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Mon
14
Mar

County calls for voluntary evacuations

 

According to the National Weather Service, the Neches River is at 7.5 feet at noon today, Monday, in Beaumont and expected to crest at the Beaumont monitoring station at 9.3 feet tonight after midnight.  Flood stage at that location is 4.0 feet.  The National Weather Service is describing that crest as “Moderate” flooding.

Orange County Emergency Management (OCEM) has called for voluntary evacuations of neighborhoods near the Neches River including the Lakeview community and homes on Four Oaks Ranch Road. 

Thu
10
Mar

Two cities will hold elections in May

By George Garza

In May of every year the terms of elective office for various city council members, school board trustees, and district elected officers come to an end and it is time as citizens to decide with our voting right how those governmental entities will proceed in the future.  

 

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Thu
10
Mar

Vidor approaches Fire District about “Pride and Progress

By George Garza

City of Vidor Mayor Robert Viator, Jr. and Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst made a formal presentation of the city’s new “Pride and Progress” program to the Board of Commissioners of the Orange County Emergency Services District #1 that they are hoping will spur new city growth and attract new residents to the city. However the Mayor made it clear that he was not asking the fire district board to grant similar abatements.  

 

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Thu
10
Mar

Former teacher busted again for meth

By George Garza

A former Vidor schoolteacher who resigned in disgrace after being arrested in Vidor for felony possession of methamphetamine last fall has been arrested again on the same charge, this time in Orange. Lauren Leigh Courmier, 34.

 

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Tue
08
Mar

Speeding continues to be a problem in Vidor

By Randall Luker

Vidor police officers conducted just over 3,000 traffic stops in 2015 and issued 5,048 citations and warnings, according to Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows. Vidor’s motorcycle officer, Ray Ruggles, issued approximately 64 percent of the total number. 

 

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Tue
08
Mar

Karen Fisher wins nomination in a close race

When long time Orange County Tax Collector/ Assessor Lynda Gunstream decided last year that she would retire and not seek re-election, it left a big vacancy in the list of incumbent Orange County elected officials expected to run in the 2016 Orange County Primary.  

 

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Tue
08
Mar

Mooney wins by just seventy votes

By George Garza

When the final results of the Orange County Republican Party Primary were published last Tuesday night, there was a shock in the County Commissioners’ Courtroom that was being used by both political parties as a place for both news media and candidates to gather to receive the vote tallies. Both politicians and reporters were shocked find that long time incumbent Orange County Precinct #4 Constable Weldon Peveto had lost his bid to be the Republican nominee to run in November for Precinct #4 Constable. 

 

Tue
08
Mar

Merritt wins nomination in a landslide

By George Garza

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt spent election night at the Orange VFW Hall with his family, friends and supporters at a campaign watch party where everybody was watching the election night returns on television. Although the Sheriff was not as quick to accept his nomination as his opponent conceded the race when the early vote returns was announced. 

 

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Thu
03
Mar

Construction could reduce South Main to one lane for four months

By Randall Luker
 
Thu
03
Mar

Hard fought local races result in close finishes

By George Garza
 

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