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  • Local paratrooper jumps for D-Day anniversary

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    On June 6, 20-year-old Cody Strause made his first parachute jump over a foreign country as he landed in Normandy, France. But Strause wasn't one of the veterans. The Orangefield High graduate is in the 82nd Airborne of the U.S. Army and was part of a military tribute during the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The same airborne dropped troops over Normandy during the 1944 Allied D-Day invasion to free Europe from Nazi Germany. The 82nd had 156 men killed, 347 wounded,...

  • Juneteenth celebration set for Riverfront this weekend

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Once again, Krewe de Onyx is holding its annual Juneteenth celebration with festivities at the Orange Riverfront on Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16. Gates will be open from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. both days and admission is free. Live music will be provided by Perry Richard, Jeremey Fruge, Lil Nate, and Roi Anthony. Local DJ Shocker Shawn will provide music during the interludes. Juneteenth is officially June 19, the festival is being held on the weekend before as a way...

  • Gift of Life screenings set for Orange this summer

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Men in Orange County will get a chance for free medical screenings on Saturday, July 13, with the Julie Rogers Gift of Life program. Plus, women have a chance for free mammograms during special days of the summer. Norma Sampson, executive director of the Southeast Texas charity, went before Orange County Commissioners Court Tuesday to talk about the group's medical programs because June is National Men's Health Month. The Gift of Life program provides free screenings,...

  • Orange's Kovatch gets Lions International President's Medal

    Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Longtime Orange Lions Club member Chris Kovatch was presented Monday night, June 10, with the Lions International President's Medal, the second highest honor the service group gives. Lion Chris Gunstream, a former local member, who now serves as an officer for Lions clubs in East Texas, came to give the award while giving the oath to new Orange Lions officers. Kovatch has served in numerous Lions Club offices and positions through the years. He is a local banker who also...

  • Bridge City's new 'Sunnyside' water well celebrated

    Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Bridge City Mayor David Rutledge, center, cut the ceremonial ribbon last week as the city and the chamber of commerce celebrated the city's new Sunnyside water well. The additional well will help the city improve water service to its residents and businesses....

  • Some 80 Bridge City buildings got water in T-storm

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    At least 80 buildings in Bridge City had water inside during the Saturday, June 1, deluge, Commissioner Kirk Roccaforte said Tuesday during Orange County Commissioners Court. Roccaforte's Precinct 3 includes the Bridge City area and the Tuesday meeting was the first since the storm. Parts of the Bridge City area six to seven inches of water within a short time. The thunderstorm system that day was another example of only a small part of the county experiencing flooding rains...

  • Explore Orange July 4th Concert & Fireworks Celebration

    Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Celebrate Independence Day with the Explore Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau at the 2024 July 4th Concert & Fireworks Celebration. Join us on Thursday, July 4th at the Riverside Pavilion, located at 708 Simmons Drive, for an evening of freedom, fun, and fireworks! With live music entertainment, food vendors, kid activities, and a spectacular fireworks display, this event is sure to be a blast. Schedule of Events: • 4:00 pm: Gates open • 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Live music by Th...

  • Orange prayed as men fought in Normandy 80 years ago

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    As the fighting was raging on the shores of Normandy 80 years ago, people in Orange were going to churches. The famous Allie invasion of France to drive to drive German Nazis out of the occupied country began before dawn on June 6, 1944, along the Normandy coast. It was a surprise attack that every one knew would come some day and bring thousands of casualties. No one knew the date. It was 9:30 in the morning French time for the invading troops when word began coming into Oran...

  • New plant sets traffic watches for heavy hauls

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    The Chevron Phillips petrochemical plant under construction along Texas Highway 87 south has set more times to close traffic lanes for moving heavy modular components. The $8.5 billion plant, officially named Golden Triangle Polymers, or GTP in the 21st Century language of abbreviations, is being built from a number of prefabricated units, many of which are constructed overseas. The heavy units are shipped to the U.S. and then placed on barges that travel to Cow Bayou and...

  • Storms lead to oil spill, flooding

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Thunderstorms last week caused problems in the Orangefield-Bridge City area, first with an oil spill down Cow Bayou, and then with a short, heavy rain burst that left street flooded and water going into houses. Orange County Emergency Disaster Director Joel Ardoin said about 60 gallons of crude oil spilled into Cow Bayou in Orangefield after a lightning strike the night of Wednesday, May 29. Also, Ardoin said six to seven inches of rain fell within a short time in Bridge City...

  • BCISD's Kelly gets regional honor

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Bridge City ISD's Dr. Mike Kelly has been named Texas Education Regional 5 Superintendent of the Year. The designation puts him as the Southeast Texas nominee for the state honor. The state has 20 Education Service Centers with Region 5 serving six counties with 34 school districts and two charter schools. Each region's honorees will qualify for a statewide honor. Bridge City's individual campus teachers of the year are Heather Ivey for the elementary school, Michelle Laperole...

  • Heart Gallery of Southeast Texas launched

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    AUSTIN, Texas – Heart Galleries of Texas is pleased to announce the launch of its newest affiliate, Heart Gallery of Southeast Texas, serving children wanting to be adopted in the Beaumont and east Texas communities. Heart Gallery of Southeast Texas was launched on May 15, 2024, with the support of local attorney and child welfare advocate Kim Phelan; her husband, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan; and the First Lady of Texas, Cecilia Abbott. With the launch of the Heart G...

  • Commissioners endorse buying more mosquito spray

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    Commissioners Court Tuesday didn't hesitate to spend $101,000 on an item that has gone over budget for the year. Orange County Mosquito Control will be getting more pesticide to spray from the special plane. "We've had a very active first eight months of this fiscal year" and the supplies are "critically low," said Mosquito Control Director Patrick Beebe told commissioners. The county's fiscal, or budget year, goes from October 1 through September 30. Usually, the mosquito pop...

  • Industries report big dollars being brought to county

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    Golden Triangle Polymers, the Chevron Phillips chemical plant under construction, spent $39.3 million dollars locally in the first quarter of 2024. The report given to Orange County Commissioners Court Tuesday is part of the requirement for the new plant's tax abatement with the county for the $8.5 billion petrochemical plant between Highway 87 South and FM 1006, known as Chemical Row. And in a separate report, Jefferson Energy Terminal along the Neches River side of the...

  • Phelan beats Covey by 366 votes

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan barely hung onto his position as District 21 representative Tuesday night with 366 more votes as he battled challenger David Covey in a runoff. The runoff total for the three counties in District 21 had 12,813 votes for Phelan and 12,447 for Covey. Orange County went with Covey in the March primary race and again in Tuesday's runoff. The county Elections Administrator's Office reports a preliminary runoff final of 5,842 votes, or 836 more than...

  • Hurricane season could be rough this year

    Margaret Toal, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    Spin the Wheel of Fortune and see if what name it lands on. Will it be Beryl, Rafael, or William? Those are some of the 2024 names for hurricanes and the National Hurricane Center is predicting a busy year for tropical storms and even major hurricanes. Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and will run through the end of November. The National Hurricane Center is part of NOAA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, operated by scientists through the...

  • Orange Public Library Summer Reading Programs

    Updated May 28, 2024

    The Orange Public Library is hosting a series of Summer Reading Programs for readers of all ages! Upon registration, participants will receive a reading log to record their reading and listening time. Readers will turn in their logs by July 25th to receive Library Bucks to be used at the Library Store during the Summer Program Carnival! • Preschool Read-to-Me: Wednesdays from June 5th through July 24th from 10:45 am – 11:15 am, a different community member will read to chi...

  • Bridge City High School's Val and Sal for the Class of 2024

    Updated May 28, 2024

    Elizabeth Mamie Bunch (right) is the daughter of Mark and Erin Bunch and will be graduating as the Valedictorian of Bridge City High School’s Class of 2024. Over the past four years, Elizabeth dedicated her time to the Bridge City Band where she served as drum major of the marching band in her senior year. In band, she was a four time TMEA All-Region band member and participated in Area auditions three times. Elizabeth was also the Vice President of UIL Academics, competing i...

  • West Orange-Stark High School Class of 2024 Val and Sal

    Updated May 28, 2024

    The West Orange-Stark High School Class of 2024 has proudly announced its top graduates, with Anastashia Perkins named Valedictorian and Lendrit Makolli named Salutatorian. Anastashia Perkins, the daughter of Patrick Perkins, is an Early College High School graduate through the school's partnership with Lamar State College-Orange. She has been an active member of the M3 Band, serving as a section leader for the past three years, and is also a member of the National Honor...

  • Orangefield High School Class of 2024 Val and Sal

    Updated May 28, 2024

    The Orangefield High School Class of 2024 Valedictorian is Kaitlyn Jenkins and the Salutatorian is Logan Cheek. Jenkins is a member of the volleyball team, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Art Club, and Student Council. She has been a member of UIL Academics teams throughout high school. She has advanced to the state competition in Computer Applications. She will be attending Tulane in the fall to major in Architecture. Cheek is an athlete, participating in football,...

  • LCM High School Class of 2024 Val and Sal

    Updated May 28, 2024

    LCM High School Class of 2024 class valedictorian is Rhylan Wilson, and the class salutatorian is Christine Qi. Pictured on left: Christine Qi (Salutatorian) Pictured on right: Rhylan Wilson (Valedictorian)...

  • Lutcher Theater announces spectacular lineup for 45th Season

    Updated May 28, 2024

    (Orange,Texas) The Lutcher Theater is thrilled to announce its 45th season, featuring a star-studded lineup that promises to deliver unforgettable entertainment experiences. This milestone season will kick off in October with an electrifying performance by the Bacon Brothers, featuring Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael, setting the stage for an extraordinary year of music, Broadway and more. "The Lutcher Theater is proud to celebrate its 45th season with a lineup that...

  • West Orange-Cove CISD district employees of the year

    Updated May 28, 2024

    West Orange-Cove CISD district employees of the year were announced during the annual Retirement and Employee Recognition Banquet this week. Help us in congratulating these outstanding MUSTANGS! Their hard-work and dedication to WOCCISD is truly inspirational! Jakeshia Wright, Auxiliary Employee of the Year Benjamin Booker III, Paraprofessional of the Year Kandi Jolivette, Teacher of the Year All pictured here with Superintendent, Dr. Rickie Harris...

  • Orangefield Students Sign with DOW Apprenticeship Program

    Updated May 28, 2024

    The world-renowned DOW Corporation, East Texas Hub, offers acceptance into their apprenticeship program each year. The apprenticeship consists of hands-on work experience at one of DOW's chemical plants, a company-paid associate's degree from Lamar State College Orange, salary with competitive pay, paid holidays and vacation, medical insurance, and after 12 months of service a 401k plan. With over 450 applications submitted to DOW for participation in the apprenticeship...

  • Orange County Aggie Moms Scholarship winners

    Updated May 28, 2024

    Orange County Aggie Moms recently awarded a total of $2,000 in scholarships for Orange County high school Class of 2024. This year’s recipients are Blaine Lenard and Carys Wolfe, each receiving $1,000. Blaine Lenard is graduating Magna Cum Laude from Orangefield High School. He is the son of Justin & Emily Forse and Dustin & Jessica Lenard. During his time at OHS, Blaine was on the A- Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Bobcat Pride Marching Band, an officer in Future F...

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