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Thu
19
Feb

Perfect Sunday weather brought many outdoors to enjoy

On a short trip over to Orangefield Sunday I noted a number of people working in their yards. The bright sunshine and slightly warmer weather likely brought them out. I’ve been told that the true signal of spring, the “putting out” of hickory and pecan trees, has not occurred. For added emphasis, I noted that it had thundered three times in February and this was sure to bring frost or a cold snap in April.

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Wed
18
Feb

Former Vidor councilman files

Wed
18
Feb

Mock Trial Team Takes Third

Sally Andrews

On February 7th the Vidor High School CTE - Mock Trial Team competed in the 36th Annual Jefferson County High School Mock Trial Competition. The team took third place.

 

Wed
18
Feb

Mayor proclaims February Career & Technology Month

Mayor Ken Crawford Presenting CTE Director Penny Singleton with Proclamation Document

Sally Andrews

Wed
18
Feb

County commissioners endorse unfunded mandates reso

Precinct #2 Orange County Commissioner Barry Burton, from Mauriceville, (second from left) recently attended County Commissioners School in Austin where he learned the hard truth about unfunded mandates from the state’s legislature.

By George Garza

By George Garza
 
Wed
18
Feb

Police get out of their cars on patrol

By George Garza
 
Thu
12
Feb

$2.4M award in OC Jail death

by George Garza

A jury, hearing a wrongful death lawsuit in a federal courthouse in Beaumont, has found against Orange County and Orange County employees and awarded the family of Robert Montano $2,421,650 in damages in the civil rights case. The jury made their award on Wednesday of this week. Orange County Precinct #4 Commissioner Jody Crump said that he has no information about the multi-million dollar award or the case other than a confirmation from County Stephen Brint Carlton that the jury found for the plaintiffs.

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Thu
12
Feb

Late night bridge lane closures slated, weather permitting

Late night shift workers and others coming home to Vidor from Jefferson County may encounter backed up traffic and delays on eastbound Interstate 10 at the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge in Beaumont next week. According to Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Sarah Dupre, eastbound traffic using the bridge crossing the Neches river from Beaumont into Orange County will be squeezed into a single lane on Sunday, February 15th through Thursday, February 19th from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.

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Thu
12
Feb

Errant driver leads to major cocaine bust

Vidor and Orange. Those frequent lane changes eventually led to a traffic stop that yielded a hidden cache of twenty-one pounds of cocaine. According to Orange County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested twenty-three yearold Brandon Paul Pay of Jacksonville, Florida for first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance on February 5, 2015.

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Thu
12
Feb

Latest sales tax allocation show slight uptick for county

Shoppers apparently were watching their expenses during the Christmas season judging from the latest sales tax allocation figures provided by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. Municipalities in Orange County averaged just a 1.34 percent increase over last February’s figures. Typically, the February sales tax allocation is the largest of the year for municipalities as the sales tax figures represent December sales reported by monthly tax filers as well as October, November and December sales by businesses that report tax quarterly.

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