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April 2009

VOLUME 24 NO. 81 THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009

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UIL Events Cancelled: On the recommendation of the state health department after consulting with the state education officials, all U.I.L. school events have been cancelled until May 11th. This means regional track meets, baseball and softball games, academic; music and other competition events between schools are on hold until at least May 11th due to the outbreak of the H1N1 flu in Texas, also known as Swine Flu. Dayton FFA: According to officials with the Dayton School District, all Dayton FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo events will go on as scheduled including this Saturday’s parade, and the Dayton Pioneer reunion.

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Judge Sued: A lawsuit filed Tuesday in the 75th District Court asks for the removal of Phil Fitzgerald as trustee for the trust of Jessica Vickery. The suit claims Fitzgerald acting in concert with Glenn Vickery, father of Jessica, breached his duties as trustee and his actions caused damages to the value of the trust. The suit also calls into question the County Judge’s right to serve as trustee quoting the code of judicial conduct that says a judge cannot serve as trustee for any person other than a member of his own family. The suit asks for a hearing within 10 days to address the County Judge’s removal as trustee. The Jessica Vickery trust is valued at around $1 million.

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Flu Precautions: There have been no confirmed cases locally of the Swine Flu, also known as H1N1 flu strain. Even so, health professionals locally are still recommending precautions be taken such as washing hands, using hand sanitizers, and staying home when sick. Dan Yancy, Administrator for Liberty Dayton Community Hospital said the staff is participating regularly in conference calls to stay on top of the latest official reports.

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Top Dayton Educators: Last week at the annual Dayton Rotary Club Teacher Appreciation Banquet, Hayley Etheridge was named DISD Elementary Teacher of the year, and Shanna McCracken was picked as top secondary educator in Dayton.

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Funerals: Donald R. Baldwin. Services Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Dayton. Eleanor Pauline Williamson-Vallo, of Shepherd. Services Friday 3 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 8,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.85 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 80 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009

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Early Voting: The wet weather may be partially responsible but early voting for the May 9th, city council, school board and hospital district elections are off to a slow start. As of close of business yesterday, 33 early votes had been cast in the Liberty School Board race. In Dayton ISD early voting is 13, while Dayton City Council election shows 15 have voted early so far. The City of Liberty has a total 17 early ballots as of yesterday, and 19 registered voters have cast early ballots in the Liberty County Hospital District Board election so far. Early voting continues weekdays through Tuesday.

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Jail: The Liberty County Jail has been issued a Certificate of Compliance from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald made the announcement of the states positive inspection during Tuesday’s meeting of Liberty County Commissioners. While in the past the jail has received the same certificate, those typically came with a number of requirements to make repairs. This year, according o to the County Judge, there were no deficiencies.

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Otto Appointment: State Representative John Otto of Dayton and Senator Tommy Williams of the Woodlands have both been selected to serve on the conference committee for senate bill 1. That bill sets the state’s budget for 2010 and 2011.

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Mayhaw: Tomorrow kicks off the 28th annual Mayhaw Festival in Daisetta. It starts with the carnival opening up at 4 p.m. and continues through Saturday evening when the auction and dance kick off at 8 p.m. For more information on the Mayhaw festival, go to www.kshn.com and click on the Mayhaw Festival link.

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GM Dealerships: An Associated Press report on Tuesday says General Motors Corporation will force some 1,000 to 1,200 GM dealerships to close. Whether or not the decision will affect the local GM dealership, GM Autoworld in Liberty remains to be seen. Victor Wright, Managing Partner of the local dealership said he did not expect the closures to affect the local dealership, but pointed out General Motors would make that decision.

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Funerals: Homer Melvin Woods, 84 of Liberty. Graveside services tomorrow 2 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 8,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.44 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 79 TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009

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Swine Flu: While there have been no confirmed cases of Swine Flu in this area, there is an influenza bug going around locally. While short lived, it is said to be a nasty bug. Dr. Steven Ellerbe said the best way to avoid any flu bug, Swine or otherwise, is for people to follow some basic rules. If you are sick, do not go to school or work. Stay home. There is no vaccine for the Swine flu, but Dr. Ellerbe said available medicines are working well to treat this particular strain of influenza after someone has already contracted the illness.

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Kidfish Success: Sunday’s annual Kidfish event in the Liberty City Park drew a great crowd of more than 400 kids with 30 some odd volunteers. The winner with the longest fish was Jessica Bounds in the 0-6 age group, who’s catfish was 24 ½ “. Jessica is the 6-year-old daughter of Shane and Joy Bounds of Tarkington Prairie. Haven Salzman also in the 0-6 group landed a 24“ fish. In the 7-11 age group, Blake Baker brought in a 22 ¾ fish with Madeline Pickett landing a 21 ½ catch. The oldest kids in the group, those 12-16 Alex Crawford had a 21 “catch while Dustin Saxon pulled in a fish that was 20” long.

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Drainage District: Liberty County residents in the Tarkington area have the opportunity to vote for or against the creation of a drainage district for that area. According to Precinct #2 Commissioner Lee Groce it would take a separate vote to allow that entity, were it created by approval of the voters, to levee’ a tax. This proposition is only to address the districts creation.

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Wall of Fame: During last week’s Dayton Rotary Club Teachers appreciation banquet, this year’s addition to the wall of fame was named. Jack Caraway started his career with Dayton ISD as an Ag teacher in 1967. He was assistant superintendent when he retired in 2003.

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Dayton FFA Parade: The Dayton FFA Rodeo Parade is this Saturday. The parade will honor the owners and cowboys of some of the largest working ranches in Liberty County. The parade starts at 10 a.m. For information call 281-330-8832.

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Correction: The Fourth Annual TVE Cattleman’s Ball is Saturday at the Liberty Center.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 14.14 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 78 MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009

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Candlelight Vigil: The annual Candlelight Vigil honoring victims of crime and child abuse is tomorrow beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Liberty Center at City Hall. District Attorney Mike Little said the purpose of the vigil is to honor and support victims of crime, their families, and those who serve them. The public is invited. For information, call 336-4611.

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Bellamy Scholars: First Liberty National Bank, as trustee for the Dr. Richard C. and Esther Bellamy Educational Trust, has awarded four $10,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from South Liberty County high schools. Those honored include Kelby Cade Gassett from Hull-Daisetta High School and Enoch Medina from LHS. The other recipients are Hardin senior William Chase Ringer and Dayton’s Michael Chad Stappleton. Each will receive $2,500 for four years to attend college.

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House Bill 8: The Texas House of Representatives has unanimously approved H.B. 8, which was co-written by Rep. John Otto of Dayton. The bill allows the state comptroller to conduct its property value study every other year. Then, an audit of each appraisal districts’ methods would take place in off years. Rep. Otto expects the bill to quickly pass in the Senate.

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Local Marathoner: Robert Dunn of Liberty has completed his third straight Boston Marathon. The 42-year-old local co-owner of BJ Ford has now finished more than 30 26.2-mile marathon events. This year, Robert has finished races in Houston, Austin, Arkansas and now Boston. The long-distance runner is considering trying to complete one each month during 2009.

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Cattleman’s Ball: The Fourth Annual TVE Cattleman’s Ball is Saturday at the fairgrounds. The annual event raises scholarship dollars for graduation seniors from both Liberty and Chambers counties. This year’s Cattleman’s Ball includes a steak dinner, live and silent auctions, plus a performance by the David Glenn Band. Last year’s event raised $29,000 for local scholarships. Tickets are $100 at the TVE office or by calling 936-336-7455.

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Funerals: Lula Marie Carter, 82, of Cleveland. Service is Friday at 11 a.m. and visitation is 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Service in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 17.67 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 77 FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009

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Early Voting: Early voting for the May 9 city council, school board and hospital district elections starts Monday and continues weekdays through Tuesday May 5. During regular business hours, voters can cast ballots at local city and school administration offices as well as the hospital district office on Fannin in Liberty. Voters are reminded to bring a voter registration card or other form of ID when voting early.

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Hwy. 146 Contract: The contract to widen Hwy. 146 south between Dayton and Chambers County was awarded to Angel Brothers Construction. Mark Shepherd with TxDOT said this long awaited project should begin in June and will be completed in 2 phases. The first phase of the project will be from Hwy 90 in Dayton to FM 1413. The second phase to carry the five lanes on into Chambers County should start in the fall. Officials say the $11.4 million bid for phase one was 21 % lower than expected. The total project will cost an estimated $25 million.

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Kidfish: The always-popular Kidfish is this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Liberty Municipal Park. Sponsored locally by BJ Ford and the Burnham Family for decades, this year Wal-Mart is joining as a supporter. Kids 16 and under are welcome to fish the well-stocked park pond, with fishing gear provided free, on a first come first serve basis. If preferred, kids can bring their own. Also, while not required, children can also raise financial support to help keep Kidfish going prior to the event. Prizes will be awarded to the top five fundraisers, as well as kids in each age group who catch the two longest fish.

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Earth Day: Earth Day activities will take place tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the popular Champion Lake public use area - kayaking, boating, fishing, dip netting, also kids can interact with some live animals. Earth Day is intended to inspire an appreciation for the environment and foster a desire to protect it that will last all year. Champion Lake is about 10 miles south of Highway 90 in Dayton on FM 1409. Turn east on CR 417.

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Funerals: James Thomas White, 82. Mass of Christian Burial today at 10 a.m. at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. Antorine Landry, 73 of Raywood. Services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church in Raywood.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 21.15 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 76 THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009

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18 Years: A Raywood man convicted of murder in the death of Iraq war veteran Quincy Childress has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. Judge C.T. “Rusty” Hight found Leo Frank Jr. guilty of murder, but also found the shooting was a result of what is termed a “sudden passion after adequate provocation". Judge Hight sentenced Leo Frank Jr. to 18 years in prison. DA Mike Little said he must serve roughly 50 % of that sentence to become eligible for parole.

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LISD: On Tuesday night, the Liberty School board heard an update on the press box at Memorial Stadium. Insurance representatives and school officials originally thought the press box itself could just be replaced. Now Superintendent Mona Chadwick said engineers have determined the support structure also must be torn down and rebuilt. Liberty trustees approved spending $29,500 with Neches Engineering to develop plans and oversee construction of a new press box, which will be rebuilt the same size as the old one.

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Hardin ISD CFO: Julie Hebert was named Monday night as the Hardin ISD Chief Financial Officer, a new position in the Hardin School District. A graduate of University of Texas, Julie Hebert earned her BBA and a Masters in professional accounting. Superintendent Bob Parker said she has worked extensively on the Hardin ISD school audit for the past seven years and will bring a great deal of experience. Julie Hebert starts her duties with the Hardin School District on June 1st.

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Healthy Food Choice: Alexis Cordova, Extension agent with the Texas Agri-Life Extension Agency said many people do not know the serving size contained in packaged foods. She used as an example a regular soft drink has two servings, yet most think of it being only one. That can add up calories quickly she said. To learn more about serving sizes, and caloric intake for the average adult, Alexis Cordova suggests two websites, www.mypyramid.gov and www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines. For personal nutrition counseling, call 936 336 4558.

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Baseball: Our baseball broadcasts continues tomorrow night with the Dayton Broncos taking on the Barbers Hill Eagles. First pitch is 7 p.m. in Dayton. Our broadcast starts at 6:50 p.m.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.37 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 75 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009

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Hospital District: In a 3-2 vote, the Liberty County Hospital District Board voted to pay $100,000 toward design plans to redo a portion of the old Wal-Mart building into a hospital facility. Board President Bruce Stratton said T.I. Group, the company in the process of buying Liberty Dayton Community Hospital has said they will pitch in $50,000. The money will be paid directly to the architectural firm. Voting for the payment was Bruce Stratton, Paul Henry and Charles Kaemerling. Those voting no were Sissy Drake and Kathy Dagle.

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Dayton City Council: At Monday’s meeting, the Dayton City Council approved the demolition of three out of four substandard structures at the end of the legal 30-day waiting period. In the case of the fourth—a long unused gas station/convenience store- council approved a 60-day waiting period for the owner to show an effort to repair the building. Council also postponed a planned executive session to discuss possible incentives offered to a new manufacturing firm interested in locating in Dayton. Council postponed that closed-door session for the time being.

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Candlelight Vigils: The annual Candlelight Vigil honoring victims of crime and child abuse is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Liberty Center. District Attorney Mike Little said the purpose of the vigil is to honor and support victims of crime, their families and those who serve them. For information, call 336-4611.

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‘42’ Champs: The state champion ‘42’ players hail from Liberty County. Ronnie Nolte of Hardin and Jerry Whitney, a former resident of Hardin who now lives in New Mexico, recently won the Texas State ‘42’ Dominoes Championship held yearly in Hattlestville. The team played a marathon 14 rounds of ‘42’ over 12 ½ hours to claim the state title.

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La Bahia: La Bahia Market is back on the Liberty County Courthouse square this Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. It is a great chance to shop for homemade items, from crafts to foods. If you would like a vendor space, call the Chamber at 336-5736.

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Funerals: Joseph Wayne McKinney, 68, of Hardin. Visitation is today from 6 to 9 p.m. with service at 10 a.m. Thursday at Allison Funeral Service.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 21,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.28 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 74 TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009

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Disclosure: State law indicates Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald was not required to disclose the fact his brother-in-law, Mark Miskch subcontracted with C and C Construction for hurricane debris clean up. The issue of that disclosure is one of several raised in recent media reports. It also appears the county judge had no legal obligation to make any disclosure concerning ownership of equipment eventually used by C and C.

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DCDC Grants: The Dayton Community Development Corporation board met last Tuesday and approved an $11,000 new construction grant to Edgar’s Meat Market on FM 1960 in Dayton. DCDC Executive Director Chris Potter said the money is to be used to add on to the business and to hire additional employees. They also approved a grant of $25,000 to the Liberty County Workforce Academy. Also on the agenda was to consider action against H.I.B Family Fun Inc. The D.C. D. C. board recently found the company in default on the $30,000 grant awarded them. The board discussed various legal options with their attorney in executive session but took no action.

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Murder Trial: The murder trial of a Raywood man, Leo Paul Frank Jr, is under way in Judge C.T. “Rusty” Hight’s 75th district court. Frank is accused of shooting and killing 25-year-old Iraq war veteran Quincy Childress. District Attorney Mike Little said Frank waived a jury trial. Assist. DA Joe Warren is prosecuting.

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Sterling in Anahuac: Hurricane Ike nearly destroyed Sterling Funeral Service in Anahuac. Now, the funeral home has reopened after an extensive rebuild. The chapel has doubled in both size and seating capacity. There is a new audio and video system for presentations and the whole facility is now more user-friendly. A children’s room is also being added. Sterling Funeral Home is a full-service facility offering burial and cremation options to people from all faiths and backgrounds.

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Funerals: James Thomas White, 82 of Ames. Services pending at Well’s Funeral Service. Nelda Joy Cessna Fregia, 65 of Hardin. Services 3 p.m. Wednesday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Sarah Musgrove Burnham, 95, of Houston. Service at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with visitation from 5-8 p.m. today at Pat H. Foley Funeral Directors in Houston.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 21,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.28 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 73 MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009

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Flood Warning: Heavy rains over the weekend prompted the weather service to issue a flood warning along the Trinity River. The weather experts say the Trinity River, at the Highway 90 bridge gauge may rise above the 26-foot flood stage by late today, topping out at 27 feet by Tuesday night. Forecasters expect about a foot of water on roads near the river.

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Guilty Verdict: A jury in Judge Chap Cain’s 253rd District Court found Mario Lavelle Cockerham guilty of capital murder Friday. The former Dayton resident was charged back in March 2007 with suffocating his 6-month-old child, Jenna Yvonne Ross, while assaulting the child’s mother, Alicia Ross of Dayton. Since the district attorney was not seeking the death penalty, Mario Cockerham will be sentenced to life in prison.

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Ole Tyme Days: Organizers of Dayton Ole Tyme Days didn’t let a little bad weather ruin things. Instead, they improvised, moving some events indoors, like the children’s pageant that drew 73 entries. They even moved the classic car show from Saturday to Sunday. By the time the weather cleared Sunday morning, crowds were ready for fun and what remained of the event. The annual festival raises scholarship dollars for graduating Dayton seniors.

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Chamber Lunch: The annual Administrative Professionals luncheon sponsored by Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is Wednesday at noon in the Liberty Center. The event recognizes the work of secretaries, receptionists and other administrative support professionals employed locally. For reservations, call the Chamber at 936-336-5736 by late today.

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Baseball Star: A former Dayton high school baseball star is gaining national attention. Jordan Rogers, now a pitcher for Rice University, was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s 45-man watch list for its “Stopper of the Year” award. Jordan graduated from DHS in 2006. He is the son of Tony Rogers, a former pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Dayton. Jordan is married and expecting his first child.

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Funerals: James S. Augeri, 84, of Batson. Service today at 10 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE:25,100 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE:20.27 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 72 FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009

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Investigation: KSHN has confirmed federal investigators are now reviewing files related to storm debris cleanup in Liberty County. Sources say the office of the Inspector General from the Department of Homeland Security is in Liberty County this week at the request of FEMA officials. While media reports have said, the FBI in Beaumont asked the inspector generals office to investigate, our reliable sources say the FBI is not involved and the office of inspector general is in Liberty County at the request of FEMA officials.

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Weekend Happenings: The Dayton Ole Tyme Days kicks off today and runs through Sunday with music, carnival, food, arts and crafts booths, and much more. Benefit: A fundraiser for the Mills family of Tarkington is tomorrow at Pelican Junction in Baytown. That is the family where both dad and son sustained severe burns in a fire. Platelet Drive: A platelet drive is tomorrow at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at First Liberty National Banks community room. Appointments are needed, call 298 2689.

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Police Chief: Billy Tidwell, age 56, who was given the job as Police Chief for the City of Liberty in a 6-1 vote of Liberty City Council Tuesday is expected to be on the job May 4th. City Manager Ron Wood said the chief’s salary was $80,000 and the benefits package offered to city employees. The salary, Wood said, was within the upper and lower limits established by city council.

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Kidfish: The annual Kidfish held at the Liberty Municipal Park comes up next Sunday April 26th, sponsored locally by BJ Ford the Burnham family, and Wal-Mart. It provides hands on fishing experiences and education to kids 16 years old and younger. The State Parks and Wildlife Department will stock the park pond. Everything required to catch a fish, rod, reel, bait and tackle, will be provided on a first come first serve basis. On the other hand, you can bring your own. Kidfish will take place from 1-4 p.m.

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Funerals: Anna Villiere Espree, 88. Rosary 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood. James S. Augeri, 84 of Batson. Services are Monday 10 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. Billie Jean Fuquay-Burleson, 81 of Cleveland. Services today at 2 p.m. Pace Stancil - Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.92 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 71 THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009

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Odell: The recent KTRK TV account of emails sent by Liberty County FEMA Liaison Dennis Odell only used a small snippet of one of many emails sent to the county judge, commissioners, and the assistant county attorney. The story insinuated Liberty County was trying to hide things from FEMA. The letter in its entirety makes it clear, the concerns were actually raised by FEMA officials, and it was not the intent of the email to attempt to hide anything from the federal organization or the state. Both the federal emergency management agency and state officials review 100 percent of the invoices plus their choice of at least 20 % of the load tickets before anything is paid. The county continues to be reimbursed at 100%.

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Murder Trial: The capital murder trial of Mario Lavelle Cockerham is underway in the 253rd District Court of Judge Chap Cain. He is accused of suffocating his 6-month-old daughter in March 2007. It is alleged he brutally beat and stabbed the girl’s mother Alicia Ross and killed the infant in the woman’s Dayton home. While this is a capital murder charge, the district attorney’s office is not seeking the death penalty.

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Ole Tyme Days: Tomorrow night, the Dayton Ole Tyme Days kicks off with the carnival and live music. The carnival opens at 6 p.m. with $20 armbands that allow as many rides as a person can stand. At 9 p.m. The Benjamin Brighteyes Band opens the show followed by the Philip Griffin Band. There is no charge to get into the festival area. Saturday, it is a full day of arts and crafts, car show, antique tractor show, pageants, cook-offs and more. The event continues on Sunday starting at noon.

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Murder Charges: In July last year, 16-year-old Melina Perry and her 19-year-old boyfriend Devan Meeks, are alleged to have killed David Davis, Perry’s caretaker. New Chambers County District Attorney Cheryl Leick has filed a murder charge against the 16-year-old girl, and at the request of prosecutors, Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia certified Melina Perry to stand trial as an adult. Devan Meeks has already been charged with murder.

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Funerals: Jimmy M. Yarbrough Jr. 34 of Spring. Services will be held at a later date. Selma Mary Godfrey of Dayton. Services 2 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Church of Christ.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.16 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 70 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009

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Fall Results in Death: Long time building contractor and World War II combat hero, Bob Liddell, was killed Monday morning in a fishing accident at Moss Bluff. The incident happened around 10 a.m. Monday. We are told he and his good friend Coach Bob Sutherlin, were fishing off a steep embankment that is part of PR 1341 along Adolph’s Bayou. The 83-year-old man slipped and fell. He was pronounced dead at Liberty Dayton Community Hospital, said to have died of severe head injuries.

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Tax Day: Today is the deadline for filing federal income tax returns. Local certified public accountant Byron Swaim said for those who do not have their tax returns ready, file an extension to avoid filing penalties. A reminder, extension filers must still pay any expected taxes to avoid penalties for paying late. Locally, anybody mailing their tax return past 4:15 in Dayton or 4:30 in Liberty will need to travel to Humble to insure an April 15 postmark. The post office at 7231 FM 1960 in Humble will be open until midnight.

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners yesterday again used their meeting to address recent media reports. Commissioner Lee Groce questioned Dennis O’Dell if the concerns by Channel 13 were legitimate. Odell said FEMA reviewed everything, contracts, documents and that government agency has signed off approving everything submitted for 100 % reimbusement. Liberty County Treasurer Kim Harris said Mr. Richard Harris, (no relation) who works with FEMA through the State of Texas was very complimentary of the way Liberty County has handled the FEMA required documentation.

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Shooting: Liberty Police say a wreck led to gunfire on Mizell Road last month. Detective Kenneth Taylor said a pick up driven by 20-year-old Cody Harryman of Liberty struck a small car operated by Lance Campbell, 27, of Hitchcock. Harryman allegedly fired at least six shots at Campbell’s vehicle with a .30 caliber carbine rifle. Lt. Taylor said Cody Harryman remains free pending a grand jury decision to indict.

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Funerals: Robert J. “Bob” Liddell, 83 of Liberty. A memorial service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Selema Mary Godfrey, 80 of Dayton. Pending

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.13 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 69 TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009

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Burn Victim Update:, 17-month-old Dylan Mills, seriously burned in a home fire in early March continues to be hospitalized in Shreveport, LA. There, the little toddler is undergoing skin-graft treatment, and according to family members is fighting a case of pneumonia. Family members say he will be moved to a Shriners hospital in Ohio within a month to continue his rehab and treatment. His father also severely burned in that same fire has since been released from the hospital. There will be a benefit for the Mills family Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Pelican Junction on Hwy. 146 in Baytown.

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Fire Safety: According to the Texas Forest Service, the number one cause of wildfires is debris burning that got out of control. The forest service offers some tips on burning safely. Don’t pile trash on the ground, it will not burn completely and can be blown around easily. Burn trash in a covered receptacle in an area that is well away from overhead branches and wires. A metal grid or wire cover will help keep burning trash or embers from escaping and clearing a firebreak around the receptacle will minimize chances of igniting a wildfire. For more information on wildfire safety visit the Texas Forest Service website by linking there from ours, www.kshn.com.

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Cody Green Report: He is only 17, but the highly touted Bronco’s Quarterback, Cody Green, graduated a semester early from Dayton High School back in December. Now a Cornhusker at the University of Nebraska, the Dayton native has been described by Nebraska’s Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson as a mature person who is academically ready for the challenges of college. The athletic department has also called him one of the most heralded recruits of the 2009 Nebraska signing class.

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Books: The Liberty Jubilee Book and Bake sale was a big success; however, Library Director Dana Abshire said they still have books available for sale. The Library is open Monday through Thursday 10-6, Fridays 1-5 and Saturdays 10-4. Sorry, the baked goods sold out.

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Funerals: Lucy Marie Mallett Mayes, 76 of Ames. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.99 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 68 MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009

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Liberty Police Chief: Liberty City Council meets tomorrow to hear City Manager Ron Woods choice for a new Liberty police chief. The five finalists include former Liberty police chief Billy Tidwell and current interim chief Ricky Skarpa. The other three applicants under consideration are Michael Scoggins, a retired commander of the Dallas Homicide Unit, Carl Mitchell, a compliance officer with the police department in Schaumberg, Illinois, plus Steven Marshall, a division commander with the police department in Aurora, Colorado.

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Easter Egg Hunt: The weather was wonderful Saturday for the 26th Annual KSHN Easter Egg Hunt. There were 5,000 candy-filled eggs and more than 90 gift-producing prize eggs. Then, there were three grand prize eggs. The first big winner was 4-year-old Casey Wolf of San Antonio who won a bike. Then, 3-year-old Liliana Sanchez of Liberty picked a red wagon provided by Victor Barranco, a local State Farm agent. The other grand prize bike went to Jacqueline Garcia, age 9, of Liberty.

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Landscape Class: Liberty County Master Gardeners will hold a Home Horticulture Series Thursday. A Texas Forest Service official will discuss ways to make your landscape and home less susceptible to fires. The free event is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty County Courthouse Annex on Cos Street in Liberty. For information, call the extension office 336-4558, ext. 221.

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Ole Tyme Days: The 17th Annual Dayton Ole Tyme Days is Friday through Sunday. The annual family friendly festival features carnival rides, arts and crafts, entertainment, a barbecue cookoff plus a bakeoff. There will also be a car show and a tractor show. The concert dance on Friday featuring the Philip Griffin Band and the Benjamin Brighteyes Band is free and then on Saturday with the Mike Adams Band is also free. For information on the annual event, go to our website – www.kshn.com – and click on the Dayton Ole Tyme Days logo.

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Funerals: Ruthie Roundtree Dugat, 67, of Dayton. Service is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Dugat Family Cemetery with visitation 4 to 9 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil in Dayton. Mark Travis Davis, 51, of Dayton. Service is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pace-Stancil in Dayton. Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS-LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.37 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 67 THURSDAY APRIL 9, 2009

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Non-Shooting Arrest: Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Berotte Street around 9:30 Tuesday night. Garland Tebo, 40, of Ames said an argument led him to fire a 20 gauge shotgun at a fleeing Philip Winters, also of Ames. A several hour search of the area finally turned up the 47-year-old Winters. He was not hurt, but he was arrested on an outstanding Criminal Mischief warrant. Sheriff’s Corporal Hugh Bishop said a grand jury will decide if charges are filed against Garland Tebo.

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CAD OnLine: The Liberty County Central Appraisal District as added another feature to their web site. Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner said a version of the CAD’s government information system or G.I.S. is now available on line. These maps allow online users to view specific sections of lots or land within a given subdivision. Alan Conner said the web site application offers instructions for new users. To access the appraisal district web site, go to kshn.com and click on the government link.

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More Burglary Charges: Liberty Police have issued an arrest warrant for 33-year-old James Monroe Bass of Liberty. Detective Kenneth Taylor said Bass has admitted his involvement in four burglaries of Liberty businesses. That includes break-ins and robberies at Key Energy on Hwy 90, Gray and Sons Automotive on Oklahoma Street and the Mexico Cantina on Martin Luther King Street—twice! Lt. Taylor said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests could be forthcoming.

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Good Friday: The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty and Dayton will be closed tomorrow in observance of the Good Friday Holiday. Garbage service in Liberty and Dayton will run as scheduled. All banks and post offices will be open Friday for regular hours.

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Candlelight Vigil: The Annual Candlelight Vigil for the Victims of Crime and Child Abuse is Tuesday April 28th at the Liberty Center starting at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony is part of the local observance of both Crime Victims Rights Week and Child Abuse Prevention Month. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information call Victim Assistance Coordinator Kathy Lowe at the Liberty County DA’s Office, 936-336-4611.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 66 WEDNESDAY APRIL 8, 2009

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Dayton City Council: The Dayton City Council met Monday night and heard the annual audit report. Robert Belt, Managing partner for the accounting firm’s Houston office, told the council the financial report gives the city a clean, unqualified opinion, the highest possible finding they could give.

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Hurricanes: The Atlantic hurricane season is still two months away, but the Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science has already released its annual landfall probability report. In December, they predicted an above average season, this past Tuesday that prediction was scaled-back. The annual analysis now estimates 12 named storms, 6 to reach hurricane force and two becoming intense hurricanes.

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Easter Sunrise: The Dayton Ministerial Alliance will hold their annual Easter Sunday sunrise service Sunday morning at 7 a.m. at Palms Memorial Park on Highway 146 South. Rev. Jeff Day from Kenefick Southern Baptist Church will provide the message. Coffee, donuts, fruit and juices will be served. Bring a lawn chair if you like. For information call Sterling Funeral Home at 258 2678.

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Administrative Professionals Day: Time to make reservations for the popular Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon sponsored by the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon will be at noon Wednesday April 22 at Liberty Center. Area individuals and businesses contribute dozens of door prizes that are then given away at the lunch to honor the administrative professionals who attend. To make a donation or for reservations, call the chamber at 336 5736.

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Chronicle Coverage: An article in yesterday’s Houston Chronicle brought up a new allegation in the continuing saga at the Liberty County Courthouse. One new allegation involves what the newspaper report referred to as an “unnamed” district judge or his staff and statements for travel reimbursements alleged to be inaccurate or contain “irregularities”. County Auditor Harold Seay confirmed County Judge Phil Fitzgerald had requested copies of some travel reimbursement statements for at least one –perhaps both- Liberty County district judges. More details were not available.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 65 TUESDAY APRIL 7, 2009

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Tire Recycling: The City of Liberty, in cooperation with John Hebert Distributorship and Aaron’s Tires in Dayton, held a tire-recycling day that was tremendous. Saturday’s tire recycling day offered individuals a chance to drop off unwanted tires to help clean up the county and protect the environment. Event organizer Diane Huddleston said, when that four-hour collection event was over, 1,792 tires had been dropped off for recycling.

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Relay For Life: The 8th Annual South Liberty County Relay for Life was a huge success. According to co-chair Sandra Sterling, the Friday night through Saturday morning event raised $87,300 with more money still expected to trickle in during the next few days. That brings the total raised in South Liberty County since the first local event in 2001 to more than $660,000.

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Easter Egg Hunt: This Saturday marks the 26th Shine All Nine Easter Egg Hunt at the Liberty City Park. The fun-filled event is free for kids 9 years old and under. There will be 5,000 plastic Easter eggs with candy inside scattered about the big hunt area in the city park. Among those eggs will be nearly 100 prize eggs and kids who find those specially marked eggs can claim their gift right there at the park. There also will be three grand prize eggs, two for new bikes and one for a State Farm wagon. The start signal is at 10 a.m. at Liberty Municipal Park, but we recommend an early arrival.

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Fire: Fire destroyed a building on S.H. 321 in Tarkington shortly after 9 yesterday morning. The building once housed the Flashback Café, but the back half of the structure included an apartment where an elderly woman was living. Tarkington volunteer firefighters arrived to find her safe. However, fire and smoke were pouring from every opening of the structure. Tarkington, Hwy 321 and Cleveland all worked to put out the blaze, but the building is likely a total loss. According to the resident, the fire started when a light bulb in a lamp burst and ignited a lampshade.

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Funerals: John David Reynolds, 21 of Huffman. Services Thursday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Huffman. Mary Kapalski, 98 of Dayton. Services tomorrow 11 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 64 MONDAY APRIL 6, 2009

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Courthouse Investigation: Liberty County District Attorney Mike Little and County Attorney Wes Hinch have asked the Texas Attorney General’s Office to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in Liberty County. There have been many reports on KSHN and other media about the controversy raging at the Liberty County Courthouse. Briefly, County Judge Phil Fitzgerald has been accused of misconduct by County Court at Law Judge Don Taylor and 253rd District Court Judge Chap Cain. Fitzgerald denies those allegations and has leveled charges of misdeeds at Judge Cain. Now, the state’s attorney general has agreed to investigate and prosecute, if necessary, wrongdoing at the Liberty County Courthouse.

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Fatality Accident: A Huffman man was killed in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 90 at FM 1413 in Dayton around 10:45 Friday night. John David Reynolds, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene. He reportedly is the son of an ag teacher at Dayton High School. Another man, 41-year-old James Kulp of Huffman, was taken by air ambulance to a Houston hospital.

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Cleveland Bypass: The much-anticipated bypass around Cleveland continues to take shape. Mark Shepherd, spokesman for the Beaumont office of TxDOT, said the eastern phase is 80 percent complete and funding is in place for the western section. The bypass takes a southern route around Cleveland. The eastern phase goes from S.H. 321 to FM 1010, and the western section will go from FM 1010 to S.H. 105. The project, which has been discussed for decades, will be finished in about three years.

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Military Tribute: The Liberty High School Band will pay tribute to all branches of the military during its spring concert. All area military personnel and veterans are invited to the May 7 musical event and spaghetti dinner being held in their honor. The dinner will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Then, Liberty High School’s spring concert, with a special tribute to all branches of the military, will begin at 7 p.m. in the gym. Military veterans and personnel planning to attend are asked to call Tom Guidry by April 24 at 336-6483, ext 240.

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Funerals: Ernest Taylor “Fuzz” Rives, 78. Services Tuesday at 11 a.m. and visitation today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Allison’s.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 63 FRIDAY APRIL 3, 2009

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Fugitive Caught: Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended 33-year-old James Wesley Standley Wednesday night. The Liberty man had been wanted for the February break-in and robbery at Barrett’s Upholstery in Liberty since eluding capture several days ago. Standley is charged with Burglary of a Building, Theft of Property and Failure to identify himself to a law officer. He remains in the Liberty County Jail on bonds totaling $25,000.

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Village Bistro: The restaurant in Dayton called Kapalski’s Café is now officially closed; however, the restaurant space will reopen the day after Easter with new ownership. Monday April 13th Dayton will welcome Village Bistro, owned and operated by Phyllis Pierce. She is also owner of the Branding Iron Restaurant in Dayton, however these are very separate businesses and the branding Iron will continue to operate as is.

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Two Arrests: Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two suspects Tuesday in connection to Hardin area burglaries including one that happened a year ago. Sheriff’s Corporal Hugh Bishop said John R. Shauberger, 17 of Liberty and Spencer J. Nethercutt, 18, of Hardin are now free on bond. Stolen property recovered includes a plasma TV, laptop computers and video projection units, all belonging to the Hardin ISD.

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Dayton Chamber: The Ninth annual Dayton Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is set for Thursday April 23rd at Newport Golf Club in Crosby. Entry fee is $200 per two-person team and the field is limited to the first 40 teams. For information call the Dayton Chamber at 257 2393.

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Lions Broom and Mops: The Liberty Lions Club annual broom and mop sale is Monday. Many folks wait for this time a year to buy brooms, mops and other cleaning utensils. The club will again be set up in the North Main Shopping Center parking lot, in front of Liberty’s Thriftee Food Center. The Lions Club has been long time supporters of the blind and buying these items helps the blind, the local lions club and the community.

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Funerals: David Allen Hill, 53, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 62 THURSDAY APRIL 2, 2009

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Wrong Homeowner: Tuesday afternoon the Liberty County Sheriffs Department was called to a home on C.R. 4021. Dayton. A teenaged girl got home to find her home had been ransacked. She called both the sheriffs department and her father to tell them the suspect was still in the yard near an outbuilding. When the father, Israel Palmer arrived home, the suspect was even then still on the property. According to reports, the suspect, Derrick Ford, was considerably smaller than the homeowner whom he challenged, or bowed up on. The 6 foot 4 inch 300-pound homeowner told law enforcement he was defending himself, his property and most importantly his daughter. The alleged thief, 20-year-old Chambers County resident Derrick Ford was taken to the Houston hospital originally listed as in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to serious.

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Tire Recycling: The City of Liberty is sponsoring a Tire Recycling Day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Liberty City Council Member Diane Huddleston is overseeing the effort. She said old tires brought to John Hebert Distributing on Hwy 90 in Liberty would be properly disposed of. The service is free to individuals but does not include businesses. For more information, call 936-3340-4742 or 936-336-7361.

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Chambers County DARE: Chambers County Sheriff’s Deputy Nacheal Bonin has been selected as the new Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer for the three school districts in Chambers County. The DARE program was formerly operated through the Liberty Chambers Counties District Attorney’s office however since Chambers County now has it’s own district attorney, Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRIve has taken over the DARE program for the county.

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Voter Reminder: Liberty County Voter Registrar Mark McClelland reminds area residents who are not registered to vote to do so by Thursday April 9th in order to be eligible to cast ballots in the May 9th elections.

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Funerals: Fire Chief Steve Wheeler, of Cleveland. Services today at 11 a.m. Cornerstone Church on Hwy 105 west of Cleveland. E.B. Fregia, 86 of Hull. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Central Baptist Church of Daisetta.

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VOLUME 24 NO. 61 WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 2009

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Suicide: The autopsy results from the Jefferson County Medical Examiner, Dr. Tom Brown shows the death of Cleveland Fire Chief Steve Wheeler to be a suicide. Liberty County Sheriffs department investigators say chief wheeler was found in a chair at his farm on Pelican Road off FM 787, not far from the Cleveland airport. Sheriffs Department Captain Harry Kelly said their evidence, gathered at the scene, indicates suicide in his death. Both the Liberty County Emergency Medical Services and City of Liberty Fire and Emergency Medical Services have sent crews and equipment to the north Liberty County city to assist during this difficult time.

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Dayton Chamber: The Dayton Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is Tuesday at noon at First United Methodist Church in Dayton. The speaker will be Liberty County Sheriff Henry Patterson. For reservations, call the Dayton Chamber office at 936– 257-2393.

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Lion Honored: Hardin Lion Weldon Nettles has been honored with a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. Lion’s district governor Barron Cagle presented the prestigious award and plaque to Mr. Nettle during Monday’s meeting. The Melvin Jones Fellowship recognizes a person’s commitment to humanitarian service. Weldon Nettles’ is a life member of both the Lions International and its crippled children’s camp.

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Brookshire’s Opens: Nearly 7 months after damage from Hurricane Ike forced major repairs to the Liberty Brookshire Brothers Store, they reopened today with a brand new look. Store manager Gary Havard said they have added a couple of departments and really made the local store look completely different.

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Funerals: Cleveland Fire Chief Steve Wheeler. Services Thursday 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Church in Cleveland. Betty Diane Peeples Smoke, 62 of Hardin. Services today at 2 p.m. at Pace Stancil in Dayton. Elaine C. Carter Jones, 79 of Dayton. Graveside services Friday 3 p.m. at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton. Eunice Faye Overton, 81 of Liberty. Graveside services tomorrow 2 p.m. at Cooke Memorial Cemetery in Liberty.

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