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Year in Review: 2017

WHAT A YEAR!

Silsbee, county weather tragedy into new year

By Tim Collins

 

Throughout 2017, a series of tragedies rocked the Silsbee community and Southeast Texas.

The string of tragedies began in May, when Kirbyville principal Dennis Reeves took his life on May 23. Less than three months later, Silsbee Volunteer Fire Chief Jay Hinkie was struck and killed by a vehicle while working the scene of a wreck on Aug. 2.

"The loss of Jay Hinkie was felt in every heart," Silsbee councilwoman Adalaide Balaban said. "He was a man who answered every call. He went to the fires, but he also went to the schools to teach fire safety to our children. He spoke at every business and community organization that requested his presence. He was a leader, a teacher and a friend. Our community grieved together."

 

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Lady Tigers beat Hudson at home

Dakota Matthews scored a game-high 21 as the Silsbee Lady Tigers posted a 77-42 home win over Hudson in non-district action on Jan. 2.

Matthews, who had seven points in the first half, scored 14 in the second half — including a pair of three-point buckets.

The Lady Tigers built a 12-4 lead at the end of the first inning, then outscored Hudson, 23-11, in the second for a 35-15 margin at halftime.

 

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Tigers record 2-1 mark at Coca-Cola Classic

DALLAS — The Silsbee Tigers posted a 2-1 mark at the annual Dallas ISD Coca- Cola Classic on Dec. 27-29.

The Tigers started off with a convincing 78-39 win over Class 6A Dallas Adamson. Silsbee opened up the game with a 25-0 run and finished the opening period ahead, 25-6.

Dallas Adamson was unable to catch up as the Tigers went into intermission with a 32-point lead.

Brealon Bush hit a team-high 15 markers, while Kalon Barnes netted 13 with 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.

 

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LifeShare Blood Centers, Workforce Solutions receive recognition at conference

BEAUMONT — LifeShare Blood Centers received the Local Employer of Excellence Award for the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas at the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) 21st Annual Texas Workforce Conference, held Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 in Dallas.

The award honors private sector employers that are actively involved with Texas Workforce Solutions and have made a positive impact on employers, workers and the community.

Since 1981, LifeShare Blood Centers in Beaumont, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana has been a leading supplier of blood and blood products vital to saving lives.

 

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Abbott declares ‘School Board Recognition Month’

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has declared January as “School Board Recognition Month.”

“In Texas, we place immense value in our youth. We protect them, guide them, and are always working toward a better tomorrow to secure our young people’s bright and precious futures,” said Abbott. “We also understand the tremendous value of education in young people’s lives and strive to ensure our state provides our youth with the opportunity to receive a rigorous and well-rounded education that will function as the foundation upon which their dreams will be built into reality.

 

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Four injured in 2-vehicle accident

Four people were transported to area hospital as a result of a two-vehicle accident on FM 92 north of McGallion Road on Dec. 21.

The accident kept the road blocked for more than an hour as emergency personnel worked at the scene.

The Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene shortly after 6:30 p.m., along with law enforcement and emergency personnel.

 

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Turkeys, hams distributed for Christmas

By Tim Collins

Silsbee residents in need because of Hurricane Harvey received a hot meal on Dec. 22 under the direction of Pastor Arthur Smith of Faith Temple Church of Christ in God and area schools.

Families received vouchers through local schools and exchanged their voucher for gifts, after a short prayer and directions by Pastor Arthur Smith and Treva Smith.

"We thank the school principals and all the schools that have invited each and every one of you here because the only way you got a voucher is through the school," Arthur Smith said. "The schools were responsible for making sure the students who needed gifts the most would be able to receive something for Christmas this year. In the meantime, we've also got some hams and some turkeys because we wanted to bless your households as well."

 

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Christmas party at Pine Arbor

A couple of staff members at the Pine Arbor Nusring Home in Silsbee prepare desserts for their residents and guests during their annual Christmas Party on Dec. 19.

 

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Silsbee holds off Lady Raiders’ late rally for win

By Danny Reneau

LUMBERTON — The Silsbee Lady Tigers defeated the Lumberton Lady Raiders, 99- 93, in non-district action on Dec. 19.

The game started out like a house on fire but ended up in a shootout.

Megan Wilkinson and Kayden Morris combined for 29 points as the Lady Raiders held a 31-29 lead at the end of the opening period. Wilkinson hit 19 and Morris had 10.

 

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Center upsets Tigers, 76-74

By Dannie Oliveaux

CENTER — Jaterious Evans hit two free throws with 15.3 seconds left as the Center Roughriders upset the No. 1-ranked Silsbee Tigers, 76- 74, before a packed crowd on Dec. 19.

The win was not certain, not even in the final seconds. In fact, the final 15 seconds took nearly four minutes to complete.

Six-foot-5 Reggie Daniels’ block of Kalon Barnes’ shot at the rim started the transition that led to Evans being fouled and going to the line for two.

 

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