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Working together improves everyone’s results. Building a better community is a lot like manufacturing a better product. Everyone’s effort is required. Schools, organizations and businesses combine many individuals into part of something bigger. That connection gives us a common purpose and a shared passion to prosper. It links our resources and capabilities to meet vital needs - locally and far away, now and in the future.

Welcome to Orange County! Orange County is the gateway to Texas and both a recreational and industrial portal into the state. Tourists and companies alike appreciate our central and accessible location, temperate climate, and our many and varied outdoor activities, unparalleled cultural amenities, community events and vibrant economy. If you enjoy the outdoors, you’ll find some of the best birding and scenic nature tours, hunting, fishing, boating and water skiing in Southeast Texas. If you are more of the indoor type, history, culture, theater and a variety of shopping abound from unique boutiques. At the end of the day, you can sample one of the many diverse restaurants that are located throughout the county. You can find foods that satisfy even the most discerning pallet. You’ll find traditional southern cooking, spicy Mexican dishes or the rich flavor of French cuisine spilled over from our Louisiana neighbors. Orange County is home to pine forests, coastal plains and deep-draft, navigable waterways to the Gulf of Mexico. Most importantly, the county is home to friendly people, an excellent business climate and a great transportation hub. Since World War II, shipbuilding has played a major role in the economy. The local economy is thriving and widely diversified. It not only includes tourism and shipbuilding but also petrochemical, manufacturing, and agriculture. Fortune 500 companies that have chosen to locate in Orange County include Dupont, Chevron-Phillips, Honeywell, Temple-Inland and Firestone, just to name a few. Orange County provides unparalleled amenities for a county of this size. If you’re looking for low-cost transportation, a diversity of community support and a general can-do attitude, or if you are just looking for a great place to visit for a weekend, then Orange County is the place for you. We have many exciting new projects under way or on the horizon that will bring greater levels of economic prosperity and quality of life to Orange County. Orange County, Texas, is a great place to live, work and play … a great place to call home, and we are glad to have you stay for a night, a weekend or a lifetime. Sincerely,

Carl Thibodeaux Orange County Judge The Orange County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to provide this magazine to help you explore and experience the possibilities Orange County, Texas, has to offer. If you are a newcomer to Southeast Texas, a first-time tourist to our area, or a company looking for a quality location for a new home, then you should find helpful information within this publication. The Orange County Economic Development Corporation was founded in 2003 for several reasons. Our first goal was to combine the resources of the county, the Port of Orange and the five cities within the county to better meet the economic development needs of the county. Secondly, it was to provide “one-stop shopping” for those looking for information about Orange County — which not only offers industrial opportunities, but mixes them with a solid retail base, and ample recreational opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts as well as fans of cultural events. Finally, we wanted to inform the rest of the world of the many wonderful resources and amenities this county has to offer. Those many resources include perseverance and resiliency. Our community has weathered Hurricanes Rita, Humberto and Ike in the past five years. We not only are on our way to recovery, we are thriving. The Explore Orange County magazine was created for all of these purposes. As you probe through the following pages, you will find information about many of the amenities Orange County is known for, as well as information about some of the hidden gems located throughout the county. You’ll find maps of the area and a calendar of events that highlights the many and diverse activities throughout the year. Should you need any information during your visit to Orange County, you can find assistance from our three chambers of commerce, local convention and visitors bureaus or our economic development office. The contact information for these entities is located on the Table of Contents page. Whether you are looking for a site for a new company, relocating because of a job in the area or just visiting for a short while, we are glad you are becoming acquainted with Orange County and we hope this guide will help make your visit easy, enjoyable and memorable. The advertisers in this guide have made it possible for us to introduce you to Orange County and provide you with information that will be helpful during your stay. We believe that you will find the many treasures that those who live here have the privilege to experience every day. Pleasee enjoy your stay in Orange County. Sincerely, cerely, Bobby bby Fillyaw Executive ecutive Director


ORANGE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION 1201 Childers Road, Orange TX 77630 409-883-7770 • Fax: 409-883-7775 Follow on Facebook Magazine Owned and Produced by OCEDC Executive Director: Bobby Fillyaw Assistant, Magazine Project Manager, Editor: Shirley Zimmerman Sales Manager: Ida Schossow OCEDC Board of Directors Gene Bouillion, Port of Orange Mayor Brown Claybar, City of Orange David Dubose, Orange County Jerry Jones, City of Bridge City Ricky Jorgensen, City of Vidor Mayor T.W. Permenter, City of Pinehurst Mike Stelly, City of West Orange Judge Carl Thibodeaux, Orange County Keith Wallace, Port of Orange In conjunction with: Mannix Media Graphics and Design - Monte Morphew 205 College Street, Orange, TX 77630 409-886-0122 Magazine Partners: Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Angela Beck, Executive Vice President 150 W. Roundbunch, Bridge City, TX 77611 409-735-5671 Follow on Facebook Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce Sabrina Gray, President 1012 Green Avenue, Orange, TX 77630 409-883-3536 Follow on Facebook Vidor Chamber of Commerce Jane Carter, Executive Secretary 945 N. Main Street, Vidor, TX 77662 409-769-6339 Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau Darline Zavada, Director 803 Green Avenue, Orange, TX 77630 409-883-1011 Contributing Writers: Mark Dunn, Richard Smith

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Five Gems of Orange County Bridge City, Orange, Pinehurst, Vidor, West Orange


Ports of Orange and Beaumont Reaching the World from Orange County


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Area Industry Born on the River

Shangri La - Connecting with Nature

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Orange County, Texas, is the first ‘taste of Texas’ visitors to the state see when traveling west on Interstate 10. The county is unique geographically. The eastern border is the Sabine River, which divides Texas and Louisiana. The county’s western border is the Neches River and along the southern border lies Sabine Lake, a brackish bay off the Gulf of Mexico where both rivers empty. The Northern part of Orange County is the East Texas Piney Woods with forests dominated by pine trees with dogwood blooming in the spring and a variety of wildflowers throughout the year. The southeast border of the county, along the Sabine River, includes cypress-tupelo swamps with a variety of alligators, frogs, turtles, snakes and birds. The trees provided the first industry of Orange County, timber and lumber. Lumber mills once surrounded the Sabine River, milling boards and shingles for the world. Lumberjacks would brand the giant trees, take them to the river and float them downstream to the mills. The Lutcher and Moore Lumber Co., with headquarters in Orange, gave birth to one of Texas’ oldest fortunes. Henry Jacob and Frances Ann Lutcher left a legacy to Orange. Today, many buildings and places bear the names of Lutcher, Stark or Brown after the generosity of their descendants. The southern part of the county becomes the marshes of the Texas coastal prairie, with water off Sabine Lake providing breeding grounds for shrimp, crabs and other sea creatures. Naturally, fishing and bird watching are major recreations. Fishing includes the fresh water bass, bream and catfish of the rivers, along with the big speckled trout and redfish of the salt water. Though many people use boats, fishing and crabbing can be done from the side of the roads or on banks in many areas. Catching the tasty blue crabs is a fun activity for families in the salt water areas. Kids can take a thick string, tie on a chicken neck or other piece of meat and drop it in the water. Crabs come to eat the meat and the catcher scoops it up with a long handled net. Hunting is another favorite of local residents. The winter months bring abundant duck and goose hunting, while the fall is popular for deer hunting. Some hunters even obtain special licenses to hunt alligators in the fall. Of course, hunting and fishing require state licenses from either Texas or Louisiana, depending on which side of the river you are on. Adult “crabbers” will need a fishing license with a salt water stamp. 6

Orange County has a subtropical climate with a growing season of 240 days. The mean minimum temperature in January is 40OF. and the mean maximum in July is 91O F. The average date of the last spring freeze is March 16 and the average date of the first fall freeze is Nov. 11. Snowfall is rare. The county averages 60 inches of rain a year, making the area a place where gardeners abound and gardens have flowers year-round. Vegetable gardening is also popular, with many backyards having spots to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peas and squash in the summer, along with mustard greens, turnips and carrots in the winter and spring. Because of the climate, outdoor recreation opportunities abound. Golfers can play year round on several courses in and around the county. The county is diverse in both its natural and industrial offerings – and the two coexist in harmony. Along Chemical Row in West Orange, are DuPont Sabine River Works, Lanxess Corp., Chevron-Phillips, Invista, Firestone Synthetic Rubber Co., Honeywell, Solvay-Solexis, Printpack, and more. Orange County is also home to Temple-Inland paper mill, Signal International ship-builders, Orange Shipbuilding and Gerdau Ameristeel, just to name a few. The City of Orange is the county seat, one of 254 counties in the state. The county is home to the state’s busiest Travel Information Center on Interstate 10 which opened in 2000 at the Texas-Louisiana border, built along the Blue Elbow Swamp – Tony Houseman State Park. Orange County has seven incorporated areas: Orange, West Orange, Pinehurst, Bridge City, Vidor, Pine Forest and Rose City. Unincorporated communities are Mauriceville, Orangefield, McLewis and Little Cypress. Within the area there are five independent school districts: West Orange-Cove, Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Orangefield, Bridge City and Vidor. Private schools include Community Christian School, which offers preschool through grade 12, and St. Mary Catholic School, which has preschool through the eighth grade. Orange County is a member of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation.


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Bridge City, the ‘Golden Link to the Triangle,’ is located on the west bank of Cow Bayou adjacent to Sabine Lake and the Neches River. Sabine Lake is a 78-square mile saltwater lake opening into the Gulf of Mexico. At the south end of town spanning the Neches River is the scenic, monolithic Rainbow Bridge built in 1938. The bridge’s 177-foot clearance height resulted from requirements that any U.S. Navy ship could pass under it making it the south’s tallest bridge. The following year the Texas Department of Transportation began work on a unique bridge design, a swing bridge, at Cow Bayou on the north end of town (Highway 87). It was named, appropriately, the “Cow Bayou Bridge.” The Texas Historical Commission has cited it as just one of two rare types of swing bridges remaining in Texas. Often confused with a draw bridge, the swing bridge rests on a central concrete pier and pivots at a 90 degree angle to allow watercraft to pass. According to TxDOT the historic preservation of the bridge will restore it to its pristine 1940 condition and foresees the operation of the Cow Bayou Bridge to be a simple, one-man operation, taking no longer than the time it takes for the watercraft to pass. For one fortunate enough to witness such an event, the opening of the rare swing bridge in Bridge City is a memorable glimpse back in time. Both bridges were technological marvels of their time and were dedicated with great celebrations. Recently the Cow Bayou Swing Bridge joined the Rainbow Bridge in being named on the National Register of Historic Places. As history would have it, the bridges mothered a community that grew up between them. Following the dedication of the Cow Bayou Bridge in 1941, the settlement of Prairie View became known as Bridge City. The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is housed in the original Prairie View Building that housed the teacherage, and the chamber operates the building as a museum; it was moved from the original site and dedicated in 1996. The town sprouted along the two lane stretch of what was then new Highway 87 on both sides of Cow Bayou. For the first time motorists shuttled directly between Port Arthur and Orange through Bridge City, across the Cow Bayou Bridge. 8

Bridge City’s namesake bridges were crucial as Orange County entered World War II armed with shipbuilding and industry. Bridge City’s founding families scratched streets out of the coastal prairie along Highway 87 as the wartime boom brought jobs and commerce, schools and churches. A second Neches River bridge; the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, was the first cable-stayed suspension bridge in the state of Texas. With this bridge and the extension of Highway FM 1442 (West Roundbunch) to link Bridge City with Interstate 10, it is no wonder Bridge City is one of the highest growth spots in Orange County. Bridge City is centrally located on Highway 87/73 in the MSA of Orange, Port Arthur and Beaumont (The Golden Triangle) with major highway connections to Interstate 10, Highway 62, FM 105, FM 408 and FM 1006 (to local refinery-Chemical Row), and is intersected by FM 1442. Bridge City has access to the Port of Orange and the Port of Port Arthur, Sabine River and Intracoastal Canal. The 2000 census showed an 8 percent population growth to 8,651 with continued development outside the city limits. In 2008, Hurricane Ike dealt a devastating blow to the city. The storm surge from the hurricane inundated the entire community with several feet of murky, salt water from the Gulf of Mexico. This extremely rare event provided a great challenge to the city. However, Bridge City has rebounded with gusto. Homeowners renovated their homes and storeowners used the opportunity to improve their shops. Now, more businesses are located throughout the city than prior to the storm and many more are on the way. Several new multi-family developments have occurred within the past few years. Continued growth will likely increase demand for residential support facilities such as doctors, dentists, restaurants, retail shops, and more. Thus, the economic climate is favorable for future development. The market area of seven miles boasts a population of 43,565 and includes city limits and outskirts, Orangefield, McLewis and south of Vidor. The Bridge City-Orangefield population is 15,804. Within a three-mile range the population is 12,253. Bridge City is considered a ‘bedroom community’ where residents may work in another city/county but live, pay taxes and spend most of their income in their resident city. Area residents find ample job opportunities in the industrial, medical, academic and governmental fields. Recently built correctional facilities in Jefferson County contribute significantly to the local economy and have served to help diversify the area economic base. ’Building Bridges Together’ is the official motto of Bridge City, adopted by the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce and City Council in 1995. The city operates under a city manager/council form of government with a mayor and six councilmen and is governed by a Home Rule Charter adopted in 1974. There are 5.69 square miles within the city limits with 362 square miles in Orange County. The city was incorporated in July 1970 and has realized steady, aggressive growth. In 1993 the city implemented a unified development code and is currently working on a new master plan. The city is a member of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation.




Rich with history, the City of Orange was founded in 1836, the year of the Texas Revolution. The town was built in the 1800s around the Sabine River, which was a major form of transportation. Shipbuilding became an industrial mainstay of Orange County as far back as the 1800s. Wooden ships in World War I were built in Orange, but the industry boomed during World War II with the U.S. Navy yard, Consolidated Steel (later American Bridge) along with Levingston Shipbuilding and Weaver Shipyard turning out vessels for the war effort. Orange’s population during the war grew from around 7,000 to an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 during the boom. Until the 1980s, shipyards in Orange continued to build offshore drilling rigs, Staten Island ferries and other vessels. The oil bust of the 1980s closed much of the business, but several smaller shipyards are still constructing and repairing vessels. As the war came to an end, the DuPont Company was building its Sabine River Works, the first of a large complex of petrochemical plants on what is known as ‘Chemical Row.’ The chemical industry remains crucial to the Orange County economy. The City of Orange is in transition. After many years of population decline and a stagnant economy, Orange is on the rebound. The City of Orange as well as the other areas of Orange County, has shown its resilience as it recovers from the effects of two major hurricanes in three years. Rita blew through in 2005 and Ike hit in 2008. In between the two big storms, the comparatively mild Humberto affected the communities. During the year after the hurricanes the city’s economy began to take off. Hundreds of jobs have been or will be created by the rebirth of the three shipyards downtown. More new commercial and residential structures have been built than in the 10 years prior 10

to the storms. From October 2006 to August 2007 almost $37 million of new construction has been permitted by the city. Four new hotels have been recently opened, with several more being planned. Sales tax and property values have increased dramatically for the first time in recent history. A major push to beautify the city has increased interest of developers and residents to make Orange a great place to live and work. Finally, development on a large scale is being planned for the Interstate 10 corridor. Although Orange is the first city when entering Texas on Interstate 10 from the east, the highway has never been utilized to its fullest. Only a few hotels and businesses dotted the landscape. With Interstate 10 being improved, businesses are finally on the drawing board. Orange has always been an attractive city but its beauty, culture and people are accessed only by leaving the interstate highway. Plans are being prepared to create ways to draw the interstate traffic to the main body of the city and its prime attractions. Government is vital to downtown Orange, the county seat, with the Orange County Courthouse on Division Avenue. Orange City Hall, bought from the Edgar Brown Jr. family in the 1940s, is on Green Avenue. In 2001, the city opened a new police station-municipal court building on Eighth Street and Main Avenue. The Orange Community Players Playhouse is also downtown. It was donated by Edgar Brown Jr. in the 1960s and renovated in the 1990s with a grant from the Stark Foundation. The playhouse showcases local amateur actors who perform in dramas, comedies and musicals. The group also produces a summer workshop and production for children. Downtown Orange has become a cultural and educational center. Lamar State College-Orange offers two-year degrees in a variety of subjects along with technical degrees and certificates. Also downtown is the historic W.H. Stark House, built in the 1890s by William and Miriam Lutcher Stark, along with the Stark Museum of Art, Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts and Farmer’s Mercantile. With the opening of one of the world’s greenest building projects, Shangri La Botanical Gardens, in the Spring of 2008 (and the re-opening in 2009 after Hurricane Ike), Orange has one of the finest ornamental gardens in the world. Many new tourist-oriented 11

businesses will open to cater to the large number of visitors expected at the gardens and the other attractions in the downtown area. From nationally known theater and world renowned art to endless outdoor activities, the City of Orange has much to offer its residents and visitors. The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce has been active since 1887, with the advent of the first sawmills and shipping in this county. Through the years the organization has had many names, their first being the “Citizen’s Committee.” Records show that at some point between 1918 and 1922 the name was changed to the “Orange Chamber of Commerce.” In 1955 and 1956, the cities of West Orange and Pinehurst were incorporated and at that time the organization was renamed the “Orange Area Chamber of Commerce.” In 1968 the words “Greater” were added to include the unincorporated areas close to the municipalities. The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce now serves the cities of Orange, West Orange and Pinehurst, as well as the unincorporated areas known as Orangefield, Little Cypress and Mauriceville, and also Deweyville in Newton County. The city is a member of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation.


The City of Pinehurst is a quiet, serene city with excellent full services provided to its residents. Together with its surrounding community, the area provides southern charm with a mixture of Cajun culture, country flair and a hint of the Old West. Climate and location provide an ideal setting for gracious living and sites for industrial complexes, commercial establishments and businesses which provide for all of the needs of the area. Within 1.9 square miles, the city is located south of Interstate 10, west of Highway 87, with Old Highway 90 through its center, and west of the City of Orange. Pinehurst is 2.5 miles from the state of Louisiana’s western border. Pinehurst is served by a mayor and City Council and has police and fire facilities and city utilities. City parks and jogging trails encourage recreation along with the many other facilities in the area such as exercise gyms, golf courses, tennis courts and waterways. The City of Pinehurst was incorporated as a city on Nov. 19, 1955. The name Pinehurst was chosen as the title for the city due to the support provided for the incorporation and formation of the city by Edgar Brown Jr. who owned Pinehurst Ranch, which was located at the west side of the then proposed city. Pinehurst was also recognized as a suitable name due to the many pine trees growing in the area. At the time of incorporation the city consisted of slightly more than 600 people. Over time, the census and the number of businesses have increased dramatically. Major thoroughfares such as MacArthur Drive and Strickland Drive are popular locations for significant retail locations. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive has recently become a popular business location within the area. The City of Pinehurst invites visitors and newcomers to their beautiful city graciously and with pride. The city is represented by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation.



Vidor Good things are happening in the once sleepy sawmill town of Vidor, with growth expected in all parts of the community. Vidor is located in Southeast Texas at the intersection of Interstate Highway 10 and State Highway 105, six miles east of Beaumont in western Orange County. The site had heavy lumbering activities with the construction of the Texarkana and Fort Smith Railroad in 1898. Vidor was named after lumberman Charles Shelton Vidor, who acquired the Beaumont Sawmill Company and later established the Miller-Vidor Lumber Company. By 1909 the Vidor community had a post office. Four years later a company tram road was built. It was known locally as the Peach Line, and it opened thousands of acres of virgin timber to loggers. Almost all Vidor residents worked for the company. In 1924 the Miller-Vidor Lumber Company moved to Lakeview because local timber stands were depleted, but a small settlement remained, and the Miller-Vidor subdivision was laid out in 1929. Rice, cotton, and cattle were developed into important local industries. The Vidor Rural School was founded in 1929 and became an independent school district in 1948. Steady growth has made Vidor a great place to live and work. A new City Hall is currently being built across from Wal-Mart on Highway 105. Along with the new city hall, there will be a “walk of fame” that will highlight the Vidor Chamber’s effort to market the City as the place “where the music began”. On the walk will be such music stars as George Jones, Tracy Bird and Clay Walker. More information about the walk can be found on page 27. The recent bond election allowed the Orange County Water Control District No. 1 to expand water service in the city. A new fire station was built on Highway 12 along with a 100-unit plus apartment complex. The city’s LaQuinta Inn located at 165 E. Courtland and newly built Holiday Inn Express located on IH-10 are both fully equipped with Internet connections in all rooms, as well as microwaves, refrigerators, expanded cable channels and a Continental breakfast. Land has been cleared for another hotel, which should begin construction in the near future. More than 40 churches are now based in Vidor and a new one is slated to be built on Highway 12. A remodeled public library located on East Bolivar Street offers assorted programs throughout the year. Recreation opportunities are many and varied. A ‘Jewel in the Forest’ is Claiborne West Park, which boasts a lake, baseball fields, picnicking spots, trails and more. Swings, slides, other children’s amusements and a track can be found at the City Park. A walking track at Raymond Gould Community Center is enjoyed by many. The city pool offers swimming lessons and is available to be rented for parties. Smith Lake affords swimming and SCUBA diving. Boomtown has a water park, fishing, swimming, jet skiing, and a miniature golf course. The recent completion of the Joe Hopkins Park offers opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, playing fields, birding, picnic area, observation decks and more. A skating palace is open year-round for indoor fun. A wake boarding site is nearby in Rose City and the Orange County Radio Control Club recently opened a world-class model airplane flying field. When traveling Interstate 10 or from other nearby spots, stop in Vidor, visit the local merchants and other venues to see what the city has to offer. Better still, ask local realtors about some of Vidor’s tree-shaded properties and become a part of the town. The steady growth of the Vidor community brought the need to establish the Vidor Chamber of Commerce in 1955, with the goal of organizing the business layout and to continue the growth of the community by making Vidor a desirable place for new businesses to call home. The Texas Bar-B-Q Festival, which brings in high profile regional and national entertainers, has been the major fundraiser for the chamber since 1980. The city is a member of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation. VISIT 14

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The City of West Orange is on Farm Road 1006, just southwest of Orange and 30 miles east of Beaumont in southeastern Orange County. The town plat for the West Orange addition to Orange was filed in 1902. A substantial residential community developed by virtue of the site’s position between the industrial facilities at Orange, those to the south at Port Vernon, which were planned by 1903, and those to the north at Doc Brown Station, at the junction of the Texas and New Orleans and Orange and Northwestern railroads. Oil and brick production was centered at Port Vernon. A rice warehouse, the Peden Iron and Steel Company, and the county dipping vat were located at Doc Brown Station. In 1954, West Orange was incorporated by a 381-90 vote. During the 1950s the population doubled, from 2,539 in 1950 to 5,080 in 1960. Like many areas of heavily industrialized Jefferson and Orange counties, however, West Orange declined during the two decades that followed. By 1980 the number of residents living there had dropped to 4,610. In 2000 the population was 4,111, with 1,672 households. The City of West Orange encompasses approximately four square miles and has more than 20 miles of streets running through it. Caffey Park is located on Lansing and Burnett streets and contains playground equipment and picnic facilities. The city also boasts of a brand new playground for its younger residents, with colorful equipment graciously donated to the city by Rescar Inc. This playground is part of Alford-Seale Plaza, located on Western Avenue just east of City Hall. A large gazebo sits in the plaza, providing an excellent spot for birthday parties, weddings and concerts. The City of West Orange is a represented by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation.



The two rivers bordering Orange County will play an even larger role in the county economy than in prior years. Improvements at the Port of Orange on the Sabine River, in conjunction with the other nearby transportation assets, should reap some of the rewards of expected growth of Gulf of Mexico port facilities once the widening of the Panama Canal is completed. The Neches River is also part of the shipping equation now for Orange County as the Port of Beaumont recently opened a deep-water wharf on the county’s west bank. “The Port of Orange is an integral part of a great transportation system that has a bright future,” said Bobby Fillyaw, executive director of the Orange County Economic Development Corp. “It’s a tremendous resource of Orange County.” A more than $7.5 million upgrade to the Alabama Street Terminal of the Port of Orange is being made to facilitate container-on-barge, or COB, operations for products from area petrochemical plants. The port, strategically located one mile from the Intracoastal Waterway and two miles from Interstate 10, along with its service by the Union Pacific Railway, provides an excellent location for what is termed “transmodal” freight operations. Transmodal freight transport involves the 17

transportation of cargo in a steel container using multiple modes of transportation - rail, truck, barge and ship - without handling the freight itself when changing modes. The method reduces cargo handling, improves security and reduces damage and loss. Container-on-barge is an innovative new method of freight movement that allows ports such as Orange to participate in the movement of cargo, such as synthetic resin, from their manufacturing base to ports such as Houston and New Orleans. There, containers are loaded onto large ocean-going container ships. A further advantage is provided by loading

a container to its maximum engineered capacity which would make it too heavy to transport over the nation’s highways. However, the containers in Orange will be loaded with cargo that is currently warehoused at the port, which means they will not travel across city streets or state or interstate highways. Therefore, the containers can be loaded with up to 20% more cargo than a traditional “over-the-road”

truck, a fact that translates into a savings in transportation cost to the shipper. The net result likewise includes the removal of thousands of trucks from the highways system. Thus, roads can be safer while highway maintenance costs are reduced. Container-on-barge shipping comes at a time when the widening of the Panama Canal means a projected reliance on Gulf Coast ports in order to fulfill the needs of emerging overseas markets such as those in Asia. “The Panama Canal is currently being expanded and will be able to handle the large ships that traditionally have loaded and discharged at West Coast ports because the canal could not handle vessels that were over 106 feet wide,” said Gene Bouillon, Port of Orange director and CEO. “Upon completion of the new canal the Gulf of Mexico ports will gain a logistical advantage over the West Coast and it is expected that direct ocean shipments from Far East countries like China will dramatically increase.” The Port of Beaumont-Orange County Meanwhile, a long-awaited addition to the Port of Beaumont on the Orange County side of the Neches River became a reality in November 2010. The ocean vessel BBC Colorado was the first ship to use the new, 650-foot-long Orange County Wharf when it unloaded steel billets for use at the Gerdau Ameristeel plant. The billets were shipped from a steel mill in Brazil and will be used by the mill to make wire rods.

This deep-water wharf is the first port facility ever built on the Orange County side of the Neches River, and the wharf is the first significant improvement to the Port of Beaumont property there. The port owns some 828 acres in Orange County, stretching from I-10 south to the river. Three major railroads run through the middle of the property, providing rail service to all of North America. Part of the Orange County property has been in the port of Beaumont’s possession for decades. The 240-acres between the railroad tracks and the river was acquired by the port in 1937, and was used for the remainder of the 20th century as a place to deposit silt and sand from periodic dredging of the Neches River. Eventually, the level of the site was raised and initial development of the tract began with creation of a roadbed and bulkhead in the late 1990s. In 2007, the port began to use the property to store steel pipe, which was imported and eventually used to transport liquefied natural gas from new LNG terminals constructed in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. The remaining property, which reaches from the railroad tracks north to Interstate 10, was purchased by the port in 2005 The port has also acquired additional tracts of land further downstream, which will be reserved for future dredging. Other projects planned for the Orange County site include construction of open cargo storage lots and road and rail infrastructure. The port has received $4 million in funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration towards a $5.5 million project to link the port’s property to existing railroads. Another $4 million will be spent to construct an access road connecting the new wharf to Interstate 10. That project received $2.5 million under the Surface Transportation bill in 2005, a measure jointly sponsored by the area’s congressmen U.S. Reps. Kevin Brady and Ted Poe.





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100LL and Jet A fuels are available. Sabine Aviation, the airport’s fixed base operator, meets pilots’ needs with a wide range of aviation supplies, a lounge and a weather & computer room. Wi-Fi Internet is also available at the FBO facility. The Orange County Airport is convenient to cities such as Beaumont, Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Southeast Texas Regional Airport, serving Beaumont-Port Arthur and the surrounding community, is 15 miles from ORG; Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston is a distance of 93 miles; and the Lake Charles Regional Airport is 35 miles away. So, if flying to Orange, say goodbye to long lines and the frustration of waiting, and say hello to the airport where your travel needs are met. Remember ORG, the Orange County Airport.


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and parent’s lounge combine to create a modern obstetrical facility. A surgical suite with five operating rooms, and an eightbed post-anesthesia/ surgery recovery room are part of the surgical facility advances for both inpatient and outpatient surgical needs. Modern patient rooms, including a pediatric unit, were also part of the renovation. An expanded dining area is often host not only to the families of patients but to local business and citizens during the lunch hour. Chef Terry Gautier is widely known for his culinary arts. A beautiful atrium area serves as the main entrance to the Tower facility.

Since 1957, Baptist Orange Hospital has been providing comprehensive health services and Sacred Work to the people of Orange County. Over the years the hospital has seen many changes, enhancing medical care to the community. With the addition of new medical staff members, Baptist Orange has also been dedicated to positive growth. The 99 bed licensed acute care facility is conveniently located off of IH-10 and offers a full range of medical services and state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures. Medical and surgical services offered in general and specialized care in Cardiology, Endoscopy, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Urology, ENT and General Surgery. A new Emergency Department was completed in Summer 2005 and added more than 8,500 square feet to the hospital which enabled Baptist Orange to more than double the number of patients it sees each year. This thirteen bed expansion is in response to our community’s crucial need for expanded critical care services. Baptist Orange Hospital also provides full-time chaplain services to patients and their families in need of emotional and spiritual support. Baptist Orange Hospital recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and continues the mission of building a better Orange County.

Cardiac Department The cardiovascular diagnostic center is capable of detecting heart problems before they happen. Up-to-date technology and equipment provides information that results in thorough examinations and more accurate diagnoses. Keeping patients at the heart of all they do, Baptist Orange Hospital is investing in the latest technology for treatment of Heart Disease. With the addition of new echocardiography and vascular equipment, the latest imaging equipment including a 64 slice CT Scanner for Cardiac Studies, Board Certified Cardiologists and the recent recognition by the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Program with the Award of Excellence, Baptist Orange Hospital provides quality cardiac care right here in Orange County.

Medical Professional Building In 1994, a new medical professional building was built adjacent to the hospital. The building is home to many of the local physicians, offering immediate access to the hospital facility. In addition, outpatient facilities, including laboratory and imaging, are located in the professional building.

Emergency, other patient services

The emergency department at Baptist Orange Hospital provides 24-hour emergency service with a physician and This 90,000 square-foot, four-story, brick and glass addition nursing staff specially trained in emergency medicine. Other medical services offered include outpatient surgery, houses a new birthing center to enhance the existing labor which saves time and expense while providing quality care, and delivery services offered. Five birthing rooms, eight eliminating the need for overnight hospital stays. Outpatient additional postpartum beds, a caesarean operating room

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services make diagnosis, treatment and surgery more affordable and convenient. In 2008, imaging upgrades included a 64-slice CT, new MRI and updated diagnostic imaging equipment.

Community Service Baptist Orange Hospital also contributes to the surrounding area through community service. From education for healthy lifestyle choices to safety driving for mature adults, programs have been developed and designed to help Southeast Texas identify personal risks and options for minimizing those risks. Baptist Orange Hospital also sponsors a 55+ Luncheon bi-monthly with education for the Senior population.

Advisory Board In 1998, Baptist Hospital of Orange formed an advisory board made up of 40 members of the community. Local business and industry leaders, clergy and involved citizens comprise the board and meet on a monthly basis with hospital officials to address issues that would be of benefit to the community. Four committees relating to hospital services have been formed: Physician Recruitment, Future Planning, Customer Service and a Nominating Committee work together as a team. With the advisory board, the hospital is able to be directly involved in the needs of the community and to focus on the quality and future growth of the services within the facility.





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Orange County is rich with its historic past, its world-class cultural facilities and its places to indulge one’s hobbies or to just plain have fun. There is no shortage of things to do or places to see. The county has made its mark on history and its people are proud of their role in history. Some of the county’s historic homes and structures have already been turned into museums to honor various aspects of the county’s historical legacy and other tributes and museums are still being developed. One such particular tribute in the works is to the contributions of those who made life more enjoyable through music and other performing arts.

Tribute to Music Vidor – “Where the Music Began” is more than a boast from this one-time busy sawmill town. Even back in those sawmill days, when the family gathered to relax and enjoy themselves, the old

upright piano, guitar and drums wouldn’t be far away and the music would pour out. Everything from old time Gospel to Rock and Roll and good ol’ Country Music could be heard playing through the woods as the sun set on the Neches River banks. Front porches and even the barn became a make-shift stage and dance floors. From these humble beginnings came some of the greatest talent in the Music industry. Vidorians say their town of 12,000 can pride themselves on more musical and dramatic talent than any other small Texas town. A “Walk of Fame” museum and festival to celebrate its musical past is planned. Vidor has been home to many nationally recognized performers. Opera and country music singers, stage and screen actors, song writers and dozens of backup musicians have roots in Vidor. Many talented Vidorians have gone on to fame and fortune. Today, Tracy Byrd, George Jones, and Clay Walker immediately come to mind as some of the most talented in the industry. 27

Many M any more m ore hhave ave llikewise ikewise bbrought rought fame to Vidor: Billie Jo Spears was only 13 years old when she began her career in an all-star country concert in Houston. She had many hits in the Top 5 on Billboard Magazine and her 1976 song “Blanket on the Ground” was No. 1. Lou Smith whose songs were “My Name is Lou”, and “Always a Winner,” was one of the early pioneers who starred on the Louisiana Hayride for many years while serving on the School Board for the Vidor Independent School District.

Lessie Lyle, the mother of 12 children, wrote over 200 great songs. Lyle was a local girl with a very rare gift. One of her greatest hit “Blue Darlin’ was re-recorded by Chris Isaak in 2009. Don Rollins, co-writer of “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere” performed by music superstars Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet, is still busy in Nashville today, writing and arranging music. Vidorian Jenifer Wrinkle, a remarkable fiddle player has played in the band of Martina McBride, Pam Tillis and now plays for the great Reba McEntire. Vidorian Deacon Anderson wrote the catchy tune “Rag Mop” and Huey Buxton was fiddler for the Western Swing great Bob Wills. The list gets longer every day as Vidorians research the past. Vidorians have been playing music for generations. The Moore family’s John Shirley Moore had his own Western Swing Band at 8 years old. John Robert “Bubba” Moore played bass for Tracy Byrd. Today Bubba’s son, David Adam Moore, has soared to international acclaim for his classical portrayal of the title role in Francesca Zambello’s production of “Billy Budd” with the New Israel Opera in Tel-Aviv. Rachel Elizabeth De Trejo has already made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist. In 2010 she will debut the role of Lucia with Opera Tampa and joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in

their production of Lulu. She will be the featured soprano soloist in Carmina Burana in Carnegie Hall. Also, Brett Moses, is writer, producer and director of the nationally released movie “Noble Things.” The Vidor Chamber of Commerce is creating the “Walk of Fame” with black granite “stars” bearing the name of each notable person. The stars will line the sidewalk outside the city’s new multimillion dollar City Hall, scheduled for its dedication in September 2010. “Vidor: Where the Music Began Walk Of Fame” is an ongoing project and will eventually include a museum with memorabilia as well as an annual Texas Star Music Festival, the first of which is planned on June 25th from 6 p.m. until midnight & June 26th from 2 p.m. until midnight. Other Orange County Museums ge C ounty M useums ttoo vvisit: isit:

Tribute to History Bridge C City ity – The Historical orical Museum of Bridge City, Texas and the Bridge dge ber ooff City Chamber ffice Commerce ooffice share the PPrairie rairie View View “teacherage” e” m museum useum where artifacts acts aand nd memorabiliaa ooff llocal ocal interest adorn orn tthe he w walls a lls and casingss ooff tthe he bbuilding. uilding. The teacherage erage ooriginally riginally housed thee PPrairie rairie View View – aass Bridge City w was as oonce nce kknown nown – unmarried school teachers along with the principal and his wife. Built in 1918, the teacherage is Bridge City’s oldest surviving structure and was donated to the chamber by the Bridge City school Firestone Community FCU has district; then 3 convenient locations to serve you: moved to its current . location in Firestone is a Community Credit Union. All Orange & Newton County Residents Are Welcome to Join! 1996. Come Experience the Credit Union Difference! 2101 MacArthur Dr. Orange, TX 77630 409-886-3096

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items donated by the legendary Texas Longhorn fullback named to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Steve Worster who still lives in Bridge City – and as they say – “put Bridge City on the map.” You will also be able to see a wide variety of equipment and tools from the trades of days gone by. The museum tells the story of Bridge City’s two namesake Cow bbridges. ridges. TThe he rrare are 11940 940 C ow BBayou ayou SSwing wing BBridge ridg is one of only two two ccenter enter ppoint oint sswing wing bbridges ridges rremaining emain in Texas and and hhas as nnow ow joined joined tthe he RRainbow ainbow Bridge on the Places. NNational ational RRegister egister ooff HHistoric is FFuture ut plans for the museum are to expand exhibitions aand educational that pprograms ro iinspire nspire community pride of local aand nd kknowledge now hheritage, eritage, kkey people, places aand nd eevents. vents museum TThe he m useum and chamber ooffice, ffice, aatt 1150 50 RRoundbunch RRoad oad iiss oopen pen ffrom r 9 a.m. until 5 Monday pp.m., .m., M onday tthrough hro Thursday, aand nd 9 aa.m. .m. uuntil ntil 3 p.m. Fridays. AAdmission dmission iiss ffree. ree.

Orangefield – The Paul Cormier Orangefield Museum is not yet fully opened to the public as the Cormier family donated the museum to the Orangefield school district after Paul Cormier passed away in 2009 at the age of 90. Paul Cormier was a well known, independent oilman and benefactor to the Orangefield community. He was also an avid collector who amassed thousands of items, most notably toys. Cormier bought the toys, filling the walls inside the cavernous museum, which he could not afford as a child. Included in the collections are vintage automobiles, guns, knives, oilfield equipment, dolls, Orangefield School memorabilia, tools and even portions of the skating rink Cormier operated in the 1950s. Group tours can be arranged by contacting Phillip Welch, Orangefield Independent School District Superintendent and Operations Director of the Museum. Welch stated that the museum may be available soon with public viewings one day per week, with more days when available. For more information, call Welch at (409)735-7700. 29

Tribute to Arts and Nature Orange – Two of the county seat’s magnificent older homes which are open to visitors showcase late 19th century architecture and social history. The Heritage House Museum is another great venue that provides a glimpse into Orange County’s past. The six-room, two-story home, built in 1902, has been restored to its 1919 condition and has vintage clothing, ship building tools, timber and shingle making tools as well as oil field equipment used during the oil boom of the early 1900s and many other fascinating artifacts and records. The museum in housed in the Jimmy Ochiltree Sims home which was acquired by the city of Orange in 1977, and is named on the National Register of Historic Places. This home offers a charming example of the typical uppermiddle-class lifestyle from the early 1900s through the 1940s. The museum emphasizes teaching area youth about Orange’s history, culture, and architecture. Located at 905 Division Street, tours are available Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with group tours available by appointment. Admission is $5

for adults, $2 senior citizen, 50 cents for students and free for members. ers.

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on view in the museum, and others are showcase in special exhibitions. Other showcased collection on view include the American collections Indian C o Indian Collection of baskets, pottery, and weaving; the Decorative Arts Collection weaving; featuring featuring the only complete set of The United in Crystal by Steuben United SStates t Glass Glass aand nd American Birds in porcelain by Dorothy Doughty; and the Rare Books and Dorothy D Manuscripts M anuscri Collection featuring John James James AAudubon’s personal copy of “The Birds Birds of America.” With a full program of and an impressive of activities ac permanent collection at the Stark per Museum of Art, visitors can share Mu the t passion of H.J. Lutcher Stark and a learn about the stunning land, dramatic people, and diverse wildlife of the American div West. West.

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The museum The m use celebrated its 30th anniversary annivers in November, 2008 and houses one of the nation’s most significant collections of American Western art. H.J. Lutcher Stark, a prominent Orange businessman and

The Museum holds an “Annual al PPast ast TTimes imes Celebration” in October whenn visitors can enjoy the lifestyle le of long ago with a day of fun complete with live music, dancers from area dance schools, wood carving, g, games, crafts, food, and muchh more! The W.H. Stark House is a fully ully restored Victorian landmark hhome ome built in 1894 by W.H. Stark and nd hhis is wife, Miriam Lutcher Stark, pprominent rominent philanthropists in the City of O Orange range iinn tthe he early 1900s. The home remained ained vvacant acant from the time of the Starks’ ddeath eath iinn 11936 936 until 1971. After a lengthy restoration storation tthe he home was opened to the public. blic. Today, the three story, 14,000 square-foot structure stands much as it did at the turn of the 20th century, with fifteen rooms of original family furnishings, personal effects, and decorative arts dating back to the 18th century. The W.H. Stark House also offers programs, events and exhibitions for the general public, including a presentation series that features guest speakers on a variety of cultural topics. The Stark House staff also hosts annual holiday open house events in addition to displaying beautiful Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter exhibits of the family’s rare china. Through these events as well as guided tours of the Stark House, Orange residents and visitors can experience the cultural p interests interests and the the remarkable rema collections collection of the the W.H. W.H Stark family. family. The The house is is listed l on on the

Tours begin in the Carriage House at 610 W. Main Avenue which also features an extensive collection of decorative arts. Hours are 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday with tours of the Carriage House being free and admission required for the Stark House itself. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for senior citizens, 65 and older, as well as for youth from age 10 to 17. Admission is limited to those 10 years old or older. The Stark Museum of Art is another cultural highlight of Orange County. A selection of American Western Art is permanently 30

avid art collector, and his wife Nelda, assembled more than 7,000 paintings, sculpture, and prints rints ffrom rom nnineteenth ineteenth ccentury entury frontier artists to the twentieth ntieth ccentury entury aartistic rtistic colonies in New Mexico. The museum is located at 712 Green Avenue, across the street from the W.H. Stark House and iiss open Tuesday through Saturday, urday, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 pp.m. .m. with group tours available bbyy appointment. Admission iss ffree. ree. The Farmer’s Mercantile iss aanother nother historic site you won’t want miss. nt ttoo m iss. This classic old fashioned ggeneral eneral sstore, tore, where you can shop for everything from garden supplies to livestock feed and hay, offers a glimpse into the business world of the past as it maintains its early-20th century atmosphere. It has remained a family-run business in the same location since its inception by F.A. Harris in 1928. Located at 702 West Division, you are welcome to browse at your leisure during normal business hours from

8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. m. oonn Saturday. Other places to visit include: The Lutcher Theater is a world-class venue for any enthusiast of live entertainment. Opening in 1980 with a performance by Liberace and now ow features only world class Broadway musicals, music stars and international nal sensations. Of course, part of what makes Orange County such a unique setting is the he incredible scenery. The county is home to a variety of scenic, serene retreats, treats, from the award-winning Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center nter ttoo Piney Woods Winery to nature trails, campgrounds, and fishing spots that hat aallow llow tthe he public to interact with the natural world. One such highlight includes thee G Great reat TTexas exas Coastal Birding Trail Site #1 in the Tony Houseman State Park and thee BBirding irding TTrail rail Site #2 – Sabine Loop in Bridge City, which offer some of the finest birdd watching watching in in the the country. If you travel with an RV, there are several convenient locations just off Interstate 10 as well as locations throughout the county. Orange County has over nine-hundred rooms in hotels and bed & breakfasts. Many restaurants are open to serve you scrumptious meals, from steak to seafood to fast food. From museums to historical sites, nature trails to festivals, there is something in Orange County for everyone to enjoy. Through the joint efforts and support of residents, city and county leaders, and local organizations, Orange County has become the premier cultural destination of Southeast Texas. Its world-class facilities may draw you here, but its charming community will make you never want to leave. Discover Orange County, Texas, today and experience the best in culture and community.


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Delta Downs in Vinton has been recognized as Southeast Texas’ favorite place to play slots. You’ll find everything from horse racing to a separate high stakes gaming area at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel. It is non-stop action at Delta Downs with over 1,600 of the hottest slots in a casino with Texas-sized aisles, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Enjoy live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse action from the fall through the summer at Delta Downs and off-track betting from country’s best tracks year round! Plus, Delta Downs also offers free valet parking, live entertainment, fabulous restaurants, a luxury hotel, and service with a smile.


Count on having a great time at Delta Downs because there’s always a promotion, giveaway or tournament happening, and if you’re a B Connected member, you’ll enjoy benefits like instant cash back, free or discounted meals, accommodations, gift shop purchases, invitations to private events and much more. Delta Downs features headline entertainment. If you are planning an event such as an office party, wedding or reunion in the future, Delta Downs also offers meeting space and group packages. Play and stay in the spacious, comfortable hotel and pamper yourself with spa-quality toiletries, and Movies on Demand. Delta Downs is conveniently located just down the road from your hotel in Vinton, Louisiana at I-10, exit 4 Hwy 109 North.

Like real estate, history is all about “location, location, location.� Being in the right place at the right time has always been one of Orange County’s greatest business attributes.

livelihood. National Shipbuilding built cargo ships and tankers during the first war. Levingston, Consolidated and Weaver shipyards built several hundred ships during the Second World War for the military including barges, tugs and destroyers. Orange’s population during World War II swelled to approximately 60,000 to 70,000 people.

Historically, Orange County grew both directly and indirectly because of the Sabine and Neches rivers. The Sabine forms the eastern boundary of Orange County and shares a border with Louisiana, while the Neches River, to the west separates Orange and Jefferson counties. From the middle 19th century to the early 20th century, timber from woods to the north caused Orange to blossom and resulted in great wealth for the lumber families. Woodsmen floated timber down the Neches River from the Pineywoods to Beaumont mills while hardwood logs splashed into the Sabine River from Newton County, to the north, and made their way downriver to Orange. Some of the prominent names seen and heard throughout Orange County – Lutcher, Stark, Brown, for instance – are remembered for their philanthropy as well as their business success that was built upon milling tall East Texas trees. In 1901 Spindletop blew in from underfoot, raining what was later called “black gold� upon the ground just south of Beaumont. The proximity of Orange County to this and subsequent oil bonanzas in Hardin County would eventually lead to an international petrochemical business.

The U.S. Navy chose Orange during World War II as a location to berth ships after the war was over. The inactive ship facility or “mothball fleet� had 250 ships stationed here at its peak. The facility was phased out in the 1970s. Shipbuilding remains important to Orange County as does other maritime-related businesses. The Port of Orange has played a significant role in attracting new industries to the county because of its deep-sea and

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But even before Southeast Texas was known for businesses related to oil, gas and chemicals, the rivers surrounding Orange County spawned a shipbuilding industry. Just prior to Texas independence from Mexico, a Gulf port had been designated at Sabine Pass, below the confluence of the Sabine and Neches rivers and Sabine Lake. A series of projects in the latter 19th century to construct and improve the waterways resulted in dredging and eventually ports were established at Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange. Ships were built in Orange as navigation both up the Sabine and down to the Gulf improved during those early days. World War I and again during World War II saw shipbuilding become Orange County’s

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barge terminal facilities. The port operations pump between $11 million and $12 million annually into the local economy. The Port of Orange dates back to 1917 when it was established and operated under the name of Orange Wharf and Dock Commission. An Orange County Navigation and Port District was created by the Texas Legislature in 1953 and was formed in 1955. The district is governed by a five-member commission elected by county voters. “The Port of Orange currently specializes in long-term ship berthing and ship repair. The Sabine River has a draft limit of 30 feet, so we have found our niche by specializing in providing services to ocean-going vessels that are not loaded and can navigate up the Sabine River,” said Port Director and CEO Gene Bouillon. “We are also able to serve inland barges and vessels because we are located within one mile of the Intracoastal Waterway.” The ports in Orange, Beaumont, Port Arthur and Sabine Pass along with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – extending 1,700 miles from Brownsville, TX to Fort Myers, Fla. – all are part of the larger Sabine-Neches Waterway. Connecting these ports are the two rivers as well as a series of canals, turning basins and jetties. The Sabine-Neches Waterway collectively forms the second-largest waterway in Texas and fourth-largest in the United States. Although the end of WWII signaled the end of mass producing ships in Orange, the maritime industry has continued its presence on the waterfront of Orange and throughout the county. These days the sound of hammers banging metal against metal can be heard in the marine shipyards and fabrication facilities in and around Orange. Instead of producing warships these shops turn out ship modules, barges, and boats for both varied marine uses by industry and the military. Among these companies are names such as Beacon Maritime, Orange Shipbuilding, Signal International and Crumpler’s Shipbuilding,

Petrochemicals World War II saw the need for synthetic chemicals used in explosives as well as synthetic rubber. When the troops returned home and transformed into the Baby Boomer generation, a seemingly unending need was created for synthetics which were made from products of oil and gas. The landscape near the Sabine River in Orange began to change in the 1950s. Out of the coastal prairie land gigantic silver towers and mazes of pipes used in refining oil and gas, and producing chemicals, rose up on the skyline. The road to those chemical plants, now Farm-to-Market Road 1006, took workers and fascinated motorists to a seemingly never-ending series of plants that became known as a worldwide tourist drive known as “Chemical Row.” Included among those today on Chemical Row are plants that have been around from the start, such as nylon producer DuPont. Also among the other petrochemical manufacturers are Invista, Honeywell, Printpack, Lanxess, Solvay Solexis, Firestone and Chevron-Phillips. A variety of products are produced in Orange County plants. These products, distributed worldwide, are used to make everyday products such as plastic goods, auto parts and toys as well as oil and gas distillates. In addition to the impact these petrochemical plants have on the world, they impact the local economy with thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in local tax revenue. Although not all of Orange County’s manufacturers are located on the Sabine River, many of the products transported along the Sabine-Neches Waterway are related to the oil, gas and petroleum industry. In a 2005 study released by the Sabine-Neches Navigation District, the majority of 118 million tons of cargo moved on the waterway during the 2003 study year, the 73 million-ton majority was crude oil. Second was petroleum products at 28 million tons and chemicals at 8.5 million tons. One can see a variety of marine traffic while looking out over the Sabine and Neches rivers from Orange County. Some ships may be headed inward for layberth. Other ships are headed back into duty after a repair at a local facility. Meanwhile, looking downstream one might spot a couple of anglers trying their luck on one of the warm, still afternoons in the summer. A real bird’s-eye view of the waterway can be seen from the towering Rainbow Bridge and Veteran’s Memorial Bridge between Bridge City and Port Arthur on State Highway 87. The rivers provide a little a bit for all, both in the past and the present. What future lies ahead may be grounded in the past, but the sky is the limit on what is in the industrial future for Orange County. Why not come here and watch our rivers roll? 37

Ov the last five years, Orange County has experienced significant Over damage d to some of our community facilities. Severe weather ddemonstrated the need for enhanced disaster management facilities. AAfter Hurricane Rita substantially damaged the Old Timers Pavilion jjust west of Orange in 2005, the people of Orange County lost one oof their favorite public gathering places for receptions, family reunions, conferences, and other events. There is a pressing need to provide a con permanent home for perm Texas AgriLife offices, the Texa and the Road and Bridge offices along with the need for a multi-purpose outdoor venue for the youth livestock show and auction as well as rodeos and other outdoor events. The Orange County Sheriff’s Posse rodeo arena is the only facility in Orange County able to host rodeos or various livestock expositions. The arena is dated, has limited seating and is unusable during inclement weather. Several forward thinking individuals and community groups came together to form a new organization known as C.H.A.M.P.S.- an acronym for “Community Hands Assembling a Multi Purpose Structure”- a nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity to provide the funds needed for a new, modern multi-purpose facility designed to serve many more people than the original venues. All members of the Board serve without pay and no one shares in proceeds of the operations. C.H.A.M.P.S. has been hard at work raising community awareness and designing an efficient well thought-out plan. They engaged the services of Mark Magnuson & Associates to prepare preliminary drawings and possible use plans. The organization acquired land on FM 1442 just south of IH-10 as the location of the new facility. In April 2010, C.H.A.M.P.S. officially transferred the land to Orange County. In the fall of 2008, the water and wind of another hurricane devastated Orange County once again. One of the area’s greatest natural disasters, the storm demonstrated the clear need for a central emergency command center strategically located within the County. In 2010, Orange County Emergency Management Services Director, Jeff Kelley, applied for and received a $9.68 Million Community Development Block Grant from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs to build an emergency ”shelter of last resort” for first responders and special needs patients. The C.H.A.M.P.S. Board and the Orange County Commissioners were convinced that this shelter should be fully utilized by various organizations on a regular basis. The end result was that portions of the new C.H.A.M.P.S. multipurpose building will be occupied daily by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Orange County Road and Bridge, Environmental Health and Code Compliance, Emergency Management Services, Master Gardeners of Orange County and the Orange County Chapter of Senior Citizens. Additionally, a large meeting room will be provided for general community use. When the building needs to be used as a shelter of last resort, it can be easily converted and will become the center of disaster operations. Construction on this grand new facility should begin in the latter part of 2010. Upon completion this will serve as a great asset to all of the citizens of Orange County. 38


“Sabine River Authority’s roots run long and deep in Orange County. Orange County citizens were among the early pioneers that had the vision to create the Sabine River Authority of Texas. Orange County continues to be a focal point of our operations in the Sabine River Basin.” Jerry Clark, SRA General Manager

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Good Eats Spanky’s Restaurant Bar & Grill brings southeast Texas an excellent dining experience that is home-grown owned, bringing you familiar entries that you would expect in bar and grills, but delivered with southeast Texas flare! Spanky’s was established on February 28, 1989 by Eddie Le Moine, Mike Le Moine and Joe Heinen. Gradually they added many new entrees to the original bar-b-que menu. In 1993, the addition of a full service bar became a place to meet with friends and family. In 1999, the Le Moine’s became sole owners and again remodeled and expanded. In 2003, with Eddie’s passing, Mike became the sole owner of the family business. Mike again rebuilt and updated the restaurant after hurricane Rita caused damage in 2005. Satellite was also installed to the three large flat screen televisions in the home-town bar where you can enjoy playing Buzztime Trivia, video poker or rounds of darts. Spanky’s is open 7 days a week 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Lucy’s Café - Lucy Terry quit her full time job to spend more time with her two young daughters only to find that they were only able to “stay at home” due to a lack of funds. Lucy then followed her passion of cooking, eating and entertaining and opened a small café that sat 32 people in 2001. Offering sandwiches, soup, a special of the day, and to die for desserts, Lucy’s has expanded to the present 72 seat café with crawfish pie being one of their most popular offerings along with their award winning desserts and bakery items. Lucy’s is open Monday thru Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 40

Papa John’s Pizza, locally owned and operated by fifth and sixth generation Texans Mike and Judy Nichols, opened their location in Orange in 2009. After first opening a franchise in Mid County in 1994, they have been doing business from a foundation of quality and hard work delivering pizzas to most destinations in the area. Papa John’s local management team, composed of quality individuals from the Southeast Texas region, understands the importance of hospitality by following the core values of “Family serving Neighbors” and “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe; it can achieve!” Their employees operate under the premise that PAPA stands for People Are Priority 1 Always! Having been a part of the fabric of our community for over 15 years, they often feel like a ministry in addition to a business. The Nichols stated they “feel blessed to be surrounded with friends and neighbors who understand how valuable living in our little corner of Texas is. Our rich heritage, unique topography and fabulous weather here make our choice to do business in the Golden Triangle one of the best decisions of our lives. We are so proud to be a part of this community and to call so many of our guests friends. We feel a richer life elsewhere would be hard to find.” Papa John’s is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. – 11:00 p.m

The Barking Dog Coffee Lounge –Tanya and Chris Votava loved everything about the quaint shop/venue with the smell and taste of freshly-brewed coffee along with live music by local artists they found for sale in Beaumont, Texas in 2009. With this atmosphere stealing their hearts they bought the business and then brought the same opportunity to Orange by opening their second location on February 1, 2010. It began with an outpouring of support from the community on the same day! Business will only get better as live entertainment, beer and wine are introduced. Currently the Barking Dog-Orange offers an array of specialty coffee drinks and gourmet sandwiches along with wi-fi. The Barking Dog caters to local artists and musicians. Their motto is Come. Sit. Stay. The vibe will draw you in, and you will want to stay. The Barking Dog Coffee Lounge hours are Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., later on theater and mic nights. The second and fourth Thursdays are open mic nights at 7:00 p.m. 41

%LJJHVW%URDGZD\6HDVRQ(YHU Momix-Botanica - October 25, 2010 Burn the Floor - October 31, 2010 Handel’s Messiah Rocks - November 7, 2010 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast - December 4-5, 2010 Cherryholmes Christmas - December 16, 2010 Tango Buenos Aires - January 8, 2011

Spamalot - January 23, 2011 The Color Purple - February 1-2, 2011 Mamma Mia - February 25-26, 2011 Spencers Theatre of Illusion - March 11, 2011 Bus Stop - March 19, 2011

Legally Blonde - April 23, 2011

Visit or call 409.886.5535 for ticket information. The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater of the Performing Arts is a program of the Nelda C. and H. J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.

Lamar State College Orange

Lamar State College-Orange, also known as LSC-O, is a two-year state supported institution located in the heart of Orange, Texas. Since its founding nearly 40 years ago, LSC-O has grown significantly in size and educational offerings to now include 38 degree programs, certificates of completion and institutional awards. Instructional programs are offered in four divisions: allied health, arts and sciences, business and technology, and education. The college, which is a member of the Texas State University System, has a student body of about 2,100. In the fall of 1969, Lamar University opened its first extension center in Orange with classes in the former Tilley Elementary School. During the 1999 legislative session, Lamar UniversityOrange was officially renamed Lamar State CollegeOrange, and funds totaling almost $10 million were authorized for a new main building, a central plant and campus infrastructure. The building was occupied in May 2001. LSC-O operates as a service institution that combines quality programs with community needs. All faculty and staff are committed to developing individuals who can contribute to society economically, culturally and socially. To that end, the college’s mission is to provide academic transfer and associate degree programs to prepare students for senior colleges and universities; to provide technical certificate and associate degree programs to prepare students for employment; to provide developmental programs for students not ready for college-level work; to provide continuing education and customized training programs for those pursuing areas of personal interest or upgrading employment skills; and to provide community service activities that promote economic development and cultural awareness. 43

Courses At the heart of any college campus are the students. Enrollment for a long semester at LSC-O averages between 1,800 and 2,100 students who are enrolled in a variety of programs. The degrees and programs are as diverse as the schedules available. Associate degrees may be completed in four semesters, certificates of completion may be completed in two semesters and institutional awards may be completed in one semester. Associate of applied science degrees include business management, industrial technology, information technology support specialist, medical laboratory technology, medical office professional, process technology, and upward mobility nursing. Associate of arts degrees include education/teaching grades early childhood-6, 4-8, special education early childhood-12 and core subjects-grades 8-12, and theater. The associate of science degrees are business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, horticulture, liberal arts, natural science, and sociology. CCertificates of completion include business management accounting, Cisco network sspecialist, criminal justice, criminal justice corrections, dental assisting, entrepreneurship, iinformation technology support assistant-networking, information technology support aassistant-software development, instrumentation, medical administrative assistant, medical ooffice assistant, medical transcriptionist, pharmacy technology, process technology, safety, hhealth and environmental and vocational nursing. TThe institutional awards available are emergency medical technician-basic, forensic science, medical office receptionist, and web design/multimedia. m

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Each semester the Continuing Education and Workforce Development staff offers a variety of classes that include personal development, computer skill enhancement and professional development along with free community service learning opportunities. The workforce development department has recently offered training and certifications in welding, construction, and mobile crane operations. The Accelerated Certification for Educators (ACE) Program at LSC-O has proven to be very successful. As one of the best resources for workforce development, LSC-O provides this teacher training for baccalaureate degreed individuals presently in business/industry seeking a career change, college graduates seeking careers as professional educators, and teachers seeking permanent certification. Baccalaureate degreed individuals have proven themselves competent as students and professionals. The ACE Program builds upon that solid foundation by providing the necessary training and preparation for teacher certification.

Community Providing opportunities for the community has always been a goal of LSC-O. The Distinguished Lecture Series has brought notable speakers such as Peter Bergen, Robert Baer, Ben Stein, Liz Murray, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Cokie Roberts, Ken Burns, J. C. Watts, and Ed Begley Jr. to Orange. Most recently, Lieutenant General Russel HonorĂŠ joined this list of prestigious speakers when he presented his lecture on “Leadership and Preparedness in the 21st Centuryâ€? at the Lutcher Theater. These events are free and open to the community. To promote cultural awareness, LSC-O hosts events throughout the year to celebrate the many heritages that make up the diverse culture of Orange County. Events such as Cajun Heritage Week, Texas Heritage Celebration and Black History Month are all free and open to the public. In addition, the Ron E. Lewis Library features many exhibits - from photography and art to heritage and history each month for the enjoyment of all library visitors. Students of LSC-O are involved in community and extra-curricular activities that help develop their skills and broaden their future possibilities. Projects and services include volunteering with the Orange Lions Club, participating each year in the Christmas parade, coordinating food and clothing drives on campus, sponsoring quarterly blood drives and participating in the Blue Santa toy drive along

with the LSC-O student members of the Criminal Justice Society. The Speech and Debate Team travels to cities in Texas and beyond to compete with other colleges and universities in events such as public speaking, oral interpretation and academic debate. In 2009, the team was named the Texas Community College State Champion for having earned first place in Parliamentary Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Informative Speaking. For those enrolled in education courses, the Teachers of Tomorrow, or TOT, student organization, provides an opportunity to meet and network with others pursuing careers in education. Nursing students perform blood pressure screens and blood typing at several community events and the dental assisting students visit daycares to promote good oral hygiene and also offer free x-ray imaging as part of their training for future careers. Dental assisting students also plan to include nursing homes in their volunteering efforts.

Services As the campus grows so do the services offered. The Testing Center offers the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) certification test ( and proctors many different certifications including insurance and coding specialist, medical office assistant, bookkeeper, and phlebotomy technician, to name a few. LSC-O also offers Cisco certifications and other IT exams offered through Pearson Vue. For further information or for other inquiries, contact the Office of Public Information at (409) 882-3345.

Shangri La re-opened to the public in March, 2008, but its historical roots run deep. H.J. Lutcher Stark, who was inspired by the mystical retreat described in James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon, originally opened Shangri-La Botanical Gardens in 1946. Visitors from around the world came to Orange to see the beautiful gardens, but a major snowstorm in 1958 destroyed the grounds, which prompted Stark to close Shangri-La to the public. In 1961 Stark, with his wife, Nelda Childers Stark, established the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas by promoting, encouraging, and assisting education, the arts, and health and human services. Following the death of Nelda Stark in 1999, the Board of Directors of the Stark Foundation recognized Shangri La’s potential to provide environmental education to the public and decided to reopen the facility. Years of construction with a focus on the use of environmentallysound design and materials allowed Shangri La to become the first project in Texas and the 50th project in the world to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s Platinum Certification for LEED – NC, which verifies the design and construction of Shangri La reached the highest green building and performance measures. Design features include soybean-based insulation, solar heating and cooling panels, waterless urinals and ultra low-flow toilets – all of which afford the public a first-hand look at some of the unique steps that can be taken to live a more Earth-friendly life. Shangri La also encourages environmental appreciation through a programs. There is more to discover variety of hands-on learning pro than the impressive plant plan life in the gardens. The Nature Center also ho holds many treasures, among them the 15-acre 15-acr Beaver Pond full of fish, water fowl, and of course, beavers. Adams Bayou boat excursions allow visitors an upe close encounter with its fascinating ecosystem, including “The Survivor,” e a 1,230-year old pond cypress, and three nature pavilions along the way th aallow for rest stops and discussions.

Nearly one mile of boardwalk spreads over waterways filled with fish, reptiles, and other wildlife. Ruby Lake is home to thousands of nesting birds, including herons and egrets, and a state-of-theart Bird Blind allows an intimate view of thousands of baby birds. A bat house, another of Stark’s original features, has been fully restored, and guests can watch the nocturnal creatures fly into the night from the adjacent amphitheater. With so much flora and fauna, Shangri La has established itself as a world-class tourist destination and educational environment.



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Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a program of the Nelda C. and H. J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.

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Monthly Calendar of Events throughout Orange County JUNE, 2010 12 18th - 20th 19 25 25 25-26 26

Vidor Texas Star Festival Pageant Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) Orange Car Show (3rd Saturday Night) Orange Means Safety - Texas Travel Center Annual Cops and Kids at Claiborne Park Vidor Texas Star Music Festival Car Show Featuring the Hupmobile and Model T

JULY, 2010 3 9 10 16th - 17th 16th - 18th 17 19

Independence Day Concert Vidor “Collector Car Appreciation Day” Cruise Night Bridge City BLISS Women’s Pampering Event Orange Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo (3rd weekend) Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) Orange Car Show (3rd Saturday Night) Bridge City Golf Tournament, Sunset Grove

OCTOBER, 2010 1 Lecture Program - Stark House 2nd - 9th Orchid Festival - Shangri La 4 Francis Ann Lutcher, the Orchid Lady Stark House/Lutcher Theater 6th - 9th Annual Lions Club Charity Carnival 9 Bridge City JACKPOT! Night 13th - 16th Annual Lions Club Charity Carnival 10th -11th Lutcher Theater - Giggle, Giggle, Quack (3 shows) 15th -17th Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) 16 Car Show (3rd Saturday Night) 16 Annual Heritage House Museum sponsored “Past Times” 886-5385 16 Fall Family Day - Stark Museum of Art 21st - 24th Orange Community Players Southern Hospitality (4 shows) 25th - 26th Lutcher Theater - MOMIX Botanica (2 shows) 26th - Nov 27th Scarecrow Festival - Shangri La 28th - 30th Orange Community Players Southern Hospitality (3 shows) 31 Lutcher Theater - Burn the Floor

AUGUST, 2010 6th - 7th Annual OCARC Fishing Tournament (1st weekend) 12th - 14th Orange Community Players - Bat Boy the Musical (3 shows) 13th - 15th Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) 19th - 21st Orange Community Players - Bat Boy the Musical (3 shows) 20th - 22nd SMASH “Shop Orange First” Tax Fee Weekend 21 Car Show (3rd Saturday Night) 21 Krewe’s Summer Dance SEPTEMBER, 2010 6 City of Pinehurst Senior Citizen Annual Labor Day Picnic (Labor Day) 11 Bridge City Mystery Dinner Theater 18 Car Show (3rd Saturday Night) 17th - 19th Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) 25th - 26th National S.P.O.R.T. “Showdown on the Sabine” Speed Boat Races (4th weekend) 25 Smithsonian Museum Day - Stark Museum of Art


NOVEMBER, 2010 1 Bridge City Chamber of Commerce presents “Bayou Bowl” Sports Event w/Dinner 1st - 27th Scarecrow Festival - Shangri La 4 Diva Night - Orange Chamber of Commerce 6 Annual Holiday in the Park Festival West Orange (1st weekend) 7 Lutcher Theater - Messiah Rocks 10 Lutcher Theater A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2 shows) 12th - 14th Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) 13 Bridge City/Orangefield Ms. Bridgefield Pageant 13 Autumn Fair - Shangri La DECEMBER, 2010 3 Annual Jaycees Christmas Parade 4 Annual Shop Bridge City and Lights Parade 4th - 5th Lutcher Theater Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (3 shows) 7 Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet 7 Christmas Caroling - Shangri La

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JANUARY, 2011 8 15 14th - 16th 20th - 22nd 23 27th - 29th 27

Annual Heritage House Museum sponsored Visit w/Santa & Christmas Tour 886-5385 Vidor Annual Christmas on Main Street Festival and Classic Car Parade Christmas Caroling - Shangri La Annual Stark House “Christmas Traditions” Open House Lutcher Theater - Cherryholmes Christmas Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) Christmas Caroling - Shangri La Annual Christmas in the Park, Tree Lighting held in Stark Park Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, West Orange Annual Christmas Open Houses Annual Celebration of Lights in Orange Texas Annual “Season Readings” Orange Public Library 409-883-1086 for times.

Lutcher Theater - Tango Buenos Aires: Fire and Passion Car Show (3rd Saturday Night) Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) Orange Community Players I’m Not Rappaport (3 shows) Lutcher Theater - Spamalot Orange Community Players I’m Not Rappaport (3 shows) Vidor Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet


Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

FEBRUARY, 2011 1st - 2nd Lutcher Theater - The Color Purple (2 shows) 5 Annual Adams Bayou Trash Off 5 Annual Orange Mardi Gras Ball 18th - 19th Service League Follies 18th - 20th Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) 19 Car Show (3rd Saturday Night) 25th - 26th Lutcher Theater - Mamma Mia (3 shows) 26 Orange Annual Mardi Gras on the Sabine Parade 27th - 1st Golden Triangle Days MARCH, 2011 9 11 18th - 20th 19 19 23 26 26 TBA TBA TBA

Lutcher Theater - Room on the Broom (2 shows) Lutcher Theater - The Spencers: Theater of Illusion Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) Lutcher Theater - Bus Stop Car Show (3rd Saturday Night) Lutcher Theater - The Ugly Duckling (2 shows) Vidor Annual Texas Bar-B-Q Festival Scholarship Pageant Annual Art in the Park (last Saturday in March) Annual Mauriceville Crawfish Pageant Orange County Master Gardeners Annual Spring Plant Sale Bridal Showcase - Orange Chamber of Commerce

APRIL, 2011 1 8 15th - 17th 16 16 15th - 17th

Lutcher Theater - Knuffle Bunny (2 shows) Lutcher Theater - Ferdinand the Bull (2 shows) Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) Eco-fest Car Show (3rd Saturday Night) Mauriceville Annual Crawfish Festival & Parade (3rd weekend) 19th - 22nd Shangri La celebrates Earth Week 22 Earth Day - Shangri La 22 City of Orange Annual Easter Egg Hunt Orange Boat Ramp Easter Weekend - Annual Easter Egg Hunts 23 Lutcher Theater - Legally Blonde (2 shows) 29th - May 1st Vidor Texas Bar-B-Q Festival, Claiborne Park (Carnival, games, concerts, vendors) 30th - May 1st St. Mary’s Church Annual Spring Festival TBA Catholic Women’s Annual Home & Garden Tour TBA GOALS Annual Adult Spelling Bee Challenge TBA Orange Public Library Annual Book Sale 883-1081 TBA Annual Administrative Professionals Day seminar hosted by LSC-O TBA Annual Guns & Hoses BB Game 883-1050 TBA LCM Project Safe Graduation Annual Car Show LCM High School TBA Orange Jazz Company Annual Concert - Lutcher Theater MAY, 2011 1st 1st - 2nd 5


St. Mary’s Church Annual Spring Festival Lutcher Theater - Zoo Zoo (3 shows) Lutcher Theater - Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch (2 shows) Orange Community Players - Hairspray (3 shows) Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) Orange Community Players - Hairspray (4 shows) Car Show (3rd Saturday Night) Texas Cajun Heritage Festival (3rd weekend) Speckled Trout Fishing Tournament (3rd weekend) Shangri La - Memorial Day Observance memorial weekend 7th Annual Orange County Veterans Tribute Orange First Church of the Nazarene Annual March of Dimes “Walk America” at Lions Den Park American Cancer Society’s Annual Relay for Life Annual Senior Citizens Rally Day Bridge City Strutters Annual Spring Revue Lutcher Theater Business Expo and Golf Tournament - Orange Chamber

JUNE, 2011 17th - 19th 18

Orange Trade Days (weekend following 2nd Monday) Orange Car Show (3rd Saturday Night)

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Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce Member Restaurants

Barking Dog Coffee Lounge

109 5th Street

Casa Ole’ Chicken Express Chili’s Grill & Bar Dominos Pizza The Garden District J. B.’s Barbeque Restaurant The Jumping Bean

1717 16th Street 2250 Texas Avenue 292 Strickland 2107 McArthur Drive 7536 Hwy 87 North 5750 Hwy 90 (I-10 & 90) 7174 N. Hwy. 87

Lucy’s Cafe & Bakery

2488 MLK Dr.

McDonalds McDonalds Novrozsky’s Old Orange Cafe & Catering Original Cajun Cookery, Inc.

1710 16th Street 2311 North Highway 62 501 N. 16th Street 914 W. Division 2308 Lutcher Drive

Papa Johns Pizza

2305 MacArthur Dr.

Pinehurst BBQ Quizno’s Subs Roberts’ Restaurant & Steakhouse Senor Toro’s Restaurant Shirleys Cafe Sonic Drive-In Sonic Drive-In Southern Magnolia Tea Room

100 Strickland Drive 175 Strickland Drive 3720 W. Park Avenue 3130 16th Street 1009 Simmons Dr. 3103 N. 16th Street 2805 Macarthur Drive 1627 Strickland Drive

Spanky’s Bar & Grill

1703 N. 16th Street

409-330-4065 409-886-0642 409-735-2250 409-886-2400 409-886-1717 409-883-9889 409-886-9823 409-883-5858


409-886-0646 409-745-4228 409-988-0200 409-883-2233 409-670-1000

409-988-0988 409-886-2223 409-886-4681 409-886-4507 409-883-2443 409-670-9577 409-883-3060 409-886-5733 409-883-4144


Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Member Restaurants Chicken Express Domino’s Pizza Peggy’s on the Bayou Sonic Drive-In Subway Sandwiches #7114 Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant

2250 Texas Avenue 2380 Texas Avenue 2682 East Roundbunch Rd. 2250 Texas Avenue 1097 Texas Avenue 1085 Texas Avenue

409-735-2250 409-735-6886 409-886-1115 409-735-3446 409-735-7553 409-738-3510

Vidor Chamber of Commerce Member Restaurants Bar-B-Q Depot, Inc. Burr Country Store BBQ Cinnamon Patch Restaurant Dairy Queen Hush Puppy Seafood Restaurant Wright’s Bar-B-Que & Catering

110 Old Highway 90 East Exit 864 I-10 at 1132 590 Wilson St. 780 N. Main St. 1202 N. Main St. 1096 N. Main St.

409-769-8555 409-769-2304 409-769-8545 409-769-5456 409-769-7403 409-769-3812

Churches in Orange County Apostolic Assemblies of God Baptist Catholic Christian Church of Christ Church of God Church of God in Christ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Episcopal Full Gospel Independent Jehovah’s Witness Lutheran Methodist Nazarene Pentecostal Presbyterian Salvation Army Seventh Day Adventist

E House Inn Bed and Breakfast 205 College Street Shangri La Bed and Breakfast 907 Pine Avenue Best Value Inn 2208 Lutcher Drive Budget Inn 2465 North Street Comfort Inn 2321 Highway 62 South Days Inn 2630 Interstate 10 West Econolodge Suites 2900 Interstate 10 West Economy Inn 2311 MacArthur Drive Executive Inn 4301 27th Street Hampton Inn 2080 Interstate 10 West Holiday Inn Express 2655 Interstate 10 East Holiday Inn Express 260 East Freeway La Quinta Inn 108 Texas Avenue La Quinta Inn 2220 Highway 62 South La Quinta Inn 165 E Courtland Street Motel 6 4407 27th Street Ramada Inn 2610 Interstate 10 West Sleep Inn & Suites 2245 Highway 62 South Super 8 Motel 2710 Interstate 10 West

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Community Profile Geographic and Climate Data Orange County is located on the Louisiana State line between Beaumont, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana in the State of Texas, County of Orange, Cities of Bridge City, Orange, Pine Forest, Pinehurst, Rose City, Vidor, West-Orange. The county region consists of 380 square miles with a population density of 223.59 residents per square mile compared to a statewide

density of 79.54. the rainfall in the region averages 58.3 inches per year compared to the Texas average of 30.1 inches per year. The average growing season in the Orange County region is 240 days. Texas is so climatically diverse that the statewide averages are generally irrelevant as a means of comparison. The average temperature in January, gathered by the Office of the State Climatologist ranges from 39 degrees to an average for July of 91 degrees.

Orange County Texas Population 2009-2010 Estimate Student Population 15,214 Students Pre-K - High School Orange County Texas

Orange County Texas Population 84,966 (based on 2000 census data) Unincorporated Areas




Bridge City

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Orangefield ISD Lamar Institute of Technology Vidor ISD McNeese State University West Orange-Cove ISD

Orange Bridge City Port Arthur Orange Beaumont

Taxation Tax Rate (Per $100 Assessed Value) Orange County Orange County Drainage District Orange County Navigation & Port District Bridge City, City Orange, City Pine Forest, City Pinehurst, City Rose City, City Vidor, City WCID #1 Vidor West Orange, City Bridge City, ISD Little Cypress-Mauriceville, CISD Orangefield, ISD


2009 Rate 0.57075 0.1077 0.00909 0.487 0.745 0.11092 0.60898 0.1501 0.75457 0.43813 0.42939 1.29 1.14667 1.17

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Vidor, ISD West Orange-Cove, ISD **Total combined tax rate for each entity varies.

1.23 1.43204

Municipal Sales Tax (all except W. Orange) State Sales Tax Economic Development County Sales Tax Total

1% 6.25% 0.50% 0.50% 8.25%

Municipal Sales Tax (West Orange) State Sales Tax Economic Development County Sales Tax Total

1.25% 6.25% 0.00% 0.50% 8.00%

Transportation Orange County has ample air, water, rail and freight service available. Surrounding aiports include the Orange County Aiport, the Southeast Texas Regional Airport, and Bush Intercontinental. Rail service includes Burlington Northern-Santa Fe, Kansas City Southern, and Union Pacific. 58

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