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Pedestrian struck and killed on North Main

Pedestrian struck and killed on North Main

A Vidor man walking across north Main Street near Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church was struck down and killed by a pickup truck. The driver did not stop and left the scene of the crash. Police are interviewing a man who called them about the tragic crash. Photo By George Garza

A twenty-five year old man from Vidor was killed when he was hit by a pickup truck on North Main Street late last Tuesday night. Details about the tragic collision are sketchy because the crash is still under investigation.

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04
Mar

Sheriff issues yearly report card

Sheriff issues yearly report card

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office provides the citizen of Orange County with many services each year including a Special Weapons & Tactics team. A summary of those services provided to citizens of the county was presented by Sheriff Keith Merritt last week during an Orange County Commissioners’ Court meeting. Photo courtesy Orange County Sheriff’s Office website

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt presented the Orange County Commissioners’ Court with report of the activities of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for the year 2019 during the Court’s February 25 th special meeting.

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Mar

Orange County 2020 Primary Voting Locations

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Wed
26
Feb

Fire Commissioners to terminate contract with Acadian Ambulance

Fire Commissioners to terminate contract with Acadian Ambulance

For more than a year, the Board of Commissioners of the Orange County Emergency Services District #1 have been discussing the performance of the Acadian Ambulance Service and the quality of the medical response provided by the company to the citizens of OCESD#1. Last week, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to engage their contractual option with Acadian Ambulance to give 180 notice of the termination of the district’s contract with Acadian.

Last year, in April, the Board of Fire Commissioners appointed a committee of two Commissioners and the Fire Chief to examine ambulance service issues and explore all avenues for providing the very best ambulance service to the residents of Orange County Emergency Services District #1.

 

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Wed
26
Feb

Fires force residents from homes

In the past week three residents of two separate homes were forced to flee their houses when fires erupted at night. Three other structure fires damaged homes another properties as well.

According to Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Fire Chief Robert Smith, OCESD#1 firefighters were dispatched from their firehouse shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning, February 19th, to respond to a structure fire in the 700 block of Concord in Vidor. Smith said that the home was a single story, single family brick home that suffered extensive damage in the blaze. Chief Smith said that the couple that lived in the home actually witnessed the electric space heater in a family room short out causing the blaze. The two adults were able to evacuate their home without injury. Firefighters were on the scene fighting that fire until about 4:00 a.m. OCESD#1 was assisted by the Mauriceville Volunteer Fire Department (OCESD#4) in their battle with the blaze.

 

Wed
26
Feb

County grants tax abatement to Chevron Phillips

County grants tax abatement to Chevron Phillips

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court last week granted a 100 percent, ten-year tax abatement on a proposed property development owned by Chevron Phillips Chemical Company near West Orange and along Chemical Row. The tax abatement is for a possible new chemical plant worth $5.6 billion to be located on a piece of land bounded by Highway 87, F.M. 1006 and Foreman Road across the highway from the Orange County Airport.

In August of last year the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company petitioned for the creation of a reinvestment zone for that property and now it seems that that the county and Chevron Phillips are finalizing agreements on County tax incentives for any development of that property.

 

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Wed
26
Feb

A person of interest in fatal auto/pedestrian hit-and-run is identified

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The Vidor Police Department is interviewing a person of interest in the fatal automobile/pedestrian hit-and-run collision that happened late Tuesday night on North Main Street near Wexford Park. The person of interest contacted the Vidor Police after seeing news reports and social media posts about the fatal collision.

 

  A man, whose name has not yet been released by Vidor Police, has come forward to speak with Vidor Police investigators about Tuesday night’s fatal hit-and-run automobile/pedestrian collision in the 1600 block of North Main Street. 

Wed
19
Feb

Two fugitives captured in Vidor

Two fugitives captured in Vidor

These two men from Louisiana, Dylan Williams (left) and Javis Gallow (right) were fleeing from law enforcement went they bailed out of their car in the Houseman Estates Addition in northeast Vidor. The pair of fugitives was captured the next day about two miles from where they first ran into the woods. Photos courtesy Vidor Police Department

Two men from Louisiana, who were wanted for arrest in Ville Platte, LA, were captured by law enforcement in Vidor after apparently having spent the night in the Vidor woods.

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at about 11:00 p.m., the Vidor Police Department Dispatch center received information that Orange County Sheriff’s Office was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle westbound from Orange on I-10. The vehicle exited the interstate at F.M. 1132 and the pursuit was terminated when the subjects turned east on Stanley from F.M. 1132. Stanley is a dead-end roadway.

The Chief indicated that the two occupants of the vehicle fled from the vehicle and ran into the woods. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate them. The residents of that area were informed of the situation.

On Sunday morning at 7:20 a.m., Vidor Police officers received a call reporting that two individuals were asking directions to Beaumont.

 

Wed
19
Feb

OCESD#1 names Outstanding Member of the Year

OCESD#1 names Outstanding Member of the Year

Nineteen-year-old Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Firefighter, Hunter Weir accepts his OCESD#1 2019 Member of the Year award from Fire Chief Robert Smith during the Emergency Services District’s Annual Awards Banquet. Photo by George Garza

On Saturday, February 8 th , at Robert’s Meat Market and Steakhouse in West Orange, the firefighters, engineers, dispatchers, and other members of the Orange County Emergency Services District #1 (OCESD#1), otherwise known as the Vidor Fire Department, gathered for their 2020 Annual Awards Banquet. This year’s 2020 Awards Banquet was a lot less formal than awards banquets of the past. The firefighters gathered were not wearing class “A” uniforms and there was only one award presented rather than the usual five presentations.

“That’s the way the members wanted it,” said OCESD#1 Board of Commissioners’ President Wyatt Boyett. “Last year and the year before we combined the family Christmas Party with the Awards Banquet and the firefighter said they would rather have two different events. And they also asked that the Awards Banquet not be so formal, wearing uniforms and such. And that was fine with the Board of Commissioners. After all it is their awards program.”

Wed
19
Feb

VISD Board sees the new Oak Forest Elementary plans

VISD Board sees the new Oak Forest Elementary plans

This artist concept of the yet to be built Oak Forest Elementary school to be built at the flood damaged school’s former location on Highway 12 looks small until you see the accompanying floor plan view. This view also depicts the new school as colorless because color palette for the new school has not been selected. Photo By George Garza

VISD Board sees the new Oak Forest Elementary plans

The actual floor plan to the new Oak Forest Elementary School follows a similar but larger footprint than the flood damaged former elementary school. The reason it is bigger is that the State of Texas now requires larger classroom sizes and because this school includes classrooms that were formerly in portable buildings. There is also much larger library in this school building plan. Photo by George Garza

During a special workshop session of the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees, Clay Richards of Architects, Inc. made a presentation of the nearly completed plans for the new Oak Forest Elementary School last Thursday night.

Using overhead projectors and a computer, Mr. Richards gave School Board members an overview of the site plan, and floor plans for the new school. The overall footprint of the Oak Forest Elementary is similar to the former school, but larger, because classroom size requirements have increased since the original Oak Forest was built and because the new building will incorporate four new classrooms formerly housed in temporary buildings. The new Oak Forest Elementary School will incorporate a gymnasium whose cost will be borne by the Vidor I.S.D.

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