Sports

Wed
01
Jan

Quality rifle scopes are well worth the extra expense

Quality rifle scopes are well worth the extra expense

As I walked to my deer stand there were many things on my mind; the most prominent being handling my Dad’s will. Trying to get through the sadness was bad enough but adding on the legalities and complication of the estate weighed heavy. After two full days of paperwork and phone calls I had had enough. A couple of hours on a ladder stand deep in the Newton County woods seemed just the thing to unwind. It is funny how our mind tells us things. As I walked, a thought popped into my mind that I was moving too fast. There was a myriad of small vines growing everywhere across the trail. Vines, trip hazard, slow down stupid. How did I know that? Where did I get that knowledge in my brain? By tripping and falling numerous times in the past while doing just what I was doing. Even the critters of the field and woods learn not to repeat situations that hurt.

Wed
25
Dec

Lady Pirates pull away from alumni in second half

Lady Pirates pull away from alumni in second half

Photo by Randall Luker

The Lady Pirate soccer alumni game held Tuesday night at Pirate Stadium featured the 2019-2020 varsity team taking on former players in a no holds barred match for bragging rights. According to VHS Head Girls Soccer Coach Ralph Fields, “It was a pretty even game of possession back and forth for most of the first half until Maryn Chilton scored and shifted the momentum in our favor.” After breaking the ice with that score, the varsity went on to win 5-1. “Goals for us were Blakleigh Sanders with the hat trick (3 goals), Maryn Chilton and Kinley LaPray. Kayla Waldrep scored for the Alumni late in the game to put them on the board,” Fields said. The Lady Pirates open the 2020 season with a non-district game at Lumberton January 7 at 7 p.m.

 

 

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Wed
25
Dec

Game Warden Field Notes

How Trashy

On Nov. 20, a Lubbock district game warden received a call about several illegally dumped sandhill cranes in a community dumpster. The Lubbock police department officer on scene climbed into the dumpster to confirm that the birds were not breasted out and the warden responded to collect evidence and begin interviewing possible suspects and neighbors. The dumpster was next to a Texas Tech University fraternity and a large apartment complex. After interviewing multiple individuals, the suspect was discovered and admitted that he and his friend left the cranes in the back of his truck the day prior and thought that the temperature was too warm to keep the meat. Waste of game charges were filed on both individuals.

 

 

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Wed
25
Dec

A surprisingly delicious meal to be had in venison neck stew

A surprisingly delicious meal to be had in venison neck stew

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

A surprisingly delicious meal to be had in venison neck stew

Many years ago, when it was popular to chase deer with dogs here in Southeast Texas it was customary for the guy who brought the dogs to get a really good part of the deer. It was always assumed that without the dog there would have been no kill. I will never forget one day when the owner of the dogs received a doe neck roast for his part. He was disgusted as the neck was considered a poor cut of meat but never the less he graciously accepted the neck and kept his mouth shut. I heard him voice his opinion later in private. He was genuinely insulted.

Wed
18
Dec

Vidor remains positive on sales front

The latest sales tax allocations from Austin were a mixed bag of winners and losers, with the December monthly allocations evenly split. Vidor, Bridge City, Pine Forest and West Orange all received a larger allocation than last December while Orange, Pinehurst, Rose City and Orange County received less.

Year to date, Vidor recorded a 13.2 percent increase, while Orange County was up 0.38 percent. They were the only two entities in the county to show an increase over last year’s totals.

 

 

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Wed
18
Dec

Lady Pirates host area soccer teams at Croak Field

Lady Pirates host area soccer teams at Croak Field

Photo by Randall Luker
Lady Pirate Baileigh Ruggles heads the ball over H-F Lady Horn defender Saturday during a scrimmage at Pirate Stadium.

Lady Pirates host area soccer teams at Croak Field

Photo by Randall Luker
Lady Pirate goal keeper Audrey Tilley kicks the ball back in play after a shot on goal stop Saturday at Croak Field.

The Vidor Lady Pirate varsity soccer team hosted six area soccer teams at Croak Field as preseason scrimmages get underway. The new field surface brought rave reviews from the visitors and the Lady Pirates looked sharp, too, scoring 6 goals while giving up one in their three games.

“The other schools and the officials all really liked our new turf a lot. They said it was a tremendous improvement from the grass field we had and that it looks amazing,” said Ralph Fields, Head Girls’ Soccer coach.

While the games played don’t count toward the season records, it gave coaches a chance to gauge their players’ performance against someone other than their classmates.

 

 

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Wed
18
Dec

Everything you need to know about catching Winter Specks

Everything you need to know about catching Winter Specks

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas

Wed
11
Dec

Sometimes finding fish comes down to just getting that first bite

Sometimes finding fish comes down to just getting that first bite

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

Sometimes finding fish comes down to just getting that first bite

It was 10:00 am and all we had in the ice chest to show for our effort was two nice sized flounder and one skinny speckled trout. My two guests were real fishermen and had hung on and kept casting through the whole ordeal but I am sure that they were beginning to lose faith in me and my ability to produce. Especially since I had run the boat eighteen miles and stopped at least ten times trying to find the fish. We fished deep channeled bayous, shorelines, oyster shell pads, clam shell beds, and channel drops. Nothing was working. We had good water clarity everywhere we tried and at some locations could see the bottom in six feet of water. The water temperature was 62 degrees at dawn and warmed up only a couple of degrees during the day. That is a temperature range that is very good for speckled trout and red fish. There was a stiff north wind blowing at dawn and it made casting somewhat difficult but we still should have been able to find the fish. Finally, I began to doubt myself.

Wed
04
Dec

Vidor enrollment drops competitions to to 4A-DI levels

Vidor enrollment drops competitions to to 4A-DI levels

Vidor coaches are excited at the prospect of dropping a classification from 5A to 4A in sports competition as it means the Pirates will go from being one of the smallest 5A schools to a large 4A.

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Wed
04
Dec

Pirates advance to quarter finals with 11 busloads of fans in tow

10 years ago

December 3, 2009: A test well drilled to 840 feet at the site of the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1’s Water Well #6 showed water samples contained over double the acceptable limits of salt and would be unsuitable for use as drinking water. Water District officials said they would seek another site for a new water well.

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