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Tue
04
Aug

Generosity fills the bus

By George Garza

The morning broke with promise on Saturday. The humidity was lower than usual and there was the barest hint of breeze coming in from the north. As the day went on, people of Vidor had their breakfast and started on weekend chores. A group of about forty students, teachers and volunteers gathered around two buses parked at the end of the Vidor Walmart parking lot as the temperature began  to climb.

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Thu
30
Jul

Feds agree on Neches flooding damage

By George Garza
 
After first denying that Orange County suffered the minimal reimbursable damages for public infrastructure and public expenses related to Neches River Flooding that has been going on since March, the Federal Emergency Management Agency revised their opinion and have agreed that Orange County is eligible for some reimbursements. According to Ryan Peabody, Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator, the County received word from the Texas Department of Emergency Management last week that the County’s revised estimate of public damage met the minimum dollar requirement that FEMA requires for reimbursement of government funds spent on the disaster.

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Thu
30
Jul

Animal Camp

Students in Vidor ISD Community Education’s Amazing Animals camp spent Monday morning learning about how animals communicate with each other. Texas Parks and Wildlife staff visited and presented several activities for the children.

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Thu
30
Jul

Congressman Babin - “Stop funding Planned Parenthood”

Orange County’s U.S. Representative, Brian Babin spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington last week to express his outrage over the recent disclosures of Planned Parenthood’s deliberate efforts to harvest tissue from aborted fetuses. Babin called on Congress to immediately pass legislation he has cosponsored, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134), which prohibits taxpayer funds from going to Planned Parenthood while a full investigation is conducted into the organization’s activities.  

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Thu
30
Jul

Three bridges in Rose City to be rebuilt

By George Garza

Attention Gerdau Ameristeel and Jefferson Refining employees. Old Highway 90 between Vidor and your place of work will be closed to through traffic at three locations for up to seven months starting next month. Attention delivery drivers, school bus drivers and postal carriers, that raggedy old road between Vidor and Bairds Bayou running along side the railroad tracks is getting ready to be rebuilt and the first part of that project requires two box culverts and one bridge that cross under Old Highway 90 between Rose City Drive and Westwood St. to be replaced.

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Tue
28
Jul

Gina VanDevender appointed as Trustee

By George Garza

With very little fanfare or pomp the Board of Trustees voted to name Physician Assistant Gina VanDevender to fill the empty Trustee, Position 4 seat on the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees. The remaining members of the school board took the action right.

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Tue
28
Jul

County to drop membership in EDC

By George Garza

In a somewhat surprising turn of events on Monday, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court rejected a motion to continue the County’s membership in the Orange County Economic Development Corporation and then voted in a split vote to end their annual contribution of $68,000 in membership dues to the Corporation. The Orange County Commissioners’ Court follows the action of the previous week of the Orange City Council dropping that city’s membership in the Orange County Economic Development Corporation and withdrawing their $24,917 in membership dues to the EDC.

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Tue
28
Jul

Summer reading program ends with grand finale, fun both kids and volunteers

The Vidor Public Library held the Grand Finale for the Summer Reading Program 2015 “Every Hero Has A Story” on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The children that read 20 or more books enjoyed moonwalks, waterslides and pizza. The Vidor Rotary “Green Bus” passed out books to the children. Interact President Erina Walden drew names for the winners of the four gift baskets given by the library. First place Grand PrizeWinner is Kaileigh Courts, second place winner Karlee Coston, third place winner Alexis Welch, and preschool winner Isabela Aery.

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Tue
28
Jul

Slow Down on Highway 12

By George Garza

Thu
23
Jul

Man dies in McLewis shooting

George Garza
An Orange County man who was shot in the leg by another man on Thursday morning has succumbed to his injury and died in a Beaumont hospital. The shooting, that took place at a residence in the McLewis neighborhood south of the Orange County Appraisal District Office, is still being investigated by the criminal  investigations division of the Orange County Sheriff’s office. According to Orange County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson,  Orange County Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call on Wednesday morning about 6:10 a.m. that a man had been shot  at a residence in the 5200 block of Avenue A, in Orange County.

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