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Mayor Spears Proclaims January 31 as Orange Amateur Radio Club Day

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Mayor Larry Spears Jr. has proclaimed January 31, 2023, as Orange Amateur Radio Club Day.

The Orange Amateur Radio Club (OARC) celebrates its 75th anniversary of affiliation with the American Radio Relay League, which started on January 27, 1948. The OARC provides emergency and auxiliary communications for the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Department of Homeland Security, National Weather Service, CERT, Orange County Office of Emergency Management, and other emergency agencies.

For more info, visit their website or their Facebook page.

City of Orange Giving Key to City to KOGT’s Gary Stelly

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The City of Orange invites the community to the Riverside Pavilion on Friday, February 10, 2023, as Mayor Larry Spears Jr. presents Mr. Gary Stelly a key to the City of Orange in honor of his contribution to the community through KOGT.

Immediately following the ceremony, the community is encouraged to stick around for live entertainment by Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band at the Riverside Pavilion, located at 708 Simmons Drive.

Orange County Outlines Debris Removal Guidelines

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Orange County Emergency Management and Orange County Road and Bridge are coordinating debris pickup for those areas in Orange County impacted by the tornado activity. This debris pickup will only be in the affected areas of the county.

Vegetative/green waste piles (tree limbs, branches, and cutting) will picked up.  There will not be a pickup for construction, demolition materials, or white goods. If there are construction and/or demolition materials with vegetative/green waste piles, the pile will not be picked up.

The vegetative/green waste should be cut into 10 feet or fewer pieces. Place the debris to the side of the road in a manner that is not blocking the roadway in any way. The debris should be accessible for pickup with a grappling truck.

The Road and Bridge Department employees are only allowed to get what they can reach from the road with their equipment. They are not allowed to go on private property. It is recommended that homeowners take pictures of debris that is placed curbside for pickup to ensure proper documentation.

It is further recommended each homeowner verify with their insurance carrier any other additional documentation requirement they may have.

The Orange County Citizen Collection Station, 11265 FM 1442 in Orange, is open to receive demolition/construction debris from homeowners. The fees will be waived for these residents. The hours of operation are Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. These extended hours will last for two weeks.

Building permits are required for rebuilding from tornado damage and can be obtained at the Environmental Health and Code Compliance Department in the Expo Center at 11475 FM 1442 in Orange. The permit fees will be waived for homeowners only. If the damaged structure is located in a special flood hazard area, an elevation certificate is required.

Orange County Disaster Rebuild Offering Storm Reporting Assistance

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With damage assessments ongoing, impacted families are encouraged to report damages sustained to homes and businesses during this last week’s tornado event using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) damage survey.

The iSTAT damage survey can be filled out online at

If you are having trouble entering your information, Orange County Disaster Rebuild will be offering in-person assistance to help families enter their damaged information into iSTAT starting Monday, January 30, 2023, located at the Orange County Convention & Expo Center;11475 FM 1442; Orange, Texas 77630 from 8 am to 5 pm.

The information provided by you will aid emergency management officials in gaining an understanding of damages that have occurred and helps officials determine if the state meets federal requirements for various forms of disaster assistance, as well as identify any immediate resource needs.

Candidate Packets Available for City of Vidor Elections

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Candidate Packets are now available for the May 6, 2023, City of Vidor General Election. Packets contain an Application for a Place on the Ballot, Texas Ethics Commission’s Form CTA – Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate, as well as other candidate forms and instructions.

Note: The Application for a Place on the Ballot must be signed in the presence of a Notary.

Terms expiring this year are Mayor and Wards 1, 4, and 6. Filings for candidates will be accepted in the City Secretary’s office from January 18, 2023, through February 17, 2023, at 5 p.m. during regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

* Filing requirements are per state statute, available on the Texas Secretary of State website, and those of the City of Vidor City Charter, Article III on the City of Vidor Code of Ordinances. Please visit for more information.

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