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May 2011

VOLUME 26, NO. 101 TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

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Suspect Found: One of three men wanted out of Galveston County was taken into custody early Sunday morning in Moss Bluff.  Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said one of the suspects, 20 year old Chance Hunt, was taken into custody Sunday morning after he exited the woods in very poor physical condition asking a Moss Bluff area resident for water. The remaining two, 20 year old Ryan Treece and 40 year old William Dale Perkins remain at large. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 936-336-4500.

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Hurricane Season: Tomorrow is the official start of the 2011 Hurricane Season. That means the time to prepare for the possibility of a hurricane making landfall along the upper Texas gulf coast is now.  You can find information on what you need in a survival and evacuation kit, as well as other useful survival tips, on our website – www.kshn.com.  Once there, click on the disaster prep and survival link. 

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Tax Protest Deadline: Another reminder today is the final day for most property owners to file a property tax appraisal protest.  Liberty County Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner said the easiest way to file that protest is online.  That goes directly to Mr. Conner and the individual who schedules appraisal review board hearings. The Central Appraisal District’s website can be accessed under the government tab at www.kshn.com. The Liberty County CAD phone number is 336-5722.

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Palms Memorial Park: For the 32nd time, Sterling Funeral Home and Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton held a Memorial Day ceremony.  Karla Burris, a Gold Star Mother from the war on terrorism, presented the national anthem. Her son Lance Corporal Jeremy Burris lost his life in Iraq. The Nolan Picket VFW Post supplied the honor guard who posted the colors and provided a 21 gun salute. Navy Commander Retired Jim Sterling led the pledge of allegiance and Charlie Grabien, retired Navy from the Korean Conflict was the key note speaker. Representatives of every rank and branch of service were on hand to salute those to be honored every Memorial Day.

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Obituaries: Harry “Skid” Skidmore, 84of Dayton.Funeral services today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.85 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 100 FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

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Drug Arrests: The Department of Public Safety and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department are conducting a narcotics investigation that began with a traffic stop in Ames on Wednesday morning. Liberty Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said a DPS Trooper stopped a vehicle and a physical altercation ensued with one of two men now in custody.  Captain Evans said Liberty County Special Crimes detectives and DPS narcotics investigators continue their investigation into the arrest of these two men and the seizure of cocaine, cash and narcotic related paraphernalia. Captain Evans said the identity of those men is not being released because it is an ongoing investigation.

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Spice Seizure: The Liberty Police Department seized more than $19,000 in the now illegal K-2 incense from two local convenience stores. Police Public Information Officer Josh Cummins said they seized the products from the Valero Store on Hwy 90 and the Budget Food Store on Main St. In April, the incense, which is often smoked like marijuana, was outlawed by the Texas Department of Health Services outlawed. The substance is often referred to as K-2 and Spice. Liberty Police say local vendors were issued warnings several weeks ago, and the police have begun seizing the illegal substance and issuing citations. The possession charge is a class c misdemeanor.

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Dayton Memorial Day Celebration: A long running tradition continues this Memorial Day.  The annual Memorial Day celebration at Palms Memorial Park in Dayton will be at 10 a.m. Monday. A community picnic with hot dogs, drinks and chips will follow the service. The event is sponsored each year by Palms Memorial Park and Sterling Funeral Service. The public is invited, and folks are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for their own comfort.

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Celebrate Devers USA: The public is invited to join the Devers community for a special celebration this evening to honor all veterans and kick off the Memorial Day weekend.  “Celebrate Devers USA” is tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Devers track field with food, games, and fun for all.

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Obituaries: Tressie Earline Orand, 84 of Liberty. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.87 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 99 THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

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Stabbing: The Liberty Police Department reports an argument between two women led to the stabbing of one. According to Liberty Police Public Information Officer Josh Cummins, 29 year old Latharah Gates of Dayton was at the apartment of Lasonny Speights 32 of Liberty when during an argument, Gates allegedly attacked Speights with a box cutter. Lasonny Speights, was taken to the Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries to her legs and hands.  Latharah Gates, who had left by the time officers arrived, was located and arrested.  She is charge with aggravated assault causing serious injury.  Gates is currently in the Liberty County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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Burglary: Two individuals, Richard Lomas address unknown, age 35 and 26 year old Ashley Johnston from Thicket, TX, were arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation Monday evening. Liberty County Sheriffs Department Public Information Officer Captain Rex Evans said the two were caught in the process of burglarizing a Tarkington area home. They were captured inside a house on County Road 2281. Both were taken to the Liberty County Jail.

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Lady Panthers All District: Eight Liberty Lady Panthers and their head coach have been selected to the All-District 22-3A softball team.  Liberty senior Amanda Leonard was named co most valuable player in the district. Lady Panther Kaylee Parker, a freshman, was selected newcomer of the year.  Liberty Head Coach Karen Slack was honored by her peers as district 22-3A Coach of the Year.

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Click it or Ticket: DPS Troopers and law enforcement officers across Texas are participating in the state’s 10th annual Click It or Ticket It campaign. That safety and awareness program runs now through Sunday June 5.  Officials with the Texas Highway Patrol remind us that state law requires everyone in a vehicle to be restrained, no matter where they are seated. Those officials say seat belts save lives, and that is the primary reason to buckle up. Statistics show that wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 45 %.

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Obituaries: Jimmie O. Beasley, 78 of Splendora. Services Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.81 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 98 WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011

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Odell Family Files Suit: The family of the late Odell McDuffie Jr., has filed a lawsuit against Liberty County for gross negligence. The suit alleges Liberty County failed to properly maintain the county sheriff’s department vehicle and should be held accountable for Deputy McDuffie’s death. Deputy Odell McDuffie was on duty when his patrol vehicle crashed in Hardin County back in October 2010.  Liberty County Attorney Wes Hinch said he filed the county’s response to the lawsuit on Monday, and said the county’s position is that there is no evidence to indicate the vehicle was poorly maintained.

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners met in regular session yesterday and approved hiring local attorney Ed Norwood to represent the county in the lawsuit filed by the family of Odell McDuffie Jr. County Attorney Wes Hinch said he felt confident in the county’s position in defending itself against the suit, which asks for $25 million in damages. The county attorney said while the staff of his office was more than qualified to defend the county, it was a time factor that concerned him. In other action, commissioners approved the purchase of 7 acres of land adjacent to the commissioner’s precinct 2 barn in Hardin.  The property cost just over $40,000. Commissioners and County Judge Craig McNair discussed the various options for use of the land; including providing buildings and office space for various offices such as Justice of the Peace and County Fire Marshall rather then rent space as they do now.

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Burn Ban: LibertyCounty Commissioners yesterday extended the countywide burn ban with a unanimous vote. According to the Texas Forest Service, the Keetch-Byram index for Liberty County is now in the 600 to 700 range. Traditionally, commissioners enact a ban when that number hits 545.

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Closed For Memorial Day: The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty, Dayton and Cleveland will be closed Monday for Memorial Day. All banks and post offices will also be closed for the holiday. All offices will reopen Tuesday May 31.

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Obituaries: Marcell Louis Beran, 89 of Dayton Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.93 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 97 TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

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Hurricane Preparedness: This is Hurricane Preparedness Week, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging residents in potential hurricane strike zones to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.  Before a hurricane, prepare an evacuation kit; fill your vehicle’s tank with gas; get any necessary prescription medications refilled. Have enough cash on hand to last for several days, and make sure you have enough extra water and food for your pets as well as your family. You can find more information on what you need in that kit at www.kshn.com click on the disaster prep and survival link.  The information there has been gathered from a variety of expert sources. Hurricane season starts Wednesday June 1 and runs through November 30th.

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Hunter Education: The Liberty Police Department is offering a state-mandated hunter education course June 3rd and 4th at the Liberty City Hall.  Liberty Police Public Information Officer Josh Cummins said all hunters in Texas born on or after September 2, 1971 must successfully complete a state approved hunter education training course. There is no pre-registration.  Participants are encouraged to show up before the start of class June 3 to secure a seat. Cost is $15. For information call Officer Josh Cummins at Liberty PD, that number is 936-336-5666.

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Hardin ISD Property Values: The Liberty County Central Appraisal District is on a rotating 5 to 6 year schedule where an appraiser personally inspects every property in a specific school district in a particular year. This year it was Hardin ISD where properties got personal inspection. Chief Appraiser Alan Conner said the appraisals are up 3.56 percent in the Hardin school district’s boundaries. Countywide, Chief Appraiser Alan Conner said the estimated final value for all property is $4.138 billion.

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Wellness Center at Bayside: Primarily developed and designed to provide for the needs of seniors in Chambers Co., Executive Director Andre’ Villarreal of the Wellness Center at Bayside in Anahuac, said the 8,000 square foot facility also includes programs for kids and families as well as seniors. The center, which includes a fitness center, is open 5:30 a.m. to 8 pm weekdays, and 8 to noon Saturdays. For information, call 409-267-3143.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 4,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.44 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 96 MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

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Property Values: KSHN reported the Liberty County Central Appraisal District has released its preliminary 2011 property values, and Chief Appraiser Alan Conner said there has been very little increase in countywide values from last year.  Taking a closer look, Alan Conner said mineral values are down slightly while industrial values are up a little. The chief appraiser said this is the first year in his memory that overall countywide property values have been so flat.

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Lady Panthers: It was a great season for the Liberty Lady Panthers softball team; however, it came to an end Saturday in a regional semi-final match-up with Waco Robinson.  The Lady Panthers lost the first game Thursday night 10-3.  In the second of the best-of-three series, the Lady Panthers held the final score to Waco 4, Liberty 0. A tip of the hat to these 13 girls and Coach Karen Slack for winning the District 22 3A title and advancing to the round of “the best 16” teams in the state.

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T.V.E. Garage Sale: It’s a chance to sell your extra stuff and help the T.V.E. at the same time.  The Trinity Valley Exposition will hold a series of community garage sales at the fairgrounds, located on FM 563. Booth rental is available at $25 for a 20x20 space. If you’d like to have a space, you need to book by the Wednesday prior to that months’ sale date.  Dates scheduled at this time are Saturday, June 11, July 16 and August 20.  Sale hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you don’t want to sell but would like to donate items for the TVE to sell, contact Debbie for drop off or pick up at 936-346-2899.

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Boys State: Three local high school students have been selected to attend American Legion’s Boy State in Austin this June. The program is a selective educational program of government instruction for U.S. high school students. Students become part of the simulated operation of local, county and state government. Selected to attend are Hardin junior Ryan Fregia, sponsored by First Liberty National Bank, and Liberty juniors Jonathan Gunter and Matthew Brady, who are both being sponsored by the Liberty Rotary Club.

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Obituaries: Floyd Dalton Edmonds, 85 of Anahuac. Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.71 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 95 FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

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Property Values: The Liberty County Central Appraisal District has released its preliminary 2011 property values. Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner said there has been very little increase in countywide values from last year. He estimates the final property values for 2011 to be up just one quarter of one percent from 2010. So far, the CAD has received about 330 property value protests. That is way down from last year when more than 4,500 protests were filed. Alan Conner said most people have until Tuesday May 31 to file an appeal. That can be done in person, by mail or on the central appraisal district’s website which can be accessed under the government tab at www.kshn.com. The Liberty County Appraisal District phone number in Liberty is 936-336-5722. The office is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. with special Saturday hours in coming weeks. That’s 8 a.m. until noon in Liberty.

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Dayton Rotary Scholarships: Dayton Rotary has awarded four Dayton seniors and a former DHS graduate with $1,000 scholarships.  This year’s graduating seniors receiving scholarships from the Dayton service club include Regan Semien, Catherine Till, Jon-Luke Lambright and Sloane Peck. Another $1,000 scholarship went to former DHS graduate and current University of Texas student Abbie Hiller.

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Hunger Buster: There have been some new locations added to the upcoming Hunger Busters program. The free lunch program is funded with federal grant money, administered by volunteers and the Liberty ISD to make sure kids have a noon meal during the summer when school is out. Hunger Busters starts Monday June 6th and continues weekdays through August 12. Picnic sites are Liberty Middle School, San Jacinto Elementary, Central Baptist Church Hwy 90 at the 146 By-Pass, New Work Family Worship Center on Texas and Grand, Lily of the Valley Baptist Church, the Boy Scout Hut, St. Miles Baptist Church, Turkey Creek Baptist Church and the Liberty VFW Post. To find out more, or to volunteer call Alexis Cordova at the Liberty County Extension Service Office at 336-4558 ext. 221.

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Obituaries: Natasha Stewart Baughman, 50 of Dayton. Services are tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.87 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 94 THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

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Drug Bust: A 26-year-old man is facing drug charges following a raid at a house on South Oilfield Road in Liberty. Officers from both the Liberty and Dayton police departments teamed up to execute a search warrant Tuesday evening. During that search, investigators recovered approximately 8 grams of powder cocaine, 70 grams of crack cocaine, a pistol and $2,900 in cash. Jonathan Brown was taken into custody without incident. He is charged with one count of second-degree possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance. Police from both Liberty and Dayton are following up on leads, and more arrests are expected.

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LISD: Less than 10 percent of Liberty school district registered voters decided the fate of Saturday’s bond election. LISD trustees canvassed that election Tuesday night. The $5.98 million bond package failed with 316 votes against and 287 in favor. Those 603 votes represent just 9.1 percent of the district’s registered voters. In other LISD news, trustees selected Bobby Pope to serve as their new board president. Brandon Smith is now vice president, and June Jackson was once again voted secretary. Other board members are Lloyd Pierce, Matt Harris, Bruce Bell and Frank Davis.

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Teaching Grants: The Liberty ISD Education Foundation has awarded $25,142 to Liberty school teachers for eight new innovative projects designed to enhance student learning in their classrooms. The largest foundation grant, totaling $10,389, went to Christie Bean for a project called Composition University at Liberty High School. It will provide a computer and digital piano workstations with instructional technology. These workstations will be used for College Board Advanced Placement Music Theory courses. Of those eight projects funded by the foundation, three are at San Jacinto, one at Liberty Elementary School, two at the middle school and two are for enhancements at Liberty High School.

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All-District: Six Dayton softball players have been chosen for the 19-4A All-District Team. Senior Hannah Bell was named District Co-MVP. First team selections from Dayton are Brittney Morrison, Eden Favela and Chelsea Hostetler. Honorable mention picks are Samantha Scott and Lindsey Harryman.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.69 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 93 WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

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Fugitive Captured: Acting on a tip from the public, the Liberty County Sheriffs Department has apprehended another of the county’s most wanted. Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said Chris Fregia was found hiding in the attic of a home in the Hull-Daisetta area. Deputies ordered the fugitive to come down from the attic. Deputies climbed into the attic space and assisted Mr. Fregia from the attic and he was immediately taken into custody.  Mr. Fregia had a felony warrant in Liberty County on a probation violation and has an extensive criminal background. Captain Evans said Gigit Fregia was arrested for hindering apprehension.

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Hurricane Preparedness: Believe it or now, hurricane season starts in less than two weeks. Preparing for that is the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management.  They will in conjunction with emergency managers for the cities of Cleveland and Liberty host the 2011 Public Hurricane Preparedness workshop on Tuesday June 7th at 6 p.m. The event will be at the Liberty Center inside Liberty City Hall.  Speakers will be from the National Weather Service, the Red Cross and other agencies who will address issues of importance regarding the 2011 hurricane season which begins June 1 and ends on November 30th.

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Cleveland PD Ride Along: The Cleveland City Council has approved a request by Chief of Police Mark Bradshaw to begin a citizen ride along program.  The program encourages Cleveland citizens to ride along with police officers on patrol, and see first hand police at work. Cleveland Police Capt. Scott Felts said there are some guidelines that have to be followed as well as some restrictions on who can apply. For information, call the Cleveland PD at 281-592-2622.

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Cruise: Tomorrow night, starting at the Sonic Drive In - Dayton, at 6 p.m. the San Jacinto High Rollers Motorcycle Club will hold a “cars, classic and chrome” ride. They are inviting motorcyclists, trikes, street rods, muscle cars, 4X4’s and classic cars to join them in a ride from Dayton to the Liberty Sonic.  

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Obituaries: Robert Eugene Kneisley, 58 of Liberty. Services Friday at 9 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.65 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 92 TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

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Two Charged in Separate Assault Cases: Two Liberty County men have been arrested on unrelated charges of sexual assault of a child.  Those charged with sexual assault are 29 year old James Eric Brown of Dayton and 48 year old Donald Leroy Ballard of the Daisetta area. Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said Brown is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child for an attack on a 12 year old girl.  Captain Evans said he has an extensive criminal background that includes a conviction for sexual assault. Then, Donald Ballard is charged with sexual assault of a child in a case involving at 16 year old male.  He is being held on a $100,000 bond, while at last report, no bond has been set on James Eric Brown.

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Law Enforcement: The annual Law Enforcement / Public Safety Memorial Service will be held tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Liberty. Members of local law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire departments will be honored for their service to the community. In addition, members of the public safety community across Texas who have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year will be recognized. The public is encouraged to attend this tribute to those who work every day for our safety.

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Magnolia Ridge: The 58th Annual Magnolia Ridge Country Club Golf Tournament was this weekend, and it was the team of Ken Burnham and Bud Still who topped the field in the championship flight. In the first flight of tourney competitors, Kirk Graves and David Allison claimed first. Second flight champs were Eric McDaniel and Fred Collins. In the third flight, Denton Fregia and Phillip George were the best. Fourth flight winners were the duo of Don Nelson and Ken Berry. Rounding out the winners, top prize in the fifth flight went to Ray and Steve Burt.

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Lady Panthers: The time and date remains the same, only the location of the upcoming Liberty Lady Panthers vs. Waco Robinson Class 3A playoffs has changed.  This Thursday the game will be played at 7 p.m. at Bryan’s Rudder Stadium.  Then game two of the best of three series will be at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Saturday at noon, with a third game if necessary to follow in 30 minutes.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.55 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO.91 MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

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Bond Elections: Voters in two area school districts approved bond measures while Liberty ISD voters said no for a third time. LISD was seeking $5.98 million for new construction and renovations, but voters rejected that proposition 316 to 287. On the other hand, Hull-Daisetta school voters said yes to a $1.8 million bond package with 237 votes in favor and 152 against. Down in Barbers Hill ISD, voters there approved, by wide margins, two bond measures totaling $75 million. All election results are unofficial until canvassed. Dayton Elections: Voters in Dayton elected Greg Hayman and Eliza May Guidry to city council. In voting for the one contested race for the Dayton school board, Linda Harris was selected to fill the unexpired term of County Judge Craig McNair. Cleveland Elections: The City of Cleveland held a recall election to give voters the opportunity to remove three council members. All three – Durlene Davis, Cedric McDuffie and Barbara McIntyre – were voted out of office. Cleveland incumbent Mayor Jill Kirkonis was reelected. Brian Eoff also won a seat on Cleveland Council.

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Lady Panthers: The Liberty Lady Panthers defeated the Sealy Lady Tigers 5-3 Friday to advance in the state playoffs to the regional semi-finals.  Now, Liberty will play the Waco Robinson Lady Rockets in a best of three series. Over the weekend, it was announced those games would be played at Sam Houston State. However, they apparently double-booked their ball fields and game arrangements are still up in the air. Tune in to KSHN Radio FM 99.9 for complete details when they become available. KSHN will broadcast that state playoff series.

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State Title: Liberty High School senior Lauren Cook won the state 3-A championship in the high jump event Friday in Austin. Her winning leap was 5’9” for the gold medal. Lauren is a super active student and athlete. She also was crowned this year’s Homecoming Queen. That’s quite a senior year for the daughter of Aaron and Beth Cook of Liberty.

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Obituaries: Rev. Joseph “Joe” Alston, 59, of Beaumont. Service 10 a.m. today at FFS of Batson.  William Rayon, 83, of Devers. Service 11 a.m. Tuesday at FUMC of Devers (FFS). Joseph Donald Tackett, 73, of Dayton. Service today at 10 a.m. at Sterling of Dayton. Shirley Barrett Canfield, 70, of Houston. Service today at 2 p.m. at Sterling of Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.53 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 90 FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

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LMSStudent Hurt: A Liberty Middle School student was transported by air ambulance to a Houston hospital Thursday morning after what has been described as a freak accident. LMS Principal David Taylor said the student was sliding down a wall to sit when she struck her head against a door. Liberty Police Officer Josh Cummins said the unresponsive 14-year-old was transported by Liberty EMS to the helipad at the Liberty Fire Department on Lakeland Drive. Then, she was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann. Her condition is unknown.   

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First Responder Memorial: The Annual Law Enforcement Public Safety Memorial Service is Wednesday at 7p.m. in First Baptist Church of Liberty. For years, First Baptist Church and the Liberty Rotary Club have co-sponsored the memorial service to pay tribute to law enforcement officers and public safety personnel who have died in the line of duty. This year’s service includes one of our own – Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Odell McDuffie who died in a vehicle accident back in October 2010. The service also will include remarks by Liberty Fire Department Medical Director Dr. Steven Ellerbe plus bagpipes, taps and a 21-gun salute. Everyone is invited to stay after the service for a time of fellowship.

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Elections: Tomorrow is Election Day for area city and school boards plus two area school bond propositions. Those entities holding elections include the cities of Dayton, Cleveland, Hardin, Daisetta and Devers plus the school districts in Dayton, Devers, Hardin, Cleveland, Liberty and Hull-Daisetta. That Liberty ISD bond election seeks $5.9 million for campus upgrades. The Hull-Daisetta ISD bond measure is for $1.8 million to build new science buildings and make renovations. Voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. Contact your city or school district administration offices for voting locations.

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Softball Playoffs: The Liberty Lady Panthers play Sealy tonight at 7 p.m. in Tomball in a regional state playoff game. KSHN FM 99.9 will carry the game live starting shortly before first pitch.

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Obituaries: James “Jimmy Earl” Mangum Jr, 59. Service is 2 p.m. Sunday at AFS - Liberty. Nathaniel Lee Kelley, 77, of Dayton. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday at PSFH, Dayton. 

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.6 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 89 THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

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Early Voting: Early voting for this Saturday’s city council and school district elections ended yesterday. The Liberty ISD has only one ballot item to be decided. A proposed $5.9 million bond issue to fund campus upgrades. During the 7 day early voting period, 297 LISD voters voted early. The Hull-Daisetta ISD is also having a bond election for $1.8 million to fund state mandated science buildings and some facilities improvements.  A total of 108 early votes were cast in the Hull-Daisetta ISD where there are also two contested school trustee races on the ballot.  In Dayton, 221 early votes were cast in the four way race for two open council member positions. In the one contested race in Dayton ISD, 270 voted early. KSHN Radio will have the live election results after the polls close Saturday.

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Dayton FFA Show: The 62nd annual Dayton FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo continues through Saturday at the Anson Rigby Memorial Arena on Hwy 321. Livestock judging runs through tomorrow with rodeo performances held each night at 8 p.m. The youth livestock auction is Saturday at 1 p.m..

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Airport Land Deal: We have reported regularly on the renovations at the Liberty Municipal Airport. Recently, the Liberty City Council also approved the purchase of just over 60 acres of land north of the airport. City manager Gary Broz said the property will be used for the future expansion of the airport runway.  He said the land purchase was done through the sales tax funded Liberty Community Development Corporation, but a large part of the $300,000 spent on the land north of the airport is eligible to be refunded to the L.C.D.C. through government grant  funds.

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Equusearch: Texas Equusearch Volunteer Ken DeFoor of Dayton said leaders of the organization were led to believe a CNN feature will air sometime both this week and next on CNN’s “In Session” program. CNN is focusing on Texas Equusearch in conjunction with the upcoming Florida trial of Casey Anthony. She is accused of murdering her daughter, Caley. Ken DeFoor of Dayton said this CNN program might be informative for anyone interested in learning more on the all volunteer, non-profit organization. CNN’s “In Session” program runs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.11 SAL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 88 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

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Muhs Pleads: The husband of Sheila Muhs who was recently sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of 7 year old Donald Coffey, has been sentenced to 20 years for injuring the victim’s younger sister in May 2009.   Gayle Eugene Muhs pled guilty on May 3 to a lesser charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in exchange for a sentence of 20 years. District Attorney Mike Little said evidence indicates the shot fired by Gayle Eugene Muhs did not strike Donald Coffey IV. Instead, those shotgun pellets injured his sisters, five year old Destiny Coffey. DA Mike Little said Mr. Muhs must serve half his sentence, 10 years, before becoming eligible for parole.

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LD Chamber Luncheon: The Next Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is next Wednesday at noon.  This month’s guest speaker is Board Certified Cardiologist Charlie Gnaim who recently opened a practice at the Marshall Family Practice Clinic in Dayton. Chamber president Mary Anne Campbell said Dr. Gnaim is board certified in both internal and cardiovascular medicine and specializes in coronary and peripheral vascular problems. Lunch is catered by Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant in Liberty for $10 a plate. Call to make reservations at 936-336-5736.

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Otto Appointment: State Rep. John Otto of Dayton has once again been selected by Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus to be one of the five house members to serve on this session’s budget conference committee.  That committee made up of both house and senate members will work to finalize the state’s proposed budget for 2012-2013.

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Burn Ban Continues: Based on the recommendation from County Fire Marshall Jim Wilson, Liberty County Commissioners voted yesterday to continue the countywide burn ban. Dry conditions are keeping local volunteer firefighters very busy. As evidence, during yesterdays meeting, commissioners approved payment of $31,300 to area volunteer fire departments for calls. The county’s budget runs from Oct 1 though Sept. 30. County Auditor Harold Seay says during the first seven months of the current budget cycle, Liberty County has now spent all of its 12 month allotment for fire calls. Don’t forget, the traditionally busier summer months are still ahead.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 87 TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

Chambers Co. Shooting: The Chambers Co. Sheriff’s Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Doris Blair, 51 years old of Magnolia. According to the sheriffs department, witnesses report a truck stopped on McFaddin Beach briefly. Then a gunshot was heard from inside the vehicle.  The witnesses said it was actually a few minutes later when a man exited the truck screaming that his wife had shot herself. Her husband, 51 year old David Taylor, of Magnolia was the only person with Blair when that deadly shooting occurred. He was arrested on an unrelated warrant out of Walker County. Taylor posted bond on Sunday. Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive said his office and the Texas Rangers are investigating Saturday’s shooting death to determine how she died.  The sheriff said they want to know if her death was a result of suicide or homicide.  He said it may take several days for all the crime scene evidence to be processed. 

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Lady Panthers Advance: The Liberty Lady Panthers softball team will be in Tomball this Friday to take on the Sealy Tigers. That’s the regional quarter finals.  Friday’s game time is 7 p.m. in a single playoff game.  KSHN Radio will broadcast that game.

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AutoZone Armed Robbery: Liberty police are asking for the public’s help to locate the man responsible for last Thursday’s armed robbery of AutoZone in Liberty. Liberty Police PIO Josh Cummins said that robbery took place around 9:45 in the evening.  The suspect is described as a young black male with a dark complexion.  He is believed to be between the ages of 17 and 20, about 5’ 6” to 5’ 8” tall and weighs about 160 pounds.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Liberty Police Department at 936-336-5666.

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Postal Food Drive: This Saturday, the Liberty and Dayton Post Offices will be collecting food donations. Place the donation of non-perishable food near or in your mailbox and your postal carrier will collect those donations.

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Obituaries: Ronald Lloyd Hill, 62 of Raywood. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Allison Funeral Service of Liberty. Dr. Hector Beltrami, 57 of Dayton. A bilingual memorial mass is today at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Dayton.

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VOLUME 26, NO.86 MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

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Early Voting: Early voting ends tomorrow in all area city, school board and school bond elections. Those entities holding elections include the cities of Dayton, Cleveland, Hardin, Daisetta and Devers plus the school districts in Dayton, Devers, Hardin, Cleveland, Liberty and Hull-Daisetta. That Liberty ISD bond election seeks $5.9 million for campus upgrades. The Hull-Daisetta ISD bond measure is for $1.8 million to build new science buildings and make renovations. Early voting times vary, so contact your city or school district administration offices for details. Election day is this Saturday.  

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State Title: They did it again – Liberty High School’s Literary Criticism team captured the state title for the third consecutive year. Individually, Liberty junior Matthew Brady took second in state while LHS senior Chris Ellerbe was third and junior teammate Jonathan Gunter captured fourth. Also competing with Liberty’s state champion team was senior Rachel Dugger. The group is coached by Assistant Superintendent Randy Gunter.

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Rodeo Scholarships: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has announced $112,000 in scholarships for Liberty County seniors. Those local seniors receiving $16,000 Metropolitan Scholarships are Jacylynn Rush of Cleveland, Kaitlyn Padgett of Tarkington and Erin McBride from Hull-Daisetta. Other scholarship recipients are Sydney Melton of Hardin, Kaylan Cooper of Dayton and Conner Gilliland of Liberty. Then, it was Liberty High School’s Alyson Semien who was chosen for a HLSR Opportunity Scholarship, also valued at $16,000.

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Lady Panthers Advance: The Liberty Lady Panther softball team came away victorious Saturday in a best-of-three series over the Giddings Lady Buffaloes. That gives the Liberty girls the Area title. They now advance to the Regional quarterfinals against Sealy. That one-game match up will be either Thursday or Friday. KSHN FM 99.9 will have full details when they become available.

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Sheriff Opens New Office: Liberty County Sheriff’s Department is opening a new satellite office in Dayton. It’s located in the Liberty County Courthouse Annex on FM 1960. Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said the new location will help improve emergency response times for those in the Dayton area.  

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VOLUME 26, NO. 85 FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

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Redistricting: Liberty County Commissionersmet in workshop session Wednesday to discuss details of redrawing district lines for the county. Redistricting is done every decade so voting districts will reflect the population changes reported in the U. S. Census. Commissioner Todd Fontenot said, at this time, it appears the biggest changes in the county precinct map will be in his Precinct #1 and Commissioner Charlotte Warner’s Precinct #2. Commissioner Fontenot said his precinct needs to pick up 1,100 people and Precinct #2 needs 900 more. The current plan is to extend Precinct #1 down the west side of FM 1409 near the Chambers County Line while Precinct #2 will be extended further south into Liberty and, at one point, across the Trinity River into Kenefick. The new district map for Liberty County is expected to be completed in a week or two.      

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Lady Panthers: The Liberty Lady Panthers softball team is playing the Giddings Lady Buffaloes in a best of three series today and tomorrow in the area round of the state playoffs. First game is today at 6 p.m. at the Baseball USA complex in Houston. KSHN Radio will broadcast today’s first game starting shortly before that 6 p.m. start time.

****************************************************Rotary Radio Day: KSHN may not sound the same tomorrow. That’s because it’s Liberty Rotary Radio Day. Starting at 6 a.m. tomorrow and continuing through 6 p.m., Liberty Rotarians will do most of the announcing and most of the commercials on FM 99.9. Those advertisements have been sold by Rotarians with all proceeds from those commercials going to the many Rotary community and worldwide charitable efforts. Tune in for your chance to win prizes by answering trivia questions.

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Obituaries: E.J. “Frenchie” Pare, 89, of Dayton. Service is today at 2 p.m. in First Baptist Church of Dayton (PSFH).

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VOLUME 26, NO. 84 THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011

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Early Voting Slow: Early voting in city, school board and two school district bond elections began on Monday.  So far, in the two district bond elections, Hull-Daisetta and Liberty ISD, early voting has been slow. Liberty ISD is again asking voters to approve a bond issue for upgrading many of the campuses in the district. This time the amount is much less than requested before.  This bond issue is for $5.9 million. In the previous two elections, higher bond issues failed. Hull-Daisetta ISD is asking voters to approve a $1.8 million bond package, also for campus upgrades. In Liberty ISD, early vote totals show only 54 Liberty School District voters have cast ballots on that bond issue. There are no contested school trustee races in Liberty. Early voting on the bond issue in Hull-Daisetta as well as two contested trustee positions, is also off to a slow start. As of yesterday, 40 early votes had been cast in Hull-Daisetta ISD.

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Aviation Grant: The City of Liberty recently was awarded a Texas Department of Transportation – Aviation Grant in the amount of $660,000 for still more work at the Liberty Municipal Airport. This money, according to City Manager Gary Broz, among other things will be used for preliminary dirt work and site preparations where the new hangers will be built as well as developing an airport layout plan.  The two new hangers will house 10 planes each. The city manager said those already have commitments to rent every space.

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Alabama Disaster Relief: A relief effort is under way to help the victims of the recent deadly tornadoes that ravaged Alabama by some members of the Oak Island community in Chambers County. Oak Island was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Now, volunteers there want to give others the kind of help that came to their community. Trucks and trailers of supplies will be leaving the week of May 15th for the trip to the area in and around Birmingham, Alabama. Anyone who would like to help can call 409-267-2258.

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Lady Panthers: Liberty High School senior Lauren Cook won regional championship in the high jump at the recent Region 3 – Class 3A track meet.   Her 5 feet six inch leap advances her to compete in the state track meet at the University of Texas on May 13.

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VOLUME 26, NO.83 WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011

Water/Electric Meters: The replacement water and electric meters in the city of Liberty have begun going in.  City Manager Gary Broz said they expect the job to be completed within 90 days.  This new system is computerized.  Consumption data will be sent to city hall by a radio system with antenna on top of the various water towers across town. The $3 million job will replace the approximately 3,500 water meters, some of which are over 50 years old, and around 4,000 electric meters.

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Candidate Forum: KSHN will hold another of our political candidate forums Friday morning at 8:30 on the Partyline program. This program will feature candidates who have opposition for the Dayton City Council and the Dayton School Board. Four people, Eliza Mae Guidry, Greg Hayman, Danny Jones and Barbara Zaruba are vying for the two open seats on the Dayton City Council in at large voting May 14. In the Dayton school board, Linda Harris and Mark Sjolander are in a race for position #5. All but one Dayton council contender have said they will be here.  Danny Jones said he cannot be here. In the race for Dayton School board, Linda Harris has confirmed her appearance Friday, while Mark Sjolander said he could not be here. Listeners are invited to call or fax in their questions for the candidates.

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National Day of Prayer: Hardin Methodist is hosting two prayer events.  Everyone is invited to gather around the flag pole at the Hardin Community Center Thursday from 7 to 7:15 a.m. then again from 10 to 10:15 am.

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New Pastor: First United Methodist Church of Liberty will soon have a new pastor.  Current pastor, the Rev. Jay Barnes, said United Methodist make annual assignments each June. This year, Rev. Barnes said he has been assigned to Longview, while the Rev. Lindsey Smith will lead First United Methodist Church here in Liberty. Lindsey Smith, age 55, graduated from Galena Park in 1974, and most recently, he has been serving the First United Methodist Church of Franklin.

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Obituaries: Julius Franklin Connaly, 57 of Dayton. Services will be held 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.  Christopher Michael Roe, 30 of Dayton. Services are tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 82 TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

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Devers School Finance Meeting: The Devers ISD School Board is holding a town hall meeting to inform residents of the district on how the statewide school funding crisis may affect the school and community, and what can be done to influence legislative decisions. The meeting will be held tomorrow evening at 6:30 in the Devers ISD gymnasium.  Special guest speaker will be Tracey Roach, Assistant Director of the Texas School Coalition. The public is urged to attend.

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Kidfish Results: Hundreds of kids gathered around the Liberty Municipal Park pond Saturday for the annual Kidfish.  In the Kidfish category for kids 6 years old and under, it was Kristen Erskins of Liberty who caught the biggest catfish measuring 24 inches. Then, in the 7-11 group, it was Lucas Tanton of Dayton with a 24 ½ inch whopper. Haliee Rawls of Dayton took top spot among 12-16 year olds with her 23 ¾ catch. For anyone who wants to try catching some of the newly stocked catfish at Liberty Municipal Park, fishing laws apply. This years event was sponsored by BJ Ford, the Burnham family and Wal-Mart.

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Nixle: The tornadoes that ripped through Alabama and other southern states last week show early warning is vital in saving lives. Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said the Nixle Alert System is one way to get information out quickly to those who need it. Nixle allows officials to send short text messages direct to cell phones. Registering for Nixle is easy and free.  To find out more, go to www.kshn.com.

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National Day of Prayer: The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, and there are three events scheduled here in Liberty County to commemorate the day.  Lance Blackwell, one of the local organizers said there will be a prayer event from noon until one p.m. held on the south side steps of the Liberty County Courthouse in Liberty and at that same time, an event will be at the historic old City Hall on East Boothe Street in Cleveland.  There will be a countywide prayer event Thursday evening from 7-9 at the football stadium behind Cleveland High School.

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Obituaries: Mabel Rosa Trahan Williams, 97 of Daisetta. Services today at 2 p.m. in Central Baptist Church of Daisetta.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 81 MONDAY, MONDAY 2, 2011

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Cock Fighting Ring: The Liberty County Sheriffs Department acting on an anonymous tip broke up an illegal “cock fighting” ring near Dayton on Saturday.  Liberty County Sheriffs Captain Rex Evans said a children’s party with water slide was an apparent “front” to hide the illegal bird fight in a makeshift barn behind the party. A total of 48 birds were recovered alive, some still wearing the steel blades used in these types of fights.  Others were found dead and dying from fight wounds.  Captain Evans said when participants saw law enforcement; they fled in vehicles and on foot, some crashing into one another, just feet from where the children were playing.  Several vehicles were seized, and the Houston SPCA helped with the birds and other animals found on the property.  In addition, two men were arrested. More arrests are expected.

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Teachers Appreciation: For the 79th time, Dayton ISD and the Dayton Rotary Club honored the very best teachers in the school district. Linda Van Wagner, retired Director of Technology and long time Dayton educator was selected for induction to the Dayton ISD Wall of Fame. The top elementary and secondary teachers were also named.  From the four Dayton elementary schools it was Rebecca Till and as secondary teacher of the year is Susie Lewis.

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LibertyPlays On: The Liberty Girls Softball team defeated Brookeland in their warm up game Friday night, 11 to 1.  They next play Giddings in the area round of the play offs Friday May 6th, at Baseball USA in Houston. Game time is 6 p.m. Our broadcast will begin at 5:50 p.m. this Friday.

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Gun, Knife and Coin Show: In June, the Dayton Community Center will host a Gun, Knife and Coin Show.  The expo is set for June 25 and June 26 in the community center. Hours are 9-5 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday. Ticket price is $8 with law enforcement getting in free. All proceeds benefit the Dayton Senior Center. For more information and for vendor space, call Facilities Director Amanda Wilson at the Dayton Community Center, 258-6630.

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Obituaries: Floyd McMillen, 82 of Dayton. Funeral services today at 2 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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