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Delacerda capital murder trial under way

Defense motions for mistrial on first day of trial

By Tim Collins

KOUNTZE — The defense for Jason Wayne Delacerda, on trial for the capital murder of 4-year-old Breonna Loftin in 2011, motioned for a mistrial on Feb. 20.

Delacerda is charged with intent or knowledge in the murder of a child younger than the age of 6. The defense pleaded not guilty. Breonna's mother, Amanda Guidry, is expected to face trial later this year.

 

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Pattillo is Chamber’s Citizen of the Year

By Tim Collins

The Silsbee Chamber of Commerce has awarded its Citizen of the Year Award to Janice Pattillo former executive director of the Christian Care Center and current theater craftswoman.

Pattillo began working at the Christian Care Center in 1997, first in the pantry, then as an interviewer before becoming director in 2005.

Pattillo retired late last year to focus on her work in the theater, specifically the theater company, LiFT, which hosts acting camps and creates theatrical productions for the Silsbee area.

 

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Fire reported at South Hampton facility

By Dannie Oliveaux

South Hampton Resource, Inc. officials reported a fire in several heaters occurred atthe Silsbee plant on FM 418 about 9:40 p.m. Feb. 14.

“This incident occurred during testing and commissioning activities of our fuel gas and circulating gas systems in our new Reformer unit,” said Turner Evans, plant manager

 

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Yates ends Lady Tigers’ season

Silsbee falls in 4A regional quarterfinals

By Dannie Oliveaux

HUMBLE — The Silsbee Lady Tigers saw their season come to an end as the Yates Lady Lions won the Class 4A Region 3 quarterfinals, 83-74, on Feb. 19 at Summer Creek High School.

Silsbee had a 13-9 lead in the first period, but Yates came back for a 24-23 margin to end the period.

The Lady Lions went on a 7-2 for a 31-25 lead with six minutes left in the second. But Silsbee rallied with a 7-1 run to close the gap by one, 32-31.

 

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Tigers whip Huntington in bi-district

No.1 Silsbee takes on North Forest in area round Friday

By Danny Reneau

LIVINGSTON — The No. 1-ranked Silsbee Tigers opened up the trek for defending their Class 4A state championship with a 98-63 bi-district win over the Huntington Red Devils on Feb. 19 at Livingston High School.

“The pace was good in the game but the defense was not what I wanted,” said Silsbee head coach Joe Sigler.

Sigler said his overall assessment was that the style of play “helped us.”

 

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Supporting the Arts

Joby Irvine (left) and Carol Seabrook perform a short play during the Silsbee Women’s Club meeting Feb.8 at the Silsbee Community Center.

 

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Master’s Men hosting annual Winter Celebration Feb. 24 at SHS Auditorium

The Master's Men of Silsbee will host their 11th annual Winter Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Silsbee High School Auditorium. Doors open at 4 p.m and the concert starts at 5 p.m.

The Master's Men, a local group, is composed of seven men and a woman: Bill Wright, bass; Jimmy Norwood, tenor; Keith Morgan, lead; Kent Houp, baritone; Mike Burkhalter, bass; Rick Goldin, lead; and Rusty Mott, baritone, as well as Yvette Morgan.

 

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SISD board recognizes middle school science and robotics teams

During the Feb. 13 Silsbee ISD school board meeting, trustees recognized the Edwards- Johnson Memorial Silsbee Middle School Robotics and Science Fair winners.

The winners were presented by Science Department Chair Jena Cameron, who was introduced by Principal Sunee Stephens.

The students presented their projects to the board, and gave detailed information on each. Cameron explained to the board that the Robotics Teams must solve a real-world problem by building a prototype robot. The teams begin the year by researching, then building the robot before adding more research.

 

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Longtime SISD board member Herbst dies in car wreck

By Tim Collins

BUNA — Robert Miles Herbst, 90, of Silsbee, died in a one-vehicle crash Feb. 8, at approximately 1:30 p.m., according to Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Stephanie Davis.

Herbst was driving a 2000 Lincoln Town Car north on U.S. 96 when his left rear tire blew out.

Justice of the Peace Mike Smith pronounced Herbst dead at the scene.

 

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HCSO, LPD bust $135K drugs in Silsbee

By Tim Collins

KOUNTZE— The Hardin County Sheriff's Office and Lumberton Police Department recovered $135,000 worth of methamphetamine in a drug bust last week.

Deputies from the HCSO tracked a travel trailer stolen from Sherrod's RV in Rose City to a home north of Silsbee, on Gordon Lane, Feb. 6.

The deputies discovered a pound and a half of methamphetamine, Xanax pills, multiple firearms and two vehicles, including an automobile and a motorcycle. The firearms included a Beretta, a pump-action shotgun, an AK-47 pistol and a rifle with a modified silencer.

 

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