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Thu
31
May

Good Samaritans rescue two from fire

George Garza
The Vidorian

Two Vidor I.S.D. maintenance workers rushed into a burning home to rescue two people at a residence near Vidor Elementary School on Wednesday. According to Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Assistant Fire Chief Robert Smith, the two fire victims, a twenty-five yearold handicapped man and his elderly father, were treated for smoke inhalation and are recovering from their ordeal.

Chief Smith said that the OCESD#1 dispatcher received a 9-1-1 call from one of the Vidor I.S.D. maintenance workers reporting smoke coming from a home across the street from the Vidor I.S.D. Maintenance Center in the 100 block of University Street near Old Highway 90 East. Smith said that before firefighters could arrive, two other maintenance workers rushed across the street to the burning home to see if anyone was in the smoke filled structure.

Thu
31
May

FEMA transition shelter assistance extended to June 30

The FEMA Austin, TX Joint Field Office has announced that eligible Hurricane Harvey survivors receiving Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) may receive an extension to stay in hotels until June 30, with check-out on July 1, as they continue working toward a permanent housing solution. This is the seventh and final extension of the temporary sheltering program.

Key dates to remember of the TSA program are May 31st, which is the last day of eligibility under current extension period; June 30th, which is the end of approved extension period; and July 1st, which is the final check-out of the TSA program.

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Thu
31
May

City Council to seek $3.9 million in mitigation grants to alleviate flooding

Randall Luker
The Vidorian

Vidor City Council has approved several engineering firms for proposed projects for which the city hopes to receive FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant funding. If the city is awarded the grants, they will be used for drainage improvement projects intended to mitigate flooding as was seen during Hurricane Harvey.

Council members also approved grant writer/administrators for GLO-funded Community Development Block Grants for infrastructure repairs.

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Thu
31
May

Spindletop to provide a mental health deputy

George Garza
The Vidorian

Orange County Commissioners recently agreed to allow the Spindletop Center of Southeast Texas to contract with Orange County to provide the funding for a mental health liaison deputy to work with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The Spindletop MHMR will provide all of the funds for supplying the law enforcement service of the mental health liaison deputy to include his or her salary, benefits, training, equipment, vehicle fuel and any additional expenses that the deputy may incur.

The mental health liaison deputy would be part of a program called A.S.A.P. (Assist, Stabilize And Prevent). The A.S.A.P. Program started four years ago in Jefferson County to provide that county with a pre-mental health crisis screening process to give those who need help and treatment with mental health issues, the help they need.

Tue
29
May

Memorial Day observed at Fields of Freedom

George Garza
The Vidorian

Veterans, family members and other community members attended a solemn ceremony held Monday at the Vidor Lions Veterans Park Fields of Freedom honoring those veterans that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

The Memorial Day observance featured comments by Violet Emfinger, whose brother Lee Albert Keith was killed in Vietnam on February 23, 1969, six weeks after arriving in country, when patrolling outside the wire of Diamond 1 Fire Support Base in Tay Ninh province, his patrol was ambushed and overrun.

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Tue
29
May

Pedestrian is struck and killed

A Vidor woman was hit by a vehicle as she walked on F.M. 105 North on Sunday. The female pedestrian did not survive the collision.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson, Sergeant Stephanie Davis has identified the victim of this tragic incident as Megan Freeman of Vidor.
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Tue
29
May

FEMA DRC at Expo Center is closed

George Garza
The Vidorian

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been operating a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center for many months, offering disaster victims help with filing claims and getting information about disaster assistance.

Last week during the Orange County Commissioner’s Court meeting, County Judge Dean Crooks announced that he had just received a letter from the State of Texas Emergency Management concerning the DRC at the Expo Center and its imminent closure.

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Tue
29
May

Pine Forest drainage plan gives storm water new route to river

Some might call it “far-fetched”, while others believe that any idea to move excess storm water away from residential neighborhoods in western Orange County is a good idea. The City of Pine Forest proposed flood control project would essentially provide for up to an additional 324 acres of floodwater detention ponds and a new route for excess storm waters to enter the Neches River.

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Thu
24
May

Apply Thursday for HUD home rehab funds

By George Garza

 

The federal Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD) offers Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance (HRA) Program funds to local governments through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to provide assistance to certain homeowners whose houses have been damaged in a disaster. Texas has received some of these funds and is in the process of awarding the funds to local governments like Orange County for distribution to qualified recipients.

 

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Thu
24
May

Escamilla recounts WW II experiences

By Randall Luker

 

Joe Escamilla, Sr. was just 18 years old when he embarked on a life changing experience that changed the world and is still shaping history today.

 

Escamilla joined the Army at age 18 on October 4, 1944, but says he wanted to sign up earlier.

 

“I wanted to go earlier, but they wouldn’t let me.”

 

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