WOS ticket sales
The West Orange-Stark Varsity Football game against Friendswood, on Sept. 3, will be played at Deer Park Stadium at 7 p.m.
Tickets will only be on sale on Tuesday, Aug. 31 and Wednesday, Sept. 1 from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. in the athletic qffice. There WILL NOT be any ticket sales on Thursday or Friday this week. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 for students. All tickets at the gate are $8. Please see the directions below.
Deer Park High School – Clyde Abshire Stadium
• Take Interstate-10 west into Houston
• Take exit 781A for Beltway 8 North-South / Sam Houston Pwky. North- South (Will have to pay tolls ($) both ways)
• Keep left at fork, merge onto Beltway 8 S/ Sam Houston Pwky. (Partial toll road)
• Continue on E Sam Houston Tollway S (Toll Road)
• Take the exit toward Red Bluff Rd / Pasadena Blvd. (Partial Toll road)
• Merge onto E Beltway 8 / E Sam Houston Pwky. S
• Turn left at San Augustine Ave.
Deer Park info:

• Visitor parking will be located on the east side of the stadium.

Parking entrances to the visitors side can be accessed from Center

Street and San Augustine.

• Ticket booths open one hour prior to the start of the game. Visitor

ticket booths are located on the east side of the stadium at gates 4

and 5

• If you leave the stadium for ANY REASON, you will have to purchase another ticket to re-enter.

Blood drive hosted by St. Francis
LifeShare Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Sept. 18 at St. Francis Catholic Church, 4300 Meeks Dr., Orange.
Two Walmart gift cards will be awarded to two blood donors.
For more information contact Donna Scheer at (409) 883-9153.

OC Hay Show Testing
The Annual Orange County Hay Show will be held on Saturday, Oct.30, in conjunction with the Annual Southeast Texas Beef Symposium and Trade Show at Ford Park in Beaumont. Testing of the hay samples will be conducted prior to the Symposium. The Chambers, Hardin, Jefferson and Liberty County hay testing campaigns will also be held at the same time.
All samples will have a complete analysis run, including percents of the following, crude protein, digestible protein, fiber, estimated TDN, energy, etc. It is important for you to know if your hay is adequate to meet the needs of your animals or if supplements will be required. Individuals who purchased hay will be able to submit their hay samples for analysis. This portion of the hay testing campaign will offer a “Hay Purchased” category and the opportunity to have their hay analyzed free. They must complete and attach the identification tag with red ink., which will be available at the the drop off locations. All hay samples must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 1. For a complete list of the rules, regulations and drop off locations, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension at (409)882-7010.

Free Diabetes Class in September
Orange County Diabetes Prevention, Awareness and Health Education Program presents “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” a free educational program for people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
The primary goal is to help participants learn how to manage their blood glucose in the ranges recommended by the American Diabetes Association.
Classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday for three weeks. The class dates are Sep. 20, 21, 27, 28 and Oct. 4, 5 in Vidor.
For location and to pre-register contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office at (409) 882-7010.

Diabetes Support Group to meet
Texas AgriLife Extension will be offering “Diabetes on a Dime,” meals for the family that fit into a diabetes meal plan, yet everyone will enjoy at the September support group meeting. The meeting will be held from noon till 1 p.m., Sept. 7 at the Sabine House in Orange. Lunch will be provided.
To pre-register, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension office at 409-882-7010.

AAUW annual brunch Sept. 11

The Orange Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be holding their annual Membership Brunch from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Sept. 11 at 2912 Fairway Dr., in the Country Club subdivision off of Sunset. All interested persons are encouraged to attend and learn what AAUW has to offer them and their community.
Contact Anne Payne, branch president, (409)313-7575, or Lois Ferrell, (409) 886-2194, brunch chairwoman, for any and all questions.

OC Retired Teachers to meet
The next meeting of the Orange County Retired Teachers Association will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 13 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th St., Orange. A covered dish luncheon is included. Shaun Davis from Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission will be the guest speaker.

WOS Project Grad meetings
The West Orange-Stark Seniors of 2011, their parents and families are invited to attend Project Graduation meetings at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the high school lecture room. The meetings will continue, same time, day and place until further notice. Note: participation points will apply.

WOCCISD Early Release Sept. 3
West Orange – Cove CISD schools will observe an early release on Friday, Sept. 3. North Early Learning Center and West Orange – Stark Elementary campuses will release at 11:30 a.m. West Orange – Stark High School and West Orange – Stark Middle School will release at 12:15 p.m.
Buses will run.

Donation requests unauthorized
Bridge City Superintendent Dr. Jamey Harrison informs area businesses the companies may come seeking donations in return for Cardinal footballs, cups, etc.
The school does not receive any portion of this donation.
If you want to make sure the school receives the money, don’t donate to anything that does not come from the district itself.

“Holiday in the Park” booths available
The City of West Orange is now making plans for its annual “Holiday in the Park” festival.
The festival will be a one-day event (10 a.m. – dark) held on Saturday, Nov. 6 and will be held in Seale-Alford Plaza, next door to West Orange City Hall, 2700 Western Avenue.
It’s a home-town, community festival bringing in people to celebrate the holiday season. The event will have food booths, craft booths, children’s activities and local entertainment.
Booth sites are available for vendors at a cost of $30 for non-electrical and $50 for electrical. Booths will be rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-electrical booths will be 14’x 14’ while electrical booths will be 20’ x 14’.
Booth space is limited, so earlier reservations have better booth locations.
The City of West Orange reserves the right to the sale of all carbonated beverages. No alcohol of any kind will be sold at, or allowed on, the festival grounds.
Rules and regulations, as well as a site map and registration form can be found on the city’s website located at www.cityofwestorange.com. Click on the “Holiday in the Park” link in the left column.
For further information, or to reserve a booth space, contact West Orange City Hall at 409-883-3468.

“There is One in Every Family”on sale now
Four African-American men living in everyday America dealing with real person struggles is the focus of “There Is One In Every Family.” It is an exciting and stimulating drama that positively accents their lives.
Love conquers all and time heals all wounds; but what happens when love is not enough and time runs out?
The only common denominator that ties four brothers together is the love they share for their Mama Cora. The expectation at her funeral is for everyone to put their feelings and differences aside for one weekend so that their mother can be laid to rest.
Easier said than done; for in the midst of mourning the brothers must dig deep to work through lies, betrayal and a family secret that is sure to tear the already grieving family to pieces.
Starring Gospel Recording Artist Ms. Shirley Murdock. Co-starring: Curtis Von, Jalene Mack and Port Arthur’s own Dwight Wagner.
Curtain rises at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 23 at the Jefferson Theatre. Ticket prices are $32.50 or $28.50
For additional information, call (409) 838-3435 ext. 1

LSC-PA SBDC plans September event
The Lamar State College-Port Arthur Small Business Development Center will present one free “Starting Your Own Business” workshop during September.
SBDC consultant Conrad Cooper will lead the Tuesday, Sept. 14, workshop from 6-9 p.m. to noon at the LSC-PA Small Business Development Center, 1401 Procter Street.
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.

Rear admiral to speak at ‘Salute’ event
Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry of the U.S. Coast Guard will speak at the LIT Foundation’s ninth annual “A Salute to the Real American Heroes” at 6 p.m. on Sept. 9.
The event will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Dr., in Beaumont.
Cooks’ 2 Dozen +, Inc., will provide the meal for the evening.
Landry serves as the commander of the 8th Coast Guard District and commander of Task Force 189.8 in New Orleans, La. She is responsible for U.S. Coast Guard operations covering 26 states and 1,200 miles of coastline from Florida to Mexico.
Previous to becoming commander of the 8th district, Landry was the Coast Guard’s director of governmental and public affairs, stationed at the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C.
Her military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, 9-11 Medal and Achievement Medal.
Proceeds from the “Salute” provide scholarships for students pursuing careers in programs in the Department of Public Service and Safety. Individual tickets are $50 each.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, call (409) 880-2956.

Change for WOS 9th/JV game
The West Orange-Stark freshmen and jr. varsity football game vs. Memorial has changed. It will be played at the Dan R. Hooks Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 2.
Freshmen will play at 5 p.m., while jr. varsity plays at 7 p.m.

Novel class offered
If you’ve ever thought about writing a novel, join Port Neches author, Kent Conwell, member of the Golden Triangle Writers Guild, who will conduct a six-week “Writing the Novel” class at Lamar University Continuing Education from 6-8 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Sept. 14-Oct. 19 at the Beaumont downtown library.
Conwell has published over fifty westerns and mysteries as well as articles for local newspapers.
By the end of the course, a student will have developed characters and plot, written a premise, a beginning, an ending, and an outline for the middle of the novel.
Tuition is $79. Register with Rhonda at 409-880-2233.

Anniversary Sale at Thrift and Gift
Thrift and Gift’s 37th Anniversary Sale begins Sept. l and continues through Sept. 30, featuring collectible items.  Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving merchandise is also on display. Clothing and books are reduced to half their marked prices. 
Take a chance on the new quilt to be awarded mid-December. 
Thrift and Gift is open 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and is located at 350-37th Street, Orange. For more information call 886-7649.

Project Graduation meeting at WOS
The West Orange-Stark Seniors of 2011, their parents and families are invited to attend Project Graduation meetings at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the high school lecture room. The meetings will continue same day, place, and time until further notice. Note: Participation points will apply.

OC Dems to meet
The Orange County Democratic  Party will be having the September monthly meeting  at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 14 at the 128th District Court in the county courthouse. 801 W. Division Street.
Everyone have a Safe and Happy Labor Day.

OC Seniors to meet
The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens will meet at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 13 at the Salvation Army on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Strickland Drive.
Bring a covered dish for the noon meal. Each member is asked to bring a Bingo prize. Soaps are still being collected for Orange Christian Services.
All seniors are welcome to attend. For further information, call 883-6161.
Bengal Guards meeting Sept. 17
The Lutcher Stark Bengal Guards, years from 1935 to 1944, will have their meeting on Friday, Sept. 17 at The Southern Magnolia Tea Room on Strickland Drive in Pinehurst.
All members are urged to attend. The meeting will start at 11 a.m.

Firefighter retirement reception
The Orange Fire Department will be honoring Firefighter Kevin Warnell 2 – 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Fire Station #3 located at 1717 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
Warnell is retiring after over 22 years of dedicated service to the Orange Fire Department.