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Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 29, No. 32 Monday, February 17, 2014

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Sales Taxes: The Christmas shopping season was a good one for a number of area retailers. That’s evidenced by sales tax collections for November and December in the 10 incorporated cities with retail businesses across Liberty County. According to information from the Texas Comptroller’s Office, sales tax collections for that two-month period rose by 14.97 percent countywide for a real dollar increase of $219,975. That means for businesses in the ten incorporated cities of Liberty County with retail sales, taxable sales were up about $15.49 million with total retail sales of approximately $114.8 million during the two-month shopping season. The City of Liberty led the way with a 29.32 increase in sales tax collections for those two months.

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Liquor Sales: Back in November, residents of the City of Liberty voted to approve the sale of liquor within city limits. Now, residents of Dayton have worked to get the same issue put on the May ballot in that city. Dayton Community Development Corp. Executive Director Cortland Holman said, if that measure passes, it will give him another tool in his arsenal with which to attract new businesses to town. During tomorrow night’s regular meeting, Dayton City Council is set to approve the issue going on the ballot. Then voters within the city limits of Dayton will decide on May 10 whether to allow liquor sales in that city.

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Park Restrooms: Liberty City Council accepted an architectural agreement last Tuesday to design a new restroom facility at Liberty City Park. Plans call for demolition of the existing park restroom and construction of a new facility between the splash pad and baseball fields. Total cost is $222,000 with Liberty Youth Baseball Association contributing $60,000. The city’s portion will come from last year’s bond refinancing refund from Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency.

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Political Forums: KSHN Radio’s series of political forums, highlighting contested races in the March 4 primary elections, continues tomorrow. It will feature both Republican candidates for District 18 state representative - incumbent John Otto and challenger Terry Holcomb. That’s tomorrow starting at 8:30 a.m.

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Obituaries: Cheryl Pullen Rogers, 50, of Liberty. Service is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*Lake Release: 2,000 CFS – Liberty Bridge: 6.73 ASL*

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