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April 2008

Volume 23 NO. 83 wednesday APRIL 30, 2008

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Dead Man’s Curve: TxDot Officials say work on the dangerous section of FM 1409 South of Dayton known as “Dead Man’s Curve” begins in just days. Motorists know the road drops down a hill, turning sharply right at the bottom. TxDot says when this work is done a bridge structure would be off set from the present bridge crossing the big ditch there. The road will be almost completely flat with no drop off and no turn. FM 1409 at that point would be rated at 70 mph. The job is expected to be complete in 15 months.

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Political Party Lines: Tomorrow’s KSHN Party Line Program at 8:30 a.m. features the three candidates who want to fill out the one year remaining on Brent Hylton’s Liberty School Board term. Tommy Davis, Connie Paintsill and Bruce Bell have all agreed to appear on Thursday’s program. On Friday, the party line will feature candidates for two seats on the Liberty County Hospital District #1 Board of Directors. The incumbents Sissy Drake and Charles Kaemmerling, as well as challenger Chuck Lange have said they will be here. The fourth candidate Mark Neal has a previous commitment that prevents him from being on the program. Party Line programs are at 8:30 AM. Listeners are invited to call or fax in their questions for the candidates.

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Mayhaw Festival: The 28th annual Hull Daisetta Mayhaw festival begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday in downtown Daisetta. The festival raises scholarship money for Hull Daisetta students as well as offers an opportunity to raise money for their various community activities. The Mayhaw festival fun starts at 3 PM tomorrow with the carnival and wraps up Saturday night with a free dance. For info call 536 6202.

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Postal Increase: The price of a 1st Class postage stamp will be increasing by one cent -from 41-cents to 42 cents- on May 12th. Recently passed legislation allows the U. S. Postal Service to adjust rates annually in accordance with inflation. Customers are reminded the “Forever Stamps” are still 41-cents until May 12th and the value of those stamps never decreases. For more information on postal rate increases go to www.usps.com.

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Funerals: Michael Yates, 51, of Dayton, Memorial Service at 7 p.m. today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 15,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 17.53 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 82 TUESDAY APRIL 29, 2008

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Hull Daisetta ISD Board: Last week, the board of trustees with Hull Daisetta ISD voted to close the junior high school campus, also known as the old Woodson school. Now a special called meeting of the school board has been set for tonight at 6:30 in the commons area of the high school. A notice posted on the administration building calls for public comment, rescinding the vote to close the school, and action regarding the school closing. Superintendent Mary Huckabay declined to comment on last weeks’ decision to close the school and this weeks’ meeting.

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New EMC: Yesterday, Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald named the new Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator. A Tarkington resident, Thomas Branch has worked with the Cleveland Police Department and Chief Deputy for San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department for 12 years. Mr. Branch replaces Ken DeFoor who served as EMC in a “temporary” arrangement since June 1st, 2006. Incidentally, the EMC office has moved. The new office is at 2400 Beaumont Ave. that is the county jail administration building just east of the Sheriffs Department. The number for the Emergency Management Office remains 936 334 3219.

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Kidfish: A good crowd turned out Sunday for the annual Kidfish at the Liberty City Park Pond. Organizers say the largest fish was landed by 3 year old Ethan Able, who brought in a 22 inch fish. The biggest fund-raiser was Brint Luke, 5 of Hull with $300.00. Robert Dunn with BJ Ford, who along with the Burnham Family sponsors the event, said 326 kids registered, and those kids raised around $1500 for the Kidfish program.

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Dayton Wall of Fame: Last Thursday at the annual Dayton Rotary Teachers Banquet, two new educators were inducted to the Wall of Fame. The wall in the school board meeting room where plaques are hung to recognize the best of the best. The late Robert Cooper, a teacher and coach from decades ago was named, as was Kathy Frye, a retired DISD teacher.

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Funerals: Douglas Vincent Hazlip, 43 of Liberty. Graveside services tomorrow at 2 PM Fairlawn Cemetery Liberty. Mary Angela Sahr, 44 of Houston. Services 11 AM tomorrow at Moss Hill United Pentecostal Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 15,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 17.80 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 81 MONDAY APRIL 28, 2008

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Early Voting: Today is the first day for early voting in the May 10 city and school district elections. Hardin ISD voters are casting ballots on a proposed $9.2 million bond issue. Regular early voting hours are from 8 to 4 at the Hardin ISD Administration Building, with expanded hours from 8 to 8 tomorrow and Thursday as well as 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Early voting for the other various races and proposals are at local city halls and school district administration offices during regular business hours weekdays today through May 6. Early voting in the Liberty County Hospital District Board Election is at the district office on Fannin at Webster in Liberty.

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Assault in Ames: Liberty County Sheriff’s Department reports 40-year-old Michael Phillips was taken to Baptist Hospital in Beaumont suffering serious injuries after an altercation at a home in Ames Friday. Frankie Lee Burnell, 39, also of Ames is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Rodriguez Probation: 75th District Judge C. T. “Rusty” Hight set the probation conditions for Amanda Drew Rodriguez, who pled guilty to the 2005 murder of her husband last Friday. Amanda Rodriguez said the physical abuse she suffered from husband, Rico Rodriguez, led her to shoot and kill the sleeping man. She was sentenced to 10-years deferred adjudication.

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MRCC Golf: The 55th Annual Magnolia Ridge Invitational Golf Tournament is May 15-18. Sponsorships for non-golfers are $75 each. The deadline for golfers to sign up is May 1. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Liberty County Children’s Protective Services. For information, call David Leonard at 936-336-8841 or Glenda Calloway at 336-3806.

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Funerals: Faye Marberry, 96, of Batson, Services at 10 a.m. today at New Life Assembly of God in Batson. ** Catherine Sue Weatherly, 56, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. today at Sterling in Dayton. ** Tony Haltom, 61, of Dayton, no services planned. ** Freddie Donatto, 86, of Ames, 9 a.m. Tuesday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church. Visitation 6-9 tonight at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty ** George Taylor, 56, of Anahuac, 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Anahuac.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 15,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 17.84 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 80 FRIDAY APRIL 25, 2008

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Hardin Bond Cost: Hardin ISD Superintendent Bob Parker said, if the bond issue passes, the total tax rate will increase about 21 cents from the current tax rate but still be below the tax rates in 2005-2006 and 07-08. He said for a homeowner with a homestead valued at $80,000 the impact would be about $138 per year. The bonds are separated with two propositions. Proposition 1 calls for $7.5 million to refinance existing lease purchase debt, and Proposition 2, for $1.7 million to repair and upgrade infrastructure. If both bond issues pass, the total tax rate will increase from $1.04 to $1.25 per $100 of assessed value.

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Girl Scout Food Drive: Dayton Girl Scout Troops 5549 and 5553 are holding a food drive to restock the food pantry at 1st United Methodist Church in Dayton. This Saturday, the girls will go door to door dropping off bags for Dayton residents to fill with non-perishable food items. Once the bags are filled, place the bag by the door, the girls will pick them up that afternoon..

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DeFoor Swan Song: Today is the last day of service to Liberty County for Emergency Management Coordinator Ken DeFoor, who took on the “temporary” assignment in June 2006, agreeing to work 7 months.

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Early Voting: Early voting starts Monday. For the Hardin ISD Bond Election, voting will be at the Hardin ISD Administration Building. Early voting for Liberty County Hospital District Board Member election is at the district office on Fannin in Liberty. Voters can cast their ballots early for the Liberty City Charter Amendments at City Hall. Liberty ISD Special election voters will cast ballots at the LISD Administration Building. Voters in the Hardin City Council races as well as the proposed 1% sales and use tax will cast ballots at Hardin City Hall. In Hull Daisetta ISD and Devers ISD, voting takes place at the respective administration buildings. Cleveland has contested council races, a zoning ordinance proposal, and charter amendments. Voters cast ballots in Cleveland at City Hall.

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Funerals: James Douglas LeBlanc, 60 formerly of Dayton. Services 1 PM tomorrow at Trinity Valley Baptist Church Liberty. Harold Dean Killingsworth, 79 of Splendora. Services today 1 PM at Pace Stancil - Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 15,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 17.94 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 79 THURSDAY APRIL 24, 2008

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Tousha Memorial: A special memorial service for Army Sgt. Shaun Paul Tousha is 2 p.m. Saturday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. The 30-year-old Hull man was killed during his third tour of duty in Iraq by a roadside I. E. D. on April 9th. He was laid to rest at his wife’s family cemetery in New Waverly and this local service is for family and friends in South Liberty County where he was raised. Governor Rick Perry has ordered all U. S. and state flags lowered to half-staff on Saturday.

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Jordan Nolan Signs: Hardin High School Senior Quarterback Jordan Nolan has signed with Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Nolan led the Hornets to the first post season win in school history this past season. The Hardin Squad went 9-3 behind is prolific passing attack. Jordan Nolan received not only an athletic scholarship but an academic scholarship as well.

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TVE Bull Riding: Tickets go on sale Monday for the Pro Bull Riding Tour on Thursday May 15th and Friday May 16th at the TVE Fairgrounds. Trinity Valley Exposition Vice President Donnie Smith said this is the 6th year the pro bull riding has come to Liberty and it is always a hit. The event brings most – if not all- of the top bull riders in the country to the TVE Fairgrounds to compete for $26,000 in additional prize money. Advance tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for kids and seniors at the Fairgrounds Office, FLNB in Liberty and Dayton, and Baskins in Liberty. A limited number of premium seats nearest the bucking chutes are also available for $25, but only at the Fairgrounds. For more information, call 936-336-7455.

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Kidfish: The annual Kidfish event is this Sunday at the Liberty City Park Lake from 1-4 PM. Sponsored by BJ Ford and the Burnham Family, Kidfish is free to anyone under age 17, and it’s a great chance for parents and kids to spend some time together for outdoor fun. For those who would like to donate to support the Kidfish program, pick up a donation form at BJ Ford on Highway 90 in Liberty. No Pre-registration is necessary, just sign up Sunday at the park. For information call 336 2215.

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Funerals: Wilma Collins Pursch, 78, formerly of Dayton, Graveside Service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Palms Memorial Park in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 15,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 18.02 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 78 wednesDAY APRIL 23, 2008

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Hospital District: Blackhawk Healthcare made a presentation to the South Liberty County Hospital District Board Monday night concerning acquisition of the Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital. This comes a couple months after a similar presentation by Critical Access Healthcare, and Hospital District Board President Bruce Stratton said the plans differ greatly. He said board members are considering hiring a consulting firm – Stroud Water Capital - to review the proposals and make recommendations on what course of action would best serve residents of the district.

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Smoke Testing: The City of Liberty is continuing smoke testing of sewer lines. When residents receive a written notice, they are asked to pour about a gallon of water in drains that are not normally used to help keep the non-toxic smoke used in testing from entering homes or businesses. For information, contact the City of Liberty at 936-336-3684.

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Chambers Co. John Doe: This Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the discovery of the body of a still unidentified Hispanic male under the bridge on Eagle Ferry Road in Double Bayou. The Chambers County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information to call 409-267-8331 or Crime Stoppers at 409-267-8477. The victim is identified as between 5’ 5” and 5” 8” tall with a medium build, short black hair wearing a blue pullover shirt with an “Exxon” logo.

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One on Death Row: A recent report that there is no one from a Liberty Co. case currently awaiting execution was correct; however, Nelson Wayne Mooney still remains on death row. Mooney was sentenced to die for the murder of a Houston man - Raymond Gardner - in 1984. DA Mike Little said even though Mooney has been found to have a mental defect that prevents him from being put to death, he is still physically on death row.

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Dayton Chamber Golf: Golfers still have time to sign up for the Dayton Chamber of Commerce’s 8th Annual Golf Tournament Friday at the Newport Golf Club in Crosby. The two-person scramble begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $200 per team. Call the Dayton Chamber at 936-257-2393 for last-minute registration.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 15,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 18.09 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 77 TuesDAY APRIL 22, 2008

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90 Work Delayed Again: Work to repair the railroad crossing on Highway 90 in Dayton has been delayed another six weeks. Mark Shepherd of TxDOT said this most recent delay is so the huge box culverts to be put under the roadway can be rebuilt. The already constructed units did not comply with TxDOT specifications. Based on current estimates, roadwork should start in late May and be completed 30 to 90 days later.

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Man Collapses in Court: A 79-year-old Splendora man was air lifted to a Houston hospital after he collapsed on the witness stand in Judge Don Taylor’s second floor courtroom yesterday. Courthouse Security Director Hugh Bishop said Harold Killingsworth was testifying in a civil case when he collapsed. He was said to be in stable condition at last report.

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Chamber Luncheon: The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Administrative Professionals Luncheon is tomorrow at noon at Marian Hall of Immaculate Conception Church. Each administrative professional will get a door prize in drawings held throughout the luncheon. The event is pretty much a sellout, but they will try to work in last-minute reservations. Tickets are $12. Call 936-336-5736.

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Dayton FFA Rodeo Parade: There is no entry fee to participate in the Dayton FFA Rodeo Parade on Saturday May 3rd at 10 a.m. This year’s parade theme is “Deep in the Heart of Dayton”. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories – Best Walking, Best Riding, Best Float, Best Band and Best Overall Youth Entry. For information, call 936-258-4339.

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Crime Stoppers On-Line: Both the Liberty and Chambers Counties’ Sheriff’s Departments are part of a growing list of law enforcement agencies partnered with Eastex Crime Stoppers. Area police agencies that are part of the network include Dayton, Cleveland, Daisetta and Mont Belvieu. Eastex Crime Stoppers now has a web site where information on crimes can be reported anonymously. It is www.724tips.com.

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Dayton Baseball: The Dayton Broncos baseball team hosts the Nederland Bulldogs tonight at 7 p.m. All Nine Sports will broadcast the game live starting around 6:50 this evening.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 15,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 18.22 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 76 MONDAY APRIL 21, 2008

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Sheriff’s Deputy Wrecks: Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Marcantel was not seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck around 11 Sunday morning. Reports state that Deputy Marcantel was responding to a disturbance call to the Moss Hill area. He was traveling on S.H. 146, and the vehicle in front of him slowed but did not having working taillights. Deputy Marcantel swerved to miss the vehicle. His patrol car skidded sideways, striking a utility pole in the Lazy H parking lot.

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Lethal Injection: DA Mike Little wasn’t surprised by last week’s U. S. Supreme Court ruling that death by lethal injection is not “cruel and unusual punishment”. Presently, there are no Liberty or Chambers County prisoners on death row. Elsewhere, the death sentence will once again go forward. In the past, Liberty County has had as many as 5 on death row.

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Rotary Honors Vets: All Liberty-Dayton Area World War II Veterans and their spouses will be honored May 20 at the noon meeting of Liberty Rotary Club. A free lunch will be served at the Liberty Center. To make reservations, call Rotarian Bob Ford at 936-336-6990.

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Batson Man Sentenced: A Chambers County jury found Curtis Paul Clymer, 37, of Batson, guilty of felony DWI in the 344th District Court and sentenced him to 7 years in prison. This was Clymer’s fifth DWI conviction, but the most severe punishment he had received in the past was 90 days in jail.

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Parenting Skills: The Texas Agri-Life Extension Service is offering a two-day parenting skills workshop on April 29-30. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon each of those days at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Liberty. Cost is $10 to cover materials. For information, call Alexis Cordova at the Agri-Life Extension Service at 936-336-4558 in Liberty or 281-593-0405 in Cleveland. The extension number for both is 221.

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Funerals: Edith Lucille Kreuzer, 88, of Anahuac, services held Sunday. ** Bobby Ray Vines Sr., 49, of Hull, services at 11 a.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **
Irene Leota Bolar Kuyendall, 72, of Dayton, no services, arrangements at Pace Strancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 15,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 18.37 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 75 FRIDAY APRIL 18, 2008

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Flags: Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s office has directed flags be lowered to half-staff Saturday April 26th in honor of Sgt. Shaun Paul Tousha, killed last week in Iraq.

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Odyssey of the Mind: Two Dayton Odyssey of the Mind teams won state titles in their age groups and now advance to the World Finals in College Park, Maryland. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem solving opportunities for students. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems ranging from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. The Dayton High and Nottingham Middle school teams are now preparing for the world finals May 31 through June 3.

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Stewart to Dayton: There’s another coach named Stewart in Dayton athletics. Tuesday night, Dayton School Trustees approved the hiring of longtime Liberty Athletic Director Jeff Stewart to take over the position as Head Baseball Coach in Dayton, as well as Assistant Defensive Coordinator for Bronco football. Jeff Stewart was with the Liberty ISD for nearly 20 years, but is a Dayton native and graduate of Dayton High School. Jeff Stewart starts his new duties in July.

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San Jacinto Day: A recent proclamation by Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald, urges citizens to participate and recognize San Jacinto Day – A Texas holiday, April 21st. Judge Fitzgerald’s proclamation said remembering that date each year is necessary and proper to remind Liberty County Citizens of the sacrifices made by our ancestors that gave us an independent Texas. Many of the Texans at the battle were from Liberty and surrounding areas.

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Devers Water: The Devers Water Department will shut off the water tomorrow from 9 AM – Noon to repair a leak on the main water line. For information call 936 549 7471.

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Funerals: Richard David Richardson, Jr., 85 of Liberty. Services 3 PM Sunday at First Baptist Church Liberty. * Mary A. Layton, 81 of Liberty. No services planned. * “Johnny” Melton, Jr., 42, of Moss Hill, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at N. Main Baptist Church in Liberty. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.86 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 74 THURSDAY APRIL 17, 2008

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Bellamy Scholars: Yesterday recipients of the Dr. Richard C. and Esther Bellamy Educational Scholarship were announced. These four scholarships are for $10,500 each. From Hardin High School, Lindsay April Brazeale. Graduating senior from Dayton High School, Kaley Lace Jagnanan. Hull Daisetta senior Dawn Jannise Mangum was also awarded a Bellamy Scholarship, as was Leanna Nicole Moreno a Liberty High School senior. This is the 27th year of the scholarships. This year’s award brings the total awarded to seniors to more than $1.4 million.

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LISD Board: LISD board members appeared frustrated Tuesday night when they were asked to approve a police officer position, also known as a resource officer, under different financial arrangements then previously approved. Previously, the LISD board had approved paying the 75-25 split of the salary, which had the district paying a total of $48,029. Second, they discussed a 75-25 split of all expenses that had LISD pay $52,079 with school trustees voting to split the difference and pay $50,000 a year for 3 years. Tuesday night, the proposal by the City came back to the board, again asking the district to pay 75 % of all costs. LISD Board Members tabled that item.

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High Speed Chase: According to Liberty Co. Sheriffs Capt. Chip Fairchild, what would have been a warning from Constable Pct. 2 Juan Alfaro to motorist David Chandler ended in a high speed chase over a portion of east Liberty County and David Chandler being arrested. He has been charged with evading arrest and charges of assault on a peace officer are being considered.

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Dayton Ole Tyme Days: Tomorrow is day one for the annual Dayton Ole Tyme Days festival in downtown Dayton. The event Friday features the carnival, with family night from 6-10 PM, BBQ cook off gets underway, and at 8 PM, the free street dance with entertainer, Pate Tatum and Texas Revolution. For information, go to www.kshn.com. The Dayton Ole Tyme Day’s webpage is linked through upcoming events.

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Funerals: Alma Lee Hardy-Barnes, 72 of Liberty. Services 11 AM Saturday at Berean Tabernacle in Liberty. Donald Ray “Donnie” McCraw, 47 of Batson. Services 11 am tomorrow at Batson Prairie Baptist Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.86 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 73 WEDNESDAY APRIL 16, 2008

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Burglary Interrupted: Three people are in custody after law enforcement officers interrupted an apparent burglary in progress. Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Department was called when an alert resident noticed someone in the home of a neighbor, they knew was out of town, in the area of FM 1409. The three would be thieves fled into fields and woods, but were captured by Dayton PD and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers. They are identified as George Ibarra, Samuel Lopez and a 16-year-old female. The stolen property was recovered.

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Suicide: The half brother of a Liberty County Justice of the Peace apparently took his own life in the late hours of Monday or early Tuesday morning. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said Johnny Melton, 42 of Moss Hill, ½ brother of Cody Parrish Pct. 3 JP, apparently died of a single gunshot wound. JP Pct. 2 Ronnie Davis held an inquest and ordered an autopsy.

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Earth Day: An Earth Day event will be this Saturday at the popular Champion Lake from 11 AM to 2 PM. Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus said there will be a number of fun filled events for the family, such as canoeing, kayaking, boating tours, bird and butterfly viewing, walking the levee trail, dip netting, and fishing lessons for the kids. Champion Lake is about 10 miles south of Dayton on FM 1409.

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Administrative Professionals: The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon is a week from today. Chamber President Mary Anne Campbell said they are still accepting donations of door prizes. Call the Chamber office to make reservations, 936 336 5736.

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Rotary Radio Day: This Saturday, the Liberty Rotary Club takes over the airwaves of KSHN radio, for their annual fund raising event, Rotary Radio Day. Rotarians will do all the announcing, introduce music, and read much of the day’s news from 6 AM to 6 PM. Interested in advertising with local Rotarians for the fund-raiser, call Tracy Williams at 336-2226.

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Funerals: Ramona Lea Jordan Ener, 43, of Trinity, Funeral services at 10 a.m. today at New Life Assembly of God Church in Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 21.44 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 72 TUESDAY APRIL 15, 2008

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Workforce Academy: The Liberty County Workforce Academy has been named the recipient of the Texas Economic Development Council’s, 2008 best practices award in work force development. Earl Joy Executive Director of the DCDC and Board Member of the TEDC said the training school won the statewide competition for their service area of 40,000 -100,000 population. The award will be presented during the spring conference of the TEDC April 24th in El Paso.

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Sgt. Shaun Paul Tousha: Funeral Services for Sgt. Shaun Paul Tousha are set for Thursday 10 am at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, in Huntsville. Condolences can be left on-line at www.shmfh.com. Arrangements are being worked on now for a memorial service to be held locally since his family and school friends reside here. Details will be announced soon.

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Chambers Co. Shooting: Last Thursday night, an ongoing feud ended when Dennis Allen Stephenson, 22 of Oak Island, allegedly shot the father of a possible rival for a girl, Dewayne “Wayne” McDaniel, 44 before killing himself. Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive said Wayne McDaniel was shot 4 times. Individuals took the injured man to Bayside Hospital prior to the arrival of Chambers County Deputies. From there he was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he is listed in stable condition.

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Pilot Serious: Sheron Skinner, wife of pilot Robert Skinner whose plane crashed in a field in South Hardin County Friday afternoon, said while her husband was very seriously hurt, he is expected to recover. She said he has 3-fractured vertebra, with one shattered; however it has already been surgically replaced. Also all ribs on one side were broken, as was his sternum, one foot and one leg. By the end of the week he is expected to undergo two more surgeries. No word on why his plane came down but that investigation is underway.

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Baseball: Liberty Panthers travel to Splendora tonight, first pitch 7 PM. Our broadcast starts at 6:50.

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Funerals: Mae Dee Jones, 80 of Liberty. Services 11 AM today. Mt. Rose Baptist Church in Liberty

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.44 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 71 MONDAY APRIL 14, 2008

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High-Speed Chase: A high-speed chase through Liberty County Saturday morning ended in Jefferson County. According to Liberty Police Sgt. David Hunter, a Harris County DPS trooper stopped a vehicle on U. S. 90 in the area of Cedar Bayou. The driver escaped the vehicle on foot - the passenger took the wheel and sped away. DPS, Liberty police and Liberty County sheriff’s deputies pursued the fleeing pick up truck east on Hwy 90 all the way into Jefferson County and Beaumont, at speeds reaching 95 to 100 mph. Two attempts were made to use road spikes to stop the vehicle, but the driver managed to evade both times. Sgt. Hunter said the driver damaged the vehicle when he sped over a railroad crossing in Beaumont. He then tried to flee on foot but was caught carrying a bag containing approximately 2 kilos of cocaine. The driver is said to be from Louisiana.

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Shaun Tousha Update: Family members say the body of Sgt. Shaun Paul Tousha, the 30-year-old Hull man killed in Iraq last Wednesday, should arrive in Huntsville on Tuesday. Funeral services have been tentatively set for Thursday at Sam Houston Funeral Home in Huntsville, with burial at Boswell Cemetery in New Waverly. Governor Rick Perry has approved lowering flags to honor the fallen soldier. The period for lowering flags will be set once a burial date is confirmed.

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Plane Crash: A single engine aircraft crashed Friday morning in a field on what is known as Old Sour Lake Road off Hwy. 105 in Hardin County. Initial reports had the plane down east of Daisetta. Though the plane landed upright, the pilot- identified as Robert Skinner- was trapped inside. The pilot is said to be in serious condition, but expected to survive.

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Candlelight Vigil: The public is encouraged to participate in the Annual Candlelight Vigil for Crime Victims and Child Abuse Victims. The event is hosted by DA Mike Little’s office. It will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Liberty Center. For more information, call 936-336-4612.

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Funerals: Billy Eugene Strahan, 66, of Batson, Service was held Sunday. Gladys Barclay McGowan, 100, Services were held Sunday. Billy Gene Johnson, 77 of Dayton. Services today 2 PM at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 20,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 23.56 ASL*

 

Volume 23 NO. 70 FriDAY APRIL 11, 2008

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Hull Man Killed in Iraq: According to Department of Defense Officials, Sgt. Sean Paul Tousha, 30, of Hull, died Wednesday from wounds recived when his vehicle hit an IED, or Improvised Explosive Device in Baghdad. This was Sgt. Tousha’s third tour in Iraq, his first deployment was in April 2003. Sgt. Sean Paul Tousha attended Hull Daisetta Schools and has several relatives living in the area. His wife, Christie, lives in Killeen. We will have information on funeral services once they are available.

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Missing Explosives: The Liberty County Sheriffs Department is asking for the public’s help in locating some missing explosive devices used in oilfield work. Wednesday afternoon, a 64-quart cooler fell from the back of a Key Energy Services truck in the area of CR. 337 and State Highway 321. Inside that cooler was a cardboard box containing 50 of the charges. A search of the area turned up 6 of the charges, however, the remaining 44 have not been located. The charges are described as small, bell shaped, brass in color with two prongs on the top of each one. Anyone who finds the cooler or box of explosive charges is asked to leave them where they are and contact the Liberty County Sheriffs office at 936-336-4500 or the Liberty County Emergency Management office at 936-334-3219.

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Hardin ISD Bond Issue Meetings: The Hardin school district has scheduled a number of public meetings so voters there can learn about the districts $9.2 million bond election on May 10th. The first meeting will be Monday at Rainbow Baptist Church in Rye. Then Thursday, a forum will be held at Hardin High School. On May 5th, there will be a meeting in either Romayor or Rye, that location will be announced when plans are finalized. The final public forum will be May 6th, at Hardin High School. All of the forums are set to begin at 7 PM. For information contact the Hardin ISD Superintendents Office at 936 298 2112

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Softball: Tonight Dayton Girls host Beaumont Central. First pitch between 6 and 7 PM. We will broadcast the game.

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Funerals: Joseph Howard Hebert, 66 of Liberty. Services tomorrow 1 PM at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Pollie Sturrock, 82 of Anahuac. Services 10 AM tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.16 ASL*

Volume 23 NO. 69 THURSDAY APRIL 10, 2008

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Arrested: Kenneth Stewart, 25 was arrested and charged Tuesday night with aggravated assault and kidnapping. On Monday, a 7-year-old Humble girl was lured into a car, assaulted and then abandoned in Baytown. Stewart was arrested in connection with that assault at his mother’s home in Indian Ridge subdivision south of Dayton on FM 1409. Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said his department and the US Marshall’s Service located the wanted man, and he was taken to the Harris County Jail. During Stewart’s arrest, a family who lived across the street from the Stewart house reported to Sheriff’s Deputies, their 2 year old girl made what is called an “outcry”. An investigation in the possibility of that child being a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Kenneth Stewart is now underway by the Liberty County Sheriffs Department.

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Theft: After a chase through the woods, Liberty police arrested Clifford Wheatley of Liberty and charged him with theft. The situation began when employees of Union Pacific Railroad, while doing a routine check of the tracks between Liberty and Dayton spotted two men carrying Union Pacific property, specifically, some copper wiring and a battery charger from a signal box. Liberty Police Sgt. David Hunter said the man was found behind Terrells Auto Parts with assistance from Dayton Police and the Liberty County Sheriffs Department.

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Dinner Theatre: The Dayton High School Theatre Arts Performers are presenting dinner theatre at 7 PM Saturday at the Dayton High School Cafeteria. Instructor Jerre McCarty-Delaney said the evening will include two different forms of performance, as well as a dinner of brisket, vegetables, salad, tea and dessert. Cost is $25 per person, and reservations should be made by noon tomorrow. Call 258 2510.

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Liberty ISD Board: Yesterday, former Liberty ISD Business Manager Tommy Davis filed to run for the open spot on the Liberty Board of Trustees. Another last minute addition to the race was Connie Paintsill, Administrative Assistant at Courthouse Maintenance Dept.

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Funerals: Idella Flowers Reed, 99 of Dayton. Services 1 PM tomorrow at Eastgate Church. A.K. Weatherford, 80 of Devers. Services 10 AM today at First Baptist Church - Devers.

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Volume 23 NO. 68 WEDNESDAY APRIL 9, 2008

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners yesterday approved payment of dues that allows the county to join the National Association of Counties. Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald said an advantage to joining the group is the discount prescription cards that will be offered through the association to every resident of Liberty County, that can provide up to 20 % in savings on prescription drugs. It will be several weeks before the cards are available to residents. Once the cards are ready for distribution, we will have information on how to obtain them.

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ATV Wreck: A 14 year old boy was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Beaumont after falling from an ATV that was being towed by a dirt bike. DPS Trooper Jamie Neault said the driver of the 4-wheeler fell off the ATV, striking his head on the road. While his injuries were not thought to be serious, he was taken as a precaution. Both the drivers of the dirt bike and the 4-wheeler were cited for operating an ATV on the road. The accident happened Monday afternoon around 5:30 on FM 1410 in the Devers area.

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Hospital District Board: Monday night, after the cancellation of the scheduled presentation to the board of the Liberty County Hospital District, from Black Hawk Health Care, board members voiced their disappointment at the Austin based firm. Board Member Janice Guidrey said, for Black Hawk not to show the courtesy of contacting the board directly to cancel the meeting was unacceptable. Board President Bruce Stratton, was told by Dan Fox, with Frontier Health Care on Monday, Black Hawk officials would not attend as they were scheduled. Mr. Stratton said if Black Hawk Health Care had a proposal to submit to the district, they would need to contact the board directly and ask to be put on the agenda for the next meeting set for April 21st. As reported yesterday, Black Hawk and Frontier Health Care, owners of Liberty Dayton Community Hospital have already reached an agreement, contingent on an agreement between Black Hawk and the Hospital District.

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Funerals: Bobbie Frances Densmore, 80 of Moss Hill. Services 10 AM tomorrow at The Lighthouse on Hwy. 146 in Moss Hill. Patsy Ruth Kincaid, 75, of La Porte. Services 2 PM tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church in Batson.

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Volume 23 NO. 67 TUESDAY APRIL 8, 2008

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Hospital Deal?: Dan Yancy, Hospital Administrator for the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital, said a tentative agreement has been reached between Black Hawk Health Care based out of Austin, and Frontier Healthcare, owners of the local hospital. This agreement however, is contingent on an agreement between Black Hawk and Liberty County Hospital District #1. Board President of the district Bruce Stratton said right now, he is not very happy with Black Hawk. After spending weeks asking them to submit a proposal to the district, Black Hawk canceled their scheduled appearance only hours before last nights board meeting. The district has already heard a proposal from Critical Access Health Care, however, that company has not met with Frontier Health Care, the owners of the hospital.

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Smoke Testing: Liberty City Manager Rod Wood said smoke testing should begin tomorrow, helping the city find leaks and other problems in its sewer systems so repairs can be made. Mechanically, smoke is forced into the pipes where it then escapes from damage or separated sections. Smoke can also travel into the service lines of homes and business. Pouring about 1 gallon of water into the traps fills them and helps keep smoke out. Notices will be delivered to homes when crews are working in that particular area. For information call 336 3684.

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Liberty Dayton Business Expo: The 2nd Annual Liberty Dayton Business Expo is Thursday from 2 to 6 PM at Liberty Center. The expo showcases a variety of local businesses, it was a big success last year, and event chair Diane Huddleston said the expo is sold out with 38 businesses participating. The public is encouraged to come free of charge and enjoy a fun afternoon of getting to know the local business community better.

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Odyssey of the Mind: Two Dayton “Odyssey of the Mind” teams won state titles over the weekend and will advance to the world finals in May. The Dayton High and Nottingham Middle schools were gold medal winners in their age groups. They will now compete in the world finals in College Park Maryland.

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Softball: Tonight the Dayton Girls take on Little Cypress Mauriceville at home. First pitch is between 6 and 7 PM. our broadcast starts just a few minutes prior to the game.

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Volume 23 NO. 66 monday APRIL 7, 2008

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Filing Tax Extensions: The April 15th tax deadline is just over a week away and local CPA Byron Swaim advises those who are not ready to file for an extension. Although Form 4868 can get taxpayers an extension on filing returns, it is not an extension on paying any taxes due. Byron Swaim said the extension would save on added penalties for not filing on time.

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LHS Academic Team: Liberty High School won the District 22-3A Academic Championship held March 29th. Now 13 LHS students move on to the Regional UIL Academic Contest this coming weekend in Brenham. As a team, LHS finished first in Calculator Applications, Literary Criticism, Mathematics, Science, Speechn and the Spelling and Vocabulary event.

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321 Work: TxDot’s Myron Broussard said work on the S.H. 321 railroad overpass in Dayton is set to begin soon. In preparation, Lone Star Construction, the company contracted for the work, has shut down the northbound bridge. All traffic on Hwy. 321 will be routed onto the southbound lane of the overpass. It is hoped the project will be finished by mid-summer.

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Statewide Run Off: Voting for tomorrow’s statewide Democratic run off election between Dale Henry and Mark Thompson for a place on the November ballot for Texas railroad commissioner is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Liberty County Courthouse for those in Commissioner’s Precinct 1. Precinct 2 voters cast ballots at Hardin Community Center while Commissioner Precinct 3 residents vote at the Cleveland Annex. Precinct 4 voters go to the Dayton Annex. Only those registered voters who voted in the March Democratic Primary or did not vote at all can participate.

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LISD Athletic Trainer: Liberty ISD now has a full-time athletic trainer after several years without one. School trustees recently approved hiring Dustin Swain to fill that post. Football Coach and Athletic Director Shane Deel said Swain is state certified with a degree in athletic training.

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Funerals: Julian Edward Patton, 94, of Hull, graveside service at 2 p.m. today, Guedry Cemetery in Batson. ** Robin L. Williams, funeral 10 a.m. today, Cornerstone Church in Liberty.

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Volume 23 NO. 65 FRIDAY APRIL 4, 2008

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Fatality Wreck: According to DPS Trooper Boyd Lamb, a wreck caused two people, Ricardo Anguiano and family friend, Marina Melgar to be thrown from their vehicle, causing serious injuries. Ricardo Anguiano later succumbed to those injuries. The wreck was on FM 787 Tuesday night around 8:15. Investigators say Anguiano’s car was hit when he lost control and swerved into oncoming traffic. Neither Anguiano, the driver, nor Marina Melgar the front seat passenger were wearing their seat belts. However, Dina Anguiano, the deceased man’s wife, was wearing a seat belt. She was treated and released from Cleveland Regional Hospital.

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Relay Moved: Threatening weather conditions have prompted tonight’s South Liberty County Relay For Life to be moved from Liberty’s War Memorial Stadium to the Dayton High School Gym. Survivors should arrive at 6:30 for the survivors lap that will follow at 7 PM. The luminaries will be at 10 PM and the victory lap will wrap it up at 11 PM.

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Dayton Livestock Show: The Dayton Livestock Show, Rodeo and Auction is coming up May 8th through May 10th at the Anson Rigby Memorial Arena on Highway 321 in Dayton. Vocational Director for Dayton ISD, Tim Gassiott said the 100 Club is a way for folks to participate in the auction without the high cost of purchasing an animal outright. To get your 100 Club membership, call Tim Gassiott at 936 258 2510 ext. 4115.

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787 Wreck: DPS Trooper Kevin Hussey said it was around 2:30 yesterday morning when Calvin Lee Polinard, 52 of Santa Fe, Texas went off the roadway on FM 787, over corrected and lost control of his truck. The truck landed on its roof, trapping the driver inside. Both the Tarkington and North Liberty County Volunteer Fire Departments worked to free the trapped man. He was taken to Cleveland Regional Hospital as a precaution. Calvin Polinard was cited for unsafe speed, however the investigation continues as Trooper Hussey said alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the wreck.

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Funerals: William Gerald Greak, 95 of Sour Lake. Services today 2 PM at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Leroy Kelly, 72 of Dayton. Services 10 AM tomorrow at Eastgate Church.

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Volume 23 NO. 64 THURSDAY APRIL 3, 2008

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Hospital District: At Monday night’s meeting of the Liberty County Hospital District Board, members heard a proposal from Critical Access Health Care. Charlie Slaton, with the Dallas based firm, gave a brief rundown of the proposal that included a joint partnership between the Hospital District and CAHC for the purpose of encouraging negotiations with Frontier Health Care, the current owners of the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital. Ultimately, the goal would be to build a new hospital facility in South Liberty County, with in the boundaries of the district. After meeting for about 40 minutes in executive session, the board took no action. At the next meeting, April 7th, the board will hear from Blackhawk Health Care, the other company looking to come to this area to build a hospital. That meeting will be at 6 PM at the district office.

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Smoke in the Courthouse: Shortly after 1 yesterday afternoon, a fire was reported on the second floor of the Liberty County Courthouse. There was a pungent odor of electrical wire burn, and a slight haze hung over the county clerk’s office and bordering hallways. Firefighters from the City of Liberty quickly converged on the 77-year-old structure. The problem was determined to be a single light fixture in a file room adjacent to the county clerk’s office. No damage, other then the fixture. ****************************************************

Administrative Professionals: The Annual Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon is coming up April 23rd. The very popular event will be at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Marion Hall at noon. Tickets are $12. Donations for door prizes are being accepted. To make reservations or donations, call the chamber office at 936 336 5736.

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Workforce Academy: The Liberty County Workforce Academy, now in its 3rd semester of offering skilled worker training, has grown from 64 students during the first semester to 220 students now. There is even a discussion among the academy’s board to hire a full time director to meet the fast growing demand for the programs. They are currently offering 13 separate courses, and considering adding at least three more. The next admissions day is May 20th, 4-7 PM at Dayton High School, or call Tim Gassiott at 936 258 2510 ext. 4115.

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Volume 23 NO. 63 WEDNESDAY APRIL 2, 2008

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Republican Party: Held in Cleveland, the Liberty County Republican Party held their county convention on Saturday. Party Chair Lester ray Wisegerber said the convention was well attended and local party officials chose the 17 delegates and 17 alternates for the state convention. The Republican Party’s state convention will be held in Houston June 12th – June 14th at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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Usage Fees: Teresa Brown, with Financial Transaction Services in Humble was Tuesday’s speaker at the Dayton Chamber / Team City monthly luncheon. Ms. Brown had some valuable tips on how small businesses could reduce the cost associated with accepting credit and debit cards in their business. She said often the fees charged with debit and credit cards would eat up profit on lower cost transactions. Ms. Brown used as an example, the pin pad used with debit cards, saying for smaller transactions, like buying a soft drink, it would have been cheaper for the merchant to just give the customer the drink then pay the associated fees.

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Democrat Convention: Saturday, about 200 people filled the 75th District Courtroom in the Liberty County Courthouse for the Liberty County Democratic Party Convention. At the Precincnt level, on primary election day, 121 delegates were elected. Saturday, that number was whittled down to 18 delegates going to the state convention, with 9 votes each for presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The votes for each candidate are split according to how residents of Liberty county voted. The state convention is June 5th – 7th in Austin.

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Power Lifting: Dayton Bronco Brent Kimmy earned 2nd place in his weight class at the state powerlifting finals in Abilene over the weekend. Teammate Jeffery Summers finished 8th in his class. Brent Kimmy is in the 275 # class and lifted a combined 1,750 pounds at the state tournament. That was good enough to earn him a silver medal at the Class 4A state powerlifting finals.

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FLNB Dayton: The FLNB Dayton Financial Center celebrated their 10th birthday yesterday with hot dogs, cake and games for kids. Dayton Mayor Steve Stephens read a proclamation declaring April 1st as Dayton Financial Center Day in the city.

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Volume 23 NO. 62 TUESDAY APRIL 1, 2008

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Drum Line: The Dayton High School Drum Line brought home a silver medal over the weekend at the Texas Color Guard Circuit Percussion Championships. The Bronco squad, only in its first year of competition, came within 7/10 of a point of knocking off the now six time state champions, Pflugerville Connolly. Drum Line Director Mark Waldon said 2 of the six judges placed his group in the top spot and one judge said it is the closest any group has come to defeating the winning team during their six year run.

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Relay For Life: This Friday at Liberty’s War Memorial Stadium football field, the South Liberty County Relay for Life kicks off at 7 PM with the survivors lap. Last year 95 folks took that victory lap. Then team members take to the track where someone is walking through the night until 7 AM Saturday. There is still time to get involved, call Judy Glover at 298 2938 or Sandra Sterling at 336 3716.

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Naval Academy Appointment: Liberty Senior Jack Thornton has received an appointment to the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis Maryland. Jack Thornton, 17, the son of Roberta and Neal Thornton of Liberty reports July 2nd. Ranked in the top 5 % of his graduating class, Thornton got word on his appointment last Saturday. Jack’s support came to him from Congressman Kevin Brady.

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Alzheimer Support: Well known local residents Bob & Joanne Ford of Liberty have first hand knowledge in urging folks who suspect a loved one may have the onset of some form of dementia, to seek help. Joanne Ford has been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer. Her husband, Bob Ford said they have learned that early diagnosis allows for early treatment and that often slows the progress of the disease. There is a local support group for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. The next meeting is April 7th, 7 PM at Kenefick Southern Baptist Church. Call group leader Louise Shaw for information at 257 1808.

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Flower Show: The Liberty Garden Club will hold a flower show Friday from 11:30 to 2:30 PM at the Jean and Price Daniel house on the grounds of the Sam Houston Regional Library on FM 1011. There is no admission. Box lunches are available for $10.

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