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Thu
12
Sep

Vidor sales up for month, year, compared to 2018

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For details on September sales tax allocations to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, visit the Comptroller’s Monthly Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports.

Retail sales continue to climb in Vidor with a healthy 13 ¼ increase over last year’s July sales and the city is all alone this month in being able to also boast higher year to date sales. Vidor’s year to date sales are 4.33 percent compared to 2018.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $801.5 million in local sales tax allocations for September, 8.5 percent more than in September 2018. These allocations are based on sales made in July by businesses that report tax monthly.

 

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Thu
12
Sep

Commissioners adopt raises for all elected but themselves

In an unexpected move, suggested by our own Vidor area County Commissioner, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted unanimously on Wednesday to include a two percent raise for all Orange County elected officials, with the exception of the five members of the Commissioners Court, whose two percent pay raises won’t go into effect until after they stand for election in 2020 or 2022. The elected official 2% pay increase pay matrix will be included in the 2019-2020 Orange County Budget that the Court is scheduled to consider for adoption next week.

When the item came up before the court to adopt elected officials salaries as previously posted with a two percent, across the board, pay increase, Precinct #4 County Commissioner Robert Viator had a comment to make before the Court.

 

 

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Thu
12
Sep

Pine Forest cuts tax rate again

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Vidorian staff photo

The City of Pine Forest has reformed its police department with two unpaid, volunteer police officers. In the near future, Officer Bill Meza (right) and Officer Scott Gaspard (left) will be patrolling the streets of the City of Pine Forest, protecting its citizens.

For the fifth year in a row the Pine Forest City Council has found ways to reduce the City’s ad valorem property tax rate. Last Monday night the City Council voted to adopt a 2019 Pine Forest city tax rate of $0.0600 per $100 valuation which is a reduction for last year’s 2018 tax rate of $0.08279 per $100 valuation.

This reduction marks a drop of just over two cents per $100 valuation in the city’s tax rate.

Despite the reduction of the resident’s tax levy, the City Council adopted a city budget that is $67,723 larger than last years 2018-2019 proposed budget.

 

 

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Thu
12
Sep

Vidor honors Patriot Day

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Vidor Family Pharmacy, Mobiloil Credit Union, Wright’s Bar-B-Q, Boone Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and Bar B Western Store are but a few of the many businesses in Vidor that displayed Old Glory for Patriot Day 2019. Vidor Rotarians and VHS Interact Club members also lined the front of Veterans’ Memorial Park with dozens of American Flags for Patriot Day.

On Wednesday of this week, all over Vidor, but especially on Main Street, Vidorians remembered the thousands who died in the vicious attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon Building in Washington D.C. and in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.

Everywhere you looked in Vidor, Old Glory was waving in the breeze as Vidorians remembered the heroes who died on 9-11 and those who perished afterwards from the effects of the attack.

Area Boy Scouts, the Vidor High School Interact Club and the Rotary Club of Vidor joined together to help the citizens of Vidor remember those who perished by flying the Stars and Stripes.

 

 

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Wed
11
Sep

City sets public hearings on 2019 budget, tax rate

The City of Vidor will hold its second, and final, public hearing on the 2019 proposed tax rate and another on the proposed 2019-2020 budget this Thursday during a regular council meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at Vidor City Hall.

The proposed tax rate of .70371 per $100 of valuation is less than last year’s rate of .724000 per $100 of valuation. It is also the rollback tax rate, or the maximum rate the city may set without facing a possible rollback election. That circumstance arose because property valuations rose compared to last year substantially due to more homes completing post-Harvey repairs and compared to their previous Harvey damaged property valuation.

The effective tax rate, the rate which would generate the same amount of property tax as the previous year, is .64729 per $100 of valuation.

Wed
11
Sep

Two Vidor women injured in late night crash on ATV

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Map graphic courtesy/SETRPC

There are six curves on Lost Lake Lane east of Vidor. Texas Department of Public Safety crash investigators did not indicate which curve on that road was the location of the crash that injured two Vidor women early Monday morning.

Sometime after midnight on Monday morning two women from Vidor were injured when the all-terrainvehicle (ATV) on which they were riding, overturned on a rural county road between Doty Road and Claiborne-West Park.

According to Sergeant Stephanie Davis of the Beaumont District Office of the Texas Department of Public Safety, “At approximately 12:45 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) responded to a crash involving an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) on Lost Lake Lane in Orange County.

The initial TXDPS crash investigation indicates that a Polaris ATV/Side-By-Side vehicle was traveling at an unsafe speed as it entered a curve in the roadway. The driver lost control of the vehicle and both occupants fell out of the vehicle. The ATV landed on top of the passenger before coming to rest.

The driver, 21-yearold Delena Flowers of Vidor, sustained minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene.

 

 

Wed
11
Sep

Home elevation projects might move forward

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Photo courtesy/Sally Andrews

Rotary - Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll was the guest speaker at Monday’s Vidor Rotary Club meeting. He shared information about emergency preparedness. Carroll is a member of the Vidor Rotary Club.

Following the floods of Tropical Storm Harvey, a number of Orange County homeowners applied for FEMA buyouts, while others applied for home elevation projects under the FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

In July, FEMA authorized some $3.73 million in Orange County home buyouts for approximately 20 homeowners. However, there has been no similar action from FEMA on the Home Elevation Projects.

Last week the Orange County Commissioners’ Court took some actions that might just get the federal agency moving again towards authorizing about 19 home elevation projects. The Court was asked to adjust the proposed budget for this project by lowering the administration fee and by lowering the amount of money offered to prospective elevation applicants as allocation for temporary housing as their homes are being lifted.

Wed
11
Sep

Entergy to install reclosers to reduce power outages

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Photo courtesy/Entergy Texas

An Entergy Texas lineman works to install a recloser on an electrical feeder utility pole at an undisclosed location. These reclosers have the capability of resetting themselves when a temporary problem interrupts power distribution. Reclosers will be installed on Entergy Texas electricity feeder lines near I-10, Highway 12 and Texla Road.

Entergy Texas is in the process of installing new devices on feeder lines that can temporarily open an electrical feeder line when a problem that would normally short circuit the line occurs until the problem clears and then the device closes the electrical feeder line to restore power. Five of these new devices called “Reclosers” will be installed in the Entergy Texas Vidor service area to help reduce power outages.

According to Kacee Kirschvink, Entergy Texas spokesperson, “Entergy Texas is targeting areas that have experienced multiple outages and is working to improve the system by installing new devices to help keep the power flowing.

“About 50 of the devices, called reclosers, are being installed throughout the Entergy Texas service area. Reclosers are essentially circuit breakers that temporarily open a line when momentary problems occur, such as an animal or tree branch falls on the line.

Wed
11
Sep

Vidor man indicted for federal firearms violation

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Sheriff’s Office

Taylor Graham Cozart of Vidor was arrested for illegal possession of a gun and drugs. He was indicted by a federal grand jury last week.

A thirty-year-old man from Vidor, with three prior felony drug convictions, was indicted by a federal grand jury recently.

Taylor Graham Cozart was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown, was indicted on September 4th for federal firearms violations.

Thu
05
Sep

Woman indicted for capital murder in child’s death

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Thirty-four-year-old Raychyl D. Philmon, was indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury for capital murder in the suffocation death of her son Raydyn Jones last March 18th. There was no bond set in the indictment so Ms. Philmon remains in the Orange County Correctional facility.

The Orange County Grand Jury has issued a true bill of indictment for Capital Murder against Raychyl Danielle Philmon for the March 18, 2019 death of her 18-monthold son, Raydyn Jones. The indictment presents that Raychyl Danielle Philmon “… did then and there intentionally or knowingly cause the death of an individual, namely Raydyn Jones an indidividual younger than 10 years of age, by manual suffocation…”

The Orange County Grand Jury indicted Ms. Philmon on a capital murder charge during its July 2019 term and that indictment was filed on August 28th, 2019.

Vidorian readers may recall a front page article in the March 27th issue of The Vidorian Shopper about a tragic death of a toddler from Mauriceville whose mother rushed him to the closed emergency room of the Baptist Hospital in Orange. After an autopsy was performed on the remains of the toddler the Jefferson County medical examiner determined that the death was a homicide.

 

 

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