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Showtime Sports Academy

Robert and Dana York, and Rex and Lorie Humberson, owners of Showtime Sports Academy, welcome family, friends, and kids of all ages to the grand opening of Vidor’s newest sports facility.
This indoor batting facility is 8,000 square feet and includes six batting cages with four pitching machines and two pitching mounds, with an area for private or league parties. Showtime Sports Academy will also host CrossFit, private lessons and camps.
Located at 2401 Highway 12 in Vidor, hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 3:30-9 p.m., Saturday noon – 6 p.m., and Sunday 1-6 p.m.

Lamar State College – Orange honors Citizens of the Year

Recently, two employees were recognized for embracing the practice of giving back to the community. At the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce banquet, Butch Campbell was honored as Citizen of the Year, while Charlotte Chiasson received the same honor at the 57th annual Bridge City Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Jerry Hughes Realty merges with American Real Estate ERA Powered

Jerry Hughes Realty of Orange is merging with American Real Estate ERA Powered of Beaumont.
According to a release by the two companies, the merger coincides with the retirement of brokers/owners Jerry and Loretta Hughes. His daughter-in-law, Debbie Hughes, who has had an active leadership in the firm for many years, will now serve as the Orange branch leader while continuing to serve in a sales capacity, the release states.
The full-service brokerage, which handles residential and commercial real estate, was responsible for more than $50 million in sales volume in 2016.

Port Arthur native to open new Cajun restaurant

Port Arthur native Tony Nguyen has become quite the entrepreneur. With two already established businesses in Port Arthur and one in Garden Grove, California, Nguyen is set to open Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant & Bar at 7500 Twin City Highway.
“We will be a seafood restaurant and bar,” said Nguyen. “From Cajun eats to steaks and burgers for the non-seafood eaters.”
The location of Reel Cajun was once the Twin City Kia car dealership.

CommunityBank of Texas donates to local nonprofit

CommunityBank of Texas and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) awarded $10,000 in Partnership Grant Program funds to Legacy Community Development Corporation on Feb. 28 to benefit affordable home development.

Gexa Energy presents $1,000 scholarship to LCM senior

Marcus Johnson and Julianna Poyotte, representatives from Gexa Energy, visited Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School on Monday, March 20, to present a $1,000 scholarship to senior Makayla Dyer.
Dyer has had an active high school career, playing softball for four years and volleyball for two years, and was recognized as a Star Student in 2015. She is a member of the UIL Accounting Team and participates in church activities and select softball, while maintaining A’s and B’s throughout her years at LCMHS.

Raising Cane’s donates to Sweet Pups

In March, Raising Cane’s donated $630.48 to Sweet Pups during a special check presentation with the organization’s leaders.
Sweet Pups is a Vidor rescue group that pulls dogs primarily out of high-kill shelters.
Every holiday season, Raising Cane’s holds its annual Plush Puppy Program, where customers are invited to purchase a collectible stuffed mascot to help pets in need.
Raising Cane’s loves ‘man’s best friend.’ After all, the Louisiana-based chicken finger company is named after its founder’s beloved yellow Lab, Raising Cane.

Exxpress Mart Campaign benefits Gift of Life

Tri-Con Inc. (dba Exxpress Mart stores) and owners Imad and Elias Sarkis recently presented a contribution of $25,000 to the Gift of Life for its free healthcare services for medically underserved men and women in Southeast Texas.
Joining in the check presentation were Exxpress Mart staff James Buchanan, district manager; Dana Dougherty, district manager; owners Elias and Imad Sarkis; Dee Shelton, manager Exxpress Mart Store No. 14; and Susan Soileau, manager, Exxpress Mart Store No. 19.

100th Cheniere LNG cargo ships out

Cheniere Energy Partners LP, a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy Inc., announced Monday, April 3, that the 100th cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) had left the company’s Sabine Pass liquefaction facility, marking a significant milestone in Cheniere’s ramp-up of LNG operations.
Including the 100th cargo, which departed on the Maran Gas Alexandria on Saturday, April 1 from the Sabine Pass liquefaction facility, Cheniere has delivered cargoes to 18 countries on five continents since the first shipment Feb. 24, 2016, according to a release by the company.

New president/CEO at the BBB of SETX

 Liz Fredrichs

Elizabeth “Liz” Fredrichs was confirmed by the Board of Directors of Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas to serve as its next president/CEO beginning April 10.

She will succeed interim CEO Nancy McMillan, who is retiring from the BBB after 22 years of service.

Fredrichs was selected following a three-month nationwide search and interview process by a special committee of the BBB Board. She will be coming to southeast Texas from the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin, where she has served as the executive vice president.