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Thu
21
Sep

Babin to hold disaster recovery meeting tonight

Special to the Vidorian

U.S. Representative Brian Babin (TX-36) will be hosting Disaster Recovery Town Hall Meetings this week in Lumberton, Orange, Mont Belvieu and La Porte to bring agency and disaster recovery experts directly to the people. These meetings will provide flood victims, businesses and communities with the opportunity to get their questions answered and hear firsthand from FEMA, SBA, USDA and other agencies about the assistance and resources available to them.

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Wed
20
Sep

Buna couple killed in Mauriceville collision

A motorcycle driver and his passenger have both died from injuries received when they were involved with a vehicle collision on Highway 12 near Mauriceville on Sunday afternoon.

According to Sergeant Stephanie Davis of the Texas Department of Public Safety Beaumont District Office said, “The driver of the motorcycle, Cory Menard, age 25, of Buna, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Orange County, Precinct #3 Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton. The passenger on the motorcycle, 24-year-old Chelsea Miller of Buna, suffered serious injuries in the collision and was airlifted by medical helicopter to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital. Tragically, Ms. Miller died late Sunday night from those injuries she sustained in the two-vehicle crash.

 

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Wed
20
Sep

When will all the debris be picked up?

By George Garza

It may not be the most pressing question for residents struggling to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Harvey. But all of those debris piles in front of most of our readers’ homes are becoming an annoyance and a sad reminder of people’s loss.

When will someone come and pickup our debris? That question has no easy answer, but Orange County officials say the trash trucks are coming.

 

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Wed
20
Sep

Back in School for Vidor I.S.D.

By George Garza

The first day of school at five Vidor I.S.D. schools started with crowded hallways and a few lost kids, but otherwise with only a few minor glitches as students from two flooded campuses squeezed into four other schools. At Pine Forest Elementary, teachers and staff were ready for upwards of 200 additional students filling labs and classrooms at that campus Tuesday morning.

Pine Forest Elementary School Principal Preston Clark said all of the preparations for the visiting students have been completed.

 

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Thu
14
Sep

Last county tax rate public hearing to be held tonight

Because of Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding and power outages The Vidorian newspapers has been unable to alert our readers about planned Orange County Public Tax Rate hearings that were previously scheduled for this week.


There were two public hearings on the proposed Orange County Ad Valorem tax rate of $0.54400 per $100 valuation to be held this week. The first happened on Tuesday, before our first issue to be published since the storm.

 

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Thu
14
Sep

Student reassignment plan “not a perfect plan”

By George Garza

 

With two Vidor I.S.D. school campuses suffering serious damages in the floods of Hurricane Harvey, school district administrators, principals and staff have been hard at work finding a “work-around” that will get Vidor kids back in school quickly. Both Oak Forest Elementary School and Vidor Middle School, whose combined student population at the end of the spring term was 1,440 students, are effectively unsafe to educate school children of western Orange County.

 

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Thu
14
Sep

Wastewater treatment plant is inundated

Temporary treatment solutions being planned

 

By George Garza

 

The Orange County Water Control & Improvement District #1 Wastewater Treatment Plant on Oak Lane in Vidor saw seven to nine feet of floodwater covering the entire facility. While the massive, six football fields sized AeroMod treatment structure was never breached by flooding; most of the rest of the plant was under water and suffered serious damage.


“There was never any interruption in the fresh drinking water distribution throughout our system throughout the duration of the storm and the subsequent power outages and massive flooding that occurred here,” said OCWC&ID#1 District Manager, Norman Blackman.

 

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Thu
14
Sep

“We still have homes under water…”

Jody Crump, Orange County Precinct #4 Commissioner

 

By George Garza

 

With an estimated fifty-two inches of rain dumped on Orange County during Hurricane Harvey’s extended stay over Southeast Texas and then the subsequent record level flood crest of the Neches River put Orange County’s Precinct 4 as probably the most heavily damaged area of the entire county.

 


“Almost all of our drainage goes to the Neches River in Precinct 4 and all of it backed up when the river’s crest gave storm waters nowhere to go,” said Orange County Precinct #4 County Commissioner Jody Crump. “Once the rains stopped there was no exodus for storm water and with them dumping out of the dam up north, that added to the problem.

 

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Wed
13
Sep

School starts next Tuesday

The Vidor Independent School District announced Tuesday night that students will start attending classes on Tuesday, September 19th during normal attendance hours.

Because of the extensive flood damage to two VISD campuses, Vidor Middle School and Oak Forest Elementary School, students registered to attend those school will be reassigned to other VISD campuses.

According to Dr. Killgo, Superintendent of Schools, Oak Forest elementary student population will be divided nearly in half, with one group attending Vidor Elementary School and the other group attending Pine Forest Elementary School. There is a link on the vidorisd.org web site that includes a list of all of the streets and highways in the school district and designates to which elementary school your student is reassigned.

Sixth grade students from Vidor Middle School will attend classes at the Vidor Junior High School starting on Tuesday, September 19th.

Tue
12
Sep

“Lowest of low” caught looting Tip results in massive police presence

By George Garza

“These people are the lowest of the low to steal from those that have lost so much,” said Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll in a Vidor Police Department Facebook™ page post on September 8th after alert patrolling police officers caught four looters prowling in Vidor in the middle of the night.

Four individuals from Ragley, LA., were surprised by patrolling Vidor Police officers as they were driving in Maplecrest after stealing items from open garages in the powerless community at about 3:00 a.m. on Friday morning, September 8th.

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