AARP income tax assistance available Feb. 1

The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will be offered starting at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 12:15 to 4 p.m. Every Wednesday and Friday through April 15, 2013.

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.


OPH Commission to meet Jan. 8

The City of Orange Historic Preservation Commission will meet for their regularly scheduled meeting 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at the Library Annex Building located at 220 N. Fifth Street. The public is invited to attend.


Orange County Christian Writers Guild to meet

The Orange County Christian Writers Guild (OCCWG) has kicked off their first meeting.  Published Author Francis Collins, writer of “Seashell Prisoners” and Joseph Henry, writer of “Back to the Basics – Its God’s Way or the Highway” were in attendance along with several others.

Several by-laws were passed and they are scheduled to meet from 6 to 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at The Brown Hearing Center, 105 Camellia Street, Orange, Texas. The January meeting will be held on Jan. 8, 2013 due to New Years Day.  The meetings will be held in the building in the back. Those attending are asked to park in the side parking lot, go in the door that is mid-way between the two buildings and up the stairs.

In January, Martha Bush will speak on “Publishing Your Book.” She has recently written a bereavement book but has written and spoke at many different outlets. Chester Moore, a columnist from the Orange Leader, will speak at the February meeting.

For further information, please call Karen Y. Stevens at 409 988-2588 or email to


Chevron, Texaco and Unocal retirees to meet

The Chevron, Texaco and Unocal Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at Robert’s Meat Market and Steak House, located at 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 Paula Tacker, Orange County Extension Agent, on “Diabetes.” Information presented will be useful for those who have diabetes and those who have family members who have diabetes.


American Legion to host lunch fundraiser

The American Legion Post 49 will host their plate lunch fundraiser on from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan 10, 2013.  The cost is $8 per plate and the meal will consist of brisket, link, potato salad, beans, bread and dessert. Walk-ins are welcome, delivery is available. Please call 409-886-1424 after noon on Wednesday, Jan. 9 and before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10 for orders and deliveries.


Bridge City Golden Girls to meet Jan. 8

The Bridge City Golden Girls recently held their annual Christmas Party at Baytown Seafood in Groves. There were eight Red Hat Society members in attendance. Everyone brought a gift and numbers were drawn for the exchange. There were three ladies celebrating December birthdays: Queen Donna Cole, Vice Queen Noel Ogburn and Lady Dorothy Huckaby. Vice Queen Tonya Burns drew the winning number for the hostess gift.

The food was wonderful and everyone had a good time. The club’s next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8 but the place and time have not yet been determined. Anyone interested in joining a ladies club in Bridge City can call Vice Queen Tonya 745-5417 for more information.


Eagles offers activities, pool tournament and hall rental

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th St. in Orange is offering several classes, activities and fundraisers.

Free scrapbook classes are held at 4 p.m. each Tuesday. The community is invited.

Free genealogy classes are offered at 4 p.m. each Wednesday.

The Eagles will host a pool tournament every Friday beginning at 8 p.m. Prize money will given to first and second place winners. Food will be available.

The Eagles have new hours of operation. The Eagles have new hours of operation. They will now be open on Monday’s at 4pm. The hours for the rest of the week remain the same.

Patrons will now enjoy free pool, free popcorn and drink specials Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during special hours.

As always our community is invited to come meet our members and enjoy our facility.

The 63’ X 39’ hall is available for rent. The hall is suitable for all occasions, with an occupancy of 200. The amenities include a band stand, nice dance floor, tables, chairs, large kitchen, wet bar, pool table, and a large parking lot. A bartender and waitress will be provided as needed. The Fraternal Order of Eagles has an excellent location, one block off MacArthur Drive. For more information on any of the activities or rent the hall contact Sharon Bodin at 409-735-8662 or 409-719-7793.


American Legion Club Room now open

The American Legion Club Room, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange will be open at noon, Monday through Sunday, on a trial basis. The American Legion Post 49 is revised their hours to be serve their members and guest. For this venture to be successful, the American Legion is asking for the support and patronage of the community.


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.


Mauriceville AA meets

An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is held each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Mauriceville at the United Methodist Church on Highway 12. For more information call 409-670-6265.


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.

First UMC to host MOPS 

The local Mothers of Preschoolers group (affectionately known as MOPS) invites you to join them one Tuesday a month 9:30 a.m. to noon September through May in the First United Methodist Church Praise Center located on the corner of 5th and Pine.

MOPS is designed to nurture EVERY mother with children from infancy to kindergarten through guest speakers, mentor moments, creative activities, breakfast, discussion time, play groups and more.

Members come from all walks of life, but share one desire—to be great moms!  You don’t have to be a Methodist, just a mom.  Free childcare is provided during meetings.  For more information and dates, please contact FUMC Orange at 409-886-7466 or find more information on the web at or


St. Paul UMC to sell cookbooks

St. Paul United Methodist Church is selling homegrown, local cookbooks. All of the recipes come from members. The cookbook has tried and true recipes. The cost is $20 and all proceeds go to our mission funds. Please call the church 735-5546 or come by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pick up a copy.