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Thu
10
Jan

County to explore option of moving Pct. 2 Office

Vidorian photos/George Garza

The Orange County Precinct #2 Commissioner’s Office in Mauriceville on Highway 62 was badly damaged during Hurricane Harvey and subsequent floods. The cost to repair the building is more than the insurance claim that was paid. The new Precinct #2 County Commissioner, Theresa Adams Beauchamp, wants her new office to be located closer to the center of her precinct.

The Orange County Precinct #2 Commissioner’s office in Mauriceville on Highway 62 was badly damaged during Hurricane Harvey. According to Orange County Judge Dean Crooks, the building suffered extensive flood damage.

“I don’t know how deep the water got, but I do know that currently it has no floor,” said Judge Crooks. “And some of the floor joists are also rotten. Besides that, when we got to looking at it we also found damage that was ter on Highway 1442.

The newly sworn in caused by the storm, that wasn’t caused by flooding. The roof itself was damaged including some of the plywood ceiling.”

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Thu
10
Jan

Red Cross provides more than $13 million in Harvey relief

Vidorian photos/George Garza

The director of the local chapter of the American Red Cross in Orange, Chester Jourdan presented a summary of the charitable organization’s effort to provide assistance to Orange County victims of Hurricane Harvey during this week’s meeting of the Orange County Commissioners’ Court.

The executive director of the American Red Cross of Southeast and Deep East Texas, Chester R. Jourdan presented a report to the Orange County Commissioners Court on Tuesday reviewing the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey short and long term recovery efforts for the past year.

Mr. Jourdan introduced several Red Cross officials and volunteers who made the actual informational presentations to the Court. Clint Bidwell, a Red Cross volunteer from Oregon, who was deployed to the Texas Gulf Coast last July.

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Thu
10
Jan

County approves tax abatements for Vidor Pride & Progress homeowners

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Orange County Precinct #4 Commissioner Robert Viator’s previous experience a Mayor of Vidor came in handy at his second meeting of the Orange County Commissioners’ Court. Viator was able to explain Vidor’s Pride & Progress program to the new members of the Court.

On Wednesday, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court granted tax abatements on Orange County ad valorem taxes to nineteen Vidor homeowners who have qualified for Vidor City tax abatements under the Vidor “Pride and Progress” program.

Those Vidor property owners being granted county tax abatements include Tori Graham, Rodney White, Joseph & Elizabeth Fisher, Larry & Peggy Hall, Clint Mahana, Christopher Parker, McPayne Real Estate, L.L.C., Critical Path Construction, Rock Builders, Buel & Elizabeth Sauls II, Lina R. Swinney, Alvert Paul Boudreaux, Jr. & Sarah Lois Boudreaux, Susan M. Maines, Joyce Parker, Joseph Donald, Jr. & Iris Jeane LaBorde, Jonathan Theriot, Chad Burns, Kendra Burks and Shannon G. DeVillier. These property owners will see one hundred percent of their County property taxes abated for two years with a decreasing graduated percentage of abatement of Orange County ad valorem property taxes for each of the five years that followed.

Wed
09
Jan

Council to appoint mayor Thursday

Two finalists for the open Vidor Mayor position will be considered and one will be appointed at the regular Vidor City Council meeting Thursday.

Council members narrowed the field from four applicants to two at a special called meeting January 3.

 

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Wed
09
Jan

Neches River flooding termed moderate

Recent rains in Southeast Texas has resulted in out-ofthe-banks river flooding on two Orange County Rivers. The Neches River in northwest and west Orange County and the Sabine River in far northeast Orange County are both in Moderate Flood Stage and are approaching major flood stage on Tuesday. But forecasters said on Tuesday morning that both rivers are cresting and are predicted to crest six inches lower than predicted on the Neches River and a foot below predictions on the Sabine River.

Wed
09
Jan

Viator starts as our new commissioner

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Robert Viator, Jr. starts to crack a smile as he takes his Oath of Office as the new Orange County Precinct #4 County Commissioner on New Years’ Day. Commissioner Viator was administered his Oath of Office by his longtime friend, Orange County Precinct #4 Justice of the Peace Rodney Price.

It was a national holiday. New Year’s Day 2019 is usually a day for gathering with friends to watch college bowl games. And early that afternoon the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl was being played in Glendale, AZ featuring the University of Central Florida Knights against the Louisiana State University Tigers, a game that has a lot of appeal to Orange County Cajuns.

But at 2:00 p.m. a crowd of about 150 people gathered in a second floor courtroom in the Orange County Courthouse in Orange on Tuesday, January 1st to witness seven recently elected or re-elected Orange County official take their oaths of office in a mass swearing-in ceremony.

Among the seven, the former Mayor of the City of Vidor and newly elected Orange County Precinct #4 County Commissioner, Robert Viator, Jr., representing Vidor, Pine Forest, Rose City and northwestern Orange County, was on hand with relatives, friends and well wishers to raise his right hand and recite his official Oath of Office.

Thu
03
Jan

Former mayor swears-in as Commissioner

Vidorian/George Garza

Robert Viator, Jr. starts to crack a smile as he takes his Oath of Office as the new Orange County Precinct #4 County Commissioner on New Years’ Day. Commissioner Viator was administered his Oath of Office by his longtime friend Orange County Precinct #4 Justice of the Peace Rodney Price.

A crowd of about 150 people gathered in a second floor courtroom in the Orange County Courthouse in Orange on Tuesday, January 1st to witness seven recently elected or re-elected Orange County official take their oaths of office in a mass swearing-in ceremony.

The seven elected officials, Orange County Judge Dean T. Crooks, Orange County Precinct #4 Justice of the Peace Rodney Price, Orange County Precinct #2 County Commissioner Theresa Adams Beauchamp, Orange County Precinct #4 County Commissioner Robert Viator, Jr., Orange County Precinct #1 Justice of the Peace Hershel Stagner, Jr. Orange County Precinct #2 Justice of the Peace Chad Jenkins, and Orange County Clerk Brandy Robertson, each had family members and close friends with them in the courtroom on New Year’s Day.

 

 

 

Thu
03
Jan

A Seguin gunman threatens Vidor Church

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The Congregation of the First Baptist Church were unaware that a gunman in Seguin, Texas had threatened their church. The Church had recently increased its security by hiring an armed off-duty police officer to be in attendance at services.

A man armed with a gun, arrested in Seguin, TX on Sunday, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, confessed to a Seguin Police investigator “he was on his way to a church to fulfill a prophecy” and then mentioned the First Baptist Church of Vidor.

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Vidor Police Department received information from the Seguin, TX Police Department, in reference to a threat against First Baptist Church in Vidor.

 

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Wed
02
Jan

Christmas Day fire takes a life

A Christmas Day house fire has taken the life of an elderly man from Little Cypress. City of Orange Fire Marshal John Bilbo reported last week that seventyyear-old Jamie Wooten of Orange died in a house fire that flared up early on Christmas morning. Marshal Bilbo said that Orange firefighters were alerted at 1:46 a.m. on December 25th, that a residence in the 6800 block of F.M. 1130, very near Little Cypress Junior High School, was on fire. The 9-1-1 caller, who was a resident of the home that was burning, told the dispatcher that there was someone still inside of the home, an elderly man.

Wed
02
Jan

Your property taxes are due in January

This is a sample 2018 Orange County Tax Statement for one property owned by an anonymous County taxpayer. This sample shows the total taxable value of the property before exemptions and then an itemized list of the amount of taxes due to each Orange County taxing entity that has a claim on that property for taxes this year. You can also see each taxing entity’s tax rate and total tax due to that entity.

Your Orange County Ad Valorem Property Taxes are due during the month of January. All Orange County property owners must pay their Ad Valorem property taxes that are levied by each of the Orange County government taxing entities no later than 5:00 P.M. on January 31st, 2019. Property taxes are payable as of October 1, 2018, due on January 1st, 2019 and past due and delinquent as of February 1st 2019.

According to Orange County Tax Assessor/Collector Karen Fisher, the Orange County Tax Office sent out your 2018 Orange County Combined Tax Statement to your primary residential mailbox or to your business’ mailbox if you own a business at a separate location from your home. You may not have recognized the County’s tax statement because it was printed with black letters on white paper. In years past, Orange County Tax Statements were printed on pink colored paper.

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