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Abbott joins officials in response to virus originating in China

Abbott joins officials in response to virus originating in China

02/04/1990

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 30 commented on a White House briefing about actions to stem the transmission of novel coronavirus in the United States.

Speakers at the briefing concerning the outbreak of the new respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, China, included U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

“The State of Texas is continuing to collaborate with our local, state and federal partners as updates come in on the status of the coronavirus,” Abbott said. “Our local communities will have the resources they need to respond to any potential cases of the coronavirus in their area, and we remain committed to ensuring the health and safety of all Texans.”

Wed
05
Feb

Pine Forest to survey site of proposed annexation

10 years ago

February 4, 2010: The City of Pine Forest is planning to commission a survey to be done on this property from the city limit sign south along F.M. 105 for almost six tenths of a mile. The City Council wants to annex the property into the corporate limits of the city if they can secure the approval of the land owners.

A Pair of 25 foot Defender Class United States Coast Guard patrol boats, similar in design to the boat the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is making a grant application for, cruise along the jetties near Clearwater, Florida.

20 years ago

February 3, 2000: Vidor High School Principal Rob Madding, is among the final four candidates being considered for recognition as State Principal of the year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.

The VHS yearbook sponsor and journalism teacher was fired after discrepancies in accounts related to those activates were discovered.

 

Wed
29
Jan

Fire in VHS restroom results in minor injuries to security guard, little damage

10 years ago

January 28, 2010: Johnnie Andrus, President of the Vidor Chamber of Commerce, said Vidor has more musical talent than just about any Texas town its size as the Vidor City Council presented Andrus a proclamation in support of the Chamber’s “Where the Music Began” project.

Orange County will receive an $800,000 mitigation gran from FEMA to protect the Orange County Courthouse utility systems. Total cost is estimated at $1.138 million.

20 years ago

January 27, 2000: Dry conditions and high winds allowed a trash fire near Dixie and Rebel roads to get out of control and burn nearly 300 acres before more than 100 firefighters from 21 agencies were able to contain the fire.

 

 

 

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Wed
29
Jan

Governor applauds White House approval of women’s health funding

Governor applauds White House approval of women’s health funding

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott said Jan. 22 that a Trump administration decision reestablishes the federal partnership for the Women’s Health Program in Texas.

Abbott issued a statement concerning the approval of the 1115 Waiver for Healthy Texas Women:

“The Lone Star State is once again in partnership with the federal government to provide meaningful family planning and health services while fostering a culture of life. This collaboration is a symbol of our commitment to championing the lives of Texas women. I am grateful to President Trump and his administration for approving this waiver and for his commitment to protecting the unborn while providing muchneeded health resources to Texas women.”

Wed
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.

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