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Tue
28
Jul

Slow Down on Highway 12

By George Garza

Thu
23
Jul

Man dies in McLewis shooting

George Garza
An Orange County man who was shot in the leg by another man on Thursday morning has succumbed to his injury and died in a Beaumont hospital. The shooting, that took place at a residence in the McLewis neighborhood south of the Orange County Appraisal District Office, is still being investigated by the criminal  investigations division of the Orange County Sheriff’s office. According to Orange County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson,  Orange County Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call on Wednesday morning about 6:10 a.m. that a man had been shot  at a residence in the 5200 block of Avenue A, in Orange County.

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Thu
23
Jul

Gina VanDevender appointed as Trustee

George Garza
With very little fanfare or pomp the Board of Trustees voted to name Physician Assistant Gina VanDevender to fill the empty Trustee, Position 4 seat on the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees. The remaining members of the school board took the action right at the  beginning of the regularly scheduled July School Board meeting without any discussion or consultation amongst board  members. Trustee Michael Helms offered Ms. VanDevender’s name in nomination  and no other board member made any additional nominations. The vote of the Board  was unanimous. Trustee VanDevender will  fill the unexpired term of  Trustee Mike Kilmer who resigned from the School  Board last week due to an employment transfer to Saudi Arabia.

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Thu
23
Jul

Resurfacing of VHS Tennis Courts to begin soon

A jewel of the Vidor Schools is the Vidor High School Tennis Courts. The eight-court complex adjacent to the Lady Pirate Softball Stadium is perhaps one of the best high school competition tennis playing areas  in all of southeast Texas. This week the Board of Trustees of the Vidor Independent School District  voted to spend a budgeted $27,960 to resurface all of  the courts.

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Tue
21
Jul

WatCounty adopts TXDOT scofflaw enforcement

George Garza
The Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted to adopt the Texas Transportation Code Scofflaw Program provisions enabling the County Tax Assessor/Collector to  refuse to renew vehicle registration on any vehicle whose owner owes outstanding Justice  of the Peace Court fines or fees. “The Texas Department of  Transportation Scofflaw Program has been around for a  long time, but we just haven’t been able to implement it until  recently,” said Orange County Tax Assessor Collector  Lynda Gunstream. “Basically, according to the Texas Transportation  Code the County Tax Assessor is allowed to refuse  to issue a vehicle registration to anyone with outstanding court fines or fees.”

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Tue
21
Jul

Water customers to receive another “trihalomethane” letter

George Garza
Sometime this week customers of the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 will  receive another letter in the mail from the water district indicating that thelevels of a chemical compound called  “Trihalomethanes” contained in the water exceed the amount allowed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  Water District manager Norman Blackman reports that since the Texas Commission on Environmental  Quality uses averages of the organic compound calculated over twelve months, the spike in the rise of Trihalomethanes  measured in February is still affecting the yearly average which prompts the TCEQ to require  another letter of warning for the second quarter of 2015.

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Tue
21
Jul

“Beat the Heat” box fans available from United Christian Care Center

George Garza
The United Christian Care Center of Vidor received a donation of thirty new box fans for select clients last week.  “Entergy Texas sent over a pallet full of new fans, last Thursday as part of their annual “Beat the Heat” donation program,” said UCCC volunteer  Gayle Nagai. “We are so grateful to them for including those in need in  the Vidor area as part of their generous donation program.”

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Tue
21
Jul

Reward offered for most wanted sex offender from Polk County

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Michael Dwayne Cox,  46, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up  to $3,000 is now being offered for information  leading to his capture. Cox, who is a violent sex offender, is wanted for failure to register as a  sex offender. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.  Cox has ties to Houston, and the Polk County (Onalaska and Livingston)  and San Jacinto County (Point Blank) areas. In 1994, Cox was  convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child after an incident in Dallas  County involving a 9-year-old girl. He subsequently  was sentenced to 10 years in prison. For more information or  updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted  bulletin at: http://dps. texas.gov/Texas10Most- Wanted/SexOffenderDetails.  aspx?id=293.

Thu
16
Jul

County’s retail sales continue to climb

Orange County and six of its seven municipalities continue to reap the benefits of consumer spending within their borders as sales tax revenues continue to climb. Only Pinehurst saw less revenue
compared to last year.
 
 
Thu
16
Jul

Rail car cleaner to get 10-year tax abatement

The Orange County Commissioners’  Court has voted to grant a tax abatement to LaPoint Energy Partners, Inc. as an incentive for building a new $44 million rail facility in West Orange. The Court

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