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Tue
03
Jul

Drainage workshops connects victims with agencies

BY George Garza

Orange County Commissioners’ Court held two public workshops recently for the purpose of holding discussions regarding the improvement of drainage in Orange County, the identification of problem areas, and possible partnership or coordination with other agencies including, but not limited to, the Orange County Drainage District, municipalities and TXDOT.

Orange County Judge Dean Crooks call the non-voting workshop meetings so that the public could query various government entities about their drainage issues with the hope of getting possible answers concerning workable solutions to those issues.

 

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Tue
03
Jul

Planning, Zoning Commission seat still vacant

By Randall Luker

No one has volunteered for the final seat on the six-person Vidor Planning and Zoning Commission although Vidor City Council has been actively seeking applicants for at least the past six weeks.

Mayor Robert Viator asked council members to submit qualified candidates’ names in mid-June when three seats were open, but only two were filled, leaving a single vacancy for a one year unexpired term.

 

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Tue
03
Jul

Entergy donates fans to Vidor seniors

By George Garza

The United Christian Care Center of Vidor recently received a generous donation of thirty box fans to be distributed amongst its over age 65 clients and disabled clients as needed. Entergy Texas was the wonderful donor who offered the floor fans for Vidorians who, for various reasons don’t have or cannot use air conditioning.

The Entergy Texas annual box fan donation program is called the “Beat the Heat” Fan Drive, and this year 1,300 fans are being distributed and delivered to a number of locations throughout the electric utility’s thirty- one Southeast Texas county service area.

 

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Thu
28
Jun

City and county considering ponds for flood control

By Randall Luker

Both the City of Vidor and Orange County are considering detention or retention ponds to hold excess water to lessen flooding in the east Vidor area. With grant funding becoming available following Hurricane Harvey, both the Orange County Drainage District and City of Vidor are looking at ways to lessen flooding along Terry Gully, a major drainage ditch that ultimately flows into Cow Bayou. Retention and detention ponds are being considered to catch and hold excess runoff which would be released slowly as floodwaters recede. A retention, or “wet bottom pond” holds a specific amount of water indefinitely. The pond is designed to have drainage leading to another location to keep the pond from overflowing during heavy rains, but otherwise the pond is intended to always be full. Often, these types of ponds are seen in commercial properties or subdivisions, sometimes with decorative fountains in the center

 

Thu
28
Jun

New case management allows for customized help for flood victims

By George Garza

You may have noticed flyers on your favorite community Facebook ™ page announcing On-Site Case Management or other references to flood victim case managers being available for Hurricane Harvey impacted households. In fact, case management for flood victims still suffering from unmet needs has recently been centralized and the new system is supposed to provide flood victims with more options for help. Regular readers of this publication will remember that a longterm recovery assistance group was forming in Orange County. Orange County Disaster Rebuild is now the long-term recovery team serving Orange County disaster victims in meeting unmet needs following a disaster.

 

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Tue
26
Jun

Cops ‘n Kids Picnic resounding success

By George Garza

More than 2,000 children and their parents and adult sponsors attended the 23rd Annual Orange County Sheriff’s Office “Cops ‘n Kids Picnic” at Claiborne West Park the week before last. Almost every first responder agency from Orange County, and a few from beyond the county, set up booths, tables and stands to greet the kids and show them a really good time.

Thanks to generous donations of area businesses and civic organizations, the Sheriff’s Office has been able to sponsor the Cops ‘n Kids Picnic every year since 1995 in the relaxed setting of the scenic park where children of all ages can meet and speak one-on-one with a police officer

 

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Tue
26
Jun

Council meeting mostly routine, with few exceptions

By Randall Luker

Most of Thursday’s Vidor City Council meeting agenda relates to approving contracts or agreements for professional services with firms previously approved to work with the city on proposed Hurricane Harvey grant projects, either in grant writing or engineering services, but several agenda items fall outside those parameters.

Pirate Pride Park on East Bolivar could see further development if council members approve the submission of a Community Partner Playground Agreement with KaBOOM! for a community- built playground grant and it is awarded. Grants up to $15,000 are available to qualified applicants.

 

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Tue
26
Jun

Local grant funds at work

The City of Vidor is replacing culverts along Oakland Street in the Maplecrest Addition courtesy of a $10,000 grant from the Sabine River Authority to help local entities with drainage improvements following Hurricane Harvey. The culvert replacements on Oakland is in anticipation of the city rehabilitating the street using FEMA Harvey Recovery grant funding.

 

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Thu
21
Jun

Federal warrant yields methamphetamines in Vidor

Special to the Vidorian

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies and federal law enforcement officers served a federal felony warrant on a travel trailer on Smith Lake Road in Vidor last week on Friday. They found nearly thirty grams of crystal methamphetamine and arrested two occupants for possession and/or for possession with intent to distribute charges.

According to a news release issued by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday evening, “Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division responded to a travel trailer in the 300 block of Smith Lake Road in Vidor, Texas, on Friday, June 15th, to serve a federal felony warrant on 34 year-old Thomas Charles Jones for ‘possession with intent / and distribution of a controlled substance’.

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Thu
21
Jun

More than a dozen homes get floodwaters

George Garza
The Vidorian

After receiving nearly fifteen inches of rain in less than 48 hours, it was no surprise to hear that residences in Orange County were threatened with floodwaters, especially in low-lying areas. According Joel Ardoin, Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator, the county is trying to pin down the exact number of Orange County homes that were flooded in this week’s rain event, but says that number is between twelve and fifteen Orange County homes that were awash in floodwaters.

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