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June 2008

VOLUME 23 NO. 125 MONDAY JUNE 30, 2008

Fatality: DPS Trooper Jamie Nault said it appeared William “Bill” Thomas Downs II, 25, was southbound on FM 770 south of Hwy. 90 late Thursday, or early Friday, when his truck failed to negotiate a curve. It left the roadway and hit the far side of a canal bank, where it was difficult to see. JP Ronnie Davis said the man appeared to have been dead 15 to 18 hours before he was discovered in the deep ditch Friday afternoon.

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Fatal wreck: A second traffic fatality wreck in as many days occurred Saturday on Donatto Street in Ames. DPS Trooper Chris Richmond said Larry James Bishop, 53, of Dayton was traveling at an unsafe speed through a curve. His truck went into a skid, left the roadway and hit a tree, killing the Dayton man.

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Pigeon Drop: Liberty Police Lt. Kenneth Taylor said a local man was a victim of the old con game known as the “pigeon drop” on Thursday. Crooks use the promise of what appears to be a large sum of cash to convince the victim to withdraw money from a local bank as a symbol of good faith. The original stack of cash turns out to be newspaper surrounded by a few real bills. The thieves vanish with the victim’s “good-faith” money.

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Rural Rail: In addition to proposing a 32-mile rail line through Dayton to Cleveland, the Liberty County Rural Rail Transportation District is proposing a solution to the traffic delays caused by the railroad crossing at Hwy. 90 in Dayton. Bill Sjolander, president of CMC Railyard, said the plan is to build an overpass west of town to take traffic over a new crossing. Mr. Sjolander said Liberty County officials need to make decisions on these rail matters or outside forces will do it for the county.

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Hospital District: The Liberty County Hospital District Board meets at 6 p.m. today. The board will meet in executive session concerning the possible purchase of the Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital from its current owners. The agenda says discussion and possible action may follow.

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Funerals: William “Bill” Downs II, 25, of Liberty, service 2 p.m. tomorrow at Calvary Baptist on FM 563. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil in Dayton.**Larry James Bishop, 53, of Dayton, service 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home Dayton. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at funeral home.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.95 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 124 FRIDAY JUNE 27, 2008

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Rail to Cleveland: The Liberty County Rural Rail Board is requesting the US Surface Transportation Board to consider approving two local projects. The first, provide an overpass to take the Highway 90 traffic over the rail crossing in Dayton, and a second proposal for a 32 mile Baytown to Cleveland through Dayton rail line. The plan calls for moving the crossing further west to allow room for an overpass. Rail board members say it would provide much needed rail traffic relief for the region and offer a positive economic impact on Liberty County.

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Credit Scores: FLNB Dayton Financial Center President Mark Herndon, while speaking to the Dayton Rotary Club, explained what a “credit score” actually is, and how it affects everyday life. He said it is a measure of risk that helps lenders make a decision on making a loan. Herndon said credit scores are not affected by employment or income, it only considers a persons actual credit history. He said it is very simple to keep a good credit score, make payments on time. Credit scores range from a low of 350 to a high of 850.

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Gas: Governmental agencies have had to make changes to budgets for the sharply increased fuel cost. Liberty Co. Sheriff Greg Arthur said this year’s budget was set using fuel costs of $2.13 a gallon, and although governmental agencies do no pay taxes on fuel, that bulk fuel rate has reached $3.41 a gallon. That change forced a $70,000 budget amendment in recent weeks. Liberty City Manager Ron Wood said higher prices do mean greater expenditures in the City of Liberty, prompting him to work with department heads to find ways to conserve fuel.

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July 2nd: Heights Baptist Church is inviting everyone to a patriotic music celebration on Wednesday July 2nd. It will be held at the Vara Faye Daniel Pavilion on the grounds of Liberty City Hall. There will be a choir and a community sing along to patriotic favorites. The event starts at 8 PM.

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Funerals: Callie Ora Hancock, 94 of Devers. Services 2 PM Saturday at Allison Funeral Service – Liberty. Betty Jo Chatham Parker, 79 of Dayton. Graveside services 2 PM tomorrow at Forest Park Lawndale – Houston. Pending: Johnny Walker, 68 of Liberty. Wells Funeral Service – Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.92 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 123 THURSDAY JUNE 26, 2008

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Sinkhole Workshop: Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald said the workshop set for Tuesday night in Daisetta is for county officials and community members to gather information from the experts that will be on hand about the Daisetta sinkhole. He said there will be a geologist as well as an attorney making presentations on what has happened, what could happen, and what legal options individuals, communities, and the county has. The judge urged residents to attend the meeting so everyone would have the same information at the same time. That workshop again, is Tuesday July 1st in the High School Auditorium on FM 770 in Daisetta starting at 6:30 PM.

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Hollifield: A jury in the 75th District Court found Kenneth Wayne Hollifeld guilty yesterday of Criminally Negligent Homicide in the 2006 shooting death of his wife. DA Mike Little said the jury chose the lesser charge over Manslaughter, a 2nd degree felony. Criminally Negligent Homicide is a state jail felony and Judge C. T. “Rusty” Hight sentenced Hollifield to 14 months and two weeks behind bars.

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July 3: The program for the 8th Annual July Third Celebration in Liberty City Park is getting locked down. The activities get under way at 7 PM, with music by Charlie Grabein’s Big Band and Jimmy Sterling’s Invincible Eagle Band. 2000 free hot dogs will be handed out. At about 8 PM the program begins with remarks by Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett, State Rep. John Otto and US Congressman Ted Poe. The national anthem will be performed by Liberty Opry favorite Karla Burris and friends. There will be a brief recognition of military veterans, and the fireworks at around 9:15. The entire event is free at the Liberty City Park. Music to accompany the fireworks display will be broadcast on KSHN Radio, and www.kshn.com.

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Dixie League: The Liberty Dixie League Darling All Stars captured their district title over the weekend by defeating Cleveland in the district title game, and are now headed to the state tournament. The 7 and 8-year-old Liberty girls will play for the state title July 11-14 in nearby Crosby.

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Funerals: Thomas Lynn Rodgers, 65 of Anahuac. Services 10 AM at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.79 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 122 WEDNESDAY JUNE 25, 2008

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Kidnapping: 3 people have been arrested in connection with an apparent kidnapping. Liberty County Sheriffs Captain Chip Fairchild said Cheryl Moomy, Richard Willis and Clifford Wheatly are accused of kidnapping Roy Ross from his home east of Ames. They reportedly drove him to a location in Liberty, where he was tied up and beaten. He was released after several hours, however he passed out from his injuries upon his return home. He was taken to San Jacinto Hospital in Baytown, and law enforcement was notified Sunday morning. Captain Fairchild said the apparent motive was to have the man sign some legal documents that would be favorable for the trio in an upcoming civil court case.

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Hurricane Preparedness: Tomorrow at 6 PM, there will be a hurricane preparedness meeting at the Liberty Center. County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch reminds folks Hurricane Rita actually struck the coast 80 miles east of the Liberty Dayton Area. A direct hit could be devastating to Liberty County, but if folks are prepared, they can all act in an effective manner to prevent death and injuries as well as speed the recovery process. Area residents are encouraged to attend.

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Dayton Chamber: The Team City – Dayton Chamber Monthly Luncheon will be Tuesday July 1st. This month’s speaker is Tom Branch Emergency Management Coordinator for Liberty County. The meal will be catered by Pappy’s BBQ. The luncheon will be at the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church in Dayton. For tickets or information call the Dayton Chamber at 936 257 2393. Incidentally the Dayton Chamber has moved. They are now at 107 W. Clayton, in the American Rice Growers Office right across from Western Auto.

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Purple! The Dayton City Council recently approved changing the street signs in Dayton from the familiar green to something more Broncos appropriate. As they wear out and need to be replaced, City Manager David Douglas said street signs in Dayton will be replaced with Bronco Purple signs. One is already in place on Houston Street.

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Funerals: Joyce Ishmael Webb, 63 of Dayton. Services 2 PM, tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home – Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.67 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 121 TUESDAY JUNE 24, 2008

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Manslaughter Trial: Testimony in the manslaughter trial of a Cleveland area man begins today in the 75th District Court in Liberty County. Kenneth Wayne Hollifield is charged with fatally shooting his wife, Holly Ann Hollifield in January 2006. Hollifield told investigators the gun accidentally went off and struck his wife in the head killing her. DA Mike Little said a jury was seated yesterday and testimony is to begin today in Judge C.T. “Rusty” Hight's 75th District Court.

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Sinkhole Meeting: Liberty County Commissioners will hold a joint workshop with the City of Daisetta, Hull Daisetta ISD and the Hull Daisetta Vol. Fire Department next Tuesday, July 1st at 6:30 PM at the High School Auditorium on FM 770 in Daisetta. The purpose is a presentation of geological and legal options regarding the sinkhole. The workshop will be information only, no action will be taken. The public is invited to attend all public meetings of the Liberty County Commissioners.

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DARE/Bridgehaven: The 14th Annual Bridgehaven – DARE Golf Tournament is this Friday. The event raises critically needed funds for both the Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center and the Local Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program. Both of these programs service the children in Liberty and Chambers Counties. For information on the golf tournament, call 336 4609.

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GOP Delegate: For the first time, a resident of Liberty County will be a delegate at the National Republican Convention in early September. Sherial Lawson of Dayton will travel to Minneapolis - St. Paul in Minnesota as a Republican delegate from Texas Congressional District # 2.

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Dayton Fire Dept. BBQ: This Saturday, the Dayton Volunteer Fire Department, an entirely volunteer organization will hold their annual fund-raiser. The BBQ, silent auction, raises money for equipment and training. The $8 BBQ plate includes brisket, beans and rice. Lunch is from 11 AM to 5 PM this Saturday at the fire station on Winfree Street.

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Funerals: Mark L. Rose, 54 of Onalaska. Memorial services 11 AM Saturday at Pace Stancil Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.65 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 120 MONDAY JUNE 23, 2008

Stand Off: Liberty police, with assistance from the Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Office, responded to a domestic violence call at a home on Beaumont Avenue early Saturday morning. Liberty Police Lt. Ricky Skarpa said an argument between 20-year-old Brandon Jenkins and his girlfriend, Andrea Williams, turned violent, and the man refused to come out of the house. After a roughly 2 1/2-hour standoff, Jenkins was finally convinced to leave the house. He was arrested and charged with family violence assault. Andrea Williams was treated for minor facial cuts and abrasions at Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital.

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Manslaughter: Jury selection is expected to begin today in the trial of a Cleveland area man for the 2006 shooting death of his wife. Kenneth Wayne Hollifield, 22, was charged with manslaughter in March 2006. Hollifield was breaking down a shotgun when it discharged, striking Holly Ann Eberle Hollifield in the head and killing her. Kenneth Hollifield said the shooting was accidental. If convicted, he faces 2 to 20 years in prison.

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Burglars Interrupted: A pair of would-be burglars was interrupted in the act by sheriff’s deputies last Friday morning. Thieves were in the process of entering a game room on FM 563 when officers arrived. Arrested and charged with burglary of a building are Devin Grantom, 43, of Kingwood and Christopher Rhoades, 24, of New Caney.

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July 3rd: The City of Liberty’s 8th Annual Independence Day Celebration is Thursday, July 3, at Liberty City Park. There will be remarks from national and state leaders as well as great patriotic music from the Invincible Eagle Band and the Charlie Graybien Big Band. There also will be a spectacular fireworks display by the Zambelli family. Hot dogs will be served at 7 p.m. In past years, the occasion has drawn thousands to Liberty City Park with many more in yards and parking lots nearby.

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Funerals: Billy Brooks, 57, of Liberty, services held Saturday. ** John Presley Jr., 65, of Anahuac, private services. ** Margaret Castleshouldt, 75, of Highlands, memorial at a later date. ** Willie Parker, 90, of Livingston, services 3 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil Dayton. ** Lafayette Wells Jr., 65, of Batson, services 2 p.m. today at New Life in Batson. ** Dorothy Cox, 70, of Dayton, services 10 a.m. today at Navarre in Baytown.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.68 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 119 FRIDAY JUNE 20, 2008

Industrial Accident: A man lost his life in an industrial accident yesterday afternoon in Daisetta. Liberty County Sheriffs Department reports indicate Gilberto Cabrera, 38 of Channelview was working unloading oil field pipe when two pieces of 8 “ pipe, each weighing about 1,000 pounds rolled off a fork lift, landing on Cabrera. He was pronounced dead at the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital.

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Wreck: Cynthia Minor and her 14 year old daughter, Ashley were both taken by Life Flight Air Ambulance to Hermann Memorial Hospital is Houston following a wreck on CR. 486, also known as Hatcherville Rd. DPS Trooper Chad Blackburn said Mrs. Minor swerved to avoid a turtle crossing the road and lost control of the vehicle. The wreck happened just after 7 AM yesterday morning. While both women are said to have suffered serious injuries, they were not thought to be life threatening.

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Regional Economy: According to Bill Gilmer, the Houston / Gulf Coast economy is doing quite well. The Vice President and Senior Economist for the El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas told Liberty Rotarians at Tuesday’s meeting that Houston area employers have added 350,000 jobs in the past few years, the equivalent of the combined workforce of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange. He also said the outlook for the area remains positive.

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Fire Ants: The return of hot weather means the return of fire ants in yards and gardens. Using the latest treatment methods the fire ant population can be controlled. Ag experts say the best way to manage the pests is the two step method. Use fire ant bait in a broadcast method over the entire yard or pasture, the second is treatment of individual mounds. County Ag agents say, “Amdro, “Combat” Ortho” and “Spectracide” are all effective for broadcast method while “Bayer Advanced”, Safer Ant Killer” and “Turf” are effective mound treatments. The Liberty County Agri Life folks say this should remove fire ants, for about 12 to 18 months.

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Funerals: Elizabeth Ann Mitchell, 40 of Dayton. Memorial services Sunday at 3 PM at the Liberty Church of Christ. John Kerry Cartwright, 56 of Humble. Services 11 AM today at Grace Community Baptist Church in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.72 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 118 THURSDAY JUNE 19, 2008

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Stolen Truck: Alerted by “On Star” the built in satellite system of a stolen truck’s location on FM 1409 south of Dayton, Liberty County Sheriffs Department attempted to stop the stolen vehicle. The thieves sped away, leading law enforcement on a short chase before bailing out of the stolen truck and running into the woods. The apparent thieves were able to avoid capture. The truck was returned to its owners, Angel Brothers Construction Company in Baytown said to have only slight damage.

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Blood Drive: Locals turned out in record numbers Tuesday for the replenishment blood drive for Baxter Dunagan, who needs blood for his battle with cancer. Dorothy Nettles, with Life Share Blood Center said 275 potential donors showed up at either FLNB or First United Methodist Church in Liberty. In all, 220 pints of blood were collected, a record setting event for Life Share Blood Centers here.

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Foot Pursuit: A warrant has been issued for the driver who fled after he was pulled over by a sheriffs deputy in a traffic stop just before noon Tuesday. The driver, identified as Matthew T. Condos, 20 of Dayton and 2 passengers led law enforcement on a five-hour hunt through the woods north of Dayton in the area of Dayton Lakes. The driver and passengers managed to elude law enforcement as well as the tracking dogs from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Sheriff’s Dept. Corporal Hugh Bishop said law enforcement was able to recover stolen property in the pick up truck the fleeing suspects abandoned. The warrant was issued Tuesday evening charging the Dayton man with evading and felon in possession of a firearm.

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Liberty City Council: Tuesday night, Liberty City Council unanimously approved a “memo of understanding” between the city and LISD regarding the funding of a school resource officer. The officer would be part of the Liberty PD, primarily assigned to serve on school campuses. When school is not in session, the officer would be working out of the police department. Police Chief Mike Cummings said it would be an approximate 74-26 split with LISD picking up the higher of the percentage.

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Funerals: Frank Guillory, 80 of Ames. Services today at 11 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.77 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 117 WEDNESDAY JUNE 18, 2008

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Dayton City Council: The Dayton City Council met Monday night and approved the sale of the $14 million in general obligation bonds to fund construction of the new community center and library. Council also got a slide presentation from RWS Architects on the progress made in designing the buildings. Council members were pleased with the overall design of the complex to be located on Cleveland and Entzminger Streets.

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Chase: Just before noon yesterday a Liberty County Sheriffs Deputy Trousdale pulled over a truck on CR. 2331 just off of FM 1008 in what is known as Dayton Lake Estates. When stopped, the driver and 1 or more passengers fled into the nearby woods, sparking a several hour manhunt in and around the area of Dayton Lake Estates. The Sheriff’s Department indicates they have identified the driver of the truck, who they say has a lengthy criminal history.

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Fire Resistant Landscape: Jeff Lester, with the Texas Forest Service will hold a program on landscape plants that are more resistant to burning in small grass fires, and offer tips on landscaping that minimizes the dangers of house fires. The program is tomorrow evening from 7:15 to 9 PM, at the Liberty County Annex. For information call 936 336 4558 ext. 221.

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Patriotic Celebration: Heights Baptist Church is sponsoring a patriotic music celebration in downtown Liberty at the Vara Faye Daniel Pavilion on the grounds of Liberty City Hall. Set for Wednesday July 2nd starting at 8 PM, it is planned for 35 to 40 minutes. Anyone is welcome to sing along, as well as an invitation from Music Director for Heights, Gary Downey to join in the choir assembled for the event. For those who want to sing in the choir contact Gary Downey on his cell: 409 658 1528, or Mary Hensley at 336 2770.

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Hurricane Preparedness: Liberty Co. Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said residents through out the county are invited to a community wide hurricane preparedness meeting, Thursday June 26th at the Liberty Center starting at 6 PM. Speakers will include local and state officials as well as experts from the National Weather Service.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.96 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 116 TUESDAY JUNE 17, 2008

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Wreck: Two Liberty residents, Teletshia and Leon Randolph were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries following an accident on FM 1960 yesterday afternoon. DPS Trooper Rob Willoughby said their large SUV was hit from behind by a pick up driven by Kenneth McCorkel of Dayton. According to Trooper Willoughby, the Randolph vehicle was stopped in the road attempting a left turn into a private drive. Citations are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Liberty Police: For about 18 months Mike Cummings has headed the up the Liberty Police Department. During that time, the department has added four new slots for officers, added a motorcycle patrol and a canine officer. Chief Cummings said city police could pursue opportunities often reserved for much larger departments. Currently the chief is working to add a school resource officer to the Liberty PD ranks.

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Taste of Dayton: The 4th Annual “Taste of Dayton” sponsored by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, A T & T, Sterling Funeral Homes and HCN News is this Thursday from 4 to 7 PM. Admission tickets to the popular event are $3 for adults and $1 for kids under ten. Individuals can stroll from booth to booth sampling the wonderful snacks and learning about area businesses and organizations. For information call the Dayton Chamber at 257 2393.

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321 FD Celebrates: Saturday, the volunteers of the Highway 321 volunteer fire department celebrated their long awaited new fire station and training building. The ribbon cutting for the 5,600 sq. foot building was held Saturday morning, with a day-long celebration following. The building has 6 pull through bay doors, modern kitchen, rest rooms and showers for fire fighters. There are also offices, meeting rooms and a lighted helicopter-landing pad behind the facility. There are 21 non-paid volunteers with the department.

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Funerals Pending: Frank Guillory, 80 of Ames. Services pending with Wells Funeral Service in Liberty. Lois M. Benton, 94 of Dayton. Services 10 AM Friday in Linney Cemetery. Lynn Sherman Roberts, 74. Services 10 AM Tomorrow at First Baptist Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.96 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 114 FRIDAY JUNE 13, 2008

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Lease to Key Energy: The Liberty Municipal Library got a rare windfall Tuesday when city council accepted a $10,01 per month lease proposal from Key Energy. The facility on highway 90 was donated to the city, with the stipulation that any funds generated by leasing the property would go to the Liberty Library. Over the 5-year lease, the Library will receive a grand total of $600,060 toward the expansion of the Library

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Rosenwald School: For the first time in more than 50 years, the 1927-28 Rosenwald School house on the campus of Colbert Elementary in Dayton was exposed as the walls of the 1952 Colbert building, built around the historic school house, came tumbling down. Rosenwald Schools were built in African American communities throughout the south and southwest to afford a better educational opportunity to black students. Funded through the Rosenwald trust and local contributions, the school in Dayton is one of only a hand full through out the country that are still standing. Dayton ISD officials are working to get grants to restore the historic brick building.

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Smoke Testing: The City of Liberty is conducting on going smoke testing of the city’s sewer lines. Wastewater Superintendent Earl McCreight said a notice would be put on doors a day or so before the smoke testing is done in that neighborhood. A gallon of water in drains not normally used will fill traps and helps keep the smoke from entering the building. If smoke does find its way in, a plumber should be called because there may be a leak in the plumbing system. For information, call city hall, 936 336 3684.

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Liberty Dayton Chamber Luncheon: The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is coming up Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Marian Hall. This month’s program is a little different, as many chamber members as time permits will have a chance to brag about their business. Lunch is $8 and catered by Fontenot’s Cajun Creole Catering. Make reservations by calling the chamber office at 936 336 5736.

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Funerals: Audrey Garza, 60 of Dayton. Services 2 PM tomorrow at Navarre Funeral Home Baytown.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.84 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 113 THURSDAY JUNE 12, 2008

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Liberty City Council: Following an executive session Tuesday night, Liberty City Council voted to move forward with obtaining a security agreement and other documentation from Frontier Health Care, current owners of the hospital, on unpaid utilities and back taxes owed the city. Mayor Carl Pickett said the vote by council allowed city attorney Randy Gunter to procure a written agreement with Frontier on payment of past due utilities and taxes. He said those arrangements would include protections for the city.

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I-69: TxDot announced Tuesday they would recommend that the I-69/Trans Texas Corridor project follow the existing path of U.S. 59 in Texas. That would bring the road through the northwest portion of Liberty County, near and through Cleveland. How to route the road through Houston is still being discussed, although utilization of the grand parkway, which is also expected to pass through Liberty County, is a possibility.

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Bridgehaven Golf: The 14th Annual Bridgehaven-DARE Golf Tournament is Friday June 27th at Newport Golf Club in Crosby. The tournament is a four-man scramble with an 8:30 a.m. start. Golfers can sign up for $60 per person, and sponsorships are available. Call the DA’s office at 936 336 4609, in Chambers Co. call 409 267 8271, or Bridgehaven, 936 258 0400.

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Sinkhole: On Tuesday, Liberty County Commissioners approved a request to the State of Texas for permanent monitoring of ground levels around Daisetta. County Judge Phil Fitzgerald said the goal is to be able to identify any changes in ground elevation before something of the magnitude of the sinkhole occurs again. Currently folks from Louisiana State University are monitoring the elevation, however, that is a research project and temporary.

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LPD Meeting: Liberty Police host a community meeting tonight at 6:30 at the Liberty Center. The public is welcome.

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Funerals: Deena Jeanne Bell Boudreaux, 34 of Liberty. Services today 2 PM at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton. ** Betty A. Collins, 78, of Cleveland, Services at 2 p.m. today at Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.84 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 112 WEDNESDAY JUNE 11, 2008

Special Needs: Hurricane season is now, and local emergency management officials are urging folks with special needs, be it significant medical needs to those who simply do not have transportation to register with the county, the city or the state. Liberty Co. Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said it is so much easier if they have that information now, rather then as a storm approaches. Liberty County residents can call 936 334 3219. In Cleveland call 281 593 0405 or in the City of Liberty call 336 3922. The state wide number is 211.

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Taste of Dayton: The 4th Annual Taste of Dayton is next Thursday from 4-7 PM. Businesses and organizations will be set up at the Woodrow Wilson Jr. High with displays and food items for visitors to sample. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for kids under 10. Booth spaces are still available, call the Dayton Chamber at 257-2393.

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Commissioner’s: Yesterday, Liberty County Commissioners approved a contract to buy the old Wal-Mart building in Liberty for the amount of $1.8 million. The 106,000 sq. foot building will be renovated into government offices.

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Hospital: Dan Fox with Frontier Health Care confirmed they are not presently in negotiations with Blackhawk Health Care, although Blackhawk still has an interest in buying the hospital.

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LPD Town Hall: The Liberty Police Dept. will host a community meeting Thursday evening at 6:30 at the Liberty Center. Chief Mike Cummings said the meeting would allow citizens to give input on the role of the PD in Liberty and to participate in a question and answer session.

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Salmonella: Local Physician Steven Ellerbe said salmonella, recently linked with tomatoes, is a concern for those who already have a significant illness, as well as the elderly and very young. A relatively healthy adult would be sick a few days with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and fever. Also, the FDA said Texas grown tomatoes have not been linked to the outbreak and are considered safe, if you are sure where the tomatoes were grown. Dr. Ellerbe said, because the symptoms of salmonella resemble stomach flu, it’s hard to say if any cases have been treated locally.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.84 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 111 TUESDAY JUNE 10, 2008

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Hospital: The saga of the hospital has taken yet another turn as Blackhawk Health Care, the presumed purchaser of the hospital is no longer in negotiation with Frontier, the current owner. Liberty County Hospital District Board President Bruce Stratton said negotiations between the two entities broke down after it is alleged Blackhawk demanded more from Frontier then the original agreement provided. Meanwhile, the Hospital District Board President has asked Liberty Dayton Community Hospital owners if they would negotiate for the taxpayer funded hospital district to buy the hospital, and Frontier agreed. Stratton pointed out all of that depends on the full district board agreeing on that direction. Another company, Critical Access Health Care, has been asked if they would like to be in those negotiations and that private company has agreed.

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Motorcycle Injury: Vice President for FLNB, Brenda Cone was injured while participating in a charity motorcycle ride Saturday in Houston. Information indicates, while there do not appear to be any serious injuries, Ms. Cone is being held in the Jones Tower of Herman Memorial Hospital for observation.

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321 VFD: The Highway 321 Volunteer Fire Department has a new firehouse. To celebrate, there will be a community family day this Saturday. It starts with a ribbon cutting Saturday morning at 10:30, and events through out the day will include food, games, entertainment, volleyball and horseshoes. Volunteer firefighters, EMT’s and LifeFlight and more. The event is free but donations are welcome.

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Traffic Flow: Following the nightmare evacuations of Hurricane Rita, the State of Texas completely revamped the evacuation routes from moving people off the coast. Liberty Fire Chief Fred Collins said many of the major routes out of Houston would be what are called, “contraflow” lanes. That allows traffic to move north on both north and south bound lanes. Also, traffic coming east on Highway 90 will be directed north, rather then on into Liberty County.

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Correction: The bus trip to Grand Coushatta is June 26th.

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Funerals: Michael R. Brown, 44 of Hull. No services planned.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.84 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 109 FRIDAY JUNE 6, 2008

Hospital Utility Bills: One date has come and gone with no action on the part of Blackhawk Health Care as far as past due utilities bills owed to the City of Liberty. Tuesday a document from Blackhawk guaranteeing the payment of those bills was expected to be at city hall by 5:30. That document was not received. Another agreement reached at the May 27th city council meeting was payment of the current utility bill of just over $11,000 due by 5:30 yesterday evening. That bill was paid yesterday afternoon. Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett said city council maintains a desire to keep the hospital open, but it is also their obligation to protect the interests of the taxpayers.

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Paul Daniels Scholarships: Four recent South Liberty County graduates will each receive an $18,750 scholarship from the Paul Daniels Scholarship trust. Those lucky graduates are, from Dayton High School, Cindy Alvarado and Liberty graduate Michael Flores. Also receiving a Paul Daniels Scholarship are Hull Daisetta Graduate Samantha Gobert and Hardin High School’s Jake Russell.

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DCDC Assistance: Executive Director of the DCDC Earl Joy said there are several layers of DCDC involvement, including creating jobs and creating investment in the community. He added, business retention is an important part of the function of the economic development group. In addition, there is a new requirement for those applying for assistance from the DCDC, businesses are now required to submit a business plan. For information on the DCDC and the services they offer to the Dayton Community call 936 257 0055.

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H.G.A.C.: Several grant programs offered through the HGAC are designed for community improvement. Called community investment grants, Chuck Wemple, Economic Development Coordinator said the grants, that can go up to $25,000 are a one to one match. He said they are designed for community improvement such as public use areas, restoration of historical buildings, and other projects that would improve not only the community, but quality of life as well. For information on any of the HGAC grant or loan programs, call 713 627 3200.

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Funerals: Estella M. Edwards, 59 of Liberty. Services 10 AM tomorrow at Cornerstone Church in Liberty.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 107 WEDNESDAY JUNE 4, 2008

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Dayton City Council: Mayor Steve Stephens and the Dayton City Council met Monday night with their financial consultant, Mark McLiney of Southwest Securities and reviewed a number of options regarding the impending sale of $13.9 million bonds to finance the new Library and Civic Center Complex. Council Monday night agreed to go with a June 16 bond sale, and authorized city staff and McLiney to proceed along those lines. The motion also authorizes all other matters relating to bond insurance and underwriters protection. The motion passed unanimously.

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Hospital District: The Liberty County Hospital District Board Monday night approved the June payment to Liberty Dayton Community Hospital for $45,150. That figure is reached based $175 per person on the district rolls. Currently there are 258 people signed up.

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Father David Reassigned: Father David Edwards will soon be leaving his post as pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty having been reassigned to the Beaumont diocese. Bishop Curtis Guillory has not yet told Father David where he will be serving. We do know Immaculate Conception will soon have two pastors, Father Ludwig Jessing and Father Anil Thomas will begin with the Liberty Congregation this month. Father David Edwards has been serving the Liberty church for four years, and has taken an active role in the community. His last weekend here will be July 5th and 6th.

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Correction: Yesterday’s story on the Liberty Panther football camp for incoming Liberty third through eight grade students had the wrong phone number. To reach Coach Shane Deel, call 936 346 1460.

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Funerals: Lillie M. Robinson, 93 of Liberty. Services 10 AM tomorrow at St. Miles Missionary Baptist Church in Ames. Hannah Faye Teel, 67 of Port Arthur. Services today 2 PM at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Benny Carroll “Buddy” Herndon, 46 of Willis. Services 10 AM tomorrow at Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland. Gloria Lee Cox, 79 of Liberty. Graveside services tomorrow noon at Wells Memorial Cemetery in Liberty.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 106 TUESDAY JUNE 3RD, 2008

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Stallion Dayton Facility: Construction is under way in Dayton on the Stallion Oilfield Service Company’s new facility on the top of the hill along US 90. About 4 years ago, Stallion’s efforts to move from Liberty to Dayton stalled. Dayton City Manager David Douglas said Stallion’s management re-approached the city about a year ago, and Dayton City Council approved a partial 5-year tax abatement to help the company offset the costs of complying with city building requirements. The 6-acre site will have 2 buildings. The main facility is a 14,000-square-foot, two-story building that includes offices. Stallion is expected to be in their new Dayton facilities in about six months or less.

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Up Date on Relay: One of the largest fund-raising efforts held each year in Liberty County is Relay for Life, an effort that generates local dollars for the fight against cancer, education, and local support of cancer patients. Co-Chair of South Liberty County’s Relay for Life Judy Glover said an updated total has reached $100,500, cash in hand. She said combing the two north and south Liberty County efforts puts Liberty County ranked second in the East Texas region in per capita giving. Countywide efforts this year have produced donations equivalent to $2.01 per county resident.

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Blood Drives: There will be a special replenishment blood drive for Baxter Dunagan who needs blood transfusions for his struggles with Leukemia. That will be 3 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17th, at First United Methodist Church in Liberty. Dorothy Nettles, local coordinator for Life Share Blood Center, said the FDA has changed rules for blood donations. Those with diabetes are now eligible to donate, as long as they are in good health, as are those on high blood pressure medicines. For information on other changes, call Dorothy at 298-2689.

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Panther Football Camp: June 16th – June 19th, there will be a football camp for LISD students entering 3rd - 8th grades. Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Shane Deel said the camp is designed to teach kids the fundamental skills of football, as well as allow him the opportunity to get to know the districts kids, and let them have a chance to meet the high school’s coaches. Registration fee is $40. For information, call Coach Shane Deel at 936-346-1640.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 105 MONDAY JUNE 2ND, 2008

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County to Buy Building: Liberty County commissioners are nearing a final agreement to buy the old Wal-Mart building on North Main in Liberty for $1.8 million. Precinct #2 Commissioner Lee Groce said the 106,000-square-foot building and large parking area will be used for many county offices currently housed in owned or rented buildings around Liberty. Offices presently in the County Annex would be relocated there along with adult probation and other county service offices. Once the purchase becomes final, then comes a lengthy and costly remodeling job of the old Wal-mart location.

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Hope Flies a Big Success: Organizers of the Hope Flies benefit last Saturday at Liberty Municipal Airport are delighted between $12,000 and $13,000 will go to Trooper Jamie and Catrina Neault. Earlier this year, Mrs. Neault gave birth to twins – Faith did not survive and Hope has been in Texas Children’s Hospital since. More than 80 planes flew in for the event, and nearly 750 barbecue plates were sold – all to benefit this local family.

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Dayton Employee: Philip O’Neal, a Dayton City employee, was returning home with his wife from a weekend visit with family in Louisiana on May 18 when an apparent drunken driver struck the couple’s car. The man’s wife was killed instantly. Mr. O’Neal suffered critical injuries and has been recovering since in a Louisiana hospital. A special bank account has been opened at Legend Bank in Dayton for donations to help with expenses.

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What’s Your Bid: This Saturday marks the start of the 25th season of “What’s Your Bid?” on KSHN Radio. Listeners are invited to call in and bid on a variety of merchandise and services from area businesses - all sold below retail prices. “What’s Your Bid?” continues each Saturday throughout the summer from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Funerals: H. Roger Legg Jr. and Kathy Lynn Legg, services at 10 a.m. June 7 at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston. ** Malcolm Stephenson Schultz, 91, formerly of Liberty, services at 11 a.m. today at Hardin Chapel Cemetery. ** Myrtle Inez McDaniel Chiles, 86, of Groveton, services held Sunday. ** Rafael Cervantes, 58, of Dayton, services 5 p.m. today at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty.

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