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Orange Leader, The (Newspaper) - January 18, 2006, Orange, Texas Lady Mustangs fend off scrappy Orangefield in 243A 1B JRANGE LEADER 129 18 January 2006 Rentinns ifi sn cents 2 Sections 16 50 Cents Its time for that third Thursday cup of coffee The Business sponsored by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of is at Thursday at Lamar State College Oranges Wilson Building on Green Cowling and Cowling hosts for this months invite business leaders to stop by for a cup of net working and Orangefield students move into new wing By Tommy Mann The Orange Leader ORANGEFIELD Fifthgrade students in the Orangefield Independent School District underwent their second major change this school year when the bell rang Tuesday The newly added wing at Orangefield Junior High is com pleted and welcomed students on The junior high school houses students from Grades 5 through 8 and is located on Highway This was all part of the bond issue from the fall of Superintendent Mike Gentry said The new wing for the fifthgraders is ready to We hoped to have the new library ready as but we only received the furniture on The new wing will consist of fifth grade according to Assistant Superintendent Phillip He also said the shelves were being put together in the library this Once we get the shelves then we will move the books Welch next week the children can starting checking books out from the Gentry also said that the school district hopes to have the new science wing at the high school ready in the next month to six This reporter can be reached at 409 8836568 or by email at tmann@orangeleader.com No days in the park By Tommy Mann The Orange Leader Northway closed temporarily for hurricane disaster cleanup Leader photos by Tommy Mann This part of the walking path of Northway Park is adjacent to the rear of several houses on Greenbriar in This is just one of the many piles of shredded along with many trees that are still broken and inside the This view near the parking lot of Northway Park on Clark Lane shows the view that greets visitors everyday as they walk or run laps around the The park is now closed for clean up which was set to begin but was delayed because of Orange County residents who often use Northway Park for walking and exer cise will have to find a new location for the immediate The park was officially closed Tuesday so cleanup could The walking path is cluttered with hur ricane debris along the and trees are down everywhere inside the The park will be closed until further said Jim director of Public Works for the city of We did not start on Tuesday as planned due to the amount of rain received on Monday Wolf said the Army Corps of Engineers will begin cleaning up the park as soon as but there is not an estimate of how long the work will The park was heavily damaged by Hurricane Numerous trees can be seen on the and SeeNOHTHWAY llagc 5A OC burn ban remains in place By Debby Schamber The Orange Leader The burn ban for Orange County has been extended until midnight This commissioners not only heard fire personnel opinion on the they asked for it during Tuesdays court Precinct 2 Commissioner Owen Burton asked for the opinion of any fire personnel in the Elgin Browning of Emergency Service District 3 I would appreciate it if you would help me with Browning I had to call on three local departments to help with the last That fire is believed to have been caused by a cigarette being tossed out of a window and starting a fire with the debris on the side of the Since the implementation of the burn ban last Browning said he feels citi zens are more aware of the problems and the number of fires has According to the Orange County Sheriffs 29 fire investigations and 18 illegal burning incidences were reported In other the court voted to charge a rental fee to political subdivisions for the use of the Automark voting equipment for their The subdivisons include school board and port elec The rental fee will be per per Thirtyfour machines are available for County employees will provide the manpower at no but the public entities will have to pay for the use of the rented truck to provide this The county acquired the equipment because of the I would appre date it if you would help me with I had to call on three local departments to help with the last Elgin Browning Emergency Service District Help America Voting Act for the The machines provide help for the blind and the Voters not needing the assistance of a machine will be able to use a paper ballot The voting equipment has an annual maintenance fee of The county hopes to be able to recoup some of the money by charging the Anyone will be able to use the machines at the voting said Tina election The voting equipment prints a The ballot is then deposited in a box to be counted after all the votes have been Early voting for the primary elections is 21 through March The voting times are the same for both weeks and will be from 8 to 5 Voting can be done at any precinct until the actual elec tion day of March On that voters must vote at their assigned The locations are JP Judge Parkhursts Courtroom at 801 West Division in The Parent Center at 300 Archie Street in Bridge City Public Works Building at 220 Nitsche in Bridge First Baptist Church in See Page 5A LeaderOnline Please visit our website at Weather SUNNY Today will be sunny with a high near 69 Please see Page 2A for the complete weather Index Sports 12B Features 3B Comics 4B 3A Bridge City gets new trash schedule By Tommy Mann The Orange Leader BRIDGE CITY Citizens of Bridge City will see another round of changes in their trashcollection but this time it should be a move for the It was revealed at Tuesdays council meeting that Allied Waste will switch from a once pickup schedule to a once per fiveday pickup Customers will be receiving notices in the mail very said Jerry Public Works director for Bridge Some people willxhave their collection day and some wont There has been such an increase in the amount of trash collected since the hurricane that BCISD Page 3A Allied decided to make this The change will make the route go from two Monday through to a one Monday through t A truck will be on stand by in case any mechani cal problems are encoun In other members agreed to reschedule a joint public hearing with City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission to which is the next council The hearing will allow the See TRASH Page 5A Grand jury returns indictments in fraud case DALLAS AP A federal grand jury in Dallas has returned indictments against three Texans and two res accused of trying to bilk Federal Emergency Management Agency out of thousands of Lakietha her mother Emma and Gleri are charged with one count each of con spiracy to commit theft of federal public according to a news release issued Tuesday by Attorney Richard Lakietha Hall also is charged with five counts of theft of federal public two counts of aggra vated identity theft and for Emma Hall and Jones are also charged with two counts of theft of federal public Carolyn Evans Green and Carl both face one count each of conspiracy to commit theft of federal pub lic Lakietha Hall was arrested last month and accused of stealing more than in FEMA She was released on a personal recognizance Authorities said they seized more than in cash during a search of her apart Prosecutors said Lakietha Hall filed the fraudulent claims with FEMA and the Louisiana Department of Labor using the identities including names and Social Security numbers of other many of them with the surname without their Emma Hall and Jones appeared Tuesday before Magistrate Judge Irma who released both on Lakietha Hall faces a max imum sentence of 85 years in prison and a million fine if Emma Hall and Jones face a maxi mum of 25 years in prison and a fine if convict I I i I i i r TIRE SERVICE