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Wed
29
May

Young couple fights a winning battle for life

Photo courtesy/

Stephen Whitmire

Shalyn and Jonathan Droddy and their baby daughter Lyla have faced almost insurmountable odds and have won a battle for Shalyn’s life. But the war isn’t over until the bills are paid. Won’t you help this young couple?

Jonathan and Shalyn Droddy are a young Vidor couple, raising a baby daughter named Lyla. The couple is happy, in love and thrilled to be parents of a beautiful baby girl. Things were going well in the young couple’s lives until last year on October the 11th.

According to Shalyn’s father, Stephen Whitmire, on that day Shallyn began showing signs that she was suffering from a stroke. She was slurring her words and blanking out. The young twenty-five-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital where doctors ran some tests and discovered that Shalyn had several blood clots in her brain. The clots were causing hemorrhaging in arteries of the brain, which resulted in her visible stroke symptoms. The local doctors immediately transferred young Shalyn to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where she was received by the Neuroscience Critical Care Unit at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute.

 

Wed
29
May

VHS Automotive Tech students win national recognition

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Four Vidor High School CTE Automotive Tech Students partnered with four adult professional motorcycle service technicians to customize this 2019 Harley-Davidson Road King that was selected as

People’s Choice Award

winner in a national competition. Pictured kneeling with the customize bike are VHS Auto Tech students Syed Kazmi and Kelly Raffield (left of the bike) and Dylan McCord and Jack Gallier (to the right of the bike). Standing behind the customize motorcycle are Shawn Barrows, Mason Murray, Mikey Naquin, Mike Rawls in Cowboy Harley-Davidson service tech uniform shirts, along with Dave Johnson, District Manager and Robert Bourgeois, General Manager of Cowboy Harley-Davidson in Beaumont.

Four Vidor High School Career and Technology Education Automotive Tech student were recently recognized along with their four adult professional partners with a People’s Choice Award in the International Harley-Davidson “Battle of the Kings” customized bike competition. Vidor High School students, Syed Kazmi, Kelly Raffield, Dylan McCord and Jack Gallier along with their Cowboy Harley-Davidson of Beaumont Service Technician partners, Shawn Barrows, Mason Murray, Mikey Naquin and Mike Rawls were each presented with a “Battle of the Kings” People’s Choice Award trophy last week on Tuesday at Cowboy Harley-Davidson in Beaumont.

Wed
29
May

Vidor observes Memorial Day with solemn ceremony at Fields of Freedom

Vidorian photo/Randall Luker

WW II veteran A. L. Green, a Jefferson County resident, observed Memorial Day at the Fields of Freedom event Monday. The 99-year old Green served as a belly gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress.

Memorial Day was observed Monday with a solemn ceremony at the Vidor Lions’ Veterans Park Fields of Freedom as dozens turned out to honor and remember those service members that sacrificed their lives for others.

Mike Kunst, Vidor City Manager and veteran himself, welcomed those in attendance and served as emcee for the event. After an opening prayer by Mark Legendre of the North Main Church of Christ, vocalist Scott Desormeaux performed the Star Spangled Banner.

Featured speaker Owen McPayne shared memories of his cousin, Jerald McKenzie of Orange, killed in a firefight in Vietnam in August 1968.

 

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Thu
23
May

Free summer meals for Vidor kids in June

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The Vidor I.S.D. will be offering healthy meals such as this during the month of June at three of its campuses as part of its Summer Nutrition Program. The meals are offered free of charge to any child through age 18.

For the first month of the summer vacation, the Vidor I.S.D. Child Nutrition Department, will be offering a free breakfast and lunch, four-days-a-week at three Vidor school cafeterias. In addition, with the generous help of Vidor Rotary Club volunteers, lunches only will be delivered four-days-aweek to two Vidor apartment complexes; all free of charge.

“Families that need help, or even if they don’t, are welcome to come to our schools and eat breakfast and/or lunch at the Vidor Elementary School, the Vidor Junior High School, and at Vidor High School,” said Mary Ellen Vivrett, Child Nutrition Director of the Vidor I.S.D.

 

 

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Thu
23
May

Turn around and save your life when floodwaters crosses your path

Photo courtesy/Orange County Precinct #4 County Commissioner Robert Viator

Although floodwaters have receded a bit this week in far northwest Orange County, Four Oaks Ranch Road, seen here, has Neches River flood waters flowing over it, for as far as the eye can see.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed the week of May 20-24, 2019 as Flood Awareness Week in Texas. The Orange County Commissioners’ Court, each knowing full well the dangers of floodwaters rising in our county, followed suit and issued their own proclamation naming this week as Orange County Flood Awareness Week during Tuesday’s Commissioners’ Court meeting.

While almost all of our readers have experienced flooding, of one sort or another, it is easy to forget what a powerful force the floodwater currents can exert on your home, your car and your person.

The National Weather Service (NWS) states that, “Texas often leads the nation in the number of fatalities related to flash flooding and riverine flooding. Very often flood-related fatalities are preventable.”

 

 

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Thu
23
May

Fire Department fracas with Acadian Ambulance subsides

Photo/Randall Luker

The Board of Commissioners of the Orange County Emergency Services District #1 has apparently dropped its efforts to change the Emergency Ambulance Service Provider for the District, at least for now.

Photo/Randall Luker

Although no one has yet to offer specific answers to questions about the reasons for the difficulties between Orange County Emergency Services District #1 and the Acadian Ambulance Service, it appears that conflict has subsided for now. During this week’s OCESD#1 Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Board member Commissioner Gary Bieslich told the audience, “For the public. It’s just a matter of we’re going to follow protocol more closely. Acadian is going to have to belly up to the bar a little bit more, be more responsive. We’re going to hold them responsible for their actions. And we are going be held responsible for our responsibilities. There are a lot of technical things that we have to do. We’ve been advised to do those things and we will do those things.”

Then Board of Commissioners’ President Commissioner Wyatt Boyett spoke.

 

 

Wed
22
May

Driveway repaving to block access to Water District

Vidorian staff photo

This driveway leading into the parking area and drive-thru payment window of the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District will be closed to all vehicular traffic for repaving on Thursday, May 23rd and Friday, May 24th of this week.

The headquarters building and payment desk of the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 in Vidor won’t be closed on Thursday or Friday of this week. You just won’t be able to get there from here, there or anywhere. The driveway to the Water District office adjacent to the Vidor Public Library will be closed to all vehicular traffic as a contractor replaces and repaves the driveway.

“Our office won’t be closed on those two days,” said Chris Serres, OCWC&ID#1 Financial Director. “Our people will still be there, on-duty and ready to help anyone who calls in by telephone or uses our website messaging system to contact us. It’s just that our driveway will be closed so our customers will have to wait until next week to physically come to our office.”

Wed
22
May

Vidor School Trustees name new school board president

Photo courtesy V.I.S.D. (Jana Cash)

Four Vidor I.S.D. School Trustees took their Oaths of Office during a swearing-in ceremony that took place at this week’s Vidor I.S.D. School Board meeting on Monday. From left to right. Position 5 Trustee Mike Marion, Position 4 Trustee Gina VanDevender, Position 6 Trustee Rollie G. Burr and Position 3 Trustee David Camp. Trustee Camp was also named President of the Board of Trustees.

Newly re-elected Vidor I.S.D. Position Three School Board Trustee David Camp was selected by his fellow school board trustees to be the new presiding officer and president of the Board of Trustees on Monday night during the regularly scheduled School Board meeting. Camp takes over the position from Position Two Trustee Carrie Vincent who has ably presided over the School Board for the last year.

“It came as a recommendation, I wasn’t seeking the presiding officer chair,” said David Camp after the board meeting. “This will be the first time I’ve actually served as president since I was elected to the Board of Trustees. I’ve been on the Board for ten years.”

Camp agreed that the outcome of the May 4th election speaks to the confidence that school district patrons have in the current board of trustees, despite the difficulties of having two entire schools housed temporarily in portable buildings.

 

Wed
22
May

Orange County Disaster Rebuild dedicates rebuilt home

Vidorian staff photo

Michelle Tubbleville, of Orange County Disaster Rebuild (right) presents a housewarming gift to Gloria Neville of Orange (center) at the dedication ceremony of Ms. Neville’s rebuilt home last Friday. Also pictured is Julie Reid (left) of Vidor’s Nehemiah’s Vision.

This is not the first Hurricane Harvey flood damaged home to be rebuilt using the resources of flood recovery partners Orange County Disaster Rebuild, Nehemiah’s Vision, The United Way of Orange County, the Southeast Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army but its completion marked a truly joyous occasion for the village of giving in Orange County.

 

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Wed
22
May

Water rates to increase on July 1st

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The Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 Board of Directors met on Monday night and discussed a projected budget shortfall in their FY 2019-2020 budget, which commences on July 1st. The board reluctantly voted to increase water rates for all customers.

Although, to a man, every Director of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 expressed their desire not to raise the water and sewer fees for the 4,600 water district customers this coming budget year, the Board voted to increase the rates for water and sewer services by twelve to fourteen percent for all customers in the fiscal year 2019-2020, which begins on July 1st for the water utility. The board acted to address a projected $471,460 shortfall in maintenance and operations revenues in the coming budget year.

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