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  • Mosquito control ready for post-storm outbreak

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    Expect the post-storm mosquitoes to come out in another week and a half, Orange County Mosquito Control Director Patrick Beebe told commissioners court Tuesday. But Beebe's department is prepared. During the Tuesday meeting, Orange County Commissioners Court approved him moving $50,000 from county contingency, or emergency, funds to pay for overtime salaries through the end of September. Beebe has had to make budget adjustments for the current fiscal year because of influxes...

  • Orange keeps adding new businesses, houses

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    Orange will be getting a new pizza restaurant on Allie Payne Road and a new DuGood Federal Credit Union building on Interstate 10, according to building permits issued by the city in June. Brown & Brown Pizza is owned by Randy and Kathy Brown of Orange and operates Domino's Pizza franchises. The company got a permit to build a new $850,000 building at 1715 Allie Payne Road near the intersection with Texas Highway 87 North. The contractor is Better Built Metal Buildings. DuGood...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    RIDEN’ WITH BIDEN Democrats need to vote for President Joe Biden. He’s earned their support. No president since L.B.J. has accomplished more in his first term. Biden did it with a split government, many of his accomplishments due to his skill to bring together bi-partisan support from both Democrats and Republicans. In just three and a half years his record of accomplishments is really amazing. Congressional Democrats, Black Caucus and Hispanic Caucus unanimously support the...

  • Judice named Community Builder by BC Masons

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    Monday night Michelle Judice of Bridge City was honored with the highest award given to a non-Mason, the Community Builder award, at the Bridge City Masonic Lodge #1345 by worshipful master Reese Forse. The lodge committee distinguishes one community builder (one person that has made an impact on the community) at least once a year. Forse said the pandemic did prevent them from presenting one for a few years. Their selection is then passed on to the Grand Lodge of Texas in...

  • Vidor couple loses house in Beryl when tree falls

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    The old adage "We dodged a bullet" was heard across Orange County Tuesday morning after Hurricane Beryl, but not everyone was so lucky. The county was on the far western side of the storm, which came ashore near Matagorda, south of Galveston. "We're very lucky that storm went where it did," County Judge John Gothia said. Though the sustained winds here did not reach tropical storm force, they were strong enough to knock down numerous trees and limbs. An older couple raising...

  • Local artist's solo show opens Saturday

    Updated Jul 9, 2024

    Orange artist Lindsay Simon will be honored with an opening reception of her first solo show, "Flights of Fancy: Defying Gravity" at 6 p.m., Saturday at Texas Artist Museum, 3501 Cultural Center Dr. in Port Arthur. Simon works in pastels with a focus on waterfowl and racehorses....

  • Hughes receives Eagle Scout award

    Updated Jul 9, 2024

    Kolbe Hughes, a member of Boy Scouts Troop 1 in Orange, has received the prestigious Eagle Scout award during a ceremony at the Orange VFW Post 2775. His mother, Anna Hughes, pinned him with the award. He is also the son of the late Bill Hughes and is the seventh Hughes son to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Kolbe is set to go to boot camp for the U.S. Air Force in a few days. Jim Seales, an Air Force veteran and member of the VFW post, spoke at the ceremony....

  • "No, your other left"

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    For the majority of upper coast anglers the thought of actually seeing a fish before you cast to it is more of a foreign concept than going to a restaurant that doesn't serve sweet tea, it's just not natural. In the minds of most anglers who fish with me the thought of water with clarity good enough to see fish in is usually reserved for venues farther south or some Caribbean island where the white sand is nearly blinding, not the upper coast of Texas or Louisiana. Now don't g...

  • Cullen Bradley "Brad" Rasberry, 73, Vinton

    Updated Jul 9, 2024

    Cullen Bradley "Brad" Rasberry, age 73, of Vinton, Louisiana passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2024 in Orangefield, Texas. He was born on June 29, 1951 in Acadia Parish, Louisiana to the late Amos and Euna Rasberry. Brad worked as a Union Pipefitter for Local 195 where he graduated the five-year apprenticeship program. His passion was breeding and raising race horses. He loved a night out of country dancing or time spent at the racetrack. He was an avid collector of Roy...

  • Cornyn on Beryl

    Staff Report|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed Hurricane Beryl, which made landfall in Texas as a Category One Hurricane this morning and has impacted millions of homes and businesses as it's moved through the southeast and eastern parts of the state. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn's remarks are below, and video can be found here. "Early this morning, Hurricane Beryl made landfall in Texas as a Category One Hurricane." "I've reached out to the county judges and mayors...

  • Kathy Ann Lanier, 67, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Jul 8, 2024

    Kathy Ann Lanier, 67, of Orange, Texas, passed away on July 4, 2024, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Brother Jeff Bell. An inurnment will take place at a later date at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday July 9, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Orange, Texas, on November 18, 1956, she was the...

  • Shirley Jo Ausherman, 79, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Jul 8, 2024

    Shirley Jo Ausherman, 79, of Orange, Texas, passed away on July 6, 2024, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Orange, Texas, on July 29, 1944, she was the daughter of Columbus LeBlanc and Ola LeBlanc (Trahan). Shirley led a life filled with creativity and passion. Her hobbies included crafting, flower arrangements, sewing, and painting. She was also a member of Cove...

  • Chuck Russell, 77, Hemphill

    Staff Report|Updated Jul 8, 2024

    Chuck Russell, 77, of Hemphill, Texas, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on June 24, 2024. Born in Orange County, Texas, on February 12, 1947. Chuck's career as a welder was not just a profession but a passion that defined him. He will be remembered as someone who was a character - always bringing laughter and joy to those around him. His love for fishing and travel brought brightness to his life and inspired those who knew him. Among his proudest...

  • Clayton Lynn Harrison

    Clayton Lynn Harrison, 46, Bridge City

    Staff Report|Updated Jul 8, 2024

    Clayton Lynn Harrison, 46, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on July 3, 2024, at home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be Pastor Newley Hunt. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, July 7, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on April 13, 1978, he was the son of Thomas Lynn Harrison...

  • Mary K. Williams Brinkley, 89, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Jul 8, 2024

    Mary K. Williams Brinkley, 89, of Orange, Texas, passed away on July 5, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Old Shiloh Cemetery in Mt. Enterprise, Texas. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2024, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Mt. Enterprise, Texas, on December 28, 1934, she...

  • TWIA invites public to 2024 Rate Adequacy Analysis review

    Staff Report|Updated Jul 3, 2024

    Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) Actuarial & Underwriting Committee will meet on Monday, July 15 at 10 a.m. CT. The meeting agenda and meeting materials are available on TWIA’s website. The Committee will review the 2024 Rate Adequacy Analysis prepared by the Association’s actuarial staff, receive public comment, and consider whether to recommend a change in rates to TWIA’s Board of Directors. The Rate Adequacy Analysis indicates that TWIA’s current rates are inadequate by 38 percent for residential coverag...

  • Joel Wayne Hebert, 65, Nederland

    Staff Report|Updated Jul 3, 2024

    Joel Wayne Hebert, 65, of Nederland, Tx, passed away on June 29h, 2024 at his home in Nederland. A Memorial Mass will be held on July 13th, 2024, at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Joel was born on November 11, 1958, in Port Arthur to Ronald and Sheryl Hebert. He graduated from Nederland High School (1976). He was always willing to lend a hand when ever needed as evidence by his devotion to the Southeast Texas Circle of Hope as a founding board member. Joel...

  • The Imperial Presidency Is Now Legalized

    Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus of Political Science of Portland State University|Updated Jul 3, 2024

    The US Supreme Court’s July 1 decision to grant absolute immunity to a President’s official acts is indeed, as Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) wrote on X, “a sad day for America” and “our democracy.” Donald Trump and future presidents are evidently now free to follow their worst instincts if they don’t like the result of elections—or anything else. Absent any guardrails, presidents, by claiming they are acting in their official capacities, may incite insurrections, order the justice department to d...

  • Alicia Orta Blanchard, 79, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Jul 3, 2024

    Alicia Orta Blanchard, 79, of Orange, Texas, passed away on July 1, 2024, peacefully at home. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, July 5, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Antony Paulose. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will begin prior to the service at 9 a.m., Friday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, with a Rosary to begin at 10:00 a.m. Born in Orange, Texas, on March 12, 1945, she was the...

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