The Lamar men’s and women’s basketball teams are set to begin Southland Conference play this weekend as the Cards will host Nicholls on Saturday, Jan. 3. The Lady Cards (3-8) will play at 4 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m.

Then, both teams will travel east to New Orleans on Monday, Jan. 5 for a double header with the ladies tipping off at 5:30 p.m. and the men will follow at 7:30 p.m.

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Girls’ Haven has announced that its 21st annual Gumbo Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. The Gumbo Cook-Off will be held once again at the Parkdale Mall Parking Lot.

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The faculty, staff and students of Lamar State College – Orange united in an effort to lessen the challenge of hunger in Orange. Through numerous fundraisers campus-wide, LSC-O raised a total of $5,300 to assist five area soup kitchens. Dec. 10, five checks for $1,060 each were presented to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, St. Mary Catholic Church, Salem United Methodist Church, and First Presbyterian Church.

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The Texas Transportation Commission approved funds for multiple Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) projects, some affecting Orange, Jefferson and Hardin counties, at its monthly meeting Dec.

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The Texas Game Warden service has unveiled its new Airbus helicopter that will enhance the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s statewide law enforcement apparatus and assist with its search and rescue and disaster response efforts.

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