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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursday, May 08, 2014, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 29, No. 89 Thursday, May 8, 2014

Death: A Liberty County man, 68-year-old John William Skinner, was killed Tuesday morning in what is being described as a farm tractor accident between Hardin and Moss Hill. The Liberty County Sheriffs Department reports Mr. Skinner was on his tractor mowing his property on CR 2089 around 11:40 a.m. His son told sheriffs deputies he left his father mowing and went inside for a few minutes. When he returned he found the elderly man on the ground, apparently having been struck by the tractor. Sheriff’s Investigator Sergeant Kenny Dagle said all available evidence indicates the death of John William Skinner was an accident. No autopsy was ordered.

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Scholarships: The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has released the names of this year’s scholarship recipients. Seven high school students from across Liberty County were awarded $18,000 Metropolitan Scholarships for each senior. They are: Haley Lambright and Jaclyn Robinson from Dayton, Michael Seay from Liberty, Tiffany Brewster-Arnold of Cleveland, Hardin senior Allison Lee, Hull-Daisetta’s Michael Fuller and Tarkington senior Lyndsey Ebner. Stephen Sudduth of Dayton received an $18,000 School Art Scholarship and Dayton senior Haley Lambright, received an additional $18,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Scholarship. The grants are spread over a 4-year period.

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Burn Ban: Tuesday morning, Precinct #4 County Commissioner Norman Brown, as acting Liberty County Judge, ordered a ban against open burning in the unincorporated areas of Liberty County for a period of 90 days. If conditions improve, the ban may be lifted sooner.

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Animal Abuse: A Liberty County man was arrested and charged with animal abuse following what has been described as an extreme case. Law enforcement officials say Francisco Castillo Cruz was mad at his 5-year-old pony for escaping from an enclosure. He tied the small equine behind his truck, dragging the animal down the road. Cruz is also accused of beating him with a belt. That may have put out one of the pony’s eyes. Cruz is in the Liberty County Jail on the charge of animal abuse.

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Obituaries: Kyle Ed Bacon, 25 of Dayton. Service today at 10:30 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LakeRelease: 1,000 CFS– LibertyBridge: 6.06 ASL* 

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