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Mar

Volunteers welcomed for Pirate Pride Park cleanup and renewal Saturday

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The Allen family (left to right): Alistair, Adelyn, and Mom Amy, enjoying themselves at Pirate Pride park.

Pirate Pride Park will be getting some TLC on Saturday, March 23 starting at 9 am. and volunteers are welcome to pitch in. Derrick Barber invites the public to join members of Eastgate United Pentecostal Church as they clean up and freshen up Pirate Pride Park. Barber cautions the public that the use of some of the playground equipment and tables may be restricted while the fresh paint dries. Vidor Mayor Kimberly Stiebig stated, “I appreciate Eastgate organizing this clean-up. This is what the City’s Pride and Progress campaign is all about, making our city a better place to live.”

 

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Wed
20
Mar

Local charity celebrates storm victims, volunteers

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Nehemiah’s Vision, Vidor’s own charitable rebuild ministry, held a fundraising banquet last week at the Orange County Expo Center to raise money for this year’s Harvey home repair season getting ready to kick off soon. The charity raised more than $18,000 through ticket sales.

Nehemiah’s Vision Rebuild Ministry of Vidor celebrated Tropical Storm Harvey storm victims and the volunteers who helped those victims at a fund-raising “Glorification Dinner” held at the Orange County Expo Center last Thursday night. About 250 guests attended the celebration that honored the storm victims who have been able to return to their rebuilt homes and the many volunteers who came to southeast Texas last year to help Harvey victims on their road to recovery.

“We’re just giving glory and honor to The Lord for all that He has provided, for the funding that He has provided, for the volunteers that He has provided, for the materials that He has provided and for the sponsors that He has provided to help the families of Southeast Texas recover from disasters,” said Julie Reid, Associate Director of Administration for Nehemiah’s Vision.

 

Wed
20
Mar

Appointing interim County Judge might be complicated

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Orange Precinct #3 County Commissioner John Gothia of Bridge City (center), pictured here during a recess of the Commissioners’ Court meeting following Judge Dean Crook’s resignation, is currently acting as Orange County Judge Pro Tem. Gothia said that the succession process to name a new Orange County Judge might be complicated. Standing to Gothia’s left is Precinct #4 County Commissioner Robert Viator, Jr., while Precinct #2 County Commissioner Theresa Adams Beauchamp is seated at the Court bench to Gothia’s right.

With the recent resignation of Orange County Judge Dean Crooks that should become effective this week, the path to appointing an interim County Judge might be fraught with hazard. According to Precinct #3 Orange County Commissioner John Gothia, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court may only be able to nominate and appoint someone other than one of the four currently elected county commissioners to serve as the interim County Judge.

Commissioner Gothia said that the final word on the three legal procedures for appointing an interim Orange County Judge will not be made available to the Court until the four county commissioners meet in executive session during this week’s Orange County Commissioners’ Court meeting to be held on Tuesday afternoon.

However Gothia said that he has gotten some preliminary information about the procedures for interim judge appointment that the court might be able to chose from to follow.

 

Thu
14
Mar

County wants HOT tax law amended to allow pavilion amenities

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The large boat trailer parking area adjacent to the City of Orange Sabine River Boat Ramp on Simmons Drive in Orange has hosted many events that bring tourists to Orange and Orange County. The City of Orange is planning to build a pavilion near this parking lot to improve the facility and Orange County wants to pitch in their own HOT Tax funds to help.

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a resolution asking the Texas Legislature to amend the Hotel Occupancy Tax law to allow the County to contribute $100,000 of County HOT tax collections towards an entertainment pavilion that will be built at the City of Orange Boat Ramp on the Sabine River.

Thu
14
Mar

Many support tax abatements for economic development

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Tad McKee, president of the Stark Foundation was the first of twenty speakers that spoke to the Orange County Commissioners’ Court meeting on Wednesday. McKee spoke out in support of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation.

Vidorian photo/George Garza

The Orange County Commissioners’ Courtroom was packed with an overflow crowd of citizens, business and civic leaders to voice their opinions mostly about Orange County economic development on Wednesday.

According to some observers, the large crowd packed into the Orange County Commissioners’ Courtroom on Wednesday morning for the regular meeting of the Commissioners’ Court came to that meeting to speak to the Court concerning their own opinions about offering tax incentives to attract new industry to the county. Others came to speak about the importance of showing those potential new industries that the citizens support the industry’s willingness to invest in Orange County. And others came to offer their opinions about the job the Orange County Economic Development Corporation Director was doing in negotiating with potential industrial investors in Orange County.

Thu
14
Mar

Orange County Judge Crooks unexpectedly resigns

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Orange County Judge Dean Crooks reads his letter of resignation from the Orange County Commissioners’ Court bench over which he presided for nearly one year. The Judge resigned in the face of a groundswell of public opposition that arose to his published stance on Orange County Economic Development questioning abatements and other property tax incentives.

Orange County Judge Dean T. Crooks resigned from his elected position as County Judge at the beginning of the regularly scheduled Orange County Commissioners’ Court meeting held on Wednesday morning, March 13, 2019. During the surprise announcement, Judge Crooks said that the effective date for his resignation would be on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 when the convened Commissioners’ Court would have an agenda item to consider accepting his resignation.

Wed
13
Mar

Pine Forest takes another step towards drainage projects

The Pine Forest City Council has decided to accept an interlocal agreement with the Angelina & Neches River Authority (ANRA) on the development of the West Orange County Flood Control Project. The City Council met on Monday night in their regularly scheduled monthly meeting and considered whether to enter into the interlocal agreement with ANRA for phase II of their proposed Flood Control Project.

Phase II of the West Orange County Flood Control Project is the part of the project that includes the construction of the canals and locks, the operation of the system and the future maintenance of the entire flood control system. Under the terms of the agreement, the entire agreement with ANRA becomes moot if the City fails to win the estimated $110 million Texas Hazard Mitigation Grant funds to design and construct the drainage project.

Wed
13
Mar

Vidor police searching for “person of interest”

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The Vidor Police Department is asking for your help to identify the above pictured individual who was involved in multiple attempted burglaries recently. If you have any information you are asked to contact the Vidor Police Department at (409) 769-4561 or Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-8477.

The Vidor Police Department is searching for an individual that they would like to interview in connection with several incidents that happened in Vidor recently. According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, the man’s name is Jacob Hopson, he is 18 or 19 years-old and he appears to have gone into hiding because no one has seen or heard from him in recent days.

The Vidor Police Department wish to contact Mr. Hopson so that they might interview him as a person of interest in some recent burglaries, auto burglaries and an automobile theft that have occurred in Vidor recently.

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Wed
13
Mar

Tax abatement law to be extended?

The Texas law that allows Texas counties, municipalities and school districts to offer local property tax incentive options to attract economic development is set to expire on September 1, 2019. This so-called “Tax abatement” option of the Texas Tax Code is the enabling legislation that allows local Texas governing entities the legal option to offer certain property tax “abatements” to businesses from paying property taxes on new development investments or existing property improvements for a set period of time.

Texas District 21 State Representative Dade Phelan has filed House Bill 2438 to extend local tax incentive options for economic development.

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Wed
13
Mar

TXDPS offers Keep Schools Safe tool

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The Texas Department of Public Safety says that keeping our schools safe is the responsibility of all Texans, not just law enforcement, faculty and school staff. The TXDPS also says that it takes the eyes and ears of many people being vigilant to unusual or suspicious activities to stem the rising tide of threats and potential terrorist activities both in our schools and our communities.

For instance, if you overheard someone threating to hurt or kill another person at a school or social event, what would you do about it? Or, let say, that you noticed a stranger hanging around or driving by a school building on more than one occasion, what could you do about that?

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