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March 2010

VOLUME 25 NO. 61 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010

 

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Talks to Demolish Mercy Hospital: An incident during this past weekend's Liberty Jubilee underscored the dangers of the old dilapidated Mercy Hospital building in Liberty and officials are now moving forward with plans to eliminate the problem. Liberty County Commissioner Pct. 1 Todd Fontenot said he did a walk through and in addition to debris piled everywhere; the roof of the old hospital is also falling in. Commissioner Fontenot said the building presents a danger and he has spoken to Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett about a cooperative effort by the county, city and LISD to demolish the structure. In the meantime, Commissioner Fontenot said the county is boarding up the doors and windows with plans to put up a fence around the structure.

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Appliance Rebate: Reservations begin this Monday for the Texas Trade Up appliance rebate program. That is when Texans can receive rebate forms for select energy star appliances by visiting the online reservations system or calling a toll free number. Consumers who buy certain energy efficient household appliances during a 10-day period can receive a mail in rebate. For information, go to www.kshn.com and click on the "energy efficiency" logo on our front page or call 877-780-3039.

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Road & Bridge: Liberty County Commissioner Pct. 2 Lee Groce has expressed concerns over the lack of a unified system that ties each commissioner's road and bridge records to the county's accounting system. For example, the system used by the county auditor and treasurer doesn't provide details on reimbursements made to the county for work done by commissioners. He is urging commissioners to find a system that provides a detailed history tied to courthouse records.

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Closed: The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty, Dayton and Cleveland will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday. Waste Management garbage service will run as scheduled on Friday in all three major cities of Liberty County. Banks and post offices countywide will be open regular hours on Friday.

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Obituaries: Mary Thelma Fregia Nugent, 93 of Liberty. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 19,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 21.32 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 60 TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010

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Liberty Library Open: After a three-week temporary closing related to the ongoing expansion and renovation project, the Liberty Municipal Library is back open. Liberty Library Director Dana Abshire said they are now in the newly constructed portion of the Library and temporarily folks must enter from Milam Street. While the new portion of the library is open, Dana Abshire said renovation and expansion work is continuing to upgrade the older areas of the 40-year-old facility. There will be another short closing, likely in early May to move shelving and furnish the facility. The ongoing expansion is doubling the size of the Humphreys Cultural Center.

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Business Expo: Thursday April 8th, the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo kicks off at noon in Liberty Center. There is no admission charge, and each exhibitor will have door prizes. Choose the prizes you wish to win, and drop your ticket in the receptacle provided at that booth. Drawings will be held near the end of the event at 4 p.m. It's a great opportunity to talk one on one and ask as many questions as you want with each merchant exhibitor. For information, call the Chamber office at 936-336-5736.

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Wildland Fire Plan: Liberty County Commissioners are working with the Texas Forest Service to develop a community wildfire protection plan. The county has received a $10,000 grant to the Texas Forest Service to identify steps to reduce the risk of fire damage in Liberty County.

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Computers: Senior citizens living in the Dayton school district who want to learn how to use computers to access the internet and e-mail, the Dayton ISD Technology department is offering classes in April designed for beginning computer users. Senior citizen who has a DISD Purple Card may register. Senior citizens within the district can get their free purple card at the DISD Administration building. To learn more, call Connie at the DISD Administration offices 258 2667.

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Obituaries: Gerald Gland Mouton, Sr., 63 of Houston. Memorial service tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Wells Memorial Chapel in Liberty. Mildred Duff La France, 82 of Liberty. Services today at 11 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 19,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 2.67 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 59 MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010

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Dad Takes Kids: A 57-year-old man grabbed his first-grade son off a Dayton ISD school bus Friday afternoon prompting reports of a possible abduction. Liberty County Chief Deputy Jim Cooper said the father, identified as Bobby Davis, also took his 2-year-old child. Chief Cooper said it appears Mr. Davis became the subject of a CPS investigation and that his action of taking his kids was a reaction to that. It is thought the man fled Texas for Georgia. An arrest warrant has been issued for Bobby Davis for aggravated assault of a public servant in connection with an alleged attack on the Dayton bus driver. She was not hurt. Anyone with information on Mr. Davis' whereabouts is asked to call the Liberty County Sheriff's Office at 936-336-4500.

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Endorsement: Republican candidate for Liberty County judge, Craig McNair, has received the endorsement of his former opponent, Jay Knight, in the GOP run-off election for that countywide post. Craig McNair is facing Steve Stephens in the April 13 Republican Primary for the right to face Democrat nominee Ken Morrison in November.

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Political Forums: There are four local races in the April 13 Republican Party Primary. KSHN will feature those run-off races in another series of political forums starting tomorrow on the All Nine Partyline Program at 8:30 a.m. Tomorrow's program will feature the G.O.P candidates for Liberty County judge, Steve Stephens and Craig McNair.

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Easter Egg Hunt: This Saturday marks the 27th Shine All Nine Easter Egg Hunt at the Liberty Municipal Park. The fun-filled event is free for kids 9 years old and under. There will be 5,000 plastic Easter eggs, with candy inside, scattered about the big hunt area in Liberty City Park. Among those eggs will be nearly 100 prize eggs, and kids who find those specially marked eggs can claim their gift right there at the park. There also will be three grand prize eggs, two new bikes and one is a State Farm wagon. The start signal is at 10 a.m. at Liberty Municipal Park, but we recommend an early arrival.

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Obituaries: Bertha Boyce, 98, of Dayton. Service 2 p.m. today at St. Stephen's under direction of SFH in Dayton. Lois Cornell, 85. Service 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pace-Stancil in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.39 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 58 FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

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Drug Sentence: 47-year-old Ronald Lee Kuykendall, of Hull was sentenced to 35 years in prison after a possession of methamphetamine conviction. According to court testimony, when sheriff's department deputies check on a vehicle on the side of the highway, they found Kuykendall sitting in the vehicle dressed in underwear. When asked for his driver's license and proof of insurance, Kuykendall produced and expired ID card, and a pizza coupon. Testimony also indicated he told officers he was an undercover Texas Ranger. Following his arrest for impersonating a peace officer and possession of an illegal knife, an inventory of his vehicle turned up marijuana and a bag of methamphetamine hidden in the man's pants.

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Road Closing: FM 1960 between Dayton and Huffman will be closed tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. while crews work on the railroad crossing west of Dayton. That will allow crews time to re-plank the railroad crossing to improve the transition from the road surface over the tracks. Those traveling west from Dayton toward Humble should detour by taking Hwy 90 to Crosby, turn north on FM 2100 to intersect with FM 1960 in Huffman.

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New Refuge Office: The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge has received funding for construction of a new administrative office to be located on the refuge itself. The facility will be built on refuge land on FM 1011, directly across from the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center. Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus said he is excited that after 16 years, they will soon have permanent office space to call home. As part of the planning process, the refuge staff is preparing an environmental assessment. They are seeking public input to identify concerns. For comments or questions, call Stuart Marcus at 936-336-9786.

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Jubilee: This weekend is the 25th Liberty Jubilee in downtown Liberty. Gates open at noon today, 9 a.m. tomorrow. This evening, the Liberty Lions Club Fish Fry, fireworks and street dance. Saturday the parade is at 10 a.m. followed by a full day of fantastic family fun festival frolicking!

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Obituaries: Leata Jewel Waller, 63 of Highlands. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.61 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 57 THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010

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Liberty City Council: Liberty City Council Tuesday night met with financial advisor Bob Henderson to discuss a plan to finance the electrical substation that will largely serve the Boomerang Tube Facility. Henderson said the council will issue a tax note in the amount of one million dollars and certificates of obligation in the amount of $2.5 million to cover those costs. At the request of their financial advisor, council agreed to table the matter until their April 13 meeting, at which time the city will have received construction bids on the electrical substation.

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Jubilee: Shopping at street fairs can be so much fun! Beginning tomorrow afternoon, the 25th Annual Liberty Jubilee is under way and continues all day Saturday in downtown Liberty. This year's Jubilee sets up to be an even better place to shop then in years past. There are some 180 vendors. Including arts, crafts, and food vendors plus the commercial and public awareness booths. Do not forget about 30 barbecue contestants with space as well. Gates open tomorrow at noon. There is a street dance with Southern Breeze on the square at 8 p.m. following the fireworks and then gates open again Saturday morning at 9 am, the parade is at 10 a.m. Remember there is no charge for the street dance or any kind of admission on Friday or Saturday. For information, call 336-3684.

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SNAP: The Spay and Neutering Assistance Program, SNAP, will be back in Liberty County this coming Tuesday. This very popular program provides free spaying and neutering to pets of families who qualify. In addition to the free spaying and neutering, the program also provides a free rabies shot with each surgery. These services are on a first come first serve basis. The colorful SNAP mobile clinic will be in the parking lot of Media Publishing at the corner of Main and Grand in Liberty on Tuesday. For information, call 713 862 3836, or go to the "SNAP" website from www.kshn.com.

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Invest Now: Local CPA Byron Swaim said there is still time to make a contribution to your individual retirement account and deduct that contribution from your 2009 taxes. He said putting money into a traditional IRA account through April 15 means that amount is tax deductible. As always, talk to your tax professional about your individual taxes.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 27,300 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.55 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 56 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to refinance the county's debt service, a move that reportedly will save about $127,000 per year. Originally issued in 2007, the certificates of obligation totaling $10 million were split between the four commissioners for road improvements. The next year, commissioners approved an additional $5 million in C.O's to purchase the old Wal-Mart building. During a presentation to commissioners' court on Tuesday, Jim Gilley with Costal Securities, Inc. recommended the county combine that outstanding debt and re-issue bonds. Because of the current historically low interest rates, the financial expert said that would save the county around $2.3 million during the next 18 years.

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Parks Trial: The Idaho murder trial of Silas Parks, accused of killing Dayton native Sarah Sheffield Parks, has been rescheduled from this week to May 10. It was last June when the 28-year-old expectant mother was found dead in the ashes of her burned Moscow, Idaho apartment. A subsequent autopsy showed the pregnant woman actually died before that fire. One week later, her husband, Silas Parks was jailed charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson. Silas Parks, originally held without bond, has since been freed on a $200,000 property bond posted by his family. Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson said that bond stipulates Parks must live at his parent's home, where no alcohol or weapons are permitted and cannot leave that residence except during daytime.

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Lawsuit Moved: A lawsuit filed against Liberty Co. by former courthouse employee Cheryl Lyn Sanders, alleging wrongful termination, has been moved to federal court. The suit claims her job in the Liberty Co. Courthouse brought her into contact with toxic mold. The suit also claims Sanders experienced medical problems due to her exposure and was fired after being forced to be off work for an extended period due to the mold.

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Alleged Abductor: Jason Perkins, the man accused of attempting to abduct a nine-year-old girl in Daisetta in late February remains jailed on $10,000 bond. DA Mike Little said information on the case was being prepared for possible presentation to a grand jury.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 27,300 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.45 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 55 TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010

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Sexual Assault Indictment: In early February, we reported a Chambers County man had been jailed in connection with multiple sexual assaults of young boys. 36-year-old Ronnie Odom, of the Old River-Winfree area has now been indicted by a Chambers County Grand Jury on three counts of sexual assault of a child, 2 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, 3 counts of criminal solicitation and two counts of what is called continuous assault of child under 14. That relatively new offense alleges numerous assaults were committed against a single victim within a 30-day period. It is a 1st degree felony. Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive said much of the details on this case are being withheld to protect those alleged underage victims. Ronnie Odom is currently being held in the Chambers County jail on bonds totaling $825,000.

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LISD Bond Information: Liberty ISD will host a series of informational meetings and facility tours to provide school district residents an opportunity to learn more about the $18.27 million bond election set for May 8. The first informational meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. in the Liberty Elementary School Auditorium located behind San Jacinto elementary school on Grand Avenue. A public tour of facilities will begin this Thursday at 6 p.m. from the LISD boardroom in the administration building on Grand Ave.

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Kidney Awareness: Experts say one in nine Americans suffer from chronic kidney failure, and it is the fourth largest killer of Americans each year. As a part of National Kidney Awareness month, Dr. Robert Leggington, Kidney Specialist at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown said kidney failure strikes both the young and old, often with few or no obvious symptoms. He said regular blood and urine testing can detect the onset of the disease, and when caught early, the advance of kidney failure, can be slowed considerably.

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Obituaries: Lucy Jeanette Larsh, 80 of Liberty. Services today 1 p.m. at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty. Lucille D. Clay, 88 formerly of Liberty. Graveside services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Menard Chapel Cemetery in Schwab City, Texas. James Franklin Benton Jr., 77 of Livingston. Graveside services today 3 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 27,300 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.25 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 54 MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

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BBB Complaints: Better Business Bureau has released its annual report on consumer complaints across North America, and the number of those complaints rose almost 10 percent nationwide in 2009. Interestingly, the cell phone industry got the largest number of complaints last year with 37,477 – that is an increase of 2.1 percent over the previous year. Rounding out the top five industries consumers complained to BBB about are the cable and satellite television industry, banking, new car dealerships, and roofing contractors.

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Hurricane Predictions: The Atlantic Hurricane Season is three months away, but researchers at Colorado State University have released their annual study. It says the 2010 season will have an above-average number of named storms and an above-average likelihood of a major hurricane making landfall in the U.S.

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Parties Dropped from Suit: Back in 2008, Sonya Dianne Scott sued the City of Cleveland and a number of its employees, alleging she was terminated because of her race. Also included in that civil lawsuit was the Cleveland Advocate, its parent company, and the newspaper's editor, Vanessa Brashier. Now, everyone has been dropped from that suit but Ms. Brashier.

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Perryman on Economy: Noted economist Dr. Ray Perryman recently spoke at the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber Banquet about how Texas has fared in the economic downturn that began in late 2008. Perryman said Texas was one of the last states caught in the downturn and will be one of the first to recover. The economist said two major Texas industries, energy and technology, will help lead the way out of the recession.

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County Map: Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is currently working with a company called Community Matters, Inc. to produce an updated map of Liberty County. The Chamber wants its members to know, starting April 5, Community Matters will be contacting businesses about advertising on this new map. Businesses who want to learn more can contact that company at 800-380-2450 or the Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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Obituaries: John Harley Carouthers, 86, of Liberty. Funeral service 2 p.m. today at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 27,300 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.66 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 53 FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010

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Appliance Rebates: Texas residents will soon be able to sign up for a rebate on an energy efficient appliance. The State of Texas plans to use about $23 million in federal stimulus funds for a mail-in rebate program for consumers who buy certain household appliances April 16-25. Beginning April 5, a toll-free phone number and an on-line reservation system will be available for Texans to claim a rebate on a first-come, first-served basis. Those rebates range from $45 for a room air conditioner to a high of $1,600 for certain heat pumps. There is also a $75 recycling rebate for shoppers who buy an eligible appliance and recycle the same type of functioning old appliance. KSHN will provide a link from our webpage to www.texspowersmart.org when that rebate site is operational.

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Teens Arrested: Two Dayton teens were arrested Wednesday and charged with theft. Liberty Police Department reports Bill Kneer, 18, and Brandon Lichtenwalter, 19, were both charged with theft and criminal mischief. The duo was reportedly caught in the act of stealing equipment from the Samson Oilfield Company. Brandon Lichtenwalter was also charged with possession of marijuana.

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Liberty Jubilee: The 25th Annual Liberty Jubilee is March 26-27 in downtown Liberty – that's next Friday and Saturday night. Friday night's activities include the annual Lions Fish Fry at First United Methodist Church, fireworks, and the street dance on the square featuring Southern Breeze. Saturday kicks off with the parade and continues throughout the day with plenty of family fun activities.

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Dayton Movie Gallery: After five years, the Movie Gallery Video Rental Store on Hwy 90 in Dayton is closing. Information from the company's web site indicates they will close 760 stores nationwide, as part of bankruptcy restructuring and the Dayton Store is one of those. The Dayton Movie Gallery is liquidating their current stock of movies and games prior to closing. The Liberty Movie Gallery is unaffected and remains open.

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Obituaries: Charles Richard Tuer, 82, of Liberty. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday at FUMC of Liberty under direction of Allison Funeral Service.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.60 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 52 THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010

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Shooting investigation: A Liberty County man died Tuesday night from a gunshot wound to the head. He has been identified as James Henry Bond, age 52. According to the Liberty County Sheriffs Department, a 9-1-1 caller reported the man shot himself. Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Glen Pruitt ordered an autopsy, and we are told a large caliber revolver was recovered. Liberty County Sgt. Investigator Joel Davila is investigating.

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Jubilee: The 25th annual Liberty Jubilee is March 26 and 27 in downtown Liberty. Organizers say the deadline for signing up to be an arts and crafts vendor or barbecue cooker and to participate in the parade or photo contest are this week. The always-popular barbecue contest has just two openings left. The deadline to signup for the Liberty Jubilee photo contest is today. Entries for the Jubilee parade must be turned in by tomorrow, which is also the deadline to sign up for an arts and crafts booth space. For information on any of the Jubilee events, call April at Liberty City Hall - 336 3684.

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Holiday Inn: It has been more than two years since KSHN radio first reported a group of motel operators' intent to build a new Holiday Inn Express Motel in Liberty. It appears that effort is once again, moving forward. Recently, that group, headed by Andy Leva began working to secure certain concessions and abatements with Liberty City Council. Mr. Leva said earlier this week, timing is very important to make such a multimillion-dollar effort successful as the economy begins recovery. Once completed, the new Holiday Inn Express, next to the Farm Bureau Office on US 90 in Liberty, will be three stories tall with 76 rooms.

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Ag Commissioner: Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples will be in Dayton today, visiting the Liberty County Workforce Academy. Commissioner Staples will tour the facility at Dayton High School at 3:30 this afternoon, to talk to students and staff. The state Ag Commissioner recently awarded the Liberty County Workforce Academy what is called a $100,000 Parallel Pathways grant. The program was created last year to provide eligible high schools, institutions of higher learning and similar organizations with funding to help rural Texas students get workforce training.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.62 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 51 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2010

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Fire Chief Autopsy: March 30, 2009, Cleveland Fire Chief Steve Wheeler was found dead in his home from a single gun shot wound to the chest, originally ruled a suicide by both the Liberty County Sheriffs Department and the Jefferson County Medical Examiners office. That manner of death has been changed to "undetermined" by Coroner Dr. Tommy Brown. In September 2009, the medical examiner changed the ruling stating, "The evidence and data are inconclusive to render an accidental or suicidal manner of death".

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Boomerang Tour: During a noon meeting yesterday, members of the Liberty City Council were given a tour of the Boomerang Tube Facility, seeing first hand the progress being made on the 489,000 square foot facility. Based on information at that meeting, the manufacturing plant could be operational by late May. Plant Manager Ken Long said Boomerang should start hiring shift workers in May. Plans call for training two shifts at one time and then going operational. While the plant manager said they would start with two shifts, five days a week, they could eventually move to a 24 hour, 7 day a week operation.

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Diva Night: Dayton Chamber of Commerce is hosting "Country Diva Night" Thursday March 25 in the new Dayton Community Center. The deadline to get tickets is this Friday. For information, call the Dayton Chamber at 936 257 2393.

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Republican Run Off: The ballot for the April 13 Republican Party Primary run off election is now set. The GOP run off for County Judge is between Craig McNair and Steve Stephens. Marcus Brand and Charlotte Key Warner are vying for the GOP nomination for Precinct #2 County Commissioner. The run off for JP #4 is between Barry Graves and Larry Wilburn, while Wade Brown and David Martin are in the running for the JP #5 GOP nomination.

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Obituaries: Patsy P. Hodges Wallace, 68 of Dayton. Services Friday at 2 p.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. John Henry Key Jr., 69 of Hardin. Services Friday 10 a.m. at Hardin United Methodist Church. Roy Edward Rollins, 58 of Liberty. Services Friday 11 a.m. at Valley Community Bible Church in Liberty. ****************************************************

*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.62 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 50 TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010

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Fire Danger: Area fire departments, all manned by volunteers, report responding to a number of brush fires that began from controlled burns. As a result, fire authorities are urging folks to be very cautious with outdoor burning. Liberty County Fire Marshall Jim Wilson said if you must burn, do so between 6 and 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. and early evening, and only if wind conditions are appropriate. As always, at the first signs of trouble, contact 9-1-1. Firefighters would rather respond to a minor problem than be called once a fire is out of control.

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TDCJ Guard: In early March, KSHN radio contacted the Liberty County Sheriffs Department about the death of a correctional officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The word we got then, was there was nothing suspicious about the man's death. However, recent published reports indicate Ronnie Pechacek, 57, was found with handcuffs and a bag over his head. Sheriffs Department P.I.O. Steve Green confirmed to KSHN news that Mr. Pechacek was found in bed with his hands cuffed and secured to the headboard of the bed with a leather belt. There was also a trash bag covering his head that had been secured with tape. Sheriffs Department P.I.O. Steve Green said the medical examiner has not issued a ruling on the cause of death.

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Trinity Valley Relays: The Trinity Valley Relays were held on Friday, and Splendora finished the event as the top girls team with 130 points, and host team Liberty a close second, with 129 points. In the boys' track and field teams, it was New Caney finishing first followed by Dayton in second.

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Sales Tax YTD: Sales tax allocations across Texas are down 8.8 % for the month of March, the thirteenth consecutive month of declines in the Lone Star State. Locally, it is worse. Payments made to the cities in Liberty County were down 22.7 % this month. In Chambers County, sales tax revenue fell 25.07 percent for March. Sales taxes collected by retailers in January are sent to the state in February and arrive at cities and counties in March. In real dollars, payments made this month to cities in Liberty County were down a combined $131,746. Totaling the first three months of 2010 that drop in city revenue across Liberty County is $550,272.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.68 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 49 MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010

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Morrison's Residency: Questions continue to be raised regarding the required residency of the Democrat Party's nominee for Liberty County Judge, Ken Morrison. Now, John Archer, acting as legal counsel for his wife, Party Chair Nancy Archer, says that issue was resolved by Democrat Party attorneys who say Morrison was qualified to run. However, an attorney with the Secretary of State's office said the fact that a candidate claims residency in Liberty County but voted in Harris County in October 2009 does raise questions.

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Fugitive Caught: A woman accused of kidnapping her own son in Virginia nearly 10 years ago was recently located in Cleveland living under an assumed name. Her real name is Tammy Renee Lucas, but she is known locally as Shelia Dawn Baker. Texas Ranger Frank Huff arrested Tammy Lucas, who is in the Liberty County Jail awaiting extradition to Virginia on a felony child abduction charge. The boy, now 16 years old, has been reunited with his family in Virginia.

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Fatality Wreck: A young man and woman died Friday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on C.R. 2068 near Moss Hill. That car wreck occurred during a high-speed flight from law enforcement. Brandon Wade Dagle, 26, of Batson was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Chasity Smith, 18, was taken by air ambulance to a Houston hospital where she died a short time later. Another passenger, Jerry Carter, 22, of Hardin, was treated at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Liberty Soccer: It has been a Cinderella year for the Liberty Panthers all new soccer team. It's their first year in U.I.L. competition, and they are playing in a Class 4A district because of a lack of 3A schools with soccer programs. Despite the challenges, they have reached the playoffs. They will play this Friday at 8 p.m. on the campus of Lamar University in Beaumont, facing the Port Neches Groves Indians.

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Obituaries: Lawrence David Scott, 79, of Liberty. Service 10 a.m. today at SFH in Dayton. Chasity R. Smith, 18, of Hardin. Service 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hardin Methodist under direction of F&F. Brandon Wade Dagle, 26, of Batson. Service 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Batson under direction of F&F

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.74 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 48 FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010

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Morrison, Legal Resident?: Questions continue to be raised in Ken Morrison's quest to be Liberty County Judge. In a conversation with Mr. Morrison, he cited a 1964 Texas Supreme Court Caser, Mills v. Bartlett, to claim the court ruled not only physical residence, but also intent are used to determine someone's eligibility to run for public office. Local attorney Bruce Stratton after looking at both the case and the facts we provided said it was his opinion that case did not apply to Morrison's claim of residency. Election law requires a person live in the county 6 months prior to the last day to file for election, in this case January 4. Documented evidence indicates there are legitimate questions raised as to Ken Morrison's candidacy for county judge.

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Bridgehaven Auction: Tomorrow, Bridgehaven Children's Advocacy Center will have a radio auction fund-raiser on KSHN. Starting at 8:30 and going 'till noon, there are some really great donated items to be sold to the highest bidder. Bridgehaven is a private, non-profit organization with trained personnel working with victims of child abuse to help prosecutors, police agencies and children's protective services in their investigations. To view the items to be sold, go to www.kshn.com and click on the Bridgehaven logo at the top of the page. There you will find pictures of the items to be sold. All proceeds benefit Bridgehaven CAC.

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Trinity Valley Relays: The 59th Annual Trinity Valley Relays begin at noon today with the field events at the Liberty High School track. Events will continue most of the day. There are nine girls' teams and eight boys' squads competing in this year's relays. The two-mile race will start around 1:30 this afternoon.

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Softball: KSHN radio begins our live broadcast coverage of district high school baseball and softball games for Liberty and Dayton today. At 6 pm this evening, the Dayton Lady Broncos travel to Crosby in district 19-4A action, and we'll bring it to you live on KSHN Radio. Coaches tell us today's' game could start earlier if the JV game finishes early.

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Obituaries: Andrew Leroy Nevels, 90 of Liberty. Services tomorrow 11 a.m. at Wells Memorial Chapel in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.01 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 47 THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010

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Boomerang Contract: A Tuesday night's meeting the Liberty City Council, approved a contract on how Boomerang Tube would repay the city's cost of building a new electrical substation to provide power to the Boomerang facility. City Manager Gary Broz said there were still points in the contract that needed fine tuning, but the contract, called a facility construction charge contract, is essentially a payment plan for Boomerang to reimburse the city for construction of the more than $3 million substation.

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Fatality Accident: A Baytown man, Gerardo Moncivais, was killed yesterday morning in a five-car pile up on S.H. 146 just inside the Liberty County portion of Mont Belvieu. Mont Belvieu Police Chief Virgil Blasdell said they are still investigating what caused the early morning wreck. Another man was injured in the accident, but he was taken to San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown where he was treated and released. The wreck closed the highway for about four and a half hours.

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Time Change: A reminder, this Sunday morning at 2 a.m. is the official start of daylight savings time. As the old adage says, "Spring forward – Fall Back". Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Experts say this is also a good time to change the battery in smoke detectors.

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Write In Candidates: We have reported the filing period for candidates seeking to be placed on the May city council and school board election ballots has passed. We should also mention the deadline for those who wish to declare themselves a write in candidate for any of the offices subject to the May elections does not expire until Monday March 15. Of course, a write in candidate will not be on the ballot. Those wishing to vote for them must write in their names when voting.

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Fire: A fire in the South Liberty Oil Field a short distance from Hwy. 90 destroyed a small camper before spreading to a barn, destroying both. No one was at the camper when the call came in, and the front gate was locked. Family members asked police to investigate after they say some items were missing from the molten mess that once was the camper.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 46 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2010

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Deputies Shot: Liberty County Sheriff's Deputies responding to a report of a disturbance in the Woodland Hills Subdivision early yesterday morning were fired on. The shooter, identified as 49-year-old Rickey Juneau, wounded two deputies, probably with a shotgun. One of those hit, Deputy Rex Evans, 40, managed to return fire as deputies retreated. Deputy Evans was treated and released from Memorial Hermann Hospital. Also injured was Deputy Jeremy Marcontel, who is reportedly in good spirits at the Houston Hospital in stable condition. Sgt. Michelle DeShotel was not hurt. Sheriff's Spokesman Steve Greene said Rickey Juneau died of a gunshot wound. An autopsy will determine if the fatal wound came from Deputy Rex Evans or if it was self-inflicted.

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners met Tuesday and discussed at length the new program that allows county employees to donate some of their accrued sick leave time to a pool. Other employees can then draw from the pool in the case of catastrophic injury or illness. Commissioners indicated for at least the first year they would like to increase the capped amount of hours that can be donated above the 24 hours called for now, to build up the pool hours. However, they wanted more information before changing the current capped amount.

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Unemployment: The Texas Workforce Commission is reporting unemployment in Liberty County climbed to 11.4% in January. That is 3,722 county residents who want to work that are without jobs, an increase of 81 from December. In Chambers County, the rate is 10.4 % or 113 more residents out of work than in December. While unemployment rates steadied nationally and statewide, more people found themselves without jobs locally.

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Bridgehaven Radio Auction: The Bridgehaven Children's Advocacy Center will have a fundraising auction Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to noon on KSHN Radio. The center serves the needs of child abuse victims. To donate to the auction or for more information, call Bridgehaven at 936-258-0400.

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Obituaries: Gwendolyn Hart, 88, of Hull, Services at 10 a.m. Friday 1st Baptist Church-Hull. Charles D. Runyon, 83, of Shepherd, Services today Farley Chapel Cemetery.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 45 TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010

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City and School Elections: The candidate filing period for the May 8 city council and school board elections has ended. DAYTON: In Dayton, there are three council positions on the May 8 ballot and all three incumbents are asking for new terms, Felix Skarpa, Bill Gay and Ricky Brown have all filed for re-election. One new candidate for Dayton City Council, Danny Jones, joins them. These are at-large seats so the top three vote getters will be elected. Dayton School Trustees have the option of canceling their election since only the two incumbents, Luke Chachere and Barret Stephenson have filed. LIBERTY: The three Liberty City Council members with expiring terms have no opposition for re-election. They are Mike McCarty, Louie Potetz and Frank Jordan. The one contested race is between Liberty Incumbent Mayor Carl Pickett and challenger Dennis Beasley. In Liberty ISD two incumbents with expiring terms are running for re-election, June Jackson, and Lloyd Pierce have no opponents.

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Employment Outlook: The best prospects for employment during the next few months according to the quarterly Manpower Employment Outlook survey, is the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area. Those areas are expected to hire at an active pace over the second quarter of this year. Of note, the national unemployment rate is 9.7%. Texas is faring somewhat better with an 8.2% unemployment rate. Texas Workforce Commission reports unemployment in Liberty County at 11.4 % while the Chambers County unemployment rate is 10.9%.

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Champion Lake: Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge will reopen its popular Champion Lake public use area tomorrow. Champion Lake has been closed for about a month due to flooding that caused the water level to rise above the decking on the lake's pier. Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus said floodwaters have receded enough to reopen the facility beginning tomorrow.

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Coushatta: Reservations are being taken for a March 18 charter bus trip to Grand Coushatta Resort and Casino in Kinder, Louisiana. Sponsored by the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, round trip tickets are still available for $15, although seating is limited. Call the chamber office to reserve your seat. 936 336 5736.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 44 MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010

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Candidate Eligibility: Ken Morrison recently won the Democrat nomination for Liberty County Judge. Now, the question has been raised about his eligibility to run based on residency requirements. Morrison said he lives in a travel trailer on land he owns in the East Gate area. That trailer gets water from a neighbor and is not connected to sewer. He also spends time at his wife's house in Kingwood. When asked how long he has lived in Liberty County, Morrison just says "months but claims he meets the six-month requirement.

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Boomerang: Liberty City Council Friday approved switching equipment to divide the city's electrical power into separate substations. This will allow the city to supply the needed power to operate Boomerang Tube pipe mill. This is a temporary fix while the city constructs a new $3.2 million substation.

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Citizens of the Year: Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet last Thursday. Keynote speaker was renowned economist Ray Perryman. The Chamber also honored two local citizens for their tireless volunteer efforts and service to the community. John Simmons was presented Citizen of the Year for Dayton while David Leonard was honored as Citizen of the Year for Liberty. Also part of the evening's festivities was the passing of the gavel from outgoing president Bryan Reynolds to new Chamber president Frank Jordan. State Rep. John Otto presented Jordan a gavel.

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Walder Indicted: A Liberty man has been indicted on four charges in connection with the Christmas night murder of Liberty businessman Naushad Virani. A grand jury has indicted Stevie Ray "Bubba" Walder for capital murder plus two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Walder is in the Liberty County Jail in lieu of a $2 million bond.

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Election Deadline: Candidates have until 5 p.m. today to sign up to run for public office in the May 8 elections. That includes city and school board elections as well as a place on the Liberty County Hospital District board.

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Funerals: Frank "Ed" Taylor, 82, of Daisetta. Service 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sterling in Dayton.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 43 FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010

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Deadline to Sign Up: Monday is the last day to sign up to run for public office in the May 8 election. That includes city, and school board elections, as well for the Liberty County Hospital District. All three Dayton council members up for election have filed for reelection. They are Felix Skarpa, Bill Gay and Rickey Brown. There is one new candidate that has filed for Dayton City Council, Danny Jones. The addition to the Liberty City Council ballot since our last report includes Louie Potetz joining Mike McCarty and Frank Jordan in seeking new council terms, so far, without opposition. Liberty County Hospital District Board Member Charles Kaemmerling has filed for a new term. Fellow Incumbent Sissy Drake has announced her intention to file to run again, but has not yet done so. Candidates intending to run have until 5 p.m. Monday to file at the school and municipal administration offices.

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Census Jobs: Charlie Teel, spokesperson for Liberty and Montgomery Counties Census effort said they need to hire about 250 to 300 folks for Liberty County alone. To that end, he said their hoping to have that many qualified applicants show up at the Census Bureau Job Fair Thursday March 11 at Liberty City Hall. From 4 to 6:45 p.m. For information, call 866-861-2010.

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Diva Night: At the end of this month, women from across the county will have the chance to be treated like a queen. The Dayton Camber of Commerce is hosting "Country Diva Night", Thursday March 25 in the ballroom of the new Dayton Community Center. Dayton Chamber Executive Director Tami Pratka said a number of activities are planned from hand massages to shopping sprees, to a fashion show. Sponsorships and booth spaces are also available. For more information call the Dayton Chamber at 936-257-2393.

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Alamo Hero's: Patti Atkins, Statewide President General of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas reminds Texans that tomorrow, March 6, is Alamo Hero's Day, which commemorates that date in 1836 when the siege of the Alamo ended as General Santa Anna's Mexican army stormed the mission slaying all defenders of the Alamo. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas invite you to honor those Alamo Hero's on Saturday by flying the Texas flag.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 42 THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010

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Kidney Transplant: Tuesday we got news from close friends that Liberty County Sheriff's Sgt. Investigator Don Neyland came through his kidney transplant surgery with flying colors. He now has a working productive new kidney. Doctors did say the new kidney is a bit small, but are confident it will adjust. He is in the transplant surgery intensive care unit in a Houston hospital. Barbie Vavra, the 23-year-old fellow employee at the sheriffs department under went surgery first to remove the kidney she chose to donate to save her friend. Barbie is on the top of her game as well and making excellent progress.

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Census Job Fair: The Census Bureau is still hiring. Anyone interested in a job with the U.S. Census Bureau is invited to a job fair on Thursday March 11 at Liberty Center in Liberty City Hall from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Job applications for the 2010 census will be accepted. The application and assessment process will take place that same day from 7 to 9 p.m. Applicants will need to bring two forms of identification and must be at least 18 years of age. For information, call 1-866-861-2010.

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Business Expo: There is still time to reserve a booth for this year's Liberty Dayton Chamber Business Expo coming up April 8. Booths are 8x8 with table, chairs and banner with business name. Call Sheri at 336-9001 or the Chamber Office, 336-5736.

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Jubilee Photo Contest: Its that time for local amateur photographers to consider entering their best work in the popular Liberty Jubilee Photo contest. Categories include landscape, travel, portraiture, nature, and still life. Other classes are botanical, children, digital manipulation plus promotional. The promotional category includes pictures taken in and around the City of Liberty that could be used to promote the city. Unlike the other categories, photos in the promotional division will not be returned. Entry fee is $3 per photograph. Entry forms are available at Liberty City Hall, and entries must be submitted by 4 p.m. March 18. For information call 336 3684.

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Obituaries: Lillian Spradley, 73 of Moss Bluff. Services today 2 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Ester Rae Tanner Flewellen, 78 of Hardin. Graveside services noon Friday at Guedry Cemetery in Batson.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 41 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010

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Liberty County Election Returns: In Republican Primary voting yesterday, the race for Liberty Co. Judge ended with 1515 votes for Jay Knight, 2237 for Steve Stephens and 1604 for Craig McNair. Precinct #2 Co. Commissioner: Marcus Brand 420, Charlotte Key Warner 765, Tim Wells 353. Precinct #4 Commissioner: Norman Brown 1,134 votes, Paul Kelly 573. 253rd District Judge: Chap Cain 3826, Michelle Mangum Merendino 1878. JP Precinct #4: John Headrick 573, Barry Graves 582, and Larry Wilburn 829. Precinct # 5 JP: Bernadine Ringawald 128, Wade Brown 277, David Martin 340. GOP Co Party Chair: Lester Ray Wisegerber 2536, Andy McCreight 2568. In the Democratic Primary for Liberty Co. Judge Phil Fitzgerald 900, Kenneth Morrison 1329. JP Precinct #5 Joe McAnally 302, Linda Chapman 113.

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LISD Bond Election: During a special-called meeting Tuesday, Liberty ISD trustees formally called for an $18.27 million bond election. It will be held May 8 in conjunction with the district's school board election. LISD board members say the bond money would be used for much-needed technological improvements and renovations to Liberty High School, Liberty Elementary School, the football stadium, and San Jacinto Elementary. In addition, if approved, the bonds would fund a new administration and co-op building.

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Chambers County Election Returns: In the GOP Primary Election for Precinct #2 Co. Commissioner: David "Bubba" Abernathy 594, Cheryl Bagwell Sanders 325, Precinct #4 Co. Commissioner: Wm. O. "Bill" Wallace Jr. 503, Rusty Senac 643. Co. Attorney: Scott Peal 1935, Mike McNeely 1744. JP #1 Yale Devillier 651, Tommy Griffin 344. JP #4: Dennis McMurrey 328, Larry Don Cook 66, James R. Harrison 121, Kenneth Epperson 299, and James Moss 108. In the Democratic Primary Election for Commissioner #2: Jimmy Gore 260, Doris Tilton 54.

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Wild Game Dinner: First Baptist Church in Liberty is hosting the 2nd Annual Wild Game Dinner Saturday at 6 p.m. The free dinner features a variety of delicious critters such as moose, elk and snake plus guest speaker Skipper Bettis from Legend's Ranch in Michigan. For more information, call 936-336-6881.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 40 TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010

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Election Day: A reminder that polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today for registered voters to cast their ballots in the Republican and Democrat party primaries. Polling locations are published on the county website. Just go to www.kshn.com and look for the government link. From there, click on the Liberty County logo. KSHN will air election returns this evening live from the courthouse after polls close.

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Bell Tower Donation: The Liberty County Historical Commissioned voted Sunday to donate $5,000 toward the planned rebuilding of the Liberty Bell Tower at Humphreys Cultural Center. Liberty City Council voted last fall to rebuild the bell tower, but later postponed the project until the city's financial situation improves. The bell tower was demolished after structural damage from Hurricane Ike was discovered.

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Chamber Banquet: Time is running out to make reservations for Thursday's annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the new Dayton Community Center. The keynote speaker is internationally renowned economist Dr. Ray Perryman, and the 2010 Citizen of the Year from both Liberty and Dayton will be announced. Make reservations to attend by calling the Liberty-Dayton Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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Little Honored: A tip of the hat goes to Liberty's Jonathan Mark Little for his academic success at the University of Texas School of Law. During a Feb 24 ceremony, he was inducted into the school's honor society known as Chancellors, which recognizes the top 16 students based on grade-point averages at the end of their second year. The top student is named Grand Chancellor. That honor was bestowed this year on LHS graduate Mark Little, son of Mike and Lisa Little of Liberty.

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Summer Work Opportunity: Trinity River Wildlife Refuge is seeking summer employment applications from teens, ages 15 to 18, for two positions through the Youth Conservation Corps. According to Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus, this work will be conducted outside and will be physically demanding, but no prior experience is necessary. For applications or information, call the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge at 936-336-9786.

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