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Thu
19
Jul

Sheriff’s office nears completion

George Garza
The Vidorian

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Border Street in Orange is getting closer to being completely repaired following the damage the building suffered in the rains of Hurricane Harvey. All of the rain-damaged walls have now been replaced and new ceiling tiles have been hung. Doors have been reinstalled and all that’s left to finish are the floors in every office along the north wall of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office building.

“The main inconvenience is that I’ve got departments scattered out,” said Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt.

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Thu
19
Jul

U.C.C.C. gets $30,000 grant for Harvey repairs

George Garza
The Vidorian

The United Christian Care Center of Vidor received a $30,000 grant from the Southeast Texas Food Bank on Wednesday morning.

Dan Maher, executive director of the Southeast Texas Food Bank presented the giant check to a group of U.C.C.C. volunteers in the Center’s pantry. Mr. Maher said that the grant funds for this special presentation were made possible by Feeding America through the David Tepper Charitable Foundation.

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Tue
17
Jul

Orange County holds buyout/acquisition meeting next week

By George Garza

 

Orange County is anticipating that some qualified Orange County residents might be able to share in funds being made available to the county by two agencies for flood damaged home buyouts or property acquisitions. Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator, Joel Ardoin, said last week that the county plans to hold a Buyout/Acquisition Information Workshop on Tuesday of next week, July 24th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center at 11475 F.M. 1442 adjacent to the closed Orange County Landfill. “The gentleman that we’re going to have on-hand as our featured speaker is an expert on both the Texas GLO/HUD CDBG block grant buyout/acquisition program and the FEMA buyout/acquisition program and will be able to describe each in detail and explain the differences between the two programs,” said Mr. Ardoin.

 

Tue
17
Jul

New cops swear in; two other officers promoted

By George Garza

 

The Vidor Police Department held a swearing-in/promotion ceremony to honor four patrol officers on the force. The formal pinning of badges or new rank insignia on the officers was held in the Vidor City Hall last week on Thursday in front of family and friends of the four police officers

 

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Thu
12
Jul

Resource Fair opens tomorrow

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

Orange County Disaster Rebuild is hosting a free Community Resource Fair on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center on Highway F.M. 1442 near the closed Orange County Landfill from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

 

Given the fact that the Atlantic Ocean Basin Hurricane Season is already upon us and the fact that so many Orange County residents still have not recovered completely from last fall’s Hurricane Harvey, the community minded folks at Orange County Disaster Rebuild have determined that a countywide event to introduce both non-governmental and governmental community resources to the public would be an excellent idea

 

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Thu
12
Jul

County to receive partial reimbursement

By George Garza The Vidorian

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that it will reimburse Orange County, TX for more than $9.2 million for the money the county spent on storm debris removal following Hurricane Harvey. Th e c o u n t y r emo v e d 658,598 cubic yards of vegetation, e-waste (computers and electronics),

 

Tue
10
Jul

Pine Forest drainage plan sees progress

The City of Pine Forest received a report this week that their potentially $60 million flood control project that would link twelve existing sand pits and ponds between the southwest city limit of the city and the Neches River with drainage canals to provide a new storm water drain for Tiger Creek, North Caney Creek and the Ten Mile Creek has seen some progress. City consultant Dwayne Gordy reported at this week’s Pine Forest City Council meeting that all of the property owners of sandpits and ponds along the proposed drainage route are now on board with their property acquisitions.

Tue
10
Jul

City to get progress update on Schoolhouse Ditch July 12

Randall Luker
The Vidorian

Vidor City Council will hear an updated progress report on the continuing Schoolhouse Ditch drainage improvement project Thursday as well as receive information regarding a possible grant for improvements to Pirate Pride Park before conducting the annual city manager job evaluation.

The Schoolhouse Ditch projects are being done as part of the Hurricane Ike Recovery Grant Program. The city applied for and was awarded $7.1 million in grant funding a decade ago following the devastation of Hurricane Ike in 2008.

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Tue
10
Jul

$6.07 million earmarked for Vidor area buyouts

George Garza
The Vidorian

The Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) has announced that Southeast Texas has been allocated some $156,700,835 in 2017 Hurricane Harvey Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Allocation funds from the Texas General Land Office to be distributed to the three counties and their respective cities that SETRPC serves. Those counties include Orange, Hardin and Jefferson Counties and all of the municipalities that lie within those three counties.

All of these Disaster Recovery CBDG funds are U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds that require a method of distribution that meets HUD’s 70 percent low to moderate income requirements, meaning that 70% of the funds distributed must benefit areas that are 51% or more low to moderate income households with incomes below 80% of the area median income.

Tue
10
Jul

Babin applauds Pres. Trump’s appointee for Supreme Court

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement in support of President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an outstanding choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. He has exceptional legal knowledge and qualifications, and brings to this nomination a distinguished career of upholding the Constitution and rule of law. Now more than ever, it is important to appoint justices who will defend our rights to free speech and religious liberty, and I am confident that Judge Kavanaugh will do just that on the Supreme Court.

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