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County Record Vol. 53 No. 39

The Community Newspaper of Orange, Texas

Orange County businesses reap holiday sales David Ball

For The Record

Christmas sales figures nationally were mostly flat but some area retailers broke the national trend. Things were stacked against retailers this holiday season, and it seems they may have pushed too hard to please, according to Business Week: “Consumer demand was anemic, and there were fewer days to shop because of the late November date for Thanksgiving. Foot traffic in stores dropped off in December. Retailers responded with aggressive discounting, then tried to force through more last-minute shipping deals than UPS could handle. The result? Unhappy customers and concern about ever-narrowing profit margins.” The article states sales of

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holiday items increased 2.3 percent compared with last year. On a brighter note, Elaine Meyers of The Meyers Horseman Store in Orange, said their Christmas sales were excellent. “We were up six percent from last year. We’re very pleased. We’re up considerably for the total year at all five stores. We’re very thankful. We’re looking forward to 2014,” Meyers said. “We’re very honored and humbled by this.” Bestsellers were boots and ladies’ clothing, work boots and work clothes. Meyers explained the store began a “good sales program” after Thanksgiving and “wonderful premiums” such as Wrangler gear bags and George Straight CDs with the purchase of a particular item. Returns of merchandise has been moderate, Meyers said, due to salespeople fitting customers precisely and researching customers’ needs. In addition to carrying 4,000 pairs of boots in their store, The Horseman also has four mobile rigs to sell work boots to plants. Shell Plaza Houston, for instance, is so please with The Horseman, they signed a four-year contract to 2018 to service their plants. Tina Jetton, manager of The Classy Peacock in Bridge City, said their sales, too, were above average. “A lot more people are becoming more aware to shop local and keep the money in the community. Our sales goal was met,” she said. The Class Peacock’s bestsellers are Pandora and Brighton jewelry, particularly gift sets, and Corral boots. The store is also running an after Christmas special. Jetton said there hasn’t been a high rate of return of merchandise with the exception being exchanges for jewelry. Burke’s Outlet in West Or-


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New Year’s Eve may be over, but most local police officers know, the party is not really over and on the roadways will be too many people who have had too much to drink before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Officer M. Roush, of the Orange Police Department, will be working this weekend and as part of his job duties will help make the roads a safer place to be by arresting drunk drivers. But, he is quick to


Influenza spreading Flu strain spreading across Orange County Debby Schamber For The Record


cross the state, flu is on the rise, especially the 2009 strain of the H1N1 virus, previously known as swine flu. Stephanie Davila, of Orange, had a sore throat on Friday which became progressively worse. Her 10-year-old son, Eric, was reading in the newspaper about the deadly flu this season and became increasingly concerned about his mother’s health. In the end, the mother of seven children had to make her son happy. “ I had to promise I would go see the doctor,” Davila said. ‘They were so worried.” A swab at the doctor’s office determined Davila did have the flu. In addition, she had an ear infection. Davila was able to receive Tamiflu because she was within the 72-hour window. She also received a prescription for antibiotics for the ear infection. “If not for my son and his friend and making me pinky swear, I would not have gone,” Davila said. Davila is now at home recovering. She has her “small army” to help her, along with her husband, Victor. Although many in Orange County have been diagnosed with the flu, in Orange County there are not any reported deaths. But, in nearby Jefferson County five people have died from flu complications. It has also been confirmed they had H1N1. The people who died in Beaumont had “underlying health conditions,” which put them at risk for developing flu complications, such as bacterial pneumonia, ear infections and dehydration, according to Beaumont Health Department officials. Beaumont officials also report a rise in the number of flu-like cases within the past few weeks. Health workers have confirmed at least two cases of H1N1 in Montgomery County where four people have died. In addition, the Houston Health Department reported this week, they had their first pediatric flu death. A spokeswoman for the department would only identify the victim as a teenager. She said the victim is believed to have been infected with H1N1, the most predominant flu strain this season.The death occurred sometime within the season began on Oct. 1. At least three previous flu-related deaths in the Houston area have been confirmed this season in ad-

At the urging of her children, Stephanie Davila was recently diagnosed with the flu. Across the state, flu is on the rise, especially the 2009 strain of the H1N1 virus, previously known as swine flu. Health officials are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot. RECORD PHOTO: Debby Schamber

dition to the pediatric death. However, being the HIN1 is no longer a new strain, the good news is the current vaccine available has the H1N1 included. The flu season began Sept. 29. On average, the flu kills 23,600 Americans

each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those with chronic health conditions, like diabetes or asthma, are at risk for complications. They should be vacFLU STRAIN SPREADING Page 3A

Flu outbreak increasing David Ball

For The Record


ake advice from the experts. Shannon Forrest, director of nurses at Baptist Orange Hospital, took herself, her husband and children to receive a flu vaccination during the course of this interview. “There’s a significant increase of flu and Upper Respiratory Infections through our emergency department. We have three to four to test positive a day. It’s better to be safe than sorry,” Forrest said. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in fact, is encouraging residents to be vaccinated due to “The level of flu-like illness is classified as ‘high’ in Texas, and medical providers are seeing an increase in flu in multiple parts of the state.” Thirteen flu related deaths have been reported in the Houston area this season, according to an article in the Austin-American Statesman. Shari Ulmer, director of the Beaumont Health Department, likewise, has reported five deaths in Beaumont- two confirmed as H1N1, one pending, and two with similar symptoms which are probable H1N1.

Of those who died, one was from Jefferson County, two from Jasper County, one from Hardin County and one from Bexar County, according to information from Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital. “None who expired received the flu vaccine. We urge everyone to get the flu shot. It’s (2009 strain of the H1N1 virus) not new and it’s not too late. Forrest said the flu vaccine doesn’t cover the Strain Influenza A, but it does cover the H1N1 which she calls the worst of the two evils and the most common strain circulating, according to the TDHS. She speculates the flu is spreading because of the cold weather and people spending more time inFLU ADVISORY Page 3A

Drunk drivers continue to be focus of OPD

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point out, it is not just alcohol which makes people drive while intoxicated, but also prescription and other drugs, too. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, an average drunk driver has driven drunk 87 times before their first arrest. The whole process of making a driving while intoxicated arrest for a seasoned officer takes about two hours to complete from start to finish because of the many pieces to the puzzle. “It’s not just one, but a combination of things,” Roush said

of the things he looks for when making an arrest. While out on patrol, Roush looks at what is going on in the city. He looks for simple traffic offenses such as going too fast or too slow, driving in the middle of the road or not stopping at stop sign or traffic lights. Once he initiates a stop, he makes contact with the driver. This is where he will discover if the person pulled over is presumed to be under the influence of narcotics or alcohol. As he approaches the Officer Roush, of the Orange Police Department will be on the look- vehicle, he will look inside for out for people driving while intoxicated over the holiday weekend. RECORD PHOTO: Debby Schamber


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OC moves forward to reach goals Debby Schamber For The Record

Orange County has taken the next step in applying for up to $400,000 in funding from the legislation. During a Dec. 15th meeting, Dwayne Gordy, of the Community Development Education Foundation, gave a presentation to inform commissioners about SB1747 and the new sections of the Texas Transportation Code. Gordy stated the county could benefit from applying to the available $400,000 in funding precribed in the legislation. However, the county must first follow guidelines. First of all, they need to create an amended road condition report. They must also create a reinvestment zone. Finally, they need to also have a transportation plan. Monday, Clark Slacum, county engineer, submitted a detailed report to commissioners to comply with the requirements. The report was placed into the minutes of the court. According to Slacum, one the of report requirements

Orange County engineer Clark Slacum.

was to show damages by oil and gas activities. Also, during Monday’s meeting, Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux was authorized to sign a letter stating Orange County is in approval of the Jefferson Refinery development. His signa-

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ange reported their sales were equal to last Christmas. Domestic items and juniors were popular as well as young men’s clothing. One positive note was the

store sold the same amount as last year with less inventory and they believe next year will be a good one. Last but not least, Debbie Crews of Debbie Gold Gem in

Casting call for Follies 2014 The Service League of Orange presents a Casting Call Party for Follies 2014 “We’ve Got Talent” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Rose Thayer’s Academy of Dance located at 1201 16th Street. They will also be holding a Patron Party at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan 11 at the Sunset Country Club, in Orange. Tickets are $25. Hors D’oeuvres will be served, followed by a silent and live auction. The Follies will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18 at the Lutcher Theater. Reserved seats are $20, Balcony $10. A Cabaret Party will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop following the performance. There will be nachos and Fajita Bar plus soft drinks. Cost for the party is $5 for performers and $10 for guests. For ticket packages contact Barbara Meyer at 409-2214415. For Follies tickets call 409-882-7290 or 409-886-5535.

ture on behalf of the county complies with the Development Corporation Act of 1979 as amended and Section 1479(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended. According to Thibodeaux, everything is in compliance with the tax code and gives the Bridge City said her sales are down from last year, but she considers herself as blessed. Crews attributes her lower numbers to the still slow economy. Things that sold this holiday season were sideways crosses,

refinery the power to issue bonds for the project. However, Orange County does not have any “liability.” In other County business, commissioners approved action to appoint Danny Brack, Jr. and Dwight Williams as Emergency Serivces District 4 nominees to replace vacated positions. Their appointment comes after the recommendation of the current board. Tina Barrow, elections administrator, was granted permission to enter into an InterLocal Agreement with Rockwall County concerning overseas and military voters. The agreement is part of a fully funded grant program to allow people overseas and military voters to participate in all elections they are eligible for at that time. There is still not any action taken on the Sheriff’s Employees Union Contract which officials from both sides have been working on for several months. “It’s a little bit out of our hands right now,” Thibodeaux said.

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doors, spreading through coughing and sneezing and being in a hurry and not taking the time to wash or sanitize hands. Some signs include body aches, sneezing and coughing. A shot of Tamiflu will help reduce the virus, she said. Contrary to some beliefs, the flu shot does not cause illness. Forrest said what happens is people are inoculated with a dead virus of the flu that may cause a lowgrade fever while the body is fighting antibodies. Forrest also urges residents to get the flu vaccination. “Flu season ends March 31. There are many more weeks,” she said. Upper Respiratory Infections are treated with antibiotics if it’s a bacterial infection. Antibiotics have no effect on the flu virus. In addition to antibiotics, rest, intake of fluids and chicken soup are effective in treating a URI. Some who are sick and may be carrying the H1N1 strain may initially test as a negative. Forrest added, however, it may be early in the process and the patient may need to be re-tested. Some recommended preventions from the DSHS in-

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clude covering all coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, and staying home if sick. “Flu is on the rise and causing severe illness in certain people. It is not unexpected this time of year, but it’s a good reminder for people to get vaccinated and stay home if they’re sick,” stated Dr. David Lakey, DSHS commissioner in a press release.“Flu can be deadly. People who have not been vaccinated should do so now. It’s the best defense we have.” DSHS recommends everyone six months old and older get vaccinated. People should talk to their health care provider about the best type of flu vaccine for them. A nasal spray version is available for healthy people ages 2 to 49 who are not pregnant, and a high-dose vaccine is approved for people 65 and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Texas is one of 6 states with “high” activity of influenzalike illnesses. Carrie Williams, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, said flu activity is “high and widespread, because it’s increased and because it’s been report-

ed in multiple parts of the state.” The other states classified as having high rates are Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Alabama. About 95 percent of the Texas influenza cases are H1N1, also known as the swine flu. County officials across Texas have reported deaths from flu-related illnesses, though hospitals are only required to report the flu deaths of children to the state. Cindy Tolar, an LVN at Gulf Coast Health Center in Orange, said they are seeing more elderly patients with flu-like symptoms than younger patients, but several healthy adults are also coming to the center. “It’s scary. It (the flu outbreak) makes you want to get a shot. It’s not too late to get it,” Tolar said. Gulf Coast receives free flu vaccines from vaccine manufacturers to distribute to the public that cover most strains of influenza. On the other side of the county, Dr. Hamid Jalali of the Mauriceville Medical Clinic reported 10 percent to 15 percent of their patients have tested positive for the Strain Influenza A.

Drunk driving watched weapons and any evidence of open containers or pill bottles. He will then ask for a driver’s license and proof of insurance. While talking with them he observes their behavior by their reactions and speech. Also, to see if they are impaired and can carry on a conversation. Roush will also look to see if the person’s eyes are glassy, bloodshot or if the pupils are dilated. If Roush determines the person is intoxicated, they may be asked to step out of their vehicle and walk to the back. He will once again see how they perform and if they are able to walk or if they stagger. Next begins the testing. The field sobriety tests can consists of standing on one leg, walking and turning and touching their finger to their nose. However, this is not really when the test begins. It is actually when Roush gives the instructions to do the test. Roush gives two different tests and adjusts the tests depending on the abilities of the person involved. If the person is believed to be intoxicated, they are advised they are under arrest and placed into the back of the patrol vehicle and transported to the Orange County Jail. Roush calls a wrecker service so the


vehicle will be towed away. This will be the start of the money lost to pay for towing and storage fees, in addition to fines, attorneys and bond fees. Once they arrive at the jail, the person will be taken to the intoxilizer room where they will be videotaped and once again undergo more tests. They will also be read a DIC24 which is a statutory warning. Roush will also ask for a breath or blood sample. However, there are times when a blood draw is mandatory such as if they are involved in an accident involving a serious injury, if a child is in the vehicle or if the latest charge is a felony. If a person refuses to give a breath or blood sample, then Roush writes out a warrant. He will then call a representative from the district attorney’s office and later a judge to have the warrant signed. This is all done when the person is being booked in by jail staff. A short time later, with warrant in hand, a breath or blood sample is taken and sent to a lab for analysis. In addition, the person who refuses to participate willingly in the sample, they are given a DIC25 and their license is suspended for 180 days. They must then go to the Department of Public Safety to work out the terms of getting it

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back. To be legally intoxicated, the person must have a 0.08 blood alcohol level or higher. If a person has a 0.15 blood alcohol level or higher, they are not only really intoxicated, but what was once a Class B misdemeanor goes to a higher and more serious Class A misdemeanor. However, if they have two or more DWI convictions, then their charge is a state jail felony. In addition, those charged with a Class B misdemeanor or more will remain in jail until they see a judge to be arraigned and so they can set bond. After Roush completes his job at the jail, his work is not done yet. He still has reports to write and submit. The reports will go to a detective to be processed and wait on lab results. The case will then go to the district attorney’s office for possible prosecution. According to Roush, it is not always about drinking alcohol, but also, is about prescription drugs, medications and synthetic drugs. In the end, it can be a tough experience for the person involved to endure. Their DWI experience does not end with being arrested. They may lose their license or job, too.

cinated immediately along with people over 65, pregnant women and young children, according to the Department of State Health Services. According to Sabrina Davis of the UTMB-Orange County Health Department, the best prevention to avoid the flu this season is to get the vaccination. “It takes about two weeks before a person is protected after being vaccinated,” Davis said. The seasonal flu usually begins to spread around Oct. 1 through March 31, with the peak month being February. “If you haven’t gotten the shot, it’s not too late,” Davis said. With seasonal flu, the flu season varies in terms of timing, duration and severity. Seasonal influenza can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Each year, in the United States, on average 36,000 people die from flu-related complications and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related causes. Of those hospitalized, 20,000 are children younger than five years old. Over 90 percent of deaths and about 60 percent of hospitalizations occur in people older than 65, according to the Center for Disease Control. “The elderly, young and people with compromised immune systems should get a flu shot,” Davis said. “Children over six months old should also get a flu shot.” Children under nine years old and it is the first time ever getting a shot should return after four weeks for a second shot, she added. Once a person is vaccinated, they may feel achy or fatigued, but this is not common. “Most people may only experience tenderness at the site of the injection,” Davis said. The nasal mist is a live virus, while the shot is not a live virus, accordng to Davis. “Most people prefer the

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• The Record • Week of Wednesday, January 1, 2014

From the Creaux’s Nest Welcome to 2014

Well, here we are, the first day of another new year. What 2014 holds for us no one knows. We can speculate but that’s all it is. One thing that is certain, when this time next year rolls around some of us won’t be here. For me, losing friends each year is the hardest. Last year, to name a few,Betty Lou Womack died in Jan., then there was Jerry Wimberly, Don Shockley, Doug Harrington and several others in between.***** This is a midterm political year. Besides state races for governor, lieutenant governor, etc., we elect a U.S. congressman. On the local scene this year, we will elect a new county judge. Carl Thibodeaux, who has served us so well for 20 years, won’t be on the ballot for the first time in 30 years. He previously served as mayor of West Orange. Four candidates are running to replace him. This will be a hotly contested race. With the primary in March and the runoff in April, we won’t have to wait until November to know the winner taking office at this time next year. All candidates are running under one party banner. Same is true in Pct. 2 commissioner’s race where commissioner Owen Burton is retiring to spend more time with Nelda. A district clerkk’s race will be decided in the March primary. Two J.P. races and a congressional race will have opposition in the November general election where Judge Janice Menard and Judge David Peck will face opponents and for congress, local Democratic candidate Michael Cole will have opposition in November. *****Nationwide, many seats are up for grabs in the Senate and House. I look for the Democrats to hold the senate and Republicans to hold a slight lead in house. Republicans biggest challenge will be from their Tea Party wing, moving regular Republicans so far to the right that they can’t win in a general election. I look for Paul Ryan to leap frog over congressman Kevin Brady and be named chairman of the Way and Means committee. I also look for Ryan to propose his own health care plan this year.***** I’ll have much more later but for now I’d best get going. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.

Theresa owns her own company ‘Cornerstone Communications’ in Nashville. She is again working on the Academy of Country Music awards project to be shown in May. Theresa is involved in many other projects involving country music and is a friend to many of the big stars. She’s the daughter of Ray and Elaine Hearn and granddaughter of Inez Hearn. (Editor’s note: We haven’t heard if Theresa has been back home lately. Last time we saw her she had two children, Grace was 6 or 7 and Jake was nearly 5. Theresa, like her grandmother is one of those rare people. Theresa has had a great career and makes her family and friends proud.*****Texas Monthly publishes Bumsteer Awards. Top of the list are Tom DeLay, Rick Perry, David Dewhurst and Tom Craddick. The magazine condemns the redistricting power grab. It will be the biggest injustice forced on rural Texas, disenfranchising them with no voice in congress. The new maps will create 22 Republican districts and ten Democratic districts. Most of the power will go to the cities, leaving out rural counties. (Editor’s note: Ten years later, that is exactly as it turned out. What’s been done to us is so obvious it’s amazing folks can’t see it and realize who screwed us with redistricting.)*****Walter Riedel is chosen Citizen of the Year by the Greater Orange Chamber.*****Pat Pate, wife of H.D., had back surgery in Houston.*****Walter B. Hillard, 71, died Dec. 28.*****Buddy Bourque, 58, died Dec. 27.*****Joyce “Granny” Jones, mother of Arlene Howland, died Dec. 27..*****Jiimmy Tuppen, 83, died Friday, Dec. 26. Roy wrote a Down Life’s Highway column about his longtime friend Jimmy. In the column he wrote that with Jimmy you didn’t need a handshake, his word was good enough. Fairness was his creed. Being a gentleman and being courteous his way of life.*****Bridge City and Orangefield School Districts will see some major changes in 2004. Bridge City approaches completion of a new high school and Orangefield began construction on tis recently passed bond issue. Bridge City superintendent Sam Luciasaid he anticipates the new state-of-theart high school to be complete in September.*****Claude Spruell, of Bridge City, wins refurbished 1966 mustang in Clear Channel’s Cool 92.5 oldies radio contest. (Editor’s note: I wonder what became of that car and Claude.}

hospital. The Judge got off call Monday and another J.P. will handle calls the rest of the week. Citizens never think of the work Justice of the Peace officials do.It’s an all day, all night job, not just in the courtroom.*****A few good folks we know celebrating their special day: On Jan. 1, Robert Hoke, Joanne Hill and Ronnie Hearn celebrate.***Jan. 2, Cody Johnson, Jude Gunstream, Courtney Anderson and Angela Abshirecelebrate.*****On Jan. 3, Our friend, married to the lovely Nelda,County Commissioner Owen Burton celebrates a birthday. He is retiring at the end of the year and not rerunning for office. As I recall, and it seems like yesterday, he defeated Sue Bearden in a runoff. He’s been a good commissioner.***Also on this day Roy Simar, Barbara Darden and Ann Burns celebrate.*****Jan. 4, finds “Red” and Pat Garrett’slovely daughter, longtime friend Beth Rash celebrating; also lovelyVergie Moreland. This would have been the birthday of the late BBRC Richard Corder.*****On Jan. 5, Tommy’s mom, Marilou Gunncelebrates as does our friend Fain’s widow, the always sweet Vivian Holbrooks.***Our friend for over 50 years, the ultra conservativeKenneth Young celebrates number 83. He was Republican way back there when being Republican wasn’t cool. Now he says the Party is way too far to the left. Reagan was to moderate and Glenn Beck is just right.Pop and I agree on nothing when it comes to politics but he and I and his late wife, Joyce, bonded for life many years ago.*****On Jan. 6, Skipper Free, one of a kind, colorful, and always full of it, celebrates number 80.***Joan Trivino marks 82 years and Louise Dubose and Sherry Morgan also celebrate.*****On Jan. 7, Sue’s little boy, Mike Collins celebrates as does Betty Jagen, Jo Green, Ted Arnold and Teresa Collins. Happy birthday to all. Please see complete list.*****Kyndall Turner, infant daughter of Kayla and Preston Turner, is out of ICU at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Kayndall was admitted to hospital with RSV.***Also in Texas Children’s is Angel Sehon battling pneumonia and thyroid cancer. Angel was BCHS homecoming queen in 2013. We wish both a speedy recovery.*****TheWednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s on Jan. 8th for the first gathering of the year. Start the year out with great fellowship. Everyone always welcome.

CELEBRRTIES LOST 10 Years Ago-2003


Bob Hope, 100, who contributed so much to our little part of the country;Johnny, 71, and June Cash, 73; Katharine Hepburn, 90; Art Carney,85, one of the Honeymooners; Buddy Ebsen, 95, The Beverly Hillbillies; Coach Sid Gilliam, 91; Gregory Hines, 57; Buddy Hackett, 79; Donald O’Conor, 78; Fred Roger’s, the host of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood;John Ritter, 54, son of Tex Ritter, an East Texas pioneer; Johnny Paycheck, the Working Man’s Friend, age 64; Barry White, 58; Floyd Tillman, 88, a singer and one of the first electric guitarist; Robert Stack,84, The Untouchables; Preston Smith, 91, Texas’ education governor;Nina Simone, 70, a great jazz singer; Bill “Willie” Shoemaker, 72, Hall of Fame jockey with 8,833 wins; Tex Schramm, 83, made the Cowboys America’s team. Also gone were seven of our astronauts, lost over East Texas Feb. 1, when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry;David Brown, 42; Rick Hubbard, 45; Laurel Clark, 41; Kalpana Chawla, 41; Michael Anderson, 43; William McCool, 41; Han Ramon, 48. One of my favorite actors Charles Bronson, age 81. Two guys who made a name for themselves and went down in a blaze of fire power,Uday Hussein, 39, and brother Qusay, 37, sons of Saddam, who were killed July 22. Last but not least, Strom Thurmond, 100, U.S. Senator for 48 years.



A few New Years resolutions should be made by a select group. First, our longtime friend, attorney Sharon Bearden should resolve that while deer hunting in the Hill Country, a long way from a hospital, not to get too excited when a lucky shot downs a deer. The results of over exertion could be falling out of the deer blind and breaking a collar bone. Makes for a long ride to the hospital. ***Assistant Bridge City Police Chief Brad Frye should resolve that the next time he wounds a deer, not to try running it down on foot. It might be macho but it’s dangerous. A tree limb might jump out and knock you out leaving a scar on your forehead. ***Justice of the Peace David Peck should resolve that he will be nicer to Roy Dunn between now and November. He should quit referring to him as “Goat” and “Hog Scratcher”, remembering he buys ink by the barrel.***Local politico Jerry Wilson should refuse to be Sen. CandidateSteve Stockman’s county campaign chairman. Instead, Jerry, who is running to be head of the local Republican Party, should again turn to a Democrat and support local congressional candidate Michael Cole for U.S. Congress. That would give him at least two Demo candidates in the November election.***Pinehurst Mayor Pete Runnels, now that he is not a candidate for county judge, should resolve to tell the public how many people, unable to get health insurance, are now benefiting through Obamacare and how Humana is helping folks every day with affordable insurance. Many with pre-existing conditions who feared they would die or lost everything.***The Orange County Sheriff’s Union and County should resolve to come to the bargaining table in a sincere effort to come up with a contract and put that issue behind us. It’s giving law enforcement and the county a black-eye and the citizens deserve better.

Orange native, coach O.A. “Bum” Phillips, 90; singer George Jones, 81; singer Ray Price, 87; Nelson Mandela, 95; Margaret Thatcher, 87;Stan “The Man” Musial, 92; James “Saparano” Gandolfini, 51; Jean Stapleton, 90; journalist Helen Thomas, 92; singer Patti Page, 86 actress Jonathan Winters, 87; Peter O’Toole, 81; Joan Fontaine, 96;Glee’s Cory Monteith, 31; Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, 40; country singer Mindy McCreedy; pianist Van Cliburn, 78; singer Eydie Gorme, 84; Woodstock’s Richie Havens, 72; coach Earl Weaver, 82; actress Esther Williams, 91; boxer Ken Norton, 70; former New York mayor Ed Koch, 88; Arthur Elmore Leonard, 87; Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, 70; astronaut Scott Carpenter, 88; Dr. Joyce Brothers, 85; sportscaster Pat Summerall, 82; former house speaker Tom Foley, 84; President Hugo Chavez, 58; boxer Emile Griffith, 75; David Frost, 74; broadcaster Jack Germond, 85; Otis “Damon” Harris, 62, one of the “Temptations;” U.S.A. Today founder Allen H. Neuharth, 89.

CONDOLENCES We were sorry to hear of the death of Jessica Evans, 28, who lost her life Saturday in a one car auto accident. Our sincere sympathies to her twins Jackson and Jillian and condolences to father Wayne Evans, his family and Jessica’s many friends. Please see obit. TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME 10 Years Ago-2004 Last weekend, Frances Harris celebrated her going away to prison onJan. 6. The group of family and friends also celebrated the birthday of her granddaughter Nocona Burton. Frances was charged and convicted of federal kidnapping charges after taking Nocona to Honduras where they remained for eight years. Harris disappeared with the 3-year-old in 1994. Harris will serve her time at Carswell Federal Prison in Forth Worth. She was sentenced to serve seven months and seven months home incarceration and year probation. Harris said she shouldn’t be going to prison. She said, “I’ve gotten nothing but compliments from everyone.” (Editor’s note: Frances served her time and has since written a book about her experience. She does Christian work and enjoys every day. She’s a nice lady and I’m sure has no regrets. In life you do what you have to do. *****Bridge City graduate Theresa Hearn, a 1981 grad, is taking a break from her work in Nashville to visit her family here.

A FEW HAPPENINGS Congrats to Judge Courtney Arkeen and husband Cody on the birth of their new twins born on Dec. 15. Channing, a lovely little girl arrived first, followed by brother Chaplin. They both weighed in at exactly the same weight of 5 pounds, 8 ounces. Mom and the kids are home and doing great. I‘m not so sure about dad.*****Pretty Jana Ridgeway, of Bridge City branch bank in Orange, is due to welcome a new baby on Jan. 3. We extend our best wishes.*****About the time longtime friendNancy Vincent celebrates her birthday on Jan. 26, she will be retiring from former Orange Savings Bank, recently acquired by First Financial Bankshares. I understand Nancy will be doing special work for the bank from time to time, however she wanted to spend more time with her mom, who is in an assisted living home. Many of her customers, as well as the bank, will miss her. Nancy has been at the banking business a long time.*****I’ve seen many people come and go in public office over the years. I’ve seen very few who didn’t change in some way, maybe not even noticeable to them. I’m not sure if the pressure of the job, or the change in their lives is the reason but it happens. One person elected who doesn’t appear to have changed at all is Constable Mark Philpott. Mark is the same Mark he was before becoming constable.*****Bridge City Little League is one of the finest youth programs available and has been for many years. The program has produced many high school and college baseball stars. This year the league is opening the program to all Orange County youths. Registration dates are Jan. 11, 18,and 25 at Bridge City Elementary School cafeteria, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.*****Its been a busy holiday season for Judge Janice Menard, Justice of the Peace. She was called out to do several inquest, three of them unexpected deaths, an auto fatality, a suicide and a person traveling through the county apparently dying of a heart attack. An autopsy was ordered in that death. While on her way to one of the calls, praying as she always does on an inquest call, she received a message that her son Neal had been in an auto accident in Houston. His car was totaled and he had been sent to

Joanne Hill, Cynthia Hernandez, Glenda Wilburn, Robert Hoke, Ronnie Hearn, Amber Cortez, Angela Abshire, Cody Johnson, Courtney Anderson, David Villanoueva, Jason Sieck, June Gunstream, Kathy Mercer, O’Neal Waldrop, Betty Johnson, Ann Burns, Alvin Wright, Barbara Dardeau, Betty Johnston, Devin Force, Lillian Wray, Mary Williams, Nancy Lapeyrolerie, Marilou Pachar Gunn, Catherine Young, Deborah Schlicher, Malinda Vail, Patsy Dowder, Jeff Peveto, Clint Reves, Louise Dubose, Sherry Morgan, Marvin Ziller, Skipper Free CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK Joe Thibodeaux, him, has been raising his tree little boys by himself since his wife, Clarise, run off wit Oris Mouton, da policemen, wen da boys was small dem. Da boys couldn’t’ get no one to play wit dem, probably because day stayed so dirty. Dey taught it was because dey weren’t baptize, so dey walk to da nearest church. Only da custodian was dere. One of da chillens said, “Mr. we got to be baptized cause no one will play wit us. Will you baptize us please.” Da custodian him, took dem boys to da bashroom and dunked dem in da toilet bowl, one at a time. Den he say, “Now you baptize so get out of here and go play. Wen dem boys got outside dripping wet da oldest one, Joe Jr., ax, “Wat religion are us hanh?” He continued, “We not Catlic cause dey pour water dem, and we not Baptist cause dey dunk da people in da river.” Da littest boy, Tee-Ray him, he say, “Me, I smelled dat water and I know wat we is us, we’s Pisscopalians, dats wat we is.” C’EST TOUT One column down 51 more to go. Last year I predicted that when gasoline was at $4 a gallon it would drop to $3 or below by years end. We hit that one and I believe unless a crisis breaks out somewhere it will fall lower. We predicted we would not have a major storm in the Gulf. I’m not as optimist this year. I believe we will have a major hurricane in the Gulf. Hopefully it won’t affect us. I said it would be a colder than usual winter and I believe it will be another very hot summer but not as dry as last season.*****Soon we will come to the end of another college and pro-football season. We’ll miss it when its gone but we can look forward to some great high school baseball. I believe most county teams will be loaded with talent.*****As for our economy, a national jobs bill would be the best bet. Re-doing our roads and bridges would add a million jobs and many more satellite jobs would be created. We need to raise the minimum wage at least a couple of dollars. We need to extend unemployment insurance and most importantly we need an immigration bill making tax paying citizens out of those 11 million immigrants. Many more jobs will be created when they can come out of the dark and work their way to citizenship. Raising the minimum wage alone will put billions into the economy, plus the wages are shameful. Wall Street is at its best ever and the rich are getting richer; the poor and middle class haven’t been able to make any headway. Unfortunately there are those who don’t want them to.*****I’m optimistic about Orange County’s future. I see good things coming, plus the state will continue to grow and we will get some spill over. Our county is fiscally sound and this year we will overcome the shortfall without having to lay off employees.*****Happy New Year to you and to our family of advertisers. We have some great plans for our publications this year. We look forward to continue being the largest consumer reaching media in Orange County. Take care and God bless.

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the exhibit and enjoy making a pitcher of your own. The Stark House is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, at 610 Main Avenue, Orange. For more information visit or call 409-883-0871.

The Service League of Orange presents a Casting Call Party for Follies 2014 “We’ve Got Talent” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Rose Thayer’s Academy of Dance located at 1201 16th Street. They will also be holding a Patron Party at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan 11 at the Sunset Country Club, in Orange. Tickets are $25. Hors D’oeuvres will be served, followed by a silent and live auction. The Follies will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18 at the Lutcher Theater. Reserved seats are $20, Balcony $10. A Cabaret Party will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop following the performance. There will be nachos and Fajita Bar plus soft drinks. Cost for the party is $5 for performers and $10 for guests. For ticket packages contact Barbara Meyer at 409-221-4415. For Follies tickets call 409-8827290 or 409-886-5535.

Bridge City Little League Sign-Ups Sign-ups for 2014 Baseball/Softball season are Jan. 11, 18 and 25 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Bridge City Elem. Cafeteria, located at 1035 W. Roundbunch Rd. ALL Orange Co. youth are eligible to participate! This includes the regular season and ALL-STARS! Age requirements: Boys ages 4-16 (as of April 30, 2014) Girls ages 4-16 (as of Dec.31, 2013) There is also a FREE Challenge League! Birth cert. and current utility bill for proof of residency is required. DISCOUNT on REGIS. FEE IF REGISTERED ON OR BEFORE Jan. 18. Cost is : 1st child $110. 2nd and 3rd child $60. 4th child or more FREE. $20 late fee applies for 1st child and $10 each additional child if registered after Jan. 25.

Makers Family Day Jan. 25 Discover your inner artist at Makers Family Day from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Jan. 25 at the Stark Museum of Art, 712 Green Avenue, Orange. Try your hand at easel painting or create a sketch in their galleries. See special exhibitions of student artwork, go on a scavenger hunt and enjoy story time. Light refreshments, tours and many more activities in store for the whole family. This event is a great way to learn how art is made and create your own. For more information visit or call 409-886-2787

Community Trash Off in Orange Feb. 1 Take pride in your City. Help clean Orange. Shangri La Botannical Gardens and Nature Center asks that groups, families and individuals register now to form teams to help clean up the litter hurting our environment. Clean up will be on Feb. 1 starting at Lions Park. People registered will get a free lunch and free tickets for the Feb. 8 performance of Great Mountain at the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts in Orange. For more information visit or call 409-670-0803.

OC Christian Writers Guild to meet The Orange County Christian Writers Guild will meet 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2014 at Brown Hearing Center, 105 Camellia, Orange. Guest speaker will be Penny LeLeux. Penny will share how she got her foot in the door for her writing career. If you have any questions, call Karen Stevens at 409 988-2588 or e-mail her at

American Legion in Orange Post 49 Fundraiser American Legion Post 49, 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will hold a plate lunch fund raiser from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9. The cost is $8. The meals consist of brisket, link, potato salad, beans, bread and dessert. Walk-ins are welcome and delivery is available. Call 409-8861241 after noon on Wednesday, Jan. 8 and before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 for orders and deliveries.

Hunter Education Safety Class scheduled Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunter Education Safety Class will be held 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 and Tuesday, Jan. 14. Both sessions must be attended for certification, which is required if you are at least 17 years old and were born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, to hunt in Texas. You can become certified if you are at least 9 years old. Call Danny Odom to register at 8838118. This is not just for hunters, anyone with firearms can benefit from this class.

Orange Co. Retired Teachers to meet The Orange County Retired Teachers Association will hold its next meeting at 11 a.m., on Monday, Jan. 13 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th St., in Orange. After the business meeting, the speaker will be Martha Bush, a local children’s book author. Her latest book is “Helping Hurting Children: A Journey of Healing”, and her Web site is A light lunch will be served.

Eagles to host pool tourney The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th St. in Orange, will host a pool tournament at 8 p.m. each Friday. The two tables are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights. Popcorn will be served and a drink special will be offered until 11 p.m. The community is invited to come meet the members of Aerie 2523 and join in the fun. For more information leave a message for Sharon Bodin after 4 p.m. at 886-7381.

Free Exhibit at The Carriage House Jan. 18 There will be a free exhibit in the Carriage House of the W.H. Stark House on Jan. 18. Used for lemonade, iced tea and sometimes a bouquet of flowers, the exhibit is pitchers. You have a chance to view seldom, if ever seen, vessels from the 1800’s to today. Bring the family, see

Manley to Wed Grigar Robert and Janet Manley are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their son Paul Bernard Manley to Lindsey Raye Grigar. Lindsey is the daughter of Raymond Grigar and Kellie Grigar of Wallis. Lindsey is a 2009 graducate of Brazos High School, a 2012 graduate of

Texas A & M University with a BS in Health and a 2013 graduate of The University of Texas Medical Branch with a BS in Nursing. Paul is a 2006 graduate of LCM High School and a 2009 graduate of Texas A & M University with a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Paul is currently employed by

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Death notice Thomas Simpson Formally Orange Thomas Wellman Simpson, 65 years old, formally of Orange, Texas past away on Dec.18, 2013 at the Christopher House in Austin, after a long battle with throat and lung cancer. Arrangements are pending.

Services to be held Jessica Jo Evans Orange Jessica Jo Evans, 28, of Orange, Texas passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. Jessica was born Nov. 7, 1985 in Fort Worth to Thomas Wayne Evans and Linda Briggs Evans. She was a lifelong area resident and worked as a CCMS invoice verification clerk for Belcam at DuPont in Beaumont. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bill and Jean Evans. Survivors include her parents; twin daughter and son, Jillian Grace Haile and Jackson Drake Haile; and grandparents, Frank and Liz Briggs. A visitation for family and friends will begin at noon on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. with Mr. John Bigelow officiating.

William J. “Jack” Gage Orange William J. “Jack” Gage, 93, of Orange, passed away Dec. 29, 2013 in Orange. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at St. Paul Episcopal Church with interment to follow at the church. There will be a gathering of family and friends beginning at 1:30 p.m. until service time. Born in Mill Hill, England on March 18, 1920, William was the son of David Malcolm and Olive Grace (Pyne) Gage. In 1926, “Jack” and his family immigrated to America on a freighter coming into New Orleans. During the voyage, they celebrated his 6th birthday and the captain of the ship made him a wooden toy. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and later served in the US Army Signal Corps. He briefly worked for KFDM radio station and later worked and retired from DuPont where he was an instrument foreman and an instructor. He was a member of St.Paul Episcopal Church and he was very instrumental in forming the Orange Amateur Radio Relay League many years ago which he was also a member. He loved talking with people around the world over the radio and he held his amateur radio license “HAM license” for 75 years. He was a member of the QCWA Club of Port Arthur and Tyler. His call sign was W5ICL.He also built an award winning replica Queen Mary ship and even built their lake house on San Rayburn. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brotherin-law, Betty and George Herford; great -great- granddaughter, Prudence Eubanks and son-in-law, Guy Eubanks. “Jack” is survived by his wife of 67 years, Doris (Tibbits) Gage of Orange; daughters, Dorothy Eubanks of Jewett and Carolyn Curran and husband, Glenn of Orange and grandchildren, Marcie Acoba and husband, Vince of Howe, Kelley Long and husband, Brian of Canton, John Gayle and wife, Amanda of Conroe, Vickie Price of Bridge City and Tabitha Jarmon and husband, Chad of Coppell. He is also survived by 13 greatgrandchildren, 3 great -greatgrandchildren; niece, Gayle Evans of Plano; nephew, Jack Byron Herford of Port Neches and numerous cousins. The family would like to thank SE TX Hospice, Kay and Pearl for all their care along with Ophelia, Joyce, Dell and Edna for their care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the St. Paul Episcopal Church, 1401 W Park, Orange, Texas77630.

Deaths and Memorials J.C. Broussard Orange James C. “J.C.” Broussard, 78, of Orange, Texas passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at The Meadows in Orange. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange with the Rev. Joseph P. Daleo officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Nederland. Serving as pallbearers will be John Helton, Jarred Helton, V.R. Peveto, Roy Courville, Trey LaRocca and Mike Trahan. Visitation will be from 6 pm. until 9 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Orange, on March 29, 1935, James was the son of Claude S. and Adeline (Courville) Broussard. He grew up in Black’s Bayou, La., where his father worked for Shell Oil. He shared many stories with his children and grandchildren about his many bayou adventures as a child. He graduated from Stark High School in Orange, and after graduation, he spent nearly 40 years as a draftsman. James was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He enjoyed going to the casino, fishing, watching the Dallas Cowboys and spending time with his family. James was preceded in death by his infant brother, Little Roy; mother, Adeline; and father, “Shorty”. James is survived by his daughter, Debbie Broussard Helton and her husband John of Orange, and sons James “Butch” Broussard of Channelview and Wade Broussard of Orange. He is also survived by his former wife, Denise; and daughters, Christy Broussard of Orange; Emerald Broussard LaRocca and husband Trey of Nederland and Danneal Broussard of Orange. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Nicole Peveto, Jarred Helton, Amanda West, Kaleigh West, Gabrielle LaRocca and Anthony Lee. He was also blessed with two great- grandchildren, Gavin Pollock and Kinzlee Peveto. The family would like to send a special thank you to his caregivers, Tera Sparkman Murrah, The Meadows staff and Odyssey Hospice for their love and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Texas Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 300630, Houston, Texas 77230.

John G. Daugereau Bridge City John G. Daugereau, 91, of Bridge City, passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Orange. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be the Reverend Damon Bickham of First Baptist Church in Deweyville. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home. Born in Church Point, La., on Oct. 27, 1922, John was the son of Jean Daugereau and Louise M. (Higginbotham) Daugereau. He served in the US Army during WW II and later worked as a deck hand for Sabine Towing. John loved to garden, swing and dance. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother; sisters; and son, Terry Daugereau. John is survived by his daughters, Debbie Cappadona and husband, Ross of Little Cypress, Jeannie Ouellette of Hattiesburg, Miss., Joyce Davis of Orangefield; grandchildren, Cher Weldon Jones, Kayla Ouellette, Kristie Ouellette, Jennifer Davis Higgins; and two great -grandchildren.

John Robert ‘Bob’ Stahl Formerly Bridge City John Robert ‘Bob’ Stahl, of Deer Park, Texas, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 due to a heart attack at the age of 61.

There will be a memorial service held at 2 p.m., Jan. 3, at Deer Park Funeral Directors. Bob was born in Bridge City, on June 5, 1952. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Katherine Hellman Stahl, and a plethora of family and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his father, John Albert Stahl and his mother, Louise Davis Stahl, of Bridge City. He was a 1970 graduate of Bridge City High School. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either of the charities Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas ( or A New Dawn Pet Adoption Center in Deer Park. (

Services held Josephine Cartwright West Orange Josephine Lee “JoLee” Cartwright, 71, of West Orange, died Dec. 27, 2013, at her residence. Born in Galveston County on Sept. 17, 1942, she was the daughter of Lee Farina and Lillian (Rigsby) Farina and she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and a brother. She is survived by her long time companion, John Dupre; son and daughter-in-law, Chance and Jill Cartwright and their children, Cody, Chandler and Collin; son and daughter-inlaw, Shane and Michelle Cartwright and their children, Hunter and Callie A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in the chapel of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service.

Aubrey Dixson Vidor Aubrey Dixson, 94, of Vidor passed away on Sunday, Dec.29, 2013 at his residence. A visitation was held on Dec. 30, from 5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service was held Dec. 31 at 10 am at the funeral home, with the Rev. Terry Wright officiating. Burial followed at Dixson Cemetery in Vidor. Aubrey was a native of Glenmore, La.; born on Dec.14, 1919 to parents Martha Sallie (Manciel) and John Henry Dixson. He served his country in the US Navy during WWII. Aubrey was a pipefitter for 35 years, retiring from Local #195 and he was a member of First Baptist Church in Vidor. He enjoyed going fishing, hunting and he was the handyman around the house, you name it he worked on it. Aubrey was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be missed dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and five brothers. Aubrey is survived by his wife, Linda Faye Dixson of Vidor; sons, Frank David Dixson and wife, Janice, Aubrey Gene Dixson both of Vidor; daughters, Tammy Robinson and husband, Don of Waterwood, Kim Keith and husband, Sam of Silsbee, Misty Coleman and husband, Alvin of Vidor. He is also survived by six grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren and four great-great- grandchildren.

Nancy Ann Rampmaier Bourgeois Orange Nancy Ann Rampmaier Bourgeois passed away Dec. 25, 2013 after a battle with cancer. The funeral was Dec. 28, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating was Mr. Jerry Fenter, chaplain with Harbor Hospice. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Serving as pallbearers were Lane Paxson,

Ricky Savoie, Jerry Savant, William Tramel, David Dupuis and Burt Tietje. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Lester and Kenneth Dupuis. Visitation was Dec. 27 at the funeral home. Nancy was born in Orange on July 29, 1947. She graduated from Bridge City High School in 1965. She later received her degree in Education from Lamar University. She was married to Alexander Bourgeois. Nancy started her teaching career at West Orange Stark Middle School teaching Texas History and cheerleader coach. She later moved up to teach U.S. History and coach the cheerleaders at West Orange High School. The last five years of her teaching career she taught history at Memorial High School in Port Arthur. She had a profound love of teaching and loved each and every student as if they were her own child. She retired in 2012. She was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Bridge City. She was preceded in death by both her parents William “Buster” and Norma “Mickey” Rampmaier, her brother Floyd “Butch” Rampmaier and her husband Alexander Bourgeois. She was survived by her daughter Amanda Harris and husband Chris Harris and her step children Richard Bourgeois and Judy Bourgeois and grandchildren Aubrey Harris and Katie Bourgeois. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harbor Hospice, 2450 N. Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713.

Gerald A. Cockerham Orange Gerald A. “Jerry” Cockerham, 61, of Orange, passed away Dec. 21, 2013 at his residence after a lengthy illness. Born on Jan. 29, 1952, in Orange, Texas to his parents, Frances Ann (Nezat) Cockerham and Gerald Dean Cockerham, he was a lifelong resident of Orange. A gathering of Jerry’s family and friends was held Dec. 27, at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Graveside services to honor Jerry’s life were Dec. 28, at the Davis Cemetery in Bon Weir, with Deacon Harvey DuBois officiating. Honoring Jerry as pallbearers were Kenny Broussard, David Foreman, Tim Martin, James Martin, Greg Varela and James Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers were Gene Davis, Billy Davis, Jim Nesbitt, Josh Perez and Robbie Campbell. Jerry was an operator in the construction industry and of the Catholic Faith. He was a very

simple kind of man who enjoyed fishing, boating, being out on the water and spending time with his friends and family. Jerry is preceded in death by his father; his niece, Trixie Broussard; his brother-in-law, Ira Davis and his wife’s stepfather, Mason Myers. Those who will most cherish his memory are his loving wife of 17 ½ years, Mona Davis Cockerham, of Orange and his mother, Frances Cockerham, of Vinton, La. His children include a daughter, Amanda Sonnier, of Orange and three sons; Jason, Scott and Chris Cockerham, all of Orange. Other loved ones include two sisters, Ellen Broussard and husband, Kenny and Janice Campbell and husband, Robbie, all of Orange; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Jerry’s family wishes to extend special thanks to The Eagle’s Lodge # 2523, The Eagle Riders Group of Orange, The New Century Hospice Care Team of Beaumont and to all the friends and family that helped to care for Jerry during his final days, especially Edith Myers, Marie Granger and Kim Mitchell. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Stormy L. Place Orange Stormy L. Place, 17, of Orange, passed away Dec. 23, 2013, at her residence. A memorial service to remember and honor Stormy’s life was Dec. 28 at Calvary’s Purchase Church in Orange. Officiating was the Rev. Timothy Linscomb, pastor of the church. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Stormy was born on Nov. 19, 1996 in Houston, to her parents, Kuuleialoha Mina Place and Matthew Jason Burton. Stormy lived in Orange for the last four months and previously lived in Groves. She was in the tenth grade at LCM High School and previously attended PNG High School and Groves Middle School. Stormy was extremely gifted in music, especially on the piano and keyboard. She was an honor student and earned a silver medal in bowling in the Junior Special Olympics. Stormy will be remembered as a loving and kind person who made and left a remarkable impression on many people throughout her life. She attend-

ed Calvary’s Purchase Church. Stormy is preceded in death by her maternal great -grandfather, Robert “Bobby “ Hebert. Those who will most cherish her memory are her mother and stepfather, Travis “Taz“ Welsh of Orange; her father, Matthew J. Burton of Spring; her numerous grandparents and extended family; her second parents and caretakers, Becky and Bob Bruner; her sister, Haley Burton; her brothers, Phillip Block of Port Arthur, Kevin Burton of Orange and Spencer Place of Spring. Stormy’s memory will be cherished by teachers, students and many friends she made along her path in life. Condolences may be expressed for the family at

Karri Michelle Dennis Orange Karri Michelle Dennis, 26, of Orange, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at Christus Hospital – St. Elizabeth in Beaumont. A Memorial Mass of the Resurrection to honor Karri’s life was Dec. 31, at St. Francis Catholic Church, 4300 Meeks Drive in Orange. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Karri was born on May 5, 1987 in Irving to her parents, Keith Foster Dennis and Eva Anne (Courts) Dennis,of Orange. She lived in Orange for the last six months and had previously lived in Brookshire. Karri was of the Catholic faith and attended St. Francis Catholic Church. Karri enjoyed flowers, especially red roses, collecting recipes and spending time at the beach. She also enjoyed collecting dream catchers and spending time with her family. Those who will most cherish Karri’s memory are her parents; her brothers, Brian Dennis and his wife, Sean, and their children, Bryce and Chase all of Colorado Springs, Colo. and her other brother, Michael Dennis and wife, Stephanie of Olympia, Wash. Karri is also survived by numerous members of her extended family. Condolences may be listed for the family at


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County citizens ready to take The Next Step to feed the hungry. Penny LeLeux For The Record Eliminating hunger has always been a major concern for area food pantries and soup kitchens. During the last few years there has been a growing need in the area, while funds and supplies are dwindling. Claire Smith has been involved in local programs including the recent Backpack program in Little Cypress that sends food home on the weekends with needy students. Smith has seen the need first hand and also enjoys gardening. She wondered if the food pantries and soup kitchens would take fresh produce, or if they were even allowed to. She checked with Judy Jensen, the director of Orange Christian Services, the largest food pantry in Orange County. Jensen said they most certainly would be willing to take fresh produce. “There is no way we could afford fresh produce with our budget,” said Jensen. She is currently working on 2013 figures and didn’t have them available yet, but said OCS spent over $80,000 in 2012. “We know clients will appreciate fresh vegetables and there is no way we could provide it.”


Bernie Peveto is pictured with Judy Jensen of Orange Christian Services, Claire Smith and Kerry Kittrell. The Next Step is a seminar about community gardening to be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday at First Baptist Church Orange. RECORD PHOTO: Penny LeLeux

Smith got the same replies from the soup kitchens she checked with. Talking to a few of the people in her church and others, Smith found a growing interest in helping eliminate food insecurity. She also approached the local AgriLIFE Extension agent, Dr. Roy Stanford. He told her there was an interest in the area but no one really seemed to know how to get a program started. That’s where The Next Step comes in. There will be an organizational meeting at 10 a.m.,

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Rickie De Leon Formally Orange Rickie De Leon, 54, of El Paso, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at his home. A Memorial gathering was Dec. 28, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Orange on April 22, 1959, Rickie was the son of Atilano “Tilly” and Dolly (Murakami) De Leon, of Bridge City. He graduated from Bridge City High School in 1978, and played football, baseball, and many other sports. Rickie also played football at West Texas State University and was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan. Preceded in death by his brother, Dalebert De Leon, Rickie is survived by his parents; sons, Jason Lance De Leon of Nederland, James De Leon of Port Arthur; and daughter, Kimberly Marie De Leon of San Diego, Calif. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Rori De Leon and Caden Vincent; brothers, Leon Dave De Leon of Port Arthur, Michael De Leon of Kountze; and nieces, Shay and Leah De Leon, and Courtney and McKayla De Leon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Asso., P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va., 22312 or the Obesity Action Coalition, 4511 North Himes Ave., Suite 250, Tampa, Fla., 33614.

Betty Lou McDonald Brister Orange Betty Lou McDonald Brister, 85, of Orange, passed away Dec. 27, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral Services were Dec. 30, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating was the Rev. David Turner, pastor of Little Cypress Baptist Church. Burial followed at Parish Cemetery in Orange. Serving as pallbearers will be Dicky Perry, Leo Perry Jr., Rob-

ert Lovelace, Peyton Choate, Dirk McDonald and Wade Griffin. Visitation was Dec.29 at the funeral home. Born in Beaumont on Feb. 22, 1928, Betty was the daughter of Walter and Essie (Funchess) McDonald. She was a member of Little Cypress Baptist church and loved her family dearly. Betty will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmond O. Brister; and brother, Jimmy McDonald. Betty is survived by her son, Ronnie Wayne Brister and wife, Donna of Buna; and daughter, Sandra Davis and husband, John of Orange. Betty is also survived by her grandchildren, Jennifer Park and husband, Adam, Jordyn, Devyn and Cullen Davis; greatgrandchildren, Sarah and Chloe Park; brothers, Harold G. McDonald and wife, Audrey of Orange, Wayne McDonald and wife, Myrna of Newton, Jerry W. McDonald and wife, Mary of Orange; sister, Delores Watson of Orange; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cecile Gordon Port Arthur Cecile Gordon was born on July 28, 1941 in Port Arthur, and passed away Dec. 23, 2013 in Port Arthur. Family received friends Dec. 28, at West Orange Christian Church, 900 Lancing St. in West Orange, with funeral services afterwards. Internment followed at The Cemetery in Mauriceville. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Eve Sonnier; sister, Marie Sonnier and brother, James Sonnier. She is survived by her loving husband, John Gordon; children, Nelda Swiere and husband Ronald, Eddie Gordon and wife Vicky and Molly Duhon; twelve grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Eva Doucet of Lake Charles, La., Laura Rousell of Slidell, La.

Jan.7 at First Baptist Church of Orange on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at the First Cup Cafe located in the church. This is the first step in what Smith hopes to be a very worthwhile and needed endeavor. It seems to be a project who’s time has come. There will be a panel discussion made up of people from area churches, soup kitchens, food pantries and the extension office. A special guest speaker will be Sharon Begnaud, co-founder and volunteer coordinator of The Giving Field, a community garden project in Beaumont that is having great success. This past year they donated 6,600 pounds of produce in Jefferson County. In a short 18 months, they have already reached most of their five year goals. The extension office will have someone give a talk about soil preparation. There are several handouts that will be available; including an 11 page home gardening guide from Texas AgriLIFE. “We want to inspire, encourage and educate,” said Smith. She has been really surprised how interest in the project seems to be generating a ground swell. Many people seem willing to help those that want to learn more about gardening. Bernie Peveto just likes to grow things. He has a garden growing on the church grounds of First Baptist of Orange. He said he just wanted to see how things would grow on the property. “There is a lot of clay in the soil.” Currently Peveto has mus-

tard greens, carrots, turnips, radishes, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. “Most of it I give away,” he said. Smith wanted to know how Peveto got his rows so straight and no weeds. Peveto said he collects Gravely Tractors and has several tillers in different sizes. He is happy to share his knowledge and the fruits of his labors. This is the perfect opportunity. Smith doesn’t want anyone that has an interest to be left out. She admits, with the holidays, she hasn’t been able to contact everyone she would like to be involved in the project and does want anyone she hasn’t reached to feel slighted and wants them to know they are welcome, whether she has contacted them or not. “It’s an idea that’s being birthed,” she said. This is just the very early planning stages for the program, but it is not too early to get started with preparation. The next cycle of planting begins in February, with potatoes as one of the crops. Peveto said last year he planted 30 pounds of seed potatoes and harvested over 1,000 pounds. “That’s one of the misconceptions,” said Smith. Most people don’t realize you can grow produce year round in this area, evidenced by the garden already in production at First Baptist Church. “They have a beautiful garden, now,” she said. “If you’ve ever thought of doing a community garden, come to this seminar.” Currently there are members of five area churches involved and that number is expected to grow. Besides First Baptist Orange, other churches currently include First Baptist Church of Vidor, Faith United Methodist, Community Church and Fellowship Baptist. Smith is very excited about the possibilities coming from this project. If you would like further information on community gardening before the seminar, you can research and the American Community Garden Association. There is a website under construction for the local project. More information will be released at a later date. Currently you can get a noon meal from Monday to Saturday through the various soup kitchens in Orange.

Changing Year by Pearl Burgess

A year is over and another year is here The old year has passed, a new one appears, The old is now memories filed in our brain Some memories bring joy, others bring shame. A new year is time to ponder on self To let go of bad and look what is left, It’s time to improve, time to be better Time to decide what really should matter. Look deep in your heart, right to your soul Do you like what you see or is truth being told? Is it time to make changes in the person you are Have you drifted off course and think you’re too far? Bring the good from the past to the New Year with you Leave the bad behind and vow never to view, Resolve to be guided by God and His Book Say goodbye to the past, take on a new look.


Orange County Church Directory First Baptist Church Orangefield 9788 F.M. 105 Orangefield, 409-735-3113 Pastor Forrest Wood Sun.: Bible Study - 9:15 a.m., Worship Service - 10:30 a.m., Evening Worship- 6:30 p.m. Wed. Evening Services: Youth & Children - 6:30 p.m. Praise & Prayer - 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice - 7:30 p.m. Email:

St. Paul United Methodist Church 1155 W. Roundbunch Rd., Bridge City 409- 735-5546 Rev. Mark Bunch 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

First United Methodist Church Orange 502 Sixth Street 886-7466 8 a.m. - Worship in Chapel 9 a.m. - Celebration Service in Praise Center 10 a.m. - Sunday School for all ages 11 a.m. - Worship in Sanctuary 5 p.m. - UMYF & Kids Pastor: Rev. John Warren Director of Music & Fine Arts: Doug Rogers Organist: Justin Sanders Director of Youth and Christian Education: Allisha Bonneaux

Trinity Baptist Church NEW LOCATION: 1819 16th 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

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 945 W. Roundbunch Road Bridge City, TX 77611 409-735-4573 - Church 409-988-3003 - Pastor Paul Zoch Worship Services: Traditional - 9 a.m. Sunday School: 10:15 a.m. Contemporary: 11 a.m. Wednesdays (Young & Young @ Heart) Potluck: 6 p.m. Fun, Games, Singing & Bible Study: 7 p.m. The Little Church with a Big Heart.

Living Word Church Hw 87 & FM 1006, Orange 409-735-6659 Samuel G.K. - Pastor Joseph Samuel - Asst. Pastor Sun. Service - 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wed. Service - 7 p.m. Come As You Are!

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: Rebekah Spell 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. Lynn Ashcroft, Interim Pastor Sunday Schedule: Bible Study at 9:15 a.m. Celebration Service 10:30 Youth Bible Study, Discipleship Classes - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Schedule: Prayer Meeting - 6:30 p.m., Children’s Activities.

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

Cowboy Church of Orange County 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!

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!”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Services at 9 a.m. 6108 Hazelwood 409-779-9039


Call 886-7183 for more information!!!


Bayou Classic Holiday Hoop Shots . . .

Orangefield Bobcat Carl Wiley drives the ball down court against the Little Cypress Mauriceville Bears during the Bayou Classic Basketball Tournament. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn


Bridge City Cardinal post Alex Bingham gets under the net to score against the Sabine Pass Sharks during Bayou Classic Basketball Tournament action this week. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Local basketball squads court placements in annual tournament Mark Dunn and Staff Reports For The Record

For Orange County basketball enthusiast the annual Bayou Classic Basketball Tournament had more than enough fireworks to usher in the new year. The tournament is sponsored by both the Bridge City and Orangefield basketball programs and held at both schools in concert. The three day competition began Monday, Dec. 29 and wraps up on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Joining the fray as representative of Orange County with the Cardinals and Bobcats are the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears and Vidor Pirates. Other tournament teams participating include the Lumberton Raiders, Port Neches-

Groves Indians, Flower Mound Rebels, Anahuac Panthers and Corsicana Tigers. Tournament action on Monday ended with Corsicana and Flower Mound on top of the brackets for Pool A in Bridge City and Pool B in Orangefield. In the first round of action Vidor defeated Lumberton JV 46-43, PN-G defeated Orangefield 52-48, Bridge City downed Sabine Pass 87-45, Flower Mound defeated Anahauc 67-42, Corsicana defeated Vidor 67-43 and LC-M downed Orangefield 50-33. Also rounding out tournament action on Monday Lumberton defeated Sabine Pass 111 to 40, PN-G downed Anahuac 67-43, Corsicana beat Bridge City 62-35 and Flower Mound defeated LC-M 62-49.

Malcomb Busby, 25, and Bret Philpott, 5, hustles the ball down court for the Bridge City Cardinals. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Orangefield’s Carmichael Wiley drives down court against the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

On Tuesday, Lumberton defeated Corsicana 51-49, LCM defeated PNG, 46-43, Vidor downed BC, 56-49, FM defeated OF, 63-36, Corsicana defeated SP 77-25, LCM defeated Anahuac 53-41, Lumberton downed BC 56-48 and Vidor

beat SP. The Bayou Classic Basketball Tournament concludes on Wednesday. The grand finale starts at 9:00 a.m. with competition for the the fifth place team at Bridge City (BC versus Anahuac) and the fourth place

team at Orangefield (Orangefield versus Sabine Pass). At 10:30 a.m. teams compete for third place in Bridge City (PNG bersus Lumberton) and second place at Orangefield (LCM versus Vidor) The tournament championship game

will be held at noon in Orangefield (Corsicana versus Flower Mound) For complete results of tournament action on Wednesday and game photos go to


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Orangefield basketball coach Rae Wrinkle watches the Bobcats in tournament action against the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Bridge City basketball coach Tony Knight talks strategy with the Cardinals during a time out in tournament action. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Bridge City Little League sign-ups start Jan. 11 for baseball and softball Sign-ups for 2014 Baseball/Softball season are Jan. 11, 18 and 25 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Bridge City Elem. Cafeteria, located at 1035 W. Roundbunch Rd. ALL Orange Co. youth are eligible to participate! This includes the regular season and ALL-STARS! Age requirements: Boys ages 4-16 (as of April 30, 2014) Girls ages 4-16 (as of Dec.31, 2013) There is also a FREE Challenge League! Birth cert. and current utility bill for proof of residency is required. DISCOUNT on REGIS. FEE IF REGISTERED ON OR BEFORE Jan. 18. Cost is : 1st child $110. 2nd and 3rd child $60. 4th child or more FREE. $20 late fee applies for 1st child and $10 each additional child if registered after Jan. 25

Bridge City Cardinal junior guard Blaine Slaughter drives the ball down the hardwood leaving Sabine Pass defenders trailing behind. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Hunter Education Safety Class scheduled Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunter Education Safety Class will be held 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 and Tuesday, Jan. 14. Both sessions must be attended for certification, which is required if you are at least 17 years old and were born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, to hunt in Texas. You can become certified if you are at least 9 years old. Call Danny Odom to register at 8838118. This is not just for hunters, anyone with firearms can benefit from this class.

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NFL playoffs begin without any Texas teams KAZ’S KORNER JOE KAZMAR FOR THE RECORD

Bridge City Cardinals junior guard Bret Philpott moves the ball across the hardwood during tournament competition. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Orangefield’s Cameron Childress pushes the ball under the net against the LC-M Bears in tournament action. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn


The final week of the 2013 National Football League offered perhaps the most exciting finish in the history of the league with most of the Week 17 games having a meaningful effect on whether a team was going to be in the playoffs or merely watching them on TV like the rest of us fans. Nearly half of the games were decided by less than a touchdown, with many of the victories not secured until the final play. Even our two Texas franchises weren’t decided until the quarterback threw an interception late in the final drive. But when the dust settled, both the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys ended up on the short side of the scoreboard—something the Texans witnessed in their last 14 games of the season. And for the Cowboys, the end Sunday night was the same as it had been in the previous two seasons when a victory would have meant the NFC East Division championship and a trip to the playoffs and a loss would dust off the old Brooklyn Dodgers’ famous phrase of “wait ‘til next year.” The Texans’ 16-10 loss to Tennessee Sunday afternoon was their ninth defeat this season by seven or fewer points, but it did enable them to have the first draft pick in every round of the 2014 NFL draft in May. And because they were such a disappointment, the team will be getting a replacement for Gary Kubiak, who was fired as the head coach a couple of weeks ago. At this writing, Penn State’s


Bill O’Brien was the front-runner to becoming the new head man of the Texans, although a handful of head coaches also lost their jobs on Black Monday including Mike Shanahan at Washington, Jim Schwartz at Detroit, Leslie Frazier at Minnesota, Greg Schiano at Tampa Bay and Rob Chudzinski at Cleveland. It’s rather unlikely that Texans owner Bob McNair would want to hire a coach just fired, but Mike Shanahan is a quality coach that fits the profile of who he’s looking for. But McNair wants to have the new man in place sometime this week and he may have already named the new coach by the time this Korner hits the streets. The new head man will have to install his systems of offense and defense, hire a staff and name his coordinators, He probably wants some imput as to finding either a veteran quarterback or getting one in the draft, probably in the first round and no later than the second round. As for the Cowboys, they had their backs against the wall ever since quarterback Tony Romo got hurt in last week’s Washington Redskins game and underwent back surgery. His backup, Kyle Orton, did a great job of keeping his team within reach of the Philadelphia Eagles. In fact Orton gave the Cowboys a chance to win the game with a touchdown or a field goal on the final drive in the last two minutes until he threw an interception with his team trailing 24-22. But prior to that, Orton drove the Pokes downfield and hit Dez Bryant on a slantin pass on desperation fourth-


down play that went for a 32yard touchdown with 3:50 left. Head Coach Jason Garrett elected to go for a twopoint conversion and tie the game at 24-24, but the pass to Bryant was knocked down in the end zone. The loss left Dallas with another 8-8 record for the third consecutive year, after closing out 2011 and 2012 with losses to the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, respectively. Worst of all, the team’s fouryear playoff drought is the third-longest in franchise history and the longest since Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989. The last time the Cowboys missed the playoffs for four-or-more seasons was 1986-90 at the end of the Tom Landry era and the start of the Jones era. The 24-22 loss left Garrett with a 24-24 career record as the Cowboys’ full-time coach after going 5-3 on an interim basis after replacing Wade Phillips half-way through the 2010 season. And although Jones has said repeatedly that he has no plans to fire Garrett, rumors circulate that he is on the hot seat. The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos both finished the season with identical 13-3 records, winning the NFC West and AFC West divisions, respectively. Both Seattle and Denver have firstround byes and will have the home-field advantage throughout the entire playoffs. Other division champions include Indianapolis (South), New England (East) and Cincinnati (North) in the AFC and Philadelphia (East), Carolina (South) and Green Bay


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Brown pelican becomes an unexpected dinner guest COLBURN-FISHING CAPT. DICKIE COLBURN For The Record

When you are on the water as much as I am you occasionally see things that folks with real jobs seldom have an opportunity to see. It may be a weather event like a water spout, a beautiful sunrise or, more often than not, a mink, otter, bobcat, coyote or gator doing their thing in their natural environment. In some cases, however, I observe critters doing things you would never expect and an event last Friday was a perfect example. I was finishing up a guide trip when Gene Locke motioned me over to where he was fishing and asked if I had a pair of jumper cables. That is never a good thing and this time it was particularly bad as we were still unable to start his big engine after jumping it off my battery. Since we were a long way from the launch I took my party back, cleaned their fish and returned to tow him back. His stranded buddies climbed in with me and we started the painfully slow trip back up the Intracoastal. A short distance south of the mouth of Cow Bayou, Doug Patterson tapped me on the shoulder and pointed back towards Gene’s boat. He had taken on another passenger during the tow. Perched on his front deck like an over sized hood ornament was a sizeable brown pelican. We laughed about it and I told

Gene’s unwanted guest enjoyed the free ride!

Doug the pelican wouldn’t ride with him long once Gene started talking to him. Those words were scarcely out of my mouth when it lifted off and proceeded to land in the front of our boat. Not surprisingly, Doug’s phone immediately lit up and I looked back to see Gene holding his phone to his ear. This time, however, it was more than simply not having anyone to talk to. Not unlike Paul Harvey, he was eager to share “The Rest of the Story.” He said he was sitting on his back deck taking in the scen-

Kaz: NFL playoffs (North) in the NFC. Both wild cards in the AFC—Kansas City and San Diego—come from the West Division while San Francisco (West) and New Orleans (South) are the NFC’s wild cards. The 2013 NFL Wild Card Round of the playoffs begin Saturday with Kansas City at Indianapolis at 3:35 p.m. on NBC and the Colts are favored by 2 ½ points and New Orleans at Philadelphia at 7:10 p.m. also on NBC with the Eagles a 2 ½-point favorite. Sunday’s match-ups find San Diego at Cincinnati at 12:10 p.m. on CBS with the Bengals a whopping 7-point favorite and San Francisco at Green Bay on Fox with the visiting 49ers favored by 2 ½. The Seahawks will host Green Bay, San Francisco or New Orleans at Seattle in the Divisional Round at 3:35 p.m. Jan. 11 on Fox while Cincinnati, Indianapolis or Kansas City will play at New England at 7:15 p.m. on CBS. The Jan. 12 Divisional Round lineup will have Philadelphia, Green Bay or San Francisco at Carolina at 12:05 p.m. on Fox while Indianapolis, Kansas City or San Diego will play at Denver at 3:40 p.m. on CBS. The Conference Championships will be on Jan. 19 with the AFC game kicking off at 2 p.m. on CBS and the NFC contest set for a 5:30 p.m. start on Fox. The Super Bowl will pit the AFC champion against the one from the NFC on Feb. 2 at East Rutherford, N. J. and begin at 5:30 p.m. on Fox. KWICKIES…Besides being named to his third straight Pro Bowl Friday, Orange native Earl Thomas III was notified as he was warming up for Seattle’s finale Sunday against the St. Louis Rams that he won the prestigious Steve Largent Award, given annually to the team contributor best exemplifying the spirit, dedication and integrity of Largent, the Seahawks’ Hall of Fame wide receiver. Earl said he had no idea the award, which is voted on by his teammates, was going to be presented to him when he walked out of the home tunnel. Steve Largent and the trophy were waiting for Earl at an on-field podium.

ery and enjoying a can of Vienna sausages when a huge gaping bill suddenly flopped over his shoulder in a brazen attempt to steal the snack. Unwilling to share his snack with the intruder that had ambushed him from the rear, Gene shooed him to the front of his boat. Pelicans are indeed freeloaders and I have had them attempt to get in the boat while netting a fish, but I have never had one sneak up from behind and try to steal my lunch! In spite of the very cold mornings this past week that

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Suddenly, he’s standing next to Largent, his face is on the largest screen in the stadium and the entire sell-out crowd is standing. Thomas also is a strong candidate for Defensive Player of the Year, the same award that Houston Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt won in 2012. I bet the Indianapolis Colts are still kicking themselves for releasing Peyton Manning from his contract a couple of years ago. He agreed to a contract from the Denver Broncos and in his second year this season he set the NFL singleseason record for yards passing (5,477) and added four touchdowns to his record of 51 for a season that he tied last week. Manning also helped the Broncos clinch the top seed in the AFC playoffs with a 34-14 win over the Oakland Raiders and to set a new NFL record with 606 points for the season. The San Diego Chargers needed a bunch of luck to reach the 2013 NFL playoffs but everything fell in place for them Sunday. Miami and Baltimore had to lose and they both did and San Diego had to beat the Kansas City Chiefs, which they did 27-24 in over-

time, but only after Chiefs’ kicker Ryan Succop was wide on his 41-yard field goal try with only four seconds left in regulation, sending the game to overtime. JUST BETWEEN US…I’m wishing all of you readers a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!

RECORD PHOTO: Dickie Colburn

seldom warmed up as much as forecasted, we have continued to just wear the redfish out. The bite has been so good, in fact, that the majority of the fishermen I see on the water everyday are strictly catching and releasing them. Based on sheer numbers alone, I have to believe that we are catching at least some of these fish multiple times as there just can’t be that many redfish in the bayous and the river. The trout bite has ranged anywhere from very good to non-existent from day to day. Judging strictly by the number of boats I have seen crammed into Coffee Ground Cove every day, I can only assume that at least a few trout have been caught in that area. After limiting on reds very quickly each morning we have been able to hunt trout at a slower pace in a number of different locations, but haven’t managed to catch more than a few fish at any one stop. While we have caught more 16 to 19 inch trout than I would expect to catch this time of the year,

we have also caught a few six to seven pound trout as well. It is not because the big trout are not already on the move. In two afternoons last week a single local angler caught a total of five trout over six pounds with the largest topping the nine pound mark. He released all of those fish, but did take several pictures of the largest female. He caught the largest fish on a Corky and the rest of the fish on a glow chartreuse Thumping Mullet. If you have an opportunity to fish this week and usually enter the lake though Middle Pass, I would suggest running closer to Goat Island than the East Pass side. There is a massive timber lodged in the mud much further out into the lake than you would expect. We tied on to it one day last week, but were able to tow it only a short distance before the rope broke and it settled in slightly deeper water. I marked it, but the jug was gone the following morning. Wishing you and yours a great 2014!

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Lamar State College-Orange Salute Fall 2013 Graduates Staff Report For The Record Lamar State College-Orange conferred more than 225 degrees, certificates and institutional awards at the Fall 2013 Commencement ceremony on Dec.13 at the Lutcher Theater. Five Orange County graduates of Lamar State College-Orange graduated with the designation of summa cum laude, with “highest honors.” Summa cum laude designation includes those students with GPA’s of 3.8 to 4.0. They were Brandon Charles Roy of Bridge City; and of Orange: April Annette Hill, Meredith Lena Guzman, Kimberly Ann Kelley and Kevin Paul Richard, Sr. Magna cum laude, or “high honors” designation, is awarded to graduates who earn GPAs of 3.65 to 3.79. Two students from Orange received this recognition: Gabrielle Paige Johnson and Marcus Antoine LaLonde II. Seven students from Orange graduated cum laude, or with “honors” designation, with GPAs of 3.50 to 3.64. They included Christopher Dean Gantt, Steven F. Austin Alford, Dawn Renee Harvey, Cassie Nicole Thompson, Ryan James Mestepey, Paul Vincent Broussard and Cody Drew Babineaux. Please join us in congratulating all of our graduates on their academic accomplishements. Orange County graduates are listed below according to hometown and degree earned. Associate of Arts Degree: Bridge City: Megan Elizabeth Croaker, Bonnie Beth Tibbs Thierheimer, Scherrie Elaine Wiebe, teaching 1. Orange: Cassey Kelline Brown, Karen Zenaida Ruiz, Bayleigh Lyn Shelton, Teaching 1; Ryanne Elizabeth Poole, Jarrod Raymond Roberts, Joshua Stephen Shores, teaching 2. Vidor: Alicia Lyn Adams Nunez, teaching 1; Tracy Lynn Cole Cloide, teaching 2. Associate of Science Degree: Bridge City: Timothy Aaron Duhon II, business; Matthew Ray Wappler, criminal justice; Stormy Nichole Dupuis liberal arts. Orange: Tommie Lyn James Daniel, Constance Renee’ Forward, Ashley Angelnique Guillory, Meredith Lena Guzman ,Nikki E. Henricks, Matthew Hays Talbot, liberal arts; Gabrielle Paige Johnson, natural science; Winters Marie Cole, sociology. Vidor: Skylar Kaitlyn Hansen Runnels, criminal justice. Associate of Applied Science Degree: Bridge City: Brandon Charles Roy, industrial technology; Amanda Lenee’ Melancon, medical office professional; Jonathan Hudspeth, process operating technology. Orange: Dawn Renee Harvey, April Dawn Bailey LaCombe, Christian Noel McLain, business management; Joshua Kyle Lincecum, Kane Don Windham, industrial technology; Marcus Antoine Lalonde II, information technology support specialist; Cassidy Michelle Bordeman, Christina Bozeman, Megan Ryan Hudson, Kimberly Ann Kelley, medical office professional; Steven F. Austin Alford, Cody D. Babineaux, Marcus Evan

Bourque, Paul Vincent Broussard, Adam Woodrow Caillavet, Heston James Cheshire, Misty Michelle Wickham Cormier, Christopher Dean Gantt, Kenard Demont Huff, Dylan Frank McGuire, Chase Alan Parker, Kevin Paul Richard, Sr., Corey Kent Sarver, Amanda Nickole Simon, process operating technology. Orangefield: Adam Grant Mott, process operating technology. Vidor: Johnny Mac McCollum, business management.

Kaz’s Fearless Forecast Bowl Games Heart of Dallas Bowl 11 a.m. Wed. in Dallas, TX. (ESPNU)—North Texas (8-4) over UNLV (7-5). Gator Bowl 11 a.m. Wed. in Jacksonville, FL. (ESPN2)—Georgia (8-4) over Nebraska (8-4). Capital One Bowl Noon Wed. in Orlando, FL. (ABC)—South Carolina (10-2) over Wisconsin (9-3). Outback Bowl Noon Wed. in Tampa, FL. (ESPN)—LSU (9-3) over Iowa (8-4). Rose Bowl 4 p.m. Wed. in Pasadena, Cal. (ESPN)—Stanford (11-2) over Michigan State (12-1). Fiesta Bowl 7:30 p.m. Wed. in Glendale, AZ. (ESPN)—Baylor (11-1) over Central Florida (11-1). Sugar Bowl 7:30 p.m. Thurs. in New Orleans, LA. (ESPN)—Alabama (11-1) over Oklahoma (10-2).

Certificate of Completion: Bridge City: Matthew Ray Wappler, criminal justice and criminal justice corrections; Amanda Lenee’ Melancon, medical administrative assistant and medical office assistant; Jonathan Hudspeth, Brandon Charles Roy, process technology; Kelly Colleen Decuir, vocational nursing; Orange: Sara Hagan Frederick, Dawn Renee Harvey, Alissa NiGail Johnson, Christian Noel McLain, business management accounting; April Dawn Bailey LaCombe business management accounting and entrepre- McLain, customer service; Steven F. Austin Hardin, Megan Ryan Hudson, Sharissa neurship; Amber Leigh Strong Hebert, Alford, Leon Charles George, Spencer Chan- LaShawn Richard, medical office receptiondental assisting; Dawn Renee Harvey, Me- dler Martin, Larry Joseph Pelaez, EMT-ba- ist. gan Ryan Hudson, Christian Noel McLain, sic; Danielle Brooke Drouillard Battise, Vidor: Lauren Michelle Bond Gartshore, entrepreneurship; Matthew Evan Roe, gen- Christina Bozeman, Tiffany Annette Craft, medical office receptionist. eral studies; Marcus Antoine Lalonde II, in- Maranda Nichole Key Glassey, Pamela Kay formation technology support assistant-networking specialist and software development, Arthur Ray Wilkerson, information technology support assistant-networking specialist; Ryan James Mestepey, John VinhQuang Tran, instrumentation; Cassidy Michelle Bordeman, Christina Bozeman, Megan Ryan Hudson, Kimberly Ann Kelley, medical administrative assistant and medical office assistant; Maranda Nichole Key Glassey, medical office assistant; Steven F. Austin Alford, Cody D. Babineaux, Paul Vincent Broussard, Misty Michelle Wickham Cormier, Christopher Dean Gantt, Kenard Demont Huff, Dylan Frank McGuire, Anthony Sean Quinn, Kevin Paul Richard, Sr., Corey Kent Sarver, process technology; Vajanzo Keith Allen, safety, health and environment; Allyssa Marie Allensworth, Khrysti LaShea Apacanis, Karen Michelle Asevedo, Shawna Ann Burmaster, John M. Davis, April Annette Smith Hill, Tara Ann Hughes, Kianna Alise Edwards McKinley, Morgan Danae Taylor, Cassie Nicole Thompson, Johnny Ray Toney III, Glenda Burlene Yea- Pictured left to right: Mary McCoy, Dr. Sribhagyam Srinivasan, Aubrey Kapranos, Dr. Matt McClure, Suger, vocational nursing. zanne Baker, Mary Sizemore, Dr. Gwen Whithead, Michael Rather, and Jim Ellis. Orangefield: Adam Grant Mott, process Srinivasan, and Dr. Matt McClure. President technology. Staff Report Shahan thanked each of the recipients for their Vidor: Skylar Kaitlyn Hansen Runnels, For The Record hard work and commitment to professional decriminal justice corrections; Rebecca Nicole velopment. Carter, Sarah Elizabeth McKenney, dental Each year Lamar State College-Orange recThe reception was also the occasion to honor assisting; Sarah Gelea Bivens, Shanna Breognizes the achievements of faculty and staff ann Dodson Jordan, Stacey Joe Stanley, vo- members whose professional activities and ac- two long-time staff members who will be retiring at the end of the month. Marilyn Green, cational nursing. complishments fall outside of the requirements who joined the library staff in 2002, will be associated with their position. Employees can leaving her position as Public Services LibrariInstitutional Award: earn recognition for presenting scholarly pa- an. Marilyn was the primary contact for stuBridge City: Amanda Lenee’ Melancon, pers at conferences, publishing articles and dents doing research, and she was instrumental Carolina Peña, customer service; Nathan manuscripts, leadership in professional organiin making more digital resources available to Lane Fowler, EMT-basic; Amanda Lenee’ zations, and special contributions to the cam- library patrons. Larry Font came to Lamar – Melancon, medical office receptionist. pus. President Michael Shahan announced the Orange in 1994 as a security guard. He later Orange: Vera C. Ashworth, Christina Boz- 2013 recipients at a reception on December 4th became a member of the Physical Plant staff eman, Franchesca M. Cole, Rachel Annette at the Ron. E. Lewis Library. The honorees and worked in building maintenance. PresiRoberts Dartez, Sara Hagan Frederick, were Suzanne Baker, Michael Rather, Mary dent Shahan thanked each of the employees for Dawn Renee Harvey, Megan Ryan Hudson, Sizemore, Aubrey Kapranos, Dr. Gwen White- their dedication and presented each with a April Dawn Bailey LaCombe, Christian Noel head, Mary McCoy, Jim Ellis, Dr. Sribhagyam small gift of appreciation.

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ApArtments the villAge ApArtments in Bridge City is now leasing 2 bedroom apartments. The unit includes washer and dryer connections with separate storage and covered parking. The apartment also includes walk-in closets and back patio area. We are located within an excellent school district and a family friendly community. Small pets are welcome. We are located in the heart of wonderful bridge city, which is close to refineries and large job sites, but in a safe and quiet neighborhood setting. Stop by 245 Tenny Street or give us a call at (409) 735-7696 or 4742455. Bridge city 1/1, 260 cAnAl st., Very nice and clean, ceiling fans, blinds, all ceramic tile floors, ca/h, lg. All tile bathroom w/ vanity and mirrors, nice size bedroom and closet, kitchen has all s.S. Appliances plus dishwasher and garbage disp., All granite counter tops, small dining area, living room has extra closet for storage, concrete parking and patio, no pets, you pay elec. And water, yard maintinace provided, $525 monthy + $300 dep., Call for appointment at (409) 735-6277 or 626-1968. (Ss) rooms for rent “golden girls” – A tAke off of reAl life. Many older ladies are now home sharing expenses.

Searching for two ladies, non-smokers, to share home. Furnished bedrooms with king size bed, laundry room inside home and kitchen. $300 with all utilities paid. Upscale Neighborhood. Come share my home with me. Phone 409-6709272. commerciAl nice office spAce, on BlAnd st., Bc, former lawyer’s office, newly redone, nice. (409) 735-2030. (M&r) for rent on roundBunch rd, Bc, various sizes and prices, frontage available. Rear spaces cheaper and perfect for shops, storage, warehouses, etc. (409) 735-2030. (M&r) store front, Bc, on Texas Ave. Across from Market Basket, (409) 735-2030. (M&r) home rentAls 2/1 on 1141 e. milAm, Orange. Water pd. $550 Call 330-4394 1/8 nice Brick 3 or 4 Bedrms. 2 Baths in BCiSd, fenced in back yard, ceiling fans in all bedrooms and living room, lg. Kitchen and dining area, $950 monthly + $800 dep., (409) 735-2030. (M&r) m.h. rentAls Bc 3/2 newly renovAted. Water and Trash pd.


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$625 Call 735-3856. mm 3/1 & 2/1 in ofisd, 1 Block from schools, LARge LOT, W./d hOOKUPS, NO PeTS, $550 ANd $350 MONThLy + deP., (409) 720-8699. (1/29/14) Bc AreA, as little as $30 daily for rooms, m.h.’S by day or week, starting at $30 a day or weekly, 735-8801 or 734-7771. (Cctfn) Bc 3/2 roomy with big yard. Water and Trash pd. $700 Call 735-3856. mm home sAles 3/2/2, 2404 post oAk lAne, LCMiSd, Nice brick orange home on corner lot garden room overlooking back yard, family room (17’x19’), 2 walk-ins in master bdrm. , Shower and jetted tub in master bath, open concept kitchen and breakfast room, fireplace, new tile / laminated and carpeted floors, fenced back yard, (reduced to $190,000) for more info call edee @ (409) 670-9272 or 330-4470. lAnd & lots 3 Acres in mAuriceville, property has rocked drive, mauriceville water and sewer, electricity and a house pad, lcmisd. Additional acreage available. guaranteed owner financing. Countryland properties llc. 409-745-1115. (1/6) 10 Acre wooded trAct on private road off FM 105, with seller financing available. MOBiLeS OK, Orangefield schools, livestock welcome. COUNTRyLANd PROPeRTieS LLC. 409-745-1115. (1/6) 7 Acre repo in Quail Trail 3 subdivision, Property has private drive, Mauriceville water and septic, , electricity and has a small pond, LCMiSd, owner financing guaranteed, livestock and mobiles OK. COUNTRyLANd PROPeRTieS LLC. 409-745-1115. (1/6) new development twin lake estates, Now

preselling Lots! Orangefield iSd. Concrete streets, public water and sewer, natural gas, private lake access, restricted homesites. Call today to reserve your lot! . COUNTRyLANd PROPeRTieS LLC. 409-745-1115. (1/6)

pets femAle germAn shephArd puppy for sale, black and tan, heidlberg and Czech lines, 6 weeks old, shots and micro chip, $600, (409) 504-8879.


i’ve got puppies; they’re eating me out of house and home! Beautiful black and white, will grow to 40-60 lbs. They need good homes! Call Jonnie at (409) 988-9472.

used AppliAnces, starting at $99.95 & Up, harry’s appliances, 302 10th. St. (10Th. & Main), orange, we buy used appliances, 886-4111.

At immaculate conception education building, 4100 lincoln (corner of lincoln & washington) in groves. For more information call 9620480. crisis center. Rape and crisis center of S.e. Texas needs volunteer Advocares to provide direct services to survivors of sexual assault in a

free kitten! Loveable 8-10 week old rescue kitten, found after varmints mauled it, (409) 697-2955.

20 gAs dryers! $100 & Up, all work! Call harry at (409) 886-4111. Autos


‘09 lincoln towncAr signAture ed. Light blue, very clean. 99,500 miles. Selling at loan value $14,500. Call 281-250-3802.

housekeeping- residential, commercial. excellent references. 409-7348096 01/08 Al-Anon meets onWednesday & Sunday at 7pm. 1512 Strickland dr., Orange, call (409) 779-4289 or Cindy @ 994-5503 for details.

‘01 dodge van w/ wheel chair lift, lift brings chair inside the van, original cost was for lift over $3,000, price for van with lift is $3,995. electric hospital lift bed, cost over $3,000, sell for $750. Almost new sofa, cost over $3,000, will sell for $700. Call for details and to see @ (409) 735-7163.

Lone Star Carpentry ~Doors~ ~Windows~ ~Floors~ ~Baths~ Etc. Free Estimates 883-0205 or 738-5639

golden triAngle toughlove is a self help parents support group for parents of children displaying unacceptable behavior. Meets every tues. At 7 pm.

31’ holidAy rAmBler T.T., older model, refrig., AC (1 year old), see at 445 gum, BC, $1,200.

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miscellAneous Jugg’s pitching mAchine, like new, auto feeder, throws 30 - 90 Mph, fast & curve balls etc., Paid $2,500, used very little, will sell for $1,000 for all, perfect cond., great buy! Can be seen at the penny record office in bridge city! (409) 474-2855.

Inside or Outside, Painting, Plumbing, Electric & Carpentry 25 years Experience Call Jimmy Harmon

dining tABle w/ 4 chAirs, $350; headboard, paid $1,000 will take $450; entertainment center, $250; dyson vacuum, still in warranty; call to see at (409) 670-9272 or 330-4470.


very lArge dog house, $25, (409) 7353590, leave message.

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Crawfish Farmers 6 temp positions; 5 months; job to begin 1/25/14 and end on 6/30/14; Duties: walking crawfish traps, baiting crawfish traps, and pulling crawfish traps during the harvesting season of live crawfish. $9.50 per hour; 40 hrs per week; OT varies; 1 months experience in Crawfish Farming. 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 the worksite will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, if appropriate; ¾ hours guaranteed in a work day during contract. Employment offered by Hebert Farms located in Opelousas, LA. Qualified applicants may call employer for interview (337) 278-6602 during normal business hours. Applicants may apply for this position at their nearest SWA office located at 304 Pearl St., Beaumont, TX 77701.

apply by calling 1-877-5866548 [toll free] or going online to www.Advocates-4children-inc.Org [there is an application at this website]. 30 hours of training is required. Record numbers of children are being abused. your volunteer help is needed!

gArAge sAles Jan. 8-11, 4708 oak valley dr. 77632. estate sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Fabulous furnishings, elegant crystal, Lladro, Swarovski, incredible furniture, fine jewelry, gorgeous ladies fashions, linens, great kitchen ware, 3 BR home overflowing. For 100s of photos visit sAt 1204 georgia Avenue off dupont drive. 7-12 indoor Sale Rain or Shine! Children Toys inside and out, Boys Clothing, infant to 18 months, baby bedding, holiday decorations, home decor, bedding, dishes, small appliances, heater, fan, movies, tools, icechest, trollmotor, boat supplies, tractor seat and lots of misc.

Drivers: CDL-A Wanted $3000 Sign On Bonus. Minimum 9 month Flatbed experience preferred. Shuttle runs from Beaumont, TX to Dayton, TX. Monday-Friday, Home Daily. Swing shift 5p5a,Average annual salary 60K. Full Benefits-Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k, 2wks pd vacation, Class A CDL w/9 months, clean driving record, steady work history. Call 877-860-5601 EOE Drug test req for employment.

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Mercy Ships To Build World’s Largest Civilian Hospital Ship BEIJING, CHINA – Mercy Ships has announced that it has reached an agreement with Asian and European shipbuilding firms to purpose-build a new 36,600-GRT hospital ship for Mercy Ships. Contracts were signed between Mr. Dong Qiang, VP of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), and Donald K. Stephens, President/ Founder of Mercy Ships, together with Jim Paterson, Senior VP of Mercy Ships Marine Operations. The vessel will be built at the group’s Tianjin Xingang Shipyard where the shipyard’s Chairman, Mr. Gao Xuehu, and Presi-

dent, Mr. Hu Xiang, expressed excitement to be working on this unique project. “This project will make this vessel the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, and delivery is being planned for July 2017,” stated Mr. Gao Xuehu, Chairman of Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, Ltd. “We are thrilled to formally secure this important milestone for a project we have worked on quietly for quite some time,” said Stephens. “Our goal with this second Mercy Ship is to more than double the hope and healing through lifechanging surgeries provided to those with

little access to specialized healthcare and to increase the partnership of training and educational support of health professionals within the developing nations our ships will continue to serve.” This agreement comes on the heels of


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the Mercy Ships story, recently highlighted by CBS on “60 Minutes” (

of-hope-50141230/ ) The 174-meter hospital ship will be designed by the Finnish firm Deltamarin. Stena RoRo will manage the actual project con-

struction under the leadership of Per Westling, Managing Director. The 157-year-old French ship brokerage company Barry Rogli-

ano Salles (BRS) under the leadership of its Geneva (Switzerland) office Managing Director, Gilbert Walter, negotiated the successful contract and

sale. The new Mercy Ship will be classed by Lloyd’s Register and flagged by Malta.


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