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Thu
01
Oct

Police searching for hit and run driver

By George Garza

Officers of the Vidor Police Department are asking for the public’s help to aid them in their search for a hit a run driver that ran down a bicyclist last Friday night on South Main Street. According to VPD Detective Mark Steele, on Friday night at about 10:25 p.m., a twenty-seven year old man was pedaling his bicycle northbound on South Main Street, in front of the Oakwood Manor Nursing Home, when a vehicle stuck him and his bike from behind, flipping the man into the car’s windshield. The victim fell to the pavement as the vehicle moved on. The driver of the vehicle did not stop to render aid to the victim as is required by law.

Tue
29
Sep

Orange County adopts balanced budget

By George Garza
 
Tue
29
Sep

New A.I.M. Center ready for move-in

By George Garza
 
Tue
29
Sep

Rose City property tax chopped by two cents

By George Garza
 
The Rose City City Council has set the 2015 city property tax levy at $0.38612 per $100 valuation. This new property tax rate is $0.02203 per $100 valuation less than the 2014 City of Rose City tax rate of 0.40815 per #100 valuation.
 
Thu
24
Sep

County adopts zero based budget

by George Garza

There is no deficit spending in the Orange County fiscal year 2015-2016 budget as adopted by the Orange County Commissioners’ Court on Wednesday. The total projected operating revenues of $46,003,143 match exactly the total projected operating expenditures of $46,003,143 for the upcoming budget year that starts on October 1st. This is a “zero based budget”.

 

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Thu
24
Sep

Vidor, Orange experience slight dip in sales tax revenue

Orange County’s two largest cities experienced a slight decline in sales tax allocations this month with Vidor’s $185,271 decreasing 1.25 percent compared to the $187,617 received in September 2014. The City of Orange recorded a .51 percent decrease to $294,878 this month compared to last September’s $296,414. On average, the county’s seven municipalities’ recorded a 2.2 percent increase compared to last September.

 

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Thu
24
Sep

Rose City City Council approves pay for members

by George Garza

During their regular September City Council meeting the Rose City City Council voted to begin compensating the Mayor and City Councilmembers for attending council meetings effective in June of 2016. In the motion to begin compensating themselves, the council set rates of $450 per regular meeting for the Mayor, $75 per regular meeting for the Mayor Pro Tem and $50 per regular meeting for all other city council members. The motion specified that the compensation was to be made once a month for regular meetings only and the mayor and city council members would not be compensated for attending any additional special called meetings or workshops in any given month.

 

Thu
24
Sep

Shared Parenting Services encourage cooperation in the child support process

by Ken Paxton

Children deserve the security that comes from knowing both parents love and care for them. Even when parents live apart – as is true for more than 1.6 million children on the child support caseload – it is important that they work together for their children’s benefit.

 

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Tue
22
Sep

Orange County budget talks collapse

By George Garza

After hours and hours of marathon county budget workshops, the Orange County Commissioners Court are on the verge of scrapping much of the work they have done so far and stepping back to nearly square one.

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Tue
22
Sep

World War II hero honored, recognized for service to nation

Vidor’s own veterans’ advocate and tireless supporter of its youth, Robert J. (Tiger) Lyons, was celebrated recently by his family, friends, fellow veterans and a U.S. Congressman. During a gathering held in the Community Center at Raymond Gould County Park in August, the 92 year-old World War II veteran and former Prisoner of War was recognized by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 236 (Tigers & Lyons Chapter) of Vidor and U.S. Representative Dr. Brian Babin (TX-36th) for his service to his nation and his tireless efforts to help veterans, their families and the families of U.S. Servicemen and women still listed as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action.

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