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Salvation Army Welcomes New Corps Officers

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The Salvation Army of Orange would like to welcome Majors Robert and Shannon Winters as its new Corps Officers.

They are looking forward to getting to know the community and moving forward with the ministry of The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army’s administration office is located at 1950 MLK Drive in Orange and can be reached at 409-291-8400. They are open Monday-Thursday from 9 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM – 3 PM. The Food Pantry: is open Monday-Thursday from 1 PM – 3 PM.

The Family Thrift Store is located at 414 Donnell Street in Orange and can be reached at 409-291-4109. it is open Monday-Friday from 9 AM – 1 PM

For more information about the programs and services available at The Salvation Army of Orange, please visit their website.

Road Closures Announced by City of Orange

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Beginning Monday, July 31, 2023,, Tulane Road from SH62 to Gunstream Lane will be closed to through traffic for approximately 80 days for the duration of the Sabine River Authority Tulane Road Siphon Project.

This project will consist of the installation of two new 72-inch culverts under Tulane Road and Union Pacific Railroad. The new crossing conveyance will replace the existing siphon structure as part of ongoing efforts to improve the SRA’s raw water canal system.

Traffic will be detoured to avoid the construction site. Please find alternate routes.

Orange Police Department Warns of Arrest Scam

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The Orange Police Department wants to inform its citizens of an ongoing “Scam” investigation.

On Wednesday, July 19, 2023, the Orange Police Department received a complaint of a scam. The complainant reported a phone call was received stating a relative was arrested and in custody in the Houston, Texas, area.

The scammer stated cash was required for the bond and release of the relative. After the complainant retained the requested amount of cash, the scammer stated a third party would come to the victim’s home to collect the cash.

This incident is currently being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Division.

Please independently check with any relative or person who has been reported to be arrested to determine the validity of the claim before taking any other action.

If you have information about this crime or have gotten a similar call, contact the Orange Police Department at 409-883-1026 or Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477), online at 833TIPS.com or download the P3 TIPS app. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Beaumont Elks Lodge Donates $2500 to Sleep in Heavenly Peace

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Photo courtesy of Brittny Felps

Beaumont Elks Lodge #311 is happy to announce that it delivered a grant of $2,500 to the Beaumont Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), a 501-c-3 non-profit organization.

Receiving the grant on July 8, 2023, at their “Build Headquarters” was SHP Chapter Founder and President Jack Seeley, and his wife Charlotte. Presenting the grant for the Beaumont Elks were J David Derosier, Gratitude Grant chairman, and Darrell Berwick, PDDGER.

One of twenty SHP chapters in Texas, the Beaumont Chapter serves the SETX counties of Orange, Jefferson, and Hardin, as well as the communities of Devers and Winnie. Unfortunately, they are far less known than they should be, as is the community they serve.

One in five people in Southeast Texas lives below the poverty level. About one in ten struggles to make ends meet with less than half of the federal poverty level of income. It is difficult to find the actual statistics, but too many boys and girls go without a bed or even a pillow to sleep on because their families cannot afford one. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. This can affect their health as well as their happiness.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a group of volunteers in Beaumont dedicated to building, assembling, and delivering sturdy, utility-grade twin-size beds AT NO CHARGE to children aged 3-17 in need. They are a chapter of a national non-profit charity started in 2012 in Idaho. They work entirely on donations and with volunteers. As of December 2022, there were 350 SHP Chapters across US and Canada.

The Beaumont group has built and delivered more than 2,624 beds. Their current waiting list is 422 beds for Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties, which means there are still many kids still sleeping on the floor.

The group is such a secret that even our local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was unaware of it until the Elks introduced them a few years back. CASA’s need? They have potential foster parents for kids that can’t qualify because they don’t have an extra bed for the foster child.

The cost for materials for a single bed is now about $250 and $500 for a bunk set. This includes mattresses and bedclothes. These costs have increased 100% in the last year and a half due to the cost of lumber. The mattress alone costs around $100.

The Elks’ Gratitude Grant of $2,500 was donated to Sleep in Heavenly Peace for the purchase of materials to construct beds, funded by the Elks National Foundation. The Beaumont Elks Lodge #311 is proud to carry on its charitable work for children and veterans in Southeast Texas. The Elks are also extremely pleased to have contributed in a small way to SHP’s image becoming better and better known each year.

At the recent July Build Day, the average age of the volunteers skewed toward younger volunteers.  SHP has brought on a new marketing/public relations volunteer, Brittny Felps, and she has done a great job spreading the word on social media.

After the event, SHP Chapter Founder and President Jack Seeley said, “I had a volunteer tell me last delivery day that a little girl was so excited. She came up to him and hugged him and said ‘I am so happy this is my very first.’, and of course he was anticipating the word bed, but she said pillow”. Jack went on to say, “She was seven years old and she never had a pillow of her own.”

On the Build Day in July 2023, many of the student volunteers came from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Nederland.

LSCO to Host Gator Junior Scholars Summer Camp

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Lamar State College Orange’s (LSCO) Gator Junior Scholars Summer Camp is designed to ignite curiosity and learning in the young minds of their campers. The camp offers a range of engaging activities such as electromechanical systems, health education, industrial technology, and maritime adventures.

The LSCO Gator Junior Scholars Summer Camp is scheduled to take place from Monday, July 24, 2023, to Thursday, July 27, 2023. They have planned an engaging and exciting program for your child during these dates. Please mark your calendars accordingly and ensure that your child is available to attend the camp throughout this period.

Drop off and pick up for the LSCO Gator Junior Scholars Summer Camp will take place at the Lamar State College Orange Student Center, located at 407 Green Ave, Orange, Texas 77630. Please note the following details regarding drop off and pick up times:

Drop off: 8:15 am – 8:30 am
Pick up: 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

The cost of the camp is $100. This pricing includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks, plus a camp t-shirt. The camp is designed for children in grades 6-8.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided as part of the LSCO Gator Junior Scholars Summer Camp.

Deadline to register: July 19, 2023. Registration can be completed online here.

For additional info, visit their website.

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