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Photos: Scenes from downtown Silsbee
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:44:13 -0800

Several hundred people came to downtown Silsbee's pavilion for the Hardin County Texas Auction Trunk Sale on Saturday morning. Organizers said the event drew between 30 and 40 vendors, not including downtown merchants who moved some of their wares to the sidewalks.

Hardin Co. will dip into reserves for annex construction
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:36:44 -0800

Work toward building a new Kountze annex will be at a relative standstill for the next 30 to 60 days as the county awaits a response from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a nearly $2 million rural development grant application it submitted Monday. In December, the county hired the LaBiche Architectural Group to design a new annex building, conduct soil sampling and survey land for $25,000.

SE Texas' Most Wanted
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:14:24 -0800

Cody Lynn Reed, 29, of Silsbee is charged with credit card abuse. Photo: Hardin County Sheriff's Office William Curtis Smith II, 39, of Kountze is charged with manufacture or delivery of controlled substance and three counts of bail jumping.

State wants no questions on autopsy doctor in running death
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:59:07 -0800

(AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office, File). FILE - This photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office shows Joyce Hardin Garrard, who is is charged with capital murder, accused of making her 9-year-old granddaughter, Savannah Hardin, run un...

SE Texas income three-quarters of record high from 1979 boom
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:37:48 -0800

Thirty-four years after inflation and booming oil prices drove Southeast Texas wages to record levels, median household income in Jefferson and Orange counties is three-fourths of those high-water marks. Petrochemical plants and oil and gas refineries are the dominant industries today. [...] onshore and offshore energy production in 2013, coupled with buildup for massive liquefied natural gas ...

Thieves steal mail from Liberty County post offices
Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:54:59 -0800

A warning about mail stolen from post offices follows dozens of complaints about identity theft.

Texas Crop Report
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:30:21 -0800

Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 4:10 pm | Updated: 7:05 pm, Wed Feb 18, 2015. Central: Rain continued to delay fieldwork. However, producers were mostly finished topdressing wheat, and soils needed to warm up before they could plant. Most were fully ready to plant corn.

NFL concussion deal appears near, but concerns remain
Sun, 08 Feb 2015 10:48:44 -0800

The potential $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion claims appears very close to winning final approval from a federal judge, to the chagrin of critics who believe the plan remains murky or pays too little to struggling...

SE TX Auto Task Force: 2014 car thefts dropped
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:08:05 -0800

SOUTHEAST TEXAS -- The Southeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force statistics from 2014 show auto crimes are down and full size trucks are still at the top of auto thieves' want list.   According to the Task Force, Southeast Texans enjoyed a combined decrease of more than 12 percent in reported auto thefts and auto burglaries from 2013, while the Chevrolet full size truck remained as the most popular ...

Early Closings Announced Because Of Icy Weather Threat
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:06:05 -0800

The threat of icy weather prompted some early closings Monday afternoon.