Category Archives: Local Government

West Orange in process of clearing out substandard houses

Though it’s a little late for a Spring cleaning the city of West Orange is making plans to spruce things up.The West Orange City Council approved a resolution for property owners to either repair, remove or demolish several structures in

Commissioners okay rental equipment for roadwork

Clark Slacum

The Orange County Road & Bridge department will go with rental equipment to do some roadwork projects this summer. The Orange County Commissioners’ Court approved renting a Bomag Soil Stabilizer/Recycler at their regular meeting on Monday afternoon. Clark Slacum, county

Orange council runoff set for June 21

Come June 21 Orange residents will know whether a former city councilman or someone new to the council will be the next At-Large Place 6 councilman. Larry Spears Jr. and Cullin Smith were the top two vote-getters in the May

BC annexes property near Rainbow Bridge

kirk roccaforte

The city of Bridge City just got a little bigger after Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The council approved a proposed annexation plan for the city that will extend two fingers toward the Rainbow Bridge, according to City Manager Jerry Jones. The

Early run-off voting underway


With less than a week to go both political parties will know who their candidates will be for the November General Election after the May 27 Primary Run-Off Election is completed next Tuesday. Republicans are the only party who have

BC Council adds more streets for reconstruction


Some additional streets were added to the list to be reconstructed at the regular meeting of the Bridge City City Council on Tuesday night. City Manager Jerry Jones announced the streets of Woodsong, La Mesa, Romero, a block of Gilmer

Commissioners receive award from Texas AgriLife

Orange County Commissioners' Court

Commissioners received the “Building a Better Texas” Award Monday from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Agents Fallon Foster, Christina Perez and Roy Stanford. Foster said the award acknowledges a 100 year agreement. “Your co-operation and support has made it possible

Runnels, Stringer deny Carlton endorsement

According to an interview today by Glen Earl of KOGT with former Orange County Judges Pete Runnels and James Stringer, they deny endorsing or supporting Brint Carlton in his bid for the same office. Carlton ran an ad in this

Orange County election results

Mauriceville MUD board of directors: Top three vote getters are the winners- 1.  Nelda Burton 167 2.  John w. Sherwin 145 3.  Corey Oldbury 138 4.  Phil Hutto 122 5.  Tommy Smith 94 6.  Terry Block 61 Port of Orange

New county veterans service officer appointed

New Service officer

It took the Orange County Commissioners’ Court only a week to fill a vacancy for the veterans service officer position. Gene Smith, former Veterans Service Officer, was terminated from employment at last week’s meeting of the court. His replacement, Mark

New flood legislation will help Bridge City

kirk roccaforte

The city of Bridge City recently received some good news- some really good news. Mayor Kirk Roccaforte said federal legislation passed through amending the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 will give relief to residents of the city on

OC Veterans Service Officer fired from job

Gene Smithweb

Gene Smith, Veterans Service Officer for Orange County, was terminated from employment at the regular meeting of the Orange County Commissioners’ Court on Monday afternoon. Carl Thibodeaux, county judge, informed Smith the laws of the State of Texas do not

Veteran commissioner to face first-time candidate in county judge run-off


With all the votes in it will be a familiar face to Orange County voters versus a newcomer to politics in the May 27 run-off election for county judge. Former Precinct 3 Commissioner John Dubose made the run-off with 2,679

Orange County starts hiring freeze and hiring committee at meeting

Jody Crump, commissioner pct.4

Orange County department heads will now have to wait six weeks to replace an employee vacancy after the commissioners court approved a hiring freeze and the establishment of a staffing review committee policy at their meeting Monday afternoon. Jody Crump,

Bridge City supports building of affordable apartment complex

kirk roccaforte

Now the city of Bridge City is on board in supporting the building of an affordable rental apartment complex in the city. The Bridge City City Council met Monday night for a special meeting. One of the items approved was

Orange County to take bids on mobile home when title is obtained

Carl Thibodeaux

Orange County Commissioners voted Monday to finally get rid of a county owned mobile home located on the corner of Border and Polk Streets. The trailer was obtained following Hurricane Ike to be used as temporary office space. After county

County commissioners give OK to various agenda items

It was business as usual Monday when commissioner met during their regular scheduled meeting. First on the agenda was for commissioners to approve action for Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux to appointed to serve on the Gulf Coast Community Protection

County officials monitoring weather conditions

Jeff Kelley, Director of Orange County Emergency Management

Orange County Commissioners along with Jeff Kelley, Director of Emergency Management, will be monitoring  reports closely to determine if a burn ban will be needed in the future. During the commissioners court meeting on Monday, he was already looking at

Government leaders don’t need crystal ball to see the future


Financial projections for Orange County governmental entities will be a mixed bag for 2014. Most city administrators are somewhat optimistic about the upcoming year with some exceptions while the county has some work to do to get back on track

Commissioners agree to fill job vacancy

Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux

Orange County Commissioners have tried to keep spending to a minimum, but sometimes are forced to be flexible. One of their efforts has included not filling job openings, but on Monday during a meeting, they were forced to fill a

OC to join BC in appeal of FEMA maps

During the Monday meeting of Orange County Commissioners, they voted to join Bridge City in their efforts to appeal the new FEMA flood plain maps. Bridge City signed a contract Saturday with Lonnie G. and Associates, a civil engineering and