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Thu
04
Jan

Claiborne West Park to reopen

By George Garza

Despite the fact that the Orange County Parks Department building and all of its equipment was destroyed in the floods of Hurricane Harvey, parks employees, sometimes using nothing more than hands, arms, their legs and backs, have managed to clean up the County’s Claiborne West Park well enough to invite the public for limited use.

“They will open the gates on Monday for the public but until some unfinished items are completed, we won’t begin accepting reservations for the park until March 1st,” said Sabrina Gray, the newly named Parks Department Director. “We won’t do any events scheduled for January or February as we continue to get one of restrooms up and running.

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Tue
02
Jan

Firefighters shiver at late night fire scene

No one injured in workshop fire

By George Garza

Freezing temperatures with brisk north winds do not deter Vidor’s firefighters from carrying out their protection services.

According to Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Assistant Fire Chief Robert Smith, district firefighters were called out twice, shortly after the New Year arrived, to fight structure fires in the bitter cold of the night.

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Tue
02
Jan

Warming stations offered

But you must call first before going to these shelters

By George Garza

With bitterly cold and unusually low temperatures invading Southeast Texas for the first time in nearly eight years, everyone in Orange County is looking to stay indoors and stay warm. Unfortunately, that is not so easy for some, including some victims of Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters.

There are people in Vidor who are currently living in gutted out homes, awaiting contractors or materials. Others are living in thin-skinned travel trailers or the like. These people may find it difficult to stay warm and toasty.

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Tue
02
Jan

Fuel charges going down for Entergy Texas customers

Cost to decrease eight percent

THE WOODLANDS – Entergy Texas, Inc. customers will see an 8 percent reduction in the fuel portion of their bills beginning today.

For the average residential customer using 1,000 kWh a month, the fuel charge will be reduced from about $30.22 per megawatt hour to $21.46 per megawatt hour, a savings of $8.77 a month.

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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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