes the 2017-18 school year the 114th  annual year of the Contest.  In addition to offering educational opportunities and experiences for students at eligible Orange County public high schools, participating students may earn scholarship awards for continued education.

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Sophisticats earn top honors

The Orangefield Sophisticats participated this weekend in the American Dance and Drill Team Regional in Galveston. The Sophisticats had an unbelievable showing and earned numerous awards.  The team received the following awards; Sweepstakes/ Gussie Nell Davis Award, judges’ awards for jazz, prop, hip-hop, contemporary and production. The team was also awarded a platinum for technique/precision/ choreography/presentation and finished in first place in the extra small school division. The team also received the “Best of the Best” award placing fourth overall. The Sophisticat officers were awarded in the extra small school division the Sweepstakes/Gussie Nell Davis award, judges’ awards for jazz, novelty and contemporary. The officers also received a platinum award for technique/ precision/ choreography/presentation and finished in first place in the extra small school division. The officers were also awarded the “Best of the Best” award placing fifth overall. Three of the Sophisticats placed in the top five solos in the extra small school division. Carlee Grimes placed fifth. Jocelyn Myrick placed third and Meara Patterson placed first. The Sophisticats are directed by Jill Yeaman and Jerri Graffagnino. Thank you to all that came to support the Sophisticats this weekend.

LCM High School earns top standing in Stark reading, declamation contests Staff Report For The Record

Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School students Samuel Ridout and Dalton Teeler earned first place in Declamation and Interpretive Reading, respectively, at the school-level finals of the 114th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation, a scholarship program sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation. On March 4, 2018, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School students competed in the local-level contest, which was coordinated by Melanie Claybar, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School teacher and school director for the Stark Reading Contest. Ridout won first place in Declamation with Angelina Jolie’s 2009 World Refugee Day Speech, while Teeler won first place in Interpretive

the emcees for the Little Cypress-Mauriceville competition. Todd Loupe, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Principal, presented awards to the 2017-18 schoollevel contest winners. Each second-place winner was awarded $1,500 in scholarships from the Stark Foundation, while the two firstplace winners were awarded $2,000 in scholarships. The first-place winners from Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School will go on to compete against the first-

place winners from other participating Orange County public high schools at the County Final of the Stark Reading Contest, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2 p.m.  at the Lutcher Theater. The Stark Reading Contest is sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation as part of its continuing mission to enrich the quality of life in the Orange community and encourage education.  The aim of the Contest is to enhance the lit-

The 2018 winners of the school-level competition held Monday at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School (Left to Right): Jordan Alexander: 2nd place, Declamation; Samuel Ridout: 1st place, Declamation; Dalton Teeler: 1st place, Interpretive Reading; Spencer Johns: 2nd place, Interpretive Reading.

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3 Home Projects That Offer a Great Return on Investment The warmer months present an excellent opportunity to get outdoors and spruce up your home’s exterior. But if you have limited time and resources, it’s important to prioritize the focus of your efforts. For guidance, consider Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, which shows that not all remodeling projects are equal. Here are three spring renovation ideas that will give your property not only a facelift, but offer a great return on investment to boot. Garage Door National data from the 2018 Cost vs. Value Report shows that the project that delivers the highest return on investment is a new upscale garage door. This is a good choice for those looking for better noise control, greater security, curb appeal and convenience. Newer offerings relying on smart home technology can synch with your mobile device to offer conveniences like voice control and notifications when you’ve left the garage door open.

Master Gardener Upcoming Events Gardening Class - Saturday, March 17  “Texas Superstars” The Carefree Plants for SouthEast Texas will be held at Cormier Park from 9 - 11AM in the Orange County Master Gardener greenhouse. Come and learn about those plants that grow well in our part of Texas and will withstand our heat, humidity and cold coming back year after year. This is open to the public at no charge. Our address is  8235 FM 1442  in Orangefield. For more information, please check our website  https://txmg.org/ orange. The Annual Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fair sponsored by the Orange County Master Gardeners Assn. will be held  Saturday, March 24 from 8AM 1PM at Cormier Park, 8235 FM 1442, Orangefield. We will have a HUGE variety of plants available to choose from. We are still looking for Vendors who are interested in participating in selling their crafts at our event. For more information about participating, please email  sheribethard@ gmail.com. For more information about the Plant Fair please check our website  https://txmg.org/orange .

Friends Depot Meeting Notice The bi-monthly meeting of the board of the Friends of the Orange Depot will be held at the Depot on Thursday, March 15, at 5:00 pm for refreshments, 5:30PM for meeting. Anyone who is interested in volunteering is encouraged to come.  On the schedule this spring on Saturday, May 12, 12-5 pm, is the annual fundraiser, Depot Day, which will be held on the grounds across from the depot.  There will be tours of the depot taking place that day, as well as multiple fun family activities.  All board members and volunteers are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn all the happenings coming up.  The Friends of the Orange Depot are continuing to rent the facility for special events.  For information, please see website www.orangetxdepot. org, or call Rose at (409) 330-1576.

Manufactured Stone Veneer In the number two slot for sound renovation investments, according to the same report, is manufactured stone veneer, which is a great way to add visual interest to your home exterior (or an interior room, for that matter). Be sure to select products that mimic the texture and color of natural stone, such as the choices from ProVia, which are molded and cast to look like stone harvested from various U.S. geographic regions and are offered in a variety of style and color palettes. The manufacturer offers resources that help make it easy to select and install the best choice for your home or get the look you’ve always wanted. Their visualizer tool, found at ProVia.com, allows you to upload a photo of your home to see how the stone will look on your exterior. Entry Door Replacement Your home’s entry door is one of the first things prospective home buyers will notice, so it’s no surprise that upgrading yours could be a wise investment. The Cost vs. Value report named a new steel door as the third highest cost recouped. However, steel or fiberglass are both good choices for materials when it comes to functionality, durability, energy efficiency, security and versatility in style. For more home renovation ideas and resources, visit ProVia.com. When giving your home a facelift, make it count. Consider those upgrades and renovations that don’t just look good, but also are proven to increase the resale value of your home.

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