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Man dies from injuries in crash

By Dannie Oliveaux

FRED — A 25-year-old Vidor man died from injuries he received from a two-vehicle head-on collision on Nov. 6 in Tyler County.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) can confirm that Trevor Stephenson Gray was pronounced deceased on Nov. 7 by the medical staff at Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth.

The crash occurred in front of the U.S. Post Office in Fred, according to DPS. Sgt. Stephanie Davis, DPS spokesperson, reported DPS troopers responded to the wreck about 6:45 a.m.

 

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08
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Honoring Veterans

Several members of the Evadale High School Rebels’ football team runs unto the field holding U.S. and military flags before the opening kickoff of their home game against the Iola Bulldogs on Nov. 3. Veterans Day will be observed Saturday, Nov. 11.

 

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08
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Lumberton landmark Adventure Kingdom closes

By Tim Collins

LUMBERTON — “THANK YOU FOR TEN YEARS — MARLON & TIFFANY” flashes on the digital marquee at the entrance to Adventure Kingdom, a Lumberton landmark and popular party spot. After sustaining damage due to Tropical Storm Harvey’s floodwaters, the location is closing after ten years and selling off all its equipment, including swan boats, lawn chairs, bumper cars and office furniture.

During Harvey, the part of U.S. 96 between Lumberton and Beaumont was a lake, effectively turning Lumberton, Silsbee, and several other towns in the Beaumont metropolitan area into islands. Adventure Kingdom was caught in the flood.

 

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01
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Halloween blaze destroys attorney’s home

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — The cause of a Halloween fire that destroyed the home of a longtime Hardin County attorney is still under investigation, according to a spokesperson with the Kountze Volunteer Fire Department.

KFD Firefighter Laura Comer-Pape said the two-story home of Henry “Bugs” Coe was destroyed by fire and the investigation continues to determined the cause of the blaze on Oct 31.

 

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Halloween time

Emma Armstrong, 10, with her one-year-old dachshund, Allie, dressed for Trunk or Treat at the Silsbee Convalescent Center on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

 

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Utility bills higher for October

By Tim Collins

Hardin County residents have reported higher electric bills for the month of October.

Entergy spokeswoman Kacee Kirschvink said Tropical Storm Harvey has affected the accessibility of Entergy’s meters, necessitating estimated bills for the month of September, either due to debris, high waters leading to damaged equipment, or locked or impeded gates, which prevented Entergy employees from reading meters.

Glenn Wendling, of Lumberton, said he lives off FM 421 and U.S. 69, in a place that received little water. He said Entergy estimated his September bill at $27.81, while his October bill was around $148. He said his August bill was only $14 less, at $134.41.

 

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Fire claims lives of mother, 5 children

Tragedy hits community for third time in 3 months

By Dannie Oliveaux

For the third time is less than three months, tragedy has struck the Silsbee community.

A mother and her five children died in a house fire after midnight on Oct. 18.

According to Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis, at 12:15 a.m. the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire located in the 8700 block of Fountain Drive, off Old Spruger Highway north of Silsbee. Firefighters discovered the bodies of one adult female and five children.

 

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Pair of (Homecoming) Queens

Evadale and Lumberton High Schools celebrated homecoming on Oct. 20. EHS senior Jamie Jackson (left) and Katie Page (right) were crowned queen during the halftime ceremony at their respective schools. 

 

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Evadale VFD promises ‘spooky thrills’ at annual Haunted House

By Tim Collins

EVADALE — Unwary visitors file into an unlit hallway, where a thick fog has settled. In the distance they can hear the creaking of plywood and the distant echoes of a baby crying.

One person stumbles in the dark and reaches her hand out, until her fingers rest on the shoulder of a friendly figure. But then she realizes the person in front of her is unfamiliar; too tall, too lanky to be the friend she walked into the maze with.

Then the figure’s arms raise high above its head to reveal a chainsaw and a mask made from human skin. Then the woman screams. And runs.

 

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Mother, five children die in house fire

A mother and her five children died in a house fire after midnight on Oct. 18.
According to Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis, at 12:15 a.m. the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire located in the 8700 block of Fountain Drive, off Old Spruger Road north of Silsbee. Firefighters discovered the bodies of one adult and five children.
They were identified as Ashley Pickering, 31; Cristian Mattox, 11; Serenity Mattox, 7 (the only girl among the children); twins Cash and Cavence Mattox, 4, and Camden Mattox, 3. The twins would have celebrated their birthdays this week.
Investigators said Pickering and her children live in an unattached garage apartment behind her parent’s home which was not damaged.
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fire with the Texas State Fire Marshals to determine the cause. Davis reported that the preliminary investigation doesn’t indicate suspicious circumstances.

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