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April 2003

-VOLUME 18 NO. 62, TUESDAY, APRIL 1ST 2003-

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A reliable source reports that both the second man found dead at the scene of a robbery/homicide in Cleveland last Thursday morning and a suspect who remains at large have both been identified by Cleveland Police. Investigators are not asking for the public’s help in locating that second man, wanted in connection with the murder of 58-year-old Charlie Langston at his logging company office. The second shooting victim is believed to have been one of those involved in the robbery.

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Liberty School Board President Dr. Allen Griffin said LISD’s new superintendent, Dr. Patty Shafer will be paid $98,000 per year, a salary comparable to superintendents in other districts of LISD’s general size description. Regarding some public complaints that Liberty campus administrators are paid more than those in comparable districts, comparisons show that Liberty ISD principal salaries in fact adhere closely to those in other districts of the same size.

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Reggie White of Liberty is one of five free agents recently signed by the Green Bay Packers and has been added to the NFL franchise’s active roster. White, the all-time leading rusher in Liberty Panther history most recently played with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Green Bay marks the fifth professional football team the 23-year-old son of Sarah and Mayor John White of Ames has signed with since 2001.

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The Annual South Liberty County Relay for Life is this Friday and Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Liberty. According to Relay Organizer Judy Glover, activities begin at 5 p.m. with the silent auction, then the Cancer Survivors Lap at 7 p.m. Over the next 12 hours some 50 teams will have at least one member on the track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

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According to Coach Keith Tuck, Friday’s Dayton Lady Broncos Softball game against the Lady Yellowjackets at Galena Park has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Tonight the Liberty Panthers Baseball Team vs. Cleveland in the Liberty Municipal Park. You can hear it live on All Nine Sports starting shortly before 7 p.m.

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FUNERAL: Henry Rudolph Boling, 93, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.57 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 63, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2ND 2003-

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said deputies were attempting to serve a probation violation warrant to Robert Lee Stephens, 50, at his home in Cleveland yesterday morning when the man shot himself in the head. Upon being located hiding in a corner of a back room of the home the Cleveland man reportedly stood up, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger in front of deputies. Stephens, who was on probation for Indecency with a Child by Contact, was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston listed, at last report, in critical condition.

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Liberty County Commissioners met in workshop session yesterday with Julian Clepper, owner of South Coast Construction to discuss schedules that will allow the courthouse to function with minimal interruption during repairs and renovations. Commissioners hired South Coast last month to carry out the much needed renovation and mold removal work on the historic building pending final contract approval. Work on the project should begin this month, with completion expected sometime in December.

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This weekend marks the annual beginning of Daylight Savings Time and clocks should be set forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night. The official start of Daylight Savings Time is at 2 a.m. Sunday. It is recommended this is also a good time to change the batteries in smoke detectors.

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Heights Baptist Church in Liberty will host a community memorial service for Reverend Darryl Watson this Saturday at 2 p.m. Rev. Watson died suddenly early last week at his home in Australia. He had been a very active member of the Liberty community during his seven years as pastor of the local church.

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According to Head Coach Keith Tuck, the time of the Dayton Lady Broncos District Softball game in Galena Park this Friday has been changed. Originally set for 6:30, the game time has been bumped up to 3 p.m. The Junior Varsity Game will follow immediately afterward. All Nine Sports will still broadcast the game live as planned, beginning shortly before the first pitch.

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FUNERAL: Michael Duane Compton, 63, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.20 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 64, THURSDAY, APRIL 3RD 2003-

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Liberty and the Liberty Rotary Club have completed arrangements for the “Celebrate America Military Support Rally”. The event, in honor and support of the nation and its military personnel is set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 16th at the Liberty Bell Plaza on the grounds of the Humphreys Cultural Center. The keynote speaker is retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer Michael Edwin Thornton, 53, of Montgomery, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism in the Viet Nam War. There will also be patriotic music, prayers for our soldiers over seas and the ringing of the Liberty Bell.

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Superintendent Dr. Douglas Moore said Saturday April 26th has been designated as a required school day for all students in the Liberty ISD. This will be a required make up day for the day cancelled last October due to severe weather. The district is making the announcement early so parents will have time to adjust their schedules accordingly. Normal school bus routes will run that day and all LISD students are expected to attend.

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Items are being collected locally to send to Coalition Forces overseas including toothbrushes, toothpaste, eye drops, sunscreen, batteries, toilet paper and more. Donations can be dropped off in Liberty at the Liberty VFW Post on Main St. or the Liberty Elk’s Lodge on FM 563. In Dayton, donations are being collected at the Dayton City Hall, Dayton Police Dept. and the Dayton Office of American Rice Growers.

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Entries are being accepted for the Dayton Ole Tyme Days Barbecue Cook Off and Junior Chili Championship on April 11th and 12th during the annual festival that celebrates the City of Dayton and raises scholarship monies for graduating seniors. To register or for more information visit the Dayton Ole Tyme Days Festival Web Site via “Upcoming Events” at kshn.com.

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FUNERALS: Ruby Yvonne Brewer, 68, of Liberty, Services at 2:30 p.m. today at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Liberty. ** Eunice Virginia Goodrow, 82, formerly of Liberty, Services at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church in Palestine, TX. ** Susan L. Frey Katsaras, 57, of Houston, Graveside services at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Anahuac Cemetery.

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.86 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 65, FRIDAY, APRIL 4TH 2003-

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Cleveland Police have identified the second man found shot to death at the Langston Logging Company on March 27th as 31-year-old Darian Ray Randalls of Cold Spring. It is believed that Randalls and a second suspect were involved in a robbery at the business that resulted in the death of the owner, 58-year-old Charlie Langston as well as Randalls himself. Cleveland Police Captain Darryl Broussard said investigators have also located Langston’s stolen black pick up truck, and have recovered enough evidence from it to identify the remaining suspect in the case. That man’s name has not been released. Information indicates he is from Houston.

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Current Liberty ISD Superintendent Dr. Douglas Moore has been named the sole finalist for the position of superintendent of the Class 2-A Trinity ISD on the North Shore of Lake Livingston. Dr. Moore announced he will “retire” at the end of this school year, to be replaced by the newly hired Dr. Patty Shafer, but has since decided he is not quite ready to hang it up. Trinity School Trustees must wait the mandated 21 days to officially hire Dr. Moore to replace Interim Superintendent Jack Sherman. His last day with LISD will come in late May.

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Kemptech Computers in Liberty will be moving from their present location on Sam Houston Street by June 1st. The building that the popular computer services company now occupies has been sold to Liberty County to serve as the offices of the Central Appraisal District. Owner Kemp Neumann said his service shop and technicians will be moving to an existing building on his family’s ranch on FM 1011 north of Liberty.

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The Liberty County Health Awareness Coalition is providing more free child safety seats to those who cannot afford them in Cleveland on Saturday April 12th. Free instructional classes are set for 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. that Saturday. There will be another round of classes in Hardin next month. To register for either Child Car Seat Giveaway, call 936-336-4558 or 281-593-0405. The extension for both numbers is 221.

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FUNERAL: Francis W. “Bill” Dingley, 58, of Mont Belvieu, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church of Mont Belvieu.

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.25 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 66, MONDAY, APRIL 7TH 2003-

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253rd District Judge Chap Cain has set July 14th as the date for the trial of Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson on criminal charges alleging she used her office to get special favors for her son who is serving time in state prison for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child. Ms. Harrelson remains suspended from her elected office pending the outcome of a civil suit accusing her of abuse of office over the same matter. No trial date has yet been requested by either side in the civil suit brought by Liberty attorney John Archer and 15 county officials against Janet Harrelson and it is very likely the criminal case will be decided before that suit comes to trial.

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Liberty Police Officer Matt Custer said 21-year-old Eugene Shelton of Liberty lost control of his car on the rain slick road as he was turning from San Jacinto Street on to Trinity around noon yesterday. The vehicle crashed through a brick wall that partly surrounds a carport at the home of Ed Norwood with portions landing on a late model SUV parked there. No one was injured. The homeowners are not currently living at the residence while mold removal work is underway.

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A Cleveland area man who reportedly shot himself as Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies looked on died at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston Friday afternoon. Sheriff Greg Arthur said deputies were attempting to serve a warrant for probation violation to 50-year-old Robert Lee Stephens at his home Wednesday morning when the man emerged from hiding, put a semi-automatic pistol to his head and pulled the trigger. Stephens had been serving probation for Indecency with a Child.

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There’s plenty of high school baseball and softball action this week on All Nine Sports. The Liberty Panthers are at home tonight for a rematch with the Shepherd Pirates in the Liberty Municipal Park at 7 p.m. You can hear it live beginning just before the first pitch. All Nine Sports will broadcast a double-header Friday starting at 4:30 p.m. when Liberty travels to Cold Spring. Then at 6:30 Friday, the Dayton Lady Broncos are at home against the Forest Brooks Lady Jaguars.

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FUNERAL: Pearl Nix, 90, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. today at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Liberty. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.16 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 67, TUESDAY, APRIL 7TH 2003-

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According to Liberty Police, 35-year-old Benjamin Haltom of Romayor has been arrested for the aggravated robbery of Wanda Washington at the Spin N’ Mart convenience store in Liberty on March 28th. The Liberty woman reported being robbed at the store’s gas pump by a man with a knife. The victim supplied police with a good description of the robber and the license number of the car he left in. Haltom was taken into custody by Liberty Police at the Cleveland City Jail after being arrested Sunday for public intoxication. Bail has been set $100,000. Benjamin Haltom faces up to 99 years in prison for a robbery that reportedly netted only $2 in change.

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Organizers of the “Celebrate America” Military Support Rally urge local church leaders to invite their congregations to the event, set for Wednesday April 16th at 6:30 p.m. under the Liberty Bell Tower in Liberty. The program will feature plenty of patriotic music and a keynote address by Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Michael Thornton. The public is invited to participate in honoring and praying for the safe return of those serving with Coalition Forces in Iraq. The rally is sponsored jointly by the Liberty Lions and Rotary Clubs, City of Liberty and the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

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DPS Trooper Brian Nichols said he stopped a vehicle on Hwy 59 near Cleveland Sunday morning for a minor traffic offense and become suspicious of the two men inside it. One man, Diallo Thomas, 26, fled on foot from Trooper Nichols while being searched, but was apprehended after a 5-block foot chase. Among the items Thomas allegedly tossed away while running were an estimated 150 to 200 grams of crack cocaine. Thomas and the second man, Detrick Yarbrough, 23, both from Lufkin were arrested and jailed on drug possession charges.

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The 11th Annual Dayton Ole Tyme Days Festival is this weekend, Friday through Sunday in downtown Dayton. Activities include the barbecue cook off, the Junior Chili Championship, a street dance with the band “Kenefick”, arts and crafts, food, games and more. Last year the Dayton Ole Tyme Days raised around $19,000 for graduating Dayton High School students. You can visit the Dayton Ole Tyme Days web site through the “Upcoming Events” page at kshn.com.

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.10 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 68, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9TH 2003-

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Last night, the Liberty City Council unanimously approved the demolition of a structure at 503 Tennessee Street that is currently serving as the residence of Bobby Ray Jones that has no utilities and meets no city building code guidelines. City officials said the previous structure on that property where Mr. Jones resided was demolished and the man took pieces of it to create a small dwelling. Assistant City Manager Michael Ramirez said a six-month long legal process has been needed to have the property completely cleared.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce has set Wednesday April 23rd as the date for their annual Secretary-Bosses Luncheon. The event is at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium and always sells out quickly, so reservations are required. Ken Owens Catering will provide the meal for $9 a plate. Office employees and their supervisors will again have a chance to win some great door prizes at the luncheon. For reservations, call the Chamber Office at 936-336-5736.

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The Dayton City Council met Monday and approved an architectural and engineering agreement with PDG Architects of Houston authorizing the company to prepare the final design for remodeling the old Masonic lodge building into a new city hall complex. Council authorized accepting bids on construction of a new elevated water tower on Hwy 146 near the CMC Rail Yard. City Manager Robert Ewart said the property would be donated to the city before bids are opened next month.

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Organizers in both Liberty and Dayton said the response to efforts to collect items to help out our troops overseas has been great. Donations are still being collected at Liberty Elks Lodge and the Liberty VFW Post, as well as the Dayton Police Department, Dayton City Hall and the Dayton Office of American Rice Growers. Items most needed include soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, baby wipes, writing pads, wrap-around sunglasses, lip balm and nasal spray. All donations will be sent to support military personnel now serving in harm’s way.

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The Dayton Lady Broncos Softball Team travels to C. E. King today to take on the Lady Panthers. All Nine Sports will broadcast the game live beginning around 4:20 this afternoon.

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.26 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 69, THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH 2003-

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DPS reports indicate 35-year-old Julie May Whitmire of Cleveland failed to negotiate a curve on FM 1010 south of Cleveland around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and lost control of her vehicle which left the roadway and overturned. Ms. Whitmire, the owner of Liberty’s “Mas Amigos” Mexican Food Restaurant was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

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The Liberty City Council met Tuesday and voted 4 to 3 against extending the hours in which alcoholic beverages can be sold and consumed within the city limits from midnight to 2 a.m. Police Chief Bill Griffin told council he was personally opposed to such a change. Council members J.C. Burnham, Bruce Wright and Mike McCarty voted for the proposed ordinance with Mayor Bruce Halstead and Council Members Dennis O’Dell, Dennis Beasley and Michael Mark voting against it.

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DPS Trooper Scott Folmar said 40-year-old Cynthia Guillory was turning into a private driveway on FM 2830 in Raywood yesterday afternoon and crossed into the path of a vehicle driven by Arthur Sias, 49, of Daisetta. The head-on collision resulted in Wanda McBride, 43, a passenger in Mr. Sias’ vehicle being air lifted to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont with possible leg and chest injuries. Cynthia Guillory was taken to Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital with injuries that were not thought to be serious. James Sias was not injured in the wreck.

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All Nine Sports will broadcast a high school double header tomorrow as the Liberty Panthers travel to Cold Spring for a game against the Trojans at 4:30 p.m. Following the baseball game, the Dayton Lady Broncos will host the Crosby Lady Cougars at 6:30 p.m. Since the games are scheduled so close together, we may have to join the softball game in progress. Also, those with printed baseball schedules need to know the Liberty/Barbers Hill game this coming Tuesday will be played in Mont Belvieu, not in Liberty as originally planned. KSHN will also broadcast that important district game.

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FUNERALS: Julie May Whitmire, 35, of Cleveland, Services pending at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. ** Mittie “Lois” Jones, 82, of Hardin, Graveside services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Hardin Chapel Cemetery. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.55 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 70, FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH 2003-

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The Liberty/Chambers County Adult Probation Office will not suffer the huge budget cuts that were originally expected. Probation Supervisor Steve Swan said his office stood to lose over 50% of its operating budget but State Representative Dan Ellis said the State is now only recommending a reduction in funds between 2% and 9%. According to Swan, the probation department will lose a few services but they will be able to adequately supervise those on probation.

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Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a man described as a suspect in numerous thefts. 46-year-old Alfred Gallender was stopped for a traffic violation around 1 a.m. yesterday and taken into custody for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. Deputies reported finding a small amount of what is believed to be crack cocaine in his car and Gallender is now charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a state jail felony. The suspect has been arrested numerous times in connection with various thefts in the Hardin-Moss Hill area.

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The 11th Annual Dayton Ole Tyme Days Festival starts today and continues through Sunday in downtown Dayton. Activities this weekend include the Lil’ Miss and Mr. Dayton Ole Tyme Days Pageant, carnival rides, a petting zoo, face painting, pony and train rides, the classic car show, the Barbecue Cook off and the Junior Chili Championship. Also there are arts and crafts, a variety of food booths and the Street Dance tomorrow night at 8 p.m. with the band “Kenefick”. All proceeds help provide scholarship monies to graduating Dayton seniors.

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The Liberty County Health Awareness Coalition’s next Child Safety Seat Giveaway is tomorrow in Cleveland. Classes on the proper use and installation of the free child seats are at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. To register, call the Liberty County Extension Office in Cleveland at 281-593-0405 or in Liberty 936-336-4558. The extension for both numbers is 221.

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All Nine Sports will broadcast the Liberty Panthers High School Baseball match up with the Trojans in Cold Spring today shortly before the first pitch at 4:30 p.m. Following that game, you can hear the Dayton Lady Broncos in softball action in Dayton. Start time for Dayton vs. Crosby is 6:30 p.m.

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.98 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 72, TUESDAY, APRIL 15TH 2003-

****************************************************According to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, 32-year-old Lisa Carmen Woods of Dallas was arrested Saturday at a residence near Dayton and charged with engaging in organized crime for attempting to exchange a nine-day-old infant for cash. Detective Chip Fairchild said the woman is alleged to have misled a local couple into believing she was an authorized representative of a legitimate adoption agency in order to defraud them of thousands of dollars. The baby was reported to be well cared for and was delivered to Child Protective Services. Ms. Woods is being held on a $250,000 bond in the Liberty County Jail awaiting transfer to Kerr County.

****************************************************Today is the deadline to file 2002 Federal Income Tax Returns and both the Liberty and Dayton Post Offices will be giving late filers a little extra time again this year. All tax returns mailed at either post office by midnight tonight will be postmarked with today’s date and avoid any penalties for filing late.

****************************************************Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new 56 room, two-story Best Western Motel being built on Hwy 90 in Dayton were yesterday. Construction is expected to take from 6 to 7 months at a cost of more than $2.5 million. The motel will be owned and operated by Arbashaun Singh, owner of a small shopping center and the Sands Motel in Dayton, and will feature an elevator, interior and exterior corridors and some suites along with individual rooms. The Dayton Best Western is being financed locally by the new Legend Bank.

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Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital and the Mann-Berkley Eye Center will offer free screenings for cataracts and glaucoma from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday April 25th at the hospital outpatient clinic. Hospital Administrator Sean Stricker said the free tests are primarily for those 60 and over. To sign up for the screenings, call 936-336-7316, Ext. 130.

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It’s an important District 22-3A game for the 8 and 2 Liberty Panthers Baseball Team tonight as they travel to Mont Belvieu for a rematch with the powerhouse Barbers Hill Eagles. The Eagles lead the district with Liberty a solid second. The first pitch is set for 7 p.m. and you can hear it live on All Nine Sports starting shortly before that.

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.00 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 73 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16H 2003-

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Early voting begins today in the May 3rd city council and school board elections and continues through Tuesday April 29th. Dayton voters will also be deciding 14 propositions to amend the city charter. Dayton City Manager Robert Ewart said the purpose of the amendments is simply to revise language and remove any conflicts with current state statutes and election codes from those portions of the Dayton City Charter.

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A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the March 27th murder of Logging Co. owner Charles Langston. Mr. Langston and another man identified as Darrion Randels were found shot to death at the logging company office in Cleveland and investigators believe Randels was one of those who sought to rob the business owner of an undetermined amount of cash. Although Cleveland Police said they have identified a suspect still at large in the case, that man’s name has not been released to the public. Anyone with information should contact Cleveland Crime Busters at 281-592-0800.

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On Monday, All Nine News reported that Pct. #4 Liberty County Commissioner Norman Brown had asked State Representative Dan Ellis to pass legislation to prohibit lame duck commissioners from spending significant amounts of their budgets without full commissioners court approval. To clarify our report, the legislation if passed would not make the action a criminal offense. The issue arose when outgoing Pct. #4 Commissioner Toby Wilburn reportedly spent a large portion of the 2002-2003 Road and Bridge Budget before leaving office, handicapping his successor by leaving him less to work with.

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The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in both Liberty and Dayton will be closed this Friday in observance of “Good Friday”. Garbage service will still run as scheduled in both cities on Friday. All banks and post offices will be open for their regular business hours.

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FUNERALS: Louise Cotton Crawley, 79, of Oak Island, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. ** Mary Hiroms, 89, of Daisetta, Graveside services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Guedry Cemetery in Batson. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.77 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 74 THURSDAY, APRIL 17H 2003-

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A large enthusiastic crowd was on hand for yesterday’s “Celebrate America Troop Support Rally under the Liberty Bell Tower on the grounds of Liberty’s Humphreys Cultural Center. The event was a united effort by the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Liberty as well as the Liberty Lions and Rotary Clubs. There was a surprise change in keynote speakers when Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael Thornton was prevented from attending by a family emergency. U.S. Congressman Jim Turner agreed on very short notice to speak at the rally, emotionally conveying the gratitude to America’s fighting men and women at the heart of event.

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Dayton School Trustees met Tuesday and approved a number of documents relating to advertising for bids for the construction of the district’s new intermediate school planned for grades 5 and 6. Superintendent Nancy Fuller said bids would be opened on May 21st with groundbreaking ceremonies planned for 10 a.m. on Saturday May 25th. The new intermediate campus will be named in honor of former teacher and school principal Kimmie M. Brown, mother of County Commissioner Norman Brown.

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Governor Bill Daniel presented the City of Liberty with more than $22,000 in donations for building the new Vara Faye Martin Daniel Park and Pavilion in a ceremony yesterday. The city is donating land on the city hall grounds as the site for the park and pavilion in honor of Mr. Daniel’s late wife. Donations to date for the project total nearly $100,000.

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The Dayton Ministerial Alliance and Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton will hold the Annual Easter Sunrise Service this Sunday at 6:45 a.m. at Palms Memorial Park on Hwy 146 south of Dayton. Several area ministers will conduct the non-denominational service and the public is invited. Refreshments will be provided and it suggested those attending bring their own lawn chairs. For more information, call 936-258-2678.

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The Liberty Panthers Baseball Team travels to Tarkington tonight for a 7 o’clock rematch with the Longhorns. Liberty defeated Tarkington at their first meeting and with an 8 and 3 district record, the Panthers are solidly in the running for a playoff spot. Our live broadcast begins around 6:50 p.m.

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.87 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 75 MONDAY, APRIL 21ST 2003-

Liberty Co. Sheriff Greg Arthur says 57 year old John Moore of Moss Hill was killed Saturday, probably trying to illegally connect electrical service at or near his home. Reports say Moore was on a long extension ladder, leaning against a utility pole. He touched the power lines, was electrocuted and fell 40 feet to the ground . The cause of death has been ruled electrocution complicated by injuries from a fall.

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State Representative Dan Ellis said a bill that stops state funding for drug task forces, such as the Chambers Liberty County Narcotics Task Force, was overwhelmingly passed in the Texas House last week and is on its way to the State Senate where approval is also expected. Rep. Ellis opposes the bill and called the effort a setback to the fight against illegal drugs. The bill was introduced following accusations of abuse by task forces with the authority to operate within several counties.

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New Assistant Superintendent Bob Parker told Dayton School Trustees at last Tuesday’s meeting that Southwest Student Transportation has fallen behind in maintaining critical state required reports. SST is the private co. that handles all Dayton student transportation. Superintendent Nancy Fuller said Southwest is in serious non-compliance of that contract. The board wants to see company officials at next month’s meeting.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Secretary-Bosses Luncheon is Wednesday at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. All office employees and their supervisors will enjoy lunch provided by Ken Owens Catering and a chance to win one of the many door prizes. Tickets are $9 each and the popular event is always a sell out. For reservations call the Chamber Office at 336-5736.

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Bosses, Secretaries & Office personnel invited to Liberty Dayton Chamber luncheon Wed. Call 336-5736 for reservations. $9 for lunch, lots of door prizes and fun.

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, 85, of Devers, Services @11 today at N. Main Baptist Church in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 76 TUESDAY, APRIL 22ND 2003 -

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District Attorney Mike Little said if new legislation to cancel state funding for drug task forces is passed, the Liberty-Chambers Counties Narcotics Task Force will probably be abolished. A bill overwhelmingly passed in the Texas House of Representatives last week will stop state monies from funding such task forces and District #18 Representative Dan Ellis said the bill is also expected to pass in the Texas Senate. Mr. Little, whose office oversees the task force operations locally said even without the task force, the war on illegal drugs will continue through the efforts of individual counties and cities.

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Campaign literature distributed to voters on behalf of Dayton City Council Candidate Jason Smith has been found to have false and/or misleading information. Among the statements made in the political material easily confirmed as being false are assertions that recent annexations are illegal, that individual council members will benefit from proposed city charter amendments and that the city’s water rates were raised to allow the purchase of the old Masonic building. All three statements are false and the literature contains others. The letter is signed by Anthony Boring a former city council candidate who was disqualified because he does not live in Dayton.

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Liberty Police report that 36-year-old Jeanette Potts of Liberty was northbound on Buxton Street yesterday when she crossed Milam and into the path of Gerald Cantu, 20, also of Liberty. Ms. Potts and a passenger in her vehicle were taken to Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital with injuries reported to be minor.

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The Liberty County Extension Office is hosting a series of free classes on the treatment of type 2 diabetes beginning Thursday May 22nd and continuing every Thursday for six weeks at the Austin Memorial Library in Cleveland. To register, call 936-336-4558, Ext. 221 or 281-593-0405, Ext. 221.

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FUNERALS: Linda McReynolds Garcia, 56, of Devers, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** John P. Moore, 57, of Moss Hill, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Lighthouse Church of Moss Hill. ** Harold R. “Ric” Young, 59, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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