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Tue
13
Mar

Viator wins

Mayor Robert Viator looked ready and able to continue his job as Mayor of Vidor on the day following his election to the Orange County Commissioners’ Courtas Precinct # 4 County Commissioner. Despite the late night victory celebration Viator was sharply dressed and alert and smiling as he attended a business celebration as part of his duty as Mayor of Vidor. But despite the fact he was there to help cut a ribbon, Viator was constantly congratulated and gladhanded as he spoke to various citizens and supporters in the store crowd.

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Tue
13
Mar

Beauchamp “squeaks” by Burton

Friends and supporters overwhelmed Theresa Adams Beauchamp after her slim victory to win the Orange County Republican Party nomination for Precinct #2 County Commissioner on Tuesday night. Ms. Beauchamp said that her friends kept her busywith congratulations into the early morning hours on Wednesday.

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Tue
13
Mar

Local grocer offers on-line shopping

By George Garza

Brookshire Brothers grocery store is now offering its customers a shop on-line service that they are calling “Brookshire Brothers Anywhere” in its Vidor Store. As of last week you can go on-line with an interactive application to shop at the store and set up your grocery list and then come to the store and pick up your purchases curbside after someone else has gathered your shopping list together, and all for a reasonable fee of just $4.99. The Vidor Brookshire Brothers store is only the second of its 120 stores to offer the convenient curbside pickup service.

And to celebrate the inauguration of the new service, the Brookshire Brothers brass staged an elaborate kick-off party complete with brass band, cheerleaders, speeches and free refreshments in the Vidor store last Wednesday.

Thu
08
Mar

Voters reject three incumbents

Orange County voters decided they want new faces on the Orange County Commissioners Court. During this week’s Orange County Republican Party Primary Election, the voter chose not to nominate, Orange County Judge Brint Carlton, Orange County Precinct #2 Commissioner Barry Burton and Orange County Precinct #4 Commissioner Jody Crump to be their candidates for reelection next fall. Voter turnout was light in the primaries with fewer voters casting ballots than did in the last non-presidential primary election.

One of the Republican challengers won their nomination by only four votes, while another Republican challenger won his nomination by a wide seventy percent majority.

 

 

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Thu
08
Mar

Million dollar lotto ticket sold in Vidor

The Texas Lottery Commission is reporting on March 6, 2018 that a Mega Millions® winning lottery ticket was sold recently at a convenience store in Vidor with a large prize attached to it. The 5 of 5 ticket without the Mega Ball is worth $1 million. The Commission reports that the ticket was sold at the On Your Way convenience store located at 3030 Highway 12.

 

 

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Thu
08
Mar

Sales climb across county as recovery continues

Sales tax numbers are up across the board in Orange County as Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts continue to be reflected in sales of vehicles, household goods, building supplies, clothing and other items needed to repair or replace items lost in the storm.

 

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $670.9 million in local sales tax allocations for March, 8.3 percent more than in March 2017. These allocations are based on sales made in January by businesses that report tax monthly.

 

 

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Tue
06
Mar

Crooks, Viator and Beauchamp win GOP nominations

Photo of Robert Viator campaigning on Election Day

Robert Viator, Jr. was out early on Primary Election Day in front of the voter precinct #34 polling place at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Tuesday morning.

Here are the unofficial vote tallies in the 2018 Orange County Republican Primary Election, contested races only.

ORANGE COUNTY JUDGE

Dean T. Crooks                   2,626 early votes - 58.34%     4,315 votes (final) - 57.31%

Brint Carlton                        1,606 early votes - 35.68%     2,755 votes (final) - 36.59%

Kenneth (Ken) Luce                 269 early votes – 5.98%           459 votes (final) - 6.1%

ORANGE COUNTY TREASURER

Christy Khoury                     3,261 early votes - 77.55%      5,387 votes (final) - 76.68%

David W. Smith                        944 early votes - 22.45%      1,638 votes (final) - 23.32%

ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PCT. #2

Theresa Adams Beauchamp    600 early votes - 49.88%     1,038 votes (final) - 50.10%

Barry M. Burton                      603 early votes - 50.12%      1,034 votes (final) - 49.90%

ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PCT. #4

Tue
06
Mar

Early vote turnout light

By George Garza

With the March 6, Primary Elections day vote totals being compiled at the very same time that this news article is being printed on this sheet of newsprint, The Vidorian Newspapers are unable to bring you Tuesday’s election results in this issue of The Vidorian Shopper. We will have the local contested primary results available for you on www.thevidorian.com and complete March 6th Primaries results in the next editions of both of the Vidorian newspapers. But today, we can bring you information on how early voting went prior to the March 6th Election Day.

Tue
06
Mar

End of Ike recovery funds shifts Schoolhouse Ditch focus

By Randall Luker

Funding for Hurricane Ike recovery projects will end December 31, 2018 prompting Vidor City Council to refocus its Schoolhouse Ditch project. Council members were told earlier this year that any work continuing past the December 31 deadline will likely not be paid from the grant funds. That, coupled with an inability to agree to ROW terms with the KCS Railroad and a property owner in South Vidor, led the Vidor City Council to approve suspending further ROW acquisition attempts.

Instead, the project will focus on those improvements likely to be completed by year’s end. With that goal in mind, Vidor City Council will consider awarding a contract (Phase 3) to improve drainage culverts north of Orange Street and South of IH-10 excluding the KCS Railroad culvert.

 

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Tue
06
Mar

City to talk goals, priorities

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council will hold a workshop session during their regular city council meeting this Thursday to discuss what direction the city will take in 2018 and beyond.

Following the workshop, the regular meeting will be reconvened and possible action may be taken on the results of the workshop session.

 

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