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Wed
07
Jan

New Year’s shooting is fatal for celebrant

by George Garza

A Vidor man was fatally shot when he attempted to make entry into a stranger’s home early on New Year’s morning. Thirty-eight year-old William Bloomer of Vidor was shot to death shortly after 3:00 a.m. when a homeowner believed that Bloomer was an intruder trying to get in his home.

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Fri
02
Jan

Hill Country beckons to emergency manager

by George Garza

For years and years Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Kelley has vacationed with his family in the Texas Hill Country. “We’ve been wanting to move to the Hill County for over twenty years,” said Kelley. “While my boys were growing up we explored nearly every square inch of Texas. But the Hill Country of Texas, like Johnson City and particularly Perdernales Falls, became a place we gravitated towards most often.

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Fri
02
Jan

Owen Burton is a man of few words

by George Garza

Orange County Precinct #2 Commissioner Owen Burton is a big man who is known for his large presence, his white western hat and the pressed blue jeans and western boots. For twelve years, Mr. Burton has proudly served the people of Mauriceville, the people of Commissioner Precinct #2 and everyone in Orange County. Burton is retiring from the Commissioner’s Court bench. His last day as County Commissioner was Wednesday. On Monday of this week, friends, family, workers and associates gathered in the Commissioners’ Courtroom to see him govern during his last meeting of the Court. However, a glitch in the way the public meeting of the Court forced cancellation of the official meeting. But that didn’t prevent those friends from honoring his service to the community.

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Fri
02
Jan

Possible stormy start to new year

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is warning of possible severe weather developing over the weekend with even a slight chance of a tornado Saturday. According to the NWS, following a cool New Year’s Day, with morning lows ranging from near freezing in east Texas and central Louisiana to around 40 along the I-10 corridor, rain could develop in the afternoon, and highs will range from 45 to 55 F.

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Fri
02
Jan

Construction, elections and losses marked ’14

by George Garza

Tue
30
Dec

Famous Visitor

Tue
30
Dec

Naturalist to visit Vidor to share photo secrets

by George Garza
 
Renowned naturalist and respected nature photographer Ruth Hoyt will make a stop in Vidor next week to share photography tips with Vidorians young and old. The Orange County AgriLife Extension Office is sponsoring Ms. Hoyt’s presentation to the newly organized Picture Perfect 4-H Club of Vidor at the Raymond Gould Community Center on Claiborne Street in Vidor on Monday, January 5th at 5:00 p.m.

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Tue
30
Dec

F. M. 299 loses potential 2014 tax increment funds

by George Garza
 
It was all because of a technicality. The much discussed Vidor Loop or F.M. 299 project lost the potential of as much as $550,000 in increment tax financing due to a technicality in the way a scheduled public meeting of the Orange County Commissioners’ Court was posted. The Commissioners’ Court had planned to meet for their last meeting of the calendar year 2014 on Monday of this week. On their proposed agenda was an item that would have allowed the Court to consider creating as many as three Transportation Reinvestment Zones (TRZ’s) in western Orange County that would have been the first step in financing construction of the F.M. 299 project.

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Fri
26
Dec

Karen Jo Vance retires as Orange County Clerk

By George Garza
 
In a surprise move, long time Orange County Clerk Karen Jo Vance has decided to forgo taking office for sixth term and will retire from her elected office as of December 28th.
 
Fri
26
Dec

City sees seven percent increase in sales tax revenue for ’14

Local shoppers boosted Vidor’s sales tax allocation more than seven percent higher than 2013 with December’s allocation up by more than 25 percent compared to December 2013.
 

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