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April 2002


-VOLUME 17 NO.84 TUESDAY APRIL 30, 2002-

DPS Trooper Brent Henry said 22-year-old Yasmeen Norman of Beaumont was eastbound on Hwy 90 east of the Felicia Rice Dryer yesterday when, for unknown reasons, the car left the roadway. The investigation indicates the vehicle then hit a driveway and rolled over several times, before coming to rest upside down in a ditch. Ms. Norman was flown by Med-link air ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont in stable condition, complaining of back pain. Three children, ranging in age from two to four years, who were passengers in the vehicle, were transported to the Beaumont Hospital as a precaution.

A huge debate is raging in Chambers County Government over the policy of Sheriff Monroe Kreuzer of allowing armed civilians to ride with deputies on patrol. Sheriff Kreuzer told the Baytown Sun Newspaper these armed volunteers who are licensed to carry handguns, but are not certified law officers, are there to assist deputies in the event of trouble. Chambers County Commissioners contend the practice is dangerous and places the county at a tremendous financial liability.

The location of the Liberty Panthers Baseball Playoff Game against the Buna Cougars has been determined. Coach Gary Kay’s Panther’s will face Buna at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pt. Neches-Groves High School. All Nine Sports will broadcast the game live beginning shortly before the first pitch at 7 p.m.

Liberty County EMS and the Liberty County Health Awareness Coalition will receive over 600 child safety seats for distribution to low-income parents who are unable to afford them. Provided through the Texas Department of Health’s Safe Rider Program Grant the seats will be delivered in late June or early July.

Liberty Middle School Principal Earnest Havner will be leaving that post this week to accept a position as the Superintendent of the Runge ISD near San Antonio. Mr. Havner, who has worked for the LISD for the past 8 years, said the small Runge district has a high school with about 125 students.

4/30 FUNERAL: Donald Patrick "Rod" Cameron, 71, of Dayton, Memorial Service at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.


-VOLUME 17 NO.83, MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2002-

DPS Sergeant Ryan Arthur said it was around 8 AM last Wednesday when Trooper Gary Wright was on a traffic stop on Highway 59 North, just south of Cleveland. Trooper Wright was reportedly standing near the passenger door of his patrol car when Officer David Hunter with the Chambers-Liberty County Narcotics Task Force pulled him into ditch, just before a Northbound vehicle driven by Melissa Schrey, 27 of Humble, plowed into the parked patrol car. Neither officer was hurt. DPS Sgt. Arthur said charges are pending against Mrs. Schrey. She told investigators that she had spilled hot chocolate when she looked down and struck the police car.

The City of Dayton filed a lawsuit in the District Clerk’s Office against Liberty County on April 12th. The suit alleges that the County has failed to follow their own and state mandated subdivision regulations. The Dayton City Council has been aggressively annexing land for the past year, and some of the subdivisions in question now fall into the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. The suit asks that if violations have occurred, to rescind all of the subdivision plat approvals so far, and require the Commissioners Court to reconsider all subdivision plats. The suit was filed in the 253rd District Court.

The Liberty Panthers advanced into the state class 3A post season with an 11 to 7 win over the Hamshire Fannett Longhorns Friday Night. The Panthers Finished 3rd in district 21-3A and will play Thursday Night at 7 PM against the Buna. Head Coach Gary Kay said the sight for that Thursday Night game has yet to be determined. It will either be at Port Neches, or if that field is not available it will be at L.C.M.

Entry forms are now available for the Mayhaw Festival Beauty Pageant, May 7th and 8th at the Hull-Daisetta High School Auditorium. There are 2 pageant categories, ages 12 months to 5 years, and Kindergarten through High school students. Entry forms can be picked up at Best Food Store in Daisetta, Doris’ Drive-in in Hull, Rodger’s Pharmacy in Dayton, and City Florists in Liberty. For more information call 262-7002.

4/29 FUNERALS: Lovie Austin, 71 of Liberty. Services are pending with Wells Mortuary in Liberty.


-VOLUME 17 NO.82, FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2002-

First Liberty National Bank has announced the names of seven local high school students who will be awarded the 2002 Bellamy Scholarships. As of this date, the Educational Trust established by the late Dr. Richard C. and Esther Bellamy has awarded at total $1,221,000 to 152 South Liberty County students. This year’s recipients are Liberty High School Seniors Brandon Scott Davis and Dayla Paige Hale, Hardin High School’s Jennifer Diane Harrison, Leah M. Caskey of Hull-Daisetta High School and Dayton High School Senior Annie Michelle Scott. Each will receive an $8000 scholarship. Laci Marie Hohn of Dayton will receive a $4,000 and Emily Christine Wulff of Liberty High School will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Officials for this past weekend’s Dayton Ole Tyme Days Festival have announced the winner’s of this year’s Miss and Mr. Dayton Ole Tyme Days Pageant. In the boys categories: Matthew Melvin - ages 13 to 24 months, Jarred Cramer- ages 2 to 4 years and Garret Cramer- ages 8 to 10. In the girls categories: Ally Harrison- ages 1 year and younger, Raven Farmer- ages 13 to 23 months, Mikinzie Yates –ages 2 to 4, Mikayle Yates- ages 8 to 10 and in the Senior Girls Division – 11th and 12th graders- Kristy Moffet. In all the 2002 Dayton Ole Tymes Days raised over $20,000 in scholarship monies.

The Dayton Police Department has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the American Heart Association to purchase two automated external defibrillators for use in responding to 911 emergency calls. The devices provide information on a patient’s condition and can help determine the best course for immediate treatment automatically. Chief Pete Douzat said several local businesses donated the matching funds needed to obtain the grant.

The Dayton Broncos Baseball Team will finish up regular season play tonight at 7 p.m. as they play host to the Willis Wildkats. All Nine Sports will broadcast the game live beginning shortly before the first pitch at 7.

4/26 FUNERALS: Johnnie L. Watson, 53, of Cleveland, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. ** Daniel Manford Zorn, 34, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. Sunday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.


-VOLUME 17 NO.81, THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2002-

Superintendent Nancy Fuller said there will be two major differences in the recently dissolved Dayton ISD Police Department and the new Security Department that is to replace it. The new officers will not require Texas Peace Officer Certification and they will not carry guns since the focus of the new department is to be attendance and truancy problems. As reported, the Dayton School Board voted last week to dissolve the police department and Mrs. Fuller said the officers currently employed would be offered jobs in the new department.

Chambers County Officials held ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Monday for the new Resource Recovery and Recycling Center in Anahuac. County Judge Jimmy Sylvia said the $17 million facility contains two large incinerators, each capable of burning up to 50 tons of waste material per day, providing a cleaner environment for Chambers County residents and future generations than land-filling those materials. The center will incinerate municipal solid waste and accept a variety of commercial materials as well. During the first three days of operation, the facility has already brought in $20,000 in revenue.

The Liberty Panthers’ 10 - 0 loss to the Hardin Jefferson Hawks Monday night drops them to 5 and 4 in district play with a chance to secure a play off spot by defeating Hamshire-Fannett tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the Liberty City Park. Also All Nine Sports will broadcast the Dayton Broncos Softball Team’s first round playoff match-up with Scarborogh at Thorne Stadium in Aldine live starting shortly before 8 p.m. tonight.

The Chambers-Liberty County Navigation District and the Anahuac Chamber of Commerce will host Harbor Fest 2002 this Saturday at the harbor in Anahuac. The event features live music, food, fishing, art exhibits and birding. For more information, call the Navigation District Office at 409-267-3541.

5/25 FUNERALS: M. J. "Milo" Psencik, 89, of Eastgate, Services at 10 a.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Larry Joe Mushinski, Sr., 50, of Huffman, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church in Huffman. ** Ralph Elbert Wilkins, Sr., 51, of Houston, Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty.


-VOLUME 17 NO.80, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2002-

DPS Trooper Ryan Foley said 24-year-old Derrell Himberg of Romayor was eastbound on FM 787 Monday night when, for reasons unknown, he swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with a pick up truck. The truck’s driver, Tony Cervantes, 27 of Livingston managed to escape his vehicle before it burst into flame, but Derrell Himburg was pronounced dead at the accident scene by Precinct #3 Justice of the Peace Phil Fitzgerald, who also ordered an autopsy performed. Tony Cervantes was taken to Liberty-Dayton Hospital in good condition.

Police report that Liberty Sonic Restaurant Employee Sheila Ann Ford had closed the business for the night and was depositing a bank bag containing the days receipts in the overnight drop at 1st Liberty National Bank around 11 p.m. Monday. As she did, a ski-masked gunman pushed her back in to the car she had arrived in, grabbed the moneybag and fled along with a second masked person. The 47-year-old Liberty woman and John Antwone, the man who had driven her to the bank, chased the pair in their car- almost running them down at one point- until the robbers headed west on Trinity at the corner of Milam, where they were last seen.

Liberty County Sheriff’s Detective Ivan Pearce said 42-year-old Larry Duane Herford told 911 dispatchers around 11a.m. Monday that he had accidentally shot himself in the chest with a .45 caliber handgun at his home in North Liberty County. The man was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating to determine if the self-inflicted gunshot was accidental or intentional.

Information from TxDot indicates work has begun on a $2.75 million project for roadway reconstruction and the addition of new road shoulders on Hwy 146 south of Moss Hill. Crews have started work about a half-mile south of the Hwy 146 intersection with Hwy 105. Completion is expected in late November.

The Liberty County Chapter of the American Cancer Society raised a total of more than $70,000 last year, including funds raised by the Dorothy Matthews Memorial Golf Tournament. We regret the error on yesterday’s Shine All Nine Radiogram.


-VOLUME 17 NO.79, TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2002-

According to DPS Sgt. Ryan Arthur, a Dayton ISD Bus Driver turned left from FM 1409 on to CR# 401 yesterday afternoon and into the path of a northbound pick up truck. The impact of the collision knocked the school bus’ rear wheels and axle loose. Nine Dayton ISD students, between the ages of 7 and 17, were passengers on the bus. Two were taken to Liberty-Dayton Hospital and three to East Houston Hospital, none with serious injuries. The names and status of the bus driver, the other vehicle’s driver and a passenger in that vehicle were not available, but again, none were thought to be seriously injured. Initial findings from the DPS investigation indicate the school bus driver failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection.

DPS Trooper Bobby Risch said it was around 4 p.m. Sunday when he and Trooper Nathan Pearce stopped a car driven by 28-year-old Marvin Lavine on Hwy 90 in Devers and detected the smell of marijuana. As the vehicle was being searched, the Port Arthur man reportedly attempted to flee the scene on foot. The troopers chased and caught the man, who allegedly became combative and fought with the officers. Two ounces of marijuana and a pistol were found in the vehicle and Marvin Lavine is being held in lieu of a $17,500 bond on a variety of charges including drug possession and evading arrest.

Livestock judging as well as other activities in the 60th Annual Cleveland Livestock Show and Dairy Days continue today through Friday at Stancil Park in Cleveland culminating in the Youth Livestock Auction at 7:30 p.m. Friday. For more information on the Cleveland Dairy Days, call 281-592-8786.

The 9th Annual Dorothy Matthews Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Saturday May 4th at the Magnolia Ridge County Club in Liberty. Last year’s event raised over $70,000 for the Liberty County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and the cost to enter your two-person team in the tournament is $250. $50 or $100 sponsorships are also available. For more information, call Charlotte Daniel at 936-336-7355.

The Liberty Panthers Baseball Team travels to Sour Lake tonight for a 7 p.m. match up with the district-leading Hardin-Jefferson Hawks. You can hear the game live on All Nine Sports.


-VOLUME 17 NO.78, MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2002-

City of Liberty Police Officer Hugh Bishop said it was around 7:30 PM Sunday Night, when 31 year-old James "Ray" Allen was northbound on Minglewood Rd. The Liberty-man apparently lost control of motorcycle, entered a ditch and struck a culvert. Mr. Allen was taken by Life Flight Air Ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston in what was described as guarded condition, with possible head injuries. Officer Bishop said the Liberty Man was not wearing a safety helmet.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Brent Henry said Jackie Luther, 40 of Huffman swerved into the eastbound lane of FM 1960 Friday Night, and struck another vehicle, driven by John Sykes, 61 of Humble. Ms. Luther was flown by Med-Link Air Ambulance to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Beaumont, where she was later treated and released. Trooper Henry said Jackie Luther was cited for traveling on the wrong side of the road without passing and also for not having insurance.

According to Houston Attorney Guy Matthews, he is representing 12 Chambers County Residents in a lawsuit against the TNRCC. He filed an injunction in a federal Courtroom in Galveston against the permitting of a non-hazardous waste landfill in Western Chambers County. Mr. Matthews said the TNRCC does not have rules about this type of landfill, and that lack prevents his clients from their due process under the law.

The Liberty Panther Baseball Team lost to the Huffman-Hargraves Falcons Friday Night 8 to 4. The loss drops the Panthers to 5 and 3 in District play and only one game ahead of Hamshire-Fammet for the 3rd and final playoff spot. The Panthers next game is tomorrow night in Sour Lake against the league leading Hardin-Jefferson Hawks. Game time is 7 PM and All Nine Sports will broadcast the contest.

4/22 FUNERALS: Violet Ann Prosise, 83 of Daisetta. Services were held yesterday at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty. **Richard Ray Dworsky, 44 of Dayton. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 10 AM at the St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church in Dayton. **Lynetta Gayle Stewart, 48 of Dayton. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 2 PM at the Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.


-VOLUME 17 NO.76, THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2002-

According to Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Don Shauberger, Cleveland Police attempted to stop 36-year-old Charles Allen Clark, of Irving for suspicion of driving intoxicated on Hwy 59 South Tuesday night, but he allegedly failed to stop. The subsequent pursuit of the fleeing vehicle was joined by officers of the DPS, the Liberty and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Departments, as well as Splendora Police before ending in a wooded area in Montgomery County. Officers reportedly apprehended the man after he left his vehicle and fled on foot. Charles Allen Clark at last report was being held in the Liberty County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond on charges of driving while intoxicated and fleeing or evading arrest in a motor vehicle.

The Liberty School Board met Tuesday night and accepted 5.09% interest bid from Paine-Webber for the sale of the $17 million in bonds district voters approved on Feb. 9th. The New York-based investment firm’s bid was the lowest of several received through online marketing earlier this month and is about $300,000 under budget on original interest cost estimates. As reported, the money from the bond sale is to be used for construction of two new LISD school buildings

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office reports that Deputy Joe Culp responded to a family disturbance call on Winwood St. in Plum Grove last Friday that led to four arrests. Francis Lopez, 20, was arrested after allegedly hitting the deputy repeatedly as he tried to restrain her. Also arrested were a juvenile female who allegedly also assaulted the deputy, Rigoberto Bautista, age 17, who allegedly released Francis Lopez from the back of a patrol car where she was handcuffed, forcing Deputy Culp to recapture her and Gabriel Bautista, 22, a participant in the original dispute.

The Dayton Ole Tyme Days gets rolling tomorrow at 7 p.m. with the festival’s first Youth Night event at the Quonset Hut on Bryan St. in Dayton. There will be a live DJ, food and activity booths, a carnival and much more. Admission is $2 per person.

4/18 FUNERALS: John Christopher Beverly, 22 months, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Roland J. "R. J" McManus, 76, of Anahuac, Services at 2 p.m. today at 1st Baptist Church in Anahuac. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.75, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2002-

Today is the first day for early voting in the May 4th city and school board elections. While Liberty and Dayton City Council and Dayton School Board Elections have no incumbents facing opposition, the City of Dayton will have an election to decide 13 proposed amendments to the city charter. The Liberty ISD has a four-way contested trustee race between Incumbents Carl Pickett and Lionelle McClean and newcomers, Frank Davis and Brenda McManus Jones. There is one contested position on the Hardin School Board, between Incumbent Larry Fontenot and Frank Huff. Early voting continues through April 30th.

The Dayton City Council met Monday night and approved establishing some new ground rules for the filing of preliminary and final plats under the city’s subdivision ordinance. In future, council’s rejection of either type of plat will be considered the final action on that request. In recent years, the Dayton City Council as turned down plats only to have the developer make minor changes and bring it back for reconsideration. The new change requires developers to go back to square one and initiate a completely new permitting process for a rejected plat.

The first phase of a $2.5 million project to renovate the historic steel-truss bridge on Hwy 90 near the Trinity River in Liberty is set to begin next week. TxDot Liberty Area Engineer Charlotte Warner said crews would be installing an ornate black-iron fence as a prelude to upcoming work to refurbish the bridge for pedestrian traffic. Those improvements will include sandblasting, priming and repainting the steel portion of the bridge and making repairs to the concrete portions.

Spaces are still available for this weekend’s Dayton Ole Tyme Days Barbecue Cook Off. Categories include beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken and beef fajitas, plus the popular margarita contest Friday night. The cost to enter all categories is $125 or between $10 and $25 for individual categories. For more information, on the Dayton Ole Tyme Days Barbecue Cook Off call 281-576-2640 or log on to

4/17 FUNERAL: Bobby Ray "Red" Conway, 65, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton


-VOLUME 17 NO.74, TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2002-

According to City of Liberty Mayor Bruce Halstead, the council may be ready to make an offer to a new City Manager as early as Tuesday May 7th. Mayor Halstead said the plan now is that the 3 remaining candidates be invited to Liberty separately on April 30th, May 1st and May 2nd. The 3 candidates for the Liberty City Manager job are: Jeff Ellington of Jacksonville; Michael Ramirez, the present interim City Manager here in Liberty, and Allen Barnes of Whitesboro.

The Texas Department of Transportation began hanging 55 mile per hour signs on Highway 90 yesterday. According to Myron Broussard with TxDOT, crews started hanging the signs yesterday morning at the Liberty-Harris County Line on Highway 90, and should be finished by the end of this week. The Lowering of speed limits is part of a state plan to reduce the level of toxins in the air, in Harris, and the 7 adjacent counties.

According to reports from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Liberty County has one of the highest infestations of Giant Salvinia in Texas and in the United States. Rhandy Helton, with Texas Parks and Wildlife said the plant was originally found in Liberty County about 3 ½ years ago, and since has spread to several small slews and private ponds. Mr. Helton said boaters need to make sure they thoroughly wash their vehicles to prevent spreading of the harmful plant.

Last week, the Dayton Lady Broncos Track and Field Team took first place in the District meet at Conroe Caney Creek High School. Those Lady Broncos advancing to the regional meet are Saphia Armstrong, Leslie Hawkes, Maghan Orebo, and Ebony Rivon, 4 X 100 meter Relay; Meghan Denman, Murissa Carter, Leslie Hawkes and Maghan Orebo, 4 X 400 meter relay; Meghan Denman, High Jump; Ebony Rivon, Triple Jump; and Brittany Tuck; for both the Shot Put and Disc Throw.

According to Dayton Chamber of Commerce President Rick Sparks, there are still a few spots open to play in next Monday’s Cedar Power Project/ Dayton Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Tour 18 in Humble. The Cost is $200 per 2 person team. For more information call the Dayton Chamber of Commerce Office at 257-2393.


-VOLUME 17 NO.73, MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2002-

After hearing from 6 of the 7 semi-finalists, the Liberty City Council Saturday narrowed their search for the next City Manager to 3. The three finalists are: Jeff Ellington, , now of Jacksonville, where he served for several months as city manager before leaving that post; Allen Barnes, City Administrator for Whitesboro; and Michael Ramirez, now the Assistant City Manager here in Liberty. The 3 will be contacted to see if they are still interested in the job, and then will be invited to visit with department heads, and tour the city and it’s facilities. No word on when the final selection will be made.

Those immediately effected by the announcement last week that Sempra would delay the construction of the proposed $200 million electrical generation plant west of Dayton, were disappointed but not surprised. Dayton ISD Superintendent Nancy Fuller said Project Manager Charlie Neal told her Sempra would continue to be visible in the community and would continue to support many of the School’s programs. Liberty County Judge Lloyd Kirkham said he has already been approached about an extension on the tax abatement for Sempra.

Tax statements, both business and personal, or an extension form must be postmarked by today to avoid a late filing penalty. If you intend to file an extension, you must estimate what you will owe. Any unpaid taxes owed will still be charged a late payment penalty. An extension form is available at

The Liberty Panthers Baseball team moved to 4 and 2 in District Play with a 7 to 3 win over Kountze Friday Night. The Panthers next travel to Mt. Belvieu to take on the Barbers Hill Eagles tomorrow at 6 PM. If you can’t make it to the game tomorrow, you can hear all of the action here on All Nine Sports.


Nellie Faye Givens, 81 of Dayton. Graveside services will be today at 10 AM at Ryan Cemetery in Tarkington Prairie.

Alice Craighead Marks, 99 of Houston. Services will be today at 2 PM at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Liberty.

Harris Miller, 69 of Anahuac. Services will be today at 10 AM at the Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac.

Melvin Ray Tarver, 58 if Goodrich. Services will be today at 2 PM at the Pace-Stancil Funeral home in Dayton.


-VOLUME 17 NO.71, THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2002-

Liberty County Commissioners met in workshop session with architects from the Ray Bailey Architectural Firm to further discuss renovations to the 70-year-old courthouse building. Commissioners were told that a revised estimate for that work was down to about $2.5 million, though that less expensive estimate would not include replacing the courthouse roof nor does it include the cost of relocating courthouse staff while the renovations are being done. Precinct #2 Commissioner Lee Groce estimated that budgeting for the work would mean an increase of two-cents per $100 of property value.

The Liberty City Council met Tuesday night and voted to keep the partially self-insured employee insurance program unchanged. The city’s program is with Blue Cross/Blue Shield. In other action, council approved a change in the current subdivision rules that sets up a short-term process for plat approval in some cases. Specifically, where no new streets or utilities are required and where the property is being subdivided on an existing street, the city will not require a preliminary plat and the property owner would go straight to final plat.

The Liberty Panthers are now 3 and 2 in district play after an 11 to 1 win over the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns yesterday. Next, Liberty travels to Kountze for a match-up with the Lions tomorrow at 6 p.m. Also tomorrow, the Dayton Lady Broncos Softball Team is at home to take on the Crosby Lady Cougars. You can hear that game on All Nine Sports beginning shortly before the first pitch at 7 p.m.

The Liberty County Cooperative Extension Service will have a Spring Vegetable Clinic this Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Liberty. Liberty County Master Gardener Ken Flournoy will host the course. For more information, call the Extension Service Office at 336-4558, Ext. #221.


Lucille R. Reynolds, 76, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

Mary Taylor, 66, of Daisetta, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

Rachel Payne, 16, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Christian Life Center in Cleveland.


-VOLUME 17 NO.70, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2002-

Results are in from yesterday’s Primary Runoff Election. In Democratic voting for Liberty County Treasurer Pat Green received 1,854 votes, Janet Harrelson 2,019. In the Democratic Runoff for Precinct #4 County Commissioner: Bobby Payne garnered 449 votes, Norman Brown 1,003; For Precinct #4 Constable: Oscoe Carter won 380 votes, Charles Martin 1,129; Precinct #6 JP: Fred Dishongh 401 votes, Larry McMillan 240. In the single local Republican Race for District #4 State Senator results showed Michael Galloway with 5,305 votes in the 6 county district, Tommy Williams 6,215 votes. Mr. Williams will face Democrat Mike Smith in the November General Election.

District Attorney Mike Little said 38-year-old Leroy Joseph Powell of Stowell was sentenced to 50 years in prison by 253rd District Judge Chap Cain for the aggravated robbery of a Stowell woman. Powell pled guilty to attacking Juanita Bruce Kahla with a heavy wooden stick in her home on Feb. 4th of last year, then fleeing with her purse. Judge Cain found that a deadly weapon was used in the commission of the robbery and Leroy Joseph Powell will have to serve half the 50-year sentence before being eligible for parole consideration.

All Nine Sports will broadcast a high school baseball double-header today since wet conditions forced rescheduling of both the Liberty and Dayton games. First the Liberty Panthers will be in Hamshire-Fannett to face the Longhorns at 4 p.m. today. Following that game, the Dayton Broncos host the Caney Creek War Eagles at 7 p.m. You can hear both games live beginning shortly before the start of the Liberty game at 4 this afternoon.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is hoping to make the public aware of the Texas Weatherization Assistance Program to help low-income households improve health and safety, as well as increase energy efficiency in their homes at no cost. Weatherization measures may include repair or replacement of heating/cooling systems, wall and ceiling insulation installed and door or window replacement. For more information on eligibility call the TDHCA at 1-888-606-8889.

4/9 FUNERAL: Odean Hamm, 83, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. today at Earthman Funeral Home in Baytown.


-VOLUME 17 NO.69, TUESDAY, APRIL 09, 2002-

Liberty County voters go to the polls today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to decide five Primary Runoff Elections, four Democratic races and one Republican. Today’s voting will finish off the party primary elections for Liberty County Treasurer between Pat Green and Janet Harrelson, Democratic Precinct #4 County Commissioner Nomination between Bobby Payne and Norman Brown, Precinct #4 Constable between Oscoe Carter and Charles Martin, Democratic Precinct #6 JP between Fred Dishongh and Larry McMIllan. Also the Republican District #4 State Senate Nomination between Michael Galloway and Tommy Williams will be decided today. All Nine News will provide live election return updates from the Liberty County Courthouse as new information becomes available after the polls close at 7 p.m.

It was around 10 a.m. yesterday when high winds toppled a large oak tree in to a manufactured home in the South Liberty Oilfield. Thomas LaFrance said he and his wife Mildred were in the living room of the 16 by 80-foot home on Ross Rd. with their daughter Sharon McGinnis when the tree crashed into the back bedroom doing extensive damage to the roof and interior. Liberty Police Officer Matt Custer said Mr. and Mrs. LaFrance were treated at the scene for minor cuts and Sharon McGinnis was taken to Liberty-Dayton Hospital as a precaution.

Governor Rick Perry has established a number for the public to call and voice their opinions on the new 55-mph speed limit recently implemented and soon to be enforced in Liberty, Chambers, Harris and five other counties as part of the TNRCC’s clean air plan The number is 1-800-252-9600.

Due to wet field conditions yesterday’s scheduled Liberty Panthers Baseball Game has been postponed until 4:30 p.m. tomorrow as the Panthers take on the Longhorns at Hamshire-Fannett. You can hear that game live on All Nine Sports. Tonight, the Dayton Broncos host the Oak Ridge War Eagles. You can also hear the Dayton game live on Shine All Nine beginning shortly before the first pitch at 7 p.m. this evening.

4/9 FUNERAL: Nettie Frances McCullion, 74, of Dayton, Wake Service at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.


-VOLUME 17 NO.68, MONDAY, APRIL 08, 2002-

Early voting for the Democratic and Republican Party runoff elections came to an end Friday night, and according to information for the Liberty County Clerk’s Office, 1376 voters went to the polls last week. Of those, 1303 voted Democratic, and 73 cast a Republican ballot. The final opportunity to vote in either the Democratic or Republican runoff elections is tomorrow. The polls will be open from 7 AM until 7 PM. Remember, to vote in the Democratic Runoff, you must have either voted Democrat on March 12th, or not voted at all. The same is true for the Republican runoff.

According to information from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, 38 year-old Leonard Shewbert, was arrested last Thursday Night on the charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault on a 63 year-old woman. When a Sheriff’s Deputy went to a home in Trinity Lake Estates Subdivision, Mr. Shewbert allegedly tried to flee. After being detained the North Liberty County Man reportedly kicked out the back window of the Deputy’s Patrol Vehicle. Mr. Shewbert remains in the Liberty County Jail on a $100,000 bond on the aggravated sexual assault charge, a $500 bond on criminal mischief, for breaking out the back of the Deputy’s patrol car, and a $1000 bond for resisting arrest.

According to organizers of the 2nd Annual Liberty County Relay for Life, the Friday Night, Saturday Morning event raised over $72,000 for the Liberty County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and there is still time to give. Organizer Judy Glover, said all of the Brookshire Bros. Grocery Stores in Liberty County will continue to sell "cut outs" which can be bought in honor or memory of someone who has dealt with cancer.

The Liberty Panthers Baseball team got roughed up Friday Night at the hands of the District Leading Hardin Jefferson Hawks 9-4. That drops the Panthers to 2 and 2 in District Play, and a full 2 games behind those Hawks. The Panthers next game will be this afternoon, when the travel to Hamshire-Fannett. Game time is 4:30 PM. If you can’t make it out, you can hear all the action live here on All Nine Sports.

4/8 FUNERALS: Oliver Ovey Burrell, 78 of Devers. Services were held yesterday at the Stacey Cemetery in Devers.


-VOLUME 17 NO.65, THURSDAY, APRIL 04, 2002-

Information available indicates that Jacob Preston Burnitt, 25, of Dayton was eastbound on FM 1960 around 6:30 Monday morning when a car pulled directly into the path of his motorcycle at the intersection of 1960 and FM 2100. The Dayton man was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston by Lifeflight air ambulance where he was pronounced dead later in the day. The Harris County Sheriff’s Department investigated the accident and attempts to obtain further details from that agency have been unsuccessful.

Early voting is off to an impressive start in Liberty County for the April 9th Primary Runoff Elections. County Clerk Delia Sellers reports that at as of Tuesday, a total of 461 voters had cast ballots early with 443 voting in the Democratic Primary and 18 in the Republican Primary. The largest number of those early votes have been cast at the Dayton location, 219. Early voting continues through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Liberty County Courthouse and the Cleveland Annex, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Dayton ISD Administration Offices. Election Day for the Primary Runoff Elections is this coming Tuesday.

The Liberty Panthers are now 2 –1 in District play after pounding the Hargrave Falcons 17 to 6 in Huffman Tuesday night in a game that was halted on the 10 Run Rule after 6 innings. Next the Panthers host the District-Leading Hardin-Jefferson Hawks Friday at 7 p.m. On Monday, Liberty travels to Hamshire-Fannett for a 4:30 game against the Longhorns. You can hear Monday afternoon’s game live here on All Nine Sports.

District Attorney Mike Little said the public is invited to the Annual Candlelight Vigil for Crime Victims Monday April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty County Courthouse. The guest speaker will be Brenda Garrison, Program Director of Child Abuse and Forensic Services Inc., a non-profit organization that is the first private facility in the state to offer medical treatment for victims of sexual assault. For more information, call the Event Coordinator Kathy Lowe at 336-4612

4/4 FUNERAL: Jacob Preston Burnitt, 25, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Grace Community Baptist Church in Dayton. **


-VOLUME 17 NO.65, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 03, 2002-

The latest attempt by Odis Briggs to end his incarceration on contempt of charges ended in failure yesterday. Briggs and his attorney, David George of Houston appeared before 75th District Judge J.C. Zbranek to argue the judge’s order that Briggs be imprisoned until he produced documents of his handling of the McGahey Trust no longer constitutes coercion, but punishment by the court. Briggs is charged in a civil suit with defrauding the trust’s investors of $120,000. Judge Zbranek said he believes Briggs still has those documents and is waiting for the statute of limitations to run out to avoid liability for his actions. The veteran jurist ruled that Odis Briggs is to remain in jail. As reported, the Beaumont man has been jailed for almost 4 years.

DPS Trooper Brent Henry said Billie Fowler, 45, of Dayton was traveling at an unsafe speed on CR# 443 in West Lake yesterday, lost control of her vehicle and hit a large tree. The woman’s grandchildren, 2-year-old Bethany Alford and 5-month-old Christian Fowler were both transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Hospital in Houston by Lifeflight air ambulance with unknown injuries. Mrs. Fowler was taken to San Jacinto Methodist Hospital for treatment.

The Dayton City Council met Monday night and agreed to join the Dayton ISD in a paving project that will extend Entzimger Street to North Winfree. Dayton School Board President Larry Wadzeck told council school trustees recently voted in favor of the project to get Dayton ISD Buses off of auxiliary streets such as Hill, Main and Stevens as they leave the Nottingham and SFA Elementary Campuses. The city would pay approx. $5,900 or one-third of the cost, the school district the other two-thirds.

The Texas Department of Transportation will close FM 770 at Hwy 90 in Raywood for about 12 hours on Monday April 8th to upgrade some concrete plates in the road. TxDot’s Myron Broussard said westbound traffic on Hwy 90 will need to detour on FM 2830 to FM 160. Eastbound motorists can reverse that detour, taking 160 to 2830 to get around the roadwork. The work should begin, weather permitting around 7 a.m. Monday.

4/3 FUNERAL: Myrtle Charles, 91, of Macedonia, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **


VOLUME 17 NO.64, TUESDAY, APRIL. 2, 2002-

According to reliable sources, a Liberty County Grand Jury voted last Wednesday to take no action on possible state felony charges against the three men, who by their own admission, conspired to bug offices and wiretap phones at the Liberty County Courthouse. You will recall that former County Constable Craig Houghton and former Courthouse Maintenance Supervisor Neil Williford both lost their jobs, pled guilty and were sentenced, as the result of a plea bargain to three months in prison followed by two years probation each by a federal judge. A federal jury found Precinct #4 Commissioner Toby Wilburn not guilty of any intentional wrongdoing. Under the law governing grand jury proceedings, District Attorney Mike Little said he could not comment on any of these matters. Our sources indicate that the grand jury heard testimony several times before deciding to take no action in the matter.

Dayton Police Sergeant Doug O’Quinn said it was sometime between midnight and 4 a.m. Sunday when a suspect or suspects unknown broke in to Trinity Valley Tractors on N. Cleveland St. in Dayton. It is believed the burglars cut the fence in back of the business and made off with a truck, trailer, and three brand-new 4-wheelers. The stolen truck and trailer were recovered in Houston late Sunday night. Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact Dayton Police at 258-7621.

According to information from Liberty-Dayton Hospital, so far 110 men have signed up for the 7th Annual Free Prostate Screening Clinic this coming Saturday. The clinic is co-sponsored each year by the hospital, Urologists Drs. James Harris and Robert Berwind, and KSHN Radio. The screening is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the hospital’s Outpatient Clinic and both the Digital Rectal Exam and the Antigen Specific Blood Test will be administered. These tests are recommended to men over 50, African-American men over 40 and men with a family history of prostate cancer. To register, call 336-3073.

The annual switchover to Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday April 7th or as the old saying goes, it’s time to "spring forward" one hour. The official start of the time change is Sunday at 2 a.m., but the easiest way to be on time is to set clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.


Volume 17 No.63, Monday, April 1, 2002

Today is the first day for early voting in the April 9th runoff elections. Early voting in the Democratic and Republican runoffs will be today through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM at the County Clerk’s Office in both Liberty County Courthouse and the Cleveland Courthouse Annex. You can also vote early today through Friday from 3 PM until 7 PM at the Dayton ISD administration office. Remember, you will only be allowed to vote in the Democratic Runoff if you voted in the Democratic Primary, or did not vote on March 12th and you will only be allowed to vote Republican Runoff if you voted in the Republican Primary, or did not vote on March 12th.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Foley aid it was around noon Friday when 9 year-old John Theriot, was riding his motorcycle on CR 2076 in Moss Hill and fell off. The Hull youngster was taken by Life Flight Air Ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. An administrator at that hospital said Theriot was treated and released later Friday Afternoon.

The Dayton Ole Tyme Day Festival will have their first "Youth Night" April 19th at the Quanset Hut behind McDonald’s. There will be a dance hosted by a live DJ and the cost is 2 dollars. The dance will last from 7 PM until 10 PM and for more information call David or Mary Willeford at 258-3968. For more information on any of the activities visit the website

State Representative for District #18 Dan Ellis was named chair of the House corrections sub-committee to consider probation and parole fees. Representative Ellis said a review of the proposed fees have been needed for some time, and will be even more important considering the State Comptroller’s Offices projected $5 billion state budget shortfall.


Althia Arbel Peters, 84 of Dayton. Funeral services will be today at 2 PM at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Ruby Kay Martin, 91 of Liberty. Funeral services will be today at 11 AM at the First Baptist Church of Liberty.

Alfred Thomas Thibodaux, 72 of Dayton. Funeral Services will be today at 10 AM at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Louise A. Hutsell, 93 of Anahuac. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 10 AM at the First Methodist Church in Anahuac.

Dewey Martin George, 58, of Dayton, Services held yesterday.

Mabel Kathryn Johnson, 90, Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Agnes Lacour, 90, formerly of Liberty, Graveside services at 2 p.m. today at Fairlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Liberty.


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