Little Cypress Lions Club,  Orange Service League, Garth House, The Rainbow Room, Orange Christian Services, Salvation Army and the American Red Cross were recognized in a proclamation by Orange County Commissioners’ Court designating March 8 as “Orange County Charities Day.”

Little Cypress Intermediate and Little Cypress Elementary will hold their annual blood drive and walk on that day to raise money for these charities. “The seven charities were selected because they were the ones our school district routinely turns to when the families have problems and so we really appreciate them stepping out on our behalf,” stated Kelly Meadows, nurse for LCI and chairman of the event.

“We are praying for good weather,” They are hoping to have around 1500 participants with friends and family members invited by students.  For blood donations they are shooting for 100 pints.

Granger Chevrolet is a donation station for the event. Any public donations of items or money should be geared to the seven organizations listed above.

Brent Coons and Gary Richlage gave a short presentation to commissioners on the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS) and how it has cost the county in lost filing fees with the district clerk’s office. It involves banks switching and buying mortgages among themselves without filing in counties the transfers of deeds as required by law and are only accessible to mortgage lenders. Without that access, the public has no way of knowing who owns their note.

“I can tell you MERS has taken filing fees from clerks all over the state. MERS has paid a $26 billion settlement to 26 states in the last year,” said Richlage.

“We have a much more sophisticated Power Point presentation and other things you guys may want to look at on another day,” said Coons.

Patrick Beebe brought to commissioners’ court the unforeseen need to buy new radios due to the new FCC Narrow Band Radio requirements. Beebe had at first thought the radios he currently had would fulfill the need because they were programmable, but discovered the equipment was not programmable within the allowed bands. The new radios would cost $7,500. The department is currently under budget for chemicals because they have not had to start spraying as early as last year. It was decided the radios will be purchased with chemical money. If the chemical budget is depleted later in the year it will be addressed at that time.

Commissioners approved the use of buses for the Sabine River Challenge/Orange County Riverfront Festival beginning Friday March 15. The event will have the use of two busses Friday, three Saturday and one on Sunday. Transportation will be from the parking lots of Shangri La, Lutcher Theater and the Capital One Bank downtown, to the Riverfront Festival.

Clark Slacum informed the court about a third opening for a truck driver and asked permission to fill it. There are two positions that Slacum has already received authorization to fill in March which begins later this week. Commissioners authorized him to fill all three positions from the 28 applicants he has already received and is currently reviewing.

Jonathan Covey announced the Rep. Steve Stockman’s office is open for business 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday and is in the same location as Congressman Brady’s office on Green Ave. The phone number is 409-883-8075.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.