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March 2008

Volume 23 NO. 61 MONday march 31, 2008

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Rail Spur Purchase: Liberty City Manager Ron Wood said City Council continues to explore the possibility of buying the Union Pacific Railroad Spur in the Liberty Port Area. Wood said the project is moving forward, though there is no defined financial plan yet. He said owning the rail spur would be a big incentive to attract industry to Liberty, though the price tag could be a large one. Funds would most likely come from the LCDC.

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Cleveland Zoning Ordinance Clause: Cleveland City Manager Phillip Cook said if city voters pass the proposed zoning ordinance on May 10th, the effects of the change would not be felt for some time. The ordinance, as proposed, restricts land use and construction to various districts within the city limits but also has a “grandfather clause” that exempts existing homes and businesses. Cleveland voters will also be casting ballots for two contested council races and three proposed amendments to the city’s home rule charter.

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Candlelight Vigil: DA Mike Little’s Office will host the Annual Candlelight Vigil for Crime and Child Abuse Victims on Thursday April 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Center. The vigil is held as part of the local observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This year’s theme is “Justice for Victims, Justice for All”. The public is encouraged to take part in the observation. For more information call 936-336-4612.

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Special Country Weekend: 2008 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Trinity Valley Exposition and a lot of special activities are planned to mark the occasion. Key Volunteer Coordinator Helen Green said this year’s TVE Country Weekend features new additions such as a kiddie tractor pull, a quilting contest, a scarecrow making competition, a rodeo clown contest and much more. All events are planned for Saturday October 11th, the weekend before the fair and rodeo. Also, the TVE Board is looking for photos depicting important moments in TVE history to be copied and returned to the owner. Call the TVE Office at 936-336-7455 for more information.

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Funerals: Alice Opal Price, 87, of Cleveland, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. ** Bralee Kay Christian of Dayton, Services held Sunday. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 27,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 21.60 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 60 friday march 28, 2008

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Wreck: A 17 year old Hardin girl, Courtney Lynn Moses is said to be at fault in a wreck that sent her to Memorial Hermann Hospital in serious condition Wednesday evening. Dayton Police Sgt. Doug O’Quinn said Moses apparently ran a stop sign at the intersection of Winfree and Clayton, striking a car driven by Ann Marshal Carlson, 52 of Dayton. Liberty County EMS took Ann Carlson to Liberty Dayton Community Hospital.

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Animals: Some 30 to 50 animals are set to be seized next week and turned over to the Houston SPCA. The owner of the animals, Claude Guerrero, of Hardin, passed away a few weeks ago after several months of illness. Good- hearted community members have been helping with the animals since Mr. Guerrero’s illness. However, it is now time for them to find another home. Yesterday a Houston SPCA investigator along with a film crew from the Animal Planet Network show, Animal Cops Houston, went to one of three locations where the elderly man kept the animals. While none appeared to be starved, several had signs of mange, and infections. Most of the breeding age females were already pregnant. Community Activist Helen Green said she learned of the animals’ fate when Hardin resident Donna Jenkins called her. Mrs. Jenkins has been caring for the animals for several months.

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Jubilee: The 23rd Annual Liberty Jubilee kicks off tonight with the Liberty Lions Club Fish Fry, the fireworks display, and street dance at 8 PM. Saturday: Gates open tomorrow at 9 AM for the Liberty Jubilee with the parade at 10 AM. Then there are arts and crafts, food, public awareness, entertainment and more all across the jubilee grounds, which covers all of downtown Liberty. There is no admission charged. For information on the 23rd Liberty Jubilee, call Liberty City Hall at 936 336 3684.

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Correction: In yesterday’s radiogram, we incorrectly identified the person hurt in Wednesday morning wreck on Waco in Dayton. His name is Charles Roberts.

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Funerals: Dorothy Edwards Lindsey, 57 of North Carolina. Services 11 AM tomorrow at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Liberty. Peter Kirkwood, 75 of Hitchcock. Graveside services tomorrow at 11 AM at Wells Memorial Cemetery.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 19.82 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 59 THURSDAY march 27, 2008

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Gambling Raid: Outlaw Ray’s west of Dayton was shut down yesterday by officers with the Liberty County Sheriffs Department, Dayton Police and Texas DPS Criminal Intelligence Division after a roughly year-long investigation into illegal gambling there. Sheriff Greg Arthur said only members or known gamblers were allowed inside and undercover officers had been unable to get through the door until the last few months. Walter Rohus of Baytown was charged with Unauthorized Carrying of a Weapon. Christina L. Shrum, 34 of Dayton -an employee- is charged with gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place, and possession of a gambling device. 10 citations were issued for those found at the 8-liner machines. More than $20,000 was confiscated as well as 64 state of the art gambling machines valued in the neighborhood of $192,000.

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Wreck on Waco: A wreck yesterday morning on Waco St. in Dayton sent a Dayton City Employee to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston by Life Flight Air Ambulance. According to Dayton Police, Animal Control Officer Brad Roberts was stopped on the shoulder of Waco when a large truck hauling a waste disposal container struck his city truck. Roberts suffered lacerations to the back of his head, but reports indicate he is in good condition at the Houston Hospital. The truck driver, Rick Buchanan, of Beaumont was cited for failure to control speed.

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CVS Settles with State: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot said his office reached a settlement agreement with CVS Pharmacy Inc. yesterday over charges the company violated state identity theft protection statutes. In April 2007, hundreds of sensitive customer records were found unlawfully dumped behind the former CVS location in Liberty’s Jefferson Square Shopping Center. Abbot said CVS has agreed to implement new security safeguards, submit to compliance investigations by his office and pay the state $315,000.

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Dayton Chamber Luncheon: The monthly Dayton Chamber of Commerce/Team City Luncheon is Tuesday at noon at Trinity Baptist Church. Call 257-2393 for reservations.

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Funerals: Hillary George Wiggins, 76 of Liberty. Graveside services today 2 PM at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 19.87 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 58 WEDNESDAY march 26, 2008

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Commissioners’ Court: Yesterday, Commissioners’ approved a rate increase for Liberty County’s Volunteer Fire Departments. Tarkington Assistant Chief Dalton Gregory said the cost of operating their volunteer departments had increased drastically since the last fire service contracts were approved. He said at that time, diesel cost was about 1/3 what it is now. Commissioners voted unanimously to increase the per run rate from $150 to $200 and the rate paid to departments responding to structure fires from $200 to $350. Commissioners set the early voting locations for the Democratic statewide run off election for Railroad Commissioner. Early voting will be from 8 AM to 5 PM the week of March 31st through April 4th at the Liberty County Courthouse and Cleveland Annex.

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Liberty Trustee Candidate: Bruce Bell, of Liberty has signed up as a candidate for the seat on the Liberty School District Board of Trustees left vacant by Brent Hylton’s recent resignation. The 48-year-old production manager for Quikrete in Raywood has for many years been active in the Liberty Youth Sports Association. To date, he is the only candidate.

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Jubilee: Events coming up for this weekend's Liberty Jubilee include the Lions Club Fish Fry on Friday night 5-8 PM. At “dark-thirty” the annual fireworks display will light up the sky of down town Liberty. The street dance, free incidentally, starts at 8 PM and features Jason Cassidy. Saturday morning, gates open at 9, with the Jubilee parade starting at 10 AM, making it’s way down Main St. and through the Jubilee grounds. Then the 2 stages of live entertainment, all the food and fun you can stand, plus arts and crafts, public awareness, and so much more.

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Kimmie Brown Fund-raiser: Tomorrow night from 5:30 and 8 PM is the 3rd Annual Kimmie Brown Class Creation / Silent Auction / Dinner. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for kids at the door. Kimmie Brown is on FM 1409 in Dayton.

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Relay 4 Life: Friday / Saturday April 4th-5th, Memorial Stadium in Liberty. For information call 298 2938 or 346 1286.

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Pending: Hillary Wiggins, 76 of Liberty. Services pending at Allison Funeral Service.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 19.98 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 57 TUESDAY march 25, 2008

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Cleveland Zoning Election: On May 10th, voters in the City of Cleveland will be asked to approve an ordinance establishing zoning and land use regulations. Cleveland, like other Liberty County cities, has in place several ordinances that restrict types of housing and business construction. However, if passed by voters, this ordinance would be the first in the county to establish specific zoning districts and provide for land use within those districts. The proposed ordinance provides for parking regulation and adoption of a zoning map that creates residential, commercial and industrial districts within the city limits. Cleveland City Secretary Kelly McDonald said council chose to make passage of the ordinance contingent on voter approval, though state law does not require it.

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Lost SS Cards: In the age of identity theft, David Bauman, with the Social Security Office in Beaumont said if a social security card is lost or stolen, get it replaced, keep an eye on yearly social security records, and carefully review credit reports on a regular basis. He also said getting a replacement card is preferable to getting a whole new number. Getting a new number should be considered as a last resort.

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Dayton Band: This Saturday the Dayton High School Drum Line will be competing in the Texas Color Guard Circuit Percussion Championships at Cypress Fairbanks. This is the first year Dayton High has participated in this percussion event, but they have won all four competitions in which they have performed to date. Dayton is scheduled to perform at 7:20 PM.

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Liberty Co. Most Wanted: Each month, the Liberty County Sheriffs Department publishes a list of the county’s 10 most wanted criminals, being sought for various crimes. Starting today, we will have this information posted on our website, including the person’s mugshot. Go to www.kshn.com. To report the whereabouts of any of these local 10 most wanted, contact the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department at 936 336 4500 or 936 336 4524.

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Baseball: The Dayton Bronco’s host Beaumont Central tonight. First pitch is at 7 PM, our broadcast starts at 6:50 PM with Larry Wadzeck and Oran Hamilton mic side.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.15 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 56 MONDAY march 24ST, 2008

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Auto/Ped Sun.: Witnesses told Liberty Police that Margaret Thain-35 ran across several lanes of traffic on US 90, Sunday at 5PM. She ran squarely into the path of an SUV driven by Alajandro Lopez-30 of Liberty. Struck in the back she was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in stable condition.

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Child’s Death: Jefferson Co. Medical Examiner Dr. Tommy Brown says the Dec.21st 2007 death of a two-year-old Hardin child was homicide. Melody Vollert, 26, found her toddler, Raymond, unconscious. At the hospital he was pronounced dead. Sheriff’s Capt. Chip Fairchild said a few days ago autopsy results found the baby had died from an overdose of prescription meds. Was it intentional, accidental or negligence? Capt. Fairchild said his dept. is finished their investigation. Now a grand jury will decide if charges should be filed.

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Liberty Jubilee: The 23rd Annual Liberty Jubilee is this Friday and Saturday in downtown Liberty with music, food, arts and crafts, rides for the kids and more. Jubilee area open at noon Friday with the Lions Club Fish Fry at 5 p.m., fireworks at dark and the Street Dance at 8 p.m. Admission to the Jubilee both days and to the Street Dance is free. Saturday’s Jubilee begin with the Parade at 10 a.m. New this year Texas Coast Helicopters will offer flights over Liberty for $20 each. For info on the Liberty Jubilee, call City Hall at 936-336-3684.

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Chambers Co. Intersection: Tomorrow, the intersection of I-10 and the new Grand Parkway, in Chambers Co., converts to an all-way stop. TxDot says Tuesday is the opening of SH 99, the Grand Parkway, runs from FM 1405 to I-10. Motorists should be aware of drivers that don’t know of the change.

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TVE 100th: This year celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the first Trinity Valley Exposition and lots of special events and activities are planned. Helen Green- Volunteer Coordinator said TVE’s Country Weekend is Saturday Oct.11th More details soon.

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Dayton. Serv. @ Sterling Tues. 2 PM..

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.92 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 55 FRIDAY march 21ST, 2008

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Update: An update on the case of Alfred Fontenot of Raywood, arrested and jailed last October for possession of nearly 150 pounds of marijuana. He was subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury. Now we have learned that Alfred Fontenot’s case is on the docket for May 2nd in Judge Ron Clark’s courtroom in the eastern district of Texas in Beaumont. That is in federal court. At the docket call, a trial date will likely be set to hear the case. Alfred Fontenot remains free on bond.

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Party Conventions: Both the Liberty County Democratic and Republican Parties will hold conventions Saturday March 29th, and both start at 9 AM. The Republican Party convention will be at the Hot Biscuit Restaurant in Cleveland, the Democratic Party convention will be at the Liberty County Courthouse in the 75th District Courtroom.

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Global Tubing: Founder and President of Global Tubing, Dayton’s newest industry, Jon Du Bois says a lot is happening at the site on CR. 493, saying they hope to begin pouring concrete as soon as next week. Site preparation, often disturbed by wet grounds, is well underway. Global Tubing is investing some $30 million in buildings and machinery in Dayton. John Du Bois expects manufacturing of the tubing to start in the early part of the 4th quarter of this year, or roughly October 2008.

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Book Auction: A special addition has been made to this year's Liberty Library Book and Bake Sale. There will be a silent auction of 8 very special books, six of which have been autographed by the authors. The books will be on display starting Friday March 28th at 9 AM, and bidding closes at 1 PM Saturday. Bids will start at the retail price. For information call the library at 936 336 8901.

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Easter Egg Hunt: Tomorrow morning at 10 am marks the 25th Annual Shine All Nine Easter Egg Hunt at the Liberty City Park. 5000 candy Easter eggs, 90 prize eggs and 3 grand prize eggs will be hidden over the hunt area. Get there early for a good parking place and listen to 99.9 for all the details. Tomorrow afternoon, there will be another Easter egg hunt in Daniel Park on FM 1008 in Dayton. That one starts at noon.

*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.92 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 54 THURSDAY march 20TH, 2008

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House Fire: Fire destroyed a Tarkington Prairie home Tuesday evening. The Tarkington Volunteer Fire Department was called shortly after 9:30 PM to a home on CR. 2801. Tarkington Fire Chief Paul Gregory said the home was already on the ground when his department arrived. He said high winds contributed to the rapid spread of the flames. The home was unoccupied and Fire Marshal Jim Wilson was called to investigate.

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Kimmie Brown: The students and staff of Kimmie Brown Elementary in Dayton are holding their 3rd Annual Class Creation – Silent Auction – Dinner Thursday March 27th from 5:30 and 8 PM. Over 80 theme baskets will be offered for sale, while dinner will be chicken spaghetti. Tickets, available at the door are $6 for adults, $3 for kids 12 and under.

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City Clean Up: Officials of the City of Liberty are urging a city wide spring clean up. City Manager Ron Wood said a number of things can be picked up by Waste Management. Branches and other yard debris are collected by city of liberty crews. For more information on what items are accepted by Waste Management or are picked up by city crews, call City Hall at 336 3684.

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Open House: Spectra Energy, the holding company for the Moss Bluff Gas Storage facility, will hold an open house Tuesday March 25th, from 6-8 PM at the VFW Hall on Main in Liberty. Company officials will be on hand to answer questions about the planned expansion of the Moss Bluff facility.

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Jubilee: Entries are still being accepted for the 2008 Jubilee Parade set for Saturday March 29th in downtown Liberty. This year’s theme is “The Music in Me”. Call 336 7361 or 336 1129 for more information.

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Good Friday Closings: The Liberty County Courthouse and City offices in both Dayton and Liberty will be closed Friday in observance of the Good Friday Holiday. All banks and post offices will be open regular hours, and garbage service in both towns will run as scheduled.

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Funerals: Johnnie Virginia Styron, 75 of Dayton. Services today 2 PM Trinity Baptist Church – Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.90 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 53 WEDNESDAY march 19TH, 2008

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Dayton City Council: Dayton City Council Monday night authorized City Manager David Douglas to look into the possibility of a future annexation of an area comprising much of the north Dayton salt dome, taking in the Kinder Morgan facility. Douglas said the company has an industrial agreement with the City of Dayton where they make an annual payment of $105,000 in lieu of taxes. However, Douglas said his preliminary discussion with the Liberty County CAD suggests if annexed into the city, Kinder Morgan would be paying from $250,000 to as much as $450,000 a year in taxes.

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Tax Tips: Certified Public Accountant Byron Swaim said a new form for tax filers this year, form 8919, is designed to allow those who feel they are employees, but are treated like contractors, to pay only half of the Social Security and Medicare due. Independent contractors pay the entire amount; however, employers pay half for their employees. If the IRS determines they are indeed an employee, they will go to the employer and require they prove that person is a contractor. Swaim said business operators should speak with their accountant to be sure they are classifying their employees correctly.

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Jubilee: The Valley Players are sponsoring the Dayton High School Drama class in 2 separate one-act plays. Each is a 30 to 45 minute long production held Saturday March 29th in conjunction with the Liberty Jubilee. Admission is $1. Both are comedies. “The Phony Physician” is at 11:30 AM the second, “Clara’s on the Curtains”, is at 1 PM. è Another Jubilee note, the deadline for entering the photo contest is this Thursday. Call April for information 936-336-7361.

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Easter Sunrise Service: The Dayton Ministerial Alliance will hold their Annual Easter Sunrise Service Sunday at 7 AM at Palms Memorial Park on Highway 146 South. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and attend. For information call Sterling Funeral Home at 258-2678.

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Business Expo: Only 3 booth spaces remain for the April 10th Liberty Dayton Business Expo sponsored by the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. To reserve one of these spaces call the Chamber at 936-336-5736 or Diane Huddleston at 340-4742.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.85 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 52 TUESDAY march 18TH, 2008

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Chambers Co. Theft: The Chambers Co. Sheriff’s department is asking for the public’s help in finding the person or person’s responsible for the theft of nearly $60,000 in nozzles used in refineries to quench gases with water. Three of these nozzles were taken from a residence located off Bayshore Drive in Anahuac Friday night. Contact the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department at 409 267 8318 or EasTex Crime Stoppers at 409 267 T.I.P.S., or 409 267 8477, callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous.

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Phones Out: The phone line to State Representative John Otto’s local office as well as about 15 other state representatives was unexpectedly disconnected yesterday, but it was working again by late afternoon. The phone number is 258 8135. His assistant can be e-mailed at terri.bivins@house.state.tx.us or you can stop by the office at 104 West Clayton in Dayton. Representative Otto said Texas Rangers are looking into the matter.

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Baylor: The Baylor Bears, with Dayton Grad Henry Dugat will play Thursday in the NCAA Tournament against Purdue.

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Pilot Group: A new Liberty Co. Pilot Association is being formed and looking for members. They plan to host monthly FAA safety seminars as well as Fly –Ins, Air Shows and Special Community celebrations. The first FAA safety seminar will be Thursday April 3rd at FLNB-Liberty starting at 6 PM. Speaker Pat Henderson, with the Department of Homeland Security, will talk about general aviation airport security. For information on the seminar or the Liberty County Pilot Association, call Mike or Linda Ely at 936 334 1642. Pilots and non-pilots are welcome.

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Chamber Luncheon: This months Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is tomorrow at noon at Marian Hall of Immaculate Conception Church. Chamber President Mary Anne Campbell said the featured speakers are local pilots Mike and Linda Ely. They will have a presentation on the importance of small town airports. Make reservations by calling the Chamber at 936 336 5736.

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Funerals: Thomas Glen Payne, 66 of Winnie. Services 2 PM tomorrow at Batson Prairie Baptist Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.81 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 51 MONDAY march 17TH, 2008

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Teen Shot: A teenager was accidentally shot in the stomach by his father around 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Woodway Subdivision south of Dayton off of FM 1409. Liberty County Sheriff’s Department investigators said Michael Sindle, 38, was charged with aggravated assault-family violence, and his teen son was airlifted to Memorial Herman Hospital where he is in stable condition. Lawmen said the man was charged because an argument was under way when the gun accidentally went off. Sindle posted $25,000 bail and was released from jail Sunday.

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4 Kiowas Down: Flight conditions Friday night prompted four combat reconnaissance helicopters to land in a field at the intersection of U.S. 90 and S.H. 61 in Devers. The OH58 Delta Kiowa Warrior choppers and crews were on a training flight out of Ft. Polk, LA. Since, at least one pilot was not instrument rated, policy called for landing until conditions cleared.

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Dayton Council: The Dayton City Council met last Friday and negotiated an agreement with RWS Consulting Firm for the city to retain ownership of the architectural plans for the new library and civic center. City Manager David Douglas said RWS’s ownership was in a standard contract with the city. Council felt the city should have ownership since taxpayer dollars paid for the plans. The agreement reached gives the city ownership of the plans but not the right to sell or share them.

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Easter Egg Hunt: The 25th Annual Shine All Nine Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday at 10 a.m. in Liberty Municipal Park. The event is free for kids 9 and under with 5,000 plastic candy-filled Easter Eggs, nearly 100 prize eggs and three grand prize eggs. Kids who find the prize eggs can claim a gift there at the park. Two grand prize eggs are for bicycles, and the third is for a wagon.

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Jubilee Arts & Crafts: A few 10 x 10 Arts and Craft booth spaces are still available for the Liberty Jubilee on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29. Cost is $80 total for both days and $100 if electricity is needed. Applications are available at Liberty City Hall. For information, call 936-336-3684.

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Funerals: Martha Ellen Ray George, 57, of Anahuac, Services at 10 a.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. ****************************************************

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Volume 23 NO. 50 FRIDAY march 14TH, 2008

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Hardin Bond Election: Monday night, the Hardin School Board voted unanimously to call a $9.2 million bond issue election for May 10th. The issue will be divided into two proposition, the first, $7.5 million would refinance the school’s lease purchase debt for the new high school, and new structures on the elementary campus done several years ago. The second proposition, for $1.7 million, should it be approved by the voters, is to be used for expansion and renovation of the high school cafeteria among other district improvements.

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SNAP: The Spay and Neutering Assistance Program has been an enormous success in Liberty County since beginning regular visits here late last year. The mobile vet clinic will be back in Liberty on Monday. The SNAP van will be at Media Publishing’s parking lot, corner of Main and Grand in Liberty at 8 AM. Pet owners are reminded to withhold food and water from their pets at 10 PM the night before bringing them to the SNAP Mobile Clinic. For information go to www.kshn.com and link to the SNAP website or call 713 862 3863.

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Golf Tournament: The 8th Annual Dayton Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is set for April 25th at the Newport golf club in Crosby with a 9 AM shotgun start. For information call the Chamber office at 936 257 2393.

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Cleveland Election Filings: In the city of Cleveland, there are 2 contested races for a spot on city council for the May 10th Election. Position #4 incumbent Durlene Davis has opposition from Thomas Davidson. While both Scott Adams and Delores Terry are vying for Position #5. Incumbent Frank Good decided not to run. For Cleveland ISD board of trustees, pos. #7 has incumbent Billy Ross. Jr. and Dorothy Price Carrington running.

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Dayton Baseball: Weather permitting, our first broadcast of Dayton Baseball will be tonight as the Broncos host Beaumont Ozen. First pitch is at 7 PM, our broadcast starts at 6:50 PM.

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Funerals: Dr. R. H. Perry, 86, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at 1st Methodist Church in Liberty. Donald William Squier, 57 of Cleveland. Service 2 PM Sunday at Rural Shade Baptist Church in Cleveland.

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Volume 23 NO. 49 THURSDAY march 13TH, 2008

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Election Filings: Hardin City Council Pos. #3 has two candidates vying for that spot, they are Russell Fairchild and Morris Nelms Jr. Position #7 Laverne Ladd and Julie Terry have filed to run for that position. The incumbents did not file for reelection in those two races. On Hardin School Board, Daniel Thompson challenges Incumbent Frank Huff.

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Dayton Council Meeting: The Dayton City Council will hold a meeting tomorrow at the unusual hour of 8 AM. One agenda item deals with ownership of the architectural drawings for the new library and civic center. Another item is to consider a change in job description of Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Chris Contreras, as well as redefine the job requirements of the city manager.

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Bronco All Stars: Dayton Head Coach Jerry Stewart said Senior John Gable was selected to take part in the inaugural Space City Classic All Star Game at the University of Houston. Another Bronco Star, Ford Smesny has been nominated to play in the annual Bayou Bowl, in June, in Baytown.

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Liberty School Board: Liberty School District Trustee Brent Hylton resigned his position on the school board Tuesday night. He said his job has him traveling out of town much more than he is in town. A special election will be May 10th to elect someone to serve in the un-expired term of 1 year. Filing began yesterday and candidates have until April 9th to file.

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Daisetta City Filings: In the Daisetta City Council election, Deborah Kay Fregia opposes City Council Pos. #1 Incumbent James Hebert. Brad Taylor and Dean Majors challenge position #5 Incumbent John Wright. In Position #3, Roger Slusher, Connie Chesney, Grady Hart, and Raymond Sanders are all chasing that position. City Council Incumbent Laurie Tidwell did not run. Daisetta Mayor Lynn Wells has drawn an opponent in Eric K. Thaxton.

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Broncos Baseball: Our next baseball broadcast will be Friday night as the Dayton Broncos take on Beaumont Ozen. Pre-game starts on KSHN at 6:50, first pitch at 7 PM. All games are subject to the cooperation of the weather.

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Volume 23 NO. 48 WEDNESDAY march 12TH, 2008

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners voted unanimously to lift the county wide burn ban at yesterdays meeting. In other action, they grudgingly accepted the resignation of Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Ken DeFoor. It was suggested they all vote no, and Ken would have to stay. However, the real boss, Ken’s wife Jo, was in the courtroom and none of the commissioners wanted to answer to her. His resignation is effective April 25th, 2 years into his 7-month temporary appointment.

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Train Victim Update: The condition of a local man, Herman Spence of Liberty, struck by a Union Pacific train last Wednesday has not changed. He remains in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

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Jubilee Photo Contest: Entries are being accepted for the Liberty Jubilee Photo contest in several categories including landscape, people, nature, art photography, botanical, children and a special category for black and white. Entry fee is $3, and the deadline for amateur photographers to enter this year’s contest is March 20th. Contest entry forms and rules are available at Liberty City Hall. For information call April at 336 7361.

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Chamber Luncheon: The March luncheon of the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is next Wednesday at noon in Marion Hall of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. Professional Pilot Mike and Private Pilot Linda Ely, will speak on the social and economic impact of community airports. Call the chamber office to make reservations at 336 5736.

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Cleveland: The 7th Annual Cleveland Clean up Day is Saturday April 12th. Call City Hall for information 281 592 2667.

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Baseball Rescheduled: The baseball game between Liberty and Coldspring has been rescheduled for tonight at Liberty City Park. First pitch 7 PM, our broadcast starts at 6:50 PM.

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Funerals: Lloyd J. Fontenot, 74 of Raywood. Services 11 AM Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood. Harvey Williamson, 91. Services 10 AM tomorrow Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Moss Hill.

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Volume 23 NO. 47 TUESDAY march 11TH, 2008

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Wreck: An Anahuac man, 35 year old Daniel Hester was injured in a one vehicle wreck on FM 563 yesterday afternoon. Texas DPS Trooper Chad Blackburn said Mr. Hester was going south when he lost control of his large SUV, went off the road, hitting a tree, then rolling over. Daniel Hester’s injuries were serious, however, not life threatening. Liberty County Emergency Medical Service took him to Memorial Hermann Hospital. LifeFlight Air Ambulance had been in route, but weather conditions here forced them to return to base. Trooper Blackburn said the driver was going too fast for the wet road conditions, and was cited for unsafe speed.

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Social Security: David Bauman, with the Beaumont office of Social Security, said a frequently asked question about benefits, concerns those who take early retirement, but continue to work. He said the current annual earnings test for those who take early retirement is $13,560 annually. Those who earn more will see their benefits reduced. How much depends on how far over that limit their earnings go. Those who wait for full retirement under social security, have no limit on how much they can earn while receiving benefits. For questions, call the Beaumont office at 409 924 6413 or nationwide toll free at 1 800 772 1213.

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Hospital District: Two new names have been added to those seeking election to the board of the Liberty County Hospital District #1. We have already reported, both Charles Kaemmerling, and Sissy Drake have both filed for reelection. Now, Charles Lange, Owner of Langetree Duck Farm and Eco Center in Raywood, as well as Baytown Emergency Medical Service Technician, Mark Neal, who lives in Hardin, have both filed the required paperwork to have their names on the May 10th ballot. There are two positions to be filled by at large voting.

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Baseball: Tonight, the baseball broadcast season on Shine All Nine kicks off with the Liberty vs. Coldspring game, at Liberty City Park. First pitch is at 7 PM, our broadcast will start at 6:50 PM. Friday night, the Dayton Bronco’s hosts Beaumont Ozen, again, first pitch 7 PM with our broadcast starting at 6:50 PM.

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Services Pending: Lloyd Fontenot, 74 of Raywood. Services pending at Wells Funeral Service in Liberty.

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Volume 23 NO. 46 MONDAY march 10, 2008

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Woman Hurt: Liberty police say Delia Asson of Dayton suffered multiple broken bones when she fell from a moving vehicle Friday night. A witness said Asson struggled with the male driver of the gray four-door pickup truck before exiting the moving vehicle at the corner of Main and US 90 shortly before 11 p.m. The victim struck her forehead on a concrete curb and was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The male driver of the pickup sped away from the scene and remains at large. Despite those fractures, Asson has been released.

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House Fire: A small frame home on Washington Street in Liberty was heavily damaged by fire Friday. Liberty Fire Marshall Sean Matula said the cause was a defective air conditioner. Annette Dugat lives at the home but was not home when the fire started. No one was hurt. The damage was severe.

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LHS Rumors: False rumors about weapons at Liberty High School quickly spread by cell phone and text messaging causing problems for school officials Friday. LHS Principal David Taylor said the rumors about possible violence between students proved groundless, and there was never any danger.

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Train Accident Victim Update: Herman Spence, 51, of Liberty is reported to be in critical condition at Memorial Herman Hospital. He suffered severe shoulder injuries, head trauma and blood loss after being struck by a Union Pacific train in the area of Bowie Street last Wednesday afternoon.

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Jubilee: The 23rd Annual Liberty Jubilee is Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, in downtown Liberty with music, food and fun for the whole family. The two-day festival includes live entertainment, food booths, arts and crafts, the Library Book and Bake Sale, cook-off contest, photo contest, fireworks display, children’s play area, the Jubilee Parade and lots more. Admission to the grounds and the Friday night Street Dance is free. For information on Jubilee activities, call 336-7361.

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Funerals: Nettie Norene Beard, 93, of Liberty, graveside services were Sunday. ** Yvonne Martin Chenevert, 68, of Houston, pending at Wells Funeral Home in Liberty. Gwendolyn Anderson, 62, of Hull, services at 2 p.m. today at Allison’s.

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Volume 23 NO. 45 friday march 7th, 2008

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New Liberty Head Coach: Liberty School Trustees have chosen 31-year-old Shane Deel as new Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. Deel has been defensive coordinator under Bob Bellard at 5-A Bryan High School for the past two years. Shane Deel replaces Jeff Stewart who announced in November he was resigning. Jeff Stewart’s last day with the Liberty ISD is today. Shane Deel starts his new duties on Monday.

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New Motel on US 90: In the next few days, the Liberty Motel on US 90 is going to be bulldozed down, to be replaced by a new 35-room motel. The owners Narenda Patel and his son, Sunny, are considering a franchise brand name for the new motel such as America’s Best Value, Days Inn or Super 8. It is expected to take about 5 months after demolition of the old motel begins until rooms are ready to rent at the new one.

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Gas Storage Expansion: Duke Energy’s plan to expand their Moss Bluff Gas Storage Facility is expected to enter the construction phase this summer. Duke Energy’s Gretchen Kruger said the plan calls for expanding the company’s salt cavern gas storage facilities by 6.5 billion cubic feet to have a 4th huge cavern on line by the first half of 2009.

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City and School Elections: The period for candidates to file to run in the May 10th city and school elections ends at close of business on Monday, with no contested races in Liberty or Dayton yet. Council member Charles McGuire said he is not going to run for a third term. The incumbents Mayor Carl Pickett, Mike McCarty and Louie Potetz have filed as has new council candidate Frank Jordan. That means no contested position so far. In the Liberty ISD, only the two incumbents- Brandon Smith and Bobby Pope are in the running so far. In the City of Dayton, Council members Bill Gay, Ricky Brown and Felix Skarpa have no opposition yet. Nor do Dayton School Trustees Bob Pickle and Thomas Payne who are the only candidates for their school board positions to date.

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Funerals: Herman Ripkowski, 85, of Liberty, Services at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. ** Prentice James Scott, Sr., 75, of Hardin, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Liberty Church of Christ. **

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Volume 23 NO. 44 THURSDAY march 6th, 2008

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Pedestrian Hit by Train: A local man, likely well known by sight if not by name, was hit by a Union Pacific train yesterday afternoon just after 2 PM. Liberty PD Sgt. David Hunter said Herman Spence was walking along side the track in the area of Bowie Street, when the crutches he used, to walk all over Liberty either got caught or slipped on the loose gravel. The 51-year-old man fell towards the train and was hit on the right side of his body. Life flight air ambulance took him Memorial Hermann Hospital. Emergency officials say he had severe shoulder injuries, head trauma and lost a great deal of blood.

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Williams / Galloway Totals: When all was said and done, the unofficial votes for Incumbent Tommy Williams in the State Senate District 4 Republican primary race outpaced his challenger Michael Galloway by more than 9,000 votes over the several county district. The final count was Tommy Williams 26,656 and Michael Galloway 17,405.

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Hospital District: Monday night, The Liberty County Hospital District Board heard a report from Case Manager Linda Ainsworth. She said the hospital district had 75 notifications of possible eligibility from health care providers when someone comes in for care but can not pay. Linda Ainsworth said the district then mails letters explaining the possible benefits of seeing if they qualify for the district programs. She told board members Monday night they had no responses to those letters. In other action, Hospital District Board Members approved the March payment to the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital in the amount of $5,150 based on a March 1st enrollment of 258 clients of the district.

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Monument Awards: The 7th Annual Monument Awards Dinner, sponsored by the Lee College Small Business Development Center, was held Tuesday night at the Liberty Center. The Liberty –Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce was honored for their support of small businesses. This year’s Rising Star Award went to A’Dare and Co. of Liberty. The Retail Award went to Milam Discount Tires of Liberty The Service Business Awards went to Kapalski’s Café in Dayton and Tracy Williams State Farm Insurance. J/M Custom Cabinets of Liberty won the Manufacturing Award.

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Volume 23 NO. 43 WEDNESDAY march 5th, 2008

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Primary Results: Unofficial vote totals from yesterday’s Democratic Primary in the race for Liberty County Sheriff saw Incumbent Greg Arthur with 5,259 votes, Eugene “E. T. “ Merritt had 2,616. For Liberty County Attorney: Tommy Chambers with 4,540 votes, Mark Beausoleil got 3,338. County Democratic Party Chair: Incumbent Nancy Archer 5,581 votes, Murrie Gene Kinney Jr. 1,654. Precinct #3 Constable: Incumbent Danny Frankum 778 votes, Jim Cooper 349. Precinct #6 Constable: Incumbent Royce Wheeler 871, John Joslin 281, John “J. D.“ Davis 538. Wheeler avoided a run-off by winning more than 50% of the vote The GOP Primary in Chambers County saw Incumbent Joe LaRive win re-election 2,045 votes to Hugh Sigers’ 1,168.

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Dayton Council: The Dayton City Council met Monday and discussed a probable change in the city limit markers on FM 1960 and FM 1409. The city annexed strips of land on either side of those roadways and the city limit markers were moved to the outer of edges of those corridors. City Manager David Douglas said since the city did not annex those two roadways, TxDot officials want the markers moved back to their pre-annexation locations. Mayor Steve Stephens asked Douglas to discuss the matter with State Representative John Otto to see what can be done to keep the markers where they are.

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Chamber Banquet: The 32nd Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Dayton High School Cafeteria. Houston Mayor Bill White is keynote speaker and the Citizen of the Year for Liberty and Dayton will be named. Dinner will be catered by the Country Emporium and Kapaslski’s Café. Tickets are $25. Call the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber Office at 936-336-5736.

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Daylight Saving Time: The official start of Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend. Be sure to set clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. The time change begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. It’s also a good time to check the batteries in all smoke detectors.

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Funerals: Kenneth Ray Jenkins, 52, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Dayton. **

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Volume 23 NO. 42 tuesday march 4th, 2008

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PRIMARY ELECTION DAY! POLLS OPEN 7-7

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Contested Races: Local contested races on today’s ballot include Liberty County Sheriff. Incumbent Greg Arthur is challenged for the democratic nomination by Eugene “E.T.” Merritt. Democrat voters will also choose a nominee for County Attorney between Tommy Chambers and Mark Beausoleil. County Democratic Party Chair will be decided today between Incumbent Nancy Archer and Challenger Murrie Gene Kinney Jr. Other contested races on the democratic primary ballot are Constable Pct. #3 with Jim Cooper opposing incumbent Danny Frankum. Longtime Pct. #6 Constable Royce Wheeler faces opponents John Joslin and John “J.D.” Davis. There are no contested county races on the Republican ballot, however, a state senate seat will be decided in today’s voting. District #4 Senator Tommy Williams is opposed by Michael Galloway.

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Charles Fisher Day: Saturday, the Atascosito Historical Society will celebrate the contributions and life of local historian Charles W. Fisher Jr. The event will take place at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center on FM 1011 with the opening of a new and very special exhibit at 10 AM and a plaque unveiling at 11 AM. A reception for the family of the late Charles W. Fisher Jr. will be held at the Jean and Price Daniel House on the Center grounds. For information call the Sam Houston Regional Library at 936 336 8821.

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Chambers County Capture: A tip to crime stoppers led to the arrest of 2 people being sought in an armed assault and burglary in Chambers County. Sheriff Joe LaRive said Lonnie Selman Jr. 35 and Heather Dawn Beck, 32 both of Wallisville fled Texas for Oregon after the armed assault and burglary of a tire service company in Wallisville in January. A tip to crime stoppers gave away their location and Oregon’s Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Department retrieved the fugitives. Now the couple is in the Chambers County Jail. Lonnie Selman is being held on $45,000 bond while Heather Beck is jailed on $24,000 bond.

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Blood Drives: There are 2 blood drives this week, Thursday from 2-6 at FLNB Dayton Financial Center and a mobile coach at Wal-Mart Saturday from 11-4. Call 298 2689 for information.

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Volume 23 NO. 41 mondAY march 3rd, 2008

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Arrest in Child’s Death: This past Wednesday, a Liberty County grand jury indicted Brandon Roy Vestal for capital murder in the death of a 15-month-old Hull child in September 2006. Brooke Erin Blackerby died of injuries suffered at her home over the 2006 Labor Day weekend. Vestal - the boyfriend of the child’s mother - had been baby sitting the child and said he called for help when he noticed her unresponsive. He also said the little girl had fallen off a balcony at the two-story home some 14 hours before he called for medical help. Brandon Vestal turned himself in to sheriff’s deputies last Thursday afternoon. He is currently held without bond in the Liberty County Jail.

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Early Voting Big: Early voter turnout for tomorrow’s Democratic and Republican Primary Elections may be an all-time record. Liberty County Clerk Delia Sellers said 4,476 people voted early, more than twice the 1,974 who cast early ballots in the last Presidential Primary. 3,481 voted early in the Democratic Primary, 1,265 in the Republican Primary. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. All Nine News will have live coverage as soon as the first returns are available.

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House Fire: A weekend fire destroyed a home on Cormier Street in Ames. Firefighters from Liberty and Hull-Daisetta were at the house for more than three hours fighting the blaze. No injuries were reported, but the home and its contents were destroyed. LCSO is investigating, but arson is not suspected.

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Plane Damaged: A 1962 Cessna 210 airplane sustained extensive damage Saturday at the Liberty Municipal Airport. No exact word on the accident, but flight instructor Rick McGuire found the damaged plane parked next to his hanger on Sunday. McGuire was not a witness but felt certain from observation that the plane’s wheel on the retractable nose gear collapsed causing heavy damage to the propeller and engine. No injuries were suspected. The plane belongs to Jim Dryer of Houston.

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E. T. Branch Awards: The Liberty Masonic Lodge will honor outstanding LISD teachers at the annual E.T. Branch Awards on Thursday. Honorees are San Jacinto Elementary teacher Tina Box, LES teacher Alvaro Romo, LaDonna Pope from Liberty Middle School and Sandi Myers from Liberty High School.

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