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Articles from the December 29, 2021 edition

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  • Lauren "Laur Laur" Grace Brinkley, 19, Bridge City

    Staff Report|Updated Apr 25, 2022

    Lauren “Laur” “Laur” Grace Brinkley, 19, of Bridge City, passed away on December 21, 2021. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 30, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Nederland, Texas, on February 15, 2002, she was the daughter of Landon Brinkley and Jiam (McAbee) Brinkley. Lauren had an outgoing and artistic soul. She enjoyed everything from pa...

  • Down Life's Highway

    Roy Dunn, For the Record|Updated Jan 3, 2022

    On New Year's Eve, December 31, 2021, Phyl and I will celebrate our 67th wedding anniversary. Over the Thanksgiving Holidays we had all three of our children, five grandchildren and eight of our nine great-grandchildren with us. Our oldest great-grandson Nate, in the Air Force, is stationed in South Dakota. It was such a joy to be around the small ones. There are four of them that are five years old and younger. Each one of them has their own personality. When our...

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  •  Virus creeps up on Orange County

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting 47 new COVID-19 cases in Orange County, a 56 percent jump over last week's reported 30 cases. The highly contagious omicron variant has led to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Texas. "It's rocking and rolling with the resurgence we're having right now," Orange County Judge John Gothia said Monday. "Our call center is receiving four times as many calls as it's been getting. We've seen a huge increase the last seven...

  • Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

    Sherlock Breaux, For the Record|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    THE YEAR 2021 WHEN WE NEARLY LOST OUR WAY When January 1, rolled around we were already facing the head winds of a worldwide pandemic, COVID-19. Fortunately a vaccine had been developed in record time and others on the way. There wasn't any concerted effort being applied by our government to get shots into citizen's arms. We faced the possibility of losing millions of American lives. Shortly after the Jan. 21 inauguration of President Joe Biden, his administration went into...

  • County cleans up, eyes CP Chem decision

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    As the Year 2022 looks forward to taking off at midnight Saturday, Orange County leaders are looking to the west for a sign. They’re all awaiting Chevron Phillips Chemical officials headquartered in The Woodlands to disclose a go or no-go decision on a building a $6 billion ethylene plant on the southeast side of the county, north of the current Chemical Row, FM 1006. “We just want to try to get completed with this [hurricane] recovery stuff,” Orange County Judge John Gothi...

  • Candice Conroy Steele political statement

    Updated Dec 28, 2021

    My name is Candice Conroy Steele and I am running for Justice of the Peace; Precinct 3, Orange County, Texas. I have been married to my husband, Mark Steele, Sr. for 18 years and we have three children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. I am a graduate of Orangefield High School and have lived in Precinct 3 for the last 20 years. I have worked in the legal field for over 30 years and I am well versed in many aspects of the law. I have an Associate degree a...

  • Reality check

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    For some strange and unknown reason it seems like the older I get the faster things tend to repeat themselves. At times I would swear the pages on the calendar flip by two months at time instead of just one. Recently I began the process of renewing my Coast Guard license for the 5th or 6th time and I started thinking about how much time that represented, especially knowing that its five years between each renewal. As I stood next to the island in my kitchen and opened up my...

  • Ike response tops Jones' BC memories

    Dave Rogers, For the Record|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    Jerry Jones was just making the jump from Director of Bridge City's Public Works Department to the office of City Manager in September of 2005 when Hurricane Rita blew through the area on the heels of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans. But Jones really earned his spurs as city leader, working with Mayor Kirk Roccaforte three years later as Hurricane Ike did its best to wipe the city off the map. A Category 2 storm of 100-plus winds sent a surge of up to 14 feet of water...

  • Seeking an anti-mosquito molecule

    Staff Report|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    Adam Russell Texas A&M AgriLife Correspondent Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are on a mission to create a new weapon against disease-carrying mosquitoes. Patricia Pietrantonio, Ph.D., a Texas A&M AgriLife Research Fellow and professor in the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is leading a three-year project toward a new method of mosquito control. The project will focus on Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus species, which...

  • Keeping those New Year's resolutions

    Staff Report|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    Paul Schattenberg Texas A&M AgriLife Correspondent Setting realistic goals and expectations and being emotionally ready to change are essential to keeping New Year's resolutions, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. "Three reasons why keeping resolutions fail are that they are unreasonable, the person expects an unrealistic benefit, or the person simply wasn't prepared to make the change," said Jenna Anding, Ph.D., RDN, AgriLife Extension nutrition specialist, B...

  • Gardening Tips: January

    John Green Orange County Master Gardener, For the Record|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    Hello fellow gardeners! 2021 is rapidly coming to an end and the new year is almost here. There are many gardening tasks which we can complete outside while we have good weather or shift tasks indoors on damp and dreary days, in preparation for springtime planting. Spring is rapidly approaching, now is a great time to get your soil analyzed for nutrients and pH levels through a soil testing laboratory. Results are usually returned within a couple of weeks. The soil analysis...

  • Texas Game Warden Memorial is Moving to a New Home

    Updated Dec 28, 2021

    AUSTIN– Since 2012, the Game Warden Peace Officer's Association has been working to relocate the memorial from the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens to the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. The life-size bronze figure of a Texas Game Warden stands to honor the wardens that lost their lives in the line of duty and serves as a reminder of the enduring legacy of the Texas Game Wardens. "The Association saw this as a necessary move since other memorials-specifically p...

  • Democracy's Greatest Danger

    Carl Parker, For the Record|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    After chairing the Texas Senate Education Committee for several years, I am absolutely convinced that although education is expensive, it is not near so expensive as ignorance. I am also convinced that ignorance is the greatest danger to a free society. Jefferson and others of our founders often advocated knowledgeable citizens were essential to a free society. There is a growing concern today as to whether or our educational system is producing the level of knowledge...

  • Kaz's Fearless Forecast

    Joe Kazmar, For the Record|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    Pinstripe Bowl—1:15 p.m. Today at New York City (ESPN)—Maryland over Virginia Tech. Cheese-It Bowl—4:45 p.m. Today at Orlando, FL. (ESPN)—Clemson over Iowa State. Alamo Bowl—8:15 p.m. Today at San Antonio, TX. (ESPN)—Oklahoma over Oregon. Duke’s Mayo Bowl—10:30 a.m. Thursday at Charlotte, N.C. (ESPN)—North Carolina over South Carolina. Music City Bowl—2 p.m. Thursday at Nashville, TN. (ESPN)---Tennessee over Purdue. Peach Bowl—6 p.m. Thursday at Atlanta, GA. (ESPN)—Michigan S...

  • Kaz's Korner

    Joe Kazmar, For the Record|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    With only two more weeks remaining in the 2021 regular National Football League season, there are still a smattering of teams that don't know where they will be two weeks from now-in the postseason playoffs with a bye week, having the home field in the wild-card week, making the playoffs and waiting for an opponent, or already eliminated from the playoffs. Our Houston Texans fall into that latter category-in fact, they were the first of the 32 NFL teams to officially be...