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City to buy flood insurance for some buildings

By Randall Luker

With little discussion, Vidor City Council unanimously agreed to purchase flood insurance for some city buildings Thursday during their regular council meeting. The Vidor Public Library, Vidor Police Department and Vidor City Hall are the three buildings subject to coverage expected to cost about $7,500 annually.

Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst said that in dealing with the aftermath of Harvey on both a personal and professional level, he learned the value of having flood insurance.

 

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Summer meals available for kids

By George Garza

With more than seventy-percent of Vidor I.S.D. students eligible for free or reduced cost meals at their schools, it makes sense that there are a number of Vidor children whose families struggle to feed them when school lets out for the summer.

For the first part of the summer, while Vidor I.S.D. summer school is in session at three Vidor I.S.D. Schools, the Vidor ISD Child Nutrition and Vidor Rotary Club Summer Mobile Book and Meal Program for Children 18 and Younger provides free breakfast and lunch meals that are provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture Summer Meals program at three Vidor I.S.D. schools and at two Vidor apartment complexes. But summer school ended at the Vidor I.S.D. schools this week and that program ended with school’s dismissal.

 

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Court supports new dock expansion for Jefferson Energy

BY George Garza

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted to authorize the Orange County Judge to sign a letter on their behalf supporting to the U.S. Department of Transportation supporting Jefferson Energy’s request for federal grant dollars to be used to make dock improvements at Jefferson Energy Terminal on the Orange County side of the Port of Beaumont.

“It will be at the Port of Beaumont, but on our side of the Port so we will get all of the benefits from it if they can expand their docks using federal dollars, so I recommend we do this and I would like to make the motion that we sign this letter of support for Jefferson Energy Terminal,” said Orange County Precinct #2 County Commissioner Barry Burton.

 

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LU hosting 2018 Summer Camps

Lamar Intro to Engineering

The L.I.T.E. Summer Program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, ExxonMobil, Motiva, BASF and the College of Engineering, making the camp free to participants. Applicant criteria will focus on those entering 7th and 8th grade and who can commute daily to the university. Preference is given to underrepresented minorities and/or females.

 

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Reading Camp

Students in a summer reading camp, sponsored by Vidor Rotary Club and Vidor ISD Community Education, were learning about animals. They were treated to a visit from Vidor Elementary principal Mr. Jeff Leger, who graciously introduced them to one of his horses and taught them a lot about the animals.

 

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U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Texas redistricting maps

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 on June 25 to approve 10 of 11 disputed Texas House and congressional redistricting maps used in the state’s 2014 and 2016 elections.

The court ruled that only Texas House District 90 in Fort Worth was gerrymandered along racial lines and therefore must be redrawn.

 

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Reality wrecked abolionist’s impossible dream

 By Bartee Haile

With the publication of this column, “This Week in Texas History” is officially 35 years old making it the longest running feature of its kind ever. And for that I am indebted to the many newspapers that have carried it all these years and to you, my loyal readers.

As the sun slowly set in the piney woods on Jul. 5, 1832, a stranger on a mysterious mission crossed the Sabine River into the Mexican province of Texas.

In recent years, Benjamin Lundy had faced the fact that agitation alone would never liberate the slaves. The Quaker editor understood that most white Americans, who in principle supported the abolition cause, cringed at the thought of blacks, freed from southern bondage, living next door.

 

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Charles Dexter Watson

Charles Dexter Watson, 82, of Vidor died Thursday June 28, 2018 at Vidor Health and Rehab. He was born on August 21, 1935 in Liberty, Texas and was a lifelong resident of Vidor. He retired as Machinist Safety Engineer of Bayer Polysar, in Orange, Texas. His other careers consisted of police officer, firefighter, and emergency medical technician. He was a member at Central Baptist Church in Vidor, Texas. His favorite hobbies were fishing and controlling RC airplanes. Charles was married to Victoria Watson for 63 years and had three children, Charles Robert Watson and his wife Camelia Kay Petitt from Tomball, Texas, Victoria Lynn Watson Parker and her husband Jerry Allen Parker from Vidor, Texas, and Edward Lee Watson and his wife Carla Watson from Vidor, Texas. He had ten grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Visitation began at 6:00 pm Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor.

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Bobbie Jane Williams

Jane Williams 81 of Vidor died Friday, June 29th, 2018 at her residence. A native of Garrison, Texas, she was raised in Orange, Texas, and was a longtime resident of Vidor. Jane was a member of First United Methodist Church in Vidor. She was an active member of the church acting as a past youth director and Sunday school teacher, she also helped with the shoebox ministries and was a member of the quilting club. Jane was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved sports and was a LSU and Texas Ranger fan. When she was younger she enjoyed camping and fishing. Jane was well traveled. She was an avid reader and great homemaker. The past couple of years she has adored her cat Snowflake. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm and the funeral service at 2:00 pm Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor with burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Jane is survived by her husband of 62 years Bobby Williams of Vidor, TX, daughter Pamela J.

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Shirley Virginia McLain

Shirley Virginia McLain, 83, of Vidor, Texas went home to be with her Lord & Savior on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Shirley was born on February 17, 1935 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Freddie and Ida Belle Norton. Shirley graduated from Vidor High School and then received training as a Radiology Technician; she would retire from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where she worked as a Radiology Technician for 39 years. Shirley was outgoing, caring, loving and selfsacrificing. She was a terrific mother, and a wonderful grandmother. She volunteered her time and energy at the United Christian Care Center in Vidor, and as a member of the Kitchen Team at 1st Baptist Church in Vidor. Shirley was a member of TOPS #TX345 of Vidor, and the Red Hat Society. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, Freddie and Ida Belle Norton; her loving husband of 48 years, Lester McLain; and a brother, Doyle Norton.

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