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Tue
10
Apr

Veteran cop wins promotion to Captain

By George Garza

 

Vidor police officer with thirty-eight years of experience is now a police department Captain, sharing the highest tier of police rank under the Vidor Police Chief. Former police Sergeant Aleta Cappen was pinned with captain’s bars belonging to her firefighter son during a ceremony in Vidor City Hall on Tuesday.

Tue
10
Apr

Mayor’s Cleanup set for April 28

By Randall Luker

Building on a successful first year and hoping to start an annual tradition in Vidor, Mayor Robert Viator announced that the 2nd Annual Mayor’s Main Street Cleanup has been set for Saturday, April 28, 2018 with volunteers converging on Crossroads Shopping Center at 9 a.m. This year’s cleanup promises to be bigger and better than last year with more than 30 sponsors already signed up, Viator said. “I just got a call about some more sponsors wanting to sign up and with the back of the T-shirt almost full of (sponsor) names, I guess we’ll have to start adding them to the sleeves. I’ve been overwhelmed with the response.

 

” In fact, the response to the cleanup has been so great, Viator said he wanted to show his appreciation to the community. To do that, he will be cooking and giving away hot links to any and all that show up at the Crossroads Shopping Center parking lot from around 11 a.m. until the links are gone. All at his own expense

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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