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Looking Back 11/21/1985

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Police officers Ken Ray and Dave Shows are loading up toys for Operation Blue Santa which kicked off this week. A U-Haul trailer was donated by McDaniels Gulf Station for a donation station. If you wish to contribute something, go by the Vidor Police Station. Vidorian Archive Photo

Iraq hostage’s wife plans trip to Baghdad on holidays to see husband being detained

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10 Years ago November 25, 2010: TxDOT announced plans to do some bridge deck repair work that will close traffic lanes at night on the I-10 Purple Heart Memorial Bridge crossing the Neches River during December. Vidor’s Past 10-15-20-25-30- 35-40-45-50-55 Years Ago 15 Years Ago November 24, 2005: Representatives from FEMA announced at Tuesday’s Orange County Commissioners Court that vegetative debris from unimproved property such as vacant lots, farmland, and those types of property is ineligible for pickup and disposal.

Looking Back 11/17/1994

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Students attending Vidor Middle School load part of the more than 8,160 food items collected for the United Christian Care Center. The annual drive this year was in conjunction with studies the students had on World War II Victory Gardens.

Mayor takes PD's reins after Chief's accidental death

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Vidor’s Past 10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50-55 Years Ago 10 Years ago November 18, 2010: Volunteers at the United Christian Care Center in Vidor have been busy sorting and stacking a windfall of non-perishable food donations in preparation for their annual Thanksgiving Basket give-away next week. The school children of the Vidor schools and several churches and clubs collected enough canned goods to fill the center’s pantry shelves.

Local, state leaders battle COVID surge, each other

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Texas topped 1 million COVID-19 cases as some counties reimposed restrictions that had been loosened after this summer’s spike. Particularly hard-hit El Paso extended its temporary shutdown of nonessential businesses, but the Texas Eighth Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Friday to block County Judge Ricardo Samaniego’s order. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Gov. Greg Abbott and some El Paso businesses had opposed the judge’s order, claiming it went too far.

Hunters reminded to report their harvest during upcoming antlerless season

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) wants to remind hunters to report their harvests during the upcoming antlerless deer season, Nov 26 — 29. Mandatory reporting is required for any antlerless deer harvested during the four day doe season, along with any antlerless deer harvested during the archery, youth only and muzzleloader seasons.

Rural Texas struggles with digital divide

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If broadband is a lifeline, then rural Texas is in danger of dying. In its first report to the Texas Legislature, the Governor’s Broadband Development Council called for the creation of a state broadband plan and a state broadband office.