City of Orange Cuts Funding of Southeast Texas Arts Council

The City of Orange is cutting its funding to the Southeast Texas Arts Council by $31,163 this year. The city previously gave the arts council $50,000. The director of the arts group told City Council Tuesday that the arts group gives $30,000 of the city money to the Lutcher Theater for performances. Sue Bard said ...

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Renovations on Old Southern Printers Building to Begin in Mid-October


Renovations on the old Southern Printers building in downtown could start by early to mid-October, Economic Development Director Jay Trahan told Orange City Council Tuesday. The council and the separate Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors voted once more to invest $350,000 to develop the old building into loft apartments, plus a restaurant and shops. ...

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Officer John Dee Taylor Assigned to Code Enforcement


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


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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