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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.

Wed
02
Jan

At least three seek mayor appointment

With just hours left to turn in an application for the Vidor Mayor position, three persons have turned in a completed application. They are: Brandon Scott Desormeaux, 355 Lexington Dr., Age 42, Level 8 Mechanic Matthew Xavier DeWitt, 310 N. DeWitt Rd., Age 35, Operations Supervisor Kimberly Renea Stiebig, 840 Travis, Age 51, Catalog Sales Manager Vidor City Council will meet Thursday, January 3 in a special meeting to review all the applications and narrow the field to two finalists. A new mayor will be appointed by the city council at the January 10 Vidor City Council meeting.

 

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Mon
31
Dec

A Seguin, TX gunman threatens Vidor Church

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 that “he was on his way to a church to fulfill a prophecy” and then mentioned the First Baptist Church of Vidor.

Thu
27
Dec

Power outage caused by equipment failure

Some Vidor residents who live north of the I-10 Freeway may have been inconvenienced on Sunday afternoon when their electrical powered flickered or went off between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The power outage wasn’t as widespread as it was random with some streets being automatically switched to alternative substations power while other streets lost power completely.

Thu
27
Dec

Vidorian killed in highway crash

Courtesy photo/Dannie Oliveaux, Silsbee Bee

First responders examine the car Ricky Lee Munson was driving when he was injured in a rollover collision near Evadale last week on Friday. Sadly Mr. Munson passed away later at a Beaumont hospital.

A sixty-nine yearold man from Vidor died from injuries he sustained in a rollover crash that occurred near Evadale on Friday afternoon.

According to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Ricky Lee Munson, age 69, of Vidor, was pronounced deceased by hospital emergency room staff at a Beaumont hospital on Friday afternoon after Mr. Munson was taken to a Christus Saint Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance for emergency medical treatment.

Sergeant Stephanie Davis, spokesperson for the Texas DPS said in a news release that Mr. Munson was involved in a two-car traffic collision on F.M. 1131 just south of its intersection with F.M. 105 in Evadale at about 12:15 p.m. on Friday, December 21st.

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Thu
27
Dec

“Mailbox 9¾” provide free books to Vidor kids

Vidorian/George Garza

Literacy advocate Natalie Long opens prepares to restock the shelf of “Mailbox 9¾” her “My Little Library” book box placed at the four-way stop at the entrance of Wexford Park. Long provides books for free to the children of her neighborhood Wexford Park but plans to put other free book boxes in other Vidor neighborhoods.

If you live in or have had occasion to visit the Wexford Park addition in recent weeks you might have noticed what looks like a bright red newspaper stand decorated with a London Railway Station styled platform symbol with the words “Mailbox 9¾” and another sign “Little Free Library” underneath when you entered the subdivision. If you were to stop and look closely through the Plexiglas front of the newsstand you would see that instead of newspapers stacked inside, the newsstand is full of books, mostly aimed at middle school children. Another sign on the lawn nearby at the southwest corner of Wexford Drive and Galway Drive invites children to “Take a Book, Leave a Book”.

Thu
27
Dec

Special Oath Ceremony to be held on New Year’s Day

City of Pinehurst Mayor J. L. “Pete” Runnels (left) administers the Oath of Office to Dean T. Crooks (right) in this archive photo from April 25, 2018 of the newly elected Orange County Judge swearingin. Judge Crooks is expected to attend the public “2019 Swearing-In Ceremony” on New Year’s Day at the Orange County Courthouse.

The public is invited to attend a special 2019 Swearing-In Ceremony Honoring all newly elected Orange County officials on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Orange County Courthouse in Orange.

On that day, all Orange County office holders whose terms ended on December 31,2018 and who were re-elected to office in the November 6, 2018 Texas General Election and all newly elected candidates for Orange County political offices will take their oaths of office, one by one in ceremonies in the 128th District Court room. Among the many office holders and newly elected candidates to be sworn in should be, former Vidor Mayor and newly elected Precinct #4 Orange County Commissioner Robert Viator, Jr., newly elected Precinct #2 Orange County Commissioner Theresa Adams Beauchamp of McLewis should be there to take her Oath of Office.

Wed
26
Dec

Shoplifter makes her charge worse

A shoplifter from Beaumont, who got caught with the goods, managed to makes things worse for herself when she struck out at those trying to stop her.

Twenty-four year old Stormie Lee Hernandez, of Beaumont, is now facing a second-degree felony charge rather than the class “B” misdemeanor theft charge she would have faced if she had just kept her cool.

According to a Vidor Police Department report, on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at approximately 6:36 p.m., the Vidor Police Department received a call from the Walmart Super Store in the 1300 Block of N. Main Street reporting a theft in progress. The caller told the police dispatcher that two women were inside the store shoplifting.

 

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Wed
26
Dec

Harvey’s devastation inspires Vidor homebuilder

Vidorian/Randall Luker

This new home on Slaughter Street incorporated numerous industrial building techniques in its construction to avoid several pitfalls common to the area. Drilled piers elevated the home to avoid flooding and cracked foundations, closed cell foam insulation protects the subfloor and saves energy and a HardiBoard exterior, treated lumber and waterproof flooring protects from moisture.

Industrial innovations

After Hurricane Harvey, in the midst of flooded homes, piles of sheetrock, lumber and all sorts of waterlogged household detritus stacked along streets and roadways, local builder John Noddin had a vision; and an inspiration—to design and build affordable homes that can withstand almost anything Mother Nature dishes out.

Drawing on his years of experience working in in industrial settings and offshore, Noddin decided to incorporate tried and true industrial engineering features into residential homebuilding techniques.

“Seeing all that, I thought why not design a home that didn’t flood,” he said.

He began by specifying materials that would be as waterproof as possible, and then elevating the home to avoid flooding in the first place.

 

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