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Almanac predicts ‘unseasonably’ cold winter


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By Chris Edwards
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EAST TEXAS – Days with triple-digit-plus highs have been the norm for most of the summer, and the National Weather Service issued, on Sunday, a weeklong excessive heat warning.

Such factors likely have many folks in the area wondering if relief is anywhere in sight. One glimmer of hope could be found in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which released its 2023-24 winter forecast this week.

According to the Almanac’s website, predictions show Texas to be unusually cold and stormy this year in the wintertime.

The extended winter forecast published to the Almanac website stated “The BRRR is back,” and that “[w]inter weather is making a comeback,” following a warm winter anomaly last year, nationwide.

In its overview of the country’s different regions, the Almanac predicted that Texans “will need to bundle up, as unseasonably cold weather is forecast throughout January and February, with a possible major winter storm in mid-January.”

The Almanac states that its forecasts are based on a mathematical and astronomical formula. Reportedly, the publication’s methodology is a closely guarded secret, and Almanac forecasters have denied using any satellites or weather-tracking equipment, but the formula, a secret, was created by an astronomer/mathematician in 1918.

Although the winter season officially begins on Thursday, Dec. 21, the meteorological winter season begins the first day of December. The Almanac predicts that along with unseasonably cold Texas winter weather, neighboring states, such as New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas, will receive plentiful snowfall, and in some areas, possible blizzard conditions.

Last winter’s predictions from the Almanac called for a chilly season with normal precipitation in most of Texas.

The Texas Department of Emergency Management did report statewide below-freezing conditions in late December of 2022.

The Almanac’s summation of the season states that indications of an El Nino (an abnormally high-water temperature off the Pacific Coast of South America) will be brewing in the latter half of the year, and last until the winter of 2024. This could mean that cold temperatures could occur nationwide, with snow, sleet and ice.

At present, there is a rare La Nina pattern, which sees warmer and drier weather, and the NOAA Climate Prediction Center gives the odds of continuation of this pattern at 62-66% through the early winer.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been in publication annually since 1792, making it the oldest continuously published periodical in the country. It is published every September, and features a variety of information, including forecasts, planting charts, recipes, feature stories and folklore.

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Man arrested on multiple charges

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By Chris Edwards
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TOWN BLUFF – A Hardin County man was arrested last week on multiple charges in Town Bluff.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office were patrolling in Town Bluff late Friday afternoon along FM 92 south, and during a traffic stop, a man who the officers knew to be wanted on multiple felony offenses, jumped out of the back door of the vehicle they had stopped.

Billy Gene Stephens, a 48-year-old Silsbee man, began to run down a road toward the dam spillway at Town Bluff. He was apprehended by the officers after a pursuit. After the arrest, the deputies located a crystal-like substance with the consistency of methamphetamine in the pocket of Stephens’ pants, along with marijuana.

Stephens was booked into the Tyler County Jail and charged with a variety of offenses, including the meth possession charge; evading arrest or detention on foot. He had several warrants on charges ranging from abandoning or endangering a child; evading arrest or detention and a no bond warrant for his third driving while intoxicated arrest out of Jasper County.

Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Jim Moore set Stephens’s bond at $90,500.

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Woodville man jailed in Hardin County on sex charge

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KOUNTZE – A Woodville man is being held on a felony sex abuse charge in the Hardin County Jail.

According to reports, Vernon Travis Collins, Jr., a 52-year-old Woodville resident, is in custody on the charge of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child Under the Age of 14. His bond was set at $450,000.

Collins was arrested by the Silsbee Police Department on the charge, after an investigation, on Tuesday, August 1. The first-degree felony charge, if resulting in a conviction, could land Collins in prison for 25 to 99 years, or life.

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Rangers seeking help in solving 1988 cold case

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Susan BolenSILSBEE – On July 28, 1988, 26-year-old Caroline Susan Bolen was found deceased by a friend at her home in Silsbee.

An extensive investigation was immediately initiated and conducted by the Silsbee Police Department and Texas Rangers, but no viable leads have been developed since Bolen’s death.

The Texas Rangers Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program and The Silsbee Police Departments Special Assignments Unit reopened the case in 2019 and are seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation.

Any information can be submitted to the Silsbee Police Department SAU Investigator Justin Holt at 409-385-3714, Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip to https://www.dps.texas.gov/coldCase/Home/Details/301 Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program; all tips are anonymous.

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Man arrested for drugs, warrant

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By Chris Edwards
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ManArrested0727TOWN BLUFF – A Woodville man was arrested last week on a suspected theft charge and possession of drugs.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff ’s Office ar-rested 30-year-old Devon Ray Moucheron, of Woodville, on the morning of Sun-day, July 16. Weatherford said that the patrolling deputies were made aware of a possible theft that had allegedly just occurred at a residence on County Road 4140. The deputies were provided a description of the suspect’s vehicle, a black Chevrolet se-dan, which was southbound along FM 92.

The deputies located the vehicle, and were able to con-duct a stop, near Spurger. passenger in the vehicle, whom the deputies identified as Moucheron, told them that he had permission to take two car rims from the residence on CR 4140.

“During a search of the trunk, deputies located the car rims,” Weatherford said. He added that a search of the vehicle turned up a crystal-line substance that field-test-ed positive for methamphetamines. Other items of drug paraphernalia were present in the vehicle, and Moucheron admitted to the deputies that the meth and items of paraphernalia were his.

He was taken into custody and transported to the Tyler County Jail, where he was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance for the meth and was found to have a warrant out of Tyler County for engaging in organized criminal activity. Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Tina Self set Moucheron’s bond at $30,000. Moucheron has  since bonded out of jail, ac- cording to jail records.

Weatherford said that the rims were returned to the caller, and Moucheron was issued a criminal trespass warning for the residence.

Additionally, Weatheford said, Moucheron could face additional charges related to the theft.

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