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Tue
14
Apr

Roy files appeal in murder conviction of Lexy Bertrand

by George Garza

Orange attorney Christine R. Brown-Zeto has filed an appeal of Kelvin Lee Roy’s murder conviction in the Court of Appeals for the 9th Judicial District of Texas. In her appeal of the May 2014 murder conviction in the 163rd District Court in Orange, Ms. Brown-Zeto contends that the evidence was insufficient to support the conviction and that the trial court erred in not including in the jury charge the requested charge of manslaughter.

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Tue
14
Apr

New A.I.M. Center is closer to reality

by George Garza

The Board of Trustees of the Vidor Independent School District met in a workshop session to discuss plans for a new Vidor A.I.M. Center High School building last Thursday night. In the non-voting workshop session, a representative of the architectural firm Mark Magnuson and Associates presented his floor plan of a new 10,000 square foot building. The Board of Trustee is considering whether to spend money out of District’s fund balance to build the new building. If they choose to do so, the building would be constructed on property the school district owns just east of the Vidor High School front entrance and fronting on Orange Street.

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Tue
14
Apr

Council approves hydrants, address changes

by Randall Luker

Vidor City Council approved two public safety issues the second time around during their regular meeting Thursday. Council members agreed to provide funds to buy three fire hydrants which will be placed in the most advantageous location as determined by the Orange County ESD #2. Council members specified the hydrants must be located in the city or within 1,000 feet of the city limits to provide additional fire protection for residents.

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Thu
09
Apr

Weekend trip to the farm was fun and relaxing as usual

couple of weeks ago I made my first visit to our East Texas farm in many months. I didn’t know what to expect, but things were pretty much as can be expected for an aging house empty for a good part of the time. The early spring rural landscape compensates for anything negative. I was making the trip up to Anderson County riding with my son Randall. We picked up his two girls and the “grandparent” weekend began. At the farm, Randall is the cook. He enjoys making new dishes as well as the old standbys. My habit of eating cereal and a breakfast bar in the morning is broken as he made biscuits, your choice of  eggs, bacon, fruit, etc. After making that meal, he walkedaway and it was clean-up time.  

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Thu
09
Apr

Temporary asphalt patches

Temporary asphalt patches in the roadway of North Main Street like these will soon be eliminated when the OCWC&ID#1 completes their Main Street sewer line rehab by repaving sections of the road. Repaving will mean lane closures. The work should begin in the next few weeks.  

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Thu
09
Apr

Parents wanted to love and care for abused kids

April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month and that means, for the most part, programs, ceremonies, advertising and public service announcements alerting the public to watch for signs of abuse in their community. Another aspect of child abuse in our community is the dire need for foster and adoptive families in Orange County.

 

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Thu
09
Apr

Fire causes damage to home in N. Vidor

OCESD#1 Firefighters were able to contain the flames of a house fire to three rooms of a residence on North Main on Thursday morning, but fire damage to that end of the home was heavy. According to Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Fire Chief Bryant Champagne, fireman got a call from the homeowner at about 8:00 a.m. that her house was on fire in the 5100 block of North Main Street near Pug Road.

 

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Tue
07
Apr

Sheriff warns of telephone scam

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt says that a crook is calling county residents attempting to trick them out of their hard earned money. “I have had several citizens call me asking who this employee of mine was and why he would call them asking for money,” said Sheriff Merritt on Monday. “And I told them that he is not an employee and it is obviously a scam that is going around.”

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Tue
07
Apr

Candles lit for lost children

Hundreds of people from all parts of Orange County gathered on the Orange County Courthouse lawn on Monday night to remember and pray for the one hundred and fifty-one Texas children who lost their lives to child abuse in 2014. The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and members of C.A.S.A (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and employees of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services-Child Protective Services along with other well wishers took time on this first week of April to light candles and remember those helpless children who paid the ultimate cost for child abuse last year.

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Tue
07
Apr

Phelan says House budgets for Southeast Texas schools

Even though they only meet for about six months every two years, the Texas Legislature has to craft a budget for the state that is to be the state’s financial framework over those two years until they meet again. The Texas Legislature is now in session and both the Texas Senate and the Texas House have been working on budget bills in their separate houses. According to Texas District 21 State Representative Dade Phelan, after a marathon eighteen hour debate over some three hundred and fiftyfour amendments submitted in Budget Bill, the Texas House passed its 2016-2017 Texas budget of $210 billion last Wednesday morning following an all night session.

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