22
Dec
2016

Burn Permits

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Beginning January 1, 2017, anyone in the City of Vidor seeking a burn permit will need to go to Orange County Emergency Services District #1, located at 2351 Highway 12, Vidor. Restrictions for burning inside the city remain the same, but the location for issuing the required permit will change. 

The following items, while not an exhaustive list, shall not be burned: household solid waste, tires, petroleum products, putrescible waste, hazardous waste, construction or demolition waste, garbage or municipal solid waste, treated wood, furniture, carpet, electrical wire, appliances, diseased animal carcasses, or any other item thought by the federal, state, or local government to be a public nuisance or hazard.

For more information regarding the issuance of burn permits in the City of Vidor, feel free to call the City of Vidor at 409-769-0150, or Orange County Emergency Services District #1 at 409-769-8294.
 
15
Dec
2016

Holiday Closures

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City of Vidor offices, with the exception of the police and sanitation departments, will be closed on Friday, December 23, 2016 in observance of Christmas Eve and Monday, December 26, 2016 in observance of Christmas Day.  The sanitation department will run its regular routes so customers are advised to have their containers set out for pick-up by 6:00 a.m.  The roll-off dumpsters will be closed on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016. 

City of Vidor offices, with the exception of the police and sanitation departments, will also be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017 in observance of New Year's Day.  The sanitation department will run its regular route so be sure to have your container set out for pick-up by 6:00 a.m.  The roll-off dumpsters will be closed on New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31, 2016.

Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking area of the City Hall Municipal Building or paid online at www.vidorpayments.com.

The City of Vidor wishes everyone a safe and joyous holiday season!
 
 
30
Nov
2016

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2016

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Click HERE for information on the Orange County Mitigation Plan Update.  Citizens with comments should contact Sgt. Aleta Cappen at (409) 238-6448.  Comments will close on December 7, 2016.  
Photo taken Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Kim Brent/The Enterprise
Story via The Beaumont Enterprise

Nine-year-old Nole Enderle of Vidor embraced the spirit of Christmas by raising the funds to purchase 31 bicycles and scooters to donate to the police department's annual Blue Santa program. In addition to saving up money from birthdays and holidays, Nole also raised $1,000 selling bottle cap fishing lures that he made by hand.

That's why the 9-year-old from Vidor decided last winter that he wanted to buy Christmas gifts for kids who weren't as lucky, a decision that culminated in a donation of 22 bicycles, nine scooters, a skateboard and a three-wheeled "green machine" bike, to the Vidor Police Department's Blue Santa Program.

 

"Last Christmas, I saw what I got, and when I was looking at all my gifts, I was just thinking how the children that didn't have anything, that were struggling, I was thinking that they would be sad," he said.
 

"You're supposed to keep helping other people, because you really never what your condition will be. I mean, I could be really, really sick one day and need help," said Enderle, who has cerebral palsy.
 

"We always donate through the church, but he decided he wanted to do more this year," said his mom, Brigette Duplant. "So he did little odd jobs at our house and his grandparents' house up the road, and saved his allowance and birthday money and sold little fishing lures that he and his dad made to make extra money to buy bikes," she said.
 

He made $1,000 from selling the lures, which are made from bottle caps.
 

He bought the toys throughout the year, waiting for sales and deals at Walmart and Academy, and "it just added up," Duplant said.
 

The Blue Santa Program will provide Christmas gifts for 35 families with kids up to 12 who attend Vidor Independent School District, Sgt. Aleta Cappen said. This year, the department's officers identified the families to participate and collected wish lists from them.
 




"I think they're going to feel happy" when they see the gifts, Enderle said.
 

Cappen said that the department has received big donations from groups before but has never received such a large gift from one individual. "That was pretty amazing," she said.
 

Enderle was honored at a Nov. 8 Orange County Commissioners' Court meeting, when the commissioners voted to designate the day "Nole Enderle Day."
 

"He is an amazing young man with a big heart for giving," said County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton.
 

The Court, along with State Rep. Dade Phelan and U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, decided to give Enderle gifts, including hunting gear, an airboat ride and a flag that once flew over the U.S. Capitol.
 

"It was a big surprise, they told us they wanted him to come and meet the congressman and the judge, but we didn't expect near what went on," Duplant said.
 

"I've never even heard of an airboat ride, I'm so lucky," Enderle said. "It really feels good to know that you're helping other people."
 

Babin gave Enderle a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, and met with him on Veterans Day, according to Regional Director of Community Relations Lanie Brown.
 

"It's rare that we do (a certificate) for something like this, but what he (Enderle) did was something exceptional," Brown

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29
Nov
2016

Rod Carroll Nomination Approved

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During a special-called meeting on November 21st, the Vidor City Council approved the nomination of Rod Carroll as Vidor's next Chief of Police. Carroll is scheduled to be sworn-in the first week of January.

  Carroll comes to the City of Vidor from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office where he was the Assistant Deputy Chief and Public Information Officer.
17
Nov
2016

Really Big Show!

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Young Audiences of Southeast Texas and the Vidor Business Network are joining forces to present Really Big Show, free to the public, on Tuesday evening, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Vidor High School auditorium. Three Young Audiences artists will be on hand with their special brands of fun.

Opening the show is Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of San Francisco California and his Asia Fantasia program.  Robert travels to Asian countries, learning the stories of their people, and relays them to students across the US.  He was named 1999 National Young Audiences Artist of the Year, and it's easy to see why. With his incredibly expressive face and body, he brings stories to life and engages audience members of all ages.

Next up will be Storybook Theater from the Schertz-Cibolo, Texas area.  The ladies travel to present stories and fairy tales, making books come to life with amazing costuming, sets, and voices. Their program, which is audience-interactive as are all Young Audiences' offerings, will take the crowd on a fun journey with "The New Little Red Riding Hood."  They will be followed by Grammy-award winner Mr. Blue Shoes, Michael Dyson of Dallas, Texas.  Michael leaps off the stage to let students play his blues guitar, leads them in dancing "The Wiggle Bounce," and has the entire audience on their feet, rocking to the music.

Students who won Facebook contests will introduce the artists, and the Vidor High School Pirate Players will be around to hand out some fabulous door prizes.  Vidor Business Network members will be on hand as well. 

It's going to be a great evening, and it's free and open to the public. 

Join us!


16
Nov
2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

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The City of Vidor sanitation department will pick up their normal routes on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th. Please have your cans out no later than 6:00 a.m. With the exception of the sanitation department and police department, all other City of Vidor departments will be closed. Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. On behalf of the City of Vidor, Mayor Robert Viator, Jr. wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
 
16
Nov
2016

Mitigation Action Plan Meeting

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City Of Vidor Emergency Management Mitigation Action Plan


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The City of Vidor and Orange County Office of Emergency Management will host a Mitigation Action Plan public meeting on:



Day:            Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time:           9:00 AM
Location:    Orange County Conservation Center LEPC Room
                     11457 FM 1142
                      Orange, Texas



 The meeting will encourage the public's participation in the review of the updated Hazard Mitigation Action Plan for the South East Texas Region of Orange County. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) requires the plans be updated every five (5) years. The goal of the Mitigation Action Plans is to outline projects within the region that can mitigate/reduce/prevent loss of life and property as a result of a natural disaster. 

The public is encouraged to attend.

For more information, or if special accomodations are needed, please contact the Orange County Office Of Emergency Management at 409-745-9717.
10
Nov
2016

Veterans Day 2016

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City offices, with the exception of the police department, will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2016 in observance of Veterans Day. Sanitation services will run as scheduled on Friday, so please put your container out by 6:00 a.m. for pick-up.  Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the back parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. Please join the City of Vidor in thanking our Veterans for their service and we hope you have a safe and happy Veterans day!

 
 
01
Nov
2016

Economic Development News Release

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21
Oct
2016

Orange County Town Hall Meeting

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19
Oct
2016

VHS Interact Students Recognized

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Vidor Mayor Robert Viator recognizes Vidor High School Interact Students for their superb efforts in assisting with Vidor's recent Trash off.  Left to Right are Interactors Kathryn Gilbreath, Luke Cerda, Baylie Bradley, Ariali Soto, President Alexus Franks, and Secretary Treasurer Mykailyn Harbison.
Vidor Mayor Robert Viator, Jr., left, recognized students from Vidor High School Interact for their superb efforts in assisting with Vidor's recent Trash Off. Left to right are Interactors Kathryn Gilbreath, Luke Cerda, Baylie Bradley, Ariali Soto, President Alexus Franks, and Secretary Treasurer Mykailyn Harbison.
14
Oct
2016

Homecoming Parade 2016

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02
Oct
2016

The Texas Maze Of Terror

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 Somewhere in the distance, the sound of metal on metal tears through the woods. The shadow of a man with a double-edged axe flashes across a wall as something unknown brushes your shoulder. A woman's scream fills the room, formless silhouetted figures surround you, they begin to laugh. 



 Welcome, dear victims....er, friends, to The Texas Maze Of Terror. 

 Located at 1745 Highway 12 in Vidor, Texas, The Texas Maze of Terror is a seasonal attraction that is open Fridays and Saturdays from October 1st until November 5th. Tickets generally go on sale around 7:30 pm, and the horrifying nightmare...uh, show... begins around 8pm.

 From the dimly lit passageways that twist and turn in on each other to the creaky floorboards and disembodied heads,  every single detail of this place is designed to creep you out. And believe me, they left no creepy detail un-noticed. At almost every turn, some fresh hell has been devised to rattle your nerves. The maze is broken up into sections called  the Moonshine Inn, The Twisted Clown House, Knackers Yard, The Swamp, and The House of Crazies.

 The twisted clown house is exactly what it sounds like. A neon labyrinth complete with a giant hammer-wielding razor-toothed psychotic clown, who,  judging by the smile on his face,  obviously enjoys his job. In one very dark room of The House of Crazies, an unfortunate prisoner suddenly takes a smoky and spark-filled ride on the electric chair. At the Moonshine Inn, a seemingly-benign cat-lady playfully swings from the ceiling. She is neither benign nor playful, take my word for it.  At one point, I was almost sure that I had stumbled into the iconic TV scene from 'Poltergeist', only to take a few more steps and find myself in a 1950's retro styled kitchenette,  occupied only by the screaming souls of the damned.  The Swamp is an outdoors portion of the maze, as are several others. Pay no attention to that scarecrow, he's totally not there to scare you.







  This year is the Texas Maze Of Terror's 10th anniversary starting with Dena Tobleman, and her garage haunts for her her sons birthday party back in 2006. The following year Dena became ill with cancer and Jim Denson took on the project and the building responsibilities.  We lost Dena in 2008, and Jim moved the haunt to the football field as a fundraiser for VFTFA.

In 2010 Brian and Jim started the Maze of Terror on Hwy 12 and continued the fundraising efforts for VFTFA. During 2011,  The Maze started donating to Vidor Project Graduation and Boy Scouts of America. Throughout the  2012 season, Brian and Jim rented a house on Bolivar St. for their haunt.  Finally, in 2013 the Maze landed in its final resting spot, 1745 Hwy 12.   

Brian, Ettie, and their daughter Savanna Thompson are owners of Texas Maze Of Terror. Of course, Jim Denson and his boys continue terrorizing people with them to this very day. Just one big happy psychotic family.
 
 
29
Sep
2016

Notice of Job Vacancy

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For more information, click HERE for the job description.
07
Sep
2016

Doggy Splash Day Sept. 17th

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Doggy Swim Day At Vidor City Pool Sept 17 10am - 3pmWe will have a doggie splash day at the pool!

Sept. 17 10am-3pm


$2 per dog

Only non aggressive dogs allowed. 

Must have poof of vaccinations and have their human to swim with them.
 
07
Sep
2016

OCEDC Hosts Strategic Planning Focus Group

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The Orange County Economic Development Corporation is interested in gathering input from the public on the future of Orange County Economic Development. 



The Corporation will host focus group sessions on September 20th beginning at 9:00 am and on September 22nd beginning at 2:00pm. Both sessions will be held in Room 102 of the Nursing and Classroom Building at Lamar State College Orange. Attendees are asked to respond to Jessica Hill at jhill@orangecountyedc.com with confirmation of their attendance.

 “This event is open to the public and we invite as many individuals as possible to attend,” said Jessica Hill, Executive Director of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation. “It is hosted during work hours so we will take written comments as well. We strongly encourage all residents to logon to our website, www.orangecountyedc.com, to participate in the planning survey,” says Hill.
 
 
06
Sep
2016

New Rescue Truck Reveal and Open House

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orange county emergency services open house on September 8th, 6:00 pm  to 9:00 pm.

All citizens are invited! Join Chief Champagne and Orange County Emergency Services District #1 as they reveal their new rescue truck and thank the citizens for their continued support.
 
 
05
Sep
2016

Vidor Rocks!

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 Perchance you were picking up your weekly groceries and noticed one in the corner of your eye. Or you were paying a utility bill at City Hall and spotted one on the public grounds. Did you see one at the drive-thru of your favorite local eatery?

 Painted rocks are popping up around Vidor, and Angie Jacobs Beaumont knows why. 

 Two weeks ago, Jacobs Beaumont started the Facebook group, "Vidor Rocks". This group paints palm-sized, smooth river rocks with naturistic images and inspirational messages. Then they tag them #VidorRocks, and hide them around town for others to find, photograph, share on social media, and re-hide. Members often post pictures of the painted rocks they've found around the city and rocks they plan to hide themselves for others to find. The idea is for those lucky enough to find these painted rocks to either keep the rock, hide them again later or make their own to replace it. As a result, the group has grown to well over 250 members in the short time it has been online.

 When asked where she got the idea, Jacobs Beaumont said that she and a friend in Washington were discussing ways to bring attention to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. CMT is a nerve disorder that affects 2.5 million people of every age and is the most common inherited neuropathy.  Her friend had heard of a group local to Washington that were doing a 'hide and seek' with hand-painted rocks. After receiving a box full of painted rocks from her friend,  Jacobs Beaumont knew she had found the delivery method for her message. Unsurprisingly, the movement has grown from one voice with a single message, to a chorus of voices with many messages. 

 How can you get in on it?

 "Rocks are painted with acrylic paint, then sealed with a spray sealer to hold the paint in place," Jacobs Beaumont said, as she displayed a rock emblazoned with a stylized sunflower. 



 First, get a hand full of rocks. You can use rocks you find on your own property, or you can buy rocks at your local home improvement stores or arts and crafts stores.  Rounded, flat rocks are the most popular, but any rock with a clean, paintable surface will do. Next, wash the rocks with plain water. Paint will not stick to dirty rocks. Allow the rocks to dry before painting. Now paint! Common themes are animals, birds, Pirate Pride, and inspirational quotes. Consider the shape of the rock. Does it resemble a big juicy strawberry? Maybe it resembles a fish or an owl?  Let your imagination run wild. Once you have your rock painted, give it a spray with a transparent sealer, and allow it to dry completely.

 Now comes the fun part; Snap a quick selfie of you and your rock and post it to the Vidor Rocks Facebook group. In the description, write a clue that gives others an idea where your rock might be found. Remember, you'll want to 'hide' your rock somewhere it's likely to be found. The goal is not to hide them so well they'll never be found, but to place them somewhere unexpected so that others may enjoy them.

 According to the group, finding rocks painted and placed by other members is just as much fun as painting them, if not more so. One member commented that finding rocks placed by others was more satisfying than playing 'Pokemon GO'. Another member remarked, "searching for painted rocks is a great way to spend more time outdoors". 

Note: Don't hide rocks where others will have to climb to reach them, or where someone might trip on them. Avoid hiding rocks in grass, and always remember to respect the property of others.


31
Aug
2016

FREE Trash Day @ City Dump

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We will be offering a FREE trash day at the city dump for anyone that lives in the city on Sept 17th 7am-3pm.

Dump your large discardables for free! 

Restrictions are as follows no batteries, paint, chemicals or tires also no household garbage (food) and no motor oil or hydraulic fluids. Please bring your ID for or proof of residence.

Please join us in our effort to help clean up our city!
30
Aug
2016

Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant Applications Due

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words hotel occupancy tax in yellow and white on black background with picture of hotelIt is time again to apply for Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) grants. Any organization or individual wanting to apply for a HOT grant from the City of Vidor for the fiscal year of 2016-2017 must have their application submitted to Mike Kunst, City Manager, no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2016. 

Basically, HOT grants are to put “heads into beds” of local hotels, but must fit into one of nine statutorily authorized categories. Those categories are:  (1) convention and visitor centers; (2) convention registration; (3) advertising the city; (4) promotion of the arts; (5) historical restoration and preservation; (6) sporting events in a county under one million in population; (7) enhancing or upgrading existing sports facilities or sports field (only in certain cities); (8) tourist transportation systems; and (9) signage directing the public to sights and attractions that are visited frequently by hotel guests in the city.

On Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m., the Vidor City Council will have a special-called meeting to consider the HOT grant applications. At this meeting, one speaker per application will be allowed to present to the City Council the merits of their application, followed by Council’s questions, if needed.  Following all the presentations and questions, the Council will determine the amount to award the applications.
A reminder for those who were awarded a HOT grant for fiscal year 2015-2016, if HOT grant follow-up forms have not completed and filed, those are also due by September 7th.


Click HERE for the HOT grants application
Follow-up form is available HERE
Further information regarding Hotel Occupancy Tax can be found HERE
Click HERE for information regarding what cities need to know to administer Municipal Hotel Occupancy Taxes
29
Aug
2016

Labor Day 2016

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celebrate labor day in red on blue background with workers In observance of Labor Day, City offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Monday route. To ensure pick-up, cans must be out by 6:00 a.m. Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building.  Have a safe and relaxing holiday!
18
Aug
2016

School Bus Safety Reminder

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A chart describing examples of when a driver must stop for a school bus.A reminder from Officer Matt Custer on when you MUST stop for a school bus.

School starts on Monday, our children will be excited to ride the Big Yellow Bus! Please watch out for them.

First time Pre-K and Kindergarden parents we hope your day is not too stressfull. All you other parents try to contain your excitement in front of the children as you send or drop them off at school.

We hope everyone has a great start to the new school year!
 
17
Aug
2016

OCEDC Debuts New Website and Strategic Planning Survey

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The Orange County Economic Development Corporation is hoping to create an impactful, informative and interactive online experience with its updated website.

The site address remains the same, orangecountyedc.com, but includes new features such as Business Resources, Infrastructure and Small Business Financing pages. Videos and graphics add to the experience of the site, further delivering information in a visual way.

“Having a robust website is an important tool in business recruitment,” said Jessica Hill, Executive Director of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation.

“The more information we can make available to prospects, existing businesses and residents, the more opportunities we will have.” In addition, the OCEDC is hoping the new site will drive participation in its strategic planning survey. Business owners and residents will be able to participate in the economic development corporation’s planning process by completing the online surveys found on the site’s homepage. Survey responses will be analyzed in aggregate in order to update the three to five year strategic plan.
 
“The surveys give the community a voice and provide citizens and business owners an opportunity to offer input as we develop a strategy for growth and development in Orange County,” says Hill. “I encourage everyone in Orange County to participate.”
 
The online surveys will be available through the end of October. In addition to the surveys, the Orange County Economic Development Corporation will host several focus groups to target specific initiatives. The date and location of the focus groups will be posted when scheduled.

For More information, contact...

Jessica Hill, Executive Director
123 S. 6th Street, Orange Texas 77630
409.883.7770 | 409.540.9338
jhill@orangecountyedc.com
Orangecountyedc.com
 
16
Aug
2016

Vidor Police Department Public Notice

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City OF Vidor Police PatchMonday
August 15, 2016
5:02pm

Vidor Police Department Public Notice

Beginning Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 about 8am the business lines of the police department will be down for approximately 3 hours.

If you need any police service non-emergency or emergency you may dial 9-1-1 during this time.

We will send out a phone call Wednesday morning to all residents when this begins and we will send out a second call when the phone lines are back in service.

Thank you for your patience during this time while we improve our system to better serve you.

Any questions you may call Sgt. Aleta Cappen, 409.238.6448.

08
Aug
2016

Vidor ISD Open Enrollment

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Vidor Independent School District is now accepting applications for Open Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year.  Click Here for details, requirements, and the application to begin the process of enrolling your child in the school district that is Second to None!
 
03
Aug
2016

VIDOR ROTARY CLUB KEEPS ROLLIN' ROLLIN' ROLLIN'

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About five years ago, Vidor Rotary Club acquired a small bus that was being taken out of use in Vidor ISD.  The bus was stripped of student seats and it's wheelchair lift, painted a cheery green, and outfitted with shelves donated by Taylor Made Custom Cabinets.  With generous donations of books for kids aging from birth to eighteen, the bus was ready to roll.  It began with one monthly visit to Waterfall Apartments, where dinner was prepared for children and books were checked out from the green bus.
 
Since then, Rotary has greatly expanded the services of the little green bus. In the summertime, the bus makes a trip out every Wednesday atnoon, visiting four apartment complexes to take sack lunches and books to children and youth.   During the school year, the green bus will visit the same four places once each month to take a sack meal and of course, books.  In addition, you can find the green bus out many other times during the year.  The Rotarians take the bus to the Vidor Public Library's Summer Reading program finale, where books are awarded to each child who completes the library's summer reading goals. This year, more than a hundred kids got free books from Vidor Rotary Club on the bus. 
 
The bus also gives out free books at Vacation Bible Schools and at each of two community-wide garage sales the Rotary Club hosts each year, and visited Skatetown's summer program to award books this summer.  It participates in the Homecoming parade supporting our Pirates, and can be found at many other community events including the recent Lions Club Fourth of July bash at the community center park.  In addition, Vidor Rotary Club joined forces with Young Audiences of Southeast Texas and Vidor ISD to offer a free summer reading camp the past two years.  The children who participate in the camp receive two free books each week.  "We want to encourage kids of all ages to read," says Vidor Rotary Club President Tim Andrews. "We also realize that many of them don't have enough to eat sometimes, and we try to help with that as well."  Vidor Rotary Club is proud to keep that green bus rollin' rollin' rollin'!
20
Jul
2016

County Joins Pride And Progress

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By- George Garza - The Vidorian
Mayor Robert Viator and City Manager Mike Kunst meet with the Orange County Commissioners Court.
Residential property owners looking at building a new home or making any major improvements on an existing home can now receive a tax abatement on any new Orange County property taxes assessed on the improvements they make to their property. That will mean that the property owner could see a reduction in future property taxes levied by the City of Vidor, the Orange County Port and Navigation District, the Orange County Drainage District, the Orange County Water Control and Improvement District and now the County of Orange if their new construction qualifies for inclusion in the City of Vidor Pride and Progress program.
19
Jul
2016

Pirates Show Respect

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Courtesey: KOGT

Vidor Football Coach and Athletic Director Jeff Mathews has done a lot of innovative things and introduced new ideas to Pirate Country.  This year’s idea may be one of his best.
 
The Bridge City native, beginning his 17th season at Vidor, is adding a blue line on the black and gold football helmet.  His way of showing support for law enforcement with the recent shootings in mind.  The blue line emblem has multiple meanings, all arising from the same concept: police officers stand as the thin line that protects society from good and evil, chaos and order.
 
“I just thought I wanted to do something where everyone knew where we stood,” Mathews said.  “We support law enforcement 100%.  I have friends, former players, players parents and others who have gotten into law enforcement.  One of my players dad is a Texas Ranger.  I have total respect for what they’re asked to do and it depresses me that anyone in this country would not respect their authority.  We respect them.  And we appreciate the job they do.”
 
The Pirates open the season August 26 against Barbers Hill.
 


Date Location
Aug. 26  Barbers Hill, 7pm
Sept. 1 at Pasadena Memorial, 6pm
Sept. 10 at Central, 4pm*
Sept. 16 Ozen, 7pm*
Sept. 23 at Nederland, 7pm*
Sept. 30  Lumberton, 7pm*
Oct. 7 at PNG, 7pm*
Oct. 14  Livingston, 7pm*
Oct. 21 at Baytown Lee, 7pm*
Oct. 28 OPEN
Nov. 4 PA Memorial, 7pm*

14
Jul
2016

Vidor makes progress on Pride and Progress

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By: Sharon Brooks - The Examiner

With Orange County recently agreeing to tax abatements related to the program and numerous substandard structures identified by code enforcers having already been demolished, the city of Vidor is making excellent progress in its “Pride and Progress” initiative, reports City Manager Mike Kunst.
 

“It’s going well,” said Kunst. “We’ve already demolished several structures and have provided dumpsters at locations where there’s new construction or demolition by the owner.”
 

In January, The Examiner reported that Vidor would be providing tax abatements in five reinvestment zones inside the city for new residential construction and for substantial home improvements totaling $15,000 or more in an effort to draw in more residents and more businesses. In addition to the tax abatements being offered to promote growth, city code enforcers have been working to identify substandard residential buildings for potential demolition to make Vidor a more attractive place to live and work. The city also provides dumpsters within the reinvestment zones for qualifying construction projects and demolitions by owners.
 

The actions are part of the city’s Pride and Progress initiative, and on July 12, Vidor received a boost to the program from the county. Orange County commissioners agreed to participate by offering additional residential tax abatements for new construction and substantial improvements, creating an even larger savings for potential homebuilders and owners looking to renovate or enhance their properties.
 

Kunst provided an example of the savings builders could expect.
 

“For construction of a new home worth $100,000, owners can expect a savings of more than $6,000 over seven years. With the tax abatements from the county, they’ll save a couple thousand more, approximately $8,000.”
 

The attractive prospect is bound to draw in more builders over time, said Kunst.
 

In January, the city had already identified three substandard structures and marked them for demolition. Four buildings at three addresses, 1140 N. Tannahill, 870 Kent and 535 Woodland, displayed red tag notices indicating their condemnation. Those structures are now gone, and the lots are ready for construction. In addition to those demolitions, Kunst said the city has torn down four other structures at three other locations and hopes to do more once the city budget allows.
 

“We have to pace ourselves a little because there is more need than funds right now, but there are several on the list of substandard structures already identified,” Kunst explained.
 

Kunst said now that the city and Orange County are both participating in Pride and Progress, residential homebuilders have good reason to consider construction in Vidor.
 

“If you build a home in one of our five reinvestment zones, you will have the lowest tax rates available in Orange County,” he surmised.

 
14
Jul
2016

Emergency Alert Test

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On behalf of The City of Vidor, Mayor Viator, and Emergency Management, this is a test of the emergency alerting system.

Our Emergency Alerting System is vital to keep you informed in the event of any emergency situation such as a hurricane, natural or man-made incident, causing a significant disruption to your daily activities. This includes evacuation notices or shelter-in-place instructions. 

 

If you did not receive a text message and live or work in the City of Vidor, please take time to register your cell phone by calling 1-844-578-STAN, that number again 1-844-578-7826, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. 

 
11
Jul
2016

Ruth Woods, former Vidor mayor who opposed klan, dies

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By Dan Wallach

Ruth Woods, who served as Vidor's mayor for almost three years in the early 1990s and stared down the Ku Klux Klan as she fought for desegregation of public housing in her city and prevailed in a recall attempt launched by the racist group, has died. She was 82.

Woods was a month short of her 83rd birthday when she died Saturday at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont.
 

During her tenure as Vidor mayor, Woods battled public perception of Vidor as a racist city on a television program and in Texas Monthly magazine, in an article published in December 1993.
 

She also withstood threats of physical harm from the racist group whose members fought efforts to desegregate an all-white public housing complex in Vidor.
 

Former Mayor Larry Hunter, who preceded Woods in office, said Woods was courageous for her stand and she did the right thing and got council rallied with her.
 

Hunter, a lawyer in private practice in Beaumont who still lives in Vidor, said her council for the first time in the city's history, denied a parade permit to an outside "nationalist" group that wanted to protest the desegregation order.

 

"It was good money spent, saying no," Hunter said. "We were tired of being the stomping grounds for such malarkey."
 

Woods, in an early 1994 article in The Enterprise, sharply criticized the tabloid TV program "A Current Affair" for a segment is showed using hidden cameras to report on a black man living in Vidor for two weeks.
 

Texas Monthly, in December 1993, had published a 12-page piece titled "The Most Hate-Filled Town in Texas," referring to Vidor.
 

"I thought Texas Monthly was a sleaze bag and that nobody in journalism or whatever they call themselves could stoop any lower, but 'A Current Affair' did," she said.
 

The article never mentioned the racist protests began with agitation from a klan leader based in Cleveland or that a so-called nationalist group from Mississippi sought the parade permit.
 

Hunter said he had run for mayor, defeating four other candidates including Woods to impose a half-cent sales tax for the city. Once he'd accomplished that, he asked Woods to run, which she did in 1991.
 

"I finished my term, then the roof caved in," he said, referring to the struggles about race.

11
Jul
2016

Regional Public Transportation Coordination Plan Update 2017

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The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) is gathering public comment to update the South East Texas Area Regional Public Transportation Coordination Plan.

The updated plan will contain strategies for increasing the availability and efficiency of public transportation services for all neighborhoods and communities in Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin Counties.

SETRPC is requesting your attendance at one of the listed public meetings to provide your input for updating this important plan.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: July 19, 20, 21, 25

City of Orange
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – 2 pm
Public Library
220 North 5th Street
Orange, TX
 
City of Beaumont
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – 3 pm
Theodore Johns Library
4255 Fannett Road
Beaumont, TX
 
City of Port Arthur
Thursday, July 21, 2016 – 3 pm
Port Arthur Public Library
4615 9th Avenue
Port Arthur, TX
 
City of Silsbee
Monday, July 25, 2016 – 3 pm
Public Library
295 North 4th Street
Silsbee, TX
 


FOR MORE INFORMATION
C O N T A C T:
Bob Dickinson
SETRPC
28
Jun
2016

Independence Day 2016

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picture of the declaration of independence laying on top of the american flagThis year marks the 240th anniversary of our nation’s founding. 
 
On Monday, July 4th, City of Vidor offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Monday route.  Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building.

Please join the City of Vidor and Americans everywhere in celebrating 240 years of freedom!



 
 

 
25
Jun
2016

Lions Club Independence Day Celebration

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Vidor lions club is inviting you to our Independence Day celebration! It will be July 2nd from noon until 5pm at the Field of Freedom Veterans Park (Gould Park).

There will be face painting, bouncy houses, water slides, clowns, and more. Wristbands are for purchase for $10 and are good for all day. You can also dunk the one and only Ray Ruggles (aka robo cop).

Please bring your friends and family and come enjoy a day of fun and celebrate with us. All proceeds will go to the vidor lions club.  Hope to see you there!!






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20
Jun
2016

Public Medical Assistance

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Legacy Community Development Corporation and Gulf Coast Health Center bring affordable health care to Vidor, TX and surrounding areas.
 
 
 
17
Jun
2016

Vidor Kicking Off Marketing Campaign

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By: Jessica Crawford
Courtesy :KFDM



The city of Vidor has started a marketing campaign to attract more residents. The effort is a part of the city's "Pride and Progress initiative.

"We had never done a media campaign and we just thought it would be a good way to get the message out," says David Slaughter, a Vidor city councilman. Slaughter says the city is offering tax abatements and other incentives for people who want to move to the city and build homes.

The goal of the campaign is to make residents of the Golden Triangle consider moving to Vidor instead of other areas. "We want to be able to compete with these guys for new citizens and new residents to move in," says Slaughter.

Council members say they're discussing more ways to advertise the city.
 


By Elizabeth Robinson
Published 2:02 pm, Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Courtesy: Beaumont Enterprise


Last month, the Washington Post released an interactive map and series of articles illustrating uneven recovery in housing markets across America. The data of home values from Black Knight Financial Services spans from 2004-2015, offering a glimpse of American households before, during and after the recession.
 

Texas as a whole shows an increase in home values "better than most" of the United States. Meanwhile, home values in the eastern part of the country rose an "average" over a decade, and clusters near Chicago, the upper East Coast, Florida and California have fared "worse than most."
 

Though at unequal rates, the value of homes in Southeast Texas are all increasing. 
 

The zip code 77707 shows the smallest increase in home values at 18 percent, which is less than the average for the Beaumont-Port Arthur metro yet about in the middle of the national average. Home values in Beaumont and Port Arthur generally have risen the least. 
 

Areas in Hardin County, Mid-County and Orange County show bigger increases. 
 

Vidor and Kountze boast the biggest average increase in home values, with Vidor's 77662 zip code and Kountze's 77652 zip code each showing a 41 percent increase.
 

Home values in Lumberton, Groves, Nederland, Bridge City and parts of Orange have all risen at least 30 percent. 
 

Many Texas cities' populations have exploded, but the population in the Beaumont-Port Arthur metro hasn't increased. Still, real estate markets have shown steady progress and income increased the fifth most in the U.S. in 2015.

 
04
Jun
2016

Modified City Pool Pricing This Week

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Saturday (6/4) and Sunday (6/5) of this week will be regualr priced.

Monday (6/6) and Tuesday (6/7) - $1.00 swim to make up for inclement weather.

More information is available on our main page here...

  http://www.cityofvidor.com/residents/city-pool

And on our Facebook page here...

  https://www.facebook.com/Vidor-City-Pool-175934465793138

01
Jun
2016

Orange County Water Control #1 New Website

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Orange County Water Control #1 has a new and updated website. Pay your bill online, learn about water conservation, view photos of our public utility, and meet the great group of individuals who make up Orange County Water Control #1!

Http://OCWC1.com
30
May
2016

Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil Gallery

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25
May
2016

Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil

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Please join the Vidor Lions Club at Veterans Park : Fields Of Freedom this Memorial Day, Monday May 30.

Refreshments will be available starting  at 7pm. At 8pm we will observe the Dedication of The Eternal Flame by BSA Troop 220, a candlelight vigil, Taps, and a release of sky lanterns (weather permitting).
24
May
2016

City Of Vidor Featured On Hometown Tuesdays

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The City Of Vidor was featured on KFDMs new morning show segment, "Hometown Tuesdays" with James Ware. Councilman David Slaughter and School Board Member Rollie Burr tell us about the history of Vidor, give us a tour of the Walk of Fame and talk about the Pride and Progress program that is offering 7-year tax abatements to homeowners, and 2-year tax abatements to home builders and sellers.
Hometown Tuesdays with James Ware - Part 1
Hometown Tuesdays with James Ware - Part 2
Hometown Tuesdays with James Ware - Part 3
24
May
2016

Memorial Day 2016

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American bald eagle with head bowed in front of american flag that reads: In memory of our fallen heroes who gave their all for our freedom. Happy Memorial Day. War memorial with American FlagsIn observance of Memorial Day, City offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Monday route. Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. Please join the City of Vidor in remembering those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may be free.  
 
 
16
May
2016

Public Medical Assistance Reminder

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Legacy Community Development Corporation and Gulf Coast Health Center bring affordable health care to Vidor, TX and surrounding areas.
 
 
 
12
May
2016

Thursday Lunch Brunch

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Thursday Lunch Brunch


Sponsored by Vidor ISD Community Education, Vidor Public Library and Vidor Rotary Club
 
We will meet at the Vidor Public Library each Thursday at noon.  Bring your lunch, learn something, and make new friends!
June 2 --- James Brown from James Brown’s Gumbo House.  Come learn to make something yummy and be entertained by this former weather man with his magnetic personality.  
June 9 --- Legacy Health Systems will be on hold with food for you!  Yep!  They’re going to teach you about eating healthy, AND they’re going to feed you!  Don’t miss it.
June 16--- Podiatrist Dr. Neil Burrell will tell you why your feet hurt!  Come learn the latest in foot health and care.
June 23 –-  Lori Higgins of Mobil Federal Credit Union will be on hand. She always has good financial information for us!
June 30 --- Marc Shepherd will tell us the latest on bridge and road construction in our area, and will answer your questions.
July 7 ---  Greg Bostwick of KFDM will talk about the weather, weather stations at local schools, and plants.
July 14 ---JoLynn Leal of Sweetwater Farms will talk about raising goats and making soap and other products and how they can benefit your health.
July 21 ---  Chelsea Tipton of the Symphony of Southeast Texas is always fun!  He’ll be on hand to teach us something and to tell us what’s going on with SOST.
July 28 --- Doren Borel from HEB will talk about couponing.  Come save some money!

 

Registration is not necessary for Lunch Bunch. Just show up!  Bring a pal.
12
May
2016

VISD Summer 2016 Adult Programs

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Vidor ISD Community Education
Learning For A Lifetime


 

Call VISD Community Ed at 409-951-8700 or register online at www.vidorisd.org

Residence in Vidor is not required.

Please PRE-REGISTER for all classes.  If you show up on class day without having paid, you may not have a spot or supplies!  We also must have a certain number of students enrolled for the class to make, so let us know you are coming and pre-pay the class fee.  Thank you!


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Baby Steps Computer

Instructor: Robin Corley
Dates: June 7-9
Vidor High School Library Classroom
Times: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $35
For the very beginner.  Learn the parts of your computer, how to use the mouse and the keyboard, and some simple things. 

 

Beginning Computer

Instructor: Robin Corley
Dates: June 14-16
Vidor High School Library Classroom
1:30 - 2:30pm
Fee: $35
Learn to save and retrieve documents, change fonts, and get more mouse and keyboard instruction in this class, designed to take you to the next level.

 

Facebook
Instructor: Sally Andrews
Dates: July 7
Vidor High School Room 114
10am
Fee: $35
If you are not in the Facebook world, you’re getting left behind!  Join us to learn how to stay safe in the social media realm, and how to communicate effectively with friends and family.  All you’ve ever wanted to know about Facebook!

 

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11
May
2016

VISD Summer 2016 Kids Camps

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Vidor ISD Community Education
Learning For A Lifetime


 

Please pre-register. Camps fill quickly, secure your spot.

Call VISD Community Ed at 409-951-8700 or register online at www.vidorisd.org

Residence in Vidor is not required.


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Awesome Arts and Crafts

Instructor: Stacie Jannise
Young Audiences of Southeast Texas Executive Director
Dates: June 6-9
Vidor Middle School
Kids ages 8-12
meet from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $35
Learn new ways to make art and take a lot of cool stuff home!

Learn More or Sign up...

Awesome Animals
Instructor: Robin Corley
Dates: July 11-14
Vidor Middle School
8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Entering grades 1-4
Fee: $35
Learn about many different kinds of animals and enjoy visits with them during this amazing week of fun.

Learn More or Sign up...

Fabulous Food! Cooking Camp
Instructor: Robin Corley
Dates: June 20-23
VJHS Cooking Lab
8:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Entering grades 3-6
Fee: $35 + $15 Food Fee
If you like to eat, this may just be the camp for you! Come learn how to cook and surprise your parents.

Learn More or Sign up...

Presenting……Princesses!
Instructor: Darrellyn Ford
Dates: July 11-14
Vidor Middle School
10:30am – 12:30 p.m.
Entering grades 1-4
Fee: $35
Join in the fun with your girlfriends. Princesses for life!

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04
May
2016

Vidor City Pool Open Soon

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The Vidor City Pool is open for the summer session May 28thThe Vidor City Pool will be opening for 2016 summer season on May 28th.  Regular open days are Sun., Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat. with open swim 12pm-8pm.

First week $1.00 Swim May 28th until June 3rd - Space is limited.

Cost is $5 per swimmer without a membership or season pass (2 & under is free) $3 per swimmer with membership. A Season Pass is also available for $100 per swimmer. 

Yearly memberships for residents of The City Of Vidor are $20 for up to 6 family members living in same household and $30 for up to 6 family members living in same household for non-residents.

Some of the programs available this year are:


Water Aerobics:
  • Cost: $3 per class or $10 for 4 classes
  • Hours: 7:30-8:30pm
  • Mon, Tues, Thurs Fri
  • Beginning May 31


Red Cross Swim Lessons:
 
*for all ages, class size depends on age and abilities, anywhere from 5-10 swimmers in a class.
*must pre register for class, sign paperwork and pay prior to the first day of class.
  • Cost: $50 per swimmer
  • Hours: 10-10:50 and 11-11:50
Session Dates: 
  • Session 1: June 13- 24
  • Session 2: June 27- July 8
  • Session 3: July 11- July 22
  • Session 4: July 25- Aug. 5
  • Session 5: Aug. 8- 12 (mini session)

 
And as always, the City Pool is happy to host your gathering or party.

 Private Parties
  • $78 1-20 Swimmers
  • $98 21-40 Swimmers
  • $118  41-60 Swimmers
  •  Hours: 9am-11:55a.m.
  •  Days: Saturday and Sunday

Non Private Parties
  • Cost: $20 plus $3 per swimmer
  • Hours/Days: anytime during open swim for 3 hours
Reservations must be made with a $20 deposit at least one week prior to your party/gathering. Deposit will be put toward cost of party. If you are a no show without notice you will lose your deposit. If for some reason you are not able to have your party and it is beyond the facilities control, you will get a full refund of your deposit.

*you may bring cake, food and drinks for a party as long as there is no glass, alcoholic beverages, drugs and etc.


Vidor City Pool
19161 Interstate 10
Vidor, Texas
77662
409-769-9020
 
05
May
2016

SETRPC Holds 2nd Public Meeting

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southeast texas regional planning commission logoThe South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) will hold the second Mitigation Action Plan public meeting on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hardin County Courthouse, Commissioner’s Courtroom, 300 West Monroe, Kountze, Texas 77625.

 The meeting will encourage the public’s participation in the risk assessment portion of updating the Hazard Mitigation Action Plans for the South East Texas Region of Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) requires the plans be updated every five (5) years.

The goal of the Mitigation Action Plans is to outline projects within the region that can mitigate/reduce/prevent the loss of life and property as a result of a natural disaster.

The public is encouraged to attend.  For more information, or if special accommodations are needed, please contact Aleta Cappen at acappen@cityofvidor.com or (409) 238-6448.
 
You can also participate by completing an online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SETRPC_HMAP

The Vidor Lions are currently accepting names for engraving on the military ledgers at the Vidor Lions Veteran’s Park “Fields of Freedom”.

The five large granite ledgers currently in the park include the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine branches of service. In addition the park has a granite ledger listing names of soldiers killed in action (KIA). The Army ledger is limited on the amount of space left for engraving. Once the current Army ledger is full additional application will not be accepted until which time another ledger can be erected.
 

Request for applications are available by contacting the Vidor Lions club through request at info@vidorlions.org or by calling Joanne Ledger at (409) 828-1322.

Use either contact above if you have any questions.

Applications can also be picked up at Goin Postal on Main Street and the Vidor Public Library on East Boliver Street.

Applications must be accompanied by proof of honorable discharge (i.e. form DD214). On KIA wall engraving proof required of KIA status. Forward the application along with $100 either in check or money order for engraving to Vidor Lions Club, 111 N. Main St. #130, Vidor, Texas. All funds go toward engraving or maintenance of the Veteran’s Park.

Even though the park is in Orange County soldiers listed on the granite ledger do not have to be from Vidor or Orange County.

 
02
May
2016

Donations Enhance Pirate Pride Park

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picture of pirate pride park in vidor, texas. shows monkey bars and merry go round

As the result of another successful annual plant sale on April 13, 2016, the Azalea Garden Club of Vidor donated $500 to the City of Vidor Parks Department for playground enhancement at Pirate Pride Park.

Pirate Pride Park is adjacent to the Vidor Public Library at 440 East Bolivar, and is enjoyed by people of all ages. Often parents bring their young children who enjoy the playing area as the adults get their exercise on the park’s ¼ mile asphalt walking track.

With the Azalea Club’s donation, the Park Department is continuing the upgrades to the playground area with a softer ground material called Kiddy Crush Mulch. This toxic-free, approved material is used in many area parks and playgrounds with a goal of increased safety.

Once again Pirate Pride Park is the recipient of the benevolence of numerous volunteers and local residents who are volunteering their time and donating money to make Vidor a better place of all of us.

If you are interested in donating to Pirate Pride Park, please contact Claude Taylor, Park supervisor, at 409-769-0212, extension 3, or by email at ctaylor@cityofvidor.com.

27
Apr
2016

Public Medical Assistance

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Legacy Community Development Corporation and Gulf Coast Health Center bring affordable health care to Vidor, TX and surrounding areas.
 
 
 
27
Apr
2016

Free Comic Book Day 2016

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MAY 7th 2016 IS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY AT THE LYONS DEN!!

Lyons Den in Vidor, Texas is one of thousands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the biggest day in the comic book industry and comic art form, Saturday, May 7th. On Free Comic Book Day, (AKA The first Saturday in May)  over 5.6 million comic books will be given away by participating stores worldwide, introducing as many people as possible to the wonders of comic books!

COMIC BOOKS PROMOTE READING!


“Free Comic Book Day is a great event for the whole community. The variety of stories that are told in modern comics today ensure that readers of all ages — children, teens, and adults – can find something appropriate that will stir their imaginations,” said Kelly Lyons, owner of the Lyons Den.

Celebrating its fifteenth year, Free Comic Book Day has proven to be an annual success, introducing new readers to the wonders of comics the first Saturday of May, every year. “Even if you have never picked up a comic book, we want to welcome everyone into the Lyons Den on May 7th, because there are so many amazing things to discover through comics, and we can’t wait to share them.”



This is our 4th year at the he Lyons Den celebrating Free Comic Book Day, offering the community a fun, family-oriented event where everyone can find a comic they will enjoy. We will be giving away about three thousand books. We at the Lyons Den want to spread the word that comics are perfect for today’s times," Lyons continued. "Recently comic books and graphic novels have been propelled to the front ranks of pop culture, many being adapted into movies. Comics are a fun and enduring form of entertainment for readers to dive into, as imagination comes to life with the turn of every page. The first Saturday of May has been and will continue being a big day in the comic book world.
 

 

Regular updates, information about comic books, and a list of participating publishers and their free comics are all online at  www.freecomicbookday.com.
 
Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 12:00 p.m. and runs until 5:00 p.m. at the Lyons Den located at 365 North Main in Vidor, Texas. Call 409-783-3393, visit our store website at www.lyonsdengames.com or follow us on Facebook for more information.
22
Apr
2016

Vidor ISD to Host Spring Arts Afternoon

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Vidor Independent School District will host Arts Afternoon on Friday, April 29 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the VISD Administrative Annex, 200 S. Archie Street. The afternoon will feature some amazingly talented young people from Vidor High School and Vidor Junior High who will have artwork on display. According to Assistant Superintendent Johnny Ross, “We have had some fabulous art in the past....

Read more at The Orange Leader

16
Apr
2016

Vidor Rotarians support Deweyville teachers, students

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Vidor Rotarians support Deweyville teachers, students | Orange Leader

Special to The Leader Vidor Rotary Club members put their motto of SERVICE ABOVE SELF to work on Thursday as they took the green bus full of books and school supplies to Deweyville for the elementary teachers who lost everything in the recent floods.

14
Apr
2016

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

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The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste and Scrap Tire Collection Event, Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Lumberton High School parking lot located at 103 S. LHS Drive, Hwy 69 South.  During this free event, the SETRPC is collecting items that could cause damage to your health and/or the environment so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.  For more information, please click HERE.  
 
 
08
Apr
2016

Vidor Azalea Garden Club

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Vidor Azalea Garden Club Plant and Garage Sale April 13, 2016.
 
29
Mar
2016

Fun at Pirate Pride Park!

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small children play on brightly colored pink and yellow merry go round at Vidor's Pirate Pride ParkAmy Allen watches as her two children, Adelyn and Archer, test the newly installed merry-go-round at Pirate Pride Park. From the smiles on their faces, it appears the merry-go-round is ready for all to enjoy. Pirate Pride Park is located next to the Vidor Public Library at 440 East Bolivar, and is open to the public daily from 5 am - 10 pm. The library is open Monday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm.
23
Mar
2016

Happy Easter 2016

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bold colored easter egg with words happy easterCity of Vidor offices will be closed Friday, March 25, 2016 in observance of Good Friday. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Friday route. Please have cans out by 6:00 a.m.  Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or the Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of City Hall Municipal Building.    

The City of Vidor wishes everyone a Happy Easter!
11
Mar
2016

SETRPC Public Meeting

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southeast texas regional planning commission logoThe South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC)  will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at its offices located at 2210 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77703.  The purpose of the meeting is to encourage the public’s participation in the upcoming update of the Hazard Mitigation Action Plans for the South East Texas Region of Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) requires the plans be updated every five (5) years. The goal of the Mitigation Action Plans is to outline projects within the region that can mitigate/reduce/prevent  the loss of life and property as a result of a natural disaster. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, or if special accommodations are needed, please contact Sue Landry at slandry@setrpc.org or (409) 924-7514.
 
 
01
Mar
2016

Impaired Driving Campaign

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drive sober or get pulled overThe City of Vidor has been awarded an Impaired Driving Grant for the holidays. Increased traffic enforcement will occur during March 4-21, 2016. Officers will be out during peak hours trying to curb impaired driving to lessen the likelihood of fatalities.  Please click HERE for more information from Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows.  
26
Feb
2016

Texas Independence Day

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texas flags, texas independence dayIn observance of Texas Independence Day, City of Vidor offices will be closed Wednesday, March 2, 2015. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Wednesday route.  Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or the Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of City Hall Municipal Building.
19
Feb
2016

Great Texas Warrant Roundup

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Representatives of law enforcement agencies and Courts from more than 300 jurisdictions across Texas  have combined efforts to host the 2016 Great Texas Warrant Roundup beginning Saturday, March 5, 2016.  Approximately 5000 City of Vidor warrants will be included in this year's round-up.  

Individuals with Vidor warrants that voluntarily appear at the Vidor Municipal Court to resolve their case(s) will not be arrested.  Individuals wishing to pay their warrants online or by telephone may do so at www.vidorpayments.com or by calling 1-800-444-1187.

The Vidor Municipal Court will also hold a special "walk-in" docket on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.. for individuals with warrants in this Court that wish to see the Judge.  Options are always available for individuals who are unable to pay immediately, and individuals may appear in Court without fear of arrest.  

Check in for the "walk-in" docket will begin at 8:30 a.m.. Individuals appearing for Court must be check in with the Clerk's office by 9:00 a.m., and must be in dress code.  The complete dress code and Court contact information can be found HERE. Please don't hesitate to contact the Municipal Court  at (409) 769-7452 if you have any questions.  

Click HERE for the Official Press Release and a list of all participating jurisdictions.  
10
Feb
2016

Commissioners' Court to meet in Vidor

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


The Orange County Commissioners Court will meet in the Vidor City Hall Municipal Building on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. This is an open meeting, and everyone is encouraged to attend to meet Orange County Judge Brint Carlton and our County Commissioners.  

29
Jan
2016

Public Notice

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


red stick pin with the words public notice in white.The first council meeting in February of 2016 will be a special called meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.  The regularly scheduled council meeting for Thursday, February 11, 2016 has been canceled.  
26
Jan
2016

Register to Vote

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


it is never too early to register to vote. make your voice heard.Elections are coming up! Make sure your voice is heard and register to vote! 

Your vote is your voice as an American citizen. It’s your opportunity to be heard, to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions, and to have a say in important issues that affect your community. On Election Day, every vote matters. 

For information on how to register to vote in Texas, click the following link:
http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/



 
 
13
Jan
2016

MLK Day 2016

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Martin Luther King speaking in front of a flagIn observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., City of Vidor offices, with the exception of the Police and Sanitation departments, will be closed Monday, January 18, 2016.

The Sanitation Department will run its normal Monday route. Customers are advised to have their cans out by 6:00 a.m.

Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or the Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of City Hall Municipal Building.  
 
 
04
Jan
2016

Notice of Public Hearing

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Notice of Public Hearing
 
The City of Vidor will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Vidor City Hall, 1395 North Main Street, Vidor, Texas, regarding the establishment and designation of reinvestment zones for tax abatement purposes within the City of Vidor.   The reinvestment zones for tax abatement purposes will be for new residential construction and/or improvements on existing residential construction.
 
At the hearing, interested persons are entitled to speak and present evidence for or against the designation of reinvestment zones.  The City of Vidor welcomes your input regarding the reinvestment zones and the tax abatement program. For further information, contact Mike Kunst, city manager, at 409-769-5473, extension 140, or mkunst@cityofvidor.com.


 Vidor-Index.pdf Vidor-RZ-1.pdf Vidor-RZ-2.pdf
 Vidor-RZ-3.pdf Vidor-RZ-4-pdf Vidor-RZ-5.pdf
23
Dec
2015

Happy New Year 2016

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Happy New Year 2016 in bold gold lettering with gold fireworks and star.With the exception of the police and sanitation departments, all City of Vidor offices will be closed on New Years Day, Friday, January 1, 2016. 

Trash pick up will run as scheduled on Friday, January 1, 2016. Customers are advised to have their containers set out for pick up by 6:00 a.m. 


Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box in the rear parking lot of the Municipal Building, or paid online at www.vidorpayments.com

On behalf of the City of Vidor, we wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!
 
 
11
Dec
2015

Merry Christmas

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


The words Merry Christmas in white light on a black backgroud with an abstract Christmas tree in multi colored Christmas lights.In observance of the Christmas Holiday, with the exception of the police and sanitation departments, City of Vidor offices will be closed on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th. The sanitation department will run its regular route on December 24th, so customers are advised to have their containers set out for pick-up by 6:00 a.m.

City offices, with the exception of the police department, will also be closed on Christmas Day, December 25th. There will be no trash pick up on December 25th. The Friday routes will be picked up along with the regular Saturday routes on December 26th. Again, customers with service on these days are advised to have their containers set out for pick up by 6:00 a.m.

Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the Municipal Building, or paid online at www.vidorpayments.com.

On behalf of the City of Vidor, Mayor Robert Viator, Jr. wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas!
03
Dec
2015

Blue Santa Show & Shine

Posted by T Bussinger
Posted in Front Page


Vidor police badge with blue santa claus hatIt's that time of year again! The Blue Santa Show & Shine is being held in the Vidor Walmart parking lot on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  

Come support the Vidor Police Department Blue Santa Program and donate a toy to your favorite decorated vehicle.  You can also help by decorating your vehicle in a friendly Christmas theme and collecting toys on your vehicle!  There will also be a contest for the best decorated vehicle.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies will be awarded by a panel of Judges based on vehicle decorations. A People's Choice trophy will also be awarded to the one vehicle that receives the most donated toys!

If you would like to enter your vehicle please contact Detective Mark Steele at (409) 769-4561.
Thank you for your support!
03
Dec
2015

Vidor Classic Christmas Cruise

Posted by T Bussinger
Posted in Front Page


vidor Classic Christmas Cruise on Saturday, December 12th from 2pm to 8pm. Food, Vendors, Cruise, Street Dance. Live music from NaNaSha. Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m.  located at Capital one bank, 1255 N. Main St., Vidor, TX.
26
Nov
2015

Shop Locally

Posted by T Bussinger
Posted in Front Page


Don't forget to shop locally this Black Friday! Shopping locally helps to invigorate our community. By reinvesting in local business, and understanding the economic value of independently owned businesses, we insure choice and diversity, while maintaining our small town community character. Support Orange County, and shop locally this Black Friday.
 
 
20
Nov
2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Happy Thanksgiving
The City of Vidor sanitation department will pick up their normal routes on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th. Please have your cans out no later than 6:00 a.m. With the exception of the sanitation department and police department, all other City of Vidor departments will be closed. Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. On behalf of the City of Vidor, Mayor Robert Viator, Jr. wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
10
Nov
2015

Vidor Lions Club Honors Veterans

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Vidor Lions Veterans Park with american eagle, statue of solder on bent knee, surrounded by emblems of all the branches of the military.The Vidor Lions Club honored Veterans with a Veterans Day Celebration at the Vidor Lions Veteran's Park "Fields of Freedom"  Memorial on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.  Over 200 citizens and soldiers attended to honor those that so unselfishly served our nation, and to express our gratitude for their service and sacrifice. 

 

09
Nov
2015

Veterans Day 2015

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


american flag flying in blue sky, the flag of America still unfurls strong, unyielding and stunning. Thanks to all the huge efforts and incalculable sacrifices made by millions of our veterans. We salute them with pride and honor. Happy Veterans Day 2015!!City offices, with the exception of the police department, will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in observance of Veterans Day. Sanitation services will still run as scheduled on Wednesday, so please put your container out as usual if you are a sanitation customer with Wednesday pick-up.  Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the back parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. Please join the City of Vidor in thanking our Veterans for their service and we hope you have a safe and happy Veterans day!

 

 
 
04
Nov
2015

Get A Slice Of Orange County

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Posted in Front Page


02
Nov
2015

Congratulations!

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Vidor High School sophomore and member of the Vidor FFA Show Team, Tyler Root, has once again won senior level showmanship with his heifer show project, most recently at the Orange County Livestock Show. This win adds up to the eighteenth showmanship award for this talented young man, and equals seven wins in a row. Congratulations Tyler!
27
Oct
2015

Happy Halloween

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


 Important safety tips from the Vidor Police Department

* Be sure to use reflective tape on dark clothing.
* After dark, travel with a flashlight.
* Wear flame resistant clothing and don't walk near lit candles or luminaries.
* Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, or falls. 
* Use established crosswalks and look carefully before crossing the street.
* Walk on sidewalks where available.
* Never leave candle-lit jack o'lanterns and luminaries unattended.  
* Do Not enter homes unless you are with a parent or trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses.
* Never accept rides from strangers. 

Remember, A Safe Halloween is a Happy Halloween! 

 


Looking for something fun to do on Halloween?  

09
Oct
2015

Homecoming Parade 2015

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06
Oct
2015

Homecoming Parade

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


City offices will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 3:45 p.m. for the Vidor Homecoming Parade.  If you need to make a payment, the Municipal Court and Sanitation drop boxes are located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building.  
   
 
 
 
02
Oct
2015

Vidor Homecoming 2015

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page




Vidor will celebrate Homecoming on Friday, October 9, 2015. 

The Parade will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Main Street.  Come out and support our Vidor students and see all the fantastic floats they have worked hard on this year. The theme this year is BIG BUC GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE! 

Local businesses will have fun showing their support in the 3rd annual Pirate Pride Decorating Contest. Judging will be held the morning before Homecoming, 10/08/2015, with the winner being announced in the Vidorian newspaper. 


The Mighty Pirate football team will be playing against Ozen in the Pirate Stadium at 6:00 p.m at the Vidor High School.  Come out and watch some Pirate football and see the extraordinary lights out Vidor Halftime Show! Vidor is well known around Southeast Texas for hosting the best homecoming halftime show, and Vidor High School will not disappoint this year! 

RenegadeRadioNashville.com and Vidor's own Robby Lynn will be broadcasting from Pirate Stadium in Vidor. If you can't make the game, be sure to tune in to be a part of the fun and excitement of Pirate football!

  
01
Oct
2015

City Manager on Renegade Radio

Posted by T Bussinger
Posted in Front Page


renegade radio nashville in red with Texas long horn skull with musical notes in yellowVidor City Manager, Mike Kunst, will be the guest speaker on Renegade Radio Nashville, this morning, October 1, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. Tune in to hear him talk about our favorite home town - Vidor, Texas! 
 
Go online to http://www.renegaderadionashville.com/ and click on “Listen Live.”









 
 
 
11
Sep
2015

Children's Author Visits Vidor Library

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Author Jaclyn Kruzie visits the Vidor Public Library on Friday, 9-25-2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Children's author Jaclyn Kruzie will be reading her book at the Vidor Public Library on Friday, September 25, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will also be fun Halloween songs, presentations, and a take home craft! You can even purchase your very own copy of Jaclyn Kruzie's book, "Why Can't Every Day Be Halloween".  If you have any questions, you may contact the Vidor Public Library at (409) 769-7148.
 
28
Aug
2015

Labor Day 2015

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


In observance of Labor Day, City of Vidor offices will be closed Monday, September 7, 2015. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Monday route. Trash cans MUST be out by 6:00 a.m. to insure pick up. Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or the Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of City Hall Municipal Building. Thank you and have a safe Labor Day Holiday!
 
10
Aug
2015

New Mobile Site

Posted by T Bussinger
Posted in Front Page


City Of Vidor New Mobile Website Over the next few weeks, we will be making modifications to our website that will make the site much easier to use and more accessible on mobile devices.

If you are visiting our site on a mobile device  such as a tablet or phone, and are unable to find the information that you are searching for during this transition, simply tap the button at the top of the page labeled "Switch to desktop site", and the original, non-mobilized version of the site will be loaded on your mobile device.
 
 
 
 
10
Aug
2015

HOT Funds

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Vidor Texas hotel occupancy tax with drawing of hotelIt's that time of year again.  If you, or someone you know, may be interested in HOT funds please click HERE for the information and application.
 
06
Aug
2015

Burn Ban in Effect

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Burn ban in effectDespite a wet winter, potential for drought is creeping back into the region. Due to the dry conditions, there is a burn ban in effect for the City of Vidor. The City of Vidor will not be issuing burn permits at this time and burning outdoors is strictly prohibited. This ban is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. The safety our our town and citizens is of the upmost importance and we will be keeping a close eye on weather conditions. We will post another notice once the ban is lifted so keep a close eye on the website and check back with us for updates.  

AS OF 8/21/2015, THE BURN BAN HAS BEEN LIFTED


 
 
 
27
Jul
2015

ESD#1 Explorer Fundraiser

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


orange county emergency services link sale on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. In front of Market Basket in Vidor. $5.00 for a link or boudin, drink and bag of chips.
ESD#1 youth explorers in red shirts that say Fire Rescue Explorers in white lettering helping out at their fundraiser.

Orange County Emergency Service District #1 is having a fundraiser for the Explorer program on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of Market Basket off of Main Street in Vidor. They invite you to come on out, grab some lunch, and show your support!


04
Jul
2015

Fields Of Freedom Re-dedication

Posted by T Bussinger
Posted in Monuments


July 4, 2015 - Vidor, Texas: Fields Of Freedom Vietnam War Veteran Re-Dedication Ceremony
Fields Of Freedom
 Over 200 people from  the Golden Triangle and beyond filled the Raymond Gould community center park this 4th of July to attend the adjacent Vidor Lions Club Fields Of Freedom Veterans Park re-dedication ceremony.

 Now complete with it's 5 black granite walls bearing full-color seals of each branch of the U.S Miliatry and the full names of area veterans both living and dead who served in the Vietnam war, Fields Of Freedom is a tribute that honors those brave men and women who have committed or sacrificed their lives in protection of our freedoms.

 Ceremonies were presided by Glenn Ledger and the keynote address was delivered by guest speaker and City Manager Mike Kunst, who is a veteran of the Iraq War.

 Overall, veterans of 5 foreign wars attended the re-dedication.

 The Vidor Lions Club started work on the park in 2008, and the first dedication was held November 11, 2012. 



 Full-screen and medium volume suggested for best viewing






 
23
Jun
2015

Independence Day 2015

Posted by T Bussinger
Posted in Front Page


picture of the declaration of independence laying on top of the american flagThis year Americans everywhere will celebrate the 239th anniversary of our nation’s founding. On Saturday, July 4th, at 10:30 am, the Vidor Lions Club invites the public to a re-dedication ceremony of their Veterans Park “Fields of Freedom.” In addition to honoring America, the public is invited to view the newly erected granite walls commemorating Vidor’s military veterans. The veterans park is co-located with the Raymond Gould Community Center and Park at the corner of Claiborne and Interstate 10.
 
On Friday, July 3rd, City of Vidor offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day. The roll off dumpsters will be closed on Saturday, July 4th. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Friday and Saturday routes.

Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. Please join the City of Vidor, the Vidor Lions Club, and Americans everywhere in celebrating 239 years of freedom.

 
 

 
23
Jun
2015

Mayor Viator on Renegade Radio Nashville

Posted by T Bussinger
Posted in Front Page


renegade radio nashville in red with Texas long horn skull with musical notes in yellowMayor Viator will be the guest speaker on Renegade Radio Nashville, Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Tune in to hear him do a little reminiscing and talk about what's going on in our favorite home town - Vidor, Texas! 
 
Go online to http://www.renegaderadionashville.com/ and click on “Listen Live.”









 
 
11
Jun
2015

Newly Elected Mayor & Council Members

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Newly elected Mayor and Council Members were sworn in at the May 14, 2015 Council meeting by Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton and City of Vidor Judge Michael C. Abbott.  

We welcome our new Mayor and new and returning Council Members and wish them much success serving the citizens of the City of Vidor in the forthcoming term.

 

New elected City of Vidor Mayor and Council Members from left to right: Councilman Ted David Slaughter, Councilman Gary Herrera, Councilman Michael Stephenson, Mayor Robert Viator, Jr.,  Councilman Jason Woodward, Councilman Jay Odom, and Councilwoman Kelly Carder.
 
01
Jun
2015

Vidor ISD Open Enrollment

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Vidor Independent School District Open Enrollment is available to those entering Kindergarten through 12th grade. Please call
(409) 951-8714 or go online to www.vidorisd.org for more information.  

Enroll your child in Vidor schools now. Vidor residence is not required.


 
 

 
18
May
2015

Memorial Day 2015

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


american flag, memorial day, we will not forgetsolider's grave stones with american flags
bald eagle with head bowed in from of american flag
In observance of Memorial Day, City offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Monday route. Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. Please join the City of Vidor in remembering those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may be free.  
 
06
May
2015

Food Distribution

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


open cans of vegetables. carrots, peas, beans, corn, potatoes.The United Christian Care Center will be open for food distribution on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Please bring proof of Vidor residency.

 
06
May
2015

Discounted Rabies Vaccinations

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


white puppy with blue eyes receiving discounted rabies vaccinationbrown and white fluffy kitten receiving discounted rabies vaccination
Rabies vaccinations will be provided for a discounted rate of $7.00 cash on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon in the Capital One Bank Parking lot off off Hwy 105 (Main Street) in Vidor. The rabies drive is hosted by McGowan Veterinary Hospital and Jordan Veterinary Clinic and will benefit the United Christian Care Center.
01
May
2015

Blue Santa Link Sale

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


The VPD Blue Sant Elves are having a link sale fundraiser! Saturday May 16 2015 : 10am to 4pm. Vidor Market Basket parking lot. 100% of proceeds got to VPD operation blue santa.
 
20
Apr
2015

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


15
Apr
2015

Extended Hours for Christian Care Center

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


The United Christian Care Center will have extended hours in the month of April. The Center will be open for food distribution on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Please bring proof of Vidor residency.

For additional information, please call the Christian Care Center at (409) 769-2861 or e-mail the Center at vuccc@att.net.
 

09
Apr
2015

Notice of edc Meeting

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


“The Orange County Economic Development Corporation meeting will  meet at Vidor City Hall on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm.  This is another good opportunity to meet our county leaders.  Please share this notice with your family, friends, and neighbors, and encourage them to attend.  There will be an opportunity for citizens’ comments, so if you want to address the board, there will be an opportunity to do so. Please note that during citizen comments, you are limited to three minutes, and the Court is prohibited from interacting with you.    Nevertheless, many of the board members will be available before and/or after the meeting to discuss topics in an informal setting.”
01
Apr
2015

Congratulations!

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Congratulations to Vidor High School sophomore Allison Smith! Allison is on the Vidor FFA Show Team and brought home 1st place in her weight class with her American breed steer.  Allison is also a member of the Art Club, a member of Intermountain Therapy Animals, Paws 4 Love Therapy Animals, and is in the process of applying to be student volunteer with Baptist Hospital, Beaumont.  In addition, she has managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA. Allison and her parents are life long residents of Vidor.
30
Mar
2015

Happy Easter!

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


City of Vidor offices will be closed Friday, April 3, 2015 in observance of Good Friday. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Friday route. Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or the Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of City Hall Municipal Building.    

The City of Vidor wishes everyone a Happy Easter.
23
Mar
2015

United Christian Care Center

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


The primary mission of the United Christian Care Center of Vidor is to assist low-income families in the Vidor area by providing free food and clothing to qualified individuals once a month. The Christian Care Center is an all volunteer organization that is supported by donations from local churches, individuals, and grants. In addition to providing food and clothing, the Center has served as a distribution point for the Entergy fan program. This program provided fans for low-income elderly and disabled individuals.

If funds are available, the Care Center also provides school supplies at the beginning of the school year for 100 students and distributes holiday baskets to 300 families. A representative from the Southeast Texas Food Bank comes to the Care Center at least once a month to assist people in applying for food stamps.

The Christian Care Center is currently open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon and is located at 293 Wilson Street. To request assistance, please bring a photo ID and current utility bill showing residence in the Vidor area. 

For additional information, please call the Christian Care Center at (409) 769-2861 or e-mail the Center at vuccc@att.net.
 

27
Feb
2015

Commissioners' Court

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


The Orange County Commissioners Court meeting will be held in the Vidor City Hall Municipal Building on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet our county Judge and Commissioners.  Please share this notice with your friends, family, and neighbors, and encourage them to attend.  Agenda 12 is Citizens Comments so if you want to address the Court, this is your opportunity to do so. Please note that during citizen comments, you are limited to three minutes, and the Court is prohibited from interacting with you.  

Let's show the rest of the county just how wonderful a community Vidor is, and by Vidor, I mean everyone inside or outside the City of Vidor city limits.  Hope to see you there!
24
Feb
2015

Texas Independence Day

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


In observance of Texas Independence Day, City of Vidor offices will be closed Monday, March 02, 2015. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Monday route.  Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or the Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of City Hall Municipal Building.
27
Jan
2015

CITY ELECTIONS

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


It’s election time again in the City of Vidor.  This year voters will cast their ballots for the positions of Mayor and Council members of Wards One, Four, and Six. Anyone interested in running for any of these positions can begin applying on January 28, 2015The last day to apply is February 27, 2015 by 5 pm. Election Day is May 9, 2015.

According to the Vidor City Charter, “Each member of the City Council (including the Mayor) shall be a resident of the City of Vidor, shall be a qualified voter of the State of Texas, shall have been such a resident of the City of Vidor for a period of not less than one (1) year immediately preceding his/her election and shall not be indebted to the City of Vidor.” Furthermore, a Council member must live in the ward he or she represents. 

Interested and eligible candidates may pick up an election packet at City Hall from City Secretary Vicki Watson.  For additional information or questions, one can contact Ms. Watson or City Manager Mike Kunst at (409) 769-5473. Her extension is 141, and his is 140. A boundary map of the wards may be found HEREor stop by City Hall to view the map.

If you are not registered to vote, you can REGISTER ONLINE now!
21
Jan
2015

Friends of the Vidor Public Library

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page



The Friends of the Vidor Public Library is a volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization dedicated and committed to provide support to the Vidor Public Library. The Purpose of the organization is to create public interest in the Vidor Public Library; promote growth, development, and greatest possible use of the Library; and to assist with appropriate fund raising and encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests for the Library.

One of the primary projects for the Friends is the Book and White Elephant Sale held each spring and fall. Funds raised from these sales are used for proje
cts to benefit the library such as building improvements or children's and adult programs. 

Membership is open to all individuals and organizations interested in the Library. Meetings of the Friends of the Vidor Public Library shall be held the second Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the Mellie Nagai Community Room at the Vidor Public Library.

If you are interested in joining the Friends of the Vidor Public Library, please call the Library at (409) 769-7148 or e-mail the Friends at vplfriends@yahoo.com.
14
Jan
2015

MLK Day 2015

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


In observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., City of Vidor offices will be closed Monday, January 19, 2015. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Monday route.  Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or the Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of City Hall Municipal Building.
12
Jan
2015

Submit A Photograph!

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


Citizens, you may have noticed the new 'Around Vidor' photo gallery at the top of the website. 

If you would like to see one of your photographs displayed in that gallery, please read the photograph submission policy and submit your photo for approval. We're looking forward to seeing your photographs!
 
19
Dec
2014

Local Newspaper Now Online

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


no one delivers local news like your local newspaper, now online.The Vidorian newspaper has gone digital!  You can now access the latest news, classifieds, columns/opinions, sports, and much more via your computer or mobile device by clicking the following link: www.thevidorian.com.  
19
Dec
2014

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Posted by Katrina Smith
Posted in Front Page


City of Vidor Holiday Closings

In observance of the Christmas holiday, City of Vidor offices will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th and Christmas, Thursday, December 25th.  Also, city offices will be closed on New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1st. 

Please note the Sanitation department will run its regular route on Wednesday, December 24th.  There will be no pick up on Thursday, December 25th or on Thursday, January 1st.  The Thursday routes will be picked up along with the regular Friday routes on Friday, December 26th and Friday, January 2nd. Customers with service on these days are advised to have their containers set out for pick up by 6 am Friday.

On behalf of the City of Vidor, Mayor Kenneth Crawford wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year!
 
04
Dec
2014

MAIN STREET CONSTRUCTION

Posted by Katrina Smith
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road closed, construction barriers, detour signSome of you have no doubt noticed the on-going construction on Main St. between IH-10 and the railroad tracks. This construction is part of an improvement to the sanitary sewer system. The pipes that are being replaced are the original concrete pipes and some of them have reached their life expectancy. The contractor for the job, T Con Inc. is utilizing a method of “pipe bursting” to replace the lines without having to completely trench the roadway. As a result of this type of replacement, large holes must be dug into the existing sewer system every 60 to 80 feet. Because of this, traffic is slow moving and backed up in this area. Your patience and cautious driving in this construction area is appreciated by other drivers as well as the construction workers. Everyone needs to remember that being a courteous driver is contagious and most other drivers take note. If you do not have time to be delayed in this area for the next week or so, you should plan an alternate route to avoid the area. This improvement to the sewer system is a little inconvenient right now but it will be short lived. Please be a safe driver and have a good holiday season!

Dave L. Shows, Chief of Police
02
Dec
2014

SHOP SAFELY!

Posted by Katrina Smith
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holiday shopping safety tips, safety first, family shoppingOut Shopping?

The holiday shopping season is in full swing and I would like to remind everyone of using common sense in your travels around the area. If you are planning a long day of shopping, take a friend or family member with you. Let others know you will be out shopping. Carry your cell phone and communicate with friends and family often. Do not carry large sums of cash with you unless absolutely needed as flashing cash can very easily make you a target of thieves. Try not to over burden yourself in the carrying of a lot of packages. This makes you easy prey for the “grab and run” type of theft. Make trips out to your vehicle and deposit the purchased gifts in the trunk if at all possible. If your vehicle does not have a trunk or anyplace to place packages completely out of sight, you are subject to having them stolen. Yes, your car is locked and all that, but the windows break easily. Thieves think nothing of breaking your windows to get a known payoff. Your personal security is mostly in your own hands. If you start to your car and see anything suspicious or troubling, GO BACK INTO THE STORE and call police and/or security. Tell them what you saw and ask for an escort to your vehicle. Be ready to leave with your keys in your hand. Do not unlock your car with the key fob until you are in sight of your car!

Just a few tips hoping to make everyone’s shopping experience a little safer!
Dave Shows, Chief of Police
14
Nov
2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Posted by Katrina Smith
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Happy Thanksgiving
The City of Vidor sanitation department will pick up their normal routes on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th. With the exception of the sanitation department and police department, all other City of Vidor departments will be closed. Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the back parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. On behalf of the City of Vidor, Mayor Kenneth Crawford wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
12
Nov
2014

BLUE SANTA & BLUE SANTA SHOW AND SHINE!

Posted by Katrina Smith
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Vidor police department blue santa help us fill this thisVidor Police Department “Operation Blue Santa” is gearing up for Santa's arrival!

Applications have been taken.  Tags (as pictured above) will be at the below listed locations for citizens to be able to take one and buy a gift for a child.  On the back of the tag is the gift a child has told Santa they would like to get for Christmas.  Please help us fulfill the wish list for these children.
 
Walmart ~ Vidor Police Department Lobby ~ BBVA Compass Bank
Capital One Bank ~ CVS Pharmacy ~ DuGood Federal Credit Union
First Financial Bank ~ MidSouth Bank ~ Subway (300 N. Main St.)


The gifts can be dropped back off at the location the Tag was picked up from or bring them to the Police Department.  Just be sure to attach the tag to the unwrapped gift so we can get it to the right family. Of course, any gift purchased is appreciated and can be dropped off at the locations below.

Toy Drop Off Locations:  

Dollar General Stores  ~  Family Dollar Stores
1390 N Main                    115 W Bolivar
1752 Hwy 12                    3695 N Main
320 S Main
4080 N Main

Vidor Police Department Lobby  ~  Woogies  ~  Red Wagon Café  ~  Comtex

Toy distribution date is December 13, 2014, so if you get a tag please turn it in by Monday, December 8, 2014 so we will know what is left for Santa to do for the children.

Special Events that benefit Blue Santa:  

The family dollar strip center is having their annual Bolivar Street Bash on Saturday November 15, 2014.

Beall's department store will be holding their annual Christmas Sidewalk Bazar on December 5-6, 2014.  

For additional information or questions about the Blue Santa program please contact the Vidor Police Department at (409) 769-4561.



3rd annual blue santa show and shine in walmart parking lot on december 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.  contact Mark Steele at 409-769-4561 for more information.

 
 
 
 
10
Nov
2014

Veterans Day 2014

Posted by Katrina Smith
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to veterans thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms.City offices, with the exception of the police department, will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in observance of Veterans Day.  Sanitation services will still run as scheduled on Tuesday, so please put your container out as usual if you are a sanitation customer with Tuesday pick-up.  Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the back parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. Please join the City of Vidor in thanking our Veterans for their service and we hope you have a safe and happy Veterans day!

 
20
Jan
2014

Welcome to Vidor, Texas!

Posted by T Bussinger
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Vidor City Hall

Welcome to the City of Vidor's new website.  As you will notice, we are still in the process of updating it.  We appreciate  your patience. Please continue to visit our site, and let us know how we are doing.