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Tue
24
Apr

Vidor council to discuss Harvey’s effect on property values and 2019 tax rate

Randall Luker

Will Hurricane Harvey hit local property owners in the wallet again, or will rising sales tax receipts offset the need to raise taxes to fund local government? That’s the question Vidor City Council will discuss Thursday when they meet in regular session at Vidor City Hall at 7 p.m.

Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst Tuesday that with 2019 budget planning drawing near, he wanted city council members to at least begin thinking about Harvey’s effect on local property taxes and city revenue. “I wanted to at least start the discussion now, rather than waiting. We know property values will be down, but we don’t now how much. And will the increase in sales tax funds offset the decrease in property values?”

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Tue
24
Apr

Nothing but memories

A new Urgent Care facility will be built at the former site of Church’s Chicken at 1105 Main Street. Demolition began Monday and by the time this photo was made Tuesday, little remained to load.

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Tue
24
Apr

Carlton presides over his last Court meeting

Court delays selection of successor

Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton struck his gavel for the last time last week. The youngest elected Orange County Judge presided over his final meeting of the Orange County Commissioners’ Court last week on Tuesday afternoon.

Tue
24
Apr

Burglar smashes front window on Main Street

George Garza

A thief or thieves broke through a plate glass window of a business in plain sight of North Main Street traffic to burgle a business last week. Sometime after 3:45 a.m. on Thursday morning, April 19th, a thief or thieves, moved a bench and smashed through a plate glass window of a communications business in a strip shopping center in the 300 block of North Main Street. The burglar or burglars were in plain view of drivers passing by on Main Street while they broke a small hole in the glass.

“When I came to open on Friday, I noticed the bench was crooked,” said Sarah Atiyeh of ANS Wireless, “and I thought ‘someone must have been thinking about stealing the bench but got scared off’.

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Tue
24
Apr

Early voting underway in Vidor city election

Randall Luker

Vidor voters have choices in just two of four open seats on the Vidor City Council with incumbent council members in Wards Three and Five running unopposed. Ward Three is represented by Misti Songe and Ward Five by Gary Herrera.

Ward Two incumbent Angela Jordan is seeking election to her first full term after being appointed to an unexpired term two years ago. She is facing a challenge from Matt Ortego for the Ward Two position. Two candidates are vying to fill the Ward Six one year unexpired term of former councilman David Slaughter. Seeking the Ward Six seat are Jane Hill and Kimberly Powell Stiebig.

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Tue
24
Apr

Annual Mayor’s Cleanup set for this Saturday

Randall Luker

Get out your work clothes and gloves and be ready to spruce up the community– the 2nd Annual Mayor’s Main Street Cleanup will be held this Saturday, April 28, with eager volunteers meeting at the Crossroads Shopping Center at 9 a.m.

Based on the early response, this year’s cleanup is expected to draw well over 100 volunteers to clean up the Main Street area. Last year, volunteers picked up and hauled away a fully loaded and stacked high 16-foot lowboy’s worth of trash and debris.

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Thu
19
Apr

Mauriceville pedestrian hit by truck on Hwy 62

 

A young man from Mauriceville was killed in a pre-dawn auto/pedestrian collision on Tuesday morning near Mauriceville. According to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release, twenty year-old Joshua Teague of Mauriceville pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision by Orange County Precinct #1 Justice of the Peace Hershel Stagner, Jr. The TXDPS reports that at approximately 4:00 a.m., on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to an auto-pedestrian crash on Highway 62 in Orange County. The crash occurred near Dailey Road

 

 

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Thu
19
Apr

Rig crash stalls traffic for hours

By  George Garza

 

A fiery crash on the freeway stalled traffic for more than three hours on Tuesday night. An eastbound tractor-trailer carrying a load of pipe on a flatbed trailer crashed into the outside lane barricade at the Asher Turnaround exit and burst into flames when the tractor’s fuel tanks split, catching the rig on fire.

 

Thu
19
Apr

James McDowell named

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo (left) congratulates Vidor Junior High School Principal James McDowell (right) after the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name him the new Principal of Vidor High School starting in June.

 

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Tue
17
Apr

Carlton to resign

George Garza

Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton announced last Friday that he is resigning his elected office of Orange County Judge and moving to Austin, TX to become Executive Director of Texas Medical Board.

Judge Carlton lost his bid to become the Orange County Republican Party’s nominee to run for election in this fall’s 2018 General Election. The youngest man to be elected Orange County Judge lost in the county GOP Primary just last month to a retired police officer, Dean T. Crooks by about 21% of the vote. GOP nominee Crooks faces Orange County Democrat Don Brown in the November General Election.

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