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All in All it's Just Another Groppel On the Wall
Stick it to the Man! BCHS Student Council is raising money for the Children's Miracle Network. Bridge City High School Principal Dr. Lance Groppel graciously agreed to be duct taped to the wall at a $1 a strip. Student Council has hosted various fund raisers such as Stop the Music (where song was played between classes until $500 was raised), teacher scavenger hunt where $81 was raised, and Student Council will also be hosting a Dance Marathon, Saturday, April 18. The goal is $5000 and they have raised $2300 so far.

LaDonna Bell of Orange was presented the Leonard Davis Award during the Governor’s 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program. The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. “We’re grateful for the efforts of these award recipients,” said Livingston. “These everyday heroes are making a profound and lasting impact on the lives of individuals across the State of Texas.” The award is named in recognition of Leonard Davis who passed away in 2009. He was the honored recipient of this award in 2005, 2007, 2008 and posthumously in 2010 when the award was renamed in his honor. Mrs. Bell is the wife of retired chaplain George Bell and served as a volunteer with him before his retirement and continues to this day. Her volunteerism is essential to managing the administrative aspects of the chaplain’s office at the Stiles Unit in Beaumont. She manages phones and sorts mail for the 3,000-bed offender unit while also assisting correctional staff with other duties. She has contributed more than 1,550 hours to TDCJ during fiscal year 2014. When not volunteering at the Stiles Unit, Mrs. Bell enjoys bowling and camping with her family. Mrs. Bell is one of 16 individuals and 5 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims. In FY2014, there were 21,492 volunteers who served a total of 427,345 hours.

Orange County has had a new Emergency Management Director since the retirement of Jeff Kelley in January.  County Judge Brint Carlton appointed Ryan Peabody who attended college with him to the position.  Peabody moved here from California and has been active the last three months getting familiar with the new position as well as the Orange County area.  Peabody said, “It’s been very busy there’s been a lot of work to get done, we’re primarily focused on getting prepared for hurricane season and working on getting prepared for any other emergencies that may arise.”  Peabody has attended the National Hurricane Conference earlier this month and will coordinate an emergency training course at the Orange County Expo Center the first week of May.  Judge Carlton picked Peabody for the job of Emergency Management Director for Peabody’s experience in contracts and grants.  Peabody stated, “My particular expertise is in contracts and review of contracts.  I’m working very hard to mitigate our unfunded liabilities going forward toward hurricane season.  One of the largest expenditures the county has is debris cleanup and debris management.  I will be working toward getting our maximum reimbursement in the event that we need to activate debris contracts and to try to minimize the amount of money the county would spend in the event that we need to evacuate, clean up, and come back.”  Hurricane season is less than two months away.

"Family Night" at the Pavilion in downtown Orange scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled.

 -  Wednesday was not an easy workday for the Orange Police Department. Besides robberies and burglaries, they had to deal with a drunken man with a rifle and a hallucinating man wearing undershorts. A passerby called police at 5 to say a man was standing on a front porch with a long gun and arguing with someone. Lt. W.C. Smith reported he went to the house in the 400 block of Cypress Avenue. A man was outside and showed the officer a rifle in a bedroom. Lt. Smith said he took the gun for safety. The resident of the house had passed out on a couch. When the officer woke him, the man said he had had "a large amount of vodka." Lt. Smith took the .22 caliber Remington rifle to the police station for safe keeping.
 -  Baptist Hospital Orange called police at 1:25 a.m. Wednesday to report that a man in the emergency room had stripped to his underwear and then walked out. He appeared to be intoxicated. Officer Brice Due reported he saw the man down Strickland Drive by the Family Dollar Store. The man was wearing undershorts and holding jeans in his hands. Officer Due said the man was pointing at the ground and asking if he could see things that were not there. The man had a parole warrant issued from Austin; so Officer Due arrested him. Then the man complained of chest pains. Acadian Ambulance Service arrived. The man went back to the hospital to be checked before he was taken to the Orange County Jail.
 -  Police went to a pawn shop on 16th Street Tuesday afternoon when a resident of Yupon Road reported he had found items stolen from him. The man had about $300 worth of power tools taken from his garage. Another burglary was reported early Thursday morning from the 4400 block of 27th Street. A man said $3,000 in power tools were missing from his truck.
 -  An armed robbery occurred Wednesday night in the Ridgemont neighborhood on the west side of the City of Orange. The robbery was reported at 9:08 p.m. from the Autumn Oak Apartments, 3333 Ridgemont Drive. According to Officer J.L. Goins, a gunman with his face covered came up to a car as it parked in the lot. A couple and their daughter were inside. The gunman pointed the gun at the family and demanded money. He got a small amount of cash plus a cell phone and then ran away. The robber was described as a tall, thin black man with a hat or scarf around his head. He was wearing a red shirt and had shirt pulled up over his face. He was also wearing dark pants and had a black semi-automatic pistol.
 -  A smash and grab burglary occurred Tuesday afternoon at a house in the 3600 block of Hemlock Street. The homeowner told police she had been gone about an hour. She returned at 2:50 p.m. to find that a brick had been thrown through a bedroom window. Cash from a drawer was stolen. The same method was used to burglarize the house of one of the men who complained to the City Council.

Orange County Sheriffs Posse Rodeo Postponed to May 8-9

The Perry and Jennifer Seppi Family have received the "Library Family of the Year" Award. For over 20 Years American Association of University Women has honored a family that best exemplifies "Reading Expands Your World" in conjunction with the Orange Public Library. The Seppi children are: Katie, Larry Dominic Regina, Cecilia and Vincent.

Dan Newcomb and Mike Hohls from Camarillo, California, are flying a vintage Navy training plane across the country to a Florida air show. They landed at the Orange County Airport Wednesday evening and they were staying overnight with Clinton and Vivian Smith. The airplane is a Beechcraft T-34 Mentor. The model was used from the 1950s to the 1970s to train new pilots. The student pilot sat in the front with the trainer behind him in the two-seater. Newcomb and Hohls will join with pilots of similar craft to fly in formation for the air show.
 

A chase that started on Interstate 10 in Louisiana Wednesday morning traveled through Orange and Jasper counties before the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse wrecked south of Burkeville in Newton County. The chase went nearly 130 miles and lasted about an hour and 26 minutes. The driver, 23-year-old Talandis O. Cotton of Port Allen, Louisiana, is now in the Calcasieu Parish Correction Center for a number of charges including possession of methamphetamine. His total bond is $500,000. In addition, he is on probation for possession of methamphetamine and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has a hold on him.
A Louisiana State Police trooper first tried to stop the car on Interstate 10 about two-and-a-half miles from the Texas border at 7:41 a.m. for a traffic violation. In a news release, Troop D reported that when the trooper got out of his vehicle, the driver of the Eclipse sped away. The Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies took over the chase in Texas. Louisiana State Police report the driver of the car threw a package out of the car about three minutes into the crash. Troopers found the package and it contained methamphetamine. After the car traveled through the city of Orange on the interstate, it turned north on Highway 62 and went through Mauriceville and Buna. Then it turned north on Highway 96 and traveled through Kirbyville and the city of Jasper. The driver swerved around spiked sticks that had been set up in Jasper. From Jasper, the car went on Highway 190 North and ended up on Highway 87 in Newton County before the car went out of control and crashed about 8:05 a.m. Troop D reported that medical personnel checked Cotton and he was taken before a Texas magistrate before being returned to Louisiana. The Louisiana charges against him are possession of methamphetamine, obstruction of justice, aggravated flight from an officer, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, improper display of a license plate, crossing a highway median, driving left of center, disregarding a stop sign, passing on the shoulder, expired motor vehicle inspection, defective vehicle equipment and intentional littering.

A state district court jury on Tuesday found 39-year-old Chauncey David Miller guilty of deadly conduct and decided he should spend six years in prison for the felony. Miller was indicted in connection with shooting outside the McDonald's Restaurant on Highway 62 at 3:30 on a Saturday morning last July. Two employees said they had gone outside in the back to smoke cigarettes. They thought they heard fireworks until a window shattered and they realized it was gunfire. They ran inside and hid until police arrived. Police found two broken windows and a bullet in a brick. Police were led to Miller's house on Happy Home Drive off the north side of Interstate 10. Testimony showed Miller had a gun and had been seen riding a bike near the McDonald's.

Two longtime homeowners in the Ridgemont subdivision complained about the crime in their neighborhood during the Orange City Council meeting this morning. Robert Patterson said that senior citizens have been targeted in "smash and grab burglaries." “I think it’s a serious problem that people need to address,” he said.
Elvin Blanchard said he and his wife left on a Saturday afternoon to go to his grand-niece's birthday party. When they returned a window was broken and a brick was in their living room. Items had been stolen. He said he's afraid to leave the house because the crooks might return. In December, a drug-related shootout occurred at a house on Ridgemont Drive. Police at the time said three people from Houston invaded a house where drugs were being sold. Two of the invaders were shot with one dying in the front yard. The other invader and a man inside the house were seriously injured.
Both said the problems were coming from people living in rental properties who had no ties to the neighborhood. Patterson said he had hoped more homeowners would have come to the council meeting, but most of them were working. The Ridgemont subdivision, like the adjacent Roselawn subdivision, was built in the 1950s and 1960s for middle-class families.
Blanchard said the person next door to him keeps five dogs inside the house and in the yard when it’s raining. He can hear them all hours of the day and night. He’s called police but they can’t do anything. He said recently the occupants opened the garage door and washed out dog waste.
Patterson said he is concerned someone is going to get hurt, either a victim or the criminal. He added that he's glad Texas has liberal gun laws.
He asked council members to get reports police on where crime is happening and isolate the problem areas.
Because they spoke during the comments part of the meeting and the subject was not on the agenda, council members could not respond.
Assistant City Manager Jay Trahan, who sat in for City Manager Shawn Oubre, who was absent, got the men's phone numbers so city officials can talk with them.
Mayor Pro Tem Theresa Beauchamp presided over the meeting in the absence of Mayor Jimmy Sims. Councilmember Larry Spears was also absent. The other members unanimously approved giving a break to Conrad Orange Shipbuilding in buying a piece of property on Border Street. The owner of the lot at 811 Border Street owes $7,330 in back taxes and the city has a $7,100 lien on the property to pay for the costs of demolishing the dilapidated house and keeping the lot mowed. City Planning Director Kelvin Knauf said the company will pay the back taxes and was asked the city to waive the lien. Knauf said the city had expended the money on the demolition and mowing but suggested waiving $2,000 in interest. Councilmember Bill Mello suggested having Conrad pay only half of the lien as a way of helping economic development. The rest of the council agreed. Knauf said the company plans to build administrative offices on the land.

On Wednesday, April 15, the Little Cypress Junior High Mixed choir attended the annual Region 10 UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest. The choir prepares three pieces from a graded list of repertoire to perform for a panel of three judges who give written comments and rate the performance using a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the best possible rating. After the concert performance, the choir then goes to another panel of judges where they are given a piece of music that they have never seen before. They are given six minutes to study the music and receive instructions from their director before they have to sing the piece for the judges who again give written comments and rate the performance. If each panel of judges scores’ average out to a 1st division rating, groups are awarded the coveted Sweepstakes Trophy. For the first time in almost 20 years, the Little Cypress Junior High Choir received a Sweepstakes Trophy for their UIL performance. Attached are the performers that spent months in preparation for this performance. They are: Front Row L – R: Mrs. Teague, Molly Gericke, Grace Walters, Connor Reno, Zachary Sims, Declan Kendall, Tyren Dews, Aidan Croaker, Marcus Barlow. Middle Row: Ashten Higginbotham, Bri Frenzel, Rachel Belcher, Haley Votava, Julian Purgahn, Maggie Pigg, McKenzie Guillory. Back Row: Shelby Smith, Sydney Peet, AuBree LeJeune, Melanie Cupp, Elizabeth Johns, Kenzi Hillin, Kayla Lingo and Gianna Gardner.

Mack Brady Meadows, 64, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being captured on Apr. 10 in Orange County. Meadows, who is a high-risk sex offender, was wanted for parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender. The arrest was the result of a tip, and a reward up to $3,000 will be paid. After an investigation based on tip information, DPS Criminal Investigations Division (CID) Special Agents, along with the Texas Highway Patrol, located and arrested Meadows without incident in Vidor.

Acadian Ambulance will remain the ambulance service for the City of Pinehurst. City Administrator Joe Parkhurst presented a sample contract to the city council Tuesday morning which represented no change from the current service provided by Acadian Ambulance and regulated by a coalition of local cities headed by Orange. Parkhurst wanted to get the council’s opinion if they like the current service provided by Acadian or whether it would prefer to go it on their own with another ambulance service. Pinehurst Mayor Pete Runnels formerly served as county judge and the county created its own ambulance service. Mayor Runnels explained the history behind the Orange County Ambulance Service, but added that even though Acadian has a monopoly it is working, and Pinehurst working with other cities in the area is a good idea. The city council tabled any action on the contract until its next meeting when Parkhurst will present the new official contract with Acadian Ambulance for the council’s approval. Pinehurst will be getting some new affordable rental property in the near future. Jay Davil addressed the Pinehurst City Council Tuesday about his plan to build six duplexes, each about 544 square feet, on Raven Street. Davil plans to rent the duplexes and include a park area on the grounds to encourage picnics and group outings. Davil told the city council he intends to build the duplexes one at a time and use the rental from each completed duplex to help pay for the building of the next one. He admitted he is not rich, but does have some entrepreneurship about him. City Code Enforcement Officer Harry Vine has been working with Davil. Vine informed the city council the planned rental property will replace a manufactured housing park and does not require any council action. Vine stated that the development of the property should increase in value over time which will be a benefit to the city and to Davil. The city council encouraged Davil to proceed with the application for permits to build the duplexes.

Landlords of rental properties in West Orange may not be happy with two ordinances approved Monday evening by the city council. At least one landlord Pete Amy is opposed to both ordinances. The first ordinance requires landlords to pay $50 for an annual registration and inspection for each of their rental properties. The second ordinance puts the responsibility for garbage collection on property owners. This means if a garbage bill is not paid for a rental property the landlord will be held responsible. Amy spoke against both ordinances at the council meeting. Amy believes the ordinance requiring inspections should be extended to home owners as well. The garbage collection ordinance Amy said was aimed at landlords and that when a public hearing was held he remembers no one who spoke in favor of it. Dale Dardeau said a committee held four meetings and a public hearing on the first ordinance before bringing it to the city council. Dardeau commented that landlords that keep their properties in good shape should have no problem with the first ordinance, but it is necessary for West Orange to be able to maintain a certain standard. Mayor Roy McDonald informed the council that of 134 previous delinquent garbage bills, 96 were on rental properties. McDonald then gave the totals for delinquent bills during the most recent billing cycle of March 15-17 which had 74 of 110 delinquent bills were on rental properties. McDonald reminded the council that rental properties that fall behind in their bills are just left vacant. Amy spoke after the meeting stating that if the city enforced the original ordinance garbage collection would have been cutoff after 30 days of delinquent billing. Mayor McDonald suggested to Amy that landlords can just raise rents to compensate for the annual registration and inspection fee while also adding the cost of garbage collection. Amy had some good news Monday as the city council approved removing his two properties on Boston Street from the substandard housing list which were due for condemnation and then to be demolished by West Orange.

If you like your flamingos plastic and your humor raunchy, "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" is right up your double-wide. This energetic musical plays on a lot of stereotypes but will surprise you with the quality of its original songs and the often uproariously funny - if more than a little profane - lyrics and dialogue. You'll need to park any passion for political correctness at the gate (and leave your children at home) when you enter Armadillo Acres! Showing at Orange Community Players this April! But if you're up for some shallow, good-natured fun featuring America's working class singing, dancing and spouting derisive humor, then Armadillo Acres is the place you want to be. "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" is April 16-18 & April 23-25 at 7:37p.m. With Sunday matinees on April 19 & 26 at 2:37p.m. General Admission for $15 adults and $10 students. www.orangecommunityplayers.com or 409-882-9137

The Bridge City American Legion Post 250 sponsored two high school juniors to participate in this years “Boys State” program. The two selected are Casey Smith of Orangefield and Conner Guillotte of Bridge City. The boys will be in Austin from June 7th thru June 12th.The boys and their parents met with Post Commander Mike Reilly, and Adjutant Arlene Howland, and Post members at the Circle Drive Baptist Church for a briefing and pictures. American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. Participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of citizens. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus, and recreational programs. High school juniors are selected by local school faculties and American Legion posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by the sponsoring American Legion Post. Only boys with outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty, and service to their schools and community are considered and must have successfully completed their junior year of high school with at least one more semester of high school remaining.

The Flood Damage Prevention Order with the new Board of Adjustment and Appeals was approved Monday by the Commissioners Court on a vote of 3 to 2. The Court also held a workshop Monday to hear public comments on the proposed Board of Adjustment and Appeals. Vidor land developer Sonny Stevenson who may have the first hearing before the appeals board expressed his belief during the workshop that citizens like him do not have a fair chance with an appeal. Stevenson concluded his statement by implying the appeal was like a poker game and the whole thing was stacked against him. Assistant District Attorney Doug Manning was in attendance at the workshop and did not appreciate the insinuation that he would represent Orange County while unfairly trying a case before a government board. Manning cited that one of the main reasons for the establishment of the appeals board was to hear Stevenson’s appeal of a suit by Orange County because Stevenson excavated an area of his property before he had gotten the proper permit. Manning added that Stevenson is also being sued by the Environmental Protection Agency for his action. Orange County is suing Stevenson to return his property which has been deemed wet lands by FEMA to its previous condition.

On Monday, April 13 at 12:44 p.m. Pinehurst Police Officer C.D. Cowart conducted a traffic stop in the 2500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Pinehurst. A white male passenger in the vehicle immediately exited the vehicle and fled into the wooded area directly in front of the West Orange Stark Elementary School. Officers from Pinehurst, West Orange, City of Orange and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department converged on the area and attempted to contain the subject in the wooded area. After searching the area, the subject, who has been tentatively identified, was not located. Pinehurst Police Chief Fred R. Hanauer III issued a lock down of the elementary school at the onset of the incident, which lasted about 45 minutes. The subject, whose identity has not been released, has an outstanding Parole Warrant and will face additional felony charges of Evading Arrest due to prior convictions. The driver of the vehicle was issued citations for the original traffic offenses and released.

Just after lunch on April 11 two vehicles collided in the 110 block of FM 1130. Kathy Lundy, 61 of Orange was driving her black Kia Optima south on 1130 when she told police that she fell asleep and crossed the center lane, striking a Honda Passport, driven by 29 year old Santana Warren of Orange. Both drivers were transferred to a Beaumont hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

After holding a workshop on employee policies the Commissioners Court Monday considered taking action on them during its regular meeting. Commissioner John Banken expressed the belief that more information was needed before the court should take any action. Banken stated the commissioners needed to await budget figures from the county auditor, needed to receive information on insurance from the director of Human Resources, and strongly suggested more workshops on all the items. The court voted unanimously for Banken’s motion to take no action on any of the six items at this time and suggested the county judge schedule more workshops. Commissioners were not in total agreement on approving the amended Flood Damage Prevention Order. Commissioner Jody Crump likes the new Board of Adjustment and Appeals, but not the Flood Damage Prevention Order itself. Crump added that the commissioners had worked to get the appeals board, but this was the first time he had a chance to vote on the flood prevention order, and he did not like it. Banken joined Crump in opposing the order which was approved by a vote of 3 to 2, Commissioners Barry Burton and David Dubose with County Judge Brint Carlton supporting it. County Judge Carlton was appointed to serve on the negotiating committee for collective bargaining with the Sheriff’s Department Union. Judge Carlton says negotiations have been stalled and he would like to see them started again. The judge would like to resolve the negotiation without having to go to court or arbitration.

The Commissioners Court had a full courtroom to discuss employees’ benefits and policies during a workshop Monday morning. The Court looked at six employee policies: the pay matrix for elected officials; mobile devices and cellular service; vacation; sick time buy back; life insurance; and medical insurance to coordinate with Medicare for eligible retirees. All generated comments, but it was agreed the most expensive item is the county policy of buying back sick time from employees retiring. County Judge Brint Carlton said the county must address paying for the expense of this policy over the next two decades. Judge Carlton believes the county may have to raise taxes, make modifications to the current buy back policy, or do away with it altogether to make the budget balance. Orange County is the only county in the state with the policy, although Tyler does a modified version that it has taken almost 20 years to pay off with just a handful of employees left in the system. Commissioner John Banken said it was an issue the court needs to address, but he was against cutting the benefit completely for county employees. Banken emphasized he would be against any change in the policy that did not at least grandfather in the current hours earned by employees even if means paying for it over the next 20 years.

This 2008 Chevy Colorado was stolen from the Tractor Supply store in Orange on Sunday.  The license plate is BS8 7455.  If you see it please call the Orange Police Dept. at 883-1026.


DuPont reported emissions of ethylene at Sabine River Works resulting in the shutdown of the No. 2 recycle compressor on Friday, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. A compressor relief valve opened and released ethylene, requiring operators to isolate and clear the unit for repair. DuPont produces ethylene and polyethylene at the site.

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce announced the Students of the Month for April at their Networking Coffee on April 14th hosted by Serendipity Chicks located at 2011 Texas Ave, Bridge City. Conner Wilbur was chosen as the Bridge City High School Student of the Month and Brandy Ehrlich was chosen as the Orangefield High School Student of the Month. Ehrlich is the daughter of Robert and Melanie Ehrlich. She is ranked number 7 out of 138 with a 3.98 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Brandy’s awards and honors include: volleyball All District Honorable Mention in 2014 and First Team All District in 2015; basketball, All District Honorable Mention 2013-2014; track, 100 meter hurdle district champion and regional qualifier in 2013, and 300 meter district champion and regional qualifier in 2014. Brandy’s clubs and organizations include: Senior class treasurer, Junior class parliamentarian, St. Helen’s Youth Leadership Board as well as varsity volleyball, basketball, and track. Brandy’s community service includes: St. Helen Church: helping build a Rosary Garden, volunteering at Vacation Bible School, helping in the Soup Kitchen, and working as a babysitter and at the annual Spaghetti Dinner. Fred Cascio, Senior AP English teacher, says, “It is a pleasure to have Brandy Ehrlich in my class. This is her third year as my student, and each year I am more delighted than the previous one. Brandy is an exceptional student: always on task, always prepared, and always a joy to have in class.” Brandy will attend Texas A&M University where she will major in business and pursue a career in law. Wilbur is the son of Thomas and Denise Wilbur. Conner is ranked 54 of 183 with a GPA of 3.77. Conner’s awards and honors include Glenn Pearson Basketball Scholarship Recipient, American Legion Boy’s State Participant, Regional Qualifier in High Jump and 300m Hurdles, Area Qualifier in 110m Hurdles and 1600m Relay, Captain of 2014-2015 Cardinal Basketball Team, Qualified and participated in 2014 Junior Olympics, 2014 District Silver Medalist in High Jump, 110m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles and 1600m Relay. Conner’s community service includes being Special Olympics Coach. Tony Knight, DAEP Coordinator, Head Boys Basketball Coach said, “Conner sets the standard for what a model student-athlete should be. He never misses practice, always has a positive attitude, is energetic 100% of the time and is extremely well-mannered." Conner will attend Stephen F. Austin State University where he will major in secondary education and kinesiology. He also plans to participate on the SFASU track and field team. Ultimately, he plans to be a high school teacher and track coach. Both students of the month received gift certificates and gifts from: The Classy Peacock, Walmart, Wellspring Credit Union, Tiger Rock Martial Arts, Central Office Supply, Sabine Federal Credit Union, Michele Michelle Salon and Spa, Little Caesars Bridge City, Jolie Moi and Serendipity Chicks
 

Congratulations to Jessica Eatman from Orangefield.  She outperformed hundreds of other young women to earn one of the 35 spots as a Houston Texan cheerleader for the 2015 season.

Here are your new WOS Fillies Drill Team Captains for 2015-16 school year. From Left: Lieutenant Christa McDonald, Captain Avelia Self, Major Breanna Istre, Lieutenant Elaysia Thornton, First Lieutenant Dajana Adams

Art in the Park will be Saturday May 2 at Stark Park in downtown. The annual arts festival was canceled on the original date of March 21 because of heavy rain. Ashley Mahana, director of the City of Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau, the sponsor of the event, said the $20 fee for space rental is being waived. She said it's a way to make up for the inconvenience to the artists because of the cancellation. Some limited space may be available if the people who had reserved booths decide not to come, she said. Mahana is contacting the ones who had made reservations. Art in the Park features a wide variety of artwork from paintings, sculptures, photographs, books, jewelry, crafts and more. The festival is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include live music. The Night and Day Band, featuring big band and jazz classics, will play from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Traveling Roads is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then Ruxpins rock band will start at 1:30 to 3 p.m.

On Saturday, April 11 the LCM HS Academic won the District 24-4A Academic Sweepstakes Award. Point totals were Little Cypress-Mauriceville 363, Orangefield 292, Bridge City 234, Hamshire-Fannett 215, Hardin-Jefferson 158, Silsbee 119, West Orange-Stark 99. Composite results for all events here.

The LCM UIL Prose/Poetry team had a great showing at the District 24-4A Academic Meet, held at Orangefield High School this past weekend. Five of the six readers advanced to finals and placing in Prose Finals are: Connor Alexander - 4th Place, alternate to Region, Triston Stringer - 3rd Place, advancing to Region, Tyler Regan - 1st Place - advancing to Region. Placing in Poetry Finals are: Alex Borel - 1st Place - advancing to Region, Mariah Blair - 3rd Place - advancing to Region. The LCM team takes four of the six available spots to 4A Region III Competition on April 25 at Sam Houston State University. Additionally, the group, combined with other speaking events, took the First Place Speech team award and LCM High School won the District 24-4A Academic Sweepstakes. Prose and Poetry students are coached by LCM Theatre Director Cory Broom.

Bridge City High School competed at the UIL District Academic Meet at Orangefield High School on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The following are the results from this contest: In Literary Criticism, Jessica McKinney placed 1st and Tabi Blakeney placed 4th. The Literary Criticism team of Jessica McKinney, Tabi Blakeney, Katelyn Mott, and Stephanie Romero took 1st place. In Ready Writing, Brittany Lauritzen took 4th place. The sponsor for these events is Diane Grooters. In Spelling, Diana Pham took 1st place and Kevin Fontenot took 6th place. The Spelling team of Diana Pham, Kevin Fontenot, Edward Doan, and Sarah Kidder took 2nd place. The sponsor for Spelling is Kathie Dorman. In Calculator Applications, Kendall Gibson took 1st place, Zach Dionne took 4th place and Moyleang Taing took 5th place. The Calculator Applications team of Kendall Gibson, Zach Dionne, Moyleang Taing, and Kevin Fontenot took 1st place team. In Mathematics, Kendall Gibson took 3rd place. The Mathematics team of Kendall Gibson, Erik Harvey, Edward Doan, and Steve Nguyen took 2nd place. In LD Debate, Emily Lawrence placed 1st and Ruby Sanders placed 2nd. In Informative Speaking, Emily Lawrence placed 1st and Peyton Duke placed 2nd. In Persuasive Speaking, Ruby Sanders took 4th place. The sponsor for these events is Michael Blakeney. In Editorial Writing, Amber Nguyen took 5th place. In Social Studies, Dane Piper placed 1st, Brianna Cross placed 2nd, Cameron Palermo placed 4th, and Moyleang Taing placed 6th. The Social Studies team of Dane Piper, Brianna Cross, Cameron Palermo, and Moyleang Taing took 1st place. The sponsor for these events is Don Miller. Those individuals who took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and all 1st place teams will be advancing to the UIL Regional Meet at Sam Houston State University on April 24 and 25, 2015.

West Orange - Stark High School competed at the UIL Academic District Meet this past weekend at Orangefield High School. The Journalism team placed first in Team Competition. Brittany Barclay placed first in Headline Writing, second in Feature and Editorial Writing and fourth in News Writing. Kaylyn Roberts placed third in Feature Writing and fourth in Headline Writing. Felicia Amy placed second in News Writing. Emma Dorantes placed sixth in Editorial Writing. Claydra Rhodes placed sixth in Poetry and Bryan Buzbee made the All Star Cast in One Act Play. The students are sponsored by Meri Elen Jacobs, Journalism; Ebonique Celestine, Poetry; and Rob Nash, One Act Play. From left: Rhodes, Amy, Istre, Barclay, Roberts, and Dorantes.

Saturday, April 11th Orangefield High School hosted the District 24-4A UIL Academic Meet. OHS took second place in the overall sweepstakes for the event. They will be advancing fourteen students to the Regional level competition hosted by Sam Houston State University on April 24th and 25th. For a complete list of OHS results click here

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The Texas House of Representatives has approved House Bill 100 to assist in construction of four higher education buildings in Southeast Texas.
The legislation will provide approval for the following projects:
(1) Lamar University, $60,000,000 for construction of a science building;
(2) Lamar State College--Orange, $10 million for construction of a multipurpose education building;
(3) Lamar State College--Port Arthur, $8,080,000 for expansion of technology program facilities;
(4) Lamar Institute of Technology, $13,200,000 for construction and renovation of technical arts buildings;
State Representative Dade Phelan, authored four bills contained in House Bill 100. “I am excited for Southeast Texas and for the students who will hopefully have the opportunity to attend our local intuitions.” Phelan added, “The overwhelming support for HB 100 in the House shows how important it is that Texas provides the necessary infrastructure for future enrollment.” The bill passed Thursday by a 131 to 13 margin and will now be considered by the Senate.

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