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April 2005

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 85, FRIDAY APRIL 29TH, 2005-

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According to Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur, a grand jury has indicted former Allison Funeral Service Manager Jim Watson for allegedly stealing money from the Liberty Rotary Club and from his former employer. Watson reportedly stole $6,000 from the local service club, allegedly paying it back when he was caught with money stolen from Allison’s. Sheriff Arthur said Jim Watson took $57,000 from his employer over a period of time but Watson himself disagrees with that amount. It has not been disclosed why, since Watson has admitted to the embezzlement, the two cases went before the grand jury, resulting in the two indictments.

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Construction of the new Liberty Wal-Mart Super Center is schedule to begin in August and architect drawings filed with the City of Liberty Permit Department call for a 208,000 square foot facility—more than twice as large as the present 97,000 square foot store. According to Liberty Wal-Mart Manager Bob Diaz, those specs mean the new Super Center will be among the biggest anywhere. Wal-Mart is investing some six to seven million dollars in land, parking and building. Construction should be finished early in 2006.

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The Annual “Kidfish” is tomorrow at the Liberty City Park Lake. BJ Ford and the Burnham Family sponsor the event. All kids 17 and under are invited to come and fish for free from 9 a.m. to noon. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided if needed and the lake has been stocked with catfish courtesy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Last year, 600 children were fishing, making it the largest “Kidfish” in the state. Call 936-336-2215 for more information.

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The Liberty Panthers close out their regular season tonight, hosting the District Champs, the Barbers Hill Eagles at 7 p.m. You can hear it live on KSHN Radio starting at 6:50 this evening. Play Off information for the District Champion Dayton Girls Softball Team should be available today.

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FUNERALS: Carrie Mae Denson, 88, of Anahuac, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Bright Light Baptist Church in Anahuac. ** Marcia Ella Lorena Loyd, 102, of Cleveland, Services held yesterday. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.18 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 84, THURSDAY APRIL 28TH, 2005-

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On Monday, a jury in Judge C. T. “Rusty” Hight’s 75th District Court found 38-year-old Bobby Ray Carter of Katy guilty of Possession of Child Pornography. He was sentenced to Life in prison. DA Mike Little said Carter was arrested in a motel parking lot where he had reportedly been soliciting women to have sex with him and his 16-year-old girlfriend. Police found sexual photos taken of the young girl in Carter’s vehicle. While the sentence for possessing child pornography is from 2 to 20 years in prison, the defendant’s previous felony convictions resulted in his being given a life sentence as a habitual offender.

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Daisetta Police Chief Mike Parrish said officers stopped a vehicle for failing to come to a complete stop at a “stop” sign early Saturday morning. When the passenger, 28-year-old Paulette Faye DeVille of Hull began acting nervously, officers asked for and received permission to search her car. They found several small plastic bags believed to hold meth-amphetamine. She was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

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Tomorrow’s All Nine Party Line program will feature candidates running for the Liberty City Council on May 7th. The five candidates on the ballot are Incumbents Dennis Beasley, J. C. Burnham and John Meche, along with Challengers J. Newborn and Daniel Diaz. Most of the candidates will be on the show tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. Listeners can call in questions during the program or fax them to 936-336-5250.

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The 24th Annual Hull-Daisetta Mayhaw Festival is today through Saturday in Downtown Daisetta on FM 770. This weekend’s activities include a carnival, BBQ Cook Off, the Mayhaw Cake and Jelly Contest, the 42, Basketball, Volleyball and “7 on 7” Tournaments, arts and crafts, food and more. The Mayhaw Festival Parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday with the theme “The Great Outdoors”. The Street Dance with “Southern Breeze” starts at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Best Food Store Parking Lot. For more information on the Mayhaw Festival, call 936-536-6202.

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FUNERALS: Charlotte Ann Turner, 71, of Baytown, Services at noon on Saturday at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Liberty. ** Joseph Alvin Frank, 48, of Hankamer, Services at noon tomorrow at 1st Missionary Baptist Church in Anahuac.

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.20 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 83, WEDNESDAY APRIL 27TH, 2005-

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Congressman Kevin Brady has introduced the “Public Servant Retirement Protection Act”. The bill is designed to end what he called the “unfair practice” of reducing monthly social security benefits for workers who have earned both a social security pension and another retirement pension from a social security substitute such as the Texas Teachers Retirement System. Congressman Brady said 2% of the Nation’s Work Force earned both in 2003. His bill, if passed, allows those workers to draw the full amount of each benefit. U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson is expected to introduce the bill in the Senate.

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As of yesterday, 85 people have voted early in the Liberty County Hospital District Board Election. Early voting continues weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Tuesday at the LISD Administration Offices on Grand Avenue. All registered voters who live inside the Dayton City Limits, inside the Liberty, Devers or Hull-Daisetta School Districts or inside the Hardin ISD with the exception of the two northernmost voting boxes at Rye and Romayor, are eligible to vote. Five permanent members to the Hospital District Board will be elected on May 7th.

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Liberty County Commissioners proclaimed Monday April 25th as Eli B. Rich Day to honor the local man who recently received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal of Valor for heroism while serving in Iraq. Commissioner Melvin Hunt, who served the longest with Sgt. Rich’s grandfather County Commissioner Bobby Blake, read the proclamation at Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting. Sgt. Eli Rich recently re-enlisted with plans of making the Army his career.

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All Nine Radio’s series of political forums with candidates running in the May 7th Elections continues tomorrow with the four candidates for the Dayton City Council. Incumbents Haywood “Frosty” Pruitt and Barbara Zaruba, as well as Challengers Todd Oubre and David Parker will be on the Party Line Program at 8:30 a.m. Listeners are welcome to call in questions or fax them to 936-336-5250.

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FUNERALS: Edward “Butch” Wilson, 57, of Shepherd, Services at 1 p.m. today at the Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.28 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 82, TUESDAY APRIL 26TH, 2005-

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Liberty Police Chief Bill Griffin said two men robbed an employee at the Liberty Sonic Drive In of just over $1800 early Sunday morning. The woman told police she had locked up the restaurant for the night when a small dark pick-up truck pulled into the back parking lot. She said one suspect got out and stood near the truck while a second walked to her car, closed the car door on her leg and pointed a gun at her, demanding money. The suspects-both described only as black males-fled in the truck, while she locked herself inside the building and called police.

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JP #1 Bobby Rader said a Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a woman for speeding early Sunday morning in Chambers County, only to be told she was rushing to her boyfriend’s parent’s home off FM 563 just South of Liberty. A phone call with the distraught man led her to believe he was going to harm himself. Once notified, Liberty County Authorities arrived at the residence to find David Allen Howard, 30, hanging by the neck inside a shed next to the house. He was already deceased. An autopsy has been ordered.

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KSHN Radio’s series of forums with candidates running in the May 7th Elections continues tomorrow morning. The All Nine Party Line program will feature the three candidates for Dayton Mayor. Incumbent Larry Harris and Challengers Jesse Barton and Steve Stephens will be on the program at 8:30 tomorrow morning. Listeners are invited to call in their questions.

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The Hull-Daisetta Mayhaw Festival “7 on 7” Tournament is Saturday at the Hull-Daisetta High School Football Stadium, starting at 8 a.m. Cost to enter is $50 per team to be divided between players. For more information, call 936-587-4956.

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The Liberty Panthers Baseball Team travels to Huffman to take on the Falcons tonight at 6 p.m. Our live broadcast of the Liberty vs. Huffman game starts at 5:50 this evening.

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FUNERALS: Cecil M. Jester, 81, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. Friday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** David Howard, 30, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** E. F. “Ed” Noack, 86, of Simmons Bottom, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Simmons Bottom Assembly of God Church.

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.37ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 80, MONDAY APRIL 25RD, 2005-

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A Liberty Co. jail escape lasted for about 8 hours. Sunday at 5:45AM a CCA jail head count was ok but at 7:30 James Paul Hoaglin-26 of Tarkington was gone. Before 4PM Sunday, with big help from Constable Royce Wheeler, his deputy and S.O. deputies he was arrested just over the line in San Jacinto Co. He had stolen a pickup at Chapman Mobile Home Sales in Liberty. That too was recovered and Hoaglin faces several new felonies. .

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The Liberty City Council met briefly Thursday for a decision on where to locate a new animal shelter. City Manager Allen Barnes said they discussed the issue then voted to build a larger shelter adjacent to the new fire station scheduled for Lakeland Dr. soon The money saving idea came about when bids on a shelter next to the Liberty Police Dept. were to high. Mr. Barnes said bidding the two building together should save money.

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One of Liberty’s real can-do volunteers was honored Thursday night. The Liberty Masonic Lodge presented their cherished Community Builder Award for non-Mason’s who exemplify the Masonic service spirit. Honored was Helen Vickery for her service in many important community ventures. Mason R.B. McDonald earned a 50 yr. pin.. 25-yr. Masons recognized were Neal Thornton and Richard Felice. The Golden Trowel Award for service excellence by a member went to Jesse Lopez. He has held most every office for the local Masons. . ****************************************************

TVE Facilities Mgr. James Bricker said the Friday May 6th’s Pro-Bull Riding Challenger Tour will have the nation’s top bull riders competing here. Riders signed up include 2002 PBR World Champion Ednei Caminhas, a 2002 finalist J. W. Hart, 2005 top rookie Jake McIntyre and 2004 National Finals Winner Paulo Crimber. Advance tickets are on sale now at Baskins, Tractor Supply ,BJ Ford, and TVE Fairgrounds-all in Liberty.

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The Annual “Kidfish” is this Saturday from 9 to Noon at the Liberty City Park. Sponsored by the BJ Ford and the Burnham Family, it is free fishing for kids of all ages. Equipment is furnished if needed.. Call BJ Ford 936-336-2215 for more info.

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pending @ Wells.

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.31ASL***

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 79, FRIDAY APRIL 22ND, 2005-

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After attending a three-day seminar on Courthouse Security in Fort Worth, Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said he would now complete a survey to identify potential problems at the Liberty County Courthouse and develop procedures to deal with them. Sheriff Arthur has, along with law enforcement officers across the nation, been reviewing the issue after violent incidents in Atlanta and Washington D.C. Sheriff Arthur said solutions range from locking rooms that are not in use to possibly installing metal detectors and restricting building entrances.

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The Dayton School Board met Tuesday and approved more renovations and improvements to the old 1951 auditorium at the Fredda Nottingham campus. The Board gave their blessing to a series of projects that includes raising the floor area, painting, plumbing and replacing interior and exterior doorframes at a cost of $42,000. Assistant Superintendent Bob Parker said he wanted to postpone until next year any consideration of air conditioning for the auditorium since estimates suggest it would cost $150,000 and that is too large a sum to take on at this time.

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Last week, House Joint Resolution 35, co-authored by Representative John Otto was defeated on the floor of the Texas House. The bill was intended to establish a set cap on how much property values could be raised in a year. John Otto, who represents Liberty County in Austin, said he felt the bill would create meaningful property tax relief and was disappointed that no one even had a chance to debate the issue.

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Entries are still being accepted for the 2005 Hull-Daisetta Mayhaw Festival Beauty Pageant on Wednesday April 27th at 7 p.m. in the Hull-Daisetta High School Auditorium. Contestants who are 1 year through the 12th grade can compete. Entry fee is $15. The official deadline to enter is today, but Pageant Chair Amy Burchfield said she will continue to accept them through mid-day tomorrow. Call 936-336-6340.

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FUNERALS: Elizabeth Freytag Wallace, 71, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. today at the Moulton Catholic Cemetery in Moulton, Tx. ** Thera Maurine Moore, 63, of Cleveland, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.98 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 78, THURSDAY APRIL 21ST, 2005-

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The arrest of a student for selling cocaine at Dayton High School last Thursday has resulted in criticism of the Liberty County Juvenile Probation Department by some district officials. Superintendent Greg Hayman said the Probation Dept. fails to do their job and youthful offenders such as the one in question go unpunished. In her department’s defense, 28-year-Juvenile Probation Director Carolyn Loftin said the suspected drug dealer was identified as an illegal immigrant and turned over to federal immigration authorities in Houston. County Attorney Jack Hartel said the youth is still in custody and would either be returned to Mexico or charges would be filed against him here.

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First Liberty National Bank, as trustees of the late Dr. Richard C. and Esther Bellamy Educational Trust, has named this year’s Bellamy Scholars. This year Travis Andrew Berry and Hadyn Noelle Standish, both of Liberty, Brandon John Glenn of Dayton and Clarissa Faun Madl of Hardin will each receive $10,000 in scholarship funds from the Trust. An additional $3,000 goes to Jenny Kristine Rodriquez, a 1999 LHS graduate, now a medical student. In the 24 years since its creation, the Bellamy Trust has provided $1, 346,000 in scholarship funds to a total of 167 students in South Liberty County.

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The grand opening of the City of Liberty’s new water park is Saturday with a Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. City Manager Allen Barnes said the 2,000 square foot splash park is located near the playground area in the Liberty City Park off Cook Road and offers lots of interactive water features for children of all ages.

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The Liberty Panthers Baseball Team is back home tomorrow night to host the Cleveland Indians. The game starts at 7 p.m. All Nine Sports live broadcast begins with the pre-game at 6:50 p.m.

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FUNERALS: Rosa Mae Kelley, 91, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Dayton. ** Jean Eastman, 74, of Devers, Services at 10 a.m. today at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** Elvira Evelyn Herrod, 81, Services at 2 p.m. today at Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd. ** Alphie Lillian Casey, 99, of Mont Belvieu, Services at 3 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.45 ASL***

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 77, WEDNESDAY APRIL 20TH, 2005-

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According to a letter from the US Department of Justice procedures of both the May 15th, 2004 and Feb. 5th, 2005 Liberty County Hospital District Elections are ok. The May 7th, 2005 Hospital District Board Election has also been pre-cleared. Asst. Co. Attorney Mark Beausoleil says the federal lawsuit will not be over with until the US Court in Beaumont hears an argument the case is moot and should be dismissed. A similar lawsuit is pending in state court with no date set for it.

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Information indicates Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Michelle DeShotel and Reserve Curtis Trousdale were on Hwy 90 in Liberty yesterday when Michael Bay of Dayton pulled out in front of their patrol car. Deputy DeShotel tried to avoid impact and lost control. The patrol car ended up on its roof as it slid along the highway. Both deputies were treated for minor injuries at Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital. Alcohol may have been an issue with the other driver. The DPS is investigating.

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On Monday Dayton City Council agreed to split the job of City Secretary into two jobs. Longtime City Secretary Terri Dryden will retire after the May election. Interim City Manager Norman Dykes recommended the change. He said Mrs. Dryden has been handling a vast number of duties from a “human resources area”. Council approved the creation of an -Administrative Services Assistant- to assume many of those duties.

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The Liberty ISD, will handle early voting for the Liberty County Hospital District Board Election. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays today through Tuesday May 3rd at the Administration Building on Grand Ave. This is a change from first reports. Early voters are reminded to bring their voter registration cards.

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Of 12 candidates for Hospital District Board Herman Simien withdrew and is not on the ballot. Dr. Joe Crane filed, on time, to run as a write-in candidate to be one of the five.

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FUNERALS: Edyth Ranea DeBoard, 50, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. today at Life Fellowship Church in Liberty. ** Larry Wayne Arnold, 51, of Wallisville, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahauc. ** Florise Elizabeth Freytag Wallace, 71, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Moulton Catholic Cemetery in Moulton, Tx. **

***LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.15 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 76, TUESDAY APRIL 19TH, 2005-

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Early voting for the May 7th City Council and School Trustee Elections starts tomorrow and continues through Tuesday May 3rd. Five candidates are vying for three at-large positions on the Liberty City Council, there are four candidates for two Dayton City Council seats and a three-way race for Dayton Mayor. Additionally, voters in the South Liberty County Hospital District will be casting ballots to select five members for the Hospital District Board from the 12 candidates in the running. Early voting for the Hospital District Board is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at the Liberty ISD Administration Offices on Grand Avenue. Request mail in ballots for the Hospital District Election by writing to: Early Voting Clerk, Liberty County Hospital District No. 1, PO Box 230, Liberty, TX, 77575.

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Liberty Police Officer Sheree Peak said 34-year-old Jason Parker of Kounzte was stopped on Hwy 146 preparing to make a left turn just after 8 a.m. yesterday when a vehicle driven by Mathew Kennedy, 28, of Liberty hit the back of his truck. Parker’s larger truck was spun around, then flipped over. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and suffered only minor injuries. Mathew Kennedy was cited for failure to control speed.

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According to Kenefick Volunteer Fire Fighter Kevin Theiss, his department arrived at the Woodland Hills home of Jay Overbay shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday. At that time, a “single wide” mobile home used for storage at already been completely destroyed and the backside of the Overbay residence was also ablaze. With help from the Dayton, Hwy 321 and Tarkington Volunteer Departments, the fire was extinguished. The home suffered heavy damage, a boat near the home was destroyed and a car was also damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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KSHN Radio begins a new series of candidate forums tomorrow morning at 8:30 on the All Nine Partyline Program. Tomorrow’s featured guests are the two candidates for Position #4 on the Dayton School Board, Robert Pickle and Paul Kelly.

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FUNERALS: Shirley A. “Kitty” Stinnett, 68, formerly of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. today at Broussard’s Mortuary in Beaumont. ** Glenn Mullins, 81, formerly of Liberty, Services were last Saturday. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 75, MONDAY APRIL 18TH, 2005-

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Investigation into the murder of an elderly Cleveland couple continues. Antonio Rodriquez, 80, and his 78-year-old wife Luz were slain at home last Thursday morning. Now we have it, on good authority, that death to both was by strangulation. We also are sure that one man took a polygraph, or lie detector, examination on Friday. He was interviewed after bloodhounds lead lawmen from the murder scene to his apartment. Two other men were interviewed and released. It is likely Mrs. Rodriquez, who was in bad health was strangled in her bed, but may have watched as her husband was pursued and slain before she suffered the same fate. Cleveland Police Detective Tom Yates said, last week, he does not know what the motive was yet.

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The Liberty County Central Appraisal District has re-opened their satellite office in Cleveland to save residents there the drive to Liberty. A new web page is being developed and is partially operational. It will be added to until finished. Go to KSHN.COM –click on government and then Liberty Co. C.A.D for a looksee.

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The Annual Hull-Daisetta Mayhaw Festival is coming up Tuesday April 26th through Saturday April 29th. Events include the Kiddie Trail Ride, the Mayhaw Festival Parade, the BBQ Cook-Off, the 42 Tournament, the Cake and Jelly Contest, the Photo Contest, the Carnival, Beauty Pageant and the Street Dance with “Southern Breeze” from 8 p.m. to Midnight on April 29th. For more information on the activities at this year’s Mayhaw festival, contact Marvin Fregia at 936- 536-6202 or Larry Taff at 936-536-6274.

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Dayton City Council has interviewed their seven favorite City Manager candidates and will decide tomorrow if they want to re-interview from two to four of them. Interim Manager Norman Dykes has joined in the interviews for his perspective on the candidates. He said council is absolutely of one mind in the effort to get the best new administrator possible for Dayton.

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 74, FRIDAY APRIL 15TH, 2005-

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According to Precinct #6 JP Fred Dishongh, it was early yesterday afternoon when a family member found the bodies of Antonio and Luz Rodriguez in their home on Waco Street in Cleveland. Investigators said the elderly couple was murdered. Autopsies were ordered to determine how they were killed.

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The 13th Annual Dayton Ole Tyme Days starts today and continues through Sunday in Downtown Dayton. Tomorrow’s activities include the car show, the barbecue cook off, the Junior Chili Cook Off, food booths, arts and crafts, live entertainment through out the day and the Street Dance tomorrow night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with music provided by Troy McManus and “Texas Live”. Street Dance Tickets are $7 each at the gate. Sunday’s activities include the “Lil’ Mister and Miss” Pageant and the Antique Tractor Display and Parade.

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According to Congressman Kevin Brady, the US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would permanently repeal what is commonly known as the “death tax”. The Houston Republican, who represents a portion of Liberty County, said the current 47% tax on inheritance is not only unfair but also an inefficient way to raise revenue, discouraging savings and hurting small businesses, family ranches and farms. In the past, similar bills have not made it past the US Senate.

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Today is the final day to file Federal Income Tax Returns without penalty. Taxpayers who have not filed for an extension need to have their returns in the mail or on line by Midnight. The post offices in Liberty, Dayton and Hardin, as well as most others will make sure any return mailed by Midnight will be postmarked with today’s date.

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Fresh from their 6 to 5 win over Tarkington Wednesday, the Liberty Panthers travel north again tonight, this time to Splendora, for a district match up with the Wildcats. The start time for tonight’s game is 7 o’clock. All Nine Sports Live broadcast of Liberty Panthers Baseball begins at 6:50 tonight.

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FUNERALS: Margaret Broussard, 61, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 73, THURSDAY APRIL 14TH, 2005-

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Interim Superintendent Dr. Hugh Hayes is leading the search for a new full-time Liberty School Superintendent. The veteran educator, who is also a consultant with Region 4 Superintendent Search Services, said like most school districts the LISD shines in several areas. The areas in need of improvement are in student academic performance. Dr. Hayes said math scores on the TAKS test is one area in need of improvement and there also seems to be a gap with the academic performance ability of minority children in the district as well.

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The Liberty City Council met Tuesday night and rejected all bids on the proposed construction of a new animal shelter. Preliminary cost projections prepared by architect Richard Edwards suggested the 2,000 square foot shelter would cost around $100,000, but all four bids came in much higher. City Manager Allen Barnes said Matt Harris of Pelco Construction, submitted the lowest bid and it was $50,000 higher than the estimated cost. The consensus among Council members was the city would be better off to build the animal shelter on the newly purchased fire station property, since bidding the two projects together would attract more bidders and better prices.

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The Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Secretary-Bosses Luncheon is set for Wednesday April 27th at Noon in the City of Liberty Auditorium. Now re-named the “Administrative Professional’s Luncheon”, the event features lunch provided by Ken Owens Catering and door prizes donated by local businesses. Tickets are $12 each and space is filling up fast. Make your reservations early by calling 936-336-5736.

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Free shuttle bus rides to and from the Dayton Ole Tyme Days will be available Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, they continue from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Buses leave hourly from Dayton High School on Hwy 321 and from Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School on Hwy 146. For more information, link to the Ole Tyme Days Web site from “Upcoming Events” at kshn.com.

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FUNERALS: Faye Lee Watson, 76, of New Caney, Graveside Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Huffman Cemetery. ** James David Laswell, 72, of Hardin, Private Memorial Services tomorrow. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 72, WEDNESDAY APRIL 13TH, 2005-

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Reports indicate it was early Monday afternoon when Scotty Baucom, said to be in his 30’s, attempted to hang himself from an entry gate archway to private property about 1 mile north of Hwy 90 on FM 770. The Daisetta man, who has had recurrent personal problems according to law enforcement, was hanging by the neck when Precinct #2 Constable Jimmy Belt and his Deputy Juan Alfaro arrived at the scene. Quickly lifting the man so the rope could be untied, the officers performed first responder treatment until Liberty County EMS arrived. Scott Baucum is listed in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, but family members say he is improving.

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Liberty County Commissioners heard County Treasurer Linda Leonard’s monthly report at their meeting yesterday. Mrs. Leonard said the County’s total deposits in March were over $8, 281,000 and general fund deposits were over $5.2 million. Pay outs were slightly more than $3,240,000, leaving the County’s cash balance at the end of March at $11, 642,544.

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Sponsors are needed for the 11th Annual DARE/ Bridgehaven Golf Tournament on Friday June 3rd at Magnolia Ridge Country Club in Liberty. The DARE program brings drug abuse resistance education to schools in Liberty and Chambers Counties, while Bridgehaven provides support services to abused children in both counties. Proceeds from the tournament are divided equally between the two organizations. For more information call the District Attorney’s Office in Liberty at 936-336-4609 or in Anahauc at 409-267-8273.

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The Dayton Ole Tyme Days will have “Family Night” Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Unlimited ride carnival armbands will be $12 each. Call 936-258-2642 for more information.

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The Liberty Panthers are in Tarkington tonight for a second district match up with the Longhorns in a game that was rescheduled due to wet conditions up on the Prairie Monday. The first pitch is at 6 p.m. Our live broadcast of Liberty Panthers Baseball starts around 5:50 this evening.

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FUNERALS: Charlie Jean Babb, 62, of Moss Hill, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Pentecostal Tabernacle in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 71, TUESDAY APRIL 12TH, 2005-

****************************************************Liberty School Trustees will host a public meeting tomorrow to gain community input on developing a profile of the person to be selected as the next Liberty School Superintendent. Dr. Hugh Hayes, the interim superintendent, is also a consultant with the Region Four Education Service Center. Dr. Hayes said they have about 25 applications for the position so far and he expects a few more in the next two weeks. Members of the community are invited to share their ideas on Dr. Patty Shafer’s replacement. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the LISD Administration Building Boardroom on Grand Ave.

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U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady said the new “Transportation Equity Act” was passed through the House of Representatives by a lopsided 417-9 vote and should pass the U.S. Senate as well. Congressman Brady, who represents a small portion of Liberty County, said the bill could increase Texans’ return on gas tax money sent to Washington for federal transportation funding from 86 to 91 cents for every dollar. Congressman Brady said if the act becomes law, Texas could get as much as $16 billion for highways over the next 6 years.

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Advance tickets are now on sale for the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Challenger Series Professional Bull Riding Event at the TVE Fairgrounds on Friday May 6th. This year’s PBR event features $10,000 in prize money and this is the only bull riding competition anywhere on this date. Some of the nation’s top bull riders are expected to compete. Tickets are $15 in advance for adults, $10 for kids under 12. Advance tickets are available at Baskin’s Department Store, BJ Ford and Tractor Supply, all in Liberty as well as at the TVE Fairgrounds Office on FM 563. Gate tickets will $17.50 adults, $12.50 children.

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The Dayton Broncos host the Crosby Cougars tonight at 7 p.m. Larry Wadzeck will have all the action starting at 6:50 on KSHN Radio. The Liberty Panthers Baseball Game against Tarkington was rescheduled due to wet conditions for tomorrow night at 6 in Tarkington. Listen to the game live here on All Nine Sports starting around 5:50 p.m. Wednesday.

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FUNERALS: Bobby Bryan Bailey, 39, of Splendora, Memorial Service to be scheduled later. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 70, MONDAY APRIL 11TH, 2005-

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DPS Trooper Jack Dean said 17-year-old Christopher DeLucia of Dayton was traveling too fast for conditions when he attempted to pass another vehicle on FM 1409 around 7 a.m. Friday. The vehicle went on to the unimproved shoulder of the southbound lane, and the driver lost control. Trooper Dean said DeLucia’s vehicle crossed both lanes of traffic, before going into a ditch and becoming airborne. It hit a tree about 10 feet off the ground, spun around and flipped upside down. In spite of the dramatic nature of the wreck, both DeLucia and his passenger, Justin K. Harris were both wearing their seatbelts and suffered only minor cuts and abrasions.

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Liberty City Manager Allen Barnes said the city’s new spray ground called “Splash Pad” is expected to open in a week or so. The 2,000 square foot water playground has about 20 water features and Barnes said technicians from the Waco Company that built the $149,000 park would be making water pressure adjustments this week in anticipation of a public opening next week. The more than 25-year-old City swimming pool has been demolished and filled in, but Allen Barnes said he hopes to see a new pool built within the next 3 to 5 years.

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The Annual Candlelight Vigil for the Victims of Crime and Child Abuse is tomorrow night at 6:30 in the 75th District Courtroom of the Liberty County Courthouse. Part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the vigil is a time for the public to recognize the devastating impact of violence on individuals, communities and the nation as a whole. Everyone is encouraged to come and show support for crime and child abuse victims.

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The Liberty Panthers Baseball Team travels to Tarkington tonight. The game starts at 6 p.m. Listen to it live on KSHN. We will have the Dayton Vs Crosby game tomorrow at 7 pm. .

The 2005 Relay for Life in So. Liberty County produced $69,200 over the past weekend with more money to be turned in. That is less than a year ago but volunteers say it is still one more step towards a cure for cancer and that’s what they set out to do.

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FUNERALS: Esther May Douzat 87, Dayton Serv.Tues. 10 At Pace Stancil-Dayton.**Arnel Reese 93, of Jasper, Services at 10 today in Jasper.**Rev. L.C.Aldridge died Sun.-Service pending

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 69, FRIDAY APRIL 8TH, 2005-

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Early voting for all of the May 7th City Council and School Board Elections, as well as the Election for the 5-member Liberty County Hospital District Board starts Wednesday April 20th and continues through Tuesday May 3rd. Early voting for Hospital District Board Members is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the LISD Administration Offices on Grand Avenue in Liberty. Twelve candidates are running at large for seats on the hospital board. They are Kim Anderson, Jim Barker, Teddy Boyer, LaDonna Cain, Kathy Dagle, Cissy Drake, Eliza Mae Guidry, Bill Johnson, Charles Kaemmerling, Tom Miksch, Herman Semien and C. Bruce Stratton.

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US Congressman Ted Poe said such prominent victim’s rights activists as “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh and Ernie Allen, Head of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children support his recently introduced Child Predator Act. The Houston Republican who represents most of Liberty County in Washington said one of the bill’s provisions would make it a federal crime if a child sex offender fails to register with authorities. The bill also creates a nationwide database that allows anyone to access the names, addresses and photos of all child sex offenders living in a given area.

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The results from last Saturday’s Liberty Jubilee Parade saw 1st Place in the Small Floats Division awarded to Darbie Woods and Bailee Herndon for “Spring Break at the Beach”. Trace Morgan, Jake Vaught, Jackson Pope, Matthew Mangum, Josh Sell and Eric Sermeno won 1st Place in the Walking Division for “First Day of Baseball”. The top award in the Bikes Division went to Gregory Winters for “Halloween”. 1st Place in Pets n’ Pals: Javier Machacek and his dog, “Jakolbie” for “I Love Rodeo Days”.

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The Dayton Broncos Baseball Team is on the road tonight for a district match up with the Yellowjackets at Galena Park. Our live broadcast starts around 6:50. Start time is 7 p.m.

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FUNERALS: Darrell Eugene Mayfield, 52, of Houston, Private Services this afternoon. ** Natalie Adele Clark, 79, of Devers, Services at 10 a.m. today at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty. ** Thelma Ludine Seal, 85, of Bryan, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 68, THURSDAY APRIL 7TH, 2005-

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17-year-old Bana Varnon, Editor-In-Chief of the “Bronco Beat” at Dayton High School was presented the prestigious David S. Barr Award for journalistic achievement at a ceremony in Washington D.C. The award is given to only one high school student each year. School Officials censored Ms. Varnon’s report in her school’s newspaper last year that was critical of some aspects of city government. Her tenacity in pursuing students’ rights under freedom of the press earned her the award.

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Daisetta Police Chief Mike Parrish said two men were arrested in separate incidents, both involving suspected drug possession. Joseph Carl Fregia, 27, of Daisetta was taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance last Thursday night following a search of his home. Chief Parrish said Jamie Lee Winstead of Dayton was arrested Tuesday for Attempted Theft with drug possession charges pending. The drug charges can be enhanced since both arrests were within 1,000 feet of Hull-Daisetta High School, a “drug free zone”.

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Information from the US Attorney’s Office indicates, Keith Alfred Randall, 29, pled guilty in federal court Tuesday to the January 2004 armed robbery of the Raywood Post Office. The Beaumont man admitted to holding a postal worker at gunpoint, stealing money, blank money orders and an imprinting machine, then sending people out to cash the printed money orders. At the time of Randall’s arrest, 19 of the stolen money orders and the handgun used in the robbery were found in his vehicle.

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The 4th Annual South Liberty County Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society is tomorrow night through Saturday morning at Liberty’s Memorial Stadium. Entertainment this year includes performances by the Liberty County Line Dancers, local Christian Praise Group “Broken Vessel” and the country-rock band the “Cayapenos”. The public is invited.

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FUNERALS: Gordan Alvin Svoboda, 78, of Crosby, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Crosby. ** Etheline McCoy Mallett, 80, of Longview, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Rader Funeral Home in Longview. ** Michael Kent Lunceford, 49, of Spring, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 67, WEDNESDAY APRIL 6TH, 2005-

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U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, who represents portions of Liberty County in Washington, is urging taxpayers to take advantage of the new law that allows sales tax to be deducted from federal income tax. The Houston Republican authored the law and according to IRS charts, a family of four with an income between $30,000 and $40,000 per year is eligible to deduct $730 from their itemized federal tax return. Find out more on line at irs.gov. publication 600 or consult your local tax professional.

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After much discussion, the Dayton City Council came to an agreement with members of the Dayton Community Development Corporation Board on a $30,000 grant request from Attorney Wes Hinch for renovation of the old bank building at Main and Cook Streets. Two weeks ago Council made changes in the performance agreement for that request that required Hinch to pay back 100% of the grant money if he sold the renovated building after the first year. That amount would decrease by one-third over three years. Monday night, Dayton Council approved by a 4 to 0 vote the DCDC’s own revision that reduces the payback to 50% over just two years.

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Information is that 49-year-old Mike Lunceford was found dead of a gunshot wound around 4:30 Monday morning in Spring. The well-known former Liberty resident apparently committed suicide but an official ruling is awaiting autopsy results. Mike Lunceford was a former Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy, a professional airplane pilot, an announcer for the old KPXE Radio in Liberty, Methodist Minister in training and worked the longest period of his life for oil field related industries.

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Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton has a Memorial to Pope John Paul II open to the public Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until a new pope is selected. A book of remembrance is available for signing. It will later be sent to the Vatican. Sterling Funeral Home is at 602 N. Main in Dayton.

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FUNERALS: Vicki Tems, 62, of Anahuac, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. ** Howard E. Worthington, 66, of Point Blank, Services held Tuesday. ** Thomas Lee Sims, 73, of Huffman, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 66, TUESDAY APRIL 5TH, 2005-

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Liberty Police Chief Bill Griffin said a tip led officers to recapture three fugitives from Louisiana Sunday evening. Liberty Police received word that Douglas Carol II, Paul Day and Paul Schexnider were in Liberty. Day and Schexnider were wanted for escape from the Vernon Parish Jail, while Carol was suspected of helping in their escape. With assistance from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Dept., and the Chambers-Liberty Narcotics Task Force, Liberty Police located Day and Carol at Lewie’s in Liberty. Schexnider was arrested at a campsite north of Hwy 90. All three have been returned to Louisiana.

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The 13th Annual Dayton Ole Tyme Days is April 15th through the 17th in Downtown Dayton. The weekend’s festivities include arts and crafts, live music, food, a carnival, a petting zoo, antique car show, 4 x 4 competition, barbecue contest, the Junior Chili Cook Off and more. For more information, link to the Ole Tyme Days web site from kshn.com

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In the coming days, the torch over the world’s largest Christian Denomination will pass to a new pontiff. According to Father David Edwards of Liberty’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the selection process for choosing a new pope will be somewhat different than in years past. Formerly, the election process was only for the hardiest candidates, since cardinals were required to remain in a secured area, sleeping on cots, until a new pope was elected no matter how long it took. Now, for the first time, a new Head of the Church will be chosen from among 117 cardinals from around the world staying in more modern, comfortable accommodations at the Vatican.

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The big winners at this year’s Liberty Jubilee Barbecue Cook Off were the “Chevy Cookers” and Head Cook John D. Clifton, who won 1st place in the Chef’s Choice, Brisket and Fajitas Divisions, as well as Overall Grand Champion. Dozier Partlow and “the Blah Gully Cookers” won 1st place in Margaritas and Joey Stone’s “Just Apply Heat Cookers” took 1st Place in Ribs.

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FUNERALS: James David Laswell, 72, of Hardin, Services at 4 p.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. ** Emma Lou LaBuff Trout, 82, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 65, MONDAY APRIL 4TH, 2005-

Eli Rich, 23, of Liberty has been awarded the Bronze Star for combat heroism in Iraq on August 26, 2004. Sgt. Rich was point man and sharp shooter for his squad, said by one news media source, to be in some of the most intense close quarter combat since Vietnam. Eli Rich is the son of Kathy Brunsen of Liberty and grandson of Shirley Blake and the late Bobby Blake of Liberty. He is married to the former Ashley Heim of Liberty. The couple has two children. He is back on American soil and will be in Liberty this week. Sgt. Eli Rich also earned a Purple Heart for non-life threatening combat injuries.

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No one was injured, but a train/car collision Saturday added some unexpected excitement to Liberty Jubilee activities. Liberty Police Officer Janie Villatoro said 43-year-old Sharon Fields of Houston parked her car too close to the Union Pacific Rail Crossing on Austin Street. She was here to work as a clown at the Jubilee. (No jokes, please) Her car was struck by a Union Pacific train sustaining heavy damage. Ms. Field was cited for no required insurance and parking too near to a railroad crossing.

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The 4th South Liberty County Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society is Friday thru Saturday AM at Liberty Memorial Stadium. Organizer Judi Glover said 45 teams have signed up with room for more. The Silent Auction begins at 6:30 and continues until 9 Friday. The Relay starts with the Cancer Survivors Lap at 7 p.m. This year, luminaries to honor or memorialize a loved one can be purchased at Liberty Wal-Mart Store for a minimum donation of $5. For more information on the Relay for Life, call 936-336-3716 or 936-258-5539.

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State Senator Tommy Williams, whose District includes Liberty County announced Friday the Texas Senate has passed Senate Bill 734. Williams’ Bill allows landowners to hunt on their property, within certain guidelines, even if their land has recently been annexed by a city that bans firearms. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 64, FRIDAY APRIL 1ST, 2005-

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The 20th Annual Liberty Jubilee is today and tomorrow in Downtown Liberty with fun for the entire family. Tomorrow’s full day of activities includes the parade at 10 a.m., the Antique Show and Sale at City Hall, the Library Book and Bake Sale, food, arts and crafts, children’s rides and games, the petting zoo, and the car show and more. There’s also live musical entertainment on three stages throughout the day. For more information on the Liberty Jubilee, call 936-336-3684.

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Liberty Police Detective Ben Satterwhite said 33-year-old Robert Lambert of Dayton had slowed to make a left turn off FM 563 yesterday morning when he noticed a Suburban coming up behind him too fast, he thought, to stop. Lambert veered onto the right shoulder, the Suburban driven by former Liberty Police Officer James Brown, veered into the northbound lane and hit a pick up truck driven by Tracy Ponder, of Dayton. Neither Lambert nor Ponder was hurt. Jim Brown was taken by ground ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with apparently non- life threatening injuries.

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Assistant County Attorney Mark Beausoleil said 24-year-old Angela Marie Johnson pled guilty to Abuse of Official Capacity before County Court-At-Law Judge Don Taylor on March 24th. Ms. Johnson was charged with the theft of $860 from the Dayton Municipal Court when she worked there as a clerk. Under a plea bargain, the Dayton woman will pay full restitution of the stolen money, a $1,000 fine plus $238 court costs. She was sentenced to 1-year of probation and 100 hours of community service.

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Bank customers are being warned about a new identity theft scam. Prosperity Bank –Liberty President Gary Vandeventer said in the latest attempt to steal personal information, thieves are e-mailing customers claiming they are just attempting to confirm their banking details by following a link provided in a message attached to the e-mail. Vandeventer said financial institutions never verify account information in this manner. Use extreme caution and contact your bank either by a directory listed phone number or in person if faced with such a request.

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FUNERALS: Don Ivy, 74, of Liberty, Services pending at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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