Groundbreaking to be scheduled soon

This architect’s design of the new Oak Forest Elementary School depicts an aerial view of the entire campus including the parking lots, drop-off and pick-up lanes and bus lanes.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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During the May 18, 2020 V.I.S.D. Board of Trustees meeting, the Board has approved a contract with G&G Enterprises Construction Corporation of Port Arthur to rebuild the Oak Forest Elementary... + continue reading
County Citizens’ Collection Station to charge fees again
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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The Orange County Citizens’ Collection Station dumpsters at the closed former Orange County Landfill on F.M. 1442 will return to a fee for waste disposal at its gate starting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020... + continue reading
Sneeze guards to be installed in County offices

The Vidor office of the Orange County Tax Assessor/Collector has reopened for business each weekday. There is currently a limit of three customers at the counters at any given time and social distancing tape markers have been installed on the floor of the line queue. Almost invisible plastic sneeze guards have been installed at each counter position. Photo by George Garza

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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Orange County offices like the tax office in Vidor, and the Orange Count Tax Office, the Orange County Clerk’s Office and the Orange County District Clerk’s office in Orange will be having clear... + continue reading
Vidor H.S. Commencement to allow 10 guests per grad

The Pirate Stadium bleachers on both home and visitor sides seats about 8,600 spectators. Twentyfive percent of that capacity works out to 2,150 spectators, which is a little less than the number of guests the Graduates of the VHS Class of 2020 can invite to their Graduation on May 29 th , 2020. Photo by George Garza

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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The Vidor High School Class of 2020 open-air Commencement Ceremonies at Pirate Stadium on May 29 th 2020 will have all the “Pomp and Circumstance” of previous commencement exercises held at the... + continue reading
County adds a grant coordinator to its staff

A properly social distanced Orange County Commissioners’ Court votes unanimously to create a new Orange County Grant Coordinator’s position in the Orange County Office of Emergency Management. The Commissioners agreed to promote grant facilitator Morgan Taylor to that position. Photo by George Garza

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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For a number of years, Orange County has been dependent on privately owned grant administration companies like Traylor and Associates or David J. Waxman, Inc. to alert the county when state and... + continue reading

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05/27/2020
Did your Texas Drivers’ License (TDL) expire during the Governor’s COVID-19 “Stay at Home’ order? Did your TDL come up for renewal during the time when all Texas Department of Public Safety Drivers’ License Offices were ordered closed due to COVID-19? Were you on the verge of being ready to upgrade from a Provisional Drivers’ License to a Class C... + continue reading
05/27/2020
Right Place, Right TimeA Hardin County game warden was patrolling Village Creek by boat when he came across a woman in distress at just the right time. Two ladies had been paddling in two separate canoes when one of the women flipped over in deep water with a strong current and couldn’t get loose from the trees or get her belongings out of the... + continue reading

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United Way to hold food drive on Friday

A United Christian Care Center of Vidor volunteer loads food in the back seat of car for a family in need on Tuesday morning. The UCCC is running out of food and needs your donations. Photo by Goerge Garza

05/13/2020
According to Maureen McAllister, President and CEO of the United Way of Orange County, five Orange County food pantries are running short of non-perishable commodities to provide for those in need. Those food pantries include, Bridge City/ Orangefield Ministerial Alliance; Mission Office, First Baptist Church Orange; Orange Christian Services; The... + continue reading
School District explores purchase of Capital One Bank building

The now closed former Capital One Bank Building in the 1200 block of North Main Street is being considered by the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees as a possible replacement for the current V.I.S.D. Administration Building in the 100 block of E. Bolivar. Photo by George Garza

05/06/2020
During the March 12 th , 2020 Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees meeting the Board voted to authorize the School District Administration to begin an exploration into the possibility of acquiring the former Capital One Bank building in the 1200 block of North Main Street for use as a future consolidated Vidor I.S.D. Administration Building.For... + continue reading
Ike Dike proposal nearing completion

This map shows the latest proposed Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Project levee and storm wall alignment path in Orange County only. It is unclear if this proposed alignment is the final proposed storm protection structure path for Orange County.

05/06/2020
The six southeast Texas coastal counties Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Project, sometimes known as the “Ike Dike Project” is nearing the culmination of pre-project agreements between Orange County, the Orange County Drainage District, other Texas Counties and the Texas General Land Office and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The... + continue reading
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05/27/2020
Right Place, Right TimeA Hardin County game warden was patrolling Village Creek by boat when he came across a woman in distress at just the right time. Two ladies had been paddling in two separate... + continue reading

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State of Texas enters second phase of reopening plan, State of Texas enters second phase of reopening plan
05/27/2020
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on May 18 allowed restaurants to increase occupancy to 50% and relaxed his earlier executive orders that limited certain other public activities over the last two months to... + continue reading

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Students make electric vehicle
04/15/2020
 Danielle Crossley (seated), DJ Melancon and Mahlon Butler model the electric vehicle they created in Vidor ISD ACE. This was a combined project in which Mr. Howard Bailey’s Environmental... + continue reading
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Kay Pressley, a member of the Crafty Ladies Club of the Texas Extension Education Association in Rains County, shows some of the cloth face masks she made as part of Operation Face Mask. Photo courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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VHS Cosmetology seniors Place 1st at Skills USA

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, VHS Cosmetology seniors Place 1st at Skills USA

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