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Thu
03
Aug

Vidor woman pleads guilty

A 51-year-old Vidor woman has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherstone today.

On Wednesday of this week, Eva Renee Powell pleaded guilty to bank robbery of the Capital One Bank in Orange before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.

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Tue
01
Aug

TXDOT Commissioners approve $34.2 million for Vidor loop

By George Garza

Last week the five commissioners of the Texas Department of Transportation voted to approve the authorization of up to $34.2 million in Pass Through/Toll Programs funds for reimbursement to local agencies who subsidize the construction of F.M. 299, the so-called Vidor Loop.


According to Orange County Precinct #4 Commissioner Jody Crump, who attended the TXDOT Commissioners’ meeting in Austin on Thursday, the TXDOT commissioners voted to officially move the F.M. 299 project from the alternate Pass Through/Toll Program funding list to the actual Pass Through/Toll Program funding list.

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Tue
01
Aug

OC Sheriff Association contract negotiation continues

By George Garza

Representatives of the Orange County Commissioners’ Court and representatives of the Orange County Sheriff’s Employee Association met recently in contract negotiations. Since any new contract agreement between the two parties requires a majority vote of the rank and file Association membership and a majority vote of the five member Commissioners’ Court in order to successfully agree on a contract, it is impossible to say how the negotiations are proceeding until such votes by both groups are taken.

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Tue
01
Aug

Orange County issues request for Hotel Occupancy Tax applications

The Orange County Hotel/Motel Tax committee has released applications for non-profit entities within Orange County to apply for a portion of the County’s Hotel/Motel Tax funds. Any 501(C) organization in Orange County that attracts visitors to Orange County Texas can make application to the committee. There are a number of restrictions by state law as to how the funds can be utilized. Funds must be used in a manner that encourages overnight visitors to Orange County, and expenditures must fall within one of the following categories.

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Tue
01
Aug

City makes major changes to HOT tax fund disbursements as applications almost due

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council made major changes to the way HOT tax funds will be distributed at Thursday’s regular meeting. Half of the money received will be held by the city for unspecified future use and a $10,000 maximum disbursement was set for any one organization per year. In the past, the city retained 10 percent of the tax while some organizations or individuals had received tens of thousands of dollars from the tax that is collected by local hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts and is intended to be used to promote tourism and overnight stays in the city.


These changes come as the city prepares to review and award funding for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

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Tue
01
Aug

Help Vidor school children this Saturday

By George Garza

This coming Saturday, the Vidor schools will hold their annual “Fill the Bus” School Supply Collection Drive in the Walmart parking lot from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.


In order for this school supply collection drive to be successful, a lot of Vidorians will need to remember to help the school children of Vidor as they go about their shopping this week.

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Thu
27
Jul

Save on back to school items during sales tax holiday

By Randall Luker

With Vidor ISD kicking off the 2017-2018 school year August 28, shoppers can take advantage of savings during this year’s Texas Sales Tax Holiday August 11-13.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items during the state’s annual sales tax holiday scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-13.

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Thu
27
Jul

Mauriceville man shot during argument

Victim taken by medical helicopter to hospital 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in Mauriceville late on Wednesday night.

According to Orange County Sheriff’s Office Detective Janois Strause Grizzaffi, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call in concerning a person that had been shot in the stomach in the Mauriceville community at about 10:44 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26th.

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Thu
27
Jul

Lack of Chamber presence nothing to worry about says president

By Randall Luker

Some local officials were questioning the Vidor Chamber of Commerce’s viability this week after attempts to contact the business organization were unsuccessful.

Attempts to log on to the Vidor Chamber website were met with the 404 Not Found error message and attempts to call the Chamber office at 769-6339 resulted in a message from Time Warner that no mailbox was set up, so no messages could be left.

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Thu
27
Jul

Commissioners’ propose elected official salaries

By George Garza

Once again the Orange County Commissioners’ Court has embarked on a possible exercise in futility as they voted to propose elected official’s rates of pay for the coming fiscal year. And once again the Commissioners’ Court has voted for salary increases for nearly every elected official in the county, including themselves.

However, as we have seen in the past, state law forces the County Commissioners to set elected officials salaries long before the County’s new Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget has been finalized. Also in the past, those proposed salaries that were required by law to be posted in local newspapers as possible future salary increases have been consistently canceled due to no available funds.

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