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TIGERS’ HOME OPENER

Spencer Uribe (34) holds firm onto the U.S. flag as the Silsbee Tigers run out of the tunnel at the team’s home opener on Sept. 14 against the Nederland Bulldog

 

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Silsbee man guilty of human trafficking

By Dannie Oliveaux

BEAUMONT — A Jefferson County jury found a Silsbee man guilty of “continuous trafficking of person” on Sept. 13 and sentenced him to 60 years in prison.

Johnny Ray Latlock, 25, was sentenced in the 252nd District Court under Judge Rachel West with a jury made up of 10 women and two men.

Continuous trafficking of person is a first-degree felony offense.

 

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Citizens address board on backpack situation

By Danny Reneau

The Silsbee ISD Board of Trustee met Sept. 11 and several citizens addressed the board on a controversial situation at Edward Johnson Memorial Silsbee Middle School.

Former school board member John Griffin said he has a lot of respect for the board members and the superintendent, but was concerned about the controversy over backpacks at the middle school.

“It’s important to keep the community from looking like our national politics,” said Griffin. “We need to have an adult conversation, It’s a bad thing for the wife of a board members to be pushing the controversy.”

 

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12
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Multi-vehicle crash claims lives of three area teens

By Dannie Oliveaux

SARATOGA — A community and two school districts are in mourning as the investigation continues into a four-vehicle accident that claimed the lives of three Hardin County teenagers on Sept. 9.

According to Sgt. Stephanie Davis, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson, the accident remains an ongoing crash investigation as troopers work to determine the exact factors that contributed to this fatal crash.

At this time, there are no additional details to be released.

 

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GIVING BLOOD

Twins Teressa Kountz (front) and Tonya Hedleston of Silsbee were among the many people who donated blood during the second annual Jay Hinkie Memorial Blood Drive and Scholarship Fundraiser on Sept. 6 at the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department Station.

 

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Kountze woman nabbed in drug bust

By Dannie Oliveaux

BEAUMONT — A Hardin County woman, along with a Newton County man, was arrested Sept 4. in a joint operation between the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force and Traffic Unit with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives, according the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Arrested was Karissa Hopkins, 26, of Kountze and Justin Johnson, 29, of Newton who both were charged with possession of a controlled substance — second-degree felony — with additional charges pending.

 

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Wed
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CIRCLE OF PRAYER

Rev. Arthur Smith (left) and his wife Trina pray during the Hardin Country Strong Circle of Prayer on Sept. 3 at the Hardin County Courthouse. About 40 people attended the event despite rain from Tropical Storm Gordon. They circled in the shadow of the dome which symbolizes the strong history of Hardin County along with the U.S. and Texas flags.

 

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Congressman visits Silsbee

Babin says primary issues are securing the border, immigration

By Danny Reneau

During a local visit on Aug. 30, Congressman Brian Babin (R-36) stated the primary issues concerning the voters of Southeast Texas are securing the border and immigration.

He visited Silsbee to meet and speak with local citizens, and to address their questions and concerns.

Babin stated he’s happy the federal government has been able to provide $141 billion for farm relief. This is a major concern in parts of his district but a smaller concern in Hardin County.

 

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HCSO investigating reports of dogfighting

HARDIN COUNTY

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — Hardin County Sheriff Office investigators are looking into reports of a dogfighting ring after videos and photographs were posted on social media recently.

In a press release sent Sept. 4, Sheriff Mark Davis said the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into a recent video that was posted on social media that depicts an organized dogfighting operation.

“Investigators continue to gather evidence as it relates to this criminal activity,” wrote Davis. “This is a cooperative effort between local prosecutors, area law enforcement agencies and the ASPCA.”

 

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HCEM recaps recovery efforts in Hardin County

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — Hardin County Emergency Management (HCEM) Coordinator Aaron Tupper and Disaster Recovery Director Michelle Brewer updated the Hardin County Commissioners Court on the status of recovery at the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey.

Tupper said HCEM is currently working on applying for several grants for several projects which include a hurricane/ tornado safe room at the courthouse to shelter county personnel.

 

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