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February 2002


-VOLUME 17 NO.41, THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2002-

Liberty County Commissioners met Tuesday and approved a final contract with Net Data to provide computer services to all courthouse offices. Those services will include providing all hardware and software, conversion of all county files to the new system, training and technical support, all for a price tag of $996,000. In other financial action at Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioners voted to table an additional $24,000 charge for a new smoke detection system at the Liberty County Jail. The additional costs were added to the initial $86,000 to bring the new system up to the City of Liberty codes. Commissioners said they want to see all costs in a single contract before approval.

The Liberty City Council met briefly Tuesday night to begin formulating a plan for selecting a new City Manager to succeed the departing Kerry Lacy, who, as reported, is leaving to accept a similar position with the City of Watauga. Council has already received a dozen resumes after directing Mr. Lacy to post the position with the Texas Municipal League and the Texas City Manager’s Association on January 30th. Council is expected to continue to receive resumes from the notice through March 15th, unless the position has been filled before that. Also, Assistant City Manager Mike Ramirez’s job description calls for him to serve as Acting City Manager if a replacement is not found before Kerry Lacy’s departure on March 31st.

The Hardin Hornets Boys Basketball Team was victorious once again Tuesday night, defeating the San Augustine Wolves 61 to 55 at Evadale High School. The win moves the Hornets into the Regional Semi-Final Round of the State 2-A Playoffs and a meeting with the Frankston Indians tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at Tyler Junior College. A win there means Hardin will play again at 2 p.m. Saturday for the Regional Title.

Ticket sales begin tomorrow for the Liberty Jubilee Street Dance on Friday March 22nd from 8 p.m. to midnight on the square in downtown Liberty. Featured performer this year is rising country star Chris Wells with "The Posse". For ticket information, call the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce at 336-5736.

2/28 FUNERAL: Alton Donnie Blackford, Sr., 65, of Tarkington, Memorial Service at a later date.


-VOLUME 17 NO.40, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2002-

Texas Governor Rick Perry has spoken out on the new lower speed limits required by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to improve air quality in the Houston-Galveston area. Both Liberty and Chambers Counties are included in the eight-county area where a return to 55-mph speed limits on state highways has been mandated by the TNRCC’s emission reduction plan. In a letter to Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, Governor Perry offered his help for finding alternatives to reduced speed limits, but said he would not jeopardize the Clean Air Act, or the State Implemented Plan. Signs are scheduled to begin being posted in mid-March.

Liberty County Commissioners met in workshop session yesterday with Gerald Moorehead of the Houston-based Ray Bailey Architects Inc. about how recent mold problems will effect proposed renovations to the Liberty County Courthouse. Work to replace the courthouse roof, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, plus waterproofing several areas would cost an estimated $3.5 million dollars and Commissioners plan to explore their options for paying for the project.

The Dayton City Council met to discuss future annexation possibilities Monday night and while the city has annexed several tracts this past year, few if any had structures, commercial or residential. Councilman Herb Brown suggested it might be time for the city to consider annexing more populated areas, specifically south of Dayton down FM 1409. Council authorized City Manager Robert Ewart to examine the future cost to the city in water and sewer services of doing so.

Yesterday’s Shine All Nine Radiogram misstated the time of the planned citywide power outage in Liberty. The power will be out from midnight until from 2 to 4 a.m. Saturday morning for work on substation transformers.


Gilbert R. "Buddy" Miles, 73, of Anahauc, Services at 2 p.m. today at 1st Baptist Church in Anahuac.

Mildred Harriet Peabody, 80, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

Maria de Jesus Salinas, 64, of Smith Point, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac


-VOLUME 17 NO.39, TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2002-

DPS Sergeant Ryan Arthur said 45-year-old Rex Williams of Baytown was southbound on Hwy 321 just south of FM 1008 around 9:30 Sunday night when his truck hit head-on a motorcycle operated by Robert Koslowski, 33, of Cleveland. The DPS investigation indicates that the truck was southbound in the highway’s northbound lane. The two men and 33-year-old Gail Koslowski, a passenger on the motorcycle were all three apparently killed instantly during the collision and pronounced dead by Precinct #5 J.P. Burl Thomas. Hwy 321 was closed to traffic for almost two hours as the wreck was investigated.

Renewal of registered livestock brands continues through this Thursday at the County Clerk’s Office in the Liberty County Courthouse. All brands must be re-registered every ten years at a cost of $11. County Clerk Delia Sellers said any livestock brands not re-registered would be open for anyone to claim after the deadline expires. For more information on renewing livestock brands, call the County Clerk’s Office at 336-4670.

The City of Liberty Electric Department is planning a citywide power outage at midnight Friday until as late as 4am Saturday morning. Assistant Liberty City Manager Michael Ramirez said the power has to be shut off so safety devices can be installed to the transformers at the substation. The power outage is expected to last for from 2 to 4 hours and Liberty residents who require electricity for needed medical equipment should take all necessary precautions.

Reservations are still available for the 26th Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Dayton High School Cafeteria. This year’s guest speaker is author/humorist "Doc" Blakely and the 2002 Citizen of the Year Awards for Liberty and Dayton will also be presented. Tickets are $20 each and reservations should be made by close of business today by calling the Liberty-Dayton Chamber of Commerce Office at 336-5736.


Christine Genus, 79, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. today at Wells Mortuary in Liberty.

A.V. Faulkner, 79, of Dayton, Services at 1:30 p.m. today at 1st Baptist Church of Dayton.

Thelma Faye Tinkle, 92, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty


-VOLUME 17 NO.38, MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2002-

Liberty County Sheriff’s Sergeant James Carson said it was around 4:30 Sunday afternoon when Coleen Mitchell, 23 of Dayton, was driving a 4-Wheel ATV off Hatcherville Road, near FM 1413, when her and a passenger fell off. The passenger, Deanna Baker, 23 of Houston, was flown by Life Flight Air Ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with a possible broken collar-bone, and possible hip and leg injuries. Mrs. Mitchell did not require medical treatment.

Liberty County Clerk Delia Sellers said 298 Registered voters came out to cast their ballot, yesterday, the first day for early voting in the March 12th Primary elections. She said Dayton had a total of 194 early voters, with 36 voters at the Liberty County Courthouse, and another 68 voters casting ballots at the Cleveland Courthouse annex. Early voting continues today through March 8th, weekdays, from 8 AM until 5 PM at the Liberty County Courthouse, and at the annex in Cleveland, as well as from 3 until 7 at the DISD Administration Office.

At the 51st Trinity Valley Relays this past weekend at Liberty High School, Brian Robinson, from Splendora, set a new Texas High School Record in the Discus. Robinson threw the discus 209 feet 2 inches. Robinson’s nearest competition at Saturday’s Trinity Valley Relays was John Lowd, from Lutheran South High School whose throw was shorter by over 80 Feet. Brian Robinson from Splendora also won the shot put title, with his nearest competition over 20 feet shorter. Overall, the Liberty High School Boys Track team tied for 6th with the Hardin Jefferson Hawks, and the Liberty Girls team came in 3rd.

The Hardin Hornets advanced in the state boys basketball playoffs following a 61 to 58 overtime win over Rosebud Lott Saturday Night. The Hornets will next play in the Regional Quarterfinal matchup, tomorrow night at 7 PM at Evadale High School against the San Augustine Wolves.


Mary "Alice" Dutton, 76 of Baytown. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 2 PM at the Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

Reverend O.W. Leisinger, 87 of Dayton. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 10 AM at the Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.


-VOLUME 17 NO.37, FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2002-

Dayton Police report that Jimmy A. Foreman of Louisiana was northbound on Hwy 146 in Dayton around 7 a.m. yesterday and allegedly struck the rear of a DISD school bus stopped unloading students. Mr. Foreman’s vehicle then rebounded off the bus and hit two southbound vehicles. After the initial impact, Carl Wayne Pemberton, 56, also of Louisiana hit the brakes on his semi-truck and the trailer he was pulling slid around and also hit the back of the school bus. Four children on the bus, ranging in age from 7 to 13, were taken to Liberty-Dayton Hospital and treated for minor injuries. Jimmy Foreman was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with possible head and neck injuries. Carl Pemberton was arrested and charged with failure to stop and render aid at the accident.

District Attorney Mike Little said 344th District Judge Carroll Wilburn sentenced 36-year-old Glen Dale Horner to two consecutive 99-year-sentences for Attempted Capitol Murder and Burglary for the 1998 knife attack on a Mt. Belvieu couple. On Jan. 24th, a Chambers County jury found the Indiana man guilty of breaking into the home of Ronnie Patterson and Linda Patterson, and stabbing Mr. Patterson 16 times before the couple managed to fight off their attacker, forcing him to flee.

Liberty Police Officer Hugo Flores said Jenna Rene Rodriguez, 17, of Hardin was crossing Hwy 90 in Liberty near the Sonic Restaurant around 7 p.m. Wednesday and struck a westbound vehicle driven by Christopher Tanton, 29, of Liberty. Mr. Tanton’s vehicle then ricocheted off a utility pole, breaking it at the point of impact. A passenger in Mr. Tanton’s vehicle, 25-year-old Teresa West was airlifted as a precaution to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The two drivers were not injured.

The 24-2A District Champion Hardin Hornets Boys Basketball Team will enter the first round of the State Playoffs tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Their opponents are Rosebud Lott and the game will be at A&M Consolidated High School.


Pete DelaGarza, Jr., 38, of Tarkington, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Trinity Tabernacle Assembly of God in Baytown.

Irene Spencer, 63, of Ames, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty.


-VOLUME 17 NO.36, THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2002-

DPS Trooper Bryan Nichols said it was around 7 a. m. yesterday when 38-year-old Pedro Delagarza of Cleveland was northbound on FM 1008 west of Hwy 321 when he drifted into the southbound lane. The vehicle struck a culvert in the roadside ditch and flipped end over end at least three times before coming to rest upside down. Pedro Delagarza and a passenger, Raymond Jackson, 42, also Cleveland were pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct #5 J.P. Burl Thomas. Trooper Nichols said both men had just completed a long shift at Bayer Chemical in Baytown and fatigue could have been a contributing factor in the accident.

Liberty County Sheriff said three juveniles were arrested Tuesday for the burglary and vandalism at Hardin High School on Sunday. All three teens are Hardin ISD students and two have reportedly confessed committing the felony crimes. Latest damage estimates from destruction and theft of equipment is between twenty-eight and thirty-three thousand dollars. That is several thousand dollars higher than originally reported.

According to information from Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, one-year-old Anna Berry of Liberty has been upgraded from critical to stable condition after being thrown from her mother’s vehicle along with her 3-year-old sister Jessica, in a one-car rollover accident on the South Liberty Oilfield Road Tuesday morning. The vehicle’s driver, Mary Berry, 27, Jessica Berry and a third child, Rebecca Berry, age 4 have been treated and released from the Houston Hospital. Liberty Police Officer Cedric McDuffie said Mary Berry would be cited for failure to restrain her children in any kind of child safety seats.

A series of political candidate forums featuring candidates seeking office in the March 12th Primary Elections begins tomorrow on the All Nine Partyline Program at 8:30 a.m. with the three Democratic Candidates for Liberty County Treasurer. Jo Ann Smith, Pat Green and Janet Harrelson have all said they will appear and listeners are invited to call or fax in questions for the candidates before or during tomorrow’s program. Early primary voting begins this Sunday, February 24th.

2/21 FUNERAL: Lester F. Bell, 77, of Raywood, Services on Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood


-VOLUME 17 NO.35, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 2002-

Liberty Police Officer Cedric McDuffie said Mary Berry, 27, of Liberty was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed when she lost control of her vehicle on FM 2684 around 8 a.m. yesterday. The car hit a roadside ditch and rolled over three times before coming to rest back on its tires. Officer McDuffie said it appeared that Mary Berry then drove another 400 yards before her car was unable to go any further, without realizing that two of her children, 1-year-old Anna and Jessica, age 3 were ejected from the vehicle in the wreck. Mary and Jessica Berry were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston by Liberty County EMS, while Anna Berry and a third child, Rebecca Berry, age 4, were both airlifted to the Houston hospital by Lifeflight. All four were described as having serious injuries and an administrator at the Houston Hospital said 1 year-old Anna Berry was listed in critical condition last night.

The Dayton City Council met Monday night and approved a contract with LA/3, a landscape architectural firm for park landscape and design services in the future development of the nine-acre Henderson Day Park. City Manager Robert Ewart said the architect, Bob Atwood would use recent neighborhood and community surveys as well as input from the city’s Park Board on how to plan the new park. The $2,500 contract cost will be borne by the Dayton Community Development Corporation.

Bob Bomer’s Used Car Super Center opened for business on February 1st on Hwy 90 at Hwy 146 in Dayton. Bob Bomer General Manager Richie Davis said the facility is a larger version of the company’s used car center located on North Main St. in Liberty and can hold more than 100 General Motors Certified used cars. The Dayton Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. on Friday March 8th.

Liberty High School will host the 51st Annual Trinity Valley Relays this weekend at the school’s track. 18 Boys teams and 16 Girls teams are scheduled to compete and events get underway 1 p.m. Friday with girl’s field events. Boy’s events begin Saturday at 9 a.m. with final running events set for later that day.

2/20 FUNERAL: Andres P. Cabello, Sr., 66, of Dayton, Services Saturday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Laredo.


-VOLUME 17 NO.34, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY. 19, 2002-

Liberty Police Officer Cedric McDuffie said Steven Eric Campbell, 19, of Liberty, was northbound on Main St. in Liberty around 10:30 a.m. yesterday, allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and his vehicle drifted into oncoming traffic, plowing into a car driven by Nellie Mae Bissell, 27, of Hull nearly head-on. Mrs. Bissell was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston in serious but stable condition, while three young children riding in her car were taken to Liberty-Dayton Hospital and treated for minor injuries. Officer McDuffie said Steven Campbell was cited for driving on the wrong side of the road.

The first day of candidate filing for the May 4th City Council and School Board Elections yesterday saw two filings for the Liberty School Trustee Race. Incumbent Lionelle McClean filed for re-election and Frank A. Davis, 58, a former educator filed to run for a first term. The other incumbent school trustee up for re-election is Carl Pickett, who has not yet filed to run again.

Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said one or more persons broke into Hardin High School around 2 or 3 Sunday morning performing an estimated $20,000 in vandalism and stealing three lap top computers. Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Dept. at 336-4500 or Liberty County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-924-7199.

We reported over the weekend that 82-year-old Nolan H. Norman was killed early Saturday morning in a fire that destroyed his Moss Bluff Area home. A passing motorist spotted the fire around 12:10 a.m. and Mr. Nolan’s body was discovered near the front door, having apparently been overcome by smoke while trying to escape. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by County Fire Marshall Jim Wilson.


Lillie Mae Weaver, 78, of Liberty, Services held Monday.

Nathan B. McManus, 66, of Texas City, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahauc.

James Lee Randolph, Sr., 79, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Rose Baptist Church in Liberty.

Sula Knowlton, 89, of Dayton, Services today at 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

Nolan H. Norman, 82, of Moss Bluff, Services at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Houston National Cemetery.


-VOLUME 17 NO.33, FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 2002-

Westlake Volunteer Fireman Clyde Christ said he was at home around 8:30 a.m. yesterday when he heard an explosion at a residence across the street. The propane tank at the home of Billie and Rick Fowler had blown up and fire quickly leapt from the Fowler’s home to an unoccupied residence next to it. By the time Westlake firefighters arrived on the scene, both houses had burned to the ground. A truck in the Fowler’s driveway was also destroyed. Billie Fowler said a malfunctioning water heater in their home could have been the cause of the fire.

Eakin Press in Austin has announced the upcoming publication of "Texas Giant: The Life of Price Daniel", a major biography of the former Texas Governor written by his grandson Dan Murph. The book is scheduled for publication on March 15th and includes a forward by former President George Bush. Copies can be ordered by calling 1-800-880-8642 or at $26.95 plus tax and shipping.

The Liberty County Health Awareness Coalition will sponsor a health awareness conference tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hardin High School Cafeteria. Representatives from the Social Security Administration as well as local government and health care officials will be on hand. Members of the State Bar Association will also offer free legal consultation. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 336-6009.

The Liberty County Courthouse and all municipal offices in Liberty will be closed Monday in observance of the Presidents Day Holiday. Dayton City Offices will be open for their regular hours on Monday. Garbage service will run as scheduled in both cities. All banks and post offices will be closed Monday. All offices closing will reopen on Tuesday Feb. 19th.


John Louis Trahan, of Houston, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church in Houston.

Hattie Ellen Wheat Rogers, 86, of Liberty, Visitation begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

Pearl Lynn Cain Hughes, 40, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at New Life Assembly of God Church in Batson.

Lesley H. Jackson, 52,of Port Neches, Graveside services at noon tomorrow at Palms Memorial Park in Dayton.


-VOLUME 17 NO.32, THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2002-

With roughly 30 days to go before the March 12th Primary Elections, the deadline has passed for candidates to file one of the required campaign expenditure reports for money spent through Jan. 31st, though some have extended reports through Feb. 11th. In the Democratic 75th District Judge race Michael Mark has spent $13,982 through Feb. 11th, while "Rusty" Hight has spent $25,912 and Bruce Stratton $33,516 each through the end of Jan. In the Democratic race for Liberty County Judge, Lloyd "Tookie" Kirkham has spent $2,160 and Bill "Sonny" Loftin has spent $6,980 each through Feb. 11th.

In the first playoff game ever for the Liberty Lady Panthers Basketball Team, the local girls completely dominated their opponents, defeating Woodville 74 to 27 Monday night. Coach Greg Box’s Lady Panthers head into the next round of the playoffs tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Langham Creek High School as they face off against the Sealy Lady Tigers.

At their Tuesday night meeting, the Liberty City Council received a demonstration of the new Liberty web site by Donald Bond from Worldgraphics Interactive of Liberty. Included was a presentation of a new, more modern-looking logo for the city: a circle with a band across the middle that reads "Liberty, Texas" Above the band is a picture of the American flag and the words "First City on the Trinity". An impressed Council voted unanimously to adopt the new logo. Bond said the city’s web site is expected to be up and running by March 11th.

Entries are now being accepted for this year’s Liberty Jubilee Photo Contest. The popular event is open to amateur photographers only and all entries must be matted. The five categories are landscape, people, nature, digital imagery and miscellaneous. The best overall photo in each category earns a $50 cash prize. The entry fee is $3 for each photo and the deadline to enter is Friday March 5th. The top photos in each category will be on display at the Liberty Municipal Library during the Liberty Jubilee. For more information on the Photo Contest, call the Liberty City Hall at 336-7361.

2/14 FUNERAL: Wilbert Williams, 89, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Mortuary in Liberty


-VOLUME 17 NO.31, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2002-

Harris County Attorney Mike Stafford has filed a petition with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to remove lowering speed limits to 55 mph out of the state’s clean air plan. Stafford said he questions how much the lowered speed limits would contribute to the overall purpose of the plan and has requested TxDot stop placing the new speed limit signs until the TNRCC hears his petition. TxDot’s Beaumont Office reports the signs will continue to go up until they are told to do otherwise.

Liberty County Commissioners approved a resolution at yesterday’s meeting to be sent to TxDot for the widening of FM 163 in front of Tarkington ISD campuses. Tarkington School Superintendent Richard Cook presented Commissioners with a petition signed by over 500 residents of the area and warned of the dangers of having students in close proximity to the narrow thoroughfare. In the past, a similar resolution brought no results.

Liberty County Fire Marshall Jim Wilson said it was around 1 a.m. yesterday when a passer-by noticed a two-story home on fire in the North Liberty County community of Hoop N’ Holler. Members of the Hoop N’ Holler, Big Thicket and North Liberty County Volunteer Fire Departments responded, but were unable to save the home of Marie Smith, who was staying at her daughter’s home when the fire started. No one was injured and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Dayton City Council met in workshop session Monday night to discuss future annexation priorities. The city recently annexed two corridors, one running south to Hwy 146 and the other west to Hwy 90 and council spent some time discussing possible annexations on FM 1960 and FM 1409. According to City Manager Robert Ewart, one of the chief drawbacks to annexing a long corridor on 1960 is the high cost of providing the area with water and sewer services.

Monday’s All Nine Radiogram referred to the upcoming Sporting Clay Event to benefit the American Red Cross incorrectly. We regret the error.

2/12 FUNERAL: Lucien "Lou" Holy, 63, of Pasadena, Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **


-VOLUME 18 NO.29,MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2002-

The $17 Million bond election for 2 new schools in Liberty ISD passed Saturday by over a 2 to 1 margin. The final voting totals were 495 Liberty ISD patrons voting for the issue to build a new middle and elementary school, and 230 voting against. The only box which had a losing vote was the Bethel Assembly of God box which garnered 12 votes for and 30 votes against. Liberty ISD officials said they hope to have a lot of the work on the 2 new schools completed in the next 2 to 3 years.

Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said County Jail Inmate Michael Ramsey, 35 of Cleveland, attempted to commit suicide Saturday afternoon by using a razor to cut his arm. CCA officers had to enter the cell in "riot gear" and use pepper spray on the inmate so that EMTs could try and treat the prisoner. Sheriff Arthur said none of the lawmen or emergency personnel required medical treatment, and Ramsey is described as being in stable condition.

A total of 17 men and women were arrested last week, after a Liberty County Grand Jury handed down 55 indictments on various drug related charges. One of those arrested is a county supervisor. Sheriff Greg Arthur said Kenneth Ray Limbrick, Sr., 51 of Cleveland, the County Commissioner’s Precinct #3 Road Foreman, was arrested on 2 counts of delivery of marijuana. Limbrick posted an $8,000 bond and was released Thursday.

The Hardin Boys Basketball team won the 24-2A district title Friday Night with a 48 to 46 win over the Anahuac Panthers. The final regular season game for the Hornets will be tomorrow at 8 at home against Deweyville.


James Wardell Isaac, 90 of Liberty. Services will be today at 11 am at the Wells Mortuary in Liberty.

Elizabeth Flemming Cotton, 88 of Liberty. Services will be today at 10 AM at the 1st Baptist Church in Liberty.

Benson "BB" Majors, 79 of Beaumont. Services were yesterday at the Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

Hazel Ruth Gardner, 83 of Anahuac. Services were Saturday at the 1st United Methodist Church in Anahuac.

Cameron Champ Clark, infant of Anahuac. Services were Saturday at the Anahauc Cemetery.


-VOLUME 18 NO.28, FRIDAY, FEB. 08, 2002-

Reports from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Chambers County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Bud Watson was off-duty and across the street from a Sonic Restaurant on Hwy 59 at FM 1485 Wednesday when lawmen chased an armed robbery suspect into the restaurant’s parking lot. Lt. Watson aided Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies in attempting to contain Jimmy Ray Madeley, 49, in the parking lot by blocking the exits. The suspect reportedly rammed a patrol car with his own vehicle, injuring one deputy, then he was shot and killed by officers when he aimed what appeared to be a gun at them.

According to Plant Manager Eric Lewis, the Cooper-Cameron Corporation is laying off about 90 employees from their Liberty factory. The layoffs are the result of the company’s decision to restructure a portion of their manufacturing business and not a loss of revenue. Lewis said the company has invited other businesses to interview those workers being laid off in an effort to help them find new jobs. The layoffs will become effective the first week in April and all of those employees affected were notified last week.

Liberty ISD patrons will go to the polls tomorrow to decide a proposed $17 million bond issue to fund construction of two new district campuses: a new middle school and a new elementary. Voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Liberty School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Moore said that 409 ballots have already been cast at the end of early voting this past week.

The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s popular La Bahia Market returns to the Courthouse Square in Liberty tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Once again visitors can enjoy a wide selection of handmade arts and crafts, homemade foods, homegrown fruits and vegetables, as well as a few antiques, all provided by local vendors. There is no charge to visit La Bahia and the cost to be a vendor is only $5. For information call the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber Office at 336-5736.

Yesterday’s Shine All Nine Radiogram incorrectly identified the city where McNeese State University is located. The college is in Lake Charles, Louisiana. We regret the error.



-VOLUME 18 NO.27, THURSDAY, FEB. 07, 2002-

The first day for early voting in the March 12th Primary Elections is Sunday Feb.24th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Liberty County Courthouse, the Courthouse Annex in Cleveland and the Dayton ISD Administration Offices on Hwy 90. Early voting continues Feb. 25th through March 8th weekdays at those same locations. Early voting times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the courthouse and the Cleveland Annex, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the DISD Administration Offices. There will be additional early voting opportunities Sunday March 3rd, Feb. 27th at Hardin Jr. High and March 6th at Tarkington Jr. High. The final day to register to vote in the primaries is this coming Monday Feb.11th.

Head Football Coach Jerry Stewart said three Dayton Broncos signed letters of intent during National Signing Day yesterday. On the first day high school seniors can officially sign agreements to play football for a given college, All-State Defensive End Joseph Edwards signed to play for Texas Tech and Defensive Tackle Randy Denman, agreed to play for Southern Methodist University. Also signing a letter of intent yesterday was 2000 graduate Brandon Payne, who has played cornerback at Blinn Junior College the past two seasons but will play for McNeese State in Natchitoches, Louisiana next year.

According to a friend of the family, 17-year-old Bret Sandefur is recovering well after suffering injuries in a two-vehicle accident on Hwy 61 Monday morning. DPS reports said the Devers teen was airlifted to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont after veering across the centerline and striking an oncoming vehicle.

James Bricker, Facilities Manager for the Trinity Valley Exposition was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas Association of Fairs and Rodeo’s during the organization’s 75th Annual State Convention in Houston Jan.10th through the 13th. Traditionally, election to this office allows Mr. Bricker to become president of the statewide organization in 4 years.


Nelda "Susie" Jackson, 53, of Dayton, Graveside services at 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.

Jack Hines, 84, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.


-VOLUME 18 NO.26, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 06, 2002-

After much discussion, Liberty County Commissioners voted at yesterday’s meeting to accept a $996,000 bid from Net-Data to supply all computers and related software to all county offices. The Sulphur Springs-based computer firm had the lowest of the three bids under consideration. One county official, Tax Assessor/Collector Mark McClelland said he was not satisfied with the decision, since he preferred for his office to stay with Government Services Automation, the company that has handled the county’s computer needs for the past 19 years. McClelland told commissioners they were only considering cost not customer service. The county’s GSA contract expires July 25th.

DPS Trooper Marcus Dickerson said several motorists reported a black SUV, eastbound on Hwy 90 east of Devers passing other vehicles in a reckless manner around noon yesterday. Shortly thereafter, a vehicle fitting that description was reportedly left the roadway ran through a ditch and struck a tree in Ames. Trooper Dickerson said the vehicle’s driver, 29-year-old Micheal Hoelzer of Pt.Neches was not injured in the one-vehicle wreck. However, he was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of a prescription medication.

A split vote by the Dayton City Council on the proposed ordinance regulating signs within the city limits led Mayor Larry Harris to break the tie with a vote against adopting the ordinance. Councilmen John Simmons and Jay Tadlock voted to adopt the ordinance, that some council members saw as too restrictive, as is. John C. Otto and "Frosty Pruitt" voted against it, with council setting a workshop for next Monday at 6 p.m. to discuss a possible modified ordinance to regulate city signage.

The Annual Jubilee Golf Tournament is set for Saturday March 2nd at the Magnolia Ridge Country Club in Liberty. The format is a 4-man scramble and entry is $300 per team. The deadline to register is February 25th and applications are available at the Liberty City Hall. For more information, call 334-7310.


Alvin J. "Al" Landry, 87, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dayton.

Norris G. "Pete " Henry, 74, of Liberty, no services planned


-VOLUME 18 NO.25, TUESDAY, FEB. 05, 2002-

The new UIL alignments for local school districts were announced yesterday. District 22-3A will consist of Liberty, Cleveland, Tarkington, Barbers Hill, Coldspring, Huffman Hargraves, Shepherd and Splendora. In a shocker, Hardin and Anahuac move from Class 2-A to District 21-3A with Bridge City, Buna, Hamshire-Fannet, Kountze, Orangefield and Hardin-Jefferson. Dayton remains in District 21-4A with Crosby, Galena Park, Forest Brook, Houston-C.E.King and Houston-Smiley. Hull-Daisetta is in District 24-2A with Deweyville, Houston Prepared Table, New Waverly, West Hardin, Warren and, for basketball only, Houston Jackson Academy.

TxDot Beaumont District Engineer Walter Crook said the new signs lowering speed limits to 55 mph on state highways will be going up as planned in the eight counties included in the state’s emissions reduction plan. A court action by Brazoria and Ft. Bend Counties protesting TNRCC regulations as unfair caused some delay, but Crook said the new speed limit signs will be posted in Liberty and Chambers Counties in mid-March.

DPS Trooper Marcus Dickerson said 17-year-old Bret Sandefur of Devers was southbound on Hwy 61 just south of Hwy 90 around 7:30 a.m. Monday, drifted into the northbound lane and struck a vehicle operated by John Smith, 47, of Sour Lake. Bret Sandefur was airlifted to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont in stable condition with possible head and chest injuries.

Four local grid stars have been named to the Texas Sportswriters Association’s All-State Football Team. Jeremy Marek, of Barbers Hill and Liberty’s John Arnold were named to the 2nd and 3rd Class 3A Teams respectively. Dayton’s Joseph Edwards and Juan Gamez, of Hull-Daisetta were 1st Team Honorees.


Milton "Leroy" Wood, 80, of Dayton, Services held yesterday.

Kelly Kim Dennis, 39, of Daisetta, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church in Daisetta.

Reba Scott Shipman, 88, of Dayton, Graveside services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Huffman Cemetery.

Paul Eugene Lombardino, 72, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty.


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According to Liberty Police Officer Matt Custer, Saturday afternoon, Samuel Jacinto Perez, 26 of Houston, was riding a small motorcycle on Oak Street in the Oak Forest Subdivision, when he lost control of the bike, hit the ground and then slid into a curb. Mr. Perez was taken by Life-Flight Air Ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Officer Custer said Mr. Perez was cited for failure to control speed, having no motorcycle operator’s license and an unregistered motorcycle.

According to Mark Shepherd with the Texas Department of Transportation, the placing of the new 55 MPH speed limit signs has been delayed. An attorney representing both Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties has filed a suit against the TNRCC about proposed regulations placed on Harris and the 7 counties which surround it. Mark Shepherd said he believes the delay in putting out the new signs, which would lower the speed limit on any state thoroughfare greater than 55 MPH, to be temporary.

A manufactured home was completely destroyed by fire Friday Morning. According to Craig Powell, with the Hardin Volunteer Fire Department, it was around 9:30 AM when his department received the call of the fire at the home of Donna Cornette in the Knights Forest Subdivision. The Hull-Daisetta VFD was called for mutual aid. It took the 2 departments almost an hour to control the blaze. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by Liberty County Fire Marshall Jim Wilson.

Tomorrow is the final day for early voting for the $17 million bond issue in Liberty ISD. Early voting can be done today or tomorrow from 8 AM until 4 PM at the administration office on Grand Avenue. There will also be election boxes at the open houses of both LMS and LES. The General Election is Saturday.


Edna Ruth "Cookie" Manning, 75 of Dayton. Graveside services will be Wednesday at 11 AM at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston.

Joseph Henry May, 63 of Cleveland. Services were held Saturday at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland.

Joyce Arline "Granny" Smith, 66 of Liberty. Services were held yesterday at the Blue Water Cemetery in Schwab City.


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