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Articles from the May 22, 2024 edition


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  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated May 21, 2024

    DOW REACHES ALL TIME HIGH The Dow posted its all-time high during intraday trading on May 16, 2024, reaching a peak of 40,051.05 points. The highest close occurred the day before when the index closed at 39,908.00 points. The peak was led in part by optimism that the Federal Reserve could cut interest rates later this year. All three of the big U.S. Stock indexes set records last week in large part because of revived hopes that the Federal Reserve will be able to cut interest...

  • Orange councilors in Facebook brouhaha

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 21, 2024

    Four members of the Orange City Council have gotten into a Facebook disagreement that has their fans in a tizzy. One man even compared Councilor Paul Burch to Jesus in the way that people talked about him. The comments were triggered by a letter Councilor Terri Salter wrote to the editor of a weekly mailed subscription newspaper. Salter commented about the close friendships on the council and compared them to nepotism. Mayor Larry Spears Jr. posted a professional photograph...

  • Phelan-Covey runoff ends with Tuesday election

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 21, 2024

    Tuesday, May 28, is the date of the runoff race for the Texas House District 21 that includes Orange County. The only registered voters who cannot cast a ballot in the runoff are the 981 who voted in the March Democratic primary. The race is between incumbent Dade Phelan of Beaumont, who is the powerful Texas Speaker of the House, lost the vote to David Covey of Orange in March. A third candidate forced the runoff. After two days of early voting on Monday, May 20, and Tuesday,...

  • WOCCISD Board Meeting Witnesses Swearing-In of Trustee Roderick Robertson and Board Secretary LaTricia Stroud

    Updated May 21, 2024

    During the WOCCISD Board Meeting held on Monday, Trustee Roderick Robertson and Board Secretary LaTricia Stroud officially took their oaths of office, renewing their positions within the West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District. Both individuals ran unopposed during the May 2024 election, securing their roles for a three-year term. Trustee Roderick Robertson embarks on his fourth term and Board Secretary LaTricia Stroud will continue her service to the...

  • Public offices close Monday for Memorial Day

    Updated May 21, 2024

    All federal, state, and local offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. The local ones include Orange County Courthouse and other county offices. Also, city offices for Bridge City, Orange, Pinehurst, Pine Forest, Rose City, Vidor, and West Orange. All emergency responder offices like police and fire will be open. Bridge City, Orange, and Vidor will have regular garbage pickup on Monday. Pinehurst and West Orange do not have regular pickups scheduled on Monda...

  • Bridge City sees healthy sales tax collections

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 21, 2024

    Most of the entities collecting sales taxes had big increases in March sales compared to last year, with Bridge City now having nearly 13 percent in sales taxes compared to last year. The city of Orange is the only entity down for the year. All five of the largest cities in Orange County have a 1.5 percent sales tax, or 1.5 cents per dollar. The Orange County Emergency Services District No. 3 also has a 1.5 percent sales tax. The county has a 0.5 percent sales tax, or a...

  • Historic May 1953 flood stopped by hundreds of volunteers

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 21, 2024

    River flooding has become so common in Orange County that the "Great Flood of 1953" isn't so great now. But the rising Sabine on May 22, 1953, 71 years ago, brought thousands of volunteers together build sand levees and sandbags along the Sabine in the Simmons Drive area. The emergency was so bad the Orange Independent School District to let the white high school out of classes so the boys could make the sandbags and the girls could make and serve sandwiches. Hundreds of...

  • CTX receives funding in FY24 Work Plan

    Updated May 21, 2024

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) allocated the first installment of federal funding toward the USACE Galveston District's (SWG) Coastal Texas Project (CTX). The U.S. Army Civil Works Program Fiscal Year 2024 Work Plan will provide $500,000 to support the preconstruction, engineering, and design of the first segment of CTX's Bolivar Peninsula and West Bay Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) shoreline and island protection feature, also known as Ecosystem Restoration...

  • Golden Rules

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated May 21, 2024

    Years ago there was an incredibly popular ad campaign started by the athletic shoe giant known as Nike that coined the phrase “Just Do It”. The catchy slogan has become entrenched in our pop culture mindset and in some ways represents the way people nowadays think they should act regardless of how it affects others around them. It’s no secret the population near the Texas coast is growing and the gravitational pull felt farther inland by vacation loving tourists makes the b...

  • 8th Annual Michael Hoke Memorial Outdoor Awareness for Kids

    Updated May 21, 2024

    The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Orange County is holding The 8th Annual Michael Hoke Memorial Outdoor Awareness for Kids on June 4th, 2024 at Claiborne West Park in the Halliburton Pavilion. This is a free event and will be held rain or shine. On the day of the event, check-in is at 8:45 am with the event starting at 9 am and lasting until 1:30 pm with lunch provided. This is a program for ages 8 to 14. Activities include a Duck Dog Demo, Skulls and Furs, Benthic Testing,...

  • Woolley is BC Chamber BCHS Student of the Month for May

    Updated May 21, 2024

    The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is has announced that the May Student of the Month for Bridge City is Addison Woolley. She is ranked 2 of 206 with a GPA of 4.86....

  • BC Chamber awards OF May Student of the Month to Zane Wrinkle

    Updated May 21, 2024

    The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is announced that the May Student of the Month for Orangefield is Zane Wrinkle. Zane is ranked 18 of 124 with a GPA of 4.3....

  • Jenkins places 2nd at State UIL

    Updated May 21, 2024

    Orangefield High School senior, Kaitlyn Jenkins, placed 2nd in the state at the UIL competition in Austin for Computer Applications....

  • Dyer Signs With LSU for Colorguard

    Updated May 21, 2024

    Orangefield High School senior, Ava Dyer, signed to be a part of the preliminary colorguard team at LSU. She is a leader for the OHS colorguard, serving as captain. She is excited to continue at the collegiate level....

  • Wooley recipient of BBB Scholarship

    Updated May 21, 2024

    Congratulations to BC Senior Addison Wooley recipient of the BBB of Southeast Texas Education Fund $2500 Scholarship. Pictured are Orange County BBB Board Member Donna Peterson, Addison and BBB CEO Darren Erwin....

  • Nine Lady Bobcats Make All District in Softball

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 21, 2024

    The Orangefield softball team finished second this year in the District 22-3A standings and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs. Nine of the Lady Bobcats were named All-District by the coaches in the district. Special recognition went to sophomore Aubree Beck as the Defensive MVP. Beck was the shortstop for the Lady Bobcats and a leader in the infield. Senior Abigail Curphey got voted the Co-Pitcher of the Year. Curphey has been the ace in the circle for...

  • Lena Maddera Dodson, 91, Azle

    Updated May 21, 2024

    Lena Maddera Dodson, 91, of Azle, Texas, passed away on May 19, 2024, at her home in Azle. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be John Bickham. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Taylor Co. Texas, on April 16, 1933, she was the daughter of Clint Maddera and Pearlie B...

  • Orangefield beats Diboll to move to fourth round

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 21, 2024

    For the second time in three years Orangefield has advanced to the fourth round of the state baseball post season. The Bobcats swept the Diboll Lumberjacks in two games on May 17-18 to advance in the playoffs. Friday's first game at Lamar University's Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont took over four hours to complete as a result of three weather delays because of lightning in the vicinity. When the game was finally over and the time was approaching midnight Orangefield had a...

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