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Thu
01
Mar

Long time VISD Trustee to step down

Only two entities have contested races in May

By George Garza

The filing period ended on Friday, two weeks ago, for most of the local elections to be held on May 5, 2018. Almost all cities, school district’s board of trustee, and special district boards of directors or commissioners have elected terms of offices that end in May of 2018. Since these elected offices are not generally associated with political party affiliations, candidates do not have to seek their party’s nomination, so they don’t have to run in a primary election. In fact, candidates can nominate themselves. One long time local office holder whose current term of office is ending in May is Vidor I.S.D. Trustee Rollie Burr. Burr has decided not to seek a ninth term as a school board trustee on the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees.

Tue
27
Feb

Last week for early voting

By George Garza

 

Every other year in our great nation, its citizens are given the opportunity to exercise their God given right to voice their opinion on how we are governed, when we go to the polls to vote. On Tuesday, March 6th, next Tuesday, we each have the opportunity to speak out again on how we are governed and how we pay for that government. Now it’s true, that no one is actually elected to any governmental office in next Tuesday’s political party primaries. But, we have a chance to determine which politicians will be on the ballot when we DO vote for who is going to govern us in November’s General Electio

 

 

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Tue
27
Feb

Student removed from school for making verbal threat

By George Garza

 

On Friday, February 23, 2018 a Vidor High School student was removed from Vidor High School and detained by authorities for using threatening language while speaking out in a classroom. As soon as the Vidor I.S.D. Police Department and the V.I.S.D. Administration investigated the incident and a preliminary report was made to the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo, the District’s Superintendent, issued the following statement to parents and patrons of the School District

 

 

 

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Tue
27
Feb

Powerlifters take third at Regionals

The Lady Pirate Powerlifters competed in Regional competition last week and claimed third place. Showing off their medals and team trophy are, (l to r), Hayley Kinnard, Jenna Hoffman, Mallory Becks and Hope Pridgen

 

 

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Tue
27
Feb

Escapades winners named

Pirates Escapades winners left to right Freshman McKinley LaPray, Senior Cassidy Bailey, Overall School Beauty Britlyn Sanders, Sophomore Alden Revia, and Junior Kelsie Droptini

 

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Thu
22
Feb

Auditor gives city top marks

By Randall Luker

 

Vidor is in great financial shape, according to BrooksWatson and Co. of Houston. The independent auditor reported to Vidor City Council earlier this month and said it rated Vidor at “the highest level we can give.” The city undergoes an independent audit annually as is required by Texas law. Auditing firms are selected through a bidding process and firms are usually changed biannually

 

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Thu
22
Feb

Vidor kids are safe and at home

By George Garza

 

Two Vidor siblings, who were reported as runaways on Tuesday night, were found by Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies early Wednesday afternoon. Eleven -yearold Serina Solley and thirteenyear- old Matthew Solley were found safe and unharmed in an unoccupied building, not far from their home on Henry Drive. The pair has since been returned to their parents.

 

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Wed
21
Feb

Suspected runaways are missing from Vidor

Photo of the missing Solley children

Eleven-year-old Serina Solley (left) and thirteen-year-old Matthew Solley have been missing from their north Vidor home since Tuesday night. Orange County Sheriff’s investigators believe the two children may have run away from home. If you have seen the children, or have any information about where they might be, please call the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 409-883-2612.

Two Vidor children, 11-year-old Serina Solley and 13-year-old Matthew Solley, have been missing from their North Vidor home since Tuesday night. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that the pair was last seen outside of their home on Henry Drive, near North Tram and Spoonemore, at about 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday night. The pair have reportedly run away from home before, in November of 2016, when they hopped a train in Vidor and were found nine hours later in Houston.

According to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office news release, at approximately 9:40 p.m. Tuesday night, the Sheriff's Office received a call reporting two runaway children from the Vidor area. Deputies responded to Henry Drive and spoke with Seaver Solley, and his wife Stefanie. They reported that Solley’s two children, 11-year-old Serina Solley and 13-year-old Matthew Solley, had been missing since about 8:50 p.m.

Tue
20
Feb

VISD-CTE considers offering drilling course

This week Penny Singleton, the director of Vidor I.S.D.’s Career and Technology Education department, revealed that the Vidor High School is considering adding a course in oil and gas production to its already highly varied CTE options. “Oil and Gas Production I,” would be the course’s name and would offer students a solid preview of petroleum production theory.

 

There are still some details to be worked out concerning cost and staffing but Ms. Singleton said that a decision on whether to be the only school district in all of southeast Texas to offer an oil/gas well course could come before the end of the ongoing school year. She said that, if approved for addition to the Vidor High School CTE curriculum, Oil and Gas Production I could be offered to students for the first time this coming fall.

 

 

Tue
20
Feb

County to purchase $6,499 chair ramp

By George Garza

 

Orange County Commissioners voted unanimously to spend $6,499.99 to purchase a wheel chair ramp that will safely convey a person in a wheelchair from the floor of the Orange County Convention and Expo Center Ballroom to the temporary stage that is sometimes set up for some events in that ballroom.

 

Orange County Precinct #2 Commissioner Barry Burton requested this purchase during last week’s Commissioners’ Court meeting.

 

 

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