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Community leaders form long-term recovery group

By Tim Collins

KOUNTZE — Hardin County officials and community leaders met, Thursday, to create a regional long term recovery group in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey.

The goal of the group would be to coordinate recovery efforts throughout Hardin County in conjunction with similar teams in Jefferson and Orange Counties, Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel said.

 

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Building a snowman

Two-year-old Auden Jelsma builds a snowman at his Silsbee home with mother Lizz during a morning's rare snow day on Dec. 8. Silsbee and the surrounding area received about an inch of snow late Thurday night, but only lasted several hours after sunrise. 

 

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Silsbee Little Theater make offer on Pines Theater

By Tim Collins

The Silsbee Little Theater has made an offer on the Pines Theater to AMC Theatres.

Barri Hoffman, president of Silsbee Little Theater, said if their offer to AMC Theatres is accepted, they plan to renovate the Pines into a multi-purpose entertainment venue with the capability of hosting live theater and music, but she emphasized the Pines would continue to show movies.

"We want to renovate the theater and have a similar venue like the Pines Theater in Lufkin, which is a multi-purpose venue," she said. "They have concerts there, they have community theater there, and they show movies there. We're looking at something along those lines."

 

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Lighted parades

Last week was filled with plenty of holiday activities including night-time parades. An unidentifed girl (top photo) throws candy to parade patrons during Silsbee’s Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 2. There were more than 45 entries in Saturday’s annual parade.

 

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SHS grad named EM coordinator

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — Hardin County Judge Wayne Mc- Daniel announced that Aaron Tupper is the new emergency management coordinator.

Tupper is a 2001 graduate of Silsbee High School. He officially began his new position on Dec. 4.

He replaces Theresa Wigley, who spent more than 19 years at the position. 

“Aaron has emergency management training and experience, and he’s committed to furthering his education in this field in the coming months,” McDaniel said in a statement. “He will also strengthen relationships between the Hardin County Office of Emergency Management and all first responder entities within Hardin County, and throughout the Southeast Texas region.”

 

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Court hears bill concerning hydropower dam licenses

Pelt says priorities set by Congress for flood control, not recreation control

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — Hardin County commissioners heard from a representative from U.S. Rep. Brian Babin’s office regarding recent legislation to examine and reform local Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hydropower dam licenses to any project that is located in an area that was declared as a disaster area in 2017.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment Nov. 9 to authorize FERC to examine the licenses. The amendment is waiting for consideration from the Senate.

 

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SBA approves $91M in disaster-related loans for Hardin Co.

By Tim Collins

 

HARDIN COUNTY — The Small Business Association, a government agency that provides loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the United States, announced this week that they had approved 748 home and 22 business disaster-related loans in Hardin County, totaling over $91 million. Many businesses were damaged when Tropical Storm Harvey dropped an estimated 33 trillion gallons of water across Southeast Texas, devastating thousands of homes and prompting the closure of local businesses, including the Adventure Kingdom and Pines Theater.

Businesses experiencing damage because of Tropical Storm Harvey can apply for loans through the SBA, but spokeswoman Julie Garrett said businesses can also apply for an economic injury loan if their business experienced an interruption because of the storm, such as customers not being able to reach the business because of flooded waters.

 

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Christmas festival, parade is Saturday

By Dannie Oliveaux

 

The weather forecast calls for sunny skies with high temperature around 78 degrees during the day and a low about 46 for this Saturday’s “Christmas in the Big Thicket” event and the “Silsbee Lighted Christmas Parade.”

The festival is sponsored by the Silsbee Public Library, while the parade is a joint effort of the Silsbee Chamber of Commerce and the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department. Silsbee Public Library spokesperson Naconna Armfield said as of Tuesday more than 70 vendors have registered for the festival near the library.

 

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Fire burns down vacant house in Lumberton

By Tim Collins

 

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton Fire Department responded to a house fire on Diana Drive off Cooks Lake Road on Nov. 26. Operations chief Richard Land said there were no injuries as a result of the fire, including first responders. Telephone, cable and power lines were melted as a result of the fire, necessitating repair.

The owner, Jason Burge, said he and his family had vacated the house after Tropical Storm Harvey, which was why the property was vacant. “It was washed to the very back of the property during Harvey, up against the trees in the back yard,” he said. “That’s the only thing that saved it from washing completely away.”

 

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SISD board approves resignations, hirings

By Danny Reneau

The Silsbee ISD Board of Trustees met Nov. 14 and accepted the resignations of four professionals and one paraprofessional.

The resignations included three teachers, — Shayna Taylor, English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at the high school; Elizabeth Cullen, middle school band director; and Paula Barclay, a nurse at the elementary school.

 

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