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Tue
14
Nov

No handshake, exhibits no class

By  Randall Luker

 

The Memorial Titans’ captains refused to shake hands with the Vidor Pirate captains during the midfield coin toss ceremony before last Friday night’s football game in Port Arthur. Many fans were upset by the unsportsmanlike display, and not only on the Vidor side.

 

Because many of the Titan players were jumping up and down excitedly when the Titan captains refused to shake their guests’ hand before the game, the snub appeared pre-planned, raising the question, was just the students’ idea, or were school officials or coaches involved?

 

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Tue
14
Nov

County courts return to Courthouse in Orange

By George Garza

 

After eight weeks of being closed because of water damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, the historic Orange County Courthouse building in Orange reopened last week for some of its regular occupants. It turns out that flooding was not the issue in the four-story building on Division Avenue in downtown Orange..

“The water damage inside of the Orange County Courthouse was caused by wind driven rains and a few roof leaks,” said Precinct #2 Orange County Commissioner Barry Burton. “A lot of water came in through windows on the south side of the building, but truth be known, some windows leaked on the north side of the building as well.”

 

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Tue
14
Nov

All together again

By George Garza

 

Twelve weeks following the scheduled first day of school for the Oak Forest Elementary School, students, teachers, aides and administrators of that flooded campus gathered together at their new temporary Oak Forest campus for their own first day of school celebration.

 

“The families seemed happy, there were lots of smiling faces and I really didn’t see any tears,” said Carolyn Wedgeworth, Principal of Oak Forest Elementary School. “I saw happy faces on my students. I saw happy faces on our parents. All of our teachers were smiling. Even our bus drivers showed smiles as they dropped our kids at the school this morning. I think we’re all excited to be right here in our own little campus united again.”

 

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Tue
14
Nov

Residents seek claim against Corps of Engineers

By George Garza

 

More than 100 Vidor residents have filed a claim against the federal government for a violation of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by taking their private property without just compensation.

 

The lawsuit filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington D. C. alleges that when the a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released record amounts of water from Dam B, Steinhagen Lake and Sam Rayburn Reservoir at the end of August and through the 11th of September, that constituted a temporary taking of the Vidor residents’ private property when the resulting flood waters deprived the plaintiffs’ of their right to use, occupy and otherwise enjoy their own private property and made the majority of the plaintiffs’’ homes uninhabitable

 

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Mon
13
Nov

Priates enter playoffs

The Vidor Pirates will travel to Galena Park Friday to play New Caney in the first playoff game of the season. Kickoff time is 7:00 p.m.

Thu
09
Nov

Voters accept all Constitutional Amendments

A tiny percentage of Orange County’s registered voters decided to accept all seven proposed Amendments to the Texas State Constitution on Tuesday. The low voter turnout, around three percent in Orange County mirrored the statewide turnout at the polling places, around five percent. At least 2,641 of the county’s 53,119 registered voters or about 3.05% cast their ballot either early or on Election Day in Orange County in the 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election.

Those voters overwhelmingly approved ad valorem tax exemptions for deceased first responders surviving spouses and allowing homestead exemptions for disabled veterans and/or spouses who receive a donated home with voters approving those propositions by 87% and 87.72% respectively.

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Thu
09
Nov

Oak Forest temporary elementary to open Monday

By George Garza

“We are so excited to get everyone back together again in one place,” said Carolyn Wedgeworth as she looked in to the temporary Oak Forest Elementary cafeteria made up of seven portable buildings stacked side by side with their wide-side walls removed. “Our teachers are ready to move into their new classrooms and our kids are looking forward to it as well.”

The new Oak Forest Elementary School temporary campus is made up of 22 portable buildings housing forty-four classrooms.

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Thu
09
Nov

Pine Forest gets donations from Pennsylvania

By George Garza

There was a fine mist falling when firefighter Fred (who wished to remain anonymous) of Tobyhanna Township, Pennsylvania, maneuvered a rented U-Haul® box truck down to the very end of Nagel Street in Pine Forest to see the gutted out remains of the City of Pine Forest City Hall, a couple of port-a-potties in the parking lot and a brand new portable building set up in the city park adjacent to the parking lot.

Waiting for him there was Cathy Nagel, Mayor of Pine Forest.

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Tue
07
Nov

FEMA adds six more days to sign-up deadline

Because their deadline for the end of FEMA Disaster Services sign-up fell on the day following Thanksgiving, the federal agency decided to add another six days on to the sign up period.

According to Tiana Suber, FEMA media relations specialist, Southeast Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey now have until November 30, 2017, to register for federal assistance.

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Tue
07
Nov

Vidorians flock to Homecoming Parade

By George Garza

Although the crowds weren’t quite as big as in recent years, the spectators at this year’s 2017 Vidor High School Homecoming Parade were as enthusiastic as any previous crowd. Many stood, clapped and cheered throughout the entire procession, which moved down Main Street without a glitch.


The mild weather was mostly overcast which kept the direct heat of the sun away from the crowd. A few ominous dark clouds rolled over the parade from time to time but didn’t shed one drop of rain on the Homecoming celebration.

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