Bridge City remembers Sept.13
With the rapid approach of Sept. 13, Bridge City residents, key leaders and local business owners will come together to celebrate the power of hard work and partnership demonstrated post Hurricane Ike.
“We Remember,” the one year anniversary for Ike, will take place from 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Bridge City Community Center. There will be live music, special speakers, a slide show of pictures from Ike and activities for the family.
Christian country recording artist, Ronnie Yawn and White Horse will perform. Their music has a pure country sound with christian lyrics. White Horse is now on the charts of CCMG’s Top 50. They have played with such prominent names as Gene Watson, Merl Haggard, and Ricky Van Shelton.
Later in the day, Milestone will take the stage. They have members hailing from the Orange County area boasting over two decades of individual musical experience. Milestone is one of this area’s most diverse new cover bands. They play a variety of country, rock and blues.

Red Hat club meets

The Bridge City Golden Girls had their August luncheon at the new King’s Palace Chinese Buffet in Port Arthur this past week. Vice Queen Noel was the hostess for this meeting.
September’s lunch and meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 8, at Tequila’s in Bridge City. Lady Jeannie will be the honoree birthday hostess.
A Fall Festival for all area chapters will be held in November at St. Charles Catholic Church in Nederland.
The Red Hat Society is for women of 50 years and over, who relish being the age they are, welcome the senior years and the freedom it gives. They meet once a month, for fun, food and companionship. Their only agenda is to have a good time, take care of themselves and their sister red hatters. Members are being accepted
Call Vice Queen Tonya at 745-5417 for more information.

Lutcher tickets on sale this week

Tickets for all shows in the 30th anniversary season of the Lutcher Theater go on sale this Friday.
The 2009-10 season includes: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Dave Parsons Dance and East Village Opera’s “Remember Me!,” “Riverdance! The Farewell Tour,” “The Wizard of Oz,” Jim Brickman “Beautiful World” “Leading Ladies,” “Groovaloo,” “Romeo and Juliet” and Chris Botti. Two special family shows, from Nova Scotia “Goodnight Moon” and “The Runaway Bunny” and from Scotland, “The Man Who Planted Trees” are on sale also.
Show information, dates and times are available at
Tickets are available at or by phone at 745-5535, or 1-800-828-5535. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. Online tickets can be ordered starting at 12:01a.m. Aug. 21.

Church singing canceled
The monthly gospel singing at the Pocket Church, normally set for third Fridays, will be canceled. For more information, call (409) 779-6690 after 4:30 pm.

Family Fun Run Saturday
Orangefield Cross Country is hosting a 5k/1k Family Fun Run, Saturday, Aug. 22. Registration fees for the 5k run is $10 and it begins at 8:15 a.m. The kids run begins at 9:15 a.m. and costs $5. Gather behind the new Orangefield High School Gym.
Make checks payable to Orangefield Cross Country.

Water bill changes
The city of Orange has completed the purchase of the Aqua Utilities water and sewer utility system. According to city staff, Aqua Utilities will continue to bill customers through their July 31 usage. The city will begin billing those customers at the end of August. For questions about service rates, call the public works office at 883-1900. For questions about rates or billing, call customer service at 883-1065.

‘Meet the Teacher’
Philip Welch, superintendent of the Orangefield school district, has announced a “Meet the Teacher” event for parents on Thursday. Times will be from 2-3:15 p.m. at the elementary school campus, and 3:30-4:45 p.m. at the junior high campus.

BC class of ‘78
The Bridge City High School class of ‘78 is looking for classmates for a 30th reunion. Graduating members of the class, or persons who know of a graduate may e-mail Michele (Harris) Hutto at; Debbie (Hardee) Wilbur at or Evelyn Brandon at

Rummage sale
VFW Post 2775 Ladies Auxiliary are taking table reservations for a community-wide rummage sale, set from 9 a.m.-2 p.m Oct. 10 at the post home, 5303 N. 16th St. Doors will open at 7 a.m. vendors’ set-up time. Table rent is $10 on a first come, first serve basis. For further information, or reservations, call Auxiliary president Gail Duhon at 745-3743, secretary Jeanette Clark, 883-0264; or Kathryn Helwig, 330-4412.

Pep rally
Orangefield High School will host a community-wide pep rally to “Meet the Bobcats” at 6 p.m. Saturday in the high school gym. A meal will be served at 5 in the cafeteria for student athletes and related programs only (students and coaches).

Orientation sessions
Anderson Elementary School will host grade level orientation sessions Thursday in the school cafeteria, 902 W. Park Ave. Times are as follows: second grade – 5:30 p.m.; and third grade – 6 p.m. Sessions for kindergarten and first grade took place before The Record’s press time Tuesday.

WO-S, Vidor scrimmage
The football scrimmage between West Orange-Stark and Vidor high schools will be Thursday at the following times: ninth grade – 4 p.m.; junior varsity, – 5 p.m.; and varsity – 6 p.m. The games were rescheduled from earlier times.

BBB shredding event
The Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas will host ”Shred It & Forget It” Sept. 19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Parkdale Mall. as part of an effort to reduce identity theft. Since July, 2006, six events have successfully been held with 1,705 vehicles being served and 138,000 pounds of shredded documents being collected! Shred-It will provide mobile shredding trucks for the one-day event. The BBB invites consumers to bring documents to be shredded for free, such as credit card statements, old checks, IRS tax returns, and anything that lists personal information. Bring up to five boxes per vehicle. (Box size is limited to a standard banker’s box, approximately 10 by 12 by 15 inches). Other sponsors include Shred-It, MCT Credit Union, Bill Clark Pest Control, A-OK Moving, Shredding and Storage, and Clear Channel Radio, with additional support from the Lamar University’s Alpha Kappa Psi, Beaumont Coca Cola Bottling Co. and Papa John’s Pizza. For more information, call Debbie Wylde-Bridgeman at 835-5951, ext. 11.

Meeting planned for BC Alumni
The Bridge City High School Alumni Association has a meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20 at Tequila’s Restaurant. BCHS graduates, especially former band members, are invited to attend the meeting. Plans for homecoming week with special recognition of alumni band members will be reviewed.
Contact Ella Stuebing at for more information.

Strutters to host dance
The Bridge City Strutters will be hosting a back to school jr. high dance 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, at the Community Center. Grades sixth-eighth welcome.
Admission is $5. Security will be provided.

Grants available from Jefferson County Tourism Committee
The Jefferson County Tourism Committee is now accepting applications for grants awarded to tourism related projects and events benefiting Jefferson County. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, and are to be turned in to Kathi Hughes, director of the Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center.
Applications may be obtained by calling 409-842-0500 or online at The application is listed under “Economic Development” and followed by “Hotel Occupancy Tax Funds Application.”
With the addition of the 2% Jefferson County Hotel Occupancy Tax implemented in October 2001, the county is able to offer grants utilizing these funds. The usage of these funds is limited to use for tourism and other guidelines set forth by the Office of the Attorney General. These grants are awarded bi-annually.
The mailing address and other contact information can be found on page four of the application. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for the review process. The person filing the application may be asked to appear before the Tourism Committee.
Jefferson County is excited to be able to offer this opportunity to the tourism community and its many partners. Tourism is vital to the ongoing success of our area.

Orangefield hosts health care town hall meeting
Concerned citizens of Orange County will present a town hall meeting to discuss government health care at 7 p.m., Thursday, in the Orangefield Jr. High Cafeteria
Guest speakers are Jarren Garrett executive director of the Baptist Hospital Orange and Dr. James Jones from the Orange hospital staff.
There will be a question and answer time.

LCMCISD asks for information
Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD requests that parents of children who attended an LCM school at the end of the 2008 – 2009 school year, but who will not attend this year, call the child’s campus to let them know the student will not be enrolled at the beginning of the 2009 – 2010 year. This will help district officials to more accurately assign teachers to achieve the best student/teacher ratios. Please call the school that your child would have attended this year. The numbers are: Little Cypress Elementary – 886-2838; Mauriceville Elementary – 745-1615; Little Cypress Intermediate – 886-4245; Mauriceville Middle School – 745-3970; Little Cypress Junior High – 883-2317; Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School – 886-5821.

LU opens academic year with convocation

Lamar University will open the new academic year with a reception and convocation for faculty and staff Monday, Aug. 17. Classes begin Aug. 24.
Faculty and staff will gather at 9:30 a.m. in the Studio Theatre for an opening reception. The fall convocation begins at 10 a.m. in the University Theatre.
Lamar President James Simmons will outline goals and plans for the 2009-2010 academic year in his annual “state-of-the-university” speech.
New faculty and staff members will be introduced.

Mops charter opens in Orange
Mothers of Preschoolers affectionately known as MOPS by mothers around the world will have a new local charter in Orange. MOPS is an organization created to support mothers of children ages birth to kindergarten as they engage in the aspects of motherhood.
The gathering of the new MOPS will occur once a month from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning Aug. 27 followed by every third Thursday from September through May, at First United Methodist Church Orange. Childcare will be provided.
Motherhood can bring along a variety of joy, confusion, pleasure and exhaustion. MOPS provides an atmosphere where mothers can share their stories and learn from one another discovering they aren’t alone in their experiences. Mothers find they can develop new adult friendships where they can communicate in complete sentences and eat without interruption. MOPS provides a supportive environment among other mothers that allows mental and physical “batteries” to be recharged. Most of all, MOPS generates inspiration from other mothers that meet each other’s needs not only as a mother, but also as a woman and a friend.
Although there are four other MOPS charters in the Golden Triangle, this will be a new charter in Orange.
First United Methodist Church Orange is located at 502 N. 5th St. For more information about MOPS in Orange or in your area, please refer to the MOPS international website at or contact the office at First United Methodist Church Orange at 409-886-7466 or

Blog focuses on putting Texans back to work
The Texas Workforce Commission Chairman announced the launch of a new weblog – – as the first step in a wider program to communicate information on the economy. The blog is the first of its kind in Texas state government and will help Texas job-seekers, employers, and the public at large stay informed during these difficult economic times.
“Our office is committed to openness, transparency, and authentic dialogue with the people we serve,” said Tom Pauken, Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission. “This new blog will allow us to share important information in real time with the public and the media. Economic conditions can change on a daily basis. If we are going to keep people informed, we need a tool that can keep pace with the speed of events.”
The new blog will feature communications direct from the agency’s Chairman. Posts will be made that address important policy issues, statistics on economic conditions, and updates for citizens. Interested parties can read policy statements, sign up for RSS feeds, and request e-mail notification of new posts. Over time, additional features will be added that will add timely resources for employers, job-seekers, and those interested in improving the Texas economy.
The new blog is available at and will be updated on a daily basis by the chairman and members of his office.

WO-CCISD appeals accountability rating

West Orange – Cove CISD has submitted an appeal of the 2009 state accountability ratings issued for the district and West Orange-Stark High School to the Texas Education Agency.
Specifically, West Orange – Cove is appealing the grades nine-12 completion rates of all students, African-American and economically disadvantaged. This is the only indicator keeping the district and high school from achieving a rating of Academically Acceptable.
WO-C Superintendent Dr. O. Taylor Collins said, “The Grades 9-12 completion rate was negatively impacted by the enrollment of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in September, 2005, and their subsequent withdrawals after Hurricane Rita hit Orange, on Sept. 24, 2005. These students were homeless and living in shelters at the time of the mandatory Orange County evacuation. As homeless students they should have all been coded as economically disadvantaged but were not.”

26th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Your favorite cowboy poets and musicians will share the Elko stage this year with Florida’s Cracker cowboys, and Louisiana’s swamp cowboys and Creole zydeco musicians. It’s the 26th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Jan. 23-30, 2010.
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering brochures are in the mail, but if you can’t wait for it to arrive in your mailbox, check out the gathering Website for information about this year’s line-up. You’ll find information about special guests, ticketed shows, workshops and all the information you need to purchase your tickets when they go on sale to Western Folklife Center members on Sept. 8 and to the general public a month later on Oct. 8.
Times are tough so ticket prices are unchanged from last year and special incentive are offered for those who bring friends that have never been to the gathering before. Bring two friends who are new to the event and get a free Deluxe Pass; bring four friends and get two free Deluxe Passes.
E-mail or call 888-880-5885 with questions about the event.

LIT extends hours
Lamar Institute of Technology will have extended hours this week for students who need to register for classes for the fall 2009 semester.
The Department of Student Services will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Thursday. Friday hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At the Fall Faculty meeting on Monday, Dr. Paul J. Szuch, LIT president, welcomed faculty back and explained his goals for the year. He urged the faculty to work on increasing enrollment as well as developing innovative ideas to educate the future workforce.
The fall 2009 semester begins Monday, Aug. 24. For more information on admission and registration, call (409) 880-8321 or (800) 950-6989.

Rabies Clinic Friday and Saturday
Bridge City Animal Hospital will hold a Rabies Clinic Friday and Saturday. Rabies vaccinations will be $8.50. Also offered is 25 percent off all other Vaccinations including heart worm tests and fecals.
Prepare your pets for hurricane season with up-to-date vaccinations, ample supply of prescription needs including flea and heart worm prevention, special dietary needs and Home Again microchip id.

Karaoke food drive
American Dream Karaoke and the Salvation Army will hold a karaoke food drive 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday at the Salvation Army parking lot located at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Strickland Ave.
After assisting Hurricane Ike victims, the food bank is totally depleted and the Salvation Army will be unable to help the community. Donations are desperately needed.
Bring a non-perishable food item and join Patty Ferguson to sing karaoke. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
Food can also be donated at the Eagles Lodge located behind Payne Motor Company, 803 N. 28th o