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November 2009

VOLUME 24 NO. 225 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2009

 

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County Christmas: The Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Country Christmas is tomorrow in Liberty and then Thursday in Dayton. It all starts with a lighted Christmas parade. Activities in both towns include entertainment, a snowfield play area for little kids, pictures with Santa, face-painting, moonwalks, and much, much more. The activities in both towns will take place around the City Hall facilities. For information, call the Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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Local Heroes: KSHN reported back in early November on a fiery wreck in the White Wing Subdivision. When a DPS trooper arrived, a truck was on fire, but nobody was there. At that time, we reported a couple was pulled from the vehicle and ended up at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Now, we have learned the man and woman were pulled from that fiery crash by a group of Dayton football players. Dayton Athletic Director and Head Coach Jerry Stewart said the student athletes were Victor Blanco and N.L. Hines – both injured in the rescue – along with Aaron Jenkins and Theo Edwards.

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Dayton Broncos: A fourth-quarter field goal propelled the Dayton Broncos to a 17-16 victory over the El Campo Ricebirds Friday in the Class 4A regional playoffs. Now, Dayton will play the Brenham Cubs in the quarterfinals Saturday at 6 p.m. at Rhodes Stadium in Katy. Both teams enter the game 11-2. Pre-sale tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students and go on sale tomorrow at the DISD administration building. All tickets at the gate will be $7. KSHN will broadcast the Dayton-Brenham game live on FM 99.9. Pre-game with Larry Wadzeck and Oran Hamilton begins at 5:50 p.m. Saturday. You also can listen live on the internet – just go to www.kshn.com, click on the Bronco logo next to Teamline and follow the instructions.

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MLK Scholarship: Hull-Daisetta graduate Mary Eaglin was recently awarded a $1,000 Liberty County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee Scholarship. The annual award focuses on the goals and aspirations of the late Dr. King by financially assisting deserving students.

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Funeral: Betty Jean Yenor, 69. Private service at a later date under direction of AFS.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.35 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 224 WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25, 2009

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Commissioners: Yesterday, Liberty County Commissioners reappointed Commissioner Todd Fontenot as Liberty County's delegate to the H-GAC 2010 General Assembly. Commissioners also approved an agreement for delinquent tax collection with the Houston based law firm of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson. That tax related law firm has handled the delinquent tax collections for Liberty County for many years. A reminder: the Liberty County Courthouse will close at noon today and remain closed through Friday. All courthouse offices will reopen on Monday.

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Dayton City Council: The Dayton City Council met Monday night and most of the meeting was again devoted to matters relating to the construction of the new City of Dayton Community Center and Jones Public Library. That by the way is the official name for the facility. The big-ticket item on the agenda was awarding a contract on the irrigation and landscaping. The low bid from Precision Lawns of Dayton came in at just over $91,000, far more than the city had budgeted. City manager David Douglas said he felt it was one of those cases where they simply did not budget enough for the project. Council awarded the contract to that Dayton Company.

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Property Tax: Property tax statements were mailed out last month, that according to Liberty County Tax Assessor/Collector Mark McClelland. The local tax collector reminds taxpayers it is their responsibility to pay property taxes on time. Because the January 31 deadline for paying property taxes with out penalty falls on a Sunday, taxpayers will have an extra day, through end of business Monday Feb 1.

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Dayton Chamber: The Dayton Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is coming up next Tuesday, December 1, at First United Methodist Church in Dayton. New Chamber members who joined during 2009 will be introduced and have the opportunity to tell about their business. Lunch is $10 and will be catered by Los Compadres. For reservations, call the Dayton Chamber of Commerce before 5 p.m. Monday at 936-257-2393.

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Funeral: Jerry Lee Smith, 36 of Crosby. Services Saturday 2 p.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 19.65 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 223 TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2009

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Country Christmas: The annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Country Christmas celebration in both Liberty and Dayton is next week. This holiday fun in Liberty will be Tuesday, Dec. 1, and then in Dayton on Thursday, Dec. 3. It all starts with the lighted parades led by Santa and his reindeer. In both towns there will be a snowfield, moonwalks, entertainment, face painting, wagon rides, pictures with Santa and much more. The festivities are planned around the city hall buildings in both towns. To get your parade entry form or for information, call the Liberty-Dayton Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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Hurricane Season: The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season will end next Monday. Experts say it has been a below-average season with just nine named storms, and only two of those were hurricanes. Just two tropical storms made landfall in the U.S. this year. According to Colorado State University researchers, the below average season is related to El Nino conditions.

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Black Friday: This coming Friday is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year. Local retailers we talked to are going all out to keep folks holiday gift buying here in the South Liberty County area. Ron Olson, Manager of the Liberty Wal Mart Super Center said they are bringing in almost 100 additional employees to help manage the large crowds of shoppers expected. The Liberty Palais Royal and Shoe Show stores are among local retailers open for extended hours Friday.

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Courthouse Closure: The Liberty County Courthouse will close at noon Wednesday and remain closed through Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. All city offices in Liberty and Dayton will close Thursday and Friday. Garbage service will not run Thursday in Liberty or Dayton, but regular service will resume Friday. Local banks and post offices will close Thursday.

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Crime Watch: The Hardin Moss Hill Crime Watch will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the office of Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Cody Parrish. County Attorney Wes Hinch will discuss the duties of his office.

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Funeral: Truman O. Wright, 88, of Saratoga. Service at 11 a.m. today at Faith and Family.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.27 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 222 MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2009

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Unemployment: Unemployment continues to rise across the nation. Department of Labor reports the national unemployment rate in October was 10.2 percent. State officials say unemployment in Texas is now at 8.3 percent – that is more than 1 million Texans out of work. Unfortunately, unemployment numbers are higher locally. In Liberty County, Texas Workforce Commission says unemployment is at 11.3 percent. In Chambers County, 10.7 percent there are now without work. The combined workforce for Liberty and Chambers counties in October was 47,555, but 5,270 of those workers are now jobless. That is a two-county unemployment rate of 11.1 percent.

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Pickett Honored: Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett is recipient of this year's Community Builder Award from Liberty Masonic Lodge. Mayor Pickett recently underwent double knee surgery, and his son, Logan, accepted the award on his behalf. Also honored were two 50-year Masons – Jack Mallard and Floyd Peace.

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LISD Audit: Liberty ISD trustees were presented with the 2008-2009 annual audit last Tuesday. Auditor Debbie Kirkham provided the district with an unqualified opinion. That means the district's records are complete and include accurate disclosures that comply with standard accounting practices.

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Dayton Broncos: Dayton defeated the Waller Bulldogs 41-3 in the Class 4-A state playoffs Saturday. Now, the Broncos play the El Campo Ricebirds in the regional round this Friday at 7 p.m. at Darrell Tully Stadium on Dairy Ashford in Houston. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students and go on sale today at the DISD administration building. KSHN will broadcast that Dayton/El Campo game live on FM 99.9. Pre-game with Larry Wadzeck and Oran Hamilton will begin at 6:50 Friday.

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Football Recap: The Cleveland Indians lost their Class 3-A playoff game in overtime to Caldwell, 20-13. The 2-A Anahuac Panthers also lost Friday night, falling to Kirbyville 28-6. The East Chambers Buccaneers advanced over the weekend with a 23-21 victory over Woodville. East Chambers will now play Daingerfield in the regional round of Class 2-A.

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Funeral: Margaret Maxine White, 82, of Dayton. Service is 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 16,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.08 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 221 FRIDAY, NOV. 20, 2009

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Phase II: State Representative John Otto said the contract for the second portion of the State Highway 146 widening project would be awarded next month. The $11 million dollar portion includes a realignment of the FM 1413 / SH 146 intersection. The realignment will include moving the intersection south of its current location. Once completed, the entire project will widen Hwy. 146 to five lanes – two northbound, two southbound and a continuous center turning lane.

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Workforce Academy: Tim Gassiott, Director of the much-heralded Liberty County Workforce Academy said they have formed a 100 Club to allow area residents to help support this local vocational-training program. Recently the local vocational training program received $400,000 from two separate state funds. The newly created 100 club is to raise funds for the day-to-day operations of this innovative training program. Anyone interested in donating to the 100 Club should contact Tim Gassiott at 936-258-2510, ext. 4115.

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Library Closing: The closing for the Liberty Municipal Library for renovations has changed again. We learned from Library Director Dana Abshier, the closing date has been pushed back once again and a new date for the closing has not yet been set. Despite earlier reports, the library will be open this coming Monday through Wednesday for regular hours and then closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

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Chambers Co. H1N1 Shots: The Chambers County Health Department is offering free H1N1 vaccinations to five priority groups today through Wednesday. The five priority groups include pregnant women, children 6 months through 4 years, and people between 5 and 64 with high-risk health conditions. The vaccines are available at the East Chambers County Health Department in their Courthouse Annex in Anahuac from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm weekdays through Wednesday.

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Prancer Review: Those high stepping ladies at Liberty High School football games are the Liberty Prancers. Tomorrow at 2 p.m. is a chance to see all of the routines from the past season. The Prancer Fall Review is at the Liberty ISD Auditorium. Tickets are $4 and are available at the door.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 22,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.75 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 220 THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 2009

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Wreck: Two Dayton women, Regina Smith, 41 and Warretta Preacher, 45 went by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston yesterday following an early morning wreck. The women were not thought to have life threatening injuries. Dayton Police Officer Kenny Broyles said Regina Smith was turning left off FM 1960 when she turned into the path of Kimberly Brunette of Atascocita. Ms. Smiths 4 year old daughter was also in the car, but was secured in a child safety seat and was not hurt.

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More Indictments in Chambers County: A Chambers County Grand Jury handed down two indictments against Pamela Leggett. It was July when Ms. Leggett allegedly fired a shotgun at two people who came to the home she shared with Gilbert Ortez Jr, to turn off the water. That shooting brought sheriffs department Deputy Sheriff Shane Detwiler to the Baytown mobile home park in response. Deputy Detwiler was shot and killed, investigators believe by Gilbert Ortez Jr. Last week, the grand jury indicted Ms. Leggett on two separate counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for shooting at two water company workers, who were unhurt in the deadly incident.

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Barbers Hill Coach: After 17 years with the district, more than ten of those as head coach for the Barbers Hill Eagles, Coach Don Price will have his last day in that position at the end of this year. Assistant Superintendent at Barbers Hill ISD Dr. Gayle Woodall said Coach Price resigned. As the Eagles coach, Don Price has accumulated over 100 wins and most years have resulted in post-season play for the Eagles. Coach Price said he hoped to find another head coaching spot as soon as possible.

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Auction: Tonight from 6 pm to 9 pm and again on Saturday from 9 am until noon, the Dayton Noon Lions Club will hold their annual Radio Auction on KSHN. Lions Club members will take to the airwaves to auction off donated items and services from area merchants. Listeners can call in and bid on items they would like to buy. Dayton Noon Lions will take the bids off the air. Money raised in the auction goes to support the many fine community projects of the local Lions Club.

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Funerals: Harvey Wade Watson¸ 78 of Anahuac. Services 2 pm tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 22,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.51 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 219 WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18, 2009

Dayton City Council: With the grand opening of Dayton's new Library and Civic Center now less than two months away, much of Monday night's Dayton City Council meeting concerned preparations for that event. Council approved December 21 as the day the Jones public library will close in order for the move to the new library building to begin. City Manager David Douglas said the move is expected to be done by the January 15 grand opening, though library services would not fully resume until January 19.

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Jingle Bell Fun Run: The idea behind the Jingle Bell Fun Run is children helping children. Saturday Dec. 5th, kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in the Bridgehaven Children's Advocacy Center Fun Run. According to Paula Barron, Executive Director for Bridgehaven, all proceeds will support the organization's mission to help victims of child abuse. Pre-registration is $15 per child before November. 30. On race day registration is $20. For information or to be a sponsor, call Bridgehaven at 936 258 0400.

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Fall Festival: This weekend is the 22 Annual Fall Festival at the First United Methodist Church in Liberty. There will be food, arts and crafts vendors, holiday decorations, a silent auction, entertainment for the kids and more on Saturday. Then on Sunday, the silent auction continues and the fish fry follows the morning worship service. For info, call 936 336 6401.

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Mailing Deadlines: The U.S. Postal Service is reminding folks the last day to mail holiday packages to military bases either in the U.S. or overseas, is December 11. That is also the deadline for sending holiday cheer to Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Dec. 4 is the deadline to ship to Central or South America and Africa. Domestic shipping needs to be at the post office by December 21. For information, call 1-800-275-8777.

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Funerals: Madelyn A. LaBuff Durdin, 74 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Jose Angel Villa, 3 months of Dayton. Services today at 2 p.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. A. Earl Hodges, 76 of Houston. Private services will be held under the direction of Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 22,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.17 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 218 TUESDAY, NOV. 17, 2009

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Re-sentencing: On Friday, Chap B. Cain, district judge for Liberty and Chambers counties, acting as a visiting judge in San Jacinto County re-sentenced Justin Sutton of Trinity, who pled guilty to the drunken driving death of 14-year-old Eduardo Medellin. We reported last week of Judge Cain's original sentence of 10 years deferred adjudication, a type of probation in that intoxication manslaughter charge. According to San Jacinto County DA Bill Burnett, Judge Chap Cain re-sentenced Justin Sutton to 10 years probation. As a condition of the sentence, Sutton must serve one year in jail followed by 6 months to a year in a rehab facility.

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Liberty Co. School Board: Last week, school superintendents and board members from across Liberty County gathered and agreed to reactivate the Liberty County School Board Association. This group links all seven school districts in the county. Members agreed to designate Hardin ISD as the fiscal agent over a small account that lingers from the previous group. They named Hardin Superintendent Bob Parker and HISD Board Secretary Jerry Ursprung as signatories on the account. At the meeting, the 40 or so board members and superintendents from each district in the county were given training on the new laws adopted by the Texas state legislature affecting school districts.

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Skarpa Retires: After nearly 35 years with Liberty Police Department, Ricky Skarpa will retire effective Nov. 30. He is currently using accrued time and is no longer active in day-to-day functions. The public is invited to a reception for Ricky Skarpa on Dec. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Liberty Center.

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Firemen Needed: Hull-Daisetta Volunteer Fire Department needs more people willing to respond to emergency situations in that area. They need individuals who are at least 18 years old; however, they also have room for junior volunteers who are 16 or 17. Those interested should stop by the Hull-Daisetta Fire Station on FM 770 any Monday at 7 p.m.

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Funerals: Norris Carl Ritchie, 72, of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Dayton. Horace Hamilton Young, 87, of Hardin. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Hardin United Methodist Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 26,200 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.40 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 217 MONDAY, NOV. 16, 2009

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Sales Tax Allocations: Sales tax collections across Texas are down for the ninth consecutive month. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reports collections across the state are down 12.8 percent for the month of October and 4.2 percent this year. In Liberty County, the cities of Cleveland, Kenefick, and North Cleveland have all experienced increases in sales tax income this year while all other Liberty County towns are posting decreases.

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Bike Patrol: Liberty police will soon have a bike patrol. Liberty Polcie Chief Billy Tidwell said research shows this community-policing concept is both productive and successful. Equipment and training are being implemented, and motorists driving the streets of Liberty will soon see local officers out on bike patrol.

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Chamber Lunch: The monthly Liberty-Dayton Chamber of Commerce luncheon is Wednesday at noon at the Liberty Center. Guest speaker is state Rep. John Otto of Dayton. The $8 meal includes turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. For reservations, call the Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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John Stelly: A Hardin teenager attending Northwestern State University in Oklahoma has received acclaim for his play on the football field. Freshman John Stelly was recently named to the Lone Star Conference's First Team Offense as a fullback.

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Playoff Football: Dayton, Cleveland and Hull-Daisetta have all advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. The Dayton Broncos will play the Waller Bulldogs this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Leonard-George Stadium in Spring. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at the DISD administration office. Cleveland will take on Caldwell Friday. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. in Waller. Tickets are on sale at the district office. The Hull-Daisetta Bobcats will play the Lovelady Lions Thursday night at 7:30 at Wood Forest Stadium in Conroe. All tickets will be sold at the gate. Listen to the Dayton game live on KSHN 99.9 FM, or catch both the Broncos and the Bobcats live on the Internet at www.kshn.com. Just click on the school logo and follow the directions.

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Funerals: Raymond Breedlove Sr., 54, of Batson. Service Tuesday at 2 p.m. at FBC Batson under direction of Faith and Family. June Sikes, 84, of Hull. Service 1 p.m. today at AFS.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 26,200 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.84 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 216 FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 2009

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New Fire Station: The Liberty City council recently approved a vote by the Liberty Community Development Corporation to buy some 2 acres of land at the intersection of Bowie St. and Highway 90 to eventually locate a Liberty Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services Substation. Fire Chief Fred Collins said the proposed 40 x 80 foot substation was basically a done deal, but did not have a time line for when construction may start.

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Honor: State Representative John Otto of Dayton and State Senator Tommy Williams of the Woodlands has both been honored with a Legislative Achievement Award from a group called the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association. The awards are to recognize lawmakers for their leadership in crafting and passing landmark property tax reform legislation in the 81st regular legislative session. The award citation reads that as a result of the efforts of these lawmakers, all Texas taxpayers will benefit from a more equitable and efficient system of property tax administration.

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Airport Grant: The Liberty Municipal Airport was recently awarded a $725,000 grant through the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division. The grant, according to TxDot's Mark Shepherd will be used for airport improvements that include pavement improvements. The contract for the project is expected to be awarded this winter.

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Dayton Football: As the Dayton Broncos head into another playoff season, Coach Jerry Stewart helped us catch up on several bronco's presentably playing college football. Ford Smesny is a starter at free safety for the McNeese State Cowboys in Louisiana. A.J. Dugat is a freshman who is seeing a lot of playing time with the University of Houston Cougars. Cody Green is with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, while Justin McQueen is a cornerback with Texas A & M. Those are just a few of the talented young men who are carrying the name of Dayton and Liberty County across the nation as collegiate standouts.

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Funerals: Ronnie Silva Jr., 50 of Lufkin. Services today at 11 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 33,900 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 27.31 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 215 THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 2009

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Homicide Investigation: The recent death of Michael Gooden of Kenefick is according to Liberty County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Steve Green, being investigated as a homicide. As reported, the 32 year old was found dead in a pasture near his home on FM 1008 Wednesday November 4. The sheriff's department has not released other details including the results of an autopsy preformed by the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office, but Steve Green did say the young man did not die of natural causes.

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Ground Breaking: The American Legion Post #512 in Dayton held a ground breaking ceremony yesterday at the future location of their new building. The new post home will be on State Highway 146 just north of Palms Memorial Park Cemetery on land donated to the post by the Sterling Family Trust. Post Commander James Sterling said they hope to be in the new building by Spring 2010. The estimated cost of the metallic building alone is $200,000.

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Suspension: An internal investigation into a complaint against Liberty County Sheriff's Captain Harry Kelly resulted in his 10-day suspension with out pay. According to Chief Deputy Jim Cooper, Harry Kelly admitted to sending an anonymous fax claiming numerous allegations of misconduct against then newly hired City of Cleveland Police Chief Mark Bradshaw. Those unconfirmed claims all involved Chief Bradshaw's previous employment. Chief Cooper said Captain Kelly showed "poor judgment" in sending the fax.

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Wounded Warrior Walk: This Saturday is the walk-run event at Liberty City Park sponsored by Liberty ISD to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. It will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the city park. There is an entry fee of $10 and that includes a meal. For information, call Coach Shane Deel at 979 422 3026.

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Funerals: Adolph Gene Roberts, 45 of Dayton. Services Saturday 2 p.m. at Berean Tabernacle Baptist Church in Liberty. Gabriel "Gabe" Lance Butler, 31 of Baytown. Mass of Christian Burial will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Baytown.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 33,900 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 27.50 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 214 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2009

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LISD: The Liberty school district appealed the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations denial of a variance request to build their new press box without an elevator. State officials have rejected that appeal. As a result, Liberty ISD trustees voted yesterday in a special called meeting to have their engineer modify drawings to include an elevator. LISD Superintendent Cynthia Lusignolo said the district would work with its insurance company and FEMA to recoup the cost of the elevator, which will add and estimated $100,000 to the price of the new press box a Memorial Stadium.

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Anderson Highway: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 8953 in Romayor is named in honor of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Richard A. Anderson. The post is at 1511 FM 2610 in Romayor, and tomorrow is a dedication ceremony that farm to market road is being renamed as the Lance Corporal Richard A. Anderson Highway. The Romayor VFW will hold a Veterans Day ceremony to celebrate the renaming tomorrow at 11 a.m. Texas Rep. John Otto, who lobbied the state for the name change will speak, and US Congressman Kevin Brady has issued a proclamation. The public is encouraged to attend and enjoy the free barbecue dinner that follows.

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Social Security: This months contact station visit from the Social Security Administration in Liberty and Chambers counties moves to Thursday. The normal visit day of the second Wednesday falls on Veterans Day, so representatives from Social Security will come on Thursday this month. They will be in Anahuac from 8:30 to 10:30 am and in Liberty noon to 3 p.m. this month only.

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New Restaurant – Familiar name: Pappy's Barbecue and Catering is back open after closing its doors the week before Thanksgiving last year. The well-liked Dayton restaurant is now at 900 U.S. 90 West – that is on the north side of Hwy. 90 near the railroad tracks in the old Dayton Trading Post building. The store officially reopened today with business hours 10:30 a.m. to 8 pm. Monday – Saturday. Their phone number is 258-5060.

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Funerals: H.B. Styron, 85 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 38,300 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 27.91 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 213 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009

Body Recovered: The body of 45-year-old Gene Roberts was recovered in the flood waters of the Trinity River bottom around 8 a.m. Saturday. Mr. Roberts' body was found about 35 feet from where his horse was located a week ago. That is when the well-known local Dayton cowboy disappeared while helping three friends chase cows out of the river bottom flood waters to higher ground. Funeral service for Gene Roberts is pending with Wells Funeral Service of Liberty.

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Fire: A Saturday fire in Liberty destroyed the attached garage at the home of Stephen and Debbie Dugger at 102 Featherstone. Smoke detectors alerted the family before 3:30 a.m. Fast action by fire departments of Liberty, Hardin and Dayton kept flames mostly in the garage. There was some damage in the kitchen with smoke damage throughout the home. A car and other contents in the garage were destroyed but no one was hurt.

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Candidate Out: Three days after announcing his candidacy for Liberty County judge as a Democrat, Frank Jordan of Liberty stepped out of the race. According to a statement from Mr. Jordan, since announcing last week, a business opportunity in television occurred that would not allow him time for fulfilling both that business obligation and a run for elective office.

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Scholarship: The Liberty Rotary Club is accepting applications from those interested in studying abroad between July 1, 2011, and June 20, 2012. This Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship is a grant for $26,000 for one academic year of study in another country. For information, contact Liberty Rotarian Al Brandli by phone at 936-336-6009 or via e-mail at albrandli@gmail.com.

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Football: Over the weekend, Liberty fell to Coldspring 49-8 while Hardin downed Deweyville 49-18. Dayton beat Austin LBJ 36-2, and Cleveland upended Splendora 42-21. Hull-Daisetta blasted Burkeville 54-6. While Hull-Daisetta has a first-round bye in the 1A state playoffs, both Dayton and Cleveland play this weekend. Cleveland takes on Bridge City this Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Pasadena. Tickets are $4 at the gate. The Dayton Broncos play Vidor this Saturday. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Bowers Stadium on the campus of Sam Houston State University. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students beginning Tuesday at the DISD Administration Office.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 38,300 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 28.11 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 212 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009

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Investigation: The Liberty County Sheriffs Department is investigating the death of 32 year old Michael Gooden after his body was discovered in a pasture about 400 yards from his truck that was parked at his house on FM 1008. Family members reported him missing Tuesday evening after discovering what appeared to be blood in his truck. An autopsy was ordered and was preformed yesterday by the Jefferson County Medical Examiners Office. Sheriffs Department Public Information Officer Steve Green said the results are unavailable at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Michelle Watson at the Liberty County Sheriff's Office at 936 336 4500.

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Search: While the search for missing Dayton man Gene Roberts continues, it has been scaled back some due to the rise in the Trinity River in the search area. Dayton Police Chief Pete Douzat said Texas Equui-Serach has pulled out their horses and ATV's from the search area for now, while the river remains high. However, Chief Douzat said searchers on foot with tracking dogs and in boats continue to search for the missing man each day, during daylight hours. Gene Roberts went missing Sunday afternoon in the back waters of the swollen Trinity River while helping friends move cattle to higher ground.

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Football: The regular 2009 high school football season is down to one game and three Liberty County teams have already earned play off spots. The Dayton Broncos make the class 4 playoffs for the 14th consecutive year. The Hull-Daisetta Bobcats have also earned a play off spot. The Cleveland Indians are also on their way to post season action.

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Candidate: Marcus Brand, a fifth generation Liberty County native has announced his candidacy for County Commissioner Pc t. 2 as a Republican. Marcus Brand lives north of the liberty City limits on S.H. 146, served in the U.S. Army Reserves for more than 10 years, and is currently employed by M.I. Swaco. Currently Lee Groce, a democrat who plans to seek reelection, holds the position of Commissioner Pct. 2.

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Funerals: Dorothy Gorman Pearce, 79 of Dayton. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 42,800 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 28.49 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 211 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2009

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Local Election Results: Locally and statewide, voters approved all eleven amendments to the Texas constitution Tuesday. Locally voters were in favor of Proposition 11, the one that prevents government agencies from using imminent domain for economic development purposes, by 84.76 %. Also earning strong local support was Proposition 9. It protects the public's right to access and use beaches along the Texas Gulf of Mexico coastline. That got a nod from about 77 % of all voters. State Rep. John Otto authored Propositions 2, 3 and 5, all dealing with property appraisal issues. Those three passed statewide with at least 62 percent of the votes.

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Dayton City Council: The Dayton City Council held a Tuesday night meeting. We reported a couple of weeks ago that council rejected all bids at that time for the construction of a storage building and the remembrance garden on the grounds of the new Dayton Civic Center complex. Tuesday night, council approved a low bid of $59,350 from Arnold Builders for the construction of the storage building and the $99,500 bid on the remembrance garden also from Arnold Builders. Council approved both of those bids unanimously.

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House Fire: A fire destroyed a home belonging to James Sims Tuesday morning. The fire at the 3,000 to 3,500 square foot home on CR 190 was first reported Tuesday morning around 8:45. The first fire department on scene, Hull Daisetta called for assistance from both Hardin and Liberty FD. A mid Tuesday afternoon rekindle brought back Hull Daisetta and Devers Volunteers yesterday afternoon, and then again last night, a second rekindle and Liberty, Hardin and Devers responded. According to County Fire Marshal Jim Wilson, the homeowner was not home at the time of the fire, and the cause remains under investigation.

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Dayton PD: Recently, Dayton Police Sgt. Doug O'Quinn was the guest speaker at the Dayton Rotary Club. He said the community has a growth rate of 17.65 % and with that growth; reports of crime have increased by 20 %. Sgt. O'Quinn said arrests have gone up as well, by about 30 %, and drug seizures have increased too. The Dayton PD, according to Sgt. O'Quinn answers about 750 calls for police service of some type each month, and investigates approximately 50 wrecks each month.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 46,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 28.68 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 210 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009

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Discount Prescription Cards: Liberty County residents have saved more than $200,000 in medical expenses in the last 15 months by taking advantage of a free discount prescription card available through the county. According to Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald, this card is available to all Liberty County residents. This free, money saving medical prescription card is available at local pharmacies, doctor's offices and County Judge Phil Fitzgerald's office in the Liberty County Courthouse. For information, call 936 336 4665.

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Artesian Lakes Fire: In mid October, fire destroyed the nearly 10,000 square foot lodge building at the resort at artesian lakes in North Liberty County. Now Liberty County Sheriffs Department investigator Sgt. Kenny Dagle said while there is some wiring which is suspect, it was not something on which he can be exact. Sgt. Dagle said the cause of the fire is undetermined, but in his report, not suspicious. Sgt. Dagle said he has asked the state fire marshal's office for help however, that report is not yet available.

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Shred It: The city of Liberty is again hosting a free document-shredding event. Shred-It, a bonded and insured company that specializes in document shredding will be in Liberty Saturday December 5 from 9 until noon for folks to drop off up to five boxes for professional shredding. For information, call Liberty City Hall at 936-336-3684.

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Missing: The search for a missing Dayton man, Gene Roberts, in the Trinity River backwaters between FM 1008 and US 90 continues. The 45-year-old was searching for cattle on horseback Sunday around 5:30 p.m., he became separated from friends and has not been seen since. The search continues.

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Funerals: Emily Lane Sears, 25 of Beaumont. Services 2 p.m. Friday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Gerald Randy Kent, 49 of Liberty. Graveside services today at 2:30 p.m. at Houston National VA Cemetery. Linda Sue Bardwell, 62 of Hardin. Services 2 p.m. tomorrow at Faith and Family Funeral Service in Batson. Billy Eugene Mayfield, 84 of Mont Belvieu. Services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 48,200 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 28.68 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 209 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2009

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Missing Man: The search for a missing Dayton man, Gene Roberts, in the Trinity River backwaters between FM 1008 and US 90 continues. The 45-year-old was searching for cattle on horseback Sunday around 5:30 p.m. Mr. Roberts became separated from friends and has not been seen since. The man's Palomino horse was located in the river, tangled in vines and brush, exhausted but alive. The search continues with volunteers on foot, on horseback, in boats and in helicopters.

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Liberty Alarm Permits: The City of Liberty's alarm permit ordinance takes effect on December 1st. Liberty Police Chief Billy Tidwell said alarm systems within the city limits would require a permit at a cost of $25 per year. After the first of next month, if police or fire department personnel respond to an alarm there will be a $100 fee unless the owner of the business or residence has an alarm system permit. Non- payment of fees or failure to comply with the provisions of the alarm system permit ordnance is a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500. For more information, visit the City of Liberty web site. Link there from www.kshn. com.

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Brick Sales: The Dayton American Legion post #512 is building a new post home on S. H. 146. Bricks engraved with the names of veterans, their branch of service and other information are available now to help cover construction costs. The bricks will make up the structure's outer wall and cost $100. Duplicate souvenir bricks are also available for $40 as keepsakes. The deadline to order is December 31st. To place an order, call Sterling Realty at 936-336-5464.

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100 Kazoos: Liberty High Band Director Tom Guidry is inviting local students and community members to be a part of the 100- piece kazoo band performing at half-time during Friday night's Liberty vs. Coldspring football game. Rehearsal is today from 4 to 5 p.m. at the high school band practice field. High school and middle school bands, prancers, cheerleaders, former twirlers, color guard and Devers drum line will accompany the kazoo players. For more information, call 936-336-6483, ext. 240.

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Election Day: Voting in today's State Constitutional Amendment Election is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 50,400 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 28.66 ASL*

VOLUME 24 NO. 208 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2009

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Local Politics: Frank Jordan of Liberty has announced he is running for county judge as a Democrat. That will become official at 10 a.m. today during a press conference at the gazebo on the grounds of Liberty City Hall. In the Democrat primaries, he will face current Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald who is seeking reelection. We previously reported Jay Knight of Dayton is running for county judge as a Republican. In a related story, Commssioner Pct. 4 Norman Brown will seek a third term; however, he is switching political parties from Democrat to Republican.

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Amendment Election: Registered voters will head to the polls tomorrow to cast their ballot in the Constitutional Amendment Election. Locally, there are five polling locations. Two of those are in north Liberty County. Boxes 7, 12, 20, 23, and 27 will vote at the Cleveland Annex. Eight boxes – 8, 9, 16, 25, 29, 32, 33, and 34 – will be at Rural Shade Baptist Church on C.R. 2274. Voters in the Dayton area – boxes 10, 14, 21, 22, 24, 26, 30, and 31 – will vote at Dayton City Hall. In the Liberty area, boxes 4, 5, 6, 11, 18, 19, 28, 35, and 36 will cast ballots at the Liberty County Courthouse. Then, voters in boxes 1, 2, 3, 13, 15, and 17 will be at the Hardin Comm. Center on C.R. 2010.

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Voluntary Evacuation: The Trinity River is expected to crest today at 28.9 feet above sea level at the Liberty bridge gauge. That prompted Liberty County officials to call for a voluntary evacuation of low-lying areas near the river. The flooding also caused the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge to temporarily close its popular Champion Lake south of Dayton.

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Football Results: With one week remaining in the high school football regular season, the Dayton Broncos, Hull-Daisetta Bobcats and Cleveland Indians have all earned a place in the state playoffs. This past Friday, Dayton shutout C.E. King 37-0. This week they travel to Austin LBJ for a non-district Saturday game. Kickoff is 2 p.m. Also last Friday, the Liberty Panthers beat Tarkington 26-18. The Panthers season ends this Friday when they host Coldspring beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Also this past Friday night, Hull-Daisetta beat West Hardin 12-6 in overtime. Hardin fell to Buna 34-18 while Cleveland beat Coldspring 14-12.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 50,400 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 28.52 ASL*

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