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Thu
13
Jun

Sign your cell phone up for STAN Alerts

Image courtesy/Southeast Texas Alerting Network

The City of Vidor recommends that all of its citizens register their smartphones with the Southeast Texas Alerting Network (STAN) as soon as possible. Vidor is now using STAN Alerts to notify its citizens of emergencies and outreach messages, but it doesn’t work as well if you don’t take action to register your cellular phone with the network.

The City of Vidor is asking all residents to register their cellular telephones and landline telephones with the Southeast Texas Alerting Network (STAN) as soon as possible.

“STAN has become our preferred vehicle for getting emergency and outreach messages out to all of our citizens inside of Vidor and to all of our neighbors outside of the city,” said Captain Aleta Cappen, the City of Vidor Emergency Management Coordinator. “The system is versatile enough that it can phone you with a recorded voice message about an emergency or it can send you a text or even an e-mail if you request that option.”

Thu
13
Jun

Sales showing increase locally

For details on June sales tax allocations to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, visit the Comptroller’s Monthly Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports.

Local retail sales are showing slight improvement

Retail sales in Orange County are up slightly with sales tax allocations increasing an average of almost four and three-fourths percent compared to April 2018 according to figures released this week by the state comptroller’s office. Year to date, the allocations are more than three and one-quarter percent less than the same time in 2018.

Of the seven municipalities in Orange County, Vidor showed the largest percentage monthly increase at nearly 18.5 percent while Bridge City was the lone entity recording a decrease at 7.32 percent.

 

 

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Thu
13
Jun

OST artifact search turns up nothing

The archeological investigations necessary for new road right-of-way on the Old Spanish Trail roadway improvement project has turned up no bones, pot shards, arrowheads or any ancient artifacts of any kind. According to Precinct #3 Orange County Commissioner John Gothia, “We had to survey the proposed path of the roadway on the donating landowner’s private property adjacent to the current roadway for Indian artifacts, or any other buried items of historical nature to satisfy the Texas Historical Commission that the new roadway path won’t disturb any ancient or not so ancient history. And that’s complete. They didn’t find anything, we’re clean.“

The next step in the process is for the Orange County Engineer Clark Slacum to mark, with flags, the actual proposed parameters of the new path the road will take on the property owner’s land. Once the proposed path is laid out, the property owner will inspect the proposed path and hopefully agree to the alignment.

 

Thu
13
Jun

County seeks funds to buyout up to 30-40 flood-damaged homes

Vidorian staff photo

Phil Hampsten, a consultant for Orange County explains to the Orange County Commissioners’ Court that it is important for the county to submit their HUD Buyout or HUD Acquisition fund request to the Texas GLO by July 25th.

Orange County began the final steps to receive up to $4 million in Hurricane Harvey Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) distributed in Texas by the Texas General Land Office (TXGLO) for residential acquisition or buyouts of flood damaged homes.

According to Joel Ardoin, Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator, these HUD CDBG-DR funds that the County has qualified for to either acquire or buyout of flood damaged homes is entirely separate from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Buyout request that is currently under review at FEMA.

Ardoin also told the Orange County Commissioners’ Court that the County has also been authorized a separate infrastructure improvement CDBG-DR grant from HUD through the TXGLO of about $10.2 million for storm water street drainage improvements throughout Orange County.

 

 

Wed
12
Jun

Conveyor belt fire challenges firefighters and employees

Firefighters of the Orange County Emergency Services District #1 faced a number of obstacles when they responded to a conveyor belt fire inside of one of the production units at Optimus Steel (formerly Gerdau Ameristeel) on Old Highway 90 near Rose City on Sunday night.

OCESD#1 Fire Chief Robert Smith said that firefighters were summoned to the steel plant at about 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night to battle a reported conveyor belt fire.

“At about 10:30 p.m. on the night of the 9th of June we were called to Optimus Steel, the former Gerdau Ameristeel location. They had a conveyor belt fire inside of one of their production units where their electric arc furnaces melt the raw materials for their steel product,” said Chief Smith.

The Chief said that the Optimus Steel in-house fire-safety crews had attacked the fire between the second and third floor of the building with fire extinguishers but had failed to extinguish the blaze.

Wed
12
Jun

City to consider changes to firearms ordinance

Vidor City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday before considering changes to a pair of city ordinances regulating the discharge of firearms and shooting galleries that could allow the opening of an airsoft field adjacent to the youth baseball fields on old Highway 90..

Earlier this year, Vidor City Council was approached about plans to open an airsoft at that location, but before any city council action was taken, it was noted that city ordinances prohibits the discharge of firearms within the city. The ordinance also prohibits the discharge of crossbows, pellet or BB guns and most anything that discharges a projectile using gunpowder, compressed air while another ordinance regulates shooting galleries and outdoor ranges.

Wed
12
Jun

High-speed crash kills Vidor driver

An unusual onevehicle crash has taken the life of a Vidor man and put his female passenger in a hospital in serious condition. The Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) confirms that twentyfive year-old Jonathan Sirmons of Vidor was pronounced deceased at the scene of a vehicle crash on Sunday morning, June 9, on I-10 at F.M. 1135.

According to Sergeant Stephanie Davis, Media and Communications Officer of the Beaumont District Office of the TXDPS, Highway Patrol Troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on I-10 eastbound at F.M. 1135 South at about 4:00 a.m. Troopers arrived to find a passenger car on its roof resting atop the center concrete barrier between the eastbound and westbound traffic lanes. The driver, who was partially ejected from the vehicle, was deceased and his twenty-three year-old female passenger was trapped in the car hanging from her seatbelt.

Wed
12
Jun

Cooking Camp takes cooking to the grill

Vidorian staff photo

The Annual 4-H Summer Youth Cooking Camp takes cooking outside to the grill this year. Under close adult supervision, sixty area kids and teens got a chance to grill up chicken and vegetable kabobs and grilled chocolate banana marshmallow foil packs on a real charcoal grill outside of the Expo Center. The cooking odors of the marinated chicken and veggies was heavenly.

Vidorian staff photo

Nine-year-old Mackenzie Howard (left) of Bridge City cooks zucchini and noodles in a chicken broth as eleven-year-old Alissa Tripp (right) of Orange chops up veggies to add to the mixture at the 2019 4-H Summer Youth Cooking Camp. The taller camper in the center named Gwyn, is watching Alissa carefully as she handles the plastic knife.

Photo/Randall Luker

It’ s not all fun at the 4-H Summer Youth Cooking Camp. Every child camper must wash dishes and utensils as well as working to keep their food preparation areas clean and sanitary. Nine-year-old Brady Landry of Mauriceville (far center) washes a food preparation bowl as nine-year-old Ava Montondon (to Brady’s right) prepares to rinse the bowl. Nine-year-old Karma Fenner (nearest with both hands in basin) of Orange sanitizes previously washed and rinsed dishes.

The 4-H Youth Summer Cooking Camp sponsored in Orange County by our local Orange County AgriLife Extension Service is going on this week at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center. Everyday this week, sixty cooking campers, ages 8 - 14, show up, don aprons and wash their hands to get ready for a handson food preparation, cooking and eating experience. And, yes, to have some fun while learning valuable life lessons.

While the kids learned to chop vegetables, prepare and season beef, tuna and chicken, and cook in real skillets and pots, they also got a real treat this year; outdoor grilling!

Wed
12
Jun

Wanted: Broken sewer line owners

Photo Courtesy/Orange County Water Control

and Improvement District #1

Up to $2,000 in grant funds are available to City of Vidor homeowners who qualify under HUD low to moderate income household requirements, live in the City of Vidor and have broken private property sewer line connections. Apply today at the Water District office.

If you live inside of the city limit of the City of Vidor and your total household income might be considered somewhat less than comfortable and you suspect you might have a broken sewer connection line between your house and the sewer main on your street, you might qualify for a replacement sewer line costing as much as $2,000, at no cost to you!

That is correct! A FREE sewer line replacement for qualified City of Vidor homeowners might be in your future.

Thu
06
Jun

Overgrown jockey trained champion racehorses ”

Texas History

By Bartee Haile

Max Hirsch won his first Triple Crown race on Jun. 9, 1928 with an unheralded thoroughbred named Vito that left the other horses in the dust in the Belmont Stakes.

Maximilian Justice Hirsch was born to German immigrant parents in the quaint Hill County community of Fredericksburg in 1880. From his early childhood, the boy loved everything on four legs. Whenever he saw a footsore dog lagging behind one of the many westward bound wagons that passed through town, he would doctor its paws so the poor canine could keep up.

However, horses soon replaced dogs as Max’s favorite animals. He could somehow sense what was troubling an ailing or unruly horse even after the vet had thrown up his hands. His remarkable affinity for horses did not go unnoticed and resulted in an after-school job at the biggest ranch for miles around.

 

 

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