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Wed
28
Aug

Deceased person identified

The Jefferson County Medical Examiner has identified the remains of a person found floating in a canal near S. Main Street and Greathouse Road on Tuesday of last week as forty-seven-year-old John Virden Lewis of Vidor, Texas. The Medical Examiner has told the Vidor Police Department that he believes that Mr. Lewis may have drowned. However, the Jefferson Medical Examiner cautioned that the cause of death as drowning is only preliminary, pending the final autopsy result and results of toxicology testing. Toxicology testing results can sometimes take seven to eight weeks.

Wed
28
Aug

Tragedy strikes two Vidor families

A horrific tragedy, affecting two Vidor families, happened on Friday afternoon of last week. Twenty-year-old Rhiannon Boudreaux of Vidor and her new husband, nineteen-year-old Harley Morgan both died in a traffic collision in front of the Orange County Airport on Highway 87.

The crash occurred in front of Orange County Precinct #3 Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton’s office where the young couple was just departing after being married by the Judge in a civil ceremony.

According to the City of Orange Police Department Detective Division, at about 3:03 p.m. on Friday, August 23, Orange City Police patrol officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of Highway 87 to respond to a call about a major traffic collision involving two vehicles.

Wed
28
Aug

Vidor police officer bitten by aggressive dog

A Vidor Police Officer responding to a call in a south Vidor neighborhood was attacked by two aggressive dogs and was bit by one of them. In a police action to protect herself from further dog bites, the officer drew her weapon and discharged it twice, striking and killing one of her K-9 attackers.

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll the officer involved shooting incident began at about 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, August 25th in the 500 block of Alamo Street in South Vidor. The officer, who will remain unidentified due to a Texas Civil Agency Government Code Section 143.089 which limits the release of information regarding the identity of an officer involved in an investigation, had been dispatched to a residence where the caller had reported to the police department that two dogs were in his yard acting aggressively.

The Chief said that when the officer arrived in her patrol car, she scanned the area around the residence and did not see any dogs in the vicinity.

Wed
28
Aug

Vidor I.S.D. drops a letter grade in Accountability Rating

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Dr. Jay Killgo, Vidor I.S.D. Schools Superintendent, expressed concern that the Vidor School District dropped four points in their Texas Education Agency Accountability Rating and pledged to work with principals, teachers and staff to improve reading and writing skills of the district’s elementary school students.

The Vidor I.S.D. received its annual 2018-2019 academic accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency last week. In their latest Accountability Rating report, the Vidor I.S.D. dropped only four points from their last year’s 2017-2018 overall rating of 82 out of 100 to this year’s 2018-2019 Accountability overall rating of 78 out of 100. However, since the Legislature has now assigned traditional school letter grades to those measurement numbers, the district is perceived to have dropped from a “B” letter grade to a “C” letter grade, although the drop was only four points.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides annual academic accountability ratings to all of its public school districts, charters and other schools. The ratings are based largely on performance on state standardized tests and graduation rates. The ratings examine student achievement, student progress, efforts to close the achievement gap and postsecondary readiness.

Thu
22
Aug

Entergy fuel charge to decrease in September

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Photo courtesy/Entergy Texas, Inc.

A newly installed Entergy Texas advanced metering system household electric meter shows this home has used no electricity yet. However when the meter is turned, on the homeowner should see a reduction in the fixed fuel charges listed on their bill in September

Entergy Texas is crowing about the fact that starting in September your electricity bill will decrease a bit, maybe a little bit more than $3.50 a month, due to the fact that the electric company was able to get a good deal on the costs they pay for fuel to run their electrical generating plants in Texas.

According to Kacee Kirschvink of Entergy Texas Corporate Communications, these lower costs for the fuel Entergy Texas uses to generate electricity will translate into lower bills for customers this fall and winter. Kirshvink said that the electric utility company would pass those fuel savings directly on to its Texas customers.

 

 

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Thu
22
Aug

Pad nearing completion

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Photo/Randall Luker

Workers have just a few more strips to lay down before the concussion pad is completed at Ivan Croak Field and installation of the artificial turf surface begins.

 

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Thu
22
Aug

Police investigate a found body

The Vidor Police Department has launched an investigation into the death of a Vidor man found in a canal in South Vidor. According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at approximately 5:37 P.M., the Vidor Police Department received a call from an individual reporting that there was a body floating in the canal near South Main Street and Greathouse Road. The Chief said that first responders found the human remains of a man in his forties partially floating in a canal that runs east and west along the north side of the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks near South Main St.

Orange County Emergency Services District #1 firefighters were summoned to help retrieve the man’s body. Police investigators also called for the on-call Orange County Justice of the Peace to come to the scene.

 

 

Thu
22
Aug

Vidor man gets 50 years as habitual offender

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Darren Denbow, age 28 of Vidor was sentence last week by an Orange County jury to serve fifty years in state prison for the crime of burglary of a habitation. The same jury that found Mr. Denbow guilty of the burglary also recommended the lengthy sentence.

Darron Dewayne Denbow, Jr., age 38, of Vidor was sentenced by a jury in 163rd State District Court to fifty years in the state penitentiary on a charge second-degree felony charge of burglary of a habitation after the jury had found him guilty. Visiting Judge Buddy Hahn presided over the jury trial and agreed with the jury’s assessment and affirmed that sentence. The trial, held last week, was for a charge of 2nd Degree Felony Burglary of a Habitation that occurred on December 22, 2018 in a rural Orange County neighborhood north of Pine Forest.

According to Orange County Attorney John Kimbrough, the harsher than usual sentence for burglary was entirely within the prerogative of the citizen jury. That jury found, during the sentencing phase of Denbow’s trial, that Denbow’s past felony convictions and past penitentiary jail terms served, along with currently pending felony accusations, were enough evidence to sentence him as a habitual felony offender.

 

 

Wed
21
Aug

VISD Board settles with FEMA for Middle School replacement

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Vidor I.S.D.’s flood damaged Vidor Middle School now sits empty on Highway 12 waiting for the demolition as the school district begins the process of designing and building a new middle school.

It’s now official. The Vidor I.S.D. School District Board of Trustees have voted unanimously, with one trustee absent, to accept a lump sum offer of a $21,185,586.00 grant from FEMA for replacement of the flood damaged Vidor Middle School.

After a long discussion with the School District’s FEMA Consultant, school district officials, an architect and a behind closed doors executive session discussion with the School District’s attorneys, the School Board of Trustees came to the conclusion at the end of a special called meeting of the Board last week to accept the lump-sum offer. The school board didn’t decide this just in one night. They’ve each had a couple of weeks since FEMA made its lump sum offer to research and ask questions about the lump sum process, since the federal agency made the offer.

Wed
21
Aug

Architect presents preliminary Oak Forest floor plan

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Within a minute of the Vidor Elementary School’s second bell, the door to Ms. Kara Parker’s first grade classroom was closed and locked, and the teacher was asking her twenty new first grade students to clear their desks so they could begin their first lesson of the first day of school. What was the first lesson? It was about student responsibility.

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Graphic design courtesy/Architects Inc

This is a preliminary floor plan for the new Oak Forest Elementary School that is being submitted to FEMA as a starting point for discussion on how best to meet FEMA’s requirements for replacing the flood damaged school. This is not the final design, but a starting point for future discussions with the federal agency.

Last week during a special meeting of the Vidor I.S.D. Board of Trustees, architect Clay Richards presented a preliminary floor plan for the rebuild of Oak Forest Elementary School. This floor plan you see above is like a rough draft, not final in any regard, but close enough to be sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for their first review in the multi-step approval process to rebuild the flood damaged school.

As the architect presented the plan to the Board, Vidor Schools Superintendent Jay Killgo explained that this preliminary plan is actually the third preliminary plan to be designed by the architect. Killgo commended the architect for his patience in designing and redesigning the plan as circumstances with FEMA kept changing.

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