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Thu
28
Jul

Rollover freeway crash sends one to hospital

By George Garza

 

A chain reaction collision on westbound I- 10 put a woman from Orange in the hospital last week on Thursday. The woman, who has been identified as sixty-year-old Sue Ann Quinn of Orange, was trapped in her Honda sport utility vehicle that wound up on its roof in a freeway lane after the crash. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Beaumont District Office, the accident happened on westbound I-10 near the Cow Bayou Bridge shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21st. 

 

Thu
28
Jul

Help identify trouble spots in your neighborhood

By George Garza

 

Are you troubled by the fact that your police department doesn’t have enough emergency power generators to maintain full operations in during and after a major hurricane? Does it bother you that your almost brand new city hall does not have storm shutters? Do you want to find out what’s on your fire department’s list of needs to lessen the fire dangers in your neighborhood? Well you can find out more about such topics at a public meeting being held jointly by Orange County and the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission next month to gather information from the citizens of our county about plans that your government agencies have to lessen the impact of hazards that could arise in your neighborhoods in certain situations. 

 

Thu
28
Jul

Rusty water soon to be a thing of the past

By George Garza

 

The Board of Directors of the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 (OCWC&ID#1) has voted to award at $1.129 million contract for a fresh water line replacement project to McInnis Construction, Inc. of Silsbee Texas. McInnis offered up the lowest bid on the water system improvement project of the seven companies vying to win the job. All of the bids received by the water district for this new project were within $600,000 of each other with the second lowest bidder, MK Constructors of Vidor, bidding just $12,093.49 above the low bid. 

 

Thu
28
Jul

Sales mostly positive in Orange County

The latest sales tax allocations returned to Orange County indicate retail sales remain strong in most areas of Orange County. July sales tax allocations to Orange County’s seven municipalities saw an average increase of 13.33 percent. Only Pine Forest saw a decline compared to July 2015, a decrease of 25.26 percent. Year-to-date figures tell a different story, however, with municipalities only recording an average increase of .47 percent. Only Bridge City is in negative territory for the year with a decrease of 15.17 percent. 

 

Tue
26
Jul

City council to consider creating new position, police chief retirement

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council will face a varied agenda when they meet Thursday with several personnel items, including the possible retirement of Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows, on the agenda. An executive session to discuss Shows’ employment and retirement is scheduled as one of the last action items on the agenda. Shows was appointed police chief November 18, 2010, and is expected to announce his retirement effective November 18, 2016 . 

 

Tue
26
Jul

5th Circuit Court strikes down Texas voter ID law

Texas’ voter photo identification law is racially discriminatory, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on July 20 according to the Texas Press Association. In striking down the law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, the Fifth Circuit said it disproportionately and negatively affects African-American and Hispanic citizens’ right to vote according to the Texas Press Association in its Capital Highlights Internet blog.  

 

Tue
26
Jul

$31 million project milestone reached

By George Garza

With the approval of a Certificate of Completion for Contract C – Sanitary Sewer Collection System Rehabilitation Project last week, the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 has officially finished all construction on a $31 million Wastewater Improvement Project designed to totally eliminate untreated wastewater discharges into Tiger Creek. The massive reconstruction plan first began to be formulated in 2004 when the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ordered the District to complete an entire district-wide wastewater treatment system study following an incident in June of that year where a heavy rainfall caused untreated effluent from the wastewater system to be discharged into the Tiger Creek and to back up into people’s homes. 

 

Tue
26
Jul

Brighter, safer and friendlier

By George Garza

With the sun setting after 8 p.m. these days, you may not have noticed a change on North Main Street downtown and uptown. Those that have traveled after dark on our main thoroughfare might have seen that those old orange colored Entergy street lights have been replaced with high intensity white colored lamps on both sides of the freeway. The City of Vidor, in cooperation with Entergy Texas, has begun upgrading the streetlight system on North Main Street and is replacing high-pressure sodium lamp fixtures with 110- watt light emitting diode (LED) lamp fixtures. 

 

Thu
21
Jul

Lawsuits prompt changes for municipal court

By Randall Luker
 
“It is an interesting time for municipal courts in Texas,” said Vidor’s interim Municipal Judge Michael Abbott. Abbott said lawsuits filed in Texas over capias pro fines are prompting changes in the way courts operate.
 
Thu
21
Jul

Mayor clarifies citizen’s interaction with council

By Randall Luker
 

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