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LSCO Announces Nearly $840,000 In Grants From Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

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Pictured (L to R): Thera Celestine, Director of Community and Workforce Education; Dr. Tom Johnson, President; Kristin Walker, Dean of Health, Workforce, and Technical Studies; Dr. Wendy Elmore, Executive Vice President and Provost. Not pictured: Dr. Keith Jones, Associate Dean of Technical Studies.

Lamar State College Orange announced that the college has received nearly $840,000 in grant awards from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in recent days. The awards come in the form of three different grants to support the modernization of reporting, increasing training offerings to prepare students to take CDL Class A or B exams, and the purchasing of equipment needed to launch a Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Maintenance program.

THECB Awards Report Modernization Funds to LSCO: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund program awarded LSCO $47,660 for updates and improvements to the college’s course sequencing public transparency and CBM reporting systems.

THECB Awards $781,000 to LSCO’s Grant Application in Collaboration with LIT, LSCPA: LSCO submitted a THECB Texas Reskilling and Upskilling for Education (TRUE) Institutional Grant application in partnership with LSCPA and LIT. THECB accepted the application for funding. The cumulative award totals $781,000 and will be used by all three colleges to support an increase in training offerings that will prepare students to complete a CDL Class A and/or Class B exam. LSCO’s portion of the funds amounts to $304,590.

THECB Awards LSCO $495,936 to Purchase Technical Equipment: LSCO submitted a THECB TRUE Institutional Grant application to purchase equipment needed to launch a Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Maintenance program. It was awarded this week in the amount of $485,936.70.

“Our daily mission is to transform lives by creating hope and opportunity for our LSCO students, and that’s what all three of these grant awards will help us to achieve. I want to acknowledge our Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Wendy Elmore; Dean of Health, Workforce, and Technical Studies, Kristin Walker; Associate Dean of Technical Studies, Dr. Keith Jones; and Director of Community and Workforce Education, Thera Celestine, for their hard work in finding and applying for these funds. Seemingly every day these and other Gator staff members help us find bigger and better ways to create even Brighter Orange Futures for the students in our Gator community,” said Johnson.

Multi-Agency Resource Center Established for Tornado Victims

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Orange County Disaster Rebuild will operate a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for those that have SUFFERED MAJOR RESIDENTIAL DAMAGE from the October 27, 2021 tornados. Access to this event is limited to ORANGE & NEWTON COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY!

Attendees will need to self-report through this link prior to registration for the MARC. Damage reports are NOT a guaranty for assistance and will be verified.

Once you have completed the self-report survey, click on this link to register for the MARC.

Registration for the event is REQUIRED. Event Address will be provided upon Registration. One submission per affected address. You will need to bring your Photo ID and Proof of Address. In-person registration will NOT be permitted.

County Residents Encourage to Report Tornado Damages

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Orange County residents that have been affected by Severe Weather are encouraged to report property damage using TDEM Survey.

Using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) damage surveys, Orange County can report damage to homes and businesses to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). The information provided in the surveys assist emergency management officials across the state gain an understanding of damages that occurred and help officials determine if the Lone Star State meets federal requirements for disaster assistance.

As preliminary damage assessments take place and the recovery phase begins, Texans can help by filling out the survey, sharing pertinent details, and uploading photos to assist in the process.

The iSTAT damage survey can be filled out in English and Spanish online by visiting this link and clicking on October Severe Weather Events.

Reporting damage through iSTAT surveys is a voluntary activity and is not a substitute for reporting damage to your insurance agency. It does not guarantee disaster relief assistance.

City of Orange Awarded Disaster Recovery Funds

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June 2019 Orange City Council Runoff Election Results

The City of Orange has been awarded Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds to assist property owners affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The City encourages residents whose homes are located in floodplains, floodways, and Disaster Risk Reduction Areas to relocate to safer, more resilient housing in less flood-prone areas through participation in its Local Acquisition Program.

Property owners interested in participating in the program will need to complete an application and provide the required documentation on or before October 15, 2021.

Participation in the program is voluntary.   Per the City’s program guidelines, eligible applicants will receive an offer representing Fair Market Value as determined by a licensed appraiser.  Some homeowners may be eligible for additional incentives, such as relocation assistance and/or down payment assistance to assist in the purchase of a new home.

Download the Intake Beneficiary Application or request a copy by contacting the grant administrator for the project, Traylor & Associates, toll-free at (855) 299-9267 or by email at

Disaster Intake Event Offered by Orange County Disaster Rebuild

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Disaster Assistance Intake Event will be taking place on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Orange Church of God located at 1911 North 16th Street; Orange, Texas 77630 from 10 am – 2 pm. This will be for anyone that has been affected by Hurricane Harvey (2017), Tropical Storm Imelda (2019), Hurricane Laura (2020), Hurricane Delta (2020), and the Texas Winter Storm (2021) for Orange County residents.

Please bring a copy of the following documents:
* Copy of Photo ID(All household members 18 & older)
* Proof of Income (W-2, Paycheck Stubs, Social Security Award Letter)
* Property Tax Bill
* Utility Bills (a month prior to/month of/month after claimed storm)
* Bank Statements (3 months)
* Proof of Home Ownership (Deed or Title)
* Insurance Documents
* FEMA Documentation
* SBA Documentation

If you know a church member, friend, or neighbor that still needs disaster assistance, please share this event information with them.

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