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Thu
19
Apr

Mauriceville pedestrian hit by truck on Hwy 62

 

A young man from Mauriceville was killed in a pre-dawn auto/pedestrian collision on Tuesday morning near Mauriceville. According to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release, twenty year-old Joshua Teague of Mauriceville pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision by Orange County Precinct #1 Justice of the Peace Hershel Stagner, Jr. The TXDPS reports that at approximately 4:00 a.m., on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to an auto-pedestrian crash on Highway 62 in Orange County. The crash occurred near Dailey Road

 

 

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Thu
19
Apr

Rig crash stalls traffic for hours

By  George Garza

 

A fiery crash on the freeway stalled traffic for more than three hours on Tuesday night. An eastbound tractor-trailer carrying a load of pipe on a flatbed trailer crashed into the outside lane barricade at the Asher Turnaround exit and burst into flames when the tractor’s fuel tanks split, catching the rig on fire.

 

Thu
19
Apr

James McDowell named

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo (left) congratulates Vidor Junior High School Principal James McDowell (right) after the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name him the new Principal of Vidor High School starting in June.

 

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Tue
17
Apr

Carlton to resign

George Garza

Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton announced last Friday that he is resigning his elected office of Orange County Judge and moving to Austin, TX to become Executive Director of Texas Medical Board.

Judge Carlton lost his bid to become the Orange County Republican Party’s nominee to run for election in this fall’s 2018 General Election. The youngest man to be elected Orange County Judge lost in the county GOP Primary just last month to a retired police officer, Dean T. Crooks by about 21% of the vote. GOP nominee Crooks faces Orange County Democrat Don Brown in the November General Election.

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Tue
17
Apr

TXDPS ups reward, seeks new leads in Kathy Page murder

Special to The Vidorian

AUSTIN – On Tuesday of this week, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) asked for the public’s help in solving the 1991 murder of Kathy Page, and announced that an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible if the tip is received before next month’s featured Texas Rangers case is announced. (A $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is routinely offered on all cases on the Texas Rangers’ Unsolved Homicides website)

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Tue
17
Apr

Railcars derail near Vidor Tax Office

An eastbound Burlington Northern freight train rumbling through Vidor on the Kansas City Southern Rail line near downtown jumped the track causing four bulk hopper cars to derail shortly after 6:00 a.m. on Monday morning. Two of the derailed hopper cars overturned on the south side of the tracks and at least one car spilled a part of its load of dried corn.

Emergency responders from the Vidor Police Department and the Orange County Emergency Services District were quick to respond to the derailment and quickly determined that the upset cars were not carrying any hazardous materials.

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Tue
17
Apr

Emotional recovery planned for this weekend

Special to The Vidorian

This weekend the First Baptist Church of Vidor is offering the community a unique opportunity to address its emotional and personal disaster recovery in a series of seminars and breakout sessions with Dr. H. Norman Wright.

Dr. Wright is considered by some to be one of the nation’s leading Christian counselors in matters of grief and loss recovery. Dr. Wright has been called upon to minister to victims and lead in counseling efforts following such momentous disasters such as the 9/11 attacks. Most recently, Dr. Wright was call upon to help the people of Las Vegas following the mass shooting there.

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Tue
17
Apr

Sales tax holiday for emergency supplies set for April 28‑30

AUSTIN — With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, from April 28 to April 30.

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Thu
12
Apr

DPS investigation backs up freeway Thursday

Westbound traffic on Interstate 10 was backed up from the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge into the City of Vidor on Thursday morning due to a Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) fatality accident reconstruction. Special TXDPS investigators, DPS Highway Patrol troopers and several Texas Department of Transportation emergency warning vehicles began the closure of alternating lanes of traffic at the foot of the bridge over the Neches River starting at 9:00 a.m.

 

With only one lane open at the foot of the bridge, westbound traffic on the freeway quickly stacked up, eventually backing up all the way into Vidor.

 

 

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Thu
12
Apr

Dozens watch promotion ceremony

By George Garza

 

Family, friends, co-workers and community leaders gathered at Vidor City Hall late Tuesday afternoon to cheer on two Vidor Police Sergeants as they were promoted to Captain. Former Sergeants Rodney Johnson and Aleta Cappen were publicly promoted to the rank of Captain, the highest tier of Police Department rank underneath the Chief of Police.

 

Captain Aleta Cappen will be assuming the role over Emergency Management. Captain Rodney Johnson will be assuming the role over the law enforcement division.

 

The actual promotion ceremony was somewhat informal, just a matter of pinning Captain’s bars onto the uniform shirt shoulder epaulettes of the two new Captains. But Police Chief Rod Carroll brought some levity and a sense of celebration into the ritual that could have been overly solemn.

 

 

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