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Thu
22
Jun

Storm preps were sporadic

By George Garza

 

Although Tropical Storm Cindy turned out to be nothing more that a slightly windy thunderstorm for Vidorians, the potential for the cyclone to turn into something more serious prompted some to take special precautions on Wednesday before the storm. Brittany Lewis, store manager of M & D Supply in Vidor said that business had been brisk on Wednesday, but not all shoppers were preparing for the storm.

 

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Thu
22
Jun

“Cindy” fizzles

By George Garza

 

Even though the tropical cyclone caused some major grief for our neighbors in Louisiana and Alabama, Tropical Storm Cindy spared Vidor and Orange County as she came ashore just east of Sabine Pass Thursday morning. Many Vidorian slept through the storm’s landfall in the middle of Wednesday night, blissfully unaware that the storm was not reaching its dangerous potential.

 

With just over two inches of rain on Thursday since midnight and a maximum gust of wind measured locally at 23.2 miles-per-hour, Tropical Storm Cindy just didn’t stack up to the predictions for flooding and wind damage that we were warned about.

 

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Thu
22
Jun

Sheriff to try for new rescue boat

By George Garza

 

The 2001, center console, 22-foot search and rescue boat operated by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on patrol and rescue duty has seen better days. “It has exceeded its expected lifetime,” said Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt.

 

“It’s a heavy duty boat that has got to get out in rough water and high wind conditions safely and also make it into places too small to get our big boat into.” Not only is the boat expected to deal with rough conditions, it also needs to have the endurance to travel down the Sabine River from Orange to Sabine Lake and then all the way up the Neches River to the Lakeview Sandbar for possible search and rescue operations.

 

 

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Thu
22
Jun

Shriners appreciate first responders

Police officers, firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, constables, paramedics and their families recently gathered on a Saturday at the Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Fire Station #1 to relax, have fun, gossip and feast on catfish and all of the fixing’s.

 

The Shriners of the Pine Forest Shrine Lodge #1420 on Sawmill Road sponsored their annual Emergency Responder Dinner on Saturday, June 10th. Police, fire and medical persons from various agencies in Vidor and around Orange County were invited to attend. In addition to the good food there were games for the children and a basketball hoop for the police and fire service Explorer Scouts. A surprise visit was welcomed at the fire station when the Acadian Ambulance Service Air Med medical rescue helicopter touched down in a yard next door with its crew of pilot and nurse and paramedic.

 

 

Wed
21
Jun

Tropical storm Cindy closes some doors

Sand bags are ready all in a row next to back door of the Vidor Public Library

Sand bags are ready at the back door of the City of Vidor Public Library

Due to expected high winds and the potential for heavy rains, all Orange County non-essential offices and departments closed on Wednesday, June 21st at noon and will remain closed through Thursday, June 22.

Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton has directed the Orange County Courthouse and all Orange County Offices to re-open for normal hours on Friday, June 23rd.  However, Orange County Parks will remain closed to the public until Monday, June 26th.

The Orange County Jail, county law enforcement services and the Orange County Emergency Operations Center will sustain operations throughout the storm event.  The Road and Bridge Department will be on-call for further direction from the Orange County Emergency Operations Center.

Tue
20
Jun

Vidor zoning in twin bill Thursday

By Randall Luk

Vidor zoning is in the spotlight Thursday with back to back meetings focused on implementing zoning by this time next year.


At 5 p.m., the Planning and Zoning Commission will meet in the council chambers at Vidor City Hall to swear in new members and elect officers, then get down to the nitty gritty business of discussing the schedule to complete updates to the city’s 2010 Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

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Tue
20
Jun

“Certificate pay must be reinstated”

By George Garza

During the last collective bargaining negotiation session held between the designated contract negotiators of the Orange County Sheriff’s Employees Association, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court and the elected Orange County Sheriff, Sheriff’s deputies’ negotiators demanded that the entire Commissioners’ Court must meet again to vote to reinstate certificate pay before contract negotiations can continue.


On May 30th, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted not to continue to pay Association members certificate pay on a vote of three commissioners agreeing to stop paying the extra pay and two commissioners wanting to continue paying certificate pay.

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Tue
20
Jun

Vidor Council to tackle wide ranging agenda on Thursday

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council will face a varied agenda Thursday with items ranging from approving engineers for the 2017 street rehab to approving guidelines for selecting those individuals receiving financial assistance in repairing their leaking sewer lines.


Among the other agenda items are: hiring engineers for the 2017 street rehabilitation project; setting short and long term goals in regard to next year’s proposed budget (falling sales tax allocations to the city may influence those goals); opposing FEMA implementing any kind of public assistance deductible on states or any local government.

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Tue
20
Jun

Tropical Storm Cindy heads this way

By George Garza

It started as an area of thunderstorms in the northwest Caribbean Sea, east of the Yucatan peninsula, last week and has now moved into the central Gulf of Mexico. And then it became Potential Tropical Cyclone Three, as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico


Shortly after noon on Tuesday, PTC3 was declared Tropical Storm Cindy and it was aiming for Orange County

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Tue
20
Jun

Seat belt campaign is working

By George Garza

There is evidence that the TXDOT/Vidor Police Department “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt compliance campaign is prompting more drivers and their passengers to buckle up. A Vidor Police Department news release about the law enforcement agency’s increased seat belt enforcement campaign carried out during the Memorial Day holiday indicates that forty-seven percent fewer seat-belt violation citations were issued during traffic stops made during this year’s “Click It or Ticket” enforcement period than during the similar “Click It or Ticket” enforcement period in May of 2016.


According to the news release the Vidor Police Department teamed up with the Texas Department of Transportation for the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign May 22nd through June 4th, 2017. The purpose of this program was to reduce traffic injuries and death in our community due to people, forgetting, or just refusing to use their safety belt.

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