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County, region in recovery mode

By Dannie Oliveaux

HARDIN COUNTY – Like other parts of Southeast Texas, Hardin County and its surrounding area are in “recovery mode” after the region was struck by a historic flood that damaged thousands of homes and businesses last week.

The county was plummeted by rain from Tropical Storm Harvey which flooded homes and closed roads and highways last week.

 

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Flooding forces area schools to begin classes on Sept. 11

By Dannie Oliveaux

HARDIN COUNTY – All county schools will open up for class on Monday, Sept. 11 because of flooding and damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey last week.

Classes were originally set to begin on Aug. 28.

Richard Bain, Silsbee ISD superintendent, said the district will delay the start of school to help those affected by the historic floods in Silsbee and Hardin County.

 

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LISD superintendent announces retirement

By Dannie Oliveaux

LUMBERTON – Lumberton Independent School District Superintendent John Valastro announced his retirement, according to an Aug. 31 press release by the Human Resource Director Anna Miller.

In the document, Valastro announced his retirement and resignation, and the board can pursue hiring another superintendent.

“The Board and Mr. Valastro have entered into the agreement believing it is in their respective best interests and in the best interests of the district,” according to the press release.

 

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Kountze Lions to host Beaumont Kelly Friday

The Kountze Lions are back practicing and plan to play Beaumont Kelly in a non-district tilt on Friday, Sept. 8.

Coach Duane Joubert reported he has nearly all of his players back practicing and he is looking forward to the season opener.

There are some complications about the location of the game.

 

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Tigers seek revenge against Newton

By Dannie Oliveaux

After a week delay because of Tropical Storm Harvey, the Silsbee Tigers finally get a chance to hit the gridiron as they open up the 2017 high school football season on the road Friday, Sept. 8 against the Newton Eagles.

This is a non-district game. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The Eagles, of District 10- 3A Division II, were a regional semi-finalist last season. They welcome back five offensive starters and seven defensive starters from a 13-1 squad.

 

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Harvey brings communities together

By Dannie Oliveaux

HARDIN COUNTY – As Tropical Storm Harvey soaked Southeast Texas and force many people out of their home, churches and other volunteer groups rallied to help those in need.

Pastor Arthur Smith of the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ Church in Silsbee headed up a temporary shelter in the YYAFA in Silsbee.

He left his home in Beaumont last Tuesday and has been at the shelter ever since. It opened at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 and is scheduled to close on Friday, Sept. 8.

 

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Hudson opens career at UT

By Danny Reneau

 

Patrick Hudson was the biggest man on campus when he attended Silsbee High School.

At nearly 6 1/2 foot tall and 330 pounds, he was the biggest guy just about everywhere he went.

During his senior year in high school, Hudson signed a letter of intent to play football at Baylor University. But when all the problems happened at Baylor he got the opportunity to withdraw his from his scholarship and sign to play at the University of Texas.

 

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Harvey slams Hardin County

Tropical storm brings record rainfall

By Dannie Oliveaux

Tropical Storm Harvey brought a torrential downpour of record-breaking rain into Hardin County this week which resulted in flooding, road closures, voluntary evacuations and school closings.

A flash flood warning was issued for Hardin County Tuesday afternoon from the National Weather Service in Lake Charles. NWS reported between 8-15 inches of rain had fallen and rainbands continue to slowly move across Southeast Texas.

Excessive runoff from the heavy rainfall caused flooding of rivers, creeks, and bayous, along with roads and streets.

Late Tuesday, both lanes of U.S. Highway 96 was closed between Lumberton and Beaumont because of water covering the road, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Tropical storm pounds Silsbee with heavy rain

By Dannie Oliveaux

Tropical Storm Harvey pounded on Silsbee earlier this week, but there were no reports of major flooding.

A thunderstorm rolled through the city late Tuesday afternoon, bringing some of the heaviest rains this week and gusty winds.

According to Mayor Herbert Muckleroy, the city has not received any calls that were weather related as of press time Tuesday.

“We haven’t got any call for help, but we are set up for them,” said the mayor. On Monday, water was reported over a section of U.S. Business 96, east of the intersection at FM 418.

 

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YYAFA, church sets up rescue center

The YYAFA and Faith Temple COGIC Church have set up a rescue point at the center. Many citizens from around town have contributed to the effort.

Faith Temple Pastor Arthur Smith said that when he heard there was no rescue point for refugees in this area he decided to put the building at YYAFA to use.

The building has a large gym, a cafeteria, and many smaller rooms.

 

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