More Than $1 Billion in Federal Funds Approved for Texas Survivors


  AUSTIN, Texas – Three weeks after the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey, $1.09 billion in federal funds have been provided directly to Texans to aid in their personal recovery.   The funds include grants to households from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), claims payments from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and ...

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Harvey To Change Home Values


Property tax bills may arrive before the storm debris is removed and homeowners will be upset having to pay for a full-valued house when it’s uninhabitable. But state law requires all appraisals to be based on a property value of January 1 of the year. Bridge City residents learned the tax law in 2008 after ...

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CBA Tentatively Reached


  It took over five months of negotiations to reach a collective bargaining agreement between the Sheriff’s Office Employees Association and Orange County, but the two parties reached a tentative agreement September 16.  The union representatives met with County Judge Brint Carlton and Commissioner Jody Crump on Saturday afternoon to agree on a two-year extension ...

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Cartlidge Arrested On Meth Charge


On Monday, September 18, 2017 at 3:46 p.m., Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division initiated a traffic stop on a passenger car in the 1300 of Highway 1132 in Vidor, after they observed the operator failed to properly activate a turn signal while conducting a right turn and travel over the ...

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Fact Sheet: Home Inspections for Hurricane Harvey Survivors


After you register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a FEMA inspector will contact you to schedule an inspection for your damaged home. What you need to know: If your original registration included that your home was inaccessible, visit to update its status. It may take up to 21 days for a FEMA-contracted ...

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Motorcycle Accident Claims Two-Update


At approximately 1:30p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of State Highway (SH) 12 and Woodridge Drive in Orange County. Preliminary reports indicate that a 2004 Dodge pickup truck was stopped at a stop sign at Woodridge Drive and SH 12.  A 1998 Yamaha motorcycle was ...

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Commissioners Hold Meeting Friday


After learning the county tax rate was not going up this year, several citizens Friday asked the Orange County Commissioners Court to lower the rate because of the recent flood disaster. “Right now people need help. You can lower the property tax,” said Daniel Blake Roberts of the McLewis area. About 25 people attended a ...

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Men Come From Kansas To Rescue Residents


Three men from Kansas saw what Hurricane Harvey was doing to the Texas Gulf Coast.  They heard the call for flat bottom boats and that’s all they needed to hear to make the TWELVE hour drive to Southeast Texas.  While residents hear are grateful for their efforts, the three will have a story to tell ...

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El Paso to Orange: Soldiers travel 1000 miles in wake of Harvey


On Aug. 28th, Gov. Greg Abbott mobilized approximately 12,000 members of the Texas Military Department after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast with high winds and upwards to 50 inches of rain – leaving many areas devastated with the high, unprecedented floodwaters. The Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery Regiment, 56th Infantry Brigade Combat ...

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Serious Accident Overnight On I-10


UPDATE:  Alvarez died of his injuries a couple of days following the accident. – 24-year-old David Alvarez of Groves is in critical condition after the pickup truck he was driving crashed into the back of an 18-wheel truck rig about 1:45 this morning on Interstate 10. The Texas Department of Public Safety says his 2017 ...

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