The Orange Fire Department extinguished a fire in a house on Green Avenue Monday morning a block from Simmons Drive.  Battalion Chief Joe Mires says the call was received at Station 1 of the Fire Department at 6:20.  Smoke could be seen by the fire fighters in Ladder Truck 1 as they turned onto Green Avenue from 8th Street.  Mires states the fire was concentrated in the attic portion of the structure, and the cause is still being tracked down at this time.  No one was in the structure at the time the fire fighters arrived.  The structure previously served as the office of former County Judge Grover Halliburton.  Mires believes the last owner was an insurance company, but the structure may have been vacant recently.


The West Orange City Council will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, July 31 from 5-6pm inside the WO Community Center to discuss existing and future ordinances pertaining to residential rental property within the city. This meeting is for informational purposes only; no action will be taken. The public is invited to attend.

Behind the steps of choreographer John Gray, the City of Orange hosted its first National Day of Dance celebration on Saturday at the downtown pavilion.

Saturday: BOIL WATER NOTICE: Due to a main break, residents in Mauriceville from Zavala Rd. to Stallion Rd. are advised to boil their water prior to consumption. When it is no longer necessary to do so, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption.

Bridge City ISD was one of eight schools in the country to receive $1000 in the Champions for Kids contest. CFK joined forces with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods to collect breakfast food items for school-aged children during an April SIMPLE Giving promotional period. The program launched in participating Walmart stores during April, with a goal of supporting as many children in need as possible. Customers participated by purchasing and donating breakfast food items at local, participating WM stores. All donations will go to children in local schools near each participating store. In addition to the food donations, Champions for Kids is donating four $10,000 awards to the school districts in each Walmart division that collected the most donated items at a single store. Plus, eight $1,000 regional awards are being given to the top collecting school districts of each region. This money can go to providing additional breakfast food items and hunger education in the school district.

Marriage Licenses Issued By The Office of Karen Jo Vance, Orange County Clerk For the Week of July 21, 2014 through July 25, 2014. Donald W. Mosby and Jill M. Williams, Christopher L. Smith and Lacey N. Keown, Kendrick R. Castilaw and Tana M. Kirbow, Tracy L. Caswell Sr. and Sylvia S. Bland, Jerry A. Steele and Cristina G. Lavapie, Jonathan H. Mitchell and Evelyn F. Yancey, Damian R. Trussell and Alicia L. Broussard, Richard D. Mikulich and Carrie J. King.

The Orange Fire Dept. put out a truck fire on 16th St. Saturday afternoon.

Taylor Swarers, 18, of Orange, was one of five Regional Winners of the Lovin’ Scoopful Awards for her dedication to serving students with disabilities. Taylor was nominated for her many years of involvement with Project Unify Meet in the Middle Club, an initiative encouraging typically developing and special needs students to develop greater understanding of and appreciation for each other. Taylor has attended conferences with Special Olympics and has recently been asked to briefly speak at the Meet in the Middle Conference in Austin this August. Taylor became certified as an aquatics coach, participated in Unified Track meets and Unified Bocce Tournaments, and been a fan in the stands for our Special Olympics athletes throughout her high school years. She has donated her time and energy to promote inclusion and respect for those without a voice. Taylor plans to continue her dedication to students with disabilities by bringing Meet in the Middle events to a college level as she works towards a degree in speech pathology. She will begin her college career at Lamar State College Orange this Fall.