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Tue
07
Nov

Blue Santa needs a lot of help this year

By George Garza

With furniture-less rooms and studs-exposed homes possibly being more the norm than the exception in Vidor this fall, it may seem that no one here can fit any more on their plates in 2017. However, even though many Vidor Police Officers suffered the same flooding fate as you, they are biting the bullet, so to speak, and cranking up their efforts to make sure no Vidor child goes without a Christmas present again this year. And they will definitely need your help.


The Vidor Police Department’s “Operation Blue Santa - Toys for Tots” Annual Christmas Toy Collection Drive, began this week with applications for “Operation Blue Santa - Toys for Tots” being made available for pick-up in the lobby of the Vidor Police Department at 695 East Railroad.

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Tue
07
Nov

Hwy 12 fatality hit and run suspect arrested

By George Garza

Last week, on Thursday, Vidor Police arrested, a man they believe may have been the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit and run collision that occurred on Highway 12 three weeks ago. As previously reported in The Vidor Vidorian, forty-nine year-old Kevin McClure of Orange County, Texas was arrested in Oak Acres Mobile Home Park on Osteen off North Tram Road and charged with felony failure to stop and render aid with serious injury or death. If McClure is tried and convicted of this charge it holds a penalty of two to twenty years in the State Penitentiary.

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Thu
02
Nov

Big Buc sails with the Superheroes

By George Garza

 

On Friday afternoon a time honored tradition of the Vidor community will continue when the 2017 Vidor High School Homecoming Parade marches proudly down Main Street starting at 2:00 p.m. sharp.

 

Parade organizer Cyndie Campbell says that this year’s procession will be a little smaller than those of recent years.

 

“We’ve had one hundred parade entries register for a spot in the parade line-up,” said Ms. Campbell. “That’s a bit less than last year, but when so many people are struggling to recover from the floods of Hurricane Harvey, we expected that some folks wouldn’t have the time or ability to enter this year.”

 

 

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Thu
02
Nov

Go vote on Tuesday

By George Garza

 

Seven Texas State Constitutional amendment propositions will be on your ballot when you go vote next Tuesday. Propositions 1 and 6 would provide exemptions from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market valuation of residence homesteads to disabled veterans and surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty, respectively. Proposition 2 could change how home equity loans would work to include reducing some consumer protections. Proposition 3 seeks to limit the terms of gubernatorial appointees. Proposition 4 would allow some limitations on state courts in their ability to declare a legislative statute unconstitutional. And Propositions 5 and 7 would expand gambling in Texas.

 

Thu
02
Nov

Discharge meets TCEQ permit

By George Garza

 

Treated wastewater being returned to the environment from the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 Wastewater Treatment Plant is now meeting all of the cleanliness criteria required under the discharge permit issued to the District by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

 

The treatment plant has actually been operating within the TCEQ permit parameters since October 5th, using chlorine to sanitize the water. However, on October 19th the plant’s ultraviolet disinfection unit was brought back on-line which has eliminated the need to add chorine to the treated wastewater before returning it to Tiger Creek.

 

 

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Tue
31
Oct

Southern Baptists offer free help to mud-out area homes

According Brother Terry Wright, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Vidor, The North American Mission Board ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention, Send Relief, is partnering with the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention and Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief groups from all over the United States to bring Hurricane Harvey relief to Orange County. The effort is being operated out of First Baptist Church, Vidor.

 

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Tue
31
Oct

Tuesday is Election Day

By George Garza

 

Seven Texas State Constitutional amendment propositions will be on your ballot when you go vote next Tuesday. Propositions 1 and 6 would provide exemptions from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market valuation of residence homesteads to disabled veterans and surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty, respectively. Proposition 2 could change how home equity loans would work to include reducing some consumer protections.

 

Tue
31
Oct

FEMA DRC in Vidor offers full services

By George Garza

 

Many Vidorians are already aware that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up a full service Disaster Recovery Center at the Vidor Police Department at 695 East Railroad Street. However, DRC manager Tonya Mull reported this week that several storm victims from the Vidor area have been driving all around Jefferson County looking for non-existent FEMA centers.

 

“We’ve had several people come in and tell us that they didn’t know that we are right here in Vidor,” said Ms. Mull. “We even had people say that they had been spending valuable gas money to drive to locations where FEMA formerly had centers but aren’t there anymore.”

 

 

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Tue
31
Oct

TxDOT to begin last round of debris pick up

According to a news release issued by the Beaumont District Office of the Texas Department of Transportation, the Highway Department will begin their last round of Hurricane Harvey storm debris pickup along state highways today. That means that if your property fronts an Interstate Highway, a U.S. Highway, a Texas State Highway or a Farm to Market Road, you need to make sure your hurricane storm debris is stacked and separated and placed right next to that highway’s right of way for the final pass of TXDOT trucks.

 

Sarah Dupre, TXDOT spokesperson said that beginning on Wedneday, November 1st, TXDOT will begin the final round of debris pick up along state roadways in Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Chambers, Liberty, Tyler, Jasper and Newton County. She alerted all residents and homeowners living along state roadways should place any debris generated by Tropical Storm Harvey along state right of way for pickup.

 

 

Thu
26
Oct

HUD allocates additional $58 million to help Texas

Funding to support housing recovery

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson allocated an additional $57.8 million to help Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey last week. The grant announced last Friday is provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program. Combined with CDBGDR grants already allocated to the State of Texas from disasters that occurred in 2015 and 2016, HUD’s support of long-term disaster recovery in the Lone Star State now totals more than $371 million.

“Clearly, the long-term needs in Texas far exceed this allocation so I anticipate this down payment will be targeted to address damaged housing to help Texans move forward with their own recovery,” said Secretary Carson. 

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