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October 2008

VOLUME 23 NO. 199, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2008

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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State of the City: David Douglas, Dayton City Manager said they have finished about 80 % of their Hurricane Ike debris cleanup, and have so far, collected about 100,000 cubic yards. He added the city has spent around $2 million on the project and is hoping to be reimbursed by FEMA.

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More Drug Arrests: Liberty Co. Sheriffs Department reports 3 more arrests for drug possession. 27 year old Andrew L. Downing and 29 year old Teria L. Noack are charged with 2nd degree felony possession and Jesse A. Watson, 36 is charged with a state jail felony for possession. In addition to the arrests, law enforcement officers seized $1,000 in cash and several grams of Methamphetamine. JP #3 Cody Parrish set bond at $20,000 for Downing and Noack, and $7,500 for Watson.

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Blood Drive: Liberty High student and Panther athlete Martin Sterling, Jr’s father is using lots of blood in his treatment at M.D. Anderson Hospital. Two different blood drives are scheduled to help. The first drive for Martin Sterling Sr. is Thursday November 13th at FLNB Liberty, the second is Wednesday November 19th at Liberty High School. Dorothy Nettles, coordinator for life share blood drives urges those who can, to give the gift of life. For the donor it’s a pint of blood. For local football player Martin Sterling’s dad, it’s a fight for life.

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FEMA Stats: Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said the Federal Emergency Management Agency reports there have been 14,088 applications from liberty county residents, with 10,178 homeowners and 3802 renters. Of those 14,000 applications, 88 were awarded what is called the max award of $28,800. Those grant awards were given by city as: 2 in Ames, 18 in Cleveland, 2 in Daisetta, 36 in Dayton, 3 each in Devers, Hardin and Hull, 14 in Liberty, 1 in Romayor and 1 in Rye.

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Funerals: James Leon Medders, 48 of Liberty. A memorial service is tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Liberty. A.J. “Costell” Lockett, 76 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 11 am at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Dayton.

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

VOLUME 23 NO. 198, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2008

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Cummings Asks to Un-resign: Former City of Liberty Police Chief Mike Cummings has sent a letter to City Manager Ron Wood asking to withdraw his resignation and return to duty as chief of police. The earlier resignation came in the face of a number of accusations, several were easily proved to be false. Two different sources said most of the criticism came from disgruntled employees, at least some of who have been demoted. City Manager Ron Wood said he believed consideration on reinstating Cummings would be taken up in an executive session, likely next week.

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Chamber Luncheon: It was a packed house at yesterday’s luncheon of the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber, with Congressman Ted Poe the featured speaker. Prior to the congressman’s remarks, he was given the Spirit of Enterprise award. Presenting the honor was Pete Havel, Executive Director for the Southwest and South Central Regions, US Chamber of Commerce. The US Chamber gives the award to members of congress for what they consider key business votes.

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Drug Arrest: A Kenefick area man, Bobby Eugene Kuykendall, Jr. 47, is being held in the Liberty Co. jail, charged with felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. The Liberty County Sheriffs Department acting on a warrant signed by Judge Chap Cain searched Kuykendall’s home and found what has been identified as Methamphetamine. JP Bobby Rader set the man’s bond at $40,000.

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Football: The regular 2008 high school football season is winding down, most teams have only a couple of games left before post season. The Liberty Panthers host the Tarkington Longhorns tomorrow. Liberty is 1-5 on the season, while Tarkington is 2-5 overall. Dayton Broncos remain undefeated in district and tomorrow night travel to take on the C.E. King Panthers, also 5-0 in district. Hull Daisetta plays Sabine Pass at West Hardin. The Hardin Hornets are at home against the Buna Cougars. The undefeated Cleveland Indians host the Coldspring Trojans, who are undefeated in district. Saturday: The University of Texas Longhorns are at Texas Tech against the Red Raiders, kick off at 7 p.m. Sunday the Houston Texans kick off at noon in Minnesota against the Vikings.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.09 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 197, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2008

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Commissioners: Yesterday, Liberty County Commissioners approved payment of over $1.3 million to companies for debris removal in the un-incorporated areas of Liberty County following the destruction of Hurricane Ike. In other action, commissioners heard a report from the law firm contracted to do delinquent tax collections. That report indicated the firm had collected more than $1.9 million over the past twelve months in past due taxes.

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Cost of Living Increase: David Bauman with the Beaumont Office of Social Security said the cost of living adjustment this year will be the highest since 1982. The increase of 5.8% will result in an average bump up of about $63 per month.

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Piatt Leaving: After nearly 20 years of service to the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Dayton, Pastor Randy Piatt is resigning. His final Sunday in the pulpit will be Nov. 16th. Randy Piatt said he is leaving the pastorate to become a missionary.

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Fall Back: Sunday marks the end of Daylight Savings Time. Turn your clock back one-hour beginning at 2 a.m. Sunday, or before you go to bed Saturday night. Radio controlled atomic watches and clocks should update automatically. Remember, fall back in the fall, and spring forward in the spring.

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Team City: Rep. John Otto will be the speaker at the Tuesday, Nov. 4th Team City / Dayton Chamber Commerce Luncheon. Kapalski’s will cater lunch for $10 per person. Call the chamber office at 257 2393 by 5 p.m. Monday for reservations. Tuesday’s luncheon will be at the 1st United Methodist Church, Cleveland St. in Dayton.

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Halloween Myths: While many myths and legends surrounding the safety of children and trick or treating have been disproved, experts agree it is still best to be cautious. The Liberty Dayton Community Hospital will be offering free x-rays of Halloween candy and will have extra treats for little ghosts and goblins.

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Funerals: Clarence Edward “Ed” Hutchins, 72 of Kenefick. Memorial service 2 p.m. at Kenefick Civic Center.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.12 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 196, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008

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Registered to Vote then Moved? For those who registered to vote, then moved, voting depends on where you moved. If the move was with in the county, from one precinct to another, Alanna Hall with the Liberty County Voter Registrars office says vote in your old precinct. Moved to Liberty County from another Texas County? You’ll vote on what is called a limited ballot, only during early voting and only at the courthouse. That limited ballot allows for votes in national and statewide races only. For those registered to vote in another state, but have recently move to Liberty County, they are not eligible to vote here. Anyone in this category should contact election officials in their former state to see if they are still eligible to vote there.

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Letter Scams: Letter scams are making the rounds again, and one received by a local resident contained a check for $4800. Instructions are to deposit the check, which the scam artist say’s is to cover taxes on winnings, and mail them back a money order for the taxes, $2900 worth. The scam is pretty simple, your stuck with a bad check, and the thieves make off with your $2900. Remember that letters, emails and phone calls prompting you to send money so you can win money, are scams.

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Safe Costumes: With little ghosts and goblins out in search of treats, experts say choose costumes carefully. Be sure a mask does not obstruct vision, or the costume is not so long as to cause a tripping hazard. After dark, costumes should be light colored and use reflective strips or patches. Halloween makeup should be labeled non- toxic, and costumes should be made of fire retardant materials. For more information, www.nsc.org.

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Congressman Poe: Tomorrow at the monthly luncheon of the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, US Congressman Ted Poe will be the featured speaker. We will broadcast his remarks starting about 12:30 on KSHN FM.

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Funerals: Eddie Paul Lannom, of Saratoga. Services 1 p.m. Wednesday at New Life Assembly of God Church in Batson. Betty Lou Fennell, 76 of Dayton. Services 2 p.m. tomorrow at Neal Funeral Home Chapel of Cleveland. Nellie Louise Henson Miller, 79 of Dayton. No services. Bruno Acker, 69 of Liberty. Memorial service was held this past Saturday.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.01 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 195, MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008

Accidental Shooting: A Liberty County teen was injured in a self-inflicted accidental shooting Saturday afternoon. Bradley L. Brown, 19, of CR 676 was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital with injuries to his face, chest and foot. Emergency personnel say Brown’s injuries are serious but not life threatening.

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FEMA Locations: A third FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Liberty County. It is at the old Wal-Mart Garden Center in Liberty. There also are FEMA locations at Dayton City Hall and Austin Memorial Library in Cleveland. The centers are open 9:30 to 5:30 Monday through Saturday.

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TISD Rollback: Tarkington school district voters rejected an increased tax rate last Thursday in a rollback election. The voting was not close. It failed by a 2 to 1 margin – 299 votes against the higher tax rate and 149 for it. Tarkington Superintendent John Kirchner said the lower tax rate means a $400,000 loss of local and state revenue to the district. He said the district will not purchase busses this year and will likely dip into the district’s fund balance for the 08-09 budget.

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Straight Party Vote: One option for registered voters is to cast straight party ballots for their choice of Democrat, Libertarian or Republican candidates. However, Stephanie Presnull with the Liberty County Clerks Office said those selecting a straight party ballot can still vote for a specific candidate in a different party in individual races.

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Political Forums: KSHN radio’s series of political forums continues Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. on Partyline. It will feature the two candidates for Liberty County Attorney. Democrat Tommy Chambers and Republican Wes Hinch will both be here.

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Football: Liberty won its first football game under the direction of new Head Coach Shane Deel. The Panthers beat Shepherd 21-15 Friday night. Also Friday, the Dayton Broncos advanced to 6-1 on the season with a 40-7 drubbing of Galena Park. Hardin beat Warren 49-22. The undefeated Cleveland Indians shut out Tarkington 58-0. On Saturday, it was Hull Daisetta 58 and Colmesneil 21. Karah Hickman was crowned Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies at Bobcat Stadium.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.01 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 194, FRIDAY OCTOBER 24, 2008

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Kidnapping: The Liberty Co. Sheriffs Department reports a woman was allegedly kidnapped from her CR. 604 home Monday evening and released only miles from the US –Mexico border. The victim said her common law husband, identified as Joel Quiroga was going to drop her on the Mexico side so she could not return to her children, left behind in their Dayton area home. Erica Lopez is an illegal alien. The children were found safe and taken into protective custody, while Joel Quiroga was arrested in Harris Co., and is now in the Liberty Co. Jail charged with aggravated kidnapping. Sheriffs department reports say he confirmed the victim’s account of the events.

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Stimulus Checks: According to US Congressman Kevin Brady, more than 40,000 stimulus checks bound for Texans have gone unclaimed, most due to bad addresses. The congressman said if your family has not received a check, and you should have, go to www.irs.gov and click on the “stimulus payment” link to check on the check. The Internal Revenue Service must have the correct information by Nov. 28th in order for the checks to be mailed this year.

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90 @ Waco: TxDot’s John Sudella said work on the Highway 90 at Waco railroad crossing in Dayton would start this weekend. The road will be closed starting Sunday morning at 5 a.m. and remain closed until Tuesday morning 5 a.m.

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Methodist Fall Festival: The 1st United Methodist Church – Liberty Annual Fall Festival is this weekend, Saturday 9-4 and Sunday 12-2. There will be auctions, games, arts and crafts and the fish fry on Sunday. For information call 336 5725.

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Another Reminder: Free Prostate Screening tomorrow at the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital. Just show up between 8 am and noon.

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Football: The Liberty Panthers on the road against Shepherd. Dayton Bronco’s vs. Galena Park at home. Hardin on the road at Warren and Hull Daisetta vs. Colmesneil at home, 2 p.m. Sat.

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Funerals: Sadie Griffin, 78 of Liberty. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.65 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 193, THURSDAY OCTOBER 23, 2008

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Police Chief Resigns: Liberty City Council met in special called session Tuesday night and after two hours of discussion in closed executive session, voted to accept the resignation of Liberty Police Chief Mike Cummings. Cummings, who has been on the job about 2 years turned in his resignation last week, offering no reason for his sudden departure. The letter to council said only recent events made it impossible for him to continue as police chief. Council members each expressed regret at loosing Cummings as police chief. A press release from the city said he was not asked to resign nor was his employment terminated against his will. Lt. Ricky Skarpa will act as interim chief while the search begins for a new chief.

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Ike Relief Auction: This weekend there will be a Hurricane Ike Relief Market Livestock Show and Auction. urricane Ike RElief Market LIva MARKids who would have had their animals in the South Texas State Fair can now show their project animals Saturday at Whites Park in Anahuac. The weekend show will culminate with an auction Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.. For information call 409 296 8181.

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Disaster Relief Center: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up a Disaster Relief Center at the Dayton City Hall open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday.

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Document Shredding: The City of Liberty is hosting a document shredding day Saturday November 15th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of First Baptist Church in Liberty. The shred it day is free to the public, individuals and businesses. For information, call Liberty City Hall at 936 336 3684.

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Debris Pickup: Commissioner Todd Fontenot said the last day of debris pickup would be this Saturday in Pct. 1. If you don’t have debris from Ike at the edge of the county roads in that precincnt before that time, it may not be picked up.

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LISD: A report to trustees from Liberty School Superintendent Mona Chadwick says attendance is over 95% district wide, which is considered to be very good.

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Funerals: Rebecca Lynne Bowman, 43. Services tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.05 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 193, THURSDAY OCTOBER 23, 2008

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Police Chief Resigns: Liberty City Council met in special called session Tuesday night and after two hours of discussion in closed executive session, voted to accept the resignation of Liberty Police Chief Mike Cummings. Cummings, who has been on the job about 2 years turned in his resignation last week, offering no reason for his sudden departure. The letter to council said only recent events made it impossible for him to continue as police chief. Council members each expressed regret at loosing Cummings as police chief. A press release from the city said he was not asked to resign nor was his employment terminated against his will. Lt. Ricky Skarpa will act as interim chief while the search begins for a new chief.

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Ike Relief Auction: This weekend there will be a Hurricane Ike Relief Market Livestock Show and Auction. urricane Ike RElief Market LIva MARKids who would have had their animals in the South Texas State Fair can now show their project animals Saturday at Whites Park in Anahuac. The weekend show will culminate with an auction Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.. For information call 409 296 8181.

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Disaster Relief Center: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up a Disaster Relief Center at the Dayton City Hall open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday.

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Document Shredding: The City of Liberty is hosting a document shredding day Saturday November 15th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of First Baptist Church in Liberty. The shred it day is free to the public, individuals and businesses. For information, call Liberty City Hall at 936 336 3684.

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Debris Pickup: Commissioner Todd Fontenot said the last day of debris pickup would be this Saturday in Pct. 1. If you don’t have debris from Ike at the edge of the county roads in that precincnt before that time, it may not be picked up.

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LISD: A report to trustees from Liberty School Superintendent Mona Chadwick says attendance is over 95% district wide, which is considered to be very good.

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Funerals: Rebecca Lynne Bowman, 43. Services tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.05 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 192, WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2008

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Dayton City Council: Monday night Dayton City Council took up the issue of “baggy” pants. The mayor, Steve Stephens, said he found the practice of young men wearing pants so low as to almost fall off to be offensive. The motion was tabled so city attorney Randy Gunter can prepare an ordinance that may be considered and Dayton Police Chief Pete Dozier could be consulted about enforcing such an ordinance.

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County Prescription Card: A report from the National Association of Counties says in the first 90 days of use, the discount prescription card offered to Liberty County residents through an agreement with county government has saved an average of 24 % on the cost of prescription medications. The county joined the program several months ago, and August was the first month of its use. The cards are available at no cost to Liberty Countians at most pharmacies, the Liberty County Indigent Healthcare Office, Liberty County Hospital District Office or by calling 877 321 2652.

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Prostate Screening: This Saturday, the 12th Annual KSHN Radio and Liberty Dayton Community Hospital prostate screening clinic will be held from 8 a.m. until noon. No pre-registration is required just show up.

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Early Voting: The first days of early voting across Liberty County went very well. In total, there were 939 early votes cast on Monday in Liberty County. Through 4 p.m. yesterday in Liberty and Cleveland, 571 folks voted early.

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Emergency Farm Loans: The Farm Service Agency is accepting applications for emergency farm loans due to damage and losses caused by Hurricane Ike. Ag producers in Liberty and Chambers Counties, among others are urged to apply as soon as possible to avoid backlog’s and delays. Generally farmers who have lost 30 % of their productions are eligible. The Liberty County Farm Service Agency Office is on the Hwy. 146 bypass or call 936 336 9145.

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Funerals: Margarie Lynn Cross, 59 of Raywood. Service of remembrance 2 p.m. Thursday at Central Baptist Church in Daisetta. ****************************************************

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

VOLUME 23 NO. 191, TUESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2008

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Death Ruled Suicide: A statement by the Harris County Sheriff’s Department saying the death of Pat Chapman was the result of an attempted murder and then his own suicide, appeared to have put the issue to rest. However, Monday afternoon Harris Co. Homicide Sgt. Greg Pinkins told KSHN Radio that there were several possibilities on what happened. He said these possibilities included the idea that he shot her, she shot him, but so is the attempted murder – suicide consideration. Sgt. Pinkins was not sure how much longer it would take to produce a final report on the fatal shooting.

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Cost of Rollback: The Hull Daisetta school district’s proposed tax rate is $1.2342 per $100 of property valuation, 13 cents higher then the district’s rollback rate. According to Superintendent Mary Huckabay, the proposed rate will add an additional $400,000 to the districts coffers. She said property owners whose homestead is valued at $50,000 would pay an additional $65 a year under this rate. Early voting started yesterday and continues through October 31st.

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TVE Volume Buyer: The 100th Trinity Valley Exposition was a big success with the youth livestock auction reaching over $282,000 for the kids of Liberty and Chambers counties. A big part of that goes to volume buyer C & L Vacuum from Daisetta. Owner Lynn Fregia spent $30,800 during Friday’s auction. Additionally, it was C & L Vacuum that was the high bidder at $21,000 for the one of a kind commemorative saddle auctioned off during the Saturday night performance of the PRCA Rodeo. Total price tag, $51,800 - supporting kids - priceless.

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Body Found: A woman’s body was recovered in a padlocked box in a shallow grave shortly before midnight, Saturday by law enforcement near Cleveland just over the county line in San Jacinto County. Authorities believe it is 60 year old Dorothy Mae Hay of Louisiana who was reported missing last Wednesday. 4 people, including her two daughters, have been charged in connection with the case, one for murder and the other three for tampering with evidence.

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Funerals: Patrick Gene Chapman, Sr., 66 of Crosby. Services today at 2 p.m. Crosby Church in Crosby.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.20 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 190, MONDAY OCTOBER 20, 2008

Shooting Death: Well-known former Liberty businessman Pat Chapman Sr., 66, is dead of a gunshot wound sustained at his home in Crosby where he lived with his wife, Kelly, and their daughter. Kelly Chapman, who was also shot, was transported by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she is said to be stable. One report says Pat Chapman Sr. shot his wife and then committed suicide. Others say Pat shot Kelly, who got control of the gun and then shot him. Harris County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.

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Early Voting: Early voting starts today and runs through Oct. 31 for the Nov. 4 General Election. Registered voters can cast ballots from 8 to 5 weekdays at the County Clerks Office in the Liberty County Courthouse or the Cleveland Annex. Early voting also is scheduled today through Oct. 31 at the Dayton Annex and Hardin Community Center from 3 to 7 weekdays.

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TVE Queen and Saddle: Katie Jo Sebek was crowned 2008 TVE Rodeo Queen Saturday night. She also was tops for Best Appearance and Personality. Laci Lognion was first runner up. Queen contestant Chelee Morgan was the horsemanship winner and second runner up. Miss Congeniality and the Photogenic winner is Morgan Ericson. Also Saturday night, TVE auctioned off a one-of-a-kind, silver-studded 100th anniversary saddle. High bidder was Lynn Fregia of C&L Vacuum for $21,000. Mr. Fregia then presented the beautiful Harmon saddle as a gift to his father-figure and business mentor, Jeff Green of B&J Vacuum.

Youth Livestock Auction: The TVE Youth Livestock Auction was a record-breaker with an overall total of $282,123, up more than $16,000 from last year. The Grand Champion Steer, owned by Rylee Hobbs of Barbers Hill FFA, sold for $18,000 to Murphy Entergy. The Reserve Grand Champion Steer, shown by Kelli Neuman of East Chamber’s FFA, sold for $11,000 to Brock’s Logging of Cleveland in partnership with D.T.S., an out-of-state contractor removing storm debris in Precincts 3&4.

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Football: The Liberty Panthers celebrated Homecoming Friday night in a 35-0 loss to Huffman. Shelby Benot was crowned queen. Dayton beat Barbers Hill 46-13. Hull-Daisetta thumped Chester 47-3. Hardin fell to Kountze 27-7. The undefeated Cleveland Indians continued their success with a 69-3 one-sided victory over Shepherd. Splendora beat Tarkington 32-7.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.53 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 189, FRIDAY OCTOBER 17, 2008

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TVE: The judging results from the market steer and commercial heifers divisions yesterday proved it was ladies day. Showing the grand champion market steer was Riley Hobbs a young lady with Barbers Hill FFA. The reserve champion market steer honor went to Kelly Newman of East Chambers FFA. Traditionally the market steers are where the big money comes in during the youth livestock auction. The Grand Champion Commercial Heifer was shown by Calli Woerner, the Reserve Champion Heifer by Ashley Worthy, both with Liberty FFA. Last years total auction number of more than $265,000 was a record day for the TVE. Buyers will get a chance to bid on some of the finest animals around this afternoon following a catered lunch at the fairgrounds. For information call 936 336 7455.

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SBA in Liberty: The U. S. Small Business Administration now has customer service representatives on hand at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Liberty issuing disaster loan applications, answering questions about the SBA’s disaster loan program and helping individuals through the loan process. The SBA will be at St. Stephen’s Church- 2401 Trinity St. in Liberty- 8 to 5 Monday through Saturday, 9 to 1 on Sunday.

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Change a Light: Entergy TX is encouraging folks to replace at least one standard incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light. The Department of Energy says these use 75 % less electricity and last 8 to 12 times longer.

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Tarkington School Board: A law passed by the 80th Texas legislature says school board elections must be held jointly with local city elections. That created a problem for Tarkington ISD and other rural Texas school districts. Now, the Tarkington district will hold their first school trustee election since 2005. It will be held in conjunction with the November 4th general election. Early voting for the Tarkington School Board Election is Monday Oct. 20th – Friday Oct. 31st at the Cleveland Annex.

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Funerals: Todd Watson, 10 am Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Moss Hill. * Shirley Faye McCarty, 73, of Liberty, Graveside services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Cooke Memorial Cemetery in Liberty. * Billy T. Bledsoe, 73, of Hardin, Services at 11 a.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.53 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 188, THURSDAY OCTOBER 16, 2008

Gang Member Killing: Authorities have been unable to locate any relatives of the murder victim found shot to death last Sunday morning on FM 787. The victim has been identified as 37-year-old Scott Allen Freeman of Cleveland – a presumed gang member. Police want to question two individuals driving a white truck with a blue tarp over the back. One is a white male, between 5’, 9” and 5’, 11”. The other is a petite woman wearing shorts with brown hair worn in a ponytail. Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland Police at 281-592-2622 or Crime Stoppers at 409-724-8477.

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TVE: The Trinity Valley Exposition continues today through Saturday with carnival rides, exhibits, food, livestock judging, nightly PRCA rodeo events followed by free dances and the big youth livestock auction Friday afternoon at 12:30. The TVE Fairground is on FM 563, 1 mile south of Hwy 90 in Liberty. For more information call 936-336-7455.

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Football: The Liberty Panthers celebrate Homecoming tomorrow night, hosting the Huffman Falcons at 7:30 p.m. while the Dayton Broncos are at Mont Belvieu against the Barbers Hill Eagles. That one kicks off at 7 p.m. Listen to both games live on All Nine Split Channel Sports or on line at www.kshn.com. Hull- Daisetta plays Chester at Chester at 7:30 p.m. Hear that one on line only at kshn.com. Just click on the team line logo.

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Funerals: Kenneth Paul Tabb, 73, of Dayton, Graveside services at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Louisiana. ** Doris Harris McMillen, 91, of Liberty, Graveside services at 10 a.m. today at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty. ** Sylvia Pinch Kelly of Dayton, Memorial Service planned for a later date. ** Rebecca Lynn Gary, 46, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.74 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 186, TUESDAY OCTOBER 14, 2008

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TVE: This evening the gates to the TVE open at 5 p.m. with the carnival kicking off at 6 p.m. Armbands for tonight’s carnival are $30 for all the rides a person can stand. The ranch rodeo is also tonight. Gate admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students and seniors. Parking is $3. Advance tickets for tonight’s ranch rodeo or any of the PRCA rodeos will also cover the gate fee. Advance tickets are available at the fairground office, FLNB Liberty & Dayton, Thriftee Food Centers, Liberty, Dayton and Mont Belvieu. Tomorrow the Opening Day Parade is held in downtown Liberty starting at 10 a.m. For more information call the fairgrounds office at 936 336 7455.

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Prostate Clinic: The 12th annual KSHN Radio / Liberty Dayton Community Hospital free prostate screening clinic will be Saturday October 25th. There is no pre-registration required just show up between 8 am until about noon at the main entrance.

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DRC: As of now no change, the only FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Liberty County is in Cleveland. Located on Lilley Yager Loop North in Cleveland. The DRC is open 9-6 daily. No word on if more DRC’s will be opened in Liberty County. The deadline to register is November 13th, call 1 800 621 FEMA.

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Dayton Chamber Clay Shoot: The Dayton Chamber of Commerce annual fund-raiser sporting clay shoot is Sunday at Pecan Meadow in Hardin. Register by calling 936 298 3611.

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Baby Parade: The winners for the 2008 TVE Baby Parade includes 1st place walking division Future Rodeo Stars. In Riding Division, 1st place went to Saturday Night Rodeo. Then Comes Small Float 1st place winner Future TVE Cowboy. 1st place large float trophy went to Mini Troops. Best Performance by an individual went to CJ Crump and Best Over All trophy went to the float called TVE Memories.

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Tarkington Roundup: Originally planned for earlier this month, the Tarkington Roundup has been rescheduled for this Saturday. For information call 281 592 0439.

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Correction: Friday night, the 5-0 Cleveland Indians defeated Huffman, the final score was 21-11.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.73 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 185, MONDAY OCTOBER 13, 2008

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Murder Suspect Caught: Capital murder-kidnapping suspect Ramiro Contreras was captured Saturday in the Evergreen area of San Jacinto County. There was a brief skirmish with police detectives before he was taken into custody. The 24-year-old Contreras was wanted for the Sept. 23 murder in Cleveland of Barbara Swearingen. At the same time, he also kidnapped his estranged wife and four kids. Cleveland P.D. said the fugitive’s position was determined through the use of cell phone towers.

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Body found in Cleveland: A man was found shot to death Sunday morning in Cleveland on the side of FM 787. Cleveland police have not released the dead man’s name, pending notification of next of kin. However, the white male is thought to have been a gang member. While an autopsy is scheduled for today, police say the man was shot multiple times. Anybody with information should call Cleveland police at 281-592-2622 or Crime Stoppers at 409-724-8477.

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Still Jailed: Two of the three suspects arrested last week in Knights Forest after an 81/2 hour standoff with law enforcement remain jailed, but the third has been released. That standoff began after shots were fired at Liberty County sheriff’s deputies trying to serve a parole violation warrant on Josh Young, 27, and an aggravated assault warrant on Stephanie Moye, 21. Both Josh Young and Stephanie Moye remain jailed on those warrants with other charges pending. A third person, Brett Edwards, who was also at the manufactured home in Knights Forest, has been released. No charges are expected against Edwards.

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Football: The Dayton Broncos are now 4-1 on the season after defeating Crosby 49-14 for homecoming. Katie Baumgardner was crowned queen, and K.J. Barton is king. Other local scores include Evadale over Hull-Daisetta 16-6. Hardin upset East Chambers 35-28. The undefeated Cleveland Indians beat Huffman 14-11, and Coldspring topped Tarkington 49-14. The Liberty Panthers were not in action.

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Funerals: Dolores Jannise-Gilbert, 81, of Liberty. Service is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception with visitation 5 to 9 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil in Dayton. James Paul Williams, 61, of Dayton. Services at a later date - Pace-Stancil Dayton.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 184, FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 2008

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Ike Update: In Liberty Co. alone, 13,295 people have registered for FEMA assistance according to the Liberty Co. Office of Emergency Management. Officials are urging everyone living in a disaster county to register. Assistance can come in a variety of forms from rent assistance to temporary food stamps. The deadline for registering with FEMA is Nov. 13.

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Boomerang: Tuesday the Liberty ISD voted to accept an application from Boomerang Tube to participate in the state’s Pilot Program with the district. The program allows school districts to offer incentive packages, payment in lieu of taxes, to help lure businesses to areas.

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Scarecrows: The Annual Liberty Municipal Library Scarecrow Exhibition is Tuesday starting off at 3:30. Library Director Dana Abshire said bring your scarecrow building materials to the library and they will provide the frame. Following Tuesday’s scarecrow construction party, the completed works of art are moved to the front of the library for the community to enjoy leading up to Halloween. For information call 336 8901.

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Disaster Relief: The Church of Christ disaster relief effort will be distributing useful supply packs Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at the church at 3201 Main St.. The pack includes bleach, a family food box, cleaning buckets and supplies a case of water and other items including insect repellent.

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Rotary Raffle: The Dayton Rotary Club is holding a special fundraiser. For the purchase of a $10 ticket, a person gets a chance to win one of 4 prizes. Included are two $1,000 gas cards and two $500 gas card. The contest drawing will be Thursday October 23rd. To buy a chance one of these valuable prizes contact any Dayton Rotary Club member.

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Football: The Dayton Broncos host Crosby tonight at 7 p.m. The Hardin Hornets take on the East Chambers Buccaneers. Hull Daisetta is playing in West Hardin against Evadale. Hardin & H-D both kick off at 7:30.

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Funerals: David E. Traywick, 72 of Devers. Services today at 10 a.m. Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 183, THURSDAY OCTOBER 9, 2008

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Stand Off: An 8 ½ hour standoff between law enforcement and two people wanted on warrants ended Wednesday morning with out injury despite at least 11 shots fired by the alleged bad guys. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said it began when SO Investigators and Task Force officers tried to serve warrants. Instead of coming out, Josh Young, 27 and Stephanie Moye 21 retreated into the home and fired at least 11 shots at lawmen through out the night. When the initial 4 shots were fired, law enforcement backed off to a safer distance, and called for more forces. The Baytown SWAT team arrived early morning, and after long hours of trying to make contact, decided to fire tear gas into the dwelling. After tear gas was fired into the home, Young, Moye and a third man, Brett Edwards, who law enforcement had been unaware of, exited and all were arrested.

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TVE: While Hurricane Ike shut down several of the very big southeast Texas events the TVE will go on. Local organizers invite those southeast Texas folks disappointed by the unavoidable cancellations of their local events to check out the TVE. Livestock check in and judging starts Monday. Tuesday the carnival opens, and the ranch rodeo will be held that evening. On Wednesday, the opening day parade kicks off the week with all the fun fair events, PRCA rodeo and carnival. The fairgrounds are on FM 563 1 - mile south of Hwy. 90 in Liberty.

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LISD School Board: LISD Superintendent Mona Chadwick said the Texas Educational Agency is granting waivers for days missed due to Hurricane Ike, however they want district to consider making up at least some of the instructional days. Liberty School Trustees voted Tuesday night to apply for the waiver from the T.E.A. for 10 instructional days.

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Kiddie Trail Ride: Next Wednesday morning kids, horses and adults will converge on FM 1011 just off Hwy. 146 for the start of the Kiddie trail ride. Organizers say a hot breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. and the ride will leave at 9 a.m. to join the opening day parade. Bring you own horse, wagon and team, or ride on the hay wagon provided. Following the parade, kids can be picked up at the Liberty football stadium or the group will ride back to the Pickett ranch on FM 1011. For information call Johnye or Fran McMurtry at 936 334 2821 or 936 262 7015.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 182, WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8, 2008

Public Hearing: A public hearing is set for tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in the 253rd District Courtroom on the first floor of the Liberty County Courthouse for voting residents of the Tarkington Independent School District. The hearing is to allow for voters to address a petition filed by the district to reset early voting for October 20th through Oct. 22nd and Election Day for October 23rd. Voters in the Tarkington school district will cast ballots on the district’s proposed tax rate.

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TVE: The TVE Country Weekend and Centennial Celebration is this weekend. There will be a barbecue cook off, food, fireworks and more. The baby parade is downtown at 10 Saturday morning. The day culminates with a free concert dance in the rodeo arena following the fireworks display. Sunday morning the queen’s contestants will show off their horsemanship skills. At 2 p.m., the team roping competition, also free to spectators.

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Blue Roof: The last day of eligibility in Texas for the US Army Corp of Engineers blue roof program is Monday Oct. 13. The location in Liberty may close sooner. While in Liberty they have had more than 400 applications for blue roofs, it has fallen off to only a handful of people a day. To apply for a blue roof, go to the VFW Hall on Main Street in Liberty between 10-6.

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Liberty Storm Debris: The City of Liberty vegetation pick up is well under way, while pick up of construction material has begun. Word from the city is that all remaining debris, construction and vegetative, must be curbside by the end of day Sunday. From that day forward, when contractor trucks are seen in a neighborhood, it will be the last pass for that area.

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Parades: Parade Chair Jennifer Regen said entries for Saturday’s baby parade will be accepted until close of business tomorrow and for Wednesday’s opening day parade, entries will be accepted until close of business Monday. Call 713 540 3708 for more information.

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Funerals: Arthur Jay Childress, 46 of Hardin. Services 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Miles Baptist Church in Ames. Elby “Buddy” King, 73 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Herman E. Ethridge, 61 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Crosby Church in Crosby.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 181, TUESDAY OCTOBER 7, 2008

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Fatality Wreck: DPS Trooper Rob Willoughby said Rhonda Castilaw of Saratoga was northbound on Hwy 146 around 5 a.m. Sunday when her vehicle veered into the southbound lane and hit a vehicle driven by Arthur Jay Childress, 46, nearly head on. The Hardin man was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Rhonda Castilaw was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, now said to be in fair condition. Trooper Willoughby said possible charges against the woman are pending the outcome of his investigation. It was only 8 months ago when Arthur Childress’ son, Quincy – a 25-year-old Iraqi War veteran was gunned down in Raywood.

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Search and Rescue 101: With sirens blowing on emergency vehicles several miles apart, rescuers were able to zero in on the location of an injured motorcycle rider. Dayton Volunteer Fire Chief Terry Boyett said Humble man Stephen Brown was on the phone to Dayton PD dispatchers and able to lead emergency personnel to his location by the sound of the sirens. He was found hidden from view in a ditch alongside County Road 686. Stephen Brown was taken to Northeast Medical Center in Humble, said to be in good condition.

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Candidate Forums: There will be two public candidate forums, one in Dayton and the second in Liberty. The first is in the FLNB Dayton Financial Center Community room, Tuesday Oct. 21st. The second is the next night, Wednesday October 22nd in the Community Room of FLNB – Liberty. Both are from 7-9 p.m. Candidates are asked to contact KSHN at 336 5793 or Dayton News at 258 8031.

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Debris Pick Up: Liberty and Dayton City Officials say more than 170,000 cubic yards of debris have already been removed from those two cities. Officials continue to urge residents to stack debris in three piles- vegetation, building materials and white goods- which includes items likes appliances and mowers.

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Funerals: Gary Don Parish, 60 of Spring. Services 2 p.m. today, Sterling Funeral Home-Dayton. Arthur Childress, 46, of Hardin. Services pending at Wells Funeral Service-Liberty. Steve E. Carroll, 59, of Liberty, Memorial Service at 1 p.m. Saturday October 18th at 1 p.m. at the family’s residence.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 180, MONDAY OCTOBER 6, 2008

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Fire Destroys Home: Hurricane Ike took a swipe at Richard and Betty Henderson’s home on FM 2830 north of Liberty. On Sunday, a guy for the Corps of Engineers even came by to measure the roof for a blue tarp. Shortly thereafter, Richard was watching TV when his wife ran in saying the home was on fire. Oxygen and propane bottles inside the house made fighting the fire more difficult for firefighters from Hardin, Liberty and Hull-Daisetta. In the end, fire destroyed the home and its contents.

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TVE Website: Trinity Valley Exposition has a new website. Developed by Matt Lanier of A-1 Telecom, the site now has an interactive calendar with upcoming events. Just click on the item to get more information. There also are links to upcoming events at TVE plus downloadable forms for entering events. The new website address is www.tvefair.com or just link there from our’s - www.kshn.com

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Chambers County: There is a public meeting at noon Thursday at the American Legion Hall in Anahuac regarding construction and repair to buildings in the Chambers County flood plain. The Chambers County Environmental Health Department reminds those in Chambers County that a permit is required for all structures being repaired, remodeled or reconstructed. There also are special requirements for structures in the flood plain with greater than 50% damage. For information, call 409-267-8392.

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Hurricane Damage: Damage wrought by Hurricane Ike across 29 Texas counties will run into the billions of dollars. Fred Collins, emergency management coordinator for the city of Liberty, said damage in the city of Liberty alone is greater than $2.6 million. Tom Branch, Liberty County emergency management coordinator, estimates damage across Liberty County will run into the 10s of millions of dollars.

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Football: The Dayton Broncos are now 3-1 on the season after defeating North Forest 49-30 Saturday night. In Friday night football action, the undefeated Cleveland Indians beat the Liberty Panthers 46-7. Liberty’s touchdown was the first score this year against the 4-0 Indians. Anahuac bested Hardin 35-13. Hull-Daisetta shut out Burkeville 55-0, and Tarkington fell to Orangefield 17-7.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 179, FRIDAY OCTOBER 3, 2008

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Investigation in Child’s Death: Cleveland police are investigating the death of a 1-year-old child. According to Cleveland Police Chief Ike Hines a boy was taken to a hospital with injuries medical professionals reported were not consistent with the parent’s claim the boy fell off the sofa. Chief Hines said the incident remains under investigation. No charges are filed.

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FEMA: Liberty County Emergency Coordinator Tom Branch said FEMA officials report 13,000 Liberty County residents have registered for assistance, and almost $3 million in housing assistance has already been approved in this county alone. Also over $187,000 has been approved for other needs such as medical expenses, transportation and personal property assistance. Tom branch said FEMA officials are in Liberty County scouting locations for the Disaster Recovery Centers and hopefully those will be open soon and we will have the locations. For now it is recommended that you call 1 800 621 FEMA. Early morning or late at night minimizes waiting times or go to www.kshn.com and click on the FEMA logo.

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Voter Registration: Monday is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming November General Election. Liberty County Tax Assessor/Collector Mark McClelland said his office has been registering quite a few new voters this year, no doubt because of the presidential election. Registration can be done in person until 5 p.m. Monday at the Liberty County Tax Office. Mail in registration forms must be postmarked October 6th.

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Football: The Liberty Panthers and the Cleveland Indians battle it out tonight at Crosby Stadium. Kick off is at 7:30. Also in action are the Hardin Hornets who host the Anahuac Panthers in a 7:30 game. Hull –Daisetta goes up against Burkville in West Hardin tonight, also at 7:30. A couple of Saturday night games have the Dayton Bronco’s pitted against North Forest at home at 7 p.m. Barbers Hill is at home against Kingwood Park, also Saturday at 7 p.m. We will broadcast both the Liberty and Dayton games on 99.9 or on line at www.kshn.com. The Hull Daisetta game will be broadcast on line.

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Funerals: Herman Thomas “Pee Wee” Moseley. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 178, THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2008

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Liberty City Council: The Liberty City Council Tuesday night met with Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald and Willie Carter, Executive Director of the Liberty County Housing Authority. Council was presented with information on the large number of people in the county left homeless by Hurricane Ike. Both County Judge Fitzgerald and Willie Carter are working to get FEMA trailers in the county and asked Liberty City Council to consider a temporary waiver on the manufactured home ordinances in liberty. Council members expressed interest in the proposal, and the mayor said they would gladly work together to work out any questions.

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Wallisville Damage: The small Chambers County community of Wallisville did not go unscathed during the storm. The storm surge caused significant flooding in that community with some homes near I-10 having as much as 5 feet of water inside and further south, as much as 8 feet of water. Wallisville Heritage Park and post office located next door, both had a couple of feet of water inside, and are being renovated. The Wallisville post office has been temporarily relocated to the Mont Belvieu Post office on Eagle Drive.

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Wal-Mart and Jobs: The local super Wal-Mart is offering temporary positions to those with retail experience displaced while stores damaged by the storm rebuild. Manager Ron Olson said the stores and employees are important to the economy. To apply for a temporary position until your regular job reopens stop in the Wal-Mart store at the corner of the bypass and Main.

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TVE: The Trinity Valley Exposition kicks off with Country Weekend Friday October 10th through the 12th. On Oct. 11th there will be a centennial celebration with music, food and fun, however some of the contests have been canceled. Helen Green with the centennial celebration committee said the events would be held from 4 to 8 p.m. that Saturday night. Fun Pass: TVE Fun passes go on sale this Saturday 8 a.m. at the TVE Fairgrounds on FM 563. The fun pass cost $80 and allows the holder unlimited rides at the carnival during the TVE.

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Funerals: Herman Thomas “Pee Wee” Mosley, 48 of Gilcrest. Services Saturday 2 p.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 177, WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1, 2008

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Mosley found dead: A man who spent most of his life in Liberty County, is now counted as one of the deaths caused by Hurricane Ike. Herman Thomas “PeeWee” Mosley was reported missing by his family, following the landfall of Ike over 2 weeks ago. According to the 48-year old man’s step mother; Mary Mosley, his body was discovered Saturday afternoon. John Florence, Chief Investigator for the Galveston County Medical Examiners office said the cause of death has been determined to be drowning. His body was found Saturday on some rocks west of an area known as Severs Cut on the north side of the Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County.

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Fatality Accident: According to Texas DPS Trooper Jamie Neault, a Livingston woman, Beverly Diann Campbell was partially ejected and suffered fatal injuries as the car she was driving rolled onto her. She was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace #3 Cody Parrish at a roadside inquest. JP Parrish ordered an autopsy. DPS reports indicate the accident was survivable, if only the victim had been wearing a seat belt. The wreck occurred just before 8 Monday night north of the railroad track in Rye on State Highway 146. The 52-year-old driver was a couple of miles from her Polk Co. home just inside Liberty Co.

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Social Security Cards: David Bauman with the Beaumont office of Social Security said some folks like to laminate however, that can make it difficult to detect security features built into the card to help prevent counterfeiting. He said it is best to keep your card locked up until you need it. The challenge then is remembering where you put it for safekeeping.

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Chamber Cancels Trip: The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce has canceled their five-day/four-night tour bus trip to Biloxi Mississippi. Chamber President Mary Anne Campbell said the devastating effects of the hurricane has prompted the decision to cancel the outing. She did say the one-day outing to Coushatta Casino and Resort in Kinder, La will go on as scheduled Thursday October 23rd. Sign ups for that trip are being accepted now. Call 936 336 5736.

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Funerals: Donald F. Guidry, 60 of Devers. Services Friday 2 p.m. at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty.

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