Burton Says DRC’s Are Coming


FEMA will open 2 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Orange County. One will be in the Administration Building parking lot behind the Orange County Courthouse. The other will in the parking lot of the Tax Office in Vidor behind the Sub Courthouse. Precinct Two Commissioner Barry Burton said they are hoping to open either Monday ...

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Harvey Town Hall Meeting Held Friday


FEMA and flood insurance adjusters do not need to see damaged appliances, furniture and other belongings. Homeowners and renters who lost items should “document, document, document” the losses with photographs and receipts of replacements. The damaged items need to be by the roadside as debris so they can be picked up. “You do not have ...

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County Building Tent Shelter


The Commissioners Court met Thursday afternoon and during its meeting County Judge Brint Carlton announced that the first tented shelter for Harvey evacuees will be opened in Orange County next week.  The judge indicated after working with the City of Orange they found a suitable location for a tent shelter to house evacuees at the ...

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Repairs Need Permits


Less than three weeks after Tropical Storm Harvey flooded the county with four to five feet of rain, the rebuilding has begun. Building permits will be required from cities or the county for people living in rural areas. The entities are waiving permit fees for storm damage rehabilitation, but permits are still needed. One of ...

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Scams Pop Up After Disasters


  A senior citizen widow in Orange had damage from Harvey and has filed for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A couple of days ago, she received a phone call from someone identifying himself as from the “government FEMA.” She said the man asked for her social security number, but she did not ...

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Newton Co. Weekly Update


Newton Co. Update by Sheriff Billy Rowles Hope everyone has had a good week. Things are going ok in the county considering the storm. Wonder where all the mosquitos come from. I tried to work at my deer stand Saturday, no way Jose. We are getting calls about contractors wanting to start putting houses back ...

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Orange Tax Rate Doesn’t Change

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The Orange City Council Tuesday on first reading approved the property tax rate of 71.7 cents per $100 valuation, the same rate as currently in effect. The same rate will increase city tax income by 6.23 percent. Whether a property owner pays more will be based on property appraisals that were mailed in May. The ...

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Court Reduces Tax Rate


The Commissioners Court held a 40-minute public hearing Tuesday on the budget which also led to discussion of the proposed tax rate for next fiscal year.  Afterwards, during their regular court session the Commissioners unanimously approved a $59,415,095 budget. An important facet of the budget was the Court reduced the tax rate from the proposed ...

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Fire Station Targeted for Flood Repairs


The Orange Fire Station No. 2 on Alllie Payne flooded, but could be fixed in about three weeks because the Orange City Council Tuesday approved special emergency action to forgo the bidding process. “It would take you three weeks to get the scope of work needed” to advertise for bids, City Manager Dr. Shawn Oubre ...

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BC Tax Rate Approved


  The City Council in Bridge City on Tuesday night unanimously approved the same tax rate for next fiscal year.  Mayor David Rutledge clarified before the vote that the 52 cents per 100 dollars valuation is no change from the current tax rate.  Rutledge stated that because Texas law requires the city to word the ...

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