July 19, 2024

  • Shelter in Place in effect for West Orange, Bridge City and Orangefield

    Staff Report | Jul 18, 2024

    As a precautionary measure a shelter in place has been issued by Orange County Emergency Management due to an unknown chemical release in the areas for residents of West Orange, Bridge City and Orangefield. To shelter in place – get inside, turn off air conditioning and try to block air from entering the room you are in and tune into local radio, television and social media for updates. Do not leave your shelter unless authorities tell you it is safe to do so. Emergency...

  • Shelter in Place lifted in Orange County

    Staff Report | Jul 18, 2024

    Following rigorous testing and continuous air quality monitoring, the unified command of all agencies involved has determined that there are no longer detectable levels of ethyl acrylate in the affected area. As a result, the shelter-in-place order imposed earlier today will be lifted effective 8:00 PM, July 18, 2024. Ethyl acrylate, the product identified as the cause of concern, has been successfully mitigated, ensuring the safety of our citizens. A comprehensive report...

  • Texas A&M Forest Service assesses hurricane impact, a state forest temporarily closes

    Jul 16, 2024

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas—In the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl, Texas A&M Forest Service has estimated that hurricane force winds, measured by the NOAA National Weather Service, impacted 50% of Houston’s urbanized area tree coverage. Over 400,000 acres of rural forestland were potentially impacted by hurricane force winds (74-80 mph) and another 7.4 million acres of forestland experienced tropical storm force winds (39-73 mph). The National Weather Service preliminarily...

  • Orange Library invites kids to see Gator Country program

    Margaret Toal, For the Record | Jul 16, 2024

    The world-famous Gator Country will be appearing at the Orange Riverside Pavilion off Simmons Drive on Wednesday, July 17, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program about American alligators is part of the Orange Public Library's Summer Reading Program for elementary-age children. However, because of the popularity of the subject and the displays with live alligators, the library is opening the event to all ages and the public. The presentation will focus on educating students...

  • County sees increase in sales as Orange city goes down

    Margaret Toal, For the Record | Jul 16, 2024

    The city of Orange is continuing to see a big drop in sales tax income as most of the other entities in the county are seeing healthy sales at their businesses. The Texas Comptroller's Office has sent payments to the cities, Orange County, and one special district in the county for their shares of sales tax receipts in May. Orange County, which has a 0.5 percent sales tax, or half-cent per dollar, had a 29.8 percent increase in sales tax returns for the month and is up 10.91...

  • Orange's Simon achieves success in solo art show

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record | Jul 16, 2024

    A lawyer by day and artist by night, Lindsay Simon of Orange has been relatively unknown in the art world locally. Only her family and friends were aware of her immense talent featuring waterfowl and racehorses. That changed Saturday night, when a reception for her first solo art show "Flights of Fancy: Defying Gravity" was held at the Texas Artists Museum in Port Arthur. A good turnout is always a nice indication of success, but a better indicator is selling art and Simon...

  • BCISD food service workers attend academy

    Jul 16, 2024

    Members of the Bridge City school district's cafeteria staff last week attended the Texas Association for School Nutrition Academy to learn new skills and information. Honored by the academy for their accomplishments were Kandis Skibo, Lindy Christman, Glenda Granger, Amy Collins, and Judy...

  • Orange Deputy Fire Chief Payton Smith earns certification

    Jul 16, 2024

    The Orange City Council recently recognized accomplishment of Deputy Fire Chief Payton Smith for becoming a certified fire executive through the Texas Fire Chief Academy. Smith, center, shows his certificate along with Mayor Larry Spears Jr., left, along with Fire Chief John...

  • Local GOP Meets and New County Executives Take the Oath

    Jul 16, 2024

    The Orange County Republican Party met recently at “The Venue” in Mauriceville. The new incoming chairwoman, Cheryl Warren welcomed those present and was sworn in as were the Precinct Chairs by David Covey, also a former Orange County Chair. Ms. Warren stated in her opening remarks that the mission of the precinct chairs is to identify, inform and involve voters and turn out the vote to elect Republicans. She also shared that she is aware there are those who were misled...

  • Marshal finds local history relics with hobby

    Margaret Toal, For the Record | Jul 16, 2024

    The past is always present, and no one knows that better than Shervonne S. Gallow. After spending a career in law enforcement, including service as a U.S. marshal, she is now spending her days tracking down old relics instead of criminals. Gallow has become an avid metal detector hunter and loves looking at old properties where people have lived, worked, and played. Public areas around the Sabine River in old downtown Orange, or places in the Old Orange Historic District...

  • Seeing is believing

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record | Jul 16, 2024

    Say the words “sight fishing” and a few thoughts that immediately pop into your head are “tails” “clear water” and “shallow”. None of the previously mentioned words conjure up thoughts of the upper coast of Texas, sight fishing is a lower coast activity and can only be done down there. Well if you subscribe that line of thinking then you have either have a rude awakening coming or you are cringing at this article because you have already figured out how good...

  • Coach Thompson has book on Mustang football published

    Dan Perrine, For The Record | Jul 16, 2024

    The winningest high school football program in all of Texas is West Orange-Stark. The history of the Mustangs' success is now available in a book "WOS FOOTBALL, A WAY OF LIFE" written by their long-time coach. Cornel Thompson had a up close sideline view of the West Orange-Stark Mustangs during most their first 45 years of winning football as first an assistant coach and then as their head coach before he retired in 2021. Thompson has completed a 424-page compilation...

  • Lois Marie Judice, 95, Bridge City

    Staff Report | Dec 4, 2023

    Lois Marie Judice, 95, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away surrounded by loved ones on December 1, 2023, in Port Neches, Texas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City, Texas. Officiating will be Reverend Ernie Carpio of St. Henry Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange, Texas. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Tuesday,...

  • Kathleen "Kathy" Longron Block, 72, Orange

    Staff Report | Nov 30, 2023

    Kathleen “Kathy” Longron Block, 72, of Orange, Texas, passed away on November 28, 2023, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas. There will be a graveside memorial at a later date with Brother Keith Pennington officiating. Born in Orange, Texas, on March 4, 1951, she was the daughter of Sidney Howard Longron and Elva Jane Granger Gordy. Kathy was a very caring and loving woman who adored her family. She enjoyed going to the casino and going dancing. She absolutely loved having big family gatherings. Kathy will be greatly...

  • Fred Joseph Doiron III, 69, Bridge City

    Staff Report | Dec 4, 2023

    Fred Joseph Doiron III, 69, of Bridge City, TX, passed on through the heavenly gates on November 30, 2023. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, notifications will be updated through Facebook. Fred was born on May 26, 1954, to Fred Joseph Doiron Jr and Gustine Reynolds Doiron. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School class of 1972 and by trade was pipe designer, draftsmen and home builder. To know Fred was to love him. He was a wheeler dealer and loved...

  • Charles Kenneth Hall, 68, Bridge City

    Staff Report | Feb 13, 2024

    Charles Kenneth Hall, 68, of Bridge City, Texas passed away on February 7, 2024 at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Memorial services will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 24 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bridge City, Texas. Officiating will be Pastor Paul Zoch. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, February 23 at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Charles was born in Columbus, Ohio on September 21, 1955 to Donald Earl Hall, Jr....

  • Shirley Ann Jones, 76, Bridge City

    Jul 16, 2024

    Shirley Ann Jones, 76, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on June 17, 2024, at home surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 22, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Burial followed at Memory Gardens in Nederland. Visitation was held Friday, June 21, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born on August 2, 1947, she was the daughter of Howard Dies and Amelia (Guillory) Dies. Shirley was a beloved Pediatric Nurse who later retired...

  • Jo Cindy Cloy, 69, Orange

    Staff Report | Jul 11, 2024

    Jo Cindy Cloy, 69, of Orange, passed away on July 9, 2024, at Focused Care in Orange surrounded by her loved ones. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 12, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Deacon David Bonneaux, of St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Ford Cemetery in Newton. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9 a.m., Friday, June 12, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Beaumont,...

  • John Marble, 81, Sour Lake

    Staff Report | Jul 11, 2024

    John Marble was how he was known to many but to the rest of us he was Sonny, Dad, Pops, role model and friend. On July 4th, 2024 in Lumberton, Texas this great man passed away and left us to continue his legacy. Born in Sour Lake, Texas, on September 23, 1942, John was the son of Welcome Marble and Mildred Glaze Marble. On February 21, 1963, John married the love of his life, Jeneanne Taylor Marble, and there they built a loving family. He was a devoted father to his 3...

  • Jerome "Jerry" Douglas Norton, 71, Newton

    Staff Report | Jul 16, 2024

    Jerome "Jerry" Douglas Norton embarked on his final journey on July 6, 2024, in Houston, Texas. A final roll call and celebration of life for Jerome will be held at Liberty Baptist Bridge City on Friday, July 12, 2024. Visitation will start at 5 p.m. Brother Terry Wright and Brother Drew Stallworth will officiate starting at 6 p.m. A private Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. on July 13, 2024 at the Ponderosa Farm and Family Ranch Cemetery in Newton, Texas. He...

  • Danny Simar, 69, Baton Rouge, La.

    Staff Report | Jul 11, 2024

    Danny Simar, 69, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 9 after a thirty-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2024 at Claybar Funeral home in Orange, preceded by visitation at 1 p.m. at the same location. He was born to Wanda and Roy Simar in Orange, Texas, where he spent the majority of his time stirring up "wholesome trouble" with his lifelong friends, Louis Blanda, John Blanda, Jim...

  • Dave Leslie Chesson, Sr., 75, Orangefield

    Staff Report | Jul 16, 2024

    Dave Leslie Chesson, Sr., 75, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2024, at Baptist Hospital, in Beaumont, Texas. He was born April 16, 1949, in Orange, Texas, to Gloria Mae Roberts Chesson and Clyde Mitchell Chesson. Family, friends, and others are invited to visitation at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange on Saturday, July 20, 9-10 a.m. to reminisce and honor the life of Dave Leslie Chesson, Sr. Funeral services will immediately follow. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial...

  • Martha Evans Crosby, 85, Orange

    Staff Report | Jul 15, 2024

    Martha Evans Crosby, 85, of Orange, Texas, passed away on July 11, 2024. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 20, 2024, at First Baptist Church in Deweyville. Officiating will be Reverend Damon Bickham. Born in Celeste, Texas, on March 3, 1939, she was the daughter of Junius Jennings Evans, Jr. and Bertha Mae McQueary Norton. Martha led a life filled with love, generosity, and a deep faith. Martha's dedication to her church, First Baptist Church in...

  • Jefferson Alvoid Garrison, 71,Orange

    Staff Report | Jul 13, 2024

    Jefferson Alvoid Garrison, 71, passed away on July 8, 2024, in his lifelong hometown of Orangefield, Texas. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City, Texas. Visitation will be from 1pm until the ceremony starts at 2pm. Officiating the service will be Dr. Doak Burke D.C. of Orangefield, Texas, and Rev. M.L. Marcantell of Pinehurst Pentecostal Church. His loved ones will hold a private, family-only burial service in the...

  • Sylvia Ann Mires

    Sylvia Ann Mires, 84, Orange

    Staff Report | Jul 11, 2024

    Sylvia Ann Mires, 84, passed away on July 8, 2024, at The Delaney at Southshore in League City, Texas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 15 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange beside the plot of her beloved J.R. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, July 14 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with a rosary at 6 p.m. Born in Orange, Texas, on July 1, 1940, she was the daughter of Sylvester...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record | Jul 16, 2024

    EYE WITNESS TO HISTORY I’ve witnessed a lot of history over the years, assassinations and attempted assassinations. I was watching former president Donald Trump start a speech in Butler, PA, July 13, 2024, when an assassination’s bullet from an AR-15, 148 yards away, nipped his right ear. He moved his head right at the moment. Twenty-year-old Thomas Crooks pulled the trigger. Trump’s life was spared by less than an inch from his brains. Trump went to the floor as the...

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