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Thu
04
Apr

Archeologists to be digging in Vidor soon

Vidorian photo/George Garza

The land along side the right hand (northeast) shoulder of Old Spanish Trail shown here running along a sand pit pond near southwest Vidor will examined by archeologists for historical artifacts.

“Indie! Indiana Jones!!! Bone diggers are descending on Vidor, Texas!” said Short Round to the famous archeologist recently. Or maybe, not. Regardless, paleontological students of antiquities will be coming to Vidor, Texas to dig some holes alongside Old Spanish Trail in southwest Vidor to see if the ground reveals any antiquities from sixteenth and seventeenth centuries buried in the sand deposit left by previous swings in the course of the Neches River.

On Wednesday, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court authorized the Orange County Judge to sign an application with the Texas Historical Commission to allow the archeological investigations necessary for new road right of way on the Old Spanish Trail roadway improvements.

 

 

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Thu
04
Apr

Prisoner van rolls over

A federal prisoner transport van carrying six inmates was involved in a two-vehicle collision near Vidor on Thursday morning. According to Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) spokesperson Sergeant Stephanie Davis, the collision happened at about 11:30 a.m. on I-10 near mile marker 859. The TXDPS can confirm that the crash involved a commercial vehicle and the U.S. Corrections Prisoner Transport Services operated the prisoner van. One passerby has reported that the van was lying on its side when she passed the wreck.

Although the TXDPS has not confirmed if anyone was injured in the collision, the Orange County Emergency Services District #1 reported that six people were transported to (a) Beaumont hospital(s) by ambulance. One person in the van refused medical treatment. The extent of the injuries of the persons transported to the hospital has not been revealed at this time.

 

 

Thu
04
Apr

Vidor Police swears-in five police officers, promotes one

Photo courtesy/Vidor Police Department

The Vidor Police Department and the City of Vidor celebrated the promotion of Police Officer Tom Meadows (second from right) and the swearing-in of five new Vidor Police Officers on Wednesday. From left to right are Officers Dillon LaPoint, Victor Brian, Nick Garsee, Manny Castillo, Sgt. Tom Meadows and Bre’ Whitmer.

In a solemn ceremony held in the City Council Chamber of the Vidor City Hall, the Vidor Police Department recognized and celebrated the promotion of one police officer and the swearing-in of five other policemen and women new to the force.

“The ceremony was primarily for the officers and their families to recognize these peace officers in their new positions with the Vidor Police Department,” said Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll. “The raising of right-hands and the taking of their oaths was largely ceremonial because each of the officers has already been sworn in and they have already been working. In fact they have been coming onboard with our department for the past four months. It was just an opportunity to celebrate our new team members as well as Tom Meadows’ promotion to Sergeant, he’s been here for five years.”

 

 

Wed
03
Apr

Back the Blue fishing tourney happens Sunday

The 100 Club of Southeast Texas is sponsoring a fund raising fishing tournament at Cassels Boykin Pavilion at Lake Sam Rayburn near Zavala, TX on Sunday, April 7th starting at 6:00 a.m. The entry fee for the one-day fishing tournament is $120 per boat entry with either one or two person teams allowed.

The 100 Club of Southeast Texas serves families of first responders in Orange, Jefferson and Hardin counties to provide immediate response to the needs of the family of any fallen law enforcement officer or firefighter. The members of the 100 Club of Southeast Texas realize that money can’t make up for the loss of a loved one, so representatives of the club visit with family members within 48 hours of a tragedy. The purpose of the 100 Club is to provide not only support and understanding to grieving families, but to also provide a substantial contribution to the financial needs of the surviving spouse and children.

Wed
03
Apr

Go Blue Day to raise Child Abuse Awareness

April is Child Abuse Prevention month in Orange County and throughout the state. National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Every child deserves the security of a stable, loving, and nurturing home. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we recognize the importance of all Americans working together each day in defense of the most vulnerable among us — our children. We must make every effort to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect, and have the opportunity to pursue their dreams in secure and healthy environments.

 

 

Wed
03
Apr

Carl Thibodeaux is sworn-in as Orange County Judge

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Carl Thibodeaux an Orange County Democrat who presided over the Orange County Commissioners’ Court for twenty years until his retirement in 2014, returns to the bench as the Orange County Judge, appointed by four Orange County Republicans to step in to take the place of Judge Dean T. Crooks who resigned three weeks ago. Thibodeaux has publicly stated that he would not seek election as Orange County Judge in 2020.

Former Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux took his Oath of Office as County Judge from former District Judge Pat Clark in front of a crowd of about 100 friends, family and well-wishers in a large courtroom in the Orange County Courthouse on Friday. On the previous Wednesday, the four Republican members of the Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted unanimously to select long time Democrat, Carl Thibodeaux, as the Orange County Judge to replace County Judge Dean T. Crooks who resigned his Judgeship on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Judge Thibodeaux, who has been in retirement since January 1st 2015 had previously served the people of Orange County having been elected to five consecutive terms or twenty years as Orange County Judge since 1994.

 

 

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Wed
03
Apr

State might pitch in for Orange County’s “Ike Dike” share

Photo courtesy/Texas Coast Storm Risk Management Project

One possible alignment of the proposed Texas Coast Storm Risk Management Project or the so called “Ike Dike” in Orange County would build twenty seven miles of levee (in red and blue on map)around the southern half of the County. The plans are not finalized yet.

The preliminary plans for the Orange County portion of the Upper Texas Coast Storm Risk Management Project call for some twenty-seven miles of levies and flood wall to be constructed along the Orange County side of the Sabine River, Sabine Lake and the Neches River as part of a larger proposed storm protection project that would extend along the Texas coast of the Gulf of Mexico from Orange to Galveston. The behemoth and very expensive hurricane protection project has been called the “Ike Dike” project by some. And now word has come down that the State of Texas might be willing to pitch in some of the tremendous cost that local governments would have to raise in order to pay for their shares of building the levee system.

Orange County might be encumbered with as much as $665 million of the $1.9 billion of the estimated cost of the project. The fact that the State was considering pitching in for that cost was welcome news to county leaders.

Fri
29
Mar

Truck fire closes freeway lanes

Photo courtesy/Texas Department of Public Safety

An eighteen-wheeler that was westbound on I-10 near F.M. 1442 caught fire after experiencing mechanical difficulties. The blaze and resulting debris shut down two westbound lanes of the freeway for nearly eight hours.

A fiery inferno on major highway east of Vidor, shut down all traffic lane going westbound on I-10 early Thursday morning. Emergency responders were able to open up one lane of westbound I-10 near F.M. 1442 after extinguishing the blaze but traffic remained backed up until late Thursday morning as emergency crews worked to clear the charred debris from traffic lanes. There was no one hurt in the blaze.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched at about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019 to westbound I-10 near F.M. 1442 to investigate a report of a motor vehicle fire. Troopers arrived to find an 18-wheeled tractor-trailer with the truck tractor fully involved in flames. Firefighters of Orange County Emergency Services District #4 in Mauriceville arrived shortly to begin battling the blaze.

 

 

Fri
29
Mar

Vidor man dies after a fight in Missouri

Courtesy photo/Glenn Stanley

A Vidor man died as a result of injuries he received in an assault that took place in a Hannibal, Missouri dining establishment. Greg Stanley, 43, of Vidor, and a former United States Marine Corpsman, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019.

A man from Vidor who was working in central Missouri has died as a result of injuries received during a physical altercation at a restaurant. The victim, forty-three year old Greg Stanley of Vidor, was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital and then transferred to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Mo. for further treatment where he died a day later.

According to a news release issued by the Hannibal, Missouri Police Department, on Sunday, March 24, 2019, police officers were dispatched to a Hardee’s restaurant in the 2900 block of James Road in Hannibal in response to a report of an assault.

 

 

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Fri
29
Mar

VISD School Community Survey shows mixed results

The survey is complete and has been examined and compiled and the results are in. The 2019 Vidor District Site-Based Decision-Making Committee Community Survey of the school district’s teachers, parents and students is now complete and the results show that teachers, parents and students perceive that there are some improvement in some issues examined by the survey and a perception that other issues have not improved or have worsened slightly.

The Site-Based Committee’s Survey for this school year (2018-2019) asked the same fourteen questions of teachers, parents and students, as did the 2017-2018 school year survey. The questions in this year’s survey were exactly the same as last year’s, which allows a direct comparison of the perception of issues from year to year.

 

 

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