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Thu
27
Jul

Mauriceville man shot during argument

Victim taken by medical helicopter to hospital 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in Mauriceville late on Wednesday night.

According to Orange County Sheriff’s Office Detective Janois Strause Grizzaffi, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call in concerning a person that had been shot in the stomach in the Mauriceville community at about 10:44 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26th.

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Thu
27
Jul

Lack of Chamber presence nothing to worry about says president

By Randall Luker

Some local officials were questioning the Vidor Chamber of Commerce’s viability this week after attempts to contact the business organization were unsuccessful.

Attempts to log on to the Vidor Chamber website were met with the 404 Not Found error message and attempts to call the Chamber office at 769-6339 resulted in a message from Time Warner that no mailbox was set up, so no messages could be left.

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Thu
27
Jul

Commissioners’ propose elected official salaries

By George Garza

Once again the Orange County Commissioners’ Court has embarked on a possible exercise in futility as they voted to propose elected official’s rates of pay for the coming fiscal year. And once again the Commissioners’ Court has voted for salary increases for nearly every elected official in the county, including themselves.

However, as we have seen in the past, state law forces the County Commissioners to set elected officials salaries long before the County’s new Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget has been finalized. Also in the past, those proposed salaries that were required by law to be posted in local newspapers as possible future salary increases have been consistently canceled due to no available funds.

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Thu
27
Jul

Entergy Texas Foundation contributes to local agencies

Entergy Texas Foundation contributes to local agencies

Despite the fact that Entergy Texas has moved its headquarters out of east Texas, the electric utility has not forgotten our local nonprofits and has, so far this year awarded some $72,000 in charitable grants in Texas. That includes the Boys and Girls Club of Hardin County.

According to Entergy Texas Senior Communications Specialist, Kacee Kirschvink, “Everyone needs a Power Hour, including students at the Boys and Girls Club of Hardin County, who will receive one-onone time with tutors to develop academic, behavioral and social skills through homework completion.

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Tue
25
Jul

Stock up on school supplies for your neighbors

By George Garza

With the Annual Vidor Schools “Fill the Bus” School Supply Collection Drive less than two weeks away, now is the time to start picking up some pencils, glue sticks, erasers and paper towels to have on hand when the Collection Drive begins on Saturday, August 5th.

And what does it take to come to school prepared to learn? A lot of thing you might not imagine, for instance, second grade boys need one box of Clorox® Wipes to start school this year. Second grade girls have to bring a box of gallon- sized box of Ziploc® bags.

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Tue
25
Jul

Another set of chain reaction collisions stalls traffic

By George Garza

For the second time in two weeks another set of chain reaction traffic collisions have stalled westbound I-10 traffic. However these latest wrecks did not happen near the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge. Instead, they occurred in the center of Orange County.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Stephanie Davis, the three wrecks occurred on westbound I-10 near its intersection with F.M. 1136.

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Tue
25
Jul

Budget, HOT tax, buildings to occupy Vidor City Council Thursday

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council will face a full slate of items when they meet Thursday with the public getting their first look at the 2017-2018 proposed budget, major changes expected in the way HOT tax funds are distributed and consideration of ordering two building demolitions.

In his budget message, Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst notes the city expects to receive a little more than $2 million in property tax revenue and $2.7 million in sales tax revenue, the same as this year. Kunst wrote, “The new Walmart Super Center is scheduled to open in early 2018. Nevertheless, we are taking a conservative approach in budgeting sales tax. There are too many variables, mainly weather, that could cause a delay in the new Walmart opening, therefore we are continuing with a sales tax projection that does not include the new store.”

Tue
25
Jul

Honor your loved one at Veteran’s Park

By George Garza

The Vidor Lions Club is offering western Orange County residents an opportunity, once again, to honor their loved ones who have served honorably in the U.S. Military. The Lions are planning to have the engraver return to the park to add names to each branch of service tribute walls standing proudly in the Vidor Lions Club “Fields of Freedom” Veterans Park. The engraver will be working in October and November to add as many names as possible to the five black granite monoliths that stand in silent but fitting tribute to men and women who have given much for their county, for their families and for their neighbors.

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Tue
25
Jul

Freedom Rally to celebrate third year Saturday, July 29

By Theo Houston

July 29th marks the third year of existence of the “Freedom Rally” of Orange County. Back in 2015, a group of area Christians saw the need for a public response to the conditions that are growing daily in our society. A moral decline in America has seen our flag dishonored and the individuals charged with the safety of our citizens verbally and physically attached. A coalition of concerned Christians called for action...thus, the “Freedom Rally” was born.

Led by Vidorian, Margie Bickerton, the first rally was held at Conn Park where the turnout was encouraging to all participants and attendees.

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Thu
20
Jul

Six cops officially receive Valor awards

By George Garza

The plaques have been engraved and the uniform decoration has been fabricated. And that means it’s time to have an official awards ceremony.

On Wednesday, the City of Vidor and the Vidor Police Department recognized six of its own men in blue for taking quick actions that likely saved a life with the police department’s Award of Valor.

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