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Wed
22
Jan

neighborhood Pine Forest considers gas well

neighborhood Pine Forest considers gas well

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A natural gas drilling rig will soon be assembled inside of the City of Pine Forest not far from the southwest end of Briar Lane in the H.C. Nagel Addition. The city has negotiated with the driller for variances on city code enforcement regulations.

neighborhood Pine Forest considers gas well

The City of Pine Forest is about to have a petroleum exploration oil rig set up within the city limits to drill about 10,000 feet straight down looking for natural gas and oil. A natural resources exploration company called Vantage out of Houston, Texas has acquired rights to underground petroleum products within a wooded area off of Connor Road, south of Sugarmill Road and within one hundred yards of the Pine Forest City Hall. The city has been negotiating with Vantage about permits, permit fees, and code enforcement variances for the oil company to bring in and set up a towering oil drilling rig in the woods very near the neighborhood of the H.C. Nagel Addition and not far from the southwest end of Briar Lane.

Wed
22
Jan

Storm abandoned homes with delinquent taxes may be seized

According to Steve Bird, an attorney with the Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson Law Firm, the law firm the city has engaged to collect delinquent property taxes, the City of Vidor is looking for ways to seize abandoned properties in the City by using delinquent property taxes as an avenue to legally seize the property.

“The City of Vidor met with its delinquent tax collection law firm recently to discuss the implementation of a property cleanup program that will help address abandoned and distressed property within the City,” said Steven Bird last Tuesday in a law firm news release.

Bird went on to say, “Mayor Stiebig indicated that the time was right to tackle this ongoing issue.”

 

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Wed
22
Jan

Christopher Morgan gets 8-years for intoxication manslaughter

Christopher Morgan gets 8-years for intoxication manslaughter

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Christopher Morgan, age 34, of Vidor plead guilty to intoxication manslaughter with a deadly weapon in the death of 41 year-old Shane Harold Rollins of Vidor, on the night of December 26, 2019 on Concord Street. Mr. Rollins was walking along side of the road at about 10:00 p.m. when Morgan, who was driving his pickup truck, swerved off the road; striking and killing Mr. Rollins. Morgan tested 0.198% on the blood alcohol test after the crash.

Thirty-four year old Christopher Morgan of Vidor was sentenced last week to serve eight years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice penitentiary for the December 26, 2016 intoxication manslaughter death of forty-one year-old Shane Harold Rollins last week. Morgan was accused of striking Mr. Rollins with his truck as Rollins was walking as a pedestrian along Concord road on the night after Christmas 2016.

According to preliminary investigation into the automobile/pedestrian collision performed by the Texas Department of Public Safety on the night of the fatal crash, investigating Highway Patrol troopers determined that on December 26, 2016, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Mr. Rollins was walking northbound on Concord near its intersection with Carpenter St. The Troopers believe that Rollins was walking legally on the west side of the roadway, facing north and facing the oncoming southbound traffic as required by law.

Wed
15
Jan

Council praises Chamber, renews city manager search

Council praises Chamber, renews city manager search

Photo by Randall Luker
Vidor City Council lauded the Vidor Chamber of Commerce’s continuing progress following the organization’s quarterly council report presented by Chamber representatives Atasha Quebedeaux, left, and Hal LaPray, right.

Vidor City Council heard both good and bad news during their regular meeting Thursday at Vidor City Hall.

First, the Vidor Chamber of Commerce presented their quarterly report to council members.

“I feel like we are getting there,” said Chamber President Hal LaPray. “Our membership is up and there is more participation in our public activities.”

“I think you are on the right track,” Mayor Kimberly Steibig agreed. Steibig said she could see the increase in participation by members and the public.

“I was very pleased with the Christmas participation. It was just incredible and city hall looks really incredible. It looks wonderful and I have received a lot of comments.”

 

 

 

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Wed
15
Jan

Green Shirts coming to help Vidor flood victims

The “Green Shirts” of World Renew, an international faith based disaster relief and community development volunteer organization, are coming to Vidor, TX and they are looking to speak directly with both Harvey and Imelda flood victims who are stalled in their flood recovery.

Are you still living in a gutted out home with the bottoms of sheetrock walls cut out and all flooring stripped from your foundation? Are you still living without a refrigerator or a stove that were damaged beyond repair in the floods? Are you still in FEMA housing and have been able to do nothing or very little to repair your flood damaged home? Do you still have unmet recovery needs from Tropical Storm Harvey or its aftermath?

Wed
15
Jan

Phelan pushes for VA Hospital in Orange

Phelan pushes for VA Hospital in Orange

Photo By George Garza
Baptist Hospital Orange sits mostly vacant on Strickland Dr. in Orange. State Representative Dade Phelan has started a Whitehouse.gov petition asking President Donald Trump to establish a new V.A. Hospital at the close facility and you can help him by signing the Whitehouse.gov petition today.

Our Texas State House of Representatives, District 21 State Representative Dade Phelan is launching a grass roots effort to draw the federal government’s attention to Orange and Jefferson Counties as ideal expansion locations for Veterans’ Administration Medical Inpatient Treatment Hospitals and he needs your help.

On Tuesday, Representative Phelan sent a letter to U.S. President Trump voicing his concern for the lack of reliable healthcare options for over 1.6 million veterans in Texas and asking for the Veterans Administration to consider buying or leasing two possible venues in Southeast Texas to establish a new VA Medical Inpatient Treatment Hospital.

The two venue options that Representative Phelan suggests for consideration are Baptist Orange Hospital and St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur.

Wed
08
Jan

Eight residents evacuate Sunday house fire safely

Eight residents evacuate Sunday house fire safely

Photo by George Garza

An accidental fire of yet to be determined origin has taken the home of eight people in North Vidor. According to Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Fire Chief Robert Smith the blaze originated in the modified attic of a single story wood frame house on Sunday, Decem-

It took firefighters more than two hours to completely douse the flames and all burning embers in this house fire at a home on Bando Street north of Vidor. Firefighters had to pull out shiplap walls and ceilings to insure that the fire was completely extinguished in the modified attic of this home.

 

 

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Wed
08
Jan

School Board awards contract for Imelda VHS repairs

School Board awards contract for Imelda VHS repairs

Photo by George Garza
This is not a freshly waxed corridor. These floors at the A.I.M. Center are covered with about a half-inch of standing Imelda floodwater on the Friday after the storm last September. Yes, the water is standing from baseboard to baseboard in this A.I.M. Center hallway and was probably deeper during the height of the flood.

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Cut line--This is not a freshly waxed corridor. These floors at the A.I.M. Center are covered with about a half-inch of standing Imelda floodwater on the Friday after the storm last September. Yes, the water is standing from baseboard to baseboard in this A.I.M. Center hallway and was probably deeper during the height of the flood.

Archive staff photo

Despite the fact that President Trump has yet to declare a Public Assistance Disaster Declaration for the six Texas counties affected by the floods of Tropical Storm Imelda, the Vidor Independent School District Board of Trustees have decided to go ahead and award the bid for flood repairs at the Vidor High School recently.

Wed
08
Jan

It’s January and your taxes are due

It’s January and your taxes are due

January is a special month for so many people. It is the month of New Year’s Resolutions both kept and broken. The Annual Festival of Sleep Day falls on January 3rd . January 4th is National Spaghetti Day. January 21st is National Hugging Day and, of course, January 31st is county and city Ad Valorem taxes due day.

Oh yes, that is right, your county, city and school taxes are due, in full, at the end of January. And that day (January 31, 2020) falls on a Friday this year. So start making your plans now to pay your Ad Valorem taxes by the end of this month.

Orange County Tax Assessor/Collector Karen Fisher said that her office collects all of your Ad Valorem taxes for every taxing entity in Orange County including city Ad Valorem taxes for the cities of Vidor, Rose City and Pine Forest. Her office also collects property taxes for the Vidor Independent School District,

Wed
01
Jan

Still a family business

Still a family business

Thalia and Scott Friedeck with their children Juliet and Lucas; Roger and Sheila Friedeck, Brooke and Buddy Lightfoot with their boys Owen and Porter.

Still a family business

Josh and Rachel Rich, Tracey and George Rich, and Kyle Rich.

The Vidor community has a great reason to celebrate 2020. Not only is it the beginning of a new decade, it’s the beginning of a new business.

Roger and Sheila Friedeck, who have owned and operated Friedeck’s at 200 North Main Street for almost 18 years are retiring, but with a great deal of planning, effort, and cooperation, they are leaving their successful business in great hands.

When the doors open Thursday, January 2, it will be Green Thumb Unlimited, L.L.C., owned and operated by George and Tracey Rich. The couple grew up in Vidor, and both graduated from Vidor High School, as did both their sons and daughterin-law.

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