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Thu
30
Aug

Collection Station days, hours to change again

By George Garza

 

Two weeks ago, in a front page story, The Vidor Vidorian published an article about the Orange County Citizens’ Collection Station located at the closed Orange County Landfill would be reducing its operations from six days a week to three days that was targeted to begin with this past Monday. That article also contained information about the reinstatement of citizen’s disposal fees to drop your trash and debris at the Citizens’ Collection station. This week at the Orange County Commissioners’ Court meeting on Tuesday, there was an item on the Courts’ agenda to again set new days of week and the hours each day for operation of the Citizens’ Collection Station.

 

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Tue
28
Aug

City indicates aversion to tax hike

By Randall Luker

 

Vidorians may not see a city tax hike this year after initially proposing a 5.5 percent rate increase earlier this month. During public hearings on the 2018 City of Vidor proposed budget and proposed tax rate held last Thursday, a majority of council members indicated they favored maintaining the current rate .0742 per $100 valuation.

 

Mayor Robert Viator explained, “We are in good shape to absorb the reduction in property taxes due to steps taken in past years.”

 

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Tue
28
Aug

VISD 1st day proceeds well

By George Garza

 

With the exception of a bit of rain falling on the first day of school, Vidor I.S.D. official report that the annual return to classes for its students went very smoothly.

 

“We were thrilled. It’s been a fantastic day,” said Vidor Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jay Killgo. “A little bit of rain, and that is only significant because we are still working on the awning for our fifth grade campus. That is the only negative that we’ve had today. Everything else has been just very positive. It’s gone well. Transportation went well with the fifth grade on the high school campus and all of that area was a new thing, so we are really pleased about that. The sixth, seventh and eighth grade transportation went well. I visited every campus and all was calm, and students were already being instructed. We’re happy to be back.”

 

Tue
28
Aug

Displaced teachers receive gift

By George Garza

 

During the week before school started in the Vidor I.S.D., the teachers at Oak Forest Elementary and Vidor Middle School, the two campuses destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, each received a gift of $500 from Entergy Texas.

 

On Thursday morning of last week, teachers, and administrators of Vidor Middle School, along with representatives from Entergy Texas, gathered at the still under construction portable classrooms of the Vidor Middle School Sixth Grade located at the Vidor Junior High School campus for a giant check presentation.

 

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Thu
23
Aug

Entergy to harden substations against floodwaters

By George Garza

 

Entergy Texas is planning to permanently elevate some structures and equipment at electrical power substations in Vidor, Silsbee, Bevil Oaks and Beaumont. This comes on the heels of a massive long-lived power outage due to substations being inundated with floodwaters during and after

Hurricane Harvey last year. According to Entergy Texas spokesperson Kacee Kirschvink, Entergy Texas employees first began making plans to harden their electrical substations before the rains of Hurricane Harvey had even moved out of our area.

Thu
23
Aug

Rollie Burr returns to School Board

BFormer V.I.S.D. School Board member Rollie Burr takes his oath of office as he returns to the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees last Monday night. The Board voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Burr as Position #6 School Board Trustee to replace Kimberly Crossley who resigned from the school board in June. A twenty-five year veteran of the Vidor School Board of Trustees, Mr. Burr resigned from the Board last March so that his daughter could apply for a job with the school district.

 

 

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Tue
21
Aug

Now is the time to enter the Homecoming Parade

By George Garza

This is officially the last week of summer vacation for Vidor I.S.D. students and parents. And yet, there is already talk of the October 12th Vidor High School Homecoming weekend and game that pits the Pirates against the Santa Fe High School Indians. Who’s talking about the Homecoming Parade? Well, 2018 Vidor High School Homecoming Parade Coordinator, Cyndie Campbell, has some well-founded concerns about this year’s parade. “Well, this year, Homecoming Weekend is happening about two weeks earlier than usual on the second Friday of October instead of the last Friday,” said Ms. Campbell. Since it takes several weeks to makes plans for a float entry, now is the time to decide to make your organization’s parade application and start organizing your decoration crew, your vehicle and your parade participants.”

 

 

Tue
21
Aug

Fire Chief resigns

By George Garza

Thu
16
Aug

Pine Forest to consider tax cut

By George Garza

The Pine Forest City Council is considering chopping their city property tax rate for the coming fiscal year, and not just by a penny or two. One proposal calls for a nearly 31% reduction in that city’s property tax rate come January 1st.

While a tax rate is not a done deal, yet, it appears, from listening to the public meeting discussion about setting a proposed tax rate, that at least two of the five voting members of the city council and the Mayor (who only votes to break a tie) appear to be in favor of cutting the city’s property owners a tax break next year. And there may be others on the council who favor a tax cut, but their comments during the public meeting discussion about the tax rate did not absolutely confirm that.

 

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Thu
16
Aug

Collection Station to reduce days open

By George Garza

With the end of the Orange County Hurricane Harvey Storm Debris Collection Mission looming on August 25th, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court also decided that operations at the Orange County Citizens Waste Collection Station at the closed Orange County Landfill should also return to nearly normal.

Orange County Precinct #1 County Commissioner, Johnny Trahan, asked the Court for a return to normal hours and a reinstatement of the waste disposal fee structure that was in place prior to the advent of Hurricane Harvey.

 

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