Community/Schools

Wed
05
Jul
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Wed
10
May
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Silsbee student places sixth in literary criticism

By Meagan Moore

A Silsbee High School student placed sixth in state at the UIL competition for Literary Criticism. She has worked hard to achieve many goals throughout her years participating in UIL competitions.

Sarah Harper grew up in Silsbee and started participating in UIL as soon as it was offered. In second grade, she worked with Ms. Sapp in creative writing. That far back, Harper can only remember that she did well in creative writing, but she doesn’t fully remember what awards she won.

 

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Wed
03
May
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Silsbee Garden Club unites with SISD

The Silsbee Garden Club wanted to do something special for its community, so one of the things they decided was to donate trees to the schools that wanted a tree for Arbor Day. After contacting the school and getting approval, a teacher each from Silsbee Middle School and Silsbee High School contacted Garden Club secretary Joy Martindale to inform her the type of trees they would like planted.

The Garden Club committee that was appointed for this task included Cynthia Roberts, Judy Erdman, Patsy Gerngross, Joy Martindale and Margaret Fox. The Silsbee Garden Club donated a river birch tree to the Silsbee Middle School and a pecan tree to the Silsbee High School. The trees were planted on Arbor Day — Friday, April 28.

 

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