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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.