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September 2007

 

Volume 22 NO. 188 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2007

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Representative John Otto says proposed Texas constitutional amendment #7, if passed, would allow Texas property owners the chance to buy back their property from governmental entities that acquired the property through “imminent domain”. Representative Otto said if the property, acquired through imminent domain, is not used for whatever reason the former property owner should be able to buy it back at the price they were paid. Constitutional Amendment # 7 would allow that. All 16 proposed amendments go to the voters this November.

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Tomorrow starting at 9 AM the Trinity Valley Exposition Carnival Fun Passes will go on sale at the TVE Fairgrounds. This will be the only opportunity to purchase a fun pass. The price is $60 and there is a limit of two per person in line, if you need more than that, bring more people to get in line. There are only 750 of the fun passes available, so they will sell out quickly, usually in about 2 to 3 hours. The TVE Fun Pass covers unlimited rides for one person every day of the fair, and also includes admittance to the grounds and rodeo. For more information call the TVE Office at 936 336 7455.

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The College Board, in recognition of their exceptional placement on college level Advance Placement Program Exams recently named eight Dayton students AP Scholars, 3 with a Distinction Award. The three Dayton students qualifying for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award are Jason Heilig, Brenna Spence, and Jennifer Taylor. Five Dayton students were named as AP Scholars, Jacob Barnes, Jenny Hernandez, Christopher Parker, Randi Kay Riley, and Hailey Siple.

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There’s a weekend full of football on Shine All Nine. Tonight, the Dayton Broncos and Liberty Panthers take to the airwaves with the pre-game for Dayton starting at 6:50, Liberty at 7:20. Saturday the University of Texas Longhorns host Kansas State. Broadcast time for the pre-game is 1:30 PM. Sunday the NFL’s Houston Texans travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons with a Noon kick off. Listen to all the great football action live on KSHN or on line at www.kshn.com

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Funerals: Irma L. Felder Secrest, 71, of New Mexico, Graveside services at a later date in Springfield, Louisiana.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.09 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 187 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2007

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One of the 16 proposed constitutional amendments in the statewide election on November 6th would establish a 10% cap on increases to appraised property values. State Representative John Otto said the amendment would not affect Liberty County property owners since the Central Appraisal District conducts annual appraisals. He said some counties only appraise property every three years and the cap currently in place can allow for up to a 30% increase in property value in those counties who only reappraise every 3 years. This change would make the 10% increase cap effective per appraisal, instead of per year.

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Entergy Texas has filed a request with the Public Utility Commission that, if approved, would raise the average residential customer’s electric bill by about $14 a month. The P.U.C. will not consider the request until next year. Entergy’s David Caplan said the company’s rates have been frozen since 1999 and the increase is needed to recoup costs, fund system improvements and increase the storm damage reserve fund. ****************************************************

Registration is going on now for the annual TVE Calf Scramble. The popular event is held 4 nights, Wednesday through Saturday, right before the PRCA Rodeo. Its an opportunity for kids who may not be able to afford to get started on a livestock project to snag a calf which then earns them the money to buy a competition animal of their own. For more information on registering for this years TVE Calf Scramble call the Liberty County Extension Office at 936 336 4558 ext. 221. In Cleveland, call 281 593 0405, also extension 221.

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The Liberty Panthers host the Diboll Lumberjacks tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. The Dayton Broncos open district play on the road at Lumberton. Kick off for the Dayton game is 7 p.m. All Nine Sports will broadcast Dayton at 6:50, then split our stereo signal at 7:20. Listen to Liberty vs. Diboll on our left channel, Dayton vs. Lumberton continues on our right channel. Also Hardin hosts Deweyville, Cleveland is at Navasota, Tarkington hosts Woodville. Barbers Hill is at Forest Brook with a 7 PM kick off, and Hull-Daisetta is off this week.

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Funerals: Dolly Fay Jones, 64, of Cleveland, Services at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.12 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 186 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2007

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Liberty County Commissioners Tuesday morning approved the first phase in a three-phase process designed by Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur for Courthouse Security. This first part includes 3 new deputies who’s primary duties would be securing the three main courts, the district judges of the 75th and 253rd, as well as county court at law, CPS court, and the courthouse grounds. It includes a photo identification system for all county employees, a 20 button panic alarm system that would tone directly to radios in use by the SO, and a comprehensive training program and procedure booklet for those working in the courthouse. Eventually, access to the courthouse will be limited to the West Side door only.

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Last month’s 18th Annual Burnham Classic Golf Tournament at Liberty’s Magnolia Ridge Country Club raised $26,000 for the Tri-County MHMR program. Over the years, the tournament has raised more than $340,000 benefiting the mentally and physically handicapped of Liberty County.

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An estimated 60 people were in line Monday to take advantage of the Spay and Neuter Assistance Program’s first visit to Liberty County. The SNAP truck is only equipped to handle 24 pets per day, but the program will be at three locations next month. SNAP will be at the Cleveland Brookshire Brother’s parking lot on October 15th, People’s Building Center in Dayton on October 22nd, then back in Liberty at Tractor Supply on the 29th. Visit the SNAP web site by linking there from kshn.com, for more information on the free pet spaying and neutering program for low-income families.

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Those who remember last year’s heavy rains and resulting mud pit at the TVE Fairgrounds in Liberty will appreciate the new surface added to the fairgrounds this year. TVE Vice President Donnie Smith said all the heavy equipment, materials and manpower to do the tons of work were donated by Brady Hanson and Dayton Lease Service.

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Funerals: W. M. “Bill” Moreau, 85, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church in Dayton. ** Henry Lee Vanderpool, 58, of Dayton, Graveside services at 2 p.m. today at Palms Memorial Park in Dayton. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.39 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 185 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2007

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This November Texas residents will vote on 16 separate constitutional amendments. Rep. John Otto speaking at the September monthly luncheon of the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce said Amendment # 2 would allow the state to issue $500 million in bonds to finance education loans to students. He said the amendment would not cost taxpayers, as the students would pay those funds back, plus interest. He said when the state deregulated tuition at colleges and universities, the cost for higher education increased. Representative Otto said passage of this amendment would put more funds into the student loan programs to help cover the cost of college.

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The well-known and well-loved Budweiser Clydesdale horses and wagons will be in Liberty for the Trinity Valley Exposition. There are only 6 teams of these behemoth equines. They are perhaps the most recognizable team of horses in the world, and every big event wants them, so it is a big deal to have them here. They will be at the TVE Fairgrounds all week as well as in the opening day parade, and evening performances during the rodeo.

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The first one was so successful, the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce has planned a second bus trip to the Coushatta Resort and Casino in Kinder, Louisiana. The next trip will be Thursday October 18th with the bus leaving at around 8 AM and returning that night about 7:30. Tickets are $10 round trip. Reservations need to be made and the fee paid prior to Tuesday Oct. 9th to insure a seat on the luxury bus. For information call the Chamber office at 936 336 5736.

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Folks are invited to bring their “wee beasties” for the annual Blessing of the Animals in celebration of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, birthday. The event will be Oct. 7th at 5 PM at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Liberty. Furry and feathered friends, of all sizes, bring them one and all.

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Funerals: David Wayne Price, 58 of Mont Belvieu. Services are today at 10:30 AM at Crosby Church. James Markham Beasley, 56 of Reno Nevada. A memorial service will be held Friday at 5 PM at First Baptist Church in Dayton. Mary Joyce Fontenot, 76 of Raywood. Services will be 2 PM Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.55 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 183 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2007

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Texas DPS Trooper Mary Philips said Mary Fontenot of Liberty crossed the centerline yesterday into the path of an eastbound 18-Wheeler. Fontenot was killed in the wreck. The truck driver was taken to Liberty Dayton Community Hospital as a precaution. Two others involved in the wreck were not injured. Highway 90 remained closed for more than 4 1/2 hours.

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KSHN Radio has learned from a reliable source, the Liberty Dayton Community Hospitals principal owners Dan Fox and Albert Schwarzer are planning staff reductions as a cost saving measure. Recently, the Liberty County Tax Collector has begun legal action to collect in excess of $280,000 in back taxes, and the City of Liberty has authorized their attorney to take a similar action to collect past due utility bills.

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Wednesday night Liberty City Council unanimously voted to hire Ron Wood of Blaine, Minnesota as the next City manager.

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This year there will be two separate tickets for the TVE, one for admission, and one for the rodeo performance. TVE Vice President Donnie Smith said admission to the fairgrounds will be $4 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. The rodeo ticket price is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and kids. Rodeo tickets purchased in advance can help save a few dollars. Advance rodeo tickets will also cover admission to the fairgrounds. Tickets will be sold at Baskins and Tractor Supply in Liberty as well as FLNB Liberty and Dayton and at the TVE ticket office.

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While most of the Hurricane Center forecast models have the area of disturbed weather in the eastern gulf going into the Southeast Louisiana coast, state and local officials say the upper Texas coast should continue to monitor the situation. County Emergency Management Coordinator Ken DeFoor said the State Office of Emergency Management is making plans in case the system turns more westward.

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Funerals: Betty Jean Curry, 62. Graveside services 11:30 AM Monday at Moss Hill Cemetery, Hardin. William Edward McCarty, 65 of Liberty. A memorial service will be held at 10 AM Tuesday at Pace Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton. Morris Earl Enloe, 78 of Cleveland. Services this morning at 10 at Calvary Baptist Church, Cleveland.

*LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.22 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 182 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2007

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Yesterday, Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett announced the city has received a grant from the Humphreys Foundation for $1 million for the expansion of the Geraldine D. Humphreys Cultural Center and Library. $440,00 of the grant will be allocated to Humphreys-Burson Theater improvements with the remaining $560,000 going to the Library expansion. The first $500,000 payment has already been received and invested by the city so it can begin earning dividends immediately. Including this grant, the city has commitments for about $2.3 million of the money needed for the project.

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Liberty Police Officer Aaron Venegas Tuesday evening pulled over a pickup truck in the Walmart parking lot following a complaint of reckless driving. Once out of the truck, the driver, who has not yet been identified, began struggling with Officer Venegas, once attempting to take the officers’ weapon from its holster. The man then jumped back in what turned out to be a stolen truck, and sped out onto the Hwy. 146 Bypass, on to US 90, and south down FM 563. The chase, which was joined by Liberty Officer Frank Longoria, the Liberty Co. Sheriffs Department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety, ended on County Road 133 South when the driver wrecked the truck and ran into the woods. Although officers where hot on his trail, he managed to escape in the thick underbrush and darkness.

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Tuesday night the Dayton School Board went into executive session to interview a finalist for the vacant position of Director of Facilities. The board named Transportation Director Steve Bell to the position. Mr. Bell has been with the Dayton School District for the past 5 years. His promotion will of course now create another vacancy, that of Transportation Director. Superintendent Greg Hayman said the district will fill that position in a timely manner.

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Friday night Football: The Liberty Panthers host the Kirbyville Wildcats. Hull Daisetta travels to Buna. Originally set to be played in High Island, but Hurricane Humberto changed that. High Island now comes to Hardin for their Friday night match up. Also tomorrow night, the Cleveland Indians host the Lumberton Raiders. The Dayton Broncos, Tarkington Longhorns and Barbers Hill Eagles have the week off.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.22 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 181 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2007

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The Liberty County Hospital District #1 Board held the first public hearing on the proposed tax rate of .09 cents per $100 of value Monday night. With a very small crowd, and minimal questions, Board President Bruce Stratton used the time to give an overview of the direction the board was headed. He said the district board was exploring the options of building a new hospital while continuing to maintain the viability of Liberty Dayton Community Hospital. When asked about the mounting debt by the owners of the facility, Mr. Stratton said they would keep looking at all of the options. He added, until last week, the district board had no idea of the level of debt. The final public hearing on the proposed tax rate is Friday, 6:30 PM at St. Stephen Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall.

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A couple of changes to this year’s TVE Carnival Fun Pass. The fun pass will be sold for one day only, Saturday September 29th at the TVE Fairgrounds Ticket Office, starting at 9 AM. The price has been increased by the carnival company to $60, and there is a limit of 2 passes per person in line. TVE Business Manager Lisa Dagle said the fun pass covers unlimited rides for the entire fair and covers the cost of admittance to the fair grounds. For more information on the Fun Pass or any of the TVE Events, call the TVE Office at 936 336 7455.

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In just over 2 weeks, the family of 7 year old Jason Clow of Batson went from an unexpected diagnosis of cancer, to burying their little boy. Richard Oaks, Principal of Hardin Elementary said the child was kept under sedation for much of the aggressive two-week treatment to fight the lymphoma. On Sunday the child’s system gave out. A fund has been established at First Liberty National Bank to help the family with medical and funeral expenses. Donations are also being accepted at the Hardin ISD Business Office, Maci Feed and Hardin Grocery, Redd’s Café, Simply Country Restaurant, Fitzpack Grocery and Chubby’s Packing in Moss Hill.

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Funerals: Jason Michael Clow, 7 of Batson. Funeral services are tomorrow at 1 PM at First Baptist Church in Batson. * Elsie Estelle Ivester, 79 of Liberty. Services today 10 AM at Fairlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. * Roy Taylor King, 64 of Daisetta. Services today 10 AM at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.22 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 180 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2007

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The Liberty County Hospital District #1 held the first public hearing last night on the proposed tax rate. The next public hearing before the board votes, will be Friday at 6:30 PM at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Liberty.

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This afternoon, and continuing tomorrow afternoon, Liberty City Council will interview the 5 finalists for Liberty City Manger.

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David Bauman with the Beaumont office of Social Security said a frequently asked question concerns benefits from a deceased spouse. He said while answers vary from person to person, once someone is eligible to draw benefits, Social Security allows a person to receive the type of payment that is most beneficial to them. For information on Social Security, call the Beaumont Office at 409 924 6413.

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This Sunday, the Dayton Chamber of Commerce will hold a Clay Shoot at Pecan Meadow Sporting Center in Hardin. Sponsored by Legend Bank, this is not only a fund-raiser for the Chamber, it is a NSCA Registered shoot as well. Competitors can shoot from all 12 stands for $65 or for $35 compete from 5 stands. Flights are scheduled for 9 AM, 11:30 AM and 2 PM. Entry fees are due Sunday at the shoot. Shooters must pre-register by calling Pecan Meadow at 936 298 3611.

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For those traveling through the Wichita Falls area of Texas, find a television set in time for the news. The daughter of Jay and Priscilla Arnold is now working as a reporter for KAUZ Channel 6. Ann Arnold, a graduate from the University of Texas in May of this year with a degree in Journalism, started her career at the CBS Affiliate in July. The 22-year-old said while she still calls Liberty home, she loves where she is and what she’s doing.

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Correction: Yesterday we gave the wrong telephone number for residents of Chambers County to report storm damage from Hurricane Humberto. The correct number is 1-409-296-8250. We regret the error.

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Funerals: Donald Elton Johnson, 63 of Houston. Services were held Sunday. Rose Katherine Snider Thompson, 88 of Cleveland. Services were held yesterday.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.22 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 179 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2007

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Interim Liberty County Tax Collector Doris Jones confirmed that Frontier Healthcare – the company that owns the Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital owes almost $300,000 in unpaid taxes to various taxing authorities. As of October 1st, penalties and interest will be added to that amount will push that figure to over half a million dollars. We have reported the City of Liberty has authorized any legal action necessary to collect nearly $185,000 in past due utility bills from the hospital.

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After months of negotiations longtime grocery store owners, Cliff Richey and Bill Monk have announced they will open a Thriftee Food Center in Liberty at the old HEB location in the North Main Shopping Center. Cliff Richey said unlike their locations in Dayton and Mont Belvieu, the Liberty Thriftee store will sell gasoline at the location’s existing pumps. The new store is expected to open in mid to late November. They will start accepting employment applications to fill 50 jobs in 30 days.

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Some parts of Chambers Co. suffered damage from Hurricane Humberto last week so Judge Jimmy Sylvia is asking Governor Rick Perry to add his county to the disaster designation with Orange, Jefferson and Galveston Counties. Chambers County residents with storm damage should call 409-296-8250.

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The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is Wednesday at noon at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church’s Marian Hall. Speaker is State Representative John Otto. He will discuss the November 6th Statewide Constitutional Amendment Election. Lunch is $8. Call the Chamber for reservations at 936-336-5736.

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Week three of the high school football season saw the Liberty Panthers defeat the Spartans at Stafford 10 to 7. The Dayton Broncos came up short in the inaugural game at the new Bronco Stadium, losing to Friendswood 31 to 28. Hardin won their Homecoming Game against West Hardin 34 to 15. Hull-Daisetta beat Beaumont Christian 58 to 12. Barbers Hill 45, Bellville 21.

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Funerals: Vickie Marzellia Landrum, 83, of Liberty, Services were Saturday. **Hieshie Janae Johnson19, Saturday at John Chapel Baptist Church . – Hankamer. 1p.m.(WFS)

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.20 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 178 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2007

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Next week, the Liberty City Council will begin the interview process for the 5 finalists for the City Manager’s position. The finalists all have experience in city management and are, from Oklahoma, David Fuqua and Andrew Katz. From Iowa, Lane Danielzuk. The lone Texas finalist is Dennis McDuffie and from Minnesota, Ronald Wood. The interview process will begin Tuesday evening and conclude Wednesday evening. The City Council agenda calls for consideration and possible action following the Wednesday evening interviews.

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The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce bus trip has been rescheduled for Thursday September 20th. Busses will arrive at the HEB Parking lot at 8 AM, and leave at 8:30. Previous reservations stand unless the Chamber is notified of a persons inability to make next Thursdays trip. Those with prior reservations get first priority, however if there are cancellations, those spots will be available. Call the Liberty Dayton Chamber at 936 336 5736, to confirm or get your name on the waiting list.

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The US Fish and Wildlife Agency is asking for public input on the future of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge. To submit a comment, go to www.kshn.com and click on the Trinity River Refuge link. Or call 936 336 9786

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Tonight, the Dayton Broncos inaugurate the new stadium with a pre-game dedication ceremony. Then at 7 PM, kick off pits the Broncos against the Friendswood Mustangs. . We will broadcast the dedication ceremony from Bronco Stadium starting at 6:30, followed by the first 20 minutes of the game full stereo.

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The Liberty Panthers are on the road against the Stafford Spartans. Hull Daisetta Bobcats host Beaumont Christian Academy. Hardin is also home against West Hardin. Tarkington travels to Buna, and Cleveland goes to Diboll. The Barbers Hill Eagles are on the road against Bellville. You can follow all of the Dayton Bronco’s and Liberty Panthers Football action on KSHN at 7:20, we will go to our split channel, with Liberty on the left and Dayton on the right channel.

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Funerals: Paul Stelly, 71 of Ames. Services will be today at 11 AM at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.44 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 177 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2007

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Nearing $185,000 in owed utility payments to the City of Liberty, the Liberty Dayton Hospital and their parent company Frontier Health Care may now face legal action. Tuesday night, Liberty City Council authorized City Attorney Randy Gunter to take all legal steps available to collect the past due balances. The city and the hospital entered into an agreement in February, allowing the hospital to catch up on the delinquent account with an initial payment of $20,000 and a $15,000 installment applied each month. In addition, the agreement called for the hospital to stay up to date on current utility bills. Interim City Manager George Shackelford said the hospital made the initial payment and the first $15,000 installment but have made no other effort to remedy the overdue account. The current utility bill of $17,850 was due Sept. 6th.

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All South Liberty County School Districts are closed today due to Tropical Storm Humberto’s expected path directly over Liberty County. While the storm is not expected to be a wind event, the National Weather Service in Houston predicts some isolated areas could see up to 15 inches of rain before the system makes it’s way out of this part of Texas. The average rainfall predicted is 5-10 inches of rain. All schools are expected to reopen tomorrow for the normal school schedule.

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A flagman directing traffic at a construction site on FM 1409 south of what is known as Dead Man’s Curve, was struck by a vehicle. Tellis Jones, 29 of Bronson TX was hit by the sedan driven by 40 year old Stephen Cormeir of Dayton. DPS Trooper Eric Hauck said the Dayton man was adjusting his car radio and took his eyes off the road when he struck the flagman. Jones was taken to San Jacinto Methodist in Baytown. His injuries were not thought life threatening. Cormeir was not ticketed.

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Beaumont Police are asking for the public’s help in locating missing 20-year-old Courtney Michelle Hudson, last seen Tuesday afternoon. She is described as 5’ 4” tall, weighs 120 lbs., with shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes. Call Beaumont PD at 409-880-3865.

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Funerals: Freddie A. Rundless, Jr., 58 of Liberty. Services are 11 AM Saturday at Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 14.51 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 176 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2007

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The Dayton City Council Monday night approved a number or ordinances related to the new budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. Council formally set the tax rate at 63.49 cents per one hundred dollars of property value. That’s one-cent lower than the current rate, but still counts as an increase because of increased property values in the City of Dayton. Council also approved increases in the water and sewer rates. The current base rate for water and sewer will go up from $10 to $15. City Manager David Douglas said there will also be a small increase in the so called per thousand rate. Currently the rate is calculated at $3.50 per thousand gallons of water or wastewater. That rate will be increasing by a nickel, to $3.55 per one thousand gallons.

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Yesterday morning, County Commissioners approved a 7-year tax abatement for the proposed County Line Industrial Park. The abatement on improvements only is 100 % on the first two years, 80 – 60 – 40 for the following third, fourth and fifth years respectively, and 20 % for the last two years. Henry Adair, who is working with the family developing the facility, said the park already has prospects interested for development of industry.

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Liberty County Hospital District #1 board members Monday night agreed to go out for bids on hiring a research firm to conduct a study on the medical facility needs of the community. There has been some discussion by board members over the past couple of months on building a new hospital facility. In other action, the board approved payment to the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital for the month of September of $42,068. The board tabled discussion of several proposals of financial compensation by Frontier Health Care the company that owns the local hospital because several board members had only received their copies late Monday afternoon.

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The Liberty –Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is next Wednesday September 19th at noon in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church’s Marion Hall. This month’s guest speaker is State Representative John Otto. Call 936-336-5736 to make reservations.

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Funerals: Kathleen Lewis, 54 of Hardin. Services will be 10 AM Friday at Hardin Baptist Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.96 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 175 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2007

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Today is Patriot Day, a day to remember the victims of 9/11

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State Representative John Otto said in his estimation, property taxes are the most unfair way to produce revenue, because the tax paid is based on income you may receive if you sell your property. He said cities and counties get their funding though property tax, and he did not disagree with that, but did not think it was the best way to finance state government. He added, currently the state property tax is about 50-60% of the total property tax burden. Representative John Otto said as a way to replace property taxes, he preferred a type of consumption based tax. He said income would determine how much you spend, and higher incomes would mean higher spending thus higher percentage of consumption taxes.

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There is still time to enter your little darling in the TVE Rodeo Pageant. Age categories are Little Miss Tiny Tot 3-5, Little Princess 6-8, Little Duchess ages 9-11 and TVE Jr. Queen 12-13. Entry forms and rules are available at Liberty County Tack in Liberty, Maci Feed and Supply in Hardin, All About Fun – Dayton, and Cannon’s Farm and Ranch in Cleveland. For more information call Pageant Chair Tonya Neuman at 936 336 7498.

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SNAP, or Spay-Neuter Assistance Program will be in Liberty Monday September 24th at Tractor Supply on North Main. The service is only for low income Liberty County families that qualify. To take advantage of this opportunity, bring proof of participation in one of several government assistance programs. Those include food stamps, WIC, Social Security income or disability, major VA disability, Medicaid, HUD housing, the CHIP program, free or reduced lunches in school, make $10 or less per hour, or are 62 years of age or older. For more information go to www.kshn.com and click on the SNAP logo.

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Texas Gatorfest starts this weekend when the gates open Friday at 6 PM. There will be carnival rides, petting zoo, and assorted vendors for foods of all types, entertainment, airboat and riverboat tours, and lots of alligators. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and kids under 5 get in free. Get tickets at the gate or online by going to www.kshn.com and click on upcoming events.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.09 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 174 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2007

Last Thursday, 55th district court judge Jeff Brown in Harris Co. made permanent a temporary restraining injunction commanding controversial political internet blogger F.Ray Akins of Dayton, Eddie and Cynthia Shauberger of Hardin along with their company to stay away from Signature Home Health Care, its owners, employees, patients, and offices until a civil lawsuit concludes who owns the home health service. It’s alleged the Shaubergers, and Akins tried to wrest control from Shauberger’s long time partners Bob and Albert Palmarez. Criminal complaints were also filed at the Sheriff’s Department against Akins and Shauberger. That criminal case, separate from the civil action, is on going and led by Texas Ranger Frank Huff. Signature continues to operate but is moved to Baytown. Their phone number is unchanged.

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A pre-trial hearing for former Liberty Co.Maintenance Supervisor Bernard “Buddy” Craig in 75th Dist. Ct. Friday morning was declared null and void by Judge C. T. Hight. The judge acted after learning, from DA Mike Little, that Craig’s attorney, James Evans III was not eligible to practice law after failing to pay his bar association dues he was suspended. Over the weekend the bar website said he had been reinstated. Judge Hight ruled both sides back in court October 4th to start over. “Buddy” Craig is charged with theft by a Public Official and abuse of official capacity while working for the county .

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Last Tuesday Liberty City Council heard a report from former City Attorney Bruce Mintz on the city’s possible purchase of the railroad spur connecting the Port of Liberty to the main line. Questions raised by Council members concerned Union Pacific requirement the city build another siding where cars could be stored temporarily as well as some required rehabilitation to the spur itself. Council took no action on the spur purchase.

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Friday football: Dayton over Nacogdoches 22-6. Liberty lost to Hamshire Fannett 36-18. Hardin whipped Groveton 37-15. Kountze 31 Hull-Daisetta 14. Hardin-Jeff 22 Cleveland 14, Corrigan-Camden 28, Tarkington 0. Jasper 27, Barbers Hill 13.

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Funerals: Don Conley Shipley, 75, of Liberty, Graveside services at 1 p.m. today at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty. ** Codie Adam Mettlen, 20, of Moss Hill, Memorial Service at 10 a.m. today at North Main Baptist Church in Liberty. **

*LAKE RELEASE: 8,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.54 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 173 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2007

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US Congressmen Kevin Brady is inviting folks in his district, which includes a portion of Liberty County, to submit ideas to improve health care. He said out of frustration brought on by what he called the gridlock in Washington, he and his staff have spent August, and will through September, tour East and Southeast Texas talking with health care providers and professionals on what would be beneficial for them. To learn more about the “50 Ideas to Improve Healthcare” campaign go to www.kshn.com click on the government link, and then go to Kevin Brady’s website. He said he will use the information gathered to write legislation for consideration by congress.

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This month’s “Hot Dogs and a Movie” is tomorrow evening at Liberty’s Sam Houston Plaza, corner of Main and Sam Houston Streets. Hot dogs, drinks and popcorn will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. with the kid-friendly movie starting around dark. The City of Liberty and the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce sponsor the free family event.

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The Texas Longhorns host TCU tomorrow. All Nine Sports broadcast starts with the 5 p.m. pre-game. Kick off is at 6. The NFL’s Houston Texans are home Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. That one starts with the noon kick off.

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Tracy Jacobs a close friend of local physician Rebecca Daley, will take part in a 3-day, 60-mile walk Oct. 26th-28th, in Dallas. Held all over the country starting in early August, these walks raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. To be a walker in the event, participants commit to raise a minimum of $2,200. Jacobs will also be at La Bahia this week with hand made crafts to help in the fundraising effort. If you would like more information on the 3-day hike, go to www.the3day.org.

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Funerals: Doreen E. “Dee” Eastwood, 61, of Baytown, Graveside services at 10 a.m. Monday at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Baytown. ** Catherine E. Patterson, 94, of Cleveland, Memorial Visitation from 5 to 9 today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. ** Mary Elizabeth Moore, 65, of Cleveland, Services at 10 a.m. today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.62 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 172 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2007

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After more than 2 years of red tape, last week, the Texas Water Development Board gave their permission for the City of Dayton to go ahead with their wastewater treatment plant expansion project. Dayton City Manager David Douglas said the $8.4 million dollar project will double the capacity of the facility, from 2 million gallons per day, to 4 million per day. Douglas said in the next 15 days or so, there will be a pre-construction meeting between city officials and the chosen contractor. The projected completion date is 18 months.

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In Texas, a person is required to submit to arrest by a law enforcement officer or they can be charged with resisting arrest, a separate offense. Assist. County Attorney Gary Bunyard said many people don’t realize even if the arrest itself was unlawful that is no defense against the charge of resisting. Resisting arrest can mean up to 1 year in jail and a maximum $4,000 fine.

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The Liberty City Council met Tuesday night in special called session and held a public hearing on their proposed tax rate of 56 cents per $100 property value. That is the same as the current rate, but registers as an increase because of increased property valuations within the city. Council is scheduled to take a formal vote on the new tax rate and budget at their regular meeting next Tuesday night, September 11th.

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The Liberty County Bikes for Christmas Golf Tournament is tomorrow at Eagle Pointe Golf Club in Mont Belvieu. Event organizers rescheduled the event last month due to the threat of heavy rain and severe storms. The tournament, benefiting Bikes for Christmas, starts tomorrow at 8:30. Cofounder of the “Bikes” program, Mike Koen said their still looking for more golfers and sponsors. For more information call Mike Koen at 536 3080 or David Milam at 936 334 9500.

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Friday Football: Dayton Vs. Nacogdoches – Liberty hosts Hamshire Fannett – Hull Daisetta Vs. Kountze – Hardin Vs. Groveton – Cleveland hosts Hardin Jefferson – Tarkington hosts Corrigan Camden.

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Funerals: Marion Lagene Puckett, 77 of Liberty. Services today at 2 PM at Allison Funeral Service.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.16 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 171 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2007

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The 80th Texas Legislature made several changes to the state’s concealed handgun statutes. Assistant County Attorney Gary Bunyard said it is now legal for a person to transport a handgun in their vehicle, as long as it is concealed and if they are not involved in any criminal activity. One change is a little confusing. It is now lawful to carry a concealed handgun from your home to your vehicle—even across property you do not own or control. The Assistant County Attorney said while common sense dictates it should also be lawful to transport the gun from your vehicle to your home—the law does not say that.

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Liberty County EMS will offer CPR Classes on September 15th at their Daisetta Offices. The Heartsaver Class is from 8 to noon, the Healthcare Provider Class is from 1 to 5. Cost for each class is $25. Call 936-402-3174.

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Yesterday, Loretta Turner of Dayton, was sentenced to 36 months probation for hurricane related fraud in the Beaumont federal court by Judge Thad Heartfield. According to US Attorney John L. Ratcliffe, the 45-year old woman claimed she had suffered losses because of Hurricane Katrina. She was indicted in March for making a materially false statement to FEMA, and sentenced yesterday. In June of this year, Sherri Harris, also of Dayton was sentenced to 7 months in Federal prison for making a false statement of loss to FEMA, claiming damage from Hurricane Rita.

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The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge will have a lottery drawing for hunting opportunities in various tracts in Liberty County totaling 5,000 acres. There is a period where the 1,000 acres Champion Lake facility will be open to waterfowl hunting. Lottery applications for both will be accepted between September 10th and October 5th. Because these hunts are on federal land, special regulations apply, make sure you read the application carefully. Applications can be downloaded off the refuge web site, you can get there by going to ours, www.kshn.com and clicking on the “organizations” link. You do not have to be present at the Oct. 13th drawing to be selected. ****************************************************

Funerals: Johnny Ray Chandler, 55 of Liberty. Services 11 AM tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.96 ASL*

** Volume 22 NO. 170 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2007 **

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There was a wreck yesterday morning involving an 18-wheel tractor-trailer rig and a pickup truck at near highway speeds and everyone walked away. DPS Trooper John Hutzler said the driver of the pick up truck, Cory Arnold was distracted when a bee flew into the window of his truck. Before he realized it, he was in the eastbound land of highway 90 in Raywood. An eastbound big rig driven by Michael Stewart struck the pick up. Amazingly no one was injured.

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It’s almost time for the Trinity Valley Exposition, and parade organizers are looking for entries. You can download an entry form on line by going to our website, www.kshn.com and click on upcoming events. The Baby parade is Oct. 13th, Opening day parade is Oct. 17th. For information call 336 5741.

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Liberty Co. Emergency Management Coordinator Ken DeFoor said he was impressed with the degree of readiness both state and local level officials showed during last month’s approach of Hurricane Dean. He said while state emergency officials have been criticized by some for “overreacting”, in his opinion, the speed and coordination demonstrated by multiple agencies, responding on short notice to the threat, was impressive.

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This Sunday, the Hardin Baptist Church will celebrate their 100th anniversary. The church was organized September 8th, 1907 with 10 charter members. The special homecoming events get underway at 10 AM when a historical marker is dedicated. Morning worship services starts at 10:30. County Judge Phil Fitzgerald will be a part of the program, presenting a resolution recognizing the church’s 100th anniversary. There will be a BBQ luncheon following the service. The public is invited to attend.

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As of this month the location of the Social Security representative has moved to the Liberty Center. Each month, on the second Wednesday, a representative of Social Security, comes to Liberty to answer questions and provide assistance pertaining to Social Security. The times remain the same, from noon to 3 PM.

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Funerals: Betty Jean Fowler Williams, 65 of Hankamer. Services were held yesterday.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.29 ASL*

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