First Annual Michael Hoke Foundation Gala Date Set

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The Michael W. Hoke Foundation for Excellence in Science Education by hosting the 1st Annual Michael W. Hoke Foundation Gala, with the goal of raising funds for a scholarship at Lamar University for one or more deserving students. it will be held on July 23, 2022, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Shahan Events Center – LSCO, 209 Green Ave. in Orange.

Michael Hoke was born in Dickinson, TX, the third of four boys, to Marvin Ford and Jesse Faye Hoke in July of 1948. He grew up playing amongst the woods and wetlands that abounded near his childhood home. It was during these formative years that he first fell in love with the outdoors and what it had to offer. After graduating from Dickinson High School he would go on to attend Lamar University, and after nearly not making it out of his first year, he found his footing, and Sandra, and eventually graduated with a degree in Biology.

Most people would have you believe that Michael immediately found a job as a teacher, but that wasn’t the case. He began working at Sherwin Williams selling paint. However, after a dispute involving a sales commission, he got in his car, drove down to a school, entered, and asked to speak to the principal, as he had decided he wanted to become a teacher. It was that fateful day that would lead him to become one of the best and most lauded science educators in the country.

During his career, he would go on to found or co-found such programs as Bios: A School on Wheels, Science Superstars, Eco-Rangers, and many more. His work impacted thousands of students, instilling in many a lifelong love of science and the environment.

The 1st Annual Michael W. Hoke Foundation Gala will include dinner and drinks, a silent auction, a presentation about their cause, and much more.

Patrons can enjoy a drink and catch up with old friends before dinner, provided by Old Orange Cafe & Catering Company, followed by a presentation and announcement of silent auction winners. The attire is business casual.

All net proceeds of the event will be donated to increase the endowment for the Michael Hoke Memorial Scholarship at Lamar University.

Tickets are $100 each and can be reserved online here.

Vidor Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Nuko Enterprises

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The Vidor Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for Nuko Enterprises on June 25, 2022. They are a residential and commercial/industrial construction company located at 24590 IH-10 West in Vidor.

Nuko Enterprise LLC serves as a leading construction company in Southeast Texas and the Houston area. They are a team of professionals who tackle everything from complex large projects to smaller-scale jobs. They offer construction management, construction planning, and building maintenance.

For more info, contact them at (409) 239-1058 or visit their Facebook page.

Independence Day Festivities Planned for July 4

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The City of Orange is thrilled to host the 2022 July 4th Concert and Fireworks Celebration. This event will be open to the public at 5 P.M. on Monday, July 4, at the Riverside Pavilion, located at 708 Simmons Drive.

The celebration will begin with concessions and activities at 5 P.M. followed by live entertainment by Logan Soileau from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. A spectacular fireworks display will begin immediately following the concert at 9 P.M. Concessions and kids activities will be available on site.

This event is free to the public, and please note that no dogs or pets will be allowed at the Riverside Pavilion. Coolers are welcome and chairs are encouraged.

For additional information, please contact the Explore Orange team at 409.883.1011/409.883.1010 or visit the Explore Orange Facebook page.

Burn Ban in Effect for Orange County

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Due to the continued drought conditions in Orange County, Orange County Judge John Gothia has instituted a Burn Ban effective June 23.

With the July 4th holiday next weekend and a few chances of rain in the forecast next week, Emergency Management will take a look at the drought conditions this week.

The burn ban means all outdoor burning is prohibited except for in a pit or a BBQ pit.

Burn bans don’t automatically mean a ban on the sale of fireworks.

THECB Appoints LSCO Director of Learning Technology to Statewide Student Success Advisory Workgroup

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Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) is pleased to announce that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has appointed Alicia Lloyd, LSCO’s Director of Learning Technology, to its Student Success Advisory Workgroup.

The workgroup provides statewide guidance, feedback, and recommendations for accelerating student success programs and initiatives that positively impact access, persistence, completion, and workforce transitions, especially for African American, Hispanic, and other underrepresented student populations.

Lloyd’s appointment began in May of this year and will conclude in May 2024.

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