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Thu
05
May

Vidor I.S.D. hires architect to plan cafeteria expansion

By George Garza

The Board of Trustees of the Vidor Independent School District voted to authorize the Superintendent of Schools to sign a contract with Architectural Alliance Inc., of Beaumont, TX to begin preparing design plans for an expansion to the Vidor High School Cafeteria. The Board did not vote to approve a building project to expand the cafeteria. Nor did the School Board agree to go out for contractor bids for any building project. It simply voted to engage an architect to draw up a set of plans for an expansion so that cost estimates for a possible expansion project could be determined.

 

Tue
03
May

OC Seniors to rally next Tuesday

By George Garza

 

Seniors, it’s time again to get your rally for good health in Orange County. For some fortyseven years your Orange County AgriLife Extension office and its Committee on Ageing has been presenting the Orange County Senior Rally  Day event annually. Often times, in the past, the Senior Rally Day has been held in Orange, but this year its moving closer to Vidor and the seniors of west Orange County by being held in the Grand Ballroom of the Orange County Convention and Expo Center on F.M. 1442 near the closed landfill.        

 

Tue
03
May

Go vote this Saturday

By George Garza

 

The citizens of Vidor and Pine Forest who are registered voters have an opportunity to have a say in how their cities work this week. On Saturday, May 7th, both the City of Vidor and the City of  Pine Forest will hold city elections to decide who will lead both cities into the future. Now the right to vote is arguably the most important right granted to all U.S. citizens over  the age of 18. It is a right that defines our state and nation as a democracy. But it is a right that we sometimes take for granted.      

 

Tue
03
May

Vidor boy electrocuted by utility pole guy wire

By George Garza

 

A nine-year old Vidor child survived a what could have been a tragic situation when he came in contact with a broken electric utility  pole guy wire that was charged with electricity last week. According to Assistant Fire  Chief Robert Smith, the child was resuscitated by a bystander after he was knocked unconscious by  the electrocution.    

 

Tue
03
May

Is flooding a problem for your house or neighborhood?

By George Garza

 

Emergency Management Coordinator, Sergeant Aleta Cappen of the Vidor Police Department, is asking for the public’s help in updating the Orange County and  Regional Miti The City of Vidor gation Action Plan (MAP). According to Sgt. Cappen, the city has been able to successfully secure  funding for flood mitigation projects such as the Schoolhouse Ditch Improvement Project, based on information submitted to the federal government in the current  Mitigation Action Plan. She says the more private citizens who participate in a simple survey, the more it helps to cover the concerns  important to the citizens and the better the plan becomes.  

 

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.

 

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