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Tue
14
Aug

Fill the Bus scrambled by lightning

George Garza
The Vidorian

The big yellow bus was in the Walmart parking lot, early last Saturday morning, waiting for all of your donated school supplies. Dozens of students had arrived and were helping to set up shelters and ready to collect donated school supplies from donors who drove up to the bus. There were teachers there, there were teacher’s aides there. And, of course, volunteers with the Vidor Rotary Club and their lime-green bus were there to collect donated jeans and jackets.

Now the sky was partly cloudy to mostly cloudy that morning, but it looked like it might be a relatively cool day to hold the annual Fill the Bus School Supply Collection Drive on Saturday morning. But one of those clouds that were passing overhead was dark and gray and full of showers. Suddenly, CRACK!!! A bolt of lightning snaked its way down to the ground not too far from the north Vidor department store, creating a loud boom.

Tue
14
Aug

VISD proposed budget is smaller

George Garza
The Vidorian

During a special meeting of the Board of Trustee of the Vidor I.S.D. the Board was presented with the school district’s Proposed 2018-2019 Vidor I.S.D. Budget. Now there still could be changes made in the proposed budget, but one obvious difference between last year’s proposed 2017-2018 Vidor I.S.D Budget and the new proposed budget for the coming school year is that the total expenditures for the upcoming year are nearly $500,000 less than the previous year’s budget.

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Tue
14
Aug

Vidor adoptee meets his birth mom

Randall Luker
The Vidorian

After 35 years, a Vidor man was recently reunited with his birth mother in Denver, Colorado. Jake Sanders of Vidor hasn’t had an easy life, he was placed for adoption in the Dallas area, struggled with being bullied as a youngster and fought and survived childhood cancer. In spite of, or maybe because of his struggles, Jake has gone on to become a successful business owner and strong supporter of DC Strong, a non-profit granting wishes to children with cancer. He lives by the motto, “ Live your life, be happy, do your dreams, but most of all, never give up.”

Jake began his search for his birth mother earlier this year, with the help of a friend who works for Buckner and knew he had been adopted through Buckner in the Dallas area.

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Thu
09
Aug

Old 90 bridge rebuild to take two years

22-month road closure to begin next spring

By George Garza

The narrow concrete bridge over the Baird’s Bayou oxbow that carries Old Highway 90 traffic between Rose City and Gerdau Ameristeel is currently in pretty bad shape with sections of asphalt overlay missing since the bridge was overtopped by the out of its banks Neches River during the floods of Hurricane Harvey. The bridge otherwise has been deemed safe for vehicular traffic and drivers can still use the Old Highway to get from Vidor to Gerdau Ameristeel or Jefferson Energy even though most drive slowly over the old bridge.

Thu
09
Aug

FEMA cash eases County’s cash flow squeeze

By George Garza

More than $9 million dollars in reimbursement money received by Orange County from the Federal Emergency Management Agency should provide the county with enough cash to pay their bills from now until January 1st, 2019, says Orange County Judge Dean Crooks.

Last week on Tuesday, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted to authorize the County Auditor, Pennee Schmitt

 

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Thu
09
Aug

East Railroad, old Highway 90 to be resurfaced with Ike Recovery funds

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council will consider bids for resurfacing two well traveled streets in the community and consider what role the city will take in the repair of replacement of the damaged Vietnam Memorial Monument located at Vidor Lions Club Veterans Park when they meet Thursday at 7 p.m.

Earlier this year, the city council had approved using Hurricane Ike recovery funds to repair portions of old Highway 90 and East Railroad and sought bids for the work. Plans call for old Highway 90 to be resurfaced from approximately the IH- 10 frontage road east to FM 1132 and for East Railroad to be resurfaced from North Main Street to the vicinity of the old Sargent Street rail crossing. The bids were received Monday with two firms submitting bids.

 

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Tue
07
Aug

Vietnam hero monument topples, breaks

By George Garza

 

This weekend the students and staff of the Vidor public schools are reaching out and asking you to generously donate some new school supplies to their annual “Fill the Bus” School Supply Collection Drive at the new Vidor Walmart parking lot in the 1300 block of North Main Street from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. In addition to Fill the Bus, the Vidor Rotary Club will have their own lime-green Rotary Bus parked nearby where club members and student volunteers will be collecting gently used jackets and jeans for distribution to students in need

 

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Tue
07
Aug

Fill the Bus is up to you this Saturday

By George Garza

 

This weekend the students and staff of the Vidor public schools are reaching out and asking you to generously donate some new school supplies to their annual “Fill the Bus” School Supply Collection Drive at the new Vidor Walmart parking lot in the 1300 block of North Main Street from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. In addition to Fill the Bus, the Vidor Rotary Club will have their own lime-green Rotary Bus parked nearby where club members and student volunteers will be collecting gently used jackets and jeans for distribution to students in need

 

 

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Thu
02
Aug

Old 90 Bridge at Baird’s Bayou public meeting set

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold an open house public meeting to discuss the proposed bridge replacement of the Old US Highway 90 bridge at Baird’s Bayou, near Rose City, in Orange County, Texas. The meeting will be conducted in an open house format so the public can come and go at their convenience. No formal presentation will be provided. Staff will be available to answer questions. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Rose City City Hall, located at 370 Rose City Drive.

 

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Thu
02
Aug

Driver airlifted to hospital after North 105 crash

The Texas Department of Public Safety Beaumont District Office released information Thursday about an early morning highway collision that injured a Vidor man.

TXDPS Sergeant Stephanie Davis said 25- year-old Joshua Armstrong of Vidor, was transported by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries.

 

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