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Thu
22
Aug

Entergy fuel charge to decrease in September

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Photo courtesy/Entergy Texas, Inc.

A newly installed Entergy Texas advanced metering system household electric meter shows this home has used no electricity yet. However when the meter is turned, on the homeowner should see a reduction in the fixed fuel charges listed on their bill in September

Entergy Texas is crowing about the fact that starting in September your electricity bill will decrease a bit, maybe a little bit more than $3.50 a month, due to the fact that the electric company was able to get a good deal on the costs they pay for fuel to run their electrical generating plants in Texas.

According to Kacee Kirschvink of Entergy Texas Corporate Communications, these lower costs for the fuel Entergy Texas uses to generate electricity will translate into lower bills for customers this fall and winter. Kirshvink said that the electric utility company would pass those fuel savings directly on to its Texas customers.

 

 

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Thu
22
Aug

Pad nearing completion

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Photo/Randall Luker

Workers have just a few more strips to lay down before the concussion pad is completed at Ivan Croak Field and installation of the artificial turf surface begins.

 

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Thu
22
Aug

Police investigate a found body

The Vidor Police Department has launched an investigation into the death of a Vidor man found in a canal in South Vidor. According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at approximately 5:37 P.M., the Vidor Police Department received a call from an individual reporting that there was a body floating in the canal near South Main Street and Greathouse Road. The Chief said that first responders found the human remains of a man in his forties partially floating in a canal that runs east and west along the north side of the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks near South Main St.

Orange County Emergency Services District #1 firefighters were summoned to help retrieve the man’s body. Police investigators also called for the on-call Orange County Justice of the Peace to come to the scene.

 

 

Thu
22
Aug

Vidor man gets 50 years as habitual offender

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Photo courtesy/Orange County Sheriff’s Office

Darren Denbow, age 28 of Vidor was sentence last week by an Orange County jury to serve fifty years in state prison for the crime of burglary of a habitation. The same jury that found Mr. Denbow guilty of the burglary also recommended the lengthy sentence.

Darron Dewayne Denbow, Jr., age 38, of Vidor was sentenced by a jury in 163rd State District Court to fifty years in the state penitentiary on a charge second-degree felony charge of burglary of a habitation after the jury had found him guilty. Visiting Judge Buddy Hahn presided over the jury trial and agreed with the jury’s assessment and affirmed that sentence. The trial, held last week, was for a charge of 2nd Degree Felony Burglary of a Habitation that occurred on December 22, 2018 in a rural Orange County neighborhood north of Pine Forest.

According to Orange County Attorney John Kimbrough, the harsher than usual sentence for burglary was entirely within the prerogative of the citizen jury. That jury found, during the sentencing phase of Denbow’s trial, that Denbow’s past felony convictions and past penitentiary jail terms served, along with currently pending felony accusations, were enough evidence to sentence him as a habitual felony offender.

 

 

Wed
21
Aug

VISD Board settles with FEMA for Middle School replacement

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Vidor I.S.D.’s flood damaged Vidor Middle School now sits empty on Highway 12 waiting for the demolition as the school district begins the process of designing and building a new middle school.

It’s now official. The Vidor I.S.D. School District Board of Trustees have voted unanimously, with one trustee absent, to accept a lump sum offer of a $21,185,586.00 grant from FEMA for replacement of the flood damaged Vidor Middle School.

After a long discussion with the School District’s FEMA Consultant, school district officials, an architect and a behind closed doors executive session discussion with the School District’s attorneys, the School Board of Trustees came to the conclusion at the end of a special called meeting of the Board last week to accept the lump-sum offer. The school board didn’t decide this just in one night. They’ve each had a couple of weeks since FEMA made its lump sum offer to research and ask questions about the lump sum process, since the federal agency made the offer.

Wed
21
Aug

Architect presents preliminary Oak Forest floor plan

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Within a minute of the Vidor Elementary School’s second bell, the door to Ms. Kara Parker’s first grade classroom was closed and locked, and the teacher was asking her twenty new first grade students to clear their desks so they could begin their first lesson of the first day of school. What was the first lesson? It was about student responsibility.

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Graphic design courtesy/Architects Inc

This is a preliminary floor plan for the new Oak Forest Elementary School that is being submitted to FEMA as a starting point for discussion on how best to meet FEMA’s requirements for replacing the flood damaged school. This is not the final design, but a starting point for future discussions with the federal agency.

Last week during a special meeting of the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees, architect Clay Richards presented a preliminary floor plan for the rebuild of Oak Forest Elementary School. This floor plan you see above is like a rough draft, not final in any regard, but close enough to be sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for their first review in the multi-step approval process to rebuild the flood damaged school.

As the architect presented the plan to the Board, Vidor Schools Superintendent Jay Killgo explained that this preliminary plan is actually the third preliminary plan to be designed by the architect. Killgo commended the architect for his patience in designing and redesigning the plan as circumstances with FEMA kept changing.

Wed
21
Aug

County to hear public’s idea for County tax rate

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court will hold the first of two public hearings on Orange County’s proposed 2019 Ad Valorem Tax rate of $0.54200 per $100 valuation this coming Friday at 1:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Courtroom in the Orange County Administrative Annex Building at 123 S. Sixth Street, in Orange, TX. The second public hearing on the 2019 tax rate will be held on Tuesday, August 27th at 1:00 p.m. at the same location.

The proposed tax rate of $0.54200 per $100 valuation is exactly the same as the current adopted tax rate of $0.54200 per $100 evaluation. Does that mean that your County Ad valorem taxes won’t be going up? If you have made improvements to your home in 2018 then the appraised value of your home will likely have increased in 2019 which would mean that even though your County property tax rate is the same, your higher appraised value will likely increase your county tax levy by a proportional amount.

Wed
21
Aug

First day brings jitters to some, joy to others

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A parent, grandparent and a sibling escort their loved one back to school at Vidor Elementary School on Monday. Parents, guardians and other relatives were welcome to accompany their Vidor I.S.D. students into their new classrooms as they started their first day of school on Monday.

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Despite being very nervous about her first day in first grade at Vidor Elementary School on Monday morning of this week, six-and-a-half-year-old Cora Gravis (left) tries to calm herself as her mother Amy Gravis (right) offers her daughter reassurances moments before the first bell was sounded.

Monday, August 19, 2019, was the first day of the 2019-2020 academic school year for all Vidor Independent School District parents. All schools reported that their first day back after a wonderful summer break was routine and smooth with no major problems at any of the school district’s seven campuses.

At Vidor Elementary School parents started showing up with their children at about 6:45 a.m. with parents walking their kids hand-in-hand from the parking lots to the school’s front door that early in the morning. At about 7:00 a.m. the Vidor Elementary Cafeteria doors opened up to the parent drop-off lanes and there was a familiar face, walking up to arriving cars, opening car doors and quickly ushering children out of their parent’s car and up on the curb to the sidewalk.

Vidor Elementary School Principal Jeff Leger kept a big smile on his face as he welcomed the kids back to school on the first day of school.

Fri
16
Aug

WIC may return to Gould Park soon

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If attorneys can settle some lease agreements, the Women, Infant and Children’s Nutrition Center (WIC) could return to Vidor at the UTMB Health Clinic adjacent to the Raymond Gould Community Center, pictured here. WIC would open on Tuesdays and Thursdays while the UTMB Health Clinic would open on Wednesdays.

It’s not a done deal yet, but there appears to be a reasonable chance that the Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Program, might be returning to Vidor and the Raymond Gould Park complex; possibly within the next two months.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, popularly known as WIC, was housed in a wood frame building in Orange County’s Raymond Gould Park in Vidor, until the floods of Tropical Storm Harvey destroyed the WIC center.

Before its Vidor closure, the WIC Center at Gould Park provided qualified parents and guardians with healthy food, one-on-one nutrition counseling with certified nutritionist, healthy meal recipes and cooking demonstrations, support and information for breastfeeding mothers, and nutrition classes for children’s meal providers.

 

 

Fri
16
Aug

Man takes fire truck to try to get home?

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Photo courtesy/Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Jacob Eaves, 20, of Vidor was arrested for stealing a fire truck after he crashed the truck in South Vidor during a police chase. Apparently, Mr. Eaves stole the City of Orange Fire Department utility pickup truck shortly after being released from jail in Orange.

An Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested a Vidor man when the man crashed a City of Orange Fire Department emergency vehicle on South Main Street, not far from Duncan Woods Lane, during a police pursuit on Friday morning. Twentyyear-old Jacob Dillian Eaves of Vidor was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, on Friday morning sometime around 10:30 a.m. He was taken into custody following the crash.

According to Orange County Sheriff’s Office Detective Janois Grizzaffi, a Sheriff’s Deputy who had been on patrol on Duncan Woods Lane in South Vidor spotted the pickup truck painted with the City of Orange Fire Department colors and insignia speeding westbound on Duncan Woods Lane.

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