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February 2005

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 40, MONDAY FEB. 28th 2005-

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Dr. Patty Shafer told Liberty School Trustees at noon Friday that she will resign as Liberty School Superintendent. She is accepting the number two position at the Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston. Dr. Shafer was approached about the job, a huge promotion, a month ago. She came to the Liberty ISD in the spring of 2003. Her last day with the Liberty school district will be March 24th. Board President Allen Griffin said this is a huge opportunity for her and Reg. 4 has offered to pay for the search to find her replacement in Liberty.

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With just a week to go for candidates to file to run for a seat on local city councils and school boards in the May 7th Election very little has changed. Dayton Resident Robert Pickle filed Friday to run for Position #4 on the Dayton School Board now held by Incumbent Buddy Janacek. So far, Janacek has not filed for a new term. Also open is position #3 where incumbent Thomas Payne has filed but so far has no opposition. The filing period continues through Monday March 7th.

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TxDOT’s Myron Broussard, says FM 1413, south of Dayton off 146, will be closed at the railroad tracks from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Railroad crews will re-plank the crossing during that period. Tuesday only motorists must access 1413 from Hwy 90 west of Dayton while that is being done. .

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The Maverick Cookers, of Kenefick captured the Grand Champion Brisket title in the worlds largest barbecue competition at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It happened last Saturday. Roy Esparza, Louis Richardson and Chief Cook John Clanton are the cookers. 365 teams vied for titles in Brisket, Ribs, Chicken and best overall at Houston.
The local team also took 4th place over all.

The Valley Players musical “Grease” opened last weekend but still has Friday, Saturday at 8 PM & a Sunday matinee to go. Tickets are $5. Make reservations by calling 336-6699.

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FUNERALS: Lillie Tilton 75,of Shepherd. Serv.held Saturday. ** Sally Florine Rives Johnson-83, of Liberty, Services at 10 today at Allison Fun. Service-Liberty ** Dorris Williams Jarrett, 88, of Dayton, Services were Saturday.** Esther Gates 82 –Dayton, Service 2PM Tuesday at .Pace-Stancil .

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** Lake Release 17,000 CFS Liberty Bridge: 17.58 ASL**

-VOLUME 20 NO. 39, FRIDAY FEB. 25th 2005-

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Liberty Attorney and Community Leader Bradford Pickett has died. He was elected Liberty Mayor in 1938 and, at 25, may have been the youngest person to ever hold that position. When Liberty County Judge Tommy Hightower resigned in 1942 to become District Attorney, Brad Pickett was appointed to succeed him. He resigned to enlist in the U.S. Navy, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific in World War II. Brad Pickett passed away at his home Thursday after an illness. He was 91.

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According to Liberty County Voter Registrar Mark McClelland, with 2,906 votes cast, three complaints of voting irregularities in the Feb. 5th Hospital District Election have been investigated. Two appear to be legitimate complaints, the third, we are told, is not. In two cases, registered voters residing within the hospital district were not allowed to vote. McClelland said election judge’s confusion over the district’s boundaries were the cause in both cases. Voters should have been allowed to vote with provisional ballots, but that procedure was not followed.

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Liberty High School hosts the 54th Annual Trinity Valley Relays this weekend. Teams from Anahuac, Barbers Hill, Bridge City, Cleveland, Dayton, Hamshire Fannett, Hardin Jefferson, Liberty and Splendora will be competing in the Relays, one of the longest-running high school track and field events in Texas. Girls’ events get underway today with Boys events scheduled to start at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The public is invited.

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The Valley Players will present the musical “Grease” tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Additional performances of the Broadway hit that also inspired a successful 1978 movie version, are set for 8 p.m. on March 4th and 5th, and at 2 p.m. March 6th. All performances are at the Humphreys-Burson Theater in Liberty. Tickets are $5 each. Call 936-336-6699 for reservations.

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FUNERALS: Bradford Pickett, 91, of Liberty, Services at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. ** Geraldine Lavergne, 72, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles, LA. ** Elie Walker, 79, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at North Main Baptist Church in Liberty.

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** Lake Release 10,000CFS Liberty Bridge: 11.74 ASL**

 

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 38, THURSDAY FEB. 24TH 2005-

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Former Dayton High School Band Director James Allen Pelloat is scheduled to go on trial in Newton County on March 7th for one of six indictments relating to sexual abuse of three male students. Criminal Prosecuting Attorney A. W. Davis said the 57-year-old Pelloat will either go to court on one of two Sexual Assault of a Child charges or one of three charges of Improper Conduct Between Student and Educator. Either charge is a second-degree felony, punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000. James Pelloat is also charged with a 1st Degree Felony Count of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

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Another incumbent has filed for the May 7th Dayton City Council Race. Council Member Barbara Zaruba is seeking a second-term. “Frosty” Pruitt is also running for re-election. So far, they have no opposition. Dayton Mayor Larry Harris is opposed by Dayton Insurance Agent Steve Stephens in his bid for an 8th term. Candidate filing ends March 7th.

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Liberty Police are warning about an Internet scam targeting those who list items for sale at southeasttexas.com. The “scammers” say they want to buy the merchandise and pay by a check made for thousands of dollars above the purchase price, along with instructions to wire the extra to an overseas account. The checks are no good and the victim is liable for the entire amount. Anyone receiving payment for an item by check should verify it with the bank it’s drawn on before cashing it.

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The 6th Annual Liberty County Black History Program is Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. Sponsored by the Black History Committee, the program features a keynote address by noted author Izola Collins, musical entertainment and presentation of the Annual Black Heritage Awards. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited.

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FUNERALS: Steven James Grande, 53, of Anahuac, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. ** Melba Lawson, 70, of Batson, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Central Baptist Church in Daisetta. ** Anita Menke, 84, of Dayton, Services at 3 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Sherry Lynn Burch, 26, of Liberty, Services at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at the South Liberty Pentecostal Church. **

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** Lake Release 6,000CFS Liberty Bridge: 11.15 ASL**

 

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 37, WEDNESDAY FEB. 23RD 2005-

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The man suspected in the Capital Murder of a 22-year-old convenience store clerk in Cleveland during a robbery is in custody. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said 39-year-old Timothy Wayne Ebert was arrested in Houston yesterday. Ebert had been the subject of an area wide manhunt since Monday afternoon when investigators identified him as the suspect in the shooting death of the young man in Cleveland.

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The Interim Board of Directors of the newly formed Liberty County Hospital District met Monday and designated officers. President is Bruce Stratton of Liberty, Bill Johnson of Dayton is Vice-President and Charles Kaemmerling of Hull is Secretary/Treasurer. A sign-up spot for candidates running for election to the Hospital Board on May 7th has not yet been designated, but that is expected soon.

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Liberty County Commissioners met yesterday and agreed to accept a private donation of $20,000 from Bill Sjolander of CMC Railyard in Dayton. The money is to be used to buy materials for upgrading CR# 493. Commissioners also tabled any action on a proposed increase of that road’s load limit to the maximum allowable: 80,000 lbs. Precinct #4 Commissioner Norman Brown said he needed time to look over the information on the road, which he had just received.

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The murder trial of Chris Badaahl has been rescheduled for August 22nd. Jury selection was set to begin yesterday, but a new trial date has now been scheduled. Badaahl is accused of the shooting death of 56-year-old “Ram” Durgapersad at Frank’s Tire Shop in Liberty on Hwy 90 in January of last year.

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The search for a new Dayton City Manager continues. Interim City Manager Norman Dykes told the Dayton City Council at their Monday meeting, he had received 25 applications so far. The position will remain posted online through the end of this month. Dykes said he would provide Council with complete copies of the resumes so they can begin reviewing them.

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FUNERALS: Earl Wayne Lindsey, 58, of New Caney, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. **

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** Lake Release 6,000CFS Liberty Bridge: 11.95 ASL**

-VOLUME 20 NO. 35, MONDAY FEB. 21ST 2005-

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Cleveland Police are seeking the man who shot and killed a 22-year-old convenience store clerk during a robbery just after 11 Sunday night. Video security cameras show the suspect cold-bloodedly murdering the young man who cooperated fully with the gunman. The suspect is Timothy Wayne Ebert, a white male, age 39, with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’, 9”, 280 lbs., with tattoos on his face, right shoulder and right hand. He also has a scar on his right shoulder. Ebert is said to be driving a 1982 Chevy pickup truck, two-tone beige in color with Texas license number: 9RSN16. Anyone with information is asked to call the nearest police agency or Cleveland Police at 281-592-2621.

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DPS reports indicate 26-year-old Dupre Charles of Baytown tried a southbound left-hand turn from Hwy 146 onto FM 2830 around 5 p.m. Saturday. He turned into the path of a pick up driven by Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Coe, ages 66 and 63, respectively of Livingston. The Coes and Dupre Charles were taken to Liberty Dayton Community Hospital for treatment. Two passengers, Ozzy Rios, age 10, of Baytown and Cavin Herman, 23, of Liberty were air-lifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston Officials there say the little boy is listed in good condition now. No information on Cavin Herman was available.

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The trial of former Liberty businessman Chris Badaahl for the January 2004 murder of “Ram” Durgapersad at Frank’s Tire Shop on Hwy 90 in Liberty. The 56-year-old Durgapersad bought the tire shop from Badaahl and investigators believe financial disputes between the two men, led Chris Badaahl to shoot Durgapersad to death. Jury selection is scheduled to start today in Judge C. T. “Rusty” Hight’s 75th District Court.

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The 7th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting the Liberty County Chapter of the American Red Cross is Saturday March 5th at Pecan Meadow Sporting Center in Hardin. Dr. Reese Brown and the Liberty Medical Surgical Clinic sponsor the event and prizes will be awarded. Categories include Super-Vet, Vet, Ladies, Junior and Sub-Junior. Cost to enter is $60 per person. For more information, call 936-336-8088.

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FUNERALS: Helen Cannon Barclay, 90, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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** Lake Release 6,000CFS Liberty Bridge: 12.88 ASL**

 

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 34, FRIDAY FEB. 18TH 2005-

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Liberty Police said it was shortly after 3:30 yesterday morning, when the Burch Family awakened and found their home on South Liberty Oilfield Road on fire. John Burch Sr. and wife Martha escaped the flames through a patio glass window. John “Jug” Burch Jr., 29, got out through a back door, but his wife, Sherry, unaware that the elder couple had escaped went back into the burning home to find them. Liberty Firefighters later found 25-year-old Sherry Burch dead inside the charred remains of the 70 by 14 foot manufactured home.

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A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Beaumont is attempting to block formation of the Liberty County Hospital District. The suit was filed by – among others- Louis and Frieda Hernandez of Liberty, Paul Kelly of Dayton and Kelly and James Cooper. A hearing is set for today on a request for a restraining order to stop the Hospital District formation. Voters approved the maximum 9-cent property tax increase to help offset losses to local care providers from unpaid emergency medical costs on Feb. 5th. The issue passed by 262 votes.

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DPS Trooper Jack Dean said 70-year-old Bernabe Guerrero Contreras of Cleveland rode a bicycle on to FM 2028 in North Liberty County Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. He was hit as he entered the roadway by a vehicle operated by Archie Leo Gates Jr., also of Cleveland. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the accident scene by Precinct #3 J.P. Phil Fitzgerald.

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Following an internal investigation, the Cleveland Indians Basketball Team has forfeited all of their 29 victories this season and the District 23-3A Championship. Cleveland Superintendent Terry Meyers confirmed Wednesday morning that one player was ineligible for high school competition. The shake up moves Huffman up to first place in District and Barbers Hill second, with Liberty and Splendora tied for third. That tie will be resolved tonight as the Panthers play the Wildcats for the third playoff spot at 7 p.m. at Humble High School.

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FUNERALS: Harold Raymond Lloyd, 58, of Cleveland, Services at 11 a.m. today at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. ** Betty Lou Parker, 67, of Cleveland, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland.

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** Lake Release 6,000CFS Liberty Bridge: 22.78 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 33, THURSDAY FEB. 17TH 2005-

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Liberty County Commissioners met Tuesday in special session and, after canvassing the votes from Feb. 5th’s Hospital District Election, appointed a five-member interim board to administer the District until the election, now set for May 7th. Commissioners appointed Bennie Wells and C. Bruce Stratton of Liberty, Bill Johnson of Dayton, Charles Kaemmerling of Hull and Phil Fitzgerald of Moss Hill to the temporary board. Those wishing to file to run as a candidate for the Liberty County Hospital District Board can do so as soon as someone is selected to fill the position of Secretary of the Board.

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Dayton School Trustees met Tuesday night and authorized the PBK Architectural Firm to continue with design plans for a proposed expansion of Dayton High School. The proposed project would add 9 additional classrooms to the south end of the new school on Hwy 321, as well as expansion of the existing cafeteria. Preliminary cost estimates have the price of the project at around $2.2 million. Dayton Superintendent Greg Hayman said bond funds left over from the Kimmie Brown building project would cover most of that expense.

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The 9th District Court of Appeals has denied motions by both District Attorney Mike Little and Attorney Dr. Joe Willie to rehear arguments on the convictions of former Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson. In December, the court upheld Ms. Harrelson’s criminal convictions for Forgery and one of two Tampering with Governmental Document convictions. The Court threw out the other document tampering conviction and an Abuse of Official Capacity Conviction. Those decisions remain intact and both sides now have the options of moving on to the State Criminal Court of Appeals in Austin.

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The Liberty Girls Basketball Team won the Class 3A Bi-District Championship, defeating Hardin Jefferson 59 to 39 Tuesday night. The Lady Panthers will face Silsbee tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Hardin Jefferson High School in an Area Playoff Game.

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FUNERALS: Edward “Bo” Vrana, 48, of Crosby, Services at 10 a.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Robert Howard Wilson, Sr., 90, formerly of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Houston.

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** Lake Release 9,000CFS Liberty Bridge: 23.80 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 32, WEDNESDAY FEB. 16TH 2005-

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Fire destroyed the 12 x 60 manufactured home owned by 19-year-old Gabrial Lule yesterday afternoon. Lule, who was at work, said he was remodeling the residence, located in the Johnson Mobile Home Park on Main at Texas Street and all of his possessions burned along with the home. The young man does not have insurance. Quick work by Liberty Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to other near by homes.

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Dayton Police said 54-year-old Jacque Simpson was southbound on Hwy 321 near the Overpass around 6:55 Monday morning. Dense fog appears to have prevented the Cleveland woman from seeing a 18-wheeler driven by Carl Johnson, 49, crossing the highway in front of her. Her vehicle hit the trailer end of the big rig. Ms. Simpson was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where she died of her injuries Monday afternoon.

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Monday’s meeting of the Dayton Community Development Corporation provided an opportunity for some Dayton residents to launch verbal attacks against the honesty and integrity of the Vindicator Newspaper and to a lesser extent, KSHN Radio. We have reported the Newspaper’s repeated attempts to obtain public information from the DCDC, who allegedly violated the law in responding or not responding to those requests. Attorney Mike Fielder assured those attending that the DCDC would be in full compliance in the future in those areas where they have not been in the past. That’s the first public admission that the Vindicator’s assertions are at least partly accurate.

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The 29th Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is Friday night at 7 at Dayton High School. Guest speaker is Dr. Linda Gates Black, Dean of Student Affairs at San Antonio College. Tickets are $20 each. Winners of the Citizen of the Year Awards from Liberty and Dayton will also be announced. Call the Chamber for reservations at 336-5736.

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FUNERALS: Idell Holloway Byrd, 98, of Cleveland, Services at 2 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. ** George “Bubba” Davis, 50, formerly of Mont Belvieu, Services at 1 p.m. today at L. A. Crespo Funeral Home in Baytown. ** Doris McAdams, 71, of Cleveland, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Christian Life Center Church in Cleveland. **

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** Lake Release 17,000CFS Liberty Bridge: 25.19 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 31, TUESDAY FEB. 15TH 2005-

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U.S. Congressman Ted Poe, whose 2nd District includes most of Liberty County has joined with fellow Republican Kevin Brady, whose 8th District includes the rest of the County, in co-sponsoring legislation to make the current two year sales tax deductions provision permanent. The Southeast Texas Lawmakers are part of a bi-partisan delegation seeking an amendment to the Tax Code so residents of Texas and other states without a state income tax can continue to deduct state and local sales tax from their federal income tax. The present provision applies only to 2004 and 2005 tax returns. Congressman Poe said there is enough support among both House Democrats and Republicans to pass the bill. He expects Senate approval will also be forthcoming.

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The start time for tonight’s Liberty Lady Panthers Bi-District Playoff Game has been moved up one hour. The Liberty Girls meet the Hardin-Jefferson Lady Hawks at Beaumont Ozen High School at 6:30 tonight in the first round of post-season play.

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Sandra Pickett of Liberty will be sworn in as one of the 20 members of the National Museum and Library Services Board in a ceremony tomorrow. Appointed to the prestigious position by President George W. Bush, confirmation by the U.S. Senate followed two years of federal background checks. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will administer the Oath of Office to Mrs. Pickett and six other new members of the National Board at a Senate Office Building. .

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The 79th Annual Methodist Men’s Brotherhood Banquet is Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty. Sponsored by the 1st Methodist Men’s Bible Class, the event has been going strong since 1927 as men of all faiths gather each year in brotherhood at Liberty County’s oldest church. This year’s speaker is Rabbi Jack Segal of Houston’s Beth Yeshrun Synagogue, now Rabbi Emeritus. Tickets are $7 for the turkey and dressing dinner and available from any Men’s Bible Class Member or call 936-336-6401.

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FUNERALS: Timothy W. Gage, 44, of Baytown, Services at 10 a.m. today at the L. A. Crespo Funeral Home in Baytown. ** Carolyn Larrison, 71, of Huntsville, Services held last week.

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** Lake Release 22,000CFS Liberty Bridge: 26.05 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 30, MONDAY FEB. 14TH 2005-

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A dog named Toby may be a hero when fire destroyed a 2,000 square foot brick home on North Travis Street. Early Saturday morning, home owner, Toni Zetik- Secretary for Liberty City Manager Allen Barnes, awoke to Toby’s barking around 2 am.. He wouldn’t stop so she took him for a walk. Minutes later the family’s home for 37 years was an inferno. Fire experts say the cause may have been electrical. She got her pickup truck out of the garage but the uninsured home and contents were lost. On Sunday friends pulled down and hauled away the remains.
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Liberty Co. Comm. meet in called session tomorrow to canvass the votes from Saturday Feb. 5th’s Hospital District Election. Afterward, Commissioners are scheduled to appoint a temporary board to administer the Hospital District and call for an election to choose full-term board members to be held on May 7th.

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The first week of candidate filing for the May 7th City Council and School Board Elections ended with only one contested local race. Dayton Insurance Agent Steve Stephens is challenging Seven term Mayor Larry Harris. In the Liberty City Council Race, all three incumbents have filed.--Dennis Beasley, J.C. Burnham and John Meche, So far, they have no opposition. The filing period continues through March 7th.

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The Annual Lee College Small Business Monument Awards Banquet is set for Tuesday March 1st at the Goose Creek Country Club in Baytown. The event honors small businesses in the community and previous winners have included several from the Liberty-Dayton Area. Awards come from four categories: Retail/Wholesale, Service, Manufacturing/Construction and “Rising Star” – for a business less than 2 years old. One small business will also be named “Business of the Year “. Tickets are $25 available at the Lee College Small Business Development Center. Call 281-425-6556.

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, 68-Dayton, Serv.2 p.m. today Pace-Stancil -Dayton. ** Allen “Bo” Chandler - Raywood 2 pm today @ Sterling-Dayton ** Robert Smith,Sr.-85-Dayton-Tues.-11 a.m. at Pace Stancil-Dayton

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** Lake Release 24,000CFS Liberty Bridge: 26.79ASL**

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 29, FRIDAY FEB. 11TH 2005-

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The victim of an auto/pedestrian accident last week has died. DPS reports indicate 78-year-old Louise Gansky was standing in front of her mailbox on the south side of FM 1960 on the evening of Thursday Feb. 4th, when Christopher Dyson, 32, also of Dayton, lost control of his pick truck and swerved off the roadway. The truck hit Mrs. Gansky, then veered back into traffic and hit another vehicle. No one was hurt except the Dayton woman. Louise Gansky died of her injuries Wednesday at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where she had been listed as “critical” since the accident.

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur wants to establish a Bail Bond Board to regulate the bail bonding industry in Liberty County. Sheriff Arthur said currently bail-bonding companies are not required to be licensed, post money with the county in advance and there are no background checks to qualify them. Counties with populations larger than 110,000 are required to have such regulatory boards under Texas Law. Others can establish them voluntary as Sheriff Arthur intends to do. The process does not affect an attorney’s right to post bond for their own client but applies to bail bonding companies.

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The City of Daisetta has been awarded $3 million in grant funds and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program to construct a new wastewater treatment facility. Mayor Lynn Wells said the city’s current sewer system, built in 1964 has deteriorated to the point where groundwater infiltration had become a major problem. The project is expected to take from 2 to 3 years to complete.

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A trial date of April 25th has been set for 47-year-old Edward Eugene Sheets accused of the murder of his wife in November 2003. Sheets had been returned to prison on a parole violation, when the skeletal human remains found off Hwy 90 on Texaco Road in June of last year were identified as those of Martha Sheets. The Hull woman had been missing for almost 7 months.

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FUNERALS: Louise Jarma Gansky, 78, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Anne’s Catholic Mission in Eastgate. ** David Lee Campbell, 66, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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** Lake Release 43,800 CFS Liberty Bridge: 26.58 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 28, THURSDAY FEB. 10TH 2005-

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Liberty County Precinct #2 Constable Jimmy Belt said he arrived at the home of Doug and Amanda Leon on CR #193 in Raywood ahead of firefighters yesterday afternoon and by then the residence was a roaring inferno. No one was injured in the blaze, but the 14 x 70 foot manufactured home burned to the frame and the family of four lost everything.

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Dayton Mayor Larry Harris will have at least one opponent in his bid for an 8th term on May 7th. Yesterday’s local candidate filings saw Dayton Insurance Agent Steve Stephens enter the mayor’s race while Larry Harris filed for re-election. The only other local candidate to file yesterday is Dayton School Trustee Thomas Payne. One other DISD Board Member’s term is expiring, but Buddy Janacek has not yet filed to run again.

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Liberty County Judge Lloyd Kirkham and Emergency Management Coordinator Leroy Hanel are asking for a voluntary evacuation of low-lying areas along the Trinity River that are prone to flooding. Increases in the discharge rate at the Lake Livingston Dam are expected to result in the river cresting in Liberty on Saturday at an estimated 27.04 feet above sea level. Those who may be in need of shelter can call the Emergency Management Office at 936-336-4558, Ext. 239. After 5 p.m., call the Sheriff’s Office at 936-336-4500.

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The Liberty Girls Basketball Team takes on Hardin-Jefferson Tuesday night at 7:30 in the first round of post-season play. The game will be at Beaumont Ozen High School. The Lady Panthers are 7 and 3 in District, 19 and 7 overall.

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The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will have a job fair on Tuesday starting at 8:30 a.m. at the CPS Office at 1405 Monta in Liberty. The agency is now hiring Child Protective Service Specialists. State of Texas Applications are available at the office or on line at www.dfps.state.tx.us. For more information, call 936-336-4834.

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FUNERALS: Eugene Wheeler, 76, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Lucy Mae Hooks, 88, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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** Lake Release 43,800 CFS Liberty Bridge: 26.08 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 27, WEDNESDAY FEB. 9TH 2005-

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Liberty County Judge Lloyd Kirkham said canvassing of last Saturday’s Hospital District Election is set for Tuesday Feb. 15th, followed by the written establishment of the district. Then Commissioners will vote on a list of five nominees from residents within the district to serve as interim members on the Hospital District Board. Commissioners will also call an election for May 7th to choose full-term board members to administer the hospital district. Candidate filing for that election does not begin until after Commissioners officially call for it to be held.

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The Dayton City Council met Monday to discuss how to best proceed with their existing sewer plant problems. With the city’s sewer plant exceeding 90% capacity levels several times last year when rainwater entered the system, through broken sewer lines, Council has been considering either building a new plant or expanding the existing one. Councilman Bill Gay said a decision needed to be made so city engineers could get started. Interim City Manager Norman Dykes said he felt they were operating on borrowed time and potentially faced fines from the TCEQ. Council approved Gay’s motion to expand and modernize Dayton’s existing sewer plant on a vote of 3 to 2.

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The Texas House and Senate will honor Devers School Trustee Tommy McMullen for his years of service in Austin on Feb 24th. Tommy McMullen turns 73 years old a few days later and has served on the Devers School Board for the past 52 years. Appointed the first two terms, he has been elected to the last 50.

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A 70 to 41 victory over Splendora last Friday night assures the Liberty Lady Panthers the 2nd spot in the Class 3A Girls Basketball Playoffs. Rudi Cole and Kristin Welps led the Liberty offense delivering 24 and 12 points respectively. Coach Greg Box’s Lady Panthers face the Hardin-Jefferson Lady Hawks in the first round of post season play this coming Tuesday. The time and location have not yet been determined.

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FUNERALS: Charles Prentiss “Chuck” Brown, 87, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** William E. “Bill” McLendon, 77, of Grapevine, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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** Lake Release 37,200 CFS Liberty Bridge: 24.21 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 26, TUESDAY FEB. 8TH 2005-

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District 18 State Representative John Otto said the school-finance reform plan being proposed in the Legislature would correct inequities in the State’s Business Activity Tax. The Dayton Republican said the problem is that there are not a lot of places in the Texas Tax Code that allows for raising the $5 billion needed to offset funds lost if the State’s property tax cap is dropped from $1.50 to $1, as planned. He said the current proposal is to revamp the Business and Corporate Tax Code to make all businesses other than “sole proprietorships” subject to the Business Activity Tax.

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Fire destroyed the home of Martha Baldwin in the 600 block of Confederate Street in Liberty early Sunday morning. Fire Chief Fred Collins said it was around 3 a.m. when a neighbor from down the street awakened residents on both sides of the burning home. Ms. Baldwin was not home. Her house was destroyed, but an all out attack on the blaze by Liberty firefighters saved the nearby Wilbert Dark home from more than heat, smoke and minimal fire damage. No one was injured in the blaze.

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The filing period for candidates seeking to run in the May 7th City Council and School Board Election began yesterday and continues through Mon. March 7th. Dayton Mayor Larry Harris and Council Members Haywood “Frosty” Pruitt and Barbara Zaruba are up for re-election. In Liberty, the City Council seats currently held by J.C. Burnham, Dennis Beasley and John Meche will be decided. Candidate filing is at various school district and municipal offices during normal business hours.

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City of Liberty officials say a contractor working at the end of Travis Street last week broke a sewer main routing waste to the wastewater treatment plant. City Manager Allen Barnes said the line remains open at this time, and no one is currently without sewer service, but it does have the potential of causing problems for residents in the West Side of Liberty. He said he hoped repair work to the broken sewer line would start this week.

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FUNERALS: Robert W. Matthieu, 58, Huffman. Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton ** Robert W. “Bobby” Morris, 76, Liberty. Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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** Lake Release 30,600 CFS Liberty Bridge: 21.01 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 25, MONDAY, FEB. 7TH 2005-

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Voters in South Liberty County approved creation of a Liberty Co. Hospital Dist.. The final vote totals Saturday showed 1,584 votes for the issue, 1,322 against it. It passed in Liberty, Hull-Daisetta, and Devers, failing in Dayton and Hardin. The district provides a max of 9-cents per $100 appraised value of property located within the hospital district boundaries. That money funds unpaid emergency medical costs. County Commissioners will appoint 5 to a board until voters do it later.

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Memorial Hermann Hospital Officials say Louise Gansky-78 of Dayton remains in critical condition after being struck by a pick up truck as her mailbox on FM 1960 Thursday night. DPS Trooper Nathan Pierce said Christopher Dyson, 32, also of Dayton, veered off the highway and hit Ms. Gansky, then hit another vehicle. Dyson and the driver of the other vehicle, Tiffany Benoit, 34, were not hurt. Louise Gansky was airlifted to Hermann Hospital. Trooper Pierce said fatigue may have been a factor in Dyson losing control of his truck.

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The victim of a shooting at the Sands Motel in Dayton last Wednesday died at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston later that same night. Dayton Police say 23-year-old Kara Wiggins suffered a single gunshot wound to the head from a small caliber handgun. Her common-law husband, Larry Kabernik, 26, told police the gun discharged accidentally and hit his wife. Dayton Police are still investigating the shooting.

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Former Chambers Co. Sheriff’s Deputy John Joslin, under indictment for three felony charges connected with falsifying arrest records against Vernon Coates of Anahauc has a new job. A report in the Lufkin Daily News newspaper said recently elected Trinity Co. Sheriff Jimmy Smith has hired the 47-year-old Joslin as his new Chief Deputy. Under a plea arrangement with Chambers Co. Prosecutors, Joslin is serving a one-year probation period. After that charges will be dismissed. The deal was reached when Joslin agreed to testify against his former boss, then Chambers Co. Chief Deputy Dearl Hardy. Hardy’s conviction for perjury remains under appeal.

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FUNERALS: Ruby Potts, 70, Dayton, Graveside services at 10 a.m. today at Palms Memorial Park in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 24, FRIDAY FEB. 4TH 2005-

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Dayton Police say a shooting Wednesday night remains under investigation. Sgt. Doug O’Quinn said it was around 8:30 when a woman was found shot in the head in a room at the Sands Hotel on Hwy 90 in Dayton. The woman, identified through other sources as 22-year-old Kara Wiggins, was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston in very critical condition. The woman’s common-law husband, 26-year-old Larry Kabernik and two children—a boy age 7 and a girl age 6—were reportedly in the room at the time of the shooting. Larry Kabernik told investigators a gun went off accidentally, striking his wife. The children are now in CPS custody.

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U. S. Congressman Ted Poe described the Iraqi people as “proud” and “defiant” as they lined up to vote for who would lead them for the first time in their nation’s history on Sunday. The freshman Congressman from Houston was chosen to accompany fellow Republican lawmaker Christopher Shays to Baghdad to observe the elections and express Washington’s continued support to U. S. soldiers there.

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Liberty County’s “Dreams” Ambulance was on the road yesterday, for a demonstration of its capabilities through cell phone link to a group of senior White House medical personnel in Washington. That group also included personnel from the FBI and CIA, as well as famed trauma surgeon Dr. Red Duke. The first of its kind in the world, the ambulance allows communication between paramedics and emergency room doctors through video and audio links.

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The 13th Annual Dayton Ole Tyme Days Festival is April 15th through the 17th in Downtown Dayton with food, arts and crafts, a barbecue cook off, classic car show, street dance, 4 x 4 competition and more. The festival raises money for local youth scholarships. Arts and craft and food vendor booth applications are now being accepted. Call 936-298-3567 or 936-257-8161. You can also link to the festival web site from kshn.com.

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FUNERALS: Betty Ann Mauboules, 78, of Sour Lake, Services at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Jakie Leon Stubblefield, 62, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. today at the French Cemetery in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 23, THURSDAY FEB. 3RD 2005-

**************************************************** At the end of early voting Tuesday, a total of 1,224 people had cast ballots in the Liberty County Hospital District. In Liberty, 800 people voted early, 145 voted in Hardin and 279 in Dayton. Election Day is Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The boundaries of the proposed hospital district include all of the Liberty, Hull-Daisetta and Devers School Districts, the City of Dayton and the Hardin School District with the exception of the two northernmost voting boxes, in Rye and Romayor. All Nine Radio will have election results as soon as the votes are counted.

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On National Signing Day yesterday, three Dayton athletes signed “Letters of Intent” to continue their careers in college next year. Henry Dugat will be playing basketball at Baylor University. Bronco Baseball Star Jordan Rogers will be at San Jacinto Junior College and Justin McQueen will be playing football for the University of New Mexico.

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On Tuesday, longtime Liberty Elementary School Teachers Carolyn LeNormand and Lisa Little were presented the Channel 2 “Sunshine Award”, given by the Houston television station to outstanding individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to bring sunshine to a school. The entire LES student body, several parents and former students, and Liberty Mayor Bruce Halstead were on hand as the “News Chopper 2” brought KPRC Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein to the school to present the award to Mrs. Little and Mrs. LeNormand. They have taught as a team at Liberty Elementary for the past 19 years.

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The 5th Chambers County Day in Austin is Tuesday Feb. 15th. County Judge Jimmy Sylvia said the event allows people from all portions of Chambers County to gather in Austin and meet with legislators. Judge Sylvia said the benefits include allowing lawmakers to put faces with legislation important to Chambers County. Anyone who would like to participate as a volunteer or take one of the chartered buses to the event can call Judge Sylvia’s Office at 409-267-8295.

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FUNERALS: Alfred Russell “Buddy” Marks, 75, of Liberty, Services at 3 p.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church of Liberty. ** Exa Lorene Gripon, formerly of Devers, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 22, WEDNESDAY FEB. 2ND 2005-

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Saturday is Election Day for the Liberty County Hospital District Proposal. Voting in Liberty is at the Travis Street door on the ground floor of the Liberty County Courthouse and in Hardin, at the Hardin Middle School Library, next door to the Administration Bldg. Dayton voters go to the FLNB Dayton Financial Center Community Room. There will also be votes cast at the Devers School and Hull-Daisetta ISD Business Office. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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On Monday, the Baytown City Council voted to hire City Prosecutor Julie Escalante as the new full-time Municipal Judge. As reported, Assistant DA Michael Mark of Liberty was one of three finalists for the position, chosen from the initial 48 applicants. Council cited Escalante’s experience working in the city and her knowledge of the municipal court as reasons for her selection. A former Houston City Judge was the third finalist.

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The Speaker of the Texas House, Tom Craddick announced committee assignments for the 79th Legislature last week and District #18 State Representative John Otto is assigned to three committees. The Dayton Republican was named Vice-Chair of Government Reform Committee that works to eliminate inefficiencies in state government services. He will also serve on the County Affairs Committee that has jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to Texas Counties, and on the Rules and Resolutions Committee, that oversees House procedures.

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Woodrow Wilson Jr. High in Dayton will host a parent meeting on Tuesday Feb. 8th from 6 to 8 p.m. The evening includes various workshops to provide parents with information on TAKS test preparation, as well as cyber-security, drug awareness, the “Parent Connect” system and preparing for high school. Refreshments will be served and child-care will be provided. For more information call 936-258-2309.

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February is Financial Aid Awareness Month and Lee College in Baytown is holding a Financial Aid Fair tomorrow night from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. at the Lee College Student Center. Information will be presented to help students apply for the roughly $3 billion in state and federal assistance for Texans wanting to go to college. For information, call 281-425-6389.

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 21, TUESDAY FEB. 1ST 2005-

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Today is the last day for early voting in the Liberty County Hospital District Election. Vote early today until 5 p.m. at the Liberty County Courthouse, until 4 p.m. at the Hardin ISD Business Office and until 7 p.m. at the FLNB Dayton Financial Center. Hospital District Election Day is Saturday when polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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According to information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Beaumont, a Cleveland couple has been sentenced on federal drug manufacturing charges. Bobby Gene Pevehouse, 30, and his 20-year-old wife, Ashley Cole Pevehouse both pled guilty in federal court to charges of Conspiracy to Manufacture and Attempt to Manufacture Meth-amphetamine. The couple were arrested in April 2004 when officers of the Liberty/Chambers County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence on the premises of “The Promised Land” Church north of Moss Hill and found a drug lab in operation. Bobby Gene Pevehouse was sentenced to 37 months in prison and wife, Ashley received 5 years probation.

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Chambers County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Wheat said Dennis Lynn Graham was reported missing in April 1995 while returning home to Beaumont from the Houston Area. DNA testing at the University of North Texas has identified the human remains found inside a submerged vehicle in Turtle Bayou as Graham, missing for almost 10 years. Investigators believe the man’s death was due to a traffic accident.

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Cleveland School Trustees met last Wednesday night and voted unanimously to hire Jimmy Thompson as new Athletic Director and Head Coach of the Cleveland Indians Football Team. Thompson built an impressive record of 67 wins and 14 losses in six seasons coaching the Garrison Bulldogs, taking the team to the playoffs every year and winning the 2A State Championship in 2003. He replaces Al Celaya who resigned in December.

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San Jacinto Elementary in Liberty will host the 8th Annual “Family Night” Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The popular event features science and math activities, a book fair and hot dogs. Parents and students should meet in the cafeteria at 6. For more information, call 936-336-3161.

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