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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 28, No. 157 - Thursday, August 15, 2013

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County Budget Workshop: Liberty County Commissioners held another budget workshop yesterday and spent more than six hours hearing from county elected officials and various department heads about the proposed 2013-14 fiscal-year budget. That proposed budget calls for General Fund expenditures of $25.76 million. That’s up slightly from the current year’s adopted budget of $25.07 million. To fund the proposed budget, the county would have to dip into its fund balance to the tune of $2.7 million. During the workshop, commissioners heard from Sheriff Bobby Rader who said, based on Department of Justice recommendations, Liberty County Sheriff’s Department is short 41 law enforcement officers. Sheriff Rader also pointed out the average sheriff’s department in Texas has a budget the equivalent of 33 percent of their respective county’s total budget. In Liberty County, it’s much less with the sheriff’s office consuming just 19 percent of the overall budget. With that in mind, the sheriff asked for more deputies, detectives, dispatchers and vehicles. Judge Craig McNair and commissioners stressed public safety was a top priority, but they made no commitments to the sheriff’s request.

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Dayton Police Chief Search: Two veteran Dayton police officers are finalists to replace retiring Dayton Police Chief Pete Douzat. Tuesday night, city council narrowed the field to Dayton Police Sgt. Doug O’Quinn and Dayton PD Det. John Headrick. Council meets this Monday at 5 p.m. to interview both candidates and to select a new Dayton police chief.

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Hardin Scrimmage: The Hardin Hornets will host the Evadale Rebels for a scrimmage Friday at home in Hornet Stadium. The teams are using it as an opportunity to raise funds for the Texas High School Coaches Association’s efforts to help injured athletes and coaches. JV teams square off at 4:30 followed by the varsity squads at 6 in Hornet Stadium. Admission is free, but donations will be appreciated.

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Obituaries: E.C. Rundell, 87, of Dayton. Service is 10 a.m. Saturday, August 24, at Old River Baptist Church. Algie Jones, 68, of Anahuac. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Bright Lights Baptist Church. John P. Warren, 59, of Liberty. Service is 1 p.m.Saturday at Wells Funeral Service.

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