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Articles from the April 24, 2024 edition


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  • Local business legend Harry Stephens gone at age 82

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Apr 29, 2024

    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, like many real people across Orange County. Local business icon Harry Stephens, who owned Harry's Appliances for 61 years died on Sunday at the age of 82. He was the epitome of a small-town business owner who offered old-fashioned personal service and advocated for supporting all local businesses. Roy...

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  • Former editor left imprint on Orange County

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    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 had moved nearly 20 years ago with her husband, Paul. Her newspaper career began in the 1970s when the now-deceased editor of the Orange Leader gave her a job. She went on to become the first woman editor of the Leader in 1998. In the 1980s, she owned, published and edited her own weekly paper, The...

  • Orange County sees big drop in monthly sales taxes

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    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, collected $482,265 for the month, a drop of nearly $103,000, or a decrease of 17.56 percent from February 2023. The county is slightly down for sales tax collections for the year to date, collecting $2.46 million for the first four months of the year, a drop of about $30,000, or a decrease of 1.45...

  • Early voting begins city, school elections

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    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. The current election is not the same as the May 28 Republican primary run-off for state representative. As of Tuesday evening, the second day of early voting, A total of 326 people in the county voted in person, with another 238 from mail-in ballots for a total of 564. The votes casts at the four...

  • BC weightlifters honored

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The Bridge City school board Monday honored members of the high school weightlifting team who made it to the state competition. The honorees are Avery Weidner, Hallie Bearden, Gaby Shaffer, Gabby Moore, Presley Lackey, and Nick LeJeune....

  • Local school board members attend Advisory Council meeting

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The Texas Association of School Boards had a Legislative Advisory Council meeting during the weekend with two representatives from Orange County attending. The group discussed the TASB priorities for the 2025 Texas legislative session. Representing Region 5 were, center, WO-C Board President Linda Platt-Bryant, and right, Bridge City Board Vice President Paul Zoch. The other regional representative was Andrew Brooks, left, from Hardin-Jefferson school board...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    JUST SAY IT AIN’T SO I’m just having a real hard time accepting that my longtime friend Harry Stephens is gone. Early Sunday morning I glanced down at the ringing phone and seeing Margie Stephens’ name I knew it wouldn’t be good news. I had checked on Harry a few days earlier and had gotten Margie’s cell number to use if I couldn’t reach Harry. She told me he was wearing an oxygen machine full time but was still working at the store five days a week and a half-day on Saturday...

  • No wrong choice

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    You ever wonder what a 64 pack of Crayola crayons, 31 flavors of ice cream at Baskin Robbins, or bags of assorted candy have in common? The answer is they offer something for everyone because we all don’t have the same taste. If everyone did things exactly like everyone else then life would be ridiculously boring and mundane. It’s choices and options that give each individual the opportunity to succeed and sometimes those options and choices are a little different than wha...

  • American Legion Post 49 Fish Fry

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The American Legion Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave in Orange, will be having a fish fry on Thursday, May 2nd, starting at 11 am at the Post. The menu will consist of fried fish, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, bread and dessert for $10.00. Orders can be placed on Wednesday, May 1st for orders to go or by 9 am on Thursday morning, May 2nd for delivery. Walk-ins are welcome. Delivery is available. To place an order call (409) 886-1241....

  • First Saturday at First Baptist Church Bridge City

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    May 3rd will be First Saturday at First Baptist Church in Bridge City. Starting at 10 a.m cookies and bottled water will be offered for those who drive by. The 2 flags at the drive-way for the church parking lot will be the location for cars to drive through. As usual prayer will be offered for anyone who wants to participate and needs comfort or spiritual guidance. The cookies will be homemade and the water will be cold and its all free. The location is 200 West Roundbunch...

  • OF One Act Play moves on

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The Orangefield TheatreCats Troupe is advancing to the regional UIL One Act Play contest for Class 3A. Their show, “ Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling under the direction of Angelique Catt, has received 10 awards. The 3A Regional UIL OAP Competition will be held Friday, April 26th in Brenham at Blinn College....

  • Orangefield Students Learn by Doing

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Former Orangefield ISD Trustee, Donovan Weldon, special-ordered a pipe spreader for his excavator, from the OHS Welding Shop. Mr. Weldon agreed, you can't sell something that you haven't tried out. So, OHS students, Ethan Welch and Brayden McGee, not only built the spreader but had the opportunity to try it out in Mr. Weldon's yard, before handing it over. Thank you, Mr. Weldon, for the opportunity....

  • Harry Louis Stephens, 82, Bridge City

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Our beloved husband and father, Harry Louis Stephens, 82, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 21, 2024, leaving us lost and heartbroken. He was born in Orange, Texas, on October 14, 1941, to Louis Malcolm and Marion Velma Stephens. He had a very modest upbringing with few opportunities; but with grit, determination, and perseverance, he rose above great hardship to become a man who was larger than life and a hero to us all. At 17, he joined the United States Marine Corps, se...

  • Glenda Crick Dyer, 80, formerly of Orange

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Glenda Crick Dyer, age 80, of Eagleville, TN passed away April 20, 2024. Glenda is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Paul Dyer; daughter, Martha (Huw) Howells, grandchildren, Gareth and Hannah Howells and Lauren and Jonathan Dyer; great grandchildren, Kayla and Jacob; brother, Ernie Crick and sisters, Doris Smith, Marie Travis and Betty Lagerquist. Glenda is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Sally Newsom Crick; son, Paul Dyer, Jr. and sisters, Kathryn...

  • Clarence Phillip Williams, 78, Orange

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    C.P. Williams, 78, of Orange, Texas, passed away on April 21, 2024, at St Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Chaplain John Brian. Burial will follow at Farmer Cemetery in Silsbee. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Port Neches, Texas, on November 2, 1945, he was the son of Clarence Willia...

  • Softball teams heading to post season

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The regular season concluded after the third week of April for the local high school softball teams. Bridge City, Little Cypress Mauriceville, and Orangefield will be participating in the post season. The Bridge City Cardinals completed the District 19-4A schedule undefeated to claim the district championship. In twelve district games the Cardinals outscored their opponents 104-2 with pitcher Carson Fall throwing six no hitters. Bridge City shutout Jasper 10-0 on Tuesday, Apri...

  • District baseball race concludes this week

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The final games of the district schedules will be played this week by local high school baseball teams. Though the Class 3A district champion has been decided, the Class 4A race for playoff seeding should go down to the final games on Friday, April 26. Bridge City and Little Cypress Mauriceville have both clinched a berth in the post season. Seeding positions could change with two games remaining for each of the top four teams all separated by two or fewer games in the...

  • Mary Ann Kennon, 86, Brookland

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 20, 2024

    Mary Ann Kennon, 86, of Brookland, Texas, passed away on April 9, 2024, at Hemphill Care Center in Hemphill, Texas. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Brother Paul Swearingen. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in DeQuincy, Louisiana, on January 28, 1938, she...

  • Orangefield golfers advance to state

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Apr 19, 2024

    The Orangefield girls golf team is headed to state. One Bobcat boy golfer will also be going to state again. The Lady Bobcats captured third place at the regional tournament in Brenham completed on Thursday, April 18, to earn their invitation to the state finals. Lincoln Parks was the runner up in the boys 3A Region III golf tournament held in Brenham on Monday and Tuesday. Leading the Lady Bobcat golfers was Rylie Kethan who shot a 92 on day two of the tournament followed by...

  • Charlotte Camille Raybon, 86, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 19, 2024

    Charlotte Camille Raybon, 86, of Orange, Texas, passed away on April 15. 2024, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Deacon Melvin Payne. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with a rosary at 1:30 p.m. Born in Beaumont, Texas, on...

  • Carroll Gene Dupree, 72, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 19, 2024

    Carroll Gene Dupree, 72, of Orange, Texas, passed away on March 25, 2024, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on September 26, 1951, he was the son of Wilfred Dupree and Eva (Logue) Ramos. Carroll was known for his warm and loving personality, always putting his family first. Throughout his life, Carroll had a passion for fishing and hunting. He found joy in working on a boat and venturing offshore. One of his proudest accomplishments was his...

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