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Thu
13
Sep

Purple Heart Memorial Bridge is open

Sometime after sunset on Wednesday, September 12, work crews of the Williams Brothers Construction Company opened up the newly finished westbound lanes of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge on I-10.

“It’s almost finished, with detours and reduced lanes,” said Sarah Dupre, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation, Beaumont District. “The contractor still has to install the centerline barricades dividing eastbound from westbound lanes on both approaches to the bridge. They also have to remove the temporary barricades on the eastbound bridge, so it’s not quite done.”

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Thu
13
Sep

Delinquent Orange County taxpayers named

By George Garza

The law firm engaged by Orange County to collect delinquent property taxes has released a partial list of your neighbors who have not paid their property taxes as of, Tuesday September 11, 2018.

According to Steve Bird, an attorney with the Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson Law Firm of Austin, TX, “This is only a partial list of delinquent taxpayers and it includes businesses as well as individuals. Publishing this list is another way to try to encourage delinquent taxpayers to come forward to settle their accounts before we have to proceed with foreclosure proceedings,” said Bird.

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Thu
13
Sep

City, Walmart renegotiating East Tram repairs

By Randall Luker

A steady stream of Walmart delivery trucks traveling on East Tram has Vidor City Council concerned about potential damage resulting in Vidor taxpayers footing the bill for future street repairs.

During last Thursday’s city council meeting, Mayor Robert Viator, Jr. explained that when Walmart and the city discussed plans for the construction of the new store, it was the city’s understanding that loaded trucks would make their deliveries by entering the Walmart property off FM 105 (Main St) and unloaded trucks would exit via East Tram to FM 105.

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Tue
11
Sep

Vidor grad Kara Phillips takes the reins in Fine Arts

By Sally Andrews

Vidor ISD’s new Director of Fine Arts, Kara Phillips, is just thirty-two years old. Being named to the position was exciting for her, but “I didn’t quite expect it to happen for another ten years or so!” she laughed in a Monday interview in the VHS band hall. Phillips, who graduated from Lamar with a Music Performance degree in 2010 and a Master’s Degree in Music Education in 2012, is a product of Vidor schools and the Vidor band program. She spent her first year teaching in Anahuac, a year in Humble, then four years as a VHS assistant band director before taking the Fine Arts helm.

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Tue
11
Sep

Pine Forest reduces property tax rate

By George Garza

The City Council of the City of Pine Forest voted Monday night to reduce their city’s ad valorem property tax rate from its current $0.11934 per $100 property valuation to $0.08279 per $100 property valuation. That is a reduction of a little more than three and a half cents per $100 valuation.

This makes that fourth year in a row that the City of Pine Forest has reduced their ad valorem tax rate.

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Tue
11
Sep

Loans available for flood damaged or destroyed mobile home replacements

By George Garza

Last week Orange County Disaster Rebuild announced that they are offering help to low to moderate income owners of flood damaged or flood destroyed manufactured homes to qualify and apply for replacement homes loans.

Michelle Tubbleville, Special Projects/Communications Coordinator with the Orange County Office of Emergency Management, told the Orange County Commissioners’ Court last Tuesday that Orange County Disaster Rebuild has found out that the international relief organization “Samaritan’s Purse” has a program where victims of disasters who meet certain income requirements can qualify for loans to replace their destroyed mobile homes or loans for money to repair their damaged mobile home.

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Tue
11
Sep

Depression could become tropical storm

By George Garza

An unnamed tropical wave that formed off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the northwest Caribbean Sea this week is moving west north west into the southern Gulf of Mexico where further development is expected according to Roger Erickson of the Lake Charles office of the National Weather Service.

The National Hurricane Center is calling this wave “a large area of disturbed weather” and predicts that it will move into the southern Gulf of Mexico with special interest for persons in Northeast Mexico, Texas and Southwest Louisiana.

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Thu
06
Sep

Beaumont PD ID hit, run victim from Vidor

On Sunday of this week the Beaumont Police Department reported that a police officer found an apparent hit and run fatality victim on the westbound I-10 Pine Street entrance ramp.

“On Sunday, September 02, 2018 at 1:16 a.m., a Beaumont police officer was entering I- 10 westbound from Pine Street and noticed a large amount of debris in the roadway as he topped the on-ramp.

 

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Thu
06
Sep

Band a big part of Friday night lights

Members of the Vidor High School Mighty Pirate Marching Band, twirlers and Brigadettes perform at halftime of the Vidor-Montgomery game last Friday in Vidor.

 

 

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Thu
06
Sep

Council okays grant submissions for buyouts, rebuild

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council recently okayed the grant submission of 17 repetitive flood homes for a potential buyout. A number of Vidor residences sought potential buyouts through government funded programs intended to demolish homes in frequently flooded areas. Each home had been flooded 3-4 times according to city officials. If approved for the grant, the homeowner must accept the amount offered and contribute a portion of the cost. Once an agreement is made, the home will be demolished and the property will revert to the city to lay fallow.

 

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