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  • Holt: a lifetime of community service

    Penny LeLeux|Updated Aug 17, 2021

    Carroll Holt wasn't born in Orange. His family moved to the city right after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Holt was 6 years old. "My daddy worked the shipyards," said Holt. His family was part of the swell that swarmed the city when shipbuilding for War World II became a huge boom for the city. Orange grew almost overnight from a population of around 7,500 to over 70,000. It created a huge housing shortage, but the Holts were lucky. "We had a three-bedroom...

  • First Baptist Church BC hosts Outdoor Banquet Sunday

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Aug 17, 2021

    Sunday, First Baptist Church Bridge City will host a free Outdoorsman Banquet in the Family Life Center 5-7 p.m. open to the public. "It's a little something we're trying to do to gather men together," said Pastor Keith Royal. "It's a little fish fry banquet. There will be music." Royal said there are also plans for some classic cars to be on display and a few vendors will be on hand. "We've got someone that does duck calls...someone that does some wounded warrior events....

  • It's back to school for Windee Jenkins

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Aug 10, 2021

    Monday was 'Meet the Teacher' day at Orangefield with first day of class for students on Wednesday. Windee Jenkins, a paraprofessional at Orangefield ISD for 16 years has worked on all three campuses. "We help the special needs teachers with the children," said Jenkins. "We're an extension to the teacher." She has also driven a special needs bus for the district for 14 years. Jenkins also coached jr. high sports for four years in the mix - volleyball, basketball and track. She...

  • OC film "Alone + Together" heads to festivals

    Penny LeLeux|Updated Aug 3, 2021

    There is nothing like an impending 30th birthday to light a fire under some people. Such was the case for Jimmy Womack of Vidor. That and the fact that the pandemic gave him more time on his hands to think about it. “When I found out we were going into lockdown last year due to the Coronavirus, I thought this was the perfect opportunity for me to practice, by making a project. I thought why not do it by myself. I’m not going to have anyone to assist me,” he said. First, he ha...

  • BC-OF Rotary to host Guys Game Night

    Penny LeLeux|Updated Aug 3, 2021

    The Bridge City-Orangefield Rotary Club took notice of how popular the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Purse Bingo events have been the last couple of years. Since the Rotary’s main fundraiser, the Bunny Run, has been cancelled due to COVID the last two years, they decided to take the Chamber event and put a male twist on it with a Guys’ Game Night. “We saw how well the ladies did with the first Bingo,” said Eric Andrus, one of the event organizers. “We talked about it. We’ve...

  • Orange County thespians to grace PALT's stage in "Grease"

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Jul 27, 2021

    Several members of the Orange County community will take the stage at Port Arthur Little Theater's (PALT) production of Grease which starts July 30 and runs for three weeks. Director for the production, Debbie Pletcher, had so many people interested in the production, she was able to have two casts, one primarily teen, the other primarily adults. The two casts will alternate beginning with the teen cast on opening night. Andy McCall, one of the staff members at Orange's...

  • Registration open for OCARC fishing tournament

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Jul 20, 2021

    It’s almost time for the 33rd OCARC fishing tournament. Registration is underway now. The tournament will kick off at Aug. 6 at 5 p.m., with weigh-in scheduled for 5 p.m. the following day. Certification for eligible winning fish will start at 3:00 p.m. This is the only fundraiser for the organization to fund needs for their special needs clients. Last year’s tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19, so a great turnout is critical for this year. “It’s one of the largest...

  • Broadway returns to Lutcher Theater in 2021-2022 season

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Jul 20, 2021

    The Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts 2021-2022 season ticket sales are ongoing. They announced spotlight packages of four or more shows are on sale now. “We’re very excited reopening,” said Leah Guillotte-Stark, the Lutcher Theater marketing manager. “It’s been almost two years since we’ve had shows.” The pandemic forced them to cancel the second half of the season in 2020 and the entire 2020-2021 season. The new season kicks off in October with Asleep at the Wheel. “It...

  • OC Native excited about return to space

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Jul 13, 2021

    Sunday was an exciting day for space enthusiast and Orange County native Nathan Price. The 8 a.m. launch of Richard Branson in his Virgin Galactic Unity 22 spacecraft was another step forward in the new space age and the beginning of space tourism. "It's about time," said Price about the Virgin Galactic flight. "The Virgin Galactic system is the evolution of the system that Burt Rutan won the X Prize for back in 2004. They thought was they would be flying that in just a few...

  • Normalcy for children in foster care helps heal trauma

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Jul 13, 2021

    Swimming, attending camp, and participating in sports are something that many youngsters in the foster system miss. Many do not get the chance to experience these sorts of summertime activities. Being removed from their home and placed in the child welfare system because their family is in crisis, these children are already facing trauma that no child should experience – yet on top of all of that, their participation in normal childhood activities with their peers often b...

  • "Varmint Hunt" in the new children's building at Cowboy Church of Orange County

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Jul 6, 2021

    The pandemic may have cancelled last year's vacation bible school, but it is almost time for the "Varmint Hunt" at Cowboy Church of Orange County. This year's curriculum focuses on helping kids learn how to spot that varmint, Satan, and how to deal with his "hog wash." Varmint Hunt VBS is scheduled 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., July 13-14 at Cowboy Church of Orange County, located at 673 FM 1078, Orange. Registration is still open. You can register online through Facebook: Cowboy Church of...

  • Becoming YouTube famous

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Jul 6, 2021

    When John Frederick filmed his first "skit" for Vid Chronicles, a YouTube channel, no one knew it was going to make the progress it has. Frederick, a Mauriceville actor, was in the background of 2018 Oscar winning Best Film "The Green Book" and had a supporting role in Tom Hanks' 2020 film "Greyhound." He has also had leading and supporting roles in several shorts produced locally. He also cohosts "The Barefoot Director" on Facebook. He was doing a friend a favor in December...

  • Stilley on the Red Carpet

    Penny LeLeux|Updated Jun 15, 2021

    Craig Stilley, of Orangefield, being interviewed at the VIP premiere party Saturday, at the Jefferson Theater, for his sizzle reel of "Against the Ropes." Stilley will shop the concept to the entertainment industry in hopes of selling the idea of a series based on his life surrounding boxing. The sizzle includes the good, the bad and the ugly side of the industry. Once sold, Stilley hopes to convince producers to shoot the series locally, bringing a potential economic boom to...

  • Preserving Cajun Culture

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Jun 1, 2021

    A previous "Down Life's Highway" column in 'The Record' newspapers struck a chord with Sandra Cash. It resonated with her so deeply, that she kept a copy of that column for over a year. "Heavenly Cajuns-who will fill their shoes" was the title of the column that was published March 18, 2020 in The Record Newspapers. "That was the question my dad always asked," said Cash. Her father was a local Cajun music legend, Joe Bonsall. He and his band, "The Orange Playboys" recorded...

  • Crawfish Bash returns to Mauriceville this weekend.

    Penny LeLeux|Updated Apr 27, 2021

    Angelica Wilkins (l) and Glenn Hicks (r) enjoying crawfish at media night for the Mauriceville Crawfish Bash. The Bash is scheduled for April 30-May 1. RECORD PHOTO:Penny LeLeux...

  • Against the Ropes: life script to screen

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Craig Stilley, of Orangefield, strives to bring his true-life story, focused on boxing, to a network or streaming service. A teaser reel for "Against the Ropes" was shot a couple of weeks ago in several Orange County locations including Paul Burch's home, one of Orangefield's school buildings, and Stilley's home. Beaumont locations include the Beaumont Police Department Gym, World Gym and an alley way. Filming was a full three days. The project is currently in post-production...

  • Fresh faces at BC Chamber of Commerce-

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Apr 13, 2021

    Kelli Lewis, director of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce shows off the face lift to the BCCC/BC Museum building. Joe Broussard of Alamo Glass installs new windows in the background left. RECORD PHOTO:Penny LeLeux Kelli Lewis came aboard as the new director of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce in October. "It's been good. I absolutely love my members and my board." Said Lewis. "I'm not actually from Bridge City, my husband is. I'm a private school Kelly girl. I worked for...

  • BC cheer team ranks top 10 at State UIL meet

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Jan 28, 2021

    Michelle Prouse has been involved with coaching cheerleaders at Bridge City High School for 25 years. Her girls have gone to many competitions through the years and a plethora of girls have participated in Cheer Hawaii each year. There was one area of competition that many other school sports participate in, but cheer was ignored. University Interscholastic League (UIL) held its first cheerleading competition just six short years ago. Prouse and her assistant Valrie Gilbeaux...

  • Mardi Gras' new sister Orange's first "Yardi Gras" is Feb. 1-16

    Penny LeLeux, For the Record|Updated Jan 26, 2021

    When Beth Wheeler saw pictures on Instagram of "house floats" in New Orleans, La., she realized it would be a great COVID friendly alternative in Orange, in place of the cancelled parades. It is also an opportunity to showcase some of the beautiful homes in the historic district. Her husband, Kenneth Wheeler, presented the idea at a committee meeting for the Old Orange Historical District and became the organizer for the event. They are constantly updating a map as homes join...

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