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Thu
23
Nov

Harvey effect shows in sales tax allocations to county

The effects of Hurricane Harvey continue to linger in Orange County with the latest sales tax allocations for Orange County lagging behind the state average, likely due to the widespread damge caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $774.9 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 5 percent more than in November 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in July, August and September by quarterly filers.

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Thu
23
Nov

Hospital District town hall meeting set for next week

By George Garza

A private citizen, who is a proponent of creating a new Orange County Hospital District has teamed up with Lamar State College Orange and radio station KOGT to hold a pair of open, town hall type meetings next Thursday and on the following Tuesday in Orange.

T. Louis Ackerman of Orange, who calls himself “average Joe Citizen” is joined by his wife and a family friend to organize the informal town hall meetings.

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Thu
23
Nov

Author recalls tales of simpler times

Writer and author Alene Dunn made a special stop in Vidor to visit with her friends and admirers at the Vidor Public Library for a book signing last week. Ms. Dunn has recently selfpublished a historical fiction anthology, Memories of the Way It Was, based on real events that happened to her and her family in rural east Texas.

“I wrote this book of tales of east Texas primarily for my grandchildren. I wanted to leave something behind for them that taught them where they came from and about their roots. They are city kids and they don’t know about everyday life in rural east Texas. They don’t know about washing dishes in Mill Creek or hog killing day. But they need to know. And I encourage others to write down their own stories, memories of things past.”

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Tue
21
Nov

AgriLife offering free water well tests

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

So you have decontaminated and disinfected your water well, and it appears to be pumping out clear and sediment free water. Don’t drink, cook, make ice or even brush your teeth with it until you have it tested. In the days following Hurricane Harvey many of the thousands of water wells in Orange County were inundated with flood waters and those submerged water wells were inundated with dirty, contaminated storm and river water that likely contaminated your will with biohazards, pathogens and other hazardous biological materials.

 

 

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Tue
21
Nov

Volunteers give their time to others for Thanksgiving

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

The United Christian Care Center traditionally provides “Thanksgiving Baskets” and “Christmas Meal Baskets” every year during the holidays to help those whose situation impairs their ability to provide such feasts for themselves, for whatever reason.

 

This year, the UCCC has discovered that the number of their clients in need has grown substantially following the devastating floods of Hurricane Harvey. Every year the UCCC receives generous donations from the H.H. and Edna Houseman Charitable Trust, the congregations of its member churches and from civic, educational and social groups to be able to provide a basket containing all of the ingredients necessary to craft a holiday meal.

 

 

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Tue
21
Nov

Don’t forget Blue Santa on Black Friday

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

Given the conditions of our flooded out homes, many of us are looking towards the biggest retail sale day of the year, Black Friday, as a chance to replace that television, tablet or vacuum cleaner that we lost in the storm, at deep discounted prices.

 

That’s a good idea, even if it means getting out of our cots before dawn on the day after Thanksgiving. But while you are making plans to save a few dollars this week, you might also want to make plans to stop by the toy department of that retail store where you are shopping for bargains and pick up a small new toy for a boy or girl ages newborn to twelve year old.

 

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Thu
16
Nov

City tightens restrictions on where sex offenders may reside

By Randall Luker

Registered sex offenders will face tougher residence restrictions after Vidor City Council approved proposed changes to a city ordinance. The changes will go into effect at the beginning of the year.

Council members approved expanding a prohibition on sex offenders residing either temporarily or permanently within 1,500 feet of a school, child care facility, child care institution, church, park or playground or other places where children regularly congregate.

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Thu
16
Nov

Vidor schools see drop in enrollment

By George Garza

With so many families in the Vidor area being displaced by the floods of Hurricane Harvey, it was expected that the Vidor I.S.D. total student enrollment would take a hit this year. During their November Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustee’s meeting held this week, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo announce to the Board that the total student enrollment comparison between enrollment at the end of last week and the total student enrollment for the same date in 2016 had dropped by some 265 students or by 5.5%. The good news that Killgo offered the Board was that last week’s enrollment, while down from last year, has increased by some 147 students since school began on September 19th.

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Thu
16
Nov

Pine Forest to price new city hall building

By George Garza

The City of Pine Forest has voted to authorize City Councilperson Brian Elliot to begin to gather information on the cost to acquire and finish out a prefabricated metal building to replace the city’s badly damaged city hall building.

During their regularly scheduled November meeting in their temporary city hall building, the council discussed the order of the various processes that they must undergo in order to successfully build a new city hall. The Council was informed that they have until December 24 to formulate and decide on a finalized rebuilding plan to be submitted for various state and federal funding for grants to rebuild their flood damaged city hall.

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Thu
16
Nov

Blue Santa reminds parents to apply for Christmas gifts

By George Garza

The deadline for parents and guardians of children in need to apply to the Vidor Police Department “Operation Blue Santa - - Toys for Tots” Christmas gift program is next Monday, November 20, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

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