Top 10 for 2019

Published 8:41 pm Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Each year, we feature the top 10 stories of the year. This year, we are including stories that were only online. They are noted as online only. Even so, nine out of 10 were in print. The top stories were determined by the ones with the most views online. 

  1. And Now You Know: Massacre of the Jett Family in 1874

Mike Louviere revisited the Ralph Ramos’ articles on an interview with Mrs. Eugenia Peveto recollection of an event that occurred when she was only a young teenager; the murder of her aunt and two cousins in their home three miles west of Orange on Adams Bayou.




  1. Vidor man charged with intoxicated manslaughter in connection to Wednesday morning wreck

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Jesse Griffin of Vidor, 29, was placed under arrest and charged with intoxication manslaughter. He has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter. The preliminary DPS crash investigation indicated the westbound traffic on the Interstate was stopped due to an earlier crash.  The driver of a GMC pickup truck was traveling westbound on IH-10, failed to control his speed and sideswiped a Hyundai passenger vehicle.  The GMC then rear-ended a Ford pickup truck which caused a chain-reaction crash involving three additional vehicles.

  1. Father kills toddler

Yovahnis Roque, 26, was charged with the capital murder of his daughter, 2. A grand jury indicted Yovahnis Roque for capital Murder of his daughter, Savanna ‘Savi’ Roque.






  1. Baby brought to closed emergency room

A woman, reported to be the mother of the child, told officers she was unaware the hospital emergency room was closed. Nurses from the Infusion Clinic in operations at the campus did immediately began medical care to sustain the child until first responders arrived.

The case has been turned over the Orange County Sheriff’s Office as the incident causing the distress for the infant happened outside of Orange City limits.


  1. And Now You Know: The billboards that inspired a movie

Mike Louviere writes about the billboard in Vidor concerning the murder of a young lady named Kathy Page. Irish writer and director Martin McDonagh was traveling through Texas on a Greyhound bus nearly 20 years ago inspiring a movie.


  1. Couple just married, pronounced dead by JP moments later

What should have been the happiest day of their lives, a couple died in a wreck just moments after getting married. Justice of the Peace 3 Joy Dubose-Simonton, after pronouncing the couple husband and wife, had to pronounce Harley Morgan, 19, and his wife, Rhiannon Boudreaux Morgan, 20, dead. Both were from Vidor.

Tragically, it ended sooner than anyone thought when a truck struck the young couple’s car on State Hwy. 87 by the Orange County Airport on Friday afternoon in August.


  1. Explosion in Port Neches shakes homes in Orange County

An explosion at TPC in Port Neches in Jefferson County shook houses well into the City of Orange at approximately 1 a.m. TPC said the explosion involved a processing unit and requested assistance from Port Neches Fire Department and Huntsman. 


  1. UIL announces cutoff numbers: Bobcats moving up to 4A, Vidor going down to 4A

The University Interscholastic League announced their cutoffs for each classification for the upcoming district realignments that will come the first Monday in February.

All of the schools across Texas turned in their enrollment numbers in October and the UIL broke them down and adjusted their numbers.

Of course, most everyone knows that the football season is broken down into division 1s and 2s with the exception of Class 6A.

One thing for certain, this year’s numbers certainly changed things up for Orange County schools.


  1. Garbage truck worker injured in collision

A garbage truck worker suffered serious leg injuries when a Ford F-150 pick-up truck struck the back of a garbage truck operated by Waste at the 4700 block of Old Hwy. 90 in Orange.

The two men working at the rear of the truck observed the pick-up truck approaching from behind.

They realized that a collision was imminent and jumped clear of the vehicles.  

At the instant of the collision the 40-old male, who had jumped away, was struck by a piece of flying debris.  

This resulted in a severe injury to his lower leg.   

  1. Man dies in BC roll-over crash

A man died in a single-vehicle rollover crash north of Bridge City. Bridge City dispatch received the call around 9:30 a.m. reporting a one-vehicle rollover crash in the 4700 block of Farm to Market Road 1442.