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Wed
17
Apr

Turf is a go for Pirate Stadium

Vidorian archive photo

Members of the Vidor High School Marching Band hunt for shoes sucked off their feet by the muddy playing field surface as they marched during a halftime performance on Croak Field on August 26, 2016 in a game against Barbers Hill. Pirate Stadium had been inundated by rain for ten days prior to the game. This kind of sight will be a thing of the past soon.

Without any discussion, the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees voted five to one with one trustee absent, to award a contract to Symmetry Turf Sports Construction for $1,298,000.00 to construct an artificial turf playing surface on Croak Field at Vidor High School Pirate Stadium during Monday night’s regularly scheduled School Board of Trustees meeting. The work on the playing surface will commence on or about May 6th (weather permitting) and will be substantially complete by no later than August 2nd, 2019 (weather permitting).

This surprise turn of events happened following several discussions among Trustees in previous Board meetings where some trustees indicated that they did not have a realistic estimate of the cost of turfing Pirate Stadium. As a result of those discussions the Board of Trustees previously voted in March to go out for bids to construct a turf field so that they might finally get an actual estimate of the cost to turf the field.

 

 

Thu
11
Apr

If you haven’t heard from TXGLO in two weeks, go back

On Tuesday, the Texas Government Land Office (TXGLO) began work to rebuild the first Harvey damaged home in Orange County to be reconstructed under using HUD Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery Funds. Although the TXGLO Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP) for Harvey flood victims has been active since November of last year, it takes a while to process through the application and win approval from two government agencies before work can begin on your storm damaged home.

However, even though it can take some months to finally win a grant from TXGLO, the process works better if you and the TXGLO are communicating regularly.

 

 

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Thu
11
Apr

Texas House passes disaster preparedness bill

According to a news release issued by Texas House District 21, State Representative Dade Phelan, “Today [Wednesday, April 10, 2019], the Texas House of Representatives passed four pieces of legislation authored by Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) [and four other representatives] in response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and to help Texas better prepare for future catastrophic storms.

Thu
11
Apr

Train collides with truck in Rose City

Photo courtesy/Dora Tarbox

The train’s locomotive did suffer some minor damage during its collision with an 18-wheeler that was stuck on the KCS rail tracks on Tuesday.

Photo courtesy/Dora Tarbox

Fortunately no one was hurt in the truck/train collision on Mockingbird Street in Rose City on Tuesday.

A truck-tractor, stuck on a railroad track in Rose City, was hit by a freight train that could not stop in time to avoid a collision. No one was hurt in the collision.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Stephanie Davis, shortly before 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9th, an eighteenwheeled truck-tractor pulling a flatbed trailer was turning north on Mockingbird Street at Old Highway 90 West in Rose City. Witness told investigators the when the truck crossed the KCS railroad track near Old Highway 90 West, the flatbed trailer got stuck on top of the tracks.

 

 

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Thu
11
Apr

Lorrie Taylor named Director of the Port of Orange

Photo courtesy/Port of Beaumont

Lorrie Taylor was named as the Executive Director of the Orange County Navigation and Port District this week by the Port’s Board of Commissioners. Before going to work at the Port of Orange as its Director of Administration and Finance, Ms. Taylor served the City of Vidor as its Finance Director for nearly a decade.

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of Orange selected Lorrie Taylor to be the new Executive Director of the Orange County Navigation and Port District on Monday night. According to Debbie Britnell, Assistant to the Port Director, the Board of Commissioners had been interviewing candidates for the position of Port Director following the recent retirement of Port Director Gene Bouillion. The Commissioners considered a dozen candidates and narrowed those dozen down to three candidates that they interviewed. The Board selected Ms. Taylor, who will be replacing Mr. Bouillion who retired with 20-1/2 years of service to the Port.

Wed
10
Apr

Texas House passes school finance bill

Last week, according to a news release issued by Rep. Dade Phelan, “the Texas House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 3, legislation co-authored by District 21 Texas Representative Dade Phelan, that invests $9 billion in Texas classrooms to boost student achievement, support teacher quality, reduce recapture and provide for property tax relief. Following a full day of productive discussion on the House Floor, Rep. Phelan voted in support of House Bill 3, which passed the House with 149 votes.”

Phelan’s news release went on to say, “School finance reform is the top priority for the Texas House this session and was declared an ‘emergency item’ by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in his biennial State of the State address. House Bill 3 is the first major rewrite of school finance laws undertaken without the threat of a court order, and it puts a stop to decades of patchwork fixes by creating a more equitable public education system.”

Wed
10
Apr

Fire District to hold public hearing on Fire Code

Photo courtesy/www.ocesd1.com

The Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Fire Station #1 and Headquarters is the site of a Public Hearing that will be held next week on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. to take public comments from District patrons on a proposed Fire Code to be enacted throughout all of the rural areas of the Fire District.

The Orange County Emergency Services District #1 will hold a public hearing about the proposed enactment of a Fire Code for all rural properties of the District outside of the city limit of the City of Vidor next week on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the Training Room/Board Room of the OCESD#1 Headquarters building that is colocated with Fire Station #1 at 2351 Highway 12. Please park in the southwest parking lot, DO NOT PARK in the driveway in front of the big roll-up doors of the Fire Station #1 Apparatus Bays.

Wed
10
Apr

Project Graduation fundraiser this Saturday

Photo courtesy/www.animalplanet.com

Texas Game Warden Raj Ataya who has been featured in an episode of Lone Star Law on the Animal Planet cable channel will be at the 2019 VHS Project Graduation BBQ fundraiser this coming Saturday in the Market Basket parking lot in the 800 block of North Main Street. The no-nonsense lawman will be available to meet with the public.

The 2019 VHS Project Graduation is planning a fund raising event this Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Market Basket parking lot, complete with a celebrity to shake your hand and sign autographs. Yes, Texas Game Warden Raj Ataya from the cable television show Lone Star Law will be on hand for a meet and greet with the residents of Vidor, TX from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

This fundraiser, a raffle and an Easter Egg Hide are events that 2019 VHS Project Graduation organization is putting on this spring to help pay for the Vidor High School Class of 2019 Senior Graduation Celebration to be held this year at Urban Air Adventure and Trampoline Park in Beaumont, TX.

Wed
10
Apr

TXGLO HAP program starts first home rebuild in Vidor

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Ms. Karen Ballinger (center right with blonde hair and black leather jacket) and her new homebuilder, Steve Matero (center left with black ball cap) break ground for a new TXGLO HAP program home in front of her about to be demolished Harvey damaged home on West Davis loop. Joining Ms. Ballinger in breaking ground are her relatives and representatives of the TXGLO, City of Vidor and Orange County.

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Within moments of the TXGLO/Karen Ballinger’s new home groundbreaking, homebuilders with DSW Homes begin to demolish Ms. Ballinger’s flood damaged home to make room for a new two bedroom house to be build above base flood elevation.

There were smiles all around as a huge backhoe began tearing down a Harvey damaged home that has been vacant since the storm. More than five feet of floodwaters inundated Karen Ballinger’s house on West Davis Loop. She lost everything in the storm. She lived in Austin, TX for a while and then moved back home to Vidor where she found temporary housing near Smith Lake. Then, late last year, Karen heard about the Texas General Land Office (TXGLO) Homeowner Assistance Program that has allocated $1.334 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for rehabilitation and reconstruction of thousands of owneroccupied single-family homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Thu
04
Apr

Thibodeaux formally takes office

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux (center) officially takes up the gavel to preside over the Orange County Commissioners’ Court this week. Precinct #2 Commissioner Theresa Adams Beauchamp (left) and Precinct #3 Commissioner John Gothia offer up their applause, as did most everyone in the Commissioners’ Courtroom, when Judge Thibodeaux formally took over the Judge’s Chair.

Although the former County Judge had been officially appointed by the Orange County Commissioners’ Court as the new County Judge to replace Judge Dean T. Crooks. And although Judge Carl Thibodeaux officially took his oath of Office as Orange County Judge last week, it still wasn’t properly official that he was actually the Orange County Judge until the Commissioners’ Court had set an amount for and had accepted a bond executed by the appointee to the position. According to the Texas Association of Counties web site, “Before undertaking the duties of the county judge, a person must execute a bond payable to the treasurer of the county in an amount set by the commissioners’ court of not less than $1,000.00 nor more than $10,000.00. The bond must be conditioned that the judge will faithfully perform all duties of office.”

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