LC-M tailgate barbecues

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Band Boosters tailgate barbecue will be before the West Orange game Friday from 4 p.m.-game time in Bear Park near the stadium. For sale will be links, hamburgers and boudain ($6 meal includes meat, chips and drink) to support band needs. For more information, call 670-7489.
The Honey Bears Drill Team will host a tailgate party before the LC-M/Bridge City game on Sept. 11 in Bear Park. Barbecue sandwiches and drinks, including fresh-squeezed lemonade will be sold. Price are: sandwiches and chips – $5; sodas – $1; and lemonade – $2.50. For more information, e-mail Valrie Gilbeaux at

Senior passes at BCISD

With the 2009 Cardinal football season underway, Bridge City ISD offers senior citizens a pass for all home athletic sporting events including free general admission to varsity football games (must be at least 62). Call or drop by the athletic director’s office, 350 Bower St., or 735-1542 for an application. BCISD will also honor senior citizen passes from other school districts for all athletic sporting events.

TexanPlus bowling tournament

TexanPlus HMO calls all senior bowlers and other people with Medicare to polish their bowling shoes, warm up their swinging arms and register teams online at to participate in the TexanPlus WiiTM Bowling Championship, scheduled for Oct. 8 at Ford Park.
In addition to the competition, the daylong tournament will also feature a health fair, free health screenings, lectures from doctors, free flu shots for people with Medicare, exercise demonstrations, a complimentary lunch and prize drawings.
“Regular wellness screenings and exercise are so important for seniors,” said Ted Carpenter, president of TexanPlus, the largest and oldest Medicare Advantage Plan in Southeast Texas. “And, the camaraderie and personal interaction with old and new friends contributes to a better quality of life.”
TexanPlus HMO has been hosting WiiTM Bowling tournaments throughout the Golden Triangle since May. “Due to the popularity of the program, overwhelming participation and positive feedback we’ve received from participants, we decided to expand the program into something more meaningful and educational for our senior citizen community,” added Carpenter.
Because of widespread interest in participating, space is limited and teams are encouraged to register now. Registration forms are due by Sept. 21.
The TexanPlus WiiTM Bowling Championship will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 8 at Ford Park. Complimentary transportation to the park will be available.
To find out more about the event or to register your team, go to, call 1-866-628-0466. Forms can be found at the TexanPlus offices located at 2620 Laurel Ave. in Beaumont. Beaumont/Port Arthur area Senior Centers are encouraged to call if interested in hosting a practice tournament.

Wireless law enacted

HB 2730 and HB 339, enacted recently by the 81st Texas Legislature, restrict drivers under 18 from using a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, according to Texas DPS. The new restriction applies to licenses issued after Sept. 1 to applicants under 18. Drivers under 18 issued an original license before Sept. 1 are still restricted from using a wireless device during the six-month period following issuance of the original license. The use of a wireless communication device cannot be used to make a traffic stop.

Divorce support group

DivorceCare, an informal support group for people hurting from separation or divorce, meets from 6:30-8:15 p.m. Thursdays at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Nederland. Group facilitators are Jeff and Pam Kyler. There is a $10 charge for the class workbook. For more information, call the church office, 722-3489.
Brisket sale

Delivery will be Friday for a brisket sale to benefit Vidor High School Brigadettes. Briskets will be cooked by Wright’s Barbecue for Labor Day. Cost is $30. To order, call (409) 791-1737 or 791-0067.
Smith reunion

Henry and Mathilda Ashworth Smith descendants will meet at 10 a.m. Sept 12 in Alligator Park Pavilion in Starks, La. Guests should bring side dishes and drinks for their party. The barbecue will be provided. There will also be a cake/gift walk and other games. The family especially invites Virgil Poole, Jean Poole, and descendants of George Poole Jr. and John Johnson. For more information, call (409) 994-5682.

Project Graduation to meet

The Bridge City High School Project Graduation for 2010 will have their monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in the high school library.  All parents of 2010 seniors are invited to attend.  Please bring a coke product to the meeting.Points toward project graduation will be awarded for the donation.
For more information, contact Tracy Allison at

Police Academy announces exam dates

The Regional Police Academy at Lamar Institute of Technology has announced four dates for entrance tests for the spring 2010 academy. Exams will be given at 1 p.m., Sept. 22; 10 a.m., Sept. 26; 9 a.m., Oct. 9; and 9 a.m. on Oct. 10.
Applicants for the spring 2010 academy must complete and pass the entrance exam before being considered for acceptance into the academy. The exam, which is a two-and-a-half-hour basic knowledge test, costs $15. The exam fee must be in the form of a money order. No checks or cash will be accepted.
To make a reservation for an exam, call (409) 880-8022.

LSC-PA SBDC plans September events

The Lamar State College-Port Arthur Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present two business start-up workshops during September.
SBDC consultant Conrad Cooper will lead the Tuesday, Sept. 8, business start-up workshop from 6-9 p.m. at the Nederland Economic Development Corporation office, 1903 Atlanta Ave.
Consultant Kasey Taylor will lead the Tuesday, Sept. 29, workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at the LSC-PA Small Business Development Center, 1401 Procter Street.
The free business start-up workshops cover business plans, funding, employees and taxes for first-time business owners. Attendance at one workshop is required prior to a new business owner’s first one-on-one meeting with a SBDC business consultant.
Individual consulting for small business owners is offered at no charge. The center helps prospective business owners by providing financial analysis, loan preparation assistance and help in setting up a business plan
Reservations are required for all events. For reservations or information, call 984-6531, or send e-mail to:

Pecan sale orders

Faith Tabernacle Church in Port Arthur is taking pecan orders until Oct 5. The church will sell halves or large pieces in one-pound resealable bags at $8 per pound. Pecans are easy to store and stay fresh when kept in the freezer. Pecans will be ready the first or second week of November. Orders can be picked up at the church’s annual Holiday Bake Sale Nov 21. The church offers free delivery on 20 or more orders – Golden Triangle only. The church accepts Visa and MasterCard.

Memorial service

Orange VFW Post 2775 and Ladies Auxiliary will honor those whose lives were lost on Sept. 11. Post Chaplain “Hank” Perkins will present a memorial service at 7 p.m. at the post home, 5303 N. 16th St. The public is invited. Following the service, refreshments will be served. For more information, call post commander George Jones at 745-3743.

Special education needs

BC ISD Child Find/Child Serve program is a requirement which ensures that school districts regularly identify, locate and appropriately place children and students with special needs. Bridge City ISD wants to effectively meet these requirements. If you know of a child or young adult, ages 3-12, with a special need, or if you are the parent of such a child or young adult, call the BC ISD Special Education office at 409-735-1628.

BC ISD to purge records

Effective Dec. 31 Bridge City ISD special education records will be purged for students whose special education services ceased prior to August, 2002. Any previous special education student, who is at least 18 years of age, or the parent/guardian of a minor student, may pick up the records in the Special Education Office. For more information, call 735-1628.

Blood drive

St. Paul Episcopal Church, 1401 W. Park Ave., will host a blood drive Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the LifeShare Blood Bus. Blood supplies continue to run very low. For more information, call Marv Howland at 745-3427.

LSC-PA art contest

    Lamar State College-Port Arthur will sponsor an art contest as part of the school’s centennial anniversary – to be celebrated Oct. 4. LSC-PA art instructor Grace Megnet, coordinator of the contest,
said, “The 100-year anniversary of the founding of Port Arthur College is a very important event. So, we are inviting all artists in the region, including students, to enter the contest, which has cash prizes for the top three entries.”
    Contest entries are limited to paintings and drawing no bigger than 36 inches by 36 inches. Works on paper do not have to be framed. Megnet said the college centennial slogan is “A Century of Service. A Lifetime of Learning.” However, the slogan does not have to be included in entries.
    The entry deadline is Sept. 15. All entries will be displayed in the Lamar State Performing Arts Center from Sept. 21-Oct. 16. First place in the contest will win $250, while second place receives $100 and third place earns $50. The contest will be judged by Max Boyd Harrison of the Municipal Arts Commission in Houston. For information, call Megnet at (409) 984-6477, or e-mail

LC-M pep rallies

Senior members of all Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School sports teams will be on the road Friday for a “rolling pep rally” at all district campuses. The agenda will include the band playing the Fight Song, Coach Crouch and football captains speaking to the kids, the drill team and cheerleaders performing.
The schedule for their tour of the District is: 7:45 a.m. – Mauriceville Elementary; 8:15 a.m. Mauriceville Middle School; 9:15 a.m. – Little Cypress Elementary; 9:45 a.m. – Little Cypress Intermediate; 10:30 a.m. – Little Cypress Junior High; and 11:15 – Return to the high school. The public is invited to any or all rallies. For more information, call Stacey Smith at 886-5821, ext. 1660.