Old Business Coming Back?


A Stuckey’s center with shops for Baskin-Robbins ice cream, Dunkin’ Donuts and Church’s Chicken will be built at Interstate 10 and FM 1442. Orange County Precinct 2 Commissioner Barry Burton Thursday said he told people about the project after seeing that the company had posted a sign. “There was really no official announcement,” he said. ...

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OC Restaurant Reports


Kam Wah Buffet on Strickland Drive in Pinehurst received an ‘F’ on a county health inspection on Tuesday. Inspector James Scales reports he will be making daily visits to the restaurant to assure the staff is working on improvements. Scales gave the buffet a score of 63 and cited numerous violations. He said he was ...

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Heat Advisory Again For Friday



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Pole Struck By Lightning


A power pole at the corner of Irving and Chemical Row in Orange was struck by lightning Thursday around lunch and caught fire according to the Orange Fire Department.  The pole burned into two pieces, knocking out power in the area, including Wal-Mart where customers were asked to exit the building.  The road had to be ...

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Area Excited For Eclipse Monday


A dark shadow will fall across the United States on Monday and some people are going wild. They’ve planned vacations and reserved hotel rooms across the center of the part of the country to see a full total eclipse of the sun. NASA says the eclipse is caused as the moon moves across the path ...

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Hickey Guilty Of Drug Trafficking


A 36-year-old Vidor man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston. Jonathan Derick Hickey pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin. According to information presented in court, on Jan. 17, 2017, law enforcement ...

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Two Busted For Possession And Guns


On Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. Officer J. Lockett of the Pinehurst Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the 2500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Pinehurst. The driver was identified as Leonard Earl Antwine Jr., a 21 year-old black male. The passenger was identified as Deion Wallace, a 19 ...

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County Settles With Shannon


The Newton County Commissioners Court this week approved paying a settlement of $200,000 to former Sheriff Eddie Shannon, who filed a federal lawsuit against the county. In the lawsuit, Shannon had contended the county officials had violated his civil rights, made a false arrest and deliberately fabricated falsehoods. He said he had campaigned to clean ...

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BC Holds Budget Hearing

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The City Council in Bridge City held two public hearings Tuesday night on the 2017-18 budget and the proposed tax rate for next fiscal year.  There were no citizens’ comments during the hearing on the budget. During the hearing on the tax rate though City Manager Jerry Jones had some critical comments for the Orange ...

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CBA Talks Stall Again


The collective bargaining agreement between Orange County and the Sheriff’s Office Employees Association seems to have stalled after another negotiation Tuesday night.  The negotiations lasted less than an hour although the two parties gathered for close to three hours. Things got off to a slow start when County Judge Brint Carlton could not get ahold ...

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