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Thu
09
May

Most local sales tax allocations dip below 2018 numbers

With the exception of Rose City, sales tax allocations to Orange County and its municipalities slipped below last year’s numbers. Rose City was the lone exception, recording an increase in both monthly and year-to-date amounts.

Vidor incrementally increased in the monthly allocation amount, less than one percent at .99 percent compared to May 2018, and decreased just .12 percent compared to the first five months of 2018.

This month, Bridge City recorded the largest increase percentage wise, at 26.22, with Rose City close behind at 25.60 percent.

 

 

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Thu
09
May

Between a rock and a hard place

Vidorian staff photos

All three of the fairly new Baird’s Bayou and Tiger Creek bridges crossing under Old Highway 90 West in Rose City suffered washouts of their paved roadway approaches to the bridges during the floods of Tropical Storm Harvey. Although temporary repairs have been made at two of the bridge sites, the City is determined to find a source of funding to permanently repair the washed out pavement.

“If we had known this a year ago we could have been on it much sooner,” said Mayor Bonnie Stephenson after a Rose City Council meeting last week. During that meeting a question was raised by City Council member Richard Travis about the storm damaged approaches to the three bridges on Old Highway 90 West in the city.

“It’s getting pretty prevalent. And I’m sure that we’ve all heard it and we’ve all heard it many, many times,” said Councilperson Travis. “And that’s the continuing problem of the approaches to the bridges. That has become an issue with the constituents of Rose City in a very big way.”

 

 

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Thu
09
May

Senior Rally Day celebrates 50 years

Vidorian archive photo

In this archive photo from the 2016 Orange County Senior Rally Day at the Orange County Expo Center ballroom, these two unidentified seniors were so taken by the musical entertainment offered during the free luncheon that they kicked up their heels to dance.

Vidorian archive photo

Among the many senior citizen service providers attending the 2016 Orange County Senior Rally Day were these two unidentified ladies representing The Harbor Hospice in Beaumont.

Attention all Vidor area seniors and their children. Next week on Tuesday morning, May 14th, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center at 11475 F.M. 1442, the Orange County AgriLife Extension Office will hold their annual Senior Rally Day. This year’s Rally will be something special since it will mark the 50th consecutive year that the Extension Service has offered this senior resource event. To honor fifty years of Rally Days, this year’s theme will be a “Red Carpet Event in Celebration of our Golden Era of Health”.

Thu
09
May

Low cost rabies vaccinations tomorrow

Vidorian archive photo

Dr. Dena McGowan vaccinates someone’s pet in the parking lot of the former Capital One Bank building on North Main Street in 2017. As you can see in this archive photo, even light rain showers did not stop the annual low cost Vidor Annual Rabies Vaccination Drive from happening in the past.

This is the weekend to get your pet’s annual rabies vaccination for a very low cost of only $9.00. Vidor’s Annual Rabies Vaccination Drive sponsored and provided by the generosity of two of the city’s prominent veterinarians, Dr. Dena McGowan and Dr. Billy Jordan, will return to the parking lot of the former Capital One Bank parking lot at 1255 North Main Street on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

Both Dr. McGowan of McGowan Veterinary Hospital in Vidor and Dr. Jordan of Jordan Veterinary Clinic of Vidor are graciously offering affordable rabies vaccinations to the Vidor area pet owners as their way of “giving back to the community”. Dr. Jordan says that he and Dr. McGowan understand how important the annual immunization is to protect beloved family pets from the nearly always-fatal disease.

 

 

Wed
08
May

Sitting mayors win against challengers

Courtesy photo

City of Vidor Mayor Kimberly Steibig won her race for Mayor of Vidor in last Saturday’s City of Vidor Municipal Election.

After a long day of campaigning at the polls on Saturday, appointed and incumbent candidates Kimberly Stiebig, Jane Hill and Cathy Nagel won their races, all with landslide victories, in the School Board and Municipal Elections held last weekend.

In the City of Vidor Municipal Election, appointed Mayor Kimberly Stiebig defeated her opponent Ken Crawford by winning 277 votes over Mr. Crawford’s total of 100 votes for a percentage win of 73.47%.

The other contested race in the City of Vidor Municipal Election saw incumbent Ward Six City Councilperson Jane Hill challenged by medic and firefighter Ken Luce. Ms. Hill won in a landslide by defeating her challenger 256 votes to 104 votes for a 71.11% percentage.

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Wed
08
May

Bring your ideas to parks improvement gathering

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Claiborne-West Park near Cow Bayou in mid Orange County is one of the Orange County Parks that the U.S. National Park Service (USNPS) is looking to try to help restore and improve. However, the USNPS wants your input and your ideas about how best to improve this and four other parks including Raymond Gould Park in Vidor.

Back in February of this year, the United States National Park Service announced that Orange County has been selected to receive assistance from the U.S. National Park Service’s “Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program”. In March of this year The Vidorian Shopper published an article about how this assistance from the National Park Service to Orange County parks would not come in the form of a grant, a donation of parks equipment or a donation of additional parkland property to Orange Count parks. Instead, the NPS will be offering Orange County its considerable expertise to help the County in organizing locally led efforts to improve county park property.

Wed
08
May

Orange woman dies after being hit by a pickup truck

Fifty-six year-old Cindy Williams of Orange died from injuries she suffered when she was struck by a pickup truck near Orangefield on Friday night.

According to Sergeant Stephanie Davis, Media and Communications Trooper for the Beaumont District Office of the Texas Department of Public Safety reports that the automobile/pedestrian collision occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019 on State Highway 62 near F.M. 105 South. The crash occurred just north of the intersection of S.H. 62 and F.M. 105.

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Wed
08
May

New overpass named for Pete Shelton

Courtesy photo/Jefferson Energy

Commissioner C.A. “Pete” Shelton recently resigned from the Port of Beaumont’s Board of Commissioners. His fellow commissioners honored Shelton by naming the new overpass connecting the Port’s Orange County Terminal near Rose City with Old Highway 90 West as the C.A.

“Pete” Shelton Overpass

. This aerial photo shows the overpass in relation to the Jefferson Energy Terminal and Optimus Steel at the far western end of Orange County.

Courtesy photo/Port of Beaumont Port of Beaumont Commissioner C.A. Pete Shelton served the Port of Beaumont for more than thirty years on its Board of Commissioner including a number of years as the President of the Board. Shelton was instrumental in the development of the Port’s Orange County Terminal near Rose City.

The new overpass connecting the Port of Beaumont Orange County Terminal with the freeway was named the C. A. “Pete” Shelton Overpass by the Port’s Board of Commissioners on the last days of April. The two-lane concrete and steel overpass that connects the Jefferson Energy Terminal near Rose City with the Old Highway 90 near the Optimus Steel plant (formerly Gerdau-Ameristeel) in the 100 block of Old Highway 90 West was named for Commissioner Shelton on the advent of his retirement from the Port’s Board of Commissioners. Some of our older readers may remember Pete Shelton as Fire Chief “Pete” Shelton, longtime leader of the Beaumont Fire Department.

According to the Port of Beaumont’s Manager of Corporate Affairs, Sade Chick, Pete Shelton retired from the Port’s Board after serving the Port for nearly thirty years during which he attended more than 400 meetings of the Board of Commissioners’ meetings.

Sat
04
May

Unofficial City and School Board Election results

   With just over 200 voters showing up at the Vidor I.S.D. School Trustee Election, the City of Vidor Municipal Election and the City of Pine Forest Municipal Election held at the Raymond Gould Community Center on Saturday, voter turnout was light.  Election judges there said that they saw a steady stream of voters from the time the polls opened at 7:00 a.m. until the close at 7:00 p.m. on May 4th

Thu
02
May

Vidor cops end a three county pursuit

An alleged reckless driver was chased from Chambers County on I-10 nearly all the way to Orange, and might have gone further if experienced Vidor Police Officers hadn’t risked their lives to slow the driver down.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release, on Tuesday morning, at about 10:00 a.m., sheriff’s dispatchers at the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office in Anahuac, TX issued a police radio alert to sheriff’s deputies and all law enforcement to be on the lookout for a reckless driver in a Chevrolet pickup truck towing a trailer. The TXDPS news release does not indicate where the reckless driver was when deputies first located him but it does say that when they turned on their emergency lights and siren to signal the driver to stop, the alleged reckless driver sped up and fled from Chambers County deputies.

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