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The Orange Train Depot

The Friends of the Orange Depot would like to invite area residents to help save the historic Orange Depot! By donating a minimum of $25 toward the cause, contributors will receive a "boarding pass" to the Save the Depot event, what the Friends are calling "the event of the season," to be held at the Brown Estate in Orange on Nov. 20.

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A woman arrested for driving while intoxicated in the wee hours of Friday, Nov. 7, probably should have skipped the McDonald's drive-thru or at least hitched a ride with a sober friend, according to information within an Orange Police Department incident report.

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More than 4,500 people visited Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange from Oct. 8 through Nov. 1 to see decorated scarecrows at the sixth annual Scarecrow Festival at Shangri La Gardens. Visitors could vote for their favorite scarecrow, and winners were announced at the Autumn Fair held Saturday, Nov. 1.

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Nov. 1, Texas voters passed Proposition 1, the amendment authorizing annual disbursements from the state’s oil and gas production tax collections to the State Highway Fund — an estimated $1.7 billion in the first year alone. In Jefferson County, the proposition passed with 84 percent for and 15 percent against.

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Around noon on Wednesday, Nov. 4, the last fire engine rolled away from burnt bricks, charred beams and ash, the only remnants of the once beautiful Ridgewood Retirement Center.

Tuesday, Nov 4, at 10:27 a.m., Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a fire reported at the vacant retirement community at 2520 Interstate 10 E. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire conditions in the lobby and dining area of the hotel.

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