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Wed
29
Jul

Vidor School Trustees named Outstanding School Board

Vidor School Trustees named Outstanding School Board

This Vidorian archive photo of the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees shows the current board during a pre-COVID-19 School Board meeting. Board members from left to right are; Trustee Gina VanDevender, Trustee Mike Helms, Trustee Mike Marion, Trustee Carrie Vincent, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jay Killgo, Trustee David Camp, Trustee Rollie Burr, and Trustee Natalie Long.

The Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees has been named as the Education Service Center Region 5, 2020 Outstanding School Board of the year. The Vidor I.S.D. Trustees beat out 32 other Region 5 school boards to win their nomination to be considered as an Honor School Board of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and from there, to be possibly recognized as the State of Texas Outstanding School Board by TASA and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) this coming fall.

The Vidor I.S.D. School District Board of Trustees consists of David Camp, Board President; Mike Marion, Board Vice President; Rollie Burr, Board Secretary; Natalie Long; Carrie Vincent; Gina VanDevender; and Michael Helms.

V.I.S.D. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo, nominated the Vidor I.S.D. School Board for the honor.

Wed
22
Jul

2020 U.S. Census being ignored by more than half of Vidorians

As of last Thursday, July 16, 2020, only 46.2% of City of Vidor residents have completed and returned their 2020 U.S. Census Questionnaire. This compares with 51.1% of all Orange County residents who have completed the 2020 U.S. Census and 57% of all Texans who have completed their 2020 U.S. Census Questionnaire.

Because of the Coronavirus stay at home orders from the Texas Governor and the Orange County Judge imposed at the end of March of this year, the U.S. Census Bureau was forced to readjust their deadlines for completing the 2020 U.S. Census.

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Wed
22
Jul

Nederland family indicted and arrested for drug trafficking

On Wednesday of last week the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, Stephen J. Cox announced that eight persons were arrested at a Nederland fireworks stand on federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges. According to Davilyn Walston, Public Affairs Officer for the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, the eight arrested individuals were arrested pursuant to a federal grand jury indictment handed down on June 3, 2020 for 24 counts of alleged drug crimes and money laundering crimes.

Ms. Walston listed the criminal suspects as follows; Kip William Daughtry, age 46, of Vidor, TX; Joseph Ellis Daughtry, age 64, of Nederland, TX; Sandra Miller Daughtry, age 72, of Nederland, TX; Jake Ellis Daughtry, age 34, of Nederland, TX; Jordan Lee King, age 31, of Nederland, TX; Tanner John Jorgensen, age 28, of Nederland, TX; Austin Wayne Dial, 28, of Nederland, TX and Jesse Lee Hackett, age 37, of The Woodlands, TX.

Wed
22
Jul

Vidor to file tentative budget Thursday

Vidor City Council and the public will get a first look at the 2020-2021 tentative budget for the City of Vidor during Thursday’s regular council meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at city hall.

The tentative budget is a first step in the city council’s involvement in the budget process which usually takes a number of weeks of fine tuning before a final budget is adopted in September following public hearings. The budget year for Vidor runs October 1-September 30.

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Wed
22
Jul

VISD acquires former Capital One Bank building

VISD acquires former Capital One Bank building

The Vidor I.S.D. has purchased the former Capital One Bank building in the 1200 block of North Main Street in uptown Vidor. The school district plans to renovate the bank in order to make it more suitable to house all of the district’s administration functions in one location. Photo by George Garza

The Vidor Independent School District has purchased the former Capital One Bank building to be used as the school district’s administration building for a purchase price of $950,000. According to Vidor I.S.D. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo, the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees, during a special meeting on June 9, 2020 gave the Superintendent authority to close on the property and to sign the legal documents required for the purchase of the former bank building.

“We feel that this is an extremely reasonable price for this building,” said Dr. Killgo. “Our plan is to move the Vidor I.S.D. Annex, the Technology Department and the Administration all into that location, and then put those three buildings that they are currently occupying up for sale.”

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Wed
15
Jul

$25 million Vidor flood grant slipping away

Time has almost run out for the City of Vidor to qualify for a $25 million dollar flood mitigation grant that would go a long way toward alleviating areas of neighborhood flooding. The only catch is that 80 percent of residents must complete an anonymous survey for the city to qualify, So far, only about half the required number of surveys have been completed. Without that 80 percent of completed surveys, the city has little to no chance of qualifying for the $25 million.

In order to qualify, all it takes is for Vidor residents to fill out a short, anonymous form.

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Wed
15
Jul

Local sales tax allocations continue to climb

Local sales tax allocations continue to climb
Local sales tax allocations continue to climb

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts would receive $744.2 million in local sales tax allocations for July, 2.6 percent less than in July 2019. These allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly.

In spite of the statewide downward trend, Orange County municipalities, with the exception of Rose City, reported gains in sales tax revenue compared to 2019, as did Orange County itself.

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Wed
15
Jul

In-person school will begin on August 12

In-person school will begin on August 12

An empty school hallway in Vidor High School will likely see the return of students on Wednesday, August 12 th , as long as the students maintain social distancing. Sorry, no holding hands in school hallways. And carry your own books, please. Photo by George Garza

“I prefer a firm start date, either in the schools on campuses or going virtual,” said Dr. Jay Killgo, Vidor I.S.D. Superintendent of Schools. “That is the plan right now. Now something could come up, anything could change. But the plan right now is to be in school on August 12. And we are going to provide a topnotch education for all of our students, at school, at home, wherever they may be, we are going to prepare them for the future. And besides, we’ve faced hardship in the last four years, we’ve managed Harvey, we’ve managed Imelda, and we will manage this.”

Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath, announced a plan last Wednesday, for the return of students to public schools in Texas. That announcement came with a set of Public Health Planning Guidance for School Year 2020-2021 that include recommendations and rules for the return of Texas Students to their classrooms.

Wed
08
Jul

Rose City homeowners can apply now for home acquisition

Attention all Rose City homeowners! Are you still trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey’s massive floodwaters? Is your recovery stalled because you had no flood insurance and you are doing it in bits and pieces as you able to afford it? Have you wished that you could sell your flood damaged home and move into another home in, perhaps, a less flood prone area? Well thanks to a $2 million Texas Government Land Office (TXGLO) Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery Grant, money is now available for the City of Rose City to acquire your house and land at post-storm fair market value.

According to Melinda Smith, Project Manager with the government-consulting firm of Traylor & Associates that the City of Rose City has engaged to administer the TXGLO CDBGDR Acquisition Grant, “The City of Rose City has been awarded Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds to assist property owners affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 

 

 

Wed
08
Jul

Free Coronavirus testing this Sunday

Free Coronavirus testing this Sunday

The Former Texas National Guard Armory Building on Meeks Drive in Orange just two blocks north of the I-10 Freeway will be the site of a free, no appointment necessary, mobile military COVID-19 testing unit deployment for Coronavirus testing this coming Sunday, Photo by George Garza

With the recent rise in active COVID-19 positive cases reporting in Orange County, the County has arranged for another round of free COVID-19 Coronavirus testing at the former Army National Guard Armory on Meeks Drive in Orange on Sunday, July 12, 2020.

From June 23, 2020 through July 1 st , 2020 the numbers of active positive tested carriers of COVID-19 in Orange County has risen from 79 active cases to 166 active cases or a rise of 87 newly discovered Orange County residents found to have been exposed to the COVID-19 Coronavirus in just the last eight days of June.

Of those newly discovered active positive COVID-19 exposure cases, six of those new active cases are from Vidor. The Mauriceville area saw a rise of nine new active positive cases in the same eight-day period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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