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Wed
06
Apr

March state sales tax revenue totaled $2.2 billion

AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue in March totaled $2.17 billion, up 2.1 percent compared to March 2015. “The modest growth in sales tax collections for March was in line with expectations and comes after five consecutive months of declining sales tax revenues,” Hegar said. “Stronger growth in receipts from the retail trade, restaurant and construction sectors was offset by continued weakness in net collections from oil and gas-related sectors.” 

 

Wed
06
Apr

Local economies faring better than state average

by Randall Luker
 
The economic fallout from low oil prices has not hit the Orange County economy quite as hard as some other parts of the state, based on March sales tax allocations sent to local cities and the county. Orange County’s seven municipalities divvied up more than $2.4 million in sales tax allocations, up 2.11 percent compared to March 2015. Orange County received another $1.3 million in March, up .26 percent increase over the same period last year.

 

Wed
06
Apr

Vidor School Board to study classroom additions

by George Garza
 
During their regularly scheduled March School Meeting last week, the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees voted to authorize the Superintendent of Schools to negotiate a contract with the firm of Architects, Inc. to draw up preliminary plans for a new classroom wing for each of the three Elementary School Campuses. “We are exploring the possibility of replacing some of our temporary metal buildings at our three elementary campuses,” Dr. Jay Killgo, Superintendent, told the Board on Monday night. “The first step in that process is to select an architect.”

 

Thu
31
Mar

Red Cross help open until Saturday

The American Red Cross and local partners will continue this week to aid those impacted by recent storms and floods. A new Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) will be located at the Newton County PCP 4 Senior Citizen Center beginning on Wednesday in the Deweyville area and a new MARC will open in Kirbyville on Thursday. MARC locations and times of operation are listed below.     

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Thu
31
Mar

River residents not out of the woods yet

By George Garza

Although the Neches River has nearly receded back to its banks in northwest Vidor and many roads in riverside neighborhoods are now passable, there are a few places where residents still need a boat to access their homes. “Steinhagen Lake is currently dropping 20,000 cubic feet per second of water discharge out of Dam B and that’s what is causing some flooding conditions to continue in northwest Vidor,” said Orange County Precinct #4 County Commissioner Jody Crump on Wednesday.       

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Thu
31
Mar

Sheriff’s spokesperson resigns under a cloud of investigation

By George Garza

A name familiar to many readers of The Vidorian newspapers will likely disappear from these pages in the future. Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Detective Chad Hogan resigned from the Sheriff’s Office on March 10th after serving seven years as the face and the voice of the department. According to Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt, Detective Hogan, who is the Public Information Officer for the Sheriff’s Office, turned in his letter of resignation to the Sheriff when he learned that he was under a federal investigation.      

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Thu
31
Mar

VHS Cafeteria expansion could be in the works soon

By George Garza

The Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees voted to authorize the district’s Superintendent to select an architect to draw up plans for an expansion of the Vidor High School Cafeteria and negotiate a contract with that architectural firm to present to the Board for further consideration last Monday night. This action by the board does not commit the school district to any construction or building project nor does it commit any funds to pay for designing an expansion.    

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Tue
29
Mar

South Vidor pursuit puts fugitive in the hospital

By George Garza
 
A police pursuit on Monday evening in south Vidor sent a Winnie man to the hospital. According to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson, Trooper Stephanie Davis, a Highway Patrol state trooper was attempting to conduct a traffic stop for speeding on Concord Road just south of I-10 at about 5:20 pm when the driver involved decided not to stop and sped off in his vehicle.
 
 
 
Tue
29
Mar

Your heart deserves your full attention

Every day, your heart beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body. Although it’s no bigger than your fist, your heart has the mighty job of keeping blood flowing through the 60,000 miles of blood vessels that feed your organs and tissues. Any damage to the heart or its valves can reduce that pumping power, forcing the heart to work harder just to keep up with the body’s demand for blood.
 
 
 
Tue
29
Mar

New attraction at Pirate Pride Park

Amy Allen watches as her two children, Adelyn and Archer, test the newly installed merry-go-round at Pirate Pride Park. From the smiles on their faces, it appears the merry-go-round is ready for all to enjoy. Pirate Pride Park is located next to the Vidor Public Library at 440 East Bolivar, and is open to the public daily from 5 am- 10 pm. The library is open Monday- Friday from 8 am- 5 pm.”
 
 

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