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Tue
30
Jan

$225,000 trihalomethane stripper arrives

By George Garza

 

The custom manufactured stacked-tray air stripper system that will be used to strip trihalomethanes from fresh water at one of the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 fresh water well sites has arrived at the Water Well #7 site on Highway 12. The gleaming and glistening stainless steel machine looks somewhat imposing as it sits on its newly poured concrete pad next to the well site’s huge 500,000-gallon fresh water storage tank that towers above it.

 

The $225,000 fresh water treatment machine uses bubbles to strip trihalomethanes from fresh water and was specifically designed to match the make-up of the water coming from Water Well #7 when it comes on-line later this year.

 

 

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Thu
25
Jan

State leaders scramble to provide emergency housing

Gov. Abbott asks Congress to act quickly

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, in partnership with Texas House and Senate leadership, approved a request from the Texas General Land Office (GLO) for $38.6 million in disaster-related aid to fund critical direct housing programs across the Gulf region in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Wednesday. Those funds, that had already been budgeted to another state agency, will be transferred from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) budget to the budget of the General Land Office.

According to a Governor’s Office news release, Wednesday’s action was taken under Section 14.04 of Article IX of the General Appropriations Act, which anticipates the need to make certain transfers of appropriated dollars when disaster strikes and the Legislature is not in session.

Thu
25
Jan

VISD Technology continues to advance

By George Garza

Vidor I.S.D. schools are continuing their pace towards technology goals set in 2015 after the school district brought in an outside agency to audit the entire district’s technological strengths and weaknesses. During a report presented to the School District’s Board of Trustees last week, the District Director of Technology, Janet Bradley, told trustees that the school district is on track with the 2015 plan to update technology throughout the district. Ms. Bradley said that the School District now has a Dell™ computer in every classroom in the district. Ninety-eight percent of the school district’s classroom teachers have a laptop computer that they are allowed to take home with them to prepare educational components during their off time.

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Thu
25
Jan

Seniors fall victim to jury duty scam

Sheriff urges citizens to warn their elders, personally

By George Garza

Tuesday evening, the Orange County Sheriff’s office issued a second warning concerning a telephone scam where a person or persons claiming to be a Deputy Sergeant from the Orange County Sheriffs Office called citizens from Orange County and told victims that they were about to be arrested for failing to report for jury duty and that they could prevent their arrest by paying their fine in advance to the scammer using their credit card or gift card number.

Now, in a second warning, the Sheriff’s Office urges all Orange County citizens to personally call their elderly parents, elderly relatives, elderly neighbors and elderly friends to warn them never to give their own financial information to someone over a telephone.

Tue
23
Jan

Sheriff warns of jury duty scam

By George Garza

 

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt is warning citizens of Orange County that there is an active telephone scam afoot in our county where the scammers are posing as Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputies. Sheriff Merritt is issuing this alert to help prevent citizens of Orange County from becoming victims of this apparent scam that seems to have started on Monday of this week.

 

According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, “Sheriff Keith Merritt said several citizens have called in the past hour (7:39 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018) reporting they received a call from someone stating they were a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and were asked to send money to prevent being arrested for failing to appear for jury duty. (The Sheriff said) the caller is asking for a credit card number or for prepaid money cards to be purchased and those card numbers be given to the caller.”

 

 

Tue
23
Jan

Young girl dies in tragic crash

By George Garza

 

A fourteen year-old girl was thrown from the vehicle in which she was riding and was killed during a one-vehicle collision with a tree near Wexford Park on Sunday morning.

 

According to information released by Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, the young teen is from the Mauriceville area and was staying overnight with friends. Although the Police Department has officially released the name of the fourteen yearold victim, the Vidorian Newspapers are withholding her name because she is a minor and out of respect for her grieving family.

 

 

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Tue
23
Jan

Vidor FEMA DRC still going strong

By George Garza

 

Orange County Commissioners heard a report last week that both of the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Orange County were continuing to help dozens of Orange County residents every day. Those include the FEMA DRC at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center on F.M. 1442 and the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Vidor Police Department in Vidor at 695 East Railroad.

 

Michelle Tubbleville, a Special Projects/Communications Coordinator with the Orange County Office of Emergency Management reported to the Commissioners’ Court that both of the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers set up in Orange County were continuing to offer personal assistance to victims of Hurricane Harvey and its subsequent flood waters daily.

 

 

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Thu
18
Jan

VISD Superintendent contract extended

By George Garza

After a closed-door executive session meeting, the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees returned to an open session meeting and voted unanimously to offer Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo, a one year extension of his contract with the School District. The occasion marked the sixth oneyear extension the board has extended to the superintendent since naming him Superintendent of Schools in July of 2012.

“I had my evaluation last Thursday and it went well,” said Dr. Killgo following a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees this week. “I was evaluated on this year’s goals and the Board gave me some suggestions during my evaluation.”

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Thu
18
Jan

K-9 naming contest to wrap up today

By George Garza

The Vidor Police Department’s contest to name their new two-year-old Belgium Malinois police dog should wrap up with school children’s entries made on Friday, January 19th. Vidor Police chief Rod Carroll said that the entry forms with a caricature of a police dog wearing a vest, have been in the hands of the pre-kindergarten through fourth grade Vidor School children at all three Vidor elementary schools for them to color for about a week.

“We hope to give the school children of Vidor a sense of ownership and possession for their city’s police dog while teaching them about crime and illegal drugs that our K-9 is being trained to combat,” said Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll about the K-9 Naming Contest. 

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Thu
18
Jan

Brookshire Bros. marks Grand Re-Opening

The temperature at noon was below freezing in Vidor, and yet the dignitaries and well wishers all turned out to welcome John Alston, the Chief Executive Officer of Brookshire Brothers, as he and his staff ceremonially cut, not a ribbon, but a cake, to signify the Grand Reopening of the Vidor Brookshire Brothers grocery on North Main Street, Wednesday.

“Vidor has been a great store for us for many years,” said Mr. Alston, “we’ve had just fantastic support from our many customers here in Vidor. And our recent two million dollar commitment here is part of our company-wide initiative to get in there, refresh our stores and modernize. We appreciate all the support that Vidor has given us in the past so that is why we are able to make this investment.”

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