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Thu
07
Dec

Cold, rain does not keep voters awa

Rain and chilly weather failed to dampen the early voter turnout in the December 19th Orange County Hospital District Special Election this week.

While not as many people showed up at the four early vote polling locations on Wednesday of this week compared to the extended hours Tuesday early vote turnout, Wednesday’s early vote total was still higher than the Monday in-person early vote turnout. 

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Thu
07
Dec

County offers storm debris hotline number

Don’t mix new debris with storm debris

By George Garza

As Orange County and its Hurricane Harvey storm debris collection contractor Ash- Britt nears the end of the FEMA reimbursable storm debris collection throughout the County, there are residences throughout the county where actual qualified storm debris remains stacked near public roads.

According to the four County Commissioners who sit on the Orange County Commissioners’ Court, each of them have received complaints from constituents that when storm debris was picked up, not all of the piles were hauled away.

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Thu
07
Dec

Ongoing Vidor area roadwork

The replacement of the Anderson Gully bridge on Old Highway 90 is progressing well in spite of recent inclement weather and motorists have not been too inconvenienced by the detour.

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Thu
07
Dec

Orange County waives temp housing restriction

By George Garza

The Orange County Commissioners Court voted to waive restrictions on placing FEMA temporary housing in a special flood hazard area for up to eighteen months.

Although, the socalled “FEMA Trailers” are a very rare commodity in Orange County, the Texas General Land Office has placed a very few of the temporary housing units in our county.

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Tue
05
Dec

LSC-Orange and KOGT-FM sponsor hospital district town hall

Lamar State College-Orange and radio station KOGT are joining forces this week and last to sponsor town hall meetings on the impending ballot referendum to create an Orange County Hospital District that will be on your election ballot for the December 19 Special Election.

 

There were two meetings held at the new Cypress Center of the LSC-O campus in Orange. One was held last Thursday night and the other held last night. Information in this report comes specifically from the Thursday night meeting. LSC-O President Dr. Michael Shahan opened the meeting welcoming the crowd of about 200 citizens to his campus for the Town Hall meeting. Shahan introduced the speakers, Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton, Orange business owner and hospital district petition organizer Ross Smith and Mauriceville resident David Covey.

 

 

Tue
05
Dec

Early voting on hospital issue continues

Early voting in the Orange County special December 19 election to decide if citizens wish to create an Orange County Hospital District began this week on Monday. Of course the ballots cast are secret until the election is completed. But some poll watchers claim that they can see a voter trend by just watching where voters are going to the polls.

 

Tue
05
Dec

Christmas Cruise to be at Woods Plaza

By George Garza

 

The Vidor Chamber of Commerce Annual Classic Christmas Cruise will feature many classic cars and trucks cruisin’ down Main Street of Vidor this coming Saturday evening at Wood’s Plaza Event Center and parking lot in the 100 block of North Main Street. According to Vidor Chamber of Commerce President Jeanette Winfrey, this year’s Classic Christmas Cruise promises to be special with the event moved to a new location and the street being blocked off for the a cruise parade.

 

“This is Vidor’s tradition and is special for our community each year,” said Ms. Winfrey. “Santa will be there along with “Louisiana Express” providing the classic tunes and the Chamber’s Christmas Tree will be there decorated and ready for the master switch to be thrown to light the tree around 6:00 p.m.”

 

 

Fri
01
Dec

Mauriceville teen found safe

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Missing Mauriceville teen, Heaven Ray Cox, age 15, has been found safe and unharmed in Louisiana. She was staying at the home of friend she knows there. Heaven returned to Mauriceville on Thursday night.

A fifteen year-old teenage girl who has been missing from her Mauriceville home since Sunday has been found safe in Louisiana.

On Thursday, Heaven Ray Cox was found at a residence in Louisiana, safe and unharmed.

According to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, “After following several leads and speaking with numerous individuals, Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigators located Heaven Cox at a residence in Louisiana.  Heaven was unharmed and has been reunited with her family this evening.”

Sheriff’s detective Janois Strause Grizzaffi went on to say, “Preliminary reports (indicate) that Heaven left her residence last Saturday on her own accord, but we will continue to speak to all persons involved.  We have not ruled out pending criminal charges.”


Thu
30
Nov

Missing teen left mom a note

By George Garza

 

A Mauriceville teenage girl is missing and the Orange County Sheriff needs your help to locate her.

 

According to Detective Janois Strause Grizzaffi, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Investigator, on Sunday, November 26th at approximately 3:00 p.m. the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 4000 block of Lemonville Lane in the Mauriceville area regarding a runaway (or missing teen). Tammy Cox reported that her (fifteen year-old) daughter, Heaven Ray Cox, had apparently run away.

 

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Thu
30
Nov

EDC helps local businesses with recovery from Harvey

By George Garza

 

Your Orange County Economic Development Corporation has successfully reallocated some funds to help forty local businesses in their Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. Using funds intended for land acquisition to be used to attract new businesses, the Orange County Commissioners Court authorized the Orange County EDC to reallocate some $150,000.00 of the $525,000 total annual County dues to be used for small business grants for already existing businesses in Orange County that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

 

The Orange County EDC Board of Directors voted to provide an additional $50,000 in funds from its budget to make a grand total of $200,000 for the disaster recovery grant program.

 

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