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Tue
01
Dec

November sales tax allocations give cities big boost

Vidor and Orange , Orange County’s two largest cities, and Orange County itself all experienced hefty double digit increases in sales tax allocations in November while Orange County’s five smaller towns, Bridge City, Pine Forest, Pinehurst, Rose City and West Orange did not break out of the single digits with Pinehurst seemingly stuck in negative territory for most of this year.  

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Tue
01
Dec

Vidor I.S.D. refinances school bond for savings of $1.2 mil

By George Garza

The Vidor I.S.D. has recently realized a reduction in its bonded indebtedness of some $1,280,000. In October of this year Lewis Wilkes of Capital Financial Advisors presented to the Board of Trustees an option to refinance some of the School District’s outstanding tax bonds at a lower interest rate. 

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Tue
01
Dec

New squirrel spinners should reduce power outages

By George Garza

The Gray Squirrel is a common visitor to our yards here in southeast Texas. Its agility and skittishness has given it a second name, the cat squirrel. The gray is a tremendous climber and has the unusual ability to climb down a tree trunk headfirst. It does this by turning its feet so that the claws of its hind paws are backwards pointing, thereby being able to grip the climbing surface. 

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Tue
01
Dec

Blue Santa Toy cache is low, almost empty

By George Garza

Operation Blue Santa volunteers at the Vidor Police Department are sweating bullets today as they look at their stock of donated toys and Christmas gifts for Vidor’s children in need. 

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Wed
25
Nov

Grant may provide body cameras for police department

By Randall Luker
 
A federal grant may provide additional body cameras for up to 18 Vidor police officers. It is a growing trend across America for officers dealing with the public to wear body cameras that record their interactions with the public.
 
Wed
25
Nov

End the Streak

By George Garza
 
It sounds like an insurmountable peak to be climbed, a dream that can never be attained. And yet, the idea of an entire day passing, from midnight to midnight, with not one single person dying on any Texas roadway is certainly worth examining and working towards.
 
Wed
25
Nov

Nearly 200 families celebrated Thanksgiving with the help of generous Vidor area residents

By George Garza
 
Tue
24
Nov

Council eyes redevelopment zones in city

By Randall Luker
 
Let’s build something together. That’s the message Vidor City Council is trying to send with its new programs aimed at encouraging residential growth. Over the past few months council members have discussed methods to encourage new residential construction and has begun implementation of those ideas.
 
Tue
24
Nov

Volunteers practice what they preach

By George Garza
 
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and we are making plans for feasting, family and football, there are many generous people who are also planning to make a difference in the lives of other people. A number of Vidor area churches and organizations are preparing to help those in need in our community by providing food, clothing and special Thanksgiving meal baskets.
 
Tue
24
Nov

Black Friday is a time to remember others

By George Garza
 
Thanksgiving 2015 has finally arrived and most of us are rushing to prepare for visits with family and friends. The time of feasting, football, family and togetherness will be here tomorrow and most of us will be celebrating and giving thanks. But then comes Black Friday, a day of massive sales, unbridled purchasing and, some say, retail madness.
 

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