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Orange Leader, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 2003, Orange, Texas ORANGE LEADER 128 351 December 2003 2 Sections 20 50 Cents Fire department waiting for rating Texas Insurance Service Office to determine new Public Protection Classification better rating means lower home insurance payments Frenzel By Robert Hollier The Orange Leader Orange residents could be enjoying reduced home insur ance payments if the city gets a lowered Public Protection Classification Oranges current PPC rating is a 5 based on the readiness and overall stan dards of the Orange Fire That rating was established in Fire Chief David Frenzel said he anticipates Oranges new rating will be a 3 based on the improvements of services and training the fire The Texas Insurance Service Office ISO will inspect the fire department and all its equip ment 1618 and determine the new Frenzel said based on a mock inspection in he was told there was a strong chance Orange will get a If Orange gets a 3 resi dents who own a brick house will see their insurance pay ments decrease For those in a frame construction they can expect a per cent If a home owner pays he or she can expect to start saving between and by the end of summer For individual its not that much Frenzel But for the entire the sav ings really add If we take times the number of homes in the thats a lot of For those residents living out side the city limits and outside the jurisdiction of the Orange Fire the nevy rat ing will not affect their insur ance Churches join together for annual toy drive By Sherry Koonce Southeast Texas News Service BRIDGE CITY Piles and piles of baby soccer board race cars and model trains are just a few of the many toys gathered by 17 churches for distribu tion to needy families this holiday Sponsored by the annual Bridge CityOrangefield Ministerial the annual toy drive helps under privileged families who are struggling to purchase toys for their Church members have been collecting toys for children referred to the ministerial Most of those chil dren are enrolled in Bridge City or Orangefield ISOs free or reduced lunch Our purpose is to share Jesus love through gifts and joy to children on Christmas morning and hope to a parent who is struggling said Sheryl ministerial alliance Though the toy drive has been in full swing the last two many churches began collections months ago some as early as At Bridge Citys First Baptist the congregation started gathering toys last summer during their annual Christmas in July An angel tree is erected at the church for members to take childrens toy wish list and then purchase the gift See Page 3A Leader Online Please visit our website at Weather WINDY Today will be windy with highs in the Please see Page 10A for the complete weather Index 2A Local Opinion 4A State Page NationWorld Sports 13B Features SB Comics 4B 8B Health GOODY Leader photo by Amelia Feathers Goodys Family Clothing Store will open in The new store is in the West Orange Plaza Shopping The new store will employ about 40 people for permanent i Clothing store to bring jobs to Orange By Amelia Feathers The Orange Leader West Orange citizens can jump and yell goody for another new business will open its doors here Goodys Family Clothing Store will open March 11 in the West Orange Plaza Shopping 3109 Edgar Brown Kristin a Goodys spokesman at the stores headquarters in said between 60 and 100 temporary employees will be hired to ready the store for The store will hire about 40 employees for perma nent fulltime and parttime positions when the store Macht Goodys Orange store will have square The store will be located where Staples next to Catos and Dollar Tree building is currently being renovated and there is a sign on the building to tell people how to apply for Macht said Goodys sells national brands and their own exclusive clothing the retail store sells clothing shoes and some gift she Chris West Oranges public works We are excit ed to get a retail tenant in that Goodys is a great tenant and we are pleased to have them com ing Boone said the building was vacant for more than a after Staples closed its store in that Orange will be one of two stores sites Goodys is open ing in Texas next Macht There are cur rently 15 Goodys in We are really growing in Texas and Macht We decided to open a store in Orange because we want to branch out more in Goodys has stores in 18 states including The closest Goodys store to Orange in this area is in Lake Goodys was started in Goodfriend and a partner found the Athens Outlet Store in In the merchan dise focus changed from the closeout irregular and pre vious year fashions to cur rent season and national Goodfriends became president and chief executive officer and he changed the stores name to Goodys Family After the name the store became a fastgrowing clothing In there were 12 stores and million in annual there are 335 stores with more than billion dollars in The compa nys headquarters were moved from Athens to Knoxville in A corpo rate office and distribution center was built in Knoxville that Future plans for Goodys include opening about 20 new stores and relocating or remodeling about a dozen existing stores in The store employs more than people in the midAtlantic and where Goodys are Payday prey Soldiers find themselves in deep debt with highinterest payday loans FORT Texas AP Maurice a Stinger missile didnt realize an enemy in the United States would jeopardize his security clearance He took out a payday loan in July from one of the lenders lining the streets near Fort They adver tise quick but their interest rates often leave soldiers barely able to make minimum much less able to pay off the Burden didnt have the money to pay back the loan and a week after the due date his savings were wiped he applied for another loan to cover the which only got him deeper in I think my account got up to negative at one he said of his check ing Military bases across the nation are magnets for so called payday which make money charg ing fees as high as every two weeks per bor rowed equal to a 720 per cent annual interest People who receive pay day loans typically write the lenders a postdat ed check that will be held for a short But often borrowers roll the loan piling up even more interest Texas law allows lenders to charge from percent to 309 percent on 14day But by using outof Frenzei said some of the improvements the department has made include increased training for all upgraded water systems and extended water increased number of fire hydrants and improved mainte upgraded dispatch tech nology and capabilities and improved Sec Page 2A AP photo Signs along Screven the 1mile strip of fastfood joints and pawn shops leading to the front gate of Fort are cluttered Thursday with advertisments for easy cash loans targeting the soldiers at the nearby Army Fort Stewart has declared these socalled payday lenders enemies at its accusing them of preying on troops with shortterm loans that many cant sending them spiraling into state lenders are able to charge annual per cent rates in excess of Nearly a tenth of the active duty soldiers at Fort Bliss have talked to the finan cial counselor at the posts See Page 2A Walker to retire from Orange County Veterans Services after 18 years By Royal Hopper III The Orange Leader Gene Peveto had spent years fighting memories of his ser vice in Vietnam when he came to the Orange County Veterans Services Office and met Roger Peveto said it was Walker and his staff who helped him get the bene fits he didnt even know he was quali fied Walker Roger Wal ker spent Wednesday the same way he has for 18 years listening to veterans like Peveto and helping them any way he Last week he did something he never thought he would announce his He listened to Pevetos story and immediately grabbed one of hundreds of forms in his Pausing from he looked up phone numbers and answered questions as he explained to Peveto what he had to do As he tried to explain why he is leaving the office he Walker He wants everyone to know if his health had allowed it he would have I didnt want to wait until I had a stroke to do something for my Walker When he arrived in Orange County in 1986 the veterans office that has been his life for 18 years was half a church There also was an impro vised sign in sheet was a piece of paper instead of a proper form and a copier that had seen its better days when Nixon was Walker There were 800 files stacked in the office 250 from the Vidor area alone and the office had barely 10 people a week come More than 18 years he proudly brags that the office brings more than million into the countys economy through veterans benefits and sees 25 to 30 veterans a day with a total budget of He has helped veterans from five wars including three World War I several from the first Desert Storm and more than others from every era in Walker said it is not the money which has dri ven him to serve the countys sometimes 60 hours a it is the hundreds of high and low points that kept him coming The high points come every time you win a claim for a vet eran and the low points come when you know they deserve it but you cant get it for said He said the memory of those low See WALKER Page 2A
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