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November 2004

-VOLUME 19 NO. 225, TUESDAY NOV. 30TH 2004-

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Michael Lee Brantley, 34, of Cleveland has been indicted for Capitol Murder in the death of 27-year-old Bethel Renee Bell in November of last year. Brantley was arrested for a parole violation, and was a suspect in the young woman’s disappearance even then. It was not long after his arrest that the body of the missing mother of three was discovered in the Sam Houston National Forest. Autopsy results showed the victim was beaten to death, then burned. Dental records provided positive identification to investigators. Brantley was indicted in May of this year. DA Mike Little said no determination has yet been made on whether or not his office will seek the death penalty.

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According to Liberty County Sheriff’s Dispatcher Donna Kay Scott, the problem she encounters most often is people who call for help, but are unable to give clear, accurate directions to their home. The veteran dispatcher stresses the importance of being able to give directions to where you live, knowing your county road number, of being able to describe your home and explain the nature of the emergency.

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Members of the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce will be voting for eight new members of the Chamber Board of Directors. Ballots have been mailed and members are urged to vote, then sign and return the ballots by December 7th. Included with the board member ballots are nomination forms for the Chamber’s Annual Citizen of the Year Awards,

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The Liberty County Children’s Protective Services Board is again seeking sponsors for their Annual Foster Children’s Christmas Program. The donations are used to buy Christmas gifts, birthday presents and other miscellaneous needs that the state and county do not provide to foster children. Send donations to John Hebert, CPS Treasurer, PO Box 857,Liberty, Texas, 77575. Make checks to “Foster Children’s Program. “

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FUNERALS: Elizabeth Taylor, of Mont Belvieu, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Ray Mason, Jr., of Hardin, Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lighthouse Church in Moss Hill. ** Sharon Lynette Thompson, 56, of Wallsiville, Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. **

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** Lake Release 38,300 CFS Liberty Bridge: 27.03ASL**

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 224, MONDAY NOV. 29TH 2004-

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DPS Trooper Steven Hebert said that 17-year-old Ryan “Red” Gonzales of Dayton was a passenger in pick up that was struck, nearly head on, by a second truck on Hwy 321 at CR # 676 last Wednesday night. The Dayton teen and the driver of one truck, 20-year-old Warren Manuel of Magnolia, were not wearing seat belts. Red Gonzales was killed, Warren Manuel was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with multiple compound and open fractures to his legs. The driver who allegedly caused the wreck, Charles Randall Thomas, 38, of Huffman is thought to have been under the influence of alcohol and is charged with intoxication manslaughter. Thomas, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not hurt.

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With retail sales for the start of the Holiday Shopping Season coming on strong nationwide, local retailers report good sales that were still shy of expectations. Liberty Wal-Mart store director Bob Diaz pointed out that pay day for many is not until next week and that may account for a slight drop in sales for the day after Thanksgiving.

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A Liberty Co. Grand Jury indicted former County Courthouse Maintenance Supervisor Bernard “Buddy” Craig on two felony charges. One count of theft by a Public Official has been leveled against Craig for allegedly stealing hardy plank siding valued at $2,100 from the County. The second charge is abuse of official capacity, since he was a County Supervisor at the time the crime was allegedly committed. Now fired from his job Craig surrendered Wed. at the jail and then released on a $1,500 bond.

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Country Christmas, hosted by the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsors, is tomorrow in Liberty and on Thursday in Dayton. The annual holiday celebration begins at 6 each evening with a lighted parade, followed by refreshments, live entertainment, wagon rides in each community and pictures with Santa Claus. It’s all free, thanks to the Chamber.

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FUNERALS: Fannie R. Gill, 81, of Baytown, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Phelps Cemetery in Thicket. ** Clement Godsell Putnam, 67, of Hardin, Services held Sunday. ** Hazel E. Coleman Bracewell, 59,-Dayton, Serv.-2 Wednesday at Pace Stancil- Dayton. ** Ryan “Red” Gonzalez-17. Services Tuesday at 2PM @ Allison’s

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** Lake Release 41,600 CFS Liberty Bridge: 27.22ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 223, WEDNESDAY NOV. 24TH 2004-

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A murder victim found in a shallow grave near Cleveland last weekend has been identified as 30-year-old Bernardino Banos. Autopsy results showed the Cleveland resident died of multiple knife wounds and other injuries nearly a month ago. Murder charges have been filed against Jose Shofa Monreal, Jr. and his brother, Manuel Monreal, both residents of the Windwood Subdivision in North Liberty County. Manuel Monreal also faces an additional felony charge of evidence tampering.

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Liberty County Commissioners met yesterday and voted to terminate the contract with the Austin-based McCreary, Veselka, Bragg and Allen Law Firm to be the County’s delinquent tax attorneys, effective in 30 days. Commissioners voted to award a 5-year-contract instead to the Houston Firm of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Simpson. That firm has also contracted with local attorney John Archer, who, you may recall performed the same duties for the Austin firm until their decision to terminate his services earlier this year. The lone “no” vote on both measures was Precinct #4 Commissioner Norman Brown, who said he was uncomfortable with how the matter was handled.

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Dayton Police report that James Hernandez, 17, of San Antonio, Paul Stephen Weber, 25, of Crosby and William Shilo Malone, 20, of Dayton have all been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of the West Side Grocery early last Saturday morning. Police said other charges against the suspects are pending in both Dayton and Harris County.

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DPS Sgt. Ryan Arthur reminds motorists that Highway Patrol Troopers will be out in force over the Thanksgiving Weekend, targeting speeders, drunk drivers, seat belt law violators and aggressive drivers. Sgt. Arthur urges drivers to obey the law and avoid bad driving habits such as tailgating and using high beams in traffic that lead to angry situations with other drivers.

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The Annual Community Wide Thanksgiving Feast at Trinity Baptist Church in Dayton is tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and dine in, take out or have your turkey and trimmings delivered by calling 258-3276 or 258-2441. The church is on FM 1960 one block west of Hwy 321, across from Thriftee Food Center.

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** Lake Release 38,300 CFS Liberty Bridge: 21.98 ASL**

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 222, TUESDAY NOV. 23RD 2004-

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said officers executing search warrants on property off Gulf Road south of Cleveland this past weekend, uncovered a shallow grave and the body of a man in his thirties. While autopsy results have not yet determined the exact cause of death, the victim appeared to have been beaten and stabbed, probably killed in late October. Sheriff Arthur said three men are in custody in connection with the investigation and he expects they will be charged with Murder.

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Chris Badaahl is to be tried for the murder of 56-year-old “Ram” Durgapersad at Frank’s Tire Shop in Liberty on January 8th 2004 just over a year after the crime. Badaahl, the tire shop’s former owner, allegedly went to the Hwy 90 business that afternoon, shot and killed Durgapersad, the current owner, then fled. Baytown Police apprehended the suspect that same night. Investigators say legal disputes between the two men could be the reason for the killing. Chris Badaahl is scheduled to go on trial for murder on January 18th.

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Entries are now being accepted for the Annual Country Christmas Parades in Liberty and Dayton. Hosted by the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and their sponsors, Country Christmas is Tuesday Nov. 30th in Liberty, then on Thursday Dec. 2nd in Dayton. Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead the lighted parade followed by live music, refreshments, wagon rides and pictures with Santa, all free to the public. There is no charge for entering the parades, but all entries must be lighted. For more information, call the Chamber Office at 936-336-5736.

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The Municipal Offices in both Liberty and Dayton will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Liberty County Courthouse will close at Noon tomorrow and remain closed for the holiday until Monday Nov. 29th. There is no garbage service in Liberty or Dayton on Thursday, but trash pick up will run as scheduled on Friday. Banks and post offices will close on Thursday for Thanksgiving, but will be open Friday.

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FUNERALS: Jerry Wayne McCarty, Jr., 34, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. today at the South Liberty County Pentecostal Church. ** Georgia Tidwell, 64, of Cleveland, Services at Noon tomorrow at the Central Baptist Church in Cleveland.

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** Lake Release 28,400 CFS Liberty Bridge: 18.83 ASL**

-VOLUME 19 NO. 221, MONDAY NOV. 22ND 2004-

Dayton Police Sgt. John Coleman said it was around 7 am. Sat. when two men, described as white or Hispanic, robbed Westside Grocery on FM 1960 in Dayton at gunpoint. Suspects were said to be wearing hooded sweatshirts to partially conceal their features. One brandished a handgun. The duo left with an undetermined amount of cash. A witness said the pair fled west on FM 1960 in a small, white car. So far no suspects. .

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Attorney Gary Bunyard for Jim Watson says his client accepts responsibility for money missing from Liberty Rotary and Allison Funeral Service and restitution will be made. Bunyard said Watson’s family is helping him.

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58-year-old Travis Cartwright of Humble was eastbound on Hwy 90 around 6:30 Friday night, when, Liberty Police say, he turned right unexpectedly. His vehicle crossed into the path of a pickup truck driven by Nicole Runnels-19 Dayton. The impact threw Travis Cartwright into the back seat, nearly ejecting him through the rear passenger window. The Humble man was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He remains in critical condition. Nicole Runnels was not injured.

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A Hardin family lost their home and contents in a fire at their home Friday morning. Wayne Burrell was at a neighbor’s house when the fire started. His wife, daughter and granddaughter escaped without injury. Neighbors used a tractor to drag the family car and a nearby storage building away from the flames. Co. Fire Marshall Jim Wilson said the fire started in a bedroom.

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Fire destroyed the manufactured home of Roger and Donna Wiebelhaus on FM 563, north of Moss Bluff, Saturday afternoon. The couple was working in the nearby barn when they saw the flames. Moss Bluff, Hull Daisetta, and City of Liberty firefighters got the fire out before 1 p.m. Food left unattended on the kitchen stove is the suspected cause.

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Bi-Dist.playoffs Liberty lost Friday to Jasper, 44 to 13. Normangee 29, Hull-Daisetta 6; Kirbyville 24, Barbers Hill 13; It was Mart 49 East Chambers 12 and Palestine-2, Huffman 14.

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FUNERALS: Gary E. Merrill-70 formerly of Dayton died in a Nacogdoches car wreck. Funeral arrangements pending at Pace Stancil** Georgia Tidwell-64 of Cleveland pending at Wells

** Lake Release 13,000 CFS Liberty Bridge: 13.99 ASL**

-VOLUME 19 NO. 220, FRIDAY NOV. 19TH 2004-

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It was around 2 p.m. yesterday when an Huntsville construction crew accidentally cut a 2” inch Entex natural gas line at the corner of Waco Street and FM 1960 in Dayton. While a repair crew from Beaumont set to work capping the gas leak, FM 1960 was closed to traffic from Klemp Road to Hwy 321 for several hours. Waco Street and 1960 was also closed during that period.

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Brad Keaton, 27, of Liberty has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for Assault on a Public Servant. Keaton, a career criminal had been handcuffed. As Correctional Officer Tina Austin transported him from one Liberty County Jail cell to another, he began pulling on the cuffs. Austin suffered severe injuries to her hand and left her position as a correctional officer. Brad Keaton has a charge pending for possession of meth-amphetamine, as reported earlier this week, a pat down search of the none-too-bright suspect revealed that he had brought his marijuana stash into the courtroom with him.

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Greg Hayman, who is just finishing his first year as Dayton School Superintendent said at Wednesday’s Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon that with 600 people on the payroll at any given time, the DISD is the largest employer in Liberty County. Keeping the district staffed is an everyday project and Mr. Hayman said it was only last summer that 2 principals, 6 assistant principals, 4 counselors, 55 teachers, 24 instructional and clerical assistants and 5 office staff members were either hired or moved. The student population is about 5,000 and the annual budget is roughly $29 million.

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The second Dayton Noon Lions Club Radio Auction is tomorrow morning from 9 until Noon here on KSHN Radio. Listeners can call in and bid on more great goods and services donated to the club. All proceeds benefit the Dayton Noon Lions community service programs.

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The Liberty Panthers continue in post-season play tonight against the Jasper Bulldogs in Silsbee. Listen to all the Area High School Football Playoff Action live on All Nine Sports, beginning at 7:20. Kick off is at 7:30 p.m. The NFL’s Houston Texans play at 7:30 Sunday night, so catch Andy Waldrop’s Solid Gold Sunday program starting at 4 Sunday afternoon.

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** Lake Release 13,000 CFS Liberty Bridge: 13.99 ASL**

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 219, THURSDAY NOV. 18TH 2004-

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A jury in the 253rd District Court took roughly two hours to find 51-year-old Marlow W. Reynolds guilty of murdering Leslie Ledford in September of last year. Reynolds admitted on the witness stand that he shot and killed his longtime drinking buddy but said he did so in self-defense. The body of the 36-year-old victim found in a burn pit on Reynolds property, with wood piled on top in an attempt to destroy the victim’s remains.

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Liberty County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Kenny Daigle said 40-year-old Toya Gandy of Kingwood went voluntarily to a house in Plum Grove last Friday, but found the two men and one woman she had gone with would not allow her to leave. The suspects took her purse, money, ATM card and Land Rover vehicle while holding her against her will. Ms. Gandy escaped from her captors around dawn Tuesday. So far, only one arrest has been made, but Sheriff Greg Arthur said to expect more.

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Liberty School Trustees met Tuesday night and heard a report from the district’s auditing firm that commended administrators for cost saving measures taken over the 2003-2004 school year. Those efforts allowed more money to be put into the district’s fund balance. Trustees also awarded the contract for installation of the data cabling system for the new primary school under construction to Micro Integration’s of Ft. Bend County.

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The Area Round of the State High School Football Playoffs finds the Liberty Panthers at Silsbee tomorrow night to face the Jasper Bulldogs. You can hear the game live on All Nine Sports starting at 7:20 p.m. Kick off is 7:30. Or listen live on line at kshn.com. The Hull-Daisetta Bobcats had last week off and travel to Crosby tomorrow night for a 7:30 kick off against the Normangee Panthers. The Barbers Hill Eagles’ next play off opponent is the Kirbyville Wildcats. That game is at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville at 7:30 tomorrow night.

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The 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty’s Annual Fall Festival is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from Noon until 2 p.m. The event features more than 25 vendors with crafts and Christmas decorations, two silent auctions – one just for kids and more. The fish fry is Sunday starting at Noon. Tickets are $8 each for dine in or carry out.

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** Lake Release 9,000 CFS Liberty Bridge: 10.93 ASL**

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 218, WEDNESDAY NOV. 17TH 2004-

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A four-year-old pre-school student was apparently left unattended last Thursday on a Dayton School Bus for two hours. The child was found alone in the bus barn parking lot. Assistant Superintendent Bob Parker said the district’s policy requires all bus drivers to walk the aisle before leaving. The bus driver involved in this incident has been suspended.

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Last week, the Chambers – Liberty Counties Navigation District Board voted to hire Laura Wilson of Dayton to aggressively advance economic development in both counties. The taxing district is hoping to expand operations by teaming up with cities, counties and economic districts already in place. Ms. Wilson is former Director of the Dayton Community Development Corporation and former Vice-President of the Partnership of Southeast Texas. She begins her new job on December 1st.

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Both sides rested yesterday in the murder trial of 51-year-old Marlow W. Reynolds. The Liberty County man has always denied any knowledge of how the body of Leslie Ledford, 36, came to be in a burning trash pit on his property in September 2003. However, while testifying in his own defense, Reynolds now claims he did kill Ledford, but it was a case of self-defense. Jurors are expected to hear closing arguments today.

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The Hull-Daisetta High Cheerleaders will hold a candle light pep rally tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium. The community is invited to come and show their support for the Bobcats in Friday night’s playoff match up against Normangee in Crosby.

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The Dayton Noon Lions Club Radio Auction is tomorrow night from 6 to 9 p.m. on KSHN Radio. Listeners can call in and bid on a variety of goods and services donated by local merchants. All proceeds benefit the Noon Lions’ many community programs. The auction continues on Saturday from 9 - Noon.

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FUNERALS: Samuel Edwards, 67, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Life Church in Dayton. ** Evelyn Smotherman Patton, 88, of Moss Hill, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Hazel Knight Carney, 85, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church of Dayton. **

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** Lake Release 5,000 CFS Liberty Bridge: 10.94 ASL**

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 216, MONDAY NOV. 15TH 2004-

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Investigation continues in the apparent embezzlement of funds from the Liberty Rotary Club. James “Jim” Watson, the Rotary Club treasurer resigned and made $6,000 restitution. That fact sent Sheriff’s Department Investigators to the suspect’s place of business. Now investigators say that money returned to Rotary came from Allison Funeral Service. Corporate officials provided investigators with records and ordered their own audit. Now over $20,000 may be missing from the respected local business. And the audit isn’t over.Allison owners assured Rotary President Brad Harrington they will not ask for their money back. Watson has been fired. He was manager of the funeral home. .

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Prosecution has rested in the murder trial of 51-year-old Marlow W. Reynolds. Evidence was heard that Reynolds told a friend he killed Leslie Ledford in 2003, The victim’s body was thrown in Reynolds trash pit to burn. Defense begins tomorrow in 253rd District Court. The accused may testify. .

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Assist. Co. Attorney Michael Pichinson has resigned to take a premium job as legal advisor and lobbyist in Austin. Mark Beausoleil will become First Assistant County Attorney The boss Jack Hartel confirmed Liberty native Thomas Chambers has accepted the other Assistant County Attorney’s position.

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The Liberty Panthers beat Hardin-Jefferson 32 to 20 Friday night and move on to the Area Playoffs next Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Jasper at Nederland. The Dayton Broncos are out of post season play after a 49 to 14 loss to Nederland on Saturday. The Hull-Daisetta Bobcats drew a bye last week and go directly to the Area Round against Normangee at Crosby Friday at 7:30 p.m. Barbers Hill beat Bridge City 31 to 7 and now play Kirbyville Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Sam Houston State University.

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Julie Crane-19 was crowned Miss Mary Hardin Baylor University Saturday in Belton. The sophomore from Liberty won over 28 others. Parents are Dr. Joe and Sharon Crane -Liberty

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54 Today 2pm @ Pace Stancil-Dayton**

** Lake Release 6,000 CFS Liberty Bridge: 10.96ASL**

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 216, MONDAY NOV. 15TH 2004-

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Investigation continues in the apparent embezzlement of funds from the Liberty Rotary Club. James “Jim” Watson, the Rotary Club treasurer resigned and made $6,000 restitution. That fact sent Sheriff’s Department Investigators to the suspect’s place of business. Now investigators say that money returned to Rotary came from Allison Funeral Service. Corporate officials provided investigators with records and ordered their own audit. Now over $20,000 may be missing from the respected local business. And the audit isn’t over.Allison owners assured Rotary President Brad Harrington they will not ask for their money back. Watson has been fired. He was manager of the funeral home. .

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Prosecution has rested in the murder trial of 51-year-old Marlow W. Reynolds. Evidence was heard that Reynolds told a friend he killed Leslie Ledford in 2003, The victim’s body was thrown in Reynolds trash pit to burn. Defense begins tomorrow in 253rd District Court. The accused may testify. .

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Assist. Co. Attorney Michael Pichinson has resigned to take a premium job as legal advisor and lobbyist in Austin. Mark Beausoleil will become First Assistant County Attorney The boss Jack Hartel confirmed Liberty native Thomas Chambers has accepted the other Assistant County Attorney’s position.

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The Liberty Panthers beat Hardin-Jefferson 32 to 20 Friday night and move on to the Area Playoffs next Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Jasper at Nederland. The Dayton Broncos are out of post season play after a 49 to 14 loss to Nederland on Saturday. The Hull-Daisetta Bobcats drew a bye last week and go directly to the Area Round against Normangee at Crosby Friday at 7:30 p.m. Barbers Hill beat Bridge City 31 to 7 and now play Kirbyville Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Sam Houston State University.

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Julie Crane-19 was crowned Miss Mary Hardin Baylor University Saturday in Belton. The sophomore from Liberty won over 28 others. Parents are Dr. Joe and Sharon Crane -Liberty

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54 Today 2pm @ Pace Stancil-Dayton**

** Lake Release 6,000 CFS Liberty Bridge: 10.96ASL**

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 215, FRIDAY NOV. 12TH 2004-

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Two new charges of Improper Relationship between Educator and Student have been filed against former Dayton Band Director James Pelloat. A Beaumont Enterprise Newspaper article said at least five more possible sexual abuse victims have come forward since Pelloat was jailed last Sunday in Newton County on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. Pelloat resigned his job as Newton High School Band Director and remains held on a bond that has been increased to $1.2 million after the addition of the new charges.

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DPS Sgt. Ryan Arthur said 82-year-old Willard Damrall of Romayor was eastbound on FM 787 west of the Trinity River around 8:30 yesterday morning when he lost control of his car. The vehicle ran on to the shoulder, the driver overcorrected and the car slid across the road into the path of a westbound truck tractor. Willard Damrall was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with injuries that were not thought life threatening. The 18-wheeler driver, Curtis Howard, 52, from Splendora was not injured in the wreck.

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Daisetta Police Chief Mike Parrish said 22-year-old Randy Lee Tanner of Hull forced his former girlfriend Amy Lynn Corsello and her 4-year-old son from their home around 9 a.m. on Monday Nov. 1st. After being forced to drive to the man’s home, Ms. Corsello managed to call for help while Tanner was out of the house. The suspect was arrested Tuesday night and charged with two counts of Kidnapping. Randy Tanner is currently jailed on a total $20,000 in bonds.

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The Liberty Panthers host the Hardin Jefferson Hawks tonight at Memorial Stadium in the bi-district round of the Class 3-A Play Offs. Kick off is at 7:30 p.m. All Nine Sports live broadcast of Liberty vs. Hardin Jefferson begins at 7:20. The Dayton Broncos bi-district play off game against Nederland is at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Rice Stadium in Houston. Catch the Dayton vs. Nederland game immediately following our Saturday morning broadcast of the Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas. That game starts at 10 a.m.

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FUNERAL: Cynethia Meadows Cecil, 67, of Moss Bluff, Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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** Lake Release 6,000 CFS Liberty Bridge: 12.33 ASL**

 

 

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 214, WEDNESDAY NOV. 10TH 2004-

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Liberty County Commissioners met yesterday and voted to award the contract for the County’s health, dental and vision insurance to Health Administration Services of Houston. The new insurance program is the same as the former one, with two exceptions. The co-pay requirement for wellness checks has been dropped and, under the new plan, a spouse with access to insurance from their job that costs less than the payroll deduction for coverage from the county will have to drop the county insurance, after a one year grace period. Commissioners also announced the resignation of Assistant County Attorney Michael Pichinson. After nine years, Pichinson has accepted a position in Austin. His last day will be December 3rd.

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The Dayton City Council met Monday night for the first round of public hearings on the proposed annexation of two tracts of land running along the south side of FM 1960. Approximately 30 residents and property owners of the area were on hand to ask questions about the annexation. All of those who spoke said they were opposed to becoming a part of the City of Dayton. Council will take a formal vote on the annexation on December 6th.

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The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is next Wednesday November 17th at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. This month’s luncheon features representatives from the Dayton ISD to discuss some of the district’s programs and activities. Lunch is chicken and dressing from the Country Emporium and Diner for $7. For reservations, call the Chamber Office at 936-336-5736.

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All federal and state offices here as well as the Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty will be closed tomorrow in observance of Veterans Day. City offices in Dayton will be open for their regular hours tomorrow. Garbage service in both Liberty and Dayton will run as scheduled and the Brazos Transit Buses will also be in service during the holiday. Banks and post offices will be closed on Veterans Day.

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FUNERALS: Cindy Clairece Staner, 36, of Kenefick, Services at 11 a.m. today at L. A. Crespo Funeral Home in Baytown. ** Earline J. Alford, 76, of Hardin, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 213, TUESDAY NOV. 9TH 2004-

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Former Dayton High School Band Director James Pelloat has been jailed in Newton County on two charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. Newton Chief of Police Ricky Simmons said the 57-year-old Pelloat, who has been Band Director at Newton High School since 2001 is cooperating with investigators and has reportedly supplied a list of male students he is alleged to have sexually assaulted dating back to 1984. James Pelloat was Dayton High Band Director for 11 years, before leaving to take a job at Nederland High in 1988. If convicted, he may be looking at life in prison.

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The Annual Dayton Noon Lions’ Radio Auction is set for Thursday Nov. 18th from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday Nov. 20th from 9 a.m. to Noon here on KSHN Radio. Listeners can call in and bid on a variety of goods and services donated by local merchants. All proceeds benefit the Dayton Noon Lions’ many community programs. To donate an item for the auction, call Linda Williamson at 936-258-3522.

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According to Head Coach Darrell Barbay, his 4 – 6 Hull- Daisetta Bobcats drew a bye for the first round of the playoffs and advance automatically in post-season action. A three way tie for the top spot in the district meant Hull-Daisetta and Burkeville got the nod over Chester to advance based on points, since only two teams can move on to the playoffs. The Bobcats’ next opponent will be the winner of the Rice vs. Normangee match up this Friday night in Athens.

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The Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital Outpatient Clinic and KSHN Radio will co-sponsor the Annual Free Prostate Screening this Saturday. There is no registration required this year. Men whose last names begin with the letters A-M should be at the Hospital Outpatient Clinic at 8:30 for the tests. Those with last names beginning with N-Z should come at 9:30 a.m. All men over 50 and African American men or those with a family history of prostate cancer over 40 should have these tests each year. Results will be sent by mail.

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FUNERAL: Spike Thornton, 51, of Kenefick, Graveside services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the French Cemetery in Kenefick. **

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** Lake Release 6,000 CFS Liberty Bridge: 10.84 ASL**

-VOLUME 19 NO. 212, MONDAY NOV. 8TH 2004-

An investigation is underway on embezzlement of $6,000 from the Liberty Rotary Club. Sheriff Greg Arthur said Brad Harrington discovered irregularities in the service club’s finances when he became club president. The Rotarian who is a suspect in the case has resigned. Sheriff’s Sgt. Shannon Bowdoin is investigating. Sheriff Arthur said the Rotary directors reported their suspicions immediately and he hopes to take evidence to the DA Office soon. So far no charges are filed. and the money has been returned prompting further investigation outside Rotary on the source of that money.

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A Liberty County Grand Jury has indicted Curtis Robinson Jr. for the murder of Daniel Tebo-64 of Ames.The victim was found near his home Sept. 10th by his wife. Robinson is a suspect in several other major crimes occurring after the murder. .***************************************************

An overtime win over Barbers Hill Friday makes Liberty District 23-3A Champs. The Panthers first playoff game is Friday,7:30 p.m. here at Memorial Stadium versus Hardin-Jefferson. Dayton also secured a playoff slot beating Crosby. The Bronco’s playoff run starts Saturday at 2 at Rice Stadium against the Nederland. Bulldogs. Both games air on KSHN.

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In Feb. 1983 Father Henry Bouche at Our Mother of Mercy Church was murdered during a robbery of his quarters. Later David DeBlanc a known local drug addict was sentenced to death for the crime. Now a writ has been filed asking to change DeBlanc’s sentence to life without parole because of his confirmed mental retardation. DA Mike Little, who prosecuted DeBlanc, says he feels sure the death penalty will be set aside since the Liberty man is retarded. Court rulings since his conviction provide that as grounds for commutation.

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The Annual “Great Gobbler Giveaway”, sponsored by Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton starts today. 100 ten-to-twelve pound frozen turkeys will be given away at the rate of 10 each weekday. To win, listen to KHSN Radio for details. Please, one winner per household.

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FUNERALS: Welton Bertrand-74. 10am today at Sterling F.H.**

Claudette Vicars –69 Serv. 1st Baptist –Dayton today at 2(SFH)

**Judge Jim Farris from Hull-Daisetta. Serv. 2pm Tues. @Calder Bapt. Ch-Beaumont

** Lake Release 6,000 CFS Liberty Bridge: 10.86 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 211, FRIDAY NOV. 5TH 2004-

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Jury selection begins Monday in Judge Chap Cain’s 253rd District Court in the murder trail of 51-year-old Marlow W. Reynolds. In September 2003, Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies found the body of Leslie Ledford, 36, burning in a six-foot trash pit on Reynolds’ property. The condition of the body left medical examiners unable to determine exactly how Ledford was killed, and Reynolds, who lived a hermit-like existence in the deep woods North of Kenefick, denied any knowledge in the man’s death. Investigators said they had information indicating the victim had been shot to death. Marlow Reynolds has remained jailed since his arrest in lieu of a $1 million bond.

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Convicted killer Robert Brice Morrow was put to death by lethal injection last night at the TDCJ’s Walls Unit in Huntsville. The 45-year-old Liberty man was condemned to die for the 1996 abduction and murder of Lisa Allison. Morrow had no last minute appeals pending and had said in a KSHN Radio interview that he was ready to die for his crime.

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On Saturday 6 girls and 1 boy, all Dayton Cross Country Team Varsity Runners will be in Regional Competition at North Harris County Community College. Coach Patricia Wilson said Callye Bennett, Monika Covington, Erica Hannemann, Maegan Rossow, Lindsey Spacek and Sophie Tillman would compete as a team while Brazos Fielder will be competing as an individual.

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The Texas Longhorns host the Oklahoma State Cowboys tomorrow with kick off at 6 p.m. All Nine Sports’ broadcast starts with pre-game at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the Houston Texas visit the Denver Broncos, starting at 3:15 p.m. Due to the late games Saturday and Sunday, the Liberty Opry on the Square will not air this week. A shorter broadcast of Roy Bennett’s “County Classics” and “Liberty Bluegrass” will be heard Sunday night after Andy Waldrop’s “Solid Gold Sunday” program.

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FUNERALS: Robert “ Buddy” Glover, 68, of Daisetta, Services at 3 p.m. today at Central Baptist Church in Daisetta. ** Pearl Roberts, 77, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Jasper Early Sullivan, 67, of Hardin, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 210, THURSDAY NOV. 4TH 2004-

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The passage of a recent law allows residents of the seven U.S. states without a state income tax, including Texas, to deduct sales tax from their federal returns. Liberty CPA Byron Swaim said the law gives taxpayers the option of deducting either the personal income, for states that have an income tax, or sales tax. The deductions would likely be based on a sales tax table similar to the one used, prior to the 1980’s, by those living in states without a personal income tax. It is advisable to contact a tax expert for more information before trying to deduct sales tax from returns.

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The Libertad Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the local American Legion Post and VFW Post will join forces to host a Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony on Thursday November 11th – Veteran’s Day—at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of 1st Baptist Church in Liberty. All veterans are urged to attend and the public is welcome. For more information, call 936-336-6009 or 336-6990.

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Hull-Daisetta ISD patrons voted 507 to 196 to pass a tax rate rollback election that would allow the district to offset projected losses in tax revenue and state funding estimated at $1.2 million. School Trustee Burke Dagle said this year’s sudden jump in the district’s property values from $140 million to $210 million is expected to be short term. Approval of the tax rate rollback issue allows the school district to keep the tax rate at the current $1.50 per $100 of appraised value and stave off any revenue shortfall when values drop back to $140 million next year.

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The Liberty Panthers are in Mont Belvieu tomorrow night to take on the Barbers Hill Eagles for the District 23-3A Championship. Meanwhile, Dayton hosts the Crosby Cougars. Catch the Dayton pre-game at 6:50 p.m. on All Nine Sports with kick off at 7. The Liberty pre-game starts at 7:20 tomorrow night, with a 7:30 kick off. Liberty will then be on our left channel, while the Dayton game continues on our right channel or listen live on line at kshn.com.

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FUNERAL: Hixie Varie Like Williams, 81, of Baytown, Services at 2 p.m. today at Earthman Funeral Home in Baytown. ** Kenny Eddlemon, Jr., 47, of LaPorte, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 209, WEDNESDAY NOV. 3RD 2004-

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Here are the Liberty Co. results from yesterday’s General Election. Liberty County Sheriff: Incumbent Greg Arthur (D) 11, 241 votes, Challenger Will Cox (R) 9,983; Precinct #3 County Commissioner: Incumbent Melvin Hunt (D) 2,567, Challenger Bob Foote (R) 2,008, District #18 State Representative: Incumbent Dan Ellis (D) 10,146 votes, Challenger John Otto (R) 10,852. Otto won by an approximately 3,000-vote margin district wide. U.S. Congressional District #2: Nick Lampson (D) conceded to Ted Poe (R) who won by more than 30,000 votes across the district. U.S. Congressional District #8 Incumbent Kevin Brady (R) earned more than twice as many votes as James W. Wright (D) throughout the 12-county district that includes portions of Liberty County.

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Tomorrow is the execution date for convicted killer Robert Brice Morrow. The 45-year-old Liberty man is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Walls Unit in Huntsville for the abduction and murder of 21-year-old Lisa Allison. Morrow’s execution will leave two men on Death Row from Liberty County. Nelson Mooney, 49, is sentenced to death for the robbery and murder, along with two accomplices, of Raymond Garner. Also, David DeBlanc, 48, has been on Death Row for 21 years for the murder of Father Henry Bouche in Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in 1983.

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The Liberty City Council met Monday and after months of consideration, selected Bobby Rader, who also serves as the elected Justice of the Peace for Liberty County Precinct #1 to replace the late W.E. “Sonny” Loftin as the city’s new Municipal Court Judge.

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Here are results from contested races in Chambers County yesterday. Chambers County Sheriff: Hugh Sigers (R) 5,518, Joe Larive (D), 5,694; Precinct #1 County Commissioner: Incumbent Mark Huddleston (D) 1,564, Challenger Elzey P. Bourque (R) 805; Precinct #3 Constable: Incumbent Chester Humphrey (D)181, Challenger Donnie Standley (R) 339.

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FUNERALS: H. C. Jedkins, 75, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. ** Billy Foster Smith, Jr., 46, of Liberty, Memorial at 1 p.m. Thursday at the family home.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 208, TUESDAY NOV. 2ND 2004-

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Today is Election Day and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The race for Liberty County Sheriff is between Democratic Incumbent Greg Arthur and Republican Challenger Will Cox; the race for Precinct #3 County Commissioner’s Seat is between Incumbent Democrat Melvin Hunt and Challenger Bob Foote, a Republican. Voters in Liberty, Polk and Montgomery Counties will decide the District #18 State Representative’s Race between Incumbent Democrat Dan Ellis and Republican John Otto. Since Congressional Redistricting has split Liberty County into two separate U.S. Congressional Districts, voters in Dayton, Cleveland, Plum Grove, Devers, Daisetta and most of Liberty will cast ballots in the District #2 Race. That is between Democratic Congressman Nick Lampson, Republican Ted Poe and Libertarian Sandra Leigh Saulsbury. Voters in Hardin, Kenefick, Dayton Lakes and a small portion of Liberty vote in the District 8 Congressional Race between Republican Incumbent Kevin Brady, Democrat James W. Wright and Libertarian Paul Hansen. KSHN Radio will provide live election results from the courthouse as soon as the first votes are counted after the polls close tonight.

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Dayton Police said a commercial flatbed truck, carrying barrels of the chemical methanol was southbound on Hwy 146 yesterday when an SUV pulled out in front of the larger vehicle. The truck driver, Joe Patton of Batson, hit his brakes, spun on the wet road and ended up in a ditch. Several barrels of the chemical fell into the water-filled ditch but contained only residue. A heavy-duty wrecker was used to pull the precariously perched truck from the ditch. The truck driver was not injured and the driver of the SUV that reportedly caused the wreck was not identified.

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The Liberty High School Lady Panthers Volleyball Team coached by Arlene Stroud, are in the play-offs. The locals locked up a play off berth last Friday night and will now meet the Bridge City Lady Cardinals in Bi-District action tonight at the neutral site of West Brook High School in Beaumont. The first serve is at 6:30 tonight.

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FUNERAL: Agnes Juanita Siner, 73, of Ames, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 207, MONDAY NOV. 1ST 2004-

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A Dayton man and his stepson went for a walk in the woods near home on CR 412 off FM 1409 Saturday and disappeared. Randy Davis-34and Grody Medina –9, got lost in the woods. A search party led by Sheriff Greg Arthur looked all night. Just before dawn the man and child found their own way out and were taken home. Sheriff Arthur said they were unhurt and slept most of the night on the ground. waiting for daylight.

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At the end of early voting on Friday, 8,642 Liberty County voters had cast ballots early in Tuesday’s General Election. That’s more than twice the previous 3,500 early voting record. County Clerk Delia Sellers said 1,405 people voted early on the last day Friday. Election Day is Tuesday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KSHN Radio will provide results after polls close Tuesday night.

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Judge L. J. “Boots” Krueger died Friday at his Liberty home after an illness. “Boots” was the first Liberty County Court-at-Law Judge when the job was created in 1985. He was initially appointed to the post, He chose not to reek re-election and became a visiting judge in 1990. Friends are invited to celebrate Boots’ life at the Liberty Elks lodge at 2PMSaturday. Memorials are welcome the Liberty and Chambers Co. children’s advocacy center called Bridgehaven – Box 1439, Mont Belvieu 77580

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The Liberty Panthers upset Huffman 26 to 15 Friday night, while Barbers Hill took down Tarkington 52 to 26. Liberty and Barbers Hill meet this coming Friday in Mont Belvieu for the District 23-3A title. Galena Park over Dayton 14 to 8 in overtime. West Hardin 26, Hardin 20 also in overtime. Hull-Daisetta won their Homecoming against High Island, 47 to 0. Splendora squeaked by Cleveland, 13 to 12.

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Liberty School Trustees tabled a motion on demolition of the San Jacinto Elementary until all costs on the new Elementary school are in and auditorium renovations are complete.

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50, Graveside at Ryan in Tarkington @ 10am, Pace-Stancil Wed

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