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Wed
13
Feb

Orange gunshot victim is a child

A horrific tragedy in Orange was averted by a lucky trajectory of a bullet. The City of Orange Police Department reported Wednesday night that an eight-yearold girl was accidentally shot in her shoulder by her fouryear-old brother.

Captain C.A. Stephenson of the Orange Police Department said in a news release that Orange police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 900 block of Cooper Street in Orange in response to a 9-1-1 call reporting a gunshot victim. When police officer arrived, they found an eight-year-old girl suffering from a gunshot wound to her shoulder. According to Captain Stephenson, witnesses at the scene alleged that the girl had been shot by a fouryear-old boy with a handgun. The witnesses told the officers when they found the girl they could not find her four-yearold brother. They searched and found the boy hiding in a nearby-parked car.

Wed
13
Feb

Civic and community leaders visit state capitol

Photo courtesy/www.star.txstate.edu

Some of your civic and community leaders have traveled to the red granite Texas Capitol Dome in Austin this week to lobby with Texas legislators about pending issues important to you and to your neighbors. More than 300 people from Orange and Jefferson Counties will be attending the Golden Triangle Days in Austin this week.

The Texas State Legislature, the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, is in full swing right now having convened for the first time in two years on January 8th of this year. While the Representative and Senators, each in their own house, are haggling with each other over laws that they want to enact or amend, there is not a whole lot of legislation being passed into law right now. Typically, the Texas legislature waits until the waning days of its 140-day session to pass significant legislation.

So now is the time to go to Austin and the State capitol building to try to put an idea in a Representative or Senator’s head concerning legislation that you would like to see enacted. But how can you, a single individual, get close, personal access to a Texas legislator during their very busy bi-annual session? That’s easy, if you bring enough people with you to stand at your side when you go to a legislator’s office, you can get an appointment.

Wed
13
Feb

Rep. Phelan wants photo on Lone Star Card

Photo courtesy/“Texans for Dade”

State House District 21 Dade Phelan has introduced legislation in the 86th legislative session of the Texas House of Representative to try to reduce welfare fraud in the use of the Texas Lone Star Card. Phelan proposes to add the aid recipient’s picture photo to the front of the card so that retailers would be able to insure that only the qualified recipient receives that aid benefits of the card.

State House District 21 Representative Dade Phelan, who represents Vidor and all of Orange County in the Texas House of Representatives, has introduced a bill in the House that would change the face of the Texas Lone Star Card to add the photograph of the person authorized to use the card.

According to a news release issued by Rep. Phelan’s Austin office, “Representative Dade Phelan has filed HB 1250 which will require the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to add the name and photograph of the recipient or other authorized person to the front of each Lone Star Card. The Texas Electronic Benefit Transfer system uses the Lone Star Card to provide access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

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Thu
07
Feb

OC sales tax allocations fall behind 2018 levels

February sales tax allocations are normally the largest of the year for counties and municipalities and are eagerly anticipated. This year, most Orange County entities received less than February 2018 while the state average was 4.6 higher. Only Rose City showed an increase, likely due to the widespread flooding of Hurricane Harvey that left only one residence unscathed by flooding for much of the fourth quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019.

The February rebate is typically larger because these allocations are based on sales made in December by businesses that report tax monthly; October, November and December sales by quarterly filers; and 2018 sales by businesses that report tax annually.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $953.9 million in local sales tax allocations for February, 4.6 percent more than in February 2018.

 

Thu
07
Feb

Boy Scouts are coming to your door

Graphic courtesy/

Three Rivers Council-Boy Scouts of America

Scouting for Food is the annual Boy Scouts of America non-perishable food collection for agencies that serve the needy. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will be leaving an empty bag at your front door not tomorrow, but on Saturday, February 16th.

Not this weekend but the following Saturday, February 16, 2019, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts Vidor, Pine Forest and Mauriceville will be coming to your front door to drop off an empty bag. Now they won’t be knocking on your door to interrupt your Saturday chores or activities. All the boys will be doing is leaving a bag that is marked with “Scouting for Food-A National Good Turn for America” and “GHX-Industrial” for you to fill with canned goods and non-perishable foods at your leisure.

But don’t take too long to fill that bag, because on the following Saturday, February 23rd, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will return to your front door looking to find the bag of food you’ve left outside for them.

Thu
07
Feb

Vidor man arrested in Jefferson County

Photo courtesy/Jefferson

County Sheriff’s Office

Brian Roy, age 30, of Vidor was stopped for speeding on I-10 west of Beaumont last Saturday. Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies found 467 grams of crystal meth, a quantity of cocaine, and two other types of illegal narcotic pills in a mini-safe hidden in the floorboard of his car.

Thirty year-old Bryan Roy of Vidor was arrested outside of Beaumont on four counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and an outstanding Louisiana felony theft of a motor vehicle warrant last Saturday.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy and Public Information Officer Crystal Holmes, Roy was arrested on I-10 near Smith Road on Saturday, February 2 at about 3:50 p.m. during a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy’s traffic stop for speeding. A wants and warrants check on Roy revealed that he was wanted for arrest in Louisiana on an outstanding felony warrant. Roy was taken into custody.

Thu
07
Feb

Rolling through stop sign leads to arrest

Melvin Wedgeworth, 32, of Vidor was arrested in Vidor by Sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop for running a stop sign. Narcotics deputies found drug paraphernalia, marijuana, cash and what deputies believe to be a quantity of methamphetamine.

Photos courtesy/Orange County Sheriff’s Office

We’ve probably all have done it; you know, slowed down to a very slow crawl at a stop sign but didn’t actually bring our vehicle to a complete stop. Well almost stopping doesn’t cut it. It is a violation of the Texas traffic code and you can be stopped and cited for it. And it’s a moving violation, so it is reported to your insurance company.

However, one Vidor driver drew unwanted law enforcement attention to himself, with a rolling through a stop sign and wound up in jail for it.

At 1:15 a.m. on early Tuesday morning of this week, Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies were working their assigned duties as Sheriff’s narcotics division investigators in Vidor. As the narcotics deputies were driving down Old Highway 90 near the I-10 overpass, they noticed a 2010 Chevy pickup truck approaching that same intersection.

 

 

Wed
06
Feb

Local election filing deadline looms

Only a week and a half remains in the May 4th, 2019 City and School Board election ballot filing period. Of the fifteen elected offices in four Vidor area government entities whose terms are ending on May 4th, only eight candidates have filed to have their names placed on the ballot for those elected positions. The ballot application deadline is next week at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019

Most of the candidates who have filed an application for a position in the May 4th, 2019 election ballot are the incumbent office holders, but one isn’t.

 

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Wed
06
Feb

Lone gunman captured by Vidor police officers

Photos courtesy/Vidor Police

Thirty-nine year old Brandon Holeman of Orange was arrested for evading arrest and possession of weapons and drugs following a short police pursuit in Vidor on Saturday night. One of the guns shown here is a stolen weapon and the other gun was found tucked into the suspects underwear.

A man from Orange carrying a gun in his underwear attempted to flee a Vidor Police traffic stop and was eventually stopped and captured by Rocky, the Vidor Police canine officer.

Vidor Police arrested Brandon Aaron Holeman, 39, of Orange, Texas following a Saturday evening police pursuit down a Vidor neighborhood street and charged him with evading arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, the arrest incident began on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at approximately 8:50 p.m. when officers of the Vidor Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Ford Mustang in the 1000 block of N. Main Street.

 

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Wed
06
Feb

TXDOT funds Baird’s Bayou Bridge reconstruction

Map courtesy/TXDOT

This TXDOT map of Old Highway 90 West, I-10 West and Rose City Drive shows the location of Baird’s Bayou Bridge outlined in red on Old Highway 90 between Rose City and the Optimus Steel plant entrance. The old narrow concrete bridge is slated to be rebuilt starting sometime this spring when the bridge will be closed for two years of reconstruction.

The Beaumont District Office of the Texas Department of Transportation announced that the Texas Transportation Commission has let a contract with Ragle Construction Inc.of Euless, TX to replace the Baird’s Bayou Bridge and its approaches on Old Highway 90 West between Rose City and the Optimus Steel Plant main gate. Ragle Inc. will get $3.7 million to do the job and reconstruction should last two-years.

The old bridge across the bayou has been slated for replacement for a number of years because the existing bridge does not meet current highway or bridge standards. Replacement of the bridge has been delayed because other Old Highway 90 bridges were being replaced. TXDOT was also concerned that reconstruction of the Baird’s Bayou Bridge before the completion of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge westbound lane span could have caused severe traffic conditions.

 

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