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Despite pandemic, Great Texas Birding Classic saw record participation in 2020

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For the first time, the 24th annual Great Texas Birding Classic (GTBC) took place in fall instead of spring last year after having been postponed due to the public health crisis. The postponement allowed event organizers to further plan and implement health and safety measures. Despite postponement, the event garnered a record 138 teams registered, with a total of 650 participants across the state.

Vidor sales tax drops again, joins Rose City, Pinehurst

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For the second month in a row, Vidor joined Rose City and Pinehurst in recording a drop in monthly sales tax allocations. For most municipalities in Texas, sales tax collected by local retail stores, sent to the state and then returned to the entity that collected them, are a major portion of their annual revenue. For Vidor, and most of Orange County municipalities, the sales tax allocation amounts to about half of their revenue.

Filing underway in local school, city elections

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Filing got underway this week for local school board and municipal election to be held in May. As of Tuesday, incumbent Vidor ISD board members Carrie Vincent and Natalie Long have filed for re-election to their respective seats.

One killed in IH-10 auto-pedestrian accident

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At approximately 7:45p.m. Monday the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded to an auto-pedestrian crash on Interstate 10 in Orange County. The crash occurred in the eastbound traffic lanes of the Interstate, just west of the Texas-Louisiana state line.

Jordan resigns Ward 2 seat following move

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Vidor City Council Ward 2 councilmember Angela Jordan has resigned her council seat following a move to Orange. In a letter dated January 11, Jordan cited the relocation for her resignation as per Vidor City Charter requirements that councilmembers live in the city and more specifically in the Ward they represent.

Employees of the Month living that #NurseLife

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The VISD Nurses, named Employees of the Month for January, are not only dealing with the usual duties, but also tracking and assessing COVID cases. For their photo, they all wore shirts saying, "Not today Rona #NurseLife." VMS Nurse Sharla Cormier models her shirt.

Statement from Speaker Dade Phelan

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Speaker Phelan today released the following statement on the expected cancelation of the Keystone XL pipeline project by the Biden Administration: “Canceling Keystone XL is an unmistakable message that Washington does not value the Texas energy economy and Southeast Texas livelihoods. Risk takers will continue to create jobs and opportunities for our communities despite these Washington political games.

TEA pauses accountability ratings for Texas schools

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The familiar A-F letter grades for Texas schools and individual campuses were suspended for this school year after numerous state legislators and school superintendents called for the change due to COVID-19 challenges.

Lady Pirates basketball

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Lady Pirates Lauren Gibson, #3, and Erin Johnson, fighting for the ball, battle it out with the visiting Lady Bobcats from Orangefield..

City hoping for $15.8 million drainage grant

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The City of Vidor spent months urging citizens to participate in a citywide survey in an effort to qualify for up to a $25 million grant for much needed drainage projects. Grants are awarded based on a number of factorsthe number of people that will benefit, income levels and in the case of this drainage grant-the percentage of population participating in the survey. Points are awarded to the applicants and only the highest scoring receive funding for their projects. Some applicants may receive the entire amount while others may only receive partial funding as the grant funds available decrease. There is also a possibility all the grant funding available is spent on the top scoring projects, leaving nothing available for those scored lower.