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Wed
25
Dec

Repair of Gould Community Center to begin

Repair of Gould Community Center to begin

Photo by George Garza
Inside of the Raymond Gould Park Community Center, all of the furniture and appliances have been stacked in the center of the hall and covered with a tarp in anticipation of the contractor beginning repairs to the flood damaged building on December 30th.

George Garza

The Vidorian

Once again the Orange County Raymond Gould Park Community Center on Claiborne St. near I-10 and the Vidor Lions Club Veteran’s Memorial Park, took on water during a heavy rain and flood associated with a tropical storm. Tropical Storm Imelda put some twelve inches of floodwater inside of the Community Center and the UTMB Immunization Clinic which shares the same county building in Raymond Gould Park in Vidor.

Wed
25
Dec

Vidorians in need get a Christmas meal

Vidorians in need get a Christmas meal

Photo by George Garza
Two Vidor I.S.D. Principals and one V.I.S.D. Assistant Superintendent of Schools lend their time and their backs to loading United Christian Care Center Christmas Food Baskets into family cars of those in need who registered to a free family meal for Christmas. Among the many volunteers who helped the U.C.C.C. make this Christmas Gift possible last Wednesday morning were Vidor Elementary Principal Jeff Leger, Pine Forest Elementary Principal Preston Clark and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Travis Maines.

The spirit of Christmas was in the air last week as dozens of clients of the United Christian Care Center of Vidor lined up to receive their first, and possibly, only gift of Christmas 2019. Cars and trucks lined-up on Wilson Street and around the corner onto East Bolivar Wednesday morning to pick up a Christmas basket full of all of the ingredients and goodies to concoct a wonderful Christmas meal including either a frozen turkey or a frozen chicken.

“Our count of Holiday Christmas Meal Baskets is right around two-hundred and fourteen,” said Glen Ledger president of the Board of Directors of the United Christian Care Center. “And that number is up from last Thanksgiving where we gave out one-hundred-and-sixtyeight Thanksgiving Baskets.”

Wed
18
Dec

Suspected Mauriceville robbers caught

Suspected Mauriceville robbers caught

Photo Courtesy/ Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Two men from Louisiana who were wanted for questioning in the armed robbery of the M&S Grocery last week, Horace Babineaux (left photo in white t-shirt with back to the camera) and Brandon Michael Perritt (photo at right with black t-shirt) were captured and arrested for aggravated robbery last Friday.

Suspected Mauriceville robbers caught

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has made two arrests in the Sunday, December 8th robbery of a Mauriceville store. The armed robbery of M&S Grocery southeast of Mauriceville was reported in last week’s edition of The Vidor Vidorian.

In that news article it was reported that sometime after 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 8th, two men armed with black colored handguns and wearing masks walked into the M&S Grocery in the 1,000 block of F.M. 1130. The men pointed their guns at the clerk demanding money. The clerk said that the suspects also took several packs of cigarettes and the store’s cordless phone as well as the clerk’s Samsung cell phone. The two men then left the store with an unknown amount of money, headed in the direction of Meadowlark Street. The clerk said he heard the sound of a vehicle but did not actually see the vehicle.

Wed
18
Dec

Blue Santa gives 201 Christmas Wishes

Blue Santa gives 201 Christmas Wishes

Photo by George Garza
Vidor Police Department Explorers volunteered to give up their Saturday to help Operation Blue Santa parents and guardians by carrying bags and boxes of donated Christmas toys to their cars last Saturday. Thank you, people of Vidor for making Operation Blue Santa a resounding success this year!

Despite a last minute surge in the number of Operation Blue Santa “Toys for Tots” Christmas Toy donation drive applicants, the Vidor Police Department’s annual Christmas Toy drive was a resounding success. Some 201 Vidor children in need should wake up on Christmas Morning to find something that they have asked for under their tree.

During the last weeks of the toy collection drive, some patrol officers and Vidor Police detectives had reasons to interact with several Vidor families in need who had not heard about Operation Blue Santa and were obviously (in the observation of the officers) heading towards a “no Christmas presents this year” holiday. In comes Blue Santa and some twenty-six additional children in need get added to the Operation Blue Santa Christmas Wish List.

Wed
18
Dec

Chamber’s “Hometown Holiday” generates seasonal cheer

Chamber’s “Hometown Holiday” generates seasonal cheer

Photo by George Garza

Chamber’s “Hometown Holiday” generates seasonal cheer

Photo by George Garza
The combined Vidor Elementary School and Oak Forest Elementary School Choirs offered a selection of Christmas Carols for the entertainment of the crowd gathered at Vidor City Hall for the Vidor Chamber of Commerce Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Chamber’s “Hometown Holiday” generates seasonal cheer

Photo by George Garza
Just prior to the Vidor Chamber of Commerce Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, many of the wonderful Classic Christmas Cruise Classic Cars paraded in front of Vidor City Hall where they were brilliantly lit by special spotlights.

The Vidor Chamber of Commerce “Hometown Holiday” events last Saturday raised the Christmas Spirit for many of those participating in the numerous events. The day-long citizen participation event that included the Vidor Main Street Market Crawl, the annual Classic Christmas Cruise, the arrival of Santa Claus and The Grinch at City Hall and finally the Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting in up town Vidor offered something for everyone.

“The Classic Christmas Cruise was a resounding success,” said Atasha Quebedeaux, a member of the Vidor Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “We had double the amount of classic cars from last year, which drew crowds of people. And that made our vendors very happy so we were very successful.”

Wed
11
Dec

TXTDOT begins installing high mast lighting on freeway

TXTDOT begins installing high mast lighting on freeway

Photo by George Garza
Highway construction contractor workers use a special crane to lift and place a one-hundred-and-fiftyfoot tall high mast lighting pole carefully on its concrete base along the south side of I-10 near the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge in mid-November. Thirtynine more high mast lighting poles will be installed on both sides of the freeway between North Main Street in Vidor and the Neches River.

A highway construction contractor, working on a contract with the Texas Department of Transportation has begun installing some forty 150-foot tall, high mast lighting poles along I-10 from North Main Street to the foot of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge crossing the Neches River. When completed next year the forty high mast lighting pole should provide more than adequate illumination of the freeway during nighttime hours from Vidor to Beaumont.

“Safety is always our number one priority,” said Sarah Dupre, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Transportation Beaumont District. “So we are constantly searching for ways that we can make our roadways safer for the driving public. We want to make sure that we are doing everything within our power to make sure that we provide a safe facility for the drivers of Texas.”

One of those safety items that TXDOT engineers are constantly reviewing for improvements is safety lighting.

 

 

Wed
11
Dec

County to join the new regional flood district

County to join the new regional flood district

On this map of the Cow Bayou and Adam’s Bayou watershed boundaries you can see that Cow Bayou in Orange County drains a large area of southern Jasper County from the Orange/Jasper County Line all the way up north of Buna, TX. Storm water falling in Jasper County can affect flooding in Vidor including in neighborhoods like the Maplecrest Addition. A regional flood district could apply for state and/or federal funds to mitigate those kinds of disaster.
Photo Courtesy of T.C.E.Q.

Just this past month, Texas voters approved creation of a Texas State Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) of nearly $800 million from the State’s rain day fund for future flood disaster relief an mitigation when they voted to pass Proposition 8, The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects, during the Constitutional Amendment Election on November 5th, 2019.

This idea of setting aside state funds for flood control projects comes from our own District 21 State of Texas Representative Dade Phelan who is very aware of how Vidor and Orange County flooded during Tropical Storms Harvey and Imelda.

Wed
11
Dec

Main Street Market Crawl promises extra value

Main Street Market Crawl promises extra value

Archive Photo/ 2018 Vidor Classic Christmas Cruise
There will be classic cars and trucks on display in the Wood’s Plaza Event Center parking lot in the 100 block of North Main Street this coming Saturday during the Vidor Chamber of Commerce Vidor Classic Christmas Cruise. Besides Cruising, there will also be a Main Street Market Crawl and a Vidor City Christmas Tree Lighting that day. Archive Photo 2018 Vidor Classic Christmas Cruise

This coming Saturday is the day to bring your Christmas shopping home to Vidor. Participating members of the Vidor Chamber of Commerce will be offering you a chance to win valuable prizes at the Vidor Christmas Cruise just for visiting in their stores before the Vidor Classic Christmas Cruise begins.

As a preview of the Vidor Classic Christmas Cruise, the Chamber is sponsoring the Vidor Main Street Market Business Crawl from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14th. Elsewhere in this issue of The Vidor Vidorian you will find the Main Street Market Cruise passport entry form that you can cut out of this newspaper to take with you this coming Saturday as you visit participating Vidor Chamber members’ businesses. You don’t have to make a purchase, just visit each merchant listed on your passport entry.

Wed
04
Dec

I am Matthew Ortego

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I am Matthew Ortego your Candidate for Constable Precinct 4 in Orange County.

Many of you know me for my time as Vidor City Councilman and as a law enforcement officer for the Vidor Independent School District. I have lived in Precinct 4 and Vidor all of my life. I have enjoyed service to my community along with my wife Kendra along with our two children. My parents David and Debbie Ortego have also lived here for over 40 years.

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Wed
04
Dec

Vidor School Menus

BREAKFAST

Choice of Milk and a Variety of Fruit Offered Daily

Wednesday, Dec 4

Banana Bread

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