Boat Ramp Rules


Groups wanting to use the City of Orange Boat Ramp will have to make a formal written request and follow a set of rules. The Orange City Council has approved the rules developed by the city staff. City Economic Director Jay Trahan said the staff had handled the use of the park “on an individual ...

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Gatemouth, Jelly and Jam

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Musician Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown loved grape jelly so much that he ate it on everything, even spaghetti. His grave in Hollywood Cemetery has jars left as tribute to his memory. The Grammy-winning singer, guitar slinger, fiddler and mandolin player died in Orange, his hometown ten years ago Thursday. He was 81 and was at a ...

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WO Budget Approved

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The West Orange City Council adopted the city’s budget for next year on Tuesday evening. The $3.5 million budget has a tax rate of 42.5 cents per 100 dollars value which is unchanged from this year. The Council approved the agreement between the city and the West Orange Municipal Police Association which includes a 2 ...

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Orange Hotel Motel Tax Money Distributed


The Redfish Elite Series Classic will have its final season tournament in Orange in April. The tournament is broadcast on the Discovery Channel’s Destination America. On Tuesday, the Orange City Council approved using $20,000 in hotel-motel occupancy taxes to help the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce sponsor the event. John Gothia with the chamber ...

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Police Calls from the Weekend

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A 2-by-4 board blocked a burglar from getting into the back door of the Smoker’s Express on 16th Street early Tuesday morning. Orange Police Officer Patrick McDonald reported the burglar apparently injured himself while breaking down the door because police found blood. McDonald checked the store about 1:19 a.m. because when he was on patrol ...

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Local Businessman Stringer Passes


Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose Simonton has ordered an autopsy for local businessman Sterlin Stringer, who died at the local emergency room after having a medical problem while riding a jet ski on the Sabine River Labor Day afternoon. Orange police and emergency medical responders went to the Boat Ramp off Simmons Drive about ...

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OC Employee Benefits


  The Commissioners Court held a workshop Tuesday morning and then debated further the policy for four employee benefits during its regular meeting in the afternoon. The Court voted to take no action on the sick time policy for exempt employees and vacation accumulation until they could get a written recommendation from the Human Resources ...

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Pinehurst Budget Approved


  The Pinehurst City Council Tuesday morning approved the budget for next year. The budget will be a tight one with the tax rate remaining 69.799 cents per 100 dollars value. There was a public hearing prior to the vote by the City Council, but there were no citizen comments during the hearing. Also the ...

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Labor Day Picnic

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The City of Pinehurst and its sponsors hosted the Annual Senior Citizens Labor Day Picnic Monday. Ray Fontenot, 94, and Gwen Boehme, 95, received the oldest Senior Citizen Awards from Congressman Brian Babin and Pinehurst Mayor Pete Runnels. Allan Bertrand won a rocking chair donated by Welch Furniture and Roger Futch won the 40″ TV donated ...

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Back When


When you’re traveling through Orange history, don’t get the Rhodes and Rhoads mixed up. I learned the Rhoads family owned the old walk-up Dairy Queen on Park Avenue at 10th Street. Bartley Rhoads wrote that his parents moved her in 1954 to operate the little ice cream and hamburger shop. That was in the days ...

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