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City asking for citizen’s input, give it to them

By Randall Luker

 

It’s your town and your opinion matters. That’s the message Vidor City Council wants to send to residents as major decisions about Vidor’s future are being decided. Major issues that can affect every resident are in being discussed now and the time to “put in your two cents worth” is now, in the formative stage, not after everything is said and done. It is easy to sit back and gripe about something you don’t like, but if you were asked what you thought and offered nothing it’s best to remain silent. If your opinion was worth so little to you to not speak up when it was actively being sought, it certainly is not worth more after something is adopted and you don’t like the result.

 

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Citizen airman helms Texas County

Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton shoulders many responsibilities as the highest elected official in the county. In addition to his job as CEO of the County and presiding officer of the Commissioner’s Court, Carlton is also at the ready, at all times, to serve his nation as a U.S. Air Force Reservist.

 

Four branches of the U.S. military have active reserve components with reservists assigned to maintain their military skills through monthly and annual training requirements. Recently Judge Carlton, or Major S. Brint Carlton, was honored to be selected as one of seventeen Air Force Reservists for a display that will be mounted in the halls of the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C.

 

 

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Vidor man dies of gunshot wound

By George Garza

 

Not everyone was celebrating our nation’s Independence Day on Tuesday. There was some type of family dispute at a house in the 100 block of Carla that escalated violently.

 

According to a Vidor Police Department news release, forty-six year old Gregory Paul Goldsmith of Vidor was shot on the porch of his home shortly after 8:00 on Tuesday evening in South Vidor. Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll said in a Vidor Police Department news release that at 8:17 p.m., on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the Vidor Police Department Dispatch Center received a call of a shooting in the 100 block of Carla Street, Vidor, Texas.

 

 

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Flounder on the ship channel better than usual

It was high noon and my two guests and I were fishing on Light House Cove reef and the morning bite had just about played out. We had twenty-two speckled trout and one nice slot red fish. Not a bad box of fish considering the conditions of the day but way off the pace of the previous two days.

 

The wind had swung to the southwest at dawn and had dirtied the water on the entire Louisiana shoreline where for two days before it had been dark and clear like coffee. Of course, a stiff southwest wind is the enemy of all upper coast anglers. No one likes it, not even the fish. I felt that I was fortunate to have pulled off an early morning set up on a couple of flocks of seagulls and some scattered shell pads later.

 

 

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Houston bounces back from lone electoral loss

By Bartee Haile

 

Two years after fellow Texans spurned him in the only ballot-box loss of his career, Sam Houston gave his first and last speech in a comeback campaign for governor on Jul. 9, 1859. As one of just two southern senators that opposed repeal of the Missouri Compromise and extension of slavery to the western territories,

 

Houston paid dearly for his 1854 vote against the Kansas-Nebraska Bill. That lonely stand ultimately cost Old Sam his seat in the United States Senate as well as the 1857 gubernatorial election.

 

 

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06
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Trump must understand that Twitter is not a nuclear deterrent

North Korea has now demonstrated its ability to reach parts of the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile, and the most powerful response President Donald Trump could muster was a tweet. North Korea's mercurial 33-year-old leader, Kim Jong-un, has escalated the nuclear threat to alarming proportions.

The stakes are too high for Trump to trivialize it with a Twitter takedown. An already nervous world has even more reason to be worried when America's president responds with: "North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea ... and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!"

 

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Robert “Uncle Rob” Grady Scott

Robert “Uncle Rob” Grady Scott, 57, of Beaumont, TX died Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 in Crystal Beach, TX. Born in Beaumont he was a longtime resident of the Golden Triangle area who enjoyed taking pictures with his phone, fishing, listening to loud music and sitting by the campfire all night. Visitation will be Friday, July 7, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Uncle Rob is survived by 2 daugthers; Robin Wilkins and her husband Justin and Jennifer Dial and her husband Gabe, 2 sons; Joshua Bryan and Kenneth Bryan all of Vidor. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 1 great grandson, 2 sisters; Judy Devillier and her husband Kenny of Missouri and Gail Ytuarte and her husband Jerry of Beaumont along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Ray M. (Ray Boy) Thibodeaux

Ray M. (Ray Boy) Thibodeaux, age 66 died Sunday, July 2, 2017 at his home in Vidor, Texas. He was a decorated Army Veteran who served two tours in Vietnam. He loved cooking, spending time with his family and friends and was secure in his relationship with the Lord. Ray was survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Joan Thibodeaux; two daughters, Lori Smith and her husband, Tommy of Gary, Texas; Amber Wyatt and husband, Jeff of Vidor, Texas; one son, Keith Benoit and his wife of Sulphur, Louisiana. He is also survived by six granddaughters, one grandson, one great grandson and one on the way. Also, he is survived by two sisters, Betty Fortier and her husband of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Suzy Thibodeaux of Port Arthur, Texas; two brothers, Charles and Alex Arceneaux of Orange, Texas along with numerous nieces and nephews.

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Revel Thomas Brown Sr.

Revel T. Brown Sr., 87 of Vidor died Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at his residence. A native of Gist, Kentucky, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Revel was a member of the Assembly of God in Mauriceville and was a member of the Carpenters Local Union #2007. He served his country in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force during WWII and Korean War. Revel was an avid golfer and motorcyclist. Visitation began at 6:00 pm Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services were held at 2:00 pm Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial following at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Revel is preceded in death by his parents William and Willena Brown, sons Revel Jr. and James Brown.

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Betty Owers-Miller

Betty Owers-Miller, 67, died Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 in Beaumont, TX. Born in Beaumont she was a longtime resident of Sour Lake, TX who enjoyed reading, playing cards, traveling and working in the yard. Betty worked for the United States Postal Service in Human Resources and retired in 2009. She was also a former member of the Beaumont Woman’s Club. Visitation will be Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor with a Memorial service beginning at 10:00 a.m.. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Betty is survived by 4 sisters; Louise Fulton and her husband James of Rose City, TX, Johnnie Sue Smith of Liberty, TX, Nelda Bass and her husband Jeff of Vidor, TX and Marion Owers also of Rose City, TX, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; Leland and Daley Owers and 1 sister; Frances Stains.

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