Thu
06
Sep

Backpacks

Students received backpacks with supplies in them from the Kids in Need Foundation. Students at all three elementary schools in Vidor were served, although not every grade level received the gifts. The students pictured are from Pine Forest Elementary School.

 

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Thu
06
Sep

PFE Flag Boys

Pine Forest Elementary flag boys are Keaton Leger, Nathan Cox, Brodie Ferguson, Zane Williamson, Dawson Collins.

 

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Thu
06
Sep

Texas leaders call for new trade agreement to include Canada

By Ed Starling

AUSTIN — The White House last week announced a preliminary new trade agreement had been secured between the United States and Mexico.

While details of the pact are forthcoming, the White House said the agreement would “create more reciprocal trade that grows the economy, supports high-paying jobs for American workers, protects American intellectual property” and “is a mutually beneficial win for North American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses.”

 

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Thu
06
Sep

Houston locks Navy Secretary out of office

By Bartee Haile

Returning to work on Sep. 5, 1837, Samuel Rhoads Fisher, secretary of the Texas Navy, was stunned to discover that President Sam Houston had changed the locks on him.

When the Independence appeared off the port of Velasco in the spring of 1837, the whole town went down to the docks. No one wanted to miss the triumphant return of William H. Wharton, who singlehandedly had talked the United States into recognizing the new nation of Texas.

 

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Thu
06
Sep

Ellen Ann Ledger

Ellen Ann Ledger, 89 of Vidor, passed away Monday, September 3rd, 2018 at Brookdale Dowlen Oaks in Beaumont, TX. Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 9:00 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow at Liberty Catholic Cemetery in Liberty, TX at 3:30 pm. Ellen was born in Batson, TX, on July 26, 1929, to Reba and Martin E. Kennedy Jr. Her parents always had a grocery store, where in her younger years she played and would later work. After graduating from Orange High School, she worked as a clerk at the Whitehouse clothing store in Beaumont. Later she married Kenneth V. Ledger and was married for 65 years. They spent most of their lives in Beaumont raising their family; also living in Liberty, Victoria, Corpus Christi, and finally retiring in Vidor.

Thu
06
Sep

Karla Jean Rogers

Karla J. Morris Rogers, 64 of Vidor died Monday, September 3, 2018 in Vidor. A native of Michigan she was a longtime resident of Vido and a self employed Lawyer. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. She is survived by her sons, Chad and Dustin Rogers both of Vidor; brother, Wayne Morris of Arkansas; sisters, Linda Morris of Vidor, Karen Bradley of Arkansas and Brenda Manns of Atlanta, GA; and four grandchildren.

Thu
09
Aug

Old 90 bridge rebuild to take two years

22-month road closure to begin next spring

By George Garza

The narrow concrete bridge over the Baird’s Bayou oxbow that carries Old Highway 90 traffic between Rose City and Gerdau Ameristeel is currently in pretty bad shape with sections of asphalt overlay missing since the bridge was overtopped by the out of its banks Neches River during the floods of Hurricane Harvey. The bridge otherwise has been deemed safe for vehicular traffic and drivers can still use the Old Highway to get from Vidor to Gerdau Ameristeel or Jefferson Energy even though most drive slowly over the old bridge.

Thu
09
Aug

FEMA cash eases County’s cash flow squeeze

By George Garza

More than $9 million dollars in reimbursement money received by Orange County from the Federal Emergency Management Agency should provide the county with enough cash to pay their bills from now until January 1st, 2019, says Orange County Judge Dean Crooks.

Last week on Tuesday, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court voted to authorize the County Auditor, Pennee Schmitt

 

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Thu
09
Aug

East Railroad, old Highway 90 to be resurfaced with Ike Recovery funds

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council will consider bids for resurfacing two well traveled streets in the community and consider what role the city will take in the repair of replacement of the damaged Vietnam Memorial Monument located at Vidor Lions Club Veterans Park when they meet Thursday at 7 p.m.

Earlier this year, the city council had approved using Hurricane Ike recovery funds to repair portions of old Highway 90 and East Railroad and sought bids for the work. Plans call for old Highway 90 to be resurfaced from approximately the IH- 10 frontage road east to FM 1132 and for East Railroad to be resurfaced from North Main Street to the vicinity of the old Sargent Street rail crossing. The bids were received Monday with two firms submitting bids.

 

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Thu
09
Aug

Pirates prepare for new district foes

By Randall Luker

The 2018 Vidor Pirates will face new opponents and new challenges in the 2018 season after the UIL’s biennial realignment shook up the old district with Beaumont schools Ozen and Central combining and 22-5A joining with 21-5A to form the new District 12- 5A II. Only perennial district foes Nederland, Port Neches-Groves and recent addition Baytown Lee remain from last year, with Crosby, Santa Fe, Barbers Hill and Dayton becoming new district opponents for at least the next two years.

With a mix of old and new opponents, Vidor head Coach Jeff Mathews says Vidor should fare well in the new District 12 5A Division 2 football district.

 

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