News

Tue
17
Oct

Grandmother dies in hit and run collision

By George Garza

 

An area family is in grief over the tragic death of their beloved grandmother on Friday night. The unidentified family members, including the victim’s grandchild and great-grandchildren, were just leaving a Halloween venue on Highway 12 in Vidor when they witnessed the tragedy.

 

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, the seventy-one year old victim of a vehicular hit and run collision had attended a local Halloween spook-house with her family on Friday night. Carroll said that the family’s car was parked across the highway from the venue.

 

Chief Carroll said that the family was leaving the event and had all crossed the highway successfully, but evidently, their grandmother, seventy-one year-old Wanda Spoonemore of Beaumont, was trailing behind, crossing the street, when a northbound passenger car struck her.

 

 

Tue
17
Oct

EDC offering cash to beleaguered businesses

By George Garza

 

“Economic development is not just about bringing new businesses in to Orange County,” said Jessica Hill, Director of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation, “it’s also about helping local, existing businesses to grow and prosper.” That was part of the rationale going through Ms. Hill’s mind when she came to the realization that the EDCorp needed to offer direct aid to storm ravaged Orange County businesses rather than to buy land to attract new businesses to our county.

 

If you own a business in Orange County and your business suffered losses of any kind due to the storm, you can apply in person for a $5,000 cash grant to be distributed to the first forty (40) Orange County business owners who apply successfully for the Harvey Small Business Disaster Recovery Grant program on Monday, October 23rd at the OCEDCorp office in Orange beginning at 9:00 a.m.

 

 

Tue
17
Oct

UCCC reopens it’s doors for those in need

By George Garza

 

It was a devastating blow to the Vidor charity supported by a coalition of churches in the Vidor area. The floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey forced nine-inches of dirty, filthy storm runoff into the first floor of the building.

 

“We lost a bunch of resources that we keep on hand for our clients,” said Gayle Nagai, a UCCC volunteer. “You know most of the clothes we offered for our clients was contaminated with flood water or the resulting mold, so we had to get rid of them.

 

 

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Tue
17
Oct

Red Ribbon Week

Vidor Mayor Robert Viator, Jr presents Vidor ISD Curriculum Coordinator Heather Watson with the official city proclamation of Red Ribbon Week October 30-November 3, which coincides with Vidor’s Homecoming Week. All citizens are urged to wear and display red ribbons during the observance to help present a unified and visible commitment to promoting a drug free community.

 

 

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Thu
12
Oct

Deputies pursue man across Orange County

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has reported that its deputies, along with Vidor Police officers and Beaumont Police officer chased a man from Orange to Beaumont, because the man tried to evade a traffic stop.

According to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office news release, on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, just before 1:00 p.m., deputies of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division observed a black, 2016, Ford F- 150 pickup truck traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 near Highway 62 in Orange.

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Thu
12
Oct

TxDOT now helping Orange County with debris removal

With hundreds of miles of state roads and highways affected by Hurricane Harvey during its meander along the Texas Gulf Coast, the state agency has a big job ahead of it in picking up storm debris stacked along its roads and highways. Because it is such a big job, TXDOT works crews and equipment from other TXDOT Districts have been challenged with the task of temporary work assignments in the TXDOT work districts that suffered the ravages of the storm.

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Thu
12
Oct

EDC Harvey damage business grant application now on-line

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation has announced that their special Hurricane Harvey Small Business Disaster Recovery Grant applications are now available for any Orange County small business owner to download from the www.orangecountyedc.com/harvey-disaster-recovery/ website as of Wednesday, October 11, 2017. While it is important that local business owners download and complete the grant application, it is probably doubly important that the application be completed in its entirety, and that the application and all of the requested additional documentation be provide in person when you make your application in person on Monday, October 23rd at the Orange County Administrative Annex Building in Orange.

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Thu
12
Oct

Dale Rogers found dead, gunshot wound goes unnoticed

The Vidor Police Department is not commenting on the death of the husband of prominent Vidor attorney, Karla Rogers, in her office on Main Street.

Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll would only say that the department was conducting an ongoing death investigation into the death of Dale Rogers, age 65, of Vidor that occurred on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

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Tue
10
Oct

Vidor officer hurt in crash

By George Garza

An alleged drunk driver seriously injured a Vidor Police Department patrol sergeant working a traffic assignment during a late night collision on Interstate 10 on Friday morning. The officer was diagnosed with a spinal injury after he was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Beaumont.

 

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Tue
10
Oct

Damsels in distress

High heat and humidity took a toll on everyone both on and off the field Saturday with a number of athletes and halftime performers from both Vidor and Nederland exhibiting heat-related illness. Athletic trainers and first responders treated many at the scene. Over the weekend, VHS officials issued a statement saying “Vidor ISD will be taking steps to ensure that students are fully hydrated in the future. Student health is our top priority and we will strive to avoid any incidents like this. Additional water and careful attention will be taken with regard to performing in extremely hot situations like yesterday.

 

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