Church Music Minister Indicted on Child Sexual Assault

A former church music minister indicted in two North Texas counties for sexual assault of a child is a former Bridge City resident and previously worked with churches in Bridge City. 23-year-old Garrett Kyler surrendered to authorities this week. He has been indicted on the felony counts in Dallas and Rockwall counties. Kyler attended Bridge ...

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Joshua Luke McDonald Sentences

Friday Judge Courtney Arkeen of the 128th District Court ruled that two of the six 15-year sentences against Joshua Luke McDonald will be served consecutively. McDonald pleaded guilty in June to six counts of sexual assault involving two females under the age of 17 back in 2011 and 2012. An 8 man, 4 woman jury ...

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Orange Water Bills, Possible October Bill Increase


People in the city of Orange might have to pay a little extra on their monthly water and sewer bills starting in October. City Manager Shawn Oubre is proposing the city have a 3.4 percent increase in water and sewer rates. If a household pays $50 a month for water and sewer, the increase would ...

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In Consideration: Navy Park or Sunset Park Splash Pad and Fountains

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The Orange City Council is considering installing a round splash pad with fountains to play in at either Navy Park or Sunset Park. The council met Tuesday morning and the park improvements were part of the agenda. Planning Director Jimmie Lewis presented two plans for putting in a splash pad plus a small skate park ...

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Gator Country Catch


The folks at Gator Country had to be called in to catch this nine foot ten inch gator roaming around East Roundbunch in Bridge City Thursday. ...

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Orange County Voted On A New Budget

Orange County Commissioners haven’t officially voted on a new budget, but have agreed the county will adopt one with a $3 million deficit. The county will have only $300,000 left in its fund balance, a name for savings, at the end of the current budget year. That is not enough to cover the deficit created ...

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Three Pleaded Guilty Wednesday In Beaumont Federal Court

Eight more people, including six from Vidor, have pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges in connection with a white supremacist gang making and selling methamphetamine. Three pleaded guilty Wednesday in Beaumont federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The others pleaded guilty earlier this week. They all face up to 40 years in prison. Four ...

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More Bad Financial News Wednesday Morning for Orange County

Orange County commissioners got more bad financial news Wednesday morning. The commissioners are under a deadline to finish a 2013-14 budget and need to balance the expenses with the income. Expectations were that the current budget, which ends Sept. 30, would have $1.3  million left to carry over into the new budget. Figures now show ...

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