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Tue
20
Mar

Don’t assume the FEMA DRC will stay open

By George Garza

 

Our readers should be reminded that the Federal Emergency Management Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Orange County Convention and Expo Building on F.M. 1442 won’t be open forever.

 

Although it is pure speculation to estimate when FEMA might decide to close our only DRC remaining in Orange County, it has been noted that the number of citizens walking in daily to utilize the services of the DRC at the Expo Center have been dwindling as of late.

 

Some of our readers might remember that the FEMA DRC located at the Vidor Police Department suddenly closed at the end of February because of dwindling walk-in traffic.

 

 

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Tue
20
Mar

MitigaTraffic violation results in meth bust

By George Garza

 

Orange County Sheriff’s Office detectives caught a suspected drug user during a routine traffic stop in Vidor on Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, Rhonda Kay Guidry was arrested for possession of controlled substance penalty group #1 and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, penalty group #3.

 

Sheriff Merritt’s office spokesperson Detective Janois Strause Grizzaffi said in a news release that on Wednesday March 14th, 2018 at approximately 3:32 p.m., investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division were working their assigned duties within the City of Vidor when they spotted a Nissan passenger car traveling south on North Main Street near the intersection with Old Highway 90.

 

 

Thu
15
Mar

City offers free use of rolloff for residents until March 24

By Randall Luker

 

Vidor residents can dispose of trash and debris free of charge at the city’s rolloff dumpster site at 155 Watts St. behind the Vidor Police Department on Thursday, March 22 and Saturday, March 17 and 24 from 7a.m. until 3 p.m. The facility is closed from noon until 12:30 p.m.

 

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Thu
15
Mar

Ribbon cutting opens new Walmart Supercenter

By Randall Luker

 

Vidor Chamber of Commerce and Walmart representatives joined local officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony early Wednesday to officially open the Vidor Walmart Supercenter. The new store, located at 1360 North Main, replaces a smaller, preexisting store adjacent to the new Supercenter and provides expanded services and offerings to the community.

The new store offers on-site services such as a pharmacy drive-thru and a broad assortment of fresh groceries and general merchandise as well as a deli section and bakery offering freshly baked bread, personalized cakes, single-serve items and more.

 

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Thu
15
Mar

Last transaction symbolizes years of service

By George Garza

 

There was a lot of nostalgia, some tears, but mostly excitement for the future as the old Vidor Wal- Mart store closed its doors for the last time on

Tuesday afternoon. The Vidorian Newspapers were given a very rare opportunity to bring their press camera inside of a domain that is strictly off limits to the news media when we were invited to photograph the “Last Transaction” ceremony at register #1 inside the front of the old Vidor Wal-Mart store.

 

“There will be no press statements or official comments” said an assistant store manager. “We will pass on your questions to Corporate if you have them.”

 

 

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Tue
13
Mar

Voters turn down incumbents

Before the final vote was scanned by the vote counting machine in Orange, it became obvious to poll watchers that Orange County voters were rejecting some elected officials that currently sit on the Orange County Commissioners’ Court in favor of new nominees for the GOP ballot next fall. As the early vote tally was announced, it became obvious that, with about sixty percent of the votes counted, County Judge Brint Carlton and Precinct #4 Commissioner Jody Crump were lagging behind while Precinct #2 Commissioner Barry Burton was battling for every vote being counted. By the end of the night, the truth was revealed when Orange County voters rejected nomination of their current Commissioners’ Court members whose terms end this year and nominated, instead, newcomers to county government.

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Tue
13
Mar

Crooks beats Carlton

When Dean Crooks drove into the Orange County Elections Administration building parking lot on Primary Election night, he was all smiles. The Republican candidate for nomination to be
on November’s General Election ballot as the party’s candidate for Orange County Judge shook supporter’s hands and fielded cell phone calls as he waited for the final vote announcement. And when the tally sheet was handed out, he immediately grabbed his phone to give out the good news to friends and supporters. He had beaten incumbent Orange County Judge Brint Carlton for a spot on November’s ballot.

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Tue
13
Mar

Viator wins

Mayor Robert Viator looked ready and able to continue his job as Mayor of Vidor on the day following his election to the Orange County Commissioners’ Courtas Precinct # 4 County Commissioner. Despite the late night victory celebration Viator was sharply dressed and alert and smiling as he attended a business celebration as part of his duty as Mayor of Vidor. But despite the fact he was there to help cut a ribbon, Viator was constantly congratulated and gladhanded as he spoke to various citizens and supporters in the store crowd.

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Tue
13
Mar

Beauchamp “squeaks” by Burton

Friends and supporters overwhelmed Theresa Adams Beauchamp after her slim victory to win the Orange County Republican Party nomination for Precinct #2 County Commissioner on Tuesday night. Ms. Beauchamp said that her friends kept her busywith congratulations into the early morning hours on Wednesday.

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Tue
13
Mar

Local grocer offers on-line shopping

By George Garza

Brookshire Brothers grocery store is now offering its customers a shop on-line service that they are calling “Brookshire Brothers Anywhere” in its Vidor Store. As of last week you can go on-line with an interactive application to shop at the store and set up your grocery list and then come to the store and pick up your purchases curbside after someone else has gathered your shopping list together, and all for a reasonable fee of just $4.99. The Vidor Brookshire Brothers store is only the second of its 120 stores to offer the convenient curbside pickup service.

And to celebrate the inauguration of the new service, the Brookshire Brothers brass staged an elaborate kick-off party complete with brass band, cheerleaders, speeches and free refreshments in the Vidor store last Wednesday.

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