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Tue
26
Dec

Rose City water plant gives residents a Christmas present

Boil water noticed was rescinded last Friday

By George Garza

Last week, on Friday morning, December 22, 2017, the City of Rose City Water Department issued a “Boil Water Rescind Notice” to all of its customers. For the first time since the floods of Harvey overwhelmed the city’s water plant in August, the residents of the small riverside town are able to consume their tap water directly from the spigot.

According to water plant manager Jan Ratcliff, the reason that it took so long to get a clean bill of health for the city’s water supply is that there have been delays in the repairs to the plant.

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Tue
26
Dec

Voters reject Orange County Hospital District

By George Garza

Despite the fact that Orange County no longer has a trauma center associated with a major hospital to offer emergency health care for its citizens, the voters of Orange County said no to creating a new Orange County Hospital District. And they did so overwhelmingly. More than eighty-three percent of total number of voters casting ballots in last Tuesday’s election, voted against the issue.

Of course, the vote totals will remain unofficial until the numbers can be canvased and formally approved by the Orange County Commissioners’ Court, probably next Tuesday.

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Tue
26
Dec

Suspect arrested in South Vidor shooting

By George Garza

While details about last Tuesday’s shooting death of fifty-one year-old, Christopher Eric Sharpe of Vidor, remain sketchy, it appears that the Orange County Sheriff Office investigators have now determined that the shooting is a homicide.

Last week, on Thursday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to submit a probable cause affidavit to a judge, requesting that an arrest warrant on the charge of murder be issued for the arrest of thirty-one year-old, James Derrick McGlothlin of Vidor. The judge issued the arrest warrant and deputies began searching for McGlothlin on Thursday evening.

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Fri
22
Dec

Rose City boil water notice rescinded

New pumps and blowers await installation at the Rose City Water Plant in this archive photo of the plant recorded on September 20th of this year.

“The City of Rose City Water Department issued the following notice on Friday morning, December 22, 2017:
Boil Water Rescind Notice.
On September 1, 2017 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) required the public water system of the city of Rose City, PWS 1810139 to issue a Boil Water Notice (BWN) to inform our customers that the system’s water must be boiled prior to consumption due to Tropical Storm Harvey and flooding that occurred in Rose City, Texas.  
Our system has taken the necessary corrective actions to resolve adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling as of December 22, 2017.  
If you have questions, please contact The Rose City City Hall at 409-769-6809.  
If customers wish to reach TCEQ they may call 512-239-4691.  

Thu
21
Dec

Slaughter stepping down

By Randall Luker

 

Ward 6 Vidor City Council member Ted David Slaughter is resigning his position due to an anticipated move out of the city.

 

His resignation is effective December 22. Slaughter has served the city as a councilman, both as an elected official and having been appointed to fill council vacancies, for approximately 13 years combined.

 

The councilman cited Hurricane Harvey as a catalyst for the move, saying the storm’s flooding and aftermath had placed additional family obligations on him and that he needed to be closer to some family members.

 

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Thu
21
Dec

Teaming up with Toys for Tots

Students at Pine Forest Elementary received Toys for Tots gifts from members of the GT Seminoles and Vidor Pirates Thursday. Pictured are some of the students as they compare their selections as others still hunt for that perfect toy.

 

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Tue
19
Dec

Hospital District proposition fails 83.5% to 16.5%

The unofficial vote totals in Tuesday’s Orange County Hospital District Election indicate that the proposition failed with 6,342 voters (83.5%), voting AGAINST the issue while 1,253 voters (16.5%) cast their ballots FOR creating a hospital district in Orange County. These uncanvassed results were reported by the Orange County Elections Administrator at about 9:02 p.m

Tue
19
Dec

Holiday dinners provided to 140 families

By George Garza

A chicken or turkey and most of the ingredients to create a Christmas dinner were distributed to more than 100 Vidor families in need this week. On Monday morning, volunteers with the United Christian Care Center of Vidor were at the loading dock of the Center as about 140 UCCC clients, who had previously signed up for the Christmas Dinner, drove through to pick up their Christmas meal boxes.

Tue
19
Dec

Sanchez to be VISD Police Chief

By George Garza

A face familiar to many Vidorians will be taking over the reigns of the Vidor I.S.D. Police Department starting with the New Year. A twenty-three year veteran of law enforcement, Mike Sanchez, has been selected by the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees to be offered the position of Chief of Police of the Vidor Independent School District Police Department. The Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of School Superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo during the regularly scheduled December Board of Trustees meeting on Monday night.

Mike Sanchez is currently a Lieutenant with the City of Vidor Police Department where he has served the city for seventeen and a half years. Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll and Vidor City Manager Mike Kuntz were both in the audience at the school board meeting to support him and congratulate him.

Tue
19
Dec

City approves changes to “eight liner” ordinance

The Vidor City Council recently approved changes to the city’s ordinance regulating redemption amusement machines popularly known as eight liners. Some of the major changes in the ordinance regulate the hours of operation, where the machines may be located and who is responsible for the operation of the machines or game rooms where they are located.

After the changes go into effect January 31, hours of operation will be 8am until 11pm Sunday through Thursday and 8am until 12pm Friday and Saturday.

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