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Delacerda capital murder trial under way

Defense motions for mistrial on first day of trial

By Tim Collins

KOUNTZE — The defense for Jason Wayne Delacerda, on trial for the capital murder of 4-year-old Breonna Loftin in 2011, motioned for a mistrial on Feb. 20.

Delacerda is charged with intent or knowledge in the murder of a child younger than the age of 6. The defense pleaded not guilty. Breonna's mother, Amanda Guidry, is expected to face trial later this year.

 

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Pattillo is Chamber’s Citizen of the Year

By Tim Collins

The Silsbee Chamber of Commerce has awarded its Citizen of the Year Award to Janice Pattillo former executive director of the Christian Care Center and current theater craftswoman.

Pattillo began working at the Christian Care Center in 1997, first in the pantry, then as an interviewer before becoming director in 2005.

Pattillo retired late last year to focus on her work in the theater, specifically the theater company, LiFT, which hosts acting camps and creates theatrical productions for the Silsbee area.

 

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Fire reported at South Hampton facility

By Dannie Oliveaux

South Hampton Resource, Inc. officials reported a fire in several heaters occurred atthe Silsbee plant on FM 418 about 9:40 p.m. Feb. 14.

“This incident occurred during testing and commissioning activities of our fuel gas and circulating gas systems in our new Reformer unit,” said Turner Evans, plant manager

 

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Longtime SISD board member Herbst dies in car wreck

By Tim Collins

BUNA — Robert Miles Herbst, 90, of Silsbee, died in a one-vehicle crash Feb. 8, at approximately 1:30 p.m., according to Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Stephanie Davis.

Herbst was driving a 2000 Lincoln Town Car north on U.S. 96 when his left rear tire blew out.

Justice of the Peace Mike Smith pronounced Herbst dead at the scene.

 

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HCSO, LPD bust $135K drugs in Silsbee

By Tim Collins

KOUNTZE— The Hardin County Sheriff's Office and Lumberton Police Department recovered $135,000 worth of methamphetamine in a drug bust last week.

Deputies from the HCSO tracked a travel trailer stolen from Sherrod's RV in Rose City to a home north of Silsbee, on Gordon Lane, Feb. 6.

The deputies discovered a pound and a half of methamphetamine, Xanax pills, multiple firearms and two vehicles, including an automobile and a motorcycle. The firearms included a Beretta, a pump-action shotgun, an AK-47 pistol and a rifle with a modified silencer.

 

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Work and faith keeps couple together

By Dannie Oliveaux

Every Valentine’ Day, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between individuals to express or show their love.

But it’s also a special time, especially for couples who have been married for long periods of time — a rarity in today’s world.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau statistics, more than half of the nation's married couples have been together at least 15 years. About a third have marked their 25th anniversaries, and only six percent have been married more than 50 years.

 

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Wed
07
Feb
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Driver injured in rollover accident

Emergency personnel and a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper examine a car after it was involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident Feb. 5 on southbound U.S. 96, south of Silsbee.

 

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Everything Will ‘Bee’ Alright

Evadale couple prepares for honey season after Harvey

EVADALE — Throughout Southeast Texas, thousands of bees belonging to one Evadale couple are preparing for the honey season despite last year's hurricane and dangerous mites.

The Collins Honey Company began as the brainchild of Daniel Glenn Collins in 1971, a senior in high school who ordered his first bee hive from a Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogue. Daniel first began raising rabbits before deciding one day he wanted to raise bees. His father, Marvin Collins, now 86, decided to help.

 

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Schools shift after reclassification, alignment

By Dannie Oliv eaux

AUSTIN — The University Interscholastic League’s biennial reclassification and realignments for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years were announced Feb. 1.

The biggest change locally in Region 3 was Lumberton dropping from Class 5A back down to 4A. Lumberton’s enrollment was 1,125 — the seventh largest among 4A schools.

Silsbee, who played football in Class 4A Division 1 for the past two season, dropped to Division 2 with an enrollment of 784. The UIL threw the  Tigers into District 10 with Hamshire-Fannett, Hardin-Jeffe rson, Liberty and powerhouse West Orange-Stark.

 

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Two Silsbee residents arrested with drug package

By Tim Collins

BEAUMONT — Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested two Silsbee residents on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

JCSO investigators responded to information on a package containing the opioid Fentanyl had been shipped to an address on Washington Boulevard on Jan. 29.

When a suspect arrived at the Beaumont Post Office to pick up the package of Fentanyl, JCSO investigators arrested two suspects in a truck, Captain Crystal Holmes said in a release.

 

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