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  • McDonald: Veteran leader named Person of Year

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 19, 2021

    Roy McDonald was elected Mayor of West Orange 10 years before the Houston Astros played in their first World Series. Or, to put it in Orange County terms, since being elected mayor in 1995, McDonald's leadership has seen the town of 3,500 residents through Hurricanes Rita, Humberto, Ike, Harvey, Laura and Delta and Tropical Storm Imelda, the ice storms of 1997 and 2021 and Sabine River flooding of 2015 and 2016. He has served as Chairman of the Orange County Housing...

  • City awards Recreation Center contract

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Orange City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to award a $2.9 million contract to N&T Construction to build the City of Orange Recreation Center. The structure will be built in the footprint of the former Orange Natatorium and will have room for two full-size basketball courts or multiple volleyball courts. It can host weekend tournaments, open gyms or possibly league. “It’s something a lot of us have been looking forward to since we passed the bond issue in December of 201...

  • Orange comes alive with weekend events

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Downtown Orange and the west bank of the Sabine River were jumping over the weekend, filled with folks out to enjoy great weather and fun wherever one looked. "Great weekend! Fantastic job, Orange Texas," city councilwoman Mary McKenna said, a sentiment repeated by her colleagues at Tuesday's city council meeting. The bass tournament based at the Orange Boat Ramp Thursday through Sunday – officially titled the Dovetail Games Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River – turned out the...

  • OCSO Marine Division providing assistance at Bassmaster Elite Tourney

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    The Bassmaster Elite Tour is back in Orange for the fourth time and began Thursday morning and will run through Sunday afternoon. The Orange County Sheriff's Office Marine Division is assisting the tournament by providing security and assistance to the anglers. The Marine Division has two of its boats patrolling the Sabine River for the duration of the tournament, including the Safe boat. Sheriff Jimmy Lane Mooney volunteered to work the Safe boat with deputies for the...

  • Christie Pushes Deep For Lead In Bassmaster Elite Series Event At Sabine River

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    With a two-day total of 28 pounds, 15 ounces, Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., is leading after Day 2 of the 2021 Dovetail Games Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River sponsored by Bassmaster Fishing 2022 – the official video game of B.A.S.S. Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S. Putting significant distance between himself and the rest of the 98-boat field, Jason Christie amassed a two-day total of 28 pounds, 15 ounces and took over the Day 2 lead of the 2021 Dovetail Games Bassmaster E...

  • LSCO hosts Congressman Dr. Brian Babin for Tour of Technical and Workforce Programs

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) was honored to host Congressman Dr. Brian Babin on campus yesterday. Congressman Babin met with President Thomas Johnson and toured several skills, trades, and workforce programs, including the Maritime and Industrial Technology programs. President Johnson shared with Congressman Babin that LSCO is committed to providing a well-educated and skilled workforce that is ready to go to work in our community....

  • Against the Ropes: life script to screen

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Craig Stilley, of Orangefield, strives to bring his true-life story, focused on boxing, to a network or streaming service. A teaser reel for "Against the Ropes" was shot a couple of weeks ago in several Orange County locations including Paul Burch's home, one of Orangefield's school buildings, and Stilley's home. Beaumont locations include the Beaumont Police Department Gym, World Gym and an alley way. Filming was a full three days. The project is currently in post-production...

  • Orange in the 1950s-What a Town!

    Mike Louviere, For the Record|Updated Apr 13, 2021
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    Orange, Texas in the 1950s was a great place to be a kid. Orange had a burst of prosperity during the World War II years and an explosion of population due to the shipbuilding for the war effort. Building warships had ceased but storing them was beginning. The U.S. Navy had built an inactive storage base in Orange and retired warships were being brought into Orange, along with Navy personnel. The shipyards still had business but were downsized a bit. New industry was coming to...

  • Early voting opens for May 1 election

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Early voting for spring 2021 city and schools elections begins Tuesday, April 19 and two Orange County cities could wind up with new mayors. Orange Mayor Larry Spears, Jr., is being challenged by Charles Thomas while in West Orange, current alderman Randy Branch is running against Jim Whittington for mayor after the retirement of Roy McDonald. All voters except those from West Orange can go to the polls at any one of the four Orange County early voting sites April 19-27 and...

  • Fresh faces at BC Chamber of Commerce-

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Kelli Lewis, director of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce shows off the face lift to the BCCC/BC Museum building. Joe Broussard of Alamo Glass installs new windows in the background left. RECORD PHOTO:Penny LeLeux Kelli Lewis came aboard as the new director of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce in October. "It's been good. I absolutely love my members and my board." Said Lewis. "I'm not actually from Bridge City, my husband is. I'm a private school Kelly girl. I worked for...

  • Bridge City has changed but it's where the heart is

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Bridge City today is far different than it was 62 years ago when the Penny Record first hit the streets in April, 1959. My roots run deep in Bridge City soil. My dad, Clay, first located here in 1928, when he established the Silver Slipper Club on Lake Street. At the time, Lake Street was the main road and was an extension of Ferry Dr. The Bailey's had settled on Lake Sabine around 1926, near the ferry crossing to Port Arthur. In 1946, after World War II, dad put in the...

  • Down Life's Highway

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    After what little supper we had was eaten, the chores of another day put away, we gathered on Grandma Avelia's little front porch. She rocked in her favorite rocker holding her rosary. That rocker today is a prized possession of mine. It sets proudly in my bedroom where it's a constant reminder of those simple days of my childhood. Spring was a favorite time for porch sitting, with lightning bugs glowing beautifully and a cool breeze usually blowing. Porch sitting wasn't only...

  • Kaz's Korner

    Joe Kazmar|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Playing a 60-game schedule without any fans appears to have hurt interest in the major leagues due mainly to the excessive length of the contests believed to be caused by home runs, walks and strikeouts, according to an Associated Press article that appeared in Saturday's newspapers. "As baseball games get longer and less action-packed, the sport has been looking for ways to reverse the fan-unfriendly trend," the article pointed out. "Among the biggest targets-infield shifts...

  • Nancy Claire Hatton, 69, Beaumont

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Nancy Claire Hatton, 69, of Beaumont, passed away on April 10, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Praise Church in Beaumont. Officiating will be Sr. Pastor Reg Lloyd. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 11:00 a.m., April 15, 2021, at Praise Church in Beaumont. Born in Orange, Texas, on January 12, 1952, she was the daughter of Larry Lee Duhon and Betty...

  • George Reginald Parker, 90, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    George Reginald Parker, 90, of Orange, peacefully passed through the gates of heaven on April 11, 2021, at his home in Orange, with his loving wife Shirley by his side. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 17, 2021, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Tom Phelan. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 16, 2021 including a...

  • Adam Ray Leblanc, 81, Bridge City

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    On Monday March 15, 2021 Ray LeBlanc passed away at age 81. Adam Ray LeBlanc was born November 21, 1939 in Beaumont, TX to Gussie LeBlanc and J.B. LeBlanc. Ray was the youngest to older brother Danny. At the age of (9), his mother Gussie remarried to Homer Trahan. Soon after Ray would be the older brother to a sister, Sandra and younger brother, Carol. He graduated from Bishop Byrne High School in 1958. After High School he served as a Marine reserve for (8) years. In 1959, he...

  • Trisha-Lee "Sharp" Dollery, 74, Maurceville

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Trisha-Lee “Sharp” Dollery, 74, of Mauriceville, passed away on April 10, 2021, in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 16, 2021, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend David Millner. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Kodiak, Alaska, on February 10, 1947, she was the daughter of John Wil...

  • LCJH Students Named To All Region Choir

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Stephanie Teague, Choir Director at Little Cypress Junior High, has announced that four singers from LCJH were chosen for the All Region Middle School/Junior High School Choir this year. According to Teague, “We weren’t sure the contest was going to happen this year and even when they decided to hold the competition virtually, I wasn’t sure how many of my students would want to participate. We had 11 students record their entries and four of those were named to the All Regio...

  • Hats Off To Orange County

    Capt. Dickie Colburn For The Record|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Last weekend’s Bassmaster Elite tournament held out of the Orange Public Boat Ramp could best be described as a happening. Mother Nature did her part, every volunteer did their part and record crowds packed the park all four days! The competition itself was entertaining enough for most, but even those afternoon crowds were dwarfed by the number of folks that wedged in to enjoy the concerts Friday and Saturday night. One spectator that drove in from Houston probably best summed it up with, “I bet ninety percent of the peo...

  • Rolling Art: Vehicles From The Permanent Collection

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    “Rolling Art: Vehicles from the Permanent Collection,” a special exhibition at the Stark Museum of Art, will open to the public on Wednesday, April 21. The exhibition features the three automobiles from The W.H. Stark House Collections in a new installation to highlight the allure of the vehicles. The exhibition will remain on view in the Museum’s Gallery 5 through Saturday, June 19, 2021. The 1911 Hupp Motor Car Company Roadster is a car the Stark family often used for hunting at their ranch in Colorado. The 1922 Ford Model...

  • Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Travelvax - Travel Health Clinic will be administering the first of two Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines Friday April 16th beginning at 12 O’clock noon while supplies last on the campus of Orange Church of God-Embassy of Grace. Please call (409) 883-8631 EXT#3 to have your name placed on the manifest to receive the vaccine. If you have insurance, they will need an insurance card and any identification copied front and back. If you don’t have insurance, they only need an id copied front and back and write no insurance on your pap...

  • My Five Cents

    Senator Robert Nichols|Updated Apr 12, 2021

    This week the Senate passed Senate Bill 1, the Senate’s version of the budget for this year. The budget includes over $11 billion for children and teacher public education support, $8 billion for mental health support, including an almost $20 million increase for children’s mental health programs, and over $25 billion for highway improvements and new construction. The budget is a reflection of our priorities this session and took over six weeks to put together. Here are fiv...

  • Prayer Vigil for officers

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 9, 2021

    The Orange County Sheriff's Office will have a prayer vigil on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. for three servants of our community. Corporal Dru Crochet, Deputy Scott Barnes, and Detective Howard DeVault with the Orange Police Department. These men are all battling medical issues and need all the payers and support they can get. We are asking the community and area law enforcement to come out and support these men and their families. We believe your thoughts and prayers...

  • Burke earns spot in Texas Amateur Championship

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 9, 2021

    The Texas Amateur Golf Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf tournaments in Texas. Wednesday, LC-M Bear, and future Texas State Bobcat, Jack Burke played in the sectional qualifier where three exemptions were on the line for a spot in the 112th Texas Amateur Championship. The qualifier was held at Crown Colony Golf Club in Lufkin where Jack was one of just two high school players competing among a field a college players from schools such as Sam Houston...

  • The Heritage House of Orange County Presents Evergreen Cemetery Walk

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 9, 2021

    The Heritage House of Orange County will present Evergreen Cemetery Walk taking place at 408 Border St. Orange, TX, 77630 on April 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Featuring the gravesites of old Orange individuals for whom streets were named. The Heritage House of Orange County is proud to bring the 2nd Annual Evergreen Cemetery Tour to residents of Southeast Texas. Ticket prices are $5 for 12 years old and up. Members of the Heritage House Museum of Orange County are free. Attached...

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