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Wed
22
Mar

Home Finally

By Danny Reneau

After nearly 45 years, the brother of a longtime Silsbee resident is coming home.

Senior Master Sergeant Robert Thomas Elliot was killed in action during the Vietnam War. He was a gunner in the Air Force Special Forces and died when an AC-130 gunship was shot down on Dec. 21, 1972. The gunship was on a reconnaissance mission to prevent North Vietnamese Army units from infiltrating South Vietnam through the neighboring country of Laos.

For many years the communist authorities in Laos did not allow a recovery team to excavate the crash site, where hundreds of bone fragments were recovered. Using the recovered fragments, a military forensic specialist at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii officially identified each of the 13 unaccounted-for members from Elliott’s final mission.

 

Wed
22
Mar

Tigers welcomed home

The Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department, along with many Silsbee residents, welcomed the State Champs home on March 12 after their victory at the basketball tournament in San Antonio.

 

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Wed
22
Mar

Silsbee Police

Silsbee Police Corporal DeVille and Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputy Bendy arrived at the scene of a one vehicle car accident that occurred on Tuesday at about 11:45 a.m. A blue Dodge truck was traveling northbound on Hwy. 96 when the driver attempted to change lanes

 

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Wed
15
Mar

Tigers take basketball Texas title

BY DANNY RENEAU

The Silsbee Tigers won their first state championship in basketball with a couple of hard fought wins over Argyle and Brazosport last week.

Joe Sigler, who has coached for over 40 years, was very emotional as his team accepted the trophy for winning the championship.

He stated that he had coached for over 40 years before having his teams earn a spot in the tournament the past two years.

 

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Wed
15
Mar

Council approves hotel zoning

BY DANNY RENEAU

The Silsbee City Council held a public hearing on a request by Richard Gilbert to rezone from R-1 to C-2 the property located at 112 Roy Hill Road which is a 3.719 acre tract.

Gilbert plans to build a new Country Inn and Suite at the location.

The public was invited to present comments before the council.

 

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Wed
08
Mar

STATE BOUND

The Silsbee Tigers are State Bound and this has caused a lot of excitement around Silsbee. SISD sold 500 tickets to the Friday game in just 45 minutes on Tuesday.

The Silsbee Tigers will play Argyle Friday at 3:00 p.m. in the semi final round of the state tournament.

The Eagles will bring a record of 31-4 into the semi final game against the Tigers who are 31-6.

The Eagles four losses are to Lipan by a 47-42 score, Seminole by a 46-38 score, Seminole 46-38, and Decatur 47-38.

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Wed
08
Mar

Kountze veteran chosen for Soldier’s Wish

By Sue Woodard

In October 2016, Subway restaurants in Southeast Texas partnered with Soldier’s Wish to support our nation’s troops and military families. The plan was dependent on the generosity of Subway customers, who added their chosen dollar amount to their purchase price whenever they bought at Subway. The residents of Southeast Texas did not disappoint.

On Tues., March 7, Subway store owner, Robert Peters, and Soldier’s Wish granted the wish of Kountze resident Sterling Keith, who gave more than 30 years of his life to serving his country and his family.

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Wed
08
Mar

Silsbee ISD Board of Trustees await bids for practice field

By Sue Woodard

The Silsbee Independent School District is once again contemplating putting in a football practice field.

SISD Superintendent Richard Bain explained that the district looked at this project a couple of years ago, but at that time, the cost was more than the district wanted to spend.

Bain noted that the dirt needed to prep and build the project was a large portion of the cost of the previous proposals.

 

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Wed
01
Mar

Celebration Chamber honors top Business, Citizen, Emergency Responder

By Danny Reneau

Dr. John Crowder, a West, Texas Plant Explosion Community Leader, was the featured speaker at the Silsbee Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Crowder relayed that he was actually at a regional track meet when the fire in West, Texas started. He had just started home when one of his church deacons called to tell him that there was a fire at the West Fertilizer plant. He told the deacon that he would be home in a short time to help with the situation, he just needed to stop at his house and take care of a few things first.

 

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Wed
01
Mar

Cox indicted on theft of band booster funds

By Meagan Moore

A revelation that occurred in the month of October of last year that left the Lumberton Band Boosters, students, and parents, as well as the community, shocked and outraged. On February 16, Helen Louis Cox, of Lumberton, was indicted for committing thee offense of misapplication of fiduciary property, a third degree felony. On October 19, 2016, Lumberton Chief of Police Danny Sullins and Lieutenant Joseph Breaux met with President Randy Eason and Vice President David Grass of the Lumberton Band Boosters about theft.

 

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