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Mu Upsilon Chapter attend conventions

Jaki Heinz, Trudy Matus, Gloria Riggs, all of Lumberton, and Gayle Stephens of Kountze, members of Mu Upsilon Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Society International, joined with women educators from around the state of Texas in Waco on June 14-16 for the 89th annual Texas State Organization Convention.

Matus, Riggs and Stephens also attended the International Convention in Austin on July 16-20.

 

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LISD first to open doors for school year

First day of school is Aug. 15

By Dannie Oliveaux

HARDIN COUNTY — According to school calendars already posted on the local school district websites, Lumberton ISD will be the area’s first school district to open its doors for classes for the 2018- 19 school year.

Lumberton ISD’s first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 15.

LISD Superintendent Dr. Gerald Chandler said the district’s Site Base Team met several times during the last school year to develop the 2018-19 school calendar.

 

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Court approves proposed tax rate, budget

By Dannie Oliveaux 

KOUNTZE — The Hardin County Commissioners Court unanimously approved to set the proposed tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year and accept the proposed budget during a special meeting on July 24.

The court decided not to increase the proposed tax rate which is currently at .5762 cents per $100 property evaluation. They also approved a $22.1 million proposed budget based on the current tax rate.

County Judge Wayne McDaniel said the deadline to file the proposed budget is July 30.

County Tax Assessor-Collector Shirley Cook reported the effective tax rate is .566485 cents per $100 property valuation.

McDaniel said it will take $608,157 to balance the budget and it’s based on the current tax rate. He also asked the court to look at a tax rate of .5851 cents per $100 property evaluation.

 

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SISD trustees hear report on students STARR/EOC results

By Danny Reneau

Silsbee ISD trustees tackled a lengthy agenda on July 10 which included a report from Curriculum Director Sherry Thornhill on the results from the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program, which was implemented in spring 2012, that includes annual assessments for end-of-course (EOC) assessments for English I, English II, Algebra I, biology and U.S history.

Thornhill said the STARR/EOC results were from a group of 22 tests with performance separated into three levels — Approaches Grade Levels, Meet Grade Level and Master Grade Level. The results were presented for the local district, region and the state.

 

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Annual ‘Back the Badge’ luncheon another success

By Jessica Siratt 

LUMBERTON — Several hundred people attended the Hardin County Angels of Care’s third-annual "Back the Badge" luncheon on July 18 at the Lumberton ISD Performing Arts Center.

HCAC Executive Director Faye Alston said there was an increase in attendance which included police officers, sheriff deputies, firefighters, paramedics, state trooper, game warden and others involved in law enforcement and first responders.

"I know it was much larger than it was last year," said Alston. "Last year we had between 300 and 400 people attend."

 

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Netters begin practice Aug. 1

HARDIN COUNTY — High school volleyball practice starts today, Aug. 1, for area teams.

The first day to issue equipment and conduct workouts outside the school day for volleyball is Aug. 1 with the first game for scrimmages set Friday, Aug. 3.

Regular season play begins Monday, Aug. 6 and teams are limited to two contest per calendar week, plus a tournament.

At Silsbee High School, the Lady Tigers will begin practice at 8 a.m.

 

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SETX Outkast win USSSA 10U national tournament

By Dannie Oliveaux

GULF SHORES, Ala. — The SETX Outkast 10U fastpitch team of Nome edged Talons 07 (Fancy Farms, Kentucky) 5-4, to win the USSSA (U.S. Specialty Sports Association) 10U Class C National Championship Tournament on July 21.

It was the Outkast’s first national championship.

The game, which ended at 1:35 a.m., was tied in the top of the third inning until Andrina Benevides drove in a pair of runs on a sacrifice grounder.

In the first inning, Mikayla Pruitt recorded a 2-RBI triple.

Talon 07 tied the game, 3- 3, in the second.

Lexy Ousley recorded the win in the circle. She pitched four innings, allowed four runs on three hits, and fanned eight batters with no walks. The Outkast, which include several Silsbee players, finished with eight hits as Ouley led the team with three hits.

 

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Silsbee EDC presents new website, awards grant

By Dannie Oliveaux

Silsbee Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Christy Heisner and intern Gracie Gilchriest conducted a presentation for the City Council on the EDC’s new website, marketing and rebranding at the July 16 meeting.

The new web address for the EDC is www.silsbeetxedc.com.

Gilchriest, a senior at Silsbee High School, has been working on several EDC projects this summer which included website and marketing materials.

“Mrs. Heisner has taught me so much especially about marketing and the business world,” said Gilchriest.

She said part of her job was to renovate the website to better fit the new marketing changes.

Gilchriest said Heisner wanted a “fresh facelift of the website.”

 

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Family makes quilts, deliver to Pine Harbor residents

By Jessica Siratt

An Evadale family came to Pine Arbor Nursing Home to deliver handmade quilts to each of the 84 residents on July 10.

Judith Rogers along with her husband, Frank, and three daughters — Jennifer Henley and Emily Peveto of Evadale and Patty Woodley of Vidor who is also a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) at Pine Harbor — joined forces to hand out the quilt in an organized manner.

Woodley spent her day off to orchestrate and guide her family through the facility, while Frank Rogers was in charge of “toting things back and forth.”

 

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Ina Sue Cochran Rhymes

Ina Sue Cochran Rhymes, 78, of Jasper, Texas, fell asleep in death on July 20, 2018, at her home. She was born on November 20, 1939, on Crow Mountain near Pottsville, Pope County, Arkansas to Marvin Cochran and Mary Harrison Cochran. Sue was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Mervyn Cochran. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Littlejohn “Jack” Rhymes; three children, Susan Sparks and husband Terry, of Nacogdoches, Texas; Lewis Rhymes and wife Vicky, of Silsbee, Texas; and Leland Rhymes and wife Miriam, of Jasper, Texas; six grandchildren; Eric, Brian, Shelley, Hannah, Lacey, and Brittney; fourteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joe Cochran and Warren Cochran, of Atkins, Arkansas; and numerous friends and spiritual children. Sue was a faithful Jehovah's Witness for 56 years and she patiently helped countless individuals learn Bible truths.

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