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March 2007

 

** VOLUME 22 NO. 65 THURSDAY APRIL 5TH, 2007 **

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Two young Cleveland residents, Kenneth Gilstrap, 19 and Adrienne Brown, 16 were killed Tuesday night when their pick up apparently crossed the centerline on highway 105, going into the path of a westbound 18 wheel tractor trailer rig. DPS reports indicate the driver of the big rig, and his passenger, were both treated and released from Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Gilstrap and Brown were pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct #5 Justice of the Peace Burl Thomas.

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The Texas Commission on Jail Standards, has completed inspections on 38 jails so far this year, and failed 13, one of those was the Liberty County Jail. Sheriff Greg Arthur said some are serious problems, but all are correctable. Many of the jail paper work deficiencies and most maintenance issues occurred when CCA’s contract ran out and they left Liberty at the end of 2006. Sheriff Arthur said the Liberty County Jail has 60 days to fix the problems or present a plan for getting it done.

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In 4-A Track and Field competition, Dayton has the number one ranked competitors in two areas, and the 1-mile relay team is ranked 5th in state, 3rd in the region. P. J. McGowan is ranked as the best in 4-A state wide in high jump. Joe Carter is the top ranked in open quarter, and Levi Tatum is tied for the number one spot in the region in the pole vault. The team has qualifying competitors in four events for this week’s “Texas Relays” the 3rd largest track meet in the nation.

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The 15th Annual Dayton Ole Tyme Days is Friday April 20th through Sunday April 22nd. The yearly festival showcases downtown Dayton and raises thousands of scholarship dollars for graduating seniors. Events include the BBQ Cook-Off, carnival, car and 4x4 show, petting zoo, 42 tournament and more. Admission is free. For more information, link to their web site from www.kshn.com.

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Funerals: Margaret “Peggy” Smith, 66 of Dayton. Services at 10 AM Friday at Grace Community Baptist Church in Dayton. * James Owen Gorden, 78 of Batson. Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Central Baptist Church in Daisetta* Jeremy Ferguson, 25 of Livingston. Services at 1 p.m. today at Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland.

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LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.47 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 64 WEDNESDAY APRIL 4TH, 2007 **

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Yesterday, between 5 and 6 AM, Dayton Police say 36 year old Chris Gants of Dayton was struck and killed, by at least one vehicle on FM 1960 near the Chevron and Exxon stations. Police say Gants had a history of seizures and may have been experiencing one and was lying in the road when he was struck. Because of the darkness, the color of his clothing, and the fact that he was carrying a large trash bag, it is possible motorists thought they had hit a bag of trash. Anyone who may have seen anything, or thought they just ran over a bag of trash during that time is asked to call Dayton P. D. at 936 258 7621

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The Dayton Fire Department was called to a manufactured home fire on CR. 4871 yesterday morning just after 8. Fire Chief Terry Boyett said the structure was unoccupied other than a family of bees. Several fire fighters were stung, and one had a mild allergic reaction. He was treated at the scene. The singlewide mobile home was destroyed.

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Dr. Joe Wiillie, Attorney for former Liberty Co. Treasurer Janet Harrelson, said the now convicted felon, may pursue a federal appeal in her remaining two convictions. She was ordered last Friday, by visiting Judge David Walker, to begin meeting the terms of her ten-year probation. Ms. Harrelson now lives in Harris County.

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During the Monday night meeting of the Liberty County Hospital District #1, board members learned as of March 31st, there are 236 residents of the district on the client rolls. They also hear a report on how much money had been spent with the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital and UTMB in Galveston since the beginning of the fiscal year, which started October 1st, 2006. The two facilities are close, with the local hospital receiving $101,712 and the Galveston hospital paid by the hospital district $101,240.

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The Dayton Girls Softball team takes to the airways tomorrow night. The Lady Bronco’s host Vidor. First pitch is at 6:30. Our broadcast starts at 6:20. You can also listen online at kshn.com.

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Funerals: Wynonia Marguerite Lawler Peek, 69 of Saratoga. Services were held yesterday at 4 PM.

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LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.59 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 634 TUESDAY APRIL 3RD, 2007 **

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Greg Hayman, Dayton ISD Superintendent can now add Hall Of Honor at Deer Park ISD, to his resume. The Dayton educator was inducted into the prestigious group open to Deer Park graduates who have made significant contributions to their profession or community. Only 4 people a year are added to the list, which includes a banquet held in their honor, a plaque presentation, and adding their picture to the group of previous honorees displayed in the Deer Park High School. His former Journalism teacher Bob Vaughn nominated Greg Hayman.

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Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce President Mary Anne Campbell said the first Liberty Dayton Business Expo is a sell out, with over 30 businesses from south Liberty County signed up to participate. The public is encouraged to attend, as is the business community, to see what services and products are available locally. Mary Anne Campbell said they are also encouraging businesses to decorate and dress up their booths. There will be prizes for the best decorated area. There is no charge to attend. For more information on the Expo, Wed. April 11th in the Liberty Center, call 936 336 5736.

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In the April 10th Liberty City Council meeting, council members will discuss how applications for city attorney will be accepted. Bruce Mintz, city attorney for the past 6 years, and with the City of Liberty in some capacity for over 20 years, has submitted his resignation effective upon the city finding his replacement. City Manager Allen Barnes said city council hires three city positions, that of city manager, city judges, and city attorney.

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Our baseball broadcast schedule continues as the Liberty Panthers take on Cold Spring tonight in Liberty. First pitch is at 7 PM, join our live broadcast at 6:50. You can also follow the game online, at www.kshn.com.

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Correction: In yesterday’s radiogram we incorrectly reported the charges against former Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson. Those two charges were forgery and document tampering. We regret the error.

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Funerals: Don Walker, 90 of Liberty. Services will be 2 PM today at First Baptist Church of Liberty.

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LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.57 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 62 FRIDAY MARCH 30TH, 2007 **

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About noon yesterday, students told administrators at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High they’d found a note in the boy’s restroom claiming there was a bomb in the building. Dayton Superintendent Greg Hayman said they evacuated the students and staff, and notified law enforcement. There were no explosive devices found, and everyone was allowed back in the building by 12:40. Greg Hayman said they expected to be able to identify the person who left the note very soon. Making such a threat, for a student is grounds for expulsion, and a felony charge.

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Local Certified Public Accountant Byron Swaim said common mistakes, like wrong filing status, are what cause most of the problems with tax returns. He said the second most common mistake is with social security numbers, most often that of a dependent child. Once the return is put through the computer system, it looks for those numbers and checks to see the name and number match, if not, that can delay the process as well as trigger an audit. Byron Swaim said legibility also causes problems. Be careful when filling out a return to write where it can be easily read. When dealing with tax issues, it is always best to speak to a tax professional.

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The 7th Annual Dayton Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is Friday April 27th at Newport Country Club in Crosby. The event is co-sponsored by CMC Industries and Thrif-tee Food Center. The entry fee for the yearly fund raiser is $200 per team that covers cart fees, range balls, golfing and lunch. The field is limited to the first 60 teams. Hole Sponsorships are available for $100. Entry deadline is Friday April 20th. To sign up or for more information, call the Dayton Chamber Office at 936-257-2393.

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KSHN will broadcast the Dayton Broncos Baseball Game tonight. First pitch for the Dayton vs. Nederland game is at 7 PM, our broadcast will begin at 6:50 PM. You can also listen on line at www.kshn.com.

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Funerals: James Doil Clay, JR. of Dayton. Services today at 10 AM at North Main Baptist Church in Liberty. * William P. Killen, 68 of Dayton. Services today at 2 PM at First Baptist Church in Dayton.

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LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.91 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 61 THURSDAY MARCH 29TH, 2007 **

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Local CPA Byron Swaim said there are about 136,000 people across the state who are due a federal income tax refund averaging around $650 from 2003, because – for a variety of reasons- did not file a tax return that year. There is still time to file for that refund. Byron Swaim says a person has three years from the due date of their tax return to claim a refund. In this case, that deadline is April 17th.

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Brooks Hiller of Heritage Mortgage says good credit scores have contributed to a lot of people being able to get home loans who would never have been approved a few years ago. He says automated underwriting systems, which rely heavily on credit scores, are allowing people to purchase homes, even with income that might seem too low to be approved. He added, there are always-unexpected variables, such as divorce or illness, but these automated systems have become very accurate.

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The Office of District Attorney Mike Little will host a day long training seminar for prosecutors and law enforcement officers on April 12th. The seminar will be at the Liberty Center at City Hall and offers new strategies and techniques in investigating and prosecuting DWI offenses. Registration forms are available at the Liberty and Anahuac District Attorneys’ Offices.

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Tickets are on sale for “Reach for the Stars” at the newly renovated LISD Auditorium on Tuesday April 24th. The program features former NASA astronaut and lecturer Dr. Bernard Harris. Proceeds benefit the Liberty Library and Geraldine D. Humphreys Cultural Center Expansion Project. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and available at FLNB Liberty and Dayton, Lewies or from any Trivium Club Member. Call 936-336-7120 for more information.

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Correction: In yesterday’s Radiogram we gave the wrong number for contacting Sandra Sterling, YMCA Volunteer. The correct number is 336 5741. We regret the error.

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Funerals: Jenna Ross, Infant daughter of Alicia Y. Ross. Services Thursday at 2 PM at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** William P. “Willie” Killen, 68, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church in Dayton. **

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LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.10 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 60 WEDNESDAY MARCH 28TH, 2007 **

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Prior to the Liberty County Commissioners meeting yesterday, County Judge Phil Fitzgerald announced that Pct. #4 Commissioner Norman Brown had been elected 2nd Vice Chair for the Houston Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council. That vacancy was created when Harris County Judge Robert Eckols retired. During the regular meeting, commissioners set the early voting dates and locations for the May 12th constitutional election. Early voting runs Monday April 30th, through May 8th at the County Clerks Office in the Court House and at the Cleveland Annex from 8 AM – 5 PM. There will be an opportunity to vote on Sunday April 6th from 11 AM – 3 PM, at both of those same locations.

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The YMCA Partners Campaign is in it’s final week. This is the fund-raiser that helps provide scholarships to the YMCA programs for families that might not otherwise be able to participate. Sandra Sterling, YMCA volunteer, said the YMCA helps form healthy, well-adjusted kids, and all of the money raised in the partnership campaign stays in Liberty County for that purpose. If you would like to donate, call either the “Y” at 936 257 2888 or Sandra Sterling at 936 336 5747.

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Another scam is making the rounds in an attempt to steal your identity. Someone calls pretending to be a court official, saying there is a warrant out for your arrest. When you protest you never got a jury summons you’re then asked for your social security number and birth date, to verify the information. If you provide that information, your identity has just been stolen. District Clerk Melody Gilmore said her office would never tell someone, who failed to report, they had been fined or a warrant issued, over the phone. Additionally, she said her staff would never ask for such private information over the phone.

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The Liberty Lions Club Annual Broom and Mop Sale is coming up Monday. It will be in the parking lot of the North Main Shopping Center, not far from H.E.B. Prices are reasonably and money goes to help the blind help themselves.

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Funerals: Angela Jo Ann Dismuke, 33 of Shepherd. Services will be Friday at 10 AM at Neal Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 8,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.90 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 59 TUESDAY MARCH 27TH, 2007 **

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Yesterday Mario Lavelle Cockerham, 25, was charged with Capital Murder in the apparent suffocation death of his own 6-mo. old daughter. He was already being held in the Liberty Co. Jail charged with aggravated assault on his former girl friend. Texas law allows for a murder charge to be elevated to capital murder with the possibility of a death sentence if the victim is under six. DA Mike Little said it’s too early to say if he will seek the death penalty in this case. Cockerham remains in jail.

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7 year old Alisia Ross, her mother Andrea Adams, 24 and Arinna Bartell, age 2, were all taken to Hermann Hospital in Houston by Life Flight following a wreck on Highway 90 yesterday afternoon. All were said to be in serious condition. DPS Trooper John Hutzler said Alisia Ross was riding unrestrained in the 3-row seat of the Lincoln Navigator and was ejected. The driver of the second vehicle, Robert Stewart Johnson, and another child in the Navigator, Aderis Adams, age 4 went to Liberty Dayton Community Hospital in stable condition. The driver of the Navigator, Christopher Bartell will be cited for failure to yield right of way and allowing a child to ride unrestrained. Other charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. All of the accident victims are from Liberty.

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Chambers County Sheriff Joe Larive said his department is investigating two separate sexual assault cases reported within 30 minutes of each other but are believed to be unrelated. A woman told investigators she accepted the offer of a ride home from a man who drove instead to an area off FM 1406 and sexually assaulted her Wednesday night. The assault was reported at 1 a.m. Thursday. At around 1:30 that morning, a night clerk at the Quality Inn on I-10 in Winnie reported a man sexually assaulted her at gun point and stole an undetermined amount of cash from the motel’s cash register.

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The Liberty County Extension Office and the New Horizons Family Center will sponsor a series of free Parenting and Life Skills Classes starting Monday April 2nd and continuing each Monday night- except Memorial Day-through June 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. Classes will be at the Liberty County Annex on Cos St. in Liberty. Call 936-336-458, Ext. 221 or 281-593-0405, Ext. 221 for more information.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.68 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 58 MONDAY MARCH 26TH, 2007 **

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25 year old Mario Lavelle Cockerham is in the Liberty Co. Jail charged with aggravated assault on his former girl friend. He may face other charges if investigators can connect him to the apparent suffocation death of his own 6-mo. old daughter. The child’s mother-Alicia Ross, has improved to serious condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Houston. She has jaw, skull, and hand fractures plus numerous stab wounds resulting in a punctured lung. Cockerham was arrested at his Houston home Friday. His wife told lawmen when he would be home from work and they were there. Sgt. Doug O’Quinn of Dayton PD said the suspect has arranged for bond and may be freed soon. Other charges could come this week.

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Monday night, the Dayton City Council voted to “charge off” more than $73,000 in overdue water bills as un-collectable. Dated from 2002-2004 City Finance Director Chris Contreras said many customers were left off billing when the city converted water billing to a new system in 2002. Contreras said neither he nor City Manager David Douglas were with the City of Dayton then. He said this error was significant.

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The Liberty County Health Awareness Coalition will sponsor a free Community Health and Safety Fair Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Liberty Municipal Park’s covered basketball court. Representatives from the American Red Cross, EMS, Fire Departments as well as insurance experts will discuss public health and safety issues. For more information call Judy Glover at 936-298-2938 or Alexis Cordova at 936-336-4558, Ext. 221.

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The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge has summer jobs available for students age 15-18. Applicants must be U. S. citizens, have transportation and be willing to work 40 hours a week. No experience is required. The jobs pay $5.15 per hour from June 4th through July 27th. Request an application by mail at PO Box 10015, Liberty, TX 77575 or call 936-336-9768. Completed applications are due by April 15th.

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Funerals: Sharon Ann Whitehead, 52, of Liberty, Services held Sunday ** Paul Arnold – 88 –Service at Immaculate Conception today at 2 PM ** Lynette Patterson Schoonover-47 - Service at 11 AM Monday at Pace Stancil-Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.24 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 57 FRIDAY MARCH 23RD, 2007 **

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It was just after 2 PM yesterday when a man shouted there was a bomb in the Liberty County Courthouse building, and it would go off in 10 minutes. Law enforcement quickly evacuated the building and began searching for a suspect. The Liberty Fire Department and Law Enforcement Officials swept the courthouse for any explosive devices, finding none, they reopened the building at 2:45 PM. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said they are still looking for the person involved.

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Rockie Templeton, 37 of Dayton this week reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead no contest to charges she changed government records at Hardin High School, where she worked in school security as a Precincnt #3 Deputy Constable. She waived both grand jury consideration and trial. Rockie Templeton accepted 5 years probation, a $1000 fine, $277 in court costs and 160 hours of community service, and will surrender her peace officers certification. Mrs. Templeton admitted to altering academic records of two students.

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Victor Rosser, II was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon and formally charged with Murder. He is accused in the shooting / stabbing death of Brian Allen Blackshear, 37 of Baytown on Saturday night in Dayton. Justice of the Peace Pct. #1 Bobby Radar set his bond at $750,000 with conditions should he make bond. The conditions are; he will be prohibited from drinking alcohol, contacting family members of the victim, or contacting any witnesses in the case. He will also be required to undergo a weekly drug test. At this time Victor Rosser remains in the Liberty County Jail.

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The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, for the first time locally, will have a booth at the Liberty Jubilee to promote not only the organization, but as a membership drive as well. Local chapter president Patti Atkins said they would have at the booth a book, listing members of the DRT and their genealogy. Folks can look through the book to see if they recognize any of their family names. She said its is a way to give prospective members a starting point to document their lineage.

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Funerals: Felicia S. Burch Whittington, 33 of Liberty. Funeral services are Saturday at 2 PM at Bibleway Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 9,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 17.14 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 56 THURSDAY MARCH 22ND, 2007 **

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Channel 13 Eyewitness News in Houston aired a report on Tuesday about hundreds of sensitive documents found dumped behind the former location of CVS Pharmacy in the Jefferson Square Shopping Center in Liberty. The TV news report said those documents included customers’ names, addresses and credit card numbers as well as the personnel files of former CVS employees- all information that could be used to commit identity theft crimes. The documents were apparently left behind when the pharmacy moved to its current location on Hwy 90 and Main in Liberty. Store Manager Steven Mettlin said the incident was a mistake and not the store’s normal policy.

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The Dayton School Board Tuesday night voted again to hire Wiggins and Smith Accounting Firm in Liberty to conduct their next audit. Trustees also approved a plan for upgrading the concession building on the old visitor’s side of Bronco’s Stadium, which will soon be the new home bleachers. The district is now in phase 2 of their stadium improvements. Assistant Superintendent Bob Parker told trustees the projected cost of the concession stand upgrade was $90,000.

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This Friday at noon, the Jubilee grounds open up for the 22nd Annual Liberty Jubilee. There will food, arts and crafts, 3 stages of entertainment, public awareness booths, and games for the kids. Friday evening, the Liberty Lions Club holds their annual fish fry on the Sam Houston Plaza FLNB parking lot. Right about dark, there will be a huge fire works display, and starting at 8 PM, it’s the street dance featuring Southern Breeze. There is no charge to attend the street dance or the jubilee festival.

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Liberty School Board Tuesday night heard a report for Maintenance Supervisor Robert Ward on the auditorium renovations. He said the new seats had been delivered, and installations will begin immediately. In other action Superintendent Mona Chadwick gave an enrollment and attendance report that shows the district down slightly in enrollment from the February report at 2,268 compared to 2,275. The attendance percentages remain fairly consistent at 95.29%.

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Funerals: Lydia Chargous, 80. Services will be at 10 AM Saturday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 9,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 19.81 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 55 WEDNESDAY MARCH 21ST, 2007 **

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Monday night, the Liberty County Hospital District Board of Trustees voted to pay the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital a flat fee of $175 per client, per month, for emergency room care. As of Monday, there were 231 registered on the hospital district rolls. The $40,425 per month, would fluctuate as clients are added or dropped. Trustees also approved the purchase of over $244,000 in equipment that would remain the property of the Hospital District, but would be used by the local hospital.

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A first degree felony murder warrant has been issued for Victor Rosser II, age 26 in connection with the stabbing/shooting death Saturday night of Brian Allen Blackshear 37 of Baytown. Sheriff’s Captain Chip Fairchild said the alleged homicide happened at the home of Victor Rosser’s mother on County Road 6474. Justice of the Peace Bobby Rader issued the warrant for Rosser’s arrest Monday afternoon.

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Dayton City Council voted Monday to cancel the May 12th, City Elections since the candidates are unopposed. In other action, they voted to reject all bids for improvements at the Henderson Day Park. The city has received a $50,000 grant from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and also set aside their own funds for an additional $50,000 match. City Planner David Draz said the bids received on improvements came in much higher than anticipated. He and City Manager David Douglas urged Council to authorize them to do additional studies on the overall project.

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Hardin School Trustees met Monday night and officially accepted the resignation of Superintendent Craig Ringer. As reported, Ringer resigned to accept a position with Liberty County EMS. The Board named District Curriculum and Federal Programs Director Marvin Stewart as Interim Superintendent. Board President Charlotte Warner said a committee will be formed to review applicants for the superintendent’s job.

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Funerals: Marjolaine Boyer, 70 Dayton. Services today at 10:30 at First Baptist Church in Dayton * Lee Roy Bracewell, 80 of Liberty. A Memorial Service will be held Friday at 3 PM at Central Baptist Church in Liberty * Frank Miller, Jr. 83 of Baytown. Services will be Thursday at 2 PM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Baytown *

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*LAKE RELEASE: 16,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.47 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 54 TUESDAY MARCH 20TH, 2007 **

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The short railroad spur, near the old National Pipe and Tube building, has been an issue to most all of the businesses that have considered the Port Authority as an industrial location. However, we are told Union Pacific Railroad has not been the easiest organization with which to work. To afford more control over that situation, Liberty City Council voted to buy that short rail spur. With the purchase of the spur by the city, negotiations are then between the city and two railroads using the main line track. Liberty City Manager Allen Barnes says the City of Liberty should close on the rail road spur around June 15th.

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The Liberty County Health Awareness Coalition will hold a free community health and safety fair, Saturday March 31st. From 10 AM-2 PM, speakers will address various public health and safety issues. Exhibitors will include representatives of Red Cross, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Departments and insurance experts. This event will be held at the covered basketball court in the Liberty Municipal Park. For more information call Liberty County Extension Agent Alexis Cordova at 936 336 4558 ext. 221.

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The Liberty Community Development Committee last Tuesday gave City Council some preliminary recommendations. One of those suggestions included improvements to sidewalks around the courthouse square, saying some sidewalks were difficult for senior citizens or the handicapped to negotiate. The committee also encouraged council to further develop pocket parks in the city. Councilman Mark Beausoleil, the only member of the council on the committee, said the committee would also like to look at ways to move ahead with the restoration of the old southern pacific depot and the old Highway 90 bridge over the Trinity River. The formal recommendations from the Community Development Committee will be on the next Liberty City Council meeting agenda.

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There are still spaces available for the all-new Liberty Dayton Business Expo on Wednesday April 11th from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Liberty Center. The event will spotlight South Liberty County Businesses and merchants are urged to go ahead and sign up now since space is limited. Call the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce at 936-336-5736.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 19,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.45 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 53 MONDAY MARCH 19TH, 2007 **

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Brian Allen Blackshear-37 of Baytown was stabbed and shot to death Saturday night, before 10, on County Road 6474 in Woodland Hills. Investigators say Victor Rosser, Jr. is being sought as a person of interest. Sheriff’s Capt. Chip Fairchild sent investigators home Sunday after 24-hours, non-stop, on the case. Witnesses, to the homicide, were said to be intoxicated so their statements are incomplete. JP Glenn Pruitt’s autopsy order said the man was stabbed at least three times and shot once.

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Liberty Co. Sheriff officials say Leonard McCay-50 was assaulted when his home was burglarized on CR #133 last Tues. morning. The victim was hit with a club. He was treated at Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital. Frankie Jordan and Wren Higgins, both 19, of Liberty, are jailed and charged in the crime.

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The Liberty Co. Hospital District Board met Friday afternoon. District attorney’s and the Texas Secretary of States office have declared board candidate, Ray Akins of Dayton, ineligible to run as a board trustee in the May election. In a prepared statement, Board President C. Bruce Stratton said Akins claimed on his application he lived at an address within the hospital district for a period two brief to qualify to serve. The other four candidates qualified for the ballot are incumbents Kathy Dagle, Eliza Mae Guidry and Bruce Stratton plus new challenger, Janice Guedry.

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Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber’s monthly luncheon is noon Wed. at Immaculate Conception Church-Liberty. Chamber President Maryanne Campbell said Jimmy Adkins and Allyson Hughes of Verizon Wireless will show new product technology including air cards and PDA’s. Lunch is $8 catered by “Smoky Joe’s” Barbecue. Please make reservations. Call 936-336-5736.

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FUNERALS: Sandra Gayle Reynolds-63-Dayton. Memorial Serv.11,Sat.3.24.07 at the home of niece-Diana Granger, Dayton

*LAKE RELEASE: 19,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.35 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 52 FRIDAY MARCH 16TH, 2007 **

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Both of the positions standing for election on the May 12th Hull-Daisetta School Board ballot are contested. Position # 6 Incumbent Juanita Freeman is opposed for reelection by Burke Dagle. Marvin Fregia is challenging Position #7 Incumbent Alfred Fontenot. The cities of Ames and Daisetta have only have incumbents in the running and can legally cancel their elections, barring the declaration of a write-in candidate. The deadline for write-ins is Monday March 19th.

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The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge is requesting public comments on proposed hunting on refuge land. A lawsuit filed by a group opposed to hunting on National Wildlife Refuges has prompted the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to analyze the environmental impact of such hunts. Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus said comments can be mailed to Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, PO Box 10015, Liberty, TX, 77575 or e-mail them to StuartMarcus@fws.gov.

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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty hosts their 2007 Spring Festival tomorrow evening from 6 to 10 p.m. on the church grounds. The family event features a live band, food and beverages, activities for the kids, a stew cook-off and more. For information, call 936-336-7311.

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Some individuals on low or fixed incomes are not required to file federal income tax returns but still may be eligible for a refund of excise tax charged on long-distance phone calls. If you had a “land line” phone, cell phone, fax machine or Internet connection used for long-distance calling between Feb. 28th, 2003 and Aug. 1st 2006, you may be eligible for a refund. Visit the IRS web site at www.irs.gov.

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Dayton High School Student Mary Victoria Fielder won “Best of Show” at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Competition for her drawing “Pride of the Tribe”. Over 300,000 pieces of art were entered, with 33,000 chosen for judging. Also, twenty DHS students recently competed in the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Corpus Christi. Jacob Barnes and Meagan Taylor qualified for the national competition with Kinsey Blalock, Derik Hodges, Bo Flippo and Amy Clanton named as Alternates.

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LAKE RELEASE: 15,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.13 ASL

** VOLUME 22 NO. 51 THURSDAY MARCH 15TH, 2007 **

On Monday, F Ray Akins, of Dayton, filed as a candidate for the Liberty County Hospital District Board of Directors. However, by residency he may not qualify. The home he lived in while running an unsuccessful county commissioner’s campaign is on CR. 602 not far from the WCID #1 maintenance barn. That address is not in the Liberty County Hospital District #1. However, on the ballot application for the hospital district, Akins declares his permanent resident address to be 2955 FM 1960. That is a garage inside Dayton City limits and the hospital district. In early February Ray Akins asked to be appointed to an open seat on the water control and improvement district #1 board of directors. At that time, his home was still on CR. 602 where he gets a homestead exemption and is his address for voter registration. Hospital District Trustees have called a special meeting on Friday at 12:30 to confirm qualifications of all candidates running for the board positions.

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Liberty ISD Superintendent Mona Chadwick said a problem in the roof over the green room of the newly renovated auditorium has pushed the completion date from April 6th to April 20th. Mrs. Chadwick said the roof over what was the band hall would have to be removed, and completely redone. Even so, she felt the curtain would go up as scheduled April 24th.

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Liberty City Council met Tuesday night with delinquent tax attorneys Mike Fielder and Randy Gunter. Fielder said other delinquent tax firms have initiated legal action against some of the larger property holders with unpaid taxes, but many of these suits have been in a state of inaction for a very long time. The local firm will contact the attorneys, see what progress has been made, and notify them that his firm would be taking over the cases if they do not get a response.

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Dayton Community Development Corporation Vice Chairman Kenneth Voyteck said a huge project of around 7,500 acres, is now in the hands of a nationally known developer. The property is located south of highway 90 along state highway 146.

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Funerals: Jessica Cyne Hellyer, 14, of Liberty. Services Saturday at 11 am at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty * Laura Luinda Leger, 18 of Point Blank. Services 1 PM Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Dayton.

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LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.33 ASL

** VOLUME 22 NO. 50 WEDNESDAY MARCH 14TH, 2007 **

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Liberty County Commissioners heard yesterday about still another problem relating to Corrections Corporation of America, former operators of the Liberty County Jail. Sheriff Greg Arthur said documents taken from the jail by CCA prior to the Civigenics Corporation taking over operations there are causing problems with state inspections of the facility. Commissioners instructed Assistant County Attorney Mark Beausoleil to draft a letter to CCA offering partial payment of the $410,000 the county still owes the company if the documents are returned. That payment would be minus the projected cost of jail repairs CCA did not perform as they contracted to do.

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Monday night, the Liberty County Hospital District Board discussed a proposal submitted by the owners of Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital suggesting the district begin paying the hospital a flat fee each month to cover the cost of medical services provided to the district’s clients. A month with fewer visits, the hospital could make a small profit, but during busier months the hospital could lose money.

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The end of the filing period on Monday saw two candidates in the running to fill Frank Davis’ un-expired term on the Liberty School Board. They are educator Rick Schultz and Physician’s Assistant Brandon Smith. Incumbent Liberty School Trustees June Jackson and Lloyd Pierce are unopposed for reelection. In the Dayton ISD, Luke Chachere has no opposition for a new term at Position #1. Insurance agent Baret Stephenson, electrical designer Mark Bethea and businessman Paul Kelly are the three candidates vying for Position #2 on the Dayton School Board. Dale Brown formerly held that position. He chose not to run again. Election Day is May 12th.

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The 2007 Trinity Valley Relays were held the first weekend of this month. In the Girls Division, Dayton had 4 second place finishes and finished in 3rd Place overall. The Liberty Girls had two 2nd place finishes, placing 6th overall. The Liberty High School Boys placed 3rd overall out of 10 teams.

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Due to wet conditions last night, the Dayton Broncos Baseball Game against Lumberton has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow night in Dayton.

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LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.65 ASL

** VOLUME 22 NO. 49 TUESDAY MARCH 13TH, 2007 **

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At the end of candidate filing yesterday for the May 12th City Council and School Board Elections, there were no contested races for either Liberty or Dayton City Council. In Liberty, Incumbents Dennis Beasley and Diane Huddleston filed along with newcomer Al Simonson, all without opposition. Dayton City Council Members “Frosty” Pruitt and Barbara Zaruba as well as Dayton Mayor Steve Stephens are all three unopposed on the ballot. There are five candidates for three open seats on the Liberty County Hospital District Board. They are Incumbents Bruce Stratton, Eliza Mae Guidry and Kathy Dagle plus new candidates Janice Guidry and Ray Akins.

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A new trial date has been set for Lee Roy Smith of Dayton, charged in the shooting death of Mike Aydelett of Houston at the Raceway Gas Station in October 2005. That trial is now set to begin on April 30th in the 75th District Court of Judge C. T. “Rusty” Hight.

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KSHN Radio begins another season of broadcasting Liberty and Dayton High School Baseball this evening as the Dayton Broncos host the Lumberton Raiders. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. The pre-game show-with Larry Wadzeck mic-side- starts at 6:50 this evening.

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John Beldon Bolling died Monday after suffering critical injuries in a helicopter crash in Alabama over the weekend. Originally from Liberty, the 61-year-old had been living, with his wife Jody, in Dothan, Alabama where he trained pilots at Fort Rucker. During one such training mission, the aircraft’s rotor apparently broke off and entered the cockpit. Bolling suffered a head injury that ultimately proved fatal. Funeral Services are pending at Patterson-Sorrells Funeral Home in Enterprise, AL.

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FUNERALS: Carol Lou Douglas, 69 of Kenefick. Services today at 10 AM at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. * Cyntha Louise Summers Fregia, 63 of Liberty. Services Thursday at 2 PM at Pace Stancil Funeral Home Dayton. *Rosa Lee Jones, 69 of Liberty. Services 11 AM Wednesday at Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty. * Alice Loraine Brown Worth, 95 of Moss Bluff. Graveside services will be 10 AM Wednesday at Worthy Cemetery at Moss Bluff.

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LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.64 ASL

** VOLUME 22 NO. 48 MONDAY MARCH 12TH, 2007 **

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State Representative John Otto has co-authored legislation that would put a two-year hold on the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor Project. The Dayton Republican said his primary concern is the state negotiating with foreign contractors for the corridor project, which could mean Texas money leaving the state without being reinvested in infrastructure. In addition to placing a moratorium on entering into further such agreements to provide time to determine if policies adopted are best for the state, Otto said House Bill 2772 would also place a two-year moratorium on the privatization of Texas toll roads.

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This is final day to file in the May 12th City Council and School Board Elections. At last report, a seat remains open with no candidate on the Dayton City Council. So far incumbent Haywood “Frosty” Pruitt has not filed. Fellow Incumbent Barbara Zaruba has asked for a new term on the Dayton City Council. Dayton Mayor Steve Stephens has asked for a second term in office. The Hospital District Board has three seats to be voted on. Going into final filing day only incumbent Eliza Guidry has asked for another term. Two seats have no candidate.

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The 2006 Small Business Monument Awards will be Thursday May 8th at 6 p.m. at the Especial Events Center in Baytown. The annual event honors small businesses in Liberty, Chambers and Harris Counties in four categories: retail/wholesale, service, manufacturing/construction and “rising star”. That one is for a small businesses open for less than two years. One nominee will also be chosen Business of the Year. To submit entries or for more info: Lee College Small Business Center at 281-425-6556.

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Dayton City Mgr David Douglas has submitted an offer for 15 acres for a new library and possibly a civic or community center. The central location is not yet disclosed but Mr. Douglas said a response from the landowner is expected this week.

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Romayor, Serv.@ 1 today -Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland.**

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LAKE RELEASE: 1,100 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.58 ASL

** VOLUME 22 NO. 47 FRIDAY MARCH 9TH, 2007 **

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An early morning fire in the Tarkington area resulted in the death of 68 year old Burl Head. Cleveland Fire Chief Steve Wheeler said his department was called to what was initially called a trash fire on County Road 2518, about 2 miles off of 1008. It was in fact a camp trailer, approximately 6 x 25, behind the home of family members. It wasn’t until the fire was out, and firefighters were going through the rubble looking for hot spots, that the man’s body was found. Justice of the Peace #5 Burl Thomas held and inquest, and an autopsy was ordered.

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According to the US Attorney’s Office 46-year-old Loretta Turner of Cleveland has been indicted by a federal grand jury for making a false claim for disaster assistance related to Hurricane Katrina. Federal Prosecutor Brit Featherston said she received $5, 282 from FEMA as a result of her fictitious claim. If convicted, Ms. Turner faces up to 5 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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The Liberty City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday night allowing the Liberty Cemetery Association to increase fees at the historic city cemetery. Charles W. Fisher III who serves as Secretary –Treasurer of the cemetery association said the burial fee would change from $250 to $400 and a dirt removal fee of $75 is established. A third change requires all human remains be placed in either a concrete liner or concrete vault.

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Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Ken DeFoor has been appointed Chairman of the Liberty County 100 Club Advisory Committee. The committee works to educate citizens here about the work of the nationally famous non-profit organization that has provided financial support to law-enforcement agencies in Liberty County alone totaling $300,000.

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Dayton City Manager David Douglas said the order for some city residents to boil water before consumption has been lifted. Water quality tests are completed.

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FUNERALS: James Earl “Pee Wee” Burns Sr., 79, of Dayton. Graveside services at 10 a.m. today at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton. ** Angel Lum, 22, of Cleveland, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland. **

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LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.74 ASL

** VOLUME 22 NO. 46 THURSDAY MARCH 8TH, 2007 **

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DPS Trooper Richard Vasser said 38-year-old Shannon Kelly Graves of Romayor was killed in a one-vehicle wreck on FM 787 west of Rye Tuesday night. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle that left the roadway and hit a utility pole. Trooper Vasser said Graves was wearing a seat belt, but was simply going too fast when he hit the pole. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene by Precinct #3 JP Cody Parrish.

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Daylight Saving Time starts this Sunday at 2 a.m. –three weeks earlier than usual -and lasts until November 4th – a week later. Since computer clocks are not programmed to make the switch now, those devices will have to be reprogrammed. Randy Meche of Computer Solutions in Liberty said first determine which operating system you are using. The new “Windows” systems can be reset with a regular upgrade or a free online “patch” specifically to update computer clocks to the new Daylight Saving Time change. Those with “Windows” systems can get a free editing tool on line at tzedit.exe. Mac and Apple fans will also find upgrades and patches on line for their systems.

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The Liberty City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday night supporting Lankford Interests of Houston- a real estate, construction and management company seeking state and federal funds to build a residential facility in the 2000 block of Panther Lane. The 76-unit multifamily facility would be restricted to elderly residents, ages 55 and older.

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The 22nd Annual Liberty Jubilee is a little over two weeks away. The Friday night Street Dance features the music of “Southern Breeze” and again this year is free to the public. It starts at 8 p.m. For more information on any events of this year’s Liberty Jubilee, call 936-336-3684. That is the corrected number for Liberty City Hall, yesterday’s radiogram had the wrong number.

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FUNERALS: Abb Patterson, Jr., 44, of Devers, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church in Devers. ** Michael Mathews, 56, formerly of Liberty, Services held several days ago in Humble. ** Erniter Britton Babs Lewis, 73, of Liberty, Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah in Liberty. ** Earl Davis Manuel, 89, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.90 ASL

** VOLUME 22 NO. 45 WEDNESDAY MARCH 7TH, 2007 **

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Monday night, Dayton City Council approved an ordinance adopting a revised and amended tax abatement and reinvestment zone policy. City Manager David Douglas said the new ordinance meets all state laws, but also give council some freedom. As a part of the new policy a $1,000 application fee will be required, however, it is fully refundable if the business locates in Dayton, and council has the authority to waive the fee altogether by a three quarters vote of the council.

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The 22nd Annual Liberty Jubilee is set to crank up Friday March 23rd in downtown Liberty. Assistant City Manager Michael Ramirez said a new treat this year, it’s all free. Friday night the street dance will be held on Travis between city hall and the courthouse featuring the music of regional favorite Southern Breeze, there is no charge to attend. Saturday, March 24th, gates open at 9 AM, and again, there is no charge to get into the Jubilee grounds. There will be three stages of entertainment, food, arts and crafts, kiddie rides, and more at the Jubilee. Event organizers say there are still some booth spaces available. For more information call Liberty City Hall at 336 3648.

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Last week, Attorney General Gregg Abbott delayed for 60 days the requirement that all county clerks’ offices remove social security numbers from public records. Liberty County Clerk Delia Sellers said removing the numbers from all public records held in her office would be an impossible task. Monday, the Texas House of Representatives passed HB 2061 on a 145-0 vote, which essentially says that a county or district clerk may disclose a social security number held in a public record without civil liability or criminal prosecution.

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Saturday March 31st, the popular Hot Dogs and a Movie returns to downtown Liberty. The event, which was suspended during the holidays and winter, is an opportunity to eat hot dogs, and watch a kid friendly movie for free, all while visiting with friends and neighbors. Mayor Carl Picket said it’s coming back to the parking lot of the First Liberty National Bank, and he expects it to continue through out the summer.

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FUNERALS: Nelson Lee Massey, 49 of Raywood. Services today at 2 PM at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.89 ASL

** VOLUME 22 NO. 44 TUESDAY MARCH 6TH, 2007 **

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About 2:30 Monday morning, a house in the Glendale Street Houston Project in Dayton exploded, injuring 6 people, including a woman thought to be about 8 months pregnant. That young woman, Maria Maddox, has since given birth, and while about 4 weeks early, the baby is believed to be doing well. Dayton Police Sergeant Doug O’Quinn said it appears a gas leak caused the explosion that totally destroyed the home and damaged several others. Five of the six people injured remain hospitalized. One has been released.

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A traffic accident in Dayton led police to a bizarre apparent suicide. Dayton Police Officer Bill Griffin said at 12:35 Monday afternoon, a 51-year-old Houston man east bound on Highway 90, put a gun to his head, while driving, and killed himself. There was no identification in the car, but police were able to find out who the man was through tattoo’s described by a former coworker. A gun was found in the vehicle. Police are not releasing the man’s name pending notification of next of kin.

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Dayton Police Sgt. Doug O’Quinn said 2 juvenile males, ages 13 and 15 have been questioned, and have admitted their involvement in the Saturday morning burglary of RA Smith’s Estate Liquidation in Dayton. He said the two claimed they had been to a party on FM 1960 and were walking home to the West Woodland Hills area where they live, when they allegedly committed the crime.

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This year’s Jubilee Parade will honor the memory of the late Nick Vaught, who served as co-chair of the parade for 20 years. Nick Vaught, a well-known Liberty teacher and administrator passed away on January 8th, after a lengthy illness. His wife, Laurie Hartel Vaught and their son Jake will serve as grand marshals of the parade. Entries are now being accepted for the parade, which will be at 10 AM Saturday March 24th in downtown Liberty. There is no fee to enter the parade, and participants are encouraged to add their own “Jubilee Message” to honor Nick. For more information, call City Hall at 336 7361.

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FUNERALS: Norma Beaulah Roman, 86 of Old Snake River. Memorial services 7 PM Thursday at the Old Snake River Community Center.

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LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: N/A ASL

** VOLUME 22 NO. 43 MONDAY MARCH 3RD, 2007 **

Reliable sources confirm that Precinct #3 Deputy Constable Rockie Templeton has been suspended, with pay, pending the outcome of a grand jury investigation into alleged alteration of government documents at Hardin High School. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said his department’s investigation is now in the hands of the District Attorney’s office for presentation to a grand jury. The Pct #3 Constable’s office provides security for the Hardin School District with access to the district buildings. Ms. Templeton confirmed she is off the job as deputy constable but declined to answer any other questions on the allegations. So far, Rockie Templeton is not charged with a crime. This tampering with government records is a third degree felony.

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R.A Smith Gifts on FM 1960 is back open after it was burglarized Saturday morning. Cash registers were entered and items stolen but the store was not vandalized. Dayton P.D. have recovered some cash and items. They are looking for two suspects. The family was sleeping in an attached apartment but they forgot to set the alarm. Pat Smith said that won’t happen again. A pet beagle hound dog slept through it all. He’s fired!!

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Liberty School Supt. Mona Chadwick says she is not opposed, in theory, to replacing the TAKS test with multiple end-of-year exams, but worries that changing the standards yet again could cause problems for students. Mrs. Chadwick said the changes in state educational standards over the years has created a “moving target” difficult for educators to hit. A bill filed by Texas Senate Education Committee Chair Florence Shapiro proposes the switch from TAKS to multiple class exams.

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Candidate filing period for the City Council and School Board elections ends next Monday Mar. 12th. Both Liberty and Dayton Schools are on spring break this week, business offices are open.

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Dayton Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is tomorrow @ noon in the fellowship hall at Trinity Baptist Church, FM 1960-Dayton. Speaker is Alan Springer of Agri Bio Fuels. He’ll discuss progress of the new industry. Branding Iron will cater at $7 each. Call Dayton Chamber: 936-257-2393 for reservations.

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FUNERALS: Doyle Lee Robinett, 67,Winnie, Serv. Saturday.** Daniel Franklin Green, 74, Dayton, Services were Saturday. *

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LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.96 ASL

** VOLUME 22 NO. 42 FRIDAY MARCH 2ND, 2007 **

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot has suspended for 60 days his opinion that social security numbers must legally be removed from public county records to give the Legislature time to act on the matter. Liberty County Clerk Delia Sellers said she hopes lawmakers act fast since attempting to remove all social security numbers from public documents- some of which date back to 1935 could bring county offices like hers to a virtual standstill.

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said a series of break-ins at two businesses located at the intersection of state highways 105 and 146 at Moss Hill led to his department setting up surveillance there. Sure enough, 20-year-old Joseph Cambiaso was arrested the first night of the effort, reportedly as he exited the Simply Country Café, wearing a mask and carrying a pry bar he allegedly used to try and open the restaurant safe. Sheriff Arthur said charges have been prepared on at least 4 of the 5 burglaries Cambiaso is a suspect in.

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The Liberty County Tax Office on the first floor of the Courthouse will be closed this afternoon for a major overhaul to customer service counters to improve customer security. Interim Tax Collector Doris Jones said everything would be back to normal to open Monday morning.

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The Raywood and Hull-Daisetta Volunteer Fire Departments have proposed a merger of the two departments. Supporters say the result would be better response times, better fire fighting equipment and better trained personnel. A public meeting to discuss the issue has been set for Tuesday March 6th at 7 p.m. at the Langetree Duck Farm on CR # 190 off FM 770. For more information, call 936-587-4325.

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FUNERALS: Doyle Lee Robinett, 67, of Winnie, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Broussard’s Mortuary in Winnie. ** Gloria Ann Miller, 60, of Hardin, Services at 10 a.m. today at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Hardin. ** Rev. Donald Lewis, 62, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Miles Baptist Church in Ames. ** Eddie Edwards, 77, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. today at St. Miles Baptist Church in Ames. ** Nathan Broussard, 63, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty. **

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LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.32 ASL

** VOLUME 22 NO. 41 THURSDAY MARCH 1ST, 2007 **

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Liberty School Superintendent Mona Chadwick said Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Jeff Stewart got a no-confidence vote from school trustees who failed to approve extending his contract at a recent board meeting. The board’s inaction on his contract leaves Stewart with one year to go as athletic director and head coach of the Liberty Panthers Football Team. In his nine seasons, Jeff Stewart has 55 wins, 43 losses. His teams’ reached the playoffs 8 of those 9 seasons.

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The Dayton Lady Broncos Softball Team opened district play Tuesday night at home against the Lumberton Lady Raiders. The Broncos shut out a good Lumberton team, 6-0. That makes the locals 6-4 over all, but 1-0 where it counts, in district play.

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Deadlines are approaching for two key events of the upcoming Liberty Jubilee Friday March 23rd and Saturday March 24th. Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for arts, crafts and food booths. Cost for a 10 x 10- foot booth without electricity is $75. Cost with electricity is $95 each. The deadline to reserve a commercial booth space is Friday March 16th. For more information or application forms, call 936-336-3684.

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David Bauman with the Beaumont Office of Social Security, said the best thing a person can do if denied disability benefits, is to follow the appeal process. He said there are several levels of appeal. At the 2nd level, in front of what is called the Administrative Law Judge, the advantage to the person appealing the denial is the judge actually gets to see them, in person, and assesses what ever disability makes them in need of social security disability benefits. David Bauman said many initial denials of benefits are overturned in the appeals process.

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Vendor applications are being accepted for the first Liberty Dayton Business Expo. The event sponsored by the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce will be Wednesday April 11th at the Liberty Center. It is designed to spotlight the wide variety of businesses in South Liberty County. Event Chair is Diane Huddleston, and she said local businesses that want to participate in the event are welcome to reserve a booth now. The idea is to bring merchants and customers together in one easy location. For more information call 936 336 5736

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LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.34 ASL

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