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Thu
21
May

Law enforcement will be watching drivers this weekend

If your holiday plans include traveling by automobile this Memorial Day weekend, the  exas Department of Public Safety will be joining you in  greater numbers than usual. DPS Troopers will be out in force this weekend, looking for impaired drivers, speeders, those who display symptoms of road rage and those who aren’t buckled up. “DPS urges Texans to celebrate Memorial Day responsibly as they honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Keeping our roadways safe forall travelers is a top priority for  the department, and troopers will be watching for dangerous drivers who disregard the law andendanger the lives of others.”      

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Tue
19
May

Water Board votes to spend left over bond money

The Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 Board of Directors voted on Monday night to apply to the Texas Commissioner on   nvironmental Quality (TCEQ) for permission to spend some $4.4 million in left over 2010 WaterBond Issue funds on projects needed by district’s customers that are beyond the scope of the original bond issue. Last week, the Water District’s Board of Directors met in a special meeting to discuss, among other things, the status of bond issue funds remaining and some seventeen proposed water and/or sewer projects needed to improve service to existing district customers or to extend service to district patrons who pay taxes in the district but have neither water service nor sewer service or both.

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Tue
19
May

The Vidor Public Library

The Vidor Public Library welcomed Author Tara Aery on Thursday, May 14, 2015 to introduce her new children’s book “Katie’s Big Day: An Otis and Baxter Adventure Story.” The story tells how Katie and her service dog Otis make friends at school. Mrs. Anna Smith made a  guest appearance to make the book signing extra special for Tara. Tara dedicated her book to her second grade teacher Mrs. Smith and herfriend Katie Pittman, who passed away in 1999.

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Tue
19
May

Police officers, their families appreciated

The east side parking lot of the Vidor Police Department took on the look of a festival on Saturday.  There were tents, tables, kids, games, music, food and fun for Vidor Police Officers and their families.  Saturday marked the culmination of National Police Week and  National Police Officers Memorial Day, which is May 15th. On Saturday, members of the community treated Vidor Police Officers and their families to a picnic. “Some of the wives helped decorate,”  said Janice Johnson, wife of Vidor Police Officer Rodney Johnson and chief organizer of the event.

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Tue
19
May

Are they swearing?!

As terms of office expire in local governments, elected officials must swear in to start new terms. Tuesday night saw in cumbent Vidor I.S.D. School Trustees Rollie Burr (left) and Carrie Vincent taking their oaths of office as they start a new term. The School Board of Trustees voted to reelect Burr as the School Board’s President. And in the photo on the right a new At-Large Rose City Councilperson,  Richard Travis (on the right), takes his Oath of Office from City Attorney Rodney Price (left) at the Rose City Hall last week on Thursday  night. Rose City Mayor Bonnie Stevenson and At-Large Councilpersons Hernando Ramos and Linda Reese were also sworn-in but we ran out of room for their pictures. All of these office holders won their seats by acclamation as none had an opponent file to run against them.

Thu
14
May

Widening of I-10 to F.M 1442 begins next year

Have you ever noticed that all of the bridges on I- 10 between the KCS railroad overpass in Vidor and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. overpassin Orange seem to be extra wide and roomy? Wide enough, perhaps, to accommodate an additional travel lane and still have room for an inside breakdown lane and an outside improved shoulder? Well the Texas Department of Transportation has a reason for those extra wide bridges. “The ultimate goal of the Beaumont District Office of the Texas Department of Transportation is to have six lanes of I-10 from one end of our district to the other,” said Sarah Dupree, TXDOT Beaumont District spokesperson. “We’ve been working on plans to widen I-10 throughout our district for years and years.”    

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Thu
14
May

Water board discusses additional projects

The Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 (OCWC&ID#1) is nearing completion of its $30 million Wastewater Improvement Project. Late last yearthe OCWC&ID#1 completed work on its $10 million Water Well, Elevated Tank and Transmission Line project. As work and the inevitable payments of bond money for the improvement projects draw to a close, the Water District’s Board of Directors is finding that prudent and careful management of expenditures on those two projects will likely result in a surplus of left over bond funds when all of the final bills are paid.  

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Thu
14
May

Governor signs STAAR bye for Class of 2015

No, there won’t be an asterisk listed next to the Texas public high school “Class of 2015” in the permanent record  ooks. However, this year’s graduating seniors will be joined by a few who didn’t pass all fiveof their STAAR End of Course Exams needed to walk across the graduation stage. On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 149 (Seliger, R-Amarillo) into law to become effective immediately. Governor Abbott issued the following statement:  

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Tue
12
May

EDC courts another fishing tournament

It’s rare when a new economic development project becomes public before the contracts  are signed and commitments  made in Orange County.  But the cat was let partially out of the bag this week, when the  Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted to authorize the Orange County Economic Development Corporation to  spend up to $40,000 in county hotel/motel tax funds in their 
efforts to attract a new money maker to our area. During the regularly scheduledmeeting of the Orange  County Commissioners’ Court on Monday there was an item on their meeting agenda that  required the public and press to leave the courtroom so that the court could meet behind closed doors in an executive session.

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Tue
12
May

Vidor letter carriers carry more than mail

The fifteen United State Postal Service letter carriers  that deliver mail  in Vidor and west Orange County had their arms and their  trucks full last Saturday. The Vidor mailmen and women found that the citizens of Vidor had generously left bags  of food on their porches and by their  mailboxes to donate to the Letter Carriers Mother’s Day Food  Drive.

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