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May 2010

VOLUME 25 NO. 102 FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

 

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Tax Protest: The deadline to file a property tax appraisal protest is this coming Monday, however since that is a holiday, protest received by Tuesday will be accepted. The Liberty County Central Appraisal District's main office in Liberty is open from 7 am to 6 pm, with special Saturday hours tomorrow from 8 am until noon. The C.A.D. will be closed Memorial Day, then open to accept protests on Tuesday. For info, call 336-5722.

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72 Hours: With the upcoming hurricane season predicted to be more active than normal, emergency officials are urging residents to remember the "72 Hour Rule". Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said residents who stay during a hurricane should have provisions on hand to care for themselves for 72 hours following landfall of a major storm. Those provisions would include such things as non-perishable foods, water for drinking and cooking, needed medicines and other items. Experts have several lists available to help in putting together a hurricane survival kit. Go to www.kshn.com and click on the disaster preparedness link.

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Dayton Chamber Luncheon: Tuesday the Dayton Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly luncheon at the Dayton Community Center. Guest speaker will be Will Newton, with the National Federation of Independent Business. Luncheon will be catered by Los Compadres. For information, contact the Dayton Chamber of Commerce at 257-2393.

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Closed for Memorial Day: The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty, Dayton and Cleveland will be closed Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Waste Management garbage service will not run on Monday and all banks and post offices will be closed on Monday.

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Celebrate Devers: Celebrate Devers U.S.A. is tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Devers Track Field in Downtown Devers. The event includes a patriotic "drop in" by the ground rush skydiving team, food, games for kids, face painting, and much more! There is also a "cell phones for soldiers' collection, where you can donate an old cell phone to help a soldier stay in contact with their family. The event will culminate tonight at 9 p.m with a fireworks display accompanied by patriotic music.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.07 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 101 THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

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Child Abuse: A Liberty County woman is under investigation for alleged abuse and/or neglect of her 8-year-old son. Information gathered from several different sources including Houston area media, indicates the child is alleged to have been forced to stay in a church across from the family home on SH 321 near Cleveland with only toilet paper and a paint can to use as a toilet. Information also indicates the child weighed only 45 pounds when police interviewed him. Children's Protective Services have removed the 8 year old and two other children from the home while the investigation is ongoing. The case against Patricia McHaney has been turned over to District Attorney Mike Little who said it is currently under review by the grand jury.

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T.V.E. Scholarships: Yesterday, the Trinity Valley Exposition Scholarship Committee announced winners of their 20-10 scholarships. This year the T.V.E. is awarding $25,000 to students of Liberty and Chambers Counties. In total, 16 high school seniors were awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. In addition, Heather Godinich of Liberty was awarded a $1,000 continuing education scholarship. Heather will be entering her junior year at Texas A & M.

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James Dupre' Concert: Time is running short to get tickets to the big James Dupre' Concert at the Dayton Community Center on June 11. The up and coming music artist, recently featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show, takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Dayton Chamber office, 801 S. Cleveland St., the Lazy B General Store, G & L Poolscapes, All about Fun, Flowers and More or the Dayton Thrif-Tee Food Center. Tickets purchased by June 1, next Tuesday will be $12. For information, call 936-257-2393.

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Bridgehaven Golf: The date for the annual Bridgehaven-DARE Golf Tournament has been changed. Originally set for June 4, the tourney will now be held June 25. In addition, the deadline to enter the Bridgehaven-DARE Golf Tournament has also been extended to June 18. Sponsorships are also available, from $150 to the Platinum $1,000 sponsorship. To sign up or become a sponsor, call Bridgehaven Children's Advocacy Center at 936-258-0400.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.27 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 100 WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2010

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Burn Ban: Liberty County Commissioners have extended the countywide ban against open burning through June 8th. Dry conditions and the growing threat of wildfires means no burning outside of enclosed containers. Violators are subject to fines up to $500.

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Accidental Death: The death of a Liberty man whose body was found in a pond area at the corner of Hwy 90 and Bowie on April 22nd has been ruled accidental. Autopsy results show Ernest Bradford, 33, drove his car into the pond south of Auto Zone, got out of the partially submerged vehicle, then fell back into the pond and drowned. Liberty Police Detective Chip Fairchild said a toxicology report showed a high level of the street drug PCP or "angel dust" in Ernest Bradford's blood stream.

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Remembrance Garden: The public is invited to the dedication of the new Veterans Remembrance Garden on the campus of the Dayton Community Center Friday at 4 p.m. Dayton Mayor Steve Stephens said the memorial honors Dayton military veterans past, present and future. The ceremony includes a color guard and music by Jim Sterling's Eastgate Brass Band. There is no cost for honorees killed or missing in action or prisoners of war. The cost for adding plaques with the names of other Dayton veterans to the remembrance garden wall is $100.

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Hurricane Preparedness: This is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, so state, federal and local officials are reminding folks to plan now for protecting family and property. Emergency officials say those living in evacuation zones should learn the best route for evacuating and discuss those plans with family members. Hurricane Season begins Tuesday and continues through November 30th. As reported, experts say this will be an active tropical storm season. For more information, go to kshn.com and click on the disaster preparedness link.

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Celebrate Devers: The Devers ISD and the Devers VFD will host "Celebrate Devers, USA" Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Devers Track Field. The event features food, music, games for the kids, group dancing, an appearance by the Ground Rush Skydiving Team, a 30-minute walk-a-thon and fireworks.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.05 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 99 TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

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Hurricane Awareness: Hurricane season starts next Tuesday, June 1. In preparation for what experts say will be a very active tropical storm season, residents are invited to the 2010 Public Awareness Workshop on Thursday, June 17, at 6 p.m. in the Liberty Center at city hall. Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said the main message to convey, ahead of this year's hurricane season, is called the rule of 72. That is the number of hours after a hurricane moves through an area before local, state and federal officials can get help into an area in the form of food and water.

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Sales Tax Holiday: Texans will get a break from state and local sales and use taxes over the Memorial Day weekend when they purchase certain energy efficient products. Among the qualifying items are air conditioners priced under $6,000 and refrigerators less than $2,000. Also included are ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, dishwashers and clothes washers, but not clothes dryers. Qualifying products will display the Energy Star logo. The sales tax holiday starts this coming Saturday May 29, at 12:01 a.m. and runs through Monday May 31, at 11:59 p.m. There is no limit to the number of qualifying items one can purchase. The state comptroller projects this will save Texas shoppers about $3 million.

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LHS Top Grads: Liberty High School will hold its Seniors Awards Banquet tonight to honor its top graduates and scholarship recipients. Among the honorees is the LHS Class of 2010 valedictorian Angelica Martinez, daughter of Crispin and Obdulia Martinez. Liberty's salutatorian is Trey Edmond, son of Rhonda Edmond. Liberty High School will hold its graduation ceremony on Friday, June 4, at 8 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.

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All District Honors: Four Liberty Panthers have been named to the 22-3A All-District Team. First team honors went to senior pitcher and honor graduate Byron Webb. Named to the second team were senior pitcher Michael Brents, sophomore third baseman Jake Vaught, and freshman catcher Luke Harris.

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Obituaries: Garth Garland Andress, 78, of Devers. Service is 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist in Liberty under direction of Allison Funeral Service.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.05 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 98 MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

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Body Found in River: A Ford Bronco plunged down an 18-foot embankment into the Trinity River, claiming the life of a Liberty County man identified as Louis Cox, 64. His neighbors had been looking for him for several days; however, it was two people joy riding on ATV's who found the body floating in the Trinity River on Saturday and called the sheriff's office. They called for assistance from Westlake Volunteer Fire Department to reach the remote area plus the Cleveland Fire Department's Dive Team. Justice of the Peace Bobby Rader ordered an autopsy, but the best information indicates the death was probably accidental.

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Tax Protests: The deadline to file a property tax protest is fast approaching. The 2010 preliminary property tax appraisals were mailed out back in April. Property owners who want to file a protest must do so by next Monday, May 31. Protest forms were included with the appraisal notices in the mail. The property owner's name is already on the form. Simply check the appropriate areas of the form, sign it and return it by hand, mail or fax to 336-8390. The phone number for the Liberty County Central Appraisal District's main office in Liberty is 336-5722.

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LISD Facility Needs: Liberty ISD voters rejected a proposed $18.27 million bond election back on May 8. If it had passed, the money would have funded renovations to the district's oldest facilities plus construction of a new administration and co-op building. All this work was recommended by a 33-member citizens panel that studied facilities for weeks. LISD Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lusignolo said the need for all that work still exists because of the poor conditions of those facilities where work was planned. As a result, the district is evaluating the situation and listening to residents with plans to bring a new proposal before the district's voters – probably this fall.

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Gameroom Raids: Area law enforcement officials conducted more raids on gamerooms Thursday, this time inside the Liberty city limits. These raids took place at Toor Food Mart in the 800 block of Main Street, Budget Foods in the 2700 block of Main, Liberty Food Mart at the corner of Virginia and U.S. 90, plus Happy Chap's at the corner of Highway 90 and FM 563. Police seized 27 mother boards to render the machines useless. They also issued nine citations and seized $13,600 in cash.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.94 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 97 FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010

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Boomerang: Latest information on Boomerang Tube is the company is speeding toward an early June opening in Liberty with a July start to actual production. Boomerang General Manager Scott Harris said 350 employees would be spread over 3 shifts with 330 of those hired locally and 20 more making up the management team transferring here from Boomerang headquarters in Chesterfield, Missouri. Average hourly wage is $14.50 per hour plus excellent health and dental care coverage. Job applicants can submit applications at Workforce Solutions in the strip center next to Wal-Mart in Liberty. Scott Harris said hiring is very slow now but will accelerate in June and July.

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Hurricane Season: KSHN has reported extensively on predictions for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins on June 1. Most experts agree, and those predictions are for a very active hurricane season. Tim Heller, Chief Meteorologist for KTRK ABC Channel 13, was the guest speaker at this month's Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. He echoed those sentiments, saying gulf waters are warm this year, and that mirrors the pattern back in 2005 that produced Rita and Katrina. For information on preparing for hurricane season plus access to weather prediction sources, go to www.kshn.com and click on the emergency preparedness tab.

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Hayman Farewell: Tuesday night's Dayton School Board meeting was the final one for outgoing Superintendent Greg Hayman. His successor, Michael Kuhrt, was on hand for the meeting that ended with a surprise party honoring Hayman. Dayton school trustees also presented Greg Hayman with a plaque recognizing his 29 years of leadership in the Dayton ISD.

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Memorial Day Celebration: The Annual Memorial Day Celebration at Palms Memorial Park in Dayton is Monday, May 31, at 1 p.m. This year's speakers include U.S. Congressman Ted Poe, Col. Mark McClelland, and Iraq War Veteran Master Sergeant Joe Briscoe. Everyone is invited.

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Obituaries: Mavis Starling, 85, of Baytown, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Bethel Assembly of God Church in Liberty. Perry Leon Howard Jr., 38, of Silsbee, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at New Life Assembly of God in Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.79 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 96 THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

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Dayton School Bus: A Dayton school bus was involved in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning. DISD Assistant Superintendent and Director of Transportation Doug Coleman said while three Dayton elementary students were taken by ground ambulance to area hospitals to be checked out, their injuries were thought to be minor.

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LISD: Tuesday night, the Liberty School Board approved a resolution asking Liberty City Council to explore the possibility of prohibiting the sale of some incense and potpourri products within the city limits. KSHN recently reported the police department has seen an increase in the number of youth and adults using these products to get high. While they are usually labeled "not for human consumption", abusers typically smoke the product to get marijuana like effects. The resolution acknowledges these products have been confiscated on school premises. Liberty PD is urging parents to discuss these products and the potentially dangerous effects with their kids.

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Liberty Lions: The Liberty Lions Club recently awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 8 Liberty High Seniors. Each receiving $5,000 scholarships were Jeffrey Zamazal, Jeffrey Snider, Mariela Garcia and Trang Tran. $1250 each went to Morgan Webb, Jennifer Strawn, Byron Webb, Joshua Marshall and Kaci Hyrhorchuk. The Liberty Lions Club raises money for scholarship programs and other community causes through their Flags Across Liberty program, football concessions and football program sales, the annual Jubilee Fish Fry and broom and mop sales.

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Liberty Dayton Chamber 500: The annual Liberty Dayton 500 Fundraiser and Steak Dinner is set for Friday August 13 at the Dayton Community Center. In addition to the delicious steaks the popular "500" ticket drawing will be held for 12 great prizes. First prize in the "500" drawing is a Luxury John Deere Gator.

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Correction: Shred It in Liberty this Saturday starts at 9 a.m. and runs until noon or the truck fills up, which ever comes first.

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Obituaries: James Edward Fregia, 81 of Hull. Services tomorrow 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.09 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 95 WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010

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Dayton City Council: Monday night, Dayton City Council approved a meal program for the new senior center, at least on a trial basis. The program involves lunchtime meals prepared and sent from the Liberty Senior Activity Center to Dayton. Council approved the program for one day each week, Wednesday, through September. Mayor Steve Stephens said this would give council an opportunity to gauge the response to the program.

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Hospital District: Monday night the Liberty County Hospital District board approved transferring an additional $300,000 to the Liberty County Hospital District Corporation for extra funding for the Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center. That brings the total transferred by the tax-funded organization to the hospital to more than $1.9 million since the district took over the hospital late last year. In other action, the board elected Bruce Stratton to again serve as president with Paul Henry as vice-president. Sissie Drake was elected as secretary and newcomer Joanne Smith will serve as treasurer.

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Pedestrian Identified: Last Friday we reported on an accident in Dayton that seriously injured a Hispanic male walking along Highway 90. Now identified as Adon Esquivel, 19 of Mexico, we have learned the young man died that day of injuries he received in the accident.

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Free Fishing: The Texas "Free Fishing" day is coming up Saturday June 5. The Trinity River and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuges are hosting events as part of the state's annual free fishing day that allows anglers to fish or crab without a license throughout Texas. Trinity River Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus said the closest place is their annual Free Family Fishing day from 9 to 11 a.m. at the popular Champion Lake public use area. For information, call 336-9786.

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DARE Golf: The 15th annual Bridgehaven-DARE Golf Tournament is June 4 at Eagle Pointe Golf Course in Mont Belvieu. Organizers are signing up golfers for this charity tournament through May 28. The format is a four-man scramble and golfers can sign up for $80 per person or $300 per team. Sponsorships are also available. To sign up or become a sponsor, call Bridgehaven at 936-258-0400.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.99 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 94 TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

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Summer Jobs: Workforce Solutions has summer job opportunities for teens and young adults whose family receives any type of public assistance or with a family income below certain levels. These jobs are for those 16 to 24 years old. Those who qualify can apply at Workforce Solutions in the strip center adjacent to Wal-Mart in Liberty. For information, call 336-3637.

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Magnolia Ridge: The Magnolia Ridge Invitational Golf Tournament over the weekend drew a full field of golfers. When the final ball dropped Sunday on the three days of golf, the team of Ken Burnham and Bud Still took home the top trophy in the Championship Flight. Then in the Presidential Flight, Shawn Nelson and Jason Grimsley took first place.

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Shred It: Saturday, the Shred it and Forget it truck will be back in Liberty at city hall, hosted by the City of Liberty. Individuals and business are free to bring documents that contain confidential information to be commercially shredded. It starts at noon and runs until the truck fills up, which according to Diana Huddleston, Liberty City Council member, is often before noon. You do not have to be a resident of the City of Liberty to take advantage of this free service.

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Go Texan Golf: The 14th Annual Liberty County Metro Go Texan Golf Tournament is this Friday at Magnolia Ridge County Club with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $100 per player. For non-players the committee is looking for hole sponsors, also at $100. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo only recently announced the seven local high school seniors that are recipients of $150,000 of scholarship money. This golf tournament helps raise just some of the dollars that come back to Liberty County each year. For information, call Michael Page at 936-402-0471.

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Benefit: A benefit account has been set up for Clayton Evans, the Cypress Lakes firefighter injured in an accident. Donations can be made at First Liberty National Bank – Liberty or Dayton.

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CORRECTION: For information on the Hunger Buster program, call 936-336-4558 ext. 221.

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Obituaries: Everett Jack Morse, 89 of Saratoga. Services 2 p.m. today at West End Baptist Church in Saratoga.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.56 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 93 MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010

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Shooting at Warden's Home: Three men are in custody after they allegedly fired shots into the home of a warden at the prison complex in Dayton last Friday afternoon. Dayton PD Sgt. Doug O'Quinn said the men were taken into custody in Harris County after they wrecked a car during a police chase. Officers also seized a Tommy-gun style rifle and a handgun. Henry Hernandez, 19, is charged with felony evading arrest. His brother, 24-year-old Nelson Hernandez, is charged with felony in possession of a firearm. A third suspect, Larry Galloway, is in the Liberty County Jail charged with deadly conduct.

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Murder Arrest: A Tennessee teenager has been arrested for the murder of a former Dayton resident – 34-year-old Ron Christopher Poullard. He was killed last Monday in his Nashville, Tennessee apartment. Nashville police arrested Montavis Woodward, 18, of Tennessee late Thursday night. Nashville detectives say the teenager confessed, and they continue to seek one other suspect in the slaying.

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Special-needs Registration: With hurricane season beginning June 1, Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch is encouraging those with special needs to register with his office or the state. He defines the term special needs as anyone who needs help getting out of the county during a mandatory evacuation. So, if you need assistance getting out of Liberty County and have not already registered your current contact information, call the local office at 936-334-3219 or the statewide number at 211.

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Hunger Busters: Plans are being made for another summer of the popular Hunger Buster Youth Summer Lunch Program in Liberty. This program will provide a free lunch to kids from 1 to 18 years old beginning June 7 and continuing through August 13. For information on volunteering individually or as a group for this summer feeding program, call 936-336-4558, ext 221.

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Obituaries: Wanda Fay Cook, 78, of Silsbee. Service is 1 p.m. Wednesday at New Life Assembly of God Church in Batson under direction of Faith and Family. Kathy Riley, 59, of Daisetta. Service is 2 p.m. today at Central Baptist Church under direction of Allison Funeral Service.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.71 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 92 FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010

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Houston Scholarships: Seven Liberty County seniors were named as recipients of $15,000 Houston Livestock Show Scholarships. They are, from Liberty: Madison Moody and Trey Edmond, from Cleveland - Cherish Osburn. Kaileah Seedorf of Dayton, Luke Russell from Hardin. Honored from Hull-Daisetta, Elisabeth Perkins, and Sarah Hagler of Tarkingon.

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Suicide: According to Steve Greene, Public Information Officer with the Liberty County Sheriffs Department, Cathy Riley, 59 was found in a garden shed on her property in Daisetta, believed to have hung herself. Information from other sources indicates Deputy Constable Greg Beaves, Pct. #2 and an Emergency Medical Services employee, found a note nearby. There is no information on the contents of that note. Mrs. Riley, while having been off work for a few days, is said to have been in good health. Her husband found Cathy Riley, who worked as secretary for the Superintendent of the Hull Daisetta School district, Wednesday evening just before 5 p.m. An autopsy was ordered.

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Upgraded Charges: A Crosby man, Raymond Costello, 43, is now charged with Intoxication Manslaughter in the death of Mark Carpenter, 45 of Kenefick. In early April, Mark Carpenter was standing on the back of an ATV operated by Raymond Costello. Investigators say Costello stopped the ATV suddenly and Mr. Carpenter was thrown over the front and struck his head on the pavement. Raymond Costello was originally charged with Intoxication Assault, but following Mr. Carpenters death, the Galveston County DA's Office upgraded the charge to Intoxication Manslaughter. Mr. Costello is free pending trial on a $5,000 bond.

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Hardin Lions: Tuesday night, Hardin Lions Club President Cora Bechtel presented Hardin Seniors Samantha Carpenter, Shayla Benoit and Hannah Nolan each with a $500 scholarship for their continued education.

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Obituaries: David Gene Arnold, 62 of Dayton. Services 10 a.m. Saturday at 1st Baptist Church in Dayton. Jane Couch, 63 of Liberty. Services 10 a.m. today at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.71 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 91 THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

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Sales Taxes: After 14 months of declines, sales tax allocations across Texas were up 1.4 percent in April compared to April 2009. Sales taxes collected by retailers in March are sent to the state in April and arrive at cities and counties in May. Payments to cities in Liberty County were down a combined $152,082 or 21 percent for the month. Chambers County experienced a healthy 14.45 percent increase in May but is still down 11.25 percent for the first five months of 2010/

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Burn Ban: Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald issued a burn ban for the unincorporated areas of the county Wednesday. Of course, open burning is generally prohibited by ordinance within most municipalities. The Texas Forest Service has Liberty County listed on its "Daily Fire Danger Map" as high to very high fire danger. Due to dry conditions, increasing wildfire occurrences, and the presence of hurricane debris in Southeast Texas, the Texas Forest service has shifted some fire crews from wetter areas of the state to this region.

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Stroke Screening: The Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center is offering free stroke screenings next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday May 17, 19, and 21. Appointments can be scheduled those days between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Screening is recommended for everyone 65 years old and up or those under 50 with risk factors like a history of smoking, diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease or cholesterol greater than 200. Other risk factors include being overweight and exercising less than 3 times each week. To make an appointment for a free stroke screening, call 936-336-7316, ext. 176.

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Rep. Poe to Visit: U.S. Congressman Ted Poe will host a Youth Conference Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dayton Community Center. For more information, call the Liberty County Extension Office at 936-336-4558, ext. 221.

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Liberty Council: At their Tuesday meeting, Liberty City Council members gave their approval to a comprehensive plan to make an estimated $550,000 in improvements to the Liberty Airport. Council authorized City Manager Gary Broz to seek additional funding for the project from the Liberty Community Development Corporation.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.08 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 90 WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010

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Hurricane Drill: The Liberty County Office of Emergency Management held a hurricane drill last week. Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said the drill was held in preparation for hurricane season, which begins June 1. A Citizen's Hurricane Preparedness Meeting is next month, on June 17, at 6 p.m. in the Liberty Center at Liberty City Hall. Tom Branch said he wants citizens to remember the number 72. For those who don't heed mandatory evacuation orders, 72 hours is the time frame after a hurricane passes through before local citizens can expect help to arrive from government sources.

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Firefighter recovering: Cypress Lakes Volunteer Firefighter Clayton Evans, 22, is recovering at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston from serious injuries he sustained when the fire department tanker truck he was driving rolled on C.R. 2285 Monday afternoon. DPS reports indicate Evans lost control exiting a curve and was ejected. The truck was demolished.

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Devers VFD: The Devers Volunteer Fire Department will hold a barbecue fund raiser this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire house on Gates Street. Half-chicken plates are $8. You can order whole briskets by Thursday for $40. Call Joy at 936-402-5384. They also will have a raffle and bake sale Saturday in conjunction with the barbecue. Raffle tickets are $1 each, and the prizes include a shotgun, wooden bench and Kodak camera.

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Golf Tourney: Liberty County students have, for several years, been recipients of some outstanding scholarships coming to local kids from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This year's recipients should be announced in the next few days. KSHN is told they probably will announce $150,000 in scholarship dollars just for Liberty County graduating seniors. In a related matter, the Houston Metro Go-Texan Committee is holding its 14th annual golf tournament May 21 at Magnolia Ridge Country Club to help raise some of those dollars. The two-man scramble is $100 a golfer. They also need hole sponsors for $100. For information, call Michael Page at 936-402-0471.

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Obituaries: Robert Carter, 52, of Dayton. Service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at his home, 252 C.R. 4013 in Dayton, under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.56 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 89 TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

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Grant for Annex: Liberty County has been awarded a $2.729 million grant to use for a community facility and emergency shelter at the old Wal-Mart building in Liberty. County Judge Phil Fitzgerald said he recently received a letter notifying him that Liberty County has been approved for this federal money through the department of Housing and Urban Development. The letter says contract activities must begin within 90 days ad urges immediate action. Judge Fitzgerald said Hurricane Ike proved how important and emergency shelter is to both the county and region.

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New Drug: The Liberty Police Department is reporting an increase in teens and young adults using incense and potpourri products to get high. These products can be purchased from retailers, and users typically use them to get marijuana like high. This product however, is often sprayed with unknown chemicals and these can cause other side effects like hallucinations, delusions, vomiting, agitation, elevated blood pressure and other dangerous side effects. The products are generally marketed under names like, K-2, Buzz, Spice and many other names. While the incense is a mixture of herbal and spices plant products, it is the chemicals that are so dangerous. Liberty Police Officer Hugh Bishop said in the recent cases they have dealt with teenagers that have used the products were even more lethargic and more affected then a typical marijuana user.

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LHS Music Scholars: The Texas Music Educators Association honored Liberty High School students, Christopher Ellerbe and Conner Gilliland, both LHS juniors, as Texas Music Scholars. The Texas Educators Music Association sponsors all state bands, orchestras and choirs. The two high school students were named as scholars for outstanding qualities in scholastic merit, musicianship and citizenship in their school.

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Memorial Service: The First Baptist Church in Liberty will once again host the Annual Public Service Memorial recognizing those who serve in law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency medical services. The service is tomorrow evening at 7 p.m., all those who work in one of these areas of public service is encouraged to attend, as is the public to show appreciation for what these men and women do.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.00 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 88 MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010

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Election Results: Liberty residents went to the polls Saturday to decide a contested race for mayor. Unofficial results in that race show incumbent Carl Pickett winning re-election with 337 votes while Dennis Beasley garnered 216 votes. Beasley does remain on City Council. Liberty ISD voters rejected the $18.27 million bond issue. That measure failed with 58% or 465 voters against and only 335 votes for it. 800 votes decided the issue's fate.

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More Results: Four candidates were running for three spots on Dayton City Council. Elected were the three incumbents – Ricky Brown, Bill Gay, and Felix Skarpa. In the Hardin ISD, incumbent trustee Kevin Ladd won reelection. Also elected to the Hardin school board was Dana Holst.

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Sinkhole Suit: A lawsuit was filed Thursday by the city of Daisetta and many of its residents over the massive sinkhole that formed back on May 7, 2008. According to local attorney Rick McGuire, testing of the sinkhole has indicated elevated levels of toxic substances. The suit charges negligence and malice. Rick McGuire said the same substances found in the Daisetta water could soon be found in Liberty's water. He alleges the city's north water well is 6.3 miles downhill from the sinkhole, and engineers he has worked with believe it is just a matter of when, not if, these substances will intrude Liberty's main water supply.

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Silas Parks Enter Pleas: The Idaho murder trial of Silas Parks, accused of killing Dayton native Sarah Sheffield Parks last June, was scheduled to begin today. However, Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson says Silas Parks recently pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and one count of first-degree arson in connection with her death. Sentencing has been set for June 8. Silas Parks could be sentenced to a maximum of 40 years in prison.

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Dayton FFA: Another great year at the Dayton FFA Youth Auction Saturday with $161,615 in contributions from bidders. Then came $4,630 in re-sales for a total of $165,976. The Grand Champion Steer was raised by Mikayla Yates of the Dayton 4-H. Thrif-tee Food Center was high bidder at $10,735. Leighton Chachere of Dayton FFA sold the Reserve Champion Steer to Liberty County judge candidate Ken Morrison for $9,000.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 87 FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010

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Castilaw Sentenced: 253rd District Judge Chap Cain sentenced Rhonda Castilaw, 40, of Saratoga to 20 years in prison. Ms. Castilaw faced an Intoxication Manslaughter charge following the 2008 wreck that resulted in the death of 46-year-old Arthur Childress of Hardin. She pled guilty to a lesser charge of Aggravated Assault. Judge Cain sentenced her to the maximum 20 years. The judge also ruled she used a deadly weapon- a motor vehicle- in the commission of the crime. She will have to serve at least half the sentence before parole eligibility.

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Elections: Voting is from 7 to 7 tomorrow in all city council and school board elections. Those include the Liberty mayor's race, the proposed $18.27 million LISD bond issue, school trustee elections in the Hardin, Hull-Daisetta and Cleveland ISDs and city council elections in Dayton and Cleveland.

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Hardin Fire: A singlewide mobile home in Hardin was heavily damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon. Hardin Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Ed Webb said the master bedroom area was a total loss while the remainder of the house received smoke, heat and water damage. The home, located on C.R. 2066, is owned by Danna Stewart. No injuries were reported.

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Summer Jobs: Workforce Solutions has summer job opportunities specifically for 16 to 24 year olds whose family receives any type of public assistance or with a family income below certain levels. Those who qualify can apply at Workforce Solutions, next to Wal-Mart. For information, call 336-3637.

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Bridgehaven is Tribute: Bridgehaven Children's Advocacy Center relies heavily on its volunteers who give tirelessly to the organization to assist in the group's priceless service to the abused kids of Liberty and Chambers counties. On Wednesday, the local organization presented certificates to these volunteers – Leslie Torrey, Larry Harris, Meagan Mitchell, Betty Williamson, Mary Clarkson, Mike Caudill, KSHN Radio, Lana McCarty, John Sellers and Marisol Aquilar.

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Obituaries: Charlie J. Anders, 69, of Dayton. Service is 10 a.m. today at Pace-Stancil in Dayton. James Shauberger, 86, of Trinity. Graveside is 2 p.m. today in Cooke Cemetery.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 86 THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010

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Election Day Voting Locations: Saturday is Election Day for city and school board elections. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. In Liberty, residents can cast their ballots at the Liberty Center in the mayor's race as well as the amendments to the city home rule charter. In the Liberty ISD $18.27 million bond issue, precincts #5, #19, and #28 will cast ballots at the Liberty Center. Precincts #11 and #18 vote at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church and Precinct #6 will vote at Bethel Assembly of God Church on FM 563. We will have voting locations for other Saturday city and school elections tomorrow.

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Pregnancy Care Center: The Pregnancy Care Center is holding its second annual Banquet Thursday May 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Dayton Community Center. Stacy Brown, the Center's Executive Director said there are a limited number of $10 tickets. Dinner will include a roast beef carving station and chicken picatto along with a silent auction, and testimonials from those who have benefited from the Christian ministry's outreach. The money raised through the banquet will benefit the Pregnancy Care Center. For information, call 936- 258-9000.

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Lee College Rebel Days: Coming up Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. Lee College in Baytown will hold a Rebel preview day. Natiesha Walker, Student Recruiter for Lee said the day is for anyone interested in Lee College, high school students to returning adults. The Rebel preview day is an open house to highlight both academic and technical programs, student services and student life. For information, call 281-425-6383, 832-556-4068 or go to their website, www.lee.edu.

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LPD Volunteers: The Liberty Police Department is looking for volunteers to monitor the city's handicapped parking program. After a brief training period, volunteers will assist Liberty PD by writing parking citations on unauthorized vehicles found in spaces marked for handicapped parking. The training class will be Saturday June 5. For information, call the police department at 336-5666, or drop by the police department at 1914 Lakeland Drive to pick up an application to participate.

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Obituaries: Dale Wade Campbell, 50 of Liberty. Services Saturday 3 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 85 WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010

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Tax Protest: Alan D. Conner, Chief Appraiser with the Liberty County Central Appraisal District encourages those who disagree with the appraisal district numbers to file a protest. Protests must be filed by May 31. Alan Conner said to expand the opportunities for property owners to meet with an appraiser; the Central Appraisal District's main office in Liberty is now open Saturday. For information, call 936-336-5722, in Dayton, 257-8395, or Cleveland 281-593-1605.

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Care Packages: This Saturday there is another opportunity to donate items to be included in care packages for soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recommended items include baby wipes, bug spray, soap and non-perishable foods, like canned fruit peanut butter or tuna. Please do not donate glass, or other breakable items, pork products, alcohol or adult magazines. Your donation can be dropped off this Saturday at the Dayton Community Center from 10 until 1 p.m.

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Chambers Co. Youth: Starting today, the Chambers County Youth Project Show is being held in Whites Park on Highway 61 near I-10. Projects at this weeks show range from academic to livestock, poultry, cooking, building projects, ag mechanics and more. The auction will be Saturday at 5 pm, with Auctioneer Ed Phillips. 100 Club memberships to support the youth auction are available at White's Park during the week.

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Lions Honor Lion: Liberty has a tremendously active Lions Club, and one of their very best is R.B. McDonald, who was recently the honored recipient of the Lions Past District Governors Award. Lion R.B. McDonald's citation for this special honor also cites the Liberty man for his community involvement outside Lions. He has been involved in the Chamber of Commerce, the Spirit of Sharing, served as leader in the new Hunger Buster Program, volunteers at the State Prison Visitors Center in Dayton, and coordinates blood drives held at First United Methodist Church in Liberty.

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Obituaries: Lewis Raymond Thomas, 82 of Cleveland. Graveside service Thursday at 2 p.m. in Moss Hill Community Cemetery. Ozeya Papillion, 70 of Liberty. Services Saturday 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Church in Liberty.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 84 TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010

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Appraisals: Yesterday, KSHN reported that countywide, property appraisals had decreased by 2.35 percent. However, within the boundaries of the Liberty School district, many have seen their values increase. Alan D. Conner, Chief Appraiser for the Liberty County Central Appraisal District said his office is on a six-year rotating schedule of actually seeing each property in a specific area. This year, the appraisers spent their time seeing each property within Liberty ISD's boundaries. Property owners who want to file a protest must do so by May 31. Protest forms were included with the appraisal notices in the mail.

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Public Service Memorial: The 1st Baptist Church in Liberty will once again host the annual Public Service Memorial honoring those who serve in law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical services. There will also be a time to recognize those in the state of Texas who have lost their lives in the line of duty this past year. The Memorial services will be Wednesday May 12 at 7 p.m.; all those who work in one of these areas of public service are encouraged to attend, as is the public to show appreciation for what these men and women do. There will be a reception following the service.

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Kidfish: Nearly 400 kids flocked to the Liberty Municipal Park Sunday for the annual Kidfish. It has been 18 years since J.C. Burnham and his son, Bruce first brought Kidfish to Liberty County. The annual tradition gives kids an opportunity to have fun in a wholesome environment. Only days before the event, the state Parks and Wildlife Department generously stock the Liberty Park pond. This years bragging rights for the longest fish of the day goes to 3-year-old Joshua Brown, with a catfish measuring in at a whopping 25 3/4 inches.

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Opponents to Bond: We learned there is some type of effort opposing the Liberty School District Bond issue of $18.27 million. A circular is being posted on doors of homes calling for votes opposing the measure. As we understand it, the flyer has no group or contact number. We have featured numerous news stories raising questions from both sides, but we have not found any group opposed to the passage of the bonds. If there is an organized opposition, a spokesperson is invited to call with a position statement.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 83 MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

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Property Appraisals: KSHN already reported the Liberty County Central Appraisal District mailed out 2010 property appraisals in mid-April. Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner said, based on preliminary values, the school districts of Cleveland, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta, Liberty and Tarkington have all seen an increase in appraised values while Dayton and Devers ISDs are down. As for the cities across Liberty County, appraisals in Ames, Cleveland, Daisetta, Hardin and Liberty are all up while Dayton, Devers and Dayton Lakes projected values are down. The deadline to file a property tax protest is May 31. Forms were included with appraisals. Property owners can also file online – go to www.kshn.com and click on the government tab, then scroll down to the appraisal district link. The phone number to their main office in Liberty is 936-336-5722.

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Jailer Problems: More correctional officers are in trouble at the Liberty County Jail. Steve Greene, public information officer at Liberty County Sheriff's Department, says a search was conducted last Thursday by deputies and U.S. marshals with the aid of specially trained search dogs. During that surprise search, contraband items believed to be intended for delivery to prisoners were found. More than one correctional officer was fired; charges may follow. Sheriff Patterson said such searches will be normal as his department combats problems at the jail.

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DISD Superintendent: DISD trustees voted unanimously last Thursday to hire new superintendent – 39-year-old Michael Kuhrt. He is coming to Dayton from Giddings ISD where he was been superintendent for the past six years. The Dayton school district's new top man officially starts May 17. He will receive a salary of $143,000 per year plus an auto allowance, phone allowance and the same benefits of all DISD employees.

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LISD Bond Election: Early voting ends tomorrow in the May 8 Liberty ISD $18.27 million bond election. Registered district voters can cast early ballots today and tomorrow during regular business hours at the administration building on Grand Avenue. Evening voting is tomorrow from 5 to 9 at the LHS gym.

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Obituaries: Kamdyn Braelynn Taylor, 2 months old. Service is today at 2 p.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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