Orange County Farmer’s Market open Wednesday, Saturday

The Orange County Farmers’ Market is open for the season on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday from 7-10 a.m. The market ends when the produce is sold out, which is often earlier than the times shown.

The following items are now available: eggplant, okra (red and green), purple hull peas, peppers (bell, banana & jalapeno), blueberries (frozen), blueberry juice, jams and jellies, fig preserves, pickled okra, salsa, chow-chow, local honey, fresh eggs, homemade bread, house plants, and more.

The vendors appreciate small bills if you have them.

The market is held in the parking lot in front of Big Lots on MacArthur Drive. For additional information, contact Texas AgriLife at 882-7010.


Miss Bridgefield 2012 pageant rescheduled for Nov. 3

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Miss Bridgefield 2012 Pageant at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Bridge City Middle School, located directly behind the Bridge City High School on Texas Avenue.

The deadline to enter the pageant is Friday, Oct. 19. The community is invited to attend and support the youth of the community.

For more information, please contact the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce at 409-735-5671 or email


Fraternal Order of Eagles to host free computer class

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, located at 803 N. 28th St, Orange, Texas is offering free beginner computer classes. The first class will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Eagles. The class is limited to 12 attendees. Attendees must furnish their own laptop computer. For more information contact Sharon Bodin at 735-8662 or 719-7793 or Carolyn Griffith at 792-9094 or (281)413-7599.


Red Hot Flashers to meet Sept. 20

The Red Hot Flasher will meet at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Larry’s French Market in Groves. Ladies wishing to carpool should meet the Walmart in Orange and all ladies are asked to bring door prizes. Birthday ladies are Madam Rebecca, Becky Nation; and Lady J, Charlyn Jensen. Plans will be made for the Shangri La scarecrows at this month’s meeting. All ladies are welcome. For more information, please call 409-886-1609.


Fraternal Order of Eagles starting free line dance class

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th Street in Orange, will offer free line dance class beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. The community is invited to come join in the fun. For more information contact Sharon Bodin at 735-8662 or 719-7793.


Luther Stark class of 1954 to host reunion

The former Lutcher Stark High School class of 1954  will be having their 58th class reunion on Sept. 28 and 29. The two-day event will be held at the Sunset Grove Country Club. Letters have been mailed and notice via e-mail have been sent to those on file. The reservation deadline is Aug. 15. If you have not received notice, please contact Joette Evans Webb at 883-9432, 920-8683 or e-mail at


VFW to host garage sale Sept. 22

Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775 Ladies Auxiliary will host a garage sale on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6 a.m. to noon.  Tables can be rented for $10 each, payment is required when the reservation is made. For more information, please contact President Cathie Duhon at 409-883-6909 or 409-553-6180, or go by the VFW Clubroom after 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


Do Well, Be Well Diabetes Education offered

Texas AgriLife Extension Orange County will be offering Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes Classes for adults with Type 2 Diabetes. The classes will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. through Sept. 27. It is important to attend each week to receive the full education. The classes will be held at Baptist Orange Hospital fifth floor classroom. Call the Extension Office 882-7010 to register. There is a $10 recommended donation for the session.


Living Well Classes offered Free

Texas AgriLife Extension Orange County, Better Living for Texans will be offering Living Well classes. These free classes are for those learning how to prevent diabetes and skills for healthy weight management. Classes will be held on Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. beginning Sept. 27. The classes will be held at Baptist Orange Hospital fifth floor classroom. Call the Extension Office 882-7010 to register.


Fraternal Order of Eagles to host Jam Session

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sabine Aerie 2523, located at 803 North 28th Street in Orange, will host the first weekly jam session Sunday, Sept. 30, from 3 to 6 p.m. The music will vary from country, Cajun and swamp pop with an open stage. All entertainers are invited. Admission is free with no cover charge. Food will be available for a nominal charge.


Thrift & Gift to host community sidewalk sale

The Thrift & Gift Shop in Orange will be sponsoring their bi-annual community wide sidewalk sale on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are taking donations of furniture, clothing, Christmas decorations and other items.

Covered spaces (app. 10×12) are still available to all interested parties for $12. All booth spaces are on a first come, first served basis. The Thrift & Gift Shop, with an assortment of household and vintage items, new quilts, clothing and vintage jewelry, will be open as well.

Chances will be sold on a newly created large quilt, which is on display in the store, for $1 each. The drawing will be held in December, the winner will be notified.

Apply for booth spaces now at the Thrift & Gift Shop, located at 350 37th St. in Orange, or call 886-7649.


Lutcher Stark class of 1962 50th reunion

The Lutcher Stark High School class of 1962 will hold their 50th class reunion from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange.

Friday evening will be a casual get-together. Saturday will be their main event, with a business-casual buffet dinner, program, visiting, dancing and music by Jim Dunaway.

For more information, please contact Sally Ragland Townsend,


Boy Scouts Troop 62 to host annual flag fundraiser

The Boy Scouts of Troop 62 is now accepting subscriptions for commemorative flag displays in and around North Orange (near Hwy. 87 and Meeks Drive) between IH-10 and South Teal Road. The 3’ by 5’ flags will be displayed on the five flag days of the year (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Patriots Day [9/11] and Veterans Day). The flags will be displayed no later than 9 a.m. on the commemorative day, picked up before dusk and stored until the next flag day.

An initial $75 tax deductible donation ($50 for renewals) is required. Money orders and checks must be received 14 days prior to posting day in order to ensure timely service. All proceeds go to support Scout activities and programs throughout the year.

For subscriptions, contact Bubba Plexico, Troop 62 Scoutmaster, at 214-770-0568; or Chris Wright, Troop 62 Fundraising Chair, at 409-882-9972.


Service League of Orange searching for “Community Needs”

The Service League of Orange is now accepting requests from non-profit organizations only for application forms to receive financial assistance through their Community Needs Committee. The Service League encourages projects, events and activities that primarily target the good of all of the entire “Orange County” community. To qualify, verification of non-profit status must be submitted with the Service League Needs application by Oct. 1, 2012.

Applications can be obtained by calling Mindy McKee at 409-779-8867 or Carolyn Lemons at 409-670-1839 or emailing requests to


Dusty Trails 4-H Pecan Fundraiser

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has our Dusty Trails 4-H Club selling the famous Durham-Ellis pecans from Comanche Texas. The club will be accepting orders until Oct.12, 2012. These pecans will be available for pickup about two weeks before Thanksgiving. Anyone who places an Order with the Dusty Trails 4-H Club will be picking up their order in Orange or Mauriceville.

Dusty Trails 4-H Club will be selling pecans, flavor pecans, specialty nuts and mixes at various prices. Raw pecans are $9 for a one pound bag, $28 for a three pound box and $43 for a five pound box. To place an order call the Dusty Trails 4-H Club, Jessica Mayfield 409-886-5906 or orders can also be taken by any of the club members.


KOCB searching for community projects

Keep Orange County Beautiful has access to limited funding to assist the cities of Orange County, or the county itself, in disposing of abandoned tires dumped on the side of the roads.

Such a project provides a discernible environmental benefit of providing proper disposal of these tires and reduces health threats associated with illegally dumped tires. These dump sites can become breeding grounds for mosquitos and rodents that carry diseases, plus tire fires can result in the contamination of surface water, ground water and soils.

Funds may also be available to clean up trash dumps on public property.

If you or your community affiliations have potential projects that fit this description, please bring them to the attention of the KOCB board at 330-9373.


Fraternal Order of Eagles  to host pool tournament

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th Street in Orange, will be hosting a pool tournament every Friday starting at 8 p.m. Prize money goes to first and second place winners. The community is invited to come meet the members of Aerie 2523 and join in the fun. For more information, please call 409-886-7381.


Mauriceville AA meets

An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is held each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Mauriceville at the United Methodist Church on Highway 12. For more information call 409-670-6265.


BCHS reserved parking passes now available

The 2012-2013 reserve parking passes are now available. Please contact Cil Dixon in the Bridge City Athletic Department to purchase your pass. Limited quantities are available, so don’t want too long. If the passes do not sell out before our first home game, they will be selling them at the gate.


OISD offer free athletic home event passes to senior citizens

Dr. Stephen D. Patterson, Orangefield ISD Superintendent, has announced residents of Orangefield ISD who are 60 years of age or older qualify for a Senior Citizens Pass. The pass entitles senior citizens to free admission to home activities and events sponsored by the Orangefield Independent School District.

To obtain these passes, residents should go to the OISD superintendents office, located in the administration building, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Proof of age and residence will be required for all Senior Citizens Pass request.


Orange Community Band to meet every Thursday

The Orange Community Band rehearses every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, located at 4103 Meeks Drive in Orange. They are in need of players for the following sections; flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, and percussion, but ALL are welcome! The band performs Christmas, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day concerts. At least one traditional band concert is performed annually. Please visit us on Facebook at Orange Community Band.


Benefit fundraiser to be held for David Hendricks

The community is invited to join the family and friends of David Hendricks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Market Basket in Mauriceville, on the corner of Hwy 62 and Hwy 12, to help raise for a surgery to keep him from being paralyzed. David fell from a ladder while making house repairs following Hurricane Ike and need to have an extensive and costly surgery. He has been unable to care for his family since the injury occurred.

He is currently the pastor at Smyrna Baptist Church in Winnsboro, Texas.

Links will be sold for $2, boudain for $3 and cold drinks for $1. Plate lunches including one meat, potato salad, beans, bread and a dessert will be sold for $6.


Starlight COGIC to host health fair

The Nursing Department of Starlight Church of God in Christ is sponsoring a Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 in the E.B. Lindsey Family Life Center, located at 2800 Bob Hall Road in Orange.

Information will be provided on debt relief, stress relief, diabetes education, Julie Rogers Gift of Life and childhood obesity. There will be free blood glucose and blood pressure screens, and much more.


True Fellowship of Churches Alliance to host Founder’s Day Program

The True Fellowship of Churches Alliance will sponsor it’s first annual Founder’s Day Program at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Kingdom Fellowship Tabernacle, located at 1612 10th Street in Orange. Area churches are coming together for the common goal of bettering our community and expressing the love of God. The guest speaker will be Pastor Gerald Gunn of Back to God Fresh Anointing Ministries. Other sponsoring churches include New Beginnings, God’s Loving Word and Christ Apostolic Ministries. For more information, please call Cindy Warnell at 409-330-6316.


St. Mary’s ladies to host Bunco night

The ladies of the community are invited to a Ladies Game Night at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, for at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 909 Cherry St. in Orange. Snacks and prizes will be provided by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas

This is a great opportunity to learn a new game, or for veterans, a chance to come with your Bunco group. All for just a $5 donation. No reservation required, just show up!


Henry Blackaby to hold conference at LC Baptist Church

Henry Blackaby, author of “Experiencing God” and other study books, will be the main speaker at the Regional Blackaby Conference hosted by the Little Cypress Baptist Church on Oct. 5-6. The two day session begins Friday, Oct. 5,  from 6 to 9 p.m. The Saturday session begins at 9 a.m., and will include a break and lunch, ending at 3:15 p.m. Doors will open early for registration and seating is based on first come, first served. LCBC is located at 3274 Little Cypress Drive. For more information, call 409-883-8905.


Cowboy Church to host last Playday Buckle Series

Cowboy Church of Orange County will be hosting its next Playday Buckles Series Sept. 29 and Oct. 20.   Events will be cloverleaf barrels, poles, straight barrels, and speed race.  Buckles will be awarded for overall high point for each age group, also first, second and third place awards.

Three of the four events and two of the three playdays must be completed to be eligible for the awards. Mutton bustin’ will also be awarded a buckle and prizes. Special classes include lead line and stick horse race with awards given also. All participants must compete in two of the three playdays to be eligible for awards. Sleeved shirt required, also current negative coggins and a signed release.

For more information, contact Jackie at (409)423-9724, or visit the Cowboy Church of Orange County website.


St. Paul UMC to sell cookbooks

St. Paul United Methodist Church is selling homegrown, local cookbooks. All of the recipes come from members. The cookbook has tried and true recipes. The cost is $20 and all proceeds go to our mission funds. Please call the church 735-5546 or come by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pick up a copy.