Winfree Turns 100

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A century ago, scattered farming families in central Orange County’s Winfree Community had a difficult time getting to church on Sundays. Horses, wagons and buggies were the main transportation. What is now Old Orange Baptist Church was nine miles away across dirt roads that often turned to mud. Sometimes water pooled in foot-deep holes. A ...

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Depot Receives Check


The Friends of the Orange Depot received a grant yesterday in the amount of $10,000 from the Texas Historical Foundation. Pictured on left Mitch Wright from Austin and Merle Tanner, directors of THF, members of FOOD board, Judge Jerry Pennington and Mayor Jimmy Sims.     ...

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Quebodeaux Honored

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The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce congratulates Heather Quebodeaux of Sabine Federal Credit Union, on receiving the Employee of the Month Award for August 2015.  Heather was presented her award, sponsored by Sabine River Ford, by chamber ambassador Wanda McGraw at the August Networking Coffee hosted by Sabine Federal Credit Union.  Heather received gifts from ...

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Houseman Scholarship Created At LSCO

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Gisela Houseman, distinguished business woman and philanthropist, donated $50,000 to Lamar State College-Orange for the Tony Houseman Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Mike Shahan, Lamar State College – Orange president stated, “This is a big occasion for Lamar State College – Orange. Gisela and Tony have supported LSC-O for a long, long time. The Houseman scholarship fund ...

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Piney Woods Winery Owner Dies

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The muscadine vines at Piney Woods Winery are heavy with fruit waiting to be picked. But this year the harvest has been canceled. Winery founder Alfred Flies passed away Friday at the age of 92. Flies (pronounced flees) established the winery 30 years ago after operating an interior design business in Orange for almost 25 ...

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AAUW Gives Check

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The Orange Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) recently awarded a $1000 grant to the Head Start Program at North Early Learning Center to buy books for the students to keep. The AAUW program is called “A Book of Their Own,” and is intended to help young students develop a love of ...

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BC Automotive Wins Award


The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Bridge City Automotive has been named Business Member of the Month for August 2015.   Mark Benton, Bryan Boldt, Alicia Garza, Charles Marie, and Corey Gerity accepted the award, sponsored by Sabine River Ford, from Ambassador Beth Arnold, marketing director of Wellspring Credit Union at ...

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Kiwanis Donates to Stay and Play

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The expansion of a playground designed for special needs students at Little Cypress Intermediate recently got a $600 boost from the Kiwanis Club of Orange, Texas. The Stay and Play Recreational Area, the first fully inclusive playground in the area, is currently a 40×40 foot area for both safety and comfort of special needs students. ...

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Lions Carnival Dates Announced


Dates for the Annual Orange Lions Club Carnival this year are Sept 30- Oct 3, and Oct. 7-10.  Rusty Honeycutt is the Carnival Chairman. ...

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Byrd Inducted Into Texas HOF

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Tracy Byrd is the newest member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.  The induction ceremony took place at the Civic Center in Carthage on Saturday which included a concert.  His career spans over two decades, including 30 chart-reaching singles and nine albums, four of which were certified Gold and one Double Platinum. The ...

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