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08
Jul

Rose City homeowners can apply now for home acquisition

Attention all Rose City homeowners! Are you still trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey’s massive floodwaters? Is your recovery stalled because you had no flood insurance and you are doing it in bits and pieces as you able to afford it? Have you wished that you could sell your flood damaged home and move into another home in, perhaps, a less flood prone area? Well thanks to a $2 million Texas Government Land Office (TXGLO) Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery Grant, money is now available for the City of Rose City to acquire your house and land at post-storm fair market value.

According to Melinda Smith, Project Manager with the government-consulting firm of Traylor & Associates that the City of Rose City has engaged to administer the TXGLO CDBGDR Acquisition Grant, “The City of Rose City has been awarded Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds to assist property owners affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 

 

 

Wed
08
Jul

Free Coronavirus testing this Sunday

Free Coronavirus testing this Sunday

The Former Texas National Guard Armory Building on Meeks Drive in Orange just two blocks north of the I-10 Freeway will be the site of a free, no appointment necessary, mobile military COVID-19 testing unit deployment for Coronavirus testing this coming Sunday, Photo by George Garza

With the recent rise in active COVID-19 positive cases reporting in Orange County, the County has arranged for another round of free COVID-19 Coronavirus testing at the former Army National Guard Armory on Meeks Drive in Orange on Sunday, July 12, 2020.

From June 23, 2020 through July 1 st , 2020 the numbers of active positive tested carriers of COVID-19 in Orange County has risen from 79 active cases to 166 active cases or a rise of 87 newly discovered Orange County residents found to have been exposed to the COVID-19 Coronavirus in just the last eight days of June.

Of those newly discovered active positive COVID-19 exposure cases, six of those new active cases are from Vidor. The Mauriceville area saw a rise of nine new active positive cases in the same eight-day period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
08
Jul

Vidor Middle School demolition to begin

Vidor Middle School demolition to begin

The demolition of the flood damaged Vidor Middle School is scheduled to begin this week. The demolition contractor has already punched holes in exterior walls to remove utility equipment to be salvaged. Photo by George Garza

Some of the long awaited FEMA disaster damage reimbursement funds, specifically, those funds approved for the demolition of the Tropical Storm Harvey flood damaged Vidor Middle School, have been awarded to the Vidor I.S.D. to tear down that school.

“We became aware that FEMA had finally authorized the award of the cost to demolish the Middle School back at the end of May, but we’ve held back on announcing it because we’ve suffered so many disappointments in the past,” said Vidor I.S.D. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo. “But now that we’ve scheduled the first day of work with the contractor, AAR Incorporated, we have to let the cat out of the bag and hope we don’t get called for another review.”

According to the Super intendent, AAR Incorporated, a demolition contractor, has already started opening up some outer walls of the school in order to remove utility equipment that is still in the building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
01
Jul

Commissioners name Lane Mooney as Orange County Sheriff

Commissioners name Lane Mooney as Orange County Sheriff

After formally accepting a letter of resignation from Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt last week on Tuesday, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted to name presumptive Sheriff-elect Jimmy Lane Mooney of Vidor as the latest Orange County Sheriff effective July 1 st , 2020.

It was an odd circumstance last Tuesday at the Orange County Commissioners’ Court meeting when the Court voted, not once, but twice, in two separate Commissioners’ Court agenda items, to accept the resignation letters of two Orange County elected officials. The Court first took action to accept the retirement letter of Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt who had previously announced that he would retire from his elected office six months before his term as Sheriff ends on December 31 st , 2020.

“I have been your Sheriff since January 1 st , 2009 and, without a doubt, it has been the most rewarding experience I have ever had in my life, but it comes with a price. I have tried very hard to do a good job for the citizens of Orange County and the employees of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. I hope that I have met your expectations,” said Sheriff Merritt in his letter.

Wed
01
Jul

Orange County COVID-19 cases spike in June

Since the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the number of documented Orange County citizens who have tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus has jumped from about 12 active cases on May 28, 2020 to 79 active cases on June 23, 2020. That is an increase of 67 newly discovered active cases of Coronavirus in Orange County in the month of June or an increase of over 600%

Wed
01
Jul

Early vote now in primary runoff election

Early vote now in primary runoff election

Early voting is happening this week and next at four polling places listed below. Polls will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020 through Sunday, July 5, 2020 for the Fourth of July Holiday. Polls open each day at 8:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. except for Tuesdays when polls stay open late until 7:00 p.m.

Early voting began on Monday of this week in the July 14, 2020 Texas Primaries Runoff Elections. Runoffs? Yes, runoffs. Every reader should remember the March 3, 2020 Orange County Republican Party Primary Election and the Orange County Democratic Party Primary Election on the same day where Orange County registered voters selected their political party’s nominees to have their names placed on the ballot to run for office in the upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election.

Well, in one GOP Primary race and in two Democratic Party Primary races none of the candidates on the Primary ballot won their nomination outright with at least fifty percent plus one more vote of the total votes in that race. That means that the two top vote getters in those three races are put in opposition against each other in a runoff election ballot.

Wed
24
Jun

Free COVID-19 testing on Sunday in Bridge City

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  With newly discovered Coronavirus exposure cases on the rise in Orange County, now may be a good time to be tested for the Coronavirus to make sure you are COVID-19 free.  Since Memorial Day through June 17, 2020, thirty-three more Orange County residents have been found to have been exposed to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, through testing by private doctors and area commercial health clinics. 

 

Wed
24
Jun

Justin Lynn Sturrock

Justin Lynn Sturrock

Justin Lynn Sturrock, 32, of Vidor, TX died Saturday, June 20th, 2020. Born in Galveston, TX he was a longtime resident of Vidor who enjoyed going camping, fishing, hunting, shooting pool with his best friend Jesse and hanging out with his friends. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 24, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Graveside services will be Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Oretta Cemetery in Singer, LA. Justin is survived by his mother; Amy Trull and her husband Robert Howard of Lumberton, TX, father; Jackie Lynn Sturrock and his wife Cynthia of Beaumont, 3 brothers; Farron Beard of Vidor, Hayden Howard and his wife Morgan of Lumberton, and Taylor Sturrock and his wife Victoria of Middleburg, FL, and 1 sister; Donna Green and her husband Kendall of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by 3 nephews; Mason Howard, Kase Howard and Landon Green, 2 nieces; Charlotte Sturrock and Addeline Sturrock along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Wed
24
Jun

Vidor Police honor two Explorer graduates

Vidor Police honor two Explorer graduates
Vidor Police honor two Explorer graduates

The Vidor Police Department honored two longtime Vidor Police Explorers for the faithful service to the Department’s Explorer Scout Program during the June 11th Vidor City Council meeting at Vidor City Hall.

According to Vidor Police Chief, Rod Carroll, Senior Police Explorers Adriana Roque and Isaiah Lewing, both recent graduates of Vidor High School were recognized in front of the Vidor City Council with Milestone Awards for their long and faithful participation and service in the Vidor Police Explorer Program. The Police Chief said that while the Milestone Awards recognize the two graduating seniors’ efforts to learn about law enforcement and recalls each of the Explorers’ individual community service efforts made on behalf of the Vidor Police Explorers, the public recognition is also a reward for two young adults whose senior year in high school was interrupted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
24
Jun

Water District cedes CCN to Mauriceville MUD

Water District cedes CCN to Mauriceville MUD

-The map area outlined in red is currently in the CCN (Certificate of Convenience) of Vidor’s Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 that the Mauriceville Municipal Utilities District wants to annex from the Vidor water district. The green area on the map is currently either inside of the boundaries (the black line with dots) of the Vidor Water District or assigned by a state agency as the OCWC&ID#1’s “extraterritorial area” or CCN. The Blue area on the map has been assigned by a state agency as the Mauriceville MUD’s “extraterritorial area” or CCN.

The Board of Directors of the Orange County Water Control & Improvement District #1 voted last week on Monday to cede a small portion of their Certificate of Convenience (CCN), to the Mauriceville Municipal Utilities District. A CCN is like an extra-territorial jurisdiction of a city outside of the City limit of a city. Only, in the case of a water district, that extra-territorial area must be designated by a state agency, in this case, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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