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Year in Review: 2017

WHAT A YEAR!

Silsbee, county weather tragedy into new year

By Tim Collins

 

Throughout 2017, a series of tragedies rocked the Silsbee community and Southeast Texas.

The string of tragedies began in May, when Kirbyville principal Dennis Reeves took his life on May 23. Less than three months later, Silsbee Volunteer Fire Chief Jay Hinkie was struck and killed by a vehicle while working the scene of a wreck on Aug. 2.

"The loss of Jay Hinkie was felt in every heart," Silsbee councilwoman Adalaide Balaban said. "He was a man who answered every call. He went to the fires, but he also went to the schools to teach fire safety to our children. He spoke at every business and community organization that requested his presence. He was a leader, a teacher and a friend. Our community grieved together."

 

Wed
27
Dec
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Four injured in 2-vehicle accident

Four people were transported to area hospital as a result of a two-vehicle accident on FM 92 north of McGallion Road on Dec. 21.

The accident kept the road blocked for more than an hour as emergency personnel worked at the scene.

The Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene shortly after 6:30 p.m., along with law enforcement and emergency personnel.

 

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Wed
27
Dec
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Turkeys, hams distributed for Christmas

By Tim Collins

Silsbee residents in need because of Hurricane Harvey received a hot meal on Dec. 22 under the direction of Pastor Arthur Smith of Faith Temple Church of Christ in God and area schools.

Families received vouchers through local schools and exchanged their voucher for gifts, after a short prayer and directions by Pastor Arthur Smith and Treva Smith.

"We thank the school principals and all the schools that have invited each and every one of you here because the only way you got a voucher is through the school," Arthur Smith said. "The schools were responsible for making sure the students who needed gifts the most would be able to receive something for Christmas this year. In the meantime, we've also got some hams and some turkeys because we wanted to bless your households as well."

 

Wed
27
Dec
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Christmas party at Pine Arbor

A couple of staff members at the Pine Arbor Nusring Home in Silsbee prepare desserts for their residents and guests during their annual Christmas Party on Dec. 19.

 

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Wed
20
Dec
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SISD board finishes closeout of bond

By Danny Reneau

The Silsbee ISD Board of Trustees met Dec. 12 and completed the process of closing the bond project. The board voted to approve the final pay application from Gallagher Construction for the 2013 Bond including release of retain age, receipt of returned savings and credits in the form of final contract amount adjustment and acceptance of the construction project.

Part of the bond proposal was a statement by the administration that the district would sell the property that houses Kirby Elementary School. The property is at the corner of Highway 418 and FM 92 across from Pine Plaza.

 

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Wed
20
Dec
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Candidates set for Republican, Democratic primary elections for county offices

KOUNTZE — The deadline to file for elected office has passed and three officials from Hardin County will have opponents in the coming election. Incumbent County Clerk Glenda Alston will face a challenge from Jerry Jordan in the Republican primary.

Jordan, a well-known figure, was editor of the Beaumont Examiner and also is a nationally known syndicated writer for NASCAR racing. This is a rematch from a race four years ago. Alston and Jordan will both be on the ballot in the Republican primary

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Wed
20
Dec
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‘Shopping With A Hero’

TOP PHOTO: Silsbee Police Officer Grant Brown (black uniform) and Angela Brown (blue) of the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department help children during Monday’s “Shop With A Hero” event at the Walmart in Silsbee. Members of the Silsbee Police Department,

Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department and U.S. Parks Service. More than,$21,000 to help 35 families was raised by Walmart for the three-day event which ended today. RIGHT: Silsbee City Judge Sharyn Grisham cuts wrapping paper at the Silsbee Police Department office. She, along with other volunteers, helped the children wrap gifts for Christmas. Photos by Dannie Oliveaux

 

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Wed
20
Dec
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Commissioners Court hold final meeting of 2017

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — The last Hardin County Commissioners court meeting of 2018 included employee recognition and introduction of three new employees. Special recognition was given to seven county employees for their years of service.

They are Lenward Cooper Sr., 25 years in 356th District Court; Kathryn Parker, 15 years in Hardin County Sheriff’s Office; James Smith, 15 years in Precinct 3 Road and Bridge Department; Dale Williford, 15 years in District Attorney’s Office; Dee Ann Durbin, Jason Griffin and Katherine Williams, 10 years each in HCSO.

 

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Wed
13
Dec
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Community leaders form long-term recovery group

By Tim Collins

KOUNTZE — Hardin County officials and community leaders met, Thursday, to create a regional long term recovery group in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey.

The goal of the group would be to coordinate recovery efforts throughout Hardin County in conjunction with similar teams in Jefferson and Orange Counties, Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel said.

 

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Wed
13
Dec
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Building a snowman

Two-year-old Auden Jelsma builds a snowman at his Silsbee home with mother Lizz during a morning's rare snow day on Dec. 8. Silsbee and the surrounding area received about an inch of snow late Thurday night, but only lasted several hours after sunrise. 

 

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