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Articles from the May 26, 2021 edition


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  • WO lands $3.8M grant from GLO

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 25, 2021

    The City of West Orange landed $3.8 million to improve drainage and Mayor Randy Branch was happy to get it. “We applied for this grant and they finally finalized it,” said Branch, a former city alderman who was elected at the start of May to replace longtime mayor Roy McDonald. “This has probably been in the works at least a couple of years.” Monday, Branch joined Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Texas Sen. Robert Nichols, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan and Vidor Mayor...

  • Record sales receipts signal disaster recovery

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 25, 2021

    Two of the five worst rainfall events in U.S. history, back-to-back hurricanes, a record ice storm and a year-long COVID shutdown should have sent the Orange County economy reeling. They were devastating to many property owners and non-essential workers, for sure. But that’s not what sales tax figures say. Despite hurricanes Laura and Delta aiming 100 miles per hour winds at trees and rooftops while homeowners still struggled with the aftermath of Tropical Storms Harvey and I...

  • Vets group honors comrades in arms

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 25, 2021

    Charlie Dubois of Little Cypress said it was the 2012 funeral for his father-in-law, Earl Bilbo, that moved him to put his U.S. Army uniform back on and assist at funerals. John Hall of north Orange joined after he saw the Southeast Texas Veterans Group Honor Guard at a close friend's funeral. And Monday they will both be in Beaumont for a 10 a.m. Memorial Day Service at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 4955 Pine Street. As the country and the state opens up after a year of COVID-19 lock...

  • Old Man's advice to Grads

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated May 25, 2021

    This is for those youngsters who will be graduating this month, who will be leaving the protection of home and striking out on their own. You have absolutely no idea what the future has in store. You will have great things happen, and you will also get a lot of hard bumps. The bumps will seem harder to you than they really are. Your parents, up to now, have been taking many bumps for you, sheltering you against them. Later, you will do the same for your children. Time will...

  • Cajun Heritage Fest to be held June 5th

    Updated May 25, 2021

    The annual Cajun Heritage Fest will be held on June 5, 2021 at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center in Port Arthur. Now in its sixth year, the festival promotes the shared history of Southeast Texans and Louisianans through music and food. The festival has hosted several award winning musicians in the past including Grammy Award winners Jo-El Sonnier and Wayne Toups. Toups, a staple of Cajun and country music since the 1970s, is returning this year to headline the music lineup. The musical acts begin at 11 a.m. and...

  • Kaz's Korner

    Joe Kazmar, For the Record|Updated May 25, 2021

    I was able to watch a plethora of sporting events on the tube last weekend and either saw or heard about some weird scenarios that ended some of these contests. Locally, we had the two Dallas brothers-Jack at Lamar University and Chad at the University of Tennessee-- help their respective school's baseball team get into their post-season conference tournaments and the Orangefield Bobcats earn a berth in the regional semifinals WITHOUT getting a base hit to drive in the...

  • Spring 2021 President's and Dean's Lists

    Updated May 25, 2021

    Lamar State College Orange is proud to recognize the following students who earned the high honors of recognition on the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the Spring 2021 semester. Congratulations to our honorees. PRESIDENT’S LIST To be named on the President’s List, students must attend full time and earn a 4.0-grade point average. Aubrey Spencer Ashley Blessing, Process Operating Technology Beaumont Denise Rochelle Jackson, Academic Studies in Criminal Justice; Yuri Amairani Sanchez, Pre-Vocational Nursing; Anais Chardellia...

  • Kirby E. Procell, 83, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated May 25, 2021

    Kirby E. Procell, 83, of Orange, passed away on May 22, 2021, in Orange. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 27, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, in Orange. Officiating will be his brother, Quincy Procell. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Colfax, Louisiana, on July 30, 1937, he was the son of Sam Procell and Pearl Roberts. Kirby did an apprenticeship with Lamar and went on to do a weight and measure school with Texas A&M University....

  • WOCCISD honors educators

    Staff Report|Updated May 25, 2021

    The WOCCISD Board of Trustees honored District Teacher of the Year, Jordan Britten, and District Paraprofessional of the Year, Nurse Ebony Green. Mr. Britten has worked as a science teacher at West Orange-Stark High School since 2015. During his time at WOS, he has taught every science offered by the department. He takes great pride in his team and students. Mr. Britten is constantly looking for opportunities to expand his knowledge of science and pedagogy. Nurse Ebony Green...

  • LSCO Awards Scholarships at First-Ever Career & Technical education signing day

    Staff Report|Updated May 25, 2021

    Lamar State College Orange held its first-ever Career and Technical Education (CTE) Signing Day recently, awarding twenty-two students technical scholarships sponsored by local industry and foundation partners. The event, patterned after a high school student “signing” their intent to play college sports, featured technical program scholarship awards from Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, the Donald T. Boumans Foundation, Invista Orange, the Nelda C. and H. J. Lutcher Sta...

  • Treasures of the Texas Coast Winners- St. Mary Catholic School

    Updated May 25, 2021

    Treasures of the Texas Coast is a Children's Art Contest based on the theme “Treasures of the Texas Coast,” and it depicts why the Texas coast is important or special to the participating student. The top 40 pieces of art will appear in a 2022 calendar, which will be distributed throughout the state.The Texas Coastline is one of the many treasures that makes our great state exceptional or unique to Texas Land Commissioner, George P. Bush. “The Adopt-A-Beach Art Contest gives...

  • Stark Cultural Venues Coloring Book

    Updated May 25, 2021

    Drop by the Stark Museum of Art this summer to visit our special exhibition Welcome to Color: Stark Cultural Venues Coloring Book and pick up your FREE copy of our new coloring book! The exhibition features original contour line drawings created by SMA Teaching Artist Karen Leonard that highlight the unique locations and collections at Stark Park, Stark Museum of Art, The W.H. Stark House, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, and the Lutcher Theater. The exhibition...

  • Bridge City names Cooper and Lyons their top grads for 2021

    Staff Report|Updated May 25, 2021

    Bridge City's top grads are Waverlee Cooper as Valedictorian and Graciela Lyons as Salutatorian for the Class of 2021. Waverlee Cooper is the daughter of Kim and James Cooper, and younger sister of Michaela Cooper. Waverlee will be graduating as the Valedictorian of Bridge City High School’s Class of 2021. Waverlee has been involved with multiple clubs and organizations throughout her high school career. She has been her varsity volleyball team’s head captain for two yea...

  • Orangefield names Matlock and Washington top grads in 2021

    Staff Report|Updated May 25, 2021

    The Orangefield High School Class of 2021 Valedictorian is Jezlyn Matlock and the Salutatorian is Tyler Washington. Jezlyn is the daughter of Leroy and Zena Matlock and is ranked 1st our of 119 with a GPA of 4.82. Her awards include Various Big “O” Awards: Honors English II, Health Education, and Human Services; Highest Honors Award - Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Year and Miriam Lutcher Stark Interpretive Reading Contest: 1st Place April 2018. She was involved with mul...

  • Bridge City Elementary's Cardinals of Character

    Updated May 25, 2021

    Cardinals of Character for MP6: Pre-k- Evie Ray, Preston Carrington, Zaylynn Dukes, Jackson Brocklehurst, Sophia Torres. Kindergarten- Lorelei Taylor, Aubree Moore, Jackson Holloway, Bailey Boudreaux, Trey Landry, Ava Barnes, Brittany Cota, Hutch Sonnier, Salvin "Jack" Aclese, Micah Thomas, Isabella Griffin, Emma Moerbe 1st Grade- Raleigh Fults, Raeleigh Watts, Abigail Weaver, Cain Sifuentes, Baelyn Roberts, Sabastian Farias, Makenna McCullough, Neder Kalil, Hudsyn Baker,...

  • Bridge City High School names Mr. & Mrs. and Educator of the Year

    Staff Report|Updated May 25, 2021

    Miss BCHS Waverlee Cooper, Educator of the Year ( the one and only ) Mrs Cathy Parks Riley and Mr BCHS Grant Boudreaux were recently named at Bridge City High School....

  • Nichols My Five Cents

    Senator Robert Nichols, For the Record|Updated May 25, 2021

    Session is drawing to a close. This is the last week for Senate committees to realistically consider bills to vote out of committee. We have until May 26 to vote on any bill on the floor. After that, the Senate can only vote on Conference Committee Reports or concur with House amendments until we adjourn Sine Die on May 31. Here are five things happening around your state: 1. Gulf Coast Protection District bill passes the House This week Senate Bill 1160 was voted off the Hous...

  • Orange County Texas Exes give scholarships

    Staff Report|Updated May 25, 2021

    The Orange County Texas Exes chapter is pleased to announce recipients of its three endowed scholarships for our local high school graduates attending the University of Texas at Austin this fall. Thomas Bunch, Bridge City High School graduate, is the recipient of the June and Jesse B. Gunstream Endowed Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Ranked 4th in his class, Thomas was the drum major of the BCHS marching band. He participated in UIL Academics for math and science, the...

  • LCM names Valedictorian and Salutatorian for 2021

    Updated May 25, 2021

    Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School has set 2021 Graduation for Tuesday, May 25, 2021 beginning at 8:00 PM in Battlin’ Bear Stadium. Top graduates this year are Bella Rogers and Seonghak Kim. Valedictorian Bella Rogers is the daughter of Mark and Carolyn Rogers. Her involvement in school organizations include 3 years in Quiz Bowl, one year in Book Club and two years in National Honor Society. Her UIL athletic and academic teams include Tennis – two years, Literary Criticis...

  • Teal Family Reunion set for June 12th

    Updated May 25, 2021

    Teal Family Reunion will take place on June 12 at Claiborne West Park, Halliburton Pavilion located at 4105 North St. in Vidor starting at 11am. Please bring chairs, covered dish and something to drink. Family time is the best time....

  • WOS Prom King and Queen

    Updated May 25, 2021

    West Orange-Stark High School held its Prom Saturday night and the King and Queen were crowned. Congratulations to Nia Hodge and Matthew Holmes. Photo provided by Tricia Stroud Photography....

  • LCM Softball Lands Ten On All-District Team

    Staff Report|Updated May 25, 2021

    Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Coach Dena Adkins had ten Lady Bears earn 2021 22-4A All-District Softball honors. Senior slugger Bailey Frenzel was named Offensive MVP while freshman Jacelyn Cook earned Newcomer of the Year. First Team selections were Madeline Stephenson (Sr), Karson Friar (Sr), Cami Shugart (Jr), Ansley Moore (So), and Ava Wright (Fr). Second Team selections where Lakin Adkins (Sr), Shae Fontenot (Jr), and Rhylan Wilson (Fr)....

  • OC declares 'imminent' flood threat disaster

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated May 25, 2021

    County Judge John Gothia issued a Declaration of Disaster for Orange County at 5 p.m. Friday, citing the 'imminent threat' created by an impending tropical storm system expected to make landfall along the upper Texas coast "within the next 12 hours." Storms this week have saturated Southeast Texas and both the Neches and Sabine Rivers are already above flood levels. At dinner time Friday, the National Weather Service was tracking "a well-defined low pressure system over the...

  • LCM Health Science Gets LifeShare Check

    Staff Report|Updated May 25, 2021

    The Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Health Science Program received $1,520 for collecting 152 blood donations during their annual LifeShare Blood Center drives this year. The money will go back into the Health Science Program...

  • High Water Yields New Pattern

    Capt. Dickie Colburn, For the Record|Updated May 25, 2021

    “It was fun, but there was a price to be paid in the end,” said Larry Smith. Determined to fish even after finding the launch near his camp on Rayburn underwater, he and his nephew decided to leave the boat on the trailer and wade the flooded woods. “It was just crazy how far off the main lake we were wading in water up to our knees,” added Smith. “We initially tried to stay as dry as possible, but after walking into an unseen ditch or two, we just said to hell with it and sp...

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