Tue
25
Sep

Water District sees tax increase

By George Garza

The Orange County Water Control and Improvement District Board of Directors voted Thursday night to set the district’s new 2018 ad valorem property tax rate at $0.41063 per $100 valuation.  This new ad valorem tax rate is a $0.05163 increase over the 2017 tax rate of $0.35900 per $100 valuation or just over a nickel for each $100 of property value set for your home by the Orange County Appraisal District.

Water District Director Norman Blackman said that the increase in the ad valorem property tax rate was caused partially because of the decreased property values among the personal and business properties that lie within the district caused by storm damage from Hurricane Harvey.

 

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Tue
25
Sep

Shangri La reopens

By George Garza

After nearly a year since the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center were inundated by the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey our county’s premier formal garden, nature and education center has reopened to visitors, horticulturalists and, of course, to our county’s students.

“This is actually the third time we’ve been flooded since the Gardens were open to the public, said Shangri La Director Rick Lewandowski, “but the worst flood ever in history was Hurricane Harvey.” 

 

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Tue
25
Sep

Pirates dominate Bears in 44-7 win

By Randall Luker

The Vidor Pirates put another W in the record books as they defeated the Little Cypress Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears 44-7 in a lightning delayed game on a rain soaked field Friday.

Kickoff was moved to 7:45 after the lightning had passed and from then on, all the lightning was on the field as the Pirates rolled up 500 yards of offense in spite of two turnovers and nine penalties. 

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Tue
25
Sep

Freshmen, junior varsity notch wins over LCM

By Randall Luker

The Freshman and junior varsity Pirates were both victorious Thursday as they defeated the Little Cypress Mauriceville Bears at home. After trailing for most of the game, the freshmen pulled off a thrilling come from behind win on the final play of the game to claim the victory 14-13. 

 

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Tue
25
Sep

Story Time

The Vidor Public Library held Story Time on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Director Colette Turner read “Johnny Appleseed” by Patricia Demuth “With a bag of seeds and a pot on his head, John Chapman set out West to plant apple trees.” The children made an apple collage for the craft and enjoyed apple inspired treats.

 

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Tue
25
Sep

Cypress Wood Carving Demonstration

Neches River Expert and Seabulk Towing Chief Engineer aboard the Athena, Chris Butts, wasa guest speaker for the Vidor High School Career and Technology Education Construction Trades classes.  Mr. Butts mentored the students in the functional art of cypress wood boat paddle making. Each student got to cut and carve their own paddle. Some will add coat hooks and use the paddles to hang caps or coats on.  Others will decorate with family names or simply use it as an oar. Pictured, left to right, are Construction Trades Teacher Mr. Eric Hartman, Greyson Burroughs, Colby Johnson, James Carter, Mason Severson, Darin Scott, Cade Leanard, Seth Schlientz, Alan MartelFreeman, Parker Smith, and Mr. Chris Butts.

 

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Tue
25
Sep

Ronnie Lynn Holden Sr.

Ronnie Holden, 63, of Vidor died Saturday, September 22, 2108 at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont. Ronnie was a native and lifelong resident of Vidor. He was a tank builder and enjoyed hunting. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor with burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Ronnie is survived by his brother J.W. Holden Jr. of Vidor, TX, sisters Mary Britain of Many, LA, Linda Nelson of Oklahoma, Brenda Butler of Vidor, TX, Kay Davis of Woodville, TX and Rita Dorn of Vidor, TX. He was preceded in death by his son Ronnie Lynn Holden Jr..

 

 

Tue
25
Sep

Woodrow “Smitty” Wilson Smith

Woodrow W. Smith, 97 of Vidor died Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at his residence. A native of Lamerle,  he was a longtime resident of Vidor and was a heavy equipment operator. He was a World War II veteran of the US Army. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial following at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. He is survived by his daughters, Lenora Holst of Vidor, and Rose Mathews of Beaumont; son, Larry Smith of Cedar Park; 15 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

Tue
25
Sep

Charles “Charlie” Jessel

Charlie Brown, 6, of Port Acres died Thursday, September 20, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. He was a native of Boaz, AL, but was raised in Port Acres and attended school at East Chamber Elementary in Winnie. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor with a graveside service to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor at 3:00 p.m. He is survived by his mother, Bonnie Power of Deweyville; father, Justin Brown of Port Acres; brothers, Colton Cash Brown of Port Acres, and Gage Ray of LaBelle; sisters, Phedre Le-Anne Power and Gwenyvere Elise Power both of Harvest, AL, Evangeline Ray of LaBelle, and Skyler Watkins of Vidor; grandparents,  Lisa Boyer of Harvest, AL, Curtis Gifford of Billings, MT, Pam Brown of Port Acres,  and Barry Thibodeaux of Port Acres; and greatgrandmother, Martha “ Memaw” Anderson of Beaumont. 

Tue
25
Sep

Romie Robert Frazier, Jr.

Romie Frazier, 76 of Vidor died Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at his residence. A native of Charleston, WV, he was a longtime resident of Vidor and retired from Hydraulic Air and Repair as a first class machinist. Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018 at New Hope Cemetery in Warren. He is survived by his wife, Carroll Frazier of Vidor; sons, Carlton Richburg of Jasper, and Bobby Frazier of Vidor,; daughters, Brenda Boyd of Sour Lake, and Cathy Conner of Warren; brother, Donald Frazier of Hurricane, WV; sisters Gladys King of Scottsdale, PA, and  Gibson of Snellville, GA; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

 

 

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