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Jaren Braud of Orange recently auditioned for and received an invitation to march with the World Class competition Drum and Bugle Corps the San Antonio Crossmen. The Crossmen is a member of Drum Corp International. The Crossmen will have a rigorous, nationwide competition schedule culminating with the finals in August at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Jaren is a 2012 graduate of LCM High School, and is currently a Music Education Major at McNeese State University. Jaren is a member of The Pride of McNeese Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band.

On Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 7:45 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Baptist Hospital in Orange in reference to a death investigation. The preliminary investigation into the death revealed that a 34 year old white male from Kirbyville and a 40 year old white male from Bridge City were at a residence in the 3500 block of Beadle Road in the Orangefield area of Orange County. It was reported that they were involved in a physical altercation with each other when the 34 year old man lost consciousness. The other man put him in his personal vehicle and drove him to the hospital in Orange where authorities were notified. Investigators were on scene at the hospital and the residence to investigate the incident further and collect any evidence available. It is unknown at this time what actually caused the death of the man and an autopsy has been ordered by Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Judge Dunn. The 40 year old man is cooperating with Investigators and no arrest has been made at this time. The name of the deceased man is being withheld until notification can be made with family members.

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Marriage Licenses Issued By The Office of Brandy Robertson, Orange County Clerk For the Week of January 26, 2015 through January 30, 2015. Kristofer J. Court and Kurstie A. Gray, Dale S. Johnson and Kelly A. James, Kevin W. Kirkland and Kristine M. Pinion, Shane M. Clark and Shelby L. Maxwell, John J. LeBlanc and Josie I. Chaison, William G. Elliott and Juana Fraser, Matthew L. Johnson and Rhonda E. Smith, Tommy E. Permenter and Deborah D. Tant.

Tony Baumgartner Jr. left his Orangefield house to go to work in Beaumont as usual Friday morning. The trip wasn't routine. He stopped to pull the driver of a wrecked 18-wheel rig out of the truck cab as it hung over an overpass. Diesel fuel was spilling, creating a fire hazard.  The Army veteran believes he didn't do anything special. "I feel like we should care more about one another," he said in a phone interview. Baumgartner said he was driving on Interstate 10 "roughly like 6:40 in the morning. I came across the collision." The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that a Nissan passenger car veered into the 18-wheeler. The crash damaged both vehicles and knocked the cab of the rig across the interstate barrier. Baumgartner said he first went to the car. Then he saw the precarious position of the truck and ran there, "yelling and screaming 'are you all right?'" Baumgartner said the driver was talking on his cell phone but couldn't get out of the truck. The driver's side was wedged against the concrete barrier. The passenger side was over the barrier with a “significant drop” to the pavement below. “If the gentlemen gets out (on that side), there’s a good possibility he’ll break a leg or injure himself pretty seriously,” Baumgartner said. The two reached arms out toward each other. Their arms weren’t long enough. more

WOCCISD 3rd 6-Weeks Honor Roll, 2014-2015


It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your Mayor for the past 3 years. Today, with the support of family and many members of the community, I have filed the application to be your Mayor for the City of Orange for a second term. I am very aware of the responsibilities and duties of this position and I look forward to continuing the job I have committed to. My love for this city, being born and raised in Orange and my 10 years’ with city government have helped me so much. In addition, my education and experience in running a successful business and the relationships I have made have strengthened my leadership skills to serve a second term. I have been very blessed to have an excellent city council, city staff and advisory boards to work with and have experienced the benefits of great leadership within the City of Orange. During the last several years, we have made great strides in establishing policies and preparing the infrastructure for growth while ensuring we are safe in our homes and neighborhoods, maintaining good streets and roads, and providing quality public services like parks and recreation. However not always making the popular decision, I know we have made decisions that would be best for the entire community. The best way to secure these goals is to not only keep moving forward but to continue the leadership that is already in place. Orange is truly the best small town with world-class culture and I look forward once again to being a part of the growth, future progress, and revitalization of the city. I humbly ask for your help and your vote. Mayor Jimmy Sims

Little Cypress Junior High choir teacher, Stephanie Teague, received notice this week that two of her students had been named “Outstanding Soloists” by the judges for whom they performed at the recent Texas Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Contest. Rachel Belcher and Julian Purgahn were selected over the hundreds of other students who performed at this annual competition. Rachel sang “The Lass With the Delicate Air,” written by Michael Arne (1741-1786). Julian Purgahn’s song was “Wayfaring Stranger,” arranged by John Jacob Niles, who adapted it from the original “Sacred Harp.”
 

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What is the connection between Bridge City, Texas, Mulvey, Louisiana and Mardi Gras in Port Arthur you ask? Bradley Schexnider (Paul to his classmates from Bridge City High School, Class of 1969) left Bridge City after graduation for the small community of Mulvey between Kaplan and Gueydan, Louisiana. Over 45 years later Schexnider’s grandson, Ethan Hunt, will perform at Mardi Gras Port Arthur on February 14. Schexnider’s mother, Lula Mae Schexnider, and the majority of his large family still live in Bridge City. Thirteen year old Ethan Hunt, a promising newcomer, is a piano player, singer and is a natural talent. Ethan only began playing piano by ear in June of 2013. In the span of only eighteen months, he has taught himself to play and sings nearly 100 songs but definitely not the typical song list for a person his age. Mixing a little young vibe with an old sound he has a repertoire that includes artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beatles, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Elton John and Otis Redding. Ethan loves to sing songs that his Grandpa Brad loves to listen to. Playing mostly in local establishments in South Louisiana, Ethan Hunt was the opening performer for the Louisiana Cajun Food Festival this past October and made two performances on the TV morning show, Passe Partout, in Lafayette, Louisiana on KLFY TV. Now Ethan is spreading his wings a little further and will be performing in upcoming Texas festivals. Ethan will perform at the Southeast Texas Mardi Gras Festival in Port Arthur on Saturday, February 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the Green Stage located on festival grounds on Procter Street. For a sneak peak of this talented, young musician, one can view his You tube promo video at    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIfT9cI3B9k

West Orange - Stark Middle School students earned ribbons in individual and team competitions at the District UIL Academic Meet.  more

After two days of filings for school board and city council races, Bridge City City Council has the only contested race. Tammi Fisette and Steve Quibodeaux have filed to run for the Place 3 seat currently held by Robert Simonton Jr., who cannot run because of term limits. David Rutledge has filed for the Place 1 seat now held by Kevin Mott, who is also ineligible to run. In Orange, Mayor Jimmy Sims has filed for re-election and West Orange Mayor Roy McDonald has also filed for another term. No one has filed for city council seats in those cities. Pinehurst has three at-large council seats open this year and no one has filed.

In local school board races, Bridge City has two candidates and Little Cypress-Mauriceville has one candidate. The West Orange-Cove school district has had three people pick up applications, but no one has filed. Filing for the May 9 board races started on Wednesday. During the first two days of filing, Bridge City incumbent Kirk Ellender has filed to run for re-election to the Place 2 seat. Marla Zoch has filed for the Place 1 seat currently held by Lon Hubbard. At LC-M, incumbent Tammy Rountree has filed for her Position 4 seat. The filing deadline is February 27. John H. Gray Jr. filed to run for a full, three-year term on the West Orange-Cove school board. The board has two at-large positions for full terms up for election plus one for an unexpired term for the late Mary Kirksey. Nathaniel Colbert was appointed to the seat in 2014 until the next election. Orangefield and Deweyville school districts have elections in November.

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Architect Rob Clark will present his architectural survey of commercial districts in Orange during a public meeting before the Orange City Council Tuesday. In addition he will have suggestions on how businesses can voluntarily improve the outside appearances of their buildings and landscapes. Clark in December presented an overlook of 16th Street businesses. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the council chambers next to the Orange Public Library. In addition to the council, the Economic Development Corporation board, Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and Historic Preservation Commission have been invited to the meeting. No action will be taken

The Orange Camp Fire Council honored Samson Energy Company and West Orange-Stark High School student Margan Ferguson during the council's 72nd annual banquet Thursday night. Samson Energy was given the Community Service Award for its donation of money and the time employees have given to Camp Fire and other community groups including CASA. Margan Ferguson received the Dan Domas Youth Award, named in memory of the late Dan Domas, a Camp Fire counselor. Miss Ferguson is a junior at WO-S where she is a member of the National Honor Society, a cheerleader and on the track team. She was cited for her work with youth at Camp Fire and her church, Sixth Street Community Church.

Orange police had a case of déjà vu all over again early Thursday. Officers arrested a 30-year-old man for misdemeanor public intoxication and took him to jail. About 45 minutes after the officer left the man at the Orange County Jail, he was arrested at the same place for public intoxication. The first arrest came at 12:56 a.m. when Officer Isaac Henry went to a disturbance in the 900 block of Fourth Street. He reported that a windshield of a car had been broken. A man was intoxicated on alcohol and Henry arrested him because he did not have anyone to take care of him. Officer Henry reported he took the man to the jail and finished at 2:14 a.m. At 3 a.m., police were again called to the 900 block of Fourth Street because of an intoxicated man in the street Officer Patrick McDonald reported the man had gotten out of jail and walked back to the same spot. Once again, the man was arrested for public intoxication and taken back to jail.

The WOS Alumni Foundation has named Donald Turner as its Employee of the Month. Turner is the Maintenance Supervisor and has been since 2005. photo by Tricia Stroud.
Community Christian School students participated in the ACSI Area Spelling Bee. They went up against many bright students from surrounding schools and gave their best. Third Grade Samiah Brown Participation Ribbon (PR), Fourth Grade Connor Dewberry PR, Fifth Grade Destiny Knox PR, Sixth Grade Rachel Rose PR, Seventh Grade Kaelan Long 3rd Place, Eighth Grade Jacob Carter PR.
 

Little Cypress Junior High and Mauriceville Middle School eighth graders recently participated in JASON 2015 at Lamar University. Students prepared and presented four different lessons to elementary students in grades 4-6 from across the Golden Triangle. MMS taught a lesson on waves while the three teams from LCJH taught lessons on igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, and metamorphic rocks. Each team presented twelve times throughout the day. Elementary students rotated through each of the rooms reviewing/learning about the different lessons. LCJH and MMS students created PowerPoints and demonstrations for each lesson as part of their presentations. Jennifer Knapp (LCJH) and Ronda Sunderland (MMS) are the sponsors of The JASON Project for LCM schools. Front Row from left, Jackson Baeza and Kooper Abernathy. Second row from left, Allee Franks, Sean Martin, Kryssy Smith, Valyn Faulk, Walker Smith, McKenzie Guillory, Mallory Lisle, Akhil Tejani and Seth Sartin. Third row from left, Chaz Hill, Max Dileo, Danya Maradiaga, Zach Casey, Karly Rodgers, Sophie Boyd.

 
January is School Board Appreciation Month and Orangefield ISD is showing their appreciation for their members.  Standing from left Jesse Fremont, Marc Wernig, Bo Henley, Donovan Weldon, Jude Graffignino.  Sitting, Brad Frye, Supt. Dr. Stephen Patterson, and Dr. Ronnie Risinger.  more

A 38-year-old Little Cypress woman who was reported missing at 12:30 in the morning Wednesday notified police about 8:30 a.m. that she was at a friend's house. Orange Police Captain Keith Longlois said a network of people in the Little Cypress community helped locate her at the friend's house after her photograph and information was posted on KOGT's Facebook page. Police had called out tracking dogs and had a plane flying over the neighborhood looking for her. The family of Michelle Renee Haydel called police when she didn't return to her home in the 6300 block of Steeple Chasse Drive off FM 1130. She did not call family members, including her husband and children, to let them know where she was, Captain Longlois said. She had last been seen at 9:45 p.m. walking in the neighborhood. Captain Longlois said police quickly formed a search because the woman has medical conditions. In addition she "left her purse and cell phone home, something a person would normally take when they're going away," he said.

Former West Orange Cove Superintendent O. Taylor Collins passed away Tuesday in Kentucky from heart complications. Collins came to WOC in 2005 and was instrumental in the opening of the new WOS Elementary School. He returned to his home state of Kentucky in 2010 to become Executive Director of Red Bird Mission Christian Schools.

The City Administrator for the City of Pinehurst Joe Parkhurst handed the City Council his letter of resignation Tuesday night.  Parkhurst was obviously sad to give the notice, and said he wants some time to spend with his wife.  Parkhurst mentioned many of the students he taught when he was in education have retired and most of his friends have retired.  He would like to do different things including traveling with his wife.  Parkhurst concluded by adding this was the best job he ever had.  Parkhurst complimented the council members he had worked with over the years and the employees who work for Pinehurst.  Parkhurst stated, “These people out here are great to work with.  You couldn’t ask for a better council then I’ve had to work with there were no micro-managers they just are here to help the city and that’s been a pleasure.”  In his letter of resignation Parkhurst did not give a date when the resignation would be effective, just saying in the very near future.  He added in the letter that he would stay on to help find and train a replacement for him.

The Orange City Council Tuesday night got an angry comment from a citizen upset about the city animal shelter euthanizing a mother and 11 puppies. The dogs were put down on December 23, two hours after being picked up. The city's policy is to hold dogs at least 72 hours before being euthanized. The owners came to get the dogs at the shelter about two hours after the dogs were dead. Linda Pittillo told the council members they wanted to put Orange on the map and now it's known as a city of dog killers. A story about the dogs made nationwide news. Pittillo said the two animal control officers should have been fired instead of disciplined. She accused the city of not spending enough money to fund the animal shelter and get competent employees. Council members could not respond because the comments were not listed on the published agenda.
The council and city economic development corporation approved spending $75,000 in economic development money to help move 15th Street. The street is being moved as part of the Interstate 10 construction project that will extend the frontage road from 16th Street to Bob Hall Road, across the Union Pacific train tracks. The 15th Street change will allow room for new commercial construction along the frontage road. The money is coming from the special economic development sales tax funds. "I think it's an excellent use of our money," Councilman Bill Mello said.
In other business, the council legally set the next city council election for May 9. During the discussion, District 3 Councilwoman Essie Bellfield requested that the county’s election administrator get people who live within her district to work the early voting polls. The positions on the ballot this year will be for single-member District 1 and for mayor. District 1 Councilwoman Theresa Adams Beauchamp is ineligible to run because she has served the limited number of terms. Candidates running for the spot must live within the district. The mayor’s seat is currently held by Jimmy Sims. Sims filed to run for re-election Wednesday morning, the first day for filing.

The Orange Lions Club was given with quite a surprise today when McCoy's Building Supply presented the club with a number of tools and supplies that will be put to good use in preparing the park grounds for this year's carnival. Pictured left to right are Lions Club 1st VP Tara Lanphar, McCoy's Store Manager and Lions Board Member Johnny Sanchez, Lions Club 2nd VP Rusty Honeycutt, and Lions Club President Chris Kovatch. Photo by Stump Weatherford. 

Rumors have been flying around the Orange area that Baptist Hospital would be closing. KOGT spoke with Mary Poole, Baptist system spokeswoman, who said, "At this time there is no decision to close Baptist Hospital Orange." She said the hospital has been "evaluating services like any business does."

A Pinehurst police officer sustained minor injuries early this morning when he wrecked his patrol pickup truck in Beaumont during a chase that started on Strickland Drive when he tried to stop a 2012 Honda for a traffic violation. The officer is Leonard Roff. Police Chief Fred Hanauer said Roff missed a curve on Interstate 10 near the South Major Drive overpass. The pickup truck hit a road sign and a small grove of trees. He was taken by ambulance to a Beaumont hospital where he was treated and released. He had bruises minor cuts from broken glass. The Dodge Ram pickup is considered a total loss.
The chase started about 1:15 this morning when Officer Roff tried to stop the Honda for a traffic violation in the 1900 block of Strickland Drive. The Honda would not stop and led Roff south on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, then west on Tulane Road to Old Highway 90 and Interstate 10. The Honda turned north on FM 1136 and the west to Highway 12. A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper joined the pursuit as the Honda got to Vidor. From Highway 12 the chase went back to the interstate.
Chief Hanauer said Officer Roff had to leave the interstate near Ford Park outside of Beaumont because of a fatal accident being investigated by the Beaumont Police Department. The officer's accident happened when he failed to make a curve on the interstate access road near the South Major Drive overpass. Other police units chased the Honda into Harris County but could not stop the car. The suspect has not been caught at this time, but Hanauer said a tentative identification has been made. He said the Honda is registered to someone in Port Arthur. Police believe the car is the same one involved in a chase 45 minutes earlier in Port Arthur. That chase started after a report of an aggravated assault involving an assault rifle.

The Commissioners Court rescinded Monday a travel ban imposed a couple of years ago when the county was facing $3.1 million in debt.  Commissioner John Banken made the motion for removing the restriction.  Banken said he did not want to micromanage the department heads and moved for the removal of the ban stipulating that if it did get out of hand they may reconsider the ban, but for now he was in favor of the department heads handling travel within their offices without having to come before the court.  The removal of the travel ban meant no action was needed on a request by County Auditor Mary Johnson to allow her assistant to travel to Lubbock to attend training which was within her budget.  The Court tabled for a second week the request by Vidor businessman Gary Biehslich to waive penalties and interest for taxes on his property.  County Judge Brint Carlton and the court want a ruling from Assistant County Attorney Doug Manning on what the court can legally do about the request.  Manning missed the meeting Monday, but Carlton believes the Commissioners Court delaying any action until it hears from Manning will not cause any more penalty imposed on Biehslich while waiting on the court’s decision.  A request was made by the county’s Maintenance Department for commissioners to approve paying an invoice from Member’s Building Maintenance which is the commercial janitorial service which took over cleaning the courthouse in October 2014.  Covering the months of October, November, and December the unpaid invoice greatly upset Commissioner Banken about it not coming to them earlier.  Banken did not have a problem with Interim Maintenance Supervisor Kurt Guidry who was on medical leave when the contract with Member’s was first begun and did not have authorization to sign off on contracts until January when he replaced Mark Wimberley who retired as the head of maintenance at the end of December.  Banken said, “It is inexcusable to do business this way, I don’t like it one bit it’s almost like that internally they’re trying to sabotage this contract to make it not work after we made the contract and I don’t like that one bit.”  The court took no action and instructed Guidry to handle the paying of the invoice.  Guidry informed the court that Member’s Building Maintenance has brought in new management to run their crew at the Orange County Courthouse.     

Orange police are investigating three assaults on students at Little Cypress Junior High on Friday. Two boys said they were attacked by other students outside the boy's gym between second and third periods. Orange police were called about 10:30 a.m. Officer T.P. Pruitt reported that a 13-year-old boy had a knot on his head, a red eye, swollen lip and four loose teeth. The officer said the boy was knocked to the ground and also kicked in the upper and middle back. A second boy, aged 14, had red marks, including across his left ribs, upper arm and wrist.
District spokeswoman Sherry Combs said six students were involved in the fight. Administrators called police and the parents of all the students. The students involved in the fight will be disciplined according to the student code. The punishment could range from in-school suspension to expulsion. Orange Police Detective Captain Cliff Hargrave said the mother of one of the injured boys wants to pursue criminal charges but the other parent did not. No charges have been filed at this time.
In a second assault reported at the same time, a 13-year-old girl was treated for a bleeding nose. She told Officer Pruitt that a 14-year-old boy swung his back pack and hit her in the face, causing the bleed. She also had a swollen lip. Combs said the administration is continuing to look into the incident and whether it was an accident or intentional.

Keep Orange County Beautiful is pleased to announce that nominations for its Beautification Awards is now open to the public AND nomination forms are available on-line at their website, www.KOCB.org. Once each calendar quarter, a Beautification Award is presented to a single residence and a single business that have best exhibited the concept of Keeping Orange County Beautiful. Award recipients may come from anywhere within Orange County. The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals and organizations that closely exhibit KOCB’s vision and to encourage their neighbors to do the same. Each award recipient will receive a lawn sign to indicate the award and the date of the award. Award recipients may also receive gift certificates and other valuable considerations raised by the program partners. The lawn sign does not need to be returned to the Committee unless it or the location is not maintained. Keep Orange County Beautiful (KOCB) is a non-profit organization whose vision is to see Orange County become the cleanest and one of the most beautiful areas in Texas. KOCB has chosen to focus its efforts on two prime areas – Trees and Trash. KOCB’s mission is to educate, organize, and implement programs to achieve its vision. Further information can be found on the website (www.KOCB.org) or email to Info@KOCB.org.

St. Mary Catholic School Honor Roll – 2nd Nine Weeks

Mauriceville Middle School’s Writing teacher, Julie Pelt, received some very good news recently. She submitted seven of her students’ poems to the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americansâ and was notified that three of those will be published in the upcoming edition to be delivered in April 2015.  The students being published include (from left) Axl Rosen, Rylee LeVasseur and Joseph Fuselier.

The Orange City Council and Economic Development Corporation are set to spend $75,000 more to move 15th Street for commercial development along the new Interstate 10 frontage road. The board of directors for the Economic Development Corporation will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday with the City Council meeting to follow at 5:30 p.m. Both agendas include the $75,000 expenditure. The money will come from the Economic Development Corporation's special sales tax income. City Economic Development Director Jay Trahan, in a letter to the council, said that Mallett Commercial Development has an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to move the old 15th Street back to allow commercial buildings. Mallett owns the land and the city will pay the money for moving the street. Under the new Interstate 10 plans, the frontage road will be extended across 16th Street to Bob Hall Road. Currently, 15th Street runs parallell to and between 16th Street and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. 15th Street curves to meet 16th Street at the interstate overpass. The meetings will be at the Council Auditorium next to the Orange Public Library. The Economic Development Corporation board also has a closed-door executive session to discuss two real estate development proposals. The City Council agenda includes setting up the May 9 election for the single-member District 1 council seat and for mayor.

Property taxes are normally due on January 31st but because this year the last day to pay falls on the weekend, the law considers payments timely if paid in the office or postmarked on the next regular business day. The tax office will be accepting payments on Monday, February 2nd, without penalty and interest. Because the February 2 postmark is crucial to avoid penalty and interest, taxpayers need to be aware of the last pick-up time posted for the mail box or have a post office clerk personally stamp the mail. Payments can be made at the Orange Tax Office located at 123 S. 6th Street or the Vidor Tax Office at 155 Wilson. Drop boxes located outside the front entrances are available for “after hour” payments. Tax payers also have the option of paying online by going to www.co.orange.tx.us/taxoffice and clicking on “Tax Records and Tax Payments Online”. The credit card service provider charges a fee of 2.5% of the total tax being paid or $1.50 if paid by an E-Check. Taxpayers who qualify under the homestead exemption of sixty-five or older, disabled, or disabled veteran or their surviving spouses, are eligible to set up a tax payment plan of four equal payments. Please call the office for additional information. For inquires, contact the tax office at (409) 882-7971 or (409) 769-0064

On Jan. 25 at 9:39 a.m., Pinehurst Officer K. Norton observed a mobile home being moved from the trailer park in the 3800 block of Pheasant Drive in Pinehurst. The trailer company listed a Lumberton address. A traffic stop was conducted in the 2500 block of MLK Jr. Drive after he observed a Hispanic male passenger not wearing a safety belt. The driver of the vehicle, Jonathan Lee Stanley, a 32 year old white male, was found to have an outstanding warrant for theft issued by Orange County Court at Law. While waiting for warrant confirmation, the three Hispanic male passengers suddenly ran from the vehicle and into the wooded area near the West Orange Elementary School. Due to having the Stanley subject detained for the warrant, Officer Norton did not pursue the subjects. The Orange Police Department arrived to assist Officer Norton. The three Hispanic males were not located. Stanley was transported to the Orange County Jail without further incident.

Orangefield High School Third Six-Weeks Honor Roll 2014-2015
 

 The Orange Rotary Club made a donation of $500 to the West Orange-Cove CISD Education Foundation in honor of the football team making it to the State Championship. The donation was made during the weekly Rotary Club meeting. All of the football team, coaches, and cheerleaders were invited to attend.

Filing began Wednesday to run for city councils and some of the school boards in Orange County. Incumbent council members in Bridge City and Orange have reached term limits in their cities and will not be able to run for re-election this year. In Orange, the single-member district No. 1 spot will be vacant because Theresa Adams Beauchamp has served her limit on terms. Orange is the only city in the county with single-member districts. To run for the position, a person must live within the district, which is generally the west side of Orange. Only people who live in the district may vote for the council member. The mayor's seat, currently held by Jimmy Sims, is also up for election this year. Every resident in the city may vote for the mayor. Bridge City council members Kevin Mott in Place 1 and Robert Simonton Jr. in Place 3 have served their term limits and will not be able to run. The other position open this year is for Place 5 now held by Richard Savoy. iling will end on Friday, February 27 and the election will be Saturday, May 9. Filing is conducted during regular business hours of the entity through the city secretary's office or the office of the school superintendent. Early voting will run April 27 through May 5.

Other positions open this year: Pinehurst City Council: At-large positions now held by Dan Barclay, Dan Mohon and Matt Chandler. Pinehurst does not have term limits.
West Orange City Council: Mayor Roy McDonald and at-large seats held by Mike Trahan and Charles "Chuck" Winter. West Orange does not have term limits.
West Orange-Cove CISD: At-large positions three-year terms are now held by Pete Amy and Eric Mitchell. Nathaniel Colbert was appointed by the school board in July to serve the unexpired term of Mary Kirksey. That unexpired term will also be up for election.
Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD: Position 2 held by David Jones, Position 4 held by Tammy Rountree and Position 5 held b Don Anderson.
Bridge City ISD: Place 1 held by Lon Hubbard and Place 2 held by Kirk Ellender.
Orangefield and Deweyville school districts have board of trustee elections in November.

It is election time again in the City of Vidor. This year, voters will cast their ballots for the positions of Mayor and Councilmembers of Wards One, Four, and Six. Anyone interested in running for any of these positions can beginning applying on January 28th. The last day to apply is February 27th by 5 pm. Election Day is May 9, 2015.
According to the Vidor City Charter, “Each member of the City Council (including the Mayor) shall be a resident of the City of Vidor, shall be a qualified voter of the State of Texas, shall have been such a resident of the City of Vidor for a period of not less than one (1) year immediately preceding his/her election and shall not be indebted to the City of Vidor.” Furthermore, a Councilmember must live in the ward he or she represents.
Interested and eligible candidates may pick up an election packet at City Hall from City Secretary Vicki Watson. For additional information or questions, one can contact Ms. Watson or City Manager Mike Kunst at 409-769-5473. Her extension is 141, and his is 140.
A boundary map of the wards may be found on the City of Vidor website at http://www.cityofvidor.com/dev/about-us. Click on “Ward Boundary Map” or stop by City Hall to view the map.

 

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