Hometown News For Orange County, Texas

Articles from the May 12, 2021 edition


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  • Rising tax values vex payers, payees

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 11, 2021

    So you've always wanted to live in a $200,000 home. Or a half-million dollar home. This could be your lucky year. You'd love to sell it for top dollar when it's time. But, meanwhile, that value is way over what you want to pay taxes on. Tax values are up across the state of Texas this year and Orange County is no exception. Scott Overton, Chief Appraiser for the Orange County Appraisal District, said preliminary tax values were up an average of 16 percent over last year. But...

  • County taps HOT fund for fishing tourney 

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 11, 2021

    Orange is set to host a couple hundred college bass fishing teams July 8-10 in the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation Sabine River fishing tournament. County Commissioners approved a $15,000 payment from the Hotel Occupancy Tax fund to pay the host fee. The tournament, based at Orange Boat Ramp, is a last-chance qualifier for the Carhartt BASSmaster National Championship in August. Jessica Hill, Executive Director of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation, said the event could...

  • Designing students brighten schoolmates' days

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 11, 2021

    Students in Bridge City High School’s floral design classes stay busy year-round. “We do all the flowers for school,” instructor Debbie Gregg said. “Any time there’s a big dance, we do the presentational flowers. “It starts in the fall with homecoming flowers and we finish up with graduation.” But for the last couple of weeks, Gregg’s students have been tending to a new project – one for some, that’s sadly all too meaningful. The 60 students in BC’s four floral design classes...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated May 11, 2021

    TIME SLIPS AWAY Here we are already coming to May 19. A month ago we set this date for our next Wednesday Lunch Bunch gathering so mark your calendar for next week. We had planned to have a special guest but the Texas Legislature is still in session until May 29, then after a few days off, will go into special session. We will probably still have a surprise or two. Everyone is invited. We hope everyone has had at least one vaccine shot. If not, please get one. The Bunch will...

  • Kaz's Korner

    Joe Kazmar, For the Record|Updated May 11, 2021

    Major League Baseball continues to make changes that will take some of the dominance away from the pitchers and assist the hitters to bring more offense that fans demand into the game. When I was in my heyday some 60 years ago, we pitchers loved the high mounds most baseball diamonds used. But as the batting averages and home runs dipped, MLB decided to lower the mounds considerably, hoping to insert more offense into the game. I remember watching batting practice before the...

  • Love named 4A All-State Honorable Mention

    Staff Report|Updated May 11, 2021

    Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Senior Travis Love was named 4A Academic All-State Honorable Mention by the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) and Coaches Education Foundation. Love is a three-year letterman and member of the back-to-back State-qualifying Battlin' Bear golf team. To be nominated for Academic All-State, students must meet the following: Be an athlete, student trainer, or manager in good standing with the team, be of good moral character, is...

  • Lessons learned

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated May 11, 2021

    For some unknown reason society has always been interested in and amused by the misfortunes of others. Television has had countless shows dedicated to "bloopers" and other gaffes made by everyday people doing everyday things and the masses tune in weekly to get another dose of these antics. I'd be willing to bet you most fishermen you know are at least familiar with the Bill Dance blooper videos, a compilation of outtakes and blunders that fishermen can certainly relate to...

  • Troop 290 Bridge City, Tx celebrate Eagle Scouts

    Staff Report|Updated May 11, 2021

    Troop 290 Bridge City, Tx celebrate 5 Eagle Scouts that are all 2021 Graduating Seniors at BCHS. It is very unusual these day to have this many Graduating Seniors from Troop 290. The Second Picture is all the Eagle Scouts (6) from Troop 290 which to have this many at one time has not happened in many years....

  • Stark Reading Contest County Final Winners

    Staff Report|Updated May 11, 2021

    The Board of Directors and administrative staff of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation congratulate the winners of the 2021 County Finals of the 117th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation. On Sunday, April 25, 2021, students who had previously won first place at the various local level competitions held at each of the five Orange County public high schools competed in the categories of Declamation and Interpretive Reading at the County Finals...

  • MMS Cheer and Twirl win at Crawfish Bash

    Updated May 11, 2021

    The Mauriceville Middle School Cheerleaders and Twirlcatz won "Best Parade Walking Group" in the Mauriceville Crawfish Bash Parade. Pictured, from left, are Hallie Smith, Kymber Dougherty, Kinley Lacouture, Anna Claire McKenzie, Kenedi Boutin, Daisy Harvey, Madison Loupe, Haylie Robson, Kolbi Fountain, Bailey Gorham, and Sadie Causey. Students who participated in the parade but were not available for the award presentation are: Cheer - Khloe Lacouture, Shayne Pannell, Annsley...

  • Lamar State College Orange breaks record for number of spring graduates

    Staff Report|Updated May 11, 2021

    Despite a challenging year full of a global pandemic, two hurricanes within a 6-week period, and a disruptive winter storm, Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) will graduate 175 students on May 15th, an all-time record for a Spring graduation. In fact, this number represents a 40% increase over last year's number of Spring graduates. "If the students at Lamar State College Orange are one thing, it's resilient. Despite a year of unthinkable challenges, more students than ever...

  • First Saturday at First Baptist set for June 5th

    Updated May 11, 2021

    On Saturday, June 5th First Baptist Church of Bridge City will be giving away free Bibles in the parking lot(200 West Roundbunch Rd) from 10AM until 1PM. Also on this day, we will have information about VBS, Sunday School, and other church activities available for all ages. There will be an opportunity for us to pray for you. Many are struggling, feeling overwhelmed because of divorce, rebellious teens, drugs or loss of a job and need comfort that only prayer can give. Cookies and water will be provided. Other First...

  • Prayer - Why do God's children take so little advantage of such a gift from God in Christ?  

    Pastor Charles Empey, For the Record|Updated May 11, 2021

    Matthew 7:7-11 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in...

  • Betty Duhon, 77, Bridge City

    Staff Report|Updated May 11, 2021

    Betty Duhon, 77, of Bridge City, TX, passed away on April 3, 2021, in Orange, TX. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2021, at Claybar Funeral Home; 504 5th St, Orange, TX 77630. Officiating will be Deacon Steve Obernuefemann. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange, TX. Visitation will begin prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a rosary to follow the visitation at 1:00 p.m., at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, TX. Born in...

  • Higher Water Changing The Bite

    Capt. Dickie Colburn For The Record|Updated May 11, 2021

    Not that it is something new for the teams that show up every Tuesday afternoon to compete in the Sabine River Shootouts, but it looks as though they will have to add even more rain to the already challenging conditions this afternoon. The river is high and off-colored, Toledo Bend is running both generators 24/7 with five gates open and additional rain won’t make it any easier. High water was apparently no problem last week as it took almost twelve pounds to cash the first place check and the big bass just missed the six p...

  • Darrell Lynn Pierce, 59, Bridge City

    Staff Report|Updated May 11, 2021

    Darrell Lynn Pierce, 59, of Bridge City, passed away on May 4, 2021, in Bridge City. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 10, 2021, at Second Baptist Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend Bobby Hoffpauir. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Monday, at Second Baptist Church in Bridge City. Born in Houston, Texas, on August 25, 1961, he was the son of Wiley Frederick Pierce and Bettye JoAn...

  • HEB Tournament Of Champions

    Staff Report|Updated May 11, 2021

    The HEB Tournament of Champions awarded Orangefield ISD $3,398.40 to purchase digital microscopes for Orangefield High School. OISD is grateful for the continued support of HEB and their commitment to education. Pictured below are Sunshine Copeland, OISD District Librarian/Grant Writer and Rea Wrinkle, OHS Principal....

  • LCI StuCo One Of 8 Award Of Excellence Groups In Nation

    Staff Report|Updated May 11, 2021

    Little Cypress Intermediate School was recently notified that its Student Council is one of only eight schools in America to receive the American Student Council Association School of Excellence Award. Selections for the award are based on projects in the areas of community service, student leadership, citizenship and school spirit that were completed during the current school year. Councils also are required to submit letter of recommendation from the school principal and...

  • My Five Cents

    Senator Robert Nichols|Updated May 11, 2021

    At the end of this week, we’ll only have three weeks left in this year’s legislative session. These last three weeks are some of the most intense weeks, with long hours and lots of bills to read. A number of deadlines begin to crop up during this time. For example, May 26th is the last day for the Senate to consider all bills and joint resolutions, whether they originated in the House or Senate. We adjourn Sine Die, the last day of session, on May 31st. Here are five thi...

  • Love Named To Academic All State

    Staff Report|Updated May 11, 2021

    Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Senior Travis Love was named 4A Academic All-State Honorable Mention by the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) and Coaches Education Foundation. Love is a three-year letterman and member of the back-to-back State-qualifying Battlin’ Bear golf team. To be nominated for Academic All-State, students must meet the following: Be an athlete, student trainer, or manager in good standing with the team, be of good moral character, i...

  • Recount confirms Bailey's city council win

    Updated May 10, 2021

    A recount Friday morning, May 7, confirmed David Bailey's win over two-term Orange City Council member Pat Pullen. The result was exactly the same as reported in "unofficial final results" announced Saturday night. Bailey won by seven votes, 145-138, the right to represent Orange District 1, which includes the west side of the city from Cow Bayou near Bridge City to the south, north along the boundaries of West Orange, the Chevron Phillips Chemical property and Pinehurst and...

  • Dorman Cemetery Clean Up this Saturday

    Updated May 10, 2021

    A cleanup is scheduled for Dorman Cemetery, off Tulane Rd., on Saturday, May 15 at 8 am. Please bring mowers, weed eaters, blowers, clippers, rakes and garbage bags. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Call Brenda at 409-920-6202, Donna at 409-779-0281 or James at 409-543-6495 if you have any questions....

  • Orange council's Pullen files for recount

    Dave Rogers For The Record|Updated May 7, 2021

    Two-term Orange City Council member Patrick Pullen will get a recount of results of the May 1 election. It will be conducted beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, with results expected by noon, Orange County's Election Administration announced. Pullen, an Orange policeman for 32 years before retiring with the rank of Captain, finished seven votes shy of challenger David C. Bailey in the final ballot count, 145-138, for Orange District 1 representative. In his first election to city coun...

  • OJH Students GET GLOWING For STAAR

    Staff Report|Updated May 7, 2021

    Orangefield Junior High 6th grade students participated in Glow Day, this Thursday. Teachers transformed classrooms using blacklights, neon accents, and encouraged students to dress in neon colors. “ The purpose of our Glow Day STAAR Review was to engage students in interactive play focusing on multiple learning styles while reviewing key concepts of curricula. Students focused on high frequency questions emphasizing problem solving skills. We felt like it was important for s...

  • Four MVE students on kill list

    Staff Report|Updated May 7, 2021

    While doing regular maintenance along Highway 62, the Mauriceville Utility District found a kill list off of school property and turned it over to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who then notified the District. The list contains the names of four Mauriceville Elementary students. The District’s Threat Assessment Team is investigating the incident, as is the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Parents of the students on the list have been contacted. The student who wrote the list has been identified and the Stude...

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