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By Sarah Moore
Firefightersarehopingtodaytohavearagingwildfirethathascon-sumedmorethan5,500acresof landinHardinCountycontained. AthickblanketofsmokedriftedacrossthethousandsofscorchedacresonSundayasfirefightersfromalloverEastTexasstruggledtobringtheblazeundercontrol. Aboutfivehomeswereevacu-atedandfirefighterstookupposi-tionaroundstructuresdownwindofthefires fora“laststand”incasetheblazebegantoencroach.Otherresidentswereleavingtheirhomes voluntarilytogetoutoftheheavy smokeandash.
Firefighters hope to have 5,500-acre blaze contained today
Guiseppe Barranco/The Enterprise
Volunteer firefighters battle a wildfire Sunday in Hardin County on GoreStore Road in an attempt to extinguish the blaze before it destroyed anyhomes. At least 5,500 acres were scorched in the blaze. As of Sundaynight no injuries were reported and no homes were damaged.
souteast teXas tales
By Stephanie Miles
TheKountzeCatholiccommunitywasunseenformanyyears.Thatwasuntilawoman’stouchanddeterminationbroughtthecityitsfirstCatholicestablishment.SisterBernitaHessling,aDominicannunoriginally fromIllinois,spentalmostadecadeinSoutheastTexasbutmadealastingimpres-sioninKountze,foundingHolySpiritMission.“Shehadagorgeous voice,”saidLyndaDavis,who wasamemberofHolySpirit.“Ilovedlisteningtoher.And whenshewouldsmile,hereyeswouldjustglisten.Shedefinitelysmiledwithhereyes.”
Holy Spirit Missionput roots in Kountze
photos of the fire:
In 1986, Sister BernitaHessling founded Holy SpiritMission, the first Catholic es-tablishment in Kountze.