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The Mauriceville Heritage Association hosted the 41st annual pageant in conjunction with the 2022 Crawfish Bash planned for May 6th through May 7th. In 1981, the Mauriceville Crawfish Festival Association hosted the first Crawfish Festival Queen Pageant as a fundraising project.
It quickly became an annual tradition in conjunction with the Mauriceville Crawfish Festival. In 2018, The Mauriceville Crawfish Festival Association became a federally recognized non-profit under the name Mauriceville Heritage Association and changed the format to the annual festival. In conjunction with those changes, the Annual Mauriceville Crawfish Festival Queen became Miss Orange County to fully represent our area. For 41 years, our association has produced not just a pageant, but a moving experience that remains in the hearts and on the minds of local young women for generations
The Miss Orange County Pageant was held on Saturday, April 2nd at the Little Cypress- Mauriceville High School Auditorium.
Director: Jamey MacFarlane
Assistant Directors: Mandy Simon & Theresa Hardin
Rylea Gabrielle Tipton Was Crowned as Miss Orange County on April 2nd.. Rylea is the daughter of Bubba and Laura Tipton. She is a senior at LCM Highschool where she is top 10% of her class and participates in the Interact club, the student council, and is the senior class Vice President. Rylea plans to attend Texas A&M in the fall to pursue her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner.
Aubrie Kate Woods was crowned as Junior Miss Orange County. Aubrie is the daughter of Aaron and Kelli Woods. She attend Little Cypress Christian Academy where she plays volleyball and is the Student Council Vice President.
Jamey MacFarlane stated “We are excited to have Rylea & Aubrie as older Miss Orange County Queens this year. They are both beautiful, caring young ladies. We know both girls will be great representatives our program throughout the county. We have an amazing group of girls representing Orange County this year, and we are excited for the upcoming year.”
About Mauriceville Heritage Association
The Mauriceville Heritage Association works to promote the common good and general welfare of the Community of Mauriceville and neighbouring areas through locally raised revenue and the provision of property needed for cultural, academic, athletic, and agricultural activities; and further positive outcomes for the youth, senior citizens, and families in the Community of Mauriceville and neighbouring areas by providing material support to smaller community organizations including our volunteer emergency services organization and family-centred associations, developing strong community connections through our annual Bash and other annual events.
OCDR hosting 5th Annual Taste of the Holidays, looking for Food Vendors
Orange County Disaster Rebuild is hosting the 5th Annual Taste of the Holidays on November 16th at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center.
They are looking for food establishments in Orange County interested in participating to contact them at 409-745-9719. They are hoping to have more than 30 vendors at this year’s event.
Tickets go on sale the first week in October.
County Tax Office releases updated Trust Property List
The Orange County Tax Office released its updated trust property list.
They are accepting minimum bid amounts only at this time. According to the tax district, if properties do not sell, the may be sold at a reduced amount at our next online tax resale auction in 2024.
Please call for more information. 409-882-7971
West Orange-Cove CISD Unveils Innovative Mobile Classroom, Revolutionizing Learning On the Go
WOCCISD is proud to announce the launch of our innovative and fully equipped mobile learning lab, a solution funded by the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) grant. Pioneered by Dr. Alicia Sigee, Director of Student Services at WOCCISD, the new mobile classroom is committed to providing an adaptable learning environment for various learning needs and community engagement.
The mobile classroom redefines traditional learning methods. This state-of-the-art vehicle boasts two slide-outs, three touch-screen television monitors, comfortable seating, and a versatile table that can be removed to create more space for students. Additionally, the unit includes a restroom, a kitchenette, a back room with pull-down seats, and an ADA wheelchair elevator, ensuring an inclusive learning environment for all. Finally, the classrooms are outfitted with dry-erase boards and touchscreen monitors to allow teaching on every surface. This innovative vehicle transforms learning into an engaging, interactive experience that can stand alone entirely with four AC units and a generator onboard.
The primary focus of this vehicle will be the expansion of the successful “Read and Roll” program, particularly during the crucial summer months of the learning slide; however, we plan that this mobile unit will have many uses throughout the year.
“The “Read and Roll” program is already established as an impactful community initiative and has been a cornerstone of WOCCISD’s commitment to student learning loss,” stated Dr. Alicia Sigee. “Operating during the summer, the program combines literacy initiatives with meals and community service opportunities for student groups. By going directly into the neighborhoods where students live and play, the program ensures accessibility and community engagement.”
Other initiatives the vehicle will be used for include but are not limited to
Community Resilience: During crises such as hurricanes and disasters, the lab transforms into a disaster command unit and feeding site, providing vital support to the community.
Community Engagement: The lab enhances community engagement through an enrollment hub for parents, local parades, family nights, and parent education initiatives.
Education Empowerment: Parent education sessions on platforms like Skyward and insights into grading periods provide parents with tools to participate in their child’s education.
Comprehensive Events: From “Back to School at LCSO” to FASFA Nights, the lab facilitates diverse community programs such as meet-the-programs nights and mobile job fairs.
“We are thrilled to introduce this groundbreaking diverse mobile classroom,” said WOCCISD Superintendent Dr. Rickie Harris. “Our goal is to provide an educational space that accommodates various learning styles and ensures that every student feels welcome and included. This vehicle embodies our dedication to delivering a high-quality education beyond traditional boundaries.”
This innovative mobile learning lab embodies WOCCISD’s dedication to adapting and evolving to meet the changing needs of students, families, and the community. It symbolizes resilience, innovation, and commitment to empowering lives through excellence every day!