The Orange Thrift & Gift Shop will be closed the first full week of July…July 1 through July 7th. Regular hours will resume July 8th. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. For further information, call the shop at 886-7649.

LifeShare Blood Centers has announced their collaboration with the Missy Jones Community Support Group.  The support group was established to raise funds to offset the medical expenses incurred by Missy Jones. Missy was injured in an automobile accident in Hidalgo, Mexico last month.

Missy is being treated at Methodist Hospital in Houston. Although Methodist Hospital is not a part of LifeShare’s service area, the blood center does provide blood products for Methodist Hospital patients when requested.  Methodist Hospital does not accept directed units of blood without pre-payment; however, LifeShare will donate $10 for each unit donated in her name to be directly applied to Missy’s medical bill at Methodist Hospital.

The LifeShare bus will be at Kroger during a benefit barbecue scheduled for Thursday, June 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Kroger is located on the corner of Sixteenth Street and Link Avenue. Chicken and link plates will be sold for $8 per plate and all proceeds go to the fund set up by this support group.

If you are unable to attend the blood drive at the Kroger location, you may donate at any LifeShare blood drive or come in to the LifeShare Blood Center located at 4305 Laurel St. in Beaumont. Please inform the LifeShare staff that you are donating on behalf of Missy Jones at Methodist Hospital to ensure that the $10 credit will be applied to Missy’s medical account. For more concerning blood donations, call LifeShare Blood Centers at 409-838-5289.

For additional information about the benefit barbecue or to get a signup sheet for large groups to donate blood, call Dr. Robert Finch at 409- 883-2232, extension 2700.   You can also log onto the Little Cypress-Mauriceville website at and select the Missy Jones link.

The Orangefield Water Supply Corporation’s 2007 Drinking Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report)is now available. Copies are available at the Orangefield Water Supply Office located at 9913 FM 105 from:

8am – 6pm Monday – Thursday
8am – 12pm Friday

Brady Announces Eighth District Mobile Office Schedule
June 24th – 26th

Congressman Kevin Brady’s (R-The Woodlands) Eighth District Mobile Office will be making its rounds to local communities throughout the region from Tuesday, June 24 through Thursday, June 26.

The Mobile Office will be staffed with Congressional caseworkers ready to help people with government problems, such as Social Security, Medicare, Veterans Benefits, IRS, immigration and passport issues, without those constituents having to spend their precious gas dollars.   

It is sometimes difficult for folks to make it out to one of Congressman Brady’s regional offices in Orange, Huntsville and Conroe, so this traveling office is a convenient alternative.   

A complete schedule of the tour follows.  For additional information about the mobile office tour, please contact the Conroe District Office toll free at 1-877-441-5700.

Congressman Kevin Brady June 2008 Mobile Office
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Orange, Newton, and Jasper Counties

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Gary’s Coffee
Address: 710 N. Main, Vidor

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: State Rep. Mike Hamilton’s Office
Address: 11867 Hwy 62 North, Mauriceville

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Sub-Courthouse/Community Center
Address: 222 Spur 272, Deweyville

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Newton County Courthouse
Address: 110 Court St., Newton

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Jasper County Courthouse
Address: 121 N. Austin, Jasper