Chevron retirees to meet
The Chevron Retirees Association will meet at 11 a.m. March 9 in the “middle” dining room at Robert’s Steakhouse, 3720 W. Park Ave. in Orange. All Chevron, Texaco and Unocal retirees, spouses and guests are invited.
A return to Robert’s will provide a better menu selection for those with food limitations, according to the association.

DPS seeks HP officers
For the first time in its 75-year-history, the Department of Public Safety will host an advanced eight-week school for current Texas and eligible out-of-state law enforcement officers interested in becoming Highway Patrol Troopers.
The first advanced recruit school will begin May 16 in Austin. Application deadline is March 31.
“This is an excellent opportunity for current law enforcement officers who want to be Highway Patrol Troopers,” said Steven C. McCraw, director of the DPS.
Qualified applicants will have an opportunity to select their duty station before starting the advanced course.
Texas peace officers must have an active state peace officer license and pass the physical readiness test. Out-of-state peace officers must have passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education licensing examination and provide proof of successful completion of a state approved basic police officer training academy. All applicants must meet other eligibility requirements, including being a U.S. citizen and be at least 21 years of age. Candidates must also pass a background investigation and submit to a polygraph examination and psychological examination.
After gaining experience, troopers can compete for a variety of assignments including criminal investigative agents involved in organized criminal investigations, intelligence and counter terrorism, protective services; and Texas Rangers.
While attending the advance school, officers will earn $2,982.25 per month. Upon graduation, they will receive $3,258.08 per month, and that salary increases to $3,935.08 per month after one year with DPS. Troopers, who speak Spanish, have college degrees and higher law enforcement certifications beyond basic are eligible for additional incentive pay.
Additional information is accessible on the DPS Web site,, and application packets can be picked up at any DPS office. Potential applicants can call a toll-free number, 1-866-TXTROOP (898-7667), that rings directly into the recruiting office at DPS Headquarters in Austin. DPS is an equal opportunity employer.

AMSET to Geaux for the Gold

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas’ (AMSET) most popular fundraiser will be at 6:30 p.m. March 18, as Southeast Texans are invited to “Geaux for the Gold” – Cajun style – for a chance to win $10,000. AMSET spices up the 15th annual party and reverse drawing that gives three lucky ticket-holders a chance to win prizes in gold.
 For the ticket cost of $100, guests receive admission, a delicious Cajun-style dinner and cocktails for two along with one entry into the most exciting drawing in town. Geaux for the Gold is a reverse drawing, meaning that the last three ticket stubs drawn from the hopper are the winners of:
   • Third Place – $1,000 in Gold.
   • Second – $1,500 in Gold.
   • First – $10,000 in Gold
 “This event represents a very exciting opportunity for someone to instantly turn a $100 investment into $10,000 in gold coins,” said AMSET Executive Director Lynn Castle. “Most importantly, this event raises funds to benefit the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.”
 Geaux for the Gold 2010 is co-chaired by Linda Foutz and Carla Allen. Gold coins for the evening will be provided for display by First Fidelity Reserve. Dinner will be provided by Two Magnolias.
 Only 500 tickets will be sold for the event; advance purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets, go to or call (832-3432.
New law affects young license applicants

 Starting March 1, driver’s license applicants between the ages of 18 and 24 must complete an approved driver education course and a driving skills test to become a licensed driver in Texas. Applicants must submit a certificate proving that they successfully completed a driver education course approved by the Texas Education Agency.
Senate Bill 1317, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009, created this requirement and authorized the development of a six-hour adult driver education course to meet the needs of this group of drivers.
Applicants who present proof of successful completion of the approved course will not be required to submit to the written highway signs and traffic laws test required under section 521.161 of the Texas Transportation Code, but must still pass the driving skills examination.
A driving safety course or drug and alcohol driving awareness program are not acceptable as driver education courses for this requirement. A list of approved courses can be found here:
This change in the law does not affect applicants ages 15 to 17, who are still required to complete a driver education course to be licensed.

Free retirement planning workshop
Lamar State College-Port Arthur will present a free-admission retirement planning workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 16 in Room 130 of the LSC-PA Performing Arts Center.
Jim Mary, a certified financial manager and financial consultant, will lead the workshop, which will cover the fundamentals of investing for people who are at or near retirement.
Topics include basic definitions, goal-setting, stocks, mutual funds, tax-deferred annuities, risk management, long-term care insurance and current market conditions.
The workshop is free, but reservations are required. To reserve your place, call 984-6230.

WO Chiefs’ 40th reunion
The West Orange Chiefs Class of 1970 plan a 40-year reunion on May 1. The event will be at the Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange from 6:30-11:30 p.m. and a cost of $35 per person. The classes of 1968-72 are also invited.
The Holiday Inn Express (882-9222) and Hampton Inn (883-2500) offer discounts for a minimum of 10 reservations.
For more information, call Charlene Edgerton Steele (409-791-7828), Beth Tinney Vacek (883-2378) or Mike Vaughn, (409-781-5136).

Miss Mercado deadline extended

The Southeast Texas Hispanic Cultural and Educational Center of Port Arthur announced registration for the 2010 Miss Mercado Days Pageant is still open for the Little Miss and Teen Miss divisions.
The two age groups are as follows: Little Miss division is 9 to 12 years of age; the Teen Miss division is 13 years of age to Junior in High School. The applicant must be of Hispanic descent such as Cuban, Central American, Mexican, Puerto Rico, South American, or Spanish.
Applications must be turned in no later than March 7. The Teen pageant is scheduled for April 16, Little pageant is scheduled for April 17. Teen pageant categories consist of interview, fashion wear, formal wear and traditional Hispanic costume. Little categories include fashion wear and traditional Hispanic costume.
For applications and more information, call Cassie Esqueda Guy at (409) 718-2881, Cecelia Esqueda at (409) 962-7448 or Tina Edmondson at 838-7620.

Benefit car show at St. Mark Lutheran
St. Mark Lutheran Church will host a car show from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 6 at the church, 945 W. Roundbunch Road in Bridge City. There will be music, links and drinks and split the pot. Tropies will be awarded for ladies choice, gentlemen’s choice, popular vote and preacher’s pick. Early entry is $15 or $20 the day of the show. Proceeds benefit St. Mark Lutheran Church to help with remaining repairs from Hurricane Ike.
For more information call (409) 626-0311. Mail entry fees to: Car show, 945 W Roundbunch, Bridge City, 77611. Make checks payable to St. Mark Lutheran Church

BC Golden Girls to meet

The Bridge City Golden Girls plan sandwiches and desserts at their March luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 9 at Rao’s Bakery across from Central Mall in Nederland. Princess Martha will be the hostess this month. As with all monthly meetings, a door prize will be given away.
Cajun Belle was the honored birthday hostess for February’s meeting. She chose Orange Seafood and Steakhouse for the event and decorated with a Mardi Gras theme. After lunch they went to her home for a game of Chicken Foot.
Anyone interested in joining the Red Hat Society should call Vice Queen Tonya at 745-5417.

TAKS testing at BCHS

Students at Bridge City High School are scheduled to begin TAKS testing on Wednesday, March 3.
School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 3:35 p.m. Students grades 9, 10, and 11 are required to attend the Enrichment and Recovery (ER) period starting at 8:05 and Activity period through 3:35.
Seniors need to report to school at 12:30 p.m. on TAKS testing days.

Big Thicket Bike Ride set for March 20
Cycling enthusiasts and anyone interested in a great opportunity for the entire family are invited to grab their bicycles and ride in the annual Big Thicket Bike Tour, Saturday, March 20.
The Southeast Texas Hike and Bike Coalition, the region’s oldest organization promoting safe cycling as a fun family fitness event, is once again presenting the ride.
The 2010 ride features routes that are 14, 36, 46, 75 and 100 miles long – options to suit every level of fitness and challenge.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the official start time is 8 a.m. The ride starts and ends at the Big Thicket Visitor’s Center, seven miles north of the city of Kountze, in Hardin County, at the intersection of Hwy. 69 and FM 420.
All courses feature typical Southeast Texas, Big Thicket wooded scenery. SAG wagons will be available for anyone needing assistance during the ride. Riders under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent and everyone, regardless of age or skill level, must wear a helmet.
The rider entry fee is $35 until March 19 and $40 on ride day. Riders who pre-register will receive a free Polar® water bottle.
For more information, go to their Web site,

Good Credit Classes Set to Begin

Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas will conduct its next series of free Fundamentals of Good Credit classes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays, beginning March 6 at the Beaumont Housing Authority located at 1890 Laurel Street in Beaumont. 
These classes are part of the agency’s Asset Building Case Management program designed to help low-to-moderate income families gain control of their financial future and reach housing or higher education goals through financial education and personal case management. 
The classes are conducted in a three-part series and include topics such as personal financial management, credit repair, basic banking information, consumer rights and homebuyer training.
The remaining two sessions will be held on March 20 and April 10 at the Beaumont Housing Authority.  
For more information about these free classes or to register for them by obtaining a downloadable form go to the agency’s website at or call (409) 924-4425. Registration in advance is mandatory to participate.
The agency receives support in providing these classes from the Beaumont Housing Authority, Five Point Credit Union and Covenant Community Capital Corporation.

LCM Project Grad to meet

The next Little Cypress-Mauriceville Project Safe Graduation parent meeting is at 7 p.m., Monday, March 15 in the high school cafeteria.
The Annual Bear Cave Cruisers Car Show is set for April 10 at LCM High School. The car show committee will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 16 at Pizza, Pasta and Wings in Mauriceville All parents are invited to attend. Assistance is needed.
For more information contact Mike Hennigan at or 670-3741.

LIT Final Step begins March 23 for Spring grads
Students graduating from Lamar Institute of Technology in May 2010 should sign up for graduation at the LIT Final Step event on March 23 and 24.
Sign-ups will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Mega Bytes area at LIT on both days.
Students will also pay any graduation fees and purchase caps, gowns and invitations at this time.
Lamar University will also be on hand to talk to interested students about using their associate’s degree as a starting point for a four-year degree at the university.

LIT schedules three sessions on financial aid

Lamar Institute of Technology will hold two financial aid seminars for current students, perspective students and the general public in the month of March.
The first seminar is scheduled for 6 p.m., March 22. A seminar on March 23 has two sessions: one is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the second is at 6 p.m. All sessions will be held at the Multi-Purpose Center on the campus of LIT.
During the sessions, LIT Financial Aid Director Lisa Schroeder will discuss the process of applying for financial aid, how to get and stay eligible for financial aid. She will also discuss how dropping classes can affect financial aid benefits. Anyone who needs help filling out the FAFSA can get it at this event, also.
For more information, call (409) 880-8321.

LSC-PA SBDC plans March events
The Lamar State College-Port Arthur Small Business Development Center will present two free business start-up workshops during March.
Conrad Cooper will lead the Tuesday, March 16, business start-up workshop from 6-9 p.m. at the Nederland Economic Development Commission office, 1903 Nederland Ave.
Kasey Taylor will lead the Tuesday, March 30, workshop from 9 am. 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.
The SBDC offers individual consulting for small business owners 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 SBDC events. For reservations or information, call 984-6531.

WO–C offers computer classes to parents

West Orange-Cove CISD’s 21st Century After School Centers on Education program will be offering computer classes for parents on Friday evenings in March. The classes will be held at the West Orange–Stark Middle School Computer Lab from 6 – 8 p.m. Classes will be held March 5,19, and 26.
The classes are free, but space is limited. Advance registration is welcome by calling 882-5405.

Order from Angel Food Ministries March 10
McDonald Memorial Baptist Church invites the public to place food orders from Angel Food Ministries noon until 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, in the church office. Distribution date is Saturday, March 27. The cost per box of food is $30, and other choices of food are an additional cost. Cash or LoneStar card acccepted.
The church location is the corner of South and Broad Streets, near Lions Den Park. Area residents may contact the church office at 883-3974.

Fourtold to be in Concert
The quartet Fourtold will be in concert at Fellowship Baptist Church at 6:30pm., Sunday,  March 7. The quartet members, Jim Reynolds, Darrell Henagan, Ted Chapman and Shane Robertson have been singing together since spring of 2003. They have been hosted by other churches in the area and are excited to come back to Bridge City. Fellowship extends an open invitation to the public to attend the concert.  Fellowship Baptist Church is located at 1965 Miller Dr. (FM 408) in Bridge City.  For more information, call 409-735-9511 on Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday mornings.

Breakfast with the Bishop in April

Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas announces that the 19th annual Breakfast with the Bishop will be held beginning at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, April 24, at St. Anne Church in Beaumont. 
Tickets can be purchased for $20 by contacting Catholic Charities at (409) 924-4400 or  Corporate and individual sponsorships are another significant way to support the event. Proceeds from the breakfast provide funding to the eight programs of Catholic Charities.

Annual fish dinner hosted

The El Bethel Baptist Church “Senior Choir” will be selling fish dinners, starting at 10 a.m., Friday, March 19, as the choir’s annual fundraiser in the church cafeteria, located at 704 N. 12th St., Orange.
The menu will consist of fish, dirty rice, green beans, potato salad, cake and bread for $7. Orders of three or more lunches can be delivered if requested, by calling the church at 883-8996 or 988-9002