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County Record Vol. 52 No. 8

The Community Newspaper of Orange, Texas

County gearing up for hurricanes David Ball

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Orange teenager sentenced in murder

Week of Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It seems the Orange County Commissioners’ Court was ahead of the curve in proclaiming May 27 through June 2 as hurricane awareness week in Orange County.

Jeff Kelley, emergency management coordinator, said there has already been a named storm this season of the coast of the Carolinas. In fact, the emergency management staff will be participating in a


hurricane preparation drill on June 7. They have already attended the Hurrex 2012 workshop in Beaumont in preparation for the drill. Kelley added predictions from the National Hurricane Center po-

tentially looks like it will be another East Coast hurricane season as it was last year. He also reported the FAA has approved a new flag pole and sign for the Orange County Airport entrance. Precinct 1 Commissioner David Dubose asked Kel-

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An Orange teenager who murdered a 63 year old West Orange man will have to serve at least 15 years of a sentence before he can be eligible for parole. Braeden Richter, 15, was sentenced on Monday to 30 years after pleading guilty to the May 25, 2011

ley about reports he heard of drone flights being approved to fly from the Orange County Airport. Kelley said the only matter he knows of was a request by Equisearch to find a missing person in Precinct 4 using a drone. He described it a a remote control airplane with a camera attached to it. Kelley also reported on the status of the 2009 Port Security Grant Orange County applied for in 2011. If awarded, the Shelter of Last Resort on FM 1442 will receive $500,000 in a 75 percent/25 percent matching grant for electronics, technology, Internet and telephones. The county’s portion of the match would be made through donations. In other county business, COUNTY BUSINESS PAGE 2A

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shooting death of Charles Henry Southard. He was sentenced in Judge Buddie Hahn’s 260th District Court. Richter was certified last week to stand trial as an adult for the murder and indicted by a Grand Jury on May 16. The shooting occurred on May 25, 2011 in the 1300 block of Milam Street. West Orange Police reports read two boys, Richter, then 14, and a 9 year old boy, were trying to steal Southard’s car at his house. He tried to stop the boys and was shot by Richter. Since the 9 year old is under age 10, he cannot be charge according to Texas law.


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The LCM Lady Bears are three games away from goint to Austin for the state championship in softball. The team has done it through hitting, pitching and solid defense. Coach Dena Adkins said her team needs to stay focused and keep to the fundamentals of the game. Sitting (L-R): Morgan Babineaux, Danielle Deramus, Kelsey Fults, Taylor Fraccastoro, Hope Russell and Chelsea McLain. Kneeling (LR): Shelby Lefouef, Kayleigh Roy, Mikaela Stegall, Raven Cole and Kassie James. Standing (L-R): Coach Dena Adkins, Loni Prouse, Camrie Helm, Ashleigh Jones, Baylie Comeaux, Coach Jennifer Walker and Coach Melissa Brewer. RECORD PHOTO: Chris Gunn

Lady Bears vie for championship David Ball

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or the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears softball team, lately all that glitters is gold with some green mixed in. Fresh off a win against the Richmond Foster Lady Falcons last weekend, the Lady Bears are on a roll and face Montgomery Thursday night at Goose Creek Memorial High School in a best-ofthree format. Coach Dena Adkins said it’s been a “crazy time” reaching the Elite 8 in the Class 4A Region III semifinals. If they beat Montgomery, the Lady Bears will

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Shawn Oubre, city manager of the city of Orange, said the new Orange Senior Center is another example how the city was able to make lemonade out of lemons. He borrowed the term from Mayor Brown Claybar who uses the term in reference to how the city has benefitted from disaster funding from Hurricane Ike. The city, likewise, held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday for the new building on Fifth Street. The Orange Senior Center was funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through a Hurricane Ike Recovery Grant administered by

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the school year activities such as graduation or final exams. Though still a junior, pitcher Raven Cole has provided leadership for the Lady Bears. Adkins said in her heart, Cole wants to win. “She has to keep her eye on the prize and help the team reach the next step. She’s learning to throw smarter and not only harder. It’s good to have a pitcher who doesn’t have an ego. Cole pitched three straight games in the series against Richmond Fosters — a total of 21 innings. She began to tire LADY BEARS PAGE 3A

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earn a trip to the state tournament in Austin. “I have their minds stay focused,” Adkins said. “Montgomery is a hard adversary and we can’t do anything wrong. Montgomery is working now. Us, too. It will come down to who doesn’t make an error. You can’t look at the win-loss record. You have to get the job done.” Montgomery is a team similar to LCM — they can hit, pitch and play defense. What it comes down to for both teams is about the fundamentals of the game. Adkins said she will be relying on her four seniors on the team to keep the others focused and get business done and not get distracted with the end of

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The city of Orange celebrated the opening of the new Orange Senior Center on Fifth Street with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on May 18. The Orange Senior Center is the first project in the Orange Downtown revitalization program. RECORD PHOTO: David Ball

Changes on the Pinehurst City Council were the major orders of business at the meeting Tuesday May 22. Outgoing mayor T.W. Permenter and outgoing council member Bob Williams elected to not attend, leaving the seat of the mayor and Mayor Pro Tem unoccupied. Sitting council members Dan Barclay, Dan Mohon, and John Zerko conferred among themselves and appointed Mohon to chair the meeting until the new mayor and council members were sworn in. Election Judge Jane Long presented the vote tabulations to the council. Mohon and the council certified the election and then City Judge Derry Dunn presented Mayor-Elect J. L. “Pete” Runnels and Councilmen-Elect Ron Cowling and John Zerko election certificates for their signatures. After the required signatures on the certificates, Judge Dunn then gave the oath of office to the trio. After the council seats were filled action was taken to appoint Dan Barclay Mayor Pro Tem for the current term. Councilman Bill Triggs resigned from his seat on the council, stating “it is just time for me to retire. There are other things I want to do.” Councilman Barclay stated that he had talked with Matt Chandler who had earned the third highest number of votes in the election. Barclay recommended Chandler be appointed to fill the seat vacated by Triggs. The motion was made, seconded, and passed to appoint Chandler to the council. City Attorney Tommy Gunn informed the council that Chandler may be sworn in at the next council meeting after the proper documents have been prepared for Chandler’s signature. The current members of the city’s budget committee, Barclay, Zerko, City Secretary PINEHURST PAGE 3A


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two bids were declined and one approved for vacant trust properties in the county. One is the old Lakeview Eatery on FM 1130 that’s valued at $150,000 on the tax roles. Precinct 4 Commissioner Jody Crumnp the building was completed in the mid-2000s and is in exceptional shape. The bid was rejected. The other property is a 2.34 acre vacant lot off of FM 1130. Precinct 2 Commissioner Owen Burton said the tract is oddly shaped with a drainage ditch running through the property. The bid was rejected. The final bid for a .606 acres vacant lot off of FM 1131 was accepted. Crump reported the Orange County Jail had a surprise inspection and passed with flying colors.

Commissioner Jerry Hughes, President of the Orange County Navigation and Port District, presents newly elected Commissioner Barbara Winfree and re-elected Commissioner James A. “Jimmy” Smith with their Certificate of Election after receiving the Oath of Office at the Port’s regular Board of Commissioners Meeting on Monday. Ms. Barbara Winfree was first appointed to the Port’s Board of Commissioners on July 23, 2010 to fill the vacancy left by her husband the late Mr. Lester  “Buckshot” Winfree.  Ms. Winfree retired in 2003 from Orangefield ISD where she served as a Teacher for 22 years. She Also is an active member of The Order of Eastern Star, Winfree Baptist Church, Texas Retired Teachers Association, Southeast Texas Independent Cattlemen’s Association and the Lower Sabine-Neches Soil and Water Conservation District #446 where she is currently serving as Secretary. Ms. Winfree is the first woman to serve on the Orange County Navigation & Port District Board of Commissioners.  Mr. James A. “Jimmy” Smith was first elected to the Orange County Navigation and Port District Board of Commissioners in 1988.  Mr. Smith is the

The Record News The Record Newspapers- The County Record and the Penny Record- are published on Wednesday of each week and distributed free throughout greater Orange County, Texas. The publications feature community news, local sports, commentary and much more. Readers may also read each issue of our papers from our web site TheRecordLive.Com. • General Manager.....................................................Mark Dunn • Business Manager................................................Nicole Gibbs

Commissioner and President of the Orange County Navigation and Port District, Jerry Hughes, swears in newly elected Commissioner Barbara Winfree and re-elected Commissioner Jimmy Smith.

owner of Jimmy Smith Insurance Agency, in Bridge City, which he founded in 1988. Mr. Smith has served as a member of the Rotary Club of Bridge City, Sabine Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Bridge City Lodge #1345, Scottish Rite,

El Mina Shrine Temple, Orange Gun Club, Life Member NRA and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Mr. Smith was voted Bridge City Chamber Citizen of the Year in 1988. 

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The baton was passed at the Tuesday night regular meeting of the Orange City Council. Former Councilman Jimmy Sims was sworn in as mayor to succeed outgoing Mayor William Brown Claybar. Other council members given the oath of office were Theresa Beauchamp for District 1, Essie Bellfield for District 3 and Charles Guillory for At-Large Position 6. Beauchamp was appointed as Mayor Pro Tem and Sims was appointed as a member of the Orange Economic Development Corporation.

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the last game and took herself out to help the team clinch the victory. Cole said it’s hard to believe how far the Lady Bears have gotten in the playoffs. “It’s hard to take it all in,” she said. Cole believes the secret of their success is working well together and trusting each other. “That was a long one (their last game played). I got a lot of help from my defense. I didn’t want to get Hope (Russell) in a situation she couldn’t get out of (pitching in relief).” Cole said she has been making batters swing at bad pitches, such as rise balls, and by getting ahead in the count. She admitted she’s been struggling at the plate somewhat the last series but her teammates have been helping her out. “If the top half of the lineup isn’t hitting, the bottom half will be hitting. If it’s not the bottom half, the top half will be hitting,” she said. “I think we will give Montgomery a run for their money. I feel like I matured on the field. If I mess up. our team will make it up. Coach tells us not to give up and work hard and things will work out.” Looking at their season numbers reveal why the Lady Bears are so good: Hitting • Ashleigh Jones has 56 hits, 11 stolen bases


and a .415 average. • Kassie James has 48 hits, 14 doubles, six home runs and a .392 average. • Raven Cole has 46 hits, 10 doubles, eight home runs and a .380 average. • Taylor Fraccastoro has 42 hits, five home runs, nine stolen bases and a .397 average. • Several other players are batting over or just under .300. The team batting average is .345 with an impressive 28 homers. Pitching • Hope Russell has a 10-0 record with four saves, 64 innings pitched, a .87 ERA and 45 strike outs. • Raven Cole has a 15-4 record with a save, 118 innings pitched, a 1.77 ERA and 165 strike outs • Camrie Helm has a 7-4 record with 58 innings pitched, a 2.53 ERA and 69 strike outs. The team has an overall pitching record of 32-8 with a 1.71 ERA. Fiedling • Camrie Helm, Raven Cole and Shelby LeBouf each have a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. • Several others have a fielding percentage in the .900s and the team has a .961 percentage.




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Debbie Cormier, and City Administrator Joe Parkhurst, were reappointed by Runnels for the current term. Runnels appointed Cowling, Mohon and Parkhurst to serve as the negotiating committee for the city and the Pinehurst Police Association. Pam Scales Crew, Mary Lou Gunn and Teresa Durocher were present as some of the citizens involved with the annual Labor Day Picnic. Crew and Runnels discussed the need for a committee to plan the picnic. Crew will determine the needs and make the appropriate contacts. The picnic will be held on Labor Day. “The picnic is always held on Labor Day. That is something that will not change,” said Runnels. The council voted to retain the current line of credit with Orange Savings Bank. Mohon did not vote on the issue. “I will not vote on this issue, as I serve as a director of the bank and do not want anyone to think there is a conflict of interest,” said Mohon. Code Enforcement Officer Harry Vines reported that the city is once again in negotiations with Shawn Sadaruddin about his property on MacArthur Drive. The property has been in violation of various city codes for a number of years. Vines and Saddaruddin were able to meet in person and discussed the code violations. Saddaruddin agrees that his property is in violation of city codes and has agreed to seek bids from contractors to do a minimum amount of repairs on the building. Vines is concerned that some sheet metal on the building is in danger of flying off in windy conditions. Vines is wanting Saddaruddin to replace the metal as soon as possible. Gunn reported that the situation with Saddaruddin has gone on for years without much improvement being done. Barclay stated concerns about Saddaruddin doing the necessary work since there have been so many efforts in the past top get the work done. The council voted to give Vines authority to do the necessary work if Saddruddin does not move in a timely manner. The city would then bill Saddruddin for the work and place a lien on the property to recover the cost. “This is the old Video Paradise building, it’s

been going on for about 10 years,” said Zerko. After reconvening from a closed session, Runnels reported that the council voted to retain Dunn as city judge for a two year period. The council took no action on entering into an agreement with Fred Thompson about use of the warehouse building adjacent to city hall. Parkhurst reported that he has had information received from TxDOT about the possibility of placing a traffic light on MacArthur Drive. TXDOT’s report stated that there is a large amount of traffic on MacArthur Drive, but not enough crossing traffic to warrant the installation of a traffic light. TXDOT also reported that though there have been accidents involving both vehicles and pedestrians on the stretch of highway there have not been enough to justify the installation of lighting on the roadway and the expense of keeping lights operational. TXDOT stated the city has permission to install lighting at their expense. Parkhurst also reported on the situation of the effluent from the city’s sewage processing plant. There will have to be a major upgrade in the future to meet environmental regulations. Adams Bayou does not have enough current to keep the effluent moving as the needs of the city to process sewage increase. The closest waterway sufficient to handle the effluent is the Sabine River. If the city is able to enter into a regional agreement with another city there may be grant funds available for the project. The City of Orange made an unacceptably high proposal to the city combine sewage processing. The city of West Orange has approached Pinehurst about combining processes. West Orange is planning to run a line down Western Avenue to the Sabine River, as the state requires. Parkhurst is planning to meet with West Orange officials in the future about the possibility of an agreement. Parkhurst also reported on the need to replace the sewer lines on Whippoorwill. There is a possibility of grant funds for the project. “Street repairs are also underway. We have completed 40th Street and are working on other streets to get them ready for the state to come in and do their part,” said Parkhurst. City offices will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday. The next regular council meeting will be held on June 26.

Orange Senior Center the Texas General Land Office. Oubre said the Senior Center/Meals on Wheels facility has a special meaning to his family because it was the first place his daughters did their community service project. He said the building is in an important location and will created synergy with the boardwalk on the Sabine River and the riverfront development project to be built. It also complements the nearby Orange Public LIbrary and Lamar State College-Orange. Oubre thanked everyone for making the building possible, particularly city staff, Jeffrery Carbo Landscape Architects, G & G Enterprises, Studio Red Architects, the GLO, HNTB and U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Claybar said the new facility will be a multipurpose senior center where everyone will want come to feel comfortable. He also said this building will provide synergy to downtown. The structure will be a city-owned building that is leased to Meals on Wheels, a federal program. He added it’s possible in the future another senior center will be built and the facility on Fifth Street will be made into a retail center. Claybar thanked local contractor G & G for doing a “great job” and city staff for doing a lot of work to get the grants. Linda Hughes, director of the Orange County Action Association, said the new building was the answer to their prayers. “This is more than we’ve every hoped for,”

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she said. She thanked the city, G & G, the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission for a grant to procure new kitchen equipment, the Area Agency on Aging, the United Way, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, churches and other organizations. Colleen Halliburton with the AAA and 211 Services, said the new Orange Senior Center is forward thinking from the city of Orange because it has the ability to expand beyond its primary role as a Meals on Wheels facility. The Orange Senior Center is the first project in the Orange Downtown revitalization program. The Orange Senior Center is a building devoted to all senior citizens of Orange. It will house the office of the Orange Community Action Association, which administers the Southeast Texas Transit Service and Meals on Wheels in Orange County. Meals on Wheels serves approximately 400 meals a day with most of those being delivered to homebound seniors. The previous structure serving senior citizens was the Emma Wallace Center located at 102 Turret Ave. This building was damaged beyond feasible repair by Hurricane Ike. The Emma Wallace Center served a long and useful life but not longer meets the seniors’ needs. The new larger building will allow for expanded programs and a location for clubs and service organizations serving seniors to meet.

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From the Creaux’s Nest REMEMBERING THOSE WHO GAVE ALL Memorial Day is a most special day because it’s the day set aside to honor our fallen heroes. It’s a time to reflect on the lives given in sacrifice, given by so many throughout all of our wars. Since World War I, nearly a million youngsters have died and their families were left to live with the ultimate loss of a loved one who gave his or hers life for the better good of the rest of us. My heart also bleeds for the many youngsters I see return beyond recognition. In this week’s issue, we are donating a special section to the Orange County youngsters who lost their lives n Vietnam. Extra copies will be printed and available at our Bridge City and Orange offices. We want to thank the Vietnam Veterans, Starks VFW and Jerry Gatch, who worked with us to produce a first report and record of all those young heroes who died in that war. Copies will be made available to family members and at Memorial Day ceremonies. A special thanks to the advertisers who supported this heartfelt endeavor.*****I’ve got to move on. Please come along, I promise it won’t do you no ham. CODOLENCES We send our deepest sympathies to the large family of Elaine Gauthier, 76, who died Saturday, May 19 at her home. She was the widow of Charles Gauthier, brother of Judge Janice Menard. What a great lady she was and she was surrounded by a loving, close family. Service is Wednesday, May 23, 11 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. May she rest in peace.*****We are also saddened by the death of Chief Bruce Simpson, 68, who died May 20. Service will be Thursday, may 24 at 10 a.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.*****Verna Mae Hudson, 99, died May 19. Service is Wednesday, 10 a.m. at Claybar in Orange. She was the matriarch of the large Hudson clan, a group of active citizens who have been and still are a big asset to the community. May she rest in peace. Please see obituaries for all the above. WHAT A DIFFERENCE FOUR YEARS MAKES Looking back four years ago, I find politics was hot and heavy. I had hoped I’d see the first woman elected president in my lifetime. That didn’t work out. Republicans were running Sen. John McCain, their best candidate in years. In knowledge of government, Romney couldn’t carry his jock strap but that’s another story. The country was in one heck of a mess, with two wars, six million jobs lost that would climb to eight million, the national debt doubling, 200 years of debt in eight years. Corruption had run rampant with Ken Lay, Bernie Madoff, Jack Abramhoff and other thieves and also Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Country Wide and all the market corruption. I speculated at the time it would probably take a generation before home values would come back. Unemployment on June 5 hit 10.2 percent, gas prices on the same date is $4.10 a gallon and in some places $4.90. Youngsters were dying in a war of choice in Iraq. Between the two wars, over 5,000 would die, 40,000 would be maimed. The cost of those wars was one trillion dollars. Halliburton got much of the gravy. The country was in bad need of health reform. It was a Republican issue going back to President Nixon. Health cost was out of sight. At this point if the administration and congress would have worked together we could have got real reform. I’m getting ahead of the story. The worse thing going four years ago was that we were on the brink of a great depression. I know we can’t wrap our minds around that but I’m talking if the auto industry had not been saved, up to 30 percent to 40 percent unemployment would have happened. Even our Chemical Row would have been hit. I wondered out loud who in their right mind would want to tackle that job. In four years they would be unpopular. Despite great gains people would want a quick fix that was impossible, even if both parties worked together and without constant roadblocks. Well, President Obama was elected and he would have to be a magician to bring the country back to the point President Clinton left it. It couldn’t be done in one term even without obstructionist biting at his heels. Back in December 2011, experts said get ready for $5 gasoline and 10 percent unemployment. We predicted gas would be down to $3 or below by September and unemployment down to 8 percent or under by election time. Also, that six million of the jobs lost under Bush would be regained by Jan. 1, 2013. The mastermind of 9-11 is dead and so is Omar Kadafi. Bin Laden rode those hills on a donkey for eight years. Bush said he wasn’t concerned, he wasn’t chasing anymore. Romney said let the auto industry go bankrupt. When you dissect the entire situation and take a good, trueful look at the distance we’ve come, even with 89 Tea Party congressmen holding their speaker and the country hostage, the little guy ain’t done so bad. I wouldn’t trade the last three and a half years for any of the previous eight years. We’re still in a hole but it ain’t nearly as dark. One pull at a time we’re coming out and it will be a win for the middleclass. That’s my take. If you can truthfully dispute any of the above, be my guest. You may not like him but he’s due the credit he‘s earned. TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME 10 Years Ago-2002 Orange Mayor Kevin Jordan steps down. City officials and citizens say goodbye to the city’s mayor of two years and seven years as councilman. Jordan ran for his first political office in 1997 with a platform that targeted city codes. He believed we’re

too strict and hindered business growth. Jordan expanded the IDC Interstate development corridor along IH-10. That helped bring Tri-Supply. It had been a zoning issue in the city for some time. Growth includes a revitalization of the historical district and downtown. “I think building the police station needed to be done for a long time and I think the street program was a great accomplishment,” Jordan said. Jordan, a civil trial lawyer graduated from West Orange-Stark. He earned an engineering degree from Texas A&M and a law degree from Tulane. Since 1997, he has been with Sheldon, Jordan and Dunham in Beaumont. (Editor’s note: What became of Kevin since then and why did he leave?)*****Bridge City Bank of Orange awards 2002 scholarships to Renee’ Comeaux of Bridge City High School and Tyrell Boutte of Orangefield. *****Top students of Community Christian are named. Ah Ra Jennifer Cho of Orange is Valedictorian; Joshua Moore of Bridge City is names Salutatorian. *****A long time good friend and a well -loved lady, Benita Hebert, 84, died Monday, May 27. A Louisiana native from the GAM community of Andrews, she attended school in Indian Bayou. She is survived by sons Ronnie and Donald, two daughters Karen Chiswell and Ronda “Pookie” Arrington. (Editor’s note: Daughter Karen has since passed away.”)*****A big celebration crawfish boil was held for law school grad Joy Dubose at brother Johnny’s place. Abe Abshire was the Cajun chef/boiler. (Editor’s note: Since then Joy has wed Robert Simonton and they have a child to go along with big brother Christian.)*****One of the county’s most beautiful ladies, Nelda Burton, celebrated a birthday. Owen, the new commissioner took her on a trip. She did most of the toting. *****Speaking of birthdays, Bob Hope will turn 99 years old on May 28. Bob celebrated several of his birthdays in this area thanks to W.T, Oliver who introduced Bob to the area and to Hughen School and now also Bob Hope High School. Wynona Judd turns 38 May 30; Clint Eastwood, 72 on May 31. (Editor’s note: That makes old “Make My Day,” 82 today.)*****Kirk Ellender, a Bridge City grad, is elected president of BCISD. Congratulations also to George Navarro, elected mayor pro-tem for the city of Bridge City.*****Bruce Aven picks up wife May Ann, young son Kolbe and reports that same night for a game in Cleveland where he had been called up to.*****The 21-3A All District baseball team named. Coach Sam Moore coach of the year; Most valuable, Luther Sanders of Bridge City; Pitchers, Derek Blacksher, B.C., Chase Tucker, Buna Thomas Key, Kirbyville. Catcher, Tyler Hays, B.C.; Lee Legate, Orangefield; Second baseman Billy Lewis, Woodville; Third base, Marc Mitchell, Kirbyville; Short stop, James Knight, Bridge City and Colin Delone, Buna; Outfield, Chris Jetton, Bridge City, Ben Bear, Newton, Trent Sprayberry, Orangefield, Roy Catlin, Buna; D.H., Jake Cotton, Woodville; Utility, Hunter Hays, freshman, Bridge City. Other Orange County players on the second team, Corey Norman, Orangefield, Luke Agerton, Orangefield, Kaleb Faulk, Bridge City, Aaron Williams, Orangefield, Brent McPhatter, Orangefield and Lanston Fults, Bridge City. 35 Years Ago-1977 Dudley Baker, former county commissioner, is hired as manager of Orange County Drainage District.*****Allen Dunn moved to Texarkana where he takes his first job as a boilermaker for International Paper Co. in Domino, Texas. Thanks to Dewey “Teddy Bear” Cox the high school grad left home for the first time as a union worker. (Editor’s note: Allen has left home many times since and has worked around the nation. He is still working as a boilermaker and is still a loyal union worker.) BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK John Hanes, Louis Purifoy, Billy Raymer, McCartney Miller, Justin Trahan, Tracy Davis, Amanda Uzzle, Philip Douglas Thomas, Joey Williams, Rusty Williams, Fran Bullard, Gracie Lemley, Jane Logsdon, Nelson Derrick, Chris Green, Jack James, Cutler Hubbard, Jo Lynn Harris, Judy Duncan, Sheryl Frazier, Archie McLellan, Barbara Olson, George Ragsdale, Logan New, Greg Williams, Mary Majors, Willamette Reynolds, Dylan Ball, Dylan Maas, Mary Donahey, McKenzie Louvier, Robert Herin, Bruce Montague, Charlene Terro, Honor Lee Smith, Lee Ludwig, Jacque Phelps, Jeanie Larch, Judy Landry, Kyle Smoke, Maureen McAllister, Michael Garcia, Rebecca Brumer, Shelly Smith, Kelli Boehme, Steffan Milligan, A.J. Lemoine and Christina Cunningham. A FEW HAPPENINGS Good luck this week to both great Orange County teams in the playoffs. The Lady LC-M Bears play Montgomery in a best two out of three. Thursday, at Goose Creek. Friday and Saturday they play at Montgomery’s home field. That makes no sense but the Bears will preserve win and move on anyway. Coach Landry’s Bridge City Cardinals again lost the flip and are being forced into a winner take all game. It’s believed no one in the state can beat them in three. The number two team in the state takes on Vaco-Robinson, the number one state ranked team. Here’s the deal, the Cardinals can beat any team on any given day if they play an error free game. If the bats of the leaders come alive the youngsters will do fine and if Jake Lemoine will just pitch his game no one can beat him. My bet is Bridge City wins 3 to 1.*****Speaking of baseball, former Orange big leaguer, Bruce Aven, head coach of a Florida high school academy wins championship. See longtime sports writer Joe Kazmar’s exclusive story and interview with Bruce. Kaz is the dean of sports writers. He’s been writing for this organization for over 35 years. Bruce was an early Orange County star.*****Speaking of great athletes, in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, we might have watched one of the great horses to come along since Affirmed won the triple crown in 1978. I’ll Have Another is now 1.5 miles away from becoming thoroughbred racing Triple Crown champ. The colts date with destiny comes June 9 when he runs in the demanding Belmont Stakes. I believe allegations of milk shaking the horse is just another side distraction. Bodemeister, the horse I’ll Have Another beat twice will not run but odds are a horse we have never heard of will come up to ruin the day for a Triple Crown. That’s the odds it’s been for 35 years, so if you bet on I’ll Have Another, don’t bet much. SIDE BAR: The Cajun Hall of Fame jockey, Kent Desormeaux, may be pulled from riding in the Belmont. He was suppose to ride Tiger Walk in the Preakness but was yanked for failing a breathalyzer test. This was the second time Desormeaux, 42, failed a test at a racetrack. He missed a $200,000 stakes race and his horse won. Friends say they are concerned about his drinking. If he rides Dullaham in the Belmont folks are betting he will be the main challenger to I’ll Have Another.*****Speaking of running, I can’t help but be concerned about the dozen jokers running to be our United States Congressman in the Republican Primary. I think gun toting, bible carrying Keith Casey is probably no nuttier than the rest. Despite Kevin Brady voting 98 percent for the failed Bush policies that got us in this big mess, we will probably miss his personality and caring for Orange County. The jokers don’t care if you vote for them or not, Orange County doesn’t count in the scheme of things. They haven’t spent a nickel with any media locally to get our vote.*****A few folks we know celebrating their special day. On Tuesday, May 22, our friend Margret Toal marked another year.***Amanda Uzzle and Billy Raymer celebrate on May 23.***Twins Joey and Rusty Williams, two great guys, celebrate May 24.***Barbara Johnson’s dad,

Howard, turns 84 on May 24.***Barbara Olson celebrates May 25. What a nice lady.***Another doctor’s wife, Mary Majors, will celebrate on May 26. Dr. Joe and Mary, after many years in Bridge City where he was the communities first dentist, moved away to the College Station area after Ike.***Constable Mark Philpott celebrates his birthday Friday, May 25. He also married his lovely wife Babette 21 years ago on his birthday in order to not forget their anniversary.***Ms Maureen McAllister celebrates May 28.***A.J. Lemoine marks a birthday May 29.***Next Wednesday, May 30, Chief Sam Kittrell and Glenn Earl both celebrate their special day. Glenn says, “who’s counting.”***On May 30 a special young lady, Dr. Amber Dunn, will celebrate far away from family and friends in Cleveland, Ohio. Happy birthday to all.*****American Idol features finalist 16-year-old Jessica Sachez and 21-year-old Phillip Phillips in Tuesday night’s final appearance. The winner will be crowned Wednesday night. Joshua Ledet, of West Lake, Louisianan, lived up to our prediction of making the top three. He was knocked off last week. It’s a tough call but I don’t see how they can bounce multi-talented Phillips.*****Are you really surprised that Orangefield A.D. and Coach, Brian Huckaby, is on his way out. The school and athletic program is losing a good man and leader. Good luck with your knee coach.*****What has become of Iva Kay Odam? Has she been let out to pasture, just left town or gone underground. Strange disappearance.*****Gov. Rick Perry and the powers talked Mike Hamilton into running for state representative even though he hasn’t been an effective representative in the mold of Wayne Peveto and Ron Lewis. He has however, been able to get some local issues passed. Meanwhile, he has done well for himself using his connections to obtain disaster catering up and down the Gulf Coast. The redistricting left Mike to run against Allen Ritter or in a new district. He chose the new district and was gutted from behind. Having used him up, Rick Perrry, the house speaker and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst are now throwing Mike under the bus and endorsing his opponent. Being a strong believer in loyalty until the end I feel for Mike. They are throwing a lot of trash and cash against him. LAST CALL Early voting in the primaries ends Friday. Election Day is next Tuesday, May 29. This is the last message you will get in this paper from the candidates. Some good candidates have worked really hard and spent a lot of money to give you their qualifications. They deserve a better turnout from the voters than they are getting. I figure only a total of 6,000 votes will be cast in the Republican Primary and only a third of that in the uncontested local Democratic Primary. We want to thank the candidates who used this community paper to deliver their message. We wish all good luck and thanks for offering yourself for public service. Please be a good citizen and vote Wednesday, Thursday and Friday or next Tuesday. Surely you can find the time. CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK Joe Badeaux, da Cajun pholosipher, was sitting at da back table at da McDonald’s wit Elray wen Teneg Dartez walk in and say, “Wat you men’s doing?” Badeaux answer, “Me, I’m giving Elray a lesson on politics.” Teneg axe, “Can I sit down me? Boat da men’s answer, “Sure, sure, sit down rat dere.” Badeaux continued, “You see, da country was in dis bad, bad mess, our young peoples was fighting two wars on da utta side of da ocean. At home, dere was no mo jobs and dem dey had spent all da money, broke, da country was in a big mess. So dey hire dis black guy to clean up dat bad mess dey left us in. Da black guy, he wants to borrow some money for some material to help clean up da mess. Dey say, “Nope, no money, use dat old broom over dere in da corner. Da black guy he work and he work but don’t get too far too fast him. He axe for some help. Dey say no, dats why you were hired, you. Do it by youself.” Elray butts in an axe, “Well, why dey mad at him den?” Badeaux answer, “Dey mad because he don’t clean dere mess up fast enough, dey say he go too slow.” “So wat he gonna do hanh?” Elray asked. “Well, says Badeaux, “He’s gonna get him some womens, Mexians and mo black folks and clean some more, an wen dey done, dey will have back all da money, an plenty jobs too.” Teneg say, “Can I axe a question me?” “Wat is it?” Badeaux axe. “Well, it’s about dat some-sex marriage?” “Oh, Teneg, Badeaux answer, dats easy, if you against it, or if you don’t’’ like it, don’t do it.” “Yeah, but dey say if dey do it dey going to hell dem,” answer Teeney. “Mais, dat’s okay Teneg, dere will be more room for me and you in heaven if dat’s true.” C’EST TOUT Well, we’re short on space so I ‘m pulling some of the copy out of this column, “Creaux’s Tips” and etc. in order to make room for a couple of ads. *****The Lunch Bunch will meet at Robert’s this week.***** A lot of good, interesting reading is inside these pages and also special features, including another chapter by Roy on his colorful dad, Clay.**** Enjoy the paper. 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Sixty Thousand in Debt and No Job! Kent Conwell

Lighter Side of Life For The Record

I imagine none of us would like to be in such a position. But if you have a youngster or three or four in college, you’d best be aware of just how expensive it has become. An English major, speech and science minor, I always believed a college education was essential to a satisfying life. After ten years in the English classroom, with a three-year break in the business world, I came to realize that college was important only to a select group. Now by select, I don’t mean elite or rich or popular, but those interested in occupations in demand in today’s ever changing world of business. The definitive phrase in the last sentence of the previous paragraph is “in demand.””What might be “in demand” in one part of the country might be “no demand” in another. That’s why I spent my last thirty-one years in Career and Technology Education, once called Vocational Education. A college education doesn’t mean a four-year baccalaureate. A college degree can be a one-year certificate, a two-year associate, or even a trade school certification. The point is, after high school, young folks must have additional education if they wish to earn salaries beyond entry-level wages. Now, entry-level wages are from work as honorable, as honest, as respectable as a doctor’s job. Trouble is, the doctor makes a heck of a lot more money. Of course, he’s spent a heck of a lot more time and effort gaining the additional education.

There are degrees that are worthless although at the end, they cost the same as a practical one. What’s happened is that the public has been sold a bill of goods about college. Go to college-get rich! That’s the mantra flying like a banner from the flagpoles of colleges around the country, and most public schools jumped on the proclamation. The colleges market themselves because of the additional income. Years back way back in the days of trolls beneath the bridges, college tuition ran ten bucks an hour, thirty a class, one-fifty a semester not counting books and fees. Today, after Lamar announced an increase, tuition is over two hundred and hour, six hundred for a three-hour class, three thousand for five classes for one semester not counting books and fees. So it should come as no surprise that many graduate from college with sizeable student loans. And it should also come as no surprise that there is much talk in Washington about forgiving the loans. While we’re talking about “no surprises” it should come as no surprise that this also an election year, which probably accounts for the sudden lagniappe from the administration. For those saddled with college loans, I can offer no advice except to set up a payment schedule and stick to it. You opted for a convenient financial answer to college. Well, you got it, and now that you’ve graduated, it is time to pay the proverbial piper. For those making ready for college, don’t let emotions or wishful thinking guide your decisions. I once had a superintendent who wanted his daughter to go to Texas A&M before getting her certification as a registered nurse. He claimed the A&M experience would be to her advantage. My Health Occupations instructor, an RN, informed him in no uncertain terms that what really counted

Cooking with Katherine: Stuffed Zucchini Boats Katherine Aras For The Record

Here is another of our family favorites. These little babies make great appetizers. You can put the bacon on top or mix it in with everything. We will be serving these up at the restaurant this summer. I know some of you are starting to harvest your zucchini already. Hope you enjoy and always happy eating! 4-5 zucchini unpeeled 3-4 strips of bacon cut

into 2-3 inches each Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top 1 small pkg. of mushrooms chopped small 3-4 green onions chopped ½ cup dry white wine Tony’s Seasoning Clean zucchini and cut in half length wise. Then cut into 3 inch sections. Cut ends off and leave peeling on. Parboil for 15 minutes. Then cool off and scoop out inside saving to add to mushroom mixture. Meanwhile clean and chop mushrooms and sauté in half a stick of butter. Add green

onions and zucchini squash you scooped out. Add your Tony’s Seasoning, garlic and pepper. Cook 10 minutes. Then add wine and reduce liquid. Cook bacon in microwave 10 minutes. Look at it to see if it is at least half done. If not add 5-10 more minutes. Stuff zucchini’s with mushroom mixture. Add Parmesan cheese and bacon on top. Cook at 350 degrees for 15-20 min. till bacon is done. Katherine Aras Look Who’s Cooking Now (409)670-3144 or restaurant 670-9517

was the initials, RN or MD or DO, not A&M. There’s a lot of folks who can’t handle twenty thousand a year tuition, or even six thousand. Gayle and I knew there was no fairy godmother who would swoop down, wave a wand, and hand us money for the girls’ college. So we saved a little each month. We made sacrifices early on so we wouldn’t have to later. We didn’t drive a new car, take a lot of expensive vacations, and that sort of thing. It paid off as both young women went through Lamar’s nursing program and gained RN degree and certification without going into debt. It was a satisfying feeling to have the savings to pay tuition and books each semester. If you go to a college because your parents went there, or because your friends are going, or because your high school counselors favor it like far too many in Southeast Texas prefer University of Texas or Texas A&M, then prepare for hefty expenses. Don’t complain when it’s over. Believe it or not, there is no law saying you have to finish in four years. As hard as it is to believe, there are people who work and take a couple classes a semester. Takes a while longer, but they pay as they go. A novel concept, but it works. Even though Lamar raised its tuition, it is a good school at reasonable prices compared to larger universities. In fact, many of the smaller colleges are good, and a heck of a lot less expensive than the name schools. Believe me, most businesses don’t care where you matriculated and graduated, but that you did.

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• The Record • Week of Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Deaths and Memorials Death Announcements:

Billie Jean Bailey Starks, La.

Billie Jean Bailey, 60, of Starks, La. died Tuesday, May 15, at her residence. Born in Orange on July 31, 1951, Billie was the daughter of Bill and Dorothy Mae (Carpenter) Bailey. She was a newspaper carrier for the Orange Leader, Beaumont Enterprise and the Lake Charles American Press. Preceded in death by her parents, Billie is survived by her companion of 22 years, Lawrence Edward Fowler; stepmother, Margaret; and three children, Vicki Lynn Fowler and her husband, Charlie Edward Fowler Jr., Tommy James Trosclair Jr. and companion, Manda Steward, Jennifer Michelle Johnson and husband, Jeffery Lewis Johnson and Lawrence’s children, Amy, Heather and Joey. She is also survived by her ten grandchildren, Alesha, Charlie III, Billy, Ashlynn, Austin, Jessica, Wyatt, Maranda, Timothy and Frankie; two great-grandchildren, Jada and Landon; four brothers, Danny, Tommy, Tony and Kenneth; and four sisters, Sarah, Nora, Tina and Dusty. For those who wish, memorials may be made to a cancer organization of the donor’s choice. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory near Bridge City. Held:

Andrea Raye Trahan Orange

Andrea Raye Trahan, 67, of Orange passed away on Friday, May 18, at Harbor Hospice Hospital in Beaumont. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, May 22, at Dorman Funeral Home. Cremation was held under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home. She was a native of Orange; born on July 28, 1944 to the late Bertha (Constantine) and Andrew Trahan Sr. She was a life long residence of Orange and attended Orangefield Unite Pentecostal. She enjoyed cooking, fishing and working in her garden. Andrea was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend who will be missed dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Trahan Sr.; granddaughter, Heather Leann Nelson. She is survived by her sons, William L. Nelson of and wife, Janetta of Orange, James A. Nelson of Jasper; sisters, June Burch and husband, Paul of Livingston, Jeanette Hoffpauir of Orangefield; brothers, Alcy James Trahan of wife Lydia of Willis, Andrew Trahan Jr. of Orange; grandchildren, James E. Nelson, Tracy Nicole Burch and husband, Joseph A. Burch Sr.; adopted grandchildren, Skylar K. Kennedy, Letricia King, Amber King, Brittney King; great grandchildren, Joseph A. Delassus, Heather Delassus, Joseph Burch Jr., Leann E. Nelson, Lesley E. Nelson, Levi “T-Bird” Burch; adopted great grandchildren, Carsyn McCollough and Kayce L. McCollough. In lieu of flowers you may make donations to Dorman Funeral Home to help the family with finial expenses. Those wishing to sign the guestbook may do so at www.

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Verna Mae Hudson Orange

Elaine Gauthier Orange

Verna Mae Hudson, 99, of Orange, died S a t u r d a y, May 19, at The Meadows in Orange. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. David Turner, pastor of Little Cypress Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Hudson Cemetery in Orange. Born in Alton, La. on Jan. 18, 1913, she was the daughter of Charles and Ophelia (Landers) Lechner. Mrs. Hudson was a member of Little Cypress Baptist Church. She loved to garden and was well known for her cooking and baking. She loved her family, and loved to take care of them. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Travis Hudson; son, Travis C. Hudson, daughters, Juanita Cooper and Eva McClain; and granddaughter, Glenda Naegelin. Mrs. Hudson is survived by her sons, Willard R. Hudson and wife Doris of Orange, Ronald D. Hudson of Milsap; daughterin-law, Melba Hudson of Orange; and grandchildren, Denay Hudson, Willard R. Hudson, Jr., Jennifer K. Fleming, Ivan Dancourt, Deann Herbel, Ronnie A. Hudson, Amy McCarley, Clint Hudson, Travis Hudson Jr., Beth Hudson, Dan Hudson, Dawl Cooper, Janice Wayman, Ray McClain, Don McClain, and Tom McClain. She is also survived by 24 great-grandchildren and 16 great great-grandchildren. Serving as Pallbearers will be Ronnie A. Hudson, Clint Hudson, Travis Hudson, Jr., Dan Hudson, Dawl Cooper, Ray McClain, Don McClain, and Joe Hudson.

Elaine Gauthier, 76, of Orange, died Saturday, May 19, at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be the Rev. Steve Leger of St. Henry Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. Elaine was born in Winthrop, Ark. and was a lifelong resident of Orange. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, “The” bridge club, and was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmothe, and beloved friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, Evylene Daigneau and Lois Drake; husband, Charles A. Gauthier; daughter, Stacey Ann Gauthier; granddaughter, Amy Danielle Gauthier; and sisters, Sally Smith and Normalene Harrell. Elaine is survived by her sons, Gary and Tanya Gauthier of Mauriceville, David and Terri Gauthier of Bridge City, Russell and Debra Gauthier of Bridge City, Michael and Shawna Gauthier of Bridge City, Cory Gauthier of Bridge City, Spencer LeFort of Houston; daughters, Necey and Phil Mumbach of Bridge City, Teresa and Jeff Viator of Mauriceville, and Jamie Gauthier of Bridge City; and grandchildren, Garrett & Katie Gauthier, Carly Gauthier, Aaron and Abby Gauthier, Victoria Gauthier, Colin Mumbach, Caitlin and Andrew Pridemore, Megan Mumbach, Dylan Mumbach, Kara and Billy Ricks, Luke and Stefanie Wolfford, Alana Gauthier, Chas Gauthier, Michael and Taryn Gauthier, Brandon Gauthier, Jennifer Viator, Julianne Viator, Jacie Viator, Harrison Gauthier and Charley Gauthier. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Amy Grace Gauthier, Jackson Gauthier, Ethan Pridemore, Toni Ricks, Kade Tompkins, Kenley Ricks, Jessica Fitzgerald, Jake Fitzgerald, Jenna Wolfford, and Holland Gauthier; and sisters, Sue and Hoss Bowen of Jacksonville, Fla., and Judy and John Tegeler of Clinton, Iowa. Serving as Pallbearers will be Garrett Gauthier, Aaron Gauthier, Colin Mumbach, Dylan Mumbach, Luke Wolfford, Chas Gauthier, Michael Gauthier, Brandon Gauthier, Harrison Gauthier and Cory Gauthier. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gary Gauthier, David Gauthier, Russell Gauthier, Michael Gauthier, Spencer LeFort, Phil Mumbach and Jeff Viator. The family would like to send out a special thank you to Elaine’s caregivers: Geraldine Beasley, Catherine Jackson, Sharla Gonzales, Eve Permenter and Southeast Texas Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to Southeast Texas Hospice in lieu of flowers.


Betty Ann McCants Reed Orange Betty Ann McCants Reed, 81, of Orange, Texas died Thursday, May 17, at Harbor Hospital in Beaumont surrounded by her family. Graveside services were held Monday, May 21, 2012, at Jett Cemetery in Orange with Pastor Lance Faulkner, pastor of Church on the Rock in Bridge City, officiating. Born in Sweet Water, Ala. on Aug. 26, 1930, Betty was the daughter of Percy McCants and Ruth (Outlaw) McCants. She was a receptionist at H & R Block, a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her son, David Reed; grandson, John Hannegan and sister, Carol Lee Thompson. Betty is survived by her husband, Tommy L. Reed of Orange; and daughter, Ruthie Hannegan and her husband Kent of Orangefield. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Carrie Prouse and Katie Hunt and husband, Slade; three great-grandchildren, Davin Kalena, Sadie Prouse, and Harper Hunt; brother, Bobby McCants of Victoria; sister-in-law, Kay Claybar of Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Judy Lea Pollock Orange

M. Bruce Simpson Orange

Judy Lea Pollock, 67, of Orange passed away on Wednesday, May 16, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. A funeral service was held on Saturday, May 19, at Dorman Funeral Home, with Rev. Sam Roe officiating. A burial followed at Newton City Cemetery after the service. She was a native of Port Arthur; born on Feb. 2, 1945 to parents Dorothy Lea (Reho) and Kenneth Elbert Ferguson. She had lived in the Orange area for 40 years and was a member of Colony Baptist Church. She was always busy, cleaning, cooking and babysitting her grandchildren. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her loving husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren; who will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ferguson, sister, Nancy Bass. She is survived by her husband, Francis M. Pollock of Orange; daughter, Barbara Gail Pollock of Brenham; son, John Alan Pollock of Orange; grandchildren, Jeff Alan Pollock and wife, Jamie, Jason Wesley Pollock, John J. Pollock all of Orange; great grandchildren, Brendon Alan Pollock, Jordan Lee Pollock, Jacob Wesley Pollock, Rylan Harrison, Gracelyn Nichole Pollock; sisters, Margie Coleman and husband Marshall of Kirbyville, Debbie Jones and husband, Tom of Orangefield; brothers, Kenneth Ferguson and wife, Ann of Tenaha, Royce Ferguson and wife, Polly of Henderson. John Alan Pollock, Jeff Alan Pollock, Jason Wesley Pollock, John J. Pollock, John Russell Pollock and James C. Pollock served as pallbears. Those wishing to sign the guest book may do so at www.

Bruce Simpson, 68, of Orange, died S u n d a y, May 20, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Dr. Bob Webb of Trinity Baptist Church and the Rev. Scott McIntosh of North Orange Baptist Church. Graveside Services will be 4 p.m. Thursday, at Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Claybar Funeral Home. Born in Nacogdoches, on July 18, 1943, Bruce was the son of Everett and Juanita (Hall) Simpson. A graduate of Nacogdoches High School in 1961, Bruce received an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Lamar and attended the FBI National Academy. He worked in law enforcement for 40 years including the West Orange Police Department where he served as Police Chief and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 28 years. He was a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church and a member of Masonic Lodge 126, where he served as past master, district deputy and treasurer. Bruce is survived by his wife of 48 years, Edith Simpson;

son, Jeffrey Simpson and wife Chessy of Orange; brothers, William Simpson and wife Liz of Jasper, Paul Simpson of Nacogdoches; sisters-in-law, Marie Permenter of Nacogdoches, Mattie Schmidt and husband Cliff of Lufkin, Vonnie Cordova and husband Bill of Nacogdoches; aunt, Billie Berniard of Baton Rouge, La.; Grandson and the Apple of his Eye, Robert Simpson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as Pallbearers will be Jerry Hughes, Dan Mohon, Willie Morgan, Buddy Miller, Nolan Griffin, Preston Nichols and Jerry Priddy. Honorary Pallbearers will be Past and Present Law Enforcement in Orange; the Men’s Sunday School class at Trinity Baptist Church, Tommy Cordova, and Robert Simpson. The family would like to send a special thanks to Cathy Gohike and Dr. Lee at Harbor Hospice, and the staff of Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Groves. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund, 1408 W. Park Ave, Orange, TX 77630. OBITS PAGE 11A

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Phi Kappa Phi honor society initiates 102 at Lamar University Staff Report

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The National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi initiated 102 Lamar University juniors and seniors into membership during the organization’s annual spring ceremony. Seniors elected to membership must rank in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class, while second-semester juniors must rank in the upper 7.5 percent of their class. Lamar’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi conducted the ceremony April 26 in the University Reception Center of the Mary and John Gray Library. Chapter President Kevin Dodson welcomed guests, explained membership criteria and presented a history of Lamar Chapter 95, which was chartered in 1965. Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, Dodson said. Lamar is one of fewer than 300 colleges and universities to have chapters. The names of the Orange County inductees are listed below, in order of their hometowns: Bridge City: Kyle Jordan Brodeur, Kensey Kriselen Duncan, Yamile Yaneth Zuniga. Orange: Derek Douglas Borel, Lisa Marie Farzad, Toinette Hill, Joyce Ann Hyatt, Olivia Faye Wagner, Fred Zoch Jr. Vidor: Marissa Diane Bell, Kevin King, Kelly Briana Sellers, Joshua Michael Simmons.




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The children of Myra Wright would like to invite her friends and family to a “come and go” reception on Saturday, May 26, to celebrate her 80th birthday. Please join us at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 200 W. Roundbunch Road in Bridge City from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for cake, punch, coffee and fellowship. She requests no gifts except your presence.

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The Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) 11th annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign will take place through June 3. State and local law enforcement will be working overtime to ensure motorists and passengers are following Texas seat belt laws. Seat belt violations could result in fines and court costs of up $250 or more. While seat belt use in Texas is up over the last decade, seat belt use among pickup truck drivers and passengers continues to lag. In 2011, only 80.3 percent of pickup truck passengers used seat belts as compared to 92.4 percent of passengers in other vehicles. In 2011, one out of every two pickup truck drivers killed in a traffic crash in Texas was not wearing a seat belt. Approximately one out of every four vehicles registered in Texas is a pickup truck. According to the Texas Transportation Institute, 93.7 percent of Texas drivers and passengers now buckle up. Experts at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimate that the 11-year-old Click It or Ticket initiative has resulted in 2,843 fewer traffic fatalities, 48,000 fewer serious injuries and a savings to the state of more than $10 billion in associated costs. To ensure that Texans comply with seat belt laws, thousands of state troopers will join police officers and sheriffs’ deputies statewide during a stepped-up enforcement period through June 3, including the Memorial Day holiday weekend, to ticket drivers and passengers who aren’t buckled up.

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The Lutcher Stark Class of 1957 celebrated their 55th class reunion on April 28. The all-day event was held at the Sunset Grove Country Club with a breakfast that morning and a dinner that night. Forty-five graduates attended the breakfast and a total of 75 graduates and their spouses attended the evening affair. Entertainment was provided by the Class of ‘57 “The Sisterhood.” The planning committee consisted of Jack Smith, Lynn Fields, Betty James, Jeanie Jordan, Floyd Henry, Gerald Thompson, June Stringer, Merrill Stringer, Margaret Shelton, Louise Fazio and Pat Hall.

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Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will host a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 28, 2012. Those wishing to attend the ceremony will be given free entry starting at 2:00 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 2:45 p.m. To explore the Gardens either before or after the event, an admission ticket must be purchased. Visitors are encouraged to bring folding chairs for seating during the ceremony. Shangri La will be open throughout Memorial Day from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for visitors of all ages. The program will start with a welcoming speech from Michael Hoke, Director of Shangri La, followed by the recognition of veterans. Glen Dutton will make a short presentation and deliver a Memorial Day prayer. Dutton is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force and has served at the Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group for 13 years. During the program, Robert and Michelle Hoke, son and daughter-in-law of Michael Hoke, will sing the National Anthem and patriotic songs. Robert Hoke is currently a law student at Louisiana

State University, where he was a member of the cappella choir for three years. Michelle is currently a teacher at Baptist Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has sung the National Anthem at several sporting events and high-capacity venues, as well as other venues for nonprofit organizations. The ceremony will conclude with a ringing of the Great Bell at Shangri La, one minute of silence in remembrance of those who gave their lives for their country and TAPS played by Rebecca Kent. Kent is a graduate of Lamar University and has performed at numerous Memorial Day ceremonies. “As we reflect on the sacrifice members of our military have made, the serenity of the gardens provides a place of solace for all to honor the ultimate commitment our military men and women have made for our country. All are invited to honor our fallen soldiers at Shangri La on Memorial Day,” said Shangri La Director, Michael Hoke. Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 409.670.9113 or visit www.

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The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament will start with an 8 a.m. tee time on Monday, July 16 at Sunset Grove Country Club. It will be a four-person scramble. • Players package- Golf: $60 includes green fee, cart, beverages food and door prizes. Mulligans are $5 each, limit two per player. • $100 Hole Sponsor- Your firm will receive recognition in the form of a tee box sign, event and post-event publicity. Payment must accompany registration. The deadline is July 13. Make checks payable to Bridge City Chamber of Commerce and mail to Bridge City Chamber of Commerce, 150 W. Roundbunch, Bridge City, TX. 77611, (409) 735-

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Community Bulletin Board Orange County Farmer’s Market open Wednesday, Saturday The Orange County Farmers’ Market is open for the season on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday from 7-10 a.m. The market ends when the produce is sold out, which is often earlier than the times shown. The following items are now available: Tomatoes (maybe), corn, carrots, green beans, cucumbers, leaf lettuce, greens, potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, snow peas, purple hull peas, onions, peppers, blueberries, jams and jellies, hot sauce, local honey, fresh eggs, homemade cookies, flowering plants, blueberry bushes and more. The market is held in the parking lot in front of Big Lots on MacArthur Drive. For additional information, contact Texas AgriLife at 882-7010.

“Remembering Bridge City” set for June 10 The Bridge City Historical Society will be hosting “Remembering Bridge City” on Sunday, June 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bridge City First Baptist Church, 200 W. Roundbunch Rd. in the family life center. Citizens of Bridge City are encourage to bring early photographs, pictures and other historical items to be scanned and documented. Additionally, there will be a video area set up to do video taping of people who have a historic perspective of Bridge City. The BC Historical Society is interested in creating a vivid picture of Bridge City’s history for future generations. Everyone is invited to attend and help us preserve the history of Bridge City. For more information, please call Darrell Segura at (409) 720-9999. Refreshments will be served.

Annual Memorial Day tribute to be held May 27 The public is invited to the ninth annual tribute to Orange County veterans at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 27 at the Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza, 3810 MLK Drive in Orange. The patriotic tribute will honor all veterans and those currently serving in the military. Held annually on the plaza on the campus of Orange First Church of the Nazarene, the program

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includes special speakers, patriotic music and more. The plaza features the life size sculpture “Tears from a Grateful Heart” by Colorado-based artist Scott Stearman and the names of scores of veterans from Orange County. Inscribed on plaques incorporated into the plaza are the names of airmen, sailors, soldiers and Marines. Also featured is the ship’s bell from the U.S.S. Dyson. Built in Orange, the Dyson went on to earn the Presidential Unit Citation and 11 battle stars for World War II service. For more information, call 883-4674.

KOCB searching for community projects Keep Orange County Beautiful has access to limited funding to assist the cities of Orange County, or the county itself, in disposing of abandoned tires dumped on the side of the roads.  Such a project provides a discernible environmental benefit of providing proper disposal of these tires and reduces health threats associated with illegally dumped tires. These dumpsites can become breeding grounds for mosquitos and rodents that carry diseases, plus tire fires can result in the contamination of surface water, ground water and soils.   Funds may also be available to clean up trash dumps on public property. If you or your community affiliations have potential projects that fit this description, please bring them to the attention of the KOCB board at 330-9373.

LCM FFA seeking past members for dinner The Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) is looking for past FFA members and officers from Mauriceville, Little Cypress, and Little Cypress-Mauriceville from the school years 2002, 1992, 1982, 1972, and 1962. The FFA Banquet theme this year will be, “Back in the Day with FFA,” and the current officers would like to invite past members from 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 years ago to attend the banquet. The FFA is asking that if you or someone you know was a past FFA member from one of these years, please contact Brandy Whisenant by calling 409-886-5821, extension 1040, or email with your contact information so that you can be given a formal invitation to attend. The dinner will be held on May 24. Reservations are required.

Quantum-Touch® Level one workshop scheduled Quantum-Touch is a powerful yet easy to learn natural healing technique. Through the use of breathing exercises and body awareness, the body’s own ability to heal itself is accelerated. Join certified practitioner and level 1 instructor, Penny LeLeux in a weekend workshop to be held in Orangefield, May 2627. Call 409-728-5970 or e-mail for more information.

Heavenly Hearts Summer Charity Pageant to be held May 26 Heavenly Hearts Charity Pageants announces it’s next event. The Summer Charity Pageant will be held on May 26 at the Bridge City Community Center in Bridge City. Entries are being accepted now and will continue until May 24. Early bird entry discounts are given to those that enter by May 5. Age divisions are from babies all the way to adult. The event is open to all areas and to both boys and girls. Attire is formal and summer wear. Awards are crowns, trophies, plaques, sashes, toys, gifts, and much more. No one will leave empty handed and all young contestants receive a tiara just for taking part in this event. The


charity that will benefit from this event is the Bridge City Ministerial Alliance. Entry fee into this event if entered by the early bird deadline is $85. Late entries will be charged $135. Raffle tickets for various donated items can be sold to pay the entry fee, or you may get a sponsor if you want to enter at no cost to you. For more information, log on to Heavenly Hearts Charity Pageants on facebook. Anyone can enter, purchase a raffle ticket, or make a donation by calling Kari Stringer 281-259-4437 (Must leave a message) or by email for a much faster response Applications can be mailed or emailed to you by sending your email address to the yahoo account. There are also applications available to pick up at the Ministerial Alliance. The alliance is open on Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and they are located next to First Baptist Church on Roundbunch Road in Bridge City. Businesses are welcome to advertise free of charge with any donation of any value to the event.

Hunter Education Safety Class set for June 7 The Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Home Study Safety Class Field part will be taught Thursday, June 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. in Orange. You must complete the online home study computer sections, print completed tests and bring them to class. Call Odom to register at 409-883-8118.

BCHS class of 1972 to host 40th reunion Bridge City High School Class of 1972 will hold their 40th reunion Saturday, June 2 at LaQuinta Inn and Suites in Bridge City. The reunion will start at 5 p.m. and end at 12 a.m. For more information, contact Vicki McFerrin Jeter at 735-3172 or Butch English at 679-3372. The class is searching for classmates. If anyone can help locate them, call the above numbers. Classmates not found: A.C. Barber III, Vickie Bell (Saltzman), Curtis Black, Karen Blackwell Eggers, Karen Bourgois, Marita Eversole Ferguson, Debbie Busby Braneff - Time Braneff (son), Eileen Busby Kimbrough, Richard Johnson, Jackie Latino, Pam Lewis Arceneaux?, Gwen Lonadier DeSalle, Denise Lute Lage, James Mancil, Wayne Calhoun, Mike Church, Robert-Richard Carl, Elaine Deroche Kelly, Malcolm Hill, Veronica Hollingsworth Munson, Melinda Jenkins, Nicky Monte, Terrie Patterson Bebee, Delores Vasser Bertrand, Donna Verrett Beaumont, Mary Waldrep, David Williams, Steve Worrell, John Farris, Randy Flowers, Larry Green, Pam J. Hebert, Vickie Helms, Ray Smith, Linda Trevino Posey, Donnie Vail, David Prejean, John Quirk, Ronnie Rayburn, Daryl Reynolds, Randal Ritchey, Debbie Rose, Rick Sanders?, Roer Schoolfield, Leslie Simon and Kenneth Smith.

Safe Sitter® course now being offered The Orange County Texas Agrilife Extension will offer Safe Sitter® courses for young teens 11 and up on July 23 and 24 at Vidor Community Center. Registration deadline is June 29. Over 500,000 adolescent babysitters have graduated from the medically-accurate program which instills students with confidence as they learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. The cost of the course is $40. Call 409882-7010 to register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter. The up-to-date curriculum provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques designed to prepare babysitters to act in an emergency. Babysitters also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behav-

Education • Graduated in 1989 from Bridge City High School • Attended Brigham Young University on a football scholarship • Graduated in 1994 from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science • Graduated on 2000 from South Texas College of Law with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence Experience • Has handled hundreds of cases in Orange County and across Texas in the areas of civil law, criminal law, family law and probate law. • Admitted to practice law in all Courts of the State of Texas, Federal Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas • Active member of Orange County Bar Association and the Jefferson County Bar Association • Served as Attorney Ad Litem • Certified Mediator


Family and Community • Married to Amy Townsend, (Judice) M.D.; together they have one daughter, Alexandria, who is in the 7th grade at Bridge City Middle School • Member of Common ground Community Church in Bridge City • Business owner -Rodney Townsend Attorney at Law P.C. located in Orange • Active member of Ducks Unlimited (DU), the Coastal Rifle Association (CCA) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) • Selected by the Orange Jaycees to serve as the 2011 Grand Marshall for the Orange Christmas Parade • Recognized as the best lawyer in Orange by the readers of the Orange Leader.

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Another Chapter: Prohibition, oil fields, and hard times n A thumbnail sketch of a

few years in the adventurous life of Clay Dunn during prohibition. He thrived on challenging the rules and filling his need. Clay Dunn’s brothers followed the oil booms, transporting oil. So did Clay but for different reasons. Black gold attracted green bucks, and he always devised a trap to get himself some of them. Even though Clay still had some interest in Port Arthur, the Klan, after tarring him and had burned his ship. He really had too much heat on him to hang around that town. The Orange oilfield was discovered six miles west of Orange in 1913, but it didn’t start to boom until 1921. The really big boom came in August 1922 with Oscar Chesson’s “wonder Well.” Clay set up shop on what became the oilfield’s main drag. By 1925, the people who followed black gold dispersed to other fields. Only one section crew remained by 1927. Active until his death a few years ago was Paul Cormier, born in Ged, La., in 1919. When he was 2 years old, his father, Jack, and mother Florence dismantled their house, hauled it by wagon and set it back up in the oilfield. Jack went to work in the oilfield while Florence ran a café. In 1928, Jack was injured. Paul quit school a couple of years later and went on to work in the oilfields to help the family. He never left. He made the oilfield his life’s work. The success of his venture and stick-ability is pure Americana. Clay had moved on by 1927. He built and opened Orange County’s only supper club, “The Silver Slipper” on the Ferry Road in what later was to become Bridge City. The building, on Lake Street, was torn down after Hurricane Rita’s damage. The Bailey’s had built a Fish Camp at the ferry landing the year before later known as Fred Bailey’s Place. That building burned down a few years ago. Clay’s club catered to the area’s elite and influential. He served large steaks, seafood and furnished live music. Even though prohibition was the order of the day, plenty of alcohol flowed in the club. False walls hid the gambling casino behind them. Dad built his home next door. In 1928, Huey P. Long was elected governor of Louisiana. Clay had an inside with the

Long administration. Gambling was going to be pretty well wide open. Clay would have the Abbeville concession. He opened in a temporary club, then he built a large club. The new “Lafitte Club,” was located on the outskirts of town. It was a large, fabulous place for its time. Dad had hocked the Silver Slipper Club to build it. He sent Spot Alred, ariend, to pay Orange national Bank his final $500 note. The bank wouldn’t accept the payment. Spot returned to Abbeville with the news. Clay rushed back to Orange to discover the bank had foreclosed on the club and house and had cut a deal with one Bab Berwick, a local law man. Bab was often accused of killing several blacks. He never killed any white folks, whom I’m aware of. Clay considered him gutless. Bab still has family living in the area so I won’t indulge in much of this. A long time lawman, Mr. Griffin, who still has family in Bridge City also, told me the story and said Bab lived in fear of Clay. Another ironic sidebar to that story is that a couple, who 26 years later would become my mother and father-in-law, were hired by Bab as the caretakers at the silver slipper. While in Abbeville, Clay met my 14-year-old mother. Things didn’t pan out too well for Clay. In 1932, Oscar K. Allen was elected governor. Huey Long went on to the United States Senate. He was assassinated in the Capital in Baton Rouge on Dec. 10, 1935. Clay, being a Texan and outsider, was resented by some of the home guard, who felt the concession should be theirs. They were able to apply pressure in Baton Rouge Clay continued to operate until one night he was raided by the state police. He was tipped off and he and the piano player hid two of the slot machines in an open field behind the club. Twenty years later, while traveling through the area, Dad told me about the slots, wondering what had become of them. Fifteen years after that time, while visiting my mother and grandmother in Abbeville, I told the story about the hidden machines to my two boys. They wanted to go look for them. I told them I had played in that field often as a boy and the slots weren’t there. They insisted that we look anyway. Forty-five years after being hidden, we found a wooden, cast-iron slot machine. It still worked. We were so excited; we hauled it back to Mom’s place and never thought about looking for the other one. Since them, it’s made the rounds between the

The Silver Slipper Club, on Lake Street in Bridge City, built 84 years ago during prohibition as it looked before Hurricane Rita came to town.

This nickel slot machine was hidden by Clay Dunn. It was found by grandsons, Mark and Allen Dunn, 38 years later.

This pen and ink of the LaFitte Club was drawn by my uncle, Mom’s brother, Dan Duplantis. The Abbeville, La., club as built around 1930 and was considered one of the top night spots in the state before the end of prohibition.

boys and me. It now sits in my den, fixed not to operate because the grandkids couldn’t resist playing it. After the raid, Clay moved back to Texas where he set up shop in Burleson County, on the bank of the Brazos River. He had hooked up with Ed Wndel, a home guard from Caldwell, who had the local connection. They operated a crap game that drew from the Bryan/College Station and Brenham area. At first, with no electricity, they used kerosene lights and a palm fan pulled up and down by one of the help to keep the players cool. Clay was doing business in several places and living a fast life. He was finally shot and after his recovery, Mom left him and we returned to the Cajun Country. The bullet was still lodged beneath his heart when he died years later. After prohibition, Clay built an empire with the only three liquor stores in 13

dry counties and the famous Avelon Club. Mom and I didn’t hear much from dad after she left him. For $70, she bought a oneroom grain shed and moved the little building next to my grandmother’s. Our house had no utilities and was built from 12-inch slats with no insulation. The green wood had warped and left cracks that we filled with newspapers. I slept on a pallet on the floor. We lived in poverty while my mother earned little money as a wash lady and picking cotton. The years would go by, and after prohibition, Clay returned to Orange County where he opened the county’s first liquor store and other pioneering ventures in the Bridge City area, while maintaining the growing Brazos River operation. The war years came and Dad expanded his operations. I would later join him. To be continued.

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Wilma Jean “Dean” Brown Harburg Wilma Jean “Dean” Brown, 70, of Hartburg passed away on Monday, May 21, at her home surrounded by her loving family. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at Dorman Funeral Home, with a gathering of family and friends from 11 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow at King Cemetery. She was born on Aug. 20,

1941 in Pitkin , La. to parents Earl and Laura (Bailey) Deason. She was a cook at Ruth’s Café for many years. She loved to cook and sit and drink coffee and talk to family and friends. She always told it like it was. Mrs. Brown was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandchildren, great grandmother and friend who will be missed dearly. She was preceded in death


by her parents; the love of her life of 49 years and four months, James “Jimmy” Brown; son, James Perry Brown; sister, Verbalee Perkins; brother, Bobby Deason. She is survived by her sons, Kenneth and Earl Brown both of Hartburg, David Brown and wife, Angie of Buna; sisters, Barbara Deason of Rosepine, LA, Shirley Gill of DeRidder; grandchildren, Kenneth Comeaux of Amarillo, Kenny Brown of Orange, Chris Brown and wife, Kayla of Starks, Micheal Brown and wife, Kayla of Buna, Eric Brown and wife, Christina of Orange,

Candice Brown of Mauriceville, Shon Brown and wife, Martina of Mauriceville and twelve great grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers are her grandson and honorary pallbearer her nephew, Dupree Brown. The family wishes to thanks Odyssey Hospice for their caring family and help during the past year and four months. A special thanks to Wade at Odyssey. Those wishing to sign the guest book may do so at www.



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Zombie Voodoo Fest set for June 9 The Zombie Voodoo Fest 2012 will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 on Pleasure Island in Port Arthur. There will be a battle of the bands, a “Thriller” dance party, a zombie run and tag, food and beverage, horror film festival, kids entertainment, hot zombie beauty contest and cash and prizes. For more information, go to The event is sponsored by the International Children’s Art Network, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to young creativity and talent.

Luther Stark class of 1954 to host reunion The former Lutcher Stark High School class of 1954 will be having their 58th class reunion on September 28 and 29. The two-day event will be held at the Sunset Grove Country Club. Letters have been mailed and notice via e-mail have been sent to those on file. The reservation deadline is August 15. If you have not received notice, please contact Joette Evans Webb at 8839432, 920-8683 or e-mail at

Fraternal Order of Eagles to host pool tournament The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th Street in Orange, will be hosting a pool tournament every Friday starting at 8 p.m. Prize money goes to first and second place winners. The community is invited to come meet the members of Aerie 2523 and join in the fun. For more information, please call 409-886-7381.

Fibromyaligia support group to meet at Second Baptist Church The fibromyaligia support group meets from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. every first and third Friday of every month at Second Baptist Church, 340 Bland Drive in Bridge City. The group is for patients, families and friends. The contact person is Joseph Henry at 886-0075.

Orange Community Band to meet every Thursday The Orange Community Band rehearses every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, located at 4103 Meeks Drive in Orange. They are in need of players for the following sections; flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, and percussion, but ALL are welcome! The band performs Christmas, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day concerts. At least one traditional band concert is performed annually. Please visit us on Facebook at Orange Community Band.

American Legion hosts bingo on Sundays The American Legion Auxiliary Post 49 at 108 Green Ave. in Orange hosts bingo every Sunday, starting at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a bingo game on Easter Sunday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 886-7202.

Rape and Suicide Crisis Center to offer support group meetings The Rape and Suicide Crisis Center of Southeast Texas will be hosting a support group for female survivors of sexual assault the first and third Wednesday of every month, starting at 5:30 p.m. Meetings will be held at the Foundation of Southeast Texas building, located at 700 North St. in downtown Beaumont. To RSVP or for further information, please contact the Crisis Center at 409-832-6530.

BCISD to administer Credit by Examination Bridge City ISD, in accordance with Chapter 74.24 TAC, will administer the Texas Tech University Credit by Examination Tests. Testing dates will be June 5, 6 and 7, 2012. Students in grades first through fifth will be allowed to take each of the five tests (Math, Science, Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies) at the elementary level without prior instruction. The student must score at least 90 on each of the five four tests to be considered eligible for grade level acceleration. Students in grades sixth through 12 will be permitted to take an examination to earn credit for an academic course for which they have had no prior instruction. Students must score at least 90 on the test to receive course credit. Additional information and registration forms can be obtained by contacting Gina Mannino at:

May Campbell Orange May Campbell, 82, of Orange passed away Friday, May 18, in Webster. A funeral service was held on Tuesday May 22, in the chapel at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with Pastor Barry Bradley, of the First Baptist Church in Orange, officiating. A graveside service was held Tuesday afternoon at the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie, La. Mrs. Campbell was born Oct. 8, 1929 to William and Gertrude (Roberts) Root. She graduated high school; earned her bachelor’s degree and later taught Home Economics at Orangefield High School for many years. She was a member of McDonald Baptist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Women’s Golf Association at Dupont. Mrs. Campbell was better known as “MeMay” by her family and extended family and will always be remembered as a wonderful mother and perfect grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Campbell and sister, Belle Breaud. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Cindi Brown and husband, John of Santa Fe and son, Butch Campbell of Orange and grandchildren, Bridget Hunsucker and husband, Jack, Sky Brown, Maci Spica and husband, Vincent, Brett Campbell, Abbie Campbell and Allyson Campbell. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Maybee Roux Hunsucker and Corbin Campbell and brother, William Root of Baton Rouge, La. Butch Campbell, John Brown, Sky Brown, Brett Campbell, Kevin Garriga and Jerry Beard served as pallbearers.

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Marriage licenses issued by the office of Karen Jo Vance, Orange County Clerk for the week April 2 - May 18: Joseph E. Triola and Amy E. Bryan Job A. Broom and Jennifer L. Sawyer Lawrence F. Powell Jr. and Catherine A. Williams Donald J. Tardy III and Brittney C. Patrick Toby L. Armstrong and Alissa R. Whittaker Todd A. Duhon and Sharlena G. Kedel Thomas J. Denby Jr. and Letricia L. Krug Robert J. Thrailkille Sr. and Stacy L. Wise Michael R. Preston Jr. and Sunshine D. Kiper Mitchell B. Webster Jr. Margarita Bornette Jeremy O. Dupont and Michele E. Cook Stephen L. Stewart Jr. and Terri A. Roye Jerry D. Belk and Patty D. Ferguson Dwight Martin and Jonquetta L. Winbush Kurt M. Miller and Denise R. McKean Jacob Provost Jr and Angie L Wilson Kendell G Schmidt and Haley L Sorrell Jeffery E Chandler and Khriss L Holbrook Jack P. Hill and Cydney K. Hill Simeon L. Quesenberry and Skyland E. Brehm Roland G. Gregoire and Elinda M. Gregoire Jonathan P. Dyer and Kristin E. Clark Benjamin M. Higgs and Amber L. Harper Chad E. Trahan and Shelly M. White Randall A. Meyers Jr. and Raye A. Ryder Milton Bradford Jr. and Veronica Rhodes Walter J. Mullins IV and Tammy M. Hartsfield Norman L. Jones and Crissy L. Ellis LaDarius D. Howard and Erianik L. Turner Brennan J. Broussard and Ashlee L. Sizemore-Williford Mark P. Thibodeaux and Kristy L. Michael Matthew E. Empson and Justice E. Hebert Kenneth D. Callahan and Cynthia A. Balla Marshall Scott Jr. and Darcus L. Broussard Anthony H. Williams Jr. and Shari L. Hutchinson William E. Laster and Marisela M. Romo William A. Manning and Crystal J. Lawrence Justin N. Cook and Kimberly A. Stewart Kurt A. Ebner and Desnee R. Garner Devin J. Prejean and Paige N. Holmes Jason G. Meshwert and Brittany A. Lackey Keith J. Miguez and Wendy P. Monteaux Kodi J. Mahood and Tiffini L. Taylor Virgil R. Powell and Romona A. Powell John R. Gordon and Judith A. Pace Cory B. Godeaux and Sherry A. Phillips Richard A. Granger and Connie Hardin Michael C. Malloy and Julie A. Duncan Aaron P. Berlinger and Candice N. Richard Danny R. Roberts and Denise D. Greer Godwin Anosike and LaSanda M. F. Williams Michael A. Broussard and Carly M. Wright

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Orange FOE members and officers attend district meeting Staff Report

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Members and officers of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sabine Aerie 2523 in Orange attended the District 1 meeting at Aerie 3719 at Crystal Beach on May 20. Madam President Katie Coghlan of Crystal Beach welcomed all members of FOE, District 1. The FOE, Aerie 2523 of Orange was rep-

resented by 18 members. The Eagle Riders were represented by two member. Ladies’ Auxiliary was represented by 12 members of which 10 were officers. The Men’s Aerie had six members in attendance of which four were officers. The June state convention was discussed, lunch was served, games were played and presents were given out. The community is invited to come by 803 North 28th Street in Orange and meet the members of the Aerie.

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BC Cardinals take on state ranked rival Robinson

Hayden Guidry comes in to relieve starting pitcher Jake Lemoine against Huffman. Guidry would close the show with 9 strikeouts and giving up no runs as BC pulled ahead. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Hayden Guidry comes in to relieve starting pitcher Jake Lemoine against Huffman. Guidry would close the show with 9 strikeouts and giving up no runs as BC pulled ahead. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn


In what could only be described as a nightmare beginning the Cardinals stumbled out of the gate to the tune of allowing five runs in the first two innings of their Regional Quarter Final match up with Huffman Hargrave. The Cardinals committed almost as many errors in one-half inning as they did through the entire 10 game district schedule. Senior ace Jacob Lemoine finally had the law of averages catch up with him as he struggled through an inning and two-thirds before being relieved by Junior Hayden Guidry. Guidry proceeded to throw five and onethird innings of no hit ball and basically shut down the Huffman attack while BC’s offense got on track. As Guidry continued to post zeroes on Huffman’s side of the scoreboard, BC got back in the Bridge City first baseman Nick Portacci protects the bag as a Huffman base runner dives back before being picked off by pitcher Jake Lemoine. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Cardinal ace Jake Lemoine in playoff action against Huffman. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn



• The Record • Week of Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Bridge City Cardinals celebrate the come-from-behind victory over Huffman to advance to the Region III semifianl round of the state baseball championship. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Bridge City Cardinals

Bridge City Cardinal second baseman Bryce Sampere fields a Huffman grounder and throws to first for the out. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

game in the bottom of the third inning as leadoff man Hunter Uzzle drew a walk and went all the way around to third base on a wild throw during a pick off attempt. Mitchell Hubbard promptly hit a bullet to the shortstop who tried to make a play from deep in the hole only to overthrow the first baseman which not only allowed Uzzle to score, but Hubbard took second as well. Next batter Bryce Sampere hit a routine ground ball to second for what should had been the third out when the error bug bit Huffman again. The first baseman dropped the throw and allowed Hubbard to score BC’s second run to make the score 5-2. In the next Cardinal at bat Senior Zach Smith hit a monster home run over the 370 foot sign and BC was back in business. Later in the inning Freshman Chase Shugart doubled to the right center gap and was driven in by a single from Uzzle as the Cardinals cut the lead to one run. In the fifth inning, Bryce Sampere took a four pitch walk that was followed up by Matt Menard reaching on an error. Smith laced a single to score Sampere and just like that, the game is tied. The Cardinals weren’t through as they would tack on two more runs

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courtesy of Hayden Guidry reaching on an error and later getting thrown out at second to put BC up 7-5 for good. The comeback by the Cardinals seemed to stun many observers as it was the first time since early March that BC had even been behind in a game. To play some of their worst ball for two innings and come back with a win should only bolster the Cardinals hopes for further playoff success. Bridge City had all weekend to sit around and wait to find out who the next opponent would be. Waco Robinson and Bullard tangled in a best of three series that eventually saw Robinson win. The Robinson Rockets are a familiar name since they were the team that knocked the Cards out the playoffs in the Regional Semis last year. It appears that the returning Cardinal players got their wish for another shot at the state’s number one ranked team. BC will square off with Robinson in a one-game series at 6 p.m. on Saturday at College Park in the Woodlands. This matchup will pit the state’s number one and number two teams in District 3A. The winner will play in the Regional Finals HUFFMAN ADVANCES PAGE 3B


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Well before tournament chairman, John Gothia pointed out the obvious; the crowd of spectators gathered at the weigh-in station was already talking about the common thread amongst the top two teams in the trout division. In spite of the solid number of veteran teams in the field, both first and second place money was won by husband-wife teams. The Shetleys cashed the $2000 first place check with six trout weighing 32.4 pounds narrowly edging out the Havards two day total by less than three ounces. The redfish division was equally close as the Pearson-Goodrich team posted a total weight of 29.4-pounds barely nipping the Bates-Burge team that finished with four fish weighing 28.78-pounds. Incredibly enough, the margin of victory in the bass division proved to be the narrowest of the three. The team of Gothia and Smith cashed the top check with 15.6-pounds while Broussard and Grantham had to settle for the $1000 second place check with 15.46 pounds! While the event was based out of the Orange public boat ramp on the Sabine River, both of the winning teams in the bass division caught their fish in Taylor’s Bayou. Smith and Gothia had won a tournament earlier in the week on Sabine, but felt like they would have to fish Taylors to win it all and they were right! The bass fishing on the Sabine River was so tough in fact, that only five teams brought at least one legal fish to the scales. Tournament chairman, Gothia, pleasantly surprised the crowd when he announced that the $1500 designated

for the remaining five places would still be awarded to the field.“We guaranteed $20,000 in prize money so we will draw five entry forms of the 64 teams entered in the tournament and write each of them a $300 check!” At the end of the day Gothia said the Orange Chamber of Commerce and all of the sponsors were very pleased with this initial event.“A lot of teams waited until the last minute to sign up, but we were hoping for somewhere between 50 and 75 teams and we did that. We had two great weather days, the whole thing went off without a hitch and we are already looking forward to hosting an even bigger and better tournament next year.” The upcoming weekend will mark the 38th edition of the annual S.A.L.T. tournament to be held out of Pleasure Island and this year’s event could be the best of the bunch. The 2012 Inshore-Offshore tourney will be dedicated to the memory of Patsy Jorgensen. The Saltwater Anglers League of Texas has been working feverishly to put the finishing touches on their new club house on the island and they are ready to show it off this weekend. The club is a family oriented club that promotes family fishing and monthly tournaments for its members. Their annual Memorial Day tournament is one of the oldest tournaments in the state and the prizes get bigger and better each year. The entry fee is only $30 per person and that one fee covers both inshore and offshore divisions. The money fish in the inshore division are

Huffman Advances From Page 2B against the winner of the China Spring versus Lagrange. The Bridge City versus Waco Robinson game promises to be one for the ages as both teams have been eyeing this one up for a year. Bridge City has established themselves as a major force to be reckoned with and that was reaffirmed as Robinson opted for a one-game playoff instead of a threegame series when they won the coin flip. Bridge City’s pitching staff depth is no doubt the reason the Rockets shied away

speckled trout, redfish, flounder, black drum and sheepshead. Offshore categories include ling, king mackerel and jack crevalle. For more information call Stan Armstrong at 963-0433 or you can sign up at Daley’s Hunt N Fish on Jade Avenue in Port Acres. The bass fishing improved only a little last week on the Sabine River, but the winning money improved significantly as Trey Smith and Hunter Gothia cashed an $1100 check for the winning string and the big bass. Their winning total was 6.26 pounds and their big bass weighed 2.5-pounds. Ap Castino and Robert Jackson finished second with 2.34-pounds and Jim Foster and Thomas O’Neil finished third with 1.4-pounds. Carlo Morris and John Helton won the redfish pot. The Sabine River bass tournaments are fished every Tuesday afternoon out of the Orange Public boat ramp on Simmons drive. For more information visit Simon Outfitters on Mac Arthur Drive in Orange. We enjoyed the best fishing of the year this past week on Sabine. The trout and the reds bit all the way from East Pass to the jetties as the water continued to clear in the lake and the winds were much lighter. At least three trout over 29-inches were caught by bank fishermen on the revetment wall and we caught just a bunch of trout over the four pound mark in the open lake. We spent most of our time fishing the flats, but the fishing at the jetties was on fire for both trout and redfish and the birds are working well in the evenings on the south end of the lake. There will be a lot of folks on the water this weekend so be safe and be patient!

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from a three-game series. That’s an awful lot of respect from the number one team in the state who just got through throwing a no-hitter and a one hitter in their threegame series with Bullard. All signs point toward Jacob Lemoine for BC going up against Robinson ace and University of Texas signee Chad Hollandsworth. Both of these big right handers will light up the radar guns and make runs tough to come by. This game should draw a huge crowd as

these two teams have been on a collision course all year. The Bridge City players will no doubt have a little extra motivation on their side as they play for a chance to not only get one step closer to Austin but to erase memories of last year’s defeat. The one thing that’s for sure is that it’s a shame this game takes place as a Regional Semi Final instead of under the bright lights of Disch Faulk field with the state title on the line. Hope to see a big crowd from Bridge City and a Cardinal victory.

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• The Record • Week of Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bruce Aven’s coaching produces state title

Bruce Aven during his time with the Dodgers


It’s been a decade since Bruce Aven’s name appeared daily in the major league baseball box scores. Actually it’s been nearly 10 years to the day that he last played in a major league baseball game—on May 27, 2002. The Orange native’s name certainly has been popping up pretty regularly in South Florida as his high school baseball team—American Heritage Academy—captured the Class 5A state baseball championship Friday night 9-0 over Ponte Vedra at Port St. Lucie. And American Heritage Academy is not a strange school to those who follow high school baseball’s elite teams as the Patriots (27-4) were ranked as the No. 6 team in the nation according to ESPN and Baseball America. The Patriots also won a state baseball title in 2008. But the road to the state title for American Heritage Academy was tough, especially Thursday’s semifinal game against Tampa Jesuit (28-2), ranked as the nation’s No. 1 team by both ESPN and Baseball America. Jesuit featured pitcher Lance McCullers, who entered the game against the Patriots with a 12-0 record, a miniscule 0.11 ERA and a fast ball that is reportedly in the upper 90’s mph. He is expected to be a firstround pick in the June 4 Major League Draft. McCullers pitched six shutout innings against the Patriots, which lowered his ERA even more. But he was taken out after throwing 93 pitches because he had thrown 138 pitches in his previous start. However, his mound opponent Shaun Anderson matched him zero for zero. The game was still scoreless at the end of the regulation seven innings until the Patriots’ ninth-place hitter Brandon Diaz slugged a twoout, three-run homer in the eighth inning, giving Aven’s team a 3-0 win against the nation’s top-ranked team and advancing the Patriots to the Class 5A state championship game against Ponte Verde (21-8). Friday’s championship game was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. but because of inclement weather the first pitch didn’t come until 9:15. The game was scoreless until the third inning when the Patriots loaded the bases and scored on a walk. Then catcher Zach Collins ripped a shot off the right field foul pole for a grand slam and American Heritage Academy was in business. The Patriots added a four-run fifth inning highlighted by a two-run home run by Esteban Puerta and coasted to a 9-0 victory and the state championship. American Heritage Academy is a K through 12th grade private school located in Plantation, Fl. which is about 25 miles from both Fort Lauderdale and Miami. It is a college prep school for students wanting to go into such fields as law, medicine, engineering and education. Students who do not get accepted to a four-year college or university do not graduate. Bruce Aven was born in Orange and was educated in the West Orange-Cove School District. He was a member of the Mustang football program coached by Dan Hooks and the baseball team coached by Ronnie Anderson. He attended and played baseball for the Lamar Cardinals coached by Jim Gilligan and was talented enough to play professionally and made his major league debut on Aug. 27, 1997. Bruce played with four different organizations during his major league career: the Cleveland Indians (1997 and 2002), Florida Marlins (1999), Pittsburgh Pirates (2000) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2000-2001). When his playing days were over Bruce and his wife Mary Ann decided on the South Florida area to settle down and raise their family. Bruce designed the Memorial Sports Center Baseball and Softball Strength Program in 2004 which has been a very successful enterprise. The program complements the hitting, fielding and pitching skills taught in the baseball and softball programs by helping to develop players’ strength, speed and attitude. Emphasis is placed not only on reaching the goals set for the athletes, but teaching them how to work in-season as well as off-season. When the head baseball position became available last fall at American Heritage Academy, Aven was the perfect choice with all of his baseball background.

The school also hired a new athletic director, Jeff Dallenbach, a 6-6, 300-pound former NFL lineman who played 15 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles. “Although I never coached more than a few summer teams,” Aven confessed, “I learned how to coach by being around good coaches, especially those at West Orange-Stark like Dan Hooks, Cornel Thompson, Mark Foreman and especially baseball coach Ronnie Anderson. I expect the same work ethic as my Mustang coaches did.” Aven’s father-in-law, Judge Pat Clark, traveled to Florida to watch Bruce coach the Patriots and said he thought he was looking at a “mini-Ronnie Anderson.” After winning the state championship, Aven said he heard that one of the high school national polls—Perfect Games—has his Patriots ranked No. 1 in the nation. “We have a beautiful set-up here, almost like a mini-college, that can’t be matched,” Aven said proudly Sunday in our telephone interview. “The kids who play in this baseball program expect to win—just like they do in the Mustang football program. “The toughest thing was coming into this program and showing the young men how I do things,” Aven continued. “Regardless of what happened in the past, each player had to earn his starting position this spring. It took a lot of time and effort to do things right, but it paid off with a state championship.” Aven said that there are upward to 30 college and major league scouts at a Patriots baseball game. “We have nine players—both seniors and juniors—committed to Division I schools,” Aven said proudly. “Our shortstop should get drafted in the third-to-fifth round in the upcoming MLB draft and we have a pitcher who has drawn the attention of scouts from Seattle and Milwaukee.” Sunday was Graduation Day that involved six of his baseball players. “I lost three of my four starting pitchers, who will be very hard to replace,” Aven said. And just to verify the popularity of baseball in South Florida, the high school program ended Saturday and the summer baseball program began Sunday. KWICKIES…Although he has been retired from baseball for nearly 20 years, Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd is still making some of his teammates mad according to this week’s issue of USA Today Sports Weekly. Boyd, who has been promoting his autobiography due out next month, accused former Hall of Fame teammate Wade Boggs of being a bigot and using a racial slur daily. “I don’t think Boggs is a bigot, I know it,” Boyd said. Boggs vehemently objected to Boyd’s accusation. “You have a delusional drug addict who let not only his family down, but his team, the city of Boston and the Red Sox Nation when it counted most,” Boggs fired back when interviewed by WEII radio in Boston. “Now he wants the good people of Boston to go out and spend money on this garbage to support his habit. I find that extremely amusing.” Boyd and Boggs played together in Boston for eight seasons (1982-89). Boyd acknowledged this month that he smoked marijuana every day and was high while talking to the radio show hosts. Sunset Grove Country Club golfer Jimmy Sattler fired a hole-in-one last week on the 143-yard par 3 No. 12 hole. He recorded his ace with a seven-iron which was witnessed by Lynn Ashcraft. Congrats to long-time West Orange-Stark defensive line coach Ed Dyer who was named the new offensive coordinator by Head Coach Cornel Thompson. Dyer has coached both offense and defense for the Mustangs. Thompson is still looking for two assistant coaches to fill his staff. Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico was almost a video replay of the Kentucky Derby as favorite Bodemeister held the lead for a mile and then was overtaken again in the home stretch by I’ll Have Another, who is unbeaten in four starts this year. I’ll Have Another is the first horse since Big Brown to win the first two legs of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978. The final leg of the Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes, which will be run June 9 at the New York track. I’ll Have Another will try to make racing history, but Bodemeister won’t be there. The owner of Dullahan, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby, plans to have his colt entered June 9, although Dullahan skipped the Preakness. JUST BETWEEN US…Two Orange County teams are still alive and pursuing a state championship. The Bridge City Cardinals fell behind Huffman 5-0 in the early going but used an home run and double by shortstop Zach Smith and some clutch relief pitching by Hayden Guidry to pull out a 7-5 victory in the winnertake-all one-game playoff. The No. 2-ranked Redbirds advanced to the regional semifinals against No. 1 Waco Robinson this week. They will play one game, winner-take-all game Saturday at 6 p.m. at College Park High School in The Woodlands. The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears needed three games to subdue a stubborn Richmond Foster team, winning Saturday’s rubber game 2-0 behind the shutout pitching of Raven Cole and the stellar relief of Hope Russell in the seventh inning. The Lady Bears will meet Montgomery in the Region III Finals for a best-of-three series beginning at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Thurs.) at Port Arthur Memorial High School. The two teams will play again Friday at the same time at Montgomery. If a third game is necessary it will be played 6 p.m. Saturday at Montgomery.



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Area teeming with amazing fish and sport OUTDOORS WEEKLY CAPT. CHUCK UZZLE For The Record

Flip a coin, pick a number, or draw straws to see where you go and what you will catch in our local waters right now. Summer patterns are in full swing for both fresh and saltwater anglers. The reports of great fishing stretch from the Gulf, way up the Sabine river. Local anglers who are cashing in on the perfect conditions are being treated to some rather predictable and cooperative fish. Here are some of the better patterns happening right now. Freshwater fishermen are really having their way with the bass in the local bayous. Schooling fish are chasing shad in both Cow Bayou and Adams Bayou throughout the day. Small topwater plugs and one-quarter ounce spinnerbaits are working really well along with four-inch worms in black or pumpkin. Several anglers are reporting good catches of bass on tube jigs fished around the local docks and other manmade structures like piers and bridges. Look for some big fish to be caught at night in the coming weeks as folks escape the heat and look for those bigger fish on the river and in places like Cypress Lake. Sabine Lake fishermen are catching plenty of trout on the

open lake as they chase some scattered birds or look for feeding slicks. The lake is loaded with shrimp and the water clarity is better than average. This combination has proven to be a real winner. Really solid trout are ganging up and chasing bait all over the lake. On days when the wind is barely noticeable, you can cruise the lake in search of surface activity and usually find some active fish. In case you cannot find fish breaking the surface it is a good bet to fish fresh slicks with topwaters or soft plastics under a popping cork. Wade fishermen continue to catch some huge fish on protected flats early and late with oversized topwaters. This past week several fish over eight pounds were caught along with a couple over nine pounds as well. Offshore and jetty fishing is going well. Reports of bull reds in the surf along with some good numbers of specks are keeping offshore fishermen busy. Before the wind switched out of the south over the weekend there was some beautiful water really close to the jetty and beachfront. That water has turned sandy but the fish are still there. King and ling fishermen are doing well around offshore rigs anywhere from 10 to 40 miles out. The conditions are right for some super fishing in the Gulf when wind permits. Overall, the area fishing is about as good as it can get with no end in sight. Weather patterns are favorable for the fishing to stay in high gear for some time. Don’t let this super opportunity pass you by. Take your pick and get out on the water,

Mandy White-Rogers, Republican Candidate for Judge of the County Court at Law I am Mandy White-Rogers, a Republican candidate for Judge for the County Court at Law of Orange County. I have over 19 years of experience as a lawyer and have spent the last 13 years serving Orange County as an assistant district attorney. The County Court at Law is one of two county courts at law in Orange County and has jurisdiction over the following types of cases and proceedings: Class A and B misdemeanors, family law matters, probate matters, juvenile matters, civil matters in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $200,000 and appeals from the municipal and justice of the peace courts of Orange County. As an Assistant District Attorney, I have worked hard to protect abused and neglected children, the disabled, and the elderly of Orange County. I have represented the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (a/k/a Child Protective Services) in all foster care/ family law cases, and representing Adult Protective Services and the Department of Aging and Disabled in all adult protection and guardianship cases. Additionally, I have represented victims of family violence in seeking protective orders, and helped to defend Orange County in employment and constitutional law matters. I have also served as chief of the misdemeanor department and have helped try both misdemeanor and felony criminal cases. Prior to becoming an assistant district attorney, I practiced in the area of personal injury law for approximately six years, both in Texas and Nevada. I have extensive courtroom experience and have practiced before every court in the Orange Coun-

ty Courthouse. I was born and raised in Orange and graduated from Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School in 1983. I have been married to my husband, Ray Rogers, for 22 years, and we have two daughters, Sheridan, age 14, and Karly, age 11, who attend school in the LCM School District. I am an active member of First Baptist Church of Orange where I have spent approximately 10 years teaching Sunday school in our children’s division. Additionally, my husband and I are local business owners of Complete Staffing, a staffing agency with offices in Bridge City and Lake Charles. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Following graduation from college, I attended law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston, graduating in 1992, and was licensed to practice law in November of 1992. The experience I have gained during my legal career has given me the knowledge and experience necessary to serve as judge of the County Court at Law, where I will apply the law fairly and impartially to ensure that justice is served. I believe I am the most qualified person for the position of judge of the County Court at Law and I will work hard to ensure that the cases in that court are resolved as quickly as possible. I ask for, and would appreciate, your vote and support in the upcoming primary election on May 29. Early voting for this election began on May 14 and will continue through May 25.

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In four of his six terms in Austin, Paul Sadler, Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, was named to “Texas Monthly‘s” list of Top 10 lawmakers, according to an endorsement from the Houston Chronicle. His legislative career was cut short when he left the state capital to help a critically injured son rehabilitate after an automobile accident. Following his recovery, Sadler and son were treated to a very personal White House visit with President George W. Bush, with whom Sadler had worked closely in Austin while Bush was governor. Sadler was in the area on Wednesday to record a radio interview at KWUD in Woodville and to eat lunch with the Lunch Bunch at Novrozsky’s. Sadler’s legislative record is as follows: • 1991-2003 Texas House of Representatives • 1995-2003 Chairman of the Public Education Committee • 1997 Chairman of the Select Committee on State Revenue and Public School Finance • 2001 Chairman of the Select Committee on Public School Employee Health Insurance • Legislative Budget Board Member While in the Legislature, they passed the largest property tax cut in Texas history at the time, public school teachers received three consecutive pay raises and public school employees received health insurance. He called current school funding in the state as “appalling.” Sadler faces three opponents in the Democratic primary — Addie Allen, Grady Yarbrough and Sean Hubbard. On the Republican side, David Dewhurst, Ted Cruz, Craig James and Tom Leppert figure to receive the most votes in the primaries. On his webpage, Sadler states, “The first two United States Senators from Texas were Sam Houston, an Independent, and Thomas J. Rusk, a Democrat, the namesake of my home county, Rusk. All together there have been 26 Democrats that served Texas in the United States Senate, six Republicans, and one In-

Paul Sadler, Democratic hopeful for a U.S. Senate seat, was in Orange on Wednesday to conduct a radio interview and eat with the Lunch Bunch. The primary will be on May 29 and the General Election on Nov. 6.

dependent. Your United States Senate does not belong to a single party. It belongs to us, as Texans.” Sadler went to write the Democratic Party led the way in building highway, transportation infrastructure, educational systems and health care for over 150 years. “I am a Democrat proud of that heritage. It is a heritage shared by most of you with parents and grandparents that were proud Democrats that built this great state. Problem solvers, seeking the right solutions to our problems with the conviction that tomorrow can and will be better. Today, it seems we spend a lot of our time calling each other conservative or liberal, moderate or progressive. “I want us to be problem solvers committed to the principles of this great country. Those principles are larger than a label — they live inside each of us. They are what made this country great. Join me as we return to that heritage, help me restore dignity and respect to our public institutions. One election at a time we can restore our faith in each other — it begins here and now, with the election of your next United States Senator,” Sadler stated. His platform consists of: • Returning fierce independence and Texas integrity to the U.S. Senate • Creating jobs and rebuilding the economy • Supporting Texas public schools • Achieving energy independence • Strengthening our national defense and honoring our service members • Protecting access to quality, affordable healthcare The primary election day is May 29 and the General Election is on Nov. 6.

Keep Orange County Beautiful to host E-Waste Collection Day June 2 Staff Report

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Keep Orange County Beautiful is holding another E-Waste Collection Day on Saturday June 2. The collection will take place in front of the Sears Hometown Store in Orange on MacArthur Drive, from 9 am until 5 in the afternoon. Orange County residents are encouraged to clear out their back rooms, garages and offices and recycle their electronic waste (“E-Waste”). E-Waste to be collected that day will include computers and laptops, DVD and VCR and MP3 players, and other electronic gadgets as well as home appliances, televisions and monitors – anything with a plug or a battery. Not only are the bulk and sizes of these devices bad for our landfills, but all of them contain at least one or two chemicals that can be highly toxic. The need to keep E-waste out of our

landfills is becoming a major issue with municipalities and businesses – and should be foremost in the minds of the general public as well. “We all have old electronics hanging around the house and garage” said J David Derosier, Chairman of Keep Orange County Beautiful. “We need to make sure that these old electronics do not go into the landfill, but are recycled.” Keep Orange County Beautiful (KOCB) is a non-profit organization whose vision is see Orange County become the cleanest and one of the most beautiful areas in Texas. KOCB has chosen to focus its efforts on two prime areas – Trees and Trash. KOCB’s mission is to educate, organize, and implement programs to achieve its vision. Further information can be found on the website ( or email to Funding for this project provided by Southeast Texas Resource Conservation & Development (http://www.tx.nrcs.usda. gov/programs/rcd/Southeast_Texas.html)

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Annual Memorial Day tribute to be held May 27 The public is invited to the ninth annual tribute to Orange County veterans at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 27 at the Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza, 3810 MLK Drive in Orange. The patriotic tribute will honor all veterans and those currently serving in the military. Held annually on the plaza on the campus of Orange First Church of the Nazarene, the program includes special speakers, patriotic music and more. The plaza features the life size sculpture “Tears from a Grateful Heart” by Coloradobased artist Scott Stearman and the names of scores of veterans from Orange County. Inscribed on plaques incorporated into the plaza are the names of airmen, sailors, soldiers and Marines. Also featured is the ship’s bell from the U.S.S. Dyson. Built in Orange, the Dyson went on to earn the Presidential Unit Citation and 11 battle stars for World War II service. For more information, call 883-4674.

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LCM FFA seeking past members for dinner The Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) is looking for past FFA members and officers from Mauriceville, Little Cypress, and Little Cypress-Mauriceville from the school years 2002, 1992, 1982, 1972, and 1962. The FFA Banquet theme this year will be, “Back in the Day with FFA,” and the current officers would like to invite past members from 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 years ago to attend the banquet. The FFA is asking that if you or someone you know was a past FFA member from one of these years, please contact Brandy Whisenant by calling 409-886-5821, extension 1040, or email bwhisenant@lcmcisd. org with your contact information so that you can be given a formal invitation to attend. The dinner will be held on May 24. Reservations are required.

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Accomplishments on Commissioner Court 2009 to present. • Collection station: Orange County is recycling and with lower cost on regular garbage. • Roads in PCT 1: 12 miles of road repair. New roads Ben Mack road surfaced with Pine Bluff road to be surfaced spring of 2012 • Airport: Completed the runway extension project with grant money and installed taxiway light with grant money. Secured the airport with code access for entey. • Mosquito control: Instrumental in hiring pilot for mosquito control aircraft. • Jail: Working with bidders on Bulk and Prescription medication delivery lowering the cost with better service. • Sheriff’s Department: 17 new patrol cars on the streets with 7 new cars on order for this year • Grants: Over 48.5 million dollars in grant money over the past 3 years • New Buildings: - Shelter of last resort on FM 1442 (CHAMPS) - Judge Janice Menard - Adult Probation Building • Lowered the tax rate from 2011 to 2012 • Generators on Key buildings needed to operate the county. • County insurance health prescription plan: negotiated with Caremark to lower county prescription cost, saving the county over $70,000 the first year. POL ADV. PAID FOR BY DAVID DUBOSE

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• The Record • Week of Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Remembering all of our heroes on this Memorial Day. From the office of Karen Jo Vance, Orange County Clerk

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Orange FOE members and officers attend district meeting Staff Report

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Members and officers of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sabine Aerie 2523 in Orange attended the District 1 meeting at Aerie 3719 at Crystal Beach on May 20. Madam President Katie Coghlan of Crystal Beach

welcomed all members of FOE, District 1. The FOE, Aerie 2523 of Orange was represented by 18 members. The Eagle Riders were represented by two member. Ladies’ Auxiliary was represented by 12 members of which 10 were officers. The Men’s Aerie had six members in atten-

dance of which four were officers. The June state convention was discussed, lunch was served, games were played and presents were given out. The community is invited to come by 803 North 28th Street in Orange and meet the members of the Aerie.

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Summer art classes for students in grades 6-12 Staff Report

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The Stark Museum of Art still has spots available this summer for its free art class program, ArtQuest. Art classes for students entering grades 1-5 are filled but there are still openings for those entering grades 6-12. Stark Museum has openings in the  Art Detectives class for students entering grades 6-8 and the Museum Connections class for students entering grades 9-12. Both classes are taught by the Museum’s Chief Educator, Elena Ivanova, and docents will assist to provide students with a hands-on learning experience. Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m. Art Detectives, the class for students entering grades 6-8, will provide students the opportunity to practice their artmaking skills, create a scavenger hunt and search through the Museum for clues in solving a mystery.  This class is scheduled for June 12, 13 and 14 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. In the Museum Connection class for students entering grades 9-12, participants will learn about museum professions and expressing themselves in a professional manner in speech, writing and art.  Behind-the-scene activities needed to run a museum will be exposed to students as they learn

about preserving and presenting the collection. This class is scheduled for July 10, 11 and 12 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. “Museums often have an aura of mystery. What happens in the galleries when visitors are not there? Popular movies such as Night at the Museum and The Da Vinci Code are just two examples of imaginary happenings that reflect this fascination with museum magic,” says Elena Ivanova, Chief Educator. “I hope that teens who will participate in our summer classes will get a better understanding of the ways things work in museums and also will have fun unraveling ‘museum mysteries.’” Advance application is required. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 20 children per class. Applications are currently available for download from the Stark Museum of Art website, www.starkmuseum. org or may be picked-up in person at the Museum’s Information Desk during open hours. Completed applications are due no later than June 4.  Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission is free for all ages. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information, call 409.886.ARTS (2787) or visit www.starkmuseum. org.

Bridge City became a little Public invited to join in more beautiful after Sunday honoring OC veterans Staff Report

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The public is invited to the ninth annual tribute to Orange County veterans 6 p.m. Sunday, May 27 at the Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza, 3810 M.L. King Drive in Orange. The event is free. Held annually on the plaza on the campus of Orange First Church of the Nazarene, the program includes special speakers, patriotic music and more. The event will feature greetings from J. M. Hedge, assistant director of the Houston Veterans Affairs Regional Office. Hedge, a seven-year veteran of the United States Army and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, has 30 years of Federal governmental service including nine years with the Department of Justice. His VA career began in 1998 in Houston where he has filled several roles of increasing responsibility. As assistant director, he supports the director in administering a wide array of benefits to nearly 800,000 veterans and their families living in 90 counties in Texas as well as veterans living in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The patriotic tribute will honor all veterans and those currently serving in the military. The plaza features the life size sculpture “Tears from a Grateful Heart” by Colorado-based artist Scott Stearman and the names of scores of veterans from Orange County. Inscribed on plaques incorporated into the plaza are the names of airmen, sailors, soldiers and marines as well as veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. Also featured in the plaza is the ship’s bell from the U.S.S. Dyson. Built in Orange, the U.S.S. Dyson went on to earn the Presidential Unit Citation and 11 battle stars for World War II service.   For more information, call (409) 883-4674.

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Girl Scout Troop 3639 each planted their own live oak tree Sunday afternoon at Bridge City Park to replace trees lost to Hurricane Ike. The trees were provided by Frey’s Landscape in Orange. Each girl read about live oak trees and why it is important to plant them at the park. Mayor Kirk Roccaforte presented the girls with a certificate of achievement and said this was an example of why Bridge City bounced back so quickly after the hurricane. The girls are, in no particular order: Faith Sonier, junior; Madison Thayer, junior; Stacey Sonier, ambassador; Gabby Owens, cadet; Joanna Westberry, juniior; Oceanna Rougeau, cadet; Amy Westberry, daisy and Kerista Buysse, junior. Their leader is Lisa Rougeau and the co-leader is Nancy Thayer. Parents supporting the troop are: Mandy Sonier, Julianna Wingate and Joanna Westberry. The Girl Scouts of America are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.

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St. Mary students reunite with former teacher

Sister Sharon Steglich returned to St. Mary Catholic School to visits a group of eighth-grade students she once taught when they were in first grade. Pictured are back row: Madeleine Fuselier, Emily Erb, Mitchell Lee, Ryan Keszeg, Edward Doan, Tyler McCorvy, Vinny Hale, Brad Couture; and front row: Victoria Sawyers, McKenna Morris, Alexis Cox, Madison Miller, Noah Vigil and Sister Sharon is in the middle.

Eighth-graders at St. Mary’s School received a surprise visit from a past teacher on a recent field trip to Houston. Sister Sharon Steglich taught the students when they were in first-grade. She now teaches at Queen of Peace Catholic School in Houston. The trip was planned by one of the student’s mother, Lee Ann Fusilier, who arranged all the details with Queen of Peace principal. The principal arranged for a substitute teacher for the day so Steglich could spend the day with the St. Mary students. “We surprised her during morning prayers at Queen of Peace,” said Lacey Hale. “We walked in wearing St. Mary shirts. She clapped her hands in the air with her eyes wide with surprise. She began to cry and hug each one of us. It was amazing. She was so happy to see the children.” The students planted a rosary garden with gardening tools

brought from home. She school had a garden with a memorial for a student who was killed by a car in front of the school a few years back. The St. Mary’s students added flowers, mulch and stones for the rosary beads. “Sister had the kids sing her favorite song that she had taught them years ago which was ‘This is the day that the Lord has made.’ She also took us on a tour of the school and classrooms. The kids played kickball with third-grade PE students and they visited with eighth grade students during lunch,” Hale said. After a pizza lunch by Domino’s, they went to the Dominican sisters’ convent and toured the facility and met Steglich’s sisters. Hale said after hugs and teas they headed back to Orange. “It was the best day ever,” she said.

Misconceptions About Christians: The Conclusion Evan Dolive For The Record My last four articles have looked at four prominent misconceptions about Christians. So far I have discussed the misconceptions: that being a Christian one must read the Bible literally, that being a Christian means you have to go to “church”, that TV ministers/ evangelist are representative of all Christianity and being a Christian means you have to support the Republican Party. While of course this list is not exhaustive, I believe I touched on some of the ‘power players.’ The purpose of this series was to show a different side of Christianity, to show that Christianity does not have to be what is commonly construed in the media. Like I stated in my first article, the ‘Achilles heel’ of Christianity is Christians themselves. Now more than ever people are leaving the faith faster than people are coming into it. Is it because of what Jesus has to say about loving your neighbor or taking care of people in need? No, it’s because they are not seeing the Jesus Christ found in the pages of the New Testament in the lives of his followers. Because of this, people have left or misunderstood the faith that I hold so dear. By showing that those with the loudest, most in your face view of Christianity do not hold a monopoly on God should be freeing. That’s right—freeing, a weight lifted off your shoulders. Imagine the Christian faith where differences with regards to the Bible were accepted and even sought out. Imagine the Christian faith that focused more on relationships than bodies in pews. Imagine the Christian faith that focused more on ‘lives touched’ than ‘souls saved.’ Imagine the Christian faith that accepted people who dress differently than in their ‘Sunday bests’, a Christian faith that did not focus too much time and attention on one group of people. Imagine what the world would look like if people who proclaimed to follow Christ tried to make Heaven here on earth. This and so much more is right within the grasp of the modern church; it is going to take openness, acceptance and grace, just like what was extended to each and every person in the entire world. God is bigger than any one denomination, belief system or theology. As we change and grow so does our understanding of faith, Jesus Christ and grace. While I have enjoyed writing them and I hope you have enjoyed reading them, it all comes to down to one question: So, now what? Maybe you have seen the bumper sticker that reads “Be

the change you wish to see in the world.” People are doing this everyday in a variety of ways. Sure, churches are doing mission work all over the world but if the image that is projected of church is one that congregants are a church going Bible literalist who believe you have to vote in the Republican primary and quote Charles Stanley to be one of the elect of God, then why would anyone who believes differently want to be part of that movement? Change is what has to happen for the church and the message of Christ to relevant. Too often Christians sit in their sanctuaries or committee meetings and complain about how no one is interested in the church. Often the conversation goes to some reason outside of the church that is root cause of this problem. Seldom the answer that is given is the church itself which has to change instead of world changing to church’s needs. This is where the perception that the church as an intuition is inflexible and antiquated comes from. It doesn’t have to be this way. However the answer or the solution to the problem has yet to be found. There is no quick-fix, there is no magic potion. But something must be done and by at least lifting the notion that there are some misconceptions about Christians, hopefully this will get the conversation stated. For the church to survive it will take all of us coming to together to be the change in the world and to be the church of God loving and accepting one another as flawed human beings. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Rev. Evan M. Dolive is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He currently serves as Associate Minister at First Christian Church (DOC) in Orange. Rev. Dolive can be reached via email at evandolive@ or online at

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Trinity Baptist Church

9788 F.M. 105 Orangefield, 409-735-3113 Pastor Forrest Wood Sun.: Bible Study - 9:30 a.m., Worship Service - 10:30 a.m., Evening Worship- 6:30 p.m. Wed.: Midweek Meal- 5:30 p.m., Praise & Prayer - 6:30 p.m. Youth & Children Activities, 7:15 p.m. - Choir Practice Email:

1408 W. Park Ave. @ 14th Street, Orange Office: 886-1333 Pastor Dr. Bob Webb Worship Leader Dan Cruse Sun. Morning Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Nursery Provided

Cowboy Church of Orange County

608 Dogwood St., Orange 409-883-5466 Residing Pastor Rev. Larry Doucet Founding Pastor Rev. Tunney Vercher Sr. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday night Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night Bible Study 7 p.m.

673 FM 1078 Orange 409-718-0269 E. Dale Lee, Pastor Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m. “Round Pen” (Small Group) Studies: Ladies & Men’s group: 7 p.m. Mondays, Come as you are! Boots & hats welcome!

St. Paul United Methodist Church 1155 W. Roundbunch Rd., Bridge City 409- 735-5546 Pastor Brad Morgan Sun. Mornings: Worship Experience - 8:15 a.m.; Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 10:45 a.m. (Nursery provided at all services) For Mid & Sr. High Youth Sun. Afternoon: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sun. Evening : Taizé Service - 7 p.m. For Children Ages 4–10 on Wednesday evening – 6 to 7 p.m. – JAM (Jesus & Me) Club

Apostolic Pentecostal Church IH-10 at Highway 62, Orange (409) 745-3973 Sun. Morning at 7:30 a.m. on A.M. 1600 KOGT Radio Sun.: 2 p.m. • Tues: 7:30 p.m. 24 Hour Prayer Line: 409-779-4703•409-779-4702

First United Methodist Church 502 Sixth Street 409-886-7466 Pastor: Rev. John Warren Dir. of Fine Arts & Music: Doug Rogers Organist: Justin Sanders Dir. of Youth & Christian Education: Allisha Bonneaux Sunday: Worship in the Chapel: 8:15 a.m., Celebration Service in Praise Center: 8:55 a.m., Sunday School for all ages: 9:50 a.m., Worship in the Sanctuary: 11 a.m., UMYF & Methodist Kids: 5 p.m. Web site:

West Orange Christian Church 900 Lansing Street, W.O. 409-882-0018 Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:40 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Evening - 6 p.m. “Our church family welcomes you!”

First Christian Church of Orangefield 4234 FM 408 (between BC & Orangefield) 409-735-4234 Minister Jim Hardwick Sunday School: 9 a.m.; Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer & Bible Study 7 p.m. Nursery provided For a ride, call 735-4234

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Orange First Church of the Nazarene 3810 MLK Drive, Orange Lead Pastor: Ray McDowell Music Pastor: Bruce McGraw Youth Pastor: Michael Pigg Children’s Pastor: Marilyn Ball Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Celebration Service 10:45 a.m. Prayer Service: 6 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7 p.m. Everyone Welcome!

First Baptist Church of Bridge City 200 W. Roundbunch, BC Office: 409-735-3581 Fax: 409-735-8882 Rev. Bob Boone, Pastor Sunday Schedule: Traditional Worship - 8:15 a.m.; Bible Study at 9:30 a.m.; Celebration Service - 10:45 a.m.; CSI, Youth Bible Study, Discipleship Classes - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Schedule: Prayer Meeting - 6:30 p.m., Youth Worship “Living Stone”

Harvest Chapel 1305 Irving Street, Orange 409-882-0862 Ruth Logan Burch, Pastor Sun. Morning 10 & 11 a.m. Evening Service 6 p.m. Wednesday Service 6 p.m. Gospel Singing first Friday of the each month.

Echo Church 1717 FM 3247, Orange 409-735-8580 Pastor George A. Cruse Jr. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Praise & Worship Contemporary music! Come as you are!

Maranatha Christian Center 7879 Hwy. 87 N Music: Sherry Dartez Pastor Daniel Ray KOGT Broadcast 8:30 a.m. Sunday Morning 10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m. Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

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The Orange County Navigation and Port District is accepting formal proposals for: AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT OF THE PORT’S FINANCIAL RECORDS If your firm is interested in performing this audit, Proposal Specifications may be obtained from Tommy J. Harmon, Director of Administration and Finance at the address below: Orange County Navigation and Port District 1201 Childers Road (77630) P.O. Box 2410 Orange, Texas 77631-2410 409-883-4363 If proposals are to be delivered through the U.S. Postal Service, care should be taken that ample time is allowed before expiration of the proposal opening. Sealed formal proposals will be accepted until 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at the address above. Fax (Facsimile Machine) is not an accepted mode of delivery. Proposals must be sealed and have the notation - SEAL PROPOSAL “OUTSIDE AUDIT” conspicuously written on the outside of the envelope. Failure to respond may result in removal from the Port’s Proposal List. A “NO QUOTE” is considered a response. The Port District reserves the right to waive any or all formalities and/or technicalities or to reject any or all proposals if in the best interest of the Port of Orange.

and assisting with Chamber sponsored special projects and events. Qualified applicants will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent computer skills, and the ability to work with a variety of people and to manage and work on multiple projects at one time. Experience in fundraising and events management and knowledge of the Bridge City community would be helpful. Interested applicants can send their resume to Bridge City Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Executive Committee, 150 W. Roundbunch Road, Bridge City, TX 77611 by May 30, 2012.

FIELD WORKERS 5 temp positions; 7 months; job to begin 7/1/12 and end on 1/31/13; Duties: planting of sugarcane by hand, farm and field duties; able to work in hot, humid weather, bending or stooping to reach ground level crops and able to stand on feet for long periods of time. Once hired, workers may be required to take a random drug test at no cost to the worker. Testing positive or failure to comply may result in immediate termination. $9.30 per hour; 1 months experience in job offered required. All work tools provided. Housing and transportation provided to workers who can not reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day; Transportation and subsistence expenses to worksite will be provided by employer upon completion of 50% of work contract or earlier if appropriate; ¾ hours guaranteed in a work day during contract. Employment offered by K & M Cane located in Bunkie, LA Qualified applicants may call employer for interview at 337-945-9120 or call their nearest SWA office at 409-839-8045 using job #417255.

Notice is hereby given that original Letters of Testamentary for the Estate of MARION SNIDER YORK, Deceased, were issued on May 16, 2012, in Cause No. P-16155, pending in the County Court at Law of Orange County, Texas, to: CONNIE GUILLORY. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law.

c/o Representative, Estate of MARION SNIDER YORK A2636 Linscomb Road Orange, Texas 77630 DATED the 16th day of May, 2012

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NOTICE TO ALL NOTICE TO PERSONS HAVING CREDITORS CLAIMS AGAINST THE ESTATE OF JUDITH M. Notice is hereby given that original Letters of Enlarged for proofing. BATCHELOR, Testamentary DECEASED Actual size: 1 col. x 4.5" for the Estate of Madgielean DeLoach, Notice is hereby given Deceased, were issued on To betestapublished in 27, 2012, in Cause that original letters February mentary forThe the Record Estate ofNewspapers No. P16056, pending in the County Court, Orange JUDITH M. BATHCELOR, 02/08/12 Deceased, were issued on County, Texas, to: James the 21st day of May, 2012, in Berry DeLoach, Sr. Cause No. P16158 pendingFAX ANY PLEASE All persons having claims in the County Court at Law of CORRECTIONS BY ORANGE County, Texas, against this Estate which is currently being administered 5 P.M. MONDAY Probate Division to are required to present them TIMOTHY BERT to 735-7346 to the undersigned within the BATCHELOR. time and in the manner preThanks, scribed by law. The residence of Nicole such c/o James Berry DeLoach, Sr. executor is 4704 SAXON 1610 14th Street LANE, ORANGE, TX 77632. Orange, Texas 77630


DATED the 22nd day of All persons having # claims 735-7346 against this Estate which is May, 2012 currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the JIM SHARON BEARDEN time and in the manner pre- Attorney for James Berry scribed by law. DeLoach, Sr.

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Michael Catt MICHAEL CATT Attorney for CONNIE GUILLORY State Bar No.: 03818500 Carlton & Catt, P.C. 805 Henderson Avenue Orange, Texas 77630 Telephone: (409) 886-5531 Facsimile: (409) 886-5926

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TO: Nikki Lee Cantrell Respondent NOTICE: YOU HAVE BEEN SUED. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 A.M. on the Monday next following the expiration of 20 days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgement may be taken against you. The petition of Staci Amber Cole, Petitioner, was filed in the 260th District Court of Orange County, Texas, on May 17, 2012, against Nikki Lee Cantrell, numbered 120479-D, and entitled "In the Matter of the Marriage of" Staci Amber Cole and Nikki Lee Cantrell The suit requests a divorce.

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• The Record • Week of Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Vietnam War

A tribute to those lost from Or ange County

Never Forget! Sponsored by the Stark ’64 Veter ans Association as an overdue eulogy to our brothers from Or ange County who returned from Vietnam dr aped in an American flag.

Honoring Orange County Heroes The immediate goal of the Stark ’64 Veterans Association is to build and dedicate the Orange County Vietnam War Memorial as a permanent salute to those from Orange County who gave all in the war of our generation. They are the 28 men included in this special Memorial Day Tribute. Extended research was conducted but we welcome additional information from informed persons. Planning and fundraising are underway for the Orange County Vietnam War Memorial. We are


in need of contributions large and small. To inquire about this project or to provide new information on any of our individual heroes, please contact: Jerry Gatch, Commander Stark ’64 Veterans Association 5 Circle D Orange, TX 77630 409-920-4601 Immediate contributions are very welcome and may be mailed to the address above. Checks should be made payable to Stark ’64 Veterans Association. May God bless and protect our troops and veterans!

SP4 Robert Warren Alverson, Jr. United States Army “Butch”

Orange County Vietnam KIA Statistics DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

17 Feb 1949 2 Oct 1970 Cau Hai Bay 326th Medical Battalion, 101st Airborne Division 21 Helicopter dust-off medic; nonhostile, weather related crash Methodist Married – left one unborn son Vidor HS 1967 Juanita Alverson, mother

As a child, Butch was a Boy Scout and somewhat of a class clown in school. As a teen, he took up surfing down at Galveston and dreamed of going to Australia to surf. Butch was attending Lamar as an art major when he shocked his family and friends by dropping out to join the Army and to be a paratrooper. Butch became trained as a dust-off medic and earned the distinction of Medical Parachutist. Flying in darkness from Camp Eagle on an urgent medevac mission in Thua Thien Province, his helicopter became disoriented in zero-visibility rain and fog and crashed into the sea at Cau Hai Bay. Three of the five men on board were killed. Butch was the last man from Orange County to be killed in Vietnam.


• No one knows for sure how many boys and men from Orange County went off to fight the Vietnam War. But we do know that 28 of them died there: 16 from Orange, 10 from Vidor and two from Bridge City. • The first (1964) and last (1970) to be killed from Orange County were both from Vidor. • The most deadly year of the war for those from Orange County was 1968 when 11 of our sons lost their lives. However, none died during the infamous Tet Offensive in January and February of 1968.


SGT Anthony Clark Armbruster United States Marine Corps “Tony” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class:

PFC Jimmy Dalton Barnett United States Army “Jimmy” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

28 Feb 1943 26 Mar 1968 Quang Nhai Province 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division 25 Land mine Baptist Married, left two daughters Vidor HS 1961 Wanda Barnett Hightower, daughter

Tony’s family is believed to have relocated to Oklahoma. No living relative could be located. No additional information available.


SP4 Walter Ward Becker United States Army “Ward” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit:

Jimmy grew up as a ridin’ & ropin’ country boy. He rode horses and worked cattle whenever he got the chance and belonged to the FFA at school. Jimmy had a unique sense of humor that endeared him to most people. After his parents were killed in a car wreck, Jimmy lived with his sister and attended school in Vidor. Official DOD records show Houston as home of record. ORANGE (Bancroft)

SGT Evans Blane Crocker, Jr. United States Army “EB” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

26 Aug 1947 2 May 1968 Ashau Valley 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division 20 Direct RPG hit, unit overrun while ill in hospital Church Of Christ Engaged West Orange 1965 Eugene Crocker, brother

EB always liked the outdoors – hunting, fishing and especially riding horses. He attended Lamar for less than a year before being drafted into the Army. “Tex,” as he was known to his combat buddies in Vietnam, was a natural leader and led many recon patrols for his battalion. Because of his repeated brave leadership he was promoted to Sgt with only about 18 months in service. He was slightly wounded on a recon patrol once but returned to duty after a few days. A few months later, EB was down with Malaria when his camp was overrun and VC infiltrated the medical area where he was being treated. When he died, EB was only two months away from return to “the world” and discharge from the Army.

4 Dec 1944 9 Jan 1969 Quang Nam Province 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division 24 Grenade Protestant Engaged Lutcher Stark HS 1963

Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

26 Jun 1950 18 Jun 1969 Binh Long Province 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) 18 Mortar or artillery fire; died of wounds Baptist Single Vidor HS 1968 Jean Evelyn Becker, sister

Ward’s father was formerly the pastor of Lakeview Baptist Church north of Vidor. Ward played football for Vidor High School for two years and then, in his senior year, became president of the DECA Vidor HS chapter. Ward’s plans included a college degree and a career in business. He worked after school and weekends to buy his own car, which he was quite proud of and kept spit-shined. Ward loved his family, his car and his dog. A good scholar, Ward enlisted in the Army to get it out of the way before going to college. Official DOD records show Beaumont as home of record. ORANGE

EN3 Carl Richard Crone U.S. Navy (Brown Water Navy) DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit:

USS Hunterdon County (LST-838)

Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status:

21 Jan 1947 12 Sep 1968 Ham Luong River near Kien Hoa USS Hunterdon County (LST-838), Task Force 116 21 Small arms fire, ambushed from both banks while on river patrol Protestant Single

No additional information available.

Vietnam soldiers did not die in vain On Memorial Day families in every county the Texas State Guard and I feel they have been across the United States remember their loved with us when we are deployed to assist the citizens of the great State of Texas durones who gave their lives in order for ing any crisis, shoulder to shoulder others to live free. they are with my troops. I love each People might consider those who one like a brother and know that gave their lives in Vietnam died in when I place my head on my pillow vain. What we as a people fail to reat night you and I can rest because alize is that as horrific as the Vietthese HEROES are still on station nam War was, it was just one battle watching over us and keeping us zone in a global conflict against the free! spread of communism. Vietnam is To my fallen brothers on this upthe place where leaders in America coming Memorial Day, I personally said “NO FURTHER,” a line was Mike McNair want to say THANK YOU! drawn and brave young men were sent Simper Fidelis – Great Job – into harms way to address the issue. Hooo Rah The men portrayed in this issue are true HEWO1 Mike McNair ROES!!! They were sent into a war zone and Texas State Guard made to operate under specific rules of engageProfessor of Military & Diplomatic History ment, which at the time did not seem to make any since. Yet they performed their duty with professionalism and perseverance and gave the ultimate sacrifice. Their efforts I personally hold in awe! Their sacrifices showed the enemies of freedomloving people that through perseverance and dogged determination, the “communist dream” WOULD NOT win out. Each of these men deserve honors above the Medal of Honor for the job they accomplished! In 2004 I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam and walk the battlefields on which these men died. While there, I was often drawn to specific areas off the beaten path. Now I cannot help but wonder if the spirits of some of these young warriors were with me keeping me safe, because there are still hidden dangers on those battlefields — old land mines or unexploded ordnance. I have looked at the faces of each of the young men in this article and feel a comradeship that transcends time and space. Currently I am a Warrant Officer in the 3rd Battalion / 8th Regiment, Army Component of ORANGE

PFC Jimmy Lee Fomby United States Army “Jimmy” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:


DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status:

6 Jan 1944 20 Jul 1966 Quang Nam Province 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment 3rd Marine Division 22 Land mine or booby trap Protestant Single Vidor HS 1963 Ron Griggs, brother

In high school, Brent was known as a pretty tough character. That persona served him well in the Marine Corps and in Vietnam. Brent’s unit in Vietnam, 1st Bn, 9th Marines, suffered the worst KIA rate in Marine Corps history. “The Walking Dead” was adopted as the unit nickname and their unit patch was redesigned. Brent completed less than one year total time in service prior to his death. Official DOD records show Beaumont as home of record.

16 Jan. 1930 26 Sept. 1966 Vinh Binh Province 13th Aviation Battalion,1st Brigade, 1st Air Cav Division 36 Helicopter crashed at sea Evangelical Methodist Married

Norman had completed more than 20 years in service prior to his final tour in Vietnam. There, Major Dupre served as Commander of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company. While piloting a Huey gun ship on a combat assault mission along the coast of the Mekong Delta region, his helicopter was hit by ground fire in it’s armament system. One of the on-board rockets caught fire which blew off the tail section of the aircraft. Major Dupre fought valiantly to maneuver his half chopper out to sea so that it would not crash into enemy hands. The crashed aircraft was recovered from shallow waters just off-shore within a few hours of the crash thanks to the heroic efforts under fire of a Chinook salvage helicopter and a crew of brave swimming riggers. The body of Major Dupre was found still strapped in the pilot’s seat – having guided the crash path as best he could all the way down. Of the three others on board, one door gunner survived but the bodies of the co-pilot and second gunner were unfortunately never found. Norman was recommended for a Silver Star for his bravery and sacrifice that day but it apparently was never awarded. His bereaved mother is believed to have moved from Orange to Cameron, La. after Norman’s death. ORANGE

SGT Alfred Kindell Evans United States Army “Alfred” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

25 Mar 1944 2 Apr 1967 Undisclosed; believed to be Cambodia 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division 23 Special ops combat Baptist Single Orange schools through 9th grade. Vinton HS 1962 Barry Randolph, best friend

After his family moved to Vinton, Alfred and his best friend, Barry Randolph, would regularly walk between Vinton and Orange to visit each other. Years later, in a strange twist of fate, Barry was serving on honor guard and escort duty out of Presidio San Francisco for KIAs coming out of Vietnam. When Alfred’s body came in, Barry was assigned to escort Alfred home to his mother in Vinton. Barry brought his best friend home to rest and he says it was the hardest thing he ever did. Alfred served three years in Germany and reenlisted before being sent to Vietnam. ORANGE

PFC Brent Ike Griggs United States Marine Corps “Brent” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

MAJ Norman Lee Dupre United States Army “Norman”

26 Apr 1951 8 Dec 1969 Cam Ranh Bay 566th Transportation Co. 1st Logistics Command 18 Non-hostile accident Baptist Engaged Deweyville HS Deborah Ray Holst, sister

Jimmy grew up on a farm and ranch in the Hartburg area south of Deweyville, about a mile into Newton County though their mailing address was always Orange. At 6’1”, he was a joker and the life of any family gathering. As a child, Jimmy was hooked in the mouth by a bull and, as he grew older, the scar on his left cheek took on the appearance of a single dimple. Jimmy was especially gifted when it came to training horses by treating them as close friends. In the surrounding area, he became known as a “Horse Whisperer,” and neighbors would often bring problem mounts to young Jimmy. In the Army, Jimmy was trained as a heavy equipment mechanic. In the Cam Ranh Bay compound motor pool one day, an engine fell on his chest. He was medically examined and then returned to duty. Undiagnosed initially, however, was a resulting blood clot which found it’s way into Jimmy’s brain a few days later causing his death despite emergency brain surgery. Tragically, Jimmy’s mother Minnie Ray Sebolt, was a bystander shooting casualty on the steps of the Jefferson County Courthouse on March 14, 2012. VIDOR

Most area high schools of the time lost graduates in the Vietnam War: Vidor nine; Lutcher Stark - six; Orangefield - two Little Cypress - two; Wallace – two; West Orange - one; M.B. North - one; Bridge City - one; Deweyville - one; Buna – one; and Unknown - two.

PFC Franklin Delano Roosevelt Gilbert United States Marine Corps “Franklin”

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DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class:

17 Sep 1941 28 Feb 1966 Quang Nam Province 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division 24 Friendly fire accident in free fire zone Baptist Single, left one son Carr Jr Hi; HS unknown

Franklin’s parents sent him to Orange from Kirbyville to live with his sister in the seventh or eighth grade. He was apparently still in the area when he entered service though no further information was available. Franklin had served over six years in the Marine Corps prior to being killed in Vietnam. He was the second casualty of the war from Orange and the third from Orange County. No additional information available. ORANGE

SP4 James Clifton Guillory United States Army “J.C.”

DOB: 21 April 1941 Date of Casualty: 27 Dec 1965 Place: Not reported Unit: 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Combat Airborne Brigade Age at Death: 24 Cause of Death: Small arms fire Religion: Roman Catholic Marital Status: Married, left 2 sons and 2 daughters High School and Class: Wallace HS 1959 JC grew up in Orange as one of eight children. He played guard on the Wallace football team. At some point after high school, he traveled to California to stay with relatives and entered service from Los Angeles. In the Army for three years prior to being sent to Vietnam, JC had previously served with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg and was also stationed in Okinawa. In May 1965, he was among the very first paratroopers deployed to Vietnam. JC was shot and killed by a VC sniper while guarding friendly South Vietnamese tending their rice fields. JC was the first man from Orange to die in Vietnam and the second from Orange County. Until the 1980s, there was a black VFW post in Orange named after James C. Guillory. Official DOD records show Los Angeles as home of record.


Manner of death for Orange County soldiers who died in Vietnam: Various battlefield explosions - 11; Small arms fire – nine; Helicopter crash – three; Special ops undisclosed – two; Accident – two; and Friendly fire mishap - one. VIDOR


15 May 1941 23 Aug 1968 Quang Ngai Province 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division 27 Small arms fire Roman Catholic Married, left two daughters Lutcher Stark HS 1959 Linda McKenzie Hanks, sister

Jerry was active in Boy Scouts in Orange and is believed to have achieved Eagle rank. Later, he enjoyed working on cars and had a job at Weingarten’s while going to high school. Jerry was in the Army over eight years and planned to make it a career. He was KIA during his second Vietnam tour and posthumously promoted from SSG to SFC.

CPL Don Wayne Minton United States Marine Corps “Don” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

Bridge City


LCPL David Martin Predmore United States Marine Corps “David” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School:

18 Oct 1946 1 Jul 1967 Quang Nam Province 11th Motor Transport Battalion, 1st Marine Division 20 Land mine Protestant Married, left a son he never saw Bridge City and Little Cypress

David grew up as a normal boy in Bridge City but, in July 1964, tragedy struck the young man. Horsing around as 17 year-old boys are prone to do, his best friend jumped in front of David’s car to scare him as he drove down Texas Ave. Both boys dodged in the same direction as David hit the brakes and his closest friend was dead. Several of their school friends were walking down the street at the time and witnessed the horrible joke gone wrong. Although no one placed any blame on David, he was devastated and distraught – as was most of the tight community of Bridge City. Evidently, David sought a way to escape the painful stigma that Bridge City held for him. He moved in with relatives in Little Cypress where he finished his Junior year in 1965. After that, David went to stay with a brother in Dallas but, apparently did not enroll in school. Drafted in December 1965 from Dallas, David was selected at the induction center to enter the Marine Corps rather than the traditional Army path. He was trained as a combat Marine and then as a field radio operator before being ordered to Vietnam. David was killed when a truck in which he was a passenger struck a land mine. At the time, he had only two months remaining on his Vietnam tour; and the newborn son awaiting him at home, David Thad Predmore, was six weeks old. Official DOD records show Dallas as home of record.

SP4 Vanny Chris Mahana United States Army “Chris” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class:

28 Jul 1946 19 Feb 1967 Binh Dinh Province D Co, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division 20 Grenade LDS Mormon Single Vidor HS 1965

Chris grew up in Vidor with nine brothers and one sister. His early speed driving habits made for a white-knuckle ride for some of his passengers. During school years, Chris worked with his father who was a plumber in Vidor. After graduation, he worked at C.P. Evans Grocery Store in Beaumont prior to being drafted. Chris had less than one year total time in service at the time of his death. He was posthumously promoted to SP4 from PFC. In 1968, a Bronze Star medal with “V” clasp for valor was awarded posthumously to Chris’s parents at a local National Guard honor ceremony. In part, the citation reads: “SP4 Mahana distinguished himself by heroism in action on 19 Feb 1967 while serving as a grenadier with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 5th Calvary, 1st Cavalry Division during a night ambush patrol near Bong Son in the Republic Of Vietnam. ….grenades were thrown at the squad. Specialist Mahana moved over to push a comrade into his foxhole and was mortally wounded by an exploding grenade. Specialist Mahana’s selfless action stands in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the U.S. Army.” ORANGE

23 Jul 1946 4 May 1967 Quang Tin Province 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment 3rd Marine Division 20 Small arms fire, shot in leg and bled to death during battle Roman Catholic Single Vidor HS 1965 Beamon Minton, uncle

Don was starting fullback on the Vidor Pirates football team that went 12-1-0 in 1964-65. That year he was named to the All District team He was described by a Pirates teammate as, “… small, but man was that guy fast!” The Don Minton Memorial Scholarship is annually awarded to a graduating boy athlete from Vidor. Don was one of a limited number of draftees who were conscripted to the Marine Corps at the induction center. A picture of Don snapped by a war correspondent in mid-battle appeared on the cover of “Life” magazine Oct. 28, 1966.

10 Jan 1935 23 Dec 1964 Believed to be in Laos Det A-113, 5th Special Forces Group 29 Small arms fire while on patrol with ARVN troops Roman Catholic Married Vidor HS 1954

Harvey was a Green Beret and the first Vietnam casualty from Vidor or Orange County. He had served 10 years in the Army and was headed for a full career. His widow, Mrs. Susan Horn, had been discharged from the Women’s Army Corps just six months prior to Harvey’s death. Under General Orders No. 19 issued on 28 May 1965, Harvey was awarded the Silver Star (posthumously). In part the citation reads: “…Sergeant Horn was accompanying a combat patrol of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam on a military mission through enemy controlled territory when the friendly element was ambushed by the Viet Cong…. with fortitude and determination, he moved from position to position to establish a defense perimeter, to direct the fire of the friendly troops, and to administer first aid to the wounded members of the patrol. When one of the friendly mortar crews encountered difficulty in directing their fire, he personally employed the 60-mm mortar in direct fire against Viet Cong troop concentrations … while moving from his command post to the position of the Vietnamese leader … he was mortally wounded by enemy gun fire. Sergeant Horn’s conspicuous gallantry is in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military services.” Harvey was described and pictured in SSG Barry Sadler’s autobiography “I’m A Lucky One.” Also a cameo mention in the song of the same name on Sadler’s blockbuster album, “Ballads of The Green Beret.” The VFW Post in Vidor is the E. Harvey Horn VFW Post 8246.

SFC Jerald Thomas McKenzie United States Army “Jerry” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:


DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class:

CPL Lee Albert Keith United States Army “Lee”

DOB: 9 Jul 1944 Date of Casualty: 23 Feb 1969 Place: Diamond 1 Fire Support Base, Tay Ninh Province Unit: 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Inf Division (Wolfhounds) Age at Death: 24 Cause of Death: Small arms fire – platoon ambushed and overrun while on patrol outside perimeter Religion: Methodist Marital Status: Married, left one son High School and Class: Vidor HS 1963 Family Contact: Violet Keith Emfinger, sister Lee grew up in Vidor as one of six children. He was an Army Reservist who was activated and sent to Vietnam. Prior to being activated, Lee attended Lamar and worked at the Beaumont Port of Trade. Lee’s battalion in Vietnam, 2/27/25 Wolfhounds, were considered the elite infantrymen of the 25th Infantry Division. Lee was one of 11 men in his platoon who were the first to fall during the all-hands battle to defend Diamond 1 Fire Base on Feb. 23-24, 1969. The Wolfhounds sustained their highest number of casualties of the Vietnam War during that long and fierce battle. Lee was promoted posthumously from PFC to CPL.

SGT Emmett Harvey Horn United States Army (Green Beret) “Harvey”

LCPL Thomas Wayne Musick United States Marine Corps “Tommy” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

25 Feb 1947 16 Aug 1968 Quang Tri Province 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division 20 Mortar attack Baptist Single Lutcher Stark HS 1966 Barbara Musick Bridges, sister

Tommy was born and raised in Orange and grew up protective of his three younger sisters. From an early age, he would talk about becoming a Marine. Tommy joined the Marine Corps prior to high school graduation and entered active duty a week after getting his diploma. Following boot camp and advanced training, Tommy was assigned to Hawaii and immediately requested duty in Vietnam which was eventually approved. Prior to being killed, Tommy had been previously wounded in combat and returned to duty. Posthumously, Tommy’s mother was presented the Bronze Star with “V” clasp for valor. The citation reads in part: “Company D, 1st Battalion, 3rd marines had come under heavy mortar fire. They sustained numerous casualties when LCpl Musick unhesitatingly commenced delivering ammunition to machine gun teams and moving casualties to the landing zone, ignoring the hostile fire. Musick’s courage, bold initiative, and selfless devotion saved the lives of several Marines and was in keeping of the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the US Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.” At the time he was killed, Tommy was carrying his badly wounded commanding officer to the LZ for dustoff evacuation. ORANGE (McLewis)

SGT Hugh Norwood United States Army “Gibb” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

1 Sep 1946 29 Jul 1967 Mekong Delta 5th Battalion (Mechanized), 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division 20 Small arms fire; died while missing Pentecostal Single Orangefield 1965 Wilbert Duhon, lifetime friend

Gibb was raised as a country boy around Orangefield and loved to hunt. He attended Lamar Tech before being drafted in January 1966. Gibb was serving as the weapons platoon scout while on patrol when he was shot and became separated from his platoon. He was posthumously promoted from SP4 to SGT.

“The Vietnam War was arguably the most traumatic experience for the United States in the twentieth century. That is indeed a grim distinction in a span that included two world wars, the assassinations of two presidents and the resignation of another, the Great Depression, the Cold War, racial unrest, and the drug and crime waves.”

• From 1964 through 1966, only five men from Orange County were killed in Vietnam. Their average age was 27. As the troop buildup exploded in 1966 and draft boards got more aggressive, 23 of our sons died from 1967 through 1970 and the average age dropped to 21.5.


- DONALD M. GOLDSTEIN, intro, The Vietnam War


2 June 1950 19 Mar 1970 Near Chu Lai 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division 19 Land mine Baptist Married, left two step-daughters Orangefield HS, 1969

Doug grew up in a family of eight children in the Orangefield and Mc Lewis communities. In Vietnam, he was a passenger in a troop transport vehicle when it hit a land mine. Doug had less than one year total time in service at the time of his death. Posthumous promotion from PFC to CPL. No additional information available.


DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

CPL Preston Douglas Sharp United States Army “Doug”

DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class:

10 Oct 1940 4 May 1968 Can Tho 16th Combat Aviation Group 1st Air Cav Division 27 Non-hostile vehicle accident, died of injuries Pentecostal Married, left two sons and two daughters Vidor HS 1958 Eva Sweat Statum, Sister


23 May 1947 13 Aug 1968 Quang Nam Province 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division 21 Special ops combat died of burn wounds Pentecostal Single Buna HS 1965

Darrell grew up in Vidor but finished high school while living with his sister in Buna. He died in the 106th Military Hospital in Yokohama, Japan from severe burns sustained in combat on Aug. 6, 1968. No additional information available. BRIDGE CITY

PFC Daniel Earl Winters United States Marine Corps “Danny” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

19 Oct 1948 8 Oct 1968 Near Da Nang, DMZ 1st Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Division 19 Possible booby trap – died of burns Roman Catholic Married Bridge City HS 1966 Lady Ellen Clark, sister

Danny’s father was a West Point graduate and Danny was oriented towards the military from an early age. One of four children, he attended a military-style Catholic school in Mississippi for a few years before finishing high school in his hometown of Bridge City. Danny is described as someone who was always well dressed, walked erect and had a great sense of humor with a contagious laugh. Everyone liked Danny. His goal in life was to become a dentist. Danny enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after graduation and married his childhood sweetheart, Johnnie Lee Sample, six days before leaving for Vietnam. Danny suffered severe burns over 80 percent of his body in an unexplained explosion while on battlefield recon patrol near the DMZ. He died 10 days later in a military hospital in Yokohama, Japan.

1 Sep 1947 22 Feb 1968 Thua Thien Province Alpha Co, 2nd Bn, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division 20 Small arms fire Baptist Single Lutcher Stark HS 1966 Sandye Smith Vandervoort, sister

Jerry loved the outdoors, especially deer season in SE Texas. As a child, he regularly played war games with neighborhood kids and always talked about being a soldier. At his parents insistence, Jerry tried a year of Junior College after high school and then left to become a U.S. Army paratrooper. He wanted to be a Green Beret. Jerry had less than one year total time in service at the time of his death. ORANGE

SP4 Peter Garland Thompson United States Army “Peter” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

LCPL Darrell Lynn Trumble United States Marine Corps “Darrell” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class:

PFC Jerry Walton Smith United States Army “Jerry” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

Don grew up in Vidor as the only boy among seven sisters and was always playing tricks on them. He loved to hunt and fish in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Before going to Vietnam, Don brought his wife and children to Vidor to stay with his family while he was gone. Don died in a Saigon field hospital one month after sustaining severe internal injuries in a jeep rollover accident. He had been a soldier for more than six years. VIDOR

10 June 1946 1 Dec 1968 Tay Ninh Province 116th Assault Helicopter Co. 1st Aviation Bde, 1st Air Cav 22 Non-hostile; helicopter crash Baptist Married, left one step-daughter Little Cypress HS 1964 Charles Ricks, brother

Larry grew up in Little Cypress as a country boy very much into hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He had a horse named Ginger that he truly loved. Ginger was very fast but Larry also rode her in parades. After high school, Larry began working at the DuPont plant as an apprentice carpenter, but then he surprised everyone by quitting to join the Army. In Vietnam, Larry served in the very dangerous job of door gunner on a Huey assault helicopter flying from the base at Cu Chi. The crash of his helicopter in a rice paddy happened while on a combat assault mission but was blamed on metal fatigue which caused the tail rotor to break off. Basically, it was lack of proper maintenance which was unfortunately common during these years of the war. Both door gunners were killed. Official DOD records show Lufkin as home of record.

SSG Donald Jeane Sweat United States Army “Don” DOB: Date of Casualty: Place: Unit: Age at Death: Cause of Death: Religion: Marital Status: High School and Class: Family Contact:

SP4 Larry Eugene Ricks United States Army “Larry”

19 Jan 1948 19 Oct 1968 Binh Duong Province 919th Engineer Company, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) 20 Small arms fire; died of wounds Baptist Single M.B. North HS 1967 David Thompson, brother

Peter came from a close family of eight children in Orange. He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist church and sang in the junior choir as a youngster. He played high school football for a year before his father died in 1966. Peter gave up football to work nights and weekends to help support his widowed mother and younger siblings. As the surviving head of household, he was given a deferment from the draft. After graduation, however, Peter waived the deferment and joined the Army in order to provide a regular monthly allotment check to his mother. Peter became a combat engineer trained to disarm land mines and booby traps. He was then sent to Vietnam where he served with the famed and feared Blackhorse Regiment and made rank quickly. Peter had completed less than one year total time in service prior to being killed in action. Orange

SP4 Lenwood White, Jr. United States Army “Lenwood”

DOB: 2 Nov 1942 Date of Casualty: 2 Apr 1969 Place: Binh Duong Province Unit: 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division Age at Death: 26 Cause of Death: Grenade, died of wounds Religion: Baptist Marital Status: Married High School and Class: Wallace HS 1961 Family Contact: Sandra White Green, sister Lenwood moved to Fort Worth after HS graduation. Later, he was drafted, trained as a combat medic and sent to Vietnam. He survived for nine days after receiving multiple fragmentation wounds from a grenade during battle. Lenwood had just over one year in service when he was killed. Official DOD records show Fort Worth as home of record.

The Stark ‘64 Veterans Association would like to thank the following persons who personally contributed greatly to the research and presentation involved with this project:

- Lloyd McDonald - Sam Kittrell - Judy Stanfield Dorman - Mike Louviere - Dr. Andrew Hayes - Carolyn Griffith

- Wanda Holts Reinert, images - Mike McNair, guest columnist - Nicole Gibbs (The Record Newspapers), final layout - Jerry Gatch, project coordinator

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