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26
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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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Wed
19
Jul
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Silsbee council voted for sewer improvements

By Danny Reneau

The Silsbee City Council voted to authorize the city manager and city eEngineer to set a bid opening and advertise for bids for the sewer improvements funded by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Engineers anticipate that the project will cost about $36 per linear foot for about 2900 feet. They also estimate that there will be a cost of about $4000 per manhole in the area, and there are 17 manholes and there with be a $975 fee per connection.

 

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Wed
12
Jul
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Silsbee citizen to the rescue

By Meagan Moore

Silsbee Police Officer Chris Hartman responded to a call at Walmart about a suspicious white male inside the store scaring the customers and employees on Thursday, July 6. Hartman met with Walmart security and management where he was informed of the suspects name and that he was exhibiting bizarre behavior.

The suspect was overheard by other customers talking about having a gun. Hartman recognized the subject from previous dealings with him and immediately called for another unit before he located the suspect, James Lee Hare, 42 of Evadale.

 

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Wed
12
Jul
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Town Hall meeting in Kountze

Congressman Babin talks about wide range of topics

By Danny Reneau

Congressman Brian Babin held a town hall meeting in Kountze on Monday at the Mama Jacks restaurant. There, he stressed right off the bat that he had not heard one thread of evidence of President Trump being involved with or in collusion with the Russians. He went on to say that the only collision with the Russians that he had heard about was when Hilliary Clinton as Secretary of State under President Obama sold 25% of our nation’s uranium to the Russians in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation.

 

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Wed
12
Jul
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Silsbee Police Department joins statewide call

Governor Abbott issued a statewide call to stand with law enforcement in Texas to mark the one-year anniversary of the attack on Dallas law enforcement as well as in honor of all peace officers across Texas. He asked all Texas law enforcement officers to turn on their red and blue lights for one-minute on Friday, July 7th at 10 a.m., and the Silsbee Police Department joined in by flashing their lights outside of the station.

 

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Wed
05
Jul
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Overturned truck causes backlog

Truck blocks traffic for about five hours Wednesday

An overturned logging truck caused blocked roads for about four and a half hours while law enforcement officers and road cleanup crew helped to clear the spilled logs out of the roadway on Wednesday, June 28 at about 10:23 a.m.

The logging truck was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 327 approaching the intersection at business 96. The light for northbound business 96 turned green, and cars began to enter the intersection. The driver of the logging truck attempted to break for the red light.

 

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