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Invasive, non-native and native species explained

The tree landscape in Texas is made up by a variety of species. From ponderosa pines in West Texas to oaks in Central Texas to dogwoods in East Texas, trees play a vital role in... — Updated 2/21/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

Chevron Phillips Chemical pays county $2.4 million for permit

Orange County is already getting money from the Chevron Phillips Chemical plant under construction. County Judge John Gothia said the company has paid nearly $2.4 million for a buil... — Updated 2/16/2023


WOS Baseball field named for Andre Robertson

West Orange-Stark High School had a special day Saturday as the baseball field was named in honor of graduate and former New York Yankee shortstop Andre Robertson. The school board... — Updated 2/14/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

Funeral will be Friday for former leader Pete Runnels

Pete Runnels, one of the most colorful local politicians in modern Orange County history, died Saturday at the age of 79. Offices he served in were Orange County judge and Pinehurst... — Updated 2/14/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

Orange County had 'civil war' in 1856

What is now Orange County had an unusual start in that some of its original settlers were members of a free Black family, the Ashworths. Records show they first moved across the... — Updated 2/14/2023


LSCO President testifies at Texas Capitol

AUSTIN, TX - Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) President Dr. Tom Johnson testified this week before the Texas Senate Finance Committee. President Johnson shared the wonderful... — Updated 2/10/2023


Orange Fire Dept promotes four firefighters

The Orange Fire Department has promoted four firefighters and Chief John Bilbo held a pinning ceremony last week. Cody Caples and Joel Gilbert were promoted to become battalion... — Updated 2/7/2023


Annual Texas Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Dates Set for 2023

AUSTIN — Every February for the past 21 years, countless volunteers have offered up their time to help search for and remove abandoned crab traps. Crab traps left in the water... — Updated 2/7/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

Bead season arrives this week with Orange Mardi Gras

The streets of downtown Orange will be crowded on Saturday, February 11, as kids and adults watch colorful lighted floats and catch shiny beads during the annual Mardi Gras parade.... — Updated 2/7/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

County's first elected Black official made history across Texas

As 1965 civil rights protests led to the "Bloody Sunday" beatings in Alabama, Orange citizens elected their first Black public official. Elzie Odom was elected to become a trustee... — Updated 2/7/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

J.B. Arrington grabs attention in Commissioners Court

J.B. Arrington turned a routine meeting of Orange County Commissioners Court into a memorable event as the 98-year-old local legend sought support for preserving breast milk.... — Updated 2/7/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

Bridge City Council once again searches for city manager

It's deja vu all over again for the Bridge City City Council. Once again, the council is looking for a new city manager. Mayor David Rutledge said Brent Walker resigned from the job... — Updated 2/7/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

LSCO meeting demand for high-paying industry jobs

Cheryl January at LSCO has people of all ages and backgrounds coming to her office to learn about getting a new career. Some have even been teachers with four-year college degrees.... — Updated 1/31/2023

 By Penny LeLeux    News

OC filmmakers take "The First Step" in SETX production

When John R. Frederick Jr., of Mauriceville, learned about the Christian film production, "The First Step," being planned for Southeast Texas by Jerry Loncon and Studio 220 Films,... — Updated 1/31/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

EF-2 tornado went miles across Orange County last week

Orange County had two tornadoes, with one determined to be an EF-2 that traveled 25.6 miles from Orangefield northeastward through Little Cypress and into Niblett's Bluff in... — Updated 1/31/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

Sales taxes show November spending mostly stagnant

Sales during November were stagnant compared to the same month in 2021, according to statistics from the Texas Comptroller's Office. The office in January sent payments covering... — Updated 1/31/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

Tornado, thunderstorms cause widespread damage, injuries

A tornado went through Orange County and touched down in three areas, with Orangefield having the most damage, Orange County Emergency Management Director Joel Ardoin said Tuesday... — Updated 1/24/2023

 By Penny LeLeux    News

Cil Dixon named Citizen of the Year

The 62nd annual banquet of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce was held Monday night at the Bridge City Community Center. Cil Dixon was named Citizen of the Year for her years as a... — Updated 1/24/2023

 By Penny LeLeux    News

Something new is brewing in BC

Soon, residents of Bridge City will be able to stop in after work for a glass of fresh brewed beer on the way home. After almost three years of planning, the first craft brewery... — Updated 1/24/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

Christian-based group sets classes to support single expectant mothers

Single mothers with unplanned pregnancies will now have a Christian-based support group as the Bridge City-Orangefield Ministerial Alliance teams up with the international Embrace... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

Orange's 1921 hospital offered modern equipment with first-class accommodations

The description of Orange's new hospital in 1921 sounds like a peaceful retreat for anyone, not just those needing medical care. "This delightful hotel for the sick is situated in o... — Updated 1/17/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

Stark Museum's Saturday Family Day provides rainy day activities

The National Weather Service has rain in the forecast Saturday, but parents will have a place to entertain and educate their children as the Stark Museum of Art hosts a free Family... — Updated 1/17/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

Permit issued for interior of new hospital complex

Orange County is another step closer to getting a new hospital-medical center as the city of Orange has issued a $6.95 million permit for the interior work. The exterior has been... — Updated 1/17/2023

 By Margaret Toal    News

County EDC gets national award for top deals of 2022

If Orange County had an anthem, it would be played as Economic Development Director Megan Romero Layne receives a silver medal for having one of the top development deals of 2022... — Updated 1/17/2023


19th Annual Mardi Gras Festival

The City of Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting the 19th Annual Mardi Gras Festival – February... — Updated 1/17/2023


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