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January 2009

VOLUME 24 NO. 19, THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009

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Otto: State Rep. John Otto said one recommendation in House Bill #2, proposed legislation authored by the Dayton Republican is to change the comptroller’s property value study, from every year to every other year. He said appraisal districts would not feel pressure to raise property values every year.

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Dayton Appeals: January 23rd, the City of Dayton submitted an appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, challenging their offer of around $500,000 reimbursement for what the city says cost them around $2 million in clean up costs following last year’s hurricane. City Manager David Douglas said FEMA now has 6 weeks to review and decide on the city’s appeal. Should that come back unsatisfactory to the city, they can appeal again. Douglas said a second unsatisfactory result, council could explore the option of filing suit against FEMA.

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Blood drive: A Life Share blood drive is set for February 3rd from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Liberty. This blood drive is in honor of retired County Attorney Jack Hartel critically injured in a fall. So far, Jack has not needed a blood transfusion, but donations are requested to be sure it is available for Jack and others when the demand is there.

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Metro Go Texan: The Liberty County Metro Go Texan Committees Annual Kick Off Dance is Saturday February 14th at the TVE. Featured entertainer is Jake Hooker. Tables are still available for $150 that includes 10 tickets. Admission tickets are on sale now at All About Fun in Dayton for $12. At the gate, tickets will be $15. For info. Call 713 515 6104 or 258 5867.

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Oyster Fish Dinner: Tomorrow night, the Liberty Rotary Club’s 58th Fish and Oyster Supper is at Liberty City Center. Serving begins at the drive through line at 4:30, inside dining starts at 5 p.m. tickets are $13, and available from any Liberty Rotarian or at the door. Kids under 5 eat free.

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Funerals: Ola B. Redmond, 78 of Liberty. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at Turkey Creek Baptist Church-Liberty. Clara K. Hunt Parrish, 87 of Crosby. Services Saturday 10 a.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home - Dayton. Frankie Lou McLain, 67 of Hardin. Service today at 2 p.m. - Sterling Funeral Home-Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.18 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 18, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009

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Hartel: Recently retired county attorney Jack Hartel has been hospitalized in Houston at Methodist hospital said to be in critical condition. His daughter, Laurie Vaught, said her father suffered a fall in the early morning hours of Monday that caused a brain bleed. Monday evening, Jack Hartel went into emergency surgery. Mrs. Vaught said the build up of blood in the cranium had itself caused considerable pressure. She said once doctors wake him from the sedation medication, they would be better able to determine if there is permanent damage.

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Commissioners: County Commissioner yesterday approved county judge Phil Fitzgerald and county attorney Wes Hinch to begin contract negotiations with O’Connell Robertson. That’s the architectural firm based in Austin that gave the initial presentation on how the former Wal Mart building could be refurbished to house a new state of the art hospital. Commissioners also extended the county wide burn ban.

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Brady: Congressman Kevin Brady is asking for an accounting from financial institutions on the extent of bad debt within their portfolios before any more of the $700 billion in bailout money is handed out. He said allowing banks to keep that information secret means the full extent of the problem is not known. With out that information it’s difficult to decide the best way to distribute the funds.

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Steak and Seafood: The Texas Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant next to the Best Western Motel on Hwy. 90 in Dayton is set to open next week. Owner Rick Cheia said the 5,000 square foot restaurant seats 140 diners. Mr. Cheia said he has restaurant management experience in Houston and Beaumont over the past 7 years, but this will be a place of his own. He said he plans to make it one of which he and the local community can be proud of. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.

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Expo: There are still booths available for April’s Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. Call 336 5735.

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Funerals: Alexander Waugh, Jr. 85 of Liberty. Memorial service Thursday 2 p.m. at First Methodist Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.46 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 17, TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009

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Deputy Arrested: Liberty County Sheriffs Deputy Gordon Bean was arrested Sunday morning and charged with Driving Under the Influence and evading arrest. The arrest came after Liberty Police using radar, clocked the off duty deputy going 96 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. Liberty Police Lt. Ricky Skarpa said Officer Aaron Venegas attempted to stop Bean, who is alleged to have turned down a dark side street in Dayton to avoid the officer. The 44-year-old lawman was stopped in Dayton by Liberty Police and Dayton PD. He is free on a personal recognizance bond set by JP Bobby Rader at $2500 on the evading charge and $500 on the DUI charge. Sheriffs Department Chief Deputy Ken DeFoor said Deputy Bean has been suspended with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Ike Impact Report: The Federal Government has released a 57-page report detailing the impact last September’s Hurricane Ike had on southeast Texas. The report says Harris, Galveston, Chambers, Orange and Jefferson Counties were most affected. The report says the 2.7 million workers in these counties represent over a quarter of the state’s total employment, and contribute $123 billion to the state’s economy. The report says Ike impacted virtually all industries including the petrochemical, health care, agriculture and forestry sectors plus fishing, tourism. nonprofit and small businesses.

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Game Room: Liberty Police, responding to separate call, found an illegal gambling establishment Saturday evening on Lamar St. Police Lt. Kenneth Taylor said Officer Aaron Venegas knocked on the door of a building that identified itself as an auto mechanic shop. When the door was opened, electronic gaming machines could be seen in operation. Police ticketed 6 people playing for illegal gambling and arrested the operator. Edward Victoria was charged with promotion of gambling. The county attorney’s office will decide whether to seize the machines.

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Master Gardeners: Texas Agri-Life Extension Agency is holding an introductory class for those interested in becoming a certified master gardener. The introductory meeting is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Liberty County Courthouse Annex building on Cos at Fannin in Liberty. The Master Gardner Class itself begins in late February. For information call 336 4558 ext. 221.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.40 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 16, MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009

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Property Taxes: Property taxes are due January 31. Since that falls on this coming Friday, state law allows folks to pay in person as late as next Monday, February 2, and still avoid late penalties. Liberty County Tax Assessor/Collector Mark McClelland said his office will stay open until 6 p.m. this Thursday and Friday to give folks additional time to drop off their property tax payments and avoid penalties.

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Liberty Firefighters: The annual Liberty Volunteer Fire Department Banquet was held last Friday. Firefighter of the Year honors went to Jacob Cantu. Rookie of the Year is Eric McDaniel. Lt. Martin Trahan was named top responder.

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FEMA: Just eleven days remain for victims of Ike to apply for federal aid. To register for FEMA help, call 1-800-621-FEMA or go online to www.kshn.com and click on the FEMA logo.

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Chamber Banquet: Tickets are still available for the Dayton Chamber of Commerce’s 8th Annual Banquet and Dance this Friday night at Woodrow Wilson Junior High. In addition to live music, there will be great food and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 each and need to be purchased by tomorrow. For information, call the Dayton Chamber at 936-258-2393.

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Accidental Death: A Westlake-area man died Sunday afternoon when he was struck in the head by a falling tree branch. According to Liberty County Sheriff’s reports, 55-year-old David Rice died in his own yard at the corner of County Roads 4281 and 4284. The Westlake man tried to get out of the way of the 4-inch branch, but when he turned the limb hit his head.

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Liberty County: Phil Fitzgerald has reached the halfway point in his four-year term as Liberty County judge. He said one of the biggest challenges has been working to make sure Liberty County stays on a par with major counties nearby on issues such as traffic, water and land development. Judge Fitzgerald said many of the leaders in neighboring big cities and counties have begun to see their futures are entwined with Liberty County.

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Funerals: Janice Vanderpool, 58, services today at 10 a.m. in Cooke Cemetery under direction of Pace-Stancil Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.35 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 15, FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009

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Red White and Bike: The community is invited to share a special day for 2 local kids tomorrow as Blaine and Jessyca Rich will be recognized as “Little Heroes” by an organization called “Red, White and Bike”. This non-profit group honors the children of parents serving in the military. The Rich children’s father is US Army Sgt. Eli Rich, of Liberty. The ceremony honoring these special kids is tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Vara Faye Daniel Pavilion on the campus of Liberty City Hall.

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Dayton Chamber Banquet: Tickets are still available for the 8th annual Dayton Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Dance. The event will be held Friday January 30th at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High Cafeteria. The featured entertainment will be the Jason Cassidy Band. Dayton Chamber Executive Director Tammy Pratka said they will sell tickets until close of business Tuesday. Tickets are $35. For information, call the Dayton Chamber office at 936 257 2393.

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Bus Drivers: Dayton Independent School District needs bus drivers according to Transportation Director Clifford Lackey. Those interested should enjoy working with students and have a good driving record. Bus drivers report at 5:30 a.m. and finish the morning route around 8:30. The afternoon route runs from 2:15 to 5:30. Applicants must undergo a criminal history check and be fingerprinted. Those interested can apply at the administration building at 100 Cherry Creek Road.

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La Bahia: The La Bahia Market will set up on the east side of the courthouse square tomorrow. Vendors are welcome from 9 a.m. until to 2 p.m. The market offers a variety of handmade, antique and collectibles for sale. There also food items like mayhaw jellies and jams. The fee for vendors is $5. Call the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce for info, 336 5736.

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Funerals: Cleva Youngblood Fillingim, 95 of Saratoga. Services 11 a.m. tomorrow at First Baptist Church in Saratoga. Raymond Lee Reynolds, 63 of Dayton. Services tomorrow 2 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Dayton. Randy Ramon Joy, 78 of Batson. Service 2 p.m. today at Allison Funeral Home Liberty. Lionelle McLean, 82 of Liberty. Services today at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.31 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 14, THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009

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Library Bids: Tuesday night, Liberty City Council approved a bid from G.T.T. Inc. of Conroe for the $2.4 million dollar expansion of the Geraldine D. Humphreys Cultural Center. The motion by Dennis Beasley was to award the contract contingent on approval of that contract by City Attorney Randy Gunter. Voting for the motion were Beasley, Diane Huddleston, Frank Jordan and Mayor Carl Pickett. Councilman Louie Potetz voted against the motion, saying he was not opposed to the expansion, only concerned over the city getting overextended at this time.

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Fire: The Liberty Fire Department was called out early yesterday morning to a fire on FM 563 near CR. 133. The older mobile home was abandoned and had no utilities. Liberty Firefighter Eric McDaniel said the structure was destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Liberty County Sheriffs Department Fire Investigator Kenny Dagle.

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Frank Murder Trial: District Attorney Mike Little said Leo Paul Frank Jr. is scheduled to go on trial for murder on February 23rd in the 75th District Court of Liberty County. Frank is charged in the February 2008 shooting death of 25-year-old Iraq War veteran Quincy Childress. Leo Paul Frank faces 5 to 99 years or life in prison if convicted.

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Relay For Life: The 8th Annual South Liberty County Relay For Life is coming up April 3rd and 4th at Liberty’s War Memorial Stadium, at the Dayton High School Gymnasium in case of rain. Event Treasurer Sandra Sterling said last year’s event grossed over $100,000 for cancer research plus support services for local cancer patients. The event starts with a survivor’s lap at 7 p.m. and continues for the next 12 hours, with a member of each team on the track at all times. For information on signing up a team for this year’s relay, contact Sandra Sterling at 336 3716 or Geraline Daniel at 336 6105.

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Funerals: Richard Sterling Wells, 77 of Daisetta. Services 2 p.m. today at First Assembly of God Church of Saratoga. Mary Sue Taylor, 76 of Liberty. Graveside service today at 2 p.m. at Guedry Cemetery in Batson. Earnest “Brue” Edwards, 95 of Liberty. Services today at 1 p.m. at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.23 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 13, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009

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Burn Bans: With the increasingly dry conditions both Liberty and Chambers Counties have instituted burn bans. The Texas Forrest Service lists both counties as having a very high fire danger. City of Liberty Fire Chief Fred Collins said as dry as the grass and tinder is, a fire can take hold and spread out of control quickly. The Tarkington Volunteer Fire Department is reminding residents they can be held liable should a fire they start damage other people’s property. A burn ban means outdoor burning is prohibited in the un-incorporated areas of the county.

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Burglaries: Two Hardin businesses, Hardin Grocery and Country Discount Grocery, were burglarized Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Liberty Co. Sheriffs Corporal Hugh Bishop said a witness saw a white male suspect as he left the Hardin Grocery. He was said to be wearing an army jacket, and cap. He also had a crowbar or tire tool. The burglaries are believed to be connected. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriffs department at 936 336 4500.

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Local Honored: Director of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Robert Schaadt, was honored by the State of Texas for his 30 years of service with the Texas State Library and Archives commission. The State Commission Director Peggy Rudd said Robert Schaadt’s dedication is well known as he stayed at the center during Hurricane Rita in 2005 to ensure the protection of its collection.

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Master Gardeners Introduction: The Texas Agri-Life Extension agency will hold an introductory meeting for those interested in becoming a certified Texas Master Gardener. Sandy Gammon said this meeting will cover the requirements for obtaining that certification. The meeting will be January 29th. Call 936 336 4558 extension 221 for information.

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Getting Involved: The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce has a number of committees for those who would like to get involved in the community. From beautification to tourism to economic development, Board Chairman elect Frank Jordan said there are ways folks can become a part of making a better South Liberty County. For information call the chamber office at 936 336 5736.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.25 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 12, TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009

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Arrest: A Saratoga woman Rhonda Castilaw, has been arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with a wreck last October that left Hardin resident, Arthur Ray Childress, dead. Rhonda Castilaw, age 40, is currently in the Liberty County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond. It was only 8 months prior that Childress’s son, Quincy Childress was shot to death in Raywood. Leo Paul Frank Jr. was arrested and charged with the murder of the 25-year-old Iraq war veteran. Information indicates a trial date for Leo Paul Frank may come next month.

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FLNB Owns Land: First Liberty National Bank has purchased a small tract of land from Liberty County for $200,000. Interestingly, the bank already sits on that .49 acre piece of property, plus additional land at its main location. FLNB has been leasing that parcel of land for the past 49 years. Yettie Kersting originally donated the land to Liberty County. The late Yettie Kersting stipulated proceeds from the land would be used to provide medical care, and Liberty County must use the money paid for indigent care.

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SNAP: The Spay and Neutering Assistance Program will be back in Liberty County January 20th, in Cleveland at Stancil Park. SNAP will be in Liberty at Media Publishing on January 27th and in Dayton at Peoples Building Center on February 3rd.

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Weekend Recap: Sunday afternoon, 16 year old Jimmy Cabrera was wounded by an accidental, self inflicted gun shot. The teenager was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston said to be in serious but stable condition. ** A Liberty teen was taken by Life Flight to the Houston hospital after a 1-vehicle rollover accident Sunday afternoon. 17 year old John Brandon Flowers is said to have lost control of his truck just south of CR. 834 on FM 1011. John Flowers injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

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Houston Marathon: Eleven Liberty County runners finished the Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday. Robert Dunn, 42, completed the 26.2 mile full marathon in a time of 3:20:38, the best time for a Liberty County resident. The oldest area finisher was Art Townsend, 53, of Dayton. The youngest local runner was 13 year old Ellen Falterman of Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.41 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 11, FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009

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Congressman Poe: US Congressman Ted Poe is challenging the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s offer of 27 % reimbursement to the City of Dayton for Hurricane Ike clean up, rather than the 100% promised with the federal declaration of disaster. In a letter sent to Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, the government agency in charge of FEMA, US Congressman Ted Poe said in his opinion, FEMA was punishing Dayton for using local contractors for the clean-up rather then using FEMA’s “out of towners” as he called them.

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Boomerang: Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett said negotiations with Boomerang, the manufacturing plant that could possibly locate in Liberty, now center on the electrical rate Boomerang would pay the city for power. As part of the arrangements, the city will need to update infrastructure that includes construction of a $2 million substation expansion. However, Mayor Pickett said the city will recoup those costs over time, as officials with Boomerang say once fully operational, the plant would use as much electricity as the entire city now uses.

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Taxes: With the upcoming tax season, local CPA Ray Smith reminded folks the sales tax deduction, that allows folks in states with no state income tax to deduct sales tax paid from their federal income tax, was extended. One credit that was not extended was for energy efficient appliances or other home improvement projects. Those, according to Ray Smith, will be reinstated for the tax year 2009.

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Library Expansion: Dana Abshire, Director of the Liberty Municipal Library said they will use as much of the existing furnishings as they can for the expanded library and cultural center. She said for example, rather then replace the seats in the theater, they will be sent to Texas Correctional Industries for painting and recovering. City council will take up the issue of bids for the expansion in a special called meeting on Tuesday.

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Dayton Chamber Banquet: The Dayton Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet is coming up January 30th at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School at 6:30 p.m. This years banquet will feature entertainment by the Jason Cassidy Band. Tickets are $35 and available through Jan. 27th. Call 257 2393.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.87 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 10, THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009

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Liberty City Council: Liberty City Council heard a report Tuesday night from the architect for the planned expansion of the Humphreys Cultural Center, Richard Edwards. He said low bid on the project was from a company out of Conroe, GTT Inc., at $2.4 million. Council decided to table the matter until next Tuesday night when they will hold a special called meeting. Council members wanted to see detailed information on the company’s financial health, monthly draw down schedule and other information.

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Dayton Legal Action: Dayton City Council gave approval for City Attorney Randy Gunter to pursue necessary legal action against the owners of two pieces of property the city contracted to buy. City Manager David Douglas said the Angell family who owns both the old Senior Smoke property on Hwy. 90 as well as some warehouse property on FM 1409 agreed to sell the property to the city. However, the owners have since decided, for financial reasons, not to honor that agreement. City council told Gunter to wait until after the 20th of January, giving the property owners time to reconsider their position.

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Texans Honor Stewart: The Houston Texans NFL Football Team has named Dayton Head Football Coach Jerry Stewart Coach of the Year for schools 4-A and smaller. A first time winner of the Texans top coach award, Jerry Stewart led the Broncos to a 13-2 record. The Texans will honor the Dayton coach on Thursday January 22 at the Westin Galleria.

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MLK Closings: The Liberty County Courthouse, city offices in both Liberty and Dayton, banks and post offices will be closed Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.

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Blood Drives: There will a blood drive this afternoon 2-6 p.m. at FLNB in Liberty, and another on Friday at Verizon Wireless on Main in Liberty from 1-4 p.m. Saturday there will be a platelet drive from 8 am until 10 am at FLNB in Liberty. For information call Life Share’s Liberty Co. Coordinator Dorothy Nettles at 936 298 2689.

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Funerals: Myrtle Genus, 93 of Liberty. Services today at 11 a.m. at Mt. Rose Baptist Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.55 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 9, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009

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Hospital District: Monday night, the Liberty County Hospital District Board heard a presentation by Rick Burnight with the Austin based architectural firm of O’Connell Robertson on the preliminary site space plan for converting the old Wal Mart building on North Main in Liberty into a modern 25 bed hospital. The architect’s depiction of what the building could look like once remodeled bares no resemblance to the current structure. The hospital space would also include labor and delivery, surgical area, as well CT scans, MRI’s, ultrasound and other imaging that could be utilized by both the hospital and out patient setting. The projected cost came in just under $8 million.

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Dayton City Council: Monday night, Dayton City Council heard an update on the budget status for the community center. City Manager David Douglas said at this point, the city has a surplus of just over $3 million in bond money from the project. That, said the Dayton city manager, is due to lower than expected bids the city had received on virtually all the work to date. He added some expenses are still not met. Douglas asked council if they wanted to re-examine some items dropped from the original construction plans due to projected cost. Council members directed the city manager to get cost figures specifically on a generator, additional parking and a gazebo.

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Liberty Burglaries: The rash of mostly commercial burglaries that hit the city of Liberty through December has now dwindled down to almost nothing. Liberty Detective Kenneth Taylor said the reason is his department’s investigation has targeted several suspects and with the heat on, the crimes have virtually stopped. ****************************************************

Ike Help: Outreach worker Paul Gregg said there is a Hurricane/ disaster crisis-counseling program available free to residents of Liberty County. Offered through Tri-County MHMR, they have crisis counseling education and referral, stress management training and more. For information call toll free 800 659 6994.

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UFO Hunters: The History Channel features Dayton Tx, tonight at 9 p.m.

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Funerals: Thomas Alvin Hill, 93 of Liberty. Services today at 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home – Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.56 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 8, TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009

Accused Killer Pleads: In September 2006, two Baytown men were accused of taking a double amputee to a bridge in North Liberty County along the San Jacinto River, beating, then leaving the man to die after throwing his prosthetic legs into the river. The two men, Hollis Buckley and Kenneth Dollery were charged with capital murder. The victim, Barney Ross Goodman struggled up the river embankment to the roadway and flagged down a passing motorist. He died some 12 hours later. Hollis B. Buckley, 21 has pled guilty to capital murder. District Attorney Mike Little said no sentencing date has been set.

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Christian Aid Ministries: A group of Amish and Mennonites from across the country are in Liberty County serving the needs of folks impacted by Hurricane Ike. Volunteers with Christian Aid Ministries arrived hours after the mammoth storm passed through in mid September, first serving food, and removing trees. The mission has moved to clean up and repair. So far, that group indicates they have completed 49 repairs and done 44 clean ups impacting 196 folks. The group is staying on the grounds of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood. For information or to request help call the church, 587-4631.

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Chamber Luncheon: The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon will be Wednesday January 21st at the Liberty Center in the Liberty City Hall. The speaker will be Bob Bunch of Global Tubing. Make reservations by calling the chamber office at 936 336 5736

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Gardening: Local master gardeners Al and Nancy Brandli said this is the time to be preparing for the spring planting season. Checking gardening tools, building planting boxes and other preparation activities are great ways to pass the time during the cold weather. They cautioned however against pruning. With still plenty of time for freezes, that could damage freshly pruned plants. For information on gardening in southeast Texas call the Texas AgriLife Extension agency at 336 4558 ext. 221.

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CORRECTION: The Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is Tuesday, February 24.

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Funerals: Jesse Byron Shivers, 70 of Liberty. Services 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.64 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 7, MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009

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FEMA Extension: FEMA has once again extended the deadline for those impacted by Hurricane Ike to register for disaster assistance. Those seeking disaster assistance now have until February 6 to register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. Folks also can register online by going to www.kshn.com and clicking on the FEMA logo on our homepage.

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LISD Public Meeting: Liberty ISD and Liberty County Co-op will hold a public meeting tomorrow in the Liberty Elementary School cafeteria. Officials will gather input from parents regarding the special education performance-based monitoring system. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. with registration at 5:30. For information, call Kellie Taylor at 936-336-8701.

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Helping Hand: The Fellowship of Christian Farmers is in Chambers County helping replace the more than 1,000 miles of agricultural fencing knocked down by Hurricane Ike. Folks who would like to help for a day or more can call Old River Baptist Church at 281-576-6030. Those in Chambers County who need help repairing or replacing their agricultural fencing can call Extension Agent Tyler Fitzgerald at 409-374-2123.

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Chamber Banquet: The 33rd Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is Tuesday, February 24. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Dayton High School cafeteria. In addition to honoring Chamber directors, recipients of this year’s Citizen of the Year for Liberty and Dayton will be revealed. Tickets are $25 each. Call the Chamber at 336-5736.

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Dayton VFD: Dayton Volunteer Fire Department has elected officers for 2009. Once again, Terry Boyett will serve as Dayton fire chief, and Murphy Green is assistant chief. John Simmons was elected treasurer, and Brent Harrison is secretary.

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Landscaping Class: A landscape design course is being offered January 26-28 through the Liberty County Agri-life Extension Office and Liberty County Master Gardeners. For information on the three-evening class, call 936-336-4558, ext 221.

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Funerals: Nellie Fae Gewin Campbell, 83, of Liberty. Service was Sunday in Cooke Memorial Cemetery in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.54 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 6, FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009

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Liberty Library Bids: Liberty City Manager Ron Wood said the bids for the construction on the Geraldine D. Humprey’s Cultural Center Expansion project came in just under the $2.23 million they had projected. He said, at this coming Tuesday nights meeting of Liberty City Council, it is likely to be the recommendation of the architect to accept the bid. Ron Wood added, if all goes well, work should begin late February.

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Horses: The 8 horses seized in an animal abuse case last month will get the care they need, and hopefully new homes. A hearing on the matter was held Tuesday morning and JP #2 Ronnie Davis awarded custody of the 6 horses with the missing owner to the Houston SPCA. Kevin Roy, owner of the other two horses said he could not afford their care and voluntarily surrendered them to the SPCA as well. He was fined $600 by Judge Davis to go toward the veterinary expenses incurred by the SPCA.

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LISD Public Meeting: The Liberty School District and Liberty County Co-op will hold a public meeting Tuesday in the Liberty Elementary School Cafeteria. Officials will gather input from parents regarding the special education performance-based monitoring system. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. with registration at 5:30. For information call Kellie Taylor at 936 336 8701.

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Bus Trip: The next Liberty Dayton Chamber of Commerce bus trip to the Coushatta casino will be January 22nd. Reservations must be made by close of business next Wednesday. Call the chamber office 936 336 5736.

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Valley Players: The Valley Players community theater group will hold open auditions for their upcoming musical “Guys and Dolls”. Auditions will be this Sunday at 2 p.m. and at Monday at 7 p.m. at the Humprey’s Burson Theater in Liberty. For information call Jackie Hartel at 936 336 6699.

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Funerals: James Wyatt Oates, III, 49 of Cleveland. Services 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. James Wilson McWhorter, 48 of Cleveland. Services 11 a.m. tomorrow at Central Baptist Church in Cleveland. Sherry Janice Lindsey, 58 of Hull. Graveside services 11 a.m. today at Moss Hill Cemetery.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.82 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 5, THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009

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C.A.D.: Chief Appraiser of the Liberty County Central Appraisal District Allen Conner said recently property owners have been approached by people claiming to be with the C.A.D.. Mr. Conner said folks with his office come with several ways to identify themselves, including magnetic signs on the vehicles, business cards, and identification verifying their affiliation with the C.A.D. and often they will wear shirts or jackets with the Central Appraisal District logo on the front. Property owners with questions should call the C.A.D. office at 936 336 5722.

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D-TV: Only 40 days remain until the transition to D-T.V. on February 17th. The high demand for coupons to reduce the cost of the converter boxes has resulted in the government running out of the funding for the program and consumers still requesting them will be placed on a waiting list. Coupons will be mailed on a first come first serve basis if more funds become available. To register, go to www.dtv2009.gov

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Blood Drives: LifeShare Blood Center Coordinator Dorothy Nettles said there will be 2 opportunities to give blood this week, today from 2-6 p.m. at FLNB’s Dayton Financial Center and on Saturday in the parking lot of the Liberty Wal Mart from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For information call 298 2689. ** Local businessman Ray Milentz has been ill and using blood for his treatment. Those who wish can designate their blood donations for him. **

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Brotherhood Banquet: The 83rd Annual Men’s Brotherhood Banquet is set for February 19th at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Liberty. This year’s speaker is the Honorable Carl R. Griffith, former Jefferson County Judge. Tickets are $8 and available at the church business office or from any member of the men’s bible class at the church.

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Funerals: Louis H. “Buddy” Oliphant, Jr., 73 of Liberty. Services Saturday 10 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service of Liberty. Theresa Rita McMillan, 82 of Liberty. Memorial service Sunday at 11 a.m. at New Missionary Baptist Church in Moss Hill. Jimena Leal, 15 Mo. of Florida. Services were yesterday with interment in Liberty Catholic Cemetery. George Henry Shipman, 75 of Dayton. Services 2 p.m. Saturday at Sterling Funeral home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.62 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 4, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009

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New Speaker: Rep. John Otto of Dayton says he is supporting Rep. Joe Straus of San Antonio as Speaker of the House. Straus and Otto both began serving in the Texas House in 2005. Despite his short tenure, Rep. Straus is unseating 3 term speaker Tom Craddick.

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Fontenot Sentenced: Former Hull Daisetta School Trustee Alfred Joseph Fontenot of Raywood was sentenced Monday to 15 months in federal prison and ordered the forfeiture of $50,000 in seized cash and assets. In June 2008 Alfred Fontenot pled guilty to federal drug violations in the U.S. Eastern District Court of Texas. He must surrender to federal authorities within 45 days to begin serving his sentence.

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Death: One person is dead as a result of injuries sustained in that Saturday night motorcycle wreck in Baytown. According to the Baytown Police Department, Cheryl Huiet was pronounced dead upon her arrival to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Her husband, Ross Huiet, is expected to survive.

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City Burning: Much of the debris inside the City of Liberty from Ike had been hauled to the city dump on Bowie and turned into compost, however the city recently learned an application for that process had never been approved, and the city must burn the remaining debris and compost. Fire Chief Fred Collins said the city has been issued that burn permit and the material at the dump will be burned when conditions dry up at the site.

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Green & Dugat: The Houston cable television station, channel 55 is conducting an online poll allowing folks to vote on who they think is the offensive high school player of the year, and A.J. Dugat as well as Cody Green of Dayton, are among those for which votes can be cast. The Houston TV stations website is www.houstons55.com.

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Funerals: Jessie Fregia, Jr, 82 of Hull. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God Church in Batson. Carol Joan Martin Parker, 77 formerly of Dayton. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Dayton. Billy Dwayne Warren, 53 of Dayton. Memorial service today at 10:30 a.m. at Houston National Cemetery.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.51 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 3, TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2009

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Wreck: Two people from the Hardin area, Ross Owen and Cheryl Huiet were critically injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday night in Baytown. Public Information Officer for Baytown PD Captain Roger Clifford said what caused the couple to lose control of their motorcycle is still unclear. Another couple was riding with them, but was in front and did not see the cause. Cheryl Huiet is the daughter of Liberty County Roofing owner, V.R. Osborne. Both are said to have suffered major head injuries.

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Liberty Bell Tower: The Liberty Bell Tower has been roped off while engineers determined its future. Water intrusion is thought to have damaged the substructure of the 50 feet tall legs. Liberty City Mgr. Ron Wood said the situation is serious enough that the bell tower structure can not be saved. As to what the eventual plan will be, that remains to be seen, however, engineers have determined the Liberty Bell Tower will have to be replaced.

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Morning Mix: The Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas will hold its first “Morning Mix Tour” of 2009 in Liberty. The free mixer and continental breakfast is Thursday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at FLNB Liberty. RSVP by calling 409 835 5951, ext. 117.

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Scam Warning: The Beaumont Police Department is warning of text messages and /or emails claiming to be from the Mobil Oil Federal Credit Union. The scammers ask the recipient to call an 866 or 877-phone number in reference to their credit card account. Once a person calls, thieves ask for a credit card number, pin and expiration date before terminating the call. Officials say the credit union is in no way involved, and folks should never give out personal information to anyone who contacts you. Beaumont PD say’s they believe it is a bulk message sent in hopes of reaching real Mobil Oil Credit Union members.

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Recognition Month: January is School Board Recognition Month across the state of Texas. A month set aside to say thanks to the folks who serve on school boards. In Liberty County there are 7 school districts with 47 unpaid volunteers that work hard to make what they hope will be the best decisions for the district they represent.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 2, MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009

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Chief Deputy: Ken Defoor has been named by new Sheriff Henry Patterson as interim chief deputy. He was on Sheriff Patterson’s transition team and held the same position when former Sheriff Greg Arthur took office in 2001.

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FEMA Deadline: A reminder – just one week remains for folks in Southeast Texas who suffered losses related to Hurricane Ike to register for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The deadline to register is next Monday, January 12. Texans adversely impacted by Hurricane Ike are urged to register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. Folks also can register online. Go to www.kshn.com and click on the FEMA logo on our homepage.

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Official Take Oath: It was a full house in the 75th District Courtroom Friday when elected Liberty County officials took the oath of office. Of the ten officials sworn in, four are new to elected office. They include Sheriff Henry Patterson and County Attorney Wes Hinch. Also taking the oath were Precinct 2 Constable Russell Pierce and Precinct 4 Constable Chad Pafford.

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Chambers County DA: Cheryl Lieck was sworn in as Chambers County district attorney last Friday. She previously served as Chambers County attorney. Chambers County Commissioners appointed assistant district attorney Scott Peel as the new county attorney. He also took the oath of office Friday.

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Blood Drives: Blood supplies are historically low in January and February, and officials with Lifeshare Blood Centers encourage folks to save a life by donating. Folks can give Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Liberty or Thursday, 2 to 6 p.m., at Dayton Financial Center.

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U.T. Football: The University of Texas Longhorns meet the Ohio State Buckeyes tonight in the annual Fiesta Bowl. Kickoff is 7 p.m. in Phoenix, Arizona. KSHN’s live broadcast of the Fiesta Bowl begins with the pre-game at 6 tonight.

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Funerals: Joan G. Arabie, 76, of Moss Bluff. Service is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Allison Funeral Service of Liberty. Visitation is today from 5 to 9 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m. at Allsion.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 1, FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009

Burglary: Liberty Police Lt. Kenneth Taylor said the investigation into the rash of burglaries in Liberty has yielded one arrest and identified other suspects. Lt. Taylor said just after midnight Christmas day, James Westley Standley, 33 of Anahuac was caught while apparently trying to break into the Central Baptist Church. Lt. Taylor said Liberty Police are working together with the Sheriffs Department and hope more arrests will be forthcoming.

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Bell Ringing: As is the tradition, yesterday members of the Liberty County Historical Society and the community met at the Liberty Bell Tower for the annual New Years Day bell ringing. There was a change this year, since engineers are studying the bell tower to determine its safety and the tower is closed. So bell ringers brought their own bells to make some noise. Sandy Pickett said some stress cracks and possibly moisture inside the 50 feet tall legs are what prompted the concern.

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Banks and Greed: First Liberty National Bank President and CEO Paul Henry compared the struggle with large bank’s to the savings and loans crisis of the 1980’s. He said simple greed caused the banks to approve loans for people that could not afford the homes they were buying, and that was not a service, it was in fact a disservice to the customers. Paul Henry, FLNB President said the stability of smaller banks boiled down to maintaining consistent banking practices and not being caught up in bad decisions designed to make money.

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Bronco Headed to DC: Evan Brown, 2 year starter with the state ranked Dayton Broncos has been invited to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum in the nation’s capital. The trip should cost around $2000. For information on sponsoring this bright young man, call Sonya Brown at 402 3216.

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Swearing In: Elected officials will be sworn into office today at 10 am in the courtroom on the 3rd floor of the courthouse. The public is welcome to attend.

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Funerals: Earl Raymond Jackson, 64 of Ames. Services Saturday 11 a.m. at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. Stephen Wayne Johnson, 55 of Plano. Memorial service Saturday noon at Liberty Church of Christ.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.08 ASL*

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