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Tue
06
Oct

Vidor grad honored for high tech murder mystery solution

A 1978 Vidor High School graduate has been honored by a national organization for his high tech forensic investigation into an Austin, TX murder. The High Technology Crime Investigation Association recognized Robbie Godeaux along with three other Austin Police Department officers when they awarded them with the prestigious “2015 Case of the Year Award” at the Association’s annual conference in Florida in September.

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Thu
01
Oct

Missing LCM girl sparks search throughout county

By George Garza

Although she is still listed as a runaway teen, the deputies of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are expressing increasing concern about her disappearance with every passing day. According to the Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson, sixteen year-old Katelyn Elizabeth Pass of Orange, TX left the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, without permission, at about noon on Wednesday, September 23rd and has not been seen or heard from since.

Thu
01
Oct

Blue Santa reminds parents, “Be nice, not naughty”

Applications for Operation Blue Santa now available

Even though its still about three months before Christmas, Blue Santa is already making his plans for the upcoming season of brotherhood and good cheer. According to reliable police witnesses, the jolly old elf was looking tanned and relaxed when he dropped into the Vidor Police Department recently to drop off Operation Blue Santa “Toys for Tots” assistance application forms.

Thu
01
Oct

You must arrange in advance for pleasant memories

By Adair Luker

Pirate Stadium will be bright this Friday night, October 2, for the first time since we played Bay High on August 28! Baytown Lee will be our opponents and it’s a district game. When I mention “I’ll likely go to the game when it is in Vidor,” I’m often answered by a “do you still go to the games?”

Thu
01
Oct

Police searching for hit and run driver

By George Garza

Officers of the Vidor Police Department are asking for the public’s help to aid them in their search for a hit a run driver that ran down a bicyclist last Friday night on South Main Street. According to VPD Detective Mark Steele, on Friday night at about 10:25 p.m., a twenty-seven year old man was pedaling his bicycle northbound on South Main Street, in front of the Oakwood Manor Nursing Home, when a vehicle stuck him and his bike from behind, flipping the man into the car’s windshield. The victim fell to the pavement as the vehicle moved on. The driver of the vehicle did not stop to render aid to the victim as is required by law.

Tue
29
Sep

Orange County adopts balanced budget

By George Garza
 
Tue
29
Sep

New A.I.M. Center ready for move-in

By George Garza
 
Tue
29
Sep

Rose City property tax chopped by two cents

By George Garza
 
The Rose City City Council has set the 2015 city property tax levy at $0.38612 per $100 valuation. This new property tax rate is $0.02203 per $100 valuation less than the 2014 City of Rose City tax rate of 0.40815 per #100 valuation.
 
Thu
24
Sep

County adopts zero based budget

by George Garza

There is no deficit spending in the Orange County fiscal year 2015-2016 budget as adopted by the Orange County Commissioners’ Court on Wednesday. The total projected operating revenues of $46,003,143 match exactly the total projected operating expenditures of $46,003,143 for the upcoming budget year that starts on October 1st. This is a “zero based budget”.

 

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Thu
24
Sep

Vidor, Orange experience slight dip in sales tax revenue

Orange County’s two largest cities experienced a slight decline in sales tax allocations this month with Vidor’s $185,271 decreasing 1.25 percent compared to the $187,617 received in September 2014. The City of Orange recorded a .51 percent decrease to $294,878 this month compared to last September’s $296,414. On average, the county’s seven municipalities’ recorded a 2.2 percent increase compared to last September.

 

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