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SISD board approves resignations, hirings

By Danny Reneau

The Silsbee ISD Board of Trustees met Nov. 14 and accepted the resignations of four professionals and one paraprofessional.

The resignations included three teachers, — Shayna Taylor, English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at the high school; Elizabeth Cullen, middle school band director; and Paula Barclay, a nurse at the elementary school.

 

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‘Silsbee Strong’

Community leaders to show Silsbee’s strength after tragedies

By Tim Collins

The community of Silsbee and surrounding areas have been scarred by a series of tragedies over the last several months, and local community leaders say they’re hoping to provide healing with Nov. 29’s “Silsbee Strong Celebration,” 6 p.m. at the Kirby Memorial Stadium.

Volunteer Fire Chief Jay Hinkie was hit by a car and killed responding to the scene of an accident on Aug. 2. Then Tropical Storm Harvey’s floodwaters devastated Hardin County throughout September, displacing families, destroying thousands of homes, and ultimately causing the closure of local landmarks Adventure Kingdom and the Pines Theater.

 

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Court votes to delay COLA for retirees

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNZTE — The Hardin County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to delay a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retirees during the Nov. 20 meeting.

County Judge Wayne Mc- Daniel said the court decided in 2011 or 2012, to visit the COLA for retirees every five years.

 

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Wed
15
Nov
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Service for 11-year-old Kountze boy Saturday

By Tim Collins

KOUNTZE — The service and visitation for 11-year-old Trintin Glenn, who died Nov. 8 from an accident involving a hunting rifle, has been set for Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., said Wendy Wendt, Glenn’s aunt.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office responded last Wednesday at 6 p.m. to a call at a mobile home in Kountze, where they found the body of an 11-year-old boy.

The sheriff’s deputies believed the deceased and a 12-year-old boy were playing with a hunting rifle when the weapon accidentally fired. The shot killed one of the boys, later identified as Glenn.

 

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Wed
15
Nov
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Bagpiper plays

Bagpiper Jeff Courts playing “Amazing Grace” during Silsbee High School’s 23rd Annual Veteran’s Day Program in the SHS Auditorium on Nov. 9.

 

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Sheriff offers advice on security to church after deadly shooting

By Dannie Oliveaux

HARDIN COUNTY — With the Nov. 5 church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis offers some advice for local places of worship.

Davis said a few local churches contacted his office and wanted to have a discreet conversion on some “dos and don’ts” at their church.

“Some have asked for some resources to go and find some information or find someone who would be interested in teaching or training for personal safety,” Davis said.

He noted churches are seeing what the schools saw years ago as for shootings.

 

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Wed
08
Nov
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Man dies from injuries in crash

By Dannie Oliveaux

FRED — A 25-year-old Vidor man died from injuries he received from a two-vehicle head-on collision on Nov. 6 in Tyler County.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) can confirm that Trevor Stephenson Gray was pronounced deceased on Nov. 7 by the medical staff at Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth.

The crash occurred in front of the U.S. Post Office in Fred, according to DPS. Sgt. Stephanie Davis, DPS spokesperson, reported DPS troopers responded to the wreck about 6:45 a.m.

 

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Wed
08
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Honoring Veterans

Several members of the Evadale High School Rebels’ football team runs unto the field holding U.S. and military flags before the opening kickoff of their home game against the Iola Bulldogs on Nov. 3. Veterans Day will be observed Saturday, Nov. 11.

 

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08
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Lumberton landmark Adventure Kingdom closes

By Tim Collins

LUMBERTON — “THANK YOU FOR TEN YEARS — MARLON & TIFFANY” flashes on the digital marquee at the entrance to Adventure Kingdom, a Lumberton landmark and popular party spot. After sustaining damage due to Tropical Storm Harvey’s floodwaters, the location is closing after ten years and selling off all its equipment, including swan boats, lawn chairs, bumper cars and office furniture.

During Harvey, the part of U.S. 96 between Lumberton and Beaumont was a lake, effectively turning Lumberton, Silsbee, and several other towns in the Beaumont metropolitan area into islands. Adventure Kingdom was caught in the flood.

 

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Halloween blaze destroys attorney’s home

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — The cause of a Halloween fire that destroyed the home of a longtime Hardin County attorney is still under investigation, according to a spokesperson with the Kountze Volunteer Fire Department.

KFD Firefighter Laura Comer-Pape said the two-story home of Henry “Bugs” Coe was destroyed by fire and the investigation continues to determined the cause of the blaze on Oct 31.

 

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