Tue
13
Jun

KENNETH D. BURCH

Kenneth D. Burch, 63, of Vidor died Monday, June 12, 2017. Services are pending. H e is survived by his son, Kevin Nixon, of Vidor; two grandchildren, both of Vidor; sisters, Linda Ussery and Karen Bailey, both of Vidor; and brother, David Burch of Vidor.

Tue
13
Jun

MARY ANN RYLANT

Mary Ann Rylant, 54, of Vidor died Thursday, June 8, 2017. A native of Fairfield, AL, she lived in Vidor for the last 35 years. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017, at First United Petentecostal Church of Vidor. She is survived by her husband Jimmy Rylant of Vidor; and brothers, Philli Woolley and Harvie Woolley of Alabama

Tue
06
Jun

County fires shot across bow of SEA

By George Garza

 

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt and the County of Orange Collective Bargaining Negotiation Team of County Judge Brint Carlton and Orange County Precinct #4 County Commissioner Jody Crump have met with their counterparts, Orange County Deputy Sheriff and Sergeant Jimmy Le Boeuf,

 

President of the Orange County Sheriff’s Employee Association, and their Attorney Gregory Cagle of the Texas Municipal Police Association at least a half a dozen times since April to engage in collective bargaining in the matter of the long expired Sheriff’s Association union contract. Progress in those contract negotiations between the three parties, the County, the Sheriff and the Union has slowed down nearly to a halt due to differences on both sides on a few important issues. Those issues include retiree benefits for bargaining group members and the issue that caused the original impasse in contract negotiations in 2013, “just cause.”

 

Tue
06
Jun

Vidor zoning to move forward after Thursday appointments

By Randall Luker

 

In the nearly two decades since Vidor voters approved zoning for the city in a non-binding referendum, some necessary preliminary steps have been taken, the city has been mapped by types of structures and use such as residential, commercial, industrial, and a Comprehensive Master Plan was approved in 2010, but for the average citizen, those steps have gone unnoticed.

 

After Thursday, when Vidor City Council approves six members to the Vidor Planning and Zoning Commission, the zoning process is expected to shift into high gear and according to Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst, citizens could expect zoning ordinances to be implemented as early as summer 2018. In the interim, the city continues to use its health and safety code to target and remove substandard or abandoned structures and has denied permits for some manufactured home owners hoping to locate outside of a manufactured home park.

 

Tue
06
Jun

Wet weather dampens Texas Bar-B-Q Festival

By George Garza

 

For the third year in a row Mother Nature had other ideas about Vidor’s premier outdoor family event. Rain showers and otherwise inclement weather kept some Vidorians away from the 2017 Texas Bar-B-Q Festival this past weekend.

 

The resulting muddy conditions forced fair organizers; the Vidor Chamber of Commerce to modify their plans for the Chambers only scheduled fundraiser of the year. The first change happened early in the year when the Board of Directors of the Chamber decided to move the festival from the last weekend of April to the first weekend of June.

 

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Tue
06
Jun

Texas conducts hurricane drill

On Monday, the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (TXDPS) Texas Division of Emergency Management hosted representatives from approximately 30 agencies at the Texas State Operations Center in Austin for a large-scale hurricane exercise, dubbed Hurricane Charlie.

 

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), along with the state agencies and partner organizations with the Texas Emergency Management Council, are conducting the week-long hurricane exercise with various local officials and federal partners to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, which began June 1 and continues through November 30. TXDPS is also reminding Texans to make plans now to protect themselves and their families before a storm develops.

 

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Tue
06
Jun

Senior Walk

Vidor High School seniors wore their caps and gowns to parade the hallways of the three elementary campuses on Tuesday, May 23. “Pomp and Circumstance” was played as the students walked, perhaps encouraging those younger than them to dream of the day when they, also, will graduate from Vidor High School.

 

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Tue
06
Jun

Honesty & Integrity Award

Pine Forest Masonic Lodge #1420 presented two VHS juniors with the Honesty & Integrity award on May 11th, 2017.

 

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Tue
06
Jun

VE Kindergarten Graduation

Above, Vidor Elementary librarian Ashley Nele joined a group from the Class of 2029 at Vidor Elementary’s Kindergarten graduation on Thursday, May 25. Below, Zerionna Garza received her Kindergarten diploma from Vidor Elementary principal Mr. Jeff Leger and her teacher, Mrs. Theriot.

 

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Tue
06
Jun

Barbara Gene McMahan

Barbara Gene McMahan, 73, of Vidor died Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont. A native of Texas City, TX, she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Barbara is survived by her daughters Tina Suarez of Groves, TX, Chris Hightower of Groves, TX, Sara Trahan of Lake Charles, LA and Crystal Downey of Kountze, TX, son Daniel Johnson of Lake Charles, LA, 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

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