Category Archives: Local Government

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

Issue of recycling center to go to public hearing

Jody Crump, commissioner pct.4

This week during a meeting of Orange County Commissioners, Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux  had to remind a citizen to direct his comments to the court. It all began last week when a recycling business, who also owns a similar

BC City Council holds workshop to discuss hot topics

kirk roccaforte

The Bridge City Council had some big issues to discuss during a workshop meeting Tuesday evening. After the initial items such as approving minutes from past meetings were over, the council got down to business. The first topic of discussion

County still working on saving money

Judge Carl Thibodeaux

In light of recent county departments not being able to fill open job openings, Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux stated during a meeting Monday that he would try to go as long as he could without hiring someone in his

Housing projects still in the public limelight


Though the Orange City Council approved the building of public housing complexes on Velma Jeter, Pine Grove and Sikes Road last week, the issue is still drawing public attention. One item on the Orange Housing Authority’s meeting agenda that caught

OC commissioners continue their efforts to raise money for deficit budget

During their meeting Monday, Orange County Commissioners continued their fund raising efforts by considering the services of American Municipal Services for debt recovery. Amanda Stucker, of AMS, told the court their services would be at no cost to the county.

Pinehurst votes in new fire chief

Justin Partain, left, and Michael Moses were named as chief and captain of the Pinehurst Volunteer Fire Department at the regular meeting of the Pinehurst City Council. RECORD PHOTO:David Ball

A veteran firefighter was named the new fire chief for the city of Pinehurst at the regular meeting of the city council on Tuesday night. Justin Partain comes to Pinehurst from the West Orange Volunteer Fire Department. He’s been in

OC commissioners deal with training requests

Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux

Orange County Commissioners are continuing their venture Monday during a meeting to cut back on expenses following the recent $ 3 million deficit budget. During a meeting last week, commissioners took action allowing only mandated travel by county employees. It

Orange City Council approves building of public housing projects

Longtime Hillbrook resident Leroy Perkins spoke against the proposed Arthur Robinson II complex to be built on nearby Sikes Road Tuesday morning at the regular meeting of the Orange City Council. RECORD PHOTO: David Ball

The venue changed for a public hearing for the building of new public housing projects within the city, but public outcry against the project hasn’t changed. A public hearing was held at the regular meeting of the Orange City Council

Your Republican Candidate for the People’s Court JP Precinct 3

Candice Conroy Steele

I am Candice Conroy Steele, your Republican candidate for Justice of the Peace – Precinct 3, Orange County. Orange County is comprised of four precincts; each with a Justice of the Peace Court, often considered “The People’s Courts” since these

Still no deal on OCSO Union Contract

After a brief closed door session Monday during a Commissioners Court meeting, it was announced there will still not be any action taken on the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Union Contract. During a previous meeting, Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux