orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

Local News

February 14, 2013

VISD stadium lights project running behind

VIDOR — A construction project which began in November and was expected to have been completed by now is running behind due to a wetter than expected winter.

The Vidor Independent School District began a work project in mid-November 2012 to renovate the track and stadium lights surrounding Ivan Croak Field at Pirate Stadium on the Vidor High School campus. A wetter than anticipated winter courtesy of what seems to be weekly storms, has left the project running behind.

“This rainy season has just killed us on this project,” said Dr. Jay Killgo, Vidor ISD superintendent. “Our goal all along has to get this project completed by the time we were set to host the track meet, but I don’t know if we will be able to get it done in time.”

Killgo said the removal of the old track and installation of the new track, including striping, has already been completed. The second phase of the project, the installation of the new bigger and brighter stadium lights, is under way.

“The poles were just installed in the ground this past week,” Killgo added. “The crews are trying to run the electrical wiring now, but they can’t do much in this rain. We need some sun to dry things up and several days of good weather to even have a hope of catching up and getting this thing done in time.”

Vidor High School is scheduled to host the Pirate Relays on Friday, March 1, which will include participation by several local teams. Killgo said if the lights project cannot be completed on time, the district may have to consider other alternatives, including relinquishing the meet to another school to host the event.

Since Dec. 1, 2012, a total of 16.14 inches of rain has fallen across Orange County, including nearly half that total in January, and more is on the way. According to Kent Kuyper of the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, La., a cool and wet forecast is in the works for Monday and Tuesday of next week.

“It looks like this is the pattern we are dealing with for the foreseeable future,” he said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • BC High School Yearbook.JPG Rising above...

    Bridge City High School yearbook students Bree Newsom, editor and Gabriel Alvarez, assistant editor, traveled to Texas A & M University in College Station to attend the Balfour Communications Workshop July 18 - July 21.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Instructor recognized LSC-O instructor receives international recognition

    An instructor at LSC-O has receive international recognition for her work as an instructor in information technology.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • New Trustee Welcome to the Board

    Nathaniel Colbert, standing at left, was officially sworn in earlier this week as the newest member of the West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sabine River 1 Have you seen the Sabine?

    There is more to the Sabine River than meets the eye, if one only looks.

    July 27, 2014 6 Photos

  • T-Byrd Tracy Byrd schedules Labor Day weekend event

    Country music star Tracy Byrd is hitting the stage once again this summer.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Texas A&M launches new Family Nurse Practitioner program

    The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing has announced plans for a Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.-FNP) graduate program.

    July 26, 2014

  • VIDEO: Hibbett Sporting Goods to open in Pinehurst

    Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., the national sporting goods retailer based in Birmingham, Alabama, announced the execution of a lease for a new store in the city of Pinehurst.

    July 26, 2014

  • Shop Talk BC officials begin budget talks

    City officials are already working towards a balanced budget in this Orange County community.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hello, Mr. Cosby Cosby opens Lutcher's 35th season in style

    The Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts 35th season kicked off in fine fashion with two sold-out performances on Thursday and Friday nights by the legendary Bill Cosby. The capacity crowd laughed from start to finish as Cosby spoke about marriage, bodily functions, age, his hotel and the papermill. The Lutcher’s 35th season continues with the next production being Lyle Lovett and His Large Band on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Visit www.lutcher.org for more information.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Update: New information release on Bridge City shooting

    July 25, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide