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Tue
22
Aug

New elected officials salary proposal advanced

By George Garza

Despite the fact that pay raises for Elected Orange County office holders seemed to be dead in the water just two weeks ago, a new proposal to adjust office holder salaries for the first time in ten years seems to be in the making.

Last week, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted to approve a new proposed pay rate schedule to be published in the county’s newspaper of record for two consecutive weeks. The vote was three for, one against and one absent, with Precinct #4 Commissioner Jody Crump casting the lone vote in opposition, and Precinct #2 Commissioner Barry Burton missing the meeting due to a family emergency.

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Tue
22
Aug

Boating incident claims life of Vidor child

Special to The Vidorian

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, a boating accident on the Sabine River on Sunday has taken the life of an eight-year-old Vidor boy.

“Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred in Calcasieu Parish on Aug. 20,” read a LDWF news release.

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Tue
22
Aug

City council to consider tourism issues Thursday

By Randall Luker

In addition to taxation issues, Vidor City Council will consider creating a part-time position to promote the city, specifically the hotel/motel and tourism industries and also potential coordination and support with the Vidor Chamber of Commerce in encouraging economic development within the city.

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Tue
22
Aug

VISD sets tax rate and adopts budget

By George Garza

The Board of Trustees of the Vidor Independent School District voted on Tuesday night to adopt the school district 2017 property tax rate at $1.22053 per $100 valuation. This a four-tenths of one penny per $100 valuation increase over last year’s 2016 Vidor I.S.D. property tax rate of $1.21652 per $100 valuation.

Actually, the very small increase was not something that the Board of Trustees had any control over. The portion of the tax rate controlled by the school board, the Maintenance and Operation tax levy of $1.125 per $100 valuation, remained exactly the same as last year’s tax rate.

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Thu
17
Aug

Court makes no movement on certificate pay

By George Garza

 

Following a very late night session of collective bargaining between the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Employee Association and Orange County it appears that neither side is willing to budge on their respective contract offers.

 

Regular readers will remember that during the last public collective bargaining session held on August 7th the two sides stalled over the Deputies demand of a seven percent wage increase and the current Orange County employee policy concerning retiree health insurance being written into the their proposed extension of their contract.

 

The County’s bargaining unit of County Judge Brint Carlton, Precinct #4 Commissioner Jody Crump and Fort Worth attorney Bettye Lynn, stood firm on the County’s offer of a five percent pay raise to match what nonunion employees are likely to get and elimination of maintenance of standards on the county’s retiree health insurance policy.

 

Thu
17
Aug

Linda Durmon appointed to Rose City Council

By George Garza

 

The Rose City City Council voted unanimously to appoint long time resident Linda Durmon to a vacant at-large City Council position. The empty seat has been vacant since May 11, 2017 when City Councilperson Linda Reese turned in her resignation to Rose City Mayor Bonnie Stephenson. Reese resigned from the Rose City Council four days after her husband David Reese lost his bid to unseat Mayor Stephenson in the May 6th City of Rose City General Election.

 

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Thu
17
Aug

Vidor man faces up to 10 years in federal drug trafficking conviction

A 36-year-old Vidor, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

 

Jonathan Derick Hickey pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.

 

According to information presented in court, on Jan. 17, 2017, law enforcement officers observed Hickey meet with the driver of another vehicle in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in West Orange, Texas and then move to the Wendy’s parking lot. Deputies observed what they believed to be a drug transaction between the two drivers. The driver of the other vehicle was pulled over and a drug dog was called to the scene. The dog gave a positive alert signifying there were illegal drugs in the vehicle. A search revealed approximately one ounce of methamphetamine in the console.

 

Tue
15
Aug

Carhoppers get busted

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, they call themselves “carhoppers”; young thieves that wander darkened residential streets at night checking parked cars for unlocked doors.

The week before last, an alert Vidor police patrol officer thought he heard the sound of a gunshot coming from a few blocks away early one morning as he was getting in his patrol car at the Vidor police station to start his day. The officer decided to go over to that area to check out the noise.

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Tue
15
Aug

Pirates to scrimmage Galena Park here

By Randall Luker

The Vidor Pirates will take on the Galena Park Yellowjackets at Pirate Stadium Friday beginning at 5 p.m. with the Freshman and junior varsity followed by the varsity at 6 p.m.

The controlled scrimmage will feature a first half of three sets of eight downs and a clock run second half.

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Tue
15
Aug

UCCC gives out school supplies this week

The United Christian Care Center of Vidor will distribute 100 sets of school supplies to parents of Vidor I.S.D. school children in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week during regular business hours of nine to noon.

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