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Tue
20
Feb

Early voting begins in party primaries

And so it begins again. Another election year is upon us as is witnessed by the yard signs you might see, wherever you drive. In just two weeks, on Tuesday, March 6th, you will be asked to go to your neighborhood polling place and fill out a ballot to nominate your political party’s candidates for an election that won’t happen until November. These are the Texas Primaries.

 

Primaries are strange as no one is elected to any governmental office in the primaries. The only thing that is won in a Primary Election is the right to have your name appear on November’s ballot as your party’s nominee for that race’s elective office.

 

 

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Thu
15
Feb

Gould Community Center readies for early vote

Early voting in March 6 Primaries starts Tuesday

By George Garza

Flood damage repairs at the Raymond Gould Community Center on Claiborne Street adjacent to Raymond Gould Park, are going gangbusters this week, despite the miserable weather. Spaw Glass, the contractor selected by Orange County and its insurance company, has been diligently preparing the Center for its traditional role as the Vidor area early vote polling place for the upcoming March 6th Primaries.

The drywall and ceilings have been installed in the main open room of the center and in its restrooms. Workers have covered the floor and are painting ceilings and walls. It appears Vidor voters will be able to return to their traditional polling place starting next week on Tuesday.

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Thu
15
Feb

County storm debris collection extended

By George Garza

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court has voted to extend the FEMA Storm Debris Collection Project for as much as another six months. The original Hurricane Harvey FEMA storm debris collection project was slated to end on February 25 of this year following six months after the disaster declaration.

“We are dealing with isolated cases where we have residents that have been out of the area for an extended amount of time,” said Ralph Valenciano, Orange County’s Emergency Management Coordinator. “It ties in to the case by case issues that we have discussed in Commissioners’ Court multiple times. We are still evaluating those residents on a case-by-case basis and we see a need across the county, due to the extension availability, to execute that extension.”

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Thu
15
Feb

Governor announces new funding for hazard mitigation

AUSTIN – February 13, 2018 – Governor Greg Abbott joined local leaders in Rockport and Houston, Texas on Tuesday to announce the availability of new funding for hazard mitigation projects along the Gulf Coast following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

This allocation of funding from FEMA will provide an estimated $1 billion for hazard and flood mitigation projects designed to both help Texas rebuild and help the state reduce the risk of future damage from flooding and Hurricanes.

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Thu
15
Feb

Business Bash to identify ways to promote Vidor business community

By Randall Luker

Seeking ways to promote Vidor and its many diversified businesses, the City of Vidor is hosting the Big Buc Business Bash next Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 20691 IH10.

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Tue
13
Feb

Incumbents file for reelection

By Randall Luker

Incumbent Vidor City Council members wasted no time as all three incumbents filed for reelection on the first day of filing for the May 5 municipal election. As of noon Friday, no one has yet filed for the uncxpired one year term for the Ward 6 seat.

Incumbents that have filed are: Angela Jordan (Ward 2) – age 51, homemaker; Misty Songe (Ward 3) – age 35, sales manager; and Garry Herrera (Ward 5) - age 56, process operator.

 

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Tue
13
Feb

“Rocky the Pirate” on-duty

By George Garza

After thousands of submissions by Vidor school children, Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll and his staff reviewed all of the names submitted to bestow on the Vidor Police Department’s new K-9 officer and selected the name “Rocky the Pirate”.

According to Chief Carroll this name was selected following a request to keep the dog’s temporary name of “Rocky”, with which he was dubbed soon after acquisition and in the spirit of so many names offered by Vidor children.

 

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Tue
13
Feb

Market Basket to replace Mauriceville store

By George Garza

A local business that has suffered some losses during the floods of Hurricane Harvey will be building a new store in Orange County to replace their retail establishment in Mauriceville that was damaged by floodwater. Market Basket® of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana will be building a new store in Mauriceville that will be larger than the one it will replace.

And the company, will be getting an incentive from Orange County to help them expand in the form of annually reducing property tax rebate for three years.

 

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Thu
08
Feb

Pine Forest considers enacting ordinances

By George Garza

 

Of the many losses suffered by the citizens of the City of Pine Forest in the floods of Hurricane Harvey was that city’s City Hall and all of its contents. Among the many records lost to the floodwaters were all of the documents and records stored in the flooded City Hall building. Those included paper records of all of the city’s municipal ordinances.

 

Last Monday, the Pine Forest City Council gathered in a workshop session to review and discuss the city’s ordinances and policies. Since it was a workshop session only, no formal votes was taken concerning reenacting any ordinances or city policies during this week’s meeting.

 

 

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Thu
08
Feb

County GOP gathers in Vidor

By George Garza

 

Orange County Republicans gathered at the Vidor Elementary School Cafeteria on Tuesday night to meet their party’s candidates for nomination in the upcoming March 6, 2018 Texas Republican Party Primary Election. There was much glad-handing and animated conversations as more than 100 of the party faithful gathered to meet their primary’s candidates for nomination.

 

The Orange County Republican Party Chairperson, David Covey, gaveled the meeting to order shortly after 6:00 p.m. and the main event, a discussion of views of the candidates for nomination to be the party’s nominees for Orange County Judge and Orange County Precinct #4 County Commissioner positions on the November ballot began in earnest.

 

 

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