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Wed
24
Dec

Twenty-eight years of public service is not easy to pack away

by George Garza
 
There were empty boxes on the floor and others half filled on a table and some chairs in the office. Some of the bookshelves in the office were already vacant while others still held awards and memorabilia from a lifetime of helping others. “There’s a lot of packing to do and I’ve been at it off and on for days,” said Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux as he sat at his desk for an interview before his retirement from public office.“You should see my conference room next door,” said the Judge its full of boxes ready to be moved.”

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Wed
24
Dec

Bounty hunters rob homeowners surreptitiously

by George Garza
 
It was like one of those elaborate schemes you might see on television shows like “Repo Man” or “Operation Repo” or “Airplane Repo”. Three people apparently conned their way into a Vidor home and then stole the homeowners’ car while distracting them. According to a Vidor Police Department report, the ruse and theft started early on Friday morning with a knock on the homeowner’s door at about 6:00 a.m. The homeowner who lives in far west Vidor, opened a door to find a man dressed mostly in black and wearing a black “Tactical” vest. The man told the homeowner that he was a bounty hunter in pursuit of a wanted person and that he had reason to believe the person he was seeking was in the homeowner’s back yard. He told the homeowner that he had rung his bell to ask for permission to enter the homeowners’ back yard.
Thu
18
Dec

Beaumont Police are seeking witnesses

by George Garza
 
Beaumont Police Department Sergeant Rob Flores of the department’s Police Community Relations Division reported on Wednesday that the preliminary autopsy report in the death of thirty-nine year-old Tammy Carraway of Vidor indicates that the cause of her death appears to be blunt force trauma to her head. When question about whether the pathologist had indicated if he had determined how Carraway suffered the trauma, Sergeant Flores said, “I only have information that cause of death was blunt force trauma.”

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Thu
18
Dec

Checking Santa’s Beard

Thu
18
Dec

Pine Forest votes to borrow a code enforcement officer

by George Garza
 
After months of writing and rewriting an interlocal agreement with the City of Rose City and after having that agreement pass the inspection of three lawyers, the City of Pine Forest now has an agreement in place to share the services of the Rose City Code enforcement officer. For a number of years the City of Pine Forest has tried to find way to enforce the city’s code of ordinances in a way that wouldn’t break the city’s miniscule budget.

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Wed
17
Dec

Orange County civic and political leader passes away

An Orange County business and civic leader passed away last Friday. Pannal Lynwood Sanders, of Orange died on Friday, at Harbor Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. He was 83 years old.
 
Wed
17
Dec

Deputy Marshal of Rose City resigns

by George Garza
 
Rose City Deputy Marshal Raleigh Dow has taken a full time position at the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office in Corsicana, Texas. According to Rose City Mayor Bonnie Stevenson, Marshal Dow, or “Pete” as he is known at City Hall, turned in his resignation in November and his last day as Deputy Marshal was November 26th.
 
Wed
17
Dec

Price of Progress

Motorists traveling on Main Street are having to keep an eye out for more than holiday shoppers as work crews tackle the replacement of sewer lines under the street as part of Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1’s sewer rehabilitation project.
 
Wed
17
Dec

“Thank You, Vidor!”

A Vidor Police Department civilian employee and two Vidor Police Explorers from Vidor High School help load Operation Blue Santa toy donations into a recipient family’s vehicle on Saturday.

by George Garza
 
Tears were shed, and sighs were uttered and smiles were aplenty as the parents and guardians of Vidor children of need picked up a box of Christmas gifts especially selected for their child or children. On Saturday, Operation Blue Santa/Toys for Tots held its Christmas gift distribution for families who had registered for help from Blue Santa.
 
Wed
17
Dec

Electricity and Christmas could spell danger for those who are uninformed

by George Garza

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