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 By Margaret Toal    News 

Governor honors Orange County Disaster Rebuild

The OneStar Foundation, the official non-profit for the state, has announced that the Orange County Disaster Rebuild is one of the recipients of the Governor's Volunteer Awards. The... — Updated 4/16/2024

 
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Orange County has historical ties to Texas Independence

Events in Texas 188 years ago moved quickly toward Texas becoming an independent nation, and what is now Orange County had a prominent role. One resident signed the Texas... — Updated 4/16/2024

 
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Road trip for eclipse builds family bonds

A mother-daughter road trip to follow the sun and the solar eclipse turned into a discovery of longtime family history in Orange County. We are descendants of the Pevoto, Bland,... — Updated 4/16/2024

 
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Food pantry needs help with stock

The Salvation Army of Orange County is once again looking for food donations to stock their pantry so local individuals and families can get help so they are not hungry. Board... — Updated 4/16/2024

 
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Trahan warns of debris in Sabine

Precinct 1 Commissioner Johnny Trahan warned boaters to be on the lookout for logs and other debris washing down the Sabine River after flooding last week in Newton and Jasper... — Updated 4/16/2024

 
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Walker to be first woman DA in Orange County

Sometimes in life, a person ends up where they were meant to be. Krispen Walker is one of those people. The West Orange-Stark High graduate on January 1 will become the new... — Updated 4/9/2024

 
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Tournament raises funds for Litton scholarship

Coach H.N. "Moe" Litton, who worked more 30 years for Bridge City High School as a coach and athletic trainer, is legendary in the thoughts of his former students. His family keeps... — Updated 4/9/2024

 
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Grant to help county deputies get pay raise

Orange County Sheriff's deputies will be getting a pay raise thanks to a rural law enforcement grant of $500,000. Commissioners Court Tuesday voted to accept the grant from the Texa... — Updated 4/2/2024

 
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BC chamber planning (hot air) balloon festival

Light up Saturday, September 14, on the calendars because the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce hopes to illuminate the dark that night with a hot air balloon festival. Chamber... — Updated 4/2/2024

 
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West Orange lets residents 'spring clean' this weekend

West Orange officials want residents to take advantage of the city's annual spring cleanup by taking their cast-off furniture, appliances, and other items to the free dumpster... — Updated 4/2/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

County's sales tax returns keep up with inflation

Orange County saw strong sales in January, leading to a 16.5 percent sales tax payment this year, compared to last year. The state comptroller's office in March sent the sales tax... — Updated 3/26/2024

 
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Orange plans free egg hunt on Friday, but offices closed

Perfect spring weather is in the forecast for the Easter holidays this week, and once again the city of Orange is expecting hundreds of children and their families for the annual... — Updated 3/26/2024

 
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Landmark 1938 bridge to be closed for maintenance

Orange County's most famous landmark is set to get its first facelift in nearly 30 years and the project will require a major traffic change. The Rainbow Bridge will be getting... — Updated 3/26/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

WOC bonds will move North ELC to new school

The West Orange-Cove school district has plans to build a new North Early Learning Center near the elementary school if voters in May approve a $72 million bond proposal. The bulk... — Updated 3/26/2024

 
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BC Council protests Rainbow Bridge traffic plan

The Bridge City City Council is asking for the Texas Department of Transportation to redesign a traffic detour at the Rainbow Bridge when the landmark will be closed for maintenance... — Updated 3/26/2024

 
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County sets free junk boat turn-in for April

Codie Vasquez and Halee Watkins from the regional CASA accepted a proclamation from Orange County Commissioners Court declaring April as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.... — Updated 3/19/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Fans of 'Gatemouth' Brown working to replace gravestone

Fourteen years ago, a grave marker carved with a Fender guitar was placed at the grave site of Grammy-winning singer and musician Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, who is buried in... — Updated 3/19/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Lions dub rain pattern 'El Carnivale'

Everyone has heard of the El Nino and La Nina weather patterns. The new pattern is "El Carnivale." It's guaranteed to bring on rain. That's the latest joke from the Orange Lions... — Updated 3/19/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Lions Carnival, jet ski races offer spring break activities

Will it or won't it rain? That is the question these days any time the Lions Club Carnival is ready to open. The 83rd annual event with rides, food, games, and lots of local... — Updated 3/13/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Link made history in Orange, Houston

In the Gilded Age, Green Avenue in Orange was lined with mansions and grand houses. The biggest and most elaborate of the mansions was built by J.W. Link, a lawyer who owned a... — Updated 3/12/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

At least 53,900 OC voters qualify for Phelan-Covey runoff

The battle for Texas House of Representatives District 21 is now in a runoff and will depend on how many people get out and vote in the Republican primary runoff on May 28.... — Updated 3/12/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Smith beats three to win sheriff without runoff

Retired Texas Ranger Bobby Smith pulled an unusual political win by beating incumbent Sheriff Jimmy Lane Mooney and two others in the Republican primary with a margin wide enough... — Updated 3/5/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Fabric art at Stark tells African-American history

Quilts have long been a way for women to display artistic skills, but do not expect to see any of the "quilts" at the Stark Museum of Art on a bed. These quilts were mean to be hung... — Updated 3/5/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Orange police warn of scam calls

The Orange Police Department on Monday, March 4, issued a warning to people not to fall for a scam phone call from someone claiming to be with the department. Detective Stephen... — Updated 3/5/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Panhandle wildfires bring evacuations, warnings of fire hazards in East Texas

As wildfires blazed across the Texas Panhandle region Monday afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 60 counties and warned that parts of East Texas also... — Updated 2/27/2024

 

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