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  • May 4, 2016

KJAS.COM: The Online Source for News in Jasper, Texas

Monday 05/02/2016
Family in Jasper shares their story of surviving tornado
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 5:02 pm

It took just mere minutes for a tornado to turn this home in Jasper County with a family inside into piles of debris.

Daniel Odom, his wife Brittany, and their 4 year old daughter Cassidy survived.

Daniel Odom says he received a phone alert about a tornado warning... Then took cover in a closet with his wife and daughter.

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Monday 05/02/2016
Firemen respond to Monday evening blaze
Updated: May 03, 2016 - 6:28 am

The volunteers of the Jasper Fire Department were dispatched to the 200 block of Highway 63, not far from the intersection of Highway 190 shortly before 8:00 on Monday night when it was reported that a large fire was burning behind a warehouse or shop.

Firemen arrived to find a large pile of tires completely engulfed in flames sending a large plum of smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles.

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JCSO investigating theft of nearly $100k worth of equipment
Updated: May 03, 2016 - 2:44 pm

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said on Monday that his department is investigating the theft of nearly $100,000.00 worth of equipment, taken from a residence in the Buna area.

According to a report filed by Deputies Kevin Holloway and Jason McClelland, the investigation began on Tuesday, April 26th when the crime was reported on County Road 701, also known as Weiss Bluff Road. Sheriff Newman pointed out that it was one of two houses burglarized on that same road.

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Funeral services held for woman killed by Kirbyville man
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 5:09 pm

Funeral services were held on Monday morning for a Carlyss, Louisiana woman who was shot and killed by her estranged husband, who then fired numerous shots at deputies before turning the gun on himself and took his own life.

The woman was initially identified by law enforcement as 33-year-old Brandi McAdams, but the family has chosen to use her maiden name, Brandi Leah Trahan. The couple had a 5-year-old daughter, Raelynn Alana McAdams, who was caught in the middle of the violence on Thursday morning in Carlyss, but was not injured.

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Kirbyville teenager has his sights set on the sky
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 5:04 pm

If you live in Kirbyville, and if you’re smart, you’ll get to know Brayden Siau. Then, someday, you can say “I knew him when…”

At only 13-years-old and an 8th grader at Kirbyville Junior High, Brayden is the unofficial meteorologist for Kirbyville, and anything related to weather is his passion. In fact the introduction on his Facebook page simply states God, Kirbyville, and – you guessed it – weather.

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Relay for Life moves inside
Posted: May 02, 2016

The forecast of heavy winds and rain on Friday prompted the organizers of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life here in Jasper to move the annual event to the First Baptist church on North Main Street, instead of holding it in and around of the Jasper County Courthouse as originally planned.

The organizers of the relay said they were pleased with the turnout, despite the fact that inclement weather had been predicted for the evening.

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Jasper Police join in effort to get pills off streets
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:32 pm

Officers with the Jasper Police Department are participating in a pill round up program sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency and law enforcement groups around the country.

Interim police chief Gerald Halls says the program, which is dubbed “Got Drugs?” is designed to get prescription drugs off the street.

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Deputies investigating theft of a trailer full of tools
Posted: May 02, 2016

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department says a stolen trailer has been recovered, however, the contents remain unaccounted for.

According to Sheriff Mitchel Newman, the box-trailer was full of tools when it was stolen from a residence on Bon Ami Road near Kirbyville. Newman said the trailer was later found abandoned in a hunting club just off of Bon Ami Road, but all of the tools were gone.

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Jasper Lions Club Rodeo Ticket Office now open
Posted: May 02, 2016

The Jasper Noon Lions Benefit Club opened their Rodeo ticket office on Monday at the Crossroads Jiffy Market, located on the corner of Highway 190 and 96 here in Jasper.

You can also purchase your tickets at Boot Barn, located on Highway 96.

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Relay for Life a success
Posted: May 02, 2016

The Relay for Life event was moved to the First Baptist Church on Friday. Organizers were pleased with the turnout for the event despite the threat of severe weather in the area.

Jasper County Judge Mark Allen did the honors of opening the relay, which has the goal of raising money for cancer research and also bringing cancer awareness to the minds of those living in this area.

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Saturday 04/30/2016
Three injured in Lake Sam Rayburn boating accident
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 11:15 am

Three Lumberton residents were injured in a Lake Sam Rayburn boating accident late Saturday evening. Meanwhile, another family - also from Lumberton - are being credited with coming to their rescue. It happened at about 10:00 near the Twin Dikes Boat Ramp.

According to the owner of the boat, Corey Bryant, his wife was operating the watercraft as they were approaching the boat ramp area, and the boat struck a small island. There was no moon on Saturday night and the conditions were pitch-black on the water.

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Friday 04/29/2016
Severe weather brings Jasper baseball game to an early end
Posted: April 29, 2016

Severe weather just west of Lufkin brought the Jasper baseball game to an early end on Friday evening in Hudson. The game had just went to the bottom of the 2nd inning with Hudson leading 3-0 after some costly errors by Jasper in the bottom of the 1st when lightning became an issue.

The game went into a weather delay at 7:35, and by 7:50 the coaches of both school had met with the officials and all decided to end the game at that point.

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NWS says two tornadoes confirmed on Wednesday morning in Tyler & Jasper Counties
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 4:55 pm

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles said on Friday that after their storm survey team toured the damaged areas of Woodville in Tyler County, and Magnolia Springs in Jasper County, it has now been determined that two separate tornadoes touched down and crossed those areas early Wednesday morning.

The report said that both of the cyclones were rated as EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is the measuring standard for tornadoes. An EF-0 is the weakest, and an EF 5 is the strongest.

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SRA board member apologizes and resigns after questionable statements during flood
Posted: April 29, 2016

The Longview News Journal is reporting that a member of the board of the Sabine River Authority has apologized and resigned following questionable statement that were made in the wake of the devastating flood that recently struck the lower Sabine River Basin. Kimberly Johnson Fish, of Longview, has resigned just five months into her six-year term after being appointed to the board by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in December.

On Sunday, the Beaumont Enterprise published a story which detailed a March 15th email exchange between Fish and Sabine River Authority General Manager David Montagne. In that email, Fish appeared to make light of the disaster. While discussing Interstate 10 traffic that had to be diverted to I-20 in northeast Texas after the Sabine River began flowing over I-10, Fish was quoted as saying “Naturally, I’d like to take credit for the economic development initiative, but we all know I haven’t been here long enough to know where the keys to the floodwaters are located”.

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Kirbyville man kills estranged wife and himself, she had made decision to keep him out of prison
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 2:10 pm

A Kirbyville man and his estranged wife are dead after investigators say he went to Carlyss, Louisiana and tried to abduct her and their young child at gunpoint. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says everything deteriorated when deputies arrived and 38-year-old Cody McAdams shot and killed 33-year-old Brandi McAdams, then fired numerous shots at deputies, and then shot himself, taking his own life.

However, KJAS News learned on Friday that the man would have been back in prison after violating parole when he assaulted the woman in March and was arrested, but the Texas Board of Pardons & Parole says the woman recanted her story to keep him out of prison, and that ended up costing her life, and leaving their 5-year-old daughter without parents.

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Thursday 04/28/2016
Man dies after being struck by a vehicle in Buna
Posted: April 28, 2016

The Texas Department of Public Safety says a man died about 90 minutes after being struck by a vehicle in Buna late Wednesday night.

According to the report, it happened at about 11:30 on Highway 96 at County Road 722, also known as Rogers Road, just south of Buna.

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Tuesday 05/03/2016
National Day of Prayer local event on Courthouse Square Thu, May 5th
Updated: May 04, 2016 - 8:19 am

The National Day of Prayer, which is Thursday, May 5th, will be observed locally with a noon gathering of local residents and community leaders at the Gazebo on the Jasper County Courthouse Square.

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JCT's Variety Show "Peace, Love, and Madcap" opens Thu, May 12th for three night run
Updated: May 03, 2016 - 3:17 pm

Jasper Community Theatre's 7th Annual Variety Show of music, comedy, and fun, "Peace, Love, and Madcap", opens on Thursday, May 12th. The show, under the direction of Theresa Belew, showcases a variety of local and area talent, a night of "great family entertainment". The show is scheduled for Thursday, May 12th, Friday, May 13th, and Saturday, May 14th, and all performances begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or you can purchase in advance or make reservations by calling the theatre at 409-384-5536, or call Dot Scheibe at Shybee Lighting at 409-384-8718. Tickets are $12.00 each, and may be purchased online at www.jaspercommunitytheatre.org

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Monday 05/02/2016
BassMaster Elite Meet and Eat
Posted: May 02, 2016

The Hemphill Hornet Bass Club will be hosting a BassMaster Elite meet and eat event at the Hemphill High School cafeteria on Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 4:00PM-6:00PM.

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Thursday 04/28/2016
Texas Disaster Assistance Nearly $30 Million
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 3:37 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – More than $29.9 million in federal and state aid to date is helping the residents of 13 Texas counties recover from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in March.

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Friday 04/22/2016
Treasure Fest
Posted: April 22, 2016

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