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Wed
22
Apr

Vidor to set taxes, consider street and drainage projects in Thursday meeting

Vidor residents may want to log on to this week’s Vidor City Council online meeting where they will discuss and act on two agenda items that always arouse public interest, property taxes plus street and drainage projects.

To join the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, go to www.zoom.com, click on ‘go to meeting’ and enter 832- 857-119 when prompted.

To comment on an agenda item or other city issue during the citizen comments portion of the meeting, the comment must be submitted by 5:30 p.m. Thursday via email to vwatson@cityofvidor.com or by calling (409) 681-6241. Name and address should be included in the comment.

 

 

 

 

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Wed
22
Apr

Pine Forest council meets technologically

The City of Pine Forest City Council held its first live stream audio meeting last week. Thanks to the technology of Cisco Webex© Meeting both on-line and with live telephone call-in, city council members were able to participate live from the emergency order imposed isolation of their own homes.

For those of you that have visited the temporary Pine Forest City Hall building housed in a single-wide manufactured building, you know that space is limited. During a normal city council meeting, it gets crowded in the temporary city hall building when five city council members, the Mayor, the City Attorney, the City Secretary, the City CFO, the city’s consultant all crowd in into the limited center space between the restrooms and the Mayor’s office.

Wed
22
Apr

The "New Normal" means you can't drop by

With coronavirus emergency restrictions continuing in Vidor and Orange County, several governmental services have been reduced and in-person interaction between citizens and their governments have been modified. Many of your local government agencies such as your City Hall, your water district, your drainage district and your emergency services district are locked up tight and not open to the public right now. However, despite the closed doors, all of your local government agencies continue to operate and bring you their services as always. But sometimes it’s done from a distance of six feet or over the telephone.

Wed
22
Apr

County Commissioners extend Disaster Declaration

County Commissioners extend Disaster Declaration

Photo by George Garza Even during a public meeting of the Orange County Commissioners’ Court, the Court and County Clerk and four other county Department heads in the Commissioners’ Courtroom maintained social distancing and a maximum limit of ten people in the Commissioners’ Courtroom. As you can see, Precinct #2 Commissioner Theresa Beauchamp and Precinct #3 Commissioner Kirk Roccaforte were not seated at the Court bench during the public meeting to allow six foot separation between Commissioners.

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court held their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The meeting was held with the restrictions imposed by Orange County Judge John Gothia 3rd Amended Emergency Order requiring no more than 10 persons gathered in the Commissioners’ Courtroom at one time and a separation of all persons in the courtroom to a distance of six-feet between them. The “New Normal”, as the Judge prefers to call it, meant that waiting outside of the Courtroom were a cadre of department heads and others awaiting their turn to shuttle in and out of the courtroom to deliver their reports. The Commissioners’ Court bench was only half filled as the Court maintained six-foot separation by seating two of the county commissioners at a table in front of the bench.

Wed
15
Apr

U.C.C.C. of Vidor offers drive through food assistance

U.C.C.C. of Vidor offers drive through food assistance

United Christian Care Center of Vidor volunteers loading a family’s food gift in the trunk of their car last Thursday. The U.C.C.C. is offering a drive-through only food distribution for Vidor area families and elders in need on three mornings of the week. Photo by George Garza

The United Christian Care Center (U.C.C.C.) of Vidor continues to help area families at risk of food deficit. According to U.C.C.C. volunteer Gayle Nagai, “We are offering food for Vidor area families and elders in need on our regularly scheduled food distribution days, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Food will be distributed at the rear loading dock of the Care Center for families to drive around and pick up. Don’t open your door and get out, and only crack your windows enough to speak to a masked and gloved U.C.C.C. volunteer. We are asking everyone to just pop their trunk lid and a volunteer will put the food in your trunk and then shut it. For those driving a vehicle with no trunk we ask that you unlock a rear seat door and we will open the door and put the food on your rear seat.”

Wed
15
Apr

Vidorians are staying at home

Vidorians are staying at home

In this almost eerie view of North Main Street in Vidor, looking south from the 700 block, Vidor’s main drag is almost completely free of traffic on a weekday morning. Some business parking lots are also empty. Photo by George Garza

Whether it is the frightening television news announcing ever-increasing COVID-19 deaths in the U. S. or it’s because Vidorians are playing it safe and not taking any chances, the streets of Vidor are uncharacteristically empty these days. And except for grocery stores, department stores, hardware stores and restaurants, parking lots of Main Street businesses also appear eerily empty.

Most Vidorians are heeding Emergency Orders to social distance and stay at home. Some are going so far as to social distance themselves from close relatives such as grandchildren. Others are taking advantage of their smart phones to Face Time©, Skype©, or Zoom© video and audio conference with their loved ones.

Wed
15
Apr

V.I.S.D. Flexible Education is working out the glitches

The Vidor I.S.D. Flexible Education Program is up and running for school children at home due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. Many V.I.S.D. students are receiving assignments and turning in their homework via electronic media, such as GoogleClassroom©. Others, who don’t have or have limited access to the Internet at their homes, are picking up their work from their schools.

“On Wednesday of the last full week in March, we passed out schoolwork at all of our schools for the second time since Spring Break,” said Superintendent of Vidor Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo, in a telephone interview. “And we also allowed parents to drop off schoolwork that their children had completed on that same day. And we will do that again on April 15th, after Easter Break.”

After just two pick ups and one drop off, the Superintendent Killgo had not had time, yet, to determine exactly how many students were actively participating in the V.I.S.D. Flexible Education Program.

 

Tue
14
Apr

Orange County lifts burn ban

Burn-ban flag flies from Fire Station flagpole

Burn-Ban flags such as this one, that have been flying at the Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Fire Station #1, on Highway 12, have been lowered and removed from flagpoles throughout the County. The countywide burn-ban has been lifted for the time being as long as the pollen count remains low.

  Orange County Judge John Gothia has lifted the countywide burn-ban as of Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at noon.  According to Judge Gothia, the burn-ban, which was enacted as part of his 3rd Amended Emergency Order on March 27, 2020 was done so in the effort to reduce particulate in the outside air throughout Orange County.  The Judge explained, at that time, that such particulate serves to exacerbate upper respiratory distress for certain citizens, especially those at higher risk for Coronavirus and could lead to those citizens mistakenly misconstruing such upper respiratory distress as the onset of COVID-19. 

Wed
08
Apr

Shootings mar Saturday night’s peace

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Two separate shootings occurred about two hours apart in two locations in Vidor on Saturday night. In the first shooting incident on N. Archie St., no one was injured. In the second shooting incident, four people were injured. That shooting is still under investigation.

Two unrelated shootings in two Vidor residences sent four people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries last Saturday night. According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, early in the evening, around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 th , the Vidor Police Department received a report of an alleged assault in progress with shots fired in the 1100 block of North Archie.

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Wed
08
Apr

Too early to tell if social distancing is working

“I think that Texas as a whole seems to be a week or two behind other states in the country, like New York and Washington State. And I’m hoping we never reach those levels of confirmed cases of COVID-19. The growth in confirmed cases that we’ve seen here in the past week (up only 3 cases in Vidor as of last Sunday) gives us some hope that the practices of social distancing and staying at home that we’ve put in place are having an effect that they are slowing the spread. But it is probably too early to tell if it is working,” said Orange County Precinct #4 County Commissioner Robert Viator on Monday.

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