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Wed
27
Feb

Bicyclist struck by rear view mirror

A woman riding a bicycle on North Main was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries after she was clipped by a passenger side rear-view mirror from a passing vehicle.

According to a Vidor Police Department report the collision occurred on North Main Street near Yupon in the northbound outside lane at about 9:15 p.m. last Friday night.

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Wed
27
Feb

Entergy Texas pays VISD for increasing efficiency

Photo courtesy/George Garza

Mark Delavan (far right) of Entergy Texas presents a check for $61,922.65 to the Vidor I.S.D. for its efforts to increase the energy efficiency of Vidor school building by switching to LED lighting and replacing old HVAC units with more electrically efficient modern units.

Entergy Texas recently paid the Vidor Schools for their efforts to increase electrical power efficiency in its schools and buildings. In their Commercial Solutions Program the electric utility offers businesses and other large organizations incentives for taking qualifying energy efficiency measures in their use of electricity.

Entergy Texas presented a check for $61,922.65 to the Vidor I.S.D. for the district’s efforts to increase energy efficiency through their projects with E3-Energy Solutions, an energy efficiency provider. The payment of the check was made through the electric utility’s Commercial Solutions Program as an incentive for increasing the school district energy efficiency.

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Wed
27
Feb

VHS starts new College & Career Readiness Course

Staff photo

In a Vidor High School hallway, not far from the cafeteria, is the Senior Acceptance Wall, where High School Counselors post these Pirate Ships with the names of high school seniors who have been accepted at post-secondary institutions. VHS Senior Counselor Catie Droptini said that several students’ Pirate Ships, who have recently been accepted, have not been posted on the wall.

During last week’s Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees’ meeting, Vidor High School Principal, James McDowell, announced to the Board that a new course of instruction on College and Career Readiness would be instituted for all VHS seniors entering their senior year during the 2019-2020 school year. The course is a portfolio-based course involving research, investigation, preparation, and information that high school seniors will need to launch them successfully into their post-High School lives.

“It’s a good launch,” said Principal McDowell to the Board. “You know these kids go through our school system and we are preparing them for college and their careers and this is going to be a great opportunity for our seniors. It’s going to be a portfolio-based curriculum and we’re going to help them getting applications completed, scholarship applications and resume writing for those not going to college.”

Wed
27
Feb

Orange County approves renewing reinvestment zone

Vidorian file photo

Orange County Judge Dean Crooks, pictured here in an archival photo, questioned why the county should reestablish an expired reinvestment zone. He wanted some one to tell him what new benefit the county could expect to see from the reinvestment zone renewal

The Orange County Commissioners Court approved renewing a reinvestment zone established five years ago for property near Rose City at the Port of Beaumont and operated by Jefferson Energy. The vote was unanimous, the County Judge and two of four County Commissioners voting yes. Two County Commissioners, Precinct #1 Commissioner Johnny Trahan and Precinct #3 Commissioner John Gothia were absent from the meeting.

Although the vote taken during the regular meeting of the court was made with no discussion, prior to the regular meeting, during a Public Hearing held to discuss the reinvestment zone, Jefferson Energy and Orange County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, Jessica Hill were met with some questions by Orange County Judge Dean Crooks.

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Fri
22
Feb

VHS Brigs will get new building

The Vidor High School Brigadettes Building is a small and old metal building near Fourth Wing that has seen better days. The building has been closed since it suffered damage in Tropical Storm Harvey. The Vidor School Board has voted to replace it with a larger, all brick building at a cost of $677,415.

The Vidor High School Brigadettes building did suffer some damage during Tropical Storm Harvey. But according to Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations, David Croak, the Brig Room was in poor condition prior to the storm.

“Last year when we approved the repairs to the High School, we pulled the Brig Room out, because what they had was in such sad shape that all they would pay us for was the Harvey damage on the inside like the mirrors on the walls. So when we pulled the mirrors off and took down some shelves we could see through the walls outside of the building,” said Mr. Croak. “So we didn’t want to pour money back into that building. So we went out for bids at that time using information from the Brigs director telling us what their needs were because that building was an old building that was converted into the Brig Building.”

Fri
22
Feb

Pine Forest names new City Secretary

The City of Pine Forest City Council voted to appoint Ann Reisner of Pine Forest as their new interim City Secretary during a special meeting of the Council last week on Friday night.

Before they voted to appoint Ms. Reisner, the City Council voted to accept the resignation letter of current Pine Forest City Secretary Laurie Elliott. After the council meeting Pine Forest Mayor Cathy Nagel explained that Ms. Elliott had set an effective date for her resignation of February 6th. The mayor went on to explain that Ms. Elliott had some health issues that she needed to attend to and that was the reason for her departure from the city’s part-time position as City Secretary.

Before the vote to appoint Ms. Reisner as interim City Secretary, there was some discussion about whom to appoint to that position.

Councilperson Wesley Brown suggested that the City Council appoint their part-time receptionist Lacey Turner to that position.

 

 

Fri
22
Feb

Croak offers review of FEMA plan of action

In this archive photo from October of 2017 a contract worker from a storm damage remediation company uses a hydraulic lift to get up into the Vidor Middle School Cafeteria to check for mold above the ceiling. In the foreground you can see the flood damaged lockers and pillars and walls of the school.

During last Monday night’s Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees meeting, the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations, David Croak offered the public a summary review of the School District’s interactions with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in regards to storm damage to Vidor Schools caused by Tropical Storm Harvey. Following his presentation, Mr. Croak commented off his prepared script that people are asking why isn’t the school district doing something?

“There is a possibility that if we go out there and do too many dollars worth of repairs to the school and then FEMA determines that the cost of repairs exceeds, say, sixty percent of the cost to build a new school, that could lead to an argument from FEMA that they are not going to pay the whatever amount that we have already spent because we should have waited for their determination,” said Mr. Croak.

 

 

Wed
20
Feb

TXGLO to offer homeowners disaster recovery reimbursements

The Texas Government Land Office (TXGLO) Disaster Recovery Program will be offering Orange County homeowners reimbursement for up to $50,000 in out-ofpocket expenses to repair their Hurricane Harvey damaged homes. To be eligible for the Homeowner Reimbursement Program, the home must be the owner’s primary residence and eligible repairs must have been made within one year of the storm making landfall: August 25, 2017 - August 24, 2018, among other criteria.

Wed
20
Feb

Last minute filings add challengers to May 4th ballot

By George Garza

Candidates waiting until the end of the filing period for the May 4th, 2019 city and school board elections have changed the makeup of the political landscape for incumbents in at least one city race and two school board races. The deadline to file in the May 4th election was last Friday, February 15th, 2019 at close of business day, or 5:00 p.m.

Two more citizens have filed to run for the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees race offering challenges to two incumbents, and a former city elected official has thrown his hat in the ring for the City of Vidor Mayor’s seat.

Vidor I.S.D. incumbent trustees Gina VanDevender and Rollie Burr will each be facing an opponent in the May 4th, 2019 Vidor I.S.D. School Board Election.

 

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Wed
20
Feb

Camp Noah is coming to Vidor

Photo courtesy/www.campnoah.org

Camp Noah, a Christian based after school camp designed to help children recover from natural disasters, is coming to Vidor during the first week of March. Through the Rebuild Texas Fund, Orange County Disaster Rebuild has received funding to bring this amazing experience back to our community.

Camp Noah will be doing a FREE after school program. Children 1st through 5th grades are eligible to attend. The camp will be held on March 4th through March 8th at First Baptist Church Vidor located at 305 N. Main Street in Vidor from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Supper and a snack will be provided.

According to the campnoah.org web site, Camp Noah is a nationally acclaimed preparedness and resiliency program for children, hosted across the U.S. in communities that have been impacted by disaster and trauma. The mission of Camp Noah is to bring hope and healing to communities that have been impacted by disaster.

 

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