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Tue
27
Feb

Escapades winners named

Pirates Escapades winners left to right Freshman McKinley LaPray, Senior Cassidy Bailey, Overall School Beauty Britlyn Sanders, Sophomore Alden Revia, and Junior Kelsie Droptini

 

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Thu
22
Feb

Auditor gives city top marks

By Randall Luker

 

Vidor is in great financial shape, according to BrooksWatson and Co. of Houston. The independent auditor reported to Vidor City Council earlier this month and said it rated Vidor at “the highest level we can give.” The city undergoes an independent audit annually as is required by Texas law. Auditing firms are selected through a bidding process and firms are usually changed biannually

 

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Thu
22
Feb

Vidor kids are safe and at home

By George Garza

 

Two Vidor siblings, who were reported as runaways on Tuesday night, were found by Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies early Wednesday afternoon. Eleven -yearold Serina Solley and thirteenyear- old Matthew Solley were found safe and unharmed in an unoccupied building, not far from their home on Henry Drive. The pair has since been returned to their parents.

 

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Wed
21
Feb

Suspected runaways are missing from Vidor

Photo of the missing Solley children

Eleven-year-old Serina Solley (left) and thirteen-year-old Matthew Solley have been missing from their north Vidor home since Tuesday night. Orange County Sheriff’s investigators believe the two children may have run away from home. If you have seen the children, or have any information about where they might be, please call the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 409-883-2612.

Two Vidor children, 11-year-old Serina Solley and 13-year-old Matthew Solley, have been missing from their North Vidor home since Tuesday night. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that the pair was last seen outside of their home on Henry Drive, near North Tram and Spoonemore, at about 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday night. The pair have reportedly run away from home before, in November of 2016, when they hopped a train in Vidor and were found nine hours later in Houston.

According to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office news release, at approximately 9:40 p.m. Tuesday night, the Sheriff's Office received a call reporting two runaway children from the Vidor area. Deputies responded to Henry Drive and spoke with Seaver Solley, and his wife Stefanie. They reported that Solley’s two children, 11-year-old Serina Solley and 13-year-old Matthew Solley, had been missing since about 8:50 p.m.

Tue
20
Feb

VISD-CTE considers offering drilling course

This week Penny Singleton, the director of Vidor I.S.D.’s Career and Technology Education department, revealed that the Vidor High School is considering adding a course in oil and gas production to its already highly varied CTE options. “Oil and Gas Production I,” would be the course’s name and would offer students a solid preview of petroleum production theory.

 

There are still some details to be worked out concerning cost and staffing but Ms. Singleton said that a decision on whether to be the only school district in all of southeast Texas to offer an oil/gas well course could come before the end of the ongoing school year. She said that, if approved for addition to the Vidor High School CTE curriculum, Oil and Gas Production I could be offered to students for the first time this coming fall.

 

 

Tue
20
Feb

County to purchase $6,499 chair ramp

By George Garza

 

Orange County Commissioners voted unanimously to spend $6,499.99 to purchase a wheel chair ramp that will safely convey a person in a wheelchair from the floor of the Orange County Convention and Expo Center Ballroom to the temporary stage that is sometimes set up for some events in that ballroom.

 

Orange County Precinct #2 Commissioner Barry Burton requested this purchase during last week’s Commissioners’ Court meeting.

 

 

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Tue
20
Feb

Early voting begins in party primaries

And so it begins again. Another election year is upon us as is witnessed by the yard signs you might see, wherever you drive. In just two weeks, on Tuesday, March 6th, you will be asked to go to your neighborhood polling place and fill out a ballot to nominate your political party’s candidates for an election that won’t happen until November. These are the Texas Primaries.

 

Primaries are strange as no one is elected to any governmental office in the primaries. The only thing that is won in a Primary Election is the right to have your name appear on November’s ballot as your party’s nominee for that race’s elective office.

 

 

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Thu
15
Feb

Gould Community Center readies for early vote

Early voting in March 6 Primaries starts Tuesday

By George Garza

Flood damage repairs at the Raymond Gould Community Center on Claiborne Street adjacent to Raymond Gould Park, are going gangbusters this week, despite the miserable weather. Spaw Glass, the contractor selected by Orange County and its insurance company, has been diligently preparing the Center for its traditional role as the Vidor area early vote polling place for the upcoming March 6th Primaries.

The drywall and ceilings have been installed in the main open room of the center and in its restrooms. Workers have covered the floor and are painting ceilings and walls. It appears Vidor voters will be able to return to their traditional polling place starting next week on Tuesday.

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Thu
15
Feb

County storm debris collection extended

By George Garza

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court has voted to extend the FEMA Storm Debris Collection Project for as much as another six months. The original Hurricane Harvey FEMA storm debris collection project was slated to end on February 25 of this year following six months after the disaster declaration.

“We are dealing with isolated cases where we have residents that have been out of the area for an extended amount of time,” said Ralph Valenciano, Orange County’s Emergency Management Coordinator. “It ties in to the case by case issues that we have discussed in Commissioners’ Court multiple times. We are still evaluating those residents on a case-by-case basis and we see a need across the county, due to the extension availability, to execute that extension.”

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Thu
15
Feb

Governor announces new funding for hazard mitigation

AUSTIN – February 13, 2018 – Governor Greg Abbott joined local leaders in Rockport and Houston, Texas on Tuesday to announce the availability of new funding for hazard mitigation projects along the Gulf Coast following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

This allocation of funding from FEMA will provide an estimated $1 billion for hazard and flood mitigation projects designed to both help Texas rebuild and help the state reduce the risk of future damage from flooding and Hurricanes.

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