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Human remains found on F.M. 1136

Human remains found on F.M. 1136

Photo Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Thirty-eight year-old Ronny Lee Carey, has been charged with murder in the death of forty-one year-old Ryan Michael Sullivan in mid-Orange County recently. Orange County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are continuing to investigate the homicide.

Deputies of the Orange County Sheriffs Office have discovered the human remains of forty-one year old Ryan Michael Sullivan in a field in rural Orange County. Deputies have not released Sullivan’s home address.

Acting on a tip, deputies of the Orange County Sheriff executed a search warrant on a large tract of property on F.M. 1136 about halfway between Mauriceville and the Interstate 10 freeway on Monday, January 27, 2020. The Orange County S.W.A.T. team and other law officers entered the one-acre tract of land and arrested a resident of the property for an outstanding aggravated assault arrest warrant.

On Tuesday morning, January 27, Sheriff’s Deputies and detectives began a search of the residence and surrounding property. On Wednesday, January 29, Sheriff’s deputies found the remains of Mr. Sullivan, which had been damaged by fire, at the rear of the property. The nature of the investigation then changed to an investigation into a homicide.

 

 

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12
Feb

Log truck driver killed in Mauriceville crash

A tragic traffic collision took the life of a Nacogdoches man on Thursday morning of last week.

According to Sergeant Stephanie Davis of the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) the fatal traffic collision took place on State Highway 62 about a mile north of its intersection with Texla Road (F.M. 2802), just north of Mauriceville.

Sergeant Davis reported in a TXDPS news release that Highway Patrol Troopers of the TXDPS were first dispatched to the scene of what was reported to dispatch as a multiple vehicle crash. Troopers arrive on the scene to discover the collision only involved two vehicles, one of them a commercial vehicle.

During their preliminary collision investigation, TXDPS troopers determined that a commercial motor vehicle hauling timber was traveling southbound on Highway 62 approaching Mauriceville. Troopers have also determined that a Ford passenger vehicle was being driven south on Wade Road approaching Highway 62.

 

 

Wed
12
Feb

Vidor man pleads guilty to firearm violations

Vidor man pleads guilty to firearm violations

Photo Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Taylor Cozart of Vidor pleaded guilty to federal charges of being a felon in possession a firearm in Federal Court in Beaumont. Mr. Cozart was arrested in July of last year following his motorcycle accident.

A 30-year-old Vidor, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown on Monday of this week.

According to Walston Davilyn, Public Information Officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas, Taylor Graham Cozart pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm on Monday, February 10, 2020, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin.  

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12
Feb

Early Primary voting is starting next Tuesday

Both the Texas Democrats and the Texas Republicans will be holding their 2020 Primary Elections on March 3, 2020, about three weeks from today. That means that early voting in those Primary Elections starts next week in Orange County.

Primaries are an opportunity for each of the state’s largest political parties to give their voters an opportunity to choose whom the state party nominates to run for political offices from President of the United States, all the way down to local Precinct County Constable in the November 7, 2020 General Election.

Except for the local party chairpersons, no one actually wins any political office in a primary election. The only thing that candidates win in a primary election the chance to have their names put on the November 7th General Election ballot as their party’s exclusive chosen nominee for a particular race.

 

 

 

Wed
05
Feb

Written threat of violence empties Vidor High School

Written threat of violence empties Vidor High School

Photo By George Garza
A menacing message scrawled on a bathroom wall gave Vidor High School parents a pause to consider whether to send their kids to school last week on Thursday. Sixty-one percent of parents chose to keep their kids at home.

Last week an anonymous threat of violence written on a wall of the Vidor High School forced parents to consider keeping their children home from school.

On Tuesday, January 28, someone left a written threat of violence on a wall of a restroom in the Vidor High School.

According to information released by Vidor I.S.D. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo on Tuesday afternoon someone in the High School’s administration discovered graffiti on a wall of a girls’ restroom in the Vidor High School. The wording of the graffiti made a threat of school shooting planned for Thursday, January 30th .

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05
Feb

Mike Kunst named Citizen of Year

Mike Kunst named Citizen of Year

Photo by George Garza
Former Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst (left) receives the Vidor Chamber of Commerce 2020 Citizen of the Year honor from Orange County Judge John Gothia (right). Vidor Chamber of Commerce President of the Board of Directors Atasha Quebedeaux (in blue dress far right makes the announcement at the Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet last Thursday.

Mike Kunst named Citizen of Year

Photo by George Garza
Businessman John Nickum was selected by the members of the Vidor Chamber of Commerce to be their 2020 Vidor Chamber Member of the Year last week at the Chamber Annual Banquet. Mr. Nickum is an insurance agent with State Farm® Insurance with his office in uptown Vidor. He was recently re-elected as Vice President of the Vidor Chamber of Commerce Board

Former City of Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst was visibly surprised when the Vidor Chamber of Commerce announced that he had been selected by the Chamber membership to be their 2020 Vidor Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. During the Vidor Chamber’s Annual membership banquet, this year named “A Taste of Vidor”, the president of the Chamber’s Board of Directors Atasha Quebedeaux, presented the honor saying, “This year’s Citizen of the Year is very important to the Chamber and the “Fresh Start” that we started a couple of years ago. Without him, the “Fresh Start” initiative wouldn’t have happened. He has also done a lot for Vidor and now he is going to do a lot for Orange, even though he left us for Orange. But without him, this Chamber would not be where it is today; without Mike Kunst.

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05
Feb

Chamber of Commerce’s “Taste of Vidor” is a success

Chamber of Commerce’s “Taste of Vidor” is a success

Photo by George Garza
Attendees at the 2020 Vidor Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Banquet held last Thursday at the Woods Plaza Event Center raise their hands as Congressman Brian Babin asks who suffered flood damage in their homes.

The Vidor Chamber of Commerce seems to have picked a winning combination for attracting non-chamber citizens to their annual membership banquet. That combination is lots of good food from a variety of local chefs and an in-demand featured speaker.

There were a wide variety of dishes offered at the banquet from cooks and chefs at Mutt and Jeff’s, Bar-BQ Depot, Rikenjaks Grill & Brewing Company, New York Pizza and Pasta, Ming’s Buffet, Wright’s Bar-B-Q, Señor Toro, Jimmy Nicks Food Truck and Mission Grounds “Coffee”. And according to everyone who offered an opinion, the offerings were all delicious.

And the food was not the only draw that filled nearly every sheet covered chair in the house, the featured speaker for the evening was none other than our own 36th Congressional District Congressman Brian Babin, who was slightly delayed but still managed to arrive in time for an informative presentation.

 

 

Wed
29
Jan

Vidor High receives a violence threat

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A threat of violence was found scrawled on a bathroom wall at Vidor High School on Tuesday. After careful investigation, the school district believes the threat is not credible and has decided to hold classes as usual on Thursday, January 30th, 2020, the day the threat writer threatens violence in the school.

On Tuesday, January 28, someone left a written threat of violence on a wall of a restroom in the Vidor High School. 

According to information released by Vidor I.S.D. Coordinator for Community Relations, Sally Andrews, someone in the High School’s administration discovered graffiti on a wall of a girls’ restroom in the Vidor High School.  The wording of the graffiti made a threat of school shooting planned for Thursday, January 30th

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29
Jan

Chevron Philips plant agreement could be announced in February

Chevron Philips plant agreement could be announced in February

The property shaded in blue near West Orange, Chemical Row and the Orange County Airport on this map has already been acquired by the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company for possible major facility expansion. On February 18th the Orange County Commissioners Court will meet with the Orange County Economic Development Corporation to discuss and possibly grant tax abatement incentives to the company if they build their plant in Orange County.

There may be new information next month on whether Chevron Phillips Chemical Company might decide to build a new build a new facility in Orange County on February 18th . Last week Orange County Judge John Gothia said that the Orange County Commissioners’ Court has posted a thirty day notice that a tax abatement agreement petition with Chevron Phillips Chemical Company will be considered by the Court on February 18th on a reinvestment zone on a plot of land of more than 2,000 square-acres across from Orange County Airport for a potential new Chevron Phillip Chemical Company plant on Chemical Row.

Judge Gothia would not say for certain that the action to consider granting of tax abatement assures that the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company has finally picked the Orange County site as the location for their proposed plant expansion.

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29
Jan

County dump operations return to normal in March

County dump operations return to normal in March

When the county waste disposal site on F.M. 1442 returns to normal operating days and hours in March, the graphic above describes what you may dispose of at the Collection Station and what items are not acceptable.

The Orange County Collection Station operations at the closed county landfill on F.M. 1442 near the Expo Center will return to a more normal operational status on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

That means that if you are still mucking out your house from last September’s Tropical Storm Imelda flooding or if you haven’t been able to start mucking out your house yet, the last day to utilize the free county storm waste disposal option at the dump will be on Friday, February 28th .

Since Imelda brought up to 43 inches of rain to Vidor and Orange County with subsequent house flooding in the middle of September of last year, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court opened up the Orange County Citizens’ Collection Station to all county residents to bring their storm debris, spoiled furniture and appliance for disposal on six days a week at no cost to the residents.

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