Officer John Dee Taylor Assigned to Code Enforcement

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Orange is now using a uniformed, certified police officer for code enforcements on unkempt yards, dilapidated buildings and junk cars. City Manager Shawn Oubre told City Council this morning that he made the decision after the previous code enforcement officer retired. “We’re not changing how we do it but who is doing it,” Oubre said. ...

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Orange Firefighters Negotiating New Contract

The City of Orange and the Orange firefighters can’t agree on a contract, but did agree not to declare an impasse for negotiations until Sept. 29. City management met Tuesday with the International Association of Firefighters Local 1432. The city is offering a 2 1/4 percent pay raise. Non-union city employees are getting a 2 ...

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The City of Vidor to Host Trash Off on Saturday, September 20th

The City of Vidor will be hosting a Trash Off on Saturday, September 20 beginning at 7 am, at 155 Watts Street. Any resident of the City of Vidor or any residential customer of the City of Vidor sanitation department may use the roll-off dumpsters for free, with the exception of no contractors or commercial ...

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November 4th Election Decisions Facing Orange County Voters

Texans have been focusing on the governor’s race in the November 4 general election, but in Orange County different voters may think an alcoholic beverages wet-dry issue is the most important. Other local voters may find that a school bond issue is the drawing card to the voting boxes, or perhaps a special sales tax ...

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Orange City Council Considering $27.6 Million Budget

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The Orange City Council is considering a $27.6 million budget for the new fiscal year. More than half of that amount will be spent to pay salaries and benefits of city employees. The city has 194 full-time workers and two part-time. Many of them work for the police and fire departments. City Manager Shawn Oubre ...

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Orange County Police Calls

A woman living in the 2200 block of Coronado Place left her SUV running in the driveway Tuesday morning to go back into her house for a couple of minutes. That’s all the time someone needed to steal the vehicle. The woman called Orange police at 7:38 a.m. to report that her 2011 gray Kia ...

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Flesh-Eating Bacteria Victim Faced Leg Amputation

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Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn isn’t sitting on his bench wearing a robe these days. He’s propped up in bed, wearing shorts, with a small medical device connected to hoses taped around the calf of his right leg. Every couple of minutes the machine starts up and makes a noise. It’s a ...

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County Budget Workshops Continue

Budget workshops for the county have been held the last couple of weeks and will continue next week as well. During discussions at the workshop this afternoon the topic of the county needing to borrow money to pay bills for the final quarter was raised. County Auditor Mary Johnson joined County Judge Carl Thibodeaux and ...

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Lamar State College-Port Arthur Conferred 122 Degrees

Lamar State-Port Arthur conferred 122 degrees, certificates at Summer 2014 Commencement. Lamar State College-Port Arthur awarded 59 two-year associate degrees and 63 certificates of completion at its Summer 2014 Commencement Ceremony held Friday, August 15 at the Parker Center in Port Arthur. Carl A. Parker, a member of the Texas Legislature for more than 30 ...

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Orange County Loses Billion Dollar Plant Project

Enterprise Products may be the big one that got away from Orange County since Enterprise decided to build their billion dollar liquid petroleum plant on the Houston Ship Channel instead of in Orange County. The county still made a strong impression with Enterprise according to Orange County Commissioner David Dubose who met with officials from ...

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