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Tigers drop district opener at LC-M

By Danny Reneau

ORANGE — The Silsbee Tigers opened District 10-4 Division 1 play at Little Cypress- Mauriceville on Oct. 13 and suffered an unexpected 58-38 loss on a night in which they struggled on the defensive side the entire game.

For the third straight week, Silsbee came into the game short on players due to injuries and the situation got worse almost immediately when Adonis Thomas, the team’s top running back, fell to the turf after pounding his way through opponents after the Bears grabbed an early lead.

 

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Local dealers ‘Fill The Trunk’ for local Boys and Girls Club

Silsbee auto dealerships have joined forces to support the work of the Boys and Girls Club of Hardin County in the October fundraiser, “Fill The Trunk.”

Dealerships all over town have placed a car on their showroom floors where anyone who passes can toss in pocket change to benefit the Silsbee club. The sign states: “Changing the life of a child forever. By putting your change in this vehicle, you will help the Boys and Girls Club change lives forever.”

 

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Kountze residents deliver quilts for Harvey-affected SETX residents

By Tim Collins

KOUNTZE — When Kathy and Pat Rhodes heard about a truckload of handmade quilts that needed delivering to victims of Tropical Storm Harvey, they knew that had to do what they could to get them to their fellow Southeast Texas residents.

The Kountze couple was visiting family in Arkansas when Rhodes’ niece, Molly Kirbo, heard about the quilts after running into a lady at the Waldron Walmart, and was asked if she knew anyone who could deliver them to Texas.

 

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Local schools see gains, losses because of Harvey

By Tim Collins

Schools throughout Hardin County have reported gains and losses in the number of students enrolled in Silsbee, Lumberton, Kountze and Evadale due to displacement by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Silsbee ISD Superintendent Richard Bain said Silsbee has seen its highest enrollment “in years” at 2,856.

He said 34 students have been enrolled at Silsbee ISD due to displacement caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, but that Silsbee schools also lost a number of enrollees, making losses and gains attributable to Harvey a “wash.”

 

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Fake wreck staged for training

By Tim Collins

Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and local EMT students trained in retrieving victims from a car wreck on Oct. 9.

The wreck was staged at Payne’s Wrecker Service, where an eighteen-wheeler was placed on top of three previously-crashed vehicles, including a pickup truck, a Buick Rendezvous and a Sable Mercury.

 

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Suicide note tells different account of girl’s murder

By Dannie Oliveaux

JASPER — A suicide note left by a 19-year-old deceased male suspect in the murder of a Silsbee High School freshman cheerleader stated he was not responsible for the girl’s death.

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman released to the media contents of a note left by Paul Audrey Adams of Vidor, who is the suspect in the Oct. 1 shooting death of 14-year-old Tristan Hope Dilley. 

Dilley was found shot in the upstairs bedroom of her mother’s home located on County Road 784 near Buna. The victim was found lying facedown on her bed by her 13-year-old brother about 7:45 p.m.

 

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Ninth Court of Appeals ruled in favor of cheerleaders’ religious banners

By Tim Collins

The Texas Ninth Court of appeals ruled in favor of the Kountze cheerleaders who displayed religious quotes on football run-through banners, Sept. 29. The cheerleaders sued Kountze ISD on First Amendment grounds in 2012 after the school banned the use of religious quotes during football games.

“It was a sweeping decision,” David Starnes, the Beaumont attorney representing the cheerleaders, said.

 

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Lady Raiders finish compressed 22-5A schedule

By Dannie Oliveaux

The Lumberton Lady Raiders finally got back on their regular District 22-5A schedule on Oct. 6 after playing six games in a nine-day period of a compressed schedule — thanks to Tropical Storm Harvey.

Now, the Lady Raiders are focusing on getting back into a regular practice mode.

“Just the lack of practice and working on those things we were struggling on game to game,” said head coach Tara Gay. “It’s hard to be able to fix small mistakes when we aren't able to practice.

 

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Sharks stun Silsbee, 37-15

By Danny Reneau

ALVIN — The Silsbee Tigers made the long trip to Alvin Memorial Stadium to play the Shadow Creek Sharks on their homecoming night on Oct. 6.

The Tigers left with a 37-15 loss in their final non-district game this season.

Silsbee had suffered through a rash of injuries and illnesses that left them a shadow of what they wanted to be at the start of the game. This was not the way they planned to play the game but they determined to put their best foot forward and give Shadow Creek all that they could handle.

 

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Pines’ future undecided following damage from Harvey

By Tim Collins

The Pines Theater sat empty, Saturday, as its employees held a final goodbye party.

Rumors as to whether the theater will permanently close or not have reverberated through Silsbee since the theater suffered damage in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey in late August.

The theater’s only projector was damaged due to heavy rainfall the night of the storm, according to second assistant manager Raven Freeman.

 

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