The 2017 Vidor I.S.D. School District Survey, that some of our readers were asked to participate in February, is now complete and the results are in. Last Monday, Vidor High School Principal Travis Maines presented those results to the district’s Board of Trustees. The annual School District survey is not simply an opinion poll about how parents, students and the district’s teachers are perceiving the efforts of the school district on issues such as bullying, substance abuse, equality, campus expectations homework, respect for school property and resources, class sizes, student input, parent volunteer opportunities and whether or not respondent are afraid to voice their concerns.
Voters who are deciding how they are going to vote in the May 6th school district and municipal elections should be making up their minds soon. Early voting in the Vidor I.S.D. Bond Election and in two area city general elections begins on Monday. Registered voters should be aware that the early voting period in all four local elections will only be available for seven days. For registered voters in the Vidor I.S.D., the City of Pine Forest and the City of Rose City, your early voting poling place will be at the Vidor I.S.D. Administration Building at 120 East Bolivar Street in Vidor.
A Vidor I.S.D. Police Department police officer and a student were attacked by three male students as the officer tried to escort the fourth student safely to his car two weeks ago. According to Vidor I.S.D. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo said all of the students involved in the altercation in front of the Vidor High School were minors. Since minors are involved, the superintendent said that he is required to follow certain privacy provisions of the law and is restricted about the information he can release.
The incident happened at the front of the Vidor High School in the small drive through parking area between the school’s front door and Orange St. At about 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29th, Vidor I.S.D. police officer Weldon Peveto was escorting a student to his vehicle parked across from the front of the school.
Aggressive panhandlers accosting residents in local parking lots and public rights-of-way prompted Vidor City Council to act Thursday, giving local police and business owners a new tool to protect the public from those solicitations.
Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll said lately there had been incidents of aggressive panhandlers frightening the public with demanding overtures for money in parking lots at Crossroads Shopping Center and Walmart.
Its just a nugget of an idea right now, but a majority of the Pine Forest City Council agree with the idea of continuing to look into what it might take to expand the Pine Forest City Hall building during their regularly scheduled meeting last Monday night.
Pine Forest Mayor Cathy Nagel broached the idea of a building expansion when she announced that the area directly behind City Hall has been refilled and compacted following the removal of the building’s ailing septic wastewater tank and system. The Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 sanitary sewer line was recently extended to the building and a new grinder pump installed eliminating the need for the septic system and the required surrounding clear area.
Early voting in the May 6th city and school bond election will only be offered to registered voters for seven days during this election cycle. If you want to get your citizenship duty out of the way early, there are only seven days where you can vote early. Early voting begins next week on Monday, April 24th, 2017 and ends on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017. The early voting polls will not be open for voting on the Saturday and Sunday, April 29th and April 30th.
Where do you early vote? For registered voters in the Vidor I.S.D., the City of Pine Forest and the City of Rose City, your early voting poling place will be at the Vidor I.S.D. Administration Building at 120 East Bolivar Street in Vidor.
Some crawfish aficionados will tell you not to eat any boiled crawfish whose tail is not curled under the spicy delicacy, because popular opinion holds that they were dead before they hit the boiling water, and hence not fit to be eaten (crawfish are traditionally boiled alive). Now, science is dubious on the issue, but some local chefs still claim that, boiled dead or alive, crawfish with curled tails are simply tastier.
And you can find out for yourself this coming weekend at the 37th Annual Mauriceville Crawfish Festival on April 21-21. This year’s Crawfish fest will celebrate Earth Day with the theme “Beau Garcon Saves The Bayou”.
With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, April 22-24.
“Unfortunately, we can’t predict when the next fire, flood or tornado may strike,” Hegar said. “But we can be prepared, and this tax holiday helps Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations before they happen.”
Glenn Hegar, the Texas Comptroller of public accounts announced last week on Thursday that he is releasing his “Spring 2017 Bond Election Roundup”, which provides some interesting information about bond election proposals for more than five-dozen local Texas governments.