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Encouraging teacher selected as Teacher of the Year

By Meagan Moore

At the Kountze Chamber of Commerce Banquet, Amanda Collins was selected to be the Teacher of the Year for the whole school district. This is her 23rd year teaching and her 21st with Kountze. In fact, Collins is a Kountze graduate herself.

“I just wanted to come back home to teach,” she stated.

Collins currently teachers fourth, fifth and sixth grade reading intervention and dyslexia students. She has always enjoyed school, loves children and had great teachers in school.

 

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Returning actors headline Silsbee Little Theatre’s play ‘The Odd Couple’

By Danny Reneau

Silsbee Little Theater now has its production of The Odd Couple underway.

This production company of local volunteers has been putting on plays in Silsbee for nearly 50 years. This was the 47th Annual Dinner Theatre that the crew has produced. In addition, there have been many readings and several other plays that have been produced.

 

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Silsbee Garden Club unites with SISD

The Silsbee Garden Club wanted to do something special for its community, so one of the things they decided was to donate trees to the schools that wanted a tree for Arbor Day. After contacting the school and getting approval, a teacher each from Silsbee Middle School and Silsbee High School contacted Garden Club secretary Joy Martindale to inform her the type of trees they would like planted.

The Garden Club committee that was appointed for this task included Cynthia Roberts, Judy Erdman, Patsy Gerngross, Joy Martindale and Margaret Fox. The Silsbee Garden Club donated a river birch tree to the Silsbee Middle School and a pecan tree to the Silsbee High School. The trees were planted on Arbor Day — Friday, April 28.

 

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HCSO finds ‘sophisticated’ marijuana growth operation

.By Meagan Moore

The entire mobile home was located in Kountze was converted into a sophisticated indoor marijuana growth operation with several different equipment to help cultivate the plant.

Tuesday morning the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip from Crime Stoppers about a marijuana growth operation at a resident on the corner of Texas 326 and FM 770 in Kountze.

Sergeants from the HCSO approached the mobile home and knocked on the door, letting resident inside that they were law enforcement officers out there on a tip.

 

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Babin means business

Brooks Gilchriest met with Congressman Brian Babin and Chuck Partain at the Apache Products plant in Silsbee on Wednesday. The group discussed issued that involved the operations of small businesses in America. Mr. Gilchrist reported that the plant employed 140 workers.

 

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Banks sentenced to additional 99 years in prison for assault on public servant

By Meagan Moore

A Kountze man who was already serving 20 years in prison for the beating of a former Kountze police officer and two years for evading arrest on November 7, 2014 was recently sentenced 99 years to run consecutively for once again assaulting a public servant.

The first assault happened after former police officer Kiera Linney responded to a call at the Tejas Grocery store stating that a customer was throwing things at the clerk. However, after Deputy Gulley with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office arrived, the clerk stated that the suspect ran out carrying a handful of Budweiser cans.

 

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SHS basketball program placed on probation by UIL for two years

The Silsbee Boys Basketball team and the LCM Boys basketball programs were placed on a two year probation by the UIL on Wednesday.

Silsbee and LCM coaches along with their athletic directors, superintendents, and the district chairman Shaun McAlphine had to appear at a meeting of the State Executive Committee on Wednesday.

 

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Whitted tosses a one-hitter versus LCM

By Bob Parish

Right hander Noah Whitted tossed a shutout against the visiting Bears on Friday night. His second straight scoreless outing sets the tone for the Tigers game next week against the WOS Mustangs who lead the District 22-4A standings by one game over the Tigers.

The Bears challenged early in the first inning, loading the bases after an error, walk and hit batter. Then Whitted buckled down and struck out the final batter to end the inning. In the bottom of the first, Paxton Bryan got on base, then stole second and scored on an infield single by Chase Partain. Partain, the Tiger shortstop would later score on a wild pitch by Bear lefthanded pitcher Slade Green. The scoreboard read Tigers two and Bears zero at the end of one inning.

 

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Mitchael honored for serving community

By Meagan Moore

It came as a surprise and honor to Barry Mitchael who received Citizen of the Year from the Kountze Chamber Commerce at the banquet on April 18. In the program it stated that Kountze is a richer community with Mitchael as its member, as he has served the city in numerous ways.

Mitchael was born and raised in Kountze, only moving off for one year when he trained and received his license to be a firefighter. Before becoming a firefighter, he did work in construction for a little while. 

 

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Read Ice awarded for contributions to community

By Meagan Moore

More than 150 people were in attendance at this year’s Kountze Chamber of Commerce Banquet, and after many nominations from the community and from members of the chamber, Read Ice was selected to be this year’s Business of the Year award winner.

According to what was written in the pamphlet, Read Ice is a wholesale ice company that was established in 1988 by Mr. Bull Read and has done much for the community. It is now operated by Jeremy Kunk, Read’s son-in-law, who purchased it in 2009 from Read. Kunk had worked for Read while in high school and a little bit while he was in college.

 

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