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May 2005

-VOLUME 20 NO. 106, TUESDAY MAY 31ST, 2005-

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U.S. Congressman Ted Poe was the keynote speaker at Monday’s 25th Annual Memorial Day Celebration at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton. Congressman Poe paid tribute to the tens of thousands of Americans who died in the Civil War, the more than 400,000 Americans in World War II and the 55,000 Americans who perished in the Viet Nam War as well as the present day sacrifices being made in Iraq.

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The 2005 Hurricane Season officially begins tomorrow, June 1st and experts agree the time to prepare is now. A Hurricane Supply Kit should include a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, bottled-water - at lease one gallon per day for each person for 3 to 7 days. Also, non-perishable food, any needed prescription medications- at least a 10-day supply, a set of manual tools and a stock of baby items if needed. There are numerous links to more hurricane preparedness information available on line at www.kshn.com.

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A series of severe thunderstorms brought high winds and heavy rain to virtually all of Liberty County Sunday night. Street flooding in both Liberty and Dayton were reported, as were power outages in Liberty, Dayton, Hardin and Moss Hill. Rainfall in Liberty measured a total 8.62 inches.

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Interim School Superintendent Dr. Hugh Hayes said the new Liberty Elementary School currently under construction Grand Ave. should be completed by the end of June. The new facility replaces the worn out San Jacinto Elementary School Facility and is what is called a pod design. No firm plans have been made on the future of the current San Jacinto Campus.

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The Dayton Chamber of Commerce will host “A Taste of Dayton” on June 23rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School on Hwy 146. The public is invited to browse through booths serving samples of food and highlighting Dayton businesses. Call the Dayton Chamber at 936-257-2393.

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FUNERALS: Esther Melasky, 77, of Liberty, Services held Sunday. ** Thomas “T. O.“ Johnson, 91, of Dayton, Services held yesterday. ** H. Riley Prescott, 87, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.00 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 105, FRIDAY MAY 27TH, 2005-

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Legislation passed by State Senator Tommy Williams (R) of the Woodlands and State Representative Craig Eiland (D) of Galveston would give Chambers County its own District Attorney by 2009. According to County Judge Jimmy Sylvia, the rapid population growth in his county and the number of court cases the judicial system is dealing with has created a need for a DA who lives in the county. Mike Little now serves as District Attorney for both Liberty and Chambers County through the shared 253rd District Court. If signed into law by Governor Perry, HB 2564 would create a new 344th Judicial District in Chambers County with its own DA after Mr. Little’s current elected term ends in 2008.

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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Fund has announced a total $72,000 would be divided among six graduating seniors from Liberty County. The recipients of $12,000 spread over four years are Ashley Dawn Stephens from Cleveland, Brandon John Glenn from Dayton, Kristen Paige Swenson from Hardin, Jordan Ross Elder from Hull-Daisetta High and both Travis Andrew Berry and Kaci Rene Meche from Liberty High School. A total $60,000 in scholarships will be divided among Chambers County students. They are Lindsay Carol Barrow from Anahuac, Lauren Michelle Evans from Barbers Hill and three from East Chambers High School- Curtis Chase Benson, Amy Diane Devillier and Amy Katherine Simon. The organization’s overall commitment to education in the Greater Houston Area this year is $7.5 million.

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A new federal law requires the three major national credit reporting companies to provide each person one free credit report per year. In Texas, that service becomes available after June 1st, 2005. The credit companies have funded a single web site through which the free credit reports and lots of other information are available on line. The combined web site address is annualcreditreport.com.

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The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty and Dayton will be closed on Monday for the Memorial Day Holiday. Garbage service in both cities will run as scheduled. All post offices and banks will be closed for the holiday. All offices will reopen for their regular hours on Tuesday.

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.29 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 104, THURSDAY MAY 26TH, 2005-

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DPS Sgt. Ryan Arthur reminds motorists traveling this holiday weekend that Liberty County’s Highway Patrol will be out in force looking for speeders and those who drink and drive. Sgt. Arthur said the State’s “Click It or Ticket” Campaign means troopers will also be targeting drivers and passengers who are not properly buckled up. Drivers are urged to make sure their seatbelts are secured, to obey posted speed limits and to designate a driver if they have been drinking alcohol. In addition to traffic fines, there is the risk of serious injury or worse.

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State Senator Tommy Williams has authored a bill that, if passed, would allow Texas property owners to contest their appraisal value through binding arbitration. Property owners can currently protest their appraisals before the Appraisal Review Board and that does not change, but Senator Williams said SB 1351 gives them an option to a potentially costly lawsuit if they disagree with the Board’s decision. The bill passed the Texas Senate earlier this month and is now in the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Liberty High School’s Athletic Standout Andrew Moss has committed to play college football at East Baptist University in Marshall in the fall. The LHS Senior, who graduates this week, says he wants to be coaching at the end of the next four years. His own Head High School Football Coach, Jeff Stewart, said he is going to be a good one.

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The Liberty Training/West Liberty High School Alumni and Ex-Students Association will host a conference on African American History in our area on Saturday at 1st Liberty National Bank. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the conference includes a Veterans Ceremony at the restored Oddfellows Cemetery. Call John Wright at 936-336-6390 if you plan to attend.

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FUNERALS: Tommy Coulter, 60, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at 1st Baptist Church of Dayton. ** Opal M. Fregia Mott, 65, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Jimmie Louise Swensen, 79, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at 1st Baptist Church in Liberty. ** Claudine Stephenson, 95, of Liberty, Services pending at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.36 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 104, THURSDAY MAY 26TH, 2005-

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DPS Sgt. Ryan Arthur reminds motorists traveling this holiday weekend that Liberty County’s Highway Patrol will be out in force looking for speeders and those who drink and drive. Sgt. Arthur said the State’s “Click It or Ticket” Campaign means troopers will also be targeting drivers and passengers who are not properly buckled up. Drivers are urged to make sure their seatbelts are secured, to obey posted speed limits and to designate a driver if they have been drinking alcohol. In addition to traffic fines, there is the risk of serious injury or worse.

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State Senator Tommy Williams has authored a bill that, if passed, would allow Texas property owners to contest their appraisal value through binding arbitration. Property owners can currently protest their appraisals before the Appraisal Review Board and that does not change, but Senator Williams said SB 1351 gives them an option to a potentially costly lawsuit if they disagree with the Board’s decision. The bill passed the Texas Senate earlier this month and is now in the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Liberty High School’s Athletic Standout Andrew Moss has committed to play college football at East Baptist University in Marshall in the fall. The LHS Senior, who graduates this week, says he wants to be coaching at the end of the next four years. His own Head High School Football Coach, Jeff Stewart, said he is going to be a good one.

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The Liberty Training/West Liberty High School Alumni and Ex-Students Association will host a conference on African American History in our area on Saturday at 1st Liberty National Bank. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the conference includes a Veterans Ceremony at the restored Oddfellows Cemetery. Call John Wright at 936-336-6390 if you plan to attend.

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FUNERALS: Tommy Coulter, 60, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at 1st Baptist Church of Dayton. ** Opal M. Fregia Mott, 65, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Jimmie Louise Swensen, 79, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at 1st Baptist Church in Liberty. ** Claudine Stephenson, 95, of Liberty, Services pending at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.36 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 103, WEDNESDAY MAY 25TH, 2005-

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Liberty County Commissioners met yesterday and were presented with formal notification, required by law, from Sheriff’s Department Investigator Ronnie Alexander, of the formation of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #92. Alexander, elected first president of the organization said while the group is not a union, they would be negotiating with the County for better pay and benefits for Sheriff’s Deputies. County Judge Lloyd Kirkham said negotiations with the newly formed lodge would be handled for the County by Houston Attorney Kenneth Wall.

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The search for drowning victim Charles Carrington of Baytown, ended shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, when a search team on loan from the City of Cleveland found the 27-year-old man not far from where he disappeared beneath the waters of the Trinity River on Sunday. Liberty Police Chief Bill Griffin said Carrington and a friend, Jacob Cook, 20, were swimming across the river at the Hwy 90 Bridge when first one, then the other began to struggle. Cook was able to swim to shore, but Charles Carrington went down and was not seen again.

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The Dayton City Council met Monday night with new Mayor Steve Stephens presiding and approved the low bid of $370,153 from Bright Star Contractors of Beaumont for the South Cleveland Drainage and Street Improvement Project. City Manager Andy Helms said the company has 75 construction days to get the project completed, which should have the work over with before the start of the new school year. Helms said construction would begin within the next two weeks.

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Project ChildSafe, a nationwide program promoting safe firearm handling and storage is providing Liberty County Law Enforcement Agencies with free gun safety locks for distribution to the public. Project Representative Mary Tougher said the gunlocks are being provided to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Liberty, Dayton, Cleveland and Daisetta Police Departments. Contact the nearest police agency for information on obtaining a free gun safety lock.

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FUNERALS: William “Bill” Hubbard, 73, of Cleveland, Services at 2 p.m. today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.36 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 102, TUESDAY MAY 24TH, 2005-

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Assistant Liberty County Attorney Mark Beausoleil said the federal lawsuit brought against the Liberty County Hospital District has been dismissed. The state suit also filed by Hospital District opponents was intended to stop the election of board members. With that election over, the presumption is that action too is history, though there is no official on that yet.

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DPS Narcotics Division Sgt. Brian Nichols said a multi-agency operation lasting from Friday May 13th through Tuesday May 17th resulted in the seizure of small amounts of meth-amphetamine and cocaine, 3 handguns, 1 AR- 15 Assault Rifle, a bulletproof vest, over $24,000 in cash. Officers also seized what have been described as items used in the packaging, distribution and sale of controlled substances. Search warrants were served at various locations around South Liberty County, all either owned or controlled by Erwin Eugene Semien of Raywood. Simien is jailed on one $25,000 bond and six $5,000 bonds on numerous charges of possession of an unlawful firearm, body armor by a felon and a controlled substance.

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With daytime temperatures already rising above the 90- degree mark and heat index values in the high 90’s for the next few days, health experts remind us to take precautions against heat related illness. County Extension Agent Barbara Evans says to limit strenuous outdoor activities to times when temperatures are cooler- early in the morning or late evening- wear loose light-colored clothing and drink plenty of water. Also never leave children or pets unattended in cars on hot days.

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The deadline to enter the 11th Annual DARE/Bridgehaven Golf Tournament has been extended through this Friday. Cost is $60 per player and hole sponsorships are also still available starting at $150. The tournament is on Friday June 3rd at Magnolia Ridge Country Club in Liberty. All proceeds benefit the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program and the Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center. Call 936-336-4609.

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FUNERALS: Charles Roy Meade, Sr., 89, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. today at 1st United Methodist Church in Dayton. ** Margaret Mechell Arredondo, 73, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dayton. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.35 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 101, MONDAY MAY 23RD, 2005-

It was at 5:38 p.m. Sunday when the call came in of what turned out to be a fatal car wreck on US 90, east of Ames. Pronounced dead in his car was Norman Jones, graphics design businessman from Houston, age 64. Witnesses say a gray car was passing several cars when Jones pulled out to also pass. Both swerved to avoid impact but the Houston man rolled several times. No one else was hurt. JP#2 Ronnie Davis ordered an autopsy.

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One hour after the first Sunday tragedy a report of the first drowning of 2005 came in from the Trinity River bridge on US 90. At 6:38 pm most emergency personnel went straight from the wreck on US 90. 20-yr. old Jacob Cook of Baytown said he was swimming with Charles Carrington –27, of Houston.. They had crossed the river, south of the bridge, and were swimming back when Carrington began to struggle. Witnesses said Cook tried to help Carrington but was being dragged under. Finally, he had to swim for his life. Charles Carrington disappeared and is presumed to have drowned. Recovery efforts began before dark.

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The heroism of Army SFC Gary Sundgren, who prevented a suicide bombing in Iraq, inspired associates at Liberty Wal-Mart to say “Thanks” to he and his unit. You are invited to donate items like fishing gear, volleyballs and nets, basketballs and horseshoe games or cash. Wal-Mart Manager Bob Diaz said they hope donations will be ready by Friday for shipment to Iraq. .

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Daisetta Police Chief Mike Parrish said an investigation by his department, with help from other local police agencies resulted in the arrest of a Hull couple on drug charges last week. The arrests were made at the Inn at Liberty Motel that turned up substances believed to be methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription drugs. Chief Parrish said 23-year-old Richard Rives and Lee Anna Carroll, 29 were jailed for illegal drug possession.

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The Liberty Rotary will honor World War II Vets with a special luncheon tomorrow at 11:30 at the Liberty VFW Hall on N.Main St. Veterans planning to attend call Bob Ford at 936-336-6990.

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19-killed in Iraq and Barbers Hill grad, Services Wed-10@ St. John’s Catholic Ch-Baytown

***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.43ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 100, FRIDAY MAY 20TH, 2005-

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said 33-year-old Jack Foyil of Liberty was released from jail Monday only to be arrested for allegedly selling drugs to undercover deputies about 4 hours later. After serving his time on a probation violation, Foyil reportedly went to the Chevron at Hwy 90 and FM 563, approached two undercover offices and allegedly set up a drug deal involving the sale of crystal meth-amphetamine. Delivery was reportedly made at a Dayton car wash and Foyil along with alleged accomplices Tara Mahaffey, 26, of Dayton and Allen Fregia, 26, also of Liberty were arrested. Each is charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

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The Liberty Rotary Club has announced the winners of $10,000 in scholarship money for 2005. The largest award - $2,000- goes to Yale bound Class Valedictorian Justin Jannise. Scholarship awards of $1,000 each go to Liberty High School Seniors Mychal English, Lucinda Mosley, Ellen Fontenot, Scott Richert, Joel Wright, Leah Jordan, Sarah Samuel and Amanda Blalock.

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A jury in Judge C. T. “Rusty” Hight’s 75th District Court found 37-year-old William David Wilson guilty of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon Tuesday and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. DA Mike Little said Dayton Police spotted Wilson walking along Lawrence Street carrying a baseball bat bag containing a rifle in December of last year. Wilson eluded police at that time, but was arrested five days later in Liberty.

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A Runoff Election to determine the winner of the race for Position #1 on the Cleveland City Council is set for June 18th. Neither Incumbent Cleveland Councilman Eddie Lowery nor Challenger Lynne Davidson earned more than 50% of the vote in the May 7th Election and Cleveland’s election rules require a plurality in order for a winner to be declared. Early voting starts Wednesday June 1st.

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FUNERALS: Helen David, 72, of Ames, Services at 11: a.m. tomorrow at St. Miles Baptist Church in Ames. ** W. Jane Moor Wells, 76, of Daisetta, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** Louvenia Anderson, 45, of Anahuac, Services at 11 a.m. today at 1st Baptist Church of Anahauc. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.61 ASL***

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 99, THURSDAY MAY 19TH, 2005-

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After a lengthy executive session Tuesday night, Liberty School Trustees voted to name 53-year-old Mona Chadwick as the lone finalist for Liberty School Superintendent. Ms. Chadwick has been with the Hempstead School District since 1997 and Superintendent there for the past five years. She has also been high school principal, special education teacher and speech pathologist in both the Hempstead and Sonora School Districts. State law requires a 21-day waiting period before an agreement can be finalized. Ms. Chadwick is expected to report to work as LISD Superintendent on or before July 1st.

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According to a Baytown Newspaper report, U.S. Army Private Wesley Robert Riggs, 19, of Mont Belvieu was killed Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded during a routine patrol near Tikrit, Iraq. The 2003 graduate of Barbers Hill High School enlisted in February 2004. One report indicates that 1,622 men and women in the American Military have died since the Iraqi War began in March 2003.

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Dayton School Trustees met Tuesday to swear in the newly elected Bob Pickle to succeed retiring Trustee Buddy Janacek. Superintendent Greg Hayman presented Janacek with a plaque and framed resolution in honor of his 12 years of service to the Dayton ISD. Thomas Payne was also sworn for a new term. The Board voted to award a contract for the expansion of the DHS Cafeteria to low-bidder MoBill Contractors of Spring, a company with a record of completing projects early and under budget. The bid was $687,000.

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Tomorrow is the deadline for players to sign up for the 11th Annual DARE/Bridgehaven Golf Tournament on Friday June 3rd at Magnolia Ridge Country Club in Liberty. Cost to enter is $60 per player and sponsorships are still available starting at $150. All proceeds benefit the Drug Abuse Resistance Program and the Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center. For more information, call 936-336-4609.

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FUNERALS: Genaro Cuellar Garcia, 77, of Cleveland, Memorial services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Garcia Family Home. ** Dora Suttle, 77, of Anahuac, Services at 3 p.m. Friday at 1st Baptist Church in Anahuac. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.57 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 98, WEDNESDAY MAY 18TH, 2005-

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A Hardin woman indicted for the theft of just under $100,000 from 1st Liberty National Bank is now jailed in Tennessee for an alleged bank robbery. Melanie Burleson, 20, was fired from her job at the Liberty Bank when she became the prime suspect in the theft. Last Saturday, according to Tennessee Newspapers, she entered a bank in Gadsden, TN and attempted to rob it with a small handgun. A teller reportedly disarmed her and she fled without any money, only to be arrested a short time later. Melanie Burleson is in the Crockett County Jail in Alamo, Tennessee on a $500,000 bond facing charges that include aggravated robbery, forgery and theft. All that in addition to the theft charges pending against her in Liberty County. Her newborn child is in the custody of relatives in Tennessee.

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The Dayton City Council met Monday to canvass the votes from the May 7th Election, swear in Council Members “Frosty” Pruitt and Barbara Zaruba for new terms and administer the oath of office to new Dayton Mayor Steve Stephens. Outgoing Mayor Larry Harris took the opportunity to express his thanks to all the Dayton Council Members, past and present, he has worked with during his 14 years in office.

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Assistant County Attorney Mark Beausoleil said the temporary restraining order to keep the Liberty County Hospital District from using County money to operate expired on April 30th. He said all that remains, apparently, is the dismissal of lawsuits filed against the District and he believes that will occur.

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Some people are getting an “e-mail” claiming to be from SouthTrust Bank, but is, in fact a scam. The e-mail carries the bank’s logo and says the bank is carrying out a software upgrade, asking customers to click on a link provided. SouthTrust Bank Officials confirm this message is not from them. Customers are reminded their banks would never contact them is this way. Those receiving the e-mail should not respond.

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Liberty County EMS offers a community CPR Course for both citizens and health care providers each month at the old Hardin Lions Club Building on Hwy 146, next to the Hardin Volunteer Fire Station. Classes are held the second Tuesday of each month. Cost is $20. For more information, call 936-536-3080.

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.60 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 97, TUESDAY MAY 17TH, 2005-

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A hearing set for today in a Beaumont Federal Court on the future of the federal lawsuit filed against the Liberty County Hospital District was canceled, when neither party wanted to go forward. Assistant Liberty County Attorney Mark Beausoleil said in his opinion, the lawsuit will be dismissed, but he does not know when a restraining order preventing the Hospital District from receiving any money from Liberty County would be lifted. He did say that he suspects that soon everything would be dropped or allowed to die on both actions filed by opponents against the South Liberty County Hospital District.

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The Dayton Ole Tyme Days Festival Committee has announced the winners of a total $18, 500 in scholarships. Dayton Senior Jeffery Choate gets $2,000 while Jamie Davis, Loren Stanger and Ashley Stephens each receive $1,500. Awards of $1,000 each go to Ray George, Brittany Grant, Ashley Green, Tyler Grote, Luke Landrum, Sonya Lopez, Jessica Quintanar, Janet Rangel, Jordan Rogers, Lindsay Shipman, Ashley Trousdale and Kody White. An estimated 10,000 people visited the Dayton Ole Tyme Days this year, resulting in more scholarship dollars than ever before for Dayton Seniors.

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A Liberty County Grand Jury has indicted 39-year-old Timothy Ebert of Houston for Capital Murder in the shooting death of a

Cleveland convenience store clerk. Ebert is allegedly the gunman that security videos show gunning down the 22-year-old man in the course of a robbery on Sunday February 20th. The tapes show the clerk cooperated entirely with the gunman, but was still shot and killed. Houston Police apprehended Ebert two days after the murder. He remains in the Liberty County Jail, held, so far, without bond. No trial date has yet been set.

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Once again, the Liberty Rotary Club will honor all World War II Veterans in the South Liberty County Area with a special luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday May 24th at the Liberty VFW Hall on North Main Street. Veterans can make reservations by calling Bob Ford at 936-336-6990.

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FUNERALS: Ruth McManus Wise, 93, of Houston, Services held yesterday. ** Marvin Mitchell, 87, of Shepherd, Services at 10 a.m. today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.61ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 96, MONDAY MAY 16TH, 2005-

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Hardin senior Derrick Reescano, is triple-jump AND 400 meter State Champion in Class-2A. His jump was 49 feet, 7 inches at the state finals in Austin. Saturday afternoon Derrick added 400 meter Gold with 48.32 The Hornet track star also captured 2nd place in the long jump with a 23 foot, 8 1/2 inch leap. Dayton Bronco Justin McQueen brought home the silver 2nd place medal in the 400-yard dash in 47.9 seconds.

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Sheriff Greg Arthur said it is best to treat unexplained deaths as a crime. However, a suspicious death on Saturday is now determined to be natural causes. An autopsy in Beaumont Sunday morning determined that Beverly Trahan-57 of Raywood died of internal bleeding from what the medical examiner called gastro-intestinal hemorrhaging with severe sclerosis of the liver caused the woman to bleed to death internally. KSHN Radio reported it as a “suspected” murder most of Sat. when her husband found her body in the bathtub. . ***************************************************

Saturday’s Dayton FFA Livestock Auction brought in$152, 094, a good sale but not a record. Lukas Chachere’s Champion Market Steer sold for $12,000 to Thriftee Food Center, this year’s volume buyer. Reserve Champion Steer shown by Jonathan Mitchell brought $5,770 from Jim and Sharon Wilson.

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Liberty County’s State Senator Tommy Williams said now that his Senate Bill 734 has become law, any property owner whose land was annexed by an incorporated city after September 1st 1981 can legally hunt on their land under certain conditions. The Republican from the Woodlands said the law creates exceptions to all existing city ordinances against discharging firearms like the ones in place in both Liberty and Dayton.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is Wednesday at noon at the Magnolia Ridge Country Club in Liberty since the City Hall Auditorium is closed. .Guest speaker is Kim McMurray of Entergy. Reservations are necessary, since seating is limited. Please call 936-336-5736.

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FUNERALS: Dorothy Dresslar, 87, of Liberty, Services on Monday May 23rd at 2 p.m. at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.57ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 95, FRIDAY MAY 13TH, 2005-

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Liberty County’s State Senator Tommy Williams is one of four Republican lawmakers who voted against House Bill 2, a measure that raises $2.8 billion for school funding with increased sales taxes and revised business taxes. Senator Williams said the bill underwent so many changes on the Senate Floor, the finished product that passed 21 to 10 on Wednesday, bears little resemblance to the legislation approved by the State House. The District #4 State Senator said the latest version of HB 2 does nothing about rising appraisal rates and provides no meaningful property tax relief. The measure now returns to conference committee for further changes.

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The TVE has named the recipients of $35,000 in scholarships for 2005. Kelly Bush and Kristen Swensen, both of Hardin, Amanda Jannise of Dayton and Kara Meche of Liberty will each receive $4,000. Liberty’s Mollie Baker and Daniel Chesson, and Tarkington’s Kasey Jones each get $3,000. Kathleen Brown of Hardin and Jamie Davis of Dayton get $2,500. Mark Arnold- Dayton, Misti Jo Fleet- East Chambers, Haley Kay Lockhart- Hardin, Robert Chase Malecheck- Barbers Hill and Deborah Owens- Dayton, each receive $1,000.

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The Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce has hired 31-year-old Jessica Byerly as their new Executive Director. She replaces longtime Cleveland Chamber Director Joan Meadows who retired last December. Ms. Byerly begins her duties on Monday. There’s a reception for Jessica Byerly Tuesday from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Prosperity Bank in Cleveland.

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The 52nd Annual Magnolia Ridge Country Club Golf Tournament continues today through Sunday. Sponsorship buttons are available for $65 each at Liberty-Dayton Chrysler on the 146 Bypass at Hwy 90 in Liberty.

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FUNERALS: Leroy Dustin Montgomery, Jr., 56, of Cleveland, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Christian Life Center in Cleveland. ** Edward Haarmann, Sr., 51, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Grady Brazil Skillern, 72, of Anahuac, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church in Anahuac. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.30 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 94, THURSDAY MAY 12TH, 2005-

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Dayton Police report it was around 4 p.m. yesterday when a Triangle Petroleum Vacuum Truck overturned and rolled several times on Hwy 146 seven and a half miles south of Hwy 90. Medics on the scene said the driver, 42-year-old Rodney Brents of Liberty, was disoriented after the wreck. He was transported by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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Last Saturday, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gary Sungren of Liberty and his Quick Response Security Team prevented an apparent suicide bombing at an Army Operations Base in Tikrit, Iraq. Sungren and his team pursued a suspicious vehicle away from heavily populated areas and set up guard around it once the driver had been apprehended by Iraqi Police. Sgt. Sungren and wife Stacy have one son, Joshua, age 7. The Sungrens have been Liberty residents since their marriage in 1992.

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The Liberty City Council met Tuesday and approved recommendations from local insurance agent Jim Hall concerning the City’s partially self-funded medical and dental insurance plans. The program will continue to be administered by “Benesight” and follow the same monthly funding of $333 per employee. One change in the program eliminates the $20 co-pay for annual wellness exams, making those free as a way to encourage more city employees to get them.

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Cleveland Police are still seeking the public’s help in the investigation into the murders of an elderly couple last month. The bodies of 80-year-old Antonio Rodriquez and his wife, Luz, 78, were discovered in their home on Waco Street in Cleveland on the morning of April 14th. Reliable sources indicate they were strangled. Cleveland Police Detective Tom Yates said an inventory of the home’s contents by family members could not find anything missing. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Busters at 281-592-0800.

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The Annual Dayton FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo is today through Saturday at the Anson Rigby Arena on Hwy 321. Rodeo performances begin at 7 each night. For tickets or more information, call John Reynolds 936-258-2510.

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***LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.30 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 93, WEDNESDAY MAY 11TH, 2005-

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Liberty County Commissioners voted yesterday to appoint Liberty Realtor Jim Sterling to fill the un-expired term of John Archer on the Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District Board. Archer resigned last week, citing a possible conflict of interest involving a business deal he was working on. In other action, disagreements between the County and the Dayton VFD were finally worked out so Commissioners approved the contract with various departments for fire protection service.

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A Liberty County EMS Ambulance was en route to an emergency call around 8:30 Monday night when a pick up truck pulled out in front of the emergency vehicle on Hwy 90 in Liberty. The collision sent the ambulance driver, EMS technician Michael Ross to Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital with minor injuries. It was Ross’ first day on the job with Liberty County EMS. Two other medics were unhurt. DPS investigators said the pick up truck driver, Leland Boyd McElhatten, 34, of Raywood, allegedly failed a roadside sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of driving intoxicated and for seven outstanding warrants from this and other counties.

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The Dayton City Council met Monday night and authorized new City Manager Andy Helms to advertise for bids on the S. Cleveland Street Drainage Project. Preliminary cost projections saw the project running as high as $500,000, but Helms said those estimates included more concrete than actually needed. New cost estimates suggest a price around $318,000.

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The City of Dayton with the TCEQ and the HGAC is sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Liberty County Annex at 1300 W. Clayton. Items accepted include tires, paint, motor oil, anti-freeze and pesticides. Call 936-258-2642 for more information.

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FUNERALS: Eunice Earl Hale, 85, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston. ** Ruby Mary Allder, 84, of China, Services at 11 a.m. today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Lanora Faye Rosser, 77, of Kerrville, Services held yesterday. ** Stephen Quarles, 91, of Dayton, Services held yesterday. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 91, TUESDAY MAY 10TH, 2005-

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Dayton Police said an investigation by CPS and experts at the Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center led to the arrest of 63-year-old Larry E. Keegan Sunday night on a charge of Indecency with a Child. The allegations involve a family member of Keegan’s under the age of 10. The Dayton man, works at the “Boys and Girl’s Country” Home for Children in Hockley, Texas. Dayton Police Officer Leslie Torrey said the investigation is ongoing.

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In an editorial opinion letter to a local newspaper and KSHN Radio, Dayton School Trustee Larry Wadzeck urged the Liberty County Juvenile Probation Board to make an immediate change in leadership in that office. The veteran school administrator had already taken Juvenile Probation Director Carolyn Loftin to task, with support from DISD Superintendent Greg Hayman, for what he called ineffectiveness in dealing with serious juvenile crimes. One source said the County Juvenile Probation Board met in an executive session last week, but no action was taken against Ms. Loftin. The public criticism of the Juvenile Probation Dept. began over an incident in which a student was arrested for selling drugs on school property and then, once identified as an illegal alien, turned over to immigration authorities for possible deportation.

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The National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive is this Saturday. The Liberty, Dayton and Cleveland Post Offices will be collecting non-perishable food items for donation to local food banks. Food donations can be left next to your mailbox for pick up Saturday or dropped off at your post office. According to postal officials, last year’s food drive was a huge success.

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The Annual Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Recognition and Memorial Service is tomorrow night at 7 at 1st Baptist Church in Liberty. City of Liberty Medical Director Dr. Steven Ellerbe said the service includes bagpipers, a color guard, a Salute to Fallen Officers and taps. The public is encouraged to attend. The Church is on Main Street in Liberty.

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FUNERALS: Juanita “Nita” Marie Crocker, 67, of Dayton, Services at 3 p.m. today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 91, MONDAY MAY 9TH, 2005-

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At-Large voting Saturday for Liberty City Council saw the 3-incumbents re-up. J.C. Burnham with 296, John Meche-268 and Dennis Beasley-266. Danny Diaz finished with 188 and J. Newborn had 42. The three-way race for Dayton Mayor saw seven-term incumbent Larry Harris unseated by Steve Stephens with 490, Harris garnered 379. Jesse Barton had 34. For Dayton City Council incumbents “Frosty” Pruitt with 386, and Barbara Zaruba at 383 were re-elected. Then Todd Oubre had 349 and David Parker-313. The lone contested race for Dayton School Board was Pos. #4 - saw newcomer Bob Pickle with 383 defeat Paul Kelly with 149. Incumbent Buddy Janacek did not run.

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In at-large voting yesterday, five permanent members were elected to the Liberty County Hospital District Board. 12 ran for the office. Those five elected were C. Bruce Stratton, Charles Kaemmerling, Eliza Mae Guidry, “Sissy” Drake and Kathy Dagle. That’s 2 from Hull, 1 from Dayton and 2 from Liberty.

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Voting in the Hardin School Board race for Pos.#2 saw Klint Bush- win with 207 votes, Randy Cain had 143 and “Chip” Beane-57 votes. In Bobcat Country Coach Charles Walker unseated inc. Burke Dagle for Pos.#1 on Hull-Daisetta School Board by 3-votes, 180 to 177. James Burchfield won the race against incumbent Anna Lou Warren, 182 to 174 in Pos. #2

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Liberty Co. residents will begin receiving their 2005 property appraisal notices in the mail today or soon. Chief Appraiser Alan Connor said notices contain any changes or updates in property appraisals, as well as the estimated tax. If a property owner is located within the Liberty County Hospital District that will be noted, but no tax will be shown. The new taxing entity has yet to set a tax rate or establish exemptions that may be allowed. Those receiving notices have until June 6th to question appraisals.

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Wednesday is check-in of the 56th Annual Dayton FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Anson Rigby Arena on Hwy 321. Rodeo performances begin Thursday at 8 p.m. and the Youth Livestock Auction is Saturday.

84 of Kenefick- Service- Tuesday at 11 @ Sterling

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 89, THURSDAY MAY 5TH, 2005-

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said an investigation into a possible sexual assault late last month led deputies to the discovery of what is described as child pornography. Sheriff Arthur said the material was found on a computer belonging to 42-year-old Wesley Edwin Bruce of Tarkington, who was arrested and charged with Possession of Child Pornography. Wesley Bruce is currently held on a $50,000 for that charge as well as a warrant for parole violation. That arrest was part of a busy seven days for Sheriff’s Deputies who also arrested Keith Bell, 23 and Anthony McDowell, 22, both of Dayton and Jamal Mouton, 23, of Devers—three men on the County’s
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TV News reports aired in Nacogdoches recently indicate former Chambers County Sheriff’s Deputy John Joslin has been fired from his most recent job as Chief Deputy to Trinity County Sheriff Jimmy Smith. Joslin was a key figure in the case of several former Chambers County Deputies accused of falsifying arrest records against Vernon Coates of Anahuac. Joslin is serving a one-year probation for his involvement in that case and was hired in Trinity County in January. Sheriff Smith has made no comment about the firing. Joslin told a reporter it was over his investigation into alleged prisoner abuse by another Trinity County Deputy and he plans to sue for wrongful termination.

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Constable Tim Allison is participating in the “Buckle Up In Your Truck” campaign. National traffic safety advocates report that almost half of the deaths in pick up truck accidents involve the vehicle rolling over. Wearing a seatbelt can reduce the risk of dying in a rollover wreck by 80%. Constable Allison’s deputies and other agencies will be on the road looking out for pick up drivers who aren’t wearing seat belts May 23rd through June 5th.

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The City of Dayton, the HGAC and the TCEQ are sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday May 14th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the not-yet-opened Liberty County Annex Building on FM 1960. Dayton City Planner Brian LaBorde said this collection is for household materials only and hazardous waste from businesses or commercial operations will not be accepted. For more information, call 936-258-2642.

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 88, WEDNESDAY MAY 4TH, 2005-

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The Dayton City Council met Monday night and selected Andy Helms of Pasadena as their new City Manager. Mr. Helms has worked for the City of Pasadena off and on for the past 20 years, most recently as Assistant to the Mayor for Public Works. A licensed attorney, he also serves as a city judge in both Pasadena and Baytown. Interim Dayton City Manager Norman Dykes also announced Monday night that Terry Brown will be the new Dayton City Secretary. Ms. Brown has 25 years experience as an administrative assistant and has been employed by the Windham School District in the Dayton Prison System for the past 9 years.

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Early voting in the Liberty County Hospital District Board Election ended yesterday. Election Day is this Saturday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following polling locations: FLNB’s Dayton Financial Center, the Liberty County Courthouse, Moss Hill Pentecostal Church on Hwy 105, Hardin High School, the Devers School, the Raywood Volunteer Fire Station, Hull-Daisetta High School and Hull- Daisetta Elementary School. All Nine News will have live election returns as soon as they are available Saturday night.

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The Annual Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Recognition and Memorial Service is Wednesday May 11th at 7 p.m. at 1st Baptist Church in Liberty. City of Liberty Medical Director Dr. Steven Ellerbe said as has become a tradition, there will be a color guard, a bagpipe band and a 21-gun salute to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty in the past year. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Both the Dayton Broncos Baseball Team and the Dayton Girls Softball Team are in play off action this week. The Lady Broncos will host Klein Oak at 7 p.m. tomorrow night. The Dayton Boys take on Pt. Neches Friday night at Baytown Sterling, also at 7. You can hear both games live here on All Nine Sports with Larry Wadzek mic-side.

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FUNERALS: Zakaria Lee Echade, 22 months, Graveside Services at 1 p.m. today at the Colmsneil Cemetery. ** Roberta Hawkes, 76, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 87, TUESDAY MAY 3RD, 2005-

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Liberty Police Officer Sheree Peak said Raul Martinez pulled out from Monta Street onto North Main and into the path of a vehicle driven by Robert Alford of Liberty yesterday afternoon. The resulting front-end collision sent Alford’s 7-months pregnant wife, 25-year-old Crystal Smith to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston by air ambulance. She and her unborn child appeared to be doing well. James Brown, a passenger in the Martinez vehicle, went to Houston with a severe head laceration.

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While the weather last Saturday was less-than-spectacular, some 250 young anglers attended the Annual Kidfish at the Liberty City Park, sponsored by the Burnham Family and BJ Ford. The biggest fish overall – 26, 1/8 “- was hooked by Percy McDaniel in the 12 to 16 year old age group. Other big fish winners were Siara Goodman and Zachery Sonier-6 and under, Ross Levins and Dalton Ames- 7 to 11, and Shelby Cain- also group 12 to 16.

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The City of Liberty has announced that the City Hall Auditorium is now closed to the public while the new municipal offices and auditorium are built on that site. The Liberty Rotary Club has moved their Tuesday noon meetings, temporarily, to the Magnolia Ridge Country Club.

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The Hardin Lions Club is refuting a claim made in an anonymous letter sent to some voters in the Hardin School District that the service club is funding the campaign of Hardin School Trustee Candidate “Chip” Beane. Hardin Lions President Teddy Lundy said the organization’s funds are not now and never have been used to fund any political campaign. The letter claimed to be in support of another Hardin School Board Candidate- Randy Cain-but he has disassociated himself from it, calling the unsigned letter “outrageous”.

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Advance tickets are still on sale for the Pro Bull Riding Challenger Tour Friday night at the TVE Fairgrounds. Some of the top professional bull riders in the world have signed up to compete here. Tickets are $15 in advance for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under at Baskins, Tractor Supply, BJ Ford and the TVE Fairgrounds, all in Liberty. For more information, call the TVE Office at 936-336-7455.

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 86, MONDAY MAY 2ND, 2005-

It lasted just 8 hours but last weeks jail escape has had its toll. Sheriff Greg Arthur said one CCA jail employee has been fired, one reprimanded, and a private canteen company employee is banned from working inside the jail. We reported James Paul Hoaglin of Tarkington fled through an unlocked supplies door and escaped over a fence. Sheriff Arthur says CCA is adding - at their expense - an extra fence line around that loading dock door, extra razor wire and many new security cameras and monitors.

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After Friday, 156 voted early in the Liberty Co. Hospital District Board Election. Early voting is today and tomorrow 8 to 4 at the LISD Business Office. Registered voters living within the Dayton City Limits, all the Liberty, Devers and Hull-Daisetta School Districts plus the Hardin ISD except the voting boxes in Romayor and Rye can vote for five permanent members to the Hospital District Board. All city and schools holding with elections have early voting at city halls and school business offices through tomorrow. Election Day is Sst. May 7th.

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The Hull Post Office was damaged over the weekend. Sunday morning vandals either drove, or backed into, the front door in an act of felony criminal mischief. Sheriff Deputy Joel Davilla investigated. Apparently nothing was taken from inside.

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Attorney John Archer resigned from the Chambers-Liberty Co. Navigation District Board before he entered into negotiations with a private investment company that owns the old sulfur plant on FM 563. Archer sent his letter to County Commissioners before negotiations began to guard against the perception of a conflict of interest. Sources say this might result in major economic development and jobs at the 3300-acre sulfur plant. ****************************************************

The 19-4A Dist. Champion Dayton Lady Broncos softball team enters post season play Thursday night at home again Klein Oak. Game starts at 7 p.m. Bronco baseball team faces Port Neches in Bi- District Friday night at Baytown Sterling. Dayton 400-meter track STAR Justin McQueen goes to state with mile relay team.

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FUNERALS: Laura Nan Ellis Carroll- age 87 at 10 today at St. Stephens Episcopal (Allison)**Jewell Tanner Patton, 84, of Moss Hill, Services held Saturday ** Olivia W. Brown-88 at 10:30 Tuesday at Pace-Stancil -Dayton

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