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Thu
25
Oct

Sheriff to acquire a robot

By George Garza

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will soon have its own mobile, remote controlled surveillance robot for use in S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons And Tactics) operations and other law enforcement situations. This week, Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt announced to the Orange County Commissioners’ Court that his office would be acquiring a $19,000 segmented, tracked, camera equipped device to add to the Sheriff’s Office arsenal of crime fighting tools. The Sheriff told the Commissioners that he would be paying for the new technology entirely out of asset forfeiture funds.

Thu
25
Oct

Holiday basket registration begins Tuesday

The United Christian Care Center Holiday Gift Basket registration begins next week at the center and will continue for two weeks. Gayle Nagai, a UCCC volunteer said that the Center has a long tradition of providing holiday food baskets for families in need containing all of the ingredients to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas supper for a family of four or five.

She said that thanks to generous donations from individuals, from the fourteen churches that support the United Christian Care Center and a very generous grant from the H.H. and Edna Houseman Charitable Trust, the Center hopes to provide some 325 Holiday Food Baskets at Thanksgiving and another 100 Holiday Food Baskets at Christmas.

 

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Thu
25
Oct

CDC to examine Orange County nutrition, health

By George Garza

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is coming to Orange County soon to conduct a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Some three-hundred plus county residents will be invited to participate in a health interview with a followup health examination conducted sometime between October 30, 2018 and January 21, 2019.

Tue
23
Oct

VISD to provide ten percent of new Oak Forest building cost

BY George Garza

Although speed is desired in the replacement of Vidor’s flood damaged Oak Forest Elementary School, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jay Killgo said that care must be taken to insure that the taxpayers get the most bang for the federal bucks being reimbursed to the V.I.S.D. for replacing that school.

“Construction costs are more, right now, thann they have been in the past,” said Dr. Killgo, “What if we find that $13.5 million will only build us half a school?”

 

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Tue
23
Oct

Early voting starts out strong

Vote early this week and next including this coming Saturday

By George Garza

Pundits and analysts are predicting a large voter turnout in the November 6, 2018 General Election. Even though this is a mid- Presidential-term election, there are unmistakable signs that interest in the Texas General Election this year is running high.

“Oh, yes, there was a line of voters waiting outside of the Gould Community Center before that early voting polling place opened its doors on Monday morning,” said Tina Barrow, Orange County Elections Administrator. “There were at least fifteen people waiting at the door for their chance to go and early vote.”

 

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Tue
23
Oct

Texas DPS to watch drivers around buses

BY George Garza

Don’t be surprised this week, if you see a black and white Texas Department of Public Safety patrol car following your neighborhood V.I.S.D. school bus as it winds it way down your street. And beware, if you see a school bus stopping to take on students or discharge students on wide highways such as North Main Street or Highway 12 for the next few days, there may be a TX DPS trooper aboard that bus watching on-coming drivers to insure they stop for the flashing red lights of the school bus.

Thu
18
Oct

County goes out for bids to repair Courthouse marble

By George Garza

 

After nearly three years of unsightly scaffolding blocking the front door and the entire three floor frontage of the Orange County Courthouse, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court have finally authorized the County Purchasing Agent to go out for bid proposals regarding the repair and restoration of the marble siding and windows of the front of the Courthouse building.

 

For all that time the front doors of the Orange County Courthouse in Orange have been closed and blocked by a massive three-story scaffolding surrounding the entrance and extending three stories above to the roof of the building. The reason for the pipe work scaffolding is to hold up the Italian marble stonework that enhances the entire entrance of the historic building.

 

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Thu
18
Oct

Early voting in Mid-Term Election starts next Monday

The long awaited Mid-Term election is here at last. Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 is just a little over, two weeks away, which means that Early Voting is beginning next week. With an election process that started way back last year in December, many are worn out from campaigning or being campaigned at.

 

Your November 6 General Election Ballot is competitive in Federal and Statewide races with every race having two and three candidates.

 

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Thu
18
Oct

“We haven’t seen it …”

By George Garza

 

Orange County Attorney John Kimbrough is frustrated that people believe that the County Attorney’s office has refused to prosecute any new case with regards to the murder of Kathy Page.

 

On Wednesday afternoon of this week, Mr. Kimbrough said to a writer with The Vidorian by telephone, “Rod (Carroll) was in my office this week and told me he would have the case to me in a week-and-a-half. We had told him in writing that we would prosecute this case if it’s ready. But we have to see it. We haven’t seen it. They’ve got this new evidence, a new witness. We have to have that, we have to evaluate that.

 

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Tue
16
Oct

Happy surprise!

Mallory Chilton was happily surprised to be announced as Vidor High Schools’ 2018 Homecoming Queen during halftime festivities Friday night. She was escorted on the field by her S2 brother Braden Chilton (not pictured

 

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