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Wed
08
Apr

Shootings mar Saturday night’s peace

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Two separate shootings occurred about two hours apart in two locations in Vidor on Saturday night. In the first shooting incident on N. Archie St., no one was injured. In the second shooting incident, four people were injured. That shooting is still under investigation.

Two unrelated shootings in two Vidor residences sent four people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries last Saturday night. According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, early in the evening, around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 th , the Vidor Police Department received a report of an alleged assault in progress with shots fired in the 1100 block of North Archie.

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Wed
08
Apr

Too early to tell if social distancing is working

“I think that Texas as a whole seems to be a week or two behind other states in the country, like New York and Washington State. And I’m hoping we never reach those levels of confirmed cases of COVID-19. The growth in confirmed cases that we’ve seen here in the past week (up only 3 cases in Vidor as of last Sunday) gives us some hope that the practices of social distancing and staying at home that we’ve put in place are having an effect that they are slowing the spread. But it is probably too early to tell if it is working,” said Orange County Precinct #4 County Commissioner Robert Viator on Monday.

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Wed
08
Apr

V.I.S.D. feeds hundreds of homebound students

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Cars went through the feeding line at Pine Forest Elementary last week on Wednesday, where lunch and the next day’s breakfast were being placed in trunks of cars as parents and guardians of Vidor area children pull up, thereby maintaining social distancing. Photo courtesy of Sally Andrews

“They miss their kids,” said Sally Andrews, Vidor Independent School District’s Coordinator for Community Relations/ Assessment, last week. “I think our food services staff, correctly, sees themselves as one of the first adults each child sees when they first get to school in the morning. So, they are dedicated to getting a kid’s day started off in the right way, you know, with pleasant greeting, a kind remark or an encouragement to each child.

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Wed
01
Apr

Stampin’ out germs

Stampin’ out germs

Postal clerk Missy Keenon waits on a customer from behind the new temporary screens installed at the Vidor Post Office Tuesday.The screens were installed as a precaution to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Many local businesses are following CDC guidelines to protect their customers and employees from the virus.

 

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Wed
01
Apr

Vidor Police Officers risk coronavirus exposure

Vidor Police Officers risk coronavirus exposure

Photo courtesy Vidor Emergency Management Facebook© page As dawn breaks over Vidor, Texas, Vidor Police Department patrol cars await the arrival of a new shift of patrol officers ready to face a new danger, the coronavirus.

Vidor Police Department law enforcement officers are attempting to minimize their exposure to a potential coronavirus carrier. We often don’t consider our men and women in blue and how they interact daily with habitual offenders, citizens who need help, and travelers through our area. Often, suspected criminal circumstances require that our Vidor Police officers have to get close to strangers, suspects and even in people’s faces, when enforcing the law.

Wed
01
Apr

More confirmed cases of coronavirus verified in Orange County

As of 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020, out of eighty-five Orange County residents tested for the COVID-19 Coronavirus, seven citizens have been found to have tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus. According to the Orange County Office of Emergency Management Facebook© page, three persons testing positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus are from the Vidor area, one person testing positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus is from the Mauriceville area, one person testing positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus is from Orange, one citizen testing positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus is from the Bridge City area and one person testing positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus is from the Orangefield area.

Sat
28
Mar

City and county adopt further restrictions to limit virus spread

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 Both the City of Vidor and Orange County have adopted additional restrictions on movement and gatherings intended to limit the public's possible exposure and the spread of coronavirus. Some of the new restrictions include limiting the number of people allowed in stores, sets penalties for violators, defines "essential businesses" and institutes a countywide burn ban among others.

Wed
25
Mar

The first case of Coronavirus confirmed in Orange County

On Sunday afternoon, Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator Joel Ardoin announced that the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 Coronavirus has been identified in Orange County.

According to Mr. Ardoin, “Today, Orange County received confirmation of its first positive case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19) in an Orange County resident.

“This individual is currently quarantined at home and cooperating with the direction of the health department.

 

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Wed
25
Mar

Some county offices are curtailing operations

Some county offices are curtailing operations

Photo by George Garza The Orange County Water Control & Improvement District #1 has closed their office to the public for the duration of the disaster declaration. However, their drive through window will be open for water/sewer bill payments during normal business hours.

A few of the many Orange County offices are curtailing their operations through the end of April considering the county disaster declaration issued in response to the COVID-19 corona virus outbreaks. Some are modifying operations while others are restricting public access.

According to a news release issued by the Orange County Emergency Operations Center, the Orange County District Courts and the County Courts at Law Court Judges have suspended jury trials through April 30, 2020. Only emergency type hearings will be heard. To minimize walk in traffic into Judge’s offices, the Judges are urging attorneys and/or citizens to call or email their offices with questions or concerns.

Here is how you can contact the three Orange County District Court Judges’ offices and the two Orange County Courts-at-Law Judges’ offices:

 

Wed
25
Mar

Rose City looks at fixing two of four Old Highway 90 bridges

Rose City looks at fixing two of four Old Highway 90 bridges

Photo by George Garza This Old Highway 90 Bridge, closest to Rose City Hall suffered perhaps the most damage during Hurricane Harvey than the other three flood damaged bridges. Rose City City Council is trying to figure out a way to pay for repairing this and the other three bridges without using up the City’s contingency funds.

It is a start in the right direction, a very expensive start, but the movement is positive. After nearly three years of haggling unsuccessfully with numerous federal and state agencies to try to get help repairing Tropical Storm Harvey damaged bridges on Old Highway 90, the Rose City City Council looked at the first estimates to fix all four Highway 90 bridges on their own tab.

“We had two bidders give us estimates on fixing the bridg es,” said Rose City Mayor Bonnie Stephenson during a recent Rose City City Council meeting. One from Sean Tilley. His bid was just to pave the bridges right now, to make it until we can get some help on it. That bid is $285,762. And the other bid was to fix the bridges, to do everything on them. And that’s going to be almost “$600,000 for the four bridges. That bid is from Gulf Coast Construction. It is up to you to decide what you want to do.”

At-Large Councilman Richard Travis balked at just paving the approaches.

 

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