Keep Orange County Beautiful has a new board member


Note to editors: Photos of Ramona Walker and Becky McAnelley are at Merlin under their names.

Ramona Walker was elected to the board of directors of Keep Orange County Beautiful, a non-profit organization organized in Texas in 1997.

A graduate of LCM Schools, Walker also attended Lamar State College in Port Arthur and went on to Lamar University in Beaumont. She is best known in Orange County as the owner and head stylist of Hair & Co. on Strickland Drive at the junction with Martin Street, aka “Snake Road”.

Along with her future husband, family and friends, Walker renovated one of Orange’s oldest buildings and transformed it into the living room it is today. The main building is said to have been built in the mid-1930s.

Walker and her husband, Jess, have been married for 13 years and have two children. “They are the reason I strive to do my best every day!” she says.

According to Walker, “Our words can be so powerful. We must encourage each other and lift each other up. Let’s use our words to set things in motion.

She recently had a mural painted on the west side of her apartment building saying “If you see something beautiful in someone, talk about it.”

Becky McAnelley was promoted to Associate Dean of Student Services and Registrar at Lamar State College Orange. McAnelley has been with LSCO for over 35 years. She started as a student assistant and has since played roles such as a recruiter; deputy clerk; Director of Admissions, Recruitment and Registrar; and now, Assistant Dean of Student Services.

“Becky McAnelley exemplifies the best of Lamar State College Orange – someone who has invested so much of his time, talent and energy in helping our students succeed,” said Lamar State President Dr. Tom Johnson. College Orange. “We thank Becky for her years of service and are delighted to see her continue to excel in her new role.”

Dr. Wendy Elmore, Provost and Executive Vice President of Lamar State College Orange, added, “Becky’s dedication over the years to serving our students is unmatched. She plays a very valuable role in overseeing several essential functions of our college. Lamar State College Orange is better because of his leadership and wise counsel. I know that as Assistant Dean of Student Services, our college will continue to benefit from his excellence,”

Public harmony schools will provide salary increases to all levels of substitute teachers after granting general salary increases to full-time teachers and campus staff earlier this school year.

The daily rate increase that will take effect Monday was unanimously approved by the Harmony Public Schools Board of Trustees on Jan. 29. As part of the fee increase, substitute teachers will now earn an additional $20 to $30 a day on top of their salary.

For a teacher who only works a few days a week, the increase will mean a few hundred dollars a month on top of the salary they are already earning. For certified teachers and long-term substitutes, the rate increase could mean up to $600 per month in additional pay.

Earlier this school year, Harmony announced additional annual compensation of $4,000 to $7,500 for teachers and other school staff. The increase was the third occasion in the past two school years that Harmony has announced a major improvement to employee compensation and benefits.

“Every day, substitute teachers have a major impact on our schools by keeping our students on track and learning when their regular teachers can’t attend school,” said Fatih Ay, CEO of Harmony. “These professionals are important members of our school community, and we want to show our appreciation.”

Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving K-12 students in 23 cities across the state, including Beaumont. Harmony’s curriculum has a strong emphasis on STEM skills, character education, project-based learning, and college readiness.

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