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Business of the Month – The Record Newspaper


The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that The Record Newspaper has been named Business Member of the Month for May 2015.   Janelle Sehon accepted the award, sponsored by Sabine River Ford, from Ambassador Rick Bridgers of Texas Paint and Drywall at the May Coffee hosted by Achtwoo Pool & Spa Professionals.  The Record received gifts from Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City, Little Caesars Bridge City, Texas Gumbo Hut and Grill, Serendipity Chicks and Mary Kelone, LMT.

The Penny Record started in 1958 by Walter Gaston, his wife, Audrey, and their two daughters.  The Record now is delivered to 20,000 homes weekly, free of charge.  These free publications are published each Wednesday and features community news, local sports, commentary and more.  Both issues are available online at  It has offices in Bridge City and in Orange.  Roy Dunn, acquired the community newspapers in 1990. He is now publisher of The Penny Record which covers the Bridge City-Orangefield area, and The County Record which includes all of Orange County.  Prior to this, Dunn started a community newspaper called The Opportunity Valley News. He later bought the Triangle Press, a commercial printing plant. He later sold the business to a national corporation in 1981.  Some of the writers who have passed through The Record include:  Dr. Arlene Turkel, Christ Farkas, Margaret Toal, Jerry Childers, Pattie Hanks, and many others. Longtime columnists are Capt. Chuck Uzzle and Capt. Dickie Colburn. Current staff are Mark Dunn, volunteers, Evelyn Brandon and Janelle Sehon, Liz Weaver, Bill Pope, Mike Louviere and David Ball.

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May Employee of the Month – Heather Clark

Employee of the Month May 2015 Heather Clark

Please join The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Heather Clark, Bridge City PTA Treasurer, on receiving the Employee of the Month Award for May 2015.  Heather was presented her award, sponsored by Sabine River Ford, by chamber ambassador Mary Kelone, LMT at the May Networking Coffee hosted by Achtwoo Pool & Spas, 2011 Texas Ave, Bridge City.  Heather also received gifts from the following businesses:  Little Caesars Bridge City, Total Impressions Salon, Dupuis Tire, The Record Newspaper, Tiger Rock Martial Arts, Michele Michelle Salon & Spa, Dairy Queen, Sabine Federal Credit Union, Mary Kelone, LMT NCBTMT, Five Point Credit Union, Serendipity Chicks, and Texas Gumbo Hut and Grill.

Bridge City PTA President, Kayla McKinley said, “Her bookkeeping is spot on. She can answer any of our financial questions in a heartbeat. She also checks out the legalities on anything we decide to take on. That’s not her responsibility and she’s never asked to do it. She just wants to be sure we do everything by the book so that we can keep improving our organization.  Also, she goes above and beyond constantly. She took the initiative and negotiated a great rate for the Wacky Science program and got him booked without being asked and that is not in her list of job duties.  You’d be hard put to find a better paid employee, and she does it all as a volunteer.”


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The Chamber office will be closed Memorial Day

Memorial Day 5.25.15

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Dollar Tree Ribbon Cutting

Dollar Tree RC 5.8.15

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to welcome Dollar Tree to its membership on May 8, 2015.

Dollar Tree carries a broad, exciting mix of merchandise that includes many trusted national and regional brands. Some of the product departments you’ll find at Dollar Tree include housewares, glassware, dinnerware, cleaning supplies, candy, snacks, food, health and beauty, toys, gifts, gift bags and wrap, party supplies, stationery, craft supplies, teaching supplies, books, seasonal décor, and more! Everything you need for every day, every holiday, every occasion… and every single item is only $1 or less!  Dollar Tree is conveniently located at 2013 Texas Ave. in Bridge City, next to Market Basket and Serendipity Chicks.  They are open Monday thru Saturday 9am-9pm and Sunday 10am-8pm.  For more information call the store at 409-735-6724 or go online

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Orangefield High School Student of the Month

SOM OFHS 5.12.15 Victor VuongThe Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Victor Vuong has been named Orangefield High School Student of the Month for May.  Victor was presented his certificate by chamber ambassador Lucy Fields at the May Networking Coffee hosted by Achtwoo Pool & Spas.

Victor Vuong is the son of Joann Luong.  Victor is ranked 9th out of 138 with a 4.0 GPA.  Victor’s clubs and organizations include:  Vice President of Art Club, Interact Club, Library Club, National Honor Society, President of the Texas Association of Future Educators, Historian of Thespian Troupe, Student Council, and Class Officer-secretary.  Victor’s awards and honors:  State qualifier in UIL Accounting, regional qualifier in UIL Calculator Applications, regional qualifier in UIL One Act Play, and participant in UIL Number Sense; Best in Show at the Houston Rodeo Art Contest, and three previous years was a blue ribbon winner; Won Law Day Art Contest 3rd place and honorable mention; Junior Prom Court and Regional Convention Speaker for TAFE.  Victor’s Community service includes:  volunteering at Shangri La Botanical Gardens, the public library and many school-related events.

Fred Cascio, AP English 4 teacher, says, “Victor is a conscientious student.  He is a welcome addition to any class setting, and I am pleased to have had him as my student for three years.”

Misty Bellard, UIL coordinator and technology department chair, says, “It has been a joy to watch Victor Vuong grow into the mature, hardworking, involved young man he is today. I first knew Victor as a member of the One Act Play crew his freshman year. I then had the pleasure of getting to know him through his involvement in other UIL Academic contests. His efforts have paid off nicely, and he will once again be traveling to the Regional level competition in multiple events. Finally this year, I have him as a student in my BIM 2 class. He is the kind of student teachers love to have in their classes.”

Jennifer Rumsey, English Department chair, says, “Victor Vuong is an extremely intelligent, creative young man with a charming personality. I enjoyed teaching Victor in my AP English III class. He’s a natural leader and a fantastic student. I know Victor has a successful future ahead of him.”

After graduation, Victor will attend Lamar University and major in electrical engineering with a focus on alternative energy sources. He aspires to discover a new renewable energy source or improve current renewable energy harnessing technologies—specifically solar cells.

Victor received gift certificates and gifts from:  The Classy Peacock, Walmart, Wellspring Credit Union, Tiger Rock Martial Arts, Central Office Supply, Sabine Federal Credit Union, Michele Michelle Salon and Spa, Little Caesars Bridge City, Texas Gumbo Hut and Grill, Five Point Credit Union, and Serendipity Chicks.


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