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Court hears bill concerning hydropower dam licenses

Pelt says priorities set by Congress for flood control, not recreation control

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — Hardin County commissioners heard from a representative from U.S. Rep. Brian Babin’s office regarding recent legislation to examine and reform local Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hydropower dam licenses to any project that is located in an area that was declared as a disaster area in 2017.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment Nov. 9 to authorize FERC to examine the licenses. The amendment is waiting for consideration from the Senate.

 

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Wed
29
Nov
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SBA approves $91M in disaster-related loans for Hardin Co.

By Tim Collins

 

HARDIN COUNTY — The Small Business Association, a government agency that provides loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the United States, announced this week that they had approved 748 home and 22 business disaster-related loans in Hardin County, totaling over $91 million. Many businesses were damaged when Tropical Storm Harvey dropped an estimated 33 trillion gallons of water across Southeast Texas, devastating thousands of homes and prompting the closure of local businesses, including the Adventure Kingdom and Pines Theater.

Businesses experiencing damage because of Tropical Storm Harvey can apply for loans through the SBA, but spokeswoman Julie Garrett said businesses can also apply for an economic injury loan if their business experienced an interruption because of the storm, such as customers not being able to reach the business because of flooded waters.

 

Wed
29
Nov
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Christmas festival, parade is Saturday

By Dannie Oliveaux

 

The weather forecast calls for sunny skies with high temperature around 78 degrees during the day and a low about 46 for this Saturday’s “Christmas in the Big Thicket” event and the “Silsbee Lighted Christmas Parade.”

The festival is sponsored by the Silsbee Public Library, while the parade is a joint effort of the Silsbee Chamber of Commerce and the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department. Silsbee Public Library spokesperson Naconna Armfield said as of Tuesday more than 70 vendors have registered for the festival near the library.

 

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29
Nov
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Fire burns down vacant house in Lumberton

By Tim Collins

 

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton Fire Department responded to a house fire on Diana Drive off Cooks Lake Road on Nov. 26. Operations chief Richard Land said there were no injuries as a result of the fire, including first responders. Telephone, cable and power lines were melted as a result of the fire, necessitating repair.

The owner, Jason Burge, said he and his family had vacated the house after Tropical Storm Harvey, which was why the property was vacant. “It was washed to the very back of the property during Harvey, up against the trees in the back yard,” he said. “That’s the only thing that saved it from washing completely away.”

 

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Wed
22
Nov
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SISD board approves resignations, hirings

By Danny Reneau

The Silsbee ISD Board of Trustees met Nov. 14 and accepted the resignations of four professionals and one paraprofessional.

The resignations included three teachers, — Shayna Taylor, English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at the high school; Elizabeth Cullen, middle school band director; and Paula Barclay, a nurse at the elementary school.

 

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Wed
22
Nov
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‘Silsbee Strong’

Community leaders to show Silsbee’s strength after tragedies

By Tim Collins

The community of Silsbee and surrounding areas have been scarred by a series of tragedies over the last several months, and local community leaders say they’re hoping to provide healing with Nov. 29’s “Silsbee Strong Celebration,” 6 p.m. at the Kirby Memorial Stadium.

Volunteer Fire Chief Jay Hinkie was hit by a car and killed responding to the scene of an accident on Aug. 2. Then Tropical Storm Harvey’s floodwaters devastated Hardin County throughout September, displacing families, destroying thousands of homes, and ultimately causing the closure of local landmarks Adventure Kingdom and the Pines Theater.

 

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Wed
22
Nov
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Court votes to delay COLA for retirees

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNZTE — The Hardin County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to delay a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retirees during the Nov. 20 meeting.

County Judge Wayne Mc- Daniel said the court decided in 2011 or 2012, to visit the COLA for retirees every five years.

 

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Wed
15
Nov
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Service for 11-year-old Kountze boy Saturday

By Tim Collins

KOUNTZE — The service and visitation for 11-year-old Trintin Glenn, who died Nov. 8 from an accident involving a hunting rifle, has been set for Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., said Wendy Wendt, Glenn’s aunt.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office responded last Wednesday at 6 p.m. to a call at a mobile home in Kountze, where they found the body of an 11-year-old boy.

The sheriff’s deputies believed the deceased and a 12-year-old boy were playing with a hunting rifle when the weapon accidentally fired. The shot killed one of the boys, later identified as Glenn.

 

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Wed
15
Nov
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Bagpiper plays

Bagpiper Jeff Courts playing “Amazing Grace” during Silsbee High School’s 23rd Annual Veteran’s Day Program in the SHS Auditorium on Nov. 9.

 

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15
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Sheriff offers advice on security to church after deadly shooting

By Dannie Oliveaux

HARDIN COUNTY — With the Nov. 5 church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis offers some advice for local places of worship.

Davis said a few local churches contacted his office and wanted to have a discreet conversion on some “dos and don’ts” at their church.

“Some have asked for some resources to go and find some information or find someone who would be interested in teaching or training for personal safety,” Davis said.

He noted churches are seeing what the schools saw years ago as for shootings.

 

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