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18
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Man out on bail for child sex crime

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — A 39-year-old Lumberton man arrested out of state and transported back to Hardin County for a child sex crime has been released from jail.

Steven Valdes was arrested in Calcasieu Parish (Lake Charles, La.) on June 21 for an out-of-state detainer and was transported to the Hardin County Jail on June 28, according to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

He was charged with one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

 

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18
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Friday the 13th fire

Friday, July 13 was an unlucky day for a south Hardin County family. Several members of the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire about 12:45 p.m. with three tankers to a home on Sheffield Drive, across from Village Creek State Park.

 

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Commissioners discuss 2019 proposed budget

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — Hardin County Judge Wayne Mc- Daniel reported to the Commissioners Court that the certified property values for the county should remain the same along for effective tax rate for the 2019 fiscal year budget during the July 17 meeting.

McDaniel presented a draft copy of the 2019 proposed budget and reported the estimated certified values for the county is $3,100,306,500.

He expects the county to have the certified property values and expecting the rolling stock values later this week.

 

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Wed
11
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Court OKs lawsuit in opioid crisis

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — The Hardin County Comissioner Court voted unanimously to approve a resolution to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the county against various drug manufacturers, developers, suppliers and others, of a class of  pharmaceutical drugs commonly known as opioids.

The action was taken during a special meeting on July 9.

Representing the county will be Dallas-based law firm Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, P.C. and Paul D. Henderson, P.C. and of Dies and Parkhurst, L.L.P.

 

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Boy, 6, killed in crash

By Dannie Oliveaux

VILLAGE MILLS — A 6- year-old Woodville boy died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 69 on July 10, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

According to Sgt. Stephanie Davis, DPS spokesperson, preliminary reports indicate the child was a passenger in a 2003 Lexus sedan that was traveling southbound on U.S. 69.

For an unknown reason, the driver of the Lexus crossed the center median, traveled into the northbound traffic lane and was struck by a Ryder truck tractor semi-trailer traveling northbound, according to Davis.

The impact of the collision caused the Lexus to rollover several times before coming to rest in the ditch.

 

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11
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Cruz revs up patrons at Kountze stop

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — Patrons, many standing, packed into Mama Jack’s Restaurant to hear Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz as his campaign tour came to Hardin County on July 6.

The incumbent Cruz is being challenged by Beto O’Rourk, a Democratic Congressman from El Paso, in the November general election.

Cruz, who was dressed in jeans, white shirt and boots, arrived at the restaurant to a loud ovation from the standing- room only crowd with included men and women of all ages. “I was reminded this week what Ronald Regan said a long time ago,” Cruz said. “He said; ‘For Republicans, every day is the Fourth of July. And for Democrats, every day is April 15th.’”

 

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Wed
04
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Cruz’s campaign tour rolls through Kountze on Friday

By Dannie Oliveaux

Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz will stop Friday, July 6 in Kountze during part of his campaign tour to help celebrate Independence Day. He will be at Mama Jack’s, 215 North Pine St., from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

He is running for re-election against U.S. Rep. Beto O’ Rourke (D-El Paso) in the November general election.

Cruz ran and won the Senate seat vacated by fellow Republican Kay Bailey Hutchinson in 2012. He is the first Hispanic American to serve as a U.S. Senator representing Texas, and is one of three senators of Cuban descent.

 

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‘Back the Badge’ event slated July 18

By Dannie Oliveaux

LUMBERTON — The third annual “Back the Badge” luncheon is set for Wednesday, July 18 and the public is welcome to come out to show they support for all law enforcement agencies including police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, judges, game wardens, Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers and others.

The event, hosted by the Hardin County Angels of Care, is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lumberton ISD Performing Arts Center, 103 South LHS Drive.

 

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04
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More than 900 families served at three food distribution sites in June

By Dannie Oliveaux

During three days of food distribution in Kountze, Lumberton and Silsbee, more than 900 Hardin County families received food or talked to a disaster case management workers.

Hardin County Strong was working in conjunction with Southeast Texas Food Bank at the three locations.

According to Michelle Brewer, Disaster Recovery director for Hardin County, more than 71,000 pounds of food ($123,000) was handed out by volunteers.

 

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27
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Man killed in 2-car crash

By Dannie Oliveaux

A Silsbee man was killed June 22 in a two-vehicle wreck on FM 92 near Mullins Road, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Tommy Joe Mullins, 76, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Melissa Minton. According to Sgt. Stephanie Davis, DPS spokesperson, DPS responded to the crash which occurred at approximately 5 p.m.

Davis stated that initial reports indicate that a 2005 Chrysler passenger vehicle, driven by Mullins, was stopped, facing northbound, on the improved shoulder of the roadway.

 

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