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Tue
23
Jun

Late night eastbound lane closure on bridge

George Garza
Vidorians with business or pleasure in Beaumont tonight and tomorrow night should be aware that the traffic on the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge crossing the Neches River between Beaumont and Rose City will be squeezed down to one lane after 9:00 p.m., weather permitting. According to Texas of Department of Transportation Beaumont District Office spokesperson Sarah Dupre, the I-10 eastbound, outside lane from Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Parkway to the Old Highway 90 exit ramp will be closed tonight through Thursday night, June 22-25, from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. to hang bridge beams.

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Tue
23
Jun

Truck missing from murder scene is found

George Garza
The Vidor Police Department announced on Tuesday that the 2006 Chevrolet double cab pickup truck that was missing from the scene of a brutal double homicide on Timberlane Street in Maplecrest since June 14th has been found. According to the police news release, the Vidor Police Department wishes to thank the public for being vigilant in the search for the pick-up truck missing from the homicide scene in the 300 block of Timberlane. The news release also says that the truck has been recovered and is being processed for evidence that might be present. The three sentence news release ends with the sentence, “This investigation continues to progress.”

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Tue
23
Jun

Pine Forest Council takes oath of office

Members of the City of Pine Forest City Council are sworn in last week during a special city council meeting. City Attorney Rodney Price (left) administers the oath of office to (from left to right) Place 1 Councilperson Brian Elliott, Place 3 Councilperson Jason Dunwoody and Mayor Joey Peno. Dunwoody and Peno were incumbent candidates for office while Mr. Elliott was running for the first time. Since none of the candidates had any opponent, the election was cancelled and the candidates were acclaimed as winners.

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Tue
23
Jun

Vidor Rotarians

Vidor Rotarians are hard at work running the green bus this summer, taking books and food to Vidor children. They are also planning for a  fabulous year ahead. The club meets at Capital One Bank on Mondays at noon. Guests are welcome. Zack Shelton of the 100 Club was the guest speaker at the June 22 Vidor Rotary Club meeting. He talked about the 100 Club and howthey aid the families of fallen police officers and firefighters.

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Thu
18
Jun

Careful inspections can prevent future breakdowns

After a day of fishing in salt water there must be a mandatory wash down. The salt water is one factor  but if it has been a good fishing day there will be the usual splatters of blood, slime, dirt, and fish barf that is baked on the floor  and inner walls of the boat. Without the wash down the boat would soon take on the multicolored hues of a  rab boat. Most of the time I do this task at one of the several car washes betweenSabine Lake and my home in Vidor and this past Monday was no exception.

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Thu
18
Jun

Inmate dies due to asphyxiation injuries

An Orangefield man incarcerated at the Orange County Jail died at a Beaumont hospital from injuries he sustained  while attempting suicide by hanging. An Orange County Sheriff’s Office news  release says that twentyfive year-old Brandon Mayo of Orangefield was pronounced dead at Baptist Beaumont Hospital on Wednesday,  June 17, 2015 at 2:40 p.m. from injuries hesustained the day before shortly after 2:00 p.m.

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Thu
18
Jun

This Lake Charles

This Lake Charles National Weather Service Office graphic depicting a radar summary of the week’s rainfall shows that neighborhoods in Lakeview and the Four Oaks Ranch Road area received more than 10 inches of rain during the Tropical Storm/Depression Bill weather event. The folks south of Buna saw more than 15 inches of rain.

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Thu
18
Jun

Vidor educator honored as tops in six counties

George Garza
Vidor High School Principal Travis Maines has been selected as the Region 5 Education Service Center Secondary Principal of the Year for 2015. Dr. Jay Killgo, Superintendent of Schools of the Vidor Independent School District made  the announcement during the June meeting of the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees.  There are about forty public and charter high schools in the six southeast  Texas counties that comprise Region 5 and each has a principal. Of  those principals only three were nominated for this honor. Dr. Terri  Estes, Principal of the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School nominated Mr. Maines for the honor.

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Thu
18
Jun

H.S. Cafeteria expansion being considered

George Garza
The Vidor High School Cafeteria is jammed packed each school day during the two-scheduled lunch periods. When the weather is bad outside or the outside temperatures are too hot, the Cafeteria sees even more students trying to find a place to  sit. Since the school switched to an eight period day from the old long block schedule back in the fall  of 2010, the amount of time left for lunch was reduced from three lunch periods to  two. Plans at that time to enlarge the Cafeteria were shelved due to costs. The problem still exists and some students  solve it by taking their mid-day meal outside or to other available spaces.

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Thu
18
Jun

The Vidor Public Library

 The Vidor Public Library Summer Reading Program was held June 17, 2015 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Parish Hall. Special guests were Sargent Aleta Cappen with the Vidor Police Department, Fire Chief Brian Champaign and Assistant Fire Chief Robert Smith with Orange County Emergency Services District 1. Sargent Aleta Cappen read “Officer Buckle and Gloria” by Peggy Rathmann and Fire Chief Brian Champaign read “Curious George and the Firefighters” by Margret Rey. Assistant Fire Chief Robert Smith demonstrated how fire fighter’s put on their fire gear. Our next Summer Reading program is June 24, 2015 from 10am to 11am with guest Sean Ardoin from Young Audiences of Southeast Texas. For more information call the library at 409-769-7148.

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