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Tue
29
May

FEMA DRC at Expo Center is closed

George Garza
The Vidorian

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been operating a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center for many months, offering disaster victims help with filing claims and getting information about disaster assistance.

Last week during the Orange County Commissioner’s Court meeting, County Judge Dean Crooks announced that he had just received a letter from the State of Texas Emergency Management concerning the DRC at the Expo Center and its imminent closure.

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Tue
29
May

Pine Forest drainage plan gives storm water new route to river

Some might call it “far-fetched”, while others believe that any idea to move excess storm water away from residential neighborhoods in western Orange County is a good idea. The City of Pine Forest proposed flood control project would essentially provide for up to an additional 324 acres of floodwater detention ponds and a new route for excess storm waters to enter the Neches River.

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Thu
24
May

Apply Thursday for HUD home rehab funds

By George Garza

 

The federal Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD) offers Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance (HRA) Program funds to local governments through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to provide assistance to certain homeowners whose houses have been damaged in a disaster. Texas has received some of these funds and is in the process of awarding the funds to local governments like Orange County for distribution to qualified recipients.

 

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Thu
24
May

Escamilla recounts WW II experiences

By Randall Luker

 

Joe Escamilla, Sr. was just 18 years old when he embarked on a life changing experience that changed the world and is still shaping history today.

 

Escamilla joined the Army at age 18 on October 4, 1944, but says he wanted to sign up earlier.

 

“I wanted to go earlier, but they wouldn’t let me.”

 

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Thu
24
May

Ceremony set for Vidor Veteran’s Memorial Monday

By Randall Luker

 

Beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, a brief ceremony to honor and remember service members that gave the ultimate sacrifice will be held at the Vidor Lion’s Veteran’s Park Fields of Freedom.

 

Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst will host the ceremony and provide opening remarks, followed with a musical tribute by Scott Desormeaux.

 

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Thu
24
May

Tropical disturbance moves into the Gulf

National Hurricane Center weather forecasters are now reporting that a tropical disturbance that is approaching the southern Gulf of Mexico has a high probability of developing into a tropical depression by this weekend. Hurricane Center forecasters in Miami, Florida are predicting that this disturbance has an 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression once it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula and moves into the southern Gulf of Mexico.

 

One Hurricane Center meteorologist, Dennis Feltgen indicated that if the low-pressure system does develop into a tropical storm, it would become the first tropical depression of the 2018 Atlantic Ocean Tropical Storm Season and would be named “Alberto”.

 

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Tue
22
May

Two killed in frontage road crash

A good Samaritan who had stopped to offer a tow for a disabled vehicle and a child who was a passenger in that disabled vehicle were both killed when a third vehicle slammed into the rear of the broke down car.

 

On Monday afternoon at approximately 3:45 p.m., Highway Patrol Troopers with Texas Department of Public Safety were summoned to the scene of a multiple vehicle crash on the eastbound I-10 service road near F.M. 1135, east of Vidor.

 

 

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Tue
22
May

Seminoles show Vidor Pride

By Randall Luker

 

For some, wearing your feelings on your sleeve has negative connotations, meaning someone is overly sensitive, but for the Golden Triangle Seminoles football team, it is a matter of pride, and a way of saying ‘Thank You’. Golden Triangle Seminoles owner Wilford Scypion, Jr. said the Vidor community had been so supportive of the team, when new uniforms were ordered, the team wanted to show their appreciation for the community’s support and had the City of Vidor logo imprinted on the sleeve of the jersey.

 

 

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Tue
22
May

Iowa kids gift Vidor with food

By George Garza

 

Early one morning last week, an eighteenwheeled truck pulled into the rear parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Vidor and a middle school principal climbed down out of the truck’s passenger door. Nathan Lane is the Principal of Mount Pleasant, Middle School in Iowa and he was delivering a huge gift from his 400- plus middle school students of a truck filled with 146,000 non-perishable meals for the people of Vidor and Southeast Texas and he delivered those meals to the United Christian Care Center of Vidor.

 

 

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Tue
22
May

Pine Forest Council takes oaths

The City of Pine Forest recently renewed the Oaths of Office for Place 1 Councilperson Katie Fox (left), Place 4 Councilperson Mike Lea (center) and Place 3 Councilperson Kevin Singleton (right). All three councilpersons ran unopposed for their respective seats and were declared winners by a proclamation of the Pine Forest City Council prior to that city council election being cancelled.

 

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