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22
Jan

Texas scout key to victory at Buena Vista

 Bartee Haile

Texas History

By Bartee Haile

The deadly game of cat-and-mouse that culminated in the Battle of Buena Vista began on Jan. 28, 1847, when Gen. Zachary Taylor camped for the night within striking distance of Santa Anna’s much larger army.

Divided and demoralized by a series of humiliating defeats, the desperate Mexicans recalled Santa Anna from one of his many exiles. If the charismatic charlatan could not stop the American invasion, then all was truly lost.

In dire need of money to arm, equip and feed thousands of fresh recruits, Santa Anna appealed to the Catholic Church, the wealthiest institution in the destitute country. The comfortable clergy was willing to give the patriotic endeavor their blessing but drew the line at cash contributions.

Not to be denied, the determined dictator resorted to wholesale seizure and sale of church property to finance the war effort. The priests retaliated by warning the faithful that the real enemy was not the gringos but their own government.

 

Wed
22
Jan

Do you want to change your government?

Do you want to see changes in how your local governing body runs your city, your school district, or other local governing entity? Then run for office! It’s pretty simple to qualify. All you have to do is be age 18 or older, reside within the geographical boundaries of the governing entity for a certain specified period of time, like a year before election day for cities and districts or for 18 months for school boards of trustees and, of course, you have to be a registered voter in the county in which that governing body lies. That is it! That’s all that it takes to run for office.

Wed
15
Jan

JUDY MARI MERCER

JUDY MARI MERCER

Judy Mari Mercer (Baker), 69, of Vidor, TX died Sunday, January 12th, 2020 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. A native of Big Rapids, MI she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Judy retired from the United States Postal Service after 25 years as a letter carrier. She was a member of The Source of Unending Life Church and loved spending quality time with her family and friends. Visitation will be Thursday, January 16, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Friday, January 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home. Judy is survived by her husband of 16 years; George Mercer, 1 son; Donnie Baker and his wife Angie of Vidor, 1 daughter; Brenda Denby and her husband Joey also of Vidor, 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 3 sisters; Jeanette Vasquez, Victoria Turner, and Johnna Robinson, and 2 brothers; James Riley and J.J. Riley.

Wed
15
Jan

City eyes annexation of retail area before city sales tax vote

10 years ago

January 14, 2010: The fifth phase of IH-10 reconstruction in Orange County will begin later this year when the section between Highway 62 and Adams Bayou. GOP gubernatorial candidate and US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison made a whistle stop in Beaumont during a campaign swing through Longview, Houston, and Beaumont.

20 years ago

January 13, 2000: Interest appeared to be high in the second try at annexing three parcels of land by the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1. The initial annexation try failed by two votes.

Firefighter Dustin Herron was recognized as Firefighter of the Year at the annual awards banquet of the Orange County ESD #1.

 

 

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Wed
15
Jan

Governor’s domestic terrorism task force meets at Capitol

Governor’s domestic terrorism task force meets at Capitol

1/15/2009

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott last week convened the quarterly meeting of his Domestic Terrorism Task Force at the state Capitol.

“We must work together to develop meaningful solutions to fully eradicate domestic terrorism in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said in explaining the purpose of the meeting. “Just as domestic terrorism takes many forms, this task force is committed to developing comprehensive and evolving defense strategies to ensure a safe and secure future for every Texan.”

Abbott’s office said the task force analyzed prevention strategies against domestic terrorism in the form of cyber attacks and discussed the importance of good “cyber hygiene.”

Task force members include Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and other highranking state, county and federal officials.

 

 

 

Wed
08
Jan

Abbott, Patrick react after shooting incident at church

Abbott, Patrick react after shooting incident at church

1/7/2010

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt.Gov. Dan Patrick released statements following a deadly shooting on Dec. 29 at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a city of 16,000 people on the west side of Fort Worth.

Two church members were killed in the shooting, which occurred during Sunday services. A possible motive for the shooting is under investigation.

The shooter was shot and killed at the scene by a member of the congregation who is a member of the church’s volunteer security detail and is a firearms instructor.

“Places of worship are meant to be sacred and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life,” Abbott said.

Wed
08
Jan

VISD trustees approve purchase of Vidor State Bank building for $75,000

20 years ago

January 6, 2000: Orange County Drainage District general manager Ron Sigler said flooding problems in Pine Forest and Vidor could be a thing of the past with the widening of Tiger Creek from Pine Forest to near IH-10. Sigler said over the past eighteen months the creek had been doubled and tripled in width.

Three new commissioners appointed to the ESD #1 board are Harold Schild, Richard Sessions and G. T. Sharp. They replace Ray Pace, Luther Smith and J. Ray Long. 25 years ago

January 5, 1995: City of Vidor reported construction values topped $3.6 million in 1994. The demolition and reconstruction of McDonalds accounted for $300,000 of the value.

Orange County Precinct 4 commissioner Bill Harland and Precinct 2 commissioner C. J. Huckaby said improved roads and drainage were the top priorities they would be addressing in their county precincts.

Wed
01
Jan

Paxton lauds 5th Circuit ruling against Affordable Care Act

	Paxton lauds 5th Circuit ruling against Affordable Care Act

Paxton lauds 5th Circuit ruling against Affordable Care Act

AUSTIN — After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit declared the individual mandate in “Obamacare” unconstitutional on Dec. 18, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed his agreement.

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Wed
01
Jan

Special Forces Sgt. Emmett Harvey Horn killed in Vietnam ambush

10 years ago

December 31, 2009: A family of six was not home when their manufactured home located in the 300 block of Park Street went up in flames, but two family pets could not be saved FEMA extended temporary housing for Ike victims for a four-month period to allow for more time to repair or refurbish damaged homes.Orange County Emergency Management officials got a late Christmas gift this week in the form of a new Mobile Command Post worth $200,000.

20 years ago

December 30, 1999: Orange County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution seeking the extension and upgrade of Tram Road from FM 1132 to FM 2802 (Texla Road).

Local water district voters are being asked once again to approve the annexation of three parcels of land into the district after an earlier vote failed 61-60.

Wed
25
Dec

Commissioners show little interest in $2 million bond election for hospital expansion

10 years ago

December 24, 2009: Six Vidor ISD campuses received Gold Performance Acknowledgement awards in recognition of their high performance on various indicators on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests in the 2008-2009 school year.

After meeting behind closed doors, the OCESD #1 Board announced they would reopen their search for a new Fire Chief, commenting anyone that had already applied was welcome to resubmit a new application.

The Orange County Commissioners Court voted to execute orders of declaration of a public nuisance and abatement by demolition of an abandoned house at 2055 Evangeline Drive.

 

 

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