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Volume 23 NO. 20 THURSDAY JANUARY 31ST, 2008

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Murder Trial: A Houston man, Timothy Wayne Ebert, 39, is set to go on trial for the 2005 murder of Samasali Maredya. The 22-year-old was working at a Cleveland convenience store in February 2005 when investigators say Ebert robbed the store at gunpoint. Authorities said the clerk was entirely cooperative with the robber when he was shot and killed. Police arrested Timothy Ebert in Houston 2 day’s later. He has been held in the Liberty County Jail without bond since that time. District Attorney Mike Little said the capitol murder trial is set to begin on February 11 in the 253rd District Court of Judge Chap Cain.

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Dictionaries: Several years ago, Liberty Rotary Club began giving student dictionaries to every third-grade student at Liberty Elementary School. Yesterday morning, Rotarians handed out more than 160 dictionaries at LES. They also left behind enough extras to supply children who may have been absent on Wednesday and students who enroll during the balance of the school year.

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Volunteer Honored: On Tuesday, Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, regional director for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, presented Paul Newton, volunteer with the Friends of Trinity River Refuge, a 1,000-hour pin and praised him for his commitment. Trinity River Wildlife Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus said Newton has helped in many ways, including office work, clean up, butterfly garden, earth days and fishing outings.

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Insurance: Liberty County Sheriffs Captain Chip Fairchild said many insurance companies are now requiring home owners to document their belongings before they will pay a claim. Crime investigators suggest marking your property with a personal identifier, make a detailed inventory list, and keep more than one copy of that inventory. Also, update the inventory regularly.

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Funerals: Alvin Haley Gibbs, 74 of Cleveland. Graveside services today 10 AM Pace Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens – Cleveland. Betty Jo Young, 79 of Hardin. Services 2 PM today at Hardin Baptist Church. Dorothy Fay Cleere Dearmore, 88 of Liberty. Services 10 AM today at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty. Darrell Richardson, 46 of Dayton. Services 10 AM tomorrow Menard Chapel Cemetery in Schwab City.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.82 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 19 WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30th, 2008

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UIL Realignment: Every two years, the UIL announces the realignment of school districts in Texas. This year that is set for Friday 9 AM. The realignment impacts which schools compete against each other in UIL events like sports, academics, band and choir. UIL alignment is based on enrollment figures and schools are categorized from the largest 5A down to the smallest 1A. Locally Dayton is frequently impacted by realignments, bouncing between districts primarily in Houston or Beaumont.

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Fire: The home of Randall Ayers on CR. 3011 was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of Tuesday. Tarkington VFD Assistant Chief Dalton Gregory said when he arrived, flames were already coming through the roof of the garage and a car parked outside was on fire. 6 departments, Tarkington – Kenefick – Hwy. 321 – Dayton – Cleveland and Splendora spent over 4 hours fighting the fire. The home was a total loss. Randall Ayers, his wife and 2 children were alerted to the danger by smoke alarms and escaped with out injuries. Liberty County Fire Marshal Jim Wilson is investigating.

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Trees: A 158 acre section of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge here in Liberty County now has 48,000 new hardwood trees. Funded with donations from major corporations such as Dell, Travelocity, NBC Universal and Universal Studios, the program called “Go Zero” measures carbon dioxide emissions from everyday things like laptops computers to modes of travel. The program then offsets that impact by planting native trees that absorb carbon dioxide as they grow.

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Property Taxes: Tomorrow is the last day to pay property taxes to avoid penalties. Liberty County Tax Collector Mark McClelland said the tax office will be open until 6 PM today and tomorrow. February 1st any unpaid balance will be assessed a 7% penalty. Even if you can’t pay the entire amount, McClelland recommends pay what you can.

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Funerals: Dorothy Dearmore, 79 of Liberty. Pending at Allison Funeral Service. Theresa Pauline Alexander, 79. Remembrance service 11 AM Saturday at Allison Funeral Service – Liberty. Jerre D. Barbeaud, 67 of Dayton. Services 2 PM Friday at Pace Stancil Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.14 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 18 tuesday JANUARY 29th, 2008

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Collin County Murder Trial: Curtis Lee Armstrong, 37 of Dayton, will go on trial April 14th in the 199th District Court of Collin County Texas, for the murder of his ex-wife Jennifer McCallum in Plano. We reported at the time the man was arrested after police were called to the 35-year-old nurse’s apartment on a welfare concern. Police said that is not an unusual call, however they found enough blood both inside and outside, the Medical Examiner said they should be looking for a body, not a missing person. The body of Jennifer McCallum was found a week later in Freestone County, about an hour south of Dallas. Dallas media reported at the time she died of blows to the head and stab wounds to her neck and body. a custody dispute may have been the motive.

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Dayton Chamber: There are still a few individual tickets left for this Thursday’s Dayton Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. This year’s program is “Johnny D and the Rocket 88’s”. As a part of the fun, there is a silent auction starting at 6:30 when the doors open. Some individual tickets remain, call the chamber office at 936 257 2393.

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Medicare Scam: The Better Business Bureau in Beaumont is warning seniors of a scam offering a new paid Medicare discount called a “Lifeline” card, that would eliminate the monthly fee deducted from social security checks. The BBB says these thieves trick seniors into disclosing birth dates, social security numbers, checking account and credit card numbers. It is also illegal to sell any Medicare product over the phone or door to door. Best advice is never give your social security, bank account or credit card information to anyone claiming to be with a government agency. When in doubt, hang up and call the agency directly using the number in a local phone directory.

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Mardi Gras Dance: This Saturday, the Billy Ledbetter Orchestra will fill the night with music and dance at the Liberty Center as a fund-raiser for the Humpreys Cultural Center Expansion Project. Tickets are $100 and include a meal. It is a coat and tie, cocktail dress kind of evening or wear your Mardi Gras best. Tickets are available at the Pickett and Pickett law office, FLNB Dayton and Liberty, and the Liberty Library. The dance is 7 PM to 11 PM.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.40 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 16 friday JANUARY 25th, 2008

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1008 Wreck: DPS Trooper Wyatt Smith said Wednesday just after 5:00 PM, Dan Page of Cleveland driving south on FM 1008 lost control of his truck, hitting a north bound ambulance of Priority One Ambulance Service who was transporting Larry Wright back to his home. The medic in the ambulance, Clifford Watson, the patient, Larry Wright, as well as the pick up driver were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston by ground ambulance. Air Ambulance services were unable to fly due to the weather.

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Liberty County Boom: Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald said the county is poised for an explosion in population in the next 10 years, and the catalyst for that influx will be the much discussed grand parkway. Present plans show it entering Northwest Liberty County along Highway 59. Developers who make their living following such things are buying up huge chunks of land in the county making plans for what lies ahead. One 7,400 acre tract is for a master designed community that could house 35,000 residents near Plum Grove. Four developers have options on 70,000 acres in that same general area.

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Entergy Bills: Residential customers of Entergy will see both a refund and surcharge on the February and March bills. Company officials say the refund is due to over recovery of fuel costs May – Nov. 2007. That will be somewhat offset by a surcharge that allows the company to recover some of the costs associated with purchased power. The average 1000-kilowatt hour residential customer will get a credit of about $37.

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No Rabies: Game Warden Danny Diaz said there have been no confirmed cases of rabies in this area. He said there have been cases of sick animals that were suspicious, however he also said that is not uncommon this time of year. Diaz said this area is susceptible to rabies, and in the past there have been cases of the disease, however this year there have been no confirmed cases.

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Funerals: Margie G. Saranthus, 73 of Shepherd. Services today at 1 PM Church of Christ - Shepherd. Jane Davis, 86 of Hull. Services 10 AM Saturday at New Life Assembly of God Church - Batson. Naomi Meacham Hargraves, 95. Services 10 AM Monday at Allison Funeral Service - Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.98 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 15 THURSDAY JANUARY 24TH, 2008

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Hospital: Talks between Frontier Health Care, the Liberty County Hospital District and an unnamed group interested in investing in the community to build a new hospital for this area continues. Now, those talks include a company called Black Hawk Health Care, owner of a hospital in Rockdale, Texas that has become a very profitable operation since the company took it over. The situation remains in the negotiation stage though the possibility of a new hospital continues to grow.

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Trans-Texas Corridor: The Texas Department of Transportation will host a public hearing on the environmental impact of the proposed I 69 / Trans-Texas corridor project. The hearing will be February 5th at the Cleveland Civic Center starting with an open house at 5 PM and the hearing at 6:30. Local residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on the project. State documents show the current tier study includes an I-69 route through Liberty County.

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Brotherhood Banquet: The 82nd Annual Methodist Brotherhood Banquet is set for Thursday February 21st in the Fellowship Hall at Liberty’s 1st United Methodist Church. The keynote speaker is Houston Furniture Dealer Jim “Mattress Mac” McInvale. Tickets are available from the Methodist Men’s Bible Class or call 936-336-6401.

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Liberty Fire Chiefs: To set the record straight, lifetime volunteer fire fighter J. B. Shepherd said there have been seven fire chiefs in the City of Liberty. Bob Martin served in that post from 1925 to 1955, followed by “Gene” Puckett for one year. Next came Jack Bauslog - 1 year, then Ben Pickett in 1958. Pickett was followed by his protégé Mike Hay in 1987, then came Jamie Galloway and now, Fred Collins. All Nine News recently reported only five fire chiefs in the city’s history.

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Funerals: Norman J. Cain, 77, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. James Roy Nutt, 76, of Cleveland, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. Murry G. Mitchell, 82, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. today at Wells Funeral Service in Liberty. Ethel Thompkins, 53, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. today at Berean Tabernacle Baptist Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.07 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 14 WEDNESDAY JANUARY 23RD, 2008

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CiviGenics Guards Arrested: Two guards employed by CiviGenics and working at the Liberty County Jail were arrested yesterday and charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance to a federal inmate. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said a tip of employee’s bringing contraband into the jail is what prompted the investigation. Arrested were Shondalyn S. Jones 25 of Dayton and Manitra L. Taylor, 41 of Cleveland. Sheriff Arthur said because it was an inmate being held for the US Marshall’s service, the two will be charged in Federal Court.

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners yesterday hired a new county 4-H extension agent, Aylssa Puckett, and tabled appointing a constable to fill the spot left vacant by the resignation of Mike Parrish. Commissioners accepted $50,000 in grant funds from HGAC on behalf of the Liberty County Workforce Training Academy. Although in the process of getting it, the academy does not yet have the state designation of a 501-C3 organization. The county is considered a qualified recipient, so they will act as a pass through entity for the funds. Commissioners also lifted the county wide burn ban.

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Mardi Gras Dance: There are still tickets left for the February 2nd Mardi Gras Dance at the Liberty Center. Tickets cost $100 and proceeds are earmarked for the Humphrey’s Cultural Center Expansion Project. The price includes a night of dancing to the Billy Ledbetter Orchestra and a fine meal. Tickets are available at the Liberty Municipal Library, FLNB Dayton and Liberty and the Pickett Law Office in downtown Liberty.

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Black History Calendar: The 2008 Black history calendar is for sale at the Sam Houston Regional Library and the Liberty Municipal Library. Calendars cost $5 each.

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TVE Changes: The TVE Board recently hired a new facilities manager. Linda Lansford from Tarkington was formerly a manager with the Crosby Fair and Rodeo.

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Funerals: Tommie James Hamilton, 89 of Cleveland. Services Thursday 1 PM at New Caney Family Worship Cemetery. Baxter “Sonny” Denton, 55 of Porter. Services Thursday at 3:30 PM at Pace Stancil Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.41 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 13 TUESDAY JANUARY 22ND, 2008

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Fire: The Cleveland and Tarkington fire departments both battled a single family house fire on CR 328 North, in the late hours of Sunday. According to Tarkington Assistant Fire Chief Dalton Gregory, when firefighters arrived the wooden frame home was already heavily involved in flames. Before the fire was extinguished, more that 11,000 gallons of water was brought to fight the blaze. Cleveland Assistant Chief Jerry Oliver said he believes the fire was electrical. The home was destroyed.

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Dugat Shines at Baylor: Former Dayton Bronco Henry Dugat and the Baylor Bears Basketball team have been excelling this season and now have a 15-2 record. Dugat leads the Bears this season in steals with 25 and currently is 2nd on the team in points scored with 205 on the season. The Bears go to College Station tomorrow to take on the 15-3 Aggies with a chance to knock off a top 10 team, and crack the top 25 poll for the first time.

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Wreck: There were no major injuries when an SUV flipped over on CR. 486 yesterday morning. Texas DPS Trooper Sean Cheshire said either excessive speed on the rough road or a blown tire caused Sally Smith to lose control of the vehicle, sliding sideways into a ditch and overturning. A chain link and metal fence kept the vehicle from completely rolling onto its side. 3 people in the SUV were transported to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

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Resource Officer: Liberty ISD students may soon see what will be called a resource officer. LISD Trustees approved a request by Liberty Police Chief Mike Cummings to support a resource officer for school campuses, where the district would pay 75 % of the salary, and the City of Liberty, if approved, will cover the remaining 25 % of this salary as well as vehicle and uniform costs. Chief Cummings said a recent Homeland Security Conference where he participated in an active shooter session reinforced in his mind the need for a police officer to be on local campuses throughout the day.

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Funerals: Chloe Annie Maharrey, 104 of Dayton. Services 2 PM Wednesday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Jerry Benjamin Johnson, 60 of Liberty. Services Wednesday at 2 PM at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.96 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 12 FRIDAY JANUARY 18TH, 2008

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H-D Superintendent Finalist: The Hull Daisetta school board has announced the selection of Mary Huckabay as the lone finalist for school superintendent. State law requires a 21-day period between naming and the actual hiring. The search for a superintendent has been ongoing for the past 5 months, since the resignation of Steve Dozier. School trustees are planning a reception for district staff and the community to meet Mary Huckabay in mid February.

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Flu Widespread: The Texas Department of Health reports flu is widespread in Texas, with LISD feeling the hit. According to Superintendent Mona Chadwick nearly 10% of the student body was out sick yesterday with flu. Experts say to avoid the flu virus, wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth, or eating. Don’t share towels, lipstick, cigarettes, food, eating utensils, drinking glasses or anything that might be contaminated with germs. At least one local clinic reports a few cases of flu where the patient had received the flu vaccine.

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Chamber Banquet Speaker: Houston Mayor Bill White will be the keynote speaker for the 31st annual Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet on the evening of March 6th. The event will be in the Dayton High School Cafeteria. Tickets should go on sale soon. For information call the Chamber office at 936 336 5736.

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MLK Day Closings: Both Dayton and Liberty City Offices and the Liberty County Court House will be closed Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday. Area banks will also be closed. Garbage service will run as normal.

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Child Care Training: The Texas Agri-Life Extension is offering a free child care provider training on March 1st for those needing continuing education hours to maintain child care certifications. The free training is from 8 AM to 1 PM. For information call 936 336 4558 ext. 221

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Funerals: Ira Jean Chapman, 80 of Cleveland. Services 10 AM Saturday at Pace Stancil - Cleveland. Reuel B. Crawford, 102 of Moss Hill. Services will be 10 AM Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.56 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 11 THURSDAY JANUARY 17TH, 2008

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Fontenot Drug Charges: In October last year, Alfred Fontenot, former Hull Daisetta ISD Trustee was arrested and charged in Chambers County with possession of marijuana. Shortly after the arrest, Liberty County District Attorney Mike Little said the case against Mr. Fontenot has been turned over to federal prosecutors in Beaumont. The reason being, according to Mr. Little, is one of his staff members is a relative of the Raywood man, and the Liberty Chambers Co. District Attorney felt it would be improper for his office to handle the case. Soon thereafter Fontenot was indicted by a federal grand jury and will be tried in the next few weeks. Fontenot remains free on bond.

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New Hospital – Maybe: Negotiations to build a new hospital facility for the Liberty Dayton – South Liberty County area are underway between three entities. The current owners of the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital – Frontier Health Care, Liberty County Hospital District Number 1 Board, and an unnamed group that is interested in a joint venture have been discussing options for a few months. Hospital District Board President Bruce Stratton said while there is no contract in place, location selected, or property purchased, if a deal is confirmed those issues would move forward rapidly. From the point dirt starts turning, it would be roughly 18 months to when a new hospital opens its doors for business.

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LISD Legal Counsel: The Liberty School Board met Tuesday night, ending the marathon meeting after midnight. Trustees created a newly defined Assistant Superintendent Position and hired local attorney and LHS Teacher Randy Gunter to fill the post. The new position was created primarily to handle legal matters as well as district human resource and personnel issues.

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Parrish Resigns: Constable Precinct #2 Mike Parrish has submitted his resignation effective January 31st. Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald said he and commissioners would discuss how best to find an interim constable for that office at their next meeting. Parrish said his burgeoning music career is leaving him insufficient time to serve the people who elected him.

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Funerals: Martin Bernard Tebo, 70, of Ames, Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.17 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 10 WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16TH, 2008

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Long Term Planning: Dayton Attorney Randy Gunter said when planning for long term care, there are 4 basic documents everybody needs; 1st a will, 2nd a directive for physicians, 3rd health care or medical power of attorney and 4th statutory durable power of attorney. Randy Gunter said these four documents would help insure your wishes are carried out should you be unable to speak for yourself. He added any attorney could help with these four documents. There is a government website that has valuable information on long term planning, www.longtermcare.gov.

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Dayton City Council: Dayton City Council Monday night awarded the bid to clear the lot of the future Civic Center to local company Dayton Sand, Clay and Construction. Council also directed city manager David Douglas to set up interviews with representatives from the 3 architectural firms who have submitted proposals to design and build the facility.

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Rendition Forms: Liberty County Chief Appraiser Alan Conner said his office will be mailing the personal property rendition forms in the next week or so. Business owners must annually list the value of personal property like office furniture, equipment and vehicles for tax purposes. The Chief Appraiser urges they be filed by the April 15th deadline. Those who fail to render their personal property generally end up with a higher tax bill. 30-day extensions are available, but have to be requested in writing by the April 15th deadline.

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MLK Celebration: The 10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is this Saturday at 1 PM at the Nottingham Elementary School Auditorium. Speakers will include state representative Dr. Alma Allen, Baseball Hall of Famer Grover “Deacon” Jones and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes. For information call 336 7393 or 336 6601.

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Funerals: Russell W. Berry Jr., 13 formerly of Liberty. Memorial service Saturday at 2 PM at Allison Funeral Home – Liberty. Vivian Brooks Prater, 85 of Dayton. Services 2 PM Thursday at 1st United Methodist Church Dayton. Kenneth Wayne Jordan, 72 of Cleveland. Services 10 AM today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.77 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 9 TUESDAY JANUARY 15TH, 2008

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Buddy Craig Pleads: Late Friday afternoon, Bernard “Buddy” Craig, pled no contest to charges of theft by a public servant, and abuse of official capacity. It was in Nov. 2004 when the former county maintenance supervisor was indicted by the grand jury on the 2 felony charges for allegedly stealing county property valued at $2100. 75th District Judge C.T. “Rusty” Hight sentenced Craig to 3 years deferred adjudication on each of the 2 charges plus fines and court costs. In total, Buddy Craig was ordered to pay $1,536 with $500 of that deferred if he completes the 3 years with out further incident.

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Preventing Substance Abuse: The Liberty School District is sponsoring a night with Milton Creagh addressing the topic of what parents can do to prevent substance abuse by their kids. Featured on CNN, Fox, PBS and Focus on the Family, Milton Creagh is a nationally known motivational speaker. He will be at the LISD Auditorium Thursday evening January 31, at 6 PM.

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Local Dealership Gets Bid: In a special called meeting yesterday morning, Liberty County Commissioners reversed their decision from last week to buy 8 patrol cars from HGAC, and voted to buy them from BJ Ford of Liberty. While the HGAC cars cost slightly less, a provision allows governmental agencies to buy locally if the price is not higher then 3% more. That gives government entities the option of supporting their local economy. In this case, the differences is roughly 2.2 % higher than BJ Ford, at $21,492 to HGAC’s price of $21,028.

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Burn Ban: Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald yesterday issued a burn ban for all unincorporated areas of the county in effect until January 22nd. While weather forecasters call for rain likely Tuesday evening and into Wednesday, this order stays in place until it expires or is lifted by the judge.

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Funerals: Rebecca Lynn Hunnel Delane, 52. Services will be today at 1 PM at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Mary Jo Smith Lusty, 67 of Dayton. Graveside services 1 PM Saturday at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton. Robert Earl Meekins, 89. Graveside services 2 PM tomorrow at Cleveland Memorial Park Cemetery in Cleveland. Sylvia Scott, 60 of Dayton. Services 2 PM tomorrow -Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.75 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 8 MONDAY JANUARY 14TH, 2008

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In a huge accomplishment, 41-yr.-old Liberty businessman Robert Dunn qualified for his 3rd Boston Marathon. Dunn, co-owner and manager of BJ Ford, finished his 12th consecutive Chevron Houston Marathon yesterday in under 3 hrs. 20 minutes to insure his place also in the 2009 Boston Classic.

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Last February the City Administrator of Anahuac Stephone Taylor, 44, was suspended by his council for alleged irregularities. Now he’s charged with a felony crime there. Since leaving Anahuac, Taylor was elected mayor in Ringgold, Louisiana. Last Thursday Louisiana State Police arrested Taylor at Ringgold City Hall on the Texas felony warrant.

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Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald said more officers are working rural traffic control than in the past after a DPS report said Liberty Co. ranks fourth in DPS investigated traffic deaths. Judge Fitzgerald said this county investigated 11 deaths in 2005, 25 fatalities in 2006 and 26 killed in wrecks in 2007. Sheriff and constable deputies will help more on traffic control.

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Though it has been less than 2 months since he was appointed to the Liberty City Council, Louie Potetz likes it and plans to run for a full term in May. Liberty’s newest council member was picked to serve out the un-expired term of Mark Beausoleil who moved outside city limits. City filing begins next month.

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The 2nd Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Business Expo is set for Thursday April 10th from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Liberty Center. The event spotlights the local business community, and participants are urged to sign up early, since last year’s event sold out. Cost for an 8 x 8-foot booth is $200 for Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber members, $250 for non-members. Call for information.

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The Dayton City Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight to consider a contract rebuilding the old railroad water tower U. S. 90 @ SH. 146. Council will also consider architectural and engineering services for the new Dayton CivicCenter-Library project tonight.

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-90-Graveside, 10, Mon. today@ Fairlawn( AFS)

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.73 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 7 FRIDAY JANUARY 11, 2008

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Hero Honored: Credited with saving the life of 22-year-old Chase Sadler, yesterday Steve Lunceford was honored by the City of Liberty with a plaque acknowledging his quick action and heroic effort. Liberty Fire Chief Fred Collins said in the opinion of emergency personnel, had Mr. Lunceford not acted as quickly as he did, the young man likely would have lost his life, saying Mr. Sadler lost about 4 pints of blood, half the volume in his body. Chase Sadler did lose his left arm, and remains in the intensive care unit of Memorial Hermann Hospital, but is said to be doing well and on the way to recovery.

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Political Signs: TxDot’s John Barton said state laws governing where and when political signs can be placed are very clear. Such signs may not be placed with in a state right-of-way, or on private property with out the property owner’s permission. Also, political signs may not be displayed more than 90 days prior to the election. For information on what is or is not allowed with political signs, call TxDot at 409 892 7311.

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Chamber Luncheon: The January Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is Wednesday, January 16th, at noon at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Marion Hall. This month’s speaker will be Brenda Kone with FLNB who will talk on protecting yourself and family from fraud and schemes designed to separate you from your money. Lunch will be fajitias and trimmings catered by Casa Don Boni’ restaurant. Make reservations before 2 PM Monday by calling the Chamber office at 936 336 5736.

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Relay for Life: This years annual South Liberty County Relay for Life is set for April 4th and 5th at Liberty High School Memorial Stadium Football Field. Money raised from the relay event is earmarked for research, as well as treatment and patient services for cancer patients in this area. For more information on this years South Liberty County Relay For Life, call Judy Glover at 936 298 2938 or Sandra Sterling at 936 336 3716.

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Funerals: Bertha Wade Robertson, 72 of Dayton. Services will be a 2 PM today at First Baptist Church – Dayton. Bobbie Taylor, 69 of Cleveland. Services 2 PM today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home – Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.98 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 7 THURSDAY JANUARY 10TH, 2008

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Boy Found Unharmed: An Amber Alert was issued for a 2-year-old Cleveland boy late Tuesday night. Cleveland police quickly learned the child was safe and in CPS custody. Lucia Alcaraz said she let her child go a local store in the company of his uncle, 21-year-old Victor Medina. They did not return, and when Alcaraz called Medina’s cell phone, a stranger answered. Cleveland PD soon learned Houston police had taken Victor Medina into custody at an apartment complex in that city after getting a call about a public disturbance and public intoxication. HPD then turned the child over to CPS. He was unharmed.

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Fire: Liberty Firefighters with assistance from the Hardin VFD battled a grass fire on FM 2830 off of Hwy 146 yesterday afternoon caused by a riding lawn mower. Property owners Anthony & Glinda Leccese said they were mowing when for an unknown reason their new riding mower caught fire. The flames quickly spread to the dry grass. No structures were damaged.

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Hall of Honor: Long time former Liberty High Track Coach Tony Munson was admitted to the Gulf Coast Scholastic Track Coaches Association Hall of Honor. Munson, who is still teaching Biology at LHS served as track coach here for 25 years. Munson lead the Panthers to 7 district titles in track, with 68 individual team members capturing district championships. He also had 11 district relay champs, 140 individual regional qualifiers, 20 individuals from LHS who qualified for the state track meet and 3 state medallists.

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Arrest nets guns/drugs: Harvey Drake Jr., 38 of Hull was arrested and charged with an invalid license and possession of a controlled substance following an early morning traffic stop on Monday. Liberty Police report they also found a cache of loaded guns along with drug paraphernalia and pornographic materials. ****************************************************

Funerals: Fred Winfrey Hoot, 95 of New Waverly. Services 11 AM today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Coldspring. Sam William McAlister, 83 of Liberty. Graveside services 11 AM Friday at the Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville. Elsie May Primrose, 88 of Liberty. Services 10 AM Friday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Clarence Edward Fletcher, 72 of Cleveland. Services Saturday 2 PM at Pace Stancil Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.85 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 6 WEDNESDAY JANUARY 9TH, 2008

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Commissioners: In the first meeting of 2008, Liberty Co. Commissioners spent several minutes debating the purchase of 8 vehicles for the sheriffs department. At issue was price and bid specifications. Add to the mix an interlocal agreement with Houston Galveston Area Council that allows the county to make purchases through HGAC who offered the vehicles at a cost of $21,028 per car, while local vendor BJ Ford’s bid was $21,492. After the vote to reject the bids, from Anderson Ford, Philpott Ford, and BJ Ford, Commissioner Lee Groce pointed out while statute required they go with the lowest and best bid, local vendors could be given a 3 % leeway. BJ Ford’s bid was within 3 %, of the price quoted by HGAC. A special called meeting has been set for Monday at 9 AM to further address this issue.

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Accidental Shooting: A Liberty man, Chase Sadler was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital by Lifeflight Air Ambulance following an accidental shooting at his home early yesterday morning. Liberty Police Detective Sgt. Sonny Hardy said the man shot himself with a rifle while investigating a noise outside his home. Neighbor Steve Lunceford heard the shot and scream, quickly went to check on his neighbor and administered first aid. Sgt. Hardy said Luncefords quick action saved Sadler’s life.

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Hospital Board: The Liberty County Hospital District Board met Monday night and approved the first payment of the year to the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital. An agreement between the two entities allows for a $175 per month per client payment to the hospital based on the number of people signed up with the district on the first of each month. Monday’s approved payment for January 2008 was for $46,200.

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Road Work: Road surface work on the Ford Avenue project in Dayton is about to get underway. City Manager David Douglas said once complete, there will be an improved road surface with curbs and gutters on both sides of Ford Ave. in Dayton.

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Chambers Co. Candidates: On the Republican ticket in Chambers County, only one race is contested in the March Primary. That office is Chambers County Sheriff. Incumbent Joe LaRive has drawn a primary opponent in retired DPS Sergeant Hugh Sigers.

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Volume 23 NO. 5 TUESDAY JANUARY 8TH, 2008

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Hwy. 146 Back on Track: Yesterday, Representative John Otto announced the project to widen Hwy. 146 from Hwy. 90 in Dayton to the Chambers County line is back on track. It had been announced by TxDot, the project along with hundreds of others across the state had been delayed due to budget shortfalls. However, Rep. Otto said state TxDot officials realized the importance of this project and how much it means to the safety of the citizens that travel that roadway. The project is to be let in April or May and dirt could be moving as early as this summer.

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Long Term Planning: Thursday, Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton will host a program called “New Beginnings”. Manager Mike Page said the program will feature Attorney Randy Gunter and Edward Jones Investment Representative Leslie Herndon speaking on planning for the inevitable. From living wills, pre-need burial plans, to long term care insurance, the program is designed to educate on what people need to plan for their future. The program is Thursday January 10th at Sterling Funeral Home. For information call 936 258 2678.

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Chambers Co. Hunting Death: Chambers Co. Sheriff Joe LaRive said a teacher was killed in a hunting accident over the weekend. Investigators say Perry Alvin Price III, was leaning over the tailgate of his truck, in the vicinity of both his shotgun and bird dog. It’s believed the dog somehow discharged the gun. Price was stuck in the upper thigh and pelvis. Perry Price was a teacher at Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown.

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Chambers Co. Candidates: In Chambers County, candidates for the March Democratic Primary Election include Incumbent Precinct #1 Commissioner Mark Huddleston and Challenger Michael Crainer. Precinct #5 Constable C. R. “Popeye” Oldham, Precinct #2 Constable Don Langford and Precinct #1 Dennis Dugat are all running unopposed in the democratic primary.

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Funerals: Joseph Charles Julius, 18 of Dayton. Services today at 1 PM at Turkey Creek Missionary Baptist Church – Liberty. Rufus Taff Lee, 78 of Batson. Services 2 PM tomorrow at Daisetta United Pentecostal Church. Barbara Clegg Lorraine, 67 of Humble. Memorial services 7 PM Wednesday at Pace Stancil in Dayton.

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Volume 23 NO. 4 MONDAY JANUARY 7TH, 2008

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A new law eff. Jan. 1st requires tax entities to publish a 2nd public notice on property taxes. State Rep. John Otto, authored HB 3495, said it is easier to understand. The new notice includes last year’s tax rate and the proposed tax rate. Also included is property tax revenue from the previous year plus revenue expected on those properties with new appraisals. Finally, the total proposed tax revenue including any new properties. Rep. Otto said this new info will help better understand how much money taxing entities are getting with your property taxes.

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Former Liberty Fire Chief Jamie Galloway becomes Public Safety Director for League City Feb. 4th. Galloway left Liberty in 2004 for Webster. This new job at League City does not require him to move since League City is only blocks away.

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David Baumann of the Beaumont Social Security Office said the cost of living increase for social security benefits in 2008 is 2.3%. Social Security representatives are at the Liberty Center the second Wednesday of each month from 12:30 to 3. Call the Beaumont Office at 409-924-6413 with questions about Social Security. You can link to the Social Security web site from www.kshn.com. Click on our “local government” link.

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We asked local internet blogger Ray Akins about allegations made in lawsuits by Albert and Robert Palmarez, owners of Immanuel Home Health. Akins responded via e-mail with threats of legal action against KSHN Radio, alleging errors in our report about the suits. Though not specific, Akins did say a claim by the Palmarez Brothers’ attorney that he is a member of the Republic of Texas Militia Group is not true.

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Dayton Fire Volunteers elect 2008 officers:. Terry Boyett continues chief. Murphy Green- asst. chief. John Simmons-treasurer. Brent Harrison-secretary. Other Dayton Volunteer officers are Kyle White, Jamie Rodabaugh, Paul Doskocil, Jason Payne, Eric Stubblefield, John Strickland, Chester Payne, David Taylor, Brant Elliott, Jeff Armstrong, and David Rogers.

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Funerals: J. D. Prophet, 86, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. today at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Liberty. **Julia Swan Havard –101, service pending at Pace-Stancil of Dayton.

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Volume 23 NO. 3 FRIDAY JANUARY 4TH, 2008

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Akins Named in Suit: A lawsuit has been filed against F. Ray Akins in the 55th District Court in Harris County. Attorney for the Palmarez Brothers, John Fason said all of the allegations from the first suit have carried over to the second, including the restraining order barring Akins or anyone acting on his behalf from contacting any one connected with the plaintiffs. Now there are two separate lawsuits resulting from the alleged attempted take over of Immanuel Home Health by Shauberger and Akins. One naming Eddie and Cynthia Shauberger and the second names Frederick Ray Akins.

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Appraisal Board: The five member board of directors for the Liberty County Central Appraisal district were recently all reelected to new 2 year terms. They are Board Chair Ronnie Danner of Cleveland. Bob Edwards and Bob Pickle, both from Dayton, Pct. #5 JP Burl Thomas of Tarkington, and Mike Van Etta of Liberty. Chief appraiser Alan Conner said the board has both budget and policy approval over the appraisal district and are elected by the county’s taxing entities. The votes are divided up with the largest number of votes going to the entity with the highest tax levy.

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Shooting Victims: Both those most seriously injured in the New Years Eve shooting in North Liberty County are now listed in stable condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Sergio Solis, critically injured, underwent several hours of surgery following the shooting. Anastacia Galvan suffered multiple gun shot leg wounds. She is also in stable condition. Lead investigator with Liberty County SO, Sgt. Mark Ellington said the investigation is ongoing.

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Courthouse Security: With the New Year, will come changes at the Liberty County Courthouse. Already in place, panic alarm systems, security personnel, video processing of prisoners. Eventually, all but one door, the West entrance, will be closed. Security personnel will man the one remaining entrance.

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Funerals: Dorothy Mae Adams, 81, of Liberty, Services at 1 p.m. today at Woodlawn Garden Memories in Houston. ** Fredia Clark Tanton, 69, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at Bible Way Pentecostal Church. **

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Volume 23 NO. 2 tHURSDAY JANUARY 3RD, 2008

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Republican Primary Filings: Wes Hinch- County Attorney, Andrew “Andy” McCreight- Pct. 2 Const., James Miles- Pct #3 Const., Chad Pafford- Pct. 4 Const., Henry Patterson- County Sheriff, John Otto- State Rep. 18.

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Democratic Filings: Mark Beausoleil/Tommy Chambers- Co. Attorney, Russell Pierce – Pct. 2 Const., Danny Frankum/ James Cooper- Prec. 3 Const., Charles Martin- Pct. 4 Const., Royce Wheeler/John Joslin/John “J. D.” Davis- Pct. 6 Const., Greg Arthur/Eugene “E. T. “ Merritt- County Sheriff, Arlan Foster- State Rep. 18, Nancy Archer/Murrie Gene Kinney Jr. – County Democratic Party Chair.

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Lawsuit against LISD: Former LISD Employee, Patricia Barrow has filed suit against the Liberty Independent School District, several administrators and individuals. The suit filed in late October says, for almost a year, Patty Barrow was the target of lies and rumors intended to oust her from her job as a library aide and counselor for the LHS drill team, the “Stars”. Mrs. Barrow does not specify a monetary amount she is asking for in her lawsuit, but does claim she has suffered medically, emotionally, as well as financially from the events.

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Shooting Victims Identified: Victims of the New Years Eve shooting in North Liberty County have been identified as Marco Antonio Almonte, 42 of Splendora. He is the man that was killed in the shoot out. In critical condition is Sergio Solis 32 of Houston. Injured is Anastacia Galvan, 40 of Dallas. The remaining gunshot victims were juvenile girls, 15 and 17, both of Splendora, both suffered leg wounds not thought to be life threatening. The shooting is still under investigation.

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Devers Fire: The Devers home of Norman “Doc” Clark and his family was destroyed, along with all of its contents and a vehicle, by fire in the overnight hours of Wednesday morning. Fire fighters from Devers and Hull Daisetta fought the blaze for hours. The Clarks, their daughter and 2 grandkids were at home at the time, but were able to escape without injury.

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Funerals: J.D. Prophet, 86 of Liberty. Services pending at Wells Funeral Service – Liberty.

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Volume 23 NO. 1 WEDNESDAY JANUARY 2nd, 2008

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New Years Eve Shooting: A party in the north part of Liberty County went terribly wrong when one person was killed, one critically injured and 3 more wounded by gun shots. According to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department it started when a couple of women got into an argument at the private party on CR. 3709. One man pulled a gun, as did a second man, and when the shooting was done, the first man was dead, the second critically wounded. The incident remains under investigation.

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S.N.A.P.: The Spay and Neuter Assistance Program mobile surgery van will be back in Liberty County three times this month. The first visit is in Cleveland at Stancil Park January 14th. SNAP will be at a new location in Liberty on Monday January 21st, at Media Publishing on Grand at Main. Then on Monday the 28th, the SNAP mobile clinic returns to Peoples Building Center FM 1960 in Dayton.

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House Fire: An unoccupied singlewide mobile home on CR 2058 was destroyed by fire last Friday. Ed Webb with the Hardin Fire Department said the home, in the Tanner subdivision was completely involved in flames when his department arrived. The homeowner, Emmitt Welch, said the home was recently moved to the property for renovations. The fire is under investigation by the Liberty County Fire Marshall.

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Akins Dropped: In early December, F. Ray Akins was dropped from the suit filed by Robert and Albert Palmarez. The suit filed in August, alleged Akins, as well as Eddie and Cynthia Shauberger were involved in illegal activities that included forgery, tampering with bank documents, strong arm tactics and more, allegedly to wrest control of Signature Health Care from the Shaubergers’ long time partners the Palmarez Brothers of Baytown. While the restraining order against the Shaubergers remains in place, now that Akins has been dropped from the suit, it is unclear whether he remains barred from contacting the Palmarez Brothers, their employees or clients.

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Funerals: Nannie Beatrice Davis, 89 of Liberty. Services 2 PM tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service, Liberty. Edna Lorene Ferguson Latham, 88 of Dayton. Services 2 PM tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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