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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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Wed
25
Dec

Deadline to hit for disaster aid applications

Deadline to hit for disaster aid applications

AUSTIN — Texans applying for federal funds for housing repairs and reimbursements relating to Hurricane Harvey damages face an important deadline.

The Texas General Land Office on Dec. 16 encouraged applicants for the Homeowner Assistance Program and Homeowner Reimbursement Program to submit applications before Dec. 31.

Some $1.3 billion has been set aside in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grants for disaster recovery funding. The money is to be used for rehabilitation and reconstruction of thousands of owner-occupied single-family homes in 48 counties that were damaged by Harvey in 2017.

The General Land Office reported it has approved nearly 2,000 applications for construction, with more than 700 homes currently under construction and nearly 400 homes completed. The Homeowner Reimbursement Program has reimbursed nearly 1,000 applicants for more than $30 million.

 

 

Wed
18
Dec

Secretary of state convenes discussion on 2020 Census

Secretary of state convenes discussion on 2020 Census

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The Orange County Drainage District spent much of this week clearing debris from a ditch located next to River Oaks subdivision. Residents of the area noted they were pleased to see the work being done.

Secretary of state convenes discussion on 2020 Census

12/14/1989

AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs on Dec. 11 hosted a roundtable discussion of state agencies to coordinate efforts to accurately count all Texans in the upcoming 2020 Census.

Hughs was joined by Dr. Steven Dillingham, U.S. Census Bureau director; Dr. Lloyd Potter, Texas State demographer; and representatives from state agencies and the Texas Legislature.

“The census plays a major role in determining the distribution of federal funds to the Lone Star State in areas such as healthcare, education, agriculture and infrastructure and housing, as well as determining the size of our congressional” delegation, Hughs .

“That’s why it’s imperative that we work collaboratively towards finding ways that our state’s agencies can help to ensure that we count all Texans in the upcoming census,” she added.

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Wed
18
Dec

San Marcos ends Vidor Pirates’ season at 12-0-1

10 years ago

December 18,2009: The City of Pine Forest hired an additional, second, police officer, Jimmy Hickey of the Vidor Police Department following the recommendation of Pine Forest Police Chief James Blankenship. Hickey will serve as a relief officer for times when Blankenship is unavailable..

The City of Rose City welcomed a new city councilwoman, Lana Stockwell. Council members appointed Stockwell to an at-large position made vacant by the resignation of Amanda Stockwell.

The Beaumont Police Department are seeking information from witnesses to an accident that claimed the life of a Vidor woman when a piece of metal road debris penetrated the windshield of the vehicle she was driving and fatally struck her near the Hollywood overpass on IH-10.

 

 

Wed
11
Dec

Governor proclaims results in constitutional amendment election

Governor proclaims results in constitutional amendment election

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AUSTIN — Before voter-approved amendments to the Texas Constitution are set in stone, it is the governor’s duty to publicly proclaim the results of the election.

On Dec. 4, Gov. Greg Abbott posted such a proclamation, having first certified the tabulation prepared by the Texas secretary of state, the state’s chief election officer.

In his proclamation, Abbott listed the nine of 10 proposed amendments that passed in the Nov. 5 constitutional amendment election. The one that did not pass, and therefore not included in the proclamation, was Proposition 1, the proposed constitutional amendment allowing a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.

Complete results of the election are available at sos.texas.gov and analyses of proposed constitutional amendments are available from the Legislative Research Library of Texas at lrl.texas.gov.

 

 

Wed
04
Dec

Texas survived state-splitting schemes

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Texas History

By Bartee Haile

When the Reconstruction constitutional convention reconvened on Dec. 4, 1868, Radical Republicans sharpened their knives in eager anticipation of carving up Texas like a Christmas turkey.

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Wed
04
Dec

Hegar transfers excess revenue into rainy day, highway funds

Hegar transfers excess revenue into rainy day, highway funds

AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 25 announced the transfer of $3.33 billion into the State Highway Fund and into the Economic Stabilization Fund, commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund.

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