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Thu
18
Jan

VISD Superintendent contract extended

By George Garza

After a closed-door executive session meeting, the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees returned to an open session meeting and voted unanimously to offer Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Killgo, a one year extension of his contract with the School District. The occasion marked the sixth oneyear extension the board has extended to the superintendent since naming him Superintendent of Schools in July of 2012.

“I had my evaluation last Thursday and it went well,” said Dr. Killgo following a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees this week. “I was evaluated on this year’s goals and the Board gave me some suggestions during my evaluation.”

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Thu
18
Jan

K-9 naming contest to wrap up today

By George Garza

The Vidor Police Department’s contest to name their new two-year-old Belgium Malinois police dog should wrap up with school children’s entries made on Friday, January 19th. Vidor Police chief Rod Carroll said that the entry forms with a caricature of a police dog wearing a vest, have been in the hands of the pre-kindergarten through fourth grade Vidor School children at all three Vidor elementary schools for them to color for about a week.

“We hope to give the school children of Vidor a sense of ownership and possession for their city’s police dog while teaching them about crime and illegal drugs that our K-9 is being trained to combat,” said Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll about the K-9 Naming Contest. 

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Thu
18
Jan

Brookshire Bros. marks Grand Re-Opening

The temperature at noon was below freezing in Vidor, and yet the dignitaries and well wishers all turned out to welcome John Alston, the Chief Executive Officer of Brookshire Brothers, as he and his staff ceremonially cut, not a ribbon, but a cake, to signify the Grand Reopening of the Vidor Brookshire Brothers grocery on North Main Street, Wednesday.

“Vidor has been a great store for us for many years,” said Mr. Alston, “we’ve had just fantastic support from our many customers here in Vidor. And our recent two million dollar commitment here is part of our company-wide initiative to get in there, refresh our stores and modernize. We appreciate all the support that Vidor has given us in the past so that is why we are able to make this investment.”

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Tue
16
Jan

Harvey hotel vouchers extended

Eligible Hurricane Harvey survivors receiving Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) may receive an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live. The new extension is through March 12, 2018. The previous extension was through Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

According to a FEMA New Release, disaster survivors with a continuing need for the hotel sheltering program will receive a phone call, email, and/or text message advising them if they have continued eligibility for assistance through a participating hotel. There will be a mid-term eligibility review on February 20, 2018.

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Tue
16
Jan

Churches now eligible for FEMA flood assistance

The City of Vidor emergency management coordinator, Aleta Cappen, said last week that FEMA recently announced a change in their policy now allows churches to become eligible for disaster assistance as community centers, without regard to their secular or religious nature.

According to a January 2nd, 2018 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) news release, “The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that private nonprofit houses of worship are now eligible for disaster assistance as community centers, without regard to their secular or religious nature.

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Tue
16
Jan

Victim struck by car is recovering

A man from Vidor who was hit by a car as he crossed a street is recovering from the injuries he received in the collision.

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, at about 3:12 p.m. on Saturday, January 13th, Vidor Police officers were dispatched to the scene of an automobile/pedestrian crash that had occurred in the 1300 block of North Main Street.

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Tue
16
Jan

Sleet and freezing rain threaten highway bridges

Vidor schools close for bad weather

By George Garza

The combination of rain combined with freezing temperatures created sleet and some snow in Vidor on Tuesday that coated highway and roadway bridges with a layer of ice. Texas Department of Transportation crews worked feverishly to spread sand on freeway bridges to keep traffic moving, at least slowly, as temperatures dropped below thirtytwo degrees at around 9:00 a.m.

At about 9:30 p.m. on Monday night the Vidor Independent School District issued an advisory to parents that all classes and activities scheduled for Tuesday, January 16th would be cancelled with school resuming on Wednesday, January 17th unless otherwise notified. The school district advisory said the “Due to the strong probability of dangerous weather… Vidor ISD will cancel school for Tuesday…”

Tue
16
Jan

Long-term storm recovery group forming

By George Garza

The first organizational meeting of an Orange County Hurricane Harvey Long-term recovery group was held at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center last Thursday night. About 100 civic, religious leaders and others interested in making a durable commitment to helping people in our community return to their pre-storm situation and to prepare for the next disaster to befall our area, sat down with members of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) to discuss the why, how and who of long term disaster recovery.

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Thu
11
Jan

Vidor freeway crash fatal

By George Garza

 

A man from Nederland, TX died in Vidor when he crashed into a freeway barrier wall early on Wednesday morning.

 

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release, Jeremy Michael Martinez, 37, of Nederland, was pronounced deceased by Orange County Precinct #3 Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton following a one vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Orange County on January 10, 2018.

 

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Thu
11
Jan

County nears end of storm debris collection

By George Garza

 

Although much storm debris from Hurricane Harvey remains stored at the closed Orange County Landfill awaiting transfer to other waste disposal sites, the neighborhood collection of storm debris will soon be drawing to a close. And with that end, the daily operations of the Orange County Citizens Collection Station will cease.

 

During his report to the Orange County Commissioners’ Court this week, Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator Ralph Valenciano told commissioners that ninety-nine percent of Hurricane Harvey storm debris placed out along county roads has been collected and ninety-eight percent of the Hurricane Harvey household hazardous waste has been collected throughout Orange County.

 

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