Wed
21
Nov

Give thanks, but remember others during holiday season

“Blue Santa” wants YOU to help the Vidor Police Officers to remember to pick up a new toy for a Vidor area child between the ages of newborn to age 13 for their Operation Blue Santa

Toys for Tots

Christmas Toy Collection Drive this week.

It seems like the Thanksgiving Holiday has rushed up on us suddenly. Wasn’t it just last week that we were worried about having a supply of candy for Trick or Treaters? Of course, some of you, who are more organized, perhaps, are rushing to prepare for turkey day visits to family and friends. Thanksgiving is a time of family and togetherness as well as football and feasting. So take some time to enjoy your family tomorrow before the shopping madness begins.

The day after tomorrow is Black Friday, a day of massive sales, unbridled purchasing and, some say, retail madness.

 

 

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Wed
21
Nov

VISD forms “District of Innovation” committee School Board wants more residents to serve on committee

Dr. Jay Killgo, V.I.S.D. Schools Superintendent, has a big task. The Superintendent must find a dozen or more volunteers to serve on a special committee by Friday of this week. Can you help him?

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George Garza

Last week the Board of Trustees of the Vidor Independent School District held a public meeting about the possibility of the Vidor I.S.D. becoming a “District of Innovation”. Superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo presented to the public present at the school board meeting an overview of Texas House Bill 1842, the legislation that enables the Texas Education Code rules that authorizes the Districts of Innovation Regulations.

The District of Innovation concept, passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, gives traditional independent school districts many of the flexibilities available to Texas’ open-enrollment charter schools.

 

 

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Tue
20
Nov

Richard Lee Dugas

Lee Dugas, 69 of Jennings, LA, died Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Jennings.

He was a veteran of the US Army.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor.

He is survived by his son, Michael Shan Dugas of Sumter, SC; daughter, Constance Minnich of Sinclairville, NY; brothers, Harry Dugas of South Lake, Charles Dugas of Alvin, Lyndon Flynn of Lumberton, Roy Dugas of Port Acres, Lloyd Flynn Jr. of Vidor, and Michael Flynn of Vidor; sisters, Helen Shelton of Vidor, and Susan McCullar of Vidor; five grandchildren and one greatgranddaughter.

 

Tue
20
Nov

James Thomas (JT) Simmons

James (JT or Tom) Thomas Simmons, 76, of Vidor, and St. Ignace, MI, died Friday, November 16, 2018 after a long illness.

He was a native of Sault Ste. Marie, MI and lived in Simmons Settlement, Mackinac County, MI, before moving to St. Ignace. He was a Detective Sargent with the St. Ignace Police Department and the Liaison Officer with the Governors Commission Drug and Alcoholism for the State of Michigan. He worked as an iron worker with Iron Workers Union Local 125 for 15 years and as program director for Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and Alvin Community Hospital. He was a co-owner of Genisis Health Management and retired in 1996.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. A memorial service is planned at a later date in Michigan.

Tue
20
Nov

Barbara Ann Greathouse

Barbara Ann Greathouse, 75, of Vidor, died Saturday, November 17, 2018 at her residence.

She is survived by her husband, Howard Greathouse, Sr; daughters, Sheila Greathouse Woods and Melissa Phillips; and son, Howard Greathouse, Jr. of Vidor; sisters, Linda Nordstrom of Houston and Bobbie Walles of Vidor; eight grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor.

 

Tue
20
Nov

Mary “Piggie” Hollier Briggs

Mary “Piggie” Hollier Briggs, 89, of Nederland died Friday, November 16, 2018, in San Augustine.

She was a native of Port Arthur.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Nederland. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.

She is survived by sons, Jeff Briggs of Groves, Jody Briggs of Vidor, Johnny Bob Briggs of Orange, Martin Briggs of LaBelle, and Patrick Briggs of Fannett; daughters, Bridget Hartje of Bertram, Beth Merren of Port Neches, Bonnie Briggs of San Augustine and Mary Kay Boudreaux Nederland; 22 grandchildren, 35 greatgrandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Tue
20
Nov

Ed Kelley, Sr.

Ed Kelley, Sr., 54 of Vidor, died Friday, November 16, 2018 at St. Lukes Hospital in Houston.

A native of Orange, CA, he was a longtime resident of Vidor.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor.

He is survived by daughters, Rhonda Johnson of Vidor, Emma Suffle’ of Blythe, CA, and Ashley Simmons of Vidor; sons, Justin Kelley of Madison, WI, Edward Kelley, Jr. of Vidor and Dennis Kelley of Vidor. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren; his mother, Sharon Valasquez of Burbank, CA, two brothers and two sisters.

Tue
30
Oct

Lady Pirates’ historic win reason to celebrate!

The Vidor Lady Pirates join hands in a victory circle as Vidor Head Volleyball Coach Melissa Story congratulates Dayton Lady Bronco Coach Arleen Stroud on her team’s hard fought game. The Lady Pirates advance to the bi-district playoffs with the 3-0 win over Dayton and play Friendswood Tuesday in LaPorte.

 

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Tue
30
Oct

More than 14,000 cast early votes so far in Mid-Term

BY George Garza

Whether or not the November 6, 2018 Texas General Election is a referendum on President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his policies, tweets and controversial statements is unclear. However, in Orange County more that 14,000-registered voters have already cast early votes in next week’s coming Mid-Term election. With U.S. Senator Ted Cruz holding a firm lead in his race against Democrat Congressman Beto O’Rourke, it is uncertain if this hotly contested Senatorial race is prompting people to get out their vote.

 

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Tue
30
Oct

Phone scam active in Orange County

By George Garza

There is another scammer on the prowl in Orange County who is attempting to separate you from your hard earned money with false promises. This time, though, the scammer or scammers appear to be targeting persons and families of persons who have run afoul of the law.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the scammer works only using a telephone and is making a “live” voice telephone call to potential victims.

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