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Thu
29
Nov

$4,000 worth of medical tests for free

The CDC NHANES Mobile Exam Center has been set up in the parking lot of Baptist Beaumont Medical Center, Orange, Campus in Orange to gather medical information about 500 randomly selected Orange County residents. The Mobile Exam Center travels to 15 counties and/or parishes in our nation each year to collect medical information from a cross section of our nation’s population.

The hallways of the CDC NHANES Mobile Exam Center are necessarily narrow to leave room for the ten examination rooms and a mobile laboratory. The exams include a body measurement, an oral exam, a dietary interview area, a liver ultrasound room, a hearing and audio testing room, a bone density/osteoporosis examination room, a blood pressure/hypertension examination room and a blood draw/phlebotomy room, as well as a blood-testing laboratory.

About five hundred Orange County residents will be afforded the opportunity to participate in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) this month and next where they will receive approximately $4,000 worth of medical testing for free. In addition, those participants will get to take the results of those tests with them to provide to their family doctor, medical clinic or other health practitioner for their own personal diagnostic and treatment uses.

Thu
29
Nov

Vidor Police car reminds us about breast cancer

Vidorian/George Garza

This Vidor Police Department patrol car has all of its exterior graphics and lettering in a pink color rather than in black. The pink lettering is there to remind the community that breast cancer is a deadly disease and that early detection can often halt its progression.

Patrolling for a Cure

Don’t be surprised if you see a Vidor Police Department patrol car painted with pink lettering rather than black graphics. The Vidor Police Department “Breast Cancer Awareness” patrol car has taken to the streets of the city to catch criminals, stop speeders, investigate crimes and promote the concept that breast cancer in our city affects almost everyone and everyone should know what it takes to save your loved one’s lift.

The white Dodge Charger Patrol car has all of usual police vehicle graphics including “911” “Vidor Police” “Protect and Serve” and “In God we Trust”. But those graphics are all done in a pink color. In addition to the pink graphics the patrol car has two large pink ribbon graphics, one on its hood and one on its rear windshield, that each have the words “VIDOR PD PATROLLING FOR A CAUSE”.

Thu
29
Nov

Christmas Cruise will be bigger and better

The 18th Annual Vidor Chamber of Commerce Classic Christmas Cruise will happen next week on Saturday, December 8th. The location for the Cruise has changed to the Woods Plaza Event Center parking lot in the 100 block of North Main St.

The Vidor Chamber of Commerce is promising that this year’s Main Street Market and Classic Christmas Cruise will be bigger and better than ever before.

Charlotte Ragan, a member of the Vidor Chamber’s Board of Directors says there will be more activities, more prizes and more vendors, as well as the Cruise’s traditional fare of classic cars, Christmas Tree lighting, music, entertainment and Santa.

Wed
28
Nov

Blue Santa hopes you don’t forget to drop off

Blue Santa wants to have a full bag of toys like this when parents come to the police station to pick-up their children’s Christmas toys in less than two weeks. Please remember to drop your donation at any of the drop-off locations listed in the story.

Although the police officers and civilian helpers of the “Operation Blue Santa Toys For Tots Christmas Toy Collection Drive” are thankful to those generous Vidorians who remembered the less fortunate children of Vidor during their Black Friday shopping adventures, they haven’t seen a corresponding increase in new toy donations at any of the Blue Santa Toy Drop Off Box locations.

“We are sure people remembered us while shopping,” said Captain Aleta Cappen. “And we understand that dropping off may require an extra trip. But we are asking our donors to bring their new, unwrapped toys to any of our drop-off boxes at any Dollar General Store, at H & H Gymnastic Center, at Woogies Sandwich Shop or in the lobby of the Vidor Police Department on East Railroad.”

Wed
28
Nov

County authorizes borrowing money

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court recently voted to authorize the issuance of as much as eight million dollars in Orange County Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes, Series 2018. The vote, taken two weeks ago, authorizes the Orange County Treasurer, Christy Khoury, to borrow up to $8,000,000 to tide the county over until 2018 Orange County property tax revenues start arriving.

The court anticipates that the Treasurer will likely have to borrow the minimum draw on the loan of $2,000,000. The interest rate on the loan will be 1.2% over Libor, which is the interest rate that banks use when lending to another bank, or a likely total 3.55% interest rate during the week that the Court authorized the Notes.

Wed
28
Nov

Rocky the K-9 gets a protective vest

Courtesy photo/Danielle Mansfield

Vidor Police Officer Rocky the K-9 proudly poses for the camera in front of his specially equipped police patrol car wearing his donated body armor vest, especially designed to protect four-legged law enforcement officers from both bullets and sharp blades.

Trained police dogs represent a very valuable tool for law enforcement throughout this county. The Vidor Police Department is lucky to have Rocky the K-9 as a highly motivated, well trained and people tolerant four-legged member of the police force. One of the amazing abilities of a police dog is its ability to search for and find hidden stashes of illicit drugs and narcotics such as methamphetamine, cocaine, crack and marijuana among others.

Another amazing ability that most police dogs have is their ability to intimidate criminal suspects and would-be resisters by displaying their aggressiveness. And that display is not just for show. When circumstances dictate, Rocky can also handle a human “takedown”, exactly as he has been trained to do. Rocky does this by grabbing the perpetrator’s arm with his sharp teeth and never lets go until he is instructed to release.

Thu
22
Nov

Homeowner Assistance Program applications available Wednesday

More than $200 million in grant funding is available for homeowners in Orange, Hardin and Jefferson counties still needing help repairing or repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has announced the locations of regional Homeowner Assistance Program offices in advance of the application release dates. Applications will be taken in Orange County beginning Wednesday, November 28 at the Convention and Expo Center on FM 1442.

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) allocated $1.098 billion of $2.7 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBGDR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for rehabilitation and reconstruction of thousands of owneroccupied single-family homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

 

Thu
22
Nov

County reviews home buyout plan

Vidorian file photo

About 200 Orange County homeowners with flood-damaged homes attended this initial Orange County meeting to find out about programs to buyout or elevate their homes. About 100 of these folks submitted applications. Only 42 of those homeowners made it through the second cut.

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court recently had an opportunity to review the tentative FEMA Home Buyout and Elevation Plan that will be submitted to the State of Texas for the first of many required approvals. Phil Hampsten of Hampsten Consulting out of Austin, Texas, presented the Buyout/Elevation Program to the Court.

Last July, Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator, Joel Ardoin, held an information workshop for any citizen who might consider applying for FEMA grant funds to either buy out or elevate their Hurricane Harvey flood damaged home. At that meeting homeowners were advised by Mr. Hampsten about what it takes to become qualified for FEMA buy out. He focused on a document known in FEMA circles as the Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) that is required for most buyouts and home elevations. Hampsten said that the benefit cost analysis must show FEMA that avoided future losses is greater than the project cost.

 

Thu
22
Nov

Mayor to get county support on city resolution

Vidor’s Mayor Robert Viator recently asked the Orange County Commissioners’ Court to get on-board with his city and support a City of Vidor resolution asking the Texas GLO to change its rules.

Two weeks ago, Vidor Mayor Robert Viator, Jr. approached the Orange County Commissioner’s Court seeking their support of a City of Vidor resolution that requests that the Texas General Land Office remove their requirement that governmental entities, that are being considered as possible recipients of federal HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds, must select to receive either buyout funding or acquisition funding, but not both.

Mayor Viator spoke to the Court during their Citizen’s Comments section of their agenda and he used that forum to ask the members of the Court to put his request on a future Court agenda offering the official backing of the county for the city’s resolution.

 

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Wed
21
Nov

VISD forms “District of Innovation” committee School Board wants more residents to serve on committee

Dr. Jay Killgo, V.I.S.D. Schools Superintendent, has a big task. The Superintendent must find a dozen or more volunteers to serve on a special committee by Friday of this week. Can you help him?

Vidorian/

George Garza

Last week the Board of Trustees of the Vidor Independent School District held a public meeting about the possibility of the Vidor I.S.D. becoming a “District of Innovation”. Superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo presented to the public present at the school board meeting an overview of Texas House Bill 1842, the legislation that enables the Texas Education Code rules that authorizes the Districts of Innovation Regulations.

The District of Innovation concept, passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, gives traditional independent school districts many of the flexibilities available to Texas’ open-enrollment charter schools.

 

 

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