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Tue
18
Aug

Swing bridge on Highway 87 to open this weekend

By George Garza
After a year and a half of squeezed lanes and detours in Bridge City, the newly refurbished swing bridge on northbound Highway 87 crossing Cow Bayou in Bridge City is scheduled to reopen for traffic this weekend. For Vidorians using the bridge to get to work on Chemical Row, this is a welcome announcement. Last Friday, at 8:00 a.m.,  members of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce, Bridge City and County officials along with representatives of the Texas Department of Transportation and  the bridge refurbishment contractors held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly refurbished bridge to mark the completion of major work done to redo the old bridge.
Thu
13
Aug

Judge attends Court from Korea

While Texas Open Meeting laws have not advanced to the point where elected officials can preside or vote in a public meeting remotely, the Orange County Judge made history of sorts when  he attended a meeting of the Orange County Commissioners’ Court while from his bachelor officer quarters in Seoul, South Korea  this week. “It was a historic event to have a citizen participate in a public meeting of the  Court from some 6,000 miles away,” said Orange County Assistant Attorney, Douglas Manning after the meeting adjourned on Monday of this week.
Thu
13
Aug

Renew your hunting/fishing license

Vidorians gearing up for the upcoming fall hunting seasons are reminded to renew their Texas Hunting and Fishing licenses for 2015-16. Licenses for the upcoming year become available for purchase starting Saturday, August 15, 2015. The current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except yearto- date fishing licenses) will expire on Monday, August 31, 2015. Every year, the Texas  Parks and Wildlife Department issues about 2.5 million hunting and fishing licenses through  the agency’s 28 field offices, more than 50 state parks and at over 1,700 retailers across the state. Licenses may also be purchased online  through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buy or by phone at 1-800-895-4248. Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thu
13
Aug

Houseman donates $50,000 to LIT

BEAUMONT – Gisela Houseman donated $50,000 to Lamar Institute of Technology to add to the already-existing Gisela Houseman Scholarship Endowment for scholarships for all educational programs at LIT. At the presentation on Wednesday, Dr. Shawn Oubre, LIT Foundation president, reiterated the impact Houseman has made in a variety of ways in Southeast Texas. 

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Thu
13
Aug

Jump Start next week

Vidor Junior High School students entering eight and seventh grades this coming school year are reminded that their campus’ “Jump Start” on the new fall term will happen on Wednesday and Friday of next week. Eighth graders will Jump on Wednesday, August 19th, while seventh graders will attend their Jump Start on Friday, August 21st. Seventh graders who will be attending the Junior High for the first time will get a chance to meet with their teachers, see their new school schedules and pick up textbooks. They will also go through the wonderful process of finding their lockers in one of the many buildings on ampus and learn how  their locker combination locks work. Jump Start students can also register for clubs, extracurricular activities and sports.
Tue
11
Aug

Meeting the teacher vital to education

George Garza
Although, right now, Vidor is in the very lazy, hazy days of summer, in less than two weeks those kids of yours will be headed back to the classroom as school begins.
 
Tue
11
Aug

All outdoor burning prohibited

George Garza
Tue
11
Aug

Paint ballers playing dangerous “game”

George Garza
Thu
06
Aug

City issues ban on outdoor burning

George Garza
The City of Vidor will not be issuing any outdoor burn permits until further notice. According to the Vidor Chief of Police Dave Shows, the extreme heat of recent days has dried vegetation to the  point that it has become extremely combustible in all parts of the City. The Chief has declared the all previously issued city burn permits as null and void and ny burn permit holders should extinguish their fires or cancel their planned burns. All outdoor fires are prohibited within the city limit of Vidor, Texas until the citywide burn ban is lifted.
Thu
06
Aug

Local veterinarian marks 40th year helping animals

Forty years of paws, fur, barks and purrs are being celebrated in Vidor today as a local veterinarian is being recognized by her staff for her long career caring for beloved pets. Dena Rose McGowan graduated from the famed Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine some forty years ago this week. Since then the doctor has seen and cared for literally  thousands of dogs and cats and a few gerbils mice and hamsters as well.

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