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Texas Cottage Food Laws Workshop Offered on March 18

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Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office will be offering a workshop on Cottage Food Law on March 18, 2024, at 6 PM at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center, located at 11475 FM 1442 in Orange.

The workshop is tailored for farmers markets and open to everyone interested in learning. Whether you’re a seasoned vendor or just starting out, this event is your opportunity to gain valuable insights and get your questions answered. This session aims to equip you with the knowledge and resources necessary to navigate the Cottage Food Law successfully. We anticipate an engaging discussion with ample time for questions and answers, all within an hour.

To reserve your spot or inquire further, please contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office at 409-882-7010.



Vidor Chamber Hosts Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting for Southern Bayou Farm Feeds & Supply

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On March 7, 2024, the Vidor Chamber of Commerce held a grand opening ribbon-cutting for Southern Bayou Farm Feeds & Supply, located at 2772 Highway 12 in Vidor.

They offer pet supplies and show products, gardening supplies, and agricultural products, including baby chicks, fresh eggs, game bird feed, cattle feed, heat lamps,

Their business hours are as follows:

  • Monday – Saturday 8 AM-1 PM
  • Sunday Closed

For more info, call them at (409) 422-4536 or visit their Facebook page.

Old Orange Cafe Latest in Business Upgrades in Orange

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Orange is experiencing an economic renaissance, marked by a significant influx of revenue, thanks to a recent business boom. The city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is channeling this newfound wealth into community development, providing financial assistance to local businesses for repairs and expansions in an effort to attract more commerce and tourism. Half a percent of every sales tax dollar generated within Orange is allocated to a special fund. This fund is dedicated to supporting local enterprises in maintaining their competitive edge.

The latest of these ventures is the recent repaving of the parking lot of the Old Orange Café, owned by local chef David Claybar, located at 914 Division Ave. in Orange.

Hillary Gravett, Assistant Economic Development Coordinator, emphasized the scope of the EDC’s support, “We can help with funding for things like parking lots and water and sanitary sewer things like that.” This initiative aims to empower business owners within the city limits to seek out improvements and expansions that could enhance their operational capacity and market presence.

Gravett further explained the broader impact of these enhancements, “There are businesses that are already existing that are going through some type of expansion mode, where they may want to be adding onto their business. They may want to expand their business to what it is, and help give it a larger footprint.”

The EDC’s incentive program operates year-round, with a notable spike in interest following Chevron’s move into the area. “Since the announcement we have noticed an increase of inquiries and it’s just a really exciting time in Orange,” Gravett remarked. However, she cautions potential applicants about the finite nature of the funds, advising swift action to secure support for their projects.

Vidor Man Dies in Accident at Optimus Steel

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A 61-year-old Vidor man died following an industrial accident Monday afternoon at an Orange County steel mill. John May, 61, of Vidor, died following the accident at Optimus Steel, LLC.

May was removing waste from a steelmaking process when, for an unknown reason, the equipment he was using caught on fire. The fire was first reported just before 2 p.m. on Monday. May sustained injuries from the fire and was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

OSHA and Optimus Steel will continue to investigate this incident to determine what happened.

Statement from Optimus Steel:

On Monday March 4th, a contractor was removing waste from a steelmaking process. This task occurs approximately every hour while the plant is operating. While the reason is unknown at this time, the equipment the operator was using caught on fire. The operator sustained injuries from this fire and was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The company will continue to investigate this incident to determine the cause of these events.

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