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Man killed in rollover crash

By Dannie Oliveaux

A Silsbee man died from injuries he sustained in a onevehicle rollover crash on FM 92 on April 27.

According to Sgt. Stephanie Davis, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident happened about 9:45 p.m. approximately four miles north of Silsbee.

Davis stated preliminary reports indicate that a 2002 Ford F250 pickup truck was traveling southbound on FM 92. For an unknown reason, the vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a culvert. After striking the culvert, the vehicle rolled several times before striking a utility pole. All occupants were ejected from the vehicle.

 

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Fire destroys Lumberton home

Fire destroyed a Lumberton home that was flooded during Tropical Storm Harvey on April 27. Lumberton Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.

 

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Joint investigation nets 9 on drug trafficking charges

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office arrested nine individuals suspected of drug trafficking methamphetamine and synthetic marijuana in Hardin County.

According to a press release issued by Sheriff Mike Davis, the suspects have been arrested and charged with various offenses related to the possession or sale of illegal drugs.

 

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Man killed in two-car crash

A 23-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on April 22, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Sgt. Stephanie Davis, DPS spokesperson, reported troopers responded to the crash on U.S. 96, one mile north of Silsbee at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Davis stated initial reports indicate that a dark blue 2011 Ford Mustang, driven by Colt Kirkendall of Buna, was traveling northbound in the inside traffic lane of US 96.

 

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‘Spring in the Big Thicket’ set May 5

By Jessica Siratt

The Friends of the Library of Silsbee Public Library will host their first-ever spring fundraiser this year.

“Spring in the Big Thicket” is set for Saturday, May 5 at the library and downtown Silsbee.

The Spring Book and Bake Sale is 9-11 a.m., the festival is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Library Director Naconna Armfield said it will be a lot like the “Christmas In The Big Thicket” festival which has been successful for25 years. 

 

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Fire at unoccupied home

Firefighters from the Kountze Fire Department extinguish a blaze at a trailer home on Abby Lane, south of Kountze, on April 11. The fire department responded to a fire at approximately 5:30 p.m. 

 

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10 years ago, fire destroyed First Baptist Church of Kountze sanctuary

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — April 12 marked the 10-year anniversary of a fire that destroyed the First Baptist Church of Kountze in 2008.

According to the April 16, 2008 issue of The Silsbee Bee, the fire was reported on a Saturday before Sunday’s scheduled services.

Fire officials received a call at about 1:34 p.m. that the church was on fire. By the time firefighters arrived, it still appeared to be something firefighters could control.

 

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Annual Relay For Life event set Saturday at Silsbee MS

By Dannie Oliveaux

The annual Hardin/South Jasper County Relay for Life event is set 4-10 p.m. Saturday, April 21, inside the Silsbee Middle School Gymnasium.

The event was originally scheduled at Silsbee High School’s Tiger Stadium, but was moved inside because of the forecast for thunderstorms on Saturday, according to Nancy Neel, silent lead for the event.

 

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Board approves Chandler to head Lumberton ISD

By Dannie Oliveaux

LUMBERTON — Dr. Gerald Chandler was approved unanimously as the new superintendent for Lumberton ISD during the April 5 school board meeting held in the Performing Arts Center.

Last month, Chandler was named as the lone finalist on March 8 after Dr. Jeremy Glenn, superintendent of Waxahachie ISD, withdrew his name on March 5. Glenn was announced as the finalist on March 1.

 Chandler, who was named acting superintendent in January, has been with the LISD for 15 years and served as assistant superintendent since 2012. He was named interim superintendent after James Valastro announced his retirement on Aug. 31, 2017.

 

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One-car rollover crash

Law enforcment personnel responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident on Old Spurger Highway, in front of Callaway’s Auto Repair on April 9.

 

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