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December 2005

*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.56 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 244 FRIDAY DEC 30TH, 2005

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Liberty County Judge Lloyd Kirkham said starting this morning, a ban on open burning is in effect for all of Liberty County. Judge Kirkham said he made that decision at the request of the U.S. Forest Service after that agency informed him the fire threat here has reached a high level. The order is for one week and open burning is forbidden during that period. County Judge Jimmy Sylvia put a countywide burn ban into effect in Chambers County on Wednesday.

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Work begins on Wednesday on a one-block widening of North Travis Street in Liberty between Trinity and Sam Houston. Part of the new City Hall and Auditorium construction project, this portion will have the added benefit of improved drainage in an area notorious for standing water during heavy rains. Public Works Director Harvey Joiner said parking on the West Side of Travis St. would be blocked off for 3 to 4 weeks.

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Postal rates go up on January 8th. Until then, the price of a standard postage stamp is still thirty-seven cents. The price goes up to thirty-nine cents after Jan. 7th and the cost of a post card goes up one cent after that date. Dayton Post Master Angie Hayes said any letters mailed on the 6th or 7th of next month with the current postage will still reach their destinations. After the rate change takes effect your local post office has 39-cent stamps and lots of 2-cent stamps to go along with your 37-cent stamps to make up the difference in cost.

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Those celebrating the New Year with fireworks this weekend are reminded they are legal only in rural areas of Liberty County, not in the limits of incorporated cities like Liberty, Dayton and Cleveland. Extra caution is urged in using fireworks this year due to the dry conditions across most of Texas.

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The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty and Dayton will be closed Monday in observance of the New Year’s Holiday. There will be no garbage service in Liberty or Dayton. All banks and post offices will also be closed Monday. All offices reopen for regular hours on Tuesday.

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FUNERALS: Johnny Ray Shipman, 61, of Dayton, Graveside services at 2 p.m. today at Ryan Cemetery in Tarkington Prairie.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.56 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 243 THURSDAY DEC 29TH, 2005

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According to information from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, 46-year-old Kenneth Lee Stallman of Dayton, was struck and killed by a vehicle traveling westbound on North Main Street in Baytown. The vehicles driver, who’s name has not been released, told sheriff’s investigators Stallman was standing in the middle of the road with his arms held over his head. The Harris Co. Sheriffs Department reports the driver said he hit his brakes but could not avoid hitting the Dayton man. The incident remains under investigation.

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Several years ago, the Texas Legislature passed what is often called, “The Good Samaritan Act”. According to Captain Brian Hurst with the Liberty Fire Department, this legislation protects those who offer help in the case of an emergency from litigation should that help cause harm. The statute says persons not licensed or certified in medicine, who in good faith administer emergency care, are not liable in civil damages for an act performed in administering that care. It also says, “unless the act is willfully or wantonly negligent”. Captain Hurst said citizens who join the newly formed Community Emergency Response Team would fall under the protection of that law.

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Liberty Co. Tax Collector / Assessor Mark McClelland said they mailed voter registration cards and Liberty Co. voters should soon be receiving the new yellow and white cards. If you do not get your card, contact the tax collectors office.

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The deadline for candidates to file to run in the March Democratic and Republican Primary Elections is coming up on Monday Jan. 2nd. So far there are no contested races on the Republican Ballot and only three contested races in the Democratic Primary. There are two candidates for the JP # 6 position and six for JP #3. The third contested race is not yet official. Phil Fitzgerald cannot legally file to run against Bruce Halstead in the Liberty County Judge’s Race until Monday.

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FUNERALS: Betty Ellen Dagle, 88 of Daisetta. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 10 am at the Pentecostal Tabernacle on FM 2830 in Hull ** Kenneth Lee Stallman, 46 of Dayton. Graveside services today at 10 am at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.44 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 242 WEDNESDAY DEC 28TH, 2005

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The quick actions of two heroes may have saved the life of a Dayton woman following a head on collision on FM 1960 yesterday morning around 1:30. DPS Trooper Nathan Pierce said the eastbound truck of Brenna Wallace and westbound utility truck of Jimmy Hughes, both of Dayton, collided after Mr. Hughes crossed the centerline near CR. 615. Two nearby residents, Justin Sheffield, and Bill Chandler heard the crash and were able to pull Ms. Wallace from her burning vehicle just before it was completely consumed by fire. Both the drivers were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston by air ambulance. They were listed in serious condition.

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The Liberty Co. Sheriffs Dept. is investigating the reported car jacking of James Powell. Sheriff’s Department Capt. Billy Tidwell said traffic was diverted round the early Tuesday morning wreck on FM 1960 to CR. 610 and then CR. 602. Powell stopped on CR. 602, and got out of his vehicle. It was then Powell told law enforcement a large, brown, older model 4-door vehicle stopped behind him, and a black male wearing a hood approached, saying he was going to take Powell's car. When he refused to give up the car, Powell was allegedly struck in the face, and a second black male got out carrying a handgun. Sheriff’s Department Investigators report that’s when Powell stepped away from the car, which was then taken by one of the suspects. Both vehicles drove towards Hwy. 90. The car stolen was a Silver 4-door, 2004 Pontiac Grad Prix, Texas License Plate X54FJR. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Liberty Co. Sheriffs Department at 936 336 4500.

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Congressman Kevin Brady reports President Bush signed into law hurricane relief legislation called the Gulf Zone Opportunity Act. Congressman Brady, who authored the bill, says this new legislation will give those impacted by Hurricane Rita tax assistance on par with that given to Hurricane Katrina victims. As we have reported the laws provisions include allowing Rita affected families to deduct all of their personal property losses from the federal taxes, as well as dip into their own IRA’s and pensions without the standard penalties for early withdrawal.

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FUNERALS: Edward C. “Eddie” Goulder, 81 of Dayton. Funeral services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Pace Stancil - Dayton. ****************************************************

*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.44 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 242 TUESDAY DEC. 27TH 2005-

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According to Spencer Karr of the Trinity River Authority, the $10 million in funding needed to make repairs to the Lake Livingston Dam have been approved. As reported, the previously unheard of wave action caused by Hurricane Rita damaged the lakeside of the structure near the top. That damage prompted experts to lower the lake level and establish a temporary policy to keep it there until permanent repairs are finished. Spencer Karr said the project is expected to take about 6 months to complete. Some off site work is already underway.

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Liberty Police Chief Bill Griffin said four men entered the Milam Street home of Darwin Taylor after midnight on Christmas Eve under the pretense of needing to use the phone. All four produced weapons and robbed the homeowner at gunpoint of $3,000 in cash from a wall safe, also a TV set, cell phone and his car. Chief Griffin said the victim’s stolen Cadillac was found the following day in Houston.

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DPS Trooper Randy Peck said he detected an odor he believed to be marijuana when he pulled over Jarvus Williams for not wearing his seatbelt at the Hwy 146/105 Intersection Saturday afternoon. Trooper Peck said a search of the Liberty man’s vehicle turned up a back pack allegedly containing marketable amounts of marijuana and cocaine as well as $7,500 in cash. Jarvus Williams was jailed on drug charges.

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Police officers from several different departments were involved in a high-speed chase to capture three suspects in the capital murder and robbery of a Harris Co. fireworks stand operator early Christmas morning. Sheriff’s Captain Chip Fairchild said the pursuit started around 2:30 a.m. in Harris Co. and ended south of Dayton. One suspect was arrested there and a second turned himself in later Sunday. The third remains at large.

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The Liberty County Bikes for Christmas Program was a huge success this year. More than 400 deserving kids got new bikes and more than 1,000 other gifts were distributed last Friday.

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FUNERALS: Edward “Tutt” Ozan, 78, Graveside services at 11 a.m. today at Wells Memorial Cemetery. ** Alicea G. Wingo, 73, of Dayton, Services held Monday.

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.37 ASL* *

 

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 241 THURSDAY DEC 22ND, 2005

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The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors named the newly elected board members at Monday’s monthly meeting. Elected to 3-year terms are from Liberty, Diane Huddleston, Jim Sterling, Larry Wagnon, and Tracy Williams. From Dayton: Brian Reynolds, Tommy Hathaway, Susan Gilley, Allen D. Conner, Betty Marshal, Andrea Taylor, and Ray Browning. Board members also selected the recipients of the Citizen of the Year award from both Dayton and Liberty. Those names are a closely guarded secret until the Chamber Banquet in February 2006.

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For the 50th consecutive year, First United Methodist Church in Liberty will present a live nativity scene in front of the sanctuary on Main Street in Liberty. Youth Director Felicia Davis said, this year, they are asking for anyone who has participated in previous nativitys to be a part of this one to commemorate the 50th anniversary. The nativity will be presented for all to enjoy Friday and Saturday evenings, from 6 to 8 pm. Christmas Eve there will be a ‘come and go’ communion offered from 6:30 until 8 p.m.

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The Liberty County Bikes for Christmas Committee originally planned to give away 250 new bikes to deserving Liberty County kids, now, because of more than 600 letters they received, that number has jumped to 350. Friday, at the Trinity Valley Exposition Fairgrounds, there will be fire trucks, police cars and ambulances lined up for the kids and families to walk through to Santa Claus at the other end. That’s where he will present children their bike and toys too. Only children notified between now and Friday will get bikes, but anyone can come and watch the activities starting at 5 p.m. Friday at the fairgrounds on FM 563.

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A well known Liberty man has died only a short time after it was learned he had cancer. Dick R. Partlow passed away at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown, he was 72. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 10 am at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty. Visitation is today from 5 pm to 9 pm at the church.

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FUNERALS: Dick C. “Dicky” Youngblood, 48 of Dayton. Services Friday at 10 am at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Barbara Jean Barber, 66 of Mont Belvieu. Funeral services 10 am today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.96 ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 240 WEDNESDAY DEC 21ST, 2005

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Liberty County Commissioners held their last meeting of the year yesterday. They voted to approve the names submitted for the Unmet Needs Committee. This group of 6 county residents will be charged with determining what the criteria will be for applicants to receive some money for expenses incurred from Hurricane Rita that were not covered by FEMA or other means. Liberty County was awarded around $129,000 to help defer some of those expenses.

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After years as warden at the Liberty County Jail, Robert Lacy has left Liberty County. He has been promoted to Warden at the nearly 1,000 bed facility in Houston, also operated by Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA. Called Houston Processing Center, it is a Federal Immigration and Naturalization Services Detainee facility. He began his new position Monday. The new warden for the Liberty County Facility has already been selected and is expected to be on the job Tuesday Dec. 27th.

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The biggest winner this year on the KSHN “Find Santa” game was yesterday. Cindy Davie of Raywood correctly guessed Santa was shopping at Barken Farms. She will have an extra $170 in Christmas Cash to spend this year thanks to the sponsors.

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The Dayton Chamber of Commerce banquet is set for Thursday January 19th at the Dayton High School Cafeteria. Co-Chair Brooks Hiller said the speaker will be famed radio broadcaster “Tumbleweed” Smith. Banquet tickets are $20 each and available at the Dayton Chamber Office. Call 257-2393.

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Liberty County Extension Agent Ron Holcomb said, because Liberty Co. has experienced what he called killing frosts, now is the time to plant or prune fruit trees. He said when pruning, remember not to cut off more than 30% of the wood. He also said cut off the dead and diseased branches first, then those that are rubbing against other branches, and finally trim for size and shape. For more information on when, what and how to prune, call the Liberty County Extension office at 336 4558 ext. 221.

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FUNERALS: Dorothy Stayton, 87 of Dayton. Funeral services Thursday at 2 pm at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.52 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 239 TUESDAY DEC 20TH, 2005

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Jose and Margarita Azua, both of Devers were flown by lifeflight air ambulance to Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston yesterday afternoon following a two-vehicle accident. Department of Public Safety Corporal Gary Wright said Donald and Joan Thomas of Liberty had pulled onto the west bound shoulder of highway 90 to use the cell phone, when Jose Azua struck the back of their SUV. It was believed both Margarita and Jose Azua hit the windshield of their pickup on impact. Separate helicopters took them to the hospital, described as in serious condition. The accident remains under investigation.

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Dayton Postmaster, Angela Hayes reports that mail has been stolen form local mailboxes and in a couple of different ways. She recommends that you not let mail build up in your mail box, empty it daily. She also said, if you see someone in your mailbox, that is a federal crime unless they are actually a postal employee. All postal employees carry identification. So ask to see it if you are unsure.

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The US Senate unanimously passed the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act last Friday. The legislation- authored in the House by Congressman Kevin Brady provides several forms of relief for Texans impacted by Hurricane Rita. One of those provisions allows storm victims to deduct 100% of their personal losses from their itemized federal income tax returns. The bill also allows families to withdraw up to $100,000 from their pensions and IRA’s without normal penalties for early withdrawal. Congressman Brady said he and other Texas lawmakers hope President Bush will sign the bill into law by Christmas.

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The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty and Dayton will close Thursday at 5 p.m. and remain closed until Tuesday Dec. 27th for the Christmas Holiday. Garbage service will run as scheduled in Liberty and Dayton on Friday but there will be no trash-pick up in either town on Monday the 26th. Banks and post offices will also be closed on Monday- the day after Christmas.

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FUNERALS: Rebecca “Becky” Roberts, 51, formerly of Liberty. There will be a memorial service today at 2 p.m. at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.52 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 238, MONDAY DEC. 19TH, 2005-

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Liberty Co. Sheriff Greg Arthur said Riehelia Bryant-33 left her luxury home in a remote area of CR #613 near Dayton to drive her son to school after 6A Friday. Outside her security gate, two vehicles blocked hers - one in front, the other in the rear. Both drivers began shooting. Several bullets were fired. She escaped by ramming her Mercedes SUV at the vehicle behind her. Ms. Bryant was shot in the hand and was treated in Humble. One attack vehicle was disabled. Later its owner reported it was stolen.. The boy was not hurt. Anyone with info is asked to call the Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Dept. @ 336-4500. Lawmen expect this will be a much bigger story as the investigation continues. .

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After nine years as Chambers County Commissioner for Precinct #3, W. E. “Buddy” Irby has announced he will retire March 31st 2006. Irby cited personal reasons for stepping down. This triggers a special election to pick someone to serve the 3 years remaining on this term. Eligible Chambers Co. residents in Commissioner Pct. #3 have until January 2nd to file.

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Now that the deadline to submit letters has passed, the Liberty County Bikes for Christmas Program is selecting the winners from the over 300 letters. Then Santa’s helpers will begin contacting winners. The bike giveaway to those winners is this Friday in the TVE Fairgrounds arena. Committee members say based on the letters perhaps more than 250 kids will get bikes while their siblings may also receive gifts from the program.

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The Texas Division of Emergency Management has allocated $42,172 to Chambers County for helping residents still recovering from Hurricane Rita. County Judge Jimmy Sylvia said a committee consisting of community members, charitable organization and faith-based group members will determine how the limited funds will be distributed. To apply contact Chambers Co. Emergency Management office at 409-267-8343.

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FUNERALS: Sue Joyce Williamson53, Hardin-10 AM Mon @ Hardin Meth. Ch.**

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*LAKE RELEASES: 1,000 CFS ** LIBERTY BRIDGE 6.66 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 237 FRIDAY DEC 16TH, 2005

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The long talked about I-69 corridor, as far as federal funding goes, seems like a dead issue. Last week Governor Rick Perry said Texas was not going to get any further financial assistance from Washington for the roadway. State Representative John Otto said the governor suggested that Texas build the road system with out federal support, through a partnership with the state of Texas and the private sector.

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Dayton Assistant Superintendent Bob Parker said a natural grass field for Bronco Stadium would at first, be less expensive then the planned synthetic turf. However, he said after looking at overall maintenance cost for the natural grass field, synthetic turf became a much more attractive option. Bob Parker said the synthetic field would be much more versatile, and can be used by other school programs.

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The last day to mail holiday packages by priority mail in order for them to reach their destinations by Christmas is Dec. 18th for parcels going out of state. The last day for local priority mail packages is Dec. 22nd.

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Tuesday, the Liberty School board voted to re-employ John Pechacek of Bellville and his accounting firm to conduct the audit for the current year. New board member Lloyd Pierce asked why the district did not seek proposals from local firms. Assistant Superintendent Tommy Davis said Pechacek has done the audtit for several years, and when first hired, his proposal was $2,000 or $3,000 below the amount local firms had bid. He added he was extremely pleased with the level of service provided by the firm, particularly the cost that remains less than other schools of similar size are paying. Board members agreed they want to seek proposals from local firms next year.

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FUNERALS: Clara June Amaya, 60 of Hardin. Funeral services Saturday at 2 pm at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton * Mary Lilla Davenport, 94 of Thickett. Funeral services today, at 1 pm at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton * Doris May Roy, 83 of Dayton. Graveside services today at 11 am at Houston Veterans National Cemetery * Edna Marie Glenn, 79 of the Woodlands. Graveside services today at 2 pm at Guidry Cemetery in Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.26 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 236 THURSDAY DEC 15TH, 2005

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The lawsuit brought against the Hardin Independent School District by a Hull-Daisetta teen injured in a wreck with a district school bus three years ago ended yesterday in a $65,000 out-of-court settlement. The girl’s attorney, Craig Muessig said the civil trial was well underway in Judge C. T. “Rusty” Hight’s 75th District Courtroom when attorney’s provided by the school district’s insurance company offered a higher settlement amount than they had previously. Bessie Parsons- now 17- suffered severe leg fractures requiring multiple surgeries in the accident.

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Liberty City Council met Tuesday night, and discussed several items dealing with the city’s proposed new personal policy. One major cause for concern is the city’s current policy on allowing employees to accumulate vacation time, sick leave and compensated time off. City Manager Alan Barnes said while they did discuss the option of employees forfeiting those days if not used by the end of the year, he said nothing was agreed to, it was just one of several options to be discussed at a later date.

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Liberty School Board Tuesday night agreed to purchase 50 new computers from the Microintegral Company for $52,850. They also awarded a contract to the same firm in the amount of $70,960 for a network upgrade for both the Liberty High School and Liberty Elementary. In other action, the board approved $8,700 in landscaping around the administration building, and approved a bid of $11,200 from Brooks Concrete for additional parking on the north side of that building.

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Barbers Hill ISD Trustees Monday night hired former Liberty Interim Superintendent Dr. Hugh Hayes as their interim superintendent while they search for a replacement for Wayne Rotan, who submitted his resignation during that same meeting.

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The very first Find Santa winner of the year took home $115 in KSHN Christmas cash yesterday. Renee Disabatino correctly guessed where the jolly old elf was shopping. The Dayton woman made the call while driving to work yesterday morning.

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FUNERALS: Edna Marie Glenn, 79 of Woodlands. Graveside services will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Guidry Cemetery in Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.26 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 235 WEDNESDAY DEC 14TH, 2005

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Liberty County Commissioners heard a report from Public Management President Jay Rice on the FEMA buyout program across the county. Rice told commissioners vandals are destroying property already purchased by the county in the program. This lowers the salvageable value to the contractor who will demolish the property. Jay Rice said those contractors bid with the value of what can be salvaged in mind. Assistant Co. Attorney Mark Beausoleil said in order for an effective prosecution of such vandals, the county must have criminal trespass warnings on the property. It was agreed the county would place the signs. Jay Rice is an expert on grant applications. ****************************************************

The Dayton School Board voted to go out for competitive bids on phase one of a major renovation project at historic Bronco Stadium. Assistant Superintendent Bob Parker said this would include a new artificial turf football field, a new competition track and new lighting. In other action the Board approved the purchase of additional security cameras and an upgrade to a new digital system for all of the existing security cameras at Dayton High School. The bid was $35,400 from Liberty Alarms.

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When Rotary Clubs want to acknowledge a member for their special efforts, one of the most popular ways is the presentation of what is known as a Paul Harris Fellow Award. Brooks Hiller, president of Heritage Mortgage, Co. in Dayton was presented the award at the clubs annual Christmas party last week. Brooks Hiller is a Past Dayton City Council Member, Recipient of the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber Citizen of the Year award, and a long time supporter of scouting in Dayton, besides his active role in Dayton Rotary.

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Two Reminders: #1-The deadline for letters to Santa in the Bikes for Christmas program is this Friday. Remember to include your phone number. #2-The Dayton ISD is again accepting applications for their “Wall of Fame”. Nomination forms are on line, link to Dayton ISD from www.kshn.com

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FUNERALS: George Arthur Trousdale, 64 of Old River. Graveside services at 1 p.m. today at Houston National Veterans Affairs Cemetery **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 74 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 234 TUESDAY DEC 13TH, 2005

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Liberty Police are investigating the second armed robbery in a week. Both occurred at the same intersection. Police Sgt. Ricky Skarpa said two masked gunmen robbed the Exxon “Happy Chaps” Convenience Store at Hwy 90 and Wallisville Road, taking cash, some change and several lottery tickets. The suspects were described as a tall black male, 6 feet and his accomplice, a shorter black male, around 5’, 6”. A week ago, another armed robbery occurred right across the street, but Sgt. Skarpa because of the different operational styles of the two crimes –the first robber used a broomstick as a weapon- he does not believe they are connected. Still, both robberies remain under investigation.

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Liberty Police Officer Ricky Pearson said 27-year-old Rapp Rishard Robinson of Liberty was eastbound on MLK yesterday afternoon when David Martin Holt, also 27, of Humble, ran the stop sign at Travis and hit Robinson’s van in the passenger side door. Three passengers in the van- Henry Weisner, Shelia Bass and Evylene White- were taken to Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital as a precaution. David Martin was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way at an intersection.

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An unoccupied three-bedroom house on Hwy 146 in Hardin suffered extensive damage from a fire of suspicious origin Sunday afternoon. The fire was spotted by a passing volunteer firefighter. Hardin Firefighters estimated around $25,000 in damage done to the rear of the dwelling owned by Donna Harris of Cleveland. Sheriff’s Department Arson Investigators and Fire Marshall Jim Wilson are investigating the cause of that fire.

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Longtime, well-known Dayton Businessman Hal Wirick passed away yesterday morning after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Hal and Lynn Wirick, along with their 2 sons, Sam and Gary were longtime owners and operators of the former Dayton Auto Parts. Mr. Wirick was a former member of Dayton City Council, and in 1976, along with other leaders in the area, was founder of the Liberty Dayton Chamber of Commerce. He believed both towns were at their best when pulling together.

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FUNERALS: George Arthur Trousdale, 64, of Old River, Graveside Service at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Houston National Veterans Cemetery. **

*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 74 ASL*

VOLUME 20 NO. 233 MONDAY DEC 12TH, 2005

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Dayton Community Development Corporation Executive Director Sue Priddy filed a civil suit against her employers: City of Dayton, the DCDC plus Council members John Simmons, Haywood Pruitt and Jay Tadlock. It’s about council decision to cut her salary nearly in half from $70,000. The suit claims Dayton Council’s action was in violation of state open meetings laws and the three Council Members -- particularly John Simmons - conspired against her. City attorney Neil Iverson said state law and DCDC by-laws require council to approve the DCDC budget and expenses. His opinion is her salary did not have that ok. As in every previous effort to get a comment for Dayton citizens from Mrs. Priddy - she gave us only a “NO”.

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KSHN begins our “Find Santa” game today. Listeners get a chance to win Christmas Cash if they are the right caller and guess at which of our sponsors, Santa Claus is shopping that hour. By Dec. 23rd we’ll play 100 times and give away $500. .

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The Liberty-Dayton Chamber’s Monthly Luncheon is Wednesday at noon, This time in Marian Hall of Liberty’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. This luncheon is a Christmas theme with a performance by the Hand Bell Ensemble of Liberty 1st Baptist Church in Liberty performing Lunch is chicken and dressing from Country Emporium for $8. If you can please bring a new unwrapped toy – it goes to the Bikes for Christmas. Call the Chamber for reservations at 936-.336-5736.

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Deadline for letters to Santa on why you want to win a new bike has been extended to Dec. 16th. David Milam, chair for the Bikes for Christmas committee, said they want even more kids between 1st and 8th grade to have a chance. Letters go to Santa at “Bikes for Christmas” c/o Milam Discount Tire, 1020 Hwy 90, Liberty, TX, 77575 or to Liberty-Dayton Chamber, Dayton Chamber or at the Liberty Co. EMS office in Daisetta by Friday.

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36, Dayton. Service Tues.@ 2 at Sterling

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 31 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 232 FRIDAY DEC 9TH, 2005

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In January 2003, Jason Harkey broke into, burglarized, then set fire to the home of Dan VanDeventer on Holly Street in Liberty. When arrested, prosecutors did not have the evidence they needed to get hard prison time, so in February of this year, they recommended 10 years probation. It was the opinion of District Attorney Mike Little that Jason Harkey, now 23 would do himself in, and he did. Harkey obeyed almost none of the conditions of the court and was accused of new crimes. Yesterday at a revocation of probation hearing, 253rd District Court Judge Chap Cain sentenced Harkey to 42 years in prison. Jason Harkey will be 44 years old before considered for parole.

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The cost of a standard postage stamp is going to increase from .37 to .39 cents. The increase takes effect January 8th, but because the new stamps are already on sale, some people think the rate is in effect now. Dayton Postmaster Angie Hayes said the postage for mailing most letters is still .37 cents. After January 7th, you can either use the new stamps or buy two-cent stamps to make up the difference in cost.

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Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act by a 415-4 vote. The legislation, authored by Congressman Kevin Brady provides financial relief to businesses and individuals in east Texas affected by Hurricane Rita. The legislation allows families to take out up to $100,000 from IRA’s and pensions without penalty. It also allows hurricane victims to deduct 100% of their personal losses on their itemized federal income tax return.

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The singlewide manufactured home of Jean Haarmann on CR 480 just off FM 1409 was destroyed by fire late Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Haarmann, who was widowed in May, said she and her grandson were in the living room when the smoke detector alerted them. According to Dayton Fire Chief Terry Boyett, the fire apparently started in the back bedroom area. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon will be Wednesday, Dec. 14th at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Make reservations by calling the chamber office at 936 336 5736

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 25 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 231 THURSDAY DEC 8TH, 2005

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The Liberty Dayton Community Hospital Administrator Sean Stricker said they have recruited a new General Practice Physician who will have an office in Dayton. Dr. Satis Patel is relocating here from Mississippi, and should be practicing in Dayton in early January in the new strip center where The Movie Gallery Video store is located. In that same center, we have learned there will be a 5 Star Cleaners drop off store, a small Laundromat, and a Little Caesar’s Pizza open in January.

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As temperatures are expected to drop below freezing over much of Southeast Texas tonight, experts say there are steps to protect plants, pipes and pets. Provide outside pets like cats and dogs a place to stay dry that is out of the wind, and make sure there is plenty of fresh water. Cover plants susceptible to cold with sheets or plastic, and wrap pipes that run along exterior walls or floors. While this may not be a “hard” freeze, colder weather may come our way, so getting ready early is a good idea.

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The Liberty County District Clerk’s Office now accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. State Department. Anyone planning international travel will need to bring 2 photos for the passport as well as a valid driver’s license, a social security card, and a certified copy of their original birth certificate. District Clerk Melody Gilmore said the application is sent to the State Department for approval, and the approved passport will be mailed to the applicant. The entire process takes from 3 to 6 weeks. For more information call the Liberty County District Clerks Office at 936 336 4684

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Liberty Police are looking for a man described as a black male, about 5’8 “ tall, weighing over 160 pounds, who robbed J.J.’s Chevron in Liberty early Monday morning. The lone bandit entered the store with a white cloth over his head and threatened the clerk with a broomstick. He ordered the clerk to put all the cash into a white plastic bag. If you have any information, call the Liberty Police Department at 936 336 5666

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Funerals: Gwendolyn Joyce Prophet, 52 of Liberty. Services Saturday at 11 AM at Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty ** Ronald Dale Rawlinson, 44 of Hull. Services today at 2 PM at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 16 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 230 WEDNESDAY DEC 7TH, 2005

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Liberty County Commissioners yesterday agreed to set a workshop session with county officials, Liberty County Republican and Democratic Party officials, and Ann McGeehan, Director of Elections with the Texas Secretary of State’s Office to discuss concerns or questions about the election process in Liberty County. At Tuesday’s meeting, Charlotte Kramer, Assistant Chair of the Liberty County Republican Party presented commissioners with 41 pages of documents outlining what she called “questions” about election procedures in the county and past elections.

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When going from a store to your vehicle, Liberty Co. Sheriffs’ Dept. Captain Billy Tidwell says have your keys ready, walk out when there is a group, and if you are alone, ask a security guard to accompany you. If there is no security, ask a store employee to watch from the door until you are safely to your car. Once at the vehicle, Tidwell says don’t linger with your doors open, while you do other things. The Sheriffs Department Captain said get in your car and lock the doors. He said thieves look for opportunities like a distracted shopper. Also don’t tempt fate by leaving valuable items in plain sight in your car. That’s just an invitation to get your windows broke.

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The American Heart Association recently updated their recommendations for the number of compression to breaths when performing CPR, or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. The new guidelines call for 30 compressions for every 2 breaths. Liberty County Health Authority Dr. Steven Ellerbe said the science of medicine is constantly changing, and that means changes in procedures. He said keeping blood flowing through out the body is key, when compressions are stopped, blood flow also stops. The more constant the blood flow can be kept through compressions, the better the chances for the patient.

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In yesterday’s Radiogram we incorrectly reported a JP office with several candidates. The correct office is Justice of the Peace #3. There are in fact, 5 people running for that office on the Democratic ticket. We regret the error.

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Funerals: Riley Baty, 85 of Rock Spring, GA. Graveside services Thursday 1 p.m. at the Anahuac Cemetery.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 10 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 229 TUESDAY DEC 6TH, 2005

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Candidates who have filed to run on the Republican Ticket in the March Primary include Kim Harris for Liberty County Treasurer, Allen Tidwell is running for JP #3. Incumbent JP #1, Bobby Rader signed up for another term yesterday. Paulette Shivers Williams is a candidate for the office of Liberty County Clerk. For JP # 4, Larry Wilburn filed for that office. In the race of JP #6, Monty Odom adds his name to the list. In the race for County Judge, Craig McNair will run. For the position of Commissioner Pct. #2, James Jorgenson will run on the Republican Ballot.

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Democrats who made it official, they are running for public office included 75th District Court Judge, C.T. Rusty Hight, County Court at Law Judge, Don Taylor both men are incumbents. Bruce Halstead signed up for county judge, while Delia Sellers will run for another term as County Clerk. District Clerk Melody Gilmore threw her hat in the ring. Linda Leonard will run for her own elected term as County Treasurer, and Commissioner Pct. #2 Lee Groce made his candidacy official. Commissioner Pct. #4 Norman Brown will run again, and newcomer John Wayne Wilson will run for JP # 1. Incumbents for JP #4, Glen Pruitt, JP #5, Burl Thomas and JP #2, Ronnie Davis all signed up to run again. For the position of JP #3, there are 5 candidates so far on the democratic ticket they are: Cody Parrish, Kenny Dagle, Laurie Long, Wayne Sumerall, and Donnie Robertson. JP # 6 Incumbent Fred Dishongh has not yet made public his plans, however, Mary Andress and Peggy Dunn have both entered that race as Democrats.

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CPS Volunteer Helen Vickery said they are raising funds for the approximately 200 kids in the Liberty County Foster Care program. She said the money is used to help these kids have as close to a normal life as possible. If you would like to make a donation, drop it off at John Hebert Chevron Distributors on Hwy. 90 in Liberty or mail it c/o Hebert Chevron PO Box 876 Liberty, Texas 77575. Make checks payable to the Texas Department of Children’s Protective Services.

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Funerals: Dominic Jason Leeah, 32 of Denver. Services Saturday at 10 am at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 18 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 228, MONDAY DEC. 5TH, 2005-

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Today candidates can begin filing for the March Primary. Democratic Incumbents expected to run for new terms include 253rd District Judge Chap Cain, 75th District Judge C. T. “Rusty” Hight, Court-At-Law Judge Don Taylor, DA Mike Little and District Clerk Melody Gilmore. Linda Leonard has served a full-appointed term as County Treasurer and will run for her own term.. Liberty Mayor Bruce Halstead and Precinct #3 JP Phil Fitzgerald say they will run for Liberty Co. Judge. There are several candidates with an interest in the vacant JP #3 spot in the Democratic Primary. Republicans include Craig McNair for Co. Judge, James Jorgenson – Pct#2 Co. Commissioner,. Kim Harris –Co. Treasurer. Paulette Williams for Co. Clerk.. Incumbent Bobby Rader-JP#1. Larry Wilburn-JP#4. Monty Odom-JP#6. Alan Tidwell will run for JP#3 as a Republican. Saturday we reported him as a Democrat. Sorry about that.

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The Spirit of Sharing Thrift Shop at Beaumont Ave. & Texas has been closed since Hurricane Rita damaged it. A new roof and other improvements should be finished late this month with hope for a January reopen. The charity relies heavily on the Thrift Store for funding its operations

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A 20-year-old Cleveland High School graduate, U.S. Marine Robert Alexander Martinez, was killed by a roadside bomb in Fallujah, Iraq. Robbie Martinez played baseball for the Indians and graduated in 2003. It was his second tour of duty in Iraq.

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The Dayton Hometown Holidays Celebration is tomorrow night starting at 5 p.m. in the Bryan and Sterling Street area. Sponsored by the Dayton Chamber the event has entertainment, a cookie contest, music, kids games, Santa and his reindeer and a 48-foot Christmas tree. At around 7:30, comes the lighting of the big tree followed by a spectacular fireworks display. For information, call the Dayton Chamber at 936-257-2393.

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FUNERALS: Mary Miles Morrow41 of Clear Lake –service 11am Wednesday @ Pace-Stancil-Dayton

*LAKE RELEASES: 1,000 CFS ** LIBERTY BRIDGE 5.46 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 227 FRIDAY DEC 2ND, 2005

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Liberty County Republican Party Assistant Chair, Charlotte Kramer said she has no personal vendetta against Liberty County Clerk Delia Sellers, but she did feel it was her duty to bring what she sees as irregularities in the voting process to the Ms. Sellers attention. She added, she was shocked at Ms. Sellers refusal to speak to her, or answer her questions directly during the Tuesday workshop. Ms. Kramer said she did feel there were areas in which Liberty County was not in compliance with federal voting regulation, but did not comment on what she thought those areas were. Saying instead, she would address the issue at the next Commissioners Court Meeting set for Tuesday Dec. 6th at 9 am.

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The Dayton Hometown Holidays Celebration is set for Tuesday December 6th starting at 5 p.m. Chamber President Lester Ray Wisegerber said there will be entertainment, a cookie contest, face painting, and games for the kids. Santa and his reindeer will be there. At around 7:30 they will light the big 48 foot Christmas Tree followed by a spectacular fireworks display. If you would like more information on the Hometown Holidays in Dayton, call the Dayton Chamber Office at 936 257 2393.

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Captain Billy Tidwell, with the Liberty Co. Sheriffs Department, reminds folks, when talking on a cell phone in a public place, be careful when talking about personal business such as plans to be home alone, or giving out identifying information. Others may be listening, and use information overheard to victimize you.

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Dayton Postmaster Angie Hayes said holiday packages sent 1st Class should be in the mail by Dec. 12th to insure they reach their destinations by Christmas. Those using priority mail should have their holiday mail in by December 18th and the final day to send express mail packages in time for Christmas is Dec.20th.

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On Wednesday’s Radiogram and Headlines, we listed the wrong amount of the checks people are receiving from Penn Tank Lines in the scam reported by Liberty Co. Sheriff Greg Arthur. The correct amount is almost $4,800. We regret the error.

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Funerals: James Lowell West, 68 of Liberty. Services today at 2 pm at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty ** Ona Lee Carouthers, 85, of Saratoga. Services today at 2 pm at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 57 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 226 THURSDAY DEC 1ST, 2005

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Tuesday, Bruce Halstead made the announcement of his intentions to run for the office of Liberty County Judge. The four term Liberty Mayor said, for too long there has been division within the county and he said it’s time we pull together for the good of the county he wants to unify. He also cited his leadership as President of the Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency while mayor, as evidence of his successful leadership skill. Halstead has degrees in finance and law, and says he has the skills, education and experience for the position.

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Liberty Sheriff’s Department Captain Billy Tidwell said being aware of your surroundings at all time while on holiday shopping trips is very important to personal safety. He also cautioned against flashing money when paying a bill, take out only what you need. Don’t wait until the stores are closing to leave, he said at that point there are far fewer people walking the parking lots, and there is safety in numbers. When using a public restroom, the veteran lawman said do not hang bags or coats on the hooks placed high on the door, it’s to easy for a crook to reach over, grab your stuff and be gone.

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Doctors say 60-year-old Weldon Smith, of Rockdale, Texas, will recover from wounds he received when he stopped and attempted to help the elderly woman attacked and killed by a pack of dogs last Saturday. Mr. Smith, who is the nephew of Devers resident Mabel McKnight, said his escape from the Rottweiler-Pit Bull crossbreeds that mauled Lillian Stiles, 76, to death in front of her home in Thorndale was a narrow one. The victim’s husband shot and killed one of the dogs, the others have since been euthanized. Tests show no sign of rabies in the animals. The cause of the attack remains a mystery.

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The First Baptist Church of Liberty will hold a community Christmas Carol this Sunday night at 6:30. Following the recent success of the Baptist Men’s Choir performance at the Daniel Pavilion, they will hold their annual sing along also at the new downtown pavilion. Music Minister Ron Davis said bring a lawn chair, and a coat if it’s cold. Sheet music will be provided.

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Funerals: Al Reich, 78 of Dayton Lakes. Visitation will be tonight at Sterling fronueral Home in Dayton, 7 PM – 9 PM.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5. 40 ASL*

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