Retired teachers
The Orange County Retired Teachers Association continues its membership drive. Dues are $30 per year, which includes state dues of $25 and local dues of $5. Meetings are second Mondays from September-May at 11 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th St. For more information, call Ann Quarles at (409) 886-1465, Carolyn Williams, (409) 745-5887; or Kay Kline, (409) 735-9300.

4-H fundraiser
The Orange Gun Club’s annual 4-H fundraiser and dove warm-up will be Saturday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m.-”until.” The skeet-trap-five stand event features free lunches for shooters. Trophies include youth HOA and runner-up, adult HOA and runner-up, team trophies for first through third; and an eagle challenge sponsored by Gary’s Guns. Fees are $450 for a five-man team; single shooters are $90 and will be placed on a team. Options include two-man blind teams for $5, and lunch for nonshooters is $10. For more information, call Wayne Walker at (409) 988-6003, or Louis Bazan, (409) 718-5580.

Football time change
The West Orange-Stark varsity football game against Friendswood at Friendswood will be played at Deer Park High School at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3.

Poetry contest offers $1,000
A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a contest sponsored by Rainbow Fine Arts.
Poems of 21 lines or fewer on any subject and in any style will be judged by the contest director Dr. Jack Carroll. “We love encouraging poets,” he says. “We trust this contest will produce exciting results!”
The contest is free to enter and open to poets of any age. Fifty prizes totaling more than $5,000 will be awarded.
Entries must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 15, and may be submitted by mail to Free Poetry Contest, 7308 Heritage Dr. Mount Vernon, IN 47620 or at
Entrants should include their name and address on the same page as the poem. A winners list will be sent to all entrants.

Hunter education class
Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Home Study Safety Class field part will be taught from noon until 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28 in Orange. The online home study computer sections must have been completed. Print completed tests and bring them to class.
Call Danny Odom to register at (409) 883-8118.
This class is not just for hunters, but anyone who handles firearms.
Seating is limited.

League seeks applications
The Service League of Orange is accepting requests for application forms to receive financial assistance through their community needs committee. The Service League encourages projects, events and activities that primarily are good for the entire Orange County community. To qualify you must be able to supply verification that you are a nonprofit organization, along with your Service League Needs application.
Applications and non profit status verification must be returned to the Service League by Oct. 1, 2010.
Call Pat Jordan at (409) 886-1795 or Ellen Ray at (409) 883-2970 to obtain applications.

Hardy benefit
A family 4-wheeler ride benefit will be from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday Aug. 28, at Texas Hog Wallow Mud Park, 2084 Private Road 7073 in Deweyville, to help with medical/funeral expenses for Keldon Gene Hardy, 2, who passed away July 10.
Rules are BYOB with no glass bottles or trucks allowed.
Cost is $10 per person to enter gate. Four thousand acres courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Artie Longron. They will hold washer tournaments and mud-pit racing, losers pay $5 each.
Plate lunches will be prepared along with drinks for purchase.
Memorial bracelets and koozies will be available for purchase.
All proceeds will be put into the Firestone Community FCU benefit account to assist with medical, funeral and head-stone expenses. Call the office at (409) 746-2160.

LU final football camp
Lamar will host its last football camp of the summer from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Vernon Field Glass Field of Champions. The camp is for high school students entering the 11th or 12th grade.

Subsidized child care
Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas is adding parents to its waiting list for subsidized child care. To qualify, applicants must meet income eligibility requirements and either be employed or in employment training at least 25 hours per week or be a full-time college student.
Catholic Charities serves as the contractor which administers subsidy funding to child care providers on behalf of the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Board. Parents eligible for the subsidy are responsible for selecting their own child care provider.
For more information, or to begin the application process, call (409) 835-1411.

Farmers’ Market
The spring Farmers’ Market continues Saturday at the MacArthur Shopping Center in the Big Lots parking lot off MacArthur Drive in Pinehurst.
Starting at 7 a.m., the market will be open until all vendors have sold their produce. Sweet corn (maybe), okra, eggplant, purple hull peas (some unshelled and some already shelled, blanched and frozen), Zipper Cream peas (shelled, blanched, and frozen), bell peppers, hot peppers, frozen blueberries and blueberry juice, frozen muscadines, deer sausage, pickles and various canned vegetables, pickled eggs, hot sauces, jams and jellies, local honey, fresh eggs, baked goods, and dog cookies.
Produce varies from week to week. There is no charge for vendors. The market will continue each Saturday until the crops are no longer available. The Texas AgriLife Extension Program again sponsors the event.
For more information, call Jean Fregia at (409) 745-4017 or (409) 670-6121 or Jim Frazier at (409) 276-1260.

Craft/rummage sale
Table space is available for American Legion Post 49 will host a community arts and crafts/rummage sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 2, at the post home, 108 Green Ave. in Orange. To rent vending space, call (409) 828-1488.

Swim Team tryouts
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Swim Team will have tryouts on Friday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Sulphur Recreation and Aquatic Center. All swimmers must tryout and bring a completed 2010-11 athletic packet (including the physical). Packets are available from Diane Brown, athletic secretary. All athletes will need to swim a 100-yard freestyle and a 100-yard of another stroke for the tryout and they will be timed.
There will be a $4 fee for each swimmer/family member entering the pool deck. For more information, call Bonnie Dorman at (409) 988-3225 or e-mail
The first swim meet is scheduled in Longview Sept. 25.

Cormier Museum openings
The Orangefield School District has released a list of dates the Paul Cormier Museum will be open to the public. The museum will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays: Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.
Special arrangements can be made to tour the facilities by contacting Brian Ousley at or (409) 735-1282; or Harvey Wilson at
The museum is on Farm Road 105 next to Orangefield High School.

BC Chamber tourney reset
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce golf tournament has been rescheduled for Sept. 20, with an 8 a.m. tee-off time. This is the first available date at Sunset Grove Country Club.
Hole sponsorships and entrance applications are available.
Call the Chamber of Commerce for more information at (409) 735-5671.

Miracle Network benefit
Sabine Chapter of Credit Unions seeks sponsors for its upcoming Kids Classic Golf Tournament in October to raise funds for local Children’s Miracle Network chapters. Various levels are still available: Gold- $3,000, Silver-$2,000, Bronze-$1000. Event sponsorships available: Lunch-$1,500, Drink Cart-1,000, Hole in One-$850, hole sponsor-$750.
Fees are $500 for a team of four, $125 for an individual. Super Ticket: five mulligans and a prize ticket: Team 100, individual $25, Lunch only-$25.
For more information, or to register, go to

Senior citizen expo
The 11th Southeast Texas Senior Celebration and Consumer Expo is set from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Beaumont Civic Center. Admission and parking is free.
Highlights include Jerome the Magician, the Lamar University Jazz Band, a style show with Dillard’s, celebrity models, bingo and special presentations.
The expo will feature over 100 booth exhibitors, health screenings, live music from Rick Danna, refreshments, Aces Classic Cars, clowns and door prizes. Home Instead Senior Care will provide transportation from the parking lot.
For information and to secure a booth space, call (409) 835-5951 ext. 117 or The expo is a project of the Consumer Education Foundation of the Better Business Bureau, and sponsored in part by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission’s Ozone Action Days and Southeast Texas Transit.

Chenella reception
Retiring Bridge City district Assistant Superintendent Joe Chenella will be honored with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, in the Bridge City High School cafeteria. Chenella has been with the district for nearly 50 years.

LU rental seats available
Lamar University football fans will be able to turn their bleacher seats into cushioned chair back seats by renting a stadium seat for the entire season.
For $30, fans will be able to rent a cushioned chair back seat that will be bolted down to their assigned seat and remain for the entire season. Stadium seats may be reserved by calling the Lamar Ticket Office at (409) 880-1715.
Lamar will play an 11-game schedule this season, with six games being played in the newly-renovated Provost Umphrey Stadium. The first home game will be against Webber International on Sept. 11.
Tickets for this historic season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Lamar Ticket Office or by visiting the athletics Web site at

Mr./Miss Bridgefield Pageant
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is selling ads for the Mr. and Miss Bridgefield Pageant (formally Little Mr. and Miss Bridge City). Eligibility now includes Orangefield and the age extends to high school-aged girls.
A business card-sized ad in the program costs $25. The event will be Saturday, Nov. 13, at Bridge City Intermediate School. Trophies will be provided by Lee and Bridgefield Storage.
Call Chamber Director Angela Beck at (409) 735-5671 for more information.

Jane Long Festival scheduled for Oct. 9
Join the Bolivar Community 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday Oct. 9 in true Texas Patriotic style as they renew the “spirit” of Jane Long, the Mother of Texas, and her perseverance to survive. The festival will be held at Port Boliver Fort Travis Seashore Park; where history, art and music come together.
Admission is free to the outdoor festival. Period 19th century dress if encouraged, “Pirates and Petticoats.”
Enjoy turn of the century Texas live music by Steve Hartz. Experience beach glass and oyster art along with pottery and quilting. Booths and sponsorships available.
Festival theme: They survived the past, we survive the present and we will survive the future.

Cheer camp scheduled at LCM
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Cheerleaders will hold a cheer clinic for girls aged Pre-K through sixth grade on Aug. 28, at the LCM High School Gym.
The cost is $30 and includes a clinic tee-shirt and a ticket to the Sept. 3 home football game, where the girls will perform at pre-game ceremonies.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. For more information call 409-886-5821 extension 1035.

Heritage Society hosts costume contest
Mexican Heritage Society of Port Arthur will hold a children’s costume contest during the fiesta at the Port Arthur Civic Center on Sept. 11. There will be three age groups: 6 – 11 months old, 1 – 2 years old, and 3 – 4 years olds.
For an application and more information call Cecelia Esqueda at 962 7448. The deadline is Sept. 3.

WOS game times and ticket sales
The West Orange-Stark freshmen home game will be played at the WOS Middle School on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m., the JV will play at 7 p.m.
Tickets will be on sale for the away varsity football game vs. Nederland, 1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25; 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26; 9 a.m.-noon only, Friday.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. All tickets at the gate will be $6.

Dishman hosts reception for exhibition
The Dishman Art Museum on the campus of Lamar University will host an opening reception for the annual Art Faculty Exhibition from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27.
The faculty showcase features work by Linnis Blanton, Greg Busceme, Kurt Dyrhaug, Xenia Fedorchenko, Meredith Jack, Jamie Kessler, Ann Matlock, Rose Matthis, Donna Meeks, Mark Ponder, Crispin Prebys, Prince Thomas and Joe Winston.
Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.
The exhibition will run through Sept. 28.
The Dishman Art Museum is located at 1030 East Lavaca, Beaumont. Call (409) 880-8959 for more information or visit

Pro Wrestling in Port Neches Saturday
Gulf Coast Power Pro Wrestling will be back in action this Saturday at the National Guard Armory, 511 Grigsby in Port Neches. All of the superstars will be on hand for great Family Entertainment.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for kids. Tickets are available at Ace Glass and Mirror. Doors Open at 7:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. bell time. As always seating is first come first serve.
Matches Schedule to take place are: KC Hart vs. Avarice; Vincent Chase vs. Jen Alise; Cruiserweight Championship Match; AJ Rush vs. Champion Matt Chambers; Irish Mike vs. Max Muscle; Gulf Coast Heavyweight Championship; ZenZen vs. All American J. Wayne; Card subject to change.
For more information contact:, or 409.626-2194.

LSC-PA extends Fall Semester registration
The registrar’s office at Lamar State College-Port Arthur is extending the registration deadline for the fall semester one week through 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27.
“[Aug. 20] was supposed to be the final day of registration, and fall semester classes [started] Monday, Aug. 23. However, we want to accommodate everyone who wants an education. So we are extending registration,” said Tom Neal, vice president for student services. “Students are discovering that they can save more than $1,000 per semester at Lamar State compared with bigger schools. So, we want to give everyone as much time as possible to get into school.”
All students must be admitted to the college before registering for classes. Students also should talk to an advisor before registering. Fall Semester class schedules are available at the help desk in the lobby of the Student Center, and at the admission advising office on the third floor.
For information about admissions or registration, call 984-6183.
For information about financial aid, call 984-6203 or 984-6205.
More information about the college is available on the LSC-PA website:

Monthly breakfast hosted by LC Baptist Church
Little Cypress Baptist Church, 3274 Little Cypress Dr., will hold its monthly men’s breakfast at 8 a.m., on Sept. 4.
Everyone is invited and there is no charge.

LIT orients students taking online classes
Lamar Institute of Technology will have Blackboard® orientation sessions for students who will be taking online courses in the Fall 2010 semester.
There will be two sessions on Friday, Aug. 27: 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Students need to attend only one session.
The orientation will cover such skills as logging on to Blackboard, using its communication tools, and posting assignments and taking exams.
All sessions will be in the Multi-Purpose Center on the campus of LIT.

End of Summer Bash
Lloyd Grubbs Post 49 of the American Legion is having an End of Summer Bash from 7 p.m.-midnight on Saturday, Aug. 28. No cover charge. Entertainment features Bubba and the Boys, 50/50 drawing and finger foods.
Come, reunite with old friends, dance and have a good time. Bring your own bottle (BYOB) with set-ups.
The Legion Post is located at the corner of Green Avenue and 1st Street in Orange.
Contact Greg Savage at (409)886-9861 for more information.

“War in the Pacific”
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 will present a video titled “War In The Pacific,” in recognition of V-J Day, which was the day World War II was officially ended with the surrender of Japan.
The video will be shown at 7 p.m., Sept. 1, at the VFW Hall, located at 5303 North Highway 87.
The public is invited to attend and view a piece of history. Any veteran who feels he or she may be eligible for VFW membership are welcome to attend and bring their proof of Foreign Service.
Following the video, produced by Americanism Chairman John Clark, light refreshments will be served.
For further information, contact John Clark at 883-0264.

LCM seeks substitutes
Individuals interested in substitute teaching for the Little Cypress-Mauriceville School District should attend substitute orientation scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9. The meeting will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the boardroom of the administration office located at 6586 Farm Road 1130.
All paperwork will be provided for completion at the orientation meeting. Before being approved as a substitute, a transcript of college work or high school transcript, if no college hours have been earned, must be on file. Please bring transcript(s) to the meeting.
Questions about the session should be addressed to Beth Sonnier, Human Resources Manager, at 883-2232.

Chamber events hosted this week
The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer and book signing for Sylvia Dickey Smith at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25 at the office located at 1012 Green Ave., Orange.
A Mixer at Sundown will be held 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26 at The Reserve at Cypresswood, 1010 Texas 87 South in Orange.

BC Class Reunion
Bridge City High School Classes of 1957 through 1962 are planning a reunion for Saturday, Sept. 25 at the high school cafeteria from 6-11 p.m.
Music of the 50’s and 60’s will be played by J.D. Smith. The Class of 1960 will present a program.
Dress is casual. The coso is $15 per person and should be paid by Sept. 21 so that ample food will be provided. Send payment to: Class Reunion 57-62, P.O. Box 1066, Bridge City, TX 77611.
For additional information e-mail Raylene McKinney Terrell at

Flanagan benefit Saturday
A benefit for Darla Flanagan will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Eagles Lodge, 803 28th St. in Orange.
Live music will be provided by Ralph RIchardson, The Texla Courty Cousins and Three Legged Dawg.
Join the Biker Fun Run for a $10 donation. It starts at The Place, then visit The Shop, Brewsky’s, Silver Fox, The Bayou Club and ends at the Eagles Lodge.
The rifle raffle is $1 donation. A 50/50 drawing and benefit auction will be held.
For more information or to make a donation, call (409)313-0386 ir (409)749-0297.

Keldon Hardy benefit Saturday
A benefit family four-wheeler ride will be held 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday at Texas Hag Wallow Mud Park, located at 2084 Private Road 7073 in Deweyville.
In memory of 2 year old Keldon Hardy, who died July 10, the event is $10 per person at the gate.
Plate lunches and drinks will be available for purchase. Washer tounaments and mud-pit racing losers pay $5 each. Memorial bracelets and koozies will also be available for purchase.
All proceeds will be deposited into an account at Firestone Community Federal Credit Union to assist with medical and final expenses.
For more information call (409) 746-2161.