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Tue
21
Mar

Fire destroys pastor’s home

By George Garza

 

A well known Vidor leader and pastor lost his home to a fire this weekend. Brother Bruce Lockett of the First Pentecostal Church of Vidor lost his home, his possessions and some of his collection of historical artifacts in a fire that totally destroyed his home on North Tram Road Sunday morning.

Brother Lockett and his family were not home when the Sunday morning fire ignited; because his house had suffered major smoke damage and fire damage in a fire that had occurred two days earlier, on Friday evening. Fire investigators suspect that a smoldering ember, undetected from the first fire, flared up and caused the second fire.

 

 

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Tue
21
Mar

City targets substandard structures

By Randall Luker

 

In an ongoing effort to rid the city of eyesores and substandard structures, Vidor City Council will consider declaring four separate buildings public nuisances and ordering them to be repaired or face demolition.

In 2016, the city, or the owner, demolished 14 structures that had been identified as substandard by the city.

Locations of the structures council will consider are 1085 Walnut, 425 Mayhaw, 340 Byrd and 755 East Railroad.

 

 

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Tue
21
Mar

Capital One closing North Main location

Vidor’s Capital One Bank is closing June 24. Customers will be notified this week.

Amanda Landers, with Capital One Corporate Communications said,

“The decision to close this branch and renovate it as an ATM location was difficult and one that our Bank leaders did not take lightly. We recognize the effect that this decision will have on our customers and associates. The branch will close on June 24.”

 

 

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Thu
16
Mar

Entergy Texas gives $500,000 towards area jobs development

On Monday, Entergy Texas and the Texas Workforce Commission announced a major new job training and school dropout combating initiative that should go a long way toward meeting the future demands for workers in Southeast Texas.

 

In a news release, the utility company said that Southeast Texas’ growing economy requires a skilled workforce to continue powering job growth in our area. Monday, Entergy Texas announced a major step to build that talent pipeline with a $500,000 commitment to support local workforce development training programs.

 

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Thu
16
Mar

Firefighters have busy Wednesday

By George Garza

Three different structure fires in three locations in the fire district kept Orange County Emergency Service District #1 firefighters running and gunning on Wednesday. One of those fires destroyed a family of four’s home.

 

According to Assistant Fire Chief Robert Smith, OCESD#1 Fire Dispatch received a call from a neighbor who reported that he could see flames and smoke coming from a house in the 4300 block of Armon Rd. at about 11:48 a.m. on Wednesday. Armon runs off F.M. 1131 near Ten Mile Creek.

 

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Thu
16
Mar

Water district submits reduction plan to TCEQs

By George Garza

It’s a bulky plan, about two inches thick with notes and diagrams and it contains the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1’s (OCWC&ID#1) proposal to reduce trihalomethanes (THM’s) that seem to multiply in Vidor’s fresh water. And right now that plan is being reviewed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and is pending their approval to translate into a half million-dollar project.

Yes, its been nearly two years since Vidorians received their first notice that some of the water samples collected at various locations in Vidor for quarterly testing and sampling for the TCEQ, contained a compound called trihalomethanes in an amount that exceeds a standard set by the U.S. Government’s Environmental Protection Agency. And yes, that pesky organic compound that might harm you if ingested for dozens of years, continues to develop in the treated drinking water of Vidor.

 

Tue
14
Mar

Way Services reports on improvements completed

By George Garza

 

Since December of last year, Way Services of Vidor has been working on installing some $5.4 million in energy infrastructure improvements in Orange County buildings throughout the county. Way Services employees and their sub-contractors have been installing lighting elements, heating and air conditioning equipment, emergency generators and cleaning masonry and fixing ductwork among other energy efficiency work.

This is all part of an unfunded state mandate for all Texas counties that reside in air quality nonattainment zones to reduce their electricity consumption by at least five percent each year between 2011 and 2021.

On Wednesday, project manager Ken Kelsey made a presentation to the Orange County Commissioners’ Court about how the energy infrastructure improvement program was progressing.

Tue
14
Mar

County begins budget discussions

By George Garza

 

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court began its first discussion of the County’s budget last week in light of the recent federal court award to the family of Joe Montano following their wrongful death lawsuit again Orange County.

At the beginning of the budget discussion the Orange County judge Brint Carlton informed the Court that they had three options concerning the unexpected $3.5 million payout from county reserve funds.

Tue
14
Mar

Tucker’s legacy lives on in Rose City

By George Garza

 

Rose City staff and elected officials were stunned to hear that their Rose City Water Plant operator had passed away suddenly earlier this month. Tommy Tucker, the owner of J T Operations, the city’s licensed water plant operator, died of heart attack at a Beaumont Hospital on Friday, March 3rd. “Tom really turned the water plant around,” said Rose City City Councilperson Hernando Ramos, Jr. “We couldn’t have had a better person doing what he did out there. From the way the water plant was operated before he took over to now is, I’m going to say, a hundred-and-fifty percent better.” “Tom

 

 

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Fri
10
Mar

North Vidor home destroyed in flames

By George Garza

 

An all-wood residence on F.M. 1131, north of Four Oaks Ranch Road, was declared a total loss in a house fire that started when no one was home.

The Orange County Emergency Services District #1 received a 9- 1-1 call at about 8:21 a.m. on Wednesday morning about a structure fire at a home in the 2800 block of F.M. 1131. Firefighters reported that when they arrived the flames had already fully enveloped the single-story wood frame residence.

Since the building was already beginning to collapse when they arrived, firefighters immediately went into a defensive stance to prevent the flames from spreading to two other out-buildings on the property that were each within ten feet of the blazing inferno.

 

 

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