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25
Mar

Former county officer confesses

A former Hardin County Sheriff Department sergeant pleaded guilty on Wednesday, March 18 in a federal courtroom to making a false statement to a federal agent. Jerry Lynn Roberts, 46, made the plea in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Zachary J. Hawthorn in Beaumont
 
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25
Mar

Hardin County

Lola Karnes accepts an old typewriter from former county judge Billy Caraway on Monday. Karnes retired from the county judges office after serving under four judges during her tenure of 29 years. The typewriter was a joke
to Karnes since both her and Caraway had taken a typing class in high school.
 
Wed
25
Mar

Relay For Life scheduled

The Hardin/South Jasper County Relay For Life is hosting its annual event on April 24 at Kountze High School. Teams are currently forming, and the organization is seeking more teams as well as survivors and caregivers to join Relay For Life. At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
 
Wed
18
Mar

Former Hardin County sergeant pleads guilty to lying

Jerry Roberts facing up to eight years in federal prison.

By Daniel Elizondo

A former Hardin County Sheriff Department sergeant pleaded guilty today in a federal courtroom to making a false statement to a federal agent.

Jerry Lynn Roberts, 46, made the plea in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Zachary J. Hawthorn in Beaumont.

Roberts was dismissed by the Hardin County Sheriff Department in March 2013 after it was found that he was under investigation by the U.S. Attorney General’s office on allegations of possession of child pornography.

Federal agents executed a search warrant at Roberts’ residence in Lumberton on March 6, 2013 to search for evidence of child porn that was mailed to a P.O. Box in Silsbee under the name “Jerry Roberts”, according to U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Wed
18
Mar

Searching for that leading candidate

The next political season which includes the Presidential race, is just around the corner. In fact, it is already here. The Democrats appear to have set their sights on only one candidate and the others have a field of candidates that includes everyone who ever considered writing a book. I know for sure that I don’t want to see the Democrat Hillary Clinton in the white house. I can’t figure out which one of the Republicans are the leading candidates and I can’t really tell which of them I would like to see be president.

 

Wed
18
Mar

City preps for April car show

Silsbee City Council held their monthly meeting Monday, March 16 where several issues were brought before the board to be approved. However, before those items to be considered were discussed, Mayor HebertMuckleroy presented two proclamations.March 2015 is dedicated as the month to recognize those who are in need due to natural disasters, like fires, floods, and hurricanes. Muckleroy presented the plaque and proclamation to a member of the Red Cross organization because of the work they do to help those in need.

 

Wed
18
Mar

Solely a volunteer

By Daniel Elizondo
 
Ann Roberts only sees that she was doing her part as a volunteer because its her love. The Kountze Chamber of Commerce saw it a different way and honored the former Batson resident as Citizen of the Year at its annual banquet on Thursday. “I’m just so honored that they recognized me,” Roberts said. “This really is such a pleasant surprise.”
 

 

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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