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NWS Lake Charles weather update: Thu 7.2.20

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected each day through next Tuesday. No widespread severe weather is expected, but ... Read more | Add your comment

WOCCISD working hard on reopening plans

Dear Mustangs: The district has been working extremely hard in preparation for the upcoming school year. The information ... Read more | Add your comment

LSCO pauses returning to campus plan

To The Leader Considering the dramatic increase in cases of COVID-10 in the state of Texas, Lamar State ... Read more | Add your comment

Eighteen years later the death of a child still haunts a community

By Dawn Burleigh Dannarriah Finley was four years old when she went missing around 10 a.m. on July ... Read more | Add your comment

Local

NWS Lake Charles weather update: Thu 7.2.20

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected each day through next Tuesday. No widespread severe weather is expected, but deadly lightning and gusty winds are possible ... Read more | Add your comment

by Dawn Burleigh.

Local

WOCCISD working hard on reopening plans

Dear Mustangs: The district has been working extremely hard in preparation for the upcoming school year. The information below is a brief synopsis of that ... Read more | Add your comment

by Van Wade.

Education

Summer enrollment up dramatically across TSUS

AUSTIN, Texas – Early estimates from across the Texas State University System show a dramatic increase in Summer I session enrollment. Headcount enrollment for the ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:06 pm

Education

OC Sheriffs’ Posse scholarship winners announced

The Orange County Sheriffs’ Posse is pleased to give the following scholarships to 2020 seniors of Orange County. Aubree Lanham of West Orange Kelsey Land ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:45 am

High School Sports

10-4A Division I should be a wide-open race

Out with one team, in with another, but one thing for certain the competition in District 10-4A Division I will be stout in the coming ... Read more

by Van Wade, Thursday, July 2, 2020 9:23 am

High School Sports

UIL recommending schools to shut down workouts until July 13

With the July 4 holiday this coming weekend, the University Interscholastic League is recommending schools to shut down summer workouts until July 13. The original ... Read more

by Van Wade, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:18 pm

High School Sports

All-Time Orange County football playoff history

Orange County has had its share of success in the football playoffs, including four state titles, four by West Orange-Stark (1986, 1987, 2015, 2016) and ... Read more

by Van Wade, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:12 am

Columnists

Op-Ed: Positive Highlights: My BLACK is…

My BLACK is not threatening. My BLACK is not stupid. My BLACK is not violent. My BLACK is not mediocrity. My BLACK is not offensive. ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:59 am

Home and Garden

The Postscript: Living in the world of birds

The raven nest was the big news this spring. Our neighbor, Joe, who belongs to every social organization in town, found himself with very little ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:51 am

Local

Early voting underway for primary runoffs

By Dawn Burleigh Not all elections were decided in the Primary Election held in March. Early voting began on Monday, June 29 and runs through ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:35 am

Local

Lighting for MacArthur discussed after death of bicyclist

By Dawn Burleigh Orange City Mayor ProTem Patrick Pullen held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the lighting situation on MacArthur Drive. “If ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:32 am

Local

Deciding who should wear a mask and when

By Dawn Burleigh Preventing the spread of COVID-19 has resulted in numerous face masks appearing in public from rhinestone blinged out to makeshift scarves. Several ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:22 am

Columnists

How we can police our communities better

(Editor’s note: This previously published in the Dallas Morning News on June 29, 2020) The killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis was a ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:15 am

Home and Garden

Orange You Bold: Celebrations during the pandemic

Hello beautiful people. I typically write to you about projects I am creating, but this week I wanted to talk about my experience celebrating a ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:15 am

Lifestyle

Mother of the Week

Here is Mother of the Week: Monique Latrivia Fezia. You are the mother of the week and continue to do a great job as a ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:14 am

Tires

Columnists

Story Over a Cup: Search for the bigger toy car

As you may know, my dog Roswell is a strange one. It’s not just a name, he is probably the strangest dog I have ever ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:04 am

Columnists

Op-Ed: Texas voters support abstinence-plus sex ed in schools

The values that parents and families instill in their children from an early age play an important role in a young person’s decision about whether ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:02 am

Local

SETRPC to Host a Public Meeting on Thursday, July 16

BEAUMONT —  The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) will host a public meeting on Thursday, July 16, 2020, providing citizens in Jefferson, Orange ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:45 pm

Education

Reed, McFarlene are named principal at OrangefieldISD

The Orangefield Independent School District announced two administrators with new roles in the District: Timothy (TJ) Reed has been named as Junior High Principal. Reed ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:44 pm

Local

Poll Results 7.1.20

While surrounding counties are issuing mandatory mask requirements, Orange County at this time does not have the requirement. Many residents agree as shown by the ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:31 pm

Local

Children’s hospitals have space and are safe for patients

To The Leader AUSTIN, Texas – The Children’s Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT) announced today that children’s hospitals throughout the state have joined together to assure ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:21 pm

Local

Orange County Judge Gothia tests positive for COVID

Orange County Judge John Gothia has tested positive for coronavirus. He’s been quarantined since June 23 and got his positive test results Monday night. At ... Read more

by Van Wade, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:10 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Arrest made for the death of five year old

PRESS RELEASE — On June 26, 2020 at 12:02 PM Orange Police Department officers were dispatched to 712 10th St., Orange, Texas in reference to ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10:17 am

Local

Jefferson Co. mask order extended to July 7

To The Leader Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick is extending the mandatory mask ordinance through July 7. Before Tuesday’s announcement, the order was sent to ... Read more

by Van Wade, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 9:25 am

High School Sports

WOCCISD summer workouts shut down until July 13

West Orange-Cove CISD will shut down summer workouts until Julyy 13. We will reassess the situation at that time. Coach Thompson, Director of Athletics, WOCCISD, ... Read more

by Van Wade, Monday, June 29, 2020 1:11 pm

News

GLO seeks proposals for resilient building construction services

AUSTIN – Today Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) posted six requests for proposals (RFPs) for construction services for the ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Monday, June 29, 2020 9:57 am

Crime

Collin County man indicted for theft of COVID economic impact payments

SHERMAN, Texas – A 50-year-old Plano, Texas man has been indicted and charged with federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney ... Read more

by Dawn Burleigh, Monday, June 29, 2020 9:55 am