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Wed
03
Jun

Vidor High School graduates 249 seniors, safely

Vidor High School graduates 249 seniors, safely

The Vidor High School Class of 2020 proudly marches together into Pirate Stadium last Friday night after nine weeks of separation due to Coronavirus. The class is led by Valedictorian Reagan Alston (far right) and Salutatorian Reese Bonin leading the line of graduates on the left. Photo Courtesy of vidorisd.org

Although the venue was not new, it has been a long time since a Vidor High School Commencement was held in Pirate Stadium. Last Friday night 249 seniors of the Vidor High School Class of 2020 sat on widely spaced chairs on the new turf of Croak Field in Pirate Stadium as their proud parents and families watched from the grandstands to see their graduate have his or her High School Diplomas conferred upon them.

The temperature was warm, about 83 degrees, when the Class of 2020 Commencement began at 7:30 p.m. But as the sun descended in the west and went behind the trees, the atmosphere cooled down noticeably.

Wed
27
May

Texas Drivers’ License offices to reopen by appointment only

Did your Texas Drivers’ License (TDL) expire during the Governor’s COVID-19 “Stay at Home’ order? Did your TDL come up for renewal during the time when all Texas Department of Public Safety Drivers’ License Offices were ordered closed due to COVID-19? Were you on the verge of being ready to upgrade from a Provisional Drivers’ License to a Class C Drivers’ License but have been unable to successfully pass your driving test because all TXDPS Drivers’ License Offices are closed?

Well, good news to all of you. Texas Drivers’ License Offices will begin a phase-in of reopening beginning yesterday, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, by appointment only. Not to worry if you didn’t get to the Orange TXDPS TDL Office yesterday. That office won’t have its phased in opening until May 29 th , and then it will only be open for those who have made an appointment in advance. However, you can start going on-line to get an appointment at the Orange TXDPS office immediately.

Wed
27
May

Sneeze guards to be installed in County offices

Sneeze guards to be installed in County offices

The Vidor office of the Orange County Tax Assessor/Collector has reopened for business each weekday. There is currently a limit of three customers at the counters at any given time and social distancing tape markers have been installed on the floor of the line queue. Almost invisible plastic sneeze guards have been installed at each counter position. Photo by George Garza

Orange County offices like the tax office in Vidor, and the Orange Count Tax Office, the Orange County Clerk’s Office and the Orange County District Clerk’s office in Orange will be having clear Plexiglas “sneeze guards” or shield installed at customer counter position where citizens come to conduct business with the county.

According to Kurt Guidry, Orange County Maintenance Director, told County Commissioners last week that the Plexiglas shields have arrived and that his department was in the process of cutting the clear plastic materials in the proper size and shapes to fit in front of the various customer counter positions in the County.

Mr. Guidry explained to the Commissioners’ Court that the customer counters in the Vidor tax office would require some specialized work since each customer service counter already has a low, glass pass through window.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
27
May

County Citizens’ Collection Station to charge fees again

County Citizens’ Collection Station to charge fees again

The Orange County Citizens’ Collection Station dumpsters at the closed former Orange County Landfill on F.M. 1442 will return to a fee for waste disposal at its gate starting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. On April 4 th , 2020, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court authorized a waiver of fees paid for waste disposal at the Collection Station as a precautionary measure for the protection of county employees and citizens using the Collection Station to reduce the close interpersonal contact necessary for the transaction of money.

Last week the Commission ers’ Court again discussed the Citizen Collection Station.

Wed
27
May

V.I.S.D signs contract to build a new Oak Forest Elementary

Groundbreaking to be scheduled soon

This architect’s design of the new Oak Forest Elementary School depicts an aerial view of the entire campus including the parking lots, drop-off and pick-up lanes and bus lanes.

During the May 18, 2020 V.I.S.D. Board of Trustees meeting, the Board has approved a contract with G&G Enterprises Construction Corporation of Port Arthur to rebuild the Oak Forest Elementary School at the site of the former flood damaged school on Highway 12 at a cost of $17,632,501 with an expected completion date sometime in the fall of 2021.

At a previous meeting, the Board had selected G&G Enterprises as the low bidder among six other construction companies to build the brand new elementary School in the footprint of the Harvey flooded campus.

According to Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations, David Croak, the contractor has already been doing some preparations for starting work at the Highway 12 location.

Wed
20
May

County adds a grant coordinator to its staff

County adds a grant coordinator to its staff

A properly social distanced Orange County Commissioners’ Court votes unanimously to create a new Orange County Grant Coordinator’s position in the Orange County Office of Emergency Management. The Commissioners agreed to promote grant facilitator Morgan Taylor to that position. Photo by George Garza

For a number of years, Orange County has been dependent on privately owned grant administration companies like Traylor and Associates or David J. Waxman, Inc. to alert the county when state and federal grants for projects that Orange County might be considering. But privately owned grant administration companies aren’t always aware of all of the needs of Orange County or the hopes and dreams of Orange County leaders.

Sometimes state and federal grants are available for projects like disaster mitigation or community development block grants are lost to the county because no one here was even aware such funds were available.

 

 

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Wed
20
May

Cops chase car thief to casino

Sunday night Vidor Police Department patrol officers began a mostly high-speed pursuit of an alleged car thief in the car he allegedly stole that began east of Vidor and ran all the way to the “Golden Nugget” Casino in Lake Charles where the suspect was apprehended.

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, on Sunday night, May 17 th , 2020 at about 9:15 p.m., an offduty City of Beaumont Police Department police officer spotted a car going eastbound on I-10 on the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge. That officer recognized the car and its license plate as a car that had been stolen from a parking lot in the 5800 block of Eastex Freeway in Beaumont at approximately 6:30 p.m. earlier on Sunday. The Beaumont Police officer notified the Vidor Police Department dispatcher who in turn notified Vidor Police officers that a stolen car was on the freeway headed east.

 

 

Wed
20
May

Fed up with flooding? Fill out that form!

Fed up with flooding? Fill out that form!

Flooded homes. Flooded businesses. Flooded classrooms. Flooded streets. Had enough? If you are like most Vidorians, the answer is a resounding YES!

But wait, there may be another answer, one that could actually result in solving many of the city’s drainage issues and all it takes is to fill out an anonymous form that could result in the City of Vidor qualifying for a substantial drainage mitigation grant. The only catch is that the entire city must respond.

 

 

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Wed
20
May

Vidor H.S. Commencement to allow 10 guests per grad

Vidor H.S. Commencement to allow 10 guests per grad

The Pirate Stadium bleachers on both home and visitor sides seats about 8,600 spectators. Twentyfive percent of that capacity works out to 2,150 spectators, which is a little less than the number of guests the Graduates of the VHS Class of 2020 can invite to their Graduation on May 29 th , 2020. Photo by George Garza

The Vidor High School Class of 2020 open-air Commencement Ceremonies at Pirate Stadium on May 29 th 2020 will have all the “Pomp and Circumstance” of previous commencement exercises held at the Montagne Center or the Beaumont Civic Center. According to Vidor I.S.D. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo, the Mighty Pirate Band will play, there will be an opening processional and a closing recessional, and graduates will be called to the stage one at a time to receive a diploma case from a Vidor I.S.D. Trustee to the rousing cheers of up to ten family members or friends.

 

 

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Wed
13
May

Dump truck sideswipes three motorcyclists

Three motorcyclists were injured on Saturday morning when a dump truck swerved into their lane.

According to Sergeant Stephanie Davis, of the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), the crash between the dump truck and the three motorcycles happened on an eastbound service road of I-10 near or in Rose City, TX. Sergeant Davis said that the TXDPS collision scene investigators have issued a preliminary collision investigation report.

“The preliminary DPS crash investigation report indicates that a group of motorcycles were traveling eastbound, in the outside traffic lane, on the service road of Interstate 10. A 2001 Peterbuilt dump truck was traveling eastbound, in the inside traffic lane, on the service road of Interstate 10. The dump truck changed lanes when unsafe, striking three of the motorcycles,” said Sgt. Davis.

 

 

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