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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 28, No. 88 Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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Unemployment Rate: The employment picture for Liberty County is improving: however, the local jobless rate still remains higher than both the statewide and national figures. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the unemployment rate in Liberty County dropped from 8.2 percent in February to 7.7% for March. The jobless rate for all Texas held steady at 6.4 percent in March while the U.S. employment figure for April dipped to 7.5 percent.

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Curbside Recycling: The City of Liberty is currently registering subscribers for a new curbside recycling service to begin in July. Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett said the recently approved plan from Waste Management allows residents to subscribe to twice a month pick up of recyclable items for an additional cost of $13 per month over the current cost of garbage pick up. Those Liberty businesses and residences that subscribe to the service will place all recyclable items in a single container without need for separation. Subscription forms are available at Liberty City Hall and will be mailed to utility customers with their bills. For information call Liberty City Hall at (936) 336 3684.

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Canning Class: The Liberty County Master Gardener Association invites the public to an “Introduction to Home Food Preservation” class this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Agrilife Extension Office in Liberty. Call (936) 334 3230.

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Chambers Co. FEMA: The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants clarification from Chambers County Officals for $9 million in post Hurricane Ike clean up costs or they may want that money back. Emergency Management Coordinator Ryan Holzalfpel said the county is appealing the FEMA action that mostly concerns calculations for payroll by contractors hired for the massive debris clean up following the storm that ravaged Southeast Texas in 2008.

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Obituaries: William Boyd Parrott, 93 of Dayton. Graveside services tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Kosse City Cemetery in Kosse, TX. Iris Hazel O’Kelley Graves, 97 of Dayton. Graveside services today at 3 p.m. Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton. Jessie “Robert” Gaskins, Jr., 55 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LakeRelease: 1,000 CFSLibertyBridge: 5.99 ASL*

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