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Orange County Commissioners Greenlight Shadee RV Park Amid Rising Demand

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In a unanimous decision, the Orange County Commissioners Court gave its nod of approval on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, for the development of Shadee RV Park, situated along Texas Highway 62, just south of Interstate 10. This marks a significant milestone as Shadee RV becomes the first park to be sanctioned under the county’s newly established regulations.

The surge in construction activities in the region, driven by the establishment and expansion of industrial plants, has spurred the rapid growth of RV parks throughout the county. In response to this trend, the Commissioners Court implemented additional rules last year to ensure that RV parks in unincorporated areas adhere to local standards.

Joel Ardoin, the Director of County Environmental Health and Code Compliance, addressed the court, affirming that the new RV park had successfully met the stringent regulations set forth by his department, the county’s Road and Bridge Department, and the Orange County Drainage District. With the court’s seal of approval, the developers are now poised to secure a county permit for their project.

It’s worth noting that Shadee RV Park will exclusively cater to RVs, as mobile homes will not be permitted within its premises. The decision reflects the county’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of its zoning regulations and ensuring that all developments align with the community’s evolving needs.

Christus Hospital-Orange Opens February 1, Bringing Vital Care Closer to Orange Community

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In a highly anticipated moment, Christus Hospital-Orange will welcome the public through its doors on February 1, 2024. Kevin Parsley, the Chief Operating Officer of Christus Southeast Texas Health System, shared that city officials and local residents had longed for accessible emergency care and healthcare options closer to home ever since the closure of the area’s sole hospital more than five years ago.

“Christus Southeast Texas Health System remains committed to the community it is blessed to serve. We are focused on bridging the health care gap for the residents of Orange,”

The hospital, located at 6901 Medical Center Drive in Orange, adjacent to Interstate 10, is part of the 20-acre Gisela Houseman Medical Campus. Christus Hospital-Orange boasts a state-of-the-art facility offering emergency services, an extended stay unit, comprehensive diagnostic imaging and lab services, and a dedicated women’s center.

The hospital’s top floor, dedicated to medical offices, has been operational since November. Several tenants are in the process of opening their offices, contributing to the burgeoning healthcare hub. Christus Hospital-Orange serves as the anchor facility in the newly constructed 55,000-square-foot building, with more than 80 associates and contract staff ready to provide care.

Parsley expressed gratitude towards the hospital’s associates and generous donors, who played pivotal roles in making this medical facility a reality. Gisela Houseman and the Houseman Foundation were lauded for their substantial donation of the land upon which the hospital now stands. Numerous community leaders also played crucial roles in bringing this project to fruition. like key figures such as Gisela Housman, Orange County, the City of Orange, and many others who worked tirelessly to make this much-needed medical facility a reality.

Polaris Engineering & Construction Building Mini Processing Unit for LSCO

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Representatives of Golden Triangle Polymers recently toured Polaris Engineering & Construction Inc. in Sulphur, LA, where Polaris is constructing a miniature process unit that will be used as a training module for students at Lamar State College Orange.

Golden Triangle Polymers made a $1.3 million donation last year to build this module to help local process technology students gain hands-on experience while still in school. The delivery and installation of the unit to LSCO is scheduled for the spring.

City of Orange to Recognize Dallas Cowboy Champ Kevin Smith

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The City of Orange will recognize Kevin Smith and his legacy in football on Friday, February 2, 2024, at 7:00 pm at the Riverside Pavilion as part of the Mardi Gras on the Sabine weekend!

Kevin Smith, a native of Orange, TX, is a football icon known for his exceptional high school, college, and professional football career. His achievements include two State Championships with the West Orange-Stark Mustangs, a Southwest Conference Championship with Texas A&M University, and three Superbowl Championships with the Dallas Cowboys! In the most recent chapter of his illustrious football career, Kevin became the twelfth Aggie named to the College Football Hall of Fame. These highlights are just a glimpse into Kevin Smith’s storied football career.

Join us in honoring Kevin for his exceptional skill, sportsmanship, and enduring impact on the game and congratulating him on this well-deserved recognition!

Read more about Kevin’s illustrious football career online.

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