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Wed
16
Oct

Beaumont firm submits winning bid for new Vidor City Hall totaling $47,778

10 years ago

October 15, 2009: After months of haggling with FEMA representatives, a request for a $988,000 FEMA mitigation grant to move all the electrical , mechanical and communication equipment from the basement of the Orange County Courthouse has been approved.

An oil and gas exploration company has been granted permission to drill a well in Claiborne West Park.

The 2009 Vidor Homecoming Parade will take a new route this year, disbanding before passing underneath the IH-10 overpass. 20 years ago

October 21, 1999: Orange County Sheriff Mike White announced he was shutting down the county DARE program at the end of the current school semester. White said that although he felt the program was a valuable asset tot he community, he needed the DARE officers elsewhere and because county commissioners would not increase his budget for new officers, he had to take this step.

Wed
16
Oct

Comptroller releases 2020-2021 estimate of state revenue

Comptroller releases 2020-2021 estimate of state revenue

AUSTIN — State budget writers likely will have more funds to meet the needs of Texas in the near term, based on information released Oct. 10 by the comptroller’s office.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said revenue available for general spending in 2020-21 is expected to total about $121.76 billion, up 9.6 percent from the 2018-19 biennium. This revenue would support the $118.86 billion in generalpurpose spending called for by the 86th Texas Legislature and would result in a final balance available for certification of $2.89 billion.

Wed
09
Oct

Abbott puts Bush in charge of disaster mitigation effort

Abbott puts Bush in charge of disaster mitigation effort

AUSTIN — A plan is afoot for large-scale, regional projects to improve the state’s resilience to hurricanes and other natural disasters, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Oct. 4.

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Wed
09
Oct

Long awaited widening of North Main hits snag with water lines

10 years ago

October 8, 2009: Vidor ISD has added the Safe School Helpline to their repertoire of tools to ensure Vidor schools remain safe. The phone line allows anonymous callers, both children and parents a way to seek help when something is wrong.

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Wed
02
Oct

Chief election officer encourages Texans to register before deadline

Chief election officer encourages Texans to register before deadline

AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs invited eligible Texans to celebrate and participate in National Voter Registration Day — the fourth Tuesday in September — by ensuring they are registered to vote before the Oct. 7 registration deadline.

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Thu
12
Sep

Executive orders address deadly mass shootings

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 5 issued eight executive orders in hopes of preventing further mass shootings.

Abbott’s orders came days after seven people were killed and 25 injured in multiple shootings by a lone gunman along thoroughfares connecting the cities of Odessa and Midland on Aug. 31. The suspect fired at law enforcement officers and civilians, including while driving a hijacked postal van between the two cities. Law enforcement officers brought the rampage to a halt in an exchange of gunfire resulting in the death of the suspect when the van he was driving had come to a stop after ramming a police vehicle. The suspect, a 36-year-old white male armed with an assault rifle, was identified as Seth Aaron Ator of Odessa.

 

 

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Thu
12
Sep

The Great Texas Flood of 1921

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Texas History

The Houston Chronicle reported on Sep. 12, 1921 that the number of confirmed fatalities in the worst flood in the history of the Lone Star State had risen to 45 in San Antonio and 90 overall with many more missing and presumed dead.

Five days earlier, a hurricane packing 95-mph winds roared out of the Gulf of Mexico making landfall south of Tampico. During the night, the unnamed storm took a sharp turn to the northeast, crossed the Rio Grande near Laredo and headed straight for San Antonio --Texas’ largest city with a population of 161,000.

The showers that preceded the tropical tempest were a cause for celebration in Central Texas. The one and third inches of precious precipitation that fell on Austin on the morning of Fri., Sep. 9 were the first raindrops the citizens of the capital city had seen in two months. Elsewhere in that parched part of the state light showers were welcomed as badly needed drought-breakers.

 

 

Thu
05
Sep

Forgotten heroes of the Korean War

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Texas History

A 20 year old corporal from Fort Hancock sacrificed his life on the night of Sep. 6-7, 1952 and became the fourth native Texan to earn the Medal of Honor in the Korean War.

Secretary of State Dean Acheson told a congressional committee on Jun. 20, 1950 that, alarming rumors to the contrary, military conflict in Korea was not imminent. Five days later, the well-equipped North invaded the unprepared South.

Under the banner of the new United Nations, the U.S. and 15 other countries rushed to the aid of the South Koreans. At the peak of the fighting, 1.1 million UN troops (480,000 Americans, 590,000 South Koreans and 39,000 from the supporting cast) faced a North Korean Army a quarter of a million strong backed by 780,000 Chinese “volunteers.”

 

 

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Thu
05
Sep

Report details progress in school safety

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HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — The Texas School Safety Update, a report highlighting progress made to keep students and teachers safe at school, was released by Gov. Greg Abbott on Aug. 27.

The report gives Texans an update on efforts by the governor’s office, the Legislature and state agencies toward implementing recommendations made in the School Safety Action Plan released on May 30, 2018 and the subsequent update in August 2018.

The first indication of progress listed in the report is that the state’s “Mental Health First Aid” program saw a 37-percent increase in the number of public school district employees and school resource officers trained in fiscal year 2018 compared to fiscal year 2017, and more than 10,000 school personnel were trained in fiscal year 2019, which ended Aug. 31.

 

 

Thu
29
Aug

Famous ranger haunted by scandalous skeleton

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Texas History

Under the assumed name of George Washington Arrington, an Alabama fugitive enlisted in the Frontier Battalion of the Texas Rangers on Sep. 1, 1875.

John C. Orrick, Jr. grew up fast going off to war at 16 and fighting at both battles of Manassas/Bull Run, Harpers Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg. He spent the closing months of the Civil War as a guerrilla and sometimes spy with Mosby’s fabled Rangers.

Like so many restless veterans north and south, Orrick had trouble readjusting to civilian life. He joined the mass exodus of ex-Confederates to Mexico but arrived too late to offer his services to the French puppet Maximilian.

 

 

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