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Tue
10
Oct

The water is running again in Rose City

The City of Rose City has clean, but not drinkable, water running through its system and has invited residents to turn on their home water systems at the meter.

According to Rose City Water Plant Operator Janice Ratcliff, “We have succeeded! If you wish to turn your meter on, you may do so. Remember, we are still under a “Boil Water Notice”.

“Water leaks on your side of the meter are your responsibility. If you see leaks at the meter or anywhere on our lines, please call us with (the) address (of the leak). Please call Jan Ratcliff at 409-782-3927 or Angela Beenen at 409-550-1699.

 

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Thu
05
Oct

Vidor FEMA center moves to Expo Center

By George Garza

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Recovery Center that has been operating out of the former Vidor Municipal Courtroom in the Vidor Police Station on East Railroad Street has moved its operations to the Orange County Convention and Expo Center at 11475 F.M. 1442 just south of I-10 in the middle of Orange County.

Thu
05
Oct

Bicyclist dies after being struck on dark road

By George Garza

The Vidor Police Department said that a senior citizen riding his bicycle on South Main Street Tuesday night was struck and later died at the scene of the collision.

Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll has identified the bicyclist as sixty-five year-old Wesley Ray Hampshire of Kountze. Chief Carroll said that investigators learned that Mr. Hampshire, who is from Kountze, had recently been living with relatives in Vidor.

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Thu
05
Oct

December 19th is date for hospital district election

After certifying a petition presented by Orange businessman Ross Smith with fortynine more signatures than the 100 needed to force the county to hold an election, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court set Tuesday, December 19th as Election Day to hold a county wide referendum to create an “Orange County Hospital District”. 

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Thu
05
Oct

Rose City pressurizes water system

Please don’t open your water meter valve, yet!

By George Garza

The Rose City Water Plant is very near to being able providing running water to its customers. In fact, there is a possibility that customers could receive notice to open their water meter valve within the next five days, if not sooner. It could take another two to four days after the water starts running again before it is certified as safe for human consumption, but customers can boil the non-potable water in order to make it safe for drinking in the meantime.

Last Friday, The Vidor Vidorian reported that running water might be available to customers of the Rose City Water System by the middle of this week. Unfortunately, that deadline was missed because a number the system’s water customers had opened their water meter valves before the water plant operators had completed pressurizing the distribution system, checking for leaks and had flushed out all of the water lines.

Tue
03
Oct

New calendar makes up six lost school days

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

After missing fifteen days of public school instruction due to Hurricane Harvey, Vidor’s school children still must make up six days of school to meet the state’s required minimum number of instructional minutes per year. To do that without going to school on Saturday’s or adding another week and a half in June, the Vidor I.S.D. principals and staff decided to forgo five scheduled staff development days for full days of instruction instead.

 

Tue
03
Oct

Vidor man dies in front of deputies

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

Orange County Publishing has learned that a nineteen-year-old Vidor man has taken his own life when Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies located him on F.M. 1135 on Tuesday.

 

Paul Adams, age 19, of Vidor was declared dead by self-inflicted gunshot by Orange County Precinct#2 Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn during an inquest conducted after his death.

 

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Tue
03
Oct

VE PTO needs help with festival

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

Wendy Matthews, the President of the Vidor Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) needs a lot of help and she’s not afraid to beg or borrow.

 

“We’ve decided to put on a FREE Carnival this year instead of our usual fund-raising fall carnival,” said Ms. Matthews. “And we need all kinds of help.”

 

Ms. Matthews goes on to explain, “The Vidor Elementary School is housing about half of the flooded damaged Oak Forest Elementary School right now due to Hurricane Harvey. Right now our lovely campus is housing around 1,000 students in our classrooms every day.

 

The majority of these new students have been displaced from their flooded homes and familiar habitats. The Vidor elementary PTO has decided that we want to offer a worry-free fun day to all of our students and their families on Halloween day. So we checked with Principal Leger and decided to put on a FREE carnival that day.”

Tue
03
Oct

County/Sheriff’s Employee Association reach agreement

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Employees Association has come to an agreement on a revised union contract extension of their 2009 collective bargaining agreement that will be in effect for the next two years.

 

The latest negotiation between the county and the Association took place on September 16, 2017 when offers and counter offers were tendered and Association representatives said they would take the latest offer back to their rank and file for the Association to consider and vote. Since that time word has come to the Orange County Commissioners Court that a majority of the members of the Association voted to agree to the latest offer and that majority voted yes on a revised contract extension.

 

 

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Tue
03
Oct

Free meals for VISD students to continue

By Sally Andrews Coordinator of Community Relations

 

Students in Vidor ISD will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch until October 31, according to Child Nutrition Director Mary Ellen Vivrette. 

 

Vivrette had orginally requested free meals through September, then asked the state for an extension.

 

The US Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture opted to provide the meals for students, regardless of socio-economic conditions or even whether or not they were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Every single student in Vidor ISD may take advantage of this opportunity.

 

 

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