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October 2002


-VOLUME 17 NO. 213 THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2002-

Liberty County Cooperative Extension Agent Ron Holcomb said while no human or bird cases have been reported, the Texas Department of Health has confirmed that six horses here tested positive for the West Nile Virus. County residents are being urged to continue to take precautions in vaccinating horses and protecting themselves against the mosquito-borne virus. Though the weather is turning cooler and mosquitoes are fewer, the species that carry West Nile will remain active year round. So far, human cases of the disease have been confirmed in 24 Texas Counties and 6 people have died as a result.

This year’s Burnham Classic Golf Tournament in support of Tri-County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services raised a whopping $30,000. The Burnham family- J.C., Kathleen, Bruce and Connie recently presented the check to Cindy Sill, Executive Director of Tri-County MHMR’s Conroe Office. After 13 years, the Burnham Classic has raised a total $270,000 to assist the families and needs of MH/MR clients in this area.

KSHN’s series of political forums for the Nov. 5th Election concludes tomorrow with the candidates for U.S. Congress District 2. Democratic incumbent Jim Turner and Republican challenger Van Brookshire will be on the All Nine Party Line program at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. As always, listeners are invited to call or fax in their questions for the candidates. Tomorrow is also the final day for early voting in the election, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Liberty County Courthouse, the Cleveland Annex, DISD Administration Building., and from 3 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Raywood Volunteer Fire Station.

The Liberty Lady Panthers Volleyball Team defeated Shepherd Tuesday night in their last regular season game while the Tarkington Lady Longhorns downed Huffman. Liberty and Tarkington, with identical 12-2 records share the District 22-3A Championship. A single-game playoff tomorrow night at 5 p.m. at Barbers Hill High School will decide who advances to area.

10/31 FUNERALS: Eva Ray Squyres Veach, 92, formerly of Hardin, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Hardin Baptist Church. ** Larry Michael Arceneaux, Sr., 53, of Ames, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. **


-VOLUME 17 NO. 212 WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30, 2002-

The storms that raged through Liberty County Monday night included tornado damage to several manufactured homes in the Eastgate area. The double wide home belonging to John and Belinda Beansderfer on CR #6050 in the Fairfield Subdivision suffered extensive damage. The twister also broke out all of the windows and tore out a wall at a neighbor’s home.

Preliminary autopsy reports indicate that 59-year-old Jerald L. Osborne died of a stroke last week while incarcerated in the Chambers County Jail awaiting trail on child indecency charges. Family members are threatening legal action against jail officials who they allege intentionally denied the Oak Island man prescribed high blood pressure medication since last July. The Chambers County Sheriff’s Department said there was no foul play involved in the man’s death, but the Texas Rangers have been asked to conduct an investigation.

The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce 2002-2003 Directory is now available, loaded with information about the Chamber’s service area including street maps, directory of churches, clubs and community service organizations, listing of local events, population data and much more.

The Valley Players’ musical "Dorothy meets Alice" is set for this weekend at the Humphreys-Burson Theatre in Liberty. The fanciful story of the meeting between "Dorothy" from L. Frank Baum’s "The Wizard of Oz" and "Alice" from Lewis Carroll’s "Alice in Wonderland", performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee this Sunday. Tickets are $5 each and reservations are available by calling 936-336-6699.

The Liberty Panthers are on the road to Huffman this Friday night for a match up with the Falcons, while the Dayton Broncos play host to the Smiley Eagles. Listen to the games live on All Nine Radio Split Channel Sports starting at 7:20 p.m. Friday by turning the balance control on your stereo radio to the left for Liberty vs. Huffman or turn to the right for Dayton vs. Smiley.

10/30 FUNERAL: Frank Edward Gajdosik, Jr., 53, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **


-VOLUME 17 NO. 211 TUESDAY, OCT. 29, 2002-

DPS Trooper Nathan Pierce said 30-year-old Michelle Cole was eastbound on Hwy 105 west of Cleveland around 7 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, she veered across oncoming traffic and off the roadway, striking a utility pole. The Cleveland woman’s vehicle caught fire and downed power lines prevented onlookers from rescuing her from the burning car. Michele Cole was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct #5 JP Burl Thomas, who has ordered an autopsy. This death marks the 24th traffic fatality in rural Liberty County this year.

The largest gathering of major political candidates of either party in Liberty County in recent memory occurred yesterday afternoon at the Liberty City Hall when virtually every Democratic candidate for statewide office on the November 5th ballot came by bus to speak to local voters. Among those Democratic candidates on hand: Governor Candidate Tony Sanchez, Lt. Governor Candidate John Sharp, U.S. Senate Candidate Ron Kirk, Agriculture Commissioner Tom Ramsay and Land Commissioner Candidate David Bernsen.

Roddy Covington, owner of Affordable Storage on FM 1960 west of Dayton reports burglaries at his business twice in the past five weeks. Thieves have reportedly cut the locks of seven storage units, stealing TVs, VCRs and stereos, as well as surveillance equipment from the business offices. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the burglars’ arrest. Call the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at 936-336-4500.

This is the final week for early voting in the November 5th General Election. Ballots can still be cast early today through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Liberty County Courthouse, the Courthouse Annex in Cleveland and the Dayton ISD Administration Building on Hwy 90. Early voting is also going on this week at the Raywood Fire Station from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. As of yesterday, 1,869 Liberty County voters had cast their ballots early. Information about the election, including a sample ballot is available on line. Just go to and click on the link to the Liberty County Clerk’s Office Web Site.

10/29 FUNERALS: Cynthia Pitts-Copeland, 45, of Pearland, Services at 1 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **


-VOLUME 17 NO. 210 MONDAY, OCT. 28, 2002-

Texas top Demo. Candidates at the Courthouse - 2:30 today.

DPS Sgt. Ryan Arthur said 32-year-old Joseph O’Neil of Galena Park was southbound on Hwy 146 just south of Rye around 8 p.m. Friday when he drove into oncoming traffic, colliding with a pick up truck. The truck’s driver, John Beck, 69 of Livingston, was pronounced dead at the scene and Joseph O’Neil was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont where, Sunday he was in critical but stable condition. Sgt. Arthur said investigators suspect both drivers had been drinking alcohol.

Liberty County will be represented in the Class 3A State Marching Band Competition next Monday in Waco by Cleveland. Both the Liberty and Cleveland bands had earned a spot in area competition Saturday in Nacadoches. Only the top 3 in each area go to State. Cleveland was awarded 1st place by the area judges. Despite not being among the only 15 bands who made it to state, LHS band director Charles Horton said his band was just great in terrific competition. Good Luck to Cleveland.

Tomorrow’s All Nine Party Line Program features another in our series of political forums with candidates on the November 5th ballot. Our guests at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow are the candidates for District 18 State Representative, Democratic incumbent Dan Ellis and Republican challenger Eddie Shauberger.

Friday night both the Liberty Panthers and Dayton Broncos. were winners in football, Liberty over Tarkington 24 to 6, and Dayton stayed undefeated with a 28 to 0 shut out over Galena Park. In other action, Hardin got by Anahuac 8 to 7 and Hull-Daisetta lost to West Hardin 10 to 7.* In volleyball the Lady Panthers beat Tarkington Friday and now those two are tied at the top, with a game to go. Hull-Daisetta girls won their district.

10/28 FUNERALS: Jerald L. Osborne, 59, of Oak Island, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. ** Fannie Eugenia Burns, 87, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Clifford Gleason Shauberger, Jr., 70, of Hardin, Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Hardin Methodist Church. ** Cynthia Pitts-Copeland, 45, of Pearland, Services at 1 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Larry Arceneaux, 53 of Ames, Services pending at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. **


-VOLUME 17 NO. 209 FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 2002-

Dayton School Superintendent Nancy Fuller said the district has earned gold performance ratings from the TEA in areas of student participation and performance not covered by state ordered tests such as the TAAS or TAKS. Dayton is one of only 232 of Texas’ more than 1,000 school districts to earn two of the performance awards. One award was for program participation by high school students, the other for outstanding attendance on all grade levels. Four DISD campuses also recently received Recognized academic status from the TEA.

Local law enforcement agencies have received state-funded video taping technology valued at an estimated $159,000. Precinct #1 Constable Tim Allison said his office has received 2 video taping units, the Liberty Police Department got 5, Dayton PD 7 and 20 went to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. The high-quality camcorders are for use in patrol cars as a result of Senate Bill 1074 on racial profiling and include nighttime capabilities and sealed cabling to prevent tape tampering.

Two Liberty County High School Marching Bands will be competing tomorrow at the UIL Area Band Contest at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Both the Liberty and Cleveland bands scored Division One ratings at last Saturday’s Region 10 Marching Competition and now vie with Class 3-A bands from three different regions to advance to the State Marching Competition in Waco on November 4th. The Liberty Band performs at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Cleveland at 4:45.

By proclamation from Liberty Mayor Bruce Halstead, today is officially Billy Tidwell Day in Liberty. We have reported the city’s Chief of Police for 12 years is retiring after 20 years in the department and today is his final day on the job. Mayor Halstead said the honor is in recognition of Chief Tidwell’s years of faithful service and contributions to law-enforcement in the city.

The Liberty Panthers host the Tarkington Longhorns tonight at Memorial Stadium, while the Dayton Broncos travel to Galena Park to face the Yellowjackets. Listen to the games on All Nine Split Channel Sports starting at 7:20 p.m. Liberty vs. Tarkington is on the left side of our stereo signal, Dayton vs. Galena Park on the right. Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m.


-VOLUME 17 NO. 208 THURSDAY, OCT. 24, 2002-

Liberty School Trustees met last night with Dr. Don Killough, Director of TASB Superintendent Search Services about a schedule for selecting a replacement for Dr. Douglas Moore, set to retire at the end of this school year. Under the proposed schedule, applications would be accepted until late January next year, with Liberty’s new School Superintendent hopefully officially hired at the board’s regular meeting in mid-March.

In addition to the local and statewide races to be decided in the November 5th Election, Liberty residents are also being asked to vote for or against three changes to the city’s home rule charter. Proposition #1 would require a person be a permanent resident of the city and the state for at least 12 months before being eligible to run for city council. Proposition #2 would allow council to appoint two alternate members to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Proposition #3 would change municipal law to allow officials, elected or appointed, to do business with the city if certain procedures are followed first. Votes can be cast now at Liberty City Hall or on November 5th.

Attorney John Archer, the Chairman of the Liberty County Democratic Party for the past 4 years has announced he will resign from that position effective election night November 5th, in order to give his successor a full year to learn the job before another election arrives. Archer said he felt it was time to turn the county chairmanship of the Democratic Party over to someone younger and now the county’s Democratic Party Secretary Durlene Davis is required to call a special meeting of the Party Executive Committee to choose that person.

During this National School Bus Safety Week, DPS Sgt. Ryan Arthur said troopers are paying special attention to dangerous driving around school buses while law enforcement agencies continue to strictly enforce school zone speed limits. Any motorist that passes a school bus while the alternating red lights are flashing can be slapped with a fine of up to $1,000.

Daylight Savings Time comes to an end for another year this weekend. The official end of the yearly time switch is this Sunday at 2 a.m. Remember to set all your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday to be on time Sunday morning.


-VOLUME 17 NO. 207 WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23, 2002-

Liberty County Commissioners approved the initiation of direct deposit for county employee paychecks at their meeting yesterday. New Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson said the option of having their paychecks automatically deposited in their banks by 8 a.m. each payday would be available to employees beginning on December 15th. In other action, Commissioners approved a road use permit from Buckeye Pipeline to cross beneath CR #404 in Precinct #4.

DPS Trooper Bryan Nichols said Ronald Chambers, 33, of Beaumont was eastbound in an 18-wheeler on Hwy 105 near Moss Hill yesterday morning when he attempted to pass a mini-van driven by David Jones, 45, of Dallas, not realizing the vehicle was about to turn left. Witnesses said Jones did not use a turn signal and the collision sent his van off the road, while the semi came to rest blocking both lanes of the highway. There were no serious injuries, but traffic was shut down for over and hour and a half at the accident scene.

With public hearings already set for three different annexation programs, the Dayton City Council Monday night approved similar motions for hearings on the annexation of land on which the Huntsman Corporation sits, the Sunbelt Plant on Hwy 90 and more than 300 acres that cover the huge CMC Rail Yard. Council is reported in serious negotiations with those companies to form industrial contracts that would allow the plants to remain outside the city limits, with an annual payment in lieu of taxes.

All Nine Radio’s series of political candidate forums continues tomorrow morning at 8:30 when the All Nine Partyline will feature the candidates for Liberty County Judge. Listeners can call or fax in questions for Democrat Lloyd Kirkham or Republican Lester Ray Wisegerber tomorrow morning.

The Liberty Panthers are back home in War Memorial Stadium this Friday night to play host to the Tarkington Longhorns, while the Dayton Broncos take to the road to face the Yellowjackets at Galena Park. You can hear either game live on All Nine Split Channel Sports beginning at 7:20 p.m. Friday by turning your stereo radio balance control to the left for Liberty vs. Tarkington or to the right for Dayton vs. Galena Park.


-VOLUME 17 NO. 205, MONDAY, OCT. 21, 2002-

The final total from this year’s TVE Youth Livestock is down from last year, but still totaled a hefty $155,093. The Grand Champion Market Steer, for the second year in a row belongs to Dayton’s Mark Arnold. It sold for $15,000 – up $500 from last year. The buyers are the new Legend Bank, Liberty-Dayton Chrysler, Mr. Ford Flurry and Bunkhouse Boots Co. This year’s volume buyer was BJ Hargraves who spent $10,800 at the sale.

Early voting chances for the November 5th General Election started yesterday and ends November 1st. 170 registered voters cast ballots Sunday. Other early voting dates and sites include today through Friday of this week from 8 to 5 at the Liberty County Courthouse, the Cleveland County Annex and the DISD Administration Building and next Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at those same places. Early ballots can also be cast from 3 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Tarkington High School, Wednesday at Hardin Jr. High and Thursday at the Hull-Daisetta ISD Administration Building. Then next week they will have extended hours in Liberty, Cleveland and Dayton from - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – and then also all next week from 3 to 7 at the Raywood Fire Station.

The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is this Wednesday at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. Guest speaker will be Susan Massman, assistant to the president for special projects, from Lee College in Baytown. The food will be rice dishes prepared by Chamber members. Cost is $6 per plate. Please call 336-5736 for reservations.

The KSHN series of candidate forums, on the November 5th Ballot, starts tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. on the All Nine Partyline Program with candidates for District #4 State Senator: Democrat Mike Smith and Republican Tommy Williams.

The Dayton Broncos were pushed to the limit but won in overtime versus the CE King Panthers Friday night, 20 to 14. The other South Liberty County High School Football Teams did not fare so well. The Liberty Panthers lost to the Barbers Hill Eagles 34 to 14, Bridge City downed Hardin 42 to 0 and Hull-Daisetta lost a close one to New Waverly Friday night, 20 to 19.

10/21 FUNERALS: Ruby Estelle Chesson, 89, of Batson, Services held last Friday.


-VOLUME 17 NO. 204, FRIDAY, OCT. 18, 2002-

According to Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur, long-time Hull-Daisetta High School Teacher James Barcroft has resigned after reportedly selling a Bowie knife to a student on school grounds. Information indicates both teacher and student are knife collectors and the student had written permission from his mother to buy the knife, but the transaction violated the district’s strict "no weapons on campus" policy. The student has been expelled and Principal Bert Vandiver has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation period. Sheriff Arthur said he feels no harm was intended, but bad judgement was involved. The evidence will go before a grand jury to determine what charges, if any, may be brought.

In the final day of judging in the TVE Youth Livestock Show, this year’s Grand Champion Market Steer was shown, for the second consecutive year by Mark Arnold of the Dayton FFA. The Reserve Champion Market Steer belongs to the Tarkington FFA’s Kasey Jones. In the Commercial Heifer Division, the Grand Champion is owned by Kelsey Kiker – East Chambers FFA, Reserve Champion by Jake Sell – Trinity Valley 4-H. This year’s Grand Champion Market Broilers are owned by Johnathan Cooper of the Dayton FFA, Reserve Champion by Kaylan Cooper of the Eastgate 4-H.

The Liberty County Health Awareness Coalition and Liberty County EMS have set the dates for the next three Child Safety Seat Giveaways for those unable to purchase them. Those dates are Saturday October 26th for Liberty area residents, November 9th for those in the Cleveland area and on November 16th for residents of the Dayton area. To obtain a free child safety seat, you must pre-register by calling the Liberty County Extension Office at 936-336-4558, Ext. 221 or 281-593-0405, Ext.221.

The Liberty Panthers are in Mont Belvieu tonight for a match up with the Barbers Hill Eagles while the Dayton Broncos host the CE King Panthers at Bronco Stadium. Kick off for both games is at 7:30 p.m. You can hear either game live beginning at 7:20 tonight on All Nine Split Channel Sports. Turn your stereo radio’s balance control to the left for the Liberty game or to the right for the Dayton game or go to and follow the directions to hear either game live.


-VOLUME 17 NO.203, THURSDAY, OCT. 17, 2002-

DPS reports indicate that 38-year-old James Swaney of Louisiana was, with three friends, riding separate motorcycles on Hwy 69 near Kountze Sunday afternoon. Eyewitnesses said Pamela Sue Plancette, 42, of Warren lost control of her truck and crossed the center median. James Swaney was struck and killed. The Shreveport man was staying temporarily near Hardin with a friend, Kenneth Clark, who was on one of the other motorcycles.

More results are in from yesterday’s TVE Youth Livestock Show judging. Grand Champion Market Rabbits: Morgan Webb-Liberty Jr. FFA, Reserve. Champ. Josh Phillips-Hull-Daisetta FFA. Grand Champion Market Lamb: Wes Madden-Dayton FFA, Reserve. Champ: Courtney Guthrie-Dayton FFA. Grand Champion Market Swine: Kasey Jones- Tarkington FFA, Reserve Champ: Kehl Robbins-Dayton 4-H. Grand Champion Market Goat: Trey Harrison-Cleveland 4-H, Reserve Champ Kaitlen Bumgarner-Dayton 4-H.

Early voting for the November 5th General Election starts Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Courthouse Annex and continues Mon.-Fri. Oct. 21st through 25th at the Cleveland Annex, the Liberty County Courthouse and the Dayton ISD Admin. Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also vote early Mon.-Fri. Oct. 28th through Nov. 1st from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at those same locations and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 27th at the courthouse. Early voting opportunities are also set for this coming week on Tuesday at Tarkington High School, Wednesday at Hardin Jr. High and Thursday at the Hull-Daisetta ISD Admin. Building all from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Legend Bank in Dayton opened yesterday in a temporary facility on Hwy 90, but Jim Woodall, President and CEO of the Bowie-based banking company said plans are underway for a permanent location and construction should begin within a month. Arlene Langham, former Dayton Paradigm Bank president will oversee operations at Legend’s Dayton branch.

10/17 FUNERALS: Mattie Mae Hamm, 87, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater, Tx.** Henry Cook, 84, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Miles Baptist Church in Ames. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.202, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16, 2002-

The 94th Annual Trinity Valley Exposition has begun, with carnival rides, PRCA Rodeo performances, great food, live music and more today through Saturday at the TVE Fairgrounds on FM 563 in Liberty. Judging in the TVE Youth Livestock Show will continue each day in the arena, culminating in the Youth Livestock Auction on Friday at 12:30 p.m.

At last night’s Liberty School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Douglas Moore announced his intention to retire at the end of the current school year. Trustees voted to hire the Texas Association of School Board’s Superintendent Search Services Division to assist in hiring a new chief administrator. This is the same firm the board employed four years ago when they hired Dr. Moore, who said he plans to step down on June 30, 2003.

TVE Food Show results:

  • Gr. Champ. Pie: Kaitlin Bumgarner-Dayton 4-H

    • Res: Tara Jordan- Hardin 4-H

  • Gr. Champ. Bread: Ryan Murray-Barbers Hill 4-H

    • Res.: Katie Byrd -Hull-Daisetta 4-H

  • Gr.Champ. Jr. Food: Ashley Worthy-Trinity Valley 4-H

    • Res.: Hannah Dauzat- Barbers Hill 4-H

  • Gr, Champ. Sr. Food: Ryan Murray

    • Res.: Scott Slack-Hull-Daisetta 4-H

  • Gr. Champ. Sr. Decorated Cake: Jamie Davis-Dayton FFA

    • Res. Kaley Hunter- Eastgate 4-H

  • Gr. Champ. Jr. Decorated Cake: Cody May-Plum Grove 4-H

    • Res.: Rachel Arnold- Tarkington 4-H

The Liberty Panthers head into another tough match-up this week, in Mont Belvieu against the Barbers Hill Eagles. Meanwhile, the Dayton Broncos are at home, hosting the CE King Panthers. All Nine Radio will broadcast both games live on Split Channel Sports beginning at 7:20 p.m. Friday, Kick off is at 7:30. Tune your stereo radio’s balance control to the left for Liberty vs. Barbers Hill, to the right for Dayton vs. CE King or follow the on screen directions at


Brian Snyder, 36, of Liberty, Private memorial service held Sunday.

Burleson L. Polk, 85, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. Friday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

Loraine Way, 71, of Baytown, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown.

Jason Darren Gear, 19, of Dayton, Graveside services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Cedar Crest Cemetery in Baytown.


-VOLUME 17 NO.200, MONDAY, OCT. 14, 2002-

Liberty County Precinct #1 JP Bobby Rader has ordered an autopsy of a Liberty man in an apparent case of asphyxiation suicide. Rader said after a family argument, 36-year-old Brian Edward Snider told a relative he would kill himself by carbon monoxide poisoning. The City of Liberty Police Department conducted an extensive search Friday, to no avail. It was Brian Snider’s father who found him on family property out in the county. He had, reportedly, stretched hose from the exhaust pipe to his car window. The despondent man was unconscious. Charles Snider performed CPR but JP Rader pronounced the young father of two, dead, at the hospital here Friday evening.

Administrator Sean Stricker, says a memorandum of understanding is in the works with Frontier Health Care to lease Liberty-Dayton Hospital. A Maryland firm has owned the 35-bed medical facility here for six years. Frontier, who reopened and operates the Winnie Medical Center, would take over on January 1st. L-D Hospital will become a critical access facility. That allows them to charge for Medicare patients based on what it costs to treat them. Presently Liberty-Dayton has no say and lacks the volume to make up for their forced losses on Medicare patients. Expect almost no changes until 2003.

The 94th Annual Trinity Valley Exposition is this week with livestock, rodeo, carnival and more. There’s still time to enter the TVE Opening Day Parade through downtown Liberty on Wednesday at 10 a.m. All local organizations and individuals are urged to enter. For more information, call 336-3225. Meanwhile, there are slots still open for 3 or 4-member teams for tomorrow’s TVE Ranch Rodeo. The Ranch Rodeo is local cowboys and begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Applications are available at Brick’s Cleaners, The Texas Farm Bureau, the TVE Fair Office or at PRCA Rodeo starts Wed. Tickets on the web.

The Liberty Panthers lost a nail-biter to the Coldspring Trojans Friday night 22 to 21. Meanwhile, the Dayton Broncos trounced the Forest Brook Jaguars 54 to 26 to go 6-0. The Hull-Daisetta Bobcats whipped Warren 27 to 13 and the Hardin Hornets suffered a surprising setback to Kountze 34 to 20.

10/14 FUNERALS: John Dale Hamilton, 50, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.199, FRIDAY, OCT. 11, 2002-

Among the major retail developments in progress in Dayton is a new Jack in the Box fast food restaurant to be located on the corner of Hwy 90 and North Winfree. Construction on the 1,840 square foot building and 22 car concrete paved parking lot is set to begin next month with a store opening planned for the end of January. The Family Dollar Store Company is also about to complete the purchase of property for their new Dayton location, also to be located on Hwy 90 at the corner of Lowe Street.

Another TVE Country Weekend has arrived. The TVE Baby Parade is at 10 a.m. tomorrow in downtown Liberty with lots of activities to follow throughout the day at the fairgrounds on FM 563 including the BBQ Cook Off, Horseshoe and Washer Pitching Contests and the Rodeo Queen’s Contest. Gates open at 8 p.m. tomorrow for the TVE Concert Dance with the Bellamy Brothers and special guest Big John Mills. It’s all leading up to the 94th Annual Trinity Valley Exposition this coming week. For information on any and all TVE activities, log on to

Over the next several weeks, the Dayton City Council will be holding a series of public hearings on the proposed annexations of two new land corridors along FM 1409 and FM 1960 that would greatly extend the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction in these areas. Council may also initiate annexation proceedings for the Huntsman and Sunbelt Plants just in case planned industrial contract negotiations with the two companies break down.

Both the Liberty Panthers and Dayton Broncos are at home tonight to face tough opponents. The Panthers host the undefeated Coldspring Trojans, while the Broncos open district play against two-time district champions the Forest Brook Jaguars. You can hear both games live on All Nine Radio Split Channel Sports beginning at 7:20 p.m. Tune your stereo radio balance control to the left for the Liberty game or to the right for the Dayton game or follow the on screen directions at


Talitha Margaret Davis, 90, of Houston, Services at 1 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Jessie Mae Harris Tipton, 87, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. Monday at 1st Baptist Church of Dayton.


-VOLUME 17 NO.198, THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2002-

Liberty County Commissioners found themselves embroiled in another heated discussion over roads in Precinct #4 subdivisions Tuesday. Again, on one side, Fred McCoy and Commissioner Candidate Norman Brown arguing on several points that Alders Construction used building materials and practices that did not meet county standards. On the other, Attorney Mark Morefield argued again that those allegations against his client are false. However, when it came time to vote, there was no tie this time. Precinct #4 Commissioner Toby Wilburn, who had abstained before, voted in favor of accepting maintenance agreements for roads in the Cedar Creek area and approval passed 3 to 2.

According to organizers, the starting point for this year’s TVE Kiddie Trail Ride on Wednesday Oct. 16th will be at the Woolslayer Co. at 3810 Beaumont Ave. near Minglewood Road in Liberty. Riders meet at 8 a.m. and breakfast will be served at 9. The route also changes this year with riders going through the Minglewood Subdivision to join the TVE Opening Day Parade on N. Main. As always, the event is free of charge.

The Liberty City Council agreed Tuesday night to enter into negotiations with Time-Warner Cable for a new franchise agreement. The current agreement is for 7 years and carries a 5% franchise fee. Following complaints earlier this year about poor picture quality on some Houston stations, Time-Warner Public Affairs Officer Gary Underwood told council the company is now running fiber optic cable from Liberty to Crosby to tie this area in directly to the Houston area feed. The result will bring full digital quality to Houston area stations to local customers. The process should be completed early in 2003.

The La Bahia Market swings into the Holiday Season beginning this Saturday with the theme, "Christmas Around the Square" and becomes a weekly event rather than monthly ‘til Christmas. La Bahia is on the Courthouse Square in Liberty from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but with the TVE Baby Parade this week, vendors are asked to set up by 8:30 a.m. For more information, call the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce at 336-5795.

9/10 FUNERAL: John Edward Clark, Jr., of Dayton, Graveside services at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Guedry Cemetery in Batson. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.197, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 09, 2002-

According to Liberty Police, it was sometime between 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday when one or more burglars cut a hole in the roof of the Liberty Palais Royal on N. Main St. next to Brookshire Brothers and disarmed the store’s security alarm. Thousands of dollars in merchandise and an undetermined amount of cash were taken and investigators are trying to determine if there is a connection to two similar burglaries recently at Palais Royal Stores in Cleveland and Tomball.

Liberty City Manager Allen Barnes has selected the recently promoted Detective Sergeant Bill Griffin to serve as Interim Chief of Police when longtime Chief Billy Tidwell retires on October 25th. Mr. Barnes said the search for a permanent replacement for Chief Tidwell is going well and he still expects to have a new chief of police on the job by the first of next year.

Dayton City Manager Robert Ewart announced Monday night that he has hired Beaumont native Brian LaBorde as Dayton’s first City Planner. A 1998 graduate of Texas Tech and Public Administration major, LaBorde previously worked in similar positions in Orange and Harker Heights. Monday was Mr. LaBorde’s first official day on the job of planning and development for Dayton’s future growth. He will be working out of the DCDC offices until the new city hall project is done.

Advance tickets for this Saturday night’s TVE Concert Dance with the Bellamy Brothers are still on sale for $10 each at BJ Ford, Sterling Realty, Brick’s Cleaners, Chachere Feeds, Maci Feed and Supply and Dayton Farm and Ranch Supply. Tickets are also available on line at Also there are, at last report, roughly 100 TVE Carnival Fun Passes still available at BJ Ford. The popular passes are $40 each and good for unlimited rides all 5 days of the carnival.

Both the Liberty Panthers and Dayton Broncos are at home to face tough opponents this Friday night. The Panthers take on the undefeated Coldspring Trojans and the Broncos host two-time district champions the Forest Brook Jaguars. Turn the balance control of your stereo radio to the left to hear Liberty vs. Coldspring, to the right to hear Dayton vs. Forest Brook or follow the onscreen directions at to hear either game.


-VOLUME 17 NO.196, TUESDAY, OCT. 08, 2002-

DPS Trooper Brian Nichols said Curtis Valios, age 12, was trying to climb in the passenger side of a half-ton pick up around 7:15 Sunday night on the Partlow Ranch off FM 1011 near Hardin. Shane Haynie, also 12, reportedly put the vehicle in reverse thinking the other boy was already inside. Curtis Valios fell out the open cab door on to the ground, where the truck’s right front tire passed over his upper chest and abdomen. The child was transported by air ambulance Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, in serious but stable condition.

The 2002 TVE Baby Parade is this Saturday at 10 a.m. in downtown Liberty and entry forms are still available in walking, riding, western riding, small and large float divisions. This year’s theme is "U.S.A." Entry forms can be picked up at the Clip Joint on Main in Liberty, at Liberty Elementary School or call Jackie Hartel at 936-336-6699.

Barbers Hill School District patrons voted to approve both parts of the $31.65 million bond issue on Saturday. Superintendent Tim Sonnenberg said, with early voting included, ballots cast totaled 905 with the breakdown at approximately 66% in favor of Proposition #1 and roughly 57% in favor of Proposition #2. All told, the propositions will fund construction of a new elementary school, renovations to existing campuses, as well as to athletic and agriculture facilities. Sonnenberg said trustees hope to begin construction by early February.

Two opportunities are coming up to meet and hear from candidates seeking office in the November 4th General Election. The first candidate forum is at the Westlake Volunteer Fire Dept. at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10th. The second is set for October 21st, also at 7 p.m. in the Dayton High School Cafeteria. Candidates for District 18 State Representative, Liberty County Judge and Precinct #4 County Commissioner are expected at these forums.


Cecil Elwe Bonetti, 88, of Hardin, Services at 10 a.m. today at the Lighthouse of Moss Hill Church.

John A. Watts, Sr., 63, of Anahauc, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac.

Glenn D. Warner, 79, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.


-VOLUME 17 NO.195, MONDAY, OCT. 07, 2002-

A mother and her son died in a fiery collision Saturday at 6:30 a.m. The DPS report says Jose Jaminez, Sr., 27 of Port Arthur, was eastbound on Hwy. 90 near the Raywood Rice Dryer. He allegedly drifted into the westbound lane. Mr Jaminez’s SUV collided head-on with another sports utility vehicle driven by Anthony Quintana, 26 of Houston. Both burst into flames. Mr. Jaminez’s wife, Andria, and her 12-year-old son, Jacob Munoz were pronounced dead by JP Ronnie Davis. Two other children were taken to Beaumont St. E’s Hospital in critical condition, and then transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.. A 5-year-old daughter was flown by Coast Guard air ambulance to a Memorial Hermann Hospital. Anthony Quintana and his two passengers were taken to area hospitals in stable condition.

A Liberty County Deputy said an 11-year-old boy, the son of Gelicio Ordonez of Beaumont, was swimming in the Trinity River Friday near the Hwy 105 Bridge, when he began to struggle. The boy’s father and 20-year-old brother Steven attempted to rescue the child. The 52-year-old man and his younger son made it safely to shore but the 20 year old, Steven Ordonez, had to be flown by Life Flight helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He was thought to be in stable condition. Medical personnel said he swallowed too much water in the rescue effort. The incident was close to where two separate double-drowning cases occurred in August. .

It was another good Friday night for local high school football teams. Hardin had an unbelievable finish, beating Buna 22-21. The Liberty Panthers celebrated homecoming with a 40 to 14 victory over the Shepherd Pirates while the Dayton Broncos are now 5-0, defeating the Channelview Falcons 63 to 14. Hull-Daisetta’s match up with Deweyville is rescheduled for Nov. 8th. Liberty next gets undefeated Coldspring and Dayton has powerhouse Forrest Brook. Both are district games at home.


Margaret Evans Besch, 85, of Daisetta, Services yesterday

Bonnie Delores Moore, 50, -Hankamer, Services 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wells Mortuary in Liberty.

Lucille McClendon Haynes, 78, -Kenefick, Services were Sunday.

Joel Laburn Denby, 74,-Romayor, Services at 2 today at Allison Funeral Serv.-Lberty.

Craig Rayburn, 40, of Crosby, Services at 10 a.m. Tuesday -Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.


-VOLUME 17 NO.194, FRIDAY, OCT. 04, 2002-

According to Liberty City Manager Allen Barnes, Billy Tidwell, Liberty’s Chief of Police for the past 12 and half years, will retire effective October 25th after almost 22 years with the department. Chief Tidwell, who at age 50 is eligible for full retirement benefits, said he and wife, Diane who serves as Liberty City Secretary, would continue to live in Liberty. Allen Barnes said he hopes to announce a replacement by the first of next year, but will not rush the job of finding someone with the unique qualifications to maintain the police department at its current high level of performance.

Dayton Police Officer Keith Fuller said Douglas Brown, 31, was southbound on Hwy 146 just north of the Dayton City Limits at 8 p.m. Wednesday when his van struck a cow in the roadway. The Channelview man was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with serious injuries. Traffic was closed for nearly an hour to clear the accident scene.

Dayton Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Bob Edwards said the board has agreed to replace departed Chamber President Rick Sparks with Sue Priddy, the current Director of the Dayton Community Development Corporation. The two organizations had previously agreed to operate separately since the Dayton Chamber is a volunteer organization while the DCDC is funded by sales tax but Mr. Edwards said it will be good for the city to have the two groups working together. Mrs. Priddy’s hiring is still subject to approval by the DCDC.

Janet Harrelson was sworn in on Tuesday as Liberty County’s new Treasurer following the early retirement the previous day of longtime treasurer Winn Skidmore after nearly sixteen years in office. County Court-at-Law Judge Don Taylor, for whom she has worked as court coordinator for nearly four years, administered the oath of office to Ms. Harrelson.

The Liberty County Health Awareness Coalition will sponsor the 4th Annual Domestic Violence Conference on Monday October 7th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Special Events Room at Liberty High School. The program will include presentations from experts on domestic violence issues and a panel discussion. For more information, call Barbara Evans at 336-4558, Ext.221.


-VOLUME 17 NO.193, THURSDAY, OCT. 03, 2002-

At 5 p.m. yesterday, Liberty County Judge Lloyd Kirkham requested a voluntary evacuation of the low-lying areas in the southern portions of the county as Hurricane Lili gained in strength to become an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm. Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia also called a voluntary evacuation for residents in Oak Island, Smith Point, Double Bayou, Cedar Point Road and the Walker Subdivision. Voluntary evacuations in Jefferson and Orange Counties, as well as the Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County had been issued earlier yesterday. Lili’s path at the time of this report leads to an estimated strike point on the Louisiana Coast sometime today.

The deadline to register to vote in the November General Election is coming up. Liberty County Clerk Delia Sellars said all applications for voter registration cards must be returned or be postmarked by October 7th in order for the cards to be received in time to vote on November 5th. Applications are available at the Liberty County Tax Assessor/Collectors Office. Early voting begins on Sunday Oct. 20th.

The variables involved in Hurricane Lili’s approach resulted in numerous school closings around our area. The Liberty ISD has cancelled classes today but expects to resume tomorrow. Dayton has no school today, but has not decided yet about tomorrow. The Hardin, Hull-Daisetta and Devers ISD’s are all closed both today and tomorrow. East Chambers and Anahuac schools are also closed today, however at last report the Barbers Hill School District is having classes as usual.

The Texas Rice Festival is continuing today through this weekend in Winnie. Festival organizers have decided to extend the event through this Sunday to accommodate those who may have had to leave the area due to Hurricane Lili evacuations. For more information on the Texas Rice Festival, call 409-296-4404.

10/3 FUNERALS: Joe Norris Jones, 73, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty. ** Kerry Wayne Keener, 33, of Dayton, Memorial service at the home of Jo Ann LeBlanc on FM 1960 at 11 a.m. tomorrow. ** Steven R. Sears, 18, of the Westlake/Dayton Area, Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Liberty Church of Christ. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.192, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 02, 2002-

Emergency management officials are making preparations as Hurricane Lili continues a path toward the Southeast Texas and Louisiana Coastlines. At last report the storm, that experts expect to reach category three hurricane strength by the predicted landfall early tomorrow morning, is tracking towards a point between Galveston and Cameron, LA, and evacuation of areas in Jefferson and Chambers Counties and other hurricane risk areas could come sometime today. City of Liberty Emergency Management Coordinator Jamie Galloway said the possibility of heavy rain and high winds exists for our area even if Lili strikes to the east of the Galveston area. Officials are urging residents to be prepared and monitor the situation closely.

A plan has been drawn up for the long-awaited rehabilitation project on FM 1409 south of Dayton. Liberty County Judge Lloyd Kirkham said the proposal calls for the addition of a three-foot shoulder on each side of the heavily traveled road stretching from a little more than half-a-mile north of the Chambers County Line all the way to about 2 miles south of Dayton. TxDot is not expected to go out for bids on the estimated $5.24 million project until 2004. Local officials have pressed for the renovations for years due to the hazards that portion of FM 1409 presents to Dayton ISD school buses.

The 33rd Annual Texas Rice Festival is today through Saturday in Winnie with arts and crafts, food, dances, exhibits and a multi-million dollar farm equipment display. Each night of the festival features a street dance with performers that include Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s, Roger Creager, Blake Shelton and Earl Thomas Conley. Winnie is in east Chambers County just south of I-10, west of Beaumont. For more information on the Texas Rice Festival, call 409-296-4404.

Friday night is Homecoming for the Liberty Panthers who will play host to the Shepherd Pirates in War Memorial Stadium. Meanwhile, the Dayton Broncos are back in action Friday after a week off. The Broncos head to Channelview to face the Falcons. You can hear both games live on All Nine Split Channel Sports beginning around 7:20 p.m. Turn your stereo radio’s balance control to the left for Liberty vs. Shepherd, to the right for Dayton vs. Channelview or go to


-VOLUME 17 NO.191, TUESDAY, OCT. 01, 2002-

Joint efforts by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and the Liberty-Chambers Counties Narcotics Task Force resulted in two arrests and the seizure of some $35,000 in illegal drugs last week. According to information from the Sheriff’s Department, Bobby Lawrence Vestal, Jr., age 39, was arrested at his home in Hull on Monday Sept.23rd allegedly in possession of a small amount of marijuana and 26 bottles of the pain medication oxycodone hydrochloride. The following day Sheriff’s Deputy Richard McCown pulled over 37-year-old Melissa Lork for a traffic violation and reportedly found both meth-amphetamine and cocaine in the vehicle.

Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said on or about August 2nd of this year, 63-year-old Terry Karl Karbowski, a former Liberty resident, disappeared from his office in Houston. The owner of the Oasis Tavern in Liberty and the River Bend Tavern by the Hwy 90 Bridge, Karbowski’s truck was found abandoned in Houston with signs of a struggle, so foul play is suspected. Last weekend, the nationally known Equusearch organization scoured the area south of Hwy 90 in the River Bottom, but found nothing. A $50,000 reward is offered for Terry Karbowski’s safe return or recovery and anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 336-4500 or Equusearch at 281-309-9500.

On the anniversary of his birth, Thursday October 10th at 11 a.m. a state historical marker will be unveiled for legendary Texas political figure Price Daniel, on the grounds of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty. Born in Dayton, Price Daniel served in all three branches of state government and in two out of three branches of federal government. The event is free and open to the public.

The 1st Baptist Church of Liberty will sponsor a blood drive tomorrow from noon until 7 p.m. The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center reports blood supplies in our area remain very low and eligible donors are encouraged to give. For more information, call 936-536-6809.

10/1 FUNERALS: Shirley Ann Shipman Justice, 66, of Dayton, Graveside services at 10:30 a.m. today at Ryan Cemetery in Tarkington Prairie. **



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