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 By Margaret Toal    News 

Early voting starts Monday for Phelan-Covey race

Fans of politics from across the country will be watching Southeast Texas next week as early voting begins in a Republican primary race that has even drawn an endorsement from... — Updated 5/14/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News 

Orange got to claim famous 1910 champion

The high society and dog fanciers were shocked in 1910 as the East Coast terrier who had won Best of Show at the Westminster Dog Show three years running was beaten by a terrier... — Updated 5/14/2024

 
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Commissioner says levee system design continues

Work continues on the design for a levee-seawall system in Orange County, Commissioner Kirk Roccaforte said Tuesday after Commissioners Court approved a contract to allow... — Updated 5/14/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Vacant schools bring problems to cities

Orange's city planning director was relieved after an announcement from the West Orange-Cove school district. The district will "repurpose" the old North school on Cordrey Avenue... — Updated 5/7/2024

 
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Elderly miss meals as program reorganizes

Ninety-three-year-old Mavis Worsham was expecting her regular hot meal on a Monday in late April. Instead, she got an envelope with a questionnaire from the Orange Meals on Wheels.... — Updated 5/7/2024

 
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BC keeps mayor, WOC to get new school

Bridge City will still have David Rutledge as mayor and the West Orange-Cove school district will be getting a new early learning center school. Those are among the results of the... — Updated 5/7/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Gothia talks about honor at Governor's Mansion

Orange County Judge John Gothia told Commissioners Court about a magical spring evening at the Governor's Mansion in Austin as a county-operated disaster rebuild group won an award... — Updated 4/30/2024

 
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WOC will not abandon North school

The former Jones Elementary School on Fourteenth Street in Orange was sold by the WO-C school district. It served as a church and was then abandoned. The current WO-C... — Updated 4/30/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Crawfish, boats, and trains offer weekend fun

Finding a handy place to park is advised for the weekend as families may want to be traveling the county for activities. Crawfish will be celebrated in Mauriceville, drag boat... — Updated 4/30/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Industrial executives to visit LSCO opening Wednesday

The chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips along with a senior official from QatarEnergy will speak Wednesday, May 1, at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lamar State... — Updated 4/30/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Depot Day Saturday helps historic train station

Ten years ago, the century-old Southern Pacific Railroad station was long abandoned. Weeds grew a foot high and white paint was peeling off the sides of the brick. Then came former... — Updated 4/30/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Local business legend Harry Stephens gone at age 82

The Elvis and Marilyn sculptures are still standing in the storefront window on Tenth Street at Main in downtown Orange. Maybe if you look closely, they are shedding tears, too,... — Updated 4/29/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Former editor left imprint on Orange County

Glenda Dyer, an educated chemist who developed an affinity for the ink of newspapers, including nearly every paper in Orange County, died at her family farm in Tennessee, where she... — Updated 4/23/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Orange County sees big drop in monthly sales taxes

Sales taxes for the largest entities were down for the month of February, but Bridge City, Vidor, and Pinehurst had increases. Orange County, which has a 0.5 percent sales tax,... — Updated 4/23/2024

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

Early voting begins city, school elections

Most cities and school districts in Orange County were able to cancel their May 4 elections because of no contested races, but the races and issues on ballots are drawing out voters... — Updated 4/23/2024

 
 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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

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

 
 By Margaret Toal    News

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

 

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