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KHS, LHS graduation commencements Friday

By Dannie Oliveaux

HARDIN COUNTY — Friday, May 25 marks the start of graduation season for Hardin County and area schools.

Kountze High School will conduct its annual commencement at 7 p.m. at the Lions Den on the high school campus.

 

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Wed
23
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Two men arrested on drug charges

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — A local man was one of two men arrested at a Silsbee residence after law enforcement officers discovered drugs, along with a large amount of cash and a firearm.

 

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Wed
23
May
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Superintendents say safety top priority

By Dannie Oliveaux

After the May 18 shooting at Sante Fe High School which killed 10 people and injured 13 others, local school district superintendents have stressed that security and safety is a top priority.

Silsbee ISD Superintendent Richard Bain said, “Safety is No. 1 priority at Silsbee ISD.”

 

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Wed
16
May
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Silsbee woman killed in four-person fatality accident in Aransas County

By Dannie Oliveaux

HOLIDAY BEACH — A Silsbee woman was among four people killed in a two-vehicle fatality wreck May 11 in Aransas County.

According to a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in Corpus Christi, the accident occurred approximately 9:42 p.m. on State Highway 35, 12 miles north of Fulton.

 

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Wed
16
May
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SVFD responds to pair of house fires

By Danny Reneau

Firefighters from Silsbee, Evadale and Lumberton spent several hours battling a house fire at 1225 Knupple Road on May 9.

The Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze at 5:08 p.m. and immediately started battling the fire.

 

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Wed
16
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Louisiana woman killed in motorcycle crash

By Dannie Oliveaux

A Louisiana woman died from serious injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident May 12, according to a press release by the Texas Department of Public Safety in Beaumont.

The crash occurred three miles north of Silsbee.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling southbound on U.S. 96 when it traveled off the roadway onto the shoulder. In an attempt to get the vehicle back onto the road, the driver overcorrected which caused the driver and passenger to fall off the motorcycle.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Ribbon-cutting ceremony held at new County Annex building

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — Hardin County officials, along with city officials from within the county, law enforcement, school district officials and others attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new County Annex Building on May 8.

The new building is located at 1105 Redwood St., next to the county courthouse parking lot. The county broke ground on the new annex on Dec. 16, 2016.

 

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Wed
09
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Court makes short work of lengthy agenda

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — It took the Hardin County Commissioners Court about 25 minutes to approve action items on a lengthy agenda on May 8.

All action items passed by a unanimous vote.

Commissioners approved appointed County Auditor Angela Gore for another twoyear term and Human Resource Director Debbie Mendisabal’s permission to appoint a committee to revise the Hardin County Travel Policy.

 

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Wed
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Latulas pleads guilty to 2016 murder

Suspect forgoes jury trial

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — A man accused in the 2016 murder of a Hardin County woman plead guilty last week.

Ac - cording to Hardin County District Attorney David Sheffield, Joseph Anthony Latulas Jr. plead guilty May 4 in the death of Wendi Wanell Warner on Jan. 10, 2016, in a mobile home north of Silsbee.

 

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Wed
02
May
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Competency hearing granted for Boyett

By Dannie Oliveaux

AUSTIN — A Jasper County woman who was convicted of manslaughter in 2015 of causing a fatal crash that killed two Lumberton women and an unborn infant will receive a competency hearing to determine if her conviction will be upheld.

The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals in Austin made the ruling on April 25. In October 2017, the court agreed to hear Crystal Lummas Boyett’s challenge to her conviction after it was denied by the Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont in May 2017.

 

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