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Week of Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Orange County property values rise 5 percent Dave Rogers
For The Record
More good news about Orange County is coming to a mailbox near you any day now. Scott Overton, chief appraiser for the Orange County Appraisal District, says his office mailed out 2019 home and property valuations Tuesday and property owners should receive them by the end of the week. The good news is Orange County property and real estate is worth 5 percent more than a year ago. That’s 5 percent more than 2017 values, actually, since many homes received a oneyear “hurricane adjustment” for damages from Hurri-
cane/Tropical Storm Harvey. “A lot of it depends on the [housing] market, what the market is doing in the Overton different communities,” Overton said. “Based on the sales data we had, we saw a 5 percent rise this year in all school districts except for the West Orange-Cove school district. There was no change there, because we were already pretty close to 100 percent market value in West Orange-Cove.” That’s great news if you’re looking to sell or borrow against the value of your property.
BCISD set for bond, board election Dave Rogers
For The Record
Early voting starts Monday, April 22 and continues until Tuesday, April 30 for the May 4 city and school district elections. Bridge City ISD will hold one contested school board race and a $46.1 million bond election, with most of the money going to a new $35.9 million middle school campus with room for 950 students to accommodate the district’s growth. Although the cities of Bridge City and Pinehurst will not hold elections because of no contested races, a total of 19 candidates are battling for nine spots in elections for the Bridge City, West Orange-Cove and Little Cypress-Mauriceville school districts and the cities of Orange and West Orange. Today, the Record Newspapers will take a deeper look into the races for school district boards. Bridge City ISD has one seat up for grabs, for Place 5, while LCMCISD also has one contested seat, Place 6. WOCCISD has three at-large
seats being contested by a total of five candidates, with the top three vote-getters being seated. Bridge City ISD, Place 5 • Jerry McInnis, incumbent, has served on the BCISD school board for 12 years “and consider this to be the most important work I have ever done,” he said. That’s after being named Citizen of the Year, Chamber Lifetime Ambassador, BC High School Cardinal Pride Award winner and Community Service Award from Rotary Club. Born, raised and educated in Louisiana, McInnis moved to Bridge City in 1976 and worked at Gulf/Chevron Chemical for 35 years. Besides schools, McInnis has
Not so great for most, though, is higher values usually mean an increasing tax bill. The Appraisal District’s mailing includes an estimate
the property owners’ 2019 taxes, which is based on the 2018 tax rate for each of the several jurisdictions the property is located in. The tax bill equals the val-
ue of a property, minus exemptions, times the tax rates for those jurisdictions. There is no predicting if taxing entities will keep the same rates, or lower or raise
them. Those decisions won’t be made until July at the earliest. The last time county valOC PROPERTY Page 3A
BC fire station mural a gift of art of Penny Leleux
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William “Bill” Sizemore and his family were fortunate when Harvey came through in 2017. They didn’t flood. They didn’t have to evacuate. The Sizemore’s just hunkered down during the storm. They only lost lights for a couple of hours the entire time Harvey was here. After the storm Sizemore had survivor’s guilt. A heart condition had prevented him from being able to do much in the way of offering help during and after the devastation to our area. He watched as all the first responders came in to lend a hand. “I have the highest regard for them,” said Sizemore. “There was all this activity and I wasn’t contributing.” Sizemore’s neighbor and friend, Kelly Trahan, is a member of the Bridge City Volunteer Fire and Rescue. He knew Sizemore was an artist, because he had noticed some sizable art in Sizemore’s garage in the past. He approached Sizemore last year and said, “We’ve got this wall with all the signatures from all the first responders that came to this area.” He suggested it would be nice if they had a picture painted on the wall to go with them. “I said yes without even thinking, without even seeing the wall and what the scope of the project would be,” said Sizemore. “This was my opportunity to do something nice for them.” Trahan told him the chief had an idea of a graphic he
wanted. Sizemore took that information, and then came up with some sketch ideas he digitally imposed on a picture of the wall to get approval, and then began the actual work in May of last year. He installed scaffolding and painted the mural above all the first responders’ signatures, leaving them intact. On the left side, it begins with an image of the state of Texas and a representative graphic of the storm with the word STRONG. The mural continues with several scenes that represent activities of all the first responders and several images representing Bridge City. Sizemore finished the wall just before Christmas. Unbeknownst to Sizemore, Trahan took several pictures while he was painting the wall. Created with acrylics and house paint, the picture spans the upper third of the wall, adjacent to the dispatcher’s office. “I’ve never done anything to that scale,” said Sizemore. He said he has done pictures as big as a flat screen TV, but never a whole wall. “I do acrylic, pencils, pen and ink, and markers. I do a lot with markers.” He has an interest in graphic novels. It was comic books that first got him interested in art when he was a kid. “I fell in love with them,” he said. “I do a variety of subject matter. I do a lot of surreal art.” Recently, Bridge City Fire and Rescue president, Buddy Hanks, and the membership presented Sizemore
Bill Sizemore displays the certificate of appreciation he received from Bridge City Fire and Rescue in his art space at hom e. RECORD PHOTO: Penny LeLeux
Bill Sizemore works on the wall mural representing first responders during Hurricane Harvey at Bridge City Fire and Rescue. Photo courtesy of Kelly Trahan
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Orange County Airport to host Fly-In with free admission “Roger that” as a pilot would say to affirm all is good for the Orange County Fly-In April 27. Debby Schamber For The Record
“Roger that” as a pilot would say to affirm all is good for the Orange County Fly-In from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27th at the Orange County Airport located at 2640 S. Highway 87. “This is the first fly-in the airport will host since Orange County elected to take over all airport operation in June 2018,” said Missy Pillsbury, Airport Supervisor at the Orange County Airport. “We are hoping to make it an annual event.”
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The Orange County Airport will be hosting a FlyIn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27th at the Orange County Airport located at 2640 S. Highway 87. It is open to the public and admission is free. In addition, free rides will be given to children ages 8 to 17 years olds.
Free admission to this spectacular event is for everyone of all ages. There is something for everyone planned at the Orange County Airport Fly-in including lots of fun. The event is expected to occur rain or shine. There will be aircraft on display for viewing. The aircraft on display will include general aviation aircraft, but also an Acadian Air Med Aircraft and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Huey. In addition, pilots will be on-site to talk about aviation and showing their aircraft too. Tours of the airport will give attendees a wonderful opportunity to visit the airport facilities and learn more about the roles the airport and general aviation play to benefit the community, as well as to experience the excitement of aviation first hand. For those wanting to really get up close and
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Bridge City Bank celebrates 60th Anniversary The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce was excited to hold a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Bridge City Bank to kick-off their 60th Anniversary Celebration on April 5, 2019. Bank President Scott Hale cut the ribbon made of cash and red ribbon to commemorate the occasion. Bridge City Bank provided free food, live music and the Strutters drill team performed at the community wide celebration held at the Bridge City location. Senior Vice President Kim Davis, said, “Our strong point is that we still cater to the consumer and also the small businesses and that’s always been our focus. That was the focus of our original directors, and we still feel that’s important today.” Bridge City Bank is the only full service bank in Bridge City. They also have a branch in Orange and a new branch opening in Lumberton later this year. For more information stop by and visit the friendly staff at 701 W. Roundbunch Rd., Bridge City, TX 77611 or visit their website: www.bridgecitystatebank.com.
OC Airport “Fly In” trained in these aircraft. The Young Eagles program, provided by the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1356 from Leesville, La., will be on site to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation. They will be offering children ages 8 through 17 years old a free ride in an airplane. Parents will be able to sign their children up for rides at the sign up table during the Fly-In. Flights will start at 2 p.m. These flights are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Signing up as early as possible is encouraged since the number of flights may be limited.
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Launched in 1992, the Young Eagles program has dedicated more than 25 years to giving children and teens their first free ride in an airplane. It is the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation. As a result, more than two million children and teens have enjoyed a free introductory flight through the Young Eagles program. These flights are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Each Young Eagle will experience a safe and enjoyable flight which will give them new perspectives on the world and life in general.
Young Eagles program participants will understand an individual’s potential is unlimited and for them the sky is the limit. The pilots participating in the Young Eagles program are local members of EAA who are volunteering their time and aircraft to make the child’s flight possible. Each pilot is licensed by the FAA. All aircraft are likewise licensed by the government. The flights are conducted according to federal regulations. No aerobatic maneuvers are performed. More information is available on site from volunteers A food truck, Bullfish, will be on site for delicious food
items. Their menu will include jerk chicken rolls and fajita rolls with pepper jack cheese. They will also have pulled pork tacos with slaw and shrimp tacos with slaw. For a sweet treat they will have beignets and churros. Side items such as fries and sweet tater tots are available too. Finally, there is bottled water and soda for sale to wash it all down. Pilots attending the fly-in will receive a free lunch and reduced fuel prices. “We encourage everyone to come and share the adventure of flying with us,” Pillsbury said.
‘Mother of the Year’ sought in Bridge City-Orangefield area Do you know a mother who deserves special recognition? Nominate her for Mother of the Year, it’s. Visit our website: www.bridgecitychamber.com/make-a-nomination. The Mother of the Year will be recognized at the Bridge City Chamber’s May Networking Coffee & Annual Banquet, have dignitary status at the Bridge City Christmas Light Parade,
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The following is a statement by Jerry McInnis incumbent candidate for BCISD school board: I want to remind you who I am and how I have lived my life here in Bridge City. I started coaching youth baseball after high school and was motivated to go to college during my early years in Little League Baseball. I found I had a knack for teaching and I wanted to become a teacher and Jerry McInnis coach. After I graduated from Northwestern State College in 1965 with an Upper Elementary degree, I taught at the State School for Boys located in Leesville, La. for one year and then moved to Texas to work, 35 years, at Gulf Chemical in Orange. I moved to Bridge City in 1976 and have been here since. I continued my coaching here in Little League. In 1976 I moved here to raise my family. I wanted my daughter and son to attend Bridge City schools. I still believe the school system is the reason most people move to Bridge City. Once I built a house in Bridge City, I wanted my children to play baseball and softball. I joined the Little League program here in town and continued in the program now for 45 years. We built the current Little League ball park in 1977 and opened in 1978. We had over 500 children, boys and girls, sign up that year. We also started T Ball and Girls Softball in 1978. The league continued to grow over the years and peaked with 950 children from Orangefield and Bridge City playing together in BCLL. The league continues to be a central activity each year in our community. I have over 20 years invested in this program in Bridge City. You should visit the Little League Park and see what an addition it has been to Bridge City. During this time we developed the Bridge City Little League Scholarship program which honored a senior boy and girl from Orangefield and Bridge City with a $500 scholarship each year. This honor continues to this day. The league chose to honor me by naming a field after me in 2006. This honor will always remain as one of the proudest moments of my life. I’ve had 3 grandsons and a granddaughter play in Bridge city Little League and now a great grandson is playing there. I was asked to join the Little League organization as an Assistant District Administrator in 1995, and moved to the Administrator position in 2008. I now have nine communities, 2600 children, in Texas District 32 that I care for. I served as the Texas East Executive Little League secretary for three years, and have been a Field Director at the State Little League Tournament in Tyler for the past ten years. I joined the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce and served for 7 years, both as an Executive board member and as an Ambassador. During that time I developed the Bayou Bowl Sportsmanship Banquet to honor the parents and football teams from Orangefield and Bridge City. I wanted to honor the two schools by giving a $1000 scholarship to a senior member of each team. We handed out $8000 in scholarships. For six months, I opened the Chamber office each day when the Chamber could not afford to pay an employee. I also worked in the Cardinal Athletic Booster Club and was president for four years. We earned money which was used to aid the athletic programs at Bridge City High School. During all this time, I received several more honors. I was chosen as Citizen of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, received the Community Service Award from the Rotary Club, the Cardinal Pride Award from the High School, and Lifetime Ambassador Award from the Chamber. I have served on the BCISD School Board for 12 years and consider this to be the most important work I have ever done. I attended many meetings and visited with board members before deciding to run for the board. I felt like this would be the next step for me in serving our citizens and children of Bridge City. Many hours of training are required to serve. I have accrued over 230 hours of training from the state and Texas Association of School Boards. Serving on the board is not just attending a two hour meeting each month; there’s preparation for the meetings, research, listening to the public about their concerns and attending functions supporting the children and teachers. Many hours are devoted before the votes we take. All information is reviewed and backed with facts before voting. Each vote is based on whether this is best decision for the children. Will this help prepare them for their future? It has been stated that candidates should possess honesty, integrity, knowledge, compassion and trust. I totally agree. These words have always described me. People tell me how well I have lived my life devoting it to Bridge City, and how well I and the board have done over the years taking care of the children, teachers and facilities. The board is working with community leaders seeking growth opportunities for Bridge City and Orange County. This is one of our goals we have pursued for many years. We have advanced our Career and Technology department through partnerships with industrial leaders. We’ve recently joined with Yamaha Motors and Pete Jorgensen Marine to teach maintenance for outboard motor repairs including a factory certification curriculum for the students. We have classes in nursing, welding, cosmetology, law enforcement, and business office skills. We are looking to partnering with Lamar-Orange to offer basic classes in process operator classes. We have raised teachers’ salaries over $5400 in three years. We have applied and received educational grants totaling over $400,000 in the past two years. We have hired a police chief, increased security at our schools, conducted active shooter training, secured entry to the schools and have a system of screening all visitors to the schools. All in all, we have spent $1.3 million toward the security of our schools. We have added over 2000 tablets to be used in the classrooms. We have awarded almost $100,000 in mini grants to our teachers for instructional innovation in the classroom. We have purchased 8 new buses for our bus routes. These are just a few improvements we’ve made. Everything we do is for the improvement of our district. I am asking you to support me in my bid to return to Place 5 on the Bridge City School Board. I am asking you to remind your friends of this election and remind them to vote for me. Talk to your family members and remind them of my service to the community and bring them to vote. Together we have done many great things for our children and community. Help me continue my work for our community, children and schools.
board member and Ambassador and 45 years working with Little League. Raising teacher salaries $5,400 in three years, spending $1.3 million on school security, receiving $400,000 in educational grants over two years and awarding $100,000 in mini-grants for classroom innovation are among the district’s recent accomplishments. “Together, we have done many great things for our children and community,” he said. “Help me continue my work for our community, children and schools.” • Cory L. Mitchell, 34, is a process operator who has served on the Nederland Port Neches Evening Optimist Club Board of Directors. He also volunteers for the Shiners Children Hospital. “I decided to run for school board because I have a passion to serve,” Mitchell said. “I firmly believe that giving our younger generations a firm foundation in education, community service, kindness and respect for all is vital to their future success.” Mitchell says he wants to see BCISD improve it career and technology departments. “As not all students, have a desire or the means to go to college, this is a way for them to find a career and prepare them for the future. By partnering with local industries and seeking grants and other funds for these programs, we can ensure the students have
WOCCISD 3 At-Large Seats (top 3 vote-getters elected) • Demetrius Hunter, incumbent. The 1992 West Orange-Stark graduate comes from a family of educators, his mother having taught 35 years in the district and his grandmother 45. “I grew up with education. I saw it at my house. My momma didn’t play,” said Hunter, who is president of the band boosters, works for the City of Orange water department and is a captain in the West Orange volunteer fire department. He and his wife own a barber shop/ beauty salon. “I do it because I love to do it,” he says of his work with the schools. “Yeah, we’ve got challenges. Yes, we do. Are we doing the things we need to be doing? Naw, we’re not where we need to be, but we’ve got a good board and I want to see what we can do to get better. “I’m here until the Good Lord calls me home. And while I’m here, I might as well help my community.” • Linda Platt-Bryant, incumbent and 1986 West Orange-Stark graduate, has represented the district three times at the Texas Association of School Board annual meeting. She is a marketing graduate of Prairie View University and a single mother whose son was a 2017 honors graduate of WO-S.
OC property values rise ues increased, about 9 percent in 2017, most taxing entities lowered their rates a bit, but most still increased the total taxes collected. Overton says OCAD has removed the “hurricane adjustments” it made in 2018 property values. Because of the record flooding losses caused by Harvey in August 2017, OCAD granted many homeowners temporarily lowered
accomplish in recent years. “We have done so much with so little,” she said, “just from the challenges of the community as well as the school district. We’re working with the budget from the Texas Education Agency that we are allowed. “We’re serving for the children, children who are in need, children who sometimes are the first in their family to obtain a high school diploma. We have met so many needs that you have asked for.” • Kianna EdwardsBrooks is a 1999 West Orange-Stark graduate who owns a bachelors in education from Austin’s HustonTillotson University and graduated from the nursing program at Lamar State-Orange. This is her third straight year to run for the school board. She’s a single mother who says she works more than 100 hours some weeks. “You feel like you’re giving the world to your children, even though they’ve got a little more than nothing. A lot of parents are working their butts off to barely make it. “I don’t know it all. I can’t fix it all. But I’m willing to try. Orange, Texas needs to change. Other cities have done it with low-income students.” • Russell Holt, 49, is a 1988 West Orange-Stark grad who is a Lamar grad, Walmart supervisor and a single dad to a daughter in high school. He’s
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property values if their properties still needed rebuilding work after Jan. 1, 2018. But similar adjustments for 2019 are possible, Overton said. “If people still have damage that has not been repaired, they can bring us pictures or other evidence and we will look at it for any adjustment that can be made to the 2019 values,” he said. “We can talk about that.”
Homeowners have until May 16 to protest for a hearing by the Appraisal Review Board, but many appeals of property values can be handled before then with a phone call (409-745-4777) or a visit to the office at 9157 IH-10 East, near the Old Orange Baptist Church, west of Highway 62. “They have from now to May 16 to give us a call. They can call and talk to an ap-
Art as gift to BC first responders with a certificate of appreciation for the gift of art. Sizemore teaches English, Art and Humanities at Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) in Beaumont and is in a PHD program. “Currently,
a member of the Men of Excellence mentoring program, a drill team booster, and he’s known for yelling “Let’s ring it up!” at Mustang football games. “I’m very passionate on what I do and it doesn’t stop with me being out there with football,” Holt said. “Raising my child is very, very important. I try to give her the best I can. “Teachers need support from their higher-ups, from everyone. What I don’t see is parent involvement. “I feel like with my passion and loyalty, I can bring parents together.” • Gina Simar, a 1981 West Orange-Stark grad, grew up in Orange. She became a vocational nurse, then a registered nurse working in surgery and ended up in charge of the nursing program at Lamar State College-Orange. Today, she’s the school’s Dean of Health, Workforce and Technology Programs. She has been a member of the United Way board, the Campfire Girls board and a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. “I’ve done a lot of work for this community to make it a better place, and I just feel like it’s time for me to help make the schools better,” she said. Simar said she’d like more counselors at the high school, and is a big advocate of LSCO’s early campus high school, where students can graduate high school with two years of college credit.
I’m learning about learning.” In the upcoming break between semesters, he plans on working on a graphic novel he is developing about a monster made of books called AMOK (A Monster of
praiser over the phone or come in and talk to an appraiser,” Overton said. “It’s all about what evidence they bring in for the informal hearing or appraisal review hearing. I’d say it’s very fair.” A video offering showing how to present your case to an Appraisal Review Board hearing is available on the OCAD website at https:// www.orangecad.net/--
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Knowledge). Sizemore said he would entertain possibly doing another mural if someone requested it, but he would consider the scope, first, before answering.
• Early voting starts April 22nd, 8:30a until 4:30p each day until April 30th at the BCISD Administration office located behind the BC Elementary School. Election Day is Saturday, May 4 at the BCISD Admin building. Please vote. It is our greatest freedom. See you there.
If you drive by the fire station, you can see the mural from the outside if the bay doors are open.
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John Boyd Wagner, and Emmett Lucas Wagner and grandchildren, Dylin Wayne and Devin Lucas.***** Allen Louis Pring, 59, of Orange, died Saturday, April 18. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 22. Allen was employed with EnGlobal Inspection Services as a pipeline inspector and was a member of Teamsters Local Union 920. He was also a big rig driver and took his wife on the road many times. Survivors include wife, Gloria Pring, daughters, Robyn LeBlanc, Beth Bellon, and grandchildren.
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From The Creaux’s Nest NOTRE DAME BURNS DURING HOLY WEEK Notre Dame, an 870-years old landmark, a Paris treasure cherished by Catholics around the world, went up in a blaze Monday evening and burned throughout the night. It appears that much of the main building will be salvaged. Efforts are underway to recover precious artifacts. Many of the sacred objects were preserved in a vault, including the Crown of Thorns, belived to be worn by Christ at the crucifixion. Construction of the cathedral took more than 100 years. It dates back almost 1,000 years, 500 years before Columbus discovered the Americas. For over 20 years we had a painting of Notre Dame that hung in our home. It went by way of many others. One of the storms got it. The name Notre Dame means “Our Lady” in French. Happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been marked by the bells of Notre Dame.*****I have to move on. Best wishes for a Happy and Blessed Easter. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.
TIGER’S AMAZING COMEBACK Monday morning I woke up with a hitch in my neck. I had spent all weekend watching the Masters. I didn’t want to miss it in case Tiger pulled off what was considered a near miracle. I was hopeful but not very optimistic. He was a fallen hero, a crippled star that I had watched win his first Green Jacket 21 years ago with his dad. He had his fourth back surgery with hopes of just playing with his children. Sunday he accomplished one of sports amazing comebacks. He won his fifth Green Jacket and his fifth Masters. He started the day with a two-shot deficit, tied for second, I watched as my hopes went up and down. It had been 14 years since he last won the Masters. The day that I and many others thought would never happened shocked the sports world, Woods had won the Masters. He walked into the arms of his mother, his 11-years old daughter Sam, his 10-years old son Charlie. Tiger never hugged more people, folks who had stood by him through his public divorce, his DUI charge when he took a bad mix of painkillers, his four back surgeries, most recent to fuse his lower spine. It was the first time Woods had won a major while trailing in the final round. Francisco Molinari, the 54-hole leader, was still up two when heading to the heart of Amen Corner. That’s when all hell broke loose. Tiger finished at 13 under 275, and became, at 43, the oldest Masters champion since Nicklaus won his sixth Green Jacket in 1986. This was probably the greatest sports comeback in my lifetime. I had followed Tiger’s up and down career for years. I remember him at 2-years-old on the Mike Douglas TV show doing some astonishing swings. I love a great comeback story and am thankful I got to witness this great sports event. What might rival it is if Tony Romo came out of retirement and led the Cleveland Brown’s to a Super Bowl.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME 10 Years Ago-2009 We’ve enjoyed some great weather but Friday and Saturday brought five inches of rain. Some places more, others less, but we all got plenty.***** Our longtime friend Essie Bellfield is running for the West Orange/Cove school board. Miss Essie, for a long time, has worked for the betterment of our community through various organizations. She has also served as mayor of the City of Orange. She doesn’t let any grass grow under her feet. ***** Some great folks we know who are having birthdays this week: Scott Fisher, Darby Byrd, Jason Smalley, Rev. Paul Zoch and Gus Harris. Not a bad hand to draw to.*****This week in 1951, President Harry Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Appearing in front of the Congress, the General made his famous ballad quote, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”***** Carol Bearden is glad to be home again. Her home, on Jones in Bridge City, was highly damaged by Ike but is now repaired and Carol already has the yard looking great.*****More and more folks are getting home. H.D. and Pat Pate moved in a few days ago at their Fernwood home. Things are looking up in Bridge City but there is still a long way to go. Many folks are gone and about 200 homes were sold or on the market. In fact, our friend Steve Culp, raised on Cow Bayou and a real Bridge City booster and former football player, has his home up for sale.*****Most businesses are up and running, others will be a while. Several new businesses are opening with more on the way.***** On Sunday, April 26, one of the best parties ever is coming to Orange’s VFW Hall. The event is a fundraiser for Liz Langston and her family. This is a dinner and dance, loaded with lively swamppop music, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. A few groups performing are Louisiana Express Band, G.G. Shin, Jerry ‘Count Jackson’ Lacroix, Alfred Allemond and Joe Cordova and ‘The Whole Shootin’ Match’ plus others.*****Cindy Gunn one of the prettiest ladies, has opened her new shop, ‘Cindy’s Hair Studio’ next to Gunn’s on Green Ave.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Obituaries 10 Years Ago-2009 Darlene C. Bartling, 67, of Orange, passed away Thursday, April 16. Memorial services will be April 20. She was a homemaker and enjoyed traveling. Suvivors are her daughter Jeannie Allen and her husband Wyatt and brothers, Bub Pavlicek and Candy Pavlicek.*****Yvonne Wagner, 52, passed away Saturday, April 18. Burial was held April 21. She was born in Beaumont and was a resident of Orange for the last 35 years. She is survived by her husband, William Boyd Wagner, parents, John Charles and Betty Jean Trahan, son, Joseph Edward Wagner,
Edna DeMary celebrated her 85th birthday a couple of weeks ago, April 6. She makes her home at 904 Cherry Street where she lives with her daughter Anabel and sonin-law Arthur Anderson. Ms. Edna was born in Hermitage, Louisiana, in Point Coupee Parish. She was the seventh of 10 children. Her mother was born in Washington, D.C.; her grandparents were from Frankfort, Germany and her father from Bordeaux, France. Edna met Felix DeMary, from Abbeville, on New Year’s Day in 1908 at a dance. They were married Dec. 2, 1911, in Beaumont. Edna had pneumonia and couldn’t make the trip for the Nov. 28 wedding to Felix. They met four days later, married at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. (Editor’s note: Her life story with Felix is interesting. He was the third of 12 children. They were both from the Abbeville area. Her son-in-law, Arthur and her only child Anabel have since died. *****Attorney Marlin Thompson has been flying all over as of late, practicing law. He is considered an expert on asbestoses cases. (Editor’s note: Marlin was killed in a plane crash along with his wife and Dewey “Teddy Bear” Cox.) *****Ralph Bufkin and Earl Tinsley are now owners of Orange Motor Company.
45 Years Ago-1974 Bill Townes elected president of Bridge City School Board. He’s manager of Kroger’s in Orange. Other officers are C.W. Lormand, vice-president, Billy Christian, secretary and Gus Garza, treasurer.*****Glenn Earl, with Channel Four television, states publicly that he likes the Opportunity Valley Newspaper, especially pictures from out of the past.*****The second annual Bridge City Distributive Education banquet will be held April 24. D.E. student, Debbie McCardle, is with the OVN newspaper. Rusty Wilson is the teacher. (Editor’s note: Debbie was in the newspaper business with the Dunn’s for over 30 years. She is now Mrs. David Fusilier, mother of three and also a grandmother.)*****Marilyn Wallace is the bride-elect of Gary Richard. The big day is April 27.*****Ramona Dillard will wed Roger Perry. A shower will be held April 26.*****Janis Hawley is the bride-elect of Jim McCary. (Editor’s note: I wonder if any of these couples are still together.)*****Mrs. Frances ‘Sissy’ Farenthold, candidate for governor, holds a rally at the Orange Court House. She’s opposing Gov. Dolph Briscoe. Pete Runnels, Orange County Democratic Chairman, introduced her. *****State Representative Wayne Peveto has asked to be re-elected for a second term.
60 YEARS AGO-1959 Stuart Kinard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Kinard became the first Orange County student to be elected president of Lamar Tech Student Council. (Editor’s note: If my memory serves me right, Dewitt was state representative from Orange before Louis Dugas. He also developed Kinard Estates.)*****Orange City Council unanimously employed Lee S. Vickers as city manager effective May 1. *****Four Orange County schools send runners to regional track meet. LCM’s Butch Honeycutt, 100 and 200 yard dash; Jerry Isbell, 120 high hurdles and 180 low hurdles, Boyd Petry, 440 dash, Jerry Stanford, Harold Marburger, Honeycutt, and Isbell, 440 relay, Butch Bishop, Johnny Taylor, Carroll Ellis and Petry, mile relay.*****From Bridge City J.C. Rush, 880, Roger Fontenot, Jerry Goodyear, Jerry Langhlin and James Britt, mile relay.*****West Orange’s Nolan Cirilo, mile relay, Jimmy Davis, 440, and Jimmy Richardson, 120 high hurdles.*****From Orangefield; Jimmy Starnes, high jump, Billy Rigby, 880 and Gerald Winfree, mile run.
A FEW HAPPENINGS We heard from Mary McKenna about the SE Texas Hospice “Mystery Dinner” theater fund raiser. Mary told us more money was raised this year than ever before. Prior amounts were $10,000 to $12,000, this year $14,400 was raised during the two night run of “The Fifth Gospel.” Carolyn Mello raised over $700 both nights in tips.*****Our local girl, Kree Harrison’s “I Love The Lie” is nominated as one of CMT’s Heatseekers video on this week’s Hot 20 Countdown. The song, which was co-written by Chris Stapleton, Morgane Stapleton and Liz Rose is steeped in the big-ballad tradition of late Nineties country music. *****Holden Mathews, 21, the son of a St. Landry Parish deputy sheriff was arrested for burning three Black churches around the Opelousas, Louisiana area. His dad, Roy Mathews, a good peace officer, was described as being heartbroken and breaking down when he helped arrange his son’s arrest. I have known not only sons of peace officers but sons of preachers and politicians and others breaking the law and can only imagine the pain parents feel.*****Interesting folks having birthdays in the next few days. On April 17: Pretty Marla Zoch.***April 20: Jody’s better half, former school teacher Beverly Raymer and our longtime insurance friend Bill Nickum.***April 23: Coach Jason Smalley, who found a home in Bobcat country and Rev. Paul Zoch, the hard working pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran.***April 24: Capt. Dickie Colbrun, one of our favorite columnist. Happy Birthday to all.*****Last week at Robert’s Restaurant the Wednesday Lunch Bunch had a nice visit with Judge Dean Crooks and his attractive and intelligent wife Loren. She said Dean is trying to get her to retire but she’s not good at doing nothing. She is the owner of a business in Mid-County. Dean is building a greenhouse to try his luck at growing plants. The Bunch dines at Reel Cajun this week and at Van Choate’s Tuffy’s next week. The group hasn’t visited Van and Josette in a few months. We hope to have some special guests. Make plans to attend. We haven’t seen Commissioner Johnny Trahan lately and I’m wondering why.*****A belated Happy Birthday to Brittany Fuller who celebrates April 12. She is an employee at Bridge City Bank Branch in Orange. Brittany is a very nice young mother of two. She so nice she even praises her mother-in-law. She is also a good baker. Her Oreo pie is unbeatable. *****Judge Pat Clark stopped by to pick up a copy of The Record he missed while he and Ms. Roselie were on a flying trip to visit the Bruce Aven’s family and watch the grandkids participate in sports. Also in Florida is the Clark’s daughter Mary Ann and granddaughter Whitney, who is on a soccer scholarship. They got to watch her play and a grandson have a great day at the plate
including a home run.*****During political season we get to visit with folks we don’t see often. Jerry McInnis, a member of the Bridge City School Board, brought in his election statement and we got to visit a little. I’ve known Jerry since the mid-1970’s. During those 40 odd years I’ve never known Jerry not to be involved in some community service. I recall a few years ago the Chamber honored him as Citizen of the Year. His wife Sheila is also very active. And for years she has kept us up to date on the local tennis scene for many young people.*****Also stopping by to run his statement and political ad was former chief deputy David Bailey, who is running for a seat on the Orange City Council. He has a sincere desire to serve.*****This Thursday Attorney General William Barr, who has Trump’s back, plans to release the final report of Special council Robert Muller’s investigation into the Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. Some surprises are coming out of that report, plus some obstruction. Former and current Trump aids can expect Trump’s wrath on what they told Muller. The cat will be out of the bag.
BREAUX BIRTHDAYS Celebrating birthdays this week. April 17: Janice Todora, Kaylie Byrd, Ronnie Haymon, Whitney Phillips, Cheryl Puntes, Matthew Franklin and Marla Zoch celebrates today. Also having birthdays on this day are actress Jennifer Garner, 46, and Luke Mitchell, 33.*****April 18: Celebrating today are Megan Waguespack, Grant Mott, Emily Gilson. Also celebrating are TV show host Conan O’Brien, 55 and actors Melissa Joan Hart, 42, Hayley Mills, 72 and James Woods, 71.*****April 19: This day is Good Friday, a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death on Calvary. Having birthdays on this day are Barbara Sarver, Dustin Gibbs, Shirley Bonnin and Cheryl Patterson. This is also the birthday of actors James Franco, 40, Kate Hudson, 39 and Ashley Judd, 50.*****April 20: Today is Passover, also called Pesach, a major, biblically derived Jewish holiday. Celebrating on this day are Beverly Raymer, Theresa Lieby, Ken Brown and State Farm agent Bill Nickum. Also celebrating are actors Carmen Electra, 48 and Jessica Moore, 47.*****April 21: This is Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Having birthdays on this day are Courtney Williams, Dana Hill, Virginia McNair and Christian Dubose. Celebrities having birthdays are former Cowboy QB Tony Romo, 38, Punk singer Iggy Pop, 71 and Britain’s Royal Queen, Elizabeth II, 92.*****April 22: Today is Earth Day celebrated worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Celebrating birthdays on this day are Scott Fisher and Amelia Hollier, also actor Jack Nicholson, 81, Amanda Mealing, 50 and reality star Willie Robertson, 46.***** April 23: Coach Jason Smalley, Glen Prince, Rev. Paul Zoch, Smantha Briggs, Jeremie Breaux and Kathie Stephenson celebrate today. Also comedian George Lopez, 57, actress Valerie Bertinellie, 58 and James King, 39.***Roy Orbison died on this date in 1988.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK Two elderly Cajun couples, wat lives in Starks, were having supper one night. After dey finish eating dem, dere wives left da table and went into do kitchen. Rene’ and Thophile, who had been friends in Sou’t Louisiana since dey were boys, were talking wen Thophile say, “Rene,” we went to a restaurant in Texas. It was really good, I ate dat good seafood me, until I nearly bus. I highly recommend it me.” Rene’ axe, “Thophile, wats da name of dat restaurant hanh?” Thophile, who has been having memory problems da las year tought and tought and finally axe, “Wat’s da name of dat flower you give to someone you love? Da one wat is red and has thorns?” Rene’ say, “You mean a rose.” “Yea, dat’s it,” said Thophile. He den turn toward da kitchen and yell, “Rose, wat’s da name of dat restaurant we went to in Mauriceville las night?”
C’EST TOUT Trump’s Brilliance Over the weekend President Trump displayed some interesting facts. Speaking about Mount Vernon, Trump said George Washington should have put his name on that wonderful place. He said, “If you don’t put your name on things people will forget who you are.” Well, old George wasn’t forgotten; he had a town named for him that happens to be the capital of the United States. Then like he had just discovered a new found fact he said, “Abe Lincoln was a Republican.” He excitedly asked, “Did you know Lincoln was a Republican?” “Many people didn’t know that.” It was like he had just announced breaking news. Then came the most brilliant idea of all when he said his daughter Ivanka should be the head of the World Bank. He said, “She’s good with numbers.” He didn’t say anything about being good with figures, a low bar for qualifications. Trump claims to know “Big Words.” He apparently has not had the opportunity to use any. Earlier in the week, he did say, “I know more about technology than anyone.” That’s kind of a big word. He once told a crowd in Cleveland, “I know more about everything then anyone. I attended the best schools and graduated at the top of the class.” Well, it wasn’t Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard or any other Ivy League schools and he has blocked the release of his grades going back to grammar school. He attended Fordham University and after two years transferred to the Wharton School in Pennsylvania. He went to school part time while working in the family business, Elizabeth Trump & Son. He did graduate in May, 1968 with a BS in Economics. Even though he claimed to be first in his class, the New York Times profile of Trump notes that he had never even made the honor roll. Michael Cohen, Trump’s attorney, testified in the House Oversight Committee in February that Trump had directed him to threaten his high school or college to never release his grades or SAT scores. Trump has said, “I heard Barack Obama was a bad, terrible student, terrible.” How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? Trump obtained four draft deferments resulting in 1-Y classification, attributed to spurs in the heels of both feet. His last classification, in 1972, was 4-F permanently disqualifying him from military service ever. Yes folks, by hook or crook. Today the 4-F is Commander-In-Chief of the United States. Two lessons to be learned here is lie about everything and put your name on everything. I don’t believe he will ever get to put his name on the 2,000 mile, concrete wall, 30-feet high that cost $50 billion, that Mexico will pay for., his Mt. Rushmore. He’ll just lie about it and say there’s a great wall on the southern border that he built. You know, the Trump Wall.*****My time is up, thanks for yours. Happy Easter and God Bless.
The Record • Week of Wednesday, April 17, 2019 •
Holy Week at Good Shepherd Lutheran
Holy Week at Good Shepherd Lutheran
Easter Egg Hunt at Good Shepherd Lutheran
Solid Rock Missionary Baptist to hold revival
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is celebrating Holy Week with the following activities: On 4-18 Maundy ursday Baked Potato Bar at 5 pm with Worship to follow at 6 pm; on 4-19 Good Friday Worship at 6 pm; on 4-20 Easter Egg Hunt at 11 am with something new that evening, an Easter Vigil at 6 pm and then on 4-21 our Easter Services at 9 am, 10:15 am and 11:00 am. Please come and worship with us during this most Holy Week.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is celebrating Holy Week with the following activities: On 4-14 we will hold Palm Sunday Services at 9 am and 11 am; on 4-18 Maundy ursday Baked Potato Bar at 5 pm with Worship to follow at 6 pm; on 4-19 Good Friday Worship at 6 pm; on 4-20 Easter Egg Hunt at 11 am with something new that evening, an Easter Vigil at 6 pm and then on 4-21 our Easter Services at 9 am, 10:15 am and 11:00 am. Please come and worship with us during this most Holy Week.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is sponsoring their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20 at 11:00 am on the church grounds. ere will be candy ﬁlled eggs, prizes, food, an opportunity for a photo with the Easter Bunny, and so much more. Come and join us for some fantastic fun
Revival Fires Burn at Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 1207 West Link Avenue on Tuesday, April 23rd thru April 26th at 7:00 PM each night. Pastor Richard K. Nash of Port Arthur will be our Guest Evangelist. Come expecting to be Refreshed, Renewed and Revived in your walk with the Lord. Do not miss this anointed and dynamic speaker.
Golden K Kiwanis to meet Golden K Kiwanis meets every Wednesday, 9:45-10:45 a.m., at the Salvation Army Building, 1960 MLK, Orange 77630. Please note time change, NOT being late. On Wednesday, April 17 - Ellen Walker Rienstra, co-author of "e Long Shadow: e Lutcher-Stark Lumber Dynasty," reviews the book on which she spent 3 1/2 years and April 24 - Debbie Hughes, local realtor, gives information on buying and selling homes in Orange County close to two years postHarvey.
Bettering your Business Breakfast - April Join us for our monthly breakfast to be held on 4-18 at First Financial Bank in Orange. Our Bettering your Business Breakfast Series will now takes place on the 3rd ursday of the month. Business tips, networking and breakfast with Your BBB at diﬀerent locations throughout our 8 and 1/2 county service area. Our April breakfast will feature our CEO/President Liz Fredrichs sharing tips on cybersecurity for your business.
Upcoming Events at First United Methodist e First United Methodist Church located at 502 N. Sixth Street in Orange invites you on ursday, April 18th, to attend a Maundy ursday Communion Service will be held at 6 p.m. in the Slade memorial Chapel. On Good Friday, April 19th we will hold a Funeral for Jesus of Nazareth at 6 p.m. in the Slade Memorial Chapel. is will be a thought-provoking service on the day Jesus was cruciﬁed. Be among those who gathered to mourn his passing. en celebrating Easter Sunday, we will have a Praise Service in the Family Life Center at 9 am and a Traditional Service in the Sanctuary beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 21st.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Programs e Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Oﬃce of Orange County is holding a couple of getting healthy programs. ey can be taken as 2 programs that work together or you can take just one or the other. e 2 programs are as follows: Walk Across Texas Kick-oﬀ: is is a free program that will start on April 22 at 5:30 pm. Walking is one of the least expensive and easiest ways to get ﬁt. Start now and reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Join other Texans and Walk Across Texas! towards a healthier lifestyle. Step Up, Scale Down: In just 12 weeks, ﬁnd the path to better health through this course based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines and scientiﬁc research. Form habits to help you maintain a healthier weight, stay active, and reduce your risk for chronic diseases! is program starts on April 23 at 5:30 pm and costs $40. Both programs will be held at the Orange County Extension Ofﬁce at 11475 FM 1442, Orange. Please call 409882-7010 to register and if you have any questions.
Orange County Disaster Rebuild Fundraiser Orange County Disaster Rebuild has partnered with Tuﬀy’s Eatery in hosting a Cajun Chicken dinner fundraiser on April 25, 2019. . For $10 a plate, you will receive Cajun Chicken with Blackberry sauce, sausage link, green beans, potato salad and a roll!! I have attached all the information about this fundraiser and order form that can be ﬁlled out and emailed or faxed to me. Please pass this information out to all that may be interested- both in purchasing meals and volunteering the day of the event. Reminder: Orange County Disaster Rebuild in a non-proﬁt group that its mission is to assist individuals and families who have unmet needs with recovery from any natural or man-made disaster. ese funds stay in Orange County to help the citizens of Orange County in the event of a disaster and also with Tropical Storm Harvey.
St.Mary School 86th Spring Festival To join us for a weekend of Family Fun at St. Mary School 86th Spring Festival, Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th. ere will be delicious festival food, games, music, entertainment, and opportunities to win valuable prizes. ere will also be a ‘take a chance” booth and live auction for unique gifts. For more information call 409-883-8913.
Thrift & Gift plans community garage sale In lieu of First Saturday Sale in May, we are renting spaces for our community Garage Sale on May 4, from 8 am to 2 pm. Gates will open at 7 am for participants to set up. Wesley Methodist Church will join us by bringing links to grill and their ladies will sell baked goods. rift and Gift
See BRIEFS, Page 7A
Legendary rock act Foreigner returns to Southeast Texas on Monday, April 22, for a performance inside the Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Beaumont Civic Center box office and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Photo by Tommy Mann Jr.
Spring, summer music schedule looking busy By Tommy Mann Jr. e Record Just when you think the upcoming spring and summer tour schedule cannot get any bigger or better it does. Several national acts have been added to various local and regional venues, including big shows in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana featuring artists Gary Allan, Chicago, 98 Degrees and Seether. Take a look below and make your plans now. Search for each respective venue online for more details and ticket information. April 17 Adelita’s Way, Blacklite District, American Sin, Warehouse Live, Houston April 19 Joan Jett and e Blackhearts, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La.
April 20 For King and Country, Julie Rogers eater, Beaumont Chad Prather, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. Buckcherry, Warehouse Live, Houston April 21 Snow Patrol, Revention Music Center, Houston April 22 Foreigner, Julie Rogers eater, Beaumont Boz Skaggs, House of Blues, Houston April 25 Metal Church, Images of Eden, Halcyon Way, Scout Bar, Houston April 26 Boz Scaggs, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake
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6A • The Record • Week of Wednesday, April 17, 2019
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that Ruby Dalfrey, Customer Service Associate at Walgreens Orange, has been named April Employee of the Month. Ruby accepted her award from Ambassador/Board Member Candace Mulhollan, RE/MAX ONE Agent, at the chamber’s April Networking Coffee hosted by Total Care Bridge City. Ruby received gifts and gift certificates from the following businesses: Sabine River Ford, Sabine Federal Credit Union, Total Impressions, The Penny Record, Bridge City Dairy Queen, Mary Kelone of Barefoot Souls, Neches Federal Credit Union, Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City, Best Day Spa, Complete Staffing, OhainWEB.com, 5Point Credit Union, Las Rosas Mexican Restaurant, Delta Life Fitness Orange County, and Candace Mulhollan - RE/MAX ONE. Ruby has worked at Walgreens for over 20 years. Ruby was nominated by Candace Mulhollan who said, “Mrs. Ruby always has smile and such a cheerful personality! We thank you Mrs. Ruby!” Pictured left to right: Heather Childress, Candace Mulhollan, Ryan Crowell, Emily Dalfrey, Ruby Dalfrey, Monica Belson, Cheryl Stevens, and Patty Crowell. Photo courtesy of Bridge City Chamber of Commerce
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the April Student of the Month for Orangefield High School is Kathy Nguyen. Pictured left to right: Christy Khoury, Kien Nguyen, Anh Le, Kathy Nguyen, and Assistant Principal Rea Wrinkle
Nguyen named OFHS Student e Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the April Student of the Month for Orangeﬁeld High School is Kathy Nguyen. Kathy was presented her certiﬁcate and gift bag by Bridge City Chamber Ambassador, Christy Khoury, Orange County Treasurer, at the April coﬀee hosted by Total Care Medical Center. She received gift certiﬁcates and gifts from: COS Printing, Wellspring Credit Union, Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City, Sabine Federal Credit Union, Sabine River Ford, Neches Federal Credit Union, Bridge City Walmart, Best Day Spa, 5Point Credit Union, Candace Mulhollan RE/MAX ONE Agent, and Las Rosas Mexican Restaurant.
Kathy is the daughter of Anh Le and Kien Nguyen. Nikole Jenkins, Science Teacher, said, “Kathy is a gifted young lady. She is kind and courteous to others and always willing to help. She has a bright future ahead of her.” Paula Droddy, Technology Teacher, said “Kathy Nguyen is a super student and I have been lucky to have her take several of my classes. She is both easy going and highly motivated which makes her a fun student to teach.” Jennifer Willis, Girl’s Athletics Coach and Teacher, said, “Kathy is a selﬂess and humble student. She works hard and shows compassion to others. ank you Kathy for all your contributions to our Bobcat
family. We are proud of you. “ Selena Hennigan, Math Teacher, said, “Kathy is a kind, smart and mature young lady who excels at everything she sets out to accomplish. She has been an active competitor in Math UIL during her high school career and will be competing in the Regional Meet this month! Good Luck, Kathy! ank you for always representing OHS with integrity and hard work! You are highly valued! “ Kathy’s future plans are to attend Lamar University in order to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following this, she plans on interning so that she may further her education while working toward a Master’s Degree.
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce was excited to hold a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Rock’s Spot BBQ & Catering in Bridge City on April 16, 2019. Owner Eric “Erock” Nies cut the ribbon to commemorate the occasion. Erock started cooking with his dad 25 years ago for family gatherings and friends. After years of perfecting his rubs and recipes he decided to do catering in 2004. Originally an electrician, Erock gave up his full-time job to take care of his dad and started catering to supplement his income. A year ago, Erock expanded to offer drive thru service as well as catering. April 15th, he opened his restaurant to sit down dining as well. In his spare time, Erock enjoys competition cooking and coming up with new recipes to keep his menu fresh and fun. Follow Rock’s Spot on Facebook to find out when he adds something special for the day like Rock’s BBQ mac n cheese stuffed burritos topped with homemade queso & jalapenos and Rock’s hickory smoked jalapeno boudin meatloaf topped with homemade crawfish etouffee. Rock’s Spot BBQ & Catering is open Monday-Saturday starting at 11 am and closing when they run out of food. They are conveniently located at 2530 Texas Avenue, between Dupuis Tire & Service Center and Bridge City High School. For more information or to phone your order in for drive thru pick up, call 409792-5374.
Frog Day at Orangefield Elementary Kindergarten wrapped up their unit over amphibians with their annual Frog Day contest. With a record number of 81 frogs and toads this year! Special thanks to OES kindergarten teachers: Pam Caswell, Tabitha Prouse, Christina Seals, Minda Ponthieu, Jamie Walters, Ashleigh Helton, and Kerri Arrington.
The women of the Orange William Diamond Chapter of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) host the annual “Good Citizenship Awards” Ceremony at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Bridge City on Tuesday, April 16. The ladies stand behind the luncheon table prepared for the five nominees from the five public high schools in Orange County, along with tie students’ families and school administrators. Regent (president) of the DAR group is Katy Latiolais of Orange.
From left, Bailee Click of Orangefield High School, Jacob McWherter of Vidor High School, Kara Olson of Little Cypress Mauriceville High School, Alexya LaFleur of West Orange-Stark High School, and Elizabeth Doan of Bridge City High School each receive a Good Citizenship certificate, a commemorative pin from DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), and a $100 bill based on honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism, and recommendation by his or her school counselor. Photo by Anne Payne, The Record
The Record • Week of Wednesday, April 17, 2019 •
Don’t forget the real reason we celebrate
Grandma’s pretty feed sack Easter bonnet
Grandma Availa Easter bonnet was the prettiest bonnet I had ever seen. By ROY DUNN For e Record
My grandmother Availia had many children; among them were three sets of twins and a set of triplets. Many of the young died as infants. Only one twin, my uncle Meldan “Tee-Dan” survived. His twin Melda didn’t make it past 3 years old. Grandma had been the carrier of 20 children or more. Few made it to birth, some lived a few months or a few days, and only seven of those children lived a long life. My aunt Eve died in 2008 at age 105. e rest all lived to be 90, with the exception of my mother, who died at 87. Most of the children Grandma lost were lost while living way out in the country, with no doctors around. Most were delivered by a neighbor or mid-wife. e children who survived were born after Grandma and Grandpa Nelson moved in closer to town. Times were hard in the poor Cajun country in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Transportation was by horseback or buggy. e work as sharecroppers was hard. My mom and all those wonderful aunts and uncles were all around 20 years ago. Grandma lived to be 90; today they are all gone. For years they attended the annual family reunion Phyl and I sponsored at our Dunn Bluﬀ property on Cow Bayou. When I came along, I was like an extension of Grandma’s children. Mom and I were more like siblings. Grandma was tough and didn’t cut me any slack like she did the other grandchildren. When Grandpa Nelson died, I became the only male around and by the age of ten, went to work to help support us. Grandma lived in what had been a small threeroom railroad station house next to the railroad tracks. It was painted rust color, like boxcars. Mom and I lived in a little one-room grain shack next door that she had bought and had moved there for $70 dollars. We were extremely poor but we weren’t alone, most people were. e Great Depression had taken its toll on what was poor country to start with. If you owned a pair of shoes, they were used only as go to church shoes. Prior to the end of WW II, we had no indoor facilities or utilities. Saturday was “Big Bath” day,
Grandma Availa had taken a trip to the feed store and picked out the prettiest sack pattern to sew herself a special Easter bonnet. It was the prettiest bonnet I had ever seen.
Grandma and I would walk the two miles to the big Mary Magdalene Church in Abbeville, La., to attend Easter services. with solar heated water in the big washtub. Weekdays, we washed with a cloth and bucket of water. We always had to wash oﬀ our feet before bedtime. I hated those Saturday baths with Grandma as the overseer. She used a hard bristle, ﬂoor scrubbing brush to scrub my neck and ankles, leaving them near bleeding but clean. Over at the feed store, we could buy feed or ﬂour sacks for 10 cents each or three for 25 cents. We could pick and choose the patterns on the sack. Mom and Grandma would make our clothes from them. For me she made my shirts with the feed sacks and underwear with ﬂour sacks. It was the day before Easter and like most Easter times a cold front had moved in. My bath
was taken in less than warm water. e next day would be our big day. We lived out about two miles from the big Mary Magdalene Church, on the knoll in downtown Abbeville. Like we had done evenings during Holy Week, attending Stations of the Cross, Grandma and I would walk in the dirt road to attend Easter service. During the four-mile turn around, she always told me stories. She didn’t speak any English and I knew just a few words myself, in fact, I failed the ﬁrst grade because I spoke only French. Just a few years before, they had outlawed French speaking for teaching and most teachers could only speak broken English. Anyway, Grandma Availa had taken a trip to
the feed store and picked out the prettiest sack pattern to sew herself a special Easter bonnet. She had drawn and cut out the pieces that she sewed together by hand to make her bonnet. It was the prettiest bonnet I had ever seen. We fought against the cold and the wind, leaving right after daylight to arrive for the 8 a.m. service. My family never owned any transportation until I was 16 and bought a 1932 V-8 Ford coupe from my roommate Harry Waddell, at Mrs. Shugart’s Boarding House in Port Arthur. Harry, incidentally, was a longtime resident of Bridge City. We were kids then – Harry is gone today. When we arrived at the church, we were pretty windblown. Before entering Grandma took oﬀ her bonnet, reshaped it and tied a neat bow under her chin. In the church some ladies wore nice, colorful Easter hats, of all shapes, others wore bonnets, but none were prettier than Grandma’s hand made, feed sack bonnet. For years that bonnet hung around her house. She was proud of her production and I was extremely proud of her. I also recall the time she got her ﬁrst blue, storebought, go to church hat. Women didn’t enter church bareheaded back then. Even though it was bought, I’ll never forget that special Easter bonnet she made herself. Grandma was a religious lady who said her rosary daily. She believed that even if you were poor and didn’t have much, you always had prayer. She always reminded me not to stray too far from my Christian faith. Over the good and bad, Down Life’s Highway, I often fell back on her teachings. e thoughts of her today and that special bonnet bring a warm feeling over me – like somehow she’s around – like she always was. Happy Easter to you and yours. Don’t forget the real reason we celebrate.
Briefs will have several tables with miscellaneous items. e Bargain Room will be open. Past Charlot plant to all gumbo. May 11 is the new date for Art in the Park at the Orange City Park. Hours are from 9 am to 4 pm. We will sell chances for our beautiful handmade quilt for $1 per chance and 6 for $5. For additional information please call us at 409-886-7649 or visit us at 350 37th Street in Orange.
BCISD to hold public informational meetings on school bond proposal e ﬁnal informational meeting planned by the Bridge City Independent School District in regard to the May 4 school bond election will be held on ursday, April 18, at 6 pm at Bridge City Elementary.
Cajun French Music Assoc. of Lousianna e Cajun French music Assocation of LA Inc. Gulf Coast Cajun Chapter is giving two scholarship awards again this year to Two Orange County High School Seniors. Please see your school counselor for the applications and instructions. ey must be returned no later than May 10,2019. Return them to the address on the bottom of the application.
ATTENTION Bridge City Prom May 11th Powers Photo Park will be open for pictures between 5:00-8:00PM. Grab your parents,friend or anyone who likes to take pictures. No appointment necessary, just come on out. Any questions contact Catherine 409-718-8830. Fee is $10.00 per couple.
Senior Citizen Rally Day 50th Anniversary We invite all Senior Citizens to join us for our red carpet event in celebration of our Golden Era of Health Senior Citizen 50th Anniversary Rally Day Tuesday, May 14th, at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Committee on Aging are celebrating Hollywood style so feel free to put your fancy clothes and celebrate with us. e doors will open at 9 am for our Seniors to visit over 40 health vendor booths followed by bingo, many door prizes, photo booth, free lunch and live music entertainment. e celebration will end at 1 p.m. Please bring all unused eye glasses to donate the Lions Eye Bank of Texas.
BC Chamber accepting Mother of Year noms Do you know a mother who deserves special recognition? Nominate her for Mother of the Year, it’s. Visit our website: www.bridgecitychamber.com/make-a-nomination. e Mother of the Year will be recognized at the Bridge City Chamber’s May Networking Coﬀee & Annual Banquet, have dignitary status at the Bridge City Christmas Light Parade, and receive over $1,000 in gifts and gift certiﬁcates from these generous sponsors: e mother nominated must live or
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Bridge City Chamber to Award Scholarships Attention all Bridge City and Orangeﬁeld High School seniors: e 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 at www.bridgecitychamber.com. Completed applications should be returned to the respective high school counselor no later than April 5, 2019. For more information, contact the high school counselor or call the Bridge City Chamber at (409) 735-5671.
Judge Scales Golf Tournament May 25th
Orange Al-Anon meetings
e Bridge City Chamber will hold the Judge James B. Scales Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Port Arthur. Tee time is 8:00 am for this four (4) person scramble. e cost is $240 for a four (4) person team which includes green fees, cart, t-shirt, beverages, food, and door prizes. Mulligans may be purchased for $5 each with a limit of two (2) per player. Hole sponsorships in the form of tee box signs are available for $100 each. All proceeds go to the Bridge City Chamber and Historical Museum formerly the Prairie View Teacherage. For more information or to register, call the chamber at (409) 735- 5671 or Golf Tournament Chairman Jerry Jones at (409) 735-6801. Registration forms can be found on the chamber’s website: www.bridgecitychamber.com.
Al-Anon can help if someone close to another person has a drinking or addiction problem. AlAnon meets Sundays and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., at North Orange Baptist Church, 4775 North 16th Street (Rear), Orange. Call 409-4742171 or 409-988-2311 for more information. Calls are kept conﬁdential.
Bridge City Al-Anon Meetings Al-Anon meetings are held on ursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Library at St. Henry's Catholic Church Education building, located at 475 W. Roundbunch Road, Bridge City. For more information, please contact Cindy at 409-7499036 or Mike at 409-718-0333.
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Dementia Care Givers' Support Group e Dementia Care Givers' Support Group meets at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Canticle Building, 4300 Meeks Drive in Orange on the following days and times: Second Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m., and Second ursday of every month at 6:30 p.m..
Seek & Find Resale Store e Seek & Find Resale Shop is open on ursdays from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Fridays from 12 noon to 3:00 pm and Saturdays from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm. We are selling all types of used items clothes, toys, books, household items,etc. Our proceeds help fund our music programs at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Please come and see us at 785 W. Roundbunch Road, next to Happy Donuts.
Pinnacle Music Academy Pinnacle Academy oﬀers private music lessons for Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Drums, Bass Trumpet, Ukulele, and more for all ages. Learn all musical styles including Pop, Rock, Country, Metal, Jazz, Blues, and Hip Hop. Pinnacle Academy is located at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 945 W. Roundbunch, Bridge City. Come and discover this opportunity to learn an instrument in the local area. For more information, call 409-2413920 or visit www.PinnacleMusicAcademy.com.
Orange County Beekeeping Group e Orange County Beekeepers Group is a group of local beekeepers interested in spreading information about honeybees and the pollination service they perform. e group also strives to aid and assist fellow beekeepers, any new beekeepers, and the general public. For information or assistance with honeybee removals, please contact Len VanMarion 409-728-0344 or Brian Muldrow
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B You shouldn’t abandon a proven winner
DICKIE COLBURN FISHING REPORT FOR THE RECORD
The 2019 Masters Golf Tournament may well serve as the revitalization of Tiger Woods’ career.
KAZ’S KORNER JOE KAZMAR
played and won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in LaJolla, Calif. with a torn ACL and broken leg, but needed a 19-hole playoﬀ on that following Monday to subdue Rocco Mediate in a playoﬀ. It was his last major championship until last weekend. His nemesis this time was a talented Italian named Francesco Molanari, who went into the ﬁnal round leading by two strokes. Molanari played rather conservatively on the front nine but realized Tiger was for real and wasn’t going away. I don’t know whether Molanari panicked but he plunked his tee shot into the drink on the Par 3 No. 12, just like four of the six golfers did in the last two groups, including Tony Finau, the third member in Tiger’s group. is produced a logjam at the
tently winning events either as a junior golfer FOR THE RECORD or at Stanford It’s been 11 long years that was U n i v e r s i t y, he almost as painful for Tiger where Woods’ faithful followers as it played collewas for Tiger himself, but if last giately. Back in the weekend was any indication of things to come, then Tiger is late 1990’s there was great concern among his fans if he didn’t back. Very few folks either packed win a tournament or got sent along the fairways at Augusta home early by not making the National, glued to their televi- cut. ere were events when sion sets at home or even on the Tiger didn’t have his “A game” course playing against him, did but still was able to compete and not feel good about Tiger win with his “B” or even “C” Woods’ stunning comeback in game because he was that good. But Tiger’s love for females the 2019 Masters Golf Tournaand a couple of serious injuries ment. As you could probably gather to his back, legs and knees, put a from my columns in the last long hold on his golf career. He reportedly refused to fol quarter century, I’ve been a Tiger since orders and Woods fan he was consis- low his doctor’s
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top of the leader board in which a diﬀerent player—Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantley, Xander Schauﬀele, Brooks Koepka and Jason Day— was in the lead each hole. Just to show that No. 12 was no ﬂuke, Molanari, who was two shots down, came up short on a chip shot and dunked another shot and no longer was in the hunt for that coveted Green Jacket. Tiger barely missed getting a hole-in-one on the Par 3, No. 16 hole and tapped in his birdie to take command of the lead by going 14-under par and never losing it again. He played No. 18 super-safe and took a bogey to win the Masters by a single stroke over Johnson, Koepka and Schauﬀele.
“I don’t know about Rayburn, but the spawn is deﬁnitely winding down here on T-Bend,” said James Hughes.If anyone would know it would be Hughes, a part time guide that worked the lake more than most full-time guides for years, but now guides only the grandkids. “I think that the fact that they have been pulling the lake so hard contributed to some ﬁsh getting it done early and some of them never even moving shallow,” he added.“I am already seeing small bream hustling the vacant beds and I can assure you they aren’t early.” “How many double digit bass do you think we’d have caught back in the day when you were still guiding with me on TBend,” he asked in a tone more akin to a jab than an honest inquiry.“We’ll never know,” I replied,” because those kind of bass weren’t even swimming around in this lake.” Hughes’ strong suit was catching bass when they were transitioning from the spawn back to normal life.Rather than work at it, the rest of us would hustling or start crappie and stripers the bream praying would bed early. James, however, just continued catching bass like they had never slowed down and his well-guarded secret for years was ﬁnesse ﬁshing. While the rest of us grappled with what to do with the invasion of hydrilla that was quickly covering our best structure areas, he was using the weird new grass to limit on both bass and crappie nearly every day. Because he wasn’t guiding out of a marina, he was able to keep his technique under wraps for years. He eventually let me in on the secret out of pity and several years later he would be the ﬁrst person I told about the Whacky worm. James would switch his six foot Fenwick and Garcia 5000C for a Mitchell 308 spinning reel taped on the handle of a six and a half foot spinning rod. e reel was ﬁlled with eight pound monoﬁlament. He would wear out two or three bail springs every year before discovering that he could remove the bail altogether. e magic in all of this, however was the small jig he tied on the business end of his line. It was a one eighth ounce maribou crappie jig that had no chenille body. He would thread the last two inches of a Mann’s four inch curl tail worm on the small hook and it was “game on.” e strands of maribou would pulse when jerked free from the hydrilla and the tail on the Mann’s worm gave it just enough proﬁle to attract bass as well as crappie. Most of the major soft plastic companies have a host of multi-colored crappie bodies in their line-ups today, but while they are dynamite strolled or vertically ﬁshed over a brush pile, none of them could match the maribou jig for this application. We eventually had to tie our own as they were diﬃcult to ﬁnd after Walter Chamel got out of the Wholesale Tackle busi-
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Tiger was much more emotional after his win than he ever was in days gone by. “ere were so many diﬀerent scenarios that could have transpired on that back nine,” Woods told the Associated Press. “ere were so many guys that had a chance to win. “You couldn’t have had more drama than we all had out there, and now you know why I’m balding,” Tiger quipped. Most of the young golfers that ﬁnished 10-under or better were happy for Tiger’s comeback. After all, he was their role model when they were growing up and took an interest in playing golf as youngsters. And the veteran golfers like Matt Kuchar, Sergio Garcia, Rory Sabbatini, Charles Howell III and even Phil Mickelson were happy for Tiger because they realized if it wasn’t for him, there would never be huge purses like there have been for the past decade or so. And last but not least, even President Donald Trump, who has played golf with Tiger many times, tweeted Monday afternoon that he plans on awarding Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom. ere was a group who was far from enthused with Tiger’s stunning Master’s victory…the Las Vegas bookies, who took a drubbing at 14 to 1 odds for
Tiger to win. A ﬁrst-time sports bettor made an $85,000 wager and was presented with a $1.2 million payout by the SLS Las Vegas casino. e symbolic Green Jacket is the ﬁfth one for Tiger and his 15th victory of a major tournament. At 43 years old, he still trails Jack Nicklaus by three major wins and will be trying to catch him for the remainder of his brilliant career. Nicklaus, incidentally, was the last golfer to win a major tournament after the age of 40. KWICKIES…e National Basketball Association’s playoﬀs are in full swing with the Houston Rockets coming oﬀ an impressive 122-90 victory over the Utah Jazz in Sunday’s opening game of the ﬁrst round. e two teams are in action again tonight in Houston. e San Antonio Spurs also won Game 1 at Denver 101-96 and played last night in Game 2. Congrats to the Lumberton Lady Raiders soccer team who won the Class 4A regional championship last weekend 1-0 on a penalty kick to punch their ticket to this week’s state tournament in Georgetown. e Lady Raiders (23-3-2) have the worst record of the four teams in the state tourney and will be the No. 4 seed. ey meet top-seeded Stephenville today in the state semiﬁnals.
e Lamar baseball team appears to be following in the footsteps of the football and basketball teams by going on a late-season surge to make the Southland Conference post-season playoﬀs. e Cards swept their ﬁrst series last weekend against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and play a nonconference game today against the Texas Longhorns. Forrest Gregg, Hall of Fame lineman for the Green Bay Packers for many seasons, died last weekend at age 85 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Forrest, who was nicknamed “Trees” by his teammates, was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1977. JUST BETWEEN US…I’d like to believe that my editorial comments about the Houston Astros starting the season (2-5) just like they did in those 100plus loss seasons did some good. Since then, the ‘Stroes have won nine straight going into Oakland for a series that began last night and their anemic batting averages the ﬁrst week have exploded into .300 or better for several of the starters. e starting pitching has been very stingy giving up runs and hits and the bullpen has been outstanding, especially closer Roberto Osuna, who has saved seven games in as many opportunities.
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ness. e ball head jig with a gold hook was easy to ﬁnd, but we had to order the maribou from a ﬂy ﬁshing outﬁt. e most accommodating aspect was the fact that we needed only one color. We tried both chartreuse and white, but only black would fool both
crappie and bass. e little Mann’s worm is history anyway, but I can’t even imagine sitting down and tying three or four dozen jigs at a time! James said he could probably scare up a hundred or so hidden away in his storage building should we experience a “senior
moment”, but that kind of ﬁshing does not interest his Grandkids. ey prefer to drink sodas and drop their line over the side of the pontoon boat. “If I can get it done with shiners and tiny Assassin bodies, why abandon a good thing?” Make no mistake about it, the realistic expectations of a great trip on Toledo Bend are far better now than they were back in the “Good old days”, but I frequently question how well a Fuzzy Wuzzy waked across a shallow flat or a Fliptail Lizard free-floated through a submerged bush would still work. Only yesterday I asked a very skilled young bass ﬁsherman if he caught any bass during the spawn jerking a Rogue down over the grass. His unexpected answer was, “What the heck is a Rogue?” “He had never heard of a Drive-in movie either so I am good for a few more trips!
More than one ‘right way’ CAPT. CHUCK UZZLE OUTDOORS WEEKLY FOR THE RECORD
You ever wonder what a 64 pack of Crayola crayons, 31 ﬂavors of ice cream at Baskin Robbins, or bags of assorted candy have in common? e answer is they oﬀer something for everyone because we all don’t have the same taste. If everyone did things exactly like everyone else then life would be ridiculously boring and mundane. It’s choices and options that give each individual the opportunity to succeed and sometimes those options and choices are a little diﬀerent than what some people consider to be the best or only way to go about things. Taking a quick glance at the calendar right now means different things to diﬀerent people, especially ﬁshermen. If you ﬂip through the pages of Texas ﬁshing magazines or look at the internet ﬁshing sites it won’t be hard to ﬁgure out what the prevailing thought on most people’s minds is this month, its big trout. More often than not its pursuing big trout while wade ﬁshing and throwing artiﬁcial lures. I’ll be one of the ﬁrst to raise my hand and say “I’m all for that”. I will, on the other hand, also be one of the ﬁrst to say “that’s not the only way to catch those big ﬁsh” and that’s where choices and options come in to play. One year I was at one the ﬁshing shows standing around with a group of guides and tournament anglers having a great conversation and swapping stories on various subjects and inevitably the style or diﬀerent methods of ﬁshing became the topic. I listened intently and heard basically the same story over and over of how this group of anglers spent their time on the water. After several stories it was more than apparent that these guys took it for granted that everyone ﬁshed exactly like they did and the thought that someone wouldn’t was just borderline blasphemy. I can understand why they would think like this, especially when all the other ﬁshermen they routinely hung out with did the same things they did.
I can remember the look on their faces when I t o l d them “you realize you are a very small fraction of the ﬁshing population and 10 times as many people ﬁsh diﬀerently than you do”. It was a Kodak moment to say the least. I invited them to go to their local sporting goods store and watch other ﬁshermen to see what they buy. Contrary to their beliefs there would way more folks buying terminal tackle, cast nets, and “fresh dead” shrimp than ultra high end gear. e percentage of anglers who exclusively hunt trophy ﬁsh with the latest gear pales in comparison to Joe Public who just goes out to get a bite and maybe catch supper. Just a little something to think about. Now, regardless of which end of the spectrum you may reside at there are some outstanding options for you to choose from in order to catch both numbers of ﬁsh and better quality ﬁsh. For many folks the thought of climbing out of a sleek bay boat to wade a pristine ﬂat in search of that career ﬁsh is about as close to perfect as one can imagine. Yes, there will be plenty of good ﬁsh caught by waders during this time of the year and there will also be plenty of pages and print dedicated to that method as well. For others the thought of crawling out of a perfectly good boat into cold water is about as foreign as ordering a bologna sandwich at a south Texas BBQ house. It doesn’t make any sense but for some it’s what they like. For myself I can honestly say I enjoy both ﬁshing out of the boat and staying in, makes me no diﬀerence as long as I’m ﬁshing. However, I must admit that in my career on the water I have been fortunate enough to put me hands on several true 30 inch speckled trout and every one of them was caught while the angler was still in the boat. Perhaps that’s because here on Sabine and Calcasieu we tend to spend a little more time in water that’s too deep to wade unlike other venues down the coast. e early spring is a fantastic time to locate those better ﬁsh in a little deeper water outside of the shallow ﬂats. We spend
much of our time in 4 to 6 feet of water making really long drifts that are usually parallel to structure or the shoreline. Often times we are in even deeper water as we probe the breaks along the Sabine River and ICW where some magnum trout and redﬁsh stage up and avoid any traﬃc or pressure. Making the most out of water that’s too deep to wade requires a certain set of skills, tools and a little bit of thought. Perhaps the most important is good electronics and the ability to read them. Finding and interpreting bottom structure is an art that pays big dividends to those who understand how to do it. For years I’ve watched 2 of the best, Dickie Colburn and Johnny Cormier, take skills they learned locating ﬁsh on freshwater lakes early in their careers and apply them to ﬁshing in saltwater. Subtle changes in depth or bottom contour can make all the diﬀerence and these guys certainly know how to ﬁnd them. Once you locate an area that has all the right ingredients it’s important to be able to stay put or control your drift. A quality trolling motor is a must, that goes without saying. Having the ability to hold your location with either a manual anchor, Power Pole, Talon, or some sort of stake out is another factor to be considered. Once you get on a drift and locate ﬁsh it’s much better to be able to sit in one position and see if there are more in the area rather than continue on the drift and come back to try and locate the same ﬁsh a second time. Many people are often surprised at how many more bites they are able to get in an area if they just take time to stop and thoroughly check it out. Waders and folks who ﬁsh from the boat will share common lure choices for the most part but there will be few advantages for both sides. Waders will obviously be more quiet while boat ﬁshermen can cover more water. Both types have pro’s and con’s and they each oﬀer the angler an outstanding opportunity to catch ﬁsh. Neither method is right or wrong at this time of the year either. By being open to other options anglers will certainly put not only more odds in their favor but certainly catch more ﬁsh.
GAME WARDEN FIELD NOTES e following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
Not Buying That Story A game warden got a call regarding a possible trespassing and deer poaching case in Leon County, and along with several Leon County sheriﬀ ’s deputies made contact with the complainant. e landowner informed the oﬃcers that he heard several shots near his property line and observed a kid with a .22 riﬂe on his side of the fence. e landowner stated that he ﬁred three shots into the air with his 9mm handgun to scare the trespasser oﬀ his property, and then observed the juvenile subject quickly drive away on an ATV from a freshly killed white-tailed deer. e warden searched the area and could not locate fresh footprints, ATV tire tracks or spent .22 riﬂe cartridges. e warden then asked the landowner the location of where he discharged his 9mm handgun and after searching that area could not locate any spent pistol cartridges. e white-tailed deer was located, and the warden determined that the direction the deer was laying did not match up with the stories from the landowner. Upon further investigation, the landowner admitted that he had made it all up and admitted to killing the whitetailed deer. e landowner stated he was operating his riding lawn mower and ﬁred three shots at the white-tailed deer with his .22 riﬂe. Charges and civil restitution against the landowner for taking deer out of season are pending.
Sting Operation On March 14, Bexar County game wardens received a call from a complainant that a store was advertising the sale of a freshwater stingray on Facebook. Freshwater stingrays are illegal in Texas. Game wardens went to visit the seller to verify the exotic species. e seller was unaware of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Prohibited and Exotic Species list. e seller stated the freshwater stingray was bought from another store in another state. Many thanks to the concerned caller who alerted game wardens.
That’s a Match Henderson County game wardens responded to a trespassing call concerning a group of hog hunters. e hunters reportedly entered a property without permission and released their hog dogs. e dogs chased a hog and bayed it on an adjoining property. It just so happened that the landowner’s agent was watching this all unfold and sent the wardens a photo of the trespasser’s pickup. While patrolling in the area, the wardens passed a pickup with a dog box in the bed that matched one from the photo the landowner sent earlier in the day. e wardens made contact, questioned what was in the dog box, and after a brief conversation the truck’s occupants admitted to trespassing and hunting without landowner consent. Numerous cases were ﬁled.
Netted in the Act Game wardens received a tip through the wildlife crimestoppers Operation Game ief hotline about an individual using a cast net to catch game ﬁsh at the San Gabriel River in Williamson County. e complainant also provided photographic evidence of the illegal act. Upon arrival at the scene, a warden observed a ﬁsherman in the middle of the river catching white bass with a cast net. e subject had a stringer full of white bass, and other species of ﬁsh, but
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SOUTHEAST TRACK & FIELD Freshmen girls possess plenty of talent this season…. Our 2019 season for area girls has been a bit of a downer in some ways but the future is very, very bright. An appendectomy canceled the post-season for our strongest area distance runner, Orangeﬁeld junior Maddison Helm. Port Arthur Memorial was whacked in the oﬀ-season when its superb sprinter Capri Wilson transferred to Goose Creek Memorial… But everywhere you look, there are freshmen girls showing incredible potential. Bridge City high jumper Caryss Carpenter continued her progression two weeks ago, becoming the area leader in her event. Orangeﬁeld’s Katelynn Helm has led area runners in the 800 meters virtually all season. A third freshman area leader jumped on the list at the 21-5A meet when Sanaria Butler of Port Neches-Groves became the ﬁrst area girl all season to run under 60 seconds (59.13) in the open quarter…. Introducing Nederland rookie Ke’Asia Hall… OK, my topic at Mont Belvieu for the 21-5A story in the Beaumont Enterprise rightfully was Port Arthur Memorial’s boys. ey ﬁnally bloomed before my eyes with several area-best times. And writers don’t always mention any and every single thing that impresses them at a track meet… Now let me inform readers of a freshman girl who is not yet among the area leaders. She sprints for Nederland. Her name is Ke’Asia Hall and frankly she was the most impressive performer that I saw at the 5A district meet. My fellow scribe, I.C. Murrell of the Port Arthur News knows exactly what I mean…. Ke’Asia took the stick on the anchor leg of the girls 4x200 with plenty of ground to overcome against Barbers Hill and Port Arthur. Ke’Asia found a special gear, guiding Nederland to a goldmedal time of 1:46.97. Barbers Hill (1:47.45) and Port Arthur (1:48.24) saw what I mean, too. Lady Bulldogs coach Allie Crommett told me that we would be hearing from her a few weeks ago….. Late-season intrigue remains with Titans…. Port Arthur usually is a powerhouse in relays, and not necessarily that strong in the 100 meters but these Memorial team is diﬀerent. Nederland overtook the Titans with a strong sprint-relay ﬁnish while PA hit everyone with a 1-2 punch (James Ward and Troy Dixon) in the 100…. e Titans specialty usually is its 4 x 400 teams. e girls were second to Barbers Hill. e PA boys won but ran a 3:21.95 – nowhere close to the kind of time that their coach Darrell Granger would prefer... But the weather has been lousy. e Titans may have their best times ahead of them. It won’t surprise me if the United Timberwolves and West Brook Bruins don’t produce their best ones in upcoming days too.
2019 AREA OUTDOOR HIGH SCHOOL TRACK & FIELD LEADERS As of Apr. 15 DISCUS — Girls: Kailynn Williams, Bmt United (junior), 116-6; Boys: Terrance Jackson, Bmt United (junior), 155-6. SHOT PUT — Girls: Kailynn Williams, Bmt United (junior), 39-10.5; Boys: Kristopher Ross, PA Memorial (freshman), 532, new school record at Memorial. HIGH JUMP — Girls: Caryss Carpenter, Bridge City (freshman), 5-4; Boys: Trey Anderson, East Chambers (sophomore), 6-7. LONG JUMP — Girls: Jacie Droddy, PNG (senior), 18-5.5; Boys: addeus Johnson, Bmt West Brook (senior), 23-6. TRIPLE JUMP — Girls: Honestee Holman, Silsbee (junior), 38-2; Boys: Drezden Brannon, Bmt United (senior), 47-3.5. POLE VAULT — Girls: Mackenzie Davis, Orangeﬁeld (senior), 9-9; Boys: Michael Vargas, Bmt West Brook (sophomore), 12-0. 100 METERS — Girls: Jacie Droddy, PNG (senior), 11.84; Boys: James Ward, PA Memorial (sophomore), 10.55. 200 METERS — Girls: Jacie Droddy, PNG (senior), 24.88; Boys: Micheal Odoms, PA Memorial (senior), 21.79. 400 METERS — Girls: Sanaria Butler, PNG (freshman), 59.13; Boys: Lamont Freeman, Jr., PA Memorial (junior), 49.32. 800 METERS — Girls: Katelynn Helm, Orangeﬁeld (freshman), 2:19.98; Boys: Lamont Freeman, PAM (junior), 1:58.92. 1,600 METERS — Girls: Maddison Helm, Orangeﬁeld (junior), 5:37.58; Boys: Eli Peveto, LC-Mauriceville (senior), 4:27.09. 3,200 METERS — Girls: Maddison Helm, Orangeﬁeld (junior), 12:06.34; Boys: Eli Peveto, LC-Mauriceville (senior), 9:15.75. 100-METER HURDLES — Girls: Shelby Walker, HamshireFannett (senior), 15.81. 110-METER HURDLES — Boys: Harold Mosley, PAM (junior), 14.28. 300-METER HURDLES — Girls: Briana Mouton, Bmt United (senior), 47.24; Boys: Alexander Ned, PA Memorial (junior), 38.96. 400-METER RELAY — Girls: Bmt United (Brianna Howard, Halee Simon, Daja Maxie, Cameron Dill) 48.96; Boys: Nederland (Josh Mazyck, Logan Nguyen, Adam Roccaforte, Quin Staﬀord), 41.97. 800-METER RELAY — Girls: Bmt United (Briana Mouton, Shyann Brydson, Kelsey Jackson, Shunteria Mitchell) 1:44.00; Boys: PAM (Micheal Odoms, James Ward, Jatavian Neal, Tyrence Augusta), 1:27.71. 1,600-METER RELAY — Girls: PA Memorial (Aniya Duhon, Ny’Reonna Smith, Bryanna Stevenson, A’Nyriah Scott) 4:05.65; Boys: PA Memorial (Jaylon Guilbeau, Allen Santos-Williams, Jatavian Neal, Lamont Freeman) 3:21.05. Area 21-5A Track Meet Barbers Hill HS – Eagle Stadium Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
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Bear Stage Players are headed for Region
Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School’s Bear Stage Players are once again headed to Region for their One Act Play. According to theater director, Ashley Dennison, students are scheduled to perform on Tuesday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. at Atascocita High School. LCM’s cast and crew of the successful One Act Play, The History of Tom Jones. front row(floor): Darian Simmons, Kamri Swarers, Zainab Alhatri, Ashley Boze, Jadyn Stack, Ashlyn Ellis, Caroline Guayante 2nd row: Assistant Director Kara Lacouture, Karlie Wedel, Camron Chueca, Lucas Ridout, Eli Ridout, Walker Smith, Tyler Foreman, Director Ashley Dennison 3rd row: Chace McGowan, Kaleb Swarers, Abby Barborek, Rylee Levasseur, Josh Erb�top row: Reagan Wolfford, Stephan Kusek, Rhys Howeth, Cameron Smith
MY FIVE CENTS
Senate unanimously passes budget Sen Robert Nichols Special to the Record With only seven weeks left in session, the Legislature is well on its way to completing its to do list with both chambers passing their versions of the budget. is is the only constitutionally required task for the Legislature to complete. Here are ﬁve things happening at your Capitol this week:
1. Human Trafficking Recently, Senator Jane Nelson passed Senate Bill 72 out of the Senate. is bill will create the State Human Traﬃcking Prevention Coordinating Council, which will be housed at the Ofﬁce of the Attorney General. e Council will be made up of the governor, the attorney general and members of six state agencies including the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Department of Family Protective Services. To help the approximately 313,0000 victims of human traﬃcking, both labor and sex traﬃcking in Texas, the council will be charged with developing a state plan and collaborate human traﬃcking related expenditures across state agencies. is bill is now in the House.
2. Senate Passes Budget is week, the Senate unanimously approved a two-year $248 billion budget for our state. is includes a $6.3 billion increase in funding for public schools, which covers an increase in teacher salaries and aid for school districts. $59 million was included to help expand outpatient community mental health capacity, and an additional $272 million to address CPS caseloads and expanding Community Based Care for foster children. ere is also additional funding to help reduce wait times at our drivers license oﬃces, maintain border security levels and provide an increase to transportation funding to help with mobility.
3. Cost of Special Education In recent years, Texas has received many reprimands from the federal government relating to the way it has handled funding for special education and for capping the percentage of students who could receive special education services. Speciﬁcally, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has found Texas is in violation of a federal statute prohibiting states from reducing their funding for students with disabilities year after year. Texas was warned that a ﬁnancial penalty for this violation was inevitable. e Texas Education Agency estimates that for 2012, 2017 and 2018 they could be penalized approximately $111 million, with an additional $111 million penalty estimated for ﬁscal year 2019. e agency is currently working with the Legislature and the USDE to address these concerns.
ensure they are providing the best services they can. However, for many rural parts of our state, Texans do not have access to high speed internet coverage, or cell phone coverage for that matter. I have surprised many other members in the Legislature when I share with them that we do not have adequate cell coverage in Senate District 3. Last week, I passed Senate Bill 14 oﬀ the Senate Floor. is
4. Open Meetings Act Senate Bill 1640, by Senator Kirk Watson, has passed the Senate and will restore a provision previously struck down by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals which made it a crime for public oﬃcials to meet in a "walking quorum", or to deliberate privately in small groups without a quorum present. e bill lays out speciﬁcs for this prohibition and requires the boards to continue to post for a public meeting, establish a quorum, and then be able to discuss the business of the board publicly. is is the way boards in Texas have operated for years, and should continue to do so to ensure transparency and accountability to the public they serve.
5. Rural Broadband High speed internet has become a part of our everyday lives and essential for businesses, school districts and those in the medical field to
no ﬁshing pole. Criminal citations and civil restitution were issued for illegal ﬁshing and possession of 18 white bass, 2 crappie, and 2 largemouth bass.
Random Acts Game wardens in East Texas recently caught up to individuals responsible for several random illegal acts involving wildlife. A Jasper County warden and a Houston County warden are investigating a case concerning the alleged illegal killing of at least three whitetail deer at night, with one of the animals being bludgeoned to death with a piece of wood in a convenience store parking lot. e wardens were able to locate the suspects in Jasper and interview them. It was determined that two deer and three rabbits were killed from a public road in mid-December. e three suspects had also shot another deer at night from a public road that was not recovered, shot and missed two bucks at night from a public road, and road hunted multiple times at night, while attempting to take whitetail deer. e meat that was taken from two of the killed deer was left to rot in an ice chest for three months. It was also conﬁrmed the subjects beat a wounded deer to death after trying to break its neck and cut its throat. e wardens seized and processed three cellular phones related to the investigation and are going through the digital evidence to conﬁrm the original information received and to sort out additional charges with regards to possession of an alligator snapping turtle and catching alligators with a rod and reel. e investigation continues, and charges are pending.
Joy Riding in the Riverbed On March 23, a Montgomery County game warden was patrolling along the San Jacinto River and stopped a man for operating an ATV in the riverbed. After running the ATV identiﬁcation numbers through dispatch, the ATV was found to have been stolen from the Beaumont area in 2013. e ATV was seized and transported to storage for safekeeping.
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bill will help to increase access to broadband internet for rural areas in Texas, through the help of Texas Electric Cooperatives (Co-Ops). ese Co-Ops are member-owned non-proﬁts, which have over 300,000 miles of distribution lines throughout rural Texas. By utilizing their existing electricity infrastructure, they would be able to deploy broadband to the members they serve and meet their need for high speed internet.
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Promoting the upcoming Orange Master Gardners’ Home Garden Tours on Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m., are Master Gardeners Linda Womack of Orange and Catherine Powers of Bridge City, second and third from left, at a recent Orange Golden K Kiwanis meeting. Tickets are only $6 each, and include a tour map of all the gardens in Orange and Bridge City included in this year’s revived tour. Contact 409.718.8830 for ticket information. Also pictured are Karen McKinney, Lt. Gov. Texas-Oklahoma Region 10 International Kiwanis, far left; Womack; Powers; and retired Master Gardeners Lois and Dennis Ferrell, also Golden K Kiwanis members. The Garden Tours were initiated years ago by the women of AAUW (American Association of University Women), but were eventually eliminated.
The W.H. Stark House is excited to host Mother’s Day with Miriam: Floral Design Workshop on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the Carriage House. We invite family members of all ages to join us to celebrate the mothers in their lives. This workshop will allow attendees to participate in the creation of their own floral arrangement and emphasize the relationship between Miriam Lutcher Stark and her mother, Frances Ann Lutcher, often called “The Orchid Lady.” Registration for this event is required. All materials are included in the $5 fee, payable when you register online for your space in the workshop. Assistance and instruction will be provided. All ages and abilities are welcome! Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, or to register, please visit starkculturalvenues.org.
Bluebonnets are considered among the Texas Superstar plants.
Choose the right perennial, native plants for SE Texas By Sheri Bethard Orange County Master Gardener Last time I talked about selecting the right plant for the right place in your garden, ﬂower bed or yard. is time I am going to talk about native and perennial plants. People tend to get them confused and often consider them the same thing but they are not always. You can have some plants that are native but are not perennials but then have native plant that are perennials. Let me try to explain this confusion. According to the American Horticultural Society a perennial “is any plant that lives for more than two years and usually flowers every year”. Simple, but this could apply to a lot of plants such as trees, bulbs, succulents and so forth. Most gardeners understand these woody plants are excluded even tho there are some salvias that have bases that become woody in mild climates like ours but further north would need to be cut back in colder temperatures. Climate has a big influence on if the plant will be an annual or perennial. For example, if it is naturally a perennial but it moved to an area with hot summers or cold winters, it could revert to an annual. e Native Plant Society of Texas says “Native Plants are drought-tolerant, naturally conserving our precious water resources”. “ey provide habitat and food for birds, butterﬂies, bees and other wildlife. ey don’t need special pampering or fertilizing. e are natural to their eco-system and they help us maintain biological diversity.” ey refer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the ac-
tual deﬁnition of “native plant”. e USDA says it “is a plant that lives or grows naturally in a particular region without direct or indirect human intervention.” I found one person deﬁned native plants as a species that has inhabited a particular region for one thousand years. I would say yes, that is native. is deﬁnition also goes a little further to describe “naturalized” plants. ose are “plants that were introduced long ago, but are now thriving and spreading without human intervention”. Take the Chinese tallow and Japanese honeysuckle which are both aggressive naturalized plants that are detrimental to the health of native plants. ey are classiﬁed as “invasive exotics” and noxious weeds”. Now that we have the deﬁnitions over with let me give you some native and perennials you should try in your gardens. Now, this does not mean go out and dig up native plants from their natural habitat but look around at your local garden centers, ask friends and relatives. You will be surprised what you will ﬁnd by asking around. Lots of people are willing to share. Native plants that do well in Orange County – Black-eyed Susan, Butterﬂy Weed/Milkweed, Cardinal Flower, Coneﬂower, Coreopsis, Guara, Gulf Coast Penstemon, Rudbeckia, Greggi Salvia, Texas Mountain Laurel, Wax Myrtle, American Beauty Berry, Carolina Jessamine, Coral Honeysuckle (not invasive), Crossvine. Perennial plants that do well in Orange County – Alternanthera, Purple Aster, Bronze leaf Begonia, Brazilian Bachelor Button, Cat Whiskers, Columbine, Epidendrum, Asparagus Fern, Foxtail Fern,
Boston Fern, Southern Wood Fern, Firecracker Plant, Firespike, Gaillardia, Gayfeather, Gazania, Lantana, Ligularia, Mexican Heather, Mexican Mint Marigold, Nana Coreopsis, Porterweed, Sages (many varieties available), Salvias (many varieties available), Shasta Daisy, Verbena (many varieties available), Yarrow One category of plants I did not mention we have in Texas only is Texas Superstar® plants. Texas Superstar® go thru a rigorous testing before they are deemed a Texas Superstar® plant. They are tested at multiple locations within Texas in replicated plots for a 5-year period. During this time the plants are graded on their performance by competent horticulturists who understand the importance of landscape and marketability. Then at the end of the trial period they are graded one last time and if the plant produces sufficient numbers during the trial period, they are granted Texas Superstar® status. This means they should stand up to any kind of beating Texas weather has to give them wherever they are planted. One of the plants you may be familiar with ﬁrst and foremost is the famous Texas Bluebonnet. Other Texas Superstar® plants are Angelonia (Serena series), Duranta, Firebush, Flare Hibiscus, New Gold Lantana, Laura Bush Petunia, Moy Grande Hibiscus, Turks Cap, Plumbago, Pride of Barbados, and Vitex. If you have any questions, please call our Ask the Master Gardener Hot-Line at 409 8827010 and we will be glad to help you with any of your questions plant related.
The Record • Week of Wednesday, April 17, 2019 •
Entertainment April 27 Melissa Etheridge, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. Robin Trower, House of Blues, Houston
May 18 LeAnn Rimes, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Cajundome, Lafayette, La. ZZ Top, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, e Woodlands
April 28 Rolling Stones, NRG Stadium, Houston
May 19 Ariana Grande, Toyota Center, Houston
April 30 Dream eater, Revention Music Center, Houston
May 24 Jerry Jeﬀ Walker, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La.
Charles, La. Yngwie Malmsteen, Warehouse Live, Houston
May 1 Sammy Hagar and e Circle, Smart Financial Center, Houston May 2 e Cult, House of Blues, Houston May 3 .38 Special, Port Neches Riverfest, Port Neches Easton Corbin, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. May 4 Robert Cray, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. May 5 Mac Powell and e Family Reunion, Jeﬀerson eatre, Beaumont May 9 Blue October, Jeﬀerson eatre, Beaumont May 11 Read Southall Band, Dixie Dance Hall, Beaumont Brian McKnight, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. May 12 e Winery Dogs, Warehouse Live, Houston May 15 New Kids on the Block, Salt N’ Pepa, Tiﬀany, Debbie Gibson, Naughty By Nature, Toyota Center, Houston May 17 ree Dog Night, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. I Prevail, House of Blues, Houston Lil Pump, Lil Skies, Revention Music Center, Houston
May 25 Garth Brooks, AT&T Stadium, Arlington May 26 RBMR feat. Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell and Mike Bivens, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles May 30 Jamey Johnson, Natalie Stovall, House of Blues, Houston May 31 Aaron Lewis, H2O Pool, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. Stryper, Warehouse Live, Houston
From Page 4B Casino, Lake Charles, La. Twenty One Pilots, Toyota Center, Houston Shinedown, Badﬂower, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Broken Hands, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, e Woodlands June 23 “e Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival” feat. e Used, rice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, e Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping with Sirens, Andy Black, more, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, e Woodlands June 25 Jennifer Lopez, Toyota Center, Houston June 27 Luis Miguel, Toyota Center, Houston June 28 Cody Johnson, H2O Pool, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. Train, e Goo Goo Dolls, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, e Woodlands July 5 Chicago, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La.
July 7 Santana, e Doobie Brothers, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, e Woodlands July 10 New Found Glory, Real Friends, e Early November, House of Blues, Houston July 12 Billy Currington, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. July 13 98 Degrees, H2O Pool, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. July 17 Howard Jones, House of Blues, Houston July 20 Korn, Alice in Chains, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, e Woodlands July 24 Queen + Adam Lambert, Toyota Center, Houston
The Texas Golden Triangle Women’s Republican Group was honored to host U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Katy, serving the second Congressional District, as a speaker when they convened on Monday, April 15, at the Elegante Hotel. A local citizen, Jackie Huckabay of Bridge City, personally talked to Crenshaw at the gathering, learning more about his years in military service and as a U.S. Navy SEAL in 10 tours of duty, serving in Afghanistan where he lost his right eye to a detonated (IED) improvised explosive device. Crenshaw is the recipient of two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and other medals. He medically retired from the military in 2016. RECORD PHOTO: Anne Payne
July 25 Shawn Mendes, Toyota Center, Houston
June 1 Jimmy Buﬀett and e Coral Reefers, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, e Woodlands June 7 Nelly, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. June 14 Gary Allan, Ford Park Arena, Beaumont REO Speedwagon, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. Hootie & e Blowﬁsh, Barenaked Ladies, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, e Woodlands June 15 Gretchen Wilson, Golden Nugget Casino, Lake Charles, La. June 18 Hugh Jackman, Toyota Center, Houston June 21 e Bellamy Brothers, Gene Watson, Golden Nugget
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ORANGE COUNTY CHURCH DIRECTORY
The Temptation to Make Holy Week About Me Marshall Segal Staff writer desiringGod.org
Many of us miss the glory of Passion week because deep down we think we’re the center of what God did two thousand years ago. We think Jesus came and lived and died and was raised mainly for us — for me. We read the Gospels, and write ourselves into the lead role — the star worth everything Jesus had to suffer to have us. If Jesus is merely a supporting actor in our story, his betrayal, death, burial, and resurrection will still be thrilling, but for the wrong reasons. Holy Week will be moving, but fleeting if we try to make ourselves the center of it. But if we find ourselves small in the story compared to the bigness and power and beauty of God, what moves us will get deeper and sweeter year after year — and last forever. His love for us will take on new meaning — a truer, less vain, more satisfying meaning. God Loves You Because of God John Piper explains the danger, We need to see first and foremost that God is God — that he is perfect and complete in himself, that he is overflowingly happy in the eternal fellowship of the Trinity, and that he does not need us to complete his fullness and is not deficient without us. Rather we are deficient without him. Unless we begin with God this way, when the gospel comes to us, we will inevitably put ourselves at the center of it. We will feel that our value rather than God’s value is the driving force in the gospel. We will trace the gospel back to God’s need for us instead of tracing it back to the sovereign grace that rescues sinners who need God. (The Pleasures of God) God did not write Holy Week into history because he was desperate to have you (Acts 17:25), but because loving you, despite how little you deserved his love, would display just how loving he is — how glorious he is. He really does love you — genuine affection, fatherly provision, sacrificial devotion, tender care — but not because you’re great. Because he is great. On Maundy Thursday, Jesus was betrayed for God and his glory. On Good Friday, Jesus
was crucified for God. On Easter Sunday, Jesus was raised for God. And in all of it, you were saved by Jesus for God. Our good news is “the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). If we’re humble enough to be the small, hopeless sinner rescued by sovereign grace for his glory, the news gets better, not worse. We will be far happier in a world that’s not centered on us. Maundy Thursday: Jesus Was Betrayed for God On the eve of Good Friday, Jesus was preparing to go to the cross for you, but his eyes were fixed on his Father’s glory. He prayed, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you. . . . I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” (John 17:1, 4–5) He was not a lovesick Savior, but an adoring Son — striving to draw the world into his admiration of the Father. He wasn’t dying to make you feel more important, but to show you what’s most important — who is most important. As he entered the garden of Gethsemane to be betrayed, “He fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will’” (Mark 14:35–36). God had called him to die in love for you, but he went to please the Father — to do the Father’s will, to honor and magnify his wisdom, sovereignty, and love. Good Friday: Jesus Was Crucified for God Make no mistake, if Jesus is your Lord, Savior, and Treasure, he died for you. He bore your griefs (Isaiah 53:4). He carried your sorrows (Isaiah 53:4). He was pierced for your transgressions (Isaiah 53:5). He was crushed for your iniquities (Isaiah 53:5). By his wounds, you were healed (Isaiah 53:5). Your debt was nailed with him to the cross (Colossians 2:14). And he died because he loved you: “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be
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the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). But he died for you to glorify the Father. He was “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). “It was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief ” (Isaiah 53:10). And because Jesus submitted himself to the Father’s will, the Father “has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11). Even when Jesus was exalted, on the other side of his crucifixion, above every other name, he was exalted for the glory of another — for the glory of the Father. Easter Sunday: Jesus Was Raised for God Jesus was betrayed to glorify the Father. He was crucified to the glory of God the Father. And when he rose — resurrecting our hope for forgiveness, life, and happiness — he rose for the glory of God. As Paul says, “He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16). Paul actually says, “Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father” (Romans 6:4). The resurrection of Christ was so wrapped up in the glorification of the Father that Paul can say Christ was raised “through” or “by” glory. In the single greatest act of divine intervention — greater than building up mountains or carving out valleys on the earth, greater than placing the stars or forming galaxies, greater than creating man from the dust — the Father was revealing his glory by raising his Son. He raised “the radiance of the glory of God” from the grave into majesty (Hebrews 1:3; see
also 1 Peter 1:21). Into glory, and for glory. You Were Saved for God That God’s glory is the highest purpose of Holy Week does not at all diminish the good news for you in Christ’s life, betrayal, crucifixion, and resurrection. Our flesh desperately wants to be the pearl of greatest price in the gospel story — the treasure hidden in a field for which God sold everything to have. Any unbelieving person could believe a gospel that made us feel like that — that made us look that glorious. The love in that gospel, however, pales in comparison with the love of God in the true gospel. Instead of fawning over us and our worth, God draws us to himself in love — despite what we are worth because of our sin — to make us a shining forever picture of his worth. He tells the world about his glory through you. He does it through mountains and oceans, stars and galaxies, through heaven and hell, and he does it through you. And because of Christ, he glorifies himself in loving you, not damning you. Christ was betrayed for the glory of God, because in being betrayed God was able to adopt sinful us as precious sons and daughters “to the praise of his glorious grace” (Ephesians 1:5– 6). Christ was crucified for the glory of God, because in being crucified he was able to bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18). Christ was raised for the glory of God, because in being raised God made us alive with him (Ephesians 2:5), and shows the world “the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us” (Ephesians 2:7). God’s glory shines brightest in the story of his love for you — unexplainable mercy, sovereign grace, immeasurable kindness, unwavering faithfulness — all of it now working for you to say something breathtaking about him.
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Triangle Baptist Church 6446 Garrison at Hwy. 408 Orangefield “Come Worship With Us” 409-735-2661 Pastor: Bobby Oliver 409-659-5027 Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. Sunday Evening Service 6 p.m. Wednesday Service 7 p.m. We are a KJV independent Baptist Church
Winfree Baptist Church 19525 Hwy 62 S • 409-735-7181 Bill Collier, Pastor Sunday School for all ages 9:15 am Morning Worship 10:30 am Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Evening Service & Mission Activities for Children 6:00 pm
St. Paul United Methodist Church
1155 W. Roundbunch • Bridge City • 409.735.5546 Sunday Morning Worship Experience: 8:30 a.m., Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Sunday worship 10:45 a.m. (Nursery provided). For middle and senior high youth 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Taize’ service for children 6:30 p.m. “Kids For Christ” Wednesday 6 p.m.-7 p.m. For information on pre-school enrollment 409-735-5546
GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH
945 W. Roundbunch • Bridge City • 409-735-4573 Worship Services: Tradition 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:15 a.m., Contemporary Service 11 a.m., Tuesday Bible Study 10 a.m., Wednesday ‘Compassionate Friends’ 10 a.m., Thursday Bible Study 10:00 a.m. Pastor Paul Zoch 409-988-3003 - golutheran.org Our church family invites you to join us. We are a friendly, caring church of the future.
Orange First Church of the Nazarene 3810 MLK Drive, Orange
Lead Pastor Ray McDowell. Worship Director: Alyssa Click Youth Pastors: Kenneth and Andrea Lauver Children’s Pastor Rebekah Spell. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship Service 10:45 a.m. / Wednesday Service 7 p.m.
Ofcnazarene.org or find us on Facebook
First Christian Church Disciples of Christ 611 N. 9th St. • Orange
Sunday School 9 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Night Supper 4:45 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 5:30 p.m.
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH ORANGE 1819 16th Street • Orange • 886-1333
We Welcome You To Join Us. Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Nursury Provided
MACARTHUR HEIGHTS BAPTISH CHURCH 3600 Nightingale • Orange • 409-883-4834 Sunday School: 9:45-10:30 am Sunday Worship - 10:45 am Sunday Disciple Training- 6 pm Tuesday Morning Men’s Coffee 9:30 am Wednesday Night Service 7:00 pm
COWBOY CHURCH OF ORANGE COUNTY
673 FM 1078 • Orange • 409-718-0269 Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
Bible Studies for Men and Women • Monday 6 p.m. Co-Ed Bible Study • Sunday 9:15 a.m. Ladies Bible Study • Tuesday 10:00 a.m. Bible Studies & Youth Activities • Wed. 6:30 p.m.
West Orange Christian Church 900 Lansing Street • West Orange • 409-670-2701
Sunday school 9:30 a.m. / Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m. Bible Study Sunday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Dusty Garison
“Our church family welcomes you!”
• The Record • Week of Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7B
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Call 735-5305 • Penny Record Office: 333 West Roundbunch, Bridge City • County Record Office: 320 Henrietta, Orange Note: Offices Closed On Wednesday
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HARRY’S APPLIANCES - Used appliances starting at $99.95, 302 10th. St. (10th. & main) Orange, We also buy used appliances, Call or come by 409-886-4111.
Wooden Acreage 15 acres located in Orangefield School District. Did not flood during Hurricane Harvey. 8982 Tulane RD close to I-10. $7,500.00 per acre. 409-330-7185 for more info.
Notice to all persons having claims against the ESTATE OF DEBRA V. STRAHAN, Deceased. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on MARCH 26, 2019, administration of the Estate of DEBRA V. STRAHAN, Deceased, Cause No. P18396, was commenced by the issuance of original Letters Testamentary to Tara Leigh Strahan Devilbiss, Independent Executrix, by the Clerk of the Court pending in the County Court at Law of Orange County, Texas in the captioned proceeding. All persons having claims against the Estate are notified to present those claims within the prescribed by law, in writing, to the attorney for said Estate representative shown below.
Al-Anon meetings are held Thursday’s at 7 p.m. inside the Library at St. Henry’s Catholic Church Education building located at 475 W. Roundbunch Rd. in Bridge City. Please call Cindy at 749-9036 or Mike 718-0333 for more information.
ACROSS 1. Goes with flows 5. Worry excessively 9. Occasional heart condition 13. Well-____ machine 15. *War Admiral’s 1938 experience 16. Sudan’s neighbor 17. a.k.a. Pleasant Island 18. Great Salt Lake state 19. Marching band member 20. *Unlikely champion during Great Depression 23. Shiny wheel part 24. Religious Wednesday 25. Don’t just stand there! 27. A cool ____, as in money 28. Come off 30. Type of cabbage 33. Never without “n” 35. Infection of the eyelid, pl. 38. Ethiopian currency 39. Sea swallows 41. Arm bone 42. Best of the crop 44. Aid in crime 45. Away from wind 46. Sourly 48. Snakelike reef dweller 50. Winter glider 51. ____ as a fiddle 52. Peter of the Lost Boys 53. *”The Most Exciting ____ ____ in Sports” 59. December 24 and 31 61. Bear’s hang-out 62. Retire from military 64. *Official flower of the Kentucky Derby 65. Attention-getting interjection
HOUSE FOR SALE For Sale - Owner Finance home at 506 Border St., 3/1, 2 Story, large lot. $39,500 w/ $3500 down. $36,000 at 10% Int for 10 years. P&I $475.75 month 409-221-5848 Home for Sale on Irving Street in West Orange. Asking $179,000, 2,900 SQ FT. 6 acres. 3 bedrooms 2 baths, hardwood floor, large sun room. Contact 9am-5pmMonday-Friday at 409-883-3340 or 409-988-3950
FOR RENT 1 & 2 BR Houses for Rent in Orange / Little Cypress area. All bills paid, appliances & A/C included. No deposit. Please call 409330-1641 or 409988-9336. 1 & 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath apartments for lease. Chateau Royale, 208 10th Street in Orange. 409-886-4176 For Rent in Bridge City at 206 Hazel St, in Shady Estates Mobile Home Park. Roomy 2 BR/2 BA mobile home, CAH, large covered porch and carport. $775 month, must pass background check and NO pets. 409-330-0933 RV SPACE FOR RENT
High & Dry RV Space on private property for rent. $350/30 amp or $400/ 50 amp trailer off Highway 87 in LCMISD. Price inc. water/sewer & electricity. Please call 409-779-1492, leave a message will call back.
American Legion Post 49 Hall Rentals Call for info @ 409-886-1241
LOT FOR SALE Residential lot 72x40 dry in Harvey. Ready to build on additional width possible. Located on Billeaud Drive. $17,000 For more info 409-735-4875.
Senior Care Caregivers needed to assist with Personal Care, Companionship, Hopital Recovery, Mobility & Light Housekeeping. To apply call us at 409-892-7494 or visti our website at HomeInstead.com/216
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The Dementia Care Givers Support Group meets at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Canticle Building, 4300 Meeks Drive in Orange on the following days and times: The second Wednesday morning of every month at 10:00 am and also on the second Thursday evening of every month at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
16527 Hwy 62 S. Orange, TX 77630 PH (409) 886-0007 Total charges cannot be computed until the vehicle is claimed, storage charges will accrue daily until the vehicle is released. Must demonstrate proof of ownership and pay current
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Al-Anon meets Sundays and Weds., at 7:00 p.m., at the North Orange Baptist Church located at 4775 N. 16th St (Rear), in Orange, TX. Please call 474-2171 or 988-2311 for more info or consultation.
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RAPE AND CRISIS CENTER of SETX provides critical services for those in crisis due to sexual assault, rape, suicide or general crisis. The 24 Hour Hot line is provided for crisis intervention at anytime, 24/7. Our number is 1-800-7-WE-CARE or 1-800-793-2273. Please do not hesitate to reach out to someone whom can help you during a crisis.
66. Napoleon’s stay on St. Helena, e.g. 67. Bear constellation 68. Play on words, pl. 69. *Between walk and canter DOWN 1. Longest division of time 2. Objectivity preventer 3. Like most-desired ribbon 4. Evening in Roma 5. Turn red 6. Co-eds’ military org. 7. Isaac’s firstborn 8. Informal wear 9. Part of play 10. *____ Downs
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Epsilon 40. Beer garden mug 43. Catcher’s catcher 47. Drooping neck skin 49. Chopin’s composition 50. Relish tastebuds’ sensation 51. Law business entities 52. Paddington Bear’s homeland 54. Pearl Harbor island 55. Demeanor 56. SMS 57. Chieftain in Arabia 58. Aria, e.g. 60. Poseidon’s domain 63. *Trifecta or Exacta
The Lloyd Grubbs American Legion Post #49 located at 108 Green Avenue in Orange, meets on the second Saturday of each month at 2 p.m., please join us.
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• The Record • Week of Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Pictured Left to Right: Principal Tim Woolley, Chris Slaughter, Carissa Slaughter, Brandy Slaughter, Counselor Nikki Harris and Superintendent Todd Lintzen.
Slaughter named BC Student of the Month The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce announced the April Student of the Month for Bridge City High School is Carissa Slaughter. Carissa was presented her certificate and gift bag by Lifetime Ambassador Shirley Zimmerman at the April Networking Coffee hosted by Total Care Medical Center. Carissa is the daughter of Brandy and Christopher Slaughter. She is ranked #31 of 187 with a GPA 4.34. Jamie DeShazo, Math Teacher and Head Girls Track Coach, said, “Where do I even begin with Carissa Slaughter? She is a wonderful choice for student of the month. Her calendar says it all. It is full on everyday. Just let her show you. She tries to do everything under the sun and has the confidence to know she can. She is in many AP/College classes and holds her own in all. When she goes with me to track meets there is Carissa in the back working on school work or doing work for P7, STUCO, or her many service projects. Not only is she a great student, she is the most AMAZING person. She is a person that will be remembered at BCHS. She makes sure she says hello every morning to people she doesn’t even know. She wants to make sure every student has a good day or feels cared about. I have seen her on more than one occasion give up her chance to sit with her friends and have a good time to sit by someone that does not have any friends and is sitting alone. She will immediately strike up a conversation and genuinely want to get to know the person. She has made me a better coach/teacher just being around her. She is a light to everyone she comes in contact with. She has positively influenced so many people and would never ask for recognition for it.” Hannah Landry, Math Teacher, said, “Carissa Slaughter is a one of a kind, well-rounded, outstanding, young lady! She sets high standards and goals for herself which she upholds and exceeds. She is kind, genuine, and caring, and can be found seeking out other students who need encouragement or a friendly smile. Carissa participates in MANY extracurricular activities and clubs in which she serves in leadership capacities. BCHS is a better place, and so many are blessed because of Carissa Slaughter!” Michelle Prouse, Family and Consumer Science Teacher and Varsity Cheer Coach, said, “Carissa Slaughter. Just wow! That young lady is AMAZING at everything she does! And we ALL know she does a lot! It has been my pleasure to have had her in class and coach her. Carissa is genuinely sweet, thoughtful and kind to EVERYONE. I have watched Carissa grow up with my daughter Hannah and so glad she has had a true friend in her. Not only is Carissa very active in school but our community as well. Other than her genuine kindness Carissa’s motivation is my favorite about her. Shoot she motivated me at times! I adore Carissa and will miss her dearly. I wish there were more students like her. Thank you, Chris and Brandy, for sharing her with us and raising such an awesome young lady and role model.” When asked about her future plans, Carissa said, “I will attend Lamar University to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then I intend on specializing in the medical field as a Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing with my own practice. I am looking forward to the future.” She received gift certificates and gifts from: COS Printing, Wellspring Credit Union, Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City, Sabine Federal Credit Union, Sabine River Ford, Neches Federal Credit Union, Bridge City Walmart, Best Day Spa, Candace Mulhollan RE/MAX ONE Agent, 5Point Credit Union, and Las Rosas Mexican Restaurant.