Chevron, Texaco and Unocal retirees to meet 

The Chevron, Texaco and Unocal Retirees Association will meet at 11 a.m. Monday,  April 8, in the banquet hall at Robert’s Steak House, 3720 West Park Avenue, in Orange. All Chevron, Texaco and Unocal retirees, spouses and guests are invited to attend for a good “Dutch treat” meal, fellowship and a presentation by Gilbert Mazzola, a local financial advisor, who will brief us on financial and record-keeping details, especially for seniors, before death or disability.

BC Band Boosters to meet April 9

Bridge City Band Boosters will hold its next monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 in the high school band hall. All band students, grades 6 through 12, and parents are encouraged to attend. Stay up to date on all band booster events by visiting or joining the Bridge City Band Booster Facebook page.

Ameican Legion to host lunch fundraiser

American Legion Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave in Orange, will hold a plate lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. The cost will be $8 per plate. The meal will consist of fried fish, potato salad, cole slaw, green beans, bread and dessert. Walk-in’s are welcome, delivery is also available.

Call 409-886-141 after noon on Wednesday, April 3 and before 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 4 for orders and delivery.

Friends of the Orange Public Library will host annual business meeting

Local author Elisabeth Ludwig will be the program for the annual business meeting of the Friends of the Orange Public Library, scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 in the Ira Williamson meeting room at the library, located at 220 N. 5th Street in Orange. The new meeting time was set by the Board in hopes that more people could come in daylight hours.

Annual Friends membership may be purchased at this meeting, however all meetings are open to the public. Included in the short business meeting will be information on the Orange Public Library’s annual books sale and the Scholastic Book Fair sponsored by the Friends. Anyone interested in working with this volunteer organization is encouraged to leave the name and contact number at the circulation desk of the library.

Ms. Ludwig will have copies of her, “No Safe Harbor” with her for sale and signing.

OC Retired Teachers to meet Monday

The Orange County Retired Teachers Association will hold its April meeting at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013 at the  Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th Street in Orange.

Their guest speaker will be Mark Dunn of The Record Newspapers, sharing information about Orange County History. They continue to collect pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, greeting cards for St. Jude’s and books for the TRTA Children’s Book Project. Members will receive updates about Texas Legislative actions of interest to educators. A light lunch will be served, and guests are always welcome.

BCE Kindergarten Early Registration

Early registration for Bridge City Elementary’s Kindergarten classes will be held from April 8 to April 19.

Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013. A state certified legal birth certificate, up-to-date immunization record, the child’s social security card, parent/guardian driver’s license and proof of residency (electric bill, water bill, rental or lease agreement; cell phone bills and cable bills will not be accepted). This will be the only time for teacher request for all grades.

For more information, please call 409-735-0900.

OC Relay for Life to celebrate cancer survivors

Orange County Relay for Life would like to invite Orange County cancer survivors to an evening of celebration on Tuesday, April 9. The event will include dinner, entertainment, guest speakers, and Survivor recognition.

The Survivor Dinner will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 at the Bridge City Community Center, 105 Parkside in Bridge City.

Relay for Life of Orange County will provide dinner for the survivor and a guest.

Please RSVP to: Beverly Perry, 409-735-7506,

Scottish Society of SETX to meet April 11

The Scottish Society of Southeast Texas will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, located at 1350 N. 23rd St. at Gladys in Beaumont. A covered dish supper will be held followed a review of the book “How the Scots Invented the Modern World,” written by Arthur Herman.

In the 18th and 19th centuries the small country of Scotland earned the respect of the World for its contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce and politics while helping to transform the Western World with modern civilized values.

The Scottish Society of SETX invites anyone interested in the Scots’ culture, land and people to attend their meetings. For more information, please call 409-898-4986.

AARP income tax assistance available 

The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will be offered starting at 12:15 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday through April 15, 2013 at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 12:15 to 4 p.m.

Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following:

All W-2 and 1099 Forms, including Social Security Benefits statements;

Records of Capital gains and losses;

Receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, causality and theft losses, job expenses, sales tax receipts for major purchases and Social Security cards for dependents;

A copy of their 2011 tax return to help the volunteers prepare the 2012 return.

Electronic filing will be available. No tax return will be started after 4 p.m.

David Ess/BC Strutters Annual Golf Tournament set for May 18

David Ess and the Bridge City Strutters will be hosting their annual golf tournament on Saturday, May 18, at Belle Oakes Golf Course in Beaumont. The tournament will have a shotgun start beginning at 8 a.m. (sign-in will be at 7:30a.m.) and will be an 18 hole, four person scramble with prizes awarded.

Entry fee is $200 per team, which includes the green fee, cart, food, drink and prizes. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100, which includes a sign at the golf course and an ad in the Strutters Spring Revue Program. The deadline for hole sponsorship is Monday, April 15.

Tournament entry deadline is Monday, May 6. For more information contact any Strutter or call 720-9940 or 719-6186.

Bridge City Strutter Clinic set for April 20

The Bridge City Strutters will be hosting a dance workshop for Pre-K through eighth grade students. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20 at the Bridge City High School Gym.

The Bridge City Strutters Dance/Drill Team will teach participants stretch technique and a jazz dance. Participants are invited to dance in the Strutters Spring Revue on Saturday, May 4 at the Lutcher Theater in Orange. The cost is $35, which includes a “Future Strutter” t-shirt and Spring Revue ticket.

Registration deadline is Monday, April 15.

For more information, contact any Strutter, or call Amy at 719-6186.

OC Relay for Life to hold monthly Team Captain meetings

The Orange County Relay for Life will holding monthly Team Captain meetings at the Lamar State College – Orange Wilson Building, Room 101.

Team captain meetings are scheduled for Monday, April 22.

All Team Captain meetings are directed at planning for the Orange County Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., May 3 – 4, 2013 at Bridge City High School. This year’s theme is “A Little Bit of Texas, A Whole Lot of Hope.”

Individuals or teams interested in becoming involved with this event are invited to attend the meeting and register on-line at

Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale

The Orange County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale will take place at Cormier Park on FM 1442, in Orangefield. The gates will open at 8 a.m. and close at noon on Saturday, April 6, 2013. There will be a large variety of plants for your choosing including perennials, bedding, tropical, vegetable, herbs, some trees, houseplants and Texas Super Star plants. An “Ask the Master Gardener” booth will be set up for your questions. For more information please visit our website

Lutcher Stark 1953, 1955 class reunion

The Lutcher Stark High School classes of 1953 and 1955 will host a reunion Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at the Sunset Grove Country Club, located at 2200 West Sunset Drive in Orange. Any classmates who graduated in the 1950’s are welcome to attend. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by contacting Wayland Payne at 409-886-2548.

Local AAUW to host book drive

The Orange Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is beginning their annual book drive to collect “gently used” books for their scholarship fund. All books, fiction, non-fiction, hardbound or paper back are acceptable. Books may be delivered to the Mann Insurance Agency located at 1505 Park Avenue at 15th Street during regular business hours. If unable to deliver the books, you may call 886-5739 or 886-2194 to arrange for pickup.

KOCB sells Litter Button banners

Keep Orange County Beautiful hopes to sell 50 banners to local businesses for $25 each promoting their “Litter Button” on their Website: Their hope is that each banner will generate 10 hits of the “Litter Button,” which would mean 500 litterers in the State of Texas would be notified by the Texas Department of Transportation of their illegal activity.

If you see someone littering, take down the time, date and place of the littering and the license plate of the vehicle. Report the activity by going to and hit the litter button. Fill in the information which is then sent to TxDOT.

The offending litterer will be sent a letter reminding them it is illegal to litter in the State of Texas. They will also receive a litter bag for their car and a Don’t Mess With Texas sticker.

To purchase a banner, contact a member of KOCB or visit their Website.

Boy Scouts 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.

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.

Heroines of Jericho to sell turkey legs

The Heroines of Jericho will sell turkey legs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 at the Masonic Lodge, located at 1017 Mills Street in Orange. The sale included a turkey leg and some bread for $7. Please call Phillis at 409-221-2601 or Margaret at 409-313-5043 for more information.

St. Paul UMC selling bricks for Prayer Garden

St. Paul United Methodist Church is continuing plans for its Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Prayer Garden by paving the garden with a brick walkway.  The church is selling bricks that will be engraved with a personal note of the buyer’s choice. These bricks would provide a special way honor family and friends with a history at St. Paul’s. Each brick costs $30. Order forms are located in the St. Paul UMC reception area or can be found on For more information, call the St. Paul office at 409-735-5546.

Starlight COGIC to host WIND Retreat

Registration is underway for WIND Retreat 2013, sponsored by the Women’s Dept. of Starlight Church of God in Christ. The Retreat is scheduled for April 12-14 at the Omni Houston West Hotel. The theme is Joy! Psalms 16:11.  Special Guest include Pastor Elaine Benson of Houston; Evangelist Phyllis Thomas of Sacramento, Calif. and Psalmist Linda Broussard from Starlight. Registration includes two nights stay in a luxury hotel, two full meals, conference bag and material. Registration fees: are Single $325 pp; Double $220 pp; Triple $185 pp; Quad $170 pp; and Teen Girls $99 (based on two adults in room). A deposit of $75 is due by Friday, March 15 and the balance is due no later than Monday, April 1, 2013. For more information call 409-886-4366. Evangelist Josie Lindsey is Director of Women Ministries at Starlight.