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Come Sunday we will celebrate Father’s Day. Not all of us have the same memories about our childhood and good ole dad. For many of us, then and for many youngsters today, there is not a live-in dad at home. The late poet Pearl Burgess wrote a great poem we are publishing in this issue detailing an ideal relationship with dad but it is just the opposite of the childhood some live. It reminds me of the war years when my classmates’ military dads would come home on leave and how excited they were. Youngsters like me that didn’t have a dad ever coming home made up stories, small lies about our non-extant fathers. We relied on uncles, family friends or coaches for our father-like influences. My coaches played a large part in my life since I started boxing at the age of seven. Grownups separate, go their own way and the child bares the scars. I admire the dads, even though away, who make every effort to be the best dad they can be, while others start a new life and new families and leave the past behind. If you still have your father you are blessed. Honor him this Father’s Day for the years he has given you and also for his hardships and how he managed to keep the family together to make a good life for you. Maybe folks like me view fatherhood with an urgency to try harder to be the kind of father we wish we would have had. It’s an important role that I have never taken lightly but then sometime I think maybe I could have done better but I tried. Happy Father’s Day to all you great dads and to those who try.


Judge John Gothia and Tax Assessor Karen Fisher are set to host Orange County Mayors and City Managers at the Lunch Bunch gatherings at Robert’s, June 16, 12 noon. The gathering can be viewed on our website, therecordlive.com. The Wednesday Lunch Bunch meets weekly. Just show up and everyone will welcome you.


10 Years Ago-2011

We were sad to learn about the unexpected death of Sarah Crawford Rutherford, age 52, who passed away June 5. Services were held Friday, June 10, in Sulphur, Louisiana. We had known Sarah since her birth. She came from a good bunch of folks.***** The state will have two college teams, Texas and Texas A&M, in the College World Series in Omaha. Orangefield High School will have two freshmen representing Orange County. Texas has Jacob Felts and A&M has Jace Statum. Both boys starred as pitcher and catcher for Coach Bennett’s Bobcats last year. A&M will face last year’s national champs, South Carolina. Texas will take on number two seed, Florida. *****Welcome to Michael King, 45, who was picked to be the new superintendent at Bridge City ISD. He and his wife and two school age daughters are moving to Bridge City. Their son recently graduated from Longview High School. Like Jamie Harrison, King started out as a basketball coach at Kirbyville. School board member Becky Rutledge and husband David hosted the three finalist and board members over the weekend. As W.T. Oliver’s step-daughter, “Bear” learned a lot about entertaining and it starts with the stomach and meals with several courses. Everyone got to know the finalist and their brides really well but in the end, they felt King was the best fit. I have a feeling he would have been Jamie’s choice also.*****Congrats to Judge Joe Parkhurst, who was hired as Pinehurst City Administrator. Joe has had a varied background. He was raised in the Cove, attended Bridge City High and Sam Houston. He was in education most of his life before serving as Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace. Now he’s on course to grow Pinehurst as its new administrator. ***** *****The Dallas Mavericks won the franchises first NBA championship by beating the Miami Heat in six games. In the last game, in Miami, they skunked the powerful Heat 105-95. The Heat, with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh have the highest payroll in the NBA. Those three hired guns were supposed to build an unbeatable dynasty. Put together by Pat Riley, the team was billed as the ultimate team of the future. They went down the drain when they pitted talent against Dirk Nowitzki, Kidd, Terry and company. Las Vegas also took a beating by making Miami a big favorite. *****Special folks celebrating birthdays this week are as follows. Senior among all of them is a good buddy and a prince of a guy, Wilson “King” Dunn, who turns 93 on June 16. He is blessed with a great mind and good health.***Also celebrating June 16 is longtime friend Beverly Perry. She’s beaten the odds. Here’s wishing her continued smooth sailing.*** Kee-Kee and Nancy Dupuis’ special son Adam, celebrates his 33rd birthday June 15. He’s special in many ways and is a real kick. Kee-Kee says, “Adam will do to ride the range with.”***James Neihe celebrates on June 15.***Mary Alice Cole Heartfield, a real sweetheart, through the years has been one of our “bestest” friends. Happy birthday and good wishes on June 17.***Brandy Slaughter, the gal about town, who can be spotted at most civic functions while doing some work at David Self Ford, will be a beautiful 41 on June 18. Keep on trucking.***County Commissioner David Dubose and John Cooper both celebrate on June 21. Now folks, there’s a couple of aces to draw to.”***Facebook friends celebrating birthdays. On June 15, Susan Sehon and Stephen Goldstein celebrate; June 16, Mike Allison; June 17, Cassie McCelland; June 18, Donny Guillory; June 19, Jewel Chaddrick; June 20, Randy Peveto; June 21, Dana Johnson. Happy birthday to all.***Last week we missed the 42nd wedding anniversary of Marlene and Sheriff Keith Merritt. They started out young and it’s lasted. Best wishes for many more. *****Congrats to Allison Angelle, named to all state softball team. She will follow in her sister’s footsteps and attend Port Arthur Lamar. Brother Kevin also attended college on a baseball scholarship. All are very talented youngsters with great parents.*****Our friends Mayor T.W. and Lyndia Permenter are finally new great grandparents after sweating out two weeks in Kentucky. Raphael Celine Latiolais arrived on June 6, at Fort Campbell. The cute little girl is the daughter of Morgan and Brian Latolais. Other grandparents are Parris and Roy Bird, Kathy and Darrell Latiolais.

22 Years Ago-1999

Court House renovations is underway. The county is almost ready to let bids on windows, which must meet historical preservation purposes. According to county judge Carl Thibodeaux, “They must essentially be identical to the windows that were originally installed.”  Orange County hasn’t suffered a severe hit from a major hurricane since Carla struck the upper coast in 1961, 38 years ago. (Editor’s note: Boy, we have made up for it since. Maybe it will be 38 more years before another hit.)*****Last Tuesday, Don Campbell, 67, passed away. Services were held on Friday. If you ever met Don, you would never forget him. Don played a mean piano, gospel and honky-tonk. Once a preacher in Louisiana owed him some money. He attended Wednesday night service, collected his money and played them four great songs. He is survived by his wife Jean, mother-in-law Mable, son Larry, daughter Donnarie, sister Juanita and grandkids Chad and Leslie.*****Lyle Overman is home from a San Antonio hospital after suffering a heart attack.*****Spotted having lunch Wednesday at Heath Demary’s Golden Corral were Jack Lovet, Grover Halliburton, Judge Claude Wimberly, Roy Dunn, Rev. Leo Anderson, Constable Parker Thompson, Judge Joe Parkhurst and Capt. David Peck. (Editor’s note: Sounds like the beginning of the “Lunch Bunch.”)*****Sports Illustrated ran a good story on Orange native Bruce Aven. Bruce is batting in the cleanup spot when he’s in the Marlin lineup. He went 2 for 4 in a loss to the Yankees Saturday. Sunday, he went 4 for 5 in a 8-2 win over the Yankees. He slammed two homeruns, drove in 4 runs giving him 33 RBI’s in 104 trips to the plate. Aven is one of the major’s top batters at .375 and is the third rated hitter in the major league. Bruce played his high school baseball at West Orange-Stark.*****Capt. David Peck is a grandfather. His daughter Jacelyn and Kelly Grimly are the proud parents of Kolton Kelly, born in Midland last week. Kolton turned 22 last week.*****We understand coach Sam Moore is leaving West Orange-Stark to become the new baseball coach at Bridge City.*****Astro manager Larry Dierker suffered a grand mal seizure in the dugout. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor that will require surgery. The Sunday game, between the Astros & Padres, was suspended in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Stros were leading 4-1 after a grand slam homerun by Derek Bell.*****Congrats to David Sterling, BCHS senior, nominated for inclusion in the 1998-1999, “Who’s who among American high school students.” David is also a letterman on the Bridge City golf team. He is the son of Glen and Thelma Sterling of Bridge City.*****The family of Paige Elizabeth Matthews Phillips thanks the community for their love and kindness. Paige, 30 years old, passed away four days after giving birth to a healthy baby boy.*****A new  1999 Chevy Silverado pickup, extended cab, will cost you $23,845 at Harmon Chevrolet.

42 Years Ago-1979

Orange’s Andre Robertson signs pro contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. The University of Texas student will be assigned to Dunbedin, in the Class A Florida State League. (Editor’s note: Andre ended up playing for the New York Yankees.)*****The new Bridge City Bank, on Roundbunch, nears completion and will open in July. (Editor’s note: Because of storms, the building had been remade twice.)


Madam Mayor: Congrats to Misty Songe, elected mayor of Vidor, Saturday with 63% of the vote. We hope to see her at the Lunch Bunch gathering. She will be Orange County’s only female mayor. My prediction is she will be a good one.*****We have been hearing rumors since early January that Bridge City Police Chief Paul David was planning to retire sometime this year. His announcement that he would leave June 30 caught almost everyone by surprise. As of late there has been some flack on social media about the department. Just wait, all the facts will soon be released. Over the years that Davis has been chief, the department has been run in a professional manner. Chief Davis came to the job highly qualified, his experience reaching the rank of major in the Texas Department of Public Safety. Through the years BCPD has been well run and deserves praise. We wish Chief Davis the best in retirement. Now the search begins for his replacement.*****A few folks we know celebrating birthdays in the next few days. June 16: Our friend, cancer survivor Beverly Perry celebrates today. Happy birthday also to Charlotte Potter and Denise Vickers.***June 17: Longtime friend who has been our angel over many years Alice Cole Hartsfield celebrates today along with Delmi Roy and Andrew Riedel.***June 18: Car sales executive Brandy Slaughter celebrates today, also Krystal Leonard and Amber King.***June 20: Today is Father’s Day. Happy Birthday to Keith Kay, Jeanne Lamb-Huffman, Cindy Overman and Debbie Johansson.***June 21: Mark’s son-in-law, Dr. Clay Greeson, celebrates today. Also Dustin Hartsfield, Shelly Arceneaux, David Dubose, Shelly Waddell. Happy Anniversary to Donna and David Riley on 46 years of marriage.***June 22: Kaitlin Pelaez, Paul Richardson, Charlene Braus and Phyllis Nimitz all celebrate today.*****Fishing guide Johnny Cormier took Amber and Clay Greeson Sabine Lake fishing last Thursday. It wasn’t a great fishing day but it was good. They really had praise for Johnny and strongly recommend him as a guide. Clay said he thought Johnny was about 64-years-old, turns out he is 74. They enjoyed their day with him on the lake. Clay prepared all the fish Friday and the Dunn’s had a big family gathering. They posted pictures on Facebook of their great day spent on Lake Sabine. They live in Vero Beach, Florida and said they learned things from Johnny that will help them with their fishing on the Atlantic. I learned this week from Johnny Cormier that our 100-year-old friend Ray Fontenot is his father-in-law. Ray is from Washington, Louisiana and an interesting WWII veteran.*****Bill O’Reilly and writer Martin Dugard have the #1 non-fiction book out, “Killing the Mob” on organized crime in the U.S. during the 20th century.*****One of our great American, former U.S. senator Bob Dole, in an interview last week said, “President Joe Biden is the right person at the right time to be president of the United States.” Dole added, “Don’t be fooled by Joe’s soft speaking tone, he’s very tough when need be, I know, I served many years with him.” Dole is a Republican who always put America first.*****In 1947, government ended the sugar rationing. Many of us old timers remember those days when almost everything required a special stamp to purchase most things. Two years after WWII things started coming on the market. Life was better after the war. Before the war and after the war is like two different countries.*****Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has decided to run for re-election and not against Gov. Abbott after Trump endorsed Abbott. Patrick has been a regular on Sean Hannity’s FOX show, appealing to the far right to run for governor, a Trump loyalist, he got shot down. Patrick also is trying to dethrone speaker Dade Phelan.*****Be sure to watch “Assult on America” Sunday at 8 p.m. on CNN. Never forget Jan. 6, 2021 and don’t ever let your children forget it.*****President Biden’s success on the world stage is driving Sean Hannity nuts. He is trying everything he can to say the worse things he can about Biden, including a pack of lies. By the way, Monday on Hannity’s show, Abbott said he was going to spend a billion tax payer dollars on Trump’s border wall. Trump spent $18 billion and only completed 50 miles that can easily be breached with a rope ladder. Former GOP Texas senator Don Huffins will take on Abbott in the GOP primary. Texas property taxes are among the highest in the United States. That’s the war Huffins will be waging.*****This week in 2001, Timathy McVeigh, was executed by injection for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, many children.


Celebrating birthday in the next few days are Christian Louvier, Ruby Bell, Alex Brent, Justin Johnson, Belinda Welch, Nancy Haworth, Shelby Tuberville, Vern Campbell, Kyna White, Mary Stewart, Wyatta Carter, Myrtle Howell, Frankie Allen, Marie Norton, Justin Roberts, Gregory Darbonne, Loretta Beck, Sarah Claybar, Sharon Wright, Wesley Darbonne, Melanie Broussard, Don Finley, Gean Hammett, Nora Anne Minor.


June 16: Golfer Phil Mickelson, 51; Actors John Cho, 49; Missy Peregrym, 39.*****June 17: Pop Singer Barry Manilow, 78; Actor Arthur Darvill, 39; Politician Newt Gingrich, 78.****June 18: Country Singer Blake Shelton, 45; Rock Singer, Paul McCartney, 79; Actors Isabella Rossellini, 69 and David Guintoli, 41.*****June 19: Pop Singer Paula Abdul, 59; Basketball Player Dirk Nowitzki, 43; Actor Hugh Dancy, 49.*****June 20: Actors Nicole Kidman, 54; John Goodman, 69; R&

B Singer Lionel Richie, 72.*****June 21: Actors Chris Pratt, 42; Juliette Lewis, 48; Britian’s Prince William, 39.*****June 22: Actor Meryl Streep, 72; Football Player Kurt Warner, 50; TV Show Host Carson Daly, 48.


Letter from Cuzzin Sostan

I wanted to let you know da sad story about my friend who had a bad day. Because it was so hot outside Tee Ray Migues brought his motorcycle in the living room to work on and clean wit rags and gasoline. Wen he finished him, he sat on the bike and started it to make sure everyting was okay. Da darn bike started in gear, crashed into da glass patio door wit Tee Ray still hanging on to da handlebars.

His wife Una Mae came running and found Tee Ray laid out on da patio, cut up bad from da glass him.  911 transported Tee Ray to da hospital and after dey sewed him up, Una Mae say, “Migues, dat’s wat you get for being so crazy and bring you bike in da house.” Una Mae her, cleaned up his mess and dumped the bowl of gasoline in da toilet and put da rags in da laundry.

After Tee Ray took a nap, he lit a cigarette and den sat on da pot and put da cigarette butt in da toilet. The damn ting exploded, blew Tee Ray rat out da bashroom door. Una Mae found Tee Ray on da floor, trousers blown away, his shorts on fire and a bad burned butt.

Da same two paramedics arrived, loaded Tee Ray on da strecher and axe Una Mae wat happened. After she tole dem, dey laughed so hard dey dropped da stretcher and broke Tee Ray’s collarbone. Dey are keeping him in da hospital so he don’t hurt himself no more.


Netanyahu Vows to Bring Down the Government

Israel’s parliament approved a new government on Sunday, ending the record 12-year tenure of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister. Far-right politician Naftall Bennett, who once worked for Netanyahu, becomes Israel’s new prime minister for two years in a coalition agreement that includes eight separate parties and is led by Bennett and centrist Yair Lapid. President Joe Biden, who has known Netanyahu for decades, said he welcomes the new government and looked forward to working with Bennett. Sunday’s vote relegates Netanyahu, Israel’s longest serving prime minister who is sometimes known as “King Bebi,” to an opposition figure and increases his legal jeopardy as he battles corruption charges in an ongoing criminal trial. He has labeled the charges a “witch hunt” and tried to use the prime minister’s office to win legal immunity from the Knesset. In his speech to parliament, Netanyahu vowed to remain the leader of his conservative Likud party and work to derail the new coalition government, which would force a new election and possible return him to power. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? He won’t go away quietly, even though the voters have spoken he vows to take back the government.****That’s all for today. Thanks for your readership. Take care and stay safe. God bless.


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