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Wed
16
Sep

County Courthouse closed due to recent storm damage

The Orange County Courthouse will be closed until further notice due to damages from Hurricane Laura. The following offices in the courthouse will be closed to the public but may be accessible by phone and/or internet :

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Wed
16
Sep

Vidor Police arrest two men for drug possession

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These two men were arrested on two different days and two separate locations for drug possession in Vidor. Troy Hebert, age 57 (top or left) was arrested for felony drug possession and an outstanding parole warrant and Tyler Ezell, age 28, (bottom or right) was arrested for felony drug possession. Photos courtesy Vidor Police Department

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Vidor police officers arrested two men in Vidor for controlled substance drug possession on two different days, but similar locations. According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, “On Friday, September 4 th , 2020, around 12:15 a.m., officers with the Vidor Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 2002 GMC Yukon for traffic violations in the 2300 block of North Main.”

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Wed
02
Sep

TXDOT to begin debris pickup along state right-of-way Wednesday

Artist diagram of how to place storm debris for pickup

The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) will begin Hurricane Laura storm debris pick up along state roadways in Orange and Newton Counties beginning Wednesday, September 2. Residents living along state roadways should place any debris generated by Hurricane Laura along state right of way for pickup.

 

Mon
31
Aug

P.O.D.’s open through Thursday in Orange County

Texas State Guard soldiers load food, ice and water into a pickup truck at Turning Point Church

Texas State Guard soldiers loading food, water and ice in a vehicle at the Turning Point Church at 3600 North Main Street in North Vidor on Monday. This is one of four P.O.D.’s opened by Orange County to help citizens who have no power. The P.O.D.’s will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Orange County and the Texas State Guard have set up four P.O.D.’s (Points of Distribution) for water, ice and non-perishable meals to be available to the citizens of Orange County who need help following the Hurricane Laura disaster.  P.O.D.’s are FEMA planned methods to distribute emergency supplies. They could be needed if infrastructure such as electric power was not available such that food, water, and other supplies could not be distributed through normal means.

 

Wed
26
Aug

Get Out! Mandatory evacuation called

Get Out! Mandatory evacuation called

The forecast track for Laura has shifted somewhat west early on Tuesday morning (August 25 th ) with landfall possibly expected near the Louisiana/Texas state line as a major Category 3 hurricane late Wednesday night or early Thursday mooring. This track could shift again after The Vidor Vidorian is printed on Tuesday afternoon. So please keep checking the National Weather Service Lake Charles office Internet page at http://www.weather.gov/lch National Weather Service Lake Charles Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSLakeCharles

Orange County Judge John Gothia, in conjunction with the Mayors of all Orange County Municipalities, has called for a mandatory evacuation of all of Orange County beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, August 25 th . At at the time of this printing, the predicted storm track of Hurricane Laura was aiming at coming ashore in Cameron Parish near the Texas/Louisiana border at Sabine Pass, but that track could shift by the time the storm actually arrived tonight or tomorrow. Weather forecasters are predicting a major Category 3 intensity storm strength when Laura makes landfall late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. A Category 3 hurricane is classified as a “Major Hurricane” and can have sustained wind speeds of between 111-129 miles-per-hour near its center of circulation.

 

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Wed
26
Aug

Vidor Schools close their doors in the interest of family safety

Vidor Schools close their doors in the interest of family safety

Photo by George Garza The empty parking lot on a school afternoon is evidence that student have been released from school in light of approaching tropical disturbances. The Superintendent of School says families should be together during these uncertain times.

All Vidor I.S.D. Schools are closed for the entire week of Monday, August 24, 2020 through Friday, August 28, 2020 because of the threat of tropical storms, high winds and flooding. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo, made the decision to close all Vidor schools on Sunday after consultation with the National Weather Service/Lake Charles Office, other Orange County school district superintendents, Orange County and the City of Vidor.

Dr. Killgo said that the decision to close schools again was not an easy determination to make.

Wed
26
Aug

V.I.S.D. School Board reduces property tax by 5.24%

V.I.S.D. School Board reduces property tax by 5.24%

Although a change in the way the Texas State Legislature funds public schools in the State of Texas is responsible for the majority of the decrease in the coming tax year’s Vidor I.S.D. Ad Valorem property tax rate, some of that decrease in this fall’s school tax bill can be attributed to the prudent use of the taxpayer’s money. At least, that is what V.I.S.D. School Board of Trustees president David Camp described after the Board voted unanimously (with one trustee absent and abstaining) to lower the Vidor I.S.D. Ad Valorem property tax rate from 2019’s $1.13608 per $100 valuation tax rate to the new 2020 property tax rate of $1.07453 per $100 valuation during their School Board meeting last week.

Mon
24
Aug

Vidor Schools close for tropical storms

Picture of closed Vidor High School

All Vidor I.S.D. school campuses like Vidor High School will be closed all week long from Monday, August 24, through Friday, August 28th, so that families can be together in case weather conditions have an impact on the Vidor area.

All Vidor I.S.D. school campuses will be closes all week long as a precaution against possible tropical storm rains and winds.  According to Superintendent of Vidor I.S.D. Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo, “We don’t know how these tropical storms will affect our Vidor School District area, but we feel that this is a time for families to be together.”

Dr. Killgo used the call out system on Sunday to alert all Vidor I.S.D. parents and guardians that in preparation for the potential severe weather this week, Vidor ISD will be closed the week of August 24-28.  The Superintendent indicated that school officials might make further announcements throughout the week as more news comes available.

Wed
19
Aug

First day of school adapts to Coronavirus

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Pre-Kindergarten students at the Oak Forest Elementary School are learning the proper way to move from their classroom to the cafeteria or other locations on campus during the first day of school, last Wednesday. Although, they haven’t yet mastered how to distance themselves from each other, it will come in time. Photo Courtesy of Sally Andrews

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As students arrive at the Vidor High School on their first day back at school since last March, the camera captured many of them putting on facemasks as they approach the front door of their school. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott requires all students, over-ten-years-old to wear a facemask while attending a Texas public school. Photo courtesy Sally Andrews

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For the return of students to their classrooms for the first time since spring break of last school year, the Texas Governor mandated that all public school students, age 11 and older should wear a facemask whenever they are on campus. On the first day of school at Vidor Junior High School last week, almost all of the students in this classroom were properly masked and ready to learn. Photo courtesy Sally Andrews

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One of the COVID-19 safety protocols adopted by the Vidor I.S.D. for the return of students to their classrooms last week was restricting campuses to students and staff only, no visitors. Oak Forest Elementary School Assistant Principal Kyra Day assists this unidentified Pre-Kindergarten student out of her mother’s pick-up truck on the first day of school as mom stays in the truck. Photo courtesy Sally Andrews

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When kids returned to their classrooms at Pine Forest Elementary on the first day of school last week, they found footprint silhouettes pasted to the hallway floors to remind them to stay to the right when walking down the hallways. This is one of the COVID-19 safety protocols adopted on several Vidor I.S.D. campuses. Photo courtesy Sally Andrews

The first day of “in the classroom” instruction for Vidor I.S.D. students was different from previous year’s first days of school, but children quickly adapted to COVID-19 protocols. All students over age 10 were wearing facemasks and, whenever possible, most students and teachers were practicing social distancing in their classrooms, hallways and common rooms like cafeterias, libraries and gymnasiums.

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Wed
19
Aug

Sheriff says child death is still under investigation

“We are still waiting for the preliminary result of the autopsy before we can know for sure how the child died,” said Orange County Sheriff Lane Mooney on Monday of this week. The Sheriff was referring to a tragedy that occurred on F.M. 105 North just north of F.M. 1131 last Saturday evening where a child died after being left in a car for several hours.

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