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06
Jun

Former Vidor music venue reopens with musical weekend

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Donna Little, the new co-owner of The Oaks Event Center, (the former VFW Post on South Main St.) asks the Orange County Commissioners’ Court to grant her application for a Hotel Occupancy Tax Revenue Grant to help offset the cost of a free music event next weekend. The Court granted her request.

A venerable Vidor music and event venue will reopen as “The Oaks Event Center” with free concerts and a dance on the weekend of June 14 and 15 at the former VFW Post 8246 on South Main Street.

This week on Tuesday, Orange County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Jessica Hill presented an Orange County Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fund request by The Oaks Event Center for their non-profit Grand Opening - A Veterans’ Tribute.

Venue Co-owner Donna Little took the podium to explain to County Commissioners.

 

 

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Wed
05
Jun

Houston man struck and killed by vehicle

The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated a report of an auto-pedestrian crash on I-10 near mile marker 867 on Thursday night.

According to Texas Highway Patrol Sergeant David Hendry, the preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 9:00 p.m., on May 30, 2019, a pedestrian was walking westbound in the inside lane of the Interstate when he was struck by an unknown vehicle.

 

 

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Wed
05
Jun

Found body now identified

The remains of a man found in a private property pond near Old Highway 90 East and South Street last week have been identified.

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, an autopsy performed by the Jefferson County medical examiner has established the identity of the body found as forty-nine year-old Patrick Steven Wall of Vidor.

 

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Wed
05
Jun

A.I.M. Center graduates 76 unique seniors

Vidorian photo/George Garza

As “Pomp and Circumstance” played on the Vidor High School Auditorium sound system, fifty-two A.I.M. Center High School Class of 2019 graduating seniors ascended the stage, two-by-two, to take their seats for Commencement.

The mood was relatively calm in the Vidor High School Choir practice room as the V.I.S.D. A.I.M. Center High School Class of 2019 gathered to don their caps and gowns for last Thursday night’s Commencement. Some were just sitting in chairs on the risers, heads down, focused on their smartphones. Others were standing and chatting as if they hadn’t seen each other recently.

And that was the case for a few of the grads. According to A.I.M. Center Principal Brandy Antill, the Commencement was a homecoming of sorts for A.I.M. Center grads that had already taken the next step in their lives.

 

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Wed
05
Jun

Rain delays VHS Class of 2019 Commencement

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Led by Salutatorian Heidi Huang (left) and Valedictorian Kailie Cardona (right) 268 seniors of the Vidor High School Class of 2019 enter the event floor of the Lamar University Montagne Center at the beginning of their Commencement.

A group of Vidor High School students who have had more than their share of Mother Nature’s wrath had to deal with one last deluge before their graduation last Friday. A gully-washer of a thunderstorm dropped out of the sky just three hours before the Class of 2019 scheduled beginning of Commencement of 7:00 p.m. at the Lamar University Montagne Center.

Because of the pouring rain, the doors were opened early for arriving grads, but a number of seniors checked-in sopping wet but eager to reach their milestone. The rains also caused traffic tie-ups adding to family travel time from Vidor to the Montagne Center.

 

 

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Thu
30
May

NOAA predicts near-normal 2019 hurricane season

These will be the names assigned to Atlantic Basin Tropical Cyclones this year. Subtropical Storm Andrea formed in the Atlantic Ocean south of Bermuda on May 20th but fizzled out the next day. However the storm remains the first Atlantic named storm of 2019.

Although none of us want to hear that the 2019 Atlantic Ocean Basin Hurricane Season starts tomorrow, Saturday, June 1st, it is important for all of us to know that the hurricane season, that runs through November 30th of this year, is expected to produce up to fifteen named tropical storms, more than half of which could ramp up to hurricane strength.

The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is predicting that a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year. This outlook forecasts a 40% chance of a near-normal season, a 30% chance of an above-normal season and a 30% chance of a below-normal season. The hurricane season officially extends from June 1 to November 30.

Thu
30
May

Narcotics Deputies arrest man for drugs in Vidor parking lot

Courtesy photo/Orange

County Sheriff’s Office

Charles Adams (above) was stopped and arrested in a Vidor restaurant parking lot shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning for possession of a controlled substance. Adams allegedly made two illegal turns while driving his truck in Vidor that led to the drug arrest.

Detectives of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division arrested thirty-three year old Charles Jeffery Adams of Vidor for felony possession of a controlled substance during a law enforcement traffic stop on Wednesday morning.

According to Sheriff’s Office Detective Janois Strause Grizzaffi, on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 at approximately 12:02 A.M., Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, during the normal course of their operations in the County, saw a white Chevrolet pickup truck traveling west along the north feeder road of Interstate 10 near North Main Street in Vidor.

Detective Grizzaffi said in a news release, “Investigators observed the subject vehicle fail to signal its turn from the north feeder road as it turned south on North Main Street. The subject vehicle was then observed turning into the Burger King parking lot, again failing to signal.

 

 

Thu
30
May

Legislation passed to provide storm preparation and Harvey relief funds

Courtesy photo/City of Pine Forest

The Texas Legislature has passed two funding bills that might help fund the City of Pine Forest proposed Flood Mitigation Project. The proposed drainage project (shown here) is currently being considered for funding by three government agencies.

In the last weeks of the biannual session of the Texas Legislature, Texas Senators and State Representatives passed legislation to take money out of the state’s “Rainy Day Fund” and move $1.68 billion into two funds that will provide money for disaster recovery and flood prevention projects.

Our own Orange County State Representative Dade Phelan authored the legislation along with Conroe, TX State Senator Brandon Creighton.

Thu
30
May

Bowen gets ten-years in prison for fatal crash

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Blake Bowen of Vidor (center) is being escorted by Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies from the Orange County Courthouse to the Orange County Jail where he will begin his ten-year in state prison sentence for the intoxication manslaughter death of seventy-two year-old Vivian Townsend Markle in a south Vidor car crash last June.

Thirty-seven year-old Blake Travis Bowen of Vidor was sentenced to ten years in the state penitentiary on Wednesday by the 260th District Court Judge Steve Parkhurst for the intoxication manslaughter death of seventy-two year old Vivian Townsend Markle in a head-on collision on South Main Street last year on June 3rd, just two days before her seventy-third birthday.

On that day, shortly before 7:07 p.m., Mr. Bowen was driving his 1996 Honda passenger vehicle, traveling northbound on F.M. 105 South (South Main St.) and approaching the intersection of Mansfield Road.

Ms. Markle, who was on her way home from a church social celebrating her upcoming birthday, was driving her 2008 Ford SUV, traveling southbound on F.M. 105 South, approaching the same intersection.

 

 

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Wed
29
May

Body found floating in pond

The body of an unidentified person has been found in a private pond near Conn Park. According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, police dispatchers received a call at about 7:25 a.m. on Tuesday morning, May 28, 2019 about a possible drowning in a private pond in the 19000 block of I-10 near the intersection of Old Highway 90 East and South Street.

With the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Orange County Emergency Service District #1 firefighters, a body was recovered.

The Police Chief said that due to the body being in the water for an extended amount of time, the Vidor Police Department is unable to identify the subject or his cause of death.

 

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