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Thu
08
Nov

Tragic anniversary: 18 years since last deathless day on Texas Highways

By  George Garza

 

You would think that a tragic and senseless event such as a highway traffic death would be recognized, documented and, fairly quickly, put in the back of our minds to be filed with important, but sad memories. But one State of Texas government agency, charged with highway design and safety is not forgetting any death that has occurred on Texas Highways. That agency is the Texas Department of Transportation, otherwise know at the Texas Highway Department, and they want you to remember, as well. For the past three years, TXDOT has recognized that the last time that the State has gone an entire day without a single traffic fatality on a Texas highway was on November 7, 2000. TXDOT wants to return to more deathless days on Texas highways and thus the “#EndTheStreakTX”, TXDOT’S traffic safety campaign was born.

 

 

Thu
08
Nov

Record turnout for mid-term election

The votes have all been cast in the November 6, 2018 Texas General Election and a record number of Orange County registered voters went to the polls. Although there were still a few provisional votes and some mail in votes that arrived on Election Day to be counted, as of 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday,

 

November some 26,406 voters had gone to the polls. “I believe so,” said Orange County Elections Administrator, Tina Barrow. “I believe this is the biggest mid-term election we’ve ever had.” Orange County voters voted solidly Republican in this mid-term election offer their overwhelming county support for GOP candidates like U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Congressman Brian Babin and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. And that Orange County Republican support was across the board in every race including two local contested Orange County races.

 

 

 

Tue
06
Nov

Vidor vets invited to a Meet & Greet on Veterans Day

By George Garza

 

The Lions Club of Vidor is inviting all Vidor veterans to stop by the Vidor Lions Club “Fields of Freedom” Veterans’ Memorial Park adjacent to the Orange County Raymond Gould Park on Sunday afternoon of Veterans Day, November 11th for a meet and greet of remembrance. Joanne Ledger, a member of the Vidor Lions Club said that she hoped that Vidor’s U.S. Military Veterans would bring their families and friends out to the park to take time to reflect on their own service to their nation and to remember their friends who served with them.

 

 

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Tue
06
Nov

Voting is steady at polls

By George Garza

 

There was a light mist falling from low clouds over Vidor area polling places just before the polls opened on November 6, 2018 Election Day in Orange County. At voter precinct #19 at the Raymond Gould Community Center there were only five voters lined up at the door when the polls opened.

 

Fri
02
Nov

Early voting in Orange County tops 32%

Archive photo of voters lining up at polling place

In this November 2016 archive photo of the Precinct 19 Election Day polling place at the Raymond Gould Community Center Orange County registered voters await the opening of the polls in the early morning hours of November 8, 2016. Don’t forget to vote next Tuesday.

As of Thursday evening, at the close of the four early voting polling places in Orange County, the Orange County Elections Administrator is reporting that 17,084 register voters in Orange County have cast early vote ballots either in person or by mail.  That number voters amounts to 32.00389% of the total 53,381 Orange County voters who had registered to vote in time for the November 6, 2018 Texas General Election. 

Obviously, voter interest in this year’s Mid-Presidential-Term election is high.  In the November 4, 2014 Mid-Term Election about 9,911 Orange County registered voters cast early votes. That compares approximately 19.60% of the 2014 Mid-Term election’s 50,565 registered voters in Orange County who came out to early vote that year.

While early voting ends today, Friday, November 2, 2018, that doesn’t mean you’ve lost your opportunity to vote in the November 6, 2018 Texas General Election. 

Thu
01
Nov

Deputies will soon fly over disaster areas

By George Garza

 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will soon be operating unmanned aircraft systems or photo drones in Orange County. The Sheriff announced this week that he will be using his office’s Asset Forfeiture Equitable Sharing Funds to purchase three unmanned remote controlled aerial drone aircraft with cameras and accessories for public safety uses and crime scene mapping.

 

Thu
01
Nov

Orange County tax abatement policy will remain unchanged

By George Garza

 

Recently, Orange County Judge Dean Crooks broached the subject of changing the county’s policy concerning offering tax abatements to potential business newcomers to the county and as inducements to existing businesses for substantial expansion in Orange County.

 

“We’re here to discuss what rules, if any, we want to have with regards to our abatement policy,” said Judge Crooks at a scheduled workshop meeting of the Commissioners Court held this week.

 

“As many of you know when we discuss a deal with a particular entity, most of the time all of the pre-arranged, pre-meetings are done in closed door executive session,” said Judge Crooks. “This policy should be our guide for what you want us to do when it comes to making these deals with these companies. What limits, if any do you want to impose?

 

Tue
30
Oct

Lady Pirates’ historic win reason to celebrate!

The Vidor Lady Pirates join hands in a victory circle as Vidor Head Volleyball Coach Melissa Story congratulates Dayton Lady Bronco Coach Arleen Stroud on her team’s hard fought game. The Lady Pirates advance to the bi-district playoffs with the 3-0 win over Dayton and play Friendswood Tuesday in LaPorte.

 

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Tue
30
Oct

More than 14,000 cast early votes so far in Mid-Term

BY George Garza

Whether or not the November 6, 2018 Texas General Election is a referendum on President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his policies, tweets and controversial statements is unclear. However, in Orange County more that 14,000-registered voters have already cast early votes in next week’s coming Mid-Term election. With U.S. Senator Ted Cruz holding a firm lead in his race against Democrat Congressman Beto O’Rourke, it is uncertain if this hotly contested Senatorial race is prompting people to get out their vote.

 

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Tue
30
Oct

Phone scam active in Orange County

By George Garza

There is another scammer on the prowl in Orange County who is attempting to separate you from your hard earned money with false promises. This time, though, the scammer or scammers appear to be targeting persons and families of persons who have run afoul of the law.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the scammer works only using a telephone and is making a “live” voice telephone call to potential victims.

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