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Cruz revs up patrons at Kountze stop

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — Patrons, many standing, packed into Mama Jack’s Restaurant to hear Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz as his campaign tour came to Hardin County on July 6.

The incumbent Cruz is being challenged by Beto O’Rourk, a Democratic Congressman from El Paso, in the November general election.

Cruz, who was dressed in jeans, white shirt and boots, arrived at the restaurant to a loud ovation from the standing- room only crowd with included men and women of all ages. “I was reminded this week what Ronald Regan said a long time ago,” Cruz said. “He said; ‘For Republicans, every day is the Fourth of July. And for Democrats, every day is April 15th.’”

 

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Local team brings home world championship

A group of boys from Silsbee, Lumberton and Buna recently went to the Mid-South Elite World Series 2018 and won a world championship on June 26.

Adam Smith of Silsbee and Mitch Moss of Lumberton, had watched their young sons playing Little League baseball and wanted the season to last longer and give their sons an opportunity to grow in the sport.

They scouted around, called their friends and found a group of young boys to play. They formed a selected baseball team called the Texas RPMS and join the 8 and Under Division of Nations Baseball.

 

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District 12 Champions

Members of the Silsbee Junior 13-14 All-Star Softball Team are (left to right) front row: Gracyn Gonzales, Aspen Paine, Arley-Beth Cravey and Madie Moss; second row: Taylor Cude, Jaidyn Lewis, Andi Baldwin, Lexas Moss,  Maggie Blythe, Rayleigh Middleton, Macie McWilliams, Briana Woods and Chloe Tyler; back row: coaches Brian Blythe, Jonathan Woods and Mike Moss. They beat Kirbyville twice to win District 12 championship.

 

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Balaban’s life colorful, full of adventure

By Danny Reneau

Adalaide Balaban was a single mom attempting to raise her daughter while working for the Missouri Department of Social Services during the 1960s.

She was involved in a welfare- to-work program where she attempted to get women on welfare, get them some education and go to work to get off welfare.

One day, Balaban contacted a woman who told her she did not want a job. She was happy with her welfare income and this gave her an opportunity to be at home with her daughter.

 

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Horses proved therapy for elderly residents

By Jessica Siratt

Residents at the Silsbee Convalescent Center were visited at the facility by Stable- Spirit July 5.

Stable-Spirit, a non-profit organization in Rose City, transported the horses from their facility to the nursing home.

According to Stable- Spirit’s mission statement, they provide opportunities to the community that inspire positive mental, emotional and physical health through professionally guided interaction with horses.

Katie Durio, executive director of Stable-Spirit, said the residents were allowed to pet, brush, and just be with the animals.

 

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Sharron Baker Melvin

Sharron Baker Melvin passed over on July 7, 2018 after a brutal two month battle with late onset acute leukemia. Sharron is preceded in death by her father, Ray Baker and mother, Virginia Shivers Baker, both of Woodville, Texas and one dearly loved nephew, Ray Acton Swanson. She is also preceded by many dear friends and other relatives. Survived by her husband, Cruse Melvin of Silsbee, Texas; sons, Timothy Ray Melvin and his wife, Beverly, of Tualatin, Oregon and John Sherman Melvin and his husband, Paul Kane, of Austin, Texas; brother, John Swanson and his wife, Fredda (Pat), of Greenville, Texas; granddaughters, Ashlyn and Kathryn Melvin of Tualatin, Oregon; four nephews and two nieces, whom she loved as if her own; plus, cousins and many others touched by her approach to life. She saw order and beauty in nature and wonder in all of God’s creation. She accredited beauty, talent, and potential in everyone she encountered.

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Lillie “Cookie” Fontenot

Lillie “Cookie” Fontenot, age 73 of Silsbee, TX, passed away on Saturday, July 7th, 2018. She was born to James and Madelyn Adair on September 1st, 1944 in Port Arthur, TX. Cookie was a Southeast Texan her entire life. She was a free spirit, loved by so many that crossed her path. Her giving nature was clearly seen by so many. As a clerk, Cookie made a great deal of acquaintances with people from all walks of life, yet her loving spirit-built bridges to all of them. Cookie’s faith in God brought her through all life’s tests, while she visited many churches throughout the years her faith could best be described as just being a Christian. Her loving attitude could be quickly lost if anyone had the audacity to mistreat her children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren. While Cookie loved fishing and had happily visited every pond in Silsbee, TX, the people who really knew her were aware of her favorite past-time, pennyslots at the casino.

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James Floyd Trotter

James Floyd Trotter, 75, of Kirbyville, Texas passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 7, 2018 in Silsbee, Texas. James was born in Grants Pass, Oregon on Saturday, June 19, 1943 to his loving parents “Pop” and Clara Trotter who have preceded him in death. James spent a large part of his life in Oregon where he met his wife of over 36 years, Glenda Trotter. James and Glenda spent many happy years hunting, fishing on the Rouge River, and tubing whenever possible. James had many skills he gained working at the Louisiana Pacific Mill until his retirement. He was a loyal husband and companion, a caring father and a good man. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Glenda Sue Trotter; his children, Cathy Ladd and husband Terrance, Jim Trotter, Angela Albright and husband Bill, and Gary Trotter; his loyal sister, Waline Fisher; and 5 amazing grandchildren. A private family ceremony will be held at a later date.

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Mary Alice Marino-Snider

Mary Alice Marino-Snider, 76, of Lumberton, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018. Funeral service was Friday, July 6 at Infant Jesus Catholic Church in Lumberton under the direction of Lumberton Family Funeral Home, also in Lumberton. Burial was held Monday, July 9 at Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Born in Beaumont, she was a lifelong south east Texan. Survivors include her husband, Frank Snider; brother, Henry Marino; sister, Fran Marino; sons, Paul Teutsch, Mark Teutsch, Kenneth Teutsch and wife Jolene, and Jack Bruner; daughter, Michelle Massey; and six grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.

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Lanny Dale “Jake” Kelly

Lanny Dale “Jake” Kelly, 55, of Buna, passed away Tuesday July 3, 2018. Funeral service was Tuesday, July 10 with burial following at Bean Cemetery in Kirbyville. He worked for Texas Forest Service for several years and later opened his own auto paint and body shop. Survivors include his parents, Weldon Kelly Sr. and Diane Kelly of Buna; brothers, Weldon Kelly Jr. and wife Sheri and Jeffrey Kelly, all of Buna; daughters, Melody Campbell and husband Dennis of Silsbee and Holly Gathright and husband Chris of Buna; and six grandchildren.

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