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Thu
16
Nov

Vidor schools see drop in enrollment

By George Garza

With so many families in the Vidor area being displaced by the floods of Hurricane Harvey, it was expected that the Vidor I.S.D. total student enrollment would take a hit this year. During their November Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustee’s meeting held this week, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo announce to the Board that the total student enrollment comparison between enrollment at the end of last week and the total student enrollment for the same date in 2016 had dropped by some 265 students or by 5.5%. The good news that Killgo offered the Board was that last week’s enrollment, while down from last year, has increased by some 147 students since school began on September 19th.

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Thu
16
Nov

Pine Forest to price new city hall building

By George Garza

The City of Pine Forest has voted to authorize City Councilperson Brian Elliot to begin to gather information on the cost to acquire and finish out a prefabricated metal building to replace the city’s badly damaged city hall building.

During their regularly scheduled November meeting in their temporary city hall building, the council discussed the order of the various processes that they must undergo in order to successfully build a new city hall. The Council was informed that they have until December 24 to formulate and decide on a finalized rebuilding plan to be submitted for various state and federal funding for grants to rebuild their flood damaged city hall.

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Thu
16
Nov

Blue Santa reminds parents to apply for Christmas gifts

By George Garza

The deadline for parents and guardians of children in need to apply to the Vidor Police Department “Operation Blue Santa - - Toys for Tots” Christmas gift program is next Monday, November 20, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

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Tue
14
Nov

No handshake, exhibits no class

By  Randall Luker

 

The Memorial Titans’ captains refused to shake hands with the Vidor Pirate captains during the midfield coin toss ceremony before last Friday night’s football game in Port Arthur. Many fans were upset by the unsportsmanlike display, and not only on the Vidor side.

 

Because many of the Titan players were jumping up and down excitedly when the Titan captains refused to shake their guests’ hand before the game, the snub appeared pre-planned, raising the question, was just the students’ idea, or were school officials or coaches involved?

 

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Tue
14
Nov

County courts return to Courthouse in Orange

By George Garza

 

After eight weeks of being closed because of water damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, the historic Orange County Courthouse building in Orange reopened last week for some of its regular occupants. It turns out that flooding was not the issue in the four-story building on Division Avenue in downtown Orange..

“The water damage inside of the Orange County Courthouse was caused by wind driven rains and a few roof leaks,” said Precinct #2 Orange County Commissioner Barry Burton. “A lot of water came in through windows on the south side of the building, but truth be known, some windows leaked on the north side of the building as well.”

 

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Tue
14
Nov

All together again

By George Garza

 

Twelve weeks following the scheduled first day of school for the Oak Forest Elementary School, students, teachers, aides and administrators of that flooded campus gathered together at their new temporary Oak Forest campus for their own first day of school celebration.

 

“The families seemed happy, there were lots of smiling faces and I really didn’t see any tears,” said Carolyn Wedgeworth, Principal of Oak Forest Elementary School. “I saw happy faces on my students. I saw happy faces on our parents. All of our teachers were smiling. Even our bus drivers showed smiles as they dropped our kids at the school this morning. I think we’re all excited to be right here in our own little campus united again.”

 

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Tue
14
Nov

Residents seek claim against Corps of Engineers

By George Garza

 

More than 100 Vidor residents have filed a claim against the federal government for a violation of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by taking their private property without just compensation.

 

The lawsuit filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington D. C. alleges that when the a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released record amounts of water from Dam B, Steinhagen Lake and Sam Rayburn Reservoir at the end of August and through the 11th of September, that constituted a temporary taking of the Vidor residents’ private property when the resulting flood waters deprived the plaintiffs’ of their right to use, occupy and otherwise enjoy their own private property and made the majority of the plaintiffs’’ homes uninhabitable

 

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Mon
13
Nov

Priates enter playoffs

The Vidor Pirates will travel to Galena Park Friday to play New Caney in the first playoff game of the season. Kickoff time is 7:00 p.m.

Thu
09
Nov

Voters accept all Constitutional Amendments

A tiny percentage of Orange County’s registered voters decided to accept all seven proposed Amendments to the Texas State Constitution on Tuesday. The low voter turnout, around three percent in Orange County mirrored the statewide turnout at the polling places, around five percent. At least 2,641 of the county’s 53,119 registered voters or about 3.05% cast their ballot either early or on Election Day in Orange County in the 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election.

Those voters overwhelmingly approved ad valorem tax exemptions for deceased first responders surviving spouses and allowing homestead exemptions for disabled veterans and/or spouses who receive a donated home with voters approving those propositions by 87% and 87.72% respectively.

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Thu
09
Nov

Oak Forest temporary elementary to open Monday

By George Garza

“We are so excited to get everyone back together again in one place,” said Carolyn Wedgeworth as she looked in to the temporary Oak Forest Elementary cafeteria made up of seven portable buildings stacked side by side with their wide-side walls removed. “Our teachers are ready to move into their new classrooms and our kids are looking forward to it as well.”

The new Oak Forest Elementary School temporary campus is made up of 22 portable buildings housing forty-four classrooms.

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