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October 2003

-VOLUME 18 NO. 204, THURSDAY OCT. 23RD, 2003-
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Janet Harrelson was sentenced yesterday on four charges relating to abuse of her elected office as Liberty County Treasurer. Visiting District Judge David Walker stripped her of her office and sentenced Ms. Harrelson to a total 60 days in jail and 10 years probation. The judge also ordered her to pay $20,000 in fines and $880 in restitution. The former county official's jail sentence is set to begin in 10 days. Earlier yesterday Ms. Harrelson had filed motions to change attorneys and delay her sentencing. Judge Walker denied both requests.
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According to Assistant District Attorney Michael Mark, a jury in the 75th District Court found 32-year-old James Charles Burrell of Houston guilty of Assault on a Peace Officer. Burrell was arrested at the CC Club on Hwy 160 in the early morning hours of Labor Day 2002 when law officers answering a shooting report were also forced to deal with an unruly crowd in the club parking lot. Burrell was charged with assaulting Sheriff's Deputy Chip Fairchild during the incident. Sentencing is set for November 20th and Burrell faces up to 10 years in prison.
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At Tuesday's Liberty School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Patty Shafer told trustees the state is reducing this year's funding to the district by roughly $1.1 million dollars. The result is a budget deficit of over $600,000. Dr. Shafer said she is implementing a budget reduction process that includes input from district personnel as well as the community to find ways to reduce spending in a way that has the least impact on services.
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The Liberty Panthers remain undefeated at the top of District 22-3A. Tomorrow the Panthers are in Tarkington to take on the Longhorns. Meanwhile the Dayton Broncos host the Galena Park Yellowjackets at Bronco Stadium. Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. Tune in for All Nine Radio's Split Channel Sports Broadcast at 7:20. Turn your stereo radio's balance control to the left for the Liberty game or to the right for the Dayton game. Or listen on line at kshn.com.
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FUNERALS: Albert Roecker, 89, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty. ** John Watson, 76, of Freeport, Services at 5 p.m. today at Lakewood Funeral Home in Freeport. **
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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.41 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 205, FRIDAY OCT. 24TH, 2003-

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A ruling by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality delays Liberty County’s entry in to the new tailpipe testing program already in place in Harris and other Southeast Texas Counties. Local community leader Sandy Pickett who has been deeply involved in the effort to remove Liberty County from state-ordered emissions testing program, said the TCEQ is currently looking for other solutions to improve air quality. Liberty County was set to begin tailpipe testing in May 2004, but that date has been pushed back, possibly as long as 3 years.

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Dayton Fire Marshall Eric Stubblefield said the 13-year-old son of Angie Shepherd admitted he was playing with matches and set fire to a box clothes in their home on the corner of Winfree and East Kay Street yesterday afternoon. The fire spread and damaged a portion of a wall of the detached garage at the wood frame home. Dayton Volunteer Firefighters were close by and prevented the fire from spreading any further. No charges will be filed against the teen.

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City of Liberty Fire Captain Ray Stearns said a tanker truck owned by Plains Marketing of Houston leaked oil from North Main Street at the Bypass to Jefferson Drive yesterday afternoon. A substance called “micro-blaze”, a solution that breaks down petroleum-based products to a bio-degradable form was used to get the oil off the roadway The clean up, that will be paid for by the company that owns the leaking truck, lasted from just after noon to around 2 p.m. yesterday.

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The U. T. Longhorns take on the Baylor Bears tomorrow evening. All Nine Sports live broadcast of the game starts with the pre-game at 5 p.m. Kick off is at 6. Due to the late Longhorns game, Roy Bennett’s “Country Classics” and “Liberty Bluegrass” will not be aired this week. Tomorrow night’s live Liberty Opry broadcast will be recorded for air on Sunday at 1 p.m. just before the Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis game at 3:15. Andy Waldrop’s “Solid Gold Sunday” will air in its entirety right after the Texans game Sunday night.

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FUNERAL: Arlene J. Johnson Keene, 87, of Highlands, Graveside services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Spring Ridge Cemetery in Louisiana. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.41 ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 204, THURSDAY OCT. 23RD, 2003-

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Janet Harrelson was sentenced yesterday on four charges relating to abuse of her elected office as Liberty County Treasurer. Visiting District Judge David Walker stripped her of her office and sentenced Ms. Harrelson to a total 60 days in jail and 10 years probation. The judge also ordered her to pay $20,000 in fines and $880 in restitution. The former county official’s jail sentence is set to begin in 10 days. Earlier yesterday Ms. Harrelson had filed motions to change attorneys and delay her sentencing. Judge Walker denied both requests.

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According to Assistant District Attorney Michael Mark, a jury in the 75th District Court found 32-year-old James Charles Burrell of Houston guilty of Assault on a Peace Officer. Burrell was arrested at the CC Club on Hwy 160 in the early morning hours of Labor Day 2002 when law officers answering a shooting report were also forced to deal with an unruly crowd in the club parking lot. Burrell was charged with assaulting Sheriff’s Deputy Chip Fairchild during the incident. Sentencing is set for November 20th and Burrell faces up to 10 years in prison.

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At Tuesday’s Liberty School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Patty Shafer told trustees the state is reducing this year’s funding to the district by roughly $1.1 million dollars. The result is a budget deficit of over $600,000. Dr. Shafer said she is implementing a budget reduction process that includes input from district personnel as well as the community to find ways to reduce spending in a way that has the least impact on services.

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The Liberty Panthers remain undefeated at the top of District 22-3A. Tomorrow the Panthers are in Tarkington to take on the Longhorns. Meanwhile the Dayton Broncos host the Galena Park Yellowjackets at Bronco Stadium. Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. Tune in for All Nine Radio’s Split Channel Sports Broadcast at 7:20. Turn your stereo radio’s balance control to the left for the Liberty game or to the right for the Dayton game. Or listen on line at kshn.com.

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FUNERALS: Albert Roecker, 89, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty. ** John Watson, 76, of Freeport, Services at 5 p.m. today at Lakewood Funeral Home in Freeport. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.41 ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 202, TUESDAY OCT. 21st, 2003-

****************************************************Liberty Police are investigating a homicide that occurred late Sunday night on Kay St.. Police will release the 32-year old victim’s name sometime today when family members in Mexico have been notified.. Police Chief Bill Griffin said the suspect is identified as Martin Rivera 40, the estranged husband of the victim. A witness said Rivera forced his way into the Kay St. rent house about 11 Sunday night. He told the victim’s female roommate, she could hide in a closet or watch but “there was going to be a killing’. The witness said her friend briefly got control of a large knife causing injuries to the suspect. Then she was over powered and suffered what investigators believe was a fatal chest wound. The friend was held captive until the man fell asleep around 8 Monday morning. Martin Rivera –40, is charged with murder. Chief Griffin said he expects bond will be set sometime today. JP Bobby Rader ordered an autopsy.

****************************************************Liberty County is getting a large grant in the amount of $248,055. Liberty Co. Emergency Management Director Leroy Hanel says the Home land Security Grant will be used to buy 4 Fully equipped trailers for handling hazardous materials, and to deal with decontamination problems. The money will also be used to buy communications equipment issued to those who need them when there is a county emergency. The trailers will be computer equipped, and will have generators, wind gauges, satellite tracking capabilities, and supplies for haz-mat handling..

****************************************************Liberty Co. Treasurer Janet Harrelson is slated to be in 253rd district court at 11AM tomorrow. That’s when consideration of her punishment begins. She was found guilty last month on 3 felonies and 1 misdemeanor. Visiting Judge David Walker will hear arguments from both attorneys before imposing sentence. Janet Harrelson could face as little as probation, or as much as 10 years in prison for each felony plus up to $28,000 in fines The hearing will not necessarily conclude on Wednesday.

****************************************************The Liberty Rotary Club honored Louis Satterfield last week, in a special ceremony. It included a proclamation from the City Of Liberty. In recent years Satterfield, was active in his church and Rotary. He was involved in various Rotary causes and helped establish a non-profit Corp. called Liberty Rotary Friends so more Rotary money would go to those it intended to help

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* LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.99 ASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 201, MONDAY OCT. 20th, 2003-

****************************************************The 2003 Miss Rodeo TVE is from Dayton, 14 year old Cheyanne Choate, she is active in FFA,4-H, and is the 2003 Winter Barrel Series Champ, and a strong student as well. 10 young ladies were interviewed, made a 3 minute speech, and performed with their best horsemanship skills. Each of those went together to compile a total score from judges. Other winners announced Saturday. Liberty senior, Jessy Lee won the Kim Green Stephenson Memorial Scholarship. Horsemanship trophy winner was Emily Stanford, of Hardin. Best appearance honors went to Stephanie Frankum, of Hardin. She was also named 1st runner-up. Miss Congeniality-picked by the contestants themselves-went to Liberty Soph. Jessica Nugent.

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The Liberty High Band scored as high as possible with their “One” in UIL marching competition Saturday. So did Dayton, Cleveland,, and Hardin,…a super accomplishment for them all. .

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In spite of a slow start, totals from the 2003 TVE Youth Livestock Auction are up over last year. While the auction price brought by the Grand and Reserve Champion Steers were down significantly from 2002, the total auction generated $160,823. That’s more than $5,000 over last year. Volume buyer was the Louisiana-based Hydro-Air Company who spent some $7,700.

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The October Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber Monthly Luncheon is Wednesday at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. Guest speaker is Jasper County Sheriff Billy Rowles, who investigated the brutal hate-crime murder of James Bird, Jr. Sheriff Rowels and his department were also very active in the search and recovery of the NASA space shuttle Columbia that exploded over east Texas. Tickets are $6 each. Call 936-336-5736 for reservations.

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Liberty Panthers are now 7-0 after defeating the Barbers Hill Eagles Friday night. The final score was 15 to 7.The Panthers are 4-0 in district play, the Eagles 3-1. Dayton beat C. E. King 24 to 7. Hull-Daisetta squeaked past New Waverly in overtime, 14 to 8 and Hardin Hornets lost 46 to 0.

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FUNERAL: Adam “Roy” Thibodeaux,79, of Liberty, Services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Allison funeral Chapel**Albert Roeker – Liberty, 89 pending at Wells Funeral Home;

* LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.11 ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 200, FRIDAY OCT. 17th, 2003-

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In yesterday’s TVE Youth Livestock Judging, the Grand Champion Market Steer was shown by Erika Clements- Hardin FFA, Reserve Champion: Trey Harrison- Cleveland 4-H. Grand Champion Market Goat: Daniel Chesson – Liberty FFA, Reserve Champion: Jason Henderson-Tarkington FFA. Grand Champion Commercial Heifer: Lukas Chachere- Dayton FFA, Reserve Champion: Mark Arnold- Dayton FFA. Grand Champion Market Broilers: Charlsea Sims- Dayton 4-H, Reserve Champion: Kaylan Cooper- Eastgate 4-H.

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Dayton Police report that a lone suspect entered the Treasure Chest Game Room on FM 1960 around 1 p.m. Wednesday and robbed the business at gunpoint. The gunman escaped with an undisclosed amount of money and the business telephone, threatening that those inside the game room would be shot if they stuck their heads out the door, preventing anyone from getting a vehicle description. The suspect is described as a black male, under 30 years of age, more than 6-feet tall with a narrow face and perfect teeth. A man fitting that description used the same method of operation in the robbery of a Huffman game room on Monday. Anyone with information can call 258-7621.

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Daisetta Police Chief Mike Parrish said it was about 3:15 last Saturday afternoon when he and Officer Janie Davis attempted to stop a reportedly stolen semi-tractor truck on FM 770. When the vehicle failed to stop, a short pursuit followed that ended with two men fleeing the truck on foot, until both were apprehended. The driver, Arthur Lloyd Watson, 37, of Liberty is charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Evading Arrest. The passenger, William Ray Fanning, 44, of Devers was arrested on outstanding felony warrants.

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Thirty-six marching bands from schools all over Southeast Texas will be competing this Saturday in the U.I.L. Marching Contest at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, where the event has been held for over 20 years. Of the many local bands performing, the Liberty High School Marching Band takes the field at 2:15 p.m., Hardin at 3:15 and Dayton at 4:45 p.m.

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FUNERAL: Dollie M. Davis, 84, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.24 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 199, THURSDAY OCT. 16th, 2003-

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The winners have been announced in the Grand and Reserve Champion portions of yesterday’s TVE Youth Livestock Show Judging. In the Market Swine Division: Grand Champion- Amanda Alimena, Barbers Hill FFA; Reserve Champion- Ellie Arnold, Dayton 4-H. Grand Champ. Market Rabbit: Blake Richardson- Hull-Daisetta FFA, Reserve Champ. Josh Phillips- Hull-Daisetta FFA; Grand Champ. Market Lamb: Beth Blanscet- Dayton FFA, Reserve Champ. Amy Campbell – Dayton FFA. The TVE Youth Livestock Auction with Auctioneer Ed Phllips begins at 12:30 tomorrow afternoon. KSHN will broadcast the sale of the Grand and Reserve Champions live.

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24-year-old John Waring of Dayton told police he was attacked from behind by two men in his home last Friday. It was Waring’s 2-year-old chocolate lab, “River” that came to his rescue, leaping on one of the men and driving the pair from the house. Minutes later, Dayton Police arrested two men matching the descriptions of the suspects. Both reportedly gave statements to police admitting to the attack. Charged with burglary are William Clarence Cantrell, Jr., 18 and Kearney John Louviere, Jr, 20., JP #1 Bobby Rader set bond for each man at $10,000. John Waring credits his dog “River” with saving his life.

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The Texas Department of Health has issued a statewide health advisory reporting heavier than usual influenza activity this year. While it’s not unusual to find the flu occurring this early in the season, the large number of cases is. Health officials say there is a plentiful supply of the flu vaccine this year and TDH clinics across Texas are offering them for $5 each. The Liberty Clinic at 510 Palmer is open for flu shots on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m.

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The Liberty Panthers host the Barbers Hill Eagles tomorrow night at Memorial Stadium, while the Dayton Broncos travel to Houston for a match up with the C. E. King Panthers. Turn the balance control of your stereo radio all the way to the left for Liberty vs. Barbers Hill or to the right for Dayton vs. C. E. King. Or listen to both games on line at kshn.com.

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FUNERAL: Etha Dell Cowan, 77, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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* LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.40 ASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 198, WEDNESDAY OCT. 15th, 2003-

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The 95th Annual Trinity Valley Exposition opens today at the fairgrounds on FM 563, one mile south of Hwy 90 in Liberty. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of food, carnival rides, live entertainment, a petting zoo and more today through Saturday. Judging in the Livestock Show will continue daily in the TVE Arena, culminating in the Youth Livestock Auction on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Each night, the top-ranked cowboys in the world compete in PRCA Rodeo events at 8 p.m., followed by a free dance in the covered pavilion. For information, call 336-7455.

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School Superintendent Nancy Fuller has informed the Dayton School Board that if all goes as planned, she will be leaving the district to take over the reins of the 12,000 student Comal School District in North San Antonio. The 53-year-old educator said it is expected she will be confirmed for the job on October 30th with a start date early next year.

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A closer look at the new congressional redistricting map that Texas lawmakers approved over this past weekend shows the neighboring Liberty County cities of Liberty and Hardin now in two different districts. In fact, the new map actually puts a small northeastern portion of Liberty into a separate congressional district than the rest of the city. Democratic State Representative Dan Ellis said the map may be good for the Republican Party but it is bad for Texas. Democratic legislators have already filed the first of what could be numerous court challenges to the plan.

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According to Dr. Luke Chachere, an investigation is underway to determine if the death of a Kenefick area horse was due to West Nile Virus. If so, this will mark the first such fatality in Liberty County. Texas Department of Health reports say statewide 282 people and 297 horses have been found to have the mosquito-borne virus since the first of the year. The disease has been fatal in less that 1% of infected humans, but has resulted in death in more than 40% of infected horses.

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FUNERALS: Elizabeth Bajger, 11, of Houston, Services held yesterday. ** W. H. Debruhl, 79, of Dayton, Graveside services at 10 a.m. today at Linney Cemetery in Dayton. ** William F. Van Dorn, 96, of Hardin, Services at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hardin Chapel Cemetery. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.43 ASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 196, MONDAY OCT. 13th, 2003-

****************************************************State Rep. Dan Ellis said the latest congressional redistricting map, approved by the house last Friday, is as damaging to rural Texas communities as he feared it would be. Under this new map, Liberty County’s longtime Democratic Congressman Jim Turner is lost and with it our longtime rural representation.. This county would be split into two districts both dominated by big city issues. The northeastern portion of Liberty County goes in a district dominated by heavily populated portions of Montgomery Co. with the southwestern portion in a new Harris Co. dominated congressional district. The new map was approved by the State Senate late last night. Gov. Perry is expected to sign. ****************************************************Each year before U.I.L. marching band competition, Cleveland High School host’s an invitational marching band competition of it’s own. That gives schools invited, a chance to be critiqued on strengths and weaknesses to prepare for the big contest. Liberty Band Director Charles Horton said his band got a big trophy and high marks for their outstanding performance in Cleveland. Next Saturday Liberty’s band performs at around 2 p.m. at LCM in the Region 10 U.I.L. marching competition.

****************************************************The TVE’s annual Stick Horse contest is Wednesday night with sign up between 6 and 7 p.m. at the Fairground animal barn. Children age 2 thru the 1st grade can bring their own decorated stick horses or pick one up free at Baskins Dept. Store, or Baker and Zbranek Law Office in Liberty. Awards will be given for Most Unique as well as Best Cowboy and Cowgirl.

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The Liberty Panthers took win #6 at Coldspring Friday night, 27 to 0. Dayton Broncos bucked off Forest Brook Saturday, 18 to 6 Hardin shut out Kountze 12 to 0, Hull-Daisetta held off Warren 6 to 0 and it was Cleveland over Tarkington, 35 to 0. Barbers Hill won, Anahuac lost, both are now 5-1 overall. .

**************************************************** The 95th annual TVE is this week, with livestock judging, PRCA & Ranch Rodeo , Home Ec entries, Carnival, and more with vendors galore. There’s time to enter the TVE Opening day parade Wednesday at 10 in downtown Liberty. Call 536-6202. ****************************************************

FUNERAL: Lillis Edna Swofford, 95, of Hull, Services were held Sunday. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.87 ASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 195, FRIDAY OCT. 10TH, 2003-

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DPS Sgt. James Reyer of Anahuac witnessed a small tornado touch down briefly at Hwy 90 and FM 770 in Raywood yesterday. The twister tore the roof off the unoccupied “Stop and Get” convenience store, broke several power poles and caused roof damage to the big Southeast Farm and Ranch Supply building. Downed power lines left some 480 Entergy customers without electricity for several hours and the danger to motorists prompted officials to close Hwy 90 at the scene until power lines could be repaired and the debris cleared from the roadway.

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Liberty Elementary School officials are unhappy about the decision by the Abitibi Consolidated Recycling Company of Houston to remove the newspaper recycling bin from LES. Principal Mary Weaver said she was told the amount of material being recycled there was not enough to make the bin cost effective. LISD reportedly received around $1,000 a year from the program, as well as the ecological benefits of recycling.

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The La Bahia Market on the Courthouse Square in downtown Liberty becomes a weekly event beginning this Saturday and continuing through the Christmas holidays. La Bahia will be offering a variety of homemade, handcrafted items as well as some antiques each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge to visit the popular market and cost to become a vendor is only $5. For more information, call the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce at 936-336-5736.

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The Dayton Broncos Saturday night game against Forest Brook kicks off at an unusual time, 7 p.m. All Nine Sports’ live broadcast starts at 6:50 tomorrow night. The Bronco game means our regular Saturday night programming moves to Sunday again this week. Tune in after the Houston Texans Football game around 4:30 Sunday for Roy Bennett’s “Country Classics” and “Liberty Bluegrass”. Our Saturday night Liberty Opry broadcast will be taped and aired on Sunday night at 9 p.m. immediately following Andy Waldrop’s “Solid Gold Sunday”

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FUNERALS: Elizabeth Gail Smith, 90, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Robert Louis Jenkins, 56, of Houston, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.42 R- ASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 194, THURSDAY OCT. 9TH, 2003-

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The Annual TVE Country Weekend starts tomorrow with check-in for the BBQ Cook Off and the 42 Tournament at 7 p.m. at the TVE Fairgrounds on FM 563 in Liberty. Saturday at 10 a.m. the TVE Baby Parade heads down Main St. in Liberty followed by a full day of contests and activities at the fairgrounds that culminates in the TVE Concert Dance at 8 p.m. with “Kenefick” opening for “Asleep at the Wheel”. For more information on any of the Country Weekend events call, 936-336-7455.

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Liberty Police Chief Bill Griffin said his department has begun a new program to loan electric engravers as well as provide free home inventory pamphlets to residents so they can mark their personal property in case of theft. Chief Griffin said keeping a marked inventory of belongings increases the chances of having it returned if stolen. For information on reserving the engravers, call Liberty Police at 336-5666.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is on Wednesday October 22nd at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. This month’s speaker is Jasper County Sheriff Billy Rowles, who became internationally famous when he investigated the brutal hate crime murder of James Bird, Jr. Lunch is $6 a plate. For reservations call 936-336-5736.

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The Liberty Panthers are in Coldspring tomorrow night looking for a sixth consecutive season win against the Trojans. Since the

Dayton Broncos open district play at Forest Brook Saturday, the Hull-Daisetta Bobcats Homecoming game against Warren will be on the right side of our Split Channel Sports tomorrow. Turn your stereo radio balance control to the left for Liberty vs. Coldspring or to the right for Hull-Daisetta vs. Warren. Then on Saturday, we’ll broadcast the Dayton game in full stereo. Kick off for all games is 7:30 p.m. The pre-game starts at 7:20. You can also hear all three games on line at kshn.com.

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FUNERALS: F. M. “Blackie” Graves, 84, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at 1st Baptist Church in Dayton. ** Emma Katherine LaChapelle, 82, of Illinois, Services at 8 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood. ** Chester A. Beaudion, Jr., 63, of Raywood, Services at noon Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.87 F- ASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 193 WEDNESDAY OCT. 8TH, 2003-

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Now that Liberty County Treasuer Janet Harrelson was found guilty on numerous criminal charges, it is expected she will be removed from office after sentencing set for Oct. 22nd. County Commissioners agree temporary appointee Linda Leonard has done a good job in the interim, and is the likely choice to continue in that office. Once Ms. Harrelson is removed, Commissioners would appoint someone to act as treasurer until a Special Election to determine who will serve the rest of her term.

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Liberty Police Officer Matt Custer said 40-year-old Guy Wendell Frizzell was southbound on Hwy 146 in Liberty around 12:45 yesterday afternoon, when Raquel Parga, 20, of Liberty turned head-on into his vehicle. The Moss Hill man was taken by helicopter to Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital said to be in guarded condition. His wife, Mary Nell, age 41, a passenger in the vehicle was taken along with the other driver to Liberty Dayton Community Hospital, both in stable condition.

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Liberty Police report the reason why Macrino Ruiz did not hear the train that killed him approaching could have been the result of a telephone conversation he had just prior to the accident. The 48-year-old Liberty man was struck and killed as he walked on the railroad tracks west of Bowie Street on Monday Sept. 29th. Family members confirm that Ruiz had talked with his wife in Mexico on a pay phone at Lewie’s that morning and received some very personal, distressing news. Whether or not the man walked in front of the train intentionally or was so distracted by what he had just heard that he wasn’t paying attention is unknown. The case remains under investigation.

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The Dayton Chamber of Commerce and Legend Bank in Dayton will co-sponsor their 2nd Annual Sporting Clay Shoot on Saturday at the Pecan Meadows Sporting Center on FM 834 in Hardin. Cost to enter is $70 per person or $280 for a 4-person team and lunch is included. To pre-register, call 936-257-2393.

All proceeds benefit the Dayton Chamber.

**************************************************** FUNERALS: Lilly Louise Adams Neuman, 86, of Lufkin, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Colonial North Chapel Funeral Home in Victoria, TX.

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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.90 F- ASL*

 

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 192 TUESDAY OCT. 7TH, 2003-

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With time running out for the 3rd Special Legislative Session on congressional redistricting, the process is now stalled because Republican leaders in the Texas House and Senate cannot agree on a map. District #18 Representative Dan Ellis it is now likely that legislation will be passed to move the March Primary Elections to a later date to accommodate a redistricting map, assuming an agreement on one is reached soon. Representative Ellis said it is impossible to guess if Governor Rick Perry will call a fourth special session to approve a redistricting map. Governor Perry said last week that he would not.

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Liberty City Manager Allen Barnes said the addition of a late charge to city electric bills as an incentive is still in the discussion stage. At this point, Barnes said the number of city residents who pay late has risen to roughly three times what it should be. One thing council has approved is returning utility deposits to residents who consistently pay on time. Starting at the end of this month, those customers who have paid on time for 12 months will have their deposits returned.

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The Annual TVE Country Weekend is this Friday and Saturday with a domino tournament, the Home Economics Show and the deadline to enter the BBQ Cook off on Friday. Saturday starts with the Baby Parade in downtown Liberty and ends with the Concert Dance out at the fairgrounds with “Asleep at the Wheel” For more information call 936-298-2358 or 936-336-9890.

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One of Liberty County’s oldest churches, 1st Baptist Church in Dayton will celebrate their 125th Anniversary this Sunday. Started in 1878 in a one-room schoolhouse with 10 members, the congregation is grown to its current 1,302. Former pastors and staff members will take part in a “Heritage Celebration” at 9 a.m. followed by morning worship services and a luncheon at noon. The current church complex is located on the corner of S. Church and E. Houston in Dayton.

**************************************************** FUNERALS: Danny Frye, 61, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Liberty Church of Christ. ** Johnny Alexander, 45, of Liberty, Services pending at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. ** Lessley Ray Warren, 34, of Liberty, Services changed to 11 a.m. tomorrow at Wells Mortuary. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.91 F- ASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 190 FRIDAY OCT. 3RD, 2003-

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According to information from the Chambers County DA’s Office, 41-year-old Molly Lee pled guilty Monday to stealing more than $17,000 in county funds while she worked as a secretary in the office of Chambers County Commissioner Mark Huddleston. The mother of four, who has worked for Chambers County for 17 years, pled guilty to Felony Theft and presented the District Attorney’s Office with a check for the full amount as restitution. Sentencing is set for early December.

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The criminal trials of two former Chambers County Deputies are expected to be early next year. Assistant DA Dan Bradley who is prosecuting Dearl Hardy and Crystal Schoppe, said the two will appear in court again on December 3rd and at that time it is likely that trial dates will be set. Hardy is charged with ordering two other former deputies to falsify drunken driving charges against Vernon Coates of Anahuac and lying to a grand jury. Schoppe is alleged to have had sex with a Chambers County Jail inmate.

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According to Coach Arlene Stroud, despite illness and injury, the Liberty Lady Panthers Volleyball Team is 5-1 this season with a firm hold on 2nd Place in District 22-3A. Barbers Hill, the only team to defeat the Liberty girls has a better record at 6 – 0. The Lady Panthers finished last season in a tie for First Place with Tarkington. The 1st Round of District Play ends tonight as Liberty faces the Shepherd Lady Pirates on the road.

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Advance tickets are available for the TVE Concert Dance on Saturday October 11th at the Trinity Valley Exposition Fairgrounds in Liberty. Local favorites “Kenefick” will open the show for nationally known recording artists “Asleep at the Wheel”. Tickets are $12 in advance at Sterling Realty and Baskins in Liberty, as well as Brick’s Cleaners in Liberty, Dayton and Anahuac, the Fairgrounds Office or on line at trinityvalleyexpostion.com. Tickets at the gate are $15 each.

**************************************************** FUNERALS: Robert Douglas Alford, 56, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Eileen Harrington Carey, 87, of Daisetta, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Central Baptist Church in Daisetta. ** Evelyn C. Boothe, 85, of Baytown, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 18 NO. 188 WEDNESDAY OCT. 1ST, 2003-

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A jury in the 253rd District Court has found Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson guilty on all counts. The guilty verdict was rendered around 9:30 yesterday morning. In all, jurors deliberated only about 3 hours before finding that Ms. Harrelson committed forgery, tampered with governmental records and abused her official capacity in getting her son, Jeffery Paul Hale transferred from the TDCJ to the Liberty County Jail. Hale is serving a 40-year-sentence for sexually abusing a child. Sentencing is set for October 22nd Ms. Harrelson remains free on bond in the meantime. Additional criminal charges of perjury are still pending against Liberty County’s elected treasurer.

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said it was around 2 p.m. yesterday when 32-year-old Paul Destin of Crosby fled from Sgt. Richard McCown who attempted to stop him for not wearing a safety belt. Lawmen chased the vehicle, which turned out to have been reported stolen, from Hwy 90 in Liberty all the way to Harris County where Destin attempted to abandon the vehicle and was captured on foot. Paul Destin was arrested and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Evading Arrest. Three passengers in the car were not charged.

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33-year-old James Willie Edwards of Cleveland pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges on Monday before U.S. District Judge Howell Cobb. Court documents indicate Cleveland Police while executing a search warrant had found roughly 15 grams of crack cocaine in Edwards’ home. The Cleveland man now faces from 5 to 40 years in prison and fines up to $2 million. Sentencing has been set for early in January.

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The 34th Annual Texas Rice Festival in Winnie begins today and continues through Sunday with a carnival, arts and crafts, food, street dances and a multi-million dollar farm equipment display. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 18 years old and children under 6 and seniors get in free. For more information, call 409-296-4404 or log on to texasricefestival.org.

**************************************************** FUNERALS: Allie Mae Standley, 81, of Anahuac, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Oak Island Baptist Church. ** Macrino Martinez Ruiz, 48, of Liberty, Visitation from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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