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Wed
30
Mar

Batson native brings wealth of knowledge to help veterans.

By Daniel Elizondo
 
Kristen White was destined to become help to veterans after a career in the Navy. Though her and her husband, Joe Bob White, enlisted in the service for what they thought would be a liftetime career, family obligations became a priority, cutting their tours shorter than expected.
 
Wed
30
Mar

Judge orders declaration of disaster in Hardin County

By Daniel Elizondo
 
Hardin County Judge Wayne Mc- Daniel issued a Declaration of Disaster on Tuesday, March 29, following an estimate of damages from floods that occurred between March 8-11. McDaniel issued the proclamation and submitted the declaration to Gov. Greg Abbott in Austin.
 
Tue
29
Mar

Judge orders declaration of disaster in Hardin County

By Daniel Elizondo

Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel issued a Declaration of Disaster on Tuesday, March 29, following an estimate of damages from floods that occurred between March 8-11.

McDaniel issued the proclamation and submitted the declaration to Gov. Greg Abbott in Austin.

“We received an estimate of damages from the Village Creek State Park in Lumberton this morning, which, in addition to other damages we have been tracking since the floods, exceeds our threshold amount to declare a disaster,” he said in a release.

The declaration along with other documentations was forwarded to Gov. Abbott via the Texas Department of Emergency Management.

If approved, this will allow Hardin County citizens, who were affected by the flooding that occurred earlier this month, to apply for assistance.

Wed
23
Mar

County ceremony dedicates highway to fallen game warden

By Daniel Elizondo

Fallen area game warden Wesley W. Wagstaff was given a memorial on Wednesday at the Hardin County courthouse, after a 2-year long process to have FM 1293 in Kountze dedicated in his memory.

Wagstaff, 41, was tragically killed on FM 1293 18 miles west of Kountze in a head-on collision that killed him and 36-year-old Kimberly Ann Loftin on Aug. 5, 2003.

According to reports, Wagstaff was answering a call of illegal hunting in the Big Thicket.

“Today we honor Wesley Wagstaff when he answered that call, not knowing it was going to be his last,” Game Warden Peace Officers Association (GWPOA) President Robbie Robinson said on Wednesday at the dedication. “And today we continue to honor him forever by continuing to answer that call.”

Wed
23
Mar

Law enforcement collaboration ends in arrest of four

By Daniel Elizondo
 
Wed
23
Mar

Bartosh retires

By Daniel Elizondo
 
City of Silsbee will be without its current city manager effective March 31 after the resignation of Tommy Bartosh, who has served in the position since 2006, ending his 39-year career with the city. Bartosh submitted a letter of resignation to city council members in January.
Wed
23
Mar

Silsbee woman killed in crash

By Meagan Moore
 
Early Tuesday morning at about 6:29 a.m., Silsbee police officers responded to a call involving a two-vehicle wreck that ended in a fatality. They arrived at the 3400 block of US Hwy 96 Bypass in Silsbee to find that a passenger car and an 18-wheeler had been involved in the wreck.
Wed
23
Mar

YMBL presents the annual South Texas State Fair

Catch all the thrills and spills of professional rodeo March 25-26. The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association will showcase the country’s top cowboys and cowgirls during the first weekend of the YMBL South Texas State Fair.
 
Sat
19
Mar

Two critically injured in rollover

Two persons were critically injured after a rollover on US96 Bypass near Silsbee on Friday night.

No details were immediately available, however DPS officers investigating the scene confirmed there were a total of seven occupants in the small SUV that crashed in the southbound lanes of the bypass near the Business 96 exit around 10:30 p.m.

Five others in the vehicle were not seriously injured.

The two persons injured were transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.

It is unknown if the occupants were from the area. Debris across the overpass embankment appeared to be luggage and clothing.

More details will come as they arrive.

Photo and video by Daniel Elizondo

Wed
16
Mar

Neighbors helping neighbors campaign

Contributed

The Lumberton Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lumberton has joined forces to help our neighbors that have experienced devastation with the flooding.

Not so many years ago, this area suffered the devastation of Hurricanes Rita and Ike and many communities came together to help us rebuild our lives, hearts and homes.

Now it is our time to pay it forward, rain or shine. 

Good Friday and Easter is next week. While many of us are headed out of town to visit friends and family, many of our neighbors have no place to stay.

Next week we will be accepting items at the Chamber office located at 826 North Main Street in Lumberton.

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