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September 2010

VOLUME 25 NO. 186 THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010

 

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Liberty Airport: The City of Liberty held a press conference Wednesday to announce more than $1.6 million in improvements to Liberty Municipal Airport. City Manager Gary Broz said the state and federal governments are funding much of the work. Improvements include new hangers, a terminal building, and parking lot. Bill Sjolander Airport Advisory board member described the airport as a great economic development tool for the City of Liberty and surrounding area. City Manager Gary Broz said plans are in place to hire an airport manager in either late December or January. Bill Sjolander said in addition to making the airport better and more appealing to pilots, the city's commitment makes the airport more attractive for possibly more TxDot funded projects.

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Cleveland City Manager: Long time city manager in Cleveland, Philip Cook, has been fired, for what was called "without cause" on a 4-1 vote of city council. This happened in a specially called meeting in Cleveland City council chambers Tuesday night. Philip Cook spoke first and we are told his remarks were received by a standing ovation from the audience. Following an executive session, Cleveland Council Member Barbara McIntyre made the motion to buy out Mr. Cook's agreement at an approximate cost to the city of $40,000. Council member Dolores Terry seconded the motion, and the other two votes to end Cook's term as city manager came from Council Members Cedric McDuffie and Durlene Davis. The only no vote came from council member Eddie Lowery. Prior to the Tuesday night meeting even being held, an agenda was posted for a meeting Friday at 3 p.m. to appoint an interim manager.

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Football: KSHN Radio will carry the Dayton Broncos full stereo tomorrow night as the Liberty Panthers have the night off. The Broncos travel to Galena Park where the 1-3 Broncos play the Yellow Jackets. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. That game will also be online, at www.kshn.com. Then, online only, the Hardin Hornets host the Buna Cougars starting at 7:30 p.m. and the Barbers Hill Eagles at home against Baytown Lee, kick off at 7 p.m. The 2-3 Hull Daisetta Bobcats are off this week.

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Obituaries: Diana Campbell, 61 of Dayton. No services scheduled at this time.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.64 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 185 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2010

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners, acting on the advice of Liberty County Indigent Health Care Director Donna Burt, voted to discontinue the IHC van program. Donna Burt said since late 2008, not a single person on the Liberty County Indigent Health Care Rolls have used the vans for transportation to a medical appointment or facility outside of Liberty County. She said, in addition, each time one of the vans makes a trip it cost an approximate $675 per trip, and is not a required program. Donna Burt assured commissioners for those who needed assistance; they had, in the past used gas cards, and could do so again if needed.

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DISD: For about three years, information available through the Dayton ISD web site has included pages for every DISD classroom. That is where teachers post schedules, assignments and general classroom information. According Amy Ripkowski, DISD Technology Department, those pages continue to expand and now feature on line surveys for parents to provide information to teachers as well as blogs where students can communicate with teachers and each other. You can access the Dayton school districts website by going to ours, www.kshn.com

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Fall Festival: This Saturday and Sunday, Our Mother of Mercy Church in Ames, is holding their 15th Annual Fall Festival, and features a domino tournament on Saturday, garage sale both days, fish baskets on Saturday with gumbo Saturday evening, BBQ, silent and live auction, and bingo on Sunday. The event will be held on the church grounds and in the fellowship hall

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Free Mammograms: Through a special Susan G. Komen grant, the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown has been funded to offer 200 free mammograms for women in this area who qualify. Denise Martinez said to qualify the person should be between 40 & 65 years, or over 65 without Medicare. In addition, those who are not insured or whose insurance does not provide for preventive screenings. The phone number to call for an appointment for a free mammogram is 832 556 6300.

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Obituaries: Theresa Carrington, 85 of Double Bayou. Services today at 11 a.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Double Bayou.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.84 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 184 TUESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2010

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Electrocution Death: An autopsy has been ordered in the apparent electrocution of a Dayton man. According to Sheriff's department spokesman Steve Greene, 27-year-old Joshua Kenneth Lee McKeand was reported missing on Tuesday September 21. It was not until Saturday when his body was discovered beneath the manufactured home where a relative lives north of Dayton in the Colonial Oaks subdivision off Hwy 321. Sheriff's Captain Steve Greene said apparently the man had been cutting electrical wires under the residence, and it appears his death was an accident.

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105 Cleanup: This past Saturday as a part of the 17th annual Public Lands Day, The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, along with the Friends of the Trinity River Refuge, hosted a trash cleanup day at the Hwy 105 Trinity River Bridge. National Wildlife Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus said more than 50 volunteers participated in the local event, filling an entire seven foot by 18 foot trailer with debris weighing an estimated 2,000 pounds.

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Ricky Brown to Retire: A well-known Dayton businessman is retiring this Thursday. Ricky Brown, President of the Dayton Office of Capital Farm Credit is hanging it up the last day of September. Jennifer Williams, office manager for the Capital Farm Credit office in Dayton, said the public is invited to the Dayton Community Center this Thursday for a retirement party. That will be from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Airport Announcement: The City of Liberty has scheduled a press conference for this coming Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Liberty Municipal Airport. City Manager Gary Broz said details will be provided about the estimated $1.5 million in improvements to the airport approved by the Liberty City Council several months ago. Gary Broz said some of the details are still being worked out on the grant funding that will pay for the largest portions of the airport improvement.

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Obituaries: Joshua Kenneth Lee McKeand, 27 of Dayton. Memorial service today 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Dahlia Laverne Whittle Smith, 90 of Liberty. Services today at 2 p.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.19 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 183 MONDAY, SEPT. 27, 2010

LISD Bond Meeting: Liberty ISD will host a public meeting and tour tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building on Grand Avenue to provide district residents information on the $18.74 million bond election set for Nov. 2. The district also has information on its website – that info includes a detail of all five propositions, the impact on district property owners as well as two virtual tours of proposed changes. Just go to www.kshn.com and click on the school tab to find a panther logo to link to the district's homepage.

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Fatal Wreck: A Friday afternoon wreck on FM 1008 just north of Daniel Park claimed the life of two Dayton residents. Those killed were Rebecca Hurta, 20, and Delana Duncan, 18. DPS Cpl. Rob Willoughby said his initial investigation indicated the two women were traveling south through the sweeping curve at Bowie Creek on FM 1008 when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a pickup. The truck's driver was taken by air ambulance to a Houston hospital, said to be in critical condition.

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Banking: Security State Bank has acquired Legend Bank in Dayton. Today, that bank begins operation under the new name, Security State Bank - Dayton Banking Center. No staff changes are expected. Arlene Langham remains as president.

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Cold Case: DNA testing has resulted in the arrest of Kevin Edison Smith of Louisiana for the 1996 killing of a 13-year-old girl. The body of Kyrstal Jean Baker was discovered beneath the I-10 Trinity River bridge in Chambers County on March 5, 1996. Kevin Smith is being held on a $1 million bond.

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Football Roundup: The Dayton Broncos won their district opener Friday shutting out Barbers Hill 54-0. Huffman defeated Liberty 56-7. Deweyville topped Hull-Daisetta 23-20 while Hardin beat Kountze 48-34. Coldspring hammered Tarkington 54-0, and Cleveland got past Shepherd 16-14.

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Obituaries: Delana Michelle Duncan, 18, of Dayton. Service is 10 a.m. today at Kenefick Southern Baptist Church under direction of Pace-Stancil. Rebecca Lynn "Becca" Hurta, 20, of Dayton. Service is 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil. Marvin H. Smith, 68, of Dayton. Service is tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Cooke Cemetery under direction of Allison Funeral Service.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.94 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 182 FRIDAY, SEPT. 24, 2010

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Liberty Wreck: A Liberty woman was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital following a three-vehicle wreck Thursday morning. Liberty Police Officer Josh Cummins said 76-year-old Teresa Mallet was traveling northbound on the bypass near Old Beaumont Road when she veered into the path of an on coming 18-wheel tractor trailer. Malltett's vehicle also struck a pickup truck traveling behind the semi-truck. Teresa Mallett was taken by Liberty EMS to the fire station on Lakeland Drive. From there, she was airlifted to the Houston hospital. Her condition is unknown.

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Utility Meters: The City of Liberty is moving ahead with the planned replacement of city water and electric meters. We reported city officials attribute the loss of 30 % annual water revenue and 15 % in electricity revenue to old, poorly functioning utility meters. Liberty City Manager Gary Broz said the city would be going out for bids on the project within the next few weeks. He acknowledged many residents would not be happy their water and electric bills may go up in the coming year, but pointed out it is not due to a rate increase, just the new meters calculating actual water and electricity use.

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Child Safety Seat Check: Are your kids being buckled up safely in the car? Dayton Police Chief Pete Douzat said child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. To help make sure your child's seat is property installed, Dayton Police Department will hold a free child safety seat check tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dayton Civic Center, 801 South Cleveland. An event planned by the Liberty PD has been postponed due to illness.

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Hospital District: The Liberty County Hospital District voted to approve a tax rate of 9 cents per $100 of assessed property value. That tax rate was set by voters upon creation of the district and has remained unchanged the last two years.

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Obituaries: Keith Berry, 63, formerly of Dayton. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Kerrville. David Chaumont, 55, formerly of Liberty. Service is 2 p.m. Saturday at Allison Funeral Service. Elton Glenn Poland, 77, of Honey Island. Service 3 p.m. today at Faith and Family.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.76 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 181 THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

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David Chaumont: KSHN Radio has learned of the unexpected passing of David Neil Chaumont, age 55. David called Liberty home most of his life, the son of Huey and Bert Chaumont of Liberty. He died at his home near Austin, in the city of Logo Vista. No cause has been released. He lived a short distance from Austin and had business interests in Baytown. Chaumont is married with three adult daughters. We have also been informed that his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Chaumont have temporarily closed their Gold Nugget Jewelry store on the courthouse square in Liberty after learning of their son's passing.

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Dayton ISD: The Dayton School board met Tuesday night and approved the purchase of three new school buses for a little over $291,000. Superintendent Mike Kuhrt said the buses are air-conditioned and have seat belts, which is in keeping with the long-term goals of the school board. The 72 passenger buses were already in the budget.

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Firefighter Battling Cancer: A longtime Liberty Fire Fighter, Oscar Cantu is hospitalized in Houston with stage #2 multiple-myeloma cancer that has been found in his bone marrow. A fundraiser has been set for this long time professional and most recently, volunteer firefighter, next Thursday September 30 at the Liberty Fire Station on Lakeland Drive. All proceeds will go toward medical expenses and other needs of Oscar's family. A chili dinner and bake sale is set for 5 to 8 pm next Thursday. The chili dinner is $5 per plate. The fire department is also accepting donations. The Oscar Cantu family is now in their third decade, and third generation of volunteer service to this community. Oscar's son Jacob is a fulltime dispatcher for the city of Liberty and a volunteer firefighter.

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LISD: Liberty ISD will host a public informational meeting and tour today at noon at the school administration building on Grand Ave. to provide school district residents and taxpayers an opportunity to learn more about $18.874 million bond election.

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Obituaries: Keith Berry, 63 formerly of Dayton. Services pending in Kerrville, Texas. Patrick Patterson, 57 of Hardin. Services at a later date. Louise William Smith, 60 of Dayton. No services are planned at this time.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.71 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 180 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2010

LISD: Liberty ISD will host a public informational meeting and tour tomorrow at noon to provide school district residents and taxpayers an opportunity to learn more about the five propositions on the $18.874 million bond election set for November 2. Liberty School Superintendent Cynthia Lusignolo said this is one of four upcoming opportunities set for citizens to learn more about the many proposed projects and the impact these bonds would have on tax rates. School district residents will also have a chance to ask questions and see the condition of the facilities for themselves.

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Kenefick VFD: The Kenefick Volunteer Fire Department will hold a town hall meeting tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the Kenefick Community Center on FM 2797. The Kenefick fire station is located just around the corner on FM 1008 where it has been under lease since the 1970's. A recent landownership change has raised a number of questions. The meeting is designed to address rumors and answer questions.

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Dayton Shooting: The shooting of a woman at a residence on Hwy 321 in Dayton remains under investigation. We reported it was just after 4 a.m. last Friday when Dayton police found a woman who identified herself as "Zitlily Tentory" suffering from gunshot wounds to the hand and shoulder. She is expected to recover, however Dayton police detective John Headrick said the she has been in and out of conscious since the shooting and has been unable to answer questions about the incident. Anyone with information is asked call Dayton PD at 258-7621.

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Public Lands Day: The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge will sponsor its annual cleanup event at the S.H. 105 Bridge this Saturday morning from 9 to 11. This local event is held in conjunction with the 17th Annual National Public Lands Day. Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus said the event is designed to remove trash and educate participants about the environment and recycling. Organizers encourage participants to bring their own work gloves and closed-toe shoes.

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Obituaries: Nellie Fregia, 86 of Hull. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Faith and Family Funeral Services in Batson. Brad Grimes, 60 of Batson. Services tomorrow 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.57 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 179 TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2010

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County Budget: As reported, Liberty County Commissioners adopted the county's 2010/2011 fiscal year budget and tax rate during their last regular meeting. Concerning that budget, County Auditor Harold Seay said his concern in recent years is the rapid use of fund balance reserves to help cover expenses. In fact, the approved 2010/2011 budget projects the general fund balance will plummet $3.75 million in the coming fiscal year, while the road and bridge fund balance will drop another $400,000. This, said the county auditor, comes on the heels of several years of commissioners dipping into reserves to pay the bills. Harold Seay said, as the county's auditor, that trend raises concerns for future budgets.

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Liberty Eyesore Elimination: The City of Liberty has gotten rid of a longtime local eyesore and preliminary plans are under way to remove another. We reported extensively on the demolition of the old Mercy Hospital. Now that it is done, Liberty City Manager Gary Broz said the next step is to clean up the site a bit more then sell it. Another abandoned local structure that has fallen into dangerous disrepair is the old car dealership on Hwy 90 facing MLK, next to Tower Autowplex. City Manager Broz said Tower Autoplex owner Paul Goodwin met with the Liberty County Development Corporation about help in tearing that building down so he can purchase that property. The Liberty City Manager said discussions about tearing down that old car dealership are still in the early stages, however Paul Goodwin has told the L.C.D.C. Board, if he purchases the property, he will pay the delinquent taxes.

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Valley Players: The south Liberty county thespians, the Valley Players will present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", Friday October 8th through Sunday October 10th. The curtain goes up Friday at 8 p.m., then Saturday. a matinee at 2 and another night performance at 8 p.m. then comes another matinee Sunday October 10th at 2 p.m. Call Jackie Hartel for reservations at 936-336-6699.

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Obituaries: James Rosier, 84 of Thicket. Services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Thicket. Nadean Phillips, 81 of Raywood. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Faith and Family Funeral Service in Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.42 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 178 MONDAY, SEPT. 20, 2010

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Dayton Shooting: Dayton police are investigating a shooting that occurred shortly after 4 a.m. Friday at a residence on S.H. 321. Officers arrived to find a woman with two gun shot wounds sitting in a vehicle near the roadway. She identified herself to EMS personnel as Zitlily Tentory and was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries. Dayton PD is looking for a person believed to be at that home at the time of the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. John Headrick at 936-258-7621.

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Kelley Indicted Again: Local lawman Harry Leroy Kelley has been indicted on another felony count. This time it's a federal mail fraud charge for allegedly purchasing laser sights under the guise of official law enforcement business but then providing those aiming devices to an individual, Gary Lee of Sportsmans Outlet in Humble. This allegedly occurred while he was working as a captain for the Liberty County Sheriff's Department. Back in August, Harry Kelley was indicted by a federal grand jury on 107 counts involving the theft of firearms, possession of stolen ammunition, and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. All those earlier charges stemmed from his work at Cleveland Police Department. Liberty County Sheriff's Captain Harry Kelley is on administrative leave without pay.

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Flu Shots: Texas Department of State Health Services is offering flu shots in Liberty today and tomorrow by appointment. They will be at the clinic at 501 Palmer Street. Health officials say everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against flu. That is especially important for those with chronic health conditions, young children, pregnant women and anyone 65 years and older. Call 281-592-6714.

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Football Roundup: The Liberty Panthers are 1-3 after falling Friday to Beaumont Kelly 42-35. The Panthers open district play this coming Friday at Huffman. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Also over the weekend, the 0-3 Dayton Broncos fell to powerful 5-A Aldine Eisenhower 39-21. Dayton opens district play at home this Friday night at 7. In other area action, Hull-Daisetta topped Tarkington 28-6 while Booker T. Washington beat Cleveland 26-14. Both Hardin and Barbers Hill had the weekend off.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.08 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 177 FRIDAY, SEPT. 17 2010

Big Drug Bust: A huge drug bust was made last Tuesday by Department of Public Safety Trooper Chris Cash following a routine traffic stop on US 90 near SH 146 bypass. Last Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m., Trooper Cash was alerted by suspicious conduct, and during a search of the vehicle from Maryland, 23 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of about $2 million, was found in the trunk. Trooper Cash also recovered more than $12,000 cash in the arrest. Charged with felony possession of narcotics and money laundering and housed in the Liberty County jail is Trevor Brooks, 40, and a female, Jimmie Mattison, 37, both Maryland residents.

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Thief Caught: After alert neighbors, notified police of a suspicious man lurking about the neighborhood, a 19-year-old man Darnell Kirkwood was taken into custody for burglary of a habitation. The home at the corner of Holly and Columbia had police covering all the entrances when the thief tried to calmly stroll out the front door. Liberty Police Detective Barbie Miller quickly had the man on the ground and in handcuffs.

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LISD Board: The Liberty Independent School District trustees learned of a decline in enrollment during Tuesday's board meeting. Since the majority of the state's funding for school districts is based on the number of students in attendance each day, this could have an impact on the district's budget. Liberty School Trustees were told the decrease of 85 students from the beginning of last year means the potential drop in state funding, when compared to the same time last year, is $371,620 a year.

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Flu Shots: The Texas Department of State Health Services will offer flu shots in Liberty Monday and Tuesday at 501 Palmer St. by appointment. Health officials say the vaccinations are especially important for young children, pregnant women, those with chronic health conditions and anyone 65 years and older. It is also important for those in the health care industry and those caring for a child under the age of 6 months. Call 281-592-6714 to make an appointment. A donation of $10 is requested.

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Obituaries: Denzel Walter Hill, 11. Services Monday at 10 a.m at Immaculate Conception Church in Liberty. Lillie Mildred Davis George, 84 of Channelview. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Faith and Family Funeral Home in Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.85 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 176 THURSDAY, SEPT. 16 2010

New Plant: When we first reported that Boomerang Pipe had purchased the National Pipe and Tube building, it was mentioned that some other companies, doing business with Boomerang, might also be added. Now one of those smaller companies has committed to Liberty and has begun building their operation here. Jeff Babb, President of Ricochet Pipe, LLC said contractors are clearing land on the North West corner of Boomerang property this week. Once at full staff, they expect to have a workforce of 20. All job applicants should go to the Texas Work Source Office near Wal-Mart.

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Liquor by the Drink Tabled: The Liberty City Council took no action on the most controversial item on the council's Tuesday night agenda, the possibility of calling an election to decide whether alcoholic beverages could be sold by the drink. Attorney Brandon Davis and City Attorney Randy Günter said their research showed that a city couldn't call or conduct such an election. An individual or organization must initiate the process and that process would eventually require a petition be submitted to commissioner's court, who would then have the authority to call and conduct an election.

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Son Guilty in Mom's Murder: After deliberating for about 45 minutes yesterday morning, a Liberty County jury found Corderral Smith, guilty of capital murder in the death of his own mother, Gloria Ryan. The Cleveland woman was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in 2006. 253rd District Judge Chap Cain sentenced Corderral Smith to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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KSHN Programming: The University of Texas vs. Texas Tech Football game on KSHN is Saturday night with a 7 p.m. kickoff. We are moving Roy Bennett's Country and Bluegrass to Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. The Houston Texans game will kick off at 3:15 Sunday afternoon. With the Texans game running late, Andy Waldrop's Solid Gold Sunday will not start until shortly after 7 p.m., but will stay the course for his full three hours on the air.

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Obituaries: Robert Adrian LeClerc, 82 of Dayton. Services Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Darren Lee Orn, 44 of Spring. Services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Starling Funeral home in Anahuac.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.89 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 175 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15 2010

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Commissioners Approve Move: Recently we reported that County Judge Phil Fitzgerald had proposed applying to move Liberty County from Texas Department of Transportation's Beaumont District to the Harris County District for road funding and maintenance. Yesterday, Liberty County Commissioners unanimously rejected a resolution that would have asked the TxDot for a transfer from the Beaumont district to the Harris county district. Commissioner Lee Groce made that motion saying the decision was based, in part, on information from TxDot that indicated highway funding would actually be reduced here in Liberty County if the transfer took place. A report presented by TxDot to commissioners in a recent workshop says there does not appear to be any advantage for the move. That report says it appears Liberty County is faring better, per capita, in the Beaumont District than it would as part of the Houston District.

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Dog Abuser Arrested: Shane Rushing in his mid forties was arrested yesterday and charged with animal cruelty. The Dayton man's arrest stems from a Friday incident where a dog was thrown from the Trinity River Bridge into the water below. The man, now identified as Shane Rushing, said he was tired of the dog getting into the trash. Liberty Animal Control Officer Tammy Bishop and a Texas Game Warden rescued the frightened dog from a small outcropping of rocks. Other than being wet and scared, the dog was in good shape.

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Citrus Class: The Liberty County Office of the Texas AgriLife Extension and Liberty County Master Gardeners will hold a citrus grafting seminar tomorrow. Call 336-4558, ext. 221 to register. There is a $5 materials charge.

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Dayton Subs: For all current Dayton ISD substitute teachers and those interested in becoming one, Kaye Porter, Dayton's Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, said an upcoming mandatory substitute teacher training class will be this Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, with a second session available Friday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Those interested can register for this required training on the DISD website, go to our homepage, www.kshn.com and click on schools. Or call the Dayton ISD Administration Office 258-2667.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.46 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 174 TUESDAY, SEPT. 14 2010

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Hurricane Ike: It was two years ago yesterday when Hurricane Ike roared ashore and wrecked havoc along the upper Texas coast. The Category 2 hurricane was one of the costliest and most destructive tropical cyclones in U.S. History. In the days following the massive storm, Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald said the state of Texas notified him initial resources were limited because of the size and scope of the damage. Judge Fitzgerald said he believes it was the unifying spirit of area residents and the willingness of everyone to work together that made all the difference in local recovery efforts.

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Hardin VFD: Hardin Volunteer Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2010 Kenworth tanker truck that cost $238,000. A Texas Forest Service grant covered $150,000 of that amount with the balance coming from the department's fund-raising efforts. The new rig can pump 1,250 gallons of water per minute when needed.

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House Fire: A 1,500-square-foot brick home on County Road 2254 was leveled by flames in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning. C.R. 2254 is off S.H. 105 in the Davis Hill/Big Thicket area. That is in the Cypress Lakes Fire District. They asked for mutual aid from the Tarkington, Hardin and Hull-Daisetta fire departments. No one was at home when the fire destroyed that house, and no injuries were reported.

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Mason Honorees: The Liberty Masonic Lodge held its annual awards banquet last Thursday. Rodney Cullars, best known as Festus, was presented the Golden Trowell Award. That is the highest honor a lodge can present to any member. Also recognized was Mary Partlow. She was presented the Community Builder Award, which is the highest tribute the lodge can give to a non-member. The Masons also honored two members who have reached 50 years of service. Those Masons were Hugh Howard and B.E. "Potts" Rhodes.

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Obituaries: Melanie Lynn Jordan Williams, 48, of Batson. Service is 2 p.m. tomorrow at New Life Assembly of God Church under direction of Faith & Family of Batson. Lillie Singleton, 89, of Liberty, formerly of Batson. Cremation service under direction of Faith & Family.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.53 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 173 MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2010

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Animal Abuse: Liberty police are investigating a report that two men in a white Ford F-150 truck tossed a dog from the Hwy. 90 Trinity River bridge. That male canine was safely recovered and is described as possibly a boxer/pit bull mix with a white coat and subdued black freckles on his nose. He was wearing a blue nylon collar. A concerned citizen has come forward to offer a $500 reward to be paid for information leading to an arrest with formal charges in this case. Anyone with information on the dog or the two men in the F-150 truck can contact investigators at Liberty PD at 936-336-5666.

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Sales Tax: This could be considered a positive economic sign for Liberty County. After more than a year of downturns in retail sales tax collections, payments made this month to cities countywide were up 2.6 percent. Taking a look at individual cities, this month's payments were up in the towns of Liberty, Ames, Daisetta, and Devers. On the other hand, allocations were down in the cities of Cleveland, Dayton, Kenefick, North Cleveland and Plum Grove.

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Liquor in Liberty: One item on tomorrow night's Liberty City Council agenda is the consideration of an ordinance that would allow what is called "liquor by the drink" to be sold within the city limits. If approved by council, this issue would be placed on a future ballot for citizens to consider. Currently, only private club establishments can legally sell alcoholic beverages by the drink. Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett said though he personally favors the economic benefits such an ordinance would bring, he understands not everyone agrees with him on the issue. That Liberty City Council meeting is tomorrow at 6 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. As always, the public is welcome.

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Football: The Liberty Panthers got their first win of the season Friday night with a 30-23 victory over Porter High School. The Dayton Broncos are looking for their first win after falling 24-17 to highly rated Angleton. Both Liberty and Dayton are home this coming Friday. Also this past weekend, Hardin whipped West Hardin 53-28 while Crossroads defeated Hull-Daisetta 35-19.

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Obituaries: Robert "Bob" Davidson, 81, of Dayton. Service 2 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil Dayton. Richard Dale Parker, 59, of Moss Hill. Service 10 a.m. today at Allison Funeral Service.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.77 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 172 FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2010

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Porn Sentencing: Jordan Scott Wheeler, 22, of Cleveland was sentenced Wednesday to 51 months in federal prison for child pornography violations. He pled guilty in April. Cleveland police say Jordan Wheeler pawned a personal laptop computer to a Cleveland pawnshop back in 2008. After non-payment on the loan, an employee was preparing the computer for resell when they discovered images of minors engaged in sexually explicit activity. Cleveland PD was contacted, and investigators found more than 600 images of child pornography. Another computer confiscated from Jordan Wheeler, when a search warrant was served, contained more than 1,000 images of child porn.

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Shred It: The City of Liberty once again will host its free document shredding event tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of City Hall. Organizers ask for a maximum of five banker-sized boxes per person, and they suggest arriving well before the noon cutoff. During past events, Shred-It ended earlier because response was so great. For information on tomorrow's Shred-It event, call City Hall at 936-336-3684.

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No Flooding Expected Here: In spite of the heavy rains and flood conditions in the Dallas area, experts at the Lake Livingston Dam do not expect any significant flooding in this area due to increased discharges. The Trinity River Authority's Spencer Karr said it was the extremely wet conditions in the river downstream from Liberty to the Gulf that made the floods of 1990 and 1994 as bad as they were. We do not have a high river now, and he said that is significant.

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L-D Chamber Luncheon: The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon is Wednesday at noon at the Liberty Center in City Hall. Representatives from the Trinity Valley Exposition will discuss the upcoming fair and rodeo. Call the Chamber at 936-336-5736 to make reservations.

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Hull-Daisetta Game Change: The start time for Hull-Daisetta vs. Crossroads in Lovelady Saturday is 2 p.m. The pre-game on kshn.com begins at 1:45.

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Obituaries: Carolyn Sue Johnson, 61, formerly of Dayton. Service 11 a.m. today at FUMC of Dayton.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 171 THURSDAY, SEPT. 9, 2010

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School Enrollment: Post Labor Day school enrollment numbers show an increase of 72 students countywide from the same period last year. Cleveland ISD is up 100 kids from the same day last year. Dayton jumped by 36 from last year and Devers is up by 4 students in their pre-k through 8th grade classes. Hardin went up by nine, while Hull Daisetta held steady with 492 students following Labor Day both years. Enrollment is down in Liberty, where student population fell by 86 comparing this year to last. Also down is Tarkington - off by 73.

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Football Week 3: This is the third game of the high school football season for most area schools; however, it is only game two for Dayton who were off last week. This week the Dayton Broncos host the Angelton Wildcats. That game kicks off at 7 p.m. and can be heard live on KSHN 99.9 and kshn.com. The Liberty Panthers travel to New Caney's new 4-A Porter High school with a 7:30 kick off also carried live on KSHN and the internet. In online only broadcasts, you can tune into the Hardin Hornets for their homecoming match up against the West Hardin Oilers at 7:30 or the Barbers Hill Eagles as they travel to Nederland with a 7 p.m. kick off. On Saturday, Hull Daisetta, also an online offering at www.kshn.com, will take on Crossroads, and that game is being played at a neutral site in Lovelady. That game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

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City Park Party: Everybody is invited to the 12th annual City Park Party Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Liberty City Park Pavilion. Founded by Lee Coward Jr, Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Church the City Park Party is sponsored by the church and Reverend Coward's Vision Christian Ministry as a way to bring folks out for a great family day at the park. There will be live music, free hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy, games for the kids, and much more. For information, go to www.cityparkparty.com.

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Obituaries: Paul DeMartin Pierson, Jr., 52 of Baytown. Graveside services Saturday at 10 a.m. at Palms Memorial Cemetery in Dayton. Walter Glen Fregia, 68 of Baytown. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty. Rolo Gerald Weems, 79 of Liberty. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. Cornerstone Church in Liberty.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 170 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2010

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Redistricting: While the process of 2011 redistricting in Texas has not begun, there are some very good estimates of what Texas will be working with once all the numbers are tallied. State Representative John Otto said some have the state growing to an estimated population of 25 million. That growth would likely move the target number of citizens in a state representative's district from its current 145,000, plus or minus 5 percent, to 167,000. However, one point made by Representative John Otto, is counties whose entire population does not reach that target figure of 167,000 cannot be split up. The figures used by Rep. Otto are only estimates made at the state level and are not yet authenticated by the U. S. Census Bureau.

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Lovin Pleads Guilty: Philip Lorne Lovin, 47, has pled guilty in the 198th District Court in Kerr County to arson and insurance fraud. According to multiple sources, Philip Lovin is a former pastor of Midway Baptist Church of Dayton and a former chaplain with the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department. He has been sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication and community service on both admissions of guilt.

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Gatorfest: The 21st Texas Gatorfest is this weekend in Anahuac. It offers four stages of musical entertainment, food, fun plus arts and crafts vendors for the whole family. The annual festival gets under way Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight and continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and then again on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. It all takes place at Fort Anahuac Park. For information, go to our homepage at www.kshn.com and click on the upcoming events tab for a link to the Gatorfest website.

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Son Goes on Trial for Mother's Death: In August 2006, Texas Equusearch found the body of 50-year old Gloria Ryan in Southeast Houston. The Cleveland had missing from her home for two weeks. She was dead of multiple gunshot wounds. Her son, Corderral Smith, who was then 18, allegedly hired another man, Jason Rizzi, 22, of Humble, to kill her. Jury selection began yesterday in Judge Chap Cain's 253rd District Court in Corderral Smith's trial for Capital Murder.

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Obituaries: Charles Gordy, 73, of Smith Point, Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at North Main Baptist Church.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 169 TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010

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Flu Shots: Flu season is upon us. Experts recommend getting the annual influenza immunization early to head off the seasonal illness. Gradee Davis, Pharmacist at the Liberty Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy said there is a lot of misinformation about flu shots. She said the vaccine does not cause illness, as some believe; it prevents or at least makes the symptoms less severe.

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100 Club: The 100 Club, a non-profit, privately funded organization provides support for both the families of fallen law enforcement and fire departments members, but also provides financial assistance to buy life saving equipment. Recently, the 100 Club gave a grant of more than $14,000 to the Liberty Police Department for new bulletproof vests for their officers. Over the past several years, the 100 Club has provided more than $300,000 in aid to Liberty County law enforcement and their families. To learn more about the 100 Club, or even join for $100 per year, go to our website, www.kshn.com and click on the organizations link. The link to the 100 Club is on that page.

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Coushatta Trip: Reservations are being taken for the Sept. 23 bus trip to Grand Coushatta Resort and Casino in Kender La. Call the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber, 936-336-5736.

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DHS TAKS: Current and former Dayton High School or Dayton night school Workforce Academy students who still need to pass their TAKS requirements to receive their diploma can re-take the test next month. The dates are October 18-22 at Dayton High School. Registration is going on now and will remain open only through 5:00 p.m. September 17th. For information, call 936-258-2510, ext 4107.

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Obituaries: Evelyn Jeanette Thornton Enloe, 65 of Cleveland. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Allene Helen Bennett, 77 of Moss Hill. Services today at 10 a.m. in Mount Calvary Baptist Church of Moss Hill. Donna Gail Pitts Englett, 66 of Moss Hill. Graveside services tomorrow in the Moss Hill Cemetery. Herbert Reed Whitten, 92 formerly of Liberty. Services today at 1 p.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Melinda Ann Gajdosik Zarsky, 56 formerly of Dayton. Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 168 FRIDAY, SEPT. 3, 2010

Liberty Man Pleads Guilty: A 32-year-old Liberty man Brad Wayne Keaton, has pled guilty to a firearms violation. According to Texas U.S. Attorney John M. Bales, Brad Keaton pled guilty to being a felon in possessionof ammunition. The ammunition was discovered upon the Liberty man's arrest for driving with out a valid driver's license, after being stopped for a traffic violation in Liberty County. Further investigation revealed Keaton was a convicted felon, with a conviction in 2004 of assaulting a public servant, and in 1996, he was found guilty of engaging in organized criminal activity in Liberty County and robbery in Harris County. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

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Birthday Blood Bash: Dorothy Nettles, local coordinator for the Life Share Blood Center is celebrating her 77th birthday with a health fair and blood drive tomorrow. The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Dayton's First Baptist Church. In addition to an opportunity to make a life saving blood donation, registration information will be taken for bone marrow and organ donations as well. Dorothy Nettles said there would be a wide variety of health care information and services available.

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Dayton Chamber Lunch: The Dayton Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly noon luncheon this coming Tuesday at the Dayton Community Center on South Cleveland Street. Guest Speaker is Teresa Brown with Sage Payment Solutions, a credit card processing company. Los Compadres will cater the $10 lunch. Call the Dayton Chamber at 257-2393 for reservation.

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Radiograms Online: After several years of talking about doing this, we now have loaded all of our Radiogram newssheets from 1990 to the present day online. They can all be found on the kshn.com webpage. If you want to go searching, please remember these are only brief capsules of our top stories covered over those years. Our complete news files, with the full story we aired have always been archived at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center on FM 1011 in North Liberty.

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Obituaries: Odessie Chandler Fancher, 92 of Anahuac. Services today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Anahuac. Donna Sanders, 56 of Beaumont. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. Faith and Family Funeral Services in Batson.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 167 THURSDAY, SEPT. 2, 2010

Liberty City Council: The Liberty City Council met Tuesday night and held a public hearing on the proposed tax rate for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. While no member of the public spoke at the meeting, council spent that time discussing the tax rate and the financial pressures facing the city in the coming fiscal year. Council is proposing keeping the property tax rate at the current 59 cents per $100 of assessed value. At some point during the Tuesday night discussion, each Liberty council member made it clear it was his or her desire to lower that tax rate. However, each agreed that even with a subsequent increase in property values, the city's revenue is expected to be down.

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Shred-It: The City of Liberty is hosting a free document-shredding event Saturday September 11, from 9 a.m. to noon for folks to drop off up to five boxes for professional shredding. For information on this Shred-It recycling event, call Liberty City Hall at 336-3684. Each of the past Shred It events have ended before noon because response was so great the shred-it truck was full before the scheduled noon cutoff.

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Dayton Author: A new religious book by Dayton author Devron James is available in bookstores across the country. It is the third book by the 1991 Liberty high school graduate. His latest publication is titled "Seeking Wisdom among the Wise: Following Good Advice". All three books have been published through a company called Publish America. For information check with your favorite bookstore.

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Closed for Labor Day: The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Cleveland, Dayton and Liberty will be closed Monday for Labor Day. All banks and post offices will also be close countywide on Monday. Waste Management garbage service will not run Monday in all three major cities.

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Friday Football: Huntington @ Liberty, broadcast online and at 99.9 FM. Hardin @ Tarkington broadcast online, www.kshn.com. Barbers Hill @ Lumberton online broadcast, www.kshn.com. Saturday: Hull Daisetta vs. Iola @ Navasota, broadcast online www.kshn.com. Dayton has the week off.

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Obituaries: Martha Marie Psencik, 93 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 166 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2010

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Wreck: No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle wreck on North Main in Liberty Tuesday morning, but things could have been much worse with two small children in one car. Liberty Police Officer Josh Cummins said Robert Cannaday was exiting the Brookshire Brother's parking lot. That is when the man's car collided with a car driven by Courtney Palmertree of Bedias, a town west of Huntsville. Palmertree's car careened into the grass in front of Jack in the Box, narrowly missing the concrete base of a light pole before coming to rest in the bushes, with one wheel off the ground. That contained four passengers, including a 2 year old and 9 month old. Officer Josh Cummins said Robert Cannaday was issued a citation for failure to yield the right of way while Courtney Palmertree was cited for no insurance.

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Cleveland PD Grant: For the second time in less than a year, the Cleveland Police Department has received a $ 4,000 incentive award for its participation in the Texas Department of Transportation Safety Campaigns. It was back in Nov. 2009 that Cleveland PD participated in TxDot's statewide Labor Day "Impaired Driving Mobilization" program and received a $4,000 incentive award. Now they have received another $4,000 for that participating in the 2010 Memorial Day "Click it or Ticket it" enforcement campaign.

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Dayton VB: The Dayton Volleyball girls had a strong outing recently when the Varsity, JV and Freshman had a clean sweep with victories over Channelview. Next up, the Lady Bronco's varsity will travel to Santa Fe for a volleyball tournament tomorrow and Saturday.

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Direct Deposit: According to David Bowman of the Beaumont Social Security Administration Office, direct deposit is far safer than receiving a paper check through the mail, and these days banks charge few or no fees for opening a bank account just so benefits can be deposited directly. To learn more about direct deposit, our front page, www.kshn.com and click on the government link. The link to the Social Security Administration is near the top. You can also call the Beaumont District Office at 1-866-613-2854. Social Security Reps are in Liberty on the second Wednesday of each month, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Liberty Center of Liberty City Hall.

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