Despite the green leaves and no severe weather in the area, this large tree fell across 2212 Link St. Thursday morning. (photo by Mike Johnson) ...

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OCC Approves Annexation


The Orange City Council Tuesday unanimously approved the requested annexation of the International Paper containerboard mill. The company asked for the annexation as part of negotiations with the city on a new industrial district contract. City Manager Dr. Shawn Oubre said the economic development agreement has the city waiving its 1.5 percent sales tax on ...

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City Supported Oubre’s PHD Pursuit


Orange City Manager Dr. Shawn Oubre was interviewed recently in the Walden Alumni Magazine. This is the interview, as told to Liz Welch DEGREE EARNED: PhD in Public Policy and Administration MY BIGGEST SUPPORTER: I met my wife in high school and knew she was a keeper—she has always supported my desire to further my education. ...

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Highway 12 reduced speed


  Beginning Monday, August 3, the speed limit on Texas Highway 12 between Mauriceville and Vidor will be reduced from 75 miles per hour to 65 miles per hour. Sarah Dupre with the Texas Department of Transportation says the reduction in speed on Highway 12 is the result of a study that was conducted using ...

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Orange County Sheriff’s Calls July 21-27


Orange County Sheriff’s Calls July 21-27   Recovery of stolen vehicle, 12:13 a.m. July 21, 16900 block FM 1442 in Mauriceville. Burglary of a habitation, 8:33 a.m. July 21, 2000 block Killian Road in Little Cypress. Simple assault, 8:49 a.m. July 21, 16600 South Highway 62 in Orange. Injured dog, 11:41 a.m. July 21, 3000 ...

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Lakeview Flooding


Three weeks ago several Orange County officials with representatives from the Texas Department of Emergency Management inspected the damage from flooding in northwest Orange County. At the time it appeared the damage to the public infrastructure was below the required amount to be eligible for federal relief from FEMA. Orange County Emergency Management Director Ryan ...

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Pinehurst Brings In Big Containers


Republic Services will continue to be the garbage collector in the city of Pinehurst for another three years. The Pinehurst City Council approved the three year contract Tuesday evening with Republic at no increase in price for residential and commercial customers. Bill Voigtman with Republic said the company will pick up the garbage once a ...

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House fire on Burton St


Orange Fire fighters responded to a house fire at 708 Burton Tuesday night.  No one was inside when the fire started according to Fire Marshal John Bilbo and Deputy Fire Chief Lee Anne Brown said it may have started at an electrical outlet where appliances were plugged. The American Red Cross was called in to ...

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Pinehurst Police Qualify


Officers with the Pinehurst Police Department qualified in weapons training this month at the Chief John Tarver Training Center on FM 1442 in Orange County. Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer said he and seven of his officers all qualified in the use of their primary weapons which are .40-caliber Glock 22 or 23 semi-automatic pistols ...

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Methodists Show Good Will

methodist working july 28, 2015

Twenty years ago, Joe Will built his house with the expansive porch and log-covered exterior. His wife, Sue, filled the porch with rocking chairs for family and friends to relax. These days, Will can’t go up the four steps to the porch. He has what’s commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ...

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