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Thursday 07/02/2015
Fire Marshall offers tips for firework safety
Posted: July 02, 2015

With firework season here Jasper Fire Marshal Mike Collier says that everyone should have fun but at the same time be safe.

Collier says that those that manufacture fireworks suggest the following tips for firework safety on the forth of July or any holiday.

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Wednesday 07/01/2015
Lightning sparks fire that destroys home
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Lightning associate with a severe thunderstorm that passed through the Jasper Area on Wednesday afternoon is thought to have caused a fire that destroyed a home.

Melody Luttrel said she and her husband Gary, were at their home, about six miles south of Jasper, shortly before 3:00, when when they heard lightning strike the roof above their dining room, setting the house on fire.

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Sheriff says one behind bars, four stolen trailers and one lawn tractor recovered
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 4:09 pm

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said on Wednesday that quick action by his deputies lead to an arrest and the recovery of a utility trailer, which had just been stolen. Meanwhile, Newman says an investigation between his agency and the Jasper Police Department, resulted in three more stolen trailers and a lawn tractor being found.

According to Newman, it all began on Saturday, when Deputy Kevin Holloway responded to the Mullberry Beach Area, on Farm to Market Road 1007, near Lake Sam Rayburn, when a man reported that someone had just stolen his utility trailer.

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JISD hires fifteen, loses nine, Nicole Allen named Principal at Few Primary School
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 1:44 pm

The Jasper Independent School District Board of Trustees met in a special called meeting on Wednesday, and after receiving information from Superintendent Dr. Richard Skuza, voted to hire fifteen employees, one of which is an appointment to a principal's post, and also accepted the resignations or retirements of nine employees.

The board voted to hire Nicole Allen as Principal at Few Primary School.

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Tuesday 06/30/2015
Al White & the Chaparral Band to headline Jasper Independence Day Celebration - SATURDAY
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 1:29 pm

Al White and the Chaparral Band will headline this year’s Jasper Independence Day Celebration, which will be on Saturday, July 4th, at Sandy Creek Park on Marvin Hancock Drive.

Al White and his band are based in the Golden Triangle where they are very popular, performing a variety of music ranging from hardcore country and honky-tonk to Cajun and Zydeco, R&B, Swamp Pop classics, and more. 

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Monday 06/29/2015
Jasper tracksters raising funds for Aggieland meet; Australia, HI, and NE also on the agenda
Posted: June 29, 2015

A trio of Jasper girls, who are members of the East Texas Extreme Track & Field Team, are currently raising money so that they can compete in an upcoming track meet in College Station, and according to Coach Jeff Franklin, they are within $200.00 of raising all of the required funds.

Franklin says a total of 13 young athletes from Jasper, ranging in age from 4 to 17, will be competing in the Games of Texas, July 30th through August 2nd, at Texas A&M University.

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DPS has now charged Orange man following deadly crash
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 8:13 am

The Texas Department of Public Safety has now charged an Orange man following a deadly crash in San Augustine County on Friday evening, which claimed the life of a woman who was also from Orange. The accident occurred shortly before 8:00 on U.S. Highway 96, about 5 miles south of San Augustine.

53-year-old Bryan Norris Spurgeon has been charged with 2nd degree intoxication manslaughter in the death of 61-year-old Malinda Pond. Spurgeon was treated and released at the hospital in San Augustine, and then arrested. He later appeared before San Augustine County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace J.D. Miller, who set his bond at $100,000.00.

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Jasper Multi-Cultural Rodeo held over the weekend
Posted: June 29, 2015

The 2nd Annual Jasper County Multi-Cultural Rodeo was held on Saturday evening in the Jasper Lions Club Rodeo Arena. The event, which was founded and organized by Aaron Allen and others, had a crowd estimated to be about 1,000 people.

In addition to great rodeo action, those in attendance also enjoyed the music of Leon Chavis and the Zydeco Flames.

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Saturday 06/27/2015
San Augustine County crash involving Golden Triangle residents leaves one dead, four injured
Updated: June 27, 2015 - 10:55 am

A Friday evening accident in nearby San Augustine County involving residents of the Golden Triangle has left one dead and four injured. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, it occurred  shortly before 8:00 on U.S. Highway 96, about 5 miles south of San Augustine.

Troopers say 53-year-old Bryan Spurgeon, of Orange, was northbound in a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck when, for an unknown reason, he swerved into the southbound lane and struck a 2015 Honda Pilot, driven by William Pond, 61, also of Orange.

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Friday 06/26/2015
Services now set for the eight victims in Wednesday accidents
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 6:17 pm

Funeral services have now been set for all eight victims in a pair of deadly crashes in Tyler County and Jasper County on Wednesday afternoon.

In Tyler County, Jewel Denson McGowan, 95, and Doris Elva Rogers, 62, both of Warren, along with Sharon Kaye Morgan, 68, and Timberlee Kay Gossett, 22, both of Kountze, and Michael Simmons, 32, and Brandon Simmons, 30, both of Jasper, all died after two vehicles collided head-on just south of Colmesneil.

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Lufkin PD says Casa Ole manager recognized former employee robbing restaurant
Posted: June 26, 2015

Robbing your former employer, who easily recognizes you, is not a good idea. However, KTRE 9 News in Lufkin is reporting that is exactly what happened on Thursday evening and resulted in police quickly nabbing the suspect. According to the report, it occurred shortly after 11:00 at the Casa Ole restaurant in the 2000 block of 1st Street.

Police say the suspect, 18-year-old Steven E. Jolly, knocked on the back door of the restaurant, and the manager, thinking an employee had been accidentally locked out, opened the door. Police say it was Jolly, wearing a mask and armed with a weapon, which turned out to be a realistic looking bb gun.

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Wednesday 07/01/2015
The 9 and 10 year old Lady Dawgs advancing to Sectionals
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 4:00 pm

The Jasper 9 and 10 year old softball all star team has advanced out of the district tournament to play in the section 2 tournament hosted by Bridge City starting Tuesday, July 7th. These girls have earned their spot at sectionals by going undefeated in four district ball games starting on June 13th. To start the tournament, the Lady Dawgs edged past Buna 8-7. Then Jasper moved on to defeat Kountze 12-2 in four innings. Following that win, our 9/10 girls met up with undefeated Silsbee and again squeaked out an exciting victory 13-12. The Lady Dawgs were finally able to play at their home field against Kirbyville for the championship, and although the game was tight, Jasper achieved the shutout win 4-0. These young ladies have come together as a strong team where every girl contributes in some way or another including an incredible number of strikeouts delivered by their pitcher, Lanie Whitton. Whitton has struck out a total of 42 batters in the 4 district ballgames. Please support your 9/10 year old softball all stars as they continue playing next week. All star team members are: Natalie Barbay, Aimee Coleson, Marlee Dockins-Gilbert, Zoey Koehn, Emily Moorhead, Chloe Morgan, Delanie Morgan, Kiarra Sells, Jakayla Shankle, Riley Shumake, Lanie Whitton, & Marissa Williams. The Lady Dawgs are coached by Darrell Barbay, Mike Koehn, & Quentin Williams.

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Tuesday 06/30/2015
Christus Health to Expand Access to Care
Posted: June 30, 2015


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Monday 06/29/2015
Hunter Martindale brings home a First Place Win
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Hunter Martindale brought home to Jasper the First Place Win at the Deep East Texas High School Fishing Championship on Saturday. The top 16 teams for the DETX series from area schools for 2014-15 competed in the tournament for scholarships and prizes. With the take off from Cassels Boykin boat ramp, Martindale and the others took off at safe light for a full day on Rayburn lake of fishing. At the weigh in, he took a limit of fish weighing 16 pounds 15 ounces with two kicker bass weighing 5.4 and 6.7. His sack held on to win the championship. Hunter received a $1200 scholarship and various fishing supplies including a Lews custom rod and reel. Director Terry Sympson held an awards dinner and presented the prizes at Jackson Hill Marina that evening. Hunter would like to thank all the sponsors of the Jasper High School Fishing Team, his personal sponsors including Beaumont Tracker Nitro Boats, CastAway Rods, R-1 Bass of Beaumont, PowerPole anchors, The Rod Glove, and Xtraction Custom Baits. He also would like to thank his partner during regular season Chase Webb, his dad and mom for all their support.

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Thursday 06/25/2015
Bulls & Barrels to benefit Make a Wish Foundation on Sat, Aug 22nd
Posted: June 25, 2015

A bull riding and barrel racing event to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation will be held on Saturday, August 22nd at 10:00 a.m. at the Jasper Lions Club Rodeo Arena.

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Wednesday 06/24/2015
Burkeville Ex-Students and Teachers Annual Homecoming
Posted: June 24, 2015

The Burkeville Bearkats ex-students and teachers association will be holding their annual homecoming on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Honored guests will be the Class of 1965. A room has been reserved at the Catfish Cabin in Jasper on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 5:00pm.

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Monday 06/22/2015
Jamestown Food Pantry
Posted: June 22, 2015

Jamestown Food Pantry is open on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 10:00am until 1:00pm. The food pantry serves Jasper and Newton County. For more information, please call 409-383-7585.

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Wednesday 06/17/2015
Jasper Band Boosters to hold Uniform Thrift Sale August 7th
Updated: June 23, 2015 - 9:58 am

The Jasper Band Boosters has announced their upcoming thrift sale of school uniforms and need your donations. The sale will be held on August 7, at the JISD Technology Building. Drop off locations for donations of school uniforms, such as shirts, pants, shoes, belts, coats, etc., are as listed:

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S.N.I.P.S. Fundraiser Raffle for $200.00 Firework Package
Posted: June 17, 2015

SNIPS will be holding a Fundraiser Raffle for a $200.00 Fireworks Package donated by Texas Outlaw.  The Drawing will be held July 4th at 3:00p.m. Tickets will be $1.00 donation to S.N.I.P.S.  All proceeds will benefit spay/neuter for area cats and dogs.  For a spay/neuter appointment or to purchase tickets, call 409 384-8251.

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