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Wed
30
Sep

Houston-Dallas bullet train company says it’s on fast track

Houston-Dallas bullet train company says it’s on fast track

Texas’ first- and third-largest cities could be in daily commuting distance from each other via the high-speed Texas Central Railroad.

Proponents of the proposed bullet train hailed two historic milestones last week: The Federal Railroad Administration released its rules of the road for the project and approved the environmental review and route for the track between Houston and Dallas.

Commuters would be able to travel the 240- mile route in less than 90 minutes on the Japanese-built train, with departures every 30 minutes daily during peak periods and every hour during off-peak periods. The train, holding about 400 passengers, is projected to travel at speeds of more than 200 mph. Construction could start as early as next year.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
23
Sep

Get your flu shot, govenor says

Get your flu shot, govenor says

While scientists race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is urging everyone to get a flu shot.

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Wed
23
Sep

Vidor ISD trustees approve controversial health textbook rejected by other local schools

10 Years ago

September 23, 2010: OCESD #1 personnel conducted the required Orange County Emergency Services District pre-plan fire inspection of the new Vidor City Hall on Wednesday.

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Wed
16
Sep

Williamson Ward Church holds formal dedication

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10 Years ago

September 16, 2010: The Orange County Mosquito Control District (OCMCD) airplane is repaired and back in the air flying spray missions again. The plane had suffered some damage in an aborted take-off roll accident in June and had been awaiting clearance for flight by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Wed
16
Sep

Looking Back 09/16/2010

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Lillian Myers, McKenzi Hillin and Kason Bends were happy to have some quiet time reading during the first day of ACE at Vidor Elementary,left photo.

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Wed
26
Aug

School year brings an Apple for students, too

School year brings an Apple for students, too

Students across Texas returned to campuses last week as schools and universities scrambled to put into place new lesson plans that best accommodate a pandemic.

For many school districts, this meant greatly expanding the technological resources of their students to support a mix of in-person and online education. For example, Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District east of Houston announced plans to buy 16,000 iPads for almost $3.1 million. The Texas Education Agency’s statewide initiative, Operation Connectivity, will pay half the cost.

Wed
26
Aug

Largest draft call in four years issued by draft board

10 Years ago

August 26, 2010: Vidor ISD’s proposed budget deficit jumped higher after what was explained by the superintendent “as both a miscommunication and a desire to be totally up front and transparent with the budget.”

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Wed
19
Aug

Texas tries nation’s first virtual criminal trial

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A Texan’s speeding ticket put her in the legal history books last week.

To combat the backlog in criminal cases created by the pandemic, a Travis County justice of the peace conducted the nation’s first virtual criminal trial. The case was livestreamed on YouTube, and the jurors deliberated in a private Zoom room.

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Wed
19
Aug

Ribbon cutting held for new Gibson’s Discount Center

10 Years ago

August 19, 2010: Emily Thomas Green and Jack Fugate, both Class of 1937, were presented trophies as the oldest alumni in attendance at the all-years, multi-class reunion for Vidor High School held August 14, at the Vidor VFW Hall.

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Wed
12
Aug

Instead of No. 2 pencils, PPEs top this year's back-to-school list

Instead of No. 2 pencils, PPEs top this year's back-to-school list

Back-to-school lists aren’t the same this year.

Gov. Greg Abbott talked last week about why the state is stockpiling personal protective equipment.

“As local school boards make determinations on how and when they choose to open schools, the state is working to help ensure that there will be a strong supply of PPE waiting for them to keep students, teachers and staff safe,” he said.

Texas already has distributed to Texas schools:

59,410,640 masks 567,948 gallons of hand sanitizer

24,017 thermometers

511,294 face shields

 

 

 

 

 

 

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