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County Record Vol. 51 No. 39

The Community Newspaper of Orange, Texas

Week of Wednesday, December 28 , 2011

‘Auld Lang Syne’ Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

DPS stepping up patrols through New Year Staff Report

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Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers will be stepping up enforcement efforts to ensure safety on the roadways and seek out impaired drivers through January 1. Additional troopers will be on the road targeting drunk drivers in locations where alcohol-related crashes are most likely to occur. This effort is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for targeted DWI enforcement over various holidays throughout the year. During the same period in 2010, troopers made 1,264 driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests. Of those, 449 were made by troopers whose patrols were funded through the TxDOT grant. In addition, troopers issued 17,436 speeding citations, 2,426 safety restraint citations, and 2,593 no insurance citations. Troopers also made 1,284 felony and fugitive arrests, and recovered 50 stolen vehicles. All available troopers will also be on patrol across the state during New Year’s weekends to enforce traffic safety as part of Operation Holiday. “We want everyone’s holiday to end as well as it started,” said Assistant Director Luis Gonzalez, Chief of the Texas Highway Patrol Division. “Please drive safely, and if you’re going to drink, designate a driver.” DPS offers the following tips to ensure safe travels: • Don’t drink and drive; designate a driver. • Be aware of, and prepared for, changing weather conditions. • Don’t text and drive and keep cell phone chatter to a minimum. Just drive. • Make sure everyone in the car is buckled up. • Don’t travel fatigued. Switch drivers or find a safe location and take a break. • Drive courteously. • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained.

Record Year In Review

Harrison announced plans to leave BCISD

Date ran: Jan. 26 ,2011 - Former Bridge City ISD Superintendent Dr. Jamey Harrison announced he would be leaving the district at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Harrison agreed to become the Deputy Director for the University Scholastic League (UIL) in Austin. He had been with the HARRISON district since 2007. Harrison graduated from HardinJefferson ISD, received his bachelors and masters degrees from Lamar Beaumont and received his doctorate at the University of Texas in Austin. He has worked for the Buna, Lumberton and Hardin-Jefferson school districts prior to working for BCISD. Harrison’s tenure will be remembered as one of accomplishment, leadership and community involvement. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, Sep. 13, 2008, Harrison had students back in class by Oct. 9. The timing was critical in preserving the community as displaced citizens returned home. For his efforts, Harrison, along with Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeuax and Bridge City Mayor Kirk Roccaforte, were named ‘Newsmakers of the Year’ by the Press Club of Southeast Texas in 2009. Harrison was instrumental in gaining government disaster relief funds and other resources to build the nearly completed Bridge City Elementary School on West Roundbunch. Both Hatton Elementary and Sims Elementary were destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Bridge City Elementary students have been going to school in modular buildings since the storm. The new school is expected to open in May. Harrison plans on finishing out the school year to ensure the building is completed. “I [wanted] to finish the new building here, to make sure it’s ready for the first day of school,” Harrison said. “This is such a wonderful place. It was a really grueling decision for my wife and I to make. It’s an opportunity that’s too good to pass up, but that doesn’t mean that it was very, very difficult to decide to take it. We have been so happy here. We love this town, we love the schools, and we love our neighbors. It’s just a special place. We’re going to miss it.” The UIL exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests. The initials UIL have come to represent quality educational competition administered by school people on an equitable basis.

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Pictured above are Alan Sanders, port attorney, swearing in Port Board President Jerry Hughes and John Gothia as new Directors of the Port’s IDC Board. Mr. Hughes assumed the vacant seat of the late Mr. Lester Winfree. Mr. Gothia assumed the vacant seat of the late Mr. Tom Perry.

Burch-Arkeen named 128th District Judge

Lloyd of Orange. Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Judge Derry Dunn pronounced Smith and Bates dead at the scene and Brantley, who was riding in the backseat, was transported to St. Elizabeth’s in Beaumont where he later died. Lloyd suffered from a broken leg and his three year old son, who was secured in his child’s safety seat, received a few minor bruises. Neighboring school districts sent counselors to Orangefield High School to help the students and staff with the grieving process. A memorial service was held the following Monday at the high school gymnasium. Friends and family gathered together to remember the lives of these three young men that were tragically cut short.


the end of the 2010-2011 school year, June 30. “It is sad to see an iconic staff member retire from our District, especially with the legacy that he has created with West Orange – Stark football. We value and respect him,” Superintendent James Colbert said. “When people across this State think of West Orange – Cove School District or West Orange – Stark High School, they think of Mustang football, Dan Hooks, and Dan R. Hooks Stadium. We are going to miss him tremendously.” Coach Hooks became the West Orange – Stark High School Head Coach in 1981. Under his leadership, the WO-S Mustangs won the UIL 4-A  Football State Championship in 1986  and again in 1987.  The Mustangs also advanced to and played in the State Finals in 1988 and 2000. “We have had great coaches and good players,” Coach Hooks said. “I had a great time and hope to see the program continue to do well.”

Community mourned the loss of three Orangefield teens

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The Refuge of Last Resort ground breaking ceremony. Pictured left to right: Jody Crump, Owen Burton, Mark Wimberly, Jeff Kelley, Carl Thibodeaux, Tina Lewis, T.W. Permenter and Bobby Fillyaw. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn


WOS Coach Dan Hooks announces retirement Date ran: March 23, 2011 - West Orange – Cove CISD Athletic Director/ Head Football Coach Dan Hooks announced his retirement effective at

The members of Court met and interviewed the final four candidates. After reviewing the qualifications of each candidate and their impressions of the interviews the court decided to hire F. E. “Gene” Smith as the new VSO for Orange County. County Judge Carl Thibodeaux explained that Smith’s qualifications and presentation on how the Veterans Service Office should operate made him stand out. One of Smith’s goals is to have every veteran in Orange County registered in the county office. “We need to know who the veterans are. If they will register in our office and keep their information current we will be able to help them better. In case of a death of a veteran we would already have a head up on getting the paperwork started to help the survivors obtain benefits,” said Smith. “We are employees of Orange County, not the Veterans Administration. Our primary purpose is to serve our county veterans. If a veteran comes into the office that is not an Orange County resident, we will help him, but we want out-ofcounty veterans to know that there is a county service officer in every county. The information about county offices is easy to obtain. One way is through the website for the county. Out of state veterans should go to the office nearest to them in their home state. Each state has a separate budget and most importantly, different benefits.” According to Smith the duties of the employees in the office are to serve in a manner similar to a secretary. “We are here to do paperwork for the veterans. Some of the forms and questions can be very confusing. It is our job to help our vets understand the process and keep them on the right path. I have spent nearly 70 percent of my life in and with the military. My goal in my job is to help any veteran, in any way I can,” said Smith.

Date ran: Sept. 21, 2011 - Through tears of sorrow and pain, the Orangefield and the surrounding community mourned the loss of three young men. Grey Smith, Jacob Bates and Darrick Brantley, all juniors at Orangefield High School, died Sunday, Sept. 18 due to a car accident on Hwy 62 near Hoo Hoo Rd (south of FM 105). At approximately 3:30 a.m., Smith, the driver of the four door Mazda, crossed the center line into the path of a Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Clinton

Smith named as new Veteran Service Officer

Date ran: July 20, 2011 - The Orange County judge and the four county commissioners were faced with a difficult problem in early June. Veteran Service Officer Jerry Childress resigned and the Benefits Coordinator was let go due to several complications. The County then had to decide how to get the Orange County Veterans Service Office back HARRISON to serving veterans in the shortest amount of time, and who to select to fill the position of Veteran’s Service officer. After only a few days the office was once again serving the veterans. The county administration was advertising for candidates seeking the VSO position.

Date ran: April 27, 2011 - Even as she was donning her cap and gown at her graduation from Orangefield High School in 1994, Courtney Burch-Arkeen knew that she wanted to work in the field of law. “No one else in my family is a lawyer,” she said, “but, I knew that I wanted to work in law. When I left for the University of Texas, I wanted to work in the state capitol. And, while working on my undergraduate degree, I worked for State Representative Ron Lewis.” Eariler this year, the state senate confirmed that Burch-Arkeen will now don a new black robe — as the 128th District Court judge. Former district judge Patrick Clark retired from the bench, leaving the position vacant. The position will once again be up for election in 2012. Burch-Arkeen has been practicing family, criminal and civil law for the THE RECORD YEAR PAGE 2A

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The Record: 2011 Year In Review past 11 years, but says that she got her first inkling for the courtroom while in the classroom at Orangefield High. Burch-Arkeen is leading the way in firsts, as she is the first female district court judge in not only Orange, but for the entire surrounding Southeast Texas areas of Jefferson, Newton and Chambers counties. She is also the first Republican judge in Orange County history, according to County Clerk Karen Jo Vance.

Mike King chosen as new BCISD superintendent

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“Everyone has welcomed us with open arms,” King said. “My wife and children, we are all excited to be here. It has been about as seamless of a move as we could have asked for.” King said they are most awe struck by the love and care Bridge City has for their community and their schools. “Most obvious is what the district and commuKING nity has done to come back from Ike,” King said. “It is impressive and inspiring and, they may not be aware of this, it is known around the state.”

Date ran: June 15, 2011 - On Monday, June 13, The Bridge City School Board officially announced the lone finalist for the BCISD Superintendent office: Mike King. King and his wife, Shannon have three children (one boy and two girls): Jaret is currently attending Texas A&M, Trinity is a sophomore at BC High School and Avery is in the third grade.

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Each hallway has its own little theme. Pre-K is pedal cars. Kindergarten has a water theme with boats and things. First grade is the roadway with cars and trucks. Second grade covers the air. There is a large stage in the cafeteria with a media system that includes a projector that comes down from the ceiling and a large screen. There is a similar set-up in the library. The library was stocked with 9,000 new books. It also sports a puppet stage and a train. The cars of the train are seating for the students. Artwork in the gymnasium features athletes, the Strutters and cheerleaders as Cardinals. Seating in the gym is retractable. Fine Arts is a multipurpose room covering art, music and theater arts. The playground also features a transportation theme with a train and bus among others. The ground is covered with rubberized material for safety. Covered benches are provided as shade for teachers and staff as they chaperone the students on the playground. Two computer labs are among the amenities at the new facility. Weeren’s favorite thing about the new school is all the technology. Each room has a smart board, an interactive white board that is used in conjunction with a computer and a large video display. The surface of the board becomes touch sensitive and allows the user to control the computer. The smart board technology allows the user to save the information drawn as an image. They will be able share this information digitally, save and re-use it without having a hard copy. All of the classrooms will also have sound systems from Front Row Pro Digital. Speakers are installed in the ceiling. Teachers also have microphones that fit around their necks, projecting their voices to the back of the room. The Life Skills classroom for special needs students is expansive compared to what they had at the Intermediate School. The students have different stations for education, cooking, a library and listening center, sensory center and art.

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Coaches Toby and Mark Foreman show off the first ever State Track Champion trophy won in June of 2009.

Toby Foreman named 2010 Track and Field Coach of the Year Date ran: Feb. 9, 2011 - West Orange – Stark High School Coach Toby Foreman was chosen by the National Federation of State High School Coaches as the 2010 Coach of the Year at the state level for Boys Track and Field. Foreman, who ran track in high school for WO-S, credits his and his teams’ accomplishments to several things. “We have talented people here that run track but more than that, people that are willing to work,” Foreman said. “A lot of schools have talent but they just don’t have the work ethic that we do.”

New BC Elementary school building opens its doors Date ran: Aug. 17, 2011 - The new Bridge City Elementary school is a state of the art facility and is teaming with new technology and fun art designed by Creative Arts, who also designs for Disney. Their doors open for the new school year on Aug. 22.

Dr. Jamey Harrison address an audience as he accepts ‘Citizen of the Year’ honors from the BCCC. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

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Christmas was celebrated throughout Orange County in song and celebration this week. Above, children of Saint Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City perform “Away In A Manger” for an over flow crowd marking the end of Advent and the beginning of Christmas. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Record Year In Review merce honored Jamey Harrison and The Record Newspapers at their annual banquet on Thursday, Feb. 17. Harrison was named 2010 Citizen of the Year and The Record was named 2010 Business of the Year. Kirk Ellender, a Bridge City ISD school board member, present Harrison with the Citizen of the Year award. Harrison became the superintendent for Bridge City ISD and has diligently worked to serve this community since July 16, 2007. In January, Harrison announced that he is going to be leaving BCISD to become the Deputy Director for the University Scholastic League (UIL) in Austin. “This is an extremely special place and an extremely special community,” Harrison said. “I have been blessed to take an unbelievable job that many folks would consider a dream job. I had to be talked into it. I said ‘no’ three times. It’s not because it’s not a wonderful job, a dream job. It’s because this community is that special, because this school is that special.” Harrison finished out the school year with BCISD. Judge Carl Thibodeaux presented The Record Newspapers with the 2010 Business of the Year award from the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce. Roy Dunn is the publisher of The Record Newspapers. Dunn was born and raised in Abbeyville, La., but has been a long-time resident of Bridge City since 1955. His family has had business interests in BC since 1926 and, for many years, the Dunn family owned the only motel in town. His three children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren have all attended Bridge City schools. His wife, Phyllis; son, Mark; and daughter, Karen have all been involved with the papers over the years. The Record Newspapers include The County Record, The Penny Record and TheRecordLive. com. The Penny Record was started by Walter Gaston in the 60s and was bought by Dunn in 1995. In the mid 90s, the County Record made its debut. The expansion led to the widest circulation of any newspaper in Orange County. The Record’s web site, TheRecordLive.Com, made its debut in 2008 and is one of the fastest growing Web sites in Orange County. The Record has even expanded to reach their readers by using Facebook and Twitter. The Penny Record has been in existence for over 50 years, which makes it eligible for a Historical Marker. The Record is an award-winning newspaper, winning awards in every category possible, and continues to be the only free, hometown newspaper in Orange County. The Record is locally owned and operated, which is rare by today’s standards.

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joining the Cow Bayou Swing Bridge on Hwy87 at a price well below market value putting it within reach of the fund raising efforts of the nonprofit Bridge City Historical Society. She also offered more – to build a multi-purpose facility overlooking the property and bayou. The new facility will house the vast Tony and Gisela Houseman collection of art, photography, artifacts and wildlife trophies from around the world. The facility is intended to provide the children of Southeast Texas an opportunity to learn about conservation, wildlife and its natural habitat. Additionally, the building would also become a heritage resource center and new home for the Bridge City Historical Society. The facility will be designed and constructed by Tony Houseman Homes. The waterfront park itself will be completed in phases. A master plan is currently being created with the help of Bridge City architect Mark Magnuson. The idea for a waterfront park was proposed to Ms. Houseman in 2009 by a small discussion group that included Bridge City Mayor Kirk Roccaforte, Orange County Parks Director Donna Scales, Jerry Jones and Mark Dunn, then president of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce. Also in 2009, the Bridge City Historical Society became a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization and took the lead role in acquiring the property. The organization sought partnership with the City of Bridge City in August 2010. With support from the City, the group began the process of visioning and developing plans to help acquire the property as a waterfront park on Cow Bayou. As envisioned, the waterfront park on Cow Bayou would be family oriented and ideal for numerous recreational and educational activities and events. It would include such amenities as an amphitheater, playgrounds, a broad boardwalk along the bulkhead, period style lighting throughout the park and along the shoreline, covered picnic tables, walking trails, floral gardens, concessions and rest rooms. Native bald cypress, dogwoods, oak trees and other vegetation would become part of the landscape. The land has special significance as the site of the infamous Joe Bailey’s Bridge City Fish Camp near the Cow Bayou Swing Bridge. The bridge became listed to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. The Cow Bayou waterfront location, paired with the National Register designation, is the perfect scenerio for opportunities and benefits of history and heritage based tourism. Add to that, the Houseman collection and the park takes on another unique dimension providing education in natural history offering wildlife educational programs and events. The facility will provide the opportunity to present information on the world’s wildlife and ecosystems that encourages discovery and understanding through fun and entertainment. Museum board members have agreed to become the initial donors in a Capital Campaign to purchase the property. The Bridge City Historical Society offers individual and corporate donors a tax deduction for their charitable donations. Donations of goods and services is also tax deductible. For more information email:

Salvation Army welcomes new captains

Gisela Houseman

Bridge City waterfront park gets help from Houseman Date ran: May 4, 2011 - The vision of a waterfront park on Cow Bayou in Bridge City became much clearer Thursday, April 28, with a proposal by landowner Ms. Gisela Houseman. Ms. Houseman offered the five-plus acres ad-

Date ran: July 6, 2011 - The month of June brought a pretty significant change for the Orange County Salvation Army. Major John Queener, who has been with the Salvation Army for over 51 years, and his wife, Linda, were transferred to a Salvation Army in Fort Worth. Captains Michael and Laura Cox came to Orange from that same Salvation Army in Fort Worth. Michael and Laura, who have been married for 17 years and have three sons (15, 12, and 10 years of age), have been officers with the Salvation Army for the last four to five years.  “As officers, we are first off ministers for the THE RECORD YEAR PAGE 5A



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elections. They judge the candidate rather than the party. Orange County is still very strongly democratic when it come to local elections but vote 52-54 percent Republican in national and state elections. Independents usually split in national races and vote strongly Democratic locally. Voters will be independent voters this time around; over 20 percent is my prediction. More and more people are getting away from party labels. National party politics have absolutely nothing to do with local polities. Local officials have no ties or obligations to state and national political policies.

Happy New Year OUT WITH THE OLD - WELCOME THE NEW Here I sit at mid-morning Tuesday, facing a 5 p.m. deadline and no idea what I’ll write about. I had planned to make some predictions for the New Year but this time squeeze I’ve gotten myself in doesn’t allow for research and compiling. I’ll just have to go with whatever comes to the top of my head. Sometimes that’s some of my better columns but also the ones who get me in more trouble. I’ll try to avoid that. Here we are in the last few days of 2011, it’s unbelievable that in a few days it will be 2012.*****One prediction I can make is something we’ll hear about through the new year. The world’s coming to an end Dec. 21, 2012. It won’t happen but it’s amazing how that preacher is getting so much ride on a crazy notion that millions of folks will buy into.*****This year has been one of rebound for us and also the country. We’re not there yet but things look brighter. The one thing that will live in history is the finding and killing of Bin Laden, cutting off the head of the snake makes the world safer. That was big, bigger than most realize. He planned and executed 9-11. He had bigger plans that died with him.*****In this week’s issue we are featuring our annual “All Orange County football team.” Also we will feature a review of stories and regular columns that ran over the last year. This will be interesting to read cover to cover. Our pages are loaded with good things from our family of advertisers also.*****I’ve got a long way to go and a very short time to do it so I’ll hunker down here and see what we come up with. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm. TROOPS HOME FROM IRAQ The last remaining U.S. troops, other than the contingent assigned to the American embassy, have been withdrawn from Iraq after nine years of war there. Was going into Iraq the right thing to do? By a large majority Americans believe not. What lessons should we draw from our experience of going there for nine years, with 4,300 lives lost, 40,000 wounded Americans and $800 billion plus spent? We killed 150,000 Iraqi, many of them citizens and children. We invaded Iraq based on the Bush Administrations rational for war, which turned out to be made up of distortions and deceptions. The American people were too easily manipulated and deceived into endorsing that war of choice. Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11. The American media failed us. They should truly investigate the Iran situation before we again embark on the failures of the past. We are forever grateful for our military service men and women who served in Iraq. Hopefully soon our soldiers can be brought home from Afghanistan and we will never again have to put boots on the ground. We have enough air power to handle any situation without hand-to-hand combat. Too often our young service personal have been put in harms way for the wrong reasons. They will fight wherever they are sent. Let’s hope it won’t ever be necessary again. TEXAS PRIMARIES IN LIMBO Texas attorney general Greg Abbott asked a Washington court earlier to approve the new redistricting maps. There are however, genuine issues of whether Texas Republicans intentionally discriminated in redrawing the state’s political maps. Three federal judges, in an opinion, stated the court set a trial date of Jan. 15. The redistricting maps are under attack in a second federal case in San Antonio. That court drew up temporary maps. Abbott said the court over stepped its authority. The Supreme Court will hear that appeal on Jan. 9. Meanwhile, the uncertainty has left many politicians in limbo, not knowing what their districts will look like. If the courts can reach an agreement on a map by late January, the Texas primary is scheduled to take place on April 3. The new filing deadline is Feb. 1. What has changed is that a candidate has to live in the district they file in. Other candidates may come forward, others may drop out. Some who switched over may find it better to switch back. Time will tell. JUMBO SHRIMP TREATENING NATIVE SPECIES Have you heard about the jumbo prawns that are causing big worries for the Gulf of Mexico? It’s a truly jumbo shrimp that grows up to 13 inches. An Asian Tiger prawn has invaded the northern Gulf, threatening prized native species from crab and oysters to smaller brown and white shrimp. No one is sure what the ecological impact will be. The jumbo shrimp have been spreading along the Gulf Coast since 2006. The first jumbo prawn was found in Texas waters in June in Aransas Bay. Important to us is that one of the giants was found in Sabine Lake. The jumbo shrimp could become the fourth harvestable shrimp, but at the expense of our native crops. INDEPENDENTS TO INCREASE IN 2012 A trend we will see in 2012 like we have never seen before is the increased number of Independent voters. In Orange County it’s estimated that 18 percent are Independent. They often may vote in one party primary and then in the general election they vote all over the ballot for the individual rather then the party. In Orange County, over the last few years, voters have voted Republican in national and state elections and voted strongly Democratic in local county elections. Independents overwhelmingly vote for Democrats in local

TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Eight Years Ago-2003 The Greater Orange Area chamber selection committee, chaired by Darby Byrd, has selected Walter G. Riedel, III as “Citizen of the Year.” The chairman of the Stark Foundation board received nominations from ten organizations. *****Former Orange Countian, a 1983 Bridge City grad, Teresa Hearn George, daughter of Ray and Elaine Hearn, visited Bridge City from Nashville to attend grandmother, Inez Hearn’s birthday celebration. The former Miss Bridge City and Orange Leader reporter owns her own company, Cornerstone Communications, in Nashville. She again is working on the Academy of Country Music awards project. On the show her company will handle television and brand development. She has worked on and developed many television shows. (Editor’s note: We haven’t seen that beauty in a longtime. It’s time for her to come back this way. We know a great talent, a handsome young man, working around Nashville waiting to be discovered. He’s Hunter Davis, son of Tammy and Shawn Davis.)*****A few celebrities who passed away in 2003: Bob Hope, 100, who contributed so much to our little part of the country; Johnny 71 and June Cash, 73; Katharine Hepburn, 96; David Brinkley; Art Carney, 85, one of the Honeymooners; Gregory Hines, 57; Buddy Ebsen, 95, of the Beverly Hillbillies; Coach Sid Gilliam, 91; Buddy Hackett, 79; Donald O’Conner, 78; the host of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood; Fred Rogers, 74; John Ritter, 54, so on Tex Ritter, an East Texas pioneer; Johnny Paycheck, the working man’s friend, age 64; Barry White, 58; Floyd Tillman, 88, a singer and one of the first electric guitarist; Robert Stack, 84, The Untouchables: Preston Smith, 91, Texas’ education governor; Bill “Willie” Shoemaker, 72, Hall of Fame jockey with 8,833 wins; Tex Schramm, 83, made the Cowboys “America’s Team;” Also gone were seven of our astronauts, lost over East Texas on Feb. 1, when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry; One of my favorite actors, Charles Bronson, age 81; Two guys who made a name for themselves and went down in a blaze of fire power, Uday Hussein, 39 and brother Qusay, 37, sons of Saddam, who were killed July 22; Last but not least was Strom Thurmond, 100, U.S. Senator for 48 years. BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK Lynda Montagne, Jacob Broussard, Stacy Roberts, Debbie Taylor, Harriet Dubose, Kenneth Wiemers, Linn Cardner, Raymond Costilla, Pam White, Slade McClanahan, Pam LeDoux, Sam McLellan, Jacklyn Bradberry, Larry Padget, Sherrie Reid, Kenny Dupuis, Lauren Leger, Kari Stringer, Kate Kazmar Butcher, Kyler Walron, Paula Aven, Madison Ranee Hanusch, Marie Perkins, Rebecca Hannegan, Richard Hunter, Jessica Anderson, Norma Fusilier, Sandra Hovind, Hayden George, Joanne Hill, Cynthia Hernandez, Glenda Wilburn, Robert Hoke, Ronnie Hearn, Amber Cortez, Angela Abshire, Cody Johnson, Courtney Anderson, David Villanoueva, Jason Sieck, June Gunstream, Kathy Mercer, O’Neal Waldrop, Betty Johnson, Ann Burns, Alvin Wright, Barbara Dardeau and Betty Johnston. A FEW HAPPENINGS Coach Craig Stump is leaving West Brook after seven winning seasons. He posted a 57-23 record and went to playoffs each year, going three rounds into 5-A playoffs. He will become head coach at 5-A Atascocita, in the Humble school district. The school began playing in 2006. The Eagles went 3-7 and 1-5 in district this past season so Stump will have a chance to prove his magic. As far as I know, brother Chris Stump is staying pat in Bridge City. *****A few special folks celebrating their special day. Charles Pratt, I believe, turns 77 on Dec. 28. A local boy, former Stark high footballer, married the lovely Edith (Ms. Edee) over 50 years ago. He and Edee have had health issues lately and we extend birthday and best wishes. ***Commissioner David Dubose’s better half, Ms. Harriet Dubose, notches another year Dec. 28. She looks great and always on the move. ***Kenny “Kee-Kee” Dupuis celebrates Dec. 29. With each passing year he turns a little more into his daddy. Soon he will be “Old Man” Dupuis. ***A beautiful lady, Norma Fusilier celebrates on Dec. 31. Best wishes. Mark and Charlotte Walles’ first born grandson, Hayden Wayne George turns 3 on New Year’s Eve. He is the son of Alayna and Kenneth “K’ Dub” George***Joanne Hill, Cynthia Hernandez, Glenda Wilburn, Robert Hoke and Ronnie Hearn all celebrate with the New Year, Jan. 1, 2012. ***On Jan. 3, our friend commissioner Owen Burton, who has a special care taker in Ms. Nelda, celebrates another year. If anyone is more conservative than John Dubose it’s Owen. ***Beth Rash, Richard Corder and Vergie Moreland all celebrate on Jan. 4. Happy birthday, good health and long life to all. *****Happy anniversary: Pretty Ms. Phyl has been down the highway of life with Roy for 57 years come New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. What a trip that has been for that poor girl. Best wishes to the Dunn’s for many more. (See Life’s Highway) ***Also celebrating on Dec. 31, are good friends Jerry and Barbara Childress. I recall their wedding night, well some of it. Here’s wishing them good roads ahead. *****The economy, despite roadblocks by the congress, is ending 2011 on a roll. The job market is healthier, a turn-around for the depressed housing industry is underway, gas is cheaper, factories are busier, stocks are higher and new house construction has risen more than nine percent. People applying for unemployment benefits came in at 366,000 last week, down from 659,000 in 2009. Even in good times, 280,000 to 350,000 draw unemployment. Americans are feeling better about the economy according to the conference board. The consumer confidence index climbed 15 points to 56, the biggest one-month jump since April 2003. President Obama’s approval numbers are up 28 points since it’s low a year ago. One of the biggest chamber type gimmicks has got to be the Iowa caucuses. They have taken something that means nothing, to bring in millions of dollars into the state. When all is said and done, it’s mostly popularity or the most unpopular contest. The Republican candidates are in Iowa right now throwing bushels of money away on every corner trying to buy popularity. *****Mel Gibson’s divorce from Robyn, wife of 30 years and mother of their seven children, will allow her to walk away with $400 million, half of their fortune. *****Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry screwed up in Virginia by not getting enough signatures to get on the bal-

lot in the Republican Primary. This means they cannot be on the ballot in the general election and can’t get any Electoral College delegates if they win the nomination. *****Neighbor Cox went around a half day wearing Ms. Ginny’s glasses. He was too stubborn to admit to son-inlaw, Keith, that he couldn’t see and what he did see was in 3-D. Ms. Ginny couldn’t see anything with the old man’s glasses. Ain’t getting old wonderful? Daughter, Karen, Keith and son Kegan were down from Oklahoma for a Christmas visit. *****Texas Monthly gives Gov. Rick Perry the number one “Bum Steer” award. They said, “We can’t remember the last time anybody raced from hero to punch line at such a high speed.” Perry made sure that billions of dollars were slashed from education while stashing funds in his prized “Rainey Day Fund.” Over 100,000 education jobs were lost, 10,000 of these were teaching jobs. I still can’t believe Texas rejected Kay Bailey Hutchison or mayor Bill White to re-elect a clown that was not prepared for primetime. *****CREAUX’S TIP OF THE WEEK: When you get a splinter, reach for the Scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the Scotch tape over the splinter and then pull it off. It works most every time, painlessly and easily. *****CAJUN DEFINITION: Maque Choux (mock shoe) a dish made by scraping corn off the cob and smothering the kernels preferable in an iron pot. Add tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, and spices and stir often. I add a tablespoon of butter. *****Mississippi governor Haley Barbour will return to his lobbying firm in Washington and also to the paid speaking circuit. *****President George H.W. Bush stopped short of endorsing Mitt Romney but said he’s the “Best Choice.” Bush was careful not to offend his home base. He said, “I like Perry but he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.” In some circles it’s believed that Obama will win re-election and shortly after the inauguration in Jan. 2013, Jeb Bush will start touring the country, writing op-eds and being visible for a run at the presidency in 2016. Bush’s endorsement of Romney is a staying good with the GOP establishment move. More centrist, more middle-ofthe-road voters are where the country will be in 2016. They’re banking on the Tea Party fading away except in small radical groups. *****Most Republicans I’ve spoken with believe if an Independent, Ron Paul, Trump, etc, runs for president, the odds are a Republican can’t get elected. I believe with an open seat in 2016, Jeb would have a lot of competition in the GOP but going in, he would be a frontrunner.*****Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s 27 year record for yards passed in a regular season. Marino finished with 5,084 yards for the Miami Dolphins in 1984. Monday night, in a Saint 45-16 win over Matt Bryant and the Atlanta Falcons, Brees reached 5,087, beating the 27-year record by three yards. Drew still has one game to go. Bridge City’s Matt Bryant was three for three in field goals. He kicked for 34 yards, 51 yards and 30 yards. Brees is the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 5,000 yards twice. He had 5,069 yards in 2008. Brees is a Texas boy from Austin, who played college ball at Purdue.*****The American “Game of the Week” is Sunday between the Cowboys and the Giants, in New York. It’s a winner take all. Win you’re in, lose you’re out. CELIBERITY BIRTHDAYS On Dec. 28, Denzel Washington will be 57; Sienna Miller, 30 and Stan Lee, 89.***Mary Tyler Moore will be 75 on Dec. 29; Jon Voight, 73; Jude Law, 39 and Jessica Andrews, 28.***Tiger Woods will be 36 on Dec. 30; LeBron James, 27 and Julianne Moore, 51.***Anthony Hopkins, 74 on Dec. 31; Val Kilmer, 52 and Joey McIntyre, 39.***On Jan. 1, Chris Jerico will be 41 and Alexandra Holden will be 34.***On Jan. 2, Cuba Gooding Jr. will be 43; Christy Turlington, 42; Taye Diggs, 39 and Kate Bosworth, 28.***Mel Gibson will be 55 on Dec. 3 and Eli Manning will be 30. CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK Alcid Comeaux bought himself a nice Jersey cow from Joe Boudreaux. Bessie her give tree and a half-gallon of milk a day. Comeaux him, bought a bull to produce more cows like Bessie. He put his new bull in da pasture wit his beloved cow. Da problem is wen ever dat bull come close to Bessie she move away her. No matter wat approach da bull try him, Bessie move away from da bull and he can’t succeed in his quest. Comeaux him, brought Bessie to da vet school at L.S.U. He told da vet, Dr. Deville, wat was happening in da pasture. It didn’t make any difference wat approach da bull use him, Bessie move away. Dr. Deville him, axe, “Did you buy dis cow from Lafayette?” “I sure did,” Comeaux answer, “I bought her in Lafayette from Joe Boudreaux. How you know dat cow came from Lafayette, hanh?” Dr. Deville him, replied wit a distant look in his eyes, “Because my wife Agnes is from Lafayette her too.” C’EST TOUT Well, I’ve made it to the end, the last column of the year. I’m forever grateful for your readership. Some of you have traveled every step of the way with Creaux and I. Thanks for your loyalty over the years. You have made us the most read column in the trade area. Not always the most popular but always the most read. If you read “The Record” from cover to cover you will find that the paper is pretty well balanced. Kent Conwell sometimes is nearly a John Bircher but that’s okay. We also carry views from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison whenever she sends them. The views expressed in this column are those of Creaux and I and don’t reflect the views of the staff or management, only our own. We read a lot, we study a lot and we believe in our views.*****Next week, at this time, the show in Iowa will be over. I’ll bet the winner of the contest will never be president of the United States. Hopefully I can get to some predictions next week.***** The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Novrozsky’s this week and back to Robert’s next. Last week Robert treated the Bunch with his annual Christmas lunch. It’s still hard to believe that Rev. Leo is gone. He had many friends in the Lunch Bunch group. Have a safe and happy New Year. Take care and God bless.

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Standing left to right: Coach Justin Frederick, Sabryn Crain, Hannah Faulk, Haley Mills, Manager Julie Kahla, Skylar Kahla, Bailee Bacon, Harleigh Myers and Coach Hilton Bacon. Kneeling: Brooke Derouen, Faith Kaufman, Katelyn Dickerson, Kaleigh Carter, Kellyn Cormier and Ashlyn Mitchell. Sitting: Kasey Frederick.

Salvation Army and then we provide services or programs,” Cox said. “We are administrators as well. We have several employees that are responsible for social services, finances, the family store, our after school Boys and Girls club. We oversee all of the programs, but they oversee the programs they are responsible for in effect in Orange County.” The Salvation Army helps any who need it year around, not just during the holiday season. With the way the economy has been, many who didn’t need assistance last year find themselves walking in the doors of the Salvation Army. The Orange facility helps, on average, ten families per day, but has seen as many as 25

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families a day for food. Their pantry is currently partially stocked and they give a little bit of whatever they many have on hand. Food donations are always welcome, but monetary donations are needed as well. They also offer a summer day camp as well as an after school program during the school year.  Church services are Sundays: 9:45 Sunday School Class, 11 a.m. Worship Service and they offer a Wednesday night Bible study. For more information or to make a donation, please contact the Orange County Salvation Army at 409-883-4232.

City breaks ground for new Central Fire Station Date ran: June 8, 2011 - Mayor Brown Claybar led the ground breaking ceremony at the City of Orange Central Fire Station construction site the morning of June 3. Representatives invited to participate in the ceremony  were the Orange City Council, senior staff members, Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA), Bush-Clinton Foundation, H.J. Lutcher and Nelda C. Stark Foundation, Temple Inland Corp, Sabine River Authority, Orange County United Way, SpawGlass Construction, BRW Architects, City of Orange Economic Development Corp, Orange Chamber of Commerce and the on duty shift of the Orange Fire Department.  The majority of the project is being funded through a grant from TDRA for Hurricane Ike

and Dolly recovery. Other financial contributors are the Bush-Clinton Foundation, Stark Foundation, Temple Inland Corp, and the Sabine River Authority. 

Judge Shuff retires after 31 years of service Date ran: Feb. 23, 2011 - On Feb. 14, the Orange County Commissioners Court accepted Judge Michael W. Shuff’s letter for retirement ending a 31 year career in the judicial position. Judge Shuff presided over the Orange County Court at Law.

Stark Foundation celebrates 50 years

Date ran: Feb. 16, 2011 - The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, which was established in 1961 by Nelda and Lutcher Stark celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Feb. 23. The Stark Foundation has served for 50 years with a mission to improve the quality of life in Orange and surrounding communities in Southeast Texas through grants for education, health and human services, arts and culture, and community enhancement. Through the operation of its venues -- The W.H. Stark House, the Stark Museum of Art, Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center – the Stark Foundation contributes historical, artistic and cultural resources to the area.   Stark Venues times of operation are as follows:

The W.H. Stark House – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call 409-883-0871 or visit Stark Museum of Art – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 409-886-ARTS (2787) or visit Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 409-670-9113 or visit Lutcher Theater – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 409-886-5535 or visit

Orangefield Cormier Museum brings back Christmas tradition Date ran: Nov. 30, 2011 - Bill Remke put lights on the first derrick Christmas tree in Dec., 1953. The first derrick was located next to his home on Highway 105 just west of Cow Bayou in Orangefield. It was on the Oscar Chesson lease and operated by the Kilmarnock Oil Co. Mr. Remke was a field manager for this company for about 14 years. After his death, the tradition was carried on for a few years and then began to fade away. In December, 1975, the Orangefield Lions Club made the Orangefield Derrick Christmas Tree their project and moved the lights to a derrick on the east side of the new Hwy. 105 Cow Bayou Bridge. That derrick came down during Hurricane Rita and the tradition ceased. This year the Orangefield Cormier Museum brought back the tradition at the “Christmas In Orangefield” THE RECORD YEAR PAGE 6A



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Community Bulletin Board New Year’s Eve dance in Bridge City New Year’s Eve Dance sponsored by the Catholic Daughters will be held at the Bridge City Community Center from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31.  A wide range of music, accompanied by lights and video will be provided by ‘Promotion DJ.’  This is a BYOB event; but, set-ups, snacks, midnight champagne and favors are included in the cost:  $25 per person for advance reservation, $30 per person at the door.  For information or reservation call 409-988-5523 or email courtstcecilia@gmail. com.

American Legion to host pool tournament The American Legion Lloyd Grubbs Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will be hosting a pool tournament every Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight. There is a ten player maximum. The community is encouraged to join in the fun and free food to help support the Veterans. For more information, call 409-3304847.

2012 Southeast Texas Livestock Extravaganza

The 2012 Southeast Texas Livestock Extravaganza will be held on Jan. 7 -8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Winnie Stowell Park in Winnie, Texas. The Livestock Extravaganza is open to all 4-H and FFA Members. Clinic discussions will cover selection, feeding, weight management, culling and livestock judging. Buckles given for high point individuals, along with door prizes. Cost is $15 per person with lunch being provided by Samson. Please RSVP by Jan. 3. For questions and additional information contact the Extension Office at 409-882-7010. Sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service Jefferson, Hardin, Liberty, Orange and Chamber Counties.

OC Master Gardeners to meet Jan. 12 The monthly meeting of the Orange County Master Gardeners will be held on Thursda, Jan. 12 at the Salvation Army building on the corner of MLK and Strickland in Orange. There will be a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. and the business meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. At the end of the meeting door prizes will be drawn. Any one interested in gardening is welcome to attend.

Meet and Greet the Master Gardeners on Jan. 21 The Orange County Master Gardener’s will have a meet and greet at their new greenhouse facility on FM 1442 at Jewel Cormier Park on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. The community is invited to visit with the Master Gardeners, see their new greenhouses and learn what a Master Gardener is. If plants, gar-


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

The Bridge City Baseball Program will host the Chuck Young Alumni Classic along with an Alumni Homerun Derby on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Cardinal Field. The Home Run Derby will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will cost $20 to enter. The game will be held a noon. Game shirts will cost $10. Any former Cardinal baseball players interested in participating in either event please contact Chris Moore at  All former Bridge City Baseball coaches are welcome to come out and see their former players. For more information visit the BC baseball website at

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

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BCISD to administer Credit by Examination

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

Record Year In Review with a Hootenanny on Friday, Dec. 9 and Christmas Festival Saturday Dec. 10. The ceremony used a 94’ tall work over rig provided by Bobby Cormier and was lit up after Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux read a “Cajun Night Before Christmas.” Hopefully by next Christmas the last two derricks in the Orange Oil Field will be relocated to the museum and the restoration of an old tradition be complete. Performers were Rudicelli (Linda Granger Crawford, Wanda and Bob Lester) from Mansfield, Texas; Acoustic Fuse from Orangefield; Hearts of Compassion (Douglas and Maridee Stanley), currently doing mission work in the Vinton area; Bonita Granger Eaves from Buna; Glenn Granger from Spring; and the Carroll Benoit Band from the Mauriceville/ Orange area. Music will be of country, gospel, rock and roll, Christmas and the classics genres.

Bridge City Strutters win National Champions Date ran: March 30, 2011 - Strutter history is in the making again. The Bridge City Strutters are National Champions for the second time. The first time was in 2008. This year they won five National Championships in team categories as well as three National Championships for officer categories. The team also won second place in the international prop category with their Texas skirt dance. The Strutters attended the American Dance International/National competition at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. This competition held over 1100 events throughout the weekend and included two teams from Japan. The officers are the National Champions overall in small team category. They won National Champion awards in modern, lyrical, and open. They also won the Gussie Nell Davis Award and the Best of the Best Award. Officers are Captain Jordyn Ewing, lst Lieutenant Allison Morphew, Lieutenant Nicole Encalade, Lieutenant Kaitlyn Ezell and Lieutenant Karli Anderson. The Strutter competition team is the National Champions overall in small team category. They won National Champion awards in pom, novelty, kick, prop, and open. They also won the National Academic Champions, Gussie Nell Davis Excellence Award and the Best of the Best

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Award. Kaitlyn Ezell is the National Champion solo winner. Solo finalists include Jordyn Ewing – first runner-up; Allison Morphew, Nicole Encalade and Devon Skidmore – tied for second runner-up; Sydney Shepherd – third runner-up; and Madison Woodruff – fourth runner-up. Jordyn Ewing earned Miss National High Kick Company, and Kaitlyn Ezell earned Miss National High Kick Company Semi-Finalist. Freshman Aubrey Hale is the Miss JV National High Kick winner with Madison Lyons and Ciara Cooper named Miss JV National High Kick Company. Competition team Strutters are Jordyn Ewing, Allison Morphew, Karli Anderson, Nicole Encalade, Kaitlyn Ezell, Taylor Dishon, Devon Skidmore, Samantha Morphew, Katie Nation, Sydney Shepherd, Madison Woodruff, Alexandra Biggs, Ciara Cooper, Aubrey Hale and Madison Lyons.

Bridge City Public Library celebrates 20 years Date ran: March 16, 2011 - The Bridge City Public Library celebrated their 20th anniversary on March 17. The first and only director, Mary Montgomery, commented, “It has been a pleasure developing the library collection and  meeting people in the community. We’re serving the second generation of many of our original patrons.” The Friends of the Bridge City Public Library began gathering books two and a half years before the doors of the first public library in Bridge City were opened on March 17, 1991.

Shelter of last resort under construction Date ran: Agu. 10, 2011 - Local officials and interested parties gathered at the Shelter of Last Resort site on Farm Road 1442 just one mile south of Interstate-10 for the ground breaking ceremony that had actually been postponed five times due to rain. The multi-purpose building will house county offices for Texas AgriLife, Building Codes and Permits and will be used as emergency management operations. The other half of the building will be a large event center with a commercial kitchen

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and banquet facilities that will also serve as a shelter of last resort and shelter firstresponders in emergency situations. In a banquet style setting, the building will accommodate 600. It could shelter 400-750 first responders, depending on how it was set up. The 50,000 square feet building will be made of concrete walls and a concrete roof. It is designed to withstand 200 miles per hour winds. “It’s not designed to be a public shelter, it’s important to know that,” said Jeff Kelley, Orange County Emergency Management Director. “It’s only designed as a medical special needs shelter of last resort and a shelter for first responders. There are plans in the future with the C.H.A.M.P.S. organization to build an arena, baseball/softball fields and other amenities on this site. 

Work completed on Bailey’s Road Date ran: July 20, 2011 - After being severely damaged by Hurricane Ike, Bailey’s Road is now fully repaired, thanks to a $400,000 community development block grant. “It took more time for funding to get approved than it did to get the work completed,” John Dubose, precinct three commissioner, said. THE RECORD YEAR PAGE 7A

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Les Anderson, county engineer, said that the resurfacing project took about three or four weeks altogether to complete. The county added six inches of limestone and covered it with a double coat of chip seal down the length of the road, Anderson said. Dubose said that although there are not many residents along Bailey Road, a lot of people come down for fishing recreation at the docks, which were part of Texas Parks and Wildlife funding. “We have a lot of people coming down here to fish,” Dubose said. “So, it is heavily used by the public. I’m still working on getting a new pier built out here near the old Port Arthur ferry landing. “We haven’t got that done yet, but it is something I’d like to see done.” John Dubose, county commissioner of precinct three, stands on the newly resurfaced Bailey Road. Dubose said that the county is looking to bring about some more county roads to completion in the near future as well as start new resurfacing projects once they receive funding. RECORD PHOTO: Greg Hayes

Wilma Horner fighting breast cancer, already a survivor Date ran: Oct. 5, 2011 - Wilma Horner, broker and owner of Platinum ReMax in Bridge City, was diagnosed with a malignant

The staff at Platinum ReMax in Bridge City are more like family to Wilma Horner, broker and owner, than co-workers. As Wilma fights a battle with breast cancer, they all work together to, not only provide a good support system for her, but also to keep the business running as normal as possible. Pictured are (back row) Ron Sheffield, Jackie Crow and Darla Bertrand, (front row) Cryste Horner, Wilma Horner and Marcie Townsend. Not pictured are: Karla Lozano, Patrick Sheffield, Tiffany Lemoine, and Jaroy Huckaby. RECORD PHOTO: Darla Daigle.

and aggressive form of breast cancer after a standard wellness exam found a small lump. “This is just another obstacle,” Horner explains. “What are we going to do about it? My only other thoughts were ones of concern for my family and agents.” What she and her doctors decided would be the best treatment was a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. The chemo is beginning to take a harder toll on her than some of the previous stages of treatment. Wilma, however, refuses to let it take her out of her own life. “The way I look at it, I am not the first and I won’t be the last. Its like my son says, I am a rodeo clown, I get knocked down, I dust off, I keep going.” Still, there is no doubt, in spite of the positive façade she promotes, the newest chemotherapy drugs are starting to hit hard. FEC (a combination chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer) is the most recent cocktail that is being administered to her. She travels to Houston to get her treatments at M.D. Anderson every three weeks. Wilma will receive four months of the treatment, which will have a progressively dramatic affect to her physical body with each dose. She finds she is losing days, but keeps coming into work and pushing forward. “The way I look at this, we’ve had many to fight that give us courage to fight and I will be one of those who survives to help others fight.” Her prognosis is good. She says a mammogram wouldn’t have found the cancer in her case, but says women should be in tune with their bodies and follow what is right for them. She is modest about her position in the lives of others, but it is evident she makes a very strong imprint.

BCLL Jr. All Stars place third in the world

Date ran: Aug. 24, 2011 - The Bridge City Little League Jr. softball team participated in the Little League World Series, finishing the tournament with a record of 4-2, the girls have bragging rights as third in the world of Jr. softball. Members of the team from Bridge City are: Skylar Kahla, Kaleigh Carter, Bailee Bacon, Harleigh Myers, Kasey Frederick, Faith Kaufman, Brooke DeRouen, Haley Mills, Hannah Faulk and Kellyn Cormier. Members from Orangefield are: Sabryn Crain, Ashlyn Mitchell and Katelyn Dickerson. Coaches: Hilton Bacon and Justin Frederick. Manager: Julie Kahla.

Pearl Burgess Day honored by Court

Pearl Burgess is pictured with (left to right) David Dubose, Owen Burton, Carl Thibodeaux, John Dubose and Jody Crump at Orange County Commissioners Court. RECORD PHOTO: Penny LeLeux

Date ran: Oct. 26, 2011 - She was taken completely by surprise when Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux proclaimed Thursday, Oct. 27 as “Pearl Burgess-Stanfield Day.” “This is a great surprise to me,” said Burgess. “I have two grandfathers [that] were judges. I really appreciate this, it makes me feel humble. Thank you very, very much.”

New directors sworn in for Port of Orange’s IDC

Pictured above are Alan Sanders, port attorney, swearing in Port Board President Jerry Hughes and John Gothia as new Directors of the Port’s IDC Board. Mr. Hughes assumed the vacant seat of the late Mr. Lester Winfree. Mr. Gothia assumed the vacant seat of the late Mr. Tom Perry. THE RECORD YEAR PAGE 10A


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AgriLIFE resolves to improve health through nutrition in 2012 Penny LeLeux For The Record Eating healthier and losing weight is always high on the list of New Year’s resolutions for the majority of the population. Texas AgriLIFE agents in Orange County will help local residents keep those resolutions. Beginning Jan. 5; a series of classes are planned to help diabetics learn how to manage their disease through diet and to teach pre-diabetics how to eat healthier and lose weight. Youngsters will learn about proper nutrition through 4-H programs that will be introduced through daycare and after school programs. Gardening classes will be introduced in February beginning with “Grow Healthy Families, Plant a Vegetable Garden.” “We’ll provide them with the tools they need to live healthy lives,” said Paula Tacker, the Family and Consumer


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Sciences agent. “We’ve never had our [diabetes] classes at the hospital before,” said Tacker. “We’ve partnered with Mr. [Garren] Garrett. We’re working with him at the hospital because they don’t have an accredited diabetes program.” Tacker said doctors will be more receptive to the program. “It will help them with the ‘frequent fliers’ that come in.” She said many of the patients that wind up in the emergency room just need education. “They just didn’t quite know what to do to manage themselves to keep themselves out of trouble,” said Tacker. “We’ve had doctors wanting to have a pre-diabetes class. There is nothing out there because insurance doesn’t pay for it,” said Tacker. “So we’ve decided to use our curriculum and put our walking program in with it. We are going to use our ‘Better Living for Texans’ lessons and we’re going to focus on helping people lose five to seven percent of their body weight, eat healthier, get moving and then we’ll be together for eight weeks.” The class will meet once a week at Baptist Orange Hospital. Tacker hopes the group will stay together and meet maybe once a month following completion of the class. “They always ask after we do a class, ‘Can we do this longer, if we keep coming it’s more on our minds,’” said Tacker. The

class is for those diagnosed with pre-diabetes or people that just want to lose a little bit of weight or learn to eat healthier. There will be four eightweek classes during the year with each set of classes held at a different time to make the classes available to everyone’s schedule. Both the ‘Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes’ and the ‘Living Well’ classes will be held on Thursdays in the 5th Floor Classroom at Baptist Orange Hospital. The first sessions begin Jan. 5. Cost for the diabetes classes is $20 per person or $35 per couple. The ‘Living Well’ classes are free. To pre-register for classes, call the Texas AgriLIFE Extension office at 409-882-7010. It’s never too early to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle, so agents are preparing to work with children on good nutrition. “We’re going to work on doing some 4-H clubs in afterschool programs with a more food and nutrition related cause,” said Tacker. “We have a contest called “Food Challenge” that’s kind of like “Iron Chef” where you give the kids certain ingredients and they have to make something healthy. They have to tell the judges how they made it, why it’s healthy; you know, write out the recipe,” said Tacker. “If we do it in the evenings like the other clubs that main-

ly raise animals, it’s just too much to compete with ball and dancing and everything. I think if we work with the schools and daycares on it, it will have a better [outcome].” She plans on have local competitions at the schools. Later, there would be a county wide contest. Those winners would go to district competition. Tacker also plans on working with younger children at daycare centers. “We got some grant money for cooking with kids this year. We got a little bit of grant money from Walmart so I was thinking we could use it for lessons like that with the kids in daycare centers,” said Tacker. “The kids go back and teach it to their parents; they really do. Or, they make it on their own. We are working on ingredients and recipes they can do on their own. We’re still doing diabetes prevention that way. We’re doing obesity prevention. We’re working with 4-H; so it all ties us in altogether. In February, Roy Stanford will begin teaching vegetable and herb gardening classes. Costs for the classes are $30 and will be held on Tuesdays, possibly beginning on Feb. 21. More information will follow later, or you can contact the AgriLIFE office which is located at 11867 Highway 12 North in Mauriceville. Their Web site is: http://orange.agrilife. org/.

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Deaths and Memorials To Be held:

Frederick “Fred” Eugene Bills Orange Frederick “Fred” Eugene Bills, 75, of Orange, passed away Friday, Dec. 23, at his residence. Graveside Service with burial of cremated remains will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Born in Tipton, Ind. on Jan. 26, 1936, Fred was the son of Eugene D. and Esther L. (Griggs) Bills. He served in the National Guard, was a member of the Madison Lodge 126 AF & AM and he was a 32nd Degree Shriner. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Wanda Wilson Jones and Serena Evard. Fred is survived by his lovely wife of 58 and a half years, Shirley June Bills of Orange; daughter, Diana Cox Breaux of Orange; son, Fred D. Bills of Orange; three grandchildren, Danny Cox, Teddy J. Breaux, and Jimmy Morgan; one great-granddaughter, Alexis McKenzie Breaux; and brother, Paul Bills.

Jack G. Vincent Corpus Christi Jack G. Vincent, 80, of Corpus Christi and a former longtime resident of Orange passed away Saturday, Dec. 24 at his residence. A mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 at St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church in Hackberry, Louisiana. Rite of Burial and Interment will follow mass at the Hackberry Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Jack was born on April 3, 1931 in Hackberry, La. to his parents, Adam Vincent and Ella Mae (Hebert) Vincent. He grew up in Hackberry and he moved to Orange in the early 1960s where he worked as a ship fitter for Levingston Shipbuilding Company in Orange. He was a veteran of the United States Navy during the Korean War and he was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Corpus Christi. Jack was a dedicated working man, he not only took pride in his work but passed his work ethic onto his sons. Jack was also a simple man with a heart of gold who enjoyed working outside, helping others at any opportunity wherever needed and spending tie with his family. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Cecil Vincent, and Orline Peveto. Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife, Mau-

reen Vincent of Corpus Christi, his sons: Adam Vincent and wife, Tammy, and Robert Vincent and his wife, Pamela, all of Corpus Christi, his sisters: Ella Mae Romero and Husband, J.J., of Kirbyville and Gloria D. Sanders of Carthage, Miss., his grandchildren: Tyler Vincent, Taylor Vincent, Aleisha Vincent, Erin Vincent, Sarah Vincent, Leah Vincent, and Chelsea Munroe, and his great grandson, Caiden Parker. Jack is also survived by numerous members of his extended family. Condolences may be sent to the family at Held:

Gene Thacker Clark Mauriceville Gene Thacker Clark, 79, of Mauriceville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 15. Funeral services to remember his life were held Monday, Dec. 19 at the First Baptist Church in Mauriceville. Interment followed at the Williamson Cemetery in Vidor. A gathering of family and friends was held Sunday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Born Aug. 29, 1932 to Fad Howard Clark and Iva (Ratcliff) Clark, he lived in the Mauriceville area for most of his life. Gene worked in the engineering field as a respected electrical designer. His interests were his family, gardening, cooking and hunting. He happily shared his famous dill pickles and Clark Roses with his many friends and co-workers. Gene was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Dorothy Peco, Madelene Neel and Elnora Schexnayder. Fortunate to cherish his memory are his children, Raejean Grimes German and husband, Norman, and Martin Clark, grand children, Hunter Grimes and Lacy Grimes, devoted brother Herman Wade Clark, mother of his children and lifelong friend, Johnnie Ruth Martin Clark and many loving nieces and nephews.

Stephen E. Pomeroy Jr. Orange Stephen E. Pomeroy Jr., 57, of New Orleans passed away in Orange on Thursday, Dec. 22 after a lengthy battle with cancer, while keeping a strong attitude. He was born in Galveston and raised in Orange, graduating from Stark High School in 1972. He then attended The National River Academy in Helena, Ark., and he became a licensed Mississippi River and Inland Waterways Pilot in the Marine Towing Industry and lived most of his adult life in New Orleans. He also worked in New Orleans at Pat O’Briens and Johnny White’s Bars. Pomeroy served as an alderman of Garden City, Colorado for a short period while living in Colorado in the 70’s. He attended church at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. He is survived by his parents, Stephen Pomeroy Sr. and wife, Shirley, of Orange, sisters, Susan Pomeroy Purdon and husband, Dave, of Arlington, Texas, Sandra Pomeroy Chappell and husband, Jeremy, of Dallas, Texas, niece, Stephanie Purdon and her children, Alex and Michaela

of Arlington, and various cousins, aunts and uncles.

Betty Jean Trantham West Orange Betty Jean Trantham, 77, of West Orange passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at The Meadows Nursing Home. A funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 22 at McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in West Orange, officiated by Rev. Joel Warren. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Funeral Services were held under the Director of Dorman Funeral Home. She was a native of Bald Knob, Ark., born on Oct. 27, 1934 to the late Leona (Norris) and Albert Davis. She lived in the Orange area since 1959 and was a member of McDonald Memorial Baptist Church. She retired from WOCCISD after 35 years of service in the cafeteria as a cook. She enjoyed cooking and feeding everyone, gardening, camping and helping with the youth sporting events. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Davis, and husband, Bobby Harold Trantham, as well as five siblings. She is survived by her children, Marsha Fleming of Houston, Bobby Trantham and wife, Lorrie, of West Orange, Harold Trantham and wife, Pat, of Buna, Lynn Trantham and wife, Kathy, of Spring, Linda Trantham and partner, Kelly McCaleb of Sugar Land, cousins Karolyn Dorion and husband, Tony of Pinehurst, Marshall Long of Brooklyn, Texas, fourteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Willie Inez Wilson Lafayette, La. Willie Inez Wilson, 83, of Lafayette, La., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20 at her residence. Funeral services to remember her life were held on Friday, Dec. 23 at the Friendship Church in Roganville, Texas. Interment followed services in the Friendship Cemetery next to the church. Born on March 29, 1928 in Roganville, Texas to her parents, Herbert Thaddeus Burnett and Lena (Sheffield) Burnett, she grew up near Roganville, lived in Kirbyville, Bon Wier, Erath, La., Deweyville and has lived in Lafayette for the past year. Willie was of the Baptist faith, and she was a homemaker. Willie was creative, colorful, had a dynamic personality and lived her life with passion. She enjoyed cooking and her family will fondly remember her homemade biscuits and her pies. Willie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jim Bob Wilson, her brothers, H.L. “Cowboy” Burnett and Sherman Burnett and her sisters, Wilma Simmons, Annie Faye Ratchford

and Arbel Hudson. Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughter, Grace Ann Cobb of Lafayette, La., her sons, George A Whitten and wife, Joanna, of Orangefield, William H. “Hub” Whitten and wife, Cindy of Grapevine, Texas, as well as Robert Wilson and wife, Celina of Lafayette, her sisters Mozell Woods of Newton and Patsy Burnett of Lumberton, her brother Joe Burnett of Newton, fourteen grandchildren and twenty greatgrandchildren. Willie is also survived by numerous members of her extended family. For those who desire memorial donations in lieu of flowers please send a donation on memory of Willie to the Friendship Cemetery Care Fund, 3906 County Road 451, Kirbyville, Texas 75956

Hugh Nathan Hryhorchuk Deweyville Hugh Nathan Hryhorchuk, 53, of Deweyville, passed away W e d n e s d a y, Dec. 21, at his residence. Services to remember his life were held on Friday, Dec. 23, in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with the Rev. Gary Wheeler, officiating. Interment followed services in the King Cemetery in Hartburg. Hugh was born on May 28, 1958 in Orange, to his parents, Jack Eugene Hryhorchuk and Gloria Jeanette (Vandike) Hryhorchuk, he was a lifelong resident of Deweyville and he was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Orange. Hugh was a simple man who enjoyed playing chess and the Tiger Woods Golf game on the internet, he enjoyed watching television and he was able to think in ways which helped him to help others around him. Hugh is preceded in death by his father; his brother, Everett V. Stafford; his maternal grandparents, Muriel and Nettie Vandike; his paternal grandparents, Anton Hryhorchuk and Caroline Bowman. Hugh is survived by his mother, Jeanette Stafford and her husband, Herbert B. of Deweyville; his brothers, Wilbur Hryhorchuk of Deweyville and Tim Hryhorchuk of Houston and his nephew, Anthony Hryhorchuk also of Deweyville.

Kegan Thomas Rogas Orange Kegan Thomas Rogas, two month old infant son of Brandon and Britney Rogas of Orange, passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Graveside services to honor his life were held Monday, Dec. 26, at the Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in the McLewis community of Orange. Kegan was born on Oct. 20, 2011 in Orange and although his time was brief, the joy and love he brought to his family and friends will remain forever in the

hearts of those who love him. Kegan is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Freddie Sparkman and his paternal great grandparents, Tommy and Linda Rogas. Those who will perpetually cherish his memory in addition to his parents are his maternal grandparents, Frankie and Lisa Caswell of Orange; his paternal grandmother, Cindy Sparkman and her companion, Calvin Perkins of Orange; maternal great grandparents, Allen and Dean Romero of Bridge City; paternal great grandparents, Conrad and Charlotte Cooper of Beaumont; paternal great great grandparents, Stanley and Glades Simon of Colmesneil; his uncle, James Sparkman of Orange; his cousin, Thomas Sparkman of Orange; his aunt, Jeannine Vote of Illinois and his uncle, Tommy Caswell of Kaplan, Louisiana. Kegan is also survived by numerous members of his extended family. Please leave condolences for the family at

Noreen Cook Dayton, Texas Noreen Cook, 85, of Dayton, passed away Thursday, Dec. 22 at Liberty Healthcare Center in Liberty. Funeral Services were held Monday, Dec. 26 at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be Rev. Michael Blackburn of Trinity Baptist Church in Dayton. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Born in Manning, Texas on Jan. 26, 1926, Noreen was the daughter of James Luther Stuart and Willie Mae Marze. She was a longtime resident of Orange and was involved in numerous activities with the Trinity Baptist Church in Dayton. Noreen also enjoyed crocheting and taking care of her kids and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edward C. Cook, and brother, JD Stuart. Noreen is survived by her five sons and daughters-in-law: Jimmy and Ginger Cook of Dayton, Mike and Peggy Cook of Sugarland, Pat and Patty Cook of Orange, Tony and Sophie Cook of Alvarado, and Steve and Susan Cook of Orange. She is also survived by 38 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and five nieces. Serving as Pallbearers will be Chris Cook, Tim Cook, Mike Nations, Zacaria Cook, Juan Gonzales and Justin Cook. Honorary Pallbearers will be Kenneth

Weaver and Frank Huff. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made o The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210.

Betty Kathryn “Kitty” Bickham Deweyville, Texas Betty Kathryn “Kitty” Bickham, 73, of Deweyville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24 at her home following an illness. Services to honor her life were held Tuesday, Dec. 27 at First Baptist Church in Deweyville with Rev. Damon Bickham officiating and Rev. Brad Bickham handling the music. Rite of Christian Burial and Interment will follow services in the Deweyville Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband. A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection wa held Monday at the church. Services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Kitty was born on September 16, 1938 in Bronson, Texas to her parents, Thomas Wright Tompkins and Mory Melvina (Fountain) Tompkins. She was a longtime resident of the Deweyville community, a member of the First Baptist Church in Deweyville, and she worked as a postal carrier for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1997. Kitty was a very kind, loving soul who cared for her family and the children of others. She was the rock in her family and always managed to be the shoulder for many to receive support on or the ear that listened to others and was always without judgement. Kitty will be fondly remember not only for her love of her family and so many people, but also for the cooking that she did for so many. Her children fondly recall her French Toast and her recipe for Butter Rolls, which she learned from her mother-in-law. Those who await Kitty at heaven’s gate are her parents, her husband, Lee Roy Bickham Sr and her brothers and sisters. Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughters: Denise Slone and husband, Jerry, and Mory Dans and husband, Brian, all of Deweyville. Her sons, Lee Roy Bickham Jr. and wife, Carol, of Hughes Springs, Texas and Thomas Bickham and wife, Melissa, of Chandler, Arizona. And let it go without saying that Kitty will also be missed by her 10 grandchildren, six greatgrandchildren and numerous members of her extended family. For those who desire memorial contributions, the family has requested that donations be made in memory of Kitty to the First Baptist Church in Deweyville, P.O. Box 79, Deweyville, Texas 77614-0079.


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Announcements Happy 60th Anniversary!

Montets celebrate 60 years Duhons celebrate 61st anniversary Jeanelle and Curley Montet of Bridge City will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Dec. 31. They were married on Dec. 31, 1951 in Maurice, La. They will celebrate with their children, Susan and Glen Klein, Bonnie and Russell Tegge (all of Bridge City); Ellis Montet of Austin, Texas and Walton and Kristina Montet of Keller, Texas; and their eight grandchildren, Christopher and wife Tiffany Klein, Cory and wife Jalisha Klein, Justin and Jake Tegge, Paris Montet, Dakota, Kanyon and Cheyenne Montet and one great grandchild Natalie Klein.

Larry and Betty Duhon of Orange celebrated 61 years of marriage this week. They were married in Orange, attended Lutcher Stark High School together. They have two daughters, Nancy Hatton and Betsy Davis; they have four grandchildren: Heather, Holly-Nan, Jeff, and Phil. They also have 6 great-grandchildren: Olivia, 16, Payden, eight, Cami, seven, Hadley, three, Audey, two and Austin two weeks. Larry Retired from Texaco, Betty from Levingston. He volunteers at Baptist/Orange; she works at Community Church.

‘Oscar (“Red”) Davis and Valda Davis are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on December 28th. They were married in Beaumont on Dec. 28 1951. The celebration includes a Carribean Cruise where they are accompanied by three of their grown grandchildren, Stephanie Davis, Katherine Davis, and Brennon Mitchell. Also in the party are daughter and son in law Debra and Darrell Crain. Oscar is retired from DuPont Sabine River Works, Valda is a retired Realtor.

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Date ran: Nov. 23, 2011 - The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) was founded in 1979. The IDC is a nonprofit corporation wholly owned by the Orange County Navigation & Port District. The purpose of the IDC is to issue bonds for the promotion and development of commercial, industrial and manufacturing enterprises. The IDC Board Members are Orange County Navigation Board of Commissioners Jerry Hughes and Jimmy Smith, Port Director Gene Bouillion along with appointed Directors John Cooper, John Gothia, Nancy Vincent and Don Lightfoot.

Judge Janice Menard moves into new office Date ran: Nov. 30, 2011 - More than three years after Hurricane Ike destroyed the courtroom and offices of Orange County Justice of the Peace of Precinct 3 Janice Menard, she was moved into her new building Monday. “It’s wonderful, finally. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s worth it,” said Menard. They had spent the last three years in the temporary quarters of a small trailer. “We were cramped,”

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Growing Old Together, a Great Ride Down Life’s Highway

blessed Phyl and I are. We have a great family, all healthy and they bring much joy into our lives. We are also thankful for our many friends. Our parents, all of our uncles and aunts are now gone. We are the old folks that they used to be. You see, 57 years ago this New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, we were married. A large family surrounded us when we set out to build our own. We miss them all very much. They were such an important part of our lives. The years flew by and they passed on, one at a time, until they were all gone. For Phyl and I, our family grew and surrounded us with love that makes every-

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n Marking 57 Years - Life Revolves I hope your holiday season has been going good and Christmas was everything you wanted it to be. As for Phyl and I, it was wonderful. The large amount of vittles and gifts were great, but the real joy came from being with family. Phyl’s only sibling, Jo and husband Claude, came in from Hot Springs for a few days. Granddaughter Amber was able to get away from Cleveland for a few days home. Not nearly long enough but just seeing her for a short time is a blessing. She usually uses the time home to recharge, rest up and get ready to take on her heavy schedule as an anesthesiology resident. She has over a year left to complete her internship, unless she accepts a fellowship. She then will head out to practice somewhere, having spent 10 years preparing herself. Her dedication to seeing her ultimate goal become reality is a real source of pride to us. I often had my doubts back there when she was a Bridge City High student, but she never doubted that someday she would be a physician. We spent Christmas with all of our family, with the exception of granddaughter Jenna, husband Robby and our two great-grandkids, Nate and Delilah. With us were our three children Mark, Allen and Karen, along with her three sons, Garrett, Sean and Collin and great-grandson Leland, Garrett and Brittney’s soon to be three-year-old son. We missed not having Sharon with us but her two boys Chris and Jason Menard, our step-grandsons, and their wives, Amanda and Chaunte’, came by. Jason served three tours in Iraq and is now based in South Carolina. We’re extremely proud of his service and his career choice. Likewise with Chris, who served a four-year hitch in the Army. Our nieces Brenda Wilber and Diane Bertrand, Jo’s daughters, came by and even Judge Carl Thibodeaux visited and brought a delicious, homemade, syrup cake that he made himself, using Steen syrup from Abbeville, the Cajun soil that built me. All of the above is to make a bigger point and that’s how truly

day a joy. Fifty-seven years ago, when we embarked on our life’s journey, we couldn’t have imagined what the future would hold. When you’re young you don’t consider those things; you just roll with the punches. You run into a lot of detour signs, make the best of the situation at hand. We’ve had our share of roadblocks and pitfalls. We always played the cards dealt. That often made Phyl nervous. I gambled with life, never having a paycheck from an employer. I constantly rolled the dice on one venture after another. What made it more difficult for her was that she came from a very different background. A stable family life, a great stay-at-home mom and a dad who worked a regular job at Texaco that he would eventually retire from. She and her sister attended Catholic school and family meals were eaten together. They raised chickens, had a milk cow and raised a garden. That was more stability than I ever had. Even though my lifestyle was different and it was foreign to her, she never once complained. She worried about income that always some way seemed to come, just a little late sometimes. We started life together, with me as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. For 57 years, we’ve bet on the income, and thank God, we did all right. The real blessing however has been our partnership, our love and devotion to each other and the great family that has come from that love. Finally, now in our senior years, people don’t ask as often if that beautiful woman is my daughter. She’s still very attractive but most importantly she’s still the sweet, kind, loyal girl I married all those years ago. Happy anniversary honey.

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Mauricville Middle School builds outdoor classroom Date ran: Jan. 19, 2011 - Black boards, desks, notebooks and textbooks. Sitting in a classroom day in and day out can become very mundane and it’s no wonder why attentions begin to wander. A few years ago, a group of students at Mauriceville Middle School dreamt of a way to be outside and still get class work done.

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On Jan. 18, Mauriceville Middle School (MMS) will hold a ribbon cutting for their very own outdoor classroom. This classroom will allow the students and teachers to experience learning in a 100 percent natural setting. The classroom is 900 square feet, has seating around the perimeter, two stations at the center of it, and has both electricity and water. The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation sponsored the construction of this classroom. Nelda Burton was the voice for the children at MMS and applied for the grant. “It’s a nature classroom that opened up opportunities for our kids to do composting, planting, learn about the water cycle and all kinds of things to do with the outdoors,” said Principal Todd Loupe.

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The Texas Department of State Health Services “Flu Fighters” are touring the state showing elementary school students how to protect themselves from flu. The Flu Fighters demonstrate how to “fight” the flu using symbolic kung fu-style moves and music. This high-energy interactive presentation includes an animated video and educational activities. Tour stops in December include 20 elementary schools across Texas. The Flu Fighters have visited 70 schools on two previous tours. The“Flu Fighters” recently stopped in Bridge City on Dec. 13 to teach students how to adopt healthy habits to prevent the flu. The program features symbolic kung fu-style moves and music to teach students about flu prevention.


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2011 All-Orange County Football Team STAFF REPORT FOR THE RECORD

The Record Newspapersthe County Record and The Penny Record, and TheRecordLive.Com, are proud to announce our 2011 All-Orange County Football Team. The winning players were selected based on individual and team performance during the 2011 football season. The All-Orange County Football Team is the real deal. Key references for the team were the coaches all-district football teams, input from The Record sports columnists, sideline photographers and former coaches. We would gladly put this team on the field against any combination of high school football players in Texas. West Orange-Stark running back Britton Lyndsey has been named All-Orange County Most Valuable Player. Lyndsey’s performance in his senior year made him the obvious choice for MVP. Often hampered by injury he powered the Mustang offensive as they rolled all the way to the regional finals in the state playoffs. Like a cannon ball in the Mustang arsenal Lyndsey churned out 1,724 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns. With Lyndsey as a threat on the ground he opened the field for quarterback Jimmy Salter and a dynamic passing game with stellar receivers. The Record’s All-Orange County Offensive MVP goes to Bridge City senior quarterback Matt Menard. Menard was double trouble for defences either in the air or tucking the ball and running over defenders on his way to the goal line. He passed for 1,270 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 1,022 yards and 10 ALL-ORANGE SEE PAGE 2B

All-Orange County Most Valuable Player Britton Lyndsey is seen jubilant at the West Orange-Stark Mustangs defeat Bullard 45-13 in the regional semifinals of the state playoffs. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

All-Orange County Most Valuable Player Britton Lyndsey takes the handoff from All-Orange County quarterback Jimmy Salter during playoff action against Bullard. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

All-Orange County Offensive Most Valuable Player Matt Menard rambles for yardage for the Bridge City Cardinals RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

All-Orange County Utility Player of the Year, Caneron Dishon, catches a breather while performing on both offense and defense. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn


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All-Orange County Football TD’s. The Cardinals finished their season in the first round of the playoffs against No. 3 ranked Coldspring. With Menard sidelined by a second quarter injury, the Trojans barely escaped Bridge City with a 7-0 victory. Three weeks later Coldspring would knock West Orange-Stark out of the playoffs as well. All-Orange County Defensive MVP has been awarded to West Orange-Stark linebacker Daniel Woodson. In the tradition of the Mustang ‘Chain Gang’ Defense, Woodson terrorized ball carriers with 125 tackles and innumerable assists. He was a force to be reckoned with and the success of the Mustangs this season can largely be attributed to him. All-Orange County MVP Utility Player of the Year goes to Bridge City Cardinal senior Cameron Dishon. Dishon seldom got a break as wide receiver on offense, corner back on defense and sometimes stepped into the quarterback position for Big Red. He also was a kick off and punt returner. As wide receiver, Dishon brought in 26 receptions for 569 yards and eight touchdowns. Additionally, he rushed for 221 yards and three TD’s. In the Bridge City secondary, Dishon had three interceptions for 147 yards, 40 tackles, 21 assists and 1 sack. All-Orange County Newcomer of the Year honors Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bear sophomore kicker Trent Manuel. Although the Bears struggled in Dist. 20-4A, the young kicker posted 5-for-7 on field goals and booted 20 PAT’s. Nearly flawless, Manuel will be back in the Bear lineup for two more seasons with experience and skills no good football team can be without. The Record’s All-Orange County football team is made up of players from all of Orange County. We are proud to announce this season’s winners:

H All-Orange County Most Valuable Player Britton Lyndsey West Orange-Stark Mustangs H All-Orange County Offensive MVP Most Valuable Player Matt Menard, Bridge City Cardinals H All-Orange County Defensive MVP Most Valuable Player Daniel Woodson West Orange-Stark Mustangs H All-Orange County Utility MVP Cameron Dishon, Bridge City Cardinals

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H All-Orange County Newcomer of the Year Trent Manuel Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears H All-Orange County Coach of the Year Cornell Thompson West Orange-Stark Mustangs H All-Orange County Offensive Team Quarterback: Jimmy Salter, WOS Runningbacks: Ty Johnson, Orangefield Hunter Clark, BC Alex Sezer, LCM Abear Simien, WOS Recievers: Derrick Ledet, WOS Jordan Harmon, LCM Tyler Wright, LCM Larry Sonnier, WOS Tight End- Mason Sonnier- Orangefield Center- Sterling Deslatte- Orangefield Offensive Linemen: Jake Best, Orangefield Ryan Lebouef, Orangefield Jerquis Beasley, WOS Bryson Banks, BC Cameron Coulter, BC Grant Kimbrough, LCM

All-Orange County MVP Newcomer of the Year Trent Manuel boots a field goal for the Little CypressMauriceville Bears. RECORD PHOTO

Kicker: Jerquis Beasley, WOS Kick Returner: Da’Carlos Renfro, WOS

H All-Orange County Defensive Team Defensive Linemen: Ian Jenkins, WOS Lawrence Gilmore, WOS Cameron Coulter, BC Hayden Reed, LCM Linebackers: Zach Cole, BC Joe Lynch, WOS Colin Janice, WOS Montana Quirante, Vidor Secondary: Da’Carlos Renfro, WOS Tanner Cervanka, BC Tyler Roberts, BC Eric Truncale, Orangefield Quinton Tezeno, WOS Mitchell Hubbard, BC Punter: J’ Marcus Rhodes, WOS Punt Returner: Quinton Tezeno, WOS

All-Orange County MVP Utility Player of the Year Cameron Dishon catches a pass at the goal line to score against the WOS Mustangs. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

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All-Orange County Team running back Alex Sezer, LCM Bears. RECORD PHOTO: Tony Gunn

All-Orange County Team player Tyler Roberts catches a Matt Menard pass for thwe Bridge City Cardinals during the 2011 season. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

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New Orlean Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke a 27 year record set by Dan Marino for the total number of passing yards in one season. As of Monday night, Brees has accumulated 5,087 passing yards. He is also the only quarterback to pass for more than 5,000 yards twice.

bye while New England, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati all emerged victorious. The Texans now will have to settle for hosting a wild-card game the weekend of Jan. 7-8. According to Sunday’s edition of the Houston Chronicle, if the playoffs started Sunday, New England and Baltimore would have first-round byes. The Texans would host Cincinnati and Denver would host Pittsburgh in AFC wild card games. The Titans also will need a lot of help, but they remain in the playoff race. But the last thing the Texans want is to lose to the Titans and finish the season with three consecutive losses with two of those occurring at Reliant Field. It will be Houston’s first playoff game since the Oilers lost to Kansas City in the divisional round after the 1993 season. If the Bengals defeat the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in Cincinnati, they will secure the final AFC wild-card spot and will play at Reliant Stadium. But if Cincinnati loses, it could open the door for the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders or the Titans to play the first round of the playoffs in Houston. However, unless everyone in the AFC wild card race loses, the Jets can forget about being in the playoffs. With one week remaining in the 2011 NFL season, nine AFC teams and eight NFC teams have either clinched a playoff spot or have a chance of making the playoffs. If Baltimore wins at Cincinnati, the Ravens secure one of the two top seeds and a first-round bye. If they lose

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If both teams win Sunday the 49ers get the bye and New Orleans would host the wild-card game. KWICKIES…For those hoop fans who may be interested, the NBA began its abbreviated 2011-12 season Christmas Day with the featured game between the two teams involved in last year’s championship finals—the World Champion Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat—in which the Heat avenged losing to the Mavs with an impressive 105-94 win that wasn’t even as close as the final score indicated. The Houston Rockets, under the guidance of new head coach Kevin McHale began their season Monday night at Orlando. The Seattle Seahawks’ playoff chances vanished when they were nipped Saturday by San Francisco 19-17. Orange’s Earl Thomas is still having a great season being second on the team to rookie David Hawthorne in tackles with 92, second in solo tackles to Cam Chancellor with 66, and having 26 assisted tackles and two interceptions going into Sunday’s final game against the Arizona Cardinals. Look for the television ratings to skyrocket if stellar quarterback Tim Tebow can lead his Denver Broncos into the NFL playoffs. In the recent CBS game between Denver and the New England Patriots in which Tebow had a pretty good co-star in Pats’ quarterback Tom Brady, the game drew a whopping 19.5 overnight rating. That means that 19.5 per cent of all households in the 56 urban markets watched at least part of that game, which was not even close (New England won 41-23). In a recent poll conducted by USA Today Sports Weekly, only 23 % of the 3,878 people polled would consider drafting Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor over Stanford’s Andrew Luck who garnered 67 % with 10% saying they needed to see more. JUST BETWEEN US…The bowl games will be coming fast and furiously in the next week or so with two games (Military and Holiday bowls) set today (Wed.), the Champs Bowl tomorrow, four bowls on Friday (Armed Forces, Pinstripe, Music City and Insight bowls) five on Saturday (Meineke, Sun, Liberty, Fight Hunger and Chick-Fil-A bowls), six on Monday (Ticket City, Capital One, Outback, Gator, Rose and Fiesta bowls) and the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday. In addition, the NFL concludes its regular season on Sunday.

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Tech (7-5) over Utah (6-6). H LIBERTY BOWL Sat. 2:30 p.m. at Memphis, TN. (ESPN)—Vanderbilt (6-6) over Cincinnati (9-3). H FIGHT HUNGER BOWL Sat. 2:30 p.m. at San Francisco, CA. (ESPN)—Illinois (6-6) over UCLA (6-7). H CHICK-FIL-A BOWL Sat. 6:30 p.m. at Atlanta, GA. (ESPN)—Auburn (7-5) over Virginia (8-4). H TICKET CITY BOWL Mon. 11 a.m. at Dallas, TX (ESPNU)—Houston (12-1) over Penn State (9-3). H CAPITAL ONE BOWL Mon. Noon at Orlando, FL.

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Maniac mullet is a game changer CAPT. DICKIE COLBURN FOR THE RECORD

While Christmas Day proved to be far soggier than expected, it has been the devastating drought that continues to be the lead story for Sabine Lake anglers. Unmatched salinity levels in both the Neches and Sabine Rivers have afforded die hard trout fishermen the opportunity to catch quality trout, redfish, and flounder when the open lake was under siege from a howling wind. In reviewing previous years, there is always a particular color or two, new lure or even a new technique that improves the catching aspect of fishing. This past year was no different. Glow-chartreuse and glow pink have been dependable combinations since the beginning of time and a little chartreuse on the tail of any other color is not a bad thing, but seemingly every year there is one color that dominates the scene. Limetreuse, red shad, East beast or chicken on a chain, and Texas roach are just a few of those colors that burst on the scene and at the very least garnered the lion’s share of angler confidence. Last year it was Assassin’s stinky pink and this year it has

been TTF’s bug juice gaining most of the notoriety. It is important to note that each of those colors have proven to be so dependable that they are included in any complete saltwater arsenal. While the catching in the rivers is finally slowing down a little, it was nothing short of phenomenal from early October through just last week. And, while the redfish bite was never a secret, in previous years I saw very few fishermen targeting just trout. As the pressure greatly increased this year, I tweaked my own approach and it proved to be an eye-opener. For the most part, crank baits and swim baits ruled the roost on 15 to 18 inch fish with a trout in excess of five pounds occasionally crashing the party. Strike Pro’s Bubba, a shallow running crank bait, and most of the 3-inch Swim baits were the tickets to non-stop catching. Those baits are extremely effective in 5 to 8 feet of water, but even though the swim bait can be fished at any depth, it loses a little something in 15 to 20 feet of water. In order to avoid some of the daily traffic, I started probing the deeper breaks only to dis-

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The whole approach was further enhanced the day a client hung up and lost my last Corky Devil. The closest thing I had on board was a Tidal Surge Maniac Mullet and I haven’t used anything else since! Ironically enough, Shawn Hebert and Dana Bailey knew that I fished their Crazy Croaker a great deal and sent me a couple of the new hybrid lures earlier this year. They didn’t work as well on school trout as the shorter Crazy Croaker did at the time and they were quickly relegated to riding the bench. That all changed when I tied one on the business end of the Carolina rig. Here is the only bad news concerning both this technique and the Maniac Mullet. Any time you drag a lure along the bottom on the Sabine River or along the ICW, you are going to lose bunches to submerged debris. The ratio of big trout caught to the number of lures lost is bad, but no one has shared a more economical technique with me thus far that works as well. Here, however, is the best news about the Maniac Mullet. I have fished it the way it is designed to be fished in 2 to 5 feet of water the last two weeks and have caught a number of 6-pound plus trout without losing a single lure.The big trout will eventually tear it up, but I know how to get to Daley’s Hunt N Fish in Pt. Acres and Keith said they are expecting a hundred more by mid-week. I don’t know that the Maniac Mullet is any better than a Corky or Catch V for this application, but the shallow water fish are hitting it exactly like they do the other two baits. I attach it with a Tony’s clip to prevent line twist and exchange the stock hook with one a size larger as the fish tend to fold the tail over the barbs when they inhale the lure. I make the same changes with all of my Corkies as well. Standing elbow deep in waders in 50 degree water in a drizzling rain is not for everyone, but if you will go to such lengths for a shot at a bragging size trout… might want to give the Maniac Mullet a try. I believe dragging one just off the bottom in the river is still an option as well and it’s a helluva lot easier on the body!

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The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) is one of 40 VA medical centers selected across the nation to serve as an enrollment site for a voluntary research program The Million Veteran Program (MVP). This program will help us better understand how genes affect Veterans’ health and illness, with the ultimate goal of transforming health care. What is MVP? The Million Veteran Program (MVP): A Partnership with Veterans is a national, voluntary research program conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research & Development. Participants will be asked to complete a onetime study visit (approximately 20 minutes in length) to provide a blood sample for genetic analysis. Participation also includes filling out health surveys, allowing on-going access to medical records, and agreeing to future contact. This research program will establish one of the largest databases of genes and health history. The results of MVP may lead to new ways of preventing and treating common illness. MVP aims to enroll as many as one million Veterans over the next five to seven years. What are genes, and how do they affect health? Genes are made up of DNA and are inherited. They are the instructions for building and maintaining our bodies. Genes determine the color of our eyes and hair, our height, and other personal traits. Through complex interactions with our environment and various lifestyle factors, certain genes may also contribute to our risk for disease, including common ill-

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Texas continues to do its part to keep helping military veterans and their families. A full homestead property tax exemption that began in 2009 to help totally disabled military veterans will extend to their surviving spouses after January 1. “This new provision will help families who have been a part of the tremendous sacrifice that veterans have given our country,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. “Texas voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that will allow surviving spouses of totally disabled veterans to continue to claim a full homestead exemption and not pay property taxes on their home.” In 2009, veterans began receiving an exemption for the total appraised value of their resi-

dential homesteads if they have received 100 percent disability rating or are considered unemployable by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Based on information provided by appraisal districts, about 35,300 veterans currently receive that exemption. The homestead exemption for surviving spouses of veterans who received the exemption begins January 1. Senate Bill 516 allows the total homestead exemption if a surviving spouse does not remarry after a disabled veteran passes away and the property remains the homestead of the surviving spouse. Surviving spouses would have to apply for the tax exemption through their county appraisal district. The application form containing property tax exemptions has been updated for residents and appraisal districts to use. It can be found at http://www.window.state.

Vidor Area Pets Go Online Staff Report

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Committing to a healthier lifestyle continues to be one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for millions of Americans. And this year, Texas State Parks are providing more than 40 places where folks can do just that—many of which are located close to major metro areas. As part of the national umbrella First Day Hikes program set forth by the National Association of State Parks Directors (NASPD), 48 state parks across Texas are scheduled to offer a wide variety of hikes and nature walks this New Year’s Day. “Hiking outdoors is great to do any time, and a novel way to ring in 2012, especially with a group or as a family,” said Chris Holmes, director of interpretation for Texas State Parks. “Hiking not only gets people outdoors to experience nature, but it’s also healthy. Participating in a First Day hike is a good opportunity to begin a New Year’s resolution for healthier living right off the bat.” The concept of having an official “First Day Hike” in a park on New Year’s Day originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts, with the intent to promote both wellness and year-round recreation at parks. Since then, other states have offered similar New Year’s programs; however, this is the first time all 50 state park systems have joined together to officially sponsor First Day Hikes. “What better way to kick off the New Year than with a hike at a state park?” said Ruth Coleman, President of NASPD. “Think of it as the start of a new and healthy lifestyle for the whole family. Whether folks are staying close to home or traveling, they can join us at one of America’s State Parks on New Year’s Day, just about anywhere in the country.” First Day Hikes vary in difficulty and fitness levels, and range from short, leisurely nature walks through forested trails and along boardwalks, to special bird watching hikes, to climbs into the mountains of the Chihuahuan Desert. Most all hikes will be guided by state park staff and volunteers and feature an interpretive message about native plants, animals or park history. The walks average one to two miles in length, but many also offer shorter or longer trek options as well. Participants will want to make some modest advance preparations. Some hikes warrant call-ahead reservations, and in most instances, folks will want to wear sturdy shoes, and bring drinking water and a hiking stick. Park entrance fees apply in most places, and many parks are leading the First Day Hike at no extra cost. Recent on-site visitor surveys in Texas parks revealed that hiking and trails were the No. 1 most sought-after amenity by park visitors. And according to State Parks Director Brent Leisure, hikers in the Lone Star State have even more incentives to be outside come year’s end.

Boardwalk Trail at Sheldon Lake State Park. COURTESY PHOTO: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“Outdoor recreation during the holidays has been a popular activity for a long time, and here in Texas, it makes even more sense because the weather is often mild enough to do most anything. And many of our parks have either just completed or are in the process of renovating and improving their hike and bike trails. We’re proud to offer folks a lot of choices with an organized network of First Day Hikes, and proud that we have so many wonderful places in our state park system for people to enjoy them. ” For more information about First Day Hikes in Texas State Parks, visit the Web site at, where you’ll find detailed hike locations, descriptions, and park contact information. Or, visit the NASPD Web site at for nationwide information on First Day Hikes.

Shop off-season for major improvements Staff Report

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An often overlooked side-effect of the recession is that many people cannot afford to move and have decided to stick with the home they have and make desired improvements. Thanks to off-season discounts, some months of the year may be better than others for renovations. The home improvement industry is not much different than any other. When demand is high, prices are generally at their peak. When demand is low, prices are lowered to entice shoppers to buy. Many pool companies and stores discount their inventory considerably after September. That’s because this time of year in most of the country is when the weather starts to change and people are less likely to think about a dip in the pool. With the arrival of the new school year, many others are focusing less on pool fun and more on carpools and sporting events. Furthermore, in an effort to capitalize on both the summer and winter seasons, many pool stores double as Christmas tree and accessory outlets come the colder months. That means they’ll need to clear out their showrooms and stock areas of pools prior to delivery of Christmas merchandise. You may land a considerable discount on the pool package. Furthermore, if you have room in a garage or shed to store the pool equipment and assembled materials, you can wait until the next season to hire an installer to set up the pool when you desire. As you are thinking about turning down the thermostat and enjoying a blast of cool air-conditioning, it might be wise to think about the performance of your furnace, too. While HVAC professionals and home improvement chains could be charging

top dollar for a new air conditioning system, they may offer discounts on furnaces because they’re simply not in demand this time of year. If you find an affordable furnace, store the furnace until the time is right to have it installed. The spring and summer are prime times for outdoor entertaining, so the addition of decks or elaborate landscaping may come at an elevated price. However, once autumn arrives, the same services may be much cheaper, depending on the job and if the contractor can secure materials at a discounted price. If you can hold off on that new deck or patio until after September, it may be in your best interest. However, if a winter installation is in your design, you may find yourself actually paying more in labor costs if inclement weather delays the installation. Here are some other ways to save off-season. Explore wintertime reductions on air conditioning systems. New appliance models released could mean year-end reductions on that model year. Purchase bulk topsoil and other landscaping materials in the winter when this industry is slow. Many pests enter a dormancy during the winter, so exterminators may discount for termite reduction during the winter and early spring. Fireplace installation or chimney masonry work could be discounted during the summer months. The spring season is an ideal time for roofing projects, although some contractors will work in the winter, too. Roofing companies are often tied up during the summer months and may ask for premium charges. Keep in mind that summer is a prime time for any and all improvements. Beat the prices and the wait time by shopping off-season for your renovations.

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Record Year In Review Orange First Church of the Nazarene celebrates 90 years

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Officially started in June of 1921, Orange First Church of the Nazarene celebrated 90 years of ministering to the Orange community Oct. 7 -9. Starting with 23 charter members in 1921 meant the first church of the Nazarene to spring up in Orange was beginning with the grassroots of the denomination, which began in 1908 through various mergers of similar like-faith movements. In 1940, the church moved into their second official location through the strong efforts of their members and several pastors. Their 10th and Cherry Street location was a more central area of Orange and prepared them for the growth of the town and their church when World War II began in 1941. The church saw a large influx in membership with a booming port and ship building industry during the war effort. Though remodeled, this facility housed the congregation until 1989.

Pastor K. Ray McDowell and the members of the Orange First Church of Nazarene will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the church from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9. RECORD PHOTO: Darla Daigle.

Mount Zion Baptist Church Rev. Harrell preaches for forty years celebrates 140th Anniversary Staff Report For The Record

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In 1871, six blocks from the “hangin’ tree” on Front Street and twenty-two years before the first plank of the W.H. Stark House was hewn, on a little tree covered lot on the corner of 3rd and Cherry Street, construction began on the first African-American church for the city of Orange. In October of that year, a handful of black citizens came together with an idea. That idea became reality and Mount Zion Baptist Church was born. It was five years after Texas had finally received the emancipation proclamation that officially freed the slaves. The newly declared citizens were still far from free. Since that small beginning, Mt. Zion has had many buildings. They have also held on through many storms, both literally and figuratively. The building that is in use today has been their home for worship since 1926. The congregation are faithful and loyal. In 1981, because of the efforts and two years of research to establish its history by sisters Zerlene Prater and Bessie Randle, the Texas Historical Commission placed a historical marker in front of the building located at 512 West John St. In 140 years it has also seen about 30 pastors and changes that would boggle the mind of any simple man who pondered starting a church in the 1800s. The current pastor, the Rev. C.W. Crawford took the reins in December 1996. The congregation itself has been active in the community in more ways than can be contained herein. In particular Mt. Zion has been key for the poor and those who have housing issues or drug problems. “We plan to be here another 140 years,” declares Crawford simply. It is an idea a few black citizen probably didn’t conceive of all those years ago, but one that is certainly possible. In the words of their own, “Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church is the oldest Negro Church established in Orange, Texas and is proud of its heritage, proud of the men and women whose vision and courage, leadership and perseverance have brought to fruition 140 years of Christian service.”


BRIEFS Orange First Church of the Nazarene to host concert Orange First Church of the Nazarene invites you to a concert with Brad White on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 10:45 a.m. Brad includes music from the great hymns of the church to southern gospel to modern praise and worship. He has received two Grammy nominations. Nursery will be provided. Orange First Church of the Nazarene is located at 3810 M.L. King Dr. For more information, please call the church office at 409-883-4674.

SCOGIC to host New Year’s Eve service Starlight Church of God in Christ, located at 2800 Bob Hall Road in Orange, welcomes the community to join them on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. for New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service. There will be testimonials, praise and worship, inspirational speakers, and the Word for the New Year. Come and bring in the New Year by praising and worshipping  God with the Starlight Family. Superintendent E.B. Lindsey is Pastor of Starlight COG-

Rev. John W. Harrell has been walking in the doors of the United Pentecostal Church in Bridge City for 40 years. On March 20, Rev. and Mrs. Harrell and the Bridge City United Pentecostal Church celebrated forty years of pastoral leadership and ministry. Rev. Harrell and the ministry work of BC UPC have left a legacy that has reached countless souls. Rev. Harrell has given the church 40 years of unforgettable sermons including “Long Ropes Need Strong Stakes,” “It Depends on How You Look at It,” “Bruised Reed and a Smoking Flax,” “A Thief Named Familiarity,” “Doubting Your Doubts,” and “God Knows How to Thread the Needle.” For 40 years, Rev. Harrell brought the word of God to the people. Through the dark storms of Hurricane Rita and Ike, his motivation never wavered.  “The extenuating circumstances of Rita and Ike just almost demanded that I see this congregation through that,” he said. “I just don’t feel like I’m through yet.”

Rev. and Mrs. John Harrell. Rev. Harrell and wife, Hazel, have been pastoring at Bridge City United Pentecostal Church for 40 years. COURTESY PHOTO: Wayne Rogers Photography

IC. For more information call the church office at 409-8864366.

Solid Rock Baptist Church to host Watch Night service The Solid Rock Baptist Church, located at 1207 Link Ave. in Orange, will host a Watch Night service on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to midnight. The community is invited to attend.

First Baptist Church to host New Year’s Day service The First Baptist Church, located at 602 Green Ave. in Orange, will host a New Year’s Day service on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 11 a.m.. Connection groups are not meeting. Call 409-886-7431 or visit for more information.


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Don’t forget finances when making New Year’s resolutions

When the time comes to make New Year’s resolutions, the conventional wisdom is to focus on weight. Such wisdom is understandable, as many people spend the holiday season indulging in big meals and all the treats synonymous with having fun. While it’s acceptable to make healthy resolutions, a slimmer waist and a healthier diet should not be the only goals for the year ahead. In light of the last several years, it’s important for men and women to make financial resolutions for the year ahead, too. No one can say with certainty when, or if, the economy will rebound, and men and women should look at the New Year as a suitable time to make some financial resolutions for the future. * Reassess your investment plan. Since 2008, the market has been up and down like a roller coaster. Those who have weathered the storm have no doubt witnessed big gains and significant losses over the last

few years, and the turn of the calendar is a great time to reassess investments and possibly make some changes. Are you taking on more risk than you’re comfortable with? Is your portfolio too conservative? How well are you diversifying? Look at your investments from every angle and determine if it’s time to make some changes. * Resolve to be more liquid. A 2011 poll from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that 64 percent of Americans would need to utilize a source other than their savings account to pay for a $1,000 unplanned expense. That percentage illustrates that most adults just don’t have enough cash on hand. This year, resolve to be more liquid. Being more liquid enables you to more effectively handle emergencies, and it also helps you avoid being forced to sell investments at the wrong time. * Shake things up. If you rely on one individual to handle all

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of your financial needs, such a practice needs to change. No matter how much you trust this person, don’t fall into a trap where one person acts as your financial svengali. Such an arrangement proved very costly to those men and women who trusted the likes of Bernie Madoff, a once-prominent financier who turned out to be nothing more than a criminal mastermind orchestrating history’s largest Ponzi scheme. This year, if you haven’t done so already, make sure your financial advisor, money manager, custodian, and trustee are all different people. * Negotiate lower rates. Use the onset of the New Year as a chance to negotiate newer and lower interest rates on existing loans or credit cards. If you have exercised financial responsibility over the last 12 months, paying down debts and paying all bills on time, this is the perfect time to negotiate lower rates and reap the rewards of your good behavior.

* Don’t invest in anything you don’t understand. Too often investors get caught up in so-called expert forecasts and act impulsively based on the advice of some talking head they see on television or hear on the radio. Unfortunately, such “experts” aren’t always certified financial professionals, and some might even have ulterior motives for pushing certain investments and shunning others. What’s more, few people know the track record of these “experts,” so their advice should not be taken at face value. A simple rule for the year ahead should be to never invest in anything you don’t understand. If an investment opportunity seems worthwhile, do all of your homework to gain a solid understanding of the opportunity before investing any money. Healthy resolutions go beyond a slimmer waist and a healthier diet. This year, resolve to get healthier financially as well.


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NOTICE OF RATE CHANGE REQUEST On November 28, 2011, Entergy Texas, Inc. (“Entergy Texas”) filed its STATEMENT OF INTENT AND APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY TO CHANGE RATES AND RECONCILE FUEL COSTS (“Application”). Entergy Texas filed its Application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (“Commission”) and with those municipal authorities in its service territory that have original jurisdiction over Entergy Texas’ electric rates. Statement of Intent to Change Rates and to Reconcile Fuel Costs Entergy Texas’ filing requests an increase in rates, addresses capital additions to rate base for the period July 2009 through June 2011, requests that the Commission reconcile fuel and purchased power expenses incurred during the period July 2009 through June 2011 (“Reconciliation Period”), and requests approval of a number of tariffs, cost recovery schedules and riders. In its Application, Entergy Texas is, among other things: * Proposing base rate tariffs and riders designed to collect a total non-fuel retail revenue requirement for ETI of approximately $841.9 million per year, which is an increase of $111.8 million, or 15.32%, compared to adjusted retail base rate and rider revenues resulting from the Commission’s Order in Docket No. 37744. The Company’s proposed rate increase is based on the test year period of July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. This proposal represents an increase in overall revenues, including fuel, of 8.09%. * Asking to reconcile fuel and purchased power costs of approximately $1.3 billion incurred during the Reconciliation Period. The reconciliation includes interest on any over- or (under)-recovered amounts. Entergy Texas does not seek to implement a fuel-related refund or surcharge of its eligible fuel costs in this case; rather, ETI proposes to roll any ending fuel balances forward to serve as the beginning balance for the next Reconciliation Period. Tariff Revisions

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Entergy Texas is proposing to add two new rate schedules or riders as follows:



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* A Purchased Power Recovery Rider (“Rider PPR”), which is designed to recover all existing purchased capacity costs as well as future purchased capacity costs. As set in this case, Rider PPR will recover approximately $272.7 million annually. ETI’s request includes (1) a mechanism to update the rider annually to reflect increases or decreases in purchased capacity costs as incurred by the Company, and (2) the reconciliation of costs recovered under the rider in the Company’s fuel reconciliation cases. The Company proposes that expenses eligible for reconciliation under Rider PPR also include credits for Interruptible Service and Competitive Generation Service unrecovered costs, as well as fixed charges associated with Toledo Bend and the Southwest Power Pool Reserve Sharing Group. * A Renewable Energy Credits Rider (“Rider REC”), which is designed to recover renewable energy credits costs and related costs incurred by the Company to comply with PURA § 39.904 and P.U.C. Subst. R. 25.173. As set in this case, the Rider REC rate will recover approximately $632 thousand. To the extent any of the riders described above are not approved, Entergy Texas proposes to recover the associated costs through its base rates or other rate mechanism designed to recover non-fuel production-related costs, though the overall non-fuel revenue increase referenced above will remain the same. In addition, Entergy Texas is proposing to establish baseline values to use if a transmission cost recovery factor or distribution cost recovery factor are implemented in the future. In addition, Entergy Texas is proposing to modify terms and charges in a number of its tariff schedules and to discontinue its Renewable Portfolio Standard Calculation Opt-Out Credit Rider. Proposed changes to Schedule Miscellaneous Electric Service (“MES”) will increase revenues by approximately $911,000 in addition to the retail revenue requirement stated above. The production costs associated with the Company’s proposed Competitive Generation Service program will also change as a result of this proceeding. Entergy Texas also proposes minor modifications to a number of rate schedules, which are detailed in the tariff manual on file with the Commission and each municipality exercising original jurisdiction over Entergy Texas’ rates. Effect on Customer Classes All customers and classes of customers receiving retail electric service from Entergy Texas will be affected by the proposed rate changes and reconciliation of fuel and purchased power costs contained in the Application. The following table shows the effect of the proposed rate increase (inclusive of riders but exclusive of the increase in Schedule MES revenues) on existing rate classes:

Rate Class Residential Service

Number of Customers Test Year Adjusted

Percent Change in Total Revenues*

Percent Change in NonFuel Revenues



Small General Service




General Service




Large General Service




Large Industrial Power Service










Lighting Service Total Retail



* including fuel revenues The effective date of the rate change is January 2, 2012.

Contact Information

Persons with questions or who want more information on this filing may contact Entergy Texas at Entergy Texas, Inc., Attn: Customer Service—2011 Rate Case, 350 Pine Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701, or call [1-800-368-3749 (select option 1, then press 0, then press 4, then press 3)] during normal business hours. A complete copy of this application is available for inspection at the address listed above. Persons who wish to intervene in or comment upon these proceedings should notify the Public Utility Commission of Texas as soon as possible, as an intervention deadline will be imposed. A request to intervene or for further information should be mailed to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, P.O. Box 13326, Austin, Texas 78711-3326. Further information may also be obtained by calling the Public Utility Commission at (512) 936-7120 or (888) 782-8477. Hearing- and speech-impaired individuals with text telephones (TTY) may contact the commission at (512) 9367136. The deadline for intervention in this proceeding is 45 days after the date the application was filed with the Commission. All communications should refer to Docket No. 39896.

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Time-Saving Tips And Tools To Help You Multi-Task New Year’s Resolution: Make Time For Family Travel

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For The Record (StatePoint) With today’s busy schedules, most people wish they simply had more time. But while you can’t add hours to the day, you can free up your time by streamlining your to-do list with timesaving tools. From the kitchen to the office, people are looking for new technologies to help them become more efficient. In fact, according to a survey conducted by research firm Toluna, and cordless phone manufacturer VTech Communications, 81 percent of respondents rank devices that help you multi-task and get more things done as very important. So if you are feeling strapped for time, stay up to date with these multitasking tips: Automate Your Finances By automating your finances, your banking can take place while you sleep. The first step is to sign up for direct deposit at work. Likewise, you can set up direct debit for your monthly bills. If you need to access any of your statements, you no longer need to sort through your file cabinet. It’s all easily searchable through your online account. So stop sorting mail, filing, paying bills and visiting your brick and mortar bank, and go take a bubble bath instead. Reclaim Your Hands While talking on the phone, you’re probably also typing, cooking, doing laundry or some other task. And you would probably be completing the other task more efficiently if you had both hands free. Invest in a phone system for your home or office that will give you your hands back. For example, the LS6475-3 phone system from VTech enables users to answer calls from a cordless headset and conference conversations while accomplishing other tasks such as cleaning, finalizing work pre-

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sentations or preparing dinner. If you conduct business both from the home and on-the-go, consider VTech’s Connect-to-Cell phone system, DS64213, which syncs your cellular calls to a regular handset phone. This capability gives you better sound quality and the security of a landline, while still using your mobile number for business calls at home. For more information, visit E-Read Sorting through library stacks, putting a book on hold, and waiting three weeks for your pick to become available is a charming experience. However, it’s also unbearably time consuming. Save yourself the trouble and download exactly what books you want to your e-

reader. Some public libraries even have downloadable books online. Order Food Online Nothing saves time like ordering in. And now it’s easier than ever. New food ordering sites such as partner with thousands of restaurants in cities nationwide, so that you can order dinner, even while checking email. Make digging through your menu drawer and repeating your address three times a thing of the past. Whether you’re a business professional, full-time homemaker or both, you can create more time in your day by making the best use of the latest technologies to help you get more done.

2012 Southeast Texas Livestock Extravaganza to be held Jan. 7 The 2012 Southeast Texas Livestock Extravaganza will be held on Jan. 7 -8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Winnie Stowell Park in Winnie, Texas. The Livestock Extravaganza is open to all 4-H and FFA Members. Clinic discussions will cover selection, feeding, weight management, culling and livestock judging. Buckles given for high point individuals, along with door prizes. Cost is $15 per person with lunch being provided by Samson. Please RSVP by Jan. 3. For questions and additional information contact the Extension Office at 409-882-7010. Sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service Jefferson, Hardin, Liberty, Orange and Chamber Counties.

(StatePoint) Losing weight, quitting bad habits and getting out of debt are all great New Year’s resolutions to make, but they are also all difficult to keep. A study from Quirkology, a psychology research team, indicates that of those who make New Year’s Resolutions, only 12 percent actually achieve their goal. So if you want to feel a sense of accomplishment this year, why not include at least one self-improvement initiative not rooted in restriction. This year resolve to broaden your horizons and spend quality time with your family by taking a vacation together. Sit down and make a list of all the places you want to go as a family. Make a point to check off at least one item on your list this year. If you need inspiration, the new edition of “1000 Places To See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz is a great place to start, profiling destinations off the beaten tourist path. For more information, visit: Travel can mean anything from relaxing on a beach to going on a safari. Figure out what kind of trip you want to take. You can consider more exotic locales like Austria or the Caribbean, or choose the familiar, and opt for a road trip to a nearby state park for a more active vacation. Don’t think you need to go halfway around the world to have a worthwhile experience. “The number of miles covered has nothing to do with the real pleasures of travel-- the inherent beauty of the world and the discovery it promises is all around us,” says Schultz. If you’re on a budget, there are many online resources to help you find the best deals on flights, accommodations and car rentals. A little bargain hunting will go a long way toward putting your dream vacation within reach. And if you don’t have the resources to make a trip happen now, open a special savings account designated solely for travel and contribute a small portion of every paycheck. Vacations are also a great way to improve your health and happiness. Leisure time is known to reduce the risk of stress-related health issues and a Harris Interactive poll indicates that women who take more vacations are happier in their marriages. Plus, a great vacation is a terrific way to make lasting memories with your family. And the experiences you have together will improve your understanding of the world. “There really is no downside to travel, save a little jet lag and a dented bank account,” says Schultz.

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