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Court hears bill concerning hydropower dam licenses

Pelt says priorities set by Congress for flood control, not recreation control

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — Hardin County commissioners heard from a representative from U.S. Rep. Brian Babin’s office regarding recent legislation to examine and reform local Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hydropower dam licenses to any project that is located in an area that was declared as a disaster area in 2017.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment Nov. 9 to authorize FERC to examine the licenses. The amendment is waiting for consideration from the Senate.

 

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Lady Tigers capture consolation title at YMBL/BISD Shootout

BEAUMONT — The Silsbee Lady Tigers defeated Laundry Walker of New Orleans, 61-51, for the girls’ consolation championship at the annual YMBL/Beaumont ISD South Texas Shootout on Dec. 2 at the McDonald Gymnasium on the Lamar University campus.

Emily Maze led Silsbee with a team-high 18 points along with five rebounds, a steal and assist, while Dakota Matthews hit 14 markers with two steals.

Maze and Matthews were named to the all-tournament team.

 

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Carthage ends Tigers’ season with 64-36 pounding

By Danny Reneau

LUFKIN — The Silsbee Tigers saw their season come to an end as the defending state champions and No. 1 team, Carthage Bulldogs, with a 64- 36 loss in the UIL Class 4A Division 1 Region 3 semi-finals on Dec. 1 at Abe Martin Stadium.

Carthage, who has won 23 straight, needed three plays in less than a minute to score their first touchdown when Gunner Capps hit Dee Bowen for a 30-yard TD pass.

Silsbee (7-5) immediately responded when Jacob Collins connected with speedster Kalon Barnes for a 65-yard TD pass. Eric Martin’s point after kick tied the game, 7-7.

 

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First place parade winner

First place winner of the 2017 Silsbee Christmas Lighted Parade Wendy McIntyre and her daughter, Piper (age 9), receives as trophy from Silsbee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kayla Bishop (left) and Volunteer Fire Captain Bill Wright (right).

 

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Blood donors receive special socks

Most blood donors are accustomed to getting a t-shirt honoring their donation, but LifeShare Blood Center is kicking off the Christmas season with limited edition holiday socks. The socks state, “I gave someone another holiday,” reflecting the gift of life donated this season.

The blood supply usually drops around the holidays and LifeShare wants to remind everyone that the need for blood donations never stops.

 

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Libraries recovering from storm to receive new books

AUSTIN — Texas libraries recovering from Hurricane Harvey are about to receive 100 new books to help them rebuild their collections.

Thanks to the generosity of the Brownstone Book Fund of New York, libraries affected by the storm will be able to offer community residents new reading selections for children.

The Brownstone Book Fund reached out to Mark Smith, Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, to determine the best way of reaching the many libraries in the state dealing with Harvey and its aftermath.

 

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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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