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Thu
16
Feb

New Communications Tower

Tower construction workers “top off” the last remaining uppermost section of the 450-foot high Southeast Texas Radio Regional System communications tower next to the Vidor Police Department on Wednesday.

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Thu
16
Feb

Vidor School Trustees call for $73.5 million bond issue election

By George Garza

On Tuesday night the School Board of Trustees of the Vidor Independent School District (VISD) voted unanimously to order that a school bond issue election be held on May 6, 2017 calling for the sale of $73.5 million in school construction bonds for the purpose of building a new high school. The Board took this action after hearing the recommendation of the Vidor ISD Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) during a three hour long meeting prior to making the motion. The CAC also recommended to the Board that the seventh and eighth grades only of the Vidor Junior High School, along with teachers staff and administrators be moved to the former High School campus once the new high school is open and occupied. Their proposal called for a completely new high school campus to be built at an unspecified new location within the District, without a new stadium, without new tennis courts and without new baseball and softball stadiums.

Thu
16
Feb

Sign up now for Sheriff’s Citizen Academy

By George Garza

Have you ever wondered what the person you might see being arrested, might face when he gets to the Orange County Jail? Would you like to ride along with an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol for a few hours to see what kinds of calls they answer? Have you ever wondered why you can’t get a sheriff’s deputy to take your stupid neighbor to jail just for being so foolish?

Well those questions and many others that you might have about county law enforcement just might be answered if you sign up for the Orange County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy that is scheduled to start on Tuesday, March 21st at the Sheriff’s Office in Orange.

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Thu
16
Feb

Pine Forest to go online with website

By George Garza

The City Council of the City of Pine Forest voted this week to launch the City’s new Internet web site. The new web site will provide the citizens of the City of Pine Forest information on their city’s government including things like City Council meeting agendas, minutes of past city council meetings, information about new city ordinances, city hall hours and holidays, telephone numbers and other important municipal information of value to the residents of that city.

The web site will also contain useful web links to other governmental, and commercial entities’ web sites such as the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office web site, Entergy Texas’s web site, CenterPoint Energy’s web site and even a link to The Vidorian’s own web site.

Tue
14
Feb

Police Chief asks for traffic study

By George Garza

“We’re asking for a traffic study to be conducted,” said Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll. “We’re not recommending any particular speed limit, but what I am asking TXDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) is to look at the number of fatalities we’ve had, the number of serious accidents we’ve had recently, and using their scientific formula for calculating speeds, see if the speed limit should be dropped.”

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Tue
14
Feb

Patriots fly Old Glory on holidays

Vidorians are nothing if they are not patriotic. Throughout the years and even to the present day, Vidor citizens from every neighborhood have answered the call to military service. During homecoming parade, the crowds along the parade route rise as “The Colors” pass before them. And every Vidorian we’ve ever seen, stands and places his (or her) hand over his (or her) heart when the “Pledge of Allegiance” is being recited.

As Presidents’ Day draws near on next Monday, now is the time to get your patriotic gene on and make your plan to show your patriotism on that holiday and every patriotic holiday in 2017.

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Tue
14
Feb

Murder suspect arrested again

Sixty-eight year-old James Adrian McClelland of Vidor was stopped by a Vidor police officer in Vidor on Monday night and he was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

James McClelland is the suspect in the fatal shooting of Chris Nicolasora, age 38, also of Vidor on Friday, January 13th of this year at a residence behind Vidor City Hall.

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Tue
14
Feb

Fire destroys Pecan Acres home

By George Garza

Fire completely destroyed a large home off Duncan Woods Lane near Highway 105 South early on Friday morning. Orange County Emergency Services District #1 firefighters and firefighters from three mutual aid fire departments battled the blaze for more than two and a half hours before the flames were brought under control.

According to OCESD#1 Assistant Fire Chief Robert Smith, a neighbor called the fire dispatcher to report smoke and flames coming from a two-story home nearby at about 1:49 a.m. on Friday, February 10th. Firefighters arrived at the residence in the 3000 block of Brown Road to find heavy smoke and some flames erupting from the garage area of the home.

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Thu
09
Feb

Beaumont cop resigns

By George Garza

A Beaumont Police officer who shot and killed Vidorian Chaz York last October has resigned from the Beaumont Police Department. Officer Chase Welch, age 26, turned in a letter of resignation at the Beaumont Police Department last Friday.

“He came in Friday and he resigned,” said City of Beaumont Police Department Police Chief Jimmy Singletary on Wednesday. “That’s all I can say about it because I’m limited on what I can say publicly about personnel matters.”

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Thu
09
Feb

Pine Forest seeks citizen input at Monday meeting

By George Garza

The Pine Forest City Council will meet next Monday night, February 13th at 7:00 p.m. and they are hoping that a number of the residents of the City will join them at the Pine Forest City Hall at 305 Nagel Street.

“The Council has on its agenda to have a discussion about the hospital district that has been in the news lately,” said Pine Forest Mayor Cathy Nagel. “Two weeks ago, I attended the Orange County Town Hall meeting about the possibility of forming a hospital district and I felt I could share what I learned in that meeting with my fellow Councilmembers on Monday night.”

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