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Fri
29
Mar

Court appoints Carl Thibodeaux as County Judge

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Former Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux addresses the Orange County Commissioners’ Court after they voted unanimously to appoint him to fill the vacancy left when Orange County Judge Dean T. Crooks resigned his elected position two weeks ago. Thibodeaux is scheduled to be sworn-in in Orange late this afternoon.

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted unanimously on Wednesday to appoint former Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux as the replacement Orange County Judge to serve from now until December 31, 2020. The four County Commissioners met behind closed doors of an executive session for about thirty minutes before emerging back into open meeting where Precinct #1 Commissioner Johnny Trahan made the motion to appoint former Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux as County Judge to replace Judge Dean T. Crooks who resigned his seat two weeks ago. Precinct #2 Commissioner Theresa Beauchamp Adams seconded the motion and the result, in individual voice votes, were four “Aye” affirmative votes.

After applause of the courtroom audience, Carl Thibodeaux came to the Commissioner’s Court podium to speak.

“I want to thank you very much for having the confidence in me,” said Judge Thibodeaux to the four Commissioners of the Court.

 

 

Wed
27
Mar

GLO coming to Vidor to help flood victims

The Texas Government Land Office will have representatives in Vidor on Saturday, April 6th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to take Harvey storm victim Homeowner Assistance Program applications from those Vidorians whose recovery from the floods is stalled.

According to Julie Reid of Nehemiah’s Vision Recovery mission, there are still a number of Vidor area homeowners that haven’t fully recovered from the devastating floods of Tropical Storm Harvey since late August of 2017. Reid has said that her charitable organization knows of many storm victims still struggling in stripped out homes to recover.

The State of Texas is also aware that many storm victims have maxed out their FEMA help and Small Business Administration (SBA) Hurricane Harvey Recovery loans. And they know that some storm victims did not qualify for SBA recovery loans.

Wed
27
Mar

FEMA to complete storm debris reimbursements

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Tropical Storm Harvey storm debris fills a Rose City yard shortly after the storm’s floodwaters retreated in September of 2017. FEMA has obligated the last $1.4 million in storm debris collection reimbursements to Orange County in record time.

Last week the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it has obligated the last $1.4 million in Hurricane Harvey Recovery reimbursement funds for Orange County’s Tropical Storm Harvey storm debris collection mission. This $1.4 million is the last of a total of $14,222,261.48 of FEMA reimbursements to Orange County for its Harvey storm debris collection mission.

Wed
27
Mar

School Board doesn’t vote to turf Pirate Stadium

Despite rumors you might have heard that the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees voted to put artificial turf on Croak Field in Pirate Stadium this week, it’s not true. The Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees voted on Monday on three artificial turf related items involving three separate but related legal procedures required in order to go out for bids on the turf project so that the school board can get back a range of cost estimates and other details about possibly installing artificial turf at Pirate Stadium. The Board did not authorize the school district to engage in an actual contract to construct a turf field nor did the school board authorize the expenditure of funds for the construction of an artificial turf sports field.

Wed
27
Mar

Toddler death ruled homicide

The tragic death of an 18-month-old boy from Mauriceville has been determined to be a homicide according to a preliminary autopsy performed by the Jefferson County Morgue. Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Detective Janois Strause Grizzaffi has indicated that the child may have been suffocated.

According to information released by Detective Grizzaffi this past weekend, on Monday afternoon, March 18, 2019, 18 month-old Raydyn Jones of Mauriceville was brought to the closed emergency room door of the Baptist Hospital Orange at about 2:55 p.m. by his mother Raychyl Philmon. Since the emergency room at the Baptist Orange Hospital has been closed since January of 2017 and there are no emergency medical personnel or emergency medical equipment at the closed emergency room. 9-1-1 was called and an ambulance was summoned to the Baptist Orange Campus.

Thu
21
Mar

Lady Pirates fall to Lady Raiders 8-5

Photo/Randall Luker

Lady Pirate Vanessa Sifuentes races downfield as she eyes her chance to steal the ball from a Lady Raider.

The Lady Pirates held the lead for most of the game, but a big sixth inning propelled the Lady Raiders of Lumberton to victory Tuesday in Vidor in a nondistrict game.

Tied at two-all after three and one-half innings, the Lady Pirates scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up 4-2. Lumberton answered with a run in the fifth, but still trailed by a score of 4-3 after a scoreless at bat for Vidor.

That all changed when Lumberton bats awakened in the sixth inning for four runs and one more in the seventh while Vidor could muster just one run in the sixth to make the final score 8-5 in the visitors’ favor.

• Bailee Rowe started on the mound for Vidor, allowing six hits and four runs over six innings, striking out five. Ashlee Malagarie threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.

• Vidor had ten hits in the game with Skylar Head, Malagarie, and Kiley Brown each with multiple hits. Head lead Vidor batters with three hits in five at bats.

Thu
21
Mar

Entergy says to prepare for spring storms now

Photo courtesy/Entergy Texas

Spring time can mean thunder storms that can produce damaging winds and massive cloud to ground lightning strikes like this one that can disrupt electrical power to you and your family. Entergy suggests that you prepare in advance for spring power outages.

Yesterday, Thursday, March 21, 2019, was officially the first full day of spring. The Vernal Equinox, the day when the hours of daylight and the hours of darkness are exactly equal began on Wednesday of this week and it heralds the beginning of spring each year.

Of course, the spring season always brings spring showers. However, some prognosticators are predicting that for Southeast Texas, the spring months of March, April and May, will be wetter this year than average. Now whether that increase in wetness is caused by climate change or by a natural cycle of wetter followed by drier springs is a matter for history to decide.

Thu
21
Mar

United Way to sponsor local “Day of Caring”

Photo courtesy/Facebook.com/nehemiahshvisionrecovery/

with permission The United Way of Orange County’s “Day of Caring” is looking to find some five hundred people in Orange County to volunteer to construct, repair, paint and cleanup fifty Harvey ravaged homes whose families are still trying to recover. In this archive photo a Nehemiah’s Vision volunteer paints a newly installed door in an area home headed for recovery.

The United Way of Orange County is joining forces with Nehemiah’s Vision, Orange County Disaster Rebuild and iConnect Outreach to organize a day of volunteer recovery for victims of Tropical Storm Harvey. Their “Day of Caring” will be held on Friday, May 3rd from 7:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and will be initially organized at the Orange County Expo Center.

The “Day of Caring” is a volunteer effort that will depend on people like you our readers in order to be successful. The United Way of Orange County and the other three organizations will be working together to coordinate volunteers, like you from our community, to fan out from the Expo Center to work on Harvey damaged homes for an entire day. Volunteers will paint, construct, install and do all kinds of storm damage recovery work to help make a difference for some Orange County families on that day.

Thu
21
Mar

Commissioners take no action on Judge appointment

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Orange County Precinct #3 County Commissioner John Gothia, in his role as Orange County Judge Pro Tem, presides over a meeting of the Orange County Commissioners’ Court this week. Following that meeting, Commissioner Gothia publicly revealed that he would accept an appointment to the position of Orange County Judge if called upon. After this week’s meeting Gothia revealed to the media that he would accept an appointment to become Orange County Judge.

As predicted by Orange County Precinct #3 Commissioner and County Judge Pro Tem, John Gothia, on Monday, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court took no action this week in regards to appointing a replacement for County Judge Dean Crooks, who offered his resignation last week.

During Tuesday’s special Commissioners’ Court meeting, the Commissioners did retire into a closed-door executive session ostensibly to discuss the matter of appointing an interim Orange County Judge. The Court met behind closed doors with Orange County Assistant Attorney Denise Gremillion and the Director of Orange County Human Resources Department, Lori Ardoin, for about one hour before opening the courtroom doors and inviting the public back into open public session.

When the Commissioners Court reconvened, the Judge Pro Tem announced that there would be no action taken on matters discussed in the executive session.

 

Wed
20
Mar

Vidor man rushed to hospital after freeway mishap

A forty-seven year-old man from Vidor was taken to a Beaumont hospital on Sunday evening during a medical emergency that he suffered while driving his vehicle at highspeed on a freeway in western Jefferson County. The nature of the medical emergency that Mark Lane suffered while driving his car has not been disclosed, nor is any information available about his current condition.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) Sergeant Stephanie Davis, Mr. Lane’s car was involved in a collision with a barricade that resulted in at least two other collisions on I-10 west of Beaumont.

 

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