From the Desk of Ida Schossow

The Bassmaster Elite Series Fishing Tournament presented by the Stark Cultural Venues in conjunction with the Orange County River Festival will be back in Orange on March 19-22. The anglers will launch daily at 6:30 a.m. from the City of Orange Boat Ramp on Simmons Drive. There will be a ribbon cutting Thursday, March 19, at 11 a.m. as we kick off the Orange County River Festival. Plan to attend the daily weigh in at 3 p.m. to cheer your favorite angler on to victory. The High School Fish with the Pros Tournament will weigh in on the Bassmaster stage on Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m.

From the Desk of Bill McCoy

The first two months of 2015 have been busy and productive for the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce. As I have said many times, the key to a productive cham­ber is to be active in legislation, edu­cation and transportation. These are the three nec­essary ingredients for a strong economic develop­ment organization.

Over the past two months, we have written letters of support for The LNG Permitting Certain­ty and Transparency Act, and the Clarification Bill as requested by the Sa­bine-Neches Navigation District.

From the Desk of Jim Rich (March 2015)

As I write this column we are in that time period for sports nuts known as no man’s land. Football is done. College recruits had their signing day. Baseball spring training is weeks away. March madness is waiting for March. So when Charles Barkley said analytics is crap when discussing basketball, it be­came a major sports news story for several days. He specially mentioned the Houston Rockets and its general manager, Daryl Morey, who he never met but criticized for his ap­parent use of analytics for personnel decisions.

LIT has two new faces for spring semester

Lamar Institute of Technology has two new faces in its executive administration for spring 2015.