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Thu
03
Sep

New state laws touch many aspects of life

They only work for six months out of every twenty-four and it seems like they never get to the items we hope that they would address, but in actuality our Texas Legislature does a lot of stuff each biennium. This year the 84th Texas Legislature convened in January and adjourned on the first day of June. During that time the two houses of the Texas Legislature considered and acted upon some 1,204 pieces of legislation and resolutions many of which have already become or will become state laws.
 
Tue
01
Sep

Hungry for funding, many seek piece of HOT tax pie

By Randall Luker

Hoping to bring overnight visitors to Vidor and promote our town, a myriad of groups will pitch their ideas to Vidor City Council this Thursday hoping to secure funding from the city’s HOT tax fund. The Hotel Occupancy Tax is imposed on the rental of a room or space in a hotel costing $15 or more each day. In Vidor, the hotel occupancy tax rate is about 7 percent of the cost of a room according to Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst. Locally, Vidor City Council has adopted some guidelines used in awarding the funds available in addition to the state-mandated uses.

Tue
01
Sep

Commissioners approve Pine Forest constable patrols

By George Garza

Pine Forest is one more step closer towards getting traffic radar monitoring the speeds of drivers on the “Cutoff”, once again. After a brief presentation by Orange County Precinct #4 Constable Weldon Peveto, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court agreed in principal, at least, that the Vidor Constable’s office could enter into an agreement with the City of Pine Forest to provide deputy constables to patrol the streets of that city.

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Tue
01
Sep

Pay raises for elected officers proposed

By George Garza

After nearly seven years of having their salaries frozen, elected officials of Orange County might see an increase in their paychecks next year if there is any money left in the Orange County proposed 2015-1016 budget following upcoming budget hearings. After a long Commissioners’ Court workshop on the county’s elected officials’ salaries, the Court met in a regular meeting where Precinct #3 Commissioner John Banken made a motion to restore most of the county’s elected official’s salaries to the point where they would be on the much maligned “Elected Official Pay Matrix” if previous Commissioners’ Courts had not frozen their pay increases for the past six and a half years.

Thu
27
Aug

School taxes set, school budget adopted

Despite public notices being published in previous issues of The Vidorian Shopper and  The Vidor Vidorian that their school tax rate would likely climb a bit this year, no Vidor taxpayer chose to speak at a public hearing on the VidorI.S.D. proposed budget and tax rate held on Monday night. While both Sheila Schoen, V.I.S.D. Director of Business Services and David Croak, Assistant Superintendent of  Human Resources and Budget Manager spoke ably during the public hearing about revenues and expenditures in the school district’s $44,034,165 proposed budget, neither one explained clearly that a $0.00379 per $100 increase in the proposed 2015 school tax rate is due to the cyclical increases in the amount of bonded indebtedness that the school district goes  hrough from time to time.  

Thu
27
Aug

Babin visits Orange County veterans

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin held a “Veterans’ Town Hall Meeting” this week in Orange County. The Congressman who represents Texas’ 36th Congressional District including Orange County and most of east Texas spent several hours with military veterans mostly from Orange County on Tuesday night in Orange. “As a former guardsman and Air Force officer and the father of a decorated Navy SEAL, I am fully committed to serving our nation’s veterans. That means reaching out to makesure we are meeting the needs and listening to  the veterans in our community,” said the Congressman.  

Tue
25
Aug

Library Staff Honored

Lynn Hartfield and Colette Turner from the Vidor Public Library were recognized at Monday evening’s Board of Trustees meeting. The library went the extra mile to help parents get their online registrations done this year. Not available for photo was Megan Mack Ridlespurge, also an employee of the library.  

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Tue
25
Aug

Council faces varied agenda

Vidor City Council faces a varied agenda Thursday with items such as enacting an ordinance that will fine people for knocking on the wrong door, deny vehicle registration and sic bill collectors on municipal court scofflaws and establish an employee benefit trust for city employees to save the city money on employee insurance costs. Following the recommendations of insurance consultants, the City of Vidor will consider establishing an Employee Benefits Trust.

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Tue
25
Aug

First day, First Grade

By George Garza

The weather was fine, and the roads were clear as the sun rose on Monday morning, the first day of school for Vidor I.S.D. students. And although the sun continued to shine, the roads of Vidor, especially those roads around its schools, became clogged with traffic as parents escorted their young children to school for the first time of the 2015-2016 school year. But despite a hectic morning, by 7:50 a.m. the hallways were quiet and students in classrooms could be heard reciting their “Pledge of Allegiance”.

Thu
20
Aug

County allows outdoor burning

George Garza
The scattered showers we have experienced since last week have accumulated another benefit besides watering our lawns and plants. The recent rains have also broken the minidrought we’ve been suffering  and reduced the wildfire danger in our area. On Wednesday evening, Orange County  Judge Pro-tem David Dubose signed an order lifting the countywide  burn ban imposed on all unincorporated areas of the county on August 10th. 

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