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February 2008

 

Volume 23 NO. 40 FRIDAY FEB. 29TH, leap day 2008

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Captured: One of Liberty County’s 10 most wanted, Shane Edward Cox, 34 of Romayor was arrested Wednesday in Rye. He is facing several burglary charges and 3 counts of evading arrest. One case involving theft from the Rye post office will be filed in federal court. Sheriff Greg Arthur said the arrest was made without incident after a car was stopped in which Cox was a passenger.

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Good Samaritan Alert: The couple accused of using a motorists’ good nature to rob them is apparently working the I-10 area of Chambers County. The woman pretends to be in need, flagging down passing motorists, then a man in the truck robs the victim at gunpoint. Chambers Co. Deputy Nacheal Bonin said they have been seen in the area of the Trinity River Bridge on I-10, and have unconfirmed reports they may also be working the Baytown area. Anyone who sees this couple, do not stop, and call local law enforcement or the Chambers County Sheriffs Department at 409 267 8318.

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SO Loses Captain: Liberty County Sheriffs Department Captain Billy Tidwell has led the training division for over 130 deputies, investigators, clerks and dispatchers. Today is his last day for the sheriffs department. The long time lawman has accepted a post with a nationwide executive training corporation. In his new job, Billy Tidwell will continue to live in Liberty, but teach management leadership seminars across the country. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said taking Tidwell’s place to head the training division will be Hugh Bishop, who also heads the new court house security department.

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Historian to be Honored: On March 8th, Charles Fisher, JR. will be honored at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center on FM 1011 in Liberty. The late historian is being honored by the Atascosita Historical Society with a celebration of Texas history and the contributions made by Charles Fisher, Jr. who died in 2004. The event will be held from 10 to noon. For information call the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center at 936 336 8821.

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Funerals: Emma Speights, Hankamer. Services 1 PM Saturday St. Mary’s Church in Hankamer. Janette Dasley Dolan, 67 of Liberty. Memorial services at a later date.

*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.32 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 39 THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28TH, 2008

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LISD Coach Interviews: Four apparent finalists to be the next Liberty High School Athletic Director and Head Football Coach will be interviewed next week. Superintendent Mona Chadwick said the interviews will be Tuesday and Wednesday in closed-door session. Once this round of interviews is over, trustees hope to enter into negotiations with their leading candidate for the job.

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Political Filings: There are now two candidates in the running for 3 at large positions on the Dayton city council. Yesterday, Incumbent Ricky Brown joined fellow council member Felix Skarpa in filing required paperwork to run for a second term.

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IRS and Non-Profit: Local CPA Byron Swaim said for the first time non-profit organizations with annual revenue under $25,000 will be required to submit a report to the IRS. He said this report is fairly simple covering topics like the purpose of the organization, who the officers are, when was it established and what is the groups’ income. Those types of organizations would be churches, civic groups, clubs and associations, among others. He added those who do not file the report for 3 years in a row, the non-profit tax exemption would be revoked.

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Church Closing?: Trinity Lutheran Church in Liberty is facing the possibility of closing its doors due to dwindling attendance. According to Pastor Joseph Winston, the church council has recommended the closing, and now the full congregation will meet in mid March for a final vote.

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Extension Honors: The Liberty County Agri-Life Extension held their appreciation dinner Tuesday night, honoring and thanking those who give time to the extension service programs. The honorees included Susan and Bret Addington, Nell Whittington, Mary Anne Jackson, and KSHN Radio was also honored by that organization.

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Banquet Tickets: Tickets are still available for the 32nd annual Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Call the Chamber Office at 336 5736.

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Funerals: Doretha Mae Rivers, 88 of Anahuac. Services 11 AM Saturday at First Missionary Baptist Church – Anahuac.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.90 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 38 WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27TH, 2008

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners yesterday extended the county wide burn ban for a minimum of 2 more weeks. Commissioners also approved an increase in the pay for JP Clerks not to exceed $2400 per year. That pay increase comes with the increased workload from the traffic division. However, Commissioner Todd Fontenot, pointed out the money collected from fines out of the JP courts has dropped over the last few years, from $522,000 in 2005 to $401,000 in 2007.

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Vandalism: Liberty Public Works Director Harvey Joiner said there has been an increasing number of cases of vandalism to city owned street signs. The most recent outbreak has resulted in nearly $500 damages to signs, not including man-hours and crews to take down the damaged signs and replace them with new ones. Authorities ask, if you see anyone destroying or damaging property call Liberty Police at 336-5666.

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Free Tax Prep: A free tax preparation website called “I-Can” is now available. Representative John Otto said it is a project of the Texas Legal Services Center and helps with a quick secure method for filing free tax returns electronically. While most people can use the I-Can website, there are limitations. It is not designed for business owners, church employees or members of the clergy, to name a few. The website link is available on our front page, www.kshn.com.

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Early voting: Liberty County Clerk Delia Sellers said through 3 PM Tuesday, 2,435 people had voted early. During the last presidential primary in Liberty County only 1,974 voted early during the entire period. Early voting continues through Friday at the Liberty County Courthouse and Cleveland Annex 8-7 and Dayton Annex and Hardin Community Center from 3 to 7 PM.

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Trinity Valley Relay: The 58th annual Trinity Valley Relays will be this Friday at the Liberty High School. It is one of the oldest athletic events in Southeast Texas. Track Coach Dean Womack said boys and girls varsity team field events start at noon. There are 15 teams competing this year; from Dayton, Hardin, Cleveland, Diboll, Bridge City, Jasper, Hamshire Fannett, Splendora, Tarkington, Kirbyville, Hardin Jefferson, Kingwood Park, Shepherd, Trinity and Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.15 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 37 tuesday FEBRUARY 26TH, 2008

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Major Grass Fire: Assistant Tarkington Vol. Fire Chief Dalton Gregory said his department was called to CR. 2300 south early Sunday afternoon where about 5 acres of pasture were burning, threatening a nearby wooded area. Gregory said the ground was so wet fire trucks could not get into the field without getting stuck yet the grass was still so dry, the fire burned fast and hot. Mutual aid came from the Kenefick, Hwy. 321, Dayton and Cleveland departments as well as the Texas Forest Service. By the time the fire was out, it had consumed nearly 50 acres.

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I-10 Armed Robbery: Chambers County Sheriff’s Department says a Good Samaritan who stopped to help what appeared to a stranded motorist, was robbed at gun point. A woman waving a flashlight while standing next to a pickup truck parked on the shoulder near the 803-mile marker flagged the victim down. When the driver stopped, a man with a gun jumped from the truck and robbed the individual. The suspects are described as a white female, late 30’s to mid 40’s, with a stocky build and dark hair. The male was described as a thin man between 5 ‘ 5” and 6 feet tall, 140-160 pounds, salt and pepper, stringy shoulder length hair and full beard and mustache, also salt and pepper. The gunman is in his late 40’s to mid 50’s. Anyone with information is asked to call Chambers Co. SO. at 409 267 8318.

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Candidate Party Lines: On Thursday, the candidates for Liberty County Democratic Party Chair have said they will be on the Partyline Program at 8:30. They are Incumbent Nancy Archer and Challenger Murrie Gene Kinney Jr. On Friday, the Republican candidates for Chambers Co. Sheriff- Incumbent Joe LaRive and Challenger Hugh Sigers- have confirmed their appearance. Listeners can call or fax in their questions.

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Kiddie Tax: Local CPA Byron Swaim said where there was a time when parents could take a chunk of money, and give it to their child or put it in an account in the child’s name and avoid taxes, that is no longer the case. Now a tax is charged to the parents on any unearned income in excess of $1700 until the child reaches 18. Always talk with your tax professional.

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Funerals: Evelyn Skinner-Marley, 76 of Cleveland. Services 10 AM Wednesday Pace Stancil Cleveland. Gary Lee Hill, 23 of Cleveland. Services today 2 PM Pace Stancil Cleveland.

*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 18.14 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 36 MONDAY FEBRUARY 25TH, 2008

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Rye Man Killed in Wreck: DPS Trooper Boyd Lamb said a Rye man was killed in a one-vehicle rollover wreck last Friday afternoon. Trooper Lamb said 47-year-old Charles Ryan was traveling north on Highway 146 about 2 miles south of Rye when his vehicle went off the roadway. The driver overcorrected, and the vehicle rolled over several times, partially ejecting Charles Ryan even though he was wearing his seat belt.

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Early Voting Turnout: According to information from Liberty County Clerk Delia Sellers office, early voter turnout for the upcoming Democrat and Republican primary elections has been very brisk. During the first five days of the early voting period, 1,776 Liberty County voters have cast ballots in the Democratic and Republican Primary combined. Early voting continues through this coming Friday from 8 to 7 at the Liberty Courthouse and the Cleveland Annex. Voting also is from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Dayton Annex and the Hardin Community Center. Election Day is Tuesday, March 4, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Business Expo: Less than 10 booth spaces remain available for the 2nd Annual Liberty-Dayton Business Expo coming up on April 10th at the Liberty Center. Last year’s event was a huge success. It is sponsored by the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber. A booth is $200 for Chamber members or $250 for non-members. The 8x8 foot space has professional skirting, table and two chairs. For more info call the Chamber office at 936-336-5736.

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Judge on the Air: KSHN Radio will broadcast a recording of a speech by Liberty Co. Judge Phil Fitzgerald to the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week. Called his “State of the County” speech, in it Judge Fitzgerald mostly focused on Liberty County’s future. Air time today is 5:30 PM

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Lance Cpl. Jeremy Burris family received a patriotic quilt Sunday made by the women of the Daisetta Methodist Church. The Liberty Marine died in October Iraq combat.

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Funerals: Lesa Donette Knowles, 49, Cleveland, Services at noon today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. ** Kyle Louis Noack, 25, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. today at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Houston. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.96 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 35 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22ND, 2008

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NTSB Crash investigation: The National Transportation Safety Board released their preliminary report on the fatality plane crash in Chambers County early this month. While the report does not cite a cause, it states a witness who lived near the crash site reported the airplane engine sounded like it was winding up prior to the crash and visibility was less than 1/10 of a mile due to heavy fog. The NTSB report says the pilot was not instrument rated. The lone occupant of the Cessna 210 aircraft and lone fatality was 49-year-old pilot Vincent Dardar of Louisiana.

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State of the County: Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald addressed the noon luncheon of the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce this week. He had a lot to say to the citizens of Liberty County, and in response to suggestions, KSHN Radio has decided to broadcast his entire speech lasting about 20 – 25 minutes. We will air a recording of Judge Fitzgerald's remarks, unedited, shortly after the evening report of the news on Monday, February 25th. The broadcast will begin at 5:30 PM Monday, or very close to it.

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Presidential Politics: Texas voters casting ballots either during early voting or the party primaries will vote for local, district, statewide and national offices. That includes helping choose the republican and democratic nominee for president. That could be a little confusing because a number of presidential candidates on both party ballots have withdrawn from the race, but are still on the ballot. Still in the race for the nomination for president on the republican ballot are John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. On the democratic ballot there are still two in the hunt and those are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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Correction: On Wednesday’s radiogram we incorrectly identified the DPS Trooper hit during the stop of a fleeing suspect. The trooper was from the Baytown office of DPS, Trooper Chambers. We regret the error.

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Funerals: Jeffery Mark Fingleman, 52 of Kenefick. Services Saturday 4 PM at Pace Stancil – Dayton. Raphael Jones, 72. Services 2 PM Saturday Eastgate Church in Dayton. Jerry Wayne McBirde, 52 of Ames. Services tomorrow 11 AM Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 21,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.96 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 34 THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21ST, 2008

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Drug Bust: A traffic stop in the early morning hours of Wednesday for suspected DUI, netted the Liberty Police Department a fairly large drug bust. Arrested were two men from Alexandria, LA, Danny Holmes and Demetrius Newton. Inside the vehicle, Liberty Police found about 20 pounds of marijuana, a kilo of cocaine, and 2 large bottles of liquid codeine. In addition, there was $2500 in cash and two loaded handguns. Liberty Police Sgt. David Hunter said the two-suspected drug runners would be charged with several counts of possession, as well as felons in possession of firearms. They are currently being held in the Liberty County Jail.

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Early Voting: According to Liberty County Clerk Delia Sellers, it was a slightly above average day on the first day of early voting. 454 Liberty County voters cast their ballots on Tuesday for the March 4th Democrat and Republican primary elections. 350 voted in the Democratic primary and 104 in the Republican races. Early voting continues through Feb. 29th at the Liberty County Courthouse and Cleveland Annex weekdays from 8 AM – 7 PM, and at the Hardin Community Center and Dayton Annex from 3 PM - 7 PM. Also voting will take place this Sunday at all four locations from 11 AM to 3 PM. Election Day, March 4th, polls will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM.

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1008 Roadwork: Roadwork on 4 bridges along FM 1008 is underway, TxDot spokesman Mark Shepherd said motorists should expect delays while traveling that road. He said the project should be finished in spring of 2009 and officials are working on timing issues along that route to minimize delays.

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LISD Anti Discrimination Policy: State law requires school districts to adopt a Religious Viewpoints Anti-Discrimination Policy, and Tuesday night, Liberty School Trustees adopted such a policy. This local policy say’s the school can not discriminate against a voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint by a student. Trustees unanimously approved the policy.

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Partyline: Friday the Partyline program at 8: 30 AM will feature candidates for State Senator District # 4, Incumbent Tommy Williams, who has not confirmed his attendance, and challenger Michael Galloway, who is expected to be on the program.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 25,100 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.98 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 33 wednesday FEBRUARY 19th, 2008

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High Speed Chase: A 22 year old Dayton man, Elmo Johnson, is being held in the Chambers County Jail, charged with felony evading, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and assault on a peace officer. That all stems from his attempt to evade the police in a stolen vehicle. Dayton Police Officer Chris Boufford tried to stop the vehicle around 10 Monday night, the driver instead took off south on FM 1409. He led officers from Dayton, Chambers Co. the Texas Department of Public Safety and Mont Belvieu on a high-speed chase that ended when Chambers County DPS spiked the tires of the stolen SUV. While trying to avoid the roadblock that led to his wreck, Elmo Johnson actually struck a Chambers County Trooper, Tommy Philips. Trooper Philips was not seriously injured.

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Big Truck Big Fire: An 18-wheel tractor-tank rig caught on fire yesterday just before noon, on Highway 90, a mile west of Devers. The resulting fire and traffic tie up kept that section of roadway closed for more than 2 hours. Truck driver, Gilroy Merriall said he heard one of the tires on the trailer blowout, and that’s when a fire ignited. Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Ken DeFoor said the tank overheated and ruptured, spilling some 200 gallons of what is called drilling mud into the roadside ditch. Hazmat teams were called to clean the spill. No one was injured.

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Traffic Notice: The city of Liberty will reduce traffic flow to one lane today on Bowie Street for Pump Maintenance. Traffic should be back to normal by early afternoon.

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Monument Awards: The Lee College Small Business Development Center will hold their annual Monument Awards banquet on March 4th at the Liberty Center. The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber will be one of those entities recognized for their work on behalf of small business. Four Monument awards will be presented including Manufacturing-Construction, Wholesale Retail, Service, and Rising Star. Tickets are $25 and can be picked up at the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. Call the Chamber at 936 336 5736.

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Funerals: Eric Dwayne Brady, 51 of Dayton. Services Saturday noon at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church – Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 29,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.11 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 32 TUESDAY FEBRUARY 18th, 2008

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Near Drowning in Bathtub: A 3 ½ year old Dayton girl, Marwah Amin, was taken by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital Sunday night after a near drowning incident in the family bathtub. Information indicates the child was taking a bath when her mother stepped into the next room only briefly. When she returned, the child was submerged and had stopped breathing. Her mother, Holly Amin, performed CPR and restored the child’s breathing before EMS arrived. The child remains in the hospital for observation.

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Candidate Filing: Dayton School Trustee Thomas Payne signed up to run for a new term. He’s held that seat since 1984.

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Drug Bust: A traffic stop for reckless driving Saturday morning netted 216 # of marijuana. Texas Department of Public Safety Corporal Sean Cheshire said hidden in the back of an SUV driven by Clarence Ford Fears, Jr. of Houston, were 216 separate baggies each holding about a pound of the illegal substance. Clarence Ford Fears, Jr. was arrested. Corporal Cheshire said the street value was approximately $102,000.

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Book and Bake Sale: The Friends of the Liberty Library are gearing up for the annual fund-raiser, the Book and Bake Sale. Held in conjunction with the Liberty Jubilee, March 28th – 29th, it’s a chance to get some really good deals on books, current magazines, and tasty baked treats. Donations are welcome. For information call the library at 936 336 8901.

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Tax Deductions: Local CPA Byron Swaim said buyers have always been able to deduct points they paid but a new tax law allows home buyers to deduct points the seller pays from the buyers federal income tax. Also, points paid by a homeowner while refinancing can be deducted. However, there is the requirement that the money gained by that refinancing be used for home improvement and not other things such as debt consolidation. As always, talk to your CPA about your taxes.

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Funerals: Charles J. Tanton, Sr. 60 of Liberty. Services today 11 AM at the Pentecostal Tabernacle on FM 2830. W.A. “Buck” Higman, 77 of Hardin. Services today 2 PM at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church - Hardin.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 29,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.84 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 31 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15th, 2008

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Shots Fired: A man accused of stealing a ball cap Tuesday night from the Panther Stop Exxon in Liberty was fired on by the store clerk with a 9-mm handgun. Liberty Police Captain Gary Martin said John Vaughn, 21 of Liberty allegedly slipped the cap under his cloths and left the store after an argument with the clerk, Muhammad Aqeel. The clerk followed the man outside and after the alleged thief threw something at him, went back into the building retrieving the weapon. Capt. Martin said he then went back out and fired 2 shots at the fleeing suspect. Charges are pending against John Vaughn and the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. No one was injured in the incident.

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Top Teachers: LISD Schools have selected their Teacher of the Year and Paraprofessional of the Year for each campus. Honorees at San Jacinto are Teacher Tina Box, and Math Lab Aide Susie Patton. Liberty Elementary picked teacher Alvaro Romo and Aide Josefa Borrego. At the middle school campus, top pick went to teacher LaDonna Pope and Secretary Cindy Moore. At the high school campus the honors went to teacher Sandi Myers and Aide Donna Evans. These eight outstanding educators will be honored at the end of the school year during an awards breakfast.

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Bus Trip: There is still time to sign up for the next Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce bus trip to the Coushatta Resort and Casino in Kinder, Louisiana. The bus leaves at 8:30 AM Thursday February 28th from the Thriftee Food Center parking lot in Liberty and returns that evening by 7:30. Seats need to be reserved and fees paid by Wednesday at the Chamber Office. Cost is $10 per person. Call 936 336 5736.

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Closings: The Liberty County Courthouse, City Offices in both Dayton and Liberty, post offices and area banks will be closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday. Garbage service will run as usual on Monday in both Liberty and Dayton. All offices will return to normal hours on Tuesday.

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Funerals: Patricia Louise “Pat” Williamson, 62 of Hull. Services 10 AM tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church in Hull. Harry Lee Ainsworth, 57 of Hardin. Services 2 PM tomorrow at North Main Baptist Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.19 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 30 thursday FEBRUARY 14th, 2008

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Wreck: Amazingly there were no major injuries in a 5-vehicle pile up on FM 1960 in Dayton yesterday morning. Dayton Police Officer Kenny Broyles said 2 vehicles had stopped behind a dump truck that was waiting for westbound traffic to clear so he could turn. The driver of a large box truck, Robert Neal of Victoria, hit the last vehicle in line, causing a chain reaction wreck that landed 2 trucks in water-filled ditches. The box truck then veered into the west bound lane, sideswiping another car, before careening into a ditch. The only injury was to the box-truck driver who may require a few stitches in one leg. Robert Neal was cited for failure to control speed.

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Candidate Filings: Yesterday morning, Dayton City Council Member Felix Skarpa filed the required paperwork to run for his second full term in office.

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Jubilee Photo Contest: The Liberty Jubilee is coming up March 28th and 29th, and they are now taking entries for this years photo contest. Categories include landscape, people, nature, and art photography. Other classes are botanical, children and black and white. Entries must be matted but not framed. Entry fee is $3 per photo, and deadline to enter is March 20th. Entry forms are available at Liberty City Hall. For information call 336 7361.

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Chamber Luncheon: Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald will be the featured speaker at next Wednesdays Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon. Chamber President Mary Anne Campbell said the Judge will give an overview of the State of the County as well as a brief update on the various departments within the county. Lunch will be catered by Cookies Kitchen in Liberty. Tickets are $8 and reservations are needed by 2 PM Tuesday. Call the Chamber office at 336 5736.

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Liberty City Council: Tuesday night, Liberty City Council voted unanimously to approve the city’s $20,782 in matching funds for the $415,845 federal grant to the Liberty Fire Department for a computerized mobile fire trainer. City Manager Ron Wood explained savings on some recent equipment purchases as well as setting off some other purchases until the next fiscal year meant the money was available without council needing to amend the budget.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.93 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 29 WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 13th, 2008

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Commissioner’s Court: Yesterday, Liberty County Commissioners extended the countywide ban on outdoor burning. It is in effect until the next commissioners court meeting. Juan Alfaro was named as the interim Constable for Precinct #2. He will hold the job vacated by the resignation of Mike Parrish until a new constable is selected by the voters in the November general election. Currently employed by the Sheriffs Department, Sheriff Greg Arthur told commissioners his job with the department would be held until his return. Juan Alfaro worked for 3 years as Precinct #2 Deputy constable prior to his move to the Sheriffs Department.

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Early Voting: Early Voting for the March primary starts Tuesday February 19th and runs through Friday February 29th with a Sunday voting opportunity on February 24th. Early voting will be available at the Liberty County Court House and the Cleveland Annex from 8 AM to 7 PM weekdays, 3-7 weekdays at the Dayton Annex and Hardin Community Center. Sunday voting, Feb. 24th will be from 11 AM to 3 PM at all 4 locations.

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City Elections: So far, 3 people had signed up to run in the Liberty City election. Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett signed up, as did Council Members Mike McCarty and Louie Potetz. In Dayton, council members Bill Gay, Ricky Brown and Felix Skarpa have terms expiring. Information is all three have picked up filing paper work from City Hall, but as of end of business Tuesday, no one has filed in Dayton. In the Liberty School Board race, both Bobby Pope and Brandon Smith have signed up to run for another term.

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Valley Players: The Sound of Music will soon fill the air as the Valley Players perform the musical at the Humpreys Burson Theater. This heart-warming production will be held over two weekends, February 28th – March 2nd, and again March 6th through 9th. Tickets are $10. For reservations call 936 336 6699. Leave a message if nobody answers.

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Funerals: Faith Regis Neault, Infant Daughter of Jamie and Catrina Neault. No services planned. Correction: Jody Gayle Banning, 35 of Dayton. Services Thursday 10 AM Pace Stancil Funeral Home - Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.03 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 28 TUESDAY FEBRUARY 12th, 2008

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Baby in Need: Born February 4th, Hope Neault weighed only 1 pound. She is currently in the ICU of Texas Children’s Hospital. So far this tiny little girl has undergone 6 blood transfusions and is awaiting major surgery. Blood donations in Hope’s name are being accepted at the Gulf Coast Blood Center, 713-790-1200 and Life Share Blood Center, Dorothy Nettles Liberty County Coordinator, 298-2689. Hope is the daughter of Liberty County DPS Trooper Jamie Neault and his wife, Katrina. There also is an account set up for the Neault Family at Prosperity Bank.

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Wreck: A Dayton man, James Paul Williams walked away from a roll over accident yesterday afternoon on the Hwy. 146 Bypass in Liberty. Police Officer Aaron Ewing said Bill Willey of Ames failed to yield the right of way at the Beaumont Ave. stop sign, hitting Mr. Williams SUV. The resulting impact rolled the SUV at least one time. There were no injuries, and Mr. Willey was issued a citation.

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Tarkington ISD: A Texas law says school districts can only hold elections in conjunction with a city election in May. Tarkington ISD is not within the boundaries of any incorporated city. Tarkington Superintendent John Kirchner said the district is solving the dilemma by extending trustee terms from 3 to 4 years, and holding their election in conjunction with the county general election in November. Plans were to hold the elections last November, however the Texas Attorney Generals office said they could only hold school board elections in even numbered years. They have not held a trustee election since 2005.

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LHS AD and Coach: Eight candidates names remain in the hat to be the next Liberty High School Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. LISD Trustees narrowed the field from 58 last week in closed-door session. Trustees will interview these 8 prospects this week. Those interviews began Monday. If LISD trustees decide one of these 8 is the right person for the job, a decision could be made within the next week.

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Funerals: Eldera Ann Robertson 68 of Hankamer. Services today 2 PM Hankamer Fellowship Church. Jody Gayle Banning, 35 of Dayton. Services tomorrow 10 AM Pace Stancil – Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.98 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 27 MONDAY FEBRUARY 11th, 2008

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Sex-offender pleads: Former Dayton schoolteacher James Darrel Williams, 38, pled guilty Thursday to aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the aggravated sexual assault and 10 years on the indecency charge. The victims were 5 and 12 years old at the time the crimes occurred.

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Liberty fire: Two-bedroom unit at Park Place Apts. on Cook Rd in Liberty was heavily damaged by fire Sunday afternoon. Firefighters from Liberty, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta and Dayton successfully kept flames from serious damage to three other apartments in the quad. There were no injuries.

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Candidate Filing: The period for candidates to file to run in the May city council, school board, and hospital district elections is today through March 10. Filing is at school, city, and hospital district offices, weekdays during regular business hours.

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Ebert Pleads: DA Mike Little said 42-year-old Timothy Wayne Ebert pled guilty to murder last week and was sentenced to life in prison. The Houston man admitted to shooting and killing 22-year-old Samasali Maredya 3 years ago during a robbery at a Cleveland convenience store where the victim worked. DA Mike Little said Ebert will not be eligible for parole for 30 years.

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New Dayton Business: DCDC Executive Director Earl Joy said a business called Hammer and Steel has purchased 9.5 acres of land at the corner of Klemp and Sawmill Roads in Dayton with plans to locate there. Joy said the company is one of the largest suppliers of piling and pile driving equipment in North America.

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E-mail scam: This is an urgent message from Hull-State Bank to its customers. A bogus e-mail has been sent to some customers telling them that their account has been temporarily suspended. This e-mail is a fraud. Do not respond to the e-mail. Instead, contact Hull-State Bank and your local police.

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Funerals: Charles Tilton, 70, of Anahuac, graveside service at 1 p.m. today at Tilton Cemetery in Old River. Roger Wiggins, 55, of Hull, funeral services at 10 a.m. today at Central Baptist Church of Daisetta.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.06 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 26 friday FEBRUARY 8th, 2008

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Fire: A trash fire yesterday afternoon in Hardin on CR. 2094 spread to a barn and lean-too, and then ignited a grass fire, threatening two nearby homes. Homeowner, Ryan Melancon and his father were burning a pile of trash when they went inside to get a sandwich. The unattended fire quickly spread. Hardin, Hull-Daisetta and Liberty Fire Departments all responded. Hardin Firefighter Sean Webb said flames destroyed the barn, all the hay, and the hay in a nearby shed. Fire fighters were able to contain the grass fire before any other structures were damaged.

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Crash Victim: Authorities have identified the pilot who died in Monday’s Chambers County plane crash as 49 year old Vincent Keith Darder of Lafayette Louisiana. The NTSB is expected to release a preliminary report on the cause of the fatal crash within the next two weeks.

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Dayton ISD: The Dayton Independent School District is hiring bus drivers as well as a head mechanic for their transportation department. Some bus driver positions are full time, others are part time or fill in. For information go by the Dayton ISD Administration office or call 258 2667.

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Parvo Outbreak: An outbreak of the canine disease known as Parvovirus at the Liberty Animal Control Shelter requires all dogs held in that facility to be euthanized. Local Veterinarian Dr. Ricky Myers said every couple of months or so outbreaks will occur in pocketed areas. Dr. Myers said the disease is easily transmitted and pet owners should be sure their animals are vaccinated against the deadly disease. Cats are not affected by the Canine Parvovirus. The Liberty Adopt A Pet day set for Saturday Feb. 16th has been canceled.

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RR Repairs: TxDot say’s next month, work will begin to repair, and in some cases completely replace the Union Pacific Railroad crossing on Hwy. 90 in Dayton. Work will be done on the weekends, weekday travel will not be affected.

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Funerals: Thomas Claude “T.C.” Terrell, 74 of Liberty. Services 2 PM today at Pace Stancil in Dayton. Quincy D. Childress, 25, of Raywood. Services 1 PM tomorrow at St. Miles Missionary Baptist Church in Ames.

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Volume 23 NO. 25 THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7th, 2008

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394 Grand: Subject to Liberty City Council approval, the Liberty Fire Department has been approved for a nearly $400,000 grant through the Department of Homeland Security. Fire Chief Fred Collins said, if approved by council, the funds will be used for a computerized fire simulator for training not only Liberty Fire Fighters, but other county departments as well. To receive the grant, the city of liberty is required to contribute a little over $20,000. Chief Collins will go to council with this information on their next regular meeting.

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Resource Officer: Liberty school trustees moved a step closer to a peace officer on campuses. January, Liberty Police Chief Mike Cummings presented a plan that would have the district pick up 75 % of the cost of the officers’ salary. The city would then cover the remaining 25 % of the salary plus additional expenses like vehicle maintenance, uniforms and training. Tuesday night, trustees reviewed a cost analysis of a 75-25 split with the district picking up 75 % of the salary only, second they discussed a 75-25 split of all expenses. They voted to cover $50,000 of the yearly expenses with a 3-year commitment. Liberty City Council must still approve the plan.

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Dayton Broncos: Ford Smesny and Paul Fontenot both signed letters of intent to play college football. Ford, the son of Jim and Peggy Smesny will play at McNeese State University. Paul, the son of Paul and Myra Fontenot committed to Texas A & M Kingsville. Ford Smesney was selected District 22 4A Most Valuable Player and Paul Fontenot earned double recognition on first team offense and defense.

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58 Prospects: 58 people have applied to be the next Liberty High School Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. Trustees met Tuesday night to begin reviewing the applications, and will now select a much smaller group for personal interviews. Those interviews will be next Monday and Tuesday.

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Funerals: Royce Lee Smart, 75 of Liberty. Services 10 AM today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Myrtle Maxine Locke, 72 of Liberty Services 2 PM today at First Baptist Church in Liberty. Judy Ellen Marriot, 62 of Liberty. Graveside services Thu. 2 PM Abshire Cemetery in Devers.

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Volume 23 NO. 24 WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6th, 2008

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Robbery: Dayton Police Sgt. Doug O’Quinn said a Dayton woman, Maria Ochoa left her purse containing about $800 in her unlocked car yesterday about noon in the McDonalds parking lot. When she returned, a man was in the car stealing the money. She struggled with the would be thief and was able to retrieve the cash before the man fled on foot with the Dayton McDonalds Manager in hot pursuit. Dayton Police were able to catch up with the subject, identified as Lawrence Paul Edwards, in the Dayton Town Center / Thrif-Tee Food parking lot. He is now in the Liberty County jail charged with robbery. Sgt. O’Quinn said the 41 year old Dayton man had been out of prison for about 9 months and was already wanted on a parole violation.

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Deputy Resigns: Liberty County Sheriffs Deputy Steve Hall resigned this week in the midst of an internal investigation that had recommended his termination. Sheriff Greg Arthur said the deputy was recently involved in two off duty incidents, one was a reported altercation with a citizen, and the other incident was at Hall’s residence. Sheriff Arthur said once an investigation is completed, and a recommendation is made, the employee has five days to appeal that recommendation. Steve Hall resigned prior to the appeal deadline.

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Plane Crash: One man is dead after his small airplane crashed in the woods of Chambers County a little before 7 Monday evening. Information indicates the pilot was en route from Lafayette Louisiana to Houston. The cause of the crash as well as the identity of the pilot remains unknown at this time.

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Texas Votes March 4th: The “Super Tuesday” Primary Elections in 24 states across the country yesterday caused some confusion. County Clerk Delia Sellers reminds local voters that Texans do not go to the polls until Tuesday March 4th.

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TxDot Interim Engineer: Bryan Wood has been named Interim District Engineer for the Beaumont District. He replaces John Barton who was recently promoted to Assistant Executive Director for Engineering Operations in Austin.

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Funerals: Maxine Locke 72 of Liberty. Services pending at Allison Funeral Service.

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Volume 23 NO. 23 TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5th, 2008

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Liberty Progress: City Manager Ron Wood said it’s a busy time in Liberty as city officials make plans for infrastructure improvements and possible airport expansion. The airport advisory board recently made a presentation to council members on the importance of the Liberty Municipal Airport to the areas growth and development. City leaders are also working with developers that want to break ground soon on a senior living town home complex near the Senior Center on Panther Lane.

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Dayton Hires Architect: It was a marathon 8 hour special meeting held to interview architectural and engineering firms with proposals on designing and building Dayton’s new $13 million library / civic and senior center. After spending hours hearing presentations by 3 separate firms, Dayton City Council voted to hire the RWS Group Architects partnered with O’Malley Engineering Firm both from Houston. City Manager David Douglas said companies’ architects and engineers are scheduled to meet with members of the fact finding committee council appointed to offer input on the project later this week. The vote was 3-2, with Council Members Bill Gay, Barbara Zaruba and Frosty Pruitt voting in favor, Ricky Brown and Felix Skarpa voting against.

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Chambers County Sesquicentennial: Chambers County officials are holding a public event Monday February 11th at the Courthouse in Anahuac to kick off the yearlong celebration of that county’s sesquicentennial. There will be music, food, a tree planting, and more to start the celebration of Chambers County’s 150th anniversary. The kick off event starts at 10 AM next Monday. The public is invited to attend.

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Trans-Texas Corridor: Local residents will have two opportunities to voice their opinions about the environmental impact of the proposed I-69/Trans Texas Corridor. The meetings are tonight at the Cleveland Civic Center and tomorrow at Livingston High School. Both hearings start at 5 PM with an open house followed by the official hearing at 6:30 PM.

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Funerals: Edward Earl Whitton, 57 of Houston. Services today 10 AM at Pace Stancil – Cleveland. Curlen Harrington, 59 of Dayton. Services pending Pace Stancil - Dayton.

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Volume 23 NO. 22 monDAY FEBRUARY 4th, 2008

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Murder in Raywood: A 25-year-old veteran of the war in Iraq-Quincy Childress-was killed by gunfire early Sunday morning on County Road 176 in Raywood..Charged with the first degree felony murder is Leo Paul Frank Jr., 50, of Devers. He’s in Liberty County Jail on a $500,000 bond. The suspect told Sheriff’s investigators that he threw the weapon – a small-caliber rifle – from his car after the shooting. Lawmen ask the finder to call LCSO at 936-336-4500. Alcohol was said to be a factor..

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UIL Realignment: Last Friday’s UIL conference and district realignments put Dayton, Barbers Hill and Crosby in a nine-team district with Galena Park and the new Baytown 4A campus, Goose Creek Memorial. Also in District 19-4A are Houston’s Forest Brook, CE King and Smiley as well as Humble’s Kingwood Park. DHS Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Jerry Stewart said he is pleased the new district will cut travel times for his schools’ district programs.

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More Local District Changes: The only change for Hardin High School in the new two-year district and conference realignments is the district number. Hardin is now in District 23-2A. Liberty, Cleveland and Tarkington remain in District 22-3A. Kingwood Park was added to that district last year for baseball but were dropped this year. Huffman-Hargrave drops from 4A back down to 3A. Hull-Daisetta moves from a five to eight team district as part of District 23-1A.

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Dead Man’s Curve: Work is set to begin soon on the infamous area of FM 1409 south of Dayton known as “Dead Man’s Curve”. The estimated $3.5 million project includes widening the bridge and straightening the deadly curve. Resident Engineer Steve G’Bur said the contract will be awarded this week with work beginning in a couple of months. The project is expected to take about 15 months to complete.

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Chambers Co. Suspects: The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in locating two suspects in an aggravated assault and burglary at M & M Tire Service in Wallisville on January 28. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Heather Beck, 31, and Lonnie Ray Selman Jr., 35, is asked to call the CCSO at 409-267-8321.

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Volume 23 NO. 21 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1ST, 2008

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Fire: A fire destroyed a manufactured home off FM 563 on CR 126 yesterday morning. The homeowner, Deborah Ray was not home at the time of the fire, but a small family dog could not be found and may have perished in the fire. Liberty Fire Chief Fred Collins said Ms. Ray lost everything in the fire and had no insurance. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Hospital: Negotiations between Frontier Health Care, owners of the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital, the Liberty County Hospital District #1 and two entities interested in building a new hospital in South Liberty County are proceeding so well, Board President Bruce Stratton said they expect a signed agreement in 60 days. With the recent forward motion, Stratton said the likelihood of a new hospital in the next few years is very good.

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New Fire Chief: On Wednesday, Liberty Fire Chief Fred Collins selected Brian Hurst as his new assistant chief. Hurst has been with the Liberty Fire Department for 3 years and in fire service for 7. Most recently he has been a fire department captain. Brian Hurst will also act as assistant to Sean Matula, who is the fire marshal for the City of Liberty.

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Fort Worth Livestock Show: Seven Liberty County 4-H youth found success in the heifer show at the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo. Mikayla Yates of Dayton showed the Grand Champion Short Horned Heifer. Scott Chachere of Dayton placed first with his Polled Hereford.

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Chambers County: Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive is hoping that tips from an alert public will help solve an armed robbery that happened in Winnie on December 8th. The Holiday Inn Express in Winnie was robbed at gunpoint around 6:30 that evening. The suspect is described as a black male between 5’7” and 5’10” tall, with short hair and a slim build. Lawmen are also looking for a newer model silver Ford Mustang the suspect may have been driving. Anyone with information is asked to call 409 267 8318 or 409 267 8477.

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Funerals: Pauline Voss Anderson Vernon, 88 of Dayton. No Services. Jerry Don Dunn, 69 of Hull. Services 2 PM Saturday First Baptist Church – Daisetta.

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