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August 2011

VOLUME 26, NO. 165 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31, 2011

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Tarkington Break Ins: The Liberty County Sheriffs Department is asking for the public’s help in investigating a series of residential burglaries in the Tarkington area that have resulted in the theft of thousands of dollars in mostly firearms.  Information is the burglaries have all occurred in just the past month. Sheriffs Capt. Rex Evans said the thieves are specifically targeting firearms. More than 100 rifles, handguns, and shotguns have been taken in 13 separate residential burglaries.  Sheriff’s investigators are seeking two men they are calling “persons of interest”, Decarious Rucker and Clifton Shedd, both of Cleveland.  Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriffs department at 936-336-4500.

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Extension Office Move: The Liberty County AgriLife Extension Service opens tomorrow in its new location on Palmer Street in Liberty. Their new space is nearly double that of their old office at 3,300 square feet.  AgriLife Extension Agent Alexis Cordova said that change in offices will allow extension agents to do their job better for county residents.  That relocation to 501 Palmer Street includes a new phone number, 936-334-3230.

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Hoses for Hero’s: Only about 50 tickets remain for the fundraiser for the Liberty Volunteer Fire Fighters, “Hoses for Hero’s”. Set for Saturday September 10th, the event will feature great food, music and fun. Tickets are available at Sterling Realty - 336-5464, Edward Jones in Liberty - 336-2383 or Hebert Chevron, 336-5232.

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Snakes: Snake experts say as the drought progresses, snakes will be wandering into areas where they are otherwise seldom seen.  Texas Snake Expert Jerry Cates recommends putting away the flip flops, and instead wear leather shoes or boots when walking in or around tall grass, brush or while you are working in the garden or lawn mowing.  Snake bites are actually less painful than a sting from a scorpion or a wasp. However, be aware, snake bites are nothing to mess with. If you do experience a snake bite, get to the doctor as quickly as possible. 

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Obituaries: Emily Louise Vanlangendonck, 81 of Rye. Services Thursday at 10 a.m. at Rainbow Baptist Church in Rye (FF). ****************************************************

*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.79 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 165 TUESDAY AUGUST 30, 2011

New County Dispatch: Two new modern technology dispatch consoles have been installed at the Liberty County Sheriffs Department. Sheriffs Captain Rex Evans said one of the department’s recently removed consoles was not working at all and the other was no longer functional with current technology.  A third is expected to be installed in coming weeks. In June, Liberty County Commissioners unanimously approved the $61,952 purchase.

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Game Stop: The national chain, Game Stop, is now open in the Wal-Mart shopping center. The chain for game systems and computer games is now open seven days a week.  Game Stop is a Texas based operation consisting of 5,000 stores nationally specializing in the latest game systems and thousands of games, pre-owned and new. Local store manager is Greg LaRoque of Crosby. The small Liberty store has 6 employees, mostly college and high school part timers.  Store hours are from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday 11 until 6.

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Juvenile Miranda Rights: Anyone who has ever seen a police drama is familiar with the words “you have the right to remain silent” – the Miranda warning. The legal notice police are required to give criminal suspects prior to interrogation was established in 1966. A recent 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court has resulted in a change to take into account a suspect’s age. Cleveland Attorney Molly Lambert said this is a huge change in criminal law and the effects have not even begun to be measured.

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Fire: The Liberty and Hardin Fire Departments spent part of yesterday’s extremely hot afternoon battling a house fire in Ames.  Liberty Fire Chief Fred Collins said the home belonging to Pinky Arceneaux was not occupied.  Because the fire happened in an area outside of Liberty’s jurisdiction, it will have to be investigated by County Fire Marshal Jim Wilson. Chief Collins would not speculate on the cause of the fire.

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Firm Foundations: Local healthcare clinic on North Travis St. in Liberty, Firm Foundations is expanding.  Brandon Smith P.A. said the patient load has increased significantly and it’s time to grow. The clinic is adding 1,360 square feet for a total of 3,700 square feet.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.87 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 164 MONDAY AUGUST 29, 2011

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House Fire: A Raywood home belonging to the Rick Mouton family was damaged by fire Friday evening. Hull-Daisetta Fire Chief Allen Gartner said volunteer firefighters from Hull-Daisetta, Hardin and Liberty responded to that blaze at the corner of county road 119 and 120. That three-bedroom home sustained heavy damage to the kitchen area while the remainder of the house was damaged by water and smoke. Liberty County Fire Marshal Jim Wilson is investigating, but Fire Chief Gartner said it appeared the electrical fire started near a deep-fryer in the kitchen. No injuries were reported.  

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KSHN Anniversary: Today is a special day for Shine-All-Nine. It’s the 20th Anniversary of when KSHN FM 99.9 went on the air. In actuality, we began service to a smaller listening area with KPXE AM Radio in January of 1977. Then, on August 29, 1991, KSHN FM signed on the air. Today, we hope you will come by the station and us help celebrate this special occasion. Join us from 9 to 5 at the station, 2099 Sam Houston.

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LISD Facilities: Some of the Liberty school district’s facilities got a major facelift over the summer. We are told that’s thanks to the hard work of the LISD maintenance department. Director of Maintenance and Operations, Robert Ward, said the district spent more than $200,000 this summer on a variety of projects on all four campuses. Memorial Stadium, including the Field House, also got a makeover. When students arrived for the start of the school year last Monday, Robert Ward said all their campuses were improved. In a related story, last Tuesday, Liberty school trustees approved a new $133,000 air conditioning system for the San Jacinto Elementary Gym. That work is expected to be completed in coming weeks.

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Football Scores: The high school gridiron season got under way over the weekend. Here in Liberty, it was a rivalry game against Hardin. That final was the Panthers 49 and the Hornets 0. In Dayton, the Broncos and first-year Head Coach Jowell Hancock earned a come-from-behind 29-28 win over 5-A Fort Bend Elkins. In other week one action, it was Kountze over Hull-Daisetta 41-14. Cleveland topped Caney Creek 37-21 while Huntington beat Tarkington 41-20. Down in Chambers County, Barbers Hill blanked Santa Fe 34-0. Houston Kinkaid rolled over Anahuac 63-14. Orangefield beat East Chambers 24-21.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.92 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 163 FRIDAY AUGUST 26, 2011

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Wreck: A three-vehicle wreck on 1960 in Dayton Thursday afternoon, sent two people, Aubrey Lemasters of Dayton, and Richard Sahs of Kingwood, to area hospitals.  According to Dayton Police Officer Crystal Thomas, Ms. Lemasters is alleged to have caused the accident.  A third driver, Lissette Gallegos, 22 of Dayton and her 4 week old passenger were not injured in the wreck.  The busy roadway was closed for nearly an hour. No word on the condition of those who were transported to the hospital.

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Devers, Hull-Daisetta and Tarkington: First day attendance totals are now available for Devers, Hull Daisetta and Tarkington. Devers started the school year with 178 students in class Monday.  Hull Daisetta saw an increase, with 504 on Monday, up 34 from the first day last year. This year, Tarkington ISD students numbered 1,849 on day one, down from 2010 first day figures by 14. Updated numbers from Liberty ISD for Monday’s attendance is 2,077.  One student less than lasts year’s first day attendance.

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Scout Surge: Cub Scout Pack 105 in the Barbers Hill area and fellow area scouts, have scheduled a ceremony to honor their community heroes – fire fighters, police officers and emergency medical services personnel in Mont Belvieu. That 8 am event to be held on September 11th will be on the Mont Belvieu City Hall courtyard. The scouts will present a flag to Mayor Nick Dixon in memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on 9-11-2001. Spread the word, and join the community of Mont Belvieu September 11th at 8 a.m. 

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Loretta Retiring: She has been a familiar and welcome sight locally for many years and now, UPS driver Loretta Milliken is retiring. Driving in this area for 25 years, Loretta Milliken has made many friends. Her last day on the job is Thursday September 1, and there will be a retirement reception at the Liberty Center sponsored by the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. Anyone who knows and appreciates U.P.S. driver Loretta Milliken is invited to stop by from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There have been questions about bringing cards or gifts, and that’s ok, but the main thing is come by and visit. For information, call the Chamber office at 936 336 5736.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.10 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 162 THURSDAY AUGUST 25, 2011

The 20th Suspect: All Nine News has confirmed the number of suspects charged in the alleged gang rape of a Cleveland girl, who was 11 at the time, has increased by one. Reliable sources indicate this newest suspect was a juvenile at the time the rape was alleged to have taken place, but has since reached legal age.  Nevertheless, we are told that since the unnamed Cleveland boy was underage when the offense is said to have been committed, he will be prosecuted as a juvenile, not an adult.  No other information on this latest arrest was available

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LISD Budget: Liberty School trustees approved the district’s budget and compensation plans Tuesday night with two 4-3 split votes that are rarely seen among that board. The newly adopted budget projects $19.87million in revenue from all sources. Trustees also unanimously approved a total tax rate of $1.17184 per $100 valuation. That is a reduction from the old tax rate, a drop of more than 2 cents per $100 dollars in value.  Trustees narrowly approved a 2 % pay raise for teachers and professional staff plus a 2 ½ percent wage increase for maintenance personnel and paraprofessionals.

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Drought Getting Worse: At last report, all but three Texas counties have bans against open burning.  Now the National Weather Service is reporting lower humidity levels this weekend. While that makes it feel better outside, on the other hand it also means the danger of out of control fires will be higher than ever.  It’s the worst possible news for the county’s volunteer departments who are already hard pressed to deal with the growing number of fires created by these conditions.  Experts urge caution during any outdoor activities that could accidentally start a fire.  Avoid parking on dry grass or weeds.  Do not use welding or grinding equipment near grass or brush.  Do not toss cigarettes butts on the ground and when grilling outdoors, keep any heat source away from grass or shrubs.

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Cleveland Water Restrictions: The Stage 2 mandatory water restrictions are still in effect in the City of Cleveland, but those restrictions have been relaxed a bit.  The number of days allotted for significant water use has been expanded from one to two days a week.  Significant watering includes washing vehicles, filling swimming pools, ornamental fountains and ponds, as well as lawn watering.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.93 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 161 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24, 2011

DISD Bus Problems: All 9 News learned from callers some Dayton ISD students who ride the district's buses experienced delays in getting home on the first day of classes Monday.  DISD Superintendent Mike Kurht said those delays occurred on about 10 of the districts 52 bus routes. Describing the situation as unacceptable, Mr. Kurht assures the parents of Dayton students that the bus problem will be fixed. He said once the wrinkles get ironed out during the next few weeks, he believes parents will like the schools buses even better than last year. Dayton’s top school administrator said the district’s buses travel an average of about 2,500 route miles a day, add in  extracurricular activities and Dayton ISD buses can go 3,800 miles per day.

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School Numbers: Firsttotals are available from various Liberty County school districts.  Liberty ISD had 2,072 students Monday morning which is a slight drop from last year where the first day count was 2,078.  In Cleveland ISD, there were 3,477 students.  That’s up 10 students over the first day of school in 2010 when the total attendance in Cleveland ISD was 3,467.

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Hunt & Fish Expo: The Dayton Chamber will hold its second annual Hunting and Fishing Expo this Saturday both inside and outside the Dayton Community Center. Organizers say the expo gives area residents a chance to peruse a wide variety of items and services related to hunting and fishing. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. For information, call the Dayton Chamber at 936-257-2393.

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Coffee Talk: This month’s “Coffee with the City of Liberty” is tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 1829 Sam Houston. It’s a time period designated for residents to express concerns or ideas and to get answers to their questions from city leaders. Future meetings will be on the fourth Thursday of each month – also at 7:30 a.m. at Liberty City Hall.

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Obituaries: Annie Adline Barrow Gebhart, 92, of Saratoga. Service is 2 p.m. today at Rosedale Cemetery of Sour Lake. Octavia Fahring Stanley, 94, of Anahuac. Service is 11 a. m. Saturday at First Baptist of Anahuac. Dr. Philip Andrew Ward, 39, of Wallisville. Service is 2 p.m. Saturday at Maranatha Church in Mont Belvieu.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.93 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 160 TUESDAY AUGUST 23, 2011

Captured: The third of three suspects who fled from Liberty County sheriff’s deputies in the Moss Bluff area back on May 27 is now in custody. William Dale Perkins, age 40, was apprehended by the Harris County Sheriff’s Department late last week. Perkins, along with Chance Hunt, 20, and Christopher Treece, also 20, were suspects in a Galveston County theft when they fled from Liberty County deputies nearly three months ago. Hunt and Treece were captured days after they exited a vehicle and fled into that heavily wooded area near Moss Bluff. Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said all three are now facing evading arrest charges here.

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Tax-free Weekend: The state’s annual back-to-school, tax-free weekend ended at midnight Sunday, and local retailers we talked to say it was a good one for them. Several local retailers reported sales for last year’s back-to-school shopping weekend were just average but this year was better. The big complaint, both this year and last, is that the state’s sales tax holiday is the weekend before school starts. They said most folks just don’t wait until the last minute to get school clothes and supplies. 

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DISD Enrollment: Dayton school officials say first-day reenrollment was up 140 students from last year. On Monday, there were 4,770 students in Dayton schools compared to 4,630 on first day of 2010.

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Masons to Honor Howse: Liberty Masonic Lodge will hold its annual dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 1, to honor members of the local lodge and present this year’s community builder award. That award is the highest recognition a Texas lodge can give to a non-mason, and this year’s honoree is William “Trey” Howse III.

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Chamber Lunch: The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly noon luncheon is next Wednesday, August 31, at the Liberty Center. Speaker is U.S. Congressman Ted Poe. The $10 meal will feature chicken fajitas, rice and beans catered by Ken Owens. For reservations, call the Liberty-Dayton Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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Obituaries: William “Ken” Manning, 59, of Livingston. Service is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pace-Stancil in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.00 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 159 MONDAY AUGUST 22, 2011

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LISD Public Hearing: The Liberty ISD Board will hold a public hearing tomorrow night on the district’s proposed 2011-2012 tax rate. Liberty school officials are proposing a $19.79 million budget. It projects cuts in spending of $1.96 million from the current fiscal year budget ending August 31. As for the proposed property tax rate, Liberty school trustees say they will call for a total rate of $1.17184 per $100 valuation. That is a reduction from this year’s tax rate of $1.19510. The Liberty ISD board will meet tomorrow at 5:15 p.m. to tour district facilities before moving to the administration building on Grand Avenue at 6 p.m. for that tax rate hearing. The public is invited.

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Hoses for Heroes: Victims of a 2009 house fire have teamed up with friends to gather support for a major fundraiser to help Liberty Fire Department volunteers buy important gear. Steven and Debbie Dugger say that special event will be called Hoses for Heroes. It will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 10, at the Liberty Center in City Hall. Tickets are $50 each for the meal, drinks, and a dance. Those tickets are available in Liberty at Sterling Realty, Hebert Chevron Distributorship and the courthouse square Edward Jones Office of Steven Dugger.

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Chamber Banquet: The Liberty-Dayton Chamber Steak Dinner, Auction and 500 Drawing has been hailed a roaring success by organizers who say more than 700 steaks were served to the crowd gathered at the Dayton Community Center. One of the big parts of the night is the 500 Drawing. Big winner was Dayton City Manager David Douglas. His ticket was the 500th drawn for a prized Kubota RTV 4x4 valued at $15,995. Joe Oldham won the second biggest prize – the $500 gift card.

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No Cell Phone Zones: A law that went into effect in 2009 bans the use of handheld wireless communication devices while operating a vehicle within a school zone. H.B. 55 states that it is an affirmative defense to prosecution if calling for emergency response service or if the required signage banning the use of these devices is not posted. Those signs are posted in at least some of the school zones in the cities of Liberty, Cleveland, Tarkington, Devers, Hardin and Hull-Daisetta. However, Dayton does not have those signs. Nevertheless, it is always safer to put down the cell phone and keep your eyes on the road, especially in school zones where kids are nearby

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.97 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 158 FRIDAY AUGUST 19, 2011

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Dayton Dress Codes: The 2011 -2012 school year starts Monday and there have been some major changes to the student dress code at Dayton’s Middle School campuses, Nottingham and Woodrow Wilson. Principal of both campuses, Rita Gilmore said the more relaxed dress code reflects the district’s plan to focus on academics and less on side issues such as dress code. She said the only color shirts prohibited are red and blue, because of gang associations as well as any message or picture depicting violent, offensive, obscene or sexual information. To learn more about the dress code changes, go to www.kshn.com and click on the schools link.

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Sales Tax Holiday: It started early this morning and continues through midnight Sunday.  It’s the annual Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.  This period of time offers shoppers in Texas an opportunity to save when they purchase back to school clothing and supplies.  In addition, many retailers also offer special sales during this same period.  For a list of apparel and school supplies that are tax free, go to www.kshn.com and click on the Texas Comptroller’s link at the top of the page.

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Public Hearing: Liberty County will be holding two public hearings on their proposed tax rate of 0.56 cents per $100 of valuation. The public hearings will be in the county courtroom Tuesday morning August 23 and 30th both at 8:30 a.m. The public in encouraged to attend. 

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Drug Arrests: The Liberty County Sheriffs Department arrested five area residents on drug possession charges after serving a warrant at a home that was a target of a similar raid in late July.  Sheriffs Captain Rex Evans said the residents charged include Allen Bart Cook, Charles William Cook, Michael Lawson, Jana Henry and Desira Burden. Captain Evans, Spokesman for Sheriff Henry Patterson, said that most recent raid at the home in the north Cleveland area of far northwest Liberty County occurred Wednesday afternoon. So far in the six weeks the crime suppression unit has been in place, they have made more than 30 arrests, seized more than $25,000 and closed down 10 meth labs.

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Obituaries: Ulysses Semien, 70 of Dayton. Services tomorrow 11 am at Trinity Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.13 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 157 THURSDAY AUGUST 18, 2011

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LISD Budget Workshop: Liberty ISD Trustees held another budget workshop Tuesday with plans to adopt the district’s 2011-2012 budget and tax rate next Tuesday.  During that workshop, LISD Chief Financial Officer Margaret Lee told trustees the proposed budget would have $19.79 million in revenue from all sources. It projects a cut in spending of $1.96 million from the current fiscal year budget ending August 31. As to the proposed tax rate, Liberty School Trustees say they will call for a total rate of $1.17184 per $100 valuation. That’s a reduction from this year’s tax rate of $1.19510.

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Lake Livingston: With the water level at Lake Houston reported to be more than four feet below normal, that lake now looks very different and very sad. On the other hand, Lake Livingst6on is doing much better than most lakes in Texas. The amount of water being diverted to the Houston water supply is as high now as it has ever been.  According to Lake Livingston project manager Bill Holder, in spite of the Bayou City’s water shortage, the amount of water going to them from Lake Livingston is 1,000 cubic feet of water per second, equal to the most ever. He added much needed rainfall to the north of the lake has resulted in enough water to keep the lake level up, at least until now. The lake level is now about two feet below normal but is falling by an inch or two daily as the record breaking statewide drought continues.

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K-9 Backup: The City of Cleveland Police Department has an officer they’d like the opportunity to loan out.  Loco, a 2 ½ year old Belgian Malinois, is exclusively a narcotics dog.  Cleveland PD Captain Scott Felts said any other agency or private companies that may need their help, Loco and his partner, Officer Paul Young would be happy to help in the war on drugs. Loco is trained and certified by the National Narcotics Detection Dog’s Association.  For information, call Cleveland Police Captain Scott Felts, (281) 592-2621.

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Tomorrow night, 6:00 p.m. it’s the Liberty Dayton Chamber -Auction, Steak Dinner, and ‘500’ at the Dayton Civic Center.

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Obituaries: Walter Mallett, Jr., 75 of California - formerly from Raywood. Services tomorrow 10 a.m. Olive Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Hardin.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.16 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 156 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17, 2011

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Hwy 146 Ribbon Cutting: In August 2009, a ground breaking was held at the side of Highway 146 south in Dayton. Yesterday, a ribbon cutting was held at almost the same spot. The widening project is basically complete, with only some striping and signage to be completed.  TX Dot, county and city officials from both Dayton and Liberty were on hand.  The jointly held ribbon cutting of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce and the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce was along side the state roadway at the Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Dayton.

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Dayton City Council: Since Dayton City Council appointed Barbara Zaruba to fill the seat left open when Felix Skarpa was elected Dayton Mayor, the law prohibits another appointment within a 12 month period. Now, council must hold a special election for Ricky Brown’s replacement.  That special election would be held on Tuesday Nov. 8th in conjunction with a statewide constitutional amendment election.  Dayton Council is expected to call for that special election Aug. 29th.

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Burn Bans: The burn ban is now back on for Chambers County as well as Liberty County. That burn ban for Liberty County has been in place since February.  During that time, Chambers County Commissioners have enacted and canceled bans based on conditions there. As of yesterday, 249 out of 254 Texas counties have burn bans in place. According to the Texas Forest Service, the Keetch-Byram Index for both Liberty and Chambers Counties is now in the 600-700 range. Emergency management officials say anything over 600 on the K.B.D.I. is associated with severe drought and increased wildfire occurrence. Those officials say intense, deep-burning fire can be expected. 

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Chamber Tickets: There are still a handful of ‘500’ tickets available for Friday nights Liberty Dayton ‘500’ drawing, steak dinner and auction. The annual fundraising event will be held starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Dayton Civic Center ballroom. For tickets or information, call the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce at (936)336-5736.

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Obituaries: Donald J. Thibodeaux, 69 of Liberty. Services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.16 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 155 TUESDAY AUGUST 16, 2011

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Hurricane Season: It has been a relatively quiet hurricane season so far; however, hurricane predictions are that now is not the time to let down one’s guard. Since the 2011 hurricane season began on June 1, there have been seven named tropical storms in the Atlantic, but only one of those Tropical Storm Don, entered the Gulf of Mexico. The researchers at Colorado State University’s Hurricane Prediction Center are still projecting above average activity during the remainder of the season, which ends Nov. 30. The hurricane experts say there is a 70 % chance that at least one major hurricane will make landfall in the U.S. during the coming 3 ½ months. So, though it’s been quiet, now is the time to establish a family disaster plan, and put together your survival kit and evacuation plan.

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Water Supplies: We reported the City of Cleveland has implemented water use restrictions, but a check with other water suppliers around Liberty County shows no water restrictions are expected anywhere else at this time. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires water use to be restricted when a suppliers’ usage reaches 80% of their total capacity.  We have talked to folks at a number of Liberty County water districts and none report usage anywhere near that high.

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Kshn.com Hijacked: For those of our listeners, who also use our website, www.kshn.com listen up.  At some point Friday or Saturday, our website was hijacked by criminals who installed a virus. This virus was embedded into the computer code that allows our front page to operate. If you logged on anytime Friday into late Saturday your computer may have been infected. Once it’s infected, you should know it instantly. Randy Meche with Computer Solutions was able to find and remove the virus code late Saturday. The website has been alright since that time.

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Sales Tax Holiday: Another reminder, the very popular annual back to school sales tax holiday is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That three day period offers shoppers in Texas an opportunity to save money when they purchase back to school clothing and supplies.  Lists of apparel and school supplies that will be tax free can be found on the Texas Comptroller’s website, you can link there from our homepage at www.kshn.com

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.17 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 154 MONDAY AUGUST 15, 2011

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Red Light Cameras: The City of Dayton is discussing red light cameras. City Manager David Douglas said motorists are running red lights on Hwy 90 in great numbers, creating a dangerous situation and there have been conversations about installing “red light cameras”. He said so far it’s only at the conversation stage, but he added, he feels the automatic cameras would help. It is very controversial topic in Houston.

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Motion Denied: 75thDistrict Judge Mark Morefield denied a motion to have Assistant District Attorney Joe Warren removed from prosecuting three specific cases in a hearing held Friday. The motion, filed in early July by Attorney James Evans asked for the disqualification of the ADA from cases involving two of the 19 charged in the rape of an 11-year-old Cleveland girl. The other case was a burglary charge. Judge Morefield said in his order, the legislature allows the removal of county officials for three causes, incompetence, official misconduct or intoxication.  He went on to say that section of the government code allows district courts to remove elected officials only, and not those appointed or employed by elected officials. In a statement to KSHN Radio, District Attorney Mike Little said ADA Joe Warren continues in his capacity as assistant district attorney.

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Cleveland Water Restrictions: The City of Cleveland has implemented water use restrictions.  Residents of Cleveland with odd number addresses are now only allowed to water on Saturday’s while those with even number addresses water on Sunday. In addition, there are restrictions on washing vehicles and prohibition on washing sidewalks, driveway’s, homes and other structures.  For more information on the Cleveland water restrictions, go to www.kshn.com and click on the government link.  The Cleveland web page has a link available that explains the full restrictions.

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Judge Wilburn: Chambers County District Judge Carroll Wilborn has announced he will not seek another term as Judge of the 344th District Court when this term ends December 31st, 2012. When the 344th District Court was created totally for Chambers County, Carroll Wilborn was appointed by then Governor Mark White to head that new court. That post began in January 1983.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.19 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 153 FRIDAY AUGUST 12, 2011

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LHS Fish Camp: Next Tuesday from 8 am until 3 pm, incoming freshman at Liberty High School are invited to freshman orientation called “Fish Camp”.  Liberty High School Counselor Carol Seay said it’s an opportunity for 9th grade students to learn the ins and outs of high school from other high school students.  10th graders are holding orientation Wednesday at 10 am and juniors’ orientation will be Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m.  Then on Thursday, senior orientation is at 10 am. And on Friday, all students that missed their regular orientation can attend an orientation at 10 a.m.

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Rail Spur: The Liberty City Council Tuesday night entered into an inter-local agreement with the Liberty County Rural Rail District No. #1 to assist in negotiations with Union Pacific Railroad about the city buying the unused rail spur on the west side of town.  The City of Liberty has been in talks with the railroad off and one since 2006. Now City Manager Gary Broz said the three industries in South Liberty, Boomerang Tube, Interchem and Liberty Forge, all say they would benefit from rail service.  The Liberty County Rail District was created by commissioners several years ago to insure the county would have input in issues involving the railroad. City Manager Gary Broz said attorneys with the rail district might have a better chance with Union Pacific at acquiring the rail spur for the city.

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Federal Regs, and Hunger Buster:  The Liberty Hunger Busters program has ended it’s free summer meal program and volunteers say attendance was down significantly.  The federally funded program is operated by volunteers. Liberty County Extension Agent Alexis Cordova said FDA requirements changed this year, so meals could not be delivered. She said that change meant a lot of kids who needed meals, could not get to them.  Alexis Cordova said all the volunteers did a great job, but the Hunger Busters program served less than half as many meals to kids this summer as in 2010.

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Bus Drivers: The Dayton School District is accepting applications for bus drivers. For information, call 258-7993.

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Obituaries: David Wayne Rich, 63 of Liberty. Services 2p.m. Saturday at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.27 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 152 THURSDAY AUGUST 11, 2011

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Aggravated Robbery: Liberty Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Liberty Subway Sandwich Shop that happened Tuesday night. Liberty Police PIO Josh Cummins said it was just after 9 p.m. Tuesday when three armed men entered the Subway on Main Street and took an undetermined amount of cash.  The suspects, said to be black males were wearing all black clothing, gloves and pantyhose type stockings as masks. An employee was taken to the hospital, treated and released. Anyone with information is asked to call Liberty PD at 336-5666.

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Burnham Classic Winners: The 22nd Annual Burnham Classic Golf Tournament is history.  This year’s winners include: in the championship flight, first place was Kyle Edwards and Karl Cromwell. In the presidential flight, the team of Corey Romero and Tanner Lowe took home first. Moving to the first flight, first place went to Logan Pickett and Josh Cross. The third flight top spot went to Bryan Bell and Charlie Chapline. Finally, the fourth flight top golfers were Drew Burgoyne and David Burgoyne. We should have word soon from the Burnham’s on how much money was raised in the big annual fundraiser. 

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LCSO: The Liberty County Sheriffs Department is investigating two thefts over the weekend, one at a church, the other at a volunteer fire station. Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said a burglary at the Tarkington Prairie Church of Christ resulted in the loss of two 4-ton A/C units as well as the church’s stereo equipment. Then also on Saturday, deputies responded to a theft at the Woodpecker Volunteer Fire Department where thieves knocked security cameras off the building and cut the telephone lines before entering the building. Anyone with information about these two thefts, or other crimes, is asked to call 936-336-4500 or go to their website. You can access it by going to our webpage, www.kshn.com.

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Liberty Middle School: Liberty ISD Middle School Counselor Cami Jones said it’s important for students new to Liberty Middle School to know the campus dress code.  For all students, it’s jeans or slacks, and a belt.  The shirts are all polo type shirts with no logos, only in different colors for the different grades.  Sixth grade students wear white. Seventh graders are gray polos, and in 8th they wear black polo shirts, again, with no logos.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.30 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 151 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10, 2011

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners yesterday extended the burn ban that has now been in place for more than five months. Commissioners also voted to set the tax rate at the same as last year, $0.56 per $100 of assessed value.  Commissioners also heard a final report from Dennis Odell on the reimbursement from FEMA for Hurricane Ike expenses. He said the county has received 98.27 percent reimbursement of what been spent on clean up.  In addition, Odell also issued his last report on grants received by the county from 2009 through 2011. Those grants totaled more than $517,000.

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Jail A/C Down: The complete failure of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department air conditioning system resulted in inmates being evacuated from the county jail.  Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said it was around 3 p.m. Saturday when the a/c system failed.  He said the extreme heat was not only a danger to health, but also to the climate sensitive electronic equipment used in daily operations. Captain Evans said fans and window a/c units were used to keep the dispatch center adequately cooled. Maintenance personnel have been working steadily since early Sunday morning to repair the a/c system.  Captain Evans said estimates are the system may be up and running by Thursday at the earliest.

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Waco Street: Dayton City Manager David Douglas said the $1.4 million Waco Street drainage project is approaching completion.  He said this work will help get more of the standing water out of the Dayton underpass faster. However, it cannot solve power outages and when the power fails; the electric pumps for the underpass don’t work. Still, David Douglas said the new drainage work will mean a big difference to drainage in the area.

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Liberty Airport Work: On yesterday’s Radiogram we reported on the expansion of the Liberty Municipal Airport. We said TxDot crews are nearly finished with the dirt work, when in fact, that work has not yet begun. City Manager Gary Broz said they expect the dirt work to start very soon.

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Obituaries: Mary Malinda Goodsell, 94 of Anahuac. Services were Tuesday under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.32 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 149 MONDAY AUGUST 8, 2011

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Fitzgerald & Groce Want Evidence Excluded: Attorneys for former county judge Phil Fitzgerald and former Pct. 2 Commissioner Lee Groce, both facing federal fraud charges, have filed motions to have some evidence excluded from their September court cases.  According to legal documents filed by their attorneys in the Eastern U.S. District Court in Beaumont, the two former officials seek to prevent federal prosecutors from presenting information relating to their clients’ prior business activities. The attorneys say the accusations they want quashed have nothing to do with charges against their clients. Fitzgerald, Groce and Mark Miksch, Fitzgerald’s brother-in-law, are accused of illegally profiting from the debris removal contracts issued by the county after Hurricane Ike in 2008.

****************************************************Missing Boy Found: Many fire, EMS and law officers were called out at 9 p.m. Saturday to Tarkington Prairie to search for Travonte “Tray” Bogany, 8, who went missing near his home after a disagreement with his mother earlier in the day.  Asst. Chief Dalton Gregory of Tarkington VFD, called in Cypress Lakes, Cleveland and Hwy 321 fire depts. for additional equipment and manpower, along with the Liberty County Sheriffs Dept.  The young boy reportedly hid out in the woods near his home, returning after the search began in earnest. Asst.  Chief Gregory said the boy and his mother had a happy reunion.

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Tarkington Man Gored by Bull: Jack Gonzales, 51, was gored by a neighbor’s bull around 9 a.m. Sunday near Tarkington.  Gonzales was feeding cattle in his pasture on CR 2181 when he noticed the bull was in his pasture. He attempted to chase the bull away, but the animal attacked Gonzales and gored him in the thigh.  Despite his injury, Gonzales went to the bull’s owner to report what happened. Cassie Gregory of the Cleveland Advocate reports that the neighbor came along soon to retrieve the bull and found Gonzales passed out.  He was transported to Kingwood Hospital by Cleveland EMS in good condition and is now  recovering

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District Court Proceeding with E-Filing Records: District ClerkDonna Brown says a major new service, E-filing of documents in her office through Texas.com, is almost ready to begin. Her staff has undergone initial E-File training with more training to come before the service goes live on line.  For questions about the service call 936-336-4682.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.42 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 148 FRIDAY AUGUST 5, 2011

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Dayton Street Projects: The City of Dayton has some major street projects under way. Dayton City Manager David Douglas said the city currently is finishing a $1.1 million rehabilitation of old, brittle concrete sewer lines in the area of Main Street. The city also is working on renovations to 900 feet of drainage lines on Winfree Street. That is expected to last another 3 to 4 months. As for future street projects, Mr. Douglas said the city’s new budget will include $100,000 earmarked for seal coating those streets most in need of it. He said a standing committee of citizens and city officials will prioritize streets for that work.

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Hull-Daisetta ISD Rating: Hull-Daisetta ISD received an Academically Acceptable score on the recently released TEA 2011 School Accountability Ratings. That is a drop from last year’s Recognized status. Hull-Daisetta Superintendent Mary Huckabay said, despite that drop, the district improved on four out of the five subject areas on the state-mandated testing.

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Hunting, Fishing Expo: Dayton Chamber will hold its second annual Hunting and Fishing Expo on Saturday, August 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both inside and outside the Dayton Community Center. Organizers say it’s a chance to peruse a wide variety of vendors with items and services related to hunting and fishing. The Dayton Chamber is looking for sponsors and vendors for that event. For information, call 936-257-2393.

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Meet the Bobcats: The Hull-Dasietta Booster Club is sponsor-ing a “Meet the Bobcat” night August 12 at 7 near the stadium. They will serve free hot dogs, chips and drinks. There also will be a raffle for a sports pass. That event will include the Bobcats football and volleyball teams, the band, cheerleaders along with all of the other Hull-Daisetta supporters they can gather up.

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Correction: TVE Carnival Fun Passes are going on sale this Saturday at 8 a.m. at the TVE Fairgrounds. These passes are good for unlimited carnival rides throughout the TVE Fair from October 18-22. Yesterday, we misquoted the price – those fun passes actually are $80 each. We regret that error.

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Obituaries: Carlton Caruthers, 47, of Batson. Service is 10:30 a.m. today at Faith and Family Funeral Service of Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.33 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 147 THURSDAY AUGUST 4, 2011

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LISD Budget Workshop: Liberty ISD Trustees held a budget workshop Tuesday night with plans to hold another before adopting the district’s 2011-2012 budget on Tuesday August 16.  Based on preliminary budget numbers presented Tuesday night, LISD is reducing its overall budget by $1.3 million. The projected 2011-2012 LISD budget includes 304 employees. That’s down 7.9 percent from 330 educators and support staff last school year. That process began earlier this year when the district offered incentives for some to retire at the end of this past school year.  Then, in April, LISD trustees eliminated four more staff positions when their target number was not reached.

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Community Seminar: The Liberty County Juvenile Probation Department is hosting its 2011 community awareness seminar tomorrow from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Civic Center. Kelly Semien, a local Juvenile Probation officer, said this free seminar will provide valuable information for parents, guardians, educators and kids ages 10 and up.  Kelly Semien said it is the hope of those involved 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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Dayton New Student Registration: Registration for students new to the Dayton Independent School District continues today for elementary students and again August 11 through the 19th. Registration for new students at Nottingham Middle School and Woodrow Wilson Junior High is August 8th and 9th, and new Dayton High students register August 9th through 11th. All new student registration dates and times are available at the Dayton ISD website. Link there from www.kshn.com

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TVE Fun Passes: Here’s a surprise, the TVE Carnival Fun Passes are going on sale this Saturday at 8 a.m. at the TVE Fairgrounds. We learned from TVE Secretary Sandra Vogel, that the board of directors wanted to give fairgoers more time to make their purchase and chose to move the date up. These passes are good for unlimited carnival rides throughout the TVE Fair from October 18 through the 22nd. Price for fun passes is $75 each, and only 750 of these unlimited ride fun passes are sold each year.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.37 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 146 WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3, 2011

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Bomb Threat: Two calls to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, reporting there was a bomb at the Liberty County Courthouse prompted the evacuation around 8:45 yesterday morning. The courthouse remained closed and the roads around it blocked off for more than two hours.  Once a canine unit from the ATF along with two sheriff’s deputies finished searching the courthouse complex, the courthouse was reopened around 11 a.m. The sheriff’s department investigation into that bomb threat is ongoing.

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McDuffie Suit Dismissed: KSHN has confirmed that last Friday, Mrs. Emily McDuffie, dismissed her lawsuit against Liberty County in the death of her husband long time Sheriff’s Deputy Odell McDuffie, Jr. Representing Liberty County was Wes Hinch, Liberty County Attorney, and E.R. Norwood, as an outside trial attorney. In June of this year, Liberty County filed a motion to dismiss the claims in that suit. Mr. Norwood said as a matter of law, Mrs. McDuffie’s claims against the county were barred, under Texas law, because, at the time of his death, Deputy McDuffie was a full time employee of the county, and the county provided worker’s compensation benefits in keeping with Texas Labor Code. Rather than file a reply to the county’s motion, the suit was dropped by Mrs. McDuffie.

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More Behind Bars: The Liberty County Sheriffs Department is reporting still more of the county’s most wanted are in custody.  Sheriffs Captain Rex Evans said as of Monday, five on the ten most wanted list have been arrested, mostly in the past 72 hours. All of those arrested are said to have been wanted by law enforcement for some time.  Captain Evans said the arrests were the result of efforts by deputies working with citizens.

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Panther Football: Despite the intense summer heat, area high school football teams have begun practices in preparation for the upcoming football season. Liberty Coach Shane Deel said they are taking plenty of precautions, including lots of water, rest and shade. He also said their split practices end shortly after noon before the heat gets unbearable.

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Obituaries: Thelma Cole Morgan, 93 formerly of Dayton. Memorial service Friday 2 p.m. in the Old River Baptist Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.39 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 145 TUESDAY AUGUST 2, 2011

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New Tax Collector/Assessor: After and hour and 45 minutes in closed session, Liberty County Commissioners on a 3-2 vote, named Ricky Brown, 57 of Dayton as the interim Liberty County Tax Assessor/Collector. The first nomination came from Commissioner Melvin Hunt who nominated current Tax Assessor/Collector Chief Deputy Doris Jones. That motion was seconded by Commissioner Todd Fontenot.  The two votes against Doris Jones were from Commissioners Charlotte Warner and Norman Brown with Liberty County Judge Craig McNair breaking the tie with his no vote. Commissioner Norman Brown nominated Ricky Brown, Charlotte Warner seconded that motion.  Commissioners Fontenot and Hunt voted against that motion, and again Judge McNair broke the tie with his yes voted. Ricky Brown, former president of Capital Farm Credit – Dayton Office, and current Dayton City Council member, was sworn into office at the conclusion of the commissioner’s court meeting. Also immediately following the meeting, Chief Deputy Doris Jones filed her retirement papers, effective July 31st.

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Water Levels Good: While drought conditions continue to worsen across the state, Liberty County remains in better shape than other areas. We have reported that while water usage is up in the cities of Liberty and Dayton, neither city is having trouble providing water for their citizens. Liberty City Manager Gary Broz said there is no need to begin any type of water conservation in the city, but a written plan is prepared if the situation changed.  Dayton City Manager David Douglas said his city is continuing to monitor the situation, but no water rationing is anticipated at this time.

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Burn Ban Still in Effect: Just a reminder, in spite of the rainfall we received this past week, conditions in Liberty County remain too dry to lift the months-long ban against outdoor burning. The ban is for the unincorporated areas of Liberty County.  A violation of the burn ban in Liberty County is punishable by fines of up to $500.

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Nixle: Tropical Storm Don was a reminder that we are in hurricane season.  Now is an excellent time to sign up for the countywide notification system called Nixle. Go to www.kshn.com and the Nixle link is on our front page.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.42 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 144 MONDAY AUGUST 1, 2011

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School Ratings: The Texas Education Agency’s 2011 Accountability Ratings were released Friday afternoon. The top academic rating the state gives is Exemplary followed by Recognized then Academically Acceptable with the lowest TEA rating Academically Unacceptable. Five area school districts are second best at Recognized. That includes Devers and Hardin in Liberty County. All three school districts in Chambers County also are recognized – Anahuac, East Chambers and Barbers Hill ISD. The other five school districts in Liberty County – Liberty, Dayton, Cleveland, Tarkington and Hull-Daisetta – all received Academically Acceptable ratings.

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McClelland On Hold: Mark McClelland announced his intentions to retire as Liberty County Tax Assessor-Collector more than five weeks ago. That retirement was to take effect last Friday; however, he was still on the job this morning. Why? During those five-plus weeks, Liberty County Commissioners failed to name his successor. We are told that without someone sworn into that office, the doors can not open. Mr. McClelland said he would not allow that to happen to the citizens of Liberty County. So, he will forego retirement – without pay – until commissioners court swears in a state-bonded successor. Commissioners are set to meet on this issue this morning at 8:30.

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Local Honored: Tommy Willcox of Wallisville, longtime member of the Chambers County Public Hospital District #1 Board, was honored Friday in Fort Worth with a prestigious statewide award. Mr. Willcox was presented with the Texas Healthcare Trustees’ “Founders Award”. That is the highest honor bestowed for hospital trustee leadership in Texas.  

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Junior Olympian: Matthew Oubre of Dayton took the silver medal finishing second in shot put at the USATF Junior Olympics this past Friday. Matthew’s father, Todd Oubre, said his teenage son’s performance should be good enough to improve his national ranking to about third. On Thursday, Matthew took fourth place in the national discuss finals for which he also qualified at the Junior Olympics.

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Obituaries: Mildred Hebert, 86, of Ames. Service is Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church.  

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,500 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.68 ASL*

 

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