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LISD to armed select employees with firearms

By Dannie Oliveaux

LUMBERTON — Lumberton ISD officials announced that selected district employees  will be certified to carry firearms on school district property during class hours and events.

More than 60 people, including school administrators, attended the “Community Discussion on School Safety” which was hosted by the Lumberton ISD in the Performing Arts Center on Aug. 2.

Last school year, Lumberton Police Department arrested two middle school students after making alleged threats at classmates and an eighth-grader for making a terrorist threat.

 

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Latulas gets life for 2016 murder

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — A Hardin County jury needed just 45 minutes to decide the fate of a Port Arthur man in the murder of a Silsbee woman in 2016.

On Aug. 1, Joseph Latulas Jr., 42, of Port Arthur was sentenced to life in prison for the Jan. 10, 2016 stabbing death of Wendy Wanell Werner, according to District Attorney David Sheffield.

The case was prosecuted by Kendra Walters of the Hardin County District Attorneys Office who is working under a grant funded by the Violence Against Women Act.

 

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Fire damages home

A Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department firefighter sprays water on the south side of a home located in the 2500 block of Neyland Road, northwest of Silsbee, on Aug. 2.SVFD reported the fire was reported about  11:46 a.m. and there was no one in the home at the time of the blaze which caused heavy damage to the wooden structure.

 

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Volleyball teams play in scrimmages, jumps into regular season this week

By Dannie Oliveaux

After three days of practice, local high school volleyball teams hit the floor for scrimmages before their season openers.

Silsbee hosted Evadale, Hardin-Jefferson, Buna, Colmesneil, Port Arthur Memorial, West Orange-Starks in a series of scrimmages on Aug. 4.

While the varsity scrimmaged in the main gymnasium, freshman and junior varsity teams matched up against each other in the auxiliary gymnasium.

 

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First day of prep football practice brings out more than 320 players

By Dannie Oliveaux

More than 320 players from four area schools hit the practice field for the first day of high school football practice on Aug. 6.

According to UIL guideline, players can not participate in any contact drills for the first four days of practice. On Friday, Aug. 10 is the first day for contract drills.

Most teams spent the first part of practice with players doing conditioning drills.

 

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Worried about Social Security, Millennials must get creative

Social Security Day is Aug. 14, marking that day in 1935 when the Social Security Act was signed into law.

More than eight decades later, millennials wonder whether that celebrated social safety net will still be around to help when they reach retirement.

 

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School supply drive until Aug. 13

A School Supply Drive is set until Aug. 13 for Silsbee ISD students.

All donation will go to the SISD to be distributed among students in need. Basic supplies are needed and for a full list, visit www.SilsbeeISD.org.

 

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Muckleroy retires as mayor

By Dannie Oliveaux

Silsbee Mayor Herbert Muckleroy announced his retirement as mayor during the special City Council meeting on July 30.

Muckleroy, a former Silsbee ISD superintendent, was elected mayor in 2005.

City Manager DeeAnn Zimmerman said Muckleroy announced his decision to retire during executive session.

 

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Fire destroys mobile home

A firefighter sprays water on a fire which destroyed a mobile home which was located on Highway 326 across from Little Rock Assembly of God Church, south of Kountze, on July 30. Firefighters and tanker trucks from Kountze Fire Department, Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department, Lumberton Fire and Rescue and Sour Lake Fire Department responded to the blaze. According to Laura Pape, KFD spokesperson, the mobile home was a total loss and the family which included a mother and two children were not injured.

 

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Drainage Advisory Committee holds second public hearing

By Dannie Oliveaux

LUMBERTON — More than 40 people attended the second public hearing by the Hardin County Drainage Advisory Committee on July 25 at the Lumberton ISD Performing Arts Center.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Alvin Roberts, who is the committee’s chairperson, said the meeting is for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in which $1.3 billion has awarded to counties affected from the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

 

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