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Thu
17
Aug

Court makes no movement on certificate pay

By George Garza

 

Following a very late night session of collective bargaining between the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Employee Association and Orange County it appears that neither side is willing to budge on their respective contract offers.

 

Regular readers will remember that during the last public collective bargaining session held on August 7th the two sides stalled over the Deputies demand of a seven percent wage increase and the current Orange County employee policy concerning retiree health insurance being written into the their proposed extension of their contract.

 

The County’s bargaining unit of County Judge Brint Carlton, Precinct #4 Commissioner Jody Crump and Fort Worth attorney Bettye Lynn, stood firm on the County’s offer of a five percent pay raise to match what nonunion employees are likely to get and elimination of maintenance of standards on the county’s retiree health insurance policy.

 

Thu
17
Aug

Linda Durmon appointed to Rose City Council

By George Garza

 

The Rose City City Council voted unanimously to appoint long time resident Linda Durmon to a vacant at-large City Council position. The empty seat has been vacant since May 11, 2017 when City Councilperson Linda Reese turned in her resignation to Rose City Mayor Bonnie Stephenson. Reese resigned from the Rose City Council four days after her husband David Reese lost his bid to unseat Mayor Stephenson in the May 6th City of Rose City General Election.

 

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Thu
17
Aug

Vidor man faces up to 10 years in federal drug trafficking conviction

A 36-year-old Vidor, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

 

Jonathan Derick Hickey pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.

 

According to information presented in court, on Jan. 17, 2017, law enforcement officers observed Hickey meet with the driver of another vehicle in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in West Orange, Texas and then move to the Wendy’s parking lot. Deputies observed what they believed to be a drug transaction between the two drivers. The driver of the other vehicle was pulled over and a drug dog was called to the scene. The dog gave a positive alert signifying there were illegal drugs in the vehicle. A search revealed approximately one ounce of methamphetamine in the console.

 

Tue
15
Aug

Carhoppers get busted

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, they call themselves “carhoppers”; young thieves that wander darkened residential streets at night checking parked cars for unlocked doors.

The week before last, an alert Vidor police patrol officer thought he heard the sound of a gunshot coming from a few blocks away early one morning as he was getting in his patrol car at the Vidor police station to start his day. The officer decided to go over to that area to check out the noise.

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Tue
15
Aug

Pirates to scrimmage Galena Park here

By Randall Luker

The Vidor Pirates will take on the Galena Park Yellowjackets at Pirate Stadium Friday beginning at 5 p.m. with the Freshman and junior varsity followed by the varsity at 6 p.m.

The controlled scrimmage will feature a first half of three sets of eight downs and a clock run second half.

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Tue
15
Aug

UCCC gives out school supplies this week

The United Christian Care Center of Vidor will distribute 100 sets of school supplies to parents of Vidor I.S.D. school children in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week during regular business hours of nine to noon.

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Tue
15
Aug

New safety requirement law for Vidor bicycle riders

By Randall Luker

Vidor bike riders on city streets at twilight or nighttime will need to gear up to meet the requirements of a new city law approved Thursday. Vidor Chief of Police Rod Carroll said the newly revised bike ordinance mirrored state requirements for bicyclists.

From 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise, bicyclists must display a headlight (white light) on the front of the bike and a red light on the rear while operating the bike on public roadways. In addition, the rider must wear reflective clothing such as a vest or shirt to promote safety and visibility.

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Tue
15
Aug

Citizen takedown nets pair police recognition

By Randall Luker

Two men that helped apprehend a robbery suspect at the Vidor Walmart were awarded the Vidor Police Department Crime Fighter Awards by Vidor Chief of Police Rod Carroll at Thurday’s Vidor City Council meeting.

According to a VPD press release, on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 1:20 pm, the Vidor Police Department Dispatch Center received a call of a disturbance at Wal-Mart Store located at 1350 N. Main, Vidor, Texas.

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Tue
15
Aug

Stepson is indicted for capital murder

By George Garza

Last week the Orange County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging fifty-three year-old Aaron Kyle Angelo with capital murder in the brutal double stabbing slaying of his stepfather, Richard Glen Ames and Ames’ friend, Edna Clary Phillips, in Ames’ Maplecrest Addition home in June of 2015.

According to Orange County Attorney John Kimbrough, “After their bodies were discovered, a lengthy and complex investigation was conducted and Angelo was identified as the person responsible. The Texas Rangers, the Vidor Police Department and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office participated in the investigation.

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Thu
10
Aug

Local sales rebound good news for county and city taxpayers

Local shoppers are finally bringing smiles back to Orange County government. With most local municipalities dependent on monthly sales tax revenue to provide almost half of their annual revenue, cities closely watch the monthly sales tax allocation that is collected by retailers, sent to Austin and then the local share is returned to the jurisdiction where it was originally collected. With the exception of Orange and Pine Forest, the county and its municipalities have seen less money coming back from Austin as retail sales diminished compared to 2016.

 

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