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Fake wreck staged for training

By Tim Collins

Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and local EMT students trained in retrieving victims from a car wreck on Oct. 9.

The wreck was staged at Payne’s Wrecker Service, where an eighteen-wheeler was placed on top of three previously-crashed vehicles, including a pickup truck, a Buick Rendezvous and a Sable Mercury.

 

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Suicide note tells different account of girl’s murder

By Dannie Oliveaux

JASPER — A suicide note left by a 19-year-old deceased male suspect in the murder of a Silsbee High School freshman cheerleader stated he was not responsible for the girl’s death.

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman released to the media contents of a note left by Paul Audrey Adams of Vidor, who is the suspect in the Oct. 1 shooting death of 14-year-old Tristan Hope Dilley. 

Dilley was found shot in the upstairs bedroom of her mother’s home located on County Road 784 near Buna. The victim was found lying facedown on her bed by her 13-year-old brother about 7:45 p.m.

 

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Ninth Court of Appeals ruled in favor of cheerleaders’ religious banners

By Tim Collins

The Texas Ninth Court of appeals ruled in favor of the Kountze cheerleaders who displayed religious quotes on football run-through banners, Sept. 29. The cheerleaders sued Kountze ISD on First Amendment grounds in 2012 after the school banned the use of religious quotes during football games.

“It was a sweeping decision,” David Starnes, the Beaumont attorney representing the cheerleaders, said.

 

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Wed
04
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Communities mourning teen’s tragic death

Tristian Dilley attended school in Buna and Silsbee ISDs

By Dannie Oliveaux

Two communities are mourning the tragic death of a Silsbee High School freshman student who was found fatally shot in bed in Buna on Oct. 1.

Tristan Hope Dilley, 14, was discovered face-down in bed with a gunshot to her head, reported her step-father, Joe Scott.

Dilley, a freshman, was a member of the SHS junior varsity cheerleading squad.

 

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Homecoming Queen

Silsbee High School senior Neeleigh Smith was crowned as the 2017 Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies of the Silsbee-West Orange-Starks football game on Sept. 29.

 

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Texas General Land Office prepping short-term, long-term recovery efforts

By Tim Collins

LUMBERTON — Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said last week the General Land Office has signed a contract with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance to Texas residents affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Bush, who visited Hardin County on Sept. 27, said the assistance would arrive within “weeks, if not months,” through five short-term housing programs. He met with state, county and city officials during a meeting at Lumberton City Hall.

 

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Cruise ‘N Silsbee

Four-yearold Gage Coward of Lakeview admires one of the many classic automobiles that were on display at the annual Cruise ‘N Silsbee car show Sept. 23 at the old Kirby Memorial Stadium in Silsbee.

 

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HOF inductees recall days at SHS

By Danny Reneau

The 2017 Wall of Honor inductees will be honored at a reception at 5-7 p.m. Sept. 29, at Silsbee High School. The reception will be in the gym lobby area and the induction will be in the Silsbee High School auditorium.

The recipients will receive their plaques at Friday’s homecoming football game.

 

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Debris removal major topic at commissioners’ meeting

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — The Hardin County Commissioners Court voted 4-1 for a motion that allows the County Judge Wayne Mc- Daniel to increase the rate by 25 percent for a pre-existing contract — if approved by the county attorney — for disaster recovery services from Tropical Storm Harvey.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Chris Kirkendall presented the motion and it was seconded by Precinct 3 Commissioner Ken Pelt. Precinct 1 Commissioner L.W. Cooper was the lone vote against the motion, while Precinct 4 Commissioner Alvin Roberts and McDaniel were in favor of the motion.

 

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Sep
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Council votes 4-3 to buy building for new City Hall

By Dannie Oliveaux

Mayor Herbert Muckleroy broke a 3-3 tie as the Silsbee City Council approved the purchase of the old Texas Home Health Building located on Highway 327.

The final vote was 4-3. Councilmembers Gary Strahan, Jim Willis and Chris Barnes voted in favor of the purchasing the building, while Councilmembers Thomas Tyler, Adalaide Balaban and Susan Bard against.

 

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