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Tue
10
Apr

Sheriff asks for surveillance footage and public’s help

By George Garza

 

The Criminal Investigations Division of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a stolen travel trailer that was taken from a public lot in Mauriceville last week. Sources say that this travel trailer is somewhat unique in that the owner decorated it with large palm tree and sunset decals on its exterior, which may help potential witnesses in recalling the memory. According to sources the Dakota travel trailer was taken from a car-pool lot near the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 62 in Mauriceville on Monday afternoon, April 2nd at about 3:15 p.m. A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said that video footage from a nearby business shows the trailer being pulled from the intersection by a pickup that appears dark in color. The trailer can barely be seen behind the trees as it is being pulled out of the parking area.

 

 

Thu
05
Apr

Nehemiah’s Vision continues to help flood victims

George Garza

Nehemiah’s Vision Rebuild Ministry has been active in our community since 2005 when Hurricane Rita damaged so many roofs and buildings. Since Thanksgiving, the ministry has been active again in our community, matching volunteers and resources with storm victim needs.

The faith-based organization has been helping the people of Vidor, Orange County and seven southeast Texas counties with Hurricane Harvey recovery. Nehemiah’s Vision concentrates on repair and rebuilding and is not involved with mucking out of stormdamaged homes. However they can direct callers to other organizations that can help with mucking out.

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Thu
05
Apr

Vidor PD changes impress civil service commissioners

Randall Luker

Ongoing changes at the Vidor Police Department have impressed Vidor’s Civil Service Commission.

Meeting Tuesday, one of the agenda items was a report by VPD Chief Rod Carroll on changes he sought that were approved by the Vidor City Council.

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Thu
05
Apr

Pay up or we’ll shut off your power’ scam is back

And scammers are now using more sophisticated means to trick you

George Garza

Telephone scammers, likely calling from out of our country, are calling businesses and residents in Vidor again telling them their Entergy Texas bill is past due and their power will be shut off shortly unless they pay the caller with a gift card.

Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll issued an alert on Wednesday that a Vidor Main Street business owner had received a scam call to the business’s main telephone where the caller with a foreign accent attempted to demand immediate payment for an alleged past due bill or the business would see its electricity shut off within an hour or two.

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Wed
04
Apr

Mauriceville robbery suspect confesses to other area heists

By George Garza

A Vidor man who is a suspect in armed robbery that occurred in Mauriceville last week has confessed to that crime as well as to two other brazen robberies including an armed robbery in Lakeview that occurred last month. 

According to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office news release, thirty-one year-old Zachary Harris of Vidor was arrested in Vidor sometime between Thursday, March 29th and Tuesday, April 2nd, in Vidor on unrelated outstanding arrest warrants by Orange County Sheriff’s deputies.

 

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Wed
04
Apr

Guardrail delays bridge completion

By Randall Luker

The anticipated completion of the Anderson Gully bridge at old Highway 90 has been pushed back as design issues with the guardrail are corrected and a change order is approved for the new design and funds issued to the contractor. According to Danny Perez, TxDOT Public Information Officer- Houston District , as of Friday, March 30, “We are currently working with the contractor on a change order to the contract that will allow them to include the guardrail work in the project contract. 

Once everything is finalized and approved, the contractor will do the roadway surface work first and then they will complete the guardrail work. We anticipate this work taking a few weeks to complete.”

 

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Wed
04
Apr

Local Food Bank helps its helpers

By George Garza

Representatives of the Southeast Texas Food Bank were in Vidor on Monday morning to offer help to five Vidor client agencies who each suffered some type of Hurricane Harvey devastation. Normally, Vidor area care centers, soup kitchens and food pantries, all depend on the Southeast Texas Food Bank to provide them canned goods, food staples, cheese and other foods that they distribute to their clients to help combat hunger in our area.

Audine Rathbun, Agency Relations Specialist with the Food Bank of Southeast Texas, met in Vidor City Hall with representatives from the United Christian Care Center of Vidor, Serenity Oaks Food Ministry, the Harmony Baptist Church Food Pantry, Turning Point Church Fishers of Men and the Pine Forest Baptist Church Food Pantry and presented those agencies with cash, freezers, refrigerators, shelving, computers and other equipment needed for their recovery.

 

Thu
29
Mar

Vidor prioritizes projects for Harvey grant applications

By Randall Luker

 

Vidor City Council will seek grants for an estimated $5.8 million worth of projects intended to repair damage caused by Hurricane Harvey or mitigate future disasters. The most contentious item was whether the city would seek $1.5 million to acquire properties that have repetitively flooded. Councilman

 

Gary Herrera objected, saying the program was subject to abuse and questioned what would keep the buyout beneficiaries from taking the cash and leaving the area. He also questioned what would become of the properties after the buyout and how much that would cost the city in the long run.?

 

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Thu
29
Mar

Easter comes early for Pine Forest students

By George Garza

 

The fourth graders at Pine Forest Elementary School got a special treat on Wednesday morning when one of the student’s father dropped more than 2,000 Easter Eggs from a helicopter hovering over the school’s playground. Kaylei Jacobs, who is in the fourth grade at Pine Forest, asked her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joey Jacobs, “Daddy, can you please do this like you did for my older brother?

 

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Tue
27
Mar

Travis Maines named VISD Assistant Superintendent

George Garza

Vidor High School Principal Travis Maines was selected as the next Vidor Independent School District Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Mr. Maines will replace Assistant Superintendent Johnny Ross who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Maines appointment as Assistant Superintendent marks yet another step higher in Maines’ meteoric rise in the Vidor Schools.

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