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Articles from the March 30, 2022 edition


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  • County's first airplane hangar gets repair

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 1, 2022

    A beaten-down piece of Orange County history is getting a reboot. The Brown Family Hangar at Orange County Airport is undergoing a restoration, thanks to a well-planned insurance policy and Hurricane Laura. Kurt Guidry, Orange County maintenance director, says the county's property insurer is paying $200,000 to "re-skin" the whole building, except doors. Edgar Brown Jr., the grandson of Henry James Lutcher, who was one of the wealthiest timbermen in the United States, built...

  • U.S. Census shows Orange County follows national averages

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Mar 29, 2022

    Data being released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows Orange County follows most national averages including median household income and computer access. The county is ahead on the percentage of homeowners living in their houses. But the statistics show the median values of those dwellings are nearly 50 percent less than the national median, which may be interpreted to show housing is less expensive than in other areas. The population numbers from the 2020 Census were released l...

  • Kaz's Korner

    Joe Kazmar, For the Record|Updated Mar 29, 2022

    With the Kansas Jayhawks the only No. 1 seed in this weekend's Final Four, they have to be the favorites to win the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Right? Not so fast came the reply from many basketball gurus featured on the sports talk shows both on the television and radio early this week. After all, the Jayhawks didn't have to sweat it out at the end of any of their four victories leading up to their semifinal clash against No. 2-seeded Villanova Saturday evening in...

  • Local professional baseball star Andre Robertson honored by WOCCISD

    Margaret Toal|Updated Mar 29, 2022

    The West Orange-Cove CISD school board Monday voted to honor local professional baseball legend Andre Robertson by naming the high school field for him. The school district announced the Andre Robertson Field at Ronnie Anderson Park will be at West Orange-Stark High School. Robertson integrated the local Little League in the 1960s and went on to become starting short stop for the New York Yankees. His other tributes include being inducted to the Longhorn Hall of Honor at the...

  • Historic carnival blends fun, fuels giving

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Mar 29, 2022

    When John Martin volunteered to work his first Lions Club Charity Carnival in 1966, he was assigned to head up a group running a new ride dubbed "The Comet." It was quickly renamed "The Vomit Comet." With good reason, Martin said. In addition to the mechanical ride spinning around a center axle like a wagon wheel, riders could spin a wheel inside their individual cars to make the cars go round faster and faster. "We didn't know how to run it at first. The first night we had...

  • Redfish making an appearance as spring gains momentum

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle|Updated Mar 29, 2022

    Just about any Texas fisherman who ever wet a line knows that the spring is full of many things, most of which fall into the category of uncertainty and unpredictability. The all time #1 villain is the weather man and his friend the marine forecast, aka "that #$%@ wind"! For plenty of us who take advantage of every season the waders that were used during duck hunts have become your best friend as the gears switch in favor of chasing trophy trout in 60 plus degree water. All bu...

  • Bobcat varsity tennis bring home medals

    Updated Mar 29, 2022

    The Bobcat Varsity tennis competed in their last tournament before district. The Bobcats did an amazing job with Singles player Summer Hackbarth winning the gold 1st place medal, Boys doubles team of Brayden Parker and Bryer Gray taking home the silver 2nd place medal, Singles girl Marit Roemer taking home the bronze 3rd place medal, and mixed doubles team of Shon Currie and Alayna Dodd winning the silver 2nd place medal. Congratulations to the Bobcats and good luck in...

  • Jr. High Bobcats place at Tiger Relays

    Updated Mar 29, 2022

    The Bobcats finished their year at the District Track meet in Silsbee at the Tiger Relays. The seventh graders placed sixth to finish out track with several athletes having new PR's and getting better each week. The 8th graders defended their District Track title, not losing a track meet in two years. Congratulations to these young men as they have had an impressive year. 7th Grade 1st Place Rylan Agerton (1600m run, 2400m run) 2nd Place Gavin Gravett (Pole Vault) 3rd Place...

  • Clinton James Whitmire, 78, Bridge City

    Updated Mar 29, 2022

    Clinton James Whitmire, 78, of Bridge City, died Saturday, March 26th, 2022 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. He was a longtime resident of Vidor but has been living in Bridge City for the past 15 years where he built his home with his children. He retired as a Master Mechanic. He served his country as a veteran of the Unite States Marine Corp. Clinton loved fishing, working out in the yard on his lawnmowers, and getting to spend time with family, especially his...

  • Bears and Lady Cardinals Undefeated in District Baseball and Softball

    Dan Perrine, For the Record|Updated Mar 29, 2022

    The only undefeated baseball team in District 22-4A after two weeks of action is Little Cypress-Mauriceville. The Bears defeated the Vidor Pirates 4-1 on Friday in the only game they played last week. The victory made LCM 3-0 in district play. The Bears led Orangefield with a 3-1 record by half a game in the standings. Bridge City and Silsbee were both 2-1 one game behind the Bears going into the games played Tuesday, March 29. Dean Reynolds contributed to the Bears' win in...

  • Johnny Allison Slaughter, 76, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 29, 2022

    Johnny Allison Slaughter, 76, of Orange, passed away on March 26, 2022, in his home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Bridge City United Pentecostal Church. Officiating will be Reverend Murry Ray. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, at Bridge City United Pentecostal Church. Born in Orange, Texas, on January 12, 1946, Johnny was the son of Johnnie Ely and Nell Rose Slaughter. He...

  • Norbert Michael "Mickey" Bergeron, 75

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 29, 2022

    Norbert Michael “Mickey” Bergeron, peacefully passed away Monday, March 21, 2022 in Houston, Texas at the age of 75 surrounded by his family after a nearly 5 year battle with Leukemia. Born February 24, 1947 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Curtis and Edna Bergeron, he was the youngest of three children. Mickey grew up in Baton Rouge and graduated from Glenn Oaks High School in 1965 where he excelled in academics and athletics. After considering academic offers, he decided to pur...

  • Janice Lynne Ruiz, 70, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 28, 2022

    Janice Lynne Ruiz, 70, of Orange, passed away on March 19, 2022, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Janice was born in Port Arthur, on November 7, 1951, she was the daughter of Joseph and Verna Vincent. She was a member of Community Church in Orange and a faithful believer in Jesus Christ. Janice truly enjoyed the friends she made at church and taught bible study, along with her husband and their friend Karl, they owned and operated a coffee house ministry in the 70's called "One...

  • Easter Dramatic Musical

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 28, 2022

    First Baptist Church Bridge City located at 200 W Roundbunch Rd in Bridge City will present the Easter dramatic musical "MORE THAN JUST A MAN" on Saturday, April 2 at 2 pm and on Sunday, April 3 at 6 pm. The public is cordially invited and admission is free. For more information, contact the church office at 409-735-3581....

  • Janet Alene Didrikson, 86, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 28, 2022

    Janet Alene Didrikson passed away with dementia at The Carpenter House of St. Joseph Hospice in Lafayette, LA on March 18, 2022, at the age of 86 years old. Janet was born in Cleveland, Texas on March 15, 1936, to F.W. (Dick) Whitmire and Estelle Painter Whitmire. Janet graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in Orange and attended Lamar College in Beaumont where she met the love of her life, Richard L. (Dick) Didrikson. Together they spent 67 beautiful years together and raised their two daughters, Donna Didrikson Abel and...

  • Sendy Todaro O'Keefe, 73, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 28, 2022

    Sendy Todaro O’Keefe, 73, of Orange, passed away on March 26, 2022, in Orange. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 4, 2022, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Joseph P. Daleo. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m., with a rosary to be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange. Sendy Todaro O’Keefe was born in Orange, Texas on April 21, 1948 as one of fiv...

  • Lorene B. Camp, 94, Pinehurst

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 28, 2022

    Lorene B. Camp, 94 of Pinehurst, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont Texas. She was born on September 11, 1927, in Garvin, OK., to Walter and Fay Carey. Lorene was a charter member of First Church of God of Orange, until the last few years when she faithfully attended the Orange First Church of the Nazarene. She worked many years in the WOCCISD school cafeterias, and later was Supervisor of West Orange Stark central kitchen until...

  • Carol Ann Odom, 81, formerly of Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 28, 2022

    Carol Ann Odom, 81, formerly of Orange, passed away on March 26, 2022, at The Heritage of The Woodlands in The Woodlands. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m.,Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Barry Bradley. Burial will follow at Noble Cemetery in Noble, Louisiana. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:30a.m., Tuesday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Carol was born in Southeast Texas, on March 30, 1940, she was the...

  • Brooks Mason Moreland, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 28, 2022

    Brooks Mason Moreland, of Orange, passed away on March 24, 2022, in Beaumont, Texas. Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Mason and Whitney Moreland welcomed the most precious little boy, Brooks Mason Moreland, 2lbs 15 oz and 14 ½ inches long to this world. Unfortunately due to some unknown complications, this sweet baby boy was too precious for this world and had already went to be with the Lord. He...

  • Orangefield FFA student takes Grand Champion Lamb at YMBL

    Updated Mar 25, 2022

    Congratulations to Colt Longron. He won the Grand Champion Market Lamb at the YMBL South Texas State Fair in Beaumont. The lamb was a market animal project for Orangefield FFA. The family would like to thank Contos Livestock for all their support....

  • Native and Perennial Plants

    John Green Orange County Master Gardener, For the Record|Updated Mar 24, 2022

    Previously, I have spoken about selecting the right plant for the right spot in your garden, flower bed or yard. Today we're going to talk about native and perennial plants. Many times, people get them confused and often consider them to be the same, but this is not always the case. You can have plants which are native but are not perennials but also have native plants which are perennials. Let me try to explain this confusion. The American Horticultural Society defines a...

  • City Of Orange Accepting Applications For Fire Chief

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 24, 2022

    The City of Orange is now accepting applications for the position of Fire Chief, following Chief David Frenzel’s retirement announcement. The current Fire Chief, David Frenzel, will retire from the City of Orange after serving with the department for 53 years. This will be the first time in 25 years that the position of Fire Chief is open to be filled. The Fire Chief serves as the administrative head of the City of Orange Fire Department and provides the overall direction t...

  • Orange accepting Fire Chief applications

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 24, 2022

    The City of Orange is now accepting applications for the position of Fire Chief, following Chief David Frenzel’s retirement announcement. The current Fire Chief, David Frenzel, will retire from the City of Orange after serving with the department for 53 years. This will be the first time in 25 years that the position of Fire Chief is open to be filled. The Fire Chief serves as the administrative head of the City of Orange Fire Department and provides the overall direction t...

  • OHS's Misty Bellard Awarded UIL Sponsor Excellence Award

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 24, 2022

    Misty Bellard, Orangefield High School technology teacher, was awarded the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. She has been the Academic UIL Coordinator for OHS for the past 15 years and coaches the Computer Applications team. She has taken 19 students to the State UIL Contest in this event and two students have won state championships....

  • Deweyville ISD lone finalist for Superintendent

    Staff Report|Updated Mar 24, 2022

    The Deweyville Independent School District Board of Trustees has named Mrs. LaJuan Brown Addison as the lone finalist for the district's vacant superintendent position in a unanimous vote on March 21st. Mrs. Addison is currently interim Superintendent for the district. She is a graduate of Deweyville High School, Lamar University and McNeese State University. She has served in public education for more than 30 years as a teacher, counselor and principal in the Deweyville...

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