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 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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Tuesday is Primary Election Day

Tuesday, March 5, is primary Election Day in Texas with a local Republican race drawing national attention with a fiercely fought race for the Orange County state... — Updated 2/27/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

New chemical plant spends $241million last year

Orange County Commissioners Court got received an update from the Chevron-Phillips Golden Triangle Polymers plant with reporting of nearly $241 million being spent locally by the... — Updated 2/27/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

WO-C seeking $72 million for new pre-school,

The West Orange-Cove school district will have a $72 million bond issue on the May 4 election for city councils, school boards, and special districts. However, the only contested... — Updated 2/22/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Beaumont film-music fest has lots of Orange

The Boomtown Film and Music Festival Friday and Saturday, February 23-24, in Beaumont may be on the west banks of the Neches River, but it has a strong showing from Orange County.... — Updated 2/20/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

LSCO increases local education, training opportunities

If you've got it, flaunt it. And Dr. Tom Johnson, president of Lamar State College, loves to flaunt the campus and programs the school offers. "The thing that I'm most excited... — Updated 2/20/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Republicans turn out for early voting

The first day of early voting for party primary elections drew 938 people to the polls, with 877 votes in the Republican primary and 61 in the Democratic primary. The only local rac... — Updated 2/20/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

LSCO ready to transform historic church for future

Lamar State College Orange and the Stark Foundation are assuring local residents preserve the past while preparing for the future. On Tuesday, under a clear crystal blue sky, the lo... — Updated 2/13/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Sheriff candidates face off as early voting nears

Three challengers to incumbent Sheriff Jimmy Lane Mooney said they want to improve relationships between the Orange County Sheriff's Office and other agencies. Mooney said he stands... — Updated 2/13/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Public invited to Hamfest at Expo Center

Amateur radio operators in the region will be gathering Saturday, February 24, at the Orange County Expo Center and the public is invited to attend to learn more about the radio... — Updated 2/13/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Commissioners pay tribute to local Workforce

Orange County Commissioners Court has declared February as Southeast Texas Workforce Month and the county's economic development director said there's reason to celebrate. Megan... — Updated 2/6/2024

 

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