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July 2003

 

-VOLUME 18 NO.144, WEDNESDAY JUL. 30TH, 2003-

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District #4 State Senator Tommy Williams said he is disappointed with the 11 Democratic Senate Members who left the state for New Mexico to block the latest attempt by the Republican Majority to redraw congressional district boundaries. Liberty County’s Republican Senator said State Representative Dan Ellis’ assertion that most Texans do not want legislators to work on redistricting is not true. Senator Williams said if the missing Democratic Senators plan to stay away until Governor Rick Perry abandons redistricting, they could be gone a long while. In Tommy Williams’ opinion Governor Perry will call as many special sessions as necessary to change district lines.

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Local retailers are preparing for this weekend’s Sales Tax Holiday, one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. From 12:01 a.m. Friday August 1st until midnight Sunday August 3rd, no state or local sales tax will be charged on most clothing and footwear priced under $100 each. In the four previous years since the Sales Tax Holiday began, Texans have saved a total estimated at $150.2 million.

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The Dayton Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Dayton neighborhoods to take part in the “National Night Out” against crime on Tuesday August 5th. From 7 to 10 p.m., residents are asked to turn on outside lights and spend the evening outdoors, visiting with neighbors and police. Anyone interested in hosting a neighborhood group that night can call 936-257-2393.

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The coaching staff at Dayton High School will hold the 8th Annual Future Broncos Football Camp for boys entering the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades. The camp starts Monday August 4th and continues through Thursday August 7th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the DHS Practice Field. The camp is free and no pre-registration is required. For more information, call Coach Jerry Stewart at 936-258-2510, Ext. 1120.

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FUNERALS: Jewel O. Atkinson, 96, of Liberty, Graveside services at 3 p.m. today at Hardin Chapel Cemetery. ** Gracie F. Little, 75, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Couley Methodist Church in Winnfield, La., ** Eunice Belle Fingleman, 75, of Kenefick, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 1,420 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.71 F - ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO.144, WEDNESDAY JUL. 30TH, 2003-

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District #4 State Senator Tommy Williams said he is disappointed with the 11 Democratic Senate Members who left the state for New Mexico to block the latest attempt by the Republican Majority to redraw congressional district boundaries. Liberty County’s Republican Senator said State Representative Dan Ellis’ assertion that most Texans do not want legislators to work on redistricting is not true. Senator Williams said if the missing Democratic Senators plan to stay away until Governor Rick Perry abandons redistricting, they could be gone a long while. In Tommy Williams’ opinion Governor Perry will call as many special sessions as necessary to change district lines.

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Local retailers are preparing for this weekend’s Sales Tax Holiday, one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. From 12:01 a.m. Friday August 1st until midnight Sunday August 3rd, no state or local sales tax will be charged on most clothing and footwear priced under $100 each. In the four previous years since the Sales Tax Holiday began, Texans have saved a total estimated at $150.2 million.

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The Dayton Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Dayton neighborhoods to take part in the “National Night Out” against crime on Tuesday August 5th. From 7 to 10 p.m., residents are asked to turn on outside lights and spend the evening outdoors, visiting with neighbors and police. Anyone interested in hosting a neighborhood group that night can call 936-257-2393.

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The coaching staff at Dayton High School will hold the 8th Annual Future Broncos Football Camp for boys entering the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades. The camp starts Monday August 4th and continues through Thursday August 7th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the DHS Practice Field. The camp is free and no pre-registration is required. For more information, call Coach Jerry Stewart at 936-258-2510, Ext. 1120.

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FUNERALS: Jewel O. Atkinson, 96, of Liberty, Graveside services at 3 p.m. today at Hardin Chapel Cemetery. ** Gracie F. Little, 75, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Couley Methodist Church in Winnfield, La., ** Eunice Belle Fingleman, 75, of Kenefick, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 1,420 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.71 F - ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO.143, TUESDAY JUL. 29TH, 2003-

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Liberty County Sheriff’s Investigator Todd Mauthe said although the Jefferson County Medical Examiner has not yet conclusively ruled on the death of 20-year-old Craig Woods, indications are the Dayton man took his own life last week. Reportedly upset over a breakup with girlfriend Kary Haygood, it appears Woods walked into the woman’s home near Kenefick and shot himself in the head with a rifle. Ms. Haygood’s three children were in the home at the time, but were taken outside through a window to keep them away from the grisly scene.

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With one special legislative session on congressional redistricting ended, Governor Rick Perry immediately called another to try and change district boundaries to favor Republican candidates for U.S. Congress. Eleven Senate Democrats have reportedly left Austin to break a quorum and block any redistricting map from passing. State Representative Dan Ellis who along with 50 other House Democrats, took similar action in the regular session said it is obvious Republican leaders are not listening to what Texans want. Ellis said the majority of people don’t want those district lines redrawn. Meanwhile a special session to deal with school finance originally planned for this coming Fall may have to wait until Spring

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The new standardized dress code is now in place at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High in Dayton. Principal Oren Hamilton said any form of apparel that attracts undue attention, disrupts school or detracts from the learning process is no longer acceptable under the new policy. Students not in compliance with the dress code will either be sent home or isolated from other students. For more information, call 936-258-2309.

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An organizational meeting for the effort to bring Habitat for Humanity to Liberty County is tomorrow at noon at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty. The largest non-profit builder in the United States, Habitat for Humanity would, as an affiliate of the Houston Chapter, work to build affordable homes for low-income families here. For more information on Habitat for Humanity, call Nancy Archer at 936-336-6448.

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FUNERALS: Daniel Ray Cormier, 39, of Crosby, Services at 10 a.m. at Sterling White Chapel Funeral Home in Highlands. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO.142, MONDAY JUL. 28TH, 2003-

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According to information from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the search for 20-year-old John Dustin Hoot of Onalaska, led to a shallow grave at the home of Kevin Frederick Brown, 22, of Tree Monkey Rd. near Cleveland. Family members said Hoot was to meet with Brown to buy 3 lbs. of marijuana for $500 but was missing since Thursday night. Under questioning Brown gave a signed confession to shooting the Polk Co. man then dragging the body behind his truck over a mile to his home on Tree Monkey Road to bury him. With a search warrant from Judge Rusty Hight, Hoot’s body was found in Brown’s pasture. and taken to the Jefferson County Morgue for autopsy. Bond is set at $1 million and Kevin Brown is in the Liberty Co. Jail.

****************************************************Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur has named Captain Don Neyland, a 13 year veteran of the department, to replace George Ellington as Chief Deputy. Ellington has been named by county commissioners to organize and operate Liberty County’s new Department of Collections. The 46-year-old Neyland will assume the duties of Chief Deputy on August 1st.

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Nationally renowned attorney Charles “Chip” Babcock will speak to the Liberty Rotary Club tomorrow at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. A commercial, media and intellectual property litigation specialist, Babcock is best known as lead attorney for Oprah Winfrey in the famous “veggie libel suit” in Amarillo back in 1998. ****************************************************The State Champion Dixie Debs Girls Softball Team is headed to their World Series in Alabama beginning this Sat. First up they play Florida.at 6 p.m. in Musselshoals, Al.. The Debs are putting together 150 souvenir bags with “Texas” items as gifts to players on the other teams. If you have 150 of something to promote our part of Texas call Bobby Rader at 936-336-3645. ****************************************************Congratulations are in order for the Liberty Co. Sr. Mounted 4-H Drill Team, First Place trophy winners in Texas Precision Drill competition. Led by Debbie Wies, and Tommy Small the locals were in Abilene this past week to compete at the State 4-H show. The Jr. team, called the Lone Star Riders, placed 8th in Fast Drill, and 5th in precision. Besides their state title in precision drill the senior. team also captured 3rd statewide in Fast Drill. .

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-VOLUME 18 NO.141, FRIDAY JUL.25ND, 2003-

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Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a shooting call in the Old Snake River Subdivision north of Moss Hill Wednesday night and found 17-year-old Michael Faulkner, Jr. suffering from a gunshot wound to the mouth. Apparently, the young man had shot himself accidentally while cleaning a rifle. The teen’s father, Michael Faulkner Sr. reportedly tried to keep deputies from entering the house and allegedly interfered to the extent that he was arrested for interfering with the duties of a peace officer. Michael Faulkner Jr. was reported in stable condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital. His father has been released from jail on a $500 personal recognizance bond.

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The Liberty County Central Appraisal District Board of Directors has accepted a bid of $432,000 by Wendell Kelly Construction of Cleveland to completely remodel the Sam Houston Street building that will house the CAD offices. Plans include construction of a six-foot wide addition across the back of the building to be used as record storage. In all, 4,000 square feet of office space will be added. Work should begin in August with six months estimated for completion. Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner said he hopes to be in the building by March of 2004.

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The 23rd Annual Winnie-Stowell Chapter of Ducks Unlimited Banquet is Saturday August 2nd at the Winnie-Stowell Community Building. The event includes a catfish dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles and door prizes. All proceeds go toward Wetlands preservation. Tickets are $40 each or two for $60. For more information, call 409-267-8285.

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BJ Ford and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will sponsor a free “Child Safety ID Day” tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the local ford dealership on Hwy 90 in Liberty. The first 200 children will have a digital ID photo taken that will be saved on a disk with information about the child supplied by parents. The information disk is given to parents for safekeeping in case the child is ever reported missing. BJ Ford is on Hwy 90 in Liberty near the Hwy 146 Bypass.

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FUNERAL: I. D. “Rass” LaFour, 83, formerly of Liberty, Memorials can be sent to Texas Lions Camp, PO Box 290247, Kerrville, Tx. 78029. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO.140, THURSDAY JUL.24ND, 2003-

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Dayton School Trustees made it clear Tuesday night they are still unhappy with Southwest Student Transportation, the company contracted to transport district students. We reported that incorrect information sent by the company to the Texas Education Agency caused compliance problems for the district last year and Trustee Larry Wadzeck said Tuesday he feels the company has failed to provide the level of service originally promised. Trustees agreed to send a letter to the company outlining their chief complaints. That action would give the district the option of terminating the contract later this year.

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Liberty County Commissioners voted Tuesday to create a department to get tough on delinquent fines and fees owed the county. Liberty County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy George Ellington was appointed to head the new Delinquent Fines and Fees Department that will begin August 1st to collect the more than half-a-million dollars assessed but still unpaid to various county courts. Sheriff Greg Arthur is expected to name a new Chief Deputy to replace Ellington later this week.

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The Anahuac ISD will hold a $4.7 million bond election on September 13th to fund improvements and repairs to all three of the district’s campuses. Superintendent Linda Barnhart said voters are being asked to approve two propositions on the ballot. One to fund renovations to the campus buildings and the second to fund improvements to the district’s athletic facilities. The Anahuac ISD includes the communities of Anahuac, Wallisville, Oak Island and Hankamer. Early voting begins August 27th.

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The Liberty County Dixie Debs 16 to 18 year old Girls Softball Team won the State Championship in their age group in the Liberty City Park Tuesday with a 2 to 1 win over Franklin County. The undefeated Liberty County girls now compete for the National Title in the Dixie Deb World Series in Alabama.

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FUNERALS: Irene Mildred King, 81, of Anahuac, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church of Anahuac. ** Stella Mae Sweezy, 79, of Daisetta, Services at 1 p.m. today at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** Robert J. Kainer, 78, of Hardin, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St Andrew Catholic Church in Channelview. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 1,370 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.68 F - ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO.139, WEDNESDAY JUL.23ND, 2003-

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Last night, Dayton School Trustees approved a bid by Boyd Arnold Builders to build a new administration building with 10,000 sq. ft. of offices, 3,600 sq. ft. more than the present jam packed building, sold to be demolished and replaced by a big new taxpayer, Walgreen, Inc. Also notable was the price tag to Dayton taxpayers. At $80,000 it is less than what they got for the sale of the existing building. The bid was $674,000 but trustees approved a few add-ons that took the final price up to $746,327. There were other costs but all totaled school taxpayers won at every turn. After all of the debate for the first time, the vote was unanimous. Myron McDowell, representing Boyd Arnold Builders of Dayton was congratulated on the bid and simply said “We wanted it to stay here at home” Three other bidders were from $70,000 to more than $300,000 higher.

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Liberty County Sheriff’s Detective Todd Mauthe said it appears that 20-year-old Craig Woods went to his ex-girlfriend’s house in Kenefick’s West Woodland Hills Subdivision around 1:30 p.m. yesterday. The woman and her three children appear to have been at the residence when the Dayton man reportedly committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a rifle. An autopsy has been ordered and the investigation continues.

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The 14th Annual Burnham Classic Golf Tournament is set for Friday Aug. 1st through Sunday Aug. 3rd at Magnolia Ridge Country Club in Liberty. All proceeds benefit the South Liberty County State Center Child and Adolescent Program. Cost to enter is $350 per two-person team. Hole sponsorships are $200 and individual sponsorships are $40 or $80. For more information, call Bruce Burnham at 936-336-2215.

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Season tickets for the Liberty Panthers 2003-2004 Football Season go on sale Monday at the School Administration Building on Grand Ave. The price for the set of four home games in reserved sections B, C and D is $20.

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FUNERALS: Viola Noe, 71, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Michael Bernard Kibbe, 61, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. Friday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** Rodney J. Broussard, 71, of Anahuac, Services at a later date. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 1,370 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.73 F - ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO.138, TUESDAY JUL.22ND, 2003-

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Pasadena Police report that 27-year-old Michael Smith was allegedly racing another vehicle on Hwy 225 in Pasadena around 6 p.m. Saturday when he apparently lost control of his vehicle which hit a light post and burst into flames. Smith and a passenger, 24-year-old Alvin Lynn Wold of Dayton were airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital where Alvin Wold was pronounced dead later that evening. Michael Smith is reported in critical condition at the Houston Hospital.

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The latest news on the condition of 77-year-old Thomas Calhoun of Liberty is good. A family member reports the former Liberty Postmaster’s condition has been upgraded to critical but stable after an apparent severe heart attack at his home last Wednesday morning. Airlifted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, the Liberty man remains in cardiac care there, but now is reportedly showing definite signs of improvement.

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With less than two weeks left in the special legislative session on congressional redistricting, State Representative Dan Ellis said lawmakers appear no closer to bringing a map out of committee for Senate approval than when the session began. Ellis said the two latest maps under consideration both remove Democrat Jim Turner as Liberty County’s U.S. Congressman but it remains to be seen if either one will actually be approved. Governor Rick Perry has threatened to call a second special session if congressional redistricting is still unresolved after this one. Dan Ellis said, nevertheless, public hearings still being conducted on the issue are roughly 90% opposed to any congressional district changes at all and both Democrat and some Republican State Senators are also against the idea.

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The Dayton T-Ball 5 & 6 year-old Dixie League Team won the State Tournament for their age level in double-elimination last week in New Caney. This is the first year that Dixie League T-Ball has gone to the State Championship level and in this first year, the Dayton T-Ball Team has taken it all.

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FUNERALS: Alvin Lynn Wold, 24,of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Fred Ramsay, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church of Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 138, MONDAY JUL. 21ST, 2003-

A family of five was rescued from a tree in the Trinity River Sunday evening. Reports say Jessi and Shillah Hightower, with their three small children, were swimming at the Trinity River Plaza Subdivision. The mother, and three children, were swept downstream by currents. They grabbed on to a tree as they were swept past. The father swam out and returned the youngest child to shore then returned to the tree where he stayed with the others until rescuers from the Kenefick Fire Department reached them by boat. No one was seriously hurt. .

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Another manufactured home was destroyed by fire about 4:15 yesterday afternoon. At the River Bend Mobile Home Park, on on highway 90 by the river bridge in Liberty Firefighters arrived to a home engulfed in flames. No one was home. ****************************************************

A parole revocation hearing for Catherine Rene Kegg was held last Tuesday to determine if she goes back to prison for violating parole terms by writing a bad check. She was paroled from a sentence for beating her 13 year old son. Larry Todd of the TDCJ said Catherine Kegg remains jailed without bond while the parole board decides her fate. A visiting judge had returned six of seven children to her after her parole on the child abuse sentence. She had been found guilty after 9-1-1 dispatchers heard her beating her child. The day she was to get the kids back she was arrested for parole violation. ****************************************************

Further testing of the Cox Road Waste Dump off FM 1413, near Dayton, will be done by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Initial state tests revealed high levels of toxic materials at the petrochemical waste dump. The EPA’s Dave Berry said his agency will do several tests to determine the level of environmental damage there. Results from water well tests in the area subdivisions done by TCEQ have not been made public. .

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Texas’ 5th Annual Sales Tax Holiday is only two weeks away. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday August 1st through Midnight Sunday August 3rd no state or local sales tax will be charged on most clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less. ****************************************************

, 86, of Hankamer, Graveside serv. @ 10 a.m. tomorrow - Anahuac Cemetery. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 137, FRIDAY JUL. 18TH, 2003-

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The cause of the fire that destroyed a manufactured home on CR #4895 in the Cedar Creek Subdivision off FM 1413 south of Dayton is still under investigation. Dayton firefighters arrived just after midnight Wednesday to find the home of William Schrum engulfed in flames. Assistance came from the Kenefick Volunteer Fire Department, but Dayton Volunteer Fire Chief Terry Boyette said it took almost two-and-a-half hours to extinguish the blaze. The owner, William Schrum was at home when the fire started, but did not suffer injury. This is the 5th South Liberty County house fire in just two weeks.

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A war of words has erupted in the City of Cleveland over plans for a new hospital. While Cleveland Regional Medical Center is moving ahead with a $5.7 million expansion, a group of area doctors recently cleared ground for a new $10 million Cleveland hospital to be called Cleveland Imaging and Surgical at 1100 South Travis. Critics charge the new medical facility will focus on low risk procedures that earn the most money, and won’t provide treatment for low-income patients. Dr. Mark Kreit, spokesman for the new hospital said the area needs an alternative. Many reportedly wonder if Cleveland, already with a large medical community, is big enough for two hospitals.

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Liberty School Trustees voted Tuesday to authorize Superintendent Dr. Patty Shafer and Assist. Superintendent Tommy Davis to borrow up to $1 million from 1st Liberty National Bank to meet operating costs through September if necessary. A single piece of state legislation could hold up state funding for school districts in which case the LISD would need the authority to borrow the money.

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The 5th Annual Liberty County EMS Golf Tournament is set for Saturday July 26th at 8:30 a.m. at the Eagle Pointe Golf Course in Mont Belvieu. EMS Director Mike Koen said the format would be a 4-person scramble with a shotgun start in three flights with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies awarded. Cost per person to enter is $85 or $340 per four-person team and sponsors are also needed. For more information, call 936-536-3080.

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FUNERAL: Robert Lee Fregia, 50, of Daisetta, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 136, THURSDAY JUL. 17TH, 2003-

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Assistant Superintendent Tommy Davis told Liberty School Trustees Tuesday night that new guaranteed cost figures by Spau-Glass, the Construction Manager-at-Risk for the district’s planned new elementary school puts construction of that facility at $110 per square foot, almost sixteen dollars higher than expected. Davis said he would meet with Spau-Glass to try and find some way to reduce that cost, but said if the contractor and the architect won’t change that figure, there would be no way to build the type of school the district has been planning.

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New commercial building permits issued in the City of Liberty during the month of June continues the trend of steady commercial growth. Construction valued at more than a million dollars resulted in permit fees to the city of $11,255 for the month. The biggest permit issued last month was for the new 35 room Scottish Inn Motel on Hwy 90 that has yet to begin construction valued at $750,000.

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The 4th manufactured home destroyed by fire in South Liberty County in the past two weeks belongs to Terry Nichols and is located in the Darrington Mobile Home Park on FM 563. Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, Moss Bluff and Liberty firefighters were called to the burning home and contained the blaze to the rear, but significant heat, smoke and water damage was done to the front half of the manufactured home.

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Local and county officials were on hand Monday for the groundbreaking ceremony for the $5.7 million expansion and renovation of the Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Hospital CEO Rod MacLaren said major improvements will be made to the medical center’s operating rooms, intensive care units, labs and registration services plus the size of the hospital emergency room will be more than doubled. Hospital officials estimate the project should be finished next year.

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The coaching staff at Liberty High School will hold the 4th Annual Liberty Panther Football Camp Wednesday July 23rd through Friday August 25th at 8 a.m. The camp is for boys entering the 7th, 8th and 9th grades. Cost is $30 per camper. Registration forms are available at the LHS Field House. For information call 336-6741, Ext. 241.

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 134, TUESDAY JUL. 15TH, 2003-

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As Tropical Storm Claudette continues toward the Texas Coast, local emergency management officials urge residents to take precautions in the event the storm brings severe weather to our area. Liberty Emergency Management Coordinator Jamie Galloway said all city departments have made the necessary preparations for the tropical storm that is expected to reach near-hurricane strength before making landfall sometime late today or early tomorrow. Liberty, Chambers, Harris and nearby counties remained under a Hurricane Warning at last report. Links to information on hurricane preparedness and supplies to keep ready for severe weather are available at kshn.com.

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The second suspicious house fire in Liberty in the space of a week destroyed an unoccupied manufactured home on Riverbend Road in the South Liberty Oil Field last Saturday evening. Fire department reports indicate the structure was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene. No link has been established to last week’s fire that destroyed an unoccupied house at the corner of Georgia and Washington Streets. Both fires appear to have been intentionally set.

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According to DPS statistics, a total of 10 people have died in rural traffic accidents in Liberty County through June 2003. That is fewer fatalities than in many years previous and reports indicate a direct correlation between traffic deaths and the number of troopers staffing the DPS Office. Liberty County’s Office currently has a solid compliment of assigned troopers.

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A date has been set for another Radio Auction to benefit the Dayton Historical Society’s efforts to restore the Old School Building. The auction will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday August 7th. Hundreds of items will be auctioned off on All Nine Radio. Mary Beth Jamison of the Dayton Historical Society said, funds from this years auction will be used to pay off the land note on the historic Dayton school building.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Barbecue and Auction is tonight at the Liberty VFW Hall on Main Streets. Barbecue will be served starting at 6 p.m. with musical entertainment, live, silent and Chinese auctions and the drawing of the Liberty-Dayton 500 to follow.  

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 133, MONDAY JUL. 14TH, 2003-

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An alleged burglar was caught in the act Saturday. Liberty Police Officer Ben Satterwhite responded to a silent burglar alarm at the Elks Lodge on FM 563 about 4 Saturday morning. The Liberty Officer saw a back door open and he heard steps running across a wooden floor towards the open door. A suspect, identified as 25 year old Rafael Pruneda of Houston met Satterwhite at the door but evaded immediate capture. He escaped to the woods across the street. Pruneda was apprehended later, that same morning, just North of the Lodge. He remains behind bars at the Liberty Co. Jail,

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has posted warnings sign at the old Cox Road Toxic Waste Dump off FM 1413 near Dayton. Preliminary testing detected high levels of allegedly dangerous chemicals. According to property owner Fred McCoy, the situation is complicated by conditions that allow rainwater to run off the more-than-thirty-year-old petrochemical dump and flood the homes in several nearby subdivisions. The TCEQ is doing further tests to determine if water wells nearby are contaminated by the dumpsite. KSHN has had an on going report extending back more than a year. We resumed our coverage last Saturday when more facts could be verified. The state markers went up at the dump site in mid-June.

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The Liberty-Dayton 500 Barbecue and Auction is tomorrow night at the Liberty VFW Hall on Main Street. BBQ at 6. There’s musical entertainment, live, silent and Chinese auctions plus the Liberty-Dayton 500 drawing for 12 prizes including a big screen TV set. BBQ tickets are $6. Call the Chamber Office at 936-336-5736 for any of the 500 tickets that may remain. $20

**************************************************** Information on the condition of the 2 children of Jennifer Seward, burned Wednesday in an accident outside their home South of Dayton. Is still unavailable. They were taken by Life Flight Helicopter directly to U.T.M.B. Hospital. in Galveston The 8 year old was treated and released. The girl, age 12 was transferred to Shriner’s. info. Indicates she has been released., or transferred, they would not release further information

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FUNERALS: Jack Smith,77, Dayton. Services were Sunday. ** Robert Magee Shivers II, 74, of Louisiana, Memorial Service at 1 p.m. today at 1st Baptist Church in Liberty. **

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