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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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Wed
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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