Property tax statements mailed
The Orange County Tax Office began mailing the 2010 property tax bills this week. A special payment plan on homestead property is available for 65 and older and qualified disabled taxpayers. For all taxpayers, partial payments are accepted but the total tax due must be paid by Jan. 31 to avoid penalty and interest on any outstanding balance. Included on the statement is an explanation of payment options available.
Payments can be made at the Orange or Vidor tax offices. The Orange office is located in the Administration building of the courthouse complex at 123 S. 6th Street. The Vidor office is located behind the sub-courthouse at 155 Wilson St. Inquiries should be directed to (409) 882-7980 or (409) 769-0064. Both offices have outside boxes where payments can be dropped after office hours.

WOS homecoming tickets on sale
Tickets for the West Orange-Stark Homecoming vs. Orangefield game to be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, will be on sale in the Athletic Office on the following dates and times: Wednesday, Oct. 13 – 1-3 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 14 – 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 15 – 9 a.m.-noon only.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults (reserve) and $2 for students (student section). All tickets at the gate are $5.

Parenting classes offered
Wells of Agape will host parenting classes focusing on behavioral problems 7-9 p.m., every Monday evening at Family Worship Center located at 2300 41st in Orange. (Old Bancroft School room 35)
The first hour will be a teaching session, while the second hour is for the support group.
To register call Donna Wells at (409) 745-4609. A donation is requested instead of a set fee for participation.
Childcare is provided.

Parent Involvement workshop set for Oct. 16 at WO-S MS
West Orange – Cove CISD invites parents of all students in the district to the Parent Involvement workshop “Effective Discipline Techniques for Parents.”
The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at West Orange – Stark Middle School.
All parents are encouraged to participate.

LC Baptist Church to host monthly men’s breakfast
Little Cypress Baptist Church on 3274 Little Cypress Dr. will hold its monthly men’s breakfast on Sat., Nov. 6, at 8 a.m. There is no charge and everyone is invited.

Orange Boat Club elections set for Oct. 16
The Orange Boat Club announces elections for Board of Directors and Officers. All members are encouraged to vote at the boat club on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Links will be served during election time. Any member interested in running for a Board of Director or Officer position. Register at the bar by putting name and desired position in the green notebook.
Oct. 11 was the last day to register for one’s name to be on the official ballot but write-in candidates can still register up until 6:59 a.m. on Oct.16th

St. Paul United Methodist to host ‘Trunk or Treat’ on Oct. 30
St. Paul United Methodist Church will host Fall Fest/Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. at their location, 1155 West Roundbunch in Bridge City.
In addition to the man trunks for the kids to trick or treat from, St. Paul’s will have a cake walk, fire truck, praise team, horseback riding, hay-rides, train rides, photo opportunities, crafts, face painting and washers. There will be popcorn and lemonade for 75 cents each or both for $1. Costumes are encouraged.
Contact St. Paul United Methodist Chruch at 409-735-5546 for more information.

BC Project Graudation
Bridge City Project Gradution will being the Flamingo Flocking on Thursday, Oct. 21. For more information, call 332-9209.

Farmers’ Market open Saturday
The Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 6:30 a.m. until the produce is gone, usually around 9 a.m. in front of Big Lots on MacArthur Drive.
For Oct. 16, the vendors expect to have the following items (subject to garden and weather conditions):
Cucumbers, squash, zucchini, purple hull and speckled purple hull peas (already shelled, blanched and frozen), hot peppers, frozen blueberry juice, frozen muscadines, pickles and a variety of other canned vegetables including okra and tomatoes, salsa, hot sauce, many flavors of jams and jellies, deer sausage and jerky, local honey, fresh eggs, baked goods, and dog cookies.

BCHS Class of 1970 Reunion set
The Bridge City High School Class of 1970 is planning a reunion for Saturday, Nov. 13 at the LaQunita Inn in Bridge City from 5 to 11 p.m.
There will be a reception from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. with light appetizers and drinks. Dinner will start at 6:40 p.m. and after dinner there will be music, dancing and visiting.
The cost is $20 per person.
Anyone interested in attending please contact Debbie Townsend at 409-735-9615 or Barbara Cummings Trahan at 409-720-5493 for more information.

Get your ‘Crow on
Time is running out to enter your family, business, church, school or organization in the Second Annual Scarecrow Festival at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Oct. 15 is the last day to register an entry for the Scarecrow Festival. Don’t miss your chance to dress up a scarecrow to represent you or your organization at Shangri La’s Scarecrow Festival from Oct. 26 to Nov. 27.
“It’s a fun time for businesses, schools, organizations and even families to express themselves in a creative way with their scarecrow design. We encourage everyone to reuse or recycle materials for their design, but the imagination is the limit to what can be created,” said Michael Hoke, Director of Shangri La.
There is no fee to enter a scarecrow into the event, and applications are available at several locations, including the Orange Public Library, the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau, and online at

Bulls and Barrels Oct. 23
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Honey Bears Drill Team will present their Fifth Annual LCM Honey Bear Bulls & Barrels Rodeo on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Orange County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Arena. Gates open 6 p.m. and the event begins at 8 p.m. Bull riding and barrel racing will be featured, along with calf dressing and mutton busting contests. Tickets are $4 for children and $6 for adults.

Theatre Troupe hosts fundraiser
The Orangefield High School Theatre Troupe will host a Garage Sale and Link Sale at Jewel Cormier Park on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  The event will be a fundraiser to raise money to attend convention in November. 
For more information, contact Sydney Crosby at