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Wed
26
Apr

HCSO finds ‘sophisticated’ marijuana growth operation

.By Meagan Moore

The entire mobile home was located in Kountze was converted into a sophisticated indoor marijuana growth operation with several different equipment to help cultivate the plant.

Tuesday morning the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip from Crime Stoppers about a marijuana growth operation at a resident on the corner of Texas 326 and FM 770 in Kountze.

Sergeants from the HCSO approached the mobile home and knocked on the door, letting resident inside that they were law enforcement officers out there on a tip.

 

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Wed
26
Apr

Babin means business

Brooks Gilchriest met with Congressman Brian Babin and Chuck Partain at the Apache Products plant in Silsbee on Wednesday. The group discussed issued that involved the operations of small businesses in America. Mr. Gilchrist reported that the plant employed 140 workers.

 

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Wed
26
Apr

Banks sentenced to additional 99 years in prison for assault on public servant

By Meagan Moore

A Kountze man who was already serving 20 years in prison for the beating of a former Kountze police officer and two years for evading arrest on November 7, 2014 was recently sentenced 99 years to run consecutively for once again assaulting a public servant.

The first assault happened after former police officer Kiera Linney responded to a call at the Tejas Grocery store stating that a customer was throwing things at the clerk. However, after Deputy Gulley with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office arrived, the clerk stated that the suspect ran out carrying a handful of Budweiser cans.

 

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Wed
19
Apr

Car chase leads to drug bust

By Meagan Moore

A high speed car chase from Lumberton near West Chance Cutoff to FM 418 in Kountze led to the arrest of a Lumberton woman for manufacturing/ delivery of a controlled substance and evading arrest.

Lumberton Police Officer Chad Ainsworth was on patrol when he spotted a 2003 Honda motorcycle traveling north at a high rate of speed on Hwy. 69. When he clocked the vehicle, it was traveling 91 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone.

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Wed
19
Apr

SISD approves inter-local agreement

By Danny Reneau

The Silsbee ISD board of trustees met Tuesday, April 11 with a very light agenda.

During the meeting they recognized the SHS basketball team for winning the 2017 State 4A championship.

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Wed
19
Apr

Council hires native for EDC

Sanders-Heisner set to lead embattled city agency

By Sue Woodard

The new face of the Silsbee Economic Development Corporation is not new to Silsbee at all.

Christy Sanders-Heisner was born and raised in Silsbee and graduated from Silsbee High School in 1995. With a scholarship from Temple-Inland and working both a fulltime and part-time job, Sanders-Heisner earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baylor University, graduating in 1999. And although she doesn’t have experience as an EDC Director, Sanders-Heisner brings a lot of experience in business to the table.

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Wed
19
Apr

Celebrating an Easter full of hope, promise

Children ar the Easte Egg at Kirby Memorial Stadium took their job seriously on Saturday, and their job was to find eggs full of surprises, which was not real hard to find. This child was hunting in the group of children who were out searching for the eggs within the age group for those two and under.

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Wed
12
Apr

Chemical Emergency

By Meagan Moore

Hwy. 418 in front of Alferd’s Laundry was closed for approximately four hours on Monday, April 10 as emergency crews tried to right a fallen tanker truck.

At about 8:17 a.m. Eddie Greer, 60, of Tyler, was driving a 2016 Peterbilt truck pulling a tank full of isopentane, an extremely volatile and flammable liquid at room temperature and pressure.

According to police reports, the tanker was traveling westbound towards Kountze when Greer failed to maintain his speed and left the roadway, going off onto the soft shoulder. When the driver tried to correct, the heavy truck slipped and fell over onto its passenger side.

 

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Wed
12
Apr

Freeman’s rodeo dreams coming true

By Meagan Moore

A Kountze teen is still going strong with his determination and skill to make it to the top of the rodeo world.

This year, Ross Freeman has decided to homeschool in order to focus more on achieving his long-term goals and dreams. Now he expects to have more time to work on his technique, endurance, and all around health.

 

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Wed
12
Apr

School bus wreck sends 25 to hospital

By Meagan Moore

Twenty-five people were transported to hospitals after a crash that involved a Beaumont Independent School Bus occurred on April 4 on U.S. Highway 69 in Lumberton.

Lumberton Police, Volunteer fire department, and EMS responded to the major crash involving three vehicles at 1:51 p.m. near West Walton Road.

 

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