July 3, 2015

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Heat creates National Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk Day

By Madeleine Fuselier The Orange Leader Citizens of the United States will celebrate the 239th anniversary of our country’s independence on Saturday. For most people, ... Read more | Add your comment

Children attending the summer reading program at the Orange Public Library on Wednesday were treated to a western themed-story and project courtesy of the Stark Museum of Art. Anne Marie Ventura, the education intern with the Stark Museum of Art, reads the story “Cowboys and Cowgirls Yippee-Yay!” and children then created accordion-style cowboy boot storybooks as the project. The Orange Public Library summer reading program is held from 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., every Wednesday, through July 22. (Tommy Mann Jr. / The Orange Leader)

Learning about the ‘Wild West’

Children attending the summer reading program at the Orange Public Library on Wednesday were treated to a western themed-story and project courtesy of the Stark ... Read more | Add your comment

OC sales tax figures mixed for month of June

Sales tax reports continue to improve across the state and Orange County, according to the latest figures. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said in June that ... Read more | Add your comment

Caution is key to safe Fourth of July

ORANGE — The Fourth of July holiday is a great summer event for families and friends and fireworks, but, occasionally, it can prove tragic because ... Read more | Add your comment

Vidor Police Reports (June 14 – June 20, 2015)

The Vidor Police Department responded to the following calls from June 14 – June 20, 2015. Sunday, June 14 • Burglary of a habitation in ... Read more | Add your comment

The Orange Lions Club held its annual club installation and awards banquet on Monday, June 22. Several members of the organization were recognized during this event. Pictured, from left to right, are: Dan Mohon and Butch Campbell, both recipients of the Lion of the Year Award; Bill Smith, recipient of Lions Clubs International the Melvin Jones Fellow Award; and Sandra Williams (3rd Vice President), Chris Gunstream (2nd Vice President), and Rusty Honeycutt (1st Vice President) received Rookie of the Year Award. Chris Kovatch, president, is also pictured. (Courtesy photo)

Orange Lions Club members receive awards

The Orange Lions Club held its annual club installation and awards banquet on Monday, June 22. Several members of the organization were recognized during this ... Read more | Add your comment

Vidor High School Building Trades and Welding classes joined forces to enter the Orange County Sheriff Posse Construct a Picnic Table Contest. The eight-foot handicap-accessible table was created complete with a metal pan of fire rocks and propane for the popular “fire pit” look. The joint team tied for first place in the competition. They were presented a check for $625. Pictured, seated in front, are Trent Thompson, Ben Burkett and Daron Holden. Standing in back, from left, are Noble Veillon, Mr. Guthrie, Matt Clayton, Calab Croom, Christian Byers and Chris Chaisson. (Photo courtesy of Vidor ISD)

Contest winners

Vidor High School Building Trades and Welding classes joined forces to enter the Orange County Sheriff Posse Construct a Picnic Table Contest. The eight-foot handicap-accessible ... Read more | Add your comment

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The W.H. Stark House, 610 Main Ave. in Orange, is currently receiving a facelift. The structure is painted every six years. The house is open during the restoration. A walking tour is through a 14,000 square foot, three-story home that stands much as it did at the turn of the 20th century. The W.H. Stark House Carriage House is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9  a.m. – 5  p.m. Guided Tours of the Stark House occur regularly Tuesday – Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour starts at 4 p.m.

Getting a facelift

The W.H. Stark House, 610 Main Ave. in Orange, is currently receiving a facelift. The structure is painted every six years. The house is open ... Read more | Add your comment

Orange citizens gather for solution

ORANGE – With one voice, one vision, a group of residents hope to have one victory in changing the community for the better. Citizens and ... Read more | Add your comment

Pinehurst Police Reports (June 14 – June 20, 2015)

The Pinehurst Police Department responded to the following calls from June 14 – June 20, 2015. Sunday, June 14 • Assist other agency in the ... Read more | Add your comment

Always the inspiration, Jonathan McCollum, 23, of Orange, lifted the spirits and calmed the nerves of his classmates on the Riverfront Pavilion boardwalk across from Lamar State College with his rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, on Tuesday, in a successful attempt to ease the testing blues before the Lamar students second nursing exam of the day. McCollum is a second year nursing student.

Got the testing blues…

Always the inspiration, Jonathan McCollum, 23, of Orange, lifted the spirits and calmed the nerves of his classmates on the Riverfront Pavilion boardwalk across from ... Read more | Add your comment

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Cheri Walston, owner of Simply Sweet Treats located at 2494 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Pinehurst, shows off her freshly baked Fourth of July cupcakes. The bakery opens the doors officially Wednesday.

Simply Sweet Treats baking up sugary goodness

PINEHURST — With walls painted in hues of pink, Simply Sweet Treats has a vintage atmosphere while filling the air  with baking pastries. Cheri Walston, ... Read more | Add your comment

Fans of Three Legged Dawg can get a double shot of the band as the group sticks close to home for the holiday weekend with a show Friday night at The Bayou Club in Orange, and, on Saturday night, the band will be at the Texas Ave. Tavern in Bridge City. (Tommy Mann Jr. / The Orange Leader)

Entertainment for the week of July 1 – July 7, 2015 By Tommy Mann Jr. tommy.mann@orangeleader.com The holiday weekend is upon us and that means ... Read more | Add your comment

Fourth of July means business closings ahead of holiday

Independence Day holiday falls on Saturday this year, which means numerous business and government office closures on Friday for the extended weekend. All city offices ... Read more | Add your comment

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UPDATED: Police searching for man in Sun Loan robbery

UPDATE: On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, The Sun Loan business, 1104 16th St. Orange, TX,  was robbed at gunpoint.  Detectives with the Orange Police Department ... Read more | Add your comment

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Orange County Clerk’s Office is ready to issue same sex marriage licenses as of Monday morning. The first license was issued to a male couple on Tuesday.

Orange County issuing same sex marriage licenses

Orange County County Clerk’s office was ready Monday morning to issue same sex marriage licenses after receiving the new forms from the state. A clerk ... Read more | Add your comment

Pomonis receives disciplinary action from the Texas Medical Board

from staff reports Dr. Nick Spero Pomonis, of Orange, received disciplinary action from the Texas Medical Board on June 12, according to a press release. ... Read more | Add your comment

The Google Maps Street View car was spotted traveling the streets of the greater-Orange area on Monday. According to Google.com, the program began in the U.S. in 2007 and the vehicle uses cameras, lasers and GPS devices to help construct 360-degree panoramic imagery of specific areas. (Tommy Mann Jr. / The Orange Leader)

On the road again

The Google Maps Street View car was spotted traveling the streets of the greater-Orange area on Monday. According to Google.com, the program began in the ... Read more | Add your comment

Two arrested in connection to Mauriceville Utility District theft

PRESS RELEASE On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, around 9:15 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call in reference to a theft in ... Read more | Add your comment

Brandon Martinez

Man arrested following stolen vehicle pursuit

Press Release On Monday, June 29, 2015, around 11:40 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call in reference to a truck that ... Read more | Add your comment

The MCT Credit Union Scholarship Program awarded 8 area high school graduates with a $2,000 scholarship to help with the funds needed to attend college. MCT is committed to investing in the future of our youth through this program. The credit union movement stresses involvement in community and MCT Credit Union supports that philosophy by contributing to local communities and participating in community events.  MCT Credit Union serves all of Jefferson, Hardin, and Orange counties. From left to right- Mary Murdock, Avery Murdock, Mitch Murdock, Jade Ousley, Brian Ousley, Tyler Smith, Michael Smith, Asano Fisher, Sakurah Fisher, Troy Fisher, Bree Newsom, Renee Newsome, April Duhon, Kellie Duhon, Jennifer Scarborough, and Lauren Scarborough. 
Photo courtesy of MCT Credit Union

MCT Credit Union Graduating Senior Scholarship Winners

The MCT Credit Union Scholarship Program awarded 8 area high school graduates with a $2,000 scholarship to help with the funds needed to attend college. ... Read more | Add your comment

Photo courtesy of Orangefield ISD
Incoming senior Scarlett Neely represented Orangefield High School and ALA Unit #49 – Orange, Texas at the American Legion Auxiliary’s 71st Texas Bluebonnet Girls State held in Seguin, Texas.

Orangefield ISD represented at 2015 Texas Bluebonnet Girls State

Special to The Leader The American Legion Auxiliary hosted its 71st Texas Bluebonnet Girls State June 14-20, 2015, at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. ... Read more | Add your comment

Photo courtesy of St. Mary Catholic School
St. Mary Catholic School students participated in the “Drawn to Life: Audubon’s Legacy”. Many students that participated in this event was chosen to display their art work at the Orange Stark Museum. This exhibition explores how John James Audubon changed the way we see nature. Drawn to Life reveals how the artist accomplished monumental projects in portraying North America’s birds and animals in lifelike poses and in their natural habitats. The exhibition features the Stark Museum of Art’s extensive collection of Audubon’s art including pastels, engravings, lithographs, printed books, and manuscripts. The artistic portrayal of the natural world is a theme that weaves through the Stark Museum of Art’s special exhibitions from late 2014 through 2015.

St. Mary Catholic School students display art work at the Stark Museum

St. Mary Catholic School students participated in the “Drawn to Life: Audubon’s Legacy”. Many students that participated in this event was chosen to display their ... Read more | Add your comment

Banken believes in serving the people

John Banken, Orange County Commissioner Precinct Three, is no stranger to serving the public. He has also on the Bridge City Council for six years ... Read more | Add your comment

Report: Hospitals Overcharging Up to 1,000 Percent

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas News Service) — If you’re going to break a leg, try not to do it in Mesquite. You might end up in ... Read more | Add your comment

The Vidor Public Library’s summer reading program continues to be a big hit with youth in the community as dozens turned out for this past Wednesday’s program featuring Zydeco artist and speaker Sean Ardoin of Young Audiences of Southeast Texas. Ardoin talked about being positive and being unique and performed music for the children. The Vidor Public Library’s summer reading program is held from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., each Wednesday, through July 22 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 1600 N. Main in Vidor. (Tommy Mann Jr. / The Orange Leader)

Music time in the library

The Vidor Public Library’s summer reading program continues to be a big hit with youth in the community as dozens turned out for this past ... Read more | Add your comment

Hometown Heroes Blood Drives to Honor Military

(Special to The Leader) —- LifeShare Blood Centers will hold its Hometown Heroes Blood Drives now through Friday, July 3 at 4305 Laurel Street in ... Read more | Add your comment

James Brown, the owner of James Brown’s Gumbo House and Grill in Vidor, was the special guest this past Monday at the Vidor Rotary Club and Vidor Independent School District’s Community Education summer reading camp. (Courtesy photo)

Telling stories with Mr. Brown

(Special to The Leader) — James Brown, the owner of James Brown’s Gumbo House and Grill in Vidor, was the special guest this past Monday ... Read more | Add your comment

West Orange Police Reports (June 7 – June 13)

The West Orange Police Department responded to the following calls from June 7 – June 13, 2015. Sunday, June 7 • Criminal mischief in the ... Read more | Add your comment

The Orange Community Players has announced its 58th season, which begins in August with the production of “Lend Me a Tenor.” Others shows on tap this season include “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Steel Magnolias,” and “Into the Woods.” (Tommy Mann Jr. / The Orange Leader)

OCP announces new season, future plans

The people at OCP are excited about a few things happening in and around the playhouse this coming season. The Orange Community Players has announced ... Read more | Add your comment

The Lamar Cardinals football team will be featured on television at least three times in the upcoming season. (Troy Jones / The Orange Leader)

Cards have three games on television slate

(Special to The Leader) —- (BEAUMONT) — Joining Lamar’s game at Baylor, the Southland Conference announced on Wednesday the football Cardinals will play at least ... Read more | Add your comment

Bridge City Police Reports (June 7 – June 13)

The Bridge City Police Department responded to the following calls from June 7 – June 13, 2015. Sunday, June 7 • Theft in the 200 ... Read more | Add your comment

Seattle Seahawks defensive back and Super Bowl champion Earl Thomas III oversees some of the activities Friday at his annual Earl Thomas III Football Camp, which was held on the campus of West Orange-Stark High School. Approximately 1,000 youth participated in the activities on Friday. The camp concludes Saturday with a 7-on-7 tournament. (Tommy Mann Jr. / The Orange Leader)

Thomas Football Camp offers opportunities for youth

With smiles on their faces and sweat pouring from their bodies, more than thousand youth relished in the opportunity to see a local football star. ... Read more | Add your comment

Brad Arnold and the rest of his bandmates in 3 Doors Down will perform Thursday, July 2, in Lake Charles, La. at L’Auberge Casino and Resort’s “Party by the Pool” concert series for ages 21 and older. Special guest is Theory of a Deadman. (Tommy Mann Jr. / The Orange Leader)

3 Doors Down to kickoff summer tour in Lake Charles

National rock act 3 Doors Down loves being on the road. Especially when it involves a showcase in Southwest Louisiana or Southeast Texas. 3 Doors ... Read more | Add your comment

Orange native and NFL All-Pro defensive back Earl Thomas III paid a visit to the staff and clients of OCARC in Orange early Friday morning to sign autographs and take photos. Thomas was in town for his annual football camp and made sure to include the organization in his busy weekend lineup. See more photos and the story from the football camp on Page B1 of the weekend edition of The Orange Leader. (Tommy Mann Jr. / The Orange Leader)

Earl pays a visit to OCARC

Orange native and NFL All-Pro defensive back Earl Thomas III paid a visit to the staff and clients of OCARC in Orange early Friday morning ... Read more | Add your comment

Cody Kimball

Police arrest teen in connection with robbery

A teenager has been arrested in connection with an aggravated robbery of a business earlier this week. Cody Bernard Kimball, an 18-year-old man from Orange, ... Read more | Add your comment

The Orange County Sheriff’s Posse Special Angels Rodeo organizers presented a check for $665 to the students, faculty and staff of Bridge City ISD prior to the end of the school year. The funds are to be used for a fun day or activity in the 2015-2016 school year. (Photo courtesy of OCSP Special Angels Rodeo)

OCSP Special Angels Rodeo donate to BCISD

The Orange County Sheriff’s Posse Special Angels Rodeo organizers presented a check for $665 to the students, faculty and staff of Bridge City ISD prior ... Read more | Add your comment

Earl Thomas III, a native of Orange and a defensive back with the Seattle Seahawks, watches youth as they participate in the 2014 summer camp. Approximately 1,000 youth are expected to participate in his camp this Friday and Saturday. (Van Wade / The Orange Leader)

Thomas Camp ready to roll

(by Van Wade / The Orange Leader) — It’s that time of the year again as over 1,000 kids will converge to West Orange-Stark High ... Read more | Add your comment

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Orangefield Music Boosters were out Saturday raising funds to help update the concession stand, for more help with the music club and music education as well as the Spring Trip to Disney in Florida in 2016. The kids will be at the Super Walmart in West Orange August 8-9 for another fundraiser.

WE HAVE A GOAL

Orangefield Music Boosters were out Saturday raising funds to help update the concession stand, for more help with the music club and music education as ... Read more | Add your comment

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Hunter Roberts, 7, was traveling from Sulphur, Louisiana with his family Ben and Britney Roberts, when he got his chance to see an alligator at the Texas Travel information Center just off Interstate 10 in Orange before traveling home to Ringling, Oklahoma which was named for John Ringling, founder of the Ringling brothers circus. Ben said he hoped his son would get a chance to see an alligator before they left the Texas/Louisiana swamp lands and to Hunters amazement he saw two.

Enjoying a first

Hunter Roberts, 7, was traveling from Sulphur, Louisiana with his family Ben and Britney Roberts, when he got his chance to see an alligator at ... Read more | Add your comment