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Thu
10
May

Bulk carrier overturns in neighborhood

By George Garza

 

 

A large tractor trailer pulling a dry goods bulk carrier trailer flipped on its side in a Vidor neighborhood of south of Old Highway 90 on Wednesday morning. The large steel tank of the trailer was full of a non-hazardous powdered catalyst and remained intact through the rollover. No product or materials, other than a few gallons of diesel exhaust fluid, was spilled during the lurch of the paired vehicles.

 

According to a City of Vidor Police Department report, the 18 wheeled tractor trailer truck was southbound o n Sa r g e n t St r e e t between Old Highway 90 East and Orange Street using the detour around the bridge construction on Old 90, when the driver decided to use Sarver Street to shorten his drive back to Old Highway 90.

 

 

Tue
08
May

Small turnout in City/Port elections

George Garza

A very tiny turnout of registered voters in Vidor and Orange County went to the polls to cast their ballots for city councilpersons and port commissioners on Saturday. Only fifty City of Vidor registered voters actually showed up to vote at the Junior High School for Vidor City Council members on Saturday. Countywide, just over four percent of registered voters marked a ballot with their choice for Port Commissioners.

From the beginning of early voting on Monday, April 23 through Election Day on May 5, about 278 voters cast ballots in four races in the City of Vidor Election. With such a small number of votes, a close race was inevitable.

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Tue
08
May

Auditorium repairs won’t finish by May

Hope against hope that Hurricane Harvey flood damage repairs to the Vidor High School Auditorium would be completed before the end of May are vanishing with the wind. According to Vidor High School Principal Travis Maines, the contractor, McInnis Construction has made every possible effort to have the Auditorium back in shape and ready in time for the A.I.M. Center Commencement, the VHS Senior Scholarship Program, the VHS Grade Level Awards Program and the Vidor I.S.D. Convocation Program all to be held during the last two weeks of May. But, the lack of auditorium replacement seating has shifted all of those events to other locations.

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Tue
08
May

Early birds enjoy Vidor Farmers Market

Some well-informed lucky shoppers who had seen advertisements, signs, or Facebook posts enjoyed a special shopping treat Saturday, May 5th as they stopped by the new Vidor Farmers Market being hosted at Friedeck’s Garden Center.

About ten vendors were on hand for the initial market launch, offering all kinds of good things to eat. Only one vendor had a good selection of vegetables, including green tomatoes, squash, green beans and new potatoes, while another had some zucchini. Others offered homemade jellies and jams in a wide variety including mayhaw, muscadine, blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry. One vendor also had local honey, another had fresh eggs and there were other treats as well.

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Fri
04
May
Tue
01
May

Democrat candidate Brown drops out

bY George Garza

Orange County Democratic Party’s candidate for Orange County Judge has dropped out of the race. According to Orange County Elections Administrator, Tina Barrow, an attorney dropped off Democrat Don Brown’s Texas Election form for withdrawing from a race last week on Thursday. Ms. Barrow said that the attorney did not identify himself and offered no reason for Mr. Brown’s withdrawal from the November 6th election

 

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Tue
01
May

Hurricane Hunter aircraft to visit SETX

In effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation ahead of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA’s hurricane experts will tour five U.S. Gulf Coast cities from May 7-11 to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. At each stop, the public and media can view the NOAA Gulfstream IV aircraft, which flies ahead of a storm, and take a tour inside a U.S. Air Force Reserve WC-130J hurricane hunter aircraft, which flies directly through the eye of a storm.

 

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Thu
26
Apr

Man is shot on Alamo Street

By George Garza

A forty-seven year-old Vidor man was shot and killed on a street in Vidor on Tuesday night. Jason McClain of Vidor was killed in the middle of Alamo Street, some ten to fifteen yards west of its intersection with South Main Street. According to Vidor Police Department Captain Rodney Johnson, Jr., on Tuesday night shortly after 10:30 p.m., the Vidor Police Department received a call about gunshots being fired in the 100 block of Alamo Street. Johnson said that police officers dispatched to the scene were quick to arrive where they found the Mr. McClain and the person who called 9-1-1.

 

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Thu
26
Apr

Ken Bost named Rose City Marshal

By George Garza

The Rose City City Council decided to accept the resignation of their Deputy Marshal Jeffery Safer on March 19th in a special meeting of the City Council. According to Rose City Mayor Bonnie Stephenson, Safer cited medical issues as his reason for withdrawing from his duties as Deputy Marshal.

 

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Tue
24
Apr

Vidor council to discuss Harvey’s effect on property values and 2019 tax rate

Randall Luker

Will Hurricane Harvey hit local property owners in the wallet again, or will rising sales tax receipts offset the need to raise taxes to fund local government? That’s the question Vidor City Council will discuss Thursday when they meet in regular session at Vidor City Hall at 7 p.m.

Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst Tuesday that with 2019 budget planning drawing near, he wanted city council members to at least begin thinking about Harvey’s effect on local property taxes and city revenue. “I wanted to at least start the discussion now, rather than waiting. We know property values will be down, but we don’t now how much. And will the increase in sales tax funds offset the decrease in property values?”

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