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Wed
06
Nov

Voters to decide on proposed amendments to state constitution

Voters to decide on proposed amendments to state constitution

AUSTIN — The state’s 10-day early voting period ran from Oct. 21 to Nov. 1 with Election Day on Nov. 5.

On the ballot are 10 proposed constitutional amendments, special elections and local political subdivision elections, including those for mayor, city council, school board, municipal utility districts and other local entities.

Secretary of State Ruth Hughs, the state’s chief election officer, encouraged all eligible voters to fulfill their civic duty by voting. During the early voting period, Hughs said, “It is critical that all eligible Texans have the opportunity to help shape the direction of the Lone Star State.”

For more information on voting in Texas and a list of the proposed constitutional amendments, visit www.votetexas.gov.

Feds set hemp rules

Wed
30
Oct

Governor issues disaster declaration for storm-stricken counties

Governor issues disaster declaration for storm-stricken counties

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Six year-old Eden Hanks (l.) and four year-old Marissa Majors (r.) can’t wait for the 2009 Homecoming parade to start as they wait on Main Street last Friday.

Governor issues disaster declaration for storm-stricken counties

October 30, 2019

AUSTIN — After severe weather struck north and east Texas on Oct. 20, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration naming a list of counties in that region.

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Wed
30
Oct

Looking Back

10 years ago

October 29, 2009

An overheated air compressor is suspected of being the source of a fire that gutted a Nash St. house fire.

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Wed
23
Oct

Terrorism prevention programs across Texas to receive funding

Terrorism prevention programs across Texas to receive funding

District 8 Congressman Kevin Brady’s Orange District office (top photo) has reopened at its former location in the 400 block of Green St. in Orange after a year long closure due to Hurricane Ike storm surge damage. The Congressman was on hand to greet well-wishers at his Orange District Office grand reopening reception (bottom photo).

Terrorism prevention programs across Texas to receive funding

October 22, 2009

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 15 announced $61.2 million in Homeland Security Grant Program funding to support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and prepare for threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of Texans.

The awards, released primarily to cities and counties across Texas, include 264 projects under the State Homeland Security Program and 136 projects through the Urban Area Security Initiative.

“As governor, my top priority is keeping our communities safe,” Abbott said in a news release. “These grants will ensure our communities have the resources they need to counter terrorism statewide and enhance security for all Texans. Our ongoing efforts to keep Texas safe would not be possible without our partnership with the federal government, and I thank them for their continued assistance.”

 

 

Wed
23
Oct

Widening of North Main hits snag with water lines

10 years ago

October 22, 2009

After spending more than a year in temporary offices at Orange City Hall, Cong. Kevin Brady’s former office at LSC-Orange has reopened. The office had been closed since Hurricane Ike flooded the campus with more than 3 feet of water.

Regional Fire Academy cadets

Vidor’s Past

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Years Ago

received hands on training in Vidor using forcible entry tools at a derelict home scheduled to be demolished. 20 years ago

October 14, 1999 : A jury began deliberations after several days of emotional and contradictory testimony in an Orange courtroom as the family of murder victim Kathy Fulton Page sought to prevent her husband Steve Page from collecting $40,000 in insurance death benefits because they believe he murdered their daughter.

 

 

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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