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Thu
05
Oct

December 19th is date for hospital district election

After certifying a petition presented by Orange businessman Ross Smith with fortynine more signatures than the 100 needed to force the county to hold an election, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court set Tuesday, December 19th as Election Day to hold a county wide referendum to create an “Orange County Hospital District”. 

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Thu
05
Oct

Rose City pressurizes water system

Please don’t open your water meter valve, yet!

By George Garza

The Rose City Water Plant is very near to being able providing running water to its customers. In fact, there is a possibility that customers could receive notice to open their water meter valve within the next five days, if not sooner. It could take another two to four days after the water starts running again before it is certified as safe for human consumption, but customers can boil the non-potable water in order to make it safe for drinking in the meantime.

Last Friday, The Vidor Vidorian reported that running water might be available to customers of the Rose City Water System by the middle of this week. Unfortunately, that deadline was missed because a number the system’s water customers had opened their water meter valves before the water plant operators had completed pressurizing the distribution system, checking for leaks and had flushed out all of the water lines.

Tue
03
Oct

New calendar makes up six lost school days

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

After missing fifteen days of public school instruction due to Hurricane Harvey, Vidor’s school children still must make up six days of school to meet the state’s required minimum number of instructional minutes per year. To do that without going to school on Saturday’s or adding another week and a half in June, the Vidor I.S.D. principals and staff decided to forgo five scheduled staff development days for full days of instruction instead.

 

Tue
03
Oct

Vidor man dies in front of deputies

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

Orange County Publishing has learned that a nineteen-year-old Vidor man has taken his own life when Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies located him on F.M. 1135 on Tuesday.

 

Paul Adams, age 19, of Vidor was declared dead by self-inflicted gunshot by Orange County Precinct#2 Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn during an inquest conducted after his death.

 

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Tue
03
Oct

VE PTO needs help with festival

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

Wendy Matthews, the President of the Vidor Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) needs a lot of help and she’s not afraid to beg or borrow.

 

“We’ve decided to put on a FREE Carnival this year instead of our usual fund-raising fall carnival,” said Ms. Matthews. “And we need all kinds of help.”

 

Ms. Matthews goes on to explain, “The Vidor Elementary School is housing about half of the flooded damaged Oak Forest Elementary School right now due to Hurricane Harvey. Right now our lovely campus is housing around 1,000 students in our classrooms every day.

 

The majority of these new students have been displaced from their flooded homes and familiar habitats. The Vidor elementary PTO has decided that we want to offer a worry-free fun day to all of our students and their families on Halloween day. So we checked with Principal Leger and decided to put on a FREE carnival that day.”

Tue
03
Oct

County/Sheriff’s Employee Association reach agreement

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Employees Association has come to an agreement on a revised union contract extension of their 2009 collective bargaining agreement that will be in effect for the next two years.

 

The latest negotiation between the county and the Association took place on September 16, 2017 when offers and counter offers were tendered and Association representatives said they would take the latest offer back to their rank and file for the Association to consider and vote. Since that time word has come to the Orange County Commissioners Court that a majority of the members of the Association voted to agree to the latest offer and that majority voted yes on a revised contract extension.

 

 

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Tue
03
Oct

Free meals for VISD students to continue

By Sally Andrews Coordinator of Community Relations

 

Students in Vidor ISD will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch until October 31, according to Child Nutrition Director Mary Ellen Vivrette. 

 

Vivrette had orginally requested free meals through September, then asked the state for an extension.

 

The US Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture opted to provide the meals for students, regardless of socio-economic conditions or even whether or not they were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Every single student in Vidor ISD may take advantage of this opportunity.

 

 

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Thu
28
Sep

Child driver injured in crash after short pursuit

By George Garza

 

A ten-year-old boy was seriously injured in a vehicle crash in south Vidor on Wednesday morning. First responders attending the crash scene determined that the child was actually at the wheel of the pickup truck that crashed.

 

According to a Vidor Police Department news release, on Wednesday morning at approximately 7:40 a.m., Vidor Police Department dispatchers began receiving telephone calls from drivers reporting that a Dodge pickup truck was being driven recklessly on North Main Street. One of the callers was able follow the errant vehicle while maintaining contact with the police dispatcher. That driver was able to provide police with a continuing location for the reckless driver.

 

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Thu
28
Sep

New water pumps arrive

By George Garza

 

A massive cleanup of the salvageable parts of the Rose City Water Plant is nearly complete and new water pumps and parts for the fresh water purification system are arriving on-site.

 

Running water to the homes of the city might be possible as early as the middle of next week in the City of Rose City. “Of course, it won’t be drinkable water, but you can use it for cleaning, washing and flushing your toilets,” said Bonnie Stephenson, the Mayor of Rose City on Wednesday.

 

 

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Thu
28
Sep

Be alert for storm fraud and scams

With federal money starting to arrive in our area from FEMA and the Small Business Administration, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has been contacted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concerning the possibility of fraudulent scammers that might be arriving in Orange County to fleece citizens out of there recent awards and loans.

 

The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security told Sheriff Keith Merritt that it is indeed “unfortunate” that such a criminal element seems to follow the federal money and take advantage of citizens, especially elder citizens, to scam them out of their FEMA award or SBC Loan money.

 

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