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Thu
13
Jul

Two Good Samaritans lose cash

By George Garza

 

Two men put their lives in jeopardy to help others and allegedly wound up being robbed while doing it. According to 28 yearold Justin Olivier of Vidor, he, his sister and his brother- in-law Christian Gutierrez were the first persons on the scene of a car in the ditch accident that took the life of one woman on June 30th.

 

Justin said that someone emptied his and his brother- in-law’s wallets that the pair had left on the bank of the Schoolhouse Ditch when they jumped in water to help police officers rescue the accident victims.

 

 

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Thu
13
Jul

Superintendent presents his suggestion

By George Garza

 

During recent public meetings to gather ideas, opinions and options for planning future Vidor I.S.D. facilities improvements, Vidor Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jay Killgo, presented to the public an outline of a possible plan for the district’s future as a point of discussion. The Superintendent was quick to point out that this outline was not a real plan for progress, but a starting point for discussing the future of the Vidor Schools with anyone who might wish to participate. “This doesn’t need to be a ‘top-down’ process,

 

Thu
13
Jul

Local sales begin showing improvement

For only the second time this year, Vidor’s monthly sales tax allocation is larger than the amount received compared to the same month in 2016. January 2017 was the last time the City of Vidor showed an increase in the monthly allocation.

 

The $230,033 July allocation just received is more than $18,000 above the amount received in July 2016. Even with the July allocation, the city is still 5.79 percent behind the 2016 year to date amount of $1,574372. Vidor’s situation is not an outlier however with most Orange County cities reporting lower allocation amounts compared to 2016. Orange and Pine Forest are the only Orange County municipalities recording an increase over 2016.

 

 

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Tue
11
Jul

Who gets the money? How much? HOT tax discussion set

By  Randall Luker

 

Whether to change the way the City of Vidor doles out Hotel Occupancy Tax money or make changes will be one of the items discussed

 

Thursday at Vidor City Councils’ regular meting. In recent discussions about the city’s long term plans, council members displayed several points of view regarding the tax collected by Vidor’s hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. Some local and some out of town organizations have received tens of thousands of dollars over the past few years from the tax added on to overnight guest’s bill and then sent back to the city to be placed in a dedicated fund intended to promote tourism and overnight stays in the establishments that collect the tax in the first place.

 

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Tue
11
Jul

Chain reaction wreck delays commuters

By  George Garza

 

Late morning commuters headed into Beaumont were delayed for about an hour due to double chain reaction rear-end collisions at the foot of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge on Friday morning. At least four vehicles were involved in the pile up on the inside lane of the westbound freeway.

 

No one in any of the vehicles involved was injured in the crash.

 

 

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Tue
11
Jul

VISD patrons offer mix of suggestions

By  George Garza

 

One wanted no new taxes while another said he would support a smaller bond issue. Another wanted new buildings on several campuses while some one else felt that one building at a time was the way to go. One patron suggested doing all facility improvements with money saved out of the school district’s maintenance and operation fund account.

 

Tue
11
Jul

Five Vidor police officers to be presented with Valor Awards

By  George Garza

Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll says that five uniformed patrol officers would be awarded with the Vidor Police Department Medal of Valor for their unselfishly brave actions in entering chest deep water of a ditch and rescuing two persons trapped underwater in a car that had run into that ditch. Carroll said that

 

Patrolman Tom Meadows, Patrolman Eric Meineke, Patrolman Ethan Mansfield, Patrolman Brodie Fischer and Patrolman Michael Stephenson of the Vidor Police Department would be honored for their display of heroism and professionalism for their selfless efforts to save citizens lives in a dangerous situation

 

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Thu
06
Jul

City asking for citizen’s input, give it to them

By Randall Luker

 

It’s your town and your opinion matters. That’s the message Vidor City Council wants to send to residents as major decisions about Vidor’s future are being decided. Major issues that can affect every resident are in being discussed now and the time to “put in your two cents worth” is now, in the formative stage, not after everything is said and done. It is easy to sit back and gripe about something you don’t like, but if you were asked what you thought and offered nothing it’s best to remain silent. If your opinion was worth so little to you to not speak up when it was actively being sought, it certainly is not worth more after something is adopted and you don’t like the result.

 

Thu
06
Jul

Citizen airman helms Texas County

Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton shoulders many responsibilities as the highest elected official in the county. In addition to his job as CEO of the County and presiding officer of the Commissioner’s Court, Carlton is also at the ready, at all times, to serve his nation as a U.S. Air Force Reservist.

 

Four branches of the U.S. military have active reserve components with reservists assigned to maintain their military skills through monthly and annual training requirements. Recently Judge Carlton, or Major S. Brint Carlton, was honored to be selected as one of seventeen Air Force Reservists for a display that will be mounted in the halls of the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C.

 

 

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Thu
06
Jul

Vidor man dies of gunshot wound

By George Garza

 

Not everyone was celebrating our nation’s Independence Day on Tuesday. There was some type of family dispute at a house in the 100 block of Carla that escalated violently.

 

According to a Vidor Police Department news release, forty-six year old Gregory Paul Goldsmith of Vidor was shot on the porch of his home shortly after 8:00 on Tuesday evening in South Vidor. Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll said in a Vidor Police Department news release that at 8:17 p.m., on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the Vidor Police Department Dispatch Center received a call of a shooting in the 100 block of Carla Street, Vidor, Texas.

 

 

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