County invokes “special taxing unit” rule of new State Tax Code

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court, seen here practicing social distancing back in April of this year, voted unanimously last week to invoke a special clause of Senate Bill 2 that will allow Orange County to file for special taxing unit status in order to bypass the new law’s three and a half percent property tax increase cap when the Court sets a proposed 2020-2021 tax rate this week.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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As the preliminary 2020-2021 Orange County proposed budget was being distributed to each of the Orange County Commissioners for their first look at next year’s proposed budget, the Commissioners’... + continue reading
Vidor I.S.D. plans to mitigate COVID-19 on campuses

Although things are quiet today at this Vidor I.S.D. school, next week will be a busy week with the first day of traditional in-the-classroom school instruction starting on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Every school will follow a COVID-19 mitigation plan and Coronavirus prevention measures will be instituted at every campus. Photo by George Garza

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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As the Vidor I.S.D. schools prepare for students to return to their classrooms, teachers and staff are taking additional measures to insure that traditional inschool classroom instruction proceeds... + continue reading
An encounter with a very persistent hitchhiker
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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If you have spent as many hours in the outdoors as I have you will see some amazing sites. Many of them are from birds and animals. It makes me wish that I had been behind a really good camera on... + continue reading
Vidor School Trustees named Outstanding School Board

This Vidorian archive photo of the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees shows the current board during a pre-COVID-19 School Board meeting. Board members from left to right are; Trustee Gina VanDevender, Trustee Mike Helms, Trustee Mike Marion, Trustee Carrie Vincent, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jay Killgo, Trustee David Camp, Trustee Rollie Burr, and Trustee Natalie Long.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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The Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees has been named as the Education Service Center Region 5, 2020 Outstanding School Board of the year. The Vidor I.S.D. Trustees beat out 32 other Region 5... + continue reading
OCESD#1 transitions to Allegiance Mobile Health on August 16, 2020

The new Allegiance Mobile Health ambulances are painted fire-engine red and have the words “Orange County Emergency Services District No. 1” prominently painted on their sides. They start rolling out for emergency services in the fire district on August 16th. Photo by George Garza

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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Plans are being finalized for a seamless transition of emergency medical services from Acadian Ambulance Service to Allegiance Mobile Health for all residents, visitors, and travelers in the Orange... + continue reading

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08/05/2020
An unidentified man walked into a South Vidor convenience store and pulled a gun on the store clerk and demanded money late last Thursday night. The man made off with an undisclosed amount of money, but no one was hurt during the alleged criminal incident.According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, shortly before 11:00 p.m., the night clerk at... + continue reading
08/05/2020
The unknown fatality victim of a late night automobile/pedestrian collision reported in the July 29, 2020 edition of The Vidor Vidorian has been identified as a Beaumont resident reported as missing by his family. According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll the dead man’s identity was confirmed by his fingerprints that were processed at the... + continue reading

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Where have the red fish gone?
07/29/2020
Way back in 1999 when I first started my guide service at Sabine Lake, fishing was really good. There were still enough flounder to target them from spring through November. Had I chosen to do so I could have made my living off flounder alone for most of the year. The spotted sea trout fishery was ridiculously good. It was no problem to catch... + continue reading
VISD acquires former Capital One Bank building

The Vidor I.S.D. has purchased the former Capital One Bank building in the 1200 block of North Main Street in uptown Vidor. The school district plans to renovate the bank in order to make it more suitable to house all of the district’s administration functions in one location. Photo by George Garza

07/22/2020
The Vidor Independent School District has purchased the former Capital One Bank building to be used as the school district’s administration building for a purchase price of $950,000. According to Vidor I.S.D. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo, the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees, during a special meeting on June 9, 2020 gave the... + continue reading
In-person school will begin on August 12

An empty school hallway in Vidor High School will likely see the return of students on Wednesday, August 12 th , as long as the students maintain social distancing. Sorry, no holding hands in school hallways. And carry your own books, please. Photo by George Garza

07/15/2020
“I prefer a firm start date, either in the schools on campuses or going virtual,” said Dr. Jay Killgo, Vidor I.S.D. Superintendent of Schools. “That is the plan right now. Now something could come up, anything could change. But the plan right now is to be in school on August 12. And we are going to provide a topnotch education for all of our... + continue reading
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An encounter with a very persistent hitchhiker
08/05/2020
If you have spent as many hours in the outdoors as I have you will see some amazing sites. Many of them are from birds and animals. It makes me wish that I had been behind a really good camera on... + continue reading

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COVID-19 surge in nursing homes worries the editor
08/05/2020
Thank you for all the well wishes after my first “Capital Highlights” column last week. I also appreciate the emails suggesting topics of high interest. Agriculture, oil, education and health care... + continue reading

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Ms. Anna Marie Burns gathers her pre-kindergarten students close to the black board to review a lesson they've learned in the V.I.S.D. Summer Camp.  To read more please log in or subscribe... + continue reading
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Kay Pressley, a member of the Crafty Ladies Club of the Texas Extension Education Association in Rains County, shows some of the cloth face masks she made as part of Operation Face Mask. Photo courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

08/04/20
VHS Cosmetology seniors Place 1st at Skills USA

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