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Wed
24
May

Silsbee retains police chief

By Scott McDonald

A 4-1 vote by the Silsbee City Council on Monday approved a pay raise to keep Police Chief Waylan Rhodes, who has held the position for four and a half months.

Rhodes, who assumed duties in early January with a salary of $72,000 plus city employee benefits, tendered his resignation two weeks ago after he was approved to become the police chief in Cameron for the same amount of money.

 

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Wed
24
May

Mobile home fire contained

Three different fire departments from the surrounding communities were called out to a mobile home located at 3812 Hwy. 326 North in Kountze for a fire that had engulfed an ice box. The fire occurred on Monday at about 10:50 a.m. Sour Lake Fire Department was the first to arrive on scene with Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Trevor Samford waiting on their arrival and containing the area. Kountze Fire Department and Silsbee Fire Department arrived soon after. According to the Sour Lake FD Fire Chief, combustibles were stored around the ice box (inset photo) and caused an electrical fire in the garage area located on the right end of the mobile home.

 

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Wed
24
May

Domestic disturbance leads to Lumberton stabbing

By Meagan Moore

A domestic disturbance soon turned into an aggravated assault at the home located on 10910 Cooks Lake Road in Lumberton on Sunday. At about 6:06 p.m. the Hardin County Sheriff’s office responded to a call in regards to a stabbing.

Sergeants Grant McDowell and Trevor Samford, among other deputies, arrived at the scene to find a 35-year-old victim with multiple injuries. It appeared that an argument between the victim and 51-year-old Tracy Lane Waller escalated into a stabbing.

 

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Wed
17
May

Silsbee PD chief resigns

By Scott McDonald

The City of Silsbee will search for its third police chief in six months after the abrupt and unexpected resignation of chief Waylan Rhodes last week.

Rhodes on May 8 was named the new police chief for the City of Cameron, a town of just less than 6,000 residents an hour and a half northeast of Austin. Rhodes began his job in Silsbee on Jan. 9 to replace former chief Mark Davis, who’s now the Hardin County sheriff.

The Silsbee Bee reached out to Chief Rhodes through phone calls and email, but he never responded. He did go on the record with the Temple Daily Telegram, however.

 

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Wed
17
May

Wreck sends several to hospital

By Meagan Moore

Hardin County Sheriff’s deputies and the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a two-vehicle crash on Saturday, May 13 at the intersection of FM 92 and Ben D. Smith Road north of Silsbee.

HCSO Sergeant Jesse Orr and Deputy Tanner Hawthorne were the first to arrive at the scene, followed shortly by DPS Trooper Blake Burman. According to the initial reports, a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck towing a trailer was traveling southbound on FM 92 when a 2002 Dodge pickup truck traveling northbound attempted to make a left turn onto Ben D. Smith Road.

 

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Wed
17
May

Raney receives national public servant award from VFW

By Meagan Moore

Long-time Silsbee resident Fred Raney on Saturday was announced as recipient of the National Public Servant Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of United States for his many years of service to the Silsbee Fire Department.

The VFW Post 1514 in Village Mills sent out information to the local fire departments and chiefs, and someone within the department nominates a public servant. Fred Raney, the then assistant chief, chaplain and PIO at Silsbee Fire Department, was named the VFW Department of Texas’s Firefighter recipient of the VFW 1514 Post on Dec. 13, 2016.

 

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Wed
10
May

SISD Place 1 candidates tie

By Scott McDonald

One more vote could’ve possibly determined the election for the Place 1 seat on the Silsbee ISD Board of Trustees. One more or one less. Instead, there’s a tie for first.

Of the 735 total votes, 218 went to Kathy Merritt and 218 went to Derrell (D.J.) Ferguson — with each garnering 29.66 percent of the vote. Right behind them was Michael Joe Langley Sr. with 212 votes (28.84 percent). Ina Graham Martin won 87 votes for the fourth spot in that race.

 

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Wed
10
May

Motorcycle wreck injures Silsbee man

By Scott McDonald

A Monday afternoon wreck between Silsbee and Evadale has left a Silsbee man critically injured and a Louisiana man with other minor injuries.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, at approximately 3:15p.m., officials responded to a two vehicle crash on U.S. 96 near the Jasper-Hardin County line.

 

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Wed
10
May

Storms rip through county

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles issued a severe thunderstorm warning and a flash flood warning for several counties, including Hardin County, on Wednesday, May 3. The warning for thunderstorms came at about 6:30 a.m. and the flash flood warning was released at about 8:30 a.m.

Thunderstorms produced heavy rain across the warned areas, and the county received several inches. Some locations that experienced flooding included Silsbee, Kountze, Evadale, Fred, Wildwood, Caney Head, Honey Island, and Village Mills

 

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Wed
03
May

Fire scorches business

Silsbee firefighters work to extinguish a hot spot after a big fire destroyed Southern Wholesale on Tuesday morning. Reports of the blaze first came in at 3 a.m. Tuesday, and by 11 a.m. there were eight different departments from Beaumont to Kirbyville on the scene.

 

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