Tue
26
Jun

Ashley Copeland

Ashley Copeland, 35, of Vidor, died Saturday, June 23, 2018 at her home. A native of Beaumont, she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Visitation will be Thursday, June 28, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow at Del Rose Cemetery in Vidor. She is survived by her parents, Cheryl Sekinger and her husband Jack of Lumberton; son, Dylan Copeland of Vidor; sister, Heather Clark of Bridge City; brother, Matthew Sekinger of Lumberton; grandparents, Bob and Earlyene Seymour of Beaumont, Kyrle Purdy of Iowa Park, and Pat and Victor Zaloom of Beaumont.

Tue
26
Jun

Marvin B. Pearson

Marvin B. Pearson, 71, of Buna died Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Mid-Jefferson in Nederland. A native of Orange, he was a longtime resident of Buna. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment following at Restlawn Memorial Park. He is survived by his daughter, Laci Phillips of Bridge City; granddaughter, Shala Carr also of Bridge City; and three great-granddaughters. He is also survived by his significant other, Eva Newsome of Pt. Acres.

 

 

Tue
26
Jun

Lois Overstreet Powell

Lois Overstreet Powell, 86, of Wallisville and a former, longtime resident of West Orange, died Sunday, June 24, 2018. She was a native of Village Mills. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Village Mills Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the funeral home. She is survived by son, James T. “Dick” Powell of Kirbyville; daughter, Regina Broussard of Wallisville; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her 10 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Pauline Dixon of Mauriceville.

Thu
14
Jun

Pine Forest to meet with Army Corps of Engineers

By George Garza

The City of Pine Forest continues to move forward with its plan for a flood control project that would provide for up to an additional 324 acres of floodwater detention ponds and a new route for excess storm waters to enter the Neches River. During a Pine Forest City Council meeting held this week, Mayor Catherine Nagel told the council that she and some councilpersons had recently met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston to unveil the city’s plan to dig canals to link from nine to twelve existing ponds and water filled sand pits to act as flood water detention ponds draining storm water overflows from Tiger Creek, Ten Mile Creek and Caney Creek and emptying into the Neches River.

Thu
14
Jun

$2 million worth of Schoolhouse Ditch drainage work continuing

By Randall Luker

Almost $2 million in grant projects involving removal and replacement of undersized culverts along Schoolhouse Ditch is continuing south of Interstate 10, including Orange Street, scheduled to be completed by Fall 2018.

From old Hwy 90 north to East Courtland, with the exception the culverts beneath the KCS Railroad, is being done under Phase 3 of the Hurricane Ike/Dolly Round 2.1 Critical Infrastructure Project, while the crossing at Orange Street near the high school will get upgraded culverts under Phase 4A.

 

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Thu
14
Jun

Summer cooking camp is fun activity

By George Garza

Despite the constant admonitions to be clean, to clean up and to wash their hands and to wash their dishes, sixty Orange County youth have been having a marvelous time at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office’s Youth Summer 2018 Cooking Camp, being held all this week. This is day-camping at its best and every aspect of the camp is held indoors for the 60 kids whose parents signed them up back in April. And believe it or not, there is a waiting list in case any child has to drop out of the camp.

“We have a full house at this year’s cooking camp,” said Ms. Fallon Foster, Family/Community Health Agent with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Orange County.

 

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Thu
14
Jun

Gyms at Vidor High School and Vidor Junior High were hubs of activity this week with soccer and girls basketball summer camps

Gyms at Vidor High School and Vidor Junior High were hubs of activity this week with soccer and girls basketball summer camps underway as part of the Vidor ISD Community Education program. Head Girls Basketball Coach Shad Smith hosted summer camps for girls in grades 3-5 and 5-8 teaching everything from basic skills to advanced techniques of the game.

 

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Thu
14
Jun

VISD offering a variety of Summer Camps

By Randall Luker

Looking for something to break the monotony of summer? The Vidor ISD is offering a variety of summer camps for kids throughout the summer. This week, kids from Kindergarten through eight grade enjoyed indoor soccer at the Vidor Junior High school gym taught by VISD Head Girls Soccer Coach Ralph Fields.

Across town, at the high school gym, VISD Head Girls Basketball Coach Shad Smith was teaching girls in grades 3-8 the basics and advanced skills of basketball.

 

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Thu
14
Jun

Keep track of what’s most important in an emergency: Your family

AUSTIN — When disaster strikes, your first thoughts will likely be of your family: “Are they OK? How Can I reach them? How can I let them know I’m alright?”

Electricity is often disrupted by extreme weather, and even when service returns, cell phone systems may be overwhelmed by call volume. Creating a communication plan today will put your mind at ease and help you reunite with your loved ones if you become separated during a natural disaster.

 

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Thu
14
Jun

Top officials join in briefing about hurricane preparedness

By  Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 joined President Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, White House cabinet members and governors from across the country for a video teleconference briefing on hurricane preparedness.

Along with Abbott in Austin were officials from various state agencies that oversee emergency response. The briefing was held to review lessons learned after the 2017 hurricane season. FEMA provided an overview of evacuation zones, clearance times, decision timelines, forecast uncertainty, responsible decision makers and public messaging.

 

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