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Wed
18
Mar

End of an era at the courthouse

Hardin County judge secretary Lola Karnes is retiring after serving 30 years in the position
By Meagan Moore
 
Lola Karnes, born and raised in Hardin County, is retiring as the secretary for the county judge. Karnes has been working at the Hardin County Courthouse for almost 30 years. She stated that at 75, she wanted to retire while she is still able to do something else, like pick up new hobbies. Karnes was hired on when she was about 45 years old by former judge Paul McKinney, who she said was generous enough to give her a job.
 

 

Wed
18
Mar

Rain returns, flood warnings in place

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for east central Hardin County until 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

The warning comes with expected rainfall to begin falling once again today, with chances increasing into the weekend.

The water levels of the Neches River at Weiss Bluff is at an estimated 15.1 feet.

A river flood warning is in effect for Pine Island Bayou near Sour Lake until Friday at 5 p.m.

Currently low spots on Old Sour Lake Road are under water.

There is a 60 percent chance of showers today with chances decreasing on Thursday to 40 percent.

Rain chances increase to 60 percent once again on Friday with a 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday.

Wed
11
Mar

Elementary school showing progress

By Daniel Elizondo

Construction work continues on the site of the new Silsbee Elementary school despite a wet winter that has forced some lost work days. According to Superintendent Richard Bain, the school’s target date for completion was pushed back to  December of this year several months  go, and the plan continues to remain   e same. “We did lose some work days, but we continue to manage to stay on target for December completion,” Bain said. “The toughest part of the job was  getting the concrete poured, but theconstruction company has done a  great in getting a lot of it done despiteall of this crazy rain.” 

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Wed
11
Mar

Head-on crash claims life

By Daniel Elizondo

A Beaumont man was killed on Wednesday as the result of a twovehicle crash on Highway 69 near Jordan Road in Lumberton. Lumberton Fire Chief Bob Simonson said a Lexus sedan was  struck by an 18-wheeler head-on, killing the driver of the car. he rig was traveling north on  Highway 69 in the far right lane,according to Simonson.  Simonson said the car was travelingsouth and swerved into oncoming traffic before it was struck head on 

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Wed
11
Mar

Water main work Friday

The City of Silsbee will be performing work on city water mains installing and testing isolation  valves and fire hydrants inthe area. The are that will be affected will be Roosevelt  Drive, McKeown Lane, Weathersby Stree, Free  Street, Parks Street, ParkerLane, and Lee  Miller.

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Thu
05
Mar

NWS issues hard freeze warning

The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze warning for all of Southeast Texas including Hardin County.

The NWS has also issued a wind advisory that is expected to be lifted by 6 p.m. today.

The hard freeze warning will be in effect from 10 p.m. this evening until 8 a.m. on Friday morning.

Temperatures are expected to fall after sunset from the result of a high ridge pressure system settling over the area.

The NWS is expecting temperatures to fall in between 32 and 26 degrees overnight.

Thu
05
Mar

One man killed in Hwy. 69 crash in Lumberton

By Daniel Elizondo, Editor

A Beaumont man was killed on Wednesday as the result of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 69 near Jordan Road in Lumberton.

Lumberton Fire Chief Bob Simonson said a Lexus sedan was struck by an 18-wheeler head-on, killing the driver of the car.

The rig was traveling north on Highway 69 in the far right lane, according to Simonson.

Simonson said the car was traveling south and swerved into oncoming traffic before it was struck head on.

Lumberton police officials identified the driver of the Lexus as Robert Dale Powers, 47, of Beaumont.

Simonson said the call was received just before 9 a.m. When authorities arrived, Powers was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Simonson, the male driver of the 18-wheeler rig and his girlfriend self extracated themselves from the truck and both were transported to a Beaumont hospital with minor injuries.

Wed
04
Mar

Robbery suspect on the loose

By Meagan Moore, reporter

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is searching for a white male suspect about 27 years of age after a robbery Monday afternoon.

At about 1:50 p.m., a man, later identified as Bryant Burrell II, went into Short Stop Grocery on Hwy. 96 bypass to buy gas.

After filling up his vehicle, Burrell went back inside the store and pulled out what was believed to be a gun at the time, authorities said.

Burrell allegedly stole approximately $200-$300 from the cashier's drawer, along with some lottery tickets and cigarettes.

As Burrell was leaving, the clerk on duty was able to write down the license plate number and the description of vehicle, authorities said.

The vehicle, a Blue Dodge Durango, as well as its driver, was recognized for previous involvement in other crimes.

Wed
04
Mar

Linney at home with Kountze PD

By Meagan Moore
In a mostly male profession, Officer Kiera Linney of the Kountze Police Department is loving her job, and has no plans of leaving anytime soon. Linney is one of the only two female officers in Hardin County, the other being with the Sour Lake Police Department. June of this year will mark one year for Linney as an officer of Kountze PD. Previous to her position in Kountze, Linney had been a stay at home mom for six years.
 
Wed
04
Mar

Silsbee businesses honored Thursday

By Daniel Elizondo
Silsbee businesses and citizens were honored at the annual Silsbee Chamber of Commerce banquet held on Thursday at Silsbee High School. Joe V. Tortorice Jr., founder and owner of the sandwich chain, Jason’s Deli based out of Beaumont, was the guest speaker for the evening.
 

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