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Fri
16
Jan

Escapades Beauties Nominated

Pirates Escapades beauty and talent show will be held on Saturday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the VHS auditorium.

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Fri
16
Jan

9-1-1 switching center to be installed in mid-Orange County

by George Garza

The building has a massively thick roof mounted on steel girders that are designed to withstand the forces of 200 mph plus storm winds. Its walls are built of thick concrete that have only a very few windows and it has double doors that can be covered by steel shutters in an emergency. The building sits on land that is high enough to stay dry in a hurricane storm surge. The facility has its own water supply and two massive electrical generators that can supply power if Entergy Texas is interrupted. In short it’s the perfect place to locate a three-county 9-1-1 switching center.

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Wed
14
Jan

Vidor family of seven loses home to fire

by George Garza

A Vidor family came home on Friday to find that their house had been destroyed in a fire. According to a fire report from the Orange County Emergency Services District #1, a house fire was reported in the 2100 block of Wharton in South Vidor on Friday at about 12:26 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming through the roof at the rear of the brick and wood frame structure. After determining that no one was in the burning building, firemen spent about an hour battling the blaze and dousing the flames.

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Wed
14
Jan

Vidor Commissioners take oath of office

by George Garza

Unlike his first campaign for Precinct #4 County Commissioner, Jody Crump found smooth sailing in his bid for a second term representing Vidor and western Orange County in the Commissioners’ Court in Orange. Jody Crump faced no opponents in either his party’s primary election or the November 2014 General Election. Two other County Commissioners represent parts of Vidor. Precinct #3 Commissioner John Banken represents all of Vidor south of the Union Pacific Rail line.

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Wed
14
Jan

Major road, drainage improvement projects to get underway

Two major infrastructure projects are slated to get underway this month in Vidor with both street and drainage improvements slated if the weather cooperates. The Schoolhouse Ditch drainage project will begin with the replacement of undersized culverts and crossings and the street project will see the complete rehabilitation of a portion of Old Highway 90 inside the city limits with more planned for this summer, says Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst. “The first Old Hwy 90 project should start sometime this month,” Kunst remarked.

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Fri
09
Jan

Truck fire closes highway

by George Garza
 
An intense fire consumed a tractortrailer cargo box along F.M. 105 near the Pine Forest Elementary School on Wednesday evening. The highway was closed to through traffic for all of the evening and into the early morning hours. According to Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Fire Chief Bryant Champagne the fire started in a wheel of the trailer and spread to the box and the cargo.

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Fri
09
Jan

House fire chases couple from home

A north Vidor couple was able to flee from their burning home without injury on Saturday morning. Their four dogs and their cat were also able to safely escape the blaze. According to Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Fire Chief Bryant Champagne, firefighters arrived at the couple’s doublewide manufactured home in the 5600 block of Tyler Street in North Vidor to find flames coming from the roof of the building in the rear.

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Fri
09
Jan

Vidor cop tracks down Orange crime scene

by George Garza
 
Good, old fashioned, police investigative persistence leads a Vidor Police detective to a shooting crime scene in Orange early on Tuesday morning. According to Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows, the search for the elusive crime scene began on Monday night around 10:00 p.m. when the Vidor Police Department received a call from a Beaumont hospital nursing supervisor that the hospital had admitted a victim of a gunshot wound into their emergency room. The hospital supervisor told the Vidor Police Dispatcher that the victim was claiming to have been shot by unknown persons at a Vidor convenience store.

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Wed
07
Jan

Carlton swears-in as Orange County Judge

by George Garza

The weather was threatening and cold and yet the largest courtroom at the Orange County Courthouse was filled to standing room only as the Orange County Republican Party sponsored swearing-in ceremonies for their candidates who won terms of office in Orange County government in the November General Election.

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Wed
07
Jan

Robertson is appointed as County Clerk

by George Garza

It was the first Orange County Commissioners’ Court meeting of 2015 and the first where two new members of the Court, County Judge Brint Carlton and Precinct #2 Commissioner Barry Burton, were seated. And it was also a meeting where members of the Court were not in complete agreement on everything.

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