Children’s letters
For the third year a special Santa Mailbox has been placed at the Bridge City Post Office, according to Rose Ouzts, postmaster. Children have until Dec. 21 to drop off letters to Santa. Envelopes should include return addresses.

OCP auditions

Orange Community Players auditions for the upcoming production of “Anatomy Of Gray” will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at the playhouse, 708 W. Division Ave. Set in Indiana during the late 1800s, the drama by Jim Leonard deals with death, loss, love and healing in a unique coming of age story. Cast requirements are four males and five females aged 15-70. Performances are set for Feb. 11-13 and 18-20, directed by Brook Doss. For more information, e-mail

VFW party
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 and Ladies Auxiliary’s adult Christmas party will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Finger foods will be provided, but those wishing to bring treats is welcome.The Thursday night dance for Dec. 24th will be canceled. New Year’s Eve dance tickets are on sale after 3 p.m. Mondays thru Saturdays at the post, or by calling 886-9738.

Nat’l Guard nominations
Texas National Guard and Reserve members and their families have five weeks left to nominate their supportive employers for the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the U.S. government’s highest honor given to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. The nomination season closes on Jan. 18. As the nomination period reaches its halfway mark, 76 nominations have been received from National Guard and Reserve members from Texas. The state is one of the top 10 states to submit nominations for the award, indicating strong support by the state’s employers for its citizen soldiers. With almost one-half of the U.S. military comprised of the National Guard and Reserve and the ongoing global operations, U.S. employers play an increasingly important role in their support for employees who serve in the military.
Nominations will be accepted at through Jan. 18. All award nominees will be announced in mid winter 2010 and the 15 recipients will be announced in early summer.

LSC-PA will close for holidays

Lamar State College-Port Arthur will close for the holidays at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, and will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4.
During the holiday break, current students can register for the 2010 Spring Semester through their accounts, which are accessible through the college website (
All other students must talk with an admission advisor prior to registering for classes. The college will be open for a week before Spring Semester begins Monday, Jan. 11.
The Spring Semester class schedule is available on-line at the college website. Hard copies of the schedule are available in the Admission Advising Office and the Admission and Records Office on the third floor of the LSC-PA Student Center, or at the Help Desk in the lobby of the Student Center.
For information about admissions or registration, call 984-6183.
For information about financial aid, call 984-6203 or 984-6205.

Holiday Mass schedule
St. Mary Catholic Church’s holiday Mass schedule will be 4 p.m. and midnight Mass on Dec. 24 and on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. New Year’s Masses are set for 4 p.m. Dec. 31 and 10 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Christmas program
The Rev. Danny Gilliam and McDonald Memorial Baptist Church will host a special Christmas music program on Sunday at 6 p.m. “The Splendor of Christmas” will be presented by the Sanctuary Choir and directed by Pam Nugent, minister of music. The annual Christmas party will follow the program.

Free HS courses available online
High school students who want to get a head start on college, and do it for free, have a new option in Texas. Students can choose from a variety of online courses through stateu, a partnership of Lamar University and the University of Texas at Arlington with more than 200 of the state’s independent school districts.
Spring semester classes begin Feb. 1. The enrollment deadline for the spring semester is Jan. 18. For more information about course offerings, or to enroll in the free stateu program, go to
Neither students nor their parents pay any tuition costs for these online courses. The Texas Legislature funded the Texas Virtual School Network, a program that makes it possible for high school students statewide — from the smallest rural districts to the most populated inner city ones—to take free college level courses approved by the Texas Education Agency.
Currently, districts which have signed articulation agreements with Lamar and/or UT Arlington are able to participate. Those districts are located throughout the state. The college credit that students earn in all of these courses is guaranteed transferability to any state university in Texas.
By encouraging their high school age children to enroll in StateU college courses now, so that students earn both high school and college credit at the same time, parents can help their children overcome the two biggest barriers to degree completion: cost and access.

WO– C Early Release
West Orange – Cove CISD schools will observe an early release for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 18.
North Early Learning Center will release at 11 a.m.
Anderson and Oates Elementary campuses will release at 11:30 a.m.
West Orange – Stark Middle School and West Orange – Stark High School will release at 12:30 p.m.
Buses will run.
Classes will resume Monday, Jan. 4.

Early release at OISD
Orangefield ISD will have early release Friday Dec. 18 at 1p.m.
The Christmas break runs Dec. 21-Jan. 1 School will resume on Monday Jan. 4.