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Thu
28
Sep

Child driver injured in crash after short pursuit

By George Garza

 

A ten-year-old boy was seriously injured in a vehicle crash in south Vidor on Wednesday morning. First responders attending the crash scene determined that the child was actually at the wheel of the pickup truck that crashed.

 

According to a Vidor Police Department news release, on Wednesday morning at approximately 7:40 a.m., Vidor Police Department dispatchers began receiving telephone calls from drivers reporting that a Dodge pickup truck was being driven recklessly on North Main Street. One of the callers was able follow the errant vehicle while maintaining contact with the police dispatcher. That driver was able to provide police with a continuing location for the reckless driver.

 

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Thu
28
Sep

New water pumps arrive

By George Garza

 

A massive cleanup of the salvageable parts of the Rose City Water Plant is nearly complete and new water pumps and parts for the fresh water purification system are arriving on-site.

 

Running water to the homes of the city might be possible as early as the middle of next week in the City of Rose City. “Of course, it won’t be drinkable water, but you can use it for cleaning, washing and flushing your toilets,” said Bonnie Stephenson, the Mayor of Rose City on Wednesday.

 

 

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Thu
28
Sep

Be alert for storm fraud and scams

With federal money starting to arrive in our area from FEMA and the Small Business Administration, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has been contacted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concerning the possibility of fraudulent scammers that might be arriving in Orange County to fleece citizens out of there recent awards and loans.

 

The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security told Sheriff Keith Merritt that it is indeed “unfortunate” that such a criminal element seems to follow the federal money and take advantage of citizens, especially elder citizens, to scam them out of their FEMA award or SBC Loan money.

 

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Tue
26
Sep

Third hospital district petition submitted

By George Garza

 

The third attempt to submit a valid petition call for an election to create a hospital district in Orange County was received by Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton last week. Judge Carlton said on Tuesday that the wording of and enough signatures on the petition have been verified as valid to compel the Commissioners’

 

Court to call for a special public hearing to set a date for calling that special election. Regular readers should remember that at the end of February of this year, an Orange businessman Ross Smith, presented a petition containing 226 signatures to Judge Carlton calling for an election to allow the voters of Orange County decide if an Orange County Hospital District should be created.

 

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Tue
26
Sep

Returning evacuees get tent complex

By George Garza

 

Hurricane Harvey storm evacuees from Orange County who were taken to evacuation shelters hundreds of miles from home, at the height of the floods, began returning home on Monday. Or at least some of them did. Awaiting them in Orange,

TX was a huge air-conditioned tent with sleeping and living quarters, shower, restrooms and medical facilities.

 

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Tue
26
Sep

Babin takes questions from storm victims

By George Garza

 

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) who represents the citizens of Vidor in our U.S. Congress visited Orange County on Friday night to host one of four Disaster Recovery Town Hall Meetings that he is holding in four locations in his district.

 

Friday night’s town hall was held in Orange at the VFW Post 2775 on North Sixteenth Street in that city. With Congressman Babin were representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) the American Red Cross and other governmental and non-governmental agencies and groups.

 

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Thu
21
Sep

We need running water

Rose City Seniors need muck-out help

By George Garza

Residents of the City of Rose City has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey’s flood of 2017. After more than fifteen feet of Neches River flood inundation forced the people out of their homes following the storms of Hurricane Harvey it took more than a week for flood waters to recede before residents could return to find their homes and possessions destroyed.

Since last week on Thursday, when Old Highway 90 West was finally open to the public, many of the two-hundred plus families and residents of the community have been starting the process of recovery.

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Thu
21
Sep

Beaumont man busted for meth

Special to the Vidorian

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office announced on Tuesday that they have arrested thirty-nine year-old Christopher Cartlidge of Beaumont for felony possession of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Vidor for an improper turn.

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Thu
21
Sep

State comptroller reports July sales gains across entire county

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar offered some good news to Orange Countians cleaning up and drying out after Hurricane Harvey. Retail sales were up in all seven Orange County municipalities and its unincorporated areas. Those same municipalities divvied up $1.182 in sales tax collected locally in July and returned to the municipality where it was collected and to Orange County last week.

Statewide, Hegar sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $668.3 million in local sales tax allocations for September, 6.2 percent more than in September 2016.

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Thu
21
Sep

City of Vidor in recovery mode

By Randall Luker

Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath is very visible in Vidor as the flood ravaged remnants of people’s lives and homes line most streets, but signs of recovery are everywhere from normally quiet neighborhoods to bustling downtown streets as residents return and begin the long process of recovery.

Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst likened the recovery process to a marathon, rather than a sprint, with specific steps to be taken over a period of time rather than a short burst of activity.

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