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August 2003

-VOLUME 18 NO. 166 FRIDAY AUG. 29TH, 2003-

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According to DPS Trooper Brian Nichols, the driver allegedly responsible for a wreck Tuesday night that left a Smith Point man dead was arrested, charged with Intoxication Manslaughter. 22-year-old Josh Landry Wells of Dayton reportedly crossed over the center stripe on Hwy 146 south of Dayton and into oncoming traffic, colliding with another vehicle, The driver of that second vehicle, Anthony O’Rourke, age 41, was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Josh Wells suffered minor injuries and was reportedly placed under arrest after being treated and released from Baytown’s San Jacinto Hospital. Bond is set at $50,000 and Wells remains in the Liberty County Jail.

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said 41-year-old Glenn Stolorski of Hardin and an unnamed 16-year-old juvenile were arrested and charged in the theft of three All Terrain Vehicles from the Hull area. Sheriff Arthur said he and his deputies followed the pair as they left a residence on CR# 2003 Tuesday night after being tipped off that more thefts were planned. Sheriff Arthur said several other ATV thefts were thwarted when the two suspects were arrested.

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Among the new traffic laws that take effect on September 1st is one that expands the current law giving police the authority to obtain blood or breath alcohol samples from drivers involved in a wreck in which another person is killed with or without their consent. After Monday, that evidence can be obtained with or without the consent of a driver who is also involved in a wreck that results in serious injury to another person.

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The Liberty County Courthouse and all municipal offices in both Liberty and Dayton will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. There is no trash pick up on Monday in either city. Garbage service resumes on the next scheduled pick up day. All banks and post offices will also close Monday for the holiday.

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FUNERALS: Juanita Arnold, 83, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. Sunday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Sara A. Lewis Templet, 68, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Anthony Paul O’Roark, 41, of Smith Point, Services at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 165 THURSDAY AUG. 28TH, 2003-

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DPS reports indicate 22-year-old Josh Landry Wells of Dayton was northbound on Hwy 146 near the Chambers County Line just before midnight Tuesday when his pick up allegedly crossed over the center stripe into oncoming traffic. Wells collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Anthony O’Rourk, 39, of New Caney. Precinct #4 JP Glenn Pruitt pronounced Anthony O’Rourk dead at the scene of the wreck and ordered an autopsy performed. Josh Wells was taken to San Jacinto Hospital in Baytown with non-life threatening injuries.

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Monday night the Dayton City Council authorized two members, John Simmons and Barbara Zaruba to meet with the full board of Prosperity Bank in Dayton about the possible purchase of the old Dayton National Bank Building on FM 1960 as the new site of the city’s library. City Manager Robert Ewart said the pros and cons of the city’s purchasing the now-vacant building are so nearly even that council’s decision will probably hinge on how good a price they can get from Prosperity Bank. For now, the possibility of that purchase remains in the discussion phase.

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Today is the first day for early voting in the September 13th Constitutional Amendment Election. Early ballots on the fate of 22 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution can be cast weekdays today through September 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the County Courthouse in Liberty and the Cleveland Annex. There’s also early voting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 2nd through September 5th at the Dayton ISD Administration Bldg.

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The Liberty Panthers and the Dayton Broncos open their 2003-2004 Football Seasons at home tomorrow night at 7:30 and you can hear both games live on All Nine Radio’s Split Channel Sports. At about 7:20 tune the balance control of your stereo radio all the way to the left to hear Liberty vs. Silsbee or to the right to hear Dayton vs. Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated.

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FUNERALS: Claudia Carol Graham, 57, of New Caney, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Vester Guidry Arcenaux, 100, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. ** Harmie Joseph Lacombe, 59, of Dayton, Services held yesterday. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 163 TUESDAY AUG. 26TH, 2003-

****************************************************DPS Trooper Randy Peck said 32-year-old Robert Condra of Cleveland was northbound on Hwy 146 around 5:15 yesterday and disregarded the stop sign at the intersection of 146 and Hwy 105 in Moss Hill. Condra’s pick-up truck reportedly slammed into a westbound 18-wheel tractor-trailer rig driven by Geary Hamilton, 56, of Conroe. Robert Condra was airlifted to UTMB Hospital in Galveston in critical condition. Geary Hamilton was taken to the Cleveland Regional Hospital with injuries that were not thought to be serious.

****************************************************A new law will be in force this coming Labor Day September 1st that makes driving while intoxicated with a passenger younger than 15-years-of-age in the vehicle a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail and a fine up to $10,000. Another new law attaches a surcharge of $3,000 payable over 3 years to anyone convicted of DWI. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be increasing patrols over the Labor Day Weekend watching for speeders, those drinking and driving and drivers who are not buckled up.

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Texas Football Magazine predicts the Liberty Panthers will finish second in District 22-3A, a finish that will get them into the playoffs again this year if they live up to those expectations. Coach Jeff Stewart has six players returning on offense and six on defense. The Panthers open their season this Friday night in Memorial Stadium at 7:30 against the Silsbee Tigers. The magazine picks Don Price’s Barbers Hill Eagles, who haven’t lost a district football game in years to finish first in 22-3A with the Cold Spring Trojans predicted to finish 3rd.

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Lots of eyes will be watching the night sky over the next couple of days as the planet Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in more than 60,000 years. Astronomers say Mars will rise around 10 p.m. tomorrow and will be at its highest point at around 3 a.m. Thursday. One publication said a modest 75-power magnification would make the Red Planet look as large as the full moon does to the naked eye.

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FUNERAL: Norma Dell Wadzeck, 94, of Dayton, Services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bell-Sypert-Seale Funeral Home in Snyder, Texas. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO.162 MONDAY AUG. 25TH , 2003-

****************************************************27 Year old John Ballew, of Hardin was killed when his car left the roadway in Bryan and struck a utility pole around 1:30AM Saturday. A Bryan newspaper report indicates that a passenger in the Hardin man’s vehicle, Milton Webb of Highlands died later in a local hospital. Cause is under investigation. in Bryan.. ****************************************************A 50 ft. tall falling tree damaged 4 vehicles and injured one Saturday night. We learned from Devers Vol. Fire Chief Darrin Traywick. that Phillip Mouton and his wife, thought to be from the Hankamer area, were East of Devers when a tree fell on their vehicle. They were not hurt. One man was injured, however, when he drove through the debris lost control, crossed the roadway and hit a tree. The unidentified man was taken to Beaumont-St. Elizabeth Hospital, reportedly not badly injured.

Two other cars were damaged but reports say no one else was hurt. Highway 90 east of Devers was closed for some time.

****************************************************The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Public Meeting pertaining to the Cox Road Waste Dump off FM 1413 is tomorrow at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Dayton. State Rep. Dan Ellis said results on water well tests near the dump are expected by then. Concerned residents are invited to ask questions. of TCEQ and EPA officials on hand.. . ****************************************************Early voting for the September 13th Election to decide the fate of 22 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution starts this Thursday and continues through September 9th. Voting can be done early at the Liberty County Courthouse and the Cleveland Courthouse Annex between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from September 2nd through September 5th at the Dayton School Administration Building on HWY 90

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66, of Dayton. Services tomorrow @10 am @ the Sterling Funeral Chapel. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 161 FRIDAY AUG. 22nd, 2003-

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An auto/pedestrian accident on FM 1011 yesterday claimed the life of an elderly Hardin woman. DPS Trooper Tommy Chase said Miss O. D. Allen, age 77, was crossing the roadway on the way to her mailbox around 2:30 p.m. when she was struck and instantly killed by a car driven by 52-year-old Mitchell Davidson. The Batson man told investigators he did not see the woman until it was too late to stop. Trooper Chase said the driver was not injured in the accident, but he was badly shaken.

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Liberty City Manager Allan Barnes said around 40 people were on hand for the 2nd public hearing on the city’s proposed annexation of the Municipal Airport and the adjacent area last Tuesday night. City Council decided to hold the hearing at the airport since it is within the affected area to meet annexation requirements when more than 20 people oppose the action. Barnes said many of those attending were concerned about losing control of their property and made it clear that since annexation just expands the city’s limits that won’t happen.

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A new law goes into effect on September 1st that will establish a point system for moving traffic violations, assessing a surcharge to offenders based on the type and frequency of offenses. DPS Spokesperson Lisa Block said the Driver Responsibility Law assigns points to a driver’s license for each offense and attaches surcharges to drivers with 6 points or more.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual School Employees Barbecue is this coming Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the TVE Fairgrounds in Liberty. All school employees in South Liberty County and their spouses are invited for food, door prizes and entertainment, free-of-charge. For more information or to donate door prizes, call 936-336-5736.

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Yesterday’s Shine All Nine Radiogram incorrectly reported the location of the public meeting concerning the Cox Road Waste Dump off FM 1413. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The correct location is 1st Baptist Church in Dayton.

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FUNERAL: Frances Marie Bowie, 74, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 159 WEDNESDAY AUG. 20TH, 2003-

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Liberty County Fire Marshal Jim Wilson said 72-year-old Moore Aycock left food cooking on the stove in his house in the Knights Forest Subdivision near Hardin yesterday morning and went outside. The man soon noticed thick smoke had filled the wood-frame dwelling and within minutes flames had consumed the house. It took Hull-Daisetta and Hardin Volunteer Firefighters just over an hour to extinguish the blaze and the home on CR# 2503 was completely destroyed.

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Longtime CPA and Dayton City Council member John C. Otto announced yesterday he has formed an exploratory committee in connection with running for District #18 State Representative in the March 2004 Republican Primary Election. John Otto said he believes that divisive partisan politics occurring in Austin indicate the taxpayers of this district would be better served by a Republican rather than Democratic state representative. Mr. Otto said he expects to announce his decision on entering the primary within the next 30 to 45 days.

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Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine has picked one high school football team each from Liberty and Chambers Counties to win their districts in the coming season. The powerhouse Dayton Broncos of Coach Jerry Stewart are predicted to emerge at the top of District 21-4A while Don Price’s Barbers Hill Eagles are the pre-season pick for the District 22-3A champions.

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The proposed Constitutional Amendment on the September 13th Election Ballot that has generated the most controversy is Proposition #12, that would authorize the Legislature to put a cap on the non-economic damages awarded in malpractice suits. State Representative Dan Ellis said the legislation recently passed to do that very thing can’t be enacted unless voters approve that amendment since the bill was passed before lawmakers had the constitutional authority to make it law.

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The Liberty Athletic Booster Club’s Annual Barbecue Scrimmage is this Friday at 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. The Liberty Panthers scrimmage opponents are the Kirbyville Wildcats and the Booster Club will be selling plates of barbecue for $7 each. For advance barbecue tickets, call 336-3026.

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 1,420 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.15 S - ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 158 TUESDAY AUG. 19TH, 2003-

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According to TxDot Area Engineer Charlotte Warner, the state has approved installation of two new traffic signals in the City of Dayton. One will go in at the FM 1960 and Waco Street intersection, the second at Hwy 90 and Hwy 146 near the Race Trac gas station and convenience store. That second intersection will also be modified to allow for safer merging into traffic on Hwy 90 and safer turning into the Race Trac parking lot. All told, the state is expected to spend an estimated $80 million on highway projects in Liberty County over the next few years.

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The condition of 76-year-old George Vinson of Liberty remains critical at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The elderly man was injured in a two-vehicle collision at Layl Drive and Hwy 90 in Liberty last Wednesday. A family member said George Vinson has undergone two surgeries for head injuries suffered in the wreck, but remains in a coma.

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U.S. Army Sergeant Jeremy Hafer of Baytown is reported to be doing well at a German hospital after suffering a fractured pelvis and minor burns in an explosion that killed one U.S. Soldier in Iraq last week. The 24-year-old Hafer is married to the former Jana Woolls of Hardin, who said her husband will be returning home after a bit more recovery time.

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All Nine Radio begins our 27th season of broadcasting high school, college and professional football games on Friday August 29th with the Liberty Panthers and the Dayton Broncos. Both games will be broadcast live through KSHN Split Channel Sports. Broadcasts of the Texas Longhorns and the Houston Texans will follow soon thereafter.

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The Liberty City Council will hold the 2nd of two public hearings on the city’s latest proposed annexation tonight at 7 p.m. at the main hangar of the Liberty Municipal Airport on FM 2830. Council decided to hold the hearing there to meet requirements that a hearing be held within the affected area if 20 or more adult residents of that area protest the proposed annexation.

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FUNERAL: Antonia Stiles, 77, of Devers, Graveside services at 10 a.m. today at Stacy Cemetery in Devers.

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 156 FRIDAY AUG. 15TH, 2003-

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The Liberty City Council met Tuesday night and approved spending $3,000 for architect Richard Edwards to draw up proposed plans for a Community Center Facility in Liberty. The project is proposed as a joint venture between the city and the Trinity Valley Exposition. TVE Board President James Bricker said the board would match those funds. Richard Edwards previously designed the new Vara Faye Martin Daniel Pavilion and Park to be constructed near Liberty City Hall.

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Reports indicate that U.S. Army Sergeant Jeremy Hafer, husband of the former Jana Woolles of Hardin was injured when his four-vehicle convoy struck an improvised landmine southeast of Tikrit, Iraq yesterday. The 24-year-old serviceman reportedly suffered a fractured pelvis and burns from the explosion that killed the driver of an armored personnel carrier. Sgt. Hafer is now awaiting transport from Kuwait City to a German hospital. The couple is expecting their first child in November.

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The Dayton City Council approved a motion Monday night to authorize City Attorney Neal Iverson to initiate condemnation proceedings against the Railroad Management Group in an effort to force that company to negotiate a more fair and realistic fee for the city’s utility crossings. We reported increasing frustration by council with the huge increases in those fees after Union Pacific Railroad sold many the crossings where city sewer and water pipes cross under the railroad tracks to that company. Railroad Management has issued a July 31st deadline for the city to either pay the exorbitant fees or remove the utility lines.

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The City of Liberty will hold a public auction tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon. Assistant City Manager Michael Ramirez said items the city no longer uses as well as the results of police seizures are included. The larger items are parked on the city hall lawn while the smaller items are displayed inside the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. For more information call 336-3684.

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FUNERALS: Gilmer L. Albritton, 87, of Anahuac, Services at 10 a.m. today at 1st Baptist Church of Anahauc. ** Willie Mae Dryden, 77, of Hardin, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 155 THURSDAY AUG. 14TH, 2003-

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Liberty County Sheriff’s Detective Todd Mauthe said it appears that one or more persons used incendiary devices typically called “Molotov Cocktails” to start the fire that heavily damaged the city hall and police department building in the small incorporated town of Dayton Lakes sometime early Wednesday morning. Nearby residents detected the fire and managed to have most of the fire out before the arrival of the Kenefick Volunteer Firefighters. Dayton Lakes Police Lieutenant Jessie McGraw said the apparent arson is classified as a terrorist attack under new Homeland Security Laws and federal agents from the ATF in Beaumont and Houston have been called to investigate.

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All Nine News has learned that Misti Gayle Hale, the daughter-in-law of ousted Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson has been indicted in Harris County for tampering with government records. Information indicates the woman is alleged to have altered a subpoena issued to her husband, Jason Hale to appear before a Liberty County Grand Jury investigating his mother, Ms. Harrelson and replacing his name with her own. Reportedly this was done so that Mrs. Hale could get off work and come to her mother-in-law’s grand jury proceedings. Misti Hale was arrested and is now said to be free on $5,000 bond. As reported, tampering with a government document is one of several criminal charges lodged against Janet Harrelson herself.

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Tuesday night, the Liberty City Council approved a contract with the City of Hardin for the treatment and disposal of waste from the new sewer collection system to be installed in Hardin in the near future. City Manager Allen Barnes said the contract is virtually identical to the one under which Liberty treats and disposes of waste from the City of Ames.

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Memorial Hermann Hospital Officials report the condition of 76-year-old George Vinson remains critical. The Liberty man was injured in a two-vehicle collision on Hwy 90 and Layl Drive in Liberty late Tuesday morning.

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FUNERALS: Noah Joseph Espree Sr., 85, of Raywood, Services at noon on Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 154 WEDNESDAY AUG. 13TH, 2003-

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On September 13th, Texans will go to the polls to decide the fate of 22 proposed amendments to the state’s constitution. The propositions cover a wide range of issues from limiting the non-economic damages awarded in lawsuits to allowing TxDot to issue bonds or borrow money to fund state highway projects. Early voting is from August 28th through September 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Liberty County Courthouse and the Cleveland Annex. Dayton area voters can also cast ballots early from August 2nd through August 5th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dayton ISD Administration Offices on Hwy 90.

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Liberty Police Officer Matt Custer said 76-year-old George Vinson of Liberty was turning onto Hwy 90 from Layl Drive in Liberty yesterday morning and reportedly failed to stop at that intersection. Vinson’s vehicle crossed into the path of a van driven by Laurie McCauley, 44, Daisetta and was struck broadside. George Vinson was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, at last report, in critical condition. Laurie McCauley was not injured in the wreck.

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In a public statement issued yesterday, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Liberty voiced their support of Don Wimberly, Bishop of the Diocese of Texas who voted against the recent consecration of Dr. Gene Robinson as a Bishop for the New Hampshire Diocese. As reported nationwide, the selection of Dr. Robinson, who is openly gay, was confirmed by the National Organization. In their statement, St. Stephen’s Parish said they and the Bishops of Texas have consistently opposed non-celibate homosexuals being ordained in the church.

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Liberty County and the Houston-Galveston Area Council are holding a public meeting tomorrow night to discuss disaster risk issues. All county residents are invited to share their ideas on the types of disasters that should be addressed in the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan being developed by the HGAC. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Liberty County Courthouse.

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FUNERAL: Margie Calhoun Vaught, 74, of LA, Graveside services at 9 a.m. today at Palms Memorial Park in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 153 TUESDAY AUG. 12TH, 2003-

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Fire Officials said a lightning strike is probably what sparked a fire at an oil storage tank off FM 686 north of Dayton yesterday afternoon. Firefighters from the Dayton and Hwy 321 Volunteer Departments found the oil tank ablaze with its lid blown off and in pieces on the ground. Chemical foam was used to douse the flames and no environmental hazard or injuries were reported.

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According to LaPorte Attorney Eileen Fowler, the preliminary steps are being taken toward legal action over possible contamination of residences near the Cox Road toxic waste dump off FM 1413. Mrs. Fowler said testing by state and federal environmental agencies is still ongoing, but reports of residents suffering unexplained illness such as extreme fatigue, shortness-of-breath, and skin rashes leads her to believe chemicals from the dump site could have been carried into nearby subdivisions by rainwater. At this point, an effort is underway to locate a law firm specializing in toxic waste litigation to take over the case.

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Longtime City of Liberty Police Officer Hugh Bishop has resigned effective August 27th to accept a position as Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer for District Attorney Mike Little. Serving as Liberty PD Public Information Officer for several years, Bishop had only recently been promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant. Hugh Bishop will also be serving as Crime Prevention Officer for Liberty and Chambers Counties.

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Dayton Mayor Larry Harris said recent rate increases by Union Pacific Railroad for city utility lines that run under the railroad tracks have reached the point where he feels the city will be unwilling to pay them. Nominal annual fees of from $95 to $120 per crossing have doubled or, in some cases more than tripled. Mayor Harris said the city might be able to use its power of condemnation to force the company to court to accept a more equitable rate for the lease of Union Pacific property.

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FUNERALS: Sean Thomas McCarthy, 37, of Humble, Graveside services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston. ** Sheila T. Harmon, 49, of Anahuac, Services at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. **

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Registration is underway for the YMCA after school child care programs. Children, ages 5 and up, are welcome. Trained instructors will be there to help with their homework, then its planned “Y” activities until parents or guardians pick them up by 6:30 p.m. it’s the YMCA’s second year to be licensed for after school child car. Want to know more? Call 936- 257-2888 or in Cleveland 832-423-9993. Every child is invited. Scholarship dollars are available confidentially for those who qualify. ****************************************************

It’s a busy night for the Liberty City Council tomorrow. At 6:30 a workshop is slated to look over home rule charter recommended changes. Later Council will decide whether to take the proposals to the voters. Then at 7 p.m. the Council will work from a lengthy agenda. Included will be a required Public Hearing on the annexations being considered. The Council will also decide yea or nay on a contract with the City of Hardin to make that city a waste-water treatment customer like the agreement Liberty has with The City of Ames. Liberty’s waste water treatment has plenty of capacity.

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The Dayton City Council is continuing workshop sessions today on their proposed $5 million operating budget for the 2003-2004 fiscal year. The City of Dayton is in a stronger financial position after annexing the CMC rail yard. That addition to the tax base has more than doubles the total appraised value of the City of Dayton property compared to past years.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber School Employees Barbecue at the TVE Fairgrounds is August 26th. To donate a door prize call the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber Office at 936-336-5736. All So. Liberty School staff and spouses are invited.

**************************************************** Last Thursday’s Radio Auction for the Dayton Historical Society raised about $2000 towards The Old Dayton School project. To make donations or memorials for this nearly 100 year old building and paying off the note on the lot call 258-2314.

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37, of Atascocita, Graveside Service Wednesday @ 1p.m. @ the National Cemetery in Houston.**

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-VOLUME 18 NO.150, THURSDAY AUG. 7th, 2003-

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Mayor Larry Harris said there is nothing to indicate the City of Dayton bears any liability in connection to alleged contamination from the Cox Road Waste Dump off FM 1409. In a recent report on possible legal action by residents of subdivisions built near the almost-30-year-old petrochemical waste site, ABC Channel 13 News Reporter Darren Lynn suggested the city might be one of those targeted for such action. Mayor Harris pointed out the dump is not within Dayton’s Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction nor did the city have any say in approving the area for development. At this time, final results on water well tests performed by the TCEQ are not yet available. The EPA is planning a full battery of tests on the Cox Road Dump and surrounding areas within the next 60 days.

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The State of Texas Web Site now allows users to change information on their Texas Driver’s License or State ID Card on line. DPS Trooper Tela Mange said it only takes about 5 minutes to update the information at a cost of $11. Log on to www.texasonline.com to also renew a Texas Driver’s License or Vehicle Registration as well as a variety of other services.

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Former Dayton Bronco Dakari Pearson is one of two University of Texas Longhorns to be picked for the Jim Thorpe Award watch list. The award goes to the nation’s top collegiate defensive back and Pearson and fellow Longhorn Nathan Vasher of Texarkana are both on the list of 37 possibilities that will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in November.

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The Liberty County Extension Service will host a series of free classes on Type 2 Diabetes beginning Thursday September 4th and continuing every Thursday for four weeks. The classes will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Dayton Financial Center on Hwy 90 and will cover topics ranging from dietary treatment to managing blood sugar. Call 936-336-4558, Ext. 221 or 281-593-0405, Ext. 221 to pre-register for the classes.

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FUNERALS: Bernard K. Rogers, 62, of LaPorte, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Hugh A. Cash, 66, of Vidor, Services at 7 p.m. tonight at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Ora Tucker, 106, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO.149, WEDNESDAY AUG. 6th, 2003-

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Liberty County Commissioners were evenly split over approval of the County’s new fiscal year budget. Commissioners Todd Fontenot and Norman Brown voted against the budget citing concerns over where and how various departmental funding was cut. Commissioners Lee Groce and Melvin Hunt voted for the budget that includes a 3% across the board pay raise for county employees including elected officials. County Judge Lloyd Kirkham’s vote broke the tie and the budget was approved.

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Liberty Police report there were no serious injuries yesterday afternoon when a car with four members of the Liberty Volleyball Team was hit by an SUV in front of Liberty High School on Jefferson Drive. The car hit the high school’s brick sign then caught fire. The girls in the car, Jacqueline Butler, Kristy Ortiz, Amber Bruno and Shelby Williams and the SUV’s driver, 62-year-old Joyce Jones of Dayton were treated at Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital for minor injuries.

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Winners of the Championship Flight of this past weekend’s Burnham Classic Golf Tournament are the team of Brett Tyson and Patrick Prince in 1st Place. Chad Wallace and Matthew Ager took 2nd Place and 3rd Place went to the team made up of Liberty Mayor Bruce Halstead and Shawn Nelson.

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The Annual Dayton Historical Society Auction is tomorrow night on Shine All Nine. From 6 to 9 p.m., a wide variety of merchandise donated to the Historical Society will be up for bid with all proceeds benefiting the ongoing effort to restore the Dayton’s Old School Building. Plans are to renovate the 100-year-old building into a public meeting room and a museum.

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FUNERALS: Carolyn Kuhn, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Liberty. ** Mary Rountree Ward, 87, of Livingston, Services at 2 p.m. today at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** Alma Edwards Dickerson, 91,of Moss Bluff, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Liberty. ** William Ernest Nau, 78, of Liberty, Graveside services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Forest Lawn Park Cemetery in Beaumont. ** Myrtle Holt LeVois, 98, of Devers, Services at 11 a.m. Friday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO.148, TUESDAY AUG. 5th, 2003-

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Not many details are available, but All Nine News has confirmed that Carolyn Kuhn of Liberty was killed in a car accident yesterday morning. Available information indicates Ms. Kuhn was southbound on Hwy 146 in LaMarque around 10:40 a.m. when for reasons unknown she reportedly crossed into the northbound lane and collided head-on with a large pick up truck. Carolyn Kuhn was pronounced dead at the accident scene and an autopsy has been ordered. Funeral services are pending at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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The discovery of a six-foot alligator in one of the City of Liberty’s sewer system lift stations yesterday led to a tricky operation to remove the large reptile. A team-effort by Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Danny Diaz and a Liberty Fire Fighter managed to get a noose over the ‘gator’s snout so it could be hauled the more-than-twenty-feet up from the bottom of the tank to the surface. The malnourished alligator’s legs and snout were then taped for for transport to the Trinity River.

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The Liberty County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications from prospective owners of homes built by the non-profit organization. To find out if you qualify to purchase a low-cost home from Habitat for Humanity, contact Nancy Archer at 936-336-6448 or Willie Carter at the Liberty County Housing Authority at 936-336-4558, Ext. 236.

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The Houston Galveston Area Council is conducting a survey as part of an effort to develop a plan to make the area less vulnerable to disasters. Dayton City Planner Brian LaBorde said the public is being asked to fill out and return the survey so that input can be used in identifying disaster risks to the area. There will also be a public hearing on disaster risk issues on Thursday August 14th in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Liberty County Courthouse. For more information, call 936-258-7060.

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The Dayton Post Office will host the National Bone Marrow Donor Program’s donor testing tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Dayton Postmaster Gwen Alpha said blood samples would be taken for marrow donation typing. To find out more about being a bone marrow donor, log on to the National Bone Marrow Foundation web site at www.marrow.org.

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-VOLUME 18 NO.147, MONDAY AUG. 4th, 2003-

****************************************************Two men were killed in a one vehicle accident on FM 1409 @ what is called Dead Man’s Curve. It happened at about 4 a.m. Saturday. DPS trooper Chris Callas said in his report the driver Stephen Joseph Spirko-33, of Mt. Belvieu, and

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Last Friday evening Liberty County EMS was back on the road again after a lapse in insurance coverage forced the ambulance service to cease operations at midnight Thursday. Director Mike Koen said he got the necessary coverage for a full year through efforts by Hall Rader & Associates of Liberty. The cost was $98,000, more than double their previous coverage. ****************************************************

The Dayton Historical Society’s 4th KSHN Radio Auction is Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit restoring the Old School in Dayton . ****************************************************

Dayton Bronco season tickets go on sale today for last year’s ticket holders. Those wanting tickets for the first time can get them starting next Monday. The 5 home games are $20 and are available at the DISD Administration Building on Hwy 90.

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, 90,-Ames, Christian Mass @10am at Our Mother of Mercy Church in Ames

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-VOLUME 18 NO.146, FRIDAY AUG. 1ST, 2003-

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At midnight last night, Liberty County EMS ceased operation due to the service’s insurance carrier’s refusal to renew their coverage over high claims experience. Director Mike Koen said rural county residents and residents in the City of Dayton served by Liberty County EMS should continue to call 911 in emergency situations as usual. Trained medical personnel in the City of Liberty and the City of Cleveland will be responding to emergency calls-only- countywide until Liberty County EMS can resolve their insurance coverage problems and resume service. Assistant County Attorney Michael Pichinson said steps are underway to form a legal agreement between the City of Liberty and Liberty County for the city’s help in providing the county with emergency medical service.

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In response to Republican State Senator Tommy Williams’ claim that he was wrong in saying that the majority of Texans opposed congressional redistricting, Democratic State Representative Dan Ellis supplied KSHN Radio with the results of two such polls. One was from the Texas Republican Party’s own web site, but both show that most Texans surveyed were against redistricting. Liberty County’s elected legislators remain firmly on opposite sides of the partisan redistricting issue.

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The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has determined that Catherine Renee Kegg will not be returned to prison, at least for now, but instead will be sent to an Intermediate Sanctioned Facility with re-evaluation of her case in 60 to 90 days. The Liberty County woman was paroled after serving 8 months for beating her 13-year-old son. The case drew national attention when a visiting district judge returned custody of her other six children to her. Mrs. Kegg was arrested for parole violations that included issuing a bad check on the day her children were to be returned to her. The TDCJ’s Larry Todd said Catherine Kegg still faces legal action over the bad check.

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According to President and CEO Jim Woodall, Legend Bank will break ground on August 13th for their more than $1 million banking facility at the corner of FM 1960 and Hwy 321 in Dayton. Legend opened in Dayton in October 2002 in a modular building on Hwy 90. Construction of the new Legend Bank Building should be completed in February 2004.

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