News

Tue
22
Sep

Homecoming Flower Girl, Crown Bearer named

By George Garza

The Vidor High School 2015 Homecoming Flower Girl and Crown Bearer have been selected. Homecoming Parade Co- Coordinator Cyndie Campbell announced on Friday that nine-year-old Makynzie Galaviz, a fourth grader at Vidor Elementary, has been selected as the 2015 Homecoming Flower Girl and nine-year-old Rhett Peddy, a fourth grader at Pine Forest Elementaryhas been selected as the 2015 Homecoming Crown Bearer.

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Thu
17
Sep

Governance by “We the People”

by Allan K. DuBois

Celebrate Freedom Week is September 13 through 19, 2015. During this week, Texas public schools are encouraged to focus student attention on the importance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, in their historical contexts. Constitution Day is on September 17. On this day we commemorate the document, signed by 40 patriots almost 228 years ago, that frames our rights and liberties. 

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Thu
17
Sep

Rose City crash stalls I-10 predawn traffic

By George Garza

A three-vehicle crash on westbound I-10 near Rose City in the predawn hours of Wednesday morning closed all westbound freeway lanes and sent an Orange man to the hospital. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis westbound traffic approaching the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge from Vidor was stalled for more than an hour in the middle of the night until first responders could tend to the injured and clean up the mess.

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Thu
17
Sep

Children adopt Sheriff’s Deputies

By George Garza

 There is something new hanging on the walls of the main hallway of the  Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Besides the usual bulletin boards with Deputy shift schedules, training schedules, new laws and regulation information, the hallway is filling up with lovingly crafted hand drawn art and thoughtful verse. “I think it’s an awesome idea,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Captain Tom Ray. “I’m not sure exactly whose idea it was, but it certainly touched all of us getting all of these letters and drawings. Especially in these days when there seems to be such a dissention for law enforcement, to see little kids writing us letters calling us their heroes. That’s why a lot of us got into this profession anyway, to help people. And to see this on the wall here is really heartwarming. We enjoy seeing it here everyday.” 

Thu
17
Sep

Water district lowers tax rate

By George Garza

It’s not often that a taxing entity can adopt a new tax rate that chops the previous year’s tax rate by eight and a half percent. It’s even harder to do when that taxing entity is only allowed to levy property taxes on the taxing entity’s bonded indebtedness. But thanks to an increase in appraisals, some new construction within the district and a successful search for previously untaxed properties, the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 was able to do just that.

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Tue
15
Sep

Police academy announces dates for entrance exam

BEAUMONT – The Regional Police Academy at Lamar Institute of Technology will be testing in October for its next class session. Those interested must take the entrance exam in order to attend the academy.

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Tue
15
Sep

Detours may cause bottlenecks

By George Garza
 
The price of progress is often annoyance and delays. This time though, the price may include danger. The Texas Department of Transportation has announced that due to freeway construction, drivers on both eastbound and westbound I-10 at the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge will likely find traffic delays as road crews close traffic lanes going both ways.

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Tue
15
Sep

The road is closed

By George Garza
 
Over the weekend, road closure signs went up in Rose City on Old Highway 90 eastbound near Mockingbird Drive and in Vidor on Old Highway 90 westbound at South Dewitt Road warning drivers that the road was closed ahead. On Monday morning Old Highway 90 was closed some 1.5 miles west of South Dewitt Road as contractors begin preparations to tear out and demolish a box culvert drainage bridge that crosses beneath the highway.

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Tue
15
Sep

City proclaims CMT Awareness Month

September is Charcot-Marie-Tooth Awareness Month in Vidor. Mayor Robert Viator, Jr. issued the proclamation during Vidor City Council’s regular meeting Thursday. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders, affecting approximately 1 in 2,500 people in the United States.

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Thu
10
Sep

County looks to reduce electric consumption

by George Garza
 

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