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Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 28, No. 154 - Monday, August 12, 2013

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Dayton Resident Murdered: A murder in Jasper County last Thursday claimed the life of a Dayton man – identified as 29-year-old Jacob Thomas Auberry. Jasper County Sheriff Mitchell Newman said one suspect – Jeffrey Shane Reed, 22, of Jasper – turned himself in on Friday. Reed is facing murder and drug charges, and his bail has been set at $1 million. The Jasper County sheriff said they continue to search for a second suspect, 33-year-old Gary Rene Smith Jr of Silsbee.

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Chamber 500: The 24thAnnual Liberty-Dayton 500 drawing was held Friday night, and this year’s big winner in the reverse raffle was Rickey Dawless. He’s the proud owner of a new Ford Focus worth more than $20,000. Kudos to the BJ Ford family for helping the Chamber with the cost of that vehicle to maximize the fund raiser held at Dayton Community Center.

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School Ratings: The Texas Education Agency has released its 2013 School Accountability Ratings. Six out of seven Liberty County school districts scored passing grades. The TEA rates the Dayton, Devers, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta, Liberty and Tarkington school districts as having met the state’s new educational scoring standard. Only Cleveland ISD was rated as needing improvement. The Cleveland school district met standards in three rating areas but came up just one point short in the fourth. Also, four individual campuses – Cleveland’s Northside Elementary, Devers Elementary, Dayton’s Nottingham Elementary and Hull-Daisetta Elementary – each fell short of the state’s new standards in at least one area each.

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Woman Found Safe: A woman who wandered away in the woods near her home in northwest Liberty County was found safe Saturday evening following a six-hour search. Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Ken DeFoor said the 22-year-old woman reportedly has the mental capacity of a 15-year-old. She reportedly left home following a family disagreement. The search came to a safe conclusion after rescuers were able to determine the woman’s position from her cell phone signal.

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Obituaries: David R. Pate, 63, of Dayton. Service is Thursday at 11 a.m.in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Libertyunder direction of Pace-Stancil in Dayton.

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*LakeRelease: 1,500 CFSLibertyBridge: 6.6 ASL*

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