Vidor Homecoming: October 12, 2018

This years Homecoming parade is October 12 at 2pm and begins at the corner of Main and Fillmore, concluding at Main and Railroad. The Homecoming game is at 7:30 against Santa Fe HS at Pirate Stadium. You may download a copy of the parade packet below, or pick up a hard copy at the VISD Administration office. This year's theme is Big Buc Explores the New Frontier: Celebrating America Setting Foot on the Moon. 

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Vidor Welcomes BestMed Urgent Care

 BestMed Urgent Care in Vidor is excited to announce that they will officially open tomorrow, September 14th. 

Vidor group dons colorful tutus for car wash

Robert - Moose - Rubero sports a colorful tutu while washing cars for a benefit car wash with The Dumb, Weird 'n Fugly in Vidor on Saturday. The group was raising money for member Nick Strother, who had a kidney removed due to cancer. Photo taken Saturday 9/8/18 Ryan Pelham/The Enterprise
Courtesey Beaumont Enterprise By Ryan Pelham

Men and women alike donned colorful tutus while waving to motorists along Vidor's Main Street on Saturday. The group The Dumb, Weird 'n Fugly held a benefit car wash and link sale for one of their members, Nick Strother, who had a kidney removed while battling cancer.

The group was started by a group of friends to be accepting of all and be themselves while embracing weirdness, according to group leader Trish Johnson. Their last fundraiser raised money for Bikers Against Child Abuse to help start a local chapter.

Zach Hester - NJCAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year

​After a season to remember, Zach Hester has been given an award he'll never forget. The Vidor, Texas native has been named the 2018 David Rowlands Award Winner - the NJCAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Congratulations Zach!! 

Members of the Vidor High School band and drill team entertain the crowd at Pirate Stadium

Photo Credit: Randall Luker - The Vidorian Newspaper

Entry-Level Police Officer Entrance Examination

Notice of entrance examination to establish an eligibility list for the position of ENTRY-LEVEL POLICE OFFICER. 

Testing Information 

When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Where: City Of Vidor City Hall, 1395 North Main, Vidor, Texas

Application deadline is Friday, October 5, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

Please see attached PDF for complete info.

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East Bolivar closed between Wilson & Denver

East Bolivar between Wilson and Denver St. will be closed starting Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 8 a.m.  Take alternate route to Denver St. to access the library.

RV Ordinance Updated

Update on the City RV Ordinance.

Roughly one year ago, council placed a temporary waiver on the ordinance that does not allow people to live in an RV inside the city limits (with a few exceptions). At the end of this month the councils temporary stay on that ordinance will expire.

Code enforcement is preparing to mail approx. 160 letters notifying individuals of the cities ordinance and the violation of living in an RV within the city.


The city understands that there are still some people working on their home and making progress. Code enforcement will continue to work with these individuals on a case by case basis. 

Code enforcement has been granted the authority to grant 3 month extensions up to twice for a total of six months.

What it does require is communication with the code enforcement office. If you get a letter just contact code enforcement at city hall. If you have a plan and are making progress you will have no issue getting an extension.

Vidor Farmers Market Resumes

Saturday, September 15 at 8:30 AM -  Fall garden produce along with fresh yard eggs, local honey, jams, jellies, and other great things to eat. The market will open at 8:30 am and close when sold out.

Labor Day 2018

In observance of Labor Day, City of Vidor offices, except for the Police and Sanitation departments, will be closed Monday, September 3, 2018. 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.  

2nd Annual Doggy Splash Day @ Vidor City Pool

It's that time of year again! Bring your four-legged friend to The Vidor City Pool on  Saturday, September 15 from 10am to 1pm for a splashing good time! 

Construction Complete - Orange Street Open

 Construction at Orange street and School House Ditch has been completed, and Orange street is open for through traffic. Please drive safely!

2018 Fall Ball Tryouts

Blast From The Past - Carla Flanigan

Flanigan earns Silent Hero recognition - Courtesy of The Vidor Vidorian Newspaper

I'd like to think that I make a difference every day. The times I feel best are when I get an emergency medical call and I'm able to guide the caller through what they need to do.

~Carla Flanigan
Flanigan honored for working behind the scenes. - Courtesy of The Vidor Vidorian Newspaper

Cajun Works, the Real Cajun Deal, is coming to Vidor

Toby Kimball, founder and president, announced their newest location is scheduled to open in mid-October inside the new Walmart Supercenter.

37th Annual Crime Stoppers Award Reception

Join us to congratulate award winners from Southeast Texas who will be recognized for their efforts to advance Crime Stoppers mission of solving and preventing crimes. Each award recipient will have been chosen by affiliate law enforcement agencies in Jefferson, Hardin & Orange counties. With special presentation to Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush on the occasion of his retirement.

Sunday afternoon thunderstorms leave downed trees in their wake in Vidor

 VIDOR — Storms passing through Southeast Texas Sunday afternoon left several trees down in Orange County.

Strong winds whipped through the area toppling trees and scattering branches in several parts of Vidor.

No injuries were reported when a tree fell on top of a home in the 200 block of East Courtland Street in Vidor a couple blocks south of Interstate 10.

Benches were scattered around the parking lot of Vidor Junior High School and several trees in nearby neighborhoods were also knocked down after the storm passed through.

12News Meteorologist Eric Brill says the storm was an isolated thunder storm that moved from Beaumont across the Neches and into Vidor.

TxDOT: Public meeting 8/7/18

The purpose of the public meeting is to gather public input on the proposed bridge replacement of the Old US Highway 90 at Baird's Bayou in Orange County, Texas.

The meeting will be an open house format so the public may come and go at their convenience, and staff will be available to answer questions.

Comments must be received on or before Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, to be a part of the official public meeting record.

The purpose of the project is to replace the existing bridge with a new bridge constructed to meet current standards.

The existing Old US-90 bridge consists of two 11-foot wide travel lanes (one in each direction), and no outside shoulders.

The proposed project would construct a new bridge with two 11-foot wide travel lanes (1 lane in each direction) and 4-foot wide outside shoulders.

All work will occur within the existing right of way (ROW). No additional ROW, permanent, or temporary easements are required; therefore, no displacements or relocations of residences and businesses will be necessary. 

The meeting will be held at Rose City, City Hall, August 7, 4:30 - 7:30pm

The Census Bureau is Hiring!

 The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring field representatives in your area and we're asking you to help us.

 The Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys every year. Our ability to conduct continuous surveys — other than the once-a-decade population count — depends on survey takers in the field and our Regional Offices are hiring these workers.

 Even though we are gearing up to hire workers for the 2020 Census, we still need field representatives for our other ongoing surveys. This is where you can help!

Benefits include flexible hours, meeting people and working outside of the office environment.

Field Representatives perform a variety of vital functions, such as updating address lists and maps; conducting interviews with residents in assigned areas; explaining the purpose of the census interview; and answering residents' questions. Hours of work for field positions will vary - some require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings, while others require interviewing the public usually in the evening and on weekends.

Tap or click the button below to see Employment Opportunities in Texas.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Vandalized

A Vietnam Veteran Memorial at Veteran Memorial Park in Vidor has been vandalized. The monument was pushed on its back, splitting it into two pieces. 

Vidor Police Department is investigating.

If you may have seen anything suspicious at the park from Wednesday night to Friday morning, please contact Vidor Police at 769-4561. 

Lions Club Seeks New Members

 Though Lions are well known for successful initiatives in vision health, Lions participate in many projects ranging from building a park, to beautifying a community, to providing victims of natural disasters with relief supplies. Citizens interested in activities and events are welcome. Anyone can become a Lion to help us serve our community. 

Our next meeting is August 28!  We will be glad to see you!! 

For more information...

Mutt & Jeff's Watermelon Eating Contest

 Mutt & Jeff's is having their first-ever watermelon eating contest. All proceeds benefit the Mutt & Jeffs Scholarship program. Come join the fun! Great prizes! Face painting, and a dunking booth being hosted by our Mayor Robert Viator and Chief Rod Carroll, John Houseman, and a mystery staff member!! 

AUGUST 4TH 10:30 - 3:00 PLEASE pre-register for contest by Thursday Aug 2nd

Scholarships Available For Harvey Victims

If you were affected by Hurricane Harvey, you could be eligible for a $500 scholarship at Lamar State College - Orange.

HOT Fund Grants 2018-2019

HOT fund grants for 2018-2019 will be awarded during the special-called council meeting of Thursday, August 16, 2018 staring at 7 pm. Attached is an application form for a grant, as well as a brief article regarding eligibility. Applications for HOT fund grants are due by 5 pm on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Vidor City Hall.

Remember the HOT fund Follow-up form is/was due 60 days after the event that received HOT fund grants for 2017-2018. (If you forgot, get it in! That form is also attached.)

Feel free to share with organizations that may be eligible for a HOT fund grant. If you have any questions, please contact City Manager Mike Kunst. 

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Back To School Orange County 2018


Work on Orange Street Continues

Photo: Mike Kelley with MK Constructors

NFIP Proof of Loss claim deadline is just weeks away

AUSTIN, Texas - The time for Hurricane Harvey survivors to file a National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP) Proof of Loss claim is drawing to a close. The deadline to file for flood damages is one year from the date of their loss.

Harvey first made landfall in Texas on Aug. 25, 2017, with heavy rainfall and flooding occurring for several days after it hit. For this reason, the date of loss varies for property owners.

NFIP usually requires policyholders to submit a Proof of Loss claim within 60 days from the date of their loss. Policyholders were given an extension up to a year because of the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey's damage.

To date, more than 91,600 claims have been filed for damages from Hurricane Harvey. More than 99 percent of those claims have been closed, for estimated payments totaling more than $8.8 billion.

A Proof of Loss form is a sworn statement made by the policyholder that substantiates their insurance claim. This includes detailed estimates with necessary documents supporting the cost to replace or repair the damaged property.

FEMA urges policyholders to submit their forms as soon as possible. Policyholders should contact their insurance agent or the NFIP Call Center at 800-427-4661 with questions about filing. To download the Proof of Loss form, visit

For additional information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at<>, Facebook at<>, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at<> or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish). 

Reach - Rescue - Restore Event August 18


 August 18th, 2018 - 9:30 am - Claiborne West Park

  Orange County Disaster Rebuild in conjunction with many local agencies will be supplying food, shoes, diapers, school supplies, backpacks for kids, fresh produce, water, paint, hygiene kits, and much much more to those still recovering from hurricane Harvey so please come out!

 The whole park has been reserved, and there will be booths set up throughout the park to help and assist you. We are expecting 3,000 to 5,000 people, First Come, First Served.

STAN Testing July 26

Participating jurisdictions within the Southeast Texas will conduct a mass notification exercise scheduled for the morning of Thursday, July 26, 2018 using the Southeast Texas Alerting Network (STAN). During the exercise, a "test message" will be sent to land lines and cell phones that have previously registered with the system. The exercise is meant to encourage residents to register their cell phones for alert notifications.

STAN, a mass notification system utilized during emergency situation allows local jurisdictions to send messages via email, text, and phone calls to residents registered with the system. These emergency situations can include, but are not limited to, hurricane evacuations and updates, shelter-in-place notifications, and other natural or man-made incidents that cause significant disruption to your daily activities.

We strongly recommend people who live and/or work in Southeast Texas to register their cell phones by calling 1-844-578-STAN (1-844-578-7826) or at For more information, please contact Vidor Office of Emergency Management, Captain Aleta Cappen, 409-769-4561.

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Vidor says it needs more money to rebuild after Harvey

Courtesey of:

by Jessica Crawford

Time is ticking for the city of Vidor when it comes to letting a Texas agency know it needs more funds to rebuild after Harvey.

The city spent Thursday scrambling to submit maps and pictures showing flood damaged areas of Vidor by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission's deadline of July 20 at 5 p.m.

Mayor Robert Viator says the SETRPC says Vidor's population was about 30 percent impacted by Harvey.

Viator believes that many more were impacted.

To submit your comments on how you think SETRPC funds should be spent, click here.

"River Oaks edition was 97, 98 percent impacted," he says. "Green Forest Edition was 95, 96 percent impacted."

Just over $2 million has been allocated for buyouts and acquistions in Vidor.

About $3.8 million has been set aside for infrastructure.

Viator says much more is needed.

"According to the numbers at 30 percent, we're at least 10 to 15 percent off, which when you're calculating these numbers, that's a huge amount of money," says Viator. "$3 million for infrastructure damage. When you consider that one bridge span is going to cost you $300,000 to fix, it's not calculating to the infrastructure damage we had."

The city spent Thursday putting together proof of the damage in hopes that the government agencies in charge of distributing the money will increase the amount that goes to Vidor.

"Identified some large spots of land they're not showing effected we can show and prove with pictures under water," says Viator. "Truthfully our only hope is when this gets passed to the next level because this has to go to GLO from our understanding, that our state representatives look at it and possibly right this injustice that's being done to our citizens."

According to the SETRPC, Wednesday, August 5, members of the agency will vote on the proposed methods of distribution of the funds. 

AMSET Summer Free Family Arts Day Aug. 11

This Free Family Arts Day will include art projects using re-purposed materials to coincide with our summer recycling theme. Sonny the Birdman and his parrots will be back with live performances at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Come get your face painted and enjoy snacks at the snack bar! Backpacks with school supplies will be given away throughout the day! 

Vidor Animal Control Adoption Event

OCEDC 2018 Industrial Exchange

Cuffs And Hoses Blood Drive

Local law enforcement and firefighters are hosting the Cuffs & Hoses Blood Drive Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Vidor Police Department located at 695 East Railroad, Vidor, TX.

  Members of the organizations are giving blood and inviting the public to join them in making a difference in someone else's life through blood donation. Participating blood donors will receive a limited edition Cuffs & Hoses t-shirt, while supplies last.

FFA Booster Club Summer Spectacular 2018

Independence Day 2018

City offices will be closed this Wednesday, July 4. If you need to make a court or sanitation payment, please use the drop box found at the rear of the building. Sanitation services will run their regular routes. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!!  

Hurricane Season 2018

 It's Hurricane Season and while there are currently no hurricanes in the gulf, it's never too early to start preparing. If you will need evacuation assistance please register now by calling 2-1-1 or visiting

VISD Open Enrollment for 2018-2019

VISD would like to welcome you and thank you for you interest in our district. To get things
started we will need several documents from your child's previous district. Please review the
check list attached and submit all forms. If your child was enrolled in Vidor in the previous year,
we will need current grades, attendance, discipline, STAARand Special Program needs. All
completed packets must be returned to the Superintendent's office as soon as possible.

Please download, fill out and return the forms below to the VISD Superintendent's offics as soon as possible.

  VISD Open Enrollment 2018.pdf

Onsite Case Management w/ Orange Co. Disaster Rebuild

CASE MANAGERS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SITE: Register with a trained disaster case manager JULY 10TH at the Vidor City Hall located at 1395 N Main St.

If your household was impacted by Harvey, come get registered in person! We will work with the case management team to help impacted households find resources for unmet needs. 

Golden Triangle Seminoles Tryouts 2018

No League Fees! July 28 @ 1pm VFW Practice Field 2110 Main Street Vidor Texas. Contact Wilford Scypion Jr - 409-221-8549

Red Cross Shelter Available

A Red Cross Shelter is set up at The Orange County Convention and Expo Center at 11475 FM 1442, Orange Texas 77630 for all those citizens that have been displaced during the flooding today.

OCSO 23rd Annual Cops N Kids Picnic

Come on out to Claiborne Park June 15, 2018 for the Orange County Sheriff's Office 23rd Annual Cops N Kids Picnic with Sheriff Keith Merritt. The Orange County Sheriff's Office invites ALL children to join us for free food, free rides, free games and the opportunity to meet and hang out with members of all area Emergency Services. There will be plenty of refreshments such as hot dogs, chips, drinks, and watermelons. 

 Event: Orange County Sheriff's Office 23rd Annual Cops N Kids Picnic 2018 with Sheriff Keith Merritt​
 June 15, 2018
 10am -2pm
 Free food, drinks, games, rides
For Information:
 Deputy John Badeau

Nehemiah's Vision Continues Helping Community Along Road To Recovery

More than 9 months after the tragic event (Harvey) that has forever changed all of our lives. Nehemiah's Vision continues to look for ways to help our community along the road to recovery. This group from Alabama was volunteering in the Maplecrest area off of Woodlawn. Their efforts to assist our citizens in the road to recovery by cleaning and hauling off debris should not go unnoticed. We would like to extend our sincerest appreciation and encourage all citizens to thank these individuals for their helping hand.

Golden Triangle Seminoles To Host Conference Championship

Christmas came early for the Golden Triangle Seminoles, as they received both of their wishes. The Seminoles wanted a rematch to avenge their second loss of the regular season against the Texas Red Raiders, and they got it. Their second wish was to host the Conference Championship Game, they got that, too.     

If the Seminoles win and they're on their way to Houston to play in the TUFA Superbowl. 

Kickoff is set for 5pm this Saturday the 9th at Vidor Pirate Stadium. 

Admission Prices: 

  • Adults: $8.00
  • Seniors And Military: $4.00
  • Students: $3.00
  • Children Under 6: Free
  • Vidor ISD Staff: Free

Free Summer Meals For Kids 0-18

Vidor To Host A National Checkers Tournament June 1-2


Vidor, Texas is hosting a National Checkers Tournament!

The Second Annual District 8 and Texas State Championship Checkers Tournament will be held in Vidor on June 1-2, 2018 at The Holiday Inn Express. The Vidor Tournament is recognized as one of the National Tournaments in America.

  • Total Prizes - $2500
  • First Prize - $750
  • Adult Tournament Registration - $40
  • Novice Division Registration - FREE
  • Children and Youth Division Registration - FREE
  •  All ages are welcome, children encouraged!
  • Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday June 1st
  • Friday Afternoon Lunch for Contestants
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 The tournament will be a 3-move ballot opening tournament for the ACF Sanctioned Tournament. The winner will be the District 8 Champion, which is a five state area of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Kansas. The Texas resident that wins will be recognized as the Texas State Checkers Champion.

The Amateur Championship will be a Go-As-You-Please.

Contact Watson Franks at or call at 409-201-2543 to register in advance. Director Watson Franks is a resident of Vidor and also a competitor at National Checkers Tournament.

Good luck to all of the contestants!! 


Hurricane Harvey Round 1 Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds
Related to Infrastructure and Buy-Outs/Acquisition

Notice is hereby given that the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) is seeking input in order to determine community needs as it prepares to develop a Method of Distribution for $5,024,215,000 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds. The first meeting to obtain comments will be held as follows:

First Public Hearing - Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Lamar University in the Galloway Business Building, Landes Auditorium, 4400 S. MLK Parkway, Beaumont, Texas, 77705.
The purpose will be to obtain community input regarding infrastructure and buy-out/acquisition needs in the Southeast Texas region to help develop a Method of Distribution (MOD) of funds.

Subsequent meetings related to the MOD will follow and be announced as time and date are determined.

The SETRPC will provide for reasonable accommodation for persons attending SETRPC functions. Requests from persons needing special accommodations should be received by SETRPC staff 24 hours prior to the function. Public hearings will be conducted in English. Requests for language interpreters or other special communication needs should be made at least 48 hours prior to a function. Please call (409) 899-8444, ext. 7516 for any accommodation needs.

Written comments may be submitted by hand-delivery, mail, fax or email by 12:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018 to: Shanna Burke, South East Texas Regional Planning Commission, 2210 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas, 77703; fax - (409) 347-0138; email -

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Memorial Day 2018

City of Vidor offices will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of Memorial Day.

The Sanitation Department will run its normal Monday 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 or go online to

The City of Vidor wishes everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day.

City Pool Open Memorial Weekend

The Vidor City Pool will be open to the public from 12 noon- 7pm through Memorial Weekend on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The pool will charge regular price for this weekend at $5 per swimmer. Memberships will be available as well as being able to pay and reserve parties and swim lessons. *FYI: Cash Only. 

2018 Vidor City Council

Left To Right, Back Row : Council Member Jane Hill, Council Member Gary Herrera, Council Member Kelly Carder, Council Member Angela Jordan

Left To Right, Front Row : Council Member Keith Buesing, Mayor Robert Viator, Council Member Misty Songe 

Good Friday And Easter 2018

City of Vidor offices will be closed Friday, March 30, 2018, 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 or go online to .

The City of Vidor wishes everyone a Joyous Good Friday and a Happy Easter!

FOVPL Annual Spring Book / White Elephant Sale

New Vidor WalMart Opens

The City Of Vidor would like to wish a warm welcome to our new Super Walmart.

No Charge For City Roll Off Dumpsters Until March 24

To assist with post-Harvey clean-up, citizens of the City of Vidor will have use of the City's roll-off dumpsters at no charge until March 24, 2018.

The dumpsters are located at 155 Watts Street, behind the police station, and are open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 am - 3 pm. (It is closed for lunch from noon- 12:30 pm.)