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 By Dave Rogers    News

County's COVID numbers on upswing

COVID-19 numbers are steadily rising in Orange County, though hospitalizations are low. Joel Ardoin, emergency management coordinator for the county, told Commissioners Court... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Activists fight proposed Blue Marlin pipeline

Plans to run a 42-inch crude oil pipeline around Bessie Heights Marsh and under the center of Sabine Lake are meeting opposition in Southeast Texas. Environmentalist John Beard of... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Area city and school news

Bridge City Mayor David Rutledge has been on the job since 2016, but half the city council members – three out of six – are first-termers. What better time to get back to the bas... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Thank You Orange County

For the past six years, I've been working for Roy Dunn and The Record Newspapers and learning and sharing a ton of things I never knew about Orange County despite living next door... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Rec Center awaits floor, grand opening

The City of Orange's much anticipated grand opening of the new Recreation Center has developed a late-stage hiccup. The massive temperature control system has to get the humidity... — Updated 7/5/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

BC church opens seniors soup kitchen

The Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen at Bridge City's First Church, 201 Roberts, will open at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 7. Initial plans are to offer a hot lunch weekly to Bridge... — Updated 7/5/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

July 4th blowouts: entertaining with pop

While the neighborhood children pop firecrackers and shoot bottle rockets Monday night, the big July 4 fireworks displays in Orange County are taking place on the east and west... — Updated 6/28/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

County sticks Feds with high food tab

Things would really suck the breath out of you if Orange County suffers another storm like Hurricane Harvey. But first responders and others working out of the Emergency Operations... — Updated 6/28/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Lions celebrate, make history at banquet

The Orange Lions Club celebrated its history Monday night, then made some more. Lion Butch Campbell highlighted the club's long tradition of service to the community as he... — Updated 6/28/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

3rd Coast 10K Relay 'builds city'

The folks at 3rd Coast Movement are stepping out in a big way for Bridge City. The personal fitness training center is holding a Team 10K Relay fundraiser Saturday, beginning at 9 a... — Updated 6/21/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

East swing bridge repair saga continues

After three weeks of being closed to roadway traffic, the East Roundbunch swing bridge was being repaired and a new master control panel tested by technicians Tuesday afternoon.... — Updated 6/21/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

BCISD bears it as insurance costs soar

Gulf Coast homeowners are getting hammered this year when renewing their property and casualty insurance and the Bridge City school district is no different. Insurance carriers are... — Updated 6/21/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Phelan seeks 'immediate, concrete' school safety

Orange County's State Representative, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, proposed Monday that the state's highest elected officials should take "immediate, concrete action" to make... — Updated 6/14/2022

 By Dave Rogers    Happenings

Orange's Recreation Center set to open in August

Anthony Dandridge, the City of Orange's recreation director, chats with a visitor at the nearly complete Recreation Center on West Orange Street at 13th Street. The $3.1 million... — Updated 6/14/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Drought threatens OC, burn ban

Joel Ardoin, Orange County's Emergency Management Coordinator, told County Commissioners Tuesday that the county had not been as dry as it is since before Hurricane Harvey hit in... — Updated 6/14/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Orange HOT funds spark visitor center

Orange City Council approved spending $500,000 of hotel occupancy tax funds to renovate the first floor of the old City Hall building on Green Avenue Tuesday morning. Also,... — Updated 6/14/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Physical, fiscal health on OC agenda

Orange County is getting healthy, both physically and fiscally. That was the message left by Tuesday's County Commissioners meeting and an employee health insurance workshop that... — Updated 6/7/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Pinehurst picks Pierce as Asevedo exits

It’s time for the Pinehurst City Council to renegotiate its deal with the people they pay to engrave the nameplates in front of the members’ seats in the council chambers. The lit... — Updated 6/7/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Mustang teacher, yearbook sponsor signs out

Often wished for, rarely realized, Meri Elen Jacobs, a member of the first class of students and first four-year graduating class at West Orange-Stark High School, spent 22 years... — Updated 6/7/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

School shooting puts focus on safeguards

The worst kind of tragedy – the senseless murder of 19 children and two adults – touched the world last week and hit home especially hard in Texas. The events involved in the sta... — Updated 6/1/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

County projects in works top $16 billion

When a possible $6 billion Chevron-Phillips Chemical ethylene plant was first introduced to Orange County headlines in January of 2019, everyone agreed it was a big deal. That... — Updated 6/1/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

City promotes Bilbo to Fire Chief

The City Council of Orange voted to promote John Bilbo to be its new Fire Chief Tuesday night. City Manager Mike Kunst called the Special Meeting to deliver his hand-picked... — Updated 5/31/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Orange set to name Bilbo Fire Chief

The City of Orange has scheduled a special meeting of City Council for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, at which it is expected to name longtime Fire Department employee John Bilbo the next... — Updated 5/31/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

County, OF chase $6B gas plants

Orange County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to establish a Reinvestment Zone south of Rose City that could lead to a $6 billion investment by Enterprise Products Co. The... — Updated 5/24/2022

 By Dave Rogers    News

Fire Chief search riles Council member

The first round of interviews for hiring a new Orange Fire Chief are over and City Manager Mike Kunst said Tuesday he’s doing “due diligence” before recommending his choice at a... — Updated 5/24/2022


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