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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


Gothia: Deputies wanted 'informal' contract talks

Orange County Judge John Gothia disagreed Thursday with allegations that he and Commissioner Johnny Trahan were at fault for holding private bargaining sessions aimed at a new... — Updated 9/10/2021


TxDOT talks lights for MacArthur Drive

A proposal to bring streetlights to a dark and deadly stretch of road is on the agendas for neighboring Orange County cities. The Texas Department of Transportation will make a... — Updated 6/4/2021


Orange council's Pullen files for recount

Two-term Orange City Council member Patrick Pullen will get a recount of results of the May 1 election. It will be conducted beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, with results expected by noo... — Updated 5/7/2021


OF's Humplik, Ragsdale top SETCA All-Stars

Two-way selection Emma Humplik is among four softball teammates and their coach from Orangefield leading the way among Orange County picks to the All-Star games set for June 16-18.... — Updated 5/4/2021


Zoch, A-Roc defeat BC incumbents

Randy Branch will be Mayor of West Orange after capturing 68.7% of the vote against Jim Whittington in the Spring 2021 election that ended Saturday evening. Misty Songe and Ronnie... — Updated 5/4/2021

Man accepts plaque with his wife by his side

Record, 'celebrities' honor retiring WO mayor

Justice took a lunch break in Orange Wednesday to honor the longtime leadership of retiring West Orange Mayor Roy McDonald. No fewer than eight Orange County judges, three county... — Updated 4/20/2021


Counties combine push for more vaccines

Orange County has joined a five-county Southeast Texas group in an effort to get more COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of its citizens. John Gothia, Orange County judge, said the goa... — Updated 1/25/2021


Orange County posts vaccine priority list

Orange County has published a priority list for its citizens receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. The info sheet posted on the Orange County website ( under a red... — Updated 1/7/2021


Jail repairs keep OC inmates away

While all four branches of government – Congress, the Supreme Court and both incoming and outgoing Presidencies – should have plenty to do at year-end in Washington, Orange Cou... — Updated 12/1/2020


Pinehurst considers Mohon's resignation, replacement

Pinehurst City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to consider and possibly accept the resignation of Mayor Dan Mohon. Mohon, 80, a Pinehurst alderman for 11... — Updated 11/20/2020


Orange County starts hurricane recovery -- again

Hurricane Laura destroyed seven Orange County homes, left 70 with major damage and 1,317 more with minor and light damage, according to the first damage assessments from the... — Updated 10/13/2020


County closes POD food, water sites

Due to the lack of need a week after Hurricane Laura came ashore, all of the four Points of Distribution (PODS) sites in Orange County were shut down Thursday afternoon. Before... — Updated 9/4/2020


Damage assessment brings President to Orange

With Reporting from Mark Dunn President Donald Trump made a quick 90-minute stop in Orange County Saturday afternoon at the end of a tour of Hurricane Laura storm damage in... — Updated 8/29/2020


Sheriff: 'We dodged a bullet' from Laura

Orange County Sheriff Lane Mooney did not mince words. "We dodged a bullet on this one," he said as dawn broke over Southeast Texas Thursday morning a few hours after Hurricane... — Updated 8/29/2020


LSCO fishing team ranks No. 1 in nation

Lamar State College Orange's first-year fishing team is No. 1 in the national Bass Pro Shops 2020-21 national rankings issued this week. The rankings are based on points awarded... — Updated 8/29/2020


Storms shutter county schools: Monday a.m. update

All Orange County public primary and secondary schools announced Sunday they are closing for this week of Aug. 24-28 because of two tropical weather systems that could come ashore... — Updated 8/29/2020


Orange County orders Tuesday morning evacuation

Orange County and city officials aren’t getting caught by surprise this time. Orange County joined Jefferson County Monday evening in calling for a mandatory Tuesday evacuation o... — Updated 8/29/2020


Trump visit could follow state VIPs

President Donald Trump said he plans to visit Texas this weekend on a trip to survey damage from Hurricane Laura and he could make a stop in Orange. If so, it will come on the... — Updated 8/29/2020


Laura wrecks courthouse marble, again

After four years of dithering over a repair and just more than a year after it finally got fixed, the Orange County Courthouse has lost its marble again. It's time to check the... — Updated 8/28/2020


Pinehurst's topless strip

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Citizens hit the road ahead of hurricane

Cars, truck and vans from Orange County hit the road Tuesday morning in response to a mandatory evacuation order to flee the expected path of Hurricane Laura. Traffic was steady... — Updated 8/28/2020


Orange County issues voluntary evacuation instruction

County Judge John Gothia has issued a Disaster Declaration for Orange County and joined cities in calling for a voluntary evacuation for Orange County residents in response to the p... — Updated 8/25/2020


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