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Record Covid-19 spike continues in OC

More than 100 new test-confirmed cases of the Covid-19 respiratory virus have been reported in Orange County in the last week, according to a Wednesday, July 1 report. That means... — Updated 7/2/2020


60 county residents test positive for covid-19

The number of new cases of covid-19 in Orange County continue to rocket up the charts with Wednesday afternoon's numbers released by health officials showing a record increase of... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News
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OC marks 3rd COVID death, record spike

Orange County reported its third fatality linked to the new coronavirus Wednesday as part of its worst five-day spike of new cases since the outbreak began locally in March. The... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News

Thon, Orange Lions plant for the future

The Orange Lions Club is throwing some future shade and tasty treats around the eastern side of Orange County. A tree-planting drive, led by club member Ralph Thon and drawing... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Staff Report    News

Earl Thomas III 'Giving Back To The Community" event

Orange County football great and Baltimore Raven Earl Thomas III was back home on Saturday to host a drive-thru or picnic-style lunch giveaway for his hometown community. Nearly... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News 

Cleanups to 'Make Bailey's Great Again'

  Cutline: Joe Henry and Linsey Williamson of Bridge City look over a pile of litter and trash alongside Bailey Road Tuesday afternoon. The pair is leading trash-off efforts set fo... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News 

Orange County Judge confirms he has COVID-19

In the middle of the worst spike yet in local coronavirus cases, Orange County Judge John Gothia has tested positive for COVID-19, he told the County Record and Penny Record... — Updated 6/30/2020

 By Debby Schamber    News 

Princess Blue identified:

Almost every little girl wants to be known as a princess, but for 30 years Julie Gwenn Davis, was actually known as "Princess Blue" since her real identity was unknown. The... — Updated 6/30/2020

 By Staff Report    News

Cardinal wings spread far and wide as BCHS grads say farewell . . .

Finally-- the Bridge City High School Class of 2020 got their day on Saturday. With chairs spread across H.N. 'Moe' Litton Field the graduating students awaited their diplomas as... — Updated 6/25/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News

Mooney 'ready to roll' as Sheriff

Lane Mooney says he's "ready to roll" as Orange County's new Sheriff. As such, he promises to go right to work for the taxpayers after he takes his oath of office at midnight as... — Updated 6/23/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News

Commissioners salute retiring Sheriff Merritt

County Commissioners gave a lotta love to outgoing Sheriff Keith Merritt at Tuesday's meeting downtown. Then they gave him a bill. The bill was for $407 as Merritt purchased his... — Updated 6/23/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News

'Liberal Ladies' OK with "force" answers

After Houston native George Floyd died May 25 with a Minneapolis policeman kneeling on his neck, a lot of people had to wonder if their local law enforcers employed similar "use of... — Updated 6/23/2020

 By Staff Report    News

East Roundbunch Swing Bridge nearing completion

The freshly painted and newly rehabbed East Roundbunch Swing Bridge spanning Cow Bayou in Bridge City out toward Chemical Row. The bridge h... — Updated 6/16/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News

Virus doesn't care about lockdown fatigue

Whether you call it a second wave or prefer to refer to "hot spots," Southeast Texas is seeing the biggest rise in COVID-19 cases reported since early May, when Texas began reopenin... — Updated 6/16/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News

Orange missionaries serve God on 'The Rez'

The retirement LaVern and Ricky Sterling had planned for didn’t happen. God had a better plan. For the past 16 years, the North Orange couple has spent about half of every year li... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News

Pinehurst salutes Zerko with honorary street

The Pinehurst City Council voted to rename the 3500 block of Peacock Street to Zerko Lane, in honor of native son John Zerko, who is retiring from public service. City... — Updated 6/9/2020


Bridge City area on the grow with new businesses, expansions

The Bridge City is on the grow as new businesses open and expansions are seen throughout the area. One example of that progress is seen above with the construction of what will... — Updated 6/9/2020


Creative thinking boosts LSCO despite Covid

Making the best of a bad situation, educators have been busy since the onset of the coronavirus to think outside the box. It's paying off at Lamar State College Orange, which on... — Updated 6/9/2020

 By John Cash Smith    News


Why am I a Democrat? I am a Democrat because I believe in social justice. I believe in equality before the law for every person, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual... — Updated 6/9/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News

OC Sheriff Merritt steps down early

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt resigned Tuesday afternoon, effective June 30. Merritt, an Orange County lawman for more than 40 years, did not run for re-election in 2020. Wh... — Updated 6/9/2020

 By Stump Weatherford    News

Orange Lions Club holds officer installation

Kacey Burnitt was installed as President of the Orange Lions Club at their clubs annual officer installation Monday. President Chris Kovatch presented Burnitt the gavel. Kovatch... — Updated 6/9/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News

All eyes on Gulf for Hurricane Season

Cutline: Joel Ardoin was promoted to the position of Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator in 2018.   If anybody in Orange County can be forgiven for constantly watching... — Updated 6/4/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News

OC Dem leader backs mail-in voting

Republicans have resisted and attacked calls to expand the use of voting by mail for people who say they fear crowds because of the coronavirus pandemic. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick... — Updated 6/4/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News

Graduations begin for distanced school seniors

Graduation season for high school seniors in east Orange County commences Friday night. That's when socially distanced graduates of West Orange-Stark High School walk across a stage... — Updated 6/4/2020

 By Dave Rogers    News

Drainage District works to clean county's clogs

The coronavirus and the disease it carries, Covid-19, haven’t slowed down efforts to improve drainage in Orange County. “Drainage is way better than it was a few years ago and t... — Updated 6/4/2020


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