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12
Apr

Annual Rabies vaccination drive moves

by George Garza
 
Vidor’s annual Rabies vaccination drive sponsored by McGowan Veterinary Hospital and Jordan Veterinary Clinic will be happening about two weeks earlier this year. The annual event that provides reduced rate Rabies vaccination for dogs and cats normally happens in the middle of May. This year, because of conflicts in the schedules of the veterinarians involved, the event will be scheduled for Saturday morning, April 30th from 8:00 a.m.

 

Thu
07
Apr

Entergy’s “snapshot” means lower electric bills

By George Garza

The methodology for calculating electric bills in Texas has reduced your electric bill even though the cost of the fuel to make that electricity is going up. In fact, the rate used to calculate the “FUEL CHARGE” on your Entergy Texas electric bill will remain in effect throughout the rest of the coming hot summer months, through August at least, regardless of how much the price of fuel goes up. According to Debi Derrick, Entergy Texas spokesperson, “Lower costs in February for the fuel Entergy Texas, Inc. uses to make electricity will translate into lower bills for customers this spring and summer.”

 

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Thu
07
Apr

City presents Pride and Progress to the School Board

By George Garza

The Mayor of the City of Vidor Robert Viator, Jr., and Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst made a presentation of the City’s “Pride and Progress” to the Board of Trustees of the Vidor I.S.D. last week. During the regular March meeting of the School Board, Mayor Viator started the presentation with a preview of a new television commercial designed to attract potential new homeowners to come to Vidor to build.

 

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Thu
07
Apr

South Main Schoolhouse Ditch project to begin next week

Greeted with equal measures of anticipation and dread, replacing the culverts on South Main at Schoolhouse Ditch is expected to get underway in earnest next week as message boards warning of the impending one-lane change and traffic lights are installed to regulate traffic. The actual change to one-lane traffic is expected Wednesday, April 20 with the entire project expected to wrap by August 16.

 

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Thu
07
Apr

Police report jump in ATM skimming

By George Garza

The Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas issued a “Scam Alert” on Tuesday warning bank card owners to look before you stick your card in an ATM machine, especially ones in convenience stores and gas stations. According to the BBB, police are reporting that there has been an increase recently in a crime of fraud known as “ATM Skimming”. You need cash, so you stop at a gas station with an ATM. You head to the back of the shop and insert your card into the machine. You may not notice anything strange, but scammers have attached a skimmer to the ATM’s card reader.

 

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Thu
07
Apr

Elite Redfish Classic comes to Orange

By George Garza

The 2016 Elite Redfish Series Classic Kick Off Event presented by Stark Cultural Venues and hosted by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will be happening in Orange this coming weekend. The three-day event will have anglers who qualified during the 2015 tournament season competing for three days starting on Friday, April 8 and ending on Sunday, April 10. Pro redfish anglers will be launching each day at 7:00 a.m. from the City of Orange Boat Ramp on the Sabine River. They will be returning to the Boat Ramp at 3:30 p.m. for a 4:00 p.m. weigh-in each day.

 

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Wed
06
Apr

Pedestrian struck, killed on freeway

A Vidor man lost his life on Sunday night when he attempted to walk across lanes of traffic on I-10 in Vidor on Sunday night. Sixty-year-old Barry Gene Briggs of Vidor died when he tried to cross the westbound freeway lanes and was hit by a truck around 10:00 p.m.

 

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Wed
06
Apr

March state sales tax revenue totaled $2.2 billion

AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue in March totaled $2.17 billion, up 2.1 percent compared to March 2015. “The modest growth in sales tax collections for March was in line with expectations and comes after five consecutive months of declining sales tax revenues,” Hegar said. “Stronger growth in receipts from the retail trade, restaurant and construction sectors was offset by continued weakness in net collections from oil and gas-related sectors.” 

 

Wed
06
Apr

Local economies faring better than state average

by Randall Luker
 
The economic fallout from low oil prices has not hit the Orange County economy quite as hard as some other parts of the state, based on March sales tax allocations sent to local cities and the county. Orange County’s seven municipalities divvied up more than $2.4 million in sales tax allocations, up 2.11 percent compared to March 2015. Orange County received another $1.3 million in March, up .26 percent increase over the same period last year.

 

Wed
06
Apr

Vidor School Board to study classroom additions

by George Garza
 
During their regularly scheduled March School Meeting last week, the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees voted to authorize the Superintendent of Schools to negotiate a contract with the firm of Architects, Inc. to draw up preliminary plans for a new classroom wing for each of the three Elementary School Campuses. “We are exploring the possibility of replacing some of our temporary metal buildings at our three elementary campuses,” Dr. Jay Killgo, Superintendent, told the Board on Monday night. “The first step in that process is to select an architect.”

 

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