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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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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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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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Thu
09
Aug

New Freshman

Incoming VHS freshman Blaine Holcombe and his mother Nicole were at the high school on Tuesday to register for classes. Blaine joins a large group of incoming freshmen eager to begin their high school careers.

 

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Thu
09
Aug

Band Practice

Band practice at VHS is off to a great staff, with new Director of Fine Arts Kara Phillips at the helm, assisted by Dennis Rowe and new assistant director and Vidor grad Carol Woodall.

 

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09
Aug

Harvey-affected campuses receive special evaluations

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Some 109 independent school districts and charters directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, the Texas Education Agency announced Aug. 1.

Based on data reported to the agency during the past school year, the affected districts and charters encompass some 1,188 eligible campuses.

 

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09
Aug

Hero packed lifetime of adventure into 27 years

By Bartee Haile

While Texans mourned the Aug. 14, 1840 passing of Henry Wax Karnes, none could deny that the red-headed Tennessean had squeezed a lifetime of adventure into his 27 years.

Arriving just in time to join the fight for Lone Star independence, Karnes served with daring and distinction as a scout and cavalry captain. Usually in the company of Deaf Smith, he flirted with death by slipping behind enemy lines to gather intelligence essential to the rebels’ ultimate success.

 

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09
Aug

Alan Melvin

Alan Melvin, 65, of Vidor, TX died Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at Oakwood Manor Nursing home. A native of of Freeport, TX he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Alan retired from the City of Vidor after 22 years as a Maintenance Supervisor. He enjoyed fishing, watching western movies and going to the lake. He also enjoyed attending dog shows and raising and showing his champion German Shepherds. Visitation was Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services were held Monday, August 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor with interment following at Restlawn Memorial Park.

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09
Aug

Morris Gary “MG” Jacks Jr.

Morris Gary “MG” Jacks Jr., 63, of Vidor, TX died Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 at home. A native of Beaumont, TX he was a longtime resident of Vidor who worked for many years as a machinist and was also an inventor. MG also served in the U.S. Navy Air during the Viet Nam war. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, making gears and reading his Bible. Visitation will be Saturday, August 4, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow at Williamson Cemetery.

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Aug

R J Ladner

RJ Ladner, 71, of Buna, TX, passed away on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018. Rudy was born on September 25th, 1946 in Bay St. Louis, MS, to His parents Mrylin J. Mauffray and Ona Mae Mauffray who have both preceded him in death. RJ arrived in Buna, Tx 26 years ago by way of Long Beach, Mississippi. He was an avid fisher, hunter, gardener. RJ was a,” good ol’ corn fed country boy who had zero filter.” He never met a stranger and if He did, He would happily give them the shirt off his back. Every job needs a supervisor and RJ was keen on self-appointing himself for that position. One of his most enjoyable hobbies was race cars, having past experience working on them and racing them fueled his love for them. RJ had a down to earth nature and was an all-around good guy. If you knew RJ, it was apparent that he was always ready to cut up and if you were spending any time with Him, you should always be ready to eat whether you want to or not.

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