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Sat
10
May

BREAKING: Incumbents remain on Silsbee city council seats

By Daniel Elizondo, Editor

Low voter turnout may have been the case for city and school elections this year, but the ones that cast ballots made it count.

Two City of Silsbee places were up for grabs in this year’s election with both incumbents keeping their respective seats.

District B place Chris Barnes defeated Bill Nunn after receiving 61 votes (73 percent) to Nunn’s 12 votes.

In an At-Large place, incumbent James Collins remained in his position with 187 votes (55 percent) to defeat Chris Smith, who received 144 votes (42 percent)

In Silsbee ISD elections, Place 1 incumbent Bill Conway won handily over Kent Irvin with 389 votes to Irvin’s 228 votes.

Fri
09
May

Silsbee woman recovering after train accident

By Daniel Elizondo, Editor

A Silsbee woman is recovering from minor injuries after the vehicle she was driving, crashed into a train in Silsbee on Thursday evening.

Linda Renfro, 53, was traveling west on Avenue G, and allegedly struck a train that was backing up on the tracks across the right-of-way at 2nd Street at 8:40 p.m., Silsbee police said.

The 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe she was driving, slammed into the back rail car as the train was ¾ of the way across the roadway.

Two men were standing on the back rail car with illuminated devices during the crash. They were not injured.

Rail crossing warning signs are erected at the intersection, with street striping. There are no lights or cross bars.

Silsbee Police Chief Mark Davis said that no lights or warning cross bars are required if the rail crossing has proper signs and striping.

Thu
08
May

Bus crash scares witnesses

Many witnesses and authorities received a scare on Wednesday afternoon after a compact car slammed into a Silsbee ISD school bus near the Tyler County line.

Officials arrived to find a Toyota Prius crashed into the right side of a school bus off of the roadway at Highway 92 and the Tyler County line at around 4:40 p.m.

Luckily, when officials arrived they, found all students had been dropped off prior to the accident.

DPS officials said that the driver of the Prius attempted to pass the school bus on the shoulder, when the driver of the bus was attempting a right turn onto private property.

Doyle Swarthowt Jr., of Fred, was cited for illegal pass to the right. Arthur McInnis of Silsbee was the driver of the bus.

Silsbee ISD Supt. Richard Bain received the news and rushed to the scene.

Both drivers were not injured.

Wed
07
May

Pot ring gets smoked

By Andrea Whitney
 
A Silsbee couple landed in jail after one of the largest Hardin County drug seizures in recent years. A collaborative effort between Hardin County Narcotics Officers and Silsbee Police ended a lengthy investigation.
 
Wed
07
May

Developer aims at improving downtown

By Daniel Elizondo
 
A property management company based out of Silsbee is seeking funds from Silsbee Economic Development Corporation in a planned revitalization of a part of downtown. Brooke Managment LLC is under contract to purchase 6,000 square feet of property at the corner of Avenue H and 5th Street in downtown Silsbee.
 
Wed
07
May

Fire destroys home in Kountze

By AndreaWhitney
 
A fire that began on Monday afternoon off of Highway 327 in Kountze completely engulfed and destroyed a home, according to Kountze Volunteer Fire Chief Jim Stopplemen.
 
Wed
07
May

EEOC dismisses complaint

By Daniel Elizondo
 
The City of Silsbee received a final notification from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on April 25 regarding a complaint filed by Silsbee EDC Director Kim Garrett. The EEOC returned a dismissal of the complaint on April 25, stating that there was no violation of the allegations by Garrett.
 
Wed
30
Apr

GALLERY: Angels of Care softball tourney

Hardin County Angels of Care held its annual softball tournament on Saturday.

The organization raises money for children in Hardin County in need of special medical needs.

State Rep. James White was the honorary person to throw out the first pitch to begin the tournament. Hardin County District Attorney David Sheffield provided an opening prayer.

Hardin County Angels of Care is a non-profit organization providing for children.

Wed
30
Apr

Students rally for fallen classmate

By Daniel Elizondo
 
Silsbee High School students rallied together to pay tribute to a fellow student on Thursday with a candlelight vigil. Hundreds gathered at Silsbee High School’s Tiger Stadium during the dusk hour to pay its respect to Jamarcus Myers and his family. Myers was killed in a head-on collision on Easter Sunday morning, sending a wave of sadness throughout the campus.

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Wed
30
Apr

Log jam on Hwy. 96

By Andrea Whitney
 
Northbound lanes of Highway 96, just south of the Hardin and Jasper County lines were shut down Friday morning, April 25, after a two vehicle accident caused a log truck to overturn. According to DPS Trooper Calvin Starkie, who is the investigating officer, troopers were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Highway 96, two miles south of the county lines at approximately 7:44 a.m.

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