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16
Aug
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Officers nab two in meth bust

By Meagan Moore

During an investigation, working on fresh information, the Silsbee Police Department arrested two from Woodville during a huge drug bust of methamphetamine on Thursday, Aug. 10.

The suspects were believed to be located at the Super Walmart located at Highway 327 and U.S. 96 Bypass around noon

Assistant Chief Shawn Blackwell and Corporal Brandon Rogers spotted a suspicious person talking on a phone and resembling the information they had received. The suspect crawled into the passenger seat of a 2001 BMW sedan as the officers pulled up behind the vehicle.

 

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Wed
16
Aug
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Former WWII POW visits Silsbee

 By Autumn Rendall

For as long as Val Hickman of Hickman Real Estate has been in business, he has seen quite the variety of people come into his office.

Recently, Hickman received a visitor with a story some don’t live to tell. Virginie Henriette Teunissen, 98, was a prisoner of war in Indonesia during World War II.

At age 18, Teunissen had just gotten married and was living in Indonesia. Her family was originally from Holland, but for Dutch families like hers it was a popular choice at the time to move to Indonesia to start a new life.

 

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Wed
16
Aug
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LHS player stable after collasping on field

By Dannie Oliveaux

LUMBERTON -- A high school football player collapsed during Friday’s evening practice is in stable condition in Galveston hospital as of press time Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for Lumberton Independent School District.

Gretchen Scoggins, the coordinator of Special Program and Communication for LISD, stated in a Monday press released the boy was transported by a medical flight.

“The family continues to get good news with positive test/scan results with the timeline for progress continuing to improve,” Scoggins wrote. “Additionally, his father shared with Coach (Chris) Babin that the doctor reiterated that the response time of the staff and EMS has put him in a much better position. His father also expressed his thankfulness for the continuous community-based support and prayers.”

 

Wed
09
Aug
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FAREWELL TO A HERO

Longtime Silsbee firefighter honored, remembered

By Dannie Oliveaux

More than 1,200 people, including firefighters throughout the area, packed into the Silsbee High School Auditorium Aug. 6 to pay their final respects to a longtime volunteer fireman who was also very active in the community.

Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie, 61, died Aug. 2 after he was struck and killed while working an accident on FM 418, one mile east of U.S. 96 Business, according to Silsbee Police Chief Waylan Rhodes.

 

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Wed
09
Aug
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Investigation continues into accident that killed fireman

By Dannie Oliveaux

A Texas Department of Public Safety reconstructive team has been requested to assist the Silsbee Police Department in the investigation of an Aug. 2 accident that resulted into the death of Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Jay Hinkie, according to Police Chief Waylan Rhodes.

Hinkie, 61, died after he was struck and killed while working an accident on FM 418, one mile east of U.S. 96 Business, Rhodes said.

 

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Wed
09
Aug
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Two LPD pursuits within 24-hour frame

By Meagan Moore

Within a 24-hour time period, Lumberton police officers were drawn into two pursuits, one of which led to a wreck where the driver was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

On Aug. 4, the Lumberton Police Department received a call to help locate a gold Chevrolet Impala reported stolen out of the county and the suspects were believed to be involved in several burglaries within Hardin County.

 

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Fri
04
Aug

Jones addresses firefighters, community after Hinkie’s death

By Dannie Oliveaux | editor@silsbeebee.com

Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robin Jones addressed a large gathering at headquarters which include volunteer firemen from Lumberton, Kountze, Saratoga, Votaw-Ticket, Spurger, Fred and other local fire departments on Aug. 3, after the tragic death of long-time volunteer firefighter and assistant chief Jay Hinkie.

Hinkie died Aug. 2 after being struck while working the scene of an accident on FM 418.

Jones thanked local patrons and fellow volunteer firefighters for their support.

Thu
03
Aug

Silsbee firefighter hit and killed while working wreck

By Dannie Oliveaux | editor@silsbeebee.com

The investigation continues into the death of a long-time Silsbee volunteer firefighter who was struck by a vehicle while working an accident on Aug. 2, according to Silsbee Police Chief Waylan Rhodes.

Rhodes said Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie, along with other emergency personnel, responded to a rollover accident on FM 418, just east of U.S. 96 Business.

Hinkie, 61, was walking back to his vehicle when he was struck by a motorist, Rhodes said.

“We are still not clear where the assistant fire chief was standing when he was struck by the vehicle. We are still trying to get the facts together,” Rhodes said.

Wed
02
Aug
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Kountze company expanding

Allegiant looks to tap into local talent pool

By Dannie Oliveaux

A new company that began in February has already started expansion.

Allegiant Industrial, located at 1115 Old Highway 69 South in Kountze, is currently having a nearly 20,000-squarefoot facility constructed that could hire between 100-150 workers in the future.

According to the company’s website, Allegiant offers a full range of services, fabrication, construction and maintenance reliability to the chemical/petrochemical, refining midstream and downstream for oil and gas, terminals and logistics, pulp and paper plants. 

 

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Wed
02
Aug
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Suspects arrested in May murder

By Sue Woodard

Five of six suspects charged in the May 2017 murder of Brandon Robertson, 25, of Nederland, have been arrested in several counties around Southeast Texas.

Robertson’s burned body was discovered on May 27, off FM 92 near Fred in Tyler County.

The investigation by the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers determined that Robertson had been killed in Jefferson County, then brought to Tyler County and set on fire in an attempt to destroy evidence.

 

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