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Wed
29
Aug
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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Angelica Juhan of Beaumont Yard Greeting places letters in front of Kountze Elementary School welcoming students back for the first day on school on Aug. 27. Several parents had their children stop in front or among the signage for photographs to remember the day. The school’s PTO group contacted Juhan about placing the signage. “We can do any thing and every thing,” Juhan said. She also does signage for most of the school districts in Southeast Texas.

 

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Wed
22
Aug
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GOING AIRBORNE

Evadale running back Will Farr jumps over a Legacy Christian defender during scrimmage action on Aug. 17 at Rebel Stadium. The Rebels hosted Legacy Christian and Merryville, La. in a three-team scrimmage.

 

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Wed
22
Aug
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HCSO, police round up suspects

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, along with multiple law enforcement agencies from Southeast Texas, served arrest warrants on 17 suspects for crimes ranging from possession and distribution of illegal narcotics, forgery, property crimes and parole violation on Aug. 15.

Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis stated a five-month investigation targeted suspected traffickers of illegal narcotics in and through Hardin County.

 

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Wed
22
Aug
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PAIR OF DROWINGS

Boy drowns in private pool, woman in creek

By Dannie Oliveaux

HARDIN COUNTY — Hardin County Sheriff’s Office was busy investigating two drownings recenlty

A 16-year-old boy drowned Aug. 19 at a residence in northern Hardin County near the Hardin-Tyler County line.

According the Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis, the teenager drowned in a private pool in the 10000 block of Baygall Lane. He said the teen had been homeschooled.

The victim was identified as Jimmie Osborne. Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace Jackie Werner pronounced the teen dead at the scene.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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Lady Tiger block

High school volleyball is in full swing as local teams are in their second week of regular season games and tournaments. Silsbee’s Dakota Matthews (3) blocks a Diboll player’s shot during first-round Gold Bracket action Aug. 11 at the Woodville Tournament. Later this week, the Silsbee Lady Tigers will compete in the West Rusk Tournament.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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DA: No charges being pursued in Hinkie’s death

By Danny Reneau

Hardin County District Attorney David Sheffield announced Aug. 9 that he would not be pursuing charges in the accident that claimed the life of Jarrell “Jay” B. Hinkie, an assistant fire chief with the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department.

The accident occurred on Aug. 2, 2017, when firemen were working at the scene of a one-car accident on FM 418 and Dump Road.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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Grades show how local ISDs manage taxpayers’ money

Silsbee ISD has issues with how TEA determines FIRST rating

By Dannie Oliveaux

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the grades of more than 1,000 school districts on how the state holds districts accountable for how they manage taxpayers' money.

The state's school financial accountability rating system, known as the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), ensures that Texas public schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and that they improve those practices.

 

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Wed
08
Aug
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LISD to armed select employees with firearms

By Dannie Oliveaux

LUMBERTON — Lumberton ISD officials announced that selected district employees  will be certified to carry firearms on school district property during class hours and events.

More than 60 people, including school administrators, attended the “Community Discussion on School Safety” which was hosted by the Lumberton ISD in the Performing Arts Center on Aug. 2.

Last school year, Lumberton Police Department arrested two middle school students after making alleged threats at classmates and an eighth-grader for making a terrorist threat.

 

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Wed
08
Aug
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Latulas gets life for 2016 murder

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — A Hardin County jury needed just 45 minutes to decide the fate of a Port Arthur man in the murder of a Silsbee woman in 2016.

On Aug. 1, Joseph Latulas Jr., 42, of Port Arthur was sentenced to life in prison for the Jan. 10, 2016 stabbing death of Wendy Wanell Werner, according to District Attorney David Sheffield.

The case was prosecuted by Kendra Walters of the Hardin County District Attorneys Office who is working under a grant funded by the Violence Against Women Act.

 

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Wed
08
Aug
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Fire damages home

A Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department firefighter sprays water on the south side of a home located in the 2500 block of Neyland Road, northwest of Silsbee, on Aug. 2.SVFD reported the fire was reported about  11:46 a.m. and there was no one in the home at the time of the blaze which caused heavy damage to the wooden structure.

 

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