News

Tue
18
Jul

Junior High Jump Start in August

By Sally Andrews

 

Vidor Junior High will host Jump Start on Monday, August 21 for incoming 7th graders and Thursday, August 24 for those entering 8th grade. Families are asked to complete the online registration through their Skyward Family Access accounts before Jump Start to ensure a smooth registration.

Computers will be open at the junior high for those who do not have access elsewhere. Students attending Jump Start must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and seventh graders must bring their up-to-date shot records. For information on immunizations that are required, please visit the VISD website at www.vidorisd.org.

 

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Tue
18
Jul

Fire destroys home north of Pine Forest

By George Garza

 

A fire ravaged a remote residence hidden away against a scenic setting between Pine Forest and Echo Forest on Thursday afternoon. The homeowner of the residence on Brittney Lane was down the street at a neighbor’s house when his home caught fire and there was no one else in the structure when the fire started.

 

According to Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Assistant Fire Chief Robert Smith, a neighbor called 911 at about 3:37 p.m. to report a residential structure fire with smoke and flames visible in the 4000 block of Brittney Lane. Firefighters responded to find a doublewide manufactured home on piers with heavy smoke and flames pouring through the roof.

 

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Tue
18
Jul

Delinquent taxpayers exposed

By George Garza

The law firm hired by all Orange County taxing entities to take legal actions against citizens who owe them back taxes has released the names and the amounts of back taxes, penalties and interest owed of a very small number of the County’s delinquent taxpayers that are published below.

 

Below you will find some one hundred plus names of the County’s delinquent taxpayers out of the total seven thousand plus people and businesses that owe overdue taxes that you have already paid. According to attorney Steve Bird with Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, L.L.P.,_Attorneys at Law with offices in Orange, Beaumont and Austin, TX, the list below includes the name of the assessed party as well as the total tax amount currently shown to be due to all of the impacted Orange County taxing jurisdictions.

 

Tue
18
Jul

Christian Care Center has fans

By George Garza

 

The United Christian Care Center of Vidor has received about thirty box fans from Entergy Texas that they will give to their clients, first come, first served, this week. On Thursday of last week Jim Malain, Entergy Texas Customer Service Manager for Orange County and Kacee Kirschvink, Entergy Texas Senior Communications Specialist from The Woodlands,

 

TX were at the United Christian Care Center on Wilson Street in Vidor when a flatbed trailered eighteen wheeler pulled up with approximately 500 fans, boxed and on pallets. Thirty of those fans were delivered in Vidor. “These free fan distributions are happening throughout the Entergy Texas service area.

 

Thu
13
Jul

Two Good Samaritans lose cash

By George Garza

 

Two men put their lives in jeopardy to help others and allegedly wound up being robbed while doing it. According to 28 yearold Justin Olivier of Vidor, he, his sister and his brother- in-law Christian Gutierrez were the first persons on the scene of a car in the ditch accident that took the life of one woman on June 30th.

 

Justin said that someone emptied his and his brother- in-law’s wallets that the pair had left on the bank of the Schoolhouse Ditch when they jumped in water to help police officers rescue the accident victims.

 

 

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Thu
13
Jul

Superintendent presents his suggestion

By George Garza

 

During recent public meetings to gather ideas, opinions and options for planning future Vidor I.S.D. facilities improvements, Vidor Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jay Killgo, presented to the public an outline of a possible plan for the district’s future as a point of discussion. The Superintendent was quick to point out that this outline was not a real plan for progress, but a starting point for discussing the future of the Vidor Schools with anyone who might wish to participate. “This doesn’t need to be a ‘top-down’ process,

 

Thu
13
Jul

Local sales begin showing improvement

For only the second time this year, Vidor’s monthly sales tax allocation is larger than the amount received compared to the same month in 2016. January 2017 was the last time the City of Vidor showed an increase in the monthly allocation.

 

The $230,033 July allocation just received is more than $18,000 above the amount received in July 2016. Even with the July allocation, the city is still 5.79 percent behind the 2016 year to date amount of $1,574372. Vidor’s situation is not an outlier however with most Orange County cities reporting lower allocation amounts compared to 2016. Orange and Pine Forest are the only Orange County municipalities recording an increase over 2016.

 

 

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Tue
11
Jul

Who gets the money? How much? HOT tax discussion set

By  Randall Luker

 

Whether to change the way the City of Vidor doles out Hotel Occupancy Tax money or make changes will be one of the items discussed

 

Thursday at Vidor City Councils’ regular meting. In recent discussions about the city’s long term plans, council members displayed several points of view regarding the tax collected by Vidor’s hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. Some local and some out of town organizations have received tens of thousands of dollars over the past few years from the tax added on to overnight guest’s bill and then sent back to the city to be placed in a dedicated fund intended to promote tourism and overnight stays in the establishments that collect the tax in the first place.

 

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Tue
11
Jul

Chain reaction wreck delays commuters

By  George Garza

 

Late morning commuters headed into Beaumont were delayed for about an hour due to double chain reaction rear-end collisions at the foot of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge on Friday morning. At least four vehicles were involved in the pile up on the inside lane of the westbound freeway.

 

No one in any of the vehicles involved was injured in the crash.

 

 

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Tue
11
Jul

VISD patrons offer mix of suggestions

By  George Garza

 

One wanted no new taxes while another said he would support a smaller bond issue. Another wanted new buildings on several campuses while some one else felt that one building at a time was the way to go. One patron suggested doing all facility improvements with money saved out of the school district’s maintenance and operation fund account.

 

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