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November 2003

-VOLUME 18 NO. 229, MONDAY DEC. 1ST, 2003-
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Details of what caused a water main break in the 800 block of MLK Blvd. Late Saturday Night is not immediately available. The water supply to that portion of Liberty was shut down while city water crews fixed the ruptured line. Most of the 5 to 6 hours down time was during the late night hours. All service had been restored by early Sunday morning..
****************************************************Liberty Co. Sheriff's Deputy Chris Dryer said about 9:30 Saturday night he tried to stop a vehicle for a defective light. The driver, later identified as Kenneth Jackson, fled south on FM 563, at speeds reaching 90 to 95 MPH. Jackson abandoned his pickup truck in Chambers Co. and fled on foot into the nearby woods. Jackson's brother, a passenger, Curtis, was arrested for public intoxication. Deputies learned the driver had outstanding warrants in Polk Co.for probation violation. . ****************************************************
Dental records confirm that the body discovered in the Sam Houston National Forest is that of 27-year-old Renee Bell of Cleveland. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said autopsy results indicate the missing mother of three was beaten to death, then her body was burned. 34-year-old Michael Lee Brantley, also of Cleveland, is suspected of murder in the woman's death. He remains jailed, without bond, for alleged parole violations. Sheriff Arthur said the case may go to a grand jury this week.
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Liberty Police report Juan Jose Anaya of Liberty made a wrong turn on Carter Street around 1:15 a.m. Thursday. His vehicle became lodged on the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks. Anaya and a passenger escaped the vehicle before an oncoming train slammed into it, knocking it off the tracks. . ****************************************************
Country Christmas in Liberty is tomorrow night, starting with the lighted parade at 6. The annual holiday celebration is sponsored by the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and includes live entertainment, wagon rides, refreshments, pictures taken with Santa Claus and more. Everything is free. Country Christmas in Dayton is Thursday night, also at 6 p.m. this year around the schools on So. Cleveland St.
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* LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.05 ASL*


-VOLUME 18 NO. 228, FRIDAY NOV. 28th, 2003-
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Liberty County Sheriff's Investigator Chip Fairchild said he would seek the democratic nomination for Precinct #3 Constable. Incumbent Leon Randolph has indicated he will not be running for a second term. Chip Fairchild has lived in Liberty County most of his life and worked in law enforcement for 16 years. Fairchild said if elected, he plans to keep a close working relationship with the Sheriff's Dept. as well as other constables, state agencies and county commissioners.
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Now 3 and 0 in non-district play, the Dayton Boys Basketball Team is at Barbers Hill this coming Tuesday with a 7:30 tip off. Head Coach Geoff McCracken said the injuries that plagued his team last year meant bringing some younger players up from Junior Varsity. Now those players return with varsity experience that should make for an exciting season.
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Sheriff's Investigator Chip Fairchild was at the Liberty Wal-mart store as a shopper on Tuesday, but the sight of the plain clothed deputy so rattled a confessed shoplifter that she apparently sped across the parking lot at high speeds, nearly causing several wrecks. The woman, whose name was not available, attracted enough police attention to ensure she was apprehended a short time later. No evidence of the shoplifting was available, but the woman was charged with evading arrest and criminal trespass.
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Liberty County Commissioners voted Tuesday to prohibit smoking in all county-owned buildings. Smokers will now have to light up in designated areas outside county buildings.
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The La Bahia Market continues each Saturday through December 20th on the Courthouse Square in downtown Liberty from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m for holiday gift and decoration shopping. The popular old-style country market features arts and crafts, collectibles, antiques, homemade food items and more. Admission is free. The cost to be a vendor is just $5. For more information, call the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 936-336-5736.
****************************************************FUNERAL: Gonnie Elizabeth Allen, 65, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **
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* LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.05 ASL*


-VOLUME 18 NO. 227, WEDNESDAY NOV. 26th, 2003-

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In workshop session Tuesday, Liberty County Commissioners agreed to take steps toward using leftover insurance settlement funds to buy the Fair Store Building at 418 Main St in Liberty. The two-story building has been used as temporary quarters for several county officials during the mold removal and renovation project at the courthouse. Owner Jill Kirkonis has offered to sell the county the building with the estimated $40,000 in rent paid so far, deducted from the total $195,000 price tag. If the purchase goes through, commissioners plan to relocate the Adult Probation Offices there, saving about $38,000 annually in rent.

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DPS Sgt. Ryan Arthur reminds motorists that with increased holiday traffic, extra law enforcement officers will be on duty again this year, on the lookout for speeders, those who aren’t wearing their seat belts and especially those who drink and drive. DPS Troopers, Sheriff’s Deputies and police officers will be even more vigilant and even less tolerant of traffic offenses.

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Entries are still being taken for the Country Christmas Parades in Liberty on Tuesday Dec. 2nd and in Dayton on Thursday Dec. 4th. Each parade gets rolling at 6 p.m. and kicks off the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Country Christmas activities including live entertainment, refreshments, wagon rides, pictures with Santa and more, all free to the public. For parade entry information, call the Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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The 3rd Annual Community Wide Thanksgiving Feast is tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 3408 West Clayton in Dayton. Holiday dinner is free and everyone is welcome to either dine in or take out. For more information, or to place an order, call 936-258-2441.

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All District selections for 22-3A Volleyball have been made andLiberty’s Catherine Welps was named District Offensive MVP with fellow Lady Panther Jackie Butler as Defensive MVP. Both were unanimous picks. Liberty finished their season 13 and 1 as District Co-Champions with Barbers Hill.

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The Texas Longhorns are at College Station Friday for their annual clash with Texas A&M. The pre-game starts at 1:30 p.m. here on All Nine Radio. Kick off is at 2:30 Friday afternoon.

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* LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.05 ASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 226, TUESDAY NOV. 25th, 2003-
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In motions filed last week by attorneys appealing the conviction of former Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson on charges relating to abuse of her elected office, some 109 errors are alleged during the Dayton woman's trial. Dr. Joseph Willie and James Evans III are claiming numerous errors by presiding Judge David Walker as well alleging that Mrs. Harrelson would not have been convicted if her trial attorney Michael Turner had been effective counsel. The request for a new trial also alleges misconduct and vindictiveness by DA Mike Little while prosecuting Janet Harrelson. If Judge Walker does not call a hearing or order a new trial, Dr. Willie said the matter moves on to the Beaumont District Court of Appeals. Janet Harrelson remains free on bond during the appeal.
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The most prestigious honors available in All-District selection went to the 22-3A Champion Liberty Panthers this year. Coach Jeff Stewart was named Coach of the Year. The unanimous pick for All District Team Defensive MVP is Steven Havard. The All-District Offensive MVP went to powerful Liberty running back Jeremy Swift. Most Valuable Player Overall went to Brandon Clawson. Brian Beene, Kavan "E.J." Edwards and Quarterback Shane Smart are also part of the 1st Team on Offense. On Defense, 1st Team honors also go to Josh Garrett, Andrew Moss and Gary Trahan.
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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said Deputy William Tullos was on his way to call on CR# 2850 Saturday night when 50-year-old Thomas Noles reportedly crossed the center of the roadway in a pick up truck and sideswiped the deputy's vehicle. Deputy Tullos suffered minor injuries to his left arm in the wreck. Thomas Noles was arrested for DWI, as well charged with having no driver's license and no proof of insurance.
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The Liberty County Courthouse will close at noon tomorrow and remain closed until Monday December 1st in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. City offices in both Liberty and Dayton will be closed both Thursday and Friday. Garbage service will not run on Thursday in either city, but will run as scheduled on Friday. All banks and post offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but will re-open for regular hours on Friday. The Brazos Transit System will also be closed Thursday and Friday.
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* LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.05 ASL*


-VOLUME 18 NO. 225, MONDAY NOV. 24th, 2003-
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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said the burned body of a woman, found last week in the Sam Houston National Forest, has been tentatively identified as 27-year-old Renee Bell of Cleveland by the Jefferson Co. Morgue. The cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head The mother of 3 was missing since Oct. 10th. with a tip she had met with foul play. The same tip led investigators to 34-year-old ex-con Michael Brantley, also of Cleveland. He was arrested on parole violations and Sheriff Arthur said he is a suspect in what may be a murder case.
****************************************************A Liberty Co. Jury ruled in favor of Catherine Kegg and 6 of her 7 children will be returned to her when she is released from custody for parole violations. The case gained national attention in May when visiting Judge David Dunn gave her kids back when she was released from prison after 8 mons. Of a 2 year sentence for child abuse to the 7th child.. It took the jury of 8 men and 4 women just 2 hours to reach a verdict. ***************************************************
Liberty City Councilman Mike McCarty will challenge incumbent Todd Fontenot for Precinct #1 Liberty County Commissioner next year. Nancy Archer of Liberty says she hopes to unseat Dan Ellis as District #18 member to the Texas House. Earlier John Otto of Dayton announced he will also run in the race for the District #18 House Seat as a Republican.
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Dayton City Mgr Robert Ewart said TxDot confirmed a schedule for installing 3 new traffic signals in that city.A signal at FM 1960 and Waco St. should be up sometime next month. Another at Hwy 90 and 146 is due in April. Expect third one on Hwy 321 at Linney St. should be ready by Fall of 2004, all are in Dayton.
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FUNERALS: Herman Washington Bostick, 75, of Cleveland, Services Saturday**Edwin Wiley Tyler,76,-Liberty, Services Saturday. ** George S. Curci, 59, of Anahuac, Serv. at 2 p.m. today at 1st Baptist Church of Anahuac. ** Opal Faircloth, 81, of Tarkington Prairie, Services 2 p.m. today at Pace,-Stancil in Dayton.**John Atlee Grantham,80,Dayton, Services Tues. at 11 am at Pace Stancil in Dayton**
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* LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.47 ASL*


-VOLUME 18 NO. 224, FRIDAY NOV. 21ST, 2003-

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Liberty Police Chief Bill Griffin said a Liberty County Grand Jury as indicted 40-year-old Martin Rivera for Capitol Murder in the October 19th stabbing death of his estranged wife. Rivera is alleged to have broken into the Kay Street residence of 32-year-old Maria Hernandez and attacked her with a knife. The woman was found dead of multiple stab wounds the next day and Rivera was jailed on a $1 million bond. Chief Griffin said grand jurors found evidence of a high degree of planning in the murder that elevated it above what is commonly known as a “crime of passion”. The decision on whether or not to seek the death penalty lies with District Attorney Mike Little.

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Catherine Renee Kegg is back in court seeking to have custody of six of her seven children returned. As reported, Mrs. Kegg was jailed for physically abusing a 7th child and the case was given national attention when a visiting judge initially ruled to return the children to her. Kegg was arrested again for a parole violation, but has since been released. This time a jury will decide if Mrs. Kegg’s children will be returned to her care.

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The Dayton Chamber of Commerce Annual “Hometown Holidays” is set for Tuesday December 9th starting at 5:30 p.m.

Events will be on Bryan Street between Main St. and Hwy 321 and includes free refreshments, carolers, the lighting of the Christmas Tree, Santa and his reindeer and more. For more information, call the Dayton Chamber at 936-257-2393.

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Liberty County Tax Assessor Collector Mark McClelland said residents should be receiving their property tax statements in the mail soon, and those who don’t get them before Thanksgiving should call his office at 936-336-8683. . The last day to pay property taxes without penalty is January 31st, 2004.

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FUNERALS: William Bradley Beasley, 84, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Jimmy Doyle Alsobrooks, 48, Services today at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Cleveland. ** Joe Lee Rodriquez, 64, of Dayton Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Georgia Ann Warren, 83, of Ames, services tomorrow at noon at the Godfrey Chapel Church of God in Christ in Liberty. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.47 ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 222, WEDNESDAY NOV. 19TH, 2003-
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According to Liberty County Clerk Delia Sellars, county officials across the state are being instructed to make ready for the March Primary Elections as if the new U.S. Congressional Redistricting Map were already legally in force. The Republican backed plan still faces a court challenge from State Democrats opposed to redrawing the district lines to favor Republican candidates. Mrs. Sellers said the Office of Attorney General Greg Abbot has informed her that in addition to the regular filing period for candidates, Dec. 3rd through Jan. 2nd, there will also be a supplemental filing period for U.S. Congressional candidates from Jan. 11th to Jan. 16th. That is, unless federal judges rule against the new redistricting map before Jan. 10th.
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Monday night the Dayton City Council reviewed bids for the New City Hall project. The low bid was $474,000 from "J-H Premiere". The original budget for the project was $350,000. Council tabled the matter until Mayor Larry Harris and representatives of the PDG Architectural Firm meet with the construction company to negotiate changes that might reduce the final price tag on remodeling the old Masonic Lodge building..
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Most of Monday night's five-hour long Dayton School Board meeting was taken up with discussion of the district's annual performance report. Prepared by district staff and presented to trustees by Curriculum Director Jessica Johnson, the state-mandated report shows Dayton ISD to be in line with state academic averages on most subjects covered by the Texas Assessment of Skills or TAKS Test. Interim School Superintendent Greg Hayman said he was pleased with the report, but there is still room for improvement. Copies of the performance report are available at each DISD campus, the Administration Building on Hwy 90 and on file at the Jones Public Library for citizens who would like to see it.
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The Annual Fall Festival at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. The public is invited to come enjoy a variety of foods, arts and crafts vendors, as well as two silent auctions, live entertainment, children's games and more. The church is located on Main at Cos Street in Liberty. For more information, call the 1ST United Methodist Church in Liberty at 936-336-6401.
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* LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.74 ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 221, TUESDAY NOV. 18TH, 2003-
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As the nearly $2 million project to renovate and remodel the Liberty County Courthouse nears completion, some county offices have already moved back in from their temporary quarters. County Judge Lloyd Kirkham and County Court-At-Law Judge Don Taylor and their staffs are back in the courthouse, while the office of the Liberty County Treasurer is scheduled to move back tomorrow. Still in temporary space across the street from the courthouse are DA Mike Little, County Attorney Jack Hartel and their staffs. It is expected the entire project will be finished before the end of the year.
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Liberty County Sheriff's Deputy Reuben Arellano said it was around 3:30 Saturday afternoon when a motorist on Hwy 90 saw a man lying in roadside ditch just east of FM 2830. Details were sketchy, but Deputy Arellano said the man, 21-year-old Thomas Jeremy "T. J." Walker of Raywood had apparently hitched a ride on a passing Union Pacific train. Investigators believe the man fell or jumped from the moving train and its wheels ran over his foot. Surgeons at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where Walker was airlifted were forced to amputate the injured man's leg just below the knee. "T. J. " Walker is now reported in stable condition at the Houston hospital.
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The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is tomorrow at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. This month's luncheon features a panel of local law enforcement officials to discuss new laws and changes in old laws that took effect on September 1st. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur, Assistant County Attorneys Michael Pichinson and Mark Beausoleil, Dayton Police Chief Pete Douzat and Liberty Police Chief Bill Griffin are all scheduled to speak and answer questions. Lunch is chicken and dressing for $6 a plate. For reservations call the Chamber Office at 936-336-5736.
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The Dayton Noon Lions Club Annual Radio Auctions are Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon here on All Nine Radio. Listeners can call in their bids on a wide variety of merchandise and gift certificates donated by local businesses and all proceeds go to support the Noon Lions Club's many community service programs. Items will be sold to the highest bidder in each case.
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* LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.49 ASL*

 

VOLUME 18 NO. 220, MONDAY NOV. 17TH, 2003-
Police say Sunday a vehicle driven by Douglas Noble, of Liberty crossed into the path of 49 year old Cindy Campbell of Highlands on No. Main in Liberty.. The collision caused a fire quickly tapped out by the Liberty Fire Department. Ms. Campbell and passenger Kathy Velerio of Baytown were taken to Liberty-Dayton Comm.Hosp.Most seriously hurt was Cindy Campbell with a possible foot fracture. Both drivers got citations **************************************************
After a 45 to 6 win over Waltrip Friday, the Dayton Broncos advance to the next round of football playoffs versus Bay City Saturday night at 7 at Spring Branch's Tulley Stadium. Barbers Hill goes into the area round of post-season play against Manor Friday night in Bryan Viking Stadium. Both games will be aired on KSHN. The Liberty Panthers bowed out of the playoffs with a 21 to 41 loss to Orangefield. Hull-Daisetta ended their season also Friday night, losing to Timpson 26 to 12.
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The Liberty City Council will face tough decision tomorrow on the future of the city swimming pool. Public Works Director Harvey Joiner said repairs to the 25 year old pool are needed that could exceed $100,000 in unbudgeted expense or consider closure next summer while alternatives are considered. City Manager told council in a memo that pools never make money and require a lot of maintenance. The city manager said the city swimming pool is a quality of life issue.
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The Liberty County YMCA After School Child Care Program still has openings for kids,5 & up. The program is at South Side Elem. in Cleveland, Stephen F. Austin Elem.in Dayton and Liberty Elementary. "Y" officials say there is a one-time registration fee of $20 for 1 child and $25 for two or more. Weekly cost is $35 for one, $65 for two.$90 for three. Call the YMCA office at 936-257-2888 in Liberty or Dayton and 832-432-9993 in the Cleveland area.
A Raywood brother and sister suffered injuries, not thought to be critical, when an apparent LPG gas explosion ripped through their home on 770 South Saturday night. David Cormier was not hospitalized, His sister Lilly Justice was transferred to UTMB in Galveston with 2nd and 3rd degree burns to 40% of her body. .
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FUNERAL: Shirley M. Pasley Colston, 68, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.
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* LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.82 ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 219, FRIDAY NOV. 14TH, 2003-

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DPS reports indicate 20-year-old Amy Leigh Britt of Crosby was approaching the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on CR #603 at about 10:30 Wednesday night and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The vehicle hit a roadside ditch and rolled over several times. A quick-thinking Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy reportedly managed to stop a train approaching the accident by pulling up along side it and activating his patrol car’s emergency lights. Amy Britt and a passenger, Sean Jameson, 22, were airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Jameson is now listed in fair condition. Britt was treated and released.

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First-term Liberty County Commissioner for Precinct #1 Todd Fontenot announced yesterday he will seek re-election in the March Democratic Primary Election. Fontenot said he would continue to lead the effort to rethink how the county invests its resources and increases revenues. The 49-year-old Liberty County Native is a Navy veteran who continues to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve and has been called to active duty seven times as part of U.S. Homeland Defense.

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said 28-year-old Preston Walker of Liberty was pulled over for a routine traffic stop in front of his residence on Martin Luther King Dr. Wednesday night. Deputy Sgt. Craig McCown said he smelled what he believed to be marijuana in the vehicle. A subsequent search of Walker’s residence allegedly turned up 32 bottles of liquid codeine, 20 rocks of crack cocaine, three assault rifles and a bulletproof vest. Preston Walker was jailed on drug possession charges with weapons charges under consideration.

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Entries are being accepted for the County Christmas Parades in Liberty on Tuesday December 2nd and on Thursday December 4th in Dayton. The only requirement for entering either parade is that all the entries must be lighted. Country Christmas is sponsored each year by the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and features in addition to the parades, live music, refreshments, wagons rides and pictures with Santa, all free to the public. For information, call 936-336-5736.

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FUNERAL: Delores Bird, 82, of Dayton, Services at noon on Monday at the National Cemetery Chapel in Houston. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.82 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 218, THURSDAY NOV. 13TH, 2003-

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William Holcomb, 47, said it was around 3:30 p.m. yesterday when a trash fire he was tending got out of control and began to threaten his home on CR #4022 in the Woodcreek Subdivision. Attempts to fight the flames with a rake and water hose resulted in Holcomb being overcome by heat exhaustion and smoke, but he and his neighbors got the fire under control before Dayton and Barbers Hill volunteer firefighters arrived. The manufactured home suffered only minimal damage.

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Three-term Chair for the Liberty County Republican Party Richard Pegues has announced he will not seek re-election to that position. Pegues applauded the man he hopes will succeed him as Republican Party Chair, Lester Ray Wisegerber. A long-time community servant, Wisegerber is also the full-time President of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. Richard Pegues will continue as GOP County Chair until the March Primary Election when his successor is chosen by GOP Primary voters.

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David Adams of Liberty is currently gathering letters, cards, photographs, etc to be sent to U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Briscoe who suffered serious injuries in combat in Iraq. Adams and the Ames man were track teammates when they attended Liberty High School in the mid-1980’s. Sgt. Briscoe lost his right arm and his left arm was damaged in a rocket grenade attack near Baghdad. He is currently recovering at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D. C. If you would like to send a message to Sgt. Briscoe, call 936-336-2810.

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The Liberty Panthers and the Dayton Broncos enter post-season play tomorrow night. Dayton has an earlier than usual start time. Kick off against Houston Waltrip is at 7 p.m. at Bronco Stadium. Liberty is at Orangefield to face the Bobcats tomorrow night. That game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Listen to both games here on All Nine Split Channel Sports. Liberty vs. Orangefield is on our left channel, Dayton vs. Waltrip is on our right channel. You can also listen on line at kshn.com.

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FUNERALS: George Lee Kellog, Jr., 62, of La Porte, Services at 3 p.m. today at McCabe Funeral Home in Victoria, TX. ** Marguerite M. Potetz Stansbury, 82, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Liberty. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.82 ASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 217, WEDNESDAY NOV. 12TH, 2003-

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Assistant Cleveland Police Chief Henry Paterson has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for Liberty County Sheriff in the March Primary Election. A lifelong Cleveland resident, the 53-year-old has been with the police department there since 1975. This will be Henry Paterson’s first time in the political arena. Incumbent Sheriff Greg Arthur has indicated he plans to seek a second term in office and he too is subject to the Democratic Primary Election in March.

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Chris Berwick, 33, of Houston, who served here several years ago as a local District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America died suddenly on Sunday when he experienced a blood clot during minor surgery at Houston Community Hospital. A Beaumont native, Chris Berwick was with the Three Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts for several years and was a Customer Service Representative for Drake Container.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is one week from today on Wednesday November 19th at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. This month, a panel of local law enforcement experts will speak at the luncheon. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur, Assistant County Attorneys Michael Pichinson and Mark Beausoleil, Liberty Police Chief Bill Griffin and Dayton Police Chief Pete Douzat will cover topics ranging from traffic laws to serious felonies. Lunch is chicken and dressing from the Country Emporium for $6 a plate. Call the Chamber Office for reservations at 936-336-5736.

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The Annual Great Gobbler Giveaway begins tomorrow on All Nine Radio. Between then and Thanksgiving, Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton will be giving away 100 ten-to-twelve pound frozen turkeys at the rate of 10 per day, Monday through Friday. There is no obligation or sales pitch involved and the only rule is a limit of one turkey per household. Listen to Shine All Nine for your chance to call in and win a “great gobbler” from Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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FUNERALS: Chris Berwick, 33, of Houston, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Broussard’s Mortuary in Beaumont. ** Henry Daniel Jones, 76, of Atascocita, Services at noon tomorrow at Atascocita United Methodist Church in Humble. **

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

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 215, FRIDAY NOV. 7TH, 2003-

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According to Dayton City Manager Robert Ewart, the city would probably be able to finalize some planned annexations by the end of the year. The exception will most likely also be the most controversial of those proposals: the annexation of another 7-mile strip on the south side of FM 1960. Like last year’s annexation of property on the north side of 1960, this action would not include the roadway itself. The other proposals are the annexing of additional property on Hwy 321 and a small strip south of Brown Rd. Council decided in September to proceed with the newest annexations by a split 3 to 2 vote.

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U.S. Congressman Jim Turner will be co-hosting a daylong summit to discuss Homeland Security issues in Southeast Texas on Monday. Turner said the “ Securing Hometown America “summit will bring together representatives from federal, state and local agencies to share the most up-to-date information on responding to and preventing terrorist attacks. The summit is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Beaumont Plaza. District #9 Congressman Nick Lampson is also hosting the event. For information, call 409-842-5995.

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The University of Texas Longhorns travel to Oklahoma State tomorrow night for a 6 p.m. kick off. Our regular Saturday night programming moves to Sunday again this week. Roy Bennett’s “County Classics” and “Liberty Bluegrass” will air Sunday afternoon after the Houston Texans Football game and the Liberty Opry will be pre-recorded and broadcast at 9 p.m. Sunday after Andy Waldrop’s ”Solid Gold Sunday” program.

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The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty will be closed Tuesday November 11th for Veteran’s Day. The Dayton City Offices will be open for their regular hours on Tuesday. Garbage service in both Liberty and Dayton will run as usual. Banks and post offices will also be closed Tuesday. Also the office of County Clerk Delia Sellers will close for Veterans Day on Tuesday, then remain closed through Friday Nov.14th to make way for renovation work in that area of the courthouse.

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FUNERAL: Louise A. Hammons, 76, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.77 ASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 214, THURSDAY NOV. 6TH, 2003-

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Some local banks are reporting an increasing number of counterfeit bills. Terri Beene, Manager of Dayton’s Prosperity Bank said seven fake bills have shown up there in the past three days alone. First Liberty National Bank Vice-President Brenda Cone said her bank received 12 bogus bills during the month of October. The denominations are between $20 and $100 bills and are reportedly of poor quality, but a busy clerk might still miss them. Counterfeit money is also turning up in Chambers County.

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Houston Police said 25-year-old Alan Ethen was riding his bicycle in the 9400 block of Westheimer about 2:10 a.m. Sunday when he was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle and killed. Investigators say they currently have no witnesses or suspects in the Dayton man’s hit and run death. Anyone with information is asked to call Houston Police Hit and Run Division at 713-247-4065.

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According to Terry Clawson of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, his agency has completed testing of water sources near the Cox Road Waste Dump off FM 1413 and found no signs of contamination from the chemical dump site. Officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency still have one important test to conclude. That will be to determine if dangerous levels of hazardous chemicals have migrated from the dump due to rain run off to subdivisions built nearby. It is expected those final tests will be finished within a few weeks.

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The only obstacle between the Liberty Panthers and their first 10 –0 season in almost 30 years is the Cleveland Indians. Liberty is at Cleveland tomorrow night while the Dayton Broncos finish out their regular season against Crosby tomorrow at home. Our Split Channel Broadcast of both games starts at 7:20. Kick off is at 7:30 tomorrow night. Liberty vs. Cleveland is on the left side of our stereo signal, Dayton vs. Crosby is on the right. You can also hear the games on line at kshn.com.

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FUNERALS: Creola Ford Thomas, 83, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. today Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Houston. ** Jacquelynne Golden Burth Simon, 52, of Ames, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.82 ASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 213, WEDNESDAY NOV. 5TH, 2003-

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An Ames man is the latest local resident to suffer severe injuries in Iraq. Family members said that Army Sergeant 1st Class Joseph Briscoe was a passenger in a motorized convoy in, or near Baghdad that came under attack last Thursday. A rocket grenade hit Sgt. Briscoe’s vehicle and the local man’s right arm was completely severed in the explosion. Surgeons reportedly continue to work on his badly damaged left arm and he is being transported to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. Local relatives have talked with Joseph Briscoe who says he is lucky to be alive. Some in his convoy were killed in the attack.

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The Dayton City Council met Tuesday and gave their support to an economic development incentive package proposed by the Dayton Community Development Corporation in hopes of luring a large plastic manufacturing plant to the city. DCDC Director Sue Priddy said the $4 million plant would eventually employ about 250 workers, almost all of them local. Dayton is one of three cities being considered as a site for the plant. Dayton City Manager Robert Ewart said the manufacturing prospect looks promising and work is ongoing to make sure that utilities are in place at what is now called the World Port area near the CMC Railyard where the companies involved would be building.

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After years of serving the Westlake Community south of Dayton, the Westlake Volunteer EMS and Ambulance Service has disbanded. Chief Lin Pruitt said a shrinking number of trained volunteers meant there had become too much work to continue. The Westlake Volunteer Fire Department is not affected only the medical service. Liberty County EMS has taken over the Westlake service area and will be responding to all emergency calls formerly handled by Westlake EMS.

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Although it has been months in the making, City Manager Allen Barnes said the City of Liberty Web Site is now up and running. Barnes said the process took longer than anticipated since as much information has possible was included. In the near future, those who wish can use the site to pay their city utility bills on line. The web address is cityofliberty.org.

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FUNERAL: Alan Ethen, 25, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Abundant Life Apostolic Church in Dayton. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.82 ASL*

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 211, MONDAY NOV.3rd, 2003-

Popular businessman and civic leader 70 year old Lewie Travis Majors died unexpectedly in the ER at Liberty Dayton Community Hospital, about 5:45 Saturday morning. He owned and operated ”Lewie’s” for 43 years, beginning as an open air fruit stand. He served as Mayor of Liberty from 1968 until 1974. Prior to that he served 8 years on the Liberty City Council. Liberty’s oldest past Mayor Bradford Pickett called Lewie an unselfish leader who cared about his community. Present Mayor Bruce Halstead called him a giant in the community. Majors created the city slogan of “First City on The Trinity” Funeral is 2 today at 1st Baptist Church in Liberty.

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Both victims who were airlifted from a Highway 105 wreck Friday are ok. DPS Trooper Stephen Hebert said a dump truck, driven by Robin Johnson – 46 of Cleveland slowed to make a turn off of Hwy 105 at the Trinity River Bridge Friday That’s when another vehicle slammed into it from behind. Curtis Whittington, 54, and a passenger, Wesley Anderson 46, both of Beaumont. were hurt but Whittington was treated and released at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont while Anderson was released from Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston..

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As the rehabilitation at the Liberty County Courthouse nears completion, the offices of County Clerk Delia Sellers will be closing, after Veterans Day, to move, temporarily, down the hall. All courthouse offices will close on November 11th then the County Clerk’s Office will remain closed until Monday Nov. 17th. while moving. The rehab to their office should take three to four weeks. The Co. Clerk offices will be open for all services this week and Monday of next week. Co. Clerk Delia Sellers said only emergencies can be handled during the move.

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Brazos Transit Buses in Liberty, Dayton, & Ames are replaced with two new handicap accessible models.

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Last Friday’s 28 to 21victory over Huffman, puts the Liberty Panthers one away from their first 10-0 season since 1975. The Dayton Broncos beat Smiley 39 to 0. Hardin lost to Hamshire Fannett and Hull-Daisetta bowed to East Chambers .Friday.

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FUNERALS: Gladys Glover-87 of Batson services @1pm today at Batson Prairie Baptist Ch. **Lewie Majors today at 2pm First Baptist-Liberty.

* LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.81 ASL*

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