Farmers’ Market this week
The Orange County Farmers’ Market has opened for the season and expanded to include Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m., in addition to the usual 6:30-10 a.m. on Saturdays. The market ends when the produce is sold out, which is often earlier than the times shown.
The following items are now available: Watermelon, okra, tomatoes, eggplant, squash (yellow and zucchini), cucumbers, peppers, frozen blueberry juice, blueberry bushes, a variety of jellies, fig and pear preserves, squash relish, pickled vegetables, tomato juice, fresh eggs, and local honey, okra, tomatoes, eggplant, squash (yellow and zucchini), cucumbers, peppers, frozen blueberry juice, blueberry bushes, a variety of jellies, fig and pear preserves, squash relish, pickled vegetables, tomato juice, fresh eggs, and local honey.
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.

BCHS Project Safe Graduation 2010 is underway
Bridge City High School Project Safe Graduation 2012 has officially begun! We are excited about our 2012 seniors and we are ready to begin working on giving them the best Project Graduation. We need the help of the parents and seniors and we cordially invite you to our next meeting at the Bridge City High School Library. The meeting is Monday, July 11 at 7pm. We really hope to see you there! Thanks so much in advance and if you have any questions, please send to our email address

American Legion Post 49 to host fish fry July 7
The American Legion Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will host a fish fry on Thursday, July 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plates will cost $7 and will consist of fish, potato salad, cole slaw, green beans, bread and a dessert.
Deliveries and walk-in’s are welcome. Please call after noon on Wednesday, July 6 and before 9 a.m. on Thursday. For deliveries, call 409-886-9861 or fax 409-886-1241.

BCISD to administer Credit by Examination
Bridge City ISD, in accordance with Chapter 74.24 TAC, will administer the Texas Tech University Credit by Examination Tests. Testing dates will be December 6, 7 and 8, 2011 and June 5, 6 and 7 2012. Students in grades first through fifth will be allowed to take each of the five tests (Math, Science, Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies) at the elementary level without prior instruction. The student must score at least 90 on each of the five four tests to be considered eligible for grade level acceleration. Students in grades sixth through 12 will be permitted to take an examination to earn credit for an academic course for which they have had no prior instruction. Students must score at least 90 on the test to receive course credit. Additional information and registration forms can be obtained by contacting Gina Mannino at:

WOHS Class of 1971 Reunion
The West Orange High School (Chiefs) class of 1971 has scheduled a 40th reunion for Saturday, July 9. The event will be held at the Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. The classes of 1970 and 1972 are also invited to attend.
The following people have not been located: David Block, Dottie Block, Marsha Bridges, Kenneth Brown, Sharon Clark, Dyanne Davidson, Linda Gilmore, Larry LeBlanc, Philip McDaniels, Rhonda Moore, Dee Ann Robak, Gene Sims, Carol Theriot, Earl Trahan, Paul Watson & Larry Whitworth.
For questions, call Carolyn Reese Hankins at 409-886-8618 or Tommy White at 409-886-1176 or email Judy Armstrong Brimm at

American Legion Post 49 to host karaoke night
The American Legion Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will host American Dream Karaoke featuring Patty Ferguson on Saturday, July 9 beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 409-886-9861.

OC Retired Senior Citizens to meet July 11
The Orange County Retired Senior Citizens of Orange County will have their monthly meeting on Monday, July 11 at The Salvation Army Building on MLK and Strickland. The meeting will start at a new time, at 9:30 a.m. The program and meal that had been planned has been cancelled. Instead, bring a covered dish for the noon meal, as usual. We are still collecting soaps for OCS. Also, bring a Bingo prize. All seniors are welcome to attend. Call 409-883-6161 for more information.

WOS Class of ‘81 to host reunion July 15
WOS Class of 1981 will have a 30 year class reunion on Friday, July 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 16 from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday will be a gathering at the West Orange City Hall Community Room, 2700 Western Ave., West Orange. Saturday will be a reunion party at the VFW Hall, N. Hwy. 87, Orange. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door. For more info, contact Debbie Turley Womack at (409) 779-9035 or Martha Waddell Foley at (409) 330-0686 or by visiting the reunion website at

American Legion of host pool tournament
The American Legion Lloyd Grubbs Post 49 in Orange will be hosting a pool tournament every Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight. There is a ten player maximum. The community is encouraged to join in the fun and free food to help support the Veterans. For more information, call 409-330-4847.

Free Diabetes Class Offered in July
Orange County Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes Coalition of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is offering diabetes classes to be held July 18 through July 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in Vidor. This is 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. It is recommended to attend all five classes to receive the full educational benefit of the course. For location and to pre-register contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office at 409-882-7010 or 409-769-2400 ext 7010.

Chevron Retirees Association to meet July 12
The Chevron Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, July 12, at 11:15 a.m. at Robert’s Steakhouse, 3712 W. Park Ave., in Orange. All Chevron, Texaco and Unocal retirees, spouses and guests are cordially invited to attend this meeting for a good “Dutch treat” meal, fellowship, and an update on the latest activities of the CRA.

CASA to offer volunteer training classes
Advocates for Children, Inc. “A CASA Program” will have a volunteer training class beginning July 7 and concluding July 9. It will be 9 a.m until 5 p.m. daily at the Orange CASA office located at 2120 Gloria Dr. For more information call 409-886-2272 or go on-line at There are abused children in our region that need your help!

Heavenly Hearts Charity Pageant set for July 9
The 2011 Heavenly Hearts Summer Kings and Queens Charity Pageant will be held July 9 at the Bridge City Community Center in Bridge City. Entries will be accepted until June 24. Early entries receive large discounts on the entry fee.
Age divisions for boys and girls are from babies through adults with no residency requirement.
Heavenly Hearts is a state registered pageant title.
Crowns, trophies, embroidered sashes, plaques, and gifts will be awarded. Every contestant will receive a tiara.
This pageant will benefit the Bridge City – Orangefield Ministerial Alliance. Contestants and spectators are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food or personal hygiene item to distribute to the needy of the area, and will receive a discount on door admission with their donation.
For more information log on to the web site or check out the Heavenly Hearts Facebook page, or you may e-mail Businesses are welcome to advertise free of charge with a donation of any value to the event.

Rape and Suicide Crisis Center to offer support group meetings
The Rape and Suicide Crisis Center of Southeast Texas will be hosting a support group for female survivors of sexual assault the first and third Wednesday of every month, starting at 5:30 p.m. Meetings will be held at the Foundation of Southeast Texas building, located at 700 North St. in downtown Beaumont.
To RSVP or for further information, please contact the Crisis Center at 409-832-6530.

Last two classes of Stark High School to reunite in July
The classes of 1976 and 1977, the last two years of students who attended Lutcher Stark High School, are planning the 35th Reunion of the Class of ’76, while at the same time merging with the class of ’77.
Events will begin Friday, July 15, for a mixer of students and spouses, with Saturday and Sunday to be days of continued events. A golf scramble is planned for Saturday morning, with a disc jockey and food finishing off the evening events. Sunday brunch will be a morning for final closing.
If you know of anyone who attended those class years and is not aware of the reunion, please contact Denise Simoneaux Simmons at 409-735-6374, or Dana Zoch Mortimer at 409-313-7261. Also, teachers who taught during that time are welcome to attend by contacting the above numbers for information, as well.

Bridge City HS Class of 1991 to hold 20 year reunion
The 1991 graduating class of Bridge City High will hold their 20 year class reunion on the weekend of Aug. 12-13. There will be a private party at Madison’s in Beaumont at 8 p.m. on Aug. 12. A family skating party will be held at Spinnin’ Wheels in Orange at 11 a.m. on Aug. 13. The reunion will end with a party at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13. Early bird ticket prices are $40 for individuals and $75 for couples by June 15. Please go to their web site at for all details. For more information, e-mail Malinda Boudreaux, and Christy Dobranski at

Families Sought to Host High School Exchange Students
SHARE! is looking for HOST PARENTS to host international exchange students for the 2011/2012 fall semester or school year. The students speak English, are covered by medical insurance and have spending money for their personal experiences. Host families provide a bed, meals, as well as friendship, understanding, and a genuine desire to share the American way of life.
SHARE! families are diverse! Traditional two-parent families (with or without children), single parents or adults, and retired couples are wonderful host families. High school aged boys and girls from over 20 countries will be arriving late August to attend local high schools while living with their host family. Persons interested in hosting or obtaining more information can contact Yvette Coffman at 800-941-3738 or visit