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Tue
17
Apr

TXDPS ups reward, seeks new leads in Kathy Page murder

Special to The Vidorian

AUSTIN – On Tuesday of this week, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) asked for the public’s help in solving the 1991 murder of Kathy Page, and announced that an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible if the tip is received before next month’s featured Texas Rangers case is announced. (A $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is routinely offered on all cases on the Texas Rangers’ Unsolved Homicides website)

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Tue
17
Apr

Railcars derail near Vidor Tax Office

An eastbound Burlington Northern freight train rumbling through Vidor on the Kansas City Southern Rail line near downtown jumped the track causing four bulk hopper cars to derail shortly after 6:00 a.m. on Monday morning. Two of the derailed hopper cars overturned on the south side of the tracks and at least one car spilled a part of its load of dried corn.

Emergency responders from the Vidor Police Department and the Orange County Emergency Services District were quick to respond to the derailment and quickly determined that the upset cars were not carrying any hazardous materials.

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Tue
17
Apr

Emotional recovery planned for this weekend

Special to The Vidorian

This weekend the First Baptist Church of Vidor is offering the community a unique opportunity to address its emotional and personal disaster recovery in a series of seminars and breakout sessions with Dr. H. Norman Wright.

Dr. Wright is considered by some to be one of the nation’s leading Christian counselors in matters of grief and loss recovery. Dr. Wright has been called upon to minister to victims and lead in counseling efforts following such momentous disasters such as the 9/11 attacks. Most recently, Dr. Wright was call upon to help the people of Las Vegas following the mass shooting there.

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Tue
17
Apr

Sales tax holiday for emergency supplies set for April 28‑30

AUSTIN — With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, from April 28 to April 30.

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Thu
12
Apr

DPS investigation backs up freeway Thursday

Westbound traffic on Interstate 10 was backed up from the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge into the City of Vidor on Thursday morning due to a Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) fatality accident reconstruction. Special TXDPS investigators, DPS Highway Patrol troopers and several Texas Department of Transportation emergency warning vehicles began the closure of alternating lanes of traffic at the foot of the bridge over the Neches River starting at 9:00 a.m.

 

With only one lane open at the foot of the bridge, westbound traffic on the freeway quickly stacked up, eventually backing up all the way into Vidor.

 

 

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Thu
12
Apr

Dozens watch promotion ceremony

By George Garza

 

Family, friends, co-workers and community leaders gathered at Vidor City Hall late Tuesday afternoon to cheer on two Vidor Police Sergeants as they were promoted to Captain. Former Sergeants Rodney Johnson and Aleta Cappen were publicly promoted to the rank of Captain, the highest tier of Police Department rank underneath the Chief of Police.

 

Captain Aleta Cappen will be assuming the role over Emergency Management. Captain Rodney Johnson will be assuming the role over the law enforcement division.

 

The actual promotion ceremony was somewhat informal, just a matter of pinning Captain’s bars onto the uniform shirt shoulder epaulettes of the two new Captains. But Police Chief Rod Carroll brought some levity and a sense of celebration into the ritual that could have been overly solemn.

 

 

Thu
12
Apr

Resurfacing Archie

Workers with Norman Construction of Orange were busy resurfacing Archie Street between West Bolivar and Railroad St. Thursday morning.

 

 

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Thu
12
Apr

Shell Pipeline makes large grant to firefighters

By George Garza

 

The Orange County Emergency Service District #1 was the grateful recipient of a check for $5,000 from Shell Pipeline Company as part of a help grant given to aid rural fire departments whose districts cover pipeline routes this week.

 

“I think this is great,” said OCESD#1 Commissioner and president of the district’s board of commissioners, Wyatt Boyett. “It’s common knowledge that appraised values of taxable properties in all of the taxing entities in Orange County will be diminished because of Hurricane Harvey. That means that our slice of the ad valorem tax pie will be smaller next year. So we are looking at ways to trim the budget, cut down on the spending and be a little bit more particular on what we spend our tax revenues on. With this donation it makes it a whole lot easier to buy equipment that we could really use for wild land firefighting.”

 

 

Tue
10
Apr

Veteran cop wins promotion to Captain

By George Garza

 

Vidor police officer with thirty-eight years of experience is now a police department Captain, sharing the highest tier of police rank under the Vidor Police Chief. Former police Sergeant Aleta Cappen was pinned with captain’s bars belonging to her firefighter son during a ceremony in Vidor City Hall on Tuesday.

Tue
10
Apr

Mayor’s Cleanup set for April 28

By Randall Luker

Building on a successful first year and hoping to start an annual tradition in Vidor, Mayor Robert Viator announced that the 2nd Annual Mayor’s Main Street Cleanup has been set for Saturday, April 28, 2018 with volunteers converging on Crossroads Shopping Center at 9 a.m. This year’s cleanup promises to be bigger and better than last year with more than 30 sponsors already signed up, Viator said. “I just got a call about some more sponsors wanting to sign up and with the back of the T-shirt almost full of (sponsor) names, I guess we’ll have to start adding them to the sleeves. I’ve been overwhelmed with the response.

 

” In fact, the response to the cleanup has been so great, Viator said he wanted to show his appreciation to the community. To do that, he will be cooking and giving away hot links to any and all that show up at the Crossroads Shopping Center parking lot from around 11 a.m. until the links are gone. All at his own expense

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