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Thu
27
Aug

School taxes set, school budget adopted

Despite public notices being published in previous issues of The Vidorian Shopper and  The Vidor Vidorian that their school tax rate would likely climb a bit this year, no Vidor taxpayer chose to speak at a public hearing on the VidorI.S.D. proposed budget and tax rate held on Monday night. While both Sheila Schoen, V.I.S.D. Director of Business Services and David Croak, Assistant Superintendent of  Human Resources and Budget Manager spoke ably during the public hearing about revenues and expenditures in the school district’s $44,034,165 proposed budget, neither one explained clearly that a $0.00379 per $100 increase in the proposed 2015 school tax rate is due to the cyclical increases in the amount of bonded indebtedness that the school district goes  hrough from time to time.  

Thu
27
Aug

Babin visits Orange County veterans

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin held a “Veterans’ Town Hall Meeting” this week in Orange County. The Congressman who represents Texas’ 36th Congressional District including Orange County and most of east Texas spent several hours with military veterans mostly from Orange County on Tuesday night in Orange. “As a former guardsman and Air Force officer and the father of a decorated Navy SEAL, I am fully committed to serving our nation’s veterans. That means reaching out to makesure we are meeting the needs and listening to  the veterans in our community,” said the Congressman.  

Tue
25
Aug

Library Staff Honored

Lynn Hartfield and Colette Turner from the Vidor Public Library were recognized at Monday evening’s Board of Trustees meeting. The library went the extra mile to help parents get their online registrations done this year. Not available for photo was Megan Mack Ridlespurge, also an employee of the library.  

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Tue
25
Aug

Council faces varied agenda

Vidor City Council faces a varied agenda Thursday with items such as enacting an ordinance that will fine people for knocking on the wrong door, deny vehicle registration and sic bill collectors on municipal court scofflaws and establish an employee benefit trust for city employees to save the city money on employee insurance costs. Following the recommendations of insurance consultants, the City of Vidor will consider establishing an Employee Benefits Trust.

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Tue
25
Aug

First day, First Grade

By George Garza

The weather was fine, and the roads were clear as the sun rose on Monday morning, the first day of school for Vidor I.S.D. students. And although the sun continued to shine, the roads of Vidor, especially those roads around its schools, became clogged with traffic as parents escorted their young children to school for the first time of the 2015-2016 school year. But despite a hectic morning, by 7:50 a.m. the hallways were quiet and students in classrooms could be heard reciting their “Pledge of Allegiance”.

Thu
20
Aug

County allows outdoor burning

George Garza
The scattered showers we have experienced since last week have accumulated another benefit besides watering our lawns and plants. The recent rains have also broken the minidrought we’ve been suffering  and reduced the wildfire danger in our area. On Wednesday evening, Orange County  Judge Pro-tem David Dubose signed an order lifting the countywide  burn ban imposed on all unincorporated areas of the county on August 10th. 

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Thu
20
Aug

PF council votes to explore Constable patrols

George Garza
With deadlines approaching for finalizing city’s budget, the Pine Forest City Council voted this week to further explore the possibility of entering into an agreement with the Orange County Precinct #4 Constable Office to provide deputy constables  in marked constable vehicles to offer at least twenty hours a month of law enforcement patrols in the City in exchange for a three hundred  dollar a month remuneration which goes to pay for the costs of gasoline and insurance for the deputy constable owned  vehicles. Orange County Precinct #4 Constable Weldon Peveto spoke before the gathered Pine  Forest City Council on Tuesday night and offered a written proposal for the Constable  Office to offer law enforcement patrols to the city.
Thu
20
Aug

Lightning knocks radio station off air

George Garza
Tue
18
Aug

Vidor ISD’s Career and Technology adds 3D printer to educational arsenal

Although 3D printing was created as early as the 1970s, it wasn’t until much later that 3D printers became compact enough for use in schools and offices. Thanks to a Career and Technology grant and library money,  a 3D printer has made its way to Vidor and has joined the multitude of amazing educational tools in Vidor Independent School District. The printer, housed in the Makerspace lab in the Vidor High School  library, is based on extrusion deposition. The item being produced comes from a thermoplastic filament which is on a spool.  The filament is placed in the printer, heated to 356 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celcuis) in a nozzle head, and is extruded in tiny beads of material which harden to form layers.
Tue
18
Aug

Boys’ Haven resident drowns

By George Garza
At a weekend outing that turned tragic near Vidor, a teenage boy in the care of the Boys’ Haven Beaumont  esidential facility drowned  at Boomtown, U.S.A. in Rose City on Sunday afternoon. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson, the fourteen year-old youth apparently was swimming with companions in water that was deeper than his height when he began having difficulties at around 2:50 p.m. Divers of the Beaumont Fire Department Search and  Rescue dive team recovered the body of Joshua Murray of Beaumont in ten feet of water ome two hours later.

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