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June 2007

 

** VOLUME 22 NO. 125 FRIDAY JUNE 29TH, 2007 **

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Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Ken DeFoor was on 2 conference calls with the National Weather Service River Forecast Center yesterday and said right now, the heavy rains in the Dallas area, once they reach here, should cause no flooding beyond what we have now. That could change if we are hit with additional significant rain anywhere north of here on the Trinity River Basin. It takes about 2 weeks for the water from Dallas to get to Lake Livingston, another 2 days to cross the lake, and depending on the releases there, from 1 ½ to 3 days to get to the Highway 90 bridge gauge in Liberty.

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In a public meeting held yesterday in Dayton, TxDot’s John Barton said construction on the 1st phase of the Highway 146 widening project could begin as soon as next spring. The first portion of the 11-mile project would start in Dayton at the Highway 146 - Highway 90 intersection, and progress to FM 1413. John Barton said completion of the first section should take from 14 to 18 months. He added the entire project should take 24 to 30 months.

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An action by the 80th Texas Legislature has made hiring experienced teachers out of retirement less costly. Liberty School Superintendent Mona Chadwick said lawmakers have waived the penalty school districts have had to pay to hire retired teachers, as long as that teacher retired two or more years ago. Mrs. Chadwick said that additional cost has been a big obstacle in hiring those experienced educators to fill classroom vacancies.

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According to the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas, the travel industry consistently ranks in the top 25 for number of complaints. Signs of a scam include unsolicited phone calls, emails, direct mailings and Internet pop-up ads. Be wary of promotions that offer rock bottom prices. Another trick is to hide fees until contracts are signed. To protect yourself, the BBB says gather information, get names of airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, and contact these businesses directly to verify your arrangements. The BBB has a website, www.BBB.org with reliability reports on many travel companies.

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Funerals: Delois Ann Measles, 63 of Moss Hill. Services are today at 1 PM at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.19 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 124 THURSDAY JUNE 28TH, 2007 **

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A Shepherd area man is dead, Matthew Lane Page age 24 was killed when he allegedly veered his truck into the southbound lane of Highway 321 and into the path of an 18-wheel tractor trailer rig. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jamie Neault, said the big rig driver, Jaime Guarado of Irving Texas was not injured, and was likely traveling under the posted 60 mile per hour speed limit. The accident happened around 1:30 yesterday afternoon in front on the Dayton Park Apartments. It took several hours before the roadway was reopened to traffic. Justice of the Peace # 4 Glenn Pruitt ordered a blood sample be taken, but did not order an autopsy on the Shepherd man.

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The City of Liberty’s Annual Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday July 3rd in the City Park will again feature spectacular fireworks from the Zambelli Family. Patriotic music by the Charlie Grabien Band and the Invincible Eagle Band at the Basketball Ball Pavilion starts at 7:30 p.m. with the fireworks at 9. Come early for a place to park.

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The Liberty City Council met last night and revisited their decision earlier this month to purchase eight new police cars from Philpott Ford in Nederland. Council decided it would be fairer to offer local car dealerships an opportunity to bid on the new police vehicles. In other action, Interim City Manager Michael Ramirez agreed to stay on in that position at least in a consulting capacity until a new city manager is hired. Ramirez resignation is effective July 2nd when he will go to work full-time for Pelco Construction Co.

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The 18th Annual Burnham Classic Invitational Golf Tournament is set for the weekend of Aug 3rd – Aug 5th at the Magnolia Ridge Country Club in Liberty. Over the years this event has raised thousands of dollars for Tri-County MHMR benefiting physically and mentally handicapped individuals. Golfers and sponsors are needed. For more information contact Bruce, J.C. or Kathleen Burnham, Cecil or Mable McKnight, or call BJ Ford at 336 2215.

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Funerals: Ralph B. “Buck” Thornton, 84, of Liberty, Graveside service at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.36 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 123 WEDNESDAY JUNE 27TH , 2007 **

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Property taxes not paid by the close of business Monday, will be assessed 18% in penalties and interest plus attorneys fees. According to Acting Liberty County Tax Collector Doris Jones, the actual deadline is June 30th, however because that date falls on the weekend, property owners are given that small grace period. Property tax payments mailed in, postmarked July 2nd or sooner, will not be assessed the 18 % fee.

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Liberty County Commissioners voted yesterday to distribute $170,000 of funds remaining from the 2004 FEMA buyout program to the homeowners who took a loss on their property when selling to the county. According to Jay Rice, homeowners were paid about 75 % of the appraised value and this distribution of funds would bring that up to about 81 %. That buyout program was used to purchase property that was in flood prone areas through funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In total, there were 56 properties purchased through the 2004 program.

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A ceremony at the Liberty County Courthouse yesterday marked the official launch of the Liberty County Workforce Academy. The joint venture by Liberty County School Districts and several area colleges to offer vocational and technical education to students and adults is believed to be the first of its kind in Texas. Workforce Academy classes began in January. Yesterday’s event also recognized scholarship donations of $50,000 from the H-GAC and $25,000 each from the economic development corporations of Cleveland, Dayton and Liberty.

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The 80th Texas Legislature voted to phase out the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test, converting to a different type of exit level exam for each required course. However, don’t look for those changes anytime soon, Liberty School Superintendent Mona Chadwick said that switching from the TAKS to end of course exams comes initially for those in the 9th grade in the 2011 school year, the graduating class of 2015.

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Funerals: Gerald Key “Jerry” Lawrence, 84 of Dayton. Services will be 10 AM tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home – Dayton. * John Newton Maddox, 67 of Livingston, formerly of Liberty. No public service is planned.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.36 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 122 TUESDAY JUNE 26TH , 2007 **

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The City of Liberty’s Annual Independence Day Celebration is Tuesday July 3rd at the Liberty City Park. City Council learned a few years ago they could get a big name fireworks company, the Zambelli Family, if the display were held earlier than the actual holiday on July 4th. The event also features live patriotic music from the Charlie Gray Big Band and the Invincible Eagle Band starting at 7:30 p.m. with the fireworks starting at 9. It’s a free family event and everyone is invited.

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Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive said last Monday, his department responded to a burglary in progress at B & B Enterprises in Anahuac. When the deputy arrived, man was climbing out the back window of the business. A brief chase by Chambers County Deputies and state troopers led to the arrest of Jimmy Lee Hamilton, Jr. of Hankamer. According to Sheriff LaRive, Hamilton later confessed to the burglaries of B & B, as well as recent burglaries of Gilberts Drive Inn, Dee Bee’s Hive, the Frontier Bar and DJ’s Country Store.

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Social Security Representative Idolina Gonzales said using the Social Security Website is a quick and efficient way to submit information to Social Security. She said the website has all of the forms on it for downloading. It also has information helpful to both individuals and businesses as well. She said employers could get help with W-2 forms as well as verifying social security numbers of employees. That website can be easily accessed by going to ours, www.kshn.com and clicking on the government link.

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On Saturday, the Henderson Family of Dayton held the official ground breaking ceremony for the long proposed theme park, AquaLand USA on Highway 321 in Dayton. Area dignitaries, including the Dayton Mayor, and members of the Dayton City Council, DCDC Board of Directors, Representative John Otto, and US Congressman Ted Poe, were on hand for the event. Dayton City Manager David Douglas said Janice Henderson told those in attendance they would begin construction very soon on the multi-million dollar project.

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Funerals: Joyce Lynette Graham, 75, of Cleveland, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Christian Life Center in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.45 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 121 MONDAY JUNE 25TH, 2007 **

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Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Chip Fairchild said Robert Lowry, most recently with a Baytown address, has been charged with Aggravated Assault in the June 3rd shooting of a Westlake area man. Jerald Reeves told investigators he heard a car horn honk outside his home that Sunday night. When he stepped outside, he was shot twice. Jerald Reeves’ wife was at home at the time of the shooting, but was not injured. Captain Fairchild said Reeves and Lowery had argued previously and the shooting appeared to be retribution. Robert Lowery is currently in the Harris County Jail awaiting transport to Liberty County.

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The transformation of Dayton’s historic Bronco Stadium- began last year- is nearly finished. Assistant Superintendent Bob Parker told DISD Trustees last Tuesday the handicapped accessibility ramps should be in place by the first of this week. All of the stadium seating is now in place and the only part of the second phase yet to be completed is the concrete parking lot adjacent to the home side bleachers. That work will take several more days. School officials said the surface of the stadium’s new track did not meet specifications set forth in the bid documents and the surface of the track is being replaced at the contractor’s expense.

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An unspecified threat from an unidentified caller prompted Children’s Protective Services to hold their court day at the courthouse Friday and not at the Liberty County Law Library on Trinity St. in Liberty as usual. Sheriff Greg Arthur said the caller- that seemed to be male-told County Technology Director Darrel Taylor the building needed to be evacuated within an hour. CPS Court moved to the 253rd District Court with added security. A search of the Law Library turned up nothing.

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The Liberty County 4-H Mounted Drill Team will perform tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the TVE Arena in preparation for next month’s State Championship Competition in Abilene. Admission is free and the public is invited. The team is currently looking for sponsors to help pay for the trip in July. You can find out how to sponsor the drill team at their web site. Link there from kshn.com.

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Funerals: Stanley Edward “Eddie” Carter, 58, of Dayton, Services held Sunday. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.51 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 120 FRIDAY JUNE 22ND, 2007 **

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Building permits in Dayton show several new businesses are in the process of building locations. One of those is the building going up next to the Best Western Inns and Suites on Hwy. 90. The owner of the motel said he wants to get a major restaurant chain adjacent to his motel but claims, so far, nothing is official. Several other commercial structures are underway, inside Dayton all on FM 1960. There’s Edgar’s Meat Market, a new tool rental store, Big-Tex Rental, and Lucky Toys, a distribution center for toys to be delivered to retailers. They may also do some assembly. The fourth new building is a restaurant called Taco-Real. All of those buildings have a way to go before they open, but they are underway.

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Lifeshare Blood Center celebrates its 65th Anniversary with a 24-hour blood drive starting today at noon at the Beaumont office, 4305 Laurel Street. Lifeshare is one of the oldest, and becoming one of the largest blood centers in the country, providing blood to about 140 health care facilities. If you can’t make it to Beaumont, Lifeshare Blood Center donor coach will be at the Super Wal-Mart in Liberty from 11 AM until 4 PM Saturday.

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Pam Patterson, Emergency Management Planner for the Texas State Health Services said plans are already in place for dealing with a major public health threat, be it natural or man made. She said they have already implemented the program several years ago in Liberty County when Meningitis caused the deaths of some teens in the Cleveland area. She said during one 7-hour period they saw and vaccinated 6,000 people. Area schools are designated as medical intervention locations for the distribution of medicines and vaccinations should the need arise, with employees of the district volunteering for the job.

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There’s still time to sign up as a exhibitor for “The Taste of Dayton”, Thursday from 11 AM – 2 PM. If you would like to have a booth at the 3rd Taste of Dayton, call the Dayton Chamber at 257-2393. Booth space-$50. Deadline is Monday

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Funerals: Ozema Charles, 78 of Anahuac. Services will be tomorrow at 11 AM at Our Lady of Liberty Catholic Church in Anahuac. * Mary Ann Calhoon, 78. Services will be Saturday at 2 PM at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.50 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 119 THURSDAY JUNE 21ST, 2007 **

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The City of Liberty is losing their interim city manager. Longtime Assistant City Manager and current Interim Manager Michael Ramirez submitted his resignation on June 12th to the mayor. Rameriz, age 38 has been in an administrative post with the city for the past 11 years. He will go full time with Pelco Construction of Liberty. They have been building commercial and residential buildings in the South Liberty County Area since 1928, now with its third generation president, Matt Harris. Michael Ramirez final day with the city will be July 2nd.

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Dayton School Board Tuesday night filled one key administrative position when they appointed Mary Burke as new Principal for Stephen F. Austin Elementary School. Ms. Burke has been with the Goose Creek ISD in Baytown for the past 18 years. The last 3 have been as Assistant Principal for Ashbel Smith Elementary, a Pre-K – 5th grade campus. She starts in Dayton July 1st. Mary Burke succeeds Linda Harry who has been SFA Principal for the past 6 years. Ms. Harry is moving on to Assistant Middle School Principal in Tomball ISD.

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The Liberty School Board, Tuesday night, heard a report from Curriculum Director Margaret Gardzina on the progress the district has made in addressing the academic performance of students the state identifies as at risk students. Figures show the Liberty ISD is ahead of the state average in virtually every area including the number of students who graduate from the district as a whole and those specifically in the risk group. In other action, trustees put on hold, for a short time, the demolition of the oldest parts of the old San Jacinto campus on Grand Ave.. The group working with the Liberty County Workforce Academy would like to talk to the board about the use of the facility for technical training classrooms.

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Yesterday, at the Monthly Luncheon of the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Bill Read, Meteorologist in Charge of the Houston Galveston Area weather service office was the speaker. He said the bad news is, as far as hurricanes go, weather conditions this year in the Gulf are setting up much like the record setting Hurricane Season of 2005, the year that brought Katrina and Rita, in less than 30 days. The best advice is be prepared now and hope it doesn’t happen.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 27,300 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.53 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 118 WEDNESDAY JUNE 20TH, 2007 **

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Yesterday, Congressman Kevin Brady and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson reintroduced the “Public Servant Retirement Protection Act”. If passed it would repeal the “Windfall Elimination Provision”, that docks Social Security benefits from those who also earned retirement from a substitute system like the Texas Teacher Retirement System. Brady said if a person earns two pensions, they should get two pensions. If passed this provision would increase the benefits to about 887,000 workers across the country, to the tune of about $8 billion.

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Liberty County Hospital District #1 Board, Monday night approved the purchase of furniture for the new offices on Fannin St. in Liberty. While the initial quote was over $22,000 with the volume discount, and a $5,000 gift from Ballard Exploration specifically for furniture, the final cost to the district was $7930. In other action, the Liberty Dayton Hospital and Frontier Health Care Services were given the contract that would allow the district to purchase over $240,000 in needed equipment for the hospital to use. The district would retain ownership, leasing the equipment to the hospital for a nominal fee. The hospital would then be obligated for the maintenance and upkeep. That contract between the district and the hospital has not yet been signed. The original vote to purchase the equipment was made in March.

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Monday night, Dayton City Council, by unanimous vote, awarded the bid for expansion to the city’s wastewater treatment plant to a Beaumont company, Alco Limited. City Manager David Douglas told council that Alco is a reputable firm and their bid, just over $6,650,000, was in line with the city’s cost projection for the project. He added that was the lowest of the 3 bids received, which were all within roughly $100,000 of each other. City Manager David Douglas said the work to expand the city’s wastewater treatment plant should begin in about 60 days.

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June 15th, Governor Rick Perry signed into law the permanent change to the wording of the pledge to the Texas Flag, adding the words “Under God”. Patti Atkins, District Representative of the state wide organization, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas said the correct way to pledge to the Texas flag is: Honor the Texas Flag, I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas one state under God, one and indivisible.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 27,300 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.54 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 117 TUESDAY JUNE 19TH, 2007 **

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Liberty Police said 34-year-old Cassandra Diane Cook of Channelview was southbound on Hwy 146 just after 5 p.m. yesterday when- for unknown reasons- her vehicle left the roadway, then veered back striking a northbound pick up nearly head-on. Cassandra Cook was pronounced dead at the wreck scene. The other driver, Gerald May, 66, of Liberty and a passenger, Michael Thomas age 7 received only minor injuries.

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Smoke testing of sanitary sewer lines in the City of Liberty continues. Citizens will from time to time see smoke rising during the next several weeks. They are trying to locate sewer system leaks, which allows rainwater to infiltrate into the system. If some smoke finds its way inside through the inside plumbing it is recommended you call a licensed plumber, as this is a sign you may have a leak in your plumbing. For more information call the city at 336 3684.

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Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive said his department is investigating a rash of daytime home burglaries over the past month. He said the thieves have struck when the residents are away, making off with jewelry, electronics and weapons. The Chambers County Sheriff is urging residents to itemize property, including serial numbers and photos of valuables as well as be vigilant in checking to see that all doors and windows are locked. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chambers County Sheriffs Department at 409 267 8318.

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Last week, with the required waiting period expired, Hardin School Trustees hired Bob Parker as the district’s new school superintendent. This makes Parker’s second stint as Hardin Superintendent. He left that post to spend 13 years as Superintendent at Devers, and most recently has served as Assistant Superintendent in Dayton. He begins his duties at Hardin on July 1st.

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Funerals: Lois Lee Williams Johnson, 61 of Liberty. Services will be 2 PM tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.* Jerry Chauncie Parrott, 75 of Baytown. Services tomorrow at 11 AM at Houston National Cemetery. * Austin Dean Davis, 14 of Baytown. Services will be today at 2 PM at Pace Stancil Funeral Home Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 27,300 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.59 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 116 MONDAY JUNE 18TH, 2007 **.

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After eight years at Hull-Daisetta Hi, Coach Darrell Barbay has resigned. He will become Athletic Director and Football Coach at Anahuac. Barbay began his new duties last Monday. Coaching the Hull-Daisetta Bobcats was Barbay’s first head coaching job and he took them to the play-offs most of his seasons there. Barbay replaces Rob Davis who moved to Trinity.

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The new 100 ft. high home side of Bronco Stadium is nearly complete, with seating for 5,000. Dayton Supt. Greg Hayman said a new feature is comfortable chair-style seating for about 500 reserved seats. A new press box, new concession and restroom building are among additions. Mr. Hayman said the seating upgrades, stadium, synthetic playing surface, new parking and new seating cost far less than a new stadium. School officials hope this is an answer to standing room crowds at every home game in recent years. Mr. Hayman also hopes they might be able to find a way to let citizens use the competition track for exercise programs. Past vandalism had resulted in closing the gates to the public for after school hours.

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Liberty Co. 4-H Mounted Drill Team captured another district title last week in Katy, finishing first and second in both Fast Drill and Precision Riding. In 2004, these kids brought home the State Championship in Precision Riding and then won the overall State Crown in 2005. Next month they will try for still another Championship competition in Abilene. The public is invited to a dress rehearsal Tuesday, June 26th at 7 p.m. in the TVE Arena. Admission is free.

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Kids 6 to 12 are invited to Camp “Quack-A-Lot” Monday – Friday July 16th through July 27th at the Langetree Duck Farm and Eco Center in Raywood. Cosponsored by Vista and the County Extension Service. The camp offers a unique experience in learning as they interact with nature. For more info., call the Extension Service office at 936-336-4558, Ext. 221 or the Langetree Duck Farm at 936-587-4325.

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Funerals: Colbert Leroy Gunter, 85, of Cleveland, Graveside at 2 PM today-Fairlawn Cemetery-Liberty. ** Ruth E. Morgan, 72, of Cleveland, Services at 10 AM today-St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Cleveland**.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 27,300 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.54 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 115 FRIDAY JUNE 15TH, 2007 **.

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Two of the boys involved in the Wednesday morning chase were brothers, ages 16 and 12 or 13. It was their father’s vehicle they took on the run from the law. The other 16-year-old was their uncle. The 2 oldest boys had only months before been released from Texas Youth Commission for prior illegal acts, including burglary. The original driver, and oldest of the brothers, was the first to bail out of the fleeing vehicle. The 16 year old uncle then took the wheel and subsequently struck two patrol vehicles, one Dayton PD and one Sheriffs Deputy. He has been charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer. Both the older boys have charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and evading arrest charges. The youngest has been charged with evading on foot, a misdemeanor.

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The City of Liberty will auction off surplus items on Saturday at the City Hall Auditorium starting at 10 AM. Some of the items include a Case backhoe, several bicycles, and various desks, filing cabinets, bookshelves out of the old city hall, an International tractor, and much more. These items may be viewed today from 8 am until noon.

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The Liberty Dayton Chamber of Commerce is once again working with DFW Marketing to produce a new map of Liberty County. These will include street maps for Ames, Dayton Kenefick and Liberty. Chamber President Mary Anne Campbell said DFW is the only map company they are working with. For more information call the Chamber at 936 336 5736.

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The body of a man thought to be Larry Dean Herrington, 45, was found yesterday at a secluded Kenefick home. Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Sgt. Mark Ellington said the man lives alone and has not been seen on his job or by family for 2 weeks. The lawman said there were no signs of foul play, but with that level of decomposition an autopsy has been ordered to confirm ID. Herrington has a history of health problems.

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Funerals: Tyler “Ty Bug” Schneiter, 7 of Dayton. Services 10 AM Saturday at the First United Methodist Church - Dayton * Doris Curry Clyburn, 78 of Pasadena. Services 10 AM today Pace Stancil FH - Dayton * Aron Clebern Carley II, 28 of Dayton. Services 10 AM Saturday at Sterling FH - Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.81 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 114 THURSDAY JUNE 14TH, 2007 **.

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A late model SUV reported stolen in Dayton Tuesday night was involved in a high-speed pursuit Wednesday. The chase started yesterday morning around 10:30 when a Dayton Police Officer spotted the vehicle. Thought to have up to 6 people in it, the sheriffs department hurried to assist. The juveniles refused to stop, and by the time it was through, led law officers from several different departments on a nearly 40 mile chase that wandered all over Western Liberty County, into Harris County and back again. A train across Highway 90 in Dayton eventually trapped the juveniles. With the 10 or more law enforcement vehicles surrounding them, they fled from the vehicle on foot only to be quickly caught. The 3 Liberty and Dayton area juveniles face multiple charges.

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During Tuesday nights Liberty City Council Meeting, council approved the creation of 4 new city police officer positions, to be hired immediately and approved the purchase of 8 new patrol cars. Council also voted to buy new uniforms and radios.

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According to a Dallas area newspaper, Curtis Lee Armstrong, charged with the murder of his ex-wife in Plano, Texas, will face death when he goes to trial. Collin County District Attorney John Roach announced Monday that he would seek the death penalty against Armstrong.

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It’s been widely reported that the 80th Texas Legislature put the massive Trans-Texas Corridor Project on hold. That action prompted criticism from Governor Rick Perry. State Rep. John Otto said he and other lawmakers had too many concerns about agreements the state was making with the group that had been awarded the contract to construct large portions of the corridor.

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The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is coming up Wednesday at noon at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. This month’s speaker will be Bill Read, the Meteorologist in Charge at the Houston Galveston Office of the National Weather Service. Make reservations by calling the Chamber Office at 336 5736.

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Funerals: Gary David Watson, 53 of Colmesneil. Services Saturday at 1 PM Pace Stancil Funeral Home – Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.60ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 113 WEDNESDAY JUNE 13TH, 2007 **.

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Tyler Schneider, 7, died yesterday afternoon after a horse kicked him. He was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital by Life Flight Air Ambulance yesterday from Kenefick, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in progress. EMS personnel on scene said they found no obvious trauma on the child, and are not sure what caused his heart and breathing to stop. At the time the child was loaded onto the air ambulance medics had not been able to restore his heartbeat. He was pronounced dead at the Houston hospital. Tyler is the son of Ashley Schneider and her husband, whose name was not available at the time of this report.

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Liberty County Commissioners yesterday approved at $1,000 contribution to the Liberty County Workforce Academy, the skilled worker training school. Commissioners also approved a new five-year contract with Liberty County EMS for $210,000 a year, a $25,000 increase over last year. Director of Liberty County EMS Mike Koen said it had been several years since the last increase. In other action, commissioners voted to hire 3 part time-temporary employees for the Liberty County Tax Office for the purpose of updating the voter registration list for the county.

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The county wide hurricane seminar is today, with two sessions. The first at 10 AM the second at 6 PM. It will be held at the Woodrow Wilson Jr. High on 146 in Dayton. The county office of emergency management as well as those from Cleveland and Liberty will be available to answer questions, as will folks from various state agencies. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Work is set to begin in a few weeks on two separate highway projects in Liberty County. TxDot’s Mark Shepherd said the first is in two sections. A new type of protective road surface will be added to US 90 in Dayton to the Harris County Line and to US 59 through Cleveland. The second project will provide widening or resurfacing to three separate sections of FM 770.

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Funerals: Tawnya “Linda” Cheyenne Bryant, 56 of Dayton. Services Thursday at 11 AM at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. * Felix Enos Hashaw, 69 of Batson. Services 4 PM Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Batson. ** James Elishie “Jimmy” May, 85, of Daisetta, Services at 4 p.m. tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church of Daisetta. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.21 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 112 TUESDAY JUNE 12TH, 2007 **.

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New legislation significantly raises the exemption for small businesses subject to the state’s business franchise tax. State Representative John Otto said businesses are exempt from paying the tax currently if their annual gross receipts are less than $150,000. New guidelines have raised the exemption to $300,000. Also any business with gross receipts between $300,000 and $900,000 are exempt from at least a portion of the franchise tax.

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The 13th Annual DARE / Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center Golf Tournament is coming up July 13th at the Newport Golf Club in Crosby. DARE Officer Hugh Bishop said they are looking for players, sponsors and door prize donations. Proceeds raised are split between the two organizations. DARE or Drug Abuse Resistance Education and Bridgehaven. For more information, contact the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office at 936 336 4609.

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The Liberty Municipal Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program kicks off Monday July 18th. Open to teens 13-18, the program includes books, programs, prizes, speakers and crafts. There will be presentations on sail boating, knot tying, beaded and woven jewelry design and more. Teens can sign up now. Programs will be offered Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and several Saturdays from July 18th – August 18th. For more information, call the Liberty Library at 936 336 8901.

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Policy changes at the state level means should an evacuation of the Gulf Coast be called in case of hurricane, traffic coming north along Hwy. 146 would, 36 hours prior to landfall, be stopped at I-10 and sent west. Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Ken DeFoor said this would keep the majority of the heavy traffic out of the rural areas. At that same time plans are to turn State Highway 59 and I-45 north into contra-flow lanes, moving as much traffic as possible north, and away from approaching storm.

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Funerals: David Donald Woosley, 72 of Dayton. Services Saturday June 16th, 10 AM at Pace Stancil Funeral Home - Dayton. * Herchell L. Ayers, 84 of Tarkington Prairie. Services Today at 4 PM, Rural Shade Baptist Church – Tarkington.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 21.87 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 111 MONDAY JUNE 11TH, 2007 **.

The public is invited to a Countywide Hurricane Preparedness Seminar Wednesday at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High on Hwy 146 in Dayton. The Liberty Co. Emergency Management Office, as well as the Cities of Liberty and Cleveland, is hosting the seminar. There are two sessions. First-Wed.10 a.m., Second is at 6 p.m. Each will last two hours. Experts from federal, state and local emergency agencies will speak on hurricane preparations.

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A Shepherd man was killed early Friday morning on Co. Road 787 east of Dolen. DPS Trooper Mary Phillips said Tommy Lee Morton of Shepherd, 26, was traveling too fast – lost control colliding with a vehicle driven by Candelario Bolanos-47 of Houston. Trooper Phillips said the victim car had old tires, the road was wet, and the driver lost control in a curve. ****************************************************

A Dayton man, injured in a 28-foot fall Friday was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Officials said 28-year-old John Theriot and friends strung a rope from a tree and were sliding down it into a pond North of Dayton. The fun ended when a gripping handle broke and Theriot fell to the ground, suffering serious facial and other injuries.

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Today, the City of Liberty begins smoke testing sewer lines. The non-toxic smoke pinpoints breaks and other damage in the lines. Liberty residents are asked to pour about a gallon of water into rarely used drains to control smoke from entering homes or businesses. Interim City Mgr. Michael Ramirez said folks will be notified when testing is moves to in specific areas.

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Bob Parker returns as Hardin School Supt. tonight. He’s the board’s only finalist and the required waiting period is over.

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Christopher Gene Brewer resides in Ft. Smith Arkansas but has used Dayton as his address on several brushes with law. Ft. Smith Police arrested Brewer last Wednesday for the murder of 30-year-old Celesta McBride, also a Ft. Smith resident. Brewer has a lengthy record in Liberty Co.. The sometime Dayton resident told Ft. Smith police his borrowed car became stuck on a river bank. Claiming he went for help but found his companion dead when he returned. Police arrested him after an interview

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Funerals: Clifton Semien, 83, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dayton. **

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 110 FRIDAY JUNE 8TH, 2007 **

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According to Liberty County Sheriff’s Sgt. Investigator Jeff Ashworth, 20-year-old Nathan Litton was seen walking near his family’s swimming pool yesterday about 10 minutes before being discovered dead at the bottom of that pool. The home is on FM 1010 just outside the City of Cleveland. Nathan is the son of former KSHN Radio Staff Member Cassie Litton and her husband Rob. An autopsy has been ordered.

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Wednesday, Liberty County along with 12 other Gulf Coast Counties took part in a statewide hurricane drill. State officials created the scenario of a Category 5 Hurricane baring down on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. Emergency officials throughout the area were planning for its approach. At issue specifically were the special needs residents of the area. Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Ken DeFoor said it was a busy, but productive 8-hour session. He said the two state officials positioned in Liberty County during the drill seemed to be quite impressed with the local level of readiness.

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As temperatures rise, State Health Officials remind us kids are more susceptible to heat related illness than adults. During normal warm temperatures, kids can lose as much as a quart of sweat during two hours of activity, adding they absorb more heat from their environment than adults, and can’t dissipate the heat as quickly. Also, keep kids out of hot vehicles. The temperature inside can cause children to succumb to heat illness, even with the windows rolled down, in just minutes. Health officials say be aware of how your child is acting on hot days. The early signs of heat illness are extreme thirst, headaches and unusual fatigue.

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First Liberty National Bank, as the trustee for the Paul Daniels Scholarship fund, has announced the recipients of this years scholarships. Each student will receive a total of $17,500 paid out over four years. This year’s recipients are from Dayton, Matthew Paul Broyles, Hardin High Schools Joshua Huff, Ashley McDaniel of Liberty, and Lacey Renae Walker a Hull Daisetta graduate. This year’s award was $70,000, bringing the total over the four years to $154,000.

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Funerals: Lawrence J. White, 91 of Ames. Services are today at 11 AM at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 109 THURSDAY JUNE 7TH, 2007 **

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Liberty Dayton Community Hospital Administrator Dan Yancy said the emergency room, through medical screening has decreased the number of people being seen in the local ER from over 800 each month, to under 700 a month. Previous to implementing the screening process, the local hospital treated anyone and everyone who walked in the ER regardless of their level of illness or injury. Now with the medical screening, those numbers have dropped but still more that 3300 patients have been treated, or stabilized and transferred from Liberty Dayton Community Hospital in the firsts five months of this year.

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The Liberty ISD Theater Department will hold a summer performance with an updated, and abbreviated version of William Shakespeare’s, “A Mid Summer Nights Dream”. Performances in the newly renovated Liberty ISD Auditorium will be Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 and a Sunday afternoon matinee at 2 PM. Tickets are $5 for general seating. This is the official Grand Opening of the LISD Auditorium.

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A Mont Belvieu woman, Dora Alicia Castillo, was killed Sunday when a tree limb went through the windshield of her car while traveling in the Lufkin area. Stormy weather sent a tree limb crashing through her windshield impaling the Goose Creek ISD Teacher. Funeral services were held yesterday.

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New DCDC Executive Director Earl Joy said he believes Dayton has great growth potential, saying it could be the “Sugarland of the Future”. Speaking at this week’s Dayton Chamber of Commerce-Team City Monthly Luncheon, Joy said his community development philosophy primarily emphasizes industrial development and job creation. He said bringing industry to the community would increase tax revenues and allow the DCDC to do more for existing businesses and industry.

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This Saturday marks the start of the 24th year of “What’s Your Bid” on KSHN. Listeners are invited to call in and bid on a wide variety of merchandise and services from area businesses. Over the years we’ve had everything from oil changes to vinyl flooring, gift certificates to furniture. “What’s Your Bid” continues each Saturday from 9 AM to noon throughout the summer.

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 108 WEDNESDAY JUNE 6TH, 2007 **

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Sunday night, a Westlake area man, Jerald Reeves, 51 was shot twice when he opened the door at his home, to check outside after hearing a horn honk. According to Sheriffs Captain Chip Fairchild, Reeves had been arguing early in the day with someone, and that may have been the catalyst for the shooting. Reeves was shot twice, once in the arm, and once in the upper chest. Jerald Reeves is expected to make a full recovery. The investigation is ongoing.

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The Liberty County Hospital District Board met Monday night and approved payment of bills that included over $47,000 to a company called Trisurance for payment to medical providers and prescription coverage in May for district clients. Board members also approved the June payment of $37,800 to the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital based on a client base of 216 people as of June 1st. A comment from Frontier Health Care Chairman Albert Schwarzer, about the lack of opportunity for open discussions, prompted Board President Bruce Stratton to ask there be a workshop session added to each meeting’s agenda to allow for such discussions.

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At Monday’s Dayton City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Stephens announced plans to erect a giant, lighted flagpole and a monument to our Nation’s armed forces at the intersection of State Highways 146 and 90 is back on track. TxDot had rejected the site originally proposed as a traffic hazard. Mayor Stephens said moving the location slightly to the West Side of Hwy 146 met with TxDot approval. The flagpole project is funded entirely by donations.

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Hardin School Trustees met Monday and unanimously named Larry Haynes as the district’s new Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. Haynes is one of the most successful head coaches in Texas with a 16-year career record of 118 wins, 53 losses and 3 ties. As quarterback for the Hardin Hornets he led the team to a 1974 District Championship. He has been Quarterback Coach at Baytown Lee High School for the past two years.

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Funerals: Taft Baldwin Lewis, 92 of Liberty. Services will be 1 PM Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Liberty. **

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 107 TUESDAY JUNE 4TH, 2007 **

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As of June 1st, the cost for getting the state required yearly vehicle safety inspection increased from $12.50 to $14.50 in Liberty and other counties exempt from the state’s emissions testing. The reason for the increase is a new program to automate inspection stations to electronically report vehicle inspection information The Texas Department of Public Safety say’s the computerized system provides more accurate, efficient and consistent inspections for motorists.

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Justice of the Peace Precincnt #2 Ronnie Davis held a hearing yesterday and awarded the remaining horse and six dogs from the Daisetta animal cruelty case to the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Judge Davis said Daisetta Police Sgt. Russell Pierce will prepare a probable cause affidavit for the County Attorney’s Office, who will than make the decision whether or not to prosecute the owner. There would be two charges of animal cruelty, one for the horses, 3 of which died, and one for the 6 dogs. Judge Davis said the owner, Ronnie Roundtree, if charged with animal cruelty could face up to 1 year in jail or a $2,000 fine or both on each of the 2 charges.

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The Dayton City Council has come up with an extra $40,000 for street work. In late May, the street committee presented their list to council who then approved 4,800 extra feet of work. Added in late May was Oak Street from Winfree to Willow. From the dead end, 800 feet of Myra Lane, 650 feet of Smith Street, another 650 for Atascocita Trail, 400 feet each for Cherry Creek – Crescent Street and Hazel Street. South Colbert will have 600 feet repaired, and Ford Street gets 300 feet overhauled. City Manager David Douglas said this is the second year the street program has had over $100,000 with which to work.

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The Dayton Rotary Club recently named seven Dayton High School graduates as recipients of $1,000 scholarships. This year’s recipients are Trey Dennis Durdin, Jason Heilig, Derek Morais, Leslie Jo Sutton, Jonathan Levi Tatum, Lacy Jade Tillman and Sarah Trevizo. The $7,000 in scholarships comes from money raised by the Dayton Rotary Club from the many community fundraisers they work on each year. This year’s Dayton Rotary Club President is Dayton School Superintendent Greg Hayman.

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 106 MONDAY JUNE 4TH, 2007 **

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Two different wrecks, both in the north Liberty Co., resulted in death. The first was at 12::48 pm Sunday near what is known as the duck pound on 321/105. DPS Trooper Eric Hauck said Jeffrey Swearigen-26, Cleveland turned in the path of Charlene Kebodeaux-76 of Cleveland. Swearigen was pronounced dead at the scene by Pct.#5 JP Burl Thomas, who ordered an autopsy. Mrs. Kebodeaux injuries were not severe.***The second fatality was a one car accident investigated by Trooper Chad Blackburn. A car east bound on Oakshade Rd near 2518, left the roadway in a water filled ditch. At the end of the skid the car overturned and slammed into a culvert turning in a private driveway. JP#6 Peggy Dunn pronounced Pat Reed-58 of Cleveland dead and ordered an autopsy. That one happened at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Two dead horses were discovered in Daisetta Sunday and neighbors called police. Daisetta Police Sgt. Russell Pierce called in the Houston SPCA. Two live horses and six dogs were seized . JP #2 Ronnie Davis ordered resident Ronnie Roundtree to a hearing today at 10 in his court. SPCA Veep George Ortega, said one more horses died while trying to transport him. One horse and 6 dogs are mostly under weight, but should survive.

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Liberty Co. Emergency Mgmt. Office and cities of Liberty and Cleveland will offer a Hurricane Preparedness Seminar June 13th at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High on Hwy 146 in Dayton. Co. Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Defoor said it will be divided in two sessions - 10 a.m., with the second at 6 p.m., each lasting two hours. Agencies of federal, state and local emergency management will provide the latest updated hurricane readiness information. The public is invited. For info call 936-334-3219.

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Friday, Officers in District Judge C. T. Hight’s courtroom were adjusting the handcuffs on Wendall Eugene Hubert Jr.-37 when the Liberty man sprinted from the courthouse. The Liberty man was pursued by Judge Hight’s Bailiff Carl Payne and Judge Hight too. Another Bailiff Chad Elmore joined the chase and caught Hubert, who now faces felony escape charges.

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** VOLUME 22 NO. 105 FRIDAY JUNE 1ST, 2007 **

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Tuesday evening, Hardin resident Terry Leann Dronet reported to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department that during an argument, she had shot her husband. Thursday afternoon, Leann Dronet was charged with murder in connection with the death of her husband Robert Dronet. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said Thursday afternoon, the 34 year old woman was arraigned before 253rd District Court Judge Chap Cain, with bond set at $25,000. According to Sheriff Arthur, the autopsy shows the 47-year old man was shot twice. Late Thursday, Mrs. Dronet had not posted bond.

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The Dayton Police have arrested a suspect in the strong-armed robbery Monday evening of the Shell Quick Stop convenience store on Highway 90. Police Sgt. Doug O’Quinn said an officer responding to a different complaint spotted a man who fit the description of the suspect. Sgt. O’Quinn said Richard Matthews, 32 of Dayton, has been charged with robbery, a 2nd degree felony. As of late Thursday no bond had been set.

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House Bill 3490, authored by State Representative John Otto prevents Chief Appraisers from bringing suit against homeowners who have had their property appraisal amount lowered on appeal to the local Appraisal Review Board. Otto said he also managed to have the Sunset Commission examination of the Board of Professional Appraisers moved up from 2,015 to the next legislative session in 2009. That agency is charged with oversight of county appraisers. The Sunset Commission was created to investigate a state agency’s effectiveness. He said the purpose is to slow rising property values and therefore rising property taxes.

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Dayton Community Development Corporation Executive Director, Earl R. Joy is now in Dayton, during the week, while he and his wife wait to sell their home in the Dallas area. Earl Joy is a graduate of the economic development institute at the University of Oklahoma, and is a certified economic developer. He has over 20 years experience in the field. Mr. Joy and his wife have 5 grown children, and 15 grand children.

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Funerals: John Allen Mosely, Jr., 51, of Liberty. Funeral services 11 AM Monday at Wells Funeral Services in Liberty.

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