News

Wed
28
Nov

Rocky the K-9 gets a protective vest

Courtesy photo/Danielle Mansfield

Vidor Police Officer Rocky the K-9 proudly poses for the camera in front of his specially equipped police patrol car wearing his donated body armor vest, especially designed to protect four-legged law enforcement officers from both bullets and sharp blades.

Trained police dogs represent a very valuable tool for law enforcement throughout this county. The Vidor Police Department is lucky to have Rocky the K-9 as a highly motivated, well trained and people tolerant four-legged member of the police force. One of the amazing abilities of a police dog is its ability to search for and find hidden stashes of illicit drugs and narcotics such as methamphetamine, cocaine, crack and marijuana among others.

Another amazing ability that most police dogs have is their ability to intimidate criminal suspects and would-be resisters by displaying their aggressiveness. And that display is not just for show. When circumstances dictate, Rocky can also handle a human “takedown”, exactly as he has been trained to do. Rocky does this by grabbing the perpetrator’s arm with his sharp teeth and never lets go until he is instructed to release.

Thu
22
Nov

Homeowner Assistance Program applications available Wednesday

More than $200 million in grant funding is available for homeowners in Orange, Hardin and Jefferson counties still needing help repairing or repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has announced the locations of regional Homeowner Assistance Program offices in advance of the application release dates. Applications will be taken in Orange County beginning Wednesday, November 28 at the Convention and Expo Center on FM 1442.

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) allocated $1.098 billion of $2.7 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBGDR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for rehabilitation and reconstruction of thousands of owneroccupied single-family homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

 

Thu
22
Nov

County reviews home buyout plan

Vidorian file photo

About 200 Orange County homeowners with flood-damaged homes attended this initial Orange County meeting to find out about programs to buyout or elevate their homes. About 100 of these folks submitted applications. Only 42 of those homeowners made it through the second cut.

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court recently had an opportunity to review the tentative FEMA Home Buyout and Elevation Plan that will be submitted to the State of Texas for the first of many required approvals. Phil Hampsten of Hampsten Consulting out of Austin, Texas, presented the Buyout/Elevation Program to the Court.

Last July, Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator, Joel Ardoin, held an information workshop for any citizen who might consider applying for FEMA grant funds to either buy out or elevate their Hurricane Harvey flood damaged home. At that meeting homeowners were advised by Mr. Hampsten about what it takes to become qualified for FEMA buy out. He focused on a document known in FEMA circles as the Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) that is required for most buyouts and home elevations. Hampsten said that the benefit cost analysis must show FEMA that avoided future losses is greater than the project cost.

 

Thu
22
Nov

Mayor to get county support on city resolution

Vidor’s Mayor Robert Viator recently asked the Orange County Commissioners’ Court to get on-board with his city and support a City of Vidor resolution asking the Texas GLO to change its rules.

Two weeks ago, Vidor Mayor Robert Viator, Jr. approached the Orange County Commissioner’s Court seeking their support of a City of Vidor resolution that requests that the Texas General Land Office remove their requirement that governmental entities, that are being considered as possible recipients of federal HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds, must select to receive either buyout funding or acquisition funding, but not both.

Mayor Viator spoke to the Court during their Citizen’s Comments section of their agenda and he used that forum to ask the members of the Court to put his request on a future Court agenda offering the official backing of the county for the city’s resolution.

 

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Wed
21
Nov

VISD forms “District of Innovation” committee School Board wants more residents to serve on committee

Dr. Jay Killgo, V.I.S.D. Schools Superintendent, has a big task. The Superintendent must find a dozen or more volunteers to serve on a special committee by Friday of this week. Can you help him?

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George Garza

Last week the Board of Trustees of the Vidor Independent School District held a public meeting about the possibility of the Vidor I.S.D. becoming a “District of Innovation”. Superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo presented to the public present at the school board meeting an overview of Texas House Bill 1842, the legislation that enables the Texas Education Code rules that authorizes the Districts of Innovation Regulations.

The District of Innovation concept, passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, gives traditional independent school districts many of the flexibilities available to Texas’ open-enrollment charter schools.

 

 

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Wed
21
Nov

Give thanks, but remember others during holiday season

“Blue Santa” wants YOU to help the Vidor Police Officers to remember to pick up a new toy for a Vidor area child between the ages of newborn to age 13 for their Operation Blue Santa

Toys for Tots

Christmas Toy Collection Drive this week.

It seems like the Thanksgiving Holiday has rushed up on us suddenly. Wasn’t it just last week that we were worried about having a supply of candy for Trick or Treaters? Of course, some of you, who are more organized, perhaps, are rushing to prepare for turkey day visits to family and friends. Thanksgiving is a time of family and togetherness as well as football and feasting. So take some time to enjoy your family tomorrow before the shopping madness begins.

The day after tomorrow is Black Friday, a day of massive sales, unbridled purchasing and, some say, retail madness.

 

 

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Wed
21
Nov

Law enforcement: Travel safely this holiday

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period from Wednesday through Sunday of Thanksgiving week is traditionally one of the busiest highway travel periods of the year in the U.S. That’s even truer for Texas highways because Texans think nothing of traveling five or six hours one-way just to get to grandma’s house to eat her turkey and dressing.

However it’s not just sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce that prompts us to hit the road for Thanksgiving, it’s really about being with your loved ones and giving thanks, together, for all the blessings you have received.

If you want to make sure that the people you love arrive at your table safely, urge them not to drive impaired by alcohol or drugs this Thanksgiving holiday.

 

 

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Thu
15
Nov

Vidor High School student wants to make a difference

Reese Bonin

Reese Bonin wants to make a difference in the world. “Basically, until I came to Vidor High School, I was a nobody. But I’ve had amazing teachers here who have helped shaped me into the person I am today. By the people you meet, you become who you are. There are those here who are such good teachers, so skilled, and so moral, and they have been a great inspiration to me. I hope to become a teacher one day so that I can affect a life like they have affected mine.”

Bonin, a junior who is currently ranked tenth in his class at Vidor High School, was nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders last summer in Boston, Massachusetts. He’s not sure who nominated him, but it’s safe to say that whoever did was impressed with this young man and his drive to learn.

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Thu
15
Nov

Pine Forest increases gaming machine fees

The City of Pine Forest City Council voted to increase the fees for all gaming machines in their city. The Council also voted a hefty increase in the fines that must be paid for licensing violations on gaming machines. And the Pine Forest Council voted on new distance requirements for game room parlors to be separated from each other and from other public facilities.

Within the boundaries of the City of Pine Forest there are several game rooms that offer so called “eight-liner” electronic gaming machines for their customers that can operate legally in the Texas as long as they limit their pay-outs to gift certificates for which winners can redeem for items whose value does not exceed five dollars and they each have a state license.

Thu
15
Nov

Sixteen Vidor families look for homes

There is no visible fire damage to the exterior of Building #2 of the American Village Apartments on South Denver Street that can be seen from the ground. The visible fire damage is all on the roof. However every apartment in the building suffered extensive water damage from firefighter hoses as those firefighters fought the roof blaze for two hours on Tuesday night.

A roof fire in Unit #2 of the American Village Apartments on South Denver Street has forced all sixteen families residing in the building to seek other shelter.

According to Orange County Emergency Services District Fire Chief, Robert Smith, fire department units responded to a call about a smell of smoke in the area at about 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday evening. Firefighters had to search for the source of the smoke smell when they arrived since there were no flames or smoke immediately visible coming from the burning building.

“There’s two separate roofs, almost like a cross basin between and the fire was traveling through there, burning up those structural members. So from the west end of the building, all the way down to the east end we had to cut holes in the roof to access the fire,” said Chief Smith. “This building has its original roof and a second metal roof on top of the original with about one foot of space between them.”

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