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MGA to host 50th Invitational Tournament

By Scott McDonald

A group of men gathered to launch a golf association in the late 1960’s to raise money for upkeep of the greens and fairways at Silsbee Country Club.

The Men’s Golf Association was formed on March 19, 1968, and three months later, they held their first golf tournament. The tournament has grown into a prestigious event, attracting professionals and top amateurs.

This year the tournament turns 50.

The 50th MGA Invitational tees off Thursday with the skins game. This is more than just any ole three-day tournament.

“We have a four-day event,” said tournament director Mike Sanchez. “It’s a competitive tournament, but it’s a festive atmosphere that’s almost like a reunion because so many people keep coming back.”

 

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Public library kicks off summer reading program

By Autumn Rendall

The Silsbee Public Library is hosting its annual summer reading program for children ages 12 and younger. This program was built to keep kids prepared for their next school year, while also having tons of summer fun. Kids are encouraged to read as many books at or above their reading level as possible, and to keep track of these books using a tally sheet. The more books the kids read, the more chances they have to win exciting prizes.

“The program is designed to keep kids involved in the library and continue to read during the summer,” said library director Naconna Arnfield. “Whenever they go back into their next school grade their mind is already geared up for the next year.” Just less than two weeks after registration opened up on June 1, there are already 161 kids signed up for the program. However, don’t be frightened by this large number. There is plenty of more room to sign up, and the last day of registration is July 31.

 

Wed
07
Jun
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Silsbee council ponders new city hall

By Scott McDonald

A building that’s been dormant the last few years could become the new home to most, if not all, city offices for the City of Silsbee.

On Tuesday, the City Council took a walking tour of the old Texas Home Health building, located next door to Novrosky’s on Highway 327 in Silsbee.

 

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07
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Vehicle makes crash landing off overpass

By Meagan Moore

First responders were called out to a one-vehicle accident late Sunday night, initial reports stating that the vehicle had driven off of Hwy. 96 bypass and onto train tracks.

On June 4 at about 11:39 p.m., Silsbee police officer Grant Brown responded to a call about a 2008 white Jeep Commander leaving the roadway and landing on the tracks.

 

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07
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Grammy winners to play Silsbee June 17

By Scott McDonald

A pair of Grammy Award winners will take the stage at Silsbee’s Honky Tonk Texas next weekend. The unique blend of Cajun meshing with country will also come to an end for Jo-El Sonnier and T. Graham Brown when they perform together that night.

The show is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, at Honky Tonk Texas, located 2389 Hwy. 96 N. The show is $25 apiece, and tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the club’s website (honkytonktexas.us), inside the club or at the door on the night of the show.

 

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Wed
31
May
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Kirbyville principal takes his life

Reeves was Evadale resident, former Silsbee High School teacher

By Danny Reneau

Kirbyville High School principal Dennis Reeves died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his pickup Tuesday afternoon (May 23) in the high school parking lot.

Kirbyville Superintendent of Schools Tommy Wallis and assistant superintendent Georgia Sayers had a meeting with Reeves prior to that. During the meeting Reeves tendered his resignation, according to Kirbyville Police Chief Paul Brister.

 

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Silsbee grads jump for joy

Silsbee High School Class of 2017 graduates celebrate at the end of Friday’s commencement ceremony at Tiger Stadium

 

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31
May
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Human body found dead at fire scene

By Scott McDonald

The Spurger Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call Saturday night just north of Hardin County into Tyler County.

Once they extinguished the fire, the firefighters found a dead human body wrapped inside some sort of enclosed material, according to Tyler County officials.

 

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Wed
24
May
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Silsbee retains police chief

By Scott McDonald

A 4-1 vote by the Silsbee City Council on Monday approved a pay raise to keep Police Chief Waylan Rhodes, who has held the position for four and a half months.

Rhodes, who assumed duties in early January with a salary of $72,000 plus city employee benefits, tendered his resignation two weeks ago after he was approved to become the police chief in Cameron for the same amount of money.

 

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24
May
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Mobile home fire contained

Three different fire departments from the surrounding communities were called out to a mobile home located at 3812 Hwy. 326 North in Kountze for a fire that had engulfed an ice box. The fire occurred on Monday at about 10:50 a.m. Sour Lake Fire Department was the first to arrive on scene with Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Trevor Samford waiting on their arrival and containing the area. Kountze Fire Department and Silsbee Fire Department arrived soon after. According to the Sour Lake FD Fire Chief, combustibles were stored around the ice box (inset photo) and caused an electrical fire in the garage area located on the right end of the mobile home.

 

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