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Tue
15
Aug

New safety requirement law for Vidor bicycle riders

By Randall Luker

Vidor bike riders on city streets at twilight or nighttime will need to gear up to meet the requirements of a new city law approved Thursday. Vidor Chief of Police Rod Carroll said the newly revised bike ordinance mirrored state requirements for bicyclists.

From 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise, bicyclists must display a headlight (white light) on the front of the bike and a red light on the rear while operating the bike on public roadways. In addition, the rider must wear reflective clothing such as a vest or shirt to promote safety and visibility.

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Tue
15
Aug

Citizen takedown nets pair police recognition

By Randall Luker

Two men that helped apprehend a robbery suspect at the Vidor Walmart were awarded the Vidor Police Department Crime Fighter Awards by Vidor Chief of Police Rod Carroll at Thurday’s Vidor City Council meeting.

According to a VPD press release, on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 1:20 pm, the Vidor Police Department Dispatch Center received a call of a disturbance at Wal-Mart Store located at 1350 N. Main, Vidor, Texas.

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Tue
15
Aug

Stepson is indicted for capital murder

By George Garza

Last week the Orange County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging fifty-three year-old Aaron Kyle Angelo with capital murder in the brutal double stabbing slaying of his stepfather, Richard Glen Ames and Ames’ friend, Edna Clary Phillips, in Ames’ Maplecrest Addition home in June of 2015.

According to Orange County Attorney John Kimbrough, “After their bodies were discovered, a lengthy and complex investigation was conducted and Angelo was identified as the person responsible. The Texas Rangers, the Vidor Police Department and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office participated in the investigation.

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Thu
10
Aug

Local sales rebound good news for county and city taxpayers

Local shoppers are finally bringing smiles back to Orange County government. With most local municipalities dependent on monthly sales tax revenue to provide almost half of their annual revenue, cities closely watch the monthly sales tax allocation that is collected by retailers, sent to Austin and then the local share is returned to the jurisdiction where it was originally collected. With the exception of Orange and Pine Forest, the county and its municipalities have seen less money coming back from Austin as retail sales diminished compared to 2016.

 

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Thu
10
Aug

County elected to get no pay adjustment

By George Garza

 

Despite their apparent general agreement that the Orange County Elected Official Pay Matrix needs some type of adjustment or elimination, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court could not come to a majority agreement on how to change it, this week. After two motions to set new salaries for elected officials failed, the issue was dropped with no action taken meaning that, barring any new motion to adjust salaries in the next week, the Orange County elected officials will have their salaries frozen for a tenth year.

 

Tue
08
Aug

Council to set tax rate Thursday

By Randall Luker

 

Taxes will be a major subject of discussion Thursday at the regular Vidor City Council meeting, but bicycles, guns and other more mundane items round out a full agenda for council members.

Some of the items to be decided include approving a possible Master Consulting Agreement with Falgout Consulting that would allow city employees to get quick answers to their engineering questions whether it pertains to city streets, drainage or other engineering related items.

 

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Tue
08
Aug

Head-on collision sends six to hospitals

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

One person remains in critical condition at Christus St. Elizabeth hospital on Monday afternoon after a head-on collision sent six people to the hospital Sunday night. According to the Vidor Police Department Chief of Police Rod Carroll, at about 8:12 p.m. on Sunday,

August 6th, the Vidor Police Department dispatch center received a call of a major accident that had occurred at the intersection of State Highway 12 and Evangeline Lane involving a head-on collision. The caller advised one vehicle had left the roadway and rolled several times.

 

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Tue
08
Aug

“Fill the Bus” scores school tools

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

The “Fill the Bus” School Supply Collection Drive held this past weekend appears to be an unqualified success.

Thanks to the generosity of wonderful people of Vidor, the yellow school bus parked at Walmart on Saturday was filled to the ceiling with donated school supplies for all seven of Vidor’s schools. “We had the bus’s seats full of school supplies,”

said Sally Andrews, a school district spokesperson.

“They were overflowing and nearly to the roof. This was the best ‘Fill the Bus’ yet! We netted more than $3,500 in cash donations from local businesses; organizations and individual donors that will be used to purchase those needed items that were not donated.”

 

 

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Tue
08
Aug

Police Explorers come back winners

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

A team of Vidor Police Explorers recently returned to Vidor as winners at the Texas Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association State Competition. The team of eight teens placed in four team events in the state competition against 63 other police explorer teams representing 33 other police agencies that competed

 

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Tue
08
Aug

Sheriff’s Association negotiations stall again

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

The collective bargaining negotiations between Orange County and the Orange County Sheriff’s Employees Association appear to have stalled again. Collective bargaining representative met on Monday afternoon following an offer by the county to break out the County’s Employee Policy Section 370 into two parts, 370 and 380.

 

The issue that the Association is holding firm on currently is the maintenance of the standards of Section 370 of the Orange County Employee Policy that concerns employee eligibility under the Texas County and District Retirement System and those policies and procedures as recently changed by the Orange County Commissioners’ Court concerning retiree health insurance

 

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