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Thu
06
Aug

Local veterinarian marks 40th year helping animals

Forty years of paws, fur, barks and purrs are being celebrated in Vidor today as a local veterinarian is being recognized by her staff for her long career caring for beloved pets. Dena Rose McGowan graduated from the famed Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine some forty years ago this week. Since then the doctor has seen and cared for literally  thousands of dogs and cats and a few gerbils mice and hamsters as well.
Thu
06
Aug

Orange County joins in search for new hospital

By George Garza
While Orange County fully supports efforts by local organizations to encourage the Veterans’ Administration to consider acquiring the Baptist Orange Hospital facility as a new inpatient treatment facility for U.S. Military Veterans in our area, the County is also interested in seeing a new hospital for civilians open in the County. On Monday, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted to spend $14,280 to join a coalition of Orange County cities and organizations, including Vidor and Orange, in hiring a consulting group with the purpose of conducting a feasibility study on the possibility of building and funding a new inpatient hospital in Orange County. The consulting group is known as New Light Health Care and is based in Austin, Texas.
Tue
04
Aug

Vidor motorcyclist dies in Newton County crash

The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that a Vidor man died last Friday evening while he was operating his motorcycle in Newton County near Call, TX. Thirty-seven year-old Henry McIntyre, III of Vidor died at the scene of the crash on F.M. 1004. According to Texas DPS Trooper Stephanie Davis, the accident occurred on Farm to Market Road 1004 near its intersection with County Road 3098 at about 8:30 p.m. on July 31st. Davis reports that investigators believe that Mr. McIntyre was riding his motorcycle westbound on F.M. 1004. The troopers investigating the accident said that as Mr. McIntyre was negotiating a curve on the road he lost control of his motorcycle and was ejected from the vehicle in the resulting crash. The investigators told Trooper Davis that Mr.

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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