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Thu
18
May

Orange motorcyclist killed in Mauriceville accident

by George Garza

Investigators are still looking into what caused a fatality accident off Highway 12 west of Mauriceville on Wednesday morning.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release, t approximately 6:20 a.m., on Wednesday May 17, 2017, the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) responded to a one vehicle crash at the intersection of FM 1136 and Turtle Road in Orange County.

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Thu
18
May

Many public hearings scheduled before Vidor’s first zoning ordinance

by Randall Luker

It has been almost 20 years since Vidor voters approved a non-binding resolution in favor of zoning, and finally, it appears zoning is coming to Vidor.

In May 1998, voters approved by a 184-115 margin the non-binding proposition, which asked: “Shall the city of Vidor adopt a comprehensive zoning ordinance; establish zoning districts; adopt a zoning map for the city of Vidor; and establish related rules, regulations and permits; and establish a zoning commission?”

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Thu
18
May

Constable to receive discounted county car

by George Garza

The Orange County Commissioners have transferred a high-mileage former Sheriff’s Office patrol car, that had been slated to be auctioned, to Orange County Precinct #1 Constable Chris Humble’s office.

Humble came to the Commissioners’ Court telling commissioners that his privately owned nine-year old constable’s vehicle was no longer operational and that he could no longer support his Constable’s Office transportation needs out of his own pocket.

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Thu
18
May

Police and supporters honor Police Memorial Day

By George Garza

A large contingent of Vidor Police Officers both on-duty and off-duty gathered in the east parking lot of the Vidor Police Department building on Tuesday to mark National Police Memorial Day with a somber candlelight ceremony at dusk.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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Thu
18
May

Brandy Antill becomes AIM Center Principal

By George Garza

The Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees voted unanimously, with two trustees absent, to follow the recommendation of School Superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo and named Ms. Brandy Antill as the new Principal of the AIM Center High School.

Ms. Antill, who is currently the Vidor High School 9th Grade Assistant Principal, will be replacing the AIM Center High School Principal Bill Conway, who has been serving as the school’s Interim Principal.

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Tue
16
May

Bar-B-Q Fest happens in two weeks

By George Garza

For many years the Vidor Chamber of Commerce Texas Bar-BQ Festival has been an annual affair celebrated on the last weekend of April. This year, though, April transitioned into May and there was no festival at Conn Park.

“We changed it from the last weekend of April to the first weekend of June, trying to get away from the rain” said Jeanette Winfrey, president of the Board of Directors of the Vidor Chamber of Commerce. “For the past three or four years we’ve been blessed with rain during the festival or right before the gates have opened. And rain makes a lot of mud that can be a problem at the festival. Sure enough, this year on the last weekend of April, we had a gully washer right here in Vidor, so we evidently made a good decision. 

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Tue
16
May

Mayor’s Main Street Clean Up Challenge is Saturday

By Randall Luker

Vidor Pride will be on display this Saturday as the Mayor’s Main Street Clean Up Challenge gets underway at 9 a.m. at the Crossroads Shopping Center on Main.

More than 95 individuals, representing numerous civic, government and fraternal organizations have answered the challenge by Mayor Robert Viator Jr. to turn out and show their pride in our community by cleaning up Main Street.

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Tue
16
May

Deputies arrest kidnapping suspects

Last week in the May 11, 2017 edition of The Vidor Vidorian, an article was published relating to the kidnapping of Orange Attorney Jim Bearden, Jr. from his Bridge City home. Bearden was released in Port Arthur after he was forced to withdraw funds from a mid-Jefferson County bank that the kidnappers forced Bearden to drive to, in his own car. At the time of the publication of that article, the kidnappers had vanished with the money.

According to a news release issued by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office this week, three arrests have been made in the kidnapping of a local attorney, Jim Sharon Bearden Jr.

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Tue
16
May

For blind Vidor honor student, self taught musician, new technology means greater control, independence

Colton Hill, a 16 year old honor student at Vidor High School, is a talented self taught musician and technical genius! He has been blind since birth, with some light perception, due to a genetic condition called LCA.(http://www.blindness.org/eyecon…/leber-congenitalamaurosis).

According to his mother, Brandi Hill, Colton was recently given the opportunity to try out some new assistive technology for the blind, the OrCam (http://www.orcam.com/)

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Tue
16
May

Drivers beware: Increased holiday law enforcement

The -Vidor Police Department along with hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be mobilizing for its annual “Click It or Ticket” safety belt enforcement campaign next week.

According to a Vidor Police Department news release, in Texas, the law requires every person occupying a moving vehicle to buckle up or face fines and court costs up to $200. Children younger than 8 years must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they’re taller than 4 feet 9 inches. If those children aren’t properly restrained, the driver faces fines up to $250 plus court costs.

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