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Wed
08
Apr

Abbott calls on Texans to help limit the spread of coronavirus

Abbott calls on Texans to help limit the spread of coronavirus
Abbott calls on Texans to help limit the spread of coronavirus

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on April 1 posted an online video message seeking Texans’ individual and collective help to reduce the spread of the deadly new coronavirus, COVID-19.

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Wed
08
Apr

Tamara Hext wins 1980 Miss Texas Teen title

10 Years ago

April 8, 2010: The Vidor City Council approved the extension of a permit application from Kaiser-Francis Oil Company to drill a well after conducting a public hearing. The oil well will be in a fairly remote location.

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Wed
01
Apr

Congressman Charlie Wilson says Orange County is one bright spot in the district

10 Years ago

April 1, 2010: The Orange County Commissioner’s Court decided to add an endorsement to the County’s vehicle insurance coverage to cover liability insurance only for the privately owned vehicles of the four Orange County Constables and some of their deputies.

15 Years Ago

March 31, 2005: A public reception has been set for Thursday, April 7, to welcome new Vidor City Manager Ricky Jorgensen. Jorgensen assumed his duties on March 21.

 

 

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Wed
01
Apr

White House grants disaster declaration for state of Texas

White House grants disaster declaration for state of Texas
White House grants disaster declaration for state of Texas

AUSTIN — President Trump on March 25 issued a major disaster declaration for the state of Texas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump’s action came at the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking additional federal assistance to combat the disease. In recent days Abbott issued multiple waivers of state laws to remove barriers limiting the response to the pandemic. He also activated the Texas National Guard to be prepared to assist with response efforts.

Abbott said the president’s declaration “opens up new sources of funding for individual and public assistance that will help Texas respond to this public health emergency and protect public health and safety.”

Federal aid is earmarked to overcome current and prospective shortages of personal protective gear, medical equipment, testing supplies, hospital beds and medical personnel.

 

Wed
25
Mar

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

10 Years ago

March 25, 2010: Nineteen year-old Bo Walter Pillsbury of Vidor has plead guilty to charges of intoxication manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in a Hardin County Court. The charges stem from a head-on collision on Hwy. 96 in front of the H.E.B. in Lumberton which resulted in the death of 25 year-old Michael Say Chapman of Silsbee.

15 Years Ago

March 24, 2005: Vidor Police Sergeant David Vandagriff was hospitalized after being hit by a vehicle at Interstate 10 and FM 1132 Wednesday night while directing traffic at an accident scene. The office received a cut on the scalp and some cracked ribs.

 

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Wed
25
Mar

Governor takes actions to slow down the deadly virus

Governor takes actions to slow down the deadly virus
Governor takes actions to slow down the deadly virus

AUSTIN — Texas is more invested every day in promoting increased and thorough hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and social distancing to reduce cases of the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

As of March 22, the cumulative count of patients testing positive in Texas increased to 334. The death count stood at five with 8,756 people having been tested, according to figures posted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

As the work week began, Gov. Greg Abbott was still not ready to order all Texans to stay at home, as local authorities ordered in Dallas County. However, he issued four statewide executive orders in accordance with federal guidelines issued by President Trump and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

 

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Wed
18
Mar

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

10 Years ago

March 18, 2010: Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 Board of Director’s President Charles Pierce tendered his resignation from the board on Sunday. Pierce cited the reason for his resignation as a pending move away from the area.

A hot check and school truancy warrant round up conducted by the Orange County Precinct #4 Constable’s Office last week served 53 warrants on 14 individuals and resulted in six arrests.

15 Years Ago

March 17, 2005: Officer Lane Mooney and Rico will be leading the City of Vidor’s drug interdiction efforts. Rico was purchased with funds generated from the sale of vehicles seized after being used in drug trafficking.

 

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Wed
18
Mar

Governor issues statewide disaster declaration

Governor issues statewide disaster declaration

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on March 13 declared a state of disaster in all Texas counties and listed actions agencies are taking to contain and minimize the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus, a highly contagious flulike respiratory disease.

Abbott said agency actions would include:

— Provide immediate ability to move resources around the state, including resources obtained through the Strategic National Stockpile, an emergency supply of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies;

— Restrict visitations at nursing homes, state-supported living centers, hospitals, daycare facilities, prisons, jails and juvenile justice facilities while allowing limited exceptions for situations such as end-of-life visitations;

 

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Wed
11
Mar

Trump, Biden emerge as winners in Texas primaries

Trump, Biden emerge as winners in Texas primaries
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AUSTIN — Incumbent President Donald J. Trump, who received 94% of the vote in the Lone Star State’s Republican primary election, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who received 34.5 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, were their parties’ top vote-getters on March 3, Super Tuesday.

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Wed
11
Mar

Vidorians confront Orange County Drainage District over flooding

10 years ago

March 11, 2010: Tuesday night, all of the members of both the Pine Forest City Council and Vidor City Council gathered around the table to discuss their shared extra territorial jurisdictions and came to a tentative agreement on where to divide that proposed territory.

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