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September 2002


-VOLUME 17 NO.186, TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2002-

A tie vote by Liberty County Commissioners yesterday shot down a proposed one-year maintenance program by Alders Construction for roads in the Cedar Creek Farms Subdivision in Precinct #4. Commissioners accepted a similar agreement from the company for the Cedar Creek Ranch and Indian Springs Subdivisions at their last meeting in spite of protests from residents Fred McCoy and Precinct #4 Commissioner Candidate Norman Brown that base materials the company uses was of poor quality. Precinct #4 Commissioner Toby Wilburn abstained from yesterday’s vote, Lee Groce – Precinct #2 and Melvin Hunt-Precinct #3 voted in favor. While Todd Fontenot-Precinct #1 and County Judge Lloyd Kirkham voted against it, they said because commissioners had earlier voted to hire engineer Deck Shaver Jr. to help the county upgrade its subdivision standards.

This coming Sunday’s 35th Season Premiere of CBS Television’s "60 Minutes" will feature a segment taped- in part- here in Liberty County. Portions of a segment on the effort by American Rice Farmers to lift the nation’s 40-year embargo against food shipments to Cuba was filmed at American Rice Growers in Raywood and at the Haidusek Rice Farm in Devers. Producer Lisa Dinns said hours of tape still needs to be edited down before she can confirm more of the actual content.

The 33rd Annual Texas Rice Festival is set for the 1st week in October in downtown Winnie with a carnival, arts and crafts, food, street dances, rice education exhibits and much more. For more information on the Texas Rice Festival, call 409-296-4404.

The Liberty County Health Coalition and Liberty County EMS will hold the first of four child-safety seat giveaways on Tuesday October 1st at Hardin Baptist Church. To register for a free child safety seat, call the Liberty County Cooperative Extension Office at 936-336-4558, Ext. 221.


Roy Siner, 72, of Ames, Services at 11 a.m. today at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.

Johnny Green, 56, of Kenefick, Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

Verna Mae Janowski Harmon, 80, of Moss Bluff, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton


-VOLUME 17 NO.185, MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2002-

That $15.4 million-dollar Dayton school bond issue passed easily in Saturday’s election. When the 971 ballots, including 661 early votes, were tabulated Saturday night, 631 voted for it and 340 voted against. The bond issue calls for the construction of a new Dayton ISD elementary school and the expansion of Richter Elementary. School administrators said they will now immediately begin the process of finding an architect.

High water rushing over the railroad bed is blamed with causing the derailment of a Union Pacific train along FM 1008 in Dayton Thursday night. DPS Sgt. Ryan Arthur said the last 12 cars of the train left the track around 9:45 p.m. with 6 of those coming completely off the track, and 3 overturning. Even with the closeness of Sherwood and Hillcrest Subdivisions and the fact one car carried liquid petroleum gas, there were no leaks, no injuries and no evacuations. FM 1008 was closed at the wreck scene for almost 19 hours, reopening around 5 p.m. Friday.

Due to Thursday night’s heavy rains, the Liberty County EMS 1st Annual Clay Shoot was postponed until this Saturday September 28th. The event will still be at Pecan Meadows Sporting Center near Hardin. All proceeds will be used to purchase life-saving automatic external defibrillators for use by emergency personnel and first responders in the Liberty County EMS service area. For more information call 536-3080.

The TVE Kickoff Dance is this Saturday, September 28th in the Fairgrounds arena located on FM 563 in Liberty. Texas style music artists Roger Creager and Django Walker will entertain. . Go to for tickets & more info.

The Liberty Panthers suffered their 3rd loss of the season Friday night, losing 14 to 7 to the Stafford Spartans. Dayton Broncos are now 4 and 0 defeating Huntsville 24 to 14. The Hardin Hornets lost to Splendora 21 to 6 and the Hull-Daisetta Bobcats pasted Huntington soundly, 32 to 8.

9/23 FUNERALS: Bobby Michalsky, 73, of Crosby, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Crosby. **

Dennis Harman, 78, of Dayton, Graveside services at 11 a.m. Friday at the Ralls Cemetery in Ralls, Texas. ** Vera Adams Reinhardt, 95 of Beaumont, Services were Saturday. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.184, FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2002-

Patrons of the Dayton ISD go to the polls tomorrow to decide a more than $15 million bond issue, that, if approved, will provide funds to locate and build a new elementary school, as well as make some improvements to Richter Elementary. Voting boxes # 10 and #26 are at the Richter Campus, #14 is at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, #21 and #29 are at Kenefick City Hall, #22 and #31 are at the DISD Administration Bldg. and boxes #24 and #30 vote at the Westlake Volunteer Fire Station.

Next week’s regular meeting of the Liberty County Commissioners Court will be on Monday September 23rd, instead of Tuesday as is usual. County Judge Lloyd Kirkham said the reason for bumping up the meeting one day is so commissioners can set election dates and locations for the November General Election, and the 23rd is the deadline to do so. The Commissioners Court meeting begins at 9 a.m. Monday.

The 94th Annual TVE is coming up October 15th through the 19th and TVE Carnival Fun Passes are now on sale at BJ Ford-Mercury on Hwy 90 in Liberty. The hugely popular passes are $40 each and allow the bearer unlimited rides every day of the carnival. The supply is limited. Advance tickets are also still available to the Kickoff Dance on Saturday September 28th with Roger Creager and Jango Walker for $10 each at BJ Ford, Sterling Realty in Liberty, Brick’s Cleaners in Liberty and Dayton, Maci Feed and Supply in Hardin and Chachere Feed Dayton. Tickets are also available at the Fairgrounds Office on FM 563 and on line at

All Nine Sports live Split Channel Broadcast of Liberty and Dayton High School Football begins around 7:20 tonight. Turn the balance control of your stereo radio all the way to the left for the Liberty Panthers vs. the Stafford Spartans or to the right for Dayton vs. Huntsville. Both the Panthers and Broncos are at home and both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

9/20 FUNERALS: Pearl Tilton, 76, of Baytown, Services at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

Dezie Lee Dean, 43, formerly of Baytown, Graveside services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.

Frederica Hill, 98, of Anahuac, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Anahuac.


-VOLUME 17 NO.183, THURSDAY, SEPT. 19, 2002-

TxDot Operations Director David Hearnsberger said work has begun to make repairs to the Hwy 105 Bridge over the east fork of the San Jacinto River near Cleveland and, weather permitting, should be finished by this Saturday. We reported that minor bridge damage was detected last week, resulting in all vehicles weighing more than 24,000 lbs. being restricted from crossing the bridge. The weight restriction remains in effect. Mr. Hearnsberger said the well-traveled bridge would remain open to all other vehicle traffic during the repair work.

The 94th Annual Trinity Valley Exposition is Oct. 15th through the 19th and this year, for the first time, you can purchase tickets to the TVE Kick-Off Dance and Concert Dance, as well as to all PRCA Rodeo performances on line. Visit or go to and click on the TVE logo. Just follow the directions for ticket sales. A complete list and information about all of this year’s TVE events and activities is also available at the web page.

During the early voting period between September 3rd and September 17th, 661 Dayton School District patrons cast "yes" or "no" ballots on the more than $15 million bond election. If approved, the funds would cover the cost of building a new elementary school as well as purchasing the property to locate it; and some improvements to Richter Elementary. Election Day for the bond issue is this Saturday, September 21st.

Liberty Panthers Head Football Coach Jeff Stewart announced numerous lineup changes for his team at Tuesday’s Liberty Rotary Club Luncheon. Coach Stewart said he is moving sophomore Shane Smart up to starting quarterback, both former QB Brandon Clawson and Running Back Stanley Bellard to Wide Receiver; and William Brooks from Defensive Back to Tight End. Stewart said he is also promoting Jeremy Swift and Cody Shotz from the Junior Varsity to Varsity Running Back and Defensive Linebacker, respectively. The Panthers have opened the season with back-to-back losses and next face Stafford tomorrow night at 7:30 at War Memorial Stadium.

9/19 FUNERAL: Tina Parga, 38, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at North Main Baptist Church in Liberty.


-VOLUME 17 NO.182, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2002-

The Dayton City Council met Monday night and approved the new tax rate and budget for Fiscal Year 2003. The tax rate, as expected, will go up from the current 69.22 cents per $100 of assessed value to 69.5 cents. Council also approved rate increases for both city water and sewer services up 15 cents per 1,000 gallons of water and sewer. In other action, council agreed to employ the LA3 Landscape Architects Firm to produce a development plan for the Dayton Town Square Project, with the cost to be paid by the city’s Quality of Life Committee.

Liberty County Building Maintenance Director Buddy Craig said lightning struck one of the large oak trees on the south side of the county courthouse yesterday afternoon and brought several large branches crashing down onto the sidewalk and parking area on Sam Houston Street in Liberty. No one was injured but two parked county vehicles were damaged and traffic on Sam Houston was reduced to one lane for two hours.

Voters in the City of Mont Belvieu went to the polls Saturday and defeated a $24 million bond issue that city council had hoped would provide the funds for water and sewer improvements. The final vote: 104 against and 98 in favor. Patrons of the Barbers Hill ISD, which includes Mont Belvieu, are set to decide a $31 million bond issue for a new elementary school and improvements to other campuses on October 5th.

The Liberty Panthers are at home in War Memorial Stadium again Friday night, this time to play host to the Stafford Spartans. Meanwhile, the Dayton Broncos take on Huntsville at home in Bronco Stadium. Kick off for both games is 7:30 p.m. and you can tune the balance control of your stereo radio to the game of your choice live on All Nine Split Channel Sports beginning at 7:20. Turn to the left for Liberty vs. Stafford or to the right for Dayton vs. Huntsville. You can also visit and follow the on screen directions to hear either game live.

9/18 FUNERALS: Tina Parga, 38, of Liberty, Services pending at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** James Paul Tuttle, infant son of William Daniel and Cathryn Marie Tuttle of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.181, TUESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2002-

Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said Grady Brian LeBlanc Jr. was arrested in the laundry room of a house north of Hardin on Elementary School Road yesterday afternoon not long after allegedly making Happy Chap’s Grocery in Hardin the target of his fourth robbery in just three days. The 45-year-old Liberty man is also a suspect in the strong-arm robberies of the Dollar General Store in Liberty, a convenience store in Raywood and the aggravated robbery of a Devers man from whom LeBlanc reportedly stole a pickup truck. The suspect is at this report, awaiting bond on robbery charges in the Liberty County Jail.

Bob Jamison, Chairman Emeritus of the former Paradigm Bank confirmed that the expected sale of Paradigm branches in Dayton, Winnie, Mont Belvieu, Houston and Galveston to Prosperity Bancshares is final. Mr. Jamison said signs will be changing and branch office customers will begin banking under the new name- Prosperity Bank- on October 4th.

The Annual Kidfish is this Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at the Liberty Municipal Park and everyone age 17 or under is invited to participate in the free event. Since Kidfish began in 1995, an estimated 11,000 youngsters have fished for the over- 17,000 catfish stocked by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. No advance sign up is necessary, but if you want more information, call Bruce Burnham at 336-2215.

This Saturday is the deadline to enter applications for the 2002 TVE Rodeo Queens Contest October 12th and 13th. Young women ages 14 to 23 in Liberty, Chambers, Harris, Polk, Montgomery, Hardin, San Jacinto and Jefferson Counties are invited to enter, by calling 936-298-2213 or 936-336-7455.


Mike Van Dyke, 55, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at North Main Baptist Church in Liberty.

Sherline J. Meyer, 65, of Raywood, Services at 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood.

Joseph C. Ducote Jr., 85, of Anahuac, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Anahuac.

Roy LaFrance, 48, of Liberty, Graveside services at 11 a.m. today at Hillside Cemetery in Liberty.

Marguerite Mayward Parker Richardson, 85, of Huffman, Services held Sunday.


-VOLUME 17 NO.180, MONDAY, SEPT. 16, 2002-

Liberty area lawmen are looking for a man and a 1994 GMC teal-green pick-up truck. Grady LeBlanc of Liberty is wanted for stealing the truck in Devers after hitting the owner on the head with a hammer Sunday. He later allegedly stole cash from the Dollar General Store in Liberty without a weapon. LeBlanc is 45, a white male, 5’11" weighing about 190 lbs. He has a crew cut of pepper-gray hair and was wearing dirty clothes. Witnesses who saw him last said he was driving the pick-up north of Hardin. License plate is 7-W-G-0-5.He is also a possible suspect in the robbery of the Raywood Stop & Drive Store on Saturday.

A 27-year-old Liberty man was sentenced to life in prison for aggravated robbery and burglary. On Thursday, D.A. Mike Little told Judge Chap Cain of the 253rd District Court that on Oct. 3rd, 2001, Kevin Anthony Caudle clubbed Walter Shoaf in the head with a large wooden stick. He then fled with the retired man’s wallet. Two weeks later, Caudle burglarized the S.O.S. building. District Judge Cain sentenced Caudle to life in prison, the maximum penalty for aggravated robbery, because of Caudle’s past record both in and out of jail.

The Liberty Chapter of the DAR will help the Liberty County Historical Society ring the local Liberty Bell tomorrow. The event is to mark the anniversary of the September 17th, 1797 signing of the U.S. Constitution. The bell ringing will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Cultural Center in Liberty. You are invited.

A Chambers County Jail escapee is back in custody. Chambers County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rod Yarbrough said around 4 p.m. Friday, Leon Ray DeBlanc turned himself in to authorities. DeBlanc escaped Aug. 30th when he kicked out a door while getting a mop bucket, in an unsecured Chambers Co. jail area. The 29-year-old had gained trustee status, allowing an inmate to work in jail. Now he faces felony escape charges.

9/16 FUNERALS: Louise Janik, 67 of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. today at St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Eastgate.

Walter "Johnny" Roach, 75 of Hull, Services to be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

Royal Ottis Jeffcoat, 74 of Crosby, Services held Sunday.

Virginia Hudson Smith, 55 of Liberty, Services today at 10 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.


-VOLUME 17 NO.179, FRIDAY, SEPT. 13, 2002-

On Tuesday, despite pleas from Fred McCoy and Norman Brown, Liberty County Commissioners accepted a one-year road maintenance agreement with Alders Construction in two Precinct 4 subdivisions. The two urged Commissioners to table the decision because lab tests of samples, taken by McCoy, had indicated the road materials did not meet industry standards for what is called flex base materials. McCoy’s documents suggested roads in both the Cedar Creek Ranch – Section 3 and Indian Springs Subdivisions had little or no gravel, causing faster deterioration and affecting storm water runoff. After nearly an hour, Commissioners accepted the maintenance agreement since the materials did meet Liberty County standards. Commissioner Lee Groce said the materials are not to blame for poor roads in precinct #4, but 16 years of poor maintenance. He said materials must be judged under working conditions, not lose. Groce pointed to good roads in other precincts that a sound maintenance program was the difference.

Team City Dayton, meets at noon Monday at Jose’s Restaurant in Dayton. Karl Segura of Entergy will present a program on how to attract retail business.He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Those attending Monday’s meeting will also meet a new Dayton business. You are invited.

A former Liberty Panthers football star, now a top performer for the Purdue Boilermakers, was on ESPN’s highlights last weekend. 21-year-old Anthony Chambers, a receiver and special teams player, thrilled the crowd against cross-state rival Notre Dame. With 2 minutes left in the first half, he returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown. Purdue lost in a close one.

The Texas Department of Transportation has placed weight restrictions on the Hwy. 105 bridge crossing the San Jacinto River near Cleveland. Vehicles weighing over 24,000 pounds, except with special permits, may not use the bridge. Divers found minor damage to a support column. Officials say the bridge is not in danger of collapsing, but they want to reduce the heavy traffic until repairs are complete. .

9/13 FUNERALS: Ethel Mallet, 87 of Raywood, Services to be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Cemetery. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.178, THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2002-

19-year-old Casey Brian Jones of Daisetta died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a fight Monday. Jones was taken by a Med-Link Helicopter to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Beaumont after being struck in the head by a tire iron Monday. Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Detective James Brown said around 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon, Jones tried to defend his mother involved in a verbal confrontation with a 41-year-old man from Cleveland. Det. Brown said the confrontation between Jones and the older man, whose name was not released, became physical. Detective James Brown of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department said the case will go to a grand jury.

Various ceremonies were held in the area yesterday to mark the 1st Anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. One was at the large flag at North Main Baptist Church. This program was a joint effort of the Hardin and Liberty Fire Departments. Another was at Memorial Stadium where students from all four LISD campuses gathered. At both ceremonies, Liberty Mayor Bruce Halstead issued a proclamation honoring the victims and saluting the heroes who sacrificed their lives to save others.

At Tuesday’s regular meeting, Liberty County Commissioners accepted the letter of resignation for County Treasurer Winn Skidmore. She will be stepping down September 30th, ending nearly 16 years of service in Liberty County. County Judge Lloyd Kirkham presented a tearful Mrs. Skidmore with a resolution of appreciation listing her accomplishments and honors during her 4 terms. The commissioners then appointed Janet Harrelson as County Treasurer effective Oct. 1st.

Sterling Funeral Home of Dayton has been chosen to receive the 2002 National Funeral Directors Association Pursuit of Excellence Eagle Award. This award honors their best for outstanding community service, professional integrity, and a dynamic public relations program. Funeral homes must also meet other criteria including keeping a scrapbook of their community involvement. 126 funeral homes will be honored at their annual convention to be held in San Antonio in October.

9/12 FUNERALS: Casey Brian Jones, 19 of Daisetta, Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at North Main Baptist Church in Liberty.**


VOLUME 17 NO. 177, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2002

After holding a public hearing in the Liberty County Courthouse yesterday, County Commissioners adopted the budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2002/2003. The budget was approved at $21,481,333. A little more than $4 million will be set aside for road and bridge maintenance and funding for solid waste management. Meanwhile, as expected, the tax rate will remain the same a little more than 58 cents per $100 of assessed value.

We reported last week that Legend Bank, based out of Bowie, Texas, will soon open the doors of a Dayton Branch. Temporary facilities will be at 500 Hwy 90 and should be in operation by mid-October. Jim Woodall, former Presidetn and CEO of the old Dayton State Bank now holds the same position at Legend. We already mentioned Former Paradign Bank President Arlene Langham has accepted the Presidency of the new Legen Bank of Dayton. Six Liberty Countians will also serve on the board of directors. They are Bob Edwards, Mark Morefield, John Otto, Dr. Robert Seaberg, Curtis Hudnall, and M. W. Ford.

A man who tried to rob Hull State Bank almost a year ago has been sentenced to 7 years in prison. On October 9, 2001, Curtis Allen Stinnett, a Jefferson County resident, walked into the bank with a loaded shotgun. The 22 year old former Daisetta resident was roughed up by Bank President Henry Gilfillen before he could run off. Stinnett was later caught at his home in West Jefferson County. It was the third attempted bank holdup in Liberty County last year and the second at Hull State Bank.

Early voting continues for the Dayton ISD $15.4 million bond issue for construction of a new school and renovation and expansion of another. As of yesterday afternoon, nearly 200 people had turned in early ballots. Actual Election Day is September 21st, but early voting continues through the 17th. Just stop by the DISD Business office or show up at an election branch location. The next of these will be tomorrow night from 6pm to 8pm at Richter Elementary. Additional branch sites will be set up for voting Monday night from 6pm to 8pm at Colbert Elementary and also from 7pm to 9pm at Dayton High School.

9/11 Funeral: Ethel Mallet, 87 of Raywood, Services pending at Wells Mortuary in Liberty.

-VOLUME 17 NO.176, TUESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2002-

Numerous ceremonies are planned for tomorrow in Liberty and Chambers Counties to honor the lives lost in the attacks of 9-11-2001. One will be done by the Liberty and Hardin Fire Depts and held at 8:45 a.m. at the large flag in front of North Main Baptist Church in Liberty. All Nine Radio will broadcast it for those who can’t be there. Another ceremony will be at 10 a.m. at Memorial Stadium in Liberty. Chambers County folks can attend a tribute at the courthouse in Anahuac at 11 a.m. At 7:00 Wednesday night, the city of Baytown will host a "United We Stand" patriotic salute at Bicentennial Park on Market Street.

Wicketkeeper Properties, representing a large retail company, has upped the ante, by an undisclosed amount, to buy the Dayton School Administration building. On top of that, the Dayton Community Development Corporation has doubled it’s initial $30,000 offer to help pay for engineering, demolition, and other related costs. Last month, in a 4-3 vote, the Dayton School Board rejected the net $881,300 bid to purchase the location on the corner of S. Cleveland and Highway 90 in Dayton. The Dayton City Council and DCDC have publicly urged Dayton School Trustees to reconsider.

We reported last week that Rick Sparks is leaving his post as president of the Dayton Chamber to become an investment broker in League City. Dayton Chamber Board Chairman Bob Edwards says the board will interview three local citizens whose names came up after Mr. Sparks’ resignation was announced. Mr. Edwards said the board will then decide whether to offer the job to one of them or open it up to other applicants.

The 14th annual Texas Gatorfest is this weekend, September 13th, 14th, and 15th, at the historic Fort Anahuac Park. Planned events include the Great Alligator Roundup, Airboat and Riverboat rides, Carnival and Kiddie rides, BBQ cookoff, the Gator Poker Motorcycle Run, and Recreational Bike Tours. There will also be plenty of food, arts & crafts and musical entertainment. For more information, visit

9/10 FUNERALS: Gloria Y. Hebert, 74 of Kenefick, Services will be tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Dayton. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.175, MONDAY, SEPT. 09, 2002-

Thriftee Food Center in Dayton was closed for a while Saturday morning because of a small fire. Dayton Volunteer Fire Chief Terry Boyett said the blaze started around 8:40 a.m. in the big sign and the wooden facing across the front of the store. A built-in firewall behind the sign kept the flames confined to that area and prevented further damage. Thriftee Food Center re-opened shortly before 11 Saturday morning.

A hearing before the UIL Executive Committee Wednesday of last week cleared the Liberty ISD of any wrongdoing in alleged violations of state law and the state athletic code for providing dietary supplements to athletes. Two former LHS coaches, Robert "Tony" Munson and Richard Hale were found guilty, publicly reprimanded and put on 3 years probation on those same charges. It is not known who leveled the charges.

The Liberty County Commissioners will hold a public hearing tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. in the Liberty County Courthouse on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2002/2003. Afterward, the commissioners will have a regular meeting where they could adopt the budget and tax rate. It’s believed the tax rate will remain the same at just over 58-cents per $100 of assessed value.

There are two separate observances planned in Liberty Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The Liberty and Hardin Fire Departments will have a ceremony at 8:45 a.m. under the big flag at North Main Baptist Church. The public is also invited to join Liberty ISD students and staff at a 10 am at Memorial Stadium. The sanctuary of First Methodist Church in Liberty will be open all day for prayer.

Due to the bad weather Friday, the Liberty Panthers vs. Bridge City game was postponed until this Friday 13th. The Panthers will still meet the Cardinals at Memorial Stadium in Liberty at 7:30 p.m. The Dayton Broncos made it two-in-a-row with a 42 to 6 victory over Willis. Hull-Daisetta lost to Burkeville 24 to 14 and Hardin opened their season with a 38-21 win over Trinity.

9/9 FUNERALS: William "Buddy" LaFrance, 54, of Liberty, Services held Sunday. ** Mattie C. Dees, 95, of Hull, Graveside services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Hardin Chapel Cemetery. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.174, FRIDAY, SEPT. 06, 2002-

A Bowie, Texas, banking company, operating as Legend Bank has an application pending with federal regulators to establish a branch bank in Dayton. Former Dayton State Bank President Jim Woodall is President and CEO of Legend that has assets of $239 million and five current locations. A mid-October opening for the new bank in a temporary building is planned. Arlene Langham, President of the Dayton branch of Prosperity formerly Paradigm Bank said she has resigned to serve as president of the new Legend Bank in Dayton.

Dayton Chamber of Commerce President Rick Sparks has resigned to accept a position with Edward Jones Investments, operating a branch office in League City. The 41-year-old Dayton native said the offer is just too good to refuse even though he and his family will have to relocate. There is no word yet on whom the Executive Committee will choose to replace Rick Sparks when he departs at the end of this coming week.

The Chambers County Sheriff’s Department reports 29-year-old Leon Ray DeBlanc, a jail trustee assigned to a work program managed to get to an outside door and escape on the evening of Friday August 30th. Initially incarcerated on a forgery charge, DeBlanc is now also wanted for escape. Chief Deputy Rod Yarbrough said Leon DeBlanc is described as black, 5’ 9", 190 lbs. with a thin mustache and goatee with short hair and tatoos on both arms and his chest. The escaped inmate is currently believed to be in Liberty, Beaumont or Baytown.

The deadline to enter this year’s Trinity Valley Exposition Youth Livestock Show is this coming Sunday. Entries will also be accepted though Sunday for the TVE Home Economics Food Division and the Arts and Crafts Show. For more information, call 936-336-7445 or visit .

The Liberty Panthers play host to the Bridge City Cardinals tonight while the Dayton Broncos travel to Willis to face the Wildkats. Kick off is at 7:30 p.m. and our live Split Channel Broadcast of Liberty and Dayton Football starts around 7:20 tonight. Turn your stereo radio balance control to the left for Liberty vs. Bridge City, to the right for Dayton vs. Willis or log onto and follow the on screen directions.


-VOLUME 17 NO.173, THURSDAY, SEPT. 05, 2002-

Post-Labor Day attendance totals for the Dayton ISD are down just slightly this year from the record-breaking attendance figures for the same period last year. A total 5,112 students are shown attending Dayton schools now, that’s up 278 over the first day of school but 29 students below last year’s total of 5,141. Tarkington High School has set an attendance record this year with a total student population reported at 518.

City Manager Robert Ewart told the Dayton City Council Tuesday night he hopes to have someone selected to serve as Dayton’s first City Planner within a couple of weeks. Council authorized the creation of this new position last year to carry responsibility for a wide range of duties involving long range planning for future growth. Ewart said he received seven applications for the job and narrowed the field to two finalists.

TxDot will be closing the railroad crossing on FM 1008 just north of Simmons Store in Kenefeck tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for repairs. Motorists will need to use Hwy 321 as an alternate route to and from points north of that crossing. The railroad crossing on FM 1960 west of Dayton is also closed again today from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Barbers Hill ISD has scheduled October 5th as the date for a $31 million bond issue election. If approved, the bulk of those funds would be used to build a new elementary campus as well as repairs to existing campuses and improvements to athletic and vocational agriculture facilities. In the last Barbers Hill bond issue in 1998, voters approved the construction of the new state-of-the-art high school on Eagle Drive.

The Liberty County Metro Go Texan Committee’ s Annual BBQ Cook-Off is tomorrow and Saturday at the TVE Fairgrounds in Liberty. All proceeds benefit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Fund that provides thousands of dollars to Liberty County students. To sign up, call 258-3138 or 536-6148.

9/5 FUNERALS: Dorothy H. Ball, 79, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** Marvin Lloyd Jackson, 64, of Liberty, Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.172, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 04, 2002-

With other Southeast Texas cities facing budget shortfalls, cut-backs and employee layoffs, Liberty City Manager Allan Barnes reports stable revenue flows and a planned employee pay increase of up to 4%. Mr. Barnes said salaries for Liberty Fire Department personnel have already been increased and a pay raise for police is planned for October. The city’s tax rate, though not yet approved, is expected to increase from 57 cents to just under 58 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

The public is invited to dedication ceremonies for the City of Cleveland’s long-planned new police and municipal court building on Friday, beginning with an open house from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The new 11,000 square foot building located at 222 Peach Street provides slightly less than 1,000 sq. ft of offices and a small city courtroom with the remaining area divided up into police patrol, detective, administration and dispatch divisions. The $1,568,000 free standing brick structure has been under construction for the past six months.

TxDot’s Marc Shepherd said FM 1960 about 10 miles west of Dayton would be closed today and tomorrow at the railroad crossing from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. for crossing repairs. East and westbound motorists traveling 1960 between Dayton and Huffman will be detoured onto FM 686 and CR# 623.

Exposition Hall booth spaces are still available for the 2002 Trinity Valley Exposition during the week of October 15th through the 19th. Prices range from $87.50 to $300 for a booth to showcase your small business, club, church or service organization. Call for applications at 936-536-6326.

The Liberty Panthers are at home Friday night in a match up with the Bridge City Cardinals, while the Dayton Broncos travel to Willis to take on the Wildkats. You can hear both games live on All Nine Radio Split Channel Sports starting around 7:20 p.m. Friday. Turn the balance control on your stereo radio to the left for Liberty vs. Bridge City or to the right for Dayton vs. Willis. Kick off for both games is 7:30 Friday night.

FUNERALS: Jessie Lee Fregia, 77, of Daisetta, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.171, TUESDAY, SEPT. 03, 2002-

DPS Trooper Bryan Nichols said Brandon Hicks of Livingston probably fell asleep at the wheel of his pick up on Hwy 146 between Liberty and Hardin around 5:30 Sunday morning, left the roadway and hit a fence, then a tree. The driver was not seriously hurt, but a passenger riding in the back of the truck, Christopher Cody Scott, age 17, of Onalaska was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct #3 JP Phil Fitzgerald.

Liberty County Sheriff’s Officers, assisted by the Liberty PD investigated a shooting at the CC Club on Hwy 160 around 2 a.m. Monday. Sheriff’s Detective Don Neyland said Aaron Victoria, 26, of Houston was arrested in the club parking lot for allegedly shooting a man identified as Karl Freddy twice in the back with a .25 caliber handgun and for possession of crack-cocaine allegedly found in his car. The shooting victim is reported in stable condition at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. James Charles Burrell, 32, of Liberty was arrested at the scene for allegedly assaulting Deputy Chip Fairchild. Three others were arrested for disorderly conduct.

Liberty County Treasurer Winn Skidmore, who announced in June she would retire early on August 31st, said she is going to remain in office a little while longer to help her staff with a county project. Mrs. Skidmore can hold the office until the end of the year, when her elected successor, Janet Harrelson will assume it. The longtime county treasurer is now giving no specific date as to leaving the office before then.

Early voting in the September 21st Dayton ISD Bond Election starts tomorrow at the Administration Building on Hwy 90. District patrons are being asked to approve $15.4 million to fund the purchase of a site for and construction of a new elementary campus. Early voting continues through September 17th.

FUNERALS: William L. Patillo, 62, of Wallisville, Services at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Anahuac. ** George Nackman Munger, 89, of Anahuac, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church in Anahuac. ** Milton DeRouen, 94, of Raywood, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood. ** Melvin David Norris, 81, of Luling, LA. **



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