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June 2011

VOLUME 26, NO. 123 THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011

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ADA Arrested: Liberty County Assistant District Attorney Joe Warren was arrested and charged yesterday with tampering with a witness, terroristic threats, and deadly conduct. However, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department would not release any information on what these charges stem from. Information we have gathered indicates the charges stem from an incident in April 2010 when two dogs killed the Warren family pet. Allegations are Mr. Warren displayed a gun when the neighbor came onto his property. However, according to Liberty Police Chief Billy Tidwell, he was within his rights under Texas Law. The Liberty Police Department investigated the incident at the time. No charges or complaints were filed with Liberty PD.  Who filed the complaint with the Liberty County Sheriffs Department is unknown at this time. 

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Linkinholker Still Jailed: The suspect in the hit and run death of 15 year old Charlie Gore, a Dayton sophomore, Michael Shane Linkinholker remains behind bars, charged with criminally negligent homicide. Investigators say evidence indicates the vehicle allegedly driven by Michael Linkenholker actually left the roadway in order to strike the young girl. District Attorney Mike Little said Michael Linkenholker was on probation at the time of his arrest and that probation has since been revoked. 

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Emergency Farm Loans: The Farm Service Agency is now accepting applications for emergency farm loans due to damages and losses caused by drought, excessive heat, high winds and wildfires. Applications for those farm loans are only available at the FSA office in Bellville, TX. For information call 979-865-3138, ext. 2.

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Obituaries: Darrell Len Haynes, 52 of Anahuac. Services Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. Kenneth Nugent, 54 of Daisetta. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Betty Ruth Hereford Underwood, 79 of League City, formerly of Batson. Services 10 a.m. Friday at Faith and Family Funeral Service in Batson. Bethany J. Echols Carson, 62 of Dayton. Graveside service Saturday at 10 a.m. at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.85 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 122 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners voted to give notice to Phil Fitzgerald of their intension to move three county offices out of the building near Moss Hill. The offices of County Fire Marshall, Constable Pct. #3, and JP #3 will move temporarily to Hardin City Hall until the new county building is constructed near the current Precinct #2 County Barn.  The rent is the same, $1,200 per month. The lease agreement between Liberty County and then Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald was last approved in March 2009. Liberty County Judge Craig McNair said he felt county officials should not be doing business with the county, it looked improper, and he wanted as far away from it as possible.  The vote was 3-1, with Commissioner Todd Fontenot voting against the measure. He said he want more information on the cost of the move.

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Copper Theft: One of the latest victims of copper theft is the Hull-Daisetta School District, where thieves made off with copper wiring and coils used inside air conditioning units. H-D Superintendent Mary Huckabey said the district is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and criminal indictment of the person or persons responsible.  Hardin ISD has been targeted twice in recent months with losses estimated at $26,000. Hardin School board member, Texas Ranger Sgt. Frank Huff said the problem is widespread across Texas. Adding, often these losses are not covered by insurance because of high deductibles. 

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Burn and Fireworks Ban: Liberty County Commissioners extended both the burn ban and the ban against the sale, use and discharge of fireworks yesterday during their regularly scheduled meeting. 

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Closed for the 4th: Monday is the 4th of July, all city offices in Liberty, Dayton and Cleveland as well as the Liberty County Courthouse will be closed for the holiday. There will not be any trash pickup in the three cities on Monday.  Waste Management garbage service will run on the next scheduled pick up day.  All banks and post offices will be closed for Independence Day.

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Obituaries: Dustin Marlin Hart, 20.  Services are tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.07 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 121 TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011

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Another Tax Deadline: Thursday is the deadline for property tax owners to pay any remaining 2010 property taxes without incurring additional penalty fees and collection costs. Liberty County Tax Assessor Collector Mark McClelland said even paying a portion of the owed taxes could save a substantial amount of money. The tax office is on the first floor, Travis Street side, of the Liberty County Courthouse.

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Domestic Violence: According to Liberty police, they received a call around 10:30 last Thursday night from residents on East Street in Liberty reporting a neighbor was being beaten with a baseball bat. Police Public Information Officer Josh Cummins said officers were told Darryl Pierce had argued with another man earlier that evening, and after the other person left, begin hitting his wife with a baseball bat. Police were told by Antonia Pierce, Darryl Pierce’s wife, she had tried to call for help but her husband threw her down and took away the phone. Officer Cummins said Mrs. Pierce appeared to have suffered numerous bruises, scrapes and abrasions. The woman declined any medical treatment and declined to press charges. However, Darryl Pierce was arrested; charged with aggravated assault–domestic violence – with a deadly weapon, a 1st degree felony. JP #1 Bobby Rader set bail at $100,000 for the assault charge and an additional $25,000 for a charge of interfering with an emergency call.

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Trinity Garden Apartments: The new Trinity Garden Apartments on Panther Lane in Liberty are open for business.  The 76 units are for ages 55 and older with some income restrictions.  However, Wyndi Rowan, facilities manager, said don’t assume you make too much, some income is not counted when determining income eligibility. The complex offers one and two bedroom units, and they expect to have them all occupied in just weeks.  To find out more, call 936-336-2400.

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Fireworks: A reminder, the City of Liberty is still planning their annual fireworks display Sunday night at the Liberty City Park.

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Obituaries: Terry Louise Embry, 57 of Tarkington. Services 10 a.m. today at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Jennie M. McKinney, 82 of Liberty. Graveside service is tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Houston National Cemetery.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.13 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 120 MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

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RR Bridge Fire: Liberty Fire Department along with volunteer firefighters from Dayton and Highway 321 battled a fire Saturday afternoon that was burning a wooden railroad bridge between Liberty and Dayton. That bridge, in the city of Liberty, is on land known locally as the Liberty Bell Ranch on the north side of Highway 90. Union Pacific investigators first determined the bridge was unsafe following the blaze. However, railroad workers made what were said to be “minor” repairs before allowing a test train to cross the bridge around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The test was successful, and Union Pacific resumed its normal schedule.

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Unemployment: The unemployment rate for Liberty and Chambers counties ticked higher during May. However, upon closer inspection, the actual number of residents with jobs also increased. So, how did the unemployment rate go up while at the same time more people found work? That’s because the number of people looking for jobs here locally also increased. The Texas Workforce Commission reports the unemployment rate for Liberty County hit 10.6 percent in May. South in Chambers County it’s at 9.6 percent. The jobless rate for all of Texas is 8 percent while the U.S. unemployment rate stands at 9.1 percent.

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Coffee with Mayor: Residents of the City of Liberty are invited to join Mayor Carl Pickett and City Manager Gary Broz for a new program this Thursday morning called “Coffee with the City of Liberty”. It’s the first of what will be a twice monthly event designed for citizens to report concerns or ideas and get answers to their questions. That first coffee is this Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Future meetings will be held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

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Pneumonia Shots: Texas Department of State Health Services will be offering its final of 16 local free and reduced cost pneumonia clinics tomorrow. It’s from 2 to 6 p.m. at the state health clinic in Cleveland, 300 Campbell Street.  Experts say everyone needs one shot after they turn 65 years old. Also, those 19 to 64 with certain health risks should get a vaccination every five years For information, call 281-592-6714.

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Obituaries: Barbara Ann Stinnett Sullivan, 63, of Daisetta. Service is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Central Baptist of Daisetta (F&F).

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.27 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 119 FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

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Redistricting: State Representative John Otto of Dayton said the new congressional redistricting map for Texas has been approved by both the state House and Senate and now awaits Governor Rick Perry’s signature. As Rep. Otto predicted, the map places Liberty County in a new U.S. Congressional District with no incumbent representative. Neither Ted Poe nor Kevin Brady will represent any part of Liberty County under the new map. However, Rep. Otto says he expects the congressional district map to be challenged in court, so it is not final yet. As for Texas House and Senate districts, the period for Governor Perry to veto those redrawn maps has passed. Liberty County remains in John Otto’s 18th District but has been relocated from state Senator Tommy Williams district to that of state Senator Robert Nichols of Jacksonville.     

****************************************************Dayton Broncos: The Dayton Broncos football team is not expected to miss a beat with new Head Coach Jowell Hancock at the helm – that’s according to Dave Campbell’s 2011 Texas Football. That storied publication predicts the Broncos will win the District 19-4A title and finish the season among the Top 20 4-A teams in the state. The periodical also lists Dayton kicker Juan Carranco as a pre-season All-State pick. Texas Football is on newsstands now.

****************************************************Patriotic Celebration: The City of Liberty’s annual July 3 fireworks and patriotic celebration will be held as usual in Liberty Municipal Park. This year’s activities will begin at 7:45 p.m. with music from the Invincible Eagle Band. The program gets under way at 8:15. Then comes the sensational fireworks display at 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. As usual, KSHN Radio will broadcast everything from beginning to end.

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“Hairspray” Week Two: The Valley Players will present the Broadway musical “Hairspray” again this weekend. Performances tonight and tomorrow are at 8 p.m. in Liberty’s Humphreys-Burson Theatre with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. Call 936-336-6699 for reservations.

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Obituaries: Jeronima Castillo Garcia, 74. Service is 1 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Catholic Cemetery. Richard Merle Cox, 66, of Hardin. Service is 11 a.m. Monday at AFS of Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.77 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 118 THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011

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Liberty School Board: LISD board members continued their discussions on facility needs during Tuesday night’s regular meeting. The districts financial advisor, Mark McLiney discussed issuing a 15 year maintenance and operation bond to fund some of the most pressing needs LISD has three different groups of what’s typically called maintenance and operation bonds set to expire in the years 2015, 2018 and 2022.  In addition, trustees are expecting whats called a payment in lieu of taxes from Boomerang Tube each January for the next eight years. By combining those funds as they become available, Mark McLiney told trustees they could borrow about $3 million now for renovations and improvements. In addition, the district was previously approved for a zero interest school construction bond program through T.E.A. Mark McLiney said the district could file for an extension so those funds could be used if the board decides to issue the M&O bonds.  While the board did not make a decision on issuing those bonds, they did ask Mr. McLiney to file for the extension to keep their options open.

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Liberty-Dayton 500: Reserve Friday August 19th for the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Steak Dinner ‘500’ drawing and auction at the Dayton Community Center. The silent auction kicks off at 6 p.m. and the live auction starts at around 7:30 p.m. Call the chamber at (936) 336 5736 for information and tickets.

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Shred It: Due to popular demand, the City of Liberty has scheduled another free document shredding event Saturday July 30th from 9 am to noon or until the truck fills up.  Professional document shredding company “Shred It” will be commercially destroying old credit card statements, federal income tax records, and computer disks, anything that could be put to illegal use if it fell into the hands of the identity thieves. It’s free and not limited to Liberty citizens, anyone is welcome. It will be held in the Liberty City Hall parking lot.  For information call (936) 336-3684.

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Obituaries: Christie Copple Childers, 59 of Liberty. A memorial was held Tuesday. Louis Charles Boutte, 76 of Raywood. Services will be Saturday at 12:30 at Sacred Hearth Catholic Church in Raywood.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.65 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 117 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011

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Fireworks Ban: Yesterday morning, Liberty County Judge Craig McNair issued an emergency disaster declaration banning all types of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Liberty County. This ban covers all the areas of the county except the cities of Liberty, Cleveland and Dayton, which have their own restrictions.  All other areas of the county are now under a ban against selling, using or discharging fireworks in the unincorporated areas. Up in Cleveland, Fire Chief Steven Rasberry recommended their July 4fireworks display be cancelled this year, and that has been done. The City of Liberty, which has held a professional fireworks display for several years on July 3,  is still expected to hold that event this year.

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Gun, Knife and Coin Show: This weekend is the first South Texas Gun, Knife and Coin Expo at the Dayton Community Center. Center Director Amanda Wilson said the event will feature more than 50 vendors with a big variety of guns, knives, collectable coins, jewelry, outdoor supplies and more. Proceeds benefit the Dayton Senior Center. The expo is from 9 am to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 to 5 on Sunday. Admission is $8, cash only. Kids 12 and under are free with a parent or guardian. The Dayton senior group will be selling BBQ sandwiches, Frito pie, hot dogs and homemade pies. For more information, call the Dayton Community Center at 936-258-6630.

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Chambers County Bans: Chambers County Commissioners declared a ban on outdoor burning and all fireworks during a special meeting yesterday afternoon. Chambers County Judge Jimmy Silvia also sent a letter to Texas Governor Rick Perry asking him to declare a state of emergency for that County.

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Dayton VFD BBQ: The annual Dayton Volunteer Fire Department fund-raiser BBQ is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteer Fireman Brent Harrison said this fund-raiser also includes a raffle for a deer riffle.  The $8 BBQ plates include sliced brisket and all the fixings. All proceeds benefit the Dayton Volunteer Fire Department.  It takes place at the fire department on the corner of Winfree and Cook Streets in Dayton.

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Obituaries: Jade Turner Morris, 61 of Liberty. Services Friday at 10 a.m. in the Liberty Church of Christ.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.10 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 116 TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

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Cash Seizure: The Texas Department of Public Safety seized more than $1.5 million in a traffic stop near Cleveland late Friday night. According to the DPS report, an unidentified trooper pulled over a tractor-trailer rig around 10:50 p.m. Friday for traffic violations. After the trooper observed what is called “indicators of criminal activity” they asked for and received consent to search the 18-wheeler. Found in the trucks cab were 43 bundles of cash hidden behind wall panels. Troopers believe that cash is related to illegal drug trade. DPS troopers confiscated $1,501,251 dollars. No arrests were reported.

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Drought Conditions Worsen: The top number in the drought condition index is 800. That figure means there is no available moisture.  As of yesterday, Liberty County’s drought index was at 742, up from 716 Monday last week. In Chambers County, things are not much better. The drought index there went from 715 last Monday to 738 yesterday. Continuing record high temperatures combined with record low amounts of rain are causing drought conditions in Southeast Texas to get worse by the day. With that in mind, officials continue to urge everyone to adhere to the burn bans currently in place.

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Third Suspect: The thirdof three suspects sought by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department since May 27, is still on the run. We reported the search for the three men, all from the Hull-Daisetta area, started when they fled police on foot into the woods in the Moss Bluff area. The three men were wanted in connection with thefts committed in Galveston County. Two of the men, Chance Hunt and Christopher Treece, have been taken into custody. The third, 40-year-old William Dale Perkins,  remains at large. Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said there have been efforts made by investigators through Mr. Perkins family members to have him surrender himself to authorities, but so far those efforts have been unsuccessful.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts on William Dale Perkins is asked to call the sheriff’s department 936-336-4500.

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Obituaries: Charlie Ainsworth, 80 of Liberty. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty. Jade Turner Morris. Services pending at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.02 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 115 MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011

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Groce Faces More Indictments: Three additional federal indictments have been filed against former Liberty County Commissioner Pct. 2 Lee Groce over accusations of criminal misconduct related to storm debris removal in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike back in 2008. In January of this year, former Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald, his brother-in-law Mark Miksch and Mr. Groce were named in a 25-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury. That indictment included charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, theft from an organization, bribery and kickbacks plus making false statements. This past Thursday, a superseding 28-count indictment was filed. It includes all of those original charges plus three more. Those new indictments accuse Lee Groce of lying to federal investigators about his knowledge of activities surrounding hurricane debris removal. All 3 have pled not guilty and are awaiting trial

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Drought Conditions: Drought conditions here in Southeast Texas and across the state are getting worse not better. Those hot, dry conditions have led to what’s called “exceptional” drought conditions across much of the state. Texas Forest Service officials report the seven-month period from Oct. 2010 – April 2011 is the driest ever recorded in Texas. That has prompted county officials across Southeast Texas to issue burn bans and prohibitions on some kinds of aerial fireworks.

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Scam: Area residents tell police they received calls from someone claiming to be from the DPS demanding payment for a red-light camera ticket. Cleveland PD Chief Mark Bradshaw said it’s a scam and the caller is after personal information. Experts say never give out personal info unless you initiate the contact and are comfortable with the organization receiving it.

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Chamber Lunch: The monthly Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber noon lunch is Wednesday in the Liberty Center at City Hall. Marc Caldwell and Wyndi Rowan of Lankford Interests will discuss the recently opened Trinity Garden Apartments in Liberty. The $10 meal will be catered by Mas Amigos. For reservations, call the Liberty-Dayton Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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Obituaries: Lisa Jean Walling, 50, of Devers. Service is 10 a.m. today at Faith and Family.  

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.01 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 114 FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

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All State: Dayton’s star athlete Hannah Bell has been selected for even more honors. The 2011 graduate of Dayton High School has been named to the 2011 U I L High School 1st team all-state softball team.  She has also been chosen by the UIL Texas Girls Coaches Association to play in the combined 4A-5A All-Star game July 12th in Austin. As an added bonus, Hannah was selected to the 20-11 All-State academic team as well.

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Redistricting: State Representative John Otto of Dayton tells us the Texas Legislature is considering two different redistricting maps for U.S. Congressional districts. If passed, the most likely map, according to Rep. Otto, would place Liberty County into a brand new east Texas district with no incumbent congressmen. State Rep. John Otto said there are five Texas house members in that redrawn U.S. Congressional district.  He said some of those might be interested in running for U.S. Congress should that proposed redistricting map become final.

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Drug Arrests: Two Liberty County residents have been arrested on drug charges.  Liberty County Sheriffs Captain Rex Evans said 22 year old David Mitchell Jr. and 18 year old Megan Brown, both of Dayton were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana plus manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. Capt. Evans said they were taken into custody following a tip of narcotics activities but declined to give the location of the Dayton area home saying the investigation is ongoing.

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Chamber Luncheon: It’s time to make reservations for next Wednesday’s Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. It will be held at noon in the Liberty Center. The guest speakers will be Marc Caldwell and Wyndi Rowan of Lankford Interests, the company that owns the recently opened Trinity Garden Apartments in Liberty. They will provide information on the gated senior living complex and answer questions as well. Lunch is $10, catered by Mas Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant in Liberty. Call the chamber office at 336-5736 to make reservations.

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Obituaries: Douglas Roy Greer, 57 of Winnie. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.13 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 113 THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011

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Contreras Guilty: JurorsTuesday afternoon found 26 year old Ramiro Contreras guilty of capital murder. The Cleveland area man was accused in the shooting death of his mother in law, Barbara Swearingen, at her Cleveland home back in September 2008.  The jury deliberated for only about 40 minutes before returning the guilty verdict.  We are told the conviction means an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for Ramiro Contreras.

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9-1-1 Equipment: Liberty County Commissioners unanimously approved the $61,000 purchase of new emergency dispatch console equipment for the sheriff’s department.  That action was taken during regular session Tuesday without going through the standard bidding process.  Commissioners said the no-bid process was required because of an emergency situation created by a failed console.  Captain Rex Evans said the new system should be installed within the next 30 days.

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Fireworks Ban: KSHN reported yesterday Liberty County Commissioners have banned certain types of aerial fireworks for the upcoming July 4 holiday season.  Now we can report Chambers County Commissioners have also voted to prohibit both the sale and use of the same types of fireworks.  Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said those fireworks bans are necessary because of the ongoing drought here in southeast Texas.

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“Hairspray”: The Valley Players will present the Broadway musical comedy hit “Hairspray” starting this weekend at Liberty’s Humphrey’s Burson Theater. Performances are at 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday as well as next weekend.  Matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. Sunday June 19th and June 26th.  Tickets are $10. Make reservations for the Valley Players’ production of “Hairspray” by calling 936-336-6699.

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LISD Finance Workshop: The Liberty School Board met Monday night to discuss financing options for what trustees call much needed renovations and improvements throughout the district. LISD voters have three times rejected school bond proposals and now trustees are trying to determine what work the district can accomplish through other means.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.21 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 112 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011

Fire Destroys Home: A large home on CR 491 west of Dayton was completely destroyed by fire Monday night.  According to Assistant Dayton Fire Chief Murphy Green, apparently a young child playing with a cigarette lighter on a bed was the cause of the fire.  Chief Green said the house was built with a very high vaulted ceiling with exhaust fans in the roof to draw heat out thus minimizing the need for air conditioning.  It was that design, he said, that sucked flames through the home and into the ceiling.  Assistant Chief Green said the home owner has been building the structure himself.  The home owner told firefighters that insurance rates for a home under construction prompted him to cancel that coverage and the uninsured home was destroyed.  Dayton, Westlake, Kenefick and Highway 321 volunteer fire fighters battled the blaze for some four hours Monday night.

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Commissioners Court: Liberty County Commissioners continued the months old ban on outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of Liberty County during their regular meeting yesterday. In addition, commissioners voted to ban fireworks referred to as skyrockets with sticks, and missiles with fins. Currently the Keetch-Byram index, a measurement of available moisture, has Liberty County’s average at 720.  The highest level on the index is 800, or no available moisture.

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Heat Precautions: The National Weather Services expects daytime temperatures to again rise to near 100 degrees over the next few days. High humidity levels mean the heat index can climb into the triple digits as well.  Experts say those in the most danger are children, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. If you must be outside during the heat of the day, the Texas Department of Health suggests don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink water.  The best idea is to start taking in extra fluids a full 30 minutes before going out on a hot day. And, if possible, plan any strenuous physical outdoor activity for early morning or early evening when the temperature is lower.

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Obituaries: John Lester Mettlen, 74 of Moss Hill. Services set for Friday at 10 a.m. at Moss Hill Assembly of God Church. Margaret Sumie Patterson, 79 of Dayton. Graveside services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Palm Memorial Park in Dayton.  Billy Wayne Collins, 45 of Rye. Graveside services 11:45 a.m. at Phelps Cemetery in Thicket.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.25 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 111 TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011

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Redistricting Changes: It appears redistricting will change who represents Liberty County in both the Texas Senate and U.S. Congress. State Rep. John Otto of Dayton said both the Texas House and Senate redistricting maps have bee approved and are awaiting Governor Rick Perry’s signature.  Taking a look at the specific proposed changes, Rep. Otto said the Texas Senate map takes Liberty County out of Senator Tommy Williams’ district and places it into an east Texas district with incumbent Senator Robert Nichols of Jacksonville. The proposed congressional map would create a new east Texas district that includes Liberty County.  KSHN will have details on those proposed changes in a coming newscast.

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Boomerang: So far the Boomerang Pipe Co. located south of U.S. 90 in the city of Liberty continues to expand.  Now they are up to 525 full time employees, also sales tax revenues continue to blossom. When Boomerang Pipe came to Liberty, they talked about maybe 350 to 400 employees, but that is long since been surpassed. The company’s corporate headquarters, engineers and sales office is in Chesterfield, Missouri. All manufacturing operations are in Liberty.

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Evacuation Needs: Those who live in Liberty County and have special transportation or medical needs to evacuate in the event of a hurricane or any kind of threat to safety, are being asked to register with the office of Emergency Management either in the county or the city where they live.  That includes those who have already registered, but have moved, changed phone number or other contact information. To register for transportation assistance, call the Liberty County Emergency Management office at 334-3219, or the state registration number is 2-1-1. Those who live inside the city limits of Liberty can call 336-3922 or in Cleveland, call 281-592-8044.

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Obituaries: Mildred Louise Cowan, 86 of Liberty. Service today at 11 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service. Bill Lloyd Evans, 82 of Hull. Services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Helen Ashworth Vinson, 92 of Pasadena. Graveside services 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Grandview Memorial Park of Pasadena. Herman Young, 82 of Daisetta. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.27 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 110 MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

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Fatality Wreck: An elderly Hull man died Friday evening after being ejected from his vehicle in a wreck on S.H. 105. According to DPS reports, Bill Evans, 82, of Hull was traveling at an unsafe speed when his car left the roadway about 2 ½ miles east of Moss Hill shortly after 7 p.m. Friday. Trooper Nathan Godfrey’s report said Mr. Evan’s vehicle struck a ditch or culvert, trees and a parked car. He was taken by LifeFlight air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he was pronounced dead.  

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Hunger Busters: Organizers say attendance numbers are down from last year for the Hunger Busters Free Lunch Program that got under way in Liberty last Monday. Liberty County AgriLife Extension Agent Alexis Cordova said they fed free lunches to 350 to 400 kids each day during the first week. That compares to more than 750 kids served each day last summer. She attributes that decrease to a new state requirement that kids must eat their meals at one of the picnic sites instead of volunteers also delivering meals as was done last year. The Hunger Busters program provides free lunches to all school-age kids in the Liberty ISD during summer months. For information or site locations, call Alexis Cordova at 936-336-4558, ext 221.

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McClelland Retiring: Liberty County Tax Collector Mark McClelland is retiring at the end of July with more than a year remaining in his elected four-year term. His last day will be July 31. As to whom he believes county commissioners should appoint, Mr. McClelland said there are several people in his office who know the job well. He will recommend his longtime Chief Deputy Doris Jones, who served as interim head of that department when he was on active military duty.     

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Sex Assault Charge: Marcus Anthony Porchia, 26, has been indicted by a Liberty Co. Grand Jury for sexual assault of a child under the age of 17. In an unrelated case, Porchia is also one of 19 men and boys accused of sexually assaulting a then 11-year-old Cleveland girl. He remains in the Liberty County Jail.

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Obituaries: Edna Mae Jackson, 92 of Devers. Service is 10 a.m. Tuesday at FUMC in Devers (F&F).  Cecil Dagle Hart Taylor, 91, of Kountz. Service 10 a.m. today at Faith & Family.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.39 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 109 FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011

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Sales Taxes: Here’s some welcome economic news – sales tax payments to cities across Liberty and Chambers counties continue to show gains. This month’s allocations to cities in Liberty County are up 5.51 percent as compared to the same month last year. Chambers County towns experienced a whopping 87.81 percent increase over the same month in 2010. For these reports, sales taxes collected by retailers for April business go to the state in May and arrive back with the city share in June. Those Liberty County cities with monthly increases include Liberty, Dayton, Ames, Hardin, North Cleveland and Plum Grove. Those towns with decreases for June from April sales are Cleveland, Daisetta, Devers and Kenefick.

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Fire Conditions: Drought conditions persist across much of Texas, including here in Liberty County, as temperatures rise and rain totals remain below average. As a result, Tarkington VFD Assistant Chief Dalton Gregory said conditions across Liberty County are dangerously ripe for wildfires. As of yesterday, 197 out of 254 Texas counties have burn bans in effect. That includes both Liberty and Chambers counties. Fire officials urge folks to adhere to all local burn bans and report violators to the appropriate law enforcement agency. If you see a column of smoke, make sure to report that fire by calling 911.

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Taste of Dayton: There are still a few booth spaces available for the 7th Annual Taste of Dayton this Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dayton Community Center. Enjoy tasty food selections, register for prize drawings and find out more about the local business community. Admission is $3. For more information, call the Dayton Chamber of Commerce at 936-257-2393.     

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Rotary BBQ: The Dayton Rotary Club is having a fund-raising barbecue tomorrow to benefit their scholarship fund and many other community projects funded by Rotary. The Rotarians will be set up Saturday on the Security State Bank parking lot at FM 1960 and Highway 321 in Dayton. They will be selling barbecue plates from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. – sooner if they sell out. Plates will be $8 and include brisket, potato salad and beans.

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Obituaries: John Parker Bailey, 90, of Liberty. Service is 10 a.m. Saturday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.53 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 108 THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011

Body Story Follow Up: It was a worldwide media circus Tuesday as a tip led Channel 2 in Houston, to report dozens of bodies had been found on a property in Liberty County. That report was quickly picked up worldwide. As it turned out, nothing was found. The Liberty County Sheriffs Department is denying all responsibility in contributing to the media reports.  KSHN asked Sheriffs Captain Rex Evans if anybody from the sheriffs’ department told someone at the Houston television station that bodies had been found.  He said he did not give the information and to his knowledge no else at the sheriff’s office gave such information. He added he would like to believe that information didn’t come from within the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department. However, individuals with both Channel 2 and 11 news in Houston tell KSHN that they stand by their reports and they did receive that information from someone at the Liberty County Sheriffs Department.

****************************************************Contreras Trial: The capital murder trial of Ramiro Contreras is continuing in Judge Chap Cain’s 253rd District Courtroom.  Contreras is alleged to have shot and killed his mother in law Barbara Swearingen, at her residence in September 2008. According to investigators he then abducted his estranged wife and their four children from the home. The missing woman and children were found safe. District Attorney Mike Little said it is possible the trial may not conclude until next week.

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Swimming Lessons: The Dayton City Swimming Pool at Daniel Park on FM 1008 is open for the summer and Red Cross certified swimming lessons are available.  The first class of the year is completely booked, however, reservations are being accepted for the next swimming class that starts July 5th and continues through July 16, weekdays at 9 a.m. each day.  Cost is $75 per child and all instructors are certified in water safety, CPR and first aid.  For more information call 936-258-9016. The Dayton pool is open Tuesday – Friday noon until 6 p.m., Saturdays 11 am to 5 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Dayton pool is closed Mondays.

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Obituaries: Nina Lucille Carr Wilson, 76 of Dayton. Services 10 a.m. Friday at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Jimmie Larene Blanton Land, 85. Services 10 a.m. Friday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 107 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011

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Search Turns up Nothing: A report that a mass grave containing the bodies of dozens of children, had been found in Liberty County yesterday ultimately proved totally false. It was around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when some Houston area television stations began airing reports that from 25 to 30 bodies were found at a residence on CR #2049 between Hardin and Daisetta. Other reporters told us the information came from the Sheriff’s Office. It wasn’t long before the story was picked by the national and international news media. Sheriff’s deputies, acting on a tip, cordoned off the area with crime scene tape and awaited a search warrant to enter the premises. When deputies did search the home, they found no bodies at all and no evidence of homicide there. It was after 8 p.m. before the hours-long event ended.      

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Awareness Seminar: The Liberty County Juvenile Probation Department is hosting its third Community Awareness Seminar Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Liberty Middle School.  Local Juvenile Probation Officer Kelly Semien said this free seminar will provide valuable information for parents, guardians, educators and kids age 10 and up. They will be offering information and advice on drug trends and other issues facing today’s youths. Kelly Semien said it is the hope that the information and resources offered will strengthen individuals, families and the community.  For information, call the Juvenile Probation office in Liberty at 936-336-4550.

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All Star Game: Seven local athletes and one coach will represent Liberty County at the Southeast Texas Ford Group All Star Football Classic this Saturday at 7 p.m. in Beaumont. Darrin “Bucket” Edwards and Josh Sell from Liberty, and Hardin’s Myles Taylor will play, as will Cleveland’s Trey Richardson and Jaraud Ross. Those selected from Tarkington are Josh Consemiu and Hunter Martin. Also taking part in the all star game is Liberty Athletic Director Shane Deel. He is an assistant coach for the west squad. The game will be 7 p.m. Saturday at Provost-Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont.

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Obituaries: Louie Edward Dorman, Sr., 72 of Dayton. Services 10 a.m. Saturday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Louise Lenormand Powell, 80 of Hull. Services today at 10 a.m. at Faith and Family Funeral Home in Batson.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 106 TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011

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Hand Grenade: The Liberty County Sheriffs Department is investigating a hand grenade found lying in the roadway on Highway 146 south of Dayton. Liberty Co. Sheriffs Captain Rex Evans said the hand grenade was reported early Sunday evening.  A deputy, Travis Pierce, who is also a United States Marine, was able to determine the explosive device was in “safe” mode and would not activate with additional movement. He was able to transport the device to a safe location. No word on why the grenade was laying in the roadway along State Highway 146.  The incident remains under investigation.

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UM Army: A group of Methodist teenagers and adult volunteers are coming to Liberty next week to make home repairs and build wheelchair ramps for those in need.  The group is called U.M. Army, an acronym for United Methodist Action Reach Out Mission by Youth.  Andy Fisk, an adult volunteer leader said the group will arrive at First United Methodist Church in Liberty on Sunday June 12, and they will be in the area working on homes through June 17.  If you or someone you know is in need of such work, call Andy Fisk at 281-737-2137 or First United Methodist Liberty at 936-336-6401.

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Sign Up for Nixle: As we move into hurricane season, now is an excellent time to sign up for the countywide notification system called Nixle.  This text message based system allows the cities and county, including the Liberty County Emergency Management Office, to send text messages to those who have registered their information on county emergencies, including storms, recommended evacuations of any kind and other reasons.  Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said the system is free to residents.  To sign up process is simple, go to www.kshn.com and the Nixle link is on the front page of our website. 

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Obituaries: Randolph Lee Morgan, 58 of Liberty. A memorial service will be tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Edwin Robbins, Jr., 79 of Kenefick. Service is tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at Houston National Cemetery. Pending: John Antoine, 58 of Dayton. Services pending at Wells Funeral Service in Liberty. Lester Lee Simon, 50 of Anahuac. Services Thursday 2 p.m. at Eminence Baptist Church in Liberty.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 105 MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

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Refuge Office: Construction is under way on the new Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge administrative office on FM 1011. That 3,200-square-foot facility is being built across the road from the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center. Construction cost is about $1 million.

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Murder Trial: Jury selection begins today in the capital murder trial of Ramiro Contreras, 26, of the Cleveland area. Investigators say he entered a Cleveland home in September 2008 where he shot and killed his mother-in-law Barbara Swearingen, 63, and wounded two others. He also is accused of kidnapping his estranged wife and their four children. If convicted of capital murder, he would automatically receive a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.    

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Hunger Busters: The Hunger Busters Free Lunch Program begins today and runs throughout the summer months. This federally funded and locally administered program offers kids a free noon meal weekdays from noon to 1 p.m.  The biggest change this year is the new federal guidelines requiring kids to eat at their picnic sites rather than having volunteers take meals to them as was done last year. For details on those site locations, call Alexis Cordova at the Liberty County Extension Office. That number is 936-336-4558, extension 221.

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Hurricane Seminar: The Annual Liberty County Hurricane Preparedness Seminar is tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Liberty Center at City Hall. Speakers will be from the National Weather Service, Red Cross and other agencies. Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said they will address issues of importance regarding preparations for the 2011 Hurricane Season, running now through November 30.

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Correction: On Friday’s Radiogram, we listed one of Hardin’s Honor Grads incorrectly. That very special student should have been Tye Lockhart. Our apologies – it was our error.

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Obituaries: Alex Stash Ripkowski, 94, of Dayton. Service is 10:30 Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dayton (P-SFH). Kaye Perry Lee, 55, of Liberty. Service is 11 a.m. today at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 104 FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

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Hornet Honor Grads: The graduating class of 20-11 from Hardin high received over $182,000 in scholarship money, including a whopping $60,500 to Valedictorian Hayley Brazeale, and more than $29,000 to Salutatorian Tara Jordan. Fellow honor grad Sydney Melton was awarded $31,250 to further her education. Other of honor grads in order of their ranking are: Ashley Barham, Sydney Melton, Drew Muldrow, Jesse Jordan, Makayla Armstrong, Kelsey Swensen, Rebekah Burris and Ty Leonard. Congratulations to the honor graduates at Hardin high school, class of 2011. 

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Dayton Chamber: The Dayton Chamber of Commerce’s monthly noon luncheon is this coming Tuesday at the Dayton Community Center. This month’s speaker is Dayton Chamber Executive Director Tammy Pratka.  She will explain the benefits of membership of the chamber and will discuss the organization’s website upgrades. The $10 luncheon will be catered by Jose’s Mexican Restaurant of Dayton. Call the chamber for reservations at 936-257-2393.

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TCEQ Finding: A Liberty County storage tank manufacturing company, R & K Fabricating and its president, Ricardo Gonzales, have been ordered to pay criminal fines totaling $250,000 by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The TCEQ reports Gonzales pled guilty to two charges of intentionally and knowingly violating the Texas Clean Air Act. The TCEQ charged Mr. Gonzales violated both the clean Air Act and TCEQ rules by operating his facility without the TCEQ permits required for sandblasting and spray painting operations.  The TCEQ reports he must also cease company operations until his facility is in compliance with the commission’s rules.

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Crosby Fair: The 65th annual Crosby Fair and Rodeo is under way now and continues through next weekend at the Crosby Fairgrounds on FM 2100.  The event raises scholarship dollars for students in the Crosby area and provides plenty of live entertainment and PRCA Rodeo action.  To find out more, call 281-328-2113 or go to www.crosbyfairandrodeo.com

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Obituaries: Delbert Wayne McWhirter, 64. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 103 THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

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Second of Three in Custody: The second of three wanted fugitives who were on the run this weekend has been apprehended. Late Tuesday night, the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Liberty County Sheriffs office, indicating they received an anonymous tip on the location of Christopher Treece. A short time later, the TCSO called and said they had Mr. Treece in custody for the outstanding warrants for his arrest in Liberty and Galveston Counties. According to the TCSO no injuries were reported as a result of this arrest. Members of the TCSO said Treece simply said “I’m ready to go, just get me back so I can get this over with”. The only remaining suspect at large is William Dale Perkins.

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Coffey Arrested: Donald Coffey III has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon involving a family member. Mr. Coffey is alleged to have fired a weapon at a vehicle containing his wife.  Liberty County Sheriffs Captain Rex Evans said no one was struck or injured by that gunfire. Ironically, it was Donald Coffey’s son, Donald Coffee IV, who was killed in May 2009 when a shotgun was fired into a moving car.  Shelia Muhs was convicted on April 15 of murdering that boy, Donald Coffey IV.

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Free Fishing: This Saturday, Texas residents and visitors can fish anywhere in Texas without a license. The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge from 9 am until 1 p.m. on Saturday will offer hands on demonstrations and activities for both beginning and experienced anglers. Kids will have a chance to win free raffle prizes. Due to drought conditions, events normally held at Champion Lake have been canceled. For information on Saturday’s free fishing day activities at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge call 409-267-3337.

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LHS Honor Grads: At Liberty high school, a student must have taken 8 honors courses, be in the top 10 % of their class or have a GPA 4.5 be an honor graduate. This years Valedictorian is Conner M. Gilliland, while this years Salutatorian is Ariana Potetz.

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Obituaries: Verna Lee Fregia, 96 of Daisetta. Services 2 p.m. Friday at Central Baptist Church in Daisetta.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 102 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011

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Otto on Special Session: By the end of day one of the 30-day special session of the Texas legislature, lawmakers had begun the process of revisiting funding for public schools and Medicaid. According to State Representative John Otto, those are the only two issues Governor Rick Perry has given to legislators to consider in special session, at least so far. The Dayton republican said, over all he is pleased with the $37.1 billion dollar state budget. He said the budget does not reduce the dollar amount for school funding and there will be no Medicaid funding reductions to nursing homes.

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Burglary Arrests: A Liberty County resident returned home Sunday morning to find her house being burglarized. Those thieves were still at work when Liberty County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived. Three individuals were arrested at the home. They are Robert Lacy, age 46, Nickie Leasure, 23, and Tammy Cordova, 52. Sheriff’s investigators believe three others also may have been involved, and their investigation continues. Those with information can call the sheriff’s office at 936-336-4500.

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Panther Power Camp: All Liberty ISD athletes entering 7th through 12th grade this fall are invited to participate in power camp over the summer. The speed and strength program for both boys and girls begins this coming Monday and runs through July 16. Instruction is each Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Liberty High School. Cost is $40 and includes a T-shirt and drinks. Panthers interested can pick up a registration form at the Liberty High School Athletic Department.

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What’s Your Bid: It’s back. This Saturday starts a new season of one of KSHN FM 99.9 Radio’s favorite programs. “What’s Your Bid” returns for the 28th year this Saturday at 9 a.m. Listeners are invited to listen, call in and bid on a wide variety of merchandise and services. KSHN announcers describe the items in detail on the air before accepting bids. Then, unlike other auctions, we sell everything below the retail value. The high bidder then comes to our office to pay for and pick up, what we call, a purchase order to be redeemed for the item at the area merchant offering that product or service. It’s fun, and it saves you money.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.35 ASL*

 

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