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  • Commissioners support Coast Protection District

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 4, 2021
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    Orange County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a resolution supporting a bill in the Texas Legislature that is expected to make the long-discussed “Ike Dike” a reality. “I’d say this is probably the most important event I’ve been around in 20 years dealing with Orange County and its cities,” said Commissioner Kirk Roccaforte, who was mayor of Bridge City in 2006-16, helping the city recover from Hurricanes Rita and Ike. “For all the 20 years I’ve been her...

  • Zoch, A-Roc defeat BC incumbents

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 4, 2021

    Two-term Orange City Councilman Patrick A. Pullen said Tuesday afternoon he hadn't decided if he would seek a recount after losing his seat by seven votes Saturday. Final election results were announced Tuesday after the May 3 deadline for receiving mail-in votes postmarked by election day. A total of six new votes were added to Saturday's total, one each in six races. None affected the outcome of any race. David C. Bailey, a former Orange County Sheriff's Office Chief...

  • Down Life's Highway

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated May 4, 2021

    Memories of the past are a reflection of the road we've traveled and where it brought us... In my mind, from time to time, I go back to times of my youth. Raised on Young Switch Road, named after the railroad switch station, less than 150 yards from Mom and my grain storage shack we called home. It was salvaged from a farm and drug to our spot by a team of mules, pulling our shed on a sled. That little one-room building was our castle. It had room for one bed. I slept on a cor...

  • OF's Humplik, Ragsdale top SETCA All-Stars

    Dave Rogers For The Record|Updated May 4, 2021

    Two-way selection Emma Humplik is among four softball teammates and their coach from Orangefield leading the way among Orange County picks to the All-Star games set for June 16-18. The Southeast Texas Coaching Association announced the players and dates and times for the Sixth Annual CHRISTUS All-Star Classic at a news conference Monday. CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Sports Medicine and Beaumont Bone and Joint Institute are the title sponsors. Rebekah Ragsdale, Orangefield High...

  • Doan, Bridge City Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

    Updated May 4, 2021

    As college students persevere despite ongoing challenges due to COVID-19, Scholarship America continues to provide financial support through scholarships. The Dream Award is an annual scholarship program for deserving students who have overcome significant barriers to make it to college. This year's diverse Dream Award recipients include: Victoria-Thy Doan from Orange, Tex. (graduate of Bridge City High School), who attends University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio The...

  • CASA of the Sabine Neches Region Observes National Foster Care Month

    Staff Report|Updated May 4, 2021

    Each May, National Foster Care Month, we take the time to raise awareness of the children and families involved in the foster care system and the need for more people to step up to support them. Last year there were 47,913 children in the Texas foster care system, 699 of whom were in our service area of Orange, Hardin, Tyler, Jasper, Newton and Sabine Counties. "There are 699 children in foster care right here in our communities, in our neighborhoods," said Codie Vasquez,...

  • LSCO, Chamber honor student and employee of the semester

    Staff Report|Updated May 4, 2021

    Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) and the Greater Orange-Area Chamber of Commerce awarded an Employee of the Month and a Student of the Semester at the LSCO campus this past week. LSCO President Thomas Johnson, Chamber President Ida Schossow, and Chamber Board Chair Chris Kovatch, among others, presented the awards to Becky McAnelley, LSCO Employee of the Semester, and Hannah Shearin, LSCO Student of the Semester. Hannah is Secretary of the Student Government Association. She...

  • Friends of the Orange Depot board meeting set

    Updated May 4, 2021

    The next meeting of the board of the Friends of the Orange Depot will be held on Thursday, May 13 at 5:30PM at the Orange Depot, 1210 Green Avenue. All are urged to attend because we are currently planning on having Depot Day on Saturday, June 5, 10am-2pm, which was postponed because of rain. We encourage interested volunteers to attend the meeting and learn about our future plans. There have been two additions to our museum exhibits: the scrim shades on the windows in the reception room, printed with interesting historical...

  • Mother's Day Poem

    Updated May 4, 2021

    Mother’s Special Day by Pearl Burgess My thoughts go back to my younger life When my true love asked me to be his wife. Together we were happy as we could be Time blessed us with children, there were three. They stumbled and laughed as we watched them play Growing so fast each and every day. As they grew older, we were never apart The love for each other came from the heart. Years went by, each left their nest To make a home like all of the rest. The families have grown and happy too I love each one, they know it is true. I...

  • Obama got Osama

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated May 4, 2021

    I was watching CNN just before 10 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011, when a newsbreak announced President Obama would be addressing the nation. A newsbreak this late on Sunday made it evident to me that this was going to be something big, but I didn't imagine how big. Osama bin Laden, 53, Al Qaeda leader and chief architect of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States was shot in the head, killed and his body buried in the ocean. It was a great plan, over many months,...

  • Mclain Molley awarded Eagle Scout

    Staff Report|Updated May 4, 2021

    Mclain Molley received his Eagle Scout Award at a Court of Honor recently. Mclain is the son of Tanya and Robin Molley and the grandson of Judge Carl and Micaela Thibodeaux. His brother Mikail is also working on qualifying for his Eagle Scout award....

  • Jesus in the house

    Pastor Charles Empey, For the Record|Updated May 4, 2021

    Mark 2:1 "And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house." Here in this passage we see the phrase, "…it was noised that he was in the house." Capernaum is the town where Jesus resided and ministered out of in His travels. What a great place to live where Jesus the Son of God dwelt. Now what's my point today? Can it be said of your community that there are houses where the resurrected Christ dwells? Oh, it would have to be e...

  • Delay on FEMA funds worries OC leaders

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 4, 2021

    Summertime, and the county's wallet is thin. It's getting to be an annual refrain in Orange County thanks to an onslaught of weather and health disasters that keep draining the Rainy Day Fund. This year looks like no exception. Orange County's hurricane history was few and far between prior to 2017's Harvey but in the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Ike in 2005 and 2008, County Commissioners had to borrow money to keep things running until disaster assistance arrived from...

  • WOS High School Varsity choir receives superior rating

    Staff Report|Updated May 4, 2021

    The West Orange-Stark High School Varsity Choir competed in the UIL Concert and Sightreading recently. They received a superior rating in UIL Concert and an excellent rating in UIL Sightreading. A WOS choir has not received a superior rating at this competition since 2014. We are so proud of this major accomplishment....

  • Too much wind forces anglers to adjust

    Capt. Dickie Colburn, For the Record|Updated May 4, 2021

    In all my years on the water I would have to think hard to remember ever having this much wind for this long during the spring. It has just absolutely howled for nearly a month straight and according to the forecast it doesn’t look like it plans to let up any time soon. For obvious reasons the folks wanting to get out on Sabine Lake or Calcasieu has been pinned down to very small areas that offer the most protection. These spots tend to get crowded in a hurry which only a...

  • Kaz's Korner

    Joe Kazmar, For the Record|Updated May 4, 2021

    Most of the country's sports journalists were right on the money when their mock drafts indicated that as many as four quarterbacks would be selected in the first 10 picks of last weekend's National Football League's 2021 draft. There was no surprise whatsoever that Clemson's Trevor Lawrence would go the Jacksonville Jaguars as the No. 1 pick in the entire draft. And with BYU's Zach Wilson going next to the New York Jets and Trey Lance of North Dakota State going third to the...

  • Flounder Taking Up The Slack

    Capt. Dickie Colburn For The Record|Updated May 4, 2021

    It comes as no surprise that it coincides with the opening of the Game Reserve, but nonetheless, the flounder catching is currently getting most of the attention. The size of the fish has been above average and the numbers are there as well. It can be a little frustrating to rush straight to one of the narrow bayous leading into the Reserve only to discover that an armada set their alarm clocks a little earlier.On an outgoing tide, the mouth of the bayou can be as productive as the bayou itself, but make no mistake about...

  • OHS UIL Academic State Meet Results

    Staff Report|Updated May 4, 2021

    Saturday, May 1st two students from Orangefield High School competed in the Conference 4-A State UIL Academic Meet. Bella Morgan competed in Headline Writing (Sponsor Rachel Taylor) and Jezlyn Matlock placed 4th in Computer Applications (Sponsor Misty Bellard)....

  • My 5 Cents

    Senator Robert Nichols|Updated May 4, 2021

    Last week, the House passed its version of the state budget for the next two years. It differs in some significant ways from the budget the Senate passed. In order to reconcile our differences, we’ll convene a conference committee with 5 members from each chamber to work out the details. I’m honored to once again serve as a conferee for the state budget. Here are five things happening around your state: 1. Texas to gain two new congressional seats The US Census Bureau released...

  • Thomas Penn Johnson, 87, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated May 4, 2021

    Thomas Penn Johnson, 87, of Orange, passed away on May 2, 2021, in Port Arthur. A visitation will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 7, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church in Orange. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Orange. Interment will follow services. A gathering of family and friends will be held after services, with a lunch to remember the well-lived life of Thomas. Born in Austin, Texas, on October 31, 1933, he was the son of Thomas Edward Johnson and Elizabeth (Penn)...

  • Missing Person

    Staff Report|Updated May 4, 2021

    The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is currently working a missing person’s investigation involving Luis Martinez Gonzalez H/M DOB 02/28/1992. Mr. Martinez was last seen on April 28, 2021 in Lumberton, Texas. On April 29, 2021 Mr. Martinez’s vehicle was located in Bridge City, Texas at the end of Bailey’s Road. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for help with any information to help locate Mr. Martinez. If anyone has any information they are asked to contact the Sheriff’s...

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