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November 2008

VOLUME 23 NO. 215, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2008

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Commissioners: Tuesday, Liberty County Commissioners approved insurance benefit changes for the county employees medical coverage that will increase the coverage in many areas. The cost in premiums increased for both the county and the employees. The largest increase for employees will average $28 per month for those with family coverage.

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Long-term Recovery: The Liberty County Long-term Recovery Committee, according to Chairman Jeff Day, helps where FEMA, insurance or the SBA can’t help. For information call 936-336-4558 ext. 229.

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SJE Mexican Dinner: The 8th annual Mexican Dinner and Silent Auction at Liberty’s San Jacinto Elementary will be Friday Dec. 5th from 5:30-8 p.m.. The dinner will be cheese enchiladas and trimmings. There will also be a variety of theme baskets created by the children and staff up for auction, as well as an auction for the little ones with kid stuff at kid prices. Tickets for the meal are $6. For info call SJE at 336 3161.

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Governors Appointment: Local businessman David Leonard was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors. TRA board members serve on specific committees, and David Leonard is on the TRA Resources Development committee. The TRA is charged by the legislature with 3 jobs, maintenance of the master plan for river basin development, being local sponsor of federal water projects and lastly, providing services authorized by the legislature in Texas where it is within TRA’s territory. David Leonard’s appointment is until March 2013.

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Tax Breaks: A provision in the federal bailout plan allows businesses, including farms to write-off equipment investments, up to $250,000, in the year of purchase. This is a temporary tax break according to CPA Byron Swaim.

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Closed: County and city offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday. Banks and post offices close Thursday only.

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Funerals: James Allen “Beaver” Riffle, 38 of Dayton. Services will be in Fairmont, West Virginia.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.24 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 214, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008

Tax Breaks: Local certified public accountant Byron Swaim said many of the tax credits offered by the government are intended as a way of government officials to manipulate behavior through the tax codes. He cited as an example the recently passed tax credit for folks who buy the completely electric Chevrolet car, the Volt, set to be released in 2010. Swaim said it is the government’s way of trying to encourage the use of more environmentally friendly vehicles.

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Bronco Tickets: Tickets for the Saturday Dayton vs. Rosenberg Terry game are on sale through today at all Dayton campuses and until 3 PM at the Dayton Administration office. During regular business hours they will be on sale at FLNB Dayton Financial center Wednesday and Friday. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. All tickets at the gate are $7.

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Gift of Preservation: A gift from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center will help preserve the treasured objects and artifacts held in the research facility on FM 1011. The set of conservation books, DVD’s and online resources are designed to help museums in the preservation and collection of artifacts, documents and photographs.

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Thanksgiving Closings: The Liberty County Courthouse will be closing at noon tomorrow and remain closed the remainder of the week. All city offices in Liberty and Dayton will be closed Thursday and Friday. Garbage service will not run in Liberty or Dayton Thursday but will resume on Friday. All banks and post offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day only, reopening for regular business hours on Friday.

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Dr. Pepper: Built in the 20’s, the Dr. Pepper bottling company building was demolished and hauled away last week after suffering major damage during Hurricane Ike. Owner Charles Tuer of Liberty said he is uncertain as to plans for the prime lot located on US 90.

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Funerals: Hugh Herbert “Herb” Paul Jr. 76. Services 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sterling-White Funeral home in Highlands. James Holland, 77. Services Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Jordan Cemetery in Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.80 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 213, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008

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Boil Water: All residents of the city of Dayton who experienced low or no water pressure should boil both their drinking and cooking water until further notice. We reported all weekend about a loss of pressure in most Dayton water lines. The problem has been fixed, but the city is waiting on test results from Austin. That answer is expected by this afternoon.

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Country Christmas: The annual Liberty-Dayton Area Country Christmas Celebration is December 2 in Liberty and December 4 in Dayton. The always-popular event in both cities will include a lighted Christmas parade, free refreshments, pictures with Santa, and wagon rides. This year’s events will also have a moon walk and a snow field for the younger children. For info, 336-5736.

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Military Exhibit: A special exhibit titled “Honoring Those Who Serve: Military Veterans of Southeast Texas” opened recently at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center on FM 1011 in Liberty. The exhibit features photographs, documents and artifacts that document the military service of Southeast Texans from World War I through the Vietnam War. For information, call 936-336-8821.

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Thanksgiving Meals: The United States Department of Agriculture warns to guard against food borne illnesses when preparing turkey and pork this Thanksgiving. The meet and poultry line Thanksgiving Day is 1-800-535-4555.

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Dayton Broncos: The Dayton Broncos defeated Elgin 42-14 Friday to advance to the regional round of the state playoffs. They play Rosenberg-Terry this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Woodforest Stadium in The Woodlands. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. All tickets at the gate are $7.

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Other Playoff Action: The previously undefeated Cleveland Indians fell to Rockdale 17-8 Friday. Kirbyville topped Anahuac 43-20. Newton blasted East Chambers 54-14. Hardin fell to New Waverly 37-8, and Hull-Daisetta lost 28-0 to state-ranked Mart.

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Funerals: Ethel Mouton, 85, of Devers. Service at 11 a.m. today at Galilee Baptist Church. Visitation 9 until service today at church. Ben Kirkland, 91, of Votaw. Services were Sunday.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.08 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 212, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008

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Liberty Police Dept. Moves: The Liberty Police Department’s patrol, detective and administrative offices have moved to their new home on the same campus as the Liberty Fire Department. The Dispatch office however remains inside the Liberty Fire Department where they moved after Hurricane Ike decimated their building on fannin street. Interim Police Chief Ricky Skarpa said all public in-person contact with the police department should began with dispatchers. The emergency and non-emergency phone numbers remain the same.

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Liberty City Council: Wednesday night Liberty City Council met in closed session with representatives of Boomerang Tube, the large company looking into the possibility of locating in Liberty. The meeting was to discuss economic development negotiations and a proposed electric rate contract with Boomerang. No action was taken in open session.

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Chamber Board Members: Ballots for election to the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors have been mailed to members of the chamber. Members are asked to select 4 of the listed nominee’s from Dayton and 4 from the list of Liberty nominees. Deadline to return the ballot is Dec. 10th.

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Friday Football: Friday night play off action for teams around our area. All of these games kick off at 7:30. Dayton vs. Elgin at Bronco Stadium. Cleveland vs. Rockdale at Kyle Field in College Station. West Hardin vs. Bremond in Groveton. East Chambers vs. Newton at Little Cypress Mauriceville. You can hear the Dayton game live on KSHN or on line at www.kshn.com click on the TeamLine logo.

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Saturday Football: In Saturday games, Hardin vs. New Waverly Saturday 1 p.m. at Turner Stadium in Humble. Saturday evening, Hull Daisetta faces Mart at 7:30 p.m. in Navasota. UT Longhorns are off this week.

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Funerals: Doris Lee Kelley Cain. Services Saturday 2 p.m. at Allison Funeral Service of Liberty. Bobby Lee Fregia Sr., 58 of Liberty. Services 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Anna Faye Die, 82 of Liberty. Services tomorrow 10 a.m. Liberty Church of Christ.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.02 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 211, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2008

Aggravated Assault: A Louisiana man working in the area was taken by LifeFlight air ambulance to Houston after he was severely beaten by co-workers. Liberty Police Det. Gary Martin said Jake Anthony Hebert attempted to break up a fight between co-workers staying at the Luxury Inn and Suites Motel in Liberty. The other men turned on him, beating him with fists and a steel pipe. Arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon were Andjujar Lewis and his brother Deanthony Lewis, both of Morgan City Louisiana.

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Dragon: Dragon Industry, with headquarters in Beaumont, has reportedly laid off most, if not all, assembly line personnel, at their factory just east of Ames. We were unable to speak with Dragon officials, but we believe their 160-180 workers are without jobs as of a few days ago. One source said it was believed owners would re-evaluate their decision early 2009.

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Dayton ISD: Tuesday night, Dayton School Board voted to adopt a formal resolution authorizing the district to dispense with competitive bidding on Hurricane Ike repairs. Chief Financial officer Tammie Pierce said the resolution is primarily intended to assist the district in getting financial reimbursement from FEMA.

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Hospital: Mike Shuster, a partner with T.I. Group, the possible buyers of the Liberty Dayton Hospital said in his presentation Monday night to Liberty Co. Hospital District board members, the company sees the potential in the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital for not only a variety of services to the community but as a profit making venture as well. In his presentation Shuster said the revenue potential was about $20 million a year for the local facility.

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LISD: The Liberty School District got top marks on its 07-08 fiscal year audit. Debbie Kirkham with accounting firm of Hereford, Lynch, Sellars and Kirkham, said during that fiscal year the district had gross revenues of $17.23 million and expenses of $16.5 million, allowing a transfer of $471,000 to the fund balance which now totals $5.42 million.

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Funerals: Tommie O’Neal Babbs, 39 of Liberty. Services Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.97 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 210, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2008

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Hospital: Monday night, Dennis M. Smith, CFO with California based T.I. Group, told board members of the Liberty County Hospital District his company has reached an agreement with Frontier Health Care for the purchase of Liberty Dayton Community Hospital. While no details were available about the possible purchase, a presentation by a partner with T.I. Group indicated the company believes the local community could support a medical facility with greatly expanded services, including a full-time general surgeon, pediatric care and obstetrics, among other specialties.

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Dayton City Council: Dayton City Council approved the purchase of two properties Monday night. Dayton City Manager David Douglas said if the sale goes through, the city plans to buy a warehouse at the corner of FM 1409 and Luke Street. The city would put some water and sewer crews and equipment there. They also plan to buy the old Senor Smoke building on U.S. 90. That would be torn down for aesthetic reasons.

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Road Work: Texas Department of Transportation officials said FM 1409, at what is often called dead man’s curve, will be reduced to one lane today through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Construction crews will be placing concrete beams for the new bridge structure there. Watch for workers when driving that area.

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FEMA Locations: The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at Austin Memorial Library in Cleveland will close Nov. 26. That means the center at the old Wal-Mart building in Liberty will be the only local FEMA location open past that date.

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Poinsettias: Liberty County Master Gardeners are taking orders for Poinsettia plants to be delivered December 6th. There are three plant sizes available with prices of $15 and $35. Pre-orders must be placed by Nov. 30th. Call the extension office at 936 336 4558 ext. 221.

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Funerals: Bernice Cross Sherman, 86. Services tomorrow at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Anahuac. Sharon Engle. Services 2 p.m. tomorrow at Neal Funeral Home Cleveland. Roy Alan Seward. Services 10 a.m. tomorrow at Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.97 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 209, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2008

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Guilty: A jury yesterday found Curtis Robinson, Jr. guilty of the 2004 murder of Daniel Tebo. The jury deliberated under an hour before finding the late 40’s Ames man guilty.

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Emergency Funds: Liberty City council last Tuesday approved up to $3 million in tax anticipation notes to help pay for storm debris removal and other expenses such as overall clean up costs, repairs to city buildings and property and other storm related costs. City Manager Ron Wood said currently the city has a fund balance of $5.5 million, not sufficient to cover invoices around $6 million. All of those, or at least some of those costs, are to be reimbursed by FEMA, and this would cover the expenses until the FEMA reimbursements arrive. The city pays 5% interest on any money drawn from the $3 million.

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Burnham Classic: The Burnham Classic Golf Tournament raised $20,000 for Tri-County Mental Health / Mental Retardation Center in Liberty this past August. Organizers presented the check to Mabel McKnight- filling in for her husband Cecil who is Chairman of the Board for Tri-County MHMR yesterday. The presentation brings the total money raised by the Burnham Family and BJ Ford of Liberty to $400,000 in the tournament’s 19-year history.

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Tax Breaks: As a part of the $700 plus billion bail out plan recently passed, several tax breaks could help save on federal income taxes. One of those is property taxes. According to CPA Byron Swaim the difference is, instead of having to itemize to claim the property tax deduction, now you can deduct property taxes paid, up to $1,000, in addition to the standard deduction. Be sure to talk with your tax professional.

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Broncos’ Tickets: Tickets went on sale today for this Friday’s area playoff game between the Dayton Broncos and Elgin Wildcats. At the administration building adult tickets are $6 and student tickets are $3. Student tickets are also available at the various Dayton campuses. At the gate all tickets will be $6. The game is Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bronco Stadium.

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Funerals: Martin Sterling, 44 of Liberty. Services pending at Wells Funeral Home of Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.73 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 208, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008

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Tax Statements: Liberty County Tax Assessor/Collector Mark McClelland said his office sent out tax statements more than a week ago, giving taxpayers about 75 days or so to pay their taxes without penalty before the January 31, 2009, deadline. If you do not receive your property statement by late this week, contact Mark McClelland’s office at 936-336-4633.

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Great Gobblers: The annual Pace Stancil Funeral Home “Great Gobbler” give-away starts today on KSHN Radio. Listen to the announcers for simple instructions. If you’re a winner, pick up a certificate from Pace-Stancil on Highway 321 in Dayton and redeem it for your free turkey at Thriftee Food Center in Dayton. Remember, one winner per family please.

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Bikes for Christmas: The Liberty County Bikes for Christmas committee is having a bike assembly day on Saturday, December 13, at the Sam’s Distribution Center Warehouse on CR. 686 in Dayton. Bring tools, or not, and a willing spirit.

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Retirement Party: Liberty County Attorney Jack Hartel is retiring December 31 at 44 years of service. That makes him the longest serving elected county official in the long and storied history of Liberty County. A reception to honor Jack Hartel is Friday, December 12, at 3 p.m. in the 75th District Courtroom on the third floor of the Liberty County Courthouse.

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Playoff Football: Four area football teams are still in the state playoffs. Dayton beat Livingston 39-28 Saturday night to earn a bi-district title. The Broncos will now play the Elgin Wildcats in the area round of the state playoffs. That one is Friday night at 7:30 at Bronco Stadium. Hull-Daisetta blasted High Island 63-0 Saturday. The Bobcats playoff game is against the Mart Panthers this Saturday at 7 p.m. in Navasota. The Hardin Hornets play the New Waverly Bulldogs at 1 p.m. Saturday at Turner Stadium in Humble. The undefeated Cleveland Indians easily beat Hardin-Jefferson 46-14 over the weekend. Now, Cleveland plays the Rockdale Tigers at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Kyle Field in College Station.

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Funerals: Rachel M. Carouthers Douglas, 79 of Dayton. Services were held Saturday.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.39 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 207, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008

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Debris Pickup: More than 849,000 cubic yards of debris left by the devastation of Hurricane Ike has been hauled from Liberty County and the cities of Liberty, Dayton and Cleveland. For perspective, a cubic yard is 3 feet tall, 3 feet deep and 3 feet wide. If you lined up all the debris in a path 1 yard wide, and 1 yard tall, it would stretch from the city of Liberty to Pensacola, Florida, more than 483 miles long. Those in charge know there is still more to be hauled away, so that line of debris is growing.

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DRC to Close: The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Dayton will close permanently Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The other two centers, in Liberty and Cleveland are expected to remain open for at least a while.

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Social Security: David Bauman with the Beaumont office of Social Security said the gross income a social security recipient who is under full retirement age will be allowed to earn with out reduction in their benefits in 2009 will increase to $14,160. That applies to people who receive benefits yet are still under the full retirement age. For those who have reached full retirement there is no penalty no matter the income.

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Rain: While it may seem lately we’ve had nothing but rain, in reality, we are only slightly ahead of the yearly average. Most of the rain we have received has fallen in just a few days during the year. The highest 24-hour total was during Ike, when we got a total of 14.42 inches. The total so far this year is 61.22 inches of rain, just above the average of 59 inches per year.

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Saturday Football: The University of Texas Longhorns will take on the Kansas Jayhawks with an 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning kick off. Pre-game on KSHN starts at 10:30. The Hull Daisetta Bobcats are broadcast online only, 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Saturday night the Dayton Broncos vs. the Livingston Lions pre-game takes to the airwaves at 6:50 p.m. Listen full stereo on KSHN 99.9 fm or online, www.kshn.com

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Funerals: Baxter Willis Dunagan, 56 of Liberty. Services today at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Liberty. James Harrell Hebert, 60 of Liberty. Services Saturday at 1 p.m. at Valley Community Bible Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.92 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 206, THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2008

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Commissioners: Newly elected Constable Russell Pierce took office early, when yesterday Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald issued the oath of office. That came after commissioners voted to appoint him to fill out the un-expired term of Mike Parrish who resigned to pursue a music career. In the interim, Liberty Co. Sheriffs Deputy Juan Alfaro had been serving as temporary constable by commissioners’ appointment. Alfaro resigned the appointment effective yesterday and will return to his duties at the sheriff’s department.

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Community Thanksgiving: Trinity Baptist Church in Dayton is for the 8th consecutive year is hosting their community wide Thanksgiving dinner, Thursday Nov. 27th. Everyone is invited to enjoy a free Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, dressing, and all the extras. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eat in, get it to go, or they even deliver locally. Call 936 258 3155 or 258 2441 between 9-5 to let them know how many you need.

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Liberty City Council: Liberty City Council Tuesday night voted to hire an executive search firm, Waters-Oldani Executive Recruitment, to conduct the search for a new chief of police. The cost of the search will be $17,500 plus out of pocket expenses. City charter stipulates the new chief be selected by city manager Ron Wood, with the approval of the council. Wood said council, police officers, and others would be included in the process, particularly when developing a profile of what they want in a new chief of police.

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Football: The Dayton Broncos begin play off action this Saturday as they travel to Conroe to take on the Livingston Lions. That game will be broadcast on 99.9 as well as online at www.kshn.com, click on the TeamLine logo. Also in play off action, the Cleveland Indians vs. the Hardin Jefferson Hawks Friday night 7:00 at Crosby Stadium. The Hull-Daisetta Bobcats take on the High Island Cardinals at High Island Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. That game is available online only at www.kshn.com. Hardin is off this week.

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Funerals: Robert “Robby” Franklin Campbell, 59 of Rye. Services at 10:00 am Thursday at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.36 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 205, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2008

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Robbery: Liberty police arrested and charged Leslie Taylor with robbery following an incident at Lewies Sunday evening. Liberty Police Det. Gary Martin said the suspect came into the store at the northwest entrance, pushed through the counter’s partition and reached for both a knife and handgun in the display case. A store clerk, who tried to keep the man from the weapons, received a cut to one finger in the confrontation. The suspect fled the store but was captured late Sunday night.

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Murder Trial: Jury selection began Monday in the 253rd District Court in the Liberty County Courthouse. It’s the capital murder trial of Curtis Robinson, Jr., the local man already serving two concurrent life sentences for aggravated robbery and burglary in another case. He is back on trial again, this time for the 2004 stabbing death of Daniel Tebo of Ames.

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Blood Drive: There are 2 replenishment blood drives this week. The first is for Martin Sterling Sr. who is in need of blood to help in his fight against cancer. That blood drive is tomorrow at FLNB in Liberty from 2-6 PM. Register with Dorothy Nettles by calling 298 2689. The second is for the 4-year-old granddaughter of Paul Ubernosky who works at GM Auto World. Little KyLynne is being treated for cancer at Texas Children’s Hospital. That blood drive will be at the GM Auto World Dealership Friday from 1 – 4 PM. Register for the KyLynne blood drive by calling 936 334 1389.

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Shred It: This Saturday is the Shred It event hosted by the City of Liberty and held in the parking lot of First Baptist Church in Liberty. Drop off documents from 9 a.m. ‘till 1 p.m. for safe, secure shredding and disposal. This service is free to the public, however they do ask for a limit of 5 boxes per car.

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Breast Cancer Screening: Liberty County Cancer Awareness Network is hosting a Liberty Co. breast cancer screening Monday Dec. 8th at Heights Baptist Church in Liberty. Registration is required, call 281 464 5138.

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Funerals: The Rev. Daniel J. Guillory, 81. Services at 10:30 am Friday at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Erick Chiquito, 19 of Dayton. Services pending in Mexico.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.26 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 204, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2008

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Fire Danger: Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald has joined the Texas Forest Service in a plea to citizens to refrain from outdoor burnings. Debris left over from Hurricane Ike and weather conditions in Southeast Texas have increased fire danger. For now, there is no burn ban in place – just a request.

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Reward Offered: City of Liberty Fire Marshall’s Office is offering a $250 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the arsonist involved in the November 2nd fire at 602 Minglewood in Liberty. Tipsters can call 936-336-3922.

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LHS and Math: Liberty High School did not make “Adequate Yearly Progress” on mathematics as measured by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The campus’ passing rate on the math test dropped 2 percentage points from 2006-2007 to ‘07-‘08.

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4-H Horse Team: The six-time state championship Liberty County 4-H Mounted Drill Team is looking for new members. The drill team has room for both experienced and novice riders between the ages of 9 and 18. Riders must be a member of 4-H and own their horse. For information, call drill master Tommy Small at 936-402-3902 or Cheryl Taylor at 936-346-7743.

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Football Playoffs: The Dayton Broncos are the District 19-4A champions, and the Cleveland Indians are the title-holders in District 22-3A. Both have playoff games this weekend. The 8-1 Broncos face the 6-2 Livingston Lions Saturday night at 7 at Buddy Moorehead Stadium in Conroe. The undefeated Indians play Hardin-Jefferson Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Crosby. The Hardin Hornets and Hull-Dasietta Bobcats also are in the playoffs, but their post-season action begins the following weekend.

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Friday Night Games: The Dayton Broncos shut out Kingwood Park 41-0 last Friday. Liberty’s season ended with a 47-20 road loss to Coldspring. Hardin beat Deweyville 35-15, and Hull-Daisetta downed West Hardin 39-8. It was Cleveland 51 and Splendora 14. Tarkington fell to Huffman 20-0.

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Funerals: Shirley M David, 60, of Ames. Services pending with Wells Funeral Service. Ola Mae Phelps, 77, of Hardin. Services 10 a.m. today at Hardin Baptist Church.

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

VOLUME 23 NO. 203, FRIDAY, NOV. 7TH, 2008

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Liberty City Council: Wednesday night, Liberty City Council held a special called meeting to address the ongoing issue of former Police Chief Mike Cummings. We reported at the time he submitted his resignation, followed shortly afterwards by a request to rescind that resignation and be reinstated as chief. At the start of Wednesday’s meeting many members of the Liberty Police Department and community members spoke in support of the veteran law enforcement officer. Council held a 2-hour executive session, part of that time with Mike Cummings. When council came back into open session, no one on the council made the motion to rehire the chief or rescind the previous action accepting the chief’s resignation. Mayor Carl Pickett said since no action was taken, the council’s previous decision to accept the resignation stands.

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Poinsettia: The Liberty County Master Gardeners are pre-selling poinsettias for pickup in time for the Christmas season. Popular in many American homes during the holiday season, the small plants are $15 and medium or large plants are $35. Folks must pre-order before November 30th, with pickup on Saturday December 6th. To place an order, talk to a master gardener or call the Liberty Co. Extension office at 936 336 4558 ext. 221.

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Weekend Football: The University of Texas Longhorns host the Baylor Bears tomorrow morning with the pre-game at 10 a.m., the kick off is at 11 a.m. Listen here at KSHN Radio. The NFL’s Houston Texans host Baltimore at noon Sunday.

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SNAP: The Spay and Neuter Assistance Program will be in Dayton at Peoples Building Center on Monday providing this free service to the pets of qualifying families. Call 713 522 2337 for information.

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Funerals: Alice Kathryn Fruge Mauboules, 103. Services 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Fred R. Mason, 81 of Panorama Village – formerly of Dayton. Services 3 p.m. tomorrow at Cashner Colonial Chapel in Conroe. Lewis Daniel Thrasher, 62 of Huffman. Services 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Clarence Orval “Bobby” Roberts, 84, of Liberty, Services tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.85 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 202, THURSDAY, NOV. 6TH, 2008

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Body Found in Chambers Co.: The body of a suspected victim of Hurricane Ike, identified by the Jefferson county medical examiners office as a female, was found last weekend in one of the massive debris fields in Chambers County. The badly decomposed body was found in a wooded area east of Highway 562 about 4 miles north of Smith point. Chambers Co. Sheriff Joe LaRive said the woman was 5’3” to 5’7” tall with brown to blond hair, upper dentures and dental work to the lower teeth. She also had undergone a past surgery to her right knee where a metal plate and 4 screws had been inserted in her lower leg. Anyone with information on the woman’s identity is asked to call the Chambers County Sheriff’s office at 409 267 8318.

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Bikes for Christmas: The Liberty Co. Bikes for Christmas Committee is asking for assembly help. The 1,000 bikes and 250 or so tricycles will be put together Saturday December 13th at the Sam’s Distribution Center on CR. 686 in Dayton. Organizer Mike Koen said bring tools, and a willingness to help. For information on how to help out with the bikes program contact Mike Koen with Liberty County EMS at 936 536 3080, or David Milam at Milam Discount Tire 936 334 9500.

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Congressional Races: Both congressional incumbents won reelection during Tuesday’s vote. Republicans Ted Poe and Kevin Brady were reelected to 2-year terms in what turned out to be a Republican sweep of Liberty County. Congressman Poe won reelection with 88.22 % while Kevin Brady brought in 73.41 % of the Liberty County vote.

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Bus Wreck: A Liberty ISD bus was seriously damaged when it collided with a dump truck Monday afternoon. LISD Superintendent Mona Chadwick said there were no kids on the bus at that time of the wreck. The driver of the dump truck and a bus aid were transported to San Jacinto Hospital in Baytown. Mrs. Chadwick said their injuries were not serious. The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

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Football: The Dayton Broncos play at home against Kingwood Park tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Liberty Panthers are on the road vs. Coldspring, 7:30 kick off. Hull Daisetta at West Hardin vs. the West Hardin Oilers. Hardin is at Deweyville, kick off 7:30.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS - LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.59 ASL*

VOLUME 23 NO. 202, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5TH, 2008

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Liberty Co. Attorney: With the retirement of long time County Attorney Jack Hartel, the race to fill his seat was between Wesley N. Hinch (R) – Tommy Chambers (D). The unofficial new Liberty County Attorney is Wesley N. Hinch with a vote of 11,183 to Tommy Chambers 9,766.

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Liberty County Sheriff: At the conclusion of voting yesterday, Liberty County will have several new faces in elected office, including that of sheriff. Longtime Cleveland Assistant Police Chief Henry Patterson (R) challenged Incumbent Greg Arthur (D-I) The unofficial vote total was Henry Patterson 11,488 and Greg Arthur 9,691.

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Tarkington ISD: Tarkington ISD held their school board election yesterday with three seats up. Position 4 was a race between Shari Mccall, 451 George Ellington 854 and Michael Johnson 996. Trustee position number 5 race was Isadore Cavarretta 727 and Nathan Riley 1,492. Position 7 had three candidates, David Mccall 474, David Tackett 618 and Ronald Shirley II 1,158.

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Hull Daisetta Rollback: In the Hull Daisetta School district, voters were to decide on approving the ad valorem tax rate of $1.2342, which is $.13 higher than the school district’s rollback tax rate. For 392 Against 348. The tax rate was approved at $1.2342 per $100 of valuation.

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Chambers County: Commissioner Pct. 2 (R) David Bubba Abernathy 1,306 votes, (D) Mike Kubik 891 and (I) Monroe Kreuzer Jr. 296. District Clerk (R) Patti L. Henry- 7,341 (D) Melissa Herrington Thomas- 3,605 (I) Cheryl Bagwell Sanders 1,821.

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Constable Pct 2: There was no incumbent in the Constable pct 2 race, constable Mike Parrish resigned several months ago to pursue a country music career. The final total was Russell Pierce 903 and Andrew McCreight 560

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Constable Pct. 4: Yesterday’s Liberty County voting replaced at least 2 incumbents. Incumbent Democrat Constable #4 Charles Martin lost to Republican Chad R. Pafford, 3754 to 2,936.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 201, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2008

Election Today: Today is Election Day and record voter turnout is expected across the nation and locally. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. County Clerk Delia Sellers said no one who shows up after the 7 p.m. deadline will be allowed to get in line and vote, per election law. For those unsure of where to vote, the voter precinct number is on your registration card. If that card is not available, call 936-336-4636. Voting locations are posted on the Liberty County Web Site. Go to kshn.com and click the government link or call the County Clerk’s Office at 936-336-4670. Tune in to KSHN Radio for election results this evening.

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Robinson Returns: In February of 2006, Curtis Robinson Jr. was convicted of aggravated robbery and burglary of a habitation and given two concurrent life sentences. On Monday November 10th, he is to be tried in the 253rd District Court for the Capital Murder of Daniel Tebo back in September of 2004. Daniel Tebo was found dead of multiple stab wounds on the lawn of his home in Ames by his wife.

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Fontenot Sentencing: Former Hull-Daisetta School Trustee Alfred Joseph Fontenot of Raywood pled guilty on June 6th of this year in the Eastern District Court of Texas to federal drug charges. Sentencing has been set for January 5th at 10:30 a.m. in Judge Thad Heartfield’s U. S. District Courtroom. Back on Oct. 14th 2007, Fontenot took delivery of 147 pounds of marijuana stashed in a six-wheel horse trailer being pulled by a truck. The truck driver, Sheldon Cummings, cooperated with law enforcement in seeing the delivery was made. Fontenot faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison with supervision upon his release of not less than three years.

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Sterling Blood Drive: A blood drive for the father of Liberty Panther athlete Martin Sterling Jr. is set for Thursday, Nov. 13th, from 2 to 6 p.m. at FLNB in Liberty. Martin Sterling Sr. is using a lot of blood in his fight against cancer. Organizers are asking folks to sign up by calling Dorothy Nettles at 936-336-2689. Pre-registration will ensure enough Life Share Blood Center staff will be on hand to help with the blood drive.

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Liberty Volleyball: The Liberty Lady Panthers Volleyball Team is in play off action tonight at 7:30 against Orangefield on a neutral court at Barbers Hill.

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VOLUME 23 NO. 200, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2008

Tuesday Election: In Liberty County, 11,667 folks voted early for tomorrow’s general election. In addition to casting a ballot in the historic presidential election, registered voters in Liberty County will have the chance to vote for county attorney and sheriff plus other local and state races. Thff plus other local and state races. The county attorney race pits Democrat Tommy Chambers against Republican Wesley Hinch. Sheriff Greg Arthur, a Democrat, is challenged by Republican Henry Patterson for Liberty County sheriff. In the race for state representative, incumbent Republican John Otto is challenged by Democrat Arlan Foster.

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Polling Changes: Registered voters can go the polls tomorrow 7 a.m. to 7 p.m in the general election. The precinct polling locations across Liberty County are the same as recent elections with the exception of Precincts 9 and 31. This year, Pct. 9 is at Rural Shade Baptist Church on C.R. 2274 near Tarkington and Pct. 31 is at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Dayton on Colbert St. For all locations, go to kshn.com to find the Liberty County logo. You also can call KSHN at 336-5793. You will need to know your voting precinct number from your registration card.

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D.N.A. Test: Cleveland Police Department has taken a D.N.A. sample from a person of interest in the murder of 37-year-old Scott Allen Freeman of Cleveland. His dead body was found October 12 on the side of FM 787. Test results from the person of interest – identified as alleged Aryan Brotherhood state leader Steven Cook – should be available late this week.

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Team City: Rep. John Otto will be the guest speaker at Tuesday’s Dayton Chamber of Commerce Team City noon luncheon. Lunch is $10 and will be catered by Kapalski’s Café. To make reservations, call the Chamber today at 258-2393.

****************************************************Football Results: Dayton remains undefeated in district and are crowned district champs after a 46-7 win over C.E. King. Liberty beat Tarkington 36-7. Hardin downed Buna 53-21. Hull-Daisetta blasted Sabine 64-0. The undefeated Cleveland Indians beat Coldsping 42-18 to capture the 22-3a crown.

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Funerals: Otis Stark Jr., 50, of Dayton. Funeral service 10 a.m. today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton. Cecil Elmo Slankard, 87, of Baton. Service was Sunday.

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