Thu
14
Jun

Rodney William JOHNSON

Rodney William JOHNSON, age 66, passed on June 5, 2018, Beaumont, TX. He was born Bobby Ray HILLIS, Jan 21, 1952 in Sweetwater, TX to Alvin Burton & Frieda D.M. (FRIEBEL) HILLIS, one of 14 children. He was adopted 1953, by William Olan & Iva Ora (PUCKETT) JOHNSON. He married Barbara Ann FERRELL 1973, divorced 2014, with one daughter, Andrea Rae (JOHNSON) MOSS, who preceded him in death Jan 2016. Also preceding him in death, are both sets of parents, and 2 brothers: Henry Lee HILLIS, Alvin Wade HILLIS; grandparents Friedrich Otto FRIEBEL, Wilhelmine “Minnie” (NEUMANN) FRIEBEL, Cullom Lyhugh HILLIS, and Gertrude Louisa (WARD) LOUIS. Survivors include 2 grandchildren, Rebekka Marie & Alexzander Wm Gus MOSS of Cullowhee, NC. 4 brothers: Johney W. HILLIS, Cullum O. HILLIS, Joe R. HILLIS Sr., and Bennie E. HILLIS.

Wed
04
Apr

Mauriceville robbery suspect confesses to other area heists

By George Garza

A Vidor man who is a suspect in armed robbery that occurred in Mauriceville last week has confessed to that crime as well as to two other brazen robberies including an armed robbery in Lakeview that occurred last month. 

According to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office news release, thirty-one year-old Zachary Harris of Vidor was arrested in Vidor sometime between Thursday, March 29th and Tuesday, April 2nd, in Vidor on unrelated outstanding arrest warrants by Orange County Sheriff’s deputies.

 

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Wed
04
Apr

Guardrail delays bridge completion

By Randall Luker

The anticipated completion of the Anderson Gully bridge at old Highway 90 has been pushed back as design issues with the guardrail are corrected and a change order is approved for the new design and funds issued to the contractor. According to Danny Perez, TxDOT Public Information Officer- Houston District , as of Friday, March 30, “We are currently working with the contractor on a change order to the contract that will allow them to include the guardrail work in the project contract. 

Once everything is finalized and approved, the contractor will do the roadway surface work first and then they will complete the guardrail work. We anticipate this work taking a few weeks to complete.”

 

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Wed
04
Apr

Local Food Bank helps its helpers

By George Garza

Representatives of the Southeast Texas Food Bank were in Vidor on Monday morning to offer help to five Vidor client agencies who each suffered some type of Hurricane Harvey devastation. Normally, Vidor area care centers, soup kitchens and food pantries, all depend on the Southeast Texas Food Bank to provide them canned goods, food staples, cheese and other foods that they distribute to their clients to help combat hunger in our area.

Audine Rathbun, Agency Relations Specialist with the Food Bank of Southeast Texas, met in Vidor City Hall with representatives from the United Christian Care Center of Vidor, Serenity Oaks Food Ministry, the Harmony Baptist Church Food Pantry, Turning Point Church Fishers of Men and the Pine Forest Baptist Church Food Pantry and presented those agencies with cash, freezers, refrigerators, shelving, computers and other equipment needed for their recovery.

 

Wed
04
Apr

Late rally propels PNG over Lady Pirates

By Randall Luker

With two outs in the top of the sixth, the PNG Lady Indians staged a six run rally to power past the Lady Pirates 8-3 Monday night in Vidor. The Lady Indians scored eight runs on eight hits with five RBI’s while the Lady Pirates scored three on five hits with one RBI.

Tied at one after one inning, the Lady Indians scored again in their half of the second inning where the score remained until the explosion in the top of the sixth when, with two outs, the Lady Indians managed 4 singles, a triple, a batter advancing after being hit by a pitch and a fielding error led to six runs scoring before the side was retired. The Lady Pirates answered with a run in the sixth and seventh inning to make the final score 8-3.

 

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Wed
04
Apr

Seminoles hammer Hawks 42-13

By Randall Luker

The Golden Triangle Seminoles dominated the Hardin and Jefferson County Hawks in a divisional matchup Saturday in Vidor with the Seminoles claiming first place with a 42-13 win.

Scoring on every possession in the first half, the Seminoles led 36-0 at the half.

 

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Wed
04
Apr

Winning Art Students

Vidor High School art students who won ribbons at the Southeast Texas State Fair, from left to right, were Ila Spence, Vincent Post, Vivian Lindsey, and Sarah Maguire.

 

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Wed
04
Apr

Students present “We Love Texas” program

By Sally Andrews

On March 29, 2018 Mrs. Carol Post’s students at Oak Forest Elementary performed in a “We Love Texas” program. All eight students had one or more parts in which they shared facts about our great state. Anthony Holder narrated the performance with a report about the Alamo, the city of Houston and the state seal.

 

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Tue
06
Mar

Early vote turnout light

By George Garza

With the March 6, Primary Elections day vote totals being compiled at the very same time that this news article is being printed on this sheet of newsprint, The Vidorian Newspapers are unable to bring you Tuesday’s election results in this issue of The Vidorian Shopper. We will have the local contested primary results available for you on www.thevidorian.com and complete March 6th Primaries results in the next editions of both of the Vidorian newspapers. But today, we can bring you information on how early voting went prior to the March 6th Election Day.

Tue
06
Mar

End of Ike recovery funds shifts Schoolhouse Ditch focus

By Randall Luker

Funding for Hurricane Ike recovery projects will end December 31, 2018 prompting Vidor City Council to refocus its Schoolhouse Ditch project. Council members were told earlier this year that any work continuing past the December 31 deadline will likely not be paid from the grant funds. That, coupled with an inability to agree to ROW terms with the KCS Railroad and a property owner in South Vidor, led the Vidor City Council to approve suspending further ROW acquisition attempts.

Instead, the project will focus on those improvements likely to be completed by year’s end. With that goal in mind, Vidor City Council will consider awarding a contract (Phase 3) to improve drainage culverts north of Orange Street and South of IH-10 excluding the KCS Railroad culvert.

 

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