Tue
10
Oct

Ronald C. Kennerty

Ronald C. Kennerty, 89, of Vidor, TX, died Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 in Beaumont, TX. He was born on September 24th, 1928 in Charleston, SC and lived in Aruba N.W.I. for 12 years. Ron graduated from Lago Community High School and received his B.B.A. degree from Lamar University in 1956. He retired from Great Lakes Carbon Corporation and was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Germany achieving the rank of Corporal. Ron was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church of Vidor, TX and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5789. He was also a past chairman of the Camping and Activities Committee, Beaumont Council Boy Scouts of America. A memorial service will be Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Interment will be at Houston National Cemetery at a later date. Ron is survived by 1 brother; Reggie Kennerty and his wife Joan of Spring, TX, 3 nieces and 2 nephews, and 1 sister-in-law; Gloria Kennerty.

Tue
10
Oct

Robert Eugene Clayton Sr.

Robert E. Clayton Sr., 84 of Vidor died Thursday, October 5, 2017 at his residence. A native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, he was a longtime resident of Vidor, Texas. Robert was a member of Pecan Acres Baptist Church in Vidor and was a retired Iron Workers with Local Union #135. Robert served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing and times spent with family and friends. Visitation began at 6:00 pm Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Graveside services was held at 2:00 pm Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years Joyce Ann Clayton and son Robert “Buster” Clayton Jr. He is survived by his daughter Debbie Stanley and husband Sammy of Vidor, TX, son Steve Clayton and wife Melody of Vidor, TX, daughter-in-law Lois Clayton of Vidor, TX, sister Nita Colley and husband A.T.

Tue
10
Oct

Galen Black

Galen Black, 63 of Vidor died Thursday, September 28, 2017 at his residence. A native of Conroe, he was a resident of Vidor and a longtime resident of Buna. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 9, 2017 at Black Cemetery in Browndale. He is survived by his wife Myrtle Black, and sisters Nikki Wright of Vidor, and Sheryl Black of Evadale.

Tue
10
Oct

Dale Rogers

Dale Rogers, 65 of Vidor died Saturday, September 30, 2017 at his residence. A native of Arkansas, he was a longtime resident of Vidor and retired from North Star Steel and the Texas Department of Transportation. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. A visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Karla Rogers; sons Chad Robert Rogers and Dustin Scott Rogers all of Vidor, and four grandchildren.

Tue
10
Oct

Susan Wood Tomplait

Susan Wood Tomplait, 59, of Nederland, died Friday, October 6, 2017. She was a native of Port Arthur and worked as a nurse for many years at Christus Hospital- St. Mary and Park Place Emergency Room. She retired as a Registered Nurse from University of Texas Medical Branch after 11 years. Survivors include her daughter, Stacy Baker of Nederland; son, Adam Tomplait of Groves; two grandchildren; brothers, Charles Wood of Port Neches and Mike Wood of Vidor. Her funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Broussard’s, Nederland, followed by her interment at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches. Memorial contributions may be made in Ms. Tomplait’s memory to The Humane Society of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77704.

Wed
20
Sep

Buna couple killed in Mauriceville collision

A motorcycle driver and his passenger have both died from injuries received when they were involved with a vehicle collision on Highway 12 near Mauriceville on Sunday afternoon.

According to Sergeant Stephanie Davis of the Texas Department of Public Safety Beaumont District Office said, “The driver of the motorcycle, Cory Menard, age 25, of Buna, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Orange County, Precinct #3 Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton. The passenger on the motorcycle, 24-year-old Chelsea Miller of Buna, suffered serious injuries in the collision and was airlifted by medical helicopter to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital. Tragically, Ms. Miller died late Sunday night from those injuries she sustained in the two-vehicle crash.

 

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Wed
20
Sep

When will all the debris be picked up?

By George Garza

It may not be the most pressing question for residents struggling to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Harvey. But all of those debris piles in front of most of our readers’ homes are becoming an annoyance and a sad reminder of people’s loss.

When will someone come and pickup our debris? That question has no easy answer, but Orange County officials say the trash trucks are coming.

 

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Wed
20
Sep

Back in School for Vidor I.S.D.

By George Garza

The first day of school at five Vidor I.S.D. schools started with crowded hallways and a few lost kids, but otherwise with only a few minor glitches as students from two flooded campuses squeezed into four other schools. At Pine Forest Elementary, teachers and staff were ready for upwards of 200 additional students filling labs and classrooms at that campus Tuesday morning.

Pine Forest Elementary School Principal Preston Clark said all of the preparations for the visiting students have been completed.

 

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Wed
20
Sep

Pirates top Hawks 4-1 in Thursday night scrimmage

By Randall Luker

After an almost two week layoff, the Vidor Pirates as well as the Hardin Jefferson Hawks looked a little rusty after the Harvey-induced interruption of the 2017 football season that saw the cancellation of the first two regular season games although the Pirates did manage two pre-season scrimmages before the flood. Managing to schedule a last minute scrimmage with the 10-AAAA Hardin Jefferson Hawks following Harvey was a feat in itself but both teams faced similar circumstances and the much needed scrimmage was an opportunity neither team could pass up.

 

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Wed
20
Sep

New VISD Police Officers

Three new VISD police officers were sworn in on Monday evening at the August 21st Board of Trustees meeting. VISD Chief of Police Wesley Ross introduced Landon Cargill (Vidor High School), Sheila Ackley (Pine Forest), and Aaron Carter (Vidor Junior High).

 

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