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February 2004

-VOLUME 19 NO. 43, THURSDAY MARCH. 4TH, 2004-

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District #18 State Representative Candidate Nancy Archer. said on Tuesday’s All Nine Partyline program that the majority of her campaign contributions came from local individuals. The State Ethics Commission report shows that roughly half of Nancy Archer’s $109,316. 43 in campaign receipts came from a political action group known as “Texans for Insurance Reform.” She had some $500 in local support. Mrs. Archer opposes Incumbent Dan Ellis in the March 9th Democratic Primary Election. Anyone interested in viewing the reports can go online to www.ethics.state.tx.us. Dan Ellis shows receipts of $37,405, of which his largest contribution is $5,000 from TEXPAC, also a political action committee.

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Brandon Clawson, who played a major role in the Liberty Panthers’ undefeated football season, has signed up for a football scholarship at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. The 19-year-old son of Dale and Marcie Clawson was named Class 22-3A Most Valuable Player and earned Second Team Class 3A All State Defensive honors, too.

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Liberty County Night at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is set for Thursday March 11th. The Liberty County Metro Go Texan Committee is sponsoring one bus from Liberty and two from Cleveland that evening to take county residents to the rodeo performance and concert by featured entertainer Clay Walker. Tickets are $30 each. Reservations are available at Pesco in Liberty. All proceeds benefit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Fund that provides thousands in scholarship dollars to Liberty County students each year.

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KSHN Radio’s series of political forums wraps up tomorrow when the All Nine Partyline Program will feature the six Republican Candidates for the newly created 2nd U.S. Congressional District of Texas. Andrew J. Bolton, George Fastuca, Mark Henry, Clint Moore, John Nickell and Ted Poe have all said they will be on the show tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. Again, listeners are invited to call in or fax their questions for the U.S. Congressional Candidates to us.

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FUNERAL: David Curtis Burr, 47, of Rye, Graveside services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Dale Cemetery in Daisetta. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 19,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.18 FASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 40, MONDAY MARCH. 1ST, 2004-

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The former Bob Bomer GMC Dealership in Liberty will reopen in 6 to 8 weeks with new owners. According to one partner-Mike Franklin, he-along with Dealer Manager Jim Fite and NBA Hall of Fame Basketball Star Elvin Hayes, have a Buy-Sell Agreement with General Motors. Franklin, who also owns and operates Franklin Ford in Anahuac said the new dealership on N. Main in Liberty will be Liberty-Dayton GM Auto World with new Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick., Pontiac, and GM trucks.

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The search for David C. Burr of Hoop-N-Holler ended unhappily Saturday afternoon. The man, said to be in his 40‘s, was found dead, not far from his home, An organized effort by Texas Equusearch and local volunteers recovered the man’s body. Pct. #3 JP Phil Fitzgerald held an inquest where he ordered an autopsy. David Burr had been missing since Feb.13th. ****************************************************

Three more candidates have added their names to the list of those running for positions on the Liberty and Dayton City Councils on May 15th by close-of-business Friday. Assistant County Attorney Mark Beausoleil filed as a first-time candidate for the Liberty City Council. In Dayton, Incumbent Jay Tadlock has filed to run again and Missy Barton of the Liberty County Central Appraisal District is running for the first time for the Dayton City Council. The filing period for city council and school board candidates continues through March 15th.

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Donations of good used books and baked items are still needed for the Liberty Municipal Library’s Annual Jubilee Book and Bake Sale on March 26th and 27th. For more information, call the Liberty Library at 936-336-8901.

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KSHN Radio’s series of political forums for the March 9th Primary Elections continues tomorrow morning at 8:30 when the All Nine Party Line will feature the Democratic Candidates for District #18 State Representative, Incumbent Dan Ellis and challenger Nancy Archer.

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FUNERALS: Edna De Jean Marshall, formerly of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. today at Godfrey Chapel Church of Christ in Liberty. ** Marvin E. Rumley, 74, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 8,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.79 FASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 39, FRIDAY FEB. 27TH, 2004-

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Dayton School Superintendent Greg Hayman said the DISD Police Department is filing a charge of Indecent Exposure against a student who apparently exposed himself to another student on a Dayton School Bus. The unnamed juvenile has been placed in District Alternative Education Placement to remove him from the student mainstream. Greg Hayman said additional statements are being taken to decide if a second student will face a similar indecency charge. No one was injured in the incident.

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According to District Attorney Mike Little a jury in Judge C. T. “Rusty” Hight’s 75th District Court found 56-year-old Charles Elvis Raby of New Caney guilty of Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle and Aggravated Robbery in connection with a 2003 crime spree. Raby reportedly shot Alvy Scott of Tarkington and then robbed the wounded man who had caught him burglarizing the home of Scott’s son on January 3rd of last year. Police apprehended Raby on Feb.3rd 2003 after a high-speed chase that ended when the suspect lost control of his vehicle and drove into a rice canal off Hwy 90 near Nome. Charles Raby was sentenced to 60 years in prison on the robbery charge, 2 years plus a $10,000 fine on the evading arrest charge.

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The Liberty Municipal Court will close during regular business hours today to open tonight only from 5 to 9 p.m. as part of the city’s amnesty program for those with outstanding warrants. Those who work during the day have this opportunity to settle with the city after hours. The amnesty period for both the City of Liberty and Liberty County warrants ends at midnight tonight.

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There is a special opportunity to vote early in the March 9th Primary Elections on Sunday. Registered voters can cast early ballots from noon until 3 p.m. at the Liberty County Courthouse, the Cleveland Courthouse Annex and 1st Baptist Church in Dayton. Early voting also continues through Friday March 5th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Courthouse and the Annex, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Dayton’s 1st Baptist Church.

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FUNERALS: Mary Ellen Peoples, 80, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. today at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Katy. ** Edward Daniel Collins, 68, of Hardin, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 8,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 14.53 F- ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 38, THURSDAY FEB. 26TH, 2004-

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An undercover investigation by Liberty Police led to simultaneous raids on two local video game rooms yesterday for violating state gambling laws. Police Chief Bill Griffin said officers seized a total of 74 automated gambling machines valued at an estimated $148,000 from the Broken Arrow Game Room on Jefferson Drive and Sam’s Sports Bar and Game Room on Main Street. The operators of both establishments were arrested on misdemeanor gambling charges while 17 customers inside the businesses received citation. Chief Griffin said both game rooms are suspected of paying off Gambling Machine winners in cash, which is illegal under state law.

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Dayton School Superintendent Greg Hayman has confirmed that an investigation is underway into allegations of sexual assault by one Dayton student against another. Few details are available but the incident reportedly occurred on a DISD school bus. Neither the age nor gender of the students involved was available. Greg Hayman said the student who is accused of the assault is suspended pending the results of the investigation.

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Entries are now being accepted for the Annual Liberty Jubilee Photo Contest on March 26th and 27th. Photos can be entered in five categories: Nature, Landscape, People, Miscellaneous and Digital Imagery. Cost is $3 per photo and there is no limit to the number of photographs that can be entered. The deadline to have all photos entered is March 19th. For more information, call Liberty City Hall at 936-336-7361.

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KSHN Radio’s candidate forums on the All Nine Partyline Program continue tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. with the Democratic Primary Candidates for Precinct #1 and Precinct #3 Liberty County Constable. Precinct #1 Incumbent Tim Allison has two opponents on March 9th, C. L. “Bucky” Eckols and Jim Talkington. Chip Fairchild and Chip Beane are vying for the Precinct #3 Constable’s Office. Listeners will be able to call in their questions for the candidates during tomorrow’s program.

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FUNERALS: Zelma Dozier, 86, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Hill Cemetery Chapel in Dallas. ** McKinley Trahan Jr., 61, of Houston, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Raywood. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 8,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 14.86 F- ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 38, THURSDAY FEB. 26TH, 2004-

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An undercover investigation by Liberty Police led to simultaneous raids on two local video game rooms yesterday for violating state gambling laws. Police Chief Bill Griffin said officers seized a total of 74 automated gambling machines valued at an estimated $148,000 from the Broken Arrow Game Room on Jefferson Drive and Sam’s Sports Bar and Game Room on Main Street. The operators of both establishments were arrested on misdemeanor gambling charges while 17 customers inside the businesses received citation. Chief Griffin said both game rooms are suspected of paying off Gambling Machine winners in cash, which is illegal under state law.

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Dayton School Superintendent Greg Hayman has confirmed that an investigation is underway into allegations of sexual assault by one Dayton student against another. Few details are available but the incident reportedly occurred on a DISD school bus. Neither the age nor gender of the students involved was available. Greg Hayman said the student who is accused of the assault is suspended pending the results of the investigation.

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Entries are now being accepted for the Annual Liberty Jubilee Photo Contest on March 26th and 27th. Photos can be entered in five categories: Nature, Landscape, People, Miscellaneous and Digital Imagery. Cost is $3 per photo and there is no limit to the number of photographs that can be entered. The deadline to have all photos entered is March 19th. For more information, call Liberty City Hall at 936-336-7361.

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KSHN Radio’s candidate forums on the All Nine Partyline Program continue tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. with the Democratic Primary Candidates for Precinct #1 and Precinct #3 Liberty County Constable. Precinct #1 Incumbent Tim Allison has two opponents on March 9th, C. L. “Bucky” Eckols and Jim Talkington. Chip Fairchild and Chip Beane are vying for the Precinct #3 Constable’s Office. Listeners will be able to call in their questions for the candidates during tomorrow’s program.

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FUNERALS: Zelma Dozier, 86, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Hill Cemetery Chapel in Dallas. ** McKinley Trahan Jr., 61, of Houston, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Raywood. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 8,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 14.86 F- ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 37, WEDNESDAY FEB. 25TH, 2004-

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Liberty County Commissioners met yesterday and approved a resolution approved by grant expert Jay Rice to apply for $350,000 from the Texas Community Development Program. The plan is to combine that grant with the $7 million in FEMA funds recently received to buy out and demolish up to 140 pre-approved homes in flood prone areas. Rice said if Liberty County gets the grant, that money would help cover the 25% of those homes’ values the federal funds wouldn’t cover.

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Monday night, the Dayton City Council voted 4 to 1 in favor of annexing more than 149 acres of additional CMC Railyard property on Hwy 146 south of Dayton. Mayor Larry Harris said the annexation would bring an estimated $100,000 in extra ad valorem taxes to the city each year. Councilman John C. Otto, the lone “no” vote, said he opposed any annexation done for the sole purpose of bringing in additional tax revenue.

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Only a few more days remain for those with outstanding warrants with Liberty County to settle them without being arrested or paying additional fines. The amnesty period for outstanding warrants ends on Saturday. Sheriff Greg Arthur said those who are not sure if they have a warrant should call the Sheriff’s Department at 936-336-4500. The City of Liberty is also offering an amnesty program for outstanding Municipal Court warrants that can be settled at the Liberty Police Dept. between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. through this Friday.

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KSHN Radio’s series of political forums with the March 9th Democratic and Republican Primary Candidates continues tomorrow morning at 8:30 on the All Nine Partyline Program. Tomorrow’s guests are the Democratic Candidates for Precinct #1 Liberty County Commissioner, Incumbent Todd Fontenot and Challenger Mike McCarty. As with each of these programs, listeners are invited to call in their questions for the candidates.

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FUNERALS: Elton Carrington, 81, of Hankamer, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Sunlight Baptist Church in Hankamer. ** Edwin S. Hardy, 72, of Houston, Services at 11 a.m. Friday at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. ** Jack Sim Carothers, 75, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 8,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 14.88 F- ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 36, TUESDAY FEB. 24TH, 2004-

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The Liberty City Council met last night and voted to name longtime local community leader Helen Vickery to serve out the remainder of Michael Mark’s term on council. We reported that Mark has resigned his council seat with only weeks remaining after his appointment to the Liberty-Chambers Counties Navigation District Board created a legal conflict of interest. Ms. Vickery said she would be happy to serve on council until the next available election on May 15th, but reportedly said she had no interest in running for a city council seat.

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Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies, responding to an Indecency with a Child call in the Trinity River Plaza Subdivision off FM 2797, Sunday afternoon found themselves in a high-speed chase with the suspect in that report, 18-year-old David Lee Reiner. Deputy Sgt. Darrell Elliott said Reiner was taken into custody after a 45-minute chase at speeds in excess of 100 mph in a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Reiner is charged with felony Evading and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. The indecency with a child complaint is still under investigation.

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According to Liberty Water Supervisor Sammy Hood, it was around 10:30 yesterday morning when Bobby Timberman, 37, was using a crane to lift a 300 to 400 pound pump that was to be replaced at the Travis Street Lift Station. The crane reportedly touched an overhead power line and the “All Pump” Company of Houston employee received burns to his hands and arms from the electrical shock of more than 7,000 volts. Bobby Timberman was treated and released from Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital. The Travis Park Subdivision was without power for a short time following the accident yesterday morning.

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The Baytown Sun Newspaper has named Dayton Bronco Lineman Jacob Passmore as the Sun All-Area Team Most Valuable Defensive Player. The newspaper annually draws from the very best high school football players in this area for their selections. Another member of Jerry Stewart’s Broncos, Kicker Jorge Carranco, was named All-Area Place Kicker and Punter.

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FUNERALS: Jimmy Sellars Cates, 73,of Seabrook, Services on Wednesday March 13th in Corydon, Kentucky. ** Ida “Tan” Nugent, 72, of Liberty, Services held yesterday. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 8,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 14.20 F- ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 35, MONDAY FEB. 23RD, 2004-

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Early voting in the March 9th Democratic and Republican Primary Elections starts today and continues through March 5th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Liberty County Courthouse and the Cleveland Courthouse Annex, as well as from 3 to 7 p.m. at 1st Baptist Church in Dayton. There are additional early voting opportunities from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Raywood Fire Station, tomorrow at the Tarkington School Building, Wednesday at Hardin Middle School and Thursday at the Hull-Daisetta ISD Business Office. There will also be early voting Sunday Feb. 29th from noon to 3 p.m. at the Courthouse, the Cleveland Annex and Dayton’s 1st Baptist Church.

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A Chambers County Jury in Judge Chap Cain’s 253rd District Court has found 19-year-old David Michael Harmon of Dayton guilty of Aggravated Robbery in the October 2002 attack on a Baytown woman. District Attorney Mike Little said Harmon abducted the woman at gunpoint from a Baytown car wash and forced her to drive to an isolated area, where he beat her with the gun and attempted to sexually assault her. When his victim continued to fight, Harmon then drove her to a bank and forced her to withdraw money from her account. David Michael Harmon was sentenced to 60 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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The 5th Annual Thunder on the Trinity Motorcycle Rally sponsored by the Liberty Rotary Club is set for March 11th through the 14th at the TVE Fairgrounds in Liberty. Pre-registration is now through March 1st, at $30 per person. For more information, call 936-336-3461 or 336-3611, or link to the Thunder on the Trinity Web Site from kshn.com.

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The first of KSHN’s series of political forums with candidates in the March 9th Primaries is tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. on the All Nine Partyline Program. Our guests will be the Democratic candidates for Liberty County Sheriff, Incumbent Greg Arthur and challenger Henry Patterson. Listeners are invited to call or fax in questions for the candidates during the program.

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FUNERALS: Jessie Lucille DeBerry, 80, of Raywood, Services held Saturday. * Kay Morgan Mills, 59, of Double Bayou, Services at 2 p.m. today at 1st Baptist Church- Anahuac. * Columbia St. Julian, 81, of Dayton, Services held Saturday. *

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* LAKE RELEASE: 8,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.06 F- ASL*

 

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 34, FRIDAY FEB. 20TH, 2004-

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The Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments has awarded more than $400,000 to Liberty County and three cities within the county to be used for communications, hazardous materials response and emergency first responders. Precinct #1 Commissioner Todd Fontenot, a member of the H.G.A.C. Board of Directors, said several emergency management coordinators worked together to obtain those funds. Liberty County is being allocated just over $214,000, with more than $96,000 to the City of Liberty. Dayton will get just over $38,000 with roughly $69,400 to go to the City of Cleveland.

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Hardin School Trustees have named long-time district teacher and business manager Craig Ringer as School Superintendent. Ringer has served as Interim Superintendent in Hardin, since the departure of Jake Honea 18 months ago. The new title comes with a pay raise and a 5-year contract, and will take effect on July 1st, after the 43-year-old Ringer has a special permit to use until he earns the necessary college credits to obtain full Superintendent Certification. Craig Ringer is now in his 20th year with the Hardin Independent School District.

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Tickets are still available for the Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Thursday Feb. 26th at 7 p.m. at Dayton High School. Guest speaker this year is author Suzanne Short. Pappy’s Barbecue is catering dinner and the 2004 Citizen of the Year Awards will also be announced. For reservations, call the Chamber Office at 936-336-5736.

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The City of Liberty is offering an amnesty program for those with outstanding warrants similar to that offered by Liberty County. Police Chief Bill Griffin said anyone with a Class “C” warrant from the Liberty Municipal Court can pay the original fines without any additional warrant fees. However, payment must be made at the Liberty Police Department, weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. by February 27th. Amnesty is only for those who come in voluntarily to settle their warrants during the specified hours and before the deadline expires. Others will be subject to arrest and liability for all fines and fees.

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FUNERAL: Bette Joan Morrison, 86, of Hull, Private Services held at later date.

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* LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.08 F- ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 33, THURSDAY FEB. 19TH, 2004-

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In a major announcement that impacts Chambers, Liberty and Harris County, retail giant Wal-Mart announced yesterday they will open a new 2 million square foot distribution center in Baytown at Cedar Crossing, site of the old U.S. Steel Factory. Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia said an expansion to 5 million square feet is planned after phase one is completed. Groundbreaking is expected next month on the facility with completion planned for the summer of 2005. Once finished, the center will employ between 300 and 400 people.

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Dayton School Trustees met Tuesday night for the first time in the district’s new Administration Building on Cherry Creek Road. Board members unanimously approved a motion by Dr. Luke Chachere to name the facility the “Will O. Moore, Jr., Administration Building” after former Superintendent Will Moore who had a long career in Dayton Schools.

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Dayton Police Officer Kenny Broyles said 32-year-old Carrie Sattler of Liberty was westbound on Hwy 90 Tuesday afternoon when she was forced off the road by a vehicle witnesses described as a late model green Ford Pickup. The truck reportedly entered the westbound lane and Mrs. Sattler’s efforts to avoid a collision caused her vehicle to slide, then roll over on to the roadside. The Liberty woman suffered only minor injuries in the wreck. The green truck reportedly continued on without stopping. Anyone with information on the truck or its driver is asked to call Dayton Police at 936-258-7621.

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The Dayton Chamber of Commerce and FLNB’s Dayton Financial Center are sponsoring an Appreciation Dinner for Dayton Police and Volunteer Firefighters on March 18th at 7 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson Junior High in Dayton. The guest speaker will be Jim “Mattress Mac” McIngvale, owner of Houston’s Gallery Furniture and dinner will be catered by Pappy’s BBQ. Tickets are $10. For reservations, call the Dayton Chamber of Commerce at 936-257-2393.

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FUNERALS: William Arnold Welch, 75, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pentecostal Tabernacle in Liberty. ** Vill Worsley Kaemmerling, 80, of Hull, Graveside services at noon tomorrow at Guedry Cemetery in Batson. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.08 F- ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 32, WEDNESDAY FEB. 18TH, 2004-

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The results of air quality testing recently done at the newly renovated Liberty County Courthouse gives the historic 1931 building a clean bill of health. Recent reports of a few employees with cases of a rash reaction after moving back into the building caused some concern that mold spores might still exist there. According to Precinct #1 County Commissioner Todd Fontenot, the additional tests were conducted by an independent testing authority. No evidence of mold was found.

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Firefighters from the Hardin, Hull-Daisetta, Tarkington and Saratoga Volunteer Departments took about an hour to extinguish the fire that destroyed a wood frame home on CR# #2072 east of Moss Hill Monday afternoon. Hardin Fire Captain James Redding said Cindy Durbin, who was living in the house, was at home when the fire started. Since the blaze was confined to the attic, firefighters were able to save most of the furnishings and the woman’s personal belongings. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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The Annual Liberty Jubilee is about six weeks away and there are some changes to this year’s Jubilee Street Dance on Friday night March 26th. For the first time since it began in 1986, the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is not sponsoring the event. This year’s dance will be co-sponsored by the City of Liberty and the Liberty Elk’s Lodge with the music of popular local country music singer Carl Manchaca from 8 p.m. to midnight. Liberty Jubilee Street Dance tickets will be on sale soon at the Liberty City Hall.

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At last Friday’s meeting, the Liberty City Council formally approved the annexation of two more tracts of land east of the City of Ames. The two tracts cover 400 acres of what is primarily agricultural land, bounded on the east by the Hull-Daisetta School District and on the west, by Ames extra-territorial jurisdiction. Council completed three earlier annexations last year, extending the city limits north and east.

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FUNERALS: Walter Lazine Taylor, 49,of Daisetta, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pentecostal Tabernacle in Daisetta. ** Betty Blair, 90, of Hankamer, Graveside services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Anahuac Cemetery. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.08 F- ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 31, TUESDAY FEB. 17TH, 2004-

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DPS Trooper Tommy Chase said a tractor trailer rig driver tried every way possible, but failed to avoid a collision with a small sedan reportedly passing several cars on Hwy 90 west of Ames early yesterday morning. The big truck’s driver, Hiram McGowan, 69, of Mississippi was unhurt, but the driver of the car, 26-year-old Joseph Raymond Domain, with a Liberty/Ames address was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. A description of his condition was not available, but he is said to have suffered multiple injuries.

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Liberty Police say felony charges of Intoxicated Assault would be filed against Denice Kay Vekios of Dayton after she reportedly turned into the path of a vehicle driven by Pamela Huggins, 40, of Liberty on Hwy 90 last Saturday night. Ms. Vekios two children, Brittany, 10, and Cody, age 9, were passengers in her vehicle. Both now are listed in fair condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital. A new Texas law makes driving while drunk with children in the car a felony.

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Citing a conflict between his recent appointment to the Liberty-Chambers Counties Navigation District Board and his position as a Liberty City Council member, Michael Mark has announced he is resigning from the city council. The 35-year-old Assistant District Attorney is just three months away from the end of his second council term. Mayor Bruce Halstead said the council has 10 days to name a successor for the remainder of Mark’s term.

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At last Thursday’s Three Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America Annual Recognition Banquet, James Duke of Liberty received the highest honor in Scouting Leadership: the prestigious Silver Beaver Award.

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FUNERALS: William Andrew Cummings, Jr., of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. * John Allen Mills, 51, of Houston, Services at 2 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. * Wesley Todd Cryer, 49, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. today at Pace-Stancil- Dayton. * Mary D. Laviene, 70, of Houston, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. * Billy G. Burt, Jr. , 22, of Cut N’ Shoot, Services today at 2 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. *

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* LAKE RELEASE: 14,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 26.55 F- ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 30, FRIDAY FEB. 13TH, 2004-

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With the Trinity River on the rise, Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Leroy Hanel is requesting a volunteer evacuation of low-lying areas subject to flooding. The latest releases from the Lake Livingston Dam mean an estimated crest for the river in Liberty at around 26 feet sometime tomorrow. City of Liberty Officials are adopting a “wait and see” attitude before calling for similar evacuations in the South Liberty Oil Field Area. Those who need shelter can call the County Emergency Management Office at 336-4558, Ext. 239.

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District Attorney Mike Little said the abduction and murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia from a car wash in Sarasota, Florida last week should serve as a reminder to parents to warn kids of the danger that strangers can present. The security camera tape that recorded the sixth-grader’s abduction was aired on television newscasts nationwide. The District Attorney urges the public to always do whatever it takes to get justice for this and other victims of such horrifying crimes.

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The McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, south of Sabine Pass, is hosting “Marsh Madness” on Saturday March 6th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited for a variety of programs on wetlands preservation, hunting, fishing and marsh wildlife. For more information, call the McFaddin Refuge at 409-267-3337.

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Last Tuesday’s Liberty City Council meeting was cancelled and rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. today. Among the items council will discuss is a request by the City of Dayton for Liberty to relinquish a portion of its extra-territorial jurisdiction to Dayton.

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The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. City offices in Dayton will be open for their regular business hours. Garbage service will run as scheduled in both Liberty and Dayton. All banks and post offices will also close Monday.

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FUNERALS: Ella Elder Woolsey, 95, of Liberty, Memorial Service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty. ** Jacob Blain Ferguson, Infant son of Donald Ray and Joyce Renee Couch Ferguson of Hankamer, Graveside services at 2 p.m. today at Anahuac Cemetery. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 39,400 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.23 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 29, THURSDAY FEB. 12TH, 2004-

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County Republican Party Chair Richard Pegues has conceded that Danna Lee will not be on the March 9th Primary Ballot as a candidate for Liberty County Treasurer. We have reported the debate between County Democrats, who maintained no vacancy existed while elected treasurer Janet Harrelson’s criminal convictions are on appeal and County Republicans who felt there could be one. Pegues said he received clarification on some points of law by out-of-county sources and hoped the appeal process for Ms. Harrelson will conclude in time for both parties to have candidates on the General Election ballot in November.

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According to Dayton School Superintendent Greg Hayman, the DISD Administration Offices are closed today and tomorrow for the move into the new building on Cherry Creek Road near Richter Elementary. Hayman said it is hoped that offices can be open again in the new location by late tomorrow, but that’s not certain. All school district administration offices are expected to be open for regular hours by Monday at the latest.

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The New Horizon Family Center now has offices at 313 S. Winfree in Dayton, offering free counseling, education and assistance to the victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

For information, call 936-257-9330.

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Some tickets are still available for the 78th Annual Methodist Men’s Brotherhood Banquet on Thursday February 19th at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty. Thought to be the oldest continuously held event of its kind, this year’s banquet will feature Dr. Jimmy Simmons, President of Lamar University in Beaumont as the guest speaker. Tickets are $7 and available from any member of the 1st Methodist Men’s Bible Class.

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Yesterday’s Shine All Nine Radiogram incorrectly reported location for the public hearing on the proposed South Liberty County Hospital District. That hearing will be on March 23rd at the Liberty County Courthouse. We regret the error.

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FUNERALS: Otis Green, 75, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Dayton. ** James Taylor, 58, of Hull, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Hull. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 35,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.09 ASL*

-VOLUME 19 NO. 28, WEDNESDAY FEB. 11TH, 2004-

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said one man is dead and another is charged with first degree murder after a shooting in North Liberty County on Monday. Around 6 p.m., deputies arrived at the manufactured home shared by James Reed, 29, and Tommy Hoagland, 33, off CR #2190 east of Cleveland. The investigation is ongoing, but information indicates Hoagland allegedly shot Reed to death at the residence. Sheriff Arthur said Tommy Hoagland remains jailed on a $500,000 bond.

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Liberty County Commissioners met yesterday and set March 23rd as the date for a public hearing on the proposed South Liberty County Hospital District. County Judge Lloyd Kirkham said that having accepted the petition for an election on the issue, Commissioners are legally required to allow public input before scheduling that election. The hearing is at 8:30 a.m. at Hardin High School. Judge Kirkham said it is expected the election on creating the taxing entity will be held in conjunction with local municipal and school board elections on May 15th. Registered voters in the Dayton, Devers, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta and Liberty School Districts would cast ballots to decide if the hospital district will be established as a source of funding to cover unpaid emergency medical expenses within that area.

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The Liberty City Council will meet Friday afternoon, after last night’s scheduled meeting was cancelled. City officials say an error was made in posting the agenda for the public and it was possible that any action taken by council would have been null and void if the meeting was held as planned. Instead, the Liberty City Council meeting has been rescheduled for Friday at 5:30.

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Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner said the Liberty County Central Appraisal District Offices will be closed on March 4th and 5th to move from their present location next to the railroad tracks on Main St. in Liberty to their new offices at 2030 Sam Houston Street. The completely remodeled building is the next block east from the Courthouse Square across from KSHN Radio.

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FUNERALS: Glenda Joyce Devers, 49, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** John Clark Votaw, 58, of Saratoga, Services at 2 p.m. today at West End Baptist Church in Saratoga. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.41 ASL*

-VOLUME 19 NO. 27, TUESDAY FEB. 10TH, 2004-

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Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Shannon Bowdin said a domestic disturbance call to the Cedar Estate Subdivision off FM 1413 early yesterday morning lead to a tense standoff with an armed Dayton man. Deputy Bowdin said 46-year-old Robert Brady apparently left the residence and fled from deputies in his pick up truck until he was stopped on Hwy 146. The man was said to have three firearms with him and it was feared he intended to harm himself. Deputy Bowdin negotiated Brady’s peaceful surrender to police after talking with him for about 20 minutes. Robert Brady has been charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle and unlawfully discharging a firearm.

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Local gardening clubs are joining forces to encourage Liberty businesses to dress up their entrances, parking lots and sidewalks with hanging baskets, potted flowers or landscaping to beautify the city in time for the Annual Liberty Jubilee next month. Master Gardener Nancy Brandli said judging of the “Spruce Up For Spring “ contest will be the week before Jubilee and winners will be announced on March 27th. Those businesses interested in entering the contest can call 936-336-6009.

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Liberty County Commissioners have named Assistant District Attorney Michael Mark to fill one of two vacant seats on the Liberty-Chambers Counties Navigation District Board. Pudge Wilcox, the Navigation District General Manager said the board consists of five members; two from each county and a fifth that alternates between the two counties. Michael Mark fills the swing seat vacancy left by Billy Combs’ departure.

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County Attorney “Jack” Hartel is working jointly with county law enforcement officers to institute a “round up” of those with outstanding arrest warrants on file in Liberty County. An amnesty period will be extended through Feb. 27th, so wrongdoers can take care of their cases, without being arrested since that would result in additional fines. Those with outstanding warrants can call the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at 936-336-4500. After the grace period ends, peace officers in each area of the county will begin making arrests.

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FUNERAL: Bessie Harding, 87, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 11,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.31 ASL*

-VOLUME 19 NO. 26, MONDAY FEB. 9TH, 2004-

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Liberty County Commissioners will look at a request to order an election for a new South Liberty County Hospital District at their meeting tomorrow. Supporters have mounted the effort to put the issue before voters. With voter approval such a taxing district would provide community funding for continuing medical services to residents in the Dayton, Devers, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta and Liberty School Districts. Supporters are recommending a tax rate of 6.54 cents per $100 of taxable property value with a 9 cent cap. Those with senior citizen exemptions would not pay the new tax on homesteads.

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Liberty Police Sgt. Gary Martin said around 4:45 last Friday morning two men entered Liberty Cleaners in the Jefferson Square Shopping Center through an open back door. The pair held an employee at gunpoint, taking more than $2,300 in cash. Investigators said the unidentified employee was shaken, but not injured. Police believe the two thieves were both wearing ski masks and gloves. One was armed was said to have a handgun.

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One of Liberty’s best died Friday. Joseph Bennett “ Joe” Regen, owner of Golden’s Furniture in Liberty died after a long period of ill health. Among many services Joe with others, founded the Spirit of Sharing charity. Joe Regen was 74.

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The Liberty City Council meets tomorrow night at 7. One item for consideration is a request by the City of Dayton for Liberty to relinquish a portion of its extra-territorial jurisdiction. Dayton City Manager Robert Ewart said some land his city is considering for annexation on FM 1409 falls into the City of Liberty’s ETJ. Dayton is asking Liberty to relinquish their control over that area affected by the annexation. The Liberty Council will also consider adopting a freeze on ad valorem taxes for homestead residences owned by the elderly or disabled. A recently passed constitutional amendment allows other taxing entities the same option as school districts.

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FUNERAL: Joe Regen, 74,of Liberty, Services at 7 p.m. Thursday at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty. ** Services pending at Wells Mortuary for Otis “G-Man” Green 75,a former member of Dayton City Council. He died Saturday

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*LAKE RELEASE: 12,200 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE:14.59 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 26, MONDAY FEB. 9TH, 2004-

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Liberty County Commissioners will look at a request to order an election for a new South Liberty County Hospital District at their meeting tomorrow. Supporters have mounted the effort to put the issue before voters. With voter approval such a taxing district would provide community funding for continuing medical services to residents in the Dayton, Devers, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta and Liberty School Districts. Supporters are recommending a tax rate of 6.54 cents per $100 of taxable property value with a 9 cent cap. Those with senior citizen exemptions would not pay the new tax on homesteads.

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Liberty Police Sgt. Gary Martin said around 4:45 last Friday morning two men entered Liberty Cleaners in the Jefferson Square Shopping Center through an open back door. The pair held an employee at gunpoint, taking more than $2,300 in cash. Investigators said the unidentified employee was shaken, but not injured. Police believe the two thieves were both wearing ski masks and gloves. One was armed was said to have a handgun.

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One of Liberty’s best died Friday. Joseph Bennett “ Joe” Regen, owner of Golden’s Furniture in Liberty died after a long period of ill health. Among many services Joe with others, founded the Spirit of Sharing charity. Joe Regen was 74.

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The Liberty City Council meets tomorrow night at 7. One item for consideration is a request by the City of Dayton for Liberty to relinquish a portion of its extra-territorial jurisdiction. Dayton City Manager Robert Ewart said some land his city is considering for annexation on FM 1409 falls into the City of Liberty’s ETJ. Dayton is asking Liberty to their control over that area affected by the annexation. The Liberty Council will also consider adopting a freeze on ad valorem taxes for homestead residences owned by the elderly or disabled. A recently passed constitutional amendment allows other taxing entities the same option as school districts.

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FUNERAL: Joe Regen, 74,of Liberty, Services at 7 p.m. Thursday at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty. ** Services pending at Wells Mortuary for Otis “G-Man” Green 75,a former member of Dayton City Council. He died Saturday

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*LAKE RELEASE: 12,200 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE:14.59 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 25, FRIDAY FEB. 6TH, 2004-

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Monday, the Dayton City Council approved granting a homestead exemption or property tax-freeze to residents 65 or over or who are disabled. While Texas school districts have had the option of granting such a freeze for many years, other taxing entities could not legally do so until this year, when a constitutional amendment was passed allowing it. Exemption application forms are available now at the Liberty County Central Appraisal District Office in Liberty. Those seeking a disabled exemption must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disability”

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Dayton Athletic Director Jerry Stewart said two Dayton Broncos signed football scholarships on National Signing Day yesterday. Quarterback/Receiver Lloyd Ligons, a three-time All-District pick, signed with SFA University and Defensive Lineman Jacob Passmore, a two-time All-District MVP signed with Abiline Christian University. Coach Stewart said this brings the number of Dayton players who have signed to play college ball since 1996 to twenty. At $60,000 each that totals roughly $1.2 million in football scholarships to DISD graduates.

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Tickets are on sale now for the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday February 26th in the Dayton High School Cafeteria. This year’s keynote speaker is Suzanne Short, author of “Wisdom Daddy Taught Me”. The winners of the 2004 “Citizen of the Year” awards from Liberty and Dayton will also be announced. For reservations, call 936-336-5736.

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As the new Legend Bank building nears completion, bank officials have set March 1st as the date to began moving operations from the bank’s temporary headquarters into their permanent home at the intersection of FM 1960, Hwy 321 and Fm 1008. The temporary site on Hwy 90 will continue to operate during the move, which should be finished by March 8th. A grand opening is planned for March 25th.

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FUNERALS: Mamie Marie Alexander, 76, of Crosby, Memorial Service at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Rosie Greak, 82, formerly of Liberty. Services held yesterday.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.43 ASL*

VOLUME 19 NO. 25, FRIDAY FEB. 6TH, 2004-
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Monday, the Dayton City Council approved granting a homestead exemption or property tax-freeze to residents 65 or over or who are disabled. While Texas school districts have had the option of granting such a freeze for many years, other taxing entities could not legally do so until this year, when a constitutional amendment was passed allowing it. Exemption application forms are available now at the Liberty County Central Appraisal District Office in Liberty. Those seeking a disabled exemption must meet the Social Security Administration's definition of "disability"
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Dayton Athletic Director Jerry Stewart said two Dayton Broncos signed football scholarships on National Signing Day yesterday. Quarterback/Receiver Lloyd Ligons, a three-time All-District pick, signed with SFA University and Defensive Lineman Jacob Passmore, a two-time All-District MVP signed with Abiline Christian University. Coach Stewart said this brings the number of Dayton players who have signed to play college ball since 1996 to twenty. At $60,000 each that totals roughly $1.2 million in football scholarships to DISD graduates.
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Tickets are on sale now for the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday February 26th in the Dayton High School Cafeteria. This year's keynote speaker is Suzanne Short, author of "Wisdom Daddy Taught Me". The winners of the 2004 "Citizen of the Year" awards from Liberty and Dayton will also be announced. For reservations, call 936-336-5736.
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As the new Legend Bank building nears completion, bank officials have set March 1st as the date to began moving operations from the bank's temporary headquarters into their permanent home at the intersection of FM 1960, Hwy 321 and Fm 1008. The temporary site on Hwy 90 will continue to operate during the move, which should be finished by March 8th. A grand opening is planned for March 25th.
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FUNERALS: Mamie Marie Alexander, 76, of Crosby, Memorial Service at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Rosie Greak, 82, formerly of Liberty. Services held yesterday.
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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.43 ASL*

-VOLUME 19 NO. 24, THURSDAY FEB. 5TH, 2004-
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The second suspicious manufactured home fire in the Dayton area in two days was at the home of David and Glenda Burrell on Meremar Lane yesterday. Firefighters found wiring and insulation on the underside of the home burning and extinguished the blaze within 20 minutes. The home suffered only minimal damage, but an arson investigation was requested. We have reported the fire that destroyed the home of Tammy Nichols in the Dayton Oaks Subdivision off Hwy 321 Tuesday evening is also said to be of suspicious origin.
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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said the arrest of three suspects last Saturday could clear as many as 20 recent burglaries in the Dayton area. Anthony Fowler, age 17, and 19-year-old Derrick Fowler, both of Dayton, were jailed on Burglary-of-a-Habitation charges with bond set at $20,000 each. A 15-year-old youth was also arrested and turned over to juvenile authorities. Sheriff Arthur said stolen property that included guns, clothing and electronic equipment were recovered during the investigation.
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Effective this month, the electrical billing statements sent to City of Liberty residents will include a 10% late fee charged if payment is not received by the date it is due. Council approved the addition of the late fee in October in an attempt to reduce the large number of late payments being received. Residents over 65 can contact City Hall and request an exemption at 336-3684.
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Liberty County Democratic Party Chair Liz Beausoleil said five Democratic Candidate forums have been scheduled between now and the March 9th Primary Election. The first is at the Sky-Kay Restaurant in Moss Hill on Feb. 10th at 7 p.m. More forums are set for Feb.12th at St. Miles Baptist Church in Ames, the Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty on Feb. 16th, on Feb. 17th at the Liberty City Hall and on Feb. 19th at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Cleveland. Those four political events will each start at 6:30 p.m. Early voting in both the Democratic and Republican Primary Elections begins on February. 22nd and continues through March 5th.
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FUNERAL: Joyce Elaine Arnold, 58, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **
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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.43 ASL*

-VOLUME 19 NO. 23, WEDNESDAY FEB. 4TH, 2004-

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The fire that destroyed the manufactured home of Tammy Nichols in the Dayton Oaks Subdivision off Hwy 321, yesterday evening is being called suspicious. Volunteer firefighters from the Hwy 321, Kenefick and Dayton departments responded when neighbors reportedly noticed smoke coming from the home shortly after seeing the owner leave. Firefighters fought for almost an hour to extinguish the blaze, but the residence was completely destroyed. 321 Assistant Volunteer Fire Chief Jon Sommers said an arson investigation had been called for.

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At yesterday’s Team City Dayton Meeting, Juan Martinez of Jonathan Kagan Properties provided the timeline for construction of Dayton’s new Walgreen’s store to be built on the site of the Dayton ISD Administration Building on Hwy 90. Martinez said the store should have an opening date sometime in September. The new 14,000 square foot pharmacy will offer a 3-lane drive-thru for prescription pick up with 10 full-time employees as well as numerous part-timers.

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The deadline to register to vote in the March 9th Primary Election is coming up on Monday Feb. 9th. County Tax Assessor Collector Mark McClelland recommends registering in person at the County Tax Office in Liberty or in Cleveland. The last day to request a mail-in ballot is March 2nd.

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Last Saturday’s benefit to raise money to help pay the medical expenses of Liberty’s Josh Burke brought an estimated $30,000. Josh was seriously injured in an auto wreck that resulted in the amputation of one arm. He had no medical insurance.

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The Liberty County YMCA is continuing to grow with new programs being added for all ages. Registration is underway now for “Y” aerobics classes plus flag football, adult soccer and volleyball as well as the new performing arts programs. For more information, call the YMCA at 936-257-2888.

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According to Director Donna Guillory, the Dayton Housing Authority is planning the renovation of six units originally built in the 1960’s. Federal funding will provide for new roofs, kitchen remodeling and sheet rock repairs among other renovations. The project is set to begin in the next 90 days.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.91 ASL*

-VOLUME 19 NO. 22, TUESDAY FEB. 3RD, 2004-

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The big news from the University Interscholastic League Realignments announced yesterday is that both Hardin and Hull-Daisetta move to lower classifications. After decades in Class 2-A, Hull-Daisetta drops to Class-A competition in District 23. The new district includes Burkville, Chester, Colmesneil, Evadale and High Island along with Darrell Barbay’s Bobcats. Hardin has been Class 3-A in recent years, but now goes back to Class 2-A in District 23 with Deweyville, Kountze, Newton, West Hardin and East Chambers. Dayton does not change class, but is now in District 19 with the same opponents as before. Liberty’s new District 23-3A includes Cleveland, Huffman, Tarkington, Barbers Hill, and Splendora.

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Early voting for the March 9th Primary Elections starts Feb. 22nd and continues through March 5th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Liberty County Courthouse, the Cleveland Annex and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the 1st Baptist Church in Dayton. Early voting is also scheduled at those three locations from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 29th. Early voting opportunities are also set from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23rd at the Raywood Fire Station, Feb. 24th at the Tarkington School Bldg., Feb. 25th at Hardin Middle School and Feb. 26th at the Hull-Daisetta Business Office.

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The Texas Department of Transportation will hold public hearings in both Liberty and Chambers Counties on the new “Trans-Texas Corridor”, a network of roads, rail and a dedicated utility zone to move people, goods and utilities through the state quickly and safely. The first is on Feb. 10th at the Ft. Anahuac Park American Legion Hall at 4 p.m. The second is at the TxDot Office on Layle Drive in Liberty on Feb. 12th, also at 4 p.m.

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For the 10th consecutive year, KSHN Radio is featuring a series we call “African-American Firsts”. Airing several times daily throughout this Black History Month, it pays tribute to the extraordinary achievements by Black Men and Women in invention, education, entertainment, sports, military service, art, science, politics, religion and medicine. The series is narrated by former KSHN employees Michael Mark and Lori Richard.

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FUNERAL: George William Cook, 76,of Hull, Services at 10 a.m. today at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.64 ASL*

-VOLUME 19 NO. 21, MONDAY FEB. 1ST, 2004-

At last Thursday’s public meeting on the Cox Road Waste Dump, Fred McCoy, owner of the nearby White Wing Subdivision called for to continue their search for dangerous contaminants in areas surrounding the old petrochemical dump site off FM 1413. McCoy produced copies of a written statement from a Harry S. Moreland who told of legal abuses by the landfill’s former owner, C.P. Joiner and called into question what kind of toxic materials might be dumped there. As reported, months of testing by the TCEQ and the EPA found no evidence that any hazardous substances found at the dump site itself have migrated to the water or soil outside it.

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District Attorney Mike Little said the suspects in three murders in Liberty County this past year have been indicted by a grand jury. Chris Badaal is formally charged by the Grand Jury for the shooting death of the 56-year-old owner of Frank’s Tire Shop in Liberty last month. Marlow W. Reynolds, 50, is under indictment for the murder of 36-year-old Leslie Ledford, whose body was discovered in a burning trash pit on Reynolds property on September 22nd. Also indicted on a charge of murder is Martin Rivera, 40, for the stabbing death of his estranged wife at her Kay Street home in Liberty in October..

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Entries are now being accepted for the 2004 Liberty Jubilee Parade on March 27th at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “ A Salute to the Military”. Trophies will be awarded in five divisions: There is no cost to enter and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Nick Vaught at 936-336-5449. . ****************************************************Anahuac Wildlife Refuge will close the Shovelor Pond tour route by vehicle February 9th -21st. while work is going on Hikers are welcome during the period. .

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FUNERALS:**William T. Mathis Jr., 82, of Liberty.Services today at 11 a.m. at Pace Stancil in Dayton.**Wanda Jean Dowdell, 52, of Daisetta. Services held yesterday. .

*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.45 ASL*

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