SCHOOL BUS SLIDES OFF ROADWAY

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From LCM ISD’s page:

 

LCM bus 14, carrying 15 junior high and high school students slid into a ditch off Glenda this morning. There were no injuries reported. Students were taken to their campuses by another bus and are being examined by campus nurses to assure they are all okay.

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Results of Orange County Elections

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BRIDGE CITY

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COUNCIL PLACE 1 Bridge City

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Aaron Roccaforte 484

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Carl Harbert 259

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COUNCIL PLACE 3 Bridge City

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Tammi Fisette 440

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John Nickum 304

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COUNCIL PLACE 5 Bridge City

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Terri Gauthier 427

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Kenneth Prosperie 315

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BCISD

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BRIDGE CITY ISD Place 1

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Paul Zoch 533

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Patty Collins 501

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BRIDGE CITY ISD Place 2

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Judy Cole 702

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Caleb Hayes 326

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ORANGE

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 MAYOR

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Larry Spears (I)…1460

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Charles Thomas …….. 151

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DIST. 1 COUNCIL

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David Bailey – 145

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Patrick Pullen (I)… 138

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PINEHURST

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ALDERPERSON UNEXP Pinehurst

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Greg Willis 82

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Kerri Arrington 62

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ALDERPERSON Pinehurst

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Sarah McClendon 87

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Johnny Asevedo 81

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J. Michael Shahan 63

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VIDOR

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 MAYOR

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* Runoff Between Songe and Herrera

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Misty Songe 339

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Ronnie Herrera 227

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Seth LaPray 145

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COUNCIL WARD 1

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Kelly Carder 343

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Joseph Webb 341

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COUNCIL WARD 4

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Jessica Barker

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COUNCIL WARD 6

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Larry Williams

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MAURICEVILLE | RAIN OR SHINE

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Beginning tonight you can enjoy carnival rides and concerts. Gates open at 5:00 with Dustin Kelley kicking it off at 6:00!

 Over 2000 pre-sold All-You-Can-Eat Crawfish tickets for Saturday, and up to 5000 in attendance expected! There will be 25 Crawfish Cooking Teams tomorrow! 

 Tomorrow morning the parade will begin at 10 a.m. following East down Hwy 12, turning South onto Hwy 62. There are 83 entries in the parade so far!

 Almost 40 years of crawfish history is being made so be there, rain or shine! This is the Mauriceville Heritage Foundation’s main fundraising event that will help out citizens and students of Mauriceville and surrounding areas throughout the year.

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OPD REPORTS – 4/23 – 4/25/21

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April 23, 2021 –

DAMAGED PROPERTY – Business – 2700 Block FOREMAN RD 
ABANDON VEHICLE – SIMMONS AT NORTH 
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT –  Injury – 6522 IH 10 
PROCESS SERVICE – Warrant Service – 2300 Block LUTCHER DR 

 April 24, 2021 –

PROCESS SERVICE – Warrant Service – EDDLEMAN AT 27TH 
ASSAULT – Aggravated Assault – 400 Block W CYPRESS AVE 
THEFT – 200 block 8TH ST
PROCESS SERVICE – Warrant – 2400 block 16TH ST
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT –  28 CIRCLE C 
Miscellaneous – Warrant – Orange Municipal court 201 8TH ST 
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT – 3100 EDGAR BROWN DR 
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE – Amphetamine -37TH AT CAMILLA
AMBULANCE – Ambulance Assist –  E SUNSET 
PROCESS SERVICE – Warrant – CIRCLE G/ AZALEA
WEAPONS OFFENSE – Possession – PARK AT 35TH

April 25, 2021 –

ASSAULT – Simple Assault – CYPRESS AT 2ND 
PROCESS SERVICE – Warrant – 1400 block 16TH ST 
PROCESS SERVICE – Warrant – 600 block BURTON AVE 
FRAUD – Illegal Use Credit Cards – 1600 16TH ST 
Miscellaneous – Warrant – Orange Municipal court 201 8TH ST 

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ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS STATE COVID AND CLEANUP PROGRESS

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The second Commissioners Court for the month was held April 27th.  One of the main items on the agenda was to be a discussion regarding approving a resolution in support of state legislation to form a coastal protection district, in preparation for the federal levee project supported by Orange County and planned by the Army Corps of Engineers.   The coastal protection system district would oversee the project. 

However, per Judge John Gothia, this item would have to be tabled for a special session next week, as the court had just received the paperwork from the state with a language change the Court had requested.

The Court also approved the use of preliminary FEMA maps to establish base flood elevation for properties participating the in the county’s elevation program, and updates were given on repairs that were still underway from Harvey, as well as the most recent Laura and Delta storms this year. 

Judge Gothia also stated that Orange County had spent all their reserves on debris clean up from 2020 storms, coronavirus money and protective measures against future storms, and hadn’t yet received that money back, but calls had been made to congressmen and reimbursement was a given, it was just the timeline that was in question.

“We were of the only counties in the state of Texas that had a debris bill the size we had,” Gothia said. 

Open session of commissioners court allowed for citizens to address items of concern.  Joseph Henry, the founder of “Let’s Make Bailey’s Great Again”, a grassroots group he started as an effort to clean up Bailey’s Road in Bridge City, said that although the group began with Bridge City cleanup, they wanted to extend into other areas of Orange County, but needed help.

“We are asking if we can find somebody to help us get the work done,” Henry said.  “One of the projects is an area south of Bridge City along where the bridges are on both sides. “

The commissioners agreed to get with him at a later date, and Judge Gothia and all the Commissioners agreed that there was a lot of clean up to do – not just along the roads mentioned in Bridge City, but throughout the area.

“Cleaning up Orange County,” Gothia said, “It’s something we need –  everyone to take some pride in where they live.  We go out there and clean up and two weeks later it’s trashed again.”

The court also formally approved a resolution congratulating West Orange Mayor Roy McDonald on his retirement, which they presented to him last week. 

Gothia said, “He has worked in this community for over 26 years and has done a fantastic job and certainly earned his retirement, and as all of us know there are a lot of trials and tribulations, especially in the last few years, in public office.”

Emergency Management Director, Joel Ardoin, updated the court as well with the latest Covid numbers, stating that overall Covid cases were down, with a slight uptick that could’ve been due to a back log of cases.  The numbers of people receiving the vaccinations, however, were dwindling.

 

Gothia encouraged everyone to get their vaccinations while they could, saying “The vaccines are working.  We’re seeing it out there.

“Everyone has their own health decision to make and I respect that.  There haven’t been many serious complications in the millions of vaccines across the U.S., but people who get Covid can get seriously ill,” he said.

Ardoin stated that through grants available, Orange County could be looking at a stand-alone vaccination clinic, not just for Covid, but for many routine vaccinations, such as the flu.  A location at this time has not been determined.

 

 

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inniocent man cleared

charges dropped against decorated vet after 10 mths

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An Orange man has been cleared of bank fraud and 2 counts of conspiracy charges. We DON’T HEAR OFTEN ENOUGH ABOUT THE GUY FREED of charges.

The charges against Jacob Brown were dismissed because there is NOTHING THERE. How does this stuff get to prosecution? Brown’s boss gave him checks that bounced and HE got accused.

The charges sat there without merit for 10 months AFTER the Purple Heart recipient and Marine/US Army vet spent 6 days in jail.

Brown told us today, “I committed no crime. My boss wrote me a bad check, remember. I’m as much the victim as the store clerk.

Now, Brown has some decision to make.

“Yes I will seek civil action. For my pain and suffering. My name and reputation was blasted. My rights were violated on numerous occasions.”

After ten months of waiting, Brown’s court proceeding today to determine that the charges had been dismissed took about 30 seconds.

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VIDOR 13-YEAR-OLD ASTONISHES KART RACING WORLD

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A Lakeview (North Vidor) 13-year-old has turned into a BULLET in a racing kart! And he’s destroying adult racing competitors in it. In fact, Caleb Eichler stands poised to be in the running for Rookie of the Year honors in the NASKART Pro Racing Series if he keeps up at this rate!

Eichler is truly a sensation. But it’s taken hard work.

“It doesn’t even feel like you’re going that fast. I never get scared. I’ve always been a racing fan. and when I got into iRacing, which is a computer simulator, I knew I’d enjoy it,” said Caleb.

What does it feel like to beat adults in a race that they’ve been competing in for years?

“It feels good to know that – and I’m not trying to sound cocky – but it feels good to know that I can be faster than some of these guys.”

13! And competing in the adult series of kart racing! It means intense NASKART racing at speeds that top 105 mph in the draft. And often 85 mph in the clean air. Now THAT, is just plain “smokin’.”

A 13-year-old who handles G-forces similar to what an Indy-car driver faces in every race.

Caleb Eichler made his rookie debut in the series just earlier this month after about 8 months of preparation to be in the sport.

He has raced at the Houston Motorsports Park and finished 5th, and is currently in the middle of a 13-race schedule for 2021.


Caleb is likely to zoom past the competition at North Texas Raceway and the Hill Country Karting Club as well later this year.

Look. Caleb Eichler is just a great young man. The kind of guy everybody likes to support. Caleb even salutes during the national anthem of The Daytona. And of COURSE he wouldn’t miss watching it on the tube! One day, Eichler may well race in the 500!

 

Caleb’s father, Dale Eichler, saw his son’s love of racing after the pair watched the Circuit of The America’s race in Austin in 2019. Caleb and Dale decided it was time to move into the sports in a big way. And Reata Racing was born!

In August of last year the family bought the kart. It’s a methanol-fueled JET by now – after HOURS of work. The kart runs a highly modified Honda GX270 engine. And in the hands of a serious young man and careful tutelage during the races, Caleb has been MELTING the tracks. 90 mph with his hair on fire (metaphorically) most of the time. Already, Caleb has beaten 2018, 2019, and 2020 NASKART champions. All adults!

Eichler already has a 4-race commitment for next season to run in the Allison Legacy Series and could move up in 2023.

Barely a teen, and boiling down the track. If he keeps beating the adults you know for a fact he’s going to be a contender. And that’s going to make him a hero in Vidor. Something we can ALL cheer about!  

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