Community/Schools

Wed
19
Jul

Chairman James White Joins the Texas Conservative Coalition in Support of the Special Session

State Representative James White is honored to join the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) and fellow conservative legislators as a signee of the TCC letter to Governor Greg Abbott in support of his call for a special session.

In the letter, the signed legislators praise the victories that were made in the 85th Regular Sessionsuch as strengthening our local community safety with the ban on sanctuary cities and protecting our most vulnerable children with major foster care reform. Additionally, they thanked the governor for raising awareness of important issues that the Legislature can address after passing important agency sunset legislation. The TCC letter states that many of the issues that will be added rest on the fundamental principles of life, liberty, and property that Texans hold dear.

 

Wed
12
Jul

Lumberton home to be built for wounded veteran

By Autumn Rendall

On Friday July 7, a ground breaking ceremony for the new home of SSG Phillip Blackmon and his family was held. SSG Blackmon is retired from the U.S. Army and was selected as the latest 2017 Texas Sentinels Foundation home recipient. Blackmon and his wife Tammy, along with their son Alex have been selected for a new home in Lumberton which will be awarded in time for Christmas.

 

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Wed
05
Jul

Silsbee churches feed needy in the community

By Autumn Rendall

A community joining together for charity is an important cause, and Silsbee has been lucky enough to have many organizations dedicated to this mission. The First United Methodist church has started a movement that reaches out a hand to those who might need it, by giving out free sack lunches at the Frank K. Rudisaile Pavilion.

The idea started with the church’s Evangelism Team. The team is a group of ladies dedicated to creating programs that meet community needs at no charge. Long-time team member Gay Fetteroff suggested the sack lunch programs at one of the meetings, and the group set to work.

 

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Wed
28
Jun

KCISD’s Wallis asks former school district to pay heavy fines or face jail time

By Scott McDonald

Kirbyville and Bryan probably don’t have much in common other than being two Texas towns sitting three hours apart roughly on the 30th parallel. But they’ll most likely forever be linked together because of the ongoing saga between KCISD superintendent Tommy Wallis and the Bryan ISD.

Last week it took another turn when Dr. Wallis asked a district judge to find the BISD, one of its board members and four top administrators in contempt of court. Wallis claims they should face either heavy fines or jail time for released documents that proclaim 14 potential ethical violations he allegedly committed while in Bryan.

 

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Wed
21
Jun

Cancer survivor graduates Silsbee High

By Autumn Rendall

Dakota Martin in most aspects is your typical high school student. He enjoys spending time with his friends, he loves listening to music and has quite the interest in video games. However when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia his sophomore year of high school, life started to get a lot less typical.

 

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Wed
14
Jun

Local Teacher Association Presents Student Scholarships

Four scholarships in the amount of $500 each were presented to Adam Anderson, Zack Arsement, Anastasia Depew and Carson Parrott, 2016 graduates of Kountze High School. The scholarship was presented by Kountze Classroom Teachers Association, a local affiliate of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.

All recipients must meet eligibility requirements and be a child of a Kountze Classroom Teachers Association member. The Kountze CTA presented the scholarship to help the students in education pursuits and to reinforce the Association’s commitment to helping build a strong, educated community.

 

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Wed
07
Jun

Kountze Intermediate School Field Trip

Every Kid in the Park is a National Park Service initiative organized to encourage every fourth grader in the United States to visit public lands. Millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests and clear blue lakes are waiting to be explored. The project helps engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.

 

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Wed
31
May

Silsbee Garden Club visits Picket House in Woodville

The Silsbee Garden Club traveled to Woodville to the Picket House Restaurant and Heritage Village Museum on May 23 for their monthly gathering. They had 13 members present.

The Museum is a collection of buildings and artifacts depicting a small farm and timber community ofthe mid- 1800’s to about 1920. A guided tour was conducted by Wanda Smith, who shared many details about how the acreage was developed. A tour was also conducted where Mr. Clyde Gray, owner and operator of Heritage Gardens, once lived. His home was decorated with many of his paintings. 

 

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Wed
24
May

Senate voucher scheme holds school funding hostage

A key school-finance bill passed by the Texas House was hijacked last week by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and some members of the Texas Senate intent on passing a scheme for private-school vouchers.

“These Texas senators, under the approving eye of the lieutenant governor, are playing politics with the kids of our state by taking one of the most beneficial education bills in recent history and poisoning it with vouchers that would instead fund private schools with no accountability to taxpayers,” said Louis Malfaro, Texas AFT president.

 

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Wed
17
May

Evadale High the only secondary school in Region V to receive prestigious TEA award

Evadale High School was the only high school in the Texas Education Agency’s Region V to be awarded for High Progress for the 2015-16 academic year as a TEA Title I Reward School. After a talent show Monday by the students at the school auditorium, the teachers put on a slide show to honor “heroes,” and then the high school staff members got together for a group photo on the stage with the TEA award. 

 

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