Sales Tax Receipts


The Texas Comptroller’s office sent cities and counties their sales tax allocations for the month of June this week.  Orange County and several local cities also showed an increase in sales tax receipts for the month. The county had a 7.83 percent increase, but for the year the county is still almost eleven percent below ...

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County and Union Talk


  There have not been any collective bargaining talks for over a month between Orange County and the Sheriff’s Office Employees Association.  The two parties have been meeting though in closed sessions to discuss a grievance that the Association said it was filing against the county for the Commissioners Court voting to cut certificate pay ...

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Christopher Confesses To Robberies


On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 10:26 AM, Orange Police Department stopped a silver Kia that was a suspect vehicle in recent armed robberies.  The driver was identified as 29 year old Jerome Christopher of Orange.  He was questioned and confessed to recent robberies, possession of a firearm by a felon and delivery of controlled ...

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Accident Slows Traffic On Rainbow Bridge


At approximately 2:15p.m. Wednesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a motor vehicle crash on the Rainbow Bridge in Orange County. Initial reports indicate that a Kia Sedona van was traveling southbound on Highway 73 (Rainbow Bridge) followed by a Pontiac passenger vehicle.  Both the Kia and Pontiac began to slow ...

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Lightning Strikes Tree


On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 4 PM lightning struck a tree in the 4100 block of Swallow Street in Pinehurst. The Pinehurst Volunteer Fire Department quickly responded and extinguished the tree, which was still burning upon their arrival.  ...

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Pinehurst Sales Tax On The Rise


The City Council in Pinehurst approved a rerate agreement with the Texas Municipal League (TML) Tuesday evening.  Liz McKee with TK Health Insurance gave a presentation about insurance coverage for Pinehurst city employees.  McKee said the city will see a 15 percent increase in health insurance from TML, but compared to other insurance coverage’s which ...

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Store Robbed At 10am Tuesday


The Chevron station at 23rd Street and Interstate 10 was robbed at gunpoint at 10am Tuesday morning. Twelve hours earlier, two people with handguns robbed the Dollar General Store on North Highway 87 near Allie Payne Road. Orange Detective Captain Robert Enmon said investigators don’t know if there’s any connection, but the Chevron station robber ...

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Orange Council Changes Policy


The Orange City Council Tuesday changed a personnel policy dealing with reimbursing employees for higher education tuition. The council unanimously voted in favor of a suggestion from City Manager Dr. Shawn Oubre to base tuition reimbursement on what a “brick and mortar” state school like Lamar University would charge for a course. Oubre said online, ...

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Commissioners Approve Contracts


Two contracts that have been years in the works were approved Tuesday by the Commissioners Court for ethernet and internet services with AT&T.  Lisa Reeves with the MIS department said one of the contracts will allow Orange County to connect the Justice of the Peace offices in Precinct 2 and Precinct 3, the Sheriff’s Office ...

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Carlton Announces Re-Election Bid


The Orange County Republican Party held an ice cream social at the Bridge City Community Center Monday. Congressman Dr. Brian Babin (right) attended, as did State Representative Dade Phelan. Both have Orange County in their districts. Also attending were eight elected county officials, including County Judge Brint Carlton (left) who took the opportunity to announce ...

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