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Tue
03
May

Murder victim’s stepson is arrested

By George Garza

 

The stepson of Vidor murder victim Richard Glen Ames was arrested on a charge unrelated to Mr. Ames’ murder on Friday. Fifty-two year old Aaron Kyle Angelo was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Houston and transported  to the Orange County Jail. According to a Vidor Police Department news release, Angelo is charged with stealing a truck that belonged to Mr. Ames and  was found to be missing from Mr. Ames’ home following the brutal murder of Mr.  Ames and his friend Edna Clary Phillips last summer.   

 

Thu
28
Apr

County to consider fostering a disaster recovery group

by George Garza 

 

Orange County is looking into promoting a long-term disaster recovery group in conjunction with Jasper and Newton Counties to address the needs March’s flood victims. The proposed tri-county long-term recovery volunteer organization would seek to organize and manage the recovery  process for victims in their communities to help them re-establish a healthy, functioning and sustainable community during and after the years it takes to fully recover from a disaster. On Tuesday, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court was approached by State Voluntary Agency Liaisons of the Texas Division of Emergency Management who proposed that the County look into joining with Jasper and Newton Counties to support a long-term recovery organization.

 

Thu
28
Apr

Weekend whirls by fast

Children spin and tilt while riding an exciting carnival ride at the 2016 Texas Bar-B-Q Festival last Saturday.  

 

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Thu
28
Apr

Sheriff’s Office joins Beaumont Crime Stoppers

By George Garza

 

Some five years after the financial demise of Eastex Crime Stoppers, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has joined forces with law enforcement agencies in Jefferson and Hardin Counties to become a member of the newly renamed Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas. And a Vidor High School student has been  named the recipient of the Larry Beaulieu Crime Stoppers Scholarship. Dylan Mooney, son of Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Darrin Mooney was awarded the $1,000 scholarship during a ceremony welcoming the Orange County Sheriff’s Office into the Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas organization.   

 

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Thu
28
Apr

Early voting in city elections continues

By George Garza

 

It’s election time again in Vidor and Pine Forest. No, you don’t have to declare for a political party and it doesn’t matter if you like The Donald or you like Hillary. This May 7th election determines who will represent you at your city hall and decide things like your city taxes and fees, where to put up those no parking zones, the speed limits in your neighborhoods, the hours your public library is open and a whole host of other local rules and regulations. The City of Vidor and the City of Pine Forest are each holding an election for candidates running for each city’s City Council. The City of Pine Forest is also holding a special local option election to decide if the sale of all alcoholic beverages for off premises consumption will be allowed.

 

Tue
26
Apr

New program targets residential speeders

Slow down and save a life. That’s the message the City of Vidor wants the public to hear as summer vacation approaches. With road work throughout the city diverting more traffic through residential neighborhoods and kids soon to be out of school for the summer, the potential for deadly accidents is high. Add excessive speed in a residential neighborhood to the mix, and tragedy awaits. 

 

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Tue
26
Apr

Annual Rabies vaccination drive to be postponed

Vidor’s annual Rabies vaccination drive sponsored by McGowan Veterinary Hospital and Jordan Veterinary Clinic will be postponed this week. The annual event that provides reduced rate Rabies vaccination for dogs and cats was scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 30th at the Capital One Bank parking lot. Gail Nagai of the United Christian Care Center said that the veterinarians who are providing the vaccinations are concerned that people will be lined up in the rain with their pets, which would not be the most optimal conditions for vaccinating animals. She said that the latest weather forecasts are predicting a 90% coverage of rain for Saturday.  

 

Tue
26
Apr

County authorizes Beaumont group to seek Vidor Loop funding

By George Garza

 

The so-called Vidor Loop is still a possibility, according to Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton. The Judge says there is still time left to qualify for Texas Department of Transportation reimbursement funds that were set aside for the project several years ago. “It is my understanding that the pass through toll funding package has been set aside by the State for the past few budget cycles,” said Judge Carlton. “They want something to be done with it.  

 

Tue
26
Apr

Festival Weekend Full of Fun

Ms. Golden Triangle, Texas Pageant winners and the King of Vidor line up to cut the ribbon signaling the Grand Opening of the 2016 Texas Bar-B-Q Festival on Thursday. Pictured from left to right are Keri Gillies, Pageant Director; Khloie Andrus, Miss Golden Triangle Princess & Miss Photogenic; Blaze Allen, Miss Golden Triangle Sweetheart & Miss Photogenic; Autumn Fischer, Junior Miss Golden Triangle; Delaney Voegeli, Ms. Golden Triangle, Texas; Arthur P. Carter, Sr., King of Vidor, Britni McPayne, Vidor Chamber of Commerce Director; Jeanette Winfrey, Vidor Chamber of Commerce Director and Weldon Peveto, Vidor Chamber of Commerce Director.  

 

Thu
21
Apr

VISD Board approves district goals for 2016-2017 school year

By George Garza
 

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