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Wed
26
Dec

Shoplifter makes her charge worse

A shoplifter from Beaumont, who got caught with the goods, managed to makes things worse for herself when she struck out at those trying to stop her.

Twenty-four year old Stormie Lee Hernandez, of Beaumont, is now facing a second-degree felony charge rather than the class “B” misdemeanor theft charge she would have faced if she had just kept her cool.

According to a Vidor Police Department report, on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at approximately 6:36 p.m., the Vidor Police Department received a call from the Walmart Super Store in the 1300 Block of N. Main Street reporting a theft in progress. The caller told the police dispatcher that two women were inside the store shoplifting.

 

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Wed
26
Dec

Harvey’s devastation inspires Vidor homebuilder

Vidorian/Randall Luker

This new home on Slaughter Street incorporated numerous industrial building techniques in its construction to avoid several pitfalls common to the area. Drilled piers elevated the home to avoid flooding and cracked foundations, closed cell foam insulation protects the subfloor and saves energy and a HardiBoard exterior, treated lumber and waterproof flooring protects from moisture.

Industrial innovations

After Hurricane Harvey, in the midst of flooded homes, piles of sheetrock, lumber and all sorts of waterlogged household detritus stacked along streets and roadways, local builder John Noddin had a vision; and an inspiration—to design and build affordable homes that can withstand almost anything Mother Nature dishes out.

Drawing on his years of experience working in in industrial settings and offshore, Noddin decided to incorporate tried and true industrial engineering features into residential homebuilding techniques.

“Seeing all that, I thought why not design a home that didn’t flood,” he said.

He began by specifying materials that would be as waterproof as possible, and then elevating the home to avoid flooding in the first place.

 

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Wed
26
Dec

VISD likely to become District of Innovation

Recently the Vidor I.S.D. School District of Innovation Committee met several times to discuss possible potential Texas Education Code policy changes that the school district might adopt if our school district were to become a TEA District of Innovation.

Over the course of three meetings the Committee discussed the pros and cons of adapting Texas Education Code regulations to the benefit of Vidor I.S.D. students and teachers. Two weeks ago the Committee met for the last time and voted to present their new Vidor I.S.D. District of Innovation plan to the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees for their approval or rejection on January 21st 2019.

What is a School District of Innovation and how does it affect the children, teachers and patrons of the Vidor I.S.D.?

 

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Wed
26
Dec

Guest Speaker

VISD photo/Sally Andrews

Mrs. Arica Benson from Vista College in Beaumont was a guest speaker in the Health Science classes at VHS. Mrs. Benson spoke to the students about the different program degrees they offer, financial aid and scholarships, and how to create a budget based on the amount of net income the students make. Pictured are Vista College Rep Arica Benson and senior Health Science students.

Mrs. Arica Benson from Vista College in Beaumont was a guest speaker in the Health Science classes at VHS. Mrs. Benson spoke to the students about the different program degrees they offer, financial aid and scholarships, and how to create a budget based on the amount of net income the students make. Pictured are Vista College Rep Arica Benson and senior Health Science students.

 

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Thu
20
Dec

Care Center gives Christmas meals

Vidorian/George Garza

Volunteers of the United Christian Care Center of Vidor load Holiday Gift Baskets into the cars of people who preregistered for the food baskets. Each gift basket consisted of a frozen turkey or chicken, canned goods and vegetables and a dessert to make a Christmas Day holiday feast.

Dozens of vehicles lined up around the United Christian Care Center (UCCC) Building on Thursday morning to receive a donation of all of the ingredients to cook a Christmas Day feast. It was the annual holiday gift basket distribution at our local Vidor charity, and the UCCC volunteers gathered at the building’s rear to heft baskets of food, frozen turkeys and frozen chickens into people’s cars.

Thu
20
Dec

Local cops wish you a Merry Christmas

Local police, deputies and state troopers will be out in force this long holiday weekend looking for impaired drivers, seat belt violators, speeders and reckless drivers. Help make your own holiday trip a safe one by observing all traffic signs, eliminating all driver distractions and avoiding the need for speed. And by all means, never drink and drive.

Your local policemen and women want to wish you a very Merry Christmas this year. Law enforcement officers of the City of Vidor Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol hope that you have a happy and safe holiday.

It seems like every year we hear about some holiday tragedy that involves our neighbors in a traffic collision or fatality. Your local police officers will be working overtime on the highways and roadways of Southeast Texas to try to prevent such tragedies this year.

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, the Holiday Season is one of the most highly traveled times on our public roadways in the State of Texas as families take to the roads to celebrate the holidays. This time period is also marked with an increase in traffic collisions. The Vidor Police Department is committed to making the roadways safe during this Holiday Season.

Thu
20
Dec

Red’s Blue Santa donation lives on

A group calling themselves “Veterans and Vidorians” delivered twenty brand new Christmas bicycles to the Vidor Police Department last week for Operation Blue Santa children. The Veterans and Vidorians group is taking on the legacy of Darius “Red” Jensen who collected money every year from his veteran friends to donate to Blue Santa. Darius Jensen passed away this year but his legacy lives on. The bicycles and sporting goods were donated in Mr. Jensen’s name.

Darius Jensen is a Vidor resident who has made a special effort to help the Vidor Police Department’s “Operation Blue Santa ‘Toys For Tots’” Christmas toy collection drive for many years. Mr. Jensen is also a U.S. Military veteran who was a member of the now defunct Veterans of Foreign Wars Harvey Horn Post 8246 in Vidor. Every year since the 1980’s, Mr. Jensen has worked hard to collect cash donations, mostly from other VFW veterans, so that he can purchase new bicycles and sporting goods for Operation Blue Santa kids.

“Mr. Jensen has been making his wonderful donation for a very long time,” said Vidor Police Captain Aleta Cappen. “He started bringing in bicycles to us back when we started with Blue Santa and “Toys for Tots” in the 1980’s. Jensen and his friends have been involved with Blue Santa since the beginning.”

Wed
19
Dec

OCT to increase bus fares by one dollar January 15

Courtesy photo/OCT

An Orange County Transportation Department bus driver awaits the arrival of a passenger at the pick-up location. OCT will be enforcing their new “noshow” policy starting January 15th.

The Orange County Transportation Department will be increasing their fare structure to add up to a dollar per trip for door-to-door transportation of county citizens. Orange County Transportation Director Janell Dischler told the Orange County Commissioners that she was requesting the fare increase after a review of Texas Department of Transportation funded transportation departments in nearby counties revealed they had fare structures that were significantly higher than the Orange County Transportation fare structure.

 

Wed
19
Dec

County to get another $2.5 million

Debris piles like this one in Pine Forest numbered in the thousands in Orange County following the floods of Hurricane Harvey. It took the county nearly a year to pick them all up at a huge cost to the county. FEMA has recently reimbursed Orange County another $2.5 million for those costs.

Orange County received word recently that FEMA has approved another $2.5 million in Hurricane Harvey debris removal reimbursements. Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator Joel Ardoin told the Orange County Commissioners’ Court that FEMA announced recently that they had approved the additional reimbursement.

“I checked with the County Treasurer, Christy Khoury, and the money hasn’t come in yet but the goal of the Texas Department of Emergency Management is that we get that money by the end of the year so it’s looking good,” said Mr. Ardoin.

This grant comes from FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program, which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response to and during recovery from a disaster. Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.

 

Wed
19
Dec

Reception honors outgoing mayor

Vidorian photos/Randall Luker

A steady stream of well-wishers dropped by Vidor City Hall Thursday during a reception honoring outgoing Vidor Mayor Robert Viator, Jr. Citizens and city employees alike mingled and enjoyed refreshments before Viator presided over his final Vidor City Council meeting as mayor Thursday evening. He must give up his mayoral duties after he was was elected Orange County Precinct 4 Commissioner in May and will be sworn in January 1, 2019. Vidor City Council will name a new mayor January 10 after reviewing applicants and naming semi-finalists at a special called meeting January 3.

 

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