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OutdoorsORANGE COUNTYHUNTING & FISHINGFISHINGCapt. Chuck Uzzle Page 3 Section BCapt. Dickie Colburn Page 1 Section BSPORTSGet Your Hometown News Anytime,…
OutdoorsORANGE COUNTYHUNTING & FISHINGFISHINGCapt. Chuck Uzzle Page 3 Section BCapt. Dickie Colburn Page 1 Section BSPORTSGet Your Hometown News Anytime, Anywhere!Commentary Kaz’s Korner Joe Kazmar Page 1 Section BThe       Record TheRecordLive.comVol. 60 No. 2Distributed FREE To The Citizens of Bridge City and OrangefieldWeek of Wednesday, June 12, 2019Chevron wraps up plant land purchases Dave RogersFor The RecordThe landmen for Chevron Phillips Chemical have been busy bees in Orange County. Public records show that the company has purchased more than 30 tracts of land that cover more than 1,600 acres in or attached to a triangle bounded by Texas 87, FM 1006 and Foreman Road. Without improvements or exemptions, that land was valued at $5 million by the Orange County Appraisal District. It could become Orange County’s “game changer,” the new $5.8 billion two-unit ethylene plant for which the Woodlands-based multinational company has been seeking tax breaks with the Bridge City and West OrangeThe shaded area shows more than 1,600 acres in Orange County bordered by Texas 87, FM 1006 and Foreman road shows land that has been purchased by Chevron Phillips Chemical as the possible site for a two-unit Ethylene Plant, according to the county’s appraisal district website. The purple line shows the border between Bridge City and West Orange-Cove school districts while the orange lines are city limits.Hogden named BCCC ‘Father of the Year’ The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce held its third annual Father of the Year Contest and received several nominations, all of which were for very deserving fathers. After careful consideration by the Father of the Year Committee, Cody Hogden was awarded the honor.  Cody was presented his gifts at the Bridge City Chamber’s June Networking Coffee hosted by Gateway CDJR where Mayor David Rutledge read aloud the City of Bridge City’s official proclamation naming Hogden as 2019 Father of the Year.   Cody is an Orange, Texas native who graduated from West Orange High School.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, Ginger. They will be celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary next month.  Cody and Ginger have lived in BridgeCity since 1996 and have one daughter, Brooklyn, who graduated from Bridge City High School and is Hogden married to Bryce Sampere.   Cody was nominated by his daughter, Brooklyn, who said, “As his daughter I have NEVER known a day that he hasn’t loved me and supported me, he was my Bridge City Little League softball coach, little dribbler’s coach, cheered me on at recitals, volleyball games, basketball games, track meets, and even Taekwondo meets.  I knew my Dad would always be there.  My dad gave his life to Christ when I was a young girl. I vividly remember the BCCC FATHER OF Page 3Aschool districts. Tuesday, Orange City Council approved disannexing two large tracts of the new property, 245 acres on the north side and 171 acres on the southwest side, that were in the city limits. The company would like to create a county reinvestment zone to receive tax incentives to build at the location, according to a memo from Kelvin Knauf, interim city manager. While the same memo also reminds “there is no guarantee that Chevron Phillips Chemical LP will choose the Orange site for their new chemical plant,” Knauf said the company told city officials “this is their preferred site.” The company has maintained since publicly namingOrange County as a possible landing spot for a big plant in January that this area was “only one of the alternatives we are considering,” and the company might decide not to build the plant at all. Recently, Chevron Phillips Chemical paid $1 billion to pull out of a $33-billion takeover deal with Anadarko Petroleum. “To a company that deals with billions of dollars, that [$5 million] is pocket change,” a city council member said Tuesday. “They could walk away tomorrow.” Company officials said they were looking at possible sites between Matagorda County and Lake Charles. Both the chief appraiser for Matagorda County and CHEVRON Page 3AOF ‘69 Class meet for 71st Reunion Penny LeleuxFor The RecordMembers of the Orangefield High School Class of 1969 met over the weekend to celebrate 50 years since graduation. They coordinated their reunion to coincide with the 71st Orangefield Homecoming that is held each year on the second Saturday in June. There were 10 in attendance Friday night at Reel Cajun, located at the Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. Though that might seem like a low turnout, it was actually over 25 percent. There were only 49 students in the graduating class and 12 have already passed. “We’re glad we had as many show up as we did,” said Pam Scales Honeycutt, ORANGEFIELD Page 2AThe Orangefield High School Class of 1969 held their 50th year class reunion over the weekend. Pictured left to right front: Jimmie Lea Stephenson Simmons, Linda Martin Owens, Helen Mott Holmes, Norma Parker Martin and Sylvia Rogers Bickham; back row l-r; Wallace Brister, Sammy Owens, Pam Scales Honeycutt, Harry Harrington and Larry Gray. (Not pictured, but in attendance on Saturday, Jim Sorter). RECORD PHOTO: Penny LeleuxOC dignitaries gather to honor Jack Smith, The Records’ 2019 ‘Person of the Year’On the 60th Anniversary of The Record Newspapers, longtime Orange County attorney Jack Smith was honored as The Record’s 2019 ‘Person of the Year.’ Smith received the recognition for his lifetime of service in an array of civic and professional capacities. The award ceremony was held Robert’s Steak House during the weekly “Wednesday Lunch Bunch” gathering attended by a packed banquet room. The photo above was taken following the event after many in attendence had departed. Pictured are, front row left to right: Judge Rodney Price, former County Commissioner Marcelle Adams, Judge Buddy Hahn, Judge Carl Thibodeaux, Juliet Smith, Jack Smith, Susan Kazmar, JoeKazmar, Darrell Segura & Dr. Tommy Johnson; Second row left to right: County Commissioner John Gothia, John Roy Frederick, Dr. Nina Leifeste, Ledena Howard, Phyllis Dunn, Roy Dunn, Chris Smith, David Smith, Judge Joy Dubose-Simonton, Jude Turley and Rex Peveto; Back row left to right: Steve Howard, Janelle Sehon, Dave Rogers, Tom Hanna, Judge Derry Dunn, Liz Hanna, Bobby Fillyaw, Dr. Jim Fuller, Judge Hershel Stagner, Jr., Pam Scales Honeycutt. (See additional photo next page). RECORD PHOTO: Lawrence TrimmCMYK2A• The Record • Week of Wednesday, June 12, 2019Orangefield ReunionJack Smith, The Record’s ‘Person of the Year’Orange County attorney Jack Smith (right) is awarded 2019 ‘Person of the Year’ by retired District Court Judge Buddy Hahn during ceremonies at Robert’s Steak House this past Wednesday. Smith received the recognition for his lifetime of service in an array of civic and professional capacities. RECORD PHOTO: Lawrence TrimmDPS urges Texans to prepare for hurricanes Staff Report For The RecordAUSTIN – With Saturday marking the start of the 2019 hurricane season, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging all Texans to take steps now to protect themselves and their families from potential hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. “As hurricane season arrives, emergency management professionals across the state are prepared to assist in the event of severe weather,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “Our first responders and emergency management teams in Texas are second to none, as is the resolve of our local and state leaders to protect our communities from harm. I urgeTexans to heed all warnings from local and state officials, and to ensure they have a plan in place to protect their loved ones and their property in the event of a hurricane.” All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes and tropical storms. It is possible for a storm to severely impact our state, even prior to or without making direct landfall in Texas. Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines, and winds can vary from 74 to 157 miles per hour (or higher). In addition, hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes, create dangerous coastal water conditions, including storm surges, and cause extensive flooding damage. Additionally, the rainfall associated with atropical system can have an extremely wide reach, so monitoring changing weather conditions during hurricane season is critically important for all Texans. “Texans know firsthand that the damage from a hurricane can be both catastrophic and long-lasting,” said DPS Director Steve McCraw. “There are a few steps everyone can take now that can make all the difference like assembling an emergency disaster kit and reviewing hurricane evacuation maps and routes. By helping your family plan ahead, you will be ready to respond quickly should a storm head your way.” For more information about hurricanes and how to prepare for the 2019 hurricane season, visit the DPS website and Ready or of the organizers. There are several they have not been able to locate or contact. They set up a memorial table to remember classmates that have passed, which include: Bobby Jack Derise, Robert Wayne Duhon, Lawrence Garrett Schlisher, William Boyd Wagner, Elizabeth Fay Montagne Parish, Preston Sharp, James Douget, Leo (Alonzo) Perry, Wendell Allen Frederick, Daniel Reese Ravencraft, Michael Stephen Riley and Joseph Hollier. Two of those in attendance, Sammy Owens and Linda Martin Owens are high school sweethearts that have been together since their junior year. With such a small class the pair lucked out at graduation, because alphabetically they were right next to each other. “We got to walk together and sit together,” said Linda, remembering graduation night. “Guess there weren’t any Ns to get between us,” she laughed. The counselor said it was just the way it worked out when others complained it wasn’t fair they got to walk the processional together. They were married about a year later, at 19. Catching up was fun for the classmates. Most of them weren’t discussing their favorite memories from school days. “Who can remember that far back,” said Linda Owens. They concluded Friday night’s festivities posing for a group picture with a cake. Saturday the group showed up for a great turnout at the Orangefield Homecoming at the Orangefield Elementary School cafeteria. Classmate Jim Sorter joined the group on Saturday. The all class reunion had seen a decline in attendance over the last couple of years,especially last year. It had to be moved to the high school because of damage to the elementary from Hurricane Harvey. Many people were still repairing damage to their own homes last year. This year there were over 125 in attendance. More young people showed up this year. The average age of those in attendance has been 60-80. Part of the decline is attributed to deaths or failing health. The reunion committee always supplies the meat and drinks, while attendees bring sides and desserts. Even just taking a spoonful if each dish you wind up with more food than you can possible eat. Brisket was served with green beans, potatoes, dirty rice, corn casserole, pasta dishes, and salads of all varieties, fresh fruitFrom Page 1 and more. Desserts were even more varied with cookies and cakes, fudge, peach and blackberry cobblers, banana pudding, pastries, pies and a special decorated cake for the Class of ’69. Former school superintendent Robert Montagne gave a welcoming address, followed by words from Mary Nixon, one of the driving forces of the reunion committee. Ronnie Hutchison blessed the food. Many paid visits to the Orangefield Cormier Museum before coming or when leaving the event. The museum always opens for the reunion and will be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for its regular third Saturday schedule. “We had a good time,” said Honeycutt.The Record Newspapers of Orange County, Texas The Record Newspapers- The County Record and the Penny Record- are published on Wednesday of each week and distributed free throughout greater Orange County, Texas. The publications feature community news, local sports, commentary and much more. Readers may also read each issue of our papers from our web site TheRecordLive.Com.News Tips and Photos 886-7183 or 735-7183 E-mail: news@therecordlive.comCounty Record: 320 Henrietta St., Orange, Texas 77630 Penny Record: 333 W. Roundbunch, Bridge City, Texas 77611 Offices Closed On Wednesday. Didn’t Get Your Paper? Call 735-5305.TheRecordLive.comRound The Clock Hometown NewsSTYLETTO Embrace Life40%OFF A Set$Portable Charger795Texas residents may qualify for a FREE* eachReg. $995• Tablet • Amplified Phone • SmartphoneFor hearing loss up to 35 dba *$795 based on purchase of 2 aids.See stores for detailsCMYK• The Record • Week of Wednesday, June 12, 20193A‘Summer Youth Cooking Camp’ teaches new skills, tastes Dave RogersFor The RecordHow many cooks are too many? The Orange County AgriLife Extension Office is turning out 60 of them this week during its Summer Youth Cooking Camp. “When you’re older and have your own family, you need to know how to cook,” Brady Landry said when asked why he enrolled. “I didn’t even know you could make noodles out of zucchini,” Alissa Tripp said. James Scales said what no one knew was how popular a summer cooking camp could be. “We had to close registration after only 3 and a half hours, because it was full,” said the County health inspector.“Last year, it was totally full in 9 and a half hours, and we thought that was good.” Fallon Foster is the county extension agent and is involved in many projects, among them 4-H Clubs. She and Scales are being assisted by 35 volunteers in the camp at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center. Many of the volunteer are nursing students from Lamar State College Orange and others out Tuesday represent the Orange County Master Gardeners. “We’re just introducing kids to good food safety and teaching them how to cook,” Scales explained as he held the barbecue sauce in a cup so his young cooks could brush it on their shisk-abobs. “This camp is to promote4-H and to get kids interested in cooking,” Foster said. “It’s science-based, involves mathematics and we learn food safety. “It’s a really hands-on camp to teach kids skills they can bring home and use throughout life.” The youngsters aged 8-14 attend each day through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday’s first lesson was about nutrition, the importance of proteins and calcium. After that, Monday through Wednesday they are divided into four groups that rotate hourly learning to cook different meals. Thursday, the kids will be involved in a cooking challenge based on the TV show “chopped” with each receiving ingredients and having to make their own recipes. Friday is awards and par-ents day. Tuesday, while one group worked on its grilling skills, another was learning to make nachos with bell peppers instead of corn chips, a third was making garlic chicken with zucchini noodles and a fourth made French toast with strawberries and Nutella. “I liked them both but I really liked the zucchini pasta because it was spicy,” Tripp said. Her partner in tasting, Embrie Manshack, had other ideas. “I liked the chicken. It tasted sweet. The artichoke we made today tasted pretty good. But it could have had more flavors.” Landry had simpler tastes. “The tuna sandwich we made yesterday, that was delicious,” he said.Aispen Lakey and Mattison Glende put another banana boat s’more on the barbie Tuesday during the Summer Youth Cooking Camp at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center. RECORD PHOTO: Dave RogersChevron land purchasesPictured Left to Right: Bryce Sampere (son-in-law), Cora Lilley (mother-in-law), Rani Dillow, Stephanie Westlund (sister), Landon Presley (great-nephew), Stephanie Roberts, Richard Hogden (father), Brenda Hogden (mother), Ginger Hogden (wife), Brooklyn Sampere (daughter), Cody Hogden, Lucy Fields, Candice Trahan, and B. J. Hanneman.BCCC ‘Father of the Year’ change that took place in his life. Love God, Love People is a simple phrase that describes my dad in the most complex way.” After giving his life to Christ, Hogden became very involved in Winfree Baptist Church’s various ministries starting out as youth minister. He used his vacation from work to bring kids to camp every summer and would organize fundraisers to ensure every single student could attend.  Cody started a non-profit organization called 20:24 Ministries so named after the scripture Acts 20:24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the Gospel of God’sgrace.”   Hogden also opened an outreach for high school and college students in Bridge City called The Refuge.  Immediately after Hurricane Harvey, Cody started a distribution center serving hundreds daily in our community by supplying them with necessities.  Cody has gone on numerous mission trips in the United States, China, Mexico, Middleburg South Africa, and Uganda ministering at village hospitals, orphanages and churches.  In September 2018 following Hurricane Florence, Hogden coordinated with local churches and members of the community collecting supplies that filled an 18-wheeler and five 20foot cargo trailers in five days with supplies as well as $35,000 cash delivered toFrom Page 1Asherville, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to help those in need. Cody’s daughter Brooklyn also said, “He spends his afternoons visiting people, counseling young people and couples, and visiting elders in their homes and at hospitals. All while doing this, he still finds time to take complete care of my family, my mom, and my grandparents. He leads with integrity and passion in everything he does and continues to impact so many lives.”    Cody works at Golden Pass LNG and serves as the Pastor of First Baptist Church Orangefield since September 2014.    He also serves on the LIT Advisory Committee for the Process Technology Department.the project coordinator for the Southwest Louisiana Alliance told The Record this week they had no knowledge of any land purchases or plans by Chevron Phillips Chemical to build in their areas. Chevron Phillips’ real estate and tax manager, Chaney Moore, said two weeks ago when he was in town to speak to a closed session of Orange City Council that the original timetable was still in place. That included beginning construction in 2020 and starting production in 2024. The list of parcels and a map made with a feature from the Orange County Appraisal District website shows a couple of gaps but the word is out that all the land inside that triangle hasbeen purchased or is under option to Chevron Phillips. Although the purchase price is unknown, the giant plot of land across from the Orange County Airport was valued at $5 million in 2018, the last appraisal completed by the Orange County Appraisal District. Final 2019 values will not be set until July. The land purchased by Chevron Phillips mostly from January through March includes $1.5 million in buildings and other improvements. But because most of the land is under agricultural tax exemptions, the county only assessed less than 20 percent of its land value, $765,000. The land with agricultural exemptions was being taxedFrom Page 1at as little as 1 to 5 percent of its land value. As few as one cow per five acres could qualify a landowner for an “ag” exemption, but only after the land has been in use for at least five of the last seven years for agricultural use. While the City of Orange took 416 acres of land off its map Tuesday, Chevron Phillips appears to have no plans to ask the City of West Orange to disannex the 57 acres it recently bought in that city. The land is located east of Foreman Road and reaches to the railroad tracks just west of West Orange-Stark’s football and baseball fields. “I understand they’re going to use that property for off
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