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Tue
11
Sep

Pine Forest reduces property tax rate

By George Garza

The City Council of the City of Pine Forest voted Monday night to reduce their city’s ad valorem property tax rate from its current $0.11934 per $100 property valuation to $0.08279 per $100 property valuation. That is a reduction of a little more than three and a half cents per $100 valuation.

This makes that fourth year in a row that the City of Pine Forest has reduced their ad valorem tax rate.

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Tue
11
Sep

Loans available for flood damaged or destroyed mobile home replacements

By George Garza

Last week Orange County Disaster Rebuild announced that they are offering help to low to moderate income owners of flood damaged or flood destroyed manufactured homes to qualify and apply for replacement homes loans.

Michelle Tubbleville, Special Projects/Communications Coordinator with the Orange County Office of Emergency Management, told the Orange County Commissioners’ Court last Tuesday that Orange County Disaster Rebuild has found out that the international relief organization “Samaritan’s Purse” has a program where victims of disasters who meet certain income requirements can qualify for loans to replace their destroyed mobile homes or loans for money to repair their damaged mobile home.

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Tue
11
Sep

Depression could become tropical storm

By George Garza

An unnamed tropical wave that formed off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the northwest Caribbean Sea this week is moving west north west into the southern Gulf of Mexico where further development is expected according to Roger Erickson of the Lake Charles office of the National Weather Service.

The National Hurricane Center is calling this wave “a large area of disturbed weather” and predicts that it will move into the southern Gulf of Mexico with special interest for persons in Northeast Mexico, Texas and Southwest Louisiana.

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Thu
06
Sep

Beaumont PD ID hit, run victim from Vidor

On Sunday of this week the Beaumont Police Department reported that a police officer found an apparent hit and run fatality victim on the westbound I-10 Pine Street entrance ramp.

“On Sunday, September 02, 2018 at 1:16 a.m., a Beaumont police officer was entering I- 10 westbound from Pine Street and noticed a large amount of debris in the roadway as he topped the on-ramp.

 

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Thu
06
Sep

Band a big part of Friday night lights

Members of the Vidor High School Mighty Pirate Marching Band, twirlers and Brigadettes perform at halftime of the Vidor-Montgomery game last Friday in Vidor.

 

 

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Thu
06
Sep

Council okays grant submissions for buyouts, rebuild

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council recently okayed the grant submission of 17 repetitive flood homes for a potential buyout. A number of Vidor residences sought potential buyouts through government funded programs intended to demolish homes in frequently flooded areas. Each home had been flooded 3-4 times according to city officials. If approved for the grant, the homeowner must accept the amount offered and contribute a portion of the cost. Once an agreement is made, the home will be demolished and the property will revert to the city to lay fallow.

 

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Tue
04
Sep

All VISD students to receive free meals

Every student registered for school in the Vidor Independent School District is now eligible for free breakfast and a free lunch at their school’s cafeteria. And there are no qualifiers to be eligible for the free meals, such as family income or socio-economic status.

On Wednesday of last week, the Vidor Independent School District announced that the entire school district has qualified for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows the nation’s highest poverty level school districts to serve all of their students free breakfast and free lunch daily.

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Tue
04
Sep

County Collection Station changes hours, again

George Garza
The Vidorian

Two weeks ago, in a front page story, The Vidor Vidorian published an article about the Orange County Citizens’ Collection Station located at the closed Orange County Landfill would be reducing its operations from six days a week to three days that was scheduled to begin last week on Monday. That article also contained information about the reinstatement of citizen’s disposal fees required to drop your trash and debris at the Citizens’ Collection station.

Last week at the Orange County Commissioners’ Court meeting on Tuesday, there was an item on the Courts’ agenda to again set new days of week and the hours each day for operation of the Citizens’ Collection Station.

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Tue
04
Sep

Vidor attorney found deceased

George Garza
The Vidorian

Vidor attorney Karla Rogers was found dead in her home on Labor Day.

According to an interview with Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, “We found her Monday afternoon. Her son Chad found her at her residence in the 400 block of Jeanette. She had been down for several days.”

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Tue
04
Sep

City Council to talk taxes in special meeting Thursday night

Randall Luker
The Vidorian

Vidor City Council will meet in a special called meeting this Thursday to conduct two public hearings, one on the proposed tax rate and another on the proposed budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Council may take action on the budget following the public hearing. The tax rate must be adopted before the new fiscal year begins October 1st and after initially proposing a 5.5 percent hike which would have provided the same revenue as last year, council members indicated at the last public hearing they were leaning in favor of adopting the same rate as last year, .0742 per $100 of valuation.

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