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Tue
06
Feb

Heaven Cox leaves us too soon

A Mauriceville teen who was the subject of a nationwide search when she went missing in late November of last year and was subsequently found in Louisiana a week later, has evidently passed away from an undescribed cause.

Fifteen year-old Heaven Ray Cox reportedly passed away sometime around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 3rd, according to a Facebook® post by her mother Tammy Day Cox.

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Thu
01
Feb

“Move over” law to be enforced by DPS

By George Garza

 

Are you aware that since 2003, the Texas Traffic Code has had a law on its books that requires you to slowdown or move-over when approaching a first responder stopped on the shoulder ahead with emergency lights flashing, when you drive on Texas Highways? Did you know that same law requires you to slow your car’s speed to twenty-miles per hour less than the posted maximum speed limit while passing that first responder stopped on the side of that highway, if you can’t move over?

 

Well if you weren’t aware of the Move Over/Slow Down traffic law, your Texas Highway Patrol is about to make sure that you learn the law.

 

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Thu
01
Feb

Majority of Vidor City Council seats up for election

A majority of seats on the Vidor City Council will be decided in May with candidate filing already underway. Wards 2, 3 and 5 will be decided in a regular election May 5 and the Ward 6 seat will be filled in special election, likely on the same May 5 uniform election date, but that has yet to be confirmed.

 

Any eligible candidate who is interested in serving on the Vidor City Council in one of those wards may obtain a Candidate Packet from the City Secretary, Vicki Watson, at Vidor City Hall, 1395 North Main St. in Vidor.

 

Candidate Packets contain an Application for a Place on the Ballot, Texas Ethics Commission’s Form CTA – Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate, as well as other candidate forms and instructions. (Note: The Application for a Place on the Ballot must be signed in the presence of a Notary.)

 

 

Thu
01
Feb

Phony money pushers arrested

Vidor Police have arrested four people who are accused of passing counterfeit bills at Vidor businesses on Wednesday. According to a Vidor Police Department news release, thirty-one year-old Justin Lee Robertson, twenty-four yearold George N. Cleveland, III, twenty-two year-old Trevor Duane Edwards and twenty-seven year old Amber Danielle McShan were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday in Vidor and charged with forgery.

 

Vidor Police received a call from the Dollar General Store at about 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday that two men and a woman used counterfeit $20 bills and a counterfeit $50 to make purchases at the store.

 

 

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Thu
01
Feb

UIL releases 2018-20 Official District Alignment Conference 5A Division 2

Football

Region 3

District 12

Baytown Lee

Crosby

Dayton

Mt Belvieu Barbers Hill

Nederland

Port Neches-Groves

Santa Fe

Vidor

 

Basketball

Region 3

District 21

Cleveland

Dayton

Mt Belvieu Barbers Hill

Nederland

Port Arthur Memorial

Port Neches-Groves

Vidor

 

Volleyball

Region 3

District 21

Cleveland

Dayton

Mt Belvieu Barbers Hill

Nederland

Port Arthur Memorial

Port Neches-Groves

Vidor

Tue
30
Jan

Last Day to register to vote is next Monday

By George Garza

 

Literally, the last thing on people’s minds as they continue to rebuild their flooddamaged homes is politics. As people struggle to find reliable contractors or affordable home repair supplies, they aren’t thinking about whether or not U.S. Senator Ted Cruz will be re-elected next November. Those folks don’t care whose name gets put on the November ballot for County Judge or County Commissioner.

 

But they should! There are three important elections that will significantly impact every one of our readers this year.

 

 

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Tue
30
Jan

$225,000 trihalomethane stripper arrives

By George Garza

 

The custom manufactured stacked-tray air stripper system that will be used to strip trihalomethanes from fresh water at one of the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 fresh water well sites has arrived at the Water Well #7 site on Highway 12. The gleaming and glistening stainless steel machine looks somewhat imposing as it sits on its newly poured concrete pad next to the well site’s huge 500,000-gallon fresh water storage tank that towers above it.

 

The $225,000 fresh water treatment machine uses bubbles to strip trihalomethanes from fresh water and was specifically designed to match the make-up of the water coming from Water Well #7 when it comes on-line later this year.

 

 

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Thu
25
Jan

State leaders scramble to provide emergency housing

Gov. Abbott asks Congress to act quickly

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, in partnership with Texas House and Senate leadership, approved a request from the Texas General Land Office (GLO) for $38.6 million in disaster-related aid to fund critical direct housing programs across the Gulf region in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Wednesday. Those funds, that had already been budgeted to another state agency, will be transferred from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) budget to the budget of the General Land Office.

According to a Governor’s Office news release, Wednesday’s action was taken under Section 14.04 of Article IX of the General Appropriations Act, which anticipates the need to make certain transfers of appropriated dollars when disaster strikes and the Legislature is not in session.

Thu
25
Jan

VISD Technology continues to advance

By George Garza

Vidor I.S.D. schools are continuing their pace towards technology goals set in 2015 after the school district brought in an outside agency to audit the entire district’s technological strengths and weaknesses. During a report presented to the School District’s Board of Trustees last week, the District Director of Technology, Janet Bradley, told trustees that the school district is on track with the 2015 plan to update technology throughout the district. Ms. Bradley said that the School District now has a Dell™ computer in every classroom in the district. Ninety-eight percent of the school district’s classroom teachers have a laptop computer that they are allowed to take home with them to prepare educational components during their off time.

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Thu
25
Jan

Seniors fall victim to jury duty scam

Sheriff urges citizens to warn their elders, personally

By George Garza

Tuesday evening, the Orange County Sheriff’s office issued a second warning concerning a telephone scam where a person or persons claiming to be a Deputy Sergeant from the Orange County Sheriffs Office called citizens from Orange County and told victims that they were about to be arrested for failing to report for jury duty and that they could prevent their arrest by paying their fine in advance to the scammer using their credit card or gift card number.

Now, in a second warning, the Sheriff’s Office urges all Orange County citizens to personally call their elderly parents, elderly relatives, elderly neighbors and elderly friends to warn them never to give their own financial information to someone over a telephone.

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