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Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday, May 05, 2014, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 29, No. 86 Monday, May 5, 2014

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County Jail: Speaking to the Dayton Rotary Club last Thursday, District Judge Mark Morefield was very critical of the current jail contract negotiated by Liberty County Judge Craig McNair and County Attorney Wes Hinch and then approved by commissioner's court. In that contract, Liberty County pays the private corporation Community Education Centers - or C.E.C. - a sliding scale rate per inmate per day. If the population of the jail is at least 150 inmates, the cost ranges from a low of $47 per day per inmate to more than $71, based on the number of daily prisoners. However, one section of the contract appears to allow C.E.C. to charge the county what it wants once the population drops below 150 inmates. Called "Cost Plus", no where in the contract does it specify exactly what those costs are calculated to be. County Auditor Harold Seay says the county is taking C.E.C.'s word for those costs to which the company then adds 15 percent to the county's bill.

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Sex Offender Facility Scrapped: The state agency responsible for secret plans to build a housing facility for violent sex offenders in Liberty County met in Austin over the weekend and voted to scrap that plan once and for all. KSHN has been reporting the state's Office for Violent Sex Offenders had previously approved a contract with GMV and Associates to house sex offenders under civil commitment here in Liberty County. State Rep. John Otto received word Saturday that facility is now a dead issue. He said, during the next legislative session, lawmakers will address Texas legislation to make it impossible to secretly plan such a facility again in the future.

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Ripkowski Family Honored: Some 300 were on hand when the Stash and Mattie Ripkowski family was honored during a marker dedication and street naming ceremony Saturday at the Dayton Community Center. According to information on the new historical marker, Stash and Mattie Ripkowski moved to the Dayton area in 1932 and began sharecropping a 200 acre farm. The couple reared their sixteen children to be deeply patriotic. During World War II, the nine oldest Ripkowski brothers answered the nation's call to military service. Then, two more brothers served during the Korean Conflict with the youngest brother enlisting during peacetime. That means all 12 Ripkowski boys served in the military, a record among American families.

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