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May 2007

** VOLUME 22 NO. 104 THURSDAY MAY 31ST, 2007 **

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The Dayton Police Department is investigating a robbery at the newly remodeled Shell Quick Stop Gas Station on Highway 90 across from the Brookshire Bros. Grocery Store. Dayton Police Detective Doug O’Quinn said about 5:15 PM Memorial Day, an unidentified man asked the clerk to open the cash register, took between $150 to $200 and left on foot. No one was injured. The suspect is described as a white male between 5’10” and 6 feet tall, with a stocky build, and balding. Police are asking anyone with information to call the Dayton Police Department at 936 258 7612.

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Information from Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Chip Fairchild indicates the fatal shooting in Hardin Tuesday afternoon was a domestic dispute between a husband and wife. Captain Fairchild said Terry Leeann Dronet, 34, reported the shooting to the Sheriff’s office, saying she and her 47 year old husband, Robert Dronet, had been arguing, threats were exchanged, and she had shot him. The couple has two children, who according to investigators, were not home at the time. Capt. Fairchild said he would turn the evidence over to the District Attorney for a decision on charges. DA Mike Little could submit the case to a grand jury. Meanwhile, Leann Dronet remains free and is cooperating with the Sheriff’s Department.

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Tuesday night, Liberty City Council interviewed representatives of 3 different executive search firms regarding the vacant city manager’s position. After those interviews, and about a 40-minute discussion, council voted 5-0 to hire the Mercer Group. Phillip Robertson, the firm’s point man headquartered in North Carolina, said he expects the entire process will take around 110 days to complete. The contract with Mercer will not exceed $21,500.

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Drawing visitors from around the world, the Swallowtail Kites can be seen soaring above Highway 90 between Liberty and Dayton. Stuart Marcus, Manager of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge said they are native to our area, usually arriving in April or May, and staying through the summer to nest. While no formal counts have been made, Marcus said they have seen up to 20 of the rare birds at one time in the river bottom. Their gull like wings and v-shaped tail easily identifies them.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 15,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.98 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 103 WEDNESDAY MAY 30TH, 2007 **

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A fatal shooting in Hardin is under investigation. Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Chip Fairchild said a woman called deputies to a home on CR# 2003 yesterday afternoon, telling them she had shot a man who threatened her with a knife. The man was found dead at the residence. More details as soon as they are available. ****************************************************

Hurricane Season begins Friday, and emergency officials across the state are again urging residents with special needs to register with their local offices or the state. Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Ken DeFoor said identifying residents with special needs is absolutely necessary to be done early. He said special needs could be significant medical needs or simply the lack of transportation. To register call the Liberty County Emergency Management Office at 936 334 3219 with your name, address, type of disability, and type of need. In the Cleveland area call 281 593 0405.

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Tomorrow, the City of Dayton is hosting a luncheon welcoming Global Tubing. City Manager David Douglas said the company is expected to close on property along Highway 90 in the next couple of weeks. Construction on the $25 to $30 million facility should begin soon after. He said company officials hope to be in production in about 12 months, employing roughly 100 people.

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At the next meeting of Liberty ISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent Mona Chadwick is expected to propose Cheryl Rogers of Crosby as her pick for the position of Assistant Principal for Liberty Middle School. Recently, LMS Assistant Principal Tom Connelly was promoted to Liberty Elementary School Principal to replace the retiring Mitzi Tull. ****************************************************

This Saturday is Free Fishing Day across the State of Texas. This one day only, anyone can fish or crab on public waters without having a license. The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge will hold their annual free family-fishing event from 9 to 11 AM at the Champion Lake public use area. Champion Lake is 10 miles south of Dayton off of FM 1409. For more information call the Refuge Office at 936 336 9786.

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Funerals: Vernon Carl Lowe, 79 of Dayton. Services will be tomorrow at 2 PM at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. *

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.30 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 102 TUESDAY MAY 29TH, 2007 **

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An unidentified man was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston by Life Flight Air Ambulance said to be in critical condition, following a Sunday night brawl. Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Captain Chip Fairchild said it was after 10 PM Sunday when Law Enforcement got the call of a disturbance in the Sam Houston Lake Estates Subdivision in North Liberty County. He said they are still investigating what caused the fight. The man airlifted to Houston has stab wounds, bites and other trauma to the head. Two other individuals who left before sheriff’s deputies arrived Sunday night, showed up Monday morning at Cleveland Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in that brawl. Anyone with information is asked to call the Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Department at 936-336-4500.

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A manufactured home fire in the West Woodland Hills subdivision, sent fire fighters scrambling as the first reports indicated there may be someone inside. The home, on CR 6474, was heavily damaged. Kenefick Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Rick Jones said they were fairly sure the unidentified homeowner was not in the house at the time, however he said they would have to clear debris from the back area of the home to be sure. The fire was thought to have started in the back bedroom of the home.

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Local Kinesics expert D’Ann Berry said Kinesics is the study and interpretation of body language. She says involuntary eye movements to the left or right can tell you whether someone is lying. According to Berry, eyes flinch to the left if a person is lying, to the right if they are recalling. She said that's why poker players wear visors and confessions to law enforcement are videotaped. Liberty High School Teacher and Kinesics expert D’Ann Berry was the featured speaker at this month’s Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon.

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Coming up in June folks have several opportunities to save a life by donating blood. The first is coming up this Saturday. There will be a platelet drive at FLNB from 10 AM – 4 PM. Platelet donations require a 2-hour appointment. The second will be a blood drive at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department Thursday June 7th from 1 PM to 5 PM. For more information contact Dorothy Nettles at 936-298 2689.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.55 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 101 FRIDAY MAY 25TH, 2007 **

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Liberty County First Assistant County Attorney Mark Beausoleil has submitted his resignation from the County Attorney’s Office effective June 11th. Beausoleil, who has work in the county attorney’s office for the past 9 years, said he was offered a full time position as legal counsel with Strike Construction, an oilfield related construction company. The Assistant Co. Attorney said it was a terrific chance to improve his family’s situation and do it with out uprooting his family. He and his family will be able to continue living in Liberty County. There will be a farewell reception Tuesday at 11:30 AM in the county courtroom on the 2nd floor. The public is invited.

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A amendment authored by US Congressman Kevin Brady that would bring some $50 million dollars in housing assistance to Texas has failed by a 260 –163 vote. The bill would have allowed 10 % of a new affordable housing fund to be diverted from Louisiana and Mississippi and sent to Texas communities damaged by Hurricane Rita. The current bill allows 70 % of over $500 million dollars to be sent to Louisiana and the remaining 30 % to Mississippi to help with housing needs caused by damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In Texas, more than 70,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005.

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Monday night, the Dayton City Council were shown large maps of the various routes the proposed Grand Parkway, also known as State Highway 99, could take through Liberty County. After some discussion, Dayton Council members unanimously endorsed a route designated as “B-1” on the maps. This particular route would bring the massive outer loop the closest to Dayton. This route crosses into Liberty County from Montgomery County south of Plum Grove, continuing east before turning sharply to cross FM 1960 just West of Dayton.

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At Commissioners Court Tuesday, County Clerk Delia Sellers said she had researched several programs for computer software that would allow the Commissioners agenda and records to be computerized, and recommended the Hart Corporation. Commissioners tabled the item and asked for more research. They also canvassed the votes from the May 12th Constitutional Amendment. 2,038 Liberty Countians cast votes on that issue.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.01 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 100 THURSDAY MAY 24TH, 2007 **

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Following Tuesday’s Court Meeting, Liberty County Commissioners held a workshop dealing with among other items, courthouse security. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said the only way to secure the building would be to close all but one entrance, and check everyone going in or out. The entrance that would be used should this security plan be put to use is the west entrance facing Liberty City Hall. It is the only door handicapped accessible. Other doors would be locked, exit only for fire safety, with alarm systems should they be opened. They would also be monitored by video.

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State Representative John Otto said the controversial bill that provides for felony charges against dog owners whose pet attacks and injures someone underwent changes before winning Senate and House approval. He said the bill only targets dog owners who fail to control animals with a history of unprovoked attacks on humans. That bill is awaiting Governor Rick Perry’s signature to become law.

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The Dayton City Council responded so negatively to one item on the agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting that City Manager David Douglas withdrew it from consideration. The item in question concerned a presentation from a company called Redflex about the possibility of installing a traffic light camera system in Dayton. Council made it clear they had no interest in the automated camera systems designed to catch motorists running red lights. Prior to the meeting, Dayton City Judge Glenn Pruitt administered the oath of office again to Mayor Steve Stephens and Council Members Barbara Zaruba and Haywood “Frosty” Pruitt. All three won terms without opposition on May 12th.

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The Liberty County Courthouse, Dayton and Liberty City Offices, Banks and Post Offices will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day Holiday. Garbage service will not run.

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Funerals: Robert Mark Denny, 46 of Splendora. Services will be 10 AM Saturday at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Willie Ola Joiner, 57, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Miles Baptist Church in Ames. ** Kenneth Paul Jenkins, Sr., 55, of Raywood, Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 14.29 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 99 WEDNESDAY MAY 23RD, 2007 **

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According to Dayton Police, the driver of an AT Systems Armored Car, Jose Alaniz, around 1:30 yesterday afternoon, pulled to the improved shoulder to allow faster traffic to pass, when the heavy truck went off the shoulder. The driver is said to have over corrected, losing control and skidding across both lanes of Highway 146. The truck flipped over and came to rest upside down in a field. Katina Brown, riding in the rear compartment was critically injured in the wreck. Liberty County Emergency Medical Personnel were able to restart her heart and she was transported in very critical condition to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston via Life Flight Air Ambulance.

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Liberty County Commissioners yesterday voted a 5 % pay increase for all elected officials of the county, which will match the expected 5 % pay increase planned for all county employee’s as well. Those increases will raise the County Judge’s salary to $56,528 not including the state supplement. The Commissioners will see their salary go to $58,188. County Clerk, Tax Collector, Treasurer and District Clerk will all see a hike to $55,417.

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Monday night, the Hardin School Board unanimously named Bob Parker as the only finalist for the Hardin Superintendent position. This will be his second go around as the top administrator for Hardin ISD. He has also been superintendent at Devers, and is currently Assistant Superintendent in Dayton. Bob Parker has continued to live in Hardin during his service in Devers and Dayton. The district must now wait 21 days before naming Parker as the next Hardin ISD Superintendent.

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The Dayton City Council met Monday night and approved a 5% increase in the current cost of garbage service in the city. City Manager David Douglas informed council Waste Management – the company responsible for Dayton’s trash pick up - had raised their rates by 2.8 %. According to Mr. Douglas, the company is currently held to a contract that restricts yearly rate hikes to 3 %. However, Douglas pointed out the city needs to develop a financial cushion in the solid waste removal fund for the day when Waste Management’s current contract runs its course.

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Funerals: Mable Pulley, 86 of Liberty. Services are Thursday at 10 am at Calvary Baptist church in Moss Bluff.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 14.29 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 98 TUESDAY MAY 22ND, 2007 **

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State Representative John Otto said it appears House Bill #216 will die in the Senate Finance Committee without coming up for a vote there. The Dayton Republican authored the bill aimed at reducing so-called “appraisal creep” by raising the margin for error a county’s appraised values must fall within in order to meet State requirements. However, Otto said he is optimistic the seven other bills he authored intended to change various aspects of the Central Appraisal District system in Texas should pass Senate approval within the next few days.

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The Trinity Valley A & M club has selected this years scholarship recipients. Each of the 6 future Aggies from 3 local high schools will receive $500 scholarships. They are, from Tarkington Jamie Michelle Keng and Charli Kay Rice. The three students from Liberty were Heather Lynn Godinich, Jenni Lee Steed and Cody Clark Caldwell. Dayton’s Meagan Blair Rossow will also receive a $500 scholarship.

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The Barbers Hill Eagles, in their first year up in classification to Class 4 A, are still flying high in the state baseball playoffs. This week they advance to Class 4A Regional Semi-finals vs. the Montgomery Bears. The Eagles are ranked 8th in 4A, Montgomery is 3rd. Wednesday is the first game in a best of 3 series, to be played in Montgomery at 4 PM. Game 2 is Thursday at 7 PM in Mont Belvieu. If a third game is necessary it will be in Humble Friday at noon. KSHN will be there to broadcast all of the best of 3 series. You can also follow the games online at www.kshn.com

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Parents of Liberty students will have to dig a little deeper for the lunch’s next school year. Trustees accepted a recommendation from Doreen Chartlon, Director of Food Services, to raise lunchroom prices by .25 cents a meal. Families that qualify for either free or reduced price lunch are not affected. Only those paying full price will experience the quarter price increase. The new highest price will be for teachers and staff. That is $2.50.

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Funerals: Raymond Lee Chism, 30 of Dayton. Graveside services 10 AM tomorrow at Magnolia Park Cemetery. * Ina Jane Powell, 89, from Vidor. Funeral services today at 11 AM at Allison Funeral Home.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.25 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 97 MONDAY MAY 21ST, 2007 **

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The Liberty City Council will meet in special session Wednesday night to interview former city manager Kerry Lacey about returning to that position. Council had instructed Mayor Pro-tem Mike McCarty to contact Lacey about returning to Liberty when Allen Barnes departs for Sachse in a few days. Mayor Carl Pickett hopes Council will interview Lacey, then proceed on May 29th to interview search companies about finding a new city manager. The Liberty Mayor stressed that he’s not speaking for council in that regard. Wednesday’s special agenda allows Council the option of taking final action after interviewing Lacey with no other consideration.

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Volunteer firefighters from Westlake, Mont Belvieu and Beach City/Cove were called to a manufacture home fire on CR #4024 around 2:45 Saturday morning. Westlake Asst. Fire Chief J. R. Ungles said most of the Holcomb family were away when the fire started. One family member, asleep in a nearby camper, was awakened by neighbors and escaped unharmed. The home with its attached room, contents, and nearby camper were destroyed.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry has designated this Hurricane Awareness Week. Texans are urged to prepare for the hurricane season by designating a place to go in cases of emergencies. Also, develop a plan for communicating with relatives and friends and assemble a readiness kit. For a complete list of emergency items and idea checklist go to kshn.com and click on our disaster readiness link.

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After several months without that capability, Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital is scheduling mammogram appointments again starting Wednesday. Call the Radiology Department at 936-336-7316 Ext. 135.

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Flood waters have receded at Champion Lake off FM 1409 South of Dayton so the public facility has reopened.

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Funerals: Kalup James McKeand,23-Dayton,Serv was. Sat.** Shree Juanita Anderson, 67, of Dayton, Serv.1:30PM. today at Pace Stancil -Cleveland**Essie B. “Miss Essie” Alford of Hull-Serv. 10AM Tues.Batson Prairie Bapt.(F&FFS)**Jerry Wayne Smith-49 Memorial Service Wells Funeral, 11AM Thursday .

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*LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.51 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 96 FRIDAY MAY 18TH, 2007 **

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A stunning announcement yesterday afternoon, that the HEB Grocery Store in Liberty will close on or before June 17th. Public Relations Representative for HEB Cindy Garza Roberts said the actual closure date would be based on how long it takes to sell off the merchandise currently in stock. She cited a decrease in profits at the Liberty store since 2005 as the reason for closing. Employees will be offered the opportunity to transfer to other HEB stores in the area. The announcement to employees that the store would close was made at 3 p.m. yesterday.

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Tuesday night’s Liberty City Council Meeting was the last for three longtime city officials. Council presented outgoing member J. C. Burnham with a plaque in appreciation for his years of service and swore in his successor, Al Simonson. It was also the final council meeting for City Attorney Bruce Mintz and City Manager Allen Barnes. Mintz resigned recently and Council hired Randy Gunter and Wes Hinch to split his duties. Allen Barnes will be working on the move to Sachse, Texas by the time the Liberty Council meets again on May 29th.

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The Liberty Rotary Club has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 10 outstanding Liberty High School Seniors. They are Lauren Taylor, Ariel Simons, Allie Lucas, Daisy Mancilla and Jayna McMillen. The local service club also awarded $1,000 each to Jomisha Jones, Kami Hiatt, Dulce Gerardo, Melissa Hall and Amber Bruno.

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The Liberty County YMCA Summer Day Camp starts May 29th and continues through August 11th at San Jacinto Elementary in Liberty and the Pine Ridge Apartments in Cleveland. The camp is for kids 6 through 12 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The YMCA’s Troy Stehle said early sign ups guarantee a spot. Cost for Day Camp is $80 and some financial assistance is available. For more information call the “Y” at 936- 257-2888 or visit their office at 512 N. Main in Dayton.

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Funeral: Larry Albert Davis Jr., 43, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** Holden Wilder Sills, Infant son of Brian and Christi Sills of Splendora, Graveside services at 3 p.m. today at Pace Stancil Rest Gardens in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.12 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 95 THURSDAY MAY 17TH, 2007 **

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The Liberty City Council met Tuesday night to explore their options in selecting a new city manager. One of those options came as a bit of a surprise. After spending almost an hour in executive session, council announced they had instructed Mayor Pro-tem Mike McCarty to contact former Liberty City Manager Kerry Lacy about returning to the job. It was Lacy whom Allen Barnes replaced as City Manager. It was stressed at this time council did not know Lacy’s status or if he would be interested in returning to work as Liberty’s top administrator.

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The Dayton School Trustees Tuesday night went through the last rites of the spring election process, as they canvassed and certified the election returns from Saturday and swore into office Barett Stephenson and Dr. Luke Chachere. There was a brief ceremony for retiring board member and President Dale Brown who received a plaque and framed resolution from the district thanking him for his 12 years of service to the district. Trustees then promoted Vice President Larry Wadzeck to President, Board Secretary Bob Pickle moved up to Vice President, and Dr. Chachere was elected as the new Secretary.

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The 54th Annual Magnolia Ridge Invitational Golf Tournament is this week. The annual event is fun for all, players and those who come for the e food and atmosphere. A $65 sponsors badge allows the holder to enjoy everything except golf play. That includes the immensely popular Shrimp Dinner and Cocktails, tonight at 6 PM, followed by the Calcutta poll at 8 PM. Tomorrow there will be hot dogs and hamburgers from 10 am until 4 PM, and a fish fry from 6-8 PM. Saturday, it’s BBQ sandwiches, a fried chicken lunch, corn dogs and more. Sponsor badges are available at MRCC or any from committee member.

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The Liberty County Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee awarded their $1000 scholarship to Marcus Turner of Cleveland High School. MLK Scholarship Committee Chairman Dr. Henry L. Dugat, Sr., presented the scholarship to Turner who plans to attend the University of Houston. The Scholarships are awarded on a rotating basis to each high school in the county.

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Funeral: Bobby Lawrence Vestal, Sr., 71 of Hull. Services today at 10 AM at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 20,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.16 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 94 WEDNESDAY MAY 16TH, 2007 **

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Both Liberty and Dayton have huge wastewater treatment plant expansions in the works. In Dayton, the complete rehab of their treatment plant is planned and Liberty is upgrading sewer lines as well as the waste treatment facility. Dayton Mayor Steve Stephens says their wastewater plant has reached overload due to increased population and the infiltration of rainwater into the system. City Manager Allen Barnes said infiltration is also an issue in Liberty. Over the next couple of years, both cities will spend a combined total of about $16 million upgrading.

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The Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center and the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, known as CASA, are looking for volunteers. Bridgehaven Executive Director Kristi Mercer said volunteers are needed to make a difference in the lives of abused or neglected children. The Bridgehaven Center in Dayton recruits and screens volunteers to work in both programs. For more information, go to www.kshn.com and click on the Bridgehaven logo on our front page.

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Tickets are on sale now for the Enterprise Rent-a-Car Tour Pro Bull Riding event Friday at 8 p.m. at the TVE Arena. Some of the best bull riders in the world will be competing including two-time world champion Chris Shivers. Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $10, for kids and seniors 65 or over. Get them at FLNB in Liberty and Dayton, Baskins, GM Autoworld and at the Fairgrounds Office. Call 936-336-7455 for tickets and more information.

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The Annual Law-Enforcement and Public Safety Personnel Memorial and Recognition Service is tonight at 7 at 1st Baptist Church in Liberty. Sponsored by the Liberty Rotary Club and 1st Baptist Church, the service honors those who have given their lives in the line of duty and all those who work to serve and protect their communities. DA Mike Little is the guest speaker. The service includes an honor guard, bagpipers and a 21-gun salute as well as music from the 1st Baptist Choir.

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Funeral: Velma R. Heiman, 81 of Liberty. Funerals services tomorrow at 2 PM at Memorial Funeral Home in Vidor. * Marie Ball, 87 of Federal Way, Washington. Memorial services will be held 11 AM Saturday at 1st United Methodist Church in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.70 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 93 TUESDAY MAY 15TH, 2007 **

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The Liberty Lions Club recently named their 2007 scholarship recipients. Scholarships worth $4,000 each were awarded to Cody Caldwell, Audrey Key, Jenni Steed, and Karina Trujilio. $1,000 scholarships went to Emily Edwards, Melissa Gott, James Morris, and Ivy Pratt. The Liberty Lions Club holds various fund-raisers throughout the year with proceeds going to their scholarship program. This year alone the local service club gave away $20,000 in scholarship money.

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The Plano Police Department is reporting a body found in Freestone Co., south of Dallas, is likely that of Jennifer McCallum, 35 of Plano. She was reported missing May 3rd, when she failed to pick up their daughter from school. Her ex-husband, Curtis Lee Armstrong, 37 of Dayton, was arrested and charged with Murder that same day. He remains in the Collin County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

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Hewlett Packard recently awarded a $31,000 Technology for Teaching grant to a team of 5 Liberty Middle School teachers. Team Leader Sherry Blackburn said the proposed project was a multi-media documentary of Liberty that will include the history of Liberty, some of it’s famous residents, and colorful past. The project will involve some 420 Liberty Middle School students working together on the project.

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The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is Wednesday at noon in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church’s Marion Hall. Guest speaker will be D-Ann Berry, discussing Kinesics, the science of body language. Chamber President Mary Ann Campbell said it’s a great opportunity to learn how to “read people” by their movements and gestures. Cost is $8 for a roast beef lunch catered by the County Emporium. Make your reservations by calling the Chamber at 336 5736.

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Funeral: Clarice Ann Jones, 69 of Tarkington. Funeral services at 11 AM tomorrow at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cleveland. * Lillie M. Foster, 92 of Cleveland. Funeral services are today at 3 PM at Calvary Baptist Church in Cleveland. * Helen Jean Morgan, 78. Funeral services Thursday at 11 AM at North Main Baptist Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 28,400 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.77 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 92 MONDAY MAY 14TH, 2007 **

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Saturday’s voting for the unexpired term on the Liberty School Board saw Brandon Smith win with 322 votes over Rick Schultz at 176. The only race for Dayton School Trustee was a runaway win for Baret Stephenson, 431. Paul Kelly had 70, Mark Bethea 61. In the Hardin ISD election Pos.#3 Incumbent “Bubba” Campbell won with 325 votes to Chris Contreras 264. In Hardin School Board Pos. #4 voting incumbent Charlotte Warner won another term easily with 398. Kim Jackson had 162. At-large voting in the Liberty County Hospital District Board elections: Bruce Stratton 737, Kathy Dagle 732, & Janice Guidry 544, all being elected. Incumbent Eliza Guidry was unseated with 472 votes. All totals are unofficial until elections are canvassed.

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Saturday’s Dayton FFA Youth Livestock Auction was another big success. Jonathan Chachere’s Grand Champion Market Steer sold for $9,600 to Thriftee Food Center. Mikayla Yates’ Reserve Champion Steer went for $5,400 to Potetz Home Center and Campbell Redi-Mix. The main auction total was $136,630 – but add $6,000 more on resales for a grand total of $142,630. Thriftee Food Center of Dayton & Mt. Belvieu is volume buyer. ****************************************************

Some very local U.I.L. state track meet results in Austin Saturday. Dayton Bronco High Jump star P.J. McGowan. captured the 4A state title with a leap of 6’10”. Hull-Daisetta track team brought home the Class A second place team trophy. Their performance was highlighted by Adrian Anderson getting gold medals in the 100-meter dash with 10.86 time, then grabbed gold again with the state title in the 200-meters at 22.3, The Bobcats were second in 4x100 sprint relay with Adrian Anderson, Aaron Davis, Trey Smith and Anthony Walker.

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The price of a postage stamp goes up today to 41 cents. You can also buy the so-called “forever stamp” that remains valid even if the price of a stamp increased in the future.

Champion Lake public area off FM 1409 is temporarily closed while the Trinity River is running high. Water is over the Lake Pier and this closure could last a week depending on river level.

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FUNERALS: William Archie Tanton, 49, of Rye, Service was Saturday** Deborah Demaris McMullan 55, Service at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home-Baytown Tuesday at 10.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 31,700 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.78 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 91 FRIDAY MAY 11TH, 2007 **

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Tomorrow’s state wide Constitutional Amendment issue deals with property taxes. Representative John Otto said misinformation about the amendment has led some to worry their taxes could be raised due to an increase in appraised value of the property since an earlier amendment allowed them to be frozen. Rep. Otto said the amendment does not affect the tax rate or the appraised value, so taxes could not be raised. The 4 voting locations for tomorrow’s constitutional amendment issue are The Cleveland Civic Center, Hardin High School, Dayton City Hall and the Humphreys Cultural Center in Liberty.

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Voting for the Board of Directors for the Liberty County Hospital District #1 will be held in 10 locations across the district. Hardin ISD Box # 2 at the Moss Hill Pentecostal Church and Box 3, at the Hardin High School. Devers ISD, Box 4 at Devers City Hall. Liberty ISD Boxes 5-19-28-35-36 at Humphreys Cultural Center. Liberty ISD Box 6, at Bethel Assembly of God in Moss Bluff, LISD Box 18 at Our Mother of Mercy Church in Ames. In Dayton, Boxes 10-22-26 & 31 at FLNB Dayton Financial Center. Hull Daisetta ISD Box 11 is at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Raywood, Box 13 at the Hull Daisetta High School, and Box 17 at Hull-Daisetta Elementary School.

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CORRECTION: Dayton ISD voting locations are as follows: Boxes 10, 22, 26, and 31 at Dayton City Hall. Box 14 remains at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Boxes 21 and 29 vote at the Kenefick Civic Center. Boxes 24 and 30 at Westlake VFD.

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Voting Locations for tomorrow’s LISD Board Election are for Box 6, at the Bethel Assembly of God Church in Moss Bluff. Box 18 at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. Boxes 5, 19, & 28 all vote at Humphreys Cultural Center.

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Dayton FFA Youth Livestock judging in the Market Swine Division saw Grand Champion Honors go to Taylor Clawson, Reserve Champion Ellie Arnold. Baylee Scott had the Grand Champ. Mkt. Goat, Megan McClaugherty won Reserve Champ. In Market Rabbits, Jeremy Revels - Grand Champion, Emma Chachere- Reserve. Cory Cooper had the Grand Champion Broilers and Ryan Ripkowski the Reserve Champion.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 31,700 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.68 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 90 THURSDAY MAY 10TH, 2007 **

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During Tuesday’s commissioners’ workshop session, the issue of law enforcement visibility came up. County Judge Phil Fitzgerald said he would like to see a patrol unit in Liberty County whose primary duties would be enforcing traffic laws and increasing the visibility of law enforcement throughout the county. He said law enforcement at the county level has a $4.5 million dollar budget, adding a patrol division, while it may be unpopular, would create an additional revenue source for the county. Judge Fitzgerald urged all county level law enforcement departments to work together to develop a plan that would accomplish the goals. Leaders in Liberty County Law Enforcement agreed to return to commissioners in two weeks with their ideas and proposals.

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Liberty City Council met Tuesday night, with some very important decisions to make. After the dust had settled, and after 2 hours in executive session, the city now has 2 new City Attorney’s and one interim city manager. Randy Gunter will serve as the city’s legal counsel, and Wes Hinch will serve as the city’s prosecutor in all municipal court cases. Assistant City Manager Mike Ramirez was named Interim City Manager. The votes were unanimous on all of those actions.

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Saturday May 12th is Election Day, and voting this year could get a bit confusing. In Liberty, the Hospital District and the ISD Board election will be held in the same three voting places. Those are, the Humphreys Cultural Center, Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames, and at Bethel Assembly of God in Moss Bluff. There are only four locations to vote in the State Wide Constitutional Amendment Election, they are; the Humphreys Cultural Center in Liberty, Dayton City Hall, Hardin High School Library, and at the Cleveland Civic Center.

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Funerals: Phyllis Beverly Applegate Gremillion, 59 of Dayton. Funeral services are at 11 AM today at Immaculate Conception Church in Liberty.

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 89 WEDNESDAY MAY 9TH, 2007 **

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A Liberty County teenager, Justin Daniel Collins, age 16 of Rye, was killed in a one vehicle wreck Monday night just after 10 PM, about 2 miles north of 787 on Highway 146. His passenger, and the owner of the car, 18 year old Wrachel Danielle Byrd, was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, described as alert and talking. DPS Trooper Jamie Neault is investigating the accident. JP #3 Cody Parrish has ordered an autopsy.

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Monday night, the Dayton City Council conducted a 30-minute public hearing on substandard structures at various locations throughout the city. Following the hearing, council approved the demolition of those three buildings, one at 501 Hazel St., another at the Southeast corner of Luke and Prater Streets, and the third on South Colbert Street adjacent to Colbert Elementary School. Dayton City Manger David Douglas told council members everything was right on schedule to expand the sewer treatment plant. Douglas said there would be a pre-bid conference on the sewer plant this Thursday, which is mandatory meeting for any and all construction companies who plan to bid on the project.

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County Commissioners met in regular session yesterday and quickly worked through a lot of routine business. Commissioners approved a resolution endorsing the concept of mutual cooperation for regional mobility. Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald said the Harris Co. Toll Road Authority has pledged $21 billion dollars to help finance road projects throughout the area, including, the Judge said, about $1 billion in projects for Liberty County. He said as a result of that monetary pledge, TxDOT projects that had been planned for the future, may now be moved ahead.

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The Annual Dayton FFA Youth Livestock Show and Rodeo starts tomorrow and continues through Saturday at the Dayton FFA Rodeo Arena on Hwy 321. DISD Vocational Technology Director Tim Gassiott said one welcome addition is another 200 arena seats. The old visitor’s side bleachers removed from Bronco Stadium are now installed at the rodeo arena.

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Funerals: Erich Adler, 74 of Dayton. Memorial service will be Saturday at 11 AM at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Liberty.

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 88 TUESDAY MAY 8TH, 2007 **

Plano Texas Police have charged a Dayton man, Curtis Lee Armstrong, 37 with murder in the disappearance of his ex-wife, Jennifer McCallum, now a Plano resident. Plano Police say a representative from the Collin County Medical Examiners office said it would be hard, if not impossible for anyone to have survived after losing the amount of blood found in Jennifer McCallum’s apartment. The police were called to the apartment on a welfare concern Thursday afternoon. That evening, Plano police arrested Armstrong in the Plano area. Plano Detective Jerry Minton said police believe evidence in the Dayton man’s truck connected him with the woman’s death. Police continue to search for the missing woman, now believed to be the victim of a homicide. Curtis Lee Armstrong remains in the Plano City Jail under a half a million dollars bond. The couples’ daughter is now with family. Police believe she was already at school when the violence against her mother occurred.

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The Liberty High School Literary Criticism Team won the 3-A State U.I.L. Contest on Saturday in Austin. They defeated all 3A high school teams in Texas. The team score of 258 was more than 20 point’s ahead of second place.

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The stepson of former Liberty High School Baseball Coach Jack Parker was killed in a traffic accident Sunday in Panola County, near the Parker’s hometown of Carthage. Kale Lindsay grew up in Liberty, but graduated from Tarkington while Jack was coaching there. Information indicates Kale Lindsey had worked Saturday in Carthage, then visited his girl friend in Nacadoches. He was returning home shortly after 1 AM when his car went straight in a curve. It is presumed he may have fallen asleep. He would have been 21 years old yesterday.

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This Saturday, it’s the “Stamp Out Hunger” food-drive done annually by the local postal service. Put nonperishable food in a bag, set it beside your mail box, and the letter carriers will pick it up to be delivered to local charities. Both the Dayton and Liberty post offices are participating. Again, that’s this Saturday.

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Funerals: Terri Shannon Nutt Lang, 41 of Romayor. Graveside services today at 1 PM at Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston. * Katie Azlee LaCour, 91 of Liberty. Services tomorrow at 2 PM at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 87 MONDAY MAY 7TH, 2007 **

Last Friday, a 75th District Court jury deliberated 35 minutes and then found 46-year-old Roy Smith of Dayton guilty of murder in the death of Mike Aydelet of Houston. In October 2005, Smith opened fire on Aydelet in front of the Raceway Convenience Store. A shooting spree ended when Dayton Police Officer Gordon Bean wounded Smith. DA Mike Little said Smith agreed to accept a 60-year prison term plus to more 60-year-sentences for two aggravated assault charges stemming from the same incident. Smith waived his right to an appeal. The DA imposed those conditions before agreeing to Roy Smith’s request to be sentenced by the presiding judge C. T. “Rusty” Hight.

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There are two public meetings this week pertaining to the Grand Parkway’s route through Liberty County. The first meeting is 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at New Caney High School on US 59 south in Porter. The second is Wednesday at Eagle Point Recreation Complex, on Eagle Drive in Mont Belvieu, also from 5 to 8.

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Early voting ends tomorrow for the various elections to be decided on Saturday May 12th. All but one Liberty County School Districts – Tarkington — has contested races. The candidates in only two Liberty County Cities – Cleveland and Devers- have opposition. Early voting in the Liberty County Hospital District Board Election is at the District Office on Myrtle St. in Liberty. Vote early in the statewide Constitutional Amendment Election at the County Courthouse and the Cleveland Annex today and tomorrow, 8 to 5.

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The Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive sponsored by local postal workers is this coming Saturday. In order to participate, just put non-perishable food items beside your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick up those donations. All of the food donations go to local organizations such as the Spirit of Sharing and the Dayton Food Pantry. Last year, thousands of pounds of food was donated to the Liberty and Dayton Post Offices alone.

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Service 2 PM Tues. @ Allison.**

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 86 FRIDAY MAY 4TH, 2007 **

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A three vehicle wreck yesterday morning on Hwy. 105 in Hardin Co. took the life of Lois Deckert, and sent her three great grandchildren to various hospitals by Air Ambulance. DPS Trooper Nathan Pierce said a truck driven by Charisa Hawkins hit the back of another westbound truck. That truck was driven by Nathan Hanks. Charisa Hawkins truck then glanced off the back of the other vehicle and struck head on the car of Lois Deckert. Both of those drivers were also transported by air ambulance, Hanks was taken to St. Elizabeth’s - Beaumont and Charisa Hawkins to Memorial Hermann in Houston. Two of the children age 11 and 6 were also flown to the Houston Hospital, and the 5-year-old girl was taken to UTMB in Galveston. While the children’s injuries were said to be serious, they were not thought to be life threatening.

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The Lee College Small Business Development Center will host the 6th Annual Monument Awards Banquet on Tuesday May 8th at Baytown’s Especial Events Center at 6:30 p.m. Several South Liberty County Businesses have received the prestigious awards in the past. Tickets are $30 each by calling Tommy Hathaway or Mary Hernandez at 281-425-6556.

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The 26th Annual Hull-Daisetta Mayhaw Festival rolls on today and tomorrow in Downtown Daisetta with carnival rides, food, craft booths, BBQ Cook Off and more. The Mayhaw Parade is tomorrow at 10 a.m. on FM 770 at the north end of town. Then tomorrow, 8 to midnight, there’s a free dance with the music of “Twisted Saddle”. The festival raises scholarship dollars for Hull-Daisetta seniors. Call 936-536-1020, for more information.

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The threat of severe weather caused the cancellation of last night’s Liberty Vs Hardin Jefferson Baseball game. The first of the best of three series will be tonight at 7 PM at Barbers Hill. The second game will be Saturday evening, at 7 PM also in Barbers Hill. The time and date for a third game, if necessary, will be announced. Our broadcast begins at 6:50 tonight. You can also listen on line at www.kshn.com.

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Funerals: Kathy Diane Vandver West, 48, of Houston, Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Ryan Cemetery in Tarkington Prairie.

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 85 THURSDAY MAY 3RD, 2007 **

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The Dayton Community Development Corporation has hired a new executive director. Earl R. Joy has 20 years experience in the economic development field, and is currently the Director of Business Development for the World Economic Development Alliance in Dallas. Vice Chairman Kenneth Voyteck said when it came down to the final four applicants, it was Mr. Joy’s experience and contacts that made the difference. Earl Joy’s first day on the job will be June 1st.

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The Dayton FFA Youth Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off next week. The biggest day of the show is the youth livestock auction coming up Saturday May 12th. Dayton High School’s Tim Gassiott said one way people could get involved with the auction is by joining the 100 Club. Last year, the group raised over $25,000 to purchase youth projects at the sale. To become a member of the 100 club, contact any committee member or Tim Gassiott at Dayton High School, 258 2510 ext. 4115.

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Liberty City Council held closed-door interviews with four candidates for the position of City Attorney. Those four are Randy Gunter, Wes Hinch, H. Gerald Hosemann, and Neal Iverson. Following that closed-door session, council directed City Manager Allen Barnes to contact each candidate individually regarding the rate schedule they would charge as City Attorney. Council members also agreed to hold a workshop session with 3 different professional search firms on the issue of selecting a new city manager. No date for the workshop was set but it will be held sometime this month.

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The Liberty Panthers play the first Bi-District game in a best of three series against the Hardin Jefferson Hawks tonight. First pitch is at 7 PM, at a neutral site, in Nederland. Game 2 moves the teams to Barbers Hill on Friday also with a 7 PM start time. Should a 3rd game be necessary, it will be Saturday at 7 PM, again at Barbers Hill. Tickets for the Bi-District games are $3. KSHN will try to broadcast the series, but we can tell you we will be in Nederland tonight for the game at 7 PM. You can also follow the action on line at www.kshn.com

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Funerals: Sam Edward Stout, 96 of Hardin. Graveside services today at 11 AM at Moss Hill Cemetery in Moss Hill.

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 84 WEDNESDAY MAY 2ND, 2007 **

An Attorney Generals investigation into operations of the TVE has resulted in a clean bill of health. The investigation came about after complainants demanded the TVE change they way they operated or they would take their case to the Texas Attorney General. When the board refused, those residents filed their complaints. The AG’s office said in a letter to the TVE, the office of the AG has finished and that investigation did not reveal the existence of facts that would justify legal action. They closed the case. Board President Barry Whittaker said the effort to comply with the AG’s investigation cost the non-profit organization thousands of dollars, and hundreds of volunteer work hours, but he is not surprised at the outcome.

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This years recipients of the $12,000 Scholarships from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo include Joshua Roskey - Tarkington, Jordan Godwin and Amy McDaniel, Hull Daisetta – Hardin Seniors Chelsea Waters and Monica Weis, also Cecilia Daska, James Martin and Marsha Sowell – Cleveland. Jason Heilig of Dayton, and from Liberty Hannah Shoemaker, Bethany Turner, Quinshala Melonson and MacKenzie Moody. The total award for Liberty Co. this year from the Houston Rodeo was $156,000.

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Dayton ISD held their Annual Teachers Recognition Banquet, sponsored by the Dayton Rotary Club, last Thursday. The event honors the very best educators in the Dayton School system. This year’s Outstanding Elementary School Teacher is Cynthia Kelly, and Outstanding Secondary Teacher is Margaret Chapman. This years inductee to the Dayton ISD Wall of Fame, is the late Floyd Scott, well loved longtime English teacher in the Dayton school district.

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The Chambers County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the publics’ help in identifying a murder victim. Sheriff Joe LaRive said the victim is a Hispanic male, about 5’7” tall weighing 160 pounds with no scars, marks or tattoo’s to aid in identification. The man was found in the West Fork of Double Bayou on Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chambers County Sheriffs Dept. at 409 267 8331.

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Funerals: Nita Mae Hicks, 80 of Dayton. Graveside services today at 11 AM at Brookside Cemetery in Houston.

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 83 TUESDAY MAY 1ST, 2007 **

****************************************************Sunday’s Kidfish was, according to organizers a big success. Top fundraising award went to Clayton Stinson, 8, who brought $2,056 to the event. The largest fish was landed by 8 year old Hunter Stelly at 19 inches. Also in the 7-11 age group, Garrett Bohannan landed a catfish that measured 18 7/8”. The youngest fishermen to land a prize-winning catch was Taylor Whittridge who brought in an 18” fish, with his big bad 2-year-old self, also in the 6 and under category Kali Butler caught a 18 ½ catfish. As for the older kids, ages 12-16, top prize went to Wesley Price - 12 with an 18” fish, and runner up was Dustin Morrow - his fish was 17 1/8” inch. Bruce Burnham said they had about 460 kids take part in the event.

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Judi Glover, Committee Chair for the 2007 Relay for Life said they are still counting, but the fund-raiser benefiting the American Cancer Society has topped $101,000.

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Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett said one of the best ways to improve the appearance of any community, including downtown Liberty, is to keep it clean and litter free. The Liberty Mayor also reminded folks the popular “Hot Dogs and a Movie” returns this Saturday night, May 5th, again at Sam Houston Plaza. The event is sponsored by the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Liberty, and is free to everyone. Serving starts at 6:30 followed by a kid friendly movie.

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It’s that time of year when scholarship announcements begin rolling in. Liberty High School Seniors Karina Trujillo and Brandi English each received a $2,000 Ronald McDonald House Scholarship.

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Funerals: William J. ”Bill” Remsing, 88 of Dayton. Funeral service today at 2 PM at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton * Donnie Milford Brooks, 75 of Cleveland. Services 11 AM tomorrow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston. * Mildred Schamerhorn, 90 of Cleveland. Services 11 AM tomorrow at Calvary Baptist Church in Cleveland. * Jimmy Wayne Cochran, 71 of Mont Belvieu. Visitation tomorrow from 6 – 8 PM at Navarre Funeral Home of Baytown. * Keith D. Riley, 44 of Liberty. Services 10 AM tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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