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September 2011

VOLUME 26, NO. 186 FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2011

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Night Out: This coming Tuesday is the annual National Night Out Against Crime. This year the Liberty Police Department is doing something different as part of the nationwide crime prevention awareness event. Police officers will be out in city neighborhoods visiting with residents, but the city will host a big block party Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Liberty City Hall. Refreshments will be provided, and representatives from all of Liberty’s service departments will be involved along with law-enforcement.   

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Prostate Screening: The Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center and KSHN Radio are teaming up tomorrow for the long-running, free prostate screening clinic. This clinic has not been held for the past two years as the hospital went through reorganization. This year’s clinic is tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon in the hospital’s outpatient services clinic on North Travis in Liberty. The screenings will include the two recommended tests – a DRE and a blood draw. Hospital Administrator Vicky Gates said no pre-signups will be required; instead, the tests will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Experts recommend both tests each year for men over age 40. Those experts also say it is even more important for those with a family history of cancer and for African American men to have these tests.

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Football Action: Tonight’s high school football games mark the midway point of the schedule for most area gridiron squads. The 4-1 Liberty Panthers and 2-3 Hull-Daisetta Bobcats both reached that halfway point last week and have this weekend off. As for the 2-2 Dayton Broncos, they host the Galena Park Yellow Jackets at 3-1. Kickoff is 7 p.m. today in Dayton. For those who can’t be there, KSHN and kshn.com will broadcast that action. No split channel on FM 99.9 tonight. Also on kshn.com is the Barbers Hill versus Baytown Lee face-off. That game gets under way at 7 p.m. in Baytown. Turning to Hardin, the 2-2 Hornets are on the road at 3-1 Buna. Game time is 7 p.m.  

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Tarkington Roundup: The 9th Annual Tarkington Round Up is tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. at the Tarkington Middle School on FM 163 south of Cleveland. The event features talent competition, a 5k run, food, vendor booths and games, all benefiting the non-profit Tarkington Student Foundation.    

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.69 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 185 THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011

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Letter Scam: Liberty Police Department has received reports from local citizens about letters notifying them that they have won a cash prize. Liberty police say these are scam letters that have citizens cashing forged checks. The letters are being sent from a company called North American/UK Consumer Compensation Draw. The letter states that the winning recipient has won $85,000 but that a non-resident tax of $1,950 must be paid before the whole prize is delivered. The crooks enclose a check for $3,750 with instructions to cash it and send the supposed tax money through Western Union to a location in Canada. Police say the check sent with the letter is a forged document, and when unsuspecting victims cash that check to send funds to Canada, they have committed the offense of forgery and are responsible for reimbursing the company that cashed the check. If you have questions regarding the validity of a winning notification, call Liberty PD at 936-336-5666.

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Boomerang: Boomerang Tube of Liberty continues to grow and make improvements to its facility. We recently reported Boomerang will expand with another $40 million in added investments by the third-quarter of 2012. That will bring on about 50 new full-time job openings. Now, more progress is visible on the property on County Road 3361 in South Liberty. A large stretch of the company’s land in front of their 500,000-square-foot facility is cleared and paved for a new 200 car employee parking lot.

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Splash Pad: Unseasonably high temperatures have prompted the City of Liberty to extend the season for the splash pad at Liberty Municipal Park. Avon Moore, the city’s community services director, said the popular water park will remain open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the weather improves.

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Dayton Chamber: Dayton Chamber of Commerce’s monthly noon luncheon is coming up Tuesday at the Dayton Community Center. Speaker is Lynn Barrett, the new City of Dayton city planner. The $10 meal will be catered by The Branding Iron. For reservations, call the Dayton Chamber at 936-257-2393.

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Obituaries: Gladys M. Broussard, 75, of Houston. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood.       

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.69 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 184 WEDNESDAY SEPT. 28, 2011

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County Budget: Liberty County Commissioners adopted the county’s 2011-2012 fiscal year budget and corresponding tax rate Tuesday morning. The budget projects total expenditures of $33.89 million. That is down $4 million from the 2011-2012 budget of $37.9 million. The new fiscal plans will be funded with a tax rate of .56 cents per $100 in property valuation. That is the same tax rate in the current fiscal year’s budget. The newly adopted budget requires $4.8 million be taken out of the county’s reserves in order to balance. Liberty County’s fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30, 2012.

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Burn Ban: Liberty County Commissioners also extended the countywide burn ban Tuesday morning with a unanimous vote because of ongoing drought conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor continues to show Liberty County in the exceptional range, which is the highest category.  The Keetch-Byram Index for our county is now in the 600 to 700 range. Liberty County Commissioners traditionally enact a burn ban when that number hits 545. As of yesterday, 250 out of 254 Texas counties had burn bans in place, including Liberty and Chambers counties.

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Life Sentence: On May 3, Paul Best Sr. of Liberty pled guilty to aggravated assault. Last Wednesday, he received the maximum sentence of life in prison from 253rd District Judge Chap Cain. The 50-year-old admitted he was intoxicated when his vehicle hit a truck disabled on the side of U. S. 90 in November 2007. Matthew Kline, age 25, of Beaumont suffered serious injuries in that crash. Best’s previous felony conviction allowed the normal punishment range to be expanded to include the life sentence.     

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Blood Drive: Each donation of blood has the potential to save three to four lives – that according to Susan Coulter, a recruiter with Lifeshare Blood Centers. Area residents will have the opportunity to give that gift of life tomorrow from 2 to 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Liberty. For information call Dorothy Nettles at 936-298-2689.

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Obituaries: Eric Cordova, 35, of Liberty. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Memory Gardens Funeral Home in Corpus Christi. A local reception is Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Liberty.      

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.71 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 183 TUESDAY SEPT. 27, 2011

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Employment Numbers: The unemployment rate showed improvement in both Liberty and Chambers counties during August; however, the percentage of jobless locally is still worse than both the national and statewide averages. The national jobless rate held steady at 9.1 percent in August. That is the latest reporting period for employment data. The statewide unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.5 percent. Texas Workforce Commission reports the unemployment rate in Liberty County is now 10.9 percent. That is better – down from 11.4 percent a month ago. The jobless rate for Chambers County is 10.1 percent compared to 10.8 percent the previous month. Incidentally, during the past year, the number of Liberty County residents with jobs increased by 477. That mirrors the number of employees hired at Boomerang Tube in the past 12 months.

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Highway 90: One of Liberty County’s heaviest traveled highways has been slated for improvements. TxDOT officials report nearly 20 miles of U.S. 90 will soon be repaired and resurfaced. Crews also will be adding rumble strips in the center of the roadway to improve safety. The $3.4 million project will stretch from East Street in the City of Liberty to approximately 1.3 miles west of the Jefferson County line.

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4-H Drill Team: The state-champion Liberty County 4-H Mounted Drill Team is recruiting new members. Kids interested in participating had been invited to attend the club’s annual kickoff business meeting tonight, but that meeting has now been CANCELED. The club is open to those between the ages of 9 and 18 as of Sept. 1, 2011. Participants must have a horse with a negative coggins test. For information, call Tommy Small at 936-402-3902 or the Extension office at 334-3230.

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Golf Tourney: First Baptist Church of Liberty will hold its third Jerry D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament this Saturday at Magnolia Ridge County Club. Deadline to enter the four-person scramble is tomorrow. Cost is $75 per person. Hole sponsorships are available for $50. Call the church at 336-6881.

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Obituaries: Howard L. Stone, 87, of Dayton. Service is 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.77 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 182 MONDAY SEPT. 26, 2011

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Fatality Accident: A fiery crash between a pickup truck and a concrete truck on U.S. 90 in Raywood Saturday morning resulted in the death of a 35-year-old Liberty man. DPS Trooper Eric Burse identified the victim as Eric Jason Cordova. He is the husband of Liberty County Extension Agent Alexis Cordova. That wreck shut down Highway 90 for nearly eight hours while the fire was extinguished, DPS investigated the accident, crews cleaned concrete off the roadway and the wreck cleared. The cement truck driver, Leonce Monroe, 38, of Beaumont, is in stable condition.

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Fire: Firefighters from six volunteer departments battled a structure fire Saturday night up on the Tarkington Prairie. Tarkington Volunteer Fire Chief Dalton Gregory said his department was joined by volunteers from Dayton, Hwy. 321, Cypress Lakes, Plum Grove and Cleveland. He said a shed was completely destroyed. In addition, he said a mobile home is no longer inhabitable. Firefighters were able to save some possessions from inside that home. No injuries were reported.

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Gambling Bust: Law enforcement raided three convenience stores Friday night. Daisetta police suspected gambling devices were in operation at all three. Those businesses raided include Daisetta Food Mart on Main Street in Daisetta. Also, Raywood Grocery Store at the corner of 160 and 770 plus Raywood Exxon on Highway 90 at 770. Fifteen arrest warrants were served for gambling charges. They also seized $12,000 in cash along with 12 mother boards, rendering the alleged gaming devices inoperable.

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Football Recap: It was a tough start to their district gridiron schedules for both the Liberty Panthers and Dayton Broncos. Huffman-Hargraves beat Liberty 40-20. Barbers Hill toppled Dayton 31-24. Hardin won their Homecoming contest over Kountz 48-34. Deweyville downed Hull-Daisetta 42-16. Coldspring blasted Tarkington 68-8 while Cleveland beat Shepherd 38-15. It was Anahuac over Warren 48-13, and East Chambers was victorious against Woodville 21-9.

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Obituaries: Fred Meek Calloway, 76, of Liberty. Services today at 3:30 p.m. in First United Methodist Church of Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.79 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 181 FRIDAY SEPT. 23, 2011

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Free Prostate Screening: The Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center and KSHN Radio announce the long running free prostate screening clinic will resume October 1st. This clinic has not been held for the past two years as the hospital went through reorganization.  The clinic will be held October 1st in the hospital’s outpatient services clinic on North Travis in Liberty.  The clinic will include the two recommended tests. The screening will be offered from 8 am until noon. Hospital Administrator Vicky Gates said no pre-signups will be required.  The tests will be done on a first come first served basis. Experts recommend the tests each year for men over age 45. Recommendations are that it is even more important for those with a family history of cancer and for African American men to have these tests.

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New Law: The term ‘sexting” refers to the sending and receiving of sexual images via communication devices. District Attorney Mike Little said a new law is intended to differentiate a type of behavior among juveniles from conduct that is similar by adults.  He said the new law protects minors from being prosecuted under the much more serious child pornography charges for “sexting” that an adult offender would face.

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Football: It’s a big night for high school football teams in our area. Tonight’s games mark the start of the district portion of the schedule for most of the squads we cover. Tonight’s Dayton vs. Barbers Hill game will be broadcast both on 99.9 and online as will the Liberty vs. Huffman-Hargraves game. Broadcast on www.kshn.com via Teamline, will be Hardin vs. Kountze, Hull-Daisetta vs. Deweyville.

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Searching for a Pup?: For those wanting to adopt a new pet, don’t forget the Liberty Animal Control Shelter. There are currently a number of dogs in need of good homes.  There are a variety of mix breeds in all sizes. There are also plenty of cats and kittens also looking for loving homes. The Liberty Animal Control Shelter is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday on Lakeland Drive behind the Liberty Fire Station. For information, call the Liberty Police Department at 336-5666.

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Obituaries: Casey Wayne Senter, 23 of Cleveland. Services today at 2 p.m. in Calvary Baptist Church in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.96 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 180 THURSDAY SEPT. 22, 2011

Warren No-Billed: Liberty County Assistant District Attorney Joe Warren was no-billed by the Liberty County Grand Jury yesterday.  Special Prosecutor Kelly Siegler presented the case against Joe Warren that included the charges of deadly conduct, aggravated assault, tampering with a witness and terroistic threat to the grand jury yesterday, and they returned the decision to no-bill the ADA. We reported at the time the charges were first filed by the Liberty County Sheriffs Department that their probable cause affidavit differed greatly from the reports taken by the Liberty Police Department at the time of the April 2010 incident.

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LISD Bonds: Tuesday night, the Liberty ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to issue bonds in the amount of $2.5 million to use for district-wide renovations. These LISD M & O notes will be issued in coordination with the state’s qualified school construction bond program that is federally subsidized.  The total interest rate is 5.015 percent through the Royal Bank of Canada, who has agreed to buy the Liberty school bonds.  However, the federal subsidy pays the first 4.58 percent of the interest, meaning the remaining borrowing cost for LISD is about ½ of one percent.

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Loser Pays: State Representative John Otto said the “loser pays” law allows judges to dismiss truly frivolous lawsuits early-on, before they tie up the court system and hopefully avoid some of the expense.  The legislation affects lawsuits filed for under $100,000 and after September 1st this year. 

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Hunter Safety: The Liberty Police Department is offering a traditional hunter education course. The class dates are tomorrow from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, contact Officer Josh Cummins at (936) 336-5666.

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Lady Panthers Volleyball: The Liberty Lady Panthers Volleyball team defeated the Coldspring Lady Trojans Tuesday night. Liberty won that match in three straight games. Next up, the Lady Panthers host the Huffman-Hargrave Lady Falcons this Friday with varsity starting at 4:30.

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Obituaries: Ora Gertrude Vanderhider, 97 of Abilene, formerly of Liberty. Graveside services today at 2 p.m. in Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.01 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 179 WEDNESDAY SEPT. 21, 2011

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Dayton Drops Tax Rate: The Dayton Council met Monday night and voted to approve a budget and property tax rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.  The Dayton council approved a budget of just under $8 million for the coming year while approving a significant drop in the tax rate. Dayton City Manger David Douglas said it was council’s intention to keep the city’s tax rate in line with the increase in property values.  The Dayton council approved lowering the tax rate from last year’s roughly 72 cents per $100 of assessed value to around 63 cents per $100 of assessed value.

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Boomerang: We have already reported on the planned $45 million expansion of Boomerang Tubing in Liberty. Frank Jordan, past President of the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, reminds us the company only set down roots in Liberty in March 2010.  As of August 31st, there were nearly 500 employees in Liberty, and 72% of those were from the Liberty-Dayton area. That includes Hardin, Hull, Daisetta, Cleveland and other immediate surrounding communities. According to Frank Jordan, once the additional $45 million investment is completed, the company will have invested some $250 million in Liberty, making them both the largest property tax payer and largest electrical customer in the city.

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Eversole Resigns: Harris County Pct 4 Commissioner Jerry Eversole has submitted his resignation effective October 1, after serving 20 years in that elected position.  That former Liberty County resident’s resignation comes as a second federal trial on corruption charges nears. Eversole’s first trial ended in a mistrial back in March.

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Chamber: Today is the Liberty Dayton area chamber’s monthly luncheon.  Speakers will be from the upcoming TVE. Call the chamber office for reservations at 336-5736.

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Obituaries: Alma Irene Lilley Alexander Jordan, 82 of Silsbee. Graveside services today at 4 p.m. in Big Sandy Cemetery. (F&F) Bobby Allen Lott, 59 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at noon Sterling Funeral Home – Dayton. Lois Janet Madden, 83 of Hardin. Services Saturday 10 a.m. Sterling Funeral Home – Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.03 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 178 TUESDAY SEPT. 20, 2011

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Search and Rescue: The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department was involved in a search and rescue mission that began Sunday afternoon and continued until early Monday morning.  Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said it was around 4 p.m. when two boys, Johnny Whitehead and Aaron Lloyd, both age 12, were reported missing.  The two had been 4-wheeling in the woods along FM 1409 south of CR 417, just north of the Chambers County line. A sheriff’s deputy, Samuel Marks, found the lost kids, however, then came the hard work of getting all of them out safely.  That more than 8-hour search ended as the Liberty County sheriffs deputy and two missing boys walked out of the woods, thanks to overhead light provided by two helicopters and a path cleared by a fellow deputy and two Westlake Volunteer Firefighters. ****************************************************

Rye Grass Forum: This Thursday night, the Liberty County Agri-Life Extension Office will host a Rye Grass and Winter Forage Forum starting at 6:30 p.m. Ag Agent Ron Holcomb said with the continuing drought, this will be important information for producers. There is no cost, and the program will be presented with Dr. Larry Redmond, Professor and Forage expert with Texas A & M University. For information, call 334-3230.

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Tax Collection: During the first week in October, Liberty County property owners will be receiving their new tax bills. Interim Tax Assessor/Collector Ricky Brown said tax collections for the previous fiscal year is at about $56.7 million of a total tax levy of $60.6 million. He added, many people don’t seem to understand the importance of paying their property taxes before the January 31st deadline. Failure to do that can result in as much as an additional 32% in penalties and interest on the amount owed in back taxes.

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Cross Country: The Liberty Cross Country team is doing well in the young season.  Last Saturday the Panthers boys cross country team made a strong second place showing with a trophy as proof.  LHS girls finished well but do not have the required number of runners to be eligible for a team trophy.  Coach Joe Roberts was obviously pleased with his runners. Eight boys finished in the top 25 of the 70 runners in the varsity boys 5 K run at Tarkington.  There were also 70 runners in the girls two mile run, with Liberty’s Gabie Forames finishing 7th.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.00 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 177 MONDAY SEPT. 19, 2011

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Meth Lab Bust: Liberty County Sheriff’s Department busted another methamphetamine lab last Friday afternoon on County Road 3731. Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said David Wayne Gentry, 37, is charged with the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. The suspect received medical treatment at the scene for burns that the sheriff’s department says are related to a flash fire associated with making meth. Captain Evans said it’s the second time in the last 90 days Gentry has been arrested on that charge. Friday’s bust marks the 14th methamphetamine lab the sheriff’s department has shut down in the last three months. David Gentry remains in Liberty County Jail on a $40,000 bond set by Justice of the Peace Pct. 5 Wade Brown.

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County Saving $: During last Tuesday’s Liberty County Commissioners Court meeting, 75th District Court Judge Mark Morefield reported on a program that was implemented in June. According to the jurist, the program is on track to save the county more than $1 million a year. Under the direction of Carol Witherspoon, certain inmates held in the Liberty County Jail are released, with supervision, saving the county $46.50 per day for every Liberty County prisoner that is included. Judge Morefield said the program is available to only certain types of inmates. He emphasized that those charged with violent crimes, such as sexual assault, family violence or assault, are not eligible. Since the program started in June, the number of men and women behind bars in Liberty County Jail has dropped from 227 to 162.

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Coffee with City: This month’s Coffee with the City of Liberty is Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in the council chambers at Liberty City Hall. It’s a time period designed for residents to express concerns or ideas and get answers to their questions from city leaders.  Future meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month – also at 7:30 at Liberty City Hall.

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Football Scores: The Liberty Panthers are still undefeated after a second-half, come-from-behind 30-21 victory over Beaumont Kelly last Friday night. The Dayton Broncos are now 2-1, downing the Aldine Eisenhower Eagles 44-24. Hull-Daisetta over Tarkington 41-16 while Cleveland topped Booker T. Washington 29-21. East Chambers - Hardin-Jefferson 49-20. Hardin, Anahuac and Barbers Hill all had the weekend off.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.78 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 176 FRIDAY SEPT. 16, 2011

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Intoxicated Manslaughter Charge: Dayton police say 50-year-old Mark Harold Stanton of Dayton has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter in connection with a February 18 accident on S.H. 146. That three-vehicle wreck claimed the life of Marina Azpilcueta, 46, of Houston. On the night of that accident, police suspected alcohol use on the part of the Dayton man, and a blood draw was ordered. Dayton Police Sgt. Doug O’Quinn said that sample was sent to the DPS crime lab and has since come back showing the accused was intoxicated. JP Pct. 1 Bobby Rader set bond at $100,000. Liberty County Jail records show Mark Stanton is free on bail.

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FAST Scores: Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has released her annual statewide assessment of school districts called FAST or Financial Allocation Study of Texas. This rating system takes into account both spending and student success in school districts. A district receiving the highest rating of 5 stars ranks among the top 20 percent of all Texas school districts in academic progress while keeping spending among the lowest 20 percent of fiscally comparable districts. The highest local score of 4 stars went to East Chambers ISD. Barbers Hill was graded as a 3 ½ star district. Those area districts earning 3 stars on the comptroller’s measurement system include Liberty, Dayton, Tarkington, Hardin, Anahuac and Devers. Cleveland ISD received 2 ½ stars while Hull-Daisetta ISD was given 2 stars.

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DISD Imaging System: Dayton ISD has begun a program called finger imaging as a point-of-sale system in the school cafeterias. Dayton School Superintendent Mike Kuhrt said the system is attended to speed up lunch lines and protect students. Parents should be aware the imaging id system is not mandatory. 

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Gatorfest: The 2011 Texas Gatorfest is this weekend at Fort Anahuac Park, between Houston and Beaumont on Trinity Bay. Gates open at 6 p.m. today with food, live music, rides and lots of alligators. Tickets to the festival are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Find out more on line by linking to the Gatorfest web site from www.kshn.com

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Obituaries: Joseph “Joe” Curtis Groce, 74, of Batson. Service is tomorrow at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.78 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 175 THURSDAY SEPT. 15, 2011

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Boomerang Investment: At Tuesday night’s meeting of Liberty City Council, Boomerang Tube CEO Greg Eisenberg, told council the oil field tubing manufacturer would be investing an additional $42 million to increase production over the coming year.  Mr. Eisenberg told council the demand for the company’s product continues to grow, and the company will be spending the additional millions on the Liberty facility to install a second heat treatment line as well as the means to do some product testing in house that is currently being done in Houston. He estimated between 45 and 50 new jobs will be added to Boomerang along with the increase in production capabilities.  The installation of the second heat treatment line is estimated to be finished around August or September next year.

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ADA to Grand Jury: Special Prosecutor Kelly Siegler has confirmed she will present the case against Assistant District Attorney Joe Warren to the Grand Jury Wednesday September 21. In June, ADA Joe Warren was arrested and charged by the Liberty County Sheriffs Department with witness tampering, terroristic threats and deadly conduct stemming from an incident in April 2010 at his Liberty home. 

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Fire: A fast moving fire in the Plum Grove area of Liberty County prompted the evacuation of some 40-50 homes in Liberty County yesterday. County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said the fire started near the intersection of CR 347 and FM 1010.  Tom Branch said the evacuations were called for out of an abundance of caution, and by 2:30 yesterday afternoon, all the evacuated residents were allowed to return home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Sales Taxes: September sales tax payments to cities across Liberty County are down 3.45 % as compared to the same month last year. But 7 of the county’s cities actually posted increases in sales tax revenues. Dayton’s  sales tax payment increased, as did Ames, Devers, Hardin, Kenefick, N. Cleveland and Plum Grove. 

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Obituaries: Joseph Henry Broadway, 71 of Sour Lake. Services tomorrow 2 p.m. in the Thompson Memorial Chapel in Groves. 

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.78 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 174 WEDNESDAY SEPT. 14, 2011

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Commissioners: During the regular meeting of Liberty County Commissioners, they approved, on a tie vote broken by Liberty County Judge Craig McNair, to move forward on negotiations to purchase a piece of property to locate an emergency shelter.  The county has a $2 million grant for such a facility, however, the building must be finished by October next year for the grant to kick in.  The shelter was originally to be located inside the Jack Hartel Building, also known as the old Wal-Mart store.  When that location was discarded when Judge McNair took office, a new site had to be located in order for the county to keep the $2 million grant. The Tuesday vote was Commissioners Pct. 1 and 3, Todd Fontenot and Melvin Hunt voting against moving ahead with negotiations, and Commissioners Pct. 4 and 2, Norman Brown and Charlotte Warner voting for.  County Judge McNair’s yes vote broke the tie.

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Drought: The drought across Southeast Texas and Texas in general, has already reached critical mass.  Liberty County Fire Marshal Jim Wilson said Liberty County is one careless mistake away from becoming the next Bastrop or Magnolia.  Liberty County Commissioners, as expected, continued the ban against outdoor burning.  The current average drought index is over 750, with areas of Liberty County reaching 792.  The top figure on the drought index is 800.

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Auto-Pedestrian Accident: An early morning auto-pedestrian accident yesterday on U.S. 90 in Dayton sent a Florida woman, 45-year-old Trisse Wedge to San Jacinto Hospital in Baytown.  Dayton Police Sgt. Doug O’Quinn said Jack Chambers of Tarkington Prairie was on his way to work shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday.  When he turned onto 90 from Hwy 321, it was dark and Mr. Chambers was unable to see the Florida woman standing in the middle of the road.  Dayton Police say Ms. Wedge was alert, responsive and even arguing with EMT’s at the scene.

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Gatorfest: This weekend is the 2011 Texas Gatorfest in Fort Anahuac Park.  Gates open Friday at 6 p.m.

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Obituaries: Max “John” Bracewell Sr., 71 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.73 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 173 TUESDAY SEPT. 13, 2011

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T.V.E. Expands: Construction on a new 12,500 square foot pavilion and community room on the grounds of the Trinity Valley Exposition is racing towards completion.  Board members feel it will be ready in time for the mid-October 103rd TVE Fair and Rodeo. Directors borrowed $300,000 for the new pavilion. Some 10,000 square feet is a covered building, open on the north and east – it connects on the west to the nearly 4,000 seat rodeo arena, and then is bounded on the south by the new 2400 square foot climate controlled community room. The debt will be retired by facilities rentals and gate admissions to TVE sponsored events, the largest is the annual fair and rodeo.

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Local Covers Perry: Liberty native Jay Root is covering Governor Rick Perry’s presidential bid as a reporter for the Texas Tribune. Jay is the son of the late J.D. and Joeann Root of Liberty. Root is following the Governor all across America providing news coverage on his bid for the White House. That includes last Wednesday’s Republican debate held at the Reagan Library, which Jay Root described as lively. KSHN will have more reflections from Jay Root on Gov. Perry and his national campaign soon.

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Dayton Attendance: Word from the Dayton ISD is that student attendance made a big jump between the first day of school on Monday August 22 to Tuesday September 6, the day after Labor Day. The county’s largest school district, Dayton ISD, reports a total of 4,991 kids in class on the Tuesday after Labor Day. That’s up 361 from first day attendance.

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Chamber Luncheon: This month’s Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon features TVE representatives with details of the big event.  The luncheon is at noon Wednesday September 21st at the Liberty Center. Make reservations by called the chamber office at 336-5736.

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Obituaries: James Michael Huff, 60 of Cleveland. Graveside services tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens. Brenda Kay Gilbert Yarbrough, 64 of Huffman. Services tomorrow at 1 p.m. Pace-Stancil Dayton. Margaret L. Dale McAlister, 93 of Conroe. Graveside services tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Splendora Cemetery (Pace Stancil Cleveland)

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.73 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 172 MONDAY SEPT. 12, 2011

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Armed Robbery: Liberty County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an armed robbery at the Easy Play Game Room on FM 563 south of Liberty. Witnesses say four men entered the game room and discharged multiple firearms and physically assaulted three women. Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said two women sustained head injures after being pistol-whipped while another victim’s back was hurt when she was knocked to the floor. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 936-336-4500. Anonymous tips can be left on the sheriff’s website. To access that, go to www.kshn.com and click underneath the sheriff’s patch.

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Grass Fire: A fire burned about 15 to 20 acres of grassland along U.S. 90 near the Huntsman facility west of Dayton Sunday afternoon. While that fire threatened several mobile homes and travel trailers, Dayton Fire Chief Terry Boyett said volunteer firefighters from Dayton and several nearby departments put a block on the blaze before that property was damaged. No word on what caused that fire.

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Theft Arrests: Two local married couples were arrested on theft charges last week in Mont Belvieu for stealing city manhole covers, drainage grates and iron pipe. According to information from Mont Belvieu Police Department, those Liberty County residents jailed in Chambers County were Jeremiah Walter Storey and his wife, Jamie Tanay Storey, both of Dayton. Also arrested were husband and wife Keith Alan Frazier and Priscilla Lee Frazier of Liberty. Chambers County JP Pct. 1 Larry Cryer set bond at $17,000 for each of the suspects.

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Football Scores: The 3-0 Liberty Panthers continued their dominating play Friday night with a 42-7 victory over the 1-1 New Caney Porter Spartans. The Dayton Broncos are now 1-1 after falling to the 2-0 Angleton Wildcats 35-27. For other local teams, it was Hull-Daisetta over Cross Roads 53-45. West Hardin blanked Hardin 43-0. Barbers Hill downed Nederland 13-10 in overtime. Cleveland squeaked by Brookshire Royal 35-34 while Kountze topped Tarkington 50-20.

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Obituaries: Gladys “Marilyn” Rusk Davis, 76, of Liberty. Service is 2 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil in Dayton.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 171 FRIDAY SEPT. 9, 2011

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Attendance Updates: The day after Labor Day is traditionally a little higher attendance than the first day of school.  So looking at Liberty ISD, Tuesday’s student count was up 78 students over the first day.  Turning to Hardin ISD, there was an increase of 38 students.  In the Hull-Daisetta ISD, there were 504 on day one. Tuesdays, count was up to 506 students. The Devers ISD had one additional student on Tuesday morning from the first day of school. Cleveland ISD had the biggest increase in attendance, with 242 more students than first reported.  Tarkington ISD is also reporting an increase of 47 kids. Updated attendance figures from Dayton ISD were not immediately available. We will have those on a coming newscast.

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Football Week 3: It’s week 3 of the high school gridiron season.  Tonight, the Liberty Panthers host the New Caney Porter Spartans, while Dayton travels to Angleton to face the Wildcats. You can follow both those games either on the radio or online at kshn.com. Also broadcast tonight on www.kshn.com will be the Hardin Hornets as they go just up the road to battle the West Hardin Oilers. The Barbers Hill Eagles host the Lumberton Bulldogs.  Saturday Morning: The Hull-Daisetta Bobcats against the Cross Roads Bulldogs. That game will be played at a neutral site, Lovelady. Listen online at www.kshn.com. Kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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Almanac Predictions: If predictions from the Old Farmer’s Almanac are right, our area will continue to see below average precipitation at least through August of next year. That’s bad news since the National Weather Service reports rainfall across southeast Texas is 18 to 24 inches below average so far in 2011.  Many consider the Farmers Almanac to be one of the best long-range forecasters for weather. So, if the almanac is correct, our area could be another 12 ½ inches behind in precipitation by next August.

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Trail Date Reset: The trial date for two former Liberty County Officials, former Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald and former Precinct #2 County Commissioner Lee Groce has been moved to early November.  The former officials along with Fitzgerald’s brother in law Mark Miksch are facing federal fraud charges.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 170 THURSDAY SEPT. 8, 2011

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Cleveland PD Arrest: Cleveland police have jailed Hardin resident, Victoria Lanette Hamilton, 32, on charges of drug possession and escape.  CPD Assistant Chief Darrel Broussard said Ms. Hamilton was stopped last week for a traffic violation.  During that stop, Cleveland officers found what they believe to be drugs and drug paraphernalia. Victoria Hamilton was arrested and placed in the patrol car. While officers continued their search of the vehicle, Hamilton reportedly manipulated her handcuffed arms from behind her back and escaped through the police vehicle’s window. She was quickly apprehended. Total bond on the two charges is set at $22,000.

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Help for Texas Fire Victims: The Kenefick Volunteer Fire Department will be accepting donations to help fire victims of Texas.  They are accepting clothing, baby supplies, non-perishables, pet supplies and more.  The Kenefick Volunteers are accepting the donations at the fire department on FM 1008 in Kenefick today from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information call Carol at 258-0557.

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Dayton City Council: The special election to fill the unexpired Dayton City Council term of Ricky Brown will have two candidates.  Anita Brown and Danny Jones have both filed for the special election to be held November 8th.

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Brown Bag Buddies: The Liberty County Chapter of the San Jacinto High Rollers Motorcycle Club is holding a fundraiser Saturday afternoon to benefit the Brown Bag Buddies program in Dayton. Brown Bag Buddies provides things like school supplies, clothes, haircuts and even food for those who otherwise could not afford it. The fund raiser is from noon to 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on FM 563 in Liberty.  There will be a motorcycle bike wash, food, auction, raffles, vendors and live entertainment.  For information call Mark Alexander at 713-515-9761.

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Obituaries: Janet T. “Jan” Mehling Cheselka, 70 of Liberty. A memorial gathering will be Friday at 7 p.m. at her residence. (Pace-Stancil) Clayton Guillory, 55 of Dayton. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Wells Memorial Chapel. James Edgar Harrison, 55 of Liberty. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. (Sterling)

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VOLUME 26, NO. 169 WEDNESDAY SEPT. 7, 2011

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Texas Wildfires: Yesterday, the Texas Forest Service and fire departments across the Lone Star State were battling blazes in at least 22 counties.  One of those most severe wildfires is in nearby Montgomery County, and local firefighters and equipment from the Cleveland, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta and Tarkington fire departments pitched in to lend a helping hand.  Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said while no major fires are currently burning here in this county, plans are in place in the event of such an emergency.

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Burn Ban: As fires continue to rage across Texas, it should be no surprise that the burn ban continues in Liberty and Chambers counties. Local officials are urging extreme caution as conditions mean fires that do start can be expected to be intense and deep-burning. Here are a few safety tips from the experts – don’t park or idle vehicles in tall, dry grass, which can be ignited by contact with a hot muffler.  Use caution with cigarettes and matches and make sure to use spark arresters on all power equipment.  Also, always comply with all local burn bans.  That includes those in place here in Liberty and Chambers counties.

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4-H Seeks Help: Liberty County 4-H along with Texas 4-H is calling on all 4-H members, volunteers and anyone else interested to provide items to help firefighters across Texas.  They are asking folks to donate supplies that will help in the safety, health and morale of those protecting life and property.  Items needed include cases of water, lip balm, plus high protein snacks such as peanut butter crackers, protein bars and trail mix.  The Liberty County Extension office will be delivering local donations this Friday to the 4-H office in College Station. Anyone who would like to help can drop off any of these items at the new Liberty County AgriLife Extension office at 501 Palmer St. in Liberty.

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9/11: A 10th anniversary memorial servicehonoring the people who died September 11th, 2001, and the soldiers that continue to fight in foreign lands will be held at the Liberty Center this Sunday staring at 2:15 p.m. The public is urged to attend.

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Obituaries: Geral Nelson Garner, 45 of Dayton. A memorial service will be held at a later date. (P-S FH)

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VOLUME 26, NO. 168 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2011

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Victim Identified: The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a murder of a man found last Thursday afternoon near a bridge in far northeast Liberty County.  Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said they have identified the victim as Carl Wills, age 22, of Livingston.  He was found beaten and shot Thursday in a gully on County Road 2132 commonly known as Plantation Ranch Road. Anyone with information on this murder is asked to call the sheriffs office at 936-336-4500.  You can also leave anonymous crime stoppers tips on the sheriff’s website – to access that, go to our homepage at www.kshn.com and click underneath the sheriff’s patch.

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Vehicle Registration Fees: A new system intended to standardize and simplify registration fees for nearly every vehicle owner in Texas began last Thursday, Sept. 1. Previously, Texas had a stunning 1,745 fee categories for registration of vehicles.  That number has been reduced to just nine, based on weight classifications.  State officials say the simplified structure makes it easier for Texans to know what they owe and it reduces administrative costs for the state as well as counties and private businesses.

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CASA Golf: The second annual fundraising golf tournament benefiting the C.A.S.A. organization of Liberty and Chambers Counties is coming up on September 17th at the Chambers County Golf Course. CASA is a community-based non-profit organization that provides trained, court-appointed volunteers to serve as advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children. Cost to enter the C.A.S.A. golf tournament is $300 per four-person team. Hole sponsorships are available for $100 each.  For information, call 936-334-9000.

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Tax Collector: Liberty County Tax Assessor/Collector Ricky Brown said the transition in leadership has been made easier by the department’s knowledgeable and hard working staff; however, he said when the commissioners adopt a new budget; he expects that will cut two positions from the office.

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Obituaries: David Lynn Bauerle, 62 of Dayton.A memorialservice will be held at a later date under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 167 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2011

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Gun Recovery: Cleveland Police Department Assistant Chief Darrel Broussard said an anonymous tip led officers to a vacant house in the 1900 block of Center Street. After receiving permission to search the house from the property owner, police found 13 rifles and shotguns, 1 handgun and a metal box containing ammunition.  Also recovered were a flat screen TV and one western saddle. According to Cleveland Police they believe all the recovered items except the saddle were taken during home burglaries in the Tarkington area. Mr. Broussard said Cleveland officers obtained additional information, however, until positive identification can be made, Cleveland Police are not releasing any names.  Anyone with information on those recovered weapons or the Tarkington burglaries is asked to call the Cleveland Police Department tip line at 281-592-0800.

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Friday Football Schedule: As local high schools head into week two of the 2011 football season, here’s the run down of tonight’s schedule. The Liberty Panthers are on the road to take on Huntingdon. The Hardin Hornets host the Tarkington Longhorns, while Hull Daisetta is hosting the Iola Bulldogs. Also tonight it’s Barbers Hill vs. Lumberton in Mont Belvieu. You can catch the Liberty Panthers on 99.9 or kshn.com. Also online tonight are the Barbers Hill Eagles, Hull Daisetta Bobcats, and the Hardin Hornets. Dayton has the night off.

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Closed for Labor Day: Monday is Labor Day. All post offices, city offices in Liberty, Dayton and Cleveland as well as the Liberty County Courthouse, and banks will be closed. There will not be any trash pickup in those three cities on Monday. All banks, post offices, city offices and Waste Management resume normal hours of operation and service on Tuesday.

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Name Correction: A correction from the Liberty County Sheriffs Department. The third “person of interest” in the Tarkington area gun thefts is identified as Lamar Ellis of Cleveland. Our apologies for the error.

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Obituaries: James Wendell Wells, 84 of Liberty. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church. (Wells FH) Una Marie Curry, 86 of Spring. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 166 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

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Homestead Exemptions: It’s been widely reported that a number of new state laws go into effect today. One of those changes the documentation required to apply for property tax homestead exemptions. Liberty County Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner said those making first-time applications for homestead exemptions must now show a Texas driver’s license or state ID card plus a vehicle registration receipt. Those who don’t own a vehicle can show a utility bill and sign an affidavit. The chief appraiser said the address on the house must match the address shown on those documents to qualify.

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Speed Limit Changes: Another new law affects speed limits on highways across the Lone Star State. Effective today, House Bill 1353 eliminates the 65 mile per hour nighttime speed limit for all vehicles and does away with the separate speed limit for trucks. Texas Department of Transportation officials say, starting today, all vehicles traveling Texas highways can go the posted daytime speed limit – day or night.

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Burglary Update: The Liberty County Sheriff’sDepartment reports that more than a dozen firearms believed to have been taken in a recent series of Tarkington area burglaries were recovered Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said two Cleveland men, Dacarious Rucker and Clifton Shedd, have been questioned. Investigators have identified a third person of interest, Lamar Scott, also of Cleveland. He is now being sought for questioning. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 936-336-4500.

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Rep. Otto to Speak: Dayton Chamber of Commerce’s monthly noon luncheon is this coming Tuesday at the Dayton Community Center. This month’s guest speaker is state Rep. John Otto. The $10 meal will be catered by Casa Don Boni of Liberty. For reservations, call the Dayton Chamber at 936-257-2393.

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Daniel to SFA: Matthew Daniel, a 2011 graduate of Cleveland High School, has been signed to play catcher for Stephen F. Austin University’s baseball team. During his high school days, Matt lettered in baseball all four years and was chosen all-district catcher three years. Matt Daniel holds the Cleveland Indians season-record for homeruns.

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