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Tue
18
Sep

Theft victim offers reward

By George Garza

Lonnie Stanley has been living in Vidor for almost all of his 70 years. Mr. Stanley lives in what he calls a quiet and peaceful neighborhood in far north Vidor and has lived without worrying much about his security until recently. Stanley says that he knows, now, how women feel when they say they have been “violated”. Mr. Stanley said that he was violated when two men broke into a building he owns on far north F.M. 105 and stole his property and destroyed other items and damaged the building.

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Tue
18
Sep

Free flu shot for students

Nearly one year after what some are calling the worst influenza season in a decade, it’s time again to make plans to protect yourselves and your loved ones from the misery of the flu. And this year, thanks to Healthy Schools by Care Dox any student whose parent or guardian wishes to have immunized against four strains of influenza can get free flu shots administered by qualified nurses at their schools this week on Friday.

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Tue
18
Sep

Council finalizing budget, tax rate Thursday

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council is expected to finalize the proposed 2018-2019 budget and tax rate Thursday. Having made some minor adjustments over the past few months, council members are poised to adopt a $6.2 million budget without increasing taxes.

The tax rate must be adopted before the new fiscal year begins October 1st and by limiting new expenditures, and relying on city reserve funds, city council is expected to adopt a tax rate of $0.0724 per $100 of valuation, the same rate as last year.

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Thu
13
Sep

Purple Heart Memorial Bridge is open

Sometime after sunset on Wednesday, September 12, work crews of the Williams Brothers Construction Company opened up the newly finished westbound lanes of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge on I-10.

“It’s almost finished, with detours and reduced lanes,” said Sarah Dupre, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation, Beaumont District. “The contractor still has to install the centerline barricades dividing eastbound from westbound lanes on both approaches to the bridge. They also have to remove the temporary barricades on the eastbound bridge, so it’s not quite done.”

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Thu
13
Sep

Delinquent Orange County taxpayers named

By George Garza

The law firm engaged by Orange County to collect delinquent property taxes has released a partial list of your neighbors who have not paid their property taxes as of, Tuesday September 11, 2018.

According to Steve Bird, an attorney with the Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson Law Firm of Austin, TX, “This is only a partial list of delinquent taxpayers and it includes businesses as well as individuals. Publishing this list is another way to try to encourage delinquent taxpayers to come forward to settle their accounts before we have to proceed with foreclosure proceedings,” said Bird.

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Thu
13
Sep

City, Walmart renegotiating East Tram repairs

By Randall Luker

A steady stream of Walmart delivery trucks traveling on East Tram has Vidor City Council concerned about potential damage resulting in Vidor taxpayers footing the bill for future street repairs.

During last Thursday’s city council meeting, Mayor Robert Viator, Jr. explained that when Walmart and the city discussed plans for the construction of the new store, it was the city’s understanding that loaded trucks would make their deliveries by entering the Walmart property off FM 105 (Main St) and unloaded trucks would exit via East Tram to FM 105.

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Tue
11
Sep

Vidor grad Kara Phillips takes the reins in Fine Arts

By Sally Andrews

Vidor ISD’s new Director of Fine Arts, Kara Phillips, is just thirty-two years old. Being named to the position was exciting for her, but “I didn’t quite expect it to happen for another ten years or so!” she laughed in a Monday interview in the VHS band hall. Phillips, who graduated from Lamar with a Music Performance degree in 2010 and a Master’s Degree in Music Education in 2012, is a product of Vidor schools and the Vidor band program. She spent her first year teaching in Anahuac, a year in Humble, then four years as a VHS assistant band director before taking the Fine Arts helm.

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Tue
11
Sep

Pine Forest reduces property tax rate

By George Garza

The City Council of the City of Pine Forest voted Monday night to reduce their city’s ad valorem property tax rate from its current $0.11934 per $100 property valuation to $0.08279 per $100 property valuation. That is a reduction of a little more than three and a half cents per $100 valuation.

This makes that fourth year in a row that the City of Pine Forest has reduced their ad valorem tax rate.

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Tue
11
Sep

Loans available for flood damaged or destroyed mobile home replacements

By George Garza

Last week Orange County Disaster Rebuild announced that they are offering help to low to moderate income owners of flood damaged or flood destroyed manufactured homes to qualify and apply for replacement homes loans.

Michelle Tubbleville, Special Projects/Communications Coordinator with the Orange County Office of Emergency Management, told the Orange County Commissioners’ Court last Tuesday that Orange County Disaster Rebuild has found out that the international relief organization “Samaritan’s Purse” has a program where victims of disasters who meet certain income requirements can qualify for loans to replace their destroyed mobile homes or loans for money to repair their damaged mobile home.

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Tue
11
Sep

Depression could become tropical storm

By George Garza

An unnamed tropical wave that formed off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the northwest Caribbean Sea this week is moving west north west into the southern Gulf of Mexico where further development is expected according to Roger Erickson of the Lake Charles office of the National Weather Service.

The National Hurricane Center is calling this wave “a large area of disturbed weather” and predicts that it will move into the southern Gulf of Mexico with special interest for persons in Northeast Mexico, Texas and Southwest Louisiana.

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