NWS Predicts Overflowing Rain Gauges


The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is monitoring a large band of showers and thunderstorms across southeast Texas Tuesday afternoon. Between half an inch and one inch has already fallen in this area. Southeast winds of 20 to 25 mph were gusting over 30 mph across our entire region. A tornado watch is in ...

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Group Appealing Judges Decision


The group suing the city of Orange to stop the move of city hall from the historic downtown area has filed to appeal a state district judge’s decision to deny a temporary injunction. Leslie Barras, a lawyer who filed the lawsuit, along with the non-profit group Historic Orange Preservation Empowerment, said they have hired an ...

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Store Making Changes

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Orange’s popular department store, Bealls, will unveil a new name beginning Thursday, March 17. Bealls, located at 2250 MacArthur Drive, is changing its name to Stage and will host a Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting for the public at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. During the celebration weekend, March 17-20, Stage will offer ...

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Council Meets Tuesday


Orange City Councilor Pat Pullen wants the city to put the words “In God We Trust” on all city vehicles and the city council will consider the proposal Tuesday. Pullen, a retired Orange police captain, requested the action be put on the agenda for the meeting. According to the wording in the agenda, the council ...

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Reward Offered For Info

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On the morning of March 3 Tommy Lummus received a call from police that his truck was found in the middle of the road on Front St. in front of the Orange Police Dept. He left work to go home and get his spare keys to get the truck and when he arrived at his ...

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Weekend Police Reports


A 28-year-old man was seriously injured Friday afternoon when his motorcycle flipped over several times. Orange police report the accident was about 1:40 p.m. Friday in the 2200 block of Simmons Drive near Blue Bird Fish Camp. Police said Haaymenton Sims of Ville Platte, Louisiana, was driving a Yamaha motorcycle northbound on Simmons. He lost ...

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City Can Purchase Bank

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A state district judge has denied a temporary injunction to stop the city of Orange from buying a bank building on 16th Street and moving city hall to the commercial strip. 260th District Judge Buddie Hahn Monday morning ruled the city of Orange’s comprehension master plan is a suggestion and not a law; so the ...

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OC Health Inspections


Orange County Health Inspector James Scales went to schools in February and was handing out good grades. He gave perfect scores to the cafeterias and 12 schools during the last part of February. During that period, he made 25 inspections with 13 scores of 100. Overall, the food service businesses and restaurants fared well. The ...

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Artist Talks Big Bugs


Anyone who has watched a dragonfly will see an iridescence glittering in the sunshine. A similar play of light shines off artist David Rogers’ wooden dragonfly as it stands with a 17-foot wingspan at Shangri La Gardens. The dragonfly is one of 10 giant sculptures of insects on display throughout the gardens starting Saturday through ...

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House Fire Friday Morning


An early morning fire Friday caused heavy damage in the attic of a wood-frame house in the old Bennett Addition of Orange. Fire Marshal John Bilbo said the fire started in the attic and appears to be accidental. The Orange Fire Department was called at 3:53 a.m. to the 1100 block of 17th Street off ...

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