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April 2007

 

** VOLUME 22 NO. 82 MONDAY APRIL 30TH, 2007 **

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There are more details about Liberty City Manager Allen Barnes’ move to a larger city near Dallas. Barnes resigned last Tuesday to accept the chief administrator’s job in Sachse, Texas. A town with a population of 17,560 -- double that of Liberty. Sachse Mayor Mike Feliz said Barnes salary is $110,000 per year including car allowance, plus insurance, three weeks paid vacation and a $4,500 moving allowance. That’s up $19,000 over Liberty. Sachse has 121 employees with an annual budget of $21 million. Sachse is only minutes from Allen & Brenda Barnes’ families. He starts work June 1st.

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A Dayton man goes on trial for murder today in 75th Dist. Court. Roy Smith is accused of the shooting death of Mike Aydelet of Houston, during a shooting spree at the Raceway in Dayton in Oct. 2005 that also injured two. Dayton Police Officer Gordon Bean stopped the rampage when he wounded Roy Smith.

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Early voting starts today for the May 12th Elections. Cast early ballots for the two Liberty County city elections and all school board elections. Early voting is at city and school administration offices on weekdays during business hours. Liberty County Hospital District Board Election early voting is at the District Office on Myrtle St. in Liberty Monday through Friday. Vote early in the Constitutional Amendment Election weekdays at 8 to 5 at the Courthouse and Cleveland Annex and from 11 to 3 on Sunday May 6th at those two locations. Early voting for all these elections ends on Tuesday May 8th. Election Day is May 12th.

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Liberty High’s baseball team plays tonight at 7 pm in Splendora to determine 2nd & 3rd place in district. Both are in the playoffs this game sets who they play. KSHN will broadcast the game.

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KSHN added two more links to our web site. First is Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center’s web page. They have info on services provided to the victims of child abuse. Another new link is a web page on substance abuse with local and statewide treatment resources. Both are on kshn.com.

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Funerals: Joann Curry, 81, Dayton, services were Sunday** George “Norm” Fenton 61-Daisetta, Services 2pm today at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton**Earnestine Lawson 87, Dayton –11 am Thurs. Pleasant Hill Bapt. Ch-Dayton (Wells)

*LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.95 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 81 FRIDAY APRIL 27TH, 2007 **

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Liberty County Chief Appraiser Allan Conner said the Central Appraisal District will begin mailing 2007 property appraisals on May 1st. Allan Conner said protest forms will be included with the appraisal notices, and owners should promptly review the appraisal notice. The property owner’s name and address will already be on the protest form, allowing the property owner to easily check the appropriate areas of the form, sing it and send it in. Protests can also be filed by letter or online at the CAD website. You can get there by going to www.kshn.com click on the local government link and scroll to the Liberty County CAD.

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Trivium Club members say the “Reach for the Stars” Program Tuesday night at the renovated Liberty School Auditorium raised a little less than $7,000 for the Humphreys Cultural Center Expansion Project. The program featured former Astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., who flew space shuttle missions in 1993 and 1995 and became the 1st African American to walk in space.

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The start time for today’s Liberty Panthers Baseball Game has changed. Liberty hosts Cleveland today at 4 p.m. Our live broadcast begins around 3:50 this afternoon. You can also listen live on line at www.kshn.com.

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This Sunday, from 1 PM – 4 PM, the annual Kidfish is at the recently restocked Liberty Municipal Park Lake. Sponsored by BJ Ford in Liberty and the Burnham Family, Kidfish is free to kids under 17. It’s a great opportunity for parents and kids to spend an afternoon together outdoors, having fun. Bring your own fishing gear, or it will be provided.

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Liberty Rotary Club Members take over the controls of KSHN Radio tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Rotary Radio Day, to raise funds for the local service club. Last year, the effort raised over $11,000 for various Rotary community projects.

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Funerals: Alice Mae Sparks Parker, 98 of Hardin. Services 11 AM Monday at Hardin United Methodist Church * Nataley Grace Landers, Infant daughter of Marcus & Amber Landers. Graveside services 1 PM tomorrow McGinnis Cemetery in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.31 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 80 THURSDAY APRIL 26TH, 2007 **

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In a surprising move, at the Tuesday night meeting of Liberty City Council, City Manager Allen Barnes announced he had submitted his resignation. Barnes asked council member to release him from his duties effective June 1st, and he has accepted a city managers position with a larger city. Following an executive session, council voted unanimously to accept Barnes resignation. Allan Barnes said his new job will be with a city about twice the size of Liberty, with about two thirds of the city inside Dallas County.

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Fire heavily damaged a manufactured home in the Westlake area Tuesday afternoon. According to Denny Loonham, spokesman for the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters were called to the home of Vergie Watson on CR # 4284 in the Woodway subdivision south of the fire station. Assistance from both the Kenefick and Mont Belvieu departments could not save the home. Denny Loonham said the home received damage during Hurricane Rita and there had been electrical wiring problems ever since.

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Early voting for the May 12th Devers and Cleveland City Council - School Board Elections for Liberty, Dayton, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta, Devers and Cleveland ISD, Board Member Elections for Liberty County Hospital District #1, and State Constitutional Amendments Election starts Monday April 30th and continues through Tuesday May 8th. School Board Elections are held at the respective school district administration building, city council elections will be held at the municipal buildings for those two towns. Early voting for the hospital district board election is at the hospital district office, 1914 Myrtle in Liberty. The state constitutional amendment election early voting will be from 8-5 weekday’s and 11-3 Sunday, May 6th, at the Liberty County Courthouse and at the Cleveland Courthouse annex.

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The Liberty Panthers host the Cleveland Indians tomorrow night in a baseball game starting at 6 PM. Our broadcast begins at 5:50 PM. You can also follow the game on line at www.kshn.com just click on “listen live”.

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Funerals: Luis Manuel Solis, 68 of Magnolia. Services will be 10:30 AM Friday, at Kenefick Southern Baptist Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.68 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 79 WEDNESDAY APRIL 25TH, 2007 **

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Liberty County Commissioners met yesterday and voted to approve a measure that would abolish voting boxes 32 through 36. The changes to Commissioners and Justice of the Peace’s Precincnt boundary lines would eliminate voting boxes that in some cases have no voters at all. In other action, Commissioners voted to approve a list of property owners to serve on a jury of view for Chapter 258 protests. That is the added chapter in the Texas Transportation Code that allows counties to adopt a proposed county road map and include in it all roads the county claims as public. The Jury of View is established to determine the validity of the county’s claim, should effected property owners’ object. The five appointed were; Frank Jordan, Randel Arnold, LP Whittington, Charles Hansbro, and Ronnie Danner.

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Last week, Dayton School Trustees approved the purchase of a software program called Destiny Library Manager that will align all campus libraries. The program allows students, parents and teachers to conduct web-based searches of all district libraries either from school or home to locate particular books.

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Dayton Ole Tyme Day’s organizers say this year’s festival was a tremendous success, estimating the attendance at over 15,000 people. This years Little Miss and Mister Dayton Ole Tyme Day’s are Garner Autumn Postoak, and Brody Valentine. The Grand Champion Junior Chili Cook off winner was the Kenefick City Limits team, and BBQ winners included Laid Back Cookers, Smoke on the Trinity, Kenefick City Limits and the Frontier Cracker Jack Cookers. For a full list of all the winners from the contests at the Dayton Ole Tyme Days, go to their web site by linking to ours, www.kshn.com

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Thursday at noon, the Liberty and Dayton Rotary Clubs will meet at the Liberty Center, with a group study exchange team visiting from India. These adult professionals are on a five-week trip to this part of the U.S, courtesy of Rotary International.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area and Dayton Chambers of Commerce will have ribbon cutting at the new location of Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center, 2601 N. Winfree in Dayton tomorrow at 11 a.m. A public open house follows from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 14.18 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 78 TUESDAY APRIL 24TH, 2007 **

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It was just after 10 a.m. yesterday when the load shifted on the large transport truck driven by 45-year-old Donald Burks causing the big rig to overturn at the intersection of State Hwy 146 and the Bypass in Liberty. According to Liberty Police Officer Ricky Pearson, four of the 50-foot pipes rolled across Main St. and snapped off utility poles. That knocked out power to a large area of Liberty for several hours. The driver was not hurt and city electric crews got help from the City of Jasper in making repairs and restoring power by 5:30 p.m. yesterday.

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Idolina Gonzalez of the Beaumont Social Security Office said now there is help available in choosing a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. A toll free call to 2-1-1 will put you in touch with a government contracted agency that can help weed through the sometimes confusing number of prescription plans to find the one right for you. There is also extra financial help available through Social Security to help pay for Part D coverage for those who qualify. Call the Beaumont Office at 409-924-6413 or 1-800-772-1213 nationwide.

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The Texas Department of Transportation will host a public forum on the huge Grand Parkway on Wednesday May 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. The forum will be at the Eagle Point Recreation Complex in Mont Belvieu. The Grand Loop is a 182-mile third outer loop around the Houston Metropolitan Area. The purpose of the forum is to get public input. The parkway route would connect to I-10 east, covering approximately 36 miles between FM 2100 and State Hwy 146 in Montgomery, Harris, Liberty and Chambers Counties.

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Assistant Dayton ISD Superintendent Bob Parker said Phase 2 of the Bronco Stadium renovation continues as crews erect the steel framework for the new home bleachers. Parker told Dayton School Trustees this second phase- including the home bleachers, concession stand, rest rooms and new parking areas- is currently behind schedule due to recent rains.

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Funerals: Betty Bruce Pickett Guthrie, 81, Services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. ** Thomas Franklin Wood, 82, of Saratoga, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church of Saratoga. *

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*LAKE RELEASE: 8,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.18 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 77 MONDAY APRIL 23RD, 2007 **

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Kidfish, sponsored by BJ Ford and the Burnham Family is Sun. from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Liberty City Park Lake. Kidfish is free to anyone under 17 and offers an opportunity for parents and kids to spend time together for a day of outdoor fun. Bring your own fishing gear or it will be provided. Donations to the Kidfish Foundation are welcome, but not necessary. Sunday only at the city park no license is required. Just be at the park Sunday or contact Robert Dunn at BJ Ford on Hwy 90 in Liberty.

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Liberty City Council meets in called session Tuesday at 6, to consider almost 3/4s of a million dollars for 10 more police officers, raises for those on duty now, six more patrol cars, plus uniforms and equipment. This is the recommendation of Chief of Police Mike Cummings. Council will also meet in closed session to discuss City Manager Allen Barnes and Asst. City Mgr. Michael Ramirez. No other details.

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Co. Extension Service will host an informational meeting about the Liberty County Master Gardeners Program on Monday April 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex in Liberty. Extension Agent Ron Holcomb said the meeting is a good opportunity for those interested in becoming a Master Gardner to become more familiar with the commitment involved. That commitment includes 50 class hours and 50 volunteer hours over two months. For more information, call the Extension Service Office in Liberty at 936-336-4558, Ext. 221 or in Cleveland at 281-593-0405, also Ext. 221.

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Some seats remain when the Trivium Club presents “Reach for the Stars” with former astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris Jr. tomorrow 7PM. It is the first event to be held in the remodeled Liberty ISD Auditorium on Grand Ave. right behind San Jacinto Elementary. Proceeds benefit the Geraldine D. Humphreys Cultural Center Expansion. $15 for adults, $10 for students at the Liberty Library, from any Trivium Club Member or call 936-336-8901.

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54, Liberty. Serv. 11 AM Tues @Wells Funeral Home

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*LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.62 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 76 FRIDAY APRIL 20TH, 2007 **

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This year’s Bellamy Scholars have been named. Each of the seniors receiving the Bellamy Scholarship will be awarded $10,500 paid out over four years. This year’s recipients are: from Hull Daisetta High School Jordan Craig Godwin. From Dayton High School, Randi Kay Riley. Liberty High School senior, Hanna Lynn Shoemaker and from Hardin High School- Monica Weis. This is the 26th year of granting the scholarships by the Bellamy Trust. With these honorees, Bellamy Scholarships totaling $1,430,000 have gone out to 176 South Liberty County students.

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Wednesday, at noon, the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce holds their annual Administrative Professional’s Day Luncheon at Immaculate Conception Church – Marion Hall. Tickets are $12 and reservations must be made for this extremely popular event. Administrative Professional’s Day is celebrated worldwide as a way to honor and recognize the support staff of any office or business. Chamber Volunteer Nora Lee Ladd said as always, they have enough door prizes that nearly everyone would get a gift, and maybe a gift or two for the bosses. For reservations, call the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce at 936 336 5736.

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The Liberty Panthers take the field tonight at 6 PM against the Shepherd Pirates. Our broadcast starts at 5:50. Tomorrow night, the Dayton Broncos host Beaumont Central. First pitch is at 7 PM. Our broadcast starts at 6:50. You can also follow all the games live on line at www.kshn.com

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Saturday, April 28th, the Liberty Rotary Club takes over KSHN for “Rotary Radio Day”. The local service organization sells commercial’s to air on the station, which the club members produce and read live, creating it’s own set of challenges. Club members operate our programming computer system, and the control board. It’s a fun way for the service club to raise money for their many community projects. To get your advertisement on “Rotary Radio Day” contact any Rotarian or either Tracy Williams at 336 2226 or Diane Huddleston at 340 4742.

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Funerals: Harrison Barrett Sampson, 80 of Liberty. Services will be Saturday at 4 PM at the Church of Christ in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 14,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.42 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 75 THURSDAY APRIL 19TH, 2007 **

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot has filed a lawsuit in Liberty County against CVS Caremark General Electric Company alleging the company violated the Identity Theft and Protection Act. We reported on March 19th that confidential customer records containing personal information were found behind the old CVS Pharmacy location on North Main in Liberty. The Attorney General’s Office is authorized to seek penalties up to $50,000 for each violation of that law. If you believe your personal identity information was compromised, call 1-800-252-8011 or link to the Attorney General’s Web Site from www.kshn.com.

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The success of the much talked about Work Force Academy means more training programs are planned for fall, at the start of the next school year. Local economic development expert Laura Wilson said college officials have looked at area schools to see what equipment and supplies would be needed to offer more certification courses this fall. She said there are some items that will be required, and right now they are looking for businesses or individuals to help. Any help large or small – equipment, supplies or monetary – would go a long way in seeing these training programs continued and expanded. If you would like to help, or for student information, call Tim Gassiott at Dayton High School at 258 2510 ext. 4115.

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The Liberty County District Attorney’s office invites everyone to a candlelight vigil for crime victims and child abuse victims tonight at 6:30 in the Liberty Center. The purpose of the vigil is to remember crime victims and show community wide support for their families.

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Liberty School Board voted Tuesday night to do away with an over 20 year old tradition of academic letter jackets. The jacket test will be replaced by offering the students the opportunity to take the PSAT, which is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. High School Principal David Taylor said students take so many tests each year, it is nearly impossible to find those willing to take the academic letter jacket test.

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Funerals: Lorina Stevenson, 73 of Liberty. Services 11 AM Saturday at the Owens-Thomas Funeral Home - Eunice, LA.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 14,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.18 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 74 WEDNESDAY APRIL 18TH, 2007 **

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Tuesday night’s Dayton City Council meeting featured an announcement by Mayor Steve Stephens that, after weeks of negotiations, the city was about to close on a site for a new library and community center. Mayor Stephens said the city would purchase the 17-acre Entzminger property on S. Cleveland St. across from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for $255,000. Also at Tuesday’s meeting the Dayton Council voted to grant a tax abatement under their newly-adopted policy to H. I. B. Family Fun Inc., the company proposing to build a water theme park on Hwy 321. This new abatement deal gives the company 100% tax abatement for ten years on improvements and construction to that site. Their present taxes remain unchanged. Council also agreed to waive the recently approved $1,000 tax abatement application fee for H. I. B. Family Fun.

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This Friday, the Liberty Center goes uptown as “The Places We Will Go” style show and luncheon takes center stage. The show, which benefits the Geraldine D. Humprey’s Cultural Center and Liberty Library Expansion project, starts at 11:30. Well known names from all over Liberty County will act as models for clothing and accessories from local business. Tickets are $25 and available at the Library. Call 936-336-8901 for more information or to reserve tickets.

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The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting tomorrow at 10 AM for Thompson & de Leef, Attorneys. The law office is at 424 Main in Liberty, in the old Grand Leader building. The public is invited to attend.

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The 15th Annual Dayton Ole Tyme Day’s Festival kicks off this Friday. According to Bill Gray, BBQ cookers will be able to set up after 6 PM on Friday, and margarita judging starts at 10 PM. On Saturday, the cooks get to cookin’ as the competition continues in both the BBQ contest and the Junior Chili Cook off. For more information on Dayton Ole Tyme Days, visit their web site. Link there from ours, it’s www.kshn.com.

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Funerals: Whit L. Whitten, 54 of Shepherd. Services will be today at 4 PM at the Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland. * Thomas “Wayne” Essery, 72 of Cleveland. Services will be Friday at 2 PM at the Christian Life Center in Cleveland.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 20,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.18 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 73 TUESDAY APRIL 17TH, 2007 **

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The State Bar of Texas has disciplined a well-known man, formerly from Liberty County, Britt Hall. Last year, KSHN reported on the mysterious disappearance of Attorney William Britton “Britt” Hall. The former managing editor of the Vindicator Newspaper was practicing law in Houston when he closed his law office and disappeared. Leaving 130 active cases. Following our story, his brother, Sgt. Prentice Hall, contacted us and said Britt was working in Conroe as a paralegal. The disciplinary branch of the State Bar, last year took the unusual step of assuming control of Hall’s legal practice, offering some protection to his clients. An article in the April 2007 issue of the Texas bar journal reports that Britt Hall has received a 3 year, partially probated suspension, effective November 1st, 2006 from the State Bar of Texas.

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At last Tuesday’s meeting, Liberty City Council members heard a report from Councilman Mark Beausoleil and the council-appointed Community Development Advisory Board. Beausoleil- who chairs the panel- said the committee was unanimous in recommending a feasibility study for building sidewalks around the schools and also along major thoroughfares down which students walk to their campus. Council asked City Manager Allen Barnes and Public Works Director Harvey Joiner to develop cost figures.

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Of the over 20,000 runners who started yesterday’s 111th Boston Marathon, local runner Robert Dunn finished at # 11,700. The 40-year-old Dunn finished the 26-mile race in 4:03:30. He said while there was no rain, the wind and hilly topography was grueling. Incidentally, there were 629 Texans entered in the race, and the fastest Texan’s time went to a runner from Fort Worth, at 2:41:23.

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KSHN Radio has been reporting the deadline for filing incorrectly. The tax extension deadline is the same as filing your tax returns, Tuesday April 17th, that’s today. The confusion came about when the federal government released a form indicating yesterday was the final chance to get an extension. After that form was printed the IRS changed it so the tax return filing deadline, and the deadline for an extension were the same. We apologize for our part in the mistake, but you won’t be late.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 20,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.92 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 72 MONDAY APRIL 16TH, 2007 **

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DPS Trooper Boyd Lamb said Cleveland Police Officer Chris Weisinger, 34, was responding to a call on FM 2025 last Friday afternoon when he missed a turn-off. DPS investigators say Officer Wiesinger was making a U-turn when a dump truck rounded a curve. The police car collided with the dump truck’s trailer. The truck driver, William Thompson, 43, of Cleveland was treated and released. Officer Weisinger was transported to Memorial Hermann-Houston, treated and released.

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Early totals for the 2007 South Liberty County Relay for Life indicate this year's American Cancer Society Fund-raiser is the most successful ever. Relay Committee Chair Judi Glover said the preliminary total is $98,000 with more donations still to be counted. This in spite of the fact rain forced the event indoors last Friday night at the San Jacinto Elementary Gym.

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Hardin Head Coach Mike Morgan submitted his resignation effective at the end of this school year. Interim Hardin Superintendent Marvin Stewart said Morgan takes an assistant coaching spot at Class 3A Carthage.

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Deadline is today to file for a extension with IRS. Deadline to file tax return is tomorrow since April 15th fell on a Sunday and today's is a holiday in some areas, including Washington DC.

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The increase in the price of postage stamps does not take effect until May 14th, but the new 41-cent stamps are already on sale at local post offices. Also available are the new "forever" stamps. They are also 41 cents but are still good no matter how much postage rates go up in the future. Postal officials say they have plenty in stock. For more information go to www.usps.gov

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This year's Liberty High School Graduation, May 25th, moves from the TVE back to Memorial Stadium for the first time since 1983. The original move to the fairgrounds was prompted over bad weather concerns, but this year, LHS Senior Class Officers made it a project to return to Panther’s Memorial Stadium.

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Funerals: Martin Neil Brawley, 63, of Hull, Graveside services at a later date**Esther Thornton-842pm today at Sterling-Dayton**Hollis Marshall 85 Serv. Tues.2pm-1st Bapt. -Devers-.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 27,300 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 25.08 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 71 FRIDAY APRIL 13TH, 2007 **

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Traditional filing deadline for federal income tax returns, April 15th, falls on a Sunday this year. That would normally push the deadline to the following Monday, however with the Emancipation Day Holiday honored in several areas of the country, including Washington DC, the due date for federal tax returns is Tuesday April 17th. If your planning to file an extension, local CPA Byron Swaim warns the due date for that form is Monday, April 16th. He also said pay as much of your estimated taxes owed as possible. Penalties and interest on unpaid taxes begin adding up immediately.

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The Liberty City Council met in executive session Tuesday night to review the salary and performance of Municipal Judge Bobby Rader. When the review was done, Council members approved a raise that doubled their city judge’s salary. Council increased his pay from $12,000 to $24,000. Rader, who is also the elected JP for Precinct #1, has served as Municipal Judge for three years.

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The Liberty Prancers’ 22nd Annual Spring Show is tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Fredda Nottingham Auditorium in Dayton. That location was chosen because the total remodeling of the Liberty ISD Auditorium isn’t quite finished. Tickets are $5 in advance from any Prancer, $6 at the door.

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Today’s Dayton vs. Beaumont Central Softball Game has been rescheduled for an earlier start time. The possibility of rain this evening caused the change to 4:30 p.m. in Dayton. Our live broadcast with Larry Wadzeck and Oran Hamilton begins at 4:20. You can also listen to the game online at www.kshn.com.

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The 2007 South Liberty County Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society gets underway tonight at 7 at Liberty’s Memorial Stadium. It starts with the very special Survivors Lap, then continues until 7 a.m. tomorrow.

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Funerals: Lillie Mae St. Julian Paul, 93. Services Saturday at 10 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dayton. * Arah Jenkins, 86 of Dayton. Services 11 am tomorrow at the Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty. *Merrill Dean Clements, 76, of Hardin, Services at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 26,200 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.84 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 70 THURSDAY APRIL 12TH, 2007 **

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Cleveland Sculptor Bill McGLaun’s bronze statute of Becky Gates will be unveiled during a ceremony on the Texas A&M Campus this Saturday. Mrs. Gates is the wife of former A&M Chancellor Robert Gates--now U. S. Secretary of Defense. “Liberty County Outlook” Editor and Publisher Trish Jones said she will be attending the event and reporting about it on the Channel 26 Fox Morning News television program Tuesday.

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The Liberty City Council met Tuesday night and heard a report by Police Chief Mike Cummings that left them clearly stunned. The report indicted Liberty Police are the lowest paid major law enforcement organization in Liberty County with starting pay much less than new officers earn in Dayton, Cleveland or the Sheriff’s Department. Chief Cummings also told council members his department is badly understaffed with just 14 officers. The agenda did not allow Council to take action on the report, but council members were clearly ready to raise starting pay for officers to $15 per hour and were anxious to add more patrol cars and additional officers as soon as possible.

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Groundbreaking for the new 10,350 square foot commercial building to be built on the remaining pad on the Wal-Mart Super Center property on the Hwy 146 Bypass in Liberty is expected in 30 to 60 days. Michael Contello of Mulligan & McCarble Real Estate of Houston said the building should be ready for tenants in 4 to 6 months.

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Liberty High School Tennis Coach Joe Manning said both the girls and boys teams have won the district championship for the first time in 10 years. The two teams advance to regional next week in Bryan. We reported earlier this week that the LHS Golf Team is also the District 23-3A Champs with 4 out of 6 players earning district tournament medals. Liberty golfers advance to the Regionals in Brenham April 25th and 26th.

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Funerals: Arah Jenkins, 86, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty. ** Deward Velmont Biskamp, 87, of Daisetta, Services at 2 p.m. today at Daisetta United Methodist Church. ** Fredia Arceneaux Sterling, 84, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 26,200 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 21.73 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 69 WEDNESDAY APRIL 11TH, 2007 **

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Liberty County Commissioners met yesterday and approved the purchase of $9,525.55 in fingerprint processing equipment to be paid out of the county jail budget. The new equipment would allow the Sheriff’s Department to process their own fingerprint evidence from crime scenes rather than wait 2 to 6 months for results from the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab. Sheriff Greg Arthur told Commissioners the county has grown to the point his department needs to be able to process fingerprints. Commissioners voted to table any action on the purchase of an additional $24,683 in fingerprint tracking technology until some price comparisons are made on that equipment.

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Last week, the Dayton City Council learned their bid for a Texas Water Development Board Matching Grant was unsuccessful. The city was seeking the grant to fund a drainage study for the Dayton area. City Manager David Douglas said the good news is the city had set aside $100,000 at matching funds, and those funds could now be moved into other projects. Council approved putting $40,000 into additional street improvements and $60,000 into right of way acquisition.

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The Dayton Police Department continues the effort to find the person who may have inadvertently struck a Dayton man on the side of FM 1960 last week. Dayton Police Sgt. Doug O’Quinn thinks it could be a terrible accident. The 36-year old man known for having seizures probably collapsed on the road between 5:30 and 6, last Tuesday morning. He was subsequently struck by at least one, perhaps more cars. The victim was carrying a bag of drink cans, so passing motorists may have thought they struck a trash bag. Anyone with information is asked to call the Dayton police department at 936 258 7621.

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The Liberty Rotary Club will meet on Tuesday of next week as scheduled. However, the local service club will not meet on Tuesday the following week, but on Thursday April 26th. Liberty and Dayton Rotarians will meet together on that date at the Liberty Center with a group of study exchange professionals from India who are visiting Southeast Texas.

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Funerals: Elizabeth Vaughn, 94, of Liberty, Graveside services at 10 a.m. today at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 20,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 21.39 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 68 TUESDAY APRIL 10TH, 2007 **

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Last week, TxDot began work on Hwy 90 in Dayton as part of a group of resurfacing projects around the area. TxDot Assistant Resident Engineer John Sudela said cost for the Dayton portion of the project is about $700,000. The project stretches from just east of the railroad crossing to Colbert Street. Sudela said, weather permitting, the work in Dayton should be done in about two weeks.

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State Representative John Otto said the continuing debate in Austin over the proposed $32 billion purchase of TXU Utility Corporation by a private firm is of major importance in determining the future of electrical utility costs in Texas. The Dayton Republican said Texas continues to grow in population but unless changes are made, Texas will come up short in generating electricity for those people in the years ahead.

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The Liberty County YMCA Summer Day Camp starts May 29th and continues through August 27th at the San Jacinto Elementary Gym in Liberty. Camp is from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with daily shuttle service from Dayton. Parents can send their kids to any or all of the weekly day camp sessions for $80 per week. There is an additional one-time fee of $10 for “Y” membership. Call the YMCA at 936-257-2888.

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Assistant Liberty County Attorney Tommy Chambers said a lot of County residents could stay out of court if they would just drive slower and also make sure their children go to school. Two of the misdemeanor offenses most often dealt with by the County’s Justice of the Peace Courts are speeding and truancy. Mr. Chambers said driving too fast not only leads to wrecks but also to other related traffic violations. He also said it is parents’ legal responsibility to ensure their children attend school.

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Our live baseball broadcasts continue as the Dayton Broncos host Beaumont Ozen tonight. First pitch is at 7 PM, Larry Wadzeck, and Oran Hamilton take the airwaves at 6:50. You can also follow the game online at www.kshn.com

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Funerals: Fredia Sterling, 84, of Liberty, Services pending at Wells Funeral Service in Liberty. ** Arah Jenkins, 86, of Dayton, Services pending at Wells Funeral Service. *

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 21.31 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 67 MONDAY APRIL 9TH, 2007 **

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Liberty Masonic Lodge honored 29-yr. Mason Mike Wiggins with the treasured Golden Trowel Award and Non-Mason David Milam with the Community Builder Award last Thursday night. That was for his work with the Bikes for Christmas program.

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Grand Prize Winners at 24th KSHN Easter Egg Hunt were Jacey Castro –2, Liberty & Tess Homeyer –3, Caldwell won bikes and Carrisa Adams-5 of Raywood won the big red wagon.

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State Rep. John Otto said HB 216 could come up for discussion in the House this week. If passed, Otto’s bill would raise the margin for error in county property appraisals from 5 to 10 %. Otto said now, local property values from the C. A. D. must be within 5% of the State’s ratio or risk a loss of state funds. The Dayton Republican said it’s a battle against what is called “appraisal creep” which can only drive property taxes upward.

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Liberty Firefighters were called to an intentionally set fire at the school auditorium adjacent to San Jacinto Elem. School shortly after 8 Friday night. Liberty Police Lieut. Ricky Skarpa said adults in the area extinguished the burning pile. There was no real damage but two teens are in trouble for their conduct.

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The Liberty Dayton Business Expo is this Wednesday, 2-6 p.m. at the Liberty Center inside City Hall. The public is welcome to visit 30+ different booths from local businesses. Admission is free and there will be door prizes, free samples and giveaways.

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Saturday, 1:30 PM is the dedication of the Old School Museum in Dayton. The Dayton Historical Society’s estimates $100,000 in renovations has been done to building from the early 1900s. The restoration was financed entirely by local donations. Mary Beth Jamison is chairman of Dayton Historical Society.

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More baseball on KSHN FM 99.9 tonight. The Liberty Panthers, 5-0 in district, are in Splendora with the first pitch at 6 PM.

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, 68, memorial 2 PM Thursday @ Tucker Hall at Lee. Reception follows. .

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 21.22 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 66 FRIDAY APRIL 6TH, 2007 **

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Last week, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill expanding the “CHIP” program. State Representative John Otto said he voted for the bill, with reservations. He said he supported amendments that never made it into the final bill, including one that would have kept the renewal period at six months, instead of extending it to twelve. Otto said now a parent can remain on the program for a full year without having to verify their income and eligibility with the state. The Dayton Republican said such an amendment would have improved the bill. He also supported a 30-day waiting period between enrollment and the time the coverage takes effect, such as other health insurance plans have.

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Children’s Protective Services Advisory Committee put together 150 wooden flowers to represent the number of Liberty County children removed from their home. The wooden flowers are spread out in-groups of 25 at the Liberty County Courthouse, the annexes in Dayton and Cleveland, and the Hardin, Hull-Daisetta, and Tarkington schools. Advisory Committee Member Helen Green said a problem facing the local CPS office, is the lack of foster care families in Liberty County. For more information on becoming a foster parent, call the local CPS office at 936 3367283.

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The Liberty County Courthouse and City Offices in both Liberty and Dayton are closed today in observance of Good Friday. Garbage collection will run as scheduled in both towns. Banks and Post Offices will be open at normal.

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The Dayton Fire Department was called to a house fire yesterday at the home of Mrs. Roy Seaberg, the mother of Dayton Dentist Robert Seaberg. Dayton Police Officer Kenny Broyels was the first to arrive and helped the bed ridden Rms. Seaberg escape the smoke filled home. The fire reportedly started in the kitchen when a housekeeper forgot something on the stove. There was minimal damage to the home.

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Funerals: Jason Wayne Reber, 31 of Shepherd. Services today at 11 AM at Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland * Kenneth Dennis Gilstrap, 19 of Cleveland. Services today at 3 PM at Neal Funeral Home of Cleveland * Joan Morris, 68 of Anahuac. Services are tomorrow at 10 AM Anahuac Church of Christ.

LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 20.47 ASL*

** VOLUME 22 NO. 63 MONDAY APRIL 2ND, 2007 **

First reported as a tornado, a powerful lightning storm with high winds destroyed a mobile home and damaged an attractive brick home, after 7:30, on CR # 6042, west of Dayton Saturday morning. Liberty Co. Emergency Management Coordinator Ken DeFoor reported no injuries. The manufactured home, owned by Jose Penaloza, was crushed flat. Lightning damaged the brick home of Hector Cortina. His losses were insured.

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A Livingston man may have been intoxicated when his car, on the wrong side of the road, collided head-on with a pickup truck Sunday afternoon. It was just off the Trinity River Bridge on FM 787. Dead is Jeremy Ferguson, 25. Jack Nichols III of Cleve-land was hurt. He was airlifted to Hermann Hospital-Houston.

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Former Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson appeared in the 253rd District Court Friday and was ordered to begin serving her 10-year probated sentence for perjury and document tampering. DA Mike Little said Ms. Harrelson’s official probationary period began the date she lost her final appeal Dec. 27th 2005. That leaves her with over 8 years on her probation. She now must pay thousands in fines, court costs, and probation fees plus begin reporting to probation officials

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Dayton Police say an argument between Stewart Henderson and Victor Henry Jr. – both 18 - over a stolen video game apparently escalated to gunfire on Sunday March 25th. Henderson allegedly fired a shot in the direction of a group of people at the Henderson Day Park from his vehicle. Later that day, Victor Henry Jr. is alleged to have fired shots at a home on Winfree St. in retaliation. Stewart Henderson’s mother and sister were inside the house but there were no injuries in either incident. Stewart Henderson is charged with deadly conduct. Victor Henry Jr. is charged with attempted murder.

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Dayton Post Master Angie Hayes said the number of counterfeit postal money orders is increasing. Financial institutions, grocery stores and retailers are asked to watch for bogus money orders. If you suspect someone call a post office or 1-866-974-2733.

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,65, Dayton, Serv. 4pm. Tues. @ Pace-Stancil-Dayton **

LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 18.82 ASL*

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