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Thu
13
Dec

Man shot in the leg survives

Thirty-two-year-old Joshua Taylor was arrested on charges of unlawful restraint, two counts of deadly conduct and a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm

A forty-five year old man suffered a gunshot wound to his lower leg during a possible altercation on Wednesday. Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Detective Janois Grizzaffi is withholding the name of the shooting victim, and has not yet identified the location of the shooting that likely happened in northern Orange County. The shooting victim was taken by medical helicopter to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont in stable condition.

 

However, Detective Grizzaffi did identify the shooting suspect as 32-year-old Joshua Taylor of an unidentified home town, who was booked into the Orange County Correctional Facility on four charges and is expected to be arraigned Thursday and have bonds set on each charge. Taylor was charged with unlawful restraint, two counts of deadly conduct and aggravated assault with a firearm. The unlawful restraint charge is a class “A” misdemeanor while the other charges are felony offenses.

 

Thu
13
Dec

Christmas arrives in Pine Forest

Last Saturday, the community of Pine Forest, TX gathered around a tree to sing Christmas carols, decorate Christmas cookies, drink hot apple cider and hot chocolate and light the City of Pine Forest Christmas tree.

 

Thu
13
Dec

Lady Pirates open district play with wins over Cleveland

Morgan Simmons battles a Lady Indian for possession during the Lady Pirates home district win Tuesday. Simmons had five rebounds in the game.

The Lady Pirate varsity and junior varsity basketball teams opened district play with wins over the Cleveland Lady Indians Tuesday in Pirate Gym.

 

The outcome was never in doubt as the Lady Pirates led throughout the game. Up 12-8 after one quarter, the Lady Pirates doubled the Lady Indians output to lead 26-13 at the half after outscoring the Cleveland team 14-5 in the second period.

 

Vidor upped their output in the third period, outscoring the Lady Indians 20-6 to begin the fourth quarter with a 46-19 lead.

 

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Thu
13
Dec

Firefighters meet Santa Claus

Vidorian/George Garza

Children of OCESD#1 firefighers and dispatchers were amazed when Santa Claus arrived at the Annual Firefighers Award Banquet and Christmas party and then went directly to the “Kids Table” to greet each and every child personally.

When firefighters have the occasion to meet Santa Claus, you might think that there might have been, oh, maybe, a cooking stove fire at the North Pole or that Santa’s sleigh was involved in an altercation. But last Friday night, the Firefighters of the Orange County Emergency Services District #1 got a chance to see and meet Santa in person, when he arrived to attend the OCESD#1 Annual Awards Banquet and Christmas Party. The children of many firefighters were amazed as Rescue One, with emergency lights flashing, pulled up to the glass doors of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Parish Hall and the Jolly Elf in Red stepped down to enter the hall and sit at the “Kids Table” to enjoy a meal with them.

 

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Wed
12
Dec

Blue Santa says thank you for your generosity

Vidorian/George Garza

A grandfather of a Vidor family in need carries a big bag of Operation Blue Santa Christmas toys to his car on a wet Saturday morning. The parents and guardians of more than 300 Vidor children will be able grant Christmas wishes thanks to your generosity.

BY George Garza

 

The police officers of the Vidor Police Department, the staff and Police Chief Rod Carroll extend a heartfelt offering of thanks to the many Vidorians that showed their generosity for the “Operation Blue Santa “Toys for Tots” Christmas Toy Drive this year.

“The wonderful people of Vidor helped us collect toys for more than three hundred Vidor area children who likely wouldn’t have had much of a Christmas this year,” said Captain Aleta Cappen. “Many donations came through at the last minute, but we got enough toys and cash donated that every child was able to get at least one new toy and a stocking stuffer or two.”

Last Saturday morning parents and guardians of more than 312 children began arriving at the Police Station to pick up those new toys that the community so generously donated to Operation Blue Santa.

 

 

Wed
12
Dec

Vidor to take applications for interim mayor to serve out Viator’s term

Mayor Robert Viator, Jr.

Byh Randall Luker

 

With current Vidor Mayor Robert Viator, Jr.’s election to the Orange County Precinct 4 Commissioner seat in May, the City of Vidor will be without a mayor as he assumes the office as the New Year begins January 1, 2019.

The Vidor City Charter requires the City Council to appoint someone to fill the vacancy within ten days of the mayor position becoming open

After some consideration, the Vidor City Council decided rather than to just name a mayor, they would take applications for the seat, then select an applicant to serve the remainder of Viator’s term, which expires in May 2019. Voters will then pick a new mayor during the regularly scheduled mayoral election in May 2019.

 

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Wed
12
Dec

Classic Cruise bring back fond memories

Vidorian/George Garza

Jolly old Saint Nicholas himself led the 2018 Vidor Chamber of Commerce Classic Christmas Cruise as the classic cars pulled out of the Woods Event Center Parking lot for a nostalgic “Cruise” down North Main Street on Saturday evening.

Although it was a bit wet and chilly, the 18th Annual Vidor Chamber of Commerce Classic Christmas Cruise was a success. There were boxes full of Blue Santa Toys and non-perishable foods for the United Christian Care Center. There were classic cars lined up ready to go cruising. There was a sixty’s style country band cranking out the hits. There were food and craft vendors aplenty. And, of course, Santa Claus arrived on a big red fire truck ready to meet the kids.

This year’s Classic Christmas Cruise was a little bit smaller than past year’s cruises. One observer pointed out that the roads to the cruise were still wet in the afternoon and that may have kept some of the Cruisers at home.

“Yea, I know a couple of guys that didn’t want to pull their cars out of the garage for fear of getting them dirty,” said one observer. “But there were still plenty of cars to see and to hear.

 

Thu
06
Dec

Anti-terror attack grant group gives report

Vidorian/George Garza

Kevin Clement of the University of Houston presents a summary of terroristic threat tactics and lessons learned from previous terror attacks to the public gathered for a briefing on how our first responders are updating their terroristic threat response capability.

On Tuesday of this week the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission held a community briefing on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack Preparedness (CCTA) Grant progress for the Orange County community.

In July of last year the SETRPC was one of only five Texas governmental entities to receive a DHS grant in the amount of $1,076,336 to prepare regional first responder assets to respond to a coordinated terroristic attack in Orange County. The SETRPC has launched a series of studies, workshops and began to assemble a CCTA response plan template for further development during year one of the grant. Tuesday’s briefing was an opportunity to show the community what the project has done, so far, to formulate a coordinated terror attack response.

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Thu
06
Dec

A Cruisin’ Christmas

Vidorian file photo

The 18th Annual Classic Christmas Cruise will be held this Saturday at the Woods Plaza Event Center from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. There will be vendors and entertainment along with the annual Christmas tree lighting. Santa Claus is planning on being there, so be sure to join him at this fun family event.

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Thu
06
Dec

County looks at moving OST

Vidorian/George Garza

The County is considering paving Old Spanish Trail south of the UP tracks, but wants to move the road further from the lake’s shore line for a short distance.

No one is willing to reveal what prompted the decision, but the Orange County Commissioners Court authorized Orange County Engineer Clark Slacum to begin looking for professional services providers who may be able to provide engineering services to move a portion of Old Spanish Trail in Precinct #3.

The Court took this action at the following a closed door executive session ostensibly to discuss with the Orange County Assistant County Attorney Denise Gremillion matters regarding threatened or pending litigation.

“I cannot comment on pending litigation,” said Attorney Gremillion after the Commissioners’ Court meeting adjourned for the day. “I can tell you that the issues with Old Spanish Trail have been being looked into for a while. And in an effort to make the road safer for everyone there, we’re looking into moving it further away from the water.”

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