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Focusing on the Future Meeting Held with Local High School Students

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City of Orange Mayor Larry Spears Jr. held a “Focusing on the Future” meeting with students from local high schools to involve the youth in discussions about the future of Orange.

“As a servant of the community, I believe that perspectives and insights from our youth would be valuable in discussions about future city projects and community initiatives. This opportunity would provide our youth with a platform to voice their concerns and ideas,” said Mayor Spears.

Each school selected two exemplary students to participate in the meeting for demonstrating exceptional leadership, academic excellence, a positive attitude, and actively contributing to their community through various initiatives, showcasing their dedication to making a positive impact. During the meeting, Mayor Spears and City of Orange staff spoke about the role of each department in serving the community. Mayor Spears then opened up the meeting for students to ask questions about how the City government operates and to discuss their views and ideas about the future of Orange. Through open dialogue, students took advantage of the opportunity to exchange ideas and express their opinions in a productive conversation with the Mayor.

Students were chosen from Bridge City High School, Community Christian School, Deweyville ISD, Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD, Orangefield Independent School District, and West Orange – Cove Consolidated Independent School District.

LCM Color Run & Walk Scheduled for April 27

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The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Education Foundation’s Legacy Color Run and Walk 5k is a fun, family event intended to raise money to support grants provided by the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Education Foundation, Inc. It will be held Saturday, April 27, 2024, beginning at 8 AM.

Participants who register before April 12 are guaranteed to get a free color run shirt. Participants ages 11 and up will compete for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place for their age group and gender. Participants 10 and under will get a participation ribbon only. Cost is $35/person. Kids ages 10 and under are $25.

If you would like to be a sponsor for the LCM Legacy 5K Color Run and Walk, please send a PM or email to They also have one water station and one Kilometer sponsor available due to cancellations ($250 each)

The LCM Education Foundation was established in 2002 by patrons of the Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD, with the goal of assisting the professional educator in providing the best possible education to students of the LCM District. The mission of the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Education Foundation, Inc. is to receive and administer gifts and to make grants in order to enhance teaching and learning in the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District.

Donations to this 501(c)3 organization will be used to enhance the education of students in the LCM District by providing grants to educators for innovative projects that are not provided for in the regular school budget. These grants offer additional educational experiences to the programs funded by state and local funds.

Participants can register online here.

WOCCISD $72M Bond Up for Approval in May Elections

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In the Fall semester of 2023, the West Orange-Cove CISD Board of Trustees and Dr. Harris convened a Facilities Advisory Committee to evaluate the district’s existing facilities.

After several meetings, the committee made a recommendation to the board, which the board accepted and called for a May 2024 bond election. If approved, a $72 million bond will fund a new North Early Learning Center, which was built in 1964.

Additional projects to be covered with bond funds include upgrades to safety/security, technology, HVAC, and restrooms for students and staff, as well as buses.

Because of the District’s tax base and valuation, this bond WILL NOT raise the Tax Rate. However, state law now requires every school district to include the statement “This is a Property
Tax Increase” on the ballot, regardless of the actual impact on the district’s tax rate.

For more info, visit their website.

LSCO Dedicates Newly Named Student Center

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Lamar State College Orange hosted a dedication ceremony on April 4, 2024, for the newly named Joe Ben Welch Student Center, named in honor of the first president of Lamar State College Orange, who served from 1969 to 1989.

The student center name was unveiled during Gatorama 2024, LSCO’s Spring Day & Open House. Friends and family were in attendance to witness his legacy enshrined.

Golden Triangle Polymers Donates $100K to LSCO Foundation for Scholarship Program

in Business/Schools

Golden Triangle Polymers Company LLC donated $100,000 to the Lamar State College Orange Foundation to fund the Golden Triangle Polymers Scholarship for students interested in pursuing degrees in industrial systems or pre-engineering.

The Golden Triangle Polymers Scholarship is the largest single donation the school’s foundation has received for a non-endowed scholarship. It will fully fund a two-year degree, including tuition, books, and fees for three students per academic year. Students also may be eligible for the scholarship if taking courses during summer sessions.

“Investing in the next generation workforce is key to ensuring the long-term success of our facility,” said Chad Jennings, plant manager for Golden Triangle Polymers. “We never want finances to be a barrier to having a skilled local workforce, so we’re excited to make this donation and hope it encourages young people to seek out careers in the petrochemical industry.”

Full-time Lamar State College-Orange students studying industrial systems, which includes degrees in instrumentation, process technology, safety, health and environment, and pre-engineering are eligible for the scholarship. Eligibility for the Golden Triangle Polymers Scholarship will also require that students graduate from a high school in the nine-county Golden Triangle region to encourage participation in the regional workforce. These counties include Orange, Jefferson, Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Liberty, Tyler, Chambers and Galveston.

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