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August 2008

VOLUME 23 NO. 165 FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2008

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Hospital: We learned Wednesday the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital has made some alterations in arrangements of their services. We reported sometime ago some air conditioning units at the hospital were malfunctioning and the emergency room and the patient wing were heating dramatically. While those repairs have been completed, it will take some time for the hospital to cool, and for the next few days patients have moved to other facilities. The emergency room has moved back to its old Travis St. location where the a/c is working.

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Gustav: As Hurricane Gustav continues to creep to the north, it’s important to remember forecast tracks, this far out, are typically off by about 300 miles. That is according to the National Weather Service’s own estimations. With the Labor Day Weekend under way and many planning that last summer getaway, emergency management officials all along the gulf coast are urging us all to monitor the progression of this storm.

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Bikes for Christmas: The Liberty Co. Bikes for Christmas program will hold a fund raising golf tournament Saturday September 6th. The deadline to enter the four-man scramble has been extended through Tuesday September 2nd. To register call 936 536 3080.

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LISD Financial Rating: Liberty ISD has earned a superior rating through the financial integrity rating system of Texas. Liberty scored 82 out of 85 on the 24 indicators used to evaluate the financial systems of school districts.

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Football Phone/Internet Feeds: For those who would like to try listening to the Bobcats, Broncos or Panthers by phone tonight go to our website, www.kshn.com and click on the TeamLine logo. After selecting the team of your choice, you’ll be able to find the directions on how the phone feeds work. There is a $5 charge per game. To listen on line, that’s free. Just click the Dayton, Liberty or Hull-Daisetta logo.

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Funerals: Lloyd Earl Plummer, III, 29 of Dayton. Services 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Eugene Cooper, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.38 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 164 THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2008

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Murder Trial: In January 2007, Rodney Strickland was charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, Mary Strickland, the widow of former Liberty Co. Deputy Earl McFarland, killed while on duty in 1990. At the time, it was reported Strickland called law enforcement and told them he had shot his wife. Also injured in the confrontation was his 17-year-old stepdaughter. She recovered from a gunshot wound. On Monday Rodney Strickland went on trial in the 75th District Courtroom of Judge C.T “Rusty” Hight. Information indicates Mr. Strickland pled not guilty due to diminished capacity, claiming he was on medication that made him not responsible for his actions. The trial is expected to continue at least through the end of the week.

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Liberty School: Liberty school trustees met Tuesday night and still could not decide whether to appoint someone to fill the unexpired term of Tommy Davis, who died just three months into his term, or hold a special election this November. After two votes, nobody was appointed and no election will be held.

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Dayton Wreck: Brenda Roberts, 47 of Baytown was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when a car pulled into the path of the motorcycle she was riding south on Highway 146 in Dayton. Dayton police say Randi Baker of Crosby was pulling out of the driveway of Taylor Pipeline and did not yield to Ms. Roberts. LifeFlight air ambulance took Brenda Roberts to Memorial Hermann Hospital said to be in serious condition.

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Friday Night Football: The 2008 football season kicks off tomorrow night with our split channel broadcast of the Liberty Panthers on the left and Dayton Broncos on the right. Something new this year, we will be broadcasting all the Hull-Daisetta Bobcat games on the internet. Go to www.kshn.com and click on the TeamLine logo to see how you can listen to the Bobcats, Bronco’s or Panther’s, online – free. There are options to listen by phone. The directions to listen by phone are on the TeamLine site linked on ours.

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Funerals: David Allen Baker, Sr., Service 2 p.m. today at Pace Stancil Funeral home in Dayton. Virgil W. “Duke” Simmons, 64 of Kenefick. Services 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.47 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 163 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2008

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Gustav: Although not yet in the Gulf of Mexico, officials in gulf coast states are keeping a watch on the seventh named storm of the season, Hurricane Gustav. Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch said while it is still too early to make any landfall predications, now is the time area residents should prepare. He said to get your hurricane kits ready, and for those who may need special help if an evacuation becomes an issue, call either his office at 936-334-3219 or the state line at 2-1-1 to register as a special-needs resident. Insurance: Insurance agents are reminding folks home and auto insurance must be in place prior to a named storm entering the Gulf. Once a storm passes latitude 80 and longitude 20, policies for residents along the coast will no longer be written.

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners yesterday named Joe McAnally as the new Justice of the Peace Precinct # 5. Long time JP Burl Thomas has resigned. Two other residents of the Tarkington area, Bernadine Ringwald and John Burke, expressed an interest in the appointment. The naming of Mr. McAnally was a unanimous vote in favor.

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Dayton City Council: Monday night Dayton City Council held the second public hearing for the proposed tax rate. Council will vote on the rate September 8th. Also Monday night, council members heard a report from RWS Architects with a design development presentation on the Dayton Community Center and Library. The interior depiction’s show soaring ceilings, open beam construction, skylights and many more attractive features.

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First Day Enrollment: First day enrollment figures across the county show Cleveland ISD had a slight increase in student population over the first day last year. First day figures for Liberty ISD are not yet available. The remainder of the districts across the county show slight decreases over last year’s numbers.

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Funerals: Jesse Floyd “Tooter” Haynes, Jr., 76, of Anahuac. Services 10:30 today at First United Methodist Church of Anahuac. Winifred Gail Hill, 86, of Cleveland. Services were held yesterday. Larry William James, 77, of Raywood. Services 10 a.m. Thursday at Batson Community Center.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.51 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 162 TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2008

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Social Security On Line: David Bauman with the Beaumont office of Social Security said a new addition to the Social Security website allows folks to get an idea of what their retirement benefits would be. He said this new program requires simple information like name, social security number, mother’s maiden name, and recent income. To link onto the website, go to ours, www.kshn.com, and click on the government link. The link to the Social Security website is at the top of that page.

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TVE: The 100th anniversary of the first Liberty County fair, forerunner of the Trinity Valley Exposition, is this October, and organizers promise it will be very special. The centennial celebration committee has planned one special day for Saturday, October 11th, as a part of the annual TVE Country Weekend. For information, call the TVE during regular business hours at 936 336 7455.

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Hornets / Bobcats: The Hardin Hornets and Hull-Daisetta Bobcats open up football season this Friday night against each other. The cross county rivalry is sure to fill the stands with blue and white and red and black. Incidentally, the Hornets vs. Bobcats game, as will all Hull-Daisetta games, will be broadcast over the Internet. Go to www.kshn.com to learn how you can listen for free.

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Fiscal: The Hull-Daisetta school district has received a Superior Achievement rating by the Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas. That is a way the state can “grade” school districts for their finance systems. The top in the state is the superior rating.

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Panthers: The second of 2 preseason scrimmages for the Panthers was canceled this past week because of soggy field conditions. Now, the black and gold under the direction of first year head coach Shane Deel are looking forward to getting the season under way for real this Friday night. Coach Deel said he isn’t concerned about only having one scrimmage, saying the Panthers will enter Friday’s game injury free.

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Hardin: Hardin ISD parents can pay for student meals online, go to www.kshn.com click on the schools link to learn more.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.50 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 161 MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2008

Bond Denied: District Judge C.T. “Rusty” Hight denied bond for accused murderer Larry Deploy. He stands accused in last week’s shooting death of 31-year-old Joseph William Masterson II of the Cleveland area. Reports say the suspect came home unexpectedly last Tuesday night and found Masterson with Larry Deploy’s wife, Jennifer.

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Akins Saga: Controversial internet blogger Ray Akins did not show up in the 75th District Court Friday morning. Akins and his company, LCST, L.L.C. lost a court case in Houston in mid-July. A hearing was set for Friday in the 75th District courtroom to consider a suit that a receiver be appointed to seize and sell the assets of LCST to pay damages in that previous suit. Instead, attorney John Fason, representing the Palmerez brothers, the plaintiffs in the Harris County action, informed the court Akins had filed bankruptcy for the business.

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Joy Responds: DCDC Executive Director Earl Joy was forced to resign his position last week. Mr. Joy said he accomplished a lot for the organization. He also said the DCDC office is filled with tension because of the actions of four board members.

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School Start: Classes start today for all school districts in Liberty County. Local law enforcement officials urge drivers to watch out for children walking to school or waiting on school buses. Don’t forget, it is state law that motorists must stop for a school bus displaying its flashing lights or retractable stop sign.

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Football: Pre-season scrimmages are over for area high school football teams. Now, the real fun begins. The Liberty Panthers host the Bridge City Cardinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium. The Dayton Broncos will host the Bay City Blackcats Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m. This will be the 32nd year that KSHN will carry all Panther and Bronco games. Hardin travels to Hull-Daisetta Friday for a 7:30 cross-county rivalry.

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Funerals: Richard Brightwell, 81, of Dayton; service is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pace Stancil in Dayton. Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil. Edwin Smesny Sr., 80, of Mont Belvieu; service is 3 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at White Funeral Chapel in Highlands.

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

VOLUME 23 NO. 160 FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2008

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Fatality Wreck: A Liberty woman, Barbara Ortega was killed in an accident yesterday morning on Highway 90 east of Ames. Texas DPS Trooper Jamie Neault said Ms. Ortega’s car hydroplaned into oncoming traffic. Barbara Ortega was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Injured in the wreck were Pauline Caballero of Raywood and her passenger Valerie McGregor, 43 of Houston. They were taken by air ambulance to Houston where they are said to be in serious but stable condition.

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Another Military Death: A man with many local ties died in military U.S. Navy service while temporarily stationed in Alaska. Corpsman Second Class Athan Scott Allen, 26, was a graduate of Nederland High and was from Silsbee. Locally he was a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and the Semmes Battalion. He participated in Civil War re-enactments and attended Liberty Jubilee for several years as part of the re-enactment group. The corpsman’s body is scheduled to arrive at Bush Intercontinental airport Saturday, and a motorcade taking him home to Silsbee will pass through Liberty County.

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New Restaurant: A new restaurant, “Tarkington’s” is set to open in the Country Emporium location on Highway 90 in Liberty on Monday September 8. According to Marc Tarkington, his restaurant will serve classic American cuisine including steaks, seafood and home-style cooking. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and lunch on Sundays.

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Babies and Books: The Liberty Library is set to start its free Babies and Books program for parents and their babies from lap size up to 2 years old. The popular program starts 10 a.m. Thursday September 4, continuing weekly through December 10. The program is free but limited to the first 10 parent-tot teams to sign up. For information call the Library at 336 8901.

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Funerals: Robert Kirkwood, 81 of Liberty. Services 11 am tomorrow at St. Miles Baptist church in Liberty Navel Corpsman Second Class Athan Scott Allen, 26 of Silsbee. Full military service Sunday 3 p.m. at Farmer Funeral home in Silsbee.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.12 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 159 THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2008

Murder: Larry Deplois has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Joseph William Masterson II, 31 of the Cleveland area. Liberty County Sheriffs Department reports Mr. Deplois late Tuesday night, returned to his home in northeast Liberty County unexpectedly, surprising his wife, Jennifer Deplois, and the victim. It is alleged Masterson was shot twice by the husband as Masterson was running from the home. Larry Deplois was arrested Wednesday morning and is in the Liberty Co. jail charged with murder. No bail has been set.

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Joy Resigns: Tuesday night at a special called meeting, Dayton Community Development Corporation Executive Director Earl Joy was forced to resign his position. His resignation was effective immediately. Dayton Mayor Steve Stephens said that while he appreciated Mr. Joy’s extraordinary organizational skills, he thought he lacked salesmanship and people skills.

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Liberty Scrimmage: The Liberty scrimmage between the Panthers and Beaumont Kelly has been changed to Friday at Memorial Stadium - 6 p.m. JV - 7 p.m. varsity.

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Fatality Wreck: A Morocco area man was killed in a Tuesday morning accident on Hwy. 146 South at the Chambers - Liberty County line. The roadway was closed for about 3 ½ hours.

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Hardy to Jail: After years of appeals, former Chambers Co. Sheriffs Deputy Dearl Hardy is expected to start serving his 6 - month sentence for perjury today.

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Hardin Scrimmage: The Hardin scrimmage today between the Hornets and the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks has been moved to Crosby stadium. The freshman teams play at 9 a.m., JV scrimmage is at 10 and the varsity scrimmage is at 11 a.m.

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Funerals: Wayne James Noack, 71 of Las Vegas, Nevada. Services 2 p.m. Saturday at Pace Stancil Funeral Home – Dayton. J.T. Michael Tems, 50 of Anahuac. Service today 3 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. Maudry Mary Breaux Stokes, 84 of Anahuac. Services 10 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Anahuac. Howard Noel Rumsey, 80 of Liberty. Services 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home – Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.00 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 158 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2008

FM 770 to Reopen: Texas Department of Transportation crews will reopen FM 770 near the Daisetta sinkhole on Friday. That roadway has been closed to all travel since the sinkhole began developing this past May. Officials said safety is the first priority and TxDOT officials will continue to monitor the roadway and surrounding area.

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Tire Recycling: The City of Liberty in partnership with Hebert Distributing will hold a tire recycling day September 20. It’s a chance to dispose of your old tires and make the community look better at the same time. Drop off old tires at the John Hebert Distributorship from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event is free; however it is limited to individuals, no businesses. For information, call 336-7361.

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Coach Steps up for Player: At age 15, Liberty High School student Jamarcus Glenn dropped out of school to work to help support his family. Now a senior, U.I.L. rules say the young athlete can not play sports because eligibility requirements allow only four consecutive years from the time a student starts high school until eligibility runs out. Because of the lost year, this will be Glenn’s fifth year. Last week, new Liberty Head Coach Shane Deel said he appealed the young man’s case to the U.I.L., and with the favorable ruling, Jamarcus Glenn will compete in sports during his senior year.

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Teacher – Prostitution: We reported on a Cleveland teacher’s arrest for prostitution last week in Houston. According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, Laurie Ann Lewis, 38, of Kingwood has been a theatre teacher at Cleveland High School for two years and was a teacher in Dayton for three years prior to that. She is reportedly on paid leave with the Cleveland ISD school board set to consider her future employment on Monday.

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Gatorfest: The annual Texas Gatorfest is coming up in less than a month. Anahuac, in Chambers County where the number of alligators have always outpaced the number of people, hosts the event each year with music, food, a BBQ cook off, air boat rides, carnival rides, and of course, the “Alligator Round-Up”. Texas Gatorfest 2008 is Friday, September 12, through Sunday, September 14, in historic Fort Anahuac Park. For information, go to www.kshn.com and click on the “upcoming events” link.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.71 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 157 TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2008

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Tax-free Weekend: Area retailers reported strong sales over the weekend associated with the state’s annual tax-free holiday. The special back-to-school shopping weekend began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ended at midnight Sunday. Managers representing several local retailers said, combined with special in-store sales, the tax-free weekend was a big success. They also thanked area residents for shopping locally.

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Liberty Panthers BBQ: The Liberty Panthers will host the Beaumont-Kelly Bulldogs in a pre-season scrimmage this Thursday at Memorial Stadium. Junior varsity scrimmage at 6 p.m. The Liberty-Kelly varsity groups will begin around 7. Also, the Liberty Panther freshmen will host the Anahuac Panther ninth-graders in a 5 p.m. contest this Thursday. In conjunction with the scrimmages, the Liberty Booster Club will hold a barbecue fund-raiser. Tickets are on sale through any booster or by calling Lee Ann at 936-334-2463.

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Chamber Lunch: The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon at noon Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church’s Marian Hall in Liberty. The topic is the 100th anniversary of Trinity Valley Exposition, and the meal will be catered by Tony’s Barbecue. The speakers will be Helen Green and other members of the T.V.E. Anniversary Committee who are organizing the 100-year celebration. For reservations, call the Liberty-Dayton Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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Clay Shoot: The Dayton Volunteer Fire Department is holding a sporting clays tournament this Saturday to raise funds for their all-volunteer department. The National Sporting Clays Registered Shoot for every skill level will be held at Pecan Meadow Sporting Center with start times of 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. They also will have a smaller five-stand event. To sign up, call Pecan Meadow at 936-298-3611.

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Liberty Library: Liberty Municipal Library got a new computer system Friday. It will handle the public library’s circulation and records. The web-based system also will allow patrons to use the internet to renew checked-out books, request a particular item and check on fines. Don’t worry – your same library card is still good.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.38 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 156 MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008

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Fatality Accident: An Anahuac man died in a two-car collision on FM 563 north of the FM 770 intersection just before midnight Saturday. Trooper Chad Blackburn said James Tems, 50, of Anahuac was ejected from the truck he was driving and pronounced dead at the scene. Two Dayton women from the other vehicle were transported by ground ambulance to a Beaumont hospital with injuries considered non-life threatening.

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Prostitution Charge: A Cleveland High School theater teacher reportedly was arrested last week in Houston on a misdemeanor charge of prostitution. The Houston Chronicle reported Saturday that 38-year-old Lauie Ann Lewis of Kingwood is scheduled to appear in court this Wednesday to face the prostitution charge, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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Mother arrested: Liberty County Sheriff’s Department issued an Amber Alert Friday after Kesha Victorian took off with her two children. The mother was under a court-issued protective order barring her from any contact with the children because of past violence toward the kids. She was taken into custody Friday by Beaumont police, and the kids were returned to their father.

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Probationers: The Liberty and Chambers Counties Adult Probation Departments handle about 4,000 probationers each month. Chief Probation Supervisor Steve Swan says one unique program locally for handling low-risk offenders is internet reporting. Steve Swan said this program has been so effective they are looking for ways to expand it.

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Horticulture Program: The Texas Agri-Life Extension Service and Liberty County Master Gardeners will host “Horticulture Places of Interest in Southeast Texas” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Liberty County Courthouse Annex on Cos Street in Liberty. The program is presented by local master gardener and horticulture specialist Nancy Brandli. Make reservations before Wednesday by calling the extension office at 336-4558, ext. 221.

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Funerals: Frankie O. Vann Matthews, 90, of Evergreen; services 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pace-Stancil Dayton with visitation 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Wayne J. Noack, 71, of Las Vegas; pending with Pace-Stancil in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.38 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 155 FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2008

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Tax Free Weekend: The tax free weekend, under way now, runs through Sunday midnight. Across south Liberty County, retail businesses are adding a little something extra to the savings consumers can already count on from special sales to extended shopping hours. Shoppers can save $8.25 in taxes per $100 spent on items like shoes, hiking boots, dresses, shirts, jeans, pajamas, jerseys, and school uniforms. For a list of items that can be purchased tax free, go to www.window.state.tx.us

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Unclaimed Funds: Liberty County, the City of Liberty, and City of Cleveland, are all listed on the website of the State Comptrollers office as having unclaimed property in the possession of the state. The county has the largest total dollar amount at just over $2,100. City of Liberty has on the table over $350, while Cleveland could add $61 to their coffers.

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Special Crimes Unit: With the vote by Liberty County Commissioners to dissolve the Chambers-Liberty County Narcotics Task Force, countywide law enforcement has realized there is a void to be filled. In a meeting held Wednesday, leaders from the various agencies around the county agreed they needed to pool their resources, as no one agency had the resources or personnel the task force has.

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Swift Count: Last Saturday there was a special event held called “Swift Night Out” to count chimney swifts as the birds go to roost in the old rice dryer in Dayton. Local bird club member Barbara Tilton said that night they counted more than 300 of the birds. According to Barbara Tilton, swifts are only found in North America from March through November, the rest of the year is spent in South America. Each Thursday evening starting at 8 p.m. at Legend Bank in Dayton, anyone is invited to help count chimney swifts. Bring lawn chairs and binoculars.

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The History Channel: The popular History Channel had a crew in Kenefick yesterday morning as they are filming a segment on a UFO event from late December 1980. Several people reported seeing a UFO in and near Dayton that night. In a special one-hour segment to be aired in October, the History Channel will take a look at the event, the questions, the answers and the mysteries. When a date is set, we will let you know.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.33 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 154 THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2008

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Senator Hutchison: US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison made about a 1 and ½ hour stop in Liberty yesterday afternoon at the Price and Jean Daniel House on the grounds of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center. Texas’ senior senator talked to the roughly 75 folks in attendance on the high cost of energy. She said energy cost, specifically the cost at gas pumps, is related to supply and demand. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison said the way to increase supply is to drill for our own natural resources.

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Liberty City Council: The Liberty City Council met Tuesday night and took the preliminary vote to set the proposed tax rate at .59 cents per $100 assessed property value. The current rate is .56 cents. In other action, council met in executive session with City Attorney Randy Gunter regarding a suit against the city by former Liberty police officer Hugo Flores. Council spent about an hour in executive session, but took no action when they returned to open session.

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Liberty Panther Fans: The Liberty Panthers will hold a citywide pep-rally and meet the players event at 7 p.m. Friday at the courthouse. The outdoor event will include free balloons and drinks. The Panthers also have a scrimmage this week. They will play Hardin Saturday at 9 a.m. at Hornet Stadium.

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Father David Edwards: Father David Edwards, the former priest at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty, has been reassigned to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Mt. Belvieu. Bishop Curtis Guillory first reassigned Father Edwards from Immaculate Conception to St. James in his hometown of Port Arthur. The newest move to Mt. Belvieu is effective Sept. 1.

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Correction: In yesterday’s radiogram we gave two different figures on the increase on property values for the same community. Daisetta had an increase of 9.99 % and Devers saw their property values rise 17.33 % over last year

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Funerals: Grace Wilson, 97. Graveside services 10 a.m. today at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty. Johnny Glenn Welch Jr. 50 of Hardin. Services tomorrow 10 a.m. at Allison funeral service in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.38 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 153 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2008

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Commissioners: Liberty County Commissioners yesterday took the first step toward increasing salaries for all employees of Liberty County with their vote approving the salaries for elected officials. County Judge Phil Fitzgerald said the salaries are based on recommendations provided by the Waters Group, which was hired to compare the salaries of Liberty County employees to that of other similar counties. Their report indicates Liberty County is averaging 13-15% below the median when compared to other Texas counties. The county judge said it will take a couple of budget cycles, but the plan is to have all county employees near the mid-line of the salary averages. Commissioners also approved a tax abatement package for Boomerang Tube that mirrors the one approved by Liberty City Council.

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Hull-Daisetta High: Hull-Daisetta Superintendent Mary Huckabay said a drainage ditch that has been a problem on the grounds of the high school is not related to the now world famous "Daisetta Sinkhole”. According to all evidence, there is not a sinkhole forming at the high school, in spite of rumors.

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Dayton City Council: Dayton City Council Monday night held the first of two public hearings on the new 2008-2009 budget, with the proposed tax rate of a little over .68 and a half cents per $100 of assessed property value. Council members also discussed, but did not approve the budget for the Dayton Community Development Corporation. The DCDC budget is set to go back in front of council on Aug. 25th.

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Property Values: A report from Liberty County Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner shows Dayton’s appraised values went up by 17.4 %, with values in Liberty up 10.42 %. Cleveland’s property appraisals rose 7.45 % and Daisetta experienced a 9.99 % increase. Daisetta also saw an increase at 17.33 %, and Hardin moved up 4.11 %. The largest jump was in Mont Belvieu, which is partly in Liberty Co., with a 2,317 % increase in values related to new construction off S.H. 146.

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Funerals: Sgt. Jamie Gonzalez Jr.; Services tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. in El Paso. Amos Richard Richardson, 72 of Rye. Services 11 a.m. tomorrow at Moss Hill Community Cemetery.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.21 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 152 TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2008

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Senator: U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson will be in Liberty tomorrow to give a legislative update. The senator from Texas will be at the Price and Jean Daniel House on the grounds of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center on FM 1011 at 3:15. A member of the senate since 1993, some believe she will run for governor next election for that post. KSHN radio will broadcast the senators remarks live. The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event. For information, call 936 336 5736.

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Direct Deposit: David Bauman with the Beaumont office of Social Security said paper checks can be lost or stolen, and those events can delay the recipient from receiving benefits from Social Security. He said changing to direct deposit for an existing bank account or signing up for what is called a debit card is an easy process. To enroll in direct deposit, call Social Security with the account number and routing number from your bank. For those without a bank account, call 1 877 212 9991 to enroll in the Direct Express Debit Card Program. The number for the Beaumont office of Social Security is 409 924 6413.

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T.A.B. Broadcaster of the Year: Liberty County native, Caroline DeVine, known here by her maiden name, Caroline Johnston, last Thursday was named by the Texas Association of Broadcasters as Broadcaster of the Year for Texas. She was born in Liberty and raised in Hull. Not long ago, she was named as one of the 50 most powerful women in radio, and last year she was inducted into the Texas Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Having recently retired, Caroline DeVine and her husband, William, are restoring the hold home place near Hull and hope to call the ranch “home” very soon.

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Clay Shoot: The Dayton Volunteer Fire Department is holding a sporting clay’s tournament August 23rd to raise money for the all volunteer department. The National Sporting Clays Association registered shoot will be at Pecan Meadow Sporting Center on FM 834. Cost is $65 per shooter with lunch included. There will also be a smaller 5-stand tournament for $35. Golf carts are available for rent. Eye and ear protection is required. To register for the fundraising shoot, call Pecan Meadow Sporting Center at 936 298 3611.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.18 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 151 MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2008

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Tax Values: The Liberty County Central Appraisal District has released the certified tax rolls for 2008, and the total market value for land, improvements, personal property, minerals and industrial have risen 5.5 percent countywide from 2007. After homestead and other exemptions, the net taxable values countywide are $4.21 billion. That’s up 4.25 percent from last year. Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner said local school districts with an overall increase in net taxable values include Dayton, Liberty, Hull-Daisetta, and Tarkington. Those districts with dips include Devers, Hardin and Cleveland. The increases and decreases are most often related to changes in mineral values.

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Traffic Fatalities Drop: A traffic program involving Liberty County Commissioners Court, Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, area constables and DPS troopers resulted in a 33 percent drop in traffic fatalities compared to the same period the year before. Law enforcement increased patrols and visibility to encourage safer driving. The sheriff’s department said traffic fatalities in the nine-month period from October 1, 2007 until now dropped to 12 from 18 during the same period one year ago.

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Grant Payment: Global Tubing will receive a $200,000 grant from Dayton Community Development Corporation at its board meeting tomorrow at 7 p.m. The tubing manufacturer was enticed to Dayton with a $750,000 grant paid over six years based on the new company achieving certain goals. The first check was contingent upon Global Tubing securing property and investing $15 million in its local facilities.

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MLK Scholar: Recent Hardin High School graduate Krystal Scott has been awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Liberty County Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee. Krystal is the daughter of Juvenile Probation Director Anthony Scott.

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Liberty Panthers: Liberty Panther fans are invited to a citywide pep-rally and meet the players event this Friday at 7 p.m. in front of the courthouse. The team’s first scrimmage is 9 a.m. Saturday against Hardin at Hornet Stadium. A pre-school barbecue scrimmage against Beaumont Kelly is August 21st beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets for the August 21st barbecue are on sale through the Liberty Booster Club or by calling LeeAnn at 936-334-2463.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 150 FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2008

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Fire: A fire Tuesday evening destroyed a manufactured home on County Road 2281 in north Liberty County. Tarkington Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Dalton Gregory said the home was fully involved with fire through the roof and several windows when firefighters arrived. No one was home at the time of the fire, and it is under investigation by Liberty County Fire Marshal Jim Wilson. The home was occupied by LeeAnn O’Quinn and her children.

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S.N.A.P.: The Spay – Neuter Assistance Program for low- income families to have their pet spay or neutered free of charge will be in Liberty Monday, August 11, at Media Publishing on Grand Ave. at Main. The following Monday, the service will be in Dayton at Peoples Building Center, and on Monday, August 25, they will be at Stancil Park in Cleveland. For information call 713 862 3868 or go to our web site, www.kshn.com, and click on the link to SNAP.

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Hot Dogs – Movie: Tomorrow evening, the popular Hot Dogs and a Movie is back in downtown Liberty. Sponsored by the city of Liberty and the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, there will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks at 6:30 and a kid friendly movie starting around dark-thirty. Bring lawn chairs and the kids for this family friendly event.

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Parenting Classes: The Liberty County Agri-Life Extension office is holding a parenting class called “Life Project”. The 6-week program takes place each Wednesday starting August 20th from 2 till 4:30 p.m. at the Pregnancy Center in Dayton. Extension agent Alexis Cordova said the course is designed to help people improve skills needed to be better parents. The classes are open to anyone, including those who have been mandated by a court or Child Protective Service to attend a parenting class. Space is limited. Folks can register by calling the extension office in Liberty at 936 336 4558 or Cleveland 281 593 0405. The extension for both is 221.

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Funerals: Martha Wilson Hughes, 75 of Anahuac. Services 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Anahuac. Jerry Paul Avirett, 56 of Rye. Services 6 p.m. today at Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 149 THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2008

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Boomerang, a sure thing?: Both the City of Liberty and Liberty County have been seriously courting the $500 million dollar company, Boomerang Tube and it now appears the company is taking actions that would bring it to Liberty. City Manager Ron Wood said he is 98 % sure the company will locate at the old national pipe and tube building in Liberty. Ron Wood said Boomerang Tube is doing some preparation work at the proposed Liberty location, even before the final decision between Liberty and New Orleans has been made public.

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Storm Debris: The City of Dayton will be removing debris and tree limbs resulting from Tuesday’s tropical storm. Residents are asked to place storm damage materials at the back of the curb line or drainage ditch and call city hall to register for this special service. The program will only be for a few days, so contact city hall as soon as possible at 258 2642.

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Sears Celebrates: The new owners of the Liberty Sears will hold a grand opening celebration this Saturday starting with a ribbon cutting by the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber at 11 a.m. and including barbecue, drawings, and music by the gospel singing group, the McDaniel family. The public is invited.

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Chambers Co. Transit: Two public hearings are set for the Chambers County Transit Plan a project of the Houston-Galveston Area Council. The first is Thursday, August 14, from 3-5 p.m. at Mont Belvieu City Hall and then again on August 26 from 2-4 p.m. at the Chambers County Courthouse. Officials will present the plan and then solicit public input. The public can view and comment on the plan online. The H-GAC link is available on our website, www.kshn.com

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Retirement Seminar: The Dayton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free one-hour seminar next Tuesday evening, 5:30-6:30, “Smart Choices in Retirement”. Leslie Herndon, a representative of Edward Jones Investment will lead the tutorial. To register, call the Dayton Chamber at 257 2393 by Friday.

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Funerals: Lawrence “Larry” Martin Ricke, 57 of Houston. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 148 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2008

Edouard: As Tropical Storm Edouard rumbled through southeast Texas, it made very little impact on south Liberty County. With only minor tree damage and spotty power outages, it was a bullet dodged. Liberty County Sheriff’s Department and Liberty and Dayton police departments had extra officers on the streets, and all report no major problems during the storm’s track over Liberty County. In Chambers County, heavy rains caused I-10 to be closed for a period of time; other than that, Emergency Management Coordinator for Chambers County Ryan Holzaepfel reports they faired well.

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U.S. Senator coming to Liberty: U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson will be in Liberty next Wednesday to give a legislative update. The senator from Texas will be at the Price and Jean Daniel house on the grounds of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center on FM 1011 at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, August 13th. A member of the senate since 1993, some believe she will run for governor during the next election for that post. The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event. For information, call 336 5736.

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New Kid on the Block: Only one head football coach in Liberty or Chambers counties is new this year. The new kid on the block is Coach Shane Deel of the Liberty Panthers. While Tropical Storm Edouard forced cancellation of yesterday’s practice, he said he was delighted with his first day turn out of players on Monday. The team is hard at it today. The Panthers first preseason scrimmage is Saturday August 16 at Hardin.

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Long Term Service: Steve Swan, chief probation officer for the Liberty and Chambers counties probation departments, has the longest tenure for a director in all of Texas with 35 years of service with state probation. Steve Swan said when he started 35 years ago, Liberty and Chambers counties each had one probation officer and one secretary for a total staff of 4. Now there are 35 members of the combined departments, many of which have more than 15 years of service.

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Funerals: Betty J. Burns Papola, 70 of Dayton. Services tomorrow 2 p.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Chad Andrew Everett, 37 of Dayton. Services 10 a.m. Friday at Pace Stancil Funeral Home – Dayton.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 147 TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2008

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Edouard: Tropical Storm Edouard is expected to make landfall today along the upper Texas gulf coast with sustained winds along the coast reaching 70 mph and winds 40 to 60 mph in south Liberty and eastern Harris counties. Emergency management officials say the largest threat for Liberty county residents is the high winds causing trees to be uprooted or breaking and possible heavy rain. Wide spread power outages are possible. Stay tuned to KSHN 99.9 for the latest information.

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Closures: The Dayton ISD administration office will be closed today. Dayton ISD’s Pre-K Round Up is canceled for today and will be held Wednesday and Thursday as scheduled. Liberty ISD has canceled all activities today including football practice. Hardin school district has canceled all student activities including band, volleyball and football practices. Lee College and San Jacinto colleges have canceled all of their on and off campus activities for today. The Liberty County Workforce Academy registration set for this evening has been rescheduled for Monday, August 11.

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Paul Harris Fellows: Dayton Rotary Club honored 2 of their members and one non-Rotarian last week with the highest honor bestowed by the service club. Brady Hanson as well as Dayton Rotarians Maria Gray and Greg Haymen were all named as Paul Harris Fellows. This recognition means the club donated $1,000 in each person’s name to Rotary Foundation. That foundation allows Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through improvements to health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty around the world.

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NTSB Report: A preliminary report has been released by the National Transportation Board on the mid-July fatal plane crash that claimed the life of Robert Scott, 88, of Kingwood. The report reveals Mr. Scott had not updated his medical certificate since 2002; however, it does not say what caused the crash.

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Correction: Devers Elementary earned the second highest rating of recognized.

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Funerals: Jeanne Gail Schilling, 44, of Dayton. Services Wednesday 10 AM Pace Stancil Funeral – Dayton.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 146 MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2008

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Brush Fire: Firefighters from Tarkington, Cleveland, Cypress Lakes and North Liberty County battled a brush fire over the weekend. Texas Forest Service reports the drought index used to predict forest fire potential is above 700 in parts of Liberty County. That is similar to conditions in 2001 that sparked a 4,000 acre forest fire in Tarkington. While there is not an official burn ban in place across Liberty County, Tarkington Volunteer Fire Department is requesting citizens invoke a voluntary burn ban until conditions improve.

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T.E.A. Ratings: Texas Education Agency released its account-ability ratings for schools across Texas. Dayton’s Nottingham Elementary scored the highest rating of exemplary. Stephen F. Austin and E.R. Richter in Dayton and Hull-Daisetta Elementary earned the second highest rating of recognized. Hardin High School once again was rated academically unacceptable. All other campuses across Liberty County earned acceptable ratings.

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U.S. 90 Project: Road work at the U.S. 90 railroad crossing in Dayton appears to be one-step closer to getting under way. TxDOT representative Mark Shepherd said the damage is the result of old box culverts collapsing underneath the roadway. New culverts have been built and delivered, and TxDOT is waiting to hear back from Union Pacific officials to schedule the work. The project will take 30 to 90 days once it gets started.

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Hardin Superintendent: The Hardin ISD board unanimously approved a new three-year contract for Superintendent Bob Parker. He took over the helm at the district a year ago. The new contract will run through June 30, 2011. Trustees gave Mr. Parker a 7.2 % increase in pay to $98,624. Trustees gave the same percentage raise to most employees.

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Plane Crash: The National Transportation Board issued a preliminary report on the July 26 plane crash near Athens involving three Liberty County folks – Paul Kaemmerling, his wife and daughter. According to NTSB, Paul Kaemmerling is not a licensed pilot and didn’t file a flight plan for the trip from Athens to Liberty. The Sunday Tyler Morning Telegraph quotes a federal investigator who said the unlicensed pilot had a student certificate but it expired more than two years ago.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 145 FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2008

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Dayton ISD Ranks High: The accountability rating for school districts and campuses from the Texas Education Agency has Dayton ISD ranking pretty high. The Stephen F. Austin/ Richter Elementary campuses ranked as recognized, and Nottingham Elementary was ranked exemplary, the highest ranking given by the Texas Education Agency for academic performance. Dayton Superintendent Greg Hayman said the remainder of the campuses were rated acceptable; however, the district as a whole missed being ranked as recognized by just the smallest measure.

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Heat Precautions: As the temperatures and heat indices continue to climb, experts say it is important to remember a few rules to remain safe. With the national weather service predicting heat index values as high at 108 during the next few days, everyone is urged to use caution, however expert say the elderly, very young, and those with chronic illnesses as well as those without access to air conditioning suffer first. Plan any strenuous activities early morning or late day to avoid the hottest part of the day. Children playing outside should be monitored, and check frequently on the elderly or those who are ill. For residents 60 and over with out access to air conditioning, Senior Activity Center Director Alma Lucas said they are welcome to come by the center on Panther Lane in Liberty and enjoy the air conditioning, a good meal and fellowship, and stay comfortable through the heat of the day.

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Probation Dept.: Fuel costs are getting to everyone, and in an effort to help with the expense of getting to work, the Liberty and Chambers County Probation departments will go to a 4-day work week for their employees. Steve Swan said the office will remain open Monday - Friday with half the staff working Monday –Thursday and the other half Tuesday –Friday. He said the office will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday.

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85 of Liberty. Services 11 a.m. Sat. @ St. Miles Baptist Church in Liberty.

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