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Thu
30
Nov

Missing teen left mom a note

By George Garza

 

A Mauriceville teenage girl is missing and the Orange County Sheriff needs your help to locate her.

 

According to Detective Janois Strause Grizzaffi, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Investigator, on Sunday, November 26th at approximately 3:00 p.m. the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 4000 block of Lemonville Lane in the Mauriceville area regarding a runaway (or missing teen). Tammy Cox reported that her (fifteen year-old) daughter, Heaven Ray Cox, had apparently run away.

 

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Thu
30
Nov

EDC helps local businesses with recovery from Harvey

By George Garza

 

Your Orange County Economic Development Corporation has successfully reallocated some funds to help forty local businesses in their Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. Using funds intended for land acquisition to be used to attract new businesses, the Orange County Commissioners Court authorized the Orange County EDC to reallocate some $150,000.00 of the $525,000 total annual County dues to be used for small business grants for already existing businesses in Orange County that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

 

The Orange County EDC Board of Directors voted to provide an additional $50,000 in funds from its budget to make a grand total of $200,000 for the disaster recovery grant program.

 

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Thu
30
Nov

Time is running short to make your Blue Santa donations

Only eight days remain before Vidor cops sort and distribute your generous new toy donations to “Operation Blue Santa - Toys for Tots” Christmas Toy Collection Drive. If you haven’t had time to take your new toy donation to one of the nine Blue Santa Donation boxes located at local businesses in our area, now is the time to make that extra effort to do so. It could be that you have been way to busy with your own Hurricane Harvey recovery situations to even shop for Christmas Gifts this year. That is understandable and perhaps a cash donation might be a reasonable alternative.

 

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Tue
28
Nov

Blue Santa needs toys for infants, 10-12 year olds

As we get down to the last week and a half of the Vidor Police Department “Operation Blue Santa - Toys for Tots” Christmas toy collection drive, volunteers at the police station are noticing that the toy donations for both boys and girls ages ten through twelve and their infant through two years-old toy donations are running a bit behind what they expect will be needed. As of today, Wednesday, November 29th, there are only ten days before the big Blue Santa toy distribution to families in need.

 

That leaves only a week and a half for those of us not in need to do our share to help our men and women in blue help those who are struggling

 

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Tue
28
Nov

Thursday is last day to apply with FEMA

People that have been indecisive about whether or not to apply for federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have to make up their minds today, or tomorrow at the very latest. The final registration deadline to apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is on Thursday, November 30th.

 

Tue
28
Nov

Debris pickup on private property now possible

By George Garza

 

Even though the storm debris pickup contractor for Orange County is in the process of making their last pass of public roads to scoop up your Harvey mess, there is some hope, now, for landlocked homeowners whose property has no or insufficient public road frontage to allow for county contractor pickup.

 

Orange County announced last week on Wednesday that storm generated debris located on private roads, gated communities and inaccessible residential private property may be eligible for county storm debris contractor removal.

 

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Thu
23
Nov

Many are gifted with a holiday meal

By George Garza

There was nothing but smiling faces as those who had previously registered with the United Christian Care Center of Vidor to receive a Thanksgiving Meal Gift Basket, lined up to receive those donations.

Although Tuesday’s line up was plagued by fog and drizzle, Monday was all blue skies and sunshine as the volunteers continued to smile and offer each client a gift box complete with all of the ingredients to craft a fine Thanksgiving dinner for a family of four or six, including a frozen bird.

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Thu
23
Nov

Harvey effect shows in sales tax allocations to county

The effects of Hurricane Harvey continue to linger in Orange County with the latest sales tax allocations for Orange County lagging behind the state average, likely due to the widespread damge caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $774.9 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 5 percent more than in November 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in July, August and September by quarterly filers.

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Thu
23
Nov

Hospital District town hall meeting set for next week

By George Garza

A private citizen, who is a proponent of creating a new Orange County Hospital District has teamed up with Lamar State College Orange and radio station KOGT to hold a pair of open, town hall type meetings next Thursday and on the following Tuesday in Orange.

T. Louis Ackerman of Orange, who calls himself “average Joe Citizen” is joined by his wife and a family friend to organize the informal town hall meetings.

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Thu
23
Nov

Author recalls tales of simpler times

Writer and author Alene Dunn made a special stop in Vidor to visit with her friends and admirers at the Vidor Public Library for a book signing last week. Ms. Dunn has recently selfpublished a historical fiction anthology, Memories of the Way It Was, based on real events that happened to her and her family in rural east Texas.

“I wrote this book of tales of east Texas primarily for my grandchildren. I wanted to leave something behind for them that taught them where they came from and about their roots. They are city kids and they don’t know about everyday life in rural east Texas. They don’t know about washing dishes in Mill Creek or hog killing day. But they need to know. And I encourage others to write down their own stories, memories of things past.”

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