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Heritage House Museum Hosts Cemetery Walk

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The Heritage House of Orange County will present a Cemetery Walk at Jett Cemetery, located at 4249 W Park Ave. in Orange, on Sunday, April 21, 2024, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The event is donation only.

The Heritage House Museum is excited to bring back their Cemetery Walk. This year they will highlight graves from Jett Cemetery. In the program, participants will learn cemetery etiquette while hearing about some of the interesting facts and histories of people who are interred here.

This is an outdoor event. Be weather-aware and dress accordingly.

Barkfest Being Held in Vidor on April 20

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Barkfest is being held in Vidor on Saturday, April 20, 2024. from 11 AM – 2 PM at Conn Park, next to the City Pool at 19075 I-10 in Vidor.

Bring your furry friend for a day of fun. Proceeds go towards helping offset the cost of adoption at the Vidor Animal Shelter. Bring a dog food donation and receive a ticket for a raffle prize.

Events during Barkfest include Weenie Dog Races, Dog Show Contest, Costume Contest, and Doggie Kissing Booth. The event will also feature food trucks, vendors, a cake walk, and picture opportunities.

Barkfest is sponsored by the City of Vidor, the City of Vidor Animal Control, and the Vidor Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, visit the City of Vidor Facebook page.

Date Night at the Museum Scheduled for April 20

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Mark your calendars and make plans now with a special someone for Date Night at the Museum on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at 712 Green Ave. in Orange.

This special after-hours event is the perfect night out with a loved one or friend!  Guests to Date Night at the Museum can plan to enjoy the following activities throughout the evening:

  • Live music by David Gonzales
  • Free bites and beverages inspired by the special exhibition Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West from Free State Cellars
  • Mini gallery tours of Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West with Teaching Artists
  • Artist showcases by local artists, including live drawing demonstrations and the opportunity to purchase hand-thrown ceramics, with all proceeds benefitting the Southeast Texas Food Bank
  • Interactive gallery games for adults led by Teaching Artists
  • Time up close with your favorite works of art (and the opportunity to discover new favorites!)

Admission to this event is FREE through the generous support of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.

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Miss Orange County Winners Announced

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The Miss Orange County Pageant unfolded with grace and elegance on Saturday, April 7, 2024, at the Julie Rogers Theatre. This year’s event was made possible by the generous support of sponsors: Top Deck Flooring Company, Mooney Boys Ju Jitsu, Merle Norman- Orange & Bridge City, InsureLife Insurance Agency, Catt Lawfirm, Petite n Pretty, and Crowned Prisstique.

The pageant showcased the exceptional talents and grace of young local women. The Mauriceville Heritage Association extends its heartfelt appreciation to all participants, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees who contributed to the success of this year’s pageant. As they eagerly anticipate the upcoming 2024 Crawfish Bash, they look forward to fostering community spirit and celebrating cherished traditions together.

Evei Juneann Shipley was Crowned as Miss Orange County, where she won a $2,500 scholarship. Evei is the daughter of Jolei and Terry Shipley. She is a senior at Nederland Highschool and plans to attend Stephen F. Austin University for a business degree and then law school and become a family law attorney helping children in the CPS system.

Other winners include:

Miss Orange County Division (16-18 yrs old)

  • Miss Orange County – $2,500 Scholarship Evei Juneann Shipley
  • 1st Runner Up – $1,500 Scholarship Brynli Felps
  • 2nd Runner Up – $1,000 Scholarship Kinley Faith Shillings
  • Miss Photogenic Alesandria Marie Cardenas
  • Miss Personality Evei Juneann Shipley

Junior Miss Queen Orange County Division (13-15 yrs old)

  • Jr Miss Orange County Brelyn Nicole Venable
  • 1st Runner Up Reese Renee Peltier
  • 2nd Runner Up Brylee Ann Walker
  • Miss Photogenic Brylee Ann Walker
  • Miss Personality Reese Renee Peltier

Pre-Teen Miss Queen Orange County Division (11-12 yrs old)

  • Pre-Teen Miss Orange County Charlie Larue Cutchins
  • 1st Runner Up Kourtlyn Michelle Clark
  • 2nd Runner Up Chandler Sophia Scott
  • Miss Photogenic Victoria Nicole Carter
  • Miss Personality Kourtlyn Michelle Clark

Young Miss Queen Orange County Division (9-10 yrs old)

  • Young Teen Miss Orange County Bostyn Gray Pardue
  • 1st Runner Up Linley Kathleen Yarbrough
  • 2nd Runner Up Kerstin Layne Wright
  • Miss Photogenic Kerstin Layne Wright
  • Miss Personality Bostyn Gray Pardue

Little Miss Queen Orange County Division (7-8 yrs old)

  • Little Miss Orange County Kynzlee Elizabeth Bevil
  • 1st Runner Up Anslee Reina Guy
  • 2nd Runner Up Melanie Anne DeBlanc
  • Miss Photogenic Keira Ann Escareno

Petite Miss Queen Orange County Division (5-6 yrs old)

  • Petite Miss Orange County Millie Jean Melancon
  • 1st Runner Up Brynn Reese Blackshear
  • 2nd Runner Up Penelope Kate Netterville
  • Miss Photogenic Brynn Reese Blackshear

Mini Miss Queen Orange County Division (3-4 yrs old)

  • Mini Miss Orange County Aria Brielle Hancock
  • 1st Runner Up Braye Morgan Blackshear
  • 2nd Runner Up Oaklynn Nicole Powell
  • Miss Photogenic Aria Brielle Hancock

Tiny Miss Queen Orange County Division (2 yr old)

  • Tiny Miss Orange County Maelie Kayte Sutton
  • 1st Runner Up Elzie Raye Menard
  • 2nd Runner Up Tynslee Brooke Conner
  • Miss Photogenic Tynslee Brooke Conner

Baby Miss Queen Orange County Division (12-23 mo old)

  • Baby Miss Orange County Ava Arleen Young
  • 1st Runner Up Truett Kate Rogers
  • 2nd Runner Up Demi Marie Vandevender
  • Miss Photogenic Ava Arleen Young

Infant Miss Queen Orange County Division (0-11 mo old)

  • Infant Miss Orange County Imberleigh Rae McGaha
  • 1st Runner Up Ginny Lynn Sleeman
  • 2nd Runner Up Willow Rayne Ludlow
  • Miss Photogenic Essie Sloane Dallas

People’s Choice

  • EllaMae Copeland

City of Pinehurst Announces 2024 Spring Clean Up Day

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The City of Pinehurst announces Spring Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2022, from 8 AM until noon.

Dumpsters will be located at 2666 MacArthur Drive in the old Sears parking lot.  Only residents of Pinehurst are authorized to use this service, and proof of residency, along with a photo ID, will be required at the drop-off site.

Normal household trash, tires, batteries, paint, hazardous materials, etc., will NOT be accepted.  Acceptable items are appliances, furniture, green waste, and metal. Items containing Freon or other liquid must be drained prior to dropoff.

For more info, call (409) 886-3873 or visit their Facebook page.





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