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Articles from the May 29, 2024 edition


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  • Stephen "Steve" Ray Sanders , 72, Orange

    Updated May 30, 2024

    Stephen “Steve” Ray Sanders , age 72, of Orange, Texas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, after an almost twenty years courageous living with Parkinson’s Disease. During that time he never once complained or gave up and ALWAYS had a smile on his face. He was born October 22, 1951 in Port Arthur, Texas to Carl H. Sanders and Winona B. Sanders. Steve attended Bridge City schools and was active in many clubs, activities and sports, where he was a standout. He wa...

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  • Commissioners endorse buying more mosquito spray

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    Commissioners Court Tuesday didn't hesitate to spend $101,000 on an item that has gone over budget for the year. Orange County Mosquito Control will be getting more pesticide to spray from the special plane. "We've had a very active first eight months of this fiscal year" and the supplies are "critically low," said Mosquito Control Director Patrick Beebe told commissioners. The county's fiscal, or budget year, goes from October 1 through September 30. Usually, the mosquito pop...

  • Industries report big dollars being brought to county

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    Golden Triangle Polymers, the Chevron Phillips chemical plant under construction, spent $39.3 million dollars locally in the first quarter of 2024. The report given to Orange County Commissioners Court Tuesday is part of the requirement for the new plant's tax abatement with the county for the $8.5 billion petrochemical plant between Highway 87 South and FM 1006, known as Chemical Row. And in a separate report, Jefferson Energy Terminal along the Neches River side of the...

  • Phelan beats Covey by 366 votes

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan barely hung onto his position as District 21 representative Tuesday night with 366 more votes as he battled challenger David Covey in a runoff. The runoff total for the three counties in District 21 had 12,813 votes for Phelan and 12,447 for Covey. Orange County went with Covey in the March primary race and again in Tuesday's runoff. The county Elections Administrator's Office reports a preliminary runoff final of 5,842 votes, or 836 more than...

  • Hurricane season could be rough this year

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    Spin the Wheel of Fortune and see if what name it lands on. Will it be Beryl, Rafael, or William? Those are some of the 2024 names for hurricanes and the National Hurricane Center is predicting a busy year for tropical storms and even major hurricanes. Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and will run through the end of November. The National Hurricane Center is part of NOAA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, operated by scientists through the...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    SPEAKER PHELAN BEATS PAXTON’S REVENGE Dade Phelan, Speaker of the Texas House, has beaten David Covey in a runoff election that pitted Phelan against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and millions of dollars in the most expensive, dishonest, mud-slinging campaign ever run in this district. A record nine members lost their primaries, and eight were sent to runoffs, including Dade Phelan, who has run the House for two sessions and is the main target of r...

  • Bobcats Tame Tigers, advance to Regional Finals

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    Orangefield is boldly going where the Bobcats have not gone in baseball for more than three decades. The Orangefield Bobcats tamed the Rockdale Tigers last week to advance to the fifth round of the UIL state baseball playoffs for the first time since 1990. The best of three games Regional Semifinal series was played on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22-23, at Cypress Woods High School northwest of Houston. Orangefield advanced to the Regional Finals by sweeping two games from...

  • Covey leads OC early votes

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    Challenger David Covey holds the Orange County lead in early voting against incumbent Dade Phelan for the Texas House of Representatives District 21 Republican runoff race. The Orange County Elections Administration Office reports Covey has 4,071, or 53.56 percent of the early votes, with Phelan getting 3,530, or 46.44 percent. The district also includes part of Jefferson County and all of Jasper county. Election Day was today and those ballots have not been tabulated as of...

  • Ernest Paul Dronnet, 86, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated May 28, 2024

    Ernest Paul Dronnet, 86, of Orange, Texas, passed away on May 18, 2024, at home with his family. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Deacon Melvin Payne. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will begin prior to the service at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Sulphur, Louisiana, on January 3, 1938, he was the son of...

  • Cops N Kids picnic brings on summer

    Updated May 28, 2024

    Once again, the Orange County Sheriff's Office is starting summer off for kids with the annual free big shebang at Claiborne West Park. The 28th Annual Sheriff's Office Cops N Kids picnic is set for Friday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sheriff Jimmy Lane Mooney and the employees in the sheriff's office have been working to carry on the kid-friendly event that brings together first responders from across the area, along with local businesses and civic clubs. Kids and their...

  • Down Life's Highway

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    A personal hero that left his mark on a little boy, that followed him to old age. Back in the 1930’s times were hard around the country but in the Cajun parishes of Louisiana they were really bad. My grandfather died when I was four years old, which left no man around. My uncle Meldon “Tee-Dan” Duplantis was still single but lived away from home. He worked at the Abbeville newspaper and came by to visit grandma Avalia almost every day. He always took a few moments to play...

  • OLD MAN'S ADVICE TO GRADS

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    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...

  • Orange Public Library Summer Reading Programs

    Updated May 28, 2024

    The Orange Public Library is hosting a series of Summer Reading Programs for readers of all ages! Upon registration, participants will receive a reading log to record their reading and listening time. Readers will turn in their logs by July 25th to receive Library Bucks to be used at the Library Store during the Summer Program Carnival! • Preschool Read-to-Me: Wednesdays from June 5th through July 24th from 10:45 am – 11:15 am, a different community member will read to chi...

  • Bridge City High School's Val and Sal for the Class of 2024

    Updated May 28, 2024

    Elizabeth Mamie Bunch (right) is the daughter of Mark and Erin Bunch and will be graduating as the Valedictorian of Bridge City High School’s Class of 2024. Over the past four years, Elizabeth dedicated her time to the Bridge City Band where she served as drum major of the marching band in her senior year. In band, she was a four time TMEA All-Region band member and participated in Area auditions three times. Elizabeth was also the Vice President of UIL Academics, competing i...

  • West Orange-Stark High School Class of 2024 Val and Sal

    Updated May 28, 2024

    The West Orange-Stark High School Class of 2024 has proudly announced its top graduates, with Anastashia Perkins named Valedictorian and Lendrit Makolli named Salutatorian. Anastashia Perkins, the daughter of Patrick Perkins, is an Early College High School graduate through the school's partnership with Lamar State College-Orange. She has been an active member of the M3 Band, serving as a section leader for the past three years, and is also a member of the National Honor...

  • Orangefield High School Class of 2024 Val and Sal

    Updated May 28, 2024

    The Orangefield High School Class of 2024 Valedictorian is Kaitlyn Jenkins and the Salutatorian is Logan Cheek. Jenkins is a member of the volleyball team, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Art Club, and Student Council. She has been a member of UIL Academics teams throughout high school. She has advanced to the state competition in Computer Applications. She will be attending Tulane in the fall to major in Architecture. Cheek is an athlete, participating in football,...

  • LCM High School Class of 2024 Val and Sal

    Updated May 28, 2024

    LCM High School Class of 2024 class valedictorian is Rhylan Wilson, and the class salutatorian is Christine Qi. Pictured on left: Christine Qi (Salutatorian) Pictured on right: Rhylan Wilson (Valedictorian)...

  • Stick baits shine as temps continue to climb

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    The slick surface of the lake was disrupted by skipping shrimp and the familiar sound of trout crashing the helpless crustaceans. Each cast with a soft plastic was met the familiar thump of an aggressive fish that thought they were much larger than they really were. One small trout after another continued to hammer the jigs and also continued to be too small. The next logical thought for catching bigger fish was to go to a topwater plug, which usually works well under these...

  • Lutcher Theater announces spectacular lineup for 45th Season

    Updated May 28, 2024

    (Orange,Texas) The Lutcher Theater is thrilled to announce its 45th season, featuring a star-studded lineup that promises to deliver unforgettable entertainment experiences. This milestone season will kick off in October with an electrifying performance by the Bacon Brothers, featuring Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael, setting the stage for an extraordinary year of music, Broadway and more. "The Lutcher Theater is proud to celebrate its 45th season with a lineup that...

  • West Orange-Cove CISD district employees of the year

    Updated May 28, 2024

    West Orange-Cove CISD district employees of the year were announced during the annual Retirement and Employee Recognition Banquet this week. Help us in congratulating these outstanding MUSTANGS! Their hard-work and dedication to WOCCISD is truly inspirational! Jakeshia Wright, Auxiliary Employee of the Year Benjamin Booker III, Paraprofessional of the Year Kandi Jolivette, Teacher of the Year All pictured here with Superintendent, Dr. Rickie Harris...

  • Orangefield Students Sign with DOW Apprenticeship Program

    Updated May 28, 2024

    The world-renowned DOW Corporation, East Texas Hub, offers acceptance into their apprenticeship program each year. The apprenticeship consists of hands-on work experience at one of DOW's chemical plants, a company-paid associate's degree from Lamar State College Orange, salary with competitive pay, paid holidays and vacation, medical insurance, and after 12 months of service a 401k plan. With over 450 applications submitted to DOW for participation in the apprenticeship...

  • Orange County Aggie Moms Scholarship winners

    Updated May 28, 2024

    Orange County Aggie Moms recently awarded a total of $2,000 in scholarships for Orange County high school Class of 2024. This year’s recipients are Blaine Lenard and Carys Wolfe, each receiving $1,000. Blaine Lenard is graduating Magna Cum Laude from Orangefield High School. He is the son of Justin & Emily Forse and Dustin & Jessica Lenard. During his time at OHS, Blaine was on the A- Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Bobcat Pride Marching Band, an officer in Future F...

  • Albert "LJ" Joseph Doucet, 82, Bridge City

    Staff Report|Updated May 28, 2024

    Albert “LJ” Joseph Doucet, 82, of Bridge City, TX passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024, in Groves, TX. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Thursday, May 30, 2024, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Father Ernie Carpio with Deacon Steven Obernuefemann. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange, TX. Visitation will be at 9:00 am -11:00 am, Thursday, May 30, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Church Point, LA, on Nov...

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