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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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Wed
02
Aug
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Charges await missing woman involved in wreck

By Dannie Oliveaux

Charges will be filed against a 43-year-old woman who disappeared from a Beaumont hospital after being treated for injuries from a two-vehicle accident on Monday.

According to a Silsbee Police Department report, Francyne A. Cichon was driving a silver 2012 Nissan Sentra westbound on Highway 418 when she struck the driver’s side of a red 1994 Chevrolet pickup while turning northbound on Highway 92.

 

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Wed
26
Jul
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Village Creek Classic right around the corner

by Autumn Rendall

The entire summer has been leading up to the Silsbee Chamber of Commerce eventthe second annual Village Creek Classic. This extravaganza not only brings the community together and promotes local business, but is the location of summer fun in Silsbee. It will take place Aug. 5th.

At 7 a.m. registration /check-in begins at Silsbee’s First Baptist Church. There will be three race categories: the “Adventure Seeker” (begins at 8 a.m. and is a 10 mile course on Village Creek from Hwy 418 to Baby Galvez), “Passionate Paddler” (beings at 9 a.m. and is a 2.5 mile course on Village Creek from Hwy 327 to Baby Galvez) and “Elite Sponsor” (a 2.5 mile course on Village Creek from Hwy 327 to Baby Galvez for Diamond, Platinum, & Gold sponsors only). The threefastest racers will be awarded a medal.

 

Wed
26
Jul
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Runaway truck hits the trees

Gregory Gauthney, 48 years old of Philadelphia, was headed south on the Highway 96 Bypass in a fully loaded 18-wheeler.

He attempted to maneuver onto the north bound portion of Business 96 when the vehicle went out of control and left the exit way on the south side.

According to initial reports, Gauthney had hit his brakes prior to attempting the exit. The truck left the road and ventured up a hill into some woods.The truck traveled up an embankment and struck a tree.

 

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Wed
26
Jul
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Blowout causes crash

By Meagan Moore

Texas Department of Safety (DPS) troopers responded to a call at about 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday after a blowout caused a two-vehicular crash, sending one to the hospital. The crash occurred on FM 1131 approximately two miles south of Evadale.

According to reports, after troopers investigated the crash, it was believed that a 2000 Ford pickup that was traveling south on FM 1131 had a blowout, causing the truck to cross the center stripe before striking the side of a trailer being towed by a 1997 Peterbild truck tractor semitrailer.

 

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Wed
19
Jul
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Trash to treasure

By Meagan Moore

A new business is making the final touches in order to start preparing their product by the middle of next month, and it is a product that might revolutionize the way America, and possibly the world, deal with waste products.

Steve Schiamara worked in architectural sales for years, and one day his partner and ex-boss, ran into a product in Brazil that he found very interesting. Once both men looked into the product and realized that it had more potential in the United States for marketing, they conducted more research on exporting it.

 

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Wed
19
Jul
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Reality racing star meets with fans

by Autumn Rendall

On July 14, reality TV celebrity John Andrade, Jr. (a.k.a. “The Cutty”) had a meet and greet at Silsbee Modica Bros. Andrade was part of Discovery Channel’s hit show “Street Outlaws” for four seasons, and has since been touring around the country meeting fans and in some cases- racing alongside them. On July 15, Andrade competed in a race against members of the 409 racing list at the Evadale Raceway.

Racing has been a part of Andrade’s life since he can remember. The majority of Andrade’s family was also involved in racing, and Andrade began racing himself at age 16. The group competed among the 405 racing list out of Oklahoma City, Andrade’s home town.

 

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