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Decision on Brown nears

Representation for Lonnie Brown argues self defense in murder charge from 2006.

By Daniel Elizondo A writ of habeas corpus is being sought by Hardin County resident Lonnie Brown stemming from a murder charge on March 11, 2006, with final testimonies heard Thursday at the Hardin County Courthouse. Brown, who is currently being held at Hardin County Jail during the writ process, was sentenced to prison after a jury found him guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter. He is eligible for parole in Februrary 2012. Visiting Judge Don Burgess of Bridge City saw over the testimony that was held in the 356th District Court. Special prosecution was selected as John Kimbrough, District Attorney of Orange County. Both 356th Judge Steve Thomas and Hardin County DA David Sheffield recused themselves from the case. Defense attorney Paul Lonnie Brown Stuckle of Stuckle and Ferguson law firm in Plano was contacted by Earline Brown, the wife of Lonnie, to represent her husband during the writ. Burgess heard both defense and prosecution in the case, and told the court that a decision on the writ would come as soon as June 15 before adjourning for the day. Earline contacted two expert witnesses to review the case of her husband, in particular a criminal psychologist and forensic scientists, both from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Stuckle called both to the stand to ask their

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Silsbee Fire responded to a house fire on John Hare Road on Wednesday, May 30 to find the structure completely engulfed.

Fire destroys home By Daniel Elizondo A fire destroyed a home in Silsbee mid-morning on Wednesday, May 30. The home located on John Hare Road was fully engulfed in flames when Silsbee firefighters arrived at around 11:30 a.m.


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The initial call came from someone at the Walmart parking lot in Silsbee telling dispatch that the woods were on fire after seeing smoke come from behind the trees according to Silsbee Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie. Silsbee fire responded immediately with brush fire trucks to find it was a home on fire.

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Silsbee man succumbs in head-on crash Jenkins was traveling south on FM 770 when his 2002 Ford F-150 crossed the center stripe according to the report submitted by DPS Trooper Calvin Starkey. His truck struck a 2006 Dodge Ram, driven by Billie Gail Wilson, 44, of Batson. Wilson was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont in

ance on the home. Hinkie reported that since there was no insurance, the investigation would cease and ruled accidental. There were eight firefighters working the blaze to control it from spreading into the woods. Evadale Fire responded with additional aid for water support.

B&B gets approval – despite past talks

The Silsbee First Baptist Church held its water day on Wednesday, May 30 for the Academy kids celebrating the beginning of summer. The church supplied several water inflatable slides for all kids to enjoy during the morning long event.

By Daniel Elizondo A 2-vehicle crash on on F.M. 770 about 4 miles north of Saratoga claimed the life of a Silsbee man on Thursday, May 31 at 6:50 a.m. Ernest Jenkins, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene by Hardin County Pct. 6 Justice of the Peace Jackie Werner.

The fire became extremely hot and destroyed the home in minutes. According to Hinkie, the owner of the home had just moved back in to the residence recently. She wasn’t home when the blaze began but returned shortly after to find she had lost everything. The owner did not have insur-

critical condition with several broken bones. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. According to Starkey, the weather conditions were dry but fog was reported. No word on if the fog was the cause of the accident.

By Daniel Elizondo Silsbee City Council made an approval from the Silsbee Planning and Zoning Board of a planned bed and breakfast in Silsbee during a called meeting on Monday. The Planning and Zoning Board approved of the plan requested by Jean Runnels to open a bed and breakfast at a home she owns at 550 Roosevelt. “This gives me an opportunity to make this a nice place,” said Runnels. “The last four years, I have lost a lot of money on this home and property.” Runnels has tried to maintain the property and open it to the public for short term overnight stays but the economy and its downfall have slowed the use for a “motel” type of a setting. After approval from the zoning board, city council then approved of the specific use permit for Runnels to continue with her bed and breakfast project. Councilman Thomas Tyler told council that he was glad that Runnels is working on the project to make Silsbee a better place. “I’d like to go back on record when I made a comment on April 7, 2011,” said Tyler in comments to council. “When someone was going to open up a facility then, I had been told that the project was going to fail because of the fact of a bed and breakfast coming to town. One year and a month later, here we are now, which I am glad we have Ms. Runnels here to give her a permit.”

“I just hope that this council has the betterment of the right heart for this town,” he continued. “Let’s do what is right concerning all people of this town.” Adalaide Balaban commented as well telling council that the previous project was not that council did not approve of a project on April 7, 2011, but that the project was failing because payments on the home had not been made and furniture had been taken. “I think at that time, the applicant didn’t want to have a bed and break-

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lem that caused blackouts and seizures and no one took it too seriously. Well things began to progress and he soon was unable to drive. For the last five years I lived in Colorado, we would often travel to ball games together. I was going anyway, and had small children at home. So Jan usually stayed home with the kids. We wandered the roads of Eastern Colorado from one cow town to another watching high school football, basketball, and wrestling matches. In addition every morning at 9 a.m., I would pick the superintendent and him up at the school and we would crowd into my four wheel drive extended cab S-10 pickup. We would head to the Hearty Rancher Cafe for a cup of coffee and hold huge discussions about whatever was the topic of the day. Often after school, our wives would meet us and we'd

have another cup of coffee before we headed home. He actually took my boys and I to the first college football game we ever attended at the University of Colorado. Aaron became a CU fan for life. Those were the days. Well his condition worsened….. shortly after I left Colorado he had to quit his job and move into a medical center. I was worried about him. He told me not to worry because he had a friend down the hall who had a drivers license and they got some money together and now they had wheels. I try to go see him when I visit Colorado. More than twenty years later the visits are usually short because his world is pretty small. I am still chasing the roads to ball games and he is well stuck in the center. I always hear from him at Christmas time. The notes are short. Sometimes I will send him a Christmas letter, sometimes a card. Like I said I either go by or try to call him periodically. Then last week out of the

blue I got a sympathy card from him. There was no explanation. I thought about it long and hard. I could only come up with two reasons for the card. The first and probably the right one is that I turned 60 this year and that was his way of reminding me. The second and if this is the reason for the card my wife will kill him…. I had an anniversary May 27th. It was my 40th. That is hard to believe but when you have kids who are 37 you probably should have been married 40 years. I remember the day I met Jan, 42 years ago. We were both 18. I was a freshman in college working on my first job at the school. She came into the building to pick up a key from her roommate. For me it was love at first sight….. but that is another story. This story is about Roger, I called him last Friday but he said he could not talk it was time for supper. I called him again Monday… It was more of the same. He's got me thinking anyway.

Commissioners approve cameras to streamline license plate retrieval

By Daniel Elizondo Hardin County commissioners approved of two cameras to be installed in a truck or vehicle within the Hardin Co. Sheriff’s department. Two cameras at a cost of $14,435 will be purchased to be installed for front and rear view purposes. The cameras are specifically used to scan license plates that are immediately loaded to a database used as a watchlist

for gang or terrorism. If there is a hit on a licence plate, computer software on the laptop within the vehicles will alert the officer and alerts will also be notified within the database. The devices will also detect wanted persons and also Amber Alerts. The cameras will be purchased through the State Homeland Security Program grant. Commissioners also heard discussion by Sheriff Ed Cain on changing a clerk’s position in the sheriff’s department to a law enforcement position. Commissioners approved of the action that would increase the clerk’s salary to $45,000 per year. Cain told commissioners that two positions had been cut two years ago due to budget cuts but the department continues to struggle with budgeting in an effort to maintain computer and radio techs. In upgrading the clerk’s position, the department is looking to have this new position fill in on the technical side. Sharon Overstreet presented statements to the commissioners reporting that Hardin Co. had $9,415,723.58 in its TexPool CD.

Overstreet also gave a report on payment of county bills reporting that the county payroll was completed at $450,650.43. Monica Kelley reported on the detention center contracts with Tyler, Orange, Jasper, Liberty, and Chambers Counties Juvenile Probation Departments. Kelley reported that the cost is $105 per day with suicide watch costing $250 per day. Checks are still being deposted to the general account for auditing, Kelley reported. Rose Stewart reported on the upcoming target date for the County Courhouse Health Fair which is slated for June 19. Rose told commissioners that the cost for county employees to participate are $35 per male and $25 per female. She is expecting 65-75 employees. She reported that she will be handing out flyers and making phone calls to employees to get a better count once they

participate and commit to a sign up sheet. Commissioners approved of a minor re-plat of land in Beaumont Colony South. Commissioners discussed possibly forming a committee to investigate plot issues. In other approvals, commissioners accepted the resignation of Joel Nolte as Commissioner of Emergency Services District No. 5 in Sour Lake. The position was appointed to Zeke Provost to fill the vacancy. Bill Sell, Veterans Service Officer made a report of monetary benefits paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to veterans, dependants and survivors in Hardin County. Sell reported that veterans benefits have increased by $1,200. Purchasing manager Jackie Ellis reported that a recent online auction of surplus equipment held on May 18 generated $615.12.

Lumberton hires new Asst. Supt.

Lumberton ISD School Board has approved Mr. Gerald Chandler as the new Assistant Superintendent. Mrs. Paige Wing will take the position of Intermediate Principal. Chandler has been employed with the district since 2002. He served as a high school teacher, high school assistant principal and intermediate principal. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches in 1994 and Master’s in Educational Leadership Program from Lamar University in 2006. He has received specialized training in PDAS, ILD, Lead4ward, Gifted & Talented, RTI, Servant Leadership, PBIS, Differentiated Instruction and School Finance. Chandler has been married to Gabrielle for eight years. She is employed at Hardin Middle School as the Band Director.



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New Silsbee Police Officers Chase Kelly (from left), Alex Cogbill and Grant Brown take an oath in a swearing in ceremony on Thursday.

Rogers promoted to rank of sergeant.

Silsbee police add new officers The Silsbee Police Department is pleased to announce the hiring of three new officers and the promotion of a current officer. Justin Rogers has been promoted to the rank of sergeant moving from the rank of corporal, a position he has held

since 2011. Rogers is a Silsbee native and graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice in 2004. He joined Silsbee police in 2006. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. David Grant Brown, Benson Alex Cogbill and Brandon Chase Kelly all joined the force as new recruits. Brown is a 2004 Lumberton High School graduate and a 2011 graduate of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Academy. He and his wife have a daughter and they reside in Silsbee.

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The Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Silsbee celebrated with a "Note-Burning Ceremony" on May 19, 2012 after paying off the Church's debt to South Trust Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank). The 20-year loan was paid in seven years. The church built a new location at 1360 Hwy. 327 E in Silsbee seven years ago. Calvary Missionary Baptist was organized on January 1, 1960 by a group of Baptist that had been meeting in the Parks and Wildlife building since 1958. At the time the name Calvary Missionary Baptist Church was selected. Charter members voted to associate with the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Association, the Missionary Baptist Association of Texas and the American Baptist Association. The original building was begun with a loan of $1,000 borrowed from Magnolia Credit Union. The funds were used to start the first building at 1360 Roosevelt Drive. In 1962 Brother P.A. Dubose was called as the first full-time pastor. The following men were full-time pastors at Calvary; Brother Ervin Gould, Brother Phillip Griffith, Brother John Williams, Brother James Moon, Brother Ronnie Whittle and Brother Kenneth McInnis. Rev. Alton Harwell is now serving as the pastor. He grew up in the church located on Roosevelt and attended Sunday School and regular services there as a teenager. In 2001, under the direction of Brother Whittle the church followed his vision of a growing church. They purchased three acres of land where the church is now located. The land was purchased for

The Cavalry Missionary Church held a note burning ceremony that was performed by (from left) Bro. Milton Herrin, Bro. Kenny Myers, Bro. Tommy Kellum, Bro Alton Harwell, Bro. Sam Barrow, Bro. Willie Morgan and Bro. Donnie Cain. All, with the exception of Bro Alton Harwell, signed their name on the note at the bank as co-signers, assuring the bank of being paid off. Bro. Alton Harwell is the current Pastor.

$68,000. The church already had money saved and they borrowed the remaining portion of the money they needed for the land under a 10-year repayment plan. This money was repaid in three years. In January of 2005 the Church borrowed $235,000 and with the help of the Texas Mission Builders began work on the current building. At that time the church still owned the land and buildings on Roosevelt. (ironically both buildings were located at the same address 1360). The church thought that it still had the remaining years left on the loan from the bank to build the new church and move into it before the tax man cometh. However, the county appraiser's office informed the Church that Texas State Law

gives only five years for a church to build on new property. The appraiser's office told the church that it would lose its tax exemption and have to pay all back taxes from the time they gave up the exemption in 2002 if they still owned both properties at the end of that five year time frame. Consequently, the church got really busy, working on completing the new building. In August of 2005 the property on Roosevlet was sold to a Bible-believing Church and the tax man was held off. In September of 2005 the church had a dedication service after moving into the new building. The loan was paid off in May of this year. Again a celebration was held to thank the Lord and the

many people who contributed to Calvary's dream of furthering his work. A concert was given with the Leroy Smith singers providing the music. Representatives of the church state that the public is welcome to come and worship with them. They say their church does not stand on entertainment value. They preach the true word of God and believe tat Jesus was crucified, rose and is sitting at the right hand of God the Advocate. The church has a number of ministries to share the gospel. In addition to Sunday School and the Baptist Training Course are Teen Discover, Kid's Discovery Club, Children's Church, a bus ministry, visitation, a men's brotherhood, a ladies sisterhood, and vacation bible school.

Sheriff department making the rounds

The Hardin County Sheriff's Department will be conducting a warrant round-up for people with outstanding warrants for traffic tickets through Justice of the Peace Courts, for people with criminal warrants and people with probation violations as well as other warrants. These do not include mu-

nicipal violations. Deputy Jerry Roberts with the Hardin County Sheriff's office stated, "We do not want to embarrass people at work or with families in their homes but we will use whatever means possible to serve these warrants." He went on to state that the goal is to decrease the number

of warrants that the department has on the books. People who have problems with the probation department need to contact the Probation department and get a plan set up to work off your penalties. Roberts noted that in most instances a lot of extra costs can be avoided such as auto towing, and impoundment fees can be avoided and bail fees may be lessoned by some preventive action on the part of the people being sought. According to Roberts the goal of the Sheriff's Depart-

ment is not to fill up the jail but they do have bed space available. The warrant search will begin in two to three weeks. People can call the Sheriff's secretary's office at 246-3441 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to ask if they have a warrant problem. After hours people can call the jail at 246-5105 to see if they have a warrant problem. People at either phone number can assist people who need to know if they have outstanding warrants.

Choir reunion Saturday

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The Holy Temple C.O.G.I.C. on Hwy 327 in Silsbee will be hosting "Back to the Old Time Way With Praises" choir reunion on Saturday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. Rehersals will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8 at 6:30 p.m. The The event will feature the music of The Angelle Sisters. People attending and partic-

ipating in the event representing churches are welcom to wear a shirt with their church name for Saturday night attire. For more information please contact the following Bro. DessingArthur at 409-5042370, Rev./ Keith Bonner at 409-386-2528 or Sister Quintina Lockett at 409-4669819. The church is pastored by Rev. Mark Smith.

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Members of the Silsbee Chamber of Commerce gathered at the new rehab center for Silsbee Oaks Health Care for a ribbon cutting on Wednesday. Pictured (left to right) Front Row: Rickie McInnis of McInnis Construction; Jim C. Willis, Executive Director Silsbee Chamber of Commerce; Anna L. Tanton, Administrator Silsbee Oaks; Mitchell Montgomery, Owner; Patty Eason Asst. Administrator Silsbee Oaks;, Rhonda Luckey, Director of Nurses; Steve Cooper President of Silsbee Chamber of Commerce; Kyle Kelley Superintendent of McInnis Construction; and Stacy Garner Chamber Director. Back Row: (Left to right) Walter Land, Chamber Director; Bill Carden, Chamber Director; Schneider St. Juste, Physical Therapist, Asst, Rehab Director; Raju Rajendran, Physical Therapist; April Peyres, Speech Therapist; Dale Standley, Chamber Director; and Bill Voigtman, Chamber Director.

Silsbee Oaks adds new rehab center

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physical and occupational therapy for senior citizens, local athletes, industrial workers and persons with accident or other injuries. Tanton stated that the center will offer a full range of services. She said the center is a dream we've had for many years.

Ceramic Sculpture featured at Ice House

The Ice House Museum and Cultural Center at 818 Earnest Ave. in Silsbee presents Ceramic Sculptures by Forrest Goodhue. The art show will open on Sunday, June 10 from 2-4 p.m. The exhibition will be on display from June 6 thru July 14, 2012. Mr. Forrest Goodhue is a lifelong resident and businessman of Southeast Texas. He currently resides in Silsbee with his wife. Mr. Goodhue's involvement with the arts has been a lifetime endeavor which has led him to investigate various forms of artistic expression photography, drawing, etc. He found his artistic calling when he was introduced to ceramics. His artistic insight and imagination has blossomed full force since he began working in clay. He has taken his creative adventure with ceramics beyond the traditional applications of pottery. He has

worked the medium of clay into an imaginative fantasy of sculptural structures. Fantasy towers; elongated and disproportionate to our common interpretations of buildings and dwellings. Each sculpture calls out to our individual curiosity and investigative nature. To stroll through Forrest's artistic display is to walk in a towering fantasy community, each piece a unique environment inviting you in. You are cordially invited to take the journey this June 10th from 2:00 till 4:00 p.m. at the opening of the Ceramic Sculptures by Forrest Goodhue being held at the Ice House Museum and Cultural Center in Silsbee. Museum hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. For additional information please contact the museum at 409-385-2444.

Benefit for Linda Burns Saturday

There will be a benefit for Linda Renia Burns on Saturday, June 9 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Saratoga Fire Hall. There will be BBQ plates, auction and live music.

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cox of Silsbee and the late Gil Silcox. She is employed with The Silsbee Bee. The groom is the son of Lisa and Kevin Hardy and Tommy Lamey, all of Silsbee. He is employed with Echo Maintenance. The couple honeymooned in the Bahama’s at Paradise Island. A reception will be held in their honor from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at The Honky Tonk in Silsbee.



Adams, Franks exchange vows Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Neil Franks

Elizabeth Ann Adams and Jeffery Neil Franks, both of Lumberton were united in marriage at 12 noon Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Silsbee. Bro. Paul Read performed the double ring ceremony before an altar decorated in ash trees with candle lanterns. The bride is the daughter of Floyd Adams and Pagett and Teri (Hargrove) Collier, all of Silsbee. She is employed with Comet Cleaners in Lumberton. The groom is the son of Jeff and Beverly Franks of Lumberton and Wes and Rhoda Jeans of Merryville, Louisiana. He is employed with Ceilpro Construction in Lumberton. Given in marriage by her fa-


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ther, the bride’s gown featured a sweetheart neckline with a pickup floor length skirt in mossy oak. Her tulle veil was waist length and trimmed with mossy oak. Cypress Collier of Silsbee was maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Angela Trahan of Sour Lake and Lindsay Leach of Lumberton. Jeff Ranks of Lumberton was best man. Groomsmen included Mark Franks and James McKenzie, both of Lumberton. Landyn McLemore of Lumberton was ringbearer. A reception was held following the ceremony at The Honky Tonk in Silsbee. The couple made their home in Lumberton.


Hutchings, Curtis plan June 30 ceremony

Courtney Alane Hutchings and Stephen Allen Curtis

Courtney Alane Hutchings and Stephen Allen Curtis, both of Lumberton are pleased to announce their plans to marry Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Journey Community Church in Lumberton. The bride elect is the daughter of Lori and Phillip Hanks of Buna and Wayne and Diane Hutchings of Houston. A 2003 graduate of Benicia High School and attended one year at Silsbee Cosmetology by LIT. She currently works at Star bucks in Beaumont. The prospective groom is the son of Eddie and Mary Curtis of Silsbee. A 2005 graduate of Silsbee High School, he attended two-years at Southwestern Assembly of God University, and one-year in Masters Commission at James River Assembly of God in Arkansas. He has a twoyear degree from Le Cordon Bleu Chief School in Austin and is employed at Sugas Cuisine in Beaumont.

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Harold and France McWilliams

Harold F. and France A. McWilliams of Silsbee will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary today (Wednesday, June 6). The couple was married June 6, 1947 in Port Arthur. Harold retired from Eastex Paper Mill in Evadale and Frances is a homemaker. They

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Funeral services for Ernest Wayne Jenkins, 40, of Silsbee will be 2:00 pm Monday, June 4, 2012 at Farmer Funeral Home with interment following in Cunningham Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Jenkins died May 31, 2012 in Saratoga. A native and long time resident of Silsbee, Ernest worked as a truck driver for Murphy’s Swabbing. Survivors include his wife Lois Jenkins of Silsbee; sons Kody Baker of Silsbee, Billy Baker of Huntsville, Robert Baker and wife Melissa of Silsbee and Mossie Eason and wife Ashley and daughter Elizabeth of Silsbee; daughters Puddie Bouse and husband Burt of Fred, Chloe Baker and Maranda Baker, both of Silsbee; father Curtis Jenkins of Silsbee; stepmom Vinia Gail Denmon Jenkins of Silsbee; brothers Ronnie Jenkins and wife Rose of Spurger and Donnie Jenkins and wife Hope of Spurger; sisters-in-law, Omalee Walker of Silsbee, Juanita Hutto of Silsbee, Linda Lee and husband Michael of Warren, Janie Jackson and husband Randy of Florida and brother-in-law Benny Gardner of Silsbee and niece Curry Avery and husband John of Silsbee. He is also survived by aunts and uncles Mary and Randall Colley of Spurger, Peggy and John Reid of Spurger, Alene and Billy Moncrief of Spurger, Harvey and Lisa Gore of Fred and Richard Gore of Spurger. Ernest was preceded in death by his mother, Harvey Nell Gore Jenkins, sister-in-law Hazel Gardner, brother-in-law Big John Eason and grandparents Dorothy and Harvey Gore and Allen and Avery Jenkins.

Ernest Jenkins

Kathryn Guthrie, 64, of Silsbee and a Beaumont native, died Thursday, May 31, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral service was held Sunday, June 3, 2012 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. Survivors include her daughters, Donna Herrington of Silsbee, Wendy Goldman of Killeen and Gwen Guthrie of Vidor; and nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Dani Cheyenne Parks, died Friday, June 1, 2012 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 4 at Knupple Cemetery in Silsbee under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home, also in Silsbee. Survivors include her mother, Courtni Parks of Silsbee; stepfather, Mark Lassiter of Silsbee; sister, Sydni Lassiter of Silsbee; grandparents, Joe and Lynda Parks, Billie Loftin and Marion Herrington, all of Silsbee; and great-grandparents, Joe Parks of Beaumont, and Frances Parks and Virgia and Marvin Morgan, all of Silsbee.

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Julian Flanakin, 83, of Silsbee died Thursday, May 31, 2012, at his residence in Silsbee. He was born on April 17, 1929, to Mary Harris Flanakin and Samuel Flanakin, in Peachtree, Texas. Julian was a United States Army veteran and retired as a logging contractor. Survivors include his wife of sixty-one years, Bonnie Flanakin; children, Debbie Brown and Robert “Rusty” Flanakin and his wife, Ann all of Silsbee; grandchildren, Adam Brown of Nacogdoches, Elizabeth Briggs and her husband, Tim of Tomball, Amanda Simon and her husband, Jason of Silsbee, and Matt Flanakin and his wife, Dana of Lumberton; great grandchildren, Abigail and Juliann Simon, Taylor and Madalynn Briggs, and Grace, Saida, and Charlee Flanakin; sisters and brothers, Sally Sharp and Sammy Reeves of Silsbee, Mary Jean Neely of Beaumont, Mulqueen Lindsey and her husband, Carl and Virginia Baker all of Silsbee, Betty Flanakin of Friendswood, PeeWee Flanakin and his wife, Glenda of Silsbee, and Austene Kilpatrick of Pearland. Julian is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eugene Flanakin; and sisters, Eunice Bledsoe, Vernice Woods, Dolly Gammill, Frenchie Flanakin, Inez Sharp, Essie Warden, and Bobbie Flanakin. A gathering of Mr. Flanakin’s family and friends was held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee. His funeral service was at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 2012, at First Baptist Church, 350 Hwy 96 S, Silsbee with burial following at R. S. Farmer Cemetery, South 3rd Street, Silsbee. Complete and updated information may be viewed at

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Sister Doris M. Perkins was born August 20, 1933 in Magnolia Springs, Texas to Hamp Thomas and Willie Mae Lotto Thomas. On Sunday, June 3, 2012, God in His infinite wisdom called Sis. Perkins from labor to reward at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas. Mrs. Perkins met and married Mr. James C. Perkins on January 17, 1953, settled and built their home at 325 South 19th Street where they were living when celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on January 18, 2003 Besides God, Bro. Perkins fully supported Sis. Perkins toward receiving her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from Lamar University in May 1976. She was employed by the Kountze ISD for 20 years as a Kindergarten teacher and was as a reading specialist assistant before she retired in May 1998. On January 23, 1987, Mrs. Doris Perkins was presented a meritorious certificate at a Recognition Banquet sponsored by St. George Assembly No. 101 Order of the Golden Circle at the Pride of Beaumont Masonic Temple on Washington Blvd. She was honored for distinguished service and her personal contribution of time and effort to her community and state. At this particular time, Sis. Perkins was an active member

Doris Perkins

of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Silsbee, Texas where she taught the Intermediate Sunday School Class, a Young Women’s Mission Group, served on the Usher Board and co-directress of the Training Union. She was the Associate Matron of Mayflower Chapter #81 OES, Recording Secretary of Kirby Cemetery League, served in many offices of the Royal Clover Leaf Civic Club, a Woman’s Club; also as Supervisor of the Barlow Champion Boy’s Club as well as a volunteer for the Sickle Cell Anemia, Heart and Cancer Foundation. She remained living at their place of residence for two years after Mr. Perkins passed away on June 2, 2005. She then moved away now living in Kemah, Texas near her daughter and family, Rosalyn and Carl Barnett Sr. who lives in Dickinson, Texas. She became involved with the Dickinson Senior Citizens where she met Mrs. Marie Jackson, who invited her to attend the Masonic Family activities. Mrs. Perkins attended the New Jerusalem Baptist Church of Dickinson, Texas, Rev. Roderick Cunningham, pastor. She was a lover of Sunday School and the Mission work. She is preceded in death by her father, Hamp Thomas; mother, Willie Mae Lotto; sister, Franzetta Cartwright; brother, George W. Thomas, Sr.; and husband, James C. Perkins. Left to celebrate her loving legacy of Christian and family values are her devoted daughter, Roslyn Barnett and husband, Carl; a sister, Lessie Joy Traylor; Godsons, Melvin Ridley, Kelvin Ridley, Albert Woodard and Alvin "Skip" Horn; her loving grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family members and friends. Home Going Services will be Saturday June 9, 2012, at First Baptist Church, 625 N. 2nd St.

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in Silsbee with visitation beginning at 11:00 AM and Home Going Services at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow at Kirby Cemetery under the direction of Mainland Funeral Home, La Marque, Texas (409) 938-8123. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barlow Champion Boys Club or American Cancer Society of America. Bernadette M. Edwards, 60, of Vidor, died Sunday, June 3, 2012 at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in Beaumont after a long battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Vidor with burial following at Restlawn Memorial Park, also in Vidor under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary in Kountze. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the church.

Bernadette Edwards

A native of Morristown, New Jersey, she worked as a sales clerk with Dillard’s for many years. Survivors include her husband, Mickey Edwards; daughter, Kristen Morrison and husband Robert of San Antonio; son, Jerry Robertson Jr. and wife Stacey of San Antonio; brothers, Eugene Mercuri of Lakewood, Colorado and Raymond Mercuri Richard Mercuri, both of Rockaway, New Jersey; sisters, Barbara Lockman and Patricia Lusardi, both of Rockaway, and Adrienne Davis of Lewisville; and three grandchildren.

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opinions in both how the case was investigated. According to the arrest record, Brown confronted a tenant of his trailer park regarding a pit bull that had attacked someone. Brown was then attacked by the dog and shot the dog for dead. The tenant, Justin Slider, 19, attacked Brown and a scuffle ensued according to witnesses. The two struggled when the gun apparently fired as many as three times and Slider suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen that later proved fatal. Brown was 65 at the time of the incident. Dr. James L. Greenstone of Fort Worth, a criminal psychologist, was asked to review the case and transcripts of the trial. Upon contacting Brown, Greenstone told defense that he found high stress and perceptual disorder in him while being held in a prison setting. But he also understood that witnesses did not report same chain of events, in particular the amount of gunshots fired. Greenstone went on to describe disorders in post traumatic instances such as murder, saying Brown had a textbook case of perceptual disorder. According to trial transcripts, Brown had made inconsistent statements in the trial and grand jury trial, in which Greenstone told the court that his recollections are a result of stress rather than an attempt to lie. Prosecutor Kimbrough asked Greenstone if it was

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From Section 1, Page 1 possible for a man to perceive that another man is attacking him? Greenstone went on to say that he did not understand the question prosecution was trying to ask. Edward Hueske, senior lecturer in forensics of the University of North Texas, also reviewed the case file, and formed an opinion that there was a struggle and it appeared to be self defense. Hueske told the court that he questioned the validity of the case investigation, which in his opinion, was lacking in areas. A gunshot wound was suffered by Brown to his hand and Hueske told the court there was no logical explanation for that other than there was a struggle. Brown told the court on the stand that he felt as though his attorney during the trial hurt his case more than helped him. Brown’s attorney was Silsbee attorney and former Hardin County D.A. Bo Horka. Brown hired Horka because of his experience in criminal defense and felt he was knowledgeable in the case. Stuckle pointed out to Brown that Slider had a criminal history, which he told the court that Horka did not mention that to him during the trial. Jefferson County D.A. Ed Shettle and Horka exchanged words during the trial that Brown feels “hurt my case”. The family of Slider filed a wrongful death suit on Brown a few days after the incident,


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but according to defense, Horka never brought up the suit during the trial. To Brown, the downfall of Horka came when he did not appear for the grand jury trial presentation of the case. According to Horka, the presentation was called last minute while he was at a trial in Liberty County. Defense turned the tables on Horka during Thursday’s testimony, questioning his work in the trial. Horka did not obtain transcripts of the trial to prepare for the grand jury trial and told the court, “I did not think it was necessary.” Horka continued to tell the court that discussion of the pre-trial was done with Brown. “The defendant did exactly what he was taught to do as a Marine,” said Horka. “Shoot when someone is trying to kill them.” As many as five witnesses were allowed to listen during the pre-trial including Slider’s girlfriend and three police officers, and Brown was unaware that they could have been excluded. Horka admitted to bad judgement in arguing with Shettle during the trial saying, “he (explitive) during arguments.” Horka felt that the case had a 99 percent chance of being no billed according to discussions with Shettle, who had assured him that notion. “My speculation is that he is not guilty of murder,” said Horka. “All I know is he was found not guilty.”

fast,” said Balaban. “I think this time, a bed and breakfast is a last ditch effort to make this property viable. I think there is total misunderstanding of the facts.” Tyler told Balaban that all he wanted was to go back on record from statements he had made on April 7, 2011. “I just don’t want to leave an impression that we turned those people down in favor of something else,” said Balaban. “We didn’t turn those people down because we had something against them.” Councilman Jim Willis made a motion to approve of the permit and Tyler seconded the motion. Council also heard second readings and approved of a request by Silsbee Economic Development Corporation to approve funding in the amount of $100,000 for Southern Lawns and $20,000 for Big Thicket Pawn. Approval was given on an expenditure from the water and sewer reserve for contigencies fund in the amount of $2,800 to replace a main disconnect breaker for the Durdin Water well that had failed over the weekend. Council also discussed the Time Warner Cable company no longer offering complimentary services to city buildings. City Manager Tommy Bartosh told council that Time Warner must remain in the city building to update its local channel for the City of Silsbee and that the Silsbee Police Department also has cable television service. Silsbee Police Chief Mark Davis told council that law enforcement use the service to access a channel for training purposes, but that some of the training may be available through internet. Also the department uses the service to access weather and emergency situations. Further discussions later would determine if the city would remain paying for the service to the police department facility.

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Glenda Gray plans to travel

Teacher retires after 43 years Last week brought an end to a 43 year teaching career for Glenda Gray. The Silsbee lady who teaches in Evadale was honored at a reception for her many years of fine effort. She stated that when she got out of high school her father encouraged her to attend college. At the time she did not really know where her career path would lead but she said the choices were relatively few. According to Gray, “In those days girls either wanted to be a nurse, an airline stewardess or a teacher.” For Gray nursing was out of the question because she did not have any medical inclinations. She did like to travel but she liked children and got into teaching. She is now glad that she did. Gray says that she never had any desire to get into administration or counseling. Her goal was to be in the classroom because she loved the teaching part. Three educators retired in Evadale this year. Two of them had 29 years experience. Gray outlasted all of them. After heading off to college at Sam Houston she got married and transferred to Lamar. She took off six years to raise her kids and then returned to school to get her degree and began the career that lasted for 43 years. During graduation exercises this year at Evadale, the Superintendent of School, Mrs. McDaniel asked people in the audience who had had Mrs. Gray for a teacher to stand up and well over half of the audience stood up. McDaniel who also retired this year stated that was entirely possible because many years, like this year she taught every fourth and fifth grade student. Gray says that when she started the career all the classrooms were inclusive with one teacher teaching all the subjects. Today, teachers specialize in one area, English, Science or Math, etc. She says she likes teaching one particular course of study better than teaching all the subjects. In recent years she has taught fourth and fifth grade science and

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Three scholarships in the amount of $500 each were presented to Jacob Gunter, Jacob Hall, and Philip Simon, 2012 graduates of Kountze High School. The scholarship was presented by Kountze Classroom Teachers Association, a local affiliate of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association. All recipients must meet eligibility requirements and be a child of a Kountze Classroom Teachers Association member. The Kountze CTA presented the scholarship to help the students in education pursuits and to reinforce the Association’s commitment to helping build a strong, educated community. TCTA is a nonprofit, nonunion professional association serving more than 50,000 classroom

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Silsbee Independent School District is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the “Summer Seamless” Feeding Program, through the Texas Department of Agriculture. The program will begin on Monday, June 11, 2012, and run through Friday, August 3, 2012. In an effort to broaden our reach throughout the community, two feeding sites will be located in Silsbee. Any child 18 years of age and under and those persons over age 18 who meet the federal definition of mentally or physically disabled may receive meals under the SSO free of charge.

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Sam Rayburn Nature Center to host outdoors event Lake Sam Rayburn Nature Center (LSRNC) will host an event from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 9, 2012, as part of National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), the fifth annual national event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Participating partners will offer opportunities for families to experience various types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth and their families to the great outdoors. This free GO Day event will

offer “active fun” areas – places where guests, and especially kids, can kayak, canoe, fish, do archery, and more. Guests will view presentations and demonstrations at a mix of information centers sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife, US Forest Service, US Army Corp of Engineers, Wood Creek Kennels, Living Water Equine Center, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Rayburn North End Guide Services, LSRNC, & others. Photo opportunities with Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl will be provided.

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Kountze High School took 17 students to Austin last week and brought home 23 medals including 14 gold and nine silver medals. Winners included: Gold medalists, Ernest Hafford, jr., solo; Trinity Hughes, soph., solo; Cody Merchant, fresh., solo; Elizabeth Trainer, sr., solo; Jacob Hall, sr., solo; Whitney Jennings, soph., solo; Matt Shelton, sr., quartet; Jesse Wells, jr. quartet;

Jeremy Griffin, sr., quartet; Jacob Hall, sr., quartet; Tessa Lucas, jr., trio; Whitney Jennings, soph., trio; Morgan Mayeux, sr., trio. Silver Medalists included Laurel Brocato, sr., solo; Dusti Brothers, soph., solo; Drew Ryan, jr., solo; Austin Wade, soph., solo; Morgan Mayeux, sr., solo; Chloe Sullivan, sr., solo; Jeremy Griffin, sr., solo; Matt Shelton, sr., solo; Jesse Wells, jr., solo.

The Silsbee High School Class of 1962 in planning a 50-Year Reunion for Saturday, October 6, 2012. The class is in need of addresses or information for our class mates. Please send any information

you may have to Morris at or call Virginia Woodard Collins at 409-994-2802 or Diane Creasy Turk at 409-386-0203. Diane Turk reminds all her classmates, It’s nifty the class of 1962 will be celebrating its fifty.

Visitors will also help celebrate the Grand Opening of Lake Sam Rayburn Nature Center. LSRNC is East Texas’ newest outdoor education center, created to educate youth and the general public about nature education and outdoor recreation. Goals of LSRNC are to promote appreciation for nature and to create responsible stewards of our wildlife, lands, and waterways. The pilot effort of National Get Outdoors Day was launched on June 14, 2008 and has grown every year. Last year, over 117 official GO Day sites across the

nation welcomed tens of thousands of new faces to the joy and benefits of the great outdoors. This year over 150 events are expected to inspire and motivate people to get outdoors. Lake Sam Rayburn Nature Center is located at Caney Creek Recreation Area in the Angelina National Forest, outside of Zavalla off HWY 63. Turn on FM 2743, travel approx. 6 miles to USFS Road 336. For more information, contact Rachel Collins at 936-897-8000.

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This old gar fish was caught on Lake Sam Rayburn on May 27 by Jared and September Franks of Lumberton. Though the family loves to bow fish, this night it was only the two of them when they spotted the monster fish. Jared took his shot. After two quick arrows, both battled with the fish. The fish was big enough to pull them around. The gar measured 6-feet long and weighed 150 lbs.

One site will be in the cafeteria at ReadTurrentine Elementary (730 S. 7th St.), while another site will be located at the gymnasium of the Boys & Girls Club (1005 N. 7th St.).

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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces additional funding availability through the Longleaf Pine Initiative to implement conservation practices that will maintain, improve, and restore Texas’ Longleaf pine ecosystem. Offered through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), approved participants will receive financial assistance from NRCS for implementing conservation practices to improve the health and extent of the Longleaf pine ecosystem. Eligible conservation practices include firebreaks, forest site preparation, forest stand improvement, prescribed burning, and tree/shrub establishment. The deadline for applying for the additional funds is July 27 and producers who apply by that date may be eligible for financial assistance. Highest priority will be given to land suitable for tree production in the following counties: Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler and Walker. Land outside these counties that is determined to be suitable for Longleaf pine production will also be considered. Producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA Service Center office about this funding opportunity. These offices are located in almost every county and are listed in phonebooks under federal and state government, or online at Information on the Longleaf Pine Initiative is available on our website at:

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Barry Daigle officially retired as a Hardin County employee working in Pct. 2 for 26 years. Pct. 2 Commissioner Chris Kirkendall presented Daigle with a certificate of appreciation.

Big Thicket Preserve hunting permit registration opens July 2 Hunting permits are available at the Preserve Visitors Center

Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Douglas Neighbor announced today that the Preserve will issue free hunting permits beginning Monday, July 2, 2012. Available permits will be issued until February 28, 2013. Permits will be issued at the Preserve Visitor Center located 8 miles north of Kountze on US 69 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. Big Thicket hunting permits allow hunters to take whitetailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, feral hog, and waterfowl in season. Hogs are also permitted during the extended hog-only season from January 6 to February 28, 2013. • Everyone who hunts in the Big Thicket must have a Big

Thicket hunting permit, including children 12 and under. • Hunters must apply in person and may hunt in only one unit. • Adults are required to have a driver’s license or other form of official identification. Minors are required to have some type of official identification, such as a birth certificate or school identification card. • Hunters born on or after September 2, 1971 must successfully complete a State of Texas Hunter Education Training Course to hunt in the Big Thicket. • When hunting in the Preserve, any child under 9 years old must be accompanied by a licensed permitted hunter at least 17 years old.

Be advised that hunters who failed to return their harvest cards for the 2011/2012 season will not be eligible to hunt in Big Thicket National Preserve for one year. The deadline for returning hunter harvest cards after the 2012/2013 season will be April 1, 2013. There will be no grace period. Available permits per unit: Beaumont Unit–200; Beech Creek Unit–150; Big Sandy Creek Unit–400; Jack Gore Baygall Unit–400; Lance Rosier Unit–900; and Neches Bottom Unit–150. For more information, contact Big Thicket National Preserve at (409) 951-6700 or (409) 9516831.

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Silsbee Graduation 2012 Silsbee Trading Post Saturday, June 9th New and Used • Big and Small Merchandise Crafts • Antiques • Furniture • Iron Work Western Decor • Appliances Quilting Fabric • Dog Bone Pillows And Much, Much More

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140 graduate with honors May 19 at Lamar A total of 140 Lamar University students graduated with honors during spring commencement ceremonies May 19 in the Montagne Center.

Kountze lady named to President’s Honor List at McNeese

The President’s Honor List for the spring 2012 semester at McNeese State University has been announced. Garrett Benjamin Holland of Kountze was named to the President’s Honor List. To be on the President’s Honor List, a student must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average or better while carrying at least 15 semester hours. A senior eligible for graduation but carrying less than 15 hours is also considered provided that student was on the President’s Honor List the previous semester.

Forty-eight students graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors), with grade-point averages ranging from 3.8 to 4.0: LUMBERTON: Kalyn Lay-

ton, Tiffany Moulton, Brice Perez, Sarah Wyatt. Forty-two students graduated magna cum laude (with high honors), with GPAs of 3.65 to 3.79:

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GPR while taking at least 15 hours for the spring semester. Among those recognized were: Lynse E. Bain of Silsbee, Senior, Bachelor of Science - Interdisciplinary Studies, Dean’s Honor Roll; Ivan L. Hernandez of Lumberton, Bachelor of Science - Computer Science, Dean’s Honor Roll; Grant K. Jones of Lumberton, Junior, Bachelor of Arts – Political Science, Dean’s Honor Roll;

Kristen E. McManus of Village Mills, Sophomore, Bachelor of Science – Health, Distinguished. Earl N. Oster of Silsbee, Senior, Bachelor of Arts – History, Dean’s Honor Roll; James A. Trabing of Silsbee, Sophomore, Bachelor of Science – Biology, Distinguished; Tianyi Y. Zhang of Silsbee, Sophomore, Bachelor of Science – Computer Science, Dean’s Honor Roll.

Agency begins early review of emergency response efforts

TxDOT prepares for 2012 storm season Hurricane season has arrived along with a flurry of activity around the state—government agencies, volunteer groups and private sector partners, all getting ready for the upcoming storm season. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plays a critical role in hurricane education, evacuation and recovery. So each year, along with its hundreds of partners, the department begins, months ahead of time, preparing for the possibility of seasonal storms. “Each year, TxDOT begins a comprehensive review months in advance of hurricane season to make sure emergency response processes are in place and that the agency has allocated enough equipment, materials and employees to do the job if called upon,” explained John Barton, TxDOT’s deputy executive director. TxDOT plays a key role during and after a storm, Barton added. The agency is committed to three guiding goals — getting people out of harm’s way, getting them home safely and providing assistance with cleanup and recovery. “Safety is our top priority at TxDOT and the basis for all the agency’s transportation decisions, particularly so during emergencies,” he noted. Steps the agency takes each year to prepare for the storm season include: Reviewing emergency management plans and training per-

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A&M names honor students Texas A&M University has named its honor students for the spring semester, recognizing them for outstanding academic performance. The Dean’s Honor Roll recognizes students taking at least 15 semester hours during the spring semester who have maintained a 3.75 or higher grade point (GPR) out of a possible 4.0. A second designation, “Distinguished Student,” recognizes those who earned a 3.5 to 3.74

LUMBERTON: Thomas Cox, Patricia Weismann. SILSBEE: Travis Connally, Amy Fasulo. VOTAW: Hannah Vanya.

sonnel on emergency traffic control measures, debris removal and other recovery procedures. Participating in regional and statewide emergency drills with other agencies and local jurisdictions. Identifying and preparing facilities and equipment needed for quick mobilization. Reviewing evacuation plans— making sure contraflow routes are open (no lane closures). Testing all Dynamic Message Signs (DMS)

Last year, TxDOT expanded its social media reach to communicate hurricane information faster and more efficiently. This year, the agency will continue using social media—Twitter and Facebook specifically— to reach an increasingly more technologically-savvy population. Traditional media—newspapers and television—also play an important role in getting out the message. This season, each tweet will carry a specific storm-related hashtag to provide an easy way to catalog all the tweets and allow all Twitter users to quickly find hurricane information. TxDOT has 11,115 Twitter followers and more than 6,015 Facebook fans. The numbers grow hourly. Locate all TxDOT Twitter feeds at and TxDOT’s Facebook page at www.face-

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Hwy 96 & Proctor • PO Box 1689 • Buna, TX A comprehensive hurricane preparedness section on the agency’s website includes information on road conditions and evacuation procedures, in addition to links to other agencies with information on local conditions including the, a state website. Regional maps online show evacuation routes, all accessible on the Web at TxDOT’s site, For more information, call TxDOT Media Relations at (512) 463-8700.

Lamar football signs a pair of Oklahoma State transfers

Wide receiver Kevin Johnson and defensive lineman Joe Okafor have both transferred to Lamar University from Oklahoma State, announced LU head football coach Ray Woodard on Tuesday. Both players will be classified as redshirt sophomores and are eligible to play in the upcoming 2012 season. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Johnson played mostly on special teams in 2011 for the Cowboys to earn a varsity letter. He finished the OSU spring game with three catches for 95 yards and a touchdown in April. A standout at Houston’s Cypress Ridge High School, Johnson was ranked as the No. 63 overall player in Texas and the 54th best receiver in the nation by Rivals as a senior when he earned District 15-5A MVP honors. As a senior, he rushed for 485 yards, picked up 412 receiving yards and was an all-district kick returner. Johnson added 690 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. Okafor is a 6-foot-6, 295pound defensive lineman who prepped at Bellaire (Texas) High School. During his redshirt freshman season, Okafor appeared in two games and recorded a tackle against Louisiana-Lafayette. Okafor was ranked as the No. 57 defensive end in the country by Rivals, and Texas Football listed him as one of the top 25 defensive linemen in the state. He was a second-team All-District 20-5A selection as a senior and played three years of varsity basketball.

Diplomas awarded to 7,300 Texas A&M graduates

Diplomas were awarded to approximately 7,300 Texas A&M University graduates during spring commencement ceremonies. Among those receiving degrees were: Bruce J. Bevilacqua of Lumberton, Bachelor of Science Computer Science, Cum Laude; Allison C. Leffage of Lumberton, Bachelor of Science – Health; and Julie A. Letourneau of Lumberton, Bachelor of Science – Chemical Engineering, Cum Laude.

HUD 2012 CONSOLIDATED GRANT PROGRAM SUMMARY To all interested citizens, please be informed that on May 22, 2012, the Orange City Council adopted the 2012 Consolidated Grant Program. Copies of the 2012 Annual Action Plan of the Consolidated Plan in draft form will be available at the Neighborhood Facility, Planning & Community Development Department, located at 303 8th Street, Orange, Texas, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Citizens will have 30 days beginning 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2012, to review and comment (orally or in writing) on the Annual Action Plan before adoption and submission of the final Consolidated one-year action plan to HUD for approval. The comment period will end at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, 2012. The 2012 Annual Action Plan, Year 4 of the Consolidated Plan, will be submitted to the U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Houston Field Office, Region VI, on or before Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Please be further informed that in accordance with 24 CFR Part 91, February 6, 1995 - HUD’s Consolidated Grant Program completely replaces the current regulations for Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategies (CHAS) with a rule that consolidated into a single consolidated submission the planning and application aspects of the Department’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) formula programs with the requirements for the CHAS. Public Hearings will be held to provide a review of the draft 2012, Year 4, Annual Action Plan and to receive citizen comments either orally or in writing on the Plan. The hearings will be held:

The Consolidated Plan is designed to (1) promote citizen participation and the development of local priority needs and objectives by providing comprehensive information on the jurisdiction that is easy to understand; (2) coordinate these statutory requirements in such a manner as to achieve the purposes of the Acts in comprehensive ways, while reducing paperwork and minimizing the federal instruction into State and local planning activities and to simplify the process of requesting and obtaining federal funds available to the jurisdiction on a formula basis; (3) promote the development of an action plan that provides the basis for assessing performance; and (4) encourage consultation with public and private agencies, including those outside single jurisdiction, to identify shared needs and solutions. The contents of the Consolidated Plan include: (1) Description of Citizen Participation Process, (2) Housing and Homeless Needs Assessments, (3) Housing Marketing Analysis, (4) Strategic Plan, (5) Action Plan, (6) Certifications, and Monitoring Plan.

Southeast Texas Hospice GOALS - Literacy Program Orange Community Action Assoc. Jackson Community Center Christian Women’s Job Corp Stable Spirit Scholarship Program Park Improvements and Upgrade Clearance and Demolition Code Enforcement Administration

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The City will not be applying for HOME Investment Partnership funding on behalf of the Orange Regional HOME Consortium for Year 4, Program Year 2012. The City of Orange has withdrawn as Lead Entity for Orange Regional HOME Consortium effective September 30, 2012, the end of Year 3, Program Year 2011. For more information, contact Sandra Wilson, Grants Planner, City of Orange, by phone at (409) 988-7395 or Mike Foster, HOME Program Specialist at (409) 899-8444.

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The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office has been busy the past few weeks with several arrests around the county. The people named in this report have been charged with but not found guilty of the crimes listed. This information is provided by Sheriff Ed Cain under the Texas Open Records Act, Article 6255217A. 2012-100247: Allen Morrison, 4148 Villa Road, Kountze, was released from jail on May 17, after being arrested by Deputy Walkin on one count of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. Justice of the Peace Tommy Hall set bond for Morrison at $10,000. 2012-100221: Jeremy Ryan, 33-7 Blythe Road, Kountze, was released from jail on May 18, after being arrested by Deputy Walkin on one count of terroristic threat. Justice of the Peace Tommy Hall set bond for Ryan at $750. 2012-100222: Jeremy Ryan, 33-7 Blythe Road, Kountze, was released from jail on May 18, after being arrested by Deputy Walkin on one count of violation of a protective order and one count of burglary of a habitation. Justice of the Peace Tommy Hall set bond for Ryan at $1,500 and $10,000. 21668: James E. Taylor Jr., Drew St., Silsbee, was released from jail on May 18 after being arrested by Deputy

jury to a child/elderly/disabled reckless bodily injury. Bond was set for Clements at $25,000. 2012-30145: Dustin K. Harrison, 827 Fish Farm Road, Orange, was released from jail on May 25 after being arrested by Deputy Walkin on one count of criminal mischief over $500 but less than $1,500. Bond was set for Harrison at $1,500. 2012-30146: Dustin K. Harrison, 827 Fish Farm Road, Orange, was released from jail on May 25 after being arrested by Deputy Walkin on one count of criminal mischief over $500 but less than $1,500. Bond was set for Harrison at $1,500. 2012-30147: Dustin K. Harrison, 827 Fish Farm Road, Orange, was released from jail on May 25 after being arrested by Deputy Walkin on one count of criminal mischief over $500 but less than $1,500. Bond was set for Harrison at $1,500. 2012-60163: Wesley Lucas, 9219 Chestnut, Lumberton, was released from jail on May 27 after being arrested by Deputy Lenward Cooper on one count of assault causing bodily injury. Justice of the Peace Jackie Werner set bond for Lucas at $1,500. 2012-60156: Sean Parker, 1640 Aloha St., Vidor, was released from jail on May 27 after being arrested by Deputy Allen on one count of evading

Walkin on one count of indecency with a child, sexual contact. Bond was set for Taylor at $10,000. 2012-60152: Caleb Butler, 8256 Post Plant, Silsbee, was released from jail on May 27 after being arrested by Deputy Scott Delacerda on one count of assault causing bodily injury. Bond was set for Butler at $1,500. 2012-30681: Ronny Carey Jr., 5374 Fairview Dr., Orange, was released from jail on May 27 after being arrested by Deputy Kendra Davis on one count of injury to child/elderly/disabled with intent to cause bodily injury. Justice of the Peace Tommy Hall set bond for Carey at $10,000. 2012-30680: Ronny Carey Jr., 5374 Fairview Dr., Orange, was released from jail on May 27 after being arrested by Deputy Kendra Davis on one count of aggravated assault. Justice of the Peace Tommy Hall set bond for Carey at $25,000. 2012-30679: Ronny Carey Jr., 5374 Fairview Dr., Orange, was released from jail on May 27 after being arrested by Deputy Kendra Davis on one count of aggravated assault. Justice of the Peace Tommy Hall set bond for Carey at $25,000. 2162: Mark Clements, 7690 Live Oak, Silsbee, was released from jail on May 25 after being arrested by Deputy Williams on one count of in-

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Charge: Wanted for Charge: Wanted for Forgery of Finanunlawful possession cial Instrument Proof a firearm by a bation Revocation Felon - Probation information Revocation Age: 57 Age: 31 *LKA: 7470 FM *LKA: 520 Kirby, 2246 Buna Silsbee, TX

arrest with vehicle or watercraft. Justice of the Peace Jackie Werner set bond for Parker at $2,500. 2012-20238: James A. Powell, 2126 Twin Bridges Road, Silsbee, was released from jail on May 22 after being arrested by Deputy Derrick Fontenot on one count of assault causing bodily injury. Justice of the Peace Thomas Hall set bond for Powell at $1,500. 2012-60153: Jessi Sherman, 2442 10th St., Port Neches, was released from jail on May 27 after being arrested by Deputy Scott Delacerda on one count of assault causing bodily injury. Justice of the

Food Stamp assistance No Smoking Policy now in is available at Silsbee force throughout campus

The Social Services Coordinator from the Southeast Texas Food Bank will be at Faith Christian Center at 1360 Roosevelt, in Silsbee, on Monday, June 11th from 1:00 to 3:00 to assist people who

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Lamar University, along will all member schools in The Texas State University System, will become a smoke-free campus effective June 1. According to TSUS officials, the system is committed to providing a safe, healthy and pleasant environment for its faculty, staff and students. To that end, each component institution shall develop a comprehensive institutional policy creating a smoke-free and tobacco-free environment on the premises of the institution. The policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, employees of contractors and visitors to the campus and addresses the use of tobacco products as well as smokeless tobacco on Lamar University owned or leased premises. The policy shall be effective June 1. Further regulations state the definition of tobacco products includes cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco and snuff. Tobacco use is defined as smoking, chewing, dipping or any other ingesting, consumption or bodily intake of tobacco products. The sale or free distribution of tobacco prod-

might be eligible for food stamps. People may be eligible for food stamps even though they work or have income; own a home or vehicle; are do or do not have children. People can find out if they are eligible by attending the meeting and speaking with the Social Services Coordinator.

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ucts or merchandise on campus shall be prohibited. The university expects all Lamar University students, employees, volunteers, contractors or other persons performing services on behalf of the University, visitors or others on campus for any reason who use tobacco products to comply with this policy. Students who violate the policy will be subject to the university student disciplinary process. Employees who violate the policy shall be subject to discipline or dismissal through appropriate university processes. Visitors, volunteers, contractor or other service providers violating the smokefree policy will be asked to leave the campus and may be prohibited from returning. Exceptions to the policy may include artists or actors who participate in authorized performances that require smoking or the use of another tobacco product as part of artistic productions. Also, participants in academic research projects involving tobacco products are exempt from the tobacco policy if approved by the Provost.

Charge: Wanted for Assault on a Public Servant - Felony Age: 39 *LKA: 205 South 15th St. Silsbee, TX

ANDREW ARANGO ANTENORCRUZ Charge: Wanted for Felony Evading Arrest or Detention Probation Revocation. Age: 23 *LKA:170 Laurie Lane Silsbee, TX

STEVE PAUL POORMAN Charge: Wanted for burglary of a habitation Age: 22 *LKA: 1805 S. Maple St. Kountze, TX

Peace Jackie Werner set bond for Sherman at $1,500. 21657: Jennifer Jones, P.O. Box 173, Votaw, was released from jail on May 31 after being arrested by Deputy Walkin on one count of deadly conduct-discharge of a firearm. Bond was set for Jones at $5,000. 647222: Aaron Leffage, 202 Rolling Hills, Lumberton, was released from jail on May 30 after being arrested by Deputy Derrick Fontenot on one count of criminal trespass-habitation. Justice of the Peace Thomas Hall set bond for Leffage at $1,500. 2012-30719: Jenna R. Mc-

Cormick, 12265 Weaver Dr., Saratoga, was released from jail on May 31 after being arrested by Deputy Kendra Davis on one count of assault causing bodily injury. Justice of the Peace Thomas Hall set bond for McCormick at $1,500. 2012-30714: Timothy McNabb, P.O. Box 401, Rose Pine, La., was released from jail on May 30 after being arrested by Deputy Kendra Davis on one count of assault causing bodily injury. Justice of the Peace Thomas Hall set bond for McNabb at $1,500.

The Silsbee Police Department has been busy this past week with several arrests and incident reports around the city, including numerous misdemeanor arrests and warrants served. The people named in this report have been charged with but not convicted of the crimes listed. This information has been provided by Police Chief Mark Davis under

the Texas Open Records Act, Article 62552-17A. 20120349: Marcus Demond Elam, 32, was arrested and charged on May 28 by Stephen Hodges for criminal trespass and evading arrest or detention with prior conviction. 20120361: Lena Shanaka Carey, 26, was arrested and charged on June 2 by Brandon Rogers for theft under $50.

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GARAGE SALE: Clearance Saturday June 9, Buna. All items 25¢ except furniture which is priced $10 and under. Off 1004 to CR 715, to CR 713, to PR 5283. Follow signs. 23p ESTATE SALE By Time And Again: Fri, June 8, 84 & Sat, June 9, 8-until. 3 LARGE shopping & check-out areas for your convenience. Backyard & garage will open at 7:30 each day. 7930 Indian Blanket, off Major Dr. Beaumont. My trailer is in the driveway. Cash only, please. You load. Ruth Ann, 409-651-0877. Info & pictures........ 23p GARAGE SALE: Saturday only, 8-till, 565 S 4th St. Lots of stuff! 23c GARAGE SALE: Saturday, June 9, 7am-1pm, Tabernacle of Praise Church, Hwy. 327 and 15th St., Silsbee. Women clothing, suits, shoes, purses, some household

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GARAGE SALE: Saturday, 7am-2pm, next to Pinecrest Baptist Church off FM f1122. Magnolia kitchenware, dishes and glassware, ceramic tiles, entertainment center, iron and wood patio set, lighthouse with sailor collectibles, Body by Jake exerciser, fishing supplies, angel collectibles, lots of Christmas lights, and lots of misc. 23c COME SHOP in the air conditioning on Friday, June 8 only from 8-4. Too much stuff to list. 8804 FM 418 W, approximately 4 miles on left. Look for signs. 23c GARAGE SALE: Friday and Saturday, June 8th and 9th, 8am-4pm, 4367 Lindsey Road (off Hwy. 92 North Silsbee). 23c GARAGE SALE: Friday and Saturday, 8-12 noon, 545 Winters St. Furniture, clothes, and lots more. 23c GARAGE SALE: Thursday and Friday, 8am-5pm and Saturday 8am-noon. 2247 Beasley Drive. 23p GARAGE SALE: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 7am-5pm, 510 Knupple. 23p GARAGE SALE: 4wheeler, two trailers, clothes, household items, lawn and garden equipment. Thursday, 8am5pm, 5966 Reeves. 23p GARAGE SALE: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 7-9, 650 N 11th St. Also, 9-piece dining room set (table extends to 120”), $1000. 23p

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FOR SALE: 3BR, 2 bath 2005 16x80. Never been lived in. Like new! We have 3 to choose from. RB36162. 235c NO CREDIT, Bad Credit, not a problem!! EZ qualify on single wide or double wide mobile homes. New, used or repos! Call 409384-5451. RB36162. 235c

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RV PARK: Pavillion, fullhookups, 30 and 50 AMP, access to Village Creek, fishing, swimming, etc. 755-7291. 48tf RV SITES: Extra large now available. Conveniently located 1/4 mile from Wal-Mart. Picnic area, fishing, large pavilion, and play areas. Starting at $325 a month. Call 385-0231. 39tf ENJOY Village Creek! Clean 1 or 2BR mobile homes, all utilities paid, stove and refrigerator, no pets. 755-7291. Six miles to Wal-Mart. 3tf FOR RENT: Large 2/2 with ca/h, $595 monthly, $325 deposit. 1135 E Hwy 327, Timbers Apartments. 813-1510. 23tf

Experience or college training preferred. We will train the right applicant. Computer skills a plus. Applicants must be dependable and have valid drivers license. APPLICANTS MUST:

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Full or Part Time applicants will be considered.

2012 DOUBLEWIDE: 3 bedroom 2 bath, 32x48. Must see! Only $51,900. Call 409-384-5451. RB36162. 235c FIRST TIME Buyers and Single Parent Program! Low down payment, easy finance. Land home packages are available. Come by or call 409-384-5451. RB36162. 235c 2012: Brand new 2 bedroom, 1 bath 16x52. Black appliances, very nice. Only $29,995. Call 409384-5451. RB36162. 235c 2010 DOUBLE WIDE: 4 bedroom, 2 bath. Very nice! Only $49,900. Delivered with appliances, skirting, ac, steps. Call 409-384-5451. RB36162. 235c HAVE LAND? or Family Land? Zero down on any of our singlewide or doublewide mobile homes. Call 409-384-5451. RB36162. 235c TELL OUR advertisers you “saw it in the Silsbee Bee”. 22tf

Land for Sale

LAND For Sale: 19.70 acres, AB 385D TMoore Parcel 385-9. For information call 301-325-4330. 178p FOR SALE: 5.627 acres, wooded. Located on Fm 92 North, approximately 12 miles from Silsbee on CR 4950. 385-5485. 224c CLASSIFIED ADS are now online at

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REDUCED: $118,000. For sale by owner, 3-2 brick home with double carport on 3 1/3 acres, no owner financing. 409-6737683. 234p THE BEST SHOPPING in Silsbee is right at your fingertips. Get inside The Bee and find a great buy! 40tf

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- 5/3 w/ Mother in Law Suite nestled on 20.54 acres and surrounded by hunting club! Ready for livestock. - 2/1/3 North of Silsbee thats only 5 years young! Located on over half an acre w/ custom cabinets, laminate wood flooring, tile flooring and much more! - 2/1 Log Cabin only 3 years young and nestled on 2.21 Acres! Located in the Big Thicket & minutes from Village Creek! - 15 lots available.

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- Big Sandy, undivided interest in 25 ac. - Lot, corner of Oakdale and Dalewood - Norvell - 2 lots. - .5 acres in city limits. wooded home site fronting Hwy 418 W - 3.17 ac in Enchanted Forest on Tranquility Road. Hwy Frontage, will build out to suit tenant. Approx. 1100 sq. ft. - Hwy 418 and Old Hwy 418. Brick building with 1873 sq. ft concrete parking lot.

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-Great Opportunity! Ranch -2/1, starter home, & Rodeo Supply, 2 buildings, 2.50 ac. near schools. 815 Boll St. 32427 Hwy 96 S, Buna. -Silsbee. 705 Woodrow. 2/1 large -Silsbee. 10112 E. Lakey. 2/2.5/ kitchen and den, needs work. 3 log w/ breezeway, wrap around porch, -Mobile home, 2 BR/1 BA, front open kitchen, den, living room, utility deck, 0.59 ac, lg storage bldg, carport. room, 27.94 wooded. -2.73 ac, 4/3/2, LR/2 dens, Crest Circle off Old Spurger Hwy. dining room/office, FP. 915 E. Ave L, -Brick 3/1, big den, hobby shop. Silsbee 8.610 ac on CR 4950 off Hwy 92. -395 N Major Drive-Beaumont. 3/ -265 S. 17th St., Silsbee. 3/1/1, 2/2 plus detached garage and a barn, corner lot, fenced backyard. back porch, big kitchen, -465 N 6th St. Efficiency apt. plus screened beautiful oak trees. 1.81 acres, wonderful 2 adjacent lots. location. -3/1 on 0.505 acres. 250 S. 17th -Southern custom built home, 4/ St., Silsbee 5, family room w/ fireplace, office, formal -2 office buildings. Downtown dining, 2 BR up, playroom, inground pool, beautiful 17.40 ac, pond, wellhouse, Silsbee. double garage, storage, double carport & -2/1/1 on 2 ac.with pond. 2129 park your RV, circle drive. 9293 Hwy 418. Old Evadale Rd, Silsbee. -2/1 updated home on small lot. LAND

-3/1/2, living , den, fireplace, 3.50 ac. Hwy 1293 in Thicket. -Lumberton, Easy Street. Frame on slab, 1/1/2 plus apt. on 0.89 ac.


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-1.34 ac. land only. 11027 FM 92. -12519 FM 92 N, 30+ acres, lightly wooded. -11464 FM 92 N, 19 acres, lots of Hwy frontage. -1.99 acres on Purvis Rd, fenced. -.49 ac in Village Mills. -2 acres. Old home site. -2.88 ac off Hwy 62 in Gist. Wooded 3.00 acres on Last Stand. Silsbee , and frontage on the Old Evadale Hwy. 1.93 ac. -Commercial corner lot. 0.28 ac. Hwy 418 & 69 in Kountze - 5 Commercial lots on 4th St.

$70’s, $80’s and $90’s -780 S. 6th St, Silsbee near Post Office. 3/1/2 fenced yard, nice trees. -535 N. 6th St, Silsbee. Vintage quality, built 1914, tall ceilings, 3/2/2 -839 Forrester St. Brick 3/2/1 on corner lot. -Office/Commercial. 1693 Hwy 96 S. -3/2.5/2, two story, master down, country home, big front porch, charming home. 8891 Brittonville $100,000’s & up - 12.5 acres on Reed Ranch Rd. Fenced, creek & big trees. -3/2, fireplace, nice area. Seller -0.44 ac at the end of Easy will repair the slab. 106 Read St, Silsbee Street. -4897 CR 4455, Warren. 3/2 w/ -1.50 acres, frontage on Crest carport, swimming pool, barn, stg. bldg, 2 Circle off Old Spurger Hwy, wooded. ac. fenced. -Josey Lane. 2 acres, cleared. -Lovely 3/1/1, quiet area. 302 Live Oak -8.9 acres, landlocked. Call - Evadale. 3/2/2, office for info. brick 1 1/2 story, pool, covered patio, -Ash Street. Previous office, exercise room. site. home mobile -Frontage on Hwy 96 S, in acres, Model drive, -Colonial Silsbee. 3/2/2 brick, lovely back yard, big 1.07 acres. house. - 53.447 ac. on Baby Galvez -3/2/2 brick, fenced back yard, Rd. near Village Creek. big storm cellar, quiet area. 116 Carriage -50.61 acres, Fronts 327E, Lane Oglesbee, Knupple, Landolt Dr. -3/2, 20.20 ac, fenced pasture Will Divide. land, 18x76 MH, 40x40 barn with 17 stalls & workshop, 2 storage buildings. FOR LEASE 2697 CR 826, Gist. - 438 Village Creek -2 ac fronting Hwy 327 E. 3/2/3 Pkwy, Lumberton. brick house, could be commercial.

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Large 2/1 on 2.4 ac. has lots of promise. Roosevelt on 2 lots, 3/1. 3/2, formal dining & living, spacious den, nice cabinets, rock fireplace, covd. porches w/ covʼd patio, lots of concrete parking & d/ways, also 24ʼx32ʼ shop bldg w/ loft. Fruit & shade trees on 2 acres close in on Sunflower. -2/1 Beach house on 3.7 acres. - 3/2, 870 N 6th Street. Over 2,000 sq. ft., remodeled, large yard with plenty of shade. End of Kiwanis Club Rd. 2/1 on 4.5 ac.

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3/2 well maintained, split flr plan, FP. $117,900 4/2/1 great flr plan, above ground pool. $87,000 3/2/2 nice kitchen, cvrd patio. $89,500 3/3/2, sunroom, covered patio, storage building. $149,900

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Custom 4/2.5/2 country beauty on 15 acres w/ pond 3/2 super clean, move-in ready, tons of storage, huge workshop, FP.

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3/2/2 in Westwood, move-in ready. $165,000

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4/2.5/2 w/open flr plan, warm colors, pretty fireplace, beautiful view of the lake. $230’s

3/2.5/2+gameroom, above ground pool, architectural details galore. $195,000

4/2/2, great home in good location, lots of windows, updated kitchen. $199,990

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San Augustine Judge offers rebuttal to “Bernie” Editor’s Note: This letter was written to several area papers after the movie Bernie was released. The storyline involves a comedy about a murder in Carthage Texas. The trial was later moved to San Augustine county and part of the comedy was a number of unfavorable comments about San Augustine and the people of San Augustine county. (I wrote the following letter to the editor of Texas Monthly Magazine. However, there is in all probability, a less than very slim chance that this letter would be accepted and/or published in Texas Monthly. I have decided to send it to selected Texas newspapers in hopes that you will consider publishing it. I trust your readers would find the subject matter of this letter to be of interest.) Dear Texas Monthly, I am writing this letter from the ninth floor of the Town Lake Holiday Inn. Brittney Johnson (a county business colleague) and I have been in Austin the past two days attending a Texas Historical Workshop, Commission where I had been invited to make a presentation on our THC beautifully restored historic county courthouse. The keynote speaker of the

conference was Evan Fitzmaurice, Director of the Texas Film Commission. Mr. Fitzmaurice was accompanied by TFC Location Scout, Lindsey Ashley. During her part of the presentation Ms. Ashley spoke at length on “Bernie,” a newly released Texas made movie about the murder of a Carthage, Texas woman and the subsequent trial in San Augustine. This evening, Brittney and I were surprised and excited to learn that we were to receive VIP passes from the TFC for the PM showing of “Bernie” at the delightful Violet Crown Cinema, located at the corners of 2nd and Guadalupe. The movie did not disappoint. It was as promised, a wickedly funny and dark comedy. The first part of the movie was narrated by a cast of local citizens from East Texas, whose performances caused riotous laughter throughout the theater. After one absurdly funny scene, I leaned over to the stranger next to me, a young professional looking woman, and told her I was from East Texas. She quickly passed the word to her friends – and I was delighted to receive waves of acknowledgement and laughter from the seven or

so members of her group. Towards the end of the movie, the focus of the story turned from Carthage, to San Augustine; the scene of Bernie’s actual trial. The writing by film playwright Skip Hollingsworth was razor sharp and his literary efforts were rewarded by “bend over” hoots of laughter that brought tears to our eyes. After the credits rolled and the lights came up – Brittney and I formally introduced ourselves to our theatre seatmates. Many of the theatre patrons seemed delighted to learn they were sitting by authentic San Augustinians. The fact that I am the San Augustine County Judge and that Brittney is the San Augustine County Project Manager seemed to add an increased interest to our personal reviews and opinions of the movie. During our animated and lively discussion, new found friends expressed puzzled surprise when someone noted that we were not clad in greasy bib overalls or carrying newly dead road kill across our shoulders. In fact, one young man actually said to me, “You don’t look anything like the folks in the movie!” My reply to his comment was,

“Nobody looks like that!” The truth is, “Bernie” is a hectically funny parody that makes the stars on the popular Louisiana reality show, “Swamp People” look like the cream of society. There is an unarguable truth in the fact that every little piece of this world has its share of wildly interesting characters that bring a wide range of texture to the fabric of our communities. We all have them, and in many cases we are better for their presence in our lives. When we return home to the “Pine Curtin” tomorrow, Brittney and I must pass under the Town Lake Bridge; less than two city blocks from the entrance of our hotel. That path will take us by an unfortunate woman who appears to be making her home in a dark, dank and unpleasant place under the bridge. As we pass, I will make a conscious effort to remember that there is much more to the good citizens in Travis County than the “lady living under the bridge”. I trust you will be kind enough to give us that same consideration. With my very best regards, Samye Johnson, San Augustine County Judge


TO: RICK DEAN HEADEN, Respondent(s), Greetings:

IN SUIT AFFECTING THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP The date and place of birth of the child (children) who is (are) the subject of the suit: CHILDREN DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH DAKOTA JACKSON HEADEN 12/19/2011 N/A “The court has the authority in this suit enter any judgment or decree, including but not limited to dissolving the marriage, providing for the division of property, which will be binding on you.

authority to consent to the childʼs (childrenʼs) adoption.


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YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear before the 88TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of HARDIN COUNTY, TEXAS, at the Courthouse located at 300 Monroe St. of said County in the City of Kountze, Hardin County, Texas, by filing a written answer at or before 10:00 oʼclock a.m. of the Monday next after the expiration of twenty (20) days from the date of service of this citation then and there to answer the Petition of Gina Marie Thornton filed in said court on 6-4-2012, in cause numbered 52919 on the docket of said court, styled: IN THE INTEREST OF: DAKOTA JACKSON HEADEN, A CHILD the nature of which suit is a request to AMENDED ORIGINAL PETITION


Pursuant to Chapter 59, Texas Property Code, East Texas Self Storage which is located at 246 E. Durdin, Silsbee, Texas 77656 will hold a public auction of property being sold to satisfy a landlordʼs lien. Sale will be at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 246 E. Durdin, Silsbee, Texas 77656. Property will be sold to highest bidder for cash. Deposit for removal and cleanup may be temporarily required. Seller reserves right to not accept any bid and to withdraw

USED CARS 385-1841

“The court has the authority in this suit to render an order in the childʼs (childrenʼs) interest that will be binding on you, including the termination of the parent-child relationship, the determination of paternity, and the appointment of a conservator with

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property from sale. Property in each space may be sold item-by-item, in batches, or by the space. Property being sold includes contents in spaces of following tenants. TENANTʼS COMPLETE NAME as shown on rental agreement: Rebecca Angeron Debra Young Avonda Grant Wanda Brumley

TO EACH TENANT RECEIVING THIS NOTICE. This Notice of Public Sale is being sent to you via regular

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Notice is hereby given that original Letters of Independent Administration for the Estate of Bonnie Wayne Ross, Deceased were issued on the 29th day of May, 2012, in Cause No. 9,673, pending in the County Court of Hardin County, Texas, in Probate, to LaNita Ross Gilchriest, as Independent Administratrix.

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All persons having claims against the Estate which is currently being administered are required to present same within the time and in the manner prescribed by law to LaNita Ross Gilchriest, Independent Administratrix, c/o Brian A. Mills, Creighton, Fox, Johnson & Mills, PLLC, P.O. Box 5607, Beaumont, Texas 77726. 231



Kountze, TX 77625 By: BRANDI STUTTS, DEPUTY 231

mail on the date shown below at your address on the Rental Agreement, as is may have been modified by written notice from you to Lessor. Your property may be redeemed prior to sale upon payment of all sums due to Lessor. June 5, 2012 Jesse Young East Texas Self Storage 246 E. Durdin Silsbee, Texas 77656 385-6927 232

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