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October 2009

VOLUME 24 NO. 207 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2009

 

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Constitutional Amendments: Texas voters will head to the polls this Tuesday to decide the fate of 11 proposed Constitutional Amendments. Three of those – Propositions 2, 3 and 5 – were drafted by State Rep. John Otto of Dayton. Prop. 2 would require appraisal districts to value a residence homestead based on its intended purpose, not its best use. Prop. 3 provides for standardized appraisal procedures statewide. Prop. 5 does not require but allows appraisal districts in two or more counties to form a joint review board.

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Wounded Warrior Walk: In honor of Veteran's Day, LISD is sponsoring a walk-run event to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. LISD Athletic Director Shane Deel is spearheading the effort. The Wounded Warrior Project helps meet the needs of severally injured service men and women. There is a $10 entry fee, and that includes the walk/run and a meal. The event is Saturday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Liberty City Park. Tickets go on sale Monday. For information or to volunteer, call Coach Deel at 979-422-3026.

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Scam: Wal-Mart Store Manager Ron Olsen said a large number of local citizens have received phone calls from thieves claiming to represent Wal-Mart. The caller claims the person has been selected to win a Wal-Mart gift card and tells them there is a $1 charge for delivering the card, asking for their credit card number. This is a scam, and no one should give out any such information to someone you do not know.

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Poker Run: Tomorrow morning pilots from all over Southeast Texas will take off from the Liberty Airport for the 2009 Trick or Treat Poker Run. The Liberty Airport was selected as the starting point for this five stop Poker Run. The Liberty Lions Club will be at the airport from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., serving a hearty pancake and sausage breakfast for $7 per plate. Members of the community are invited to come out and help showcase the South Liberty County area. The public is invited to join in the breakfast with pilots, see some airplanes and watch them take off for the start of their fundraising poker run for pilots.

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Funerals: Virginia Ferranti McKee, 82 of Baytown. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 39,400 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 26.96 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 206 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009

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Burnham Classic: With the 20th Annual Burnham Golf Tournament held this past August, the event has nearly reached the $400,000 mark of donations to the Tri-County Mental Health Mental Retardation Services. On Tuesday, Bruce Burnham presented a check for $18,000 to Tri-County MHMR, bringing the total over the past twenty years of the fundraising event to more than $385,000.

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Sentencing: Curtis Wayne Huddleston of Dayton has been sentenced to two years in state jail for assault of a public servant. It was June 2008 when a deputy attempted to serve a revocation of parole warrant on the Dayton man while he was at the parole office in Liberty. Huddleston fled and was captured and jailed after a lengthy chase that covered a large portion of the City of Liberty. After pleading guilty to that felony charge, he was sentenced to the two years in state jail.

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Dayton Chamber: The Dayton Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is set for next Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Dayton. The guest speaker will be Michael Clayton with the Better Business Bureau's Beaumont office. Lunch will be catered by the Branding Iron. Tickets are $10. Make reservations by calling the Dayton Chamber office at 257-2393.

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Football: The high school football season is wrapping up quickly with only two weeks left to play in the regular season. Tomorrow night the Dayton Broncos host C.E. King. The Barbers Hill Eagles are at Houston North Forest. Both of those games kick off at 7 p.m. The Liberty Panthers travel to Tarkington to take on the Longhorns, while the Hardin Hornets are in Buna. The Hull-Daisetta Bobcats are at home against the West Hardin Oilers. The Panthers, Hornets and Bobcats all kick off at 7:30. You can hear the Liberty Panthers or Dayton Broncos on KSHN through our split channel sports, or on-line at www.kshn.com. The Hull-Daisetta Bobcats game can be heard online, just click the Bobcats link on our front page.

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Daylight Savings Time: This Sunday morning at 2 a.m. Daylight Savings Time comes to an end. Remember to "fall" back. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Atomic clocks will reset themselves.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 39,400 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 26.78ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 205 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2009

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners voted yesterday to pay approximately $175,000 toward accrued overtime to employees of the Liberty County Sheriffs Department. Sheriff Henry Patterson has been very public on his efforts to reduce the financial obligation of the county in what he has called excessive compensatory time previously earned by LCSO employees. The vote by commissioners will reduce the amount due to each worker to approximately 400 hours for commissioned employees and 200 hours to non-commissioned personnel.

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Bean Trial: The trial of a Liberty County Sheriff's Deputy accused of drunken driving ended late yesterday afternoon in the Liberty County Court-At-Law. January 25 this year, Liberty Police charged Gordon Bean with driving while intoxicated and evading arrest. According to police reports, radar clocked the off duty deputy going 96 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone. The jury found the veteran law enforcement officer not guilty.

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Award: Liberty County Extension Agent Alexis Cordova was recently awarded the prestigious Florence Hall Award from the National Organization of Family and Consumer Science Agents. The Florence Hall Award is for outstanding achievement in developing new extension programs. The award was given to Mrs. Cordova for her participation in developing the Families that Read Everyday, or "FRED" program.

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Social Security Open House: The Beaumont Office of Social Security is holding an open house at their new location at 8455 Dishman Road. According to David Bowman, the new office is larger and more functional for serving the public. Another advantage is the three rooms set aside for social security related hearings. The public is invited to the open house. It will be held Thursday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. to get there from Liberty head east on Hwy 90 to Major Dr. That is the first red light in Beaumont, turn left. Dishman Road is about two miles. Those planning to attend are asked to make reservations before 4 p.m. this Friday by calling 866-614-2744.

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Funerals: Thelma Laird Pate, 81 of Oak Island. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 39,400 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.43ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 204 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009

River: The recent rains over Southeast Texas have resulted in an increase in the discharge rate at the Lake Livingston Dam. That increased discharge combined with local run off will cause the Trinity River at the Liberty Bridge Gauge to rise above flood stage. Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said the river is expected to crest near 27 feet above sea level sometime Wednesdays. He said major flooding is not expected although low-lying areas along the river will see some high water. Heavy rains to the north could mean more increases to the dam releases, changing that projected crest.

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Halloween: The National Safety Council reminds parents to be careful when choosing costumes and accessories for kids to wear since the biggest danger associated with Halloween each year is accidents. When buying or making a child's costume, be sure it is made of fire retardant materials. Costumes should fit loosely, but not be so long they create a tripping hazard. Falls are, in fact the leading cause of Halloween injuries to children nationwide. If kids will be out after dark, costumes should be made of light colored materials and use reflective strips or patches to be sure they are visible. While urban legends of treats that have been tainted have generally be debunked, many parents just feel better having the kids goodies x-rayed. Once again, this year, the Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center Emergency Room will x-ray treats free of charge.

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Texas Talking Books: The Texas Talking Book program is open to approved Texas residents who are unable to read for various physical limitations including allergies. This free program has more than 80,000 volumes as well as many current magazine titles, available by mail as well as digital audio books that can be downloaded to a home computer, CD or portable audio device. For information, call 1-800-252-9605.

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Community Builder: The Liberty Masonic Lodge # 48 recently named their community builder award recipient. The non-Mason is selected by a committee of that lodge who has been an outstanding community leader. This year's community builder recipient will be City of Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett.

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Funerals: Sammie L. Mosley Lockhart, 90 of Dayton. Services 10 a.m. Friday at Kenefick Southern Baptist Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 39,400 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.43ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 203 MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009

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LHS Gets Grant: State Farm Insurance Companies presented a check for $6,192 to Liberty High School during last Tuesday's LISD board meeting. LHS Principal Bruce Lacefield said the grant funds will be used in support of closing the achievement gap of high school students by holding an academic meet and to help students gain access to higher education through the LHS Night School Academy. In recognition of the donation, Mr. Lacefield presented a 212 Degree medal to State Farm agents Victor Barranco and Tracy Williams. The principal explained that at 211 degrees a person is hot, but when they put forth one more degree of effort, at 212 degrees they come to a boil creating steam and with it the power needed to succeed.

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River Level: With the Lake Livingston discharge at 31,700 cubic feet of water per second since last Thursday, the Trinity River has been on the rise. Liberty Emergency Coordinator Tom Branch said the river was expected to crest Sunday at 26.9 feet ASL. That will cause minor flooding up and down the river. Information from the Trinity River Authority indicates no further discharge rate increases are planned, but more forecasted rain to our north in coming days might change that.

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Unclaimed Property: The state of Texas is holding more than $2 billion in unclaimed cash and property, and some of that could belong to you. State Comptroller Susan Combs estimates 1 in 4 Texans have money or other property they could claim. To check the list, go to our homepage – www.kshn.com – and click on the Claim It Texas link.

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Football Results: This past Friday, Dayton clinched a playoff berth for the 14th straight year by beating Galena Park 56-26. The 6-2 Broncos will host C.E. King this Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Also last Friday, Liberty lost its homecoming to Shepherd 20-6. During halftime, Nikki Goudeau was crowned queen. Now, the 2-6 Panthers travel to Tarkington this Friday for a 7:30 p.m. district match-up. In other action last Friday, Hardin beat Warren 38-0 while Hull-Daisetta shutout Sabine Pass 21-0. Cleveland dominated Tarkington 45-0.

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Funerals: Sharon Locke Gibson, 62. Services Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Liberty through AFS.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 31,700 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.15 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 202 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009

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Gambling Raids: 90 to 100 illegal gaming machines were disabled in two raids yesterday morning near Cleveland. 20 local peace officers took part in the simultaneous raids before 11 a.m. The larger of the two gaming spots was the Mardi Gras Game Room. The other was Quackers Game Room both on U.S. 59. At the Mardi Gras 55 to 60 machines were shut down, at Quackers, lawmen got 35 more.

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Teacher in Jail: A former Cleveland middle school teacher, Kimberly Sinclair, has been jailed with bond set at $110,000 for sexual assault of a child. We reported Kim Sinclair herself notified police of the offense. After the 22-year-old Conroe resident failed to appear at the Cleveland police department to make an official statement, a warrant was issued for her arrest.

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Workforce Academy: Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has awarded $300,000 from the state's Launchpad Fund to the Liberty County Workforce Academy to continue to provide employment training countywide. The funds are part of $3.5 million awarded to nine programs statewide with what Ms. Combs called a "proven track record of good performance".

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Anahuac ISD Bond: Early voting is under way for the Anahuac ISD's $12.8 million bond election. If approved by the school district's voters, the money will provide for a wide range of capital improvements at each of the district's schools to enhance learning and safety through technological improvements. Early voting continues weekdays through Friday, October 30, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chambers County Courthouse.

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Football: Tonight, the Dayton Broncos are at Galena Park, kick off is at 7 p.m. Liberty hosts Shepherd for Homecoming and Sabine Pass is at Hull-Daisetta, Warren at Hardin and Tarkington at Cleveland. All those have a 7:30 kick off.

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Funerals: Floyd Edward "Red" Cline, 78, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. Arthur "Peter" Haley, 52, of Liberty, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty. Bobbie Elizabeth Carr, 83, of Hull, Graveside service is at 10 a.m. today at Oakdale Cemetery in Daisetta.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 31,700 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 21.90 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 201 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2009

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FEMA: For the second time, the City of Dayton has had their request for reimbursement for Hurricane Ike debris removal denied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. While still awaiting the formal letter of denial, Dayton Mayor Steve Stephens was told by telephone that their appeal had been denied. Of the $2.1 million submitted for payment, only $400,000 has been received by the City of Dayton. Mayor Stephens said they are filing a second appeal as well as taking other steps to try to recoup the remaining $1.6 million in taxpayer money spent on the clean up.

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LISD: Currently, trustees of the Liberty Independent School District serve at large, however during Tuesday night's meeting trustees voted to move to position ballot method beginning with next May's election. The U.S. Department of Justice must approve that decision before it is official. The vote was 4-3.

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Hospital: It has been just over a week since the Liberty hospital reopened as the Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center owned by a non-profit corporation created by the Liberty County Hospital District and operated by South Plains Medical, part of the California based T. I. Group. Hospital Administrator Dan Yancy said the number of services available at the Liberty hospital continues to return. That includes x-ray and other imaging services and full laboratory services. He added Dr. Danny Khine's internal medicine clinic is expected to open again on Monday, while cardiologists Dr. Walton and Dr. Jesseran would also be seeing patients at the facility again soon.

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DISD: The Dayton School Board met Tuesday night and approved the creation of a "Purple and White" committee. The committee will be charged with studying long range and short-range facility needs within the Dayton ISD. Among other things, the committee will look at demographics and projected growth as well as capacities of current buildings and maintenance and facility needs on all campuses. The committee will then make recommendations to the board on solutions and a possible bond issue election.

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Funerals: Virginia Palmer McConnell Bean, 88. Graveside service 10 a.m. Monday at Cooke Memorial Cemetery.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 19.48 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 200 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009

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Dayton City Council: The Dayton City Council met Monday night and of the 21 item agenda, 14 items dealt with some aspect of the Dayton Library/Community Center project. Monday night council approved the purchase of a bronze statue that will go in the veteran's remembrance garden next to the new Library - Civic Center. The bronze statue called "Fallen Soldier" depicts a rifle with fixed bayonet stuck in the ground. A soldiers' helmet will hang from the rifle butt and a soldiers boots are setting beside it. The cost is $4,400.

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H-D Reunion: In 1972, the Hull Daisetta Bobcats became the only Liberty County Football team to date to win a state championship. Now, 30 years later, the public is invited to celebrate the anniversary of the event that will never be forgotten by those who were there. Kenneth Skidmore, who was the head coach of the state champion Bobcats in 1979, invites everyone to come to the reunion this Friday and Saturday. The team and coaches will be honored at the high school pep rally Friday at 2:50 p.m. and again at half time of the Friday night game against Sabine Pass. Saturday at 2 p.m. the public is invited to the Hull Daisetta High School Auditorium for a DVD video showing of the state championship game. The Bobcats won that game 28-18 beating the defending state champion team China Spring.

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Forest Service Grants: Several Liberty County Fire Departments have fared well in grant funding from the State of Texas Forest Service. Dalton Gregory, Assistant Chief and Public Information Officer for Tarkington Volunteer Fire Department said the top recipient locally of state grant funding was the Hardin Volunteer Fire Department, awarded a $155,000 grant to purchase a new tanker truck.

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Early Voting: Early voting for the November 3 General Election got under way Monday. In Liberty County, voters can cast their ballot early at the Liberty County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex in Cleveland from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of this week. Next week early voting runs from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at both locations. Tuesday November 3, polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Through the end of business Monday, 18 people had voted early. That number includes voting in both Liberty and Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 20,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 19.08 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 199 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2009

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Judges Ruling: 75th District Court Judge C.T. "Rusty" Hight issued a ruling yesterday morning, removing County Judge Phil Fitzgerald as trustee for the Jessica Vickery Trust Fund. Judge Hight also modified the trust to allow Jessica's parents, Glenn Vickery and Helen Green to jointly appoint a new trustee. If they cannot agree within 30 days, the District Judge said First Liberty National Bank would be appointed.

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Fire: There was a major fire Sunday at the old Chain-O-Lakes in the Rye/Romayor area of north Liberty County. Now renamed Retreat at Artesian Lakes, Sunday afternoon, fire erupted in what is known as the lodge at the resort. The 10,000 square feet of dorm rooms, meeting rooms, and the great hall, a 5259 square foot banquet and dance area with stage burned to the ground. Thirteen fire departments were called on to help battle the blaze. While the structure was a total loss, no one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and it remains under investigation.

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Fatality: An early Saturday morning accident in South Polk County, near the Liberty County line claimed the life of Joshua Lee Henry, with a North Liberty County address. According to reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver of the car, Nathaniel Elpers of Livingston said he was forced to take evasive action to avoid a car that swerved into his lane on SH 146. That swerving vehicle lost control and struck a tree causing the fatal injuries to Joshua Henry. The wreck happened 12 miles south of Livingston about 2:30 a.m Saturday.

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Liberty City Council: The Liberty City Council held a brief noon meeting yesterday and approved an amendment to the right of way and easement agreement with Boomerang Tube. A motion made by Frank Jordan authorizes Interim City Manager Larry Shaw to make any additional adjustments in the document that might be needed. Boomerang has plans to develop a plant on the old National Pipe and Tube property.

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Funerals: James Bevil "Boo" Storey, 46 of Hull. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at New Life Assembly of God Church in Batson. Gladys Louise Johnson, 72 of Anahuac. Services Friday at 11 a.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Anahuac.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 18.96 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 198 MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009

LISD Election Change Possible: Liberty ISD trustees currently are elected at-large. However, the school board will consider action tomorrow to start the process of electing members by position. Any change must be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice. The Liberty school board will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. to tour the Liberty Development Center before moving to the administration building to handle business items on the agenda.

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TVE: Friday's Trinity Valley Exposition Youth Livestock Auction brought a big payday for the kids exhibiting in this year's show. The final total – auction sales plus add-ons – was $209,491. The Grand Champion Steer, owned by Bay-lee Lott of Dayton 4-H, sold for $10,000 to Chapman AC and Heating.

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TVE Queen: Chelee Morgan, 18, of Tarkington was crowned Miss Rodeo TVE Saturday. She is the daughter of Raymond and Chelene Barrett and attends Angelina College in Lufkin.

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Traffic Fatality: A 46-year-old Hull man died Sunday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident. James "Boo" Storey was traveling northbound on FM 770 when his truck left the roadway and rolled several times around 4:20 a.m. Sunday. Services are pending with Faith and Family Funeral Home.

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Tractor Theft: Liberty police are investigating the theft of a $35,000 John Deere tractor from Foster's Eastex Farm and Home on Highway 90. Anybody with information on the stolen tractor –a new smaller model 3520 with an enclosed cab and a front-end loader – is asked to call Liberty PD at 936-336-5666.

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Arrest Warrant: Cleveland PD has issued an arrest warrant for Cleveland Middle School teacher Kimberly Sinclair who is accused of sexual assault of a 15-year-old male student.

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Football Results: The Dayton Broncos downed Barbers Hill 24-21 last Friday. Now, the 5-2 Broncos will travel to Galena Park this Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Liberty Panthers also won last Friday, holding off the Huffman-Hargraves Falcons 27-22. The 2-5 Panthers will celebrate Homecoming this Friday, hosting the Shepherd Pirates starting at 7:30. In other action last Friday, Hardin dominated Kountze 47-0. Colmesneil got past Hull-Daisetta 36-20, and Tarkington topped Splendora 20-14.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 18.61 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 197 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009

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T.V.E.: In yesterday's steer judging, Bay-lee Lott with Dayton 4-H had the Grand Champion steer, while Eastgate FFA's Kelli Newman's steer won the Reserve Grand Champion honors. The price for the Grand Champion steer traditionally sets the tone for the entire youth livestock sale. Last year's top steer went for $18,000. The reserve champion steer last year brought $11,000. Interestingly, last years reserve champion steer also belonged to this years reserve champion owner, Kelli Newman. The T.V.E Youth Livestock Auction in 2008 was a record-breaker with an overall total of $282,123.The youth livestock auction gets under way this afternoon at 12:30 with auctioneer Ed Phillips.

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Sales Tax YTD: Sales tax collections across Texas are down. State Comptroller Susan Combs reports collections across the state and in her September report, it shows state wide, sales tax collections were down a whopping 12.5%. Local sales taxes collected by the state in September are sent to cities and counties in October. Real dollar payments made this month to cities in Liberty County were down $103,663 – that is a one-month drop of 18.87 percent countywide. Year to Date, Cleveland, Kenefick and North Cleveland all experienced increases in sales tax income this year while all the other Liberty County towns are showing decreases.

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Cleveland Teacher: Cleveland Police Chief Mark Bradshaw said in a press release that Cleveland Middle School Teacher Kimberly Sinclair called police to inform them she was having an inappropriate relationship with a student. The student is said to be 15-years-old, but apparently no charges have been filed or arrests made in this case. The investigation is ongoing.

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Tax Statements: Liberty County Tax Assessor Collector Mark McClelland said 2009 County Property Tax statements should be arriving in the mail as early as this coming week. Property owners are reminded that any unpaid amount will begin to accrue 7% interest after January 31st, 2010.

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Funerals: Jammie Anderson, 76, of Anahuac, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Anahuac. Gidget Renee Richardson, 43, of Houston, Graveside service at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Moss Hill Cemetery.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 14,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.41 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 196 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009

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T.V.E.: The 101st Trinity Valley Exposition continues today through Saturday with carnival rides, exhibits, food, livestock judging, and nightly PRCA rodeo events followed by free dances. The big youth livestock auction is Friday afternoon at 12:30. Shuttle bus rides to and from the T.V.E fairgrounds continue today from five to 11 p.m., Friday 5 to midnight, and then from noon Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. Buses leave the old Wal-Mart parking lot on North Main in Liberty. Cost is $1. The T.V.E fairgrounds are on FM 563, one mile south of Highway 90 in Liberty. For information, call 936-336-7455.

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Liberty Bell: The Liberty City Council Tuesday night voted unanimously to build the new Liberty Bell Tower on the South grounds of the Geraldine D. Humphrey's Cultural Center. Appeals were made by Ellen Pickett and Sandra Pickett to locate the new bell tower there, rather than on the grounds of the new city hall as had been discussed.

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Rabbits: This year's grand Champion Market rabbit at the T.V.E belongs to Morgan Webb of the Liberty FFA and the reserve champion honors went to the rabbits of Barbers Hill's FFA member Jesse Anderson. These and eight other pens of rabbits will make Friday's youth livestock auction.

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Picket Picked Again: Having served on the Texas Library and Archives Commission since 1995, local resident Sandy Picket was recently named as Chairman of the commission for another 6 years by Texas Governor Rick Perry.

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Football: Dayton hosts Barbers Hill at 7 p.m. Friday. Liberty travels to Huffman. Hardin is at Kountze, Hull-Daisetta goes to Colmesneil, Cleveland is on the road at Shepherd, Tarkington hosts Splendora and East Chambers entertains Anahuac. All with 7:30 p.m. kick offs Friday.

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Funerals: Clyde Robbins Jr. 77, of Liberty, Graveside Service at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Cooke Memorial Cemetery in Liberty. Danny O'Neil Tomlinson, 67, of Hardin, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Hardin Baptist Church. Margaret Mary Senegal-Coleman, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Ames.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.38 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 195 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009

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T.V.E.: The 101st Trinity Valley Exposition has arrived. The Opening Day parade is today at 10 a.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. today at the fairgrounds on FM 563, 1 mile south of Hwy 90 in Liberty. The carnival, the exhibition hall, petting zoo, food booths and more open today. Livestock judging continues and the PRCA Rodeo is tonight at 7:30 p.m. For more information on T.V.E, events call 936-336-7455.

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Hospital: The Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center, formerly known as the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital, is open for business under the direction of the Liberty County Hospital District #1 Corporation – non-profit group formed by the district last week. Managing the hospital will be Southern Plains, a subsidiary of TI Group.

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Flu Vaccines: Liberty Physician Dr. Steven Ellerbe said the local supply of influenza vaccine is dwindling. He said the statewide push by health officials for everyone to get flu shots to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus has resulted in more people getting vaccinations against seasonal flu. Dr. Ellerbe said manufacturers switched early on from making seasonal flu vaccine to making H1N1 specific vaccine creating a smaller than normal supply of the former. To date, the H1N1 influenza vaccine is not yet available statewide.

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Police Academy: The Liberty Police Department will host a full-fledged law enforcement academy for basic peace officer certification beginning in March. Tuition for the academy $1500 plus an additional $300 for textbooks and other incidentals. Prospective applicants will need to speak with either Officer Hugh Bishop or Officer Debbie Manchaca for additional information on academy requirements.

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Shuttles: Shuttle bus rides to and from the T.V.E Fairgrounds continue today from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tomorrow, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight and from noon Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. Buses leave from the old Wal-Mart parking lot on North Main in Liberty. Cost is $1.

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Funerals: Miguel Angel Matinez, 19, Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.36 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 194 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2009

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Shooting Fatality: J.P. #4 Glenn Pruitt ordered an autopsy in the shooting death of 19-year-old Miguel Martinez. Information indicates the young man suffered what appeared to be an accidental self-inflicted shotgun wound to the chest yesterday morning at his residence on CR# 4881 off FM 1413. The shooting death occurred around 8:15 a.m.

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T.V.E: The Trinity Valley Exposition officially gets under way tomorrow; however, there are a number of events going on today and this evening at the fairgrounds 1 mile south of highway 90 on FM 563 in Liberty. At 5 today, the gates open along with the exposition hall. The carnival preview opens tonight starting at 6 p.m. with $30 armbands. Today's gate admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. Also tonight is the ranch rodeo. Admission to the rodeo is $8 for adults' $5 students and seniors. For information, call the fairgrounds office at 336 7455.

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Vickery vs. Fitzgerald: Testimony got under way Monday in a lawsuit seeking the removal of Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald as trustee of the Jessica Vickery Trust Fund. 75th District Court Judge C.T. "Rusty" Hight is hearing the case. This suit accuses Fitzgerald of violating the terms of the trust, causing it financial loss and of not providing financial documentation when asked to do so by Jessica Vickery or her mother, Helen Green. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 plus attorney fees along with his removal as trustee.

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D.A.R. Recruitment: The Libertad Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a membership application workshop Saturday Oct. 17. It is open to all women intet. 17. It is open to all women interested in joining the national organization. Membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is open to any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal decent from a patriot of the American Revolution. The workshop will be at 10 a.m. in the Price Daniel Meeting room behind the Partlow house on Grand Ave. in Liberty. Make reservations by calling 936-336-2225.

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Funerals: Charles "Chuck" Wesley Derrington, 57 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.13 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 193 MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2009

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TVE Baby Parade: The Best Overall trophy in Saturday's TVE Baby Parade went to the large float division entry depicting the movie Rio Bravo featuring Austin Lewis, Samuel Chancey, Holden Miller, Drew Vargas, and Addison Reeves. Best Individual Performance went to 5-year-old Kade Bracken from the Lonesome Dove large float entry. This year's TVE Opening Day Parade is Wednesday at 10 a.m. KSHN will broadcast those festivities from in front of the courthouse on Main Street

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Drowning: A 4-year-old Batson girl died last Wednesday night at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Beaumont. Little Hailey Kitsmiller was taken to St. Elizabeth's after being found unconscious in a bathtub. She was pronounced dead hours later by Jefferson County Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Ray Chesson, who ordered an autopsy, which is required by state law following the death of any child under the age of 6. Hailey is survived by her mother and step-father, Charnea Kitsmiller and James Bailey of Batson, and father, David Hacker.

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City Manager: Newly hired Liberty City Manager Gary Broz will take the helm here on November 2. The 54-year-old veteran city administrator is coming to Liberty from Port Lavaca. He wanted to give the Port Lavaca City Council 30 days notice before departing. The new Liberty city manager will be paid $115,000 annually plus normal city benefits. He will have the use of a city vehicle and be reimbursed up to $12,000 for documented moving expenses.

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Football: In a stunner last Friday night, the Crosby Cougars shut out the Dayton Broncos 28-0. Now, the 4-2 Broncos prepare to host the Barbers Hill Eagles this Friday with kickoff set for 7 p.m. The 1-5 Liberty Panthers had last week off. This Friday, the Panthers will travel to Huffman. Kickoff in that District 22-3A match up is 7:30 p.m. In other weekend gridiron action, Hull-Daisetta downed Chester 27-6 while East Chambers toppled Hardin 42-7. Cleveland beat Huffman 36-12 while Coldspring blasted Tarkington 48-6.

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Funerals: Mildred Rubit Roberts, 88, of Raywood. Service tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Our Mother of Mercy under direction of Wells Funeral Service.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 192 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009

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Volunteer of the Year: One of the highest honors paid to any of the many volunteers of the TVE is that of the E.B. Baker Award. Given to a volunteer that goes beyond, on Wednesday night at the appreciation dinner, that award was presented to T.V.E General Manager Carolyn Tinney. In addition, T.V.E President Donny Smith also recognized Barry Whittaker who recently completed 10 years of service in volunteer leadership with the T.V.E.

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Anahuac ISD Bond: Voters in the Anahuac School District will decide the fate of a $12.8 million bond issue election on November 3. The bond, if approved by voters, will provide for a wide range of capital improvement projects throughout the school district. Some big ticket items include new vocational ag building, new science classrooms at the high school, a larger middle school library and more. Early voting in Chambers County is at the courthouse October 19 through 23 and October 26 through 30th from 7 am until 7 pm.

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T.V.E Events: The Trinity Valley Exposition gets started tonight with the 42 Domino Tournament at 7 pm, followed by judging of fajita's and margaritas at the fairgrounds. Tomorrow the Baby Parade rolls through downtown Liberty starting at 10 a.m. Head back out to the fairgrounds tomorrow for horseshow/washer pitching contest, BBQ cook off judging, kid's festival and more. For information on T.V.E Events, call 336-7455 or link to the T.V.E website from www.kshn.com

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Local Media Subpoenaed: Local internet webpage operator Allen Youngblood and Cleveland Advocate Newspaper Editor Vanessa Brashier have been subpoenaed to appear in the 75th District Court of Judge C.T. "Rusty" Hight, Monday at 9 a.m. to produce information on recent news coverage they have done in the matter of a lawsuit titled Jessica Vickery vs. Phil Fitzgerald.

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Funerals: John Goudeau, 90 of Ames. A Rosary at 10 a.m. today at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. Laura Jane Mouton Coleman, 62 of Winnie. Services 11 a.m. tomorrow at Galilee Baptist Church in Devers. Albert Joseph Roy Sr., 74 of Baytown. Services 11 am tomorrow at Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ in Anahuac.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 191 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009

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T.V.E Parade Marshall: The opening day parade for the 101st, Trinity Valley Exposition coming up Wednesday Oct. 14, will honor one of the hardest working volunteers of the fair and rodeo. T.V.E President Donnie Smith said longtime T.V.E volunteer E.B. Baker has been named Grand Marshall. A few years back, the T.V.E wanted to create an award to honor the service of a specific volunteer, who epitomizes the spirit of volunteerism. That honor is the E.B. Baker Award.

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Blood Drives: Liberty Health Care Center and Magnolia Place Health Care Center in Liberty are squaring off in a competition Friday to get the most blood donations. The Life Share donor coaches will be at each facility from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The winner gets a $100 donation to their activity fund by the Hardin Lions Club. For more information, call 936-298-2689.

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Butterfly Count: The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge will hold the annual Trinity River Butterfly Count Saturday October 17. Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus said no experience is necessary to participate. More than 70 species of butterfly have been observed on the 25,000-acre refuge during the past nine years. For those interested, participants will meet next Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Valero gas station at the intersection of Highway 105 and Highway 321, about 6 miles south of Cleveland. Bring a box lunch and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the weather and possible muddy trails.

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Friday Night Football: The Dayton Broncos are on the road tomorrow night to take on the always tough Crosby Cougars. Crosby and Dayton are tied in district action at 3–0. The Dayton pre-game show starts at 6:50 pm Friday in full stereo on KSHN. The Hull Daisetta Bobcats are at home against the Chester Yellowjackets. The Hardin Hornets host East Chambers while Cleveland hosts Huffman. Tarkington Longhorns are on the road versus Coldspring. Barbers Hill is home against Goose Creek Memorial. Dayton and Barbers Hill have 7 p.m. starts. The other games kick off at 7: 30. Liberty and Anahuac have the night off.

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Funerals: Johnnie Ozan, 72 of Ames. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 190 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2009

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Man Collapses at Funeral: A stunning and sad drama played out during the funeral service of Rick Humber held Tuesday morning. Johnny Ozan, a long time Humber family friend had just finished talking about his friend, and said a prayer before collapsing. Several of those attending the service rushed to the 71-year-old man's aid, performing CPR and mouth to mouth, restoring his breathing twice. City of Liberty emergency medical services was able to restart the man's heart three times with a defibulator. Johnny Ozan was taken by ground ambulance to San Jacinto Methodist in Baytown. He was still breathing upon arrival, but passed away a short time later.

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Baby Parade: Tomorrow is the deadline to register for Saturday's annual T.V.E Baby Parade. This year's theme is "Old Westerns". Duplications of a specific theme within each division are not allowed, as a result, entries are accepted on a first come basis. Entry forms are available on the T.V.E Website. You can get there by going to ours, www.kshn.com . For information call Becky Brand at 936-334 9687.

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Dayton City Council: The Dayton City Council Monday night approved a $5,000 hotel/motel fund grant request from the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. Those funds will be used to help sponsor the Chamber's upcoming Country Christmas celebration in Dayton. The Country Christmas celebration will be held Tuesday Dec. 1 in Liberty and Thursday Dec. 3 in Dayton. The council also approved an $11,000 grant request from the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. Those funds will also come from hotel/motel tax funds.

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Hospital: Albert Schwarzer with Frontier Health Care had paid the past due taxes for 2008 and the tax sale by the county had been cancelled. Hospital District Board President also said Mr. Schwarzer was back at the negotiating table and the state was continuing to work with the district to hold the licenses and critical access designation for the local hospital in case a deal is struck between the two parties.

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Correction: The dates for the Liberty High School Theater arts department production of "The Wizard of Oz" is this Friday, Saturday and Monday at 7 pm with a 2 pm matinee on Sunday.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 189 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2009

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Immunizations: A shortage of the newly required vaccinations for kids entering kindergarten and those going into seventh grade prompted the state to extend the period for children to get those shots to Oct. 1. Although that date has now passed, most Liberty County school districts report some students still have not obtained the required shots. That number ranges from as few as five students in Hardin ISD to as many as 132 in the Cleveland school district. In order for students entering kindergarten and seventh grade to legally attend classes, the paperwork confirming they have received the required immunizations must be turned in to school district officials.

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Fun Passes: Over half of the 750 T.V.E Carnival Fun Passes were sold after a brisk weekend of sales. The remaining fun passes are now on sale on a first-come, first-served basis during business hours at the fairgrounds office on FM 563. A fun pass holder gets to ride all the carnival rides they want, as often as they want every day from October 13-17. This year's price is $80, and there is a limit of two per person.

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Swan Retires: Steve Swan has been director of the adult probation department for Liberty and Chambers counties for the past 36 years. Now, the longest tenured probation chief in all of Texas is set to retire at the end of November. When he came to Liberty County, there were just two probation officers and two secretaries for both Liberty and Anahuac. Now, there are 23 probation officers, and 10 support staff in the same two counties supervising 3,500 probationers from four offices.

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The Wizard of Oz: (CORRECTED TIMES) The Liberty High School Theatre Arts Department will present "The Wizard of Oz" complete with munchkins dancing in the aisle starting this Friday. Performances are Friday, Saturday and next Monday at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $5 and available at the door or in advance from any theatre arts student. The performances will be in the LISD Auditorium behind San Jacinto Elementary.

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Funeral: Roland Travis Gresham, 84 of Anahuac. Services today at 2 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. Ricky Lynn Earls, 56 of Hico, Texas. Services tomorrow 10 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 188 MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009

Local Man Dies: The weekend's top story came when long-time County Commissioner Pct #1 Foreman Rick Humber, 50, died after suffering an apparent heart attack Saturday at home. A family member took Rick to Bayside Community Hospital in Anahuac, but he died upon arrival there.

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Bayside Hospital: The recent closure of the Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital has created a void in health care services available in south Liberty County that can only be filled by traveling to facilities like those in Cleveland, Beaumont, Houston, Humble and Baytown. However, the hospital that is physically closest to this area is Bayside Community Hospital in Anahuac. That facility provides a variety of medical services, including a Level IV trauma center, in-house laboratory testing along with x-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI imaging services. For information, call Bayside Hospital in Anahuac at 409-267-3143.

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TVE Sponsorship: The Trinity Valley Exposition sponsorship program has been unveiled for the 101st renewal of one of the oldest fairs in southeast Texas. This year's TVE is October 13-17. Since 1982, TVE has awarded 118 students from Liberty and Chambers counties more than $350,000 in scholarships. To be part of these efforts by becoming a sponsor, call TVE office manager Sandra Vogel at 936-336-7455.

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Riding Team: The state-champion Liberty County 4-H Mounted Drill Team is recruiting new members. This 4-H club is open to novice horse enthusiasts as well as experienced riders. Team members must be at least 9 years old or in the third grade and can not be older than 18 as of September 1, 2009. For information, call drill master Tommy Small at 936-402-3902.

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Football Results: Friday night the Dayton Broncos shutout the North Forest Bulldogs 35-0. Now, the 4-1 Broncos will play the Crosby Cougars this Friday with kickoff set for 7 p.m. The state-ranked Cleveland Indians downed Liberty 29-7. The 1-5 Panthers have a week off before traveling to Huffman on October 16. In other Friday night action, Anahuac dominated Hardin 55-0 wile Evadale squeaked by Hull-Daisetta 14-7.

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Funeral: Ricky Lynn Humber, 50, of Liberty. Service Tuesday at 10 a.m. at AFS of Liberty.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 187 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2009

Tax Auction: Tax Collector Mark McClelland said a new date has been set to auction off the furniture and fixtures belonging to Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital and Frontier Health Care. An earlier date was postponed while an agreement was in the works to save the hospital. That fell apart earlier this week. Now, the court-ordered tax auction has been set for Tuesday, October 13, at 10 a.m. at the hospital on North Travis.

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Flu Shots: Flu shots will be available when the Liberty County Health Awareness Coalition celebrates its 10-year anniversary at a countywide health awareness event this Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Liberty Center. There will be a guest speaker, kids' activities and visits from local health providers. The state health department will offer $10 seasonal flu shots. They will also have the seasonal flu mist for kids under 18 years old.

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Voter Registration: Liberty County Voter Registrar Mark McClelland reminds area residents, who are not already registered, the deadline to sign up to vote in the upcoming constitutional amendment election is Monday. Election day is November 3. That's when voters will decide on 11 proposed amendments put forth by the 81st Legislature. To learn more, go to the Texas Secretary of State's website at www.sos.state.tx.us.

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Chamber Lunch: The Dayton Chamber's monthly noon luncheon is Tuesday at First United Methodist Church of Dayton. Leslie Herndon with Edwards Jones is the guest speaker, and the $10 spaghetti lunch will be catered by Village Bistro. Make reservations during business hours before 5 p.m. Monday by calling the Dayton Chamber at 257-2393.

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TVE Dance: The TVE Kickoff Dance is tomorrow night in the arena featuring the Texas Roadrunners. Gates open at 8 p.m. with the band set to play at 9. Tickets are $7 at the gate. The fairgrounds are located on FM 563 one mile south of U.S. 90 in Liberty. The office number is 336-7455.

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Funeral Service: Jeanette Robbins Chance, 72, of Liberty. Graveside service Monday at 3 p.m. in Fairlawn Cemetery under direction of AFS of Liberty. Robert Landon Gandy, 38, of Saratoga. Service Saturday at 10 a.m. at FBC of Batson under direction of Faith and Family.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 186 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2009

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New Liberty City Manager: After spending some five hours in executive session, the Liberty City Council Tuesday night voted unanimously in favor of one of the three finalists for the position of city manager. Council adopted a motion by Frank Jordan that authorizes interim City Manager Larry Shaw to negotiate a salary and benefits package with Gary Broz, the current city manager at Port Lavaca. Mayor Carl Picket said Broz has been city manager there since November of 2000.

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DISD Changes: A couple of big changes are in place at Dayton High School. Dayton Superintendent Greg Hayman said Laurie Elliot has been named principal of the Dayton Alternative Education Center while Travis Young is assuming the duties as principal at Dayton High School. These moves are on an interim basis. The Dayton Alternative Education Center is a non-traditional night school that meets the needs of a segment of the district's population that has not been successful in the traditional classroom setting.

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T.V.E Fun Pass: The popular T.V.E carnival fun passes go on sale this Saturday morning at 8 at the T.V.E Fairgrounds on Wallisville road – that is FM 563. Only 750 fun passes will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. It's a great bargain as fun pass holders get to ride all the rides they want as often as they want, every day from October 13 through October 17 at the fair grounds. Like last year, this years fun passes are $80 each and there is a limit of two per person.

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Flu and Schools: While the number of influenza cases being reported statewide continues to grow, most local school districts say the cases of kids missing school due to flu-like symptoms is only slightly more than normal. The one exception appears to be the Cleveland ISD, where school officials say they are seeing a substantially higher number of flu-like cases than usual. Almost 400 students were out of school Wednesday due to flu symptoms in the Cleveland ISD. Health officials say the best protection against flu is frequent thorough hand washing. Students who exhibit flu-like symptoms should stay home.

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Funeral Pending: Albert Joseph Roy, 74 of Anahuac. Services pending with Wells Funeral Service of Liberty.

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