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Tue
17
Mar

Workshop set for local job seekers

Are you looking for a job or want a different one? Would you like free help and advice? The cities of Vidor, Pine Forest and Rose City, in conjunction with the Texas Workforce Commission, have scheduled a workshop to help in your search.
Tue
17
Mar

Babin breakfast meet and greet draws a crowd

Tue
17
Mar

Eleven year-old saves dad’s life

By George Garza
 
Quick thinking and courage under pressure were recognized and honored last Friday when the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission and the Vidor Police Department named 11 year-old Kylie Johnston of Vidor as a 9-1-1 hero.
 
Thu
12
Mar

Vidor schools to receive major technology upgrade

by George Garza

The Vidor Board of Trustees voted on Monday night to spend about $1.6 million on technology infrastructure upgrades this year and next. The Board has been considering the district’s priorities in terms of both technology infrastructures and facility infrastructure since the beginning of the school year and has authorized the administration to compile information about the school district’s need in both areas. Last fall, Dr. Jay Killgo, Superintendent of Schools, decided to bring in a third party auditor to examine the district’s current technology infrastructure and measure the district’s technological strengths and weaknesses.

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Thu
12
Mar

City sees sales slump in new year

Welcome news it was not. Vidor’s latest sales tax allocation from the state was down almost five percent compared to last March and practically wiped out gains made in January and February. The sales tax figures represent represent January sales reported by monthly filers. Vidor received $165,003 this month, down nearly five percent from the $173,321 received in March 2014. That brings the city’s year-to-date allocations to $631,198, an increase of just .35 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014.

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Tue
10
Mar

Commissioners convene in Vidor

Although the gathering was uneventful in substance, the occasion was full of historic significance. Last Thursday afternoon, Orange County government was administered from the west side of
the County as County Commissioners held their first ever meeting in Vidor..
 
Tue
10
Mar

County to ask Nichols for repeal of elected fire officials’ law

The Orange County Commissioners Court voted unanimously this week to ask the Texas legislature to repeal S.B. 1265, a law that gives most of the citizens of Orange County the right to vote
and chose their ESD Commissioners.
 
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Tue
10
Mar

Babin to visit Vidor Friday early a.m.

The U.S. Representative for the 36th Congressional District that include Vidor and all of Orange County, Dr. Brian Babin, will be making a stop in Vidor on Friday morning.
 
Thu
05
Mar

Flames leap 20 feet in the air

Firefighters arrived at a house fire on Orange Street on Thursday morning to find flames coming from the home’s carport and extending some twenty feet in the air. According to Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Fire Chief Bryant Champagne, firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in the 800 block of Orange Street in Vidor at about 10:14 a.m. Firemen say that the carport was fully involved with flames and that the fire had spread through to the front living room of the home.

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Thu
05
Mar

Protect yourself from scams, arm yourself with knowledge

by George Garza

“He knew how to push all of my buttons,” said James Brown of James Brown’s Gumbo House and Grill on Main Street in Vidor. “He knew to threaten me with my electricity being cutoff at noon because noon is my busiest time of day. He knew that I had three meters with red tags on them. He knew a lot about me, about my business and about Entergy. He was very smooth and very persistent.” Mr . B r own wa s recounting an attempt by a telephone scammer to bilk him out of $3,000 last month. Fortunately James Brown saw through the scam before his employees fell for the ruse.

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