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Ordinary rocks take an extraordinary adventure

By Meagan Moore

There is a new fad spreading throughout Southeast Texas and even into other states and countries.

Some say it is more enjoyable and entertaining than Pokemon Go, which has died out quite a bit since the app’s release

Brenda Kendrick woke up at 2:30 in the morning on Feb. 24 with an idea she believes to be inspired by the Heavenly Father. The idea came about to create an activity with her grandchildren, and since they always did arts and crafts, Kendrick thought it a brilliant idea to paint rocks.

 

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Senate voucher scheme holds school funding hostage

A key school-finance bill passed by the Texas House was hijacked last week by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and some members of the Texas Senate intent on passing a scheme for private-school vouchers.

“These Texas senators, under the approving eye of the lieutenant governor, are playing politics with the kids of our state by taking one of the most beneficial education bills in recent history and poisoning it with vouchers that would instead fund private schools with no accountability to taxpayers,” said Louis Malfaro, Texas AFT president.

 

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Silsbee PD chief resigns

By Scott McDonald

The City of Silsbee will search for its third police chief in six months after the abrupt and unexpected resignation of chief Waylan Rhodes last week.

Rhodes on May 8 was named the new police chief for the City of Cameron, a town of just less than 6,000 residents an hour and a half northeast of Austin. Rhodes began his job in Silsbee on Jan. 9 to replace former chief Mark Davis, who’s now the Hardin County sheriff.

The Silsbee Bee reached out to Chief Rhodes through phone calls and email, but he never responded. He did go on the record with the Temple Daily Telegram, however.

 

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Wreck sends several to hospital

By Meagan Moore

Hardin County Sheriff’s deputies and the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a two-vehicle crash on Saturday, May 13 at the intersection of FM 92 and Ben D. Smith Road north of Silsbee.

HCSO Sergeant Jesse Orr and Deputy Tanner Hawthorne were the first to arrive at the scene, followed shortly by DPS Trooper Blake Burman. According to the initial reports, a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck towing a trailer was traveling southbound on FM 92 when a 2002 Dodge pickup truck traveling northbound attempted to make a left turn onto Ben D. Smith Road.

 

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Raney receives national public servant award from VFW

By Meagan Moore

Long-time Silsbee resident Fred Raney on Saturday was announced as recipient of the National Public Servant Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of United States for his many years of service to the Silsbee Fire Department.

The VFW Post 1514 in Village Mills sent out information to the local fire departments and chiefs, and someone within the department nominates a public servant. Fred Raney, the then assistant chief, chaplain and PIO at Silsbee Fire Department, was named the VFW Department of Texas’s Firefighter recipient of the VFW 1514 Post on Dec. 13, 2016.

 

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Silsbee run rules Hargrave in game 1

By Danny Reneau

The Silsbee Tigers used their bats to pound their way to a 12-2 win over Huffman Hargrave in the first game of a best-of-3 series Thursday evening at Texas Slam in Livingston. The game ended after six innings because of the 10- run rule after five innings.

The Tigers started ace pitcher Trevis Sundgren, and he was never seriously threatened during the game, throwing just 87 pitches to claim the victory.

 

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Barnes wins 100, 200 state titles

By Scott McDonald

Who’s to say what Kalon Barnes could do if he ever runs a complete race. Even with minor glitches at the state track meet in Austin last Saturday, he still swept gold in the 100- and 200-yard dashes.

A Herculean effort on his part almost had the boys 4x100 relay team atop the podium, but instead they finished second in that race.

The Silsbee boys team scored 36 points in those three races, tying them for third in the team standings with Big Spring. Atlanta scored 43 to win the Class 4A team title and Dallas Carter was second with 40.

 

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Dot Smith honored for 50 years of service

Thursday, May 11 was an exciting night for the Silsbee Woman’s Club. During their annual banquet, Dot Smith was honored for her 50 years of service to the club and the community. She joined the Silsbee Woman’s Club in 1967 and is still an active member today.

 

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Vintage Owl holds grand opening

The Silsbee Chamber of Commerce met at the Vintage Owl for a ribbon cutting on Friday. The group enjoyed cake and wished the new business a great future. The Vintage Owl, which sells quilting materials and supplies, is located at 110 E. Avenue H in Silsbee.

 

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Evadale High the only secondary school in Region V to receive prestigious TEA award

Evadale High School was the only high school in the Texas Education Agency’s Region V to be awarded for High Progress for the 2015-16 academic year as a TEA Title I Reward School. After a talent show Monday by the students at the school auditorium, the teachers put on a slide show to honor “heroes,” and then the high school staff members got together for a group photo on the stage with the TEA award. 

 

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