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Wed
26
Nov

Silsbee home damaged by fire

The Silsbee Fire Department was called to a fire on Thurday at 1250 Marshall Lane in Silsbee. The fire in the residence appeared to destroy the back portion of the home that was owned by the resident Linda Ruggles. Silsbee received mutual aid assistance from Lumberton to battle the blaze that was called in at approximately 8 a.m.

 

Wed
26
Nov

Fire destroys Lumberton home

By Daniel Elizondo
 
A Lumberton home was destroyed by fire on Sunday at 11:49 a.m., displacing a family of seven people. Lumberton fire department was dispatched to the blaze at 4791 Spiller Road in Lumberton.
 

 

Wed
19
Nov

Affordable housing group seeks city approval

By Daniel Elizondo
 
Developers are interested in building an affordable housing complex in Silsbee, but first needs the approval of the city. Tim Lang of the Tejas Housing Group in Austin, presented preliminary plans on Monday for an affordable complex similar to Oak Leaf Apartments.

 

Wed
19
Nov

Historical Commission recognizes award recipients

By Daniel Elizondo
 
The Hardin County Historical Commission recognized several award recipients on Thursday at its annual awards luncheon held at the newly renovated American Legion Hall that is now the County Seat Music Hall in Kountze. Many history buffs packed the hall along with several dignitaries of Hardin County.

 

Wed
19
Nov

Christmas In The Big Thicket

LIT lineman Tyler Leblanc installs Christmas decorations in downtown Silsbee in preparation for Christmas in the Big Thicket on Dec. 6. The decorations were made by the Silsbee Garden Club including Edna Dominguez and Linda Miller. The Christmas decorations are a part of the Downtown Silsbee Revitilization organization.

 

Wed
19
Nov

District judge makes statement

By Daniel Elizondo
 
A Beaumont man that entered sentencing onMonday for his part in an aggravated robbery in Lumberton last year, received a hefty prison sentence that sends a statement across the area. Tyler LeBlanc, 24, was handed two 30-year sentences on two counts of aggravated robbery and a 10-year sentence for evading arrest by 356th District Judge Steve Thomas at the Hardin County Courthouse. LeBlanc pleaded guilty in September on the charges.
 

 

Thu
13
Nov

Widespread sub-freezing temperatures expected tonight

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a hard freeze warning effective for all of Hardin County midnight tonight until Friday at 8 a.m.

A modified arctic air mass will remain over the region into the weekend. Freezing temperatures are expected across most of the area from late tonight into early Friday morning, with hard freeze conditions expected north of Interstate 10.

The warning includes Hardin, Orange, northern Jasper, northern Newton, southern Jasper, and southern Newton counties.

Temperatures are expected to dip as low as 27 degrees in some of the freeze warning areas after midnight. Hard freeze conditions are expected to last between 3 to 6 hours.

The freeze will impact tender outdoor vegetation, which can be killed or severely damaged by subfreezing temperatures and should be protected. In addition, outdoor animals should be provided adequate shelter.

Thu
13
Nov

Sentencing for LeBlanc postponed to Monday

By Daniel Elizondo

Sentencing for one of three suspects in the armed robbery of a Little Caesars Pizza restaurant in Lumberton, has been postponed until Monday at 2 p.m.

Tyler D’Sean LeBlanc, 24, had pled guilty in September to two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of evading arrest in the robbery of the pizza place on Nov. 21, 2013.

LeBlanc was scheduled to be sentenced in front of 356th District Judge Steve Thomas on Wednesday afternoon, but new evidence presented in the case forced both defense and prosecuting attorneys to postpone the sentencing.

Prior arrests of LeBlanc and prior evidence on the co-defendants were presented to attorneys before sentencing began.

LeBlanc’s attorney asked Judge Thomas to not consider evidence of one of the co-defendants involvement in a prior burglary in Beaumont similar to the case in Lumberton.

Wed
12
Nov

The jingles of Christmas are near

By Daniel Elizondo
 
Most people gawk when it comes to walking in a department store decorated for Christmas – some even preparing its stores in late October. B ut as the proverbial "turkey day" draws near, it truly becomes the Holiday Season.
 
Wed
12
Nov

McDaniel claims judgeship

By Daniel Elizondo
 
Republican voters spoke its voice on Tuesday, with all local and state vote counts making a sweep. The biggest being Wayne McDaniel Jr., claiming the Hardin County judge seat that has been occupied by Billy Caraway for the past 16 years.
 

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