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City of Orange Hires New Events Manager

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City of Orange Hires New Events Manager

Leigh Anne Dallas has been appointed as the new Event Manager/ EDC Assistant for the City of Orange. Leigh Anne is a West Orange-Stark High School graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration with a focus in Event Planning from Stephen F. Austin State University. During her time as an undergrad, she received the opportunity to have an internship at the Golden Nugget Casino and Resort in Lake Charles. From there, she began her career in event planning at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston.

“Getting an opportunity like this, at such a forward-moving time in our community, is such a blessing. I have had some amazing experiences in event management in previous positions, and look forward to being able to incorporate that into creating unforgettable experiences here. Orange is headed in a great direction and being able to jump in at such a pivotal time is an assignment that I’m not only grateful for, but eager to take on,” says Leigh Anne Dallas.

Leigh Anne Dallas may be contacted at the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau office at 409-221-3325 or by email at

Orange County Rebuild 2nd Annual Taste of the Holidays a Resounding Success

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Orange County Disaster Rebuild hosted the 2nd Annual Taste of the Holidays on Tuesday, November 12.

Attendees were able to enjoy more than 20 vendors along with live entertainment provided by Gulf Coast Cajun Band. A number of City of Orange restaurants participated in this event including:

  • Lucy’s Cafe and Bakery- Orange
  • Small Bites @ Lucy’s- Orange
  • Market Basket Stores- Orange County
  • Fresh Prep- Bridge City
  • Spanky’s Restaurant- Orange
  • Boardwalk Grill- Orange
  • The Hut- Orange
  • Holly’s Cookie Corner- Bridge City
  • Tuffy’s Eatery- Mauriceville
  • Schnitzel- Vidor
  • Tropicana Ice Cream Parlor- Bridge City
  • Dough Dough Girls- Orangefield
  • Southern Charm Restaurant-Orange
  • Reel Cajun Restaurant- Orange
  • Jumping Bean-Orange
  • Burger Town- Orangefield
  • Cakes Plus- Mauriceville
  • Cajun Works-Vidor
  • Mission Grounds Coffee-Vidor
  • Ricky’s- Bridge City
  • Mikes Diner- Orange
  • Tacos El Primo-Orange
  • Dickeys BBQ- Orange


Lamar State College Orange Formalizes Transfer Agreement with Texas Southern University

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Lamar State College Orange Tuition Capped by TSUS Board of Regents

Lamar State College Orange has formed a transfer agreement with Texas Southern University. Both schools will celebrate the agreement during a ceremony at the Shahan Events Center on Monday, November 11.

Transfer agreements between two-year and four-year colleges often are called “two for two” programs, since students starting a program at a community college can plan for their next two years at a university before transferring. According to its latest enrollment numbers, 81% of LSCO students are first-generation and 76% are enrolled part-time, meaning they are enrolled in less than 12 credit hours of classes per semester.

The agreement with TSU is the school’s fourth partnership with a four-year university since the beginning of the year.

Batten Down the Hatches – Freezing Weather Ahead

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Batten Down the Hatches - Freezing Weather Ahead

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a hard freeze watch along and north of I-10 for Tuesday night Wednesday morning. A Freeze Watch has been issued south of I-10.

During freezing weather in Southeast Texas, remember the following to protect your home and pets:

  • Insulate exterior pipes that run along outer walls to prevent freezing
  • Know how to shut off water valves in the event a pipe bursts
  • Provide adequate shelter to keep pets warm and ensure they have access to unfrozen water and food
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or charcoal-burning device inside or in any partially enclosed area
  • Never use a gas stove/oven for a heating source – this could cause carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Keep space heaters AT LEAST three feet from all objects
  • Never use an extension cord with a space heater.
  • Test smoke alarms and replace batteries before re-installing
  •  Have a flashlight and blankets in place in the event of power failures

6th Annual Orange County Special Angels Rodeo Set to Kick Off November 9

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6th Annual Orange County Special Angels Rodeo Set to Kick Off November 9

The 6th Annual Special Angels Rodeo will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at the T2 Arena & Event Center. 3810 Old Peveto Road in Orange, Registration will open at 9:00 am and opening ceremonies will kick off at 10:00 am.

This event plays host to more than 300 special needs individuals of all ages throughout East and Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. The goal of the program is to provide a one-of-a-kind experience that allows participants to be a cowboy or cowgirl for a day. Their Special Angels are the stars of the show on rodeo day, and all of their events and activities are designed and planned around them. Each of the activities can be adapted to meet the needs of all participants.

The rodeo is overseen by a team of highly qualified individuals from many different walks of life. Physical therapists, nurses, and emergency medical personnel are always on-site during the event. Law enforcement officers, including uniformed personnel and plainclothes officers, help ensure that everyone is safe throughout the day.

Several area organizations, including area Go Texan committees, spend the day around a village of barbeque pits cooking and serving great food. There are also several other selections, donated by various area restaurants, that are not cooked on the pits. Carnival games, service vendors, bounce houses, mechanical bull, petting zoo, and other activities round out the day.

There is no charge for participants and their families to take part. Each participant will walk away with a t-shirt, backpack, gold medal, cowboy hat, bandana, and more. Food for participants, families, and volunteers will be offered free of charge.

They are still accepting registrations for participants and volunteers. Registration forms can be found on their website, . Please email, fax, or deliver registration forms to Farmer’s Mercantile. On-site registration will be available Saturday morning for those who can’t get the paperwork turned in ahead of time.

Volunteers and spectators are asked to park at Cowboy Church of Orange County, 673 FM 1078. There will be shuttle vans bringing everyone back and forth between that location and T2 Arena. Those groups arriving on buses or vans can drop off at T2 and then park at the offsite location.

For more information, visit or their Facebook page.

6th Annual Orange County Special Angels Rodeo Set to Kick Off November 9

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