“I got a letter from the Texas Historical Commission,” said Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux Monday at commissioners’ court.

“We are pleased to inform you the Orange County Historical Commission is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding preservation work accomplished in 2011 year of service,” Thibodeaux read, “In recognition of its active and well balanced preservation program.”

He said the award is given to historical commissions for going above and beyond to protect the historical history of their county.

Dr. Howard Williams and other members of the local commission came forward to receive the award.

We couldn’t have done all this without your help,” Williams told commissioners as he accepted the award. “Currently we have about 90 markers around the county and we have another four or five to go,” said Williams. “We’ve enjoyed it.”

“Dr. Williams, it’s easy for the commissioners court to partner with individuals in the county that do so much for the county,” said Thibodeaux.

“We do have another historical marker that is going to be honored July 21,” said Betty Harmon, member of the historical commission. “It’s the one for “Gatemouth” Brown at Hollywood Cemetery at 9 a.m. You’ll receive an invitation,” she said.

Photo: The Orange County Commissioners’ Court presented the Orange County Historical Commission with a Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission. Accepting the award on Monday was Jerry Pennington, Dr. Howard Williams and Betty Harmon. RECORD PHOTO.

Written by Penny LeLeux

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Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.