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November 2011

VOLUME 26, NO. 226 WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2011

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BURN BAN BACK IN EFFECT

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More Filings: The filing period for candidates who want to be on the Republican or Democratic Party primary election ballots started Monday and continues through December 16th.  Only one candidate signed up to run in the March primary yesterday. That is police officer John Joslin who filed to run for Precinct #6 constable.  That office is currently held by democrat Royce Wheeler, who has also filed for a new term.

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Help For Foster Kids: Each holiday season, members of the Liberty County Child Welfare board gets together to help raise money to give kids in the foster care system a little more than what is budgeted for their care through the state, like class rings, prom dresses, maybe a band instrument or braces.  In addition, it also helps the foster family’s buy the gift the kids in the foster care system really want for Christmas. For information on how you can help, contact any member of the Liberty County Child Welfare Board or Liberty County CPS.

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Good Citizen Award: Six Liberty County High School students have been honored as Good Citizens by the Libertad Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. This year’s good citizen from Dayton is Emily Waddell. From Liberty, the honoree is Jake Vaught.  From Tarkington, the good citizen chosen is Priscilla Cuellar. From Hardin the designee is Sadie Mayes. From Cleveland, the DAR good citizen winner is Caroline Cook. The sixth good citizen is Hull-Daisetta’s Stephanie Gobert.

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County Christmas: The holiday fun continues tomorrow night as the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Country Christmas celebration moves to Dayton.  Country Christmas is free to everyone, made possible by the chamber and their sponsors. The illuminated parade begins around 6p.m. followed by hot chocolate, cookies, pictures with Santa, a snow area, wagon rides and live entertainment.  All those activities are at the Dayton Community Center on south Cleveland Street.

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Obituaries: James R. Sullenger, 75 of New Mexico.  No local services planned.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,200 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.37 ASL*

 

VOLUME 26, NO. 225 TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

Search: Liberty County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating 33 year old Larry Tullos. He is wanted for providing alcohol to minors, in connection with an investigation of an alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl during a party at the home of a Cleveland ISD Trustee. Anyone with information on Larry Tullos is asked to call their local law enforcement agency or the sheriff’s office at 936-336-4500.

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Candidate Filings: Monday began candidate filing for office in the March Party Primaries.  For the office of sheriff,  Incumbent Henry Patterson signed up with opposition from now JP #1 Bobby Rader. Wes Hinch filed for a second term as co. attorney. Interim Tax Assessor Collector Ricky Brown filed for a full 4-yr. term. Herbert Oreschnigg, of Liberty filed as a Republican for Pct #1 Co. Commissioner. Pct #1 Constable Tim Allison runs the 1st. time in the GOP. He faces opposition from A. W. Bowdon.  Pct #3 Constable Danny Frankum switches to the GOP to run for re-election. He’s challenged in the Republican primary by Deputy Sheriff Tommy Koen. Pct. #4 Constable  Chad Pafford seeks a second term but faces Robbie Thornton, Jr. a Dayton Police officer in the primary. Pct. #5 Constable L.W. DeSpain runs again, but this time as a Republican. For district attorney on the GOP ticket, is now Asst. Co. Attorney Karen McNair. On the Democratic side, 3-incumbents filed Monday.  They’re Pct. #3 Co. Comm. Melvin Hunt, Pct. #2 Constable Les Hulsey & Pct. #6 Constable Royce Wheeler. Yesterday was the 1st day filing for the March Primary vote which ends 12/16/11.

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Medicare Part D: Open enrollment period for the Medicare Part D prescription plan as well as the extra help in paying for that program is going on right now.  Kim Richard with the Beaumont Office of Social Security said the enrollment period ends Dec. 7th. You can learn more about the programs offered by the State of Texas online by going to www.211texas.org.

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Dayton FD: The Dayton VFD is selling Christmas trees to raise money for equipment. The fresh cut trees are from $30 to $85. Buy trees at the Dayton VFD behind Jack in the Box. Volunteers are on hand from about 10 a.m. until well into the evening hours.

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Obituaries: Retired Texas Ranger Johnny Ray “Poppy” Smith, Sr. 72 formerly of Liberty. Visitation tomorrow from 3 to 7 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 224 MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011

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

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Dayton Bows Out: The Dayton Broncos playoff run came to an end on Friday when the state-ranked Manvel Mavericks topped the Broncos 45-10 in a regional contest. The charges of first-year Head Coach Jowell Hancock finished the year 9-4 overall. Also Friday night, Tatum beat East Chambers 45-7 in Class 2A. Then in the Class 3A playoffs, Coldspring topped Lorena 13-7.

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Jingle Bell Ball: Liberty Elks Lodge is gearing up for its sixth annual Jingle Bell Ball on Saturday, Dec 10. The fun-filled holiday program benefits physically and mentally challenged children, teenagers, adults and their families. In preparation, organizers are registering special-needs participants as well as soliciting volunteers and sponsors. For a participant registration form or to volunteer and/or sponsor the Jingle Bell Ball, call Margie Powell at 936-334-3678

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VB Awards: Nine Tarkington Lady Longhorns and their coach have been named to the All-District 22-3A Volleyball Team. They are joined by five Liberty Lady Panthers and five Cleveland Lady Indians. Tarkington Coach Denise Johnson was selected Coach of the Year by her peers. Lady Longhorn Rachel Sharp was the District 22-3A Most Valuable Player.

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Top Tree Farm: The Texas Forestry Association recently presented Dr. Jerry and Mary Marcontell with the “2011 Texas Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year” Award for what the organization calls excellent management of their tree farm near Rye here in Liberty County.

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Obituaries: Thomas Miksch, 77, of Moss Hill. Funeral service is 10 a.m. today at Hardin United Methodist Church.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 223 WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011

Cleveland Arrests: Three people have been arrested and charged with making a false report or statement in connection with the most recent allegations of rape in Cleveland. They are brother and sister 19 year old Kyle and 17 year old Rachel Lewis, and Nicol Lofton age 18 of Humble. 

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Vote Recount: The votes in the Dayton City Council Election have been recounted, and again, Anita Brown has won that election. Monday night, Dayton city council members heard from City Attorney Randy Gunter about a rather obscure statute in state law that allows cities to be more restrictive in their home rule charters than the state of Texas in all areas but one, prior employment nepotism rules.  With that, it was determined that if the vote counts held, Anita Brown could be sworn in as a city council member with out jeopardizing the job of her sister in law, Amanda Wilson.

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Indictment: Accused of running down and killing Dayton teen Charlie Gore, age 15, April 16th, 2011, the Grand Jury has officially indicted Michael Linkinholker for the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and causing an accident resulting in personal injury or death. Linkinholker has been released on bond.

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners voted yesterday, 3-2 to move ahead with plans to purchase a $400,000 piece of property on which to locate the new emergency shelter.  Commissioners Norman Brown and Charlotte Warner voted in favor and Commissioners Todd Fontenot and Melvin Hunt voted against.  Liberty County Judge Craig McNair broke the tie with his vote in favor.  Commissioner Fontenot voiced his concern that the county was spending even more money while a piece of property they already owned, the old Wal-Mart building was not going to be used. Commissioner Hunt said he was voting against it because he felt it would cost the county too much to staff and maintain a new building.

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Obituaries: Olena Semien, 81 of Ames. Services Friday 10 a.m. at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. Benny D. Lloyd Sr. 54 ofChannelview. Graveside services Friday 2 p.m. Moss Hill Cemetery. Louis Meche, 92 of Devers. Services today 10 a.m. Immaculate Conception Church in Liberty.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 222 TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

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Little Decides: District Attorney Mike Little announced yesterday he will not run again for the position he has held since 1983. Mike Little said a number of factors played a part in his decision, but mostly, he felt it was time. DA Mike Little said he is not retiring, just changing careers. He is not sure what comes next but he has some ideas he chose not to discuss at this time. Mike Little said he will step down as D.A. after his current term expires on December 31st, 2012. To date, only one candidate has announced their intention to run for that office, Assistant Liberty County Attorney Karen McNair.

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CASA Honors Otto: State Rep. John Otto recently was presented the “Big Voice for Little Texans” award by Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates and by CASA Volunteer leaders from around the Lone Star State. The organization says this award is reserved for those legislators who made abused and neglected children a priority during the legislative session.

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Closed For Thanksgiving: Thursday is Thanksgiving and the Liberty County Courthouse will close at noon Wednesday and remain closed until Monday. All city offices in Liberty, Dayton and Cleveland will be closed Thursday and Friday.  There will not be any trash pickup in those three cities on Thursday. Garbage service will run on Friday. All banks and post offices will close Thursday but will reopen Friday.

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Lions Club Flags: This is the 15th year the Liberty Lions Club has put flags in front of homes, businesses and offices across the City of Liberty. For $35 a year, Lions Club volunteers will put flags in front of your home or business on each of several patriotic holidays a year, and then take them up again for storage. To learn more about this program, contact any Liberty Lions Club member.

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No Coffee: The November “Coffee with the City of Liberty” will not be held this week because of Thanksgiving. Held on the fourth Thursday of each month, it’s a time set aside for residents of Liberty to express concerns, share ideas and get answers to their questions from city leaders. Future “Coffee with the City of Liberty” meetings will take place on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 a.m. in council chambers.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 221 MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2011

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Rape Allegation: Liberty County Sheriff’s Department is investigating allegations of sexual assault of a teenage girl during a party at the home of Cleveland ISD Board President Lloyd Lewis. Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said Mr. Lewis and his wife were out of town when the alleged assault took place; however, their kids apparently were throwing a party in their parents’ absence. Most of the kids at that party are said to Cleveland ISD students. Captain Evans said some of those present are not cooperating with the investigation. A rape kit and other evidence were collected, and the DPS Crime Lab is testing that evidence. Any charges are pending, based on those results and the ongoing investigation.  

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Dayton Election Recount: The City of Dayton will take its first step tomorrow morning toward resolving issues related to vote counts and nepotism that were raised by the Nov. 8 Special Election. Council will hold a ballot recount at 8 a.m. tomorrow in Dayton City Council Chambers. If the results are confirmed, the winning candidate – Anita Brown – will have the option of being sworn in as a member of council. City Attorney Randy Gunter said because Brown’s brother, Leon Wilson, is married to Dayton Community Center Director Amanda Wilson, being sworn in would appear to violate the City Charter’s nepotism rule. If Ms. Brown takes the oath of office, that would force Amanda Wilson to resign or be fired. City officials continue to look for ways to resolve that issue.

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Standoff: Marcus Roe, 24, of Dayton has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly firing shots at an Entergy Power Company employee Friday morning. That led to a standoff with law enforcement officers on C.R. 450, just of FM 1409 south of Dayton. Marcus Roe remains in Liberty County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

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Dayton Football: The Dayton Broncos advanced to the Regional round of the state playoffs after defeating the Magnolia-West Mustangs 41-23 this past Saturday night. Now, the 9-3 Broncos face the undefeated Manvel Mavericks at 12-0. That game kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday in Deer Park.

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Obituaries: Ashley Ann Nicole Etress, 21, of Dayton. Service 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil in Dayton.  

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VOLUME 26, NO. 220 FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

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Police Station: In 2008, Hurricane Ike all but destroyed the Liberty Police Department, prompting the city to move operations into temporary buildings on the site of the Liberty Fire Department on Lakeland Drive. The plan all along was to eventually build a new police station. Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett said they are now in the process of moving ahead. The new police station is expected to cost right at $2.5 million, however, the city is going to get about $1 million in disaster funds to be used to offset some of the cost. Mayor Pickett said, hopefully, there could be a ground breaking as early as next summer.

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LISD Audit: Liberty ISD Trustees were presented with the 2010-2011 annual audit Tuesday.  The auditor provided the district with what is called an unqualified opinion, meaning the district’s records are complete and include accurate disclosures. At the end of the 2010-2011 fiscal year the district’s general fund balance totaled $3.926 million.

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Dayton Football: Today is the last chance to get advance tickets for tomorrow night’s Dayton playoff football game against Magnolia West. Those tickets are on sale today from 8 to 4 at the Dayton ISD Administration Building on Cherry Creek Road. The Broncos take on the Mustangs tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Galena Park. For those who can’t make it to the game, KSHN and kshn.com will broadcast the game with a pre-game starting at 6:50 tomorrow evening.

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Lost Arts: Each Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., the Lost Arts Group meets at the Liberty Library to learn, teach and discuss those arts, such as crocheting and other hand crafting, that with modern life, are quickly going by the wayside. Anyone is welcome to attend, no talent required. For information call the Liberty Municipal Library, at 336-8901.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 219 THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

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Two Plead in Cleveland Rape: Very little information is available due to the age of the defendants, but County Attorney Wes Hinch confirmed two of the six underage boys entered pleas in the case of the sexual assault of an 11 year old Cleveland girl in November of last year.

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Votes and Nepotism: Dayton City Manager David Douglas said vote tally sheets from the November 8th election show two different totals, varying by more than 100 votes. He said they hope to be able to hold a recount on Friday. In addition, nepotism issues have come up with the winner of that election, Anita Brown.  Mrs. Brown’s sister-in-law is Amanda Wilson, Director of the Dayton Community Center. While state law allows Mrs. Wilson to work for the city as long as her employment predates Mrs. Brown’s election, Dayton Home Rule Charter is apparently more restrictive.

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Temporary Lifting of Burn Ban: Liberty County Judge Craig McNair has authorized a temporary lifting of the countywide ban against open burning. That is from 7 a.m. today through 9 a.m. Tuesday November 22nd at which time county commissioners will evaluate the current conditions. Remember this lifting of the burn ban is only temporary. A person is still liable for any damages or costs caused by negligent behavior while burning.

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Karen McNair Running for DA: Assistant County Attorney Karen McNair has announced she is a candidate for the office of Liberty County District Attorney in the March 6th, 2012 primary as a republican. Current DA Mike Little has not decided whether he will run again for the office he has held since 1983.

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Protecting Children: Child predators has dominated national news in the past two weeks.  Two questions on many people’s minds are how can you recognize a child predator and how to parents protect their kids. The Rev. Ted Smith, with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Liberty, said his congregation is offering a communitywide educational program to help answer these questions. It is a free program, called Safeguarding God’s Children, from 9 am until 10:30 at the church.  Organizers ask those attending to pre-register so they will have enough materials. To sign up call (936) 334 2859.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 218 WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

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Sentencing: Nelson Hernandez was found guilty on Monday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. That guilty verdict is in a case from last May, where Hernandez and two others are said to have shot into the home of then Prison Warden Wilhelmina Howard. Tuesday morning, the same jury that found the 25 year old Dayton man guilty, sentenced him to 17 years in prison. Two others, Nelson Hernandez brother Henry, age 19, and Larry Galloway have yet to stand trial in that shooting.

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Dayton Noon Lions: The annual Dayton Noon Lions Club Radio Auction is tomorrow night and again Saturday at KSHN Radio.  The fundraiser helps the local service club raise money for their many ongoing charitable efforts.  To donate items for the auction call (936) 336-0583 or (936) 258-2233. Listen to 99.9 tomorrow night from 6 to 9 p.m. and again Saturday morning from 9 till noon to get a jump start on your holiday shopping and help some great folks at the same time.

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Tarkington Volleyball Play Offs: The Tarkington Lady Longhorns have made it to the Class 3-A State Volleyball Semi-Finals. The Tarkington girls play Friday afternoon in San Marcos to determine who will go on to the state 3-A title game Saturday afternoon, also in San Marcos.

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Veterans Stories: There are still openings available for local veterans of all branches of the U.S. military to tell their stories for preservation this Saturday at the Liberty County Courthouse. Members of the Texas Court Reporters Association will be there to record stories from veterans who served in combat and non-combat roles either in a war zone or stateside. The mission is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American wartime veterans so that future generations may hear directly from those who served to better understand the realities of war.  To schedule a time to give your history, contact Jo Anne Leger at (936) 334-3210 or (281) 622-5219.

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Obituaries: Erik Brondell Boriths, 26 of Mont Belvieu. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Walter Williams Kincaid, Sr., 85 of LaPorte. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Faith and Family Funeral Service in Batson.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 217 TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

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Deer Hits Bus: It was just before 7:30 yesterday morning when a deer ran into the side of Hardin ISD Bus 31. That impact caused some of the bus’ windows to shatter. The flying glass struck near-by students. For precautionary reasons, three kids were transported to local hospitals. School Superintendent Bob Parker said those three Hardin students were all treated and released within an hour. All the other students on that bus were taken on to their school campus.

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Broncos Tickets: Tickets are on sale now for this Saturday’s area round play off game between the Dayton Broncos and Magnolia West Mustangs.  Presale tickets are $4 for students, $6 for adults at the Dayton ISD Administration building on Cherry Creek in Dayton through 4 p.m. Friday. All tickets at the gate Saturday night will be $8.

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Trees!: A most entertaining holiday season display in Dayton is the Christmas Trees in the foyer of the Dayton Community Center. The display for the public is put on by business, churches, organizations, service clubs and individuals all vying to see who can be the most original in decorating a tree. Amanda Wilson, Facility Director for the Community Center said set up of the trees can begin November 28th with deadline for entry of December 16. For those that would like to put up a decorated Christmas Tree there is a $100 entry fee with proceeds used for toys, school supplies, jackets hats and bikes for needy children.  For information call 258-6630.

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Sales Tax: Sales tax payments to cities in Liberty County were mixed in November with an increase for seven cities. However, Liberty, Cleveland, and Kenefick saw a monthly dip in sales tax collections. Countywide, payments for the year are still up a total of 9.97 percent. All across Texas, sales tax income increased 15.9 percent. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said it is the 19th straight month that sales tax revenues have gone up across the Lone Star State. 

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Cancer Screening: San Jacinto Methodist Hospital is offering free cervical screenings Thursday at the Liberty Center. The screenings are from 9-noon with patients scheduled every 10 minutes. For more information, call (281)420-8557.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 216 MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

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Election Changes: Here’s important information related to the upcoming March primary elections and sign-up dates for those interested in filing to run in those primaries. A three-judge panel in San Antonio recently rejected the state-drawn redistricting maps. As a result, the filing period for the March 2012 primary elections has been both condensed and pushed back. The earliest date for candidates to file is now Monday, November 28, extending through Thursday, December 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also, in Liberty County, voting will be a jointly held Republican and Democrat primary election on March 6, 2012. Republican candidates should file at Lee Chambers Law Office, 1821 Trinity in Liberty. Those running in the Democrat primary will file at Nancy Archer’s home, 2232 Cos Street in Liberty. The cell phone number for Republican Party Chair Ken Coleman is 713-304-7406. Democrat Party Chair Nancy Archer can be reached at cell number 936-776-9561.

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Broncos Advance: In a cliff-hanger, Dayton defeated Port Neches-Groves 36-31 in this past Saturday’s bi-district playoff football game. Now, the Broncos face the Magnolia West Mustangs in the area round. That match-up is this Saturday at 7 p.m. in Galena Park. For those who can’t be there, that Dayton versus Magnolia West playoff game will be broadcast on KSHN and kshn.com. Pre-game with Larry Wadzeck and Oran Hamilton begins about 6:50 this Saturday night.

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Tarkington to State:  The Tarkington Lady Longhorns volleyball team has advanced to the Class 3-A state tournament semi-finals to be held this Thursday through Saturday at Texas State University in San Marcos. Tarkington will play the Abilene Wylie Lady Bulldogs in one semi-final while Lovejoy and Sinton face-off in the other. The winners advance to the state Class 3-A title game on Saturday.

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Lions Radio Auction: The annual Dayton Noon Lions Club Radio Auction is this coming Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and again Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon on KSHN FM 99.9. The fundraiser helps the local service club raise money for its many community projects. It’s also a fun way for listeners to do some early holiday shopping. Tune in to KSHN Radio this Thursday evening and Saturday morning to call in your bids.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 215 THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011

Election Results: In addition to Tuesday’s statewide constitutional amendment election, the City of Dayton held a special election to fill a council seat left vacant by Ricky Brown’s appointment as Interim County Tax Collector. Unofficial totals show Anita Brown the winner with 304 votes to her opponent, Danny Jones’ 181 votes. The Dayton ballot also included a non-binding referendum asking residents their opinion on the installation of red light cameras. Dayton voters unofficially said “no” with 347 against, and 152 votes for.

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Veterans Memorial Highway: About 50 people, mostly veterans, were on hand for the official renaming dedication ceremony for the Hwy 146 bypass in Liberty.  It is now officially the Veterans Memorial Highway. Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett presented a proclamation declaring Wednesday as Veterans Memorial Highway Day. He gave the proclamation to WW2 veteran Mike Ripkowski, member of the celebrated Ripkowski family. Mike Ripkowski said on behalf of all veterans, it would be a pleasure to drive down the road and see the sign naming that section of roadway in their honor.

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Statewide Constitutional Amendments:  Across the state of Texas, all but three of the constitutional amendments passed voter approval, however in Liberty County, voters said “no” to all but two.  In Liberty County Proposition 1 and Proposition 9 gained voter approval.  Proposition one allows a tax break be passed along to the surviving widow of a veteran and Proposition 9 authorizes the governor to pardon a person who completes deferred adjudication.

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Trial: Testimony began Tuesday for a Dayton man, Nelson Hernandez, age 25, said to have been involved in a shooting incident at the Plane State Jail and Henley Prison Unit in May 2010. Hernandez is one of three men accused of firing automatic weapons at the home of prison warden, at that time, Wilhelmina Howard on CR #686.

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Obituaries: Wilmuth Eunice Boothe McCreight, 91 of Moss Hill. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Elmer Ray Thornton, 77 of Liberty. No services are planned. George Clifford Griffin, 89 of Silsbee. Graveside services today 10 a.m. in Guedry Cemetery in Batson.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 214 WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2011

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Commissioners Court: Liberty County Commissioners yesterday again extended the ban against outdoor burning in Liberty County.  While there was some discussion on a temporary lifting of the ban, if weather conditions allow in the future, at this time the ban remains in place. In other action, commissioners approved the report from County Treasurer Kim Harris, where in, she pointed out what most already knew. The general fund balance from September 2010 to September 2011 has dropped by some $5 million dollars. Commissioners also accepted, for review, two proposals for the operation and management of the Liberty County Jail.  One proposal was from the current contractor, Community Education Centers and the other from LaSalle Corrections. That company manages facilities in both Texas and Louisiana. County Auditor Harold Seay said, regardless of what provider is eventually chosen commissioners should plan on paying more then they do now.

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Veteran Stories: Saturday November 19th, members of the Texas Court Reporters Association and the Liberty County Bar Association will be at the Liberty County Courthouse to record stories from local veterans.  It’s an opportunity for veterans of all branches of the U.S. Military to tell their stories for preservation. Jo Anne Leger is a court reporter for Judge Chap Cain’s 253rd District Court. She also serves as President of the Texas Court Reporters Association. She said they will be taking stories from local veterans who served in combat and non-combat roles in a war zone or here stateside. If they want, veterans may also submit memoirs, collections of original photographs, letters, diaries and other related historical documents. To schedule a time to give your veteran history, call (936) 334-3210 or (281) 622-5219.

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Veterans Day: Friday is Veterans Day and all banks and post offices will be closed for the holiday.  The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty, Dayton and Cleveland will also close Friday. Waste Management Garbage service will not pick up on Friday. Trash will be picked up on the next scheduled service day in all three towns.

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Obituaries: Rebel Wayne Deville, 50 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 213 TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2011

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Winfree Street: Dayton City Manager David Douglas said the Winfree Street project which began in July of this year, is in fact, nearing completion. He said city crews should be finished with the project in early December.  David Douglas said city crews would be bringing the project in at a savings of about $200,000 over the lowest contractors bid and the job is being completed faster.

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Wreck Victim: The Department of Public Safety has now identified the victim of Saturday afternoon’s fiery motor home accident on U.S. 90 south of Cleveland. DPS Trooper Erik Burse said the man who died in that accident is 70-year-old Alvoyd Osborne of Point Blank. That city is in San Jacinto County on the edge of Lake Livingston.

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Fire Sub-Station: The new Liberty Fire Department Sub-station south of Highway 90 is now about 30 days from completion. Liberty City Manager Gary Broz said crews began site work yesterday on the $208,000 unmanned station.  While it is designed to be added to when needed, right now it would house equipment only.

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Jingle Bell Ball: Liberty Elks Lodge is gearing up for its sixth annual Jingle Bell Ball on Saturday, Dec. 10.  The fun filled holiday program benefits physically and mentally challenged children, teenagers, adults and their families. In preparation, organizers are registering special-needs participants as well as soliciting volunteers and sponsors. For more information, contact Margie Powell at (936) 334-2678.

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Beaves Blood Drive: Liberty County Sheriff’s Department and Life Share Blood Center are teaming up for a blood drive this Friday to help a local deputy constable who was injured last month in the line of duty. Sheriff’s Captain Rex Evans said Friday’s blood drive will benefit Precinct 2 Deputy Constable Greg Beaves. He was injured in Oct. during an on-duty motorcycle accident in Devers. The blood drive is Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Liberty County Jail Administration Office, 2400 Beaumont Ave. Liberty.  That’s the building furthest east in the jail complex. No appointment is needed, just drop by and give the gift of life.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 212 MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2011

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Fiery Wreck: A 70-year-old man died in a fiery motorhome accident Saturday on U.S. 59 in Liberty County. DPS Trooper Erik Burse said the man’s vehicle left the roadway and struck some trees, catching fire when some on-board propane tanks exploded. The trooper said attempts by witnesses to pull the unconscious man from the fiery recreational vehicle were unsuccessful because of his large size and the fire. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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Election: Texans will go to the polls tomorrow to decide the fate of 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Locally, voting is consolidated to five locations based on the precinct number found on your voter registration card. For more information, call the Liberty County Clerk’s Office at 936-336-4670. Also tomorrow, Dayton residents will be voting at Dayton City Hall in a special election to fill one unexpired council seat. The City of Dayton ballot also contains a non-binding resolution asking voters their opinion on installing red light cameras. Polls will be open tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Football Scores: The regular 10-game football season came to an end over the weekend with Dayton, Barbers Hill and Cleveland advancing to the playoffs. The Dayton Broncos defeated C.E. King 48-21. Coldspring beat Liberty 68-13. It was West Sabine over Hull-Daisetta 63-34. East Chambers stuck it to Warren 55-13. Cleveland pounded Tarkington 70-12 while Crosby toppled previously unbeaten Barbers Hill 35-28. Playoff Information: The Dayton Broncos face Port Neches-Groves in bi-district football playoff action this Saturday night at 7 in “Butch” Thomas Stadium in Beaumont. Advance tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students. All tickets at the gate Saturday will be $6. KSHN and www.kshn.com will broadcast all of the Dayton Broncos playoff games. Also in the playoffs is Barbers Hill. The Eagles meet Beaumont Ozen this Friday night at 7:30 in Eagle Stadium in Mont Belvieu. All Barbers Hill playoff games can be heard on kshn.com. When the Eagles’ game time does not conflict with Dayton games, Barbers Hill playoff action will also be broadcast on KSHN Radio.    

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Obituaries: Delbert Wayne Stark, 72, of Rye. Service is 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at Houston National Cemetery (F&F).

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VOLUME 26, NO. 211 FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2011

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Nugent Trial Reset: The murder trial of man charged in the death of his 2-year-old daughter will no longer take place next week. Gerald Nugent is charged with allegedly inflicting injuries that lead to the death of his child, Brook Glyn Nugent, back in 2007. No new trial date has been set so far.

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Dayton Library Book Sale: The Dayton Library will hold its annual fund-raising Book Sale today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dayton Community Center. According to volunteer Wanda Crayton, there will be thousands off books priced from 50 cents to $3.

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Prop 2: There are 10 proposed amendments to the state constitution on the November 8 election ballot. One of the most discussed is Prop 2, which would extend the cap on the state’s ability to issue low-interest water development loans to municipalities. These loans would fund local projects with local dollars. State Rep. John Otto of Dayton said, during the history of this program, state taxpayers have never had to pay back a water loan because no local entity has ever defaulted.

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Veterans Breakfast: The LHS Fine Arts Department will honor military veterans on Memorial Day, Friday, November 11, with a breakfast social in the high school special events room. Veterans and their families are invited to the high school for breakfast from 7:15 to 7:45. That will be followed by posting of colors for all branches of service and a short program.

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Football: It’s the final night of the regular gridiron season for area teams. Dayton and Barbers Hill already have qualified for the playoffs. Hull-Daisetta can earn a spot with an 18-point win tonight. As for Liberty, they need a lot of help to reach post season. KSHN FM 99.9 and www.kshn.com will broadcast both the Dayton versus C.E. King match-up at 7 p.m. and the Liberty at Coldspring game at 7:30. Other online broadcasts at kshn.com include Hardin at Anahuac plus Barbers Hill hosting Crosby. Both those contests kickoff at 7 p.m. Also online is Hull-Daisetta versus West Sabine with a 7:30 kickoff. 

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Obituaries: Allie Susan Wilson, 95, of Hull. Service is 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith and Family of Batson.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 210 THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2011

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Burglary Chase: A burglary in progress call turned into a high-speed chase that resulted in a rollover accident which sent one man to a Houston hospital by Lifeflight Air Ambulance. Liberty County Sheriffs Captain Rex Evans said it began with a burglary call Tuesday afternoon on Tarkington Prairie. The driver of the fleeing vehicle, identified as Mario Garcia was taken to Memorial Herman Hospital with what were said to be life threatening injuries. A passenger, Gregory Lopez, also of Houston, was taken to Liberty County Jail, charged with Burglary. No word on the condition of Mario Garcia who, at last report, remained in Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Early Voting: Early voting for the November 8th State Constitutional Amendment election ends tomorrow. As of late yesterday, 246 Liberty County voters had cast early ballots on 10 proposed amendments to the state constitution.

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T.V.E. Sale Totals: It’s now a new all time record. The final totals are in for this year’s Trinity Valley Exposition Youth Livestock Auction. TVE Facility Secretary Sandra Vogel said TVE buyers have outdone themselves.  The total sales for both the youth livestock auction and freezer sale has climbed to $292,443 and Ms. Vogel said they are still receiving add-ons in the mail.

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National EAS Test: TheFederal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will carry out the first ever nation-wide test of the Emergency Alert System next Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. This is the first time the system has been tested nation-wide from start to finish. Both FEMA and the FCC want to test the system so, should the need arise government agencies can be sure the system will work as intended. The test will last about three minutes.

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Joe LaRive: Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive has announced he will not seek re-election. In a press release, he said he will finish out his term which ends December 31, 2012 but will not run for the 2013 term. He said he would be taking time away from public life in order to focus on spending time with his family.  Joe LaRive was first elected in 2004 ousting incumbent Monroe Kreutzer and was then re-elected in 2008.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 209 WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2011

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Deputy Files Lawsuit: Liberty County Sheriffs Deputy Gordon Bean, charged with DUI in 2009 and later acquitted, has filed a lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages.  According to the suit filed in the 253rd District Court, Deputy Bean is seeking damages for alleged malicious prosecution, false arrest and imprisonment. The lawsuit names the Liberty County District Attorney and County Attorney’s offices as well as naming DA Mike Little, Assistant D.A. Joe Warren, County Attorney Wes Hinch and Tommy Chambers – who was a county prosecutor at the time, as individual defendants. The suit also names the Liberty Police Department as a defendant.

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Miksch Pleads: Originally named in a 25-count federal indictment related to hurricane debris clean up here in Liberty County, Mark Wayne Miksch recently pled guilty to one count of failure to file a tax return. Charges have been dismissed for the other six indictments in which Miksch was named in that broader 25-count indictment. According to Davilyn Walston, Public Information Officer for the Eastern District of Texas, Mark Miksch, doing business as MWM Enterprises, pled guilty to failure to file a tax return for 2009 when his income was in excess of $700,000.

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Diva Night: The Dayton Chamber of Commerce presents another evening of dining, shopping, music and pampering for ladies only and advance tickets are still available. Tickets are $40 and include admission, dinner, drinks, some pamper station tickets and a goodie bag. It’s tomorrow at the Dayton Community Center. Tickets are available in advance only until the close of business today. Call 936-257-2393 for information.

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Grand Parkway Toll: The Texas Department of Transportation began collecting tolls Tuesday on State Highway 99 where it passes through Chambers County. Also known as the Grand Parkway, that 6.6 mile stretch is now an all-electronic toll road from I-10 south to Fisher Road. That means there’s no stopping or slowing down to pay at a toll booth, it also means toll tags are required. The one way toll rate for that section is $1 for most passenger vehicles and motorcycles. Acceptable tags include TxDot’s TxTag, Harris County Toll Road EZ Tag, or North Texas Toll Tag.

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VOLUME 26, NO. 208 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011

Another Pot Bust: The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department is crediting a tipster with helping them locate another large marijuana growing operation in a heavily wooded area in northwest Liberty County. Captain Rex Evans said the latest find, Saturday afternoon, was off State Highway 105 and FM 1725 just outside the Cleveland city limits. On Sunday, Tarkington Volunteer Fire Department was called to destroy the more than 1,000 marijuana plants. Sheriff’s Captain Evans said authorities estimated the street value at more than $2 million.

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Traveling Memorial Wall: The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is coming to Crosby this weekend. The wall is a 3/5 replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. The traveling wall arrives Thursday morning around 10. Saturday, there will be a corresponding parade starting at 10 a.m. going up FM 2100 from Crosby High School to the nearby park. There is an official opening day ceremony for the traveling wall at noon Saturday at the American Legion Post. Visitors can see the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall 24 hours a day, but there will be people there to assist visitors from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. That Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will be set up this Thursday through Sunday at the American Legion Post on FM 2100 in Crosby.

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Fall Back: Daylight savings time comes to an end this Sunday morning at 2. So, set clocks back one hour for the return to standard time before you go to bed Saturday. Experts agree it is also a good time to check batteries in smoke detectors as well.

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Branding Iron: Dayton Police Sgt. Doug O’Quinn said  36 year old Sione Niko of Spring was traveling northbound on State Highway 146 shortly before 6 Saturday morning when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel.  Dayton police say his vehicle continued across Hwy 90 and crashed into the Branding Iron restaurant in Dayton. Co-Owner Phyllis Pierce said that collision caused enough damage to force the restaurant to close for now. She emphasizes they will re-open at some point. That date will be determined by the extent of damage and insurance.

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Obituaries: Sandra Lee Merghetti Hanes, 77 of Dayton. Memorial service Thursday at 7 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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