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Man out on bail for child sex crime

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — A 39-year-old Lumberton man arrested out of state and transported back to Hardin County for a child sex crime has been released from jail.

Steven Valdes was arrested in Calcasieu Parish (Lake Charles, La.) on June 21 for an out-of-state detainer and was transported to the Hardin County Jail on June 28, according to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

He was charged with one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

 

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Friday the 13th fire

Friday, July 13 was an unlucky day for a south Hardin County family. Several members of the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire about 12:45 p.m. with three tankers to a home on Sheffield Drive, across from Village Creek State Park.

 

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Commissioners discuss 2019 proposed budget

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — Hardin County Judge Wayne Mc- Daniel reported to the Commissioners Court that the certified property values for the county should remain the same along for effective tax rate for the 2019 fiscal year budget during the July 17 meeting.

McDaniel presented a draft copy of the 2019 proposed budget and reported the estimated certified values for the county is $3,100,306,500.

He expects the county to have the certified property values and expecting the rolling stock values later this week.

 

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Team wins Nations Baseball 9U and 10U World Series

By Dannie Oliveaux

SAN MARCOS — The Texas Stiks 10-and-under baseball team won the Nations Baseball 9U and 10U World Series on July 4-8 at NCFD Farm Club.

The Stiks opened 10U Select tournament pool play with a 16-1 win over the Southeast Texas Thunder on July 5.

In their second game of the day, they defeated the Texas Patriots Red, 13-4.

On July 6, the Stiks edged the Franchise Baseball 10U Blue, 4-3.

 

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30 years later, SHS track team gets state championship rings

By Dannie Oliveaux

Thirty years after winning the UIL Class 4A boys state track team championship, six former Silsbee High School graduates and their coach received their championship rings.

Chris Barnes, Eric Foster, Michael Davis, Marcus Taylor, John Allen and Calvin Tyler, along with former SHS track coach Don Muckleroy, have received their rings in honor of their historic feat. It was the first team title in SHS history.

 

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Buccaneer Pirates

The performance cast of the Lillard Farm Theatrical children’s camp is rehearsing for the upcoming production of the musical comedy “Blimey Buccaneers” in the Silsbee High School Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and July 28 at 7:30 p.m.

 

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LHS FCCLA members attend leadership conference

Seven members from the Lumberton High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) attended the 2018 National Leadership Conference on June 28 to July 2 in Atlanta, Ga. Alissa White  and Madison Appling (far right) won a goal medals for services helping children who are fighting cancer and raising money for cancer research.

 

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Board approves teachers’ pay scale

By Jessica Siratt

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2018- 19 Teachers’ Pay Scale at its July 10 meeting.

According to pay scale, the starting salary for a teacher with no previous experience is $38,000 per year compared to the state’s base salary of $28,080.

A teacher with one-year experience will get a salary of $38,250, compared to the state’s base of $28,690. The salary for a teacher with five years experience is $39,250 (state $32,440) and 10 years of experience is $43,000 (state $38,080).

 

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Court OKs lawsuit in opioid crisis

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — The Hardin County Comissioner Court voted unanimously to approve a resolution to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the county against various drug manufacturers, developers, suppliers and others, of a class of  pharmaceutical drugs commonly known as opioids.

The action was taken during a special meeting on July 9.

Representing the county will be Dallas-based law firm Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, P.C. and Paul D. Henderson, P.C. and of Dies and Parkhurst, L.L.P.

 

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Boy, 6, killed in crash

By Dannie Oliveaux

VILLAGE MILLS — A 6- year-old Woodville boy died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 69 on July 10, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

According to Sgt. Stephanie Davis, DPS spokesperson, preliminary reports indicate the child was a passenger in a 2003 Lexus sedan that was traveling southbound on U.S. 69.

For an unknown reason, the driver of the Lexus crossed the center median, traveled into the northbound traffic lane and was struck by a Ryder truck tractor semi-trailer traveling northbound, according to Davis.

The impact of the collision caused the Lexus to rollover several times before coming to rest in the ditch.

 

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