Thu
06
Sep

Council okays grant submissions for buyouts, rebuild

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council recently okayed the grant submission of 17 repetitive flood homes for a potential buyout. A number of Vidor residences sought potential buyouts through government funded programs intended to demolish homes in frequently flooded areas. Each home had been flooded 3-4 times according to city officials. If approved for the grant, the homeowner must accept the amount offered and contribute a portion of the cost. Once an agreement is made, the home will be demolished and the property will revert to the city to lay fallow.

 

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Thu
06
Sep

Off week gives Pirates a chance to fine tune offense, defense

By Randall Luker

As the old saying goes, “Practice makes perfect” and that’s what the Pirates are doing during this off week, addressing areas that may still need some work. Coming off a 42- 14 win over the Montgomery Bears in the season opener, the Pirates showed strengths both offensively and defensively with relatively few hiccups. But, those few hiccups arguably cost the Pirates three touchdowns and gave the Bears two short field scores, mistakes that could make the difference in whether the Pirates nab a playoff spot in 2018.

Speaking with VISD Head Coach and Athletic Director Jeff Mathews Tuesday, he said overall, he was pleased with the Pirates’ performance.

 

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Thu
06
Sep

Lady Pirates sweep Cleveland to open district play

By Randall Luker

The Lady Pirate volleyball teams swept Cleveland to open district play Tuesday in Pirate Gym. The Freshman, junior varsity and varsity squad each notched a victory with the freshmen winning 2-0 (25-7, 25-15), junior varsity 2-0 (25-12, 25-19) and varsity 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-15).

Leading the varsity Lady Pirates were: Shalyn Bobbitt with14 kills and 1 block; Reagan Castilaw with 10 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace and 5 digs; Mallory Chilton with10 kills and 6 digs; Brooklyn Healy with 5 kills, 3 assists and 12 digs; Julian Sanford with 5 kills, 35 assists, 3 aces and 5 digs and Ashleigh Sherman with 5 kills and 2 assists.

 

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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.

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