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Wed
17
Jun

Sixteen in Vidor receive property tax abatements

Sixteen property owners in Vidor were granted seven-year decreasing property tax abatements on their Orange County property tax bill for new properties or improvements on existing properties last week. The Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted to grant seven-year property tax abatements to Susan A. Merchant, Karen Ballinger, Kaitlin Ricks, Lisa Marie Harris, Colt Dear, Kindel Toby Westberry, Apolinar Rodriguez, William Crutcher & Gabrielle Crutcher, Jose Estupinan and Heather Hawthorn. The court also granted two-year tax abatements to Vidor area builders or developers W&B Enterprises-LLC, McPayne Real Estate-LLC (abatements on three properties) and Rock Builders-LLC (abatements on two properties).

These tax abatements granted by Orange County are part of the City of Vidor Pride and Progress incentive for residential property owners to build new or remodel in five reinvestment zones in the city.

Wed
17
Jun

Sheriff Merritt retires early

Sheriff Merritt retires early

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt made a surprise announcement last week that he would be retiring from Orange County six months early. Merritt’s third elected term as Sheriff ends on December 31, 2020. Merritt plans to retire on June 30, 2020.

A long time law enforcement icon of Orange County is hanging up his badge and his gun in exchange for the pleasures of fishing, flying and his wife’s “honey-do” list.

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt has served Orange County as a peace officer for forty-one years. On June 30, 2020, Sheriff Merritt will retire from Orange County and law enforcement.

Wed
17
Jun

Traffic violation leads to two felony assault charges

Traffic violation leads to two felony assault charges

Vidor Police and other police agency law officers were involved in a high-speed pursuit of a traffic violator from Highway 12 in northeast Vidor to southern Jasper County on F.M. 105 on Monday afternoon. It turned out the traffic violator was wanted for arrest on seven outstanding arrest warrants. Photo Courtesy of Google Maps

Using the “Left Turn Only” center lane of a Texas Highway to illegally pass slower cars traveling in the regular traffic lanes resulted in an 12-mile Vidor Police pursuit through two municipalities and two counties on Monday afternoon of this week. During the chase, the suspect attempted to ram two Orange County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars that had joined in the high-speed chase.

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, the dangerous hunt of the traffic violator began on Monday afternoon, June 15, 2020 at about 3:45 p.m., when a Vidor Police officer who was on-patrol in the 3200 block of Highway 12, about three blocks east of Evangeline Dr., spotted a westbound vehicle whose driver was using the centerline “Left Turn Only” lane for the purpose of passing other west bound vehicles on Highway 12.

Wed
10
Jun

Vidor loses mayor, gains city manager

Vidor Mayor Kimberly Stiebig resigned her position effective June 2, as a new city manager takes the helm.

Council members will consider Stiebig’s resignation Thursday following a welcome reception for new city manager Robbie Hood, former Pinehurst city manager.

Stiebig’s said her unexpected departure was prompted by increased work demands due to COVID-19.

Citing her resignation letter, Stiebig noted “This decision was not reached easily and is probably one of the hardest ones I have ever made. There are many factors behind this decision, but what it comes down to is the split of time between my job of 17 years and the seat I hold. It has become very difficult to balance both as it is near impossible to provide each position it deserves to be effective. Both my employer and the citizens of this community deserve better than what I have been able to give each, as well as the Council and employees of this city.”

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
10
Jun

Vidor I.S.D. providing nocost meals through June 30th

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Cafeteria staff at the Vidor Elementary School Cafeteria place no cost, nutritious and healthy hot meals in the trunk of a car as part of the Vidor I.S.D. Summer Feeding Program. All Vidor area children are eligible for the free Summer Meals Program funded by the USDA and the Texas Department of Agriculture. Photo by George Garza

Attention parents, guardians and teens with cars. The Vidor Independent School District Food and Nutrition Services Department is providing no-cost nutritional hot meals, Mondays through Thursdays from now until June 30 th , 2020. According to Mary Ellen Vivrett, V.I.S.D. Director of Child Nutrition, school cafeterias at Pine Forest Elementary School and Vidor Elementary School will be distributing breakfast and lunch at drive through locations at each campus from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

The Summer Feeding Program is part of an effort provided by the Vidor School District to ensure that children in our community don’t have to go hungry just because school has ended for the school year.

Wed
10
Jun

Peace Rally in Vidor remembers George Floyd

Peace Rally in Vidor remembers George Floyd

About 200 people gathered in Raymond Gould Park in Vidor on Saturday afternoon to rally for peace and march in memory of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis last month. Ralliers marched peaceably around the Park’s walking path carrying signs and chanting slogans. Photo By George Garza

The weather was sunny but sticky on Saturday afternoon when Vidorians and others gathered in Raymond Gould Park to remember and honor George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. People carried signs, sang songs, marched and prayed as the Peace Rally progressed.

Maddie (Madison) Malone, a lifelong resident of Vidor, organized the rally and march to honor the African-American man who died after Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin used his knee on George Floyd’s neck to hold him in place while Floyd was lying face down and handcuffed on the street.

Thu
04
Jun

Sand and sandbags available for TS Cristobal

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Citizen filling sandbags at Raymond Gould Park on Thursday.

  Although Tropical Depression/Tropical Storm Cristobal is has yet to emerge from the Yucatan Peninsula into the southern Gulf of Mexico, National Weather Service forecasters are warning residents along the upper Texas Gulf coast and the entire State of Louisiana Gulf coast to remain prepared for a tropical storm with possibly heavy rainfall and subsequent storm surges when the storm makes landfall before dawn on Monday. 

Lake Charles National Weather Service Meteorologist Donald Jones said the storm track of TS Cristobal “Cone of Uncertainty” is likely to impact an area along the upper Gulf coast from High Island. TX to Biloxi, MS.  That area includes all of Orange County including Vidor.

Wed
03
Jun

Bridge City man killed in crash

A fatality crash took the life of a Bridge City resident on Saturday night just south of Vidor. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Stephanie Davis, the single vehicle crash happened just before 8:00 p.m. on F.M. 105 South, about one mile south of Vidor. Fifty-five year-old Raymond Thomas Henry of Bridge City was killed in the collision.

“Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) Troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on F.M. 105, near Alpine Street, in Orange County, on Saturday night,” said Trooper Davis in a news release. “The crash occurred approximately one mile South of Vidor.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
03
Jun

Armed robber gets Mauriceville cash

Armed robber gets Mauriceville cash

Although the reflection on the cashier’s sneeze guard makes it difficult to see, you can make out the black long-sleeved hoodie and mask worn by an armed robber as he holds the shirt collar of a store customer to his knee as he robs OJ’s store in Mauriceville before dawn on Monday. Photo Courtesy Orange County Sheriff’s Office

A man with a gun robbed a Mauriceville convenience store early on Monday morning and disappeared into the dark with, apparently, a small amount of cash.

According to Orange County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Kari Mahaffey, Public Information Officer, “On Monday, June 1, 2020 around 5:43 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call in reference to a robbery at OJ’s store, located at 9508 Highway 12, located in Orange, Orange County, Texas. No one was injured during the robbery.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
03
Jun

A.I.M. Center graduates 50 seniors in 2020 Commencement

A.I.M. Center graduates 50 seniors in 2020 Commencement

Under threatening skies the Vidor I.S.D. A.I.M. Center High School Class of 2020 gathered at Pirate Stadium on Saturday night to receive their High School Diplomas as graduates. Although fifty A.I.M. Center High School Seniors graduated in 2020, only 24 graduates were able to attend Commencement. Photo Courtesy vidorisd.org

A.I.M. Center graduates 50 seniors in 2020 Commencement

Twenty-four A.I.M. Center High School seniors proudly take the field at Pirate Stadium and march in procession towards their Commencement last Saturday night. Although the A.I.M. Center graduated fifty seniors this year, many were forced to miss their graduation by their commitments to help support their families. Photo Courtesy vidorisd.org

A.I.M. Center graduates 50 seniors in 2020 Commencement

V.I.S.D. A.I.M. Center High School Class of 2020 Salutatorian Tyler McCoy is recognized for his high academic achievement with a medallion presented by A.I.M. Center High School Principal, Ms. Brandy Antill. Photo Courtesy of vidorisd.org

A.I.M. Center graduates 50 seniors in 2020 Commencement

A very proud recipient of the Pine Forest Masonic Lodge $2,500 academic scholarship, Kinsey Daniels beams with glee as she is presented with her certificate by A.I.M. Center High School Principal Brandy Antill last Saturday night at Pirate Stadium. Photo Courtesy of vidorisd.org

Despite the threat of distant rumbles of thunder on Saturday night, the Vidor I.S.D. A.I.M. Center High School successfully conferred high school diplomas on 24 of their 50 graduating seniors of the Class of 2020. With all of the traditional pomp and pageantry of commencements past, these young people displayed their resilience and determination to have a graduation despite the threat of Coronavirus.

Vidor’s A.I.M. Center High School is a school of choice. Students choose to attend A.I.M. and accelerate their instruction or catch-up on their studies at their own pace. Many A.I.M. students take advantage of the A.I.M. Centers flexible scheduling to work at jobs to help support their families. While others accelerate their learning to finish their high school education early.

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