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Articles from the March 29, 2023 edition


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  • Roberts Ford celebrates grand re-opening

    Updated Mar 28, 2023

    Orange County’s Roberts Ford celebrated its grand re-opening celebration with entertainment, door prizes and a ribbon cutting by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. According to Will Palasota, general manager, “The dealership is operating with the concept of serving the local community and region. People do not need to go to Beaumont or Louisiana to shop for vehicles and good deals,” he said. The dealership also offers a great selection of preowned vehic...

  • SBA offers low-interest loans to repair January storm damage

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    The federal Small Business Administration has set up a disaster center this week at the Orange County Expo Center to help businesses, homeowners, and renters affected by the January 24 tornadoes and thunderstorms apply for low-interest loans. Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared several Southeast Texas counties, including Orange County, as a disaster area because of the strong storms and tornadoes on that date. The National Weather Service reported Orange County had two...

  • County will keep same exemptions on taxes

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    Orange County Commissioners unanimously voted to keep the same property tax homestead exemption at 20 percent for the upcoming tax year. Senior citizens will continue to get an additional $25,000 exemption on their homes. Tax Assessor-Collector Karen Fisher asked the commissioners to set the rates for 2023-24 so she can begin income calculations as the time comes for estimates for a new county budget. The county has long had those exemptions, with the 20 percent homestead...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    FIREARMS NUMBER ONE KILLER OF CHILDREN The killer in a Nashville school shooting on Monday had drawn a detailed map of the school, including potential entry points, and conducted surveillance before killing three students and three adults in the latest in a series of mass shootings in a country growing increasingly unnerved by bloodshed in schools. The suspect, who was killed by police, is believed to be a former student at The Covenant School in Nashville. The shooter was...

  • Methodists celebrate 150 years with open house

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    Ministers often need a bit of help with expenditures and the Methodists of Orange County have a unique history for a part-time income. Early denomination ministers here rode the "Alligator Circuit," nicknamed that because the traveling preachers killed alligators to sell the hides. First United Methodist Church of Orange is a direct offshoot of those circuit riders, with records showing the ministers came here as early as 1859. The first Methodist Church here was formally...

  • Art in the Park Saturday will honor local boxing world champ

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    Orange's 21st Annual Art in the Park will be this Saturday, April 1, with live music, arts and crafts, food trucks, a car show, and this year, a parade. The festival, sponsored by the city of Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau, this year will honor the town's newest local sports hero, O'Shaquie "Shock" Foster, who won the World Boxing Council's super featherweight championship in February. The 130-pound fighter now has a giant world championship belt. Art in the Park will...

  • Randall "Randy" Keith Feagin, 65, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    Randall “Randy” Keith Feagin, 65, of Orange, Texas, passed away on March 17, 2023, in Orange. Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation for Randy at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. followed by the memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Born in Beaumont, Texas, on December 4, 1957, he was the son of Donald Lewis Feagin and Ingeborg “Inge” Ursula Haas Feagin. Randy was a member of the United States Navy and was stationed in San Diego, CA. He worked as a member of Millwright Union L...

  • Dischler among Orangefield athletes that signed scholarships

    Dan Perrine, For the Record|Updated Mar 27, 2023

    Three outstanding student athletes at Orangefield High School signed scholarships on Wednesday, March 22, to play their sports on the college level. Mackenzie Haley will play volleyball at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, Morgan Sampson signed with Lamar University to play football in Beaumont, and Cameron Dischler will be going to Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas to play football. Dischler received more great news on Monday, March 27, when he was named...

  • Mary Frances Dupuy Barker, 83, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 27, 2023

    Mary Frances Dupuy Barker, 83, of Orange, passed away on March 8, 2023, at peacefully at home. Born in Orange, Texas, on July 2, 1939, she was the daughter of Rufis Barras and Bernice (Hudnall) Barras. Mary was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was the best mother her daughters could have, and she made sure her children had a great life. Also, she loved her grandbabies very much and they loved their “Mawmaw”. She enjoyed cooking, especially her world-famous car...

  • My Five Cents...

    Senator Robert Nichols, For the Records|Updated Mar 27, 2023

    One hundred years ago this week, Lamar University in Beaumont originated as South Park Junior College when the Beaumont ISD superintendent sought to develop plans for a junior college. Later that year, the institution’s doors opened, and the name was changed to Lamar College and later Lamar University. I’m a proud alumnus of Lamar University! Here are five things happening around your state: 1. Property tax relief passes Senate This week the Senate passed Senate Bills 3, 4,...

  • Spring Migration: Time to Relocate 'Houseplants'

    John Green Orange County Master Gardener, For the Record|Updated Mar 27, 2023

    Gardeners, spring is here, newly arrived and what a welcome respite, as winter 'seemed' to linger much too long! This week's discussion, if you haven't already done so, is what I call the Great Migration! Yes, that means it's time to relocate, houseplants from indoors to outdoor areas, which are protected from the blistering sun. Before moving houseplants outdoors, closely inspect each plant for powdery mildew, mites, white flies, and other pests which have decided to...

  • Lady Cardinals get two gems from Fall

    Dan Perrine, For the Record|Updated Mar 27, 2023

    The Bridge City Lady Cardinals and their fans are excited to have their star pitcher back in the circle after she missed the first three district softball games. Carson Fall returned to the lineup to pitch a pair of gems for Bridge City at Lumberton on Tuesday, March 21 and then at home against Jasper on Friday, March 24. A leg injury kept Fall from pitching for almost three weeks in early March. Carson apparently was not hindered by anything on March 21 holding the Lady...

  • Orangefield's Garcia takes third place in state powerlifting

    Dan Perrine, For the Record|Updated Mar 27, 2023

    The Texas state boys powerlifting meet was conducted the weekend of March 24-25 in Abilene. Akilles Garcia from Orangefield High School placed in third place in the 220-pound weight class. Garcia lifted 1,570 pounds during the statewide competition....

  • Randall "Randy" Keith Feagin, 65, Orange

    Updated Mar 27, 2023

    Randall “Randy” Keith Feagin, 65, of Orange, Texas, passed away on March 17, 2023, in Orange. Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation for Randy at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. followed by the memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Born in Beaumont, Texas, on December 4, 1957, he was the son of Donald Lewis Feagin and Ingeborg “Inge” Ursula Haas Feagin. Randy was a member of the United States Navy and was stationed in San Die...

  • Nancy June King, 70, Orange

    Updated Mar 27, 2023

    Nancy June King, 70, of Orange, Texas, passed away on March 23, 2023, in Houston, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at Evergreen Cemetery in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Bobby Daniel. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 9, 1953, she was the daughter of Donovan King and Johnnie Mae (Helton) King. Nancy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed sending cards to church visitors and new members to welcome them,...

  • Carmen K. McGill, Orange

    Updated Mar 27, 2023

    Carmen K. McGill, of Orange, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be Father Sinclair. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 27, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School and held a degree in Psychology and a c...

  • Linda Ruth McClanahan, 81, Orange

    Updated Mar 27, 2023

    Linda Ruth McClanahan, 81, of Orange, Texas, passed away on March 22, 2023, peacefully at home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 27, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Robert Wenner. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks in Orange. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 26, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Orange, Texas, on December 1, 1941, she was the daughter of Allen Fox...

  • Bobcats alone in first place

    Dan Perrine, For the Record|Updated Mar 26, 2023

    Last week began with three undefeated teams tied for first place in the District 22-3A baseball standings. This week there is only one team without a loss in the district and it is the Orangefield Bobcats. On Monday, March 20, the Bobcats handed the Buna Cougars their first loss in district by a score of 5-2 at Orangefield. Friday night the Bobcats did the same to the Hardin Hornets shutting them out 15-0 at Hardin. Orangefield pitcher Jason Bodin had been nursing a sore arm...

  • Cardinals and Bears split two

    Dan Perrine, For the Record|Updated Mar 26, 2023

    County rivals Bridge City and Little Cypress Mauriceville played two times last week. The District 19-4A baseball schedule has opposing schools playing each other twice in the same week as opposed to the previous format of playing each district opponent once before repeating the pattern of playing the other teams. The Bridge City Cardinals won the first meeting 7-3 on Tuesday, March 21, at Don Gibbens Field on the Little Cypress Mauriceville campus. The Little Cypress...

  • Lady Bobcats win fourth straight district game

    Dan Perrine, For the Record|Updated Mar 26, 2023

    The first half of district softball action is completed in District 22-3A. The Orangefield Lady Bobcats are tied for first place but have a difficult road ahead to start the second half of their district schedule. The Lady Bobcats won their fourth straight district game on Friday, March 24, at Hardin 12-3 over the Lady Hornets. The victory raised Orangefield's district record to 6-1 which is tied with Kirbyville for the best in the district and one game ahead of Kountze and...

  • Jerry Padgett, 78, Bridge City

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 26, 2023

    Jerry Padgett, 78, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, March 17, 2023. A memorial service to honor Jerry will be held at 3:00 pm, on Monday, March 27, 2023, at Dorman Funeral Home. A gathering of family and friends will follow services, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at Dorman Funeral Home. On Thursday, October 5, 1944, Jerry was born to Emmery and Margie Padgett, in Orange, Texas. Jerry was proud of his county and served in the United States Air...

  • Alice Faye Stogner Guilott, 69, Brookeland

    Updated Mar 23, 2023

    Alice Faye Stogner Guilott, 69, of Brookeland, Texas, passed away on March 20, 2023, at Harbor Hospice in Jasper. Born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, on September 1, 1953, she was the daughter of Giles Leonard Stogner, Sr. and Maybelle Theresa (Albares) Stogner. Alice was very talented and hardworking, and when something needed to be done, she made sure it got done right. In the late 1970’s, Alice work for AT&T as an operator but quickly worked her way up to the drafting d...

  • Gary Alan Clemmons, 72, Vidor

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 23, 2023

    Gary Alan Clemmons, 72, of Vidor, Texas, passed away on March 14, 2023, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 22, 1950, he was the son of Clifford Clemmons and Gertrude Clemmons. After Gary retired from the United States Air Force he went to work as a corrections officer for a juvenile correctional facility. In 2015, Gary moved to Texas to be closer to his family and loved spending time with his grandkids. He enjoyed reading about history and...

  • OFHS UIL team wins sweepstake trophy

    Updated Mar 23, 2023

    Tuesday forty-seven members of the Orangefield HS UIL Academic team traveled to Winnie to compete in the 22-3A District UIL Academic meet hosted by East Chambers HS. They collected a total of 385 points to earn the Overall Sweepstakes Championship. The CX Debate teams (competed in February) and the One Act Play cast and crew (competed earlier this month) also contributed to the total points. All first place team members and first through third individual place winners will...

  • Clayton James Jamie Brown, 63, Beaumont

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 23, 2023

    Clayton James Jamie Brown, 63, of Beaumont, Texas, passed away on March 11, 2023, at Focus Care in Beaumont. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on February 28, 1960, he was the son of Clayton Brown, Sr., and Dorothy (Smith) Brown. Clayton went to Stephen F. Austin High School, and then later went to proudly served in the United States Army and United States Army Reserve. He worked for the Jefferson County Larry Gist unit as a Prison Guard. Clayton will be deeply missed by family and...

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