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Tue
31
Jul

Unmarked fiber optic cable complicates culvert replacement on Orange Street

Randall Luker
The Vidorian

An AT&T fiber optic cable laid on the north side of Orange Street and serving the Vidor schools was unexpectedly exposed last week during construction work to replace the box culverts at Schoolhouse Ditch, and may delay completion of the project which was expected to be nearly or fully completed by the beginning of the fall semester next month.

Speaking to the Vidor City Council Thursday, Cody Croley, PE, CFM, representing LJA Engineering, said the unexpected discovery was made as Schoolhouse Ditch was being excavated for the new and larger box culverts to be placed under Orange Street.

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Tue
31
Jul

Vidor PD reviewing Kathy Page murder

The Vidor Police Department was seen conducting a reenactment of vehicle crash scene where Kathy Page was found murdered in her car on May 14, 1991 this past Monday morning. Sometime before 9:00 a.m. on July 30, 2018 the Vidor Police Department blocked off the 600 block of West Bolivar Street with barricades at Mill Street and West Freeway Boulevard South. A wrecker with Herrera’s Towing lowered an older model sedan into the dry ditch bed on the north side of West Bolivar near its intersection with Green Street.

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Tue
31
Jul

Fill the Bus coming to Wal-Mart

George Garza
The Vidorian

Crayons, construction paper, hand sanitizers, baby wipes, headphones, glue sticks, erasers, spiral notebooks, three ring binders and map pencils. What do all of these items have in common? They are all on one or more of the five Vidor I.S.D. 2018-2019 school supply lists. And they are items you should be looking for every time you go to the store. Why? Because they are among the items that the Vidor I.S.D. is hoping you will donate to the “Fill The Bus” School Supply Drive that takes place next week on Saturday.

Yes, it’s that time of year again and this year’s school supply drive is vitally important to all of the Vidor schools because their school supplies cupboards are practically depleted.

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Tue
31
Jul

Last day for flood insurance claim approaching quickly

The National Flood Insurance Program announced last week that the last day to file a flood insurance claim against your NFIP policy is at the end of this month (August) or the beginning of next month, depending on the date of your loss.

According to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) news release issued on July 24th, the time for Hurricane Harvey survivors to file a National Flood Insurance Policy Proof of Loss claim is drawing to a close.

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Tue
31
Jul

Flood buyouts possible

George Garza
The Vidorian

The word is that FEMA buyout of flood-damaged home in Orange County (outside of any city limits) is possible. However, who gets bought out and how much they get is very much in the air.

Last week, Orange County sponsored an informational meeting on buyouts, acquisitions and home elevations at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center for Orange County homeowners who are interested in having their flood-damaged home bought by the County.

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Thu
26
Jul

USDA seeks equity in VISD lunch price

By George Garza

 

The cost that the United States Department of Agriculture reimburses public schools for free and reduced price student meals at all public schools is $2.92 per meal. In order for the Vidor I.S.D. to be in compliance with the U.S.D.A.’s equity by the year 2020, the school district will need to increase the cost of full paid school lunches by $1.22 for school lunches at the elementary school cafeterias in the coming school year and by $1.02 for full paid school lunches at the secondary school cafeterias in the coming school year. This would still leave a gap of $0.67 in elementary campus prices and a gap of $0.57 in secondary school lunch prices to be made up for in the 2020-2021 school year.

 

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Thu
26
Jul

Buyouts seem haphazard, are confusing

By George Garza

 

Orange County held its first public meeting on the FEMA Buyout Program and the TXGLO/HUD Acquisition Program on Tuesday night. The meeting, held in the ballroom of the Orange County Convention and Expo Center, was attended by perhaps as many as 150 families who are interested in having their Hurricane Harvey flooded homes bought out by the County. The featured speaker at the buyout meeting was Phil Hampsten, an Austin, TX consultant who specializes in federally funded disaster buyouts, acquisitions and elevation programs. Joel Ardoin, Orange County’s Emergency Management Coordinator, started the meeting out by giving a brief overview of the three federal hazard mitigation programs.

 

Wed
25
Jul

Last day to put out storm debris is Aug. 1st

The Orange County Hurricane Harvey Storm Debris Pickup mission is finally coming to an end. Since the storm debris pickup mission began on September 13, 2013, Orange County has collected 382,178 cubic yards of verified storm debris. At the end of June of this year the county’s storm debris pickup contractor, AshBritt conducted its last countywide sweep of all county roads, picking up most of the remaining storm debris.

 

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Wed
25
Jul

Delinquent taxpayers to have names published

Attention tax delinquents who are late on or haven’t paid any of your business property taxes! Your tax delinquency is about to be exposed to your customers, on the front page, on new media web sites and perhaps even on-the-air on the local nightly newscast.


The delinquent tax law firm hired by the local taxing entities announced on Monday that they have begun the process of preparing a partial list of the delinquent taxpayers for purposes of publishing in the local media. The list will be randomly generated from all delinquent tax accounts across Orange County and will not be based upon dollar amounts. The list will be compiled from public information and will include the name of the assessed party and the total amount owed on their property. Once compiled, the list will be submitted to local news organizations so that the names can be published. The law firm indicated that there were several reasons for publishing this public information.

 

Wed
25
Jul

Vidor mayor says proposal to distribute Harvey funds flawed, could cost city millions

by Randall Luker

The City of Vidor is disputing the formula used by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission to determine how Hurricane Harvey relief funding will be distributed to local governments to repair infrastructure damage due to flooding and buyout repetitive flood properties.


Under the proposed plan, Vidor was determined to have only about 30 percent damage and would receive about $3 million dollars. For comparison, Pinehurst and West Orange would receive about twice that much each.

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