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May 2009

VOLUME 24 NO. 101 FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009

 

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Veterans Property Tax: State Representative John Otto said legislation incorporated into Otto's HB #3613 provides a 100% exemption on local property tax to totally disabled veterans and amends the schedule of property tax exemption for veterans with other disabilities. The Dayton Republican said the measure is expected to save disabled veterans $11.4 million in local property taxes over the next two years. The bill now heads to Governor Rick Perry who is expected to approve it.

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Ole Tyme Scholarships: The Dayton Ole Tyme Day's festival raised $20,000 for scholarships, and now eleven Dayton High seniors have been named recipients. Four students, Kaitlin Bumgarner, Jana Odermann, Timothy Sartin and Molly Ash each received a $3,000 memorial scholarship. $1,500 each went to Dayton Seniors Stephen Nelson and Kevin Skrla. Five $1,000 scholarships were presented this year. Those went to Ashley Doskocil, Ashley Green, Darryl Hill, Fredrick Hynson and Dianna Rodriguez.

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Property Tax Protest: The deadline for Liberty County Property owners to file a protest on the taxable value of their property is, according to Central Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner, Monday. The actual deadline is May 31, but because that date falls on a Sunday, the cutoff date moves to 6 p.m. Monday June 1st. Protest forms are available at the central appraisal district web site. You can link there from our website, www.kshn.com.

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BBB: The Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas has, according to President Michael Clayton, a 22 % participation rate of businesses within their 8 ½ county service area, much higher than the average 6% nationwide. Information about the business community in their area that includes both Liberty and Chambers Counties is available free to both businesses and potential customers either by phone, 800-685-7650 or online at www.bbbsetexas.org

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Funerals: Alphonse Adam Lasseigne, 81 of Anahuac. Graveside services today at noon in Jackson Cemetery. Josie Louvine Butler, 83 of Liberty. Services today, 2 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.89 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 100 THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009

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Drug Bust: Responding to a report of an unconscious man on a porch last Friday resulted in two arrests and an evidence room full of marijuana plants. Liberty Police say when officers arrived at the home on Webster St. another man was seen through the window seemingly unconscious on the couch. When the first subject came to, he gave permission to go in the house to check on the second man. Several substances were found lying in plain sight inside the home, however, a check of the back bedroom turned up five large, about 7 feet tall, marijuana plants. Police arrested Brandon Shaw age 25 and Michael Fulbright, age 26 both of Liberty. They are each charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

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Gator: Drivers on FM 770 just north of Daisetta had to dodge an 11-foot alligator that wandered onto the roadway yesterday morning, and decided to stay. Estimated to weigh just over 600 pounds, the gator actually took a bite of the bumper of a truck during initial efforts to move him. Texas Game Warden Gary Cain was forced to shoot the animal because of his size, location and aggressiveness. The game warden warned alligators are nesting this time of year and should be considered dangerous.

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Job Fairs: The Liberty County Workforce Academy will host two job fairs next month. The first is in Cleveland at the Civic Center on June 9 is open to the public. The second is in Liberty at Liberty High School Cafeteria on June 10. The job fair is designed to bring potential employers and potential employees together. Both are from 10 am until 2 pm. The June 10 job fair in Liberty is limited to High School seniors and Liberty County Workforce Academy graduates. For information, call Tim Gassiott at Dayton high school 258 2519 ext. 4115.

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State Champs: They did it again! The Liberty High School Literary Criticism team won the state title for 3A schools. This makes the third state championship for the Lit Crit team in five years. The Liberty team won state in 2005 and 2007 and placed 3rd last year. Team Coach Randy Gunter said it was exhilarating to see the hours of work from the team pay off. The literary criticism team included seniors Kaitlin Wood and Amy Arnold, sophomore Chris Ellerbe and two freshmen Matthew Brady and alternate Jonathan Gunter.

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*LAKE RELEASE:4,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.89 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 99 WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2009

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Liberty Woman Pleads: A Liberty woman is scheduled to be sentenced this week for aggravated assault on a police officer. In September 2007, District Attorney Mike Little said local law enforcement officers were executing a search warrant on a Liberty residence, when Charlotte Redmon reportedly shot at DPS trooper Brian Nichols. No one was hurt in the incident. Redmon was initially charged with Attempted Capital Murder, among other charges. Ms. Redmon last month pled guilty to aggravated assault. She is set to be sentenced Friday in the 75th District Court of Judge C.T. "Rusty" Hight.

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Direct Deposit: With the start of hurricane season just around the corner, officials with Social Security continue to encourage recipients using the postal service to change to direct deposit to safeguard those funds against both theft and fraud plus ensure receiving funds even in the worst of conditions. David Bowman with the Beaumont office of Social Security said about 45 % of recipients in southeast Texas still get their social security check through the mail. In the case of a natural or man made disaster, mail service can be interrupted for an extended period. To learn more about direct deposit, call 866 613 2864 or 800 772 1213.

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Historical Marker: An official Texas State Historical marker honoring Colonel Edward Bradford Pickett will be dedicated this Sunday at 2 p.m. through the Liberty County Historical Commission. The public is welcome to attend.

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Echols Reception: A public reception will be held Friday for retiring San Jacinto Elementary Principal Donna Echols. It will be from 2-5 p.m. in the fellowship hall at First United Methodist Church in Liberty.

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22-3A All District: Fourteen Liberty County girls have been named to the 22-3A all District Softball team. That includes seven Tarkington Lady Longhorns, five Liberty Lady Panthers, and two from the Cleveland Lady Indians Squad.

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Funerals: Lois Bernice Lucas, 78 of Denton. Graveside services 1 p.m. Friday at Houston National Veterans Cemetery. Drucilla Coleman, 81. Graveside services today at 2 p.m. Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.39 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 98 TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009

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Fatal Fire: Saturday morning around 7:30, Daisetta and Devers Fire Fighters were summoned to a roaring home fire on FM 770. The small frame dwelling was a mile north of US 90 and the RR tracks at Raywood. Fire fighters arrived to learn the loan resident was probably still inside. That man perished, probably from smoke inhalation. The victim was identified as John Ozan, age 78.

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Prepare: This is Hurricane Preparedness Week, and officials are reminding folks to plan now to protect family and property. For those in an evacuation zone, learn the best route and discuss evacuation plans with family. Now is the time to put together an emergency supply kit. It should include a NOAA weather radio with extra batteries, flashlight with extra batteries, extra eyeglasses, bottled water, non perishable food, dry cloths, medications and copies of doctor's prescriptions. It should also include any special products for babies, elderly and medically fragile family members. Do not forget cash, credit cards, photo ids and important documents like insurance records, and provisions for pets. For more tips, go to our website, www.kshn.com and click on the weather links on the left side of our front page.

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Reception: A reception will be held for Liberty Superintendent Mona Chadwick who is leaving her post of the past three years. The reception will be Thursday June 4 in the library of the Liberty Middle School on Jefferson Drive from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Shred It: This Saturday, the City of Liberty is once again hosting a free document-shredding event. Ideally, old credit card statements, IRS tax record, computer disks or anything else that lists personal information should be shredded. Organizers ask for a maximum limit of five boxes per person. The event will be from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of city hall.

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Funerals: Edwin Beauregard "Jack" Lafour, 86 of Port Arthur. Services today at 11:30 a.m. at Pace Stancil in Dayton. Barbara G. Fuller Stanley, 72 of Cleveland. Services 1 p.m. tomorrow at Calvary Baptist Church in Cleveland. James L. Harris, 65 of Cleveland. Graveside services tomorrow 11 a.m. at Concorde Cemetery in Rye.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.18 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 97 FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009

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Tax Notices: Liberty County Chief Appraiser Alan D. Connor reminds property owners the deadline to file a protest is May 31. Protests can be filed in person, by mail or on the internet. For information, call the Liberty County Appraisal District office in Liberty at 336-5722 or in Dayton at 257-8395.

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Bogus Call: Several area law enforcement agencies apparently wasted hours of time and resources Tuesday responding to what they thought was an officer's call for help. However, that call now appears to be a hoax. Liberty County Chief Deputy Ken Defoor said dispatchers began getting calls late Tuesday from a person claiming to be an officer from another county in pursuit of a reckless driver in Liberty County. The bogus officer went on to report a traffic stop had turned dangerous. Now, the sheriff's department believes it was all a big hoax. Anyone with information about someone making fake calls with a police band radio is asked to call the sheriff's department at 336-4500.

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All-District: Dayton sophomore pitcher Hannah Bell was named Most Valuable Player by the District 19-4A softball coaches. Five Lady Broncos were named to the all-district squad along with 11 girls from Barbers Hill and 7 more from Crosby. Coach of the Year honors went to Perri Smith from Barbers Hill.

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Tax Free Weekend on Appliances: This Memorial Day weekend, marks the second tax-free weekend for Texas shoppers who buy energy efficient appliances. The tax holiday gives Texans an extra incentive to replace old appliances with energy efficient models bearing the "energy star" label. Air conditioners priced under $6,000, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs, programmable thermostats, refrigerators priced less than $2,000 and clothes washers. Clothes dryers are not included in the tax-exempt category. For information, go to www.window.state.tx.us

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Funerals: Merl Mulloy Slankard, 92, of Batson. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist with visitation starting at 10 a.m. under direction of Faith and Family Funeral Service. John William Tanner, 93, of Hull. Service is 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Faith and Family in Batson. Visitation is today from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.44 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 96 THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009

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Judge Responds: A lawsuit filed against Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald alleges he has mismanaged the trust established for Jessica Vickery by her parents, Glenn Vickery and Helen Vickery Green. In a legal response to that suit filed on May 15 in 75th District Court, Judge Fitzgerald denies any violations of the trust's terms and that the trust suffered any material damages. Judge Fitzgerald contends the trust has grown under his management by 130% - from slightly more than $1.1 million in 2000 to just over $2.7 million in 2008.

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State Track: A freshman sprinter from Hardin High School has qualified for the state track meet. Hardin Hornet Ryan Owens earned a second place finish in the 800 meters at the 2-A Region 3 track meet to earn the trip to Austin. The state meet is June 5-6 at Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.

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LISD Board: Newly elected Liberty school trustees took the oath of office Tuesday night and quickly elected new officers. The LISD Board now includes President Lloyd Pierce, Vice President Bobby Pope, Secretary June Jackson plus trustees Brandon Smith, Matt Harris, Bruce Bell and Frank Davis.

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Education Grants: The Liberty Independent School District Education Foundation has awarded ten grants totaling $9,529 to Liberty teachers. Foundation President Leslie Herndon said the grants provide money to Liberty educators for use in their classrooms to enhance their students' learning experience. Four grants were presented to San Jacinto Elementary teachers with four more going to L.E.S. instructors. The other two grants are for use in Liberty Middle School classrooms.

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Closed: Liberty County Courthouse and city offices in Liberty and Dayton will close Monday for Memorial Day. No garbage service on Monday. Banks and post offices are also closed.

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Funerals: Mary Lee Dickerson, 81, of Liberty, Services Saturday at 11 a.m. at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Liberty* Barbara Lynn Hill, 44, of Hankamer, Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Baptist Church in Hankamer* Mattie Marie McCoy, 62, of Baytown, Services at 3 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.72 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 95 WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009

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Dayton City Council: The Dayton City Council met Monday night with the first order of business to canvass the May 9 city council election results and swear in city officials. Re-elected Mayor Steve Stephens and Council Member Haywood "Frosty" Pruitt plus newly elected council member Jay Knight took the oath of office. City council then approved an application by Dayton Police Chief Pete Douzat for a federal stimulus grant totaling $720,000. City Manager David Douglas said those funds, if the city gets them, would go toward purchasing police cars and equipment.

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Shred-It: The City of Liberty is hosting its third free document shredding event. Shred-It, a company that specializes in shredding confidential documents, will once again be in Liberty on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at City Hall. There is a maximum limit of five boxes per person. For information, call the city at 936-336-3684.

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Heritage Award: Trinity Valley Exposition posthumously honored Bill Brett with its Western Heritage Award. This award pays tribute to someone who passes on old traditions to younger generations. Bill Brett grew up in the Hull-Daisetta area, but left in 1941 to serve in the Air Force. He later returned to Liberty County where he spent the remainder of his life. While the late Bill Brett held many different job titles, the award recipient was best known as a folklorist. TVE presented the award to his widow, Ann Lou Brett, plus his children and grandchildren.

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American Legion Award: Eight high school students from South Liberty County have received the American Legion School Award. From Dayton, those students are Matthew Günter and Crystal Ripkowski. These two received $500 scholarships each plus a medallion and certificate from the Dayton Memorial Post. Six other recipients were presented a medallion and certificate. Those award winners include Andy Bean and Kelsey Rhodes from Liberty plus William Chase Ringer and Kami Bush from Hardin High School. Then, from Hull Daisetta, the recipients are Natalie McBride and Yancy McCauley.

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Funerals: Walter E. "Bubba" Wuneburger, 76 of Dayton. Graveside services noon today Dixon Cemetery in Paige, TX.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.48 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 94 TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009

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Education Bill: A few weeks back, the Texas House of Representatives passed the first version of a new education accountability bill that would speed up the process of phasing out the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills or "TAKS" test. Representative John Otto of Dayton said HB #3 would realign the focus of accountability in Texas schools away from the TAKS test and toward different types of student performance evaluations.

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River Rescue: Six people were rescued off the Trinity River Saturday near Moss Hill. The Tarkington Volunteer Fire Department was called to a report of several people in the water on the river near Highway 105. Dalton Gregory Assistant Vol. Fire Chief, said a man attempting to swim across the river began to flounder midway. Friends launched an unpowered boat to attempt a rescue, but soon found themselves caught up in the swift current. Luckily, everyone was able to hang on to driftwood until emergency crews arrived.

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Magnolia Ridge Invitational: The 56th Annual Magnolia Ridge Invitational was held this past weekend, and when the final ball dropped Sunday on three days of golf, Mike O'Brien and Bill Gullery took home the first place in the championship flight.

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Liberty Lions Scholarships: The Liberty Lions Club recently awarded $21,000 in scholarship money to nine Liberty High School seniors. $1,000 scholarships went to Shelby Rexroat, Kaitlin Wood and Ashley Worthy. $2500 each was awarded to Jade Dalco, Nicol Ayers, Kori Jackson, and Kelsey Rhodes. Two seniors were given a scholarship of $4,000 each. Those went to Karen Grimaldo and Alicia Hernandez.

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Hurricane Preparedness Meeting: The annual Liberty County Hurricane Preparedness meeting, open to the public, is Wednesday June 3rd at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Center inside Liberty City Hall. Speakers will include officials from city, county, and state, as well as the National Weather Service, Red Cross, Salvation Army, and others. Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch encourages everyone to attend this meeting to learn more about being ready. Hurricane Season starts June 1st.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.60 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 93 MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009

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LISD Election: The Liberty Independent School District conducted a recount Sunday of the ballots cast in the May 9 trustee election. Despite a slight change in the number of votes each candidate received, the unofficial outcome did not change. Elected to three-year terms as Liberty school trustees were Matt Harris with 330 votes, Bruce Bell - 255, and Frank Davis – 234. Not elected were Ron Mayo with 231 votes and long-time trustee Dr. Allen Griffin, 201. Vote canvas is today at noon.

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Accident: Four people were injured Sunday morning in a one-vehicle accident on State Highway 105 at the Tarkington Bayou Bridge near Cleveland. DPS Trooper Rob Willoughby said those injured include driver, Michael Campbell of Cleveland and front-seat passenger Conola Tipton of New Caney. Two other passengers, Craig Allen and Crystal Garrison, both of Cleveland, were ejected and sustained severe injuries in the wreck. Since weather conditions prevented air ambulances from flying, all four were taken by ground ambulance to area hospitals.

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Molester Sentenced: A 53-year-old Splendora man, Ronald Reagon, has been convicted of indecency with a child by a Liberty County jury in Judge Chap Cain's 253rd District Courtroom. The jury deliberated just 15 minutes before sentencing Ronald Reagon to life in prison. The victim was just 8 years old when the crime occurred at Shady Lake Park. The man has a previous conviction for molesting his own child.

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Local leads D.R.T.: Patti Atkins of Hull was elected Saturday as the President General of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas at its statewide convention in Killeen. The D.R.T. is best known for maintaining the Alamo and preserving Texas history.

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Sports Highlights: The Dayton girls were eliminated from state playoffs in softball over the weekend. The Lady Broncos fell in the area round to a very tough Elgin team. Also over the weekend, the Liberty Panthers boys baseball team got knocked out of the playoffs by the Orangefield Bobcats.

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Funeral: Lori Gaedchens, 36, of Dayton. Services Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown. Visitation is today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Navarre.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.94 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 92 FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009

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LISD Votes: A discrepancy in the election vote totals for the Liberty School Board could change the announced outcome, giving Ron Mayo a four vote victory over Frank Davis for the third spot on the board instead of the one-vote win currently credited to Mr. Davis. LISD Board members discovered the problem during a special meeting Thursday. Now, the school board has scheduled a meeting for Monday at noon to hear from an election judge to determine the correct vote totals for both candidates. At that time, the Liberty School Board will canvass the election and swear in Matt Harris, Bruce Bell, and either Ron Mayo or Frank Davis. Then, a candidate would have two days to request a recount.

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Liberty Dayton Chrysler: A plan experts believe will help Chrysler be successful, calls for them to eliminate 789 franchises across the country. Yesterday, Liberty Dayton Chrysler learned that they had been selected for continued operation as a Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep dealership. Liberty Dayton Chrysler Partner David Leonard said Sour Lake and Cleveland dealerships both got the same congratulatory letter.

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Shooting Update: The Liberty County Sheriffs Department continues to investigate the shooting in Westlake area on May 7 that took the life of 7-year-old Dayton boy Donald Coffey, and injured his father, little sister and an adult family friend. The three injured in the shooting have been released from the hospital. The Sheriffs department reports they are investigating new information, and expect to present the case to the District Attorney next week. Both Gale and Shelia Muhs, both age 45 have two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, each, and are being held on combined bond of $525,000 each.

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$80,000 Wreck: A Dayton man is unhurt, but his nice red sports car did not fair so well. Dayton Police say Wallace Grant crashed his Red Dodge Viper in to the back of a pickup, belonging to John Goolsby, of Baytown. While the truck held up pretty well, the car, which retails for more than $85,000 was destroyed by the collision.

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Funerals: Idora Fregia West, 92 of Hardin. Services tomorrow at 1 p.m. at United Pentecostal Church in Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 11,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 18.55 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 91 THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009

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Sales Tax: Sales tax collections across the state were down 3.1 percent in April when compared to last year. Tax revenues collected in April are sent to cities in May. Collections locally vary greatly by town with Liberty and Cleveland leading the way with strong results for the month and year. On the other hand, Devers, Daisetta, Kenefick and Mont Belvieu are all struggling so far this year.

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Local Unemployment: Workforce Solutions statistics show unemployment is on the rise in Liberty County. In March of last year, the unemployment rate was 5.2 percent locally. That number climbed to 8.4 percent by March of this year. Workforce Solution's purpose is to help area residents find work. Their offices are in the Wal-Mart Shopping Center at Lakeland Drive.

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Huddleston Sentenced: Curtis Huddleston of Dayton has been sentenced to a year in jail for injury to a child. He was convicted in early April in Henderson County. Curtis Huddleston has previous convictions in Liberty County for theft of a firearm, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and burglary of a habitation. ****************************************************

Hunger Buster: Liberty ISD, in cooperation with local volunteers, will offer free lunches all summer long for kids from birth through 18 years old. The program begins June 8 and runs through August 21. In addition to serving free lunches at the San Jacinto Elementary cafeteria, the program will offer meals at satellite locations, including St. Miles Baptist Church in Ames, Calvary Baptist Church in Moss Bluff, and Central Baptist Church at Layl Drive and U.S. 90. The other Liberty Youth Hunger Buster locations are Heights Baptist on Jefferson Drive, Trinity Valley Baptist on Sam Houston and Iglesia Bautesta Bethel on Confederate.

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Jay Root Honored: Liberty native and Associated Press Reporter Jay Root was named Texas Associated Press Reporter of the Year for his work as a watchdog reporter at the capitol.

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Funerals: Kimberly Slaughter, 41, of Dayton. Service is 3 p.m. today with visitation at 2 p.m. at Sterling in Dayton. Donald Ray Coffey, Jr., 7 of Dayton. Services Monday 2 p.m. at Mont Belvieu First United Pentecostal Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 11,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.09 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 90 WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2009

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Probable Cause: Yesterday Shelia and Gayle Muhs went before 253rd District Court Judge Chap Cain for what is called a "probable cause hearing". Shelia Muhs is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, while Gayle Muhs is being held on one charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The judge found there was reason to hold the couple on the current charges. So far, there has been no upgraded charge against either of the Muhses. The Liberty County Sheriffs Office is expected to present the case to the District Attorney sometime this week for review. A 7-year-old boy, Donald Coffey IV, died because of a gun shot wound received in last Thursday night's shooting.

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Magnolia Ridge: The 56th annual Magnolia Ridge Country Club invitational Golf Tournament is this weekend and 166 players have signed up and been flighted. What is left is an opportunity to be a sponsor. For $75, one person gets free drinks while visiting and watching the golfers, shrimp dinner, hot dogs, hamburgers fish fry, and more. Those wanting a pass can get them at the Country Club off Beaumont Avenue, or from any member of the sales committee.

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Houston Livestock: The best possible news from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Committee. Ten Liberty County High School Students will get a $15,000 scholarship this year. From Liberty High, Karen Grimaldo and Alicia Hernandez. From Dayton High – Kenyon Jerome Papillion, Chrystal Marie Ripkowski and Matthew Kyle Gunter. From Cleveland High School – Nicholas Wayne Young and Shraddha Mahesh Dalwadi, and from Tarkington Lori Marie Lewis. Hardin recipient is Garrett Stephen Cathriner and from Hull Daisetta Cody Allen Cantrell.

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Stolen Car Recovered: A Hardin man, Dale Perkins, 38 was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Liberty Police Detective Kenneth Taylor said Liberty Police Officer Aaron Venegas stopped the vehicle Tuesday morning following a rolling check of the license number revealed it to be stolen out of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Officer Venegas followed the truck into Dayton, and with help from Dayton PD, stopped the vehicle.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.25 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 89 TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009

Shooting: The case against Shelia and Gayle Muhs is, according to Liberty County Sheriffs Department Chief Deputy Ken DeFoor, expected to go to the District Attorney who will decide if the charges should be upgraded now that 7-year-old Donald Coffey IV has died because of his injuries. Information from the Sheriffs Department indicates the vehicles, the Jeep in which both Donald Coffey IV and his father were riding and a SUV where little 5 year old Destiny was a passenger were both on the roadway, not on private property.

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Public Safety Memorial: The Annual Law Enforcement Public Safety Memorial Service is tomorrow night at 7pm at the First Baptist Church in Liberty. For years, 1st Baptist Church and the Liberty Rotary Club have co-hosted the Memorial Service that pays tribute to law enforcement officers and public safety personnel who have died in the line of duty. Minister of Music Ron Davis said the community is encouraged to attend.

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Theft: A theft late last week dealt a major financial blow to a small church congregation still repairing damages caused by last year's hurricane. The Liberty County Sheriffs Department reports late Thursday or Friday morning a 16-foot lowboy trailer was stolen from the Cornerstone Church in Raywood that was loaded with construction supplies. The trailer is burgundy with license plate number 04Y-SCX. Anyone with information is asked to call the Liberty County Sheriffs Department at 336-4500.

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McDonalds to Open: In January, the Liberty McDonalds on the corner of Main and Highway 90 went to the ground under the blade of a bulldozer. Tomorrow, the new and improved facility will open to the public with a grand opening set for Saturday.

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Genealogical Society: The Liberty County Genealogical Society will host author and genealogical expert Emily Anne Croom Saturday for a 3-session workshop on genealogical research. This seminar is open to the public by pre-paid reservation. The cost is $25, which includes lunch. The program begins at 8:45 at the Sam Houston Regional Library. Make reservations by calling Linda Jamison at 258-9141.

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Funerals: Christopher Michael Blanchard, 56 of Hardin. Services today 10 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.48 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 88 MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009

Shooting Death: A 7-year-old boy, Donald Coffey IV, was taken off life support and died Friday. He was shot around 9 p.m. Thursday on P.R. 4421 off FM 1409 in far south Liberty County. Also wounded in the shooting were Donald Coffey III, Destiny Coffey and Patrick Cammack. Gale and Shelia Muhs are both charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with bond set at $25,000 each. Saturday afternoon, a second assault charge was filed against Shelia Muhs. That bond is $500,000.

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Auction: The Dayton FFA Livestock Show auction put about $130,000 in the hands of youth exhibitors. Leading the way was Tyler Logan, whose Grand Champion Steer sold for $9,600 to Thirf-tee Food Center.

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Hospital District: Unofficial results from Saturday's Liberty County Hospital District election show the three incumbents winning. Paul Henry received 531 votes followed by Bruce Stratton with 523 and Kathy Dagle with 458. Andrew McCreight got 217 votes while Roy Heaton received 95.

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Liberty Council: It was a night for incumbents in the Liberty City Council race. There were four names on Saturday's ballot for three spots on council. Incumbents Dianne Huddleston, Dennis Beasley and Al Simonson were all reelected easily while challenger Paul Hawthorne fell short.

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Dayton Council: Voters in Dayton returned one incumbent to city council while also electing a newcomer. In a three-way race for two open positions, incumbent "Frosty" Pruitt and newcomer Jay Knight were elected over incumbent Barbara Zaruba.

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School Elections: Voters went to the ballot boxes Saturday to elect area school board trustees. Elected to the Liberty ISD board are incumbent Matt Harris and challengers Bruce Bell and Frank Davis. Just two votes separated Mr. Davis from Ronald Mayo, who can ask for a recount. Longtime LISD board member Dr. Allen Griffin was not reelected. In the Position 5 race at Dayton ISD, Craig McNair defeated Mark Bethea. Hull Daisetta ISD voters elected Joe Espree, David Meadow, Vince Espree and Jenna Brett. Hardin ISD incumbent Justin Key bested challenger Daniel Thompson. In the Devers ISD, Tommy McIntosh and Robert Kirkland were elected.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.87 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 87 FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2009

Final Pick: Tuesday night, in a unanimous vote, Liberty ISD Trustees named Cynthia Lusignolo as their sole finalist for the position of Superintendent. According to state law, trustees must wait 21 days before officially naming 46 year old to the district's top administrative position. Cynthia Lusignolo will come to Liberty from Barbers Hill ISD where she currently serves as assistant superintendent for personnel.

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Hardin Sales Tax Voting: For those living in the Hardin voting area who want to vote on the proposed 1% city sales tax, voting location for that issue is at Hardin High School. Ames: In the City of Ames, the only contested race is for Mayor. Those wishing to cast a ballot in the mayor's race will vote at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church.

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Lit Crit Team: For the 5th year in a row, the Liberty High School Literary Criticism team has advanced to the U.I.L. State meet. The Liberty team won the state title for 3A schools both in 2005 and 2007 and placed third last year. Now, the Panthers are returning to Austin on May 26 with high hopes of bringing home another state title. This year's team includes two seniors, Caitlyn Wood and Amy Arnold, plus sophomore Chris Ellerbe and two freshmen, Matthew Bradis Ellerbe and two freshmen, Matthew Brady and alternate Jonathon Gunter.

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Baseball Changes: More changes have been made to the Liberty Panthers baseball schedule. The Panthers will take on Tarkington in Tarkington tonight at 6 p.m. The Liberty Panthers vs. Cold Spring game is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. in Liberty. Dayton Broncos: The Broncos take to the field tonight against CE King in Dayton at 5 pm. The Barbers Hill - Dayton game is tomorrow at 11 am also in Dayton and then Dayton will play Galena Park at Galena Park Saturday 5 p.m.

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Mills Benefit: A rodeo benefit will be held Saturday for the Mills Family of Tarkington. That is the family where both father and son suffered burns in a house fire. The benefit will be at Stancil Park in Cleveland with activities starting at 10 a.m.

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Funerals: Alfred Perry Jenkins II, 47 of Dayton. Services tomorrow 11 a.m. at Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty. W.M. Madden, 82 of Hardin. Services tomorrow 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 86 THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009

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Election Day: Saturday is Election Day. All voting in the Liberty City Council race will be at the Humphreys Cultural Center in Liberty. Dayton City Council: All voting in the Dayton City Council Race will be at Dayton City Hall. Dayton ISD: In the Dayton School Board election, those living in Pct, 10, 22, 26 and 31 will vote at Dayton City Hall. Residents of Precinct 14 vote at St. Ann's Parish Hall. Precincts 21 & 29 cast ballots at Kenefick Civic Center and Precincts 24 & 30 vote at the Westlake Fire Station.

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Hospital District Board Election: There are ten different voting precinct locations for the Liberty County Hospital District Board Election. Some of those cross school district lines. If a voter is uncertain where to vote in the hospital district election then be advised there are employees in the hospital district office to help. Just call 336-7400 to learn where to vote in your neighborhood.

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Armed Robbery: Liberty Police are looking for two men in connection with the aggravated robbery of Ridgewood Grocery on Hwy. 146 around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Police say they brandished handguns and demanded money of the clerk. The suspects are described as black males, one about 5' 8" the other roughly 5' 9". They were both wearing baseball caps and their faces were covered with blue bandanas. The two men are said to be of average build wearing dark clothing. One had on an "Oakland Raiders" jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call the Liberty Police at 336-5666.

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Panther Baseball: Liberty Head Baseball Coach Josh Sadler said the make up schedule to finish the regular season has been finalized. Monday Liberty will host Shepherd at 7 p.m. Tuesday, its Liberty traveling to Tarkington for a 6 p.m. game, and then on Friday May 15 Liberty welcomes Cold Spring at 7 p.m.

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Reminder: This Saturday, both the Liberty and Dayton Letter Carriers are participating in a food drive. Place non-perishable foods in a bag near your mailbox for pick up and distribution.

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Funerals: Alfred Perry Jenkins, 47 of Dayton. Services pending at Wells Funeral Service.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 85 WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2009

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Livestock Show: Paul Schwander, Ag Teacher at Dayton High School said with the recent changes on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, they will open the Dayton FFA Livestock show breeding rabbit and breeding beef classes to students from out of the Dayton school district. Check in for breeding rabbits is tomorrow 6-8 a.m. and breeding beef will check in on Friday, also 6 -8 a.m. The rodeo remains cancelled.

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Dayton ISD: Dayton ISD Superintendent Greg Hayman said a couple of students at Colbert Elementary tested positive for type A influenza, that is NOT the H1N1 virus. Those students have been asked to stay home and recuperate. All schools in Liberty County, including Dayton ISD are open.

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Water: The boil water notice for Liberty has been lifted.

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Schools Back In: Acting on the latest recommendation from the Center for Disease Control, the Liberty School district is back in class today. LISD Superintendent Dr. Mona Chadwick said the new suggestion is that schools not close even if there is a confirmed case of the H1N1 virus, also known as the Swine Flu. CDC officials say the strain found in this country has not been as virulent as that in Mexico.

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DCDC: According to Executive Director Chris Potter, the Dayton Community Development Corporation has no plans to pursue legal avenues against H.I.B. Family Fun Inc., at this time. In meetings as recent as March of this year, DCDC board members have noted certain conditions on the grant have not been met, and the agreement between DCDC and H.I.B. was declared "null and void". Discussion between board members and their attorney have followed, but no action has been taken. At their March meeting, Attorney Mike Fielder said taking no action would send a message to other grantees that DCDC would not expect grants to be repaid if a corporation or business does not remain in compliance.

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Funerals: Victor L. Jordan, 72 of Houston. Services 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Jose R. Tellez¸ 45 of Dayton. Services Friday 11 a.m. at the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church in Baytown.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 84 TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2009

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Motorcycle Wreck: A motorcyclist was taken by Life Flight to a Houston hospital following an accident Sunday evening on Highway 90 west of CR 603 in Dayton. According to Dayton Police Sgt. Doug O'Quinn, Ricky Reed of Dayton lost control of his cycle and was ejected. He was flown by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann and is said to be in critical condition.

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Early Voting: Today is the last day to vote early for the May 9th school board, city council and hospital district board elections. The LISD Administration Office on Grand Ave. is open with a few staff members for early voting.

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Rotary Radio: Coming up on Saturday, Liberty Rotary Club and KSHN Radio will join for what has become known as Rotary Radio Day. With this fund-raising event, the Liberty service club will actually take over most announcing duties on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. As part of this effort, the club is selling commercials, and the money goes into the local Rotary coffers for the work they do in the community and around the world. Tune in to FM 99.9 this Saturday for all the fun.

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Local Man Wanted: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is seeking a Daisetta man who appears on the new Top 10 list of Texas's Most Wanted Child Support Evaders. The attorney general said his office is trying to locate Jack Neal, who allegedly owes $28,455 for the support of three children. Anyone with information regarding Jack Neal is urged to call the attorney general's hotline at 866-383-3377.

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Motorcycle Safety: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle fatalities now account for 11 percent of all road deaths. Of note, more than 50 percent of all crashes involving a motorcycle occurred because the motorist did not see the cycle. Vehicle drivers are urged to better share the road by keeping an eye out for motorcycles and their riders.

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Funerals: Donald Wickliff, 81, of Ames. Service today at 11 a.m. at Our Mother of Mercy. Visitation is today from 9 to 10:25 with a Rosary at 10:30 at the church. Service is under direction of Community Chapel Funeral Home in Houston.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 83 MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009

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LISD Closing: Liberty ISD officials have decided to close all campuses Monday and Tuesday because of a probable case of the H1N1 virus. Superintendent Mona Chadwick said since the the majority of probable H1N1 cases are turning up positive, district officials decided to close all campuses as a precaution. If the case turns up negative, classes will resume Wednesday. However, if the probable case turns out to be a real case of the H1N1 virus, then all LISD campuses will remain closed through Friday. Medical experts urge people to take a common-sense approach to the virus. Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing. Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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River Search: Liberty County law enforcement plus search and rescue teams spent Saturday night and Sunday searching for a man reportedly last seen clinging to a log on the Trinity River near the Snake River area. Despite a search that involved the sheriff's department, nine volunteer fire departments, state game wardens, the Coast Guard, and Equusearch, the man was never found. At times, several dozen searchers were at the Trinity River bridge at State Highway 105.

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Boil Water Notice: Liberty officials urge city residents to boil all drinking, cooking and ice water until further notice. Following a drop in water pressure, the city of Liberty is having its water tested. For now, Liberty residents should bring water to a boil for at least three minutes before use.

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LISD Superintendent: Liberty ISD trustees are expected to name a lone finalist for superintendent during a 5:30 p.m. meeting this Wednesday. The Liberty school board also will meet in executive session tonight and tomorrow to conduct a second interview with two candidates selected from the seven the board interviewed last week. When a finalist is named, state law requires a 21-day wait before making the hire official.

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Funerals: Guy Wendall Frizzell, 46, of Dayton. Service is Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Hardin Chapel Cemetery. Visitation today from 8 to 5 at Pace-Stancil in Dayton. Florine Stayton Polk, 99, of Dayton. Service today at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Dayton under direction of Pace-Stancil in Dayton.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 82 FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009

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Rodeo Cancelled: The Dayton FFA Livestock Show, auction and parade will go on as scheduled, with only Dayton ISD students involved, while the rodeo has been canceled. The rodeo queen's contest has been postponed to a later date. The Pioneer Reunion of Dayton exes will also go on as planned.

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Shooting: Dayton Police say a gunshot wound suffered by a Dayton man Wednesday was self-inflicted. Detective John Hedrick said 54-year-old Jerry Swank shot himself in the chest then crawled from his home on FM 1008 out to the roadway. A passerby saw the wounded man and summoned police. Mr. Swank was airlifted to Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston by air ambulance, where he is listed in critical but stable condition after surgery to remove the .22 caliber bullet from his chest. Dayton Police continue to investigate factors that led to the shooting.

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Youth Project Show Postponed: Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia has postponed the Chambers County Youth Project Show. Students will now check in their projects beginning on Wednesday, May 20. The show will begin Thursday, May 21, and continue through Saturday, May 23. The Youth Livestock Auction is Saturday, May 23, at 5:00 p.m.

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Fire Dept. Fundraiser: The Liberty Fire Department is holding a Firefighting Muster Challenge. The event will allow the public to see demonstrations of firefighting skills and techniques in action, while raising money for the fire department. Teams from fire departments in and out of Liberty County will be competing in a series of firefighting activities. Plates of brisket with all the trimmings are $7. The event starts tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Liberty Fire Station. For more information call 936 402 2610.

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Funerals: Frank Edwards, 84 of Liberty. Services 1 p.m. Saturday at Turkey Creek Baptist Church. Audrey Mae Ford, 87 of Dayton. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Dayton. Robert Lester Moses, Sr., 93 of Liberty. Graveside services Saturday 11 a.m. at Cooke Cemetery in Liberty. Barbara Ann Lambert, 74 of Daisetta. Services today at 11 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service. Arvle Delmus Partain, 89. Services 2 p.m. Saturday at Pace-Stancil Cleveland.

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