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Week of Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Orange Riverfront Boardwalk nears completion Debby Schamber For The Record

As of January 1, the Orange Riverfront Boardwalk and Pavilion is overall 80 percent completed, according to Jay Trahan, director of economic development for the city of Orange. However, some parts are more complete than others. The stabilization stage of the project is 100 percent complete. In addition, the boardwalk at the east side of the project near Second Street and the middle section of the proj-

New slate of officers for SRA Staff Report

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A new slate of officers was elected for 2013 by the Board of Directors at the annual meeting of the Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) recently held in Orange, Texas. David Koonce of Center was elected as Board President. Other elected officers include Vice President Cliff Todd of Carthage, Secretary/Treasurer Mac Abney of Marshall and Secretary Pro Tem Connie Ware of Marshall. Other members of the SRA Board include Past President Earl Williams of Orange, Don Covington of Orange, Stan Mathews of Pinehurst, Connie Wade of Longview and J. D. Jacobs, Jr. of Rockwall. President Koonce is president of General Shelters of Texas Ltd. and also has partnership interests


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ect between Fourth and Fifth Streets has been completed too. The storm drainage throughout the property has TRAHAN been improved while the new irrigation system for future landscaping has been completed. The performance pavilion is currently being constructed. It will have a total height of 50 feet and the canopy will provide 2,000 feet of coverage. The boardwalk will be the stage for the pavilion. The perimeter sidewalks are under construction while the 39 new light fixture package along the perimeter and boardwalk have been installed. The boardwalk itself is constructed of a sturdy Brazilian hardwood, Massaranduba, which under most conditions, has a 50-year life span. The historical markers and brick pavers are expected to be installed within the next two to four weeks. Some of the historical markers include infor-


An aerial picture of the area shows where the boardwalk will be located.

Orange County crime down 16 percent Debby Schamber For The Record

The annual Uniform Crime Report Statistics have been released from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the overall crime rate in Orange County has dropped 16 percent in 2012 compared to 2011. There were 1,202 cases in 2011 while the number decreased to 1,006 in 2012. Of the 1,202 cases, investigators were able to clear 51 percent with a total of 577 in 2011 while in 2012 they cleared 50 percent of the 494 total. However, the crime of murder actually went higher. There were zero murders reported in Orange County for 2011 while three murders were investigated in 2012. Curtis Allen Garrison, remains in custody on murder charges for the deaths of Aaron Conn, 34, and Summer Conn, 30, of Vidor. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a report of gunshots on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in the 5600 block of Woodside Drive in Vidor.

Investigators arrived on scene to discover the victims deceased. Both of the victims appeared to have sustained gunshot wounds.Garrison was located at his parent’s residence in Mauriceville area and was detained without incident. A few days later there was a report of another murder in Orange County. Julia Rhoton Andrews, 58, of Vidor, is accused of murdering 42-yearold Randy Peddy on November 30. The OCSO received a phone call about gunshots and responded to the area. When deputies arrived on the scene, they located Peddy lying lifeless in the yard of the residence. Emergency medical personnel with Acadian Ambulance and the Vidor Fire Department determined Peddy was deceased. Andrews was brought in for questioning where she was interviewed by investigators concerning the shooting. Andrews stated she and Peddy had gotten into a verbal and


FEMA host meeting on new Flood Zone maps Debby Schamber

For The Record

In spite of the cold temperatures and rain, a steady stream of people arrived at the Bridge City Community Center to see if their residence was now in a flood zone after the federal government released new maps of the area. Those who were not able to attend on Tuesday, still have a chance to attend from 2 p.m.

to 8 p.m. Wednesday. When arriving at the community center, people are asked to fill out a sheet of paper with their address and other various simple information. After waiting in line with their information completed, their name is called and they can meet with a member of the Texas Chart team. On the computer, they assisted to find where their residence is located and if they have been re-

classified into a flood zone or not. The person then can go to many of the stations within the center to talk to their local city or county governments. Other stations have representatives from FEMA such as Appeals and Comments, Flood Insurance, Property Location and Identification, and Mitigation Actions and Emergency Management. John Woods, of Bridge City, arrived to see if his residence

had been rezoned. He stated he was not previously in a flood zone, but had purchased a “preferred risk” flood insurance policy. ‘Because I had a preferred risk policy, my rates won’t go up for now,” he said referring to increase in his flood insurance rates. “But, they still could.” Robert Simonton Sr., of Bridge City, was anxiously waiting in line to see the re-

sults of the new maps. “If they are making a change, then they should let people know,” he said. The Texas based coastal flood mapping effort is part of FEMA’s approach to integrating flood hazard identification and analysis with risk communications for affected coastal counties known as TXCHART.

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Creation of Regional Mobility Authority discussed Penny Leleux

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has recently postponed many projects by a decade or more due to lack of funds. “For 2013, there is zero funding for new roads or new transportation issues in the State of Texas,” said Orange County Commissioner Precinct 4 Jody Crump. “Through the Regional Mobility Authority’s approval legislature, some laws have been enacted and changed, modified and edited through a course of time. What it does is it affords counties opportunities to use different funding streams to leverage future tax base dollars and things like that.” Crump

said they have had some meetings with TxDOT and other counties that were very informative and peeked some interest in what RMAs can do. Duane Gordy, chairman and CEO of Community Development Education Foundation educated commissioners in a public hearing about Regional Mobility Authorities. “The way TxDOT is structured; they are sort of limited in providing [education]. What they can do with education, they say, ‘Here are the tools. Here are the pieces and this is what the law says about it.’ What TxDOT can’t do is say here is the specific application for the tools you need.” A Regional Mobility Authority is an autonomous body that can raise money and build road projects in ways that are

not possible for TxDOT. G o r d y said, “This is being pushed now, even though it was created CRUMP a decade ago because TxDOT is moving toward an administrative role. TxDOT knows that they are funding blocked to cover the upcoming county road systems so far down the chain it’s not even worth discussing.” Texas has a $300 billion hole in transportation funding. RMAs would be like miniTxDOTs said Gordy. It was suggested that Orange County join with Jefferson and Hardin County to form a local Mobility Authority to continue construction

needed in the very near future, but TxDOT would not be able to get to until 10 to 15 years down the road. Gordy specifically mentioned part of Interstate 69 in Lumberton which will be heavily used by lumber trucks for several years. The next phase of the Interstate 10 project in Orange has also been put on hold by the state. Both projects could be completed by the authority. Gordy said the organization would be an independent body and debt taken on by the organization would not be part of a county’s debt. Counties would appoint the members of the committee and the governor would appoint the chairman. There would be no elected officials in the organization. Gordy did mention that as an autonomous body it would be able to exercise eminent domain but that controller constraints can be put in place before it is created to cover that issue and others. If constraints were not put in place before the creation of the authority, they could not be put in place later. The authority would own and maintain the roads they

build. Money for building the roads can be recouped through tolls. Commissioners agreed to study the matter further. On a different project, Clark Slacum, county engineer, informed commissioners TxDOT will take on the project of repairing and refurbishing the swing bridge on East Roundbunch in Bridge City. Commissioner Precinct 1 David Dubose remarked that TxDOT was out of money, but they’re going to fix the bridge? Slacum said the work will be done as part of their off road system funds which is different funding. That project has an estimated cost of $18.4 million of which the county has to match 10 percent. The 10 percent match can be other projects the county has planned which include: replacing large culverts and wooden bridges on other streets, most of which are in Precinct 3. Ike round 2.2 funds can be used to do that work meaning the entire project will be no actual cost to the county. “This is really a good winwin situation for us,” said Slacum. The county projects will

be completed in the next two or three years, depending on which deadline it falls under. In other business, Lynda Gunstream, tax assessorcollector informed commissioners $5.6 million in tax revenues was collected in December and 26 percent of all taxes have been collected so far this fiscal year. Jeff Kelley, emergency management coordinator said gas has been turned on at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center. The heating and cooling system is in the process of being tested. Expected move in is during March. New Commissioner Precinct 3 John Banken will join Mark Wimberley, Lisa Reeves, Bobby Fillyaw, Connie Cassidy, Paula Tacker and Jeff Kelley on a committee which will make recommendations to commissioners’ court on rental fees, operating guidelines, Web-site operations and general policy associated with the operations of the OC Convention and Expo Center. Next week commissioners’ court will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday due to a Monday holiday.

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From left to right: Mac Abney, Secretary/Treasurer; David Koonce, President; Cliff Todd, Vice President; and Connie Ware, Secretary Pro-Tem.

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M.J. and Connie Armand, of Bridge City, search on a computer with Tracey Gilbert, of the Texas Chart Team. to locate their property to determine if their residence is in a flood zone. RECORD PHOTO

FEMA Flood Zone maps Homeowners, renters and business owners in Orange County are encouraged to look over newly released preliminary flood maps in order to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions. Orange County officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are presenting the preliminary maps to communities and unincorporated areas in order to help leaders and residents identify known flood risks and use the information to make decisions about buying flood insurance and how the community should move forward with any development. Jerry Jones, Bridge City city manager, has been studying the new maps and is working to reduce the amount of property in the flood zone. He said the city plans to appeal the way the maps has been put together. They feel

the map has changed dramatically because of the information used following Hurricane Ike in 2008. “That’s just not acceptable,” Jones said. The storm is said to be an uncommon event which has not previously occurred in nearly 100 years. The historic storm left only 16 houses out of about 3,800 unaffected by the storm. Residents in the recently added flood zones could see a significant rise in their flood insurance premiums. The last map was created in 1982. Any community or individual property owner can appeal the proposed changes to the flood hazard information or comment on other information included on the preliminary flood hazard maps, also known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Appeals and comments are subject to data re-

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quirements and must be submitted to the appropriate community official within the designated 90 day appeal period. An appeal must be based on data and documentation showing the proposed maps to be scientifically or technically incorrect. Appellants need to demonstrate better methodologies, assumptions, or data exists and provide alternative analysis and incorporate the information. The results must show an overall change in the flood hazard information shown on the preliminary flood hazard maps, according to information from FEMA. More information on the maps and how to appeal the map is on the website. “People need to definitely be here,” said Robert Simonton, Bridge City council member. “It’s a good place to get some answers.”

mation on the Atakapan Indians, the Sawmill Industry, and former leaders of the area such as George Alexander Pattillo, Hugh Ochiltree, and John Harmon. In addition, there is a marker to honor those who were killed in action in the service to our country. The city began the project June 4, 2012. City officials are planning a substantial completion by the end of February and a final completion of the construction by the end of March. The “finished” look of planting such as hydra seed should progress through May along with a grand opening. With no tax increase to the citizens of Orange, the $6 million project is funded by a 20year EDC Bond and a grant from the Stark Foundation. The city has hired the Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects along with SpawGlass as the general contractor to oversee the project. SpawGlass is on the site and all subcontractors report to them. Along the riverfront there is 1,400 linear feet which runs from the Orange County Administration Building to Second Street. The city has also acquired the 2 acre property where the Jack Tarr hotel once stood. The former hotel was built in 1957 and at one time was a showcase destination. But, over time and two hurricanes, Rita and Ike, the structure was heavily damaged and was torn down. The purpose of the project is not only for riverfront stabilization but to improve the quality of life in downtown Orange by improving access and accessibility to the Sabine River. The boardwalk will also serve as building blocks for downtown redevelopment


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Workers are erecting the columns needed for the pavilion.

with small retail shops along with cafes and restaurants. “Future plans include promoting the downtown area for the purpose of economic development,” Trahan said. The project will also add synergy to the Stark Founda-

tion properties and Lamar State College-Orange, he added. “This project is a great opportunity to capitalize on one of the great assets of Orange— the Sabine River,” Trahan said.

Crime down in county physical altercation. She confessed to shooting and killing Peddy. Andrews was then arrested for murder and was booked into the Orange County Correctional Facility where she remains in custody. “Homicide is one of those crimes we cannot prevent since it is often a crime of passion, but we do what we can to solve them as soon as possible,” said Chad Hogan of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, there was one case of manslaughter by negligence in 2012 compared to zero cases in 2011. The number of forcible rape cases doubled in 2012 with 12 cases in 2012 and six cases in 2011. Investigators were able to clear nine of the cases in 2012. Robbery cases decreased by 80 percent in 2012 with 3 cases compared to 15 cases in 2011 which included robbery cases involving firearms, with a dangerous weapons and strongarm robberies. The number of assaults also dropped. In 2011 there were 368 actual cases while in 2012 there were 351 which is a 4.6 percent drop. In addition, there was a 33 percent drop in larceny thefts with 472 cases in 2011 and 312 in 2012. The definition of larceny is the unauthorized taking and removal of the personal property of another by an individual who intends to

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permanently deprive the owner of it; a crime against the right of possession. Larceny generally refers to nonviolent theft, according to The Legal Dictionary. While the number of larceny theft cases decreased, the number of motor vehicle theft cases in Orange County increased 27 percent from 61 cases to 78 cases. According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, pickup trucks are the most stolen vehicles for thieves. Ford pickup trucks are the most commonly stolen followed by Chevrolet pickup trucks. Coming in third are Honda cars with Dodge pickup trucks are in fourth place. To finish the top five Chevrolet cars are sought after too. The value of the stolen property also showed a significant drop. According to reports, there was a valued amount of more than $2 million worth of stolen goods in 2011 while the amount decreased 17 percent and was down to $1.6 million in 2012. However, the valued amount recovered stayed nearly the same with $382,162 in 2011 and $378,111. “The sheriff is committed to making sure Orange County is a safe place to live, “Hogan said. “We have investigators that do a great job to clear as many cases as possible and the patrol officers are doing what they can in the neighborhoods.”

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other. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who lost the United States senate race to Ted Cruz, is firm on running for re-election but folks are lining up to challenge him. His longtime friend, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Comptroller Susan Combs, just to mention a few. The big Texas prize will be for governor. Everything Governor Rick Perry is doing is to put himself in line to try again to get the nomination for President in 2016. Cutting taxes at the expense of education is just one of his moves “the only state to cut taxes.” His best chance would be to run as governor, but wait a minute, Attorney General Grey Abbott, a friend of Perry, says to close friends that he’s running for governor regardless if Perry runs or not. According to insiders, Abbott has a big war chest and is the most beloved Republican in Texas. Perry however, reminds everyone that he beat U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and that he has been underestimated many times before. Many believe Abbott is running a bluff to scare Perry off. It might just work. One thing Perry can’t afford is a loss if he has any chance for the Republican Party nomination for President.

BRIDGE CITY ELEVATION ISSUE SERIOUS BUSINESS The latest Federal Elevation Flood Map, as it stands, is devastating to the Bridge City area. Elevation has been raised from eight feet to nine feet. That’s not the entire problem however. The City of Bridge City has already raised their building code to nine feet. The major problem, it seems to me, is that the flood zones are based on the water Ike brought. The insurance companies, after Ike, refused to pay residents water damage from rising water, claiming it was a surge, not flood waters. Today, just the opposite claim is being made, using the surge as the high water mark for flooding. The truth is Bridge City doesn’t flood. Over the years there have been some circumstances, with very heavy, unusual down pours, that water has entered some homes but the city has done extensive work on previous draining problems. The city is not prone to flood anywhere, not even in six and seven foot elevations. New ditches, widening of canals and an overall drainage work program has improved the conditions in Bridge City to the point that it’s unfair to classify such a large portion of it as a flood zone. I’m smart enough to know that Ike cost a lot of money all up and down the coast and the thinking is, “We’re not going to take this kind of lick again.” Bridge City shouldn’t stand the blunt, based on a once in a lifetime hurricane surge. Allowed to stand, Bridge City would see stagnated growth. I have all the confidence in the world in the city manager and the city administration. They also have strong support from Judge Carl Thibodeaux and the county government. What we really need right now is something we don’t have and haven’t had for a long time. That’s strong representation in Washington through our congressman. Through gerrymandering, we have ended up with a congressman from downtown Houston that no one knows. Steve Stockman is useless to our problems, a radical who in his first actions in office is presenting a bill to impeach the president. You can imagine how much stroke that radical has when it comes to going up front for us. I yearn for the days of Charlie Wilson, Jim Turner, Jack Brooks, John Dowdy and yes, even Nick Lampson. Those old boys would knock doors down. I don’t know of one federal government official local government can turn to. We have been naked in our little part of Texas since Perry and Tom DeLay cut us out and put us in no man’s land with no local representation. I know Jerry Jones and the interested officials will do all they can to correct the elevation injustice at Bridge City but they will have to do it alone. Their best bet, if they can’t get satisfaction locally, is to load up and call on Washington themselves. They’ll be surprised at the help they might find. It’s a sure bet they can’t depend on Stockman to get relief.*****Well, the above is indeed serious business. I wanted to put it up front. Now I must move on. Come along, it won’t do you no harm. NATIVE SON MATT BRYANT ADVANCES FALCONS Bridge City’s Matt Bryant sealed a win with a 49-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to beat Earl Thomas and the Seahawks 30-28. That kick put the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL title game against San Francisco 49ers, next Sunday, FOX TV, 2 p.m., at Atlanta. The 49ers are 3.5 points favorite. Matt missed with his 49-yard first attempt to win the game, the kick went wide right. As luck would have it, Seahawk Coach Carrol called time out just as Matt’s foot connected with the ball. That gave Matt a second chance and this time he nailed it right down the middle. That was the third time this season Matt had kicked the winning field goal. That was his 36th field goal of the season and 155 points with PAT points. It was his third field goal of the day. Matt joined the New York Giants in 2002, at age 27. Since then he has kicked 236 field goals, an 85 percent average. He’s added 327 extra points, missing two, with a 98.9 average. He joined Atlanta in 2009 after four years with Tampa Bay. Matt is one of the captains of the Falcons. (SIDEBAR: His dad Casey was Bridge City’s first football coach in 1955 at the new high school.) The day started with three Orange County boys in the NFL looking to advance. Had the Seahawk-Falcon game ended eight seconds earlier, WO-S standout Earl Thomas would have been the hero and named defensive player of the game. Thomas intercepted a pass that turned the game around for Seattle. It was a hard loss for Earl. Falcon linebacker Sean Weatherspoon consoled him after the game. Earl Thomas and the Seahawks are the team of the future. I bet Earl is already back home in Orange. Coach Wade Phillips, the other Orange native on the hot seat Sunday, saw his Houston Texans take a licking, 41-28, at the hands of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Wade’s defense, one of the best early in the season, gave up 457 yards and will be looking for depth in the off-season. Meanwhile, the Patriots are a 7.5 point favorite to beat Ray Lewis and the Ravens on Sunday, CBS at 5:30 p.m. One thing is for sure, Orange County will be pulling for native son Matt Bryant and the Falcons to beat the SF 49ers, who are a 3. Point favorite to win the NFL Championship and advance to the Super Bowl. TEXAS REPUBLICANS LOOKING AHEAD State Republican office holders are lining up to challenge each

ANGEL GOES HOME Last Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m., Community Church filled with mourners who came to say their goodbyes to five-year-old West “Indy” Parkhurst, who lost his battle to inoperable brain tumor. Throughout his illness, diagnosed in early 2011, “Indy” remained active and fun loving. Everyone who knew him and the compassionate community, who heard of his plight, loved him. A wise, elderly woman, once told me that she had learned in her long life that God sometimes loans us special little Angels who bring sunshine into our lives until it’s time to go home. “Indy” was a little treasure who brought joy to a loving family while he was on loan. His stay will never be forgotten by those who loved the little guy so much. “Indy” has gone home now, to rejoin the Angels. We are truly blessed that he came and brought special meaning to the lives of so many. May he rest in peace. Our deepest sympathies to his family and the many that cared so much. (Please see obit.) CONDOLENCES We were saddened to learn about the death of Betty Lou Womack, age 75, who passed away Jan. 10. She was a longtime resident of Orange, who recently had moved back to her hometown of Madisonville. For over 30 years she was a school teacher at West Orange-Stark. Married to Phil Womack until his death she made the best of life and was liked by everyone who knew her. She was a caring, compassionate person. She and her friend Cal Broussard enjoyed great times together until Cal started battling cancer. Betty Lou stayed by his side and slept in his hospital room in Houston every night for nearly a year until Cal died at her home. Se enjoyed people and liked her times with the Mardi Gras crew and her group travels. I personally treasure the friendship my family and I shared with this kind lady. May she rest in peace. Please see obit. TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME 10 Years Ago-2003 Ray Trahan, 63, suffered a massive heart attack and died Sunday, Jan. 19. Services were held Jan. 22. A native of Kaplan, in Vermillion Parish, he had been a resident of Orange County 51 years. He was an account executive for The Record Newspapers. He had retired as director of advertising for the Leader, where he worked for 45 years. Record editor, Glenda Dyer had known Ray many years as a co-worker at the Leader, where she was the editor, said about Ray, “He was one of the best read people I knew. Very intelligent, well versed in many languages and was working on learning languages of the Middle East and about the Muslin religion. Nancy Vincent called him a longtime friend, and was well versed on any subject and had a true wit. Roy Dunn, publisher of The Record, wrote a Down Life’s Highway column about Ray and their similar Cajun background. He and Ray had breakfast together every morning with Ray often bringing boudian from Veterans Grocery. Roy furnished the daily newspapers and they discussed the items of the day, in national and world affairs. “Boo Boo was one of a kind,” Dunn said. “He had read the complete Bible twice and had just completed reading the Quran. Ray could recall every family he had known and their offspring. He had total recall. He often spoke of the old times. He was good at playing tennis, loved his family and was very generous.” (Editor’s note: Even though Ray has been gone 10 years, he is still talked about. His next door neighbor, Anabel Rost recalls him fondly as do so many others.)*****Twenty-five Orange County citizens attend Orange County Day in Austin. *****Orange County Commissioners consider Court-at-Law request. Commissioner John Dubose said the request under consideration would not establish a court but would ask the legislatures to give state approval so that county officials could decide to establish a new court if they choose to. *****Judge Thibodeaux and some commissioners claim the court would never pay for itself and would cost the county in excess of $250,000 a year. The request comes from the Orange County Bar Association. Most office holders felt one court was sufficient and it was added expense. (Editor’s note: Later the second county court at law was established. Lately its need has been questioned.)*****Jace Tyler Belk Bruney celebrates a first birthday Jan. 17. His mother is pretty April Belk Bruney. He’s Linda and Clint Belk’s first grandchild and a great grandchild of Richard, who has set quite a trail for young Jace to follow. *****Bridge City High School retires football jersey #99. That was the number worn by kicker for Bridge City High, Matt Bryant, now a NFL pro place kicker. 40 YEARS AGO-1973 A snow storm blew into Orange County last week. The highway froze, and some people were left stranded and had to walk from the Rainbow Bridge back to Bridge City. Meanwhile, some of the partying folks at Albert’s Inn, on Division Street, walked across the street and built two large snowmen at Attorney Bill Sexton’s law office yard.*****Joe Runnels ordered a steak at the Jack Tar Restaurant when Delia, the cute, sexy waitress, asked him, “How did you find your steak sir?” Joe replied, “Oh, I just moved the potato and there it was.”*****Sue Vercher is the restaurant manager and Catherine and Millie “Tallboy” are two other waitresses.*****Doug Perry, longtime employee of the Jack Tar Barber Shop, owned by Joe Blanda, is the new shop owner. The hairless barber invites all of his fair-haired friends to come by and let him clip them. *****The district attorney’s staff is working six days a week rather than five. New County Attorney Sharon Bearden is setting up new record keeping in order to get higher efficiency and production. Bearden, a mov-

er and shaker, works hard and expects his staff to do the same. *****President Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) died Monday, Jan. 22, in the Texas hill country, the land of his birth. It has been said that during his administration, more was done for the American people than during any period in history. His administration achieved major landmarks in civil rights legislation. The largest criticism aimed at him in the latter part of his administration stemmed largely from the Vietnam War, a war he inherited from President John F. Kennedy.


Don Bailey, Jon Mott, Gary Dearing, Clayton Gearhart, Joel Meyers, Glenn Oliver, Jerry Ashby, John Green III, Matthew Lee, Milly Arnold, Gail Meadows, Tanner Wilson, Bob Couser, Brenda Oliver, Laverne Walles, Bonny Sarver, Dylan Huckebay, Mary Louise McKee, Misti Jagoe, Tara Thompson, Virginia Sanford, James Crabtree, Candace Clark, Jimmy Whittle, John Michael Foote, Lisa Costilla, Michael Amsden, Brenna Manasco, Melissa Berry, Beth Fisher, Gloria Bertrand, Joy Gilliam, Steve Griffith, Beverly Delahoussaye, Charles Arceneaux, Sarah Bonds, Millagro Foster, David Doucet, Cris Anderson, Meloney Delano, Joseph Trantham, Julian Meadows, Don Collins, Gary Baker, Janice Westfall, Lyndon Robinson, Myra Sherwood, Nancy Sieck, Suzanne Pittard and Betty Stephenson. A FEW HAPPENINGS The Bridge City Chamber banquet was a big success with an overflow crowd in attendance. The large Scales family alone can fill a community center. Congrats to Jimmie Scales, Donna‘s longtime husband, who was named “Citizen of the Year.” KOGT and Gary Stelly were awarded the “Business of the Year.” Congrats also to all the active lady folks in the BC Chamber who are putting in a lot of time to again put the Bridge City Chamber on the top shelf. Our friend Brandy Slaughter is the new incoming president. All Brandy needed was one more chore but she‘ll do a good job, after all she has a lot of good elves.*****Best wishes to Vidor High School teacher Misti Dotson, who recently underwent brain surgery and is on the road to recovery. Misti is our friend Marilou Gunn’s granddaughter.*****Actress Jodie Foster, 50, used the Golden Globe awards to come out. She thanked her partner and co-parent, Sydney Bernard, and paid homage to the sons they share, Charlie and Kip. Through her long explanation, that brought tears to many in the audience, she indicated she had been gay always and now wanted to enjoy the privacy. John Hinkley Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981, to impress Jodie. He admitted his infatuation with the child star. Had he known Jodie was gay, I wonder if he would have committed the crime that has kept him in prison 30 years. *****Politics wins big at the 70th Golden Globes. Even Hillary Clinton’s husband Bill made a surprise appearance to introduce the movie “Lincoln.” Our friend Tammy Davis has insisted I see Lincoln even if she has to pick me up and take me. She has already seen it twice. *****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s where you always get a good meal. The Bunch will be back at Novrozsky’s next Wednesday, 12 noon. Everyone is always welcome. Judge Janice has been missing for the last couple of weeks while she battled the flu.*****A few folks we know celebrating their special day in the coming week. Our friend and one of the smartest, nicest guys we know, Glenn Oliver, celebrates a special milestone on Jan. 16. ***Retired professional baseball player and Orange native Roderick Robertson will reach 45 on Jan. 16.***Also on Jan. 16, Gary Dearing, Joel Meyers, John Green III and Millie Arnold celebrate.***Gail Meadows, a nice lady who has given much to public service, celebrates her day Jan. 17***Also Erin Hanks, one of Pattie’s lovely girls marks another birthday Jan. 17. She’s getting older and so is mom.***A special guy, one of a kind, attorney John Cash “Jack” Smith climbs the ladder one more notch on Jan. 17.***Pretty Brenda Oliver celebrates on Jan. 18 as does Laverne Walles, Dylan Huckebay, Mary Louise McKee and Virginia Sanford.***Jan. 19 marks birthdays for Candace Clark, John Michael Foote and Brenna Manasco.***Jan. 20 is Steve Griffith’s special day and also Beverly Delahoussaye.***Celebrating Jan. 21 is Charles Arceneaux and David Doucet.***Jan. 22 is a special day for a special lady. Judge Janice Menard marks her birthday and we wish her a good one. ***Other Jan. 22 babies are Julian Meadows, Don Collins and Myra Sherwood. Best wishes to all. Please see complete list. CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK A note from Sostan Cuzz, I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know I bought me a Porsche. Sugar Bee like it too. Boy, I made a good buy me. I was reading da paper when an ad caught my eye what read, $500 Porsche, 2009 model, low mileage, like new. I’m tinking me, dat mus be a joke, but I go to see da lady wat is selling it anyway. She was lawyer Felix Harrington’s wife. She took me to her garage and sure nuff, dere sit an almost brand new Porsche. Boy, I got excited me. I ax Mrs. Harrington if I can take it for a test drive, me. “Sure,” she answer. Man, dat car run perfect and still got da new smell in it. Wen I got back I ax Mrs. Harrington, “Why you selling me this great Porsche for only $500, hanh?” Mrs. Harrington her, she laugh den say, “My husband Felix him, ran off with his little huzzy secretary and he told me, “Velma, you can have da house and da furniture, just sell my Porsche and send me da money.” Cuzz, that’s how I got dis nice Porsche me. Your Cuzzin, Sostan. C’EST TOUT After a few days of lousy weather it looks like we are in for a few good days. I’m ready and know you are also. It’s no wonder so many people are sick.*****Well, Lance Armstrong has come clean in an interview in Austin Monday with Oprah to be shown on her network Thursday evening. Personally I think all he did was open a can of worms. I believe you should let sleeping dogs lay. His time in the next few years will be spent in court rooms. The Postal Service wants $100 million dollars back. A dozen more lawsuits will be filed and the Feds will likely file criminal charges. He says he’s confessing to doping so some day he can compete again. That’s a pipe dream. That will never happen. He’ll be too old to compete plus he can’t win without dope. That’s if he would ever be allowed to compete.*****Gotta go. Please shop our advertisers. Take care and God bless.

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BC beauty queen featured on TV show Debby Schamber For The Record

cut - A recent photo shoot of Daisy Cutchins,.9, of Bridge City shows the beauty queen’s modeling potential. She will be on TV at 8 p.m. Wednesday on TLC participating in a pageant.

Community Bulletin Board AARP income tax assistance available Feb. 1 The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will be offered starting at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 12:15 to 4 p.m. Every Wednesday and Friday through April 15, 2013. Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following: All W-2 and 1099 Forms, including Social Security Benefits statements; Records of Capital gains and losses; Receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, causality and theft losses, job expenses, sales tax receipts for major purchases and Social Security cards for dependents; A copy of their 2011 tax return to help the volunteers prepare the 2012 return. Electronic filing will be available. No tax return will be started after 4 p.m.

Red Hot Flashers to meet Jan. 17 The Red Hot Flashers of the Red Hat Society will meet at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 in the garden area of Walmart to carpool to LeBergue Casino in Lake Charles. Ladies will carpool. Birthday ladies are: Lady Cha Cha, Marcie Baca and Patty McKinley. Please do not bring door prizes. A discussion will be held on how to celebrate winning first place in the Shangri La Christmas Tree contests for organizations.All ladies are welcome. For information call 883-1609.

Lutcher Theater Service Guild to meet Jan. 17 The Lutcher Theater Service Guild will hold a general meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 on the third floor lobby of the theater. The theater is located at 707 Main Ave. in Orange.

BCLL holding spring registration Bridge City Little League will be holding spring registration for kids to play baseball, softball, and challenge ball from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 and 26 at the Bridge City Community Center, located at 105 Parkside Drive in Bridge City. Fees are discounted for children registered on or before Jan. 19, 2013. As always, challenge players play for free. Please bring child’s birth certificate and a utility bill for proof of residence if first time playing at BCLL. Further information can be obtained at or by emailing us at Like us on Facebook for the latest updates as well. All children ages 4-16 are welcome to register regardless of financial status.

The life of Daisy Cutchins, 9, of Bridge City is not of an ordinary fourth grader, but of a beauty queen in a room filled with the glitz and glam of more than 80 sparkling crowns, sequined dresses and sashes. She does not win every pageant she enters, but the one constant in her life is the love and support of her family. However, her latest achievement has caught the attention of TLC and she will be on the hit reality TV show, “Toddlers and Tiaras” 8 p.m. Wednesday which has her family smiling ear to ear. They have not seen the edited version and will see it along with everyone else when it airs. The film crew from TLC followed them around Bridge City while hooked up to microphones and a camera person not far away. They filmed the family crabbing and working on Daisy’s hair. They were also at a pageant. “They literally follow your every move, “ said April Cutchins, Daisy’s mother. “It’s very nerve wracking.” The show will not only feature Daisy, but two other girls as well. Daisy says of her time at the pageants, “I don’t like it— I love it.” “I do it because it is really fun,” she added. Daisy began the pageant life when she was one year old. Now it is a way of life. She attends dance class where she works on routines from different types such as jazz, hip hop and lyrical. She also goes to monthly modeling classes in Houston. Pageants are done on the weekends. Once she is out of school on Friday afternoons, her mother picks her up and they are off to the next pageant. For the most part they are within a five hour drive. But, they have also traveled as far away as Kentucky or Georgia to participate in the national competitions. Once at the hotel, there are more things to do in order to prepare for the pageant. Daisy’s mother gives her a spray tan and makes sure she is ready for the next day. While in the meantime, Daisy can’t wait to see her pageant friends. On the day of the competition, April Cutchins does Daisy’s hair which is usually full of curls and what is referred to as “big

LCM HS to host financial planning meeting Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD High School will hold a college financial aid planning meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 in the library lecture room. Parents of seniors are invited to attend in order to receive valuable information about grant and loan opportunities, as well as the financial aid application process. For additional information, contact Jeanna Childress at 409-886-5821, extension 1750.

Eagles offers pool tournament and hall rental The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th St. in Orange is offering several classes, activities and fundraisers. The Eagles will host a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 19. Entertainment will be provided by Three Legged Dawn. The cover charge is $5. For more information call Sharon Bodin at 409-729-7793 For more information on any of the Eagle’s activities or rent the hall contact Sharon Bodin at 409-735-8662 or 409-719-7793.

time. Look and feel better and learn nutrition for the prevention of diseases. Call AgriLIFE extension office at 409-882-7010 to pre-register. Classes meet in the fifth floor classroom at the hospital.

KOCB sells Litter Button banners Keep Orange County Beautiful hopes to sell 50 banners to local businesses for $25 each promoting their “Litter Button” on their Website: Their hope is that each banner will generate 10 hits of the “Litter Button,” which would mean 500 litterers in the State of Texas would be notified by the Texas Department of Transportation of their illegal activity. If you see someone littering, take down the time, date and place of the littering and the license plate of the vehicle. Report the activity by going to and hit the litter button. Fill in the information which is then sent to TxDOT. The offending litterer will be sent a letter reminding them it is illegal to litter in the State of Texas. They will also receive a litter bag for their car and a Don’t Mess With Texas sticker. To purchase a banner, contact a member of KOCB or visit their Website.

An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is held each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Mauriceville at the United Methodist Church on Highway 12. For more information call 409-670-6265.


It’s not too late to join the weight management and diabetes prevention classes offered Wednesdays at Baptist Orange Hospital. The 16 week course that began Jan. 9 will continue through May 8. Afterwards there is a commitment to monthly support group classes for a year. The cost is $5 per person per class. Scholarships are available. Classes will educate adults to make healthier choices one day at a


announCements Happy Birthday, Fallon!

NOTICE OF ELECTRICAL APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITY Indiviuals able to document a minimum 4,000 hours of job experience in the electrical construction trade will qualify for an interview with the Beaumont Electrical JATC. Individuals with no experience or less than 4,000 hours experience will also qualify for interview provided they show proof of passing one year of Algebra I. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age & submit the following documentation: • Valid Driver’s License • Social Security Card • Certified Copy of Birth Certificate • Official High School Transcript • Copy of Diploma or GED Certificate

Cormier Museum to open Jan. 19 The Orangefield Cormier Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 19. The museum is located on Highway 105 in Orangefield, next to the Orangefield High School.

Each eligible applicant may be required to take the NJATC aptitude test. Applicants selected from the pool will be required to take a substance abuse test. The Committee will accept applications for apprenticeship per the following schedule: January 7, 2013 - January 25, 2013 8:30 am - 11:00 am & 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Monday, January 14, 2013 - 8:30am-7:00pm Monday, January 21, 2013 - 8:30am-7:00pm *Application must be completed on site* Electrical Training Center 707 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas

Orange Chapter of DAR to Meet

The William Diamond Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution of Orange will have their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at 193 Glynn Street in Bridge City. The program will be “Show and Tell of Vintage Kitchen Utensils.”  All members and guests are encouraged to bring a vintage kitchen item to share. Any woman eighteen years of age or older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of The American Revolution is eligible for membership.  Anyone who is interested in becoming a member is encouraged to attend.  If more information is needed, the Chapter Regent may be contacted at 409735-5253.

hair.” Then Daisy’s makeup is applied. The girls in the pageant are judged on a scale of one to ten on the attire, overall beauty, eye contact and stage projection. During the competition the girls change outfits several times to include swimwear, casual wear and evening gowns. Some pageants require a talent as well. Daisy performs a dance routine. Her grandfather, Steve Qiubodeaux, makes the props for the routines. In the past he has made a jukebox, washing machine and a piano. If Daisy forgets her routine, she ad-libs and moves on. She knows the key is to make everyone like her. But, she is not worried either way. “ I know my routines, I can do them in my sleep,” she said. Once the show begins, Daisy said she can’t wait to go on stage and prefers to go first to avoid getting nervous. One thing she knows she must do throughout the competition, is have eye contact with the judges and stay focused. Sometimes Daisy comes home with not only a beautiful crown to add to her collection, but cash and prizes as well. The Toddlers and Tiaras TV show has been a popular one for people of all ages. In the past there have been some participants which have given pageants a bad reputation of “temper fits” and mothers fighting amongst themselves and their daughters . April Cutchins does not deny these type of situations do arise, but her daughter does not fit the stereotype. Daisy is a normal girl when with friends, but still likes to do beauty pageants. “There are a lot of awesome, sweet people but there are those who take it to extremes,” April Cutchins said. But, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Beauty pageants are something the family has participated in for many years. April Cutchins, who started at age three, also participated in pageants and so does her other daughter one-year-old Charlie who was recently Little Miss Bridgefield and Daisy was Miss Bridgefield. “I have gained a lot from them and I hope she does too,” said April Cutchins on participating in pageants. But, in the end it is a chance to make new friends and learn from her opportunities as a beauty queen to carry herself into the future.

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Fallon Mulhollan will turn 6 years old Jan. 18, 2013.

Happy birthday from family and friends!



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Deaths and Memorials Bonnie Faye Sargent Orange

Daniel Killian, Cole Killian and George Jouban. Honorary pallbearers are Brian Waguespack and John Sargent. Condolences may be sent for the family

Bonnie Faye Sargent, 81, of Orange passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Dorman Funeral Home, with Father Steven Leger officiating. Burial will follow at Newlin Cemetery in Singer, La. She was a native of Singer, La. and was born on July 6, 1931 to parents, Emma Susan (Mitchell) and Samuel H. Slaydon. She had lived in the Orange area for 60 plus year and was of the Baptist Faith. She enjoyed Sewing, going to flea markets, doing all kinds of crafts and making her daily trip to Walmart. Bonnie was a loving wife, mother, sister, meme and friend who will be missed dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Slaydon; husband, Donald E. “Don” Sargent, brother in law, Bob Winfree; sister, Bertha Owens. Bonnie is survived by her daughters, Debbie Green and husband Robert of Buna, Pam Hughes and husband Lamar of Orange, Edie Killian and husband Danny of Mauriceville; sons, Johnny Sargent and wife Cheryl of Orange, Donald Sargent of Orange; sisters Edie Winfree of Lake Charles, Frances Jouban and husband, George of Deridder, La.; her twin brother, Ray Slaydon Sr. and wife Joyce of San Antonio, brother, Bobby Slaydon and wife Dede of Bryan. Also left to cherish her memory are her nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Honoring her as pallbearers will be Johnny Sargent, Donald Sargent, Lamar Hughes, Danny Killian, Weston Desormeaux,

Fred Lee Eldridge, Jr. Orange Fred Lee Eldridge Jr., 82, of Orange, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at The Meadows in Orange. Graveside Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange with Deacon Melvin Payne, the Rev. Randy Branch and his granddaughter Amy Walker officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Bastrop, La. on Dec. 17, 1930, Fred was the son of Fred Lee Eldridge Sr. and Alma Rose Tucker Eldridge. He was very proud of his service to his country during the Korean War and was a member in longstanding with the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He retired from Presbyterian Children’s Home in Farmington, Missouri after many years of service. Fred was an avid turkey hunter and a supporter of LSU football. He is preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Euvera Perry Eldridge. He leaves behind two brothers, John Eldridge (Kathy) of Boston, Mass., and Willie Eldridge (Pat) of Inverness, Fla.; daughter, Donna Zurzolo, of Branson, Mo.; two step-daugh-

ters, Cheryl Stalnaker (Robert) of Orange and Melissa Forsythe of St. Louis, Mo.; and one stepson, Randall Sharpton of Beaumont. Fred is also survived by his 11 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Serving as Pallbearers will be Robert Stalnaker Jr., Kristen Moon, Jeff Walker, Justin Forsythe, Robert Stalnaker Sr. and Anthony Keppley. Honorary Pallbearers will be his 27 greatgrandchildren. Special thanks to Kristi and her staff at Golden Years Assisted Living in Orange and to Wade with Odessey Hospice for their excellent loving care over the past several years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 N. 37th St, Orange, Texas 77630.

Charles Eugene Shaver Jr. Orange Charles E u g e n e Shaver Jr., 68, of Orange, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with Mr. Tony Goins, of Bridge City Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Born in Illinois on Feb. 14, 1944, Charles was the son of Opal and Charles Eugene Shaver Sr. He was a self-employed inspector and consultant and worked with the United States Housing Administration. He served in the

US Army in Vietnam, and was an avid hunter and former member of the Orange County Gun Club. He was a member of the Bridge City Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Pamela Shaver. Charles is survived by his son, Jeremy Shaver and wife Jamie of Phoenix, Ariz.;grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Shaver; sister, Judy Paznokas; and brother, Donald Shaver.

Betty Lou Humble Guillory Orange Betty Lou Humble Guillory, 78, of Orange passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at The Meadows in Orange. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City with the Rev. Jeff Bell, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Port Acres, officiating. A visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Orange on June 11, 1934, Betty was the daughter of Stanton and Dorothy (Collins) Humble. She was a member of Winfree Baptist Church and was a purchaser at DuPont. Betty was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Ray Guillory; and brothers, Bobby Humble, Claude Humble and Hershel Humble. Betty is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Hal Uzee of Porter; son, Donny Guillory of Bridge City; and son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Janet Guillory of Humble. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Dustin Guillory and wife Mallory of Bridge City, Jordan Guillory, Alex Guillory, Lauren Guillory and Shaun Uzee; greatgrandchildren, Karsyn Guillory, Kaelyn Guillory, Ellie Guillory, Landon Guillory; and sisters, Lois Wardell, Georgia Brown Donny Guillory, Todd Guillory, Hal Uzee, Shaun Uzee, Dustin Guillory and Jordan Guillory will serve as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearer will be Jimmy Dillon.

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David Kirkwood, 49, of Orange passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Dorman Funeral Home. David was a native of Greenock, Scotland. He was born on Oct. 22, 1963 to parents ,Margaret Boyland and Alexander Charles Richard Kirkwood. David had lived most of his life in Orange since 1978 and had also lived in Colorado. He served his country in the Navy. David was avid fisherman, hunter, watching hockey and a Denver Broncos fan. David loved spending time with his sons; he will be missed dearly by all. David is survived by his mother, Margaret Boyland Kirkwood of Orange; father, Alexander Kirkwood and wife, Margo of Brownsville; sons, David Joseph Kirkwood of Memphis, Tenn., William Alexander Kirkwood of Deweyville and his mother, Kimberley Kirkwood; brothers, Alan Richard Kirkwood and wife, Tammy of Orange, Andrew Scott Kirkwood of Orange, nieces, Tiara Brooklyn Kelley of Orange, Angela McCauley and Christy Burton both of Houston. Cremation was held under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent for the family at In lieu flowers the family has asked for donation to be made to Dorman Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

LeRoy John Usie Orange

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LeRoy John Usie, 69, of Orange, passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side on Jan. 12, 2013 after battling lung cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Jan. 15, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orange, with the Rev. Joseph P. Daleo officiating. Entombment followed at the St. Mary’s Cemetery Mausoleum. Born in Breaux Bridge, La., on March 1, 1943, LeRoy was the son of O’Neil and Inez (Landry) Usie. He proudly served 6 years in the U.S. Army National Guard in Louisiana and Utah from 1965 to 1971. He worked as an office manager for 42 years for an engineering and construction company. His job took him and his family to many places across the United States including California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Utah, Louisiana and Texas. He also worked on the Alaskan Pipeline two different times during his career. LeRoy enjoyed watching sports, especially football. He also loved cooking steaks on the grill. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend. He is survived by Earline Stoute Usie, his loving wife of 47 years; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Melissa Usie of Orange, Jason and Stacy Usie of League City; grandchildren, Andrew Usie, Katelyn Usie, Jordan Johnson; and sister, Judy Usie and fiancé, Dugan Phillips of French Settlement, La. Randy Usie, Jason Usie, Roland Landry, Norris Stoute, Andrew Usie, and Jordan Johnson served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Watts, Dugan Phillips, and Lee Gillespie. The family would like to thank the staff of River City Hospice for their kindness, care and compassion. We would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, 912 West Cherry Ave., Orange, TX 77630, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Byard H. Hunter, 72, of Orange passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 in Beaumont. Funeral Services were held on Monday, Jan. 14, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with the Rev. Bill Burch, of Brownwood Baptist Church in Orange, officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Born in Orange on Aug. 15, 1940, Byard was the son of Roy Maxwell and Anita (Guillory) Hunter. For 29 years he was an auto body shop teacher for WOCISD and he owned and operated Hunter Paint and Body Shop for over 50 years. He was a member of the Retired Teacher Association and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roy David Hunter. Mr. Hunter is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lou Anna Hunter; daughters, Anita Grubbs, Amanda Aymond all of Orange, Sherry Favors of Bryan and Rhonda Phillips of Weatherford and grandchildren, Roshana Winn, Jimmy Favors, Mysti Eason, Brandi Grubbs, Alexis Grubbs, Hunter Grubbs, Caleb Adams and Logan Adams. He is also survived by three great grandchildren; brothers, James Hunter of Orange and Darrell Hunter of Haymarket, VA; sister, Wanda Ellis of Buna; many cousins and relatives who will all miss him dearly. Gene Dragulski, Richard Dragulski, Jimmy Favors, James Jones, Phillip Matthews and Ricky McDuff served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Duhon and Keith Forsyth.

Louella Steen LeBert Orange Louella Steen LeBert, 84, of Orange passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at Magnolia Manor in Groves. Funeral Services were held at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange on Tuesday, Jan. 15 with the Rev. Jerry Smith, pastor of Faith Assembly of God in Vidor, officiating. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery in Jennings, La. Born in Eunice, La. on Oct. 16, 1928, Louella was the daughter of Curley and Ezora (Miller) Steen. She graduated high school in Eunice, La. and was a former resident of Beaumont. She was a homemaker and member of Brownwood Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wilson LeBert; son, Kenneth LeBert; daughter, Jeanita LeBert; four sisters; three half-brothers and three half-sisters. Mrs. LeBert is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Charley Raye and Robert J. Castro of Beaumont; son and daughterin-law, Lenard Dee and Tammy LeBert of Orange and daughterin-law, Eleanor LeBert of Orange. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and their spouses, Rob Castro, Cyndi and Billy Piske, Michelle and John Thibodeaux, Stephanie and Mark Brister, Jason and Brooke LeBert, Aaron and Leticia LeBert and Corey LeBert; 13 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren. Rob Castro, Aaron LeBert, Jason LeBert, Michael Menard, David LeBlanc, and Marcus served as pallbearers. The honorary pallbearer was Corey LeBert.

Betty Lou Womack


Belly Lou H e n d r i x Womack, the beloved d a u g h te r, mother, wife, sister, teacher, and friend has left us to be with the Lord on Jan. 10, 2013. A funeral Services was held on Monday, Jan. 14 at the First Methodist Church in Madisonville. She was born to Evelyn and Pickens Hendrix on December 18, 1938 in Madison County. She attended Madisonville High School and graduated in 1956. While attending Sam Houston State University, Betty Lou met and later married Phillip Layne Womack on July 19, 1957. From their union came two muchloved children, Layne Womack and Lisa Womack Sevier. Three cherished grandchildren, Alayna Womack Magnuson, Gillian Sevier, and Jack Sevier were their special gift to her. Lisa is married and living in Houston with her husband, Roger. Betty Lou graduated from Lamar University and taught school for 34 years in West OrangeCove Consolidated Independent School District. She taught with dedication, love, and excellence. Her many students can attest to this. Betty Lou is remembered for her goodness and laughter. She found goodness in everyone and found laughter in every situation. She was a remarkable person. She never knew when to stop giving. She lived well, loved much, and laughed often. Her husband, Phillip Layne Womack, her parents, Evelyn and Pickens Hendrix, and her brothers, Jim Hendrix and Lamar Saunders, precede her in death. She is survived by a sister and brother in law, Peggy and Ken Hofer; a brother and sister in law, Bill and Gwen Hendrix; sisters in law, Bonne Hendrix, wife of deceased brother Jim Hendrix, Lily Saunders, wife of deceased brother Lamar Saunders; a brother in law and wife, Dan and Jean Womack, and a mother in law, Marjorie Womack. Betty Lou was looking forward to the arrival of her first great granddaughter due in March of this year.

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The Record • Week of Wednesday, January 16, 2013

OBITS from 6A West “Indy” Parkhurst Orange

West “Indy” Parkhurst was born on the glorious morning of October 17, 2007, in Orange, Texas. Even as a newborn, he was beautiful, and several of the hospital staff wanted to take him home as their own. Instead, his parents, Steve and Jennifer, and proud big brothers, Brac and Kai, decided it would be best if he came home with them. For the next three years and almost four months, Indy grew up like any other happy, rambunctious, rough and tumble little boy. In February 2011, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, referred to as DIPG. He fought hard, and his stubborn and carefree spirit refused to give up or give in. Throughout his treatments, he remained happy and active, amazing his doctors. His loving, fun, smiling way made everyone he met fall in love with him. He never considered himself “sick”, and never let either his symptoms or his treatments slow him down. On Jan. 10, 2013, Indy finally listened to God and decided to go to his real and eternal Home, and is now catching fish, riding four wheelers, shooting fireworks, collecting pets, and playing crane games with His new best friend, Jesus. Indy is survived by his mom and dad, Steve and Jennifer Parkhurst of Orange, along with his two big brothers, Brac and Kai Parkhurst; “Nonnie” and “Pawpaw” Trudy and Charles Holden; “Mamaw” Kathy Parkhurst; “Papaw” Joe Parkhurst and his wife, Gayle Parkhurst; Uncle Chris and Aunt Wendi Parkhurst and cousins Dylan and Kade Parkhurst; Uncle Greg and Aunt Deana Parkhurst and cousins Malory, Ashlyn and Kendal Parkhurst; cousins Karli McClelland and Ian Vines, his very best friend Gage Griffith; his favorite coach, Steve Griffith (“Coach Gwiff”) and his favorite doctor, Lana Griffith (“Dr. Wana”). Indy touched countless lives and made everyone he met smile. His infectious happy spirit will live in all of those who love him. His courage, love of life, and sweetness will hopefully be carried on in the lives of all who knew him. We love you “baby bear” very much and will miss you tremendously. We will one day, Indy, all be together, forever, with you. We love you Indy. Funeral Service were held Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Community Church in Orange with the Rev. John Fortenberry, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Deweyville, officiating. Private Entombment for family followed at the Disciples Mausoleum Claybar Addition at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.

Steve Parkhurst, Brac Parkhurst, Kai Parkhurst, Kade Parkhurst, Chris Parkhurst and Steve Griffith served as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers were Gage Griffith, Donnie Shockley, Dylan Parkhurst and Ryan Carline. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to “The Cure Starts Now” in memory of Indy – 10280 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45215 Arrangements were held under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Patricia (McDonnell) Rambin Orange Patricia (McDonnell) Rambin, 57, of Orange p a s s e d a w a y Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Houston. Graveside Service were held Monday, Jan. 14, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. with Pastor David Millner, of Calvary Baptist Church in West Orange, officiating. Born in Port Arthur on Jan. 30, 1955, Patricia was the daughter of Joseph Andrew McDonnell Sr. and Kathryn Frances (Lowdermilk) McDonnell. She enjoyed fishing, camping and loved football, especially the Dallas Cowboys. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Donnie Rambin. Patricia is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Lindsey and Chris Bradberry and Kassie and Virgil Segrest and grandchildren, Alyssa Smith, Drayden Bradberry, Orland Bradberry and Andrew Segrest. She is also survived by her brother, Andy McDonnell and wife, Mary Ann of Washington; sister, Kathy Haislip and husband, Dave of Houston and brother, Jim McDonnell and wife, Gerry of Las Vegas. Dennis Jordan, Allen Pafford, Sam Preston, Ryan Alaniz, Troy Haislip, Keith “Peanut” Staudenmier, Richard Alaniz and Blake Adams served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Bradberry, Dwaine Staudenmier and Kevin Staudenmier. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Compass Bank, account number, 2515042388, routing number, 113010547.

Owen Conway Fountain Pasedena Owen Conway Fountain, 85 of Pasadena, passed away on Sunday Jan. 6, 2013 at Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena. A military graveside service to honor his life was held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at Autumn OaksMemorial Park in Orange, under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home. He had formally been a long time resident of Mauriceville, which is the place he dearly loved and called home. He was born in Beaumont on

Nov. 10, 1927 to Bertha M. (Davenport) Fountain and James C. Fountain. He actively and proudly served during World War II in both the Merchant Marines and United States Navy. He became employed with IDECO Dresser Industries in Beaumont and retired from there after many years as a Supervisor. Conway always enjoyed meeting new friends, having large family gatherings especially crawfish boils, fishing, traveling, visiting historic places, listening to good country and cajun music. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend who will be dearly missed. He is preceded in death by his wife Frankie Mae Fountain, his mother and father, five sisters and three brothers. Those that will most cherish his memory are his daughters Deborah Kallus of Pasadena, Donna Desimone and husband, Ronnie of Pasadena; son, Darren Fountain and wife Carol of Montgomery; brother, William Fountain of Starks, La. Also left to cherish the memory of their Paw-Paw are nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Condolences may be sent for the family at

Edmond Glenn Elmore Mauriceville Edmond Glenn Elmore, 63, passed away at his home on Jan. 10, 2013. Visitation will be held on from

4:10 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 at Dorman Funeral Home. The funeral service will held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 at the funeral home. Glenn was born in Orange on Nov. 29, 1949. He attended Orange school and at the age of 18 joined the U.S. Army. Glenn was a Vietnam Veteran. Glenn joined the Piledrivers local in Orange and worked construction. He also worried as a tankerman for several area towboat companies. Glenn’s favorite pastime was fishing and being near the water. He worked for several commercial fisherman through the loved. He loved to garden and being outdoors with his dogs. Glenn moved to Mauriceville in 1991 where he retired. Those left to cherish his memory and always love him are his wife, Nancy of Mauriceville; three children Tanya Bertrand and husband Roy, Robert Durkin and wife Laura, Richard “Diesel” Durkin and wife Christine; six grandchildren Billy and Brittany Linder, Samantha Durkin, Cole and Callie Durkin and Kaydee Devillier; two great grandchildren Kileigh and Beckcom; four sisters Nell Sterling and husband Harvey, Jane Ford, Judy Ryan and husband Roger and Sharon Wilson; numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful and true friends, Storm and Mac. In lieu of flowers you can make a donation to the American Hearts Association.


BRIEFS Sixth Street Community Church to January events The Sixth Street-Community Church Revival, hosted by the Brotherhood Department, will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and Thursday, Jan 17. The speaker for the “Some Things Come by Fasting and Praying” revival will be District Missionary Beulah Singletary Jones of the Jasper District. The inspiration speaker will be Missionary Debbie Thomas. The church will host a prayer shut in at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. The church will have their Sunday services at 11:15 a.m., with Sunday School starting at 10 a.m. YPWW will begin at 5 p.m. and Bible Band will be Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Thirsty Thursdays will be held at 8 p.m. every Thursday. The church is located at 1619 6th Street in Orange. For more information, please use the free telephone number: 213-2260400 and the pin number is 886682. The community is invited to attend and be blessed.

Salem UMC to host gospel fest Salem United Methodist Chuch will host the Best of the Best Gospel Fest at 6 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 16 at Joe Ware Plaza in Orange. Tickets will cost $15 and the meal is included. For more information or tickets call 409-883-2611.

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

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

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

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!”

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

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. Bob Boone, Pastor Sunday Schedule: Traditional Worship - 8:15 a.m.; Bible Study at 9:30 a.m.; Celebration Service - 10:45 a.m.; CSI, Youth Bible Study, Discipleship Classes - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Schedule: Prayer Meeting - 6:30 p.m., Youth Worship “Living Stone”

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!

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

Living Word Church Hw 87 & FM 1006, Orange 409-735-6659/409-543-5858 Samuel G.K. - Pastor Joseph Samuel - Asst. Pastor Sun. Service - 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wed. Service - 7 p.m.

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Too old to ignore cold


Matt Bryant swipes hero badge from Earl Thomas KAZ’S KORNER JOE KAZMAR FOR THE RECORD



hope it doesn’t have anything to do with getting too old because there isn’t a helluva lot I can do about that, but I towed my boat to the launch one morning earlier this week and came right back home without even putting it in the water! When you can’t find anyone else to endure a cold steady rain for a shot or two at a big trout and you have to leave the house with your slicker suit already on, there is reason to review your thought process. I didn’t abort the trip, however, until I stepped out of the truck and the north wind blew my cap in the middle of the largest puddle of water in the parking lot. Yes….it was white in color before it landed! Based on the catching this past week, even with the colder temperatures, more rain, and all of the runoff…I believe I could have caught a few big trout had I not lost my enthusiasm after wading through the ankle deep water to retrieve my cap. While it rained a bunch and the wind howled the week before, the surface temperature still climbed into the high 50’s every evening and the fish were aggressively chasing down finger mullet in the shallow water. I prefer to wade this time of the year and did just that early in the week, but we caught more fish later in the week drifting and planting the Talon as soon as one of us hooked up. The fish seemed to be far more interested in the depth of the water than holding up on isolated pieces of structure. As a rule I prefer to hold my ground and wait for the fish to come to the shell or a drain, but I have learned that it COLBURN PAGE 2B




ow many National Football League playoff games would involve two teams that have five players who grew up within 100-miles of each other? And what are the odds of two of those players who grew up six miles apart coming up with game-changing plays in the late stages of the contest? That’s exactly what happened in Sunday’s National Football Conference divisional semifinal game at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome between the top-seeded Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks, the only remaining wild-card team in the post-season. Former West Orange-Stark and Texas Longhorn star Earl Thomas made a crucial interception in the fourth period that inspired his teammates to rally and go ahead 28-27 with 31 seconds left. But his heroic play was trumped by Bridge City and Baylor kicker Matt Bryant who kicked a 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give his Falcons a 30-28 victory and punched their ticket to the NFC championship game against San Francisco Sunday in Atlanta. Other Southeast Texans who also were on the Georgia Dome gridiron included Bryant’s teammates Jonathan Babineaux of Port Arthur Lincoln and Iowa and Sean Witherspoon of Jasper and Mizzou and Jasper native and

Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant celebrates after making a 49-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to play to effectively win the game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Texas A&M star Red Bryant, who played for the Seahawks. The Falcons jumped out to an early 20-0 lead before the Seahawks began to battle back in the second half. With the Seahawks trailing 27-14 early in the fourth quarter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw a sideline route into double coverage and Seattle’s All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas leaped up and made the interception before stepping out of bounds that put the Seahawks back in business with 11:05 left in the game. Seattle completely took over the action, scoring on a threeyard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Russell Wilson to Zach Miller and a two-yard plunge by halfback Marshawn Lynch that put the Seahawks in front 28-27 with 31 seconds left. But Seattle head coach Pete Carroll made one of his several tactical errors when he ordered a squib kick that was corralled by an up-back, giving Atlanta renewed hope of pulling out the victory. In an exclusive telephone conversation with Bryant Monday morning the 37-year-old veteran kicker revealed, “After they scored their touchdown, I told the offense that we’ve done this before.” Bryant said that he has made between 10-15 game-winning field goals in his 11-year NFL career but never with so much on the line. Ryan connected with Harry Douglas on a 29-yard sideline pass and then found his favorite target perennial All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez on a 19-yard strike and Head Coach Mike Smith called a time out with 13 seconds remainKAZ: MATT BRYANT PAGE 3B

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Colburn fishing

Goose hunters enjoying plenty of action

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is more productive doing what the fish want than what I want. Thus far, and it could all go to pot tomorrow, this has been a very good year for hustling big trout in the lake. Over the past several years virtually every bragging size trout I caught in the winter came out of the river or the ICW. It wasn’t because I wasn’t still checking out the lake….they just were not there in the same numbers for me. I think most of the die hard winter fishermen had a hunch that this was going to be a good winter when so many big trout were taken off the revetment walls back in the Spring. That bite stayed hot for three months and an incredible number of 8 to 10 pound trout were caught by bank fishermen alone fishing shrimp under a popping cork! On the more productive days we are catching good fish on everything from topwaters to plastic tails rigged on 1/16^th or 1/8^th ounce heads, but regardless of choice of lure the optimum presentation has been s-l-o-w. Subtle twitches followed by long pauses rather than steadily “walking the dog” worked much better with a Top Dog or Spook. We have done well fishing the Corky or Maniac Mullet just fast enough to keep it suspended while crawling both Swim Baits and five inch tails across the bottom any time a strong bite suddenly slows down. I can’t say that the shorter and bulkier Fat Boy has worked any better or worse than the slimmer Devil, but longer has been better with Swim Baits and Tails. I go through pounds of H & H’s 3-inch Usual Suspect Swim Baits each year, but the 4-inch version is much deadlier when finger mullet are the prime entrée’ for overweight trout. The slightly larger profile is appealing to big trout more interested in one-stop gorging than burning energy running down a smaller snack. The 4-inch model, not unlike the smaller version, also tracks better fished on a loop knot or Tony’s clip. I was even occasionally throwing 5 and 6 inch Swim Baits until I discovered that I was catching just as many fish slowly retrieving a 5-inch Assassin Diedapper or TTF Flats Minnow XL rigged on a light jig head. Both of those tails are bulkier and have paddle tails that produce a lot of vibration. They were already a part of my daily arsenal so that eliminated adding a few more sacks of tails. I specifically mention those two brands of tails because they work the best for me in this application. I am blessed to have some fantastic sponsors and their products will always be my first choice, but I am going to always fish the tail, sponsored or un sponsored, that the fish like the best. Let’s get real for a second .If your wife knew how much you already had tied up in that boat, motor, and garage full of fishing tackle she wouldn’t be handing out any “attaboys” for saving a buck on a pack of tails that were almost as good and lasted longer. If the fish only like them almost as well…..they might last you forever! My primary consideration with any tail is flexibility first, which translates to more life-like action and color secondly. Almost every company produces their best selling tails in different lengths. Another new or exotic color is more often than not my only reason for purchases made in self-defense. Having another boat load of fishermen fifty yards away blowing you away with a color you do not have is not good business for a guide! I don’t see any real break in the weather before Friday so I’ll just have to pull my cap down a little tighter and start a little later if I am going to fish tomorrow. This weather will test your mettle!

Another nice winter trout taken on the DieDapper.

6th Annual Glenn Pearson Alumni Basketball Game

The sixth annual Bridge City High School Glenn Pearson Alumni Basketball Game Saturday, Feb. 2. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. All interested players are to e-mail Coach Knight at ASAP to reserve a spot. The only participation requirement is that you must have played Varsity basketball at and graduated from Bridge City High School. Interested players should include in the e-mail the year they graduated, the coach they played for and their jersey number.

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Kaz: Matt Bryant, Earl Thomas ing setting the stage for Bryant’s heroics. Bryant pushed his kick and it missed wide to the right, but just before the snap, Carroll called a time out, opting to “freeze” the kicker rather than conserving a precious timeout in the event the kick was good. That was another one of the coach’s huge mistakes. He also opted to “go for it” on fourth-and-one twice inside the red zone early in the game instead of kicking field goals that would have given the Seahawks the victory. “Although I’ve been kicking field goals for more than half my life, for some reason I messed up my approach on that kick and it sailed to the right,” Bryant confessed. “I’m certainly glad their coach called that time out.” His kick that counted split the center of the uprights and would have been good even if it had to be 10 yards longer. Ryan has been the Falcons’ starting quarterback for five years, but had never led his team to a playoff win until Sunday. He fought off the memories of three previous playoff losses and two Seahawks interceptions to set up Bryant’s winning field goal. This was the third game Bryant has won with his talented toe for the Falcons this season. In our last interview with him during the lockout before the 2011 season, Bryant was a free agent hoping to sign with Atlanta. “We agreed on a four-year contract after the lockout

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The Record sports columnist Joe Kazmar talks football with Atlanta Falcon place kicker Matt Bryant during a recent visit to his hometown Bridge City. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

which made me happy because I really wanted to stay with Atlanta,” Bryant said. I asked him with his 38th birthday coming up in May how long he intends to play in the NFL. “I’ll play as long as I can kick competitively and somebody wants me,” he replied. He received congratulations from many of his friends

and fans in the Bridge City area but realizes that his mission for this season is not yet complete—it’s still two games away. In fact, although Sunday’s NFC championship game is at home, the Atlanta Falcons still are a three-point underdog to the San Francisco 49ers. And as far as Earl Thomas is concerned, his season isn’t

over yet. Although he would much rather be playing for the right to get into the Super Bowl, he’s got a date Jan. 27 to be the starting free safety in the Pro Bowl at Honolulu. Despite Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson completing 24-of-36 passes for 385 yards, which is the best performance for a rookie since Sammy Baugh’s playoff game in 1937,

both he and Earl Thomas aren’t playing this weekend against San Francisco because of the bad decisions made by their coach Pete Carroll. Perhaps Matt Bryant and Matt Ryan should send Carroll a thank you card. KWICKIES…It was deja vu all over again for our Houston Texans who got a lot closer to victory Sunday at Foxborough, MA. than last month but still saw their 2012 season come to a screeching halt as the New England Patriots won 41-28 to advance to the AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday at Gillette Stadium. For the second week in a row the Ravens are a 9 ½-point underdog. And for the second year in a row the Texans won their division, won their first playoff game but were ousted in the division semifinal round. So are they a better team this year than in 2011? Their record is better, the expectations were much higher, but their season still ended the same way. In a little touch of irony Rob Chudzinski was named as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns last weekend, replacing Pat Shurmur, another first-time head coach when he was hired last year, and named recently-fired San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner as his offensive coordinator. Turner had given Chud (as he is called by his friends) his first job as an assistant coach. Chudzinski rooted for the Browns while growing up in Toledo, Ohio. The Pittsburgh Steelers proved last weekend that they don’t mess around with


criminals masquerading as pro football players when they cut rookie running back Chris Rainey following his arrest on a battery charge after an altercation with his girlfriend. Area golfers can count on one hand the number of days they have been able to play so far in 2013 and probably count on a couple of fingers the days they could drive their golf carts 90 degrees off the cart paths. Perhaps the rice farmers are pleased with the amount of rainfall we’ve registered so far this year, but the golfers surely aren’t. JUST BETWEEN US…A couple of Orange senior-citizen distant runners battled the elements and successfully won their age divisions Sunday in the 41st Annual Chevron Houston Half-Marathon. Fifth-seven year-old Joe Melanson toured the 13.1 miles course in 1:24:00 to capture the 55-59 age group while 71-year-old Kenny Ruane won the 70-74 age group in a time of 1:52:35. Vidor’s Michael Defee finished third in the 35-39 age group in a time of 2:43:45 in the 26.2-mile full marathon. “I haven’t been able to run much since before Christmas because I’ve been recovering from the flu,” Ruane said Monday. “I treated the race more like a training run because of the cold rain and the North win plus my weakened condition. I’m happy with the way I ran and was surprised to find out I had won my age group. Actually I finished in the top 10-12 per cent of the 13,000 field and beat a lot of runners much younger than me.”


over BALTIMORE RAVENS (12-6) 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. (CBS)

The Patriots proved on two occasions they were better than our Houston Texans, who earlier this year murdered the Ravens. Common sense says they Pats should walk all over Baltimore. However, Denver also was favored by 9 ½ points over Baltimore and the Ravens sent them packing Saturday.

H SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (13-4) over ATLANTA FALCONS (14-3) at the Georgia Dome 2 p.m. Sunday in Atlanta, GA. (Fox) Although the Falcons are the No. 1 seed in this NFC championship game, the 49ers come into the Georgia Dome as a threepoint favorite after ripping past the Green Bay Packers 45-31 Saturday night.

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more than likely be better in these green fields. Speaking of the conservation season, Texas could stand to take a page out of Louisiana’s playbook. Over across the river the goose hunters get to take advantage of the conservation season during the split between duck seasons, talk about a bargain. If Texas would allow hunters to be able to hunt under the special conservation rules during the regular season you can bet there would be a drop in the overall population. The problem with allowing the special rules to go into effect that go along with the conservation season is that you are technically illegal by normal standards. During the conservation season you can hunt with an unplugged gun, you can now carry 5 shells instead of just 3. Also during the conservation season hunters can use electronic calling devices, these are illegal during the regular season. One possible way to get around this is to make it illegal to possess any bird other than a light goose if you are hunting with an unplugged gun or a calling device, if you have a duck in your possession you would be in violation of the law. This probably will never happen but it sure makes you wonder how good it could really be. For now though hunters will have to make due with the birds that are here and wait until late January to break out the callers and unplug their shotguns. The only problem with having to wait until special season comes around is that there are a bunch of geese already leaving and heading back north, the special season is really only good until about Valentine’s Day. After the middle of February these geese are spooky and flying high, not a good combination for hunters unless you head north to Missouri, Kansas, or Arkansas. As for right now the hunting is good and should do nothing but get better. The next time you hear that faint noise above and look up and see that familiar line of geese in the shape of a “V” you can bet you’re not the only one looking to the sky and wondering.


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IRS to start taking returns Jan. 30 Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), the Internal Revenue Service announced today it plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Jan. 30. The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on that date after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems. This will reflect the bulk of the late tax law changes enacted Jan. 2. The announcement means that the vast majority of tax filers — more than 120 million households — should be able to start filing tax returns

starting Jan 30. The IRS estimates that remaining households will be able to start filing in late February or into March because of the need for more extensive form and processing systems changes. This group includes people claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits. Most of those in this group file more complex tax returns and typically file closer to the April 15 deadline or obtain an extension. “We have worked hard to open tax season as soon as possible,” IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller said. “This date ensures we

have the time we need to update and test our processing systems.” The IRS will not process paper tax returns before the anticipated Jan. 30 opening date. There is no advantage to filing on paper before the opening date, and taxpayers will receive their tax refunds much faster by using e-file with direct deposit. “The best option for taxpayers is to file electronically,” Miller said. The opening of the filing season follows passage by Congress of an extensive set of tax changes in ATRA on Jan. 1, 2013, with many affecting tax returns for 2012. While

Transportation forum to bring leaders together to discuss future highway issues, opportunities for the Lone Star State With more than 1,000 new citizens moving to Texas daily, the Texas Department of Transportation must continue to explore opportunities that will help the state keep pace with an ever-growing demand on our roadway system. From Feb. 17-19, transportation experts, government leaders and others will gather at the Texas Transportation Forum to discuss innovative ways to approach future challenges. “Texas has always been a national leader when it comes to transportation and we are committed to continuing that

tradition by partnering with others to find solutions to our roadway challenges,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “Through innovation and efficient use of tax dollars, Texans can be assured we will continue to make progress on our highway system.” Topics being discussed at the 2013 Texas Transportation Forum include: • Expansion of the Panama Canal and its impact on Texas • Supporting Texas’ Energy Opportunity • How Technology is Reshaping your Transportation Options Speakers include Harvey Rosenblum, executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Silvia Marucci, Panama Canal Authority; Congressman Roger Williams, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Commit-

tee; Chairman Robert Nichols, Senate Transportation Committee; Sen. Glenn Hager Jr.; Sen. Juan Chuy Hinojosa; Sen. Kevin Eltife; Chairman Larry Phillips, House Transportation Committee and other leaders in transportation. Another highlight of the Forum will be the first Texas visit of the Google self-driving car. The car is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including onboard sensors and 3D map data, allowing drivers to safely reach their destination in a car under automated control. Google team members will be on hand to talk with attendees about the vehicle and the future of driving. Registration is now open for the Forum. Visit for more information and to register or follow us on Twitter using hashtag #TxTransForum for regular updates.

the IRS worked to anticipate the late tax law changes as much as possible, the final law required that the IRS update forms and instructions as well as make critical processing system adjustments before it can begin accepting tax returns. The IRS originally planned to open electronic filing this year on Jan. 22; more than 80 percent of taxpayers filed electronically last year. Who Can File Starting Jan. 30? The IRS anticipates that the vast majority of all taxpayers can file starting Jan. 30, regardless of whether they file electronically or on paper.

The IRS will be able to accept tax returns affected by the late Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) patch as well as the three major “extender” provisions for people claiming the state and local sales tax deduction, higher education tuition and fees deduction and educator expenses deduction. Who Can’t File Until Later? There are several forms affected by the late legislation that require more extensive programming and testing of IRS systems. The IRS hopes to begin accepting tax returns including these tax forms between late February and into March; a specific date will be announced in the near future.

The key forms that require more extensive programming changes include Form 5695 (Residential Energy Credits), Form 4562 (Depreciation and Amortization) and Form 3800 (General Business Credit). A full listing of the forms that won’t be accepted until later is available on As part of this effort, the IRS will be working closely with the tax software industry and tax professional community to minimize delays and ensure as smooth a tax season as possible under the circumstances.

FDA expands Tamiflu’s use to treat children younger than 1 year The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently expanded the approved use of Tamiflu (oseltamivir) to treat children as young as two weeks old who have shown symptoms of flu for no longer than two days. The drug is not approved to prevent flu infection in this population. In addition, the safety and efficacy of Tamiflu to treat flu infection has not been established in children younger than 2 weeks old. Tamiflu was approved in 1999 to treat adults infected with flu who have shown symptoms for no longer than two days. It has since been approved to treat flu in children ages 1 year and older who have shown symptoms of flu for no longer than two days, and to prevent flu in adults and children ages 1 year and older. Although there is a fixed dosing regimen for patients 1 year and older according to weight categories, the dosing for children younger than 1 year must be calculated for each patient based on their exact weight. These children should receive 3 milligrams per kilogram twice daily for five days. These smaller doses will require a different dispenser than what is currently co-packaged with Tamiflu. “Pharmacists must provide the proper dispenser when filling a prescription so parents can measure and administer the correct dose to their children,” said Edward Cox, M.D.,

M.P.H, director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Parents and pediatricians must make sure children receive only the amount of Tamiflu appropriate for their weight.” Tamiflu is the only product approved to treat flu infection in children younger than 1 year old, providing an important treatment option for a vulnerable population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children younger than 2 years are at higher risk for developing complications from the flu, with the highest rates of hospitalization in those less than 6 months of age. The FDA expanded the approved use of Tamiflu in children younger than 1 year based on extrapolation of data from previous study results in adults and older children, and additional supporting safety and pharmacokinetic studies sponsored by both the National Institutes of Health and Roche Group, Tamiflu’s manufacturer. Pediatric legislation permits efficacy to be extrapolated from previous study results in adults and older children if the illness being studied and the effects of the drug are sufficiently similar in adult and pediatric patients. Data on how the drug is metabolized in the body (pharmacokinetic data)

indicated a dose of 3 mg/kg twice daily provided concentrations of Tamiflu similar to those observed in older children and adults, and is expected to provide similar efficacy in this very young age group. Almost all of the 135 pediatric patients enrolled in the two safety studies had confirmed flu. Results from these studies showed the safety profile in children younger than 1 year was consistent with the established safety profile of adults and older children. The most common side effects reported with Tamiflu use in this age group include vomiting and diarrhea. Although not seen in the new studies, rare cases of severe rash, skin reactions, hallucinations, delirium, and abnormal behavior have been reported. The FDA monitors drugs for side effects and believes reporting side effects is important. Health care professionals and patients should report any side effects associated with Tamiflu’s use to FDA’s MedWatch program. Tamiflu is not a substitute for early, annual flu vaccination, as recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. CDC recommends all persons aged 6 months and older receive an annual flu vaccine. Tamiflu is distributed in the United States by South San Francisco-based Genentech, a member of the Roche Group.

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LU opens new Undergraduate Advising Center Lamar University’s new Undergraduate Advising Center has opened in a new suite of offices in the Parker Building where advisors are working to help students stay on track toward their academic and personal goals. “We’ll be training and transitioning this semester to make sure our advisors are ready to provide proactive advising to all freshman and sophomore students,” said Daniel Bartlett, director of the Undergraduate Advising Center. Lamar University began preparing for the Undergraduate Advising Center about a year ago with the goal of providing additional support for freshmen and sophomores to better ensure student success. Remodeling of the entire north wing of the Parker Building to house the center was recently completed, and advisors and other staff members moved in last week. The main entrance is across from the Setzer Student Center. For the start of the Spring 2013 semester, course selection advising is being handled primarily by academic departments, as in past semesters. In the coming months, Bartlett will begin working with advisors on new assignments and appropriate training necessary to give all underclassmen the advising and support they need. The new Undergraduate Advising Center in the Parker Building includes offices for 30 academic advisors along with a large reception area equipped with television screens to keep waiting students informed about important university, academic and

student life information. To staff the new center, the university reassigned advisors from across campus who worked primarily with freshman and sophomore students. Undergraduate Advising Center staff members include advisors who previously worked in Student Advising and Retention Services (STARS) and in the Center for College Readiness. STARS will continue to provide tutoring, mentoring, academic enhancement and other services, including advising for juniors and seniors on academic probation. The Center for College Readiness will continue to coordinate college readiness courses in math, reading and study skills. The Department of English and Modern Languages will continue to coordinate courses in college readiness writing. Advising positions from several academic areas also have been reassigned to the Undergraduate Advising Center. However, many academic departments previously used faculty members rather than professional staff to advise freshmen and sophomores as well as juniors and seniors. To meet the need for strong, frequent advising for underclassmen, Bartlett is in the process of hiring a few new advisors for the center. At the new center, advisors will be assigned by college and, in some cases, by majors within a college. “We want to

be consistent about the departments our advisors are representing so they truly understand those departments – the faculty members, the student organizations, the events, the degree plans and courses. That way they can make sure the students they work with gain that familiarity as well,” Bartlett said. “A student who comes in seeking a relationship with faculty and departments will find it regardless. But many of our students don’t know college. They might not seek those relationships out. These advisors will help facilitate that through proactive advising, reaching out to students and pushing them to get connected to their major, their professors and events in their departments,” Bartlett said. “That’s especially important for freshmen and sophomores who often are not taking a lot of courses in their major yet.” By the time enrollment for summer and fall begins, Bartlett expects the center to be prepared to assist all freshmen and sophomores with advising needs related to registration and proactive advising moving forward. Advising for juniors, seniors and graduate students will continue to be performed by academic departments. For more information on the Undergraduate Advising Center, call (409) 880-8822 or (409) 880-8954.

New identification rules for vehicle titling, registration paves way for future automation, enhances public safety Texans titling a vehicle in the state and first-time registrants will soon have to show identification, enhancing public safety and paving the way for more customer-friendly automation. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) Board passed new identification rules at its Thursday meeting. The rules were required as part of two new state laws (HB 2017 and HB 2357) that mandate identification for titling a vehicle and firsttime registrants. This change does not apply to registration renewals. The identification requirements are a two-phase process designed to give Texans, tax assessor-collectors and businesses an opportunity to become educated on the new procedure. Through Aug. 31, 2013, an acceptable form of ID is a government-issued ID with a photo, a unique identification number, a birth date, an expiration date and must be acceptable to the county Tax Assessor-Collector. On Sept. 1, 2013 and thereafter, the only acceptable government photo identification will be a: • Driver license or state identification certification issued by a state or territory of the U.S. • U. S. or foreign passport • U. S. military identification • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) identification or identification issued under a U.S. Status of Forces

Agreement • U. S. Department of Homeland Security identification • U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation • U.S. Department of State ID The new identification requirements are another step towards creating more electronic services for customers, and ensuring the integrity of the motor vehicle database. Next year Texans can expect to see the replacement

of paper titles with electronic ones or “eTitles,” that will take the burden off vehicle owners to keep track of their title and help to reduce title fraud. The eTitle system is expected to launch in fall 2013. The TxDMV plans to further automate the motor vehicle database so vehicle owners can be found by name. Currently the system can only find an owner in the database by the vehicle identification or license plate number.

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5 temp positions; 5 months; job to begin 2/1/13 through 6/30/13; Duties: to operate tractors in the sugar cane fields during the cleaning and preparation of soil for upcoming planting season. To operate boats in the crawfish ponds during the baiting of traps and the pulling of traps during the crawfish harvesting season. To assist with the grading and preparation of live crawfish for distribution to local retailers and restaurants. $9.50 per hr; 35 hrs a week, OT may vary but not guaranteed; 2 months experience in job offered required. All work tools provided. Housing and transportation provided to workers who can not reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day; Transportation and subsistence expenses to 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 St. Martin Seafood, Inc. located in Breaux Bridge, LA. Qualified applicants call for an interview at (225) 667-6050. Applicants may apply for this position at their nearest SWA office located at 304 Pearl St., Beaumont, TX 77701.

5 temporary positions; approx 10 months; Duties: to operate tractors in the fields during the preparation of the sugar cane fields, to assist with the planting and the maintenance of the sugar cane crop and to assist with the harvesting of the crop. $9.30 per hour; Job to begin on 3/1/13 through 1/1/14. 3 months of experience required in job offered. 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 Palo Alto, Inc. located in Donaldsonville, LA. Qualified applicants may call employer for interview (225) 4734303. Applicants may apply for this position at their nearest SWA office located at 304 Pearl St., Beaumont, TX 77701.

15 temporary positions; approx 10 months; Duties: to operate tractors in the sugar cane fields during the preparations of the fields for planting season. To assist with the planting and the harvesting of the sugar during the harvesting season. 3 months experience in job offered required. $9.50 per hour; OT varies, not guaranteed. Job to begin on 3/10/13 through 1/10/14. 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 Rodrique Planting Company located in Vacherie, LA. Qualified applicants may call employer for an interview at (225) 265-4282. Applicants may apply for this position at their nearest SWA office located at 304 Pearl St., Beaumont, TX 77701.

5 temp positions; 10 months; job to begin 3/1/13 through 12/31/13; Duties: to operate tractors in the fields during the preparation of the sugar cane fields for planting. To assist with the maintenance and the harvesting of the sugar cane crop. $9.30 per hr; 40 hrs a week, OT may vary but not guaranteed; 3 months experience in job offered required. All work tools provided. Housing and transportation provided to workers who can not reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day; Transportation and subsistence expenses to 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 Paul Milano Farms, Inc. located in Gonzales, LA. Worksite located in Sorrento, LA. Qualified applicants should call employer at (225) 644-4610. Applicants may apply for this position at their nearest SWA office located at 304 Pearl St., Beaumont, TX 77701.

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ACROSS 1. Sweeney Todd’s weapon 6. *Recluse from “To Kill a Mockingbird” 9. Dumbfounded 13. *”Fear of Flying” author Jong 14. Unit of electrical resistance 15. Groom, to a bird 16. Brightest star in Cygnus 17. Anonymous John 18. Shadow 19. Covered with scabs 21. *F. Scott Fitzgerald’s mysterious millionaire 23. Nada 24. Circle overhead? 25. Douglas ___ 28. Lowest brass 30. Catch in a net 35. Bad day for Caesar 37. Grey, of tea fame 39. Spanish saint 40. Church section 41. *Poe’s talking bird 43. Bucolic poem


‘93 LINCOLN TOWN CAR,executive series, cold A/C and all works,$1,800, (409) 745-2154 or 499-2128 & leave message. ‘T R U C K S & VA N S ‘‘11 FORD F-150 LARIOT, loaded, very few miles, clean, (409) 886-1896. ‘P A R T S TIRES OFF DODGE CHARGER, used 10 months, set of 4 Toyo 225/60R18, $400 OBO, (409) 746-3271. APARTMENTS MAGNOLIA TRACE APTS., 865 Center, Bridge City, locally owned and maintained, Special for the month of December, Upstairs - $550 - downstairs $650, 2/1 with laundry room in apt. We are a in quiet neighborhood, but walking distance to major grocery store, Pharmacy, restaurants, only 15 Minutes from Port Arthur. We take pride in our complex, $400 dep., Call 886-1737, leave message. NICE BC 1 BEDROOM, small, very clean, in nice neighborhood. Cathedral ceilings w/ track lighting & Ceiling fan, all S.S. appliances, granite counter tops, self cleaning oven, dish washer. Bathroom has linen closet and built-in vanity, all ceramic tile floors. Living area downstairs, black spiral staircase leads to loft bedroom, new CA/H, nice patio & yard, concrete parking, yard maintenance included, No Pets, $500 monthly + $300 dep. + elec. & water, call for an appointment @ (409) 735-6277 or 626-1968. (ss) MOVE IN W/DEPOSIT ONLY THE VILLAGE AND SOUTHERN OAKS Apartments in Bridge City. 1 / 2 and 3 bedrooms now available for lease. Some units have w/d connections and covered parking. Both complexes are located in BCISD. Our 1/1 start at $550, the 2/1 start at $625, and the 3/2 is $750. In December we are offering a MOVE-IN SPECIAL. Move in with just your deposit and application fee only! Stop by our office at 245 Tenney St. Bridge City, or call 735-7696 or 232-0290. HOME RENTALS EXTRA NICE BRICK 3/2 home, Lg. living room, CA/H, Lg. yard, near fishing, carpet and ceramic tile, quiet neighborhood, only $850 monthly w/ $800 dep., (409) 735-2030. BRICK 3/2/2 IN BRIDGE CITY, beautiful custom kitchen w/ all new black appliances, 2 living areas, all updated, on 1 acre, practically fenced, available 11/19, $1,100 monthly + $900 dep., 2430 Granger, call (409) 553-3332 for appointment to see. 3/2 NEAR SCHOOLS, Lg. back yard, CA/H, $850 monthly w/ $800 dep., (409) 735-2030.

call for appointment at (409) 553-3332. 1 BEDROOM LOG CABINS in Mauriceville, real cute and in the country, $550 monthly + dep., (409) 735-2030. 3/2/2 IN BCISD, fenced in back yard, $1,450 monthly + $1,450 dep., (409) 474-2259. 2/1/1 IN BCISD, 5643 highlander in Victory Gardens, large fenced back yard, trees, W/D hookups, $750 monthly + $500 dep., (409) 735-3281 or 553-1929. 15 CIRCLE P IN ORANGE, TX. Central A/H. Living room. Den with large windows. Located on a Cul-de-sac. Master bath. Washer/Dryer hookups. Large walk-in closet. Double fenced. $795/mo. Call 409-670-6166 3 BEDROOM 2 BATH AT 509 3RD St. in Orange. Bedroom has a walk-in bathroom. Inside washer/dryer hookups. $795/mo. Call 409-670-6166 ORANGE AREA, 2, 3 & 4


Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of John Ralph Lamar, Deceased, were issued on May 22, 2012, in Cause No. P15968, pending in the County Court at Law of Orange County, Texas, to: Emma Jean Lamar. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. c/o: Paul M. Fukuda Attorney at Law 312 Border Street Orange, Texas 77630 DATED the 2nd day of January, 2013

Attorney for Sandra Clark State Bar No. 00789915 312 Border Street Orange, TX 77630 Telephone 409-883-4357 Fax 409-883-6263

1. *Like Stephen Crane’s Badge of Courage

ATTENTION WORKERS! 2/1 in nice park, Bridge City, water and Garb. paid, $425 monthly + dep. and references, (409) 474-1518.

granite, crown molding, lots of storage, personalized wooden & Bamboo blinds, dead end curbed and guttered street. Call to see @ (409) 988-8667.

MOBILE HOME RENTALS 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 7347771. (cctfn)

HOME SALES BRIDGE CITY 4/2/2, 165 E. Darby, 1653 sq. ft., .43 acre, $139,000, will consider owner financing w/ adequate down, remodel in progress with a goal of mid-September. (409) 313-6005.

ORANGE 4/1/CP BY OWNER, fenced back yard, 3756 Kenwood, (409) 779-9119.

2/1 AND 3/1 AND 3/2 IN OFISD, 1 block from schools, Large lot, W./D hookups, No Pets, $400 and $550 and $650 monthly + dep., (409) 720-8699 or 735-6701. 2 & 3 BD MOBILE HOMES in West Orange. Deposit req. No pets. Call 883-9188 or 338-0651. 3/2 M.H. IN BC, in Shady Estates, CA/H, laundry room, stove & refrig., appliances, clean inside and out, excellent cond., $725 monthly (includes water and garbage) + (1st. & last), References Req., (409) 474-1518 or 4742252.

4/2 IN W.O. Living room, kitchen, dining room and den on 3 lots. Asking $80k. Call 409-882-9224 or 409-9888902. 3/2/2 BRICK IN BCISD, CA/H, on 3/4 acre lot, 7357680. BRIDGE CITY 3/2/2, 3 1/2 years old, 2132 sq. ft., sbo, beautiful open concept w/ archways, trayed ceilings,

10 ACRE TRACT on private road. OISD Schools. Livestock welcome. Seller financing available. COUNTRYLAND PROPERTIES LLC. 7451115. QUAIL TRAILS ORANGEFIELD ISD. Cleared 2.5 acre with culvert, drive and dirt pad site. Livestock and mobiles OK. Owner Financing available. COUNTRYLAND PROPERTIES LLC. 409745-1115.



Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Emma Elsie Busby, Deceased, were issued on December 13, 2012, in Cause No. P16345, pending in the County Court at Law of Orange County, Texas, to: CARL S. BUSBY, as Independent Executor.

YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear before the Honorable County Court of Orange County, Texas, at the Courthouse of said County, in the City of Orange, Orange Enlarged for proofing. County, Texas, at or before 10 o'clock A.M., on the first Monday Actualofsize: 1 col. x 4.5" after the expiration ten days from the date of publication of this citation by filing a written answer to a petition that was filed in said Court on 7, 2013, in Cause ToJanuary be published in No. P16270, and styled: ESTATE JANET DENISE PEEPLES , DECEASED. The OF Record Newspapers

A brief statement of02/29/12 the nature of the application is as follows, to-wit: APPLICATION TO DETERMINE HEIRSHIP, as is more fully shown by the application on file in this cause.

All persons having claims against the Estate of Emma Elsie Busby, Deceased, should be presented to:


This citation shall be served by notice published once in a BYCounty, Texas, the newspaper CORRECTIONS of general circulation in Orange County in which proceedings are pending1, said publication 5the P.M. MONDAY being not less than ten (10) days from the return date exclusive to 735-7346 of the date of publication.

Carl S. Busby c/o ANDREW CULPEPPER BUSH LEWIS, PLLC P.O. BOX 189 Orange, TX 77631-0189

Thanks, The officer executing this process shall promptly execute the same according to law,Debbie and make due return as the law directs. If this citation is not served within ninety days after the date of issuance it shall be returned unserved.

DATED the 2nd day of January, 2013

FAXmy hand and official seal of said ISSUED AND GIVEN under Court at Orange, Texas on January 7, 2013. # 735-7346


KAREN JO VANCE, Clerk, County Court, Orange County, Texas

Andrew Culpepper Andrew Culpepper

Attorney for Carl S. Busby Independent Executor of the Estate of Emma Elsie Busby, Deceased


By: Shanell

Breaux, Deputy

Shanell Breaux


Probate Code 33(f)(3)

Mardi Gras Ball Tuxedos! Huge Selection of Tuxes and Accessoriess

Best Prices Around.

Exclusively At Gunn’s Studio!

3/2/2 BRICK tile throughout, Granite, fenced yard, BCISD, $1,200 monthly w/ $1,000 dep., (409) 735-2030.

Studio & Formal Wear

2. Mars, to the Greeks 3. Brass component 4. Home to largest mammal 5. *John Updike’s “______, Run” 6. *Stephen King novella “The ____,” adapted into “Stand by Me” film 7. Exclamation of surprise 8. The end 9. They’re missing from Venus de Milo 10. He played Sergeant Joe Friday 11. Suggestive of supernatural 12. Piece of evidence 15. Capers or charades 20. Gloomier 22. Brewpub offering 24. *John Updike’s alma mater 25. *Harper Lee’s Atticus _____ 26. Gem State 27. Live it up 29. Bleats 31. *Occupation featured in “The

Help” 32. Terminated 33. They’re found at checkout 34. *Truman Capote’s party girl 36. Garden starter 38. Toy block 42. Jack Black’s “_____ Libre” 45. Blow out the candle, e.g. 49. Sigma ___ Epsilon 51. S 54. Shylock’s practice


cleaning oven, side by side refrig. w/ ice and water disp., garbage disp., dishwasher, 50 Gal. hot water heater, bath and kitchen have all wood cabinets, lots of storage, full size pantry, large front and

LOW BUDGET HOUSING! 2/1 in nice park, Bridge City, $3,000 cash, (409) 474-1518. 3/2 FULLY REMODELED 16’ x 80’ M.H., 1/2” sheetrock throughout, R-13 insulation in the walls, R-30 floor joists. Home was rewired by a licensed electrician, telephone and cable in all rooms. Ceiling fans, glass cook op w/ self

56. Swelling 57. ____ Straits 58. Arm bone 59. Cat-headed Egyptian goddess 60. Gremlins 61. Timeline divisions 62. What one goes by 63. ___ rally 65. *Wicked Witch of the West to Dorothy Gale 67. Jack-in-the-box part

Solution for last week’s puzzle


back decks w/ rear deck covered, great for BBQ, water / sewer and elec. all hooked up in nice M. H. park, ready to live in. $26,500, Contact John @ (409) 284-4791.

‘05 GMC Sierra HD Extended, 132k, new brakes. Satellite radio & CD, leather seats, running boards, bedliner, dual spots, installed phone, & more. Loaded & Runs perfect! 313-2870. $15,900

• Dirt / Shell Spreading • Bushhogging • Garden Tilling • New home pads Prepared • Sewer / Water / Electrical Lines Dug Home 735-8315 Cell 670-2040



3/1 IN BRIDGE CITY, 265 Kibbe Ave., all built-in appliances including washer & dryer, fenced yard, outdoor kitchen & patio, $1,100 monthly + dep., 735-8257.

BEAUTIFUL 3/2/2 BRICK home, 2 living areas, all updated appliances, Lg. fenced yard, 2430 Granger Dr., BC, $1,000 monthly + $900 dep., available 11/19,


BEDROOMS. HUD approved. Completely remodeled. Call 409.886.5055 after 3 p.m. for more information, M-F. Weekends 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Paul M. Fukuda PAUL M. FUKUDA

44. Chirp, as in bird 46. *”Twilight” series, e.g. 47. “The farmer in the ____” 48. Bonnie and Clyde’s doing 50. Mythical bird, pl. 52. Without professional help, acr. 53. Sound of impact 55. Tint 57. *T. Williams’ fading Southern belle 60. *J.D. Salinger’s young cynic 63. Pilaff or plov 64. ET carrier 66. Unbroken 68. Dadaist Max _____ 69. Rip off 70. Savory taste sensation 71. Kind of moss 72. Affirmative English rock band 73. Torn down

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PLEASE FAX ANY CORRECTIONS BY 5 P.M. MONDAY to 735-7346 Thanks. FAX # 735-7346

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