Science Hero Passes Away Wednesday

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Orange’s science hero, Michael Hoke, died after a medical emergency Wednesday afternoon at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Hoke, 68, was a longtime science teacher in the West Orange-Cove school district and retired to become the first executive director of the Stark Foundation’s Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. He pushed to get Shangri La ...

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Babin Speaks With KOGT


President Barack Obama gave his final state of the Union address to Congress Tuesday night.  Congressman Dr. Brian Babin representing southeast Texas was not in agreement with much of what the president had to say.  On KOGT’s Morning Show Wednesday, Congressman Babin told Gary Stelly he believes President Obama omitted a very important point in his address.  ...

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Orange Police Briefs


Someone Tuesday evening walked into a woman’s living room and stole her purse as she was cooking supper. The burglary on Edgemont Drive was one of several investigated during the past two days by the Orange Police Department. Officer Dylan Mulhollan reported the burglary was in the 3700 block of Edgemont Drive about 7 p.m. ...

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Procedures Amended at CC


The Commissioners debated again Tuesday the adoption of parliamentary procedures for the meetings of the Commissioners Court.  Commissioner David Dubose requested the item for discussion because he had concern that under the rules approved last week a commissioner might be restricted from commenting.  County Judge Brint Carlton read an amended section of the procedures before ...

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Council Approves Bank Buy


Orange City Council Tuesday unanimously agreed to buy the First Financial Bank building, 812 16th Street. The bank building will be turned into city hall. Last week, Stephen Lee of First Financial said the bank will buy a vacant lot, currently owned by the Stark Foundation, to build a new building. Several residents asked for ...

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Smith Pleads Guilty


A man under indictment for murder in connection with killing a woman from Orange in 2012, pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless manslaughter in Beaumont. 39-year-old David Carl Smith received a punishment of 10 years in prison for the death of 26-year-old Amber Nicole Guillory Glisson in a Vidor hotel. Smith was in Judge John Stevens ...

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Judge Addresses Council


Orange County Judge Brint Carlton spoke during the citizens comments part of the Orange City Council meeting Tuesday to update the council on the status of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation. The council voted last year to stop supporting the county Economic Development Corporation by $25,000 a year. Orange is the only city in ...

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BC Chamber Holds Banquet

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The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet Monday night at the BC Elementary School. Those in attendance got to enjoy a buffet of food from area restaurants and music from the Gulf Coast Playboys Band. Rev. Jack Comer of the Circle Drive Baptist Church was named Citizen of the Year. Lucy Fields ...

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Orange Police Briefs


A Bridge City man went to jail for possession of methamphetamine early on the morning of his 30th birthday Sunday. A man riding in the car with him was arrested for evading arrest after he ran away when police stopped their car on 16th Street in Orange. Officer Nicholas Medina reported he saw Hyundai with ...

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Info From OC Appraisal District


Notice of Availability of Electronic Communications ORANGE – Under a new law, chief appraisers of county appraisal districts, appraisal districts, and appraisal review boards may communicate electronically through email or other methods with property owners or their designated representatives. Written agreements are required for notices and other documents to be delivered electronically in place of ...

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