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  • Warehousing, logistics the future, OCEDC says

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 17, 2022

    The Orange County Economic Development Corporation has its eye on a collaborative approach to logistics, distribution and warehousing that includes recruiting companies specializing in the storage and movement of consumer and manufacturing goods. “Orange County has seen tremendous opportunity in recent years,” said Jessica Hill, OCEDC executive director. “This strategy will allow us to continue in a growth trajectory, capitalize on existing developments and create oppor...

  • Homeowners get lift with elevation grants

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 17, 2022

    In 2008, Hurricane Ike and a high tide combined to push 38 inches of storm surge up from the marsh and into Carl and Sherry LeBlanc's Bridge City home. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey parked itself over Orange County for four days and 13 inches of floodwater again pushed the LeBlancs from the home they built in 1982, where they raised two sons. Carl LeBlanc was one of the first to sign up after the federal government announced the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program in 2018 to buy out...

  • Smith, Traylor steer locals to grants

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 10, 2022

    When Melinda Smith takes care of business, Orange County gets better and better. And her business has been very, very good for her employers and clients recently. Smith, Executive Vice President & Director of Program Development for Traylor & Associates of Tyler, is a grant administrator retained by Orange County and its cities to help navigate the thorny path to federal and state disaster funds. So far, her fingerprints are on total awards of $137.3 million for Orange County...

  • Bashers eat 11 tons of crawfish

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 10, 2022

    Getting the perfect degree of spicy in your crawfish is not a feat for the weak. Luckily, Bridge City Automotive had plenty of muscle stirring up its Cajun Hot brand at Saturday's Mauriceville Crawfish Bash....

  • Dan Harris received proclamation from City of Orange

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 10, 2022

    Dan Harris, left, receives a proclamation presented by Orange Mayor Larry Spears, Jr., as the city council proclaimed Tuesday, May 10 "Dan Harris Day," to honor the Orange rancher and longtime rodeo performer after he was recently inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame....

  • OC voters decide reps, bonds, charters

    Dave Rogers, For The Record|Updated May 7, 2022

    West Orange alderman Michael Shugart, Jr., is seeking his ninth straight election to his hometown's city council. This is the first time he's ever had an opponent. "Since 2006, I've been elected every two years, but I've never put a sign up until now," he said. "Every year, only three people ran for the three seats, so there really was no election." In all, 40 candidates are seeking 20 contested seats on Orange County city councils or school boards in the May 7 election....

  • CORPS WELCOMES SMALL VENDORS, SUBCONTRACTORS

    Dave Rogers, For The Record|Updated May 7, 2022

    Orange County small businesses are invited to learn more about the contracting process in support of work opportunities for the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay projects in Freeport and Port Arthur next week. A separate Orange County event is planned at a later date to address specifically the Orange County project for potential vendors and subcontractors, but a date and location has not been set. A spokesman said everyone was welcome to attend next week’s meetings in Port Arthur...

  • Airport, depot, crawfish offer Saturday escapes

    Dave Rogers, For The Record|Updated May 3, 2022

    You can fly in, ride the (miniature) rails or just back up your pickup and find plenty to do this week in Orange County. Fly-In and Drive In takes place at the Orange County Airport, Depot Day Annual Community Festival is at the Orange Train Depot and Mauriceville Crawfish Bash at the Mauriceville Community Center all beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Crawfish Bash is at 7441 Cohenour Road under a new 6,000 square foot pavilion roof featuring free crawfish and Kids Zone games...

  • Orange levee project leads national plan

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 26, 2022

    The construction of a 25-mile levee system around Orange County is now slated to begin in 2024 and be completed by 2028. Local residents are getting an update on the planning in three public open houses this week put on by the Army Corps of Engineers and the county's Drainage District. But the Corps' Galveston District Engineer and Commander, Col. Tim Vail, says it's not just the locals he's trying to impress. While Congress has approved $2.4 billion to build the Orange...

  • Levee open houses set April 26, 28, 30

    Dave Rogers, For The Record|Updated Apr 26, 2022

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Orange County Drainage District is hosting three public open houses next week to share information about the $2.4 billion Orange County Coastal Storm Risk Management Project. Interested residents should plan on attending one of the free come-and-go sessions as the latest 2022 alignment map will be unveiled. The first is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 at the Bridge City Community Center, 105 Parkside Drive. The next is 5 p.m. to...

  • OC values rise, but not like some

    Dave Rogers, For The Record|Updated Apr 26, 2022

    The good news for Orange County taxpayers is likely not arriving in the Notices of Appraised Values mailed out Tuesday, April 26. "We are seeing average increases in overall values here in Orange County between 9% and 14% since last year," Scott Overton, Chief Appraiser for the Orange County Appraisal District, said Monday. But here are several spoonfuls of sugar to help the hike in values easier to swallow. 1: It could be a lot worse. According to a release by the Texas...

  • Tragedy, trailer teach motorcycle awareness

    Dave Rogers, For The Record|Updated Apr 25, 2022

    Look twice, save a life. That's the message of May, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and it got off to an early start last Saturday at Cowboy Harley-Davidson in Beaumont. The dealership, along with Top Deck Flooring and Harley Owners Group (HOG) Chapter 4974, held a Rally featuring Orange County Sheriff Lane Mooney as keynote speaker. Several hundred attended the four-hour event, including Police Chiefs Rod Carroll of Vidor and Tim Duriso of Port Arthur, Orange County Consta...

  • Cities of Orange, Pinehurst Voters' Guide

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 21, 2022

    A total of seven candidates are seeking three seats on the Orange and Pinehurst City Councils in the May 7 election. In Pinehurst, two current City Council members are running for mayor -- Sarah McClendon, now the mayor pro-tem, and pastor Johnny Asevedo. Both are in the middle of two-year terms, so no matter who wins, both will remain on council. Bishop Charles Thomas is running against incumbent Caroline Hennigan for Orange's at-large Place 5, while incumbent District 4...

  • WO, WOC Voters' Guide

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 19, 2022

    The voting process for West Orange voters could take a little longer this year, with four people running for three at-large slots on the City of West Orange city council and six people running for three at-large seats on the West Orange-Cove school board. In both elections, the top three vote-getters will be elected. Early voting begins Monday, April 25 and runs through May 3. School district early voters may vote at the four county-wide locations -- Orange Public Library,...

  • Bridge City Voters' Guide

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 19, 2022

    Four elected offices in Bridge City will be decided in the May 7 election, early voting for which starts Monday, April 25. The school board race between incumbent Rebecca Rutledge and concerned citizen Peggy Prosperie is for a three-year term. The three city council seats are two-year terms and include a choice between former councilman Carl Harbert and incumbent Mike Reed, who were born three days apart. Reed, who served on council for 10 years before being term limited,...

  • BC voters tackle school bond issues

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 19, 2022

    "If not now, when?" is a question proponents of Bridge City's two-proposition school bond election have been asking a lot in presentations to the public the last couple of months. To which Peggy Prosperie says, "Let's wait 10 years, until after the high school bonds are paid off." Prosperie, who is running for a spot on the Bridge City school district board on the May 7 ballot, reports the district still owes $14 million on the 30-year bonds purchased to build the high school...

  • Candidates weigh in for May 7 vote

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 13, 2022

    Local city and school board elections in Orange County take place May 7. Early voting begins April 25 at four locations. Besides school bond elections for the Bridge City schools, 13 board or council seats are up for grabs on nine ballots, with three at-large seats available for the City of West Orange and the West Orange-Cove school district. The Record invited each of the candidates to respond to a short questionnaire and will present their answers in two parts, today and...

  • County checks on FEMA checks

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 12, 2022

    The purse strings are getting tight in Orange County as everyone runs to the mailbox to see if the FEMA check has arrived. Want the good news? Joel Ardoin, the county's emergency management coordinator, informed County Commissioners that he'd been told a $10 million check for the federal reimbursement from 2020's Hurricane Laura expenses would arrive "in three to seven days." And that was only eight days ago. After 2017's Hurricane Harvey, Ardoin got a lot of assurances "the...

  • Corps, OC host levee open houses

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 12, 2022

    A series of public open houses are set for three dates in late April to inform the public of the progress of the Orange County Project of the Sabine to Galveston Coastal Storm Risk Management levee system. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and Orange County are hosting the events. The first will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 at the Bridge City Community Center, 105 Parkside Dr., Bridge City. The second will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at American Leg...

  • May 7 election busiest in Bridge City

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 5, 2022

    Thursday, April 7 is the final day to register to vote in the May 7 local and Texas constitutional amendment election. A dozen city council, school board and county district board seats in Orange County have drawn multiple candidates and the Bridge City ISD is holding elections for two school construction bonds. The constitutional amendment election offers voters a chance to increase homestead tax exemptions in school districts. Early voting is from April 25 through May 3 and...

  • Local leaders wary of fuel hikes

    Dave Rogers, For The Record|Updated Apr 5, 2022

    Rising gas prices have hit every household at the pump in 2022. Increased transportation costs have jacked up the prices of almost everything we buy, from groceries to building supplies. At-the-pump prices have risen from an average of $2.50 per gallon of gas in March of 2021 to a national average of $4.33 per gallon last month. Diesel jumped from $3.09 last year to $5.11. Could those higher prices also affect your tax bill? Governmental bodies are among the largest bulk buyer...

  • Orange set to boost housing supply

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 5, 2022

    A Louisiana residential developer wants to add 119 single-family homes in north Orange and the city was expected to move the project along at a Tuesday evening meeting. J Breaux Enterprises of Carencro, Louisiana, has already won a financial incentive from the city’s Economic Development Corporation that will reimburse up to $100,000 for infrastructure on the 77-acre subdivision of $200,000 homes named The Reserve at Mallard Lake. The city’s planning and zoning commission and...

  • County's first airplane hangar gets repair

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 1, 2022

    A beaten-down piece of Orange County history is getting a reboot. The Brown Family Hangar at Orange County Airport is undergoing a restoration, thanks to a well-planned insurance policy and Hurricane Laura. Kurt Guidry, Orange County maintenance director, says the county's property insurer is paying $200,000 to "re-skin" the whole building, except doors. Edgar Brown Jr., the grandson of Henry James Lutcher, who was one of the wealthiest timbermen in the United States, built...

  • Historic carnival blends fun, fuels giving

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Mar 29, 2022

    When John Martin volunteered to work his first Lions Club Charity Carnival in 1966, he was assigned to head up a group running a new ride dubbed "The Comet." It was quickly renamed "The Vomit Comet." With good reason, Martin said. In addition to the mechanical ride spinning around a center axle like a wagon wheel, riders could spin a wheel inside their individual cars to make the cars go round faster and faster. "We didn't know how to run it at first. The first night we had...

  • Altar honors St. Joseph, people of Ukraine

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    A tradition dating back to the Middle Ages in Christianity has a legacy of its own in Orange. However, last weekend at St. Mary's Catholic Church, a group of women and men gave the Feast of St. Joseph and its attendant St. Joseph Altar a new twist. "This year, because of the suffering in Ukraine, we've dedicated the altar to the efforts for peace," Cathy Blanda Brittain said. She pointed out a framed icon of "Our Mother of Perpetual Help," a depiction of the Blessed Virgin...

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