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Thu
24
Sep

Rose City City Council approves pay for members

by George Garza

During their regular September City Council meeting the Rose City City Council voted to begin compensating the Mayor and City Councilmembers for attending council meetings effective in June of 2016. In the motion to begin compensating themselves, the council set rates of $450 per regular meeting for the Mayor, $75 per regular meeting for the Mayor Pro Tem and $50 per regular meeting for all other city council members. The motion specified that the compensation was to be made once a month for regular meetings only and the mayor and city council members would not be compensated for attending any additional special called meetings or workshops in any given month.

 

Thu
24
Sep

Shared Parenting Services encourage cooperation in the child support process

by Ken Paxton

Children deserve the security that comes from knowing both parents love and care for them. Even when parents live apart – as is true for more than 1.6 million children on the child support caseload – it is important that they work together for their children’s benefit.

 

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Tue
22
Sep

Orange County budget talks collapse

By George Garza

After hours and hours of marathon county budget workshops, the Orange County Commissioners Court are on the verge of scrapping much of the work they have done so far and stepping back to nearly square one.

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Tue
22
Sep

World War II hero honored, recognized for service to nation

Vidor’s own veterans’ advocate and tireless supporter of its youth, Robert J. (Tiger) Lyons, was celebrated recently by his family, friends, fellow veterans and a U.S. Congressman. During a gathering held in the Community Center at Raymond Gould County Park in August, the 92 year-old World War II veteran and former Prisoner of War was recognized by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 236 (Tigers & Lyons Chapter) of Vidor and U.S. Representative Dr. Brian Babin (TX-36th) for his service to his nation and his tireless efforts to help veterans, their families and the families of U.S. Servicemen and women still listed as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action.

Tue
22
Sep

Homecoming Flower Girl, Crown Bearer named

By George Garza

The Vidor High School 2015 Homecoming Flower Girl and Crown Bearer have been selected. Homecoming Parade Co- Coordinator Cyndie Campbell announced on Friday that nine-year-old Makynzie Galaviz, a fourth grader at Vidor Elementary, has been selected as the 2015 Homecoming Flower Girl and nine-year-old Rhett Peddy, a fourth grader at Pine Forest Elementaryhas been selected as the 2015 Homecoming Crown Bearer.

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Thu
17
Sep

Governance by “We the People”

by Allan K. DuBois

Celebrate Freedom Week is September 13 through 19, 2015. During this week, Texas public schools are encouraged to focus student attention on the importance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, in their historical contexts. Constitution Day is on September 17. On this day we commemorate the document, signed by 40 patriots almost 228 years ago, that frames our rights and liberties. 

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Thu
17
Sep

Rose City crash stalls I-10 predawn traffic

By George Garza

A three-vehicle crash on westbound I-10 near Rose City in the predawn hours of Wednesday morning closed all westbound freeway lanes and sent an Orange man to the hospital. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis westbound traffic approaching the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge from Vidor was stalled for more than an hour in the middle of the night until first responders could tend to the injured and clean up the mess.

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Thu
17
Sep

Children adopt Sheriff’s Deputies

By George Garza

 There is something new hanging on the walls of the main hallway of the  Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Besides the usual bulletin boards with Deputy shift schedules, training schedules, new laws and regulation information, the hallway is filling up with lovingly crafted hand drawn art and thoughtful verse. “I think it’s an awesome idea,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Captain Tom Ray. “I’m not sure exactly whose idea it was, but it certainly touched all of us getting all of these letters and drawings. Especially in these days when there seems to be such a dissention for law enforcement, to see little kids writing us letters calling us their heroes. That’s why a lot of us got into this profession anyway, to help people. And to see this on the wall here is really heartwarming. We enjoy seeing it here everyday.” 

Thu
17
Sep

Water district lowers tax rate

By George Garza

It’s not often that a taxing entity can adopt a new tax rate that chops the previous year’s tax rate by eight and a half percent. It’s even harder to do when that taxing entity is only allowed to levy property taxes on the taxing entity’s bonded indebtedness. But thanks to an increase in appraisals, some new construction within the district and a successful search for previously untaxed properties, the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 was able to do just that.

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Tue
15
Sep

Police academy announces dates for entrance exam

BEAUMONT – The Regional Police Academy at Lamar Institute of Technology will be testing in October for its next class session. Those interested must take the entrance exam in order to attend the academy.

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