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Wed
20
Sep
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Video shows late hit on Jasper QB by Tiger player

By Dannie Oliveaux

A video of a hit during last Friday night’s football game between Silsbee and Jasper that went viral has resulted in the discipline of a Silsbee player.

Coach Randy Smith told the Beaumont Enterprise on Monday the player who hit the Jasper player will be disciplined. The player was identified as Aaron Sells.

 

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Wed
20
Sep
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Suspect arrested

Silsbee Police Officer Carlos Montalvo (center) arrested an unidentifed suspect after windshields and windows in about 15 vehicles were reported damaged about noon on Sept. 19. Walking with Montalvo is Police Chief Waylan Rhodes.

 

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Wed
13
Sep
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Many areas of county back to normal, but some are not

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE – Nearly two weeks after Tropical Storm Harvey soaked the Southeast Texas region with a historic amount of rain, many parts of Hardin County are getting back to normal while others part is not.

This wasn’t the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit Hardin County since 2000. Hurricane Rita hit the area in September 2005 and Hurricane Ike in September 2008. But this was the worse.

 

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Wed
13
Sep
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Hill is Teacher of the Year

By Meagan Moore

Before the Tropical Storm Harvey struck the area, the Silsbee Chamber of Commerce and the Silsbee Independent School District were able to celebrate and announce the teacher chosen as this year's Teacher of the Year award on Aug. 23.

The name of the award has been changed in honor of a long-time employee of the district who has sadly passed away. The award is now titled the Robbie Reeves Memorial Teacher of the Year award.  

 

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Wed
13
Sep
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Several railroad tracks being restored

By Meagan Moore

Due to the flooding of Tropical Storm Harvey in the Southeast Texas area, several of the railroad tracks were damaged, causing BNSF Railway to restore several of the tracks within the past week since the waters subsided. 

By Sept. 5, with improving, conditions and the strong efforts of the BNSF crews, rail service on most BNSF subdivisions in the Houston area and throughout southeastern Texas had been restored, and all BNSF rail yards and facilities in the region were also open.

 

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Wed
06
Sep
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County, region in recovery mode

By Dannie Oliveaux

HARDIN COUNTY – Like other parts of Southeast Texas, Hardin County and its surrounding area are in “recovery mode” after the region was struck by a historic flood that damaged thousands of homes and businesses last week.

The county was plummeted by rain from Tropical Storm Harvey which flooded homes and closed roads and highways last week.

 

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Wed
06
Sep
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Flooding forces area schools to begin classes on Sept. 11

By Dannie Oliveaux

HARDIN COUNTY – All county schools will open up for class on Monday, Sept. 11 because of flooding and damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey last week.

Classes were originally set to begin on Aug. 28.

Richard Bain, Silsbee ISD superintendent, said the district will delay the start of school to help those affected by the historic floods in Silsbee and Hardin County.

 

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Wed
06
Sep
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LISD superintendent announces retirement

By Dannie Oliveaux

LUMBERTON – Lumberton Independent School District Superintendent John Valastro announced his retirement, according to an Aug. 31 press release by the Human Resource Director Anna Miller.

In the document, Valastro announced his retirement and resignation, and the board can pursue hiring another superintendent.

“The Board and Mr. Valastro have entered into the agreement believing it is in their respective best interests and in the best interests of the district,” according to the press release.

 

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Sep
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Wed
30
Aug
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Harvey slams Hardin County

Tropical storm brings record rainfall

By Dannie Oliveaux

Tropical Storm Harvey brought a torrential downpour of record-breaking rain into Hardin County this week which resulted in flooding, road closures, voluntary evacuations and school closings.

A flash flood warning was issued for Hardin County Tuesday afternoon from the National Weather Service in Lake Charles. NWS reported between 8-15 inches of rain had fallen and rainbands continue to slowly move across Southeast Texas.

Excessive runoff from the heavy rainfall caused flooding of rivers, creeks, and bayous, along with roads and streets.

Late Tuesday, both lanes of U.S. Highway 96 was closed between Lumberton and Beaumont because of water covering the road, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

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