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Week of Wednesday, February 19, 2014

OC trying to get financial house in order David Ball

For The Record

One Orange County commissioner is leading the way with proposed budgetary cost saving measures to begin to solve the county’s $3 million deficit. Jody Crump, Precinct 4 commissioner, created a list of ideas with assistance from acquaintances and county

Kidnapping on Bessie Heights From Staff Reports For The Record

On Monday, Feb. 17, around 4:30 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a passing motorist in the 7100 block of Bessie Heights in Orangefield, who reported that a white female was near the edge of the roadway and appeared to have been assaulted. The caller also reported that it appeared the female’s hands and feet were tied together with rope. Once on scene, the Deputies located the victim and discovered that her hands were tied behind her back, her feet were tied together, her mouth was duct taped and she was blind folded. The victim was conscious and alert with only minor abrasion type injuries. According to Chief Deputy, Clint Hodgkinson, the victim told Deputies that on Sunday evening, the previous day, she had gone along with several friends to a house in the Orangefield area where there were several subjects she did not know. A disagreement started between her and several of those subjects and they tied her up and placed duct tape over her mouth. After a while, they placed her in a vehicle blind folded and drove her to Bessie Heights Road where they left her on the side of the roadway. The investigation into the kidnapping is ongoing and the suspects are still being identified. Although the incident appears bizarre, Investigators believe that this is an isolated case among those who were at the house where this incident occurred, and the community should not be alarmed. More information will be released as it becomes available.

personnel to save the county money. The Orange County Commissioners’ Court announced at the beginning of the Fiscal Year in October they were looking to cutback on expenses following the $3 million deficit budget, as previously reported in The Record. The budget is based on projected numbers and a shortfall in said numbers caused a deficit. During one meeting, for instance, commissioners took early action allowing only mandated travel by county employees. It was stated since the start of the budget year, there has been a “mass exodus” of employees incurring traveling expenses to obtain training and commissioners were only trying to hold down

“unnecessary” travel. A motion was made to put into effect immediately that all departCrump ment heads are to make a list of mandated travel for the budget year up through the last day of Sept. Crump’s following proposals would introduce a preliminary spending review process in county operations by commissioners’ court. It would also review where applicable, and permissible, according to state and federal statute processes to be implemented before the invoice stage, but not during bill paying process. Reduce all travel with county owned vehicles to county

business only. “Take home” vehicles are to be supplied only to personnel that have been approved by commissioners’ court. Begin monthly presenta-

tions to commissioners’ court by the Orange County Economic Development Corporation. Review staffing levels of all departments beginning im-

mediately. Staffing levels, after review by commissioners’ court and department heads, are to be COUNTY BUSINESS Page 3A


Senior arrested after political brawl Debby Schamber For The Record

A 70-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he assaulted an elderly man. According to Dave Shows, Vidor Police Chief, Jerry Wilson is charged with Class A Misdemeanor assault. The altercation is believed to have began following a disagreement regarding placement and the legalities of a political sign. They were arguing at about 3 p.m. near the Gould Community Center in Vidor on the Eastbound Service Road when the fight ensued. The elderly man who was assaulted received injuries such as cuts to his eye and a bloody nose.


Wilson was transported to the Orange County Jail. Justice of the Peace, Judge David Peck, set a PR bond of $1,000. Wilson was later released from the jail. Shows added the legality of the signs in question are still being looked into. If they are found to be illegal, then they will be immediately removed.

BCCC Mystery Dinner planned March 28 and March 29 BC Chamber of Commerce presents “Dangerous Night on a Desert Isle” 4th Annual Mystery Dinner. Mar. 28 is Family Night - no alcohol (Table for 8 is $150) or $20 per person. Mar. 29 for Adults only (Table for 8 is $300) or $40 per person. If you would like to decorate a table there is a $50 fee and the winner will receive a trophy. For more info contact 409-735-5671.

Lady Cardinal Caylin Choate leaps into the arms of teammate Kelsey Fults as Bridge City wins in double overtime against Hardin-Jefferson. The victory propelled the Bridge City girls into the state playoffs a few weeks later . RECORD PHOTOS: Mark Dunn


or the first time in school a history a Bridge City basketball team is heading to the  state regional tournament. On Tuesday night the Bridge City Lady Cardinals defeated Sweeny 61-58 in the regional quarterfinal round. The Lady Cardinals will face the  Fairfield  Lady  Eagles  in  the  regional  tournament  at  Bernard  G.  Johnson  Coliseum  in  Huntsville on Friday, Feb. 21, at 6:15 p.m. The 2014 Lady Cardinals are led by second  year head coach Jennifer Willis. Congratulation to our Lady Cardinals!

Bridge City principal, Fountain, earns doctorate Debby Schamber For The Record

Education has always been important to Tara Fountain, Bridge City Intermediate School Principal and recently she took it a step farther when she received her doctorate. She defended her dissertation on educational leadership with specifically on the Principal’s Impact on novice teachers retention in schools. Fountain’s role models in her life were her parents Debbie and Larry Schimkoitsch.

Together they reinforced the value of education and making a difference. In additional, her father was an educator. “He set a really good example for me,” Fountain said. She initially began her career in education by teaching special education after having a brother with special needs.

After graduating from Lamar University with a bachelors degree in Inter-disciplinary Studies, she began her career teaching in West Orange. She furthered her education by getting her masters degree in EducaTara Fountain, Bridge City tional Leadership Intermediate School Prin- and recently her cipal has received her doctorate. doctorate. While going to

school, she taught school for four years and was later an assistant principal. During this time she also worked as a reading coach. In 2004 she became the principal at Hatton Elementary in Bridge City. After being a principal, she knew she had found where her career would take her next. “I have loved being a principal,” Fountain said. In 2006 she became the principal at Bridge City Intermediate School. “ I really enjoy this age group, “ she said of the third

through fifth graders at BCI. But, no matter what her day brings she is ready to meet the challenges. Her biggest challenge is trying to meet each child’s individual needs. However, she says she works with a great group of teachers who help make it all possible. Not only are her parents strong supporters of her career, but also so is her husband, Tip. Fountain married her high school sweetheart and together they had two daughters, Taylor and Tatum.

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House on fire, grab a good book Caroline Brewton Columnist For The Record

If you were to ask me if my house were on fire, which possessions would I save? I’d say, “Easy, my books.” Of course, since I own about 350 of them, ranging from poetry to reference, that’s easier said than done. While my collection is mostly paperback, I do own a few hardbacks and one particularly heavy dictionary. I pity the firemen that attempt to save my library — they’re in for some serious backaches. Reading is my great life’s passion. I’ve been a “good” reader my whole life, always interested, always quick. In classes that bored me in school, I’d read ahead in my required reading books like “Where the Red Fern Grows” or “Tom Sawyer.” I spent hours and hours in my elementary school’s library, even returning there to volunteer after I had graduated. While I grew out of many of my childhood habits, reading has remained one of my favorite activities. Now, I read everything from poetry to popular literature à

ent — any time someone brings up the latest New York Times bestseller, instead of just shouting “STEPHANIE MEYER IS A WORTHLESS PEICE OF CRRAP” or “OMG JOHN STEINBECK YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LYYYYFE.” This means that sometimes you’ll catch me reading books I don’t like, but feel compelled to read, and I feel no shame in admitting I read them. Because I’d rather have an smart comment about a stupid book than a dumb conversation as a bad critic.

la Harry Potter or the Hunger Games series to Great Books with a capital “G,” capital “B” like “Fahrenheit 451.” I’ve even read “50 Shades of Grey.” My rationale for reading some of the less intellectual or fulfilling books is this: whether the books themselves interest me or not, I want to understand how the author managed to worm his or her way into the collective consciousness; what, exactly, is it that people like so much about their books? I mean, think about it: they must have touched some aspect of the human condition. I want to know what stroke of insight they were granted. So I read the books to find out. Even “Twilight.” I’m more impressed with some authors than others, obviously. I prefer John Green to Stephanie Meyer, and I like Richard Russo better than both. But more than just my own pleasure, my goal in reading all of these books is understanding. I want to be able to venture and defend a sound opinion — positive, negative or indiffer-

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Two nights of fun and frolick begin at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall in Orange includes dinner, door prizes, silent auction and entertainment. “A Fatal Night at the County Fair” is a mystery that needs to be solved. Put your fair clothes on and come out to the county fair. Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased in advance at the hospice office. For more info or reservations call 1.800.749.3497 or 409.886.0622.

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County business implemented by department heads and elected officials based upon retiree levels, resignations and reduction of payroll budget in each department. Eliminate one county court at law. Eliminate termination pay. Eliminate longevity pay. Implement Scoff Law (defined as a person who flouts the law, especially one who fails to pay fines owed, according to through the tax office. Consolidate the mail room

All the members of The Friends of the Orange Depot gathered for their monthly meeting Tuesday night at the City of Orange Community Center. They discussed property issues, fund-raising ideas, Mardi Gras and Art in the Park participation and donation plans. RECORD PHOTO: David Ball

Depot Friends discuss publicity campaign David Ball

For The Record

The Friends of the Orange Depot received several items of good news at their monthly meeting on Tuesday night at the City of Orange Community Center. Carrie Joiner Woliver, president of the organization, reported to a round of applause an anonymous donor purchased the property across the depot. She believes this property could be used fund-raisers in the future. It is anticipated other developers will become interested in the property. The Friends, likewise, also received their first donation of $100 from someone in Colorado. The organization will have a lowboy trailer with a depot banner on it, too, for the Mardi Gras parade on February 22 and a booth at Art in the Park. Jay Trahan, director of the Orange Economic Development Corporation, said the response has been phenomenal since Art in the Park was moved from Stark Park to the Pavilion at the boardwalk. There’s a waiting list for food vendors and there will be entertainment all day at the event. A big Save the Depot banner will also soon be placed on the depot itself. A brochure for The Friends should be available in three weeks as well as a brick sale fund-raiser. Prices for the

bricks will soon be set. The brochures will be distributed at local merchant establishments. PowerPoint presentations about The Friends will be presented to local groups interested in the depot. The group is waiting to receive word if they will be a tax exempt nonprofit 5013c organization. The Friends’ goal is to raise $600,000. Most of the major funding will come from business leaders and corporations contacted with a personal visit. Joiner Woliver said once the organization reaches $300,000 in donations, she expect others to join in. Other future fund-raisers are a fun run, a train ride and a children’s play at the Orange Community Players. The Friends of the Orange Depot T-shirts will be sold at Art in the Park too. Additionally, the group has two websites at and www. A Facebook page is also in the works. A non-profit organization group was formed to purchase and restore the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot on Green Avenue, as reported in the November 26, 2013 issue of The Record. Leading the efforts in the Friends of the Depot group is Carrie Joiner Woliver and her

husband Ron. Some people may remember Carrie Woliver as the author of “The Train Stopped in Orange: A Captivating Family History Revealed Through 1917 Texas Diaries.” The book was written after she discovered four valuable diaries from 1917-18 written by her grandparents, Will and Pearl Joiner, after the death of her mother. The journals held a treasure trove of history that she knew she had to share them with others. Their diaries, a portrait of Americana, revealed the rich history of Orange when train depots were the heart of the bustling city. Carrie Joiner-Woliver is a native of Orange and a graduate of Lutcher Stark High School The depot goals are: 1. To preserve the train depot for the public benefit of the citizens of Orange, by utilizing it as a community center for receptions, a museum, a gift shop, and a conference room for local clubs. The grounds may be used for special events. 2. To promote community involvement in the process of fund-raising to fund the costs of restoration and operations. 3. To use the restoration of the depot to revitalize downtown Orange by promoting tourism as the “Gateway to the Historic District.”

Prescription fraud busted Debby Schamber For The Record

Following an investigation which took about a year, 10 people were indicted and later convicted of obtaining fraudulent prescriptions from a doctor’s office. A former office manager for Dr. Howard Williams, Candy Rash, was approached by Debra Godfrey about participating in the drug ring. It was later determined during the investigation Rash was forging the prescriptions and as part of a larger ring of people who would then pick up the prescriptions at local pharmacies and bring them back to the ring leader, Godfrey. She would in turn pay them cash or drugs, according to reports. It was an alert pharmacist at Scholar’s Drug, that contacted Dr. Williams office with his suspicions. They then contacted the Orange Police Department. After Rash gave a statement to police, it opened up the investigation and led to an in-

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dictment and further arrests. In August 2013, a multicount indictment was re-

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turned from the Orange County Grand Jury. Monday Rash was sentenced to three years in prison for four counts to be run concurrently. Godfrey was sentenced to 10 years in prison on seven counts to be run concurrently. Glenn Dorrell, Brittany Manning, Derrick Tregre, Olivia Wilson, Brian Larkin and Gary Miller have all pleaded guilty and sentenced to probation. Peggy Gisclair and Kacey Larkin have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Dr. Williams was not involved in the illegal activity.


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special 80th birthday celebration for Gordon Baxter, born on Christmas Day, is set for Saturday Feb. 28, at the Holiday Inn Atrium Plaza in Beaumont. The party starts at 11 a.m.(Editor’s note: I recall that party quite well, an overflow crowd attended. Mike Trahan and Skipper will also remember that day. Al Caldwell emceed the occasion. Speakers were astronaut Greg Harbaugh, secretary of state Jacik Rains, mayor Evelyn Lord and many others, including Mike. Bax died a short time later.)*****Preston Conway will celebrate his 18th birthday on Feb. 29. He has a birthday every four years. (Preston 10 years later must be almost 21.)*****Democratic party primary voting begins. Running for U.S. president is Lyndon LaRouche, John Edwards, John Kerry, Howard Dean, Joe Lieberman, Randy Crow, Dennis Kucinich, Dick Gephardt, Al Sharpton and Wesley K. Clark. (Editor’s note: Do you recall who was nominated?)*****Locally, Rodney Price, Troy Johnson and Jim Sharon Bearden are running for county court at law judge. (Johnson won.)*****Mike White and David Bailey ran for sheriff. (White won.)*****John Ford beat George Navarro for constable Pct. 3.*****GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Richard Lee Moore, 47, formerly of Bridge City, died Feb. 17, while kayaking in the Gulf of Mexico. He was a 1974 BC grad.***Jack Collier, 89, of Mauriceville, died Feb. 24.***Frank Lee Carter, Sr., 89, of Orange, died Feb. 17.***Joyce Laverne Smith, 78, died Feb. 17.*****OnFeb. 28, Gavin Ryan Green will turn 3-years-old. Gavin is the son of Slade and Karen Green. Grandparents are Danny and Phyllis Green and Jimmy and Jeanne Young. (Editor’s note: Ten years later Gavin turns 13. How quickly the years have flown.) 35 Years Ago-1979

From the Creaux’s Nest WAKE UP, IT’S VOTING TIME Early voting started Tuesday. There are four contested local Republican Primary races. Those races will bring out the majority of voters. There are a dozen candidates running for U.S. Congress. I’ve yet to find anyone who can name over three of them. So what will happen? Many of the voters going to the polls to vote for local candidates will vote at random on congressional candidates, either through name recognition or just by picking one. That is scary because we don’t know what we’ll end up with, possibly another Steve Stockman. In most of the mail outs, phone calls, etc. that I received, candidates vow to fight Obama. Nothing new there, that’s been going on for five years. Everyone is running against Obama as their path to getting elected. Obama is president for three more years; they might as well accept that. What I was looking for is a candidate that would say, “I’m going to Washington to work in a bipartisan way to improve our country, create jobs and improve our health care plan where ever I can.” But what I’m hearing is more about obstructionists. A couple of candidates, in their propaganda, sound like they are going to Washington to take over the government. Not even Ted Cruz could do that and he’s tried. As a congressman of 400, there is very little they can do and what they do the leadership will dictate. As far as I know, the only East Texan running is Dr. Babin, from Woodville. There may be another in the Republican Primary that I’m not aware of. Most are from the Houston area, nothing new about that. It’s anybody’s guess who will emerge in the runoff. If the turnout in the runoff is cut in half, we will end up with about 20 percent of citizens sending a nominee to the general election in November where all the fun begins. At least try to be an informed voter in all races but especially in local races. Like the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket, or if you don’t vote.*****Gotta move on. Come along; I promise it won’t do you no harm. STAGE SET TO PICK NEW COUNTY OFFICERS Judge Carl Thibodaux, after 20 years, is not a candidate for reelection. He came in to the office of county judge after serving a successful apprenticeship as mayor of West Orange. He had the basics to take over from Judge John McDonald, who offered his help and advice for a smooth transition. Thibodeaux soon learned that serving as county judge is not a one day a week meeting. Being county judge is a very complex and time consuming 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. job. Daily, among the jobs as leader and administrator of the county is coordinating with department heads, obtaining federal grants, dealing with the Texas Dept. of Transportation, which isn’t always a picnic, dealing with other elected officials and over 400 employees. Most important is to lead the county in times of disaster. No one could have done a better job during the hurricanes and he deserves much credit for our fast recovery after the storms. Obtaining lodging for our citizens, clean up and rebuilding. He will be big shoes to fill. Like a school superintendent, city manager or plant manager, you can’t hire someone off the street and expect good results. Voters should be very cautious, study the qualifications before hiring a county judge. Judge Thibodeaux, in his 20 years, has brought the county out of the dark ages. Much progress has been made with infrastructure and good employees, the county is poised to move forward with caution. Our better day are ahead if the goal is not to roll back progress but to capitalize on it in a reasonable, conservative manner. Tightening of the belt doesn’t mean destroying all the progress we enjoy. At this time who we hire as the leader of our county could be the most important decision the local voter have made in many years. BURTON WILL BE MISSED County Commissioner Owen Burton is retiring. That’s a big loss not only on Commissioners Court, but also to the people of Precinct 2. Commissioner Burton, a successful business man, has always governed in a quite, strong business manner. A conservative with strong ethics, he is not a grandstander who feels the need to be a newsmaker. He’s efficient, and makes every vote after due study. He is a strong advocate for the citizens and needs of his precinct. He doesn’t try to be the commissioner of the entire county. He always proceded with caution and when the hard times hit, he was quick to say that it was time to apply the brakes and make reasonable choices going forward. Over the years, Judge Thibodeaux has been fortunate to have had very good, conservative commissioners. Owen Burton has walked softly but he’s a strong advocate of good government for the county. He sees to it that his precinct gets its fair share and taken care of. He serves us well and will leave a void. His experience on and off the court will be missed. The voters in Precinct 2 have a decision to make. They should consider their choice carefully. The court doesn’t need flame throwers or obstructionist, a good commissioner is a reasonable voice on the court that is consistent but not overbearing. TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME 10 Years Ago-2004 Terry “Stud Duck” Fuselier, 53, lost his life in an 18 wheeler truck accident Feb. 11, in Columbia, SC. He leaves behind his wife Yvonne, son Jesse, daughter Tammy, brothers Elvin, Tony and Richard, all of Bridge City and sisters Elaine Marceaux of Little Cypress.*****A

Helen Ratcliff, a 35 years employee of Farmer’s Mercantile, was busy putting out a new shipment of seeds for spring planting.*****The Bob Hope Telethon held in Houston to build and equip the new Bob Hope Vocational High School at Hughen School for Crippled Children in Port Arthur was a big success. The Telethon raised $1,200,000. Many stars appeared including Jimmy Dean, Kathy Crosby, Doug Kershaw, who brought wife Pam and their two boys, Zachary and baby Tyler, Kenny Rogers, Andy Williams, Vic Damone, Johnny Desmond, Dennis James, Fred Travillino, Buddy Rogers, Pia, Nancy Ames, Lynn Anderson and many more. Bill Hughes and Joe C. Norman, of Norstok, presented a photo of the proposed Bob Hope school to Bob. W.T. Oliver and his committee put the show together. Some of the local folks spotted were Earl and June Bishop, Curtis and Marion Lee, Roy and Phyllis Dunn,Charles and Pat Johnson, Weldon and Jane Leger, Martha Hughes, Patsy Norman and Orange Bank owners Vincent and Mary Kay Kickerillo, who contributed $50 thousand to the telethon. Sports figures present were Bum Phillips, Darrell Royal and Mike Barber, who presented Hope with a western Stetson.*****Jack White was feeling discomfort when he was rushed to Orange hospital.*****Beatrice (Bea) Barrett, after five months at M.D. Anderson, lost the fight to cancer. She was a tough woman who forbid anyone to cry over her pending death. She leaves behind sons, Billy, Lester, Thomas, Kenny and daughter Vera. (Editor’s note: the first three sons have since passed away.)*****One of the county’s most beautiful woman, Vickie Curtis, will celebrate a birthday in a few days. Trubie Shelton has a birthday coming up on March 6. A special party is planned for Jimmy Compton who is a year older on Feb. 28.*****Tickets to the second annual mock beauty pageant can be obtained fromJudy Wyatt at 735-3746 or Judy Shockley at 7352332.*****Faye Uzzle and Chris Heath are registering boys 6-12 and girls 6-15 for Little League at Bridge City Junior High.*****Billie Bradberry, PTA president, and her family were involved in an auto accident with no serious injuries. A FEW HAPPENINGS Presidents’ Day was Monday. It‘s a federal holiday. Some states observe it, others, like Texas, don‘t. On the other hand the U.S. Congress observes the day by taking the entire week off, which amounts to 11 days. They also took off the same amount of time for MLK Day. They work so few days I believe they qualify for unemployment.*****The big Orange Mardi Gras celebration is this coming Saturday, Feb. 22. The parade will be held at 5 p.m. and includes Super Bowl champ Earl Thomas. Wayne Toups will do his thing following the parade at the Pavilion. You don’t want to miss it. A great show sponsored by Jay Trahan and the City of Orange.*****On Saturday, March 1, Jivin’ Gene Bourgeois will be grand marshal for the Port Arthur Mardi Gras parade. We have known Gene since he was in short pants and remember when his brother Kenneth brought home a guitar from Rock Island, Texas, a gift from Wayne, one of the Waddell boys. Gene picked it up and learned to play. The rest is history. Mom Agnes and dad Ed would be proud of Gene riding that Grand Marshal float.*****Judge Don Peters has been under the weather lately so Judge Jimmy Scales will take over the duties as Bridge City judge and Peters will remain as associate judge.*****Nuttz and Boltz, the guys at Bridge City Automotive, hired a trio to serenade Ms. Ginny Cox on Valentine’s Day. She was thrilled but neighbor Cox wasn’t when they sang, “Too Old to Cut the Mustard Anymore” to him.*****We ran into our friend Lyndi Morris and she’s still intimidating but in a sweet way. .*****Our friend Tommy Harmon, financial director for the Port of Orange will retire Feb. 20. A gathering will be held at the Port. Tommy is a great guy. We wish him happy days in retirement. I believe he’s the first Harmon I’ve ever heard of retiring. They all like to work but Tommy has had health issues.*****A few folks we know celebrating birthdays. On Feb. 19, Ruby Sanders, Christy Faulk, Jason Clark and Martha Pittman all celebrate. This is also the day Clay Dunn died in 1959. Please see “Down Life’s Highway” column.***Celebrating on Feb. 20 is Nathan Dickman, Ty Broussard and Sidney Peet. This also was the birthday of our late friend Chief Jerry Wimberly. We miss him.***On Feb. 21, the lovely Misty Songe, manager of Bridge City Verizon, turns 32, despite looking 22.***Our buddy Ray Cravin marks number 66, Chris Menard turns 36 and Erin Boren also celebrates.*****On Feb. 22, Barry Murchison celebrates just five days ahead of wife Anitta.***Chad Boatman, B.E. “Bob” Hankins and Brint Carlton all celebrate and on this day our friend Rev. Leo Anderson, 66, died in 2012. Actor Sidney Poitier turns 87.*****Joey Hebert, John Hughes, Betty Davis, Misti Bishop and Rachel Doucet all celebrate Feb. 23. Also, on this day, in 1996, teacher, mother, wife and friend to many Annie Lee Knight died after a long battle with cancer. We will never forget her. She would be proud of her sons and surprised at how many grandchildren she has. It’s a shame they never got to know this great lady.*****On Feb. 24, pretty Regina Harrington, widow of our longtime friend Doug Harrington, celebrates her first birthday without Doug.***Also marking a birthday is Scarlett Fontenot and Dalton Bonds.*****On Feb. 25, OFISD board member and one of Bridge City Police Department’s finest, Brad Frye, celebrates another. A new motorcycle for the BCPD is coming in. Brad will be its rider so he’s not a good prospect to write insurance on.***Also celebrating is Zelda Jones, Doris Byrd and Angela Brinson.*****A reminder, Moe Litton will celebrate on Feb. 26. I’m giving everyone a heads up. Please see complete birthday list.*****I figure the United States will win nearly 30 Olympic metals for the 2014 winter games. I wonder if that will be enough to end up number one ahead of Russia.*****Be sure to read the great story on Coach R.C. Slocum and his youth in Bridge City in this week’s issue.*****The LBJ Library will host a summit April 8-10 in Austin, marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton will speak and George W. Bush is expected to give the

keynote address. President Obama may also attend. Other Johnson initiatives include Medicare, the Clean Air Act, seat belt requirements, health warnings on cigarettes and banned discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities and women.*****The X Factor is canceled by FOX. For the first time in 10 years, Simon Cowell won’t be on U.S. TV. The market for singing talent shows just got too crowded. Don’t worry about Simon, he’s number 17 on Forbes’ celebrity 100 list and earns $95 million a year.*****Four American Idol contestants to watch are Malaya Watson, C.J. Harris, Sam Wolf and M.K. “Em Kay” Nobilette. One of them will be the winner. *****It looks like we will have some new neighbors soon next to our Record office on Henrietta Street. The ladies of the Shabby Chic Hair Boutique should brighten up this mostly old boy neighborhood. *****Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who have been skating partners for 17 years, since they were 5-years-old, won the gold medal in the ice dance Monday with the highest score ever recorded, marking the first Olympic win ever for the US in that event.*****It’s with sadness that we learned late Tuesday that Larry Plant had passed away. Larry has been married to Flaudry, one of the Bonin twins, for many years. Flaudry is in a nursing home and Larry had been caring for her. Watch our website, for funeral arrangements. *****In 1885, 129 years ago, Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published for the first time. That story has stood the test of times. Today, his story sounds fictional but it depicts much of the times as they were then when few people were educated.*****Speaking of education, the Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s this week and Peggy’s on the Bayou #2, Hwy. 62 next week. Everyone is always welcome. *****A good deal can always be found at Swamp Pop Sound Shop on MacArthur. Don Crawford has the largest audio and video selection in the entire area. The technicians are the very best. Name brands also. Go by and look them over. Tell Don we sent you. PRESIDENTIAL QUOTES With Presidents’ Day celebrated this month, Feb. 17, I thought I would give you a small sampling on what John Adams, while running against George Washington in 1796 said, “He is too illiterate, unread, unlearned for his status and reputation.” ***Woodrow Wilson said in 1920 that “Warren G. Harding has a bungalow mind, no upper story.”***Harry Truman said about President Eisenhower, “Ike doesn’t know anything. The General doesn’t know any more about politics than a pig knows about Sunday.” About Richard Nixon, Harry said, “Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and if he caught himself telling the truth, he’d lie just to keep his hand in.” (Editor’s note: Years later Harry was proven right.)***Nixon said about LBJ, “People said my language was bad but Jesus, you should have heard LBJ. Howard Taft said about Woodrow Wilson, “A ruthless hypocrite, an opportunist who has no conviction that he would not barter for votes.” BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK Ruby Sanders, Christy Faulk, Darrin Havens, Jason Clark, Martha Pittman,,Ty Broussard, Nathan Dickman, Ron Teaff, Sydney Peet, Allison Floyd, Erin Boren, Beverly Satir, Chris Menard, Jim Izer, Amanda Newman, “B.E. “”Bob”” Hankins, George W. Stevens, Barry Murchison, Chad Boatman, Harry Risher, Jasmine Lindner, John Curphy, Leslie Braus, Wesley Arnold, Brint Carlton, John Hughes, Jody Andes, Betty Davis, Crystal Jones, Misti Bishop, Juanita Sullivan, Kelle Betz, Matthew Bland, Rachel Doucet, Joe Hebert, Dalton Bonds, Brently Sholmire, Regina Harrington, Scarlett Fontenot, Taylor Brownlie, Bill Bennett, Brad Frye, Emory LeBlanc, Zelda Jones, Kaylea Smith, Doris Byrd and Angela Brinson. CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK Every couple of months Sally Badeaux and Lucy leLeux, dem go for a girl’s night out. Da mens, dem, keep da chillums. At the girl’s outing last week dem womens drank way too much beer and got plain drunk. After leaving Tee-Boy’s Bar & Grill, they staggered dere way towards home. While cutting through da graveyard, Sally said, “Me, I got to use da bashroom so bad.” Lucy said, “Me too.” Sally said, “Why don’t we do our business behind a headstone.” Lucy say, “Mais, okay.” Sally didn’t have nutting to wipe wit so she use her panties, den throw dem away. Lucy, her, was wearing some expensive underware dat her husband Henry had given her for her birthday and she didn’t want to ruin dem. She was lucky enough to salvage a big ribbon from da wreath dat was on da grave and wiped herself wit dat. Den da womens stagger dere way home. Da next morning, Clovis Badeaux call Lucy’s husband, Henry, and he say, “Look cuzz, dis girl’s night out has got to stop, yea, las night Sally came home witout her panties her.” “Dats nutting, said Henry, Lucy came home her wit a card stuck on her butt wat said, “From all of us at da fire station, we will never forget you.” C’EST T’OUT It seems Ted Nugent is not the only Abbott problem, the Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that Greg Abbott has vigorously fought disability suites against Texas as attorney general. After a tree fell on him while he was jogging, he received $10 million dollars in a settlement. Abbott however, believes it is unconstructional to force Texas to comply with the federal law. His office has battled several suits filed by disabled residents, including one in which Texas argues, a woman is not disabled just because she has a prosthetic leg. The AG, who is in a wheel chair, praised the American with Disabilities Act which helps provide ramps, wide doors and other accommodations that allow him to engage voters. With Abbott it’s not necessarily what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.*****A reminder, if you haven’t planted your potatoes yet, now is the time. Old time farmers always said Valentine’s Day was the day to plant but it won’t hurt to plant in the next few days.*****I’ve got to shut it down for one more week. Thanks for your time. Please shop our family of advertisers, read us cover to cover. Thank you for making us Orange county’s most widely read newspapers. Have a nice week, enjoy the weather but beware of the fog. Take care and God bless.

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Three time All-State band member performs in San Antonio John Ellis, a member of the Bridge City High School Band, was selected as a member of the 2014 ATSSB All-State Band. More than 9,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in twenty different regions for a place in their respective all-region bands. This is Ellis’ third time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. Ellis was chosen for this honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at region and area levels. Ellis plays the clarinet at the school under the direction of Russell Tipton, who is a member of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, a 1000 member group of band directors in class 1A, 2A and 3A high schools in Texas. Ellis’ other interests in school include

UIL One Act Play, UIL Academics, and UIL Challenge Team. He is also active in church activities at First Baptist Church Bridge City and enjoys making short films, multi-media work, art and architecture. He is the son of Ron and Cheryl Ellis of Bridge City. The top chairs in each region advanced to one of the five area auditions held January 11 across the state and only 290 of these 1620 students were selected for all-state honors. The ATSSB AllState Bands met for rehearsals in San Antonio last week and performed in a concert on Saturday, February 15, in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.

BCHS artists acclaimed The art work of several students from Bridge City High School have been selected to be on display in the Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont beginning Feb. 20. The work of the local senior artists were selected from 121 entries from throughout the area in the 28th Annual Protege Competition and Exhibition. Only 21 pieces were chosen by jurors to be displayed at the museum. The art of Bridge City’s Caleb Marshall, 17, Linda Pham, 19, and Jessica Tinger, 17, will be on display in the museum Feb. 20 March 23. The Opening Reception and Award Ceremony will be held when the art goes on show Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. The first place winner will receive a four year scholarship to Lamar University for $350 per semester

and $225 gift certificate for art supplies. Marshall’s work “Memories From The Past,” Pham’s “The Year Of The Horse,” and Tinger’s “Behold The Ripples,” earned them the honors. Bridge City High School will also have three students whose art has been selected to be shown at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 4-23. Once again the work of Linda Pham will be on display after winning a Gold Medal. Her sister, Diane Pham, a sophomore, received Best In Show. BCHS senior Wade Howard, 17, also received a Gold Medal. The students will be awarded trophies during the School Art Presentation on Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m in the Hayloft Gallery in the Reliant Center.

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The BCMS Art students participated in the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Art Show a few weeks ago. The Best In Show was awarded to Mayla Motomura and Cameron Palermo was awarded as the Gold Medal Finalist. Their work will be on display in the Hayloft Gallery for the duration of the Rodeo in mid-March. Jaelyn Nichols, Nissat Suba and Cemron Yadon received the award of excellence as Finalists in the show. Forty pieces of art were entered by the middle school students, and they were awarded five blue ribbons, 16 red ribbons and 14 white ribbons total. The students’ artwork is on display at the Middle School at this time.

BCHS Welders place in competition Welders from Southeast Texas high schools put their skills to the test in the Associated Builders and Contractors of SETX welding contest. Two Bridge City ISD students placed in the top 20 for BC. They are Ryan Dionne in 4th place and Joe Peigez in 18th place.

Bridge City High School student artists Jessica Tinger, Linda Pham, Diana Pham, Caleb Marshall and Wade Howard. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Ryan Duhon took Fourth Place

Lady Cards make state playoff run The Bridge City Lady Cardinals have advanced to the Regional Quarterfinals in the 2014 state basketball playoffs. The Lady Cardinals are led by second year Head Basketball Coach Jennifer Willis. The Lady Cardinals have had a remarkable season entering the playoffs for the first time since the late 1990’s. The team consists Shayla Bratton, Caylin Choate, Bailee Bacon, Trinity King, Alexus Henry, Sarah Acosta, Kasey Frederick, Kelsey Fults and Harleigh Myers. The team is managed by Jessi Glover. Tony Bradley is the assistant coach. Congratulations to the Lady Cardinal basketball team for making our community proud.

The Bridge City HS Cheerleaders competed in the Cheer Power Cash Bash this month and received 1st place. They will be competing again Feb. 15 & 16 at Nationals in Galveston. Front row: Seniors; Lauren Pickard, Brooke Bertles, Brooke Derouen, Jessica Westlund, Head Cheerleader Ashleigh Fukuda, Makenzie Green, Caylin Choate, Kristina Threatt, Kaitlyn Louvier. 2nd row: Haley Hodgkinson, Kelly Zoch, Sarah Acosta, Hannah Faulk, Malorie Becker, Alexis James. 3rd row: Delaney Voegeli, Kasey Self, Baili Thibodeux, Kayla Self, Shelby Dishon, and Kelsey Smith. 4th row:  Alyssa Taylor, Bailey Dishon, Abby Faulk, Kayleigh Collier, Hope Hill, Carlee Dearing, Ashton Bonin, Alyssa Fukuda, and Maddie Thibodeaux

Joe Peigez took 18th place.



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

Orange Community Players “Tuesdays with Morrie” “Tuesdays with Morrie” is cancelled on Saturday at the Orange Community Players because the Mardi Gras parade will have Division Street closed during the parade. Other performances will be at 7:37 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2:37 p.m. on Sunday.

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LU Press hosts display of short story anthology “A Shared Voice”Feb. 20 Speaker Andre Geyer will speak on the making of ‘A Shared Voice’, a conversation in narrative by 24 of the finest writers in America at 2 p.m. in the Mary and John Gray Library lobby on LU campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Food Show at Civic Center on Feb 20 Civic Center to Fill with Students and Savory Smells of School Food Selections: Approximately 1100 SETX students and school administrators, parents and food service employees from across the region will participate in the 14th Annual Region 5 School Food Show & Tasting on Feb. 20, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The “School Nutrition Across Texas,” event, sponsored by Region 5 Food Service Coop. will bring together approximately 80 vendors providing food and beverage items to Region 5 Food Service Coop districts. Vendors will offer new items as they compete for the attention and votes of the students. Coop school districts will make future purchases based on student votes. Food Show contact, Jean Kyle, is an excellent spokesperson for this popular event and available for questions and live appearances. Call her at Reg. 5 Education Service Center at 409.951.1782 or jekyle@

Relay for Life team captain meeting to be held Feb. 24 The American Cancer Society would like to invite you to the next Orange County Relay For Life Team Captain meeting that is set at 5:45 p.m. for Monday, Feb. 24 at Lamar State College Orange Wilson Building in Room 101 If interested in signing up a team for this years Relay For Life visit their website at . This years Relay For Life will be from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Friday, May 2 at Bridge City High School and the theme is “Planting the Seed for the Cure”. For more information about the event contact Bridget LeBlanc at 409-651-0302 or you can send an e-mail to ocrelaychair@

Calling all Volunteers! Feb. 22 Saturday, Feb. 22 is the First Annual State Volunteer for Rita Day and we want your help! Early voting starts today and lasts through the 28 so we want to reach as many voters as possible on Saturday. Our call location is in Beaumont. We have plenty of time slots Bulletins 8A

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Deaths and Memorials Services to be held Marjorie Murdock Deweyville Marjorie Dean Murdock, 85, of Deweyville, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m.. Friday, Feb. 21 at the First Baptist Church of Deweyville. Graveside service will be held at 3 p.m.. Friday at the Oak Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Many, La. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m.. Thursday evening at the church. Born on July 30, 1928 in Many, La. to Henry L. and Lora Bell (DeBose) Williams, she remained in this area where she grew up and graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in Mt. Carmel, La. in 1946. She then attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. where she obtained an Associate Degree in Education. Marjorie then went on to marry her first true love, J. A. Murdock, Jr. in Nome. She then worked for Kountze Elementary School as a teacher until 1963. It was at that time that Marjorie and her husband, J. A. relocated to Orange where she went to work for the LCM C.I.S.D. until she retired in 1986. Marjorie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Deweyville. Marjorie is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years. Grateful for having shared her life are her son, John A. Murdock and wife, Peggy of The Woodlands. Daughter, Nancy J. Murdock of Baton Rouge, La. and her grandsons, David and Will Bennett. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Condolences may be expressed for the family at

Randy Stanley Vidor Randy Allen Stanley, 51, of Vidor, born July 13, 1962 lost his battle with liver cancer on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 inpatient at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, under the compassionate care of Altus Hospice.Cremation arrangements were entrusted with Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. There will be a celebration of Randy’s life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Memorial Funeral Home, 1750 Hwy 12, in Vidor. Pastor Bob Austin with New Hope Church will be officiating the services. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend in remembrance of Randy. A native of Vidor, Randy spent 22 years in Ariz. and thoroughly enjoyed his 30 year career as a truck driver in both Texas and Ariz. A huge Dallas Cowboys fan, loved fishing and spending time with his family and friends, loved hiking and mountain bike riding in Ariz. and loved our Lord God, as he was saved and is at peace in heaven now. Randy is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sandy Ann Simmons Stanley of Vidor; only child, Randy Allen Stanley II of Vidor; mother, Shirley Minshew of Bridge City; brother, Ronnie Stanley of Vidor; sister, Shirley Jean Stanley of Vidor. Randy was preceded in death by his brother Gary Stanley of Vidor.

Larry Plant Orange Larry James Plant, 77, of the Cove area of Orange, passed away Monday, Fe. 17, 2014 at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas in Orange after an illness. Funeral services will be held at a Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at St.

Mary Catholic Church in Orange with Father Joseph P. Daleo serving as celebrant. Rite of Christian Burial and Entombment will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Orange. A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5 p.m.. until 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Serving as pallbearers will be Casey and Cody Plant, Fletcher Cockrell Sr., Harold McDonald, Jesse Roy and Brooks Bonin, Carol Holt and Billy Cunningham. Born on August 8, 1936 in Orange, Texas to his parents, Lillian (Wallet) Plant and Arthur W. Plant, he was a lifelong resident of Orange and he had just recently acquired the home where he was born and lived there at the time of his passing. Larry worked for and retired from the Beaumont Works Plant of E. I. DuPont de Nemours where gave the great service of 38 years. Larry was of the Catholic faith and he attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orange. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing and all sports. Larry is preceded in death by his parents. Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Flaudry Plant of Orange; his son, Clint Plant of Houston; his sister, Sylvia Plant Sonnier of Orange and his grandsons, Casey Plant of New York, NY and Cody Plant of Houston. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.

Francis Council #13825 of the Knights of Columbus. Growing up in a Cajun family, Adam enjoyed life to its fullest, when not fishing, hunting or working in the garden, Adam enjoyed playing dominoes, cooking, barbecuing and making Mayhaw jelly. His love for God, his family and those most dear to him was unwavering and he will be missed by many. Adam is preceded in death by his parents, seven sisters, two brothers and his grandsons, David Miller and Michael Bailey Miller. Left to carry on his legacy and cherish his memory are his loving wife of 54 years, Pauline “ Polly “ Miller of Orange; sons, Mark Miller and wife, Tammy of Orange, Keith Miller and wife, Tiny of Orange, Craig Miller and wife, Kimberly of Lake Charles and Michael Miller and wife, Sophia of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; grandchildren, Brian Snyder, Marcus, Hunter, Slade, Elizabeth, Madison, Cayman and Croix Miller and Megan Miller Metoyer and great-grandsons, Micah Miller and Ashton Hunt. Adam is also survived by numerous members of his extended family and many friends. Donations may be made in

memory of Adam to The Soup Kitchen at St. Mary Catholic Church, 912 W. Cherry Ave., Orange, TX 77630, (409) 883-2883. Condolences may be expressed for the family at

Services held Tunney Vercher, Sr. Orange Rev. Tunney Vercher, Sr, 86, of Orange, passed away on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in his home. Funeral services were Feb. 18, at Miracle Restoration Revivals in Orange. Officiating was the Rev. Larry Doucet assisted by Brother Walter Hoffpauir. Burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery. Born in Orange on July 18, 1927, Tunney Vercher, Sr. was the son of Joe Vercher, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Jerral) Vercher. Tunney

Adam Miller Orange Adam Miller, 78, of Orange passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas in Bmt. Funeral services will be held for Adam at a Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 A.M. Wed., Feb. 19, 2014 at St. Francis Catholic Church, 4300 Meeks Dr. in Orange with Father Thomas E. Phelan as the celebrant. The funeral procession will depart Dorman Funeral Home at 10:15 a.m. for the church. Rites of Christian Burial, Military Honors and Interment will follow the mass at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Orange. Born on July 18, 1935 in Eunice, La. the baby of 10 children to his parents, Mayo Miller and Leah (Verret) Miller, he lived in Orange for the last 53 years and had previously lived in Shreveport, La. Adam worked his entire career in sales for Sears and Roebuck as well as selling Real Estate. Adam was also a Veteran where he honorably served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Era. Adam was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Orange and he was a third degree member of the St.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Miracle Restoration Revivals at 608 W. Dogwood Orange, TX 77630.

William Cannon Orange William Patrick “ Billy “ Cannon, 73, of Orange, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at a Private Care Facility in Orange. Services to honor Billy’s life were Feb. 18 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating was the Rev. Tom Haas, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church in Orange. Rite of Committal and Interment followed services where he was laid to rest next to his wife at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Serving as pallbearers were Chris Kennedy Sr., Woody Nowell, Obits Page 8A



Jesse Fezia, Sr. Orange The Celebration of Life for Mr. Jesse Lee Fezia, Sr., 79, of Orange will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Rites of Christian Burial will follow n Hollywood Community Cemetery under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. He died Feb. 11 at The Medical Center of SETX in Port Arthur. A native of Vinton, La., he resided in Orange 67 years. A veteran of the U.S. Marines, he was also a Cement Finisher, retiring from Blount Bros. Construction Co. after 31 years of service. He was a member of God’s Living Word Church. His Christian service included Choir, Deacon Board, Brotherhood and also serving as a Sunday school teacher. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Fezia, children, David Fezia, Evangelist Deborah Walker and Minister Cynthia Warnell, and brother, Clifton Fezia, all of Orange, eight grandchildren and 16 greatgrandchildren. Offer sympathy expressions at

served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. He spent his best 61 years with the love of his life, Beatrice Walterine Vercher. Tunney retired from the City of Orange and was the founder and Pastor of Miracle Restoration Revivals of Orange. He was preceded in death by his wife; brothers, Joe, Dempsey and Bobby Lee Vercher Sr. ; sonin-law, Charles Parker. Tunney is survived by son, Tunney Vercher and wife, Nancy of Vidor; daughters, Elizabeth Ann Parker of Carthage, Joette Hoffpauir and husband, Walter of Bridge City, Vadonia (Donna) Doucet and husband Larry of Orange; foster daughters, Judy Ann Laughlin and Mary Rose Doucet of Sulphur, La.; and brother, Tommy Vercher of Orange. He was also survived by 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and one great-greatgranddaughter. Serving as pallbearers were Chris Doucet, Justin Burkhead, Chad Nichols, Gerald Hoffpauir, Robby Thrailkille, Charles Parker Jr. andBlake Flowers. Honorary pallbearers were Kolby Flowers and Joe Vercher.

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Qualified •Honesty•Education •Legal Experience •Integrity I am a life long resident of Orange County. I am married to Robert Simonton and together we have raised our family here in Orange County. I have over 17 years experience in the legal field, with 10 years as an attorney with experience in family law, civil law, criminal law, juvenile law and probate law. I have spent numerous hours in various courts around Texas advocating on behalf of my clients in trials, hearings and pleas. The legal experience I have gained will bring a new prospective to the Justice of the Peace Court and will allow me to fairly, firmly and accurately administer the business of the court. I will also bring the truancy program back to precinct 3 where its citizens reside and attend school and with a compassionate, yet firm hand help guide our youth of today so they can be productive citizen of our future. Our officers and citizens deserve a Justice of the Peace who is committed to a partnership that will allow all of us to do their jobs and keep our community safe. I would love to serve our community as your next Justice of the Peace of Precinct 3. I humbly request your vote and appreciate all your support. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 409-344-1075 or at

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for volunteers to come from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Please contact us at to let us know what time you are available. Come for an hour or for the day; any time you are able to give will help us reach more voters. Drinks, snacks, and lunch will be provided throughout the day and the phones are easy to use. Once you let us know that you’re coming, we will send a phone script for you to look over once or twice before Saturday.

12th Annual Luncheon Celebrates Strong Families Feb. 25 On Tuesday, Feb.25, 2014, the friends of Family Services of Southeast Texas will come together at the 12th community whose contributions have made Southeast Texas a better place for families. The event, which will be held at the MCM Elegante in Beaumont, will also serve as a platform to raise awareness and funds for Family Services’ programs that strengthen families all year long. This year’s honorees are Richard and Amie James, Family of the Year; Mason Construction, Family Business of the Year; Gisela Houseman, Bill Leger Family Advocate of the Year;

and Mary Young & Thairapy Salon, Family Services Volunteers of the Year. Tickets to the luncheon are $40 each, and tables for 8 are available for $300. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are also available. For more information or to reserve a spot at the 2014 Celebrate Families Luncheon, call 833-2668 ext. 115.

Donkey Basketball game on Feb. 25 Advanced tickets are for sale for $6.00 with Michelle Huff @ the High School. The tickets will be $8.00 the night of the game. We will have concessions for sale, half-time entertainment, post-game Award Ceremony and a tournament style Donkey Basketball game!.

Income Tax Assistance The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will be offered starting 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 12:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday through April 11 and Tuesday April 15. Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following: All W-2 and 1-00 Forms including Soc. Sec. Benefits statements. Records of Capital Gains and Losses Receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, casualty and theft losses, job expenses, sales tax receipts for major purchases and Soc. Sec. cards for dependents. Also, a copy of the 2012 tax return is very helpful to volunteers assisting in the preparation of the 2013 return. Electronic filing will be available. No Tax Returns will be started after 4 p.m.

Nominations for Texas’s Outstanding Sr. Volunteer Visit “” to nominate and vote for an outstanding Senior volunteering at least 15 hours per month. Deadline is March 1. Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each state winners’ designated and approved nonprofit organization and share their personal stories online on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. A national winner will also be selected by a panel of senior care experts. Call for more info 409892-7494.

Shriners Sponsor Mardi Gras Dance - Mar. 1 Dance the night away with music by Na-Na- Sha at the Orange County Expo Center (FM 1442).All public is invited. BYOB. Admission is $15. For more info call 409-883-8568.

Historical Society to discuss train depot The Orange County Historical Society will have a special meeting at 6:30 p.m., March 4 in the conference room of the Orange Public Library. Brown Claybar and Michael Hoke will give a presentation on the restoration of the Orange Train Depot. For more information contact Ed Henry at 409-883-4115. The public is invited.

BCCC Mystery Dinner Mar. 28 and 29 BC Chamber of Commerce presents “Dangerous Night on a Desert Isle” 4th Annual Mystery Dinner. Mar. 28 is Family Night - no alcohol (Table for 8 is $150) or $20 per person. Mar. 29 for Adults only (Table for 8 is $300) or $40 per person. If you would like to decorate a table there is a $50 fee and the winner will receive a trophy. Please make contributions payable to” BCCC” and return to 150 W. Roundbunch Rd., Bridge City, TX 77611. Contributions benefit the BCCC Bayou Bowl Scholarship. For more info contact 409-735-5671. Contributions may be tax deductable.

WOCCISD Ed Foundation will hold Benefit Golf Tournament Mar 29 Benefit golf tournament to fund innovative learning opportunities for students in the WOCCISD school system. Saturday Mar. 29. For more info call 409.796.1327.

SETX Hospice Annual Mystery Dinner Theater Mar. 31 & April 1 Two nights of fun and frolick begin at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall in Orange includes dinner, door prizes, silent auction and entertainment. “A Fatal Night at the County Fair” is a mystery that needs to be solved. Put your fair clothes on and come out to the county fair. Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased in advance at the hospice office. For more info or reservations call 1.800.749.3497 or 409.886.0622.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Weekly Fundraiser Menu for Thursday, Feb. 20 consist of beef tips over rice, normandy blend in cheese sauce, green beans, bread and cookie @ $8 per plate. Orders may be picked up, eaten at the Eagles or delivered with an order of two or more lunches. Please place the order by 3 p.m. Wednesday. Orders may be place with Jarlene @ (409)474-9291; e-mail or call The Eagles @ 886-7381 after 4 p.m. or fax the Eagles @ 886-9725.

Nominations for a special ‘small business’ person awards April 11 The Southeast Texas Small Business Person of the Year awards will be presented during 2014 Business Development Week and Governor’s Small Business Forum on April 10th. Nominees must be located in Hardin, Jefferson or Orange Co. and defined as “small” under the applicable SBA size standards. For more info please contact Jessica Hill at 409.838.6585 or go to Application categories and forms are as follows: Entrepreneur of the Year * Small Business Exporter of the Year * Family Owned Business of the Year

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Josh Wester, Cole Chesson, James Crow, Bobby Hudson and Chris Kennedy Jr. Born on Sept. 9, 1940 in Dangerfield to his parents, Robert Ernest Cannon and Nona Lucille (Porter) Cannon, he lived in the Orange area for the past 68 years. He worked as a supervisor in the G Unit at the DuPont Sabine River Works Plant in Orange where he retired in 1994 and he was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Orange. Billy will be remembered for his spirit of generosity, his love of singing, his ability to tell a great story, his enjoyment of reading, his gardening of flowers and his taking in of stray cats that he cared for. His family will fondly remember the beauty of his yard at his home and spending time with his indoor cat, Taffy. Billy is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mitzi Roach Cannon and his sister, Mary Cannon Duncan. Those who will most cherish his memory are his daughters, Tami Kennedy and husband, Chris of Orange, Susan Cannon and fiancé, Woody Nowell of Orange, Teri Chesson of Orange and Jennifer Cannon of Groves; his sister, Sue Jo Cannon Hopkins and husband, Lloyd of Orange; his brother, Robert Porter Cannon and wife, Patsy of Texarkana; his grandchildren, Chris Kennedy and wife, Melinda, Josh Wester and wife, Sarah, Brooke Barker, Megan Hudson and fiancé, James Crow, Cole Chesson and wife, Tyler and Emma Grace Cannon; his great-grandchildren, Slayde Barker, Emma Michele Crow, Jonathan Wester, James Wester and Olivia Kennedy. Billy is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Billy’s children and family wish to express a special thanks to Pearl Helm and Kay Bray, Billy’s caregivers for their love and care of Billy during his final days. The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Amsden and staff of SETX Hospice for their care of Billy. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.

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The day Clay died 55 years ago Growing up in a broken home, raised by my mother, I looked forward to the years ahead that I would spend learning from and about my dad. It was about three hours before daylight on Feb. 19, when I climbed behind the wheel of Clay’s big, black Lincoln. I had allowed myself enough time to drive from our place on the Brazos River in Burleson County to arrive at Dallas hospital before 9 a.m. I made my way from our Avalon Ranch down the Brazos Bottom Road that came out at Hearne on Highway 6. I pulled into a family restaurant at Calvert, grabbed a quick bite and coffee. The sky was dark and the temperature had been dropping. At Bremond, I made the choice to take Highway 14 instead of following Highway 6 into Waco. A few miles down at Kosse, I started noticing a few snowflakes. By the time I came across Groesbeck, the white stuff was really starting to fall. I had never driven in this kind of weather before. I would try the bright lights and then the dim ones. Neither worked very well. The traveling was scary enough, but by the time I got to Mexia, it was plum frightening. Daylight was peeping through and everything was covered with the snow that was coming down in dump truck loads. I couldn’t see ahead or behind. My hands dripped with sweat. I debated whether or not to stop or press on. I cheeped along for the next two hours. It was 9 a.m., the time I was due in Dallas, when I made a pit stop. The snow had eased up some, but

at Ennis, I figured I was still an hour and a half away from downtown Dallas. My dad, Clay, was scheduled to have surgery at 9 a.m. Under normal conditions, I would have been there with time to spare. A call the previous evening had told me dad wanted to talk to me before he went into surgery. A few years before he had suffered a couple of heart attacks. Up until three days before, he had been in Bryan’s St. Joseph hospital. A gallstone had slipped into an extra duct of his gallbladder. I’m told the extra duct is consistent in the Dunn bloodline.

Clay Jackson Dunn 10/27/1893---2/19/1959

The last time I had seen him was before my uncles had forcefully removed him from St. Joseph and moved him to Dallas. He was jaundice, yellow as a lemon. Dr. Andreus, his heart doctor, wouldn’t release him, saying his heart couldn’t withstand gallbladder surgery. I’d never driven in Big D before. Snow covered everything. Just before 11 a.m., I walked into the hospital. The surgery had been put off waiting my arrival. Being Clay’s

only child, they wanted me to sign some papers plus Dad wanted to talk to me first. The doctors assured me that three EKGs showed his heart would be fine for the two-hour operation. Dad wanted me to get an attorney; there was something he needed to take care of. I assured him of the doctors’ confidence that everything could wait. He said he needed to have a talk with me. I told him we would go to Arizona for his recovery and would have plenty of time to talk. He was prepped and ready. I walked alongside while they wheeled him in to the operating room. At the two big doors, they said that was as far as I could go. With my hand on his, I wished him good luck. He responded that he would never make it through the operation. He looked me in the eyes and said, “You’ve got two strikes against you. One is being my son; the other you’ll find out about. Three of my uncles and I waited. One I had never met before. I didn’t know the Dunn’s very well then. Dad and I, until recently, hadn’t spent much time together. I looked forward to the time ahead together. Clay had done Mom and me wrong. We had struggled through some hard times and often near starvation. He had thought if times were hard enough, she would give me up. I held some resentment toward him for that. The operation ran longer than expected. After three hours, a nurse came out and told us the operation had been a success and they were sewing Dad up. The doctor would be out to talk to us soon. A couple of my uncles left to return to their offices. Dad was the black sheep. His brothers owned Dunn Brother’s Pipeline Stringing Co., the largest of its kind with near 500 trucks. Their slogan was, “Around the nation, it

Roy’s last visit to his dad’s hometown, the western town of Rising Star, Texas. PHOTO BY: Mark Dunn

must be Dunn.” They strung the Alaskan Pipeline and operated in all the 49 states. At age 14, Clay had ridden a donkey from his home in Sipes Springs near Rising Star to Comanche where he got a job with the telephone company. He strung wire and post all the way to Houston and eventually to Port Arthur. Clay had the most fascinating and colorful life of anyone I’ve ever known, bar none. After about 45 minutes, the doctor came out to talk to my Uncle Hobby and me. The operation, he said, had been a success but while sewing him up his heart had stopped. They had cut into his chest and had hand-massaged his heart, but it wouldn’t respond. They had pronounced him dead at age 65. I though about what could have been. His last words raan through my head. In a couple of days, we laid Dad to rest in the little cemetery on the hill in Sipes Springs with his mom, dad and siblings, who had preceded him. He was born just a half-mile away. The Dunn’s had blazed quite a trail, starting with my grandfather, Allen. Clay often spoke of his last ride being to

Sipes Springs. Over the years, I’ve made several pilgrimages on Feb. 19 to visit the burial site of my Irish bloodline. Fifty-five years have passed since that cold February day in 1959.. Several years have gone by since I last visited the

gravesite where so much of my roots are buried. Some day soon I hope I will pay homage to the Irish folks on the hill who gave me a proud heritage. I’ll tell Dad everything came out fine and I’ve enjoyed a good, long life.


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R.C. Slocum Highlights Aggie Mom’s Tailgate Event


Wind or no wind, three consecutive days of temperatures in the high sixties and low seventies provided a window, however brief, for hibernating anglers to test the waters.Area launches were crowded across the weekend and I passed a lot of bass fishermen headed north on Hwy. 96 while returning home from a baseball scrimmage in Kirbyville Friday afternoon. By in large, bass fishermen are a much tougher lot when it comes to enduring miserable weather for a shot at a big bass anyway, but the sunshine obviously short circuited a score of well intended honey-dos for the less determined as well.Based on my own experiences, I couldn’t help but wonder how many big engines would fail to crank and how many troll motors were rendered useless due to dead batteries! I did talk with a pair of weather-proof bass fishermen that have struggled all winter, but broke out of their slump Sunday. As nice as the weather was Friday and Saturday they still couldn’t put together a productive pattern, but that all changed just before noon on Sunday. They caught six nice bass fishing Traps and Senkos on a drop shot rig in 12 feet of water in a wooded creek in the Indian Creek area before breaking for lunch.From two o’clock until dark they returned and caught twenty-five to thirty more bass up to 8.20 pounds slow rolling ½ ounce spinner baits through the scattered moss at the same depths.They only kept four fish to eat, but said that those fish as well as the fish they turned back were full of eggs! On the salt water scene, I’ll just have to continue fishing virtually every day to see if the trend continues, but the trout that have provided the best bite for us on Sabine this winter have consistently opted for the smaller mullet imitations.I am not putting away my Corky Fat Boys and Maniac Mullets, but as late as yesterday we are still doing better with the shorter Softdine and Crazy Croaker. At the same time, however, just the opposite has been true when relying on a plastic tail to get a bite.Five inch tails like the Diedapper, Big Minnow XL and Split tail Mullet have just been deadly while the four inch tails have held their own only when fished under a cork.That comes as no surprise, but I have no idea why the shorter suspending mullet imitations are working better.That has even been the case with the smaller Catch 2000 and MirrOdine when fishing hard baits. Before you just write it off as a matter of angler confidence… consider the following. One morning, two weeks ago, we were catching 15 to 18-in. trout hand over fist drifting a flat using Colburn Fishing Page 3B

Spinnerbaits shine in dirty water OUTDOORS WEEKLY CAPT. CHUCK UZZLE FOR THE RECORD

Any tackle geek knows they are the next great weapon in the angling arsenal, saltwater spinnerbaits have come to the coast and the redfish have a new enemy. They come in array of different colors and each one does a little something different that sets it apart from the competition. Truth be told there are 2 basic styles and they both do a great job catching fish. The most common style is the “safety pin” style, famous in bass fishing circles and the one most known by Texas anglers. The other is the “in line” version, a recruit from the north that was made famous on walleye lakes. Both of these baits have come to the tackle forefront and are producing excellent catches of several saltwater species, most notably redfish. For many years several of the guides on Sabine Lake, including myself, fished clients on both Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend as well as Sabine. Over the years we found several baits that crossed the line from fresh to salt and produced in both environments. Plugs like the Rat-l-trap, Rogue, tube jigs and others stayed in our tackle boxes no matter where we fished. The spinnerbait joined that list when we found out we could catch largemouth bass and redfish in the same brackish water marshes that surround our area. Many times while night fishing on the Sabine River we caught mixed stringers containing both bass and redfish, the bait worked so well we turned our friends and clients onto the program. Now the rest of the fishing world has come to know the secret that many Louisiana anglers have known for years, the spinnerbait has a place in saltwater. The typical pattern for using spinnerbaits in saltwater involves off colored water where sight fishing is difficult. The thump or vibration that blades put out is a top choice fish finding tool. Not only does the spinnerbait vibration make it easier to find fish you can cover plenty of water with the bait as well. A perfect example would be the “speed method” that B.A.S.S. angler Kevin Van Damm applies, he makes hundreds more cast than other guys on tour because he fishes his spinnerbaits so aggressively. By covering so much water you can rule unproductive areas quicker and with more confidence. Now the spinnerbait can also be used in the clear water as well, they will catch fish in these conditions also. In the marshes around Sabine and Calcasieu we will routinely throw spinnerbaits at redfish we can see. A favorite technique is to pull the Outdoors Weekly Page 3B


Despite temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark, the North wind gusting and a driving rain hitting our area during the dinner hour last Tuesday night, a great crowd of Texas A&M supporters showed up to hear Orange native and former Aggie head coach R.C. Slocum reminisce about growing up in the Orange and Bridge City areas. Slocum was the featured speaker at the annual event hosted by the Orange County Aggie Moms, who this year honored the Aggie Dads with a “Tailgate Gumbo” at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Bridge City. It was a homecoming of sorts for Slocum, the winningest head football coach in Texas A&M history, who enjoyed the company of his brothers Daniel and M.B. Slocum plus many longtime friends and relatives who attended the event that was organized by Marian Blem, President of the Orange County Texas A&M Mothers’ Club. Right after the delicious gumbo was served Jama Alcorn Delaney presented a thorough history of the Orange chapter of the club, when it began more than 50 years ago and the scholarships it presents. Then one of the area’s most ardent Aggies, Wyatt Prejean reviewed the highlights of R.C. Slocum’s resume before introducing him as the event’s featured speaker. Slocum began by telling the audience that he lived in Bridge City while going to elementary school and said that one of his first jobs was shining shoes at Martin’s Barber Shop, which was located about 100 yards from where we were at First Baptist Church. “It was real difficult spending a dollar on something I wanted, knowing how hard I worked for those quarters,” R.C. recalled. “Part of my shoe shine deal was that I had to sweep up all the hair that had

Joe Kazmar (left) standing along side R.C. Slocum (right) during Aggie Mom’s hosted tailgate event this week in Orange.

fallen on the floor after Mr. Everitt Martin had finished giving a haircut.” Slocum said he enjoyed having his shoe shining business, especially when Mr. Martin let him ride his horse that was kept behind the barber shop. “Mr. Martin wanted me to ride his horse in the upcoming parade to the rodeo arena in Orange,” Slocum said. “He even bought me a brand new neckerchief.” “Next door was a shoe repair shop that had a nice pair of Cowboy boots that someone had left for repair but never

picked up. I worked out a deal to buy them for $2.50 to complete my Western outfit for the parade. Riding into that rodeo arena on Mr. Martin’s horse was one of my proudest moments I can remember as a kid,” R.C. concluded. The Slocum family moved back to Orange and then back to Bridge City before settling in Orange, living in several areas of the city including Riverside, before finally moving to Roselawn as his dad continued to get better jobs each time. Tailgate Event Page 2B


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Tailgate Event “I remember by father working hard all day long and then driving from Bridge City to Stark High School to work on getting his GED,” R.C. said. “Dad always emphasized the importance of how having a good education will affect getting a good job.” It was when R.C. was going to school in Orange that he was introduced to Texas Aggie football by the late Homer Stark. “Mr Stark had a couple of daughters that went to school with me, but I know he liked me a lot more than the girls did,” Slocum quipped. “Homer took me up to College Station for a Texas-Texas A&M game—the bonfire, the Midnight Yell the whole smear—and I was hooked on Aggie football from that time on,” he said proudly. “I wanted to be an Aggie after that. I really loved it up there.” R.C. displayed his work ethic as a tight end on the Stark Tigers football team and the hard work paid off in the form of a football scholarship to McNeese State College in Lake Charles, where he lettered for four years, was all-conference and was later inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. After graduation he coached at Lake Charles High for two years before getting the opportunity to join the coaching staff at Kansas State. He came home to Orange for Christmas and decided to go to Houston to visit his old high school coach Ben Hurt, who was an assistant at the University of Houston, who was playing Colorado in the 1971 Bluebonnet Bowl. He told Hurt that he liked coaching in college, but wanted to get closer to home, like at Texas A&M. Hurt let him in on a secret that Emory Bellard, who was coaching at the University of Texas, was going to be named the head coach at Texas A&M the next morning and that Hurt was going to College Station as one of his assistants. R.C. wasted no time, driving up to College Station at 3 a.m. the next morning and got there as the sun was rising, sitting on the stairs waiting for the field house to open. A secretary informed Slocum that Coach Bellard was just moving in that day and would not have time to see anybody. But R.C. insisted that he needed less than five minutes and would wait inside. Around noon the secretary said that Bellard would talk to him very briefly around 4 p.m.

“I introduced myself, told him I was a friend of Ben Hurt’s and said I would like to join his coaching staff at Texas A&M,” R.C. remembers. “He just kept puffing on his pipe and didn’t say a word, so I just kept telling him why he should hire me. He finally said he would be completing his staff in a couple of days and will let me know one way or the other.” A couple of days before Christmas R.C. decided to phone his prized recruit Earnest “Bubba” Bean, an all-state running back from Kirbyville who he had been courting for Kansas State the last two years. When asked what he was doing, Bubba said he and a couple of buddies were just leaving for a Beaumont mall to do some last-minute shopping. R.C. said he was at his brother’s for a barbecue and invited Bubba and his friends to stop in. They took him up on the invitation and while everyone was eating and having a good time, his brother M.B. said there was a phone call for R.C. It was Coach Bellard who gave him the good news that he was hired as an assistant at Texas A&M. “Coach Bellard, do you want to talk to Bubba Bean?” Slocum asked. He told me he is planning on talking to him after the holidays. “I mean do you want to talk to him right now?” he asked. It wasn’t long after that conversation with Bellard that Bean declared he was going to Texas A&M. And he had a great career as an Aggie. R.C. began his coaching career at Texas A&M as a receivers coach but switched to defense after a year, later becoming the defensive coordinator in 1978 after Bellard left and Tom Wilson was named head coach. He had an opportunity to work as a defensive coordinator for the famous John Robinson at Southern Cal and left A&M for the 1981 season, but his love for College Station brought him back where he served as defensive coordinator for Head Coach Jackie Sherrill and was promoted to assistant head coach in 1985. Sherrill left in 1988 and Slocum was named head coach at Texas A&M, a position he held for 14 years, compiling a record of 121-47-2 which made him the winningest coach in Texas A&M history. “One of my proudest accomplishments, because there are so many LSU fans in my home town of Orange, is that Texas A&M played the Cont. Page 3B

Colburn Fishing the Crazy Croaker. Because I had far more Maniac Mullets in the hot color in the box we were momentarily overcome with panic when one of my clients broke off the last of our smaller Crazy Croakers. The larger Maniac Mullet in the exact same color failed to fool the first fish for me while they managed to continue to pick up a few fish using a Soft-dine that was almost the same color. While I continued to fish my way through a pile of “look-alikes”, one of my clients apparently figured it all out and started hammering the fish again. Much to my surprise, he simply took the liberty of cutting a Maniac Mullet in the hot color in half and using only the front portion. It didn’t swim worth a damn on the retrieve, but you didn’t have to move it far before they jumped on it anyway. Thus the reason for all of the back halves of the Maniac Mullets strewn across the front deck of the boat!

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I salvaged the hooks, but I would not recommend counting on half a Maniac Mullet to get the job done. We have caught our fair share of both reds and trout fishing the longer tails on quarter ounce heads in deeper water, but we have done better on the trout with a 1/16^th or 1/8^th head fishing water less than four feet deep. Attaching it to your leader with a loop knot or Tony clip will also get you more strikes. And, while on the subject of five inch tails and hot colors, several different brands have different names for the same color so don’t panic if you can’t find an Assassin in chicken on a chain for example. TTF calls the same color East Beast and Tidal Surge has now added the same popular color, Guano, to their line-up. The list is endless, but area tackle shops usually have an alternative lure in the magic color if you know where to look. Here’s hoping more warm weather is on the way and the size of the lure won’t make much difference!

Outdoors Weekly spinnerbait up to the fish and vary the retrieve by either allowing the bait to fall or “helicopter” down or to twitch the bait causing the skirt to flare out and mimic a wounded fish. Both of those techniques will result in bone jarring strikes from hungry redfish. Now there are several different things you can do to an average spinnerbait that will make it more attractive to redfish. The most common is to remove the synthetic rubber skirt and replace it with a soft plastic; something with a paddle type tail is preferable. The combination of the blades and the pad-

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dle tail will put out extra vibration and the profile will look like a small shad or mullet, a winning formula to say the least. If you use a skirted spinnerbait you can also add a foam earplug or piece of sponge along the shank of the hook, this will add profile, buoyancy, and also hold any type of scent or attractant much longer. The spinnerbait is an age old lure that has found a home in saltwater and should also have a home in your tackle box. Give them a try because they will certainly make you a better and more productive angler.

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Tailgate Cont Bengal Tigers seven times during my tenure with the Aggies and won six of them,” Slocum pointed out. Another accomplishment is that Slocum reached the 100-win milestone faster than any other active coach—in his eighth game of his 11th late and great Joe Paterno who reached the 100-win plateau on the ninth game of his 11th season. After being forced to resign in 2002, Slocum remained with the institution assisting the college president, a position he still holds with the university. R.C. visited with some old friends from Orange Tuesday night that he hadn’t seen in quite a while like Jerry Windham and former Orange County Agriculture Agent Don Kachtik, who now operates a Christmas tree farm in north

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Orange County. “I took advantage of this cold weather to prune some of the trees and did 81 trees on my 81st. After Slocum finished his entertaining talk, he threw the floor open for questions. Someone asked if there was a chance Johnny Manziel would change his mind and play at least another year for the Aggies. R.C. said that he visited with Manziel several times and even encouraged him to enter the early NFL draft. “If he played another season and blew out his knee, his value would drop by several millions of dollars,” Slocum pointed out. “What if a Texas A&M sophomore petroleum engineer student was offered a million dollars to leave school and join a major oil company with the promise he would receive several more millions after he learned

UTMB professor named to national advisory council Staff Report For The Record University of Texas Medical Branch Professor George R. Saade has been appointed to the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council of the National Institutes of Health by Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of Health & Human Services. Of the 18-member council, Saade is one of 12 individuals selected from the leading representatives of the health and scientific disciplines in the nation relevant to maternal and child health. In this role, Saade will work with other council members to advise and consult with the director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development on research, support activities and functions of the institute. Saade is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on maternal and fetal medicine. His basic science research focuses on fetal-maternal physiology and developmental programming. He is also involved in a number of multicenter trials addressing various complications of pregnancy, including hypertension, preterm birth and intrapartum hypoxia. The term begins immediately and will end Nov. 30, 2017. Saade said he is honored to serve on the council. “Pregnancy is truly a window to future health for both mother and child. Anything we can do to improve pregnancy outcomes will have significant, long-term benefit to society,” Saade said. “This appointment recognizes the national reputation of UTMB’s research and clinical programs. It would not have been possible without the support of the entire Ob-Gyn department, and the investment in maternal and infant health care.


“I am grateful to the staff in my lab, the members of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Perinatal Research Divisions at UTMB and our department chairman, Dr. Gary Hankins, for their invaluable help and support. I am also indebted to all those who have mentored me over the years,” he added. Saade is Jennie Sealy Smith Distinguished Chair in the UTMB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, chief of obstetrics and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is also the medical director of the Perinatal Research Division. Saade joined UTMB in 1995 has more than 300 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He has edited or authored several books and book chapters and is a reviewer for more than 20 prestigious journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the FASEB journal, PLoS, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a past president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He has served on the Editorial Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation, and Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy journals, and has been the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Perinatology for the past 10 years. Saade is currently the principal investigator on two NIH-funded clinical research networks, the Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network and the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network, and a co-investigator on a number of other grants. He is also actively involved in clinical practice in maternal-fetal medicine and has been voted as Best Doctor and selected to Super Doctors several years in a row.

the way the company does its business?” he asked hypothetically. “He would never return to college. That’s the same way it would be with Johnny Manziel.” Someone else inquired about the possibility of the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry ever being renewed. “If this game is not played around Thanksgiving, it just wouldn’t be the same,” Slocum opined. “It would be meaningless to play the game in late August or early September. If it were played late in the season, either team may not be willing to use an impact player recovering from an injury or has an aggravating problem,” Slocum continued. “I just can’t see this rivalry ever being renewed.” Slocum also said in closing that he was very happy Texas A&M rejected the idea of joining the Pac-12 and opted instead for the Southeastern Conference, where the Aggies seem to fit in perfectly so far in the early going season, barely nipping the birthday,” Kachtik revealed proudly. The football recruiting went really well this year with the Aggies finishing near the top in the nation. “But even though they did really well, Texas A&M finished third in recruiting in the SEC, behind Alabama and LSU,” Slocum pointed out. “The Aggies should continue to land their share of the blue chippers around the country in the future.”

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Bridge City and Orangefield Students of the Month Staff Report For The Record The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce announced the Students of the Month for February at their monthly

networking coffee held at Paradise Donuts located at 2875 Texas Avenue, Suite B in Bridge City. Kirsten Wolfford was chosen as the Orangefield Student of the Month and Jessica Bean was chosen as the Bridge City Student of the Month. Wolfford is ranked 3rd scale and is the daughter of Gregory and Staci Wolfford. She has been Class President and Secretary of TAFE all four of her High School years, has been Interact Club President, is President of the


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teer cheerleading instructor at Orangefield Elementary School; volunteer with the Life Skills Prom; and Old First Orange Baptist Children’s Church music instructor. Teachers commented that “Kirsten is not only conscientious and intelligent; she is a genuine person who truly cares about other people. A joy to have in the classroom; her work ethic is above reproach. Kirsten is a very special young lady. I have taught for 23 years and have only seen a handful of students with her talents, intelligence and loyalty. I am so excited to see what her future holds and how she will conquer the world. We will definitely be saying one day, I knew her when…” Wolfford plans to attend the University of Texas Honors College majoring in Government. In her class of 188 students with a 4.58 GPA on a weighted 4.0 scale and is the daughter of Jerry and Mi-

chele Bean. She is a member of the National Honor Society, UIL Literary Criticism, Ready Writing & One-Act Play, Chess Club and Orange Community Players. Bean has been a UIL State Winner in Literary Criticism, an Ambassador of both Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership and HOBY World Leadership Congress and on the Honor Roll. Her community service includes the French Heritage Museum, Galveston Animal Shelter, Volunteer at School Athletic Events and Bridge City Teachers stated “Jessica Bean is an excellent example of what every student should strive to be. She works hard in all of her classes, and excels in a variety of extracurricular activities. She enjoys helping others and understands that anything worth having is worth working for. I am proud to have her as a student. For the past three years, Jessica has been on our state-winning UIL liter-

ary criticism team (and I have no doubt she will take us to state again). Whether in drama (in school or OCP), academics or service, Jessica gives 100%. Through all her achievements, winnings and honors, she remains unassuming and gracious. Jessica Bean is both a scholar and a lady – an inspiration to all of us.”Bean plans to pursue a degree in the performing arts at a major university. Both Wolfford and Bean received a plaque, sponsored by David Self Ford honoring them for their accomplishments along with gift certificates from The Classy Peacock, Walmart,Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City, Sabine Federal Credit Union, Central Office Supply, David Self Ford, Geaux Mail, Complete Staffing, Michele Michelle Day Spa, Comtex Wireless, Five Point Credit Union, Papa John’s Pizza, Computer Jox, and Walgreens.

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Sinkholes Continue to Engulf Homes Across America

25 acre wide sinkhole in Bayou Come, Louisiana

Melodie McClain For The Record Swallow hole, doline, swallet, cenotes all refer to the same thing - sinkhole. Sinkholes have been around forever. They can be found all over the earth and recently large ones have opened up in Guatemala, Florida and China. They are the sinking of an area of the earth’s surface forming a hole. They can vary greatly in size, from the area of multiple footballs fields to the size just big enough to swallow a car. Sizes have been reported from 3.3 feet to 980 feet in diameter and depth. They can appear gradually or suddenly. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, sometimes they develop naturally through weathering. Some activities engaged in by humans can have a negative affect on sinkholes, causing them to be more common or abrupt. Heavy construction, drain off ponds, broken

underground sewer and water pipes all can cause changes in land surface which alter ground water drainage. This especially occurs in areas with “Karst topography” where rocks wear faster due to more water running through them, like in salt beds. These areas are dominated by sinkholes, internal drainage and caves. Sub surface water helps keep surface soil in place, so any natural or man-made alteration of ground water can create a problem.Extended droughts, heavy rainfall or flooding cause water around rocks to move and shift, creating a void and leaving openings for soil to drain away, causing a bigger void and eventually a collapse creating a sinkhole. Urban development adds more weight to the surface layer, potentially speeding up the collapse of a sinkhole. Man made constructions that show stress and crack may provide clues as to where a sinkhole might show up. In China, a sinkhole swal-

lowed an entire building complex in Guangzhou and may have been triggered by the construction of an underground metro line nearby. In America, sinkholes are most likely to occur in Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, according to US Geological Surveys, but seem to be cropping up, or down, all over. 35% to 40% of land in the US has rock beneath the surface that is easily soluble in water. In Louisiana, at Bayou Come, a naturally occurring sinkhole that developed from an underground salt deposit collapsed and grew from one to 25 acres in 12 months. It is being called the biggest on going industrial disaster in the US that “you may not have heard of”. In Florida, a famous sinkhole, 350 feet by 75 feet, opened up in Winter Park, in May of 1981.It swallowed a car dealership, five porches, parts of two separate streets and an Olympic size pool. This episode led to the

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creation of a research institute at the University of Central Florida to investigate causes and the predictability of sinkholes. Penn State capital has been suffering from a rash of monster sinkholes being blamed on leaky, century old underground water pipes. Not long ago, a sinkhole formed in Ohio swallowing four footballs in just minutes. Louisiana Assumption Parish declared a state of emergency due to an 800 feet in diameter sinkhole that is still growing and has caused 350

Most recently, a 40 foot by 25 foot deep sinkhole devoured 8 corvettes in the Skydome area of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. Also, in New Jersey and Arizona, sinkholes have caused rode closures. In the past, sinkholes were used a disposal sites. The ancient Maya tribe used them as sacrificial sites and storage areas. Many tourists enjoy cave diving in some of the world’s largest sinkholes. In Southern Italy, Guatemala, Mexico there are sinkholes that look like small lakes. There are also sinkholes under water, like the Great Blue Hole off the coast of Belize. The world’s largest sinkhole is in Guatemala. In fact, giant holes are opening up all over the earth, swallowing homes, buildings and roads and sometimes people. In Texas, it is good to be aware but not overly concerned, unless you start to see “Sinkhole Repair Ads” springing up.

residents to be evacuated. Sept. 2008, a sinkhole collapsed in a salt dome in Daisette, Texas. A 22 ton fire engine plunged into a sinkhole in Sept. 2009 in Valley Village, California. Sept. 2012 Ottawa sinkhole swallowed a car and has now grown to the size of an Olympic pool. Fortunately, the driver escaped. Three separate catastrophes in Florida played a part in 2013 being named “The Year of the Sinkhole”. In Tampa, one formed under 36 year old Jeffrey Bush’s home causing his tragic death while another in Clermont, heavily damaged a tourist villa. In Washington, May 2013, a chunk of Whidbey Island, off the coast of Washington slid into the water, forcing 34 homes to evacuated. In Chevy Chase, Maryland on Friendship Blvd. a car took a seat in a sinkhole caused by a broken water main. Also, in New Jersey and Arizona, sinkholes have caused rode closures.



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Pope Francis deals with tough issues this week

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

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Meetings this week between Pope Francis and his cardinals will deal with some of the thorniest issues facing the Roman Catholic Church, including the rejection by most Catholics of some of its core teaching on premarital sex, contraception, gays and divorce. German Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has called for “changes and openings” in the church’s treatment of divorced and remarried Catholics, will give the keynote speech on Thursday to the pope and cardinals attending a preparatory meeting for an October summit on family issues. The cardinals are in town for Saturday’s ceremony to install 19 new cardinals. The ceremony is the high point of an intensive week of meetings presided over by Francis that include the first proposals to put the Vatican’s financial house in order. Before Saturday’s consistory, cardinals will meet for two days in private to begin preparations for the October summit on family issues.

Francis scheduled the summit last year and took the unusual step of sending bishops around the world a questionnaire for ordinary Catholics. The results, at least those reported by bishops in Europe and the U.S., have been eye-opening. Bishops themselves reported that the church’s core teachings on sexual morals, birth control, homosexuality, marriage and divorce are rejected as unrealistic and outdated by the vast majority of Catholics, who nevertheless said they were active in parish life and considered faith vital. “On the matter of artificial contraception, the responses might be characterized by the saying, ‘ That train left the station long ago,’” Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., recently wrote on his blog.

Relay for Life team captain meeting to be held Feb. 24 The American Cancer Society would like to invite you to the next Orange County Relay For Life Team Captain meeting that is set at 5:45 p.m. for Monday, Feb. 24 at Lamar State College Orange Wilson Building in Room 101 If interested in signing up a team for this years Relay For Life visit their website at . This years Relay For Life will be from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Friday, May 2 at Bridge City High School and the theme is

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

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

Trinity Baptist Church NEW LOCATION: 1819 16th Street, Orange Office: 886-1333 Pastor Dr. Bob Webb Worship Leader Dan Cruse Sun. Morning Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Nursery Provided

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

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

First Baptist Church of Bridge City 200 W. Roundbunch, BC Office: 409-735-3581 Fax: 409-735-8882 Rev. Lynn Ashcroft, Interim Pastor Sunday Schedule: Bible Study at 9:15 a.m. Celebration Service 10:30 Youth Bible Study, Discipleship Classes - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Schedule: Prayer Meeting - 6:30 p.m., Children’s Activities.

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

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

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

Harvest Chapel 1305 Irving Street, West Orange, Texas 77630 (409) 882-0862 Pastor: Ruth Logan Burch Services: Sunday Morning 10:00 am Morning Service 11:00 am Nightly Service 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 6:00 pm

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7375 FM 105 Orange, Tx Pastor Keith Pennington Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m., Wed Worship 7 p.m. Contact Linda Ward 735-2709

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

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Your ads published in both newspapers, the County Record and the Penny Record plus on our web site APARTMENTS 1/1 FURNISHED APARTMENT, 2619 Briggs Dr., Victory Gardens, 3 blocks from Bridge City. Drug / smoke and pet free, all utilities paid, $600 monthly, (409) 735-4569. (2/26) MOVE IN SPECIAL! Clean 1 and 2 bedroom apts.,Chateau Royal Apartments, 208 10 th. St., Orange, (409) 886-4176. (2/26) BRIDGE CITY BRICK DUPLEX APT., 2/1/1, CA/H, W/D hookups, very clean, in quiet neighborhood, No Pets, ideal for one or two people, $675 monthly + $400 dep. Application required, (409) 728-8995. ROOMS FOR RENT “GOLDEN GIRLS” – A TAKE OFF OF REAL LIFE. Many older ladies are now home sharing expenses. Searching for two ladies, non-smokers, to share home. Furnished bedrooms with king size bed, laundry room inside home and kitchen. $300 with all utilities paid. Upscale Neighborhood. Come share my home with me. Phone 409-6709272. (tfn) COMMERCIAL NICE OFFICE SPACE, ON BLAND ST., BC, former lawyer’s office, newly redone, nice. (409) 735-2030. (M&r) FOR RENT ON ROUNDBUNCH RD, BC, various sizes and prices, frontage available. Rear spaces cheaper and perfect for shops, storage, warehouses, etc. (409) 735-2030. HOME RENTALS 2 & 3 BEDROOMS IN CLAIRMONT area, remod-

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• Penny Record Office: 333 West Roundbunch, Bridge City • County Record Office: 320 Henrietta, Orange Note: Offices Closed On Wednesday large wood entertainment center, $350; roll up wood desk, $75; angel to go on mail box, $35; Dyson vacuum w/ instructions and extended warranty, $100; rocking chair, grandma type, very old, $10; computer char, brown, comfortable, $10; coffee table w/ white and gold trim, $35; dolls for sale, make offer. Antique dish set, make offer. NOTE I would like to buy a pillow top mattress! Call for an appointment to see @ (409) 6709272. (Edee, tfn) ITEMS FOR SALE! Small upright frost free Frigidaire freezer, 13CU FT, 60”H x 28”W x 28.5”L, $150; Full size roll-away bed, $50, (409) 735-1524.

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Agricultural Equipment Operator 1 temp positions; 10 months; job to begin 4/10/14 through 2/10/15; Duties: to operate tractors with in the hay fields with cutting, raking, bailing, and storing of the hay. General Farm Work. $9.87 per hour; OT varies, not guaranteed; 3 months experience in job offered required. All work tools provided. Housing and transportation provided to workers who can not reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day; Transportation and subsistence expenses to the worksite will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, if appropriate; ¾ hours guaranteed in a work day during contract. Employment offered by Mr. Money of Leesville, L.L.C. dba: Plantation Farms located in Alexandria, LA. Qualified applicants may call employer for interview (318) 443-9143 or may apply for this position at their nearest SWA office located at 304 Pearl St., Beaumont, TX 77701.

Field Workers 15 temp positions; approx 10 months; Duties: Tractor driver in sugar cane fields, shovel work in fields, washing and performing minor repairs and maintenance of farm vehicles and equipment; Operating cane and grain combine equipment; operating loaders; checking pumps, pulling grass away from pumps; cleaning tree lines; driving truck for supplies; farm and field sanatation. Able to work in hot, humid weather, rainy weather, bending and stooping to reach ground level crops and able to stand on feet for long periods of time. Once hired, workers may be required to take a random drug test at no cost to worker. Testing positive or failure to comply may result in immediate termination. $9.87 an hour; OT varies, not guaranteed. Job to begin on 3/27/14 through 1/15/15. Must have 3 months experience in job offered. All work tools provided. Housing and transportation provided to workers who can not reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day; Transportation and subsistence expenses to the worksite will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, if appropriate; ¾ hours guaranteed in a work day during contract. Employment offered by Freyou Farms located in New Iberia, LA. Worksite located in New Iberia, LA. Qualified applicants may call employer for interview (337)519-2856 or apply for this position at their nearest SWA office located at 304 Pearl St., Beaumont, TX 77701.

Field Workers 5 temporary positions; approx 10 months; Duties: To opérate farm equipment during field maintenance; planting of sugarcane by hand; operating farm equipment during harvesting of sugar cane; farm and field sanitation duties; operation and performing minor repairs and maintenance of farm vehicles and equipment; Able to work in hot, humid weather, bending and stooping to reach ground level crops and able to stand on feet for long periods of time. Once hired, workers may be required to take a random drug test at no cost to worker. Testing positive or failure to comply may result in immediate termination. $9.87 an hour; OT varies, not guaranteed. Job to begin on 3/25/14 through 1/15/15. Must have 3 months experience in job offered All work tools provided. Housing and transportation provided to workers who can not reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day; Transportation and subsistence expenses to the worksite will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, if appropriate; ¾ hours guaranteed in a work day during contract. Employment offered by Mistretta Farms located in Gonzales, LA. Worksite located in White Castle, LA . Qualified applicants may call employer for interview (225) 746-0220 or apply for this position at their nearest SWA office located at 304 Pearl St., Beaumont, TX 77701.

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CITATION BY PUBLICATION THE STATE OF TEXAS TO ALL PARTIES INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF MELVIN E. SCHELL, DECEASED Cause No. P16762 in County Court at Law, Orange County, Texas DIANA L. SCHELL filed in the County Court at Law of Orange County, Texas, on January 31, 2014, an Application for Probate of a Copy of Will and Issuance of Letters Testamentary upon the Estate of Melvin E. Schell Deceased. Said application contains substantially the following statements: 1. Diana L. Schell (“Applicant”) is an individual interested in this Estate, domiciled in and residing at 3760 Brent Drive, Orange, Orange County, Texas 77632, where service can be had. Applicant hereby enters an appearance in this cause and waives service of citation. 2. Melvin E. Schell (“Decedent”) died on September 30, 2013 in Orange County, Texas, at the age of 88 years, and had a fixed place of residence at 3760 Brent Drive, Orange, Orange County, Texas 77632.

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3. This Court has jurisdiction and venue because Decedent had a fixed place of residence in this county on the date of death. 4. Decedent owned real and personal property of a probable value in excess of $70,000.00. 5. Decedent left a valid written Will (“Will”) dated March 16, 1998. Following a diligent search, Applicant has been unable to locate the original will. To the best of Applicant’s knowledge and belief, the document filed herewith is a true and correct copy of the Will, and such Will was never amended, modified, or revoked. 6. The subscribing witnesses to the Will are: David Fregia, whose present address is unknown; and Reid Cox, whose present address is unknown. 7. The Will was made self-proved in the manner prescribed by law. 8. No child or children were born to or adopted by Decedent after the date of the Will. 9. No marriage of Decedent was dissolved after the date of the Will. 10. The name of each person who would inherit as an heir of Decedent in the absence of a valid Will is as follows: (a) Diana L. Schell; and (b) Randy Schell. Diana L. Schell is 59 years old. She was married to Decedent at the time of Decedent’s death, and she is the surviving spouse of Decedent. She has not remarried since the date of Decedent’s death. Her address is 3760 Brent Drive, Orange, Orange County, Texas 77632. Randy Schell is approximately 64 years old. He is Decedent’s son. He is currently married. Applicant believes that the mailing address for Randy Schell is P.O. Box 1672, Angel Fire, New Mexico 87710-1672. 11. A necessity exists for the administration of this estate. 12. Decedent’s Will did not name the state, a governmental agency of the state, or a charitable organization as a devisee. 13. Decedent’s Will named Applicant to serve without bond or other security as Independent Executrix, and Applicant would not be disqualified by law from serving as such or from accepting Letters Testamentary, and Applicant would be entitled to such Letters. The court may act on said application at any call of the docket on or after 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next after the expiration of 10 days from the date of publication of this citation, at the Orange County Courthouse, 801 W. Division, Orange, Texas 77630. All persons interested in said estate are hereby cited to appear before said Honorable Court by filing a written contest or answer to the said application should they desire to do so. Given under my hand and the seal of the County Court at Law, Orange County, Texas at the office of the Orange County Clerk in Orange, Texas on February 12, 2014. Karen Jo Vance County Clerk, Orange County, Texas By: Kevin LeBoeuf ,Deputy Kevin LeBoeuf

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Executive Director opening for CASA program in Orange. College degree preferred; must be aggressive selfstarter; good computer/ communication skills; some accounting background a plus; supervising volunteers and staff; diverse skills needed; Salary DOE. Get Application and background checks at website: Send all: application, resume, references and background check forms to or fax to: 1-409886-0527. You may call 1-877-586-6548 for more details.

Public Water-Sewer System Superintendent Located in Orange County, Texas, the Orange County Water Control & Improvement District No. Two (sometimes known as the West Orange Water Department) (the “District”) is conducting a Superintendent Search following the recent retirement of its longtime employee who most recently served as Superintendent over about the last eight years. Effective as of the date of his retirement in January 2014, the District’s Board of Directors appointed another District employee as Interim Superintendent. The Board further authorized and directed its Personnel Committee, with appropriate staff and other support, to conduct a search for a person to serve as non-interim Superintendent. The current Interim Superintendent is eligible to be selected, but the Board is not obligated to do so, nor is the Interim Superintendent required to apply for consideration. The District, established in the first half of the 1950’s, is substantially coextensive with the City of West Orange, Texas. Demographic and other information about the City may fairly be applied to the District. Presently about 1,600 accounts receive District services of potable water supply and wastewater collection, treatment and discharge. Services are provided by a staff of about 3 office employees and about 5 field employees. The District seeks qualified applicants to consider for the vacant noninterim Superintendent position. Qualifications include demonstrated experience and ability related to the effective management and operation of a public water supply and wastewater collection and treatment system. Responsibilities include direct and indirect personnel supervision, regulatory compliance, office and field operations, financial management, customer relations, and interfacing with Board of

Directors and District consultants. Persons interested in applying should transmit all required and any supplemental application materials to Alan Sanders, attorney for the District, at his mailing and physical address, Wesleyan Tower, Suite 1400, 24 E. Greenway Plaza, Houston, Texas, 77046, or by fax at 713-759-6830, or by email at, no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014. Timely receipt is required, and it is the sole responsibility of each applicant to provide for timely delivery rather than simply depositing their materials into the custody of third parties such as the Postal Service or commercial delivery services. Required materials include a properly completed, signed and dated Application; Background Check Authorization directed to the District; and Background Check Authorization directed to references, former employers and other pertinent recipients. If desired, an applicant may include supplemental materials such as a Resume, Recommendation Letters, copies of relevant licenses and certifications, and a brief narrative of their interest in and qualifications for the position. The District reserves the right to reject any and all applicants for any reason not otherwise prohibited by law and also to waive any one or more informalities or noncompliance with the application process. Applicant information will be kept confidential except as otherwise provided by law. All applicants are subject to District’s Drug Free Workplace Policy during the selection process and if hired. The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Compensation and starting date are negotiable. However, the District presently anticipates that the position will be compensated at a salary that is in the range of $40,000 to $60,000 per year, plus benefits.

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Lamar Education programs receive recognition Staff Report For The Record Three programs in the Lamar University College of Education and Human Development were recently nationally recognized by specialized professional associations (SPAs), branches of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the accrediting agency for the college. “NCATE accreditation is one of the highest recognitions that a school of education can receive,” said Michael Wallace, director of the Department of Professional Pedagogy. “There are only 15 schools of education in the state with recognition from NCATE, which is now transitioning into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).” The EC-6 Generalist program for early childhood through sixth grade teachers in the Department of Professional Pedagogy was recognized by the Association for Children’s Education International (ACEI). It is one of only 11 EC-6 Generalist programs in the state to receive this recognition. The School Principal Certification program and the

Principal Certification Only program in the Department of Educational Leadership were recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), making the Principal Certification program one of only 15 in the state with this recognition. “In the state of Texas, many universities offer programs that prepare elementary school teachers, but only 11 have national recognition,” Wallace said. “I was awfully glad about the work that was done.” “We have to submit several things to be considered for recognition. The SPAs look at curriculum, faculty qualifications, student projects and lesson plans, student teacher performance and scores on the Texas Education Agency certification exams,” Wallace said. The accreditation and nationally recognized programs status will also benefit its current and prospective students. “In many areas, state education agencies require that candidates for educator certificates and licenses graduate from NCATE-accredited institutions. Thirty-five states require their institutions and programs to stand for accreditation review. Texas is not one of them. We do this voluntarily,”

Wallace said. The Superintendent program in the Department of Educational Leadership is also nationally recognized by the ELCC. Programs receive national recognition for seven years. For more info contact Michael Wallace at michael.



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