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November 2005

-VOLUME 20 NO. 224 MONDAY NOV. 28TH, 2005-

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DPS Trooper Tommy Chase says a small compact car driven by Dean Morales-35, of Dayton, hydroplaned into the path of a big tractor trailer rig Saturday morning around 7:50. Morales was killed instantly The accident occurred, during heavy rain, about 400 yards inside the Liberty Co. line on SH 146 south of Dayton. Augustin Martinez, driver of the big rig was not hurt.

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Local retailers saw sales as good or better than last year for the 1st day of holiday shopping last Friday. Dayton Walgreen Store Manager Terry Vaughn said customers were lined up waiting to get in when the store opened. Some spent hours in line at Liberty Wal-Mart. Sales better than 2004 are reported at Liberty Palais Royal and Baskins. Word from the Vinyard in Dayton and Just for You-Liberty is that both gift stores were very steady Friday.

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A Grand Jury will decide if charges will be filed and against whom in the chase and shooting incident in North Liberty County Saturday Nov. 19th.We reported Daniel Mostalez-41 was said to be chasing and ramming another truck with his wife Terri and the driver, David Isenhower, 44. Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Capt. Chip Fairchild said Isenhower then shot Mostalez, who was in critical condition but now is expected to recover.

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The Liberty-Dayton Chamber presents Country Christmas in Liberty tomorrow then in Dayton Thursday. The celebration starts both nights at 6 p.m. with a lighted parade led by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Then visitors can have refreshments, holiday music, wagon rides and pictures with Santa. It’s free to all. For more info call The Liberty Dayton Chamber, 936-336-5736.

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Information indicates retail giant Walgreen has an option to buy the site of the old Wheat Law Office at Main and Grand in Liberty. We are led to believe that Walgreen plans to exercise that option only if they can secure other property bordering it.

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The Valley Players present Neil Simon’s comedy “Barefoot in the Park” Fri. & Sat. @ 8 pm then Sunday at 2 in Liberty’s Humphreys-Burson Theatre. Tickets are $8, Call 336-6699.

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FUNERALS: Jackie Garner-69 of Dayton. Serv.1 PM at Crespo & Jirrels in Baytown**BartStanley-54, Dayton. Serv.at Pace – Stancil, Dayton 10am Wednesday.

*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 77 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 223 WEDNESDAY NOV. 23RD, 2005

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Happy Thanksgiving

Liberty Co. has lost another of its finest. Will O. Moore, retired Superintendent of the Dayton school district, died yesterday morning at home in Dayton after a long fight with cancer. Funeral services are Saturday at 2 at First United Methodist Church in Dayton. Visitation is Friday, from 2 until 8 at Pace Stancil Funeral Chapel-Dayton.

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19-yr. old Kayla Moore, Hardin, was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital after a 1:30 Tuesday morning wreck on Hwy. 146. Police say she was not wearing a seat belt and complained of neck and shoulder pain but was alert and responsive.

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Chairman of First Liberty National Bank Charles Wiggins announced Monday, that Diane Huddleston has joined FLNB as Vice President of Loans. Wiggins said he was excited to have someone with Huddleston’s banking experience on the FLNB team. Huddleston has already resigned as Branch Manager of Wachovia Bank. She began her new position on Monday.

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A 58-year-old Willis man was found dead in a deer stand yesterday morning by his son. According to JP #1 Bobby Rader, Douglas Thompson and his son were hunting on a deer lease in Knights Forest subdivision. Collen Thompson heard the horn on his fathers’ truck and thought the father was ready to go. Bobby Radar said the father was in the deer stand pressing the panic button on the truck keys attempting to signal for help. By the time the son arrived, his father was dead. JP Radar said the Willis man had a history of heart troubles.

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The Texas Supreme Court has released their long-awaited ruling on the constitutionality of the current “Robin Hood “ plan of public school finance. State Representative John Otto said the high court upheld a portion of a lower court ruling, contending the way the funding system is implemented constitutes a state property tax, which the state constitution does not allow. Otto said lawmakers would be back in Austin for at least one more special session on school finance reform sometime between mid-March and April of next year to try and bring the system into compliance with the court ruling. The Dayton Republican said lawmakers would need to provide for more local control over school funding to accomplish that.

*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 21 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 222 TUESDAY NOV. 22ND, 2005

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Liberty County Judge Lloyd Kirkham made it official yesterday with a letter that he does not intend to seek a 4th term in office. At the end of his term, in 2006, he and his wife Cordella, plan to travel and spend time with their grandchildren. Some of the accomplishments he cited during his almost 12 years were improvement of roads, and privatization of the county jail. A new annex in Dayton, and many businesses and industries have located in Liberty County. In the letter delivered to local news media, Lloyd Kirkham thanked voters for their confidence in allowing him to represent them as County Judge.

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The US Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General has set up a toll free hot line for reporting cases of fraud in areas affected by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Brad Crane with the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the most common fraudulent claims are multiple claims filed on the same damaged property. Crane said penalties vary, but pointed out that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot has demonstrated his office will aggressively prosecute this type of fraud. To report incidents of disaster fraud, call 1-866-720-5721.

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In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Liberty County Courthouse will close at noon tomorrow, and remain closed until Monday. City offices in Dayton and Liberty will be closed Thursday and Friday. There will be no garbage service in either town on Thursday, but pick up will resume on Friday. All Banks and Post Offices will be closed on Thursday only.

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As of yesterday, the Liberty County Commissioners have lifted the burn ban for Liberty County. From Chambers County, Judge Jimmy Sylvia’s office, their burn ban is still in place.

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Liberty ISD Superintendent Mona Chadwick said Hurricane Rita did about $150,000 worth of damage to buildings across the district. She said the worst damage was to the old, now unoccupied San Jacinto School Building on Grand Ave., with major roof damage, and water in the building. Superintendent Chadwick said she is confident what is not covered by insurance will be covered with help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The district has about a $25,000 deductible on their insurance policy.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 23 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 220 FRIDAY NOV. 18TH, 2005

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Liberty County Sheriffs Captain Chip Fairchild said forensic examiners have identified the human remains found on Pin Oak Road in September as missing Cleveland teenager Krista Leigh Dorsey. The 15-year-old was the subject of an Amber Alert in July, though investigators determined she had left home voluntarily. Capt. Fairchild said Krista Dorsey was identified through dental records. Investigators have not yet been able to determine what caused her death. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 936-336-4500.

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Liberty School Trustees Tuesday night voted unanimously to purchase two new 81-passenger buses from Thomas Bus Sales at a total cost of $122, 348. Board members also gave the nod to a $35,908 bid from Dayton Electric to replace the cooler/freezer in Liberty High School’s Cafeteria. Assistant Superintendent Tommy Davis said the more-than-25-year-old cooler would be replaced during the upcoming Christmas Holidays.

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The Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Country Christmas is Tuesday Nov. 29th in Liberty and Thursday Dec. 1st in Dayton. Both events begin with the lighted Christmas Parades at 6 p.m. followed by wagon rides, pictures with Santa Claus, musical entertainment and holiday refreshments. All activities each night are free to the public. For more information on Country Christmas, call the Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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Kathryn Walker of the Beaumont Social Security Office said television news network CNBC would air an informative report on the new Medi-care Prescription Drug Program tomorrow and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Local cable subscribers will find CNBC on Channel 45, check program schedules if the network comes to you via another source.

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The undefeated Barbers Hill Eagles meet the Kirbyville Wildcats tomorrow afternoon at 2 in Conroe’s Moorhead Stadium in the Area High School Football Play Offs. You can hear the game on All Nine Radio beginning with a brief visit with Eagles Head Coach Don Price at 1:30 p.m. There will also be an interview with Hull-Daisetta Head Coach Darrell Barbay whose Bobcats enter play off action tomorrow night at 7:30, also at Moorhead Stadium against the Iola Bulldogs.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 32 ASL*

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