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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 29, No. 141 Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TexasEquusearch and Drones: After receiving a demand e-mail from the FAA in February, the world famous Texas Equusearch had to put its use of drones on hold. The Galveston County based volunteer organization filed suit against FAA following that correspondence. Last Friday a three judge panel in Washington ruled in favor of Equusearch, saying an e-mail didn't represent the Federal Aviation Administration's final conclusion on the use of unmanned aircraft. Liberty County Sheriff's Department Captain Ken DeFoor is a volunteer for that search and rescue organization. He said that court decision will allow Texas Equusearch to once again use drones. He said, in the last two weeks, that organization had to turn down six requests to search for missing children because they weren't allowed to fly drones.

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DaytonJob Fair: The annual free job fair hosted by DaytonCommunity Centeris set for Thursday, August 7, from 9 a.m.to noon. There is still room at the job fair for anyone looking for employees. Those looking for a job are reminded to come dressed for an interview and bring resumes. For more information, call the DaytonCommunity Centerat 258-6630.

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SO Budget: In a letter sent yesterday from the Liberty County Sheriffs Department, Captain Ken DeFoor said presently deputies start out with an annual gross pay rate of $36,800 per year. After taxes, increasing insurance rates, retirement and other deductions, "take home" pay averages around $28,000 to $29,000 annually. The Sheriffs Department Captain went on to say they are finding an increasing number of Liberty County Sheriff's Deputies who qualify for food stamps under the Lone Star Card program due to low pay.  In his proposed budget presented to commissioners, Sheriff Rader asked to change the way the deputies are paid. Called "Step Pay"- it would change the pay structure to allow for those with the most seniority to get a pay raise, while ensuring those just coming into the department would have the opportunity to increase their income by maintaining a good work record over a period of years.

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Obituaries: Tucker Joe Duncan, infant son of Tommy and Jessica Hartwick Duncan of Dayton. Memorial service is Friday at 6 p.m.at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LakeRelease: 1,250 CFS LibertyBridge: 7.03 ASL*

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