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Wed
07
Oct

Indictment handed in murder case

By Daniel Elizondo
 
A Hardin County grand jury indicted Terrance Tyveone Williams on charges of murder and aggravated robbery as a result of a shooting in May. Williams is accused of murder in the shooting death of James Steven Clem, 27, of Lumberton.
 
Wed
07
Oct

UPDATE: Driver of crushed vehicle from head-on crash miraculously survives

By Daniel Elizondo  |  Twitter: @dtelizondo

Hardik Kumar Shrimali of Beaumont, underwent surgery at a Beaumont Hospital after sustaining serious injuries as a result of a crash on FM 92 in Silsbee on Tuesday at around 3:45 a.m.

Shrimali was in a Saturn vehicle when it and a tractor logging truck collided head-on.

He was trapped in the vehicle for an hour while Silsbee first responders and fire officials extricated him from the wreckage.

He was transported via air transport.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, DPS reported that Shrimali had come out of surgery and is expected to recover fully from the injuries.

It was unknown the injuries sustained in the crash.

Thu
01
Oct

Kountze Trade Days closing

By Daniel Elizondo

Kountze Big Thicket Trade Days is shutting down after five years giving vendors a chance to offer various items and products to consumers.

Kountze Trade Days was open the fourth weekend of every month since its inception in September 2010.

Kountze Public Works director Tim Drake made the announcement earlier this week.

Wed
30
Sep

Texas AG files amicus brief in Kountze cheerleader case

By Daniel Elizondo

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an amicus brief on Friday, Sept. 25 asking the Texas Supreme Court to protect the constitutional right of Texas’ public school students to express free speech and religious expression at school events.

The brief came on the support of the Kountze cheerleaders in the case Matthews vs. Kountze ISD regarding Bible verses painted on football run-through banners after a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in 2012.

Wed
30
Sep

No injuries in bizarre rollover

By Daniel Elizondo

Silsbee police reported no injuries from a vehicle accident that left a Ford Escape upside down on Texas 327 on Wednesday morning.

Authorities were called to the accident at around 9:40 a.m. at the intersection of Texas 327 and South 4th Street in Silsbee.

According to police reports, a Ford Sedan driven by Julia Short, 70, struck the Ford Escape while traveling southbound on 4th Street.

The impact caused the Escape to lose control and rollover on the highway.

The driver of the Escape, Jose Leal, 46, and Short were uninjured and didn’t require medical attention.

Both drivers are from Silsbee.

Photos by Meagan Moore

Wed
30
Sep

Tiger Prowl aiming for homecoming nostalgia

by Bertie Standley and Susan Kilcrease
 
Silsbee belongs to the unique group of small-towns that is served by a single school district, creating a huge, extended family of generations of people who grew up together and then sent their children and grandchildren to the same schools. Homecoming has, for almost a century, been a more of a gathering of generations of the same family than it has been a typical High School  Reunion.
 
Wed
30
Sep

HCSO reports missing person

By Daniel Elizondo

 

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the whereabouts of a white male reported missing on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Robert Howard Davis, 49, was reported missing by family members after he had not been seen or heard from for two weeks.

 

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Wed
30
Sep

Suspect arrested in arson case

By Daniel Elizondo

 

One man is in custody after Hardin County Sheriff’s Department investigated two travel trailers that burned at the Neches Wildlife Hunting Club in Silsbee on Tuesday morning. Silsbee fire officials were called to an area in the hunting club after witnesses saw one trailer burn while the other began smoking.

 

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Mon
28
Sep

HCSO reports missing person

By Daniel Elizondo

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the whereabouts of a white male reported missing on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Robert Howard Davis, 49, was reported missing by family members after he had not been seen or heard from for two weeks.

According to Hardin County investigators, Davis doesn’t have a permanent residence, and the last established contact anyone had with him was on or about Sept. 9 by telephone.

He was last seen driving a 1996 Honda Accord on Sept. 9, bearing a Texas license plate CD9-P609.

Anyone with information with the whereabouts of Davis is urged to contact Sgt. Mark Minton at the Hardin County Sheriff’s office at 409-246-3441.

Wed
23
Sep

LESSON LEARNED

By Daniel Elizondo
 
To many locals in Silsbee and Hardin County, it seemed like yesterday, feeling the unknown of what a powerful hurricane could do as it approached with a vengeance. Hurricane Rita was destined to slam into the Texas coastline at Jefferson County, and it left Hardin County officials and citizens in a panic 10 years ago to this date.
 

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