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June 2009

VOLUME 24 NO. 123 TUESDAY JUNE 30, 2009

 

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Former Constable on Trial: Jury selection began Monday in the theft trial of a former liberty county constable. Leon Randolph of Hardin was indicted in July 2007 for the alleged theft of a trailer. Randolph was elected to the office of Liberty County Constable Pct #3 taking office January 2001, and held that office until December 2005. He did not seek re-election and the accusation of theft came some time after his period of services as a constable. The trial began Monday in the 75th District Court. Assistant District Attorney Joe Warren is prosecuting the case.

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It's Hot – It's Dry: Yesterday the National Weather Service in Houston released information on the recent extreme temperatures across Southeast Texas. In Liberty, we have recorded temperatures topping out at 99 to 100 degrees five days in a row. The warmest day so far was last Thursday at 102 degrees.

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Blood Drive: This Thursday, there will be a Life Share blood drive from 2 – 6 p.m. at the First Liberty National Bank in Dayton. Life Share Executive Director Debbie Madar said right now there is a critical need for certain types of blood including both B-Positive and B-Negative. There is also a shortage of the universal blood type "O". For information, call Dorothy Nettles at 936-298-2689.

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Tea Party: Citizens across America including here in Liberty County will gather over the July Fourth weekend for what are called TEA Parties. An acronym for "Taxed Enough Already", these events are to protest deficit spending by the federal government. A TEA party is planned for Saturday from 4-8 pm at the Vara Faye Martin Daniel Pavilion behind Liberty City Hall. There will be live entertainment, and US Congressmen Ted Poe as well as State Representative John Otto are both scheduled to speak. Tea and water will be provided, but folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and umbrellas to minimize exposure to the sun.

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Funerals: Lera B Hasson, 93 of Liberty Services today 11 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Billy Fred Frady, 65 of Dayton. Services will be held at a later date.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.67 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 122 MONDAY JUNE 29, 2009

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Teen Airlifted: Tyler Eubanks, 18, of Dayton was charged with intoxicated assault with a vehicle following a one-car wreck on FM 2797 early Sunday morning. DPS Trooper Rob Willoughby said his passenger, a 15-year-old Dayton girl, was taken by Life Flight to a Houston hospital with critical injuries after she was ejected from the vehicle. Trooper Willoughby said Tyler Eubanks had been drinking and was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control and crashed into a tree line.

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Murder Investigation: The body of 28-year-old Sarah Sheffield Parks was discovered last Wednesday in the ashes of an apartment fire in Moscow, Idaho. Sarah was a 1998 graduate of Dayton High School and was four months pregnant when she died. Moscow, Idaho, police tell KSHN preliminary autopsy results show Sarah Parks was dead prior to the fire. Because Idaho law allows the death of a fetus to be considered murder, Sarah's death is now being investigated as a double homicide.

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Fireworks Ban: Emergency orders by both Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald and Gov. Rick Perry have banned the sale and use of certain fireworks in Liberty County because of drought conditions. Judge Fitzgerald said this fireworks ban includes bottle rockets mounted on sticks plus missiles and rockets with fins. This ban extends through Monday, July 6, at 7 a.m. Licensed experts with a permit are allowed under clearly defined conditions. Such is the case with the annual fireworks display in Liberty City Park this Friday night, July 3.

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Roadwork: Drivers on FM 1409 are urged to slow down and watch for road crews beginning today. TxDOT is using $800,000 in stimulus funds to resurface a two-mile stretch of FM 1409, just south of Dayton.

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Funerals: Sarah Sheffield Parks, 28, of Idaho. Service is Tuesday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Dayton. Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil in Dayton. Bessie Mae Smith, 74, of Liberty. Service is today at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. at St John Missionary Baptist Church under direction of Wells. N.J. "Jim" Riggs, 86, of Liberty. Service is today at 10:30 a.m. in Cooke Memorial Cemetery under direction of Allison Funeral Service.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.22 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 121 FRIDAY JUNE 26, 2009

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Former Resident Dies in Fire: Details are still sketchy; however, our information indicates a former Dayton resident Sara Sheffield, whose married name was not available, died in a house fire Wednesday at her home in Moscow, Idaho. Information from media sources in Idaho says a fire broke out at the couple's home around 8 Wednesday morning, after her husband had left to work out. Sara Sheffield, who graduated from Dayton High School in 1998, was 7 months pregnant – both she and her unborn child perished in that Wednesday morning fire. The fire is cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal's office.

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Hospital: An agreement worked out between the Liberty County Hospital District, Frontier Health Care – current owners of the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital and TI Group, the proposed buyers of the hospital, could close the deal, said Hospital District Board President Bruce Stratton, within 60 to 90 days. The agreement has both the district and TI Group putting $1.3 million into the purchase of the hospital with TI then fronting an additional $500,000 for immediate increase in services and upgrades to the existing hospital facility.

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Otto: Texas Governor Rick Perry announced yesterday he would call lawmakers back to Austin July 1 for a special session. According to State Representative John Otto, many important bills were not passed due to the delaying tactics used by some to keep a proposed voter ID bill from coming to a vote. The Dayton Republican said he would not be surprised if last sessions delaying tactics by those opposed to a voter I.D. bill resulted in change in house rules to prevent those from being used again.

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Batman Foundation: The Ryan Batman Williams Foundation was created to raise awareness of Neuroblastoma cancer. A fund raising event for the foundation has been set for July 11 at Eagle Point Recreational Complex in Mt Belvieu. As a part of the tournament is a wave pool party and dinner with tickets for $15 each and are available in advance at the All About Fun store in Thrif-Tee Shopping Center in Dayton. To sign up for the golf tournament, call 336-0027, or go online to our website, www.kshn.com. The Ryan Batman Williams Foundation link is on our front page.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.67 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 120 THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2009

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Burning Truck: A report of a vehicle fire Wednesday morning led sheriff's deputies to a truck sought by police in the City of Alvin in connection with a murder there Tuesday night. Liberty County Sheriff's Deputy "Chip" Fairchild said the truck was in a wooded area on the property of the Huntsman Chemical Company on Hwy 90 west of Dayton and it appeared the fire had been intentionally set. Alvin police were notified and arrived to process the scene for evidence and take the burned truck back to Alvin for forensic examination.

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Loop 105: According to State Rep. John Otto, TxDot is reevaluating the priorities of the projects they have, however, the 2012 start date for phase 2 of the Cleveland Loop 105 is an arbitrary date, not one set in stone. The second phase was to have been let in August, however with this reevaluation; John Otto said it could be late summer before the second phase is back on track. Both the Cleveland Loop and Hwy 146 widening project are funded through the same bond program and Otto said he expects both will continue on schedule.

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Molestation Trial: A former Dayton resident, Jose Medrano, 32 is on trial in the 75th district court for aggravated sexual assault of a child, possession of child pornography, and other related charges. According to Assistant DA Michael Mark, Medrano was arrested in 2006 after his then 13-year-old stepdaughter told her mother about the alleged abuse. Subsequent investigations turned up various images of what prosecutors called child pornography on his computer. Jose Medrano is facing up to life in prison for just one of the charges against him.

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Hunger Buster: The Liberty ISD Summer Meal program is off to a great start with about 330 kids getting free lunches each day. Organizers say they are set up to serve even more children. The program provides a free lunch to kids from birth through 18 years old. Lunch is served at the San Jacinto Campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; times at the other nine locations vary. For information on locations or to volunteer, call 336-7213 or 336-4558, ext 221.

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Obituaries: Nora Ann Moulder, 51 of Romayor. Services today 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Romayor.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.59 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 119 WEDNESDAY JUNE 24, 2009

Teen Injured: A Hardin area teen, Deke Comeaux, 17, was injured in an accident Saturday evening while on his way to a friend's visitation, Christopher Dwayne Pate, who was killed in an early Saturday morning wreck. According to DPS Trooper Eric Vogel, the wreck happened when Comeaux attempted an illegal u-turn Comeaux was taken by air ambulance to a Houston hospital with serious injuries.

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Auto / Ped: DPS Trooper Troy Dyson said charges of failure to stop and render aid as well as a charge of criminally negligent homicide against 23-year-old Cole Brown, the young man who struck and killed Kelly Sawyer on June 15 on FM 1409 would be turned over to the grand jury for possible indictment. He said it would be up to the grand jury to decide if there is enough evidence to indict Brown in Kelly Sawyer's death.

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Burn Ban: Liberty County Commissioners voted to continue the countywide burn ban during Tuesday's meeting. County Fire Marshal Jim Wilson recommended commissioners also ban at least certain types of aerial fireworks before the July 4 Holiday. Because the state required date for commissioners to take such action has passed, the decision to ban certain pyrotechnic devices now falls to Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald through an emergency declaration. Based on input from the fire marshal the judge said he is issuing an order banning at least bottle rockets with sticks and any rocket or missile with fins.

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TxDot Roadwork: The Texas Department of Transportation is using economic stimulus funds to improve a section of FM 1409 just south of Dayton. According to TxDot officials, that $800,000 project will resurface two miles of roadway beginning Monday with the milling of about an inch off the road and make repairs to the road's concrete base. Then they will resurface the highway with new asphalt. The project is expected to be completed by early August.

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Obituaries: Frances C. Spraker Brock, 71 of Dayton. Services tomorrow 10 a.m. Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Katie Mayes Godfrey, 72 of Wallsiville. Services tomorrow 11 a.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Wallisville. Russell Pierce, 55. Services Thursday at 10 a.m. at Second Baptist Church in Baytown.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.59 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 118 TUESDAY JUNE 23, 2009

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Constable Dies: Precinct 2 Liberty County Constable Russell Pierce died shortly after noon Monday following a year long battle with colon cancer. Russell Pierce was 55.

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146 Project: Texas Department of Transportation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the much-anticipated S.H. 146 expansion project next Thursday, July 2, at 10 a.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Junior High School parking lot. The $25 million project will be completed in two phases. Phase 1, from U.S. 90 in Dayton to FM 1413, will begin in the days following the ceremony. Then, Phase 2, from FM 1413 to the Chambers County line, will start in late October or early November.

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Anti-Sprinkler Amendment: State Representative John Otto said an amendment he authored in the last legislative session prevents Texas cities from forcing homebuilders to add expensive residential sprinkler systems to all new homes. John Otto said the sprinkler system manufacturers lobbying to change home sprinklers from optional to mandatory would reap billions from the change that they are portraying as a fire safety issue. Rep. Otto said his amendment preventing the change passed both the state house and senate, and he expects it to become law.

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Chamber 500 Drawing: The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce's 20th annual dinner, auction and 500 drawing is Thursday, August 6, at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. The popular 500 drawing features 12 prizes with a total combined value of more than $13,000. For more information, call 936-336-5736.

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Hunger Buster: The Liberty ISD free summer meal program is off to a great start, but organizers say they are set up to serve even more children from birth through age 18. In addition to serving free lunches Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at San Jacinto Elementary School, the district is transporting meals to nine local churches. To find the nearest location to your home, call 336-4558, ext 221.

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Obituaries: Joseph Papin, 33, of Thicket. Service is 10 a.m. today at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Woodville under direction of Faith and Family Funeral Service. Mary T. Griffin, 81. Service is Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Guedry Cemetery in Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.54 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 117 MONDAY JUNE 22, 2009

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Christopher Dwayne Pate, 17, a Hardin High School honor student and football player, died shortly after 1:30 Saturday morning in an auto accident 3 miles east of Anahuac on FM 562. DPS Trooper Kevin Kelly said Pate was a passenger in a car driven by Davin Moses, 17. The Moses vehicle was attempting to pass another vehicle driven by Tyler Webb, a Dayton teenager, when the impact occurred. The youths in both vehicles were at a beach party in Chambers County prior to the wreck. Neither Pate nor Moses were wearing seat belts and both were ejected after impact. Moses suffered at least one leg fracture and other non-life threatening injuries. Trooper Kelly said inexperienced drivers and drinkers, plus driver horseplay, made a deadly combination. Chris Pate was pronounced dead at the scene by Chambers County J.P. Randy VanDeventer.

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Arrangements are rapidly coming together on the 10th Annual July 3rd celebration at Liberty Municipal Park. We can now con-firm that U.S. Congressman Ted Poe will be the guest speaker at the big event. The celebration will include a fireworks display and patriotic music from the Invincible Eagle Band and the Charlie Gray Band. Charles Grabien has confirmed this will be the Charlie Gray Band's last public performance.

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Jessica Vickery, 26, of Houston, has submitted an amended motion to a suit she filed in April seeking to have County Judge Phil Fitzgerald removed from her trust fund that he has managed since August 2001. Her amendment now adds Jessica's parents, Glenn Vickery and Helen Green, as reasons for dissolving the trust. In Judge Fitzgerald's answer to the original motion, he denies any wrongdoing and says the trust has doubled in size since he began managing it at the request of her father.

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The Life Share Blood Center will be in Liberty Tuesday at First United Methodist Church. Donors, especially B type are in special need. Blood donations are down but those with B type, positive or negative, are in very short supply. The drive at First Methodist –Liberty is expanded Tuesday from 3pm-7 pm.

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Obituaries: Chris Pate, 17, of Hardin, 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Calvary Baptist-Moss Hill.**Geraldine Scholtz, 83, of Liberty, 10 a.m. Wed. at Pace-Stancil Chapel, Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.51 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 116 FRIDAY JUNE 19, 2009

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Appraisal Review: HB 3611 is part of State Representative John Otto's legislation package for appraisal district reform passed by the just ended 81st legislature. According to the Dayton Republican this bill will allow appraisal districts in adjacent counties to merge their appraisal review boards if they wish, providing a sharing of resources for those two counties. He said it also creates more independence into the process, since not all review board members will be residents of the county where the contested appraisals were done.

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Blood Drive: A plea has gone out for type "B" blood donors, positive or negative. That plea was made by the Director of the Life Share Blood Center in Beaumont. Debbie Madar said supplies are running dangerously low. A blood drive next Tuesday at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty is the perfect time to help meet that demand. For more information, call 936-298-2689. The drive is set for 4 -7 p.m. but may be expanded.

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Texas EquuSearch: Founded by Tim Miller after his own daughter was abducted and killed, Texas EquuSearch is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping families find their missing loved ones. Their services have often been used in Liberty County. For information on becoming a volunteer or making a donation, you can link to their webpage from ours, www.kshn.com and click on the organizations link.

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Akins Bonds Out: A controversial internet "blogger", jailed for allegedly tampering with government documents, has been released on bond. According to information from the Liberty County Sheriffs Department, 49- year- old F. Ray Akins of Dayton posted $100,000 bond last Friday, June 12th. Akins was jailed on June 8.

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Chambers Co. Burn Ban: Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia, citing the extreme dry, hot conditions, issued a burn ban yesterday. Liberty County is also under a burn ban.

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Obituaries: Marilyn Stanford, 74 of Liberty. No services planned. Kelly Henry Sawyer, 37 of Cleveland. Services are 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.07 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 115 THURSDAY JUNE 18, 2009

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Hwy. 146 Widening: The groundbreaking for the long awaited widening project of State Highway 146 south of Dayton could come as early as next month. Mark Shepherd with the Beaumont office of the Texas Department of Transportation said the first stage of the project would widen the two-lane road to a 5-lane road with a continuous center turn lane from Hwy 90 in Dayton south to FM 1413. The second part of the project to continue the widening into Chambers County is expect to begin either shortly before or just after the first section is completed. Motorists are reminded to expect delays, as construct is ongoing. The first portion is expected to take about 2 years to complete.

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San Jacinto Principal: Tuesday night, Liberty ISD Trustees voted unanimously to hire Liberty resident Stacy Cain as Principal of San Jacinto Elementary. She will replace the retiring Donna Echols. Stacy Cain, wife of 253rd District Judge Chap Cain, has been in education for more than 20 years. This will be her first post at the level of administration.

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More on 1409 fatality: DPS Trooper Troy Dyson said the auto/pedestrian accident on FM 1409 that claimed the life of Kelly Sawyer is still under investigation. Trooper Dyson said the driver, Cole Brown did not know Sawyer, but his friend, Kendall Burch did. The two were going to give Kelly Sawyer a ride, however Cole Brown and Kelly Sawyer apparently argued and Sawyer tried to hit Brown, who then tried to leave. Trooper Dyson said Kelly Sawyer entered the road in front of Brown's vehicle, and was struck. Information says Brown and Burch left but shortly turned themselves in to the Dayton police.

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Pet Adoption: The City of Liberty Animal Control has several quality dogs waiting to find a forever home. This Saturday there will be a "Pet Adoption" day held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Media Publishing, Main St. at Grand in Liberty. There is a German Shepherd puppy, Dalmatian mix and many others looking for homes. For information, call 336-5666.

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Funerals: Christine Julia Kubeczka Pozyski, 94 of Cleveland. Services today 2 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Dayton. Terry Lee Murphy, 61 of Dayton. Services 1 p.m. Friday at Houston National Cemetery Chapel in Houston.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.98 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 114 WEDNESDAY JUNE 17, 2009

Commissioners Court: Liberty County Commissioners Tuesday considered how to best use $14 million in Hurricane Ike recovery funds. If the plan is approved by state and federal officials, the $8 million would go to help qualifying individuals make home repairs while another $6 million would go to help the county better prepare for future emergencies by building a fuel farm and staging area plus making upgrades to the old Wal-Mart facility, creating a community shelter and medical facility.

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School District Property Values: Liberty County Central Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Alan Conner said property values for individual school districts have changed little from last year. Dayton Independent School District has a preliminary increase of 24 % from last year; however, Liberty ISD shows a 5% drop in overall values. Alan Conner said property values in Devers and Hull-Daisetta ISD have also decreased, but were up a bit in the Hardin ISD.

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Fatality Auto Pedestrian Accident: Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating an accident that claimed the life of a Cleveland man Monday evening just after 5 pm on FM 1409 near CR 454 south of Dayton. Information indicates Kelly Sawyer was struck by a vehicle while crossing FM 1409 on foot, and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and died there around 7 p.m. Monday. Cole Brown, also of Cleveland, has been identified as the driver of the vehicle that struck Kelly Sawyer.

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Art: The City of Liberty is planning a program called "Art in Public Places". According to Liberty City Manager Ron Wood soon local artists and photographers will be able to display their work in the large open lobby of the Liberty City Hall. No definite word on when the first paintings will go up.

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Heat Precautions: Local Certified Master Gardeners Al and Nancy Brandli are reminding folks to care for their plants and pets during the extreme heat of southeast Texas. Al Brandli said on average, plants need about an inch of water a week, and more during the growing season. In addition, they reminded folks to beware when working in the garden or yard, other critters (snakes) will often use those areas to rest and get away from the heat. Look before you put your hand in the bushes or garden.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.52 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 113 TUESDAY JUNE 16, 2009

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Sales Tax: According to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, sales tax collections across the state are down, for the second month in a row. In May, they were down 5.2 % when compared to May 2007 statewide. Year to date however shows increase at ½ of one percent for fiscal 2009. Locally, Cleveland sales tax collections are up 12.86 % for May and Y-T-D. Liberty's Y-T-D is up compared to last year; however, sales tax collections in Liberty were down in May. Dayton saw a drop in May and is down for the year 4/10 of 1 percent. Devers is down in their sales tax collections as are Daisetta, Kenefick and Plum Grove.

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Burn Ban: Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald yesterday issued a burn ban for all of Liberty County. The ban prohibits outdoor burning for 90 days or until restrictions are lifted by the Commissioners Court. The Texas Forest Service shows Liberty County has a drought index in the 500 to 600 range, just two levels below what his considered extreme.

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Flag Exhibit: The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center on FM 1011 in Liberty is hosting a special exhibit through the month of June. Sandy Pickett, Chair of the State Library and Archives Commission said two historic flags are on display. The first is the "Matamoras Flag" surrendered to Sam Houston by Santana following the Battle of San Jacinto. The second is a battle flag carried by the 17th and 18th Texas Calvary who fought for the Confederacy at the Battle of Atlanta. For more information, call 936-336-8821.

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Hornet: John Stelly, former Hardin Hornet, was among the high school standouts that played Saturday in the Bayou Bowl at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown. The annual football match up is between Texas high school graduates and Louisiana graduates. The game was a win for the Lone Star State. Final score Texas 17, Louisiana 14.

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Funerals: Loyce McCreight, 85 of Hull. Services will be Wednesday 10 a.m. at Faith and Family Funeral Service in Batson. J.B. Blair, 91. Services 11 a.m. Thursday Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. Annie L. Thorne Neslony, 79 of Cleveland. Services today 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.49ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 112 MONDAY JUNE 15, 2009

Rocket Reward: Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering a reward for information on the rocket that narrowly missed a Continental Express Jet back on May 29. Liberty County Chief Deputy Ken Defoor said Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for the identification, arrest and/or charging of the person or persons involved. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 713-222-8477.

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Otto on Budget: State Representative John Otto said the 81st Legislative Session ended on an economic high note. In passing the state budget for the next two years, Rep. Otto said lawmakers managed to balance the budget while not tapping into the roughly $7 billion currently in the state's rainy day fund.

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Motorcycle Wreck: A 46-year-old Dayton man, Kenneth Mabry, was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital Saturday evening after a motorcycle accident. DPS Trooper Jamie Neault said the man was going south on FM 1409 when he tried to pass traffic on the shoulder and lost control. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet and was ejected. He sustained what were described as broken bones and a serious head injury.

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Murder Update: A fugitive from Montgomery County, who is considered by Liberty County officials as a person of interest in the investigation into the 2006 murder of bit pull breeder Thomas Weigner, was captured by the Mexican Army and turned over to Texas Rangers. William David Townsend Jr. is back in the Montgomery County jail on charges that include aggravated possession of a controlled substance, cocaine. Liberty County officials are hoping to visit with William Townsend in that jail about their local murder investigation.

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Taste of Dayton: Dayton Chamber of Commerce's Fifth Annual Taste of Dayton is tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School on S.H. 146. Dayton Chamber Director Tammy Pratka said 44 businesses have rented booth spaces for the Business Expo. They will be there providing information on their services along with tasty treats. The event also includes music, raffle prizes and a live auction.

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Funerals: Gussie Stelly Dubois, 86, formerly of Moss Hill. Service is today at 3 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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

VOLUME 24 NO. 111 FRIDAY JUNE 12, 2009

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Shooting Death: Jacob Butler, 23, died Wednesday around 9:30 p.m. from what officials describe as a self-inflected gun shot wound. According to Liberty County Sheriff's Cpl. Hugh Bishop, the man shot himself while in his home in the 100 block of CR 6769 in the Colonial Oaks Subdivision north of Dayton. Cpl. Bishop said the man was despondent over marital troubles and reportedly shot himself in the presence of his wife, Amy Butler. JP Pct. 5 Joe McAnally pronounced Jacob Butler dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy.

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Country Weekend: The Second Annual Kenefick Country Weekend is today and tomorrow, and all proceeds benefit the Kenefick Civic Center and Kenefick Volunteer Fire Department. Tonight, there is a barbecue cook-off beginning at 7 p.m. at the civic center with fireworks staring at dark. Saturday, barbecue plates will be on sale at the Kenefick Volunteer Fire Department starting at 11 a.m. Country Weekend ends with a dance featuring the Dusty Newman and the Benjamin Brighteyes Band tomorrow night at 8 in the civic center.

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Regional Survey: Southeast Texans rank alcohol and marijuana use as the dominant problems among teenagers according to a regional study conducted by Lamar University and the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission. The survey also revealed parents with children in either middle school or high school are primarily concerned with truancy and teen pregnancy.

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Chamber Lunch: Steve McCorquodale, the new director of the Lee College Small Business Center, will guest speaker at the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce's noon luncheon Wednesday at the Liberty Center. Steve recently replaced Tommy Hathaway who retired after 13 years. The $8 meal is being catered by Fontenot's and includes roasted pork loin with all the trimmings. Make reservations before 2 p.m. Monday by calling the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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Funerals: Thomas Edwin "Ed" Nichols, 84, of Liberty. Services today at 10 a.m. at Liberty Church of Christ under the direction of Allison's Funeral Service. Lillie Mae King, 86, of Devers. Services Friday at 10 a.m. with visitation today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Allison's Funeral Service.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.61 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 110 THURSDAY JUNE 11, 2009

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GM AutoWorld: Local General Motors Dealer Elvin Hayes announced yesterday the dealership would be shutting down all new vehicle sales and continuing as a major pre-owned vehicle only dealer. Hayes said he and Managing Partner Victor Wright are rejecting an offer from General Motors to continue as a franchise holder. Hayes said knuckling under to GM's demands would include being forced to build a $3.5 million new building and contractually surrendering all rights. Elvin Hayes said the dealership's 30 employees would remain on the payroll and their body shop and service center are going to stay open, but Liberty-Dayton GM AutoWorld will be changing to just Liberty-Dayton Autoworld in the next 90 days or more.

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Liberty City Council: Liberty City Council voted unanimously Monday night to waive the library card fees for out of city Liberty Municipal Library patrons. While Liberty residents use the library free of charge, those outside Liberty have paid a $10 fee for a library card. Library Director Dana Abshire said waiving the fee would attract more people to the library.

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Taste of Dayton: The Dayton Chamber of Commerce 5th annual Taste of Dayton is Tuesday and Dayton Chamber Executive Director Tammy Pratka said 44 local businesses have rented booth spaces at this year's business expo. She said there would be a wide variety of businesses providing not only information about their services but tasty treats as well. The Taste of Dayton is Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson Junior High on Hwy 146. Admission tickets are $3 each and available in advance at the Dayton Chamber office on Clayton St.

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Rocket Update: An air search by Houston Police Helicopter pilots along with Liberty County Chief Deputy Ken DeFoor and Sgt. Investigator Mark Ellington did not reveal the location of the rocket that nearly struck a Continental Jet in late May. Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriffs Department at 936 336 4500.

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Funerals: Theresa Jenkins Baldwin, 77 of Houston. Services Saturday 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. Bert Whittington, 84 of Anahuac. Services Saturday 11 a.m. at St. James United Methodist Church in Anahuac.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.62 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 109 WEDNESDAY JUNE 10, 2009

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Child Dies: In what can best be described as a bizarre incident, a 2-year-old boyas a bizarre incident, a 2-year-old boy died yesterday apparently because of hanging from the slats in an upper bunk bed. Sheriffs department reports the mother, Anna Sheridan said when she awoke yesterday morning she found her son hanging by the slats in an upper bunk. She began CPR, pausing to call for help. Liberty County EMS also attempted to revive the child. Joe Darrell Bonanno, age 2 1/2, was pronounced dead at San Jacinto Hospital in Baytown. An autopsy was ordered and will be conducted by the Jefferson County Medical Examiners office. The incident remains under investigation.

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Courtroom Open: 75th District Judge C.T. "Rusty" Hight said his courtroom would remain open while mold remediation is underway in nearby offices. County Judge Phil Fitzgerald said this is new mold created by a leak in the roof that has since been mostly repaired. One small remaining leak is being addressed and then work will begin on clearing the area of mold. Access to the 75th District Court and Judge Hight's office will be the east stairway that faces the Main Street side of the courthouse.

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Precautions in the Heat: The hottest temperatures so far this year are expected this week. Health experts say the elderly, children and those with chronic illnesses as well as those without access to air conditioning most always suffer first. Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness and nausea. People with those symptoms should be taken out of the sun, given water to drink slowly, and if there is no improvement, seek medical attention.

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Grant for 4-H: The Liberty County 4-H Shotgun Team has received a $7,800 grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation to support the local club's shooting sports program. Project leader Laura Hill said the grant funds will go toward the purchase of shotgun shells, targets and two backup guns for the local group to use in competition.

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Gold in San Marcos: Liberty Band Director Tom Guidry said, all totaled, Liberty High School band members brought home 18 gold medals from the State Solo and Ensemble Competition held May 29th in San Marcos.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.92 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 108 TUESDAY JUNE 9, 2009

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Akins in Custody: Dayton internet blogger F. Ray Akins, 49, has been arrested, charged with tampering with governmental records. He surrendered himself to the Liberty County Sheriffs Department Monday morning; following a grand jury indictment charged he attempted to defraud Immanuel Home Health and its owners, Robert and Albert Palmarez. Yesterday afternoon, Ray Akins was arraigned before 75th District Judge C. T. "Rusty" Hight where his bond was set at $100,000. Judge Hight also attached conditions to Akins release if the blogger does post bond. Akins, who maintains a residence in Portland OR, will have to surrender his U.S. passport and report by phone every other Friday to the Liberty County Adult Probation Department.

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Employment Outlook: According to the Manpower Inc., an employment service company, the outlook for jobs in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area is good for the next three months. In the survey conducted by the employment company, prospects for the Golden Triangle area are the fifth best in the nation, with mixed results for both the Houston region and the United States as a whole. Among survey participants, 21 % in the Golden Triangle say they will hire more during the third quarter while another 65 % said they would maintain current staff levels.

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Bus Trip: The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce bus trip to the Grand Coushatta Casino in Louisiana is Thursday June 25 with the deadline to sign up June 17. Tickets are $15 for the trip on the luxury tour bus, drinks and snacks on the bus. A $15 voucher is usually given by the casino. The bus leaves from the Thriftee Food Center in Liberty at 8:30 am and returns that evening around 7:30. Call the Chamber office for reservations at 336-5736.

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Blood Drive: Donating blood can save three lives. There will be a blood drive Thursday from 3-7 p.m. at Devers School. Saturday the LifeShare blood coach will be at Wal-Mart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 298-2689 for information.

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Funerals: Harvey Reid Joiner, Sr. 80 of Liberty. Services tomorrow 1 p.m. at Faith and Family Funeral Service in Batson. Chesley Richard Barrett, 96 of Hardin. Services today at 10 a.m. in Hardin Baptist Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.58 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 107 MONDAY JUNE 8, 2009

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Rocket Update: According to the latest information from the Liberty County Sheriff's Department, investigators have now debriefed the pilot of the Continental jet narrowly missed by a rocket on Friday, May 29. The pilot described the object as 5 to 7 feet long, solid white with "delta fins" on the tail. Investigators believe it was a civilian-type rocket instead of a military missile. A witness from the Highlands has given investigators a new sense of the flight path,.

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Otto Recognized: Texas Monthly has published its biennial list of best and worst legislators from the just ended 81st session. Both Rep. John Otto of Dayton and Rep. Craig Eiland of Galveston made the best legislators roll. However, Sen. Tommy Williams was placed on the magazine's 10-worst list.

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Track Champion: Dayton High School graduating senior Cameron Lacour won the state championship Friday in the Class 4A 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.58 seconds. Cameron plans to attend the University of Houston this fall on a track scholarship. Also at the state meet, Hardin freshman Ryan Owens placed eighth in the Class 2A 800-meter race.

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Liberty-Dayton 500: The Liberty-Dayton Chamber of Commerce is once again holding its popular dinner, auction and 500 drawing on August 6 at the Elks Lodge. This year, 12 prizes totaling more than $13,000 in value will be given away in the reverse raffle. You don't have to be present to win. To get your tickets to the drawing or dinner, call the Liberty-Dayton Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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DTV Coming: Just four days remain before Friday's FCC deadline requiring television broadcasters to transition to digital transmission. Those currently receiving a television signal using an analog TV and antenna must connect to either a pay TV service or a digital converter box or get a new digital television so their TV works when TV broadcasters transition from analog to 100 percent digital this Friday.

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Funerals: Joseph Ralph Ramos, 83, of Spring. Services Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic with visitation staring at 8 a.m. under the direction of Wells Funeral Service.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 106 FRIDAY JUNE 5, 2009

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Indictments: Wednesday, the Liberty County Grand Jury handed down multiple indictments, including murder on both Shelia and Gayle Muhs, both age 45, in connection with the May death of 7-year-old Donald Coffey IV. Other indictments included attempted murder. Both are currently being held in the Liberty County Jail on bonds totaling $525,000 each.

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Dayton Graduation: Dayton's high school graduation is 8 p.m. tomorrow in Bronco Stadium. For those who cannot or do not want to view the festivities outside a chance to watch live on a big screen is available in the comfort of air conditioning. The Dayton ISD audio/visual technology department will simulcast the ceremonies live into the auditorium at Nottingham elementary.

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Missile: Liberty County Sheriffs Department Chief Deputy Ken DeFoor said the investigation into what came close to a Continental flight, as it passed over Liberty County last Friday night is ongoing.

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LISD Superintendent: Yesterday in a special called meeting, the Liberty School Board made the hiring of Superintendent Cynthia Lusignolo official in a unanimous vote effective June 9. The 3-year contract calls for an annual salary of $103,500 plus $7500 annual vehicle allowance.

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Boil Water: The City of Dayton is under a boil water notice until further notice. City Manager David Douglas said a lightning strike Wednesday night caused a power outage at the city's water treatment plant. All water used for drinking, cooking, or ice making should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and boiled for two minutes before use.

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Free Fishing: The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a free family fun fishing day tomorrow from 9 to 11 a.m. at Champion Lake public use area, located about 10 miles south of US 90 off FM 1409. This is part of the state's free fishing day that allows adults and kids to fish or crab without a license.

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Funerals: Correction: Jesse Stuart Dubose, 19. Services 10 a.m. today at Christian Cowboy Church in Cleveland.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 105 THURSDAY JUNE 4, 2009

Property Values: Liberty County Chief Appraiser Alan Conner, said preliminary property values for the county show little change over last year. He said the year's total appraised value countywide for 2009 was $4.2 billion, about the same as 2008. The chief appraiser said one reason is fluctuating oil prices. He also said land values are up about 9 % while mineral values countywide are down around 25 % from last year.

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Booster Seats: A new Texas law taking effect in September requires all children younger than 8 years old who are less than 4 feet 9 inches tall to ride in a booster seat. Currently, the law only applies to children less than 5 years and shorter than 3 feet tall. While there is no law that prevents kids from sitting in the front seat, DPS officials say the safest place for children is in the back seat. Experts say kids under 13 should never ride in the front seat of a vehicle with an active passenger air bag.

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Liberty PD Building: Liberty City Manger Ron Wood said they are currently asking for proposals from architects for a new police dept. building. While the process is beginning, he added the time line would put construction beginning more than a year from now.

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DCDC: In their May meeting, the Dayton Community Development Corporation board voted to award a construction incentive of $75,000 to Malik Holdings of Houston. DCDC Director Chris Potter said Mr. Malik has signed letters of intent to lease space in the center for a Church's Chicken franchise and Anytime Fitness Workout Center. The shopping center will be located on Highway 90 next to the Sonic Drive In, in Dayton.

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Workforce Job Fair: The Liberty County Workforce Academy is consolidating their upcoming Job Fair to Cleveland only. The job fair will be held in the Cleveland Civic Center June 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call 258 2510 ext. 4115.

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Funerals: Kenneth D. Cornelius, 77 of Pearland. Services 2 p.m. tomorrow Central Assembly of God Church in Pasadena, burial will follow in Magnolia Park in Dayton. James "Audie" Aubrey Creel, 86 of Liberty. Graveside service today 2 p.m. at Catholic Cemetery in Liberty. Steven James Dill, 19. Services Friday 2 pm at Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland. Jesse Stuart Dubose, 19. Services were held Tuesday.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 104 WEDNESDAY JUNE 3, 2009

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Appraisal Laws: Liberty County Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner said he favors legislation that would turn the states audit of appraisal district practices and procedures to a regular bi-annual practice for all county appraisal districts instead of being used as it is now, as a punishment for those whose value appraisals do not pass state muster. That law was passed by the 80th legislative session and is currently waiting for Governor Rick Perry's signature.

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Dayton City Council: In a relatively brief meeting Monday night, Dayton City Council approved the appointment of new Councilman Jay Knight as the city's representative on the Dayton Community Development Corporation. Former council member Barbara Zaruba has been serving in that capacity for the past year.

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What's Your Bid: "What's Your Bid" at 9 a.m. returns this Saturday for the 26th year. Listeners are invited to call in and bid on a wide variety of merchandise. KSHN announcers describe each item in detail, and we sell the item way below the retail price. Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon throughout the summer.

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Hurricane Prep Meeting: The annual Liberty County Hurricane Preparedness meeting is today at 7 p.m. in Liberty Center at Liberty City Hall. According to County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch, preparedness is the key to survival in any natural disaster.

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Splash Pad: The City of Liberty Splash Pad in Liberty City Park opens today at noon and will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day throughout the summer. The splash pad, along with everything else in the 128 acre Municipal Park is free to the public. The park is at the end of Cook Road in Liberty.

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Funerals: Evelyn Rogers Baham, 85 of Anahuac. Services 10 a.m. today First Baptist Church Anahuac. Maudie A. Ellingburg Myers, 77 of Cleveland. Graveside services today at 3 p.m. in Pace Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens. James Earl Smart, 71 of Liberty. Services 10 a.m. Friday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Rose Mary Darby, 77 of Dayton. Service Friday 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dayton.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 103 TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009

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Sentencing Reset: Liberty resident Charlotte Redmon was to have been sentenced last Friday for aggravated assault on a peace officer for firing a weapon at DPS Trooper Brian Nichols, however, according to District Attorney Mike Little; her attorney requested a postponement due to a scheduling conflict. The aggravated assault charge is a first-degree felony punishable by from five to 99 years in prison.

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DTV: The FCC deadline requiring all television broadcasters to go to digital transmission is June 12. Locally, converter boxes are available at the Wal-Mart super center, Radio Shack and Goldens Furniture Showroom.

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Shred It: Organizers of the City of Liberty sponsored Shred It event this past Saturday say it was a big hit. In all, more than 15,000 pounds of shredded documents were taken away.

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Hull Daisetta Honor Grads: The Valedictorian of this year's Hull Dasietta graduating class was Cody Cantrell while Salutatorian was Kade Gassett. Other honor graduates from the class of 2009 included Ashley Sanderfer and Yancy McCauley, with Natalie Mc Bride and Keith Mauboules also making honor graduate status.

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Bell: Liberty City Manager Ron Wood said the bell recently removed from the damaged bell tower behind the cultural center would have some repair done to the cost of about $20,000. Once the bell is returned, then the city will decide how and where the replica of the original bell in Philadelphia will be displayed. The original agreement requires the bell remain on the grounds of the Geraldine D. Humphreys Cultural Center.

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Street Closed: Wednesday morning around 9:30, the City of Liberty will close Bowie Street at the drainage ditch called main "B", for work on the pump and motor and that location. According to Street Supervisor Harvey Joiner, they expect the work to be finished before afternoon school traffic.

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Funerals: Roberty Lee Frels, 80 of Houston. Memorial services today at 7 p.m. at Lake Houston Church of the Nazarene in Humble.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 102 MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009

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Object in the Sky: The Liberty County Sheriff's Office is asking for public assistance. Friday night around 8:15, the FAA got a report from an aircraft pilot that a rocket or flare was seen racing across the sky over southwestern Liberty County. Please call the sheriff's department if you saw anything of that nature in the sky last Friday or if you saw an object land or come down somewhere in that area between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Friday. For the sheriff's dispatch, call 336-4500.

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Shauberger Arrested: Eddie Shauberger, 54, was arrested Friday in Chambers County by Texas Ranger Frank Huff after a Liberty County Grand Jury indicted him on two counts of falsifying government records in an attempt to defraud his former business partners – Albert and Robert Palmarez. Back in 2007, the Palmerez brothers filed a civil suit accusing Eddie Shauberger, his wife Cynthia, and internet blogger Ray Akins of Dayton of illegally attempting to wrest control of a Liberty-based home health care business. District Attorney Mike Little confirmed the investigation is not finished and other indictments could be handed down. Eddie Shauberger posted $10,000 bond and was released from the Liberty County Jail over the weekend.

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Hurricane Season: The 2009 hurricane season starts today. Researchers from a variety of sources are predicting an average tropical storm season. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials, an average year produces 11 named storms, six of which are hurricanes with two reaching intense status with winds greater than 110 miles per hour. For safety tips and weather information, go to www.kshn.com.

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2 Die in Wreck: Two Tarkington seniors were killed Sunday morning in a one-vehicle accident on C.R. 2291 in North Liberty County. DPS Trooper Chris Richmond said driver 19-year-old Jesse Dubose died at the scene. His passenger, Stephen Dill, also 19, was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he died.

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Drowning: A Splendora teenager, 19-year-old Cody Ray Rogers, drowned in the Trinity River Saturday near the State Highway 105 bridge. Game Warden Danny Diaz is urging local officials to petition the state to place warning signs at key locations because of the dangerous currents in the river.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.24 ASL*

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