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Vol. 52 No. 3 Week of Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Penny Record of Bridge City and Orangefield • Founded 1960

BC firefighters honor volunteers David Ball

For The Record

DEA and local law agencies take back unwanted medicines Staff Report

For The Record

Local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Northway Retail Center at 3700 N. 16th St. in Orange.. Residents may bring their medications for disposal to the location. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds— nearly 500 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines— flushing them down the PRESCRIPTION PAGE 7A

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The calls never let up for the personnel of the Bridge City Fire and Rescue. For instance, they received a call about a fire in Orangefield at the beginning of their annual banquet Saturday night at the fire station. Chief Brent Morse said the BCFR, which also part of the Orange County Emergency Services District #2 that covers Bridge City and Orangefield, responded to 1,300 calls last year. It’s because of that dedication that the department held their annual banquet for the firefighters and recognize them. “This shows we appreciate our volunteers,” Morse said. “They spend time here day and night away from their families and risk their lives. This banquet keeps up their morale.” Lt. Mike Garza, consequently, was named as 2011 Firefighter of the Year at the ceremony. Garza began his acceptance speech with the famous quote by baseball player Lou Gehrig, “Today, I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.” “I’m very fortunate to receive this award because of all the people who are eligible for it. They all deserve it. We all love it.,” he said. “When you love something, you never work a day in your life.” The 20-year veteran firefighter thanked his family for their support, his brothers and sisters in the department, and the good leadership of the department. “We received some much needed apparatus and equipment. We have good training and our young firefighters are eager. We do this for the pride, not the pay,” Garza said. In addition to naming the firefighter of the year, James Fisette was named Officer of the Year, Ramona Hanks as Medic of the Year and Lieutenant of the Year, Joe Gilbert. One sad note for the departBC FIREFIGHTERS PAGE 7A

Mike Garza has been named 2011 ‘Firefighter of the Year’ by Bridge City Fire and Rescue. Pictured are Garza and Chief Brent Morse.

Assistant Fire Chief James Fisette receives the 2011 “Officer of the Year’ award from Chief Brent Morse.

Ramona Hanks accepts her plaque as 2011 ‘Medic of the Year’ during the Bridge City Fire and Rescue annual banquet on Saturday.

Norma Ballard received her 20-year pin and a bouquet of flowers as a fire department volunteer. RECORD PHOTOS: Mark Dunn

BC council discusses housing project Mike Louviere For The Record

The first order of business at the Bridge City council meeting Tuesday night was the issuance of two proclamations by Mayor Kirk Roccaforte. The first was to proclaim April as “Sexual Awareness Month” in Bridge City. The second stated that the week of April 22-28 would be designated as “Crime Victims Week.” Cindy

Fertitta received the proclamations and gave a presentation about recognizing potential problems with children possibly being victims and how to properly deal with the children and any problems that may be discovered. There was a standing room only group of citizens that were in attendance to discuss and question the proposed Acadian Village project. Tom Neyhart of Endgame Develop-

ment, LLC, was at the workshop to try to explain the project and answer questions and concerns about the project. There is a ROCCAFORTE great deal of opposition to the project from citizens that are concerned that the housing complex will not be beneficial to the community. There is

Bridge City improving infrastructure

David Ball

For The Record

The city of Bridge City may be able to save some taxpayers’ money by using a method to repair manholes rather than having to replace them. City Manager Jerry Jones said the city has been using a method that sprays concrete in manholes to prevent leaking. Thus far, the city has repaired 55 manholes and replaced 60 manholes that couldn’t be repaired. The process has been around for about 15 years. “It’s a pretty common process (repairing the manholes). Some use a fiberglass lining or other methods. We received mud from the storm into the

holes of the manhole covers that went into the sewer lines we cleaned out,” he said. Juan Moreno of Lewis Concrete Restoration of Buda said the machine is called the Spray Master and sprays three inches of concrete to the walls of the manhole. “We spray it and we stop the leaks after that. We make sure everything is sealed,” Moreno said. He said it takes him and his crew about two hours to repair a manhole. They planned to repair at least 10 in Bridge City on Tuesday. Another Orange County Crews repair a manhole in Bridge City Tuesday morning by spraying city may be interested in the three inches of concrete on the walls to prevent leaking. This methBRIDGE CITY PAGE 2A

od of repair is less expensive than replacing the manhole. RECORD PHOTO: David Ball

concern that the project will be federally funded and will deteriorate in the manner of some of the current HUD and Section 8 projects in the area. Neyhart explained that the project will receive tax credits to offset construction costs and as an incentive to build the project. He explained that the project is not a HUD or Section 8 project. Prospective residents will be subjected to criminal background investigation, credit checks, background checks for drug use and conviction. No one convicted of a felony will be eligible to rent an apartment in the complex. “We are going to check the backgrounds on all of our applicants. We do not want anyone in the complex that will not be a good citizen for Bridge City. We do not want anyone in our complex who does not pay their bills,” Neyhart said. “All of the residents will have to pay all of their rent. No one will get any federal rent subsidy or any kind; they have to bear all of their expenses.” He explained that he wants to build a quality project. There will be granite counter tops as opposed to laminate counter tops. Each of the apartments will have a full range of appliances in BRIDGE CITY PAGE 7A

Strutters host 25th Anniversary reunion David Ball

For The Record

For some, being a Bridge City Strutter is a multigenerational type of thing. For instance, Jana Lyons was a Strutter in the 1980s. Now her daughter, a sophomore, followed in her footsteps and

is a Strutter at Bridge City High School. “My daughter is a Strutter. She’ll be trying out for officer. As a little girl she saw the Strutters perform, she said, ‘Momma, I want to do that.” To honor that tradition, the Strutters will be hosting a 25th reunion barbecue for

all Strutters Forever, former Escorts and former Bootsters from 10 a.m. until on Saturday, May 5 at the Bridge City Community Center. The celebration will also include the Spring Revue, starting at 6 p.m. on May 5 at The Lutcher Theater where the Strutters Forever will be per-

forming and be recognized. The Cardinal Singers, drama class and jazz band will also perform. Cathy Riley has been director of the group for 15 of its 25 year existence. “We have a lot of former students coming and some live all over the place. Our escorts

will dance in the show too. James Guest danced. He can do hip-hop and popping. He taught himself. He danced on a big birthday cake (prop) and we won nationals that year,” Riley said. The Strutters won nationals

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County announces finalists for engineering position David Ball

For The Record

And then there were three. The three finalists for the county engineer position for the Road and Bridge Department were made public Monday afternoon at the Orange County Commissioners’ Court meeting. They are: Clark R. Slacum, Jaems A. Layne and Kenneth J. Wiemers. All three candidates have Orange addresses. The application period closed April 5. Early voting locations are now set in Orange County after Texas received a late start setting a national primary

date. The Orange County Commissioners’ Court approved the following locations on the following dates at their meeting KELLEY Monday afternoon: • Orange Public Library (Main early voting location) 220 N. Fifth St. • First Baptist Church Mauriceville 11540 Highway 12 • Bridge City Public Works Building 220 Nitsche • The Raymond Gould Com-

munity Center 385 Clairborne in Vidor Early voting will be conducted on the following dates and times: • Monday, May 14 through Saturday, May 19 • Monday, May 21 through Friday, May 25 • During the hours of 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. Commissioners also approved Orange County employee holidays for 2013: New Year’s Day - Tuesday, January 1 MLK Day Monday - Monday, January 21 Texas Independence - Friday, March 1

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manhole repairing process. Pinehurst City Administrator Joe Parkhurst said the city has some cracked manholes and sewer lines around Whippoorwill Street.

“They’re old clay line that were laid 50 years ago. There’s a lot of leaks and roots that are growing in,” he said. Rainwater has infiltrated

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the lines and the roots are blocking things up. Some of the manholes are cracked and seeping. Parkhurst believes the Spry Master could help for less expense than having to replace manholes. He estimates it may cost nearly $1 million to replace all of them in the city. In addition to repairing water infiltration into the manholes, the city of Bridge City is repairing lines, pipe bursting and repairing streets. Jones said they received $9.6 million in Round I Hurricane Ike Funding with $2.23 million set aside for sewer work, $425,330 for manhole work and $1.27 million for main line repairs. One million dollars was left over from Round I for the city to use for chipping and sealing streets. The project should start in two weeks. “We’ll have 80 percent of the streets in Bridge City completed in about two years after funding. That’s something we would had never got to do. We still have a long way to go,” Jones said. The city received funding at the end of 2010 to start the projects. The hold up has been the release of funds which are done in stages by the government.

Good Friday - Friday, March 29 Memorial Day - Monday, May 27 Independence Day - Thursday, July 4 Labor Day - Monday, September 2 Veterans’ Day - Monday, November 11 Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 Christmas - 5 Monday, December 23; Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 Lynda Gunstream, tax assessor-collector, reported March collection figures for

the tax office. Overall, a total of $3.321 million was collected with a little more than $571,000 going to the county and a collection rate of 93.3 percent. Jeff Kelley, emergency management coordinator, reported he and staff recently attended the National Hurricane Conference and the State Emergency Conference and the things learned there. He also announced his department expects Round 2.2 of Hurricane Ike funding to come in at any moment. Cindy Fertitta, primary prevention specialist/education coordinator for the Rape and

Suicide Crisis Center of Southeast Texas, and Kim Hanks of Garth House, addressed the court. The month of April was proclaimed as Sexual Assualt and Awareness Prevention Month and April 22-28 as National Crime Victims’ Right Week. Fertitta said adults need to model the appropriate behavior to children and in the process, they may save a life. Hanks said 9,168 children have gone through the doors of the Garth House since opening in 1992. May was also declared as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.

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Deaths and Memorials Death Announcements:

Rosella B. Toenges Rosella B. Toenges, 88, passed from this life at 5:20 a.m., April 15. Mrs. Toenges was born Dec. 21, 1923, in Chicopee, Kan. to George Walker and Mary (Morris) Epps. She married at the age of 17 in Flatt River, Mo. to the late Benjamin Toenges in 1940. She was a devoted homemaker and enjoyed doing genealogy. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband and three brothers and is survived by her daughters; Patricia Braddock and husband, Ken of Bryan, Miss; JoAnne Gholson and husband, Dan; granddaughter, Sharlean Perio and great grandchildren, Tyler Perio and Madason Perio all of Orange. Death Announcements:

Clinton Conrad Bedsole Orange Clinton Conrad Bedsole, 52, of Orange passed away Friday, April 13, surrounded by family after a brief illness. He was born in Mansfield, La. to Mitchell Glen Bedsole and Jan Marilyn (Smith) Bedsole Caraway. He served in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman third class and later was an electrician. Mr. Bedsole is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marilyn Hatcher and is survived by his wife, Carey Bedsole. He is also survived by his step-son, Adrian Stanley; beloved cat, Kitty; nieces, Crystal Manning and Desareé Evans; nephews, Jake Trahan and Kamron Dillard; brother, Mitchell Bedsole; half sister, Jennie Caraway and sister-inlaw, Nora Barnett. To Be held:

Ralph Mast Jr. Orange Ralph Mast Jr., 85, of Orange passed away Saturday, April 14, at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Mike Umbenhaur officiating. A reception will follow the service at the church. Internment will begin at 1 p.m., following the reception at the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory and Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Neutral, Kan. on July 30, 1926, Ralph was the son of Ralph Mast Sr. and Ruby Fern (Pierce) Mast. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Providence during World War II. Ralph received one section of plank when it was commissioned on May 15, 1945. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Little Cypress Lion’s Club. He was employed by Spencer Plant in Pittsburg, Kan. until they closed in 1969, and transferred to the Gulf Chemical Plant in Orange which later became Chevron and retired after 35 years of service. He was preceded in death his parents and sisters, Winona Gail Boyes. Ralph is survived by his wife of 61 years, Stella Rickman Mast of Orange; son, Tom Joe Mast and wife, Tammy of Springfield, Mo.; and daughters, Peggy Ann Parsons of Orange, and Susan Kay Martin and husband, Wendell of Buna. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Kellen Mast, Robby Joe Parsons, Sam Lee Parsons, Stephanie Ann Parsons, Shannon Christopher Martin, Logan Pierce Martin, Jacoby Pierce Mast, Linda Walker; five great-grandchildren with one on the way; two great great-grandchildren; one niece; one nephew; and numerous other family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church Youth Group, P.O. Box 129, Orange, Texas 77631.

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Cloyd W. “Pete” Mouton Sr. Orange

Kay Carlton Vinton, La.

Cloyd W. “Pete” Mouton Sr., 85, of O r a n g e p a s s e d away Saturday, April 14, at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange with the Rev. John Warren, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Entombment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Born in Orange on March 20, 1927, Cloyd was the son of Albert J. Mouton Sr., and Lela (Lee) Mouton. Cloyd was a Seaman 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy, and for 37 years was an instrument mechanic at DuPont SRW. Cloyd was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a charter member of Orange Boat Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, making homemade jelly and working in his garden. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister. Cloyd is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bettie Mouton; sons, Cloyd W. Mouton Jr. and wife, Linda of Orange, David C. Mouton and wife, Patty of Orange; daughters, Terri Mouton Harley of Nederland, and Glenda Mouton of Houston. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Chrissie Mouton, 1st Class Petty Officer Brian Mouton and wife Sadie, CW2 Brooks Mouton and wife Karen, Justin Mouton, Devin Harley; great-grandchild, William Cloyd Mouton; sisters, Lela Faye Dallas, Joyce Ann Meads; and brother, Robert L. Mouton. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Chrissie Mouton, 1st Class Petty Officer Brian Mouton, CW2 Brooks Mouton, Justin Mouton, and Devin Harley. Also serving as pallbearer is Bobby Mouton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675,

Kay Ava Carlton passed away Wednesday, April 11, at her home with family and friends at her side. Funeral services were held Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Orange with the Rev. Mike Umbenhaur, pastor, officiating. Burial was at Niblett’s Bluff Cemetery in Vinton, La. Preceded in death by her parents, Fern and Fannie Carlton, her brother, Dr. John Carlton and her aunt, Kate Granger, Miss Kay is survived by her cousins, Patsy Allen and family, and the families of Evelyn Benoit and Bud Granger, the Galloway family, her caring neighbor, Leslie Huckaby and devoted caregiver, Doyle Hodgkinson. She was born on Jan. 15, 1922, in Vinton, La. to Fern and Fannie Carlton. Miss Kay, as she was affectionately known by her many students, held a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degrees in education and library science. She taught at Orangefield High School from 1960 until 1965 and West Orange-Stark High School from 1965 until 1985. During this time she was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1968-1969, 1974-1975, 1977-

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Patsy Deloris (Dearmond) Spector West Orange Patsy Deloris (Dearmond) Spector, 76, of West Orange passed away Wednesday, April 11, at Christus Hospital - St. Elizabeth in Beaumont. Memorial Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange with the Rev. David Berkheimer officiating. Interment of cremated remains will be at Hebrew Rest Cemetery in Orange.

1978 and 1979-1980. In 1975 she was honored with the John Lovelady Lifetime for Youth Award, given by the State Future Teachers of America. After her retirement from teaching, Miss Kay became a reference librarian for the Orange Public Library from 1987 until 2001. She loved to read and travel and for several years would travel to Europe with students for studies. Miss Kay became a Christian at the age of six. Her mother and father were very faithful in taking her and her brother to church and guiding them in every way to be followers of Christ. Because of the guidance of their parents, both Miss Kay and her brother John remained committed to church work. Miss Kay was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Orange where she served as an Elder and was honored by the women of the church by being named Women of the Year. It was truly Miss Kay’s desire to be an instrument of Christ’s love and peace. Serving as pallbearers were Tommy White, John “Bojo” Moore, Gerald Burleigh, Mike Foreman, Bobby Swan and Mike Shugart. Honorary pallbearers were all former students of Miss Kay. For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Caring Ministry of the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 129, Orange, TX 77631 or to the Orange Public Library, 220 N. 5th St., Orange, TX 77630.


Charlsie Ramona “Skeeter” Bingham Vinton, La.

Charlsie Ramona “Skeeter” Bingham, 83, of Vinton, La. died Wednesday, April 11, at her home. Funeral services were Saturday, April 14, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating was the Rev. Scott McIntosh, pastor of North Orange Baptist Church. Burial was at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Born in Orange on Oct. 24, 1928, Mrs. Bingham was the daughter of J.E. and Agnes (Green) McClelland. In high school she was the drum major for the Bengal Guards. She was a past president of the DuPont Retiree Club, and a member of North Orange Baptist Church for over 66 years. She was also a former president of the P.T.A. and was a member for over 50 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Weldon McClelland, Bruce McClelland, J.E. “Butch” McClelland; sisters, Zollie “Tate” Clark and Helen Hodges; and brother-in-law, E.J. Singletary.Mrs. Bingham is survived by her husband of 64 years, Mervin Bingham of Vinton, La.; sons, Lin M. Bingham and wife Vicki of Orange, Paul D. Bingham and wife Stephanie of Vinton; grandchildren, Jessica Pickett and husband Pike, Derek Bingham and wife Meghan, Jacob Bingham, James D. Bingham; brother, James McClelland and wife Rosemary; sister, Audrey Singletary; and sister-in-law, Lola Bingham.


Carl “David” Owens Orange Carl David Owens, 56, of Orange, died in Port Arthur on Thursday, April 12. Funeral services were Sunday, April 15, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Cremation followed at Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory near Bridge City. Born in Port Arthur on April 26, 1955, David was the son of Paul Roderick Owens Sr. and Janette (LeBlanc) Owens. He worked in several different fields, the last being for the post office encoding center. He was a free spirit who enjoyed life and he especially enjoyed communing with nature. David was a loving son, brother, and good friend to many. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Owens Sr.; and brother, Roddy Owens. David is survived by his mother, Janette Owens; sisters and brothers-inlaw, Paula and Richard Sistrunk, Linda and Claud Gossett; three nieces and two nephews; six great nieces and two great nephews; his beloved dog Ruby and many relatives and close friends that were like family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Triangle Aids Network, P.O. Box 12279, Beaumont, Texas 77726.

Born in Nacogdoches on March 3, 1936, Patsy was the daughter of Leamon and Opal (Anthony) Dearmond. She was a member of Community Church in Orange. She was preceded in death her parents; brother, Jerry Dearmond; and son, Davy Joe Spector. Patsy is survived by her husband of 57 years, Willie Joe Spector of West Orange; daughter, Becky Kay James of Orange; and son, Robert Spector of Washingtonville, N.Y. She is also survived by her five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Hazel Hill of Spring.

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From the Creaux’s Nest ELECTION TIME WILL SOON BE ON US I was just thinking about the disadvantage Republican Primary candidates have to face with no presidential race and how that will cut down the turn out. If the Primary had been held in March, with Santorum and Romney battling it out, there would have been more interest and excitement. The local GOP candidates are working hard but to create excitement is costly. Those that don’t spend the money will be left behind. Money moves the masses. Mitt Romney is not a great candidate yet he will be the nominee. Tom DeLay and Rick Perry first started the Gerrymandering. Then Rick and the Republican Legislature did it again. It backfired on them and the courts called them out. If they would have redistricted fairly and let the chips fall where they might, local candidates, running for office, would be better off. Their main goal was to control congress. They could care less about down ballot candidates. There are some good candidates who are working hard to get your vote. Early voting starts May 14 and goes till May 19 and also May 21 to May 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is just one Saturday voting for working people who work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It doesn’t matter where you live in early voting, you can vote at any of the locations. Orange Public Library, Bridge City Public Works, 220 Nitsche, First Baptist Church, Mauriceville and the Raymond Gould Community Center. Early voting is easy but if you want to wait, Election Day is May 29 and you must vote at your regular voting precinct box. There are no contested Democratic races in the Primary. In local races, most voters seem to be more independent and vote for the person rather than the party. The only statewide race to pull the wagon is for United States Senate. Dewhurst has the name ID and most of the money. If Cruz had the dough, he could give him a good run. Dewhurst and Romney are not the most likable or exciting. Either way, it will be a low statewide turnout.*****Well, I’ve got to move on. Come along, it won’t do you no harm. THE BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO CHANGED THE COUNTRY Few battles in world history have been more decisive or had a greater influence on history than the 18-minute battle at San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836. We will never know what would have become of Texas if Sam Houston had lost. There was no organized Texian Army. It consisted of colonist, TeJano Liberals, slaves, and American soldiers on unofficial leave, just looking for a fight. Soldiers from 12 different countries fought side by side to defeat the Mexicans and capture Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 22. As a result, the treaties of Velasco were signed. Texas remained an independent nation for more than nine years before becoming the 28th state of the United States. The tension between the two nations culminated in the U.S. Mexican War of 1846-1848. The loss of that war by Mexico changed the political map of North America. The U.S. acquired the lands, which now make up the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah, and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. Think about that, one million square miles of territory changed sovereignty. More importantly however, was the fact that the United States became a bicoastal nation, with the natural resources needed to add to its powerful political and military preserve in the world. Our late friend, attorney Louis Dugas, a historian, was most aggravated over the fact that San Jacinto Day and battle got so little coverage. He considered it the most important battle in our history. Jesse H. Jones said, on the 100th anniversary of the battle, “That was a day which, more than any other, gives Texas a history peculiarly and distinctly it’s own.” IMPORTANT NOTICE Next week we will publish our 52nd anniversary issue. It will be a special collectors edition, loaded with personal interviews and historical stories about Orange County, where the West begins. Lots of cowboy tales and many current events. We will feature human interest stories that will be a record of the times. This is a great opportunity for advertisers to have a tremendous reach in both The County Record Newspaper, reaching the greater Orange area, including Mauriceville, Deweyville and parts of Southwest Louisiana and The Penny Record, the community newspaper of Bridge City and Orangefield trade areas. Advertise in both for one low rate. We reach more readers than all other media combined. More reach for your buck. To be a part of this special issue, to advertise call Nicole at 735-7183 or your account executive by Friday. If you wish a salesperson to call on you please call us. Extra copies are being printed to accommodate the demand. TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME 10 Years Ago-2002 Mary Ann Turner, a LCM grad, was elected County Court at Law judge in Montgomery County. Raised a Democrat, she ran under the Republican banner. Eight out of ten voters there are Republican. Mary Ann worked for State Representative Wayne Peveto in Austin with Mickey Litton, an aid to Peveto. Mickey knew Karl Rove, who worked at the Capital in those days. I believe she said he was a wimp. Mickey has a lot

of stories about those days in Austin and of the many characters she met. Being the daughter of Moe Litten, a legal secretary and in her Austin days, she could write a book. (Editor’s note: Don’t forget she also knows C. Delle Bates, which would add a little extra color to the book.)*****The Orange County runoff elections are over. Owen Burton, with the able help of wife Nelda and a few good friends, had a 600-vote turn around to beat Commissioner Sue Bearden. C.J. Huckabey, the third man in the race, endorsed Burton in the runoff. *****Derry Dunn won in a runoff against Dawl Cooper for the J.P. Pct. 2 spot. He will face Republican incumbent Cimron Campbell in November. (Editor’s note: Dunn won that contest. *****County Judge Carl Thibodeaux became the first county judge to be elected to three consecutive terms. He defeated Judge Pete Runnels. (Since that time, Thibodeaux has added 10 more years to his judgeship.)*****Joel Steirman, who served as Port Commissioner in 1994 to 1998, is again a candidate for the post. *****Jerry Hughes announced for re-election to the Port board. *****Peter Henry, 61, died Sunday, April 14. *****Christine Rhea Lane and Jared Alan Lacombe were wed Saturday, April 13. She is the daughter of Walter and Patty Lane and a 1998 Bridge City grad and a 2001 Lamar grad. Maid of honor was Courtney Huckaby. Serving as best man was Derek Blacksher. *****Claude Tarver officially takes over as Bridge City athletic director and head football coach. He’s the 11th AD in the school’s history. Tarver was at Hampshire-Fannett 16 years, 14 without a losing season. Tarver called the Bridge City job the best in Southeast Texas. (Editor’s note: Best I recall he didn’t stay in Bridge City long. I don’t recall why he left.)*****Luther Sanders’ Bridge City baseball career will lead to Blinn but first he has business to finish for Coach Sam Moore and the Bridge City Cardinals. Lutcher has pitched 143 innings and counting. He leads the playoff bound Cards with a perfect 8-0 so far this season the Cards are undefeated. Luther has 184 career strikeouts and 18-5 on the mound. He plays second base and this year has a .448 batting average. He is the son of Regina and Terry Sanders. (Side note: Luther wore the same baseball cap throughout his high school career. Mark Dunn bought it from him at the end of the season for a good amount. I believe Ike might have gotten it.) 35 Years Ago-1977 Fain Holbrook has given up the appliance business and is now selling for Courtesy Pontiac. *****The Rev. W.W. Kennedy celebrates his 34th year as pastor at Cove Baptist Church. *****Annabelle Caillier and Delbert Mires were married at St. Helen Catholic Church. *****Peggy Stanton became Mrs. Kenneth Morse Saturday at First Baptist in Vidor. *****Jo Amodeo and Janet Fontenot celebrate birthdays. *****Blaine and Linda Brown welcome their first child. They named him Chad. (Editor’s note: I recall that but can’t believe it’s been 35 years.)*****Randolph McLelland died. His body was flown to Arkansas for burial. He had two sons, Billy and Jack. *****Mary and Gene Maulsby celebrate 25 married years. *****New Bridge City cheerleaders are Nancy Gauthier, Kim Young, Tarya Hoffpauir, Tish Bratton, Sherri VanBreeman, Donna Pondexter and Tammy Poindexter. Head cheerleader is Melissa Harmon. *****Fire victim Jessie Dupuis is now considered in fair condition but will remain in Dallas Parkland hospital for a long time. James Rowe is recovering at John Sealy. He will be hospitalized for at least two more months. They were burnt in a Texaco Refinery fire. *****A new 1977 Buick Century, loaded, can be bought for $4,998 at Stephens Buick. *****High on the charts is “Mockingbird Hill” by Donna Fargo. BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK Megan Waguespack, Grant Mott, Emily Gilson, Barbara Sarver, Dustin Gibbs, Shirley Bonnin, Mandi Chesson, John Fuss, Cheryl Patterson, Maurelle McDonald, Ryan Ferguson, Bill Nickum, Brad Williams, Theresa Lieby, Bill Broussard, Beverly Raymer, Donna Wiegreffe, Emory Webb, Ken Brown, Becky Atkins, Belinda Norman, Benjamin Ezell, Baylor Trantham, Don McFarlane, Bonnie Short, Joy McNamara, Courtney Williams, Dana Hill, Virginia McNair, James Corley, Christian Dubose, Marshall Myers, Scott Fisher, Madeline Harper, Michael Harper, Jr., Joseph Jackson, Allison Rendall, Adrienne Colletti Platt, Amelia Hollier, Brandon Fisher, Glen Prince, Lacy Rutledge, Jason Smalley, Linda Robinson, Nancy Rendall, Paul Zoch, Samantha Briggs, Jeremie Breaux, Kathie Stephson, Shaun McAlpin, Sydney Bowman, Jacob Reynolds, Ida Schossow, Dickie Colburn, Robert Schilicher, Sean Edgerton, Peggy Granger, Barbara Fuselier and Crystal McCarthy. A FEW HAPPENINGS Moe Litton stopped by for a nice visit this morning. We talked about everyone we could think of. Moe is doing really well. The doctor told him he wasn’t going crazy and doesn’t have Alzheimer’s; his forgetfulness is nothing but ‘old timers.’ Names just seem to disappear. Moe left too early because Andrea brought in a mess of cracklins’ from Paw Paw’s on 1442. No need to go to Louisiana anymore to get good Cajun goodies, just a short drive to 105 and 1442. Tell Harvey or Burl we sent you. They’ll consider you a friend. *****Don’t forget the big 32nd Mauriceville Crawfish Festival starting this Friday and running through Sunday. Good weather, good food and a lot of family fun is promised. *****By the way, we are hearing some good things about LaBelle Femme’ Dress Shop in Jennings, La. Several brides to be have found just the right wedding dress. Right now they are having a sale on prom gowns. It’s worth the drive to this exclusive dress shop. *****We were glad to hear that after a short stay in a Galveston hospital our friend Roy Wingate is back home. Hopefully things will turn around and he will see better days ahead. *****I recall, like many of you, April 16, 1947. The windows rattled, the old school building shook and before long we found out the French ship Grandcamp had blown up in the harbor at Texas City. Another ship, filled with chemicals, also exploded the next day. The blast and fire killed nearly 600 people. The blast was felt down the coast from Corpus Christi to New Orleans. *****We heard from our longtime buddy Doug Harrington. He is not snapping back as quickly as he had hoped after fighting throat cancer and radiation. He and Regina are in their new home in Spring but he misses time at his Crockett ranch. He says Doug Jr. gave him a new, state-of-the-art computer that is way too complicated for him to operate. *****On April 15, 65 years ago, in 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and became the major league’s first black player. This opened the door for many other nationalities to follow.*****On April 21, a good man, Mickey McNamara, age 76, was killed with a baseball bat at his insurance company office by a young, black man.*****On April 21, 1836, Sam Houston won the battle of San Jacinto and captured General Santa Anna.*****This week in 1865, President Abe Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford Theater.***** A few folks celebrating their special day, Nicole’s other half,

Dustin Gibbs, celebrates April 19, as does Shirley Bonnin and Barbara LeBlanc Sarver.***Our longtime friend, insurance man and Bridge City community leader, Bill Nickum, will be a year older April 19.***A lovely West Orange grad and retired Bridge City school teacher, Beverly Burgess Raymer celebrates on April 20.***A lady that goes back to our childhood, Joy Simmons McNamara, marks her and her twin sister Joyce’s birthday on April 21.***Virginia McNair, a nice lady, also celebrates on the 21.***Christian Dubose Simonton, son of Joy and grandson of Joyce and John Dubose, turns 17. The years fly. It’s hard to believe, it seems just a few years ago his mom was 17.***Adrienne Colletti, a beautiful, talented young lady celebrates on April 22.***The oldest of the Smalley brothers, Jason, celebrates on April 23.***Rev. Paul Zoch, Bridge City born and raised, and now a home-grown preacher turns another peg on April 23.***The fisherman’s fisherman, fishing guide, former coach and popular columnist Dickie Colburn celebrates his special day April 24. Dickie will do to ride the waves with.*****Happy 52nd wedding anniversary April 23, to a special couple, Lou and Kathy Garriga. They live a good, Christian life and have raised a house full of great children.*****CREAUX’S TIP OF THE WEEK Ants, ants everywhere indoors. You wonder where sugar ants etc. come from. If you can figure that out you can solve your problem. Ants will never cross a chalk line so get your chalk out, draw a line on the floor, cabinet or where ever ants tend to march. It’s a line they won’t cross. See for yourself. *****CAJUN DEFINITION Cafe’ Noir: The Cajun’s version of espresso coffee. Strongly flavored, drip, black coffee. (Not for weaklings) that is served in a demitasse, (very small coffee cup). In my youth the coffee was made in a small granite white drip pot and put in a pan of water, the coffee was never allowed to boil or scorch. The water had to be boiling when slowly poured, one spoonful at a time, over the coffee grinds. When compaigne (company) came, the oldest child or lady of the house served the coffee, cream and sugar on a serving platter, going from one guest to the other with the oldest, usually the grandma, served first.*****How silly can political things get. Last week Hilary Rosen, a Democratic activist but not a paid Obama staffer, said Ann Romney didn’t know the difficulties working women faced because she had never worked a day in her life. Of course Hilary meant worked outside the home. I think of women as waitresses, beauty operators, etc. who stand on their feet allday and still have the kid chores at home. These women don’t have domestic help, a cook who prepares all meals, a driver who takes the children to school and other activities. These workingwomen don’t have a Nanny to change diapers, feed, burp and care for the child’s every need. Now what does all of that have to do with governing? Yet, even Kevin Brady is out spinning that the White House is against stay at home moms. Silly ain’t it? CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS On April 18, Conan O’Brien will be 29; America Ferrera, 28 and Maria Bello, 45.***Ashley Judd will be 44 April 19; James Franco, 34; Kate Hudson, 33 and Hayden Christensen, 31.***Carmen Electra will be 40, April 20; Joey Lawrence, 36; Jessica Lange, 63 and Luther Vandross, 61.***Queen Elizabeth II will be 86 on April 21; Tony Romo, 32 and Tony Danza, 61.***Jack Nicholson will be 75 on April 22; Peter Frampton, 62 and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, 46.***Lee Majors will be 73 on April 23; Michael Moore, 58 and George Lopez, 51.***Kelly Clarkson will be 30 on April 24; Shirley MacLaine, 78; Barbra Streisand, 70 and Michael O’Keefe, 57. CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK A couple of Sundays ago, Joe Robecheaux and his wife, Lula Mae, went for a drive through da countryside. She was driving and it was a nice day. Dey planned on going to Mulattes to eat later. Joe him, he figure dis was as good a time as any to tell Lula Mae wat he had to tell her. He say, “Honey, I know we been married 28 years us, but I want a divorce me.” Lula Mae don’t say nutten, she jus speed up da car. Joe say, “I don’t want you to talk me out of it no, I’ve been having an affair wit you friend Agnes.” Lula Mae still don’t say nutten, she jus speed up some more. Joe him press his luck and say, “I want da house, dis car and half da bank account.” Lula Mae’s mad by now, she speeds up to going fast, fast. Joe, he’s getting very nervous him so he say, “Ain’t dere something you want to say, hanh?” Lula Mae speed up some more. Den she say, “No, me, I got everyting I need.” “Oh really, Joe said, wat might dat be?” Right before dey slammed into da bridge piling, going 90 miles per hour, Lula Mae say, “Joe, honey, me I got da air bag.” Dey bury Joe at Breaux Bridge a few days later. C’EST TOUT The Lunch Bunch will dine with Uncle Jim at Novrozsky’s this week. Last week at Robert’s Sheriff Merritt joined wife Marlene. She always does the treating. I wonder how he manages that. Everyone is always welcome. *****There are a lot of elections coming up in school, city, drainage district and port. The race that’s surprised me the most is that Port Director Barbara Winfree is facing opposition. She was appointed to fill her husband “Buckshot’s” unexpired term. She is the only woman on the port board and is asking to be elected to her own first full term. Next week we’ll give dates and times of these elections. *****Roy wrote a Down Life’s Highway column this week. He hasn’t written in several weeks but he’s now recalling a boyhood friend who died and the 32 Ford V-8 he got from him. He recalls the early years as boarding house roommates and their lifelong friendship. *****My time is up, thanks for yours. Please read us cover to cover, check our web at and please shop our family of advertisers. Take care and God bless.

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Raised like John Boy and the Walton’s, Harry shared their core values.

I learned of Harry Waddell’s death about the time his graveside service was taking place Sunday. Harry died April 13. His health had been deteriorating for sometime. He had a brilliant mind that could fix anything mechanical. He replaced many auto motors, totally rebuilding them. He often said if man built it, he could fix it. It didn’t matter if it was an air conditioner, washing machine, tractor or whatever, but that’s not how he made his main livelihood. He retired from Texaco. I’ve gotten way ahead of my story. Few people alive today had known me as long as Harry. When we were both youngsters, we were boarders at Ms. Shugart’s Boarding House in Port Arthur. I had been living at the boarding house for three summers before Harry came to Port Arthur from his home in Rock Island, Texas, just out of high school. He landed a job at Texaco. I was operating my Shetland pony ride at Pleasure Island. I had done this since I was 14. I earned enough money each summer to provide for my school clothes and those of my three little sisters and also to help Mom. The first car my family ever owned was a 1932 Ford V-8 coupe that I bought from Harry for $90. After he had been at Texaco for a while he bought a 1949 Mercury sedan. He put lowering blocks on it and we made the ‘drag’

down Proctor Street. Harry had that Ford, the first V-8 on the market, purring like a kitten. When the summer was over, I drove it home to Abbeville. At Riceland a local policeman got after me. I left him in my taillights. He was no match for the V-8 Ford. I ran from those small town marshals several times. Their radios, with those long antennas, couldn’t broadcast over five miles. At times I would show up broke in Port Arthur. If I didn’t stay at the Edwin Bourgeois house, Harry would sneak me up the back stairs to sleep in his room at the boarding house. He would pocket some of the food from the dining table, mostly those fresh, homemade rolls, to feed me. Harry also visited Abbeville and got to know most of my friends, Gerald, Allen, Mac and Bobby Charles, who had just released his hit “See You Later Alligator.” Bill Haley and the Comets recorded it and Bobby was off to the big times. Several times my friends and I went home with Harry to Rock Island. His family lived in an old farmhouse. The cracks in the floor were a half-inch wide. His dad had killed over 90 buck deer and had all the horns hanging on the walls. He had some pretty, chesty, red headed sisters. They lived on the game they

1932 Ford, the first V-8 automobile I purchased from Harry for $90. Harry and that car both live in my memory.

killed, turkeys, rabbits, doves, robins, etc. On one trip, his brother Tommy gave Kenneth Bourgeois a guitar that he brought home to Port Arthur. His little brother Gene picked it up, learned to play and became Jivin’ Gene of “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” fame. While we were living together at the boarding house, Harry got his draft notice. A couple

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Community Bulletin Board David Ess, Bridge City Strutter Golf Tournament set for May 19 David Ess and the Bridge City Strutters will be hosting their annual golf tournament. The tournament will have a shotgun star at 8 a.m. (sign-in will be at 7:30 a.m.) on Saturday, May 19, at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Port Arthur. It will be an 18 hole, four-person scramble with prizes awarded. Entry fee is $200 per team, which includes the green fee, cart, food, drink and prizes. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100, which includes a sign at the golf course and an ad in the Strutters Spring Review Program. The deadline for hole sponsorship is April 17 or tournament entry deadline is May 8. For more information contact any Strutter, or call 735-8521 or 474-1395.

Orange Boat Club Bar-B-Q Cookoff The Orange Boat Club BBQ cook-off will be held April 20-21. You do not have to be in the cook-off to enjoy this event. All Boat Club members and they’re invited guests are welcomed. The entry fee is $100 per team. Advance sign-up sheets for the barbeque cook-off must be turned-in to Reggie Broussard by April 19 and are available at the Boat Club facility located at 2206 DuPont Drive. Drawing for positions will be held on Thursday April 20 at 6:30 p.m. This is one of our biggest events of the year and the festivities begin on Thursday, April 19 with a Team Cricket Dart (blind draw doubles) tournament at 7 p.m. A Team Moon Dominoes (blind draw doubles) tournament at 7 p.m. Friday. A Team Board Washer tournament and on Saturday starting at approximately 10 a.m.

Thrift & Gifts Center to host garage sale Thrift & Gifts outside garage sale is being planned from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The organization needs at least 20 vendors. Spaces will rent for $12 with sellers providing their tables and chairs. Gates will open at 7 p.m. for those setting up with sales beginning at 8 a.m. The shop and bargain room will be open. To reserve a booth or for more information, call 8867649, or come by the Thrift & Gifts Center at 350 37th St. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Red Hot Flashers to meet Thursday The Red Hot Flashers of the Red Hat Society will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Sunset Grove Country Club. Ladies are asked to bring a door prize for the Bingo games. All ladies are welcome to attend. For more information call Helen Broussard 886-1609.

Crawfish Festival set for this weekend The 32nd annual Mauriceville Crawfish Festival is set for the weekend of April 20-22 at the MCF Grounds, 7441 Cohenour Road. Friday’s hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday’s 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday’s 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival features a barbecue cook-off with two divisions: brisket and ribs with a $300 first prize in each division. Live entertainment starts on Friday night and runs through Sunday afternoon. Attendees may take part in the parade, the crawfisheating contest and crawfish races on Saturday. There will be a carnival, food booths and craft booths. For more information, call 409-782-3488.

WO High School Class of 1962 to host reunion The West Orange High School Class of 1962 has announced their plans for the 50th Class Reunion.  The reunion will be held the weekend of April 20, 21 and 22. Information and registration sheets have been mailed out. If you have not received one and would  like to attend, please contact: Anita (Adair) Bussell at 409-886-2069.

Fraternal Order of Eagles to host dance The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th Street in Orange, will host a dance with the band Jess Domingue and Company playing from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. The kitchen will be open for food. Admission is $5 per person.

OC GOP to hold county convention The Orange Republican County Convention will be held on Saturday, April 21. The event will be held in the 128th District Courtroom, Orange County Courthouse, 801 Division Ave. in Orange. Interested persons should arrive between 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  for registration and breakfast. Delegates (Registered Orange County voters) will need to be seated by 9 a.m. for the Call to Order. The convention process will include selection of delegates to the 2012 Republican State Convention to be held in Fort Worth, June 7-9.  Resolutions will also be presented and adopted to form the Orange County Republican platform. Our platform will be considered along with other county platforms to build the Texas Republican Platform. For more information call 409-313-3314 or 409-670-5901.

Guns vs. Hoses set for April 23 The 17th Annual Charity Basketball Game Guns vs. Hoses has be scheduled for Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Gymnasium. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students. All proceeds will go towards the LCM Project Safe Graduation. The community is invited to come out and support the LCM Project Safe Graduation and watch the Orange Police Department take on the Orange Fire Department in a fun filled night. Concessions will be available and door prizes will also be given away.

LSC-O hosts administrative professionals luncheon on wednesday Lamar State College-Orange will host an Administrative Professionals Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 at The Brown Center, 4205 W. Park in Orange. Guest speaker will be Jackie Simien.

Lutcher Stark Class of 1953 Reunion The Luther Stark Class of 1953 will be having a reunion at 6 p.m. on April 28 at Spanky’s Restaurant in Orange. Call Bobby Vincent at 409-543-5478 for more information.

Senior Citizen of the Year Nominations sought Nominations are sought for the 2012 Senior Citizen of the Year. The winner will be announced at the 43rd annual Senior Citizen Rally Day “Getting’ Hooked on Health” on May 8. Nominees must be 60 years old or over. Application must be accompanied by a written summary of the nominee’s service to mankind such as: participation in service organizations; service projects; their contribution towards improving the community; and volunteer service (church, clubs, community, and fellowman). Describe outstanding leadership, service, achievements, and awards. Deadline for entries is April 16. Mail form to: Extension Com-

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Dorothy Ann (Dot) Eshbach 90th Birthday open house set for April 29 The family of Dot Eshbach would like to invite all of her friends to an open house on Sunday, April 29 to celebrate her 90th birthday. The open house will be held at 1375 Oaks End in Bridge City from noon to 3 p.m. Stop by for cake and punch and to share memories. While it may not be possible, the families goal is to keep this a surprise, so mum’s the word.

Farmers Market opens soon The Orange County Farmers’ Market will open Wednesday, May 2 and continue through November. It will be held in the parking lot in front of Big Lots on MacArthur Drive. Hours are 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays and 7-10 a.m., Saturdays. New vendors are welcome. The Market is sponsored by Texas AgriLife; for information call 882-7010.

Habitat for Humanity hosts golf tournament Greater Orange Area Habitat for Humanity will hold their annual charity gold tournament on Saturday, May 5 at Sunset Grove Country Club, 2900 Sunset Drive in Orange. The format is a two person best-ball. Cost is $100 for a two person team. Gross and net prizes will be awarded. Mulligans, drinks on the course and lunch are included for participants. Entry deadline is Tuesday, May 1. Contact Sunset Grove Country Club at 8839454 for more information.

Heavenly Hearts Summer Charity Pageant to be held May 26 Heavenly Hearts Charity Pageants announces it’s next event. The Summer Charity Pageant will be held on May 26 at the Bridge City Community Center in Bridge City. Entries are being accepted now and will continue until May 24. Early bird entry discounts are given to those that enter by May 5. Age divisions are from babies all the way to adult. The event is open to all areas and to both boys and girls. Attire is formal and summer wear. Awards are crowns, trophies, plaques, sashes, toys, gifts, and much more. No one will leave empty handed and all young contestants receive a tiara just for taking part in this event. The charity that will benefit from this event is the Bridge City Ministerial Alliance. Entry fee into this event if entered by the early bird deadline is $85. Late entries will be charged $135. Raffle tickets for various donated items can be sold to pay the entry fee, or you may get a sponsor if you want to enter at no cost to you. For more information, log on to Heavenly Hearts Charity Pageants on facebook. Anyone can enter, purchase a raffle ticket, or make a donation by calling Kari Stringer 281-259-4437 (Must leave a message) or by email for a much faster response Applications can be mailed or emailed to you by sending your email address to the yahoo account. There are also applications available to pick up at the Ministerial Alliance. The alliance is open on Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and they are located next to First Baptist Church on Roundbunch Road in Bridge City. Businesses are welcome to advertise free of charge with any donation of any value to the event.

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

American Association of University Women collecting books The Orange branch of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is now collecting books to be sold in their annual book sale. Anyone able to donate any gently used books is asked to drop them off at Mann Insurance Agency, 1505 Park at 15th Street in Orange.  If pickup is needed, call 886-5739 or 8862194 in Orange.  All proceeds from the sale go toward the annual scholarship fund.  Each year, the AAUW awards scholarships to two young women from Orange.

American Legion to host pool tournament The American Legion Lloyd Grubbs Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will be hosting a pool tournament every Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight. There is a ten player maximum. The community is encouraged to join in the fun and free food to help support the Veterans. For more information, call 409-3304847. BULLETINS PAGE 9A

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als in 2008 and 2011. They were runner-ups this year, competing against 5-A schools. She added the Strutters do more than perform at football games — they are also a dance class, a physical education class and a fine arts class as well. “We teach the skills and correct techniques for competition. A dancing background helps. Others have to work harder. We have a girl on the competition team without a dancing background. She has advanced tremendously. They begin like little fawns and they come out as beautiful deers,” Riley said. Likewise, Lyons had a little background in dancing but not much. She made the Strutters as a sophomore. “I was ecstatic,” she said. “I tried out to be an officer and I made lieutenant. It built up my self-esteem. I became captain my senior year.” Lyons said Johansson saw something in her she didn’t see in herself and inspired her while pushing her to do more. Currently, the Strutters are composed of 29 students from many different backgrounds, Riley said. Bridge City Middle School also has its own pep squad. A new director will soon take over who has a background in dance. Lyons is also a Bootser that not only do fund raisers to pay for costuming, travel, food and fees to competitions, but they also keep parents informed of Strutter happenings and helped pay for the dance floor in the dance room after Hurricane Ike. She calls it a “labor of loves.”

kitchens, plus a washer and dryer. There will be six different floor plans, 14 one bedroom, 38 two bedroom, and 28 three bedroom apartments. In addition there will be 16 handicap units. The size of the apartments will be between 800 and 1,300 square feet. Questions were raised about why the apartments were being built in Bridge City. Neyhart answered that there is a need for apartment housing in Bridge City based on the market studies he conducted. The cost of the project will be in the range of $7,500,000. Rents are set at a minimum income level and rents are based below market value of comparable apartment housing in the area. The rates are set to a minimum income to $11,074 to a maximum income of $37,260. Rents in the income levels will range from $323 for a one bedroom, one bath apartment to $897 for three bedroom, three bath apartments. Other concerns voiced were about the drainage situation on Charles Street. Neyhart stated

ment was the loss this year of 30-year BCFR member Leroy Breaux. The department was also presented with a picture of the Little Dribblers All-Star team for BCFR’s support of them. Entertainment was provided by Anthony Walker’s Gulf Coast Power Pro Wrestling after the ceremony, complete with a wrestling ring

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on the ground. Bridge City Fired and Rescue has been in existence for 59 years and Morse said they have been having the annual banquets for at least the 19 years he has been a member. Chaplain Tammi Fisette said in her benediction that residents in Bridge City are “very blessed.”

Prescription drug drop off toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the attorney general to

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that he has a civil engineer that is looking into the current drainage and looking at what will have to be done to install the drainage system. One challenge will be to build at current federal floodplain elevation requirements and not flood out current properties on Charles Street. Mayor Roccaforte and several councilmen made statements in favor of the project and the positive effect it will have on the community. “We are always happy when a business wants to locate in our city. It will bring in new residents; it will add tax dollars to our city. It may bring back some of the citizens we lost to Ike,” Roccaforte said. “Some of the problems you are afraid may come in with new apartments are not caused by the apartments, they are caused by the 50 and 60 year old houses around the apartments. It is not that the apartments are bad, there has just been deterioration all around them as a result of the passage of time and original people moving out and a different class of people moving in.”

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The Strutters started under the direction of Leah Johansson and then Charlotte Hodgkinson before Riley took over. There was also a drill team in the 1960s named the White Flashes. Riley said they’re invited to the reunion too. Riley grew up dancing and she was a lieutenant in the Nederland High School Westernaires. She was also part of the world famous Kilgore College Rangerettes and signed up to be a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in New York City but at 5 feet 9 inches, she was too tall at the time to make the team. Senior Nicole Encalade is captain of the Strutters. She was a lieutenant when they won nationals last year. She’s been dancing in studios since she was two. In fact, they have won competitions on four different occasions since she has been a Strutter. “We’re always winning something in Kickers. I wanted to be a Strutter ever since I was four years old and I saw them on the football field. It’s been my dream. Encalade said she comes from a sports-oriented family and she could had earned a softball scholarship if she stayed with that. She admitted switching from softball to the Strutters was hard on her father at first. “I’ve learned a lot and matured a lot in four years,” she said. Her favorites things to do as a Strutter is performing at half time shows and the Spring Revue. “I’m so proud of them. I love my team. They’re my passion,” Riley said.

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Junior and Strutter Lt. Sydney Shepherd, left, and Capt. Nicole Encalade pose in their dance room with trophies underneath Strutter banners. The Strutters will be hosting a 25th reunion barbecue for all Strutters Forever, former Escorts and former Bootsters from 10 a.m. until on Saturday, May 5 at the Bridge City Community Center. The celebration will also include the Spring Revue, starting at 6 p.m. on May 5 at The Lutcher Theater where the Strutters Forever will be performing and be recognized. The Cardinal Singers, drama class and jazz band will also perform. RECORD PHOTO: David Ball

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aco I got married, moved away and lost track of Harry. After I moved back to Bridge City, I learned that Harry had married and was also living in Bridge City. From that day on Harry maintained my air conditioners, autos and whatever needed repair. He set up a rig at my Cow Bayou place, “Dunn’s Bluff ” to pull and replace or rebuild auto motors. It was a sideline for him but he was so darn good at it. I never have known anyone who could work so much. He never stopped and enjoyed every bit of it. He was always very smart and it was sad when I learned, from his son-in-law, that he had mental problems. I had lost mom to Alzheimer’s so I knew what that could lead to. For four years, over the summer, we had shared a small room together. Two small beds and the bathroom down the hall. We were just youngsters doing what young people do. We witnessed some of our friends maimed or killed at Broussard’s Curve and always felt fortunate we had missed that trip. Phyl and I started dating when she was in high school so Harry had known her as long as I had. Harry was a big part of the Roots of my Raising, a friend for over 60 years. His death saddens me. We grew up during our early years together. Today, so many of the boys are gone. Jivin’ Gene stayed friends with Harry over all the years since that first guitar. He will be surprised, as I was, to hear that this talented, good man has died. I’ve never known anyone who didn’t like Harry. He never did anyone wrong. He helped a lot of people. He also shrimped the Gulf alone. I’ll never forget that hard working guy. His ancestors can be proud of their pioneering roots based on hard work and a fair shake. I just couldn’t let his death go unnoticed. Too much water had run under our bridge, at a special time in our lives. May he rest in peace. Footnote: What became of the 1932 Ford? Harry kept it running for a couple of years. Then one day, in Louisiana, it quit. After getting an unsuccessful push for a couple of miles, I decided it had died. I left it on the side of the road and hitchhiked in. I often wondered what might have become of that faithful, old car. Both Harry and that old Ford will forever live in my thoughts. Condolences to his family.

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BCCC now accepting Business, Citizen of Year applications Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. Please submit all nominations in writing to Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 150 W. Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, Tx. 77611. Deadline to submit nominations will be Feb. 8, 2012.

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

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

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Roy to marry Farrow

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Mindy Guidry became the bride of Brad Dorr on Saturday, April at 1 p.m. at St. Henry Catholic Chuch in Bridge City with Father Steve Leger officiating. The bride is the daughter of Bobby and Pam Guidry of Bridge City. The bridegroom is the son of Robert and Pam Dorr of Hiram, Ga. Attending the bride as matron of honor was Keely Travis. Bridesmaids were Elizabeth Humphries and Courtney Leak. Lilly Luttrull was flower girl and Jackson Humphries carried the rings. Robert Dorr served as best man. Groomsmen were Taylor Guidry and Chris Travis, with Jacob Vincent serving as usher. Following their honeymoon in Ireland, the couple will reside in Beaumont.

Karen and Stephen Clopp of Orange are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Paige Roy, to Mr. Matthew Farrow, son of Ms. Jeanne Gillis of Webster, Texas and Timothy Farrow of Dickinson, Texas. The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Orangefield High School and a 2010 Lamar University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, Magna Cum Laude. Paige will graduate with her Masters degree May 2012 in Speech Language Pathology from Lamar University. The prospective groom is a 2004 graduate of Lumberton High School and studied at Lamar University and The University of Texas in San Antonio. He is currently employed as the Sales Manager at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Port Arthur. The couple will be married during a candlelight wedding ceremony that will be held on June 9, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Orangefield.

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Tailchasers out duel gale force winds COLBURN-FISHING CAPT. DICKIE COLBURN FOR THE RECORD

“The wind was just absolutely horrible,” said Bubba Sparrow, “but we at least had an excuse for being out there Saturday. I have no idea what the other people we saw on the water were thinking!” Bubba and his partner, Eric Ronning, were one of the thirty-one teams that fished the Triangle Tailchaser tournament hosted out of Ancelet’s Marina last Saturday. One of the club’s best turnouts of the year was forced to deal with an uncompromising south wind that starched area flags with a steady 25 to 30 mph gale. While the unique tournament format forces the teams to diversify their tactics, hiding from the wind isn’t normally an integral part of the game plan. Each team is allowed to weigh in two trout, two reds and two flounder for their total weight. There is also a side pot on a blackjack fish and last week’s fish was the trout closest to 21-inches which was eventually won by Albert Bates and Mike Vetch. At the end of the day I was very much surprised by the winning weight of 24.57 pounds posted by the team of Steven Havard and Kory Earp. Even more surprising was the fact that one of their two flounder weighed over 6-pounds! Gary McElduff and Kit Carson finished second with 21.40 pounds followed by Trey Browne and Bobby Welborn with 21.06 pounds. The top five teams all bested the 20 pound mark and fourteen of the teams finished with double digit weights.Twenty six of the thirty-one teams weighed in at least one fish. TAILCHASERS PAGE 3B


The much anticipated showdown between the Bridge City Cardinals and Silsbee Tigers certainly fell short of expectations as the BC cruised to a pair of lopsided victories and all but assured them of another district championship. The Silsbee Tigers came to BC on Wednesday with high hopes and left later that night with a bruised ego as Senior Jacob Lemoine just absolutely dominated them in a two hit 13 strikeout performance that left little to the imagination. Lemoine racked up strikeouts in impressive fashion with a 90 plus mph fastball that lit up the radar guns for the dozen or so Major League scouts in attendance. Silsbee managed two hits all night and never advanced a runner past second base. The Cardinal offense manufactured runs in the first and second innings and gave Lemoine a cushion to work with. In the third inning Cardinal Senior Mitchell Hubbard took matters into his own hands as he jumped all over a Silsbee fastball and sent it onto the roof of the batting cage beyond the left center field wall to give BC a 3-0 lead. The Cardinals added more insurance runs in the sixth as Hunter Uzzle put the game away with a three run homer of his own to push the lead to 6-0. From there on it was just a formality as BC finished the game off with a final score of 6-0 and the all important out right lead in the district race. The Cardinal nine didn’t have much time to celebrate the win from Wednesday as they took the trip to Silsbee on Friday for one more meeting with the Tigers. Junior Hayden Guidry took the mound for BC and picked up right where Jacob Lemoine left off, shutting out Silsbee. Guidry carved up the Tigers to the tune of 12 strikeouts while allowing

Bridge City Cardinal freshman Chase Shugart hits his first varsity home run on Friday against the Silsbee Tigers. In the background is sophomore Hunter Uzzle who stepped to the plate after Shugart and did the same. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

four hits and again limiting Silsbee base runners to advance no farther than second base in an impressive 11-0 win. Guidry’s curve ball kept the Tigers off balance all night as he threw it with confidence in just about any count. The Cardinal defense was as solid as ever while handling the few balls that were actually put in play. Bridge City jumped out to a lead on the Tigers as they erupted for four runs in the second inning

courtesy of the long ball. Freshman Chase Shugart took advantage of his opportunity at the plate by blasting a three run home run to deep right center. The cheering for Shugart had barely subsided as Hunter Uzzle took the very next pitch out of the park for a solo home run which put the Cardinals up 4-0. BC continued the scoring barrage with four more runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to finish off the Tigers in decisive fashion. Mitchell

Hubbard and Zach Smith had two RBI’s a piece as well to help pace the Cardinals offensively and give BC a two game lead in the district standings. Bridge City has just three remaining district games before the playoff run begins. The Cardinals will play WOS at home, travel to Hampshire Fannett, and come back to BC for Senior Night against Orangefield. This HOMETOWN BASEBALL PAGE 2B


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Orangefield Bobcat Braxton Smith flies past first base as West Orange Stark Mustang Henry Foward dives to field the ball. The Bobcats defeated the Mustangs 16-5. RECORD PHOTO: Larry Trimm

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Nederland. On Friday night, April 13, the Orangefield Bobcats and the West Orange-Stark Mustangs met on Ronnie Anderson Field. When the clawing and kicking was over the Bobcats had put their fangs and claws into the Mustangs’ hide. They went back across the bayou with a 16-5 win over the Mustangs. At the bottom of the third inning, the Cats led 3-0. Three runs in the top of the fourth put them ahead 6-0. The fourth inning saw the Mustangs score one run. They would stay that way until a four run scoring in the bottom of the sixth would give them the five run total score for the game. The Bobcats continued to score in each inning, one run in the fifth, six in the sixth and three in their final time at bat in the seventh inning. Jake Best led the Bobcat hitters with a home run, and two hits, resulting in four RBIs. Dustin Back in the Cardinal lineup is senior catcher Matt Selman and Ryan Gunstream got three hits Menard. RECORD PHOTO: Larry Trimm apiece. Jacob Brown hit twice, Braxton Smith, Austin Scales and Luke Johnson hit one time club has the potential to be really special and each. Maurice Morris was the leader for the Musa couple of statistics can help back that statetangs with two singles, one double and one run ment up. After seven district games the Carscored. Grant Anderson, Jacob Finney, and dinals have surrendered a grand total of two runs while scoring 55, and no that’s not a typo. Tavin Terrell each hit once and scored once. In seven district games the pitching staff has Finney and Terrel got RBI credit with one each. a total of five shutouts. If the road to Austin Henry Forward walked to first and got around is paved with pitching then the Cardinal fans the bases to score one run. On the schedule for Friday, April 20, Orangehave plenty to look forward to because these field will host the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks and guys can flat out throw it. the LCM Bears will have a visit from LivingsRecapping Orange County baseball action: ton. The Bridge City Cardinals travel to HamThe LCM Bears met the Ozen Panthers in shire-Fannett and West Orange-Stark hosts Beaumont on Tuesday, April 10 and had a few Silsbee. anxious moments. Going into the top of the fourth inning the Panthers led 5-2. The Bears started a rally and scored five runs by the end of the game to go Read Our Free Digital Edition home winners 7-6. LCM is now in a three-way of this week’s issue online now. tie for second in district with Livingston and

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Colburn: Fishing We got caught in a bad storm Thursday and plowed our way home via the GPS due to a driving rain and spray off the waves that reduced visibility to fifty yards or less. It was a long painfully wet 23 mile boat ride from the south end of the lake back to Adams bayou. My hat is off to the entire Triangle Tail chasers field as the wind was even worse for them on Saturday! We will have to start all over this week once the wind settles down, but what a week we enjoyed prior to Saturday. We easily limited on trout up to seven pounds most days in spite of a wind that limited the size of the playing field. Early in the week we could fish anywhere we wanted and it was difficult just deciding where to fish first. We caught some nice trout off the revetment walls on topwaters and Swim Baits, flounder off the north end of Pleasure Island and around the mouth of the bayous on the Louisiana side of the lake, trout and reds over the grass around Willow and our best trout drifting the reef on the south end of the lake. At the same time, a number of other folks were doing equally well on both trout and reds in Keith lake and on the Gulf side of the Louisiana jetties. That all sounds a little generic, but we haven’t had that may options in quite some time. Hopefully, the wind will settle down and we will be right back at it by the end of the week. Speaking of options, I cannot recall ever seeing so many tournaments scheduled over the next

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couple of months. I didn’t receive a report from last week’s river tournament, but that event takes place every Tuesday afternoon. I will have more information later but the first annual Do It In Orange Fishing Classic is set for the weekend of May 19 and 20. The entry fee is $100 per two man team with the potential of winning $6000. First place in the bass, trout and redfish divisions is $2000 and you are eligible to win all three with one entry fee. For Parents and guardians just trying to get their youngsters on the water, the Sabine Neches Chapter of the CCA will host their second annual Kid’s Fish Tournament at Walter Humphrey Pier on May 19 for children under 12. You supply your own rod and reel and bait, but hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served by the chapter.Kids must be in the weigh-in line by 10 a.m. and prizes will be awarded for the heaviest fish. The Port Neches Riverfest tournament will be hosted out of Ancelet’s Marina on May 5 and 6. The entry fee for this event is $30 per person. Eighty percent of the entry fees will be awarded to the winners. As if that weren’t enough, the annual McDonald Big Bass Splash on Rayburn is set for this weekend and the one on Toledo Bend is set for the weekend of May 18, 19 and 20. I feel certain I am over looking at least one or two other bass tournaments, but at the very least it looks like you have a lot of choices on the weekend of May 19 and 20 alone!


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Despite some terrible early season weather, constantly changing winds, and some relatively hard run off from heavy rains the conditions on both our local lakes are ahead of schedule. On several trips in the last weeks I could not believe the amount of bait in our estuaries or the clarity of the water in some places, both were impressive to say the least. The main bodies of the lakes as well as the surrounding marshes are full of life, the early season shad populations and shrimp numbers are enough to give even the most skeptical angler cause to smile. There is no doubt that the mild winter we had really helped out this situation, the marshes are months ahead of schedule on the amount grasses present and baitfish production. During one scouting trip I could not help but marvel as I watched clouds of small baitfish and small shrimp scurry among the lush grass. Needle fish as long as your arm are thick in the bayous along with a very healthy population of mullet and crabs. The stage is set for some excellent fishing and perhaps some better quality fish than we have seen in a couple of years. Both Sabine Lake and Calcasieu have become a little more angler friendly in the past week thanks to some drop dead gorgeous weather. Anglers from across the river have started seeing some really good trout show

up on main lake reefs in the open water. There have been several good trout caught including one super fish that stretched the tape over 30” in length. Unlike earlier in the year when school trout were the norm it appears the better fish, over 4 pounds, are becoming much more common. Sabine Lake anglers who have been pinned to the shorelines due to high winds are discovering hungry trout and reds as far up as the north end of the lake. The lions share of fish continue to come from the Causeway reef and the surrounding shell in that area. The quality of fish being caught down there is more than good enough to make you forget about having to deal with the crowds. Since we have had a break in the winds a few anglers have taken advantage of the jetty fishing, the results have been good there as well. Big redfish and drum are still crushing crab and mullet, the speckled trout are also showing in decent numbers. If you are looking for a show head to the rocks with a topwater or Swim N Image and hang on, some great trout will be caught down there on that pattern. You may even run across a Spanish Mack or two, especially as we get closer to the summer months. The forecast looks extremely promising and the conditions should do nothing but reinforce the potential. With much more predictable weather on the horizon all anglers should be really looking forward to their next trip on the water.

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Houston Astros appear to be fiesty KAZ’S KORNER JOE KAZMAR FOR THE RECORD

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thing happened in reverse as the Astros trailed 4-1 with one out in the ninth inning when Miami’s $27 million closer Heath Bell gave up a double to Jose Altuve who reached third on the first of the Marlins’ three errors that inning. Pinch-hitter Travis Buck singled home Altuve and Jordan Schafer reached base on catcher’s interference, which was Error No. 2. The Astros were down to one out when Martinez singled home Buck making the score 4-3. First baseman Carlos Lee, who is off to a fast start in the final year of his six-year, $100,000,000 contract, ripped a single to center, driving home the tying run against the befuddled Bell. Brian Bogusevic hit a soft fly ball to left that Logan Morrison lost in the lights and dropped for Error No. 3, allowing the tiebreaking run to score. The Astros’ $12 million starter-turned-closer Brett Myers pitched the bottom of the ninth and mowed down the Marlins on 16 pitches to preserve the 5-4 Astros’ victory for his second save in as many tries. Sunday’s 5-4 score came about from a different direction as Houston’s starting pitcher J. A Happ successfully protected and early 3-2 lead for six innings. The Astros added an important run in the top of the eighth inning on a run-producing double by Altuve. Manager Brad Mills may have made a strategically bad error by selecting lefty Wesley Wright to pitch the bottom of the eighth. Wright issued a walk to switchhitter Emilio Bonifacio and was immediately yanked off the mound by a miffed Mills in favor of Wilton Lopez. Hanley Ramirez greeted Lopez with a monstrous home run over the 418-foot sign in center field, suddenly tying the score at 4-4. Ramirez delivered the win-

ning run in the 11th inning after two intentional walks loaded the bases with one out. Mills ordered both the infield and outfield to come in and Ramirez hit a fly ball over the drawn-in outfield for a single and a 5-4 Miami win. Although the Astros have been in every game so far this season, they have yet to drive in a run when the bases were loaded. Houston had three opportunities on Sunday and is 0-for-11 for the season when the bases are full. Houston has the secondyoungest 25-man roster in the major leagues with only the Kansas City Royals slightly younger. The Astros’ $60,651,000 payroll is the lowest in the National League Central Division, followed by Pittsburgh ($63,431,999), Cincinnati ($82,203,616), Chicago Cubs ($88,197,033), Milwaukee ($97,653,944) and St. Louis ($110,300,862). And going into Monday’s action, it appears that the Cardinals are buying their way to success as they lead the NL Central. But the low-dollar Astros are hanging right behind St. Louis in second place, with Cincinnati and Milwaukee tied for third, Pittsburgh fifth and Chicago in the cellar. Let’s hope the young and hungry players on the Houston Astros’ 25-man roster continue to battle in every inning of each game like they appear to be doing so far and perhaps good things will happen. However, in the current fourgame series at Washington, our Astros will definitely be facing their toughest opponent so far this young season. The Nationals stood at 7-3 and in first place in the NL East going into Monday’s series opener. KWICKIES…This Korner was saddened to hear of the death of former West Orange Chiefs’ football and baseball player Mike Case, 60. Mike, an avid golfer, would occasionally return to Orange to play golf

at Sunset Grove Country Club with his good friend Jim Rodda, Craig Couvillion and yours truly. Mike worked for many years out of Lafayette before being transferred by his company to Houston not too long ago. I was covering sports at West Orange High School for the Orange daily newspaper in the late 1960’s when Mike played for the Chiefs. He graduated from West Orange High in 1970. The funeral for Mike Case was Tuesday in Lafayette. The Texas Rangers are off to another good start by leading the American League West Division by 2 ½ games going into Monday’s action. The Rangers have yet to lose on the road (30) as they moved on to play the Boston Red Sox Tuesday at Fenway Park. I got to watch a couple more Kentucky Derby hopefuls in action Saturday afternoon on CNBC as Hansen, a beautiful white colt, went out as the 6-5 favorite in the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and was upset by 6-1 Dullahan. Both horses are expected to be in the Derby on May 5. In the $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn, 9-5 favorite Bodemeister held off 5-2 Secret Circle. Both horses are eligible for the Derby. Carl Pettersson fired five straight birdies on the front nine Sunday and coasted to an easy five-stroke victory in last weekend’s RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, S.C. on the PGA Tour. He finished five shots ahead of runner-up Zach Johnson at 14-under-par to win $1,026,000 for his fifth career PGA Tour title. Topranked Luke Donald needed to finish eighth or better to retain his No. 1 world ranking, but tied for 37th and slipped to No. 2 behind Rory McIlroy. The Baylor Bears needed to rally Sunday from Saturday’s Big 12 baseball game that was suspended in the sixth inning with Kansas State holding a 10-8 lead. They won the suspended game 14-12 and then won Sunday’s 11-inning contest 12-11 to sweep the three-game weekend series and improve their season record to 30-7. The Bears are 15-0 in Big 12 play and extended their winning streak to 19 games. JUST BETWEEN US…Multimillionaire pitcher Roger Clemens returns to the federal courtroom this week in Washington, D.C. to refute allegations by Federal prosecutors that he lied to Congress in 2008 about his alleged steroid use. Prospective jurors in the last trial claim the Federal prosecutors face an uphill climb convicting the seventime Cy Young Award winner on six felony counts. The charges carry maximum penalties of up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine. However, Federal sentencing guidelines for a first-time offender call for 15 to 21 months in federal prison. “Congress has a long history of investigating things that don’t necessarily lead to legislation— and people have a long history of being skeptical about these investigations,” commented Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Lady Cardinals in fight for playoff berth David Ball

For The Record Winning district championships is a way of life for the Bridge City Lady Cardinals’ softball program. With a hot Silsbee team undefeated in district, however, the scrappy Lady Cards are battling to stay in second place and a playoff berth this season, according Coach Miste Henderson. Bridge City is 6-3 in district and 16-13 overall. They lost a heartbreaker at Silsbee, 2-1, on April 13. Now, everything comes down to the wire with their last district game at home on Senior Night against the West-Orange Stark Lady Mustangs for sole possession of second place and a trip to the playoffs. The game will be played Tuesday night, weather permitting. If not, it will be rescheduled for Wednesday night. If they lose, there will be a tie for second place and they would have to win a special game to get into the playoffs. “They (Silsbee) have the same girls playing for them for three years now. They’re clicking. They’re 9-0,” Henderson said. “Last year, we played a lot of 2-1 games and we would come out on top. It’s the other way around this year.” The never say die Lady Cards are a well rounded bunch with three seniors, two juniors. four sophomores and four freshmen. “There’s a lot of new faces to Varsity. Bridge City has been so successful, they have some big shoes to fill,” she said. Another heartbreaker for the club was losing to rival Orangefield. Henderson said that loss is always disappointing, but it was a learning experience for the team and it brought the Lady Cardinals together as a team. Hitting and defense has been solid for the team throughout the year and pitcher, freshman Kellyn Cormier, has a lot of movement with the ball, Henderson said. Fortunately for Bridge City, the team’s hitting, defense and pitching is starting to click

The Bridge City Lady Cardinals at softball practice on a rainy day. The program has a habit of district championships and this year’s team is fighting for a second place finish and a playoff spot. RECORD PHOTO: David Ball

at the right time. “The upper class men have made the playoffs every year. It’s been a learning experience. They’ve worked so hard this season,” Henderson said. Senior and team leader Brooklyn Hogden said the squad is a much closer team than at the beginning of the season New team members are stepping up and growing through hard work and practice, practice, practice. Hogden herself made an adjustment too, moving from second base to short stop. She

likes the new position because of the increased range of play, but she has also developed her arm strength to make the longer throw to first. And as a veteran leader on the team, she knows she has to set an example for the younger players. “They seem to get frustrated. It tell them it’s okay and be ready because the ball may be coming their way again. We have team dinners to bond together and we encourage them,” Hogden said. Though a freshman, Cormier has been on

the mound since she was eight years old. She admitted pitching at the high school level was scary at first and she would sometimes become nervous until she gotten over it. “I’ve gotten used to it. I have a lot of different pitches to use,” she said. Pitches such as the curveball, the drop, the change-up and fastball, and her best pitch, the screwball. Her ERA is an impressive 1.00. The freshman hurler said thoughts of going to the playoffs in high school for the first time make her “very excited.”

Scales selected as LSCO’s ‘Student Worker of the Semester’

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For The Record Aimee Scales has been chosen as the Student Worker of the Semester by the Education Division at Lamar State College-Orange. She is a 2010 graduate of Orangefield High School and has been the department’s student worker since the summer of 2010. She is a nursing major who will obtain her nursing degree at LSC-O and wants to work in the labor and delivery ward of a local hospital. “I like the people I’ve met at LSCO,” said Scales. “I wanted to attend college where the campus was smaller and could give personal attention to me, and of course was close to home.” Scales will obtain her Associate degree in liberal arts this fall and plans to start taking the pre-requisites for the Vocational Nursing program. Once she completes the pre-requisites, she hopes to then enroll in the Upward Mobility Nursing program at LSC-O. “Aimee is a wonderful student worker and a hardworking nursing student,” said Brenda Mott, director of the Education Division at LSC-O. “She does whatever we ask of her and is always willing to go that extra mile for the staff.” Scales was named the Orange County Athlete of the Year in 2010 and was on the Bobcat Homecoming Court all four years of high school, winning the title of Homecoming Queen her senior year. She received the Ed Peveto Memorial Scholarship and an agricultural scholarship from the Future Farmers of America. Not only did Scales play and letter in basketball, softball and volleyball at Orangefield High School, but she was also active in the National Honor Society and was the reporter for the Future Farmers of America. Living on her own, she supports herself by working at LSC-O while attending school and working evenings at Romano’s Italian Restaurant. “I commend her for working two jobs to pay for college and still maintaining a high grade point average,” said Mott. “She lives on her own and pays her own way. She has a tremendous work ethic.”

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Misconceptions about Christians: Part Two Evan Dolive For The Record

This is part two in the series of the Misconceptions about Christians. Last week I touched on the misconception that to be a Christian you have to read the Bible literally. Today I will speak another misconception. Misconception #2 - To be a Christian means you have to go to “church”While this might seem a bit counterRev. Evan Dolive intuitive for a minister to say such a thing, hear me out. I like to remind people that nowhere in the Bible does Jesus Christ ever advocate or command that his followers go to church. Christ’s message was about bringing the love and reconciliation of God to all people in all places. Never did Jesus say “and on the Sunday gather together in a building for one hour and then return to your lives.” The church at one time in the United States was the cultural center of a town. The perception was that everyone in the town was a Christian and attended service somewhere on Sunday mornings. It wasn’t ‘if’ you were going to church, rather it was “to which” church you were going to attend. But over the years, the understanding of ‘church’ has changed and not everyone is on board with it—a conflict has arisen. One of the biggest so called ‘worship wars’ is how church is supposed to look. Some people want the ‘traditional’ way of worshipping: pipe organs, hymnals, wearing your ‘Sunday Bests’, etc. On the other hand there are those who want a more ‘laid back’ or ‘contemporary’ approach - ‘come as you are’ mentality to clothing, praise bands, screens with images and song lyrics. You can try to


BRIEFS Salem UMC hosting ushers, greeters celebration Salem United Methodist Church will host their seventh annual usher’s celebration at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. The church is located at 402 W. John Ave. in Orange. The theme for the program is “The endurance needed to carry out the work of the Lord,” from 1 Corinthians 15:58. The Rev. DeAndre Bell of St. Paul CME Church will be guest speaker. Ushers, greeters and congregations from surrounding churches and the community are invited to attend. For more information, contact Salem UMC at 883-2611.

St. Mary’s Class of 1962 to hold reunion The 1962 graduating class of St. Mary’s High School is having their 50th Reunion the weekend of April 28-29. They will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the school library to share memorabilia, view a “scrapbook” DVD, tour the school and enjoy the St. Mary’s School Spring Festival together. On Sunday, they will meet in the St. Mary’s Church hall at 9:30 a.m. and will attend the 10 a.m. Mass memorial service honoring their deceased members.

blend the two together which sometimes works, but more often than not, one side feels the other side has “taken over.” These two different styles have literally split congregations. But the truth is to be Christian does not mean that you have to attend a worship service in a stained glass windowed building on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. No, rather, worship is supposed to be an expression of gratitude and adoration to God, so how one connects with the Divine is up to them. Don’t get me wrong I believe that fellowship and support of other Christians is vital to faith formation, but it is not limited to a building we call “church.” More and more churches are finding that small group and house church ministries are reaching people that had never graced the door of a church before. Why? Because these groups are generally smaller and more intimate. There is something comforting about expressing one’s doubts about faith issues in someone’s home than in a church building. The church grew out of a collection of people that wanted to get together and worship God. In the early church, they did not meet in multi-story buildings rather they met in homes. The church today is still the place where faithful followers of God come to worship, but what that looks like for the future is still unknown. I believe that the Church may not look like it does today fifty years from now. But one thing is for sure, I believe what Christ said about where two or more are gathered, there he will be also. Whether it is in a home, 100 year old stained glass building, an old Walmart or a strip mall, the church will remain. Next week I will continue my series on the misconceptions about Christians. I would love your feedback. Rev. Evan M. Dolive is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He currently serves as Associate Minister at First Christian Church (DOC) in Orange. Rev. Dolive can be reached via email at or online at

The weekend will culminate with a picnic at Niblett’s Bluff Park at 12:30 p.m. where they will enjoy entertainment with live music. The St. Mary’s High School classes of 1961 and 1963, as well as former classmates, are invited to join them. The cost is $20 for those attending the picnic. Reservation information was mailed, but some former classmates from earlier years haven’t been located. If you ever attended St. Mary’s with the Class of 1962 and would like to join us, contact Lesylee Prejean Gautreaux at or 745-5984.

Cowboy Church to host Bulls & Barrels Cowboy Church of Orange County will be hosting “Bulls & Barrels” on Saturday May 5. Events begin at 8 p.m., which include senior bull riding, junior bull riding, mutton bustin’, open barrels, senior barrels, junior barrels and peewee barrels. Jackpot payout. Added money to open barrels and senior bull riding. Books open Wednesday May 2 for Bull Riding and Mutton Bustin’, 6-9 p.m. 409-698-6165. Admission is $5, 3 years and under free. Current negative coggins and signed release required.

Wesley UMC selling pecans, walnuts Wesley United Methodist Church is selling pecans and walnuts. This year’s crop of pecans halves and pieces sell for $10 per pound. Walnuts sell for $8 per pound. To place orders call Billy at 409-883-3210 or 670-6350, Frankie at 409-988-4215 or Connie at 409-883-4995. We will deliver five pounds or more to individuals or businesses.

Once passed nerves, Crump settled into Russell’s character Penny LeLeux For The Record

I think Jim Crump had a slight case of nerves when the curtain went up on his one man play “Charlie Russell’s Recollection of The Old West” at the Lutcher last week. I don’t blame, I would too. It was the culmination of over 35 years of work, 35 years of his life dedicated off and on to portraying the life of western artist Charlie Russell. Written, directed and acted by Crump, he also bankrolled the entire production after failing to find financial backing for the play through other avenues. Crump even built the entire set which is very intricate, especially for a one man show. It even is built on its own platform so it will have a raised stage in places where there isn’t one. Yes, I would be a little nervous too the first time performing a lifetime’s work in front of a live audience. He started speaking a little too fast. I didn’t understand a word of the first couple of sentences he said. After getting those first words out of his mouth, he started to settle a little into the part. Speaking in the manner of the 1800s, some of the terminology may not be completely understood by some of today’s audiences. It is English, just different English than is heard by most today. The combination of fast talking and different terminology required the audiences complete attention to understand what was going on. Because of that, many of the humorous moments of the first act were glossed over and passed before the audience had the opportunity to react. He became more comfortable as the play went on and by the second act was hitting his stride. He had slowed down, the audience was getting more comfortable with the dialog, and the laughs started to come. They started as a chuckle or two, with a full blown laugh at the end. There is much more humor in the show than audience reaction confirmed, it just took time for him to settle into the

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production. He received a standing ovation at the end. Not a bad conclusion to a lifetime of work. I received an e-mail after the show from Juhree Casey, “I saw Jim Crump’s play and it was great. He should start a website so we can know where he is in case we want to go see him again.” Yeah, I would have been a little nervous too, but Jim, let it go, you did good. Take a deep breath, relax, and slow down.

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

West Orange Christian Church 900 Lansing Street, W.O. 409-882-0018 Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:40 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Evening - 6 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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David R. Wingate, sawmill owner and judge Mike Louviere For The Record Orange was able to grow and become a viable part of Texas history due to two things, the Sabine River and the proximity of thousands of acres of virgin pine and cypress timber. One of the men who saw a great future, both for himself and Orange was David R. Wingate. Wingate was a descendant of some of the original colonists who had settled in the Carolinas in the 1600s. His ancestors were settlers who had built plantations and been a part of the British establishment in the colonies. Wingate’s great-grandfather had been a representative to the Carolina Congress and one of the signatories who declared loyalty to the state and the united colonies. He and his son both fought with Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, and allowed Marion and his men to stay on the plantation. When Wingate was a young boy his family moved from South Carolina to Hancock County, Miss. In 1839 he married Caroline Morgan. They soon became the parents of seven children. He began to work in logging camps and sawmills and by 1849 he owned his first sawmill. One of his uncles had fought in the Texas Revolution and had written back home to tell about the forests of East Texas. In 1844 Wingate had made a

David R. Wingate

visit to Texas and seen the vast forests and the amount of land available for settlement. In 1852, he sold his investments in Mississippi and moved his family to Newton County and established a large plantation near the Belgrade/ Farrsville/Cow Creek area. In seven years he had built a productive plantation that pro-

duced 350 bales of cotton and made him the largest cotton planter in Texas. He wanted to return to his roots in the sawmill business and by 1859 he had purchased the abandoned Spartan Sawmill at Sabine Pass and built it into the largest steam powered sawmill in the state. Along with the mill he operated a

fleet of schooners to transport his lumber to markets along the Gulf of Mexico. Early in the Civil War, in April, 1861, he and his son enlisted in the Sabine Pass Guard. He also began blockade running. A schooner and 500 bales of cotton were lost when the schooner ran aground and was burned to avoid capture by the Union forces. On Oct. 21, 1862 a Union Navy patrol invaded Sabine Pass and burned both Wingate’s sawmill and his residence; both were total losses. He moved his family back to the Newton County plantation. The plantation had continued to prosper, producing between 200 and 500 bales of cotton each year. Wingate’s love of being a sawmill owner led to him moving his family to Orange in 1873 to seek new opportunities in the lumber industry. In 1878 he had begun the D. R. Wingate and Company sawmill. In 1880 a fire destroyed the mill at a loss of over $50,000. The demand for lumber stayed strong and he built a larger mill to replace his loss. His larger mill was capable of producing as much as 90,000 feet on lumber and 125,000 shingles per day. Fire struck this mill, causing a loss of an-

other $50,000. The planing mill and stacked lumber was saved. Insurance covered about half his loss. By this time he was 71 years old and tiring of the business, but friends talked him into creating a stock company. He did so and D. R. Wingate and Company was re-established. His new venture was fueled by his desire to keep his more than 100 employees working. The new mill also burned, but it was two years after Wingate’s death. He had been a person who felt an obligation to care for his employees and to give to his community. Before his arrival in Texas he had served as a judge in Hancock County, Miss. In 1861 he had been appointed Confederate States marshal for the Eastern District of Texas. From 1861 to 1863 he served as county judge of Newton County. In 1878 he became county judge of Orange County and served until 1884. In 1890, after several years of illness, Caroline Wingate died. Her funeral was the largest recorded in Orange County until that time. After her death the old sawmiller went into a new venture, rice farming. His farming venture was successful and added new

commerce to the region. On Feb. 15, 1899 Wingate died of pneumonia and was buried next to his wife in Evergreen Cemetery in Orange. His funeral became the largest seen in Orange. By all accounts both of the Wingates were loving, kind people. They cared for their employees and the slaves they had owned. Even the decedents of some of the slaves have recounted how well they treated their ancestors. He was a man who refused to bow to misfortune. In spite of his many losses, he was one of the wealthiest men in Orange County when he died. In 1979, the Texas Historical Commission erected a commemorative marker at Wingate’s grave site. One of Wingate’s relatives, the late Jim Wingate, authored a family book with a heavy focus on D. R. Wingate. The book, “From Sawdust to Gavel” is a family history that relates the many ventures and accomplishments of the Wingate family in the region. The Wingate family have been important contributors to Orange in fields as varied in later years as the grocery business and law. The 83rd annual Wingate Reunion will be held in Orange this June.

Nothing to Laugh About Kent Conwell

Lighter Side of Life For The Record

Usually, I get a chuckle when one of our politicians makes an open-mike gaffe. You know, when they think their mike is off and they make an unseemly comment. Like the time a couple years back when Kenye West interfered with Taylor Swift’s country singer award and our president later called him a “jackass,” thinking the mike he wore was turned off. What about at the Group 20 summit in November of last year when French President Sarkozy and Obama were each caught making disparaging remarks about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu? There are others. Bush, thinking his mike was off, uttered a profane comment regarding a newsman, and his vice president agreed. I guess that would be a double openmike gaffe. Those are funny, but this last one President Obama made scared me. A couple weeks back, he was caught telling Russian President Medvedev that in regard to missile defense, “This is my last election. After the election, I will have more flexibility.” Flexibility for what? I’d like to know just what the guy has up his sleeve. Hasn’t Washington done enough damage already? I’ll bet you did not know that a few weeks back without any fanfare, he signed HR347, an anti-protest bill that could make free speech a felony. Yep. Secret Service agents now have the sweeping power to seize and arrest any protestors the agents autonomously determine are gathering illegally. Now, stop and think about that, folks. You’re standing on the corner holding a sign stating your core beliefs and if a Secret Service agent so decides, you can be arrested and charged with a felony. I don’t know about you, but it sounds like a police state to me. Obama is twisting the Constitution to fit his own policies. United States Constitution, Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an

establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Now Secret Service agents can decide whether or not the gathering is peaceable. Between you and me, that’s too much power for a single agent to possess. Have you noticed how the

president continues to push the constitutional envelope? Despite later backtracking, a few days back he asserted the Supreme Court did not have the power or right to deny Congressional decisions. Another instance of concern was voiced by Congresswoman Kay Granger when she stated that “fourteen days ago, the president issued an executive order giving unprecedented power to his office to take over all the fundamental parts of our economy in the name of national security during times of national emergency.”






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

Vote For A Reasonable

Fiscal Conservative

VOTE IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES I have leadership qualities that have been developed and nurtured from my childhood; qualities such as responsibility, accountability, self-discipline, optimism, common sense and community spirit. I believe that the job of a leader is to accomplish goals that advance the common good of the community, I am committed to serving the community that my family and I have lived in for 24 years. I hope I can count on your support for re-election as your county commissioner Pct. 1. Thank You for Your Support, David L. Dubose

County Commissioner Pct. 1

8B • The Record • Week of Wednesday, April 18, 2012


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Community Classifieds Your ads published in both newspapers, the County Record and the Penny Record plus on our web site EMPLOYMENT HELP WANTED! need experienced cooks for BC Foodmart, 1000 W. Roundbunch Rd., (409) 735-3563. CRISIS CENTER. Rape and crisis center of S.E. Texas needs volunteer advocares to provide direct services to survivors of sexual assault in a medical setting. Comprehensive training is provided, Anyone interested should contact the Crisis Center at (409) 832-6530.

MISCELLANEOUS 2 LIFT REMOTE BEDS, $35 ea.; 1 full size bed set, $40; 1 twin all wood bed set, $70; 1 king bed set; $70; 1 antique Singer sewing machine, mint cond., $140; 1 black & silver queen head board, $35, (409) 499-2128. SEEKING: Old business materials and records, journals, correspondence, photographs, and/or other items, objects and forms of memorabilia relating to the old Lutcher & Moore Lumber Company of Orange, Texas, and DeRidder, Louisiana, which sold in 1970 after operating for nearly a century and ceased to operate under that name. Please call Richard Dickerson, archivist for the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation in Orange, Texas, at 409-8833790 or 409-883-3513. Write to P.O. Box 909, Orange, TX 77631-0909 or ddickerson@

CITY OF PINEHURST has immediate opening for a full time Water/Wastewater Operator. This position requires minimum Class D certifications in water and wastewater operations. Class C certifications preferred. Salary DOE. Excellent medical, dental, and retirement benefits. Open until filled. Qualified applicants may mail resume’ to or pick application at: Pinehurst City Call, 2497 Martin Luther King Dr, Orange, Tx 77630. WANT TO BUY! Finger length Catfish, (409) 735-3624. APPLIANCES USED APPLIANCES, start- JUGG’S PITCHING MACHINE, ing at $99.95 & up, Harry’s like new, auto feeder, throws 90 Appliances, 302 10th. St. (10th. MPH, fast & curve balls etc., & main), Orange, We buy used paid $3,000, used vey little, will appliances, 886-4111. sell for $1,500, (409) 474-1518. FURNITURE BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN MARBLE coffee table, ornate rod iron legs, paid $800, asking $125. If interested call (409) 735-9125.

FARMALL “A” TRACTOR, with LAB/PIT MIX, 8M old, spayed woods belly mower, $1,800, female, on heart worm prev., (409) 745-3363. free to good home, (409) 7469502. WANT TO BUY! Exercise equipment, stair stepper, tread- PUPPIES! I have 7, mixed mill, etc., (409)728-3443. breeds (some Lab looking), can’t afford to keep feeding SEARS CARDIO FIT Exerciser, them, free to good homes, (409) total body motion, low impact, 988-9472. $75, (409) 735-2325. FREE TO GOOD HOME 2 full blooded Choc. Labs, females, 4 48” MOWER, Power King, good & 5 years old, very playful, (409) cond., $800, (409) 745-3363. 792-9911. PUBLIC NOTICES: ‘94 2/2 Mobile Home, $10,000; Whirlpool Elec. range, $175; AL-ANON MEETS ON WednesWhirlpool Refrig., $175, (409) day & Sunday at 7pm. 1512 Strickland Dr., Orange, call 499-2128. (409) 779-4289 or Cindy @ 9945503 for details. SERVICES ENCHANTED CREATIONS Let Us Clean Your Palace! AT. ST. PAUL UNITED METHODIST you can experiAffordable Experienced We go the extra mile to please ence the warmth of friendly peo• Dusting • Laundry • Ovens ple, beautiful music, and inspiring sermons. Join us at 1155 PACKAGE RATES AVAILABLE W. Roundbunch Rd., BC each (409) 344-2158 Sunday at 8:15 AM or 10:45 AM for worship experience at 9:30 REFERENCES AM for Sunday School. You’ll be glad you came, and so will we! PETS & LIVESTOCK RESCUE DOGS, spayed & SUICIDE RESCUE of Orange neutered, needing good homes. County. Suicide is not the Pet food donations welcome. answer, give us a chance, 769(409) 746-9502. 4044 Vidor.

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Learn to paint on Porcelain and create your own heirloom pieces: Tea sets, dishes, Gone With the Wind lamps, etc. Classes are on Mondays, 9am to noon. If Interested call (409)738-2032.



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FIELD WORKERS FIELD WORKERS 3 temporary positions; approx 7 ½ months; Duties: to clean culvert pipes with shovel, to dig out Johnson grass in cane fields with shovel, to dig quarter drain ditches with shovel for water management. To plant cane by hand. $9.30 per hour; 40+ hours a week, hours varies. Job to begin on 06/1/12 through 1/15/13. Must have 1 months experienced required in job offered. All work tools provided. Housing and transportation provided to workers who can not reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day; subsistence expenses to the worksite will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, if appropriate; ¾ guaranteed of contract. Employment offered by M.J. Naquin, Inc. located in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Qualified applicants may call employer for interview at 985-447-3296 or contact their nearest SWA office at 409-839-8045 and use job order number 413301.



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10 temporary positions; approx 8 months; Duties: to operate farm equipment; planting of sugarcane by hand, farm, field and shed sanitation duties; operation and performing minor repairs and maintenance of farm vehicles and equipment. Able to work in hot, humid weather, bending or stooping to reach ground level crops and able to stand on feet for long periods of time. Once hired, workers may be required to take a random drug test at no cost to the worker. Testing positive or failure to comply may result in immediate termination. $9.30; Job to begin on 6/1/12 through 1/20/13. 3 months experience required in sugar cane farming. All work tools provided. Housing and transportation will be provided to workers who can not reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day; subsistence expenses to worksite will be provided by employer upon completion of 50% of work contract or earlier if appropriate; ¾ guaranteed of contract. Employment offered by Monte Vallot’s Farm located in Abbeville, LA. Qualified applicants may call employer for interview at 337-893-0744 or call their nearest SWA office at 409-839-8045 using job #413296.

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Legal Notices Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of ODILE MARIE THIBODAUX, Deceased, were issued on April 10, 2012, in Cause No. P16077, pending in the County Court at Law of ORANGE County, Texas, to: BARRY FRANCIS THIBODAUX. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. BARRY FRANCIS THIBODAUX c/o: JOE D. ALFORD Attorney at Law 105 S. Market Street Orange, Texas 77630 DATED the 11th day of April, 2012

Joe D. Alford


Attorney for Barry Francis Thibodaux State Bar No. 01012500 Attorney at Law 105 S. Market Street Orange, TX 77630 Telephone 409-8832-9014 Fax 409-882-0564


Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Benford William Harper, Sr., Deceased, were issued on March 5, 2012, in Cause No. P16066, pending in the County Court at Law of ORANGE County, Texas, to: Benford William Harper, Jr. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law.

c/o Benford William Harper, Jr. 810 Goliad, Vidor Orange, Texas 77630 DATED April 16, 2012

Bruce Gregory Bruce Gregory Attorney at Law

Attorney for Benford William Harper, Jr. 1617 Magnolia Avenue Port Neches, Texas 77651 Telephone: (409) 727-0900 Facsimile: (409) 727-0902

719 Front St. Orange TX 77630


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A los Votantes Registrados del Distrito de Navegación y del Puerto del Condado de Orange:

To the Registered Voters of Orange County Navigation and Port District of Orange, County, Texas:

Aviso se da aquí que los lugares de votación que están escritos abajo estarán abiertos de las 7:00 de la mañana hasta las 7:00 de la tarde el 12 de mayo del 2012, para votar a dos (2) a Comisionados del Puerto en una elección general quiénes residen como sigue:

Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 12th, 2012, for voting in a general election to elect two (2) Port Commissioners whom reside as follows:

- Uno (1) en el “Precincto Dos ” del Condado de Orange - Uno (1) en el “Precincto Tres” del Condado de Orange

- One (1) in “Precinct Two” of Orange County - One (1) in “Precinct Three” of Orange County

El Distrito Escolar Consolidado Independiente de West Orange-Cove:

West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District: Voting Place 1: West Orange City Hall 2700 Western Avenue Orange, Texas 77630 County Voting Precinct(s): 11,12

Voting Place 2: Salvation Army 1950 MLK Orange, Texas 77630 County Voting Precinct(s): 8, 14, 15, 13, 24

Voting Place 3: North Early Learning Center 801 Cordrey Orange, Texas 77630 County Voting Precinct(s): 3,4,5

Voting Place 4: West Orange-Stark Middle School 1402 W. Green Ave. Orange, Texas 77630 County Voting Precinct(s): 1, 2

Voting Place 6: Mauriceville Middle School 5200 W Hwy 1130 Orange, Texas 77632 County Voting Precinct(s): 16, 31

Bridge City Independent School District:

Vidor Independent School District:

Voting Place 7: Bridge City High School 2690 Texas Avenue Bridge City, Texas 77611 County Voting Precinct(s): 10, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30

Lugar de Voto 1: Casa de Ayuntamiento de West Orange Avenida Western # 2700 Orange, Texas 77630 Precintos de Voto del Condado: 11, 12 Lugar de Voto 3: Centro de Aprendizaje de ‘North Early Learning’ Calle Cordrey #801 Orange, Texas 77630 Precintos de Voto del Condado: 3,4,5

Lugar de Voto 2: Edificio de la iglesia ‘Salvation Army’ Camino de MLK # 1950 Orange, Texas 77630 Precintos de Voto del Condado: 8, 14,15,13, 24 Lugar de Voto 4: Edificio de la Escuela de West Orange Middle” 902 West Park Orange, Texas 77630 Precintos de Voto del Condado: 1, 2

Lugar de Voto 5: Escuela de ‘Little Cypress Intermediate’ Camino de ‘Allie Payne’ # 2300 Orange, Texas 77632 Precintos de Voto del Condado: 3,6,7,8,9

Lugar de Voto 6: Escuela de Mauriceville ’Middle’ Carretera 1130 Oeste 52 Orange, Texas 77632 Precintos de Voto del Condado: 16, 31

El Distrito Escolar Consolidado Independiente de Little Cypress-Mauriceville:

Little Cypress - Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District: Voting Place 5: Little Cypress-Mauriceville Intermediate 2300 Allie Payne Orange, Texas 77632 County Voting Precinct(s): 3, 6, 7, 8, 9

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Bridge City: Lugar de Voto 7: Escuela Secundaria de Bridge City Avenida de Texas # 2690 Bridge City, Texas 77611 Precintos de Voto del Condado: 10, 13, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30

Voting Place 8: Vidor Junior High School 945 North Tram Vidor, Texas 77662 County Voting Precinct(s): 16,17,18,19,20,21,2 2,23,27,29,32,33,34

Voting Place 11: Texas Department of Transportation 3128 North Highway 62 Orange, Texas 77632 County Voting Precinct(s): 13,15,30,32

La Votación Temprana por apariencia personal será conducida cada día de la semana en:

Edificio de Administración de Little Cypress-Mauriceville

Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at:

Bridge City High School

6586 FM 1130 Orange, Texas 77632 April 30-May 8 – M-F - 8:30am-4:30pm Extended Hrs 8am-8pm May 1 and May 8

2690 Texas Avenue Bridge City, TX 77611 April 30-May 8 – M-F – 8:00am-4:00pm Extended Hrs 7am-7pm May 7 and May 8

Vidor ISD

Orange Public Library

120 E Bolivar Vidor, TX 77662 April 30-May 8 – M-F – 8:00am-4:30pm Extended Hrs 8am-8pm May 1 and May 8

Escuela Secundaria de Bridge City ISD

6586 FM 1130 Orange, Texas 77632 el 30 de abril al 8 de mayo de lunes al viernes de las 8:30 a.m. a las 4:30 p.m Horas Extendidas de las 8:00 a.m. a las 8:00 p.m. el 1 de mayo y el 8 de mayo

2690 Texas Avenue Bridge City, TX 77611 el 30 de abril al 8 de mayo de lunes al viernes de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:00 p.m Horas Extendidas de las 7:00 a.m. a las 7:00 p.m. el 7 de mayo y el 8 de mayo

Edificio de Administración de Vidor ISD

Biblioteca Pública de Orange

120 E Bolivar Vidor, TX 77662 el 30 de abril al 8 de mayo de lunes al viernes de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:30 p.m Horas Extendidas de las 8:00 a.m. a las 8:00 p.m. el 1 de mayo y el 8 de mayo

220 N 5th Street Orange, TX 77630 April 30-May 8 – M-F – 8:30am-4:30pm Extended Hrs 8am-8pm May 1 and May 8

220 N 5th Street Orange, TX 77630 el 30 de abril al 8 de mayo de lunes al viernes de las 8:30 a.m. a las 4:30 p.m Horas Extendidas de las 8:00 a.m. a las 8:00 p.m. el 1 de mayo y el 8 de mayo

9974 Hwy 105 Orange, TX 77630 el 30 de abril al 8 de mayo de el lunes al viernes de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:00 p.m Horas Extendidas de las 8:00 a.m. a las 8:00 p.m. el 1 de mayo y el 8 de mayo

9974 Hwy 105 Orange, TX 77630 April 30-May 8 –M-F - 8:00am-4:00pm Extended Hrs8am-8pm May 1 and May 8

Tina Barrow, Election Administrator (Administradora de Elección) 123 S. 6th Street Orange, Texas 77630

Tina Barrow, Election Administrator 123 S. 6th Street Orange, Texas 77630

Solicitudes por correo se recibirán no más tarde que para el fin del día de negocios, del 4 de mayo del 2012.

Applications by mail must be received no later than the close of business on May 4, 2012. Issued this the 12th day of March 2012. March 12, 2012 Date

President, Board of Commissioners

HOME SALES 3/2/2 IN BCISD, 380 Quincy, Brick, totally remodeled, spacious home, new carpet in bedrooms, tile throughout, wood burning fireplace in den, landscaped yard, boat storage, shop in back. Owner finance a possibility, $158,000 OBO, for an appointment to see call (409) 735-6231 or 748-0081.

2/1 ON 2 LOTS IN LCMISD, 5610 Mickler Drive. Needs THE VILLAS AT COW Bayou handy man repair. Has good located at 3650 Fish Hook in metal roof. $15,000 or best reaBridge City, now has 1&2 bed- sonable offer. 409-88-2425. room openings! Enjoy comfortable living in a quiet, secluded REMODELED 3/1.5/1 for only surrounding. Located in the $93,900! This home qualifies Bridge City School District with for a USDA LOAN w/ ZERO convenient access to Orange, DOWN PAYMENT! New ac/ Port Arthur and Mid-County heat system and all new duct areas, we are close to all area work. Foundation repaired with refineries! Covered parking, transferable Lifetime Warranty! washer/dryer connections are Granite counters in kitchen and provided. We supply your City baths! Neutral colors, simply of Bridge City water, trash & beautiful in quiet neighborhood sewer! Please call today and ask with fenced yard in BCISD. The about our move-in special! Call best buy in town with $3,000 to make an appointment for your CASH TO BUYER AT CLOSING! personal tour! 409-735-8803. Call REGENCY Real Estate Pros at 409-724-MOVE(6683) 1/1 EFF. IN ORANGEFIELD, for more information. 6312 Hwy 408, $400 monthly + 3/1/2CP IN WEST ORANGE, $400 dep., (409) 882-4706. 2729 Dowling St., 1 block from school, Lg. kitchen, Lg utility MOBILE HOME RENTALS room, porch off back, 12’ x 16’ BC AREA , as little as $30 daily work shop building in rear, (409) for rooms, M.H.’s by day or 738-2412. (4/18) week, starting at $30 a day or weekly, 735-8801 or 734-7771. (cctfn)



‘07 2/1 FULLY FURNISHED, many extras, CA/H, all appliances, in nice park, (713) 7030674. (4/18) 16’ x 80’ 3/2 & 2/1 IN OFISD, 1 block from schools, Large lot, W./D hookups, No Pets, $650 & $400 monthly + dep., (409) 7208699 or 735-6701. (5/8)

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MOBILE HOME SPACES TRAVEL TRAILER SPACE, grass mowed, quiet, No Pets, 370 Warner St., BC, (409) 7359176. (4/25)

Classifieds continued on 10B.


Solicitudes para balotas por correo serán enviadas a:

Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to:

Jerry Hughes

APARTMENTS FREE RENT FOR APRIL! on our 1/1 apartment located at 247 Tenny st., BC. move in with deposit and application fee for this month only! Stop by or call the office for details. These apartments are beautiful! Newly constructed with washer and dryer included. The Village apartment office is located at 245 Tenny St., or reach us by phone at (409) 735-7696.

Escuela Secundaria de Orangefield

Orangefield Highschool

‘03 Chevy Malibu

Lugar de Voto 8: Escuela de ‘Vidor Junior High’ Calle North Tram # 945 Vidor, Texas 77662 Precintos de Voto del Condado: 16, 17,18,19, 20,21,22,23,27,29,32,33,34

Lugar de Voto 9: Lugar de Voto 10: Edificio de la Escuela Secundaria de Iglesia Bautista de ‘Pecan Acres’ Orangefield Calle ‘Duncan Woods Lane’ #14795 Carretera ‘Hwy’ 105 #9974 Vidor, Texas 77662 Orangefield, Texas 77639 Precintos de Voto del Condado: 22 Precinto de Voto del Condado: 23 Lugar de Voto 11: Departmento de Transportación de Texas Carretera ‘Highway’62 Norte #3128 Orange, Texas 77632 Precintos de Voto del Condado: 13,15,30,32

Voting Place 10: Pecan Acres Baptist Church 14795 Duncan Woods Lane Vidor, Texas 77662 County Voting Precinct(s): 22

Little Cypress-Mauriceville Admin Bldg.

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Vidor:

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Orangefield:

Orangefield Independent School District: Voting Place 9: Orangefield High School Building 9974 Hwy 105 Orangefield, Texas 77639 County Voting Precinct(s): 23

The Record • Week of Wednesday, April 18, 2012 • 9B

Emitido ésto, el día doce (12) de marzo del 2012.

Jerry Hughes

Presidente, de la Tabla de Comisionados

‘04 Saturn Ion

‘04 Chevy Ext. Cab white

March 12, 2012 Fecha

Charming estate on approx. 5.5 acres in BCISD. This 3,698 sq. ft. home has high ceilings, crown molding throughout, master suite down with his/her closets, Jacuzzi and separate tile shower in bath also have custom cabinets and Granite. Chef kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, double oven, triple door refrig., eleven ft. Granite island, all custom cabinets w/ special lighting accents. Separate breakfast nook, utility room, spacious den, wood burning fireplace, separate living room. Upstairs, 3 bedrooms, bath, office, lots of storage. Mother in law attached apt. has 642 sq. ft. with custom cabinets in Kit., bath, walk -in closet. Covered porches, Pergola enhanced garden area, barn, stocked pond in pasture area, $239,900, possible Owner finance w/ 20% down.

Call For Appointment (409) 735-6231 or 748-0081

‘06 Chevy Impala LT

‘04 Chevy Cavalier

maroon blue


Automatic - Air, 97k, 4 door

‘08 Chevy Cobalt 4D

‘04 Buick Century


‘04 Pontiac GrandAM

‘07 Chevy Monte Carlo

4 door, Automatic - Air, 63k, Window Locks


s ‘04 Volkswagen GLS

107k, Automatic - Air, Very Clean

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‘98 Dodge Ram


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‘98 Nissan Altima

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Needs some repair

‘04 Buick

‘05 Kia Sedona LX

Very, ‘05

Lincoln TC Sig.



financing! available

Automatic - Air, 3.9, 75k


‘04 Dodge Pickup


Automatic - Air, Nice, 78k


95k, Standard Shift - AIr


‘04 Chrysler Sebring red

2 door, 79k, Automatic - Air


‘02 Grand Marquis

Conv, 42k, Automatic - Air

Very, Very Clean, A lot of equipment, 105k



‘07 Chevy Uplander

‘05 PT Cruiser Conv


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$7,500 Clean Pre-Owned CARS, TRUCKS & SUVs

Extended LS, 72k, Many extras


‘08 Dodge Dakota

Ext. Cab ST, V6, Automatic - Air, 101k


‘00 Chevy 1 Ton

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‘03 Cadillac Deville

Extended Cab, 454 engine, Automatic - Air


‘07 Saturn Ion

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white Automatic - Air, 4 door, 69k

MERCURY GS 4 DOOR Auto. trans., air, 75k CLEAN!




Automatic - Air, 71k


4c, Automatic - Air

4 door, white,


Quadcab, Work truck needs some attention


‘03 Chevy S10 Pickup

4 door, maroon,

57k, Automatic - Air


Extended cab, Automatic - Air, 103k


tan 4d

Automatic - Air, 32k


Automatic - Air, Clean, 101k


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Pictures for illustration purpose only


• The Record • Week of Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Orangefield One Act Play receives three awards Penny LeLeux For The Record For the first time since 2004 the Orangefield One Act Play progressed past district to the area competition which was held Saturday in Angelina College. According to Sydney Crosby, director and UIL sponsor, they were “Super excited!” They won’t be advancing past area, but they came home with three awards. Constance Ingram was placed on the All-Star cast and Carrie Grace Henderson received honorable mention All-Star Cast. “Our sound and light crew was named Area Technical Excellence Crew and they were the only ones who won. They were the only school to win that,” said Crosby. “We’re really proud of that, especially since we don’t have a theater to practice in. They have to do all their technical excellence once they get to competition.” They practice in the old band hall at the school. This was Crosby’s fourth year to direct One Act Play at Orangefield. Their offering this year was “The Children’s Hour.” It is set at a girl’s boarding school in the 1930s run by two best friends that are women. “A little girl gets angry with the teachers for disciplining them, so she starts a rumor that they are having an affair with each other. It’s a big lie and then it all blows out of control,” said Crosby. The girl tells her grandmother, who notifies all her friends. All the students are pulled out of class and the school closes down. “These women’s lives are just ruined, because of a lie,” said Crosby. “The character that Constance plays ends up committing suicide over it.” At the very end, the grandmother says, “I now know it was all a lie.” The girl finally told the truth.but it’s too late. “Our goal from this was to learn to always tell the truth. Be honest with everybody about everything because one little lie can wreck lives,” said Crosby. Cast members are: Carrie Grace Henderson, Haley Permenter, Constance Ingram, Daniel Gilson, Sage Granger, Angelique Rainwater, Brianna Graffagnino, Kirsten Wolfford and Ashlynn Hanks. Crew members are: Heather Singletary, Chase Tiller, Victor Vuong, Jeffery Kam and Daryl Broussard.

Lighter Side

SAT., 4912 LAWNDALE, W.O., in Winnona Park off Hwy 105, W. off Hwy 87, 8 till 4. Riding mower, weed eater, yard tools, grill, Adj. king bed, small furniture, baby stuff, Much More! SAT., HWY 1442, ORG., Jewel Cormier Park by RR tracks at Terry Road, 8 till ? Lots of bargains, too much too list! Sponsored by Orangefield project Graduation, Come see!

One Act Crew

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One Act Cast

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This includes all water resources, construction services, and materials such as steel and concrete etc; civil transportation systems; food and health resources; energy supplies; and farm equipment. It also states that citizens can be drafted into the military and even ordered to fulfill various labor requirements for the purpose of national defense. Congress, according to Granger, will have no oversight, only briefings. This Executive Order puts the Federal Government above the law, which is contrary to our Constitution. She further poses the question of, “why this order was signed now and the consequences, especially during times of peace. This kind of Martial Law proposes a government takeover that is typically reserved for national emergencies, not in a time of relative peace.” You don’t have to believe me. See for yourself at Whitehouse. gov, March 16, 2012, Executive Order-National Defense Resources Preparedness. I’m not the only one worried about the coming months. Cal Thomas put together a scary column quoting Dick Morris. Morris as you more knowledgeable remember, was a former advisor to Bill Clinton, so the guy knows sleaze when he sees it. Morris – predictions of a second term for Obama are chilling. He predicts that: Obama will opt for a single-payer on healthcare, and that he will eliminate the private health insurance industry and all insurance will come from the government. It will all be according to the same plan. He will shut down more drilling in the vast new fields opened up by the Bush administration. The G 20, Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, and International Money Fund will acquire sovereignty over our economy. He will sign the International Criminal Treaty that would force the U.S. to have U.N. approval (read that as Russia and China) before going to war. He will sign the “Rights of the Child Treaty” that could create a basis for suing to provide an increase of foreign aid to other countries. He will sign the global ban on small arms, which as Morris pointed out, is a back door means for arms control in the U.S. He will sign away all of our royalties for offshore drilling with the Law of the Sea Treaty and he will eliminate weapons

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in outer space, which will do away with our missile defense system. Morris continued, “The final result is the U.S. becomes two countries. One is a small number of folks who work and pay taxes; the second a huge number who depend on the government and do not work.” Don’t smirk, folks. We’re being ruled by a guy who thinks there is nothing wrong telling Americans what they must do. This is the guy who picked an Energy Czar who wanted gasoline to hit eight or nine bucks a gallon so everyone will be forced to drive electric cars (that won’t get more than fifty or sixty miles without going to a backup engine fueled by gasoline). These are possibilities at which no one can laugh.

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The second picture is of the group. Front row (left to right) is Madeleine Fuselier, Victoria Sawyers, Madison Miller, Alexis Cox. Second row is Ryan Keszeg. Third row is Noah Vigil, Edward Doan, Mitchell Lee, Vinny Hale and Tyler McCorvy.

Staff Report

For The Record

St. Mary Catholic School’s National Junior Honor Society members visited Pinehurst Villa Nursing Home. The students brought a basket full of fruit, muffins and goodies. They visited each room and invited the residents to the activity room to be entertained.  The students used their talents such as juggling, telling jokes, singing, playing dominos and even acrobats.  Fun was had by all but the students enjoyed it even more than the residents.


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St. Mary’s students visit nursing home

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