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Articles from the August 9, 2023 edition


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  • Dilapidated buildings cleared around Second Street

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    Piles of rubble stand along a block of the an old apartment complex, ready to be loaded into trailers to be hauled off for disposal. The rubble is from condemned buildings at the Sabine Park Apartments between First and Second Streets in the Old Orange Historic District. Last week the demolition began on the wood-frame one, and two-story buildings. The city is paying the Lark Group $145,000 to demolish nine of the complex's buildings. A lien for the amount will be added to...

  • Vidorians run out white supremacists

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    In a scene that would have been unimaginable 30 years ago, white supremacists visiting to share their views in Vidor had to ask for a police escort out of town when local residents protested. Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll the incident was at noon Saturday, August 5, on North Main Street near Tram Road. Police dispatchers began receiving numerous calls that several armed and masked men were in the street. Police went to the commercial area and found men with Aryan Freedom...

  • County works to regulate influx of RV parks

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    Land is being cleared in spots all across Orange County as investors build parks for recreational vehicles that will be coming for the industrial boom created by the new Chevron Phillips chemical plant. And now, the county will have new regulations to put into effect. Beginning Monday, any land currently without an RV permit that is being developed will need to meet the new regulations. Existing RV parks, or those under construction with permits, will be "grandfathered" into t...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    DROUGHT AFFECTING EVEN LARGE TREES Temperatures continue to hold around 100 degrees. It has been over 30 days since any measurable rain has fallen and the outlook is not good, maybe 10 percent next week. My guess is that the water table has really dropped and that is affecting larger trees that require lots of water. I’ve seen limbs starting to die. We have lost several limbs in our camphor trees and the oak trees are showing stress. There has been no time in my life that w...

  • Summer concert season is here

    Tommy Mann Jr, For the Record|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    Temperatures continue to be red hot and so is the summer concert scene with loads of amazing concerts all across the region, including several big shows in Southeast Texas. Check out the schedule below and visit www.therecordlive.com for a more detailed schedule for the rest of 2023. Aug. 10 Underoath, Revention Music Center, Houston Aug. 10 Convictions, Confessions of a Traitor, Bloodlines, Scout Bar, Houston Aug. 11 Boy George and Culture Club, Howard Jones, Berlin, Cynthia...

  • Barefoot Souls-Wellness Studio Named Bridge City Chamber Business of the Month

    Updated Aug 8, 2023

    The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce has announced that Barefoot Souls- Wellness Studio has been named Business of the Month for August 2023. They were presented an award at the August Networking Coffee hosted by Rani Dillow with Westin Mortgage Group....

  • WOCCISD Convocation 2023 Celebrates Success and Looks Forward to an Outstanding School Year

    Updated Aug 8, 2023

    The West Orange Cove Consolidated Independent School District (WOCCISD) proudly hosted its Convocation 2023, marking a momentous occasion as teachers, staff, and administrators reunited to welcome a promising new school year. The event took place at the WOCCISD Event Center, where attendees embraced the lively spirit of the 70s era, adding an extra layer of excitement to the festivities. Under the theme "Valuing the Seed, Let's Do It Again Mustangs" Dr. Rickie Harris,...

  • State Wildfire Preparedness Level raised to Level 4 as high fire danger is forecast this week

    Updated Aug 8, 2023

    Texas A&M Forest Service has raised the State Wildfire Preparedness Level to Level 4 due to the recent increase in wildfire activity across the state and the growing potential for wildfires to become more severe, making them harder to control. “The decision to move to a Preparedness Level 4 indicates that the complexity of wildfires across Texas is increasing to where they require more time, personnel and equipment to contain and put out,” said Wes Moorehead, Texas A&M For...

  • Glenn Dean Brower, 85

    Updated Aug 8, 2023

    Glenn Dean Brower, 85, passed away on August 3, 2023, in Houston, Texas. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont, Texas. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, August 11, 2023, at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont. Born in Coffeeville, Mississippi on December 5, 1937, he was the son of Eric Brower and Anna (Wydell) Webb. Glenn was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and was ve...

  • Nolan James Hicks, 56, Bridge City

    Updated Aug 8, 2023

    Nolan James Hicks, 56, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on August 5, 2023, in Beaumont, Texas. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 10, 2023, at Bridge City United Pentecostal Church in Bridge City, Texas. Officiating will be Reverend Murry Ray. Burial will follow at Mimosa Pines South Cemetery in Carlyss, Louisiana. Prior to the service, visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, at Bridge City United Pentecostal Church in Bridge City. Born in...

  • Orangefield High School cheerleaders return UCA Cheer Camp with awards

    Updated Aug 8, 2023

    The Orangefield High School cheerleaders returned from UCA Cheer Camp with several awards. Varsity awards include: Best Overall in Game-Day Championship, 1st in Camp Routine, 2nd in Sideline, two Gold Superior Ribbons, and earned the spirit stick all four days. Individual Varsity awards include 6 All American cheerleaders, Kaylea Gravett, Gracie Luker, Sterling Richard, Bailey LeBoeuf, Emilee Nunez, and Phuong Tsan. Pin It Forward, Kaylea Gravett. Jump Off Champion, Natalie...

  • Joel Hale Wagnon, 88, Orange

    Updated Aug 8, 2023

    Joel Hale Wagnon, 88, of Orange, Texas, passed away on August 6, 2023, in Beaumont, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, August 11, 2023, at First Baptist Church in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Barry Bradley. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn in Orange. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m., Friday, at First Baptist Church in Orange. Born in Timpson, Texas, on October 29, 1934, he was the son of Joel Henry Wagnon...

  • Harvey Damian Dubois, 82, Orange

    Updated Aug 8, 2023

    Harvey Damian Dubois, 82 of Orange, TX, died peacefully surrounded by his family August 5th, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2023 at 10:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Community, in Orange, TX. Officiating will be Fr. Jim Sichko, Papal Missionary for Pope Francis, concelebrating Fr. David Edwards and Rev. Anthony Paulose. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. Visitation at St. Francis in Orange, Wednesday, August 9th...

  • Norma Jean "Jeanie" Norwood, 80, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    Norma Jean “Jeanie” Norwood, 80, of Orange, Texas, died Friday, August 4, 2023, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Born in Orange, Texas, on September 10, 1942, Jeanie was the daughter of Norman and Audrey Ellen (Ousley) Stephenson. She was a very loving woman who cared deeply for her family and friends. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her determination and strong willpower to accomplish anything she set her mind to. She was preceded in death by her parents; sis...

  • OCARC holds another successful fishing tournament

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    The weather was good and the wind picked up to make the temperatures feel a little cooler during the first Friday and Saturday in August. The result was another great OCARC fishing tournament in Orange. OCARC Director John Thomas was thrilled with the 246 entrees in the 35th Annual OCARC Fishing Tournament and of those participants who weighed in a fish 73 of them were under the age of 16 years old. "The tournament had a great turn out. The weigh-in at the Riverside Pavilion...

  • Bears hope to battle for district title

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    After its strong run in the playoffs two years ago, last season was a little disappointing for Little Cypress Mauriceville in football. The Bears finished third in their competitive district and were eliminated in the first round of the state playoffs by Kilgore. Head Coach Eric Peevey of LCM called last year a positive season. "We had a winning record at 6-5 which was only the third time in school history the Bears have had back-to-back winning seasons. I think our...

  • Cardinals look to improve this season

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    There is a new head football coach in Bridge City with a familiar name. Chad Landry has been with the baseball program at Bridge City for 15 years and was named the top man for the Cardinals in football during this past off season. Landry steps into the Cardinals' head coaching position a season after they went 1-9 without a win in district. "We're kind of in a building phase coming off of last year when we were riddled with injuries. It was a tough spot for our guys, but we...

  • Mustangs expect to bounce back this season

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    Last year was not a typical season in football for West Orange-Stark. The Mustangs made the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round of the post season by the Bellville Brahmas. West Orange-Stark was led by Hiawatha Hickman who was promoted to be the athletic director and the new head football coach with the retirement of longtime Mustang coach Cornel Thompson. The season had its ups and downs as WOS finished at 5-6 for a rare losing record by the winningest team in...

  • Bobcats hoping to repeat championship season

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    The Orangefield Bobcats are three weeks away from kicking off a new football season and are hoping for a repeat of last year for themselves. The Bobcats were district champions for the first time in over three decades and won a playoff game. Head Coach Josh Smalley was obviously pleased with his 9-3 Bobcats in 2022. "It was a good season for us. We had a running back that set the single season rushing record with 2400 yards, we had a lot of positives, and we had a couple kids...

  • Constance Amelia Thrailkille Free, 89, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Aug 7, 2023

    Constance Amelia Thrailkille Free, 89, of Orange, Tx, passed away on 7/30/2023 at 12:34, at St. Davids in Austin, Texas. In lieu of traditional Funeral services, we will be celebrating her life at 3 pm on August 4, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Tx. There will be snow cones and confetti. Bring your best whacky sunglasses and a silly hat. Born in Orange, Tx, on January 6, 1934, she was the daughter of William Thrailkille and Ruby Hinch. She was a lifelong performer...

  • Review: Great White and Slaughter at the Golden Nugget

    Tommy Mann Jr, For the Record|Updated Aug 7, 2023

    Temperatures have been scorching outside and hovering at or above 100 degrees for many days across the region, but the Golden Nugget Event Center was red hot as well this past Saturday. Two well-known bands with ties to the 1980s music era turned up the heat on Saturday night (Aug. 5, 2023) at the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, La., as Great White and Slaughter delighted the large crowd with an evening of fantastic music and a stroll down memory lane. Slaughter,...

  • Philbert Lynn Honeycutt Jr., 54, formerly of Orange

    Updated Aug 3, 2023

    Philbert Lynn Honeycutt Jr., 54, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2023. Lynn was born to Bette and Philbert Lynn Honeycutt, Sr. in Orange, TX on May 15, 1969. After Lynn graduated from West Orange Stark High School in 1987, he attended Texas State University and received his bachelor’s degree in 1991. During the summers of 1990 and 1991, he served as a Summer Missionary at Buckner Children’s Home in Lubbock, Texas and a children’s home in New Orleans, Louisiana. He obtai...

  • Jeffrey Michael Grutsch, 62, Bridge City

    Updated Aug 3, 2023

    Jeffrey Michael Grutsch, 62, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away surrounded by loved ones on July 28, 2023. A Memorial Service will be held in his honor at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City, Texas. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2023. Born in Columbus, Ohio, on September 12, 1960, he was the son of Louis Paul Grutsch and Carol Ann (Robinson) Grutsch. Husband of 38 years,...

  • Rose Marie Russell, 80, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    Rose Marie Russell, of Orange Texas, was born on June, 28, 1943 in Lafayette, La. She peacefully transitioned from this earth at home surrounded by loved ones on July, 31, 2023 after a long battle with dementia. She had unwavering love for her family, especially her grandchildren, which she adored. Rose was an avid sports fan, and particularly loved the Dallas Cowboys and LCM Battlin’ Bears. She enjoyed spending time at the beach, cruising around the world, and going d...

  • Frances Ellen Ming, 90, Mauriceville

    Staff Report|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    Frances Ellen Ming, 90, of Mauriceville, Texas, passed away on July 31, 2023, in Liberty, Texas. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 4, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City, Texas. Officiating will be Pastor Kevin Brown of First Baptist Church of Mauriceville. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will take place prior to the service at 9:00 a.m., Friday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Shelbyville,...

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