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Thu
07
Mar

Vidor man charged with illegally possessing firearms

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A Vidor man has been indicted on federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. A federal grand jury handed down the indictments this week at the Jack Brooks Federal Building.

A 39-year-old Vidor man has been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown on Thursday.

Brandon Aaron Holeman was named in a threecount indictment returned by a federal grand jury on March 6, 2019, charging him with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm.

 

 

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Thu
07
Mar

County eliminates sliding scale in retirement benefits

The Orange County Commissioners Court voted to eliminate the sliding scale in employee retirement medical benefits and reinstate the previous employee retirement policy of paying 100% of the cost of retirees’ medical benefits for retirees who retire at age 55 with twelve years of county service through their 65th birthday, when they qualify for Medicare.

Thu
07
Mar

Everyone will use a voting machine in May 4th election

Vidorian photo/George Garza

The county’s new ExpressVote voting machine is easy to read and offer instructions on how to use it on its touchscreen. Starting with May 4th City and School Board election, all registered Orange County voters will be using the ExpressVote Machine to mark their ballots.

When you go to the polls to cast your ballot in the May 4th, 2019 City and School Board Election you will use a touchscreen voting machine to make your ballot selection. Orange County Elections Administrator, Tina Barrow said that all voters in Orange County will mark their ballots using a touchscreen voting machine called ExpressVote. The new voting machines are the replacements for the old AutoMark voting machines that were available for any voter in all previous elections.

Ms. Barrow said that these new voting machines will mark your candidate selection on the ballot displayed on its touchscreen and then ask you to check that your selection showing on the screen is correct. If you signify that it has highlighted the correct candidate on the screen-ballot for you it will then mark a paper ballot with your choice that it will return to you at the end of voting so that you might put your marked ballot in the ballot box.

 

 

Thu
07
Mar

Moving OST might require extensive research

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Orange County wants to pave this unpaved section of Old Spanish Trail south of Vidor. But the county also wants to move the road away from a pond that used to be a sand quarry for safety reasons.

A section of the Old Spanish Trail (OST) near Vidor may have been in use by Spanish troops, American traders and cattle drivers to as far back as the 1780’s according to the Texas Historical Commission. Because the old sand and shell road is part of series of historical trails and roads extending from Jacksonville, Florida to San Diego, California that may have been in use since 1690, the actual remains of that old road carry certain historical value and significance.

Wed
06
Mar

County to receive assistance from the National Park Service

Photo courtesy National Park Service

Orange County has been selected by the National Park Service to receive assistance in restoring and developing Orange County Parks this year, including Claiborne West Park. This NPS project is one of seven new projects selected by the National Park Service in Texas this year.

Orange County has been selected by the U.S. National Park Service to receive assistance from the Service’s “Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program”. The National Park Service made this announcement on February 5th.

Now, this assistance does not come in the form of funds, equipment or parkland acquisition. Instead, the NPS will be offering Orange County its considerable expertise to help the County in organizing locally led efforts to improve county park property including Claiborne-West Park.

According to Patsy McEntee of the NPS, the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program helps communities design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to open space, protect special places and create recreational opportunities through locally led partnerships.

Wed
06
Mar

Nehemiah’s Vision to host “Glorification Dinner”

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Wonderful Nehemiah’s Vision volunteers travel from all over our county to Vidor to help storm ravaged flood victims repair and return to their homes. Nehemiah’s Vision is hosting a fund-raising dinner to raise money for their Rebuild Ministry next week on Thursday night.

Nehemiah’s Vision, the disaster recovery rebuild ministry based in Vidor will be hosting a fund-raising “Glorification Dinner” next week at the Orange County Expo Center.

“We’re just giving glory and honor to The Lord for all the He has provided for the funding that He has provided, for the volunteers that He has provided, for the materials that He has provided and for the sponsors that He has provided to help the families of Southeast Texas recover from disasters.”

Julie Reid, the Associate Director of Administration for Nehemiah’s Vision said the planned fundraiser should be a big event for southeast Texas.

Wed
06
Mar

Crooks explains his views on economic development

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Orange County Judge Dean Crooks issued a statement on his stance towards economic development on Monday.

Orange County Judge Dean Crooks issued a statement about his stance on economic development on Monday. His statement arrived entirely unsolicited at The Vidorian. The Judge’s statement is five-and-a-half typewritten pages long and too long to reprint here in its entirety. The Vidorian presents these selected highlights from Judge Crooks’ statement:

Thu
28
Feb

Vidor Sheriff’s Substation to move

Vidorian photo/George Garza

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Vidor Substation located in Raymond Gould Park has been closed due to flood damage since Tropical Storm Harvey. Orange County is making plans to rebuild the Sheriff’s Substation adjacent to the Orange County Convention and Expo Center on F.M. 1442.

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted on Tuesday to build a new permanent building adjacent to the Orange County Convention and Expo Center to relocate the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Vidor Sheriff’s Substation. As part of a FEMA Public Assistance Program project, the flood damaged Vidor Sheriff’s Substation currently located in Raymond Gould Park in Vidor will be torn down.

According to Sheriff Merritt, the Orange County would not qualify for the FEMA Public Assistance Program funding for rebuilding the Vidor Sheriff’s Office Substation unless the Sheriff’s Substation was moved out of the flood zone. The Sheriff said that the Vidor office is located in a flood zone at its Gould Park location. He indicated that the amount of FEMA Disaster Reimbursement would be greatly reduced if the County were to repair the old Gould Park sheriff’s office rather than rebuild it at another less flood prone location.

Thu
28
Feb

TXGLO opens Homeowner Reimbursement Program

In last week’s The Vidorian Shopper published on February 20, 2109 The Vidorian presented an article about a Texas Government Land Office (TXGLO) Disaster Recovery Program homeowner reimbursement program that would offer disaster victims up to $50,000 of reimbursements of the homeowner out-of-pocket expenses that they may have incurred as part of their home recovery process.

That article last week indicated that the TXGLO Homeowner Reimbursement Program funds were not yet available, but should be launched sometime within the following two weeks.

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Thu
28
Feb

The Vidor UTMB/ WIC office to be relocated in Vidor

Vidorian photo/George Garza

The Vidor UTMB-WIC office in Raymond Gould Park was flooded during Tropical Storm Harvey. The office, which provides a supplemental nutrition program to expectant mothers, mothers of young children, infants and toddlers who live in the Vidor area has been closed since the flood.

The Vidor office of the University of Texas Medical Branch/Women, Infants & Children Program (UTMB/WIC) will soon be reopening in Vidor on East Railroad St., near the Vidor office of the Orange County Tax Assessor/Collector’s office.

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted to approve the assembling of a new permanent modular building to house the UTMB/WIC program on county property located at 165 East Railroad Avenue, which is located between the Vidor Tax Office parking lot and the MKT Railroad tracks.

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