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Tue
02
Jan

County Judge summarizes 2017 for OC residents

On Friday, December 29th, 2017, Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton issued a public statement that he is calling “The 2018 State of the County”. It is believed that no other Orange County Judge has ever issued a summary statement of the year in review for county government.

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court is the chief governing organization in our county and actions taken by the Court can affect every one of our readers who reside in Orange County. The Commissioners’ Court is also a political entity whose members all vie for votes to become elected or re-elected to those posts, including three current members who are seeking new terms in the 2018 elections. All three of those are facing primary election opponents.

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Thu
28
Dec

Felons lead cops on a round robin chase

By George Garza

Vidor police officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit on Wednesday afternoon that took them to Beaumont and back again to Vidor.

The high-speed chase began shortly after 2:30 p.m. on December 27, when an officer on patrol who was stopped at red light spotted a man getting into a grey Trans Am in a parking lot up ahead on North Main Street. The officer believed that the man looked like a suspect who was wanted for arrest on an outstanding felony warrant, but wasn’t certain.

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Thu
28
Dec

Fireworks are not for kids’ hands

And they are not allowed inside the City of Vidor

It is a tradition to greet the New Year with some type of celebration in our great nation. People celebrate by dancing, drinking, singing and counting down. Some people greet the new year with fireworks. It is a fine tradition that has its roots among our founding fathers

However, fireworks can also be dangerous, causing serious injuries and wildfires, unexpectedly.

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Thu
28
Dec

Coldest weather of year due early part of next week

Will it snow next week? The National Weather Service in Lake Charles says longer range forecasts still indicate the coldest temperatures of the winter season early next week. Lows will be in the 20s next Monday, Tuesday, and perhaps Wednesday morning. This is expected our entire forecast region. It is too early to say if there will be any moisture in the atmosphere to produce freezing rain, sleet, or snow next week, but it bears watching.

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Thu
28
Dec

Group forming to aid in long term recovery from Harvey

Orange County is in the process of creating a Long Term Recovery Group to help serve the needs of the citizens of Orange County who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

According to Michelle Tubbleville, Special Projects/Communications Coordinator for Orange County Emergency Management, all local Pastors, organizations, businesses, and individuals that want to learn how to or have already been assisting in the recovery efforts are invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, January 11, at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center at 11475 FM 1442.”

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Tue
26
Dec

Congressman touts GOP achievements of 2017

Our U.S. Congressman, Brian Babin, issued the following year-end message entitled “A year of Accomplishments” to all of his constituents on December 22, 2017. The Vidorian presents his message in its entirety.

“With the election of President Trump and a Republican Congress, we set out on a conservative agenda in 2017 to restore and rebuild America’s economy and national security. As 2017 comes to a close, I am proud of the many conservative reforms we have enacted and the benefits they have already brought to the people I represent in Southeast Texas and the entire American public.

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Tue
26
Dec

Rose City water plant gives residents a Christmas present

Boil water noticed was rescinded last Friday

By George Garza

Last week, on Friday morning, December 22, 2017, the City of Rose City Water Department issued a “Boil Water Rescind Notice” to all of its customers. For the first time since the floods of Harvey overwhelmed the city’s water plant in August, the residents of the small riverside town are able to consume their tap water directly from the spigot.

According to water plant manager Jan Ratcliff, the reason that it took so long to get a clean bill of health for the city’s water supply is that there have been delays in the repairs to the plant.

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Tue
26
Dec

Voters reject Orange County Hospital District

By George Garza

Despite the fact that Orange County no longer has a trauma center associated with a major hospital to offer emergency health care for its citizens, the voters of Orange County said no to creating a new Orange County Hospital District. And they did so overwhelmingly. More than eighty-three percent of total number of voters casting ballots in last Tuesday’s election, voted against the issue.

Of course, the vote totals will remain unofficial until the numbers can be canvased and formally approved by the Orange County Commissioners’ Court, probably next Tuesday.

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Tue
26
Dec

Suspect arrested in South Vidor shooting

By George Garza

While details about last Tuesday’s shooting death of fifty-one year-old, Christopher Eric Sharpe of Vidor, remain sketchy, it appears that the Orange County Sheriff Office investigators have now determined that the shooting is a homicide.

Last week, on Thursday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to submit a probable cause affidavit to a judge, requesting that an arrest warrant on the charge of murder be issued for the arrest of thirty-one year-old, James Derrick McGlothlin of Vidor. The judge issued the arrest warrant and deputies began searching for McGlothlin on Thursday evening.

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Fri
22
Dec

Rose City boil water notice rescinded

New pumps and blowers await installation at the Rose City Water Plant in this archive photo of the plant recorded on September 20th of this year.

“The City of Rose City Water Department issued the following notice on Friday morning, December 22, 2017:
Boil Water Rescind Notice.
On September 1, 2017 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) required the public water system of the city of Rose City, PWS 1810139 to issue a Boil Water Notice (BWN) to inform our customers that the system’s water must be boiled prior to consumption due to Tropical Storm Harvey and flooding that occurred in Rose City, Texas.  
Our system has taken the necessary corrective actions to resolve adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling as of December 22, 2017.  
If you have questions, please contact The Rose City City Hall at 409-769-6809.  
If customers wish to reach TCEQ they may call 512-239-4691.  

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