From the desk of Regina Lindsey (March 2016)

Chambers of commerce all across the country consider the most appropriate response to the questions, “What exactly does a chamber do?” or “What do I get for my chamber membership?” There is no simple answer, as each chamber is different and seeks to address pressing needs in each respective community. While some chambers of commerce hold festivals or run the city’s convention and visitors bureau, at their cruces, they all seek to provide a better environment for businesses to thrive.

From the desk of Ida Schossow (March 2016)

The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will host The Yellowfin Elite Series Classic presented by Stark Cultural Venues from April 8-10 at the City of Orange Boat Ramp on Simmons Drive. Once again, you will start seeing the wrapped boats and vehicles coming into Orange County as they prepare for 2016 Elite Redfish Series Classic kickoff. You will be able to see your favorite anglers at the daily weigh-ins at 4 p.m. The Orange County River Festival will be held in conjunction with the fishing tournament.

From the desk of Bill McCoy (March 2016)

Almost every day there are stories in local papers about subsidized housing. The headlines are usually about the citizens of the affected city protesting – not in my backyard. There are those that say these people objecting are racist and elitist. That might be true except almost every race is represented among those needing subsidized housing and those opposing subsidized housing.

LSCPA’s Laday wins first place at state talent competition

Port Arthur’s Jason Laday has dedicated his life to dance and in his heart, he knew he wasn’t second best. The problem was he just couldn’t prove it … until now.

The Lamar State College – Port Arthur Drama major won first place in a statewide talent competition during the recent Texas Educational Theatre Association convention in Houston. It’s the first time Laday has won first in any competition.