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Demi Laney promoted to assistant softball coach

BEAUMONT, Texas – Demi Laney, who spent the last two seasons as pitching coach for the Lamar University softball team while pursuing a master’s degree, has been promoted to full-time assistant coach, LU softball coach Holly Bruder announced.

Bruder, who in five years has turned the fledgling LU program into one that receives national recognition, is happy that she was able to add a second full-time assistant to the staff. Laney joins assistant coach Allison Honkofsky, who has been with the Cardinals since LU revived the softball program in time for the 2013 season.

The Cardinals enjoyed their two most successful seasons since Laney joined the staff. In 2016, the Cardinals set a school record with 35 wins and advanced to the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament. LU followed that up in 2017 with 34 wins, advancing to the title game of the National Invitational Softball Championship.

 

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Commissioner authorizes Missed School Day waivers for districts affected by Hurricane Harvey

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced Tuesday that school districts – including those in Hardin and Jasper counties – and charters within Gov. Greg Abbott’s 58-county disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey can submit Missed School Day Waivers for any scheduled instructional days missed this week due to recent adverse weather conditions.

“Hurricane Harvey hit our state as many districts prepared to begin the new school year. In some communities, the school year was already underway,” said Morath. “High winds, heavy rains and flooding have had a devastating effect on campuses throughout a large portion of Texas. Along with everyone at the Texas Education Agency, we stand ready to assist our schools in the weeks ahead.”

 

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Hardin County Camera Club contest winners

The Hardin County Camera Club met Aug. 1 at the First Baptist Church in Silsbee and the monthly contest was "Scenery." The winners were (left to right) Lloyd Smith, first and second place; Pake Johnson, third; and Sherry Gibson, was honorable Mention. On Aug. 1, a representative from InFocus in Orange held a discussion on Black and white photography. The Hardin County Camera Club meets on the first Tuesday each month at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Silsbee.

 

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Ronald Leon Hukill

Ronald Leon Hukill, 67, of Silsbee, died Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral service was Friday, August 25 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee with burial following at Frank’s Branch Cemetery in Fred. Born in Lindale, he was home builder and carpenter for 47 years. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Stephanie Hukill; daughters, Bliss Sims and husband Kevin of Silsbee, Blair Delacerda and husband Scott of Lumberton and Blythe Hukill of Silsbee and Brittaney Hoke and husband Brandon of Kountze; sisters, Brenda Garrison and husband Clint of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Sharon Hukill, Sandy Reese Barnett of Jewett, Julie Loncon and husband Jerry of Groves, Vickie Morris and husband Dave of Marquez; brothers, Charles Hukill, Freddie Joe Hukill and wife Joe Lee of Huntsville and Jerry Reese of Austin; stepmother, Patsy Hukill of Jewett; and two grandchildren.

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Jo Whitman-Kellum

Funeral services for Leona Jo Whitman-Kellum, 45, of Silsbee were at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 25, 2017 at Farmer Funeral Home with interment following in Turner Branch Cemetery in Spurger. Visitation was Friday from 12:00 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Mrs. Kellum passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at her residence. Jo was born January 13, 1972 in Silsbee to Vernon David and Mary Richard Whitman. She was a lifelong resident of this area. Jo was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend, who touched the lives of everyone who knew her. She was vivacious, fun loving and a joy to be around. Her family meant everything to her and if you were her friend, she would go to the end of the earth to be there for you. Jo will be deeply missed by her loving family and many, many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and grandmother, Leona Whitman.

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Alice Kathryn (Terry) Jeffcoat

Alice Kathryn (Terry) Jeffcoat went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 24, 2017, she was 80 years and 1 week of age. Alice was born August 15, 1937, to Joe Terry and Georgia Oleta Marrs Terry in Warren, Texas. She was raised in this corner of Southeast Texas and attended French High School. Alice married Sam Jeffcoat July 13, 1954, in Beaumont, Texas, and they spent over sixty-three years of their life happily together. They made their home and raised their family of three children in the heart of downtown Fred. Alice was a beloved and longtime member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Fred, where she served as treasurer for over a decade. Alice was a Sunday school teacher, church volunteer, bookkeeper for her husband and sons’ tractor business, tax preparer, caring neighbor, and participated in numerous community events throughout the years.

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Gerry Scott

Gerry Scott, 86, of Lumberton, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017. She was born in Amarillo. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, September 1 at Lumberton Family Funeral Home in Lumberton. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, August 31 at the funeral home. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Gary Carter Scott of Silsbee; son, Kevin Scott; daughters, Celia Sansbury and husband Tommy of Rockwell, North Carolina and Lynette Brown of Beaumont; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Jai Camilla Arretha Eaglin

Jai Camilla Arretha Eaglin, 28, of Silsbee, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017. A memorial service was Saturday, August 26 at Calvary Mortuary in Beaumont. Survivors include her father, Michael Eaglin; brothers, Travis Simmons and Theresa, Michael Eaglin Jr., Brad Eaglin and Mandy, Gary Eaglin and Matombia, Keven Eaglin and Tiffany, and James Eaglin; and sisters, Cattina Arline and Adrian, Sherri Taylor and Damien and Kimberly Wilson and LaQuintin.

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Murrell Cheatwood Avery

Murrell Cheatwood Avery, 72, of Lumberton, passed away Monday, August 21, 2017. She was born in Powderly. Funeral service was Saturday, August 26 at Lumberton Family Funeral Home with burial following at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Beaumont. Survivor include son, Leslie Karl Avery; daughter, Rhonda Avery Fortenberry; and three grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

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Edward Lee Whitmire

Edward Lee Whitmire, 62, of Silsbee, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, September 1 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. A lifelong resident of this area, he was a truck driver for many years and was also a minister. Survivor include his mother, Nola Whitmire of Silsbee; son, Tommy Whitmire of Silsbee; daughter, Melissa Moore of Woodville; sister, Annette Powell of Silsbee; and five grandchildren.

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