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Thu
14
Feb

Free Income Tax help

Will you pay cash or will you get a refund from the IRS this year? Entergy Texas is offering you an employee volunteer IRS certified tax preparer to fill out your IRS Form 1040 this year for free. These volunteers love to find deductions you missed.

Did you know that your electric utility company Entergy Texas, is working with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program of the IRS to provide free IRS Income Tax preparation services every Saturday from now until April 6th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in Beaumont.

Now your electric company is calling this program Entergy’s Super Tax Day program because the first Saturday of nine Saturdays of this year that they are offering the free income tax preparation service, was last Saturday, February 9, the day before the Super Bowl. But regardless of what they call it, the fact remains that some Entergy Texas employees have volunteered to go through a special IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program income tax preparer course of studies to learn to become an IRS Certified income tax preparer.

Thu
14
Feb

Phelan wants ride share for Medicaid patients

Photo courtesy/George Garza

District 21 State Representative Dade Phelan, seen here in 2015, carrying his then three-month-old son, Luke, to a gathering in Mauriceville, wants to update the Texas Medical Transportation Program for Texas Medicaid patients to offer ride sharing services.

Our Texas state representative in Austin wants to modernize the way Texas Health and Human Services (THHS) provides rides to Texas Medicaid patients to get to their doctor, clinic, hospital or drug store. Our legislator, District 11 Texas State Representative Dade Phelan, who represents all of Orange County and much of Jefferson County, thinks the THHS can save money by using ride sharing services while at the same time making the transport more convenient and available to Texas Medicaid patients.

“We spend about $200 million plus a year in Texas providing medical transportation to Medicaid patients,” said Representative Phelan on Wednesday. “That ‘medical transportation’ could be anything related to Medicaid treatment. That includes a ride to a dialysis treatment, or a ride to a drug store. Many of these patients are elderly and can’t drive themselves anymore. Others simply don’t have a car or have lost their cars, like those in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.”

Thu
14
Feb

Five more file for places on three ballots

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No, its not time to vote again, but at least two cities where the Vidorian is delivered will have contested races in the May 4, 2019 City and School District election.

Today, Friday, February 15th is the last day for you to file with your city secretary or your school board secretary to have your name place on a May 4th, 2019 Election Ballot in a City or School Board election. You have until close of business (5:00 p.m.) today, to go to your city hall or your school district’s administration building to make your application to run for political office on the May 4th ballot.

As of yesterday (Thursday) morning, five more citizens have filed applications for positions on three election ballots since an article about the political filings for office in City and School Board elections was last published in The Vidorian Shopper.

Incumbent Vidor Ward 4 City Councilperson, Keith Buesing, has made a decision to run for a Vidor City Council seat again. Mr. Buesing has filed to run for the Vidor City Council Ward 4 seat in next May’s election. Keith Buesing is fifty-three years old and works as a plumber.

 

 

Wed
13
Feb

School Board wants to know how much to turf Pirate Stadium

Vidorian photo/George Garza

The School Board of Trustees of the Vidor I.S.D. discussed the issue of whether to put artificial turf on the playing field at Pirate Stadium for the first time ever during a special board meeting last week on Thursday. From left to right the trustees of the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees are Gina VanDevender, Michael Helms, Mike Marion, Carrie Vincent-President of the Board, Superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo-not a voting member of the Board, David Camp, Rollie Burr and Natalie Long.

It’s been talked about for years, and there are those that believe its inclusion in a bond issue vote in 2008 was the cause of that $61.7 million bond to fail, but there are those that passionately believe that the Pirates need a turf football field at their home Pirate Stadium. There are others who, just as passionately, believe that any money available to spend on a turf field for Pirate Stadium, would be better served in building classrooms at two elementary schools.

Regardless of which side you take in this debate, one of the big questions that no one has the answer to is how much would it cost to put in artificial turf at Pirate Stadium? No one knows for sure, educated guesses run from $700,000 to $2,000,000. But the fact remains is that until an actual engineer examines the field and determines its physical characteristics, its drainage and the capacity of its drainage system, a real estimate cannot be made.

Wed
13
Feb

Orange gunshot victim is a child

A horrific tragedy in Orange was averted by a lucky trajectory of a bullet. The City of Orange Police Department reported Wednesday night that an eight-yearold girl was accidentally shot in her shoulder by her fouryear-old brother.

Captain C.A. Stephenson of the Orange Police Department said in a news release that Orange police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 900 block of Cooper Street in Orange in response to a 9-1-1 call reporting a gunshot victim. When police officer arrived, they found an eight-year-old girl suffering from a gunshot wound to her shoulder. According to Captain Stephenson, witnesses at the scene alleged that the girl had been shot by a fouryear-old boy with a handgun. The witnesses told the officers when they found the girl they could not find her four-yearold brother. They searched and found the boy hiding in a nearby-parked car.

Wed
13
Feb

Civic and community leaders visit state capitol

Photo courtesy/www.star.txstate.edu

Some of your civic and community leaders have traveled to the red granite Texas Capitol Dome in Austin this week to lobby with Texas legislators about pending issues important to you and to your neighbors. More than 300 people from Orange and Jefferson Counties will be attending the Golden Triangle Days in Austin this week.

The Texas State Legislature, the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, is in full swing right now having convened for the first time in two years on January 8th of this year. While the Representative and Senators, each in their own house, are haggling with each other over laws that they want to enact or amend, there is not a whole lot of legislation being passed into law right now. Typically, the Texas legislature waits until the waning days of its 140-day session to pass significant legislation.

So now is the time to go to Austin and the State capitol building to try to put an idea in a Representative or Senator’s head concerning legislation that you would like to see enacted. But how can you, a single individual, get close, personal access to a Texas legislator during their very busy bi-annual session? That’s easy, if you bring enough people with you to stand at your side when you go to a legislator’s office, you can get an appointment.

Wed
13
Feb

Rep. Phelan wants photo on Lone Star Card

Photo courtesy/“Texans for Dade”

State House District 21 Dade Phelan has introduced legislation in the 86th legislative session of the Texas House of Representative to try to reduce welfare fraud in the use of the Texas Lone Star Card. Phelan proposes to add the aid recipient’s picture photo to the front of the card so that retailers would be able to insure that only the qualified recipient receives that aid benefits of the card.

State House District 21 Representative Dade Phelan, who represents Vidor and all of Orange County in the Texas House of Representatives, has introduced a bill in the House that would change the face of the Texas Lone Star Card to add the photograph of the person authorized to use the card.

According to a news release issued by Rep. Phelan’s Austin office, “Representative Dade Phelan has filed HB 1250 which will require the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to add the name and photograph of the recipient or other authorized person to the front of each Lone Star Card. The Texas Electronic Benefit Transfer system uses the Lone Star Card to provide access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

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Thu
07
Feb

OC sales tax allocations fall behind 2018 levels

February sales tax allocations are normally the largest of the year for counties and municipalities and are eagerly anticipated. This year, most Orange County entities received less than February 2018 while the state average was 4.6 higher. Only Rose City showed an increase, likely due to the widespread flooding of Hurricane Harvey that left only one residence unscathed by flooding for much of the fourth quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019.

The February rebate is typically larger because these allocations are based on sales made in December by businesses that report tax monthly; October, November and December sales by quarterly filers; and 2018 sales by businesses that report tax annually.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $953.9 million in local sales tax allocations for February, 4.6 percent more than in February 2018.

 

Thu
07
Feb

Boy Scouts are coming to your door

Graphic courtesy/

Three Rivers Council-Boy Scouts of America

Scouting for Food is the annual Boy Scouts of America non-perishable food collection for agencies that serve the needy. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will be leaving an empty bag at your front door not tomorrow, but on Saturday, February 16th.

Not this weekend but the following Saturday, February 16, 2019, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts Vidor, Pine Forest and Mauriceville will be coming to your front door to drop off an empty bag. Now they won’t be knocking on your door to interrupt your Saturday chores or activities. All the boys will be doing is leaving a bag that is marked with “Scouting for Food-A National Good Turn for America” and “GHX-Industrial” for you to fill with canned goods and non-perishable foods at your leisure.

But don’t take too long to fill that bag, because on the following Saturday, February 23rd, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will return to your front door looking to find the bag of food you’ve left outside for them.

Thu
07
Feb

Vidor man arrested in Jefferson County

Photo courtesy/Jefferson

County Sheriff’s Office

Brian Roy, age 30, of Vidor was stopped for speeding on I-10 west of Beaumont last Saturday. Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies found 467 grams of crystal meth, a quantity of cocaine, and two other types of illegal narcotic pills in a mini-safe hidden in the floorboard of his car.

Thirty year-old Bryan Roy of Vidor was arrested outside of Beaumont on four counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and an outstanding Louisiana felony theft of a motor vehicle warrant last Saturday.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy and Public Information Officer Crystal Holmes, Roy was arrested on I-10 near Smith Road on Saturday, February 2 at about 3:50 p.m. during a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy’s traffic stop for speeding. A wants and warrants check on Roy revealed that he was wanted for arrest in Louisiana on an outstanding felony warrant. Roy was taken into custody.

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