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Articles from the January 5, 2022 edition


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  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    THE LEGACY OF K.O.G.T. RADIO It was somewhat sad to see the radio station shut down. It is a legend in these-here parts. I go back to 1949 with K.O.G.T., when the studio was in the Molley building on Green Ave., across from the depot. I believe it is a vacant lot now. Then Ed Lovelace talked some Jewish folks into buying it so he could manage it. The station then was moved to a two story building on Fifth St. and Main Ave. Ed had worked with Baxter and Richard Corder in Port...

  • Christus joins NexCore for Houseman Campus

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    A late-January groundbreaking is set on the Gisela Houseman Medical Campus in Orange, with grand opening expected in the spring of 2023. So said a joint New Year's Eve announcement by Christus Southeast Texas Health System and NexCore, a national healthcare real estate developer headquartered in Denver. "It's taken us a while to get all the pieces put together on it, but I'm pretty excited it's finally happening," Houseman, the Orange real estate investor who donated the land...

  • Down Life's Highway

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    It was a dark day in the U.S.A. on Oct. 24, 1929, the day the Great Depression began. The stock market crashed investors and wealthy people lost everything. Many committed suicide, jumping out of skyscraper buildings. No one was spared. Two of my father's brothers, who owned Dunn Brothers, the country's largest pipeline stringers, lost everything with the exception on one brother who had a banker friend who tipped him off before every bank in the country went into lockdown....

  • Things that go BUMP in the mud

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    Here in Texas there are a few things that are common from Sabine to Baffin at this time of the year and everyone who calls the coast or saltwater home has an idea what those things are. Probably the biggest and most common factor is the wind, you just can't escape those big gusts that seem to come around every weekend. The wind is a constant factor and most anglers eventually figure out how to deal with the uncomfortable conditions, some seek shelter in protected waters while...

  • Voting boss Barrow elects retirement

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    In an average year, Orange County puts on only three or four elections. But Tina Barrow and her three-person Elections Administration Office have no problem staying busy the other 250-odd workdays. That's because they have 54,000 local bosses – the registered voters – and a few hundred more in Austin. The Texas Legislature is always fine-tuning its voting rules and regulations. "We work year-round," Barrow said. "It takes like three months to prepare for an election, may...

  • Dr. Johnson signs Fall 2021 graduate's diplomas

    Staff Report|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    Dr. Johnson spent Tuesday individually signing diplomas for each of Lamar State College-Orange Fall 2021 graduates. The diplomas will be mailed to students on January 6th to the address on file in the Admissions Office....

  • Be Prepared

    Carl Parker, For the Record|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    As a boy I was fascinated by books telling tales of gallant knights saving the people. It was exciting to read about Ivanhoe, King Arthur and other errant knights going forth to slay dragons and defend against evil doers. I loved reading about heroic exploits done by noble knights chosen by fair maidens for their defense. Like fair maidens of yore, we can choose our heroes to confront our enemies in the coming new year. In order to do so, however, we must be prepared by...

  • Orange Fire Chief Frenzel set to retire

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    David Frenzel, Orange Fire Chief for the past 25 years is set to retire in April, ending a 53-year tenure at the Fire Department that makes him the longest serving city employee in City of Orange history. He oversaw many great accomplishments, including the construction of Fire Station No. 3, the newly constructed Central Fire Station and a remodel of Fire Station No. 2. To honor Frenzel, a native of Orange who met his wife Hildy when she worked part-time at the Fire...

  • Bridge City sets new pace with 2022 projects

    Mayor David Rutledge, For the Record|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    I don't know about you, but I'm ready for 2022 to get here and 2021 to finally leave. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, '21 was like déjà vu all over again from 2020. Covid-19 didn't seem to let go of us like we thought it would. However, it looks like we're starting to see a little light at the end of the tunnel, if only these variants would just go away. With that in mind, I think I'd rather look at what's ahead of us this year rather than looking back at where we've been. In the C...

  • Toyota ShareLunker Program Kicks Off 36th Season This Weekend

    Staff Report, For the Record|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    ATHENS – The month of January begins a new year and with it the beginning of the 36th season of the Toyota ShareLunker program when anglers across the state, and for that matter the nation, cast their lines and fish for Largemouth Bass in Texas' world class fisheries. The Toyota ShareLunker program has played an integral part in making Texas a destination for hundreds of thousands of anglers in search of this prized sport fish. The 2021 season 35 was one for the record b...

  • Kaz's Korner

    Joe Kazmar, For the Record|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    Normally, last weekend's National Football League schedule would be over and the playoff schedule for the opening Wild Card Round would be set for this weekend. But, due to the greedy NFL hierarchy, the normal 16-game schedule was extended to 17 games in the spring meeting, with the league arguing that it wanted an 18-game schedule while the NFL Players Association wanted to keep it at 16. So, there was a compromise for 17 games. The National Football Conference got its...

  • Kaz's Fearless Forecast

    Updated Jan 4, 2022

    National Championship Bowl Game Monday Alabama 27, Georgia 23 PRO PICKS-Tampa Bay over Carolina, Chicago over Minnesota, Cleveland over Cincinnati, Philadelphia over Dallas, Green Bay over Detroit, Indianapolis over Jacksonville, Buffalo over NY Jets, New England over Miami, New Orleans over Atlanta, Baltimore over Pittsburgh, Houston over Tennessee, Washington over NY Giants, Kansas City over Denver, La Chargers over Las Vegas, LA Rams over San Francisco, Arizona over...

  • State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $3.6 Billion in December

    Updated Jan 4, 2022

    (AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $3.56 billion in December, 24.4 percent more than in December 2020. The majority of December sales tax revenue is based on sales made in November and remitted to the agency in December. Year-over-year increases for most tax revenues continue to be affected by base effects: year-ago revenue collections to which this year’s collections are compared were suppressed by the pandemic. Compared to...

  • Secretary Scott Releases Phase 1 Progress Report on Full Forensic Audit of 2020 General Election

    Updated Jan 4, 2022

    AUSTIN - Texas Secretary of State John Scott today released a progress report upon conclusion of Phase 1 of the state's full forensic audit of the 2020 General Election. The report, which outlines initial findings regarding the security and integrity of Texas' election systems in Collin, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant counties, shows that: • Statewide, a total of 509 potential cross-state duplicate votes were cast in the November 2020 General Election - meaning these i...

  • Pandemic Brought Parents and Children Closer: More Family Dinners, More Reading to Young Children

    Updated Jan 4, 2022

    By: YERÍS MAYOL-GARCÍA The Covid-19 pandemic upended many family dynamics but one positive consequence of this upheaval: Parents shared more dinners and read to their children more often, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2020 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Many families spent extra time together in spring and summer 2020, when lockdowns were in place in many parts of the United States. 69% of parents reported reading to young children five or more t...

  • Texas A&M AgriLife, partners achieve stable transformation in industrial hemp

    Staff Report|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    Kay Ledbetter Texas A&M AgriLife Media Relations Farmers can look forward to a future in which their industrial hemp crops have optimal phenotypic and trait characteristics, including the potential to completely eliminate the expression of Delta-9 THC. Transgenetic industrial hemp plants growing under plant selection media at the Texas A&M AgriLife Multi-Crop Transformation Facility. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Marco Molina) Delta-9 THC is one of the plant cannabinoids with...

  • Jean Barnhart, 85, Beaumont

    Updated Jan 4, 2022

    Jean Barnhart, 85, of Beaumont, passed away on December 27, 2021. Funeral services will be 2:00pm, Thursday, January 6, 2022, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn. Visitation will be at 1:00pm, Thursday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Jennings, Louisiana on August 27, 1936, she was the daughter of Felicia Comeaux Bergeaux. She was a dedicated member of Serenity Oaks Church in Vidor for many years. She loved her church, word...

  • Seed Germination: Get a Jump-Start on Spring

    John Green Orange County Master Gardener, For the Record|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    Has winter finally arrived in SETX? Well maybe, at least for a couple of cold days and frigid nights it has, making this the perfect time to review the litany of seed and gardening catalogues which have been piling up over the past several weeks. Seed catalogues are filled with detailed, useful information for gardeners and reviewing them provides an opportunity to learn new plant seed varieties available and to determine if they are a good match for our gardens. Perhaps you...

  • Grammy Award Winning Gospel Artist CeCe Winans To Perform At Lutcher Theater

    Staff Report|Updated Jan 4, 2022

    The best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, CeCe Winans will perform at Lutcher Theater on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 7:30 PM. Tickets start at $35 and are available online at lutcher.org. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, students, and active military. Call the Lutcher Theater Box Office at 409.886.5535 for more information or to purchase tickets. CeCe Winans has long since cemented her status as one of the most accomplished and cel...

  • John Marvin Heard, 84, Orange

    Updated Jan 3, 2022

    John Marvin Heard, 84, of Orange, died Thursday, December 30, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 2, 2022, at McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in West Orange with Reverend Tommy Anthony, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange, under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the church. Born in Orange on October 2, 1937, he was the son of...

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