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10
Oct

Damsels in distress

High heat and humidity took a toll on everyone both on and off the field Saturday with a number of athletes and halftime performers from both Vidor and Nederland exhibiting heat-related illness. Athletic trainers and first responders treated many at the scene. Over the weekend, VHS officials issued a statement saying “Vidor ISD will be taking steps to ensure that students are fully hydrated in the future. Student health is our top priority and we will strive to avoid any incidents like this. Additional water and careful attention will be taken with regard to performing in extremely hot situations like yesterday.

 

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10
Oct

The water is running again in Rose City

The City of Rose City has clean, but not drinkable, water running through its system and has invited residents to turn on their home water systems at the meter.

According to Rose City Water Plant Operator Janice Ratcliff, “We have succeeded! If you wish to turn your meter on, you may do so. Remember, we are still under a “Boil Water Notice”.

“Water leaks on your side of the meter are your responsibility. If you see leaks at the meter or anywhere on our lines, please call us with (the) address (of the leak). Please call Jan Ratcliff at 409-782-3927 or Angela Beenen at 409-550-1699.

 

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Tue
10
Oct

Pirates suffer first district loss

By Randall Luker

Missed opportunities, miscues and a scrappy Nederland team that never gave up contributed to the Pirates first loss of the season at Pirate Stadium Saturday.

The early afternoon game took a toll on spectators, players and performers with the 90 degree heat and comparable humidity sending a score of students for heat related treatment in nearby ambulances or the fieldhouse.

Vidor won the toss and deferred. The Quirante kick was deep, to the 5, and Nederland ran it out to the 18, where they began their opening drive. A three yard pickup on first was followed by a 13 yard pickup by Kevon Latolus. Facing third and nine, Devon Simmons ran to the 49 and another Nederland first down.

 

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Tue
10
Oct

Story Time

The Vidor Public Library held Story Time on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Special guests were from the Orange County Emergency Services District Fire Station #1. Assistant Fire Chief Robert Smith read “The Fire Station” by Gail Saunders-Smith to the audience.

 

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Tue
10
Oct

Orange as a Pumpkin

The next Stark Museum of Art Playdate: Orange as a Pumpkin will be October 13, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Yellow, orange, red, and brown, fall colors are all around! Explore the colors, smells, and sights of fall and then create our own scented autumn art in the studio. Every playdate features gallery play, interactive looking experience, and an art studio visit designed to connect children 5 and under and their grown-ups. Explore your playful side and make new friends at the Stark Museum of Art. Younger children welcome! Engage in handson learning opportunities, including storytelling, imaginative play, and art making with an emphasis on building fine motor skills.

 

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Tue
10
Oct

Baby brother added to gunfighter’s troubles

When a drinking buddy tried to throw him out in the street in his birthday suit on the night of Sep. 6, 1868, hot-tempered Billy Thompson plugged the prankster and headed for the hills.

A famous gunfighter with a reputation matched only by John Wesley Hardin and Bill Longley, Ben Thompson was a walking bull’s-eye for every barroom braggart out to make a name for himself. Staying alive was tough enough without having to look out for his baby brother.

Inseparable since childhood, the Thompson boys did not let a little thing like the Civil War come between them. Billy enlisted in the Confederate Army at 16 in order to stick close to his protective sibling, and they spent the conflict far from the front fleecing fellow soldiers in crooked card games.

 

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Tue
10
Oct

Jerry “J” James Marion Jr.

Jerry Marion, 51 of Vidor died Friday, October 6th, 2017 at his residence. A native of Beaumont, Texas, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Jerry was a 1984 graduate from Vidor High School and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He enjoyed running, hunting, computers and spending time riding his motorcycle. Visitation was at 6:00 pm Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services were held at 10:00 am Monday, October 9, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Vidor, with burial following at Williamson Cemetery in Vidor. Jerry was preceded in death by his father Jerry James Marion Sr., grandparents Otha and Beulah Oldbury, Ben and Isabel Squires and Oliver Marion, nephew David Marion.

Tue
10
Oct

Norma Lee Harvey

Norma Lee Harvey, 73, of Sour Lake, died Tuesday, October 3, 2017. She was born on August 13, 1944, to Willie Etta Holland Skiles and James Arvel Skiles, in Trenton. Survivors include her sons, Keith Harvey and his wife, Antonette, of Spring and Derek Harvey and his wife, Ashley, of Sour Lake; brothers, JR. Skiles and his wife, Jackie, of Silsbee; J.D. Skiles and his wife, Syble and Jerry Skiles and his wife, Allene, both of Vidor; sisters, Shirley Steeley of Village Mills and Ruby Venable and her husband, Jimmy, of Silsbee; grandchildren, Brittani Harvey, T.J. Harvey, and Chelsea Harvey, all of Spring, and Delaney Harvey and Ryland Harvey, both of Sour Lake. She is preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Harvey, Jr. and sister, Maxine Corbello. A gathering of Mrs. Harvey’s family and friends will be from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Friday, October 6, 2017, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

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.

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