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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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
August 15, 2016
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.
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.
|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*|
|Nov. 4||PA Memorial, 7pm*|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Please join the City of Vidor and Americans everywhere in celebrating 240 years of freedom!
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!!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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...
And on our Facebook page here...
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).
Sponsored by Vidor ISD Community Education, Vidor Public Library and Vidor Rotary Club
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!
|Baby Steps Computer|
Instructor: Robin Corley
Instructor: Robin Corley
Dates: June 14-16
Vidor High School Library Classroom
1:30 - 2:30pm
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.
Instructor: Sally Andrews
Dates: July 7
Vidor High School Room 114
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!
Vidor ISD Community Education
Learning For A Lifetime
|Awesome Arts and Crafts|
Instructor: Stacie Jannise
Instructor: Robin Corley
Dates: July 11-14
Vidor Middle School
8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Entering grades 1-4
Learn about many different kinds of animals and enjoy visits with them during this amazing week of fun.
|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.
Instructor: Darrellyn Ford
Dates: July 11-14
Vidor Middle School
10:30am – 12:30 p.m.
Entering grades 1-4
Join in the fun with your girlfriends. Princesses for life!
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:
- 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:
- Cost: $50 per swimmer
- Hours: 10-10:50 and 11-11:50
- 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)
- $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
*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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
The City of Vidor wishes everyone a Happy Easter!
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.
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/
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.
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 email@example.com.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?
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!
AS OF 8/21/2015, THE BURN BAN HAS BEEN LIFTED
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!
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.
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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.
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.
(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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|“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.”|
The City of Vidor wishes everyone a Happy Easter.
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 email@example.com.
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!
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 HERE, or stop by City Hall to view the map.
If you are not registered to vote, you can REGISTER ONLINE now!
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 projects 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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!
Dave L. Shows, Chief of Police
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
Vidor 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.
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!
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.