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SISD board approves resignations, hirings

By Danny Reneau

The Silsbee ISD Board of Trustees met Nov. 14 and accepted the resignations of four professionals and one paraprofessional.

The resignations included three teachers, — Shayna Taylor, English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at the high school; Elizabeth Cullen, middle school band director; and Paula Barclay, a nurse at the elementary school.

 

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‘Silsbee Strong’

Community leaders to show Silsbee’s strength after tragedies

By Tim Collins

The community of Silsbee and surrounding areas have been scarred by a series of tragedies over the last several months, and local community leaders say they’re hoping to provide healing with Nov. 29’s “Silsbee Strong Celebration,” 6 p.m. at the Kirby Memorial Stadium.

Volunteer Fire Chief Jay Hinkie was hit by a car and killed responding to the scene of an accident on Aug. 2. Then Tropical Storm Harvey’s floodwaters devastated Hardin County throughout September, displacing families, destroying thousands of homes, and ultimately causing the closure of local landmarks Adventure Kingdom and the Pines Theater.

 

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Court votes to delay COLA for retirees

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNZTE — The Hardin County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to delay a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retirees during the Nov. 20 meeting.

County Judge Wayne Mc- Daniel said the court decided in 2011 or 2012, to visit the COLA for retirees every five years.

 

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Grapeland edges Rebels for 28-27 bi-district win

By Dannie Oliveaux

WILLIS — The Grapeland Sandies overcame 13-point deficit with a pair of fourthquarter touchdowns and Evadale’s Tyler Torres missed a potential game-winning 39-yard field goal with 5.4 seconds to play as the Rebels fell to the Sandies, 28- 27, in Class 2A Region 3 Division 2 bi-district action at Benton Yates Stadium on Nov. 17.

Torres was kicking into a stiff wind as the ball sailed right of the goalpost.

 

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Tigers roll past Center for 37-17 bi-district win

By Danny Reneau

NACOGDOCHES — The Silsbee Tigers extended their win streak to five games with an impressive 37-17 victory over the Center Roughriders in Class 4A Division 1 bi-district playoff action on Nov. 17 at Dragon Stadium

Silsbee seemed to have things clicking on both sides of the ball. The Tiger defense has shown rapid improvement all season after Adonis Thomas moved from running back to linebacker. He was a constant factor shutting down Center.

 

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Newest SPD officer

Erica Owens (left) is the Silsbee Police Department’s newest officer after she was sworn in by Assistant Chief Shawn Blackwell (right) on Nov. 17 at City Hall. Owen officially started on Nov. 20. She is a native Texan and graduated from Parkway Christian School in Spring. Owens graduated from the East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore in June. Recently, she was working as a reserve police officer for the Onalaska Police Department. Owens is married and has one child. Her husband currently works for the Kountze Police Department.

 

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Thanksgiving program

Local three-year-olds dressed as scarecrows and sang "If You're Happy and You Know It (Clap Your Hands)" at last Thursday's Thanksgiving event at the First Baptist Church in Silsbee.

 

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Glenna Ester Erwin

Glenna Ester Erwin, 87, of Spurger, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Funeral service was Saturday, November 18 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee with burial following at Turner Branch Cemetery in Spurger. Survivors include her daughter, Linda Mayfield and husband David Roundtree of Spurger; sister, Irene Primeaux and husband John of Lumberton; and 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

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Anna Lou Payne

Anna Lou Payne, 69, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Funeral service was Monday, November 20 at Lumberton Family Funeral Home in Lumberton with burial following in R.S. Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. Born in Ville Platte, Louisiana, she had lived in Silsbee the past 40 years. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Arthur Charles Payne of Silsbee; daughter, Angela Andrews and husband Jimmy of Silsbee; sons, Bobby Lee Payne and wife Rebecca and Charles Arthur Payne and wife Brittany, all of Silsbee; brothers, Stanford Soileau and wife Linell and Danial Solieau and wife Alicia; and five grandchildren.

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Donald Ray Gray

Donald Ray Gray, 83, of Lumberton, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at his home. Born in Perry, Oklahoma, he retired from Mobil Chemical in 1989. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Janet Lee Gray; daughter, Gina Gale Stout and husband Willis; sons, Terry Gray and Donnie Gray; and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A gathering was Saturday, November 18 at the family residence in Lumberton.

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