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Lady Tiger block

High school volleyball is in full swing as local teams are in their second week of regular season games and tournaments. Silsbee’s Dakota Matthews (3) blocks a Diboll player’s shot during first-round Gold Bracket action Aug. 11 at the Woodville Tournament. Later this week, the Silsbee Lady Tigers will compete in the West Rusk Tournament.

 

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DA: No charges being pursued in Hinkie’s death

By Danny Reneau

Hardin County District Attorney David Sheffield announced Aug. 9 that he would not be pursuing charges in the accident that claimed the life of Jarrell “Jay” B. Hinkie, an assistant fire chief with the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department.

The accident occurred on Aug. 2, 2017, when firemen were working at the scene of a one-car accident on FM 418 and Dump Road.

 

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Grades show how local ISDs manage taxpayers’ money

Silsbee ISD has issues with how TEA determines FIRST rating

By Dannie Oliveaux

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the grades of more than 1,000 school districts on how the state holds districts accountable for how they manage taxpayers' money.

The state's school financial accountability rating system, known as the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), ensures that Texas public schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and that they improve those practices.

 

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Wed
08
Aug
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LISD to armed select employees with firearms

By Dannie Oliveaux

LUMBERTON — Lumberton ISD officials announced that selected district employees  will be certified to carry firearms on school district property during class hours and events.

More than 60 people, including school administrators, attended the “Community Discussion on School Safety” which was hosted by the Lumberton ISD in the Performing Arts Center on Aug. 2.

Last school year, Lumberton Police Department arrested two middle school students after making alleged threats at classmates and an eighth-grader for making a terrorist threat.

 

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Latulas gets life for 2016 murder

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — A Hardin County jury needed just 45 minutes to decide the fate of a Port Arthur man in the murder of a Silsbee woman in 2016.

On Aug. 1, Joseph Latulas Jr., 42, of Port Arthur was sentenced to life in prison for the Jan. 10, 2016 stabbing death of Wendy Wanell Werner, according to District Attorney David Sheffield.

The case was prosecuted by Kendra Walters of the Hardin County District Attorneys Office who is working under a grant funded by the Violence Against Women Act.

 

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08
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Fire damages home

A Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department firefighter sprays water on the south side of a home located in the 2500 block of Neyland Road, northwest of Silsbee, on Aug. 2.SVFD reported the fire was reported about  11:46 a.m. and there was no one in the home at the time of the blaze which caused heavy damage to the wooden structure.

 

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01
Aug
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Muckleroy retires as mayor

By Dannie Oliveaux

Silsbee Mayor Herbert Muckleroy announced his retirement as mayor during the special City Council meeting on July 30.

Muckleroy, a former Silsbee ISD superintendent, was elected mayor in 2005.

City Manager DeeAnn Zimmerman said Muckleroy announced his decision to retire during executive session.

 

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Fire destroys mobile home

A firefighter sprays water on a fire which destroyed a mobile home which was located on Highway 326 across from Little Rock Assembly of God Church, south of Kountze, on July 30. Firefighters and tanker trucks from Kountze Fire Department, Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department, Lumberton Fire and Rescue and Sour Lake Fire Department responded to the blaze. According to Laura Pape, KFD spokesperson, the mobile home was a total loss and the family which included a mother and two children were not injured.

 

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Drainage Advisory Committee holds second public hearing

By Dannie Oliveaux

LUMBERTON — More than 40 people attended the second public hearing by the Hardin County Drainage Advisory Committee on July 25 at the Lumberton ISD Performing Arts Center.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Alvin Roberts, who is the committee’s chairperson, said the meeting is for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in which $1.3 billion has awarded to counties affected from the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

 

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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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