Hometown News For Orange County, Texas

Articles from the December 27, 2023 edition


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  • Bears to host LCM/IP Classic

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Dec 29, 2023

    The Christmas break has limited the games being played by the boys basketball teams in the eastern part of Orange County. All four teams will be participating in tournaments during the week leading up to the New Year. The Bridge City Cardinals had a home game with Buna scheduled for Tuesday, December 19, cancelled because of a shortage of players for the Cougars. Three local Orange County teams took part in the Battle of the Border Tournament held in Lake Charles, Louisiana....

  • A century ago in Orange

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Dec 26, 2023

    News in Orange from a century ago isn't much different from that going into 2024. Christian denominations were splitting and the government wanted to save by cutting back on employees. The daily newspaper, Orange Leader, of January 31, 1923, was reporting on local, national, and world affairs. One Associated Press story predicted "the year o the great realignment of the church forces in the United States" "spurred by the war between fundamentalists and modernists." One pastor...

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  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Dec 26, 2023

    7 FADES INTO HISTORY Well, we’ve come to the end of another year. 2023 went by with rapid speed. The weeks and months just ran into one another. I don’t recall a year passing so fast. Maybe it’s because I kept my nose to the grindstone. *****Nationally, we’re ending the year on a high note. The stock market is at an all-time high. I’m really optimistic about 2024. I see a boom because of rising companies launching initial public offerings, potentially creating over 14 m...

  • Orange brings new businesses with long-range plan

    Margaret Toal, For the|Updated Dec 26, 2023

    More than 20 years ago, leaders in Orange had a vision to expand commercial business and the tax base along Interstate 10 at 16th Street. After years of negotiations with the state highway department and railroad companies, the dream is coming true as businesses have filled up land along a new interstate frontage road. The project also involved about $2.5 million in city investments with the money coming from the special half-cent per dollar economic development sales tax...

  • Gilbert graduates from the regional police academy at Lamar Institute of Technology

    Updated Dec 26, 2023

    Battalion Chief Joel Gilbert of the Orange Fire Department (center) recently graduated from the regional police academy at Lamar Institute of Technology. The 12-year veteran of OFD received his certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as an arson investigator. He is now one of five certified peace officers in the department. Fire Chief John Bilbo is to the left of Gilbert....

  • Holiday turns North for Roy and Phyl

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated Dec 26, 2023

    I started trying to make it through a Down Life's Highway column and have written this copy from the hospital on Christmas day. I came down with COVID and with my COPD and kidney problems I ended up at St. E's very sick. Phyl, being sick herself, drove to an emergency clinic and also tested positive for COVID but without the other issues I have. The medicine the doctor prescribed has done her a lot of good. My daughter Karen, who is seeing that I am being cared for, is also...

  • Bridge City, Pinehurst end year with stagnant sales taxes

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Dec 26, 2023

    As 2023 comes to a close, most of the public entities with sales taxes have income staying above the inflation rate, but Bridge City and Pinehurst have had stagnant returns. The Texas Comptroller's Office has sent the cities, county, and one special district the sales taxes for sales in the month of October and has calculated the 12 months of sales taxes paid to the entities. Orange ended up with a whopping 28.9 percent end of the year increase from 2022, while Bridge City saw...

  • James "Jim" E. Riley, 98

    Updated Dec 26, 2023

    Oberlin-Memorial services honoring the life of James “Jim” E. Riley, 98, will be held at 1 o’clock p.m. on Thursday December 28, 2023, at Ardoin/Allen Parish Funeral Home of Oberlin. Rev. Fr. Pradeep Gali will officiate, and family friend Steve Manuel will deliver Jim’s eulogy. Private family services will be held at Consolata Cemetery. Jim will be laid to rest with full military honors. Jim’s family will receive friends and visitors at Ardoin/Allen Parish Funeral Home of Ober...

  • Fay Alva Jean Williams, 87, Orange

    Updated Dec 26, 2023

    Fay Alva Jean Williams, 87, of Orange, Texas, passed away on December 22, 2023, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 29, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Cazzy Francis of Pathway Church Mid County. Burial will follow at Parish Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 28, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Orange,...

  • Spinnerbaits are the dirty water alternative

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated Dec 26, 2023
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    Any tackle geek knows they are the next great weapon in the angling arsenal, saltwater spinnerbaits have come to the coast and the redfish have a new enemy. They come in array of different colors and each one does a little something different that sets it apart from the competition. Truth be told there are 2 basic styles and they both do a great job catching fish. The most common style is the “safety pin” style, famous in bass fishing circles and the one most known by Tex...

  • Kenneth Lee Dupuis, 78, Bridge City

    Staff Report|Updated Dec 26, 2023

    Kenneth Lee Dupuis, 78, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on December 20, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at St. Paul Methodist Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend David Green. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery (On County Road 062 Jasper, Texas off of Hwy 255 Sam Rayburn Pkwy) at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2023. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 26, 2023, at Claybar...

  • Perry Jacob Bonin III, 36, Orange

    Updated Dec 25, 2023

    Perry Jacob Bonin III, 36, of Orange, Texas, passed away on December 19, 2023, at home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 26, 2023, at First Baptist Church of Deweyville in Deweyville. Officiating will be Revered Brad Bickham. Burial will follow at Deweyville Cemetery in Deweyville. Visitation will begin prior to the service at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 26, 2023, at First Baptist Church of Deweyville. Born in Galveston, Texas, on February 6, 1987, he...

  • Girls basketball taking off for Christmas

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Dec 24, 2023

    The local girls basketball teams have taken the week prior to Christmas off for the most part. The Orangefield Lady Bobcats, the Bridge City Lady Cardinals, the Little Cypress Mauriceville Lady Bears, and the West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs will resume district competition on Tuesday, January 2. The Orangefield Lady Bobcats did play twice before Christmas and won both games. The Lady Bobcats beat Lumberton in a good game 51-43 on Tuesday, December 19 at Orangefield. Post...

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