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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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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.

Wed
30
Aug
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Tropical storm pounds Silsbee with heavy rain

By Dannie Oliveaux

Tropical Storm Harvey pounded on Silsbee earlier this week, but there were no reports of major flooding.

A thunderstorm rolled through the city late Tuesday afternoon, bringing some of the heaviest rains this week and gusty winds.

According to Mayor Herbert Muckleroy, the city has not received any calls that were weather related as of press time Tuesday.

“We haven’t got any call for help, but we are set up for them,” said the mayor. On Monday, water was reported over a section of U.S. Business 96, east of the intersection at FM 418.

 

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Wed
30
Aug
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YYAFA, church sets up rescue center

The YYAFA and Faith Temple COGIC Church have set up a rescue point at the center. Many citizens from around town have contributed to the effort.

Faith Temple Pastor Arthur Smith said that when he heard there was no rescue point for refugees in this area he decided to put the building at YYAFA to use.

The building has a large gym, a cafeteria, and many smaller rooms.

 

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Wed
23
Aug
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Districts watching enrollment as school begins

By Dannie Oliveaux

The start of school is around the corner, and this week teachers and staff are busy preparing classrooms for the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 28 for students in Silsbee, Evadale, Kountze, Lumberton ISDs.

Administrators will be closely watching enrollment numbers during the first week of school to see if additional teachers or classrooms should be needed.

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Wed
23
Aug
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Council rescinds supporting new nursing home

By Dannie Oliveaux

The Silsbee City Council unanimously approved to rescind a resolution supporting the construction of a skilled nursing home in Hardin County during its Aug. 21 meeting.

According to City Manager DeeAnn Zimmerman, the council passed a resolution on July 10 to support the construction of a skilled nursing home by R.W. Senior Housing Development, LLC.

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Wed
23
Aug
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Watching Eclipse

Silsbee residents, along with millions throughout the United States, took time from their schedules to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse about 1:16 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. Seven-year-old Isabella Butler (right) uses a welder’s mask to watch the eclipse.

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Wed
23
Aug
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Kountze man gets 45 years in prison for child sex crime

By Meagan Moore

A 37-year-old Kountze man was convicted by a jury on Thursday, Aug. 17 for continuous sexual abuse of a child and sentenced the following day to 45 years without the possibility of parole.

Jonathan Ray Mattix was convicted in a Hardin County courtroom for sexually abusing a then-12-year-old child.

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