Southeast Texas native to share juicy life experiences from Orange to Shanghai in one-woman show

San Francisco theatrical producer Kate Robards will be performing a one-woman tale of her juicy journey from her hometown of Orange, Texas, to Shanghai, China in the cleverly named production Mandarin Orange on Friday, Jan. 9, and Saturday, Jan 10, at Orange Community Players, 708 W. Division St. in Orange.

Tickets can be purchased at and are $10 each.

STI Group donates $57K to Southeast Texas Food Bank

The STI Group chose the Southeast Texas Food Bank as the beneficiary of its 10th annual Richard Purkey Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament in October, which generated $57,000 for the food bank’s op­erations. Celebrated at a check presentation Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont, this dona­tion is sufficient to help the food bank distribute approxi­mately 170,000 meals in Jeffer­son, Orange, Hardin, Newton, Jasper, Polk, Sabine and Tyler counties, according to South­east Texas Food Bank Execu­tive Director Dan Maher.

New Southeast Texas oil boom

Deep in the heart of Southeast Texas is a 40-acre olive orchard owned and operated in Devers. Southeast Texas Olive, LLC is locally grown and produced by Randy and Ann Brazil with busi­ness partners Rhonda, Steve and Culley Devillier. What started out as the spontaneous idea of Gino Venitucci, an Italian petroleum engineer, has become a new Texas export. Although not native to the area, olives flourish in the warm gulf climate and after several years of research, Venitucci’s dream has become a reality.

Rice milling hands-on operation at Douget's

For more than 30 years, Doguet’s Rice Milling Company has been milling rice and bringing it to the tables of Southeast Texans. Assistant Manager Greg Devillier, a part-owner and son of company President Debbie (Doguet) Robbins, says the company is gaining momentum, particularly in the organic rice industry, and will soon be expanding, adding a new packaging warehouse and upgrading equipment in order to process higher volumes and increase sales for the company, which is currently running close to capacity.