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Bellfield gave 100 percent for Orange

The night she was elected as Orange mayor in 1998, Essie Bellfield won by fewer than 100 votes. But she figured she deserved 100 percent of the ballots cast. “I think everyone... — Updated 1/25/2022

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Rainy day glorious day for hospital

The weather outside was frightful but the occasion, so delightful. While rain drizzled, icy winds blew, and trucks noisily roared past on Interstate 10, a group of about 100... — Updated 1/25/2022


Split WOC vote names Hickman coach

A divided school board voted 4-2 Monday night to name defensive line coach Hiawatha Hickman the fourth head football coach in West Orange-Stark High School's 46-year history. West... — Updated 1/25/2022


WOC boss picks Hickman as Mustangs AD/coach

Hiawatha Hickman is the nominee to become the fourth Athletic Director/Head Football Coach in West Orange-Stark history. West Orange-Cove school district superintendent Dr. Rickie... — Updated 1/25/2022


Funeral set for former Orange mayor

Essie Bellfield, a civil rights pioneer and Orange's first Black and first female mayor, died Sunday morning at age 89. A funeral service will be held at Salem United Methodist... — Updated 1/25/2022

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BC names Dalhart's Walker new boss

Bridge City's city council voted Tuesday night to hire Brent Walker, assistant city manager in the Texas Panhandle, to be Bridge City's city manager. Walker, who has worked for Dalh... — Updated 1/18/2022

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Swing bridge fix frustrates OC commissioners

Mostly closed for repairs since mid-2017, the swing bridge on East Roundbunch Road, could be ready to reopen soon, a repairman said Tuesday. But if it happens soon, don't look for... — Updated 1/18/2022

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Mail-in voters must request ballots

A change in state law means Texas voters who are eligible to vote by mail must request from and turn in an application to vote by mail to the county in which they live. They must... — Updated 1/13/2022

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County to take in unwanted boats

People driving from Bridge City to Orange are always watching change happen. Especially lately. First there was High Tides restaurant going in beside the Cow Bayou bridge. Then... — Updated 1/11/2022

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EDC helps Stationer launch incubator

Since its founding in 1952, the Orange Stationer has sold more paper and paper clips than one human being can imagine. But since they bought it in 2015, imagining has become Paul... — Updated 1/11/2022

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TxDOT set to widen FM 1442

Construction is set to begin next week on a widening of Farm to Market Road 1442 from Highway 408 to Highway 105. According to Sarah Dupre, Texas Department of Transportation... — Updated 1/11/2022

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Christus joins NexCore for Houseman Campus

A late-January groundbreaking is set on the Gisela Houseman Medical Campus in Orange, with grand opening expected in the spring of 2023. So said a joint New Year's Eve announcement... — Updated 1/4/2022

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Voting boss Barrow elects retirement

In an average year, Orange County puts on only three or four elections. But Tina Barrow and her three-person Elections Administration Office have no problem staying busy the other... — Updated 1/4/2022

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Orange Fire Chief Frenzel set to retire

David Frenzel, Orange Fire Chief for the past 25 years is set to retire in April, ending a 53-year tenure at the Fire Department that makes him the longest serving city employee in... — Updated 1/4/2022

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 Virus creeps up on Orange County

The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting 47 new COVID-19 cases in Orange County, a 56 percent jump over last week's reported 30 cases. The highly contagious omicro... — Updated 12/28/2021

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County cleans up, eyes CP Chem decision

As the Year 2022 looks forward to taking off at midnight Saturday, Orange County leaders are looking to the west for a sign. They’re all awaiting Chevron Phillips Chemical... — Updated 12/28/2021

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Ike response tops Jones' BC memories

Jerry Jones was just making the jump from Director of Bridge City's Public Works Department to the office of City Manager in September of 2005 when Hurricane Rita blew through the... — Updated 12/28/2021

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LSCO salutes 146 first-gen grads

Seventy-seven percent of Lamar State College Orange's 190 Fall 2021 graduates are first-generation college students. That figure is music to the ears of Dr. Tom Johnson, the school'... — Updated 12/21/2021

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Robert's Meat Market owner eyes reopening

Christmas will taste different this year for many Orange County fans of Christmas turkey. Robert Ramirez says he normally prepares 300 fried turkeys and 200 more smoked turkeys for... — Updated 12/21/2021

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New owners drive Orange's Ford dealership

Susanty Roberts' background is in finance. Husband Craig Roberts has been in the car biz since he got out of the service during the Cold War. Together, they hope to bring some... — Updated 12/21/2021

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BC, Pinehurst ponder leaders' replacements

Bridge City Council is meeting this week in closed sessions to begin the process of replacing longtime city manager Jerry Jones. Meanwhile, Pinehurst officially accepted the... — Updated 12/14/2021

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Greater Orange Area Chamber Citizen of the Year

Charlotte Alford, director of the Heritage House Museum, was named Citizen of the Year at the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce banquet Monday night at the Shahan Center. The... — Updated 12/14/2021

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Angel Trees signal charities' giving season

T'is the season for giving and Orange County Good Samaritans are pouring out their hearts and checkbooks to make the Angels sing for Christmas. Between them, the Bridge City-Orangef... — Updated 12/14/2021

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Most county pols run unopposed for 2022

Only one of the dozen county positions up for election in 2022 will test an incumbent with an opponent. Only two offices will have contested races in the March 1 Republican... — Updated 12/14/2021

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'Coach T' retiring for health, family

Eleven grandchildren "and one on the way" are about to get some blanket coverage from Cornel Thompson. A two-time state champion head coach and the last member of the first West... — Updated 12/14/2021


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